[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/05/21/bang_dfe432fe-7342-4380-89a6-c860667bec3e”]The Warriors made history Monday night, becoming just the second team in NBA history to reach five-straight NBA Finals with a 119-117 overtime win against the Portland Trail Blazers.They did so without Kevin Durant, arguably the best basketball player on Earth.They did so with All-Star Klay Thompson struggling to 17 points on 7-of-21 shooting and committing a couple key turnovers. Golden State was …
Masai men in Kenya, east Africa, enjoyingthe convenience of their mobile phones. (Image: Textually.org) Mobiles have made it easier for thosein rural South Africa to communicate with relatives in the city. (Image: w3.org)Khanyi Magubane By the year 2012, 485-million people in Africa, or 38% of the continent’s population, will be mobile phone users. This was revealed at the 11th AfricaCom conference, held in Cape Town on 18 November.The two-day event brought together over 3 500 people from various sectors of the telecommunications industry, including fixed, mobile and wireless operators, investors, vendors, regulators and industry analysts.Telecommunications companies such as South Africa’s Vodacom and MTN shared their plans to expand the mobile industry in Africa.Other issues discussed included broadband opportunities on the continent, with the launch of new submarine cables set to improve connectivity.The event’s exhibition was also a great success, with 170 exhibitors showcasing their businesses. This gave delegates a chance to network and share in their common interest of growing the African telecommunications market.Growing mobile AfricaAnother focus was the launch of wireless networks across Africa, notably iBurst and Polka in South Africa, and its positive impact in lowering operator costs.As a result of the rapid expansion of mobile use on the continent, operators have been forced to diversify the types of packages offered to clients in a bid to attract their business.Operators agreed that it was important to ensure that they offered a quality network, first-class coverage, relevant services, and a strong brand to their clients.Industry specialists revealed that the number of mobile users in Africa is growing at double the rate of the rest of the globe. The three countries with the highest number of mobile users are Nigeria, South Africa and Egypt respectively.According to MTN representatives, the mobile network had 450 000 users in Rwanda by the end of 2007. By mid-November 2008, this figure had grown to more than 1-million.MTN’s managing director in South Africa, Tim Lowry, says by the end of 2009 the number of mobile users in Rwanda is expected to grow to about 2-million.Lowry added that mobile phone affordability should be taken into consideration when developing the African market.He pointed out that MTN representatives had spotted phones selling for as little as between US$10 (R102) to $12 (R123) in China.According to his calculations, 5 000 to 6 000 of the low-cost phones could be moved off the shelves every week in countries like Uganda, where there is still much growth potential.Awarding African excellenceDuring the conference, the first AfricaCom Awards ceremony was held to celebrate excellence in Africa’s dynamic telecoms markets. Seven companies were rewarded for their work.South Africa’s Cell C won the best network quality initiative. Three networks walked away with two awards each. The Zain group, which operates in Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, Chad, Madagascar, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait and Lebanon, received two awards for its rebranding campaign and its One Network roaming service.Kenya’s Safaricom was awarded for the best rural market solution and the coveted Changing Lives award for its M-Pesa service.Uganda’s Warid Telecom walked away with two awards after they were named the best new entrant and best customer service provider.Covering Southern AfricaIn October 2007, the mobile phone industry, represented by the Global Systems for Mobiles Association (GSMA), announced that it was to invest more than $50-billion (R5-billion) in sub-Saharan Africa over the next five years to provide more than 90% of the population with coverage.The announcement was made at the Connect Africa summit in Kigali, Rwanda.The GSMA is the global trade association representing more than 700 GSM mobile operators across 218 countries worldwide.The investment will be used to extend the reach of GSM mobile networks, which are enhanced with the GPRS, Edge and HSPA technologies.MTN, Vodacom, Orange, and Celtel are among the African mobile operators planning to invest heavily in the expansion and enhancement of their networks.GSMA estimates that the mobile industry has invested $35-billion (R3.5-billion) providing more than 500-million people – or 67% of the population – in sub-Saharan Africa with coverage.“This surge in investment by the mobile industry has changed the lives of millions of Africans, catalysing economic development and strengthening social ties,” said Rob Conway, CEO of GSMA.Currently, there are more than 150-million mobile subscribers in sub-Saharan Africa.According to the GSMA, as the number of new mobile users continues to grow, so too will economic prosperity in the areas where there is most expansion.The organisation estimates that for every 10% in mobile use per country, it can increase the annual growth rate of GDP by up to 1.2%.In order to create the conditions that will maximise the benefit of this new investment, the GSMA called on governments across sub-Saharan Africa to “urgently remove” the barriers in the path of entrepreneurs.In particular, African governments need to ensure that sufficient spectrum is available to enable the hundreds of millions of Africans, who live beyond the reach of today’s fixed networks, to gain access to cost-effective broadband services, it said.Research on mobile use in South Africa conducted by Market Tree market research consultancy indicates that in 2005, 41% of adult South Africans had a mobile.In 2004, 10.2-million South Africans adults owned a mobile. Of those, 85% did not have a contract and relied on airtime vouchers, with an average of R95 ($9 dollars) spent each month.In 2004 Gauteng province had the highest number of mobile users, with 48% of adults using mobiles, while the Western Cape had the second highest with 43%.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at [email protected] Related articlesRecycle that old phone One-stop ZOK shop Instant success for MXit musos Useful linksMTN VodacomCell CGSMAAfricaCom conference read more
Wolves boss Nuno tightlipped over plans for Chelsea striker Abrahamby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves boss Nuno won’t to discuss their move for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham.Abraham was expected to end his temporary stay at Aston Villa and move to Molineux on loan.But the 21-year-old is remaining at Villa Park, having scored 16 goals in 20 games this term, despite Wolves being confident about signing him at the start of the week.Nuno said: “I don’t speak about rumours. Our approach is simple, we do our work at home and when things happen we announce them. Until then – rumours.”The window is open, for us to bring someone in it has to be someone we really think can add to our squad. We are happy with the squad.”All the clubs, names, press, it’s all normal. We should focus on what we have and what we can control. The rest, we don’t even have to think about.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say read more
kristen dantonio mark dantonio dancingMichigan State head coach Mark Dantonio was understandably excited after Saturday’s last-second victory over Michigan, and in the locker room after the game, he made that clear to his players. In the below video, shot by Dantonio’s daughter Kristen, the Spartans head coach can be seen breaking it down in the center of a player circle.MSU quarterback Connor Cook told reporters after the game that Dantonio pulled out some moves he’d never seen before. Michigan State next gets Indiana at home next Saturday. We’ll see if the Spartans can keep dancing all the way to the Big Ten title game. Hit the Quan dadA video posted by Kristen Dantonio (@k10dantonio) on Oct 17, 2015 at 9:22pm PDT [247 Sports]
Rose Bowl GiftsOne of the more underrated parts of the bowl game experience for coaches and players? The free swag you receive just for showing up. Gifts could include anything from headphones, video game systems, clothes, watches and more.By the looks of these two videos posted by the Rose Bowl on Instagram, Iowa and Stanford players were not disappointed with the options they encountered in the Rose Bowl gift suite. Gift suite time for @hawkeyefootball. #RoseBowlA video posted by Rose Bowl Game (@rosebowlgame) on Dec 21, 2015 at 6:59pm PST @stanfordfball and the #RoseBowl Game gift suite!A video posted by Rose Bowl Game (@rosebowlgame) on Dec 21, 2015 at 6:57pm PST Definitely some quality stuff to choose from. What would you have picked?
Hello 2018! The start of a new year will bring a few new celebrity faces to town. Here are 25 celebrities you can spot in and around Vancouver during January.ANNA KENDRICKAnna Kendrick will be in Vancouver until mid January for her role in Disney’s Christmas film Noelle, also known as Nicole. She is best known for her roles in the Twilight saga, the Pitch Perfect films and she has recently starred alongside Zac Efron in Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.KATHERINE LANGFORD Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Best known for playing Hannah Baker on Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, Australian actress Katherine Langford will be in Vancouver this January for her role in Spontaneous.CHRIS HEMSWORTHBe on the lookout for those baby blues! The amazing Chris Hemsworth will be in Vancouver for his role in the feature film Bad Times at the El Royale.JEFF BRIDGESAlso joining Hemsworth on the set of Bad Times at the El Royale is actor and producer Jeff Bridges. Bridges comes from a family of actors and has been acting since he was two years old. You may remember him most recently in Hell or High Water, Tron: Legacy, True Grit or Iron Man.FREDDIE HIGHMOREBest known for his creepy portrayal of Norman Bates in the TV series Bates Motel, Freddie Highmore will be in Vancouver through to March for his new starring role in The Good Doctor, which will likely be renewed for a second season. Highmore has been acting since he was a child and has starred in films like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Finding Neverland and The Spiderwick Chronicles. Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter read more
We won’t be able to fully assess the quality of this year’s NFL draft class until all the players retire. But we can be pretty sure their success will depend on more than innate ability. One important factor will be something they have little control over: The more success produced by a draft’s immediate predecessor and successor, the less value that draft is likely to produce.It’s a surprising finding. Normally we’d expect talent to be roughly equally distributed each draft, with some fluctuations. The draft process isn’t entirely random: College players can leave school early. But that should smooth any fluctuations, because the draft is, after all, an efficient market, so rational players should time their exit for when they’ll have the least competition from their peers.And yet, total value from a single draft depends on the year before and the year after.Two explanations strike me as most plausible.The first is that the total talent entering the draft each year does oscillate. That could happen because a particularly strong college class will get a disproportionate share of playing time and coaching, leaving surrounding classes weaker.The second possible explanation is that NFL teams can only play 11 men at a time; being surrounded by other young athletes getting a lot of playing time makes it harder for rookies to get on the field. That suggests that the underperforming draft class’s sin isn’t being less talented, but having bad timing, and therefore less opportunity.I think one of these two explanations is more likely than the other. But before I explain why, here’s what I did:I downloaded the data for every draft from 1970 — the year the AFL and NFL merged — to 2013 from Pro-Football-Reference. For each drafted player, each year, the website lists his career contribution to team success. Its unit of measure is the player’s approximate value (AV), an all-encompassing estimate of a player’s usefulness, for all positions. For its draft pages, PFR doesn’t use a simple sum of AV, but instead an alternative measure that takes into account a player’s overall career contribution and his peak value. (100 percent of his best single-season AV, plus 95 percent of his second-best season total, and so on.)To compare adjacent draft classes’ total AV, I had to account for the varying number of draft picks in a given season: as low as 222 in 1994, as many as 487 in 1976. For each pair of adjacent drafts, I chose the lower of the pair’s number of picks, n, and summed the AV of the players selected in the first n picks, for each draft. I then restricted the analysis to the period 1970 to 2002, because many of the players for subsequent seasons remain active, which could affect the year-to-year correlations. Then I checked the correlation of one draft class’s total value to the total value of the preceding and subsequent drafts. Each correlation was -0.54. The negative sign means the higher one class’s value, the lower the preceding year’s and following year’s. And the correlation was even more strongly negative between the value of one year and the average of the value for the year before and after: -0.7.The most extreme fluctuation, as Brady Butterfield noted this week on his blog, was from 1982 to 1983. The 1983 class, which included six Hall of Famers in the first round, produced 53 percent more AV than the year before. It also produced 36 percent more AV than the 1984 class.I then performed similar checks of offensive stats to see whether they hinted at the reason for the negative correlation. I wanted to check whether the effect was due to opportunity or performance. Counting stats represent opportunity: If players are getting on the field more, they’ll put up better numbers and higher AV totals, on average. Rate stats represent quality of performance: The more a player does with his opportunities, the better his rate stats and higher his AV totals.What I found is that opportunity was the chief driver of the results. Counting stats exhibited the same sort of negative correlation from year to year, especially for quarterbacks: For completions, attempts, yards and touchdowns, the higher the numbers the classes before and after compiled in their career, the lower the numbers that year’s class racked up, with a correlation for each of about -0.4. Yet for rate stats, the opposite effect held: The higher completion percentage and passer rating were for neighboring years, the higher it was for that year’s draft class, with a correlation for each of about 0.5. Quarterbacks surrounded by draft classes with lots of QBs who got a lot of playing time got to play less, but when they did, they were better. That suggested they had to do better to even get the chance to play.Opportunity matters in sports, as in other walks of life. General managers are inclined to give top draft picks playing time in the hope they’ll justify the pick. The careers of Ryan Leaf and JaMarcus Russell demonstrate this phenomenon on a micro level. The macro-level data tells the same story. read more