MoneyGram Renews Confidence in Liberia

first_imgMoneyGram (NASDAQ : MGI), one of the world’s leading money transfer services with over 20,000 branches in Africa, has emphasized its confidence in the Liberian financial sector and reiterated its interest in supporting the financial inclusion agenda of Liberia. MoneyGram is one of the top two international money transfer institutions in Liberia; with its windows at all commercial banks and key business outlets across the country.A statement issued by the company Monday announced that Mr. Francois Peyret, MoneyGram International’s Regional Director for North &West Africa, is undertaking a working tour of Liberia to beef up its business platform in the country. Mr. Peyret’s visit to Liberia today marks what could be the first senior executive visit to the country by a major global financial institution.Whilst in Liberia, Mr. Peyret will hold high-level business development discussions with CEOs and executives of key players in the financial sector and inaugurate the Monrovia Mini-Van Branding Project of MoneyGram.Mr. Kunle Olamuyiwa, the regional operations manager for Anglophone West Africa, and Mrs. Kemi Okusanya, regional business development manager Anglophone West Africa, will accompany Mr. Peyret on the tour. Both executives are members of the MoneyGram North &West African team.On the future of the brand in Liberia, Francois Peyret noted: “Our ambition is to double our network of MoneyGram points of sale in Liberia in the next five years and become the dominant preferred choice for money transfer. To achieve this we shall continue to work with our partners to aggressively offer the best proposition and price to Liberians around the world. We shall continue to be a good corporate citizen, adhering to international best practice on compliance and service quality. We shall innovate and support the Central Bank and the Finance Ministry’s agenda of bringing more Liberians into the financial sector. To achieve this, we are seriously considering introducing our mobile solutions in Liberia that would allow mobile phones to send and receive transactions. As we all know mobile phone penetration exceeds back account penetration by a factor of approx. 1:5 and we intend to leverage this.”MoneyGram offers over-the counter money transfer services in Liberia through its agent partners namely: International Bank, FIBank, LBDI, UBA, Ecobank, Global Bank, GT Bank &Afriland First Bank.Through these agents MoneyGram is now available all over Liberia, in almost 100 locations. From inception to date, MoneyGram International announced that it has undertaken over 2,000,000 transactions valued at over US$500 million, which is a direct cash flow into the Liberian economy.According to MoneyGram, the service is a critical lifeline, allowing Liberians in the Diaspora— especially in the United States— to send money home to loved ones for upkeep, healthcare and education.MoneyGram disclosed that it has invested over a million United Sates dollars in the last five years to market its proposition in Liberia. “Efforts here more recently,” the company added “have included donations of school items-notebooks, waste bins, cash awards, etc. to various high schools and universities valued at over US$50,000.”There has also been a donation of logistics materials to the Monrovia City Corporation in 2010 in addition to various consumer reward schemes like the recently ended Double-Double promo (where lucky customers got their transactions doubled).The brand is currently reputed to be the most popular money transfer in Liberia, with the best price offer in the market, starting at only US$2.00 for sends out of Liberia.MoneyGram, a leading money transfer company, enables consumers who are not fully served by traditional financial institutions, to meet their financial needs. MoneyGram offers money transfer services worldwide through a global network of 327,000 agent locations — including retailers, international post offices and financial institutions — in 200 countries and territories. MoneyGram also offers bill payment services in the United States and Canada.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Senate Requests Expenditure Report on US$5M Ebola Fund

first_imgThe Liberian Senate is requesting President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as head of the National Ebola Task Force, to make report to the Senate on how the amount of US$5 million approved for the fight of Ebola was expended.The Senators’ decision taken Tuesday, September 23, during  plenary was prompted by a communication from their colleagues, Senators Nyonblee Kangar-Lawrence, Sando Dazoe Johnson and Geraldine Doe-Sherif, requesting for an expenditure report on US$5 million approved two months ago used by the National Ebola Task Force, to help  contain the Ebola epidemic.In proffering the motion for the Senate’s action, Bong County Senator Henry Yallah asked his colleagues’ communication be accepted and recommendations therein be adopted, “and that this plenary requests a report from the President as the head of the Ebola Task Force who requested for the money that was approved by this Senate, of the expenditure of US$5 million by next sitting on Tuesday and that copies be made available to all Senators.”Earlier before the unanimous vote, the Senators went into debate that lasted for well over three hours, with each Senator giving supporting reasons why the report was needed now.Maryland County Senator John Ballout, one of the Senators who supported the need for a report and audit, regretted that since the approval of the amount, the situation on containing the disease continues to deteriorate.“We have to step up to the plate and take charge. Audit is not an attempt to fight the Executive, but rather it will help build confidence among the people who are starting to question the Task Force’s seeming lack of accountability; in fact our power has no limitation in asking for report,” Senator Ballout, who Chairs the Senate Committee on Public Works, asserted.Nimba County Senator Thomas Grupee put up a stiff fight, recalling a portion of President Sirleaf’s letter to the Senate in which she promised the lawmakers that a comprehensive audit would be conducted at the end the process.He described it as unfair, his colleagues’ communication that is now requesting an expenditure report from the Ebola Task Force, an argument supported by outgoing Grand Gedeh County Senator Isaac Nyenabo, who, too, believe that it was unfair to ask for a report in the middle of the process.Gbarpolu County Senator Armah Zulu Jallah recalled that during a recent Legislative leadership meeting with the President, she promised to send the report in question to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and not the Senate.Senators, who confirmed that the President has already sent report on US$5 million to the House of Representatives, enquired from Senate Pro Tempore Gbehzohngar Findley whether he was in possession of same report he answered: “I have not received any report on the US$5 million, nor the Senate.”Senator Yallah, before proffering his motion, reminded his colleagues that his county, Bong is one of the hardest hit by the Ebola epidemic, disclosing that a town in Bong County has recently reported 13 deaths from Ebola. “We must learn from our past mistake and ensure that we don’t release a dime if the Executive fails to report on the US$5 million.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Zeogar Jaynes Is Dead

first_imgThe death is reported of journalist Zeogar Jaynes last week, after a brief illness in Monrovia.The announcement shocked co-workers, relatives and friends. The former vice president of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia, Ms. Matilda Brooks of UNMIL Radio, wrote on her facebook, “I’m in tears this morning. How can u leave us so soon? We always look up to u for advice. There’s not a day we’ll not call upon u for a piece of advice that you’ll not give. .we will forever miss u. When I need to take a professional decision it’s u I called.”Mr. Momolu V. O. Sirleaf, former SWAL president said he was devastated to hear about his friend’s death.  The closeness of the two climaxed when the deceased was part of friends who participated in his recent wedding, as the above group photo indicates.Former SWAL President Isaac Yates wrote in his facebook, “I am devastated and broken over the news of the death of a great brother and friend Zoegar Jaynes. My eyes are teary, my day is wasted but a great friend, a family man, a man of devotion and character has departed us so soon ZQ.”Information received said Mr. Jaynes died of diabetic complications-diabetic ketoacidosis.Daily Observer’s Omari Jackson regretted his untimely death and said Liberia has lost a man who was dedicated to his duties as a family man and a colleague. He urged the family and friends particularly the Sports Writers Association of Liberia, SWAL, to introduce a lecture series to honor his life.Siebo Williams wrote about his death, “So it is really true that my brother and friend alias “FABULOUS and ZQ” is gone. So it is true in the words of Foreign Minister Augustine Ngafuan that ‘Death is the Price We Pay for the Gift of Life?’. So long bro. RIP in the bosom of the Almighty. Your powerful voice will live on forever in broadcast journalism in Liberia and for the BBC Fast Track Sports Program.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fed probe of lender to check for fraud

first_imgFederal investigators looking into New Century Financial Corp. will be examining whether admitted accounting errors by the mortgage lender specializing in high-risk loans were the result of sloppy bookkeeping or fraud, legal experts said Thursday. Among the areas that will be probed: whether executives began dumping their shares last year because they knew the company was headed for trouble. “The key issue on both insider trading and securities or accounting fraud is going to be knowledge and intent,” said attorney Michael Levy, who has represented Enron Corp., among other companies targeted by criminal probes, and also was an assistant U.S. attorney in Washington. “The question is: Did individuals at the company know that the accounting was improper and nevertheless failed to correct it or trade based on that information?” he said. The Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Justice Department are looking into the actions taken by New Century and its officers since the company disclosed last month that it failed to accurately tally losses from loan repurchases and that it would have to restate financial results for the first three quarters of 2006. In the wake of the revelation, the company has been left on the brink of bankruptcy, as creditors have cut off funding or taken steps to do so, many demanding the company buy back billions in mortgage loans. Company stock has tumbled 96.8 percent since its 52-week high of $51.97 last May. It was suspended from the New York Stock Exchange this week. In addition, New Century faces several shareholder lawsuits that claim its top executives and directors misled investors while selling shares before the stock took a dive. Officials with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, who are handling the criminal inquiry, declined to comment, citing the ongoing investigation. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

`Rapidly’ deteriorating, county roads face $300 million bill for repair work

first_imgPALMDALE – Los Angeles County needs hundreds of millions of dollars to repair its deteriorating streets and roads, the county’s top public works official said. About $300 million is needed to repair existing potholes and other road damage, plus an additional $70 million annually for ongoing maintenance, but only $15 million is expected to be spent every year, Public Works Director Donald L. Wolfe said. “We are falling behind at a rapid pace,” Wolfe told members of the Palmdale Chamber of Commerce at a luncheon Wednesday. The county’s road fund was hit by $100 million worth of damage done to streets and roads by 2005 storms, he said. It also lost gasoline sales tax revenue diverted by the state to ease its own budget crunch. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe storm-rxx/xxepair costs are likely to affect county road repair funds for several years, he said. Los Angeles County property tax revenue is expected to jump from rising property values, but there are no plans to put that money into streets and other infrastructure, he said. County officials have asked Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s staff to add $2 billion for local roads and streets to the $222 billion state infrastructure plan that the governor failed to get on the June ballot. The state bond could go before voters in November. The state bond proposal earmarked money for state highways and transit projects, but not for local streets, Wolfe said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Ex-Spus star slams Hugo Lloris for continually letting club down, wants replacement

first_img PSV forward Hirving Lozano was clattered by Lloris huge blow Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January 3 Jermaine Jenas has pleaded with former club Tottenham Hotspur to consider signing a replacement for Hugo Lloris, who he feels ‘has let Mauricio Pochettino down too many times’.The France No.1 has come under intense scrutiny in the past week after his rash tackle in the Champions League against PSV Eindhoven saw him sent off. Spurs eventually succumbed to a late goal to draw the game 2-2, although they desperately needed all three points. Lloris lifts the World Cup as France captain The France No.1 has endured an extremely difficult twelve months for club and country, with euphoric highs mixed with crushing lows. Although he won the World Cup as captain of his country, despite making a fatal error in the Final.And, as captain of Spurs, he has led the club to their best ever start to a Premier League season, but was arrested for drink-driving at the end of August.Despite his troubles, Jenas believes the time has come for Pochettino to consider signing a replacement for the 31-year-old as his normally high standards are slipping.Jenas wrote in his column for the Daily Mail: “He’s meant to be one of Mauricio Pochettino’s main men, his captain. But he’s let him down too many times. “This started before the World Cup and in crucial games. Both fixtures against Manchester City and Chelsea last season saw Lloris errors which had an impact on the result.“It happened in France’s World Cup qualifiers against Sweden. He’s No 1 for France, a World Cup winner and Tottenham captain, so there is an assumption he is one of the best goalkeepers in the world. I don’t think his form in the past year backs that up.“Spurs’ problem is that the drop off when Michel Vorm plays is too great. Paulo Gazzaniga, who played in the wins at Brighton and Huddersfield, should be No 2.“But there is no one to displace Lloris and Spurs need to look at that now.” 3 Lloris has endured a chaotic 12 months for club and country Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card shining Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 3 REVEALED Latest Premier League News Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED no dice tense Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City deals gameday cracker The north Londoners will head back to their temporary home of Wembley to face Premier League champions Manchester City on Monday night, with Lloris expected to continue to start in goal once again.last_img read more

Shameless Bias in Presidential Science

first_imgWhy do “science” news sites go after the Republican candidate only? This is another arena Donald Trump could show is rigged.This entry is about news bias; it does not take sides. Readers are free to make their own conclusions about the better candidate. But a fair result can only come from getting facts straight and reporting them with balance. Since these news sites quoted below often defend Darwinian evolution, it’s instructive to see if their bias on that subject shares commonalities with bias in the political arena.All the Lies That Are Fit to PrintMedical Xpress often regurgitates articles from The Conversation, a blog-like site written by scientists. Although this piece is marked “Opinion” fair enough, it’s based entirely on a false premise. “Opinion: Trump is wrong, I treat combat veterans with PTSD, and they are not weak,” opines Joan Cook, bouncing off a widely-misreported comment from Trump a few weeks ago. In response to a question from a veteran who began a ministry to serve other veterans suffering mental health problems with PTSD, Trump agreed that they need help. The problem is, Trump never said that veterans with PTSD are weak! (see Fox News YouTube clip of original statement by Trump, and remarks by General Boykin, who was present). The one who asked the question explained on FRC’s Washington Watch (Oct 8) that he didn’t take it that way at all, nor did anyone else in the room. Some reporter took the statement out of context, ran with it in the newspapers, and it became an urban myth. Neither Joan Cook nor the website editors decided to fact-check the statement. Yet the headline shouts in bold type that “Trump is wrong”. Did Cook make any effort to fault Hillary Clinton for her numerous lies that are coming to light from her own emails that she failed to submit to Congress under subpoena, and additional lies she stated under oath? Not a peep.What Hits the Fan Is Not Evenly DistributedThe country can’t stop talking about lewd comments Trump made 11 years ago, and no one – not even his supporters – are defending the statements (certainly not CEH, either). But there’s plenty of mud to sling on both sides of the debate stage. Trump denies actually doing anything to women, although everyone is weighing evidence of claims by seven women who suddenly came out of the woodwork since the second debate to accuse him of groping or inappropriately touching them over a decade ago. Why they never brought these accusations up till now—just a few weeks before the election—seems highly suspicious, a bit like the Anita Hill tactic. Trump is actively trying to present evidence to refute their claims, such as friendly quotations from those same women in recent years (never mentioning abuse), or from eyewitnesses present when the abuse supposedly occurred. At the time of this writing, it’s hard to say who’s right.But for years at least four women have accused former President Bill Clinton, the Democrat candidate’s husband, of worse sexual assaults, and one of them claims she was raped. That’s all in addition to the well-documented Monica Lewinsky affair that led to Clinton’s impeachment in 1998. Fox News anchor Sean Hannity has interviewed all four women. They all described how candidate Hillary Clinton attacked them and threatened them, never defending them. There’s also the tape of Hillary laughing at a rapist she defended in her early law practice; she got him off the hook after he had raped a 12-year-old girl. Then there’s the hypocrisy that Hillary Clinton has stated firmly in speeches that rape victims have a right to be believed. Her website contained that statement, Hannity claims, but it inexplicably disappeared the following day. Hannity says it was because it put her in a vulnerable position: someone could ask, “Then why didn’t you believe Juanita Broaddrick?”So what do you expect from Live Science? Fair reporting of these facts? No; twice no! In one piece, Sara Miller defends the long-delayed accusations of the women who are now accusing Trump, but says absolutely nothing about the Clintons. Same in another Live Science entry by Sara Miller, “Five Misconceptions About Sexual Assault.” Again, there’s no mention of the Clintons. The entire piece is aimed at discrediting Donald Trump, this time spreading the blame at one of the Republican senators who came to his defense. Her article gives an appearance of scientific credibility by quoting “Yolanda Moses, a professor of anthropology at the University of California, Riverside” as an authority. This is the half-truth fallacy, a dangerous form of propaganda, accompanied by card stacking and misuse of authority.Sexual assault, even verbal abuse, is never excusable. Reporters, however, owe it to their readers to give a balanced presentation of the facts. It’s all the more egregious when the bias is on an alleged “science” news site. By common admission, the mainstream media are overtly biased against Republicans and conservatives. Why are science news sites even talking about politics, much less taking sides? Where is the “science”? The last thing a science site should try to become is a propaganda arm for a political party.They’re not even trying to be unbiased any more. This is blatant political advocacy. The media, including the science media, are in the tank for Hillary. They are openly pushing to prevent Trump from winning—whatever it takes—even when it means selling their souls. So this is scientific? (Visited 45 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Monty: a Springbok rock at the back

first_imgSouth Africa’s record 53-8 victory over Australia in Johannesburg on 30 August 2008 was a bittersweet win, bringing the curtain down on the international career of Percy Montgomery, the most capped Springbok in history.Addressing a press conference after the match, Montgomery said: “Not many players get to choose when they want to leave test rugby, and I think that is what makes today so special for me, because I know that at test level it is time to go.“I have had many memorable moments in the Bok jersey and some testing ones as well, but I would never exchange one moment of either the highs or the lows.‘A privilege’“It has been a privilege to play for my country and to play in some of the best teams the world has seen,” Montgomery said. “I also feel blessed as a player to have played against so many great players and so many different countries.”“I was asked why I would come back after a high of winning the World Cup in France, but for me every time I put on a Bok jersey was a high, and I got to do that eight more times this year.”Montgomery’s career was marked by many ups and downs. He was, at one stage, the favourite target of hecklers and, arguably, the most disliked Springbok player of all. Yet when he retired he was among the most respected and liked of all players.With his trademark blonde locks and white boots, some saw him as a showboater but, in truth, Montgomery has always been a quiet man away from the field of play and, according to his teammates and coaches, he was a model professional and a wonderful teammate.Springbok debutHe began his provincial career in 1996 for Western Province as a speedy centre, and the following season made his Springbok debut against the British and Irish Lions.Like much of his early career in the green and gold, Montgomery’s performances were mixed in a 2-1 series loss. He scored a try on debut in the second test in Durban, but South Africa lost the match 18-15, despite outscoring the Lions three tries to nil. Montgomery had been entrusted with the kicking duties, but failed to land a single one, which allowed the tourists to score only their second series victory over the Boks.The following week, in the third test, he again scored a try as South Africa crushed the Lions 35-16. Jannie de Beer, who had been called up for the game because of Montgomery’s kicking woes, contributed 13 points with the boot.When Andre Joubert retired, Montgomery was moved from centre to fullback by Nick Mallett, a coach who always rated the former SACS schoolboy highly.Record-settingFrom the end of Carel du Plessis’ short reign as Springbok coach and well into Mallett’s tenure, Montgomery was an integral part of a team that equalled the world record for successive test victories with 17.That run began in August 1997, when Montgomery was still playing at centre, with a then-record 61-22 victory over Australia in Pretoria. A brilliant performance by the Springboks that yielded eight tries was highlighted by a sensational sprint and try by Montgomery that covered three-quarters the length of the field, following a quick throw-in.He was part the team that thrashed France 52-10 at the Park des Princes on 22 November 1997 in a performance that many people believe to be the finest of all Springbok performances.The following week he was in action against England at Twickenham in another record win, this time by a 29-11 margin.SensationalOn 6 December 1997, at Murrayfield, Montgomery enjoyed a sensational game against Scotland, scoring two tries and landing eight conversions for a personal haul of 26 points in a record 68-10 win over Scotland.The following season, 1998, he scored 30 points against Wales in Pretoria as the Boks crushed the Dragons 96-13.That same season Ireland were brushed aside twice and the Springboks won in Perth against the Wallabies, and in Wellington against the All Blacks, as South Africa went unbeaten to secure their first Tri-Nations title.Wales, Scotland, and Ireland were beaten on successive weekends in November before England ended SA’s unbeaten run in December at Twickenham by 13 points to seven.TargetedMontgomery helped the Springboks to a third place finish in the 1999 Rugby World Cup, but South Africa’s performances had slipped and he became widely targeted as a perceived weak link in the Springbok team when doing provincial duty for Western Province away from the friendly confines of Newlands.After a decent season in 2001, South Africa went through a poor 2002 season and Montgomery, hated by many, chose to further his career in Welsh club rugby with Newport. By this time he had already accumulated over 50 international caps.In May 2003, he was sent off for pushing a touch judge to the ground in an uncharacteristic outburst. He was handed a heavy fine and a two-year ban, but 18 months of the ban was later suspended. Despite the lessening of the ban, Montgomery missed the 2003 Rugby World Cup.The tournament proved to be a disaster for South Africa, with a fractured team exiting at the quarterfinals stage, well beaten 29-9 by New Zealand. Not long after the World Cup, Jake White was appointed to succeed Rudolf Straeuli as Springbok coach. It was a move that changed Montgomery’s career and his legacy.MasterstrokeWhite was an admirer of Montgomery’s game, and one of his first moves was to fly overseas and convince him to play for South Africa once again. It proved to be one of the biggest masterstrokes of White’s successful career as Bok coach.When he returned to the national team, it became immediately apparent that Montgomery had matured as a player during his time overseas. He had also become an accurate and reliable kicker, using a trademark short and economical run-up.He took over the goal kicking duties in the national team and was the top scorer in the Tri-Nations competition in 2004, when South Africa won the competition for the second time. The following year he topped the points scoring once more.Under White, and with Montgomery and another veteran, Os du Randt, back in the fold, the Springboks’ rugby fortunes were once again on the up.2006However, in 2006, questions were asked when Australia thrashed the Springboks 49-0 in Brisbane. That same season, however, they managed to beat the Wallabies and also ended a 15-match unbeaten run by New Zealand’s All Blacks.Confidence in the Springboks, White, and his veteran team was restored and the scene was set for the 2007 Rugby World Cup, which would be the crowning glory of Montgomery’s career, even though he was no longer the pacy young flyer he had once been.After two massive wins over England, a victory over Samoa, and middling Tri-Nations’ results, during which coach White used a second-string line-up for the Boks’ overseas games, fans were not sure what to expect from the green and gold at the World Cup.In a warm-up contest, South Africa thrashed Namibia 105-13 at Newlands as Montgomery scored a Springbok record 35 points. Then, it was off to Murrayfield where Scotland were beaten 27-3 in the Boks’ final warm-up match.Rugby World Cup 2007Montgomery scored a massive 29 points in the Springboks’ opening match at the World Cup – a 59-7 victory over Samoa – and went on to play a pivotal role in South Africa’s title winning campaign.He contributed 18 points as England were whitewashed 36-0 in a pool game and then five points as a substitute in a 30-25 victory over a feisty Tongan side. Against the USA, he weighed in with 15 points in a 64-15 win as South Africa went through their pool unbeaten.Montgomery contributed nine points in the Springboks’s 37-20 win over Fiji in the quarterfinals and followed that up with 17 in SA’s 37-13 semi-final whipping of Argentina.In a tight final, Montgomery scored 12 of South Africa’s 15 points as the Boks lifted the William Webb Ellis Trophy after a 15-6 victory over England.Highest points’ scorerMontgomery finished as the highest points scorer in the tournament – the only man to top 100 – with 105 points in the Springboks’ seven wins. However, his contribution amounted to much more than kicking penalties and conversions.His tactical acumen enabled South Africa to play rugby from favourable field positions, and his safe and steady play at the back gave the Bok backline a settled and solid look. While the defence was strong, Montgomery’s intelligent running lines also enabled South Africa to excel on attack and score 33 tries – second only to New Zealand, who benefited from two huge wins over minnows Portugal and Romania.In the 2008 season, Montgomery played mostly off the bench. He was given only one start against New Zealand at Newlands, but it marked his 100th test for the Springboks, making him the first man to achieve the milestone for South Africa, and only the ninth player in rugby history to reach three figures.He retired with a host of important South African records to his name. They included: Most caps – 102 Most points – 893 (Naas Botha is second with 312) Most conversions – 153 Most penalties – 148 Most points in a test – 35 versus Namibia In addition, Montgomery also scored 25 tries and kicked six drop goals.His contribution to rugby, South Africa, and rugby in South Africa was recognised in October 2008 when he was named to receive National Orders.After his retirement, Montgomery joined the Springboks as a kicking coach.Percy Montgomery goes down in history as not only a Springbok legend, but a legend of the game of rugby.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

DRDGold in R250m plant expansion

first_img15 February 2012South African gold miner DRDGold is to spend R250-million to expand its treatment plant in Brakpan, east of Johannesburg, a move that will enable the company to extract up to 20% more gold from the mine dumps that it re-treats.According to DRDGold CEO Niel Pretorius, the decision to proceed with the addition of a flotation and fine-grind circuit to the plant stems from the findings of about two years of in-house research and development (R&D), the purpose of which was to find a way to liberate more gold from the mine dumps.“It was discovered during R&D that gold trapped in high-pyrite material contained in the total feed to the Brakpan plant was not being liberated by the plant’s conventional carbon in leach process,” he told SouthAfrica.info this week.The Brakpan plant forms part of the company’s Ergo operation, which was established in 2007 as a joint venture between DRDGold and Mintails Limited to recover and treat surface tailings in the Elsburg Tailings Complex.Now wholly owned by DRDGold, Ergo has a network of surface rights that provide access to surface tailings deposited across the western, central and eastern Witwatersrand.More gold extracted, possible uranium recoveryThe company’s research also revealed that by putting the total feed to the plant through a flotation process, the high-pyrite material could be separated from the rest of the feed.The separated high-pyrite material would then be fine-ground through a separate milling process, and the gold it contained could be recovered.“So, the decision has been made to spend some R250-million to refurbish Ergo’s existing flotation plant to do the necessary flotation and to build a fine-grind milling circuit to fine-grind the high-pyrite material,” said Pretorius. “It is expected that the flotation [and] fine-grind process will liberate between 16-20% more gold.”He added that the fine-grind process has another potential benefit: by linking it to resin-in-pulp technology, it should be possible to recover uranium contained in the feed material at a fraction of the cost of building and operating a conventional uranium extraction plant.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Brazil give Bafana a football lesson

first_img5 March 2014A crowd of 51 083 turned out at Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium on Wednesday evening to witness upcoming World Cup hosts Brazil hand South Africa a 5-0 thrashing with a fluent and entertaining performance.In a low-key beginning to the match, Brazil started confidently, passing the ball about, moving it from left to right and using the depth of the field too, but it was South Africa who managed the first shot on goal, with Dean Furman’s long range, left-footed shot being comfortably handled by Julio Cesar in the Brazilian goal.Hulk came close to setting Fred up for a goal when he got onto the end of a free kick on the right and centred for the Fluminense striker, but Fred’s side-footed shot was skied high and wide of Ronwen Williams’ goal.Opening goalIn the 10th minute, though, the World Cup hosts hit the front. Hulk, wide on the sideline, picked out Oscar with a well weighted ball for the midfielder to run onto. The South African defence was too narrow and Bafana goalkeeper Williams was left in an uncomfortable one-on-one situation. He came out to close the angle, but Oscar kept his cool and chipped the ball past the goalie’s right shoulder and into an open net.South Africa, to their credit, immediately worked hard to put the South Americans under pressure, and while they managed to play some of their football in the Brazilian half, they couldn’t make an impression inside the visitors’ box.Neymar almost rounded Williams in the 20th minute when he ran onto another well judged through ball, but the goalie did well to force the Barcelona star wide and then knock the ball behind for a corner.Refreshingly openJudging from the number of players that lost their footing, the surface appeared somewhat slippery, but the football was refreshingly open. Brazil, especially, were doing well to stretch South Africa, not so much out wide, but with the depth of their play and their searching long balls down the flanks.Bafana, though, were able to string some pretty passing movements together, without really testing the five-time world champions.In the 29th minute Neymar came oh so close to scoring Brazil’s second when he ran onto a loose South African pass and bore down on the Bafana Bafana goal with the home team’s defenders trailing in his wake. He tried to chip Williams, but the goalie, who was making his debut, managed to get a hand on the ball and deflect it behind for a corner.Nthethe saved a very dangerous situation when Hulk again found space on the right, with four players in the middle in support, and tried to send in a low cross. The South African captain managed to cut out the ball at full stretch. Had he not done so, there were two Brazilians waiting to have a close range shot on goal.Neymar threatened on the counter-attack, with Brazil in a two-on-two, but Siyanda Xulu didn’t fall for any of the winger’s trickery and managed to dispossess him deep in the South African box to the applause of the crowd.Neymar’s firstThree minutes later, however, Neymar got his name onto the scoresheet when Paulinho found with him with a stabbed pass with the outside of his right foot from a goal kick. Neymar took it to his left and from the top of the box beat Williams to the goalkeeper’s left with a solidly struck left-footed shot to make it Brazil 2, South Africa nil.With half-time nearing, Oscar found Marcelo with a through ball on the left, but the South African defence just managed to scramble his low cross for Fred out over the touchline as Brazil went in search of a third goal.Just before the half-time whistle, Dean Furman robbed a Brazilian in the midfield and let rip with a left-footed thunderbolt that flew narrowly wide of Julio Cesar’s right- hand post, drawing oohs and aahs from the Bafana Bafana faithful. Shortly after that, the whistle sounded. The first half had belonged to Brazil.The World Cup hosts took to the field in the second half wearing their change strip with black armbands bearing the famous 46664 number that was former South African President Nelson Mandela’s prison number to match the 46664 on the home team’s new all white kit.Early second half strikeAfter only 24 seconds, Brazil had added a third goal to their tally. When South Africa were unable to control the ball in the midfield, Fred knocked a pass for Neymar to run onto. He was in acres of space, which forced Williams to come out of his goal to close down the Brazilian star. With so much space, though, Neymar simply lofted the ball high over the Bafana Bafana goalkeeper and into the back of the net.Luiz Gustavo, on as a substitute, was narrowly wide of William’s left-hand post with a curling shot from the left shortly after that.SubstitutesWith the result already decided, Dino Ndlovu replaced Daylon Claasen in the home team’s line-up, followed not five minutes later by Bongani Zungu.When South Africa managed a ball across the face of the Brazilian goal, David Luiz was on hand to cut it out and end the danger. Anele Ngconga then sent in a teasing cross to the far post, but Rafinha was on hand to head it behind for a corner.Barcelona’s Dani Alves, the scorer of Brazil’s winner in their 1-0 Confederations Cup victory over South Africa in 2009, replaced Real Madrid’s Marcelo just 13 minutes into the second stanza.Next up among the flood of substitutes was Jo replacing Fred for Brazil, while Ayanda Patosi took over from Bernard Parker for Bafana Bafana.Fine saveAlmost immediately Serero played Patosi in with a superb pass with the outside of his boot, but Julio Cesar pulled off a fine save with his left hand to deny the Belgium- based striker a stunning introduction.David Luiz next joined his team-mates on the sidelines, with Bayern Munich’s Dante replacing the Chelsea star in a team mostly loaded with one name, recognisable stars.Neymar then found space on the right and drifted easily past a defender before just missing Jo with a ball to the head of the striker at the far post.Bafana Bafana were caught square in the 74th minute once more, but Williams did extremely well to cut down the angle and save Dani Alves’ shot with his feet. Shortly after that, Alves just missed finding Neymar with a chipped pass as his Barcelona team-mate went in search of a hat-trick.A rocketIt became 4-0 in the 74th minute when Fernandinho beat Williams with a rocket from 27 metres out that found the top right hand corner of the Bafana Bafana net- minder’s goal, leaving the stunned debutant rooted to the spot. It was Fernandinho’s first goal for his country.Hat-trickFinally, Neymar completed the scoring and netted his hat-trick in the 90th minute when Alves found Jo with a ball from the left to the striker on the far post in the box. Jo, in turn, picked out Neymar with a well directed header, leaving the winger with a simple tap-in for his third.Three minutes later it was all over. Brazil 5, South Africa 0.last_img read more