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Four Chelsea matches selected for TV

first_imgFour of Chelsea’s Premier League matches in December and January have been rescheduled after being selected for live television coverage, including the trip to face Manchester United.The match at Old Trafford on Monday 28 December will now kick off at 5.30pm and will be shown on BT Sport.The home match against Bournemouth on Saturday 5 December will now kick off at 5.30pm and be shown live on Sky Sports, who will also screen Chelsea’s away match against Leicester.The game against the Foxes was originally scheduled for Saturday 12 December and has been moved Monday 14 December with an 8pm kick-off time.Sky Sports will also screen Chelsea’s away game against Crystal Palace – who won at Stamford Bridge earlier this season.That London derby will now take place on Sunday 3 January with a 1.30pm kick-off.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Stubbs, Puzz send Panthers into Niclai

first_imgJake White and AJ Stubbs each had 15 points, Isaac Puzz added 14 more and the McKinleyville Panthers boys basketball team beat its rival, the Arcata Tigers, 70-56 Monday night, breaking a tie between the two teams for third place in the Big 5 Conference and securing the last available ticket to the Dick Niclai Memorial Tournament.“We love to battle with Arcata,” McKinleyville head coach Sonny Tripp said. “We knew tonight was going to be a great game.”The Panthers showed up prepared, quickly …last_img read more

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Overview: South African telecommunication facilities

first_imgSouth Africa has extremely well-developed communications infrastructure, with extensive fixed-line phone networks and five mobile phone service providers with widespread coverage.(Image: Pexels stock image)Brand South Africa reporterPhoning into South AfricaPhoning out of South AfricaPhoning around South Africa08 numbersSouth Africa phone directoriesUsing your mobile in South AfricaYou can rent mobile phones – we call them cellphones – from the airport on arrival.And provided your mobile phone in your country uses a SIM card, you can buy a South African SIM card and register it in a matter of minutes at a shop or kiosk at the airport on arrival, and use it in your handset. But check with your local service provider that your phone is unlocked before you travel.SIM cards range in price from R0.49 to R2.99.Telkom and Neotel provide fixed-line services, with Neotel focusing more on commercial services.Telkom public telephones use coins, phonecards or Worldcall. Phonecards and Worldcall can be purchased at most retail stores, petrol stations, post offices and airports.Phoning into South AfricaIf you’re dialling a number in South Africa from outside the country, it must be preceded by +27, South Africa’s international country code (the + sign represents the international access code for the country you’re calling from); and either:the area code of the city or town in South Africa you’re calling (leaving out the first zero), if you’re calling a landline; orthe mobile network code (leaving out the first zero), if you’re calling a cellular/mobile network.So, for example, to phone South African Airways’ call centre from abroad, you’d dial +27 11 978 5313 (Johannesburg’s area code is 011, but if you’re phoning from abroad, you drop the zero).To call a mobile number, you might start dialling +27 82 . (082 is the code for one of our main mobile networks, but if you’re phoning from abroad, you drop the zero).Dialling codes in South AfricaThe area codes of some of South Africa’s major cities are:Bloemfontein 051Cape Town 021Durban 031East London 043Johannesburg 011Pretoria 012Port Elizabeth 041For more, consult Telkom’s Dialling codes in South Africa.What’s the time in South Africa?Go to Google and type in “time south africa”.Phoning out of South AfricaTo make an international call from South Africa, dial 00, followed by the country code of the country you wish to call, followed by the relevant area code (if there is one), followed by the phone number.What’s my country’s dialling code?One of the quickest ways to find out is to dial Telkom’s 24-hour international customer care centre – 10903 – and ask. The service is free. Alternatively, look it up on Telkom’s international dialling code directory or go to Google and type in “dialling code [your country]”.Operator-assisted diallingTelkom’s international booked calls – 10900 – offers 24-hour assistance to anyone wanting to make international calls or send faxes.What’s the time back home?Go to Google and search “time [name of your home country]”.Collect callsCollect calls are reverse-charge calls (that is, where the called party pays the charge on acceptance of the call). To make a national collect call, phone 1025, where you will be directed by voice prompts. For international collect calls, contact Telkom’s international enquiries at 10900. They will supply you with the number to call in your home country.Public phones for touristsTelkom has placed public telephones at major tourist sites across South Africa. Coin-operated phones are blue, while cardphones are green, and both are user- friendly and compatible with hearing-aid devices. They offer a reliable connection, high quality of speech, and are affordable.Phonecards and WorldCallTelkom’s phonecards and WorldCall cards are available at major outlets where the Telkom logo is displayed.Phoning around South AfricaIf you’re in South Africa and phoning a landline – whether you’re phoning from a landline or a mobile phone – the number must be preceded by the area code (including the first zero) for the city or town you’re phoning.Telkom: Dialling codes in South AfricaIf, on the other hand, you’re phoning to a mobile number, you never use an area code, only the appropriate mobile network code.08 numbersMany businesses and organisations have special landline numbers beginning with an 08 code – 0800, 0860, 0861, and so on. (But not 082, 083 or 084, which belong to the mobile networks.) These are, in effect, national numbers – area codes are dispensed with, and callers dial the same number regardless of where they are. Note that these lines can only be accessed from within South Africa.080 numbers (usually 0800) – no charge to the caller.0860 numbers – the caller does not pay for any long-distance portion of the call.0861 numbers – the caller is charged a flat rate for the call.Phone directoriesFor landline numbers in South Africa, consult Telkom’s phone directories. The print versions are published and millions of copies distributed free of charge every year – you’ll find them in airports, hotels, offices, homes and public phone booths just about everywhere. The online versions are at:Phone Book (White Pages) – residential Telkom subscribersYellow Pages – businesses, services and productsAlternatively, dial Telkom’s telephonic directories:International – 10903Directory Services (Phone Book) – 1023Talking Yellow Pages – 10118Mobile Yellow Pages – SMS what you’re looking for and where (eg “flowers cape town”) to 34310.Using your mobile in South AfricaSouth Africa has an extensive GSM network, working on the same frequency as the rest of Africa and Europe. There are five cellphone providers: Vodacom, MTN, Cell- C, Virgin Mobile and Telkom, previously known as 8ta.The networks support GPRS countrywide; 3G, 4G, LTE, UMTS, EDGE and HSDPA support is available in larger urban areas.You will be able to use your phone in South Africa if as long as your phone is a triband or fourband phone, is unlocked, and takes a SIM card. Make the necessary arrangements with your service provider before leaving your home country. You will need to activate international roaming.It is also possible to rent or buy a phone and SIM card. You can buy a SIM card starter kit – they’re cheap and easily available from kiosks at most airports, as well as at supermarkets and corner cafes. Car rental companies will often rent out a phone – and GPS if you need one. You can buy credit for prepaid phones just about everywhere.You can also order and buy a SIM card and airtime/data bundle before you even leave home, through B4IGO South Africa. You pick up your pre-ordered SIM at the South African airport on arrival.Follow the dialling conventions outlined above when making calls from your phone.Make sure you pack your charger as well as the correct adaptor before you leave home. South Africa uses plug types “C”, “G” and “M”.Remember that talking on your handheld mobile phone while driving is illegal. Either rent a hands-free kit, or pull off the road at a safe place.Source: Telkom, Vodacom, Cell C, MTNWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Snake scare at Games Village after dog menace

first_imgThe Commonwealth Games organisers continued to wallow in criticism as stray dogs, last-minute work and the discovery of a snake in one of the apartments in the Village on Sunday drew howls of protests from the visiting teams. Some 60 members of the Scotland team and a 50-strong Welsh contingent finally moved into the Village, but expressed displeasure at the unfinished facilities.Scotland’s chef de mission Jon Doig, who had arrived last week, said: “We arrived here earlier otherwise our athletes would have had a tough time in the Village. We could identify the problems at the right time. But there are still things that need to be fixed,” he said.Another team official said stray dogs continue to pose a danger. “This is very strange for us and it poses a threat for the athletes as well,” the official said.A top South African diplomat warned his country’s athletes would not put up in the Village after a snake was discovered in one of the rooms reserved for them.South African high commissioner Harris Mbulelo Mejeke said the athletes wouldn’t stay in the Village until everything was in place. ” A snake can be a threat to the lives of our athletes. Very disappointing.Basically, the basement was full of water and the staircase was damp. If snakes are found, we can’t ask our athletes to stay,” Mejeke said.Botswana complained about lack of cleanliness in the apartments. “There is a lot of construction material lying in our rooms. Besides filthy bedsheets, bathroom fittings do not work. They are not clean. It is unlivable,” chef de mission of Botswana, Tuelo Daniel Seruftho, said.advertisement”We are coordinating with the Games Organising Committee officials and efforts are on to put things in order,” he added. “Our athletes will be here by Tuesday. They will stay here only if the rooms are ready. Otherwise, we will arrange accommodation in hotels.”Trinidad and Tobago officials praised the facilities, but said their team would stay in hotels for the time being as finishing work remained. ” The facilities are excellent, but there is still work to do.This is similar to a big Indian wedding.But what bothers us are the mosquitoes.There is a fear of dengue,” said John Melow, a team official.last_img read more

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Tiger’s Journey: 11 years that felt like several lifetimes

first_imgThat only made his 15th major title all the more rewarding.Or, as Tiger put it not long after tapping in a gimme putt Sunday for a one-stroke victory at the Masters:FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Overwhelming.”For so much of his life, the outline that Woods and his hard-driving father, Earl, had so carefully laid out went just as they intended. MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Woods checked into a Mississippi clinic for more than a month, apparently to deal with some sort of sex addiction. Most of his major sponsors fled for cover. Elin Nordegren divorced her cheating husband.In Woods’ return to golf at the Masters, he received a tongue-lashing from Augusta National chairman Billy Payne for his lack of moral scruples and for the poor example he set for America’s youth.A far cry, to be sure, from the greeting he got Sunday in the interview room from green-jacketed moderator Craig Heatley, “Welcome back, Tiger. Or more appropriately, welcome home.”If Woods thought things couldn’t get any worse back in 2010, he was mistaken.His body continued to betray him, leading to one surgery after another in an attempt to alleviate the unyielding pain. His back was such a mess that it became a struggle just to walk, or sleep, or play with his kids. Woods faced the very real possibility of never playing golf again, not even for fun.“So where is the light at the end of the tunnel?” he asked ruefully in 2015, a few weeks before Christmas. “I don’t know.”At that point, Woods conceded, any further achievements on the golf course would be mere “gravy.”The fourth surgery on his back was something of a last resort. Sure, he wanted to play golf again at the highest level, but he probably would have settled for a lifting of the pain and the ability to lead somewhat of a normal life. About six weeks later, he sank into another abyss when police found him asleep — or passed out — behind the wheel of his running car in the middle of the night. He was arrested and briefly jailed. His mugshot showed the face of a man whose life had seemingly spiraled out of control.Woods blamed it on a bad combination of pain medication, pleaded guilty to reckless driving and entered a diversion program.While he worked — again — to restore some order to his personal life, Woods began to realize that the fusion on his back had resulted in something of a medical miracle. His swing got stronger and stronger, more and more like the Tiger of old. He kept dreading a return of the excruciating, piercing pain, but it stayed away. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Tiger Woods makes Masters his 15th and most improbable major Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuecenter_img LATEST STORIES But when Woods captured his fifth victory at Augusta National — and his first major championship in 11 years that must’ve felt like several lifetimes — he let out a scream that reflected the depths of his personal and professional hell.Some of it of his own making, to be sure.Some of it beyond his control, in all fairness.All of it leading to a day that just didn’t seem possible, not since the master plan fell apart in so many ways.Tiger Woods.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Major champion.“Ahh, it fits,” Woods said, beaming as he tugged on that famous green jacket for the first time since 2005, a photo of Bobby Jones staring down above his left shoulder in the Butler Cabin.For so many years, everything fit so neatly.From his astonishing swings on “The Mike Douglas Show” at the age of 2 to becoming the first player to win three straight U.S. Amateur titles to capturing the Masters not long after his 21st birthday by a whopping 12 strokes, the Tiger Way was pure perfection, generating millions for him and his sponsors.He married a Swedish model, had two beautiful children and kept adding one major title after another, capturing his 14th by his early 30s, on a seemingly unstoppable quest to surpass Jack Nicklaus as the greatest champion of them all.Then, just like that, it all fell apart.His marriage. His reputation. His body.He had major reconstructive surgery on his left knee shortly after hobbling to what had been his most recent major championship, a playoff victory in the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.Turns out, that was only a minor prelude to all that agony that was to come, so much of it self-inflicted.While everyone was celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday in 2009, Woods crashed his SUV into a tree and a fire hydrant outside his Florida home. That led to reports of a myriad of extramarital affairs, wrecking the facade he and his father had constructed of the dedicated athlete and perfect family man. Overnight, one of the world’s most famous people became a punchline. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments Physically and mentally fit, he contended at the last two majors of 2018, claimed a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team and won the season-ending Tour Championship at East Lake — his first victory of any kind in more than five years, setting off a wild, course-storming celebration from the gallery.“That confirmed I could still win out here against the best players,” Woods said. “That gave me a lot of confidence going into this year. I wanted to keep building on it. I wanted to get my mind and body peaking for Augusta.”Once again, a plan came together.Only this time, it came with a lot more baggage.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated FILE – In this April 13, 1997, file photo, Masters champion Tiger Woods receives his Green Jacket from last year’s winner Nick Faldo, rear, at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. Woods completes an amazing journey by winning the 2019 Masters, overcoming 11 years of personal foibles and professional pain that seemed likely to be his lasting legacy. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)AUGUSTA, Ga. — The sex scandal. The mugshot. The debilitating injuries.Tiger Woods certainly didn’t plan it this way.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more