No hitch this time as QPR youngster joins Portsmouth on loan

first_imgQPR youngster Frankie Sutherland has moved to Portsmouth on loan.Sutherland, 19, has joined the League One club for an initial month with a view to extending his stay.The midfielder’s proposed loan move to Fratton Park in November fell through because the deal was not completed by the deadline.Rangers were keen for Sutherland, Michael Harriman, Tom Hitchcock and Max Ehmer to go out on loan early this year in order to play first-team football.Harriman recently joined Wycombe and Hitchcock Bristol Rovers, while Ehmer has been touted among Championship and leading League One clubs as he has already had spells with Yeovil and Preston.Meanwhile, QPR are on the verge of a deal to sign Yann M’Vila from Rennes.See also:QPR youngster’s proposed loan move to Portsmouth collapsesQPR plan to send more players out on 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Telkom secures R902m loan

first_imgRay Maota The Telkom sign can be seen on one ofJohanesburg’s landmarks, theHillbrow tower.(Image: Formore free photos, visit the image library) Telkom’s mobile network, 8ta, waslaunched in October 2010 making itthe fifth mobile network operatorin South Africa.(Image: CONTACTS• Pynee ChettySpokesperson for Telkom+27 12 311 5247RELATED ARTICLES• Telkom mobile to launch soon • MTN launches R8.1bn shares scheme • Telkom teams up with AT&T• Cheaper phone rates for SA South African telecommunications provider Telkom has secured a seven-year loan worth R902-million (US$127-million) from a group of international banks.Part of the loan will go towards buying goods from Chinese telecoms equipment manufacturer Huawei, while the remainder will be used for capital expenditure for the company’s recently launched mobile network 8ta.The fifth mobile network in South Africa, 8ta was launched in October 2010. It’s pronounced “heita”, and is township slang for “how are you?”Telkom plans to spend R6-billion ($848-million) in total building up the network by 2014.Banks involved in the recent loan agreement include Barclays Capital, Absa Capital, China Development Bank, Bank of China, China Construction Bank, Citibank, HSBC and the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation.The deal is backed by China Export and Credit Insurance Corporation, also known as Sinosure, a Chinese state-owned credit export agency.Gabriel Buck, head of Export Credit Agency (ECA) financing at Barclays Capital, said: “We are pleased to deliver to Telkom a long-term, competitive Sinosure facility. This represents the first financing for Telkom under their ECA umbrella framework, and will provide a benchmark for any future Sinosure financings.”An export credit agency or investment insurance agency acts as the mediator between national governments and exporters, while supplying finance for exports.“Given the existing liquidity constraints within the bank and bond markets, this facility provides Telkom with an attractive and flexible source of additional cost-effective liquidity,” said Anthony Wilter of Absa Capital’s investment banking division.New mobile numberAt the time of 8ta’s launch, managing executive of Telkom Mobile, Amith Maharaj, said: “We will provide the platform for South Africans to communicate more. I’m not exaggerating when I say that this is the start of a new era in mobile phone communication in South Africa and consumers will at last have a real choice.”Telkom SA MD, Pinky Moholi, added: “We wanted to create a brand that builds upon Telkom’s heritage around quality and innovation. At the same time, we realised the need to be simple and to be authentically South African.”Telkom signed a national roaming agreement with its prospective competitor MTN, enabling it to use MTN’s infrastructure to launch its services.Telecoms giantTelkom is one of the leading telecommunication service providers in South Africa and in Africa. Traditionally a fixed-line operator, it first ventured into mobile network territory with the launch of 8ta.The company was founded in 1991 and listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in 2003, 12 years after it got off the ground.In 2006 Telkom’s domination was broken when Neotel became the second fixed-line operator in South Africa. As a mobile network operator, Telkom faces stiff competition from Vodacom, Cell-C, Virgin Mobile and MTN.Telecoms equipment providerHuawei is a leading telecommunication solutions provider and was established in 1988. It provides network infrastructure, software, services and devices.In 2008 it was recognised by Business Week as one of the world’s most influential companies and in 2009 it gained the second largest global market share of radio access equipment.Huawei has worked with some of the world’s leading computer giants, including Intel, Microsoft, IBM and Hewlett-Packard.last_img read more

Chaiwala turns Rafalewala: Mamata Banerjee

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday called the Rafale deal a “big scam” and said that she supported the views of the Congress party on this issue.One of the most vocal critics of the BJP-led government at the Centre, Ms. Banerjee has not spoken much about the Rafale deal. Asked about The Hindu’s revelations on the deal, the West Bengal Chief Minister said Mr. Modi is used to taking unilateral decisions and interfering in every issue and referred to demonetisation.“I was not sure how much money was involved but something has happened behind the curtains in the deal. Rafale is a big scam and I support Congress on this,” she said. The Trinamool Congress chairperson said Mr. Modi turns out to be a chaiwala (tea vendor) during the polls and becomes Rafale-wala after it. During his public meeting at Jalpaiguri Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said he had a deep bond with north Bengal which produces tea as he had once been a tea vendor. Row over circuit courtMs. Banerjee also took strong exception to the Mr Modi’s inaugurating the Circuit Bench of the Calcutta High Court at Jalpaiguri during the day.Speaking to journalists Ms Banerjee said neither the State government nor the High Court was informed of the inauguration. “The manpower for the Circuit Bench has to be provided by us. The High Court will send judges. It is like the groom and the bride are missing and the band party comes and plays a political tune,” the Chief Minister said.During his rally Mr. Modi had criticised the State government for the delay in opening up the Circuit Bench.last_img read more

Little runner Budhia Singh’s biopic on cards

first_imgBudhia SinghBollywood has taken a shine to the sport biopic. After Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Mary Kom comes a film on Budhia Singh , who ran from Bhubaneswar to Puri in 2006 when he was just four.Filmmaker Soumendra Padhi has roped in Manoj Bajpayee to play Biranchi Das, Budhia’s coach,,Budhia SinghBollywood has taken a shine to the sport biopic. After Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Mary Kom comes a film on Budhia Singh , who ran from Bhubaneswar to Puri in 2006 when he was just four.Filmmaker Soumendra Padhi has roped in Manoj Bajpayee to play Biranchi Das, Budhia’s coach, and Tillotama Shome as the marathon boy’s mother.last_img

Yanks Top Sox 6-4

first_imgTAMPA— Jacoby Ellsbury tripled in his spring training debut, Alex Rodriguez had two hits and the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 6-4 on Saturday.Ellsbury tripled to right-center on his final at-bat after being retired earlier on an infield liner and grounder. The center fielder didn’t make his first appearance until the Yankees’ fourth game to allow for a few extra days of onfield drills.“All the time you put in, not just the last couple days but the offseason and everything, it’s nice to see results out of the gate,” Ellsbury said.Rodriguez had a pair of singles and walked. In two games, he is 3 for 4 — including a homer Thursday against Philadelphia on the second pitch he saw — with two walks.Top Yankees’ prospects Jorge Mateo and Aaron Judge both homered.“I think you see the young players and how close they are getting,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “The talent level, it’s there.”Brennan Boesch and Ryan Lamarre hit home runs for the Red Sox, who didn’t bring David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval on the two-hour trip from Boston’s spring training facility in Fort Myers.“We’re a more balanced team,” Boston manager John Farrell said. “Our pitching staff is deeper. I think our bench is very complimentary to the projected starting lineup. So when you look at that, there’s an evenness across our roster that might not have been there the last couple years.”STARTING TIMERed Sox: Knuckleballer Steven Wright allowed two runs and five hits in three innings.Yankees: Tyler Cloyd gave up one run and two hits in one inning. The non-roster right-hander went 11-11 with a 5.19 ERA in 28 starts last year with Samsung of the Korean Baseball Organization.TRAINER’S ROOMRed Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (right knee) continues throwing on level ground but is not ready to throw off a mound. … OF Rusney Castillo didn’t make the trip so he could complete his team physical.Yankees: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (mild groin tightness) threw 22 of 31 pitches for strikes during a two-inning simulated game and is scheduled to make his first start Thursday. … Reliever Chasen Shreve, hit in the upper back by a ball during batting practice earlier this week, struck out one during a perfect second.CLOSING TIMEYankees closer Aroldis Chapman is scheduled for a simulated game Sunday, which is one of the final steps before making his first game appearance.Acquired from Cincinnati, Chapman joins the backend of a bullpen that also features Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances.“A powerful bullpen got deeper,” Farrell said. “You see a guy averaging nearly two strikeouts an inning, it’s almost unheard of.”Miller and Betances will pitch for the first time Monday against Houston.UP NEXTRed Sox: RHP Clay Buchholz will face Baltimore RHP Mike Wright on Sunday.Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka, coming back after having a procedure in October to remove a bone spur on his throwing elbow, will make his first start Sunday against Philadelphia. RHP Charlie Morton will be starting for the Phillies.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more