MTN eyes $6B valuation for money unit MTN committed to Syria exit MTN Previous ArticleVivendi “surprised” by Niel’s TI move; long term plans unaffectedNext ArticleT-Mobile US to provide unlimited data for video – report Tags Home MTN still in talks over $5.2B Nigerian fine Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including… Read more Related Author MTN expects fintech spin-off within a year South Africa-based MTN confirmed talks are ongoing with Nigerian authorities over a massive fine imposed for failing to register the personal details of 5.1 million subscribers.“As per our SENS [Stock Exchange News Service] announcement, the company reiterates that engagements with the Nigerian authorities are continuing and any material developments in these engagements will be communicated to shareholders through SENS,” read a MTN statement.Earlier, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) suspended trading in MTN shares, pending an announcement by the company. Shares fell steeply on speculation that the company had agreed to pay the $5.2 billion penalty, which was imposed last week.“Shareholders should specifically exercise caution when reacting to information on this matter which has not been released by the company,” warned the MTN announcement.“Shareholders are therefore advised to continue to exercise caution when dealing in the Company’s securities until a further announcement is made,” it added.On Friday, the Nigerian telecoms watchdog gave MTN until 16 November to pay the massive fine. Richard Handford AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 02 NOV 2015
Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Federal prosecutors have charged a former Blackfeet Tribal Business Council chairman of fraudulently approving more than $200,000 in overtime claims by employees of the tribe’s Head Start program.Willie Andrew Sharp was charged on Jan. 10 with theft, wire fraud and forfeiture. He is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Great Falls on Feb. 5.According to court documents, between April 2013 and July 2014 Sharp approved more than 7,800 hours of overtime for a number of Head Start employees, including his wife Denise L. Sharp, even though he knew they had not earned overtime. In total, Sharp allegedly helped defraud the government sponsored Head Start program of more than $232,000.A number of the employees involved in the scam have been charged. Ethyl Lee Grant and Carol Hall Bird both pleaded guilty to wire fraud and were ordered to pay restitution. Denise L. Sharp and Theresa and Patrick Calf Boss Ribs have all pleaded guilty to wire fraud and theft and will be sentenced later this year.According to charging documents, Willie Andrew Sharp personally received $38,711 as part of the alleged fraud.Willie Andrew Sharp was chairman from 2012 to 2014 during one of the most tumultuous times in recent Blackfeet history when the tribal government split into two factions.Infighting broke out on the BTBC within weeks of Sharp taking the chairman’s seat. Between June and September 2012, five tribal council members and dozens of tribal employees were suspended, expelled or fired under questionable circumstances. In 2013, the tribal council split into two different factions, each trying to claim control over the government. The split led to numerous government shutdowns. Sharp was voted out of office in 2014.The dysfunction on the tribal council between 2012 and 2014 highlighted some of the weaknesses in the tribe’s constitution. Afterwards, tribal members tried to rewrite the constitution, and in 2017 the new document was put to a vote before tribal members. The constitutional reform effort ultimately failed over concerns by some that it would allow open enrollment. Email
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Tony Stewart says it’s been so long since he’s driven a NASCAR Xfinity Series car that he’s not sure how much help he’d be able to offer to Cole Custer, the full-time driver for Stewart-Haas Racing’s flagship Xfinity team.At least now, Stewart says, the lines of communication for any potential advice are far more open that they used to be.“That’s the great thing about Cole is that he’s coming out of his shell finally,” Stewart says. “I mean, for the first two years that I’d met this kid, he never said one word to me. I didn’t even know that he could speak. As time’s gone on now, he’s coming into his own, but it’s kind of that way with his racing, too. … We really don’t talk a lot about it. I mean, he does a really good job on his own. I almost feel like if I get in the middle of it, I’m only going to confuse him more than anything because the progress he’s making is good the way that he’s doing it.”The 20-year-old driver’s shy streak may still be part of his personality, but Custer has shown signs of opening up — both with his interactions and his performance on the track. The California native sits fourth in the Xfinity Series standings ahead of Saturday’s U.S. Cellular 250 (5:20 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Iowa Speedway.RELATED: Pocono, Iowa weekend scheduleCuster leads the Xfinity tour this season with four pole positions, and he ranks as second-best in top-five finishes with seven and top-10 finishes with 14 in the 18 races thus far. But he’s missing a tally in the win column, a void he’s aiming to fill with eight events remaining in the regular season.“I think right now we’re fairly happy with where we’re at. I mean, we want to win races obviously and we need to catch up with the 20 and 22 guys,” Custer said, making mention of Joe Gibbs Racing and Team Penske entries that have accounted for seven Xfinity wins this year. “They’re fast and they’re leading laps every weekend. I think we can get there, we’re just going to have to dig a little bit deeper.“Obviously I think we’re living in the top five right now, we just have to have everything kind of fall into place and have it be our weekend. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season, and I think we can make it happen.”At the mild risk of looking too far ahead, Custer says the No. 00 Ford team is already making preparations to fine-tune its program ahead of the Xfinity Series’ seven-race playoffs, which open Sept. 21 at Richmond Raceway. They’ll have a year of postseason experience to draw upon, having come tantalizingly close to the final round in 2017.MORE: Custer, Stewart reveal Darlington throwbackHad Custer & Co. kept their championship eligibility until the end — a berth he missed by just four points in the penultimate race — an Xfinity crown was well within their grasp. Custer played spoiler in the Homestead-Miami finale, capping his rookie season by leading 182 of 200 laps for his first Xfinity win.Even with the title near-miss, the accomplishments placed Custer in elite territory in just the first season of Stewart-Haas Racing’s Xfinity operation. That growth has continued this year, strengthened by a partnership with Biagi-DenBeste Racing.“I mean, to bring a rookie crew chief and a rookie driver into the series and do what they did last year and then see how it keeps progressing this year, I think everything’s moving along great,” Stewart says. “Obviously, we’ve had a partnership come on board in the last year and I think we’re really happy with the direction that the program’s going. In such a short amount of time to build it to what it is, it kind of follows suit with what we’ve done with the Cup program, so I think the sky’s the limit with it.”As timelines go, SHR’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series program is celebrating its 10th anniversary in style. Kevin Harvick is fresh from his series-best sixth win of 2018, and teammate Clint Bowyer has visited Victory Lane twice this season. Kurt Busch and Aric Almirola have yet to break through for a checkered flag this year, but their consistency has placed both drivers among the front-running contenders most weeks.RELATED: Key moments in SHR’s historyThat sort of performance has trickled down to the Xfinity level at SHR, with a more vocal Custer front and center.“Obviously, the morale gets up because we’re all one team,” Custer says. “Everybody’s winning, but we obviously want to do our part and start winning also. So it brings our level up, I feel like. We want to match their level, so I think it definitely helps the whole organization and obviously we share a little bit back and forth, so I think it’s a good thing for everybody.”
The inaugural Miami Beach Pop Festival will set up shop at the beachfront Lummus Park on the iconic Ocean Drive in Miami Beach on November 8th, 9th, and 10th this fall. While the event’s producers have already shared the lineup for its first-year event including Chance the Rapper, Jack Johnson, Daddy Yankee, Kygo, The Raconteurs, and more, the festival announced on Friday that it will also feature an all-star celebration of the music of late reggae legend, Bob Marley.Related: 10 Reasons Why You Should Attend Miami Beach Pop FestivalThe celebration of Marley will take place on day one of the festival on Friday, and will be led by his son Stephen Marley, with performances from Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Jack Johnson, Nacho, and Arcade Fire’s Win Butler. More special guests for the tribute set will be announced closer to the November event.“Bob Marley is perhaps the most beloved artist in the world, and his unifying message is exactly what Miami Beach Pop is all about,” festival co-founder Paul Peck, said about the tribute in a statement. “The impact of his music and spirit cannot be understated. We are honored to create this historic show during sunset on the first day of the festival. It will be an unforgettable moment in time.”Other artists set to perform throughout the weekend event include Juanes, Maggie Rogers, Leon Bridges, The Roots, Nile Rodgers and Chic, Sean Paul, T-Pain, Jessie Reyez, Bomba Estereo, Quinn XCII, Natti Natasha, Gryffin, Brytiago, Margo Price, and many more.3-Day General Admission and 3-Day VIP tickets are on sale now exclusively at www.MiamiBeachPop.com.
Many medical conditions can affect your hearing health.Treatment of these and other hearing losses can often lead to improved or restored hearing. If left undiagnosed and untreated, some conditions can lead to irreversible hearing impairment or deafness.If you suspect that you or your loved one has a problem with their hearing, ensure optimal hearing healthcare by seeking a medical diagnosis from a physician. Next UpThree million children under the age of 18 have some hearing loss, including four out of every 1,000 newborns. So, every parent and caregiver should be watchful of the signs of hearing loss in their child and seek a professional diagnosis. Hearing loss can increase the risk of speech and language developmental delays.The most common cause of hearing loss in children is otitis media, the medical term for a middle ear infection or inflammation of the middle ear. It happens frequently during swim season.This condition can occur in one or both ears and primarily affects children due to the shape of the young Eustachian tube (and is the most frequent diagnosis for children visiting a physician). Tinnitus is the medical name indicating ringing in the ears, which includes noises ranging from loud roaring to clicking, humming or buzzing. Most tinnitus comes from damage to the microscopic endings of the hearing nerve in the inner ear.The health of these nerve endings is important for acute hearing, and injury to them brings on hearing loss and often tinnitus. Hearing nerve impairment and tinnitus can also be a natural accompaniment of advancing age.Exposure to loud noise is probably the leading cause of tinnitus damage to hearing in younger people. Medical treatments and assistive hearing devices are often helpful to those with this condition.Conditions that affect all ages are swimmer’s ear or otitis externa. One of the most common and easily treatable causes of hearing loss is accumulated earwax.Excessive earwax can be a chronic condition best treated by a physician. Autoimmune inner ear disease (AIED) is an inflammatory condition of the inner ear.Knowing symptoms of AIED is important: sudden hearing loss in one ear progressing rapidly to the second and continued loss of hearing over weeks or months, a feeling of ear fullness, vertigo, and tinnitus.A perforated eardrum is a hole or rupture in the eardrum, a thin membrane that separates the ear canal and the middle ear. The amount of hearing loss experienced depends on the degree and location of perforation. Sometimes a perforated eardrum will heal spontaneously; other times surgery to repair the hole is necessary.Never, EVER, stick anything into the ear to clean it. This can result in a painful injury, infection, and hearing loss.Take care of your ears, leave treatment to your doctor and stay healthy my friends.Jody Holton writes about health for Port Arthur Newsmedia. She can be reached at [email protected] When left undiagnosed and untreated, otitis media can lead to infection of the mastoid bone behind the ear, a ruptured ear drum, and hearing loss. If treated appropriately, hearing loss related to otitis media can be alleviated.Age-related hearing loss (presbycusis) is the loss of hearing that gradually occurs in most of us as we grow older. It is one of the most common conditions affecting older and elderly adults.Approximately one in three people in the United States between the ages of 65 and 74 has hearing loss, and nearly half of those older than 75 have difficulty hearing.Having trouble hearing can make it hard to understand and follow a doctor’s advice, respond to warnings and hear phones, doorbells and smoke alarms. Hearing loss can also make it hard to enjoy talking with family and friends, leading to feelings of isolation.
The district asks that the forms be completed by all families, no later than August 14. For families with questions about the paperwork or about the three options available for students, contact your KPBSD school for help to discern what is best for your child and family. School principals and secretaries are available to answer questions. Part of the KPBSD’s Smart Start plan to return to schools on August 24 is giving parents the choice of three options for how each student will return. The online form is where parents will make their determination. Pegge Erkeneff of the KPBSD has details: “Live, now, today is the Returning Student Update form. This means you don’t have to go in and fill out paperwork. It’s simple. It’s streamlined. It’s easy. It’s required for all returning students as well as where you will indicate what your school choice is. Meaning: onsite, 100% remote learning, or home-school for this coming school year. Please check your email, our website, and you’ll also be getting messages from your school directly.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is aiming to make setting up the return to school easy for students and parents. In a Friday message sent to families across the area, they announced that the Returning Student Update Forms online portal is now open. The aim is to streamline the annual required paperwork.
COVID-19 lesson – Insiders urge youngsters not to neglect education in pursuit of sporting ambitions
With the COVID-19 pandemic bringing the sporting world to a halt and eroding the earning ability of sportsmen and women all over the world, there is a renewed call for young local athletes to prioritise the continuation of their education upon leaving high school. Over the years, several of the island’s high-school stars have opted to go professional straight out of high school or before completing university, choosing to put their education on hold in pursuit of their athletic ambitions. However, Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association general secretary, Garth Gayle; acting principal of G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport, Maurice Wilson, and Edwin Allen’s head coach Michael Dyke all pointed to the present realities as a warning to young athletes about the importance of a strong educational foundation.“As an educator, I would encourage all student-athletes to consider their education first and foremost. Yes, athletics, or sports in general, is a good avenue for student-athletes to make headway for their future, but this headway must be education, which is academics, as they are able to take any pathway that becomes available to them,” said Gayle, who is also the principal at Charlemont High School.Several major sporting events such as the Olympic Games have been postponed while major earners such as the Diamond League have seen some meets already cancelled. Locally, every major sport has been affected. ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN “We have seen what COVID-19 has done, causing an entire shutdown of one season, where earnings have decreased, but with education, there is always something to benefit from. They (athletes) must always put education in the forefront of their minds as injuries can also take them away from the sport while with education, one can still have a job to take care of their bills.”Gayle drew reference to athletes in the past, who have balanced well, such as Olympic pioneer Dr Arthur Wint, who was a practising doctor. That balance is shared with contemporaries such as Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Sherone Simpson, Hansle Parchment, Michael Frater, and several others, who have excelled both on the track and in the classroom. Wilson, who is also the head coach of Sprint Tech Track Club, believes that the pandemic will be a lesson for all those involved in sports.“I am not sure if COVID-19 will make a difference in young athletes thinking about education first, but it must be a lesson to all those who are involved in sports, including coaches, administrators, and parents, that it is of critical importance, irrespective of how talented they are, that they are given an opportunity to further their education whether it is theoretically or occupational in nature. They must have something they can fall back on in case of an injury or if their track and field career is not successful,” Wilson said. Dyke, who came under fire from some sections recently after allowing his top charge Kevona Davis to sign for the University of Texas instead of going professional, also chipped in.“I always believe that student-athletes should ensure they acquire an education regardless of their talents or performances over the years because the lifespan in track and field or sports is very short, short in the sense for, say, eight -10 years, and you will have to be exceptional to be there for that long and earning enough to keep you after sports, so acquiring an education will enable you to stabilise your life after the sport,” Dyke offered.
Campbell County’s 23-point third quarter was the difference maker for the Lady Cougars as they defeated Franklin County (Kentucky) 74 to 61 Saturday at Henard Gym in northeast Tennessee. The game was tied at 13 after the first quarter as Lady Cougar Madison Brady picked up her second foul mid-way into that first quarter and did not play the rest of the half.Franklin County (Kentucky) was ahead at the half 31 to 27. It was a first half that saw eight ties and six lead changes. In the second-half, there was only one tie and just one lead change.Franklin built its halftime lead to its largest lead of the day at 38 to 32. That’s when the game changed. The following third-quarter run of 18 to 3 was led by Blair Medley’s seven points. That put the Lady Cougars in the catbird seat leading 50 to 41 at the end of the third after a 23-10 quarter.Campbell did not let up in the fourth quarter as it scored 24 points and enjoyed its largest lead of the afternoon at 14. Six Lady Cougars scored with four making double-figures.Skylar Boshears and Haley Comer led the way with 18 points each. Emily Ellison fired through 16 points after putting up 22 on Friday. Despite limited playing time, Brady ended up with a dozen on six of eight shooting as she claimed seven rebounds. Medley had eight points and 10 assists, and Myra Sexton added two points.Campbell finished seventh in the 16-team, four-day Andrew Johnson Bank Ladies Classic at Greeneville. The Lady Cougars are now 17 & 2 on the season while the Franklin Lady Flyers of Frankfort drop to 10 & 4.The next outing for Campbell County Basketball is on Tuesday, January 8, at Powell. There the Cougars and Lady Cougars return to district action and begin the second half of the season. The WLAF – B & M Tires Sports Network brings you the live coverage. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/29/2018-1:30PM)Share this:FacebookTwitter
El Kanemi Warriors and Akwa United both suffered heavy defeats away from home on Sunday and Enugu Rangers made it thirteen games without a loss to leave matters at the top of Groups A and B of the 2018/2019 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) unchanged on Match Day 16.Warriors traveled to the Lafia Township Stadium looking to add to their 28 points and perhaps claim sole ownership of top spot in Group B, but instead, they were confronted by a nightmare as home team Nasarawa United ran riot in a 5-1 discombobulation of the visitors.Sunusi Ibrahim scored practically from the kick off for the hosts to give an inkling of what lay ahead for Warriors who never recovered from that early goal as things went pretty much downhill from that point.Further goals from Sunusi who moved joint top of the scorers’ chart alongside Akwa United’s Mfon Udoh with his eighth of the season and Anas Yusuf who bagged two assists in the match put Nasarawa 3-0 up at half-time.Ndala Isah got in on the act with the fourth for the hosts and although Sulley Mohammed pulled one back for the visitors, it was but a mere drop in the ocean as Emmanuel Ogbole added a fifth for the hosts to hand Warriors their heaviest defeat since a 4-0 drubbing at Enyimba in 2017.Akwa United who were level on points with El Kanemi Warriors but ahead on goals difference also suffered a 3-0 beating at the hands of former manager Abdu Maikaba now in charge of Jos side, Plateau United. Jesse Akila, Bernard Ovoke and Amos Gyang scored the goals to douse relegation fears for the home side.Go Round FC were 2-1 victors over Heartland FC in Omoku. Sadiq Ololade scored just 38 seconds into the match to put the hosts ahead but the Naze Millionaires were level in the 52nd minute through Uche Oguchi’s beautifully struck free kick.Adeseun Adelani, however, struck the winner in the 76th minute for Willy Udube’s side. Heartland now have just two wins in their past ten matches and drop to eighth in the log, two points off the relegation places.Rabiu Ali missed one penalty and scored another for Kano Pillars who drop one spot to fifth place as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Gombe United at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano. United’s goal also came from the spot and was scored by Adamu Mohammed.Sadiq Adam provided a brace of assists for Philip Auta whose brace handed basement side Yobe Desert Stars a 2-0 victory over third-placed FC Ifeanyi Ubah in Damaturu.In the late kick-off, Delta Force edged Abia Warriors 1-0 courtesy of substitute Kabiru Sanusi’s 61st-minute effort in Asaba.Enugu Rangers extended their lead at the top of Group A to six points with a narrow 1-0 victory over third-placed MFM FC at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu.The Flying Antelopes had lost just once this season – a one-nil reverse to Sunday’s opponents MFM in Lagos – and they made amends for that loss when Pascal Seka scored his fifth of the season and his third in two games to extend their unbeaten run to thirteen games in the league. MFM have now failed to win any of their past six games and remain in third place on the log.Wikki Tourists leapfrogged past Katsina United into fifth place with a 1-0 win at the Pantami Stadium in Gombe. Hassan Musa scored what proved to be the winner in the 66th minute although the home side had to endure a nervy finish to the match after goalkeeper Adamu Abubakar was sent off for time wasting in the 86th minute.Ten-man Rivers United missed the chance to climb above Sunshine Stars into seventh place as both sides played out to 1-1 draw at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt. Both sides were awarded second-half penalties with Ossy Martin scoring for the hosts and Ajibola Otegbeye scoring for the visitors.It was a low scoring day in Group A as the three other encounters on Sunday all ended in scoreless draws.Second-placed Enyimba secured a creditable draw away to fourth-placed Lobi Stars at the Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi while bottom side Remo Stars and second bottom Niger Tornadoes shared the spoils in Sagamu.Ninth-placed Kwara United’s encounter with tenth placed Bendel Insurance also ended goalless in Ilorin. Insurance although unbeaten in their past five matches – having kept clean sheets in all five – have now recorded three consecutive goalless draws, six goalless draws in total for the season and a total of nine draws in the fifteen matches they’ve played this season. 2018/2019 NPFL MATCH DAY 16 RESULTS GROUP AENUGU RANGERS 1-0 MFM FC(Pascal Seka 36’)RIVERS UNITED 1-1 SUNSHINE STARS(Ossy Martins (pen) 69’ – Ajibola Otegbeye (pen) 83’)WIKKI TOURISTS 1-0 KATSINA UNITED(Hassan Musa 66’)REMO STARS 0-0 NIGER TORNADOESLOBI STARS 0-0 ENYIMBAKWARA UNITED 0-0 BENDEL INSURANCE GROUP BNASARAWA 5-1 EL KANEMI WARRIORS(Sunusi Ibrahim 1’, 30’, Anas Yusuf 32’, Ndala Isah 52’, Emmanuel Ogbole 88’ – Sulley Mohammed 65’)PLATEAU UNITED 3-0 AKWA UNITED (Jesse Akila 10’, Bernard Ovoke 58’, Amos Gyang 78’)YOBE DESERT STARS 2-0 FC IFEANYI UBAH(Philip Auta 13’, 79’)GO ROUND FC 2-1 HEARTLAND FC(Sadiq Ololade 1’, Adeseun Adelani 76’ – Uche Oguchi 51’)KANO PILLARS 1-1 GOMBE UNITED (Rabiu Ali (pen) 45+5’ – Adamu Mohammed 48’)DELTA FORCE 1-0 ABIA WARRIORS(Kabiru Sanusi 61’)RelatedNPFL: 19-year-old Ibrahim Sunusi Rivals Mfon Udoh On The Goal Scoring Chart After MD 16April 22, 2019In “NPFl”NPFL MD22 Roundup: Mixed Reactions Follow End of Regular Season as Clubs Return to the Lower League Due to Close CallMay 27, 2019In “NPFl”2018/2019 NPFL Match-Day One: Disastrous Start For Akwa United As Enyimba, Pillars Win on Opening DayJanuary 14, 2019In “NPFl”
Here is the lineup. RF MarkakisLF PearceCF JonesDH Cruz1B DavisSS Hardy3B MachadoC Joseph2B SchoopRHP TillmanPlease follow and like us: The Baltimore Orioles start the second half of the baseball season on the road as they take on the Oakland Athletics. The Orioles were on a roll before the All-Star break and are in first place in the AL East. The Orioles will send out one of their common lineups. Hopefully the All-Star break was refreshing for the Orioles.