Half-time: Leeds United 0 QPR 0

first_imgQPR competed well in the first half but lost Jamie Mackie after he picked up what appeared to be another hamstring injury.Rangers forward Mackie, who missed more than three months of the season with a hamstring problem, went off after 24 minutes at Elland Road.He was replaced by Sebastian Polter, who picked up a knock during Friday’s defeat against Middlesbrough and was left out of the starting line-up in favour of Conor Washington.Junior Hoilett and Massimo Luongo were also recalled to the side, with Tjaronn Chery and Karl Henry dropping to the bench.Rangers failed to trouble 19-year-old goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell, who is making his senior debut for Leeds, before the youngster kept out a shot from Hoilett on 38 minutes.Earlier, Hoilett sent an effort over and Matt Phillips fired wide of the near post as both teams struggled to create clear-cut chances.And in the final seconds of the half, Polter and Washington were just unable to connect with Phillips’ cross.At the other end, in-form Rangers keeper Alex Smithies comfortably gathered efforts from Mustapha Carayol and former Brentford man Stuart Dallas.QPR: Smithies; Onuoha, Angella, Hall, Perch; Phillips, Faurlin, Luongo, Hoilett; Mackie (Polter 25), Washington.Subs: Ingram, Robinson, Henry, Chery, Gladwin, El Khayati.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Homeowners invest in less debt

first_img21 January 2009 In addition, Geldenhuys pointed out that with the stock markets the world over under pressure, investors were looking for certainty. “If your home loan rate is at 14%, putting money into the home loan means you are getting a certain return of 14%,” she said. SAinfo reporter “And that’s a really good return in any economic climate.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Geldenhuys explained that as interest rates dropped over the course of the year, the benefits of sitting on cash would diminish, as the interest being earned would decline. “Overseas it has become on of the most popular investment strategies right now, as money in bank accounts is earning almost no interest.” According to ooba, formerly known as Mortgage SA, the savings from keeping monthly repayments the same are dramatic. For example, the monthly repayment on a 20-year, 1% below prime, R1-million home loan was R12 800 per month, with the interest rate at 14.5%. After the rate cut of half a percent in December last year, the monthly repayment will be R12 440, a drop of R360. If interest rates drop by a further 2% over the course of this year, monthly repayments would be R11 010 a month, a drop of R1 790. If a homeowner keeps his repayment at the original R12 800, savings on interest would reach a massive R687 696, with the term of the home loan being reduced by over seven years. Better return on investment In a statement issued this week, ooba property financing manager Kay Geldenhuys explained that clearing home loan debt was currently a popular strategy among homeowners. “You can ask your bank to keep your repayments at the old level, which means you’ll be overpaying by R360 per month [but] saving over R300 000 in interest over the life of the loan,” Geldenhuys said, adding that the repayment period would also reduced by over two-and-a-half years. Thousands of South African homeowners are opting to overpay on their home loans, and many more are expected to keep their monthly repayments steady even though amounts payable have started to decline with lower interest rates. Huge savings on interest “Lots of South African homeowners are worried about [the] uncertain economic backdrop, nervous about the stock market, and just having too much debt, so they are dumping excess cash into their bonds,” she said. “We’ve also seen that many homeowners have asked their banks to keep their monthly repayments at levels they were before the rate cut, to pay off their home loans quicker.” “While we don’t expect rates to fall as dramatically as they have, in say, the UK or the US, we still see them falling,” she said. “This will further underpin the case for investing in your bond, as returns on cash deposits fall.”last_img read more

Antetokounmpo thrills in ‘Greek Freak Invades Manila’

first_imgView comments Giannis Antetokounmpo in Manila. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGiannis Antetokounmpo may spend just a couple of days here, but he left a lasting imprint in the minds of those who witnessed his fun-loving, childish charisma. The 2017 Most Improved Player in in town for King Bally Entertainment Group’s “Greek Freak Invades Manila” as Antetokounmpo spearheaded a charity project with Makati Science High School as the main benefactor. ADVERTISEMENT Antetokounmpo thrills in ‘Greek Freak Invades Manila’944 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet RELATED VIDEO Giannis didn’t hear trash talk from KG, just good advice Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games MOST READ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Antetokounmpo, who’s set to leave the Philippines on Monday, held exhibition games on Sunday at Glorietta Activity Center. PBA players Gabe Norwood and Ranidel De Ocampo joined Antetokounmpo during the exhibition games where the NBA All-Star dunked, joked, and shot jumpers to the delight of the crowd. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAntetokoumpo told one of the students of Makati Science High School that he’ll try to visit them and their new basketball court before he leaves. The INQUIRER is one of “Greek Freak Invades Manila’s” media partners.  LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Jamaica And Chile To Mark 50 Years Of Diplomatic Relations

first_imgStory Highlights Over the many years, both countries have enjoyed an admirable relationship. On December 18, 2013 Jamaica and Chile will mark 50 years of diplomatic relations. Significant new areas of co-operation in sport are being pursued between both governments. On December 18, 2013 Jamaica and Chile will mark 50 years of diplomatic relations, celebrating a long and increasingly strengthened friendship and co-operation between both countries.Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Arnaldo Brown, said that over the many years, both countries have enjoyed an admirable relationship, sustained by shared principles and a high degree of collaboration and co-operation at the bilateral, regional and multilateral levels.He was addressing a special reception and cultural evening held recently at the official residence of the Chilean Ambassador, His Excellency Eduardo Bonilla, to mark the milestone.Jamaica, Mr. Brown pointed out, was among the countries which fully supported the Chilean people’s determination to regain their rightful place in the global community of democratic nations.It was in recognition of that solid support, he stated, that Chile established its first Embassy in the English-speaking Caribbean in Kingston in 1991.“During this period, the Governments of both our countries have collaborated in a number of areas, including language and diplomatic training, agriculture, security and capacity-building, particularly in foreign trade negotiations,” he stated.“The strength of our bilateral relations continues to increase as underlined by a number of recent high-level exchanges, including the bilateral talks held between Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller and President Sebastian Piñera, on the margins of the Summit of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) in April of this year, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti,” he noted.Emanating from that meeting, significant new areas of co-operation in sport are being pursued between both governments.Other important developments in the partnership include the arrival in Jamaica in January 2011 of the Chilean liner, Companía Sud Americana de Vapores, which has since been making weekly trips to the Port of Kingston from Valparaíso.This development is a welcomed one, Mr. Brown noted, and is of particular significance in light of the major expansion being undertaken at the port and the push for Jamaica to become a regional trans-shipment hub.Chile recently donated five computers to the Cockburn Gardens Primary and Junior High School in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations. This is the second such donation of computer equipment to a Jamaican school by the Chilean Government in a little over a year.The cultural evening included a reading from the work of Chilean Poet Laureate Pablo Neruda, who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971.last_img read more

True grit from the heart of Jakarta

first_imgJalanan will go down in Asian cinema history as the first feature-length documentary film from Indonesia to have had a substantial cinema run. It has also won a number of awards, including the prestigious Best Documentary prize at Busan, Korea in 2013. Filmed over five years, the film follows the travails of three street musicians eking out a living in Jakarta.A year after Jalanan’s release, its lead characters, Boni, Titi and Ho are still being invited to talk shows or to star in small roles on TV and perform to sold-out audiences. As a tribute to the extraordinary popularity of this documentary film about three marginalised residents of Jakarta, Governor Basuki Tjahja Purnama (also known as Ahok) organised a screening for his staff in May earlier this year. “Guess what: ‘Jalanan’ screening moves Ahok to tears” headlined the Jakarta Post the next day. I finally caught the film at a screening at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF), held in the Balinese town that the film’s Canadian director Daniel Ziv now calls home. Also Read – Gateway of criminal justiceJalanan started slow; I felt eased into the characters’ backgrounds via the TV documentary convention of parallel mini-biographies: the glib, devilish Javanese-Rastafarian Ho; the mellifluous Titi, tough, tender and full of familial piety; talented Boni with the sad childhood and ridiculously boyish face. Soon these three musicians began to sing their cracked hearts out, circulating through the city with vigour and indefatigable faith that lay within them. But while their talent, attitude and trendy fashion sense transformed them into cool cats for a little while, deeper questions began to surface. Also Read – Turning a blind eyeLike many perhaps, I was moved by the fragility of their individual lives. I found myself thinking ‘What makes you pick up that guitar everyday and make your way through the grime and gore of the streets and travel hundreds of miles on sweaty buses – just to keep on playing for a few coins? Why aren’t you giving up? How can you be so talented and yet live under a bridge? Why do you let your husband smack you around? Why are you invisible to the metropolitan system whose streets you pound?’ One doesn’t have to read biographies of the famous to find lessons about human tenacity. As this film reminds us well, this quality is evident in the lives of millions of people who end up in the crevices and fault-lines of society. For me, the film intensified when Ho got picked up for busking and ended up in a holding cell. I have no idea how the director managed it, but somehow we too were locked up in the cell with Ho. Ever been inside a prison cell with a bunch of people arrested for the most inane of misdemeanours? A little girl can’t poo, women sleep on concrete floors, cockroaches scurry and Ho croons on, spontaneously manufacturing ballads, lifting spirits and hopefully embarrassing the hell out of anyone in the government who saw this film. Here, the documentary morphs from gritty street-ethnography into socio-realist opera – a moving paean to harassment of common people.The movie isn’t the same after this point. This isn’t a tender, intimate account of buskers anymore; much larger issues are at stake. We suddenly see our lead characters as civilians riding the omnibus of a careening democracy, teetering on the edge of abandonment, only to stay afloat through their own resilience.Which Jakarta do you live in? The film asks this question of its local viewers. Is it the city where Ho has furtive, illicit sex in a shack next to a main road, where dismal urban planning leads to Boni’s makeshift home under the overpass to be constantly flooded; where Titi has to abandon her children and look for work to send her father a few dollars to help with hospital bills? The film does not sentimentalise the issues at hand. Rather than evoke pity, it drives home that any notion that the poor deserve their plight is a capitalist confection. These guys hold on to their dignity with admirable grit and a tenacity that would embarrass anyone confident about their next meal.The characters, however, manage to marinate their lives with love, humour and satire. Ho rhymes ‘reformation’ with ‘masturbation’ and pontificates on whether his country loves him back. Boni observes, as he uses the toilet in a luxury mall, that while the shits of all classes mix, people just can’t do the same.Titi visits her family back in her village in a lovely sequence that provides a breather from the urban squalor. It reminds us of the importance of familial connections, even in the lives of people who appear to be complete drifters. Her parents are gentle country folk who still can’t fathom why their daughter sings on buses. They admit to once having secretly sold her guitar for a paltry Rp1,500. When her father, looking frail in a white starched shirt, starts singing Japanese war songs, we know his end is near.The buskers don’t just busk on. The movie works because they formulate concrete plans, and the director, via his extensive filmic coverage—given definite shape through deft editing by Ernest Weiss-Hariyanto—makes us privy to their individual journeys towards achieving their goals. When Ho splurges several days of his income to surround his love-interest with plates of Padang food, we want him to get the girl but can’t help wondering about his ability to be responsible for a widow with three children. Later, when he tenderly cradles her eight-month old baby in his arms, I am gobsmacked by the transformation. Titi’s husband leaves her. Blinking her tears and indignity away, she studies for the equivalent of a school certificate to try for a better life. Boni doggedly refurbishes his ever-flooding subterranean accommodation despite constant threats of demolition.At the film’s end, Titi gets her school diploma and makes a heroic speech honouring her recently deceased father. Boni seems unfazed that his life could be uprooted with the single check mark of an urban development officer, or the next floods. Ho marries his sweetheart, looking ridiculously formal in a clean, pressed shirt. The audience cheers amidst sniffles.In under two hours, the lead characters of Jalanan have toiled insufferably for their money but have also dreamt, shagged, divorced, wooed, buried a parent, finished school, rebuilt a home, lectured us in economics and regaled us with great humour and of course, awesome music.Has life been a little trying lately?The author is a filmmaker. This review has earlier appeared in INSIDE INDONESIAlast_img read more