Warriors-Raptors cheatsheet: Rematch comes with Steph, Draymond in place

first_imgThe Warriors (19-9) will look to earn their sixth straight victory Wednesday night when the Raptors (22-7) come to town.Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup…When/Where: Oracle Arena, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSBA,ESPN)Raptors’ projected starters: Serge Ibaka, Pascal Siakam, Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard Raptors stock report: Toronto has struggled since the last time these two teams matched up, going 3-3 over its last six games.Over the stretch, all-star guard Kyle …last_img

Red Bull mobile coming to SA

first_imgPeople who take up contracts with Red Bull Mobile will receive Red Bull branded smartphones and exclusive content. (Image: Ray Maota) Energy drink giant Red Bull will soon launch a mobile virtual network operation (MVNO) in South Africa, becoming the second player to do so after Virgin Mobile established itself in the country in 2006. The new South African venture will be a partnership between the beverage company and mobile network operator Cell C.The MVNO will be officially launched in Johannesburg on 8 February 2011. Details over pricing and the network’s range have yet to be confirmed.Initially, Red Bull Mobile will only offer contract deals, no pre-paid option. Those who sign up for contracts will receive branded smartphones offering mobile TV services featuring extreme sports.Consumers will also be able to download Red Bull content including music, wallpapers, games and videos.Red Bull Mobile has already established MVNOs in Switzerland, Hungary and Austria, and will be launching in Germany soon.It will join Virgin Mobile, of the Richard Branson-run Virgin Group, in utilising Cell C’s infrastructure.Virgin Mobile, a 50-50 partnership between Cell C and the Virgin Group, have not been as successful as they’d hoped to be in South Africa, admitting that their initial aspirations were to gain a 10% share of the market. The group now says it will settle for 1%.“Virgin Mobile banked on mobile number portability at its inception, but this did not pay off because South Africans are seemingly reluctant to change service providers,” said Spiwe Chireka of Frost & Sullivan, mobile-operator analysts.In light of Virgin’s dwindled market share, Cell C is rumoured to be considering selling its stake in Virgin Mobile to mobile phone distributor Allied Mobile.Value-adding the keyDespite the lack of market penetration by Virgin Mobile, analysts say they have faith in Red Bull Mobile.BMI-TechKnowledge MD Denis Smit said: “It’s no longer good enough to bring in a player that is only trying to claw at (mobile phone) minutes. They must be able to provide value to subscribers on top of those minutes and Red Bull can do this.“Red Bull is a marketing giant and can take advantage of promotion opportunities that come along with a niche mobile service.”BMI-TechKnowledge is a commercial and industrial research company.Andrew Snead, who works closely with Cell C and is a senior partner at telecoms consulting group Delta Partners, said: “For an MVNO to work anywhere in the world, it needs to have a clear value proposition.“MVNOs can offer something different but they have to keep the economics in mind. They must offer unique value to customers, perhaps by providing discounted tariffs, or offering value-adding content.”Massive successRed Bull was created in 1984 by Austrian entrepreneur Dietrich Mateschitz, who had become aware of the growing popularity of energy tonic drinks in Asia.Today, Red Bull’s headquarters are based in Fuschl am See, Austria, and are built to resemble two volcanoes symbolising power and energy.After developing a unique marketing campaign, Mateschitz began selling his product Austria in 1987, and the brand soon took off.Today its product line consists of Red Bull Energy Drink, Red Bull Sugarfree, Red Bull Cola and Red Bull Energy Shots.Nearly 4-billion cans of Red Bull are consumed every year.Red Bull hosts about 400 events in South Africa every year, ranging from surfing competitions, adventure sports, high-profile music events and the popular Red Bull Box Cart Race. Internationally, it also sponsors Formula One races.Third mobile network in SACell C was launched in South Africa in 2001 as the country’s third mobile network operator. Nowadays it has just over 6-million users.In November 2010 the operator introduced its much-anticipated internet network.Cell C’s CEO Lars Reichelt said at that launch: “It’s a high-speed packet access plus (HSPA+) with more bandwidth speed than that offered by other operators.” Other operators use only HSPA, making Cell C’s network faster.Cell C’s internet network has access to a 1 600km fibre-optic cable and 2 000 transmitters. It’s been working with companies like Neotel, Dark Fibre Africa and Nokia Siemens Networks to improve its functionality.last_img read more

CPI-M Polit Bureau nod to expel Ritabrata Banerjee

first_imgThe Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (CPI-M) has approved the decision to expel Ritabrata Banerjee, Rajya Sabha MP and former general secretary of the Student Federation of India, the party’s youth wing.The decision to expel Mr. Banerjee was taken by the West Bengal State Secretariat last Wednesday and the decision was eventually approved by the Polit Bureau, party’s highest decision-making body, a statement issued on Friday by Surjya Kanta Mishra, the State secretary of Bengal CPI-M, said. The one page statement said the party has tried “repeatedly” to “rectify” Mr. Banerjee but the attempts failed and thus he was expelled. “Instead of rectifying himself, he went on to tarnish party’s image,” Mr Mishra said in his statement. Mr Banerjee, who has a huge following among students and the youth, joined the CPI-M in 1996 as a student leader and was elected as a Rajya Sabha member in 2014. Following his expulsion on Friday, political circles in Bengal are rife with speculation about his next move. Mr Banerjee, however, refused to indicate if he would be joining any of the CPI-M’s rivals. Inquiry panelQuoting a report submitted by the commission of inquiry against Mr Banerjee, Mr. Mishra added that the State Committee approved of “punitive measures” against the former on August 7-8 and the Central Committee was “informed.”“But in an interview on September 11 to a television channel, Mr. Banerjee publicly denigrated the party. On basis of this [the interview] the State Secretariat decided to expel him,” Mr Mishra said.“CPI-M’s Polit Bureau has approved the decision,” Mr. Mishra said on Friday and added that the State Secretariat expelled Mr. Banerjee from the primary membership on basis of “Article 19 [13] of party constitution.” Mr Banerjee was warned by the party in February for activities affecting the CPI-M’s internal rules and regulations. Eventually he was suspended in June by the West Bengal State Committee and a three-member probe commission, headed by Polit Bureau member Md. Salim, was formed. The commission gave its report indicating that Mr Banerjee was “guilty” of the allegations raised against him. He was chargesheeted by the party, Mr Mishra noted. Mr Banerjee challenged the charge sheet and the party by targeting the top brass including Prakash Karat and his wife Brinda. He also targeted Mr Salim and described the commission as a “kangaroo commission.”last_img read more