Red Bluff Round-Up crowns champions Sunday

first_imgRed Bluff >> Westyn Hughes knows where he belongs, and it’s in the winner’s circle.The Caldwell, Texas cowboy secured the tie-down roping title at the 96th annual Red Bluff Round-Up on April 23 with the average win, the fastest times combined on four runs. His time of 40.9 seconds on four head was nearly two seconds faster than the number two man, Cimarron Boardman, of Stephenville, Texas.Tie-down ropers Luke Landry, Leesville, La. and Ryle Smith, Oakdale, who trailed Hughes going into the …last_img

‘Big bang’ for SA telecoms

first_img20 September 2004South Africa’s telecommunications industry has been shaken up by what industry pundits are calling the most significant development in the country’s telecommunications history.The “big bang” liberalisation, expected to kick in February 2005, will shake the monopoly of Telkom, SA’s only national fixed-line operator – and could spell cheaper phone calls for consumers and create new opportunities in the Internet industry.A key change to the current regulations is that value-added network service providers will be permitted to carry Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP). As a result, consumers will be able to make international calls for significantly less than a Telkom call.According to Business Day, operators will also no longer be forced to lease their networks from Telkom at its monopoly market rates, and are likely to set up their own wireless-based networks or use satellite services.Cellular operators Vodacom, MTN and Cell C will also be free to lease their network backbone from other providers.Ringing the changes, Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri told a parliamentary media briefing in September that Telkom would have to pursue business opportunities more aggressively to retain profits in an industry that is set to become “very robust” and “very competitive”.“[The current environment] has caused mobile operators to be totally reliant on what Telkom charges them for provision of such fixed lines to interconnect”, Matsepe-Casaburri said. “It is one of the contributors to prevailing high costs.”According to Business Day, businesses that run private networks for their own communication needs will be able to resell any spare capacity. This is expected to create optimal use of South Africa’s infrastructure and increase telecommunications access to other users.The industry has hailed the changes as a bold step and “excellent news for consumers”.It is expected that local calls in the future will be free – providing a great benefit to the poor and to the economy as a whole.SouthAfrica. info reporterlast_img read more

PH’s Dumaan treks rough road to gold in pencak silat

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Almohaidib Abad and Cherry May Regalado were still in contention for golds in the men’s and women’s artistic divisions late Tuesday. Dumaan, 21, needed to run off his excess weight for the tanding Class A 45-50 kilogram division but still had enough strength to defeat Indonesia’s Firman, 4-1, in the Southeast Asian Games final held at Bukit Kiara here.READ: Lesser-known sport gives life to struggling PH SEA Games bidFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutA newcomer in the SEA Games, the Roxas City-native was overweight by 4.4 pounds prior to the start of competition Sunday, according to pencak silat chief Princess Jacel Kiram.“He’s a very hardworking athlete with a lot of promise,” said Kiram of Dumaan, who won a bronze during the Asian Beach Games last year. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Sports science boosts pencak silat team LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Dumaan was discovered from the national games, according to Kiram.“But he worked his way up the national team after impressive sparring with national team members,” she added.Mastafa Fitri Masjuri of Malaysia and Muhammad Ridhwan Selamat of Singapore took the bronze medals in the division.It was the first pencak silat gold medal scored by the Philippines in the SEA Games since 2005.Before Dumaan hit paydirt, Princesslyn Enopia, Rickrod Ortega and Jefferson Rhey Loon copped the bronzes in the women’s tanking Class A, men’s tanding Class C and Class D, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Dines Dumaan of the Philippines after winning the gold medal in the men’s tanding putra class A 45-50 kg division of the 29th Southeast Asian Games pencak silat competition Tuesday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center in Kuala Lumpur. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR —Dines Dumaan went through the wringer to give the Philippines a coveted gold in pencak silat Tuesday.And while it wasn’t enough to avert yet another failed bid by the country in the biennial meet, the gold was worth a celebration.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more