Leicester suffer fifth straight loss

first_img TEAM EFFORT Olsson’s goal came from more of a team move, with Fernando Llorente and Gylfi Sigurdsson combining to send the Sweden international through down the left. He closed in on Schmeichel and buried a low shot inside the goalkeeper’s near post. Watched by its Thai owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabh, Leicester dominated the second half but couldn’t end its goal drought as substitute Slimani was denied by Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, and Jamie Vardy blazed high and wide from the edge of the area. “It’s hard to put it into words,” Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater said. “We need to get out of this, we need to keep on fighting. “We haven’t changed much. It seems that we’re not having the rub of the green or something, but we believe in ourselves as a bunch of lads.” Swansea moved above Leicester and four points clear of the bottom three. SWANSEA, Wales (AP): Leicester’s title defence in the Premier League sunk to a new low yesterday when the slumping champions lost 2-0 to Swansea for a fifth straight defeat. Two first-half goals by defenders did the damage for Swansea, with centre back Alfie Mawson volleying home in the 36th minute and left back Martin Olsson adding a second with a low drive in stoppage time. Leicester dropped to 17th place in the 20-team league, one place and one point above the relegation zone. Just nine months ago, the unfashionable club from central England enchanted the sporting world by becoming the most unlikely champion at preseason odds of 5,000-1. Leicester is still to score a league goal in 2017 – it’s more than 10 hours of play since Islam Slimani’s winner against West Ham on December 31 – and the defence can’t keep them out at the other end. “It’s the same. It’s unbelievable,” Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said. “We have two problems; we concede goals and don’t score. We have to stick together and find a solution. It’s not possible to continue this way.” Both of Swansea’s goals were excellently taken. Mawson executed his like a striker, meeting a header back across the area by fellow centre back Federico Fernandez with a sweet first-time strike from 10 metres that flew past Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. It was Mawson’s third goal in his last six games.last_img read more

Hidilyn Diaz strikes gold

first_imgJAKARTA—Like she did two years ago in the Olympics, Hidilyn Diaz lifted the Philippines to glory. Literally.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lopez, a 22-year-old Psychology major at Ateneo, yielded to Luo Zhongshi of China, 11-4, to see an impressive run of performances in the -57-kilogram division halted at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium’s taekwondo hall.“It was really painful because it could have been different,” a weeping Lopez said, her frustrations stemming from losing four points to penalties in the third round. “I’m still happy with what I came up with, [a] bronze [medal] is still a big honor.”Gilas Pilipinas squad was impressive despite losing, 82-80, to title favorite China, while the Blu Girls got into prime position for a medal.Meanwhile, cycling’s brightest medal hope, Ariana Patrice Dormitorio, crashed out in the second lap of mountain bike’s cross-country, failing to finish the 22.5-kilometer race before her father later sent select members of the Philippine media a letter expressing their resignation from the national team.In their resignation statement, Donjie Dormitorio said that the Philippine Cycling Federation’s refusal to include him on this trip despite his willingness to pay for all expenses told on the performance of his daughter.The Blu Girls turned back China, 1-0, on Monday night then lost, 11-1, to Japan Tuesday but will still come into Wednesday’s doubleheader with a chance to seal a place in the page playoff format Final Four.It was the first loss in four games here for the Blu Girls, who battle host Indonesia at noon on Wednesday and title favorite Chinese Taipei at 10 p.m.Gilas played its hearts out yet again and regaled a sold-out gallery at GBK’s Basketball Hall, with coach Yeng Guiao refusing to call the setback a loss.“What more can you ask for?” he told scribes as the Filipinos have turned from underdogs to bright medal hopes. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Abueva debuts with Phoenix; NLEX eyes 3rd straight win Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Diaz’s latest victory will be worth more than the silver medal she won in Brazil in 2016, after pledges kept pouring in to raise the gold medal pot to P6 million.Hidilyn Diaz of Philippines competes in the women’s 53kg weightlifting event during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 21, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MONEY SHARMADiaz’s feat also enabled the Philippines to finally jump into the gold tally after jin Pauline Louise Lopez made a tearful exit in the semifinals of taekwondo just hours before Gilas Pilipinas almost shocked the continent.In Cebu City, President Duterte took note of Diaz’s gold: “In Jakarta, we won the first [Philippine] gold medal, weightlifting.“Hidilyn Diaz, this is the soldier. This is a soldier of the Philippine Army. Wow. That’s the message,” added Mr. Duterte.The difference for Diaz came in the clean and jerk, where she managed an effort of 115, with Shermitova failing to clear the same weight after beating the Filipino by a kilo in the snatch with an effort of 93kg.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?center_img Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal With all eyes on the Rio de Janeiro Olympian, Diaz ruled the 53-kg division of weightlifting’s snatch and clean and jerk events to gift the struggling Philippine contingent in the 18th Asian Games its first gold medal Tuesday night.“I’m grateful to God,” Diaz said in Filipino. “We were able to take home the gold that Filipinos were hoping for and we proved that we can win in the Asian Games.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“In the Olympics, no one expected me to win but here, everyone was expecting me to win,” she added.The 27-year-old Zamboanga native tallied a total of 207 kilograms to nose out Turkmenistan’s Kristina Shermitova by a mere kilo with Thailand’s Surodchana Khambao settling for the bronze with a 201-kg effort. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

8 local Indigenous students completed pilot program on the Site C project.

first_imgPeace River Hydro Partners and AFDE provided support through job shadow, transportation, and site tours, while ATCO Two River provided material for the class project. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – 8 local Indigenous students completed the BC Hydro and Northern Lights College pre-carpentry skills pilot program on the Site C project.The pre-carpentry pilot program provides Indigenous candidates with the opportunity to build the necessary skills to pursue carpentry employment opportunities at Site C. The program included 125 hours of training, job shadowing, safety orientations, as well as an introduction to carpentry skills, workplace numeracy, document use and employment readiness.Instructors provided basic training in the shop and classrooms at the NLC Fort St. John campus and in training rooms in the Atco Two Rivers camp. The 14-day course was also designed to reflect a typical shift rotation on the project.- Advertisement -Students also worked together to build cedar planter boxes that will be located outside ATCO’s Two Rivers camp at the Site C construction site.The skills program was developed in partnership with BC Hydro and Northern Lights College, with funding provided through the BC Hydro Trades & Skilled Training Award Bursary.Funding for this program was also provided through the North East Native Advancing Society (NENAS) and donations from the Construction Maintenance and Allied Workers (CMAW).Advertisementlast_img read more

GAY DONEGAL WEDDINGS BEING PLANNED BY CELEBRITY DUO

first_imgCELEBRITY wedding planning duo Ant and Dick are offering their services to gay couples hoping to ‘tie the knot’ in April this year when the first Civil partnerships in Donegal will take place.This week gay couples in the county hoping to have a Civil Partnership can register for their ceremony.And Ireland’s only Civil Partnership experts say they are on hand to help Donegal couples through the planning process.  They are also on the look out for couples planning their big day for the first day in April as they have suppliers on board offering their services for free! Advertisement Ant said today: “The world’s Press will be watching how Ireland handles the first Civil Partnerships and it could even influence other countries such as America in their decision to allow gay couples the same privilege.“This really is the biggest thing to happen in Ireland since Divorce and for Ireland to have come so far so quickly since decriminalisation really is fantastic.”Ant and Dick are the only Civil Partnership experts based in Ireland – and say they’ve already had enquiries from Donegal!Said Dick: “With a thorough understanding of the industry we are able to ensure that gay couples in Donegal not only find suppliers happy to work with them but they will also negotiate on behalf of couples to ensure the right and fair price is being paid and is within the couples budget.” Advertisement The national average spend of any wedding is approx €20k and gay unions will be roughly the same, he said.But he warned: “Businesses should not get carried away with it all, there will be a great interest at the beginning and the initial influx of couples will most likely be older couples who have been together many years and want to cement their relationship legally for next of kin and financial reasons.“Then the figures will drop, it will be at least three years before a trend can begin to appear and it could take up to ten years for the ‘normalisation’ to really take hold.“Until now gay men and women pretty much accepted that getting married wasn’t an option when they came to terms with being gay, so now that they can enjoy a Civil Partnership it may take some time for that option to sink in and for it to become a normal expectation for gay couples.”The gay wedding planners are at www.antanddick.com. endsGAY DONEGAL WEDDINGS BEING PLANNED BY CELEBRITY DUO was last modified: January 5th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Judge issues stern warning to mother-of-three after ‘pie fight’ in takeaway

first_imgA 26-year-old Ballybofey mother-of-three has been warned that she is building up a ‘very unhelpful record’ following a ‘pie fight’ in a Letterkenny takeaway.At 3:16am on November 24, Gardai responded to a report of an intoxicated woman ‘screaming and shouting’ at Apache Pizza on Port Road, Letterkeny. Darby, of 64 The Beeches, Ballybofey became abusive to Gardai and initially gave a false name.“This was a small understanding that developed after the item she received was not the item she ordered,” defending solicitor Frank Dorrian told Letterkenny District Court.“She was intoxicated and was socialising before she arrived at the venue.“The CCTV shows the situation developed as a conversation and turned into an argument.“It was ‘I’m not taking it, I want my money back’ and away we go. It  was something mundane that developed into this pie fight.”Mr Dorrian said his client was a 26-year-old mother-of-three who was a ‘perfectly pleasant young lady’, who he said had ‘paid a high price for her night out’.“She wants to put all of this behind her,” he said.Darby, who has two previous convictions, was fined €100 and given three months to pay.Judge Paul Kelly said: “Her reaction to Gardai when charged, three hours later, is not to her credit. She is not setting a great example for her three children by carrying on like this.“She is building up a very unhelpful record and the sooner she starts sorting it out, the better.”Darby, addressing the judge, said she was ‘very sorry’ for the incident’.Judge issues stern warning to mother-of-three after ‘pie fight’ in takeaway was last modified: January 10th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Apache PizzaJudge Paul KellyletterkennyLetterkenny District CourtPOrt RoadSylvia Darbylast_img read more

GAA NEWS: TIR CHONAILL GAELS CLUB NOTES

first_imgTir Chonaill Gaels Club Notes 21/01/2013:Seniors: The senior championship is starting early this year due to the rule change by Croke Park.The weekend of the 9th/10th February has been the date confirmed to start it with the draw/format to be decided..More details will be posted when available. Farewell:The club bid farewell to Ladies chairperson Amanda O’Reilly who has decided to call it a day in London after eight years and return home to Co Tyrone. Amanda will be having a going away party in the Shawl, South Harrow on Friday 1st February were all club members are welcome to come along and give her a good send off.Also best wishes to club member Michael Keating who is off to OZ for a stint of travelling.Gerard Boyle 50th:Former club legend Ger Boyle got a pleasant shock last Saturday in his home town of Trim, Co Meath, with over a hundred family and friends waiting to surprise him for his 50th birthday party.Ger played for the club from 1986 t0 1996 and made many friends from his time here and quite a number of his former team mates made the trip to see the big man.People like Timmy Mc Bride, Ownie Bonner, Raymond Jackson, Michael Carr, Stevie Faulkner, Cormac and Rosemary Mc Garvey, Paul Hegarty, Stevie Keane, Maurice Carr, Michael Donohoe and Gerry Fowley were all on hand to offer their support and condolences. All at the club wish him a fantastic 50th and thank him for his contribution and service to the club over the years.St Bridgets Cross Making:We are having a St Bridgets cross making night on St Bridgets night fri 1st Feb at Tir Chonaill Gaels club.There is Irish stew and soda bread, Irish music from local musicians mainly TCG youth members. Fr Michael Egan is to come down and bless the rushes on the night.Colette (London School of Irish Music) has agreed to come along, she teaches a lot of the TCG children and will organise them to play some traditional music.A £5 charge for adults, children are free, proceeds will go towards ( HCPT the Pilgrmage trust ) which helps Disabled people on pilgrimage to Lourdes.Club Workshop:There will be a workshop to gather the view of all London GAA members on Saturday 26th of January not Saturday 19th as previously stated. The workshop will take place in Ruislip starting at 3pm and will run for 2-3 hours. The workshop will cover a wide range of themes, It is essential that all clubs are represented and provide an input into the Strategic Plan as this is a plan for London GAA as a whole and therefore could you please forward this email onto to all club memberStrategic Plan Themes:1. Games Schedule2. Games Coaching & Development3. Marketing & Communications4. Volunteers5. Financial Excellence6. Ground Development7. PlanningFor further details contact Mark Gottsche, Senior Games Development & Logistics ManagerLondon GAA Tel: 07872600074: Email: mark.gottsche.gm.london@hotmail.comTag Gaelic Football:Any club member interested in playing Tag Gaelic football can contact club secretary Stephen Mc Loughlin or Lloyd Colfer for more details.Link: http://justplay.gaa.ie/http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dba_9NcVu78 ANYBODY CAN PLAY – Any Person (Male/Female) of any Nationality over 16 who isn’t playing competitive Gaelic Football can play. Its Small-Sided Non-Contact Gaelic Football played outside on a small pitch with small goals. Click on the link above for the details and playing rules (its like Tag Rugby). We intend to run the games initially on a Saturday afternoon, with the first session on February 9th, in Greenford @ 2 pm. All are welcome – to register your interest please contact Lloyd Colfer: lloyd.colfer.cda.london@gaa.comCommunity Development Administrator, 078 72600073.Lottery:Lotto results for 17/01/13:Jackpot £2,900, Numbers drawn 5-14-23-24No jackpot winners, £25 lucky dip winners, Ambrose c/o Man of Aran, Gloria c/o British Queen, James Callaghan, TCG (online), Keano, c/o TCG.This week’s draw will take place on Thursday 24th January in the clubhouse with a jackpot of £2,950. Play online at www.tirchonaillgaels.com.GAA NEWS: TIR CHONAILL GAELS CLUB NOTES was last modified: January 20th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:TIR CHONAILL GAELS CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

GREYHOUND RACING: CHARITY MEETING AT LIFFORD TONIGHT

first_imgA special night of greyhound racing will be held in Lifford tonight in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie Cancer Care.The evening promises a night of top class racing, featuring 11 open races over 350, 525, 550 and 750 yards.The first race is at 6.00pm and the runners are: Race 1 East Donegal CC Novice Open (350 yards): 1, Fridays Hondo; 2, Peads Tango; 3, Amys Apple; 4, Hather Eve; 5, Corrakelly Bang; 6, Headware Sal.Race 2 Droopys Stud & Whitehouse Veterinary 350 (350 yards): 1, Gizmo’s Bluebell; 2, Tyrgal Charlie; 3, Imperial Falcon; 4, Kilnacloy Prince; 5, Fridays Mike; 6, Moyola Yahoo.Race 3 Doire Construction 600 (600 yards): 1, Headman Chris; 2, Fifo; 3, Westward Bound; 4, Barnish Panther; 5, Gizmo Classic; 6, Burnpark Lee.Race 4 Dandelion Bar & Club 525 (525 yards): 1, Colarhouse Lady; 2, Paradise Madrid; 3, Shale Bob; 4, Budders Luck; 5, Blenheim Tricks; 6, Farloe Pixie. Race 5 Paul’s Butchers 525 (525 yards): 1, Nalps Crash; 2, Tahina Kadyn; 3, Farloe Nutter; 4, Farloe Quest; 5, Daylens Diamond; 6, Work Me Lord.Race 6 Hather Kennels & Sandy Close 575 (575 yards): 1, Lazy Jess; 2, Paddock Paula; 3, Mongys Girl; 4, Kingsmill Aguero; 5, Lotus Paddy; 6, Do It Kim.Race 7 MacMillan & Marie Curie 550 (550 yards): 1, Shes a Terror; 2, Atitboy; 3, Tanhina Kyle; 4, Ulster Idea; 5, Mind the Net; 6, Skywalker Farloe.Race 8 Frightful Flash Stud 525 (525 yards): 1, Trinity Forest; 2, Titanic Bound; 3, Barnish Lane; 4, Free Faling; 5, Fridays Maybe; 6, Castleroggy Rust.Race 9 Malone Lodge Hotel 350 (350 yards): 1, Crown Champ; 2, My Head; 3, Darfin Dancer; 4, Mucky Zebo; 5, Drumsna Major; 6, Dragoon Doon. Race 10 Fridays Kennel & Messan Kennel 525 (525 yards): 1, Smurfing Manx; 2, Culture Bob; 3, Tahina Sonya; 4, Drusna Canyon; 5, Total Motion; 6, Curley Luke.Race 11 Hamilton Architects 550 (550 yards): 1, Wayseeit; 2, Graysfield Dell; 3, Budders Reward; 4, Dynamo Millar; 5, Hather Ma Man; 6, Storm Warrior.GREYHOUND RACING: CHARITY MEETING AT LIFFORD TONIGHT was last modified: June 28th, 2014 by johngerardShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:cancercharitygreyhoundLiffordRacinglast_img read more

CHARLIE COLLINS IS TALKING SPORT WITH …BRENDAN DEVENNEY

first_imgThis week sports pundit Charlie Collins is Talking Sport with former Donegal star Brendan Devenney.Simply click to play.  CHARLIE COLLINS IS TALKING SPORT WITH …BRENDAN DEVENNEY was last modified: July 23rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Brendan DevenneyCharlie CollinsTalking Sportlast_img read more

To Advance Technology, Make Like Nature

first_imgScientists and engineers continue to find the most elegant solutions to practical problems by looking at plants and animals.  Here are a few of the recent examples.Wet computing:  Cells and brains do a superior job of complex processing, so why are our current computers singing how dry I am?  Not for much longer.  Science Daily reported that “A new kind of information processing technology inspired by chemical processes in living systems is being developed by researchers at the University of Southampton.”  What they have so far is “very crude” but they are working toward developing a “liquid brain” just like our brains.  Dr. Klaus-Peter Zauner at the University’s School of Electronics and Computer Science said, “People realise now that the best information processes we have are in our heads and as we are increasingly finding that silicon has its limitations in terms of information processing, we need to explore other approaches, which is exactly what we are doing here.”  Makes you wonder why IBM didn’t follow that inspiration early on.  Think of the other benefits: “Our system will copy some key features of neuronal pathways in the brain and will be capable of excitation, self-repair and self-assembly,” said fellow researcher Dr. Maurits de Planque.    The BBC News also reported on this story.  Dr. Zauner told them, “Every neuron is like a molecular computer; ours is a very crude abstraction of what neurons do.”  The planned chemical computers will also have another characteristically human trait: lipids, or fat.Slime mold highways:  What would a slimy mold have to teach humans?  New Scientist reported two specialists in “unconventional computing” believe they can provide alternative methods for road planning.  After watching a slime mold in a petri dish find the best path to nutrients on a map of England, Jeff Jones of the University of the West of England in Bristol said, “This shows how a single-celled creature without any nervous system – and thus intelligence in the classical sense – can provide an efficient solution to a routing problem.”Make like a leaf:  Leaves are like incredibly-efficient solar panels, so why not imitate them?  New Scientist reported that a team in China is building artificial leaves that can imitate photosynthesis.  “By mimicking the machinery plants use to do this, it is possible to create a miniature hydrogen factory,” one of the researchers at Shanghai Jiao Tong University said.  “Using sunlight to split water molecules and form hydrogen fuel is one of the most promising tactics for kicking our carbon habit.”    Their new approach is closer to the plants’ technique.  They are trying to “mimic photosynthesis by copying the elaborate architectures of green leaves” themselves.  To do this, they are actually building on dried leaves and using them as templates.  “The leaf retained features such as the lens-like cells at its surface, which catch light coming from any angle, and veins that help guide light deeper into the leaf.”  This strategy is making the artificial structures more efficient: twice as good at absorption and three times better at hydrogen production,” the team claimed.    They realize this is just a “good beginning,” the article ended.  “Complex structures found in leaves should be utilised further for enhancement in light harvesting.” The article about artificial leaves was the only one making mention of evolution.  “Plant leaves have evolved over millions of years to catch the energy in the sun’s rays very efficiently,” the article said.  “They use the energy to produce food, and the central step in the process involves splitting water molecules and creating hydrogen ions.”  Apparently it is Mason Inman, author of the report, who gets the credit for Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week.This is where the action is in science and technology: finding exquisite designs in nature and trying to imitate them.  You have to feel sad for the Darwinists.  Every time they insert the E-word into the story, they only show themselves superfluous.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

IFC boost for cellphone banking

first_img22 November 2007The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has taken up a 10% stake in Johannesburg-based Wizzit Bank, which enables its customers to operate bank accounts using cellular phones, extending banking services to low-income earners as well as customers in rural areas.Wizzit, a division of the South African Bank of Athens, will use the funds raised to expand their cellular banking services, first in South Africa and eventually in other countries, enabling more people to participate actively in the economy.“Wizzit is a small bank with large ambitions,” Wizzit chairman Charles Rowlinson said in an IFC statement released on Wednesday, “We are proud that the IFC recognises our potential to reach the unbanked, promoting greater access to financial services and offering the poor greater opportunities.”The IFC is a member of the World Bank Group and promotes sustainable economic growth in developing countries by financing private sector investment and providing advisory services to businesses and governments.It will help Wizzit expand operations, determine new markets for its services, and develop penetration strategies, including identifying local partners.“Access to financial services is costly and limited in Africa, particularly in rural areas,” the IFC said. “Much of the population operates on a cash-only basis and outside of the formal banking system, even in a country like South Africa, which has a relatively sophisticated financial sector.”According to the statement, it is estimated that 40% of South Africa’s 47-million people have little or no access to formal banking. However, nearly 60% of South Africans do have cellular phones and this has created an opportunity to provide social and financial services over mobile networks.Wizzit Bank has capitalised on this opportunity, and now employs nearly 2 000 previously unemployed people, known as Wizz-kids, who have the good local knowledge and contacts that the company needs to market services directly to potential clients in neighbourhoods across the country.“Helping the financial sector become more inclusive by extending bank services to the poor is an important part of IFC’s strategy to strengthen Africa’s private sector,” said IFC chief executive Lars Thunell.“Wizzit’s innovative technology and marketing strategy are already having a strong impact by helping create opportunity for more South Africans.”A video on Wizzit is available on YoutubeSAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more