Pro wrestling interviewer ‘Mean Gene’ Okerlund dies

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tor Okerlund said his father, who had undergone three kidney transplants, fell a few weeks ago “and it just kind of went from bad to worse.”Okerlund started as an interviewer in the Minneapolis-based American Wrestling Association. He moved to WWE — then the World Wrestling Federation — in 1984 and hosted several shows, including “All-American Wrestling,” ”Tuesday Night Titans” and “Prime Time Wrestling.” Besides being the company’s lead locker room interviewer, he also provided ringside commentary.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissFormer wrestler and ex-Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, who wrestled as “The Body,” dubbed Okerlund “Mean Gene.”Ventura told the Minneapolis Star Tribune on Wednesday that in an interview he “laughingly called him ‘the Mean Gene Hot Air Machine,’ and the ‘Mean Gene’ stuck.” In this July 31, 1988 photo provided by the WWE, “Mean” Gene Okerlund addresses the crowd before a pro wrestling event in Milwaukee. Okerlund, who interviewed pro wrestling superstars “Macho Man” Randy Savage, The Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan, has died. He was 76. WWE announced Okerlund’s death on its website Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. (WWE via AP)MINNEAPOLIS — Eugene “Mean Gene” Okerlund, whose deadpan interviews of pro wrestling superstars like “Macho Man” Randy Savage, The Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan made him a ringside fixture in his own right, has died. He was 76.World Wrestling Entertainment announced Okerlund’s death on its website Wednesday. Okerlund’s son, Tor Okerlund, told The Associated Press that his father died early Wednesday at a hospital in Sarasota, Florida, near his home in Osprey, Florida, with his wife, Jeanne, by his side.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In a 2015 interview with the Star Tribune, Okerlund credited the late pro wrestling pioneer Verne Gagne for his start.Okerlund worked in sales at the television station where Gagne’s AWA was based and had experience in radio. Gagne approached Okerlund in the hallway when the regular interviewer could not make a taping in the early 1970s, Okerlund recalled.“I said, ‘Verne, I know zero about wrestling.’ He said, ‘Do you have a suit and tie? That’s all you need.’ There were a few bucks involved, so I dived in,” Okerlund said.Funeral arrangements are pending.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Gordon Hayward’s 35 points lift Celtics past Timberwolves Ventura called Okerlund “the best at what he did, the best straight man interviewer in wrestling history.”“You only had to tell him once” how to pitch and sell a wrestling story, Ventura told the AP about Okerlund’s knack for salesmanship. “He’s like a carnival barker. … He was the best salesman. And he never did retakes. … Ninety percent of the time if there was a screw-up on an interview, it was not because of Gene. That’s how good he was.”A native of Sisseton, South Dakota, Okerlund was known for his natty attire and mustache. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006.Okerlund also could sing and performed the national anthem at the first WrestleMania in 1985. He sang “Tutti Frutti” later that year on the WWF’s “The Wrestling Album.”“He really was the ultimate, the consummate entertainer,” his son said.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruptionlast_img read more

Top 25 basketball roundup: Purdue bounces Hoosiers

first_img“This is why I put in the extra work, fought through the pain,” Teague said. “I wanted to do something special.” Teague made 11 of 18 field goals, including 6 for 8 from 3-point range, to help the Boilermakers snap a five-game losing streak in the intrastate rivalry. This is why David Teague went through all the grueling rehab. Teague, a senior guard who missed last season with a torn ACL, was at his best Thursday night, scoring a career-high 32 points as host Purdue beat No. 24 Indiana 81-68. Teague has averaged 22 points in the Boilermakers’ last three home wins. Carl Landry added 22 points and 11 rebounds and Tarrance Crump added 13 points for Purdue (17-9, 6-6 Big Ten). The Boilermakers improved to 14-1 at home and boosted their NCAA Tournament hopes with their second win over a ranked team this season. D.J. White scored 20 points for Indiana (17-7, 7-4). WOMEN No. 1 Duke 73, Boston College 52: Freshman Bridgette Mitchell scored a season-high 20 points to lead the host Blue Devils (27-0, 12-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who have won at least 12 conference games for 10straight seasons, an ACC record. center_img No. 3 Tennessee 81, Mississippi 69: Candace Parker had 25 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, for the host Lady Vols (24-2, 11-0 Southeastern Conference). No. 4 Ohio St. 83, Wisconsin 57: Jessica Davenport hit her average with 19 points to lead the host Buckeyes (24-1, 13-0). No. 6 Maryland 74, Florida St 60: Crystal Langhorne scored 14 points and grabbed a dozen rebounds for the visiting Terrapins (25-3, 9-3 ACC). No. 7 LSU 86, Arkansas 65: Sylvia Fowles had 23points and 20 rebounds, for the visiting Lady Tigers (23-4, 9-2 Southeastern Conference). No. 8 George Washington 64, Charlotte 59: Sarah-Jo Lawrence scored 16points, and the visiting Colonials (22-2, 11-0 Atlantic 10) won their 15th consecutive game. No. 9 Stanford 70, Oregon St. 55: Jayne Appel had a season-high 28 points to go with 17 rebounds, and the visiting Cardinal (22-4, 14-1 Pac-10) put away the Beavers (8-16, 3-12). No. 11 Georgia 82, Kentucky 72 (OT): Tasha Humphrey had a game-high 28points and 10 rebounds as the visiting Bulldogs (22-5, 9-3 Southeastern Conference) survived in overtime. No. 12 Vanderbilt 84, Mississippi St. 64: Caroline Williams scored 24 points and the visiting Commodores (22-4, 8-3 Southeastern Conference) dominated the firsthalf. No. 16 Purdue 59, Michigan 54: Katie Gearlds scored 21 points, leading the visiting Boilermakers (22-5, 11-2 Big Ten). No. 17 Middle Tennessee 66, Fla. International 59: Chrissy Givens scored 17points and had ninerebounds as the host Blue Raiders (24-3, 16-0 SunBelt Conference) won their 21st straight game. Oregon 62, No. 22 California 42: Eleanor Haring scored 17 points to lead the host Ducks (15-10, 7-8 Pac-10). No. 24 Michigan St. 68, Northwestern 63: Victoria Lucas-Perry had 19 of her 25points in the first half for the host Spartans (20-6, 11-2 Big Ten). No. 25 James Madison 88, George Mason 60: Meredith Alexis scored 20points to become James Madison’s career scoring leader and the host Dukes (23-2, 14-0) hit a school-record 12 3-pointers. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Aurier, Son strike as Spurs down Brighton

first_imgMauricio Pochettino’s side hit the woodwork twice before South Korea forward Son’s glancing header in the 87th minute was deflected in to seal the three points.Tottenham remain unbeaten in the league at Wembley since the opening game of the season and, after so much talk of a curse at their temporary home, have now won five of their past six games there.Brighton, managed by former Tottenham defender Chris Hughton, have hit a rocky patch, taking only one point from a possible 15 to leave them firmly in the relegation fight.After only three minutes Son had beaten Ezequiel Schelotto on the left and seen a well-hit shot towards the near post blocked by Shane Duffy, and it looked like being an uncomfortable evening for the visitors.Anthony Knockaert cut in from the right and set off on an ambitious diagonal run that lifted Brighton spirits but when the ball eventually reached Jose Izquierdo, their record signing, his shot looped well over the crossbar.But they soon found themselves under pressure. Gaetan Bong failed to pick up Aurier as he ran onto a cross and although the Brighton defender blocked the Ivorian’s shot at the expense of a corner, it was a warning that the promoted side could not afford to relax.In the 25th minute, Erik Lamela, on his first start of the season, just failed to reach a cross from Aurier, and Son scooped the ball high over the bar from a yard or so out after Lewis Dunk and Harry Kane had both missed Harry Winks’s cross from the left.Brighton had little to offer at that point except dogged defending and some blatant time-wasting.– Fluke goal –Tottenham, though, were not as incisive as they can be and shots from Kane and Moussa Sissoko, although on target, caused Ryan few problems.In the end, it was a fluke goal that broke Brighton’s resistance five minutes before half-time.Aurier crossed from the right just as he was fouled by Izquierdo, and the impact may have affected the fullback’s aim, as the ball’s flight seemed to be too close to goal.The referee’s assistant flagged furiously, which may have distracted Ryan, who was unable to prevent the ball dipping past his outstretched hand and into the top corner of the net.Brighton’s lack of firepower suggested that it would be difficult for them to get back into the game, and they could have been 2-0 behind and down to 10 men after 51 minutes.Kane’s low shot was parried by Ryan into the path of Son, whose follow-up effort appeared to be blocked by the arm of Duffy, but Son had strayed offside.Almost immediately a shot by Lamela was deflected onto the foot of the post by Duffy, and the Argentina winger was unlucky again on the hour when flagged offside as a pass from Kane reached him.Brighton might have equalised with 20 minutes left when a blocked pass fell for Tomer Hemed to hit a volley on the turn but it was too close to goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.Ryan then turned Kane’s 25-yard free-kick onto the post.But he could not keep the ball out when Son’s diving header from Christian Eriksen’s free-kick bounced in off Brighton midfielder Davy Propper.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-Min (R) celebrates scoring with his teammate Serge Aurier during their match against BVB Borussia Dortmund at the BVB Stadion in Dortmund, Germany on November 21, 2017 © AFP / John MACDOUGALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 14 – Goals from Serge Aurier and Son Heung-Min fired Tottenham to a 2-0 victory against Brighton that moved them into fourth place in the Premier League on Wednesday.Although nowhere near their best, Tottenham led thanks to Ivory Coast right-back Aurier, who scored a freak first goal for the club after 40 minutes with a cross that deceived Brighton goalkeeper Mathew Ryan.last_img read more

DOCTOR DOCTOR – I’VE LOST A WHOPPING 10 STONE

first_imgA Donegal man who lost a gut-busting 10 stone in weight is to feature on hit American television health show The Doctors.Paddy Bond (right – as he was!) from Ramelton tipped the scales at a frightening 26 stone.But now the one-time swimming champ (see inside for new-look Paddy!) has shed a staggering 10 stone and looks quite the athlete again. So much so that producers of the American health show asked electrician Paddy, 33, to share his top tip with millions of viewers.Now ‘before and after’ pictures of Paddy are to be broadcast on the CBS show across America.Father of four Paddy will appear on the show next week to give his tip to people looking to lose weight.Paddy’s tip will be “You control food – don’t let food control you.” Paddy puts his huge weight gain down to being beaten in a swimming race which saw him leave the water for a few months.“I was just fed up and started to eat and eat. I couldn’t stop.“The pounds piled on and before I knew it I was more than 26 stone. I was even finding it hard to walk,” he said.Paddy’s wife Catherine joined Slimming World in 2010 and Paddy didn’t want to be left behind.“Catherine lost 3 stone and looks amazing. I said what she can do then I could do as well. So I did. “The weight started to come off and I was always onto sport so I got back into it again,” he said.The Donegal man has dropped from size 46 to 34 waist trousers and from 19 and a half to 16 and a half inch shirt neck.Asked how he did it Paddy says he simply thought about what he was eating.“I have never stopped eating. I just gave myself rewards. If I wanted a chocolate bar I would make a time that I was going to have one but I would look after myself in between. “I would make myself bigger than the food and make the choices. If I thought I was going to have a chocolate bar I would replace it with an apple and move on – end of story,” he said.Paddy said his four children love their new look daddy and he did it as much for them and his wife as he did for himself.“It will sound mad but I was thinking that I didn’t want to have to have a reinforced coffin if I died.“I feel great these days. I still have to work on watching what I’m eating every day but as long as I know I have to and recognize that then that’s half the battle,” he said.Paddy was asked to tell The Doctors television show his story but was shocked when he received a reply just two days later.“I Facebooked them and told them my story. I couldn’t believe it when they called two days later.“I can’t believe my story will be seen by 300 million people across America. I hope it can help and encourage some people,” he said.DOCTOR DOCTOR – I’VE LOST A WHOPPING 10 STONE was last modified: October 24th, 2012 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:Donegal DailyPaddy BondRameltonSlimming WorldThe DoctorsTV showlast_img read more

Picture Special: Excitement as Nobel prize winner Professor Campbell visits Mulroy College

first_imgExcitement was building all day in the corridors of Mulroy College in Milford as students and staff eagerly awaited the arrival of Professor William Campbell.Professor Campbell was awarded a quarter Nobel prize in Medicine in 2015 for his work with bacteria and a compound avermectin which can kill off the roundworms that cause river blindness. He is the second Irish person, after Ernest Walton (1951) to receive the prestigious award.A pin dropping could be heard as Professor Campbell told students about his life spent growing up in lovely Ramelton and his work in Trinity College which cemented his interest in worms. His collaboration with a Japanese scientist Satoshi Omura led to the amazing discovery of the microbe in soil samples collected in Japan.Students were regaled with tales of a fascinating professional life in science spanning five decades which led to the development and production of ivermectin, a chemically modified form of avermectin which has proven effective against a growing number of other parasitic diseases.The science teachers with Professor Campbell; perhaps one of their pupils will be the next Nobel Prize winner?Professor Campbell chatted with a number of students from Mulroy who themselves have been successful in the scientific field. He was very interested to hear about their endeavours in the Young Scientist competition. Conor Bradley and Dylan Mc Bride spoke to him about their current project which scooped the top prize in Scifest Donegal recently. He wished them continued success in the national final in November.A student commented that ‘this was a chance in a lifetime to meet a Nobel Prizewinner’, while Conor Bradley mentioned that ‘I couldn’t believe that after finding the antibiotic, it took a further 17 years to have the drug acknowledged. One thing that I learnt was never to give up trying.’Everyone was very sad when the bell went to signify the end of the school day.Students headed off buzzing with scientific enthusiasm. You never know, maybe the third Irish person who will win a Nobel prize was among that lucky group!Principal, Fiona Temple, on behalf of the Science Dept openly thanked Professor William Campbell for sharing his experience with the students.This was a historic day for the Science Deptartment in Mulroy College.Picture Special: Excitement as Nobel prize winner Professor Campbell visits Mulroy College was last modified: September 24th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:MilfordMulroy CollegeNobel Prize winnerProfessor William CampbellRameltonscientistlast_img read more

UPDATE: HSE STATEMENT ON LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL A&E

first_imgHOSPITAL UPDATE – A STATEMENT FROM THE HSEThe interim Emergency Department at Letterkenny Hospital is planned to reopen to ambulance admissions on a phased basis from 10.00 am on Saturday 17 August. Therefore patients should no longer attend Altnagelvin Hospital from 10.00 am on Saturday. Sean Murphy Hospital Manager briefed members of the media and public representatives today to announce the news and promote details of how the capacity of Emergency Department to treat patients will be extended over the coming weeks.The temporary radiology service has been commissioned and is now in place with a link to the main hospital. This development was critical in enabling the hospital to provide emergency services. On Saturday the Emergency Department will be open to ambulance admissions ONLY from Letterkenny, Fanad and Inishowen areas. Letterkenny Hospital Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Dr Sinead O’Gorman explained, “It is essential that the reintroduction of emergency admissions is carefully managed on a phased basis to ensure that all processes in this interim facility are appropriately brought on line and not overloaded by high volumes of patients.”It is planned that on Sunday the number of ambulance admissions will be increased and NoWDOC referrals from Letterkenny and Carndonagh will also be accepted.By early next week it is anticipated the ED will be open to self–presenting patients as well as ambulance and GP referrals from North West Donegal. The decision to bring all patients back to Letterkenny will then be reviewed in light of how the interim services are functioning. Until that time, for any emergency requiring an ambulance please dial 112 or 999 as normal. Non emergency patients should continue to contact their GP in the first instance.Bill Maher, Chief Executive of the West/North West Hospital Group says, “I am delighted that the interim Emergency Department is up and running for the people in the Letterkenny/Inishowen area. I want to thank Sean Murphy, his team and all of the staff who have put in countless hours of work to reinstate this vital service to the people of Donegal. “The work that has been done is remarkable given the destruction the floods caused within the hospital. I know that patients and their families were faced with longer drives to the alternate hospitals and this caused distress and inconvenience. Our goal is to restore all of our services in a safe manner, as quickly as possible. The community spirit shown by our staff and local people is extremely commendable and I want to thank everyone who assisted their local hospital by volunteering and helping us to clear the flood waters.”Sean Murphy, Hospital Manager echoed those thanks and said, “The delivery of interim Radiology and Emergency Departments capable of managing the workload of Letterkenny Hospital within 21 days is an extraordinary achievement. I particularly want to thank all of our staff who have toiled long and hard to put the interim Emergency Department and all of the current services in place. We are a long way from bringing our hospital back to its pre-flood condition but this is a huge step along the way.“I want to sincerely thank our colleagues in Sligo Regional Hospital, Altnagelvin Hospital and South West Acute Hospital (Enniskillen) for their support in treating our emergency patients. Their co-operation was essential to our ability to maintain an emergency cover for the people of Donegal. Our thanks must also go to our colleagues in the National Ambulance Service, Primary Care and Community Services for all of the resources, help and support that they provided and continue to provide. I look forward to the continuing development of the hospital and to bringing all of our services back on line over the coming months.”Some minor local surgery is being carried out at the Scally Practice, Letterkenny and all patients for surgery will be contacted directly by the hospital either by telephone or by letter. Limited Inpatient and Day Case surgery is being re-introduced from Monday 19 of August. UPDATE: HSE STATEMENT ON LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL A&E was last modified: August 16th, 2013 by John2Share 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:HSE statementletterkenny hospitalupdatelast_img read more

DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR MONDAY, MAY 28, 2012

first_imgMAY MULLINThe death has taken place of May Mullin, 273 Ard McCarron, Ballybofey. Beloved wife of the late Frank and much loved mother of Paddy,and the late Geraldine. Sady missed by her son, sister Nan,daughter in law Edith brother-in-law Jack, grandchildren,Amy,Debbie & Matthew, nephews, nieces, relatives & friends.Funeral leaving her home at 10.30am on Wednesday morning for 11am requiem mass in St. Mary’s Church, Stranorlar, followed by interment in Stranorlar Cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations in lieu, if desired, to Barnes View Ward, St.Joseph’s Hospital, Stranorlar c/o any family member. Family time from 11pm until 10amPATRICK MCDAID The death has taken place May 27th 2012 at Letterkenny Hospital of Patrick Mc Daid The Common, Lifford and formerly of Glentown, St Johnston Reposing at his home today Monday from 6p.m. Funeral leaving his home on Wednesday at 10.15a.m. for Requiem Mass in St Patrick`s Church, Murlog, Lifford at 11a.m. Interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Donations in lieu of flowers please to the Friends of Lifford Hospital c/o 1A Newtown Place, Strabane. Family time from 11p.m. to 11a.m. Beloved husband of the late Teresa, much loved father of Joan, Terry and Vivian and brother of John, Evelyn and the late Michael, Edward and JinneyTERENCE BOYLEThe death has taken place of Terence Boyle, Donegal and Dublin. Peacefully, at St. James’s Hospital. Son of the late Michael and Bridget Boyle (nee Maher).Removal tomorrow, Tuesday evening, from Fanagans Funeral Home, Aungier St., to the Carmelite Church, Whitefriar St., arriving at 5pm. Funeral on Wednesday after 10am Mass to Glasnevin Cemetery.JOHN SADLER The sudden death has occurred at his home of John Sadler, 37 Ard O’Donnell, Letterkenny. His remains will repose at his home from 6pm today, Monday. Funeral from there tomorrow, Tuesday, at 9.15am going to St. Eunan’s Cathedral for 10am Requiem Mass with burial afterwards in Conwal Cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu to Meals on Wheels, Letterkenny c/o Pascal Blake Funeral Director, Stony Arch, New Line Road, Letterkenny.ROSIE BRADLEYThe death has taken place at the Donegal Hospice in Letterkenny of Rosie Bradley, Kill, Glen, Carrigart. Her remains are reposing at her late residence.  Funeral on Wednesday, with Requiem Mass in the Church of St John the Baptist, Carrigart at 12 midday, followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery.ELIZABETH KELLYThe death has taken place at Sligo General Hospital of Elizabeth Kelly, 14 Convent Road, Carndonagh. Funeral from her late residence tomorrow, Tuesday, at 11.30 for Requiem Mass at 12 noon in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Carndonagh, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR MONDAY, MAY 28, 2012 was last modified: May 28th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:2012DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR MONDAYMAY 28last_img

Bytes, US firm eye regional expansion

first_img23 June 2010US technology firm NCR Corporation and Bytes Technology Group, a subsidiary of JSE-listed Altron, have extended a five-year agreement that will enable Bytes to offer a much wider range of innovative NCR solutions to its customers in South Africa and neighbouring countries.NCR is the established ATM market leader in South Africa, according to Retail Banking Research. The new agreement with Bytes will drive further growth in financial services and expansion in additional industries, such as retail.“Africa is strategically important to NCR and our agreement with Bytes is a clear signal of our commitment to provide technology solutions that enable South African companies to reach more customers and deliver an exceptional experience,” NCR chairman and CEO Bill Nuti said in a statement this week.Next-generation ATMsThe Bytes’ offering includes the next-generation NCR SelfServ Intelligent Deposit ATMs, which enable customers to pay in cash and conduct bill payments, while cutting down queuing in the branch and freeing up branch staff to help more customers.NCR has taken a lead in launching this technology in South Africa, and Bytes is set to extend this further by introducing NCR’s Cash Recycling ATMs and Teller Cash Recycling technology, which enable banks to reduce cash replenishment and handling – a major cost issue for South African banks.Integrated servicesBytes will also focus on NCR APTRA software, which helps banks to easily integrate online and mobile channel with the ATM channel. This development offers customers more choice of how and when they access banking services and information.This integration also enables customers to send money to another party using their cellphones. The other party then has the facility to withdraw this money at any ATM. These services can play a key role in providing financial services to the under-banked and unbanked.“We understand how consumers want to deal with companies across many industries in a seamless way through multiple channels,” said Nuti. “In South Africa, we believe this growing consumer expectation creates a timely opportunity for companies to engage and serve their customers in a highly efficient way using the scale and breadth of our technologies.”Retail, hospitality solutionsAs a leading retail checkout technology provider in South Africa, Bytes Managed Solutions will bring further innovation to the market through NCR’s retail and hospitality solutions, such as Point-of-Sale terminals, NCR SelfServ Checkout terminals, NCR kiosks, as well as NCR Netkey digital signage and kiosk software solution.NCR and Bytes Managed Solutions have been working together in South Africa for over 35 years.“Through this partnership with a global company, Bytes is able to adapt these leading edge technologies to the specific needs of South Africa,” said Altron group CEO Robbie Venter. “As a group, we understand the unique requirements in South Africa and across the African continent.“We have a long history of partnering successfully with leading global companies and of combining this with our skills, experience, and our large services infrastructure to drive innovation in meeting fast changing consumer needs.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

With Video Pitches, ‘Show Don’t Tell’ Says Feld

first_imgA popular trend among startups these days is to create a video pitch. Cameras are cheaper, and do-it-yourself applications like iMovie on the Mac make video editing fun and easy. But like any form of new media, video is not just a secondary platform on which to present a carbon copy of something from an earlier medium; in other words, a video pitch needs to take advantage of the fact that it’s a video. Videos have motion and interactivity and the ability to show anything with pictures and animation, which is much more than we can say simply with text. Foundry Group’sBrad Feld wrote today that he gets pitches in his inbox everyday, and while some of them are videos, they often don’t take advantage of the medium. As the title of this morning’s post suggests, Feld encourages video pitchers to “Show Don’t Tell“. “The video I watched today was a two minute segment of the entrepreneur looking into the camera and describing his business idea,” writes Feld. “I ended up watching the full two minute video to see if he ever shifted from “tell” mode to “show” mode. He never did.”VCs don’t want to watch a video monologue of you telling them all about your product; you can do that with an email or a blog entry. Be a show-off with you video pitches and skip the boring discussion and get to the product. Getting a look at the actual product and its features is what will hook a potential investor, not jargon and PR speak.“For most of the great VCs I know, the way an entrepreneur makes a connection when there is no pre-existing relationship is to generate an immediate interest with the product,” writes Feld. “That’s what happened for us in the case of Brightleaf and Organic Motion. The entrepreneurs were highly credible, but more importantly we immediately got excited about their products.”When a popular movie is published in book form, they don’t just print the script and sell it; they re-write it in a narrative form that is native to books. So why would an entrepreneur doing a video pitch simply recite his same old spiel in front a of a camera? If it’s a Web app, take the time to include screenshots, or even a screen-capture demo of your product. If it’s something like an iPhone app, go out and show how it would be used in a real-life situation. If a VC can close their eyes and still get as much from your video pitch by just listening to it, you’re doing it wrong. Don’t try to speak for your product, let it speak for itself.Photo by Flickr user Andrew*. Tags:#start#tips chris cameron Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Drug peddling: security stepped up along Manipur-Myanmar border

first_imgFollowing the statement of Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren in the Assembly on Monday on drug peddling, police, Assam Rifles and other paramilitary forces have beefed up security measures along the Manipur-Myanmar border on Tuesday. He said that peddlers were selling narcotic pills even to school children. Sometime back he had announced that a fast track court would be set up to deal exclusively with the offenders.On an average, police, Assam Rifles and anti-narcotics cells of the Central government have been seizing drugs and other contraband items thrice a week. An Army officer in Imphal and relatives of some politicians were also allegedly caught in the anti-drug dragnet.Police say that smugglers of all hues are crossing the international border into India. Last week, police arrested three men with narcotic drugs worth over ₹ 400 crore, the biggest haul in the Northeast region. Officials said that the construction of the 10-km boundary wall near the border town of Moreh was suspended following an objection by Myanmar. Besides, smugglers were using the unmanned 364 km border with Manipur. There is a common boundary with Myanmar in Mizoram and Nagaland. Last week, several organisations observed a 48-hour general strike at Moreh and along the national highway, demanding, among others, transfer of one ranking officer of 43 Assam Rifles for allegedly harassing traders. The personnel had sealed the international border and only those having proper identity cards are allowed to cross the international gates I and II.last_img read more