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The Guyana Police Force stumbled upon over 200 pieces of ammunition hidden in a paint can that was left in an abandoned car. The discovery was made sometime around 12:30h on Thursday.According to the Police, acting on information received from a concerned citizen, ranks went to Gordon Street, Kitty, Georgetown, and conducted a search on a suspiciously parked car.During the search of the vehicle, ranks uncovered a one-gallon paint can containing 234 live rounds of .40 and one live round of .45 calibre ammunition.No arrest has been made, however Police are investigating the incident.This find comes on the heels of Police in ‘E’ Division (Linden/Kwakwani) discovering an AK-47 rifle, two magazines and 15 rounds of matching ammunition, 15 .38 live rounds, 39 .9mm live rounds and 21 .223 live rounds along with a magazine.The Police said that whilst cleaning a house in Linden, a citizen observed a haversack behind a wardrobe and upon examination, found the firearm and ammunition. He subsequently made a report and the Police took possession of the cache.
After cutting airport expansion budgetBy Vahnu ManikchandHaving used its combined one seat majority while in Opposition to cut over $10 billion in budgetary allocations to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) Expansion project, the APNU+AFC Coalition Government has now moved to secure supplementary funds for the project.Government seeking funding for additional air bridges at CJIAAt Thursday’s sitting of the National Assembly, Government tabled a financial paper seeking $2.5 billion in supplementary funds, of which some $346.5 million will be injected towards the purchase and installation of two additional air bridges at CJIA.Following a parliamentary tour of the airport expansion works, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson said the intention all along was to have four boarding bridges when the project is completed.“The contract has the two air bridges in it. I had always said we would make provision for an additional two…and I’ve made it clear that it was our intention on opening we would have four air bridges. So, the supplementary that you would’ve seen tabled is for the additional two,” Patterson stated.This move by the Coalition Government to construct additional air bridges comes on the heels of its having redesigned the airport expansion project upon assuming office.Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson during the Parliamentary site tour of the CJIA expansion (Carl Croker photo)The CJIA Expansion project was signed under the Peoples Progressive Party Government, with the Chinese Export/Import (EXIM) Bank granting US$138 million while Guyana put up US$12 million.However, when the APNU/AFC Government took office in 2015, the project was put on hold; but following discussions between Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson and the contractor, Chinese company China Harbour Engineering Corporation (CHEC), it was announced that the project would be continued. Among the redesigning elements was the reduction of the air bridges from eight to a mere two.The People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), now in Opposition, has often criticised the Coalition Administration for redesigning the project, which was a fixed price design and build contract.Camouflaging transparencyIn fact, the Opposition boycotted the parliamentary tour, and its Public Infrastructure spokesperson, Juan Edghill, said in a statement on Wednesday that in additional to the site visit being a charade to camouflage transparency, it is also being orchestrated to lay the foundation for seeking addition funds from the nation’s purse.The Opposition Member of Parliament further reminded in his missive of the Coalition parties’ “hostile, diatribe and near sabotage of this project” when they cut in excess of $10 billion combined allocations in the 2013 and 2014 Budgets.Moreover, Edghill went on to call out Government for back-pedalling on its design changes made to the fixed price design and build contract.“We are aware that significant alterations and changes have been made to the design. It is our intention, and we will, at the appropriate time, call for a performance audit of this project, to ensure that the Guyanese people got value for their money and what was paid for was delivered. The Minister of Public Infrastructure, on numerous occasions in the National Assembly, failed to answer questions or deliver information promised in regard to this project. His usual style of much rhetoric is now commonplace, with very little to show,” Edghill asserted.However, the Public Infrastructure Minister, in response to the Opposition, said that progress of the expansion works shows that Guyana is getting “value for its money”, noting that the purpose of the visit was for the Members of Parliament to have a first-hand observation of the on-going works and make comments or recommendations before the project is completed.Supplementary fundsMeanwhile, the Public Infrastructure Minister also went on to say that other aspects of the project that were not included in the contract would require more supplementary funds in the future. Those include fencing around the extended runway and construction of a new commercial space outside the airport.“Those are not in the China Harbour contract. So, progressively, we will make the outside, the external landside of the airport, more user- and customer-friendly. So obviously that will require more funds… We can’t just have a world class terminal, we must have world class ambience and feeling, so there will be opportunity for the normal Guyanese to have a kiosk and so that persons can sample some genuine local cuisine,” he added.According to Minister Patterson, the costs of these aesthetic works are yet to be determined, and will only commence after the actual expansion works are completed, which will be by the end of December this year.However, the Public Infrastructure Minister noted that the opening of the new airport facility will be done in a phased manner. In fact, in June the new arrival terminal will be opened, while the new departure lounge will soon be given a test run with one of the airlines, and if all goes well, then the entire operation will be shifted into the new space.
Ramon Calderon, the former president of Real Madrid, insists the Spanish club have no need for David de Gea.The Manchester United goalkeeper is being heavily linked with a big-money move to the Bernabeu in the summer.But Calderon would be surprised to see it happen as he is of the opinion that the the 24-year-old would be a downgrade on the current Real number one, Iker Casillas.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Calderon said: “We already have the best goalkeeper in the world, which is Casillas. We also have Keylor Navas. I don’t see any need to get any other goalkeeper.“De Gea is perhaps also one of the best goalkeepers in the world but Casillas can still be at the top for three or four years. I don’t see any need [for De Gea].”
0Shares0000Two-time reigning NBA finals MVP Kevin Durant had a season-high 16 free throws on 17 attempts for the Warriors in a 117-116 win over Sacremento (AFP Photo/EZRA SHAW)LOS ANGELES, United States, Nov 25 – Kevin Durant delivered a season-high 44 points as the Golden State Warriors needed a wild finish to hold off the Sacramento Kings 117-116 on Saturday night.Two-time reigning NBA finals MVP Durant also had a season-high 16 free throws on 17 attempts for the Warriors, who won their second straight after snapping a four-game losing skid on Friday by beating Portland. Golden State coach Steve Kerr went with the same starting lineup against Sacramento.The Kings made the Warriors work hard for the victory as De’Aaron Fox made two free throws with 26 seconds remaining to put Sacramento ahead after Warriors Klay Thompson missed a 33-footer moments earlier.Durant converted two free throws with 1:27 left and also had 13 rebounds and seven assists, while Thompson wound up with 31 points.Thompson shot 12 of 26 with five three-pointers as Stephen Curry missed his ninth straight game because of a strained left groin.Curry, the two-time MVP, was re-examined Saturday and is expected to resume practising next week with a good chance he would return to game action during an upcoming five-game road trip.“He’s doing much better and we’re just going to keep taking it day by day,” Kerr said.Meanwhile, Karl-Anthony Towns had 35 points and 22 rebounds, Derrick Rose came off the bench to score 22 points and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Chicago Bulls 111-96.Jeff Teague added 18 points for Minnesota, which pulled away late to win for the fifth time in seven games since trading Jimmy Butler to Philadelphia.Both the Timberwolves and Bulls were playing the second game of a back-to-back and their third game in four nights.Zach LaVine scored 28 points and Jabari Parker had 27 as the Bulls lost for the sixth time in seven contests. Both players have reached 20 points in the past three games.Justin Holiday had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls.In Cleveland, rookie Collin Sexton scored a season-high 29 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers overcame 40 points by Houston’s James Harden to defeat the Rockets 117-108.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
3. New York City FC – Average attendance = 29,016 20 20 20 20 20. Colorado Rapids – Average attendance = 15,657. Find out the best of the rest by clicking the arrow above! 18. FC Dallas – Average attendance = 16,013 16. Columbus Crew – Average attendance = 16,958 15. Philadelphia Union – Average attendance = 17,451 1. Seattle Sounders – Average attendance = 44,247 12. New York Red Bull – Average attendance = 19,657 20 14. Montreal Impact – Average attendance = 17,750 2. Orlando City – Average attendance = 32,847 11. Sporting Kansas City – Average attendance = 19,687 20 20 20 20 20 9. Vancouver Whitecaps – Average attendance = 20,507 20 20 20 20 20 8. Houston Dynamos – Average attendance = 20,658 20 7. San Jose Earthquakes – Average attendance = 20,979 20 10. Real Salt Lake – Average attendance = 20,160 It’s boom time in America as the MLS broke several attendance records across the 2015 campaign.No longer the ugly sister to European and South American leagues, Major League Soccer is attracting interest at home and abroad.An influx of stars has helped the average attendance increase 12.7 per cent from 19,147 to 21,574 this year, although this was aided by new teams such as the Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo inspired New York City FC and Orlando City, who can count Kaka and Canadian starlet Cyle Larin amongst their ranks.Major League Soccer’s impressive growth also means it’s has the seventh highest average attendance of all leagues globally, above Ligue 1 and the Championship.But which teams across the Atlantic have the biggest crowds? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right arrow above to see which MLS sides have the highest attendances… 5. LA Galaxy – Average attendance = 23,392 4. Toronto FC – Average attendance = 23,451 20 20 17. DC United – Average attendance = 16,244 19. Chicago Fire – Average attendance = 16,003 13. New England Revolution – Average attendance = 19,627 20 6. Portland Timbers – Average attendance = 21,142
A BALLYSHANNON man found guilty on 32 counts of child sex abuse has been jailed.Brian McMahon, who had been living recently in Sligo, abused his victim between 1966 and 1974.McMahon, now 63, was 16 when he first attacked his victim who was just ten at the time. He was found guilty on 31 counts against the boy. McMahon was also found guilty by a jury of one charge of indecently assaulting the boy’s younger brother, between September 1973 and September 1974, also in Ballyshannon. The victim was aged 13 at the time.The victims asked for McMahon to be named in court.Garda Gerard Mullane told the court that some of the abuse took place in a cow shed or in fields. McMahon, he said, was a recluse.One victim said at the time he “didn’t have the vocabulary” to describe what was inflicted on him. In an effort to cope throughout his life, he immersed himself in his work and worked hours “far in excess” of the working week.“I have no self-confidence,” he said, adding that he has difficulty trusting and confiding in others.He has endured nightmares since the trial. “I have lost my childhood forever,” he said.His younger brother, in his victim impact statement, said he has endured an “emotional, painful path” due to the “violence, intimidation, terror and completely irrational behaviour” of McMahon.McMahon was jailed for two years on each of the 32 offences, all the sentences to run concurrently.He will be back on the streets next year.JAIL FOR BALLYSHANNON MAN WHO PREYED ON YOUNG BROTHERS was last modified: July 31st, 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)
WHAT would you get if you crossed capitalism and communism? You would get L.A.’s City Hall. Somehow we’ve wound up with the worst of both worlds, a governmental Frankenstein, part 19th-century robber baron, part Stalin, and all wrong. Here are three tenets of L.A.’s communist-capitalist “ideology” in action: 1. “Private property” is an oxymoron. Let’s say you bought some old, run-down, decrepit, fleabag hotel, and got a crazy idea like, “Hey, I think I’ll spend a few million dollars of my own money, renovate the property, and turn it into condos so people can afford to buy homes downtown.” Well, on May 10, 2006, L.A.’s City Council nipped evil schemes like that in the bud, by enacting a one-year and perhaps longer “moratorium” on the demolition or conversion of low-cost residential hotels across the city. You say you don’t like being in limbo for a year, or two, or three? Well, that’s just tough, because it’s not really your property anyway. You just get to write the checks for the property taxes, insurance, utilities and maintenance. Accept the fact that you have to run an unprofitable fleabag hotel until Comrade Mayor tells you otherwise. 2. Everyone everywhere has a right to “affordable housing” in L.A., and only the city can provide it. As any right-thinking elected official knows, creating “affordable housing” is a three-step process: First, the city had to impose rent control on all buildings erected before 1978, which ensures that those landlords cannot compete with the owners of new buildings for new tenants. Tying up the old units guarantees the rents for all the new units will be much higher than otherwise, thereby creating the “affordable housing crisis” that only government can solve. Second, the city must prevent the owners of the rent-controlled buildings from turning those apartments into condos. After all, the increased supply of condos would drive the prices of all condos down, thereby permitting renters to become owners, and without any governmental intervention. The city wouldn’t have an “affordable housing crisis” to solve. Luckily, the City Council is conducting hearings this month on how to stop the conversions, in view of the disturbing fact that renters have been evicted from more than 9,240 rent-controlled units over the past five years. Third, to solve the problem it created, the city must give millions of your tax dollars, along with public lands and tax breaks, to wealthy developers who contribute to political campaigns. Hence, the mayor’s budget calls for the Community Redevelopment Agency to give about $439 million to developers. Plus, the mayor wants to “invest” even more of your money in projects the private sector rejected as unprofitable through a $1 billion housing bond. 3. All capitalists are not created equal. The slogan for L.A.’s communist capitalism is “From each according to his ability, to each according to his campaign contributions.” You see, not all capitalists are created equal. All of them must be taxed, so that a few worthy ones political contributors can receive public funds and property. The city’s business-income tax will generate $421 million in revenues this year. Yet the city will give about $439 million to businesses that get an “investment” from the Community Redevelopment Agency. Hence, all businesses are taxed so that a few may benefit. L.A.’s communist capitalism includes special benefits for labor unions, too. You might think, for example, that any business owner has the right to hire or fire employees at will, provided he’s not discriminating illegally. But you would be wrong. L.A.’s City Council adopted a law this month that takes the right to hire and fire away from anyone who buys a grocery store. Instead, unlike politicians or any other business owners, grocers will be stuck with their predecessor’s employees for a minimum of three months. After the 90-day period, the new owner must conduct a written performance evaluation of each employee, and consider offering a job if the evaluation is satisfactory, before hiring from outside. Plus, layoffs must be based on seniority. So now you understand the political and economic philosophy underlying public policy in Los Angeles: communist capitalism. You take the worst elements of two diametrically opposed ideologies, jam them together, and use them to redistribute the wealth from taxpayers to political contributors. It makes perfect sense. Walter Moore is a real estate broker and attorney who ran for mayor of Los Angeles in 2005. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
GLENSWILLY AND THE ELEMENTS RAIN ON KILCAR’S PARADEGlenswilly kept their Kilcar opponents waiting in the downpour that drenched MacCumhaill Park at half-time on Sunday before finally emerging from the dressing-rooms and proceeding to keep them waiting much longer for another county title.Only the very few had predicted this – of five club players interviewed by Frank Craig in the match programme only Malin’s Damian Harkin had forecast a Glenswilly triumph. And this after his team had gone so close to scuttling the Glen ambitions in the semi-finals. by Paddy Walsh, Donegal’s leading sportswriterOn that occasion, Michael Canning’s team were made to look like a shadow of previous Glenswilly teams but right from the throw-in on Sunday – retaining possession of the ball for close to a minute without a Kilcar man getting a touch – they looked up for it and were full value for their third capture of the Dr. Maguire Cup in half a dozen years.Michael Murphy – suspected of carrying an injury in recent months – deservedly secured the man of the match award but the entire Glenswilly line-up could have qualified as candidates.The captain later insisted his team may have rode their luck with Martin McHugh’s men registering some wayward wides throughout (not least Patrick McBrearty who sent a late free the wrong side of the uprights that would have tied things up). But they were far from lucky on an afternoon when they took the game to their much admired opponents.“It’s like military precision”, one woman observed as Glenswilly announced their intentions with a tight marking display that knocked the McHughs & Co. completely out of their stride.True, the consistent heavy rain that battered the occasion at regular intervals didn’t help the footballing cause but even in the Costa del Kilcar they must be used to that. What they undoubtedly couldn’t cope with was the spirit and commitment of the men from the Glen.The only goal of the game owed everything to the power and precision of the two giants of Glenswilly – Donegal indeed – football, Neil Gallagher lofting in a ball from the middle of the park where Murphy outmanoeuvred his marker to fire home. A thing of beauty.Not the only outstanding score – Ciaran Gibbons, ever industrious, sending over a screamer (it certainly had the Glenswilly fans around my vantage stance screaming) of a point from distance.For Kilcar the long wait goes on – twenty-three years since they last hoisted the premium domestic trophy – but they’ll take heart from their performances on route to the Final.What they couldn’t take was the heart and soul from a Glenswilly side who showed their pedigree and proved that there’s no such thing as an underdog – only a team that believes in themselves and sets out to show up those pundits of little faith.WASN’T THIS WHERE OLLIE SAID THEY WOULD BE?Harps manager Ollie HorganIt was always going to be like this. Even when Harps had pushed that nine points clear with that home draw against Pat’s last week, there was a sense of the inevitable, something that Ollie Horgan has been preaching from the start of the campaign.Even the most optimistic Harps supporter had refused to talk of certain survival until that certain survival was mathematically confirmed.It was only last week that Wexford Youths boss, Shane Keegan, had conceded that his side had given up on catching Harps and would now be concentrating their efforts on the play-offs to avoid the drop.But on Monday night’s edition of ‘Soccer Republic’, a completely different story. His team were back in with a chance of overhauling the Donegal side. An astonishing 5-4 win over Galway United after allowing the Westerners to claw back from being 5-0 down – how those of us of the blue and white persuasion were praying for an equalizer that would have changed everything – has put the Youths within six points of Harps and with a game in hand.Far from the concession of the previous week, Keegan was now anticipating a scenario where his side would beat Harps this weekend and then take advantage of that additional match.Those of us arguing the toss up in the North-West would have been deriving some comfort from the fact that Wexford have to travel to Turner’s Cross to meet title chasing Cork City in that run-in. But that was before Monday night saw Dundalk open up a six point lead on the southerners and City manager, John Caulfield, concede with some certainty that the race was now over. There is still a chance that his Cork side can catch the reigning champions but he would appear to have thrown the proverbial towel in – almost in the manner that Shane Keegan did last week.Already guaranteed, at least, the runners-up spot and with an F.A.I. Cup Final on the horizon – their sole hope it would appear of silverware this season – City may field a largely experimental line-up against Wexford which could swing it in favour of their south-eastern neighbours.But those fringe players will be eyeing up a Cup Final place and that would hopefully inspire them to impress Caulfield and provide him with some food for thought.All of this, of course, will not matter a jot to Harps followers if their side can achieve the necessary result in Wexford on Friday evening. A win or even a draw would ensure another season in the top flight – for the home team, victory is the only option and we can only hope that in pushing forward for that victory the gaps, as so evident against Galway, will open up at the back and allow the visitors the opportunities to push all relegation concerns into the back burner.Time for those bums to get squeaky…. A LARK AT THE PAIRCLetterkenny Gaels were laughed off Pairc na nGael following a comedy of a performance at the weekend.Slapstick it was from beginning to end, I can only describe it. An absolute farce would be another apt description. Pure bedlam.Some of the locals were recalling the last time they had seen a performance like this – around this time last year. I didn’t get to that one but this one more than made up for it.Right from the start there were scenes of mayhem. The Gaels responded to early laughs from Bradley and Frain with a stream of more laughs from Coll, Carr, and the three Sweeneys.In front of a packed attendance they pressed forward looking for more and as the first half wore on were hugely successful, splitting sides everywhere.Football? No, this was the Real McCoy and what a show.“I don’t want to be here,” one of the characters, Martin Daly (played in richly comical form by Carry Coll) repeats more than once during the three-act comedy.Well, boy, we were glad he was along with the rest of the cast (Celine Bradley, Bernie Frain, Brighdin Carr, Sheila Sweeney, Brian Sweeney, and Noel Sweeney).All of us indeed glad to be there to watch the second staging of a comedy at the Gaels club rooms – last year’s ‘Widow’s Paradise’ drawing equal measures of praise and laughter.The opening night last Thursday helped raise money for Letterkenny Rugby Club who share the grounds with the Gaels in a unique cross sporting venture.The remaining performances have, and are, providing proceeds for Letterkenny Gaels and the local population has responded by turning out in huge numbers for each of the stagings to date.And the good news is – there are four more to come! Last time I checked next Saturday night’s show was fully booked out but there are tickets available for Thursday, Friday and Sunday (or so Nora O’Hora, who knows everything there is to know, tells me).‘It’s the Real McCoy’, written by Tubbercurry man, Tommy Marren, back in the sixties, is directed by Paddy O’Connor with executive producer, James Frain, introducing proceedings at the start. There are tasty refreshments at the interval to keep the hunger at bay – far removed from the bun fight on the stage!And, as if the belly laughs won’t have told them enough, you get to meet the cast on the way out at the end to tell them what you think.Throw-in: 8.p.m.ONE MAN’S WATERLOGGED PITCH IS….You’d have to question how last weekend’s match at Turner’s Cross where Finn Harps were the visitors got the go-ahead given the condition of the pitch.And further query how Harps match with St. Patrick’s Athletic in Ballybofey was called off last month when the referee deemed the Finn Park pitch unplayable because of water on the surface and consequently dangerous underfoot conditions.Judging by the highlights of the Cork/Harps game, it appeared the pitch was, perhaps even more unplayable and dangerous than was the case at Finn Park.A flood of enquiries to the usual suspects.ANOTHER FARCE BUT THIS IS TRULY THE REAL McCOYHow can the G.A.A. authorities get it so wrong at times? For surely the travesty to beat them all was inflicted on the footballers, management staff and fans of Burt last weekend.On Sunday they had meekly surrendered to the Down team, Bredagh, in the first round of the Ulster Intermediate Club Championship. They only managed three points in the game – losing by a total of thirteen. Fair play to them for even restricting it to that.For just twenty-four hours before they had been in action in the County Intermediate Final – disposing of Milford in a replay and that after extra-time.Not alone had the main celebrations to be put on hold but what level of tired limbs and equally jaded minds would have turned up the following day at O’Donnell Park, to face up to the test that was Bredagh?The Burt players were asked to enjoy themselves on the night before the game but they would have done so with one eye on what was fast approaching – too fast – in the shape of the Down champions.They had been left, the Burt team chief, Damian Dowds insisted afterwards – and probably before the game too – with an impossible task. Dowds spoke about the pride he had in his players but claimed he could not share those sentiments in respect of the Donegal and Ulster officials who had accommodated what was, in all honesty, an absolute mockery.Even officialdom involved in full-time professional sport wouldn’t have permitted this to happen – forced to play two vital matches in the space of a day in testing conditions.If the Donegal team had been asked to turn out twice in twenty-four hours, the Donegal County Board would have been leading the charge in opposing it in strongly worded terms.They were, however, conspicuous by their silence when it came to appealing to the sense – if such a thing exists – of the Ulster Council. LOSS OF A RUGBY COLOSSUSIt has been something that I, as a sports fanatic, had always yearned to see but never quite managed – a Munster team in their prime in the days of Paul O’Connell, Ronan O’Gara and Peter Stringer. And the rumbling colossus that was Anthony Foley.Plenty of opportunity on the T.V. but never live and I can only imagine what a match must have sounded like at Thomond Park when the red machine went into overdrive and Heineken Cups were pursued and ultimately secured.The Limerick venue was chosen only last week by former England international, Ben Kay – along with the Connacht Showgrounds – as one of the top five for atmosphere in European rugby.Much of that to do with the crowd but invariably generated by the performances of the likes of the big number eight (there’s probably, on reflection, no such thing as a small number eight).The world of rugby – of sport generally – was shocked by the news of his sudden passing in Paris ahead of Munster’s subsequently postponed match against Racing Metro on Sunday. And even those of us who never had the opportunity to met up with the former Shannon RFC legend can only have breathed a sigh of sadness that his family and the rugby fraternity as a whole have lost one of the good ones. One of the great ones indeed.May he rest in peace.Glenswilly are raining champs and goodbye to a rugby giant – Walshy on Wednesday was last modified: October 19th, 2016 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)
22 November 2011First National Bank (FNB) has opened up access to the PayPal service so that people with accounts at any of South Africa’s banks can link their accounts to their PayPal account and receive funds from anyone belonging to the PayPal network across the world.The service was previously exclusive to FNB customers. PayPal has more than 100-million active users in over 190 countries and territories.“One and a half years after launching our exclusive Top Up and Withdraw services for FNB customers we are pleased to open up the PayPal service for receiving funds to all customers with a South African bank account,” FNB general manger for complementary online services, Chris Savides, said in a statement this week.“They will now be able to withdraw funds from a PayPal account into a qualifying South African bank account regardless of which South African bank that they bank with.”Receiving payments in 24 currenciesSouth Africans already making use of PayPal but not banking with FNB have been able to make credit card-based payment transactions, but can now benefit from the added security of transacting online with PayPal by linking their credit card to an authorised PayPal account.Receiving funds and withdrawing these funds into a South African bank account was previously offered exclusively to FNB banking customers.New users are still required to create a free FNB Online Banking profile in order to link the accounts, even if they do not bank with FNB.Customers can simply open a PayPal account by visiting www.paypal.com/za and are then required to link it to a qualified South African Bank account by visiting www.fnb.co.za.They will be able to receive payments in 24 different currencies via PayPal and FNB will convert the currency to rand when the money is withdrawn into their South African bank accounts.Enables transactions, cross-border salesFNB’s agreement with PayPal enables international businesses and individuals to transact with South African service providers via a secure and convenient payment service.Over 20 000 FNB-banked merchants and individuals have already signed up for the PayPal service to-date. By opening up access, FNB is able to offer the more than 500 000 South Africans with registered PayPal accounts the ability to receive funds through PayPal into their selected bank accounts.Savides added that the internet has changed the global commerce landscape, and encouraged South Africans to think about selling their goods and services to people outside of South Africa’s borders.“One of South Africa’s leading online floral and gifting retailers, NetFlorist.co.za started making use of PayPal after it realised that 30% of its business comes from outside of South Africa’s borders,” he said. “PayPal is a trusted and safer payment service for people transacting from abroad.”Great strides in eCommerceOded Zehavi, the head of PayPal’s business in South Africa, pointed out that with South Africa’s solid financial infrastructure and its status as one of the continent’s largest economies, there had been “great strides” in eCommerce in the country.“FNB and PayPal have a similar focus on innovation, so it makes sense that we would work with FNB to make online payments even easier for merchants and consumers in South Africa,” he said.“The success of FNB and PayPal’s initial offering will be further bolstered by offering all customers with a South African bank account a safer way of getting paid online with PayPal.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material