Nets embarrass Heat, lead by 38 before pulling off win

first_imgJosh Richardson scored 19 points and Hassan Whiteside added 17 for Miami. The Heat shot 3 for 26 from 3-point range, and 34 percent from the field overall — the team’s second-worst rate at home in the last 10 years.“We’ve got to be better,” Richardson said.The Heat started on an 8-0 run. That ended their list of achievements for the evening.Brooklyn scored 13 unanswered points, grabbed the lead by the end of the first quarter and never relented.“We weren’t perfect but we were more perfect than the other night,” Atkinson said, referring to Brooklyn’s Wednesday loss at New Orleans. “The challenge for us is to do it more consistently. That’s what we’re searching for.”ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It was the fifth time this season the Heat trailed by as many as 30 in a game — none of the previous margins as big as the 38-pointer the Nets enjoyed in this one.Spoelstra angrily called a timeout in the first quarter when Quincy Acy was left all alone for a 3-pointer, one that cut Miami’s lead to 18-15. Even then, he could see trouble ahead.“That possession was a microcosm of the entire game,” Spoelstra said. “The lack of urgency to get back, to scramble, to make a multiple effort. There’s an open guy, let him shoot. And then those plays just piled up from there.”TIP-INSNets: Brooklyn beat Miami for the first time in the teams’ last seven meetings. … The largest margin of victory in Nets franchise history at Miami, before Friday, was 22 — in 1991. … Harris is the eighth Nets player to have a 20-point game off the bench this season. … The Nets shot 49 percent, and finished with seven players in double figures. They also outrebounded Miami 54-43.Heat: Miami missed a chance to move three games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2015-16 season. The last time the Heat were three games over without Dwyane Wade on the roster was April 18, 2001. … Spoelstra got a technical for arguing with 1:11 left in the third, and his team down by 37. … Miami played 41 home games in 2017, going 27-14.NETS HISTORYThe Nets led by 35 points after three quarters, matching the franchise record for margin in a road game after 36 minutes. The other time it happened was March 13, 1993, when New Jersey was up 104-69 going into the fourth at Phoenix.HEAT INJURIESMiami was again without Justise Winslow, James Johnson, Dion Waiters, Rodney McGruder and Okaro White, all injured. The Heat expect them to all miss Saturday’s game in Orlando as well.UP NEXTNets: Visit Boston on Sunday, ending a five-game trip. 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Brooklyn led by 20 at the half, then pushed the margin to 38 late in the third and beat Miami for the first time since Dec. 28, 2015.“Great job by the guys being ready,” Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson said. “Even at halftime you knew the Heat were going to come out with a lot of energy and we responded again. We didn’t have a bad quarter defensively.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkCaris LeVert and Jarrett Allen each had 12 points for the Nets. LeVert added a career-best 11 assists.“I’m speechless about it,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “I don’t know. We will keep on fighting and digging until we figure it out. I can guarantee you that. … We have a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde quality to us that’s extremely perplexing. Sometimes we compete at an extremely high level. You can see it, you can feel it. And then we have these games that are unexplainable.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone MOST READ Brooklyn Nets’ Spencer Dinwiddie (8) shoots between Miami Heat’s Kelly Olynyk (9) and Goran Dragic (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI — Brooklyn took out two years of frustration on Miami, and did it in the span of about two quarters.Joe Harris scored a career-high 21 points, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 18 and Brooklyn simply embarrassed Miami 111-87 on Friday night, matching the biggest win any Nets team ever enjoyed over the Heat.ADVERTISEMENT Heat: Visit Orlando on Saturday, their final game of 2017.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Local NHL draft pick saves drowning boy

first_imgThankfully, no injuries were sustained as a result of the incident. A local Toronto Maple Leaf draft pick is impressing others besides those in the National Hockey League.Tuesday afternoon, Dennis Robertson, a Fort St. John native drafted 173rd overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs and a group of his Brown College team mates, helped save three young swimmers on a Rhode Island Beach.- Advertisement -During an afternoon in the sand, Robertson, a trained lifeguard and a group of fellow hockey players were alerted to some troubles in the water.While two of the players helped bring two swimmers to safety from a rip current, Robertson and three other players set out into the water to help a third person caught much farther out.Robertson and the other players swam approximately 55 meters into the water, proceeding to help a 14 year old boy onto a surfboard. The group then swam to the shore, braving a severe rip current.The Maple Leaf draft pick spoke to the Provincial Journal about the incident, saying “this went the way it’s supposed to go. Things could have gone a lot worse. These guys helped me out a ton. We were lucky the kid was still conscious. It worked out as good as you could have planned it.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Deschamps World Cup warning sparked Giroud switch

first_img“I called Didier Deschamps a week before the end of the transfer window as I needed his opinion,” the 31-year-old striker told TF1.“He encouraged me to change clubs,” added Giroud, who signed an 18-month deal with the English Premier League champions.Giroud has been a consistent part of Deschamps’s plans despite a plethora of attacking talent in France, and the target man has scored 29 goals in 69 France appearances.“You know how attached I am to the national team and I want to play at a World Cup in Russia, which will surely be my last, so I have to give myself the best possible chance,” he said, adding that he “needed a new challenge, a new club”.The man who spearheaded Montpellier’s astonishing Ligue 1 title winning campaign in 2012 said the lure of working with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte determined his destination.“Dortmund were interested but for a loan deal, Sevilla too, my agent even got a call from Roma,” Giroud revealed.“But the choice was clear and obvious once I knew that Antonio Conte wanted to work with me.”With first-choice striker Alvaro Morata sidelined by a back injury, Conte had been in the market for a player with Giroud’s physical presence.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Olivier Giroud has scored 29 goals in 69 appearances for France © AFP/FilePARIS, France, Feb 4 – Olivier Giroud revealed on Sunday his move from Arsenal to Chelsea was motivated by a World Cup warning from France coach Didier Deschamps.Having dropped down the pecking order with Arsene Wenger’s Gunners, Giroud knew he would need to be playing more regularly if he is to convince Deschamps to take him to Russia in June.last_img read more

MULROY COLLEGE TO MAKE A SHOW OF ITSELF – AGAIN!

first_imgRehearsals are now well underway for Mulroy College’s 9th annual variety show. And once again the students from the Milford school are promising to deliver to jaw-dropping performances.Students will take to the stage of An Grianán Theatre on Friday 11th December at 8pm. There is much excitement in the college and the cast and crew are working hard to ensure this year’s show is a huge success.The cast features students from 1st to 6th year . Acts include musical theatre, drama, comedy and dance, with a few festive surprises thrown in !It promises to be a night to remember. Tickets are now on sale from An Grianán Theatre 07491-20777. This show always sells out . Book now to avoid disappointment! MULROY COLLEGE TO MAKE A SHOW OF ITSELF – AGAIN! was last modified: November 26th, 2015 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:donegalMilfordMulroy Collegeshowlast_img read more

Carrigan’s Cycling Group to raise funds for local national schools

first_imgThe Carrigans Cycling Group are having their annual charity cycle and walk this Sunday, 25th September.The event consists of a 40 mile cycle, 10 mile kids cycle and 5k walk.All events start from Main Street, Carrigans at 9.30am. The event is always well supported and raises substantial funds for the chosen charities.This year’s event is in aid of the two local National schools, Monreagh and Coxtown.Carrigan’s Cycling Group to raise funds for local national schools was last modified: September 18th, 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:carrigans cycling groupcharitynational schoollast_img read more

‘We didn’t lose a friend. We gained an angel’ – Manus Kelly remembered at tribute night

first_imgTHREE iconic rally cars lined up at the door of the Mount Errigal Hotel last night; a familiar scene at the Ballyraine, but this was for a rather more poignant occasion than usual.By Chris McNulty. Pictures by Brian McDaidThe three cars – a Toyota Corolla, a Mk2 Escort and an S12 B Subaru Impreza now known the world over – were reminders of Manus Kelly. Three years running, in 2016, 2017 and 2018, the Glenswilly man, as the winner of the Donegal International Rally, drove that Impreza across the finish ramp, just yards from where it sat last night, at the entry to the Manus Kelly Tribute Night, a function to remember and celebrate the Glenswilly man, who lost his life while competing in the Donegal International Rally.Most of those who filed in took solemn looks at the machines.In 2015, Manus achieved a life’s dream when he drove the Escort to glory in the National Rally, having cut his teeth in the Corolla. The Impreza became the poster car for the Rally and Manus the smiling face of the event.Sadly, a June Sunday this year altered everything forever as Manus lost his life when the Hyundai i20 R5 he was driving left the road on special stage 15, Fanad Head. “Five months ago, our lives flipped upside-down and they’ll never be the same again,” his brother Caolan Kelly told an audience of over 600.“Things are extremely raw and we are dealing with a massive void in our own way. We are fortunate that we have a strong, close family unit that is supporting each other.”A Memorial Trust has been set up in Manus’s honour with a host of auction items last night raising money that will go towards assisting Manus’s wife, Bernie, their children Annie, Mandy, Charlie, Conan and Bella. Manus’s parents, Donal and Jacquline, his sisters Bridgin, Kelda, Ciara and Shannagh and his brothers Donal, Caolan, Teighearnan and Leon, as well as extended family members were in attendance for a night of celebration and reflection.The late Manus Kelly family at the tribute night including Donal and Jacquline sisters Breigeen, Kelda, Ciara and Shannagh brothers Donal, Caolan, Teigharan and Leon. Photo Brian McDaid“Life will never, ever be the same again without him, but I’m staying strong for the kids,” Bernie Kelly said. “It’s tough. Manus was an angel in this world. Everyone loved him. Manus was extra special in so many ways.” Manus won the National Rally in 2015 and the three-in-a-row from 2016-18 with trusted navigator Donall Barrett by his side for all of the triumphs. It was Barrett who sat in the passenger seat on the day of tragedy. “The unthinkable happened when we lost Manus,” Barrett said.“Since that day, reality has been hard to take in.“I have mixed emotions: Complete sadness at what happened, but complete pride to call Manus a friend. Manus gave so much in his short life. He was a special person.” Like the rest of the room, Mandy Kelly grew to admire Manus. He told how he watched with real pride as his father won the Donegal Rally.Donal Barrett with Declan Boyle and Andrew Nesbitt at the Manus Kelly tribute evening.“It made me proud and it was just class to see my own dad win the Donegal Rally three times in a row,” he said. “It was unreal.”Donal Kelly, another brother, thanked the organisers of the night and said the kind messages had been ‘a great comfort to the family’.Reflecting on Manus’s rallying career, Donal singled out Cathal Browne, Mickey Glackin and Paddy Boyle, who had been with Manus since the start.Donal recalled that he had been at Manus’s first ever rally, an event in County Monaghan and, of course, was at his last, the 2019 Donegal International. “He became a hero and all I wanted to do was to fill his boots,” Donal said.“Boy, what a journey it was. What a driver and what a brother.”Bernie Kelly noted how Manus had many ‘teams’ by his side whatever the occasion, from those in MK Rally, through a political journey that saw him elected as a Fianna Fáil County Councillor in May, those in the Glenswilly GAA club who went beyond duty’s call during Manus’s wake and funeral, and his work colleagues at his business, TFS.Bernie paid tribute to Donall Barrett who, she said, Manus ‘adored being in the car with’.Bernie thanked Fr Paddy Dunne, a close friend of the family, and Fr Michael Sweeney from Fanad, who anointed Manus on that fateful June Sunday. Paddy O’Donnell with Bernie and son Manus at on of Manus’ first rally car which was on show tonight at the Mt Errigal Hotel.She said: “Thank God, he didn’t suffer. If there had been a doctor on the fence that day, they wouldn’t have been able to save him. We’re thankful that he didn’t suffer.”The great and the good of Irish rallying were in attendances, including legends such as Andrew Nesbitt, Austin McHale, Declan Boyle, Garry Jennings, Donagh Kelly and Rory Kennedy. “Manus was a man with great charisma and sense of humour, a man of great strength and courage,” Caolan Kelly said. “We are facing every obstacle with the characteristics that made Manus the man he was.“As time goes on, things multiply and get harder. Pulling the duvet up and turning the brain off is a daily struggle.”The evening’s Master of Ceremonies, Charlie Collins – who interviewed a number of guests alongside Oisin Kelly of Highland Radio – put it neatly when he said: ‘There was never a bad word said about him. Not before. And not since.”There was hardly a dry eye in the house as Bernie Kelly mentioned how she was ‘trying to stay strong’ and how Manus’s passing had ‘changed me forever.’She said: “We can’t wait to see the back of 2019. I’m staying strong for the kids and I have a great wee team behind me.“We are not alone. We didn’t lose a friend. We gained an angel.”‘We didn’t lose a friend. We gained an angel’ – Manus Kelly remembered at tribute night was last modified: November 26th, 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:Donall Barrettdonegal international rallyglenswillyManus Kellylast_img read more

Ronaldo thinks these five players are rivals for Ballon d’Or, no Messi or Neymar

first_img Suarez stunner, Messi breaks record, Big Dunc’s passion and AJ heroics Juventus stars Ronaldo and Ramsey join forces with 10bet for new advert Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Mo Salah has had a record-breaking 2018 with Champions League finalists Liverpool, while Luka Modric recently won FIFA’s ‘The Best’ award after leading Croatia to the World Cup final and winning the Champions League with Real Madrid.Antoine Griezmann, Raphael Varane and Kylian Mbappe were all instrumental to France’s 2018 World Cup win, though Cristiano Ronaldo is still content with his own achievements.“I said many times, winning a sixth Ballon d’Or is not an obsession,” Ronaldo continued.“And I do not ask the question in these terms. I already know, in my heart of hearts, that I am one of the best players in history.” Cristiano Ronaldo has listed the five players who he believes are his rivals for this year’s Ballon d’Or.The Portuguese superstar is hoping to claim the prize for the sixth time in his career, but acknowledges that there is plenty of competition this year. Latest Cristiano Ronaldo News Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Adrian Durham: Ronaldo’s leap is overrated and this Messi header was better AIR TIME What we loved MONEY RANT Despite being locked in a battle with Lionel Messi for football’s most prestigious individual award over the past ten years, Ronaldo isn’t sure the Argentinian will be in the running this time around.When asked who his main rivals are, CR7 told France Football: “The same as usual, even if I don’t know if Messi will be on the podium this time.“So, let’s say Salah, Modric, Griezmann, Varane, Mbappe – the French in general because they are world champions.“But I will wait and see if all these players are still at the top in ten years, like Messi and I have done, and like we continue to do.“Still there, on the podium, since more than ten years.” Solskjaer explains why it’s easy to compare Rashford with Ronaldo center_img ADVICE Partnership Top paid sportsmen of last 30 years revealed as Tyson, Jordan and Messi dominate ker-ching Cristiano Ronaldo has won the award five times ‘Superhuman’ Ronaldo hailed for gravity defying goal with outrageous header Salah compared to Ronaldo and Messi and branded Liverpool’s best goalscorer YOU LOOK FAMILIAR 1 on target THE KING Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move last_img read more

GAA: COUNTY RESULTS

first_imgRTE Raidio na Gaeltachta SFCDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment07-Aug-2011Gaoth Dobhair1 – 101 – 14Naomh MichealPairc Naomh Fionnan FalcarraghQ/Final-Extra Time-Line: P Mc Bride/L McConigleyBusanna Feda O Donaill IFCDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment07-Aug-2011Naomh Naille0 – 120 – 10Naomh BridTir Chonaill Park Donegal TownExtra Time/Play OffCentra Supermarkets Division Three ReserveDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment07-Aug-2011Carndonagh1 – 110 – 9Aodh RuadhCarndonaghMcGlynns Resturant Castlefin Division TwoDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment07-Aug-2011Killybegs1 – 82 – 4BundoranFintraRTE Raidio na Gaeltachta SFCDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment07-Aug-2011Gleann Suilli0 – 90 – 9Naomh AdhamhnanSean MacCumhaillsQ/Final-Extra Time-Line: L Brown/P WalshCentra Supermarkets Division ThreeDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment07-Aug-2011Carndonagh1 – 54 – 13Aodh RuadhCarndonaghRTE Raidio na Gaeltachta SFRCDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment07-Aug-2011An Chlochan Liath0 – 61 – 6Naomh AdhamhnanSean MacCumhaillsPlay Off – Extra TimeMcGlynns Resturant Castlefin Division TwoDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment07-Aug-2011Sean MacCumhaills0 – 70 – 12KilcarSean MacCumhaillsBrian McCormack Sports Division OneDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment06-Aug-2011Naomh Conaill1 – 120 – 8DungloeGlenties Davy Brennan MemorialCentra Supermarkets Division ThreeDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment06-Aug-2011Milford1 – 110 – 9DowningsMoyle Park MilfordRTE Raidio na Gaeltachta SFCDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment06-Aug-2011Ard a Ratha2 – 100 – 7Cloch Cheann FhaolaO Donnell ParkPlay Off/Line: G Mc Hugh/J O DonnellMarley Coach Hire Division FourDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment06-Aug-2011Na Rossa1 – 100 – 3Letterkenny GaelsPairc Dooey06-Aug-2011Moville2 – 52 – 10Naomh UltanMoville Carrick Field06-Aug-2011Naomh Padraig-Muff3 – 161 – 16ConvoyMuffRTE Raidio na Gaeltachta SFRCDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment06-Aug-2011Na Ceithre Maistiri0 – 151 – 10MalainnSean MacCumhaillsQ/Final – Extra TimeCentra Supermarkets Division Three ReserveDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment06-Aug-2011Milford2 – 81 – 5DowningsMoyle Park MilfordRTE Raidio na Gaeltachta SFRCDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment06-Aug-2011Ard a Ratha1 – 51 – 9Cloch Cheann FhaolaO Donnell ParkPlay Off-Line: G Mc Hugh/J O DonnellBusanna Feda O Donaill Jun BFCDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment03-Aug-2011Letterkenny Gaels0 – 150 – 7Robert EmmetsLetterkennyGAA: COUNTY RESULTS was last modified: August 7th, 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) Tags:Donegal GAA resultsGAA RESULTSlast_img read more

‘Miracle’ rice fights African hunger

first_imgFor the 240-million people in West Africawho rely on rice as their primary sourceof energy and protein, Nerica rice willincrease both food security and economicdevelopment in the region. Nerica is able to smother weeds, isdrought-resistant, produces a yield two tothree times that of either African or Asianrice, and can thrive in poor soil.(Images: West Africa Rice DevelopmentAssociation)Janine ErasmusWest African farmers are keyed up about a new strain of rice that is outperforming indigenous and Asian varieties in the region. Known as New Rice for Africa, or Nerica, the cultivar was developed by the West Africa Rice Development Association (Warda) to improve the yield of native African rice.Cultivated for some 3 500 years, African rice (Oryza glaberrima) is hardy and rugged. It is resistant to disease and pests such as African rice gall midge, rice yellow mottle virus and blast disease. But its yield is poor and the slash-and-burn system used by farmers every two or three crop cycles to rid the fields of the pests degrades the environment.Asian rice (Oryza sativa), introduced into Africa by Portuguese sailors about 450 years ago, has high yields but needs abundant water to grow. Its smaller plants are easily overwhelmed by weeds, and susceptible to African diseases and pests.Nerica is a hybrid of African and Asian rice, developed by scientists to combine the best characteristics of the two very different varieties. It matures quickly, produces a higher yield, and is resistant to drought. The rice promises to boost domestic production, helping to cut down on the annual importation of about 3.5-million tons of rice which, according to the United Nations, costs nearly US$1-billion – a hefty price tag for developing African nations.Food security and economic developmentFor the 240-million people in West Africa who rely on rice as their primary source of energy and protein, Nerica rice will increase both food security and economic development in the region.“It will mean more food on each household’s table and more money in the farmers’ pockets,” said Warda director-general Kanayo Nwanze. “This will in turn contribute to food security and poverty reduction.”According to the United Nations, the plant’s potential has also been recognised by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad). The Nepad Steering Committee has given the green light not only to its increased use in West and Central Africa, but also to its introduction in East and Southern Africa. Prof Richard Mkandawire, Nepad’s agriculture advisor, said Nerica can help to fast-track the process of eliminating hunger and famine in the African continent.The Nerica project took seed in 1991, when a biotechnology programme was initiated to produce a hybrid that combined the best traits of Asian and African rice. Because the two species do not interbreed naturally, the embryo rescue technique was used. This is a plant tissue culture technique where an embryo resulting from a hybridisation and which has been fertilised but has not developed is cultured in vitro.Scientists say that the new variety displays a high level of heterosis or hybrid vigour, where the offspring of two genetically different parents are superior to both parents in characteristics such as growth rate, yield, or resistance to stress. Nerica is able to smother weeds, is drought-resistant, produces a yield two to three times that of either African or Asian rice, and can thrive in poor soil. It also matures 30 to 50 days earlier than traditional rice varieties, earning farmers an income in a shorter time. They can also plant other crops in the time saved.Finally, there is at least 2% more protein in Nerica than in either the African or Asian varieties. A grain of Nerica contains up to 12% protein, compared to about 10% in its parents.“It is a miracle crop,” said Nwanze.Useful linksWest Africa Rice Development AssociationUnited NationsNepadScience in Africalast_img read more

How to apply online for a South African smart ID card

first_imgThe days of queuing at the Home Affairs offices may become a thing of the past very soon. Through Home Affairs’ online application system and partnership with banks, applying for a smart ID card has become a little easier.Applications for smart ID cards can be done online. (Image: My Broadband)Compiled by Priya PitamberHome Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said the department was trying to expand its footprint and make it convenient for people to apply.”The entire process is paperless and digitised and there is no human intervention along the line,” he said.e-Home Affairs allows people who are aged between 30 and 35 years old to apply for their smart ID cards and passports, upload supporting documents and pay for their applications online. They can make an appointment with their selected banks to have their photos taken and fingerprints verified.How to applyStep 1: Go on to the e-Home Affairs website and register. To register, you will need to:Complete personal details;Create a password, and;Answer various questions for security purposes.Step 2: You will receive an OTP (one-time pin) to confirm your cellphone number. Enter it in, and click submit.Step 3: You will receive another OTP to login to your profile.Step 4: Complete your application form for a smart ID card. The fields marked in red are mandatory.Step 5: It is optional to upload the listed, supporting documents. The originals will be required when visiting a bank branch.Step 6: You can make an online payment or choose to pay at a branch of a bank. An online payment means you need to log on to your bank’s payment system to complete the transfer. The smart ID card costs R140.Step 7: Book a slot at a bank that has the Home Affairs service available for your biometrics to be captured. But remember:Booking an appointment is needed for a visit to a bank.No booking is needed if you are going to a Home Affairs office.Step 8: Print out your confirmation letter.Step 9: Remember to take your confirmation letter and your green barcoded ID book when going to the bank to capture your biometrics.Step 10: You will receive a SMS notifying when your card is ready for collection at the bank.Source: Department of Home AffairsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more