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English Football League strikes Pound 595m TV deal with Sky

first_imgLondon, Nov 20 (AFP) The English Football League said Monday has it has agreed a five-year domestic broadcasting deal with Sky Sports worth Pound 595 million (668 million euros), starting next season. The EFL, which runs the second, third and fourth tiers of English football, said the deal was unanimously approved by its board, and that it is different to the provisional agreement made with the broadcaster last September. Several Championship clubs, including Aston Villa, Derby and Leeds, strongly criticised the original proposal and they are unlikely to be happy with the final agreement. But the EFL board has decided this is the best option on the table for the 72 clubs and it will give every club the chance to build their own ‘direct to consumer’ streaming service. “Having fully considered the matter, its implications and any associated risks, the EFL board is satisfied that the right deal for the EFL and its clubs has been reached,” said the EFL’s interim chair Debbie Jevans in a statement. “Concluding these negotiations has indeed been challenging, as is the case when managing a diverse group of stakeholders, and the board took on board the comments and frustrations voiced by a number of clubs and has committed to reviewing the way the league engages with its clubs to ensure that we move forward in a collaborative way in the future.” That is reference to recent suggestions that up to 15 Championship clubs wanted to reject the Sky offer, believing it tied the league in too long and was not worth enough money.advertisement Under the deal, Sky will be able to broadcast 138 EFL games a season, with a minimum of 20 of those being third-tier League One and fourth-division League Two matches. Sixteen of those games will be Championship matches on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, and Sky will also get eight additional midweek games as co-exclusives with the clubs’ streaming services. The overall package includes all 15 EFL play-off matches, 15 Carabao Cup games and the Checkatrade Trophy’s semi-finals and final. (AFP) AHlast_img read more

OSU likely to play Cotton Bowl

first_imgPhoto Attribution: USATSIPhoto Attribution: USATSIHere’s how the Big 12 bowls will go:Baylor to the Fiesta, Texas to the Alamo, OU (probably) to the Sugar, and OSU to the Cotton.If the Sugar passes on selecting OU and picks Oregon instead then OU would probably take Texas’ Alamo spot since it went to the Cotton last year and OSU and OU finished with the same record and would travel similarly.[1. Settle down OU fans, I’m not saying they travel similarly in general but BECAUSE OU just played in the Cotton, it’s tough to see a repeat there, I could be wrong though.]I didn’t really think the Cotton was an option for OSU but I didn’t know OU would get a BCS bid and I forgot Texas was going to be 8-4 with a Baylor loss. 8-4 is not Cotton-worthy.As for OSU’s opponent in Dallas, it’s probably going to be Mizzou or LSU. CBS says LSU and this guy (a Mizzou beat writer) says Mizzou:Latest buzz I’m hearing: Missouri to Cotton Bowl vs. Oklahoma State— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) December 8, 2013Personally I’m praying for LSU. Les-Gundy would be all-time and, who knows, Les might pull a 2004 Alamo Bowl game because he’s in talks with Texas.As for why, this is a great answer.Please allow me to answer all your bowl questions in one shot: Because of money.— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) December 8, 2013 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Zhenjiang Shipyard Delivers Second Support Vessel to FEG

first_imgzoom Zhenjiang Shipyard delivered, on November 21st, the second 78m offshore standby support vessel, the ‘BE RANI’ to Falcon Energy Group (FEG) of Singapore.The 78-metre Multi-Functional Support Vessel (MFSV) was built in compliance with the highest industry standards, and is American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) classed as A1 Offshore Support Vessel with Dynamic Positioning Class 2 (DP2), Fire Fighting Vessel Class 1 and certified with Safety Standby Service GR B(300) for 300 survivors.Integrated with safety standby, rescue and accommodation and driven by ASD propulsion system, the vessel represents the development momentum of ocean engineering vessels.Mr. Chen Rixin, general manager from FEG Energy Co., Ltd, Mr. Chris Chuv, maintenance manager from ASET Marine Company and Mr. He Yulong, president from CIESCO attended the signing ceremony in Zhenjiang Shipyard.Zhenjiang Shipyard, November 24, 2013last_img read more

Port Saint John Suitable to Welcome Expedition-Class Ships

first_imgzoom A study to establish Saint John’s potential as a homeport, recommends that, in the near future, Port Saint John is best suited to welcome expedition-class ships.The study, conducted by Dillon Consulting., examined Saint John’s strategic position on the Canada-New England itinerary, and evaluated its tourism offerings and the many additional requirements necessary in order for a port to be able to offer a cruise line the option of homeporting ships.Based on the myriad requirements, the study concluded that Port Saint John is currently well-positioned to welcome expedition-class ships. These are niche market vessels, they are often a higher-end product offering, and carry between 50 to 200 passengers, plus crew members. In addition, expedition cruises are often geared toward adventurers with specific interests in mind, like exploring nature.“Port Saint John already has an excellent reputation in the cruise industry. We also have excellent partnerships in our tourism sector, including our long-standing partnership with the New Brunswick Department of Tourism. When these strong attributes are added to 25 years of testimonies from passengers praising the destination, our potential to together contribute to tourism in this region keeps growing. . Attracting expedition-class ships to homeport here gives us one more avenue to explore in the future,” Peter Gaulton Chairman of Port Saint John, said.The average passenger visiting the city spends between $60 and $80 during a port of call visit. With a homeport, passengers spend up to twice this amount. The majority of passengers visiting homeports stay at least one night in a local hotel, while also spending money on meals and other incidentals.In order to welcome expedition-class ships however, a special gangway and/or floating platform is required to accommodate this size of ship. This type of platform is required because of the range of the daily tide range in Saint John.“I believe that we have a number of opportunities to take the next step with the cruising sector at Port Saint John,” said Trevor Holder, Minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture. “This study has highlighted some very real and achievable ways to get into new cruising business opportunities but also some challenges. To help overcome these initial challenges, over the next three years, our government will provide $100,000 in funding to the port, each year, to help address theimmediate infrastructure needs of the Port.Port Saint John and the department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture are currently working together to promote the port as a home-porting option for expedition type ships.Port Saint John’s 2014 cruise season begins on July 5 th . Highlights this season include a record number of double-shipdays, seven inaugural calls and the 1000 th ship call.Port Saint John is Eastern Canada’s largest port by tonnage and has a diverse cargo base, including dry and liquid bulk, break bulk, containers, and cruise. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close My location Port Saint John, February 19, 2014last_img read more

Khalifa Port Container Terminal Set for Further Expansion

first_imgzoom Khalifa Port Container Terminal, managed and operated by Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT), is ready for the next phase of expansion, according to its operator.Abu Dhabi’s main container port has reached 78% of its handling capacity and in the next two years Abu Dhabi Terminals plans to enhance its operational readiness through infrastructural development to meet the expected growth of the local and regional industry.As informed, new equipment is scheduled to be added in 2016 and 2017 to keep up with demand for services.To that effect, three additional Ship-to-Shore (STS) gantry cranes and 10 Automated Rail Mounted Gantry (ARMG) cranes will be added to increase the terminal’s annual capacity and satisfy the future demand and volume growth potential.The terminal’s operator projects that the annual throughput at Abu Dhabi’s container port would grow to 2.5 million TEUs at the completion of this phase of expansion. The facility has future expansion capabilities to grow its annual throughput capacity to 5 million TEU.2015 has proven to be another good year for Abu Dhabi Terminals; it’s forecast that a total of 1.5 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) containers have been handled at Khalifa Port Container Terminal in 2015, up from 1.14 million in 2014.“Khalifa Port Container Terminal is now firmly on the world map as a key logistics hub which has been achieved through becoming an industry partner for our customers, as well as demonstrating that Khalifa Port offers a cost-effective, fast and reliable alternative to regional ports. We have also significantly developed our network, going from an initial five to a current 50 international destinations,” Martijn van de Linde, Abu Dhabi Terminals’ Chief Executive Officer said.According to ADT, in three years of operation, traffic through Khalifa Port Container Terminal has grown at the fastest pace of any container terminal in the Middle East, experiencing double-digit yearly growth and doubling the volume of containers handled.last_img read more

Justice at last Barasat Court convicts Manua Ajit after 23month trial

first_imgKolkata: The Barasat Fourth Fast Track Court on Thursday convicted Manua Majumdar and her paramour for carrying out the cold-blooded murder of Anupam Singha, Majumdar’s husband.The court held Majumdar guilty for conspiring with her lover Ajit Roy to perform the crime, while Roy has been convicted for executing it. The quantum of the punishment will be pronounced by the court on Friday. Singha was found murdered at his home in May 2017 at the Hridaypur area of North 24-Parganas. Majumdar had scripted her husband’s cold-blooded murder with the help of her lover. The incident had created a sensation across the state. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe court passed the judgment after a trial of over 23 months and also recorded the statements of 31 witnesses, before holding the duo guilty. The victim’s mother broke down in tears in the court area on Thursday and said that she hopes that the highest punishment will be awarded to Roy and Majumdar. Several friends and relatives of Singha also gathered outside the court with posters and placards, demanding the highest possible punishment for the convicted duo. On May 3, Majumdar, a casual staff at Barasat municipality, left work early to meet her boyfriend Roy at her house. They knew each other since college. On the same day, Singha, a manager at a travel agency, was brutally murdered by Roy, the moment the former stepped into his house after returning from work. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayMajumdar was not in the house at the time of the incident but she heard the screams of her husband over mobile phone. Roy hit Singha on the head with an iron rod and then slashed his veins with a knife to ensure his death. Roy also called up Majumdar so that she could hear his dying shrieks over phone. After Singha was dead, Roy cleansed the apartment and took a dip in the Ganges on the very next day, when he threw his clothes and the victim’s cell phone into the river. After starting an investigation, the police arrested both the accused two weeks after the incident.last_img read more

Stars To Attend Tower Cancer Research Foundation Cancer Free Generation Poker Tournament

first_imgDozens of stars from TV, sports, music and film will ante up and bet big to support talented young cancer researchers and change the future of cancer at Tower Cancer Research Foundation’s (Tower) 4th Annual Ante Up for a Cancer Free Generation Poker Tournament and Casino Night on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the Sofitel Hotel, Riviera 31, 8555 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048.Red carpet arrivals begin at 6:00 PM PDT.The event has attracted the support of numerous celebrities who are expected to attend including (in alphabetical order by first name): AJ Buckley (CSI: NY, Seal Team); Angel Parker (Lab Rats, American Crime Story); Baron Davis (former NBA player); Beau Casper Smart (Dirty Dancing, The Perfect Match); Chuck Liddell (UFC Champion); Corey Maggette (former NBA player); David Allen Grier (Comedian); Erin Cummings (Feed the Beast, Madoff); Gilles Marini (Sex and the City, Switched at Birth); Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley (Real Housewives of OC); Hector David Jr. (Power Rangers); James Lesure (Las Vegas, Men at Work); Jamie Gold (Professional Poker Player); Jason Collins (retired NBA player); Jennie Garth (Beverly Hills 90210); Joanna Krupa (Super Model, Actress); Joshua Bowman (Revenge); Katie Cleary (Model, Activist); Kim Glass (Olympic Gold Medalist); Nyambi Nyambi (Mike and Molly); Phillip Keene (Major Crimes); Shanna Moakler (VH1 Hollywood Exes); Steve Howey (Shameless); Tiffany Michelle (Celebrity Poker Professional, Amazing Race); Tito Ortiz (MMA/UFC Champion); Tommy Lasorda (MLB Legend); Tony Denison (Major Crimes); Torrie Wilson (WWE Raw/ WWE Smackdown!); Vanessa Marcil (Las Vegas, General Hospital).Cancer Free Generation (CFG) is the young leadership division of Tower. CFG seeks to identify, among their peers in the Southern California region, visionary and innovative doctors, medical professionals and researchers and enable them to discover and implement new ideas and techniques to conquer cancer.Additionally, CFG’s efforts support young people and their families who have been impacted by cancer, so that they may approach life with renewed strength and optimism. With this dual approach, CFG’s goal is to help ensure that the next generation becomes the first cancer free generation. CFG’s executive committee consists of young professionals working in a variety of fields including finance, law, real estate, entertainment, and medicine. Many members of CFG’s leadership are, themselves, young cancer survivors. Their common vision is the desire to build a more inspired community via connecting interesting and passionate young people who make a difference in the world.PokerStars is generously sponsoring the tournament again this year, along with several other gracious sponsors, including Janis Horn and Roger Ehrlich; Tanner Mainstain Glynn & Johnson, LLP; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates; Herzog, Yuhas, Ehrlich & Ardell, APC; FusionStorm; and Bank of America. Among the top prizes are: A seat in the PokerStars Championship in the Bahamas; A Four-Night Stay at the Ritz Carlton Waikiki; and A Three-Night Stay at the Hilton Los Cabos.Tickets may be purchased at the Tower website or by calling 310.299.8477.last_img read more

Crown appeals notguilty verdict in shooting death of Jon Styres

first_imgJon Styres, a 29-year-old father of two from Six Nations, was shot dead while trying to break into a truck.APTN NewsThe Crown has filed an appeal notice on Peter Khill’s not-guilty verdict of in the shooting death of Jon Styres.A spokesperson for the Ontario Attorney General confirmed a Notice of Appeal has been filed, but would not provide further comment as the matter is before the courts.Styres, a 29-year-old father of two from Six Nations, was shot dead while breaking into a truck on a rural property near Hamilton, Ont. on Feb. 4, 2016.Khill, the property owner and an ex-military reservist, admitted to firing the gun, but argued he pulled the trigger in self-defence when he thought Styres was armed.Styres was not holding a gun at the time.Khill pleaded not-guilty to second-degree murder and a jury acquitted him on June 27.Jeffrey Manishen, Khill’s lawyer, said his client was “disappointed to learn that he will now have to retain counsel” for the appeal against his acquittal.“He believes that his trial was conducted with fairness for all concerned and without error on the part of the trial judge or the jury,” Manishen wrote in an emailed statement.“He wants the appeal to be heard as soon as possible.”Khill is also facing a $2.25 million civil lawsuit in the matter.Styres’ widow, Lindsay Hill, and the couple’s two young children filed the statement of claim, seeking damages for the “negligent infliction” of mental distress and psychological damage caused by Khill’s actions.The claim, which has yet to be proven in court, alleges Khill meant to injure or kill Styres.“The defendant did not attempt to contact the authorities prior to confronting Jon Styres,” the suit states. “During the confrontation, the defendant – suddenly and without warning – shot Jon Styres multiple times, ultimately resulting in Jon’s death.”The Styres’ lawyer, Robert Hooper, said the jury’s verdict did not affect the civil suit because Khill confirmed he shot Styres.“The claim pleads both an intentional act and a negligent act,” Hooper told The Canadian Press. “We will look at his testimony and decide how to proceed.”Khill had argued in his own defence that his four years of training as an army reservist kicked when he instinctively grabbed a shotgun and went outside to confront a potential intruder or intruders in the early morning hours of Feb. 4, 2016.Evidence was that within seconds of spotting a shadowy figure leaning into his 15-year-old pickup truck parked in the driveway, Khill fired twice from a couple of metres, one shot hitting Styres squarely in the chest, the other passing through the back of his arm and into his chest. Styres died minutes later.Only after the shooting did Khill’s then-girlfriend, now his wife, call 911, court heard.“The incident was caused in whole by the intentional actions of the defendant which consisted of shooting Jon Styres with the intention to cause injury or death,” the suit alleges.Six Nations Elected Council also recently voted to banish Khill from the community situated almost 100 km southwest of Toronto.A number of prominent Indigenous leaders have since spoken out against the not-guilty verdict and called for an appeal.Six Nations Chief Ava Hill told APTN News she was “shocked” by the verdict.“What’s that mean? A car is more important than a young man’s life? I’m in shock,” she said at the time.With files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Zero Mika Campaign Awareness Against Plastic Bags in Morocco

By Sara ErrajiRabat – With the Conference of Parties (COP 22) in Marrakech approaching, the “Zero Mika” campaign has launched to replace plastic bags in Marrakech before COP 22. The Moroccan Coalition for Climatic Justice (CMJC), who initiated ‘Zero Mika’, sees the rise of littering of plastic bags as a phenomenon of modern times. CMJC, a coalition of approximately 150 associations, key networks and syndicates, will organize programs of awareness by collecting trash in many cities of the kingdom. This operation will take place locally throughout different associations that compose the (CMCJ), who will organize their collecting companies.This campaign will last from the 24th until the 26th of June with a focus on “black areas,” where plastic bags are numerous. The CMCJ wishes that this project of awareness will strengthen the use of alternative products that will replace the usual plastic bags.This campaign will also seek to mobilize civil engagement in order to make the movement efficient. A call to action for all citizens will be launched so that they can mobilize for the collection operation. The modalities of participation will be communicated in the future.In 2015, the Minister of Industry proposed Bill 77-15 to bans the import, export, manufacture, and use of plastic bags and imposes heavy fines on violators. On March 24, the government ratified a decree  to apply the provisions of 77-15. Plastic bags can take 1,000 years to degrade, and can appear as a blight on the countryside, imposing a real threat to the environment and livestock.According to H24 Info, there are a billion plastic bags used every year in Morocco; moreover, without an effective recycling policy, much of the bags are found in nature, polluting soil and seeping into groundwater as they decay.According to a study cited by the Telegraph, “when seabirds, sea mammals, or fish ingest plastic particles, blocking of the gut is likely to harm or even kill the organism.”A few years ago, Morocco had prohibited the use of black plastic bags for health and environmental reasons.Edited by Kimberly J. Avalos read more

Cyprus talks on schedule UN envoy says

The meetings in Bürgenstock, Switzerland, aim to finalize changes to a plan put forward by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan that will be submitted for approval by the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots at two separate referenda on 20 April. Greece and Turkey are present at this stage of the talks to lend a hand, and the two countries’ Prime Ministers are expected to join the discussions on Sunday.Should this last push fail to resolve disagreements, Mr. Annan would then step in to use his discretion to complete his blueprint, which would ultimately create a federation of two constituent states – a Greek Cypriot state and a Turkish Cypriot state – and contains some suggestions for security arrangements between Greece and Turkey.The Secretary-General’s Special Adviser, Alvaro de Soto, told the press today that the setting is in many ways ideal, since the participants from the Greek Cypriot side, the Turkish Cypriot side, Greece and Turkey are able to interact in a way that is unusual for them.”I think that to that extent, it is a successful endeavour,” he said, noting that the four parties were able to sit down together at a dinner he hosted and engage each other in a format that allowed “fluid interaction” under the aegis of the UN.The real test, Mr. de Soto added, is whether it will be possible to have an agreed text by 31 March that goes to referenda, rather than one that is finalized by the Secretary-General. “I have hope that it is possible to indeed have such an agreed text and this is what we are striving for,” he said. read more