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Inconsistent Glenn Maxwell dropped, Chris Lynn returns for ODIs vs EnglandInconsistent Glenn Maxwell dropped, Chris Lynn returns for ODIs vs England

first_imgAustralia have left out swashbuckling all-rounder Glenn Maxwell for the ODI series against England while Chris Lynn made a comeback for the five-match series.Maxwell, who has played 80 ODIs for his country, can be one of the most destructive and entertaining batsmen in world cricket on his day but captain Steve Smith said he needed to be more consistent.Maxwell, who has played 80 ODIs for Australia, can be a destructive batsman on his day but those days come very far and wide and that’s the reason behind his exclusion, according to captain Steve Smith.WATCH”We’ve all seen the way he can come out and play, all his funky stuff and he’s pretty cool with that,” Smith told reporters at the Sydney Cricket Ground.”But when he puts his head down, he’s actually a really good batsman. If he keeps his head switched on, and trains really well, and focuses on basic things probably more than expansive things, then I think that’ll help him have his consistency.”If he can find that consistency, he’s certainly a guy you’d want in your team.”In case you missed it… A vintage #BashBrothers performance in Melbourne last night! �??? WATCH: https://t.co/APWgAne5rL#BBL07 #TurnUpTheHeat pic.twitter.com/eICK73Uq53- Brisbane Heat (@HeatBBL) January 3, 2018However, Maxwell’s brutality can be replaced Lynn. The Queenslander didn’t play a single game in the Champions Trophy and was then again pegged back with another shoulder injury. He returned post Christmas for the Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League and has scored 88 runs from three matches, including a fifty. Talking about the side composition, Smith said that it is unlucky for Maxwell to miss out but it still has a power-packed middle order in Lynn, Marcus Stoinis and Mitchell Marsh.advertisement”I think we’ve got a really strong side, lots of power hitting in the middle,” he added.”It’s obviously unlucky on Glenn … we want to keep seeing consistent performances from him and keep putting his name up there.”Wicketkeeper Tim Paine has also been recalled for the series nearly seven years after his last one-day international, replacing incumbent Matthew Wade as he did in the Test side for the Ashes.”Tim forced his way into the Twenty20 international squad last summer and after coming back into the Test squad at the beginning of the Ashes series he has made a terrific contribution,” said head selector Trevor Hohns.”He deserves his opportunity in this form of the game and the challenge for Matthew is to return to the type of form that saw him score a one-day international hundred against Pakistan last summer.”The first ODI will be played at the MCG on January 14 after the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney, which ends on January 8.Squad: Steve Smith (C), David Warner, Patrick Cummins, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Chris Lynn, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine (WK), Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa(With inputs from Reuters)ALSO WATCH:last_img read more

Cheteshwar Pujara stars in record chase as Saurashtra reach Ranji Trophy semi-finalCheteshwar Pujara stars in record chase as Saurashtra reach Ranji Trophy semi-final

first_imgIt is safe to say Cheteshwar Pujara’s failure with the bat in the first innings of the Ranji Trophy quarter-final for Saurashtra as the in-form batsman helped his side reach the semi-final of the tournament after completing a record chase against Uttar Pradesh on Saturday.Pujara scored an unbeaten 67 and stitched a 136-run stand with fellow half-centurion Sheldon Jackson (73*) as Saurashtra completed the highest run-chase in a Ranji Trophy match, gunning down 372 runs for the memorable win at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Stadium in Lucknow.Chasing a mammoth total of 372, Saurashtra got off to a solid start with Harvik Desai, the opener, scoring a 259-ball 116. With wicketkeeper-batsman Snell Patel scoring 72, Saurashtra’s got a 132-run opening stand.Saurashtra were in a spot of bother after losing Kamlesh Makvana cheaply and then Desai in a span of six overs. However, Pujara did what he does best control the temp of the game with a well-paced 110-ball 67.Notably, Pujara suffered a rare failure in the first innings when he was dismissed for 11 in the first innings by young U-19 World Cup-winning pacer, Shivam Mavi.Saurashtra 372/4 in 115.1 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 67* in 110 balls, Sheldon Jackson 73* in 109 balls)beatUttar Pradesh by six wickets at Lucknow in a record #RanjiTrophy run chase!Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 19, 2019Pujara, starred in India’s first-ever Test series win in Australia earlier this month, joined Saurashtra for the Ranji Trophy duty immediately after the completion the Test series Down Under.Pujara had scored 521 runs but what turned out to be more important than the number of runs he collected was the number of balls 1258 he had faced against a top quality Australian attack. India won the series 2-1 despite their captain, not scoring as consistently as he is known for.advertisementReigning champions Vidarbha reach semi-final Meanwhile, Reigning champions Vidarbha routed minnows Uttarakhand by an innings and 115 runs in their Ranji Trophy quarter-final here Saturday and made to the semifinals.India pacer Umesh Yadav (5-23) and slow left-arm orthodox bowler Aditya Sarvate (5-55) grabbed five wickets each to dismantle them for 159 in the second innings and script a memorable win.Trailing the hosts by 274 runs in the first innings and resuming the day at the overnight score of 152 for 5, Uttarakhand needed to bat out their skin to salvage a draw.But their innings folded up very quickly as they lost their last five wickets for only seven runs.It was an abject surrender by Uttarakhand as their lower middle order and the tail failed to put up any fight.Also Read | Best Indian side I have been part of, says Cheteshwar Pujara after series-winning 521 runsAlso Read | Australia series win proudest moment of my 10-year career: Virat KohliAlso Read | India vs Australia: Cheteshwar Pujara a living Buddha, says MSK Prasadlast_img read more

San Siro showdown: Conte takes on Sarri in battle for Serie A supremacySan Siro showdown: Conte takes on Sarri in battle for Serie A supremacy

first_imgAlmost 10 years ago, when he was manager of Siena, Antonio Conte gave an interview to La Gazzetta dello Sport in which he explained his philosophy when it came to building a successful team. “You need a good group of players,” he said. “Victories come from a good dressing room. I’d rather have a guy who is a seven as a player and a 10 as a man than someone who has a 10-rating as a player and five as a man.”A lot has happened to Conte since he gave that interview. He has been in charge of Juventus, Italy and Chelsea. He has won three scudettos, one Premier League title and one FA Cup and taken Italy to the quarter-finals of the Euros. Yet as far as his squad-building approach is concerned, nothing has changed. Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Maurizio Sarri Share on Messenger European club football Juventus Share on Facebook The results have been extraordinary. Inter have raced out of the blocks, winning all their six league games to sit two points clear of Juventus, whom they face on Sunday in the most anticipated game in Serie A for quite some time. The fact that Conte is up against Maurizio Sarri only adds to the lustre.Conte and Sarri are neither friends nor enemies. There is respect but also a bit of needle. Sarri is Conte’s senior by 10 years but despite both of them having coached mainly in Italy they have rarely crossed paths. There was the bizarre season at Arezzo in 2006 when Conte was first replaced by Sarri and Sarri was then replaced by the returning Conte but since then they have been mainly kept apart.Sarri, of course, succeeded Conte at Chelsea, hailing his predecessor as an “extraordinary coach” but they clashed early on this season when Sarri had complained about having to play Atalanta in “the mid-afternoon heat”, to which Conte responded by saying that he did not want to comment, adding “otherwise we’ll have to start comparing balance sheets and financial resources. Someone [Sarri] should calm down, as he’s on the powerful side now”. Conte is back in Italy with Inter this season and the way he went about creating the squad he wanted for the 2019-20 season was bordering on the brutal. Radja Nainggolan may have scored the goal that ensured Champions League qualification for Inter but he was soon on his way to Cagliari, two years after being bought for £33m. Mauro Icardi was without a doubt the team’s best striker but he was loaned out to Paris St-Germain while another attacking asset, Ivan Perisic, was sent to Bayern Munich, also on a season-long loan.The manager then spent most of his money, £70m, on Romelu Lukaku but also added players such as Diego Godín, Nicolò Barella, Stefano Sensi, Valentino Lazaro and, rather surprisingly, Alexis Sánchez, on loan from Manchester United. Pinterest Pinterest Mario Balotelli melts hearts on his scoring return to Naples with Brescia Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Antonio Conte has won his first six league games with Inter, deploying a solid three-man midfield behind Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martínez. Photograph: The Guardian features Maurizio Sarri has deviated from his favoured 4-3-3 formation, playing Gonzalo Higuaín alongside Cristiano Ronaldo. Photograph: The Guardian Facebook Twitter Serie A has yet to see much of Sarri-ball though, the style that dominated the manager’s time at Napoli and reared its head at Chelsea at times. The feeling is that this is still a team that is finding its feet under a new manager, the quality of the individuals ensuring that they are winning games when they, at times, have been way below their best.On Sunday, the game may, as so often is the case, be decided in central midfield. Conte is sure to ask Sensi to press on Juve’s Miralem Pjanic, Sarri’s regista. The Juventus manager wants Pjanic to have at least 150 touches in a game and the Bosnian’s sublime technique normally means that he can deal with everything that is thrown at him but Sensi could potentially trouble him.Sensi has been the revelation of the season so far, being able to play as the regista and a No 10, sometimes switching between the two roles in the same game. The 24-year-old gives Inter an effervescence and creativity that has been missing in recent years.He is also the perfect example of what has happened to Inter since Conte took over. Everywhere you see the manager’s philosophy: in the way the team play, in the way they work, the way they run and even on the players’ faces.Sunday’s game promises to be an almighty battle. Juventus have the better players but sometimes that is not enough. Internazionale Twitter Topics Facebook Antonio Conte Read more Stefano Sensi has been a revelation at the heart of Inter’s midfield. Photograph: Jennifer Lorenzini/Reuters Facebook Share via Email Soccer The last was a reference to all those years when Sarri was managing Empoli and Napoli and was often complaining about Juventus’ financial might. Now he is the man in charge of the record champions and while he has not had the 100% start Conte has, he travels to Milan with his side having picked up five wins and a draw so far.Tactically the game will be a fascinating spectacle. It is Conte’s 3-5-2 against Sarri’s 4-3-1-2 (yes, he has abandoned 4-3-3 for the time being). Will Inter’s three-man defence cope with the strength and power of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuaín? Can Aaron Ramsey find the pockets of space behind Marcelo Brozovic? And how much defending will be done as on the flank where Inter’s Kwadwo Asamoah is likely to take on Juve’s makeshift right-back Juan Cuadrado?Inter’s defence has been in spectacular form, conceding only two goals in the six league games, using the 3-5-2 system Conte implemented at the start of the season. The three centre-backs, Godín, Stefan de Vrij and Milan Škriniar have excelled while the way Inter’s midfield has dominated games this season has been the real surprise.There are no star names as such but Conte has found a superb mix between industry and artistry in the middle with Danilo D’Ambrosio (or Antonio Candreva) and Kwadwo Asamoah, a former Juve player, on the wings and Barella (the N’Golo Kanté of the team), Stefano Sensi and Marcelo Brozovic centrally. Lukaku, if he recovers from the injury that kept him out of the 2-1 defeat at Barcelona on Wednesday, will be partnered by Lautaro Martínez up front.Inter feel like the more settled side going into the game but Sarri’s Juve are getting there too. After a difficult beginning in which the manager was ill for three weeks and he lost player after player to injury (Giorgio Chiellini, Douglas Costa, Danilo and Mattia De Sciglio to name a few) they have slowly recovered. The 60-year-old started the season playing his favoured 4-3-3 formation with Douglas Costa, Higuaín and Ronaldo up front but after the Brazilian’s injury and the return to fitness of Ramsey he has settled on the 4-3-1-2 to good effect.The defence is also coming good at the right time. At the start of the season they gave away far too many cheap goals, partly explained by Chiellini’s absence and Matthijs De Ligt’s unsteady start, but they are now approaching the kind of stability one would expect from a Juve defence. Share on WhatsApp Twitter Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Ince: Anybody could have done what Solskjaer hasInce: Anybody could have done what Solskjaer has

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer may have revitalised Manchester United, but Paul Ince claims things “couldn’t get any worse” after Jose Mourinho and anybody could have overseen an improvement.After taking the decision to part with a Portuguese coach in December, the Red Devils turned to a familiar face for inspiration.The club’s 1999 Treble-winning hero has enjoyed a dream start to an interim post, with a 1-0 victory over Tottenham last time out stretching a faultless run to six successive wins. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Solskjaer has earned plenty of plaudits for turning things around and bringing the best out of the likes of Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford, but Ince believes he could have done the same job.The former Red Devils midfielder told Paddy Power: “We can’t get too sucked in with what Ole’s done.“Let’s be honest, it couldn’t get any worse at Manchester United before Jose Mourinho left.“There was a dark cloud over the entire club, the players, the fans and the staff. It was impacting performances on the pitch.“Ole’s come in, a friendly face at the club with a calming influence and it seems as though the players have upped their effort as a result.“The shackles are off, but that doesn’t mean that Ole is the right man for the job.“I could have gone in and done the same thing, so could Steve Bruce.“Anyone could have gone in and done what he has done, it wasn’t a hard thing to do to give those players freedom and improve the mood.”GFX Maurici Pochettino Man UtdWith Ince yet to be convinced that Solskjaer has earned an extended stay in the Old Trafford hot-seat, he still believes that a more experienced coach – such as Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino – should be sounded out.He added: “For the next few years what the club need to do is bring in a manager that can seriously get United competing with City and Liverpool. And of the options available, Pochettino is the man to do that.“The club shouldn’t be making rash decisions, picking a manager just because he’s had six wins on the bounce, all of which came against below average sides bar one.“You’d like to think that even under Mourinho they’d have won those games.“If he gets the club into the top four, and into the final of the Champions League, then that would be the time when the board should be swayed. But we need to be careful not to get carried away – the decision shouldn’t be made just yet.“If Pochettino is available, then I believe he should be Man United’s number one choice for the job and they should do whatever they can to get him.“And do I think he’d want to come to United? Of course I do.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

India suffer first series defeat under captain Virat Kohli at homeIndia suffer first series defeat under captain Virat Kohli at home

first_img scorecard view more view less commentary India suffer first series defeat under captain Virat Kohli at homeAustralia beat India by 35 runs to clinch the five-match series 3-2 after the home side failed to chase down 273 at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi on Wednesday. No data available!center_img Rohan Sen DelhiMarch 14, 2019UPDATED: March 14, 2019 08:59 IST Virat Kohli scored just 20 runs in India’s unsuccessful run chase of 273 (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia (272 for 9) beat India (237) by 35 runs to clinch series 3-2Team India suffered its first ODI series loss at home since 2016The ODI series win was Australia’s first since January 2017Virat Kohli suffered his first defeat at home in any format as captain after India’s 35-run loss against Australia in the fifth and final one-day international in Delhi on Wednesday.Chasing 273 for victory, India were shot out for 237 in 50 overs by the visiting side who then clinched the series 3-2.India, who were leading the series 2-0 after the first two games, suffered its first ODI series loss at home since 2016. It was also the first time India lost three consecutive ODIs under Kohli’s captaincy.The Aussies rode on Usman Khawaja’s 100 and Peter Handscomb’s 52 to post 272 for 9 on the board after electing to bat first.The total looked par at the Feroz Shah Kotla which offered variable bounce and pace for the bowlers while the spinners also got something out of the pitch.Leg-spinner Adam Zampa bagged 3 wickets while Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson and Marcus Stoinis took two wickets each to derail India’s run chase and win their first ODI series since January 2017.Rohit Sharma top-scored for the hosts with 56 runs while Bhuvneshwar Kumar (46) and Kedar Jadhav made 44 but the rest of batsmen failed to score above 20 as India became the only side to lose an ODI series (of five or more matches) on two occasions after leading 2-0.”…If you look at the overall series Australia played with more passion, hunger and heart and they deserved to win. They were brave in pressure situations compared to our game, especially in the last 3 games, the way they handled the pressure, they really deserved to win,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.advertisementKohli though, was not overtly worried with the defeat and said India would look to focus on the good times they have had over the last one year. He said Australia played in India exactly the way India played Down Under where they won a Test and ODI series in Australia before winning an ODI series in New Zealand.”It’s exactly how we played in Australia. We were braver in pressure situations purely because they had a series to lose at home and we went out there and expressed ourselves. You have to give credit to them; they are a younger side and they showed more heart than us. Winning a series like that in India is good for their confidence. We know we didn’t play as well as they did,” Kohli said at the post-match press conference.Also Read | Have never seen a player like Virat Kohli: Australia coach Justin Langer after series winAlso Read | Australia were braver than us in pressure situations: Virat KohliAlso Read | It’s unbelievable: Aaron Finch revels in historic ODI series vs IndiaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Delhi ODI advertisement graphslast_img read more

Hapag CMA CGM Modify North EuropeCentral America ServiceHapag CMA CGM Modify North EuropeCentral America Service

first_imgzoom Europe-based container shipping majors Hapag-Lloyd and CMA CGM plan to enhance their joint service linking North Europe and Central America, starting from January 2017. The companies intend to add a call at London Gateway in the United Kingdom and to replace the current call at Cartagena, Columbia by calling Caucedo in the Dominican Republic.The changes will become effective with M/V CMA CGM Fort St. Georges calling at London Gateway on January 6, 2017, according to CMA CGM.The enhanced service will include the following ports: London Gateway (UK), Hamburg (Germany), Rotterdam (Netherlands), Antwerp (Belgium), Le Havre (France). Caucedo (Dominican Republic), Kingston (Jamaica), Santo Tomas De Castilla (Guatemala), Puerto Cortes (Honduras), Puerto Limon (Costa Rica).The service will be run by five CMA CGM vessels of 2,300 TEUs and one Hapag–Lloyd vessel.Hapag-Lloyd refers to the service as the Central America Express (SW3) service and CMA CGM as the ECS service.Image Courtesy: Hapag-Lloydlast_img read more

THOR LOVE AND THUNDER DIRECTOR TAIKA WAITITI MEETS WITH RYAN GOSLINGTHOR LOVE AND THUNDER DIRECTOR TAIKA WAITITI MEETS WITH RYAN GOSLING

first_imgActor Ryan Gosling prior to a news conference at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 11, 2018. – Andrew Francis Wallace , Toronto Star LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement RYAN GOSLING MEETS UP WITH ‘THOR 4’ DIRECTOR TAIKA WAITITI FOR LUNCH IN LARyan Gosling may have an exciting project in the works!The 38-year-old actor was spotted meeting up with Thor 4 director Taika Waititi on Friday afternoon (August 16) in Los Angeles. READ MORETHOR: LOVE AND THUNDER DIRECTOR TAIKA WAITITI MEETS WITH RYAN GOSLINGAfter making multiple cult-classic films as well as a fan-favorite entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, many movie fans are eager to follow the career of director Taika Waititi. With his new satire Jojo Rabbit set to premiere later this year, followed by the new project Next Goal Wins, he will finally turn his attention to Thor: Love and Thunder, which could be a bold new chapter in the MCU. READ MORE  Twitter Advertisementcenter_img RYAN GOSLING AND ‘THOR 4’ DIRECTOR TAIKA WAITITI SPOTTED HAVING LUNCH TOGETHER IN L.A.Ryan Gosling might be headed into the Marvel Universe. The Oscar-nominated actor, 38, was spotted eating lunch with “Thor 4” director Taika Waititi on Friday in Los Angeles.While the meaning of their meeting is unknown, many are speculating that Gosling will join Waititi and Chris Hemsworth (Thor) in the upcoming fourth installment of the franchise. READ MORE Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

First Nations man in Ottawa wants his own Gladue writer to tellFirst Nations man in Ottawa wants his own Gladue writer to tell

first_imgKenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsThe scars on Randy Kakegamick’s face tell the story of his life.Like the one over his left eye when a stranger attacked him unprovoked he said near Bank Street in Ottawa.He was just a little boy then and woke up in a pool of his own blood.Drinking had torn his family apart and at night, when lonely, he’d walk the streets pretending to be a superhero.“There were times when I would be alone and I would just wander the streets – get out and try not to be so lonely,” said Kakegamick, 39.Those are the scars he’ll talk about.It’s the ones that cut deepest he won’t just tell anyone.But that is what the Ontario government is asking him to do.Kakegamick recently pleaded guilty to assaulting an ex-girlfriend last year.The Crown wants to put him in the local jail for six months.Randy Kakegamick says one of the main things keeping him on track is his son. (Jason Leroux/APTN photo)The judge has ordered a Gladue report that will detail Kakegamick’s life growing up as a First Nation man and what led him to court.The report will also outline services in the community that are available to help Kakegamick stay away from trouble and get his life together.Typically, the government requires a court-appointed writer in Ottawa do the report.But Kakagamick, who is from North Spirit Lake, is requesting a different writer – someone he knows and trusts.“If they say you got one day to meet this person to get into your deepest darkest secrets of your life, I don’t think that will happen,” he said. “I wouldn’t be honest. It takes time to build that trust with somebody.”He’s built that trust with Mark Marsolais, a First Nation man who also writes Gladue reports in the nation’s capital.“This is a sacred story of an individual,” said Marsolais. “There are two sides to a Gladue. It’s not just about a westernized lens and showing the courts what this person is about from an individual standpoint. It’s also a report that helps an individual on their healing journey sometimes for the first time. They get to self-reflect and see about themselves.”He’s waiting on Legal Aid in Ontario to decide if his wish to talk to Marsolais will be granted.It’s not clear how the judge will react if Kakegamick refuses to speak to a court-appointed writer.Meanwhile, Kakegamick continues on his journey.He said most of his legal troubles over the years were the result of his drinking. He got into a treatment program at the Ottawa Mission after his latest arrest and has been sober now for several months.“This is the longest I have ever been sober since I was 16. It’s just over five months and I’m 39 years old now so that is quite a feat for me,” he said.He said drinking destroyed his parent’s marriage when he was about six-years-old.“Drinking involves hurt, sorrow and the failure of my family,” he said.It’s also hurt his son, even if the young boy is too young to know it.All those times Kakegamick was away behind bars he could hear how his son missed him and needed his dad around but thought he was away working.He’s trying to make amends for that now.In doing so, he’s finding his son is helping him.“I’ve been spending a lot of time with him. He’s a big help. He doesn’t know it but he’s a big help,” he said.While he waits to learn who will write his Gladue next month, and if a judge will put him back behind bars, he focuses on the small things that keep him sober.Like running on a treadmill every day to keep ahead.Yet, rooted in his culture to be an example for his son.Randy Kakegamick by the Rideau Canal in downtown Ottawa earlier this week. (Jason Leroux/APTN photo)It’s Kakegamick’s journey to be a better man.The rocky past was the river and the future is the sea.The waters may be calmer now.But he knows he needs to stay in the boat.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

ATT fires back in bid to preserve its deal with Time WarnerATT fires back in bid to preserve its deal with Time Warner

first_imgWASHINGTON – Fighting to defend its $81 billion takeover of Time Warner from a government challenge, AT&T is arguing the Trump Justice Department has failed to show that the merger will raise prices for pay-TV programming and for the consumers who watch it.The AT&T-Time Warner marriage was completed this spring soon after a federal judge approved it. But government antitrust regulators filed to have the judge’s ruling overturned, setting the stage for a landmark competition case in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington.In a filing Thursday, the phone and pay-TV giant asserted the merger will save it money on content from Time Warner’s Turner Broadcasting, enabling it to cut charges to its DirecTV customers by at least $78 million a year.U.S. District Judge Richard Leon was correct to dismiss the government’s argument that the merger would hurt competition, limit choices and jack up prices for consumers to stream TV and movies, Dallas-based AT&T, the biggest pay-TV provider in the U.S., said in its filing.The government “failed for multiple reasons to (show) that net retail prices will likely be higher than otherwise,” the company said.Leon’s ruling in June opened the way for one of the biggest media deals ever. AT&T has since absorbed Time Warner, the owner of CNN, HBO, the Warner Bros. movie studio, “Game of Thrones,” coveted sports programming and other “must-see” shows.The Justice Department, however, has maintained that Leon was wrong in concluding the merger won’t harm consumers and that he misunderstood the complexities of the booming pay-TV market and the nature of AT&T’s competitors.If the government were to prevail in its appeal, the complex merger might have to be unwound.Many legal experts believe the government will have a hard time convincing the appeals court to overturn Leon’s ruling. Opposing the merger forced the federal antitrust regulators to argue against standing legal doctrine that favours mergers among companies that don’t compete directly with each other, what’s known as a vertical merger.The U.S. antitrust lawsuit against AT&T was the first time in decades that the government has challenged that doctrine by suing to block a vertical merger.The government contends that this deal is different. By combining the programming content of Time Warner’s Turner Broadcasting with AT&T’s vast distribution network for its DirecTV, the combination will hurt competition and violate federal law, it says. AT&T claims about 25 million of the 90 million or so U.S. households that are pay-TV customers.Even with a small chance of the government winning, the stakes are high and the case could affect the future course of antitrust regulation.When the deal was first made public in October 2016, it drew fire from then-candidate Donald Trump, who promised to kill it “because it’s too much concentration of power in the hands of too few.” Trump has publicly feuded with Time Warner’s CNN, calling it “failing” and a purveyor of “fake news.” The president’s statements didn’t come up during the trial, though his antipathy loomed in the background.Leon’s ruling opened the floodgates to deal making in the fast-changing worlds of entertainment production and distribution.Just a day after his decision, Comcast launched a $65 billion cash bid for the bulk of 21st Century Fox — topping Disney’s all-stock $52.5 billion offer in December. Comcast later dropped that bid in order to focus on its attempted buyout of European pay-TV operator Sky.After months of offers and counteroffers for Sky by Comcast and Fox, the two U.S. media empires will settle their battle for control of the European broadcaster through a rare auction. The auction will begin after the London stock market’s close on Friday and end sometime Saturday evening.Disney, meanwhile, is closing in on a $71 billion acquisition of Fox’s entertainment assets.Other rumoured or potential deals include a Verizon bid for CBS and a tie-up of Sprint and T-Mobile.last_img read more

Morocco Donates 10000 Cattle Semen Doses to Improve Red Meat ProductionMorocco Donates 10000 Cattle Semen Doses to Improve Red Meat Production

Bamako – A Moroccan donation of 10,000 cattle semen doses meant to improve red meat production was handed on Friday to Mali’s rural development ministry.The ceremony was attended by Malian rural development minister Bocary Téréta, a delegation from the Moroccan Red Meat Producers Association (ANPVR) led by Zakaria Lamdouar, officials from the Moroccan embassy in Bamako and professionals from Mali’s breeding sector.The donation is an addition to the royal donation announced by King Mohammed VI during his visit to Mali in February 2013 and consisting of 125,000 cattle semen doses to ameliorate the country’s milk production. In addition to semen doses, Malian breeders benefit also from an important technical support under an assistance program by the ANPVR for Mali’s livestock genetic enhancement. read more

Millions in Niger need help to avoid another food crisis warn UNMillions in Niger need help to avoid another food crisis warn UN

Last year the Government of Niger, supported by the UN, launched a massive humanitarian intervention which averted the worst effects of a food and nutrition crisis that threatened the lives of more than seven million people and the livelihoods of the country’s farmers and pastoralists. As part of that effort, the World Food Programme (WFP) delivered emergency food assistance to more than 5 million people, including vulnerable groups such as children under five, and pregnant or lactating women.In addition, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) provided 13,000 tonnes of animal feed and distributed over 3,400 tonnes of quality seeds, covering 94 per cent of affected villages. These interventions, coupled with a good rainy season in 2010, led to a 60 per cent increase in domestic cereal production. Livestock that survived the drought were also restored to health as pastures returned.However, according to a joint assessment published today by the two Rome-based UN agencies, the acute malnutrition rate was still above 15 per cent in most parts of the country in October and November, reaching 17 per cent in the area around Agadez and Zinder.“Food and non-food assistance is still necessary to reconstitute the resilience capacity of the affected populations to allow them to have independent access to food,” said the report.The agencies are calling for assistance to pastoralists to help them replenish their livestock, help with restoring cereal banks and reconstituting the national grain stock, as well as continued support of feeding centres for malnourished people. Assistance needs to begin immediately, they stressed, so that farmers will have the necessary quality seeds and fertilizers before the next planting season that starts in May. 20 January 2011The United Nations food agencies are urging continued assistance for Niger, where acute malnutrition rates remain high despite a good harvest and millions need help to avoid another food crisis. read more

SLFP divided on UNPled Government as several prepare to joinSLFP divided on UNPled Government as several prepare to join

A split has emerged in the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) after a proposal was made to form a UNP-led United National Front (UNF) Government following the humiliating defeat suffered by the SLFP at the Local Government (LG) elections.While seven SLFP Ministers have so far agreed to join the UNF under Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, several others have refused to do so, sources said. However both the UNF and the SLFP have failed to agree on several issues in the recent past and they contested the LG elections separately.At the elections the UNP came second behind the SLPP while the UPFA and the SLFP were third and fourth respectively.The SLFP and UPFA contested separately in some areas at the elections. (Colombo Gazette) Some key SLFP Ministers have said they will sit independently in Parliament and not join a UNF cabinet. Report by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The proposal to form a UNF cabinet arose after the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna secured a resounding victory at the just concluded Local Government (LG) elections.The UNF and the SLFP formed a unity Government in 2015 after defeating former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the 2015 January 8 Presidential elections. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has reportedly said it will support a UNF Government but will not accept any Ministerial portfolios. read more

Brock grads find work in a pile of junkBrock grads find work in a pile of junk

In this current economic climate, a common fear among university graduates is not being able to find a job. However, three Brock University alumni have shown that a fulfilling career isn’t always about the nature of your degree, but instead, how you use it.JustJunk.com, a Niagara-area franchising company, specializes in removing unwanted items from people’s homes. With new locations opening up across Canada and the U.S., the corporate office has recently opened its door to a team of young, new university graduates who are eager to jumpstart their careers.Steve Adams (BBA ’09), a 24-year-old graduate of Brock’s Business Administration Co-op program, was hired to work at JustJunk.com in a marketing communications role. After only a few months of learning, growing and adapting to the world of junk removal, Adams was promoted to marketing manager — an impressive job description for such a young addition to the team.“Brock provided me with tools necessary to provide great skills to my job,” said Adams. “The business co-op option gave me a great edge after graduation.”A business degree, however, is not a pre-requisite to work with the JustJunk.com franchising team.Shane Wright (BA ’10) graduated Brock last spring with a degree in liberal arts but discovered he was most passionate about his business-related courses, especially sales and marketing. Enthusiastic about the business world, but wanting to remain close to home as a St. Catharines local, Wright calls JustJunk.com, “the perfect opportunity — the best of both worlds.”  Now in his third month on the job, Wright is responsible for customer service, web-page editing, marketing and franchisee relations. “Working for JustJunk.com is second to none, and the sky is the limit,” said Wright.One of the newest members of the corporate team has her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and could not be more excited to utilize her skills in an unlikely way.Aidan Millar (BA ’11), a Brock student who will graduate in June with a psychology degree, says that JustJunk.com has provided her with the chance to learn the ins and outs of a blossoming business. “My education experience at Brock instilled in me critical thinking and organization skills as well as the ability to communicate effectively and practically,” said Miller. Miller views her skills as transferrable, and for JustJunk.com, this means in a public relations capacity. Having not even graduated yet, Millar did not think such a rewarding job would come so easily and quickly. “I couldn’t be happier,” said Miller.JustJunk.com, led by president and founder Michael Thorne, has tapped into the always-needed service of junk removal. “As long as people buy new things, they have to get rid of the old,” said Thorne.Thorne is clear about whom he wants on his team. “We need big-picture thinkers. We want people who care about this business.”The youthful and tech-savvy staff provides a business advantage. “We young people — business degrees or not — have a fresh, out-of-the-box perspective on the business world,” said Adams. “You can’t put a price on that.” read more

Annan reappoints Lakhdar Brahimi his special envoy to AfghanistanAnnan reappoints Lakhdar Brahimi his special envoy to Afghanistan

In a letter to the President of the Security Council, Mr. Annan expressed his strong belief that the time has come for Mr. Brahimi to resume his role, which had been put on hold in 1999. At that time, Mr. Annan had reported to the Council that “given the lack of progress achieved so far, [the Special Envoy’s] activities should be ‘frozen’ until circumstances change to justify his renewed intervention.” In the letter released today, the Secretary-General said that Mr. Brahimi would be in charge of the UN’s overall humanitarian and political work in Afghanistan. “He will also initiate preparations for the development of plans for the rehabilitation of that shattered country,” the Secretary-General said. The Special Representative will oversee negotiations with all concerned parties for safe and unhindered humanitarian access to all populations in need, while advocating for the rights and protection of affected populations. In addition to working on the humanitarian front, Mr. Brahimi will manage peacemaking activities involving the warring parties and others concerned, with a view to facilitating a fully representative, multiethnic and broad-based government. The Special Representative is also charged with ensuring that the humanitarian and human rights dimensions of the evolving situation are central to political and security discussions.In carrying out his work, Mr. Brahimi will oversee the activities of – and be supported by – the UN Special Mission to Afghanistan and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. read more

Iraq UN supervises destruction of 3 more missilesIraq UN supervises destruction of 3 more missiles

Since the 1 March deadline set for starting the process, Iraq has destroyed 55 Al Samoud 2 missiles, banned because they can exceed the 150-kilometre range imposed by Security Council resolutions. UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) teams also supervised the destruction of nine warheads, a launcher, some propellant tanks and small components for the missile. UNMOVIC sought a private interview with an Iraqi researcher in the chemical field today but the researcher insisted the questioning be tape-recorded. It therefore, did not proceed – the fifth case since 28 February in which a private interview did not take place due to a condition insisted upon by the interviewee. Nine private interviews have taken place since 28 February. A biological team inspected the Canning Foods Co. Ltd, which produces tomato products, date syrup, cheese, vinegar, and watermelon jam, in Kerbala, about 100 kilometres southeast of Baghdad, while a chemical team checked three factories belonging to the State Company for Battery Manufacturing. A multidisciplinary team inspected the Mosul branch of the Mesopotamia Seed Company.A team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspected the Ur General Establishment, which manufactures aluminium products for the construction industry and a variety of copper wire products for the power and communications industries. read more