The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has declined to transport four elephants from eastern Assam’s Tinsukia to Ahmedabad for the July 4 Jagannath Rath Yatra until the Gauhati High Court resolves the matter and the State Forest Department clarifies an order of the Supreme Court regarding transfer of elephants.Assam-based animal rights activists Urmi Mala Das and Nandini Baruah had on Friday filed a public interest litigation at the high court challenging the Assam government’s decision to transport four juvenile elephants, two of them females, in railway wagons to Ahmedabad. Their PIL followed a petition filed via email to the court by Canada-based activist Sangeeta Iyer.PIL filed“We will not dispatch the elephants unless we receive a clarification sought from the Forest Division on an order by the Supreme Court. Besides, there is a PIL to watch out for,” said Masood Alom, the Additional Divisional Railway Manager of NFR’s Tinsukia Division. Hearing a case related to Kerala, the SC had in May 2016 said: “The state government shall not issue any ownership certificate to any of the persons in possession of elephants. That apart, the persons who are in possession of elephants shall not transfer the elephants outside the state nor shall they part with the elephants by way of transfer in any manner…” Officials of NRF’s zonal headquarters in Guwahati’s Maligaon confirmed the decision not to transport the elephants until the legal issues are resolved. They also trashed reports that the elephants were being dispatched quietly before the PIL is heard on Monday.
Liverpool loanee Kane signs new extensionby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool have penned Herbie Kane to a new contract and extended his loan spell with Doncaster Rovers.The 20-year-old midfielder has starred for League One side Rovers this season, scoring six goals from 26 appearances.”It is massive, coming from a massive club like Liverpool, so I’m happy,” Kane said after signing the new deal.”I was excited to get it done. It took a lot of hard work to get this, but thankfully it is done. Hopefully I can carry on working hard and get to where I want to be.”On his spell with Donny, he added: “I’ve enjoyed every minute of it, to be honest, I’m just trying to do as well as I can for myself and help the team, but also trying to improve.”Hopefully people at Liverpool notice that I’m doing well, and hopefully when I come back to Liverpool it will impact it.”My aim is to come back in the summer and try to make a footprint. I’m hoping I come back in the summer and impress the manager in pre-season.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license The Export-Import Bank of China (Exim Bank) is to provide USD 94 million in financing for Navibulgar’s six bulk carrier newbuildings. On July 6, representatives of the bank and Bulgarian shipowner Navigation Maritime Bulgare (Navibulgar) signed an agreement for the financing, the Export-Import Bank of China said in a statement.Last year, Navibulgar ordered 4+2 Bluetech 45 Handymax bulkers from Chinese Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group. Slated for delivery in 2019 and 2020, the 45,000 dwt ships will have a length of 190 meters, a draught of 10.8 meters, an ice class 1C and a large hold volume for its class.Market value of each 57,750 cbm newbuilding is around USD 17 million, according to data provided by VesselsValue.Operating in the Black Sea region, Navibulgar has a fleet of more than 30 bulk carriers. In addition, the company is expected to take delivery of two 42,300 dwt bulkers this year. The ships, Rojen and Musala, are being built at Chinese Jiangsu Hongqiang yard.The Export-Import Bank of China said that the signing of the agreement came in an effort to promote China’s Belt and Road Initiative. China hopes to drive its ship exports and attract more European shipowners to order new ships at the country’s shipyards.World Maritime News Staff
Nearly a month removed from his withdrawal from the Players Championship, Tiger Woods and all the drama that surrounds him return to competition today at the Memorial Tournament.Maintaining the No. 1 spot atop the World Golf Rankings for the last five years, there is never a lack of public intrigue surrounding Tiger Woods.With his recent neck injury and issues with his personal life, however, the 14-time major champion has drawn even more headlines than usual in the last six months. It has been a rocky road for Woods dating back to his Nov. 27 car accident. From the admittance of his adulterous ways to his pending divorce, Tiger’s life off the course was a mess.Professionally, things started looking up for Woods following a strong showing at Augusta National in which he finished tied for fourth. Tiger’s moment of light was short lived. After missing the cut at the Quail Hollow Championship, Woods couldn’t even finish the following week at the Players Championship, withdrawing on the seventh hole during Sunday’s final round due to a sore neck. Resting and rehabbing his neck since the Players, Tiger is back at the Memorial trying to right the ship once again. “I think that life is moving forward … the last six months have been pretty tough, and I’m now starting to get into golf and starting to play golf again,” he said.Being the defending Memorial champion and having the most all-time wins of any player at Jack Nicklaus’ tournament, this week seems as good as any for Tiger to get back at it.“I’ve always had good memories here,” Woods said. “It’s nice to come back to a golf course when obviously I haven’t played a whole lot this year, but it’s nice to come back to a venue where I have played well.”While Muirfield has treated him well, it remains to be seen whether Woods’ game is back to the form that golf fans are accustomed to, especially considering his recent break-up with longtime swing coach Hank Haney.“I’ve hit the ball much better,” Woods said. “It’s just like anything, though. It’s great to hit it at home, but I need to bring it out here.” For the time being, Tiger is using video to analyze his own swing and says as of now he has no plans for hiring a new coach.Even with the recent neck injury and mediocre play of late, Tiger’s competitors know not to count him out this week.“Anytime Tiger is in the field, you know you are going to have to be on top of your game to win,” said 2009 U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover.For many, after playing just nine competitive rounds all season, simply making the cut would be a victory in and of itself, but for Tiger Woods nothing is out of the realm of possibilities. “I never like to assume what he can and can’t do because he proves us all wrong all the time,” said Aussie golfer Adam Scott. Woods will take to the course at 12:44 p.m. today to begin his first round of play alongside Steve Stricker and Jason Bohn.
FIFA have handed the Mexico Football Federation a $10,400 fine for “discriminatory and insulting chants” in the national side’s World Cup opener against GermanyThe football governing body’s disciplinary committee sanctioned Mexico on Wednesday with a fine of 10,000 Swiss francs ($10.4k U.S.) for the chants that were aimed at Germany captain and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.“The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) with a fine of CHF 10,000 for the misconduct of a group of Mexican fans (cf. art. 67 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code) in relation to discriminatory and insulting chants during the first half of the 2018 FIFA World Cup match played between Germany and Mexico,” FIFA wrote, via ESPN.This is not the first time such the Mexican Football Federation have had to deal with such allegations after having been penalised 12 times by FIFA over anti-gay chants during their qualifying campaign for the World Cup.They have also received official warnings for the first two offences and were later handed another 10 fines.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…The football governing body have been taking strong actions against such offences ever since the chants that the Mexico supporters made in the 2014 World Cup – which they were unpunished for.“The decision was passed after a thorough assessment of the relevant match reports, the FMF’s precedents and the evidence provided, which included videos of the incidents as well as examples of certain sustainable actions taken by the FMF to raise awareness among its supporters,” FIFA said. “Moreover, the Disciplinary Committee gave a warning to the FMF, who may face additional sanctions in case of repeated infringements of this type.”Fellow South American sides Argentina and Chile have also been sanctioned in the past by FIFA for similar offences.Recently Mexico striker Javier Hernandez and Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Marco Fabian pleaded with the supporters to put an end to the chants on social media.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Mike Dunleavy signed a reduced final capital budget by $34.7 M through his line-item veto authority into law on Thursday. In a release from the office of the governor, SB2002, as passed by the Alaska Legislature, included a number of projects of local, community or legislative interest that the state simply cannot fund under its limited financial resources. Dunleavy’s office said the remaining capital budget, signed Thursday, captures nearly $1 billion in federal dollars and funds sweeping crime legislation. Governor Dunleavy: “In the coming days and weeks, my administration will be making more decisions that will impact Alaskans – but our commitment remains to be open to input from Alaskans, to understand their priorities, and to work towards achieving better outcomes for the dollars we do spend. While Alaskans await future announcements regarding the operating budget, we can’t ignore the fact that today’s action represents an important and positive step in moving Alaska forward.” Click here for additional on the enacted Fiscal Year 2020 capital budget, including a funded project summary, a vetoed project summary and more. Key items funded in SB 2002: $73M to Federal Highway and Aviation Match, which secures $877.2 million in Federal funds$12M to Village Safe Water and Wastewater Projects, securing over $52M in Federal funds$2.54M to Hiland Mountain Women’s Mental Health Unit$2M in AIDEA receipts for Northwest Arctic Borough school construction and major maintenance$680,200 to Electronic Visit Verification System$2.5M to Arctic Strategic Transportation and Resources$1.5M to AHFC Rental Assistance for Victims- Empowering Choice Housing Program$3.6M to AHFC Homeless Assistance$1.75M to AHFC Senior Citizen Housing$250,000 to Inter-Island Ferry Authority$13.5M to Alaska Marine Highway System vessel overhaul, annual certification, and shoreside facilities rehabilitation$1.6M to Harbor Grant Program
Email Twitter Cher Readies ABBA Cover Album cher-readies-abba-cover-album-following-mamma-mia-sequel Cher Readies ABBA Cover Album Following ‘Mamma Mia’ Sequel News The GRAMMY-winning sensation is already planning to reprise her role in the musical sequel Renée FabianGRAMMYs Jul 17, 2018 – 2:43 pm What could possibly be more exciting than Cher playing a role in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again? An album full of the GRAMMY winner covering ABBA songs, that’s what.During an episode of the “Today Show,” Cher not only spoke about her role in the film sequel, but she also dropped a big hint that she had recorded an entire cover album of the Swedish band’s biggest hits. Apparently recording her song in the Mamma Mia musical extravaganza was so much fun, the “Dancing Queen” needed a little more disco in her life. “After I did ‘Fernando,’ I thought it would really be fun to do an album of ABBA songs, so I did!” she said in the segment. “It’s not what you think of when you think ABBA, ’cause I did it in a different way.”In Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Cher plays Ruby Sheridan, grandmother to Sophie (Amanda Syfried) and mother to Donna (Meryl Streep). As Sophie spends the film looking into her mother’s storied past during her own pregnancy, Cher’s character waltzes into the party where she and Andy Garcia drop an unforgettable rendition of “Fernando.”While it’s unclear when Cher might release her ABBA masterpiece, you can catch her on the big screen while Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is in theaters, starting July 20.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Facebook
$155 at Google Express Comment I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $60 at Best Buy What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Chris Monroe/CNET 7 HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Robin Yanhong Li, CEO of Baidu, says the company will focus on AI to help it through tough times. VCG/VCG via Getty Images The new year’s pep talk delivered by Baidu’s chief executive for 2019 was a bit chilly. Robin Yanhong Li, CEO of China’s largest search engine, warned that “winter is coming” in a letter to employees regarding China’s economic growth slowing down, according to South China Morning Post. Baidu is the equivalent of Google in China. Economic restructuring is “as cold and real as winter to every company,” Li reportedly wrote Wednesday to staff. But “historical transformation of [artificial intelligence] is penetrating various various industries, unleashing enormous growth potential and room for upgrade.”Li also reportedly told employees through a famous Chinese proverb — “Only when the year grows cold do we see the qualities of the pine and the cypress” — that Baidu will step up its game and come out stronger while other companies are struggling to cope with the changing economic landscape in China. Baidu didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The “winter” talk isn’t new in China. The world’s second largest economy is slowing down faster than expected, according to a Wall Street Journal report in October. The report said China’s exports, economic performance and effects from the US-China trade war were all factors that contributed to Chinese market’s foreseeable “winter.””It’s high time that Baidu stepped forward,” Li reportedly said. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. See It $520 at HP $6 at Tidal Sarah Tew/CNET Share your voice Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $210 at Best Buy $999 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express See It Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Sarah Tew/CNET See at Amazon Read DJI Osmo Action preview Best Buy Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Baidu,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Apple iPhone XS Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. 1 Read the Rylo camera preview $999 Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Sarah Tew/CNET Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Rylo See at Turo The Cheapskate Sarah Tew/CNET $59 at eBay $999 Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Turo Read Google Home Hub review Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Comments $999 See It Boost Mobile $299 at Amazon The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Read the AirPods review Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Sprint Tech Industry Digital Media Politics Internet Services Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Tags Share your voice Angela Lang/CNET See it Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Tags TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Amazon
(Phys.org) — One of the big disappointments of the computer age is the distinct lack of robots in our everyday lives. For years we’ve all been teased by the possibilities of robots in SciFi movies and television shows, and still, the only robots in our lives are those little Roomba vacuum cleaners. Soft-bots: Research challenges traditional image of robotics This particular demonstration by the team is meant to convey to those that watch HERB in action that the goal of the Institute is to do research on real-world robotics applications rather than focusing on technology that is used for industrial, military or “cutesy” purposes. Their goal is nothing short of creating a robot that truly can do the things we all really want them to do, such as taking care of the laundry, cooking, washing the dishes, or perhaps most importantly, fetching a cold beer from the fridge for us as we sit back in kingly fashion in our easy chair watching football on the telly. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2012 Phys.Org Explore further Citation: New robot butler “HERB” can microwave your dinner (w/ Video) (2012, May 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-05-robot-butler-herb-microwave-dinner.html Now, though, it looks like we might finally be getting somewhere thanks to the efforts of the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute – started and run by Siddhartha Srinivasa, all courtesy of a grant from Intel. There, a research team has been hard at work trying to create robots that do stuff that everyday people might consider useful. Their latest creation is the Home Exploring Robot Butler, aka HERB.HERB, has arms and hands (more like claws) and of course a lot of sensors and sits atop a Segway base that allows it to move around. For situational awareness in an unpredictable environment, such as the typical home, HERB has been armed with a spinning laser that provides “him” with a 40,000 points per second data stream. All of that allows the robot to move around in an unknown environment without bumping into things. But HERB has a lot of intelligence built in as well, and that’s how the research team has taught him to retrieve a frozen meal from a counter top, open a microwave oven door, slip in the meal, close the door and then run the microwave to properly heat the meal. Once it’s finished heating, he can retrieve the meal for consumption by its human master. All without a word of encouragement. HERB can also recognize and fetch requested items from a group of other similar objects.
Filmmakers are increasingly taking up sensitive issues like rape, molestation and other crimes against women as a backdrop for their stories and say it’s an effort to create awareness. The year 2017 has witnessed this in a big way with Kaabil, Maatr, Mom and Lipstick Under My Burkha to the soon-to-release Bhoomi. The rushes of Omung Kumar’s Bhoomi hint that a father is out to seek revenge for his daughter’s sexual molestation. Kumar says “socially relevant films” are creating awareness and his effort is only to show what is happening in society. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Socially relevant movies work and awareness is generated. We are trying to contribute in whatever small way for the community. It is something that is happening (in society), but people have turned a blind eye (to it).”We are just trying to bring it up front and tell the world that it is happening and something should be done to stop it,” Kumar said, and hoped such “eye-openers” impact people in some way. In the recent past too, these subjects have come up in several films. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveKaabil was the story of a young blind couple and how their life changes after the girl is raped by two men in her own house. Maatr and Mom, both revenge dramas, were stories about how the mothers, played by Raveena Tandon and Sridevi, respectively, take law into their own hands and go after the culprits who raped their daughters.In Lipstick under my Burkha, a bold film about the unbridled dreams of four women trapped in their lives owing to societal norms and stereotypes, depicts one character facing marital rape. Many say that films are a mirror of society, while there are others who blame movies for boosting eve-teasing and other social evils. So are such depictions an attempt to nurture a “more consciously responsible” population or can it have reverse reaction? Leena Yadav, the director of Parched, says films can’t take credit for bringing change in society and neither can society blame films for bringing bad things into structure.”We are feeding off each other. Films come from what is going around you. Secondly, it’s the way you depict anything that can make it vulgar, titillating, beautiful or spiritual. The same thing can be shot in 30 different ways. So when one depicts anything so sensitive (as rape and molestation), you have to be really very careful,” Yadav said.”Something that is from your end may be messaging, but it can also end up titillating and that is really sad. But what to do, we have twisted minds out there. So it is the responsibility of the filmmaker that when they tackle anything like that, it has to be done with utmost care as it is a very tricky thing,” added the director, who is now making a film titled Rajma Chawal.Often, women’s rights bodies target Bollywood for objectifying women. Are they happy with this change of focusing on socially relevant issues?Ranjana Kumari, Director, Centre for Social Research in Delhi, and a women’s rights activist, said, “Filmmakers have been showing all kinds of sexuality and sexual violence because it sells, but that does not mean they should continue doing it to make money. They should also know their social responsibility. In the wake of more gruesome violence, they should feel more responsible.” Social activist Pallabi Ghosh, however, feels that cinema has somehow helped in creating awareness as, after watching films, people are thinking that this is not just theirs but everyone’s issue.
Laurent DumeauEurope-based channel group, Trace, has extended it partnership with Angola and Mozambique pay-TV operator, TVCabo, launching Trace Sport Stars on the platform for the first time. TVCabo will also now carry the French Feed of Trace Group music channel Trace Urban for the first time, having renewed its deal to carry the Trace Urban channel.Trace Urban is an international hip-hop and R&B-focused music channel, while Trace Sport Stars is a global entertainment channel dedicated to sport celebrities.Both will be available to “the majority of” TVCabo subscribers via its own packages, thanks to the operator’s increasing number of basic package subscriptions, according to Trace.“Africa remains a number one priority for Trace. As the continent grows we want to grow with it hence the importance of further distribution and new business launches,” said Laurent Dumeau, CEO of Trace Sport Stars and senior vice president of distribution.The news come after Trace last month named Victor Bannerman-Chedid as COO for its African operations. He joined from Airtel where he was most recently acting marketing director, Airtel Zambia.In July, Trace also launched a new Portuguese-language music network in Angola and Mozambique. Called Trace Toca, this went live on MultiChoice’s digital satellite TV service DStv.
BT’s ad campaign for BT SportBT Sport has retained exclusive rights to air Champions League and Europa League football in the UK, consolidating its place as a serious competitor to Sky in the premium sports arena.BT secured the rights to the two leagues until the end of the 2020-21 season, gaining exclusive rights across all live games, highlights and in-match clips.BT said it would make games available in 4K Ultra HD TV with Dolby Atmos sound as well as via its BT Sport app.BT said that it would make clips, weekly highlights, UEFA’s magazine show, and both finals available for free on social media. BT streamed both finals last year on YouTube for the first time, taking the number of people who watched live coverage of the finals to more than 12 million.BT said it would seek to bring coverage of the tournaments to its mobile base following last year’s acquisition of EE, which will help it recoup its investment.BT has made BT Sport available to EE post-paid mobile customers since the middle of last year, with the BT Sport app available for free for six months and then as a £5 a month add-on.BT TV customers can access BT Sport content from £3.50 a month.Paolo Pescatore, VP of multiplay and media at analyst outfit CCS Insight said that the latest deal secured BT’s position as a serious competitor with Sky, but that it was likely that some of the growing cost of rights would be passed on to consumers in the form of higher subscription rates.“This was a must win rights auction for BT and it means that it is here to compete with Sky for the long-haul. Last time round, BT was a challenger but now it has grown to be a strong player in sports TV rights. It is driving innovation with 4K and Dolby Atmos as well in other areas and has brought some great programming like the Champions league goals show,” said Pescatore.“With this latest move, the company can continue to be innovative, however, there will be ongoing concerns on whether this cost will be passed onto consumers. Worryingly for consumers the escalating cost of premium content rights means that we will probably have to fork out more money which may drive some to watch via illegal streams.”BT will pay around £394 million (€456 million) each year for the rights.John Petter, Consumer CEO at BT, said: “We are delighted to have renewed these rights. The UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League are two of the best competitions in the world and we would like to thank UEFA for choosing us as their exclusive broadcast partner in the UK. The UEFA Champions League is due to get even stronger and we are delighted that fans will be able to enjoy two live matches a night for the first time.”Guy Laurent Epstein, UEFA marketing director, said: “UEFA is delighted to have extended the relationship with BT Sport for a further three seasons, taking our partnership to 2021. BT Sport has proved to be an innovative broadcast partner, pushing the boundaries and covering the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League in new ways. BT have delivered strong audiences in the UK and we are excited about their future plans for the use of social media which will engage a growing fanbase that consumes sport in different ways.”