Telekom Austria is to use Eutelsat’s platform at 16° East to launch a white label DTH platform to deliver services to central and eastern Europe.Telekom Austria Group has teamed up with Eutelsat to launch a satellite TV platform The solution involves a new B2B DTH platform, uplinking TV signals via Telekom Austria’s earth station in Aflenz/Styria to the Eutelsat satellite at the 16° East position for broadcasting to Central and Eastern Europe as well as wider regions of Western Europe.Croatia’s Vipnet, backed by Telekom Austria, is the first customer for the platform. Adrian Jezina, member of the board at Vipnet, said his company expected strong growth in DTH following its acquisition of Digi in the Croatian market. Jezina said that satellite enabled Vipnet to fill in gaps in its fixed line coverage in the major cities as well as deliver services to rural areas.“We find that in our fixed networks about 70% of customers are taking bundles,” he said. Vipnet is planning to launch a full suite of services over LTE in the near future. “Vipnet is a a national company and it really has national brand and marketing but that is not utilised across the whole country,” said Jezina. He said that in additional to delivering coverage, the satellite platform would enable it deliver various synergies. The launch of the Telekom Austria paltform enabled Vipnet to manage DTH economically wihtout making too risky an investment on its own, said Jezina.Apostolos Triantafyllou, Senior VP of Sales, Centra and Eastern Europe, Caucasus & Central Asia at Eutelsat, said that the satellite allowed reception via small antennas. He said that Eutelsat had grown its pay TV business at this position, with 10 pay operators, giving Eutelsat over 50% of the CEE pay TV market.
BBC Worldwide has partnered with Microsoft Studios and game developer Mojang to bring Doctor Who-themed characters to the Xbox 360 edition of popular game Minecraft.From next month, Minecraft players will be able to buy an add-on pack for the game allowing them to change their avatar to resemble their favourite characters from the hit BBC show.The first pack will be priced at US$2.99/ £1.99/ €2.85 and will include a character inspired by the twelfth Doctor as well as five other Doctors, each of their on-screen companions, and some of the Doctor’s most well known adversaries, including the Daleks. More packs, with more characters, will then follow.The Minecraft deal follows a previous partnership between the BBC’s commercial arm and Microsoft, which saw Microsoft publish Forza racing games with Top Gear themed challenges and features.Minecraft is a game centred around about breaking and placing blocks.
Brazilian telco Oi has approved the sale of its shares in Portugal Telecom to France’s Altice for €7.4 billion.In a statement announcing the move, Oi said it will transfer to Altice all the shares issued by Portugal Telecom for an enterprise value of €7.4 billion, adjusting for cash and debt and including an earn-out of €500 million related to future Portugal Telecom revenues.The sale relates to Portugal Telecom’s operations in Portugal and Hungary, with Portugal Telecom’s investments in Africatel, Timor Telecom and Rio Forte Investments to be separated off.The confirmation of the sale, made in accordance with Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission rules, comes after Altice announced on November 30 that it had entered into exclusive talks with Oi about agreeing the purchase of the Portuguese assets of Portugal Telecom.
French set-top provider Aston has said it will take action against Canal+ after accusing the latter of breaching the terms of a Paris Court of Appeal ruling that prevents the pay TV operator from withdrawing support for retail devices bearing the ‘Canal Ready’ logo. The case relates to Canal+’s decision last year to drop its support for Canal Ready set-tops and return to wholly vertically integrated operation in supplying receivers.In January Aston, which had contested the decision, secured a court ruling on appeal, suspending an earlier unfavourable judgement by the Paris Commercial Court, putting Canal+’s plans on hold until the allegation that it was abusing its dominant position had been looked into by the country’s competition watchdog.Aston has now accused Canal+ of acting in bad faith by notifying its subscribers that they could use the Canal+ Le Cube box supplied by the operator to receive Canal+ Sport while failing to inform them that the channel could be received by other Canal Ready decoders, and by informing Canal Ready box owners that they would soon no longer be able to receive their channels on these decoders.Referring to what it said were Canal+’s “lies, misleading statements and deceptions”, Aston cited the examples of two digital-terrestrial Canal Ready users who had been contacted by Canal+ advising them to sign up to the Canal+ LeCube service.“Faced with these transgressions by Canal+, Aston intends to take action and invites consumers and distribution networks to do the same and to initiate all actions necessary to defend their interests,” the company said.“Aston will do its part to stop these schemes and has already brought the matter to the attention of the Competition Authority. Aston will also mobilize consumer groups and the Media, especially those focused on consumer rights.”
Liberty Global-owned Belgian cable operator Telenet saw its triple-play base grow by 8% in the year to June, following a stronger than usual second quarter.Telenet had 2.18 million customers at the end of June, a penetration rate of about 75%. The company provided 4,794,700 services, excluding mobile RGUs, up 2% compared to the prior year. Its RGU count at June 30 included 2,063,800 video subscribers, 1,543,400 broadband internet subscribers and 1,187,500 fixed-line telephony RGUs. Approximately 82% of video subscribers had upgraded to the company’s enhanced video platform at the quarter-end, with 5,800 net additions I the second quarter.Just over one in five customers used the Yelo Play TV everywhere app, while subscription VoD services Play and Play More had 220,900 customers, up 25% thanks in part of a series of temporary promotions.Telenet also served 953,700 mobile postpaid subscribers as of June 30, 2015, representing a 16% increase compared to Q2 last year.Revenue for the first half was €892.1 million, up 6%. Adjusted EBITDA was €481.4 million, up 5%.
Cord cutting in the world’s high-income pay TV markets will have a direct impact on the content spend, meaning channels and content producers will increasingly look to other routes to reach consumers, such as direct-to-consumer services.The findings were contained in the latest cord-cutting research from UK-based media research house Ampere. It said that while globally pay TV is experiencing strong growth, much of this is coming from lower value markets. China, with its huge population, also skews the global pay TV growth numbers.The US and several other established markets, meanwhile, are continuing to feel the impact of customers cutting the cord. “Globally, pay TV is still growing strongly, but there is a fundamental value shift away from high income Western markets.”Ampere said that in that environment operators will double down on costs, with a knock-on effect on channel providers and content owners. That will lead to content companies embracing direct-to-consumer alternatives in the markets where costs are being cut, likely as part of a range of services within their offering.“More and more traditional content players will look to replicate Netflix’s model on a global scale, supplementing their channel businesses with Direct-to-Consumer options in markets where pay TV operators push back on costs,” Ampere said.The likes of HBO and Discovery and Eurosport have opted for D2C alongside their traditional pay TV services.“The heyday of traditional pay TV has passed, not because there is no growth, but because there is an increasing value shift to lower-cost markets and platforms,” said Guy Bisson, research director at Ampere Analysis. “Channels and content owners must look to new business models to sustain growth. Direct-to-Consumer brands that can scale globally must now become a part of all channel groups’ portfolios.”
Satellite operator Eutelsat has is now broadcasting more that 6,000 TV channels via its fleet, a record for the company.Eutelsat said the “milestone” figure reflects strong channel growth in fast growing markets, continued deployment of pay TV platforms and a diversified offer of free-to-air channels.The company singled out “notable” channel growth in the Middle East and Africa and said that one in three of the channels on its satellites now targets these fast-growing regions. Half of the 1,136 satellite channels broadcast in Sub-Saharan Africa today are transmitted by Eutelsat, it claimed.The satellite operator also said that it now offers more than 2,200 free-to-air channels and plans to introduce new features this year to give channels higher visibility and offer viewers more information on free content.“Through continued investment in advanced broadcasting infrastructure, Eutelsat will continue to develop its offer in mature video markets and accelerate partnerships in fast-growing regions, notably Latin America,” it said, highlighting the two new satellites that are due to cover this region – Eutelsat 117 West B and Eutelsat 65 West A.The news came as Eutelsat announced its fiscal half year results for the six months ended December 31, in which revenues and EBITDA each grew 7% year-on-year to €774.4 million and €600.3 million respectively.“Eutelsat’s first half results were in line with expectations. In the Second half, the ramp up of recently launched satellites for fast growing markets, notably Eutelsat 8 West B for the Middle East and North Africa region, Eutelsat 115 West B for the Americas and Eutelsat 36C for Russia and Sub-Saharan Africa, should enable us to achieve our full year objectives,” said Eutelsat CEO Michel de Rosen.Eutelsat said that video applications revenues in the first half were up 1.5% at constant currency to €468.9 million, reflecting the entry into service of Eutelsat 8 West B at the beginning of the second quarter, bringing incremental capacity to the MENA region.Growth was also driven by positive trends at Fransat, Eutelsat’s French DTH platform; at 7° East across Turkey and East Africa; and 16° East, covering the Central Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa orbital positions.“In the fast-evolving world of video content distribution we are continually focused on supporting broadcasters to enhance their relationship with viewers and expand their reach,” said Michel Azibert, commercial and development director at Eutelsat.“The milestone of 6,000 channels sets a new record for Eutelsat and reflects our resolve to be the satellite company of choice for the broadcasting community.”
Thomas BachThe International Olympic Committee’s (IOC’s) new digital service has launched online and as an app for Android and iOS devices.The Olympic Channel, which the IOC unveiled details of in July, launches with content from around the world including original shows, news and highlights.“The launch of Olympic Channel is a key milestone for the Olympic Movement and a result of Olympic Agenda 2020,” said IOC president Thomas Bach.“It is the start of an exciting, new journey for athletes, fans and new generations to connect with sport and the Olympic values every day of the year.”The new platform will offer long and short-form original programming, live sports events, news and highlights in a bid to offer “additional exposure for sports and athletes all year round”.
Netflix is not primarily about acting disruptively, at least in terms of content if not in terms of how to distribute it, according to Ted Sarandos, chief content officer of Netflix in conversation at the Series Mania event in Lille with Black Mirror co-creators Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones.Sarandos said that he was “not a fan of the word disruption”. He said Netflix was “not about burning things down” but about improving on existing formats and stories. He said it was important to have “a certain amount of reverence for tradition”, which underpinned content.“We never want to do…disruption for disruption’s sake,” he said.On the film/series dichotomy, Sarandos said these tend to be consumed “increasingly in similar ways”. He said that “cinema is now infused into television in ways we have never seen before”.He said that Godless had been pitched as a film rather than a series. However, Netflix had decided to expand it into a mini-series. “These are distinct art forms but they can borrow from each other,” he said.Sarandos said that House of Cards had been “a big swing out of the gate” in terms of the level of risk taken by Netflix. The streamer spent US$100 million shooting two series without a pilot for its debut in original series. However, he said, director David Fincher committed to have his name on all episodes and “as a commissioner you need to have a good appetite for risk”.Sarandos said that Netflix is investing US$1 billion in original production in Europe, including 15 series in France in development currently.“It has never been our initiative to export Hollywood to the world,” he said.Sarandos said that the paltform had overturned conventional wisdom about “what does and doesn’t travel” in terms of content.Sarandos said that “entertainment is what we do” and added that interactive storytelling had “taken this to a new and extreme level”. He said that “a good story well told” was primarily what brought people to Netflix.Interviewed by Sarandos, Brooker said that Black Mirror: Bandersnatch‘s storyline, with its five alternative endings, would “only really work as interactive”. He said that he had to learn the Twine coding language to create the show.He said that the show “worked as seamlessly as possible” and added that the production team had constantly finessed the techniques behind it as the programme was being made.Brooker said that the people viewing the show had to some extent brought a “gaming sensibility” to it. Brooker said that he had tried out the show on a game console, which vibrated when the audience was prompted to interact with the content.Jones said that Bandersnatch was the first live-action interactive series for adults, which she said the creators knew would be a high-risk venture, even though Netflix had created interactive kids shows for kids previously.She said that the show had functioned “as a film” that people stayed with and were prepared to follow different endings for.
SDLP councillor Angela DobbinsDERRY SDLP Councillor Angela Dobbins has urged women to call the Western Trust helpline, to allay concerns of those potentially affected by the cervical smear tests review. A total of 61 women who attended cervical screening appointments in the Western Trust area between April 2018 and June 2018, will be recalled for a repeat examination after the Trust’s Pathology Laboratory identified reporting issues. ShareTweet COUNCILLOR ANGELA DOBBINSDerryDobbins urges women in Derry to contact Trust over cervical screening reviewSDLPTHE WESTERN TRUST Said Cllr Dobbins: “This is not the first time mistakes have been made in regards to cervical screening laboratories; lessons should and must be learnt from issues both in the South and in England. “Undoubtedly this recall will be a cause of concern for many women. “However, I must stress the fact that only a fraction of those tested between April to June 2018 were affected and will receive letters this week to arrange a repeat test with their GP.“This does not necessarily indicate that initial results were incorrect, rather the recall is a precautionary measure intended to allay concerns. “I would urge any woman who is still worried to contact the Western’s Trust Laboratory Department helpline on 0287161 1350,” she added.Dobbins urges women in Derry to contact Trust over cervical screening review was last modified: February 6th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags:
The bystander, who asked to remain anonymous, sent the video to Memphis Police. Google+ Mail Home NewsWatch Grandmother arrested for allegedly driving with kids in dog kennels Cheeks was taken into police custody after a concerned witness shot video of her on Saturday as she opened the trunk of her Ford Explorer and released the children from the kennels. Pinterest NewsWatch Grandmother arrested for allegedly driving with kids in dog kennels By Daniella HankeyJun 11, 2018, 08:23 am 470 0 Facebook The children, ages 7 and 8, told police that they were placed in the cages because there wasn’t enough room inside the vehicle, according to a charging affidavit obtained by ABC affiliate WATN. Next PostMississippi mom says daughter, 5, lost ability to walk after tick bite “Many have inquired about a viral video from Saturday that shows two children being transported in pet kennels,” the department said. “Leimome Cheeks 62, was arrested and charged with two counts of Child Endangerment.” Cheeks told police that she placed the children in the kennels, but she made sure to check on them periodically. (ABC NEWS)- A Memphis woman was arrested over the weekend after she allegedly placed her grandchildren in dog kennels during a car trip across the state, police said. Leimome Cheeks, 62, allegedly placed her two grandchildren in kennels and drove them around for at least 40 minutes in temperatures as high as 95 degrees, according to police. Twitter Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website “I mean it could be an honest mistake. It’s a huge mistake, get some help yeah but put her in jail, it’s hard to say,” he added. She was arrested on two counts of child endangerment and was later released on bond. WATN said it attempted to contact Cheeks at her home over the weekend, but no one answered the door. The video drew outrage online. The Memphis Police Department even posted about the case on its Facebook page Sunday to confirm her arrest. Linkedin Tumblr It was unclear if she had obtained an attorney as of Monday morning. Previous PostREWARD: One Dog Stabbed, Dragged Behind Vehicle; Another One Dead Police said the children were OK after the incident. Cheeks is scheduled to appear in court Monday morning. Skylarr Blake, who lives a few doors down from Cheeks, said he couldn’t imagine her doing such a thing. Daniella Hankey “It’s shocking, it really is,” Blake told WATN. “I only met her like once maybe twice. She seems like a nice lady. I couldn’t see her actually doing that.
Pinterest Linkedin Twitter Tumblr Mail Next PostOak Hill Woman Breaks Into Home Looking For Makeup The West Virginia Mountaineers have hired Troy‘s Neal Brown to a six-year deal to be their new football coach, sources told ESPN on Friday.The move comes only two days after former Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen was officially hired at Houston.Brown, 38, is one of only six FBS coaches with 10 victories in each of the past three seasons.Brown’s hiring was first reported by Yahoo! Sports.A disciple of Hal Mumme’s and Mike Leach’s “Air Raid” offenses, Brown has a 35-16 record in four seasons at Troy. After going 4-8 in his first season, the Trojans are 31-8 the past three seasons combined and won three bowl games. They won the 2017 Sun Belt Conference title and were co-Sun Belt East champions this past season.In 2017, the Trojans upset No. 25 LSU 24-21, which ended the Tigers’ 49-game nonconference winning streak at Tiger Stadium.Holgorsen went 61-41 in eight seasons at West Virginia.ESPN’s Jake Trotter contributed to this report. Previous PostMISSING: Mercer County Teenage Boy Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook NewsWatchSportsSports FeaturesSports NewsState NewsTop StoriesWVU Sources: WVU hires Troy’s Brown as new coach By Tyler BarkerJan 04, 2019, 13:14 pm 623 0 Home NewsWatch Sources: WVU hires Troy’s Brown as new coach Google+
By WVUA 23 Reporter Ivy ErvinFriendship Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa honored a pair of women for their decades of service Sunday, and their 100th year of life.Beatrice Shelton, 100, is one of the five women who started the church, and Wilda Pearson, also 100, has been attending since the 1950s.So how did they reach such a big milestone? They both said God must have had something to do with it.“It’s amazing just to be a hundred years old… and I thank God for that,” said Pearson.Shelton agreed.“I just thank the good Lord for this day and I thank the good Lord for my health, I can move my limbs… And I thank the good Lord,” said Shelton.Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox signed two proclamations in their special honor.After the service, the two women were able to enjoy some cake and ice cream with their friends and family.
Aliceville Police Chief Tonnie Jones confirms there’s been an officer-involved shooting near the intersection of Columbus Road and Third Avenue.Jones said the shooting happened just before noon, and an officer fired to stop a suspect vehicle. One person may be dead and one person is in custody, Jones said.No officers were injured in the shooting. The State Bureau of Investigation was called to assist in the case. https://twitter.com/ChelseaBarton_/status/1152269147239321600Shots fired at Piggly Wiggly in Aliceville. @wvua23 has a crew on the way and will have more details tonight on @wvua23 news. pic.twitter.com/0gA4YL5yrq— Keith Dobbins (@BKeithDobbins) July 19, 2019
Athens, 02 March 2017. The 1st international golf tournament, Messinia Pro-Am took place at The Dunes Course and The Bay Course from February 21-24 2017. The golf tournament attracted 27 Teams consisting of 27 top professionals and 81 amateur golfers from 14 countries, including the Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Russia, the UK and the United States.The 1st Messinia Pro-Am was played over 54 holes (three rounds) with each team consisted of one professional and three amateurs. The high level of the golfers, offered a strong and competitive tournament where the daily results balanced until the end of each round.The Messinia Pro-Am closed with the Gala dinner and Prize Award Ceremony, which was presented by Nadia Boule and Christos Chatziioannou. Mr. Achilles V. Constantakopoulos, Chairman & CEO, of TEMES S.A., developers of Costa Navarino opened the Gala dinner with his speech. He highlighted the long-standing dream of his father and founder of Costa Navarino, Captain Vassilis Constantakopoulos to make Greece a premier golf destination.The Dunes Course during Messinia Pro-Am (Messinia Pro-Am @ Costa Navarino)The first award of the night was a special ‘Hole in One’ award given to German journalist from Golf Spielen, Petra Himmel. She is one of only 6 golfers to have managed this rare feat in competition at The Bay Course. Petra Himmel also received the awards for the “Longest Drive” and “Closest To The Pin” for women. David Arendt received the “Longest Drive” men’s category. Haris Papadopoulos received the Men’s “Closest To The Pin” award.The 1st place Team was the professional Stuart Boyle and amateurs Haris Papadopoulos, Georgios Kyvernitis and Daniele Bovio.2nd place went to the professional Steve Dooley and amateurs Gerhard Komarek, Andreas Hainz and Gerhard Marischka. Professional Panos Karantzias and his team of amateurs Igor Graskin, Christian Werner and Bettina Schroeder won 3rd place.The evening concluded with the awards for the winning Professionals!Federico Elli (PGA Italy) was the 1st Messinia Pro-Am champion. “Costa Navarino is always a top place to be…a wonderful hotel, wonderful golf course and all the staff are brilliant. I think this is one of the best spots for a golfing holiday…we will come back for sure next year.” said Mr. Elli. His interview can be watched here.Ralph Miller (PGA Holland) was 2nd and Lorenzo Gagli (PGA Italy) 3rd. Hugo Santos and Emanuele Canonica were 4th and 5th respectively. Finally, Paul Nilbrink the winner of the 4th Aegean Airlines Pro Am (2009) came 6th. In addition to these top professionals, celebrities also participated in the tournament, such as top American basketball player Joe Arlauckas and German TV presenter, Annica Hansen.The surprises did not stop there! In a special contest sponsored by Intersys SA, three lucky people won 3 unique TomTom Sports Runner 2 watches.Federico Elli (PGA Italy), Champion of the 1st Messinia Pro-Am (Messinia Pro-Am @ Costa Navarino)The 1st Messinia Pro-Am was a success because of the great support of many sponsors such as our official airline partner of the tournament, AEGEAN, member of the global airline STAR ALLIANCE, the official sponsor Loux, the largest soft drink and juice company in Greece, and the official sponsors Vodafone, Athens International Airport (AIA), Poseidonia, MyTransfer and CU BOX.The company J.VOURAKIS SONS EE, an official supporter of the tournament designed the awards for the Prize Giving Ceremony. Other official supporters of the tournament were METAXA, the well-known companies Kyvernitis Travel, Heineken, Ford Motor Hellas and ΤοmTom Sports.Messinia Pro-Am was also supported by a number of helpers: Kalamata Papadimitriou, the liquor and beverage brands of Stolichnaya and Fever-Tree, Predaris company with Cu Wrap, Dimiourgies company and the natural mineral water company Hyas.The 1st Messinia Pro-Am was organized under the auspices of the PGAs of Europe, the PGA of Greece, the Hellenic Golf Federation and the Hellenic Olympic Academy.TweetPinShare5555 Shares
MILWAUKEE (AP) — After scoring a career-high 44 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo wrote a note on the game ball.“This is for daddy. We got a win tonight,” the 22-year-old Milwaukee Bucks player said, remembering his father, Charles, who died last month at age 54.Antetokounmpo scored 17 points in the fourth quarter, including a dunk that put Milwaukee ahead 111-110 with 11 seconds to go.After a timeout, Damian Lillard found Jusuf Nurkic running open down the lane, but Antetokounmpo blocked his shot at the basket, sending the 7-foot center crashing to the floor.The FULL highlights as Giannis goes for a career high 44 points against the Blazers!! #FearTheDeer pic.twitter.com/eqerMbu5j7— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) October 22, 2017Antetokounmpo, starting his fifth NBA season, made 17 of 23 shots with eight rebounds and four assists as Milwaukee kept pace with a Portland team that had dominated its first two opponents. The Bucks star is averaging 38.3 points through three games, up from 22.9 last year, 16.9 in 2015-16 and 12.7 in 2014-15.“Seventy-nine more. This is just the beginning,” he said, thinking about how many regular-season games remain.After Nurkic was rejected at the basket, Khris Middleton was fouled and made both free throws.“They committed two guys to Dame, so somebody was going to be open,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said, referring to Lillard. “Turned out to be Nurk but they made a really good defensive play.”Lillard scored 26 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter. CJ McCollum also scored 26, and Nurkic had 17 points and 11 rebounds. Tony Snell scored 17 points and Middleton added 16 for Milwaukee.Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts after making the go-ahead basket against Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)Portland trailed 108-101 when Nurkic sparked a 9-1 run with a pair of baskets. Lillard made a 3-pointer and then a pair of free throws to put the Blazers ahead 110-109 with 57 seconds left.“I wish I could replay it, but it’s tough when you lose,” Nurkic said.Milwaukee used an 11-4 run midway through the fourth quarter to open a 106-99 lead on Malcolm Brogdon’s fast-break layup off a bounce pass from Antetokounmpo.FRUSTRATING EVENINGPortland’s Evan Turner spent much of his 32 minutes on the court attempting to guard Antetokounmpo. “I was comfortable with everything,” Turner said. “If I made him take 10 dribbles in the post, made him spin two or three times and he makes the shot, there’s nothing you can ask for. He got on a roll, hit some jumpers, had a great night. I guarded him the same way every time.”BACK AND FORTHThe game had 10 lead changes and was tied 15 times.DIFFERENT APPROACHESPortland made 11 of 27 3-point attempts. Milwaukee had 54 points in the paint to the Blazers’ 26.TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Stotts was the Bucks’ coach from 2005-07 and was an assistant from 1998-02.Bucks: C Greg Monroe’s foul on Cleveland G Derrick Rose on Friday night was upgraded by the league to a flagrant 1 from a common foul.UP NEXTTrail Blazers: Portland plays its home opener Tuesday against New Orleans.Bucks: Milwaukee is home against Charlotte on Monday.JOE DiGIOVANNI, Associated PressTweetPinShare33 Shares
LONDON (AP) — Eden Hazard ensured Chelsea’s lackluster season ended on a high note by securing the FA Cup in a 1-0 victory over Manchester United in the final on Saturday.Days after raising doubts about his Chelsea future, Hazard netted from the penalty spot in the 22nd minute at Wembley Stadium after being brought down by Phil Jones.Whether Hazard remains a Chelsea player next season could depend on whether “good players” are signed in the offseason, based on the winger’s pre-match comments.It looks increasingly unlikely Antonio Conte will be the manager overseeing those transfer deals with the departure of the Italian anticipated after two seasons despite delivering silverware.The rapid collapse in the English Premier League made Conte’s future look increasingly precarious. After lifting the trophy last season, Chelsea finished 30 points behind newly crowned champion Manchester City to finish fifth last week and out of the Champions League places.Victory for Conte — his first in a cup final — meant Jose Mourinho finished his second season at United empty handed, paying the price for an insipid first-half display and coming to life only after the break.United took until the 56th minute to register a shot on target when Marcus Rashford struck at goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who later rushed off his line to block the forward.United did finish second in the Premier League, the club’s highest finish since Alex Ferguson retired as a champion in 2013.Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, right, celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the English FA Cup final soccer match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley stadium in London, Saturday, May 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)TweetPinShare0 Shares
ATHENS – Panathinaikos AO President Dimitris Giannakopoulos Friday morning called reporters into a press conference at the OAKA Olympic Sports Complex in Athens. A clearly heated Giannakopoulos began the press conference addressing the recent departure of Panathinaikos BC coach Rick Pitino and the appointment of Argyris Pedoulakis as his successor. Giannakopoulos cited serious family issues as the reason that Pitino announced that he would not be returning to the reigning Greek domestic double winners, having, according to Giannakopoulos agreed on everything else.Following the brief discussion about the management of the basketball club, Mr. Giannakopoulos addressed the financial future of Panathinaikos and all its sporting departments, sounding a “Panathinaikos Alarm” to highlight the fact that without immediate financial partners to help him shoulder the burden of managing all the clubs departments, Panathinaikos will cease to exist.Mr. Giannakopoulos shed light on recent meetings that he had with the mayor-elect of Athens, Kostas Bakoyannis and New Democracy and Hellenic Parliament Opposition Leader, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who is widely tipped in polls to be Greece’s next Prime Minister regarding the decade-old plan to construct a Panathinaikos sports complex in the industrial neighborhood of Votanikos in Athens. Panathinaikos AO’s President said that at a later date, after the July 7th Greek general elections, he would hold a joint press conference with mayor-elect Bakoyannis and together they would tell the public exactly how the Votanikos project will be financed and what to expect from it.Giannakopoulos in the past has wanted all the sporting departments of Panathinaikos AO to be housed at the rapidly deteriorating Olympic Sports Complex in Athens, pointing to the fact that the stadiums and facilities were already and place and just needed to be modernized in a “facelifting” plan. However, as Mr. Giannakopoulos claims, due to hidden interests by government officials, rivals and the Greek clumsy bureaucratic system, the plan was unable to become a reality despite securing the support of foreign investors on top of Giannakopoulos’ funding.During the course of his press conference, Mr. Giannakopoulos called on the owner of the football department of Panathinaikos, Yannis Alafouzos, to accept a €20 million offer to give up his majority shares of the club to Panathinaikos A.O. so that Mr. Giannakopoulos can assume the mantle of all the sporting departments of Panathinaikos. To that point, Giannakopoulos lamented the fact that for years he has fought by himself to save the basketball department and the various other departments without the support of other wealthy fans of Panathinaikos. Additionally, he pointed to the fact that numerous times over the years, Alafouzos himself has said that he no longer desires to be involved with Panathinaikos and is actively looking for a way outGiannakopoulos stated that if by July 1, 2020 there is still no meaningful financial support from wealthy fans of the club and regular fans of the club alike so as to raise another € 20 million to get “Panathinaikos’ engine going” not just temporarily, but permanently, he said he will leave the club the day after that deadline. He hopes that when he gets the necessary, legally binding guarantees from the Greek state following the July 7th Greek general elections that other major players such as Giannis Vardinogiannis will emerge as partners in a renewed Panathinikos revival.TweetPinShare3131 Shares
Imagine your house is gone. And yet the TV set is still standing.That’s one of the scenes that photojournalist Tommy Trenchard documented as he visited parts of Mozambique hit by Cyclone Kenneth on Thursday.Winds reportedly blew up to 174 miles per hour.More than 20 inches of rain fell over a couple of days — and another 20 inches is forecast this week.Houses were obliterated, roads turned into rivers and the death toll now stands at 38.The storm struck some six weeks after Cyclone Idai, touching down in a different part of the country — in the north. Both cyclones are rare events. According to the World Meteorological Organization, “there is no record of two storms of such intensity striking Mozambique in the same season.” And so a country already in the throes of a humanitarian disaster — the World Bank puts a $2 billion price tag on the recovery effort for Idai — is reeling again.Trenchard traveled north from the city of Pemba to Macomia and surrounding villages, “where the destruction is incredibly severe,” he says. “It was overwhelming to see the visual chaos — the mess of fallen trees, belongings, collapsed homes.”Despite the destruction he saw people “calmly getting their lives back in order. Of course there’s shock and despair, but you also see incredible stoicism and resilience. Amid the carnage there are even small glimpses of normal life going on. In Macomia, two days after the storm, some shops had already reopened even though they no longer had a roof or four walls.” Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
Updated at 11:13 p.m. ETNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Thursday ending vaccination exemptions based on religious beliefs, the latest attempt to address the growing measles outbreak, the worst the U.S. has experienced in decades. Cuomo said plugging the loophole should help contain the spike in measles cases in New York, the state the hardest hit by the uptick in the contagious virus due to low vaccination rates in ultra-Orthodox communities. “The science is crystal clear: Vaccines are safe, effective and the best way to keep our children safe,” Cuomo said after signing the bill. “While I understand and respect freedom of religion, our first job is to protect the public health and by signing this measure into law, we will help prevent further transmissions and stop this outbreak right in its tracks.” The Democratic-controlled Legislature approved the measure, which also eliminates other nonmedical exemptions for schoolchildren across the state.”We are facing an unprecedented public health crisis,” said Sen. Brad Hoylman, the legislation’s sponsor. “The atrocious peddlers of junk science and fraudulent medicine who we know as anti-vaxxers have spent years sowing unwarranted doubt and fear, but it is time for legislators to confront them head-on.”The exemption, which exists in some form in most states, allows parents of schoolchildren to cite their religious beliefs in opting their kids out of required vaccines. Supporters of keeping the religious exemptions say religious freedom should not be overpowered by state laws. After the final vote tally was announced in the assembly, howling protesters, including the parents of unvaccinated children, filled the chamber, hurling expletives and chanting “shame on you,” until lawmakers moved to recess.Some backers of the bill have seen the measles outbreak up close, both in their districts and in their own homes, such as Assembly member Kenneth Zebrowski, who represents Rockland County. There, he noted, there have already been more than 266 confirmed measles cases, including 16 hospitalizations. His 1-year-old daughter had to get her first vaccine shot at six months old before her regularly scheduled immunization when she turned 1 recently. “We had to get our kids over-vaccinated,” he said of his and other families in the district. “Because of this epidemic,” Zebrowski said. “I’m not particularly thrilled.” To those who question whether the recent measles outbreak in New York is indeed an epidemic, Zebrowsky said that should not be the focus. The job of lawmakers, he said, is not to react to epidemics. “Our job as legislators is to prevent epidemics,” he said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last week that the number of new measles cases this year has exceeded 1,000, the highest count in 27 years. Most of those new measles cases have been concentrated in ultra-Orthodox areas of New York, including Rockland County and parts of Brooklyn, adding urgency to the statewide debate around religious exemptions to vaccines. The New York Assembly narrowly passed the bill by a 77-53 vote. It needed 76 votes for passage. Lawmakers in the state Senate advanced the measure by a tally of 36-26.A small number of other states including California, Mississippi and Arizona have already passed laws banning vaccine exemptions on religious grounds. In New York, about 96% of students have been immunized against measles, mumps and rubella, yet “a measles outbreak continues to affect communities in several parts of the state where the rate is lower,” according to state health officials. In the 2017-2018 school year, 26,217 students in New York, including those in public and private schools and children in day care and prekindergarten, had religious exemptions from vaccinations, officials said. “Although the state can claim high immunization rates overall, preventable diseases like measles remain a public health threat when administrative loopholes allow children to go unvaccinated, carrying the potential to harm communities — and especially our most vulnerable residents,” said Dr. Howard Zucker, the commissioner of the state Department of Health.New York state Sen. John Liu, who represents Queens, said while he thinks removing the religious exemption is the right move, he has heard from constituents who hold “deep and sincere” religious beliefs who would be “absolutely outraged that anyone would suggest that they don’t care about the health of their children.” Liu suggested that the tenor of the debate on both sides could be more civil. “We can respectfully disagree,” Liu said. The law eliminating religious exemptions takes effect immediately. Unvaccinated students will have up to 30 days to show school officials they have received their first dose of each required immunization. In April, New York City health officials declared a public health emergency because of the measles outbreak. Parents of unvaccinated children could be fined $1,000 for not complying with the order. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.