Australia qualifies for World Cup with 3-1 win over Honduras

first_imgThe Pistons are 10-3, and might be the surprise of the NBA The Australian captain converted from the spot in the 72nd after referee Nestor Pitana penalized Bryan Acosta for a hand ball and calmly slotted home another penalty in the 85th to ensure Australia qualified for its fourth consecutive World Cup.“I’ll take them all,” Jedinak said of his goals. “It wouldn’t have mattered who scored. I’m happy to chip in.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutForward Alberth Elis got a consolation goal for Honduras deep into injury time.Honduras earned a playoff spot with a 3-2 win over Mexico on a hectic last day of qualifying in North and Central America and the Caribbean, securing fourth spot and ensuring the U.S. missed out. Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Australia had the better opportunities in a 0-0 draw in the first leg last Friday in San Pedro Sula.But after a frustrating first half, when Tom Rogic created the only real chance with a mistimed shot in the 37th, Australia dominated the second half.Australia had opportunities to qualify directly for Russia in Asian qualifying but missed out on goal difference to Saudi Arabia in a tight finish in that group.That forced the Australians into an Asian playoff against Syria, which veteran Tim Cahill sealed with two goals in Sydney last month to set Australia up for the last-ditch home-and-away series against Honduras.The Australians edged Uruguay on penalties in a playoff in 2005 to qualify for the following year’s World Cup in Germany, and then qualified directly for 2010 and 2014.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Australia’s Mile Jedinak scores a goal against Honduras during their World Cup soccer playoff deciding match in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Daniel Munoz)SYDNEY — Mile Jedinak led Australia into next year’s World Cup with a deflected free kick and two penalties in Wednesday’s 3-1 intercontinental playoff victory over Honduras.Jedinak, who missed the latter stages of Australia’s Asian qualifying campaign because of injury, opened the scoring when his free kick curled to the left of the wall and went in off defender Henry Figueroa in the 54th minute, bringing the 77,060 crowd at Sydney’s Olympic stadium to life.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Australia coach Ange Postecoglou said his Socceroos “did it the hard way, but we deserve to be there.”The final word went to the jubilant Jedinak, a veteran midfielder who plays for second-tier Aston Villa in England.“We got the job done and that’s all that matters — it’s going to be a big 2018,” he said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Glittering start to Tabal’s journey to Tokyo Olympics

first_imgMOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LOOK: Mayweather says he’ll party all week leading to McGregor fight LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “We have a long-term plan all the way to Tokyo 2020, I don’t want to commit the same mistakes I had in Rio, so this early I want to prepare,” added Tabal who stands to receive P300,000 from the Philippine Sports Commission.READ: Tabal wins half marathon in CanadaBy all indications, Tabal has already put aside her rift with the Philippine Track and Field Association as she went on to hug Patafa chief Philip Ella Juico at the end of the race.Juico stationed himself by the drinking station and even handed her drinks in one of the four loops around Putrajaya government district.She also made no mention of her strained relations with the athletics body that sacked her twice in the last two years over issues regarding her coaches and sponsors.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaulcenter_img Mary Joy Tabal wins the first gold medal for the Philippines when she ruled the women’s marathon at the 2017 SEA Games in Putrajaya, Malaysia. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZPUTRAJAYA, Malaysia — Soon after crossing the finish line in this kingly, immense district, Mary Joy Tabal said she would like to immediately visit a church.“It’s been a long time since I went to church, I have so much to thank God for,” said Tabal after ruling the Southeast Asian Games women’s marathon for the country’s first gold.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Her gold medal victory, the first for the Philippines in this SEA Games, made it all seemed right.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tabal said that every time she passed by the end of the loop where Filipino fans were gathered, “it’s like all my hardships disappear.”READ: Tabal delivers first gold medal for PH, rules women’s marathonFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I would feel very heavy physically, but I just decided to go my own pace. I knew that God will guide me as long as I keep running and keep my own pace” said Tabal.Now the petite lass from Guba, Cebu City is setting her sights on the Asian Games next year in Indonesia. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View commentslast_img read more

GILL & MEYERS RETAIN POSITIONS AS AUDITOR AND CITY SCHOOL BOARD…

first_imgPAT GILL HAS BEEN RE-ELECTED TO ANOTHER FOUR YEAR TERM AS WOODBURY COUNTY AUDITOR BY DEFEATING REPUBLICAN CHALLENGER JOANNE CRAIG 60 TO 39 PER CENT:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/GILLWIN.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….IN WOODBURY COUNTY :12THE AUDITOR’S RACE WAS CONTENTIOUS AT TIMES, WITH MISINFORMATION PUT OUT REGARDING HOW SOME PAST ELECTIONS GILL OVERSAW AS AUDITOR ALLEGEDLY HAD ISSUES.THOSE SO-CALLED ISSUES PROVED TO BE UNFOUNDED:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/GILLWIN2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….RESULTS TONIGHT. ;08IN THE RACE TO FILL OUT THE ONE YEAR REMAINING ON THE SIOUX CITY SCHOOL BOARD SEAT IN THE ELECTION, JOHN MEYERS WILL RETAIN THE SEAT HE WAS APPOINTED TO FILL.MEYERS DEFEATED MIYUKI NELSON IN THE NON-PARTISAN RACE BY WINNING WITH 72 PER CENT OF THE VOTE.last_img read more

a month agoMan Utd release statement to assure supporters of club’s ambitions

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd release statement to assure supporters of club’s ambitionsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have released a statement to assure supporters of the club’s ambitions.In a statement issued to a fans’ forum earlier this month, United sought to assure supporters that on-field success comes before commercial deals for them.A United statement read: “Everyone at the club, from the owners down, is focused on competing for and winning trophies at the highest level. “To do that we have invested heavily in the playing squad and will continue to do so.”At the same time, the exciting pool of talent coming through from our youth and academy sections is a result of increased investment in this area over the last five years. It’s important to note that while our successful commercial operation helps drive that investment, the priority is the focus on achieving success on the pitch.”Similarly, it is worth noting that we are not looking at or buying players based on their commercial appeal. We agree that recruitment is critical. We are committed to getting this right and there has been huge investment in this area to put our recruitment department into a position to be able to deliver the manager the players he wants. This process is significantly more effective than four or five years ago.” last_img read more

Report: Kansas’ Bill Self Meeting With Charlotte Graduate Transfer Mike Thorne Today

first_imgCharlotte's Mike Thorne goes up for a dunk.Kansas’ 2014-15 men’s basketball season came to an end on Sunday, when the No. 2-seeded Jayhawks fell to No. 7 seed Wichita State in the NCAA Tournament’s Third Round. Bill Self is already working on setting up his 2015-16 squad. According to Scout.com’s Evan Daniels, the Kansas coach is meeting with Charlotte graduate transfer Mike Thorne today. Thorne, who has one year of eligibility remaining, averaged 10.1 points and 7.3 rebounds a game this past season. Kansas’ Bill Self is visiting graduate transfer Mike Thorne in Charlotte today, per a source. Pittsburgh’s Jamie Dixon will be in tomorrow.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) March 26, 2015Kansas is likely to lose forward Kelly Oubre and, potentially, Cliff Alexander and Perry Ellis, but the Jayhawks should be contenders to win the Big 12 once again. Adding Thorne, one of the most-sought after graduate transfers in the country, would be a big boost for Kansas’ potential in 2015-16.last_img read more

Texas Fan Pens ‘Thank You’ Letter To Notre Dame Fans For Their “Remarkable Hospitality”

first_imgFans cheer on the Texas Longhorns against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 5: Fans cheer on the Texas Longhorns against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks on September 5, 2009 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Texas Longhorns fans who made the trek up to Notre Dame, Indiana, weren’t thrilled with the result from the game this past Saturday. But at least one UT supporter still had great things to say about the Fighting Irish and their fan base. A Texas fan named Terry Bader penned a cool ‘thank you’ letter to Notre Dame and its fans for their “remarkable hospitality” this past weekend. It was published by The Observer Thursday morning. The school tweeted out a photo of the letter – check it out:A Texas Longhorn fan wrote a thank you letter to The Observer. Well done, Irish fans READ: http://t.co/ppS4VslodZ pic.twitter.com/OxKfDSphqQ— The Fighting Irish (@FightingIrish) September 10, 2015It’s a refreshing story – especially considering we typically only hear tales on the other end of the spectrum. Well-done to all involved here.last_img read more

How the Portugal Draw Boosts the USs World Cup Advancement Odds

The United States was seconds away from defeating Portugal on Sunday when Michael Bradley, normally one of the steadiest American players, mishandled a ball in midfield and gave Portugal a last opportunity. Silvestre Varela took advantage, scoring on a header.But the 2-2 draw was a result the U.S. might have been happy with before the match began. It improved the Americans’ odds of advancing to the knockout round of the World Cup. Those chances are up to 76 percent, according to the FiveThirtyEight forecast, an improvement from 65 percent before Sunday’s match.That 76 percent figure may even be slightly low, for reasons I’ll explain in a moment. Still, the U.S. will not be guaranteed advancement unless it manages at least a draw against Germany on Thursday in Recife, Brazil. If the U.S. loses, the Portugal-Ghana game, which will kick off simultaneously in Brasilia, could cause heartbreak for Americans. You may want to have two screens at your disposal for Thursday’s matches.The U.S. has essentially three ways to advance to the knockout stage:The easy way. First, it could draw or beat Germany. That might not sound so challenging, but the Germans are the third-best team in the world, according to ESPN’s Soccer Power Index. Our forecast gives the U.S. a 14 percent chance of a win and a 22 percent chance of a draw — but a 64 percent chance of a loss. As a bonus, however, the U.S. will advance first from Group G if it beats Germany. That matters because the first-place team from Group G is likely to face Russia or Algeria in the Round of 16 — while the second-place team will face a stronger side in Belgium.The almost-as-easy way. Next, the United States could lose to Germany but advance if Ghana and Portugal draw in Brasilia. Our forecast puts the chance of a Ghana-Portugal draw at 29 percent.The hard way. Finally, the U.S. could lose to Germany but advance because it edges either Portugal or Ghana — whichever team wins in Brasilia — on goal differential or another of FIFA’s tiebreakers.Let’s talk tiebreakers. FIFA resolves ties in the group stage in the following order: goal differential, goals scored, head-to-head results. (Eventually, it gets down to drawing lots.)So far, the United States has four goals scored and three allowed — a +1 differential. Ghana has scored three times but allowed four goals — a -1 differential. Portugal has scored twice but allowed six goals, giving them a -4.That seems favorable for the U.S. But we’re specifically concerned about the scenario where the United States loses Thursday and there’s a victor in Brasilia. In that case, the goal differential will tighten.For example, if the U.S. loses to Germany 1-0 but Ghana beats Portugal 1-0, then the U.S. and Ghana would have an even goal differential. They’d also each have four goals scored and four goals allowed. So advancement would come down to the third tiebreaker — head-to-head results — and the U.S. would advance only on account of having beaten Ghana.But Ghana could advance under other scenarios. If the U.S. loses to Germany by more than one goal — not unlikely against a formidable German offense — or Ghana’s win against Portugal is by more than one goal, then Ghana will go forward.Ghana would also advance if both games are decided by one goal but Ghana’s is higher scoring. For instance, if Ghana beats Portugal 2-1 but the U.S. loses to Germany 1-0, then Ghana would advance on the basis of the goals-scored tiebreaker by having scored five goals throughout the group stage to the United States’ four.The U.S. has less to worry about if Portugal wins in Brasilia. But it’s not out of the question that the Portuguese could advance. This would require a blowout win by Portugal, a blowout loss by the U.S. or some combination thereof. For example, if the U.S. lost to Germany 3-0 and Portugal beat Ghana 3-1, then Portugal would advance.So, why I do I say that our 76 percent figure might slightly underestimate the Americans’ chances? One reason is technical rather than soccer-related: Our simulation was programmed to resolve ties beyond goals scored and goal differential randomly, rather than looking at head-to-head results, because the head-to-head tiebreaker so rarely comes into play. But if a Ghanaian win in Brasilia and an American loss in Recife come by exactly the same scoreline — e.g. Ghana 3, Portugal 2, and Germany 3, U.S. 2 — that would trigger the head-to-head tiebreaker. The probability of such an outcome is low, but it means the simulator has slightly underestimated the U.S.’s advancement prospects, perhaps by 1 or 2 percent.The other reason is that four teams in Group G know this math just as well as you or I do — and that could affect the style of play in both Recife and Brasilia. Germany has no real incentive to beat the United States — it also advances in first place from the group with a draw.  A draw is also a good result for the U.S., getting it to the knockout stage. That could lead to a more conservative game plan for both teams and a slower pace, making the odds of a draw higher than they otherwise might be.Of course, just the opposite is true for Ghana and Portugal. Both teams fail to advance with a draw. In fact, a mere one-goal win would be problematic for both teams and especially for Portugal. That means they’ll have every reason to play attacking football and pile on the goals until the last minute, making a draw less likely and a lopsided score more likely than it might be ordinarily. read more

Liverpool announce the return of 3 World Cup stars

first_imgLiverpool have announced that captain Jordan Henderson will be returning to the club for pre-season training along with Dejan Lovren and Simon MignoletThe trio had been granted extended time off this summer due to their participation at the World Cup for their respective nations.Henderson, after playing a part in England’s run to their first semi-final appearance since 1990, will be returning to Liverpool Melwood training ground on Sunday along with Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet on Sunday.Lovren, who was at the heart of the Croatian defence as they reached the World Cup final for the first time in their history, will return on Monday.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“Jordan Henderson, Simon Mignolet and Dejan Lovren are set to return to Melwood in the coming days to begin pre-season training,” read a statement.All three of them are expected to undergo some gruelling physical drills to get back to full fitness over the course of the week.Although they are all expected to be unavailable for Liverpool in their opening Premier League fixture against West Ham next Sunday.last_img read more

Deadline move Arsenal prepare Domagoj Vida bid for transfer deadline day

first_imgArsenal will make a late swoop for Domagoj Vida on transfer deadline day with Gunners set to offer £26.9m, according to Mirror UK.The Reds are willing to strengthen at their back and the Croatia international has been one of their priority following his impressive and successful World Cup.Arsenal is determined to bid £26.9m for the Besiktas defender believing the bid would help discourage competition from Liverpool.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.In the same vein, the Evening Standard claims that Unai Emery will make a move on the final day of the window ahead of Sunday’s game clash against Manchester City which will begin the Unai Emery era.Vida scored a header in the quarter-final against hosts Russia to give his side a 2-1 lead in extra time and when the match finished 2-2, Vida used his spot-kick in the penalty shootout to help his side advance.Vida picked up a runners-up medal as France defeated his side 4-2 in the final.last_img read more

David Luiz Chelsea were too slow against West Ham

first_imgChelsea defender David Luiz feels that they were made to pay for being too slow with their movement and passing in Sunday’s stalemate with West HamThe Blues’ 100% winning start to the new Premier League season came to an end at the London Stadium with West Ham effectively stopping Chelsea’s efforts on goal.“Of course, we are disappointed,” Luiz told the club website.“We didn’t play a fantastic game, we didn’t create a lot.“It was too slow, moving the ball to create the gaps or our movements without the ball, and that is why we couldn’t score.“I think our plan is fantastic. On Sunday we didn’t play at our high level so that is why we didn’t win.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“We know that many teams now are going to play against us this way, with a low block and trying to play on the counter-attack, so there was not a lot of space, but it is up to us to try to find a solution.“The best games are games like that.”Maurizio Sarri’s side will next face Liverpool twice this week with the first meeting set to be this Wednesday in the Carabao Cup before hosting the Reds on Saturday in the Premier League.“We are going to play against a fantastic team, so we need to rest and be ready for both games,” Luiz said.Meanwhile, Luiz’s teammate Olivier Giroud warned Chelsea that they must begin making changes as their opponents are beginning to figure out how to stop them.last_img read more

Nasser AlKhelaifi Our fans will enjoy magical football moments in Manchester

first_imgParis Saint-Germain chairman and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi has reacted to Paris Saint-Germain draw with Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League last 16 round.He boast that his side’s fans will have to watch their side have magical football moments.Speaking to the club’s official website Al-Khelaifi said:Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe. “We face Manchester United for the first time in our club’s history. We look forward to two wonderful Champions League evenings against a respected and prestigious opponent in the last 16. Our fans will enjoy magical football moments in Manchester and at the Parc des Princes. As I always say, we must be ready to face anyone, and ready we will be!”PSG qualified for the last 16 by topping Group C with 11 points in 6 matches, progressed beyond Liverpool who has secured 9 points, Napoli with 9 points and Belgrade with just 4 points.Manchester United finished second in Group H with 10 points, behind Juventus that has 12 points as well as ahead of Valencia that has 8 points and Bern 4 points.last_img read more

Yemens coach believes the team can beat Iran

first_imgFor Slovak manager Jan Kocian, his team has what it takes to beat Iran in the opening match of Group D in the 2019 Asian Cup.In a couple of hours, Yemen and Iran will open Group D hostilities in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.The game will be played today at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).“The world knows Iran. They had a great 2018 FIFA World Cup and in Carlos Queiroz, one of the best coaches in the world,” Kocian told the press as reported by Fox Sports Asia.Cristiano Ronaldo, PortugalAli Daei wouldn’t be upset if Ronaldo breaks his scoring record Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Iranian legend Ali Daei wouldn’t be upset to lose his record as international football’s all-time record scorer to the “great” Cristiano Ronaldo.“We are, however, not going to let that get to us. We already have a concept of how we are going to play.”“We respect Iran, Iraq, and Vietnam but we are not going to be afraid,” he said in the news conference ahead of the match,” he added.“There is no pressure on the team and as a ‘small’ team, we are allowed to dream and that dream is to defeat Iran.”last_img read more

Protein rich diet may reduce Alzheimers risk

first_imgA diet high in protein rich foods such as meat and legumes may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, a study claims. Researchers from Edith Cowan University in Western Australia examined the diets of 541 Australians and measured the levels of amyloid beta (A ) in their brain, which is a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease.They found that participants with higher levels of protein in their diet were less likely to have high levels of A in their brain, reducing their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe participants were divided into three groups based on their protein intake.The team found that those with the highest consumption, around 118 grammes per day, were 12 times less likely to have high levels of A than those in the lowest consumption group, who ate only 54 grammes per day.According to Binosha Fernando, who led the study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, this was the first ever study to examine the relationship between protein consumption and A . Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”The research clearly demonstrates that the more protein eaten the lower the chances someone has of having a high A burden on the brain, which corresponds to a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s in the future, she said.Fernando said it was still unknown what was driving the relationship between high protein intake and low A.One possibility is that previous studies have shown that a high protein diet is associated with lower blood pressure, she said. High blood pressure is a risk factor for both Alzheimer’s disease and cardiovascular disease. We also know that developing cardiovascular disease increases your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease,” said Fernando.She said the next step was to further examine what role gender, genetics, age and metabolic factors play in the relationship between protein consumption and Alzheimer’s disease.Protein is found in animal products like beef, pork, lamb, eggs, fish and poultry, as well as in plant-based foods like legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds.To get the protective effect that we have demonstrated, you need to be eating about 120 grammes of protein each day, which is not too hard, Fernando said.For example, if you had a mixed bean and tuna salad for lunch, 100 grammes of chicken and salad for dinner and snacked on a handful of peanuts during the day, you would be getting very close to enough protein to lower your chances of having a high A burden in your brain,” she said.last_img read more

Sven Aaser Telenor Group has announced its intenti

first_imgSven AaserTelenor Group has announced its intention to divest all its shares in Russian operator VimpelCom, where the company has an economic stake of 33%. Telenor Group will now fully focus on creating value in core operations.Telenor said that VimpelCom has gradually contributed less to the value of the group, and the value of Telenor’s core operations have increased rapidly. Today, the market value of the VimpelCom Ltd. shares represents approximately 8% of Telenor’s market capitalization.Telenor Group has invested NOK 15 billion (€1.6 billion) in VimpelCom. The company has received NOK 20 billion in dividends and the current market value of the ownership stake is approximately NOK 20 billion.Telenor said it will explore all options to divest its shares in VimpelCom and will seek to find the best solution for Telenor and its shareholders. A timeframe for the divestment has not been set, but is expected to take some time.The Vimpelcom stock declined in the third quarter and ended at US$4.11 per share versus a book value of US$5.64 per share, leading to Telenor making a non-cash impairment of approximately NOK7.5 billion in the third quarter.“The VimpelCom asset, where Telenor holds a minority position without the possibility to fully control the company, has been challenging. Based on a strategic review by the Board and the CEO, and after due considerations, Telenor Group has decided to divest its shares in VimpelCom Ltd. The disposal of our shares is in the best interest of our shareholders, and in accordance with Telenor Group’s long-term strategic focus,” said Svein Aaser, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Telenor Group.last_img read more

Shortform curated web video channel The QYou now

first_imgShort-form curated web video channel The QYou now reaches over 100 million viewers globally, according to the company.The QYou’s enlarged reach was boosted significantly by its deal with US local stations group Sinclair Broadcast Group as well as a recent deal with Tata Sky in India.In the first half of 2017, The QYou signed eight new distribution agreements extending the reach of its content in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, Latin America and the US, as well as launching its content into new regions such as Sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean.The company’s linear channel, The QYOU, is distributed to cable and OTT services run by TATA Sky, Vodafone, T Mobile, Telenor, Tele2, United Group, M7, TotalPlay and Play Poland.Its deal with Sinclair Broadcast Group at the end of last year saw The QYou produce and launch TBD, an over-the-air TV network that delivers digital-first programming to a target millennial audience. The ‘multicast’ service is essentially an additional digital-terrestrial service delivered via an unused portion of spectrum allocated to the broadcasterThe QYou extended its reach in India earlier this year with its Tata Sky deal. This made the company’s 24/7 channel available to 17 million Tata Sky connections across TV and mobile.“We’re heading into Q4 of 2017 with amazing new opportunities coming down the pike, that will see us extend our reach even further across Asia and Europe. This is on top of what has already been a high growth year for us: we listed on the Canadian TSX Venture Exchange, while concurrently signing some of our biggest distribution deals to date,” said Curt Marvis, CEO and co-founder, QYou Media.“Our programming is now available to more than 100 million customers across   six continents, from the most densely populated urban cities on earth to remote mining sites in outback Australia. Our momentum is continuing to gather pace as more and more forward-thinking media companies realize that they too can harness the popularity of curated short-form content for their subscribers.”last_img read more

Softwarebased video solutions are driving growth

first_imgSoftware-based video solutions are driving growth and innovation in the television and video industries. This white paper details how software-defined video solutions that integrate encoding, multiplexing and system management can enable operators to implement flexible and scalable unified infrastructure that supports both traditional broadcast and multiscreen linear video delivery.Download now and learn about:The problem with static infrastructureThe flexibility of a software approachMulti-codec, multi-resolution statistical multiplexingEase of migration to HEVC and 4K Ultra HD TVlast_img read more