ScienceShot: Stunning Skull Gives Early Humans a New Look

first_imgIn 2005, researchers discovered a remarkably complete ancient hominin skull at Dmanisi, Georgia, a site that holds the earliest human ancestors found outside of Africa. Dated to about 1.8 million years ago, the skull, shown partly excavated, preserves delicate parts of the face that are rare in other fossils. As reported online today in Science, this ancient man had some strikingly primitive features, including a small brain and protruding jaw. But other details mark him as a member of the species Homo erectus, and as one of our ancestors. Researchers are calling the find an iconic new fossil. Combined with four skulls found earlier at Dmanisi, the skull suggests that ancient individuals from one time and place could be very different from each other.For an in-depth news story on this find, plus a slideshow and an artist’s reconstruction of the hominin, check out Science’s full coverage.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

India, Nigeria, Vietnam among nation’s nudging their way into US real estate investment

first_imgAfter a run of robust foreign investment capped off by a particularly strong 2016, the real estate industry saw cross-border purchasing decline considerably in 2017, dropping 23 percent year over year.Theories abound about the cause of that dip abound: Chinese capital restrictions probably have something to do with it. A stronger dollar could be repelling European investors. Isolationism may have hampered global commerce. Most likely, it’s a combination of myriad factors.Read it at REW Related Itemslast_img

Foreign Wave in Indian Start-ups

first_imgThe thriving start-up sector in India is increasingly getting an international touch, look and feel. Last month, Twitter co-founder BizStone invested in a New Delhi based healthcare start-up Visit, which connects patients and doctors through an artificial intelligence powered chatbot.Read it at DNA Related Itemslast_img

Nara upsets 2004 champion Kuznetsova at US Open

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ ‘Not a god’: Federer tops cramping Youzhny in 5 sets at Open Svetlana Kuznetsova, of Russia, returns a shot from Marketa Vondrousova, of Czech Republic, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)NEW YORK — Past U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova was upset in the second round by 116th-ranked Kurumi Nara of Japan 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.This was Nara’s first victory in nine career matches against opponents ranked in the top 10. It also allowed her to get to the third round at the U.S. Open for the first time since 2013, equaling her best showing at any Grand Slam tournament.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending 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 Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses The No. 8-seeded Kuznetsova’s exit Thursday night means five of the top eight women in the field are already gone before the third round. She joins No. 2 Simona Halep, No. 5 Caroline Wozniacki, No. 6 Angelique Kerber and No. 7 Johanna Konta. Kerber was the defending champion.Kuznetsova won the title at Flushing Meadows in 2004 and was the runner-up in 2007. She also was the French Open champion in 2009. The Russian came to New York this year as one of eight women with a chance to move up to No. 1 in the WTA rankings after the tournament.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 shutout Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

Brook Lopez upbeat despite Nets finishing with worst record

first_imgBSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Cellar-dwellers for the past two seasons, Lopez expressed optimism with what the future holds for the franchise, noting that despite having unheralded teammates, Brooklyn is cultivating a good culture under the guidance of coach Kenny Atkinson and general manager Sean Marks.“I think there’s a lot of positivity. Our record wasn’t spectacular, but we all felt we grew a lot, we really improved, and our team never showed any quit. Those are important things to have. We believe we’re building that foundation and it’s in place and we can do something down the line if we continue to play for one another,” he said.“Moving forward, I’m just all in, trying to do all I can to help my team be successful. We’ve got a great group of guys who really have that team-first attitude and we really believe that we can do something special as long as we put the effort out and we put the work in.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s a very, very surreal accomplishment for me,” Lopez said on Monday. “It’s an honor to be on the same list as guys like Vince Carter, Richard Jefferson. Guys like Doctor J, Julius Erving obviously.”“It’s wild because I’m still that kid and I’m a fan of all those players. It’s an honor and it’s a testament to my teammates, the great players that I’ve played with who put me in a great position through the nine years I’ve been here.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingDespite Brooklyn’s league-worst 20-62 record, Lopez said he still felt elated having the chance to showcase his talent in front of celebrities and VIPs whenever the Nets hit the Barclays Center court.“Again, it’s a complete dream come true for little Brook. The little fan gets to do this for a job every night and it showed me how fortunate, how blessed, and how special I am to be in this position,” he said. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Brook Lopez. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOAs frustrating as Brooklyn Nets’ season was, center Brook Lopez still saw a silver lining with the way his team has competed this past NBA season.After all, the 29-year-old claimed the franchise’s scoring leadership with his 10,444 points to finish the season, surpassing the previous record set by Buck Williams.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV MOST READ PVL, Pocari blast LVPI due to ITC woes View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Cuban boxing coach BI Fernandez among nominees for Dronacharya award

first_imgIn a first-of-its-kind decision, a foreigner – Cuban boxing coach BI Fernandez – was on Tuesday named among the eight coaches who were nominated for the prestigious Dronacharya award.The others who have been nominated are Virendar Poonia (athletics), Yashvir Singh (wrestling), Harendra Singh (hockey), Bhawani Mukherjee (table tennis), JS Bhatia (athletics), Sunil Dabbas (kabaddi) and Satyapal Singh (para games).A 15-member selection committee, chaired by former India hockey star Aslam Sher Khan, sifted through 53 applications before pruning them down to eight. As per the rules, a maximum of five coaches are presented the award. Now, the sports ministry will announce the winners.Another selection panel has recommended six names for the Dhyan Chand Award, presented for the lifetime achievement. Those included in the list are Jagraj Singh Mann (athletics), Parminder Singh (football), Gundeep Kumar (hockey), Vinod Kumar (wrestling) and Sukhbir Singh Tokas (para).Fernandez has been associated with Indian boxing for more than two decades and two of his wards have won medals at every international level, including the Olympics.”Fernandez has been one of the most consistent foreign coaches that we have had in years. His students have won medals at all top international events. Eight boxers, who were trained under him made it to the Olympics this year and four of them were under 20 years of age which speaks of how he has groomed them,” a member of the selection committee said.The Cuban’s contract expired after the London Olympics, where Indian male boxers did well but were unlucky not to finish on the podium.advertisementMC Mary Kom, who won a bronze in the women’s category, was also his student at the national camp for the London Olympics.”I am thrilled to hear about my nomination. It’s a great honour to see many of my trainees win medals at major international events and, secondly, it’s a great satisfaction to be acknowledged for my contribution to Indian boxing,” Fernandez told Mail Today.”I have seen the transformation of Indian boxing. Our boxers were not a force to reckon with when I started back in 1991, but in the last two decades they have won medals at the Olympics, the World Championships, the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games, and that is the most satisfying achievement for me,” he added.Virendar Poonia has been training his discus throwing wife Krishna for years now and his achievements were also taken into account by the committee.Under Virendar, Krishna won a gold at the Delhi Commonwealth Games, a bronze at the Guangzhou Asian Games, and finished a creditable seventh at the London Olympics. “It’s a matter of pride for me to have been chosen for this award. The recognition will only motivate me and my wife to go further,” said Virendar. “We are not done yet and there is still a lot left in us.”Yashvir, who mentored Olympic medal-winning wrestlers Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt, was also ecstatic. “It is the best day of my life. I was there with the team in Beijing and in London and I appreciate the government recognising my hard work. It would not have been possible without the hard work of our wrestlers who won us medals, and this is truly momentous day in my life,” said Yashvir.Bhawani Mukherjee became the first table tennis coach to have been chosen for the Dronacharya Award. “Players have always been my priority and this recognition will, hopefully, help in raising the profile of table tennis in India,” he said.The Dronacharya award, which carries Rs 5 lakh and a citation and is conferred to coaches of different sports for their noteworthy contribution, will be presented by President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhawan on August 29, the National Sports Day.last_img read more

Must-win for Painters

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gabe Norwood and the Painters can’t let this game against Meralco slip away. —AUGUST DELA CRUZRain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia rued about his players not being themselves in their last two games.They better start finding their old form fast or let a quarterfinal bonus in the PBA Philippine Cup playoffs slip out of their hands.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Their last chance at taking that quarterfinal bonus rests entirely on a win against the Bolts in the 7 p.m. game, and Garcia knows that Meralco will not be an easy customer, considering that it is also pushing hard for a playoff berth.“There’s pressure on both teams, definitely,” Garcia said. “I just told my players to have fun while keeping our objective in sight.”A win would allow the Painters to close out their elimination campaign with an 8-3 record, a mark Garcia believes could also be achieved by “four or five more teams,” including TNT KaTropa.Incidentally, the Texters need to sweep their remaining three games to get there, counting a 4:30 p.m. clash with an Alaska side that is trying to battle through a spate of injuries to key men.“We have a lock on a top six but we definitely want to go top two,” Garcia said. “And we are hoping for some of the teams to lose. But we need to win over Meralco.”ADVERTISEMENT Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash View comments Wangs trips Marinerong Pilipino five Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem The Elasto Painters shoot to at least have the second best record heading into the playoffs when they battle back-to-the-wall Meralco on Friday, needing no less than a win to keep their bid for a twice-to-beat advantage alive at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.“We have to go hard against Meralco if we want to have a chance at a top two [finish],” Garcia had said after an 85-82 loss to Columbian that doomed them to their first losing streak of the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“We spent the past week showing them (players) why we felt that they were not the same players that played earlier [in] the eliminations,” Garcia said. “And I think we addressed that already.”“It was a pity that we lost that game,” Garcia told the Inquirer on Thursday, reflecting on what could have been had they snapped a three-game losing streak against the Dyip dating back to last season. “I told the players that had we won that game, we would have been OK already.” Rain or Shine has defeated Phoenix Pulse, San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra earlier in the eliminations, and the Painters will have the inside track on a playoff bonus if they end up tied with those teams.“I think that if we win [against Meralco], and TNT loses [one of its last games], then that’s the only time that we are safe,” he said.On paper, the Painters have the advantage in manpower, with Gilas Pilipinas mainstays Gabe Norwood and Raymond Almazan leading the charge.Meralco, meanwhile, is at 3-5 and also needs to win games in a string if it hopes to make it past this round.The Bolts will be coming off a victory over NorthPort, a double overtime thriller which will give them some momentum heading into this crucial game.The Texters are one of the hottest teams in the tournament with a three-game winning streak going, and they will be clashing with an Alaska side that has lost its last two in lopsided manner.The Aces continue to be without leading scorer Vic Manuel and fellow starters Simon Enciso, Kevin Racal and JV Casio.Alaska has four games left, and at 3-4, needs to sweep those outings to have a chance at making the playoffs in the upper half.last_img read more

Serena Williams ‘Black Panther’ catsuit will not be allowed at 2019 French Open

first_imgFrench Open organisers will not allow Serena Williams to wear anything like her sensational body-hugging ‘Black Pather’ catsuit that she turned up in at Roland Garros earlier this year.French Open chiefs have described that wearing an outfit so eye-catching is taking things “too far”.Serena Williams caught the eyes of one and all when she took the court at Roland Garros in an all-black suit, which she later termed as an inspiration from the famous Marvel movie ‘Black Panther’ and that it made her feel like a ‘warrior princess’.French Open was Serena’s first Grand Slam appearance since she gave birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian, during and after which she had a number of complications.Serena described the outfit as “fun and functional” but also insisted that it helped her keep the blood clotting in check, something that endangered her life after her pregnancy. Even though Serena mentioned a strong reason for such a glaring showcase at the tennis court, it seems the French Open organisers are not in mood to entertain any such reasons.The French Tennis Federation (FFT) have decided that Serena’s that particular outfit and anything as evidently noticeable as that will not be allowed at the court at next year’s French Open.”I really believe that sometimes we have gone too far,” FFT president Bernard Giudicelli said to Tennis Magazine, as reported by French media.”The outfit of Serena this year, for example, will no longer be accepted. You have to respect the game and the place. Everyone wants to enjoy the showcase.”advertisementGiudicelli made a point that clothing at the 2019 French Open will have “certain limits” now but also admitted that it may turn out to be difficult to be too strict and unwavering.”For 2019, it’s a little late because the collections are already designed, but we will still ask the equipment manufacturers to communicate them to us.”last_img read more

What happens when UK Premier League money dries up?

first_imgPremier League UK Premier League money drying up means overseas broadcasters could now call the shots Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 17:00 2/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Jose Mourinho Manchester United Getty Images Premier League Leicester City v Stoke City Burnley v Southampton AFC Bournemouth v Newcastle United West Bromwich Albion v Huddersfield Town Liverpool v West Ham United Brighton & Hove Albion v Swansea City Watford v Everton Manchester United v Chelsea Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur Arsenal v Manchester City Swansea City Everton Leicester City Manchester United AFC Bournemouth Stoke City Southampton Burnley Newcastle United West Bromwich Albion Huddersfield Town Liverpool West Ham United Brighton & Hove Albion Watford Chelsea Tottenham Hotspur Crystal Palace Manchester City Arsenal Opinion The league’s 20 clubs could well find themselves catering to the demands of foreign rights holders and that could spell trouble down the line Growth in the Premier League’s domestic broadcast revenues has stagnated. There is less money to be shared between the league’s 20 teams as a result of last week’s auction.“The 2019-2022 cycle has gone for about £1.5 billion per annum for 160 games,” says Sam Boor, a consultant in Deloitte’s Sports Business Group. “The previous cycle was for 168 games and it went for £1.7bn. That means the current cycle just went for £9.3 million per match as opposed to £10.2m per match.”AdChoices广告Sky – as has been the case every year since 1992 – retains its hold on the majority of live Premier League coverage in the UK. Sky won four of the five packages awarded, with rival BT securing just one. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Two more packages – designed primarily for online content providers – were unsold amid reports they failed to meet the Premier League’s minimum price. There was no great play on the part of Amazon or Facebook and it’s left the league, and therefore the clubs, someway short of the sums they’ve gotten used to.“You’ve still got 40 games because the Premier League are offering more this cycle,” says Boor.“Of those 40 remaining games they are all going to be played simultaneously. What that means is that those 40 games are going to be four rounds of 10.“Whoever buys the rights to those will be streaming them all at the same time or showing them on TV at the same time.“Given that, you would expect the value of those rights wouldn’t get to the same level as what was achieved in the last cycle.“So, we don’t think it’ll reach £1.7bn for the total package. It might fall five or 10 per cent short.”Crystal Palace Premier League TV TifoThe value of the Premier League’s domestic broadcast rights exploded for the period covering 2016-2019, growing by around 70% compared to the previous deal. That led to a sustained financial boom in England with 10 of the Premier League’s clubs making it into Deloitte’s Money League for 2018, which ranks the top 20 clubs in world football based on revenues. Four more Premier League teams appear in the places from 21-30.English clubs split something in the region of £5.14bn between them during the life cycle of the previous deal but all signs indicate that the next cycle will come up short.Clubs will now have to look elsewhere to make up the shortfall and it is likely that overseas broadcast rights will become the next major battleground for revenues.“If you look at the overseas rights, whilst the domestic rights have plateaued or held constant, the overseas rights could get quite close to the level of the domestic rights,” says Boor.“The value of the overseas rights is about £1.1bn per annum. The Premier League sold rights to USA, South Africa, China, Brazil and key African markets in the last 18 months.“Some of those were on significant increases on the previous rights deals. There are still some left to be drip-fed out to the market in the coming months.“So, we’d expect an uplift in the overseas rights which we think will stimulate growth in the value of the overall rights packages.”Arsenal fans ChinaLate last year, the Premier League’s clubs were scheduled to discuss how the proceeds of the overseas broadcast rights would be shared out in the future. In 1992, clubs agreed to an even split of what was then an insignificant market. All Premier League clubs take an equal share of what is paid by foreign broadcasters.This is at odds with the domestic model where – on top of an even split of some of the pot – clubs make more or less depending on their performances and the number of times they are shown on television.“The total pot of whatever it will be for the next cycle, it will be distributed and every club will get the same amount,” says Boor.“So, as the value of those rights increases, the larger clubs and more successful clubs in the league have started to probe the question of the Premier League – why aren’t those distributed on a similar basis?”The so-called “Big Six” of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham favoured replicating the domestic model to some extent in the international deals. The Big Six wanted 35% of the overseas broadcast money to be awarded based on merit instead of a flat split.“For smaller clubs ultimately, if they are currently getting a good share of a large number, the risk through their eyes is they may see it as relinquishing an amount they are currently guaranteed to get,” says Boor.“The Premier League is a competitive league. For it to be competitive and have value, the unpredictability of the Premier League is what’s been such an attractive trait.“The fact that any club, at any point in time, can pretty much take points off the others, a lot of the mid-table and other clubs would argue that’s just as much of a driver as having your big Uniteds and Citys in the league and doing well in European competition.”Premier League trophy New YorkPremier League rules would have required 14 clubs to go along with the proposal in order to enact the change but, before the October showdown, it was clear that was not going to happen and the plans were dropped for the time being.English football has exploded in popularity all around the world over the past few years, meaning that broadcast revenues are still rising. The latest three-year Premier League TV rights deal in China with digital broadcaster PPTV is thought to be worth $700m for example – a 10-fold increase on the previous numbers. US broadcaster NBC pays around $1bn for a six-year deal.The Big Six argue it is their clubs and their players responsible for the league’s booming growth; that they are, therefore, deserving of a bigger slice of the pie.“For the bigger Premier League clubs, they arguably create the value of the brand overseas,” says Boor.“So, for the Manchester Uniteds, the Citys, those are the ones that appeal to people in Hong Kong, in China, Japan, in the US and they are driving the brand value of the Premier League. Their argument is they should be entitled to a larger share. They’re contributing to that.”The Premier League negotiates around 80 separate overseas broadcast deals and analysts estimate that revenues from that sector are in line to grow by as much as 40% in the next cycle. Clubs are currently making around £39m each per season under the current overseas deals and that figure will grow once the new US and Chinese deals are factored in.With growth only going to come in the international sector, there could be an added drawback for local fans already vexed by varying kick-off times, rising ticket prices and a lack of re-investment in grassroots. There is now greater potential for overseas broadcasters to dictate the terms of the broadcast, instead of merely being the grateful recipients of the content.The Premier League will feature in 2019-2022 a Saturday 19:45 kick-off for TV. Little consideration has been given to fans travelling to and from games at that time but it does give US broadcasters a nice weekend slot as opposed to an early morning one.“The Premier League are definitely altering the kick-off times,” says Boor. “The timeslots they’ve made available in the new package are probably more attractive for some of the key markets definitely.”Premier League Richard ScudamoreMoreover, will there be a return for Premier League CEO Richard Scudamore’s detested 39th game plan where teams will play an extra round of fixtures overseas?“The rights holders that are streaming the Premier League in those countries could argue it would be great given that we’re paying a significant amount, we should have a game hosted in our country for our market,” says Boor.“There are a lot of logistics that go behind that, thinking how it could play out fairly for all clubs. I don’t think we’d expect to see that in the next few years.”The growth ceiling hit in the domestic TV market may not be the end of the Premier League’s boom times but it could certainly provide a hint that more trouble might be coming down the track.Are we facing a future where the league is in hock not only to domestic broadcasters but to overseas ones? A future where the top six teams threaten to tear the league apart for a greater share of the revenue?Just some considerations for the Premier League as it is forced to face the truth that further growth might come at a massive cost.   Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp: Milner could face Man City

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp: Milner could face Man Cityby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool veteran James Milner is in contention to face Manchester City on Thursday night.The league leaders can extend their gap over City to 10 points with a win at the Etihad.Milner has missed Liverpool’s last two victories with a hamstring complaint.Manager Jurgen Klopp told his pre-match press conference: “He was back in training with us yesterday for the first time, so we will see.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Michigan’s ‘Worst Case Scenario’ For 2019 Season

first_imgA closeup of Jim Harbaugh wearing a Michigan hat and jacket.PISCATAWAY, NJ – NOVEMBER 10: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines coaches against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the third quarter at HighPoint.com Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Michigan won 42-7. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)The pressure is on for Michigan football. The Big Ten could see a huge shakeup with Urban Meyer’s departure from Ohio State, and Jim Harbaugh’s team is the favorite to step in and take the league title in 2019.Of course, that is easier said than done. Ohio State remains very talented, and the Big Ten East is one of the toughest divisions in the league.The best case scenario for Michigan is pretty clear. The Wolverines defense remains elite through some departures, and Shea Patterson takes a leap with new offensive coordinator Josh Gattis remaking the team’s offense.That team can win the Big Ten crown and crack the top four to land a spot in the College Football Playoff. The worst case is a bit shakier for Harbaugh’s club.247Sports outlined the best and worst case scenarios for every Big Ten program, including the league frontrunner Michigan football.Despite those tough division games, a cross-division battle with Wisconsin, and the non-conference rivalry showdown with Notre Dame, the site’s Brad Crawford can’t see Michigan going worse than 9-3 this year. That is obviously a good place to be in for most teams, but would still be pretty disappointing for a team looking to take the next step.It’s hard to pick out three Big Ten losses on the schedule this season for the Wolverines outside of another potential loss to Ohio State and a 1-1 split in road games with Penn State and Wisconsin, so we’ll go with No. 3 coming via Notre Dame in October. That’s a must-win game for Michigan as far as College Football Playoff hopes are concerned and could really turn this season from good to potentially great. It’ll come in handy too in the eyes of the selection committee if the Wolverines are in contention down the stretch.The 12-0 ceiling, 9-3 floor is exactly the same as rival Ohio State. The Buckeyes may well be the more talented club, and have the Big Ten title pedigree, but Michigan retains, and may have upgraded, its coaching staff, and has plenty of experience itself.[247Sports]last_img read more

SCIs Tanker in Full Command after Explosion

first_imgThe crude oil tanker Desh Vaibhav is totally under control and the vessel continues to be in full command following an explosion on board, the ship’s owner the Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) informed.The company added that all personnel who had left the vessel are back on board safely. However, two casualties have been reported and are being sent ashore, while one crewman, that was injured in the incident, is being treated in the hospital at Muscat, Oman.The 2005-built Desh Vaibhav, which suffered an explosion in the early morning hours of August 14, would be shortly shifted to the nearest port for assessment of damage and repairs.SCI earlier said that based on the preliminary information the tanker “reportedly suffered an explosion in one of its cargo tanks” while it was offshore Oman, sailing from Sikka, India to Fujairah, UAE.The events that led to the explosion are currently unknown.last_img read more

CBDT simplifies process of angel tax assessment for startups

first_imgNew Delhi: Giving a relief to startups, the finance ministry has simplified the angel-tax assessment process under which any action would be taken against such entities only after approval of a supervisory officer. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), in a circular, said that no verification will be done by an assessing officer if a startup has been recognised by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) and the case is selected under limited scrutiny. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn cases where scrutiny assessments of startup entities are pending, the CBDT has decided that the contention of the assessee will be summarily accepted whose cases are under ‘limited scrutiny’ for those entities recognised by DPIIT. “In case of startup companies recognised by DPIIT which have filed Form No. 2 and whose cases have been selected under scrutiny to examine multiple issues including the issue of section 56(2)(viib), this issue will not be pursued during the assessment proceedings and inquiry on other issues will be carried out by the Assessing Officer only after obtaining approval of the supervisory authority,” an official statement said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostForm 2 deals with the exemption of startups from income tax subject to certain criteria. If a startup is not recognised by the DPIIT, then too the inquiry would be carried out after the approval of a supervisory officer. The circular followed the announcement made by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Budget. She proposed a host of incentives, including a special arrangement for resolution of pending assessments of income tax cases, with a view to encouraging startups. “To resolve the so-called ‘angel tax’ issue, the startups and their investors who file requisite declarations and provide information in their returns will not be subjected to any kind of scrutiny in respect of valuations of share premiums,” she had said. The issue of establishing the identity of the investor and source of his/her funds will be resolved by putting in place a mechanism of e-verification.last_img read more

Devotees pray to Moon God to get back Vikram landers contact

first_imgThanjavur (TN): While all out efforts were being made by ISRO to establish communication with lander ‘Vikram,’ special prayers were offered at a temple dedicated to Moon God ‘Chandra’ near here, seeking divine intervention to regain contact with the probe. The prayers included ‘abishekam’ (celestial bath), which was performed with several items, including honey and sandalpaste and followed by a community feast (Annadhanam), a temple official said on Tuesday. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Sri Kailasanathar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva at Thingalur near here has a sub-shrine for Lord Chandran. It is one of the nine “Navagraha” temples dedicated to the nine planets. “After communication with the lander was lost, we decided to offer special prayers seeking Moon God’s intervention to regain contact with the lander and it was held on Monday,” V Kannan, temple manager told PTI. Lots of devotees took part in the prayers and worshipped so that contact could be established with the lander and the orbiter provided useful inputs, he said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Yagnas were held ahead of the Chandrayaan-1 mission, a decade ago and also before the recent unsuccessful soft landing of the lander, he added. S Raja, a devotee, said the Chandrayaan-2 mission has caught the imagination of the common people and the prayer was their way of expressing solidarity with the space agency. “Moon has always excited human beings. We prayed so that the lander springs back to life and we get to know some unknown aspects of the moon,” he said.last_img read more

Notley says Odin photos show Jason Kenney needs to stop dogwhistle politics

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says Opposition Leader Jason Kenney must stop “dog-whistle” politics that allow hateful extremists to believe they have a home in his United Conservative Party.But Kenney is accusing Notley of exploiting a one-off event orchestrated by a “kooky” organization against the UCP and its candidates.Candidates running for the UCP nomination in the constituency of Edmonton West Henday posed for pictures at a pub event last Friday with the Soldiers of Odin, an anti-immigration group that originated in Finland and has been linked to neo-Nazis in Europe. The Canadian branch says it is not racist but more of a neighbourhood watch.“Why are these folks showing up at these events and feeling as though they are welcomed?” Notley said at the legislature Tuesday.“If you use dog-whistle politics enough, eventually soon enough people are going to respond to the whistle.”She described such politics as a “subtle embracing of issues that are designed to attract people with fairly extreme opinions to your movement. That’s something that we’ve been seeing on the right more and more.”Two of the candidates, Kenney, and the riding association say the Soldiers of Odin crashed the event and the candidates didn’t know who they were with when they posed for photos. They unreservedly denounced the group’s views.Notley said what happened highlights a trend in right-wing politics and Kenney’s party. She noted that others running for candidacy in the UCP in recent months have either been rejected or allowed to run despite expressing bigoted comments.“This is not an isolated incident,” said Notley.“We also look at this pattern that we see developing with respect to the proliferation of candidates with that (UCP) party that also appear to hold views that are rooted in hate.”She said such views must be challenged loudly and repeatedly, and called on Kenney to do more than send out statements on social media.“He needs to speak directly to it … and very definitively declare, not only his position, but what they will do to stop it from happening in the future.”Kenney, speaking in Calgary, noted that one of the people seeking the nomination in West Henday is Cree and another is Metis.“It’s unfortunate but I’m not entirely surprised the premier is going into gutter politics,” he said.“It would be nicer if the premier were actually to stand in solidarity with our Aboriginal nomination candidates, who were obviously the targets of political mischief.“This has nothing to do with our candidates.”Since taking leadership of the UCP, Kenney has made it clear in speeches and statements that those who foster hate have no place in his party and that they will not be allowed to run in the spring election.There have been controversies with some UCP candidates.Todd Beasley was disqualified as a candidate in Brooks-Medicine Hat in the summer after making anti-Islamic comments on social media.Also in the summer, Sandra Kim was allowed to run for the nomination of Maskwacis-Wetaskiwin despite homophobic social media comments from 2015.Cindy Ross, a one-time nominee for Calgary Fish Creek, apologized last month for online comments she made years ago opposing the opening of a mosque in Fort McMurray.last_img read more

Why awards for Kims Convenience are more than cool

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Twitter The CBC TV show Kim’s Convenience won two prizes at the ACTRA awards in February: the Ensemble award and Outstanding Female Performance. Ins Choi’s play, also called Kim’s Convenience, has been a hit since its debut at the Fringe in 2011. For me as an Asian Canadian, the recognition of the play, and especially the TV show, is long overdue. Kim’s Convenience is more than a strong comedy with great punchlines. It is about making Asian Canadians, who have long been an absent presence in Canada, visible in the media.For the first time on TV this season, I saw someone who looked like me on prime-time television in my own city. I was channel-surfing one night and saw a familiar red and white TTC streetcar, a Toronto street, and then an Asian man and a young Asian woman. And lo and behold… he was not a gangster or Kung Fu fighter. She was not a bikini-clad seductive sidekick for James Bond, but a student at OCAD. What a nice surprise!I have grown up and have lived in multicultural Toronto for the last 40 years and all this time there has not been one show about me or the kind of family I grew up in. There are lots of Asian Canadian students, restaurant owners, professionals, storekeepers and so on in my neighborhood, but they don’t seem to appear on TV. Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebooklast_img read more

Over 300000 people affected by bad weather

The Department of Meteorology said that there may be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers. The public have been urged to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity. (Colombo Gazette) Meanwhile the Department of Meteorology said that atmospheric conditions are favorable for showers or thundershowers over most parts of the island during the afternoon and night.It said that thundershowers will develop at most parts of the island after 2.00 p.m. Showersor thundershowers will occur at several places in the Western,Southern, Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces. Heavy rain falls (more than 100mm) are also expected at some places. The Southern, Eastern, Northern and North Central provinces are among the worst affected areas from floods and landslides. Over 300,000 people have been affected by the bad weather, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said today.The DMC said that of those affected, several have been displaced and sent to temporary camps and shelters. As of this morning, 94,706 families consisting of 331,275 people have been affected by the bad weather, the DMC said. read more

Mortgage growth will be flat or in lowsingle digits for foreseeable future

TORONTO — The chief executive of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce says he expects overall mortgage growth in the country to be flat or in the low-single digits for the “foreseeable future.”Victor Dodig says the potential for mortgage growth to turn negative will hinge on whether the Canadian housing market takes a negative turn, driven by other macroeconomic factors.The CIBC chief’s comments at the RBC Capital Markets Banking CEO conference Tuesday come after the Canadian Real Estate Association said national home sales are projected to fall to a near-decade low this year. Bank of Canada holds interest rate as oil slump dims economy’s outlook The winners and losers of Canada’s luxury housing market in 2019 More people are going broke in Canada as interest rates rise CREA last month said rising interest rates and strict mortgage stress-test rules continue to weigh on homebuyer sentiment.Toronto-Dominion Bank chief executive Bharat Masrani told the conference today that he expects mortgage growth in the mid-single digits for 2019.Scotiabank’s CEO Brian Porter says that mortgage activity in the first couple months has been “quite strong,” but it remains to be seen what will happen during the crucial spring real estate season. read more

UN agency welcomes latest delivery of Indian wheat to feed Afghan schoolchildren

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed the third major food shipment from India as part of that country’s pledge to donate one million tons of wheat to help feed schoolchildren in Afghanistan.”We are very grateful to the Government of India for this contribution, [which] has made a made a dramatic difference in our efforts to spread school feeding in Afghanistan and improve both the health and educational conditions of many poor Afghan children,” said WFP Country Director and Representative Charles Vincent.The Indian wheat is converted into fortified biscuits with micronutrients that raise children’s nutrition and enhance their ability to learn. The latest shipment – totalling 18,000 tons – will boost WFP’s plan to cover more than 1.1 million students in 2005.Meanwhile, as part of WFP’s ongoing initiative to spur school enrolment, the agency is providing 500,000 Afghan schoolgirls with four litre tins of cooking oil to take home to their families. To address low enrolment in areas where food insecurity is especially high, the WFP will provide some 350,000 boys and girls 12.5 kilograms of wheat to take home every month. read more

Ohio State womens basketball loses second straight game falls at Purdue 7458

Sophomore guard Ameryst Alston (14) shoots over a defender during a game against Michigan State Jan. 26 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU, 82-68.Credit: Kaily Cunningham / Multimedia editorThe Ohio State women’s basketball team (14-12, 4-6) dropped their second straight game by double digits Thursday, falling to No. 25 Purdue, 74-58.Consistency on the offensive end continued to plague the Buckeyes, as they shot just 34.5 percent from the field and turned the ball over 16 times.The Buckeyes also lacked balance on the offensive end as only two players scored in double digits for OSU. Sophomore guard Ameryst Alston scored a game-high 26 points on 9-19 shooting, while junior guard Raven Ferguson scored 13 points on 3-15 shooting.OSU had five different players score in double figures in the first matchup between the two teams on Jan. 2, an 89-78 Buckeye victory.Purdue was without their leading scorer in redshirt-senior guard KK Houser, who tore her ACL Feb. 2 in a game against Michigan State. The Boilermakers did not seem to be phased as they had five players score in double figures.Purdue senior guard Courtney Moses led the way for the Boilermakers, scoring 18 points on 6-12 shooting while also hitting two of her three attempts from behind the arc.The Buckeyes, who normally get solid play from their bench, only received points from Ferguson as senior center Ashley Adams was held to just one shot attempt in 25 minutes of play.OSU was outrebounded 43-37 and did not tally a single fast break point on the night.The Buckeyes trailed by nine at the break, but could only manage to get within seven of the Boilermakers in the second half, trailing by as much as 19 before Ferguson hit a 3-pointer with 24 seconds remaining to close out the game.OSU are set return home on Sunday at 2 p.m. to take on the No. 9 Penn State Nittany Lions who gave the Buckeyes their worst loss on the season, a 66-42 drubbing in University Park, Pa. on Jan. 16. read more