Fox bid for Sky referred to UKs competition regulator

first_imgLONDON – The British government has referred Twenty-First Century Fox’s bid for satellite broadcaster Sky to competition authorities on public interest grounds, a move that sets up a six-month investigation into Rupert Murdoch’s takeover plans.The Competition and Markets Authority said Wednesday it “will now examine how the deal would impact media plurality and broadcasting standards in the U.K.”The move was widely expected after Culture Secretary Karen Bradley told lawmakers last week she planned to refer the deal to regulators.With Murdoch already owning the Sun and The Times newspapers, there are concerns about too much power concentrated in one company.Murdoch’s media group wants to buy the 61 per cent of Sky it doesn’t already own. The takeover values Sky, which broadcasts Premier League soccer, at 18.5 billion pounds ($25 billion).last_img read more

Leaked Zafzafi Video Police Investigate with News Website Editorial Director Media

Rabat – The editorial director of news website Barlamane has been summoned on Wednesday for interrogation over the leaked video of Rifian activist Nasser Zafzaf, according to Arabic speaking news website Ahdath info.The interrogation is to be conducted by the National Brigade of Judicial Police (BNPJ) in Casablanca.Barlamane published on Monday the highly controversial video where Zafzafi is seen showing parts of his body to the camera, during what could have been a medical examination. The video was judged by Zafzafi’s lawyers and supporters of the protest movement in Rif as “degrading”.Zafzafi is currently under preventive detention in Ain Sebaa 1 prison in Casablanca.On Monday, the Crown Prosecutor in Casablanca ordered the opening of an investigation into the incident. The Penitentiary Administration released a statement denying Zafzafi was filmed in prison.Barlamane had been subject of another controversy earlier in July when it published excerpts of a leaked confidential report by the National Council for Human Rights (CNDH) that confirmed allegations of detained Rif activists and protesters that they were tortured by police. read more

Serena Williams Says Shes Rooting For Sloane Stephens Despite

Serena Williams was blasted by Sloane Stephens’ in an ESPN The Magazine story, but said she still supports the young, up-and-coming potential tennis star.“I don’t really know. I don’t have many thoughts,” Williams told reporters in Spain after defeating Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-2, 7-5 in the second round of the Madrid Open, answering a question posed to her about Stephens. “I’m a big Sloane Stephens fan and always have been. I’ve always said that I think she can be the best in the world. I’ll always continue to think that and always be rooting for her.“So I really just always wish her—and anyone, really, especially from America—the best. We don’t have that many American players, so it’s always exciting to see so many young players doing so well.”Stephens told the magazine that Williams had stopped communicating with her after Stephens’ victory in their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open in January.“She’s not said one word to me, not spoken to me, not said hi, not looked my way, not been in the same room with me since I played her in Australia,” Stephens says emphatically. “And that should tell everyone something, how she went from saying all these nice things about me to unfollowing me on Twitter.”Her mom tries to slow her down, but Sloane is insistent. “Like, seriously! People should know. They think she’s so friendly and she’s so this and she’s so that — no, that’s not reality! You don’t unfollow someone on Twitter, delete them off of BlackBerry Messenger. I mean, what for? Why?”She went on. “For the first 16 years of my life, she said one word to me and was never involved in my tennis whatsoever,” Stephens said. “I really don’t think it’s that big of a deal that she’s not involved now. If you mentor someone, that means you speak to them, that means you help them, that means you know about their life, that means you care about them. Are any of those things true at this moment? No, so therefore…”Stephens hardly was done. She recalled an encounter with the Williams sisters when she was a 12-year-old in Delray Beach, Fla., at a Fed Cup tie (ironically, the two were Fed Cup teammates two weeks ago in Delray Beach),.“I waited all day [for an autograph],” she explains. “They walked by three times and never signed our posters.”Stephens added of the poster: “I hung it up [in my room] for a while. I was, like, devastated because they didn’t sign it, whatever, and then after that I was over it. I found a new player to like (Kim Clijsters) because I didn’t like them anymore.” read more

Report BSO deputy suspended arrested for allegedly shoplifting 7 times

first_imgCORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) – A Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy was arrested and suspended without pay after he was caught on surveillance cameras allegedly shoplifting from two Wal-Marts, according to the Sun-Sentinel.According to the report, records show BSO Deputy Dean Korenic, 46, was arrested Tuesday for allegedly shoplifting everyday household items on seven occasions from two Wal-Marts in Coral Springs.Korenic spent a night in jail after being arrested and was released after posting $3,500 bond on a felony charge of scheme to defraud/obtain property under $20,000, according to the Sun-Sentinel. The report said Korenic faces a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison.Korenic, who makes $72,735, was originally suspended with pay when he was first advised of the investigation on June 6, according to the report.Records show Korenic was in uniform during one theft and drove away in a marked patrol car during three others, according to the report.According to the Sun-Sentinel report, the deputy allegedly took:Cool Water cologneJergens lotionpaper towelsdisposable razorsdetergentsyruptoothpastebar soapa canister of Maxwell House coffeea carton of eggsThe Wal-Marts Korenic allegedly shoplifted from were located off Coral Ridge Drive and Turtle Creek Drive. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

US News CEO to Take Chief Exec Job at New York Daily

first_imgHoliber joined U.S. News & World Report after serving as publisher at The Atlantic, which Zuckerman owned and sold in 1999 to David Bradley. He has overseen the former newsweekly—often considered a distant third behind former competitors Time and Newsweek—as it scaled back frequency to bi-weekly in 2009 and then again to go monthly shortly after. New York Daily News owner Mort Zuckerman notified staff late last week that the paper’s CEO, Marc Kramer, is leaving the company after more than four years to pursue other opportunities. Replacing him is Bill Holiber, who will continue to serve as president and CEO of Zuckerman-owned U.S. News & World Report.“During the next several weeks, Bill and Marc will work together to ensure a smooth transition,” Zuckerman wrote in a memo to staff.How Holiber plans to juggle his responsibilities as chief executive at both publications was not immediately clear. When contacted Friday by FOLIO:, Holiber deferred response to a New York Daily News representative who in turn declined to comment.last_img read more

In School Finance HISD Voters Could Get Second Chance On Recapture Vote

first_imgHouston voters may get a second chance on a major school finance payment, potentially avoiding an $18 billion loss in commercial property for the state’s largest school district.At their monthly meeting Thursday, trustees for the Houston Independent School Board will consider putting recapture back on the ballot.In the Texas school finance system, property-wealthy school districts have to share local revenue with the state, which then shares it with property-poor districts. It’s known as recapture, or Robin Hood, and has been a key part of the finance system since the 1990s. Lawmakers created it after the Texas Supreme Court declared the system unconstitutional and unfair for poor schools.In November, HISD voters rejected the traditional way to send a check to the state. Now HISD must pay with actual commercial property – almost $18 billion worth. In July, Education Commissioner Mike Morath is scheduled to detach that property and let another district, such as Alief or Aldine ISD, tax it instead. That’s known as detachment and will reduce HISD’s tax base.“The only way we can be in this negotiation period is if we do not go into detachment,” HISD Board President Wanda Adams said.“The homeowners are going to take the brunt of that, not the commercial properties, the homeowners. Right now it’s not a win-win for anyone, but right now at least we have them moving,” she added.That’s why HISD may give voters another shot at the issue in May.At the same time, HISD’s bill to the state has dropped by $55-60 million, according to state estimates. That’s more than a 30 percent drop from the original bill of $162 million.The Texas Education Agency changed how it calculates recapture payments. It will give wealthy school districts like Houston a break whenever those districts give homesteaders a break. HISD trustees recently lobbied for that credit in a recent trip to Austin.“I believe that that’s a victory for HISD because now everyone is talking about funding public education and they know that it needs to be fixed,” Adams said.Governor Greg Abbott talked about school finance in his recent state of the state address while some state senators are drafting a new way to pay for public schools. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Laura IsenseeThere was a strong campaign against Proposition 1 in HISD against sending tax dollars from the district to the state, under the so-called “Robin Hood” program. Because Proposition 1 failed, HISD faces losing commercial property to pay off its debt to the state. Listen center_img X 00:00 /01:13 Sharelast_img read more

Use Facebook just for posting likes to ward off depression

first_imgIf you are young and love Facebook, keep it to just “liking” and minimise your virtual circle of friends to cut the upcoming depression risk.According to researchers, the social networking site can have positive and negative effects on the levels of a common stress hormone in teenagers.The team found that having more than 300 Facebook friends increased teenagers’ levels of cortisol while those who only posted “likes” on their Facebook friends to encourage them actually decreased their cortisol levels.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“We were able to show that beyond 300 Facebook friends, adolescents showed higher cortisol levels. We can imagine that those who have 1,000 or 2,000 friends on Facebook may be subjected to even greater stress,” explained Professor Sonia Lupien from University of Montreal.“While other important external factors are also responsible, we estimated that the isolated effect of Facebook on cortisol was around eight percent,” Lupien noted. Lupien and her colleagues recruited 88 participants aged 12-17 years who were asked about their Facebook use, number of friends, self-promoting behaviour, and the supporting behaviour they displayed towards their friends.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAlong with these four measures, the team collected cortisol samples of the participating adolescents. Other studies have shown that high morning cortisol levels at 13 years increase the risk of suffering from depression at 16 years by 37 per cent. While none of the adolescents suffered from depression at the time of the study, Lupien could not conclude that they were free from an increased risk of developing it. “We did not observe depression in our participants. However, adolescents who present high stress hormone levels do not become depressed immediately; it can occur later on,” Lupien emphasised.  Some studies have shown that it may take 11 years before the onset of severe depression in children who consistently had high cortisol levelsThe study is one of the first in the emerging field of cyberpsychology to focus on the effects of Facebook on well-being. “Developmental analysis could also reveal whether virtual stress is indeed ‘getting over the screen and under the skin’ to modulate neurobiological processes related to adaptation,” the authors noted in a paper published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology.last_img read more

Syrian rebels capture countrys largest dam

first_img 0 Comments   Share   Men’s health affects baby’s health too Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project BEIRUT (AP) – Syrian rebels captured the country’s largest dam on Monday after days of intense clashes, giving them control over water and electricity supplies for much of the country in a major blow to President Bashar Assad’s regime.The rebels had already seized two other dams on the Euphrates River. But the latest conquest, the al-Furat dam in northeastern Raqqa province, was a major coup for the opposition. It handed them control over water and electricity supplies for both government-held areas and large swathes of land the opposition has captured over the past 22 months of fighting. Associated Press writers Chris Torchia in Istanbul and Ezgi Akin contributed in Ankara, Turkey contributed to this report.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The group was also believed to be behind two car bombings on Monday.One exploded near a border crossing with Turkey in Idlib province. Bulent Arinc, Turkey’s deputy prime minister, said 12 people were killed _ nine Syrians and three Turks. He said 28 people were wounded, nine of them Turks. The vehicle that exploded had a Syrian license plate, he added.Turkey’s NTV said most of the victims were Syrians who had been waiting to enter Turkey. It cited Huseyin Sanverdi, mayor of the nearby Turkish town of Reyhanli, as saying the explosion occurred in a “buffer zone,” an area straddling the frontier where travelers are processed while crossing between the two countries.Witnesses said it struck a spot where humanitarian aid is loaded onto Syrian vehicles.The border area between the two countries has been the scene of fierce fighting in the civil war. Tensions have also flared between the Syrian regime and Turkey in the past months after shells fired from Syria landed on the Turkish side.As a result, Germany, the Netherlands and the United States decided to send two batteries of Patriot air defense missiles each to protect Turkey, their NATO ally.In the second car bombing, the Observatory said members of Jabhat al-Nusra blew themselves up in two car bombs outside an intelligence office in the city of Shadadah in the northeastern province of Hasaka, killing at least 14 security agents. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Two separate car bombings in northern Syria killed a total of 26 people. Both were blamed on al-Qaida-linked militant group Jabhat al-Nusra.The rebels have had their biggest success in the civil war across Syria’s north including Idlib, Raqqa and Aleppo provinces, all bordering Turkey.Rami Abdul-Rahman, a Britain-based activist with the group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said rebels took control of al-Furat dam around midday after successfully pushing out a group of Assad loyalist from the control room. Most of the regime troops in the area had stopped fighting on Sunday following the fall of the nearby town of al-Thawra, Abdul-Rahman said.The rebel assault on the dam was led by al-Qaida-linked militant group Jabhat al-Nusra.The government did not confirm it has lost control of the dam.Earlier this month, the Observatory said rebels seized another smaller dam in Raqqa province, the Baath dam, named after Syria’s ruling party. In November, Syrian opposition fighters captured Tishrin hydroelectric dam near the town of Manbij in northern Aleppo province, which borders Raqqa.Members of al-Nusra, which the U.S. has branded a terrorist organization, have been among the most effective fighters in the battle to oust Assad. The group had led battles for the other two dams, and was also a decisive force in the opposition’s successful attacks on regime army bases outside major cities, including the capital, Damascus, and Aleppo in the north. The Observatory said Shadadah has been the scene of heavy clashes between troops and rebels.Diplomatic efforts to stop the carnage in Syria have failed, leaving the international community at a loss for ways to end the civil war.Assad presented a plan last month, offering a national dialogue. The opposition rejected it, saying no to talks unless the president relinquishes power.Former Prime Minister Riyad Hijab, one of the highest ranking officials to defect from Assad’s regime, met Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby and asked him to let the Syrian opposition take over the country’s seat in the pan-Arab organization.The Arab League has suspended Syria’s membership over its military crackdown against protesters calling for regime change.Hijab, speaking to reporters, did not say whether Elaraby has agreed to the request and there was no immediate comment by the Cairo-based League.Assad was quoted by state-run news agency SANA as saying Syria will not give up its principles “regardless of how strong the pressures and conspiracies” are against it.The report said Assad met in Damascus Monday with John Yazigi, the Eastern Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch.___ Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! 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Germany records a steady increase in Indian tourists

first_imgGermany recorded a growth of 12.8% in tourists coming from India during January-May 2017.Romit Theophilus, Director, Sales and Marketing, German National Tourist Office (India) speaking at the Discover Germany roadshow held in Delhi said that Germany has had a phenomenal year so far and there has been around 329860 Indian visitors from Jan to May in Germany.Theophilus said that, “We grew by 8.6 percent year on year and recorded over 413,000 overnights last year. By the end of this year, we hope to close nearly 800,000 overnights from India to Germany. We are on track to achieve our goal of a million Indian visitors to Germany by 2020 and hopefully receive 2 million Indian arrivals by 2030.”Germany had especially been very popular for MICE and business travel from India, but lately, the destination has picked up for leisure travel as well.“It is now a 50-50 split between MICE, business and leisure travellers from India, and we are hopeful that Germany will be seen as a choice destination for all segments,” he adds.last_img read more

Los Cabos Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler th

first_imgLos Cabos, Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineYear after year, Los Cabos continues to grow as one of the world’s most sought-after golf destinations. In 2009, “Land’s End” welcomed a wonderful new addition to the impressive collection of existing championship golf course offerings. The Dunes at the Diamante Cabo San Lucas development officially opened in October 2009 and is poised to become one of the world’s most desirable courses.Designed by 20-time PGA tour winner The Dunes course is located beachfront, overlooking the majestic Pacific Ocean. Using the natural sand dunes, Love created one of the most diverse and finest courses in all of Mexico inclusive of generous fairways and large, rolling greens. The course has been compared to legendary courses such as Pebble Beach and St. Andrews in Scotland with the added luxury of Los Cabos’ perfect weather.For golfers interested in playing The Dunes, it is important to note that the course additionally features practice areas such as two driving ranges and unique hitting “caves”, which are available for use when purchasing a round of golf. Players will also enjoy refreshment stops along the course, breakfast and lunch at the Slider Bar, an experienced caddie and of course, the breath-taking views offered by the naturally beautiful landscape of Los Cabos.www.diamantecabosanlucas.com www.visitloscabos.travellast_img read more

Ranveer Singh Suits Up With 83 Cast for the First Schedule of

first_imgRanveer also shared his solo picture from the shoot and wrote, “About to embark on a remarkable cinematic journey.” Ranveer Singh has been gearing up to step into the shoes of Indian cricket legend Kapil Dev in the upcoming sports drama ’83. The film will be a cinematic recreation of the nation’s first World Cup victory in England in 1983. Ranveer and his squad have been practising with real-life players like Kapil Dev, Mohinder Amarnath, Balvinder Singh Sandhu among others to get into the players’ skin and get their techniques right. And now, they are all set to begin their journey as ‘Kapil’s Devils’. Ranveer Singh, who leads the cavalcade of the Kabir Khan directorial playing the role of former Indian skipper Kapil Dev took to social media to share a new picture of the cast on Tuesday. Dressed in black and white suits, and sporting blue ties, the cast of upcoming Bollywood film “83” has left for the London round of its shooting schedule. “Kapil’s Devils,” he captioned the picture. In the group picture, Ranveer Singh can be seen posing along with the rest of the cast which includes– Saqib Saleem, Adinath Kothare, Chirag Patil, Harddy Sandhu, Ammy Virk, Jatin Sarna, Pankaj Tripathi, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Dinker Sharma, Jiiva, Sahil Khattar, Dhairya Karwa, Nishant Dahhiya and R Badree. ’83 is being presented by Reliance Entertainment, and will release on April 10, 2020 in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. Likewise, Salim, who will play Mohinder Amarnath on the screen tweeted the pic and wrote, “Let the games begin,”.Let the games begin!!🏏🕺 #83SquadOnTheMove https://t.co/yDRCqAHp2d— Saqib Saleem (@Saqibsaleem) May 28, 2019The young actor also shared a video of his moustached look, and wrote: “Jimmy is ready, Jimmy is about to embark on this beautiful journey… I am super excited to be a part of this film. Boys, this is going to be itihasik (historical).” ’83 Release date’83 The Film83Adinath Kothare First Published: May 28, 2019, 12:31 PM ISTlast_img read more