Kingston: Hanuma Vihari has credited his success in the second Test against the West Indies here to Ravi Shastri, saying the India head coach’s advice not to stay upright but flex the knee while batting helped him notch up his maiden century. Vihari (53 not out and 111) was adjudged the Man of the Match in India’s 257-run win over the hosts in the second Test on Monday. Asked what did Shastri tell him after his first innings, Vihari said: “He (Shastri) was talking about flexing my knees a little bit, I was a little upright in the first innings, so flexing my knees meant I could move my foot both on front and back foot. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “It worked out very well and a lot of credit should go to him,” Vihari told India fielding coach R Sridhar during an interview, the video of which was posted by BCCI on its website. The 25-year-old emerged as India’s top run-getter against the West Indies in the two-match Test series with 289 runs. “I relish batting under pressure because that is the challenge you have to accept as a batsman and these situations brings the best out of me,” said the Andhra batsman, who had scored a 93 in the first Test in North Sound. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “I feel I try to focus on what the situation is, and have a certain game plan and I was fortunate enough to have good partnerships with Jinx (Ajinkya Rahane). He batted beautifully as well.” Vihari said he was confident of a good outing during the two-match Test series against the West Indies as he had spent enough time on these pitches during the last two months with the India A team. “I was in really good space. I have been in Caribbean for last two months, I have been practicing and playing matches on this wicket,” he said. “So I was really confident and I think I played well in the practice match and it gave me that extra boost. I was looking forward to this series and I am happy it went well.” In his first year in international cricket, Vihari has played six Tests but he seemed to have lost a bit of hair, got married and has also scored 6000 plus first class runs despite being just 25 years of age. “I started my first class cricket quite early and that’s why I could score 6000 runs. I don’t know about the hair, may be too much batting from childhood,” he said with a laugh. “… That experience will count, batting for nine years in first class cricket, and it helped me in pressure situation.”
If he were President of the United States, comedian Tom Arnold says the first thing he’d do is head down Pennsylvania Avenue to meet with members of Congress.Tom Arnold and TakePartAnd then he’d point out just how much the rest of the country absolutely hates Washington D.C. these days.“Listen guys, people aren’t really digging me, and they f——— really hate you guys,” Arnold tells TakePart he’d say to Congress. “Let’s build something, man. Let’s put some s#*t together for the people out there who can’t stand us.”Arnold spoke to TakePart as the kickoff entertainer in their 2012 “Why I Vote” video series featuring celebs talking about the issues that are motivating them to head to the polls this election series.Check out the full video here, and look for future episodes featuring celebrity fitness expert Jillian Michaels, MTV star Ashley Rickards, and many more.And for the latest election news about issues that really matter — like education, the environment and social justice — check out TakePart’s elections hub page at TakePart.com/Elections.Full video here.Source:TakePart.com
The English Premier League is the only league among the 24 that are part of FiveThirtyEight’s club soccer predictions that has six teams in the top 20 of the global team rankings (although it has no teams in the overall top five). However, these rankings suggest that the Premier League’s also-rans would not compete particularly well with the mid-table of other major leagues. Everton, the seventh EPL side, sit 47th. This places the Toffees behind 10 German Bundesliga clubs and 13 teams from La Liga. Even Atalanta, the seventh club in Italy’s Serie A, places above Everton.To explain why this happens requires some discussion of the method itself. League strength is compared in two ways; first, based on how well clubs from different leagues have done in direct competition with one another, such as in the Champions League. And second, the estimated market value of a team’s players, drawn from the website Transfermarkt. The former factor — head-to-head competition — receives much more emphasis when leagues play each other frequently, as teams from the top European leagues do in the Champions League and Europa League. That gives the big European leagues a more natural hierarchy.The relatively poor showing of the Premier League, compared with La Liga and the Bundesliga, is notable particularly because of the massive economic advantage that the English league holds over its continental competitors. The Premier League’s domestic TV contract pays in the range of a billion dollars more per year than Spain’s or Germany’s.1The new domestic Premier League TV contract is estimated to be worth $2.20 billion per year, compared with $1.04 billion for La Liga and $1.36 billion for the Bundesliga. The estimated values of Premier League clubs run about 20 percent higher than the values of clubs in the Bundesliga or Serie A and about 10 percent higher than La Liga. But these values have not translated into strong performances by Premier League teams in European competition. Judged over recent inter-league competition, La Liga’s performance has been about 27 percent better than the Premier League’s, while the Bundesliga’s performance has been 20 percent better. Despite its financial advantage, the Premier League has won only one European Cup in the past four years, compared with seven for La Liga sides. During that time, 19 teams from La Liga have advanced to the quarterfinals of the Europa or Champions League, and 10 Bundesliga sides have done the same. Only six Premier League clubs, barely more than one per year, have advanced to the final eight of the major club competitions.Just as Premier League sides come in below similar clubs from Germany and Spain because of the English league’s struggles in European competition, the continuing failure of MLS clubs to advance in the CONCACAF Champions League leaves American and Canadian sides behind the best teams in Mexico. Other than Toronto FC (171st), no MLS side places above the top 10 teams from Liga MX.The rankings further suggest that the best clubs from South America, such as Argentina’s Boca Juniors (81st) and Brazil’s Corinthians (88th) and Cruzeiro (99th) could hang with the teams at the bottom of the Premier League such as Watford (93rd) and Crystal Palace (102nd). Meanwhile, MLS teams would generally fall in either the second or third divisions in the English pyramid. NYCFC — the second-highest ranking MLS side, at 259th — rates below the top 10 teams in the Championship.MLS still has a long way to go to match up with the top levels of club soccer. These ratings and rankings will move as the various international tournaments play out through the fall, winter and spring. If sides from the Premier League or MLS mean to move up the rankings, they will need to have better results in direct competition with sides from other leagues. When comparing club soccer teams, it’s fairly easy to figure out who is the best of the best. The most talented players in the world play in a handful of European leagues, and the best teams of these leagues face off each year in the Champions League.Judging below this level is more difficult.How do you compare the English club Arsenal, which got through the group stage of the most recent Champions League but lost in the first round of the knockouts, with Celta Vigo of Spain, a semifinalist in the Europa League? And what about the European teams that didn’t play anyone outside their nation’s borders — like Stoke City in England and Freiburg in Germany?Even more difficult is comparing across continents. How well would the best MLS clubs do if they played in the Championship, the English second division?FiveThirtyEight has a new way of answering these questions. The global club soccer rankings compare 426 men’s teams that compete in leagues across Europe, North America and South America. As you might expect, the top three are Real Madrid of Spain’s La Liga, Bayern Munich of Germany’s Bundesliga and Barcelona, also of La Liga. It gets more interesting from there.
Opposing teams might be afraid of Ohio State’s combo of Jantel Lavender and Samantha Prahalis, but it is actually the other players on the team they should be cowering from. Lavender has been a mainstay at center for OSU for nearly three seasons. The addition of the sophomore guard Prahalis, who threw a coming-out party at Michigan State last Sunday, has made OSU a mountain too tall to climb for most opponents.“[Lavender’s] sophomore year, I don’t think she played with someone with the ball-handling ability of Sammy [Prahalis],” head coach Jim Foster said. “Those two run the pick and roll like two savvy NBA veterans.”Tonight’s opponent, Illinois, has already witnessed this power first-hand.Although Lavender and Prahalis combined for 45 of OSU’s 76 points at Illinois on Dec. 28 and 52 of 65 at MSU, that is not the story of the whole season. In fact, the reason for their success lies in the hands of a few other role players on the team.“[An important thing is] playing your role on the team. My role has changed since high school,” freshman guard Tayler Hill said. “It’s a team effort when you get to college.”OSU’s main threat is the 3-point field goal, not the inside game of Lavender. OSU ranks eighth in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage mostly because of two players, senior forward Sarah Schulze and junior guard Brittany Johnson.Both starters are deadly from behind the arc. Schulze is 31 of 67 (46.3 percent) on the year and Johnson is 36 of 71 (50.7 percent).Their presence on the floor forces opponents to play man-to-man defense, which gives Lavender the ability to dominate in the paint and Prahalis her chance to drive the lane.“A team may initially double team, but because you can kick it out and [the other players on the floor are] knocking down shots it just makes me a better player because I get that one-on-one post opportunity,” said Lavender. She had 31 points against Illinois on Dec. 28.The third role player is also a familiar name to Big Ten fans, guard Shavelle Little, the reigning two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.When Little comes off the bench, she changes the game instantly with her ability to steal the ball and shut down opposing players. The defensive specialist leads the Buckeyes in steals with 31 on the season, eight of which came against Illinois in their last meeting.The last piece of the puzzle is no less important than the other three. Senior center Andrea Walker is having a phenomenal season off the bench.Walker is Lavender’s replacement when she is off the floor and her 6-foot-5-inch partner in crime when both are on the floor, allowing them to steal control of the paint from any player. They have already handled tough opponents this year. Illinois’ leading scorer, center Jenna Smith, was held to only 11 points against Lavender and Walker and MSU center Allyssa Dehaan was limited to only four rebounds, despite her 6-foot-9-inch frame.“We prefer to play basketball and some teams like to wrestle, but the fact of the matter is we can pull up our sleeves and wrestle,” coach Foster said.Even though Walker only plays an average of 13 minutes per game, she is still tied for the team lead in blocks with Lavender at 20, and she averages 4.4 rebounds per game, the same rate at which Lavender rebounds.These four players along with the rest of the team make the dominance of Lavender and Prahalis possible by spreading the floor, creating turnovers, changing the pace of the game and allowing them to rest on the bench without losing control of the game.“I think everybody is starting to really understand their roles and how you can help this team by playing in that role,” Lavender said. “Players are more accepting of the role they are playing in and it makes for a better team.”OSU defeated Illinois 76-47 on the Illini’s home court in Champaign, Ill. last December. The perfect team chemistry of the Buckeyes was too much for Illinois once already this season and the Buckeyes are hoping to make that twice Thursday night.
Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba has been under heavy criticism over recent months and was repeatedly left out of big games by his club coach Jose Mourinho.Amidst all the criticisms against Paul Pogba, former defender Frank Leboeuf says Pogba does not deserve a starting role for France at the World Cup in Russia this summer.He also believes it could be a similar story for the 25-year-old when Didier Deschamps comes to naming his starting line-up against Australia on June 16.With the French coach possessing a vast array of midfield options, Leboeuf claims he will be tempted to look elsewhere.‘He’s under lots of pressure and he’s been heavily criticised’, he told ESPN.‘I don’t think he’s going to start against the United States on Saturday and I’m not sure he’s going to start in the World Cup. [Corentin] Tolisso is above him on the left side. I think [Blaise] Matuidi is above him.’Report: Up to seven first team players out for United George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Manchester United have some serious injury problems with up to seven first-team players out.This Saturday, United have a Premier League clash with Leicester City….The former Chelsea defender believes Pogba puts too much pressure on himself in his pursuit of winning individual honours.‘I mean [he] has the talent, but we don’t see it for the national team for the past two or three years.‘Pogba talks about winning the Ballon d’Or and put himself in the situation where right now he cannot [back up] what he says.‘I think he’s a good guy and I think he has the talent, but he puts too much pressure on himself saying he wants to be the Ballon d’Or, that he was the key of the national team, that he wants to be the No 1. Just don’t say anything, just work hard.’France host the USA in their final warm-up match in Lyon this weekend before flying out to Russia.
Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has revealed manager Jurgen Klopp is stopping the players from being distracted by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.The Reds are currently top of the Premier League, six points above second place Spurs with City having slipped to third after back-to-back defeats.Klopp has spoken of his players focusing on their on game and Wijnaldum says the team will not be distracted by what other teams are doing.“When we played Wolves away (the Friday before Christmas) a lot of the players didn’t even know who City or Tottenham were playing,” he said, according to Sky Sports.“We were just focused on our own game and trying to get the most out of that one. That is why it goes so well.”“We are only focused on the things we can control. We can control our own performance. We are only busy with that.”Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“If you are maybe less focused than normal, then you have a manager in Jurgen who will tell you directly that there is no space for doing less or enjoying things too much. He says keep both feet on the ground.”
Former Rangers footballer Derek Johnstone says Scottish FA were right not to take any action against Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos.The forward was involved with Celtic defenders during the last fixture of 2018 played on Saturday at Ibrox and referee John Beaton decided against all expectations not to send him off.Derek Johnstone in his column with Evening times explained why Scottish FA will back the referees decision despite public uproar.The article read:“John Beaton was the man that was on the pitch and in the heat of the battle at Ibrox on Saturday. So, if he sees all of the incidents involving Alfredo Morelos and deems them not to be worthy of any action, then the Scottish FA have to back their man.“We have seen some refereeing decisions -penalties given, players sent off and goals ruled out – this season that I can’t believe.“But if Beaton says that he saw all three incidents with Celtic trio Scott Brown, Anthony Ralston and Ryan Christie and that is satisfied how he dealt with them, fine.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“The non-Rangers fans won’t like it, as always, and they will think ‘there are Rangers getting away with it’.“But there have been plenty of times this season already where we didn’t get away with it and we have been on the other side of it.“We have had our fair share against us this season. The supporters, and the manager, will be delighted that this one has gone for Rangers and that Alfredo won’t face any action.“John Beaton will be pilloried by non-Rangers fans but he has deemed that Morelos wasn’t deserving of a red card. You can argue as much as you like, but the man that matters most is the one in black.“When you watch the Old Firm game back, you can see niggles all over the place but, because it is Morelos and with this reputation people have given him, the incidents involving him seem to get highlighted more.“There were late challenges and bad tackles and things happening all over the place but the referee allowed play to go on so many times when he could have stopped it. It made it a better game, a more entertaining game, because it was flowing more.“It certainly wasn’t Morelos that was causing all the trouble. There were several players that were at it at Ibrox but they were fighting hard and that is what you expect in an Old Firm game.”
Telecom firms will appeal for relaxation in special audits of their accounts as ordered by the government in March this year. (Representational Image)Reuters fileThe Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has pulled up Bharti Airtel Ltd and Vodafone Idea Ltd after the subscribers complained. The issue is related to these companies sending messages to its prepaid subscribers asking them to mandatorily recharge their account balance in order to continue using their services.The companies drew irks from the subscribers as some the messages were sent to those users as well who were holding sufficient balance.The telecom regulators directives come in after Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea had announced a new plan to increase their margin by introducing minimum monthly recharge plans starting at Rs 35.Telecom companies are exploring new ways of boosting their average revenue per user which had taken a hit due to price war triggered by the new entrant, Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. in the telecom sector.TRAI, in a letter, has asked the service providers to clarify the manner in which the current validity of an existing plan would expire. In its letter, Trai has asked operators to duly inform subscribers within three days in a clear and transparent manner the date on which the current validity of an existing plan would expire.Additionally, it has also asked them to inform the manner in which the subscriber can opt for available plans. TRAI has given three days to the TSPs to inform its customers.The letter read that “Till such time operators should not discontinue services of such customers who have balance in prepaid accounts equal to minimum recharge amount.” Last month, Gopal Vittal, Airtel’s chief executive had said that minimum recharge is being introduced to have an enhanced customer experience. He said that “minimum recharge plans would reduce the number of marginal customers, rein in selling, general and administrative expenses, and help focus attention on improving services to premium customers.”Similarly, India’s largest telecom operator by market share, Vodafone Idea had also introduced to increase the ARPU as well to simplify its tariff portfolio. However, the market analyst believes that these basic plans are not going to help the operators given the current market conditions.
By Lauren E. Williams, Special to the AFROOn May 31, TVOne held a private screening of its newest series, “Evidence of Innocence,” at the Internet & Television Association’s movie theater in Washington, D.C. The screening was followed by a panel discussion featuring acclaimed civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who also served as a narrator for the series.Other panelists present to shed light on wrongful convictions and inequities in America’s criminal justice system were Rushion McDonald, executive producer of the new series; Tia A. Smith, executive in charge of production and senior director of programming and production for TVOne; Chanta Parker, special counsel for new initiatives for the Innocence Project; Mike Fletcher, senior contributor for ESPN’s The Undefeated and Linda Lipsen, CEO of the American Association for Justice. The panel was moderated by Roland Martin.From left to right: Rushion McDonald, executive producer of the new series; Tia A. Smith, executive in charge of production and senior director of programming and production for TVOne; and Ben Crump, noted civil rights attorney.Airing every Monday in June, “Evidence of Innocence” is a four-part limited series aimed at raising awareness about inequities within America’s criminal justice system. It is a hour-long crime documentary that tells uplifting, yet unknown, stories of individuals who were convicted of offenses they did not commit and the journey they endured to obtain justice and get their lives back. The victims highlighted in the show include Lisa Roberts, Richard Miles, Melanie Ware, and Mark Schand.“We not only show the injustices, we also let them speak in first person telling their own stories so that you would know this [story] comes from them,” Smith told the audience of about 30. “It was important for us to show the resilience of everyone that participated with this which is so synonymous with our community and culture.”While there are four voices featured on TVOne’s new series, statistics show these voices are far from being alone. According to a 2017 report by the National Registry of Exonerations, a total of 166 wrongly convicted people were declared innocent in 2016. And TIME Magazine reported, on average, there are more than three exonerations per week—more than double the rate in 2011.Also alarming is the racial disparities found in wrongful convictions. According to the same report, while African Americans make up only 13% of population, they constituted 47% of the 1,900 exonerations listed in the National Registry of Exonerations as of October 2016.“Go into any courtroom in America, sit in the back of it and you will see justice is anything but equal,” Crump told a crowd following the screening. “We have to acknowledge that they want to justify or legitimize putting Black and Brown bodies in the prison industrial complex. Now with this administration – I thank God for TVOne – for putting out a counter narrative out there. We have Jeff Sessions in the Department of Justice saying ‘let’s do the most that we can do to put people in prison.’ So, I thank God for this show at this time in America.”
Kolkata: Workers carrying out construction work at the proposed East West Metro project stumbled upon something that resembled a bomb, near the proposed site of Subhas Sarovar Metro station on EM Bypass on Sunday morning. The bomb was recovered from a place on the western side of the proposed station, where tracks are being laid for running of rakes.The labourers working at the site informed their seniors, who contacted the Phoolbagan police station. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsWithin a few minutes, a police team reached the spot and informed the bomb squad of Kolkata Police. The officials from the bomb squad, along with a sniffer dog, was pressed into service and the object was defused.”The bomb had gun powder and splinters in it and if it had exploded, then things could have been worse,” a worker involved with the construction work of the Metro project said. Engineers from Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation Ltd (KMRCL), the implementing agency of the EW Metro project, also visited the spot. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”We have informed the police and they are investigating the matter. Work has resumed at the site,” said Biswanath Dewanjee, Chief Engineer (Civil) of KMRCL.Sleuths who recovered the object, said that it was a bomb shell and the gun powder inside it was not strong enough to cause any explosion or injure anybody.”We are trying to find out how it reached the place,” an investigating officer from Phoolbagan police station said, who seized the object after it was defused.
Rep. Crawford: Override means faster vehicle sales tax relief for MichiganState Rep. Kathy Crawford today voted to accelerate sales tax relief for Michigan families buying motor vehicles by overriding a gubernatorial veto with her House colleagues.The House vote means additional tax relief for people buying cars, trucks and SUVs with a trade-in. Current law calls for phasing in planned sales and use tax deductions on purchases including a trade-in through 2039. With today’s vote, the reductions will be fully implemented a decade earlier.“This legislation makes vehicles more affordable for families across Michigan,” said Crawford, of Novi, after the House joined the Senate in overriding a veto of legislation from Gov. Rick Snyder. “Without this legislation, families will be forced to wait until 2039 to get tax relief on one of the biggest purchases they will ever make. Michigan residents simply can’t wait that long.”The Senate bills overwhelmingly approved by the Legislature were vetoed by the governor in July.The new law speeds reforms approved in 2013, allowing buyers to subtract the value of their trade-ins from the purchase price of a vehicle for sales tax purposes. The accelerated sales tax relief also will apply to boats and recreational vehicles bought with a trade-in. Categories: Crawford News 17Jan House votes to override governor’s veto of tax relief
Traditional pay TV operators in the US are facing an unprecedented challenge and their growth will hinge on the success of their TV Everywhere services, according to new research.As OTT and broadband content services win market share and the number of broadband customers in the US approaches parity with the number of pay TV subs, pressure is on the traditional cable and satellite operators to generate returns from new services, IHS Screen Digest says.By 2016 there will be 99.9 million broadband subs in the US. At the same point there will be 100.4 million cable, DTH and IPTV pay TV subscribers.“Based on our continuing analysis of TV Everywhere and OTT services like Netflix, it’s clear that the US pay TV industry has reached a historic juncture,” said Tom Adams, IHS director and principal analyst for US media research, ahead of a presentation at the Consumer Electronics Show. “Neither print nor audio media have been able to properly capitalise on – or even just withstand – the internet juggernaut. So, the key question for US pay-TV operators in the years ahead is: will TV Everywhere keep customers coming to them, rather than to their OTT competitors, for video entertainment?”
The Arab region is now covered by 1,294 satellite TV channels thanks to a boom in private networks, according to the Annual Report on Arab satellite broadcasting.The 2014 report, issued by the High Committee for Coordination among Arab Satellite Channels (HCCASC) and the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU), claims that 165 public and 1,129 private channels in multiple languages and a variety of specialties are now available in the region.The number of Arab corporations broadcasting or rebroadcasting satellite channels was found to stand at 758, consisting of 29 publicly owned and 729 privately owned companies.“The rise recorded in the number of public channels is mostly attributed to the return of Libyan television channels to broadcast after having disappeared with the revolution, as well as to the creation of more public specialised channels, especially sports ones,” said the report.“In the early nineties of the last century, the number of Arab satellite channels (both public and private) was limited to no more than twenty or thirty channels. The current boom has been brought about mostly thanks to the private sector.“Various factors have helped the proliferation of channels, such as the growing role of the private sector, technology developments and digital satellite broadcasting that offered unlimited opportunities, low cost access and wide prospects for development.”
Game console provider Nintendo is to drop its Nintendo TVii second screen app on August 11 after three years.The service was launched with the Wii U console in 2012 with a dedicated button on the device’s gamepad. TVii allowed uers to search through streaming video services and access a TV guide from the gamepad. It also included personal recommendations and the ability to discuss and rate content.“After almost three years of finding, watching and engaging with Nintendo TVii, we will be ending the service on August 11, 2015. We are deeply thankful for all of the engagement and excitement our users have generated and enjoyed while using the service,” said Nintendo is a statement. The company said that it planned to “focus our resources on other projects”.After TVii is withddrawn, a system update will remove the Nintendo TVii icon from the Wii U Menu and the Wii U GamePad controller’s Home Button Menu. Nintendo said that users will be able to “continue to watch…favorite shows and movies through the multiple Video on Demand applications on the Wii U console”.Nintendo will continue to make content from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube and Crunchyroll available on its devices, while the dedicated button the Wii U can be sued to launch the remote control functionality for TVs.
A couple of years ago, we at Ovum predicted that the globalisation of TV by the likes of Netflix and Amazon would be followed by an intense period of investment and innovation in local video content (see Ovum’s opinion piece “The future of TV: First globalisation, now localisation”). In 2019 and beyond, the battle will get political.Why? The challenge posed to local players by global tech giants is nearing a tipping point. Even in the UK, where national broadcasters and pay TV operators have done more than most to evolve, an Ovum survey of over 1,000 consumers in December found the following:More respondents had access to Netflix (29.7%) than Sky (28.8%), the country’s most popular pay TV service and a world-leader by national market share.Among the much-coveted 16-34-year-old demographic, Netflix had more users (47.0%) than Sky and its Netflix-like Now TV service combined (40.2%).Netflix is also nipping at the heels of broadcaster apps such as BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub for 16-34-year-old users, despite requiring a subscription fee.Nearly half (42.0%) of Netflix users said they watch the service more than any other pay-TV or online video app or platform.About three in five (59.0%) of 16-34-year-olds said they watch YouTube every day, and one in three (31.8%) said they watch it more than any other service.Commercial moves to defend against these trends are already underway. Broadcasters in the UK, France, Spain, and the Netherlands have forged alliances aimed at creating national platforms that can adequately compete with the tech giants. In the coming months and years, the debate will take on a political tone in three key ways:Local players will call for regulatory concessions in “the national interest. “National broadcasters will seek the green light for joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and other strategies that might otherwise be – or already have been – blocked by the authorities. They will highlight their role in creating trustworthy content that drives social cohesion, in investing in local creative industries, and in generally contributing to their host country’s global soft power, while painting the tech giants as biased and opaque, prone to “fake news,” and uninterested in local culture or economies.Telco incumbents will look to broadcaster alliances to boost their “local champion” brands. As competition from the global tech giants grows on a variety of fronts, former telco monopolies will seek to differentiate using their local credentials. In the TV and video market, this could mean aligning with other “national institutions” loved by many local people – broadcasters. BT, for example, has reportedly been exploring making a multi-million pound investment in the BritBox online video venture being spearheaded by the BBC and ITV.Broadcasters will call for top billing on tomorrow’s TV and video platforms by law Historically, TV channels from public service broadcasters (PSBs) such as the BBC have enjoyed placement at the top of traditional TV platforms’ electronic programme guides. PSBs will argue that their content should remain similarly easy to find on the emerging video platforms of Amazon, Apple, Google, and others for many of the “national interest” reasons outlined above. Some have already made progress. On July 4, UK regulator Ofcom issued recommendations to the government aimed at ensuring such “prominence.”The so-called FAANG companies – Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, and Google – will no doubt use their financial might to curry favour with regulators and governments by increasing their investments in local productions, infrastructure, and partnerships and, of course, lobbying.But putting a winning local spin on their global agendas won’t be easy. To paraphrase the former Amazon executive we quoted in our previous piece on localisation: You can have a global service, but there are no global politicians…. There are only local politicians.Straight Talk is a weekly briefing from the desk of the Chief Research Officer. To receive this newsletter by email, please contact us.
A BURGLAR is in custody after he was caught last night trespassing a property in Derry and making off with items that didn’t belong to him.PSNI Foyle say LPT 2 officers have been patrolling rural areas to prevent and deter crime with farms being targeted by thieves for valuable items.A police spokesperson said: “In the early hours of this morning we were called to the Campsie area following a report of a burglary in progress. ShareTweet “Together we can make our communities safer.”If you notice any suspicious activity near properties ring the PSNI on the 101 number.DERRY COPS THE CREAM OF THE CROP AFTER CATCHING MILK CHURN THIEF was last modified: May 29th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: “Four crews raced to circulate the area to locate the culprit.“One male was arrested and a number of items were located in the vicinity of the reporting persons house which had been stolen from that property.One of the items was a large milk churn…”The spokesperson added: “We are out in your communities every night to keep you safe. Report any suspicious activity. campsieDERRY COPS THE CREAM OF THE CROP AFTER CATCHING MILK CHURN THIEFLPT 2PSNI FOYLE