The OrvilleFox Networks Group has signed a new multi-year deal with 20th Century Fox Television Distribution to secure exclusive content for Fox in Norway, Finland and Sweden alongside enhanced on-demand rights.The deal will see new shows including X-Men universe series The Gifted, sci-fi series The Orville and supernatural-themed Ghosted made available to Fox’s Nordic viewers alongside catalogue titles including Family Guy. Some shows such as American Dad, New Girl, Modern Family and The Simpsons will only be available in specific markets.Fox operates pay TV channels Fox, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild and Baby TV in the Nordic region, alongside on-demand service Fox+, which it launched at the start of this year in the region in partnership with Modern Times Group’s Viaplay SVOD platform.“The new deal is another milestone in the long-running relationship between the Fox channels in the Nordics and 20th Century Fox Television Distribution, and the calibre of these new titles will fit perfectly alongside the award-winning scripted series we pride ourselves on bringing exclusively to our viewers” said Hans van Rijn, general manager, Fox Networks Group Nordics.“At the start of the year we jointly launched Fox+ across the Nordics with an impressive slate of new and established US dramas and comedies. Now we are thrilled to bring some of the best series to screens across the Nordics available both on TV and on demand.”
Channel 4’s Ian Katz has appointed Kelly Webb-Lamb to the new role of deputy director of programmes and head of popular factual, as changes at the UK broadcaster continue.Kelly Webb-LambWebb-Lamb’s appointment marks Katz’s first recruit since his surprise hire as director of programmes in October last year.Katz, who was a news executive working for the BBC and the Guardian newspaper, effectively replaced C4’s former chief creative officer Jay Hunt.In the new role, Webb-Lamb will work alongside Katz to develop C4’s overall creative strategy and will lead the channel’s on-screen diversity and inclusion strategy.The factual entertainment, features and daytime commissioning teams will report to Webb-Lamb, in addition to the creative diversity team headed by Angela Chan and the nations and regions team headed by Deborah Dunnett.The news comes as C4’s features head Gill Wilson winds down her role to depart in April. It has been stated that she will be departing to take a career break and spend time with her family, with the decision being made at the end of 2017 before Katz joined.C4 will now be recruiting for a head of features and head of factual entertainment, with both roles reporting to Webb-Lamb.Following the departure of Ralph Lee at the end of 2017, C4 will also be recruiting for a head of factual, who will report directly to Katz. It will also look for a head of specialist factual, who, alongside head of documentaries Nick Mirsky, will report into the head of factual.The channel is also currently recruiting for a Dispatches prorgramme starnd editor, following Daniel Pearl’s departure in December.Katz said of Webb-Lamb’s new role: “Kelly is one of the pre-eminent creative leaders in television and has a unique ability to find the sweet spot where public service themes meet popular ideas. She has a track record of championing new ideas and nurturing diverse new voices and I’m delighted she’ll be working alongside me to develop Channel 4’s creative strategy.“Gill has made an immense contribution to the success of Channel 4 over the last five years and leaves the features slate in very strong health. In the short time I’ve worked alongside Gill I‘ve been bowled over by the passion she has for her programmes.“She will be much missed and I am particularly grateful to her for agreeing to stay on at the channel for a few months to help me make the transition to Horseferry Road.”Channel 4’s future remains in flux with the British government determined to move it from its traditional London home to another city, with Leeds, Birmingham and Bristol all touted as new bases.
There has been a flurry of merger and acquisition activity in Europe and the UK recently as incumbent media companies look to insure themselves against the threat of new digital players gaining market share. The latest news is that Comcast has agreed to buy Sky for £29.7 billion, while 21st Century Fox is planning on selling its remaining stake in Sky to Comcast for £11.6 billion. However, the new organisation will need to ensure it retains a close eye on revenue and avoid opaque processes to deliver the best return on investment.The direction of takeovers is mainly coming from the US as already established broadcasters look to new markets abroad to drive revenues at a time of increasing competition in the media industry. Comcast’s takeover of Sky represents a strategic move to drive new revenues in a UK market with further room for growth and to better access other markets in the rest of Europe. Key to the industry’s success is that the advertising ecosystem that UK media organisations have nurtured for the country isn’t disturbed.Traditional broadcasters are now changing their approach to better compete with digital media organisations that are taking market share and are able to deliver content directly to consumers when and where they want it. In response, broadcasters are now directly competing with OTT players online, diversifying into new markets both domestically and abroad or looking at new strategic partnerships with other broadcasters. This is creating a diversity of expectation from consumers – some of whom are loyal to the brands of broadcasters they grew up with and others who want all their content delivered on an “on demand” basis.The UK is forward thinking with its ad inventory, hosted by some of the most innovative media companies in the world. The BBC’s iPlayer was one of the first viable online media players and stood apart for its focus on quality and accessibility which inspired the creators of Netflix to aim higher. Beyond publicly funded organisations, UK media outlets, advertisers and consumers embrace innovation but still manage to find the right balance in the market between compelling content and engaging ad inventory. However, US media companies and UK media companies will need to work together closely to avoid upsetting the apple cart.According to research we conducted recently with OnePoll, over half of UK consumers are worried about the arrival of US companies to the UK media market and 43% are concerned it will lead to more advertising being shown. In fact, restrictions on the number of ads that can be shown are already in place by regulators such as Ofcom. Beyond that media organisations will have to decide which ads should be shown to which consumers at which times and understand how much revenue they are generating as a result. They don’t want anything to happen that is going to prompt a change in advertising’s engagement or that changes the consumer experience for the worse.Following an acquisition or merger, UK media professionals will want process to be diligently followed and for sales data and format to seamlessly align. It is in the best interest of all concerned to ensure legacy systems are integrated quickly so that advertisers can best reach audiences across all their properties. Local regulation for each property must also be followed, pertaining to both the types of content that can be shown under local laws and how user data can legitimately be stored and moved.The opportunity that exists is that, if done correctly, a UK and US media merger could bring about change for the positive. Success for UK and US media companies can be gained by adopting the best approach from each other and maximising the potential of each other’s markets to drive ultimate return on investment. However, this will require complete visibility into workflows and advertising revenue and seamless management across all media properties to unlock their full potential.Mark Gorman is CEO, Matrix Solutions
A police spokesperson said: “Removing these drugs from our community is saving lives.”POLICE SEIZE £150,000 WORTH OF DRUGS IN DERRY was last modified: December 13th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: Police picture show drugs seized by Tactical Support Group on Saturday night in the Foyle area of DerryCOPS are jubilant after taking a massive haul of drugs off the streets of Derry.Police officers from its Tactical Support Group (TSG) conducted a house search in Foyle on Saturday night.During that search, a large amount of drugs with an approximate value of £150,000. foyleOOO WORTH OF DRUGS IN DERRYPOLICE SEIZE £15OTACTICAL SUPPORT GROUP ShareTweet
“This became of pressing concern when the PSNI contacted us to say that they believed these fentanyl type drugs may now be available in Northern Ireland. “Some of them can be 10,000 time stronger than heroin,” she said. Fentanyl is sometimes used in the sedation of large animals, including elephants. However, it can be extremely toxic to humans, with some types 50-100 times more powerful than heroin, while a strain called carfentanyl is 10,000 times more potent. “There could be a big increase in overdose deaths as a result of this.” ShareTweet Victoria Creasy from the Public Health Agency warned that the drug could prove fatal to heroin users. The PHA has said that there are medicines available for those who fear they have taken the drug and have provided a list of symptoms to look out for on their website.The drug fentanyl being mixed with heroin into a deadly cocktail CARFENTANYLCHIEF MEDICAL OFFICERDR MICHAEL MCBRIDEFENTANYLHEALTH CHIEFS WARNING OVER DEADLY HEROIN MIX FOR SALE IN NORTHPublic Health AgencyVICTORIA CREASY THERE are fears that a drug being mixed into heroin being sold in the North of Ireland could be up to “10,000 times more powerful” as the heroin itself. “Even a tiny, tiny amount mixed with heroin, could kill you.” The PSNI declined to provide comment on the drug blend. “We are really trying to get a message out to anyone who uses heroin, who knows anyone who uses heroin and say ‘you need to exercise extreme caution at this time if you are taking heroin.’ HEALTH CHIEFS WARNING OVER DEADLY HEROIN MIX FOR SALE IN NORTH was last modified: May 17th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: The issue came to light after a letter from the North’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride issued a letter to health departments here highlighting the issue.
ShareTweet Neither were injured but they have been left badly shaken.The Racecourse Road was closed at its junctions with Old School Lane and Bradleys Pass for follow up an forensic examinations.Sinn Féin Councillor Sandra Duffy has condemned those responsible for firing shots into a house just off the Racecourse Road in Derry tonight.The house in Racecourse Park was attacked just after 7pm. Sinn Fein councillor Sandra Duffy condemns gun attack on homeDETECTIVES are investigating after gunmen used the cover of Hallowe’en celebrations to fire shots at a house Derry last night.It is believed two shots were fired in the attack in Racecourse Park at about 6.30 pm.Two women were in the house at the time of the gun attack. Councillor Duffy said: .“This must have been a very frightening experience for everyone caught up in this shooting incident.“It’s very sad that when tens of thousands of people were out tonight at the Halloween Festival in the city centre that others were trying to drag our society backwards and bringing guns onto our streets“It’s clear those responsible have nothing to offer society and are at war with the community.“There can be no justification for such actions and I would encourage anyone with information about this incident to bring it forward to the police,” she added.CONDEMNATION AFTER WOMEN CHEAT INJURY IN DERRY GUN ATTACK was last modified: November 1st, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: Bradley’s PassCONDEMNATION AFTER WOMEN CHEAT IN JURY IN DERRY GUN ATTACKPSNIRACECOURS PARKsandra duffySINN FEIN COUNCILLOR
A Cambodian Spring, which received lottery funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland through NI Screen, took over a decade to complete including six years Chris spent living and filming in Cambodia.“I am absolutely thrilled to be nominated,” Chris said. “The film took more than 10 years to make and would never have been finished without the hard work and commitment of so many other people working on it, not to mention the bravery and commitment of the film subjects. “I hope that this nomination brings some much deserved attention to the situation in Cambodia and the ongoing work of the film subjects.” Earlier the director of The Favourite paid tribute to the movie’s trio of star actresses following its 12 Bafta nominations. The Favourite has been nominated for best film and outstanding British film, and its stars Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz have all received nominations. Director Yorgos Lanthimos, who has also received a nomination in the director category, said: “Thank you to Bafta for honouring The Favourite and acknowledging the passion and dedication, from so many departments, that went into making our film.”Colman’s nomination in the leading actress category for her role as Queen Anne in the dark comedy-drama, comes just days after winning a Golden Globe. Her co-stars Weisz and Stone have both received nods in the supporting actress category.Along with Weisz and Stone, Amy Adams, Claire Foy and Margot Robbie are in the supporting actress category for their roles in Vice, First Man and Mary, Queen of Scots respectively. Colman will compete against Glenn Close for The Wife, Lady Gaga for A Star Is Born, McCarthy for Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Viola Davis for Widows. The supporting actor nominees are Adam Driver for BlacKkKlansman, Mahershala Ali for Green Book, Richard E Grant for Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Sam Rockwell for Vice and Timothee Chalamet for Beautiful Boy. Golden Globe winners Christian Bale (Vice) and Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody) have also been given Bafta nominations in the leading actor category. The pair will do battle with Bradley Cooper for A Star Is Born, Steve Coogan for Stan and Ollie and Viggo Mortensen for Green Book. Debut director Cooper also received his first Bafta directing nomination for A Star Is Born and is up against Spike Lee for BlacKkKlansman, Pawel Pawlikowski for Cold War and Lanthimos for The Favourite. Along with The Favourite, the best film nominees are BlacKkKlansman, Green Book, Roma and A Star Is Born.Derry moviemaker ‘thrilled’ at BAFTA nomination for film on Cambodia was last modified: January 11th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: Movie maker Chris Kelly up for a BAFTA nominationA Derry man has said he is “thrilled” after being nominated for a Bafta award.Chris Kelly has been nominated in the Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer at the 2019 EE British Academy Film Awards for his feature documentary A Cambodian Spring. ShareTweet A Cambodian SpringArts CouncilChris KellyDerry moviemaker ‘thrilled’ at BAFTA nomination for film on CambodiaNI Screen
‘Action needed to deal with Brexit health threat’ – DuffyBREXITCOUNCILLOR SANDRA DUFFYDEPARTMENT OF HEALTHRoyal College of RadiologistsSinn Fein “In the past week the Head of the Civil Service voiced what he termed as ‘serious concerns’ with regards to the impact of a hard border. The Health Department’s Permanent Secretary needs to be just as clear with the public regarding the potential implications for our health system.“The Royal College of Radiologists also warned that Brexit is likely to cause a delay to some cancer tests and treatments. This will no doubt impact on patient care.“Furthermore, the BMA have written directly to the British Prime Minister stressing that it has repeatedly warned that a ‘no deal’ Brexit will have catastrophic consequences for patients, the health workforce and health services.“While referring in particular to the supply of medicines and medical radioisotopes, the BMA warned that there isn’t a single part of the health service that will be unaffected by the departure from the EU. Sinn Fein health spokesperson Sandra DuffyTHE Department of Health must produce committed action plans to deal with the threat to the service posed by Brexit, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Councillor Sandra Duffy has said.“Genuine fears for the provision of health and social care services from representative bodies are growing and becoming more vocal,” said Cllr Duffy. ShareTweet “As more and more representative bodies identify ongoing concerns with the lack of a coherent Brexit response plan, it becomes ever more crucial that we see committed action from the Department of Health.”‘Action needed to deal with Brexit health threat’ – Duffy was last modified: March 15th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags:
Next PostOak Hill Woman Breaks Into Home Looking For Makeup Mail Google+ Previous PostMISSING: Mercer County Teenage Boy The West Virginia Mountaineers have hired Troy‘s Neal Brown to a six-year deal to be their new football coach, sources told ESPN on Friday.The move comes only two days after former Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen was officially hired at Houston.Brown, 38, is one of only six FBS coaches with 10 victories in each of the past three seasons.Brown’s hiring was first reported by Yahoo! Sports.A disciple of Hal Mumme’s and Mike Leach’s “Air Raid” offenses, Brown has a 35-16 record in four seasons at Troy. After going 4-8 in his first season, the Trojans are 31-8 the past three seasons combined and won three bowl games. They won the 2017 Sun Belt Conference title and were co-Sun Belt East champions this past season.In 2017, the Trojans upset No. 25 LSU 24-21, which ended the Tigers’ 49-game nonconference winning streak at Tiger Stadium.Holgorsen went 61-41 in eight seasons at West Virginia.ESPN’s Jake Trotter contributed to this report. Facebook Pinterest Tumblr Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at email@example.com Home NewsWatch Sources: WVU hires Troy’s Brown as new coach NewsWatchSportsSports FeaturesSports NewsState NewsTop StoriesWVU Sources: WVU hires Troy’s Brown as new coach By Tyler BarkerJan 04, 2019, 13:14 pm 622 0 Twitter Linkedin
The dollar index closed late on Wednesday afternoon in New York at 81.44. When trading began in the Far East shortly thereafter on their Thursday morning, the index traded flat until noon in Hong Kong. Then away it went to the upside for the second day in a row, with the rally topping out at 82.05 around 11:20 a.m. in New York, shortly after London closed for the day. After that it traded pretty flat into the close. The index finished Thursday at 82.005, up about 56 basis points.In the face of a negative day for the metal itself, the gold shares did rather well, and the HUI managed to eke out a small gain, closing the day up 0.80%.With the exception of one mining company, all the stocks in Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down on the day. The index closed lower by 0.82%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that only 9 gold contracts were posted for delivery later today within the Comex-approved depositories and, true to form, JPMorgan stopped 8 of them in its proprietary trading account. This completes the deliveries in both gold and silver for the August month.But the big surprise was the first notice day in silver, as 1,661 contracts were posted for delivery next Tuesday. It wasn’t the amount that was a surprise, it was the identity of the big short/issuer, who turned out to be none other than JPMorgan Chase with 985 contracts out of it’s in-house [proprietary] trading account. There was quite a list of short/issuers, each with a decent amount of contracts issued.The list of long/stoppers was also a bit of a surprise. As usual for first notice day, there were a couple of dozen of them, but the major ones were Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia with 825, Credit Suisse in its proprietary trading account with 241, and JPMorgan in its client account with 233 contracts.The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is link here, and is definitely worth a minute or so of your time.For the second day in a row there were no reported changes in GLD or SLV, and no sales report from the U.S. Mint.Over at the Comex-approved depository in gold, there was only 514 troy ounces shipped out the door, and none was received.In silver there was 658,320 troy ounces received, and 260,846 troy ounces shipped out. The link to that activity is here.I have a decent number of stories again today, and some of them are quite important, so I hope you have the time to read the ones that interest you.I remember writing over the past year or two about the discovery of a silver cache in a ship sunk in World War II by a German U-boat. The SS Gairsoppa was discovered in 2011 and salvage efforts have been underway since. It made the news a month or so ago, as silver bars were raised to the surface amid the glare of TV cameras.In a little-noticed story and buried at the end, the recovery efforts were recently not extended due to concerns that the price of silver was too low. Hey, it’s one thing when the price goes below the cost of production, but you know silver is really cheap when it goes below the cost of recovery as sunken treasure. – Silver analyst Ted Butler, 28 August 2013I wouldn’t read much into yesterday’s price action in either metal, except for what I noted at the top of this column, that the two rallies of any substance yesterday both got dealt with in the usual manner during the Comex trading session.But the big surprise yesterday, at least for me, was the fact that JPMorgan Chase ended up as the largest of the short/issuers in silver on First Day Notice, and even more surprising was the fact that Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia was the biggest long/stopper.It’s always been my opinion that, along with JPMorgan Chase, Canada’s Scotiabank/Scotia Mocatta was the number two player on the short side in both gold and silver, and that this delivery of a bit more than 4.1 million ounces of silver would take a very large bite out of what Scotiabank is still short.As the CFTC pointed out on their website late last year, “The October 2012 Bank Participation Report includes COMEX gold and COMEX silver futures and options positions for a newly classified non-U.S. bank, based upon the entity’s self-description on its latest CFTC Form 40. Given the methodology of the Bank Participation Report, the entity’s most recent Form 40 submission results in all of its futures and options positions now being included within the report.” That notification is still posted on the CFTC’s website here, so you can read it for yourself if you doubt me. Ted Butler mentioned the possibility that it might be Scotiabank, and almost instantly I was 100 percent convinced that it was, as the fit was perfect.Shortly after that, I got into a long e-mail discussion with someone from Scotiabank’s head office, and he would neither confirm nor deny it. The entire thread was posted in this space late last year as it developed.Here are the current Bank Participation Reports for both silver and gold . Chart #4 on each is most applicable, and you’ll need to use the ‘Click to Enlarge’ feature to bring them up to full screen size. Please note how the non-U.S. bank category in both metals blew out in October 2012. Those were the Comex futures positions of the bank that the CFTC was referring to. It only lacked a name, and I was happy to provide it.(Click on image to enlarge)(Click on image to enlarge)If anyone at Scotiabank or Scotia Mocatta reads this and can prove I’m wrong with some hard facts and figures, mainly the last five years of the CFTC Form 40, I’ll be happy to print a retraction. They’ve had that opportunity on many occasions since last October, but I haven’t heard a peep from them.The other news event that I find interesting is the fact that the White House may go it alone in Syria. If they do, in fact, do that, it wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if that event, or the blowback from it, is what launches the precious metal prices to the moon. As I’ve said on many occasions, when the precious metals are finally allowed to go ballistic, it will be hidden behind the skirts of a major world event. It could have been economic, financial or monetary up until this point, and still could be, however military adventurism was never an option I considered until now. I was always wary that another 9/11 event would be sprung on us by the powers that be. As Ron Paul so correctly stated, you have to be on the look-our for obvious false-flag events.We’ll see what happens going forward.Today, at 3:30 p.m. EDT, we get the latest Commitment of Traders Report for positions held at the close of Comex trading on Tuesday. I’m not really sure what to expect, but I’m prepared for the worst, while hoping for the best. Whatever the numbers turn out to be, I’ll have them for you in tomorrow’s missive.Both gold and silver were sold down a bit in Far East trading on their Friday, and as you’ve already noted the moment that London opened, both these metals got sold down even more. Volumes are pretty heavy for this time of day, especially in silver. The dollar index is flat, hovering just below the 82 mark. And as I hit the send button on today’s column at 5:17 a.m. EDT, gold is down about eleven bucks, and silver is down about 20 cents.That’s more than enough for today. Enjoy your weekend, or what’s left of it if you live west of the International Date Line, and I’ll see you here tomorrow. 4.1 million ounces of silver would take a very large bite out of what Scotiabank is still shortThe gold price got sold down about ten bucks during the first hour of trading in Hong Kong and then traded in a tight $10 price range for the remainder of the Thursday trading session. The two small rally attempts in New York, one at the Comex open and the other during their lunch hour, didn’t get far. The last rally, such as it was, died just minutes before the Comex close. The highs and lows aren’t worth mentioning.Gold finished the trading day in New York on Thursday at $1,407.20 spot, down $10.60 from Wednesday. Volume, net of what few rollovers there were, came in around the 143,000 contract mark.The price pattern in silver had a little more shape to it, but was very similar to gold’s. Silver got sold down two bits in the early going in Far East trading. The tiny rally that began during the Hong Kong lunch hour got sold down hard. Then the rally that began late in the morning in London got dealt with a few minutes after the Comex open, and the last rally attempt died at the Comex close.After that, the silver price got sold back below the $24 spot price mark, and then traded sideways into the 5:15 p.m. electronic close.Silver finished the day at $23.87 spot, down 52 cents from Wednesday. Net volume was pretty heavy at 48,000 contracts, with almost all of it in the new front month for silver, which is December.Both platinum and palladium sold off gently in every market on Planet Earth yesterday. Here are the charts.
Flood waters rose another inch and a half in Greene County Wednesday night, creeping into homes, cars and neighborhoods along the Black Warrior River.In Forkland’s McCrory Village, everything is nearly underwater. Property owners are stuck getting in and out via boat unless they have another place to stay while the water is still high. In all, 42 families were affected by the flooding.Keri Moore and her family are sticking it out at their home, saying they haven’t lost anything yet. But if the rain keeps coming and the water keeps rising, it might be inevitable. Moore said she’s praising her good neighbors and the Greene County Sheriff’s Office for keeping an eye on their neighborhood.“I know they have been patrolling the area just to make sure people aren’t coming in and preying on people while they are at their weakest, because sometimes people prey on those who are in the roughest times,” she said. “So we are thankful that they are coming through and checking on things and making sure our things are safe and secure, that everyone is taken care of and they’re helping out as much as they can when they can.”Residents said this is the highest they’ve seen the Black Warrior in nearly 20 years.
TweetPinShare0 Shares PHILADELPHIA — Top of the division is nice. Winning the East sounds even better for the surprising New York Islanders.Cal Clutterbuck scored the deciding goal in the seventh round of the shootout to lead the scuffling Islanders to a needed 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Feb. 5. “There wasn’t really a plan, just hit a hole,” he said.Clutterbuck hit the open one and the Islanders remained firmly in the hunt for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Tampa Bay was the lone team to catch after a three-game losing streak kept the Metropolitan Division leading Islanders from gaining valuable ground in the standings“It was a lot more the way we wanted to play than the last couple have been,” Islanders captain John Tavares said.Clutterbuck scored just his fifth goal of the season in regulation, and Mikhail Grabovski scored his eighth. Frans Nielsen got a puck past Steve Mason on the first shot of the shootout, and Wayne Simmonds scored on Philadelphia’s last tying attempt in the third round.“There are some other things I can do that can be beneficial to the boys,” Clutterbuck said of his goal outburst.After Clutterbuck’s wrister got past Mason, Sean Couturier was denied by Jaroslav Halak on the tying attempt and Philadelphia’s season-high four-game winning streak was over.“We needed it and we got to keep it going now,” Tavares said.Mason had 28 saves. Nick Schultz and Chris VandeVelde scored in regulation on a scarcity of shots for the Flyers.“I don’t think we were happy with the overall effort in tonight’s game, but my job’s not to worry about what’s going on, just make the save,” Mason said. “I didn’t make enough of them, obviously.”With NHL points leader Jake Voracek and fellow All-Star Claude Giroux unable to get on track, the Flyers struggled to generate any offense. They took just six shots in the first period and five more in the second.But the Flyers did make the most of their limited opportunities, scoring twice on their first eight shots on Halak, who had 16 saves.Schultz put the Flyers up 1-0 on his second goal of the season. Both goals have come over the last three days — which makes his production almost like Sidney Crosby after he went 125 games without one before last week. He had not scored since he played for Edmonton on April 28, 2013.VandeVelde made it 2-0 in the second on a shot from the circle moments after coach Craig Berube used a timeout to spark the Flyers.Philadelphia’s momentum was short-lived. Grabovski scored an unassisted goal late in the period and Clutterbuck scored his first goal since Dec. 13 off a rebound to even the score at 2.The Flyers did get some rare production from Vincent Lecavalier, who had two assists. The four-time All-Star, drafted No. 1 overall by the Lightning in 1998, has been a bust since the Flyers signed him in the summer of 2013. He was a healthy scratch for a spell this season and was demoted to the fourth line.Philadelphia’s dim playoff hopes could get a boost with the return of defenseman Kimmo Timonen.Timonen, who turns 40 in March, has sat out all season because of blood clots in his lower right leg and lungs and will skate Friday with the goal of returning to the lineup. He said he’ll skate on his own for 7 to 10 days before a potential return to full practice with his teammates.Timonen and general manager Ron Hextall both said during an in-game press conference they would not risk the veteran defenseman’s health just so he could finish his career on his skates.“I think the biggest thing for you to need to know is the bleeding factor,” Timonen said. “I’ve seen a couple (of) articles that say, ‘What happens if Kimmo gets cut on the ice?’ There’s no bleeding factor because on gamedays I can’t be on blood thinners.”Timonen stood by his decision that he will retire after this season.(DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer)
FLUSHING, NY— The gates of the US Open were open to the public for Community Day on September 8. Among the young players on the courts, Stefanos Tsitsipas is one to watch. The #1 ranked junior played his third round match on Court 13, winning in straight sets 6-2, 7-5 against Germany’s Marvin Moeller. The National Herald was courtside for the match which featured some incredible shots by the young Greek player. Fans in the stands were impressed with the high quality of play calling out “Beautiful shot!” several times for Tsitsipas. The 18-year-old, juggling schoolwork and tennis, showed remarkable poise on the court, moving well, and showing a variety to his game that many players lack. When some players are content to stay back and play long baseline rallies, Tsitsipas will hit an approach shot and come into net. He showed good touch in the points at the net and power from the baseline. Playing with intense concentration, Tsitsipas is clearly a player to be reckoned with on the junior circuit. When it seemed the second set might get out of hand, he regrouped quickly, not letting the mental aspect of the game affect his obvious technical skill. It shouldn’t be long before Tsitsipas is a household name, at least among the tennis fans of the world. TNH spoke with his father and coach Apostolos Tsitsipas before the match about the grueling tennis schedule and the young Tsitsipas’ dedication to the sport. He noted the hot, humid conditions and hoped his son would play later in the day when the temperature cooled off.Stefanos Tsitsipas was born and raised in Athens, and has been coached by his father since childhood. His father’s family hails from Thessaly. The family is an athletic one, dad as coach, Stefanos’ mother, Julija Apostoli, was a former pro tennis player, and grandfather, Sergei Salnikov, was a Russian soccer player and coach who won the gold at the Melbourne Olympics in 1956. Stefano’s younger brother also plays tennis, and is ranked number one in his age group. The family travels with Stefano, his dad told TNH, having weighed the options, it was important to support Stefanos and his tennis career any way they could. “It’s good to be ambitious,” he noted, “But it should be a healthy ambition, not comparing yourself to others because everyone is different, each child is different. Step by step, you follow a path, the road is different for each person, but what is most significant is whether or not you’re happy.” Traveling 30 weeks a year on the tennis tour is tough, but the family helps Stefanos deal with the stress of being in a new place practically every week. His dad also cautions his son to take his time when making big decisions, like whether to go to college or turn pro. Several offers from American universities, including John McEnroe’s alma mater Stanford, along with full scholarships for tennis may be tempting to some, but Stefanos is focused on his goal. He wants to play tennis. His dad pointed out that he is decisive, and there are no half measures for Stefanos. “He has to give 100%,” his father said. So far it seems to be working.In 2016, he won the first Grand Slam tennis title ever for Greece with his junior boys’ doubles win, along with Estonian Kenneth Raisma, at Wimbledon. As reported on the US Open website, Stefanos would like to inspire more Greeks to play the sport he loves, “I play for myself, and for my country. I want to see more kids playing tennis like I did and make the sport grow.”His dad also sees Greece as ideal for tennis especially with its mild climate. Where else can tennis be played outdoors more than 250 days a year? Incentives and support are needed in Greece to get kids playing and keep them playing. Encouragement, in the form of awarding prizes, can truly make a difference in motivating kids to even higher levels of achievement. For Stefanos, the next step is moving up in the ATP rankings. Once he makes it to the Top 200, he can play in the qualifying tournament for the Australian Open where the Greek community will undoubtedly appreciate his efforts, as they did last year when Stefanos played an exhibition match against Greek-Australian pro Thanasi Kokkinakis. His father noted the huge crowd and the support from the diaspora Greeks was unexpected but deeply appreciated. Stefano’s continuing success is an example and a point of pride for all Greeks.On Friday, Tsitsipas won his quarterfinal match against his doubles partner Kenneth Raisma 6-1, 7-6 (7-4). Next, he faces Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime in the semifinals.TweetPinShare0 Shares
ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece (AP) — The flame for the 2018 Pyeongchang Games has been lit at birthplace of the ancient Olympics Tuesday, despite a brief cloudburst that disrupted the sun-reliant ceremony.It launched a long torch relay that will culminate with the winter Games opening on Feb. 9.Using fire kept from a rehearsal, an actress playing an ancient pagan priestess ignited the torch in front of the 2,600-year-old Temple of Hera in the southern Greek Peloponnese region.She then passed the flame to the first relay runner, Greek skier Apostolos Angelis, who ran with it for a short distance before handing over to former Manchester United soccer player Park Ji-sung, a South Korean.Missed the #OlympicFlame ceremony? Watch it on our Greek page https://t.co/4aQ27tVuUJ pic.twitter.com/BOr0Yb7UhY— euronews (@euronews) October 24, 2017From the verdant, rain-soaked valley of Ancient Olympia, where the Games of antiquity were held for more than a thousand years, the flame will course through Greece for eight days and reach South Korea on Nov. 1.Despite tensions between the U.S. and North Korea — with which the south remains technically at war — organizers insist there is no fear for the Feb. 9-25 Winter Games.“We want the international community to understand that we are committed to hosting a safe and secure” Games, organizing committee chief Lee Hee-beom said during Tuesday’s lighting ceremony.The ski resort town of Pyeongchang lies about 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of the world’s most heavily armed border that divides the two Koreas.The International Olympic Committee has also stressed that there is no cause for concern. IOC president Thomas Bach made no direct reference to the tensions Tuesday, only saying during his speech that the Games “stand above and beyond all the differences that divide us.”Normally, the flame-lighting ceremony involves the priestess offering a token prayer to the dead pagan gods of Olympia — a major ancient Greek sanctuary — before using a bowl-shaped mirror to focus the heat of the sun’s rays on her torch.But with rain forcing officials to huddle under umbrellas, there was no hope.“Sorry for the rain,” Greek Olympic Committee chief Spyros Capralos joked.Many Greek and foreign visitors attend the ceremony. Security measures in the area are very tight.Actress Katerina Lehou as high priestess, right, lights the Olympic torch during the lighting ceremony of the Olympic flame in Ancient Olympia, southwestern Greece, on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. The flame will be transported by torch relay to Pyeongchang, South Korea, which will host the Feb. 9-25, 2018 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)Torch bearer Greek cross-country skier Apostolos Angelis, left, passes the flame to the South Korean former soccer player Park Ji-Sung during the lighting ceremony of the Olympic flame in Ancient Olympia, southwestern Greece, on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. The flame will be transported by torch relay to Pyeongchang, South Korea, which will host the Feb. 9-25, 2018 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)Actress Katerina Lehou as high priestess, right, holds up the Olympic torch during the lighting ceremony of the Olympic flame in Ancient Olympia, southwestern Greece, on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. The flame will be transported by torch relay to Pyeongchang, South Korea, which will host the Feb. 9-25, 2018 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)Actress Katerina Lehou as high priestess, right, lights the torch of bearer Greek cross-country skier Apostolos Angelis during the lighting ceremony of the Olympic flame in Ancient Olympia, southwestern Greece, on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. The flame will be transported by torch relay to Pyeongchang, South Korea, which will host the Feb. 9-25, 2018 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)Actress Katerina Lehou as high priestess, center, holds up the Olympic torch during the lighting ceremony of the Olympic flame in Ancient Olympia, southwestern Greece, on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. The flame will be transported by torch relay to Pyeongchang, South Korea, which will host the Feb. 9-25, 2018 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)IOC President Thomas Bach, lower center right, greets Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos during the lighting ceremony of the Olympic flame in Ancient Olympia, southwestern Greece on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. The flame will be transported by torch relay to Pyeongchang, South Korea, which will host the Feb. 9-25, 2018 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)People form shapes that make up the Olympic rings just before the lighting ceremony of the Olympic flame in Ancient Olympia, southwestern Greece on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. The flame will be transported by torch relay to Pyeongchang, South Korea, which will host the Feb. 9-25, 2018 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)People gather to watch the lighting ceremony of the Olympic flame in Ancient Olympia, southwestern Greece on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. The flame will be transported by torch relay to Pyeongchang, South Korea, which will host the Feb. 9-25, 2018 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)IOC President Thomas Bach speaks during the lighting ceremony of the Olympic flame in Ancient Olympia, southwestern Greece on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. The flame will be transported by torch relay to Pyeongchang, South Korea, which will host the Feb. 9-25, 2018 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)TweetPinShare33 Shares
ZURICH (AP) — The judge and prosecutor removed from FIFA’s ethics committee in May have set up an agency to advise on integrity in sports.The new Sports Governance Unit says German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert and Swiss prosecutor Cornel Borbely will lead the Zurich-based firm.The agency says “fans and sponsors expect more and more transparency and organizational governance standards.”Eckert and Borbely were effectively fired by FIFA President Gianni Infantino at the soccer body’s congress in Bahrain.Amid reports Infantino was being investigated for possible wrongdoing, the move was seen as attacking the independence of an ethics committee that had banned several senior officials since 2012, including then-FIFA President Sepp Blatter.The new agency will “advise associations, clubs, sponsors and governments on issues in the context of good governance, integrity and compliance.”TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is the cover athlete for the NBA 2K19 standard edition video game.The two-time NBA All-Star known as the “Greek Freek” is the first international player to be featured on the cover.Antetokounmpo says he has “worked hard to earn recognition in the NBA and being on the cover of NBA 2K10 is a dream come true.”NBA 2K19 will be available Sept. 11.LeBron James was previously announced as the cover star for the NBA 2K19 20th anniversary edition available on Sept. 7.FILE – In this March 29, 2018, file photo, Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of an NBA basketball game, in Oakland, Calif. Antetokounmpo is the cover athlete for the NBA 2K19 standard edition video game. The two-time NBA All-Star known as the “Greek Freek” is the first international player to be featured on the cover. Antetokounmpo says he has “worked hard to earn recognition in the NBA and being on the cover of NBA 2K10 is a dream come true.”(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)FILE – In this Sept. 25, 2017, file photo, Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo poses for photos during the NBA basketball team’s media day in Milwaukee. Antetokounmpo is the cover athlete for the NBA 2K19 standard edition video game. The two-time NBA All-Star known as the “Greek Freek” is the first international player to be featured on the cover. Antetokounmpo says he has “worked hard to earn recognition in the NBA and being on the cover of NBA 2K10 is a dream come true.”(AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)TweetPinShare88 Shares
MILAN — AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso is stepping down by “mutual agreement,” the Italian club confirmed Tuesday.The announcement came shortly after the club also said sporting director Leonardo has resigned, with chief executive Ivan Gazidis beginning a shakeup after the team failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League.“AC Milan announces Gennaro Gattuso will leave his role as the club’s first team manager by mutual agreement with immediate effect,” Milan said in a statement. “The club will now conduct a recruitment process for a new full-time manager for the first team.”Gattuso, who played 13 years for Milan, replaced Vincenzo Montella as coach in November 2017.Official Statement: Gennaro Gattuso https://t.co/IdsKHwFceH Comunicato Ufficiale: Gennaro Gattuso https://t.co/e3cMb9clW9 pic.twitter.com/596eyVQTbz— AC Milan (@acmilan) May 28, 2019He led the team to a sixth-place finish in Serie A last year and fifth this season, a point behind Atalanta and Inter Milan and the final Champions League qualifying places.“Gennaro stepped into the role during what was a difficult period for the club and has performed admirably, securing the club’s highest league points total since 2012-13,” the statement continued. “AC Milan must now look to the future, whilst ensuring continuity, financial stability and sustainable growth.”Gattuso had a contract until June 2021 but it has been widely reported by Italian media that the 41-year-old waived a payoff or payment for the final years of his contract — a sum of around 11 million euros.“I have had the privilege to get to know Rino Gattuso over the past six months since my arrival at the club,” Gazidis said, using the former midfielder’s nickname. “Rino has given everything to our efforts this season, and has worked tirelessly, always taking full responsibility, putting the club above every other consideration.“I want to say from the bottom of our hearts, thank you Rino.”TweetPinShare4949 Shares
MADRID — Eden Hazard donned Real Madrid’s all-white kit for the first time Thursday as the Belgium forward was presented to tens of thousands of fans at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium following his club record transfer from Chelsea.“It was my dream since I was very young to play for Real Madrid, and now I am here and I only want to enjoy the moment,” Hazard said after passing a medical exam and signing a five-year contract with club president Florentino Pérez. “I can’t wait to start playing with Real Madrid in this shirt and win many titles.”After changing his gray suit and tie for Madrid’s shirt and shorts, Hazard kicked several balls to spectators packing the stands.Madrid announced last week that it had acquired the 28-year-old playmaker from Chelsea for a reported fee of around 100 million euros ($113 million) plus add-ons, making him the club’s most expensive signing ever.Hazard will be tasked with becoming the leader of the 13-time European Cup winner since the exit of Cristiano Ronaldo last summer. Without Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane’s side failed to compete for any major title.Madrid hopes that Hazard can provide the missing link between midfielder Luka Modric and striker Karim Benzema to produce the goals that dried up following the exit of Ronaldo.Hazard helped Chelsea win the Premier League and Europa League twice, the FA Cup and the English League Cup. At last year’s World Cup he led Belgium to a third-place finish.Pérez, who had not made a major signing in several years, has spent big in recent weeks to revamp his squad.Besides Hazard, the club has spent at least another 100 million euros on forward Luka Jovic and left back Ferland Mendy. It also plans to incorporate defender Eder Militao and forward Rodrygo, signed during the last two seasons.But Hazard is the key piece to Zidane’s plans to return Madrid to the top.TweetPinShare0 Shares
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“The parade is a great opportunity to celebrate Italian Heritage and cheer on the members of our armed forces who serve and protect us here at home,” said Parade Organizer Louis Strazzullo, “It is a wonderful day of neighborhood celebration, heritage and fun for the whole family.”Best viewing downtown is along Congress and State Streets, on the waterfront along Atlantic Ave. at Columbus Park and in the North End along Commercial, Hanover and Endicott Streets. A bandstand will be set up on Hanover Street at the Prado / Paul Revere Mall. The Bi-Annual Columbus Day Parade will take place on Sunday October 8th, beginning at City Hall Plaza at 1:00PM. The parade will make its way through downtown Boston and the waterfront, past the Christopher Columbus Park and into the North End. The parade will include Boston Police and Fire honor guard, military personnel and vehicles, marching bands, drum & bugle corps, antique cars, Italian heritage and neighborhood groups, floats, duck boats and thousands of other participants.From City Hall Plaza, the parade will proceed onto Cambridge Street, turn right onto New Sudbury Street, right onto Congress Street, left onto State Street, left onto Atlantic Avenue, continue onto Commercial Street, left onto Battery Street, left onto Hanover Street, right onto Cross Street, right onto Endicott Street, right at North Washington Street, right onto Commercial Street for dispersal. The parade route will be closed to traffic from approximately 11 AM to 3:30 PM.*Advertisement*