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UEFA will ‘fight’ for Europe’s right to host 2030 World Cup

first_imgPagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR From the 2018-19 season, though, the major European leagues will gain more guaranteed Champions League group stage places. England, Spain, Italy and Germany will receive four spots each.But Ceferin said UEFA is working to ensure cash from the competition is distributed more equitably across Europe.“We will discuss about distribution,” said the Slovenian, who succeeded Michel Platini as head of European soccer last year. “It’s a goal to do it, because if we don’t do it then we cannot develop football in every single country in Europe, and that’s our task. So we are working on it every single day. It’s one of the priorities.”AwardsUEFA is going to start honoring the top retired players who have played in Europe in a hall of fame.“We will spend the next few months creating all the criteria and we’re sure that many players who played in Europe and finished their fantastic careers deserve a place in the hall of fame,” Ceferin said.Ceferin also announced that the UEFA president’s award this year is going to Francesco Totti to recognize his 25-season career with Roma.“He leaves a unique legacy and it is one that should be cherished,” Ceferin said.Video TechnologyUEFA has no plans to introduce video replays in the Champions League next season. The governing body is awaiting the outcome of FIFA’s trials with the technology, including at the Confederations Cup in Russia later this month. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The 2030 tournament is unlikely to be awarded for at least five years, with FIFA’s decision on the 2026 edition expected to come next year, with confirmation of the United States-Canada-Mexico proposal.Ceferin was speaking after a meeting of UEFA’s executive committee in Cardiff where the Champions League is being played on Saturday between Juventus and Real Madrid. Here are some other talking points:Champions League GulfCeferin is concerned that the financial disparities in Europe see the same teams reaching the closing stages of the Champions League every season. Real Madrid was in the 2014 and 2016 finals, and emerged victorious on both occasions, while Juventus contested the 2015 final.“It’s not easy to qualify for small clubs, but it is still possible,” Ceferin said. “We all know the gap is wider and wider and we are working on it with Financial Fair Play. But it’s far from a closed league, far from only an elite competition.”ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin speaks during the press conference at a hotel in Cardiff, Wales Thursday June 1, 2017. The Welsh capital will host the women’s and men’s Champions League finals in the next 3 days. APCARDIFF, Wales — Europe is challenging China’s pursuit of the 2030 World Cup, with UEFA announcing Thursday (Friday Manila time) that it deserves to host the tournament.The 2018 tournament is being staged in Russia, but the next two editions are away from Europe as Qatar is the 2022 host and North America is likely to be awarded the 2026 event.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Breaking rackets along the way, Kyrgios exits French Open View comments Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games “It is Europe’s turn in 2030, clearly,” UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said Thursday. “So we will fight for a European host.”UEFA’s aspirations will face a serious challenge from China, where President Xi Jinping has made it a priority to increase the country’s influence in global soccer. Three of the World Cup sponsors to sign up in the last two years are from China, with smartphone and software maker Vivo the latest on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutChina is eager to mount a bid to host the World Cup for the first time despite current rules effectively blocking another Asian bid before the 2034 edition.A more sentimental bid is likely to come from South America. Uruguay, which staged the first World Cup in 1930, is keen on celebrating the centenary of the soccer showpiece by co-hosting with Argentina.last_img read more

MS Dhoni’s inputs big plus for Kuldeep Yadav and me: Yuzvendra Chahal

first_imgMarch 26, 2015, was the fateful day when India’s challenge in the World Cup ended with a 95-run defeat at the hands of Australia in Sydney. Almost 15 months later, on June 11, 2016, a young leg-spinner from Haryana made his ODI debut for India in Zimbabwe. The debut spell ended with a wicket in his last over and that was how it all started for Indias numero uno leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.While the first outing might not have been the most impressive one, Chahal stamped his class in a T20I game against England when he finished with figures of 6/25 – the best for the Men in Blue in the shortest format of the game.Apart from the wickets that he picked, that game bore testimony to the fact that he was no one-match wonder. And as India gear up for the challenge of lifting the coveted World Cup trophy in England and Wales, Chahal’s role will be of umpteen importance.Speaking to IANS, Chahal said that his partnership with wrist spin partner Kuldeep Yadav has more to it than their own abilities with the ball. So, there is definitely more to it than just hitting the bowling crease for the duo which has impressed all with their performances in series wins in South Africa and Australia in recent times. And that is the help and guidance of the senior members of the team.”Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni) has helped a lot. He tells us how a wicket will play and so it helps us figure things out quickly instead of wasting overs on trying to understand the wicket. So that has been a big plus point for both me and Kuldeep,” he said.advertisementStump mic recordings of the former captain telling Kuldeep and Chahal which areas to bowl in have gone viral multiple times in the past two years. But Chahal says it is not just Dhoni.”Apart from him, Virat (Kohli) and Rohit (Sharma) also always look to help us out. I think in our team every person is their own captain and we all respect each other. So for me and Kuldeep, it was great that we came into a dressing room that had these experienced players who were ready to back us up,” said Chahal.However, the pair have hardly needed any backing since their respective breakthroughs. Chahal had made his debut before Kuldeep and so it is worth noting that since then, the pair have accounted for 159 wickets in just under 45 matches. Their performance in the third ODI against South Africa in February 2018 had led to captain Kohli earmarking them to be India’s “X-factor” in the World Cup.India went on to tour England and Australia in the months since. While the former’s big hitting prowess overpowered them, India would record a 2-1 win over Australia and Chahal ended it as the second highest wicket taker for his team with six scalps. All of these wickets came in the third ODI and his 6/42 was the best by any bowler in Australia. If the fact hadn’t already been established, it was now: Yuzvendra Chahal is a danger regardless of the country he is playing in.Variations are the same but mixing them up better: ChahalThe 28-year-old said that he had not brought any modifications to his bowling technique in these away tours. “I am doing exactly what I have always been doing for the past few years. I have not brought many changes to my game. The variations are the same, but I am a bit more mature in mixing them up now.”Chahal has also been working on the other aspects of his game. “I have worked harder on my fielding and batting. I always feel you need to always add to your skill set and that is what I have tried to do.”His teammates’ reaction to his batting serves as comic relief at times and Chahal does not really mind having a laugh at himself. Evidence of this tendency towards self-depreciating humour could be seen when asked how many bats he would be taking to England.”I’ve taken one each from Virat, Shikhar (Dhawan) and Mahi bhai. Rohit refuses to give one,” he said.We haven’t replaced Ashwin and Jadeja: ChahalThis banter is also a sign of how well Chahal has integrated into the team. However, new places in a team always come at the expense of other players and in this case, Kuldeep and Chahal’s rise has coincided with the fall of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja’s stature in India’s limited overs setup.advertisementWhile Jadeja has plotted a comeback of sorts after the 2018 Asia Cup and is in the mix for the World Cup, Ashwin hasn’t played an ODI match since June 2017. Both continue to be regulars in the Test side though, which is something Chahal has not been able to break into.”It is wrong to say that we replaced them,” said Chahal when asked about the nature of his interactions with the pair whenever they are in the team. “They have played so many matches and have got so many wickets to their name. Comparing us to them would be unfair.”I have not played much with Ashwin but Jadeja has never shied from giving me any advice or helping me out in any way.”The build-up to the World Cup always involves chatter about the conditions. With England being the hosts this time, one could be tempted into thinking that this could be a pacer’s tournament. However, the manner in which England’s batsmen thwarted Pakistan in the recent ODI series between the two sides indicates that bowlers, in general, may not have a great time there while former cricketers like Michael Vaughan say that you might find conditions similar to the ones in the subcontinent. Chahal, however, prefers to wait and watch.”Last year it was a spinning wicket. But that was only last year and we will get to know for sure only when we reach there. Once we do, we have got two weeks to prepare,” he said.When a Dhoni-led Indian team went to Australia in 2015 in an attempt to become the third team after West Indies and Australia to defend a World Cup title, Chahal’s was an obscure name, one of the many grinding away in the Indian domestic circuit in the hope of donning the iconic blue of the national team. Four years later, he is one of India’s biggest weapons as they look to win a third title.Also Read | World Cup 2019: 5 batsmen who can break Sachin Tendulkar’s 16-year-old recordAlso Read | World Cup controversies: Javed Miandad’s antics against India, Prasad teaches Sohail a lessonAlso See:last_img read more

Skys catchup service is now the most comprehens

first_imgSky’s catch-up service is now the “most comprehensive in the UK” according to digital media consultancy Decipher. In its quarterly audit of VOD on the major UK DTV platforms and OTT services, Decipher named Sky as leader in the catch-up space both in the number of channels it has and in its unique assets.However, Netflix was named as the UK video-on-demand frontrunner, with more content than its closest on-demand rivals Virgin Media, Tesco-owned video store Blinkbox and Amazon-owned VOD rival Lovefilm.“One of the key changes in the landscape of UK VOD in the last 6 months has been the introduction, and then the rapid growth, of catch up content on Sky,” said the March Decipher report, claiming this was “historically an area that Sky was weak in.”“It [Sky’s catch-up offering] has grown from a small amount of ITV content, to including catch up from all of the UK’s free-to-air broadcasters, as well as content from Sky’s own channels and others such as History and the Crime & Investigation Network.”In terms of VOD, Netflix was found to have more than 14,000 content assets, having steadily increased its content library each quarter. “Whilst you may not be able to find the latest blockbusters on there, and whilst the content in general may not be as up-to-date as that on Sky, Virgin or Blinkbox, the sheer quantity of movies and especially TV shows puts the US-based service out in front,” said Decipher.last_img read more

BT has agreed a deal to sell Skys lowcost OTT TV

first_imgBT has agreed a deal to sell Sky’s low-cost OTT TV service Now TV to BT TV customers.Sky will make the full Now TV service, which includes content such as Sky Sports, Sky Cinema and the Sky Atlantic channel, available via BT TV set-tops. BT will be able to sell Now TV subscriptions direct to its customers.BT has also agreed to wholesale its BT Sports channels to Sky for the first time, allowing Sky to sell them direct to its satellite customers. BT Sport holds exclusive rights to Champions League football and BT’s package of Premier league matches. Sky customers will now be able to buy BT Sport from Sky as well as from BT.Carrying Now TV means that BT customers will have direct access to Sky Sports. Currently, BT TV customers can only buy Sky Sports Main Event as a bolt-on to their TV service for £27.50 per month, and are not able to choose from the full range of Sky Sports channels.Through Now TV, BT will be able to offer all eleven Sky Sports channels, as well as a Now TV Entertainment passes.BT said the reciprocal deal marked a successful conclusion to years of “on and off” negotiations. The services are expected to be available to customers from early next year.BT CEO Gavin Patterson“This is an important day for BT and for our customers, who will be able to enjoy a whole range of Sky’s sport and entertainment programming on their BT TV boxes,” said BT CEO Gavin Patterson.“This is the next logical step for our TV and content strategy. Having built up an outstanding portfolio of exclusive sports rights and a loyal base of customers, we feel that now is the right time to broaden the ways in which we distribute BT Sport. This agreement fits with our strategic goal of being the best provider in the UK of converged network services, and adding Now TV boosts our growing roster of outstanding content from the likes of Netflix, great pay channels like AMC and all the major catch-up services.”BT’s third-quarter results highlighted the toll that sports costs are taking on the company and its struggle to successfully build on its rights to grow its TV base. The operator, which added only 7,000 TV customers in the three months to March, saw operating costs increase to £1.02 billion, resulting in lower EBITDA.“This deal has taken many years but it is great news for consumers. They don’t have to sign up to different providers. However, this means more to BT giving its ailing TV service, which has been struggling to see meaningful net adds over recent quarter. Hopefully the addition of these premium Sky channels along with the hugely successful BT Sport service, will make BT TV more attractive and drive consumer uptake,” said Paolo Pescatore, SVP, multiplay and media at analyst outfit CCS Insight.“Furthermore this is a significant move for the new head of the combined consumer units of BT and EE. All eyes will now be on the premier league and whatever the outcome both BT and Sky will be in a strong position to air all the premier league matches on their respective platforms. Arguably the biggest losers in this tie up are TalkTalk and Virgin Media.”last_img read more

Nissan to cut hundreds of jobs at UK car plant source

Investment in UK automotive sector plunges by a third © 2018 AFP Explore further Japanese automaker Nissan will axe hundreds of staff at its car plant in northeastern England due to a sharp fall in diesel car sales, a source said Questioned about media reports of hundreds of job losses at Nissan’s factory in the coastal city of Sunderland, a source close to the matter confirmed the news but declined to give a timeframe.The news also comes as Britain’s car sector, which is largely foreign-owned, continues to face Brexit uncertainty on the horizon.The Sunderland plant—which builds the Juke, Leaf and Qashqai car models, many of which are diesel—employs 7,000 workers who produce some 500,000 vehicles per year.However, Nissan saw British sales slump 35 percent in the first quarter on an annual comparison.That mirrors a broader trend across the British automobile industry, with demand sliding on UK government plans to improve air quality.And diesel car sales are also struggling elsewhere in Europe.More and more consumers are choosing to ditch diesel cars in favour of automobiles that are regarded as more environmentally-friendly.The vast bulk of Sunderland-built Nissan cars are exported to elsewhere in Europe.Meanwhile, Friday’s news came as Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK (NMMUK) announced that it would implement a “short term” reduction in volumes at the sprawling Sunderland facility.”As previously communicated, we are transitioning to a new range of powertrains over the next year,” a company spokesman said.”As we make the operational changes required to support this, we will be managing a planned short-term reduction in powertrain supply and plant volumes at NMMUK in line with our 2018 business plan.”We are now discussing these operational changes with our employees.”However the spokesman declined to give any indication of job losses.The news comes after Jaguar Land Rover revealed one week ago that it will cut production and not renew the contracts of around 1,000 temporary workers at its Solihull plant in central England.The group, owned by India’s Tata Motors, blamed “continuing headwinds impacting the car industry”.Japan’s major automakers have meanwhile long expressed concerns about the impact of Brexit on their access to the European market.After receiving private guarantees from the British government, Carlos Ghosn, the head of Nissan, in October 2016 gave the green light to new investments in Sunderland.For its part, Japanese rival Toyota announced in March 2017 a multi-million-pound investment in a car assembly plant in central England, despite Brexit worries.Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union in March 2019 after a shock referendum that was held in June 2016. Citation: Nissan to cut hundreds of jobs at UK car plant: source (2018, April 20) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-nissan-hundreds-jobs-uk-car.html Japanese automaker Nissan will axe hundreds of staff at its car plant in northeastern England due to a sharp fall in diesel car sales, a source told AFP on Friday. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

No Signs of Aliens in the Closest 1300 Stars Hunt Funded by

first_imgWhile the truth might be out there, technological aliens don’t seem to be — at least not yet. New results from the most comprehensive Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) program ever undertaken — which surveyed 1,327 nearby stars for signals from intelligent beings — have turned up empty. “There’s certainly nothing out there glaringly obvious,” Danny Price, an astrophysicist at the University of California, Berkeley, and lead author of a paper about the results, which were published in The Astrophysical Journal, told Live Science. “There’s no amazingly advanced civilizations trying to contact us with incredibly powerful transmitters.” While the team didn’t find anything this time around, Price said that there could be many explanations for the lack of alien signals. Perhaps the search was conducted at the wrong frequencies, or those signals were hidden by radio interference from Earth. Any such undertaking is limited by the methods and discoveries that humans happen to have made in the course of our own history. [9 Strange, Scientific Excuses for Why Humans Haven’t Found Aliens Yet]Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65745-extraterrestrial-intelligence-has-not-phoned-home.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  “In a lot of ways, SETI is a bit of a mirror back on ourselves and our own technology and our understanding of physics,” Price said. The search was conducted as part of the Breakthrough Listen initiative, a 10-year, $100-million endeavor funded by Russian billionaire Yuri Milner that aims to scan the skies for technosignatures: transmissions or other evidence created by technological creatures on other worlds. The initiative, which kicked off in 2015, relies on two of the world’s most powerful telescopes — the 328-foot-diameter (100 meters) Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia, and the 210-foot-diameter (64 m) Parkes Telescope in New South Wales, Australia — to try to eavesdrop on alien communications. In their latest data release, researchers analyzed 1 petabyte (or 1 million gigabytes) of data in both radio and optical wavelengths, looking at more than a thousand stars within 160 light-years of Earth. Several thousand interesting signals appeared during the search, though all turned out to originate from mundane sources, like human-made satellites. The entire gargantuan information catalog will be publicly available on Breakthrough’s Open Data Archive, making it the largest publication of SETI data in the history of the field. Jason Wright, an astrophysicist at Pennsylvania State University who was not involved in the work, told Live Science he was impressed with the researchers’ commitment to public release of their data. “Anyone who thinks the team might have missed something can go over their results and see for themselves,” he said.  Wright has previously calculated that all SETI searches conducted to date amount to combing through the equivalent of a little more than a hot tub’s worth of water in all of our planet’s oceans. The latest addition increases that by 50% in radio wavelengths, he said, or roughly another bathtub’s worth. Price was optimistic that in the future his team will be able to put more stringent limits on the prevalence of life in the universe. The researchers intend to use the upcoming MeerKAT telescope in South Africa, an observatory that will consist of 64 separate 44-foot-diameter (13.5 m) arrays, to search more than a million stars in our galactic neighborhood for extraterrestrial transmissions. While any signal that appeared would have to be carefully scrutinized to ensure it was genuine, Price said such a finding would be truly revolutionary. “I think it would be one of the most important discoveries humankind would ever make,” he said. 15 Amazing Images of Stars 11 Fascinating Facts About Our Milky Way Galaxy 10 Interesting Places in the Solar System We’d Like to Visit Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoDermalMedixDoctor’s New Discovery Makes Foot Calluses “Vanish”DermalMedixUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoLivestlyThe List Of Dog Breeds To Avoid At All CostsLivestlyUndolast_img read more

Tiny Fighting Worms Make One of the Loudest Sounds in the Ocean

first_img 13 Extremely Weird Animal Feet Strange Love: 10 Animals with Truly Weird Courtship Rituals The 10 Strangest Animal Discoveries Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Better Bug Sprays?01:33 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65945-tiny-worms-emit-loud-noise.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35Your Recommended Playlist01:33Better Bug Sprays?04:24Sperm Whale Befriends Underwater Robot01:08Why Do French Fries Taste So Bad When They’re Cold?00:29Robot Jumps Like a Grasshopper, Rolls Like a Ball02:31Surgical Robotics00:29Video – Giggly Robot关闭 Tiny, feisty worms that live off the coast of Japan fight by headbutting each other — and they aren’t quiet about it. During these feuds, the worms emit one of the loudest sounds in the ocean, according to a new study. The source of the underwater hullabaloo is a nearly transparent segmented worm called the Leocratides kimuraorum, which lives inside sponges 279 to 554 feet (85 to 169 meters) deep off the coast of Japan. [The 12 Weirdest Animal Discoveries] These wigglies are just a tad more than an inch (29 millimeters) long and have lengthy tentacles and a big mouth (literally). These seemingly quiet creatures revealed their true nature under the spotlight in the lab. A group of researchers used an instrument called a hydrophone to record 15 pops that were emitted from three kimuraorums as they were fighting. In a marine feud researchers dub “mouth-fighting,” the worms approached each other headfirst with their mouths open. During such encounters, the worms’ pharynx muscles expand rapidly, creating a cavitation bubble that collapses and produces a loud “pop” while the worms launch into each other. The researchers found that these pops can reach 157 decibels in the water (which is a different measurement than decibels in the air). From right next to the water tank, the pops sounded like humans snapping their fingers, lead author Goto Ryutaro, an assitant professor at Kyoto University told Live Science. “Though they probably sound louder if you hear them in the water.” The worms are as loud as snapping shrimps, which are one of the biggest noisemakers in the ocean, the authors wrote. What’s more, they found that these worms did not make any noise when simply disturbed, they only did so when they were fighting. They “may use mouth-fighting to defend territory or living chambers from other worms,” the authors wrote July 8 in the journal Current Biology. “A loud pop may be a byproduct of the rapid mouth attack, but it may also aid intraspecific communication.” A loud noise could somehow determine the victor of the fight or even reveal the whereabouts of nearby worms, they wrote. Originally published on Live Science.last_img read more