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Vijender Singh accepts British boxer Amir Khan’s challenge for a bout in India

first_imgIndian boxing sensation Vijender Singh today accepted the challenge of British boxing ace of Pakistan origin Amir Khan for having a fight in India. Amir Khan who has been training intensively for his much-anticipated WBC title contest against Mexico’s Saul Canelo Alvarez want to fight against Vijender Singh soon in India.Commenting on Amir’s challenge Vijender said: “I accept the challenge of Amir Khan and I am sure this fight will be a big boost to boxing in our country. As we both fight in different weight categories so will have to see whether Amir gains or I have to lose weight. I have started my professional boxing career last year only and have made only 4 appearances in the pro ring. It might take me just one more year when I will be ready to fight against Amir Khan. I am sure this fight will attract international limelight and attention. Currently I am focusing on my next fight scheduled for 30 April against Matiouze Royer at Copper Box Arena.”However, a fight with Vijender is at least a year or two away. India’s pro boxer just has four bouts under his belt whereas Amir has 34. Neerav Tomar, CEO and MD of IOS Boxing Promotions said, “Technically Amir Khan boxes in middleweight (72.5kg) while Vijender in super middleweight (76kg).”Of course a fight is definitely possible but may be next year or 2018. Either Amir has to gain weight or Vijender needs to lose some. For Amir with his body structure I am not sure whether he can. Ditto Vijender. Thus, it is very much possible, but the technicalities exist.”advertisementlast_img read more

Hyderabad Marathon to be held in August

first_imgHyderabad, Jun 23 (PTI) The Hyderabad Marathon, in which around 20,000 runners are expected to take part, will be held on August 19 and 20 this year.The annual sporting event is organised by the Hyderabad Runners Society with the support of the Telangana government and Bharti Airtel, a release from the organisers said today.A 5K Run would take place on August 19 and a 10K, Half Marathon (21.095 km) and Full Marathon (42.105 km) are scheduled for August 20.The Run was announced at an event here today in the presence of Telangana IT Minister KT Rama Rao and others.”As Hyderabad Runners celebrated 10 years of promoting running as a healthy lifestyle choice, we are extremely delighted to announce the 7th edition of the Airtel Hyderabad Marathon.”We thank the government of Telangana, our sponsors and partners for their constant patronage and support for the largest annual sporting and social event in Hyderabad. In this Seventh edition of the Airtel Hyderabad Marathon, our focus first and foremost is on increasing runner safety and offering world class race amenities,” the release quoted Abhijeet Madnurkar, Race Director ? Airtel Hyderabad Marathon, as saying. PTI SJR NSK BASlast_img read more


first_imgGrassley-090507-18363- 0032 Senator Chuck Grassley says the U.S. Senate will have “plenty of time” to confirm a new justice before the U.S. Supreme Court starts its next term.President Trump will reveal his nominee Monday night.The Supreme Court will begin considering new cases just over 85 days from now.Grassley, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, predicts the full senate will have confirmed Trump’s pick by then.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….time as well. :11The Senate Judiciary Committee has a staff of 21.Grassley says more lawyers will be hired to “thoroughly review” the record of the nominee:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………and credentials. :11Grassley indicated there will be “several days” of public hearings in his committee for whomever the president nominates.………………….last_img read more

Watch: Michigan Breaks Out Bizarre Straight Line Formation, Leading To Jake Butt Touchdown

first_imgMichigan players lining up in a very peculiar formationTwitter/@MichiganOnBTNJim Harbaugh broke out the strange Michigan formation from the Wisconsin game, with all 11 Wolverines in a straight line. Once again, it led to a touchdown.Against the Badgers, Michigan had this formation go viral, solely because it looks EXTREMELY weird. In that game, Michigan ran for five yards, before punching it in for a score on the next play. Against Illinois today, Jake Butt caught a touchdown across the middle after the Wolverines reassembled into a legal formation.Like, seriously, how do you defend this?Good luck, @umichfootball foes!More video »— Michigan On BTN (@MichiganOnBTN) October 22, 2016We’re not sure what this does, although we can see where defenders’ signals get crossed once the players reassemble, with the quick snap. The bigger part of the play here is the wide receivers running interference to get Butt open for the easy score.Michigan has been blowing out teams all year, and is doing the same in Ann Arbor this afternoon. Harbaugh’s club is up 21-0 late in the first quarter. Wilton Speight has been great today, completing 7-of-8 passes for 103 yards and two touchdowns. Butt’s three-yard touchdown catch is his only reception of the game.Michigan entered the game as a 39.5-point favorite at home, per OddsShark. That’s a ton of points for a Big Ten game, but it definitely seems to be in play, based on how the first quarter went.last_img read more

A Major Non-Conference Matchup Was Just Announced For 2020 Opener

first_imgA pylon with the SEC logo on it.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 07: An ‘SEC’ logo is seen on an end zone pylon before the Missouri Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers during the SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)One of the best parts of early-season college football is marquee non-conference games. When they occur in Week 1, even better.A monster matchup for 2020 was confirmed this afternoon. It had long been reported that Alabama and USC would be opening up the 2020 season in the AdvoCare Classic at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.The programs made it official on Wednesday.OFFICIAL: USC gets its rematch with Alabama to kick off the 2020 season in the AdvoCare Classic at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.#FightOn | #BeatTheTide— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) May 23, 2018Alabama. USC.Rematch. #OutworkYesterday— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) May 23, 2018This game will be a rematch of the 2016 season opener. In that game, the Crimson Tide pummeled USC 52-6.Recently, Alabama has kicked off its season against USC, Florida State, Wisconsin, Michigan, West Virginia and Virginia Tech. The Tide will face Louisville in Orlando to open the 2018 season and Duke in Atlanta to start 2019.After playing USC in 2020, Alabama has a 2021 opener scheduled against Miami in Atlanta.We already can’t wait for this game.last_img read more

Subsistence Farmers to Receive $30 Million in Grants

first_imgSome 1,000 vulnerable subsistence farmers, who were most severely affected by the passage of Hurricane Sandy last year, will receive much-needed assistance, which will provide them with food security and a means of resuscitating their income.The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, on Monday, May 27, signed an agreement to provide $30 million in grant funding to 50 farmers in the communities of Leith Hall, and 900 in Font Hill both in St. Thomas; as well as 50 farmers in Reach district, Portland.Under the initiative, which will be implemented by the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), the farmers will receive vouchers to purchase critical agricultural inputs, and also benefit from training to boost their resilience to natural disasters.Speaking at the signing ceremony at the Ministry’s Hope Gardens location, portfolio Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke, noted that the progamme, which is being funded by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), will benefit the most affected, who are yet to fully recover.Special priority will be given to female-headed households, and those with small children, and the youth.“Participant selection criteria also include: farmer registration with RADA to verify farmer status; holdings of less than five acres; willingness to register and participate in community work programme and training activities; and low level income,” Mr. Clarke outlined.Some 40,000 farmers islandwide were affected by the hurricane with losses amounting to more than $4 billion. The worst hit parishes were St. Thomas, Portland, and St. Mary, with crops such as banana, cocoa, and coffee being most affected.The Minister noted that hurricanes and other disasters threaten food and nutrition security, and that in order to mitigate some of the challenges, Cabinet had recently approved the Food and Nutrition Security Policy, which is now before Parliament.Contact: Alphea Saunderslast_img read more

Tersan Shipyard Orders NDM Deck Machinery

first_imgndm, March 21, 2014 zoom Norwegian Deck Machinery (NDM) has been awarded a contract by Tersan Shipyard to supply deck machinery for Volstad Shipping’s new offshore construction vessel.ST-259 designThe vessel is of Skipsteknisk ST-259 design, purposely built for the Arctic waters. Specially designed for operation under severe weather conditions in cold waters, with high maneuverability and station keeping capabilities, the ship is further equipped with a 300t offshore crane, 120 pax accommodation and triple redundant propulsion systems.For the newbuiling NDM will supply:Two combined windlass/mooring winchesTwo chain stoppersFour 5 tons combined bollard capstansAll winches are electrical, frequency controlled, driven and will be delivered to the yard in January 2015.Delivery of the OCV is scheduled for Q4/2015.last_img read more

HapagLloyd Recycles Seven More Boxships

first_imgzoom German liner shipping company Hapag-Lloyd is sending seven older container ships to be recycled in Turkey and China.The respective shipyards are especially equipped and certified to recycle ships in an environmentally friendly manner, according to the company. The vessels in question feature a capacity of 4,101 TEU each.“The recycling of these ships is part of the restructuring of our fleet,” Anthony Firmin, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Hapag-Lloyd, said.“Since the merger with United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), we boast one of the youngest fleets in the industry on average,” Firmin added.In September 2017, Hapag-Lloyd sent three older vessels from the former UASC fleet to be dismantled in an environmentally friendly manner.The step means that Hapag-Lloyd is continuing to implement the internal Ship Recycling Policy it adopted in May 2014, whereby ships which are no longer needed must be recycled in a safe and environmentally friendly manner, the company added.Hapag-Lloyd has a fleet of 215 container ships with a total transport capacity of 1.6 million TEU.last_img read more

Viola Davis to play Michelle Obama in First Ladies

first_imgLos Angeles: Actor Viola Davis is set to play former First Lady Michelle Obama in a series titled ‘First Ladies’ Showtime has given the prospective one-hour drama a three-script commitment, reported Variety. Novelist Aaron Cooley is writing the series and will also serve as the executive produce. The series will focus on the personal and political lives of First Ladies from throughout the history of the US. Season one will feature the life stories of Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford and Obama. Prior to Davis, actor Tika Sumpter has played Obama in 2016 film Southside With You.last_img read more

Students at DFC in Thunder Bay wrap up their school year head

first_imgWillow Fiddler APTN National NewsStudents at the Dennis Franklin Cromarty high school in Thunder Bay, Ontario have wrapped up another school year.And all season long, APTN has followed a handful of students as they lived far from home.Willow catches up with them as they clean out their lockers.wfiddler@aptn.calast_img

Avian flu remains global threat cautions UN

24 January 2008Despite advances in controlling the virus, recent avian influenza outbreaks in more than one dozen countries reveal that it is still a global threat, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today. Despite advances in controlling the virus, recent avian influenza outbreaks in more than one dozen countries reveal that it is still a global threat, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today. “Globally, much progress has been achieved in keeping the H5N1 avian influenza virus under control,” said Joseph Domenech, FAO’s Chief Veterinary Officer, noting that great strides have been made in the past three years.Surveillance, early detection and immediate response efforts have been bolstered and many countries have been able to eliminate avian flu from poultry, he said.However, since last month, 15 countries – Bangladesh, Benin, China, Egypt, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Myanmar, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and Viet Nam – have confirmed new outbreaks in poultry, mostly in domestic stocks.“The H5N1 avian influenza crisis is far from over and remains particularly worrying in Indonesia, Bangladesh and Egypt, where the virus has become deeply entrenched despite major control efforts,” Dr. Domenech said.He also cautioned that while H5N1 has not become more contagious to humans, “it could still trigger a human influenza pandemic.”In Indonesia, one of the countries hit hardest by avian flu, 31 of 33 provinces have been infected since 2004, many of them heavily. More investigations and better poultry vaccines are needed to fully protect poultry from the virus, FAO said, and the agency is working with the Government to implement a programme to monitor H5N1.In Bangladesh, nearly one-third of the districts have been infected, and the disease appears to be endemic. FAO said it is strengthening its presence to help the country bring avian flu under control.Dr. Domenech said that reporting of new outbreaks, disinfection, culling, movement control and farm bio-security must be stepped up in Egypt.He also observed that a potential change of virus strains needs to be investigated further, and FAO is supporting the Government’s detection, control and communication measures.With the help of FAO, over 50 countries have been able to bring avian flu under control and eliminate it from poultry. read more

UN tribunal sends Rwandan prisoner to Netherlands for security

The former director-general of the institution controlling Rwanda’s tea industry, Michel Bagaragaza, was transferred yesterday to the Detention Unit of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague under orders issued by Judge Arlette Ramaroson last Saturday, ICTR said in Arusha, Tanzania.“The ICTR Prosecutor requested the Tribunal to grant the transfer, which was a condition of Bagaragaza’s voluntary surrender, rather than at the UN Detention Facility in Arusha because of concerns for Bagaragaza’s security in light of his voluntary surrender to the Tribunal. The order permits the accused to remain in detention at ICTY for six months, renewable for one further six-month period,” it said.Mr. Bagaragaza allegedly ordered his subordinates and instigated and abetted others to kill hundreds of Tutsi civilians who sought refuge on Kesho Hill and in Nyundo Cathedral, both in Gisenyi Prefecture, the area where he was born. “The indictment of Michel Bagaragaza resulted from our investigation of the ‘Akazu,’ the group around the former Rwandan President which exercised great power in business and government in the years leading up to 1994,” ICTR Prosecutor Hassan Bubacar Jallow said earlier this week. Mr. Bagaragaza has pleaded not guilty.Former Rwandan Prime Minister Jean Kambanda was similarly transferred to The Hague for detention. He later pleaded guilty and was condemned to life imprisonment. read more

Hale ends 10 visionary years as Dean

“Sometimes you just fall in love,” Rosemary Hale says of when she visited Niagara as a Concordia professor.Rosemary Hale vividly recalls the three days she spent interviewing in Niagara in 2000, hoping to become Brock’s next Dean of Humanities.Then a Concordia professor, Hale met with representatives from various departments in the Faculty of Humanities. She was struck by how much talent there was, but many of them were working in a basement.“I said, ‘You guys ought to look into getting some new space,’” she said. “They laughed and said, ‘That’ll never happen.’”Now, as Hale ends a 10-year stretch at the faculty’s helm, it’s happening. Provincial and federal funding is in place for the new Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts campus in downtown St. Catharines. The state-of-the-art project will be located in the former Canada Hair Cloth building, a stately structure full of natural light and artistic possibility. The school is part of a joint project with the City of St. Catharines, which is building a new Niagara Centre for the Arts.Seeing this come to fruition is a highlight of Hale’s decade as Dean. There will be a roast and dinner on June 22 in celebration of her two terms in the position.An enthusiastic champion of the Niagara Region, Hale was born in the U.S. She was raised in Cleveland, Ohio where her father was a baker. “I grew up with the wonderful smell of baked goods every morning,” she said.Hale earned a BA from Kent State University in English Language and Literature, an MA in Social Foundations from Eastern Michigan University and a Doctor of Theological Studies from Harvard University Divinity School. When she finished her Harvard degree, she had two job offers — Sarah Lawrence College in New York and Concordia in Montreal. Hale, having watched the excitement and drama of the Trudeau years, chose Canada.Jack Miller, then professor of Chemistry and current Special Advisor on Buildings and Space, encouraged her to apply for the Dean of Humanities position. Miller, Hale said, told her there had never been a female dean at Brock, and that she should be the first. She came to Niagara for her interview in April 2000.“Sometimes you just fall in love,” she said. “From the time the Niagara air bus brought me down here, I saw the people on campus and realized there’s something about this place. There was something so genuine and warm and welcoming. The human and the built landscape here is so similar to where I grew up that I immediately felt at home.”Hale jumped into that landscape with both feet. She is president of the Bicentennial Legacy Council, a bi-national group organizing War of 1812 commemorative celebrations. She has co-chaired the Regional Cultural Committee and is involved in numerous local arts organizations. Her tireless work is often credited as a driving force behind the downtown fine and performing arts project.But a big highlight of the last 10 years, she said, has been the careful growth of the faculty. In 2000, there were 928 Humanities majors. Now there are more than 3,000. In 2000, there was one graduate program. Now there are nine.Hale has been “visionary, inspiring and effective,” Associate Dean John Lye said.“Her support of the students and faculty has been exemplary,” he said. “When there has been a function, a student event, a visiting artist, she has been there. I have relied on and been confident in her judgment, and feel we are all in her debt.”Hale brought “vision, passion and commitment” to the job, Associate Dean Jane Koustas said.“At the end of her mandate, she can take credit for enhancing the reputation, status and recognition of the Faculty of the Humanities and the university locally, nationally and internationally.”Hale begins a two-year administrative leave on July 1, but will remain on the joint executive committee for the downtown fine and performing arts project until at least December. She will work on a couple of projects during her leave, including a book called Body and Soul. It is based on a course Hale taught at Concordia from 1994 to 1997. The book will contain a dozen of her lectures, plus composite stories of students and how their lives intersected with the course.When she returns on July 1, 2012, it will be as a professor in the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. She loves teaching, especially in “big undergraduate classes where you can just turn people on to something.”New Humanities Dean Douglas Kneale, who is coming to Brock from the University of Western Ontario, will take over her spots on the nGen board, the Regional Culture Committee and — Hale hopes — the Bicentennial Legacy Council. She wants to leave plenty of space for him to make his own mark.“I don’t want to cast a long shadow,” she said.One of Hale’s last duties will be on Wellness Day on June 16, when she will give the closing talk on “The Fine Art of Happiness.”“I really think that happiness involves participation and engagement,” she said. “I believe the arts are extremely important in this world ridden with crisis, and important in how we make our way through it.”Rosemary’s Roast: Farewell Roast/DinnerWhen: June 22, 6:30 p.m.Where: St. Catharines Golf and Country Club, 70 Westchester Cres.Cost: $60More information read more

Ohio State leaves Missouri tournament 21 falls to Missouri State in fiveset

Members of the Ohio State women’s volleyball team celebrate after scoring against LIU Brooklyn on Sept. 2, 2016. OSU won, 3-0. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Assistant News DirectorThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team is on their way back to Columbus with a 7-2 overall record after a weekend of play at the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Invitational in Springfield, Missouri. OSU finished the tournament 2-1, taking down Indiana Univerisity – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. The Buckeyes weren’t able to stop the Missouri State Bears, however –  marking their second loss this season. The Buckeye “tribe” had no problem sweeping IUPUI in three sets, but went the full-five sets in their next two matches – their bout against MSU lasting nearly two and half hours. Senior libero Valeria Leon and senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe were named to the all-tournament team – the tenth time for Sandbothe in the last 11 non-conference events. This weekend’s tournament also pushed the pair even further in their quest to hold the top spots amid the OSU record books. For Leon, she moved into second place for career digs with a total of 1,399. She’ll need to scrape up just under 200 more digs to pass first place holder Stacey Gordon (2001-2004) with 1,572. Sandbothe’s career total block count of 459 puts her in the third-place position, just below Danielle Meyer (2004-2007) with 479. Sandbothe also ranks second in school history for career solo blocks.IUPUIThe Buckeyes bulldozed over the Jaguars in the first set, 25-9. Things didn’t look up for IUPUI in the second set with OSU coming out on top, 25-13. OSU was able to tally a win on their record after they took the third set, 25-13. The Buckeyes held the Jaguars to a mere .011 attacking efficiency, while on the other side of the net, Sandbothe and freshman middle blocker Madison Smeathers combined for 24 kills on the match. Smeathers saw her second career start against IUPUI.Missouri StateThe Buckeyes jumped out to an early 4-0 in the first set and never relinquished their lead. They took the set 25-21. The second set was a game of back-and-forth between the two teams, but this set belonged to the Bears, 25-23. OSU held the lead for almost the entire third set, until they fell behind at 18-19. An OSU timeout at 20-23 wasn’t enough to cinch a victory, and MSU would win the third set, 25-21. Good things happen for the Buckeyes when they are ahead early in the set, and that remained to be true in the fourth. A final kill by junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer would keep OSU alive to play again in the fifth set.Buckeyes would lead the final set 9-8 before the Bears called a timeout. A kill from MSU’s Lynsey Wright would be enough to gain momentum of the set and the match. MSU won the fifth set, 15-12. This is the second time this season that the Bears have beaten a nationally-ranked Big Ten team. They won against a then-No. 14 Illinois team in five sets on Aug. 27. Both of OSU’s losses so far this season have been in five-set decisions.Green BayOSU led the first set for 15 points before falling into a hole the team wasn’t able to climb out of. The Phoenix would win the first set of the game, 25-21. The Buckeyes may have been down, but they were not out. OSU battled their way back from an early deficit in the second set, solidified by the swinging power of Sandbothe, slamming down nine kills. OSU shut down the Phoenix in the third set, 25-15. A change of sides also proved to be a change of fate. Green Bay took the win on the fourth set and held OSU to only 14 points. A quick fifth set went in favor of the Buckeyes, 15-11, and OSU ended the tournament, 2-1. The Buckeyes served 10 aces during the match, three coming off the hands of junior defensive specialist Kalisha Goree. Sandbothe posted 20 kills on the match, but it was sophomore setter Taylor Hughes that led in attacking efficiency with eight kills on 11 errorless attempts. Hughes also collected 49 assists. The Buckeye “tribe” finished the tournament with a 7-2 record heading into their last weekend of non-conference play at the Ball State Active Ankle Challenge on Friday in Muncie, Indiana. read more

20 of people cant use the Wii Vitality Sensor

first_imgThe Wii Vitality Sensor is, according to Wikipedia, a fingertip pulse oximeter. That’s fancy talk for saying it can analyze your pulse and blood oxygen saturation. Through that data a number of specific aspects of the way your body works can be monitored.It sounds cool, especially if Nintendo put their usual gaming twist on the results and apply it to a Mii character. But will we ever see it come to market?The Vitality Sensor was officially announced at E3 in 2009. Since then it’s always been a project in the background and never actually appeared at E3 2010. So is it dead, or just taking a while to perfect?In the Nintendo Analyst Meeting held on Tuesday Satoru Iwata explained why we hadn’t seen it on the market yet. Apparently it’s because the human biological information has a lot of big differences between each individual. That means it is difficult to get the sensor to work for everyone. In fact, he says it only works with 80% of people at the moment.Because of that, Nintendo don’t want to release it as they’d have a lot of unhappy gamers returning the device. Iwata won’t be happy until it works with 99% of people, but that’s going to be difficult to achieve.So the answer for the moment is: don’t expect to see the Vitality Sensor coming to market any time soon, but Nintendo is still working on it. With the Wii 2 now confirmed for a 2012 release we can definitely see the project getting canned or becoming a Wii 2 peripheral.Read more at Kotaku and the Nintendo Analyst Meeting Q&A (translated)last_img read more

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Wholesalers Increase Distribution Prices

first_imgA week after Anderson News in January announced a 7-cents-per copy distribution price increase, Source Interlink also says it will also raise its rates by 7 cents. The two wholesalers account for around 50 percent of the magazine distribution market.Anerson CEO Charlie Anderson says that all wholesalers were in a money-losing business. “The business has not been profitable and has not been for a very long time. What we are trying to do is give some stability to the channel. Short of that, there will be an implosion in the business.” This raise represents about a 3.5 percent increase for Anderson. Discussions with Comag resulted in a three percent offer, and separate talks with Time Inc. arrived at 2 percent. The pricing is non-negotiable for either Anderson or Source, with both implementing a February 1 deadline for signed agreements, and plans to drop non-compliers. Comag’s president, Michael Sullivan, tells the New York Post that his clients have no intention of paying. “As we understand it, Anderson’s proposal is a unilateral effort to shift substantial costs to magazine publishers,” and  doesn’t “address the fundamental inefficiencies” of newsstand-distribution. Part two of Anderson’s program outlines an exit from bearing the costs of scan-based trading. “The last thing we want to do is exit the business, but why should we be in a business that doesn’t give us any return?”Jay Annis, vice president of single copy sales at Taunton Press, says: “The attempts by both at extracting a 7-cents-per-copy fee for distribution is unfair for any number of reasons, and the method in how they have gone about it is ridiculous.”last_img read more

Growth rage Angry Birds may look at tapping markets

first_imgIPO FLOAT COMING UP? An Angry Bird float makes its way down 6th Avenue during the 90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in the Manhattan borough of New York, in this November 24, 2016 file photo. REUTERS/Saul MartinezInsanely raging birds launching themselves into buildings and bringing them crashing down on the bad guys is more Hitchcockian than the stuff of gaming legend. But an obscure Finnish startup created one in 2009 with its Angry Birds franchise.Building on its stupendous success since, the franchise will be looking to expand its further offerings with a IPO in the near future, according to a report first filed in online news website The Information.Technology news site The Information, citing unnamed sources, had reported late on Friday that mobile game and animation studio Rovio may be considering an IPO, in case a possible acquisition bid from Chinese Web giant Tencent for $3 billion bid does not materialise.However, Reuters reported on Saturday that Rovio has declined comment that China’s Tencent Holdings is looking to acquire it.”We and our shareholders regularly assess different alternatives to further develop Rovio,” Rovio told Reuters in an emailed statement on Friday when asked about The Information report.”A stock exchange listing at some point in the future could be possible in order to support the continued strong growth of Rovio and its strategic targets. However, Rovio and its owners have not made any decisions regarding a possible IPO,” the company said.The unlikely platoon of foul-tempered fowls and their all-consuming wrath was celebrated, in what Rovio has claimed, is the most downloaded paid app of all time. The game became a phenomenon riding on some sharp gameplay and emotional connections forged on mesmerising user appeal.Rovio has five game studios, including its Match, Slingshot, and Battle studios in Espoo, Finland. It also has a role-playing game studio in Stockholm, Sweden, and a new massively multiplayer online studio in London.Following years of falling earnings, job cuts and divestments, Rovio returned to profit last year as the release of its Angry Birds movie helped boost game sales. It grew its revenues 34 percent to €190 million ($203 million) in 2016, up 34 percent from $150 million a year earlier.Earnings before income taxes (EBIT) were €17.5 million ($18.5 million) in 2016, up from a €21 million loss ($22 million) in 2015. The games division had its best year ever, with revenue growing 40 percent from €113 million to €159 million in 2016.Rovio CEO Kati Levorenta said in February that the gaming vertical and The Angry Birds Movie helped push the company into the black compared to a loss the year before.last_img read more

Official Sailor Moon club opens worldwide

first_imgAre you the number one Sailor Moon fan? The insanely popular franchise has scores of fans dotted around the globe, and it looks like the official Sailor Moon club based in Japan is ready to accept their adoration with open arms.The awkwardly named club is called Pretty Guardians2016-2017. Yes, that is exactly how they spelled and spaced the name, so that’s not some weird typo. What happens after 2017? Do you have to reapply for another club called All New Pretty Guardians 2018-2019? But seriously, we are excited.Despite the weird name, Moonies should get hype, because the club will open their registration to certain overseas countries from September 23 to October 22, 2016. Members of the club will receive special news and updates about the Sailor Moon franchise and community both online and in print.For a fee of $58 USD, international members will receive a cute membership card, “Make-Up Lip Gloss”, access to exclusive content via the Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon app (Yay, more games for me to waste my life on!), and ability to purchase exclusive items made just for fans.Although more official details of what overseas members will receive are still being released, by taking a look at what Japanese Pretty Guardian2016-2017 members get to enjoy, we are pretty excited at the prospect of getting a whole lot more. Japanese members also a subscription to the bi-monthly radio show hosted by Sailor Moon’s Japanese voice actress, Kotono Mitsuishi, a chance to enter the random drawings to purchase tickets for the Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon Amour Eternal, the Sailor Moon musical being performed in Japan, and access to a secret Premium Bandai site made exclusively for them, which means first dibs at some awesome Sailor Moon merchandise.Awesome art that Japanese members get for signing up. Us too, please!Another art piece that Japanese members receive. Here’s hoping intenational fans get the same sweet swag!We pray and hope to the magical girl gods above that us overseas fans will get a chance at all of the same perks of the Japanese club members, and wait with bated breath for official details to be released this week.The areas where the club has announced they will expand to are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, South Korea, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, and Vietnam.Overseas registration begins this Friday September 23rd here, so set your moon alarms!last_img read more