Sports channels urge US action on alleged TV piracy

first_imgA group of sports bodies and broadcasters including the US National Basketball Association, US Tennis Association and Sky has called for the United States to add Saudi Arabia to its “priority watch list” over alleged TV piracy, filings show.The filings, made this week with the office of the United States Trade Representative, come as a growing number of global sports and television bodies look to shut down beoutQ, a TV station they claim is based in Saudi Arabia and broadcasting sports and entertainment they hold exclusive rights for.BeoutQ emerged in 2017 after Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies launched a diplomatic and trade boycott of Qatar, which it accused of supporting terrorism, which Doha denies, saying the boycott seeks to curtail its sovereignty.The channel is widely available in Saudi Arabia. Riyadh, however, says beoutQ it is not based in the country and that Saudi authorities are committed to fighting piracy.While initially targeting lucrative sports content held by Qatar’s beIN Sports such as Premier League soccer, some broadcasters say the network has since expanded to include entertainment and is now reaching users in Europe, undercutting the value of their television rights.In its filing, Comcast Corp’s Sky said “the service has rapidly grown and we understand that beoutQ set-top boxes are now sold across the MENA region and the beoutQ channels are now also available in Europe.”MENA refers to the Middle East and North Africa.“In addition, the beoutQ devices provide direct access to applications offering unauthorized access to many thousands of premium television channels, including channels owned by Sky Group companies across Europe, and carrying content in which Sky has invested billions of Euros,” it said.It is unclear who owns or operates beoutQ and Reuters has not been able to contact it for comment.The “Special 301 Report on Intellectual Property Rights” is an annual report in which the United States highlights the countries it considers the worst offenders of intellectual property rights.A spokesman for the US Trade Representative declined to comment.Other organisations that filed complaints include Canal+, beIN Media Group and MIRAMAX – a sports coalition that includes Major League Baseball, the National Football League and the US Chamber of Commerce.The Saudi government media office did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment on the filings.Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic, trade and transport ties with Qatar in June 2017. The row has since defied mediation efforts by Kuwait and the United States, which sees Gulf unity as essential to containing Iran.The Trump administration announced its 2018 “priority watch list” last April, and added Saudi Arabia to its less serious “watch list” over similar concerns.last_img read more


first_img“De Olive” – Poet and model at KAST Talent ManagementNineteen-year-old Grace Allia Hutson, also known as “de Olive”, stands at five feet, four inches tall and is a former student of Queen’s College. Currently, she is a student at the University of Guyana, where she is pursuing a degree in International Relations.Having been a former actress and singer, she is now a member of the KAST Talent Management as a poet and model. Her goal in life is to achieve as many things as possible while she still has life in her.She aspires to be a family lawyer and a psychologist – these desires are deeply rooted in her belief in the institution of family. “I believe that the family is the cornerstone of society and if it can erase many social issues if it is strong. For example the high rise in teenage suicide,” she told Guyana Times Entertainment.Her hobbies are reading and babysitting.last_img read more

Fidal Bassier of 55 Photography

first_img“…Clients will always come back to you when you treat them with respect…”For Fidal Bassier of 55 Photography, that means being honest, humble, sincere, dedicated to producing quality work, and always striving for excellence. “You know, basic human qualities” with, he later adds, “a little bit of detachment. Things don’t always go the way you want them to. It’s all about serving the client and the clients’ needs. In the end, it’s what the client wants and trying to meet the client’s needs”.The registered business owner got into photography on account of his daughters, now 11 and 8 respectively. When they were born, the proud papa could not stop snapping photographs of his little girls and from there his interest grew, with him reaching out online to local photographers, some of whom, among them Kojo McPherson, were happy to share their knowledge for which he is quite grateful. In 2010, Bassier made the transition from amateur to professional photographer. “The first job I was paid for was a wedding…” the former St Joseph student, who is particularly known for his stunningly beautiful wedding shots, recalled.There are many lessons he has learnt throughout the years, primarily the importance of networking with other photographers – professionals, amateurs and even persons utilising their cellphones for casual shots – to grow the field of photography locally. A member of the Guyana Photographers Facebook group, which is open to the public, Bassier said no one could do everything on their own, at a certain point we need other professionals’ help to grow. He says the 3000-strong group, who have come together to share ideas, knowledge and techniques, always have activities happening to keep interest high, including contests, and persons can also post photographs for critiques. Some members of the group even offer classes for beginners and others who joined as novice photographers now own their own photography business.“I am always learning. Different people have different thoughts and ways of doing things,” he would later conclude in his calm, soothing voice, after highlighting that the flexibility of photography enables him to set his own schedule and spend lots of time with his children and wife. When asked what inspired him, he said simply, “Religion. I am a Baha’i and it’s all about the oneness of humankind and the elimination of prejudice….I see beyond the material to the humanness.”His advice to budding entrepreneurs is to “do something you love doing almost every day, [because you will be doing it almost every day]”. “Be in it for the long haul,” he emphasised, noting that after five years in business you may still be struggling, but if you have a good product and service, “you will survive and thrive”.“Success is always thriving to better yourself and business. Always try for excellence, to build your capacities. I don’t think there is any one point where you can say I have made it – because it sets up a barrier [to growing, to improving, to betterment]”.Contact: 653-5832, FB @ 55 Photographylast_img read more

PetroGazz books 1st PVL finals ticket after ousting BanKo

first_imgUkrainian prime minister resigns after recordings published LATEST STORIES Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Rebisco-Philippines thumps Fine Chef to stay alive in Thailand Open PetroGazz Angels. PVL PHOTOPetroGazz booked its first ever championship ticket after bumping off BanKo Perlas, 25-23, 25-18, 25-17, Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at Ynares in Antipolo City.The Angels once again let loose of heavy-scoring imports Wilma Salas and Janisa Johnson to fashion out the easy win. They will face the winner of the other semifinal series where Creamline has a 1-0 lead over PacificTown-Army.ADVERTISEMENT The Perlas Spikers didn’t have the luxury of an A1 reinforcement and instead leaned on locals led by Nicole Tiamzon.They took an 8-5 lead in the third set but that was short-lived when PetroGazz’s Jeanette Panaga scored back-to-back aces and Salas scored on a block off BanKo import Stiix Horton.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsIn the second set alone, PetroGazz outgunned BanKo, scoring 17 on attacks against 10 by the Perlas Spikers.Wilma Salas scored 23 points, while Johnson added 13 markers. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay MOST READ Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

LRA Hosts Regional Confab on Strategic Management

first_imgThe Elfrieda Stewart Tamba Administration at the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) is poised to make the entity a regional model in the West African region.Speaking at the opening of a four-day regional strategic management workshop at a local resort in Monrovia, she said strategic management is pivotal for every customs administration with the LRA being no exception. In her brief statement when she officially declared the workshop open, Madam Tamba noted that strategic management, especially in the revenue collection sector, cannot be ignored because it serves as the bedrock for effectiveness and efficiency in collecting taxes.She said she wants the LRA to be one of the best in the region, but this can only be done when staffs are adequately trained.Making remarks at the opening ceremony also was the Commissioner General of The Gambia, Yankuba Darboe, who said it is a great honor to be in Liberia for such an important program, which borders on experience sharing that would benefit participating countries.“This is a workshop that involves members of the WCO in West Africa, especially the English speaking countries, on management strategic planning, that has brought different countries together for experience sharing,” he said.The chief facilitator at the workshop, who is also a representative of World Customs Organization, Philip Wood, said the project will help to build the capacity of staffs to carry out their jobs effectively.He said effective strategic management process is key to custom administration and it also helps to move away from theory to practice. LRA Commissioner of Customs, Saa Saamoi, also said that the hosting of the workshop in Liberia is also meant to afford several of its employees the opportunity to form part of the workshop and is a vote of confidence that the country has returned to normal after the devastating Ebola outbreak.Meanwhile, the workshop is being organized through the West African Customs Administrations Modernization (WACAM) Project by the World Customs Organization. The project is being supported by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).The workshop brings together participants from Anglophone West Africa, which includes Liberia, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Gambia and Nigeria. It is meant to help developed the capacities of customs administrations in the various countries, which would lead to the adoption of strategic management plans that would effectiveness and efficiency in revenue collection in these countries. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kevin Durant officially joins Nets, D’Angelo Russell to Warriors

first_imgDuterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay FILE – Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors warms up prior to Game Five of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena on June 10, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPLAS VEGAS — The deal bringing Kevin Durant to Brooklyn is official, and he’s changing his number along with his address.The Nets completed a sign-and-trade with the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night, with Brooklyn landing Durant and a protected first-round pick in next year’s draft for D’Angelo Russell, Shabazz Napier and Treveon Graham.ADVERTISEMENT Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Another big free-agent deal got done Sunday when Utah completed the signing of forward Bojan Bogdanovic to a four-year, $73 million contract.“We are very pleased to welcome Bojan and his family to our organization,” Jazz executive vice president of basketball operations Dennis Lindsey said. “His ability to play both ends of the floor in addition to his exceptional shooting will make him an integral contributor to our franchise and our postseason goals.”Former NBA MVP Derrick Rose also completed his signing with Detroit on Sunday, wrapping up a $15 million, two-year deal.Many other agreed-upon deals remain pending, such as Kawhi Leonard’s signing with the Los Angeles Clippers and the blockbuster trade that will see Paul George join him via a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ukrainian prime minister resigns after recordings published “But as I start this new chapter in my basketball life, the number I’ll be wearing on my back is the Number 7 next time you see me on the floor,” Durant said.AdChoices广告Ads by TeadsDurant is a perennial All-Star and two-time NBA champion after winning Finals MVP honors with the Warriors in 2017 and 2018. He’s a four-time scoring champion and his 22,940 points ranks third among active players. He missed most of this past season’s playoffs, first with a calf injury and then the Achilles rupture during the NBA Finals — a series Golden State lost to Toronto in six games.“We’re thankful to Kevin for the incredible things he did for our team and franchise during his three years with the Warriors,” Golden State general manager Bob Myers said.Russell got a $117 million, four-year contract from the Warriors. He was an All-Star for the first time last season, averaging 21.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game.“We’re excited to add a player of D’Angelo’s ability to our roster,” Myers said. “He’s coming off an All-Star season with the Nets and we feel, at the age of 23, his best basketball is certainly ahead of him in regards to his career trajectory.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks 15-year-old Wimbledon sensation Coco Gauff headlines Week 2 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Durant said last week he would sign a max deal with Brooklyn, which would be $141 million over four years, after three seasons with the Warriors. The rest of the deal was worked out over subsequent days, and the NBA signed off on the terms Sunday.“Along with the rest of the league, our coaching staff has long admired Kevin’s incredible skill, resilience and tenacity,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “He has already established himself as a champion and one of the best players of all-time, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome him into our program in Brooklyn.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsDurant isn’t expected to play at all next season while he recovers from an Achilles injury. When he does return to join a new-look Nets team that added Kyrie Irving as well this summer and officially signed him Sunday, he’ll wear No. 7 — after playing in No. 35 throughout his career.Durant released a statement saying he wore 35 to honor someone “very near and dear” to him. 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao View commentslast_img read more

MoneySense ranks Fort St. John as the best place to live in B.C. and the territories

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – MoneySense magazine has ranked Fort St. John as the best place to live in B.C. and the three Canadian territories, and 15th best place to live in Canada.The magazine, which is owned by Rogers Publishing Ltd., cites the city’s low taxes, relative affordability of housing, and amenities as reasons for ranking the Energetic City at the top of the list.The magazine’s Best Places to Live edition ranked 415 cities across Canada for this year’s list, looking at everything from transit access, arts and community, demographics, health, and crime rates, among a host of others.- Advertisement -The magazine also cites the average annual household income in Fort St. John of $124,000, saying that it takes just 3.1 years of the average resident’s household income to buy an average home in Fort St. John, valued at $386,000.The magazine said that the city had an unemployment rate in March of 5.7 percent thanks to its oil, natural gas, forestry and agriculture industries.The two Sea-to-Sky Country cities of Squamish and Whistler ranked 2nd and 3rd on this year’s list respectively, saying that the two communities have a large number of recreation attractions, along with fairly high average earnings.Advertisement Delta and North Vancouver rounded out the Top 5 in B.C.The magazine ranked Oakville, Ontario as the best place in Canada to live, while Lacombe, Alberta has ranked the best place in Western Canada, and 5th overall.The full rankings can be found here: read more

Grassroots Effort to Increase Reading Proficiency in NC

first_imgMore than one million adults in North Carolina have difficulty with reading and writing and a new initiative announced this week in the state aims to address illiteracy early in life.The North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation is working with United Way of the Greater Triangle and other community coalitions to provide resources to existing organizations to support early-childhood reading.Lisa Finaldi, community engagement leader for the NC Early Childhood Foundation, says advancing reading proficiency takes efforts from the public and private sectors.“It really is a community effort,” she said. “This isn’t something that parents or schools can do by themselves, and when the whole community is aligned and working together, that’s when we’re going to be successful.”The partnership specifically offers help to programs in Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Orange and Wake counties, where only 40 percent of economically disadvantaged children have average grade-level reading proficiency, compared with 58 percent for all students. The Partnership will offer a combined initial investment of $700,000.Experts and bodies of research suggest that to be successful readers by third grade, children need a healthy start from birth, with high-quality learning environments from birth to age eight.Finaldi says the future of the state hinges on improving reading proficiency for all socioeconomic groups.“It is an issue for the whole economy and the future of our workforce that we need to work with kids,” she added. “And we know that if you’re not reading at grade level by the end of third grade, you’re more likely to not graduate from high school, not advance in your career.”Finaldi adds that by 2020, 67 percent of jobs in North Carolina will require post-secondary education.last_img read more

Marshfield volleyball winless at second day of Sun Prairie Invitational

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSUN PRAIRIE – The Marshfield volleyball team continued play at the Sun Prairie Invitational on Saturday, finishing 0-3.The Tigers lost a pair of matches 2-1 after winning the first game, and was swept in the other.Marshfield lost to De Pere 15-25, 25-22, 15-13; Beaver Dam 25-10, 25-21; and Fond du Lac 21-25, 25-23, 15-12.The Tigers went 3-2 on Friday.Stephanie Rhodes had 23 kills, Natalie Zuelke added 19 kills and 23 digs, and setter Sara Dasler had 38 assists for the Tigers.Jenny Scheppler topped Marshfield with 38 digs and Ellie Fehrenbach added six blocks.“We go to this tournament because it offers us a chance to play some of the best competition in the state,” Marshfield coach Dawn Sadowska said. “It gives us an opportunity to see what we need to improve on if our goal is to be able to compete in the state tournament. We learned this weekend that offensively we are pretty solid. Once we are able to improve our serve receive, that offense is only going to get better.”Marshfield opens its Wisconsin Valley Conference season Thursday at Merrill.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of read more