Defense prepares to face a freshman quarterback

first_imgUSC’s defense looked excited Monday, as they prepare to “rattle” freshman quarterback Jake Browning. But no player more so than fellow freshman  and friend, Cameron Smith.“I definitely will see him after the game just to say congrats, wondering how he’s doing,” Smith said after practice. “I’ve watched a couple of games. He’s doing a great job so far. So I’ll talk to him and wish him luck.”Smith played Browning, the quarterback for nearby Folsom High School, his junior and senior year at Granite Bay High School. But it’s hard to fathom that the players ever imagined they would be facing each other this soon in their college careers and possibly have consequential impacts on the outcome of the game.“You hope for that. You hope to see him do well. But seeing him like this is going to be cool,” Smith said. “He’s a great player who really works hard, and I’m excited to see what he does in the future.”Both Granite Bay products have made remarkable accomplishments as true freshmen at their universities. Smith leads the Trojan defense in tackles, and Browning is the first freshman quarterback to ever start a season for the University of Washington. Though Smith admitted that making the transition from high school might be especially hard for a quarterback, he believes that what he’s seen from Browning already will make him a successful player in the future.“He has the arm strength and the accuracy to reach everywhere,” Smith said. When asked if he has any particular insight into stopping Browning, Smith added, “We’ll need to get into his head and get him rattled a little bit. But, he’s a great player. He’s not going to move around to move, but he is going to get the ball out quick.”Head coach Sarkisian, who coached Washington for five years, also knows Browning from his play at Folsom High School.“I like Jake a lot. I recruited him when I was up there, and Jake has got a good feel for the game,” Sarkisian said. “He’s a tough kid. He is heady. He’s played a lot of football in high school. So, he’s gotten better from week to week to week. He’s going to be a heck of a player in our conference.”Browning has thrown five touchdowns and four interceptions this season. defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox said that setting edges, striking blocks, finishing tackles and getting a lot of bodies by the ball as things the defense is working on being more consistent in. The Trojans’ defense is coming off a clinical performance against Arizona State forcing four turnovers for 28 points and three sacks. They’re looking to bring similar pressure Thursday night in hopes of making the Washington freshman quarterback uncomfortable.“We definitely want to rattle his cage as Coach Sark mentioned to us earlier [to] make him nervous,” linebacker Jabari Ruffin said. “We realized that he has a lack of experience on this level, and I’ll do the most I can to make him uncomfortable back there and disrupt their offense.”Ruffin said that his leg feels more comfortable each day after being sidelined all last season after tearing left knee ligaments in 2014 fall camp. He said, “I can feel myself making the progression, be it trusting my leg or getting into the rhythm I missed being out the past year.”Ruffin added that on defense, bringing five-man and seven-man pressures throughout the game is something really fun for him as a linebacker.“Practice was very spirited,” Sarkisian said. “A lot of game plan work. I thought the guys came out focused, and it will be really key that we have student meetings this evening to really polish things up so we can come out tomorrow morning, and we can clean this game plan up and get right on point to what we’d like to do.”last_img read more

B&H Basketball Players traveled to Germany

first_imgBasketball team of B&H traveled today to Germany, where in the next three days will play three preparatory matches.The coach Aleksandar Petrović at the tournament in Ulm brought 12 players who will represent B&H even at the Euro-basket in Slovenia. In Germany traveled: Zack Wright, Nemanja Gordić, Muhamed Pašalić, Nihad Đedovic, Marko Šutalo, Dalibor Peršić, Ante Mašić, Mirza Teletović, Edin Bavčić, Elmedin Kikanović, Nedžad Sinanović and Andrija Stipanović.At the tournament in Ulm B&H will play the preparatory matches against Germany (on Friday, at 20.30), Greece (on Saturday at17:00) and Macedonia (on Sunday at14:00).After the tournament in Germany, B&H basketball players will participate in the tournament in Athens, where they will play three matches. They will meet with teams of Lithuania, Italy and Greece.At Euro-basket in Slovenia the National Team plays in B-group with the teams from Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Latvia. B&H at the first match on 4th September will play against Latvia, at the Hall” Podmežakla” in Jesenice. (Source: read more

Springboks edge All Blacks in thriller

first_img14 July 2008It took a long time, but South Africa finally ended their decade-long run without a win on New Zealand soil with a thrilling 30-28 victory on Saturday. It was the Springboks’ first win in eight matches at Dunedin – and the All Blacks’ fourth loss ever at “The House of Pain”.The South Africans also brought to an end New Zealand’s five-year unbeaten run at home, dating back to 2003 when the soon-to-be world champions England won 15-13 in Wellington.It was a keenly contested clash with no more than six points – less than a converted try – separating the teams throughout the match.PresentsAs a fiftieth test present for Bakkies Botha, it could hardly have been better, and as a twenty-second birthday present for JP Pietersen, who was called up for the first time this season, it might well have been a bigger occasion than his landmark twenty-first birthday in 2007.Both sides contributed to an epic clash with far more positive rugby than the previous week – there were fewer instances of off-the-ball incidents and the scrums were a lot tidier than they had been in Wellington. Even the lineouts looked more orderly.For Springbok coach Peter de Villiers, the result was the best riposte possible in the wake of some heavy, and at times unkind and personal, criticism that he endured following the 19-8 loss the previous weekend in Wellington.CarisbrookThree years previously, at Carisbrook, the All Blacks had come from behind to score the winning points in a 31-27 victory with four minutes to play in a contest in which the lead changed hand six times.This time around it was the Springboks that scored the winning points with four minutes to play. But back to the beginning of the contest.All Black flyhalf Daniel Carter, who enjoyed a fantastic outing in New Zealand’s win the previous week, got proceedings underway in a bitingly cold Dunedin. Despite the nasty weather, an enthusiastic crowd had packed in to witness the showdown between the World Cup winners and New Zealand, who had moved to the number one ranking in world rugby after their 19-8 victory.Carter puts NZ in frontIt took four minutes to get the scoreboard moving and it was the All Blacks who made the first impression upon it. Springbok flank Schalk Burger was pinged for a high tackle on Carter – there was no malice in it, but the call was fair – and the Kiwis’ number-10 banged over the penalty attempt to put the home side 3-0 up.The Boks could have had a penalty shortly afterwards for offsides at a ruck, but referee Goddard let it go. Two minutes later, however, Joe van Niekerk was blown up for entering a ruck from the side and Carter again hit the target to give New Zealand a 6-0 lead.That advantage lasted only three minutes before Percy Montgomery reduced it to three points after Adam Thomson had been penalised for being offsides.After a quarter-of-an-hour the All Blacks were again six points in front thanks to an offside call that went against South Africa.Montgomery on targetAs it had occurred earlier in the game, however, the six point lead lasted just three minutes before Montgomery struck his second penalty safely between the upright to make the score 9-6 in favour of New Zealand.The veteran Bok fullback then pulled SA level with another sweetly struck penalty, but Carter responded within a couple of minutes to edged the All Blacks 12-9 in front.After half-an-hour there was a crucial change to the New Zealand pack when lock Ali Williams was substituted. He had earlier come off second to Schalk Burger in a big hit that not only dazed the giant second-rower, it also re-injured his right ankle, which had caused him problems in training during the week.The experienced Williams was replaced by newcomer Kevin O’Neill. He joined Anthony Boric, who was starting his first test in the All Black second row, while the opposition Springboks boasted 122 caps between their locks, Victor Matfield and Bakkies Botha.Springbok tryShortly after the departure of Williams, the Springboks hit the front. Attacking off of a five-metre scrum, Joe van Niekerk burst quickly towards the corner flag on the blind. All Black captain Rodney So’oialo tried to cut down the angle, but Van Niekerk, who could have scored himself, passed to Pietersen. He dotted down to celebrate his twenty-second birthday in style.After going the entire Super 14 and the early parts of the Currie Cup season without scoring a single try, Pietersen had finally scored a five-pointer and not just any try – one against the All Blacks in New Zealand.Montgomery’s conversion attempt from the right-hand touchline was wide, but South Africa led 14-12.Carter tried to put the New Zealanders back in front with a long-range drop-goal shot, but his kick was wide. It wouldn’t be the last time he attempted a drop in the game.Drop goalWith three minutes to go to the interval, referee Goddard signalled that he was playing an advantage to South Africa after the All Blacks had strayed offsides at a ruck. The Springboks didn’t need a kick at goal as Butch James neatly slotted a drop goal to give South Africa a five-point lead at 17-12.That advantage was reduced to only two points at the break when Carter struck yet another penalty after Adi Jacobs was somewhat harshly penalised for a late tackle.From the restart Carter drilled a superb kick down into the Springboks’ 22-metre area to put Victor Matfield’s men under pressure.It was clear that the New Zealanders were trying to up the pace in the second stanza and the Boks were under the cosh. Their stout defence, however, stood firm.Eight minutes into the half, Francois Steyn replaced Adi Jacobs, who had picked up an injury, in the centre.New Zealand tryNew Zealand continued to camp in the South African 22-metre area and the pressure finally told. After Conrad Smith and Andrew Ellis had made inroads into the Springbok defence, big Sione Lauaki – on as a substitute for Jerome Kaino – made an immediate impact when he scored with his first touch of the game.Carter added the extras to put New Zealand back in front by 22 points to 17.It was down to a two-point lead only four minutes later when Leon MacDonald was penalised for a high tackle on Bryan Habana. With Percy Montgomery having just left the field for Conrad Jantjes, it was Butch James who slotted the kick.With 15 minutes to go Carter showed his genius when he gathered a poor pass, spun almost 360 degrees, and snapped over a drop goal to open New Zealand’s lead to 25-20. Amazingly, it was only his second successful drop goal in test matches.Two-point gameBok flyhalf James made it a two-point game again with 12 minutes to play, but only a minute later it needed a superb tackle by Steyn right on the SA tryline on All Black loosehead prop Tony Woodcock to prevent the New Zealanders from replying with a try.Then, with only eight minutes to go, it seemed that disaster had struck the Springboks’ cause. Captain Matfield was sin-binned for a high tackle on Lauaki. It wasn’t nasty – in fact far less dangerous than other high tackles seen earlier in the game – but referee Goddard has told both skippers the next player to make a high tackle would be sin-binned and Matfield was gone.It was a huge loss to South Africa; Matfield had played an outstanding game, reigning supreme at the lineouts and making an industrious contribution around the field.Wrote his name in the history booksWith fourteen men to New Zealand’s fifteen, the Boks kept going and, with four minutes to go, Ricky Januarie wrote his name in the history books with an outstanding try.From a ruck about 10 metres inside the All Black half, he spotted a gap around the fringes and darted through what had appeared to be a solid wall of black. New Zealand fullback Leon MacDonald came across to meet him, but Januarie chipped the ball over him.Racing through at pace, he almost made it to the ball before it bounced. When it hit the ground, it bounced up into his hands and he dived across the tryline for a spectacular try. It wasn’t over yet, however, with the scores level at 28-28 and the conversion to come.James had been replaced by Ruan Pienaar, so that left Francois Steyn to take the pressure kick. He struck it cleanly and true, edging South Africa into the lead.All Black onslaughtNew Zealand mounted a furious effort to get back the lead and Carter was wide, not far off target, to the right of the poles with a drop goal attempt.With the Springbok defence unyielding, the All Blacks tried to set up Carter for another drop goal. After working the ball infield through a series of drives off the ruck, the ball was passed back to the flyhalf. He struck his kick was charged down.Steyn gathered the ball and, holding on for dear life, carried a couple of New Zealand tacklers 15 metres up the field before he was brought to ground. The hooter sounded and Januarie, fittingly, was able to clear the ball off the field to seal South Africa’s win.SA worthy winnersWhile Carter had turned every kick that came his way into points, the Springboks had missed eight points – two penalties and a conversion – which suggests that they had a slight edge over New Zealand in the game; truth be told, that edge was worth about two points only.With one more away contest – against Australia in Perth next week – and three home tests to come – two against the Wallabies and one against the All Blacks – the Springboks are in a good position to make an assault on the Tri-Nations title.A win in the southern hemisphere tournament would certainly add lustre to their winning effort in the 2007 Rugby World Cup.In the mean time, South Africa has that World Cup title and a return to the top of the IRB world rankings to cherish.Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Five essential African documentaries you can watch online right now

first_imgAfriDocs is a multi-platform streaming service featuring some of the best documentaries about Africa available to watch for free and in an instant, right now. Here is a guide to five of the hundreds of titles available online.Launched in 2017, the AfriDocs online streaming service is devoted to delivering quality documentaries with a primary focus on Africa and African stories. (Image: AfriDocs website)CD AndersonAfriDocs brings the best of African and international documentaries to online and television audiences across sub-Saharan Africa and the world.Audiences around the continent can view specially selected titles on the BET Africa channel (DSTV 129) every Sunday night at 10pm.Alternatively, the channel’s wide selection of titles can be viewed online, through the AfriDocs streaming website or YouTube channel, available any time on computer and mobile devices, all for free.AfriDocs – a joint initiative between NGOs the Bertha Foundation and the STEPS community communication project – has hosted documentary film festivals in South Africa and around the continent since 2007. Its new streaming service was launched at the beginning of 2017 and is growing in popularity among online viewers, as AfriDocs continues to expand its catalogue.While the channel does not seek to challenge existing streaming services that offer international content, AfriDocs believes it can capture a viable niche market of African viewers looking for quality African storytelling using the documentary format (both short and long form).The channel is also creating new avenues for established and up-and-coming filmmakers looking to find new global audiences.To get an idea of what AfriDocs offers viewers, here are just five of the hundreds of titles available to stream.Shake The Dust Produced by US rapper Nasir ‘Nas’ Jones and journalist-filmmaker Adam Sjöberg, Shake the Dust explores the history and influence of breakdancing, particularly among the youth in the ghettos of the world – the favelas of Brazil, townships across South Africa and the streets of Brooklyn, New York. The film showcases some of the pioneers in the art form, and features some never-before-seen footage of the most jaw-dropping breakdancing moves ever committed to film. The overall message is the uplifting power of music and movement across borders, cultures and generations.Watch the full documentary belowMama Africa A 2011 Berlin International Film Festival winner, Mama Africa is filmmaker Mika Kaurismäki’s lovingly documented portrait of South African singer and political activist Miriam Makeba. Featuring interviews with Makeba (who died in 2008) and her musical and political contemporaries, as well as a host of previously unreleased performance footage, the film explores Makeba’s influence in popularising African music around the world. It also looks at her dedication to fighting racism and injustice that earned her the title of “mother of the continent”.Watch the full documentary belowCitizenFourPart of AfriDocs’ small but growing selection of international documentaries, CitizenFour is the critically acclaimed report on the saga surrounding the exposure of privace violations by the American government, by American National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden. Balanced and informative, the film’s direct access to Snowden and the journalists who helped him bring the information to light creates a comprehensive and captivating account behind the headlines.Watch the full documentary belowMiners Shot DownSouth Africa’s most talked-about documentary, the controversial Miners Shot Down explores the events leading up to and the aftermath of the Marikana miners’ strike and police shooting that ended in the death of 34 miners. A multi-award winner – including the 2015 International Emmy for Best Documentary – the film is a cutting dissection of post-apartheid South Africa’s socio-political landscape.Watch the full documentary belowSisters-In-LawThe Cannes award-winning – it won the 2010 Prix Art et Essai for Best Documentary – Cameroonian feature documentary, Sisters-In-Law, follows two determined female lawyers in a small village courthouse as they fight entrenched social patriarchy and crimes against women and children. Through a series of vignettes, highlighting a number of their cases, the film inspires and uplifts, offering a strong positive view of African women as courageous game-changers.Watch the full documentary belowSource: AfriDocsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Blitzbokke runners-up in Dubai Sevens

first_img2 December 2013The South African Sevens Rugby team turned in a strong showing at the Dubai Sevens, but fell at the final hurdle to an in-form Fiji, going down 29-17 in the Cup final on Saturday.With injuries to Frankie Horne, Jamba Ulengo and Stephan Dippenaar, the Blitzbokke were up against it in the title-decider, facing a Fijian side that had crushed New Zealand 44-0 in the semi-finals, running in eight tries in a stunning victory.Fiji, coached by former England coach Ben Ryan, looked a better disciplined team than in the past, and soon took control of the final. They ran in three first half tries, two by Benito Masilevu and the other by Saiminosi Viriviri, to lead 19-0 at the break.Fought backSouth Africa, however, fought back well after the break, crossing for three tries through Sampie Mastriet, Chris Dry and Cheslin Kolbe, but the Fijians added five- pointers from Waisea Nacuqu and Emosi Mulevoro to secure the title, which was, surprisingly, their first in Dubai.After the game, South Africa’s coach Neil Powell commented: “Fiji were the better team and deserved to win. They started very positively, put us under huge pressure and really used their opportunities well.“We knew we had to score first after the restart, gain some momentum and to put them under pressure. We tried our best, but they proved too strong in the end.“I am very proud of the boys and now we are looking forward to build on this performance next week at home in Port Elizabeth,” he concluded.Pool DSouth Africa went unbeaten in the rest of their matches. They finished top of Pool D after a 17-7 defeat of Argentina, a 34-5 cruise against Russia and a 26-5 win over Samoa.In the quarterfinals, the Blitzbokke faced former coach Paul Treu, who is now in charge of Kenya. A strong first half, which produced three tries, put South Africa into a 19-0 lead at the break. Kenya fought back with two tries, but a late try by Branco du Preez ensured South Africa’s progression to the semi-finals by a 21-12 margin.England were the opposition in the last four, after a convincing 33-12 defeat of Wales. Just 16 seconds into the semi-final match, South Africa conceded a try to Mike Ellery in the left hand corner, but Cecil Afrika and Justin Geduld replied with tries converted by Branco du Preez to make it South Africa 14, England 5 at half-time.Tom Mitchell made it interesting by going over for a converted try, but further five- pointers from Werner Kok, Cheslin Kolbe and Chris Dry secured a comfortable 26-12 win for the men in green and gold.World Series standingsWith their runner-up finish, the Blitzbokke are up to third in the World Series standings. New Zealand are top with 39 points after edging England 17-14 for third place in Dubai. Fiji are in second with 35 points, South Africa has 34 and England 32.The next tournament in the series, the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens, takes place in Port Elizabeth in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province on 7 and 8 December.last_img read more

Music Innovators: Montag Reimagines the Album

first_imgBjork involved the listener in the music by making her apps interactive – each song/app doubled as a game. However, as with traditional albums, there was still a distance between the artist and listener. You could play with Bjork’s music, but you couldn’t interact with the artist herself.While Montag doesn’t open himself completely to his audience (comments are turned off on his website, for example), he does bring the listener into his world more. He explains the creative process for each song, which makes listening to it feel surprisingly intimate. He is also active on social media – in particular Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud.Pushing The Boundaries, Even More Than RadioheadThe Web has already disrupted how we listen to music (Spotify, Pandora) and buy it (iTunes). But up till now, on the production side, the innovations have been mostly around how music can be published and promoted (SoundCloud, Bandcamp). The actual formats of popular music, singles and albums, have so far not strayed too far from the norm. Even Radiohead, which has done a lot of experimentation with the Web, has continued to release traditional, thematically cohesive albums.Artists like Bjork and Montag are beginning to test those boundaries now. It’s great to see – and hear! Tags:#music#web Related Posts While listening to a Spotify playlist from music discovery service We Are Hunted, I came across an intriguing artist I hadn’t heard of before: Montag. I starred the song, called ‘True Love’, and a bit later went back to explore more of Montag’s music. It turns out he is in the middle of a project, called Phases, that is attempting to reimagine the album. Other musicians have experimented with the album format too over the past couple of years – most notably, Bjork with her “App Album” Biophilia. Like Bjork, Montag has broken up the album format into unique pieces. But his approach from there is quite different.For Bjork, each song was an iOS app, with animation and gaming being as much a part of the album experience as the music. For Montag, it’s less about augmenting the music with multimedia and more about playing to the strengths of the Web – publishing songs without a middleman (a.k.a. a record company), explaining the components of each song (small pieces loosely joined!), collaborating with other artists, building a social connection with his listeners.Montréal based Montag has committed to posting one song every month, over 2012. This enables the creative process to be more real-time than with a traditional album, because his songs will be released soon after he completes them. The title of his project is Phases, reflecting what he calls a “12-phase music project.” richard macmanus 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutcenter_img There is one other key difference to a traditional album, but this is something that Montag could’ve easily chosen not to mess with. Most albums are a cohesive set of songs, with a common theme or sound. Every Bob Dylan album, for example, has a unique sound and is thematically different from his previous album. In Montag’s Phases, each song will have a different music style. So while he will end up with a set of 12 songs, his goal isn’t to create a cohesive album. Montag says this approach allows him “to be more spontaneous with each release [song].”Montag’s Album That Isn’t An Album So what exactly is Phases? So far he has released seven songs, up to and including July. Each song is posted to his website, using SoundCloud, accompanied by a blog post in which Montag explains the creative process. The post features an explanatory “audio documentary,” which includes sonic details on how the track was constructed. There is unique – and quite gorgeous – artwork for each song and five of the songs so far have videos. The action isn’t just on his website. Each “phase” is released on Spotify and iTunes (it’s free to listen to on Spotify and costs 99 cents per single in iTunes).Montag himself is insisting this isn’t an album, but “a monthly singles project.” However, at the risk of incurring the artist’s wrath, I think it’s interesting to view this as an experimental album. There is a cohesiveness to his method, if not with the songs. So I wouldn’t be surprised if Montag changes his mind at the end of this project and releases it as an album!The music itself is a mix between electronica and synth-pop and it’s a matter of personal taste whether you like the sound of it. Regardless, Montag’s project is to be commended for using the Web to push the boundaries of the album. It isn’t as ‘out there’ innovative as Bjork’s App Album, but in many ways it utilizes the Internet better. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Manchester United F.C. shocked after terror strike at Manchester concert

first_imgManchester United FC took to Twitter to express their shock over an explosion at a concert in Manchester on Monday night where at least 19 people were killed and 59 wounded.US Singer Ariana Grande was performing at Manchester Arena to an audience that included many children when the blast happened.Manchester United’s official Twitter page tweeted saying the club’s prayers are with the affected.”We are deeply shocked by last night’s terrible events at the Manchester Arena. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected.”We are deeply shocked by last nights terrible events at the Manchester Arena. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected.- Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 23, 2017Former Manchester United great and a current television pundit for BT Sport Rio Ferdinand echoed his club’s sentiments and wished everyone safety as he took to Twitter to express his concern about the incident.”Just heard the news what’s happening in Manchester.. hope everyone safe and sound!????” Ferdinand tweeted.Just heard the news what’s happening in Manchester.. hope everyone safe & sound! ????- Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) May 22, 2017Australian international and former Manchester United player Mark Bosnich tweeted about the horrific incident and sent prayers for the affected.”Thoughts and prayers with those affected by the events in Manchester tonight, and the good people of Manchester.”Thoughts and prayers with those affected by the events in Manchester 2nite,and the good people of Manchester.xmb #- Mark Bosnich (@TheRealBozza) May 23, 2017Manchester City’s official Twitter account and City defender Vincent also took to Twitter to express their solidarity with the victims.advertisement”It’s with great sadness we hear of the terrible events at the Arena. Our hearts go out to all affected and to our city’s emergency services,” Manchester City FC tweeted.It’s with great sadness we hear of the terrible events at the Arena. Our hearts go out to all affected and to our city’s emergency services.- Manchester City (@ManCity) May 23, 2017Vincent Kompany extended his condolences to the affected families and called it a sad day for Manchester.”I would like to express my deepest condolences to the families of the victims. It’s a sad day for the great city of Manchester. #Unity,” Kompany said on Twitter.I would like to express my deepest condolences to the families of the victims. It’s a sad day for the great city of Manchester. #Unity- Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) May 22, 2017Manchester City’s sister club New York City FC too expressed their concern on Twitter.”Our hearts go out to our friends and all those affected in Manchester following tonight’s (Monday night) tragic events,” New York City FC tweeted.Our hearts go out to our friends and all those affected in Manchester following tonight’s tragic events.- New York City FC (@NYCFC) May 23, 2017Former England international Gary Lineker also tweeted saying, “Truly awful news from the great city of Manchester. Thoughts are with all those affected.”Truly awful news from the great city of Manchester. Thoughts are with all those affected.- Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 22, 2017British Prime Minister Theresa May said the incident was being treated as a terrorist attack. If confirmed, it would be the deadliest militant assault in Britain since four British Muslims killed 52 people in suicide bombings on London’s transport system in July 2005.With inputs from Reuterslast_img read more

Court rules Canadas TV regulator exceeded its authority with restrictions on Bell

first_imgTORONTO – Bell Canada and its media arm have won a round in their battle against regulatory restrictions on their activities as television content producers and distributors.The Federal Court of Appeal has issued a 2-1 split decision that agrees with Bell’s argument that the Broadcasting Act doesn’t give the CRTC authority to enforce its “wholesale code.”The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission introduced the code in 2015 after extensive public consultations, known as Let’s Talk TV, that resulted in a number of reforms for regulated media companies.Soon after the code was issued, Bell launched the court challenge to the CRTC’s restrictions on how distributors like phone, cable and satellite companies negotiate contracts with content producers.The CRTC had introduced the restrictions out of a concern about the increasing market power of vertically integrated companies, such as Bell, that both create programming and distribute it to consumers.Bell Canada owns the country’s largest telecom network, including residential television and internet services, as well as Bell Media — which owns the CTV television network, specialty TV channels and production facilities.Companies in this story: (TSX:BCE)last_img read more