India vs Australia: Dates of Bengaluru, Visakhapatnam T20Is swapped

first_imgAustralia will start their limited-overs tour of India in Visakhapatnam, which will now host the first T20 International on February 24 instead of Bengaluru after Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) requested for a change of date due to security concerns.Bengaluru will host the second T20 International on February 27 instead of Visakhapatnam after KSCA wrote to the BCCI about its inability to host the inaugural match due to security concerns. The date and venue swap was okayed by Committee of Administrators (COA) members Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji.On February 24, Aero India Show will be held in Bengaluru and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be attending the event, the reason why the police authorities informed KSCA about their inability to provide security.KSCA wrote to BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary, who sent it to the COA for approval.”It was a genuine reason for which KSCA can’t hold the match on the specified date (February 24). The acting secretary had forwarded me the request for swapping of dates with the Visakhapatnam T20I and I have sent my approval,” COA chief Rai told PTI.Australia will be playing two T20 Internationals and 5 ODIs during their three week tour. The five ODIs will be held in Hyderabad (March 2), Nagpur (March 5), Ranchi (March 8), Mohali (March 10) and New Delhi (March 13).Also Watch:last_img read more

RCMP probe centres on roles duties of suspended legislature officials adviser

first_imgVICTORIA — A special adviser to the Speaker at British Columbia’s legislature says an ongoing RCMP investigation is focusing on the roles and administrative duties of the clerk of the house and its sergeant-at-arms.Clerk Craig James and sergeant-at-arms Gary Lenz were escorted out of the building Tuesday after members of the legislature voted unanimously to place the two top officers on paid administrative leave.Special adviser Alan Mullen said Wednesday he cannot provide further details about the investigation.“It’s to do with their roles as clerk and sergeant-at-arms and it’s to do with their administrative duties,” he said in an interview. “We’re looking at a lot of different things but I couldn’t comment further because the investigation is ongoing.”On Tuesday, Mullen said there is a “criminal investigation” in the case.The RCMP would not confirm it is conducting a criminal investigation. The B.C. Prosecution Service and two special prosecutors overseeing the case declined comment Wednesday when asked if a criminal investigation is being conducted.Later on Wednesday, Mullen said he was hired in January by Speaker Darryl Plecas to work on issues of concern, which included issues related to the legislature investigation.“I was brought in for a number of different reasons, including this,” he told a news conference at the legislature.Mullen said he and Plecas know each other professionally and are friends after working together at federal prisons in B.C.’s Fraser Valley.Plecas, who has yet to comment on the investigation, is a criminologist. As a federal prison judge he conducted hearings where inmates were charged by prison officials for engaging in behaviours that pose threats to the safety of corrections staff and other inmates. Mullen said he conducted numerous investigations while employed as the correctional manager at the Kent Institution for a decade.Mullen did not provide details of what information has been gathered since last January but he said it was provided to the RCMP in late August.Neither Lenz nor James could be reached for comment on Wednesday.As he was leaving the legislature on Tuesday, James said he didn’t know why he was placed on leave.“I have no idea but I’m sure I’ll find out in due course,” he said. “I think we have a right to know immediately what it is, and I hope that we soon find out what it is and we can go from there.”Lenz did not comment as he was leaving the building.The RCMP said in a statement Tuesday an investigation is underway and B.C.’s prosecution service said two special prosecutors were appointed Oct. 1 “in relation to an investigation being conducted into the activities of senior staff at the British Columbia legislature.” The RCMP and the prosecution service did not say in their statements who is the subject of the investigation.The Mounties gave no indication on how long the investigation might take.Gerald Baier, a University of British Columbia political science professor, said proceedings at the legislature will continue as deputies assume the duties of the clerk and sergeant-at-arms but some people might be concerned about the impression the situation leaves on the political institution.“The one thing that worries me is if people get a bad impression of our institutions as a result of this,” he said. “Does this give a negative impression of politics or political institutions?”The sergeant-at-arms is responsible for maintaining order in the legislative chamber and other areas used for the business of the house. The clerk of the house gives non-partisan advice to the Speaker, can be consulted on procedural matters and maintains a record of all the legislature’s proceedings.Lenz is a former RCMP detachment commander in nearby Sidney, B.C., who was appointed the legislature’s sergeant-at-arms in February 2009. James was appointed clerk of the house in 2011.Attorney General David Eby and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth declined comment Wednesday because of the ongoing investigation.Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Its no secret Arizona Cardinals defensive coordin

first_imgIt’s no secret Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles is a top NFL head-coaching candidate. On Monday, a report said Bowles has generated interest from a division rival.ESPN’s Josina Anderson said the San Francisco 49ers’ candidates to replace outgoing head coach Jim Harbaugh include the Cards’ second-year assistant.Source: The #49ers have requested interviews with Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and Seahawks DC Dan Quinn.— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) December 29, 2014 NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said the 49ers have also asked permission to speak with Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase.Previous reports have the Atlanta Falcons, New York Jets and Chicago Bears possibly interested in Bowles. On Monday, the Jets fired head coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik, the Bears ousted head coach Marc Trestman and GM Phil Emery, and the Falcons fired head coach Mike Smith.Per NFL rules, teams aren’t allowed to speak with assistants whose teams have a playoff game in the opening round. The Cardinals will face the Carolina Panthers in the wild-card round Saturday. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

French telecom regulator ARCEP has launched a publ

first_imgFrench telecom regulator ARCEP has launched a public consultation on net neutrality following a request by the country’s parliament.Parliament has asked the regulator to consider issues of internet transparency, quality of service, interconnection and traffic management. ARCEP’s starting point is a series of six principles outlined two years ago.The consultation will be open for submissions until June 20.Over the summer, ARCEP will establish indicators of the quality of fixed-line broadband services in line with work already done for mobile networks. It will also collect information on interconnection agreements between internet players. Finally, it will look into traffic management practices, where the regulator said it had some concerns particularly relating to mobile broadband networks.last_img read more

Chello Central Europe is rebranding its two movie

first_imgChello Central Europe is rebranding its two movie channels, Flimmuzeum and Zone Romantica to Film Mania and Film Café.The rebranded channels will be launched on July 2 with new identities and logos designed to attract a wider audience.Film Mania and Film Café will offer a combination of popular films and TV series focusing on Hollywood hits and studio content, tailored to the needs of Hungarian viewers.The two brands have been developed by Danish design studio Frame. The July launch will be accompanied by a major marketing campaign. The channels are available on UPC, Magyar Telekom, Digi, Invitel, Tarr, and PR Telecom in Hungary.Levente Málnay, CEO Chello Central Europe said: “The new brands will effectively reflect the heritage of the two channels that is engaging and innovative. Film Mania will feature movies from Hollywood and the biggest studios in the world while retaining the values of Filmmuzeum. Film Café will continue offering high-quality female focussed entertainment and relaxation. Our goal is to offer varied, fresh programming to meet the demands of Hungarian viewers, in line with the cultural values.”last_img read more

Tele Columbus CEO and chairman Ronny Verhelst In

first_imgTele Columbus CEO and chairman, Ronny Verhelst.In its first results since the acquisition of Pepcom, German cable operator Tele Columbus has increased its revenues by 5% in the first quarter on a like-for-like basis to €116.1 million.EBITDA increased by 9.5% to €56.5 million.The company added 12,000 internet revenue generating units and 14,000 telephony RGUs in the quarter.The company had 3.6 million homes connected, serving 2.43 million customers, which translates into 2.45 million cable TV RGUs and 424,000 premium TV RGUs, it said. Internet RGUs amounted to 475,000 and Telephony RGUs to 441,000.The company aims to keep the number of connected homes stable over the year and to achieve mid-single digit revenue growth and high single-digit EBITDA growth for the year.Recent developments include the trialing of an advanced TV service in partnership with Espial and the launch of mobile services across the former Primacom footprint in collaboration with low-cost mobile specialist Drillisch.Ronny Verhelst, CEO of Tele Columbus, said: “We continued on our growth path while the organisational integration of Primacom and Tele Columbus is at an advanced stage. Our clear strategy going forward is to keep the homes connected base stable, to further optimise the network infrastructure and to exploit our potential for Internet, Telephony and TV services. In the first quarter 2016, we have again executed on our strategy successfully.”last_img read more