ABS-CBN’s broadcast franchise has expired on May 4, while its license renewal bid is still pending in the House of Representatives. The NTC has ordered to halt broadcast on its free TV and radio channels on May 5. In a separate cease and desist order, the NTC ordered ABS-CBN’s cable company, Sky Cable Corp., to “immediately” stop its SKY direct-to-home satellite transmission, which affected households with SKY Direct satellite dishes. “Upon the expiration of R.A. No. 7969, Sky Cable Corporation no longer has a valid and subsisting congressional franchise to install, operate, or maintain a Direct Broadcast Satellite Service,” the order read. The NTC served the closure order to the broadcast giant a day after several members of the House of Representatives threatened to sue NTC commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba before the Office of the Ombudsman. Affected by the said NTC order were ABS-CBN TV Plus channels Cine MO!, Yey!, TeleRadyo, Asianovela, Jeepney TV, and its pay-per-view channel Kapamilya Box Office. Previously, media networks were allowed to continue operations despite the lapse of their broadcast franchise pending their application for license renewal before Congress./PN In NTC’s alias cease and desist order on late Tuesday, it said that ABS-CBN has to stop operating its digital TV transmission in Metro Manila using Channel 43 (644-650 mhz). The company is also required to refund its subscribers of all the amounts representing unconsumed prepaid, deposits on subscriber equipment and devices, deposit or advance payment in monthly charges for postpaid subscribers. MANILA – ABS-CBN has complied with the cease and desist orders issued by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) as it shut down the operations of Sky Cable and Channel 43 on Tuesday night.
GILLETTE, Wyo. (Aug. 25) – Three $1,000 to win features for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds are on the program for Gillette Thunder Speedway’s 15th annual East-West Clash Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 29-31. All are 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying events and IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Larry Shaw Racing Western Region and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded.Entry fees are $50 on Friday, $65 on Saturday and $75 on Sunday. Pit passes are $25 on Friday and Saturday, $30 on Sunday or $75 for all three days.More information about the East-West Clash is available by calling 307 682-8866.
Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino hailed the “massive” penalty save of Artur Boruc after the Poland goalkeeper earned his side a 0-0 draw at Norwich with a dramatic stop in added time. He added: “Before the penalty was given we deserved to be leading the game, so my anger was double fold, that the penalty should not have happened and also we should have been ahead. “The weather did not really favour us for the way we wanted to set-up to play. My team adapted really well to the conditions and also Norwich are a very hard team to play against on their own ground.” Canaries manager Chris Hughton preferred to extenuate the positives from Norwich’s display. He said: “I decided to go 4-4-2 today, which means you can perhaps be a bit more open, but I thought we had the better chances. “We certainly should have been given a penalty in the first half when Shaw pulls back Grant Holt, so on balances we deserved one today. “Grant has got himself ball side of the defender, and I think there is contact, so the referee has to make that decision, and he also has a linesman on that side. “If we think that one was soft, the one in the first half wasn’t. It was not a particularly bad penalty, and the lad has made a good save.” Full-back Luke Shaw was ruled to have pushed over Grant Holt just inside the penalty area, as referee Mark Clattenburg pointed to the spot after consulting with his assistant but Boruc produced a decent stop down to his right to secure a well-deserved share of the points for the visitors. “Boruc made a massive save for us and saved us a point,” Pochettino said. “I am happy overall with the team’s performance because we regained our fighting spirit which we lost a bit against QPR.” Press Association
Press Association Liverpool are prepared to allow the centre-back to continue his rehabilitation in his homeland with a view to him regaining fitness and being able to get some match practice before this summer’s tournament in Brazil. “It would be beautiful to join Nacional and complete my recovery in Uruguay with my family and friends,” the centre-back told Radio El Espectador 810. “The negotiations can be hard sometimes, and we have to wait a bit.” Coates joined Liverpool from Nacional in August 2011 in a reported £7million deal but struggled to force his way into the first team. The centre-back has made just 24 appearances in that time, half of which have been in the Premier League, and scored two goals. The 23-year-old has been sidelined since tearing an anterior cruciate ligament in a knee while on international duty for Uruguay in August. Coates is still continuing his rehabilitation but Press Association Sport understands he is already in Montevideo awaiting completion of the move. Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates is set to rejoin former club Nacional on loan as he battles to be fit for this summer’s World Cup.
RUGBY players ‘de-rusted’ their system with a North Vs South XV game at the National Park’s surface yesterday afternoon.Part of the action in yesterday’s North Vs South XV game at the National ParkFollowing an almost two-month layoff, the locals opened the season with a friendly game which featured mixed teams.In the end, the North reigned supreme with Rondel Mc Arthur scoring three tries, Patrick King two and Avery Corbin one,while Godfrey Brooms had four conversions in a total of 38.For the south, Lloyd Anderson scored two tries while Blaise Bailey, Lancelot Adonis and Jamal Angus each scored one. Adonis had one conversion to Ryan Gonzalves two in the team’s 31 total.
Delta Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has said that in spite of the huge investment in sports development, a lot is still needed to be done to take it to the desired level.He made the statement on Monday while speaking at the finals of the 9th edition of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa Football Tournament at the Agbor Township Stadium.According to him, more well-to-do Nigerians and corporate organisations should be involved in the sponsorship of sporting activities, especially, football, observing that there was over reliance on government sponsorship. “Today, we watched a beautiful game of football; the organisers of the championship have made it clear that it was to unite the people, keep the youths busy and discover hidden talents.“We are aware of the inherent benefits derivable in the development of sports; though there is a lot of investments in sports, a lot more is needed to be done to take it, especially, the game of football to the desired heights.“We need a lot sponsorship; there are so much dependence on government for sponsorship; governments at different levels are doing their best but it is not enough; we need to strengthen our league because, it will amount to act of patriotism for us to watch Nigerian league and be involved in sponsorship.“The league is supposed to be a money spinner; everyone has to be patriotic in contributing to sports development,” Governor Okowa said.At the end of 90 minutes of play, Ute-Okpu Ward 9 football club piped Boji-Boji Ward 4 football team 2-0 to lift the trophy and win a cash prize of N1 million while a consolation prize of N750, 000 went to the second placed team. The third placed team received the sum of N500, 000.Governor Okowa who was among the spectators, presented the trophy and medals to the winners.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
For many sports fans across the nation, tonight will mark a new year of sorts. Yes, the National Football League makes its return with what has become tradition of late: a rousing, over-the-top kickoff jamboree, all jam-packed into one Thursday night. I mean, what can compete with seeing Green Day and Randy Moss on the same field?Yes, that is a twinge of sarcasm. Give the League credit, though. It halted opening orgies like the absurd pre-game Britney Spears concert resembling a 15-year-old boy’s wet dream from several years ago. But, in all seriousness, the NFL opens its season once again as the unquestioned kingpin of sports leagues. Somehow, somewhere, on the timeline of American history, professional football mutated from an athletic competition into some sort of warped religion and elevated itself above any challengers. Baseball may be America’s pastime, but football is its true love.Need proof? Take a drive a couple of hours north, where the Kool-Aid is served green and gold and any sort of clothing item can be made from Styrofoam cheese (or whatever that material is). The ultimate fan-to-team love affair can only be found in or around the city of Green Bay. Yes, Packers fans truly are hooked on their franchise more than life itself. And it is truly amazing. Sometimes strange and almost perverse? That too.The Packers have captivated followers with a mix of small-town fan appeal and a winning tradition over the last 10-plus years. It appears, however, the strategies used to maintain those winning ways over the past several seasons may be catching up with the green and gold.After a downright pathetic-looking preseason (granted, it is the preseason) in which the team somehow bumbled its way to two wins, 2005 looks much less promising for the Packers. Yes, Brett Favre is still under center for Mike Sherman’s team. But over the course of the last couple of years, Favre has seen the talent around him deteriorate.The Green Bay defense is in shambles, and the offense took two large hits with the losses (via free agency) of guards Mike Wahle and Marco Rivera. Maybe it truly is impossible to stay on top. But, when viewing some of the Packers’ decisions in the relatively recent past, it’s not that hard to see why lean years could be on the horizon.Joe Johnson. Hardy Nickerson. Cletidus Hunt. That’s just to name a few. Want more? How about signing backup fullback Nick Luchey to a seven-year contract. While teams such as the Patriots and Eagles avoid overspending for the most part, the Packers have carelessly thrown money around. The team allowed overpaid veterans such as Lawyer Milloy and Jeremiah Trotter to leave, relying on their systems and player development to take over. More accurately, former general manager and current head coach Mike Sherman has spent that cash in numerous quick-fix attempts. That shortsightedness has left the cupboard around Favre somewhat bare. After giving up a third-round pick to acquire troubled receiver Terry Glenn and seeing him battle nagging injuries, Sherman sent him packing for relatively nothing (a sixth-round choice). Oddly enough, Glenn had over 800 yards receiving in his one year at Lambeau. Not a very good turnaround value. However, Glenn’s story is just one example of Sherman and the organization’s failure to take a down-the-road approach. Trading away draft picks to reach for needs is another example (B.J. Sander, anyone?). Moves like these show a lack of patience and foresight.Now, that’s not to say Sherman has done everything wrong and the team is doomed. New general manager Ted Thompson has shown a refreshing, patient approach in his first half-year on the job. And Sherman draft picks Nick Barnett and Javon Walker have developed into fine players.Walker, Favre, Ahman Green and the Packers offense carried the franchise to another division title and a 10-6 record a season ago. And, if things go just right, Favre could lead the team to another winning campaign in 2005. Great players elevate those around them, and Favre is most certainly a great player.However, improved competition within the NFC North and Green Bay’s abysmal defense certainly cloud those optimistic hopes. If Sherman’s offense plays like it did a year ago (which is a lot to ask), the Packers could stay afloat for at least another season. But if Favre shows his age the slightest bit, the past several years of ineptitude in personnel management may step to the forefront.
Though the USC Shoah Foundation Institute is already renowned for its collection of testimonies from Holocaust survivors, it now hopes to broaden its archives to include the Armenian genocide.More than 400 testimonies from survivors of the Armenian genocide recorded on 16mm film by Armenian-American filmmaker Dr. J. Michael Hagopian will soon be added to the foundation’s nearly 52,000 testimonies from around the globe.An estimated 1.5 million people died between 1915 and 1923 in the Armenian genocide.Hagopian met survivors of the massacre while traveling internationally to film documentaries and interviewed them to preserve their stories.The Shoah Foundation Institute hopes adding the Armenian genocide to its archives will be the first step in expanding its collection to include all genocides. Researchers are also working to track down testimonies from genocides in Rwanda and Cambodia.Stephen Smith, executive director of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, said discovering similarities across genocide records allows scholars to find their origin.“Having testimonies from different genocides is not about comparing human suffering, because that’s not possible, but about comparing the causes and the consequences [of the genocide],” Smith said. “It’s in understanding the causes and consequences that we understand how we might prevent genocide in the future and also how it affects the individuals who have been through it.”The diversity in the survivors Hagopian interviewed only makes the collection more interesting, Smith said. The tapes include interviews from survivors not only in Armenia, but also from locations as far flung as North America, the Mediterranean basin and India.“We are getting both a very personal and a very broadly based geographical understanding of what those individuals went through,” Smith said.Smith said the personal nature of these interviews also makes Hagopian’s collection stand out.“Most of what we have on the Armenian genocide so far is documentary information, but these testimonies will lend a tremendously valuable insight into understanding personally what these individuals went through,” Smith said.Members of the Armenian community also see the addition of these testimonies as a key step in the preservation of the history of this genocide.Jerry Papazian, a board member of the USC Institute of Armenian Studies’ Leadership Council and chairman of the Armenian Film Foundation, has even loftier goals for the institute.“The goal is to start collecting other collections of Armenian genocide victim’s accounts to add to the collection and make this the largest collection of Armenian genocide testimonies side by side with those of the Holocaust survivors,” Papazian said.Making the stories of these survivors available to the public is also a key motivator behind the project, Papazian said.“Right now, when the interviews are sitting in a vault someplace, they are not available,” Papazian said. “We were originally able to salvage their testimonies on film, but now with better technology available, why not share them with more people?”Combining records of the two genocides could also make the archive a much better learning tool, supporters said.“We hope by learning about genocide through the archive at USC, our students will be better off as citizens of the world to understand genocide and address it,” Smith said. “Genocide is not something we want or anticipate, but it is a fact of human existence and something that we want to understand better.”The USC Institute of Armenian Studies’ Leadership Council will hold a fundraising gala April 15 to raise money to digitize the testimonies. The Shoah Foundation Institute expects to complete the project by the end of 2012.
Wisconsin wide receiver Jared Abbrederis (4) got a piece of Kirk Cousins’ desperation heave on the final play of Saturday night’s 37-31 Michigan State victory. The ball eventually made its way to Nichol (7), who saved the Spartans from overtime with the Badgers.[/media-credit]EAST LANSING, MICH. – Any hopes the Wisconsin football team had of playing for a national championship almost certainly ended Saturday night after Michigan State wide receiver Keith Nichol grabbed a miraculous, last-second and bobbled Hail Mary bomb to cap off what will surely go down as an instant classic of Big Ten football.After a late push to tie the game by No. 6 Wisconsin (6-1, 2-1), No. 16 Michigan State (6-1, 3-0) brought down the Badgers, 37-31, on a 44-yard heave from quarterback Kirk Cousins.Cousins’ pass was initially batted down by UW wide receiver Jared Abbrederis, who was put in as a third safety to knock the pass out of the air. But after making contact with Abbrederis, the ball bounced off another player and into the arms of Nichol, who stood a yard away from the goal line.Replays confirmed that Nichol crossed the plane with the ball as Badger defenders desperately tried to stop him.“To have the last play of the game decided on by a review, it’s crazy,” linebacker Chris Borland said. “I felt terrible. Just to sit there and watch it on film, it’s heart-wrenching.”Cousins completed 22 of 31 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns, while wide receiver B.J. Cunningham finished with six receptions for 102 yards and a touchdown. Cunningham also hauled in a two-point conversion after a fourth quarter MSU score.For Wisconsin, quarterback Russell Wilson went 14-of-21 with a pair of touchdowns and interceptions each. He finished with 223 yards passing and complimented that with an additional 44 on the ground, including a 22-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.Running back Montee Ball, who was briefly sidelined with a head injury, completed the game with 144 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns, while Abbrederis led UW with six catches and 91 yards.The Hail Mary nullified a fourth-quarter comeback by the Badgers, who scored two touchdowns in the final eight minutes of regulation to tie the game at 31-31.Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson ran for a 22-yard touchdown with 8:10 remaining and, two possessions later, hit running back Montee Ball for a 2-yard score with 1:26 to go.“The defense did a great job in the second half of getting us the ball back and giving us chances,” Wilson said. “We capitalized on those chances near the end. That’s the main thing. It’s a shocker.”That gave the Spartans the ball back for the final drive with 1:19 seconds and two timeouts. MSU ultimately completed the drive in nine plays.But in an effort to regain possession with enough time to score, Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema used three timeouts on Michigan State’s final possession. In the end, however, the Badgers never got the ball back, and their timeouts only aided a Spartan offense scrambling for a score, especially on a 3rd-and-8 play with 30 seconds left.“We were going for the win,” Bielema said. “I looked to their sideline to see if they were going to call one, and I realized they were going to go no-huddle. [We] were trying to get our punt return unit [back on the field].”But a chance at overtime was ripped away from the Badgers, who spent the entirety of the second half playing catch-up after a dismal second quarter that left UW down 23-14 at the half. On the ensuing drive that followed an MSU safety, Michigan State’s Keyshawn Martin scored on 34-yard end-around to bring the score to 14-9.The Spartans then blocked a field goal attempt on the following possession and turned that into an eight-play, 80-yard drive that resulted in a 35-yard pass from Cousins to Cunningham on 4th-and-2.And then, just 38 seconds before the break, MSU’s Bennie Fowler recovered a blocked punt in the endzone, giving the Spartans a nine-point lead going into the locker room.In just 13 minutes, Wisconsin saw its 14-0 lead disappear as Michigan State scored 23 straight points without being stopped once on a drive.“The second quarter is what killed us. We were never really able to rebound from that,” Bielema said.Those 13 minutes signaled a considerable swing of momentum, as the Badgers reached the goal line twice before the Spartans were even able to run two snaps on offense.On its opening drive, UW marched 80 yards in 11 plays and 6:18 for the game’s first points: a 9-yard touchdown strike from Wilson to Pedersen.MSU running back Edwin Baker took the handoff from Cousins on the Spartans’ first play, but UW linebacker Mike Taylor forced a fumble, allowing cornerback Marcus Cromartie to land on it at the Michigan State 30-yard line.Three plays later, Ball ran through a sizeable hole in the trenches for a 9-yard touchdown.The makings of another Wisconsin route stopped there, however, as Michigan State was able to ride its momentum swing to an improbable end.“The only thing you can do is move forward,” Ball said. “That’s the only thing you can do, you don’t want to go back. [Sunday] we’re going to watch film, make sure we correct our mistakes and move forward.“We have another tough game ahead of us.”
Nigeria’s seat of power and commercial nerve centre – Abuja and Lagos, have been scheduled to host the maiden edition of the FCV Gladiators Football Camps in April.The Lagos camp will hold at the University of Lagos Sports Centre on April 14 to 19 while the Abuja leg will hold at Aduvie International School between April 21 and 26.The camp, brainchild of Dynaspro Sports Promotion and Advanta Interactive Limited, is expected to give a new outlook to football with special attention to education. According to Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Oluseyi Oyebode, the camp is a departure from the usual football-focused clinics, as the camp would give special attention to the education of the participants.“It is a great beginning. For the first time, we are having a foreign partner that is so keen on education and football; that has been the missing link. We will encourage as many children as possible to be part of the first camp so that they can have the taste of what it takes in proper academy setting. “Children from schools now will know the orientation and the importance of sports and education.“We have a lot of our ex-players and ex-athletes suffering because they were not able to manage their successes, not being able to manage their finances while making the money,” Oyebode stressed.He added: “I think now we have about 20 schools on board, partnering the project in Lagos and Abuja.“Also, there will be mentorship programmes and for the first time, we will have school coaches, coaches from the grassroots having FA certification. That is the greatest value that you can think about, so that we can have the same orientation that an average British coach will have in working with the youth academy. This is going to evolve and help development of football in Nigeria.”For the Director of UK-based FCV International Academy, Martin Harris, the programme would help to give direction to football camp in Nigeria. “The programme is unique because we are not just here to impact football knowledge but also to enhance the knowledge of the children as well.“Also various life skills, team work and everything needed to make the children have better future are going to be impacted to them. These and many more are what the children will enjoy at the camp,” Harris pledged.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram