a month agoMan Utd Double winner Parker: If Solskjaer sacked – then Woodward must go

first_imgMan Utd Double winner Parker: If Solskjaer sacked – then Woodward must goby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United Double winner Paul Parker says if manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is sacked – then vice-chairman Ed Woodward also must go.Parker does not think sacking Solskjaer would be in the best interests of the club right now.However, he says if Woodward was to go as well, then he would support the decision.“I just think it doesn’t make sense for Manchester United to sack a manager, whether you want to call it a sacking or leaving by mutual consent,” Parker told talkSPORT.“I don’t think they can because they’ve got enough issues going on.“I think they are in such a bad place at the moment it would throw more mud at the club if they were to get rid of Ole.“If they could come out and say ‘we are getting rid of him and we are going to have a clean slate, we’re going to start with someone fresh’, in other words Ed Woodward is going to move away from his position and someone else is going to take that position and the club is going to be run as what it should be, a football club, I would say yes.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

IPL 2019: RCB arguably the biggest franchise in world cricket, says Marcus Stoinis

first_img (20.0) 205/3 Super Over Match Ended Kolkata KOL Series Status: Player Of The Match: Andre Russell IPL 2019: RCB arguably the biggest franchise in world cricket, says Marcus StoinisRoyal Challengers Bangalore crashed to their fifth straight defeat in IPL 2019 after failing to defend 205 against Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday night. (20.0) Bangalore BLR Bangalore Scorecard 206/5 (19.1) 2/34 (4) Pawan Negi (BLR) P. Negi (BLR) Top Batsmen Top Batsmen 205/3 view more view less Toss: KOL elected to field Kolkata beat Bangalore by 5 wickets – Top Bowlers Top Bowlers Indian Premier League, 2019, Match 17 84 (49) Indian Premier League, 2019 Virat Kohli (BLR) V. Kohli (BLR) 63 (32) Referee: Vengalil Narayanan Kutty (IND) Umpires: Chris Gaffaney (NZ), Anil Chaudhary (IND) and CK Nandan (IND) Kolkata KOL Kolkata (19.1) AB de Villiers (BLR) de Villiers (BLR) Bangalore BLR graphs view full scorecard Indian Premier League, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 20:00 (Local Time) commentary Navdeep Saini (BLR) N. Saini (BLR) vs Match Ended 206/5 No data available! 2/21 (3.1) advertisement Akshaya Nath BengaluruApril 6, 2019UPDATED: April 6, 2019 09:09 IST Marcus Stoinis has missed the first three games for RCB in IPL 2019 (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSStoinis was traded to RCB by KXIP in exchange for Mandeep SinghMarcus Stoinis smashed a 13-ball 28 as RCB posted 205 for 3 vs KKRBut RCB failed to defend the total as KKR won by 5 wickets with 5 balls to spareAustralia all-rounder Marcus Stoinis on Friday said that Royal Challengers Bangalore are arguably the biggest franchise in world cricket during the mid-innings break of their five-wicket defeat to Kolkata Knight Riders in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019.Incidentally, after Stoinis’ comment, who are yet to win a title, crashed to their fifth straight defeat in IPL 2019. RCB are the only team to have not opened their account yet in the ongoing season of the Twenty20 league.It’s hard to imagine RCB push for their maiden IPL title from heron as they might have to win at least seven of their remaining nine matches to stand a chance of qualifying for the play-offs.On Friday, Stoinis pummeled a 13-ball 28 to take RCB past the 200-run mark at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium after Virat Kohli (84) and AB de Villiers (63) took the KKR attack to the cleaners.”What a place. Great fans. Arguably the biggest franchise in World Cricket.Exciting to be here. We have two best batsmen of this generation in our team. Tonight has been so good so far. It looks like a good wicket. I wasn’t there for a long time as I came in the slog overs. Hopefully, we have posted enough,” Stoinis, who joined the Royal Challengers Bangalore from Kings XI Punjab during the trading window ahead of IPL 2019, said.Chasing 206, Kolkata Knight Riders got off to a strong start with handy contributions from Chris Lynn and Robin Uthappa at the top. Left-hander Nitish Rana provided the impetus in the middle overs but his untimely dismissal on 37 put a bit of pressure on KKR.advertisementWith 67 needed from the last 27 balls, big-hitter Andre Russell walked out to the middle. Russell then smashed a 13-ball 48, including seven sixes and a boundary, as KKR completed the chase with five wickets and balls to spare and sent RCB crashing to their fifth straight defeat.Speaking after the loss, under-fire Virat Kohli said: “There is no guessing there (about where they lost), the last 4 four overs that we bowled was just unacceptable. We needed to be more clever, nothing came off and we just cracked under pressure. That’s been our story this season so far. If you bowl with not enough bravery in the crucial overs, it’s always going to be difficult against power-hitters like Russell.”Also Read | Virat Kohli No.1 in list of players to feature in most IPL defeatsAlso Read | Virat Kohli becomes all-time leading IPL scorer during 49-ball 84Also Read | IPL 2019: Virat Kohli blasts RCB bowlers over lack of bravery after Russell onslaughtAlso Read | Andre Russell after destroying RCB with 7 sixes: No ground big enough for meFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Royal Challengers BangaloreFollow Marcus StoinisFollow IPL 2019Follow RCB vs KKRlast_img read more

Manchester City referred to UEFA judicial chamber over alleged FFP breaches

first_img Next Reuters LondonMay 16, 2019UPDATED: May 16, 2019 14:44 IST Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions for the 2nd successive year (Reuters Photo)Manchester City have been referred to an independent judicial chamber following an investigation into alleged breaches of Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations, European soccer’s governing body UEFA said on Thursday.UEFA had opened an investigation into City over potential breaches of its break-even rule in March after German publication Der Spiegel reported the club’s Abu Dhabi owners inflated sponsorship agreements to comply with FFP requirements.”The Club Financial Control Body chief investigator (Yves Leterme)… has decided to refer Manchester City FC to the CFCB adjudicatory chamber following the conclusion of his investigation,” UEFA said in a statement.City released a statement soon after saying the Premier League champions were “disappointed, but regrettably not surprised, by the sudden announcement of the referral.”FFP rules are intended to prevent clubs receiving unlimited amounts of money through inflated sponsorship deals with organisations related to the owners and clubs who have breached the rules can be barred from European competition.”Manchester City is entirely confident of a positive outcome when the matter is considered by an independent judicial body,” City added.”The accusation of financial irregularities remains entirely false and the CFCB IC referral ignores a comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence provided by Manchester City to the Chamber.”The decision contains mistakes, misinterpretations and confusions fundamentally borne out of a basic lack of due process and there remain significant unresolved matters raised by Manchester City as part of what the club has found to be a wholly unsatisfactory, curtailed, and hostile process.”City, who won the Premier League title on Sunday, are seeking an unprecedented domestic treble when they face Watford in the FA Cup final on Saturday.advertisementAlso Read | King’s Cup: Igor Stimac names 37 probables for preparatory campAlso Read | Losing Champions League would be painful for a long time: Tottenham forward SonAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Manchester CityFollow UEFAFollow Financial Fair Play RegulationsFollow Champions League Manchester City referred to UEFA judicial chamber over alleged FFP breachesManchester City said they are disappointed allegation of breaches of Financial Fair Play regulations but insisted they are “entirely confident” of a positive outcome. advertisementlast_img read more

Have You Met Cider, Beer’s Gluten-Free Cousin?

first_imgWe’re sure you’ve heard of this refreshing, apple-based beverage, but you probably never got a chance to really know it. Beer is always trying to steal the spotlight, but we think it’s time for hard cider to shine.How is it made exactly? Similar to how grapes are used for wine, apples are pressed, the juice is mixed with yeast and left to rest for fermentation. The finished product is a complex, sometimes slightly bubbly, alcoholic cider. Fruit aside, how else does it differ from beer? Typically made with wheat, barley or rye, beer contains gluten, to which some are severely allergic. So whether you break out in hives or have a mild unpleasant reaction to regular beer, look no further. Cider has been popping up everywhere lately – even big beer brands are jumping on the bandwagon.And if you associate cider solely with the fall months, think again. This fruit-based beverage is insanely refreshing and one of our preferred summer drinks. Check out five of our favorites below.Stella Artois CidreA dry, crisp, European-style cider made with apples grown in wine grape regions, drink this with chicken, fish or a variety of different cheeses like gruyere, camembert and English cheddar.Strongbow OriginalThis thirst-quenching cider is made from a blend of bittersweet and culinary apples for a refreshing finish. Serve with salmon, chicken and pork belly.Crispin OriginalDelicious over ice, this refreshing, crisp cider is great alone or paired with light summer salads or grilled poultry.Angry Orchard Elderflower Hard CiderTropical notes from elderflower are balanced by the bright fruit flavors of lychee, pear and citrus. With a sweetness this balanced, skip dinner altogether and enjoy this solo.Original Sin Cherry TreeA blend of American heirloom apples and tart cherries, this clean, elegant cider pairs perfectly with cheddar cheese and mild fish. Become a Tiki Garnish Master With These 6 Expert Tips Rum 101: An Introduction to the Different Types of Rum and How They’re Made How to Grill Fish: A Quick and Easy Guide to Getting it Right Every Time Editors’ Recommendations The Burger Show’s Alvin Cailan Shares His Burger-Making Secrets Session Wines Are Your Best Easy-Drinking Buddieslast_img read more

Prime Minister Simpson Miller Outlines Logistics Hub Benefits for Jamaica and China

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, on Friday (August 23), outlined the mutual benefits which Jamaica and the People’s Republic of China can derive from the Global Logistics Hub Initiative.Addressing a business seminar and matchmaking meeting for Jamaican and Chinese entrepreneurs in Beijing, Mrs. Minister Simpson Miller said the hub’s development represents the next stage in the expansion of Jamaica’s airport, seaport, and industrial infrastructure.The undertaking, she noted, would, among other things, facilitate smooth movement into and through the island for the estimated 800 million-person market spanning North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean, while assuring that Jamaica is in “implementation mode” to undertake the development.“China can share in Jamaica’s efforts and prosper from the global logistics hub initiative by deploying Chinese technology and ingenuity to produce world class goods and services in Jamaica. You have the opportunity to be in partnership with us, using the combined skills and cultural talents of the Jamaican workforce in special economic zones and commercial parks to be developed in Jamaica,” she said.The Prime Minister also informed of investment opportunities in tourism; agriculture, particularly agro parks development aimed at boosting food production for the domestic and international markets; fresh water fish production for export; and telecommunications, among others areas.“Now is the time to expand into new markets; establish your manufacturing and distribution bases in Jamaica. So if you want to invest in Jamaica, I would encourage you to do so at this time. I do not believe that there is a better place anywhere (for) investing (now, than) Jamaica,” she emphasized.Mrs. Simpson Miller said the Jamaican government welcomes long term investments that will not only provide attractive returns for investors, but also yield significant and sustainable benefits for Jamaica, adding that “our mission here is to continue to build that strong bridge between Jamaica and China.”Meanwhile, Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) President, Francis Kennedy, is optimistic about the likely positive outcomes for the country which the forum and trip to China by the government and private sector delegations will provide. He informed that representatives from approximately 47 business entities have already indicated interests they would like to pursue in Jamaica.In this regard, Mr. Kennedy advised that a delegation of 20 representatives from the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) is slated visit the island in September.The JCC President said a list of the stakeholders with whom connections have been established, will be submitted to Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) and the Chinese Embassy in Jamaica. This document, he advised, will serve to inform and guide the organization’s preparations for meetings with the CCPIT delegation.“So the enthusiasm to have business relationships with Jamaica, both import and export, was enormous. I am very positive as to where the future can be,” Mr. Kennedy said.Friday’s business networking forum was organized by the CCPIT and Embassy of Jamaica in China. Jamaican government welcomes long term investments The hub is the next stage in the expansion of Jamaica’s infrastructure Story Highlights China can share in Jamaica’s efforts and prosper from the global logistics hub initiative last_img read more

Belgium Netherlands hit 4 as Germany edge closer

first_imgParis: Belgium and the Netherlands both cruised to 4-0 wins over Scotland and Estonia respectively in Euro 2020 qualifying on Monday, while Germany claimed a crucial victory over Northern Ireland in their bid to qualify for next year’s finals. Roberto Martinez’s Belgium, the world-number-one ranked side, were not at their best but still swatted aside a poor Scotland outfit at Hampden Park to make it six wins from as many matches in Group I. Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku gave the visitors the lead in Glasgow in only the ninth minute with his Belgian record-extending 49th international goal. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhDefenders Thomas Vermaelen and Toby Alderweireld ended the game as a contest with less than 32 minutes on the clock. Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, who had assisted each of the first three goals, completed the scoring himself with eight minutes remaining. “It was not a world-class performance, we just did what we had to do,” said Belgium captain De Bruyne. “We had a tough start but after our first goal, we had more control and Scotland did not get many chances.” Belgium, who finished third at last year’s World Cup, are now 11 points clear of third-placed Kazakhstan at the summit of their group with the top two automatically qualifying and only four games to play. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”We knew that with a win we would almost certainly qualify, and that is most important,” added De Bruyne. Russia remain in pole position to progress from Group I with Belgium, after Mario Fernandes’ 89th-minute winner sealed a 1-0 win over Kazakhstan which moved Stanislav Cherchesov’s men eight points ahead of their beaten opponents. The Netherlands backed up their stunning 4-2 win over Germany in Hamburg last Friday by thrashing Estonia in Tallinn, as Ryan Babel scored his maiden international double. Memphis Depay, making his 50th Netherlands appearance, grabbed the third goal, with Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum also finding the net. Ronald Koeman’s side still have work to do to reach a first major finals since making the 2014 World Cup semi-finals, though, as they trail second-placed Northern Ireland by three points in Group C, albeit with a game in hand. The Euro 1988 winners next host the Northern Irish on October 10 in a crucial encounter. Germany lead the group standings after edging to a nervy 2-0 victory in Belfast. Marcel Halstenberg’s brilliant volley broke the deadlock shortly after half-time in a tense encounter, and Serge Gnabry gave Joachim Loew’s men breathing space in injury-time. “After the defeat against Holland, we were under pressure today and had to overcome some difficulties,” said Germany boss Loew. Earlier on Saturday, Croatia suffered a setback in their qualifying campaign as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Azerbaijan in Baku. The 2018 World Cup runners-up took an early lead through a Luka Modric penalty, but the hosts hit back with Tamkin Khalilzade’s brilliant 72nd-minute equaliser to claim their first point in Group E.last_img read more

Lady Gaga To Put Rolls Royce Under The Hammer For Charity

first_imgJulien’s Auctions, renowned auction house to the stars, has announced the exclusive auction of multi-platinum selling and GRAMMY winning artist Lady Gaga’s Rolls-Royce Corniche III on Saturday, May 17, 2014 in New York.Lady Gaga’s Rolls RoyceThe auction will take place at Hard Rock New York – Times Square. The auction will benefit MusiCares.The red 1990 Rolls-Royce Corniche III convertible to be offered for the first time was owned by Lady Gaga and used by her publicaly to travel to the Guggenheim Museum in September 2012. It is estimated at $30,000-$50,000.Lady Gaga is recognized for her diverse contributions to music through her performances, fashion and music videos. She has sold more than 125 million singles worldwide and over 25 million albums. She has won five GRAMMY Awards and 13 MTV Video Music Awards among many other achievements. She has been named to TIME magazine’s Most Influential People list and has consecutively appeared on Billboard’s Artist of the Year list. She also is ranked fourth in VH1’s list of 100 Greatest Women in Music and is included by Forbes magazine in the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list from 2010-2013. She also is the current face of the House of Versace and an activist for equality.Lady Gaga, who just kicked off the North American leg of her ARTRave: The ARTPOP Ball global tour, is offering 100 percent of the sale of this extraordinary automobile to MusiCares. As the charitable arm of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human services issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community.The Rolls-Royce Corniche III will be on display at the Hard Rock New York – Times Square from Monday May 12, 2014 through Saturday, May 17, 2014 prior it to being auctioned during the Julien’s Auctions Music Icons auction event to be held May 17, 2014 at the Hard Rock New York.last_img read more

Morocco to Increase Its Defense Budget

By Amira El MasaitiRabat – Morocco is preparing to increase its defense budget over the next five years, according to a report by The Strategic Defense Intelligence (SDI).SDI, a platform that publishes reports on the global defense industry has stated that Morocco plans to import more weapons and defense materials by 2022. Morocco intends to make itself the leading military power in Africa.Currently it’s in second place, behind largest Africa’s largest importer of weapons, Algeria.Defense spending in Morocco decreased between 2013 and 2017, from 3.8 billion to 3.4 billion. This was attributed to the decrease in the dirham exchange rate in relation to the dollar.The country, however, is still importing weapons and defense equipment such as fighter planes, ships, missiles, tanks and frigates to reinforce its armed forces.Morocco is expected to continue increasing its defense budget from 3.5 billion in 2018 to 3.9 billion by 2022, a growth rate of 2.80 percent, stated the report.The Kingdom’s future supply plan for the arms industry includes purchases of combat aircraft, helicopters, submarines, radar systems and warships.Morocco is also expected to invest in diesel-electric fighters and submarines, military information and network technologies and anti-tank missiles.From 2011-2015, Morocco accounted for 26% of the arms exported to Africa, following Algeria’s 30%, according to a report from the International Peace Research Institute of Stockholm (Sipri), published In February 2016.The United States is the main arms exporter to the kingdom through the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the two countries. France and the Netherlands also export defense equipment to Morocco through the Association Agreement with the European Union. read more

Brazil and UN refugee agency sign pact to bolster partnership

The pact, signed yesterday in Geneva by UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres and Brazil’s Foreign Minister Celso Amorim, formalizes the Latin American nation’s financial support for the work of the agency.As part of the agreement, young Brazilians will also gain exposure to the work of the Office for the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) at its Geneva headquarters and field offices worldwide.In recent years, Brazil has significantly stepped up its support for UNHCR’s humanitarian assistance.This year, the country donated some $3.2 million to the agency, the largest donation ever made in UNHCR’s history by a nation in the Latin America and Caribbean region.The funds are helping refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in countries such as Sri Lanka, Haiti, Ecuador, Iran and Iraq, and are also being earmarked for areas such as education and food, with priority being given to locally-purchased products.“Brazil has one of the most advanced legislations in the world on refugees, has welcomed citizens of more than 50 countries, and is now becoming one of the biggest donors to UNHCR,” Mr. Amorim noted.For his part, Mr. Guterres expressed his gratitude to the country for its positive moves in relation to the protection of refugees and asylum-seekers.UNHCR was created in 1950 to protect safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees, and is a two-time recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. 14 September 2010Brazil will step up its assistance to help refugees and those affected by disasters worldwide under a new agreement reached with the United Nations refugee agency. read more

Jayalalithaa wants economic sanctions on Lanka

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has urged the Indian government to impose economic sanctions on Sri Lanka till Tamils displaced by the war returned to their original homes and were treated on part with the Sinhalese majority.Jayalalithaa also said Tamil Nadu won`t host the 20th Asian Athletics Championship in July in which Sri Lanka will take part, the Press Trust of India reported. She said more evidence was emerging about the way innocent Tamils were killed by the Sri Lankan military in the final stages of the war against the Tamil Tigers that ended in May 2009.The “genocide in Sri Lanka exceeds what Adolf Hitler carried out in Germany”, Jayalalithaa said. The chief minister reiterated that the killing of the 12-year-old son of slain Tamil Tigers chief Velupillai Prabhakaran was “an unpardonable crime and has moved my heart”. She said Tamil Nadu had decided to host the Asian Athletics Championship to encourage sports “but is also firm that Sri Lankan Tamils be treated with dignity”. “The state will not conduct the championship and it cannot be held in Tamil Nadu. The general secretary of the Asian Athletics Association will be asked by the state to hold the event somewhere else,” she said.

Ohio State field hockey improves to 20 in Big Ten play in

Sophomore midfielder Morgan Kile (8) battles for the ball in a game against Saint Louis on Aug. 28 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won the season opener 5-0.Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz / Asst. Sports EditorThe Ohio State field hockey team brought home its second Big Ten win of the season Sunday afternoon on the road against Penn State, 2-1. Sophomore midfielder and Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, native Morgan Kile won the game when she scored her first goal of the season nine minutes into the double-overtime period off a fast break. In addition to scoring, Kile has tallied up three assists on the year for the Buckeyes, who now sit at 6-3 overall and 2-0 for Big Ten games.  OSU’s first goal of the game was scored by junior forward Brooke Hiltz nine minutes into the second half, which tied the score 1-1.Looking back, October 2011 was the last time the Buckeyes defeated Penn State (4-5, 1-2). With its first two conference games ending in wins, OSU is having its most successful start in the Big Ten since 2010.The first half of the game was mostly controlled by an offensively driven Penn State, with 14 shots and nine penalty corners in its favor. The Nittany Lions scored the first goal of the game 23 minutes in when junior forward/midfielder Brooke Birosik shot successfully off a penalty stroke.OSU’s defense, including sophomore goalie Liz Tamburro and her 11 saves, kept Penn State from advancing anymore on the scoreboard. Freshman back Hannah Pany and sophomore midfielder/back Carolina Vergroesen also assisted the defense with one save each. The score was tied in the 47th minute thanks to Hiltz’s goal shot from the short left side with an assist from freshman midfielder/forward Casey Cole. Despite the Buckeyes’ five shots, the offense was unable to score again, bringing the game into overtime.During the first overtime period, Penn State generated two shots, but the game swayed in OSU’s favor during the second. Including Kile’s game-winning goal, the Buckeyes had four total shots and took home the win with a final score of 2-1. The Buckeyes are set to return to the home field when they face off against Maryland on Friday at 3:30 p.m. at Buckeye Varsity Field. read more

China Is Splurging On BigName Soccer Talent

In the past few weeks, the Chinese Football Association Super League — the country’s premier professional soccer league — has been on a shopping spree. By the close of the January transfer window, the Chinese Super League had outspent England’s Premier League in the transfer market; the CSL made five of the six largest transfer signings in the 2015-16 window.The biggest splash came when the Jiangsu Suning shelled out $55 million to acquire Alex Teixeira, a star Brazilian midfielder playing in Ukraine, who was hotly pursued by Liverpool. Teixeira’s signing gives the CSL the 70th most valuable player in the world.By attracting big-name talent, CSL clubs are signaling the rise of Chinese soccer power — at least financially. (The value of the signings to club owners likely has as much to do with marketability of the players for product endorsement purposes as it does with improving the team.) This power has grown in lockstep with the league’s attendance and revenue. Since the league was founded in 2004, total CSL attendance has surged from 1.4 million to more than 5 million in 2015; per-game attendance has more than doubled as the league has grown from 12 to 16 teams.As Chinese soccer has grown domestically, the league has begun to throw around its financial weight in the international transfer market, thus boosting the total market value of CSL players. The league’s total value, according to Transfermarkt estimates of its players’ transfer market values (as opposed to aggregate transfer buys) has risen to about $380 million. Teixeira’s transfer fee alone accounts for 15 percent of that. That’s humongous. Gareth Bale’s record-breaking (unless you ask Ronaldo) transfer fee to Real Madrid in 2013 came in north of $100 million, yet represented a mere 3 percent of the more than $3.4 billion estimated market value of La Liga’s players in 2013.Although the CSL is making international news with a few big-ticket signings, as a whole, the league is still small. The league’s total estimated market value is still half as big as even Portugal’s national league, and it pales in comparison to England’s Premier League, which is valued at $4.7 billion. In fact, the total market value of all 16 CSL teams is still less than that of just Liverpool. Thus, a transfer fee comparable to the one between the CSL and Teixeira would be about $700 million (!).(As CSL teams make it rain, it’s worth noting that this cash isn’t being evenly distributed. Foreign players make far more than Chinese players. CSL teams must abide by a strict cap of no more than four overseas players, plus one from another country in the Asian Football Confederation. And according to 2012 data, these foreign players pulled in earnings more than five times larger than those of their Chinese teammates. The disparity has probably only grown as the CSL hunts for pricier international stars.)In some ways, the CSL has taken Major League Soccer’s model and supercharged it. MLS has tried — with debatable success — to gin up fan interest by splurging on a few big-name, often well-aged, international players. David Beckham joining the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007 on a (comically inaccurate) “$250 million” deal comes to mind. By the 2008 season, the entire MLS had an estimated market value of about $157 million; with more than $10 million of that being Beckham. Today, that number has crept up to $314 million — exponential growth, but well behind the pace being set in China. So the CSL is following the MLS script, to a degree, only with players in their primes instead of broken-down warhorses like Frank Lampard.Some macroeconomic context helps, too. Although there are signs that China’s economy is slowing, and its stock market has been a disaster over the past year, the appetite of Chinese sports fans doesn’t seem to be lagging. The slowdown within the Chinese economy seems to be focused on real estate, state-owned enterprises and the stock market. Although growing indebtedness is an issue, Chinese consumers are better positioned than other parts of the Chinese economy. So expect demand for — and spending from — Chinese Super League teams to keep growing. China has a very long way to go before it’s a top player in international club soccer, but if consumer interest grows at the pace it’s set, the CSL might just continue to draw stars anyway.CORRECTION (Feb. 19, 2 p.m.): An earlier version of this article incorrectly described the basis for determining the monetary valuation of players in soccer teams and leagues. That valuation is measured by a Transfermarkt calculation of overall player market values, not just salaries. Transfermarkt makes the calculation based on the estimated value of the player in the transfer market. References in the article to how much teams and leagues have spent on salaries have been changed to the market values of their players. read more

London knife crime Six stabbings in less than six hours including targeted

 Police cordon after an 18 year old was stabbed on Thyme Close in Blackheath Credit:George Cracknell Wright/REX Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to hold a major summit in Downing Street on April 1 aimed at tackling the problem. A 19-year-old man was found suffering from stab wounds. He has been taken to hospital; his condition is not life-threatening.There have been no arrests. A crime scene is in place. Enquiries continue.6. 9pm: TootingPolice were called just after 9pm on Tuesday to reports of a stabbing in High Street, Tooting.Officers attended the location and found an 18-year-old man suffering stab injuries. He was taken by LAS to hospital – his injuries are not life-threatening. Detectives from the South West command unit are investigating. There has been no arrest.Witnesses of anyone with information should call 101, ref 7972/mar26. Officers attended. A 26-year-old man was taken to a central London hospital for treatment. His condition is not life-threatening.A male was arrested shortly after the Martindale Road incident. He has been taken into custody at a west London police station.3. 5pm: HounslowOfficers attended a second call from the LAS at 5pm to reports of a man suffering from a slash injury on Rosemary Avenue at the junction with Bath Road. The 20-year-old man was treated at the scene.At this early stage, enquiries continue to establish whether the assaults are connected. The knife crime epidemic that continues to plague the streets of London showed no sign of slowing yesterday as six stabbings were reported in less than six hours in the capital. At 3.20pm on Tuesday in Blackheath, south-east London, an 18-year-old man was stabbed in broad daylight in what was described by witnesses as a “targeted attack”. Across town in Hounslow, south-west London another attack was about to take place. At 4.20pm a 26-year-old man was stabbed, and around half an hour later another man, 20, was slashed just yards away. Police are still trying to establish whether or not the two incidents are linked and were given extra powers to stop and search in the Hounslow Borough until 4am Wednesday morning.At 6.05pm in Tottenham, north London, a boy who is believed to be 17 was slashed across the face with a knife in the fourth incident of the day. Less than an hour had passed before Metropolitan Police were dealing with another stabbing, this time in Barking, east London when a 19-year-old was set upon by a gang. Then, in Tooting High Street, an 18 year-old was found stabbed after officers were called to yet another altercation.  Residents will see officers in the surrounding area for a number of hours while initial investigative work takes place.Those with information should call police on 101 quoting CAD4752/26March, or call Crimestoppers 10O per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111.2. 4:23pm: HounslowPolice were called by the London Ambulance Service (LAS) at 4.23pm on Tuesday, March 26, to reports of a man suffering from stab injuries in Beaversford Park off Martindale Road. A Section 60 was authorised across Hounslow Borough from 5.15pm on Tuesday until 4.00am on Wednesday, giving police the power to stop and search individuals for offensive weapons.4. 6:05pm: TottenhamPolice were called at 6.05pm to High Road, Tottenham, N17, after a teenager was found suffering from a head injury.Officers attended with LAS. The boy, believed to be aged 17, had suffered a slash injury to his face. Police in Tooting High Street Police activity at a cordoned off area in High Road, Tottenham, after a stabbing on Tuesday Credit:Tony Diver/PA He has been taken to hospital; his injuries are not life-threatening. There have been no arrests. Enquiries into the circumstances continue.5. 6:54pm: BarkingPolice were called at 6.54pm to Waterside Close, Barking following reports of a group of males attacking another male. Officers attended. Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick said the last few years “undoubtedly have been the highest and most worrying levels in my service”.She added: “If you look at stabbings of young people I do think this is a new and tragic and worrying phenomenon.”Here’s what police said about the six incidents: 1. 3:15pm: BlackheathPolice were called to a road in Blackheath at 3.24pm on Tuesday, March 26, following reports that a male was being threatened with a knife.London Ambulance Service (LAS) and officers attended the scene in Thyme Close, SE3 and found a man, aged around 18, suffering from multiple stab wounds.He has been taken hospital; his injuries were initially thought to be life-threatening but have since been assessed as not life-threatening.A cordon is in place however there is limited disruption to access to the road. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. 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How long before a whole life on Facebook is a reality

first_imgFacebook and social networking in general is a relatively new phenomenon. Millions have embraced it already, others have rejected it, and many more people will be born with it as a past time you just do within your social circle.This video shows us what may well be a reality one day. Depending on the continued success of Facebook there are kids growing up today that could eventually have a complete record of their life on Facebook. Is that a scary thought, or a nice side effect of using social networks? It would certainly make for an interesting piece of history to leave your kids if Facebook allow an entire account to be downloaded and played back like this video.One question this does raise in my mind is, how long before Facebook realizes it could launch a dating service? Facedate anyone?via Facebooklast_img read more

Rick and Morty Comes Back to Earth for its Season Finale

first_imgStay on target Once again, never try to predict where Rick and Morty will go. The show continues to be completely unpredictable because Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon are just making it up as they go. There is no grand plan, there’s no end goal for any of this. It only looks like there is because they’re able to take advantage of loose ends left by earlier episodes. Even when you try to predict a pattern in their unpredictability, it rarely works out. I was sure Beth’s possible cloning wouldn’t come back until next season. That’s usually how long it takes for Rick and Morty to address its open plot threads. It took about that amount of time for the show to address the Cronenberged universe. And to bring back Evil Morty. Instead, they addressed it right away, allowing for the most emotional, compelling arc of the season finale.Beth’s plot felt like it was meant to be the episode’s B story. It wasn’t given as much time as Rick’s and didn’t involve either of the two titular characters. Even so, it was the most effective of the episode’s two stories. In the middle of Rick’s pissing match with President Keith David, Beth realizes that she could possibly be a clone. She remembers Rick making the offer last week, but so would the clone. She calls Rick to ask, and Rick assures her she’s not. He doesn’t give her an answer to the question of whether he would tell her if she was the clone. That’s part of the beauty of this finale. Though it deals directly with the cliffhanger left by last week’s episode, it still never gives us an answer. By the end of the episode, we still don’t know for sure if this Beth is the “real” one. And it kind of doesn’t matter.(Via Adult Swim)Rick gives Beth a shortened version of the speech he gave last week about how hard it is to be smart. She’s having a crisis of self because she’s smart enough to see all the possibilities. Beth sounds reassured, and Rick casually mentions that if she were a clone who became self-aware, he’d have to kill her. Rick and Morty gets a lot of credit for its animated violence, but the show sure knows how to portray existential panic. She runs to Jerry for help, which only further convinces her she’s a clone. He describes their first kiss, an event Jerry still managed to make sound lame. Beth remembers hating it, but hearing Jerry telling it now, she doesn’t. She decides that means she must be the clone, rather than chalking it up to nostalgia or the fact that she still does love Jerry. Remember, it was Rick that broke the family up. They’ve come close before, but the show has not been subtle about the fact that there is some love in their relationship. Even in the universe where Jerry never got her pregnant with Summer, they still ended up together eventually.As much as the show likes to piss on Jerry, he is a necessary character. As the dumbest person on the show, he’s the perfect foil for Rick. He keeps the series grounded. Even in episodes where he does nothing of consequence, his presence in the family keeps Rick and Morty’s increasingly wacky adventures from becoming so ridiculous they stop mattering. Rick’s nihilistic point of view is funny, but it can kill the show if he’s allowed to run things completely. If there are infinite universes and nothing matters, there are no stakes. The series came dangerously close to that line this season, which is why this finale was necessary. Beth and Jerry take the kids to a cabin to hide from Rick. Rick shows up with a machine gun, which convinces Beth that she is the clone. Rick insists she isn’t and he’s come to kill Jerry. Beth argues that she’s getting her family back together and asks Rick to come with them.(Via Adult Swim)That’s when the show gets to the question it’s been wrestling with all season. If Rick can jump between infinite parallel universes and nothing matters, why stay in anyone? Especially one where he’s now, as he puts it because he knows it’s a TV show, the lowest-status character. Really, because something does matter. The reason Rick remains interesting is that he really does care about his family, though he desperately tries to pretend that he doesn’t. He makes a big show of telling them they don’t matter, but chooses to stay over the tiniest excuse. He even goes so far as to put on Jerry’s fishing hat to make amends with President Keith David. All because deep down, he cares at least that little bit. Or it could be the fart.It’s a good thing Beth’s arc was so strong because the main plot was kind of more of the same. It’s always a joy when Keith David comes back, but much of Rick’s plot was dragged down by a sense that we’ve seen this before. That’s not to say it was bad. It was still hilarious, with all the smart, self-aware humor we love. The virtual reality dig at South Park’s speed and this show’s own slowness had me dying. As did the “Pretty Obvious If You Think About It” treaty Rick negotiates between Israel and Palestine. (Nice callback to drunk Rick in the Vindicators episode.) Actually, as far as the individual jokes go, this episode was exceptional. The problem came from the prolonged fight between Rick and the President. It was well-animated and showed off lots of cool sci-fi ideas, but it wasn’t all that funny, exciting or even shocking. Throughout the whole prolonged scene, it felt like we were retreading old ground. Part of the problem might be that its coming from the best and craziest season yet. After you’ve seen Rick murder an entire secret military base as a pickle, seeing him do it as a human doesn’t have the weight it once did.(Via Adult Swim)The season finale of Rick and Morty was a fine episode. It only suffers a bit because it comes at the end of what was by far its best season. Season three took its concepts further and toyed with our assumptions and expectations more than either of the two that came before it. It had multiple episodes that rank among the series best. It wasn’t just that they were funny, they dug even deeper into the characters than before. The relationships are the backbone of the show and this season really got into that. It was able to explore divorce, grief, the importance of therapy, and the consequences of Rick’s actions that he desperately tries to ignore. It was a truly fantastic season. Still, it had to end the way it did. As Rick took over the family, he became more powerful. There was nothing really holding him back. To keep the show going a reset was needed. As Beth says, because she is Rick’s daughter, it’ll be like season one but more streamlined. Of course, we all know it’ll be a little more complicated than that. One of the great things about Rick and Morty is its continuity. This season still happened, and the fallout from that will complicate the more streamlined family unit Beth tried to create. We’ll find out how in… a really long time. It’s nice to see Mr. Poopybutthole again. Can’t wait to meet his grandkids in Season 4.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. You Can Now Pre-Order ‘Dungeons & Dragons Vs. Rick and Morty’ SetToy Tuesday: The Schwiftiest ‘Rick & Morty’ Toys last_img read more

Drake Wins Best Rap Song For Gods Plan 2019 GRAMMYs

first_img Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Drake Wins Best Rap Song drake-wins-best-rap-song-gods-plan-2019-grammys Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? 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Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? 61st GRAMMY Awards Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs Drake takes home Best Rap Song at the 61st GRAMMY AwardsJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Feb 10, 2019 – 6:57 pm Drake won Best Rap Song for “God’s Plan” along with Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels and Noah Shebib at the 61st GRAMMY Awards.Fellow nominees included” “King’s Dead” by Kendrick Duckworth, Samuel Gloade, James Litherland, Johnny McKinzie, Axel Morgan, Mark Spears, Travis Walton, Nayvadius Wilburn & Michael Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake,)”Lucky You” by R. Fraser, G. Lucas, M. Mathers, M. Samuels & J. Sweet, songwriters (Eminem Featuring Joyner Lucas) and “Sicko Mode” by Khalif Brown, Rogét Chahayed, BryTavious Chambers, Mike Dean, Mirsad Dervic, Kevin Gomringer, Tim Gomringer, Aubrey Graham, Chauncey Hollis, Jacques Webster, Ozan Yildirim & Cydel Young, songwriters (Travis Scott, Drake), (Big Hawk) & Swae Lee).”Win” by K. Duckworth, A. Hernandez, J. McKinzie, M. Samuels & C. Thompson, songwriters (Jay Rock) was also a nominee.Drake earned the first GRAMMY of his career for Best Rap Album for his 2011 studio album, Take Care. He made his GRAMMY performance debut at the 52nd GRAMMY Awards in 2010, performing a medley of “Drop The World” and “Forever” with fellow rappers Eminem and Lil Wayne.2019 GRAMMYs: Full Nominees And Winners List 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYscenter_img Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? 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H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet News Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage Record Of The Year 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images 2019 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony Twitter Photo: studioEAST/Getty Images 2019 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images Record Of The Year 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? Read morelast_img read more

Homer residents experiment with a tree from Alaskas prehistoric past

first_imgA dawn redwood or metasequoia grows in the Hoyt Arboretum in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Aaron Bolton, KBBI News)Could climate change take forests back in time? Kenai Peninsula residents and scientists see evidence that warmer weather is bringing back at least one tree that hasn’t populated Alaska for millions of years.Listen nowAcross the street from Homer’s Pratt Museum, there’s a small tree growing on the side of the road. You’d probably miss it if it wasn’t for the wooden placard proclaiming it a “metasequoia.”“Just for your listeners, right now it looks 11 inches high,” Geoff Cobal said as he stood next to the tree off Bartlett street.Cobal planted the sapling about three years ago. It’s also known as a dawn redwood and can grow to be 100 feet tall.“But it looks like it might be 1 inch higher then when I planted it. Well, it looks like it’s about the same height as when I planted it. So, it’s not like doing great,” Cobal said as he laughed.The metasequoia looks like what it is: a relative of the California redwood. More than 50 million years ago, they were a common sight here and across North America. Then they vanished.In fact, they were believed extinct. We only knew about them from 150-million-year-old fossils. Then in the 1940s, a small population was discovered in a remote valley in China.They were planted across the United States, including Alaska, in the decades that followed. Cobal wanted to see if they could hack it in Homer, just like they did millions of years ago.“Our bluffs were certainly warmer than they are now. Although, this metasequoia is now living here,” Cobal noted.Are climate conditions becoming more like they were millions of years ago? Cobal wanted to find out and ordered 30 trees. He gave them to friends, but only a few have survived. So Homer isn’t quite like it was when dinosaurs roamed.But it is moving in that direction. In recent years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture bestowed Homer with a “warmer plant hardiness” designation. You can see proof of that in Homer ecologist Kyra Wagner’s backyard.“We have several of those apple trees are now considered to be normal,” Wagner said as she pointed to a few trees from her deck. “Norland, parkland, considered to be completely hardy and fine to be growing in this climate that we have here now – 30 to 50 years ago, that wouldn’t of been the case.”Several residents living on Kachemak Bay have attempted to grow metasequoias and other tree species, even a pear tree. The idea is that they could one day grow into forests if existing tree species are unable to handle the larger populations of spruce bark beetles and European spruce aphids that will most likely come with warmer temperatures.“If the spruce are not able to keep it going and our forests are going to be shifting, bringing in plants that we can eat from, that are edible, plants that are beautiful and productive and economically viable here is completely a good attempt to not recolonize, but assisted migration,” Wagner explained. “Get these things up here that may over centuries move up here, but climate change is happening so fast now.”Ed Berg is a retired botanist and a former research scientist with the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and he thinks that while the metasequoia isn’t thriving in Homer just yet, it could one day be a reasonable candidate.“It would have lumber potential, certainly firewood potential. It grows very rapidly,” Berg said. “In planting something like this, we may be at the border shall we say of its temperature range, and that just means selective breeding is needed.”But don’t expect forests of metasequoias on the Kenai Peninsula any time soon. So saysHans Rinke, a state forester who manages around 80,000 acres on the peninsula.“I think in the ornamental setting where people have a yard and want to experiment with some plantings on their own and have some interesting trees in their yard that are not spruce are birch, I think we’ll see more of that,” Rinke said.There’s uncertainty what climate change will mean for Alaska’s forests. But as temperatures rise it could be, at least in some cases, a deja vu for plants not seen in the modern era.last_img read more

DhakaBarishal road link snaps for bridge collapse

first_imgRoad communication between Dhaka and Barishal came to a halt since early Tuesday as a bailey bridge in Enna area of Gaurnadi upazila collapsed. Photo: Prothom AloRoad communication between Dhaka and Barishal remained suspended since early Tuesday following the collapse of a bailey bridge in Enna area of Gaurnadi upazila, reports UNB.Disrupted road communication caused a jam on the Dhaka-Barishal road. Photo: Prothom AloThe bailey bridge collapsed when an overloaded truck was passing through it and halted the communication of several southern districts with the capital, causing immense sufferings to people, said locals.However, the repair work has begun immediately after the incident and was underway during filing of this report.last_img read more

Wotif profits fall

first_imgWotif.com experienced a minor 3.8 percent drop in profits after tax for the full financial year from $53 million last year to $51 million.While revenue experienced a slight growth of 1.7 percent to $138.3 million from $136 million, the company’s profit before depreciation, amortisation and taxation fell two percent to $77.7 million from $79.3 million.Despite the strong Aussie dollar and weather disruptions earlier this year, the group’s underlying bookings improved in the second half of the financial year, according to Wotif.com chief executive Robbie Cooke.Mr Cooke explained that at a group level, room nights stayed experienced a four percent increase in the fourth quarter, over the corresponding quarter.The Group’s flight transactions and accommodation bookings also picked up during the year by 35 percent and 12 percent compared to the previous financial period.“The strong Australian and New Zealand dollars continued to fuel the surge in outbound travel throughout most of the year,” Mr Cooke said.“In fact, ABS data shows an unprecedented 27 percent increase in offshore travel by Australians over the last two year.“This seemingly insatiable appetite for “the Overseas Holiday” has definitely been to the detriment of the domestic break – which has always been our of our key booking sources.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Virgin withdraws Cobalt licence case

first_imgVirgin Atlantic on Monday withdrew a motion requesting the suspension of a transport ministry decision to revoke the operating licences of Cobalt Air, which was grounded last month after failing to secure fresh cash.Virgin had secured a court order last week that temporarily suspended the ministry’s decision until Monday when the two sides were scheduled to argue their cases before the court.The company’s action is thought to be linked with the fact that it owns the valuable Heathrow airport slot used by Cobalt and it risked losing it after the airline had its licences revoked.It appears that between Friday and Monday, Virgin had resolved the matter and there was no need to pursue the case any further.The transport ministry had revoked Cobalt’s commercial and operating licences the day after the company announced it was grounding its fleet on October 17.Despite being given time, the airline had failed to raise the cash necessary to keep it going. You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityEarthquake insurance that fits your future plansCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Our View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoBishop says homosexuality passed on to the unborn when pregnant women enjoy anal sexUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more