With a 4-3 win in the classic best-of-seven Governors’ Cup series carved out in front of record-setting audiences in the last three games at cavernous Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, there were times—a lot of it, actually—when the Gin Kings’ legions of fans were sitting on pins and needles.Even coach Tim Cone, who has seen so many battles in a decorated career, admitted to being nervous a lot of times with the gung-ho Bolts refusing to go away and fighting to the last ounce of their strength.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut, believe it or not, Cone cherished those moments.Moments after winning the 20th title in 32 Finals appearances of his career, Cone talked extensively about the game, about the thrilling series and then saved a few minutes with the Inquirer to talk about the future—and a lot of that bright future is cast on the 7-foot shadow of Ginebra star Greg Slaughter. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Slaughter certainly had his moments of brilliance against the Bolts during the Finals series.But there were also moments where he seemed lost, moments where Meralco pounced on his presence and managed to overturn Ginebra’s massive advantage in size to the Kings’ undoing.Cone absorbed all of those situations like a sponge, those instances now stored in his vast memory bank as he makes a long-overdue trip back to the United States on Monday to be with family and celebrate his latest conquest there.“Right now teams are trying to mismatch him,” Cone said as he obliged fans for selfies. “Teams have been trying to play us small, most especially in this series and these are the things we have to learn how to handle.“Teams have been throwing things at us that we’re asking ourselves: ‘What do we do?’” he went on. “But the more we have those situations, the more we develop as a team.”ADVERTISEMENT All eyes on SMBThe season started with all eyes on San Miguel Beer, on its giant June Mar Fajardo, and on their Grand Slam bid. There was one familiar question throughout the season: Was there a side out there that could stop the Beermen from completing a Triple Crown sweep?The Beermen certainly made everyone doubt there was. San Miguel dusted off Ginebra in the Philippine Cup finale and then dismissed TNT KaTropa in the Commissioner’s Cup title series.The table was set for a Grand Slam.Beer was being chilled even before tip off of the Governors’ Cup in anticipation of a celebration for the franchise’s second Grand Slam. Interestingly enough, Meralco’s Norman Black steered the team to its first season sweep in 1989.All San Miguel needed to do was sign up a great import and stay injury-free.The Beermen failed at both as import woes and a leg injury to Fajardo helped doom them to a sixth place finish in the eliminations, and—you guessed it—a twice-to-win handicap against Barangay Ginebra in the quarterfinals.It wasn’t even close, that playoff game.And Ginebra had everything in place once it sealed a Finals stint: Cone was coaching at his best, LA Tenorio was making a case as the best point guard in the conference despite a nagging elbow injury, Justin Brownlee was as deadly as last season, and Slaughter had returned from injury and was terrorizing the opposition in the shaded lane.Exploiting Slaughter John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I feel that we’re just trying to exploit Greg,” Cone said of his center, admitting that he held back in playing him extended minutes in the championship because he “still didn’t know what to do in some situations.”“I feel like I haven’t exploited him yet,” Cone went on. “They were playing small and we couldn’t handle that at that time. But we’re learning. We learned a lot in this series.”Slaughter played in his first Finals series and went on to bag his first Best Player of the Conference citation.Tenorio, on the other hand, was the Finals MVP for the second straight season, while Japeth Aguilar has shown dramatic improvement ever since Cone got on board and has evolved into a dependent player on both ends, not just the 6-foot-9, athletic guy trying to knock down the three-point shot.Dominant forwardAguilar has metamorphosed into a dominant power forward, challenging every enemy attack in the shaded lane and shying away from those three-pointers.While talk in the final three games of the title series also centered on the Draft set at Robinson’s Place in Ermita on Sunday, where the Beermen now have the chance to snag 6-foot-7 Filipino-German Christian Standhardinger and come up with their own version of a twin-tower combo, Cone wasn’t into any of that.He feels that, with Slaughter, Aguilar, Tenorio and the valuable experience he gained as a coach, Ginebra has what it takes to remain dominant.More to come“You can always have pieces added,” Cone said when asked of the Draft, where they pick 11th overall, second-to-last in the first round. “But we still have guys who are developing and we’re pretty much OK. 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Tagalog NPA “I think we can challenge San Miguel a little bit,” he said. “June Mar is unbelievable, but the more we have him (Slaughter) and the more we see things (like the small-ball ploy of Meralco), the more we develop him and the more we improve as a team.”So it wasn’t out of just championship elation, or his amazement that the last three games of the title series was watched by close to 140,000 fans, but Cone certainly had his basis when he addressed the crowd in the din of the Ginebra celebration and said:“We’re not going to stop here, we have more championships to win.” Barangay Ginebra certainly had its hands full in completing the franchise’s first championship repeat in PBA history.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Anjali celebrates after winning the gold medal.Talk of comebacks and Saturday saw one that would bring a smile to any sports lover’s face. India’s acclaimed rifle shooter Anjali Bhagwat clinched the gold medal in the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions event at the 54th National Shooting Championships here, stamping her authority on her first competition since the Beijing Olympics in 2008.A three-time Olympian and the 2003 World Cup Finals gold medallist in air rifle, Anjali had competed in the rifle prone event at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range on Friday but hadn’t made it to the podium. Heading into the final on Saturday, though, Anjali was level on points with eventual silver medallist Lajjakumari Gauswami of Gujarat on 576 points. Madhya Pradesh’s Rajkumari Rathore, who had won the prone on Friday, was leading with 577 points, while prone world champion Tejaswini Sawant was also lurking.But in the final, Rajkumari went hurtling down the leaderboard, leaving Maharashtra’s Anjali and Lajja to fight it out for top spot. Anjali, 41, scored 10.3 and 10.8 on her first two shots to take the lead, with Lajja fighting back on the third and fourth shots (10.9 and 10.1 respectively) to stay level. However, Anjali shot nines on her sixth and seventh shots to go 1.3 points adrift of Lajja.Then came the game-changing moment where Lajja aborted three times and then, with the time-limit approaching, could only manage 7.1.Anjali, on the other hand, shot 10s all the way through to take top spot with a total score of 675.7, shooting 99.7 in the final. Lajja ended with 673.1 while Tejaswini, also of Maharashtra, took the bronze with 670.4.advertisementA beaming Anjali later said she had been fighting a migraine problem all night. “I wasn’t 100 per cent fit, to be honest, but I guess as soon as I picked up the weapon, everything became alright. I have had only four sessions of training coming into the nationals, so it feels great,” she told reporters.In the period between the Olympics and now, Anjali has given birth to her first child, a boy, who she had brought to the range.The other comeback story of the day was Jaspal Rana making it to the final of the rapid fire pistol competition. Rana, who has taken up rapid fire for the first time in his storied career with an eye on the Olympics, shot a total of 570 over two stages to make it through to the final, along with Commonwealth Games champion Vijay Kumar (576) and fellow armymen Pemba Tamang (571) and Gurpreet Singh (568), among others.The new format of the final nullifies the qualification scores and thus all shooters started from scratch. Only a shot above 9.7 gives a shooter one point.In this format, after the first four series, the lowest-scoring shooter is eliminated after each series and Rana was the first to be eliminated after series of 2, 4, 1 and 1.Eventually, Vijay showed remarkable consistency to register 32 out of 40 points, with Gurpreet taking silver with 26 and Pemba bronze with 20 (out of 35) to give army a clean sweep.In the men’s 10m air rifle, army marksman Imran Hassan Khan was the surprise winner with a total of 696.8 (596+100.8) points, outgunning heavyweights like Gagan Narang and Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra.Air India’s Narang, who qualified with 594 points, won a tie-shoot for silver with 10.3 points against Satyendra Singh of the army, who shot 9.9. Both had ended up with 695.5 points. Bindra also lost a tieshoot against navy’s Sanjeev Rajput for fifth place.SANDHU & MANSHER ON TOPIn the men’s trap trial for the national team being held simultaneously, national champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Mansher Singh topped the scoresheet with 121 points, with Prithviraj Thondaiman scoring 115 and junior champion Kynan Chenai registering 114. In skeet, Allan Daniel Peoples led the way with 123 points.
The 2008 School Sport Australia Combined Touch Tournament has come to a close with all impressed with the Tasmanian hospitality on offer.Tournament Director, Maree Tomlin, did a wonderful job with all impressed with the set-up and organisation of one of the most enjoyable Touch tournaments on the calendar.Although great hosts off the field, Tasmania also had good results on it as well with the Tasmanian 15’s Girls winning their Plate Final in a drop-off against Western Australia. With some of the players not actually experiencing a drop-off before, the youngest player of the Tassie line-up, Maddison Smith, scored when players were down to three apiece much to the delight of coach, Tim Elliott. The form of some of the developing states was also pleasing. In the 15’s Boys, both ACT and WA were competitive in their semi-finals against QLD and NSW.Players from different states swapped uniforms and pins as the tournament concluded. Many players made great speeches while South Australia closed the tournament and hoped that many would join them when Adelaide hosts the School Sport Australia Combined Touch Tournament in 2009.Touch Football Australia would like to congratulate on participants on their achievements and would like to thank Touch Football Tasmania and School Sport Australia for putting on another successful tournament. Full details are below:15’s Boys Finishing Positions:1st – Queensland2nd – New South Wales3rd – Western Australia4th – ACT5th – Northern Territory (Plate Winners)6th – Victoria7th – Tasmania8th – South AustraliaPlayer Awards:* Player of the Series – Kade Bonner (Queensland)* Player of the Final – Brad Pendal (Queensland)* Encouragement Award – Brendon Donnelly (Northern Territory) Finals Referees:* Rick Borg* Matt Lavery* Dean McMillan15’s Girls Finishing Positions:1st – New South Wales2nd – Queensland3rd – ACT4th – Northern Territory5th – Tasmania (Plate Winners)6th – Western Australia7th – South AustraliaPlayer Awards:* Player of the Series – Kimberley Resch (New South Wales)* Player of the Final – Jenna Hitch (New South Wales)* Encouragement Award – Rebecca Beath (ACT)Finals Referees:* Rick Borg* Bri Berry* Michelle Traynor12’s Boys Finishing Positions:1st – Queensland2nd – New South Wales3rd – Northern Territory4th – ACT5th – South Australia6th – Tasmania12’s Girls Finishing Positions:1st – Queensland2nd – New South Wales3rd – South Australia4th – ACT (Equal)4th – Northern Territory (Equal)6th – Tasmania For further information, visit the School Sport Australia Touch website – http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-4282-0-62519-0
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley manager Dyche delighted with squad competitionby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley manager Sean Dyche is delighted with the competition within his squad.The Clarets currently have intense battles in a variety of positions, including left-back, striker and central midfield.”There is real competition,” said Dyche.”We have lost very important players but it shows we have other players who are just as important.”I thought Jeff (Hendrick) did well in midfield alongside Westy which is not easy when you play two v three. There was a tactical understanding there of when to press and when not to.”Robbie came in and he is getting back to true fitness and match sharpness that it takes which is why he came off and Jay got a start as well.”I like that competitive element to the squad.”
zoom Bermuda-based shipowner Ship Finance International (SFL) continues with diversification and renewal of its fleet as it recently took delivery of the second 19,200 TEU boxship and sold two older oil tankers.In March, MSC Viviana was handed over to SFL and immediately commenced a 15-year bareboat charter to Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC). The first 19,200 TEU vessel was delivered in December 2016 and is also chartered to MSC for a period of 15 years.In addition, the company agreed to sell the 2000-built VLCC Front Scilla and the 1998-built Suezmax vessel Front Brabant to unnamed buyers during the first quarter of 2017. The agreed net sales prices are USD 27 million and USD 12 million respectively, including compensation for the early termination of the charters from Frontline. The vessels are expected to be delivered to their new owners in the second quarter of 2017.Also in March, Ship Finance delivered the 1998-built VLCC Front Century to its new owner, an undisclosed party. The sale was agreed in November 2016 and the net proceeds from the sale amounted to USD 24 million, including compensation from Frontline for the early termination of the charter.SFL expects to take delivery of the two 114,000 dwt LR2 newbuilding product tankers in 3Q 2017. Both ships have been chartered out on long-term charters to Phillips 66, with a minimum period of seven years and options for the charter to extend the period to up to 12 years.In April, the 1,700 TEU containership MSC Alice started a hire-purchase lease with MSC for a period of five years at a net bareboat hire rate of USD 1,600 per day.Furthermore, SFL secured a charter for the 2007-built drilling rig Soehanah with a national company in Asia for a minimum period of 12 months.The information on fleet modernization comes on the back of SFL’s financial results for the first quarter of this year which show that the company delivered a net income of USD 32 million, up from a net income of USD 29 million posted in the previous quarter.The company earned USD 152 million of total charter revenues in 1Q, compared to USD 154 million posted in 4Q 2016.“Ship Finance continues to take steps to strengthen its balance sheet and diversify its contracted backlog. In the first quarter, we took delivery of our second 19,200 TEU container vessel, and we expect to take delivery of two product tankers in the third quarter this year. These three vessels, backed by long-term charters, will add approximately USD 26 million in annual EBITDA following their deliveries. We are also pleased to have secured employment for our sole uncontracted drilling rig,” Ole B. Hjertaker, CEO of Ship Finance Management AS, commented.“We are of course focused on the restructuring of Seadrill, one of our large counterparties, which we hope will be finalized in the coming months. At the same time, we have significant capital available for investments, and our objectives remain to find accretive investment opportunities across our core markets and to maximize returns from our existing portfolio of assets,” Hjertaker added.
Sophomore punter Cameron Johnston (95) and freshman kicker Sean Nuernberger (96) walk off the field during a game against Maryland on Oct. 4 in College Park, Md. OSU won, 52-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorOhio State’s former punter Cameron Johnston has signed a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent, according to a tweet by Johnston.https://twitter.com/Cam_Johnston/status/858461311570673664He was not among the players drafted by a team in the seven-round 2017 NFL draft, but like former teammate Dontre Wilson, was signed to a contract right after the draft.Johnston leaves OSU as the school record-holder for most punts within the 20-yard line over his career (109), as well as the single-season record-holder for punts within the 20-yard line (31 set in 2015). The fifth-year punter averaged 44.9 yards per punt over his career, the second-longest such distance by any punter in Buckeye history, behind only Andy Groom (2001-2002).Considered one of the top punters in the nation, Johnston was named as a Ray Guy finalist — an award given to the NCAA’s best punter — three years in a row from 2014 to 2016. In 2016, he was also named the Eddleman-Fields Big Ten Punter of the Year, and was also named first-team All-Big Ten.Now with the Eagles, Johnston will slot in as the backup punter with Donnie Jones, the Eagles punter since 2013, likely retaining his starting role.
Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic has told reporters that his wife predicted he would be decisive in their last 16 match against Denmark.Rakitic scored the winning penalty against Denmark after the match ended 1-1 following normal time and an extra 30 minute period. During a tense shootout, Croatia keeper Danijel Subasic saved 3 penalties to Kasper Schmeichel’s 2 in Denmark’s goal, before the Barcelona star stepped up to win the game.“This was one of the most emotional games in my career,” Rakitic said post-match, as the BBC reports.“As I was preparing for this last penalty, I was thinking only about my wife and my daughters.”“She told me I would be the one who would decide it in the end.”A dramatic tie in Nizhny Novgorod saw both teams cancel each other out for large periods, despite Croatia being strong favourites pre-match. Denmark gave everything and in Schmeichel they had a goalkeeper playing at the top of his game, even stopping a Luka Modric penalty in the second half of extra time.Modric made amends in the shootout, calmly dispatching his penalty to keep Croatia in the driver’s seat and his teammate Rakitic was quick to praise the Real Madrid star.Euro 2020 Qualifiers Betting: 06/09/19 Stuart Heath – September 6, 2019 With the international break in full-swing, here at Ronaldo.com we are going to take a look at Thursday’s Euro 2020 qualifiers match-betting odds.With a…“If Robert Prosinecki says that Luka Modric is the best player in the history of Croatia, then it is so,” he said.“There is no-one in Croatia who is better understood in football than he is.”“But Luka Modric is not only great in the field, he is a great person as well. It’s a pleasure to play against him in Spain, and it’s even better when we’re in the same team. He is our leader.”Modric will once again captain his national side this coming Saturday as they take on the tournament hosts Russia in the quarterfinals.
Paris Saint-Germain winger Goncalo Guedes is desperate to seal a permanent move to Valencia this summer after a successful loan spell last season, reports Football-EspanaThe Portugal international made 38 appearances for Los Che during his loan stint the last term and managed to score six goals as the club secured a top-four spot in La Liga and a return to the Champions League.But it appears that Guedes’ circumstances at PSG have not changed upon his return to France this summer and now the 21-year-old is reportedly desperate to seal a permanent return to Valencia before the end of the summer transfer window.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Although, it remains to be seen whether Marcelino Garcia Toral’s side will be able to match PSG’s asking price of between €40m to €50m.The Ligue 1 champions are still under pressure for the UEFA over the Financial Fair Play regulations and they will likely want to recoup as much money as possible from Guedes sale in order to satisfy the football governing body.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for the Anchor River near Anchor Point. A small ice jam may cause minor flooding on the Anchor River near Anchor Point. The situation may improve once temperatures drop and precipitation ceases. The Anchor River near Anchor Point is above bankfull due to warm temperatures and precipitation that has caused a possible ice jam. Low lying areas such as the campground may be impacted by conditions about a foot above bankfull. This advisory will remain in effect until January 3.
Golden Apple nominator Sean Dusek: “It is with great pleasure that I nominate Mike Chenault for a KPBSD Golden Apple Award for his tireless support of public education in Alaska.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Mike Chenault, Alaska House of Representatives, is a graduate of Kenai Central High School in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and now a recipient of a Golden Apple Award through KPBSD. He served on the KPBSD Board of Education before becoming a State Representative. His time in the State House of Representatives culminated in his election as Speaker of the House where he led Alaska in its strong support of public education. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education honored Mike Chenault, Alaska House of Representatives, for his dedication to the students of the school district, past, present, and future at their board meeting on Monday. Assistant Superintendent Dave Jones: “When Mike Chenault was elected to the House of Representatives for the State of Alaska, he took it upon himself to become highly informed and aware of the details involved with funding K-12 schools in Alaska. He learned about the intricacies of SB 36 (K-12 funding formula in place at that time) and the shortcomings and inequities it created.”
Hundreds of HBCU students, alumni, and supporters rallied this week to show their support for Maryland’s four HBCUs in the final days of the historic HBCU equality lawsuit and to lay out a vision for the future.Hundreds of students, young alumni, and other supporters show up for HBCU Rally at Masonic Lodge in Baltimore. (AFRO Photo/Deborah Bailey)“We’re writing history for all people attending HBCUs across America,” DeJuan Patterson, one of the rally’s lead organizers, told a crowd that filled the Eutaw Street Masonic Lodge. The rally brought supporters of the state’s four HBCUs together to lay out next steps as the remedial phase of the lawsuit closes out on Feb. 21. During those proceedings, the parties to the lawsuit will attempt to agree on a plan to address the illegal duplication of HBCU programs at other state schools.Organizers are hoping to fill the courtroom in the final days.“You being at the courthouse makes a difference,” said Rashad Staton, Morgan State University alum and co-organizer of the evening’s event. “Let’s stand in the courtroom on Thursday and let’s stand in the court next Tuesday so we can send a message to every level of government that we value our own lives.”Earl Richardson, president emeritus of Morgan State University, reminded the audience that the state of Maryland will act in their interest only as long as HBCU supporters press for change. “Since we went to court, you see buildings going up on our campuses,” Richardson said. “As soon as the pressure is off, they will go back to business as usual. They will stop immediately if pressure is not applied.”The last two days of testimony in the remedial phase were scheduled for Feb. 16 and Feb. 21 at the U.S. Federal District Court of Maryland, 101 West Lombard Street in Baltimore. Court is in session from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm each day. ”It’s up to us to create our own stories,” Patterson urged the gathering. “Ask where your university president stands on these issues,” he said.
Hopeful of the Indo-Pak series coming through in December despite the escalation in diplomatic tensions, Pakistan Cricket Board’s senior official Najam Sethi said the situation would be clear by next month.“I am not bothered by political statements coming from India or the fuss in the media around the series. I see it happening because they are highs and lows in Indo-Pak relations all the time and the situation is still not that serious to say there will be no cricket series in December,” Sethi said. Also Read – A league of his own!“I think the situation will be much clearer in September when the prime ministers of both countries and the other officials of the foreign ministries are likely to meet on the sidelines on the UN session in New York,” he said in an interview.Sethi, who was PCB chief when the MOU was signed between the two boards to play six series between 2015 and 2022 with four of them being hosted by Pakistan, said the document was signed in an ICC meeting and it is on record that BCCI said it will not back out. Also Read – Domingo named new Bangladesh cricket coach“There are millions of dollars involved in this MOU and we stand to gain a lot financially by hosting India in December. More importantly, the Indo-Pak series is even bigger than the Ashes in cricket and we need to remain cool and not panic and get worried that the series will not be held,” Sethi added.BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said on the Geo Super channel on Monday night that the series will not go ahead if the political tensions do not subside. “There are three months and the series can be held. The BCCI wants the series to
27Feb Business leaders excited to work with Rep. Iden as chair of Regulatory Reform committee Local business leaders have stepped forward to laud Rep. Brandt Iden’s appointment as Chair of the House Regulatory Reform Committee, citing his professional background and understanding of how state government can assist in fostering business growth and improving employment opportunities for all Michiganders.“A successful economy requires policies that allow business growth,” said Ken Miller, president of Millennium Restaurant Group in Kalamazoo and past president of the Michigan Restaurant Association. “Brandt Iden is truly the best choice as chair for the House Regulatory Reform Committee and I look forward to seeing his contribution to Michigan’s comeback.”“Some policy-makers introduce legislation adding layers to the system, subsequently increasing red tape for businesses. It is encouraging to have a leader so committed to eliminating some of these barriers to economic growth,” said Jason Howard, president of IHS Distributors in Kalamazoo and member of the Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association. “I’m excited for Rep. Iden to chair Regulatory Reform, he has big plans for the committee and I know he’ll do great things for Michigan’s businesses.”The specific mission of the Regulatory Reform Committee is reviewing regulations tied to lottery, gaming, alcohol sales, construction, administrative rules, and occupational regulations among other responsibilities. The committee meets 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday when the state House of Representatives is in session in Lansing.“It’s an honor to chair this committee and to have the support of many business leaders in Michigan,” Iden said. “Working together, we’ll continue to grow Michigan by fostering better paying opportunities for our residents and encouraging a diverse business environment.”##### Categories: Iden News,News
BBC Worldwide is launching its three new channel brands in Africa for the first time with a three-channel launch on DStv in South Africa.Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK pubcaster, has revamped its channels offering across three core brands, fact-ent service BBC Brit, factual offering BBC Earth and premium drama service BBC First.The DStv launch, which will be effective from September 1, is the first time all three have been simultaneously launched on a platform.It also marks each of the channels entry into the Africa. On Multichoice’s DSTV platform, BBC Brit will replace BBC Entertainment and the BBC Knowledge channel will be taken down in favour of BBC Earth and BBC Brit.DSTv also carries Worldwide’s BBC Lifestyle, CBeebies and BBC World News, which will sit alongside the new services.Paul Dempsey, president Global Markets at BBC Worldwide said: “The channels capture what’s special about British TV and our South African launch marks an important step in the company’s global strategy as we continue to inspire audiences with distinctive, premium programming.”BBC Earth and BBC First will be available on DStv’s Premium service,. and BBC Brit will be available to DStv Premium, Extra and Compact subs.Mark Rayner, COO for MultiChoice South Africa said: “We’re constantly looking for ways to bring more value and premium entertainment to our customers – by being the first platform in the world to exclusively offer these three channels, just shows our level of commitment to that promise.”Worldwide has been aggressively rolling out its new channel brands, sometimes as new offerings and in other cases replacing outgoing channel brands such as BBC Knowledge and BBC Entertainment.BBC Earth is now in countries including Poland, Romania, the Nordic countries, Turkey and India, and is also distributed in several Asian territories. BBC Brit carried on platforms in the Nordics, and BBC First in Australia and the Benelux.
Orange has launched a new low-cost ad-free TV service aimed at millennials that will be available to its TV and mobile customers and will incorporate Canal+’s mobile short-form offering Studio+ as well as eSports and music services.The new service, Pickle TV, aimed at 15-35 year-olds, will be available across all screens and will cost €4.99 a month, with the first month’s viewing free of charge. The service will be available without an ongoing commitment.The service can be accessed via the Orange TV decoder, is a dedicated TV channel, on mobile or the web.In addition to Studio+, the service includes French eSport channel ES1, gaming channel Game One and comedy channel Golden Stories from established internet comedy platform Golden Moustache.Other channels on the service include manga channel Manga One from Game One, South Park, hip-hop and street culture channel OKLM, Clubbing TV and documentary channel Spicee.Orange’s new offering marks its entry into ‘mobile-first’ TV aimed at a millennial audience. The telco has its own low-cost mobile service, Sosh, that is also aimed at this audience, but Pickle TV is bundled with its mainstream multi-play service Open, whose subscribers can access it free for the first six months via the Orange et Moi app.Orange has already made moves to cement a relationship with millennials through, for example, its exclusive partnership with Spotify rival Deezer and a partnership with bandes dessinées specialist Izneo.Orange already has a TV partnership in place with Canal+ to distribute the pay TV leader’s channels over its network.At the end of last year, Orange CEO Stéphane Richard said that Orange was open to content partnerships with multiple providers, including rival operators.