Bengaluru, May 31 (PTI) Former India cricketer VVS Laxman today backed the governments decision to not play a bilateral series against Pakistan, saying it is “beyond sport at the moment”. “I think I always enjoyed playing against Pakistan, but it is very important to respect whatever the governments decision is because it is beyond sport at the moment,” he told reporters on the sidelines of an event organised by P&G Shiksha here. On the upcoming Champions Trophy match between India and Pakistan on June 4, Laxman said Pakistan are a very good team but if India play to their potential they would win the contest in Birmingham. “I think Pakistan are a very good team and any match between India and Pakistan will be high-intensity match. The match will be played before a packed Birmingham house, but I am confident, if we play to our potential we will definitely go on to win the game,” he said. Laxman also expressed confidence of India defending the title, especially after their all-round performance in the two practice matches ahead of the Champions Trophy. “I am very confident that India would do well in the Champions Trophy and they will defend the title, especially the way they played in the last two warm-up games,” the stylish Hyderabadi batsman said. He applauded the efforts of opener Shikhar Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik. “Our batsmen are in form. I am very impressed with the way Shikhar Dhawan batted in both the matches. Even Dinesh Karthik used the opportunity against Bangladesh brilliantly.” Laxman also insisted that captain Virat Kohli, Kedar Jadav and Ravindra Jadeja, were amongst runs too. The 42-year-old felt that the Indian bowlers were also outstanding. “The bowlers were outstanding in the two games. They were bowling an attacking line and length, looking to be aggressive, looking to pick up wickets,” he said. Asked about the reported souring relationship between coach Anil Kumble and Kohli, Laxman said, “This is not the platform to talk about that.” PTI BDN CM CMadvertisement
FA Cup Man City paired with Wigan in FA Cup fifth round draw Goal Last updated 1 year ago 03:33 1/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty FA Cup Manchester City Manchester United Chelsea Tottenham Hotspur In a replay of the 2013 final, the Premier League leaders will take on the League One side, while Chelsea host Hull City Manchester City face an away trip to League One leaders Wigan Athletic in the fifth round of the FA Cup, while Chelsea host struggling Championship side Hull City.Pep Guardiola’s men beat Cardiff City 2-0 on Sunday to set up a tie with Paul Cook’s side, who have a two-point lead at the top of English football’s third tier and have already knocked two Premier League sides out of the competition this season.The Premier League leaders will be hoping to avoid a similar outcome to the 2013 final against the same opposition, when Ben Watson headed Roberto Martinez’s Wigan to a late victory against a City side coached by Roberto Mancini. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Meanwhile, Manchester United will travel to take on the winner of next Tuesday’s fourth round replay between Birmingham City and Huddersfield Town.After drawing 1-1 at Newport County on Saturday, Tottenham will have to get the better of the League Two side when they meet again next week to decide who will go on face either Rochdale or Millwall.West Brom will host Southampton in the round’s only confirmed all-Premier League encounter, while Leicester City will host Sheffield United and Swansea must navigate a replay with Notts County on Tuesday February 6 to set up a tie with Sheffield Wednesday. Date Match Feb 17-18 Sheffield Wednesday vs Notts County/Swansea City Feb 17-18 West Bromwich Albion vs Southampton Feb 17-18 Chelsea vs Hull City Feb 17-18 Leicester City vs Sheffield United Feb 17-18 Huddersfield Town/Birmingham City vs Manchester United Feb 17-18 Millwall/Rochdale vs Newport County/Tottenham Feb 17-18 Brighton and Hove Albion vs Coventry City Feb 17-18 Wigan Athletic vs Manchester City
Southampton manager Hasenhuttl loses another backroom staff memberby Freddie Taylor15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has lost another member of his backroom staff.Hasenhuttl lost number two Danny Rohl to Bayern Munich two months ago.And now the club’s head of performance analysis Natasha Patel has joined New York Red Bulls.A statement on the Saints’ website reads: “Patel will oversee and expand the club’s use of analytics in areas including opponent scouting, game preparation and player evaluations from the Red Bulls First Team down through Red Bulls Academy.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
TORONTO – Shares of Canada Goose Holdings Inc. rose more than 30 per cent on Friday after it reported stronger-than-expected earnings and announced plans for three new stores in North America.Canada Goose stock closed up $18.02 at $78.01 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The increase came after the luxury parka maker reported a fourth-quarter profit of $8.1 million or seven cents per diluted share compared with a loss of $23.4 million or 23 cents per diluted share a year ago.Revenue for the quarter ended March 31 totalled $124.8 million, up from $51.1 million in the same quarter a year earlier.On an adjusted basis, Canada Goose said it earned $9.9 million or nine cents per diluted share.Economists on average had expected a loss of eight cents per share for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Canada Goose also announced Friday that it would open new stores in Short Hills, N.J., Montreal and Vancouver this fall as part of its retail expansion plan.The locations are expected to open ahead of the 2018 holiday shopping season.For its full financial year, Canada Goose says it earned $96.1 million or 86 cents per diluted share on $591.2 million in revenue. That compared with a profit of $21.0 million or 21 cents per share on $403.8 million in revenue in the previous year.Companies in this story: (TSX:GOOS)
For more information on the permit, click here.The Regional District is also reminding residents to respect and obey security checkpoints. The slide is still active and the community remains under an evacuation order. In a posting on the PRRD website, the District says “Security has been put in place to ensure the security of residences left unattended, and to know the number of contractors that working in the area restoring utilities. Entry permits can be obtained from the PRRD; this is so that the PRRD knows who is in the evacuation area.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District will start to issue permits to residents of the Old Fort so they can remove work vehicles from the community.The PRRD says if you have a 4×4 vehicle that is still in the community of Old Fort that sustains a business, you can contact the PRRD at 250-784-3200 and they will look at issuing entry permits to remove those vehicles.“The passage for getting out of the community location is a 4×4 road, so please take this into consideration before you submit your permit application.”
New Delhi: The Indian Air Force on Thursday said it was in a high state of preparedness to pro-actively engage any perceived threat from Pakistan, in clear indication that underlying tension between the two countries remained.Citing a document of Pakistan’s civil aviation authority, the IAF said the neighbouring country has opened its airspace with Oman, Iran, Afghanistan and China only and the 11 entry and exit points located along Indo-Pak airspace were still closed. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”The Indian Air Force is in a high state of preparedness, to pro-actively engage any perceived threat in the present security scenario,” the IAF said in a statement. It said a strict vigil in the skies to detect and thwart any act of aggression from Pakistan Air Force is being maintained. Officials said all the frontline IAF bases along India’s western border have been kept on maximum alert. Tensions between the two countries escalated after Indian fighters bombed terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed’s biggest training camp near Balakot deep inside Pakistan on February 26. Pakistan retaliated by attempting to target Indian military installations on February 27. However, the IAF thwarted their plans. The Indian strike on the JeM camp came 12 days after the terror outfit claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a CRPF convoy in Kashmir, killing 40 soldiers.
Multichannel broadcaster UKTV is set to launch a new British drama network on UK digital-terrestrial service Freeview. The free channel, called Drama, is due to go live on July 8 and will broadcast a range of catalogue drama from the past 40 years, including Lark Rise to Candleford, Sharpe, Pride and Prejudice and Tipping the Velvet. It is the first UKTV channel to launch since the 2009 introduction of lifestyle network Really, and joins UKTV’s line-up of other free-to-air channels, the male-skewing Dave and factual network Yesterday.“Drama is targeted at a different audience demographic than our other highly successful free-to-air channels,” said UKTV controller Emma Tennant. “The channel is aimed at people who simply love drama and want to watch critically-acclaimed shows that have absolutely defined the landscape of British television.”
BSkyB has launched a new service app, enabling customers to keep track of their Sky account via their mobile devices. According to Sky, the app lets customers check their bill, change their settings and manage their engineer visit from a wide range of mobile devices.The Sky Service App has been designed and optimised for iPhones using on iOS 7 and higher and Android devices using version 4.0 and higher. Customers can also access the app on their iPad. There will be future updates to support additional devices with further enhancements according to Sky.“We’re always looking for ways to improve our customer service and make our customers’ lives easier and we think the new Sky Service app is a great way to help them save time. Our customers can now check engineer appointments and view and pay their bill whenever it suits them, without having to call us,” said Chris Stylianou, managing director, customer service group.
There will be a five-fold increase in SVoD revenues across emerging markets between 2014 and 2019, according to new research.Pyramid Research forecasts that cumulative emerging market SVOD revenues will total US$18.8 billion in the five-year forecast period with markets in Asia Pacific and Latin America accounting for the bulk of that amount.Having surveyed Africa and the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Central and Eastern Europe, and Latin America, Pyramid said China, Russia, Brazil and Mexico ‘offer the most scale and growth potential over the next five years’.The research house noted that paid VOD and hybrid paid and advertising models are gaining traction in emerging markets as pure ad-based systems become difficult to sustain given the rising cost of content.Improved broadband infrastructure and network speed are also spurring SVOD launches. It said that most OTT viewing will be over fixed broadband although WiFi will become a key enabler of viewing on mobile connected devices,Pyramid added that incumbent pay TV operators in emerging markets should look to add third-party OTT services to their own offerings. “In order to reinforce their market position, all pay-TV operators should consider aggregating third-party OTT services within the main service portfolio in addition to standalone OTT propositions,” it said.
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