Bargari (Faridkot): Intensifying his attack on the SAD-BJP alliance in Punjab, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday promised strict action against those involved in the 2015 desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib.Recalling his previous visit to the Punjab town, where the first incident of sacrilege took place and two people died in police firing at protesters, Gandhi said, Your ‘dharm’ was disrespected. Strict action will be taken against the perpetrators, he promised. I give you a guarantee on this. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe row over the 2015 incidents continues in Punjab with the Amarinder Singh-led Congress government, blaming the previous Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party government in the state for it. At another rally on Tuesday, Rahul Gandhi’s sister and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi had also tried to corner BJP’s ally SAD over the issue. The Congress focus on the desecration religious scriptures comes at a time when the BJP has renewed its attack on the party over the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, both emotive issues in state which goes to the polls on Sunday. Gandhi also taunted Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allegedly failing to keep poll promises. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadHe contrasted the UPA government at the Centre headed by Manmohan Singh with the BJP government led now by Narendra Modi. Modi used to make fun of Manmohan Singh. But after five years now, Modi ji does not make fun of Manmohan ji. Today the country is making fun of him, he said. He accused Modi of not keeping promises like the creation of two crore jobs and putting Rs 15 lakh into the bank account of every citizen. Gandhi targeted Modi for likening the country’s economy under the UPA government as sleeping elephant , and asked where he was when the hard- working Punjab farmers ushered in the green revolution. Accusing Modi of destroying the economy with his two decisions, he said had the PM taken the advice of Manmohan Singh he would not have rolled out demonetisation and the Goods and Services Tax (GST). Gandhi referred to it as the Gabbar Singh Tax. He claimed that the former PM had rightly predicted the fall in the country’s GDP due to these decisions. Taking a dig at Modi for his TV interviews, the Congress leader said the prime minister does not talk about issues like unemployment and farmer suicides. The PM thinks only one person can run the country, but actually it is the people who run it. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh announced a memorial at Bargari for those who lost their lives and sustained injuries in the 2015 police firing.
Rabat – Quoting Moroccan officials, a recent report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), confirmed that Morocco is set to further broaden the dirham currency band when all economic conditions are met.“The authorities remain committed to continuing the exchange rate transition,” reads the report which was made public by IMF on Thursday. The report added that the transition “would consist in a further broadening of the dirham fluctuation band when conditions permit (…) in the context of a well-structured communication strategy.” Read Also: Fitch Ratings: Despite Challenges, Moroccan Economy Stays StableMorocco’s government announced the flexible exchange rate system for its currency in January 2018. The parity of the dirham is determined within a band of fluctuation of 2.5 percent against the previous 0.3 percent. The report included a letter addressed to the head of IMF from Central Bank Governor Abdellatif Jouahri and Morocco’s Finance Minister Mohamed Benchaaboun. In the letter, the Moroccan officials said that “the authorities intend to move to the next phase of this reform for preventative purposes as soon as economic conditions allow them to do so.”According to the authorities, “such a transition will help the economy better absorb potential external shocks, preserve its competitiveness, and support its diversification.”According to the officials, the government will continue to improve the business climate, including by strengthening incentives and the legal environment for firms” following the “outstanding progress” made in the last few years.Bloomberg reported earlier this month that two Moroccan officials, who requested anonymity, said that the government is likely to wait until “at least 2020 before considering further easing their hold on the currency.”According to the anonymous sources predicted that the system might result in further crisis as Morocco faces debt.Officials, including the Head of Court of Auditors Driss Jettou and President of High Commission for Planning (HCP) Ahmed Lahlimi, warned the government that debt is weighing down Morocco’s economic growth.The overall public debt of the economy will increase to 82.5 percent of GDP, slightly up from 82.2 percent in 2018, according to HCP.Morocco’s economy will also experience a slowdown in growth as the economy is expected to grow at 2.9 percent in 2019.
“The harm inflicted on children around the world does tremendous damage,” said UNICEF Chief of Child Protection Cornelius Williams in a press release on the report, titled A Familiar Face: Violence in the lives of children and adolescents. “Babies slapped in the face; girls and boys forced into sexual acts; adolescents murdered in their communities – violence against children knows no boundaries,” he added. The report uses the latest data to show that children experience violence across all stages of childhood and in all settings. About 60 per cent of one-year-olds in 30 countries with available data are regularly subjected to violent discipline. Nearly a quarter of one-year-olds are physically shaken as punishment and nearly one in 10 are hit or slapped on the face, head or ears. Worldwide, 176 million, or one in four, children under age five are living with a mother who is a victim of intimate partner violence. The report also finds that around 15 million adolescent girls aged 15 to 19 worldwide have experienced forced sexual intercourse or other forced sexual acts in their lifetime. Only one per cent of adolescent girls who had experienced sexual violence said they reached out for professional help.VIDEO: Recognize it. Report it. UNICEF calls for everyone to stand up and speak out to end violence against children. Credit: UNICEF In the 28 countries with data, 90 per cent of adolescent girls who had experienced forced sex, on average, said the perpetrator of the first incident was known to them. Data from six countries reveals friends, classmates and partners were among the most frequently cited perpetrators of sexual violence against adolescent boys. Globally, every seven minutes, an adolescent is killed by an act of violence. In the United States, adolescent boys from African American or black non-Hispanic populations are almost 19 times more likely to be murdered than non-Hispanic white adolescent boys. Latin America and the Caribbean is the only region where adolescent homicide rates have increased; nearly half of all homicides among adolescents globally occurred in this region in 2015. The report also says that half the population of school-age children – 732 million – live in countries where corporal punishment at school is not fully prohibited. Three-quarters of documented school shootings that have taken place over the past 25 years in non-conflict countries occurred in the United States. To end violence against children, UNICEF is calling for governments to take urgent action and support such measures as adopting well-coordinated national action plans; changing adult behaviours; limiting access to firearms and other weapons; educating children, parents, teachers, and community members to recognize violence in all its many forms and report it safely; and collecting better disaggregated data to track progress through robust monitoring and evaluation.
“Every two minutes a child dies from this preventable and treatable disease”, said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.Every two minutes a child dies from this preventable and treatable disease – WHO chiefMalaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female mosquitoes. According to the UN health agency’s latest World Malaria Report, the estimated number of malaria cases remained virtually unchanged from 2015 to 2017.Moreover, there are approximately 219 million cases globally and an estimated 435,000 deaths.In his video message, the WHO chief said the campaign “Zero malaria starts with me”, calls on political leaders, the private sector and affected communities to take action to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment, stressing: “We all have a role to play”.Commemorated every 25 April, World Malaria Day highlights the need for sustained investment and political commitment for malaria prevention, control and elimination.An ominous numbers gameTracking data and trends, the goal of WHO’s Global Technical Strategy to reduce malaria cases and deaths by at least 40 per cent by 2020 is off track.Funding for the 2017 global malaria response remained largely unchanged from the previous year, which at $3.1 billion for malaria control and elimination programmes, is well below the $6.6 billion funding target for 2020.According to the latest World malaria report, major coverage gaps have limited access to core WHO-recommended tools for preventing, detecting and treating the disease.In 2017, 50 per cent of the at-risk population in Africa slept under an insecticide-treated net, a similar figure to the previous year and a marginal improvement since 2015.Moreover, that same year, just over 22 per cent of eligible pregnant women in Africa received the recommended three or more doses of preventive vaccine, compared with 17 per cent in 2015. And from 2015 to 2017, only 48 per cent of children on the continent with a fever were taken to a trained medical provider.World Health OrganizationWHO’s 2017 estimated malaria burden by region, taken from the World Malaria Report 2018 Responding to the situationIn response, WHO and the RBM Partnership – the largest global platform for coordinated action towards a malaria-free world – recently catalyzed a new approach to intensify support for countries carrying a high burden of malaria, particularly in Africa.“High burden to high impact” is founded on four pillars: greater political will to reduce malaria deaths; more strategic information to drive impact; better guidance, policies and strategies; and coordinated national malaria responses.On World Malaria Day, WHO and other partners are promoting the “Zero malaria starts with me” campaign to keep malaria high on the political agenda, mobilize additional resources and empower communities to take ownership of malaria prevention and care.“The time for decisive action is now”, stressed WHO. Breaking it downLast year in the Western Pacific region, there were more than 6000,000 cases of malaria.From 2015 to 2017, WHO reported a 47 per cent jump in the preventable and treatable disease and a 43 per cent increase of deaths, largely due to outbreaks reported from Papua New Guinea, Cambodia and Solomon Islands which jointly account for 92 per cent of the malaria burden in the region.“Mosquitos know no borders and will bit regardless of nationality or reason for migrating – IOM“Urgent action is needed to address outbreaks in the highest burden countries”, underscored the UN health agency. “Ownership of the challenge lies in the hands of countries most affected by malaria and community empowerment is critical to support grassroots engagement across the region”. ‘Mosquitos know no borders’The response to malaria should include all populations, according to the International Organization for Migration – including migrants, whether they are disabled persons, refugees or other vulnerable or displaced groups.“Mosquitos know no borders and will bit regardless of nationality or reason for migrating” IOM said.Managing health, mobility and frontiers means “much more” than monitoring a boundary check point between two countries, IOM pointed out. It is a joint commitment that recognizes “a series of spaces, actors and conditions that are part of the every-change and complex continuum of human mobility”.Disease is easily transmitted in the overcrowded and unhygienic conditions that people on the move deal with.While migration itself does not pose any health risks, IOM said that the adverse conditions on the migration route “do threaten the health of migrants and communities living in areas of transit, destination and return”.The UN migration agency spelled out that any person linked to the migration cycle must be “informed, sensitized and prepared to prevent, detect and respond” to health threats.
SYDNEY, Australia — Diego Castro’s 82nd-minute goal gave first-place Perth a 1-1 draw with the Wellington Phoenix in the A-League on Sunday.Roy Krishna gave Wellington a 1-0 lead in the 44th minute before Castro’s late equalizer allowed the Glory to maintain a two-point lead over the Melbourne Victory.In other matches, Japan midfielder Keisuke Honda scored a goal as the second-place Victory extended their winning streak to four matches with a 4-0 win over Western Sydney.Ben Halloran scored both goals in fourth-place Adelaide’s 2-1 win over Brisbane, and Sydney FC moved into third place after defeating last-place Central Coast 2-1.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press
Eugenie is ninth in line to the throne since the birth of Prince Louis, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third child.After leaving Take That in 1995, Williams achieved significant commercial success as a solo act. During his career he struggled with addiction to alcohol and drugs.Last year he boasted that he “smoked a spliff in Buckingham Palace” when he headlined the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert in 2012. Last year Robbie Williams boasted that he “smoked a spliff in Buckingham Palace” when he headlined the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert in 2012Credit:Ian MacNicol/Getty Images Europe The Duke of York announced in February that the couple would marry on Friday, October 12.Eugenie, the Queen’s granddaughter, became engaged to Mr Brooksbank, her long-term boyfriend, in Nicaragua in January. The daughter of Robbie Williams will reportedly be a flower girl at the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank in October. The ex-Take That star and his wife, Ayda Field, have been friends with Eugenie and her sister, Princess Beatrice, for several years and will both attend the wedding, according to a report.Princess Eugenie and Mr Brooksbank are going to get married at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle – the same venue at which Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wed in May.Along with Williams’ five-year-old daughter, Theodora Rose, other flower girls will be three-year-old Princess Charlotte and Maud Windsor, the four-year-old daughter of Lord Freddie Windsor and his actress wife Sophie Winkleman, according to the Mail on Sunday.Maud Windsor is in the same class as Prince George, the eldest child of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, at St Thomas’ School in Battersea.Prince George is due to be a pageboy at the wedding, along with Louis de Givenchy, the son of the JP Morgan banker Olivier de Givenchy and his wife Zoe, it was reported. She is the younger daughter of the Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York, formerly Sarah Ferguson. The 27-year-old is one of the Queen’s granddaughters and her elder sister is Princess Beatrice of York. 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.
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article But this isn’t the first time the future of Sinn Féin as a political party has been cast into doubt because of Gerry Adams’ leadership of the party.The majority of political commentators believe that when leaders with republican pasts resign from their role in the party, that it will gain momentum among more voters.There is the (less common) theory that Gerry Adams brings an element of recognition to the party that no other politician does, and if/when he leaves politics, that the Sinn Féin party could suffer as a result of that.Additional reporting Cianan BrennanRead: Does Gerry Adams regret getting involved with the Stack meeting? Yes and noRead: Man jabs knife at till assistant during off-licence armed robbery 36,895 Views Arlene Foster on Sinn Féin: ‘If you feed a crocodile it will keep coming back for more’ In response, Gerry Adams said simply “see you later, alligator”. Feb 6th 2017, 10:30 PM By Gráinne Ní Aodha http://jrnl.ie/3225834 Short URL Arlene Foster said that they want to whip up old grievances and fight old battles. Source: Niall CarsonUpdated 22.30FORMER FIRST MINISTER of Northern Ireland Arlene Foster has launched a major salvo in the election campaign by saying that her party will never agree to an Irish language act.Speaking at a DUP event in Lurgan, Co Armagh, Foster said that seeing as there are more Polish-speaking people living in Northern Ireland than Irish-speaking, then a Polish language act should take precedence.Regarding demands from Sinn Féin, Foster said: “If you feed a crocodile it will keep coming back for more”.Separately, at a Sinn Féin event in Belfast, the party’s hierarchy reacted with a degree of mirth to Foster’s words.“We are not interested in negativity,” said the party’s new leader in the North Michelle O’Neill. Party president Gerry Adams, who was also at the event, said: “See you later, alligator.”Earlier, Foster had taken aim at Sinn Féin and Adams, saying that the republican party president’s “radical agenda” for Northern Ireland is clear.She said that the collapse of the Stormont Assembly last month was proof of the failure of the republican project and that Sinn Féin’s new leader O’Neill “was installed by Gerry Adams and she will be instructed by Gerry Adams”.How do we know? Because she told us. When asked about making decisions she said she is, ‘part of Gerry’s team’. She went on to say, ‘he is still our President so we will be working with him very closely’. Monday 6 Feb 2017, 10:30 PM Source: Rodney Edwards/Twitter Share80 Tweet Email3 140 Comments “So let’s be clear, at this election Gerry Adams is no longer in the shadows, he is front and centre of Sinn Féin’s campaign.He is their leader and hoping for the opportunity to implement his radical agenda for Northern Ireland.Foster has been receiving a large amount of criticism for her reaction to the Renewable Heating Incentive scandal, which happened when Foster was minister of the department responsibleThe mistake could see up to half a billion pounds wasted on a scheme that was meant to conserve energy, but that saw some businesses and households burning energy just to avail of the scheme.The scandal triggered calls for the newly appointed Foster to resign, but Foster has denied she is to blame, insisted that an inquiry will find her innocent, and that Sinn Féin are using the RHI scandal for their own gains.The Northern Ireland elections will be held on the 2 March. In her speech today DUP leader Arlene Foster mentioned Sinn Fein 24 times, Gerry Adams 12 times, RHI six times and equality once.— Rodney Edwards (@rodneyedwards) February 6, 2017
If there’s one thing we know about Hollywood, it’s that no good idea goes unpunished. When a film becomes a hit, you’ll see copycats and rip-offs on theater screens faster than you can say “extra butter.” We’ve lived through an eternity of found footage horror flicks, Hangover-inspired gross-out comedies and teen survival dystopias.And now it seems like the industry has found its latest chew toy: “cinematic universes.”Secret OriginsIt all started with Marvel. Tony Stark showed up at the end of the Hulk movie. Thor’s hammer in Iron Man 2. All leading up to Avengers, then flowering back out to solo films over three “phases” so far. Just about every one of these movies has been a massive hit, leveraging geek-friendly directors like Joss Whedon, star power from Robert Downey Jr, and the well-established world of Marvel superheroes.Let’s clarify for a second: we’re not talking about sequels and franchises. The Fast and the Furious is not a “cinematic universe.” The definition here is a group of films that have independent storylines and casts but reference and influence each other by taking place in a fictional space with shared continuity – what happens in one film affects the others.One could argue that Disney has pretty much caught lightning in a bottle here. What are the odds of another successful franchise encompassing fifteen films and counting, with another nine on the way plus broadcast and Netflix TV series? Here’s the answer: the odds are not good.Where Marvel goes, DC will follow. But Warner Brothers has seriously botched the rollout of their “cinematic universe.” Instead of delivering warm, family-friendly takes on their iconic heroes, they drilled audiences with Zack Snyder’s murderous Batman and moody Superman. Suicide Squad introduced a little levity into the formula, but their attempts to hint at and introduce other heroes have been clumsy at best and painful at worst. It’s looking like Wonder Woman finally gets it right, but it’s set some 80 years in the past.The funny thing is that DC has already made a live-action universe work on TV with multiple shows on the CW. The problem is, they’ve already made the choice to not have that successful set of properties intersect with the movie versions. That leaves fans with two competing fictional worlds to keep track of, hamstringing both.A Ruined WorldThis illustrates the central danger of the “universe” model of filmmaking: it has to feel natural. Marvel was smart: they dripped out connections in slight cameos and post-credits scenes. DC introduced a pile of heroes for the upcoming Justice League in Batman vs Superman all at once in the middle of the movie and then shuffled them off to Buffalo. The Marvel movies work as stand-alone films first and foremost, while other studios seem to think that the “universe” will do the heavy lifting for them.It’s not surprising that superhero properties have done well here because the core concept of a shared universe originates from there. It’s called “continuity,” the idea that every story is true and can have repercussions in the future. That’s how Marvel created “Marvel zombies,” who had to pick up every issue of every series so they knew what was happening in the fictional world.But Jim Shooter, the editor who presided over Marvel during their massive success in the 1980s, had a maxim: every comic book is somebody’s first. Even though the storylines of their comics could be intricately woven together, each and every 24-page issue needed to provide enough information and value that it would be worthwhile for a new reader to pick up.That philosophy has carried forward to the Marvel movies. Nearly all of them are fun and engaging on their own merits, with the deep continuity cuts backgrounded for hardcore fans.It’s easy to see how superhero universes can go wrong. All we have to do is look across the aisle at Fox, which has built an X-Men universe that is frankly incoherent. Time skips, alternate futures, Oscar Isaac painted like Ivan Ooze – the X-Men movies are wildly repellent. James Mangold’s Logan made it work by stripping away nearly everything but a handful of core characters, but the franchise is already pretty poisoned.Welcome To The MultiverseAnother case: the fact that a “Hasbro Cinematic Universe” even exists is a terrifying indictment of our culture. Michael Bay’s incoherent CGI robotfests make plenty of money, and the G.I. Joe films have been solid if unspectacular actioners. But now Paramount is working on a movie to tie the two properties together, to be followed by big-screen adaptations of late 80s toy lines M.A.S.K., Micronauts, Rom and Visionaries. How many of those do you remember, let alone have fond feelings for?The announcement of Universal Pictures’ “Dark Universe,” connecting all of their classic monster franchises together, hit the Internet like a wet thud last week. The latest remake of The Mummy with Tom Cruise is painfully lacking in buzz, so why did the studio think that making it the cornerstone of a “cinematic universe” would help matters any?Even Guy Ritchie’s flop King Arthur was originally conceived as part of an “Arthurian cinematic universe” that would roll out individual films for each of the Knights of the Round Table before bringing them together, Avengers-style.Final CrisisAll of these failed and pre-failed universes share some things in common. They all came hot on the heels of Marvel’s success without recognizing what made those movies work. I realize that in 2017 it’s kind of a waste of time to tell Hollywood to “just make good movies,” but that’s really the case here. If a Marvel movie ends up being a dud, it’s not going to sink the franchise because they’ve already built enough momentum to get over it. All of these other “universes” don’t have that momentum. They’re trying to burst out of the gate as fully-formed cultural phenomena, and if there’s one thing geeks really don’t like, it’s being told we’re supposed to like something.The one other “cinematic universe” that seems to be doing well, both creatively and financially, is Star Wars. But, like Marvel, that’s a franchise with a tremendous amount of both fan affection and lore. There are hundreds of paperback novels, video games and comic books painting every corner of George Lucas’s galaxy far away. And while the mainline movies are one continuous narrative, Rogue One proves that there’s plenty of room to explore.I didn’t even touch on every “cinematic universe” in the works right now – Legendary’s King Kong/Godzilla “monsterverse,” Sony’s ridiculous Robin Hood franchise, Lionsgate proposing a Power Rangers one… we’re in the dozens at this point, straining both studio budgets and moviegoer patience.Marvel’s movies work because each one of them is a good film. They’ve brought in new directors like Taika Waititi and Ryan Coogler to carry the movies forward in interesting directions, and slowly and steadily build the universe. But if you went in and stripped out the “shared universe” from most of them, they’d still work just fine. It’s a garnish, not an entree.People didn’t like Paranormal Activity because of the found footage gimmick – they liked it for the tension it racked up and its unique atmosphere. The Sixth Sense was more than the twist at the end, but M. Night Shyamalan obviously learned the wrong lesson. All of these proposed “cinematic universes” are putting the cart before the horse, counting on the gimmick to sell tickets when nothing else works.Good luck with that, guys.
SEOUL, South Korea — In its latest effort to develop its ballistic and nuclear weapons, North Korea fired a medium-range missile Sunday that appeared to be similar to one the country tested earlier this year, U.S. and South Korean officials said.The rocket was fired from an area near the North Korean county of Pukchang, in South Phyongan Province, and flew eastward about 500 kilometers (310 miles), South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said. The U.S. Pacific Command said it tracked the missile before it fell into the sea.White House officials traveling in Saudi Arabia with President Donald Trump said the system that was tested had a shorter range than the missiles fired in North Korea’s most recent tests.The missile appeared to be similar in range and maximum altitude to the missile that North Korea test-fired in February, an official from South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said. The missile launched on Sunday reached an altitude of 560 kilometers (347 miles), said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, citing office rules.The February test involved using a launch truck to fire a solid-fuel missile that North Korea calls the Pukguksong (Polaris)-2, a land-based version of a submarine-launched missile the country revealed earlier. That missile traveled about 500 kilometers before crashing into the sea, according to South Korean and U.S. officials.
The Vancouver Police Department was able to successfully reunite a woman with her mother’s missing family photo album Friday.According to a news release, the woman didn’t know the album was missing, but she contacted law enforcement about the family heirloom Friday at the urging of several family members who saw stories about it online.On Oct. 31, The Columbian and other news outlets reported that the police had discovered the album in a discarded suitcase and were trying to find its rightful owner. The album was discovered inside a suitcase found in some bushes near Roosevelt Elementary School on Falk Road in central Vancouver on Oct. 26.Several items were inside the suitcase, and among them was the album, which contained pictures likely shot between the 1940s and ’70s, along with several family names.Although its material value wasn’t much, police knew it would likely have a lot of sentimental value for its original owner. They weren’t able to match the album to any reported incidents, so they brought the story to the public.The woman didn’t respond to a request for comment before press time.
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez believes Manchester United have what it takes to close the gap and finish in the top four this season.Since the appointment of interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, United have been in impressive form, winning three games in a row and scoring 12 goals in the process.Solskjaer will be aiming for his fourth successive win when they travel to Tyneside for Wednesday night’s Premier League fixture.United are currently 6th place in the league table and 8 points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, but Benitez expects the Red Devils to close the gap.“It’s a team that has to be easily in the top four, that is very clear,” Benitez told Sky Sports.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“They can compete against Manchester City, Liverpool, anyone. We are talking about one of the biggest clubs in the world in terms of everything.“The players they have, they are so good that if you want to win or get points against them you have to perform really well.“When you are a top side like Manchester United, spending millions every year, you have to be in the top four and you have to win the title.“For them, that’s the pressure. Not just now, they had it before, and for sure they will feel the pressure in a few weeks when they will be there fighting with Tottenham, Chelsea, City, Liverpool, and Arsenal.”
‘Beach Head’ in Social Networking “Cash flow at Bebo is likely to be pretty light, so the buy will cause some dilution at AOL although it will not have a meaningful impact on Time Warner’s bottom line,” Bearn Stearns analyst Spencer Wang said today. “The deal gives the company a ‘beach head’ in the social networking space, which, when combined with other AOL assets (AIM on the social networking side, Platform A on the ad side), will drive strategic value. Other than that, the main value is in helping AOL grow internationally.”In recent months, AOL has moved to bolster its position in advertising-supported Web media and marketing, spending nearly $1 billion on online advertising acquisitions. Last week, AOL announced the launch of Open AIM 2.0, a developer-friendly version.Bewkes Open to AOL Deal The announcement comes just two days after recently-installed Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes, speaking at a Bear Stearns conference, admitted what most media-watchers already knew: that the company is exploring strategic options—including a spinoff of AOL, or, as he said, “whatever configuration makes it the strongest and the most valuable.”The admission is in stark contrast to Bewkes’ previous public statements, as recently as a month ago, which downplayed the potential for an AOL spinoff—and scoffed at the long-held theory that the company will eventually split off its Time Inc. publishing division.On Tuesday, Bewkes acknowledged that AOL’s revenues would be flat through June. On Monday, the New York Times reported that a top executive installed last summer to run AOL’s new advertising division, Platform A, had been fired.The companies would not discuss what role Bebo’s U.S.-based founders Michael Birch and wife Xochi would have in the company post-sale.According to PaidContent, venture capital firm Balderton Capital will reap about $140 million—nine times what it invested in Bebo less than two years ago—with its sale of a 15.7 percent stake in the company. In an unexpected move, AOL has agreed to acquire Bebo, the London-based global social media network, for $850 million, the companies announced this morning. The sale comes on the heels of the admission by Time Warner’s chief executive that the company is open to an AOL spin-off.AOL is expected to integrate its popular AIM and ICQ instant message services with Bebo’s 40 million members. Bebo, with offices in San Francisco and Austin, was rumored to be in sale talks earlier this month, but AOL was not mentioned among its reported suitors.“This is a tremendous acquisition and one I think is game-changing for AOL,” said AOL CEO Randy Falco during a conference call. “It puts us squarely as a leader in social media.”News of the sale sent Time Warner’s stock price down 3 percent in morning trading. [NOTE: Click here for an updated stock price.]
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