Allegri’s defensive tactics worked yet again in Juventus’ 0-0 draw in Rome. Radja Nainggolan’s red card destroyed Roma’s chances of grabbing what would’ve been a deserved victory.Roma’s last match was a 1-0 away victory at Cagliari. It was a game that followed Roma’s CL semi-final exit, so Di Francesco fielded a mixed team. Against Juve, though, he didn’t have that luxury. Today’s lineup was: Alisson Becker on goal, Florenzi, Fazio, Jesus and Kolarov in the defense, Pellegrini, De Rossi and Radja Nainggolan in midfield, Under, Dzeko and El Shaarawy in attack. Juventus had to deal with AC Milan in the Italian cup final, something it did in impressive fashion, recording a convincing 4-0 win. Six players were missing in Allegri’s lineup from that encounter: Buffon, Asamoah, Benatia, Cuadrado, Khedira and Douglas Costa. They were replaced by Szczesny, Alex Sandro, Rugani, De Sciglio, Bernardeschi and Higuain. Barzagli, Matuidi, Pjanic, Dybala and Mandzukic rounded up the starting eleven.Roma missed a good opportunity in the 8th minute. Pellegrini cut out a pass in Juve’s half, opening up a 2-on-1 situation with Edin Dzeko. His pass to the Bosnian was a bit behind, forcing him to have to adjust and shoot with his weaker left foot. The shot went wide. In a similar situation a few moments later, Nainggolan stole the ball from Pjanic and headed towards Juve’s box. He chose to shoot instead of passing it to Dzeko and his attempt went high over the bar. 25 minutes in, Roma was clearly the better team. Juventus’ players were happy to sit back and wait for the hosts to break their defensive formation down. Definitely not something you would expect from a champion.Tagliavento awarded the first yellow card of the game to the former Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic. Add a couple of lost balls that led to Roma counter attacks and you have an idea of what kind of performance we were seeing from the usually dependable Bosnian. Juve needed a point to secure the Scudetto and it was playing like it. At the break, it was Roma 0 – Juventus 0.25 minutes had passed in the second half and the most interesting moments were a Dybala disallowed goal and a Kolarov long-range effort that was blocked. The first substitution of the contest was made in the 67th minute, when Fernando Bernardeschi was replaced by Douglas Costa. Then, Radja Nainggolan, who had received a booking a few minutes earlier for pulling on Alex Sandro’s shirt, made a clumsy foul from behind on Dybala. The referee had no other choice but to show him a second yellow. In the 73rd minute, Gonalons substituted Pellegrini.Nainggolan’s red card changed the complexity of the game, as Juventus spent more time in Roma’s half than it did during the entirety of time prior to the send off. However, Allegri’s squad showed no desire to do more than simply pass the ball around while waiting for the remaining minutes to tick away. Eventually, the final whistle came. The viewers’ suffering ended and Juventus’ title celebration began.
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has opened up on his frustration on being without a job since he left the London side.Rumours were rife that he was very close to agreeing on a deal to take over AC Milan, but the man himself insisted it was “fake news”.Though he hasn’t yet confirmed where his next job will be, the veteran is keen to get back into coaching.“I don’t feel retired at all but I feel frustrated,” Wenger told Football Italia via BeIn Sports.“I am basically a competitor and what I miss – honestly there are many things I don’t miss at all, like all of the stuff around the game you have to deal with.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“But of course, the day, the competition, the achievement that you can do together, sharing emotions, sharing competitions, ups, and downs with others, of course, you miss that because I spent my life in that“I’m not finished. People always want to put you in cases, like you are retired or you are finished. People want to finish you completely when you have got older.“But as long as you have an appetite for life I will go on.“One advantage I have from 35 years in the game is sharing what I know with other people and if you don’t do that then life is useless.“You should not leave this world without trying to give something to the people.”
Board chair Reed Morisky said, at the meeting on January 18, there was interest in revisiting the decision, because Anchorage is central, and is home to many fishery user groups and has a greater capacity to house and hold the meeting attendees. The letter was signed by Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce, Soldotna City Manager Stephanie Queen, and Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander. Ostrander:“We want to bring to their attention that we don’t feel that the process that they followed was appropriate, and I think we would like to see them reconsider that vote in recognition that the process that they followed was flawed.” Ostrander: “When we got there we were told that they were going to postpone that vote and hold it later in month. We talked to all of the board members and spent a couple of hours up there, and when they convened for lunch we confirmed with the chair that they were not going to hold that vote that day. We were concerned that we should probably stay around if they were going to have a vote, but since we were assured they wouldn’t hold the vote and that we could leave, we did. By the time we got back Soldotna we found out that they did in fact hold the vote.” In March 2018, the board voted to hold the UCI area meeting on the Kenai Peninsula. The vote taken on Friday, January 18, was a reversal of that decision. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享City officials on the Kenai Peninsula have submitted a request to the Board of Fisheries requesting they rescind their decision to move the 2020 Upper Cook Inlet Finfish meeting from the Kenai-Soldotna area back to Anchorage. The letter states, the vote held on January 18 during the Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim finfish meeting was taken without reasonable public notice and after peninsula officials were assured that no action would be taken. Legislative representatives on the Kenai Peninsula have also submitted a letter to the Alaska Board of Fisheries requesting that they rescind their decision. In a surprise vote, the Board of Fisheries voted 4-3 to relocate the Upper Cook Inlet 2020 regulatory meeting from the Kenai Peninsula back to Anchorage.
Close (Representational Image)Creative CommonsIn a shocking incident, an army major in Bengaluru had allegedly raped his colleague in his car on the Old Airport Road in East Bengaluru. The incident occurred on February 4, 2019, and a case was registered against the army major two days later.The victim said that she had attended a senior colleague’s party on the night of February 4 and had returned home late at night. The accused, Major Choudhary, had gone to her house later and asked her out for a drive. The victim agreed since she was hungry and thought they could grab a bite to eat.According to a report by the Times of India, the accused then took the victim to an isolated location and they both consumed alcohol in the car. The victim, in her complaint, said that Major Choudhary then began to behave in an inappropriate manner with her.The major then started to touch her in an improper manner which made her uncomfortable. She asked him to take her back home and he started the car and began to drive. However, he stopped the car, pushed the victim to the backseat and went on to rape her. “He pushed me forcefully on to the back seat of the car and raped me before dropping me at my residence,” the victim said in her complaint.The woman was in shock for a few days. She mustered up courage and told her family members and her senior officials. She proceeded to give an oral complaint to them and as admitted at the Command Hospital for medical treatment.On February 15, the woman went to the Viveknagar police station to file an FIR since it was required for the court. A case was lodged against Major Choudhury under Sections 376 (rape) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Major Choudhury was then arrested but let go on interim bail.The case was then transferred to the Ulsoor police after the Viveknagar police identified the crime scene and saw it was not in their jurisdiction. “We’re investigating the case and will take legal action against the accused,” Rahulkumar Shahapurwad, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (east division) was quoted as saying by TOI. Therapeutic Applications Of Recreational Drugs On The Rise IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:06/3:15Loaded: 0%0:06Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-3:09?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …
Map of Tajikistan locating Vakhdat Photo: AFPAt least 32 people were killed in a prison riot in Tajikistan, including 24 members of the Islamic State jihadist group and three guards, authorities said Monday.Five inmates and the three guards were initially killed by prisoners in the riot that erupted on Sunday evening, and the others died in clashes with security forces trying to restore order, the justice ministry said in a statement.The prison in Vakhdat, 17 kilometres (11 miles) east of the capital Dushanbe, holds 1,500 inmates.The ministry said the rioters first stabbed to death three guards, and then five other inmates “in order to intimidate” the others.They then took other prisoners hostage before opening fire on the jail’s medical facilities.”Following a reprisal operation, 24 members of this group were killed and 35 others arrested. The hostages were freed” and calm restored to the prison, the statement said.Two of the prisoners murdered by the rioters were well-known activists of the banned opposition group Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan, the local prison service said.Among the leaders of riot, authorities identified Bekhruz Gulmurod, the son of the former head of Tajik special forces who became a member of the IS leadership in Syria and was killed there in September 2017.The 20-year-old was sentenced to ten years in prison in July 2017 for attempting to join IS in Syria. He was previously detained at Dushanbe airport before boarding a flight to Istanbul.Authorities said the prison was now functioning normally, with the “situation currently under control.”The prison is a short drive from Dushanbe, with residential neighbourhoods nearby. It houses inmates convicted of various crimes, including terror and extremism charges, and is secured by armed guards.Families of inmates gathered near the prison on Monday to find out if their relatives were safe.In November 2018, another riot claimed by IS left 26 people dead in Khujand, a city in the northeast of the country. That riot was initiated by a former IS member seeking to spark a mass escape.Tajikistan, an impoverished mountainous country of just under 9 million people bordering Afghanistan, has suffered severe conflict since it gained independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.Tens of thousands of people were killed in Tajikistan during a five-year civil war in the 1990s when rebel groups including Islamists rose up against the government.Authorities in the majority-Muslim country have said that more than 1,000 Tajiks, including a high-ranking police officer who defected in 2015, joined IS in Syria and Iraq in recent years.In July 2018, an attack on foreign cycling tourists left four dead and two injured. The assault was widely attributed to IS, although the government has refused to acknowledge the link.
Bratya Basu’s literary invasion into the near-death experience (NDE) is a twist in the tale of otherwise a gripping story of soul searching of a fatally injured man in the coma. The playwright chooses a middle-class Bengali protagonist who represents the perception of the entire class about their daily chores, ambitions, accomplishments, failure, wiliness, inherent family politics and their rationale to defend themselves in their lives.The play progresses lyrically by dissecting the mind of the protagonist and constructing the discourse of a common man in the society who struggles hard in balancing between building his career and struggling for a satisfactory family life. He stumbles quite often to get up again and move on. His vices and dogmas are generally criticised hard in his society but he shows the courage to confront them. ‘Ami Anukulda ar Ora’ is a short play which blends the real with surreal, moves between likelihood and implausibility, revolves around dreams and reality of a commoner by indicting and challenging the social system. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAvi Chakraborty of Asoknagar Natyamukh has shown noticeable maturity in producing a difficult play. He has skillfully brought OBE (out of the body experience) on stage to handgrip the enormity and spread of introspection. Somesh, 54 years of age, a marketing manager of a private firm, meets with a serious accident and slips into unconsciousness with a little chance of recovery. It is in this condition that reality and dreams cross boundaries when his friend of yesteryears, Anukulda, comes to visit Somesh. We see Somesh in his teens in dialogue with Anukulda, whose nagging and blunt behavior irks him but reminds him of his nostalgic past. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe most poetic, emotive and surrealistic part of the play happens when his unborn, aborted daughter who if born would have been a teenager, comes to visit him to remind Somesh of his complex intimate relation with his wife. The playwright’s creative resourcefulness brings the kindliness of a father-child conversation which silently makes the Electra complex perceptible between them. In the concluding part, Somesh faces ‘Godot’ of Samuel Beckett where he admits that while he might have faced ‘Iblish’ to experience ‘hell’ on earth, he still wishes to live for a minority few for whom it is worth living. Charming Rishav Basu as Somesh is very good in his role in the play. He, with his impressive diction and gracious body movement, carries the play effortlessly on his shoulders as a protagonist. Equally dexterous is Sumanta Roy in his role as Anukulda. He challenges Rishav quite often with his natural acting and undoubtedly proves his potential as an actor of promise. Avipsa Ghosh as Somesh’s daughter shows her growing determination to be a great actor on stage. Sandipan Chatterjee is good in his role as God. Director, Avi Chakraborty, keeps the stagecraft simple where he demarcates the frontal part of the stage to perform the out of the body experience and the rear part as the Nursing home, the reality. The transportation from conscious to the subconscious is subtle and is done aesthetically. Special mention of Saumik Chakraborty is required here for his fascinating set design. Music and background score of Dishari and Light designing by old-timer Sudip Sanyal make the production complete. The playwright’s elucidation of the importance of an employed middle-class life with values and contradictions amidst negativities in the world brings a wave of fresh air for us to inhale deep and take our lives forward.
Telekom Austria ended September with 213,000 IPTV subscribers.The telco increased its A1 TV subscriber base by 14.6% year-on-year. It said ARPU for its A1 fixed line business increased by 1.3% to €32.2 at the end of September.
Fredrik Engdahl, head of commercial operations at Magine, talks about the challenges facing OTT TV service providers and how they can benefit from outsourcing their platform requirements. What are the main barriers to entry for companies and organisations thinking of launching OTT TV services?The two main barriers to entry for launching an OTT TV service are technology/distribution and content/subscriber acquisition. Depending on what type of company or organisation you are, the weight scales of these barriers are tilted slightly differently. ISPs, for example, might already have the fundamental technology infrastructure in place for OTT distribution but lack the content and marketing, as well as OTT-specific BI systems to realise good enough subscriber acquisition.At the other end of the scale, a content producer or content owner could be looking for direct distribution of their popular content to existing fans, but lack the required technology and infrastructure for OTT distribution. Both of these barriers can be overcome by working with a fully managed end-to-end OTT platform provider, where technology and distribution are taken care of, and best-practice marketing and content frameworks can be leveraged to ensure subscriber acquisition and growth of an OTT service.How significant a barrier is the need to make big upfront investments and how can this be overcome?Historically the major obstacle for launching and maintaining an OTT service by yourself was the requirement for significant CAPEX investments, alongside considerable time for development and implementation, resulting in a long time to market. The complexity of launching your own OTT service is often underestimated, leading to long delays or not being able to meet the original vision or objectives for the service.Companies looking to build OTT businesses should focus on what they do best and what will help to ensure their service succeeds in the long term – content – and consider outsourcing their end-to-end OTT service to a provider like Magine. Managed service providers are a low-risk investment as they operate an OPEX-model, eliminating the need for traditional CAPEX-heavy investments and technology investment risks. Outsourcing also guarantees a much quicker time to market, which means you’ll see a return on investment sooner.How challenging is it for OTT TV operators to keep the cost of operating a service – including content licensing costs – under control and what solutions are available?For a company not traditionally present in the technology or infrastructure domain, it can be challenging anticipating and controlling all operating costs associated, such as CDN-costs, ingestion costs etc., alongside the resources and time required to maintain a separate OTT platform and service. In addition to that, OTT operators need to determine their consumer end price, 70-80% of which is often the content licensing costs, in order to realise a profitable business case.The solution to this is unit economics, attainable by using a platform vendor’s aggregated pricing for infrastructure, ingestion, distribution and content. Economies of scale are difficult, if not impossible to realise as a standalone OTT platform and service, but by using a vendor platform like Magine, the economies of scale attainable for the vendor are shared by all partners using the same platform.How significant a challenge for OTT TV operators is restrictions on the availability of rights and what can be done to overcome this?Content is still king, and getting rights for popular shows can be a major challenge. Producing your own original content is a way of circumventing this but it’s expensive and investing in unproven content can be risky. At Magine, we help our partners overcome content acquisition challenges by assisting with cross-licensing between partners on our platform. For example, a content holder targeting a specific regional market can cross-license their relevant content to another content holder on our platform who operates in a different regional market, making great content accessible to larger audiences across the world.What aspects of building an OTT service does it make sense for operators to outsource and what are the key means by which they can differentiate their offerings?In the OTT market today, content and customer relationship management are the key factors that can differentiate an OTT service from the competition. When building an OTT service, operators should focus on funnelling as much of their investment capital and resources into these areas as possible to achieve high subscriber acquisition and retention long term.This can be accomplished by onboarding an OTT managed service provider that offers a more efficient OPEX cost-model, reducing any need for large upfront CAPEX-investments. This is not to say you should only outsource the technology. At Magine, we enable OTT business to get off the ground by providing our partners with fully managed end-to-end OTT services alongside content acquisition, marketing, customer and sales support. Our partners can leverage our years of direct to consumer experience and create a strong foundation to launch and successfully grow their own OTT service.
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