The 10 most watched games all had a verified average TV audience of more than 260 million viewers. The second-highest rating was 327.5 million for Croatia’s semifinal win over England in extra time.FIFA’s research suggests most viewers also watched for longer than they did four years earlier.The number of people watching at least 30 consecutive minutes of any game in their home was almost 2.5 billion — up more than 27 percent from the same measure in 2014.South Americans were the most avid viewers despite watching fewer hours overall of a tournament where Brazil exited in the quarterfinals, and Argentina in the round of 16.FIFA said 96.6 percent of South America’s population saw at least one minute of any game. However, their 5.52 billion hours of total viewing fell 26.9 percent from the 2014 tournament where host Brazil placed fourth.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ FILE – In this Sunday, July 15, 2018 file photo, people watch a giant screen during the World Cup final between France and Croatia, on the Champ de Mars next to the Eiffel Tower in Paris. FIFA says more than 3.5 billion people viewed some of the 2018 World Cup, with 1.12 billion watching at least one minute of France beating Croatia 4-2 in the final. A FIFA-commissioned review of World Cup viewing says Friday, Dec. 21 the final’s television audience was 516.6 million by the traditional measure of “global average in-home audience.” (AP Photo/Bob Edme, file)GENEVA — More than 3.5 billion people viewed some of the 2018 World Cup action, with 1.12 billion watching at least one minute of France beating Croatia 4-2 in the final, according to FIFA.A FIFA-commissioned review of World Cup viewing published Friday said the television audience for the final was 516.6 million by the traditional measure of “global average in-home audience.” More watched on digital devices and out-of-home screenings in public spaces, bars and restaurants.ADVERTISEMENT Chooks-to-Go 3×3 league set to kick off with 12 city-based teams Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom In Europe —which provided all four semifinalists in Russia — the 2018 World Cup reached 86 percent of people watching an average of 14.6 hours.“In contrast only 38.4 percent of the Asian population were reached by World Cup coverage, reflecting relatively lower interest in the Indian subcontinent,” FIFA said.Still, almost 30 percent more viewing hours were measured in Asia, where games in Russia were played in time zones more convenient than in 2014.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Scientists to harness the sun to break down plastic PLAY LIST 01:29Scientists to harness the sun to break down plastic01:56Boris Johnson ‘humbled’ after majority win, says Parliament ‘must change’02:46Fighting jihadism in the Sahel: Life inside the military camps02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Changing viewing habits — and no South American team in the final — help explain a drop from the 545-million average TV audience for the Germany-Argentina final in 2014.In comparison, the 2016 European Championship final attracted a 284.4 million average audience for Portugal beating host France. The most-watched Super Bowl in the United States was 114.4 million when the New England Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks in 2015.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissFIFA said the global TV audience for the 64-match tournament in Russia averaged 191 million per game — up from 187 million for the 2014 edition in Brazil.“Each game was a global televisual event in its own right,” soccer’s governing body said, citing research by Publicis Media Sport & Entertainment. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES View comments
President David Granger on Friday told residents of Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) that the Botanical Gardens will be modified to contain varieties of every tree found anywhere in Guyana.According to the Public Information and Press Service Unit within the Ministry of the Presidency, the President said, “I am going to change the National Botanical Gardens. That Botanical Gardens must be the home of a specimen of every tree in Guyana. It must obtain, it must contain, it must maintain several specimens of all species of trees in Guyana. Children must be able to go and see what a greenheart tree is, what a crabwood tree is, what a purpleheart tree is…not just mango and guava [trees]. They have a thousand species of trees to learn about.”The ministry’s media unit reported that Granger who was at this year’s National Tree Planting Day held at Union Village (No. 53), said “the Botanical Gardens must become a schoolhouse for our children to learn the wonders of Guyana’s trees.”Meanwhile, the President noted that Guyana will commemorate the 50th anniversary of its Republican status next year, which will coincide with petroleum development and the launch a Decade of Development: 2020-2029.The ‘Decade’ is aimed at ensuring that every section, sector and segment of our society will benefit from economic development. The President said objectives of the Decade of Development are aligned to the Green State Development Strategy (GSDS): Vision 2040.The President assured that agriculture will not be neglected during the ‘Decade’ and that food products, not petroleum, will remain a mainstay of the economy.“Agro-processing will intensify during the ‘Decade’. Guyana’s petroleum revenues, inter alia, will be deployed to modernize the agricultural sector, including by adding value to primary, locally-produced fruits and vegetables, in accordance with the ‘Strategy’,” Granger said.Further, he added that investment is the muscle of production and Government, notwithstanding the advances made over the past four years, recognizes the need to catalyse the agro-industrial sector.“It will offer fiscal incentives for investors interested in promoting export-oriented agro-processing,” he said.Granger iterated that trees are essential to developing the agro-industrial sector. He reminded that the East Berbice-Corentyne has the land, the expertise and the experience to accelerate the development of tree-based, agro-processing which can provide economic and environmental benefits.The President said the agro-processing of fruits will allow everyone to benefit from trees without having to cut them down, adding that the Regions should encourage the generation of gardens, greenhouses and orchards to grow more trees.Agro-processing is a key element of Guyana’s Green State Development Strategy: Vision 2040. The ‘Strategy’ is Guyana’s roadmap towards becoming a ‘green’ state and one which emphasizes the commodification of agricultural productio
– as divestment of estates put on hold by caretaker GovtThe divestment of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) has hit a snag, with the Government admitting that investors who were previously eager to buy up assets are now holding back owing to the political climate.Finance MinisterWinston JordanThis is according to Finance Minister Winston Jordan, who was at the time speaking at a press conference on Wednesday. He was asked whether the political situation had impacted the divestment of assets being overseen by the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL).“The sale of the estates has been delayed. Partly due to the political side. Because nobody is expressing interest when the Opposition says we are going to review sales and so on. So that has not gone down too well and I don’t think at this stage, given our status as interim, we will want to engage in any major privatisation at this time.”The Rose Hall Sugar EstateBack in June, it had been reported that accounting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC), on behalf of NICIL, was in negotiations with investors to buy GuySuCo assets. In fact, the firm had said that it was close to concluding a deal with investors who were particularly interested in the Rose Hall Estate.When asked by this newscast whether these are the investors who are sitting on the fence, however, Jordan was reluctant to corroborate this. He noted that this reluctance to invest in the wake of political uncertainty is understandable. And Jordan also noted that those who have already invested are likely to take steps to protect their assets.“I’ll say, at a general level, that investors are extremely cautious, in light of statements that their buy-in will be reviewed should somebody get into power in the next elections. If I were an investor, I would say hold on, pull my horse out of the race and wait until the next round comes around. That is what investors do. If you’re going to put up uncertain conditions, they’re not about to put their money first.”The dealIn June, PwC Managing Director Wilfred Bhagaloo had announced at a press conference that negotiations with a consortium of investors from Guyana, India and Ghana have reached an advanced stage. He had also revealed that the Rose Hall Estate, which received the most interest from investors, was the targeted estate.During meetings with Government officials last year, some of the areas bidders had concerns about were the state of the equipment and factories. But a year ago, Government had secured a $30 billion bond through commercial banks both in Guyana and the region as part of the diversification initiatives. In 2018, the interest of $1.5 billion was paid and another $1.5 million will have to be paid this year for the government to sit on the funds.Back in 2017, Government had announced plans to close the Enmore and Rose Hall Sugar Estates, sell the Skeldon Sugar Factory, reduce the annual production of sugar, and take on the responsibility of managing the drainage and irrigation services offered by GuySuCo.Subsequently, in November of that year, GuySuCo announced plans to retrench 2500 workers by the end of that year. Amid much criticism, over 7000 were retrenched.Government then established the Special Purpose Unit (SPU) under NICIL to take over the divestment of GuySuCo’s assets that were earmarked for sale. The SPU then recruited PwC to conduct a valuation of the assets to be privatised and divested.Political climateGovernment fell to a No-Confidence Motion on December 21, 2018, and approached the courts soon after to overturn the vote. When the matter reached the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), which is based in Trinidad, the regional court validated the no-confidence vote.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has always maintained that the Government should be acting in a caretaker capacity only and not entering into large scale contracts. In the wake of reports that State assets were being sold to cronies of the party, he has repeatedly warned that should the PPP take office, any underhand transactions will be investigated.Jagdeo’s position was vindicated by the CCJ on July 12, when it noted in its consequential orders that the Government should be in a caretaker status. CCJ President, Justice Adrian Saunders had outlined that the Cabinet, including the President, should have already been resigned, thus, reaffirming that the APNU/AFC coalition is, in fact, and should be in a caretaker mode leading up to elections.It was only last month that the presence of a Trinidadian Minister at the Guyana Government’s investment outreach in Trinidad and Tobago had drawn criticism from a lawmaker in the twin-island republic. The lawmaker had cause to urge his Government to maintain neutrality when dealing with Guyana’s caretaker Government.
Sanchez excelled at third base last season but has performed exclusively at second in the opening days of camp in Bradenton, Fla., largely because the Pirates are trying to determine where two other competing infielders, Jose Castillo and Jose Bautista, fit into the team. If Sanchez is troubled by that, it isn’t showing. “Nothing’s going to change about me, I can promise you that,” Sanchez said. “Nothing’s going to change as far as the hunger and the way I play my game, no matter what happened last year. My game stays the same.” Pavano has an MRI: New York Yankees pitcher Carl Pavano had an MRI exam and X-rays taken on his injured left foot in Tampa, Fla. The team didn’t immediately release the results, but Pavano said afterward that he wasn’t concerned. “Just for precaution,” Pavano said. “It’s feeling better than it did. I’m not really too alarmed. There’s no bruising or anything. It’s just stiff.” Pavano was hit on the instep in batting practice Saturday by infielder Alberto Gonzalez’s line drive. He made one warm-up toss after being struck and then threw 27 more pitches to complete his workout. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The National League’s reigning batting champion doesn’t really know what position he’s going to play, and he doesn’t care much either. Freddy Sanchez is taking everything in stride just a few months after he hit .344 for the Pittsburgh Pirates. “I’m not worried about that at all. I’m used to it,” the Burbank High product said. “Wherever they play me, I’m ready for either. Obviously, I’m going to have to work hard at each position. It’s possible I might not know which one I’m playing until three days before the opener, but that’s fine. If I work hard at both all spring, it won’t matter.” Manager Jim Tracy doesn’t sound too concerned, either. He said he would like to choose between Castillo and Bautista by the time there are roughly two weeks left in the spring, then give Sanchez the rest of the time to get comfortable with the position he’ll be playing regularly. “We’re not talking about someone who can’t play second base,” Tracy said of Sanchez. Sanchez, 29, made 18 starts at second base last season and performed well. He also made 92starts at third base and 27 at shortstop. Despite all that shifting, he finished the season with 10 total errors. Sanchez had quite the offseason, too. “Freddy Sanchez Day” was declared in his native Burbank, the same day Burbank High School retired his No. 21. He also received the Roberto Clemente Award from the Pittsburgh chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, emblematic of the Pirates’ most valuable player.
West Brom defender Craig Dawson will serve a one-match ban after the Football Association confirmed Gareth McAuley’s mistaken red card has been transferred to his Baggies team-mate.Referee Neil Swarbrick sent McAuley off by mistake after Dawson had fouled Wilfried Bony in Albion’s 3-0 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday.Swarbrick apologised, via a statement from the Professional Game Match Officials Ltd, immediately after the match and the case of mistaken identity has been accepted by an Independent Regulatory Commission.An FA statement confirmed: “Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today [Monday 23 March 2015], a claim of mistaken identity in relation to West Bromwich Albion’s Gareth McAuley was successful.“The player was dismissed during the game against Manchester City on Saturday [21 March 2015] for denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity.“The standard punishment of a one-match suspension has been transferred to Craig Dawson and will be served with immediate effect.”Dawson will miss Albion’s clash with QPR at The Hawthorns on April 4.The incident marked the second time in a matter of weeks that the wrong player has been sent off in a Premier League game, after Roger East dismissed Sunderland’s Wes Brown against Manchester United for an offence committed by fellow United old boy John O’Shea. 1 Referee Neil Swarbrick sends off Gareth McAuley by mistake in West Brom’s clash with Man City on Saturday
Porto left-back Alex Sandro 1 Juventus have beaten Manchester City to the signing of Porto left-back Alex Sandro.City boss Manuel Pellegrini had reportedly identified the Brazilian as his long-term choice at left-back.But the Premier League club faced stiff competition from Juve to capture the 24-year-old and the Italian giants offered Porto around 10.5m to sign him last month.Juve, however, then switched their attention to another left back – Atletico Madrid’s Guilherme Siqueira – but after the apparent breakdown of that deal, they went back for Sandro.And now, according to sources in Portugal, the Serie A side have finally won the race to land him after agreeing a fee worth 15.5m plus performance-related add-ons.The Brazil international is set to sign a five-year deal in Turin.
John presents the cheque which were the proceeds from his 80th birthday. Pic by North West Newspix.He certainly doesn’t look anywhere near 80 years but John Starrett but he certainly knows how to party.John and wife Audrey from Lifford recntly held his birthday bash but John insisted he didn’t wants presents. Instead he asked for donations so he could make a donation to charity.And this week John presented a cheque for €1,000 Matron Mary Clarke of Lifford Hospital for the patients comfort fund.Included in photo are hospital staff members James Crossan, Una Mitchell, Mary McGhee and Ruby Friel.JOHN CERTAINLY KNOWS HOW TO PARTY FOR A GOOD CAUSE! was last modified: December 20th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalJohn StarrettLiffordparty
A woman showing tourist friends around one of the county’s most historic towns has described the public toilets as the most disgusting she’d ever seen – and a “complete embarrassment.”Debra Clarke was visiting Ballyshannon at the weekend – and has demanded that someone take action.Ms Clarke, who lives in Glencar, Letterkenny, was fuming when she and her guests went to use the loo at the council run toilets beside the bus station….and had to come running out again. “The inside is all stainless steel so easy to hose down, but the loos, the sinks and the floors haven’t been cleaned in weeks,” said Debra.“Both the ladies and the gents toilets stank, with no paper in them. We had vistors with us as we were out for the day.“There was ten of us and I was so embarrassed.”Among her guests were Spanish students and friends from South Africa. Said Debra: “I am very proud of this county and the people who live in it; but having those toilets like that was a complete embarrassment for me and for Ballyshannon.”Bus Eireann says it doesn’t own or run the toilets – they are council-run. ARE BALLYSHANNON BUS STATION TOILETS THE MOST DISGUSTING IN DONEGAL? was last modified: July 15th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ARE BALLYSHANNON BUS STATION TOILETS THE MOST DISGUSTING IN DONEGAL?
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dry today with full sunshine over the entire state. We may end up dealing with a few lingering showers this morning in far northeast Ohio, but they leave quickly. Today will be a “one-off”, as we return to a wet pattern tomorrow. Temps today will be warmer than yesterday by a long shot, but we will still be only normal to below normal over the state. Rain develops overnight tonight, and then we see showers and even a few thunderstorms each of the next 3 days. Saturday, Sunday and Monday we can see combined rain totals from 1” on the bottom end of the range all the way up to 3.5 inches or more for the top end. The upper end of the range will come with thunderstorms, and at this point, we are not going rule thunderstorms out anywhere. We see rain coverage at 100% of the state for that 3 day period. This will just be way too much water. If you want to spin our forecast positive, you can look at the fact that we have a little less moisture in the forecast from next Tuesday forward through next weekend. However, after the big rains tomorrow through Monday, we need multiple days back to back to get things dried down, and we just don’t see that. For Tuesday, we are dry over most of the state, and a majority of areas outside of far south central Ohio will see a mix of clouds and sun. In far southern Ohio, we can still see scattered showers with .1”-.5” rain potential. We are dry statewide for next Wednesday, with partly sunny skies. Thursday sees the return of showers, with rain totals from .05”-.5” across 70% of the state. Then we do go dry again for next Friday and Saturday with full sunshine. On Sunday the 23rd, we can start with sun, but look for clouds to increase, and there is a threat of rain later in the day and into Sunday night. The map at right shows 10 day rain potential. For the extended period, we have a mix of clouds and sun on Monday the 24th with only a renegade shower in one or two spots. On Tuesday the 25th clouds increase, and we still look for showers overnight that night through Wednesday. We finish the extended period with sunshine returning for the 27th and 28th. The forecast overall may have less moisture from Tuesday of this week forward. However, we do see showers moving in with only a couple of day days in between events at best. That means if we do pick up big rain totals here to start off this forecast window, it really puts us behind the 8 ball going forward, to dry down, especially with next Thursday being the 20th. Planting looks like it will be tough to accomplish in the days ahead. Our forecast remains just too wet.
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#TWiOT#web curt hopkins Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting As I’ve stated elsewhere, we are a tech news blog, so humanitarian and political crises are not our bread and butter. That said, so much of the Jasmine Revolution has been augmented with social media that I think a brief (and insufficient) breakdown of what’s happened in the last week would not be inappropriate. There is no new tech news here, only important news. The loss of lives that can’t be undone. The tide of revolution seems to be breaking on a particularly rocky shore. If you have different death-tolls, please post links in the commentsBahrain: 12; one reporter detained, another ejected (source, here and here)Egypt: 13 in Muslim-Christian riots, possibly fomented by disbanded security police, rapes (source and here)Libya: 1,000+; four reporters missing (source and here)Oman: 6 (source)Yemen: 40 (source)Syria sentences imprisoned online writer to prison, frees a blogger. Syria sentenced Ali Al-Abdallah to three more years in prison for an article which came out as he served his sentence for signing the Damascus Declaration. He was due to be released in June but will now serve at least 18 more months for criticizing Iran’s clericism in an article. Kamal Hussein Sheikhou, a Kurdish Syrian blogger, has been released from prison after being arrested trying to flee the country with his brother’s passport. Charges against Malaysian blogger dropped. In another rare bit of good news, satirical blogger Irwan Abdul Raman, who blogs as Hassan Skodeng is now a “free baboon.” He was arrested last September for a satirical story about a make-believe press conference in which he depicted a large power company as standing against an energy conservation campaign. He had faced a year in jail and a fine of 12,500 euros.Thailand sends website editor to jail for 13 years. Thanthawut Taweewarodomkul, who runs the Nor Por Chor USA website, allied to the Red Shirt protest movement, was sentenced to 13 years in prison for three messages he posted critical of the king. Thailand’s affection for its royal family has translated into a lèse majesté law that the government frequently uses to cynically harass and punish opposition activists. Red Shirt photo by Honou Related Posts