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He is also reportedly planning to axe some “left-leaning” comedy shows that are said to be biased on issues such as Brexit.Opposition parties have accused the ruling Conservatives under Prime Minister Boris Johnson of seeking to neuter the BBC.Davie was an executive at PepsiCo prior to joining the BBC as director of marketing in 2005. In the 1990s, he ran for election as a Conservative party councilor in London.At the hearing, he reaffirmed his predecessor’s drive to diversify the BBC’s recruitment from among ethnic minorities.But more broadly, Davie said his “key concerns were not historical issues in terms of left or right politics” but were focused on “audiences and audience values”. Topics : BBC journalists and presenters who violate impartiality rules on social media face potential dismissal under forthcoming new guidelines, the broadcaster’s new director-general said on Tuesday.The guidelines will be published “in the next few weeks”, covering both the BBC’s news department “and beyond”, Tim Davie told a committee hearing of MPs.”We will be able to take disciplinary action. We will be able to take people off Twitter. I am prepared to take the appropriate disciplinary action, all the way to termination,” he said. One of the stars who may be in Davie’s sights is former England footballer Gary Lineker, the corporation’s best paid presenter, who is an outspoken voice on Twitter.”I think only Twitter can take people off Twitter,” Lineker tweeted in response to a news story about Davie’s remarks.The new BBC boss, who took over on September 1, said that Lineker and others were aware that change was coming, and said “party political statements are not the right thing for people to be making”.In one of his first decisions this month, Davie won plaudits on the right for reversing changes to the last night of the classical music festival the Proms, which had seen the BBC accused of being too “politically correct”.
The Hampton’s style Fig Tree Pocket estate of tech richlister Bevan Slattery sold for $6m yesterday.QUEENSLAND tech richlister Bevan Slattery has sold his sprawling Brisbane riverfront estate for $6 million, in a deal inked yesterday.Mr Slattery, who made a fortune off the $373m sale of the PIPE Networks business he co-founded to internet provider TPG, had put the property on the market in November. Bevan Slattery, a serial tech entrepreneur, is now founder and chairman of Superloop. Picture: Lyndon Mechielsen/The AustralianThe five bedroom Hamptons-style retreat, which sits on just over 1ha of landscaped grounds, is in one of the most exclusive parts of Fig Tree Pocket – Aminga Street.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoBevan Slattery’s Aminga Street home in Fig Tree Pocket.Real estate agent Jason Adcock of Adcock Prestige, who marketed the estate as “picture perfect”, said it was riverfront residents that were most interested in the sprawling property. Bevan Slattery’s Aminga Street home in Fig Tree Pocket.The estate has 67 metres of river frontage and includes a pool area by the river, a 10m by 3m pontoon, a timber children’s playground and fort plus a floodlit championship tennis court.The home also has a dual-purpose wing with a separate entry which allows it to be used as an office, granny flat or teenage retreat. Real agent Jason Adcock of Adcock Prestige outside Bevan Slattery’s Aminga Street property.“The top end of the market is really kicking into gear with more big sales predicted soon.”The Slatterys had fully renovated the 1950s era home which boasts a massive 550sq m of floor space, with “Hamptons-style interiors featuring dark timber floors, French doors, quality fittings”. Bevan Slattery’s Aminga Street home in Fig Tree Pocket“It was hotly contested with two parties offering, both of whom already live on the river and wanted the park like grounds that the rare property offered,” he told The Courier-Mail. Bevan Slattery’s Aminga Street home in Fig Tree Pocket.Mr Slattery and wife Jodie had bought the property almost seven years ago for $6.3m, with plans to build their dream home on the site. Citing lack of time, they gave up on that dream, instead buying another property in the same area to move into.
There are bigger names at Glasgow 2014 and there are surer medal prospects, but few can match Northern Ireland tandem rider Dave Readle for overcoming adversity on the way to the Commonwealth Games. Press Association Readle will pilot visually impaired team-mate James Brown in the para-cycling disciplines starting on Friday, marking the culmination of a remarkable journey. He has suffered devastating injuries, long periods out of competitive sport during which he retrained as a psychologist and even now is battling a form of skin cancer, but will line up at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome having achieved an ambition that so often looked impossible. “I began working for British Cycling as a performance psychologist in 2008 and I just started riding, almost at random. I just had a go. “I was that bad they were laughing at me at the track. They actually told me I needed to go away and learn to ride a bike. “But I got back on. It was an unusual start, but I ended up making the 2009 world championships and I won a silver medal (in the tandem 1,000m time-trial).” Despite that success, constraints on time and finances forced Readle to prioritise his psychology career and, at London 2012, he was among the Olympic and Paralympic support staff rather than among the competitors. It was Readle, memorably, who tried in vain to calm Jody Cundy during his infamous meltdown in the velodrome. Then, at the start of this year, he received the call from Brown and invited to make a comeback as his tandem pilot. It was a chance he could not turn down, even if it meant putting back his latest treatment for ongoing skin cancer. “I’ve been undergoing treatment but I decided to defer the latest lot,” he added. “They’ll be coming to cut some more out of me after the Games. “But this was the opportunity of a lifetime. It’s an honour and a privilege to be involved. “Over a lifetime of being told you can’t do things, I’ve learned anything is possible. It’s perseverance, the ability to take knocks and dust yourself down – it’s never giving up. “If the outcome for me is a medal, great. If not, then that’s fine as well because I get the bigger picture. “For me it is more about being able to share and enjoy the Commonwealth Games with all the people who’ve helped and supported me and all the other athletes I’ve worked with over the years.” Liverpool-born Readle was first close to qualifying as a shot-putter for the 2002 Commonwealths in Manchester when he was forced out of contention in brutal fashion. “I ripped my pectoral muscle clean off my chest while bench-pressing before the 2002 Games. At the time, I was well on course to earn a place,” he told Press Association Sport. “It killed, really bad. It’s a really rare injury – only a small percentage of people have done it, but you certainly know about it when it happens. “After that I took a year out, completed my studies in the United States and started working to become a teacher.” A simple life in the classroom was never on the cards for Readle, though, and he soon found an opportunity to put himself to use at a newly expansive British Cycling. Feted sports psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters was already consulting with the organisation and soon found a willing protege. “I went to Steve and said, verbatim, ‘how do I do what you do?’. I basically said ‘give me a job’,” Readle explained. “If it wasn’t for Steve and his advice, I could never have had the chance to pursue the career I did. He was very supportive.
Northern Ireland’s clash against Romania has been billed as the country’s biggest match in 30 years and manager Michael O’Neill accepts victory would represent “a massive stride” towards Euro 2016. O’Neill is mindful not to overfeed the hype machine but realises victory at Windsor Park on Saturday would leave his team in a handsome position. “I’ve said all along that we have to take each game as it comes – the same old manager speak, same old manager answers – but this is a game where we can really take a massive stride,” he said. “Our objective is to get to 18 points as soon as possible and we have the opportunity to reach 15 this weekend. “Equally, if the result doesn’t go our way we’d still be second in the group with four games to go. “With regards to the hype and what’s being said it doesn’t really influence me, and I don’t think the team think about that. “It’s not as though it’s a ‘last chance saloon’ type of game. The best way to describe it is that the upside of winning far outweighs the downside of losing and that’s a nice position to be in.” O’Neill finished fifth in his maiden campaign, picking up just one win and seven points, but has overseen a dramatic shift in fortunes since being awarded a new deal by the Irish FA. He pitched for a top-three finish in Group F, enough to bring a play-off place, but three points would see his side spend the summer on top of the pile. O’Neill’s side have been one of the continent’s surprise packages in qualification, collecting 12 points from a possible 15 in Group F to sit second behind their weekend opponents. That haul is more than Italy or Germany have managed from the same number of games and the same as Spain, a remarkable return for a nation ranked among the fifth seeds when the draw was made, and hopes of a first major tournament since the 1986 World Cup are reaching fever pitch in Ulster. “Our objective last September was to be in the top three,” he said. “With the results we’ve had so far that objective is now to finish in the top two. “If we were to win the group, fantastic, but our main aim is to maintain the gap that exists between ourselves, Hungary and Finland. “If we can increase that deficit it will have been a positive weekend for us.” The match will once again take place in a stadium that is in the midst of a dramatic reconstruction, with just two stands in place following the demolition of the Kop. Having already won both their matches since building work began, O’Neill has no qualms about the environment but hopes the unusual scene might unnerve the opposition. Asked by a Romanian journalist if the state of Windsor Park was an issue for his side, O’Neill laughed: “No, you should have seen it before! “It’s not been a problem for our players, but hopefully it is for the Romanians. It’ s slightly unnatural but the players have coped well and won the last two home games. There’ll be 10,000 fans, an excellent atmosphere and hopefully a positive result.” Press Association
London: Rumours of Chelsea’s desire to replace Maurizio Sarri with club legend Frank Lampard as head coach has been gaining steam since the end of the previous season. Frank Lampard, who is Chelsea’s all-time highest goal-scorer, nearly led Derby County to promotion to the Premier League in his very first season as manager before losing to Aston Villa in the playoff final.The 40-year-old’s uncle and football manager Harry Redknapp, who had given Lampard his senior debut at West Ham United, also said that his move to Chelsea seems imminent. “If Chelsea come calling, it’s a difficult one for him to turn down,” Redknapp told BBC Radio 5 Live. “In my personal opinion, he’ll be the manager of Chelsea. It looks to me like it’s going to happen.” IANS Also Read: Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah lead Liverpool to 2-0 win over Chelsea
highlights Australia continued their unbeaten run in the Pink Ball Test.Cummins became 2nd bowler after Devendra Bishoo to take 10 wickets in D/N Test.Sri Lanka are yet to win a Test in Australia. Cummins had already set the game up brilliantly for Australia as he dismissed Dimuth Karunaratne (3) on the final ball of day 2 with a delivery that nipped away outside off stump. On day 3, Australia struck immediately as Cummins removed Chandimal for 0 and immediately accounted for the dangerous Kusal Mendis for 1. Roshen Silva (3) felt the brunt of Cummins’ spell as the batsman edged to Joe Burns. Lahiru Thirimanne (32) looked solid and applied himself well but the left-hander was Cummins’ fifth wicket as he edged to Tim Paine and he duly took his sixth by dismissing Dilruwan Perera for 8.The work of Cummins in both innings was complimented well by Jhye Richardson, who impressed on debut with 3/26 in the first innings and 2/19 in the second innings. The batsmen, who have not yet scored a century in the international summer, all chipped in with some good knocks. Marnus Labuschagne (81) and Travis Head (84) gave Australia a brilliant 179-run lead which was too much for Sri Lanka who had folded for 144 in the first innings.With this win, Australia has extended their unbeaten record in Brisbane to another year while they continue to remain unbeaten in the Pink Ball Test format. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, suffered their first loss in the Day-Night Test and they have one last chance to break their Test drought in Australia in the second and final Test at Canberra on February 1. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: During Australia’s 1-2 loss to India in the recently concluded Test series, Pat Cummins had impressed with his performances with both bat and ball. In Melbourne, he took 6/27 and ended the series with 14 wickets while with the bat, he displayed brilliant technique to hit 163 runs with one fifty in the Boxing Day Test which took the match to the fifth day. In the Pink Ball Test against Sri Lanka, Cummins was the shining star as he took 6/23 in the second innings to help Australia decimate Sri Lanka for 139 to win by an innings and 40 runs in the Pink Ball Test in Brisbane to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.In addition to his 4/39 in the first innings, Cummins ended with match figures of 10/62 which are the second-best figures by an Australian bowler in Tests against Sri Lanka. Mitchell Starc took 11/94, including 6/50 in the Galle Test in 2016 which are the best-ever but Cummins’ figures are the best in Australia. Cummins’ haul of 10/62 is the second-time that a bowler has taken 10 wickets in a Pink Ball Test after West Indies legspinner Devendra Bishoo, who took 10, including 8/49 against Pakistan in the Dubai Test of 2016.
TAUNTON, England (CMC) – Out-of-sorts West Indies Women proved no match for World champions Australia Women and crashed to a heavy eight-wicket defeat, as they opened their ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup on a disappointing note here yesterday.They opted to bat first but were dismissed for 204 in the 48th over, with teenaged opener Hayley Matthews top-scoring with 46, captain Stafanie Taylor getting 45 and Chedean Nation, 39.All-rounder Deandra Dottin chipped in with a brisk 29 but veteran seamer Ellyse Perry grabbed three for 47 while leg-spinner Kristen Beams (2-30) and left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen (2-39) claimed two wickets apiece to cripple the Windies innings.The Caribbean side were well placed at one stage on 123 for two in the 33rd over but failed to kick on and lost their last eight wickets for 81 runs.In reply, opener Nicole Bolton struck her third One-Day International hundred – a delightful, unbeaten 107 – as the Aussies cantered to their target in the 39th over without raising a sweat.The left-hander hit 14 boundaries off 116 balls, adding 171 in a first-wicket stand with opening partner Beth Mooney whose 70 required 85 deliveries and included seven fours and a six.Off-spinner Taylor claimed two for 33 but the Windies bowling lacked edge and their fielding effort was ordinary, especially late in the innings as frustrations grew over the productive opening stand.Heading into the contest here on the backs of five straight defeats in warm-ups, the Windies were always facing a tough challenge against the clinical Aussies and played true to predictions.The 19-year-old Matthews accounted for much of West Indies’ early momentum, putting on 34 for the first wicket with Felicia Walters (7) and 52 for the second wicket with Nation.Walters, on ODI debut, laboured for 30 deliveries before pulling Perry to Elyse Villani in frustration, to depart in the 11th over.Matthews and Nation steadied the innings but their partnership hardly rattled the Aussies as it required 80 deliveries and Windies were still short of three figures at the half-way stage.All told, Matthews faced 63 deliveries and counted seven fours and appeared headed for her fifth ODI fifty when she gifted her wicket, bowled loosely, driving down the wrong line at Jonassen.Nation, who faced 73 balls and hit two fours and a six, was joined by Taylor and they put on a further 37, again without pressuring the Aussies.With the tempo needing a boost, Nation whipped Beams to Alex Blackwell at short mid-wicket in the 33rd over, to set the Windies back.Dottin arrived to play a typical cameo in adding 34 for the fourth wicket with Taylor. She smashed six boundaries off a mere 20 balls and was accelerating the innings nicely when she missed a drive at Perry and lost her off stump in the 37th over.The innings then declined quickly as former skipper Merrissa Aguilleira holed out to cover for one, off seamer Megan Schutt in the 39th before the last recognised batsman Shanel Daley miscued a Beams full toss to long on to perish for six in the 41st overTaylor tried to keep the innings together but holed out in the deep in the 46th over after facing 57 balls and counting a four and a six.Australia cruised in reply as Bolton and Mooney removed any doubt about the result with their dominant opening stand off just 181 deliveries.The Windies struggled badly and their only bright spark came when Matthews took a brilliant running catch in the deep to dismiss captain Meg Lanning in the 35th over for 12.West Indies take on India on Thursday in their second match of the tournament.WEST INDIES inningsH. Matthews b Jonassen 46F. Walters c Villani b Perry 7C. Nation c Blackwell b Beams 39S. Taylor c Villani b Jonassen 45D. Dottin b Perry 29M. Aguilleira c Lanning b Schutt 1S. Daley c Blackwell b Beams 6A. Mohammed run-out 9A. Fletcher b Perry 3S. Selman not out 3S. Connell run-out 1Extras: (b-2, lb-5, w-8) 15Total: (all out, 47.5 overs) 204Fall of wickets: 1-34, 2-86, 3-123, 4-157, 5-161, 6-168, 7-196, 8-196, 9-202.Bowling: Jonassen 9-0-39-2 (w-2), Schutt 8.5-2-22-1, Perry 9-1-47-3 (w-2), Beams 10-0-30-2, Gardner 8-0-35-0 (w1), Villani 3-0-24-0AUSTRALIA WOMENB. Mooney b Taylor 70N. Bolton not out 107M. Lanning c Matthews b Taylor 12E. Perry not out 5Extras: (b-4, lb-2, w-5) 11Total: (2 wkts, 38.1 overs) 205Fall of wickets: 1-171, 2-189.Bowling: Selman 4-0-19-0 (w-2), Connell 6-1-36-0, Taylor 8.1-0-33-2 (w-1), Daley 5-0-27-0, Mohammed 5-0-23-0, Dottin 5-0-25-0, Matthews 3-0-22-0, Fletcher 2-0-20-0.Points: Australia Women 2, West Indies Women 0.
(REUTERS) – Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have signed Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho on loan for the season, the two clubs confirmed on Monday, with the player hoping for better times than at his previous team.Bayern will pay a loan fee of 8.5 million euros (7.8 million pounds) and pay his wages. They have the option of making the deal permanent for a fee of 120 million euros.Coutinho, who joined Barcelona in January last year for approximately 142 million pounds ($172.25 million), was the third most expensive transfer in history but he failed to hit the same heights at the Camp Nou as he did with Liverpool.“FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich have reached an agreement for the loan of the player Philippe Coutinho to the German club for the 2019/20 season,” Barcelona said in a statement. “Barcelona would like to thank to publicly thank Philippe Coutinho for his commitment and dedication wishes him all the best in this new stage of his career.”Coutinho will wear the number 10 shirt previously worn by Dutchman Arjen Robben, who retired at the end of last season.The Brazilian told reporters he hoped for better times than in Spain. “In Barcelona a lot of things did not turn out as we had imagined,” he said at his official presentation in Munich. “But this is now history. I hope to stay here a long time and win many titles.”Coutinho, 27, had joined Barca from Liverpool in January 2018 for a club record fee of 120 million euros plus 45 million euros in variables.He played 76 games for the Catalans in all competitions, scoring 21 goals, but struggled to dovetail with his fellow attackers despite winning two consecutive La Liga titles. Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said the price paid for the one-year loan was very reasonable.“We’ve been working on bringing in Philippe Coutinho for quite some time and we’re very happy that we’ve been able to complete this transfer,” Rummenigge said.“The 8.5 million is somehow a friendship price,” he added.“(Club president) Uli Hoeness and myself know the Barcelona leadership a very long time now and there are few clubs with whom we have such a good relationship.” Bayern, who drew their first league game 2-2 with Hertha Berlin last weekend, play away at Schalke on Saturday.
Christopher Isiguzo in EnuguThe Head of Public Relations, at the Nigerian Communications Commission, (NCC), Reuben Muoka, has stressed that the need to improve the quality of Nigerian tennis players is largely responsible why his commission is sponsoring the 2017 NCC Tennis League to the tune of N23million.Speaking after a two-day first semifinal of the NCC Tennis League held at the Enugu Sports Club at the weekend, Muoka said the commission remained committed towards encouraging young talents. â€œThe major objective is to improve tennis in the country because we take quality tennis to all parts of the country and those that participate in this tournament are those best Nigerian tennis players in males and females”, Mouka disclosed.According to him, the winner of the tournament would go home with N7 million, while the first runner-up will receive N5 million. The 3rd and 4th positions will receive N3 million and N2 million respectively.The NCC spokesman said Nigeria did not have tennis league until NCC introduced matches between teams in 2015, in which eight teams participated, comprising males and females.â€œWe partnered the International Tennis Academy (ITA) and the Nigerian Tennis Federation (NTF) in 2015, to organise the first tennis tournament in Nigeria, which had eight participating team.Last year, about 10 teams participated and 12 teams are participating in this yearâ€™s edition.“Apart from what the winners will get, we also gave each of the twelve teams the sum of five hundred thousand naira (500,000), to enable them prepare for this competition,â€ stressed Muoka.The Executive Captain of Tennis Section of Enugu Sports Club Dr. Lawrence Azike said the essence of the tournament on the part of Nigeria and NCC was in line with the government’s desire to partner the private sector to promote sporting activities in the country.He said it would be an opportunity to empower Nigerian youths to make a living and contribute their own quota towards national development.The tournament which had been taken to 12 different major cities of Nigeria; Abuja, Lagos, Kaduna, Kano, Port Harcourt, Enugu, Ilorin, Onitsha, Jos, Ibadan, Ekiti and Owerri, had its first semifinal in Enugu and produced team Muller as the winner after defeating team Ndoma with 5-2 aggregate.Another round of semifinal will be in Abuja in December to produce the team that would play the final with Team Muller in Lagos.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram