The Aherlow man has been selected by Paul Earley to be part of the 25 man panel that will play at Patterson’s Stadium in Perth on November 22.The panel, which will be captained by Donegal’s Michael Murphy and also features Cork’s Aidan Walsh and Mayo’s Aidan O Shea, departs for Australia on October 12.Ciaran McDonald is the first Tipperary footballer to be selected for the International Rules Test since Declan Browne in 2004.
Credit: USGS An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 rocked Venezuela and several Eastern Caribbean islands on Tuesday.The powerful earthquake hit eastern Venezuela at 5:31 pm and was felt in Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Grenada, Barbados and St Vincent and the Grenadines.The Trinidad based Seismic Research Center (SRC) said the earthquake had a depth of 73 kilometres, and its position in Venezuela at 55 km east southeast of Carúpano, 95 km northeast of Maturín, and 131 km southeast of Porlamar.Initially it was reported that the earthquake had a magnitude of 6.8 but that was later upgraded to 7.3.Seismologist at the SRC, Dr Joan Latchman has cautioned residents of the region that aftershocks from the strong quake could be expected for days to come. Another earthquake is also possible, she said late Tuesday.Structural damages but no casualties There have been early reports and images posted on social media of structural damage to buildings, severe cracks in floors, parking lots and roads, and of goods falling from grocery-store shelves. But there has been no reports of casualties.Witnesses reported seeing and feeling their homes, and even some of the contents, shaking when the quake hit.Speaking in a Facebook live video about an hour after the quake occurred, Latchman said there would be more tremors, noting that up to that point there had been at least seven aftershocks.“…Most of which you would not feel, but we can have an earthquake of this magnitude…and we expect that we can have an earthquake in the 5.0 to 5.9 magnitude range and this can happen within hours. Going by what we have seen in the past, within three to five hours we would not be surprised, or tomorrow, or sometime this week,” she said.“There is no formula for us to tell you when the aftershocks will occur. We were just looking at patterns of the past to guide.”Despite initial reports to the contrary, there was no tsunami threat from the earthquake.
Dish Network has joined a coalition that aims to stop Charter Communications’ big-money acquisition of Time Warner Cable.The Stop Mega Cable Coalition comprises 13 bodies, including AT&T-owned cable firm Dish, public interest groups, the Writers Guild of America (East and West) and a telecoms-broadband association.One effect of the deal would be to threaten emerging OTT services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video as two companies would affectively control most of the US broadband market.SMCC aims to “highlight both the stunning scale of the proposed merger” and the overwhelming cable and broadband duopoly that the new company would form alongside Comcast”.A predecessor group, the Stop Mega Comcast Coalition, successfully helped to block Comcast’s deal to acquire Time Warner Cable, which would have created a huge market-leading cable and internet group in the US.Comcast rival Charter, which Liberty Global owner John Malone backs, then moved to buy TWC, in a merger agreement that was valued at US$78.7 billion (€72.9 billion) in May last year.The coalition wants the US’s Department of Justice and media regulator the FCC to block the Charter deal as this new “mega company” would “control more than a third of the markets for cable pay TV [35 percent] and cable broadband [36 percent]”, and thattwo-thirds of subscribers “would have no other option for high-speed broadband”.It also claimed the deal would create a market duopoly of Charter-TWC and Comcast, which between them would control “about 90 per cent of all high-speed broadband connections in the country”.This means Charter-TWC and Comcast could “control the fate” of bandwidth-sapping video platforms – primarily market leader Netflix – by changing their high-speed broadband connections and raising prices.The coalition said the likelihood was Comcast and Charter-TWC would treat their own OTT services and content “favourably”.Furthermore, the SMCC alleged the two firms could “coordinate their actions by simply responding to the others’ behaviour”, and could “take the form of parallel action or even express agreements”.Independent producers would also be negatively affected, the coalition claimed. This would be because the two cable firms could work together to offer “below-market terms” and restrict their ability to sell content to rival SVOD firms.Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has, however, previously given his blessing to the merger, and regulators in NewYork gave it approval earlier this month.“It feels like Groundhog Day with yet another mega cable merger threatening to consolidate too much of this country’s high-speed broadband connections, all to the detriment of competition and consumer choice,” said Jeffrey Blum, senior VP and deputy general counsel of Dish.“This merger severely threatens the innovative online streaming services that rely on a robust broadband connection. ‘Mega Cable’ simply does not serve the public interest, and Charter has failed to prove otherwise.”A Charter statement reported on several US sites read: “It should come as no surprise that Dish and other parties seeking to use the regulatory review process to extract concessions are also engaging in tired PR tactics to further their self interests. Their arguments against the pending transactions are baseless.”
Eurosport has launched an e-commerce platform that enables sports fans to purchase clothing, footwear, equipment and accessories from sports and outdoor brands.The Discovery-owned sports broadcaster has teamed up with online sports retailer SportPursuit to launch Eurosport Shop in France, Germany and the UK with dedicated local-language microsites. The shop is also integrated with existing Eurosport online platforms in those markets.The e-commerce site will provide users with the ability to purchase goods from brands including Endura, GoPro, Cube and Columbia.Last month Eurosport unveiled its first-ever branded clothing range for consumers as the Eurosport GC Collection, aimed at cyclists of all levels, launched in the UK. The brand is also now available in France and Germany via the Eurosport Shop.Ian Woods, VP sales, international consumer products, Discovery Global Enterprises, said: “The Eurosport Shop is a natural extension for the Eurosport brand, giving sports fans direct access to thousands of products that enrich their everyday lives. Our ambition is not only to serve our super fans but grow our fanbase by creating more consumer touchpoints. The Eurosport Shop underpins these aims by offering long-term cross-selling opportunities across our digital platforms, driving greater customer loyalty and engagement. Eurosport’s content creates authentic emotional connections with fans, which is the perfect platform to develop strong product advocates and grow the company’s content and brand footprint across Europe.”Sameer Pabari, SVP of content and business development at Eurosport Digital, said that the service would have “a strong focus on cycling and winter sports, further enhancing our position as the home of these sports across Europe.”