Cottrell’s all-round heroics help Scorpions sting PridePORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Tail-ender Sheldon Cottrell smashed a brace of sixes at the death as Jamaica Scorpions escaped with a nervy two-wicket win over hapless Barbados Pride to post their second victory of the Regional Super50 here yesterday.With the game still very much an open contest with Scorpions tottering on 118 for eight at the start of the 33rd over in pursuit of 139 for victory, Cottrell twice cleared the ropes at the expense of debutant left-arm spinner Dane Currency, to ease the tension at Queen’s Park Oval.Man of the Match Cottrell, who ended on 16 not out, and Nikita Miller, seven not out, then calmly gathered the remaining nine runs in singles to clinch victory at the end of the 38th over.Cottrell had earlier claimed three for 18 with his left-arm pace, and leg-spinner Damien Jacobs, three for 38, as Pride were bundled out for 138 off 45.5 overs after opting to bat first.Captain Kevin Stoute hit 39 from 74 balls, but wicketkeeper Mario Rampersaud was the only other batsman to reach the 20s with exactly 20.In-form AndrÈ McCarthy then laid the foundation for the successful run chase with a top score of 49 from 76 balls, while Antiguan Devon Thomas chipped in with 33 from 65 deliveries.With the pair involved in a comfortable 84-run, third-wicket stand and Pride seemingly out of ideas, Scorpions appeared to be romping to an easy win.But experienced left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn turned the game on its head in a second spell which accounted for both batsmen and yielded four for 28 from 10 overs overall.His spell triggered a slide which saw six wickets fall for just 13 runs in the space of 42 balls, to give Pride a scent of an unlikely victory.Wickets continued to tumble until Cottrell arrived to strike two key blows and rescue the innings.AT ST PAUL’S SPORTS COMPLEX: Guyana Jaguars defeated Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners by six wickets in their Group B, third-round game in the Regional Super50 at St Paul’s Sports Complex here yesterday.Scores: MAROONERS 149 all out off 48.3 overs (Ryan Hinds 47; Veerasammy Permaul 4-22, Paul Wintz 3-21). JAGUARS 153 for four off 35 overs (Assad Fudadin 71; Vikash Mohan 2-25).SCOREBOARDPRIDE INNINGSD Smith c D Thomas b Gordon 1K Corbin lbw b Cottrell 0*K Stoute lbw b Campbell 39S Brooks st A Thomas b Miller 19J Carter c King b Campbell 18R Chase b Jacobs 2J Greaves b Jacobs 3+M Rampersaud b Cottrell 20A Nurse lbw b Jacobs 9S Benn not out 18D Currency b Cottrell 0Extras (lb4, w5) 9TOTAL (all out, 45.5 overs) 138Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-9, 3-36, 4-80, 5-82, 6-86, 7-89, 8-99, 9-138, 10-138.Bowling: Cottrell 4.5-1-18-3, Gordon 4-1-12-1, Miller 8-1-20-1, Jacobs 10-1-38-3 (w2), Campbell 10-0-32-2 (w3), Lambert 6-0-14-0.SCORPIONS’ INNINGST Griffith c Brooks b Nurse 4*J Campbell c Benn b Nurse 8D Thomas c wkp Rampersaud b Benn 33A McCarthy c Smith b Benn 49T Lambert c Smith b Benn 0B King lbw b Currency 8+A Thomas lbw b Benn 0N Miller not out 7D Jacobs run out 0S Cottrell not out 16Extras (w12, nb2) 14TOTAL (8 wkts, 38 overs) 139Did not bat: N GordonFall of wickets: 1-9, 2-21, 3-105, 4-107, 5-116, 6-116, 7-117, 8-118.Bowling: Nurse 6-0-35-2 (w8, nb2), Greaves 2-0-13-0 (w1), Currency 4-1-24-1 (w1), Benn 10-1-28-4 (w1), Chase 2-0-10-0 (w1), Smith 6-0-14-0, Carter 8-1-15-0.Result: Scorpions won by to wickets.Points: Scorpions 5, Pride 0.Man-of-the-Match: Sheldon Cottrell.Toss: Pride.Umpires: N Duguid, P Nero.
Jørgen Madsen LindemannModern Times Group’s CEO Jørgen Madsen Lindemann and CFO Mathias Hermansson have left the board of Russian commercial broadcaster CTC Media, as MTG mulls its options in Russia ahead of the imposition of new rules drastically restricting the scope of foreign ownership of media assets. Lindemann has additionally resigned as co-chairman of CTC.MTG, as CTC’s largest shareholder, is entitled to name the holders of three seats on the company’s board. It has nominated Natasha Tsukanova, CEO of Moscow-based financial consultancy Xenon, and Kaj Gradevik, a former director of CTC Media and former vice-president and head of acquisitions at TeliaSonera, to sit alongside its third representative, MTG Russia chief Irina Gofman, on the board.Both Tsukanova and Gradevik have top-level experience in mergers, acquisitions and disposals. Tsukanova has played an important role in structuring a large number of high-profile transactions in emerging markets, notably in the energy sector, while Gradevik has worked in acquisitions for Merrill Lynch and advised on the sale of Tele2’s Norwegian operations to TeliaSonera and the the sale of Tele2 Russia to VTB Capital.MTG said that it had established the process and appointed the adviser – UBS – to decide on the best way to comply with the amended Russian mass media law that requires it to restrict its stake in CTC to a maximum of 20%.MTG this week denied suggestions in the Russian press that it was in talks to sell its stake in CTC to minority shareholder Telcrest.Lindemann, said: “Now that the Board has established an ongoing process and put in place advisers to enable the Company to review and decide on its potential actions in order to comply with last year’s amendments to the Russian Mass Media Law, the time is right for us to designate members of the CTC Media Board who are specialists in corporate structuring and capital markets transactions. Natasha and Kaj will continue our work towards the best possible outcome for CTC Media’s stockholders, and Irina will continue to bring her considerable operational experience to bear on discussions with the Board and management.”The changes come as CTC Media posted solid full-year results in what its management described as “a very challenging macroeconomic environment”. The group posted full-year revenues of RUB27.3 billion (€396 million), up 3%, although revenues for the fourth quarter were flat at RUB8.5 billion. Adjusted OIBDA for the year was down 10% in ruble terms to RUB7.8 billion.The group’s digital activities performed strongly, turning in 50% growth in revenue in the course of the year.CEO Yuliana Slashcheva said that while CTC had outperformed the Russian market, challenges including the economic environment and the impact of a Russian government embargo on foreign food products as well as a weakening in the overall ad market had adversely affected its performance. The offset the impact, CTC has implemented a series of cost-cutting measures, including a potential substitution of Russian for international content.
Set-top box software solutions provider, 3 Screen Solutions (3SS), has been selected by German children’s broadcaster Super RTL for the relaunch of Kividoo.Kividoo is Super RTL’s SVOD service aimed at children aged 2-13 years and has approximately 30,000 subscribers.3SS will design and deploy apps with customized UIs for viewing on Android mobiles and tablets, iPhone and iPad, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire tablets, Apple TV, smart TVs and web.The relaunched Kividoo apps are powered by 3READY Kids, 3SS’ targeted front end and UI based on 3READY Multiscreen which adds extra kid-centric features and options for enhanced parental control. By choosing to deploy 3READY Control Center, Super RTL is equipped with a customer experience management tool that provides real-time control over presentation of content, features and branding of all apps all from one location. This allows Super RTL to easily A/B test, adapt and improve their product based on subscriber feedback.The apps also feature a ‘Download 2 Go’ mode for offline viewing and listening.The new Kividoo debuts in May 2019 with a staged rollout, progressively introducing new features for the service’s audiences in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. RTL Group and The Walt Disney Company each own 50% of Super RTL.
Bookings for the new season opens on next Thursday, 24 July at 9.30am but are now open for priority and club members.Call the box office on 02871 264455 for tickets or to enquire about joining the Priority + club.Alternatively, visit www.millenniumforum.co.uk for online bookings. Don’t forget, you can also download the full programme from the website.NATHAN CARTER TO PLAY MILLENNIUM FORUM was last modified: July 23rd, 2014 by stephenstephen Tags: ShareTweet Nathan CarterSingers Nathan Carter Barbara Dickson along with comics Jimmy Carr, Conal Gallen and Roy Chubby Brown are among the acts who will be appearing at Derry’s Millennium Forum later this year.Cara Dillon, Johnny McEvoy, Smokie and the Fureys are also among the acts announced for the theatre’s new programme of events for September to December which will feature a wide range of performances from drama to comedy, ballet to opera and music and dance.There will be debut performances from the hit musical Dirty Dancing, comic Jon Richardson, John B Keane’s play Sive. carterDerryforummillenniumnathannewseason