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Kemba Walker enters 3rd All-Star game with uncertain future

first_imgKemba Walker. APCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kemba Walker is preparing for his third NBA All-Star game — and his first as a starter — this weekend on his home court in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he once shouted “This is my city!” after a game-winning shot.The big question is how many more he’ll play in as a member of the Hornets.ADVERTISEMENT The Hornets and owner Michael Jordan have something to think about, too.They have to decide whether to give the largest contract in franchise history — he can make $220 million over five years if he makes All-NBA; or $189 million over five years if he doesn’t — to a 6-foot-1 point guard if it means limiting other free agents the franchise can sign to make it a championship contender.“I sense Kemba is the kind of guy who just wants to trust in an organization — that we’re always trying to do the right thing,” said Mitch Kupchak, in his first season as the Hornets general manager. “I do know he likes Charlotte. I know he’s a loyal person. So I think those things bode well for us. But we’re a long way off.”The Hornets did not attempt to trade Walker last week, a sign they are confident he will re-sign.But ultimately, Kupchak said, the decision on whether Walker returns “is a question for Kemba, because really what he thinks is much more important than what I think.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DeMarcus Cousins hits winning free throws to lift Warriors past Heat Before the season, Walker said he didn’t want to play anywhere other than Charlotte, downplaying the notion he’d go looking for a so-called “super team.”“I don’t want to do that,” Walker said in September. “I want to create something special here in Charlotte, something that we have never had here before. I want to create some consistency. And I want to be a part of that.”Walker hasn’t changed his stance in the five months since, even as the Hornets continue to muddle around a .500 mark, just above the playoff cutline.BOSTON BICKERINGMaybe the Celtics could use a pep talk from the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.Marcus Morris questioned the Celtics’ toughness after they surrendered leads of 28 points to the Clippers and 18 points to the Lakers on their home court, dropping them to fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings.“We are going to lose games, but if we don’t have no attitude and we don’t have no toughness it’s going to be a long season,” Morris told reporters, including NBA Sports.Morris went on to say it’s not been fun playing for the Celtics because they aren’t acting like a team.“I watch all of these other teams around the league and guys on the bench are up jumping on the court and looking like they are enjoying their teammates’ success, and they are playing together and playing to win,” Morris said. “When I look at us, I see a bunch of individuals.”Making matters worse, All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving sprained his right knee Saturday night and is listed as day-to-day. It’s not the same knee that caused Irving to miss the last 15 regular-season games and all of the playoffs last season. MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The eight-year NBA veteran is set to become one of several All-Star free agents in July and will surely be an attractive option for more than a few teams.On the surface, it seems like Walker re-signing a long-term deal is a no-brainer — he has repeatedly stated his desire to continue playing for the Hornets, and the organization wants him back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBut there are other factors at play.For the highly competitive Walker, he hasn’t much of a supporting cast and he’s only been to the playoffs twice in his previous seven seasons, losing both times to the Miami Heat in the first round. So the chance of going to an established winning team before too much of his career slips away could be luring. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES THAT’S CONVENIENTAs it works out, Stephen Curry and his younger brother Seth can share a cross-country flight back to Charlotte on Thursday for the NBA All-Star weekend. The Curry brothers face each other on Wednesday night when Seth’s Trail Blazers host older brother Stephen’s Warriors in Portland, Oregon.The Currys will be competing against each other in the 3-point shootout, which brings some added zest to a competition that includes Walker and defending champion Devin Booker and former champion Dirk Nowitzki.“I know he’ll want to beat me,” Stephen Curry said.Betonline.ag lists Stephen Curry as the heavy 11-4 favorite, followed by Booker, Buddy Hield and Seth Curry, who’ll compete in his first 3-point contest.ALL-STAR EVENTSThis is the first time the All-Star game will be held in Charlotte since 1991, when Michael Jordan was a playing in the game, not hosting it as an NBA owner.As usual, the game figures to attract plenty of celebrities.North Carolina native J. Cole headlines the halftime show Sunday, while Meek Mill will do pre-game introductions.Boxer Floyd Mayweather will host a celebrity go-kart challenge on Friday. Former NBA All-Star MVP Allen Iverson, who lives in Charlotte, is hosting a party, as are rappers Rick Ross, Doug E. Fresh and Deniro Farrar. There will also be a DJ performance by rapper Snoop Dogg. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Cricket: Former England batsman: “India is the Everest of cricket”

first_imgAdvertisementFormer England middle-order batsman walked out to the pitch for one last time after announcing his retirement from first-class cricket. Having been a vital cog in the England side during the early phases of the decade, the batsman has rescued England with several innings.Trott reminisced his career over a chat with Wisden Cricket Monthly, where he claimed that the test series victory over India was special. Trott played a huge part in the Nagpur test where he scored 143 runs on a challenging surface. The batsman stated:“Winning in India was special, especially against the team that we played – [Virender] Sehwag, [Sachin] Tendulkar, [MS] Dhoni, Harbhajan [Singh],” Trott said. “I always think India is the heartbeat of world cricket. England is the home but India is the ultimate Everest. To win there was a phenomenal effort,”.The 37-year-old also discussed his future, following the end of his career as a player. Trott said:“I have a feeling that what I went through is going to help me as a coach and will make me more aware of things. I will never forget how difficult the game is; I will always have empathy for cricketers and it’s why I struggle to criticise players without giving a positive option. That makes me think I want to make a difference as a coach.”Read Also:Asia Cup 2018: Shoaib Malik reveals how Pakistan can learn from the Indian cricket systemAsia Cup 2018- India vs. Afghanistan Review: Shahzad ton propels Afghanistan to a tie Advertisementlast_img read more

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Rs 5 lakh sponsorship to 1000 aspiring athletes under new Khelo India scheme: Rajyavardhan Rathore at Agenda Aaj Tak

first_imgThe Narendra Modi government is mulling to give a huge push to sporting culture in the country. Union Minister Sports and Youth Affairs Rajyavardhan Rathore today said that the government would soon be launching Khelo India programme.Rathore said that Khelo India programme would be launched at the national level. “Khelo India is going to be a broad-based sports programme. A scheme has been made to boost investment not only on pure infrastructure like stadiums but also on soft infrastructure,” Rathore said.He said under the present set up players show their skills at school level and if they perform well they are sent to regional level and then to national level. “But, many parents face the problem of financing the sports activity,” Rathore said.”Now, we will organise a national level event, which will be broadcast live for six days. All the players will be provided accommodation in 3-star hotels. All the players will be drawn from school level competition,” Rathore said.He further said, “After the Khelo India’s inaugural event, we will select 1,000 players. For these players, sponsorship is major problem. The government of India will be their sponsors. We will provide Rs 5 lakh to all these players for eight years.””Every year we will be adding 1,000 more players to the pool. We will have a bunch of 5,000 players in five years who will be getting sponsorship from the government. We have earmarked Rs 250 crore for this purpose,” Rathore said.Besides, Rahtore, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju also participated in the discussion at Agenda Aaj Tak. Rijiju said that the sport ministry should focus on promoting sporting culture in the country.advertisementHe also spoke on the importance of fitness. Rijiju said, if you are physically fit you can be mentally sound. “Being a minister is a matter of luck, but being fit is a choice that no one can deprive me of,” said Rijiju, who is known to work out at gym for hours to keep him fit.last_img read more

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Asian Games 2018: India thrash Sri Lanka 20-0 in men’s hockey

first_imgAkashdeep Singh scored six goals as defending champions India thrashed Sri Lanka 20-0 to remain unbeaten in the group stages at the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia. India, who already qualified for the semi-finals, will take on Malaysia in the last-four encounter on Thursday.India scored a total of 76 goals and conceded only three goals in five matches at the group stages to top Pool A with 15 points.Rupinder Pal Singh scored a hat-trick once again to take his tally of goals to 12 in this edition of the Asian Games.It was always going to be a cakewalk for world No. 5 India against Sri Lanka, ranked 38th and it turned out to be so as the title holders toyed with the rival defence to score goals at will.ASIAN GAMES 2018 FULL COVERAGE | MEDALSAkashdeep Singh (9th, 11th, 17th, 22nd, 32nd, 42nd minutes) scored six goals while Rupinder Pal Singh (1st, 52, 53rd), playing his 200th international match, Harmanpreet Singh (5th, 21st, 33rd) and Mandeep Singh (35th, 43rd, 59th) struck thrice each as India completely dismantled the Sri Lankan defence from start to finish.Lalit Upadhyay scored a brace (57th, 58th) while Vivek Sagar Prasad (31st), Amit Rohidas (38th) and Dilpreet Singh (53rd) scored a goal each.ASIAN GAMES DAY 10 LIVE UPDATESHaving already secured their place in the semi-finals, the match against Sri Lanka was an inconsequential encounter for the Indians but they came out full steam to decimate the islanders.Such was India’s domination was that the Lankans failed to register a single shot at the Indian goal, leave aside earning any penalty corners.advertisementThe Indians, on the other hand, had 46 shots at the Lankan goal and found the target on 20 occasions.Also Read: India men’s hockey team scores 76 goals in group stageThe Indians scored 12 field goals, seven from penalty corners and one from penalty stroke.Such was India’s confidence that they withdrew their goalkeeper 1 minutes from the hooter for an extra field player and the move bore fruit as they scored six goals in that period.Meanwhile, last edition’s bronze medallist India will face reigning silver medallist China in the semifinals of the women’s hockey competition while title holders Korea will take on Japan.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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PWL: Sarita stuns Pooja Dhanda to keep UP Dangal in hunt for semis

first_imgSarita shocked World Championships bronze medallist and favourite Pooja Dhanda in a close bout to keep UP Dangal alive for a place in the semi-finals of the Pro Wrestling League (PWL) with convincing win over MP Yodha, in Greater Noida on Friday.It was Georgi Sakandelidze of Qatar who put the UP team 3-2 ahead in the tie with a dominating 16-1 win over the young Akash Antil in the 125kg super heavy weight category.After that Sarita, who has shown mark improvement with every bout in the league this season, did not let Pooja make another of her famous comebacks to win the women’s 57kg bout 6-5 and seal the tie.Jitender put the icing on the cake for UP Dangal by completely dominating Vasil Mikhailov in the inconsequential men’s 74kg bout 7-2.Earlier, European champion Haji Aliyev came back from a two-point deficit early in the first round to beat UP Dangal’s Pankaj Rana by a huge 18-2 margin to give the debutants a head start.In the next bout, UP Dangal’s Epp Mae of Estonia defeated Colombian Andrea Olaya by a pin fall.Sandeep Tomar made it 2-0 for MP Yodha winning the next bout with a takedown on the counter attack against Rahul 5-1 after an intense tussle in the men’s 57kg category.After encountering a reverse against Pinki in an earlier round, world and European champion Vanesa Kaladzinskaya of UP kept her guard intact in this one and defeated Ritu Phogat 8-3.last_img read more

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Safe Bulkers Returns to Profit in Q1

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Safe Bulkers Driven by higher revenues, Monaco-based drybulk shipping company Safe Bulkers managed to return to profitability in the first quarter of this year.The company posted net income of USD 6 million in Q1 2018, compared to net loss of USD 3.3 million during the same period in 2017.Net revenues for the first quarter of 2018 increased by 31% to USD 43.5 million from USD 33.3 million during the same period in 2017. This was mainly due to improved charter rates, in addition to an increase in the average number of vessels, according to Safe Bulkers.“Our revenues continued to improve supporting gradual increase in our profitability. We intend to continue to use our cash from operations to further improve our capital structure and deleverage in forthcoming quarters,” Loukas Barmparis, President of Safe Bulkers, said.As of May 24, 2018, the company has agreed to finance the recently acquired secondhand vessel, which was paid from cash from operations, by increasing an existing credit facility of USD 36.7 million secured by three vessels to USD 54 million which will be secured by the four vessels after the increase. In addition, Safe Bulkers has agreed to finance an unencumbered vessel and refinance another existing facility of USD 23.5 million with a new 5-year term loan of USD 32 million.As of May 24, Safe Bulkers’ operational fleet comprised 39 drybulk vessels with an average age of 7.9 years and an aggregate carrying capacity of 3.5 million dwt. In addition, one Kamsarmax bulker is expected to join the company in June this year, marking the completion of Safe Bulkers’ newbuilding program.last_img read more

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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img COLCHESTER COUNTY: Mines Bass River Road Mines Bass River Road will be closed for bridge repairs until Friday, Jan. 31. A detour route is available on East and West Montrose Road. Local Area Office: 902-893-5785 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Allan Hill and South Branch Roads Allan Hill and South Branch Roads in the Advocate area have a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 CONTINUING WORK YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103, from the Belleville Road intersection to Exit 32 in Argyle, will be reduced to on lane for milling, repaving and shoulder work. Traffic delays are expected. Cyclists are asked to use caution. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 -30- KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: George Street A section of George Street, near the Highway 125 overpass, will be reduced to one lane at various times for the construction of a new overpass. Work will take place until Jan. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Hubbards Bridge Hubbards Bridge located on Trunk 3 will be closed to traffic for replacement of the bridge until Friday, Dec. 31. A detour is available on Shankle Road. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 VICTORIA COUNTY: Corsen Bridge Traffic on Corsen Bridge on the Cabot Trail, two kilometres south of Ingonish, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 DIGBY COUNTY: Dick Theriault Road The bridge on Dick Theriault Road, about two kilometres southeast of the Old DAR Railway crossing, is closed for repairs. There is no detour. Transportation officials will be on site 24 hours a day until the bridge is repaired. Local Area Office: 902-769-2192 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge, on Tannery Road in Hantsport, is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, Exit 37 at Monastery, will have temporary traffic signals in place to restore the Tracadie overpass, Tracadie railway pass and the Tracadie Bridge. The structures are within 100 metres of each other. Temporary traffic signals are in place. Trunk 4 is available as an alternate route. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Route 337, Canal Bridge During construction of a new Canal Bridge on Main Street, Antigonish, traffic on Route 337 is being rerouted to a temporary detour bridge. The temporary bridge will be in place until Tuesday, May 31. Signs and traffic signals are on site. Local Area Office: 902-863-7387 HANTS COUNTY: Route 224 – Milford Route 224 in Milford will be closed to repair a culvert until Friday, Jan. 7. Detour route in place. Local Area Office: 902-758-3009 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Northport Bridge Northport Bridge on Route 366 is closed until Friday, March 18, for replacement. A detour is available from Shinimicas Road to the east of the bridge and Mudcreek Road to the west of the bridge. Cyclists should travel with caution. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Fox Harbour Bridge The Fox Harbour Bridge on Ferry Road, near Wallace, is closed to traffic. A temporary, one-lane detour bridge will be open for drivers in the area during repairs to the regular bridge. There will be occasional stop and go traffic. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Two temporary intersections are now in use on Highway 104, Trans-Canada Highway, near Sutherlands River. One is located about 70 metres west of the Exit 27A intersection. To access Trunk 4, use this temporary intersection. The other intersection is on School Road in front of East Pictou Middle School. To access School Road, including F. H. MacDonald Elementary School and East Pictou Middle School, use this temporary intersection. They will be used until summer. Local Area Office: 902-755-7184 NEW WORKlast_img read more

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Young Entrepreneur Siham Meftahi Empowers Moroccan Housewives with Culinary Startup

Rabat – Siham Meftahi, a 21-year-old Moroccan entrepreneur, has been making an impact on the lives of Moroccan women across the kingdom through her online start-up, Safe Eat. Meftahi’s company works to promote and empower housewives by helping them provide personalized catering services.The online network that encourages women cooks to prepare healthy homemade dishes, which are then marketed online.Meftahi told MWN that she had always wanted to create a startup that would make a positive impact on the lives of Moroccan women. “It did not take me an eternity to believe that it has always been my dream to change the world,” she said. The entrepreneur explained that she had long been impressed and inspired by women, especially Moroccans, “who are trying as hard as they can to establish themselves as independent and powerful women in a society still ruled by traditions.”In 2014, Meftahi joined École Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers in Casablanca (ENSAM), where she studied industrial engineering. During her first year at the school, she joined ENSAM’s Enactus club for young business leaders.Through Enactus, Meftah was able to develop her entrepreneurial skills and get closer to her achieving her dream.The club helped her explore Morocco’s faraway places and rural areas, in which she learned about the needs of different communities in the kingdom. “My journey started off by field trips, where I met women who are seeking independence and willing to change their lifestyles,” she said.Then, in 2016 Meftahi founded Safe Eat. At first, the startup team was made up of two women cooks. As time went by, the small project started to grow. ?“We were able to attract two others recently,” she added.The young entrepreneur is looking forward to expanding her network. She also aspires to attract as many women as she can. “Five years from today, I would like to see my startup growing, with 20 successful women working hard to improve their status and life conditions,” she asserted.Safe Eat recently made it to the top nine projects in the world at the 2017 Google Search Stories competition organized by?Google Business Group?(GBG). Meftahi was the only Moroccan, African, or Arab finalist in the competition.“Whenever I see the positive effect of the startup on the lives of others, I believe that I am committed to work harder to achieve better results and contribute to the development of my country,” she said.Meftahi said that she would be proud to see her startup successfully marketing the culinary achievements of women. “I believe that women are strong, smart and courageous. I believe that every woman can be independent and solve her own problems by herself. I believe that every lady should not fear fire but become it.” read more

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Stronger action needed to rid world of landmines SecretaryGeneral says

He told the tenth annual gathering of high contracting parties to the protocol of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons that calls for curbing the use of landmines, which convened in Geneva, that enhanced action is needed because “these weapons, silent and well-hidden, continue to kill and maim.”Amended Protocol II to the Convention bans the use of mines, booby-traps and other explosive devices against civilians. It entered into force in December 1998 and currently has 92 States parties.“You must consider in particular how to make the Protocol even more effective, and in particular how to enhance the Protocol’s implementation mechanism,” the Secretary-General said, in a message delivered by Sergei Ordzhonikidze, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva.Mr. Ban called for membership to the Protocol to be expanded, particularly among developing countries, nations affected by landmines and States in conflict. 12 November 2008More efforts are needed to eliminate landmines and other explosive devices, despite the great strides made in ridding the world of the deadly weapons, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. read more

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Court issues order on opposition rally and UNP event

The Kandy Magistrate today issued an order on the joint opposition rally scheduled to commence from Kandy tomorrow and a UNP recruitment drive also set to be held in Kandy on the same day.The Magistrate ordered that the joint opposition rally commence from outside the Kandy city and the UNP UNP recruitment drive to be held after 2pm tomorrow.

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UNICEF gears up to vaccinate 41 million children after polio outbreak in

At the regular bi-weekly press briefing in Geneva today, UNICEF spokesperson Christophe Boulierac expressed major concerns regarding the re-emergence of polio in Nigeria after two years of no recorded cases, stating that populations fleeing conflict have been on the move within the subregion, which raises concerns that the virus could spread across borders. As such, the agency has deployed 39,000 health workers across Nigeria and neighbouring Chad, Niger, Cameroon and the Central African Republic to deliver the oral polio vaccine in areas at high-risk for the virus. The spokesperson also stated that in addition to the 30 million children that have already been reached with vaccine during the first two rounds, the next round of the campaign is aimed at vaccinating 41 million children in the Lake Chad basin. In Borno state, a malnutrition screening was provided as part of the vaccination drive, he continued, also noting that UNICEF vaccination teams are conducting the screenings to identify cases of severe acute malnutrition in children under five before referring malnourished children to treatment programmes. “The immunization campaign is being delivered by national Governments, with support from UNICEF, the World Health Organization, Rotary International, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,” said Mr. Boulierac. Unfortunately, UNICEF’s response has been hampered by a lack of funding, and continued insecurity in the region. So far, only one third of the required sum for the emergency response has been received. “UNICEF and its partners have scaled up [the] response by using the campaign to also find out more about the occurrence of malnutrition and be able to treat it better, as new territories in northeast Nigeria had become newly accessible,” said Boulierac, referring to the regional effort, led by Nigeria to root out Boko Haram insurgents. He added that the first round of vaccination of this campaign began in August. UNICEF reports 478,000 children under five with severe acute malnutrition in the Lake Chad basin area. In other north-eastern Nigeria states like Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, the number of children with severe malnutrition has reached 400,000. read more

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TV3s head of programming leaves the station

first_imgThe last five years have been exciting, demanding, challenging and often frustrating. But they have also been some of the most rewarding and enjoyable of my career – thanks to the skill of wonderful people across TV3 and particularly my talented and enthusiastic team in the Programme Department.In an interview with TheJournal.ie in August, Frow indicated he had had a difficult time overcoming the financial limitations of the broadcasting market here. He told reporter Hugh O’Connell:This has been a brutal, brutal, brutal year for me personally, much harder than 2008 and 2009 (his first full years at TV3). Financially it’s been a lot tougher, we don’t seem to be coming out of any kind of recession. Our ambition is limitless but we can only do so much unless some people step up to the plate and help us out a bit. The team are good but we’re not miracle workers.This referred to the continuing public funding support for RTÉ as well as the revenue they yield from commercial advertising.In that interview, he also referred to the personal toll the post was taking on him.I’m a bit knackered by the whole thing frankly. It’s exhausting and it’s really demoralising… I find it utterly depressing that no one will step up to the plate and it’s like nobody cares, you know? I think TV3 has such an important role to play in this country. It’s an independent voice, you can’t just have RTÉ dominating everything. Everyone seems to be utterly terrified of rattling RTÉ’s cage.He also said that he felt there was “an inherent snobbery towards TV3″ and that “maybe commerciality and snobs don’t go in hand”.While Frow said that he felt a great responsiblity to the commissioning team and to the channel as a while, he felt that there is “very little room for taking a risk on TV3 because we have such responsibilities, financial responsibilities, there’s no room for chucking… burning money because Ben’s got a whimsy that may or may not work.Reacting to the announcement of Frow’s departure today, TV3 chief executive David McRedmond said that he felt Frow had made a “distinctive and brilliant mark” on Irish broadcasting and that he was happy that he had been able to persuade him to stay so long. He added:While I am extremely sad that Ben is leaving TV3, he has all of mine and my colleagues’ gratitude and he leaves with our very best wishes.TV3 has yet to make a decision on a replacement for Frow at the helm of commissioning. Frow was responsible for launching TV3 shows such as Celebrity Salon, The Forgotten Irish, The Tenements, Dublin Wives, Tallafornia, Midweek, Celebrity Salon as well as bringing Irish version of Come Dine with Me and The Apprentice to air.- additional reporting by Hugh O’ConnellA ‘brutal, brutal, brutal’ year: Ben Frow interview> THE DIRECTOR OF Programming at TV3 is to leave the station at the end of this year. Ben Frow will finish up at the Ballymount broadcaster at the end of December, returning to the UK where he had previously worked at Channel 4, among other media companies.In a statement today, Frow said that it had been a “privilege and a pleasure” to work with TV3 and increase the volume of its homegrown programming. He said:last_img read more

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