Home T-Mobile, Sprint seeking to retain merged assets Tags Previous ArticleUK emergency network facing delay into 2019Next ArticleEricsson ownership swings back to Investor Saleha joined Mobile World Live in October 2014 as a reporter and works across all e-newsletters – creating content, writing blogs and reports as well as conducting feature interviews…More Read more Deutsche Telekom, SoftBank tipped for T-Mobile trade Saleha Riaz Sprint and T-Mobile US were tipped to attempt to push through a merger deal without selling any of their assets, a move which could result in difficult negotiations with US antitrust and telecommunications regulators, Reuters reported.The operators are keen to retain as much of their spectrum holdings and potential cost synergies as possible before regulators request concessions, Reuters explained, adding regulators can only start to review a merger once it is officially announced.T-Mobile and Sprint are working on a strategy to deal with demands regarding asset sales, likely to include the divestment of some of their spectrum licences.Craig Moffett, founding partner at MoffettNathanson Research, told Reuters the operators would be better off consulting regulators to assess and address their concerns before attempting a deal.Last week, staff at the US Department of Justice (DoJ) were tipped to rule against approving a merger of the third and fourth largest US operators.Sources said full time officials (who are not appointed by the governing administration) would prefer T-Mobile remains a disruptive force in the market with aggressive promotions.A merger deal between the two would have to pass scrutiny from the DoJ as well as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).It is possible the operators will place a cap in their agreements on the size of divestitures they would be willing to accept.UBS telecom and cable analyst John Hodulik said earlier this month the FCC could force the operators to sell spectrum, since together they would have the most airwaves in the US, with more than 300MHz.This level of spectrum is crucial, especially for 5G.The Reuters report also said a breakup fee is yet to be added to negotiations. Related T-Mobile US chief predicts market rebound Amazon reels in MGM AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 16 OCT 2017 Author SprintT-Mobile US
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Intel Extreme Masters (IEM), the tournament series from ESL and Intel, is returning to Katowice in 2019 for a Valve Major with $1,000,000 (£756,040) up for grabs.The tournament will see competitors face off in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and has been awarded ‘Major Championship’ status by Valve – the developer of the game.IEM Katowice 2019 will see 24 teams, from all over the globe, compete for three weeks from February 14th. The Challengers Stage will span from February 14-20th with 16 teams competing at the ESL Studio in Katowice. The Legends Stage will be hosted on February 21st-24th at the International Congress Center (ICC), the best eight teams from the previous stage will face off against the top eight teams from the previous Major. The Champions Stage comes next from February 28th-March 3rd at the Spodek Arena, with a new world champion being crowned at the end.Michal Blicharz, Vice President of Pro Gaming at ESL touched on the tournament in a statement: “IEM Katowice has grown to become one of the most iconic esports tournaments in the world. I expect that coupling the heritage of IEM with the gravity of a Valve Major Championship will elevate the tournament to what will be the most incredible IEM event in history.”The IEM Expo will also return next year at the ICC, with top brands from the industry flocking to show off their new products and latest technology – alongside numerous competitions. This will be the seventh consecutive IEM in Katowice, and it will be the third Valve Major to be held at the IEM Expo.John Bonini, Vice President and General Manager of the VR, Gaming and Esports Group at Intel Corporation also commented: “Intel Extreme Masters Katowice brings together the top gamers, fans and technology like no other esports competition can and continues to surpass expectations year after year. With the 2019 tournament featuring a Valve Major Championship for CS:GO, we look forward to delivering even more, from the elite competition to the best gaming technology for fans in the arena and those tuning in around the world.”Esports Insider says: It’s safe to say that nearly everybody involved with IEM Katowice – whether it’s in a hands-on capacity or as a spectator – enjoys it so we’re not surprised to see it return. The fact it’s the third Valve Major at an IEM Expo – following 2014’s EMS One Katowice and 2015’s ESL One Katowice – is just another reason to get excited for the action that’s set to unfold.Sign up to our newsletter!
South African Tourism Minister Marthinusvan Schalkwyk will chair the WorldEconomic Forum’s aviation, travel andtourism industry agenda council(Image: www.iisd.org)MEDIA CONTACTS• Ronel BesterDepartment of Tourism+27 21 465 7240+27 83 242 [email protected] ARTICLES• SA surgeon new head of ISS• Barnard surgeon with heart• SA scientist leads cancer fight• SA woman goes for Seven SummitsNosimilo RamelaSouth African Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk has been appointed chair of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) aviation, travel and tourism industry agenda council for 2010 and 2011.This follows the minister’s acceptance of an invitation issued by the WEF’s executive chairperson, Prof Klaus Schwab.Although Van Schalkwyk is no stranger to the forum ‒ having been part of the South African delegation at its annual meetings in Davos, Switzerland, for the past two years ‒ he said he was honoured to take up the new position.“I believe the council plays a vital role in facilitating debate and the exchange of expertise in order to advise the World Economic Council and the international community on emerging issues in the tourism, travel, and aviation sector,” he said in response to his appointment.“I look forward to the interaction with the other members of the council and our sharing of ideas on issues which affect our industry on a global scale.”Role of the councilKey tasks of the aviation, travel and tourism industry agenda council include monitoring important trends in the three sectors, identifying global risks and ensuring the accessibility of knowledge and information about the industry.Council gatherings give industry leaders from around the world the chance to engage with their peers to define and address critical issues. Meetings also help stakeholders identify areas of potential growth and work out ways to drive economic progress.Interdependent sectorsVan Schalkwyk said the WEF has played a vital role in bringing leaders from the aviation, tourism and travel sectors together and facilitating “forward-looking and inclusive dialogue between key stakeholders”.But, the main difficulty facing the industry was the belief that the three sectors were unrelated, he said.“Tourism and aviation are interdependent. Success in the one sector depends on and builds on success in the other.”The sectors also share many challenges, barriers and opportunities, he said.“Pertinent issues currently on the global agenda are firstly how travel, tourism and aviation can play a leadership role in the transition to a greener economy and, secondly, how these sectors can contribute to an equitable global trade expansion.”Man of changeVan Schalkwyk served as the South African minister of environmental affairs and tourism from 2004 until 2009, after which the departments were split, and he was appointed minister of tourism.During his tenure he’s been instrumental in the creation of a protection fleet to prevent illegal fishing, brought about a complete ban on the use and production of asbestos, and implemented a Black Economic Empowerment scorecard and charter for tourism.He was appointed president of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment in June 2008, when it was held in Johannesburg.He has also enabled South Africa to become one of the leading countries in UN climate change negotiations, which has seen him gain significant respect in both the developed and developing world.In March 2010 Van Schalkwyk was nominated by President Jacob Zuma to take up the role of UN climate change executive secretary, following the resignation of Yvo de Boer.Although the South African minister was one of the favourites for the job, Christiana Figueres, a veteran climate change negotiator from Costa Rica, took up the post in the end.
Rafael Nadal of Spain shouts during his singles tennis match against David Goffin of Belgium at the ATP World Finals at the O2 Arena in London, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)PARIS — Former French minister for health and sport Roselyne Bachelot was ordered to pay 10,000 euros ($11,800) in damages to Rafael Nadal on Thursday after accusing him of doping.In March last year, Bachelot said on a French television show that Nadal’s seven-month injury layoff in 2012 was “probably due to a positive doping test.”ADVERTISEMENT Nadal, who has won 16 Grand Slam titles, filed a defamation suit against Bachelot in Paris.The Spanish player said he will donate the money to a non-governmental organization or a foundation in France.“When I filed the lawsuit against Mrs. Bachelot, I intended not only to defend my integrity and my image as an athlete but also the values I have defended all my career,” Nadal said in a statement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingNadal said he wanted to keep public figures “from making insulting or false allegations against an athlete … without any evidence or foundation and to go unpunished.”He said the lawsuit was never motivated by money. MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Bachelot was also ordered by the French tribunal to pay Nadal a suspended fine of 500 euros ($590).In April 2016, Nadal wrote to the president of the International Tennis Federation asking for all of his drug-test results and blood profile records to be made public. In the same letter, he said of Bachelot: “It is unacceptable and mostly unfair that someone that should have knowledge of sports to a certain point and degree can publicly say something like this with no proof or evidence.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH LATEST STORIES Kings of the NCAA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Malditas save PH from shutout Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads View comments
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