TEAM’S MOTIVATION “We spoke to coach Warren Barrett the night before, and he said ‘No, we’ve finished third before’. So we were all aware of it as a team out there and … that’s been driving us on, and I think it helped us get us through it today,” said McAnuff. “I think you saw a real effort from everybody. That was motivating us. “It’s just a real togetherness,” the midfielder continued. “Throughout the tournament there’ve been a few ups and downs, but we’ve used everything to motivate us trying to turn some negative situations into positives ones, and I think you’ve seen that out on the pitch, and I think we’ve just got to continue to do that.” Highlighting their toughness and growth, McAnuff pointed to the period after half-time when they withstood constant US pressure. “That was key, and I think having that bit of experience in the squad, players who have been through (those) scenarios before, we knew we had to get through that next 10, 15 minutes conceding. We did it with a mixture of good defending and a bit of luck and a bit of woodwork here and there … but when you’re up against it, like we were, it was not just 11 players out there today, there were 68,000 fans, and the Boyz stood up to it well, and we’re just delighted to be in the final.” That game takes place on Sunday in Philadelphia against Mexico, the six-time champions. ATLANTA, Georgia: THE Boyz have really come of age. That’s one of the clearest signals from Jamaica’s historic 2-1 semi-final win over the United States of America (USA) in their CONCACAF Gold Cup encounter at the Georgia Dome on Wednesday night. The victory was Jamaica’s first against the US on American soil and made them the first Caribbean team to qualify for the final of the Gold Cup, the Confederation of North, Central America, and Caribbean championship in its 13th staging. One of the key players in the landmark achievement, midfielder Joel ‘Jobi’ McAnuff, says Jamaica needs to ensure continued growth of its stature in international football. “We want to make sure this is something moving forward for Jamaica. We’re no longer underdogs when it comes to playing against the USA. We’ve got a lot to be proud of and a lot to fear for the other countries when they come up against us,” McAnuff said. Only last year, the Reggae Boyz suffered an 8-0 thumping at the hands of France just ahead of the World Cup Finals. Things were a lot different then, with head coach Winfried Schäfer having to chop and change squads amid some crazy travelling schedules that denied their team rest, as well as its best players on a four-match tour. Three of the results were close, but the 8-0 stood out. In his own time, Schäfer has gone about moulding a team of inner strength, a team of character, with players willing to fight for each other and their country. By the Caribbean Cup last year, the signs of growth were evident and Jamaica went on to crown themselves champions. Then came a couple of practice matches, with the Reggae Boyz winning 3-0 and 2-1 over Cuba and Venezuela, respectively. If no one had been noticing, Schäfer’s graft emerged with greater definition at the Copa America, the South American championship, in June when Jamaica lost 1-0 in three group matches against Uruguay, Paraguay, and world number one Argentina, which was led by the world’s best player, Lionel Messi. It wasn’t just the scores either, but the way the team handled itself, drawing encores and rapturous applause from the appreciative football-cultured South Americans. They came to the Gold Cup with a best-ever finish of third, a placing earned in 1993 when they made one of two semi-final appearances. The 1998 Boyz who made first-time Jamaica qualification to the World Cup at France also made top four. Experts in the US predicted that Jamaica would only get two points and elimination at the group stage. The Boyz won their group with seven of the maximum nine points, and as they got to the semis, McAnuff said part of their growing reputation hinged on improving their Gold Cup best.
The UK has completed its eight-year long digital switchover process with the switch-off of analogue transmissions in Northern Ireland today.John Cresswell, CEO of transmission services provider Arqiva was joined at Belfast’s Divis transmitter site by Olympic pentathlete Mary Peters to turn off the last remaining analogue transmitter.UK media and communications regulator Ofcom has welcomed the successful completion of digital switchover and said that the way is now clear for the process of auctioning digital dividend spectrum to enable the delivery of 4G mobile services.Ofcom will begin the process of auctioning digital dividend spectrum at the end of this year.“The UK’s switchover to digital has been a huge success. Not only has is created more TV choice for consumers, it has also freed up vital capacity that will be used to deliver mobile broadband services to 98% of cities, towns and villages across the UK,” said Ofcom chief executive Ed Richards. “Now that switchover is complete, Ofcom is looking forward to delivering the 4G auction as the next step in delivering new higher speed mobile broadband services.” The completion of switchover in Northern Ireland marked the end of an eight-year process to migrate UK terrestrial broadcasting to digital.Ofcom cited BARB figures to show that TV viewing had increased from three hours 34 minutes in 2002 to four hours today, while the number of channels broadcast in 2002 was 236, compared with 523 today. The average number of TV sets per household, however, has fallen from 2.03 in 2002 to 1.92 today.In 2012, according to Ofcom’s technology tracker, 70% of UK homes owned an HD-ready TV set, while 5% own a Smart TV. Since 2012, 2.9 million Smart TV sets have been sold, and in the first quarter of 2012, sales represented one fifth of total TVs sold. According to Ofcom, among owners of Smart TVs, 65% said they had used the internet connection on their TV. read more
Satellite operator SES now reaches 291 million homes worldwide, including 151 million European homes, representing year-on-year growth of 5% both globally and in Europe, according to the latest edition of its Satellite Monitor research.Growth globally was driven by the African and Middle East markets as well as the Indian market, where SES grew by 18%. The satellite operator also grew its Asia Pacific base by 7% and its Latin American household reach by 5%. In North America it saw more modest growth of 3%.SES served 106 million DTH homes at the end of 2013, while its cable footprint grew slightly from 152 million to 153 million. Stronger indirect growth was driven by the IPTV market, where the operator now serves 31 million homes, up 27%.In Europe, SES reaches 151 million homes in total, including 65 million DTH homes.In Europe, SES reaches 95% of cable and IPTV homes and 81% of HD satellite homes, according to the survey.“The results of this year’s SES Satellite Monitor and market research confirm again the strong role that SES is playing as a high performing video and TV broadcasting infrastructure”, said Ferdinand Kayser, chief commercial officer of SES.“Our strong growth is a direct result of our significant investments in new satellites especially in the highly important and dynamic emerging markets. We could also further take advantage of our strong infrastructure and service offerings in mature markets and realise further gains, on a high level, in Europe and North America. As a leader in video broadcasting, DTH, digital transmission and HD, SES plays a critical role in the provision of communications infrastructure globally and is well positioned to further drive digitisation and the deployment of high performing video neighbourhoods in mature as well as demanding emerging markets.” read more
ShareTweet A play set in Derry picked up three awards last night at the 2018 Olivier Awards.Laura Donnelly (pictured above) was awarded the best actress prize at the prestigious 2018 Olivier Awards.The Belfast actress won the top award for her role in the Northern Ireland based play The Ferryman at a glitzy ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Sunday. Winning huge praise from both critics and theatre audiences, The Ferryman was also awarded the best new play prize on Sunday night, while Mendes picked up the best director gong. Meanwhile, the West End production of Hamilton swept the boards on the night with seven wins from its record-breaking 13 nominations.The hip hop musical, which tells the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton, scooped both best new musical and outstanding achievement in music.Giles Terera won best actor in a musical for his portrayal of Aaron Burr while his co-star Michael Jibson won the best actor in a supporting role in a musical award.Terera said: “I am relieved and elated that we did so well.“We did not take anything for granted. You never know how these things will be received and I knew it was very special.”Asked if the production was a “game changer”, Terera said: “Yes, I think so.”Elsewhere, Bryan Cranston took home the award for best actor.After accepting his prize for the portrayal of Howard Beale in Network, Cranston called for more funding to be made available to the arts.Top honours for Derry-based play The Ferryman at Oliver Awards was last modified: April 10th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: She faced competition from fellow actresses Lesley Manville (Long Day’s Journey into Night), Audra McDonald (Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill), and Imelda Staunton (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?)Set in rural Londonderry in 1981, The Ferryman is inspired by the story of Donnelly’s real-life uncle Eugene Simons, one of the so-called Disappeared, who went missing from his Co Down home in January 1981. His body was later discovered by chance in a bog near Dundalk, Co Louth.The play was written by Jez Butterworth and directed by Sam Mendes. Laura DonnellySAM MENDESTop honours for Derry-based play The Ferryman at Oliver Awards read more