News Corp.’s Fox Sports Australia, Telstra’s Foxtel to Merge

News Corp.’s Fox Sports Australia, Telstra’s Foxtel to Merge

Foxtel and Fox Sports Australia are set to be combined into a new premium pay-TV sports and entertainment company Down Under, a move designed to pave the way for an eventual IPO.

Parent companies Telstra and News Corp. announced the merger Thursday, saying the combined entity would align ownership …

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Turner gets in the sports streaming game with UEFA Champions League soccer

Turner is kicking off a new sports streaming video service next year that will carry its coverage of UEFA Champions League soccer.

The service announced Thursday is Turner’s first endeavor in streaming sports coverage — the new frontier in “over-the-top” distribution of programming, in whic…

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FCA Germany AG: Product offensive for sustainable growth

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Frankfurt (ots) – FCA Germany AG completed a very successful first quarter of 2017 with its brands Abarth, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Jeep® and Fiat Professional. All brands grew year-on-year.

Abarth and Alfa Romeo have already achieved an extraordinarily strong performance with an increase of nearly 80 percent compared to the previous year’s period. With these results, Alfa Romeo and Abarth are currently the fastest growing automotive brands in Germany.

The most important part of the fast growth of Alfa Romeo was the Giulia, the first-class classmousine introduced last year. This has now replaced the Giulietta as a brand steeled. In the coming weeks there will be a further increase in sales as soon as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the first SUV of the brand, will be delivered.

Giorgio Gorelli, CEO of FCA Germany AG, said: “We have almost 15 million Germans reached our social media channels, which has overwhelmed us, and our Pre Launch activities were very successful First purchase contracts. ”

At Abarth, the Abarth 124 Spider also introduced a new model for growth, supported by the ever-growing dealer network. Alone in the first quarter, six new Abarth dealers were acquired. “We are expecting further growth in Abarth partners,” adds Gorelli, “the Abarth brand is in demand as never before.”

At Fiat, the Fiat Tipo family in particular contributed to the success. With this series, the brand has one of the most recent and most attractive line-ups in the important C segment. Another growth supplier was the sporty Fiat 124 Spider. The Fiat 500 is also the best-seller in its segment, whose range is currently being extended by the new Mirror variant, which meets the growing demand for connectivity.

The Jeep brand benefits from the recently introduced Grand Cherokee of the 2017 model year and has launched the launch of the new Compass with an innovative augmented reality campaign in the dealer network. “We are confident that Jeep will be able to further increase its registrations this year with its new compact class SUV,” said Gorelli.

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Three days of pure marketing in Berlin

Input full. In the first digiday, Brand Summit Germany will be the theme of the first Digiday Brand Summit Germany from 3 to 5 May, when German and international top brand managers from companies like Coty, Sennheiser, Henkel, Soda Stream, Lush, Media market, L’Oréal, Mazda, Deutsche Telekom and Instanatural with the participants of the three-day congress in Berlin.

New York-based organizer Digiday, Horizont and the dfv Conference Group are bringing the event format to Germany for the first time after a successful hit in the USA, UK, Spain and Japan. Under the motto “Brand Marketing / Brand Management: What Comes Next”, speakers such as Martin Andree, Corporate Vice President at Henkel, Thomas Schönen, Head of Brand, Communication, Digital DACH at Philips, Adrien Koskas, General Manager L’Oréal Paris , Elodie Levy, Global Director Digital Innovation and New Products at Coty, Jack Constantine, Chief Digital Officer at Lush, Itai Bichler, Head of Global Digital Marketing at SodaStream International, and Bastien Schupp, Vice President Global Brand Strategy and Marketing Communications at Renault , Their knowledge with the participants.

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Henkel manager Andree, who has been involved in FMCG for 15 years around the world, will be showing how content can help modern brand management on the first day of the event. How challenging digital innovations are to be conceived and implemented for a Coty-sized company is dealt with by Levy, whose professional career is determined by this question. The New York manager describes, among other things, how Coty is the apparent contradiction between agile work and the management of an extensive And traditional brand portfolios, which was only expanded in 2016 by the acquisition of 41 P & G brands, by means of small-scale pilot projects. The global digital marketing head of SodaStream, Itai Bichler, wants to show that a brand can also act politically after the presidential election in the US in his lecture “Being an activist brand in 2017”, showing the way of the Israeli brand to environmental activism And the resulting complaints, but also astonishing sales figures. On the second and third day of the Brand Summit, the talks, discussions and discussions with media market manager Alexander Ewig and DS marketing manager Sebastian Hein, for example, are all about the balancing act, the brands Such as automotive, telecommunication and FMCG, have to cope with classical brand management and digitization. Further information on the first Digiday Brand Summit German and registration can be found on the Internet at www.dfvcg.de/digiday17

The current Famitsu Most Wanted Game Charts

The new edition of the Famitsu, in addition to a large number of reports and test scores, also provided the Most-Wanted-Charts of the readers. Below you can see the 20 most popular titles of the Famitsu readers. Blue-marked titles have either been published for editorial purposes or will be published in three months at the latest, leaving the list soon.

As in the last week, the first three games are known by their order. In the current list, Fire Emblem Echoes (3DS) and Kingdom Hearts III (PS4) have exchanged the seats. Similar changes have been experienced by Splatoon 2 (NSW) and The Alliance Alive (3DS). Tekken 7 (PS4) has earned a place in the top ten area, thereby directly removing several opponents. This change causes Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (NSW) to move down one position. Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (PS4).

In the second section of the charts most of the video games have fallen, only Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (NSW) can boast an upturn. The Legend of Heroes: The Tragedy of Cold Steel III (PS4), Super Mario Odyssey (NSW), Gran Turismo Sport (PS4), The Snack World (3DS), Ace Combat 7 PS4). Among the new titles are Dungeon Travelers 2-2 (PSV), Gun Gun Pixies (PSV) and Disaster Report 4 Plus: Summer Memories (PS4), with Dungeon Travelers 2-2 having missed the top ten very tightly.

1. [PS4] Dragon Quest XI – 1.012 votes

2. [PS4] Final Fantasy VII Remake – 861 Votes

3. [3DS] Dragon Quest XI – 687 voices

4. [3DS] Fire Emblem Echoes – 403 voices

5th [PS4] Kingdom Hearts III – 384 Votes

6. [NSW] Splatoon 2 – 348 voices

7. [3DS] The Alliance Alive – 334 Votes

8. [PS4] Tekken 7 – 300 voices

9. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 262 voices

10. [PS4] Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age – 249 Votes

11. [PSV] Dungeon Travelers 2-2 – 236 voices

12. [PS4] The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III – 215 voices

13. [PS4] New Hot Shots Golf – 196 Voices

14. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey – 195 voices

15. [NSW] Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – 191 voices

16th [PS4] Gran Turismo Sport – 175 Votes

17. [3DS] The Snack World – 174 voices

18. [PSV] Gun Gun Pixies – 171 voices

19. [PS4] Ace Combat 7 – 143 voices

20. [PS4] Disaster Report 4 Plus: Summer Memories – 140 voices

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Mister Germany away from the market: Dominik Bruntner is in love!

This crisp guy is now officially no longer available! After Dominik Bruntner (24) grabbed the hotly coveted title as Mister Germany last December, he could hardly save himself from female advances. But one of his many admirers seems to have actually made the race. Opposite Promiflash confessed the Schnuckel: He has a new girlfriend!

Dominik Bruntner and Instagram Dominik Bruntner, Mister Germany 2016/17

As far as details on the relationship and the identity of the lucky ones were concerned, the model of the males remained covered. “We spend a lot of time together and have known each other for a while, it feels good, but I do not want to say anything more,” he chattered out at Promiflash. Also on Instagram, there was already a reference to Dominik’s new love affair. There he posed a mischievous Selfie with a bouquet of roses and commented the snapshot with “For my love”.

RTL / Marie Schmid Viola Kraus and Erika Dorodnova

Whether the prickly flowers are an allusion to ex-Bachelor candidate Erika Dorodnova (25)? With that, Dominik recently delivered a hot Instagram flirt. Even their squad counterpart Viola Kraus (26) would be questioned. After all, he should have spent a hot hotel night with the reigning Miss Southern Germany. Or is it the ex-DSDS star Annemarie Eilfeld (26)? Ever since she recently revealed her new relationship with an unknown, she is busy speculating about a liaison with Dominik.

Annemarie Eilfeld / Instagram Annemarie Eilfeld

What do you think – which of the three celebrity ladies is the new woman at the side of Mister Germany? Vote in the poll about it!

Islamic State claims attack on Egypt police checkpoint

The White House displayed a tough and unyielding approach to North Korea and its nuclear ambitions Monday, with President Donald Trump warning that Kim Jong Un has “gotta behave” and Vice President Mike Pence advising Kim not to test America’s resolve

The White House displayed a tough and unyielding approach to North Korea and its nuclear ambitions Monday, with President Donald Trump warning that Kim Jong Un has “gotta behave” and Vice President Mike Pence advising Kim not to test America’s resolve

A vigil has been held in Cleveland for the victim of a deadly shooting that was videotaped and then posted on Facebook

A vigil has been held in Cleveland for the victim of a deadly shooting that was videotaped and then posted on Facebook

Before his death, Prince abused opioid pain pills, suffered withdrawal symptoms and received at least one opioid prescription under his bodyguard’s name, according to search warrants and affidavits unsealed Monday

Before his death, Prince abused opioid pain pills, suffered withdrawal symptoms and received at least one opioid prescription under his bodyguard’s name, according to search warrants and affidavits unsealed Monday

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the Justice Department will crack down on violent gangs

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the Justice Department will crack down on violent gangs

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer says the suspect in a shooting that killed three people in downtown Fresno told police he hates white people and shouted “God is great” in Arabic before the killings.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer says the suspect in a shooting that killed three people in downtown Fresno told police he hates white people and shouted “God is great” in Arabic before the killings.

Authorities are searching for a 14-year-old boy and a 62-year-old woman missing in Grand Canyon National Park after they were swept down a creek while crossing it in a remote part of the park.

Authorities are searching for a 14-year-old boy and a 62-year-old woman missing in Grand Canyon National Park after they were swept down a creek while crossing it in a remote part of the park.

Arizona State University is awarding its Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism for 2017 to Judy Woodruff and the late Gwen Ifill, co-anchors and managing editors of the “PBS NewsHour.”.

Arizona State University is awarding its Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism for 2017 to Judy Woodruff and the late Gwen Ifill, co-anchors and managing editors of the “PBS NewsHour.”.

A city councilman wants to move a male Asian elephant from the Los Angeles Zoo to a sanctuary where it can roam more widely.

A city councilman wants to move a male Asian elephant from the Los Angeles Zoo to a sanctuary where it can roam more widely.

Battle brews over where to keep LA Zoo’s Billy the elephant

Battle brews over where to keep LA Zoo’s Billy the elephant

By MAGGIE MICHAELAssociated Press

CAIRO (AP) – The Islamic State extremist group has claimed responsibility for an attack on an Egyptian police checkpoint near the famed Saint Catherine’s Monastery in Sinai late Tuesday which authorities said killed one policeman and wounded four.

The militants opened fire from an elevated hilltop overlooking the police checkpoint just outside the monastery, which is located in a remote desert and mountainous area in the southern part of the Sinai Peninsula, according to a statement by the Interior Ministry.

After an exchange of gunfire, the attackers fled the scene, the ministry said, adding that some of the gunmen were wounded in the shootout.

No further details were immediately available.

According to SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks online activity of militants, the IS-affiliated Amaq news agency announced that the group’s militants carried out the attack near Saint Catherine. This is the first time the IS has attacked a monastery.

It comes shortly before a planned visit by the Vatican Pope Francis to Egypt next week.

The attack on the monastery, built in the 6th century and a popular site for tourists visiting the Red Sea resorts along Sinai’s southern coast, comes just over a week after suicide bombers attacked two churches in the Nile Delta city of Tanta and the coastal city of Alexandria, killing 45 people on Palm Sunday. Egypt’s Sinai-based Islamic State affiliate claimed responsibility for those attacks.

IS has vowed more attacks against Christians in Egypt, who make up 10 percent of the country’s population of over 90 million people.

The Palm Sunday attack prompted President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to declare a three-month state of emergency and deploy armed forces to help police in guarding vital installations, including churches across the country.

A state of emergency already in place in northern Sinai has failed to halt near-daily attacks against police and security forces by IS in the volatile area. The extremist group h

Meet One the Most Successful German Biotech Leaders Ever

Patrick Baeuerle is the German biotech leader I wanted to interview the most (besides Simon Moroney from MorphoSys, who came to our Meetup in Munich last week). Patrick has explored and succeeded in just about every area of life sciences, be it as a highly cited academic researcher, a professor at Freiburg University, head of drug discovery in biotech startups Tularik and Micromet, a vice president at Amgen, the world’s largest biotech company, and now as a managing partner of venture capital firm MPM. He shared his story and wisdom with me in this interview.

Patrick Baeuerle started his career in academia and was already called at the age of 34 as a professor and chairman at Freiburg University. He then swiftly figured out that academia wasn’t where he could have the biggest impact and decided to transition to industry by joining Tularik, a small biotech start-up in South San Francisco. He learned from scratch how to build a biotech company, and how to discover drugs from biotech industry giants like David Goedell and Bob Swanson.

In 1998, he joined Micromet as CSO and helped bring the first bispecific antibody to the market in 2014, preceded by a €1.16 billion acquisition of Micromet by Amgen in 2012.

Since two years, he now is Managing Partner at MPM Capital, a US-based venture capital firm with an investment strategy focused on therapeutics. He still lives in Munich but spends much of his time in the US, mostly in Boston and San Francisco.

You joined Micromet in 1998 as CSO. What made you move from the States into the German biotech industry?

I had a great offer from Micromet which made it easy for me to move back from California. It was also good timing because finally venture capital was injected into Germany’s evolving biotech industry, and made it possible to start companies like Morphosys, Medigene or GPC.

One of my missions as CSO was to transform Micromet from a cancer diagnostic into a therapeutics company. To this end, we tried to in-license two monoclonal antibodies from Centocor, an opportunity that however evaporated when the company got acquired by Johnson & Johnson. What looked like a disaster in the first place, created the opportunity to develop a bispecific T cell-engaging antibody that was in-licensed from inventors at Munich’s LMU.

This antibody ultimately became Blincyto, the first bispecific antibodies ever approved by the FDA. The antibody and its underlying BiTE technology also became the basis for the acquisition of Micromet by Amgen, the largest of a biotech company in Germany to date.

What are your three most important takeaways from the Micromet experience?

Three come to my mind:

You have to build the company on good science. We made a real big effort when it came to understanding the biology and therapeutic potential behind our T cell-engaging antibodies. This deep knowledge also helped with Blincyto’s speedy approval by the FDA within only 3 months , the fastest ever by the US authority.

Thorough financing is as important as good science. Our listing on Nasdaq in 2006 opened the coffers from Wall Street, from where we received a lot of money. Initially, venture capital was absolutely critical as raised from top-notch investors like Atlas, 3i, HBM, the Wellcome Trust, Abingworth, Schroder Ventures, or Omega. Likewise, Micromet’s many development collaborations with large pharma partners helped to finance and sustain its large R&D organization.

You have to be incredibly resilient and overcome many challenges — in Micromet’s case, these were difficult refinancing situations, unforeseen side effects in clinical trials, issues with manufacturing, or trying to convince pharma partners of the way we administer our drug.

What made you join VC firm MPM Capital as Managing Partner?

Essentially, I am working as an “entrepreneur in residence”. MPM allows me to focus on doing what I love most and perhaps can do best, which is building from scratch companies that develop breakthrough cancer therapies. I have already co-founded at MPM a number of new biotech companies in the immuno-oncology space, including TCR2, iOmx, and Maverick, and a few more that are still in stealth mode. Apart from that, I am continuously helping to evaluate new financing opportunities for MPM’s large funds.

MPM seems to invest large amounts from the very beginning, such as the €40M Series A in iOmx. This is more usual in the US than in Europe — What’s behind this strategy?

The reason is that we want management to stay focused on reaching clinical proof of concept, which marks the largest value inflection during the development of a cancer drug. The first 2-3 years are most critical for startups to establish their technologies and identify and develop lead candidates. With multiple small financing rounds, management gets overly distracted from these key goals by raising new money all the time.

Do you think Germany is a good place to inv

No Books Allowed In Or Out Without Approval

You might want to think twice before grabbing a book to read on your flight to Tajikistan — especially if it is written in an unfamiliar script.

The country’s Culture Ministry recently announced that no books are allowed in or out of the country without written permission, part of a stated effort to prevent valuable manuscripts from being smuggled out of the country.

“Regardless of the number of books, authorization from the Culture Ministry is required,” Sherali Khojaev, the head of the ministry’s department for the protection of cultural heritage, told RFE/RL’s Tajik Service. “The requirement applies to [travelers to and from] all countries, regardless of the language or script of the books.”

Despite that last comment, however, the move has led some to come to the conclusion that it is really intended to stop the dissemination of extremist religious material and could mean that books written in languages like Farsi and Arabic could fall under particular scrutiny.

Saidi Yusufi, a Dushanbe-based expert on social affairs, says the Tajik government is seriously concerned about preventing extremist literature from entering the country.

“However, since many of the customs employees can’t read the Arabic-Farsi script, every book with such script can be treated with suspicion,” Yusufi adds. “In some instances, the customs officials seized entirely ‘harmless’ books.”

The State Customs Service recently confirmed that a copy of Bustan, a famous work by the renowned medieval Persian poet Saadi Shirazi, had been seized from an unidentified Tajik citizen traveling abroad.

The customs office said in March that the book was confiscated along with three others — including a book on interpretations of dreams and a book of spells. All four books were in the Arabic script.

Despite the recent announcement by the Culture Ministry, however, travelers at the Dushanbe airport said they had not attracted additional scrutiny despite having books in their luggage.

Scanning machines are installed both in departure and arrival halls at Dushanbe’s international airport, and staffers routinely scan both carry-on and checked luggage. Some passengers say customs officials randomly select bags or suitcases for additional searches.

Khojaev described the process for obtaining written permission to take a book out of the country as a simple procedure. You only need to fill out an application “citing the name of the books, stating their language, the place of publication, the name of the authors, and the country of origin or destination,” he said.

Arriving passengers whose books have been seized at airports or other border-entry points are advised to submit a similar application to the ministry to reclaim their confiscated goods — that is, if the authorities have determined that the material is allowed.

Tajikistan’s state religious-affairs committee and the Interior Ministry have compiled a blacklist of banned books, most of them religious in nature, but also including books of spells.

In 2015, the country updated the list, adding 13 books alleged to promote the fundamentalist Salafi branch of Islam.

Tajikistan’s Supreme Court banned Salafism in 2009, deeming it a threat to the country’s security and stability.

The Koran and other Islamic books, such as manuals to Islamic prayers, are freely available in bookstores across the county.

The secular government in the predominantly Muslim Central Asian country has taken a tough stance on how its citizens practice the religion, including banning the wearing of the hijab in schools and discouraging men from growing long beards.

The government has ordered most Tajik students studying abroad at Islamic schools to return home, saying they can potentially pose security threats to Tajikistan.

Tajikistan was the first and only former Soviet country to officially register an Islamic political party in 1999. But the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan was banned and branded as a terrorist organization by the country’s Supreme Court in 2015.

Written by Farangis Najibullah, based on reporting by RFE/RL Tajik Service correspondent Abdullo Ashurov

Ulm: Dean speaks at Pulse of Europe

What Easter has to do with Europe, the Protestant Dean Ernst-Wilhelm Gohl will speak at the “Pulse-of-Europe” conference on Petrusplatz in Neu-Ulm on Sunday. The participants gathered at the market square in Ulm at 2 pm, then crossed the Herdbrücke across the border and went on as far as Petrusplatz. “Pulse of Europe” is a non-partisan citizens’ movement, which has stood out for peaceful coexistence in Europe and thus for cleavage efforts.