EU concerns at TIM-Open Fiber merger, as Macquarie tables Open Fiber bid
18 Sep 2020The European Union could oppose a move by Italy to create a single national broadband operator by merging the infrastructure of Telecom Italia (TIM) and Open Fiber. A report from Bloomberg, which cites people familiar with the matter, says that EU competition officials led by Margrethe Vestager are concerned that a proposed combination of the two telcos’ networks would create a monopoly, reversing two decades of deregulation. Both TIM and Open Fiber count state lender Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) as a shareholder, and the government is keen to see the firms merged to avoid costly...
Royals' Brady Singer follows no-hit bid with dominant outing against the Tigers
Kansas City Royals rookie pitcher Brady Singer sure looked like he was poised to match teammate Brad Keller’s nine-inning shutout from three days ago.Instead Singer tossed six scoreless innings and departed after throwing 81 pitches in a second consecutive dazzling performance on the road against an AL Central Division foe. Singer matched his career high with eight strikeouts for the second start in a row as the Royals collected a 4-0 win over the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on Wednesday night.The Royals (21-29) split the two-game series and have now won seven of eight.Star catcher Salvado...
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DP World to partner with Israeli firm in bid for Haifa Port
Dubai:DP World, one of the world’s largest port operators, plans to make a joint bid for Israel’s Haifa Port as companies in the UAE.The plan is part of agreements signed in Dubai between DP World and DoverTower, a company owned by Shlomi Fogel, the co-owner of Israel Shipyards and Port of Eilat.DP World and Dubai Customs will be exploring opportunities to develop trade links between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, following the signing of a series of memorandums of understanding (MoUs).Group Chairman and CEO of DP World Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem signed MoUs with DoverTower, a company owne...
Former Zanzibar sultan set to settle in Oman after decades-long bid for residency
Zanzibar's former ruler,Jamshid bin Abdullah Al-Said, was expected to arrive in Muscat on Monday evening after his request to retire in the Gulf state was granted bySultan Haitham Al-Said.Jamshid bin Abdullah, now aged 90, had been living in exile in Portsmouth in the UK after abloody revolutionon the East African island in 1964 forced the former sultan to flee for Oman, and then on to the UK.His repeated petitions to settle down in the sultanate were denied by the Omani government under the late sultan, Qaboos bin Said, due to political and security issues.Last week saw the surprise news that...
Kisumu in fresh bid to revive cotton
Kisumu County has renewed plans to revive cotton farming and marketing as it eyes to entice farmers who had abandoned the crop following the collapse of ginneries in Western Kenya.Following lift of the ban on importation of cotton seeds, the county has received 12 tonnes of cotton conventional seeds, 140 kilos of biotechnology (BT) high breed seeds and 480 kilos of high breed cotton seeds.The seeds have been distributed through cotton cooperative societies in Seme, Kobura, Nyando, Muhoroni and Nyakach.Kisumu County Agricultural Sector Development Support Programme (ASDP) coordinator Isaac Dawo...
Man Utd yet to lodge official bid for Real Madrid left-back Reguilon
Manchester United are yet to launch an official offer for Real Madrid left-back Sergio Reguilon.Sevilla, the club Reguilon spent last season on loan, have moved on to other targets after being price out of a move for the 23-year-old.United chief negotiator Matt Judge has held talks with the Spaniard's representatives.But ESPN reports that an official bid has yet to be lodged with Real.The La Liga giants are open to selling Reguilon due to the presence of Marcelo and Ferland Mendy at left-back.However, it remains unclear whether Reguilon wants a move to Old Trafford.Tottenham have also shown an...
US government confirms receiving Oracle bid for TikTok
Washington (AFP) - The US government has received a bid from Oracle for TikTok's American operations after the video-sharing app's parent ByteDance rejected a proposal from Microsoft, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Monday.Mnuchin told CNBC his office received the proposal involving Oracle over the weekend and said the bid would be handled by a government panel that reviews foreign transactions for national security concerns. Oracle confirmed the submission, saying the company "is part of the proposal by ByteDance to the Treasury Department over the weekend in which Oracle will serve as...
Zinchenko could form part of Man City bid for Koulibaly, admits agent
Oleksandr Zinchenko could form part of a bid from Manchester City to prise Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli, admits the Ukrainian’s agent.Pep Guardiola remains in the market for another commanding centre-half.City opted not to bring in a like-for-like replacement when Vincent Kompany departed in 2019, but efforts to find suitable cover are now being stepped up.The Blues have already invested £40 million ($53m) in Nathan Ake, with the Netherlands international being snapped up from Bournemouth.He can fill a number of positions for Guardiola, which means another option to slot into the heart of the...
Some sanity: Federal appeals court in Texas denies Dems' bid to expand mail-in voting as election theft coup continues
By Duncan SmithDemocrats and their Marxist allies are working overtime ahead of the November elections to expand mail-in voting so they can steal elections.Or, at a minimum, cause so much confusion and mistrust of ‘the system’ that any reelection victory by President Donald Trump will appear to be “illegitimate.”It’s the ‘Russian collusion’ hoax again, only this time, it’s being repackaged as ‘vote theft’ when in fact, it’s not Trump supporters, it’s Biden supporters who are setting up the coup this time.And here’s how they’re going to do it: Read this.After you do, this court decision will ma...
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Saudi football federation officially launches bid to host 2027 AFC Asian Cup
RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) officially announced the launch of its campaign to host the 2027 AFC Asian Cup on Wednesday.Focused on the future, the Saudi Arabia team unveiled a new bid logo and slogan: “Forward for Asia.”According to the bid team, bringing the AFC Asian Cup 2027 to Saudi Arabia for the first-time ever would be an opportunity to ensure that momentum being created by football in the Kingdom is not only carried forward, but that it is renewed and expanded to include each and every football association across Asia.SAFF President Yasser Al-Mashal said: “As w...