Missile test disrupts Indonesian flight

first_imgJAKARTA, Indonesia – An Indonesian jet carrying hundreds of passengers was forced to turn around over Indian airspace after a nuclear-capable ballistic missile streaked across the sky, the Foreign Ministry said Friday. Indonesia has demanded an explanation from New Delhi, which insisted that aviation authorities were informed about Thursday’s test launch well in advance. The Garuda Indonesia Boeing 747 was en route from Jakarta to Saudi Arabia when the Indian control tower told pilots the missile had been launched, said Ari Sapari, the national carrier’s director. “We were not given any advance warning about this missile test,” he said. “This was obviously confusing and worrying. It also caused us to disrupt an international flight schedule – a great financial expense.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Government officials did not say how far the plane was from the missile. The jetliner immediately returned to Jakarta and took off again for Jeddah seven hours later, he said.last_img read more

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StarTimes acquire broadcasting rights for UEFA Europa League

first_img0Shares0000StarTimes Marketing and PR Director Mr. Japhet Akhulia (left), acting CEO Mr. Hanson Wang, Gor Mahia midfielder Francis Kahata and StarTimes head of Corporate Sales Mr. Edward Wesonga (right) during the unveil of the UEFA Europa league broadcast rights. StarTimes will broadcast the European clubs competition for the next three seasons running till 2021.NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 21 – Pay TV provider StarTimes Media has acquired the exclusive broadcast rights for UEFA Europa League.This will see the broadcaster air 205 live soccer matches during each of the three seasons that will run until 2021. The media rights will run across all platforms including pay television and online mobile application enabling subscribers to access the premium European Club Competition both at the comfort of their homes and on the go.Speaking during the launch ceremony, StarTimes Marketing and PR Director Japhet Akhulia noted the brand’s progressive efforts to secure content that continues to distinguish StarTimes as the home for Premium sports content at the most affordable subscription rates in the market.“The acquisition of exclusive broadcast rights for the UEFA Europa league for the next three seasons is very strategic as this is a culmination of our dedicated efforts to continue airing premium sports content while remaining affordable for the majority of Kenyans who want to enjoy at the comfort of their homes and flexibility through the StarTimes mobile APP,” noted Akhulia.The development adds to the already rich football action available on the StarTimes platform which includes broadcast rights to the on-going German Bundesliga, French Ligue 1, Ghana Super League as well as the FIFA Club World Cup which is expected to kick off in December.StarTimes has dedicated five channels to the rich footballing action, three of them being High Definition (HD) which includes World Football (HD), Sports Premium (HD), Sports Arena (HD), Sports Focus and Sports Life. The channels will have additional offerings including multi-language commentary in English, Kiswahili and French.StarTimes head of Corporate Sales Mr. Edward Wesonga (left), Gor Mahia midfielder Francis Kahata (centre) and Japhet Akhulia StarTimes Marketing and PR Director during the unveil of the UEFA Europa league broadcast rights. StarTimes will broadcast the European clubs competition for the next three seasons running till 2021.With the broadcast rights extending to availability of the matches on the StarTimes mobile application, soccer fans will be in a position to stream live matches on Standard Definition (SD), High Definition (HD) and Ultra High Definition (UHD).StarTimes subscribers will enjoy the UEFA Europa league and other top tier soccer leagues from as little as Ksh 599 per month on basic bouquet. Other bouquets include Classic and Unique bouquet that retail at 999 and 1,499 respectively. Subscribers on the lowest bouquet – Nyota Bouquet that retails at Ksh 259 per month will access also enjoy access to select matches.The same will be available from as little as Ksh 899 on Smart bouquet and Ksh 1,499 for Super bouquet on the StarTimes satellite television platform.The company’s flexible subscription payment options continues to allow subscribers the freedom to pay conveniently daily, weekly or on a monthly basis in an effort to ensure fans do not miss a single match.Of the four bouquets available on the StarTimes terrestrial technology platform, subscribers pay a daily fee of as low as Ksh 22 on Nyota bouquet, Ksh 50 on Basic bouquet, Ksh 83 on Classic bouquet or Ksh 125 for Unique bouquet.Weekly charges on Nyota, Basic, Classic and Unique bouquets are Ksh 86, Ksh 200, Ksh 333 and Ksh 500 respectively.StarTimes subscribers on the satellite television platform are also in a position to access three of the available bouquets at a daily rate of Ksh 37 for Nova bouquet, Ksh 75 for the Smart bouquet and Ksh 125 for the Super bouquet.Weekly charges on Nova, Smart and Super bouquets are Ksh 150, Ksh 300 and Ksh 500 respectively.“During the three UEFA Europa League seasons, we will have broadcasted up to 615 live soccer matches this in addition to the over 20 weekly live matches available from the broadcast of the top tier soccer leagues which presents rich offering for every soccer fan in the country,” concluded Akhulia.0Shares0000(Visited 149 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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I-League champions Aizawl FC threaten ‘fast unto death’ if relegated

first_imgSurprise I-League winners Aizawl FC have threatened to “fast unto death” after finding themselves in the bizarre position of staring at relegation next season despite winning India’s top division title on Sunday.Based in India’s northeast state of Mizoram, Aizawl pulled off a massive surprise when they upstaged century-old powerhouses Mohun Bagan and East Bengal to win their first I-League title in only their second season in the top flight.Of late, India’s national league has been steadily losing ground to the franchise-based India Super League (ISL), which is promoted by billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries and Rupert Murdoch’s Star India TV.The All India Football Federation (AIFF) plans to retain all eight ISL teams and add a handful from the I-League in a merged, expanded league and Aizawl FC, a club with a modest budget and a passionate fan following, are unlikely to make the cut.”Aizawl FC has submitted its formal claim to AIFF to continue in the top league even after proposed merger of the existing top league with ISL,” the club said in a statement.Aizawl would approach the prime minister and the Asian Football Confederation if the club did not get a “positive response” from the AIFF, they said.”If all these steps fail, the club … will resort to worldwide protests, sitting demonstrations near AFC/FIFA offices, picketing of AIFF Office, mass hunger strike/fast unto death protests,” the club added.AIFF secretary Kushal Das did not take call from Reuters, but he told the newspaper DNA that Aizawl may have to play in the second division in the new league next season.advertisement”Look, even if Aizawl FC do not play in the country’s top league, it doesn’t mean that the road ends for them,” Das said.”They can still play in the second division, and continue to grow their club there. We will show even the second division matches live on television, and not just the top league. So, Aizawl FC need not lose heart even if they are not part of the league,” Das added.last_img read more

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