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  • Standard Chartered to shrink bonus pool by 9 percent - Sky News
    Standard Chartered to shrink bonus pool by 9 percent - Sky News Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    (Reuters) - Standard Chartered bank will shrink its bonus pool for 2014 by about 9 percent to around 715 million pounds ($1.1 billion), Sky News reported late on Monday, citing a person familiar with the matter. Sky News said the bonus pool threatens to reignite debate over banking industry bonuses because the decrease is less than the 20 percent drop in pretax profit analysts' forecast for the Asia-focused bank. The bank's outgoing CEO Peter Sands cut bonuses by 15 percent last year after profits had fallen by 11 percent, Sky News said. ... More »

  • Ireland try to keep a lid on sky-high expectations
    Ireland try to keep a lid on sky-high expectations Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    By Padraic Halpin DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland coach Joe Schmidt said he drew on the boisterous home crowd for inspiration for the first time in a pre-match team talk before his side beat England on Sunday to take control of the Six Nations championship. The Kiwi coach may now face an even tougher task keeping a lid on expectations following the holders' comprehensive 19-9 victory. After a packed Aviva Stadium, already giddy as Ireland neared a record-equalling 10th successive win, duly delivered, Monday's front and back newspaper pages further fuelled dreams of going to September's World Cup as grand slam winners. "I'll wait for Drico's tweet to put the pressure on me," Schmidt joked when asked if a championship clean sweep was on the cards, referring a Brian O'Driscoll tweet after last month's win over France when the recently retired centre said "this team absolutely has a slam in them and who knows what else..." The former Ireland captain said he texted his old coach a couple of days later to say sorry for getting over excited. More »

  • Rugby-Ireland try to keep a lid on sky-high expectations Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    By Padraic Halpin DUBLIN, March 2 (Reuters) - Ireland coach Joe Schmidt said he drew on the boisterous home crowd for inspiration for the first time in a pre-match team talk before his side beat England on Sunday to take control of the Six Nations championship. The Kiwi coach may now face an even tougher task keeping a lid on expectations following the holders' comprehensive 19-9 victory. After a packed Aviva Stadium, already giddy as Ireland neared a record-equalling 10th successive win, duly delivered, Monday's front and back newspaper pages further fuelled dreams of going to September's World Cup as grand slam winners. "I'll wait for Drico's tweet to put the pressure on me," Schmidt joked when asked if a championship clean sweep was on the cards, referring a Brian O'Driscoll tweet after last month's win over France when the recently retired centre said "this team absolutely has a slam in them and who knows what else..." The former Ireland captain said he texted his old coach a couple of days later to say sorry for getting over excited. More »

  • Sky News shows student picture of 'Jihadi John' in baseball cap
    Sky News shows student picture of 'Jihadi John' in baseball cap Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Sky News broadcast a photograph of the 26-year-old wearing a black cap with a logo that resembled the P from the Pittsburgh Pirates U.S. Major League Baseball team, which it said was stored by the University of Westminster where he studied. Two U.S. government sources have told Reuters that Emwazi is Jihadi John, the black-clad militant seen brandishing a knife and speaking with an English accent in videos released by Islamic State (IS). The document obtained by Sky News also showed that Emwazi had completed a degree in Information Systems with Business Management. More »

  • Sky-scanning instrument finds new galaxies: astronomers
    Sky-scanning instrument finds new galaxies: astronomers Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    A new instrument on Europe's Very Large Telescope (VLT) has produced the most detailed 3-D view yet of the deep Universe, discovering 26 distant galaxies in just 27 hours of scanning, its operators said Friday. More »

  • Juventus midfielder Pirlo out for three weeks - Sky Italia Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    (Reuters) - Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo will be out for three weeks after suffering a right calf muscle strain, Sky Sports Italia reported on Thursday. The 35-year-old went off injured in the 37th minute of Juve's 2-1 Champions League last 16, first leg victory over Borussia Dortmund in Turin on Tuesday. Pirlo will miss the return against Dortmund on March 18 as Juventus try to qualify for the quarter-finals for the first time since 2006. The Italian international will also be forced to sit out Serie A games against second-placed AS Roma, Sassuolo and Palermo as well as the first leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final against Fiorentina. More »

  • Soccer-Juventus midfielder Pirlo out for three weeks - Sky Italia Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo will be out for three weeks after suffering a right calf muscle strain, Sky Sports Italia reported on Thursday. The 35-year-old went off injured in the 37th minute of Juve's 2-1 Champions League last 16, first leg victory over Borussia Dortmund in Turin on Tuesday. Pirlo will miss the return against Dortmund on March 18 as Juventus try to qualify for the quarter-finals for the first time since 2006. The Italian international will also be forced to sit out Serie A games against second-placed AS Roma, Sassuolo and Palermo as well as the first leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final against Fiorentina. More »

  • Mystery as drones spotted in Paris sky
    Mystery as drones spotted in Paris sky Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Investigators in Paris have been left puzzled by a string of drone sightings over Paris, even as three journalists for TV station Al-Jazeera were arrested Wednesday for flying one from a park on the edge of the city. More »

  • Sky Sports lands four-year deal for MLS broadcast rights
    Sky Sports lands four-year deal for MLS broadcast rights Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    (Reuters) - Sky Sports has agreed to a four-year deal to broadcast live Major League Soccer, the British broadcaster and North American league said on Wednesday. The deal, which begins with the 2015 MLS season in March, follows an announcement earlier this month that pay-TV group Sky Plc agreed to pay 4.2 billion pounds ($6.51 billion) to show English Premier League matches As part of the deal with MLS, Sky Sports will broadcast at least two regular season matches per week, the All-Star Game and playoffs. More »

  • Soccer-Sky Sports lands four-year deal for MLS broadcast rights Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Sky Sports has agreed to a four-year deal to broadcast live Major League Soccer, the British broadcaster and North American league said on Wednesday. The deal, which begins with the 2015 MLS season in March, follows an announcement earlier this month that pay-TV group Sky Plc agreed to pay 4.2 billion pounds ($6.51 billion) to show English Premier League matches As part of the deal with MLS, Sky Sports will broadcast at least two regular season matches per week, the All-Star Game and playoffs. More »

  • Fireball seen in night sky in U.S. West was likely Chinese rocket Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - A fireball spotted streaking across the night sky late on Monday in the western United States was almost certainly the body of a rocket used by China in December to launch a satellite, an astronomer said Tuesday. Residents in Rocky Mountain states such as Idaho, Utah and Montana reported seeing the rocket as it disintegrated in the atmosphere about 70 miles (113 km) above Earth, said Chris Anderson, manager of the Centennial Observatory at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls. An organisation that studies orbital debris, or space junk, and attempts to pinpoint when and where objects will re-enter Earth’s atmosphere had earlier predicted that the rocket which began its descent last year after sending a Chinese satellite into orbit would likely be seen about 2 a.m. local time in northern Russia, Anderson said. The rocket, which was orbiting Earth about every 87 minutes, made an early appearance elsewhere and in fiery fashion likely because its orientation may have changed as it tumbled through space in its final orbit, affecting the rate of speed, he said. More »

  • Gulf Keystone Petroleum eyes potential sale - Sky News Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    (Reuters) - Gulf Keystone Petroleum Ltd , a foreign oil producer in Iraqi Kurdistan, is exploring a potential sale amid lengthy talks with the Kurdistan Regional Government over delayed payments for oil exports, the company is set to disclose on Wednesday, according to Sky News. The oil company is working with Deutsche Bank as its financial adviser as it weighs strategic alternatives, the report said, citing sources. "A sale of Gulf Keystone is by no means certain, although it is likely to attract interest from possible buyers including rival oil explorers in the region," Sky News said. More »

  • Chelsea to appeal against Matic red card v Burnley - Sky
    Chelsea to appeal against Matic red card v Burnley - Sky Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    Chelsea are to appeal against the red card shown to Nemanja Matic during Saturday's 1-1 Premier League home draw with Burnley, according to Sky Sports. Matic was sent off in the 70th minute at Stamford Bridge for his violent reaction to a studs-up challenge from Burnley's Ashley Barnes. Matic is a very lucky guy," said Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho after his midfield player escaped injury. More »

  • Sky's Thomas takes Algarve stage and overall lead
    Sky's Thomas takes Algarve stage and overall lead Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    Britain's Geraint Thomas broke away to victory in stage two of the Tour of the Algarve on Thursday and took the overall race leader's yellow jersey. More »

  • Serving British soldier 'joins Peshmerga to fight Islamic State' -S … Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    A serving British soldier has joined Kurdish Peshmerga forces fighting Islamic State (IS) insurgents, Sky television reported on Thursday. He had been on leave from the British Army at the time he left for the region, it added. A British Ministry of Defence spokesman said: "We are aware of these reports and we are looking into them." Sky said the man had been in the army since leaving school at 16 and was known to have been learning Arabic. Security forces also estimate some 600 British Muslims have travelled to Syria to join the conflict there, some of them with the militant Sunni Islamist group Islamic State. More »

  • Barclays to cut bonus pool to below 2 billion pounds - Sky News
    Barclays to cut bonus pool to below 2 billion pounds - Sky News Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    Barclays is set to reduce its bonus pot for 2014 to less than 2 billion pounds ($3.1 billion), down at least 16 percent from its controversial payout in the previous year, Sky News reported. Barclays, which has the largest investment bank of Britain's lenders, will say bonuses fell below 2 billion pounds for 2014 when it reports results on March 2, compared with 2.4 billion for 2013, Sky said, citing an insider. Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland will also both reduce their bonus pots for 2014 when they report next week, and payouts across the three banks will be about 15 percent lower than for 2013, Sky said. Barclays, Lloyds and RBS declined to comment. More »

  • Greece warned not to waste time with blue-sky debt offer
    Greece warned not to waste time with blue-sky debt offer Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Greece's expected request for a loan extension without strings attached sparked warnings from the EU and US Wednesday over the perils of losing valuable time with proposals that were doomed to fail. More »

  • EE applies blue sky thinking to Britain's mobile 'not spots'
    EE applies blue sky thinking to Britain's mobile 'not spots' Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    By Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - Mobile operator EE said it may put small transmitters and receivers in the sky using drones as part of innovative plans to bring mobile services to the most remote and unconnected parts of rural Britain. Chief Executive Olaf Swantee said EE would also use new technologies like voice over wifi and micro networks - small antennas that do not require the infrastructure used by base stations - to extend coverage of its voice services. More »

  • Sky shares fall as market weighs English football rights gamble
    Sky shares fall as market weighs English football rights gamble Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    By Kate Holton and Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's dominant pay-TV firm Sky was counting the cost on Wednesday of its record bid to retain the rights for top-flight English football, with a falling share price reflecting the challenge of funding the deal. Despite protests to the contrary, Sky's willingness to pay 4.2 billion pounds ($6.4 billion) over three years for English Premier League rights shows how the company founded by Rupert Murdoch remains dependent on the sport that helped it to win its way into 10 million homes. Having lost the rights to Europe's top-tier games to rival BT , Sky went all out in the three-day auction to win the maximum number of domestic games, vowing to cut costs in the rest of the business and raise prices to afford the deal. More »

  • Sky News And Sky Sports Launch On Snapchat App
    Sky News And Sky Sports Launch On Snapchat App Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Snapchat has launched the first UK and Ireland-specific channels for its Discover service. Sky News and Sky Sports will feature on the platform, publishing an edition each afternoon with stories specifically created for the app. At the launch, Snapchat said the new service was "not social media... we count on editors and artists, not clicks and shares, to determine what’s important". More »

  • Sky Wins Majority Of Premier League Matches
    Sky Wins Majority Of Premier League Matches Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Sky has won the rights to show 126 live Premier League matches per season for three years from 2016-17 after winning the rights to five packages of games. The broadcaster, which owns Sky News, won the rights to games kicking off at 12.30pm on Saturdays, 28 games on Sunday at 1.30pm and 28 at 4pm. A further 28 matches split between Monday and for the first time Friday evenings, and 14 games divided between Bank Holidays and Sundays, were also part of the packages. The Sky matches are part of a record-breaking broadcast deal that will see Premier League clubs receive a record revenue of £5.136bn, a 70% increase on the current deal. More »

  • Sky pays record 4.2 billion pounds for top Premier League rights, BT takes the …
    Sky pays record 4.2 billion pounds for top Premier League rights, BT takes the … Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    By Kate Holton and Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - Pay-TV group Sky has agreed to pay 4.2 billion pounds to show 126 live English Premier League matches a season from 2016 to 2019, pressured by fierce rival BT to smash analysts' forecasts and secure the best games. After one of the most high-profile broadcast auctions of recent times, the Premier League said that Sky had won five of the seven rights packages, including the most popular Sunday afternoon matches showing the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal. Sky, which is 39 percent-owned by Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox and synonymous with top-flight English football, said it would cut costs within the business and likely raise some prices for customers to afford the new contract. Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore said he was surprised by how much the matches had fetched, but he noted that the game was the beneficiary of the two media giants using football to draw and retain customers. More »