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  • Love's In The Air: Newlyweds Draw Hearts In Sky
    Love's In The Air: Newlyweds Draw Hearts In Sky Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    A newly married pilot and his cabin crew wife were treated to a romantic flight to celebrate their marriage - leaving aviation geeks baffled. Followers of online tracking services such as flightradar24.com took to social media in confusion as a plane departing from Malta International Airport proceeded to fly in a heart shape around the island. But a quick glance at Malta International's arrivals board went some way towards solving the mystery - showing 'JUST MARRIED' as the flight's status. An Air Malta spokeswoman told Sky News the pair had been married earlier in the day at the airport itself. More »

  • Ex-BP Chief John Browne to quit Riverstone board - Sky News
    Ex-BP Chief John Browne to quit Riverstone board - Sky News Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    (Reuters) - Former BP chief executive John Browne will be vacating his spot on the board of investment company Riverstone Energy to focus on work for a Russian-backed energy venture, Sky News reported. The resignation of Browne, who joined Riverstone in 2007, is expected to come as early as Tuesday, Sky News said. In addition to quitting Riverstone's board, Browne has also relinquished the chairmanship of Cuadrilla Resources, a shale gas firm, the website said. Riverstone and Browne did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment. More »

  • Exclusive - Vivendi eyes bid for Sky to build pan-European pay-TV giant: so …
    Exclusive - Vivendi eyes bid for Sky to build pan-European pay-TV giant: so … Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    By Pamela Barbaglia and Sophie Sassard LONDON (Reuters) - French media conglomerate Vivendi is looking at a possible acquisition of pay-TV group Sky , as one of several options to expand the reach of its own TV group Canal Plus, three sources familiar with the matter said. Vivendi has turned its attention to Sky after reviewing smaller pay-TV targets in Turkey and other fast-growing markets in Europe, one of the sources said. Sky has a market value of 17.6 billion pounds ($26 billion) but could cost Vivendi as much as 28 billion pounds including debt, the sources said. Vivendi has yet to decide on whether or not to go ahead with an offer, the sources said, adding that the deliberations are at an early stage. More »

  • Royal Mail may raise CEO Greene's pay by 5 percent - Sky News
    Royal Mail may raise CEO Greene's pay by 5 percent - Sky News Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    (Reuters) - Royal Mail , the privatised postal group, is drawing up plans to increase the remuneration of its Chief Executive Moya Greene, which has remained the same since she joined the company in 2010, Sky News reported citing people familiar with the matter. Final discussion with leading stakeholders, including the British government, which holds a 30 percent stake in Royal Mail, were still to take place, but it was "likely" that Greene would be awarded a 5 percent increase to her 498,000 pounds ($737,488) base salary, Sky News said. Royal Mail said it does not comment on speculative stories. Greene, whose base salary has stayed at 498,000 pounds since she joined Royal Mail in July 2010, is widely credited with transforming the postal firm from a loss-maker into a profitable FTSE 100-listed company, via cost cuts and a push towards a bigger slice of the fast growing parcels market. More »

  • Sky feeling upbeat amidst Classics excitement
    Sky feeling upbeat amidst Classics excitement Sat, Apr 4, 2015

    Britain may be a relative new-comer to the world of elite cycling success but the latest stage in the British take-over sees Team Sky harbouring great hopes for Sunday's Tour of Flanders. More »

  • Pacific Rim sky-gazers witness 'unusually brief' lunar eclipse
    Pacific Rim sky-gazers witness 'unusually brief' lunar eclipse Sat, Apr 4, 2015

    Sky-gazers in parts of the Pacific Rim observed an "unusually brief" total eclipse of the Moon on Saturday night, with the rare red-tinged satellite glimpsed from Japan's far north to the Hollywood Hills. More »

  • Sky unveil secret weapon for cobbled classics
    Sky unveil secret weapon for cobbled classics Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Former Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins believes Team Sky have developed a "game changing" bike for the forthcoming cobbled classics, starting at this weekend's Tour of Flanders. Wiggins, along with seven team mates, will ride a bike partly developed by car manufacturer Jaguar and featuring a unique suspension system on the rear of the frame. "I've never ridden anything like it on cobbles before, which is the most extreme terrain you can ride a bike on," Wiggins, the 2012 Tour champion, said in a statement announcing the new Pinarello DOGMA K8-S. ... More »

  • Cycling-Sky unveil secret weapon for cobbled classics Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    By Martyn Herman LONDON, April 2 (Reuters) - Former Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins believes Team Sky have developed a "game changing" bike for the forthcoming cobbled classics, starting at this weekend's Tour of Flanders. Wiggins, along with seven team mates, will ride a bike partly developed by car manufacturer Jaguar and featuring a unique suspension system on the rear of the frame. More »

  • Funding Circle to get Temasek, Blackrock funding - Sky Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    LONDON (Reuters) - Singapore's sovereign wealth fund Temasek and money manager BlackRock are set to buy stakes in Funding Circle in deals that could value the British peer-to-peer lending platform at more than $1 billion (674.7 million pounds), Sky News said on Thursday. Temasek plans to invest about 30 million pounds ($44.4 million) and a deal could come in the next few weeks, Sky said, citing unnamed sources. Peer-to-peer (P2P) loans allow investors to lend directly to individuals and businesses, cutting out banks via low-cost online platforms. ... More »

  • Comic Book Supremo Creates Superhero For Sky
    Comic Book Supremo Creates Superhero For Sky Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Comic book legend Stan Lee has created a "down to earth" superhero for a new Sky TV series starring James Nesbitt as a detective who can control luck. It is the first UK TV drama for the 92-year-old behind such iconic action characters as Spider-Man, the Hulk, Iron Man and the X-Men. The 10-episode Lucky Man is being made for Sky 1 by the producers of Downton Abbey, Carnival Films. Lee, who has built up a legion of comic book fans during a career spanning seven decades, said: "Luck has always been a fascinating subject to me, and I am excited to finally share that fascination with audiences around the world. More »

  • Spirit In The Sky Writer Critical After Crash
    Spirit In The Sky Writer Critical After Crash Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    The singer-songwriter behind the 1969 hit Spirit In The Sky has been critically injured in a car accident which killed a motorcyclist in California. Norman Greenbaum, 72, who wrote and sang the rock song, has featured in 50 movies and TV shows, including Ocean's Eleven and My Name Is Earl. Sergeant David Derczo of the California Highway Patrol told The Press Democrat that Greenbaum, a longtime resident of the city of Santa Rosa, was a passenger in a Subaru Outback which turned left, crossing into the motorcycle's path. More »

  • Norman Greenbaum of 'Spirit in the Sky' fame injured in California  … Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    (Reuters) - Norman Greenbaum, a singer-songwriter best known for the hit song "Spirit in the Sky", was critically injured in a car crash north of San Francisco that killed a motorcyclist, California police said on Sunday. Greenbaum, 72, was transported to a Santa Rosa area hospital with critical injuries on Saturday after the car he was riding in made a left turn without seeing an oncoming motorcycle and the vehicles collided, California Highway Patrol said. CHP said Bonita Kay Perea, 62, who was driving the vehicle Greenbaum was riding in, said she did not see the oncoming motorcycle and was unable to stop in time. "Spirit in the Sky" sold two million singles in 1970, according to Greenbaum's website. More »

  • Team Sky's Thomas wins E3 Harelbeke
    Team Sky's Thomas wins E3 Harelbeke Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas claimed the biggest win of his road racing career by soloing to a superb victory in the Belgian cobbled classic E3 Harelbeke. Thomas formed part of a three-man lead trio alongside Zdenek Stybar (Etixx – Quick-Step) and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) just over 35km from the finish but then left both of them behind with an attack around 4.3km out. Sagan was unable to chase and although Stybar initially countered, Thomas continued to pull away from him and eventually won by 25 seconds. His victory comes a month after team-mate Ian Stannard won Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and carries on what has so far been an outstanding season for the British squad, who now have 15 wins to their name in 2015. More »

  • China launches 'Sky Net' to better coordinate graft fight Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    The Chinese government has unveiled an initiative called "Sky Net" to better coordinate its fight against suspected corrupt officials who have fled overseas, and to recover their dirty assets, the latest step in its fight against graft. The group will be comprised of officials from the Communist Party's corruption watchdog the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the Public Security Ministry, the Supreme Prosecutor, the party's Organisation Department and the central People's Bank of China. The Ministry of Public Security will concentrate on officials who have fled abroad because they are already leading the similar "Fox Hunt" initiative, the statement said. The Organisation Department, a powerful and secretive body that oversees personnel decisions, will watch trips by officials abroad. More »

  • Mayweather v Pacquiao To Be Shown On Sky
    Mayweather v Pacquiao To Be Shown On Sky Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Sky Sports Box Office has been awarded exclusive live rights to screen "the fight of the century" between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. The welterweight world championship unification clash, one of the most eagerly anticipated events in boxing history, will be shown live from the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas on 2 May. The event puts together two of the greatest boxers of all time: Mayweather (47-0-0) the undefeated 11-time world champion and holder of the WBC and WBA titles, and Pacquiao (57-5-2) the reigning WBO welterweight world champion and winner of 10 world titles. Sky Sports viewers will be able to follow the build-up to Mayweather v Pacquiao across its channels and digital media outlets, including access to both boxers' training camps, press conferences and public appearances. More »

  • US mulls air strikes on Tikrit, aids Iraqis with 'eye in the sky'
    US mulls air strikes on Tikrit, aids Iraqis with 'eye in the sky' Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Washington is considering launching air strikes, possibly within days, to back up Iraqi and Shiite forces battling to recapture Tikrit from the Islamic State jihadist group, US officials said. More »

  • AA to sell shares worth 200 million pounds - Sky News Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    (Reuters) - AA Plc , best known for roadside recovery service, plans to raise about 200 million pounds through a share placing as part of a refinancing move aimed at reducing its debt, Sky News reported, citing sources familiar with the matter. The share sale is to be accompanied by a refinancing of 735 million pounds of its senior debt facilities and could be announced as early as Wednesday, Sky News reported. Proceeds of the sale will be used to replace the balance of an expensive form of debt, known as payment-in-kind, Sky News reported. The investors that have been approached for the share sale are expected to be supportive taking into account the strong performance of the company, Sky News reported, citing sources. More »

  • US 'eye in the sky' aiding Iraq's Tikrit operation
    US 'eye in the sky' aiding Iraq's Tikrit operation Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Washington is providing reconnaissance support for Iraqi forces fighting to retake Tikrit from the Islamic State group, an official said Tuesday, the first confirmation of American involvement in the operation. More »

  • Ask The Chancellors: Sky News To Host Q&A
    Ask The Chancellors: Sky News To Host Q&A Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    Sky News and Facebook are to host an "Ask The Chancellors" event on Monday, 23 March, with key opinion formers quizzing George Osborne and Ed Balls in a TV showdown. An audience of entrepreneurs, start-up companies and local businesses will ask tough questions of the Chancellor and shadow chancellor at an event in London hosted by Sky News Political Editor Faisal Islam. More »

  • Sky News reporter says he was devastated McCann Twitter troll killed herself …
    Sky News reporter says he was devastated McCann Twitter troll killed herself … Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    Her body was found in a hotel room two days after she featured in the Sky News report. More »

  • African troops' morale 'sky high' as they push back Boko Haram Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    By Madjiasra Nako and Emmanuel Braun DAMASAK, Nigeria (Reuters) - "Boko Haram is finished" shouted a jubilant soldier from Niger as his comrades danced and waved their rifles in the air to celebrate the liberation of the northern Nigerian town of Damasak. Graffiti painted on walls in Arabic and Boko Haram's black and white flag fluttering on the dome of a mosque are now among the few reminders of the Islamists' four-month reign over the town, which forces from Chad and Niger freed on Saturday. If troop morale is a guide to military success, then the regional force fighting Boko Haram looks set to press home its battlefield gains. Hundreds of heavily armed soldiers from Chad and Niger paraded triumphantly in Toyota pick-ups through the dusty streets of Damasak on Wednesday, cheering and waving their weapons after the town's former occupiers fled into the surrounding countryside. More »

  • Juve midfielder Pogba out for at least two months - Sky
    Juve midfielder Pogba out for at least two months - Sky Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    ROME, March 19 - Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba will be out for at least eight weeks because of a hamstring injury, Sky Sports Italia reported on Thursday. The French international went off in the 26th minute of Wednesday's 3-0 Champions League last-16 second leg victory over Borussia Dortmund, a win that took Juve through 5-1 on aggregate. Pogba's injury could mean he misses the quarter-finals and, if the team qualify, the semi-finals too. ... More »