Supreme Court sides with Germany in Nazi-era art dispute

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court’s ruling in a multimillion-dollar dispute over a collection of religious artworks will make it harder for some lawsuits to be tried in U.S. courts over claims that property was taken from Jews during the Nazi era. The justices sided with Germany in a dispute involving the heirs of Jewish art dealers and the 1935 sale of a collection of medieval Christian artwork called the Guelph Treasure. The collection is said to now be worth at least $250 million. The heirs argued that their relatives were forced to sell the collection for below market value. Germany and the state-run foundation that owns the collection disagreed. They argued the case didn’t belong in American courts.last_img

Ireland Women’s Olympic dream over

first_img Two goals in the opening 10 minutes from Lauren Crandall put Ireland on the back foot. Katie O’Donnell added another couple to make it 4-0 in the third quarter before Anna O’Flanagan – with her fourth goal of the competition – got one back. But later strikes from Paige Selenski and Jill Witmer completed the rout for the world’s fifth-ranked team. Ireland Women’s bid for an Olympic spot came to an end as they lost 6-1 to the United States in Valencia at the World League Round Three. Press Associationcenter_img The result meant Ireland will contest the seventh and eighth place play-off on Sunday in their final game of the tournament, knowing they are out of the range of potential qualifiers for Rio 2016. last_img read more

Coach Doc Rivers a ‘fan’ of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson from way back

first_imgCALL HIS NUMBERThe work hasn’t exactly been steady, but Patrick Patterson is OK with that.With 8.8 million viewers tuned in on Christmas Day, the 30-year-old forward joined the superstars on the court at the start of the high-profile proceedings, and he wound up playing 14 minutes and scoring four points in the Clippers’ victory over the Lakers.Patterson also started the previous game, a loss to Oklahoma City in which he logged 18 minutes and finished 5 for 7 from the floor. But before that, he hadn’t started since Dec. 9.In his first season with the Clippers, Patterson’s minutes have fluctuated from as many as 30 to fewer than three. There have been five games that he’s gotten just one shot and two games that he’s taken 10 or more. He’s started 11 games and been relegated to the bench on two other occasions.At shootaround Thursday, he described tapping into nine-plus NBA seasons to help him cope effectively with such an ever-shifting role.“From being a starter, being a guy who’s a focal point of a team, to being one of the guys who comes off the bench, to being a role player shooting 3s, I’ve just had different roles, different systems in my career and I’ve just been able to adapt,” Patterson said.“So credit to the coaches I’ve had, the players, the vets alongside who I’ve been able to talk to. It’s tough to accept certain roles — lesser roles — than what you want, but if the ultimate goal is to win and be successful, that should (be enough).”Patterson — who is averaging 5.5 points and 3.2 rebounds and shooting 40.4 percent from 3-point range, in 14.9 minutes per game — said he values straight talk from coaches to help him stay prepared for, well, anything.“The coaches are very black and white, which is something I appreciate,” he said. “If I’m not playing well, they tell me. If I need to work on something, they tell me. If I’m playing good, they tell me. So I think open communication is key, being able to accept and take constructive criticism and build off of that. We have that on this team.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error For his part, Clarkson’s earliest recollections of Rivers are fuzzier, though they’re also fond: “My dad was coaching over there, so they used to come play, we used to go to their house, chill. He always been a good person, that’s all I can really remember.”He has a more concrete memory of working out for the Clippers before his rookie season, and that it was helpful to have an old family friend involved with the process.“It was crazy, I went to work out for them as a rookie coming into the league, he was talking all them stories and stuff,” Clarkson said. “It’s just cool being on this stage, being able to him see me grow into who I am today.”Rivers said he thinks Utah will suit Clarkson, who has never experienced a winning season in the NBA; his 40-41 mark — split between the Lakers and Cavaliers in 2017-18 — is the closest he’s come to breaking even.“I’ve been a big Clarkson fan for a long time,” said Rivers of the offensive-minded guard, who is averaging 14.4 points per game this season. “I think he’s a great pickup, I really do, he can add scoring. And we’ll see, ’cause he hasn’t been in a lot of winning situations, but I think he’s with the right group, a very serious group on the floor. I think that’ll help him.”center_img LOS ANGELES — Doc Rivers is pulling for Jordan Clarkson.The Clippers coach has known Clarkson — who on Monday was traded from the Cleveland Cavalier to the Utah Jazz for Dante Exum and a pair of second-round draft picks — since he was 3 years old. He’s even got a photo somewhere to prove it, Rivers said.Mike Clarkson, Jordan’s dad, was active in the local sporting scene in San Antonio, where Doc Rivers played from 1994-96.“Just living in San Antonio, his dad would come over the house. His dad washed cars, did youth basketball and football. He was very popular in the San Antonio area, and I think he worked with some of my kids,” Rivers recalled before Saturday’s game against Clarkson’s new team.last_img read more

Belgacom has added Belgian public broadcaster RTBF

first_imgBelgacom has added Belgian public broadcaster RTBF’s La Une, La Deux and La Trois to its TV everywhere offering, along with French commercial channel TF1.The service, which allows users to watch TV on a PC, Mac, laptop, tablet or smartphone, already offers één, Canvas, Ketnet/OP 12, vtm, 2BE, vtmKzoom, Vier, VIJF, Vitaya, Acht, Eurosport, anne, JIM, Nickelodeon Junior, Euronews, Belgacom  11+/Zoom, Belgacom 5, RTL-TVI, Club RTL, Plug RTL, AB3, AB4, France 2, France 3, France 4, France 5, LCI, MCM Pop, Tiji and Canal J as well as football and basketball matches.Belgacom said its TV everywhere application had now been downloaded over 400,000 times. The full service is available for €4.95 a month, but users can access the Belgacom TV guide and programme recordings remotely free of charge.Separately, Belgacom has said it will add German-language channel RTL to its line-up and has denied rumours that it has withdrawn German public channels ARD and ZDF. Belgacom said it hoped a deal could be struck to keep both channels on its line-up.last_img read more

USbased SnapStream a software firm focused on TV

first_imgUS-based SnapStream, a software firm focused on TV search, has launched new social TV tools, designed to help organisations understand and build TV audiences on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.Version 6.4 of SnapStream, which existing SnapStream appliance users can upgrade to for free, includes a new Tweets Tab that surfaces and categorises live tweets about any TV show. Users can also locate any TV moment with SnapStream and share it on Twitter, Facebook or Tubmlr as a screenshot, an animated GIF or a video clip.“We believe that Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr are an essential part of how people watch TV today. And we believe it’s early days for this phenomena – the importance of social media to TV will only grow. With our new social TV features, we aim to make SnapStream an essential tool for any television producer, marketer or advertiser,” said SnapStream CEO and founder, Rakesh Agrawal.SnapStream is best known for its DVR appliance and TV search technology, which allows organisations ranging from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to the US Senate record and search television.last_img read more

Netflix will pass the 100 million subscriber mark

Netflix will pass the 100 million subscriber mark in 2018, with the UK due to be the SVoD service’s number one European market that year with 7.1 million subscribers, according to IHS.The research firm predicts that between now and 2019, Netflix subscriptions will grow by 22%, with 10 million new subscribers to be added in the US, 10 million in Western Europe and the rest coming from its other international markets.“International subscribers are key for Netflix. As Netflix invests more in international content, we expect to see huge growth in Western Europe over the next three years, with 10 million new subscribers to be added to its already burgeoning international base,” said Ted Hall, research director at IHS Technology.“Excluding spend on sports, in 2013 and 2014, Netflix outspent almost everyone on original and acquired content. In 2014, Netflix’s content spend was about double that of ITV and Amazon,” added Hall.In its third quarter earnings announcement, Netflix said that its global membership figure grew by 3.62 million to 69.17 million members and that it expects to end the year with 74 million members.In the US it had 43.18 million streaming subscribers in Q3 and internationally it had 25.99 members – though Netflix does not break down figures by international market.“The traditional linear channel will be around for a long time to come, but it will become increasingly marginalised by a plethora of online services, from catch-up TV to TV Everywhere, pay TV channels’ streaming offerings and YouTube multi-channel networks,” said Hall. read more

A little under 50 of television homes in the UK a

first_imgA little under 50% of television homes in the UK are subscribed to at least one SVOD platform.According to the latest statistics from BARB, the number of homes with SVOD services has risen by 8.37% – just over a million – in Q1 2019. The total is 13.33 million.The number of Netflix subscribers rose by 11.25%, while the number of homes subscribed to Amazon Prime Video has risen by 12.88%.The total number of television homes in the UK is 27.27 million. 11.47 million of those have Netflix, 5.96 million with Amazon Prime Video and Sky’s Now TV has 1.62 million subscribers.46.6% of UK homes had access to one of these services, and 4.3 million have two or more.The research found that households with three or more people are 47% more likely to be SVOD subscribers.However, despite the rapid growth in SVOD numbers and the flexibility to access them across multiple devices, the TV is still king.The research concludes that approximately 525 billion minutes were viewed in the UK between 9pm-10pm in 2018 on TV. This is compared to 6.25 billion minutes viewed on computers, tablets and phones for the same period.last_img read more