English Premier League Reviews

first_imgARSENAL 4ASTON VILLA 0GOALS: ARSENAL:GIROUD 5th, 78th, 80th; BUNN OG 90th.Olivier Giroud scored a hat-trick to guide Arsenal’s to second place, their best end-of-season finish for 11 years, thanks also to Tottenham’s 5-1 defeat at relegated Newcastle. The Gunners leapfrogged Spurs thanks to Giroud’s first Premier League hat-trick, starting in the fifth minute. Relegated Villa conceded two more goals in three late minutes, before substitute Mikel Arteta, in his last game for Arsenal, saw his shot go in off keeper Mark Bunn.CHELSEA 1 LEICESTER CITY 1GOALS:CHELSEAPEN 66th: FABREGAS.LEICESTER:DRINKWATER 81st.Barclays Premier League champions Leicester City finished their remarkable season with a 12-match unbeaten run after coming from behind to force a draw at former champions Chelsea. Cesc Fabregas opened the scoring from the penalty spot, before Danny Drinkwater’s brilliant equaliser from 30 yards out in the closing stages.EVERTON 3 NORWICH CITY 0GOALS: EVERTON:McCARTHY 19th; BAINES PEN 44th; MIRALLAS 48th.Managerless Everton strolled to a one-sided win over relegated Norwich City. Following the sacking of Roberto Martinez in midweek, Everton’s James McCarthy’s 20-yard finish following Kieran Dowell’s run put the Toffees ahead and Leighton Baines’ penalty made it 2-0 after Romelu Lukaku was fouled by Robbie Brady. Kevin Mirallas tapped home the third.NEWCASTLE UNITED 5TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1GOALS: NEWCASTLE:WIJNALDUM 19th, PEN73rd; MITROVIC 39th; AARONS 85th; JANMAAT 86th. SPURS: LAMELA 60th.Ten-man Newcastle United prevented Tottenham Hotspur from recording their highest league finish since 1963 when a shock defeat, coupled with Arsenal’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa, meant the Gunners leapfrogged their rivals into second place. Georginio Wijnaldum fired in the opener and Aleksandar Mitrovic headed home for 2-0. Erik Lamela reduced the deficit before Mitrovic was shown a straight red for a nasty foul on Kyle Walker. Wijnaldum scored his second from the spot and Rolando Aarons and Daryl Janmaat wrapped up the scoring.SOUTHAMPTON 4CRYSTAL PALACE 1GOALS:- SOUTHAMPTON: MANE 43rd; PELLE 61st, BERTRAND PEN 75th; DAVIS 89th. PALACE: PUNCHEON 64th.Southampton ended the season with their highest Barclays Premier League points total with victory over Crystal Palace. Sadio Mane opened the scoring late in the first half following a mistake by Palace keeper Julian Speroni. Saints doubled the lead through substitute Graziano Pelle, but Palace pulled one back when Jason Puncheon struck. Ryan Bertrand scored a penalty, before Steve Davis sealed the win with an emphatic late goal.SWANSEA CITY 1MANCHESTER CITY 1GOALS:- SWANSEA:AYEW 45th. MAN CITY: IHEANACHO 6th.Manchester City are all but assured of a place in next season’s Champions League. They were denied a win as Andre Ayew’s deflected free-kick cancelled out Kelechi Iheanacho’s close-range opener. The draw leaves them three points ahead of Manchester United, whose game against Bournemouth was abandoned. City’s vastly superior goal difference means United would to win 19-0 when that game is played.STOKE CITY 2 WEST HAM UNITED 1GOALS:- STOKE: IMBULA 54th; DIOUFF 87th. WEST HAM: ANTONIO 23rd.West Ham must wait to see if they will secure European football next season as Mame Biram Diouf’s late header earned Stoke victory at the Britannia Stadium. Michail Antonio’s turn and shot gave Slaven Bilic’s side the lead as they totally dominated the first half. Giannelli Imbula equalised with a 20-yard effort, before substitute Diouf powered home a Charlie Adam corner.WATFORD 2 SUNDERLAND 2GOALS: WATFORD:PRODL 48th; DEENEY PEN 55th. SUNDERLAND: RODWELL 39th; LENS 51st.Quique Sanchez Flores’ final game as Watford manager was an entertaining draw with Sunderland at Vicarage Road. Sunderland led when Jack Rodwell turned in Jeremain Lens’ low cross. Sebastian Prodl’s header levelled for Watford, before Lens drove in three minutes later. Troy Deeney’s penalty equalised again, but the away side, who had two goals disallowed, held on for a point.WEST BROMWICHALBION 1 LIVERPOOL 1GOALS: WBA: RONDON 13th. LIVERPOOL:IBE 23rd.Liverpool must win the Europa League final to secure European football next season as a draw at West Bromwich Albion ensured an eighth-place league finish. West Brom led when teenager Jonathan Leko skipped free to tee up Salomon Rondon for an emphatic low finish. Liverpool responded soon after though Jordon Ibe’s fine run and shot.last_img read more

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Workers Union launched for Seafarers

first_imgThe Guyana Seafarer’s and General Workers Union (GS&GWU) was earlier this month issued with a Certificate of Registration of Trade Union, by the Registrar of Trade Unions.Located at the Guyana Church View Hotel in New Amsterdam, Berbice, the GS&GWU has been certified to represent mainly seafarers and those within the maritime sectors.During his brief address at the launching of the ceremony, Rion Peters expressed the important role of a trade union, adding that it brings great benefits to the working class.Peters declared that the Opposition is prepared to give full support to the new union and it members. He also urged persons to join the Union’s membership to ensure they receive the representation that is necessary for themNew Amsterdam Mayor, Winifred Heywood welcomed the establishment of the GS&GWU.Heywood supported the efforts of the Union’s executive and reminded about the benefits that come with having such representation.“Trade unions are necessary to provide good representation to it members. Members should not only rely on the Union’s executive officers to conduct all the functions however, because members also have a very important role to play since a union in made up of both members and executive officers and working together will determine the effective function and progress of the Union.”The GS&GWU saw a large number of persons registering even before the Union was launched. This number has increased significantly since the launch. Fifteen executive members were registered to perform the Union’s business in an effective, productive and honest manner. “We have strict rules about the performance of our officers and penalties that apply when they fail to carry out their functions effectively. Executive officers are mandated to properly serve and provide the relative services to all union members,” Heywood further noted. The Union is made up of prominent and experienced persons within the maritime industry. The Union is set up to provide representation for workers and to also assist in job recruitment of members.The body will also be providing monetary and other aid where possible.The Executive team comprise of Captain – Oswald Prince, President; Captain – Geet Ale Smit, First Vice President; Engineer – Glynn Roy Campbell, Second Vice President; Navigator – Timothy Seegobin, Third Vice President; Requiting Officer – Simone Fortune, General Secretary; Trade Unionist/Chief Cook – Micah Williams; Chief Negotiator and Principle General Secretary, Navigator, Dexter Jones.Principle Treasurer /Principle Asstistant General Secretary Eion Rodney serves as Research Officer/Assistant Treasurer; Alica Dowridge serves as Office Secretary; Captain Henley John as Field Secretary and Assistant Research Officer; while Captain, Willard Nelson, serves as Principle Assistant Field Secretary. Captain Lindon Johnson is the Assistant Field Secretary, while Sahadeo Christenpaul, Rooplall Harrilall and Keith Grimmond are committee members.last_img read more

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FEMA wants $300 million in hurricane aid returned

first_img“This was a whole `nother fiasco.” Rep. Gene Taylor, a Mississippi Democrat whose district was also battered by hurricanes in 2005, thanked FEMA officials for helping but urged Congress to demand a “full public accounting” of all tax dollars spent on the recovery effort. The lawmakers’ remarks before the House Financial Services Committee likely won’t be the end of the issue. A spokeswoman for Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat who leads the House Homeland Security Committee, said the panel will investigate improper and illegal payments made in the wake of the hurricanes. FEMA officials defended the payments. “We don’t dispute that more households received expedited assistance in certain ZIP codes than are listed in the 2000 Census,” said David Garratt, FEMA’s deputy director for recovery. But he called this “not only justifiable, it’s defensible.” White House spokesman Tony Snow acknowledged the problem to reporters at a Tuesday briefing and said measures being taken to prevent fraud may be slowing efforts to rebuild in the battered region. But, he added, “you do have a certain fiduciary obligation to try to make sure that people are putting in place the right kind of guidelines to ensure that money is being spent wisely.” Officials say a substantial number of those payments – they cannot say precisely how many – were made legitimately to homes where family members were separated after the storm, such as emergency workers who stayed behind as spouses and children fled. In such cases, a single family could qualify for more than one aid package. Because of the chaos after the storm, though, Garratt said officials were in a no-win position. “We were faced with a situation where we had individuals who needed assistance, and needed it now,” he said. “If we’d followed the standard procedures, it would have taken weeks.” Garratt acknowledged FEMA wasn’t prepared to verify the identities and homes for everyone who needed help. He said the agency had multiple safeguards to ensure proper payments were made to people who applied online. But a new system designed to keep a tight rein on payments to people who telephoned their applications to FEMA was only partially finished when the storms hit, he said. The Justice Department so far has prosecuted more than 400 people for storm-related fraud, and $18 million has been returned to FEMA or the American Red Cross, according to a recent report by the department’s Katrina Fraud Task Force. The bulk of prosecutions have occurred in Louisiana (115), California (79), Texas (50) and Mississippi (46). The amount recovered so far, however, is slight compared with estimates of widespread fraud. Among those already prosecuted: Lakietha Diann Hall, 35, of Dallas. Prosecutors said Hall and 10 others – including her mother – filed fraudulent assistance applications over the Internet claiming damage to her home in New Orleans.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW ORLEANS – In the neighborhood President George W. Bush visited right after Hurricane Katrina, the U.S. government gave $84.5 million to more than 10,000 households. But census figures show fewer than 8,000 homes existed there at the time. Now the government wants back a lot of its money. The Federal Emergency Management Administration has determined nearly 70,000 Louisiana households improperly received $309.1 million in grants, and officials acknowledge those numbers are likely to grow. In the chaotic period after two deadly hurricanes, Katrina and Rita, slammed the Gulf Coast in 2005 – Katrina making landfall in late August, followed by Rita in late September – federal officials scrambled to provide help in hard-hit areas such as submerged neighborhoods near the French Quarter. But an Associated Press analysis of government data obtained under the federal Freedom of Information Act suggests the government might not have been careful enough with its checkbook as it gave out nearly $5.3 billion in aid to storm victims. The analysis found the government regularly gave money to more homes in some neighborhoods than the number of homes that actually existed. The pattern was repeated in nearly 100 neighborhoods damaged by the hurricanes. At least 162,750 homes that didn’t exist before the storms may have received a total of more than $1 billion in improper or illegal payments, the AP found. The AP analysis discovered the government made more home grants than the number of homes in one of every five neighborhoods in the wake of Katrina. After Rita roared ashore, there were more home grants than homes in one of every 10 neighborhoods. The AP’s investigation drew immediate attention Tuesday on Capitol Hill. “Any time the government is handing out checks, there are going to be people who deceive us,” Rep. Charlie Melancon, D-La., told colleagues at a House committee hearing on the federal response to Katrina. “And I hope they get every dime of it back and prosecute those they catch. last_img
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Garvey teachers reach tentative contract agreement

first_imgTerry Skotnes, California Teachers Association’s staff executive director for the Alhambra and Garvey school districts, expects the deal to be given the green light by the teachers union. “I think the bargaining dynamic was one of mutual respect and working together to problem solve,” Skotnes said. Garvey serves about 6,400 elementary and middle school students in Rosemead, Monterey Park and San Gabriel. School districts throughout the San Gabriel Valley are in the midst of contract negotiations. Bonita Unified, which serves La Verne and San Dimas, approved a 4.4 percent salary increase for 2006-07. The school board approved the contract last week, said Gary Rapkin, superintendent. A tentative agreement was reached between the teachers union and the district in mid-February. Rapkin said the contract discussions had been ongoing since last July, and a future goal is to include the union in discussions when the district gets an early look at state funding. caroline.an@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ROSEMEAD – Teachers and the Garvey School District reached a tentative contract agreement last week, that includes an increase in the district’s contribution to health care benefits. The agreement calls for a 4.5 percent retroactive increase going back to July and an additional 1 percent increase starting this past February. The district will also raise its health care benefits contribution to $9,500 – a $300 increase – per employee. The agreement needs to be approved by the 320 employees that make up the Garvey Education Association, the teachers union. Representatives for the union and the district said the deal was ” very fair” and were relieved to have the issue resolved. The lack of an agreement caused teachers to picket outside the Feb. 20 school board meeting and Bitely Elementary School. Before Thursday’s tentative agreement, the district’s negotiating team had submitted two proposals – both were rejected by the GEA. Virginia Peterson, Garvey superintendent, expects to send the contract agreement for the Los Angeles County Office of Education next month. last_img read more

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Mourinho, Pogba filmed in tense training ground exchange

first_img0Shares0000Paul Pogba (left) and Jose Mourinho are at loggerheads at Manchester United © AFP/File / Alain GROSCLAUDELONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 26 – Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba were involved in a tense-looking exchange at Manchester United’s training ground on Wednesday, a day after the manager confirmed the World Cup star had been stripped of the role of vice-captain.Pogba was rested by Mourinho for the shock League Cup third-round exit against Championship side Derby on Tuesday and watched from the stands as United lost on penalties after a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford. After the match, Mourinho confirmed that Pogba was no longer a United vice-captain, although he denied falling out with the France midfielder.Sky Sports showed footage of Pogba joining training with his teammates on Wednesday morning, including a seemingly terse exchange between the pair.The 25-year-old shook hands with coach Michael Carrick and another United employee before looking taken aback by something Mourinho said.Pogba was then seen having an apparently exasperated discussion with the manager.Mourinho was asked after the match on Tuesday whether he had told Pogba he would not captain the club again.“The only truth is I made the decision of Paul not to be the second captain anymore,” said Mourinho.“I am the manager, I make these decisions, no fallout at all, no problem at all. The same person who takes the decision to make him second captain makes this decision now.”The France international captained the side in the Premier League openers against Leicester and Brighton in the absence of Antonio Valencia, just as he did in last week’s Champions League win at Young Boys.Pogba scored two and set up the other in the 3-0 victory in Switzerland but he gave a mixed performance in Saturday’s return to league action against Wolverhampton, which ended in a 1-1 draw.The 25-year-old was dispossessed in the move that led to Joao Moutinho’s equaliser.After the match he said United should attack more.Those comments are said to have got under Mourinho’s skin, but it is reported that Pogba’s reported desire to leave Old Trafford for Barcelona was behind the decision to strip him of the vice-captaincy.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Aston Villa captain Vlaar faces six weeks on the sidelines

first_img1 Ron Vlaar in action for Aston Villa Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar has been ruled out for six weeks with a knee injury.The Villans captain limped out of New Year’s Day’s goalless draw with Crystal Palace with a knee injury and is unlikely to return until the middle of next month.Holland international Vlaar is out of contract at the end of the season and has been linked with a move to Manchester United but his injury has all but ruled out an early exit.“You would think so,” said manager Paul Lambert. “We just have to get him back fit.“He had his scope on Wednesday so maybe it’ll be four to six weeks but it’s not as bad as it could have been.“It’s the same kind of injury he had at the World Cup, he hurt it and then played in the semi final.”last_img

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Wenger not giving up on top-four

first_img0Shares0000“He [Jose Mourinho] did that much later in the season, when they were in the semi-final, so we are not as far as that, we have to focus on the Premier League,” the 68-year-old said.LONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 21 – Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger still believes their best route to a Champions League return lies in qualifying via the Premier League this season.The Gunners finished outside the top-four last term for the first time under Wenger’s stewardship when they came in fifth, which meant Europa League football for 2017/18. Wenger’s side have reached the last-32 of Europe’s second-tier club competition, where they face Ostersunds in the second leg at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday having won 3-0 in the first leg.But the Frenchman won’t be following the same path as Manchester United, who won the Europa League in 2017 to secure a spot in the Champions League, after finishing sixth in England’s top flight.The north Londoners are eight points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea with 11 games to go, but Wenger hasn’t thrown in the towel just yet.“He [Jose Mourinho] did that much later in the season, when they were in the semi-final, so we are not as far as that, we have to focus on the Premier League,” the 68-year-old said.“It [the Europa League] is one of the priorities we have but there’s a long way to go. We have to get through tomorrow and then see who we get if we get through.“We will focus to do well but ideally we want to come back to the Champions League through the Premier League.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Klopp can’t wait for Liverpool’s showdown with Barcelona

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool players celebrate after Mohamed Salah’s goal in their 4-1 win away to FC Porto that took them through to the Champions League semi-finals © AFP / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRAPORTO, Portugal, Apr 18 – Jurgen Klopp admitted he cannot wait to lead Liverpool into a Champions League semi-final against Barcelona after watching his side crush Porto 4-1 in Portugal on Wednesday to complete a 6-1 aggregate victory in their last-eight tie.On a wet night at the Estadio do Dragao, Liverpool weathered an early storm against Porto before scoring from their first attempt just before the half-hour, Sadio Mane prodding home for a goal given after a lengthy VAR review. Already in control of this tie after a 2-0 win at Anfield in the first leg, Liverpool had effectively killed off Porto there and then, but Mohamed Salah, substitute Roberto Firmino and Virgil van Dijk added further goals after the break.Eder Militao scored a consolation for the hosts 21 minutes from time, but this was another miserable night for them after they lost 5-0 to the same opponents on this ground a year ago.Liverpool now march on to a clash with Lionel Messi’s Barca, the first meeting of the clubs since a last-16 encounter in 2006/07 that the Reds won on away goals.“I’m looking forward to it. The news that there is a proper football game between Barcelona and Liverpool is great,” said Klopp as his side move a step closer to matching their run to the final a year ago.“To be in the semi-finals for the second year running is a big statement. I am really proud of the boys for what they did.”On the night Manchester City’s quadruple bid died, the dream of a Champions League and Premier League double remains alive for Liverpool and their supporters, whose spirits were not dampened by the dreary weather by the banks of the River Douro.This was their 17th game without defeat and their eighth straight victory, although Barcelona will offer a far tougher test than Porto.The first leg of that tie is in a fortnight, and in the meantime Liverpool will revert their focus to domestic matters, with games against Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town up next.“Tonight we are in the semi-finals and we play on Sunday against Cardiff. That will be 100 percent on my mind when I wake up tomorrow and not Barcelona,” insisted Klopp.With the matches coming thick and fast, he made three changes to his team here following Sunday’s 2-0 win over Chelsea. Firmino and Naby Keita, who both scored in the first leg, dropped out along with Jordan Henderson.They were replaced by Georginio Wijnaldum, James Milner and Divock Origi, with the latter making his first Champions League start for the club. However, the Belgian only played the first half before making way for Firmino.– Early onslaught –He had hardly touched the ball during a Porto onslaught in the opening stages, sparked by a Jesus Corona shot just over the bar in the first minute.Sadio Mane (R) broke Porto hearts when he put Liverpool ahead in the first half to effectively kill the tie © AFP / MIGUEL RIOPAThey had 13 attempts on goal in the first 25 minutes, but would regret not scoring while on top.“There was a very good football atmosphere and they used it and it was so powerful the game of Porto and so difficult to deal with,” Klopp said.“Porto needed an early goal tonight and didn’t score it. I’m completely happy. It’s only important to go through, and we went through.”Their opening goal came when Salah — his every touch jeered by the Porto support who felt he should have been sent off in the first leg — rolled the ball into the six-yard area for Mane to get his 22nd of the campaign.The offside flag came up but Dutch referee Danny Makkelie conferred with his video assistants before awarding the goal.Porto knew their chance was gone, with their fans cursing Mane again — he scored a hat-trick in Liverpool’s win here in the last 16 last season.Trent Alexander-Arnold released Salah to run through and beat Iker Casillas on 65 minutes to make it 2-0, before Porto got their consolation shortly after when Militao headed in from an Alex Telles corner.However, Mane missed the target after rounding Casillas, before Henderson set up fellow substitute Firmino to head in Liverpool’s third on 77 minutes and Van Dijk nodded in from a corner to complete the scoring.“Like at Anfield, it was a harsh result for how we played,” said Porto coach Sergio Conceicao.“If we had been more clinical, everything would have been different.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Glendale trash fee may be increased

first_img(818) 546-3304 IF YOU GO The Glendale City Council will meet at 6 tonight at City Hall, 275 E. Broadway.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“Hopefully it won’t be a back-breaker,” Najarian said. “But you know we have to be careful when we start raising fees because a few dollars here, a few dollars there, it adds up to hundreds of dollars a year.” Glendale, which has its own dump, has smaller trash-collection fees than neighboring cities. Residents pay $30 a month in Burbank and about $29 a month in Pasadena. “If it continues to inch up, then we’re going to be where other cities are currently,” City Councilman Frank Quintero said. The city’s Integrated Waste Management Division has seen fuel costs rise by 35 percent recently, according to a report to the council. Other costs, including the price of equipment, also went up, officials said. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com GLENDALE – The city is exploring raising trash collection fees for the second time in less than a year, partly to battle rising fuel costs. A proposal that will go before the City Council tonight calls for a 10 percent increase in trash-collection fees, adding $1.44 to a family’s monthly bill, bringing it to $15.85. “I hate to do it but I think we need to do it to continue to offer a complete and satisfactory service to our … residents,” City Councilman Ara Najarian said Monday. The city hiked trash fees 7 percent in July, increasing the amount families pay from $13.47 to $14.41. If the council votes to have a public hearing on the proposed fee increase and goes ahead with it, the new fees would start July 1 and bring in an additional $1.3 million to the city. last_img read more

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TiVo, DirecTV extend contract

first_img“The extension won’t save the company, but the absence of it would have been really bad,” said Josh Bernoff, analyst at market researcher Forrester Research. TiVo has been touting features such as parental controls to differentiate itself from rivals and is pursuing more licensing deals with cable companies and electronics makers to use its technology. TiVo already has signed a deal with the nation’s largest cable operator, Comcast Corp. The company also is in the midst of a jury trial against DirecTV’s rival, EchoStar Communications Corp., the parent of Dish Network, alleging that the satellite TV provider is infringing on its DVR patents. Closing arguments in that case in Marshall, Texas, were scheduled for today. A legal victory there for TiVo could empower it to enforce its patents and try to collect licensing fees from other DVR providers. TiVo shares rose 61 cents, or 8.1 percent, to close at $8.12 on the Nasdaq Stock Market.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“People are able to look at the certainty of this deal – that not only will DirecTV subscribers continue to get our service but we will continue to be paid for it,” TiVo’s CEO Tom Rogers said in a phone interview. DirecTV spokesman Robert Mercer said the extended agreement does not change DirecTV’s plans to continue using NDS’ DVR technology for its receivers. The two companies didn’t disclose specific financial terms of the deal but said the economics were similar to their original 2003 agreement. TiVo’s revolutionary technology lets people record television without the hassles of videotapes. Users can pause live TV, do instant replays and begin watching programs even before the recording has finished. In recent years, Alviso-based TiVo has faced stiffening competition from bigger companies making their own DVRs, including Motorola Inc. and Scientific-Atlanta Inc., which has been bought by Cisco Systems Inc. SAN JOSE – Shares of TiVo Inc. rose 8 percent Wednesday after the digital video recording pioneer announced it had extended a partnership with satellite TV provider DirecTV Group Inc. for an additional three years. Under the agreement, DirecTV will continue to provide TiVo service to its existing subscribers. Both companies also extended their advertising relationship and agreed not to assert patent rights against each other. The extension is good news for TiVo: 2.8 million, or nearly two-thirds, of TiVo’s 4.4 million subscribers as of January were DirecTV subscribers who bought the satellite company’s TiVo-based receivers. With DirecTV having recently begun switching to a competing technology from its sister company, News Corp.’s NDS, industry analysts had questioned whether TiVo would be entirely cut off from DirecTV when the old contract expires in February 2007. TiVo could have lost its existing DirecTV subscribers, each of whom brings TiVo roughly $1 a month. last_img read more

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