Sky set to retain live Football League rights in £180m-a-year deal

Sky set to retain live Football League rights in £180m-a-year deal

Broadcaster understood to have entered into exclusive talks, after winning bidding war with rival BT. Sky is set to retain the rights to the Football League in a blockbuster bidding battle with BT that has seen the price as much as double to £180m a season. The Football League is understood to have entered into exclusive talks with Sky for the live rights, in a three to five-year deal worth between £500m and £900m. The official announcement, which could come as soon as Wednesday, will scupper any hope that the…

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NATO Fighters intercept 18 Russian planes in five days above Baltic Sea

NATO Fighters intercept 18 Russian planes in five days above Baltic Sea

Nato fighters intervened eight times last week to identify 18 Russian military planes in international airspace above the Baltic Sea, the Lithuanian Ministry of Defence reported on its Internet site. Most of the Russian planes were flying without flight plans and with their transponders off. For four months, which will end in early September, nine fighter planes from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) -four Polish F-16Cs and five Spanish EF-18/As – have been policing the airspace above the Baltic countries from the air bases of Siauliai in Lithuania and…

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Belgian jihadi reported to have died in Mosul

Belgian jihadi reported to have died in Mosul

Tarik Jadaoun (28), a Belgian jihadi linked to the Islamic State terror group, has lost his life in Mosul, Iraq, Het Laatste Nieuws, VTM Nieuws and RTL reported on Monday. Contacted by Belga news agency on Monday afternoon, the Office of the Federal Prosecutor did not confirm the reports by the three Belgian media houses. Tarik Jadaoun, alias Abu Hamza Al-Belgiki, was also known as New Abaaoud, after Abdelhamid Abbaoud, the presumed leader of the commandos who perpetrated the Paris attacks in November 2015. The rumour that Jadaoun, who hails…

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Polluted eggs: Afsca already censured by Court of Audit in March

Polluted eggs: Afsca already censured by Court of Audit in March

Belgium’s Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (Afsca), under fire for its late communication on the Fipronil scandal, had already been censured in March by the Court of Audit for its lack of supervision of the implementation by operators of an auto-control system aimed at ensuring food safety. The agency has come in for criticism in recent days for not providing information promptly on the discovery of traces of the pesticide Fipronil in eggs. Compliance with food security regulations is the prime responsibility of farmers, producers, business…

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Companies will be able to offer higher bonuses to top employees

Companies will be able to offer higher bonuses to top employees

Companies will soon be able to offer their most consistent employees a share of their profits that exceeds the possibilities offered by the current bonus system without going through a gauntlet of administrative formalities, L’Echo and De Tijd newspapers reported on Tuesday. This new system, which is to enter into force next year, was decided by the Government of Prime Charles Minister Michel in the summer agreement. The collective annual bonus currently has a ceiling of 3,255 euros per worker. Under the new arrangement, the cap can be up to…

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