Panaji: Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar cautioned citizens on Friday that “some people” were trying to destroy the State’s communal harmony. Speaking informally to reporters at his ancestral home in Parra in North Coastal Goa, Mr. Parrikar said Ganesh Chaturthi was a festival for people of all religions in the State. He said Catholics visit Hindus on Ganesh festival and Hindus visit Catholic homes on Christmas daya. Mr. Parrikar said, “In spite of a lot of efforts to destroy it (communal harmony) by some people, by trying to divide the society on communal lines, I think people know very well (how to maintain it).”
Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? Anthony Semerad gave TNT a big lift late and the KaTropa stunned the top-seeded Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings, 107-103, for a 2-0 semifinals lead in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Import Joshua Smith, who dominated the Gin Kings in Game 1 with 35 points and 13 rebounds, was held to just 16 points ad 16 rebounds, but the hefty big man still came up with a crucial basket–a putback that sealed the KaTropa’s victory with 8.1 ticks to go.Justin Brownlee and LA Tenorio each had a game-high 22 points for Ginebra, which took a 103-102 edge after a Tenorio triple with 1:12 remaining.TNT shoots for a sweep on Thursday night at Araneta Coliseum.Ginebra is facing a tall order down 2-0, but since 1993, the Gin Kings remain the only team to overcome such deficit in a best-of-five series when they shocked Talk ‘N Text in the 2010 Philippine Cup quarterfinals.Jayson Castro shot just 5-of-15 from the field after going 1-of-10 in the semis opener on Sunday but he did, however, closed in on a double-double with 12 points and eight assists with his last dish leading to Semerad’s go-ahead 3-pointer.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire LATEST STORIES MOST READ Semerad sank four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, including a right corner triple that put TNT ahead for good, 105-103, with 52.7 seconds left.The Fil-Australian forward uncorked 12 of his 14 points in the finals five minutes and 18 seconds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Tony (Semerad) made big shots today and again, those are the things that could really help us in the playoffs,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela.“Teams will really focus on Joshua (Smith) defensively that’s why I said after the first game that the locals should contribute in Game 2,” he added. “And today, it was a collective effort but what Tony did was more glaring because everything he hit were all in the fourth quarter.” Valdez’ full focus now on national team
The International Cricket Council (ICC) board unanimously agreed to the appointment of former India captain Anil Kumble as the new chairman of its cricket committee here on Thursday.Kumble, 41, who has 619 Test and 337 One-Day International wickets to his name, succeeds former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd, who led the committee since 2008.”In Anil Kumble, we have a new chairman who has unquestioned experience not only as a player with India but also as an administrator because of his association with the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA). I am sure he will carry on Clive’s good work and bring contemporary thinking to the committee and understand clearly the issues facing the modern game,” ICC president Alan Isaac said, commenting on the appointment.Isaac also admired outgoing chairman Lloyd’s work. “I would like to thank Clive Lloyd for his chairmanship of the ICC cricket committee and to his tireless contribution to the game. The ICC board were united in their admiration for his work as chairman.”The ICC media release added that two members of the present panel — former Australia captain Mark Taylor and ICC statistician Davin Kendix — have got a one-year extension while former West Indies fast bowler Ian Bishop has voluntarily stepped down. On his way out, Bishop nominated the recently-retired England captain Andrew Strauss as his replacement, which was accepted by the ICC board.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid chief Butragueno: Our players are stupendousby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid chief Emilio Butragueno has defended the players after defeat to Real Sociedad.La Real shocked Madrid 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.Butragueno was asked about additions this month given their poor start to the year.But he insisted, “This squad has players with loads of talent and I think that it is a good day to reinforce that message. “They have won many titles. The Club World Cup isn’t nothing, three consecutive Champions Leagues. These players are stupendous.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea manager Lampard positive Kante will face Lilleby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard has confirmed N’Golo Kante is a chance to face Lille in the Champions League on Wednesday night.Injuries have disrupted Kante all season, with a hamstring niggle the latest ailment that caused him to miss Saturday’s win over Brighton.But the World Cup winner returned to training on Tuesday and Lampard was confident he could play against the Ligue 1 outfit.”He trained this morning and he got through training okay,” said Lampard.”He is still one we have to assess in the morning but we are positive he will be fit to play.”The injury doesn’t relate to the Europa League final. What that injury did do, regardless of whether he played that game, was meant he had a broken pre-season.”It’s a slight domino effect. The main injury is now feeling good, but he’s probably got a couple of niggles since that, and a tackle at Manchester United in the first game that affected him on the ankle.”There’s a bit of bad luck in there as well. Everyone is working towards getting him regularly fit so he can play continuous games, and I’m hoping that’s coming really soon.”
Education Minister, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites, says progress has been made in discussions between the Ministry and the Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA) on the proposed Jamaica Teaching Council Bill. The Bill, which the Minister is working to have tabled in the House of Representatives during the current 2012/13 parliamentary year, seeks to provide for the establishment of a governing body for the teaching profession, and institute a regime for the licensing and registration of all government paid teachers. It also gives legal powers to the Council to immediately suspend and cancel the registration of a teacher, who is charged for what is deemed a disqualifiable offence, which includes: sexual offences, murder, pornography, robbery, and fraud. Speaking at the JTA’s Roll of Honour Award Ceremony at the Wyndham Kingston Hotel on Thursday (November 8), Rev. Thwaites informed that the Ministry and JTA, supported by representatives of the church and Parent/Teachers Associations (PTA), have reached a “substantial agreement” on the terms of the Bill. He said that the legislation will provide for “the professionalism of the teaching profession”. “This legislation should not cause any more trepidation than the Legal Profession Act does for the lawyers or the Medical Act (does) for the doctors, or for any other profession. It would…be a serious reproach to teachers if they resist such a move. I am pleased (about) the commitment of your association, in this regard,” the Minister added. Rev. Thwaites recently disclosed that the Bill had undergone upwards of eight months of consultations with various stakeholders, while informing of plans for further dialogue with additional interests before it is tabled in Parliament. Meanwhile, retired Principal of the Mandeville Primary and Junior High School in Manchester, Byron Farquharson, is this year’s 43rd inductee into the JTA’s Honour Roll. He was presented with the Berger Paints-sponsored Roll of Honour Award by the company’s Caribbean Regional Managing Director, Warren McDonald, and a special Citation, by JTA President, Clayton Hall.
“We need those clinics to function in the communities, be relevant to the communities and maintain the credibility. The main objective of the (project) is to provide a longer term relationship between the adopter and the service that is being provided (at the facility),” he said. Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the Diaspora Adopt-a-Clinic project is necessary for renewing faith in the primary healthcare system. The Minister informed that outside of the Diaspora, corporate entities such as LASCO, Wisynco and Victoria Mutual Building Society have also played their part in adopting facilities close to their businesses. Story Highlights Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the Diaspora Adopt-a-Clinic project is necessary for renewing faith in the primary healthcare system.Speaking at a special interest group meeting at the Jamaica Diaspora Conference in downtown Kingston on July 26, Dr. Tufton noted that many persons do not appear to have faith in that system because of a lack of belief in the quality of care they will receive.However, Dr.Tufton informed that the primary healthcare system is important in order to alleviate the burden experienced by the secondary and tertiary level healthcare system, which is where the Adopt-a-Clinic project becomes relevant.“We need those clinics to function in the communities, be relevant to the communities and maintain the credibility. The main objective of the (project) is to provide a longer term relationship between the adopter and the service that is being provided (at the facility),” he said.Following a needs assessment of 320 health centres, the Ministry of Health has prioritised 100 centres for adoption by the Diaspora and other friends of Jamaica.For the UK Diaspora Adopt-a-Clinic project, interested individuals can visit the established website at: adoptaclinicjamaica.co.uk to make donations of £5,000 or more as well as other contributions.Persons can also make donations through the Ministry’s Health and Wellness Foundation website, as some health centres require maintenance, infrastructural upgrades and equipment and furnishings.The Minister informed that outside of the Diaspora, corporate entities such as LASCO, Wisynco and Victoria Mutual Building Society have also played their part in adopting facilities close to their businesses.For his part, Chairman of Adopt-a-Clinic UK, Paul Harrison, pointed to the support the project has been receiving, particularly the Whitehall Health Centre in St. Thomas.He explained that a Nigerian man made a donation of £500 to the health centre based on his close association to a church pastored by a Jamaican.“He hears his pastor always talking about Jamaica and he said he wanted to adopt a clinic. He is going to head a team in his church and between them collectively, they will be making donations weekly and monthly to that particular clinic,” he explained.Mr. Harrison emphasised that the project will remain as transparent as possible.One of the committee members for the UK Diaspora Adopt-a-Clinic project, Dr. Nelda Frater, who owns a medical practice in England, is planning to support clinics in Wait-a-Bit, Trelawny, her birthplace.She plans to provide those clinics as well as others with water tanks and other equipment.
Perhaps more than anyone else, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith has had a lot on his plate since the university’s “Tattoo-Gate” scandal began in December 2010. In an interview with The Lantern, Smith talked about thoughts of leaving OSU, the school’s revamped compliance department, football coach Urban Meyer’s first season in Columbus and the possibility of a 2002 national championship reunion including former OSU coach Jim Tressel. Thought about walking away It has been more than 18 months and there are still plenty of OSU fans who think Smith should have lost his job because of the “Tattoo-Gate” scandal that led to Tressel’s firing. Smith said there was never a moment he thought that was a possibility, but he did consider walking away for the sake of those around him. “I never thought that I would be dismissed by our president because I really did nothing wrong,” Smith said. “I did everything that I was charged to do and accountable for. Did I ever feel that I should leave? Never. That I should resign because of the pressure I was under? Never thought that. Did I ever have thoughts that I should walk away for the betterment of the institution and the people that I work with everyday and I serve? Yeah. “I care more about those people and our athletes than I do anything. Sure I thought about (leaving), but I came to the conclusion that the best way for me to help them was to fight for them and make sure we stay on track.” Those disappointed by that decision will likely not see a change anytime soon. Smith said he has not considered retirement and is very content with his situation at OSU. “There’s no other job I’d rather have,” he said. Random audits to ensure compliance As part of an 805-page report Smith and OSU sent to the NCAA, Smith said the athletic department will conduct random audits to make sure the players still have various Buckeye memorabilia given to them. “First of all, we retain a lot of things so we build a locker room in our equipment room, so, for certain jerseys and helmets, we keep those there until you graduate. Or your eligibility expires because, you know, somebody may leave and we give them their stuff,” he said. “But also your rings, your gold pants, if you have them, there’s times where you have to bring them in to certify that you’ve retained them or certify where they are because you may give them to your mom.” Smith said the audits – which are a brand new idea – will be random. “It’s a random process. It could be tomorrow,” he said. “So it’s kinda like drug testing.” The process, however, isn’t just limited to keepsakes like rings and gold pants. It also applies to cars, Smith said. “You have a car, you register that car with us,” he said. “We check it every now and then just to make sure there’s no change. “So we’ll go over to a parking lot, walk around, check cars, check the numbers, things of that nature, just to make sure nothing has changed or see if there’s any new cars that pop up and say, ‘OK, who’s car is that?’ Might be (OSU spokesman) Dan Wallenberg’s, might be you visiting, but we check them all out just to be sure that nobody got a loaner car that they shouldn’t have.” Big Ten Woes There’s no denying the Big Ten struggled during its non-conference football schedule. The conference lost three games against the Mid-American Conference, lost three of four games against the Pac-12 and only has three teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll. At No. 12, OSU is the top-ranked Big Ten team with Nebraska (No. 21) and Northwestern (No. 24) also representing the conference. Smith did not skirt the issue. “We’ve struggled, we’ve got to win games,” he said. “There’s no question that the Southeastern Conference has dominated and rightfully so. But that’s not what bothers me as much as we’re losing to other conferences and other programs that frankly we shouldn’t.” Smith isn’t panicking, though. Conference strength is cyclical, he said, and what he is really concerned about is making sure the struggles don’t become a pattern. “It doesn’t surprise me periodically that a team emerges and beats people, that’s happened in the Mid-American Conference for years, jumping up and biting somebody,” Smith said. “But that’s happened more this year than normal. So I’m interested in seeing how things go this next year and make sure this is not a trend.” “Tapegate” closed After Michigan State received altered game tape before its contest against the Buckeyes last Saturday in East Lansing, Mich., Smith said Spartans athletic director Mark Hollis informed that they did not receive the full video. “I hung up and contacted our video guys and said, ‘Send them the full video. Get it done,’” Smith said. “And we sent them the full video.” The issue is “done,” Smith said. “Urban had no clue, so we should’ve sent them the full video from the beginning,” he said. Tressel reunion OSU will honor its 2002 national championship football team during the Buckeyes’ game against Michigan this year, and there is some disagreement as to whether the leader of that team, fired Tressel, should be on the guest list. Smith said he would have no problem seeing his former co-worker. “I don’t know if he’ll come back for that recognition,” Smith said. “If he does, we will recognize him like everybody else.” Meyer fulfilling his family’s contract At Meyer’s introductory press conference in late November, he pulled out a crumpled pink piece of paper from his pocket from behind the podium. It was a contract written by Meyer’s family and, specifically, his daughter, Nicki, to ensure that her father would take care of himself in ways he often failed to do so while at Florida. Smith told The Lantern Meyer is indeed abiding by his family’s contract. “He and I’ve talked about that a lot during the summer and at the beginning of the season and I hit him every now and then with it,” Smith said. Smith said he went into the Woody Hayes Athletic Center to see Meyer this past Sunday after the Buckeyes’ game against the Spartans. Meyer, though, was at his son Nate’s football game. “I was like, ‘That’s what you want.’ You know, so he takes his time on Thursday nights, takes his time on Friday mornings, you know, with family,” Smith said. “Not sleeping in the WHAC overnight like he had slept down at Florida some nights. So I think he’s there balance-wise and doing what he’s supposed to do.” Scheduling OSU announced Tuesday that it scheduled Texas Christian University for a home-and-home football series with games in 2018 at Fort Worth, Texas, and 2019 in Ohio Stadium. Smith said the series represents a change in mentality for OSU when it comes to non-conference scheduling. Each year Smith said he looks to schedule “one top 10 or top 15 (team), hopefully two (teams) that are in the top 30 to 40 and then another BCS team. That takes us away from playing two Mid-American Conference teams a year or three in some cases.” Meyer hitting the mark After hiring Meyer almost a year ago, Smith said the first-year coach has done a “great job” so far in his inaugural season in Columbus. Smith didn’t limit his praise to just Meyer’s on-the-field endeavors, either. “You know, I think everyone is focused obviously on wins on the field and how the team is executing, but I look at that as well like everybody else,” Smith said “but I look at also how he handles his staff, he handles the players relative to academics, how he interacts with other coaches in the league and just how we communicate relative to issues and, so, he’s just doing a great job.” Communication between Meyer, Smith Smith said he normally tries to pop in to the WHAC once a week to see Meyer. “We don’t have – during the football season – we do not have formal, set meetings unless there’s an issue we need to do that with other people, but I pop in – Sundays, I usually I try and get in on Sundays – and walk around,” Smith said, “and this particular year, congratulate the coaches and then I usually go meet with the trainers, pop into his office.” And what if Meyer’s not there? Smith said he and the former Florida coach are “big texters.” “You know, he texted me today on one issue and I texted him back so we’re big texters. I kinda know his schedule when they’re in meetings, so, I know when he’s on break. So if I’m on break and I need to go see him about something, I go see him,” he said. “So it’s nothing really formal. But it’s almost every day.” Meyer’s undefeated (5-0) squad faces Nebraska at 8 p.m. on Saturday.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has thrown David De Gea’s future into doubt after revealing he is not confident the Spaniard will sign a new contractThe 27-year-old has developed into one of the world’s greatest goalkeepers at United following his arrival from Atletico Madrid in 2011.But De Gea has just 18 months left on his current contract at Old Trafford and talks over an extension have been delayed by two months.De Gea had been close to sealing a switch to Real Madrid in 2015 – only for a technical problem in sending the paperwork during the final hours of the transfer window putting an end to it.But following Real’s capture of Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea in the summer, United were reportedly confident of sealing a new deal for De Gea.However, Mourinho appears to have suggested otherwise now ahead of the Red Devils’ Premier League clash with Everton.Daniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“I am not confident, but I’m also not worried,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “I cannot find the word in English, but let’s see what happens.“Only the club, David and his people can answer that. My comment is only that everyone knows how good he is, how important he is for Manchester United and if the club wants to be better than it is and not worse.He added: “Obviously it would be very important to keep David.”The Spain international has struggled this season for United and has conceded 16 goals in nine Premier League games.Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain have also been reportedly interested in De Gea.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has described Southampton as ‘so hard to beat’ ahead of their Premier League showdownThe South coast club put up two good showings against City last season but were denied on both occasions by late goals.Despite the club’s inconsistent display, this season Guardiola is clearly adamant they pose a threat ahead of a meeting of the team’s at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.He told the Daily Echo: “I’m impressed with the quality they have up front and especially in the middle.Mourinho knows why City and Liverpool are so far ahead George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho knows why Manchester City and Liverpool are so far ahead of everyone else in the Premier League.In an interview with the Telegraph,…“They have talented players. They play so deep and so physical.“It was so hard to beat them and so complicated. We have to be sharp and move well in small spaces and concede few chances in set pieces as they are strong there too.“They had one week to prepare for this game so it will be tough. We have to be ready to get the three points.”
According to manager Lucien Favre, the BVB footballers should take the match about second-from-bottom team Hannover very seriously.Borussia Dortmund is currently in first place of the German Bundesliga.And on Saturday they will be playing against second-from-bottom in the table, Hannover 96.Coach Lucien Favre has warned his players that this match has to be taken seriously.“I have to warn everyone that the three points are far from secure. We need the same level of concentration that we had in Leipzig!” he told the club’s official website.“While it’s true that Hannover lost their last match, I’ve seen a few games of theirs in which they’ve played really well.”“For example, they drew 1-1 in Freiburg and had far more goal-scoring opportunities than their opponents,” he explained.“This was against a Freiburg side that had just come off the back of 3-0 and 2-0 wins against Leipzig and Gladbach respectively. That tells you all you need to know.”Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.But Manuel Akanji and Dan-Axel Zagadou are still out injured, with the possibility of Omer Toprak to play.“He’s been training,” said Favre.“We’ll have to wait until tomorrow.”“It’s hard to give a precise answer. He’s been running during the week – the ball hasn’t been involved just yet, but he’s done a few sprints,” the manager said about Zagadou.“It’s a good situation which we’re really happy with. He’ll get there step by step, but Saturday will come too soon.”And the coach took the opportunity to update about injured Marco Reus.“He’s trained all week. He’s doing well. That alone is really positive,” he concluded.
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Vijay has lent his voice for a song in Atlee Kumar-directorial Bigil.PR HandoutA song from Vijay’s upcoming movie Bigil was leaked online on Tuesday, 16 July. The track, which is believed to be sung by AR Rahman, hit the internet through backdoors, leaving the makers in a state of a shock.Reportedly, the number titled Singa Penne was recorded at a shooting spot and the makers are yet to react to the issue although they have initiated the process of removing pirated links from the internet. It is believed that the team is investigating the issue and finding out about the lapse in the security.On the other hand, the fans of Vijay have expressed their solidarity with the makers by trending a topic on Twitter, using the hash tag – #DontWorryTeamBigil. However, what has turned into a blessing in disguise is the unanimous positive reviews for the leaked track.In fact, the track has silenced the critics of AR Rahman. The critics had written off the two-time Oscar Award winner after a few of his recent albums failed to strike the chord with the audience. Notably, his songs in Vijay’s previous film Sarkar had not lived up to the expectations and his experimentations did not go well with a section of people.”#Bigil has started to answer the doubters of ARR. Those who were sceptical of his casting in Bigil for music, this album will be the answer. Let’s enjoy once everything comes out officially. #ARRahman. [sic]” a Vijay fan tweeted.There was a belief among the people that AR Rahman had past his prime and struggling to churn memorable songs like before. Another section felt that the musician had lost the touch after he started working on international projects.As a result, the leak has come as a positive development for Bigil and the expectations are now high. People are now hoping that the track will be officially unveiled soon.Atlee Kumar’s sports-drama has Nayanthara in the female lead. The album is expected to be out in September. The movie will see the light of the day in October.
Kolkata: A woman who had killed her husband, a local Trinamool Congress activist of Sonarpur in South 24-Parganas, after conspiring with her boyfriend, attempted suicide inside the police lockup on Sunday morning.Victim’s wife Madhumita Mistri had been under police custody since she was arrested by the police on April 19. She has been kept under observation.According to police, she attempted suicide by cutting her hand and throat with a blade. A question has, however, been raised on how she got a blade inside the police lockup. Some of the policemen posted outside the lockup found the injured victim with her hand and throat bleeding profusely. She was immediately treated by doctors. The woman conspired with a person with whom she had an extra marital affair and killed her husband. The incident took place on April 9. The matter came to light after the woman’s boy friend admitted his guilt before the investigators after his arrest. Both the accused have been arrested on April 19. The victim, Samir Mistri, a local Trinamool Congress was shot dead by the accused Chandan Mondal. According to the investigation, police came to know that victim’s wife Madhumita had developed an illicit relationship with Mondal around two-and-a-half year ago. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsBoth the woman and her boy friend admitted their relationship before the police and the hatched plan to kill Mistri. The incident took place when the victim was having his dinner inside his house. The front door of their room was kept open by the woman to help her boyfriend to carry out the crime. According to the investigation, police said that there was a quarrel between the couple after the victim came to know about the relationship. The accused might have committed the crime as the victim had opposed their relation.
An eighth patent claim by Rovi against Virgin Media, related to pausing and resuming programming, has been dismissed by the UK’s High Court today. The claim centred around pausing and restarting live and on-demand programming on set-top boxes, with Rovi claiming that Virgin Media TiVo’s ability to pause a programme on one set-top box and resume it on another infringed some aspects of a Rovi patent.Judge John Baldwin QC rejected the claim, finding Rovi’s patent to be invalid, and ordered Rovi to reimburse Virgin Media for its legal costs.The ruling marks the eight patent claim to be found invalid that has been brought by Rovi, according to Marks & Clerk Solicitors, which represented Virgin Media and TiVo.“In addition to the invalidation of eight patents in the High Court, Virgin Media has also opposed around 40 Rovi patents at the European Patent Office, resulting in a further six being found invalid so far,” said Will Cook, lead partner of the Virgin Media team at Marks & Clerk.