LEICESTER (4-4-1-1)SCHMEICHEL,SIMPSON, HUTH,MORGAN, FUCHS,MAHREZ, DRINKWATER, KANTE, ALBRIGHTON,OKAZAKI,VARDYPELLE, LONG,TADIC, ROMEU, CLASIE, S. DAVIS,BERTRAND, VAN DIJK, FONTE, MARTINA,FORSTERSOUTHAMPTON (4-2-3-1)Leicester City are five points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League though second-placed Tottenham Hotspur play a day earlier and could reduce that deficit to two points.Riyad Mahrez has become Leicester’s danger man; he has been involved in more Premier League goals this season than anyone else (16 goals, 11 assists), two more than teammate Jamie Vardy (25).Mahrez has scored more winning goals in the Premier League than any other player this season. Mahrez has also netted more away league goals this season than any other player (12).Mahrez and Vardy have set each other up for eight Premier League goals this season (five Mahrez assists, three Vardy assists), a joint-high along with Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud.Interestingly, Leicester have won 13 games by a one goal margin this season, more than any other.Southampton, meanwhile, are unbeaten in their last three league games, winning the last two. Last time out, at home to Liverpool, they came back from a two-goal deficit to win 3-2, with Sadio Mane scoring a late winner.At St Mary’s Stadium in October, Saints led 2-0 but Vardy scored two late goals to earn the Foxes a point. Vardy has 19 goals for Leicester though he has gone five without a club goal.However, Vardy scored in successive England games last week, in Germany and at home to the Netherlands.Leicester test goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, Matthew James and Andy King. Southampton, meanwhile, test Ryan Bertrand and are without Jay Rodriguez, Charlie Austin and Florin Gardos.
<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/20084/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A Thai Airways International’ shares gained almost four per cent following the news of forecasted growth in Thailand’s visitor arrivals.As Thailand returns to normalcy after months of anti-government demonstrations, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) upgraded its 2011 visitor arrivals forecast to 15.5 million, adding Bt600 billion to the economy.As faith in Thailand’s recovering tourism industry returned over the past month, Thai Airways International’ shares gained more than 13 per cent, reported the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation.However, in the absence of real political reform, investors run the risk of further civil unrest affecting the airline’s future share prices, said Reuters.“No one really knows when there’ll be attacks and gunfire in the streets again; people see more risk,” Aberdeen Asset Management Fund Manager Adithep Vanabriksha told the news service.”We could see some peace and quiet for a while and everything looks fine. But who can tell you what will happen in three, four or five months? There are more questions and concerns,” said Adithep, who manages $727 million in Thai assets.In June, Thai Airways International admitted that its second quarter revenue and cabin load factor would be hurt by the recent turmoil in Thailand.April’s cabin load factor was 72 per cent but this dropped to 56.8 per cent in May, Thai Airways International President Piyasvasti Amranand told reporters.Before the demonstrations began, the airline was aiming for a 2010 cabin factor of 75 per cent.Thai Airways International is due to announce their second quarter results in August.
SeaChange and TiVo have launched a joint solution targeting cable operators looking to launch advanced VOD services.The new Cardio solution comprises SeaChange’s interactive consumer electronics gateway software and servers that interface directly to TiVo’s user interface and set-top boxes including the Premiere, Premiere Q and Preview models. The solution supports platforms Cisco and Motorola.“Cardio improves upon a simple and hugely popular goal to give operators more choice in set-tops and subscriber experience while further leveraging their SeaChange video back office,” said Anthony Landamia, executive director, product management, SeaChange. “SeaChange and TiVo solved a fundamental challenge for operators who invested in VOD yet wanted to expand set-top options without disruption. Its capabilities will continue to evolve and support more devices and digital network vendors.”
The Box Plus Network, a joint venture between Channel 4 and Bauer Media, has launched two new linear TV channels – Box Hits and Box Upfront.The UK music video network has also introduced a new social-first digital channel, called BeBox.Box Plus Network said that the launches are designed address the “changing dynamic in youth media consumption,” consolidating its linear TV proposition and tapping new audiences with the BeBox digital offer.Box Hits will feature “the most popular hits of the last few years” while Box Upfront will showcase new and emerging artist talent alongside new music from established artists.BeBox will target the company’s core audience of “mainstream 16–24 year olds” with music and pop culture content across multiple digital platforms, led by social media.“We’ve been spending a lot of time speaking to our audience and the introduction of our new linear channels; Box Upfront and Box Hits, as well as our new digital channel BeBox, are a direct result of this feedback,” said The Box Plus Network managing director, Matt Rennie.“The way our audience consume media may be changing, but what remains constant is their love for music and pop-culture.”At the same time the Box Plus Network said it will refresh its flagship channel The Box and international network Box Africa. With Box Upfront focusing on brand new music, The Box, will now cover a “broad chart mix” alongside music productions and features.