New Zealand rugby sweeps world awards

New Zealand's captain Kieran Read (L) leads the team in the

It hasn’t been a vintage year by the All Blacks’ lofty standards but they‚ and New Zealand rugby‚ swept the World Rugby awards in Monte Carlo on Sunday night.

The Black Ferns‚ the New Zealand women’s team‚ made history by becoming the first female team to win the overall ‘Team of the Year’ gong as a reward for winning the 2017 Women’s World Cup in Ireland.

They beat out England men and the All Blacks for the award.

The All Blacks lost two matches in 2017 – once to the British & Irish Lions and one to Australia‚ while they also drew the third Test against the Lions.

It was the first time since 2011 that the All Blacks lost more than one game in a calendar year.

All Black flyhalf Beauden Barrett though was named 2017 World Player of the Year‚ retaining the crown he won last year.

Barrett became only the second player to win the prestigious award two years in a row‚ matching the achievement of his former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw in 2009-10.

He received the award ahead of four other nominees in All Blacks teammate Rieko Ioane‚ England and British Lions duo Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje and Australia fullback Israel Folau.

Barrett said: “I’m very proud and surprised.

“I wanted to be better than last year and I still think I have plenty more to go.

“The Lions series put us under the most pressure I have probably felt in a black jersey and that’s a credit to the Lions.

“We learnt a lot from that series‚ particularly taking that into the World Cup.

“When I hang the boots up‚ that’s when I can look back and be really proud of this.

“I’ve got to thank my team. I am just one player amongst a great team.”

Blitzbok playmaker Rosko Specman lost out on the World Sevens Player of the Year award to the USA’s Perry Baker.

The American speedster was the Series’ leading try and points-scorer in 2016/17 with 57 tries and 285 points.

England mentor Eddie Jones was named World Coach of the Year after guiding England to nine wins in 10 Tests‚ their only blemish coming against Ireland in the Six Nations.

New Zealand winger Portia Woodman was named the World Rugby Women’s Player of the Year 2017 after helping the Black Ferns win a fifth Women’s Rugby World Cup title in Ireland in August.

She received the award ahead of four other nominees in Black Ferns teammate Kelly Brazier‚ England winger Lydia Thompson and France back-row duo Romane Menager and Safi N’Diaye.

All Black wing Ioane was named World Breakthrough Player of the Year after scoring 10 tries in 11 starts this season.

World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said: “It has been an outstanding 2017 for rugby on and off the field and tonight we have recognised and celebrated those who have made it so special.

“From the players‚ teams and coaches who have inspired millions of fans to the unsung volunteers and projects who at community level are the foundation of our great game‚ we salute them all.

“Congratulations to all our nominees and award winners who have not just displayed excellence‚ but who embody rugby’s character-building values.”

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Alibaba Group Expands Presence in Australia, New Zealand

Alibaba Group Expands Presence in Australia, New Zealand

Chinese online retailer Alibaba Group opened its Australian and New Zealand headquarters in Melbourne on Saturday, its first expansion in the region as it seeks to tap growing global demand for products from the two countries.

The group’s billionaire founder Jack Ma, who spent time in Australia as a young man, said he hoped the e-commerce giant would help Australian and New Zealand businesses “share their world-famous products with billions of customers around the world”.

There are more than 1,300 Australian and 400 New Zealand brands on Alibaba’s Tmall and Tmall Global, the company said in a statement.

“Alibaba Group’s vision for the ANZ region is to build the entire operating infrastructure needed to enable local businesses to expand globally,” Maggie Zhou, the group’s Australian and New Zealand Managing Director, said.

Further growth is planned in the areas of cloud computing, payments, digital entertainment and logistics, she said.

Alibaba also signed a memorandum of understanding with Australia Post aimed at streamlining logistics between Australia and China and developing the first Australian marketplace within Alibaba’s Lazada eCommerce Network in Southeast Asia.

Ma met with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Sydney on Friday where the pair discussed trade, small-and-medium businesses and young business people.

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Microsoft HoloLens Now Available For Pre-Orders in Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, and the UK

Microsoft HoloLens Now Available For Pre-Orders in Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, and the UK

Microsoft HoloLens Now Available For Pre-Orders in Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, and the UK
HIGHLIGHTS
It is now available in a few European markets
Australia and New Zealand are also among the new countries
HoloLens is the world’s first “self-contained holographic computer”
Microsoft stepped into the domain of mixed reality and holographic content with HoloLens back in January 2015. This year in March, Microsoft started shipping the developer edition of its HoloLens headset in the United States and Canada for $3,000 (roughly Rs. 2 lakhs). Starting Wednesday, Microsoft HoloLens will be available for pre-orders in six more countries – Australia, Ireland, France, Germany, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

The Microsoft HoloLens will be available for the following prices in the aforementioned countries in Development Edition and Commercial Suite (adding the volume order ability). The most common Development Edition will cost EUR 3,299 ($3,633) in Germany, France and Ireland, £2,719 ($3,335) in the UK, AUD 4,369 ($3,308) in Australia, and NZD 7,829 ($5,527) in New Zealand.

In June this year, Microsoft had already opened the gates for developers to join its HoloLens world, then foraying into PCs. HoloLens is claimed to be the world’s first standalone and untethered holographic computer.
“When we set out to pioneer mixed reality we knew that many of the best innovations would be discovered only when developers and organizations started developing with HoloLens. As a creator, there is no better feeling than empowering others to let their imagination run wild with innovation.”, said Alex Kipman, Technical Fellow for the Windows and Devices Group, in a blog post announcing wider availability of the headset.

In other news, Microsoft is expected to launch its new Surface AIO at its recently announced October 26 Windows 10 event. The event will kick off at 10am EDT (or 7:30pm IST) and will be live streamed.

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India vs New Zealand Live Streaming Video ICC World Cup T20 2016

India vs New Zealand Live Streaming Video ICC World Cup T20 2016

The main action of the ICC World Cup T20 2016 has kicked off with hosts India taking on New Zealand in Nagpur on Tuesday.

Team India has been in good form in international T20 cricket games, having recently won the Asia Cup in Bangladesh and before that, beating Sri Lanka, and blanking Australia 3-0 in Australia. The Men in Blue start the ICC World T20 2016 as favourites due to this good form and because the tournament is being held in India.

If you want to watch the ICC World T20 2016 cricket tournament live online, you can follow this guide to find out how in India and pretty much everywhere else across the world, including USA, UK, Australia, South Africa and other countries.

How to live stream ICC World T20 2016 India vs New Zealand in India
All the World Cup 2016 matches will be broadcast live on Star Sports’ TV channels. You can also watch all the India matches, and all the matches from the knockout stage onwards, on the state broadcaster, Doordarshan. If you don’t have a TV you can catch the games online via Star Sports or the Star Sports apps for Android, iOS, and Windows Mobile. The games might be on a 5-minute delay, but it’s free to watch, and the stream is of very high quality, so there’s not much to complain about.

How to live stream ICC World T20 2016 India vs New Zealand outside India
If you don’t live in India, you can still watch the ICC World T20 2016 cricket tournament live online.

anderson-corey-3rd-odi-640.jpgUSA
Willow TV is the official broadcaster of the ICC World T20 2016 in the USA, Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa. You can watch the world cup online via its apps for Android, iOS, or Windows Mobile.

UK
If you live in the England, Wales, Scotland, or Republic of Ireland, Sky Sports is the channel you want for ICC World T20 2016. The full TV schedule is listed here and if you want to catch the games online, you can go to the Sky Go website or download its Android or iOS apps. If you don’t have a Sky subscription, you can get a contract-free day, week or month pass via Sky’s Now TV.

Australia
Fox Sports network and Network 9 have the broadcast rights for live coverage of the ICC World T20 in Australia. To watch it live online you need a Foxtel Play subscription; more details available on the Fox website. You can also catch it via Channel 9.

New Zealand
Sky Sports will air the ICC World T20 2016 in New Zealand and you can watch them online via Sky Sports 1, and Sky Sports 3 channels. You need a Sky Go subscription for this, which you can purchasehere.

Pakistan
If you are in Pakistan you can watch ICC World T20 2016 via Ten Sports or PTV Sports. The latter airs all matches for free (only for Pakistan residents) online here.

South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa
SuperSport 2 and SuperSport 6 are the channels you want if you’d like to catch ICC World T20 2016 in South Africa. You can catch the games live online here. The same network will also broadcast the matches live in the following regions: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros Islands, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mayotte, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Reunion, Rwanda, St Helena, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zaire, and Zimbabwe.

india-in-new-zealand-1-640.jpgSri Lanka
SLRC’s Channel Eye will broadcast all ICC World T20 2016 matches live in Sri Lanka.

Bangladesh
Three channels will broadcast ICC World T20 2016 cricket matches live in Bangladesh – Maasranga TV, Bangladesh TV and Gazi TV. Maasranga TV lets you watch the game live online.

Canada
If you are in Canada, ATN is the channel you want to catch for live coverage of ICC World T20 2016.

Middle East and North Africa
OSN has the rights for broadcasting ICC World T20 2016 in Middle East and North Africa. You can catch the games live here if you live in any of these regions: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, West Bank and Gaza, Western Sahara, and Yemen.

Rest of the world
According to an FAQ section in the apps, Star Sports’s apps will also be live steaming ICC World T20 2016 cricket matches in the following regions: Albania, American Samoa, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bhutan, Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bouvet Island, British Indian Ocean Territory, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Congo, Cook Islands, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, East Timor, Estonia, Europe (generic), Faroe Islands, Finland, France, French Polynesia, French Southern Territories, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Guam, Guernsey, Heard Island and Mcdonald Islands, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Japan, Jersey, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Macedonia, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mayotte, Federated States of Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, New Caledonia, Niue, Norfolk Island, North Korea, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway, Palau, Philippines, Pitcairn, Poland, Portugal, Reunion, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Helena, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Georgia/South Sandwich Isl., South Korea, Spain, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Province of China, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tokelau, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, USA Minor Outlying Islands, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican City State, Vietnam, Wallis and Futuna.

ESPN and ESPN 2 are listed as the ICC World T20 2016 broadcasters for a long list of regions too. These include Antarctica, Argentina, Aruba, Ascension Island, Belize, Bolivia, Bonaire, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Falkland Islands, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominica, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Saint Barthélemy, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, Anguilla, Tortola, Montserrat, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, and Turks & Caicos Islands.

If you don’t live in any of the regions above, you might want to check if the live stream is available on Star Sports’ Hotstar website as it is marked as the official broadcaster for “rest of the world” in ICC’s listof official World Cup broadcasters. If your broadcaster isn’t listed here, feel free to check the ICC list to find out how to watch ICC World T20 2016 live online.

Where are you watching the T20 World Cup 2016? Let us know via the comments.

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