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July 12, 2018 6:03 PM Comcast boosts Sky bid to $34 billion, topping Murdoch’s offer

Comcast Corp. increased its takeover bid for Sky Plc to $34 billion US, topping an offer from Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox Inc. and escalating a global standoff between the media giants. Comcast, the largest U.S. cable company, is now offering 14.75 pounds a share for Sky, valuing Britain’s top pay-TV provider at 26 billion pounds, according to a statement 8

July 10, 2018 11:45 PM Canadian lacrosse team was unified by labour standoff

NETANYA, Israel — Canada will begin its defence of its world lacrosse title with precious little preparation time on the field. But players say team unity is already ironclad after joining together in a labour standoff with the Canadian Lacrosse Association. The Canadians didn’t have a full roster playing together until last week’s training camp, but just a couple 7

July 10, 2018 7:06 PM Soulpepper Theatre features female, minority artists in 2018-2019 season

Soulpepper reported more than $12.5 million in revenues in 2017, around 16 per cent of which came from grants, according to an annual report released in June. After an embattled year, the theatre’s lineup for next season will showcase female and minority playwrights, directors and characters. Productions include Oraltorio: a Theatrical Mixtape, which 10

July 1, 2018 8:52 PM Maple Leafs hit and miss on NHL free-agent market

A year ago, the speedy, age-defying winger arrived as the first real sign that an established NHL star believed in the Leafs’ rebuild featuring Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner. The 38-year-old didn’t disappoint with a 27-goal campaign. The Leafs believed they got the best third-line winger in the NHL, but Clarkson — based on the inflated contract — wanted 10

June 28, 2018 11:01 PM Science fiction master Harlan Ellison dies at 84

His short story, I Have No Mouth & I Must Scream, is about the last humans, eternally tortured by a malevolent, godlike computer. It was made into a computer game, with its author providing the machine’s voice. Ellison disliked computers and worked on old manual typewriters, although he denied being anti-technology. Sometimes, for promotional purposes 12

June 28, 2018 9:10 PM Union urges consumers to #BuyCanadian as trade war with U.S. heats up

A consumer boycott of American-made products and services is gathering steam as Canada counts down to this weekend’s imposition of retaliatory tariffs on $16.6 billion worth of American products. Popular hashtags on social media include #BuyCanadian and #BoycottUSA, as consumers express their dislike of U.S. President Donald Trump’s imposition of tariffs 14

June 27, 2018 5:40 PM Global chemical weapons watchdog gets authority to assign blame for illegal attacks

BRUSSELS — Member nations of the global chemical weapons watchdog voted Wednesday to give the organization the authority to apportion blame for illegal attacks, expanding its powers following a bitter dispute pitting between Britain and its western allies against Russia and Syria. The 82-24 vote provided the necessary two-thirds majority to enlarge the purview 14

June 20, 2018 11:05 PM Series preview: Toronto Blue Jays at Los Angeles Angels

We’re not even gong to pretend Mike Trout has a comparable. A two-time MVP in his first six full seasons (he was runner-up three times and fourth last season), the Angels outfielder is having another dominant season. Through Tuesday’s games, he led the majors in runs (60), homers (23), walks (64), on-base percentage (.469), OPS (1.158), total bases (77), and WAR (6.5). Marcus 9

June 20, 2018 6:23 PM Disney overtakes Comcast with $71-billion bid for Twenty-First Century Fox

If Disney prevails, Avatar and other movies from Fox’s studios would help beef up Disney’s upcoming streaming service. Disney, which already owns Marvel, would get back the characters previously licensed to Fox, setting the stage for X-Men and the Avengers to appear together. If Comcast wins, it would get a larger portfolio of cable channels including 11

June 20, 2018 5:41 PM The Mouse chases the Fox: Disney makes $71B US counteroffer for Twenty-First Century Fox

Entertainment and telecom firms bulking up to compete with tech firms, such as Amazon, Netflix Disney is offering more than $71 billion US for Fox's entertainment businesses in a counterbid to Comcast's nearly $66 billion US offer . The battle for Twenty-First Century Fox reflects a new imperative among entertainment and telecommunications firms. They are amassing 24