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FIFA 21 TOTY Ultimate XI release date confirmed as FUT community vote closes


EA SPORTS have now confirmed the release date of the FUT 21 TOTY Ultimate XI, after confirming the TOTY vote is now closed.

The voting for the FIFA 21 TOTY Ultimate XI began on Thursday January 7, with the FIFA Ultimate Team community able to choose from a total of 70 TOTY Nominees including Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Virgil van Dijk, Jack Grealish and even Joselu!

But there were also some high-profile players who missed out on getting a TOTY nomination, including Bayern Munich midfielder Thomas Muller, Bayern Munich winger Serge Gnabry, Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho and Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford.

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The FUT 21 TOTY voting officially closed on January 18, 2021, with EA SPORTS confirming on their official website that the FIFA 21 TOTY votes are currently being counted.

EA SPORTS also confirmed the release date for the FUT 21 TOTY Ultimate XI, which will likely be the date when the full TOTY FUT 21 promo kicks off.

Check out all the latest info on the FIFA 21 TOTY promo below.

FIFA 21 TOTY Promo Release Date confirmed

The FIFA 21 TOTY Ultimate XI will be released on Friday January 22, 2021 , EA SPORTS confirmed on their official website.

On the FUT 21 Team of the Year web page, there is now a statement confirming the TOTY release date, with the statement also confirming that the vote is now closed.

“The votes for the FIFA 21 Team of the Year are being counted. See who made the Ultimate XI on January 22!”

There is also an additional statement on the ‘About TOTY’ page, confirming that Friday January 22 is the date when these players will be released into the FIFA 21 Ultimate Team.

“The final Team of the Year XI will be announced on January 22, when special TOTY player items featuring some of the highest ratings of the season will be released in FUT 21 to celebrate each player’s incredible performances over the course of a year like no other.”

This means that this year’s FUT TOTY promo bucks the trend of previous FUT seasons, as normally the TOTY campaign begins on a Monday, with different positions being released into packs throughout the week.

But, for FUT 21, it seems that the full FUT 21 TOTY Ultimate XI will be released into packs instantly, and probably the 12th man too.

For example in FUT 20, the TOTY promo began on Monday January 6, 2020. In FUT 19, the TOTY promo began on Monday January 7, 2019. The TOTY has often started earlier too, as you can see from the release dates, but with the real-life season starting late, it makes sense for EA SPORTS to delay the TOTY promo too.

FIFA 21 TOTY Promo – What we know so far

Within any FIFA Ultimate Team season there are always a number of big FUT promos, where highly-rated player items are released into packs, these include FUT promos such as Headliners, Future Stars, Rulebreakers, Freeze, FUTMAS, TOTGS, Winter Refresh, FUT Birthday and many more.

But, the FIFA 21 Team of the Year (TOTY) is the biggest and most popular FUT promo, with the event featuring a selection of players based on their performances over the last calendar year, who are given special blue FUT items with significant upgrades and the best ratings of any FUT promo.

What makes the FUT TOTY promo different to other FUT promos is that the team of eleven players that make up the Team of the Year squad, plus a 12th player, is decided by EA SPORTS FIFA community members by vote, with 70 TOTY Nominees up for selection.

For example, in FIFA 20 Ultimate Team last year, Virgil van Dijk, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s TOTY items were 99-rated, with Kylian Mbappe, Kevin De Bruyne given 98-rated TOTY items, whilst Sadio Mane, N’Golo Kante and Alisson were given 97-rated TOTY items.

The TOTY is normally made up of one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards, where each category can contain a player in any position.

FUT 21 TOTY Campaign Highlights:

  • TOTY is football awards, corrected: the Ultimate XI, influenced by the community and for all.
  • FIFA Ultimate Team’s one squad to rule them all, with some of the best items from the entire cycle, available selectively at first and then all at once, for a limited time.
  • Themed puzzle, Squad Building Challenge, and Objective content to support the broader squad driven campaign

The voting for the FUT 21 Team of the Year squad began on Thursday January 7, 2021 at 4PM GMT. The FIFA 21 Ultimate Team TOTY voting is live now at EA.COM/TOTY.

FIFA 21 TOTY (Team of the Year) Predictions

The FUT 20 TOTY squad was as follows; Alisson ( Liverpool ), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Matthijs de Ligt ( Juventus ), Andy Robertson (Liverpool); N’Golo Kante ( Chelsea ), Frenkie de Jong (FC Barcelona ), Kevin De Bruyne ( Manchester City ), Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain). Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) was named as the 12th TOTY squad member.

So, who would feature in the FUT 21 Team of the Year (TOTY) squad? Check out our predictions below.

  • GK: Manuel Neuer (FC Bayern Munich, Germany)
  • RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold ( Liverpool FC, England)
  • CB: Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool FC, The Netherlands)
  • CB: Sergio Ramos ( Real Madrid, Spain)
  • LB: Alphonso Davies (FC Bayern Munich, Canada)
  • CM: Thiago Alcantara (FC Bayern Munich, now Liverpool, Spain)
  • CM: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City, Belgium)
  • CAM: Bruno Fernandes ( Manchester United, Portugal)
  • RW: Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona, Argentina)
  • ST: Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern Munich, Poland)
  • ST: Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus, Portugal)

12th player prediction: Sadio Mane (Liverpool, Senegal)

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Fans can enjoy deeper definition in player physiques, including flexing muscles after strikes and strand-based hair on some of the top footballers, combined with dynamic lighting that accentuates footballers’ faces and kits for a whole new level of realism.

Additionally, fans who jump into FIFA 21 can also benefit from Dual Entitlement, enabling them to upgrade their copy of the game from PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5, or Xbox One to Xbox Series X/S at no extra cost.*





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Alina Mayo Azze on her departure from Univision: “Today this long chapter in my life closes” | The State

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Yesterday we told you that the emblematic journalist of Univision News, Alina Mayo Azze, who spent 30 years at the helm of the local Miami newscast, was fired.

Yes, the same day the new executives and positions were introduced Univision, began a wave of layoffs, especially in local stations, both television and radio.

Through her Instagram account, Mayo Azze herself confirmed the news by writing these moving and at the same time inspiring words:

“The day has come… Today this long chapter in my life as a television journalist closes. Thank you all for your support, trust, and love during my nearly 40 years of TV reporting in Spanish in South Florida. Of those years, 30 have been as presenter of the news of channel 23. This journey has been a privilege in which I learned a lot from my community and from those who form it. Here I will share my new projects.

For the moment I am going to dedicate myself to rest and charge batteries after such a difficult 2020. I am calm and happy! I ask from my heart that you continue to support the local press, especially my colleagues on television who bring you the news every day. At a time when the press is under siege by so many, the local television newscasts work very hard day by day and they do it for you, and for the well-being of your families. I don’t like goodbyes … from me, this is just a see you later … Peace, health and love to all ❤️ Alina ❤️ “, he concluded.

Alina Mayo Azze, who graduated from the University of Miami, began her career as a reporter on Univision Miami’s Channel 23 in 1981. She then joined Telemundo Miami as a presenter in 1988, and returned to Univision in 1991 to lead Noticias 23 until yesterday.

During his career, he has interviewed world leaders such as President Barack Obama, and has covered stories such as the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the death of the Princess Diana. He has received six EMMY Awards, four ACRIN Awards, and two ACCA Awards.

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Florence Nightingale Museum closes in London

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, he lost all income

The Florence Nightingale Museum in London has announced it will close on 28 February, according to the BBC. The museum is located on the grounds of St. Thomas’s Hospital, where British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was treated for coronavirus last year.

In March 2020, the museum opened an exhibition commemorating the bicentennial of the founder of nursing Florence Nightingale, but ten days later the country declared a nationwide quarantine. The museum managed to open in August, but it received little profit as the number of tourists dropped sharply due to restrictions.

The museum has been closed since November 2020. Now he faces a massive restructuring and downsizing, announced the institution’s CEO David Green. “The changes need to be made now, otherwise the museum will no longer pay for itself.”– he added.

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Apple temporarily closes all remaining Apple Stores in the UK

Apple has been shutting down loads of retail stores as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to peak — on December 20th, it temporarily closed every single location in California, Mexico, Brazil, and over a dozen in London. Now, as England and Scotland go into a pair of new national lockdowns, Apple is closing all of its remaining stores in the UK.

As 9to5Mac’s Michael Steeber reports, that means 18 additional stores are now closed across the UK, including several in Scotland and one in Belfast, Ireland — though it looks like the Belfast store may have already been closed. (Northern Ireland went into lockdown even earlier, on December 26th, shutting down all non-essential shops.)

While it feels worthwhile to note the closures, they may not make all that much of a difference for more shoppers, who already couldn’t physically enter many of these stores since November. That’s when Apple started offering express service only at many of these stores. You’d have been able to pick up online orders, but you couldn’t browse.

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Michigan state capitol closes amid ‘threats of violence’ as electors cast their votes for Biden

Michigan state capitol closes amid ‘threats of violence’ as electors cast their votes for Biden: Building shut to ‘to ensure everyone’s safety’ on day Electoral College meets

  • Document anticipates ‘credible threats of violence,’ but not any protests today 
  • Monday is the day set by law for the meeting of the Electoral College in the US
  • Biden won Michigan by 154,000 votes, claiming the state’s 16 electoral votes 

Michigan state legislative offices will be closed today due to safety concerns as presidential electors are meeting across the US to formally choose Joe Biden as the nation’s next president.

A Senate notification which was obtained by The Detroit News said: ‘Due to safety and security concerns, the Senate and all Senate spaces in downtown Lansing will be closed Monday, December 14.’ 

Amber McCann, a spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey said there were ‘credible threats of violence,’ but did not anticipate protests.

It comes as Trump clings to claims that he won the election and continues to make fraud allegations. 

The State House in Lansing is only allowing staffers who are essential in the Electoral College vote to go to the Capitol after law enforcement recommended the closure.   

Michigan state legislative offices (pictured) will be closed today due to safety concerns as presidential electors are meeting across the US to formally choose Joe Biden as the nation’s next president

Biden won Michigan by 154,000 votes, claiming the state’s 16 electoral votes.       

Monday is the day set by law for the meeting of the Electoral College when electors meet in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to cast their ballots. 

The results will be sent to Washington and tallied in a January 6 joint session of Congress over which Vice President Mike Pence will preside.

The electors’ votes have drawn more attention than usual this year because President Donald Trump has refused to concede the election and continued to make baseless allegations of fraud. 

Biden is planning to address the nation Monday night, after the electors have voted. 

Trump, meanwhile, is clinging to his false claims that he won the election, but also undermining Biden’s presidency even before it begins. ‘No, I worry about the country having an illegitimate president, that’s what I worry about. A president that lost and lost badly,’ Trump said in a Fox News interview that was taped Saturday.

Following weeks of Republican legal challenges that were easily dismissed by judges, Trump and Republican allies tried to persuade the Supreme Court last week to set aside 62 electoral votes for Biden in four states, which might have thrown the outcome into doubt. 

Biden (pictured this weekend in Pennsylvania) won Michigan by 154,000 votes, claiming the state's 16 electoral votes

Biden (pictured this weekend in Pennsylvania) won Michigan by 154,000 votes, claiming the state’s 16 electoral votes

The justices rejected the effort on Friday. Biden won 306 electoral votes to 232 votes for Trump. It takes 270 votes to be elected.

In 32 states and the District of Columbia, laws require electors to vote for the popular-vote winner. The Supreme Court unanimously upheld this arrangement in July.

Electors almost always vote for the state winner anyway because they generally are devoted to their political party. There’s no reason to expect any defections this year. Among prominent electors are Democrat Stacey Abrams of Georgia and Republican Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota.

The voting is decidedly low tech, by paper ballot. Electors cast one vote each for president and vice president.

The Electoral College was the product of compromise during the drafting of the Constitution between those who favoured electing the president by popular vote and those who opposed giving the people the power to choose their leader.

Trump, (pictured golfing in Sterling yesterday) meanwhile, is clinging to his false claims that he won the election, but also undermining Biden's presidency even before it begins

Trump, (pictured golfing in Sterling yesterday) meanwhile, is clinging to his false claims that he won the election, but also undermining Biden’s presidency even before it begins

Each state gets a number of electors equal to their total number of seats in Congress: two senators plus however many members the state has in the House of Representatives. 

Washington, D.C., has three votes, under a constitutional amendment that was ratified in 1961. With the exception of Maine and Nebraska, states award all their Electoral College votes to the winner of the popular vote in their state. 

The bargain struck by the nation’s founders has produced five elections in which the president did not win the popular vote. Trump was the most recent example in 2016.

Biden topped Trump by more than 7 million votes this year.

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Eton College CLOSES due to outbreak of coronavirus at the prestigious private school 

Eton College has temporarily closed due to a coronavirus outbreak among students and teachers.

The £42,500-a-year school’s headmaster Simon Henderson wrote a letter to parents saying ‘a large number of symptomatic boys and staff tested positive’ for the virus.

Mr Henderson said there is a ‘real danger’ the number could spiral out of control this weekend if action isn’t taken in a letter seen by MailOnline. 

He did not specify how many pupils tested positive at the boarding school – which houses boys between the ages of 13 and 18.

Students will continue to learn remotely until the end of term. 

The shock closure of the school comes in the midst of a row over free speech which saw teacher Will Knowland sacked for challenging so-called modern feminist views about ‘toxic masculinity’ in an online lecture.

Sources within the school have pointed out that fewer boys will now be on site when the verdict of Mr Knowland’s appeal is announced next week – amid murmurings of student protests.  

Eton College has temporarily closed due to a coronavirus outbreak among students and teachers (file image)

The £42,500-a-year school's headmaster Simon Henderson wrote a letter (pictured) to parents saying 'a large number of symptomatic boys and staff tested positive' for the virus

The £42,500-a-year school’s headmaster Simon Henderson wrote a letter (pictured) to parents saying ‘a large number of symptomatic boys and staff tested positive’ for the virus

Mr Henderson said there is a 'real danger' the number could spiral out of control this weekend if action isn't taken in a letter seen by MailOnline. Pictured: A file image of Eton students and staff, taken before the pandemic

Mr Henderson said there is a ‘real danger’ the number could spiral out of control this weekend if action isn’t taken in a letter seen by MailOnline. Pictured: A file image of Eton students and staff, taken before the pandemic

The letter sent today read: ‘Having been largely Covid free since Long Leave, a number of symptomatic boys and staff have tested positive in the past few days. We are awaiting results on several others, with more scheduled to be tested.

Mr Henderson (pictured) did not specify how many pupils tested positive at the boarding school - which houses boys between the ages of 13 and 18

Mr Henderson (pictured) did not specify how many pupils tested positive at the boarding school – which houses boys between the ages of 13 and 18

‘We also now have a significant number of boys and staff self-isolating as close contacts.’

He said it was clear there is ‘Covid within the school’.

He added: ‘Having taken medical advice, we believe there is a real danger that the number of cases could increase significantly over the weekend and into next week unless we take action.

‘The health and well being of the school community is my top priority.’

Students will be encouraged to head home before the weekend.

Pupils who are unable to get home at such short notice will be able to stay in the school this weekend and into next week ‘if necessary’, the letter read.

The decision to close the school comes in the middle of students’ end-of-term exams called ‘trials’.

Several students will now have to sit the tests at home. 

Eton has been thrust into the spotlight in recent weeks after teacher Mr Knowland lost his job after challenging so-called modern feminist views about ‘toxic masculinity’ in an online lecture.

His dismissal for reportedly refusing to take down his lecture from his personal YouTube channel has put the school at the centre of a storm of protest over its supposedly ‘woke’ values under current headmaster Mr Henderson.

Some figures who initially backed Mr Knowland have since distanced themselves after learning more about the lecture, which included incorrect statistics about rape.

The shock closure of the school comes in the midst of a row over free speech which saw teacher Will Knowland (pictured) sacked for challenging so-called modern feminist views about 'toxic masculinity' in an online lecture

The shock closure of the school comes in the midst of a row over free speech which saw teacher Will Knowland (pictured) sacked for challenging so-called modern feminist views about ‘toxic masculinity’ in an online lecture 

The English teacher also quoted an article saying women wanted to be ‘overwhelmed by the sheer power of masculinity’. 

This week, Mr Knowland attended an appeal hearing chaired by Princes William and Harry’s ex-housemaster, with a verdict expected within seven days.

If the original decision is upheld, he will look to a little-known piece of legislation to try and continue the fight, it has now emerged. 

In a note to supporters, seen by the Telegraph, he said: ‘Another way in which I might hope to secure the support of members of both Houses of Parliament is by lodging a petition for a Personal Bill.

‘My petition would be to try to secure a Personal Act of Parliament reinstating me as a Master at Eton College. Like any Bill that goes through Parliament, there would be scrutiny by a select committee of my case, and any petition opposing the Bill by the College. Parliament would hear evidence and submissions from counsel.’

Parliament describes Personal Bills as a type of private bill relating to the ‘estate, property, status or style, or otherwise to the personal affairs of an individual’.

Rather than public legislation, which affects everyone in the country equally, private bills are far smaller in scale and only have an impact on specific groups of people.

They have rarely been used in modern times, having last been seen more than 30 years ago in 1987, when they allowed specific couples to marry. 

During the first Covid-lockdown, Eton offered its empty boarding houses to key workers who were isolating from their families. It also created free online courses for teenagers. 

How ‘Trendy Hendy’ is overseeing a woke revolution at Eton 

Headmaster Simon Henderson transformed Britain's most famous school into a place which reflects right-on preoccupations befitting his nickname 'Trendy Hendy'

Headmaster Simon Henderson transformed Britain’s most famous school into a place which reflects right-on preoccupations befitting his nickname ‘Trendy Hendy’

Simon Henderson took over his role as Eton College headmaster five years ago and was nicknamed ‘Trendy Hendy’ by pupils.

He is said to have a habit of wearing chino trousers and open-necked shirts, overseeing what has been viewed as a cultural change at the famous school.

Mr Henderson once suggested he might get rid of Eton’s traditional tailcoats and is known to be interested by modern management techniques.

In 2016, he announced plans to split Eton’s deputy head-master role into two, creating one deputy head for ‘academic’ affairs and another for ‘pastoral’ matters.

He has also created a new role of ‘director of inclusion education’ to oversee diversity at Eton, and made a woman the Lower Master, or deputy head, for the first time.

A source has told the Telegraph that Mr Henderson ‘feels strongly’ about changing perceptions of Eton as an ‘old fashioned pillar of social and male elitism’.

The school has pointed out that the decision to sack Mr Knowland was taken by a disciplinary panel that the headmaster doesn’t sit on. 

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Debenhams closes stores, and Topshop goes under external management

Retail is not coping with the coronavirus crisis

British retailers are not coping with the coronavirus crisis, writes the BBC. Even stores with a long history are closing due to falling sales. One of them was Debenhams, which dates back to 1778.

The company came under external control in April 2020, and the COVID-19 epidemic was the last straw for the business. In May, Debenhams management decided to cut 6.5 thousand employees, and now announced the gradual closure of all 124 stores. Another 12 thousand people threaten to remain without work. The retailer was in talks with the sports store chain JD Sports, but the parties were unable to agree on the terms of the purchase of Debenhams.

On November 30, Arcadia Group announced the transition to external management. She owns brands such as Topshop, Dorothy Perkins, Burton, Wallis, Miss Selfridge and Topman. The business of the company will now be run by the consulting giant Deloitte, which will look for new owners. If there are none, the holding can be liquidated, and 13 thousand employees – dismissed.

There are 444 Arcadia Group stores in the UK. “We did our best to keep working and keep jobs, but we faced too severe obstacles.”, – the head of the company Ian Grabiner commented on the news.

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Quibi officially closes down just eight months after launching subscription streaming service

Quibi has officially closed down just eight months after the app launched with the promise of revolutionizing the subscription streaming video market. 

The brainchild of Hollywood powerhouse Jeffrey Katzenberg stopped being operable as of Tuesday, with any loyal users the app once had now unable to log in or access its ‘on the go’ content.  

Katzenberg told staff back in October the entertainment startup that had raised $1.75 billion in capital would shutter after it failed to make waves following its April debut. 

While executives have blamed its flop on the coronavirus pandemic, the firm has been plagued with issues since the get-go, with reports surfacing in June of a feud between Katzenberg and CEO Meg Whitman as far back as 2018. 

Quibi has officially closed down just eight months after the app launched with the promise of revolutionizing the subscription streaming video market

Quibi’s website is still up and running and the app will remain on consumers’ smartphones until they delete it but viewers trying to access the app and content will find themselves coming up against an error message and unable to log in from today.  

Katzenberg announced in October the board had taken the difficult decision to wind down operations and sell off the company assets, just seven months after the app for phone use launched to much fanfare. 

In an emotional video call, the entrepreneur told his 200 staff members to listen to the song Get Back Up Again from the animated film Trolls to lift their spirits as they learned they were losing their jobs in the middle of a global pandemic, the Wall Street Journal reported at the time. 

The company made the decision public hours later in an open letter where Katzenberg and Whitman thanked staff for their ‘dedication and commitment’ and said they ‘genuinely loved coming to work with the most remarkable and passionate team that we have ever assembled.’  

The brainchild of Hollywood powerhouse Jeffrey Katzenberg stopped being operable as of Tuesday, with any loyal users the app once had now unable to log in or access its 'on the go' content. Pictured Katzenberg and CEO Meg Whitman in January

The brainchild of Hollywood powerhouse Jeffrey Katzenberg stopped being operable as of Tuesday, with any loyal users the app once had now unable to log in or access its ‘on the go’ content. Pictured Katzenberg and CEO Meg Whitman in January 

The company offered a subscription streaming service focused on short, 10-minute videos or ‘quick bites’ produced at a cost of $100,000 per minute.  

Ahead of the launch, Quibi secured $150 million in commitments from companies including Progressive Corp, Procter & Gamble Co and General Mills, and numerous big names including Jennifer Lopez, LeBron James and Steven Spielberg all got involved in starring in and producing content.

Hotly anticipated shows created for the service included Chrissy’s Court, in which Chrissy Teigan presided as a TV judge in real-life disputes, and 60 in 6, a six-minute version of news-magazine show 60 Minutes. 

The model was touted as the solution for consumers looking to watch short entertainment ‘on the go’ on their smartphones.

But the app was over before it ever took off. 

Katzenberg, a former CEO at DreamWorks, blamed the demise on the timing of the launch that coincided with the coronavirus shuttering America and people no longer being ‘on the go’ due to stay-at-home orders.  

Quibi's original content includes 'Chrissy's Court', which featured model and television personality Chrissy Tiegen as a judge presiding over her own courtroom

Quibi’s original content includes ‘Chrissy’s Court’, which featured model and television personality Chrissy Tiegen as a judge presiding over her own courtroom

Numerous big names including Jennifer Lopez, LeBron James and Steven Spielberg all got involved in starring in and producing content. The thriller 'Most Serious Game' starring Chris Hemsworth

Numerous big names including Jennifer Lopez, LeBron James and Steven Spielberg all got involved in starring in and producing content. The thriller ‘Most Serious Game’ starring Chris Hemsworth

‘Quibi was founded to create the next generation of storytelling,’ Katzenberg said in a release.

‘The world has changed dramatically since Quibi launched and our standalone business model is no longer viable.’

He cited another issue being that the service ‘asked people to pay for it before they understood what it was.’

But critics have argued the service failed to hit the mark as consumers continued to prefer full-length content to watch from the comfort of their homes, with the likes of Netflix surging in popularity during the pandemic. 

The service also entered an already saturated market with the likes of Disney Plus and HBO Max also entering the industry around the same time.

Quibi had reportedly been counting on several million subscribers by April 2021, but six months after its launch it had only a few hundred thousand. 

By the third quarter of 2020, Quibi had just 710,000 subscriber households, according to estimates from research firm Kantar, well below its first-year subscriber goal of 7.4 million.  

Executives have blamed its flop on the coronavirus pandemic. Katzenberg above

Reports surfaced back in June of a feud between Katzenberg and Whitman (above) as far back as 2018

While executives have blamed its flop on the coronavirus pandemic, the firm has been plagued with issues since the get-go, with reports surfacing back in June of a feud between Katzenberg and CEO Meg Whitman as far back as 2018 

Many people who initially downloaded the app used the free 90-day trial and didn’t translate into customers paying the $4.99 for ad-supported streaming and $7.99 for ad-free streaming. 

A last-ditch attempt to rescue the firm by securing a buyer for its catalog of programming also failed to materialize. 

NBCUniversal and Facebook acquisitions had both been on the table but both companies reportedly declined the offer. 

But, aside from the lackluster popularity for the app itself, behind the scenes the company was reportedly beset with infighting at the top table.   

Sources told the The Wall Street Journal in June that Whitman threatened to quit Quibi soon after she came on board as CEO back in 2018.  

In May 2018 Whitman sent a list of problems to Katzenberg, including that she found his treatment of her and other employees ‘dictatorial’ and ‘demeaning’, the sources said.  

The issues were reportedly resolved, with the pair – who previously worked together at Disney – coming to a truce about how to better work together and plowing ahead with plans.

And Quibi dismissed any concerns of ongoing issues in June impacting the business, saying ‘they are good friends and admire and respect one another.’ 

But insiders expressed concerns of clashes in leadership styles and said tensions reignited between the pair in response to the app’s dismal first month performance.  

The company will continue to wind down its operations including its website and social channels.

It has reportedly told investors including Disney, NBCUniversal, WarnerMedia and ViacomCBS it will return $350 million of its $1.75 billion raised back. 

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Ramparts: Thomas Sigouin closes the door in third


Thanks to a fine performance by goalkeeper Thomas Sigouin, the Quebec Remparts were able to defeat the Gatineau Olympiques 2-1 on Thursday afternoon at the Videotron Center.

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Sigouin gave Gatineau a first goal midway through the third, giving in on one of 14 shots aimed at him on the opening. He had only received six in total in the first 40 minutes of play.

Ramparts: Thomas Sigouin closes the door in third

Photo COURTESY JONATHAN ROY, QMJHL

Edouard Cournoyer and Pierrick Dubé found the back of the net for the Remparts, while Kieran Craig ensured the reply.

Ramparts: Thomas Sigouin closes the door in third

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Between the visitors’ posts, Emerik Despatie was also not very busy, repelling 17 shots.



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Henry Slade living the dream as he closes in on clean sweep of rugby’s trophies


Henry Slade knows he is living the dream and he is not about to pinch himself.

In what has been an awful year for so many, the Exeter star has enjoyed as rich a run of success as rugby has known.

Last month he lifted the European Cup, the Premiership and the Six Nations on successive weekends, scoring tries in all three ‘finals’.

Now he is two England wins from making it four major trophies in 50 days by adding the Autumn Nations Cup.

“It’s been a pretty awesome year,” admitted Slade. “It could have been a bit better with people there to watch it. Apart from that it has been unbelievable.”

Slade scores in England’s Six Nations title-clinching win over Italy in Rome and (below) with trophy


Slade’s golden run has played out against a backdrop of disruption, uncertainty and tragedy across the world.

Yet for a player who has had his fair share of bad luck with injuries and type 1 diabetes, the year has brought great joy.

The first lockdown bought him time to recover from a broken leg, pushing back the domestic season and Six Nations until he was fit to take part.

Slade scores in Premiership final win over Wasps and (below) with his man of the match award


It also allowed him to savour becoming a first-time dad when partner Megan gave birth to daughter Olive.

And now a match on Saturday against Wales, followed in all probability by a final against France, stands between the 27-year-old and a perfect 2020.

“It is pretty strange circumstances,” Slade conceded. “It’ll never happen again when you have them all back-to-back and the Six Nations in October.

Hooray Henry: Slade scores Exeter’s all-important try in their European Cup final win over Racing…

…and celebrates (left) with Jack Yeandle, Alec Hepburn, Ben Moon and Gareth Steenson

“So for us to have done that was awesome; three on the bounce is something I will probably never get to do again and something I will cherish forever.”

Slade could not have imagined such good fortune when England lost the World Cup final a year ago and he returned home to fracture his ankle in a club game. But fate then intervened.

“If any time was a good time for a lockdown, yeah, I suppose it gave me a chance to get rid of some niggles,” he said.

Exeter won Heineken Cup (above) and Premiership title a week later (below)


“I was just coming back from a broken leg and it was probably still a little bit sore, so to have that time off and to get fully sorted was good.

“Lockdown was was almost like a mini sabbatical. It was frustrating not knowing when or if the season was going to restart, but we didn’t let that get in the way.

“We knuckled down, got some hard work done and reaped the benefits later on.”

England today name their side to face Wales and Ollie Lawrence’s hip injury means a new midfield partner for Slade.





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