“Disappointed and very, very frustrated.” That was how former World Boxing Council (WBC) super bantamweight champion Alicia ‘Slick’ Ashley described her feelings following the postponement of her return fight with Fatuma Zarika, which was scheduled to take place in Houston,Texas, on Saturday night.When she put her title on the line last October 1, in Flint, Michigan, there was a return-fight clause in place if she lost. She did lose by split decision, and after several weeks of negotiation, it was agreed the return fight would have taken place last night.Ashley told The Gleaner that she took the fight so seriously that she left cold New York, where she lives, for the warmth of Florida in early January and trained hard for a month.”A few weeks ago, I heard various stories which suggested that there could possibly be a postponement, but I hoped that this would not happen. It did, however, and what I am told is that Fatuma, who is from Kenya, is having visa problems trying to get back to the USA, so this has forced a postponement,” Ashley said. “I worked so hard and, believe me, I was ready.”Ashley said that she had a really good camp and was in much better condition now, than she was in October.”It would have been a great fight,” she added. “I want back my title and I hope that my promoter can get a new date soon.”
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Vincent Bolloré is to join the supervisory board of Vivendi following his company’s crossing of a 5% shareholder threshold in the French media and telecoms giant as a result of the latter’s acquisition of Direct 8 and Direct Star – now renamed D8 and D17 – from Bolloré Group. “The supervisory board welcomes the presence in Vivendi’s capital of an industrial, family-owned French group, who has now become one of the largest Vivendi shareholders,” said Vivendi chairman Jean-René Fourtou. “Confirming what I declared at the shareholders’ meeting on April 19, 2012, we will propose that Vincent Bolloré joins Vivendi’s supervisory board.”Bolloré Group has said it will remain at its current level of participation in Vivendi and that it planned to remain a shareholder for the long term. The 5.01% stake gives Bolloré the status of the leading institutional shareholder in the company, followed by Black Rock with 4.6% and Société Générale with 4.55%.Bolloré’s joining of the supervisory board comes amidst speculation that Vivendi is moving to dispose of non-media assets including mobile and fixed-line telco SFR, as well as stakes in telcos outside Europe.
Eutelsat Communications and RSCC (the Russian Satellite Communications Company) have selected Astrium to build its Express-AMU1/Eutelsat 36C satellite.Due to launch in 2015, the new satellite will provide follow-on and expansion capacity for the Eutelsat 36A broadcast satellite operating at 36° East.The high-capacity satellite will include up to 70 transponders and is designed to transform the broadcasting infrastructure at 36° East to support more television services and IP-based interactive services for Russia’s digital entertainment market.The Express-AMU1/Eutelsat 36C satellite will provide coverage for broadcast services in the European part of the Russian Federation in Ku and Ka bands, and ensure service continuity and growth for broadcast markets developed by Eutelsat in sub-Saharan Africa.