My experience West Indies Board members and others knew about these and other things that were done by West Indies players, but nothing was ever done or said about them, not to anyone’s knowledge. They happened and they were brushed aside without even a word of caution, or remorse. Gayle’s action was poor, to say the least, but had some attention been paid to similar or other indiscretions in the past, it may not have happened this time around. Ian Chappell, the legendary Ian Chappell, has called for a ban on Gayle, and he may be right in doing so, but he is the last one who should make such a call. Ian Chappell was the Australian captain who hit Guyanese Vic Insanally on the steps of the members pavilion at Bourda one early morning during the Super Test in 1979. Ian Chappell even appeared before the court to answer charges for assault. I was there, and I reported on it. I was one of the few people who saw it. Gayle’s behaviour on Australian television was outrageous and appalling, but I dare say, not criminal, not by any means whatsoever. It was simply the sort of behaviour not expected from any well-thinking young man, and certainly not one coming from a co-educational school as Gayle does, certainly not one coming from a family, including a mother and a sister, and not coming from a sportsman and from one who has been so good and so great that he has travelled the world, or a great part of it, many, many times. Gayle’s problem, it seems, is that, as a cricketer, he is great, he is famous and popular, he is rich and attractive, and he knows it. More than that, however, he probably feels that he has a right, or the right, because of who he is, to behave like he is better than other ordinary mortals. Probably, when all is said done, Gayle believes, based on my experience with many cricket stars, that cricket is so important to the West Indian people and to the world that, because of their prowess in the game, because of their contribution to victories from time to time, they are not only sports stars of the people, but heroes of the people. Sometimes this leads to obnoxious behaviour by those who are treated in this way because they know no better, or simply because they feel they have a right to act that way. Maybe both reasons apply to Gayle, maybe sports stars move to a different beat. While Gayle is guilty of conduct contrary to good behaviour, however, or to accepted good behaviour, and must pay the price, he is not alone in soiling his name, his family’s name, his school’s name, and his country’s name. Cricket West Indies should share some of the fallout of the Gayle issue. West Indies cricket has always been, or mostly been, controlled by the territories who have the big boys on the team. It has oftentimes been a case where the respective politician moves to the music of the big boys, and it has always been a case where the big boys get away with almost anything, and whatever they want. Remember when a West Indies captain did not take his place in the field one morning during the Test match against England in Antigua, remember the time, late in the evening, when a West Indies captain ran down the pitch and bellowed an appeal for a leg before wicket decision in a Test match against England at Kensington Oval? Remember when Courtney Walsh, captain of Jamaica and the West Indies, refused to spin the toss at Chedwin Park with another territory’s player who was the captain of his team and wanted the captaincy of the West Indies team, and do you remember the final of the regional four-day competition, when a Jamaican player did not play the match between Jamaica and Guyana at Kensington Oval because he played a benefit match in Antigua? Remember also the time when the West Indies team went to South Africa, went back to London, and called the president to a meeting over fees? There were many other times when West Indies cricketers played the wrong stroke without correcting it, and got away with it. There was also the time during the 2003 World Cup in South Africa, on a morning flight from Kimberley to Johannesburg, with the Kenya and West Indies teams on board, and a West Indian player opened up, loud and clear for all to hear, against the West Indies manager. It was nasty. I was sitting beside the manager. For years now, some other journalists and I have been talking about grooming potential territorial and West Indies cricketers, talking to them about things they are likely to expect on and off the field, and how to deal with them. From my experience, some West Indies players have always behaved like they are better than the people who pay to watch them play and their attitude has been way below expectations, some West Indies players’ behaviour, their language, in public places like airports, have been embarrassing, their appearance, their dress, in restaurants at home and abroad, have been disgraceful, and their general behaviour, their attitude, towards women, have sometimes been deplorable. West Indies players, some of them, have always behaved like they should dress how they want to dress, speak how they want to speak, go where they want to go, and do whatever they want to do whenever they want to. Not expected Respective politician Indiscretions There are two kinds of people in this world: there are those who think of others in whatever they are doing, and there are those who simply do not. Recently, Chris Gayle got himself in hot water way Down Under, in far-away Australia, when, during an interview with a beautiful television reporter, he misread the situation, the time and the place, spoke too openly, too flirtingly, and too invitingly to her, and got scalded for doing so. Almost every woman, every man, and every child took on Gayle for his lack of respect to the woman, a professional woman; and he did so while she was doing her job, and on the air, and in public at that. Gayle’s timing was impeccable, as usual, on that day, and he got what he deserved for his atrocious behaviour. What is a joke to one man is something else to another man. On another day, and in another setting, it may also have been complimentary. On that day, however, it was totally disrespectful, regardless of Gayle’s popularity, or of his own inflated ego, and whether he realised it or not. It was not funny at all. For whatever it was worth, and whether he meant it or not, Gayle apologised for his flirtation with Mel McLaughlin. Following reports of previous transgressions, or like transgressions, however, some people followed up the so-called apology and a fine of US$10,000 with calls for him to be fired from his job as a member of the Melbourne Renegades Big Bash T20 cricket team. As a man, a son of a woman, a brother of sisters, a husband, and a father of daughters, I do not and cannot condone Gayle’s behaviour. I, however, would not go as far as to try and interfere with his employment as Ian Chappell has done, not for this blunder.
… The Warriors meet the Toronto Raptors in game 4 of the NBA Finals tonight and it could be the final time Golden State takes the floor at Oracle Arena. After 47 years in Oakland, the team will move across the Bay and play in San Francisco next season at the Chase Center.Count Charles Barkley among the people who believe that’s so very wrong.Related Articles Warriors resemble team of old, Kevon Looney isn’t ready, and other thoughts from loss to Trail Blazers
OAKLAND — Are the Raiders in the throes of an inevitable big fade? Or is fixing some correctable errors and getting a boost from the home crowd enough for them to get off the deck and back in to the playoff picture?We’ll find out Sunday when the Raiders (6-6) host the Tennessee Titans (7-5), one of the hottest teams in the AFC.The Titans, winners of five of their last six, are one of this week’s flavors of the month. That’s where the Raiders were a few weeks ago after three straight wins …
24 August 2011 It has become a “moral imperative” for major businesses operating in South Africa to adopt water saving schemes for their buildings, thereby helping the country sustain the declining resource. CEO of car rental company Avis, Wayne Duvenage, did not mince his words at the Sustainable Water Resource Conference and Exhibition. The event, held in Kempton Park on 16 and 17 August, was attended by leading water experts and businesspeople and supported by the International Marketing Council of South Africa – among a range of sponsors. Recycling water for reuse in buildings was the experts’ principal recommendation. Homeowners are also advised to go for recycling technologies. Avis saved 75-million litres of water in 2010 in its major centres in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. The Avis scheme kicked off in 2008 with a R1.9-million (US$264 000) investment, and started paying off in 2009 when the company saved 4.2-million litres. Avis has pumped an additional R1.5-million ($208 000) into the construction of underground water filtration and recycling facilities at its three main depots. The aim is to save at least 95-million litres of water each year. “We decided to recycle water because that was the right thing to do,” said Duvenage. “We’re recycling water that was going down the drain.” The company reprocesses grey water from washing machines and baths, which is then used to wash most of its fleet of 20 000 rental cars, while potable water from public sources remains available to employees for hygienic use. Harvesting rainwater is a focus of Avis’ recycling efforts. “You know how much it rains in Cape Town, so it’s nice to switch off municipal water and use rainwater,” said Duvenage. It’s always recommended for entities to study the impact of their business on the environment, he pointed out.Conserving a precious resource South Africa is water-stressed, experts at the conference revealed. Reports have pointed out that the country runs the risk of facing critical shortages by 2020. “South Africa is stressed both in the quantity and quantity of water that we have,” Duvenage said. Alison Groves, a sustainability consultant at WSP Green by Design, said: “In South Africa we need to get beyond the idea that water is always going to be available.” New solutions are needed to sustain potable water availability, Groves added. Her consultancy group has established itself as an industry leader in the greening of major buildings, having helped big companies such as Absa, Nedbank and Woolworths introduce water-saving and eco-friendly schemes in their properties. Banking group Absa’s headquarters in downtown Johannesburg have been fitted with recycling and rainwater harvesting technology that allows it to save at least 43 000 litres of water every day. Retailer Woolworths’ distribution centre in Midrand, north of Johannesburg, is another facility with a large grey water reclamation system. Groves pointed out that the centre has “irrigation ensured for 10 months per year without using potable water”. Woolworths saves R1-million ($139 000) in municipal water bills per year thanks to its recycling efforts. Other companies, such as South African Breweries, are rolling out major water-saving schemes in a bid to help protect the precious resource. Duvenage pointed out that “business is starting to change its behaviour” in accordance with the green revolution, but there is room for improvement. “We believe business has to act much faster,” he said.Residences can reduce consumption It’s not only businesses and public entities that should assume the responsibility of saving water, but homeowners can play a major role as well. The grey water technology of Cape Town-based Water Rhapsody, a specialist water conservation company, has proven its efficiency in recent years. Its founder Jeremy Westgarth-Taylor said that water recycled and harvested through its system is suitable for irrigation, toilet flushing, cleaning and washing. Homes can reduce consumption from 280 litres to “as little as 100 litres per day” and save up to 90% of their municipal water bill by using the system. “But it’s done in such a way that you don’t change your lifestyle. You just take control of your own supply,” said Westgarth-Taylor. Water Rhapsody won the WWF Green Trust award in 1998 for product innovation. It’s helped the University of Cape Town reduce potable water consumption by over 90%. The late Kader Asmal, former Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry, told Water Rhapsody, in a 2010 letter to the company, that its water recycling system helped nourish grass and shrubs in the garden of his Cape Town home. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Shelly DetwilerWhat’s in your fridge? Just in time for the holidays, it’s time to find out. Nov. 15 is National Clean Out Your Fridge Day. We lead such busy lives that this task is often procrastinated, avoided, dreaded and maybe never done by many. Leaks, mold and expired condiments are just a few surprises in store! I’m sure I’ll find things that have been forgotten about and are hiding and even, unreachable. Pauuuul! Refrigerators these days are pricey and necessities that everyone needs. Routine maintenance such as vacuuming parts we never see will help extend the life of a fridge.In the world of food policy these days food waste is one hot topic. The Institute for food safety and health in Illinois states that confusion over “sell-by,” “use-by” and “best-by” leads to billions of pounds of food waste each year. These are important terms to know as we clean out our fridges this year.Use-by: This date is basically a goal to eat by date. It may not necessarily make us sick but the quality will start to diminish and safety could be lessened.Sell-by: This label is primarily for retailers. They should sell or remove from the shelf by this date. We don’t need to eat it by this date!!! It is interesting to know that at least a third more of its eatable life is to come. Sounds like a great way to get a deal on meat and other perishable foods that we can eat or freeze for later!Best-by: This is the consumer date to consume for best quality of this product.Not sure when you opened your condiments? Just guess for now. After cleaning and reorganizing your fridge, one great way to keep track of your food is to mark with a sharpie the date you opened it. Check out what eatbydate.com says how long you can keep these common products past their printed date (if opened and kept at appropriate temps).Eggs: a monthButter: at least a monthKetchup/ BBQ/Mustard: at least one yearMayonnaise/Miracle Whip: 1 weekRanch/Blue Cheese/Caesar/Thousand Island: 1 to 2 monthsItalian/Balsamic vinaigrette: 3 to 4 monthsSoy sauce: 2 to 3 yearsWorcestershire: 3 to 4 yearsJam/Jelly: 1 year (homemade 6 months)Grab your soapy water, disinfectant, sponge, trash can and accept this challenge! Empty each shelf and completely wash down the inside and underneath drawers and shelves. Throw out all that moldy, expired and stuff you don’t use. Don’t forget about the routine maintenance of vacuuming condenser cords and underneath your fridge. Before you know it, your fridge will be sparkly clean and ready to be restocked and organized with healthy foods, leaving plenty of room for all those holiday leftovers! Eat well & healthy!Shelly What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish? Check out these new twists on the staff’s favorites! Matt Reese…Turkey with Cranberry SauceWayne’s Cranberry Sauce pauladeen.com 1 cup sugar1 cup water1 (16 oz) bag fresh cranberries1 cup apple, chopped1 cup walnuts, chopped1/2 cup raisins1/4 cup orange liqueur1/2 orange, juiced1/2 lemon, juiced1 teaspoon cinnamon1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated Combine the sugar and water in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the cranberries and return to a boil, then lower the heat so that the liquid simmers. Add the apples, walnuts, raisins, orange liqueur, orange and lemon juices, cinnamon and nutmeg, and cook for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let the sauce cool. Serves 6. Serve in a side bowl with turkey or any preferred holiday dish. Ty Higgins…StuffingBasic Thanksgiving Dressing pioneerwoman.com 1 loaf Cornbread (see My Skillet Cornbread Recipe)1 loaf Italian Bread, Such As Ciabatta1 loaf French Bread1 whole Large Onion Or 2 Medium Onions, Diced5 stalks Celery, Diced1/2 bunch Parsley, Chopped1/2 cup (1 Stick) Butter6 cups Low-sodium Chicken Broth, More If Needed For Moisture1/2 teaspoon Dried Basil1/2 teaspoon Ground Thyme1 Tablespoon Fresh Rosemary, Finely MincedSalt And Pepper Cut all the bread into 1-inch cubes and lay them out on sheet pans. Cover with a dish towel and let them dry out for 24-48 hours until they’re dry and crisp. Melt the butter in a large skillet. Add the onions and celery and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add the broth, parsley, rosemary, basil, thyme, salt, and pepper and stir. Put all the bread cubes in a large bowl and slowly ladle in the broth mixture, tossing as you go until the dressing has the moisture level you want. Taste and add more seasonings as needed. Pour the dressing into a large casserole pan and/or the turkey cavity. Bake the casserole for 20 to 30 minutes at 375 degrees until golden and crisp on top. Serve piping hot with a turkey and gravy! Skillet Cornbread pioneerwoman.com 1 cup Yellow Cornmeal1/2 cup All-purpose Flour1 teaspoon Salt1 Tablespoon Baking Powder1 cup Buttermilk1/2 cup Milk1 whole Egg1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda1/4 cup Shortening2 Tablespoons Shortening Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Combine cornmeal, flour, salt, and baking powder in a bowl. Stir together. Measure the buttermilk and milk in a measuring cup and add the egg. Stir together with a fork. Add the baking soda and stir. Pour the milk mixture into the dry ingredients. Stir with a fork until combined. In a small bowl, melt 1/4 shortening. Slowly add melted shortening to the batter, stirring until just combined. In an iron skillet, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons shortening over medium heat.Pour the batter into the hot skillet. Spread to even out the surface. (Batter should sizzle.) Cook on stovetop for 1 minute, then bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Edges should be crispy! Dale Minyo…Thick Noodles and StuffingHomemade Egg Noodles kingarthur.com 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour1 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon baking powder2 large eggs, whisked well1/2 cup milk Place the flour, salt, and baking powder in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to aerate and combine.With the machine running, drizzle in the eggs. Process for 20 seconds, or until the mixture looks like fine cornmeal.Turn the machine on again, and drizzle in the milk. You may not need all of it, so hold back on the last tablespoon or two, adding only if needed to make a smooth, firm dough.Remove the dough from the processor and knead it briefly by hand to smooth it out. Wrap in plastic wrap, and let sit for 30 to 60 minutes at room temperature. At this point you can place the dough in the fridge for up to 24 hours; longer than that, though, and the dough will oxidize, turning an unattractive gray color.With a large rolling pin or your pasta machine, roll the pasta about 1/16″ thick. Cut long strips 1/2″ wide, then cut those strips into 3″ pieces. Dust with a touch of extra flour and let dry at room temperature while you bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil.Drop the noodles into the boiling water by the handful. Be sure to stir the water to keep the strands separated. Cook for 2 to 4 minutes, or until tender. Test a noodle every minute or so until done. Drain the noodles, and serve them hot, with butter, salt, and pepper. Yield: 4 to 6 servings. Fast and Easy version…Try Reames frozen egg noodles. Use 16 oz. package. Cook according to directions. After draining stir in can of cream of chicken soup. Stir in chicken broth until desired creamy version! Joel Penhorwood…Honey Glazed Ham and all of the above!Baked Ham with brown sugar honey glaze Trisha Yearwood1 10-pound bone-in smoked ham (with water added)1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar½ c clover honeyAdjust the oven racks to accommodate a large roasting pan. Fit the pan with a shallow roasting rack. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.Unwrap the ham and rinse it under cold water. Place it on the rack in the roasting pan. Cover with foil and bake 1 hour 40 minutes. Meanwhile, combine the brown sugar and honey in a saucepan and cook over medium heat until the mixture is smooth and the sugar has dissolved.Pour the brown sugar glaze over the ham and continue roasting1 hour 40 minutes more, basting at least twice with the drippings in the roaster. (To adjust the total roasting time for a smaller or larger ham, calculate 20 minutes per pound.) Check for doneness by inserting a meat thermometer into a meaty spot (not into fat or touching the bone)-it should register 160 degrees F.Let the ham stand 15 minutes before slicing to allow the juices to set. (You can make the ham up to 2 hours ahead; tent with foil and serve at room temperature.)
Assya and Mario Pascalev could easily have afforded the $14 month fee their local electric utility wanted in return for opting out of a smart meter installation at their Bethesda, Maryland, home. But the couple, both philosophy PhDs, have gone on a temporary protest and are sweating their way through the hottest time of the year without air conditioning or lights.Two years into the dispute, their unpaid power bill stands at $635 and the Pascalevs are using an LED lantern to make their way around their steamy home at night, at least when they’re not holed up at a local hotel to escape the heat, according to a story in The Washington Post.Like a number of other consumers around the country, the Pascalevs have resisted the switch to a wireless meter that regularly sends data on electricity consumption to the utility. Power companies say smart meters help manage the grid more effectively, but the Pascalevs say the meters are a violation of their privacy, and could pose health and safety concerns.The Maryland Public Service Commission says health worries are unfounded, and even the Pascalevs say the evidence is inconclusive. But the couple, who met as university students in Bulgaria in the 1980s, are sensitive to compromises in personal choice, The Post said.“We’re probably more sensitive to limitations on individual liberties,” said Assya Pascalev, a university professor in biomedical ethics.Only 2% of Pepco’s customers don’t have smart meters. Customers can opt out, but not for free. The original $75 opt-out clause got the Pascalev’s attention, and the $14 monthly fee Pepco uses to pay for maintenance of the old analog meters pushed them over the edge.The couple is apparently nearing the end of their protest, in part because their dog is suffering in the heat and they want the AC turned back on. Still, the experience has been useful.“You know the thing they said about the unexamined life?” Mario Pascalev asked. “We’re thinking about stuff.”
After a prolonged dry spell, the middle and higher hills of Himachal Pradesh were lashed by heavy to moderate snowfall and the plains received a good spell of rain on Monday.The State capital of Shimla and the adjoining hill resorts like Kufri, Narkanda, Fagu and Mashobara received a moderate spell of snow, much to the delight of tourists. The higher peaks like Churdhar, Noradhar, Chanshel, Rohtang Pass and Dhauladhar ranges have also been covered by a heavy blanket of snow. More than three to four feet of snow has been reported in these mountain heights.The forecast of snowfall or rain on Monday in all these regions have been proved correct. The State was lashed by heavy wind and storm on Sunday night due to a definite western disturbance as predicted by weather experts.There are reports of fresh snowfall in Manikaran, Banjar, Mari, Solang Nalla, Palchan, Kothi and Malyana in Kullu district. The Jalori pass connecting Banjar and Ani in Kullu has also been closed to traffic due to heavy snowfall. A huge landslide on Malana Road resulting in more than 100 vehicles being stranded. Sowing process delayedFarmers and horticulturists have heaved a sigh of relief, although they are still longing for more in the days to come. There was a great paucity of rain and snow in the State this year and farmers had delayed sowing operation of all rabi crops. Water sources had also dried up in many areas and hydro-electric projects had lesser production due to decreased flow of water in the rivers. Many bus routes in the middle and higher hills were closed as a precautionary measure as they had become slippery and dangerous for light transport vehicles. No vehicles, including the State-owned HRTC buses, could ply on roads anterior to Shimla and Kinnaur districts. Special snow cutters and JCB machines have been deployed to open the roads, the administration said.Power supply, disrupted after heavy winds at night, could not be restored in many parts of Shimla and Nahan. There was a massive fall in day and night temperatures and the maximum temperature in many parts of Shimla, Kullu, Kinnaur and Lahaul Spiti was less than 5 degrees Celsius on Monday.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday sent a suspension notice to the Kochi franchisee of Indian Premier League (IPL) for non-payment of dues. The board took a decision in this regard at the annual general meeting held in Mumbai on Monday and promptly issued the notice to Kochi Tuskers owners. Sources said the franchisee has not paid its dues despite reminders by the BCCI. The board’s legal team worked out the nature of action against Kochi Tuskers. Kochi team officials had earlier categorically denied the charge. They said there was no outstanding payment as far as the franchise was concerned. They claimed to have submitted bank guarantee up to September. The dispute stems from Kochi paying in proportion to what they claim were reduced matches as compared to what was promised in the invitation to the tender. The BCCI had reduced the number of matches from 94 to 74 after a change in schedule following complaints of player burnout.
SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Naomi Osaka turns tables on Kristina Mladenovic at Indian Wells Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash LATEST STORIES P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Urgent reply from Philippine football chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem She booked a third-round clash with fellow American Christina McHale, a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 winner over 30th-seeded Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.Two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova, who was runner-up to Naomi Osaka at the Australian Open in January, also reached the final in Dubai last month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Czech appeared to have taken control of the stadium court slugfest when she broke Williams for a 4-3 lead in the third.But Williams immediately broke back and Kvitova soon found herself serving to save the match. She took a 40-15 lead in the final game, but two double faults, followed by a lucky netcord bounce for Williams gave the American a match point and Kvitova sailed a ball long to end matters after two hours and 27 minutes. INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 09: Venus Williams of the United States serves against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic during their women’s singles second round match on day six of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 09, 2019 in Indian Wells, California. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFPSeven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams rallied from a set and two breaks down to topple third-seeded Petra Kvitova 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 on Saturday and reach the third round at Indian Wells.“Today I just fought and tried my hardest, waited for opportunities and sometimes created them,” said Williams, currently ranked 36th in the world.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments
Dutch cable operator Ziggo confirmed that it is back in talks with Liberty Global, after rejecting a preliminary takeover offer from the firm back in October.Responding to “recent market statement,” Ziggo said that further to its October statement it is “currently in discussions with Liberty Global regarding a potential offer for the company by Liberty Global.”“Further announcements will be made if and when relevant. There is no certainty that any agreement can be reached or that any offer will ultimately be made,” said the firm.In October, Ziggo said it had received a “preliminary proposal regarding a potential offer” from Liberty, but said that this offer was “considered inadequate.”Liberty already holds a 28.5% stake in Ziggo and, according to reports this week, a potential takeover could value the firm at more than €6 billion.News of the discussions sent Ziggo’s share price up by more than 7% during trading today.The approach marks the latest takeover attempt by Liberty Global, which agreed to buy the UK’s Virgin Media earlier this year for €17.2 billion.