Co­caine smug­gler died af­ter bag burst

Football view­ers get English com­men­tary

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - Shoshana@7days.ae Nawal Al Ramahi.

Football fans have been as­sured that English com­men­tary will be avail­able when the UEFA Euro 2016 games kick off to­mor­row night.

Eti­salat and du said UAE view­ers with beIN Sports sub­scrip­tions would be able to en­joy the en­tire tour­na­ment with the dual English-Ara­bic op­tion.

The move came af­ter fans com­plained they had to watch the full English Pre­mier League sea­son in Ara­bic, con­trary to a beIN promise that English com­men­tary would be avail­able.

One 7DAYS let­ter writer, ‘Ex­pat Ed­die’, said re­peated com­plaints to Eti­salat and beIN Sports went unan­swered.

“Ev­ery sin­gle non-Ara­bic speaker is get­ting a far in­fe­rior ser­vice,” he wrote.

“Near­ing the end of the football sea­son and we still have an is­sue here in Dubai via e-Life/Eti­salat, that we can’t watch all the English football games in English.”

An­other reader, Louie Tedesco, wrote: “It would make sense to have English sub­ti­tles on Ara­bic pro­grammes to help us learn Ara­bic but these are miss­ing.”

Du is charg­ing a one­off Dh255 sub­scrip­tion to watch the tour­na­ment, while Eti­salat is charg­ing Dh257.

But with the Euro­pean football show­piece just a mat­ter of hours away, fans had been won­der­ing whether there would an op­tion to watch matches in English.

One told 7DAYS: “Just been told there will be no English com­men­tary for the Euros.”

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive from beIN Sports, which has the broad­cast rights for the re­gion,

told 7DAYS: “Please con- firm your provider and we will con­tact them to make sure they are sup­ply­ing the cor­rect au­dio con­fig­u­ra­tion for your view­ing, as there is no rea­son why you should not have the op­tion of English or Ara­bic com­men­tary.” Du said in a state­ment: “Cus­tomers wish­ing to watch the 2016 Euro Cup with English com­men­tary should use chan­nel 533: ‘Euro3HD’. “Fur­ther­more, the over­flow of games will be broad­cast in dual au­dio so that cus­tomers can watch these matches in their pre­ferred lan­guage.” Eti­salat said its beIN sports chan­nel, ded­i­cated to Euro coverage, also comes with English com­men­tary, adding: “Our call cen­tre is geared up for the event and is the best way to trou­ble shoot any prob­lems.” Du said cus­tomers can sub­scribe to the ded­i­cated Euro Cup Chan­nels with beIN sports and se­cure the 2016 Euro Cup pack­age by sub­scrib­ing on­line at www.du.ae/euro2016 or by call­ing du’s call cen­ter on 155. Eti­salat cus­tomers can call its call cen­tre on 101 for more in­for­ma­tion. A sus­pected drug courier was ar­rested af­ter a smug­gler died in the seat next to him on a plane, writes Dubai Court of First In­stance heard de­tails of the mid-air death, which hap­pened on April 9. The flight landed at Dubai In­ter­na­tional Air­port Ter­mi­nal 3 and po­lice were alerted. The sus­pect, a 29-year-old Nige­rian, was act­ing ner­vously af­ter his com­pan­ion be­came ill and died, pros­e­cu­tors said. Both men were found to have swal­lowed cap­sules con­tain­ing co­caine, one of which burst in­side the dead man. Po­lice found 47 cap­sules weigh­ing 772 grams. An Emi­rati po­lice sergeant said: “The sus­pect was sit­ting next to the de­ceased look­ing mud­dled, ner­vous, and fear­ful. “Af­ter tak­ing the sus­pect to the hos­pi­tal, he ad­mit­ted im­port­ing the drugs, but said the drugs were for per­sonal use.” The man de­nied the charge. Judge Fahid Rashid Al Shamsi ad­journed the trial.

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