LONDON — The European Commission said Tuesday that Amazon breached European antitrust rules by using independent sellers’ data for its own benefit.It has also announced a second formal investigation into the company’s e-commerce processes.- Advertisement – The commission’s second antitrust investigation will look at how the company choses which sellers offer products via Amazon Prime, its paid-for premium service. It will investigate the possible preferential treatment of Amazon’s own retail business and those that use its logistics and delivery services (known as “fulfilment by Amazon” sellers) over other sellers.It will also look into the Amazon’s “buy box” function, which offers customers a one-click button to add a product to their shopping cart. U.S. regulators and third-party sellers have previously questioned Amazon over which products get placed in the all-important buy box. Amazon maintains that the buy-box features the offer it thinks customers will prefer overall, while factoring in things like price, delivery speed and Prime.Vestager said that, while going through 80 million transactions and 100 million products listed on Amazon marketplace, “it became increasingly clear that there might something that we should look into further on the buy box.”The company will have now the chance to examine the commission’s conclusions and reply in writing or via an oral hearing.Clarification: The European Commissions has confirmed that its Statement of Objections, published Tuesday, does not constitute legal charges against Amazon.— CNBC’s Anne Palmer contributed to this report. – Advertisement – The commission, the executive arm of the European Union, launched a probe into the online retailer in July 2019 on concerns over anti-competitive behavior.Amazon said it disagreed with the commission’s assertions and “will continue to make every effort to ensure it has an accurate understanding of the facts.” It said that it represents less than 1% of the global retail market.“No company cares more about small businesses or has done more to support them over the past two decades than Amazon,” the e-commerce giant said.- Advertisement – In a statement, the commission said Amazon was using the data of third-party sellers — such as order numbers, revenues and number of visitors — to inform its strategic business decisions, like reducing the price of products.The issue arises because of Amazon’s dual role in selling products itself, and acting as a platform for independent — sometimes rival — sellers.“Data on the activity of third-party sellers should not be used to the benefit of Amazon when it acts as a competitor to these sellers,” Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s competition chief, said in the statement.- Advertisement –
Two Ghanaian triple jumpers have for the first time in Ghana’s history at the Commonwealth Games qualified for the finals of the women’s triple jump after the preliminary round of qualification at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Hampden Park, Glasgow on Monday evening.Mathilde Boateng jumped 13.07m in Group A to qualify for the finals on her second and third attempts. Similarly, Nadia Eke, who was making her international debut appearance for the country, also jumped 13.14m on her third attempt to qualify for the finals on Tuesday, July 29.Meanwhile, sprinter Flings Owusu Agyapong bowed out of the women’s 100m event after placing 4th in Heat 3 of the semi finals in a time of 11.68 at Hampden Park.Flings (left) came out of the blocks to establish an early lead before her opponents caught up with her mid-way into the race. Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown won the race in a time of 11.02, followed by Nigeria’s Gloria Asumnu in 11.25 and Canada’s Khamica Bingham in 11.32. Flings was the only Ghanaian athlete to qualify for the semi finals on Day One of the athletics competition. She is set to compete in the 200m and 4x100m relay team later in the competition.Elsewhere, multi talented athlete Atsu Nyamadi is on course to break his own national record in the men’s decathlon after securing 7th place in the competition with 3,909 points on the first day of the decathlon.The 20 year old clocked a personal best in the 100m and the long jump in 11.27 and 7.36m respectively. The Wily College student is set to take part in five more events on Day three of the athletics competition and will be aiming at improving to improve his personal best and national record of 7201 pts.Kwadwo Acheampong, Daniel Gyasi and John O’Brien bowed out of the 400m event in the Heats. BoxingSulemanu Tetteh is through to the quarter finals of the men’s men’s Light Fly (49kg) after a unanimous decision over his opponent from Mauritius Donovan Gerie.The ‘Black Bombers’ captain won all three rounds with the judges scoring the bout 10:9, 10:9, 10:9. The 2012 Olympian was making his long awaited debut in the boxing competition having seen three of his colleagues qualify for the quarter finals of their respective events.Earlier in the day, another member of the team Azumah Mohammed lost a “controversial” unanimous decision to his English opponent Scott Fitzgerald in a welterweight (69kg) round of 16 contest at the SECC Hall in Glasgow.Despite a strong showing in the first round of the bout, two of the judges scored the round in favour of the Englishman. Azumah was subsequently deducted a point for head-butting his opponent in the third round and it proved to be the turning point in the contest.Team boxing still has four boxers in contention for a place in the semi finals of their respective weight category competitions.SwimmingIn Swimming, Jackson Abbiw, Nana Kwabena Antwi placed fifth and sixth with a time 26.25 and 27.17 respectively in Men’s 50m freestyle Heat Three.Another swimmer Kweku Addo also placed sixth in the Men’s 50 meter Freestyle. ShootingGhana made its first appearance in the sport of Shooting as Joseph Dzorvakpor and Emmanuel Koli competed in the 50m Rifle Prone Men’s qualification. Emmanuel and Joseph placed an overall 37th and 39th in the event and missed out of qualification to the next round.WeightliftingPrince Nyarko improved his personal best in the 85kg competition, lifting 112 in the snatch and 145 in the clean and jerk. He came 7th in Group B of the competition.
On Tuesday, NHL.com’s Dave McCarthy reported that Campbell will start against the Coyotes but did share a video of Andersen in net blocking shots from coach Steve Briere. Michael Hutchinson will backup Campbell.Frederik Andersen taking shots from goalie coach Steve Briere this morning.Jack Campbell also on the ice. We’ll see soon who starts vs #Yotes tonight.#LeafsForever #NHL pic.twitter.com/ab0ohCIkX7— Dave McCarthy (@DaveAMcCarthy) February 11, 2020Andersen’s neck injury prevented him from traveling to New York for Toronto’s 5-3 loss to the Rangers. Jack Campbell, who the Leafs just acquired via a trade with Los Angeles, started both games of Toronto’s back-to-back on Friday and Saturday. Unlike previous years, the Toronto Maple Leafs goaltending situation looked better than most with the NHL trade deadline rapidly approaching in three short weeks. That was before Feb. 3, though, when their starter was forced out of action mid-game.The Toronto Maple Leafs announced during the first intermission of their 5-3 loss to the Florida Panthers that No. 1 netminder Frederik Andersen was being evaluated for an injury and was then ruled out with an upper-body injury. Following the game, head coach Sheldon Keefe told reporters that he went through concussion protocol and passed, but was held out as a precaution. Andersen does have a history of concussions. Keefe said it’s tough to offer timeline on Andersen because of nature of the injury. But he’s getting through drills and Steve Briere is pushing him and he’s responding well and that’s all positive.— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) February 7, 2020Late in the first period on Monday, the Panthers’ Frank Vatrano charged towards the net with Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin on him. Vatrano was knocked down and collided with the 2020 All-Star goaltender, taking him and the net out. Andersen was slow to get up but stayed in for the remaining one minute and 36 seconds of the period. Backup Michael Hutchinson came in at the start of the second period. Collision with Freddie Andersen. Not good but Muzzin nudged it along pic.twitter.com/DZmeDQ3uAY— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) February 4, 2020Toronto wasn’t sure if the injury happened on that particular play or on earlier plays, as TSN’s Kristen Shilton noticed, he got bumped twice in the period before the Vatrano collision.Entering the Leafs’ 53rd game of the season, Andersen had accumulated an impressive 24-9-6 record in 41 starts with a .910 save percentage. He made seven saves on eight shots against the Panthers before leaving.
The multiple incidents required a Safety Car before the action settled and racing resumed, after five laps.Vettel pulled away to open a three seconds lead ahead of Hamilton and Bottas after 10 of the scheduled 51 laps of the tight and fast Baku street track.On lap 11, Nico Hulkenberg lost control of his Renault and clipped a wall at Turn Four as Ricciardo began a series of attacks on his Red Bull team-mate, the pair banging wheels to the consternation of their pit wall.At the front, Vettel was in control and opened up a 3.6 seconds lead despite Hamilton recording fastest laps.“These tyres are done,” complained Hamilton, who pitted to switch to ‘softs’ after 22 laps, rejoining third behind Bottas, but ahead of Verstappen. Vettel led the Finn by 12.5 seconds after 25 laps.The Red Bulls continued providing thrills as they fought for fourth, Ricciardo passing Verstappen outside Turn One before the Dutch tyro regained the place inside Turn Two.With 20 laps to go, Vettel finally pitted and passed the lead to Bottas, but rejoined 8.5 seconds ahead of Hamilton.A frustrated Hamilton complained about back markers, but began clawing back time, recorded a fastest lap and then saw Bottas go eight-tenths quicker.A tense and high-speed conclusion was clearly in prospect before, after their pit-stops had reversed positions, Ricciardo rammed into Verstappen under braking for Turn One on lap 41.The Safety Car was deployed again and the leaders pitted for new ultra-soft tyres to set up a charging 10-lap finale.The action resumed with four laps remaining and promptly delivered even more twists as Vettel lunged to take the lead from Bottas, but locked up and fell to fourth.Then, with two laps remaining, Bottas suffered a right rear punctured after running over debris.“Oh my God, it just blew up on me,” he said as Hamilton took the lead ahead of Raikkonen and Perez.Share on: WhatsApp Baku, Azerbaijan | AFP | Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton claimed his first win of 2018 on Sunday and took over as leader of the title race when he triumphed in a dramatic, crash-strewn Azerbaijan Grand Prix.The 33-year-old Briton, who had struggled for outright pace, managed to steer his Mercedes through a chaotic race and capitalize on others’ misfortunes to register his first victory in seven races and the 63rd of his career.Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari looked set to turn pole position into a victory until a second Safety Car intervention left him lunging to pass Valtteri Bottas and locked up and ran off.Bottas then seemed sure to win, but suffered a sudden right rear puncture on his Mercedes after running over metal debris on the straight. Hamilton flew past to return to the top of the podium“That was quite an emotional race, to be honest,” said hamilton, who now leads the championship by four points from Vettel.“Valtteri deserved to have the win and also Sebastian did a great job. I was very fortunate today so it feels a bit odd to me to be here.”Vettel managed to continue and finish fourth ahead of his teammate Kimi Raikkonen and Mexican Sergio Perez of Force India.Carlos Sainz finishing fifth for Renault and Charles Leclerc sixth for Sauber, his first points finish.Fernando Alonso finished seventh for McLaren ahead of Canadian Lance Stroll of Williams, Stoffel Vandoorne in the second McLaren and New Zealand’s Brendon Hartley of Toro Rosso who scored his first point in F1.The race was heavily punctuated by accidents which included one in which the two Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen collided while fighting for fourth place in the closing stages, the pair having banged wheels and battled for positions throughout the race.They ended up among the seven retirements on a challenging day on the second-longest circuit on the calendar.– Red Bull wipe-out –In cooler conditions with a strong blustery wind, the drama unfolded from the start. As the lights went out, Vettel was away fast enough from his 53rd pole to hold off Hamilton in second, but behind them mayhem erupted.Raikkonen, starting sixth, attempted to pass inside Ocon’s Force India, but the Frenchman turned in and as the pair collided he crashed into the wall.In the surrounding chaos, Sergey Sirotkin was also contacted and he went down an escape road while Raikkonen limped back to the Ferrari pits. The luckless Alonso suffered punctured right front and rear tyres.