Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES READ: Stephens wins first Grand Slam, routs Keys for US Open titleBut Keys fully expected her pal to make up for the pain she caused.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“Of course I will go to the celebration, I would 100% go. She can buy me drinks, all of the drinks,” said Keys.Stephens would have no problem in funding the party after her win on Saturday earned a staggering $3.7 million (3.07 million euros). Madison Keys, of the United States, returns a shot from Sloane Stephens, of the United States, during the women’s singles final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)Madison Keys surveyed the wreckage of her US Open rout at the hands of close friend Sloane Stephens and told the new champion to foot the bar bill when the championship party starts.Keys, the 15th seed, was trounced 6-3, 6-0 by world number 83 Stephens in a one-sided final that lasted just over an hour.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Make it 17: Indians win 17th straight, beat Orioles MOST READ The brutal statistics illustrate her lack of cutting edge in the final.Keys, the youngest finalist in New York since 19-year-old Caroline Wozniacki lost to Kim Clijsters in 2009, went into the match having fired 34 aces in the tournament.But Saturday saw her manage just three.Keys also committed 30 unforced errors to Stephens’s six.“I didn’t play my best tennis today. I’m really disappointed,” said Keys.“But if you told me as I was getting on a plane to go have my second surgery that I could have a Grand Slam finalist trophy in my hands at the end of the year, I think I’d be really happy. “I think I mostly learned that I’m a fighter. No matter what, I can figure things out. In a couple of days, I will be really happy, but right now still a little bit disappointed.”Keys said she was not surprised that Stephens had become a first-time Grand Slam champion even if her friend was ranked at 957 just under two months ago after missing 11 months with a left foot injury.“I don’t think as a 13-year-old you have that ability to think that far in the future,” she added.“But when she made her semi-final run in Australia (2015), I think we all saw how great she was — I’m definitely not surprised that she was able to do this.” The 22-year-old Keys had undergone a second left wrist surgery after the French Open before winning a July title at Stanford.But her problems on Saturday were more in the mind than with the body.“I definitely think my play today came down to nerves and all of that, and I just don’t think I handled the occasion perfectly,” admitted Keys, playing in her first Slam final.“I was obviously nervous all morning. Sloane’s a tough opponent to play when you’re not making a lot of balls, but then, at the same time, she’s not going to miss, either. “I didn’t totally know what to do once I got on the court, which just intensifies those nerves even more. So I was definitely not feeling 100% good on the court at any point.”ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Meanwhile, Patel has been actively campaigning for the Leave camp, travelling to rallies around the country.She has highlighted the pressure on British public services as a result of uncontrolled EU migration and stressed that it is not “racist” to speak out about that.She said: “I dont subscribe to this view that it is racist to speak about immigration and I say that as a daughter or immigrants from decades ago. Our job is to articulate and represent the concerns of the British public ? and we should be doing that whatever our backgrounds are.”The Gujarati-origin Conservative Party MP has in the past made specific reference to Indian students, sports men and women and priests who are blocked from the UK due to rules that “discriminate against our Commonwealth friends”.She said: “As the Prime Ministers UK-India Diaspora Champion, I have heard the heartbreaking stories from families up and down the country where relatives from India who they have not seen for years have been unable to come here for a special occasion.”I have also seen the cases of Kabaddi players struggling to get permission to play in the UK and showcase their sport. Temples and gurdwaras face uphill battles securing visas for priests. Students who want to study in the UK ? some of the brightest and best from around the Commonwealth ? are being put off… How can it be right that our membership of the EU can lead to, sportsmen, chefs, and students facing restrictions, and families being left divided.advertisement”Byvotingtoleavethe EU, we can take back control over our borders and immigration policy.”The campaign for the referendum on both sides is now gathering momentum after it was officially launched last week. PTI AK SAI
Lokesh Rahul drew a lot of flak after his Test debut in Adelaide, where he let his team down at crucial junctures by throwing his wickets away. Rahul managed only four runs in the Adelaide Test, in which 1487 runs were scored over five days on a flat batting track.The Karnataka batsman though buckled up and scored a century in the next Test at Sydney. He followed it up with a ton against Sri Lanka in Colombo. Since then, Rahul has been part of India’s Test plans. (Also read: Lokesh Rahul’s dream debut highlights India’s whitewash over Zimbabwe)RAHUL STARS IN IPL 2016 However, the elegant right-hander was never considered for limited-overs tours, until he stole the show in the recently concluded Indian Premier League season with Royal Challengers Bangalore. While Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers were going berserk, Rahul, the wicketkeeper batsman, quietly went about his job and piled up 397 runs in 14 matches at an average of 44.11 and earned himself a ticket to Zimbabwe with the MS Dhoni-led ODI team. (Also read: KL Rahul promises to fire on all cylinders in T20s vs Zimbabwe) Rahul did not take long to make an impact in the 50-over format as the right-handed opener scored a century on ODI debut, thereby becoming the first Indian batsman to do so. Rahul showed tremendous composure on tricky Harare wickets and went on to be named the Man-of-the-Tournament for playing a crucial role in India’s successful campaign. (Also read: Will do well in all three formats, says Lokesh Rahul)advertisement’NEVER THOUGHT THEY WERE RIGHT’ Having proven his mettle, Rahul has now has hit back at coaches and team-mates who had branded him a ‘Test-only’ material. He also has a word of advice to youngsters who are facing a similair situation. (Also read: Lokesh Rahul joins League of Extraordinary Gentleman with ton on ODI debut)”To all the guys who have been branded Test players, your coaches or teammates in the dressing room can tell you you’re not good enough. I never thought they were right,” Rahul told bcci.tv.Just like his namesake, Rahul Dravid, the 24-year-old had to work on his game to suit the shorter formats of the game. Quite a few critics had said Dravid wasn’t made for limited-overs cricket. However, the master batsman went on to make 10,889 runs in ODIs.’PROVE THEM WRONG’ The junior Rahul added that he had worked hard to prove his critics wrong. He said he always believed that he would be able to excel across the formats of the game.”I knew I was blessed with certain skills. I worked hard on my game, made sure that my strengths became so strong that everytime the ball was there it went for a boundary. You need to be quick and fit for ODIs and T20s. If you are a good fielder, it gives you an edge. the captain always likes a good fielders,” he added.Not just Rahul, but quite a few cricketers have rubbished what they have been told over the years by their coaches. Ravichandran Ashwin, in an interview to BCCI, had told he wanted to go back and laugh at coaches, who had warned him against rigorous gym sessions.Rahul added it was always an individual’s call to follow whatever his coach said. “You don’t have to do what your coaches and elders say all the time. My advice would be not to listen to people. You know best about your game. If someone says, you can’t do something, prove them wrong.”
Gonzalo Higuain rose to the big occasion with his two goals against AS Monaco on Wednesday — something critics say the Juventus has forward often failed to do.The Argentine forward, who gave Juventus a 2-0 away win in their Champions League semi-final first leg to put them on the brink of a place in the final, has a prolific scoring record overall.He hit a Serie A record of 36 goals for Napoli in the 2015-16 season, inspiring Juventus to pay the world’s third highest transfer fee of 90 million euros ($97.99 million) for him last July.Yet, there has always been a sneaking suspicion that he can go missing during the bigger matches.He had not scored in his previous seven Champions League knockout ties before Wednesday, a run that included last month’s quarter-final against Barcelona in which he missed three presentable chances over the two legs.Overall, his scoring record in the Champions League is 18 in 63 games — well below the ratio of 94 goals in his 138 Serie A appearances for Napoli and Juventus.One of his most crucial misses came three seasons ago when he squandered a penalty against Lazio which could have taken Napoli into the Champions League.Needing to win their last game of the season to finish third, Napoli were level at 2-2 when Higuain, who had scored both goals, undid his good work by firing a spot kick over the crossbar.His failure to score in three successive finals for Argentina has also not helped his cause.advertisementMillions of viewers witnessed him squander a golden chance in the 2014 World Cup final against Germany when he was clean through on goal but sent an unconvincing shot wide. Germany went on to win 1-0.The following year, he missed in the shootout, sending a wild effort over the bar, as Argentina lost to Chile on penalties in the Copa America final.Last year, there was another glaring miss with only the goalkeeper to beat as Argentina drew with Chile in the Copa Centenario final and again lost on penalties.On Wednesday, another frustrating night appeared to be on the cards when he slipped in trying to reach a Paulo Dybala pass, but after that gave a typical performance of selfless running and ruthless finishing.He capped it with two goals, one with each foot, taking his tally for the season to 31 in all competitions.”I work for the team. It would have been ok even if I hadn’t scored tonight, as long as Juve won,” he said.Asked about Higuain’s work rate, coach Massimiliano Allegri replied: “He always plays like that.”He scored two nice goals, which were above all important. “I’m happy as they can’t say any more that he doesn’t score in Europe.”
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) CEO Rahul Johri is in England for the ICC Champions Trophy where India eye a record third title. Johri, a football fan, will also take this opportunity to attend the biggest night in club football when Real Madrid take on Juventus in the UEFA Champions League final at Cardiff tonight.The game is touted as the battle between the most scintillating attack in Europe and the strongest wall of defence in the continent and the numbers show no different.While Juventus are looking to win the Champions League after 20 years, Real Madrid are chasing a record 12th European crown.Johri will return to Birmingham as India and Pakistan will lock horns in their Champions Trophy opener on Sunday.India have had pretty mixed fortunes at the multi-nation tournament. While they are the most successful team with two title triumphs and ending runners-up, the Men in Blue have also crashed out in the first round three times.India will also look to become the first team to win the title thrice and the second team after Australia to successfully defend their their title.India and Pakistan have not played bilateral series since 2012-13 and have met only in ICC events. India have won six out of seven limited-overs encounters since the 2012 bilateral series.The two teams had clashed in the 2013 Champions Trophy in England (at the same venue as this year: Edgbaston) where India won a rain-truncated game. They next took on Pakistan in the 2015 World Cup in Adelaide and won again, thanks to a classy hundred by Kohli.advertisementLast year, India played Pakistan twice and Kohli was the difference between the two teams on both occasions. His magnificent 49 had helped India overcome a dangerous Pakistan pace attack in Dhaka and his sublime half-century resulted in an Indian victory at the Eden Gardens in the World T20.However, it has been over two years since India and Pakistan clashed in an ODI and next Sunday they meet again.Led by Virat Kohli, India will look to make it 2-2 in head-to-head encounters in the elite tournament.
ATHENS – Storming back fron a 2-1 deficit, defending champion Panathinaikos wiped out arch-rival Olympiakos 82-71 on June 4 to hold on to its Greek basketball league title and bragging rights for another year.Playing at home, Panathinaikos wasn’t to be denied, shutting up its rivals, and celebrating with a wild party at the end, holding up the trophy in the Olympic Sports Hall, much to the chagrin of the defeated Reds.It was the 15th championship title for the Greens in the last 17 years. They and Olympiakos are the perennial finalists as other Greek teams, unable to match their finances, have almost no chance of reaching the top.The winners charged out hard, coming from a brief 8-4 deficit to lead 22-12 after one and jump out to a 21-point advantage, 53-32, at the half, putting Olympiakos in a hole from which it couldn’t recover.The winners shot 70 percent from the field in the first half to build the lead, and then fell back on defense to guard it in the second half. Olympiakos closed to within 14, down 70-56 at the end of three but it was too much to overcome.The host enjoyed an amazing 70 percent shooting rate in two-pointers (14/20) in the first half, building what proved to be an unassailable lead for this final of finals of the Greek league.Olympiakos tried to claw back into the game, coming within 74-68 only three minutes before the end, but Panathinaikos quickly scored five straight and held on as they traded baskets to the end.The victory was punctuated by a tremendous slam dunk from American star James “Airlines” Gist, a 6-9, 235-lb. power forward from the University of Maryland, just 20 seconds from the end. Gist, team captain Dimitris Diamantidis and Stephane Lasme led the way for the winners all series.Jonas Maciulis was the Greens’ top scorer on the night with 15 points, while Matt Lojeski poured in 17 points for Olympiakos.TweetPinShare0 Shares
A well known Siouxland business has announced a change in leadership and a new name for their company.Eldon and Regina Roth, the founders of BPI, have completed the transition of executive management for the BPI family of companies to the next generation of family leadership.Those companies will now be known as “empirical foods, empirical technology, and empirical innovations.”The new executive leadership team has already assumed managerial responsibility and includes their son, Nick Roth, who will serve as President of empirical innovations, inc. and empirical technology, inc.Son-in-law, Craig Letch has become President of empirical foods, inc.Their daughter, Jennifer Letch, will serve as an executive officer in each of the newly named empirical companies.The Roth family declined to do interviews about the change but released a joint statement expressing their appreciation to those who helped them create and grow their successful businesses.
High Commissioner in London, His Excellency Seth George Ramocan, today (July 6), hosted two round-table discussions for Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) sugar-producing countries. Story Highlights The discussions come against the background of changes made in the European Union (EU) sugar regime in October 2017, which resulted in the erosion of preferences, a sharp decline in the average selling prices for ACP sugar in the EU, and increased competition for ACP producers. The round-table participants were briefed on the latest developments in CARICOM and the ACP on sugar and heard the findings of the Sugar Association of the Caribbean (SAC) from its engagements with regional sugar manufacturers, as well as proposals to address the concerns of industrial sugar users in CARICOM through the use of the CET. High Commissioner in London, His Excellency Seth George Ramocan, today (July 6), hosted two round-table discussions for Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) sugar-producing countries.The talks focused on ways to create sustainable long-term markets for Caribbean sugar producers through use of the Common External Tariff (CET) in CARICOM, and on the UK’s potential as a market for ACP sugar post-Brexit.The discussions come against the background of changes made in the European Union (EU) sugar regime in October 2017, which resulted in the erosion of preferences, a sharp decline in the average selling prices for ACP sugar in the EU, and increased competition for ACP producers.Countries in the Caribbean export up to 80 per cent of their sugar to the EU, and the removal of this key market poses a threat to the future of the regional sugar industry.Both meetings were organised by the London-based Caribbean Council, which, with the support of the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), has produced a number of studies looking at different policy options, and conducted an economic impact assessment to assist sugar industry stakeholders and policymakers, especially in the Caribbean.The round-table participants were briefed on the latest developments in CARICOM and the ACP on sugar and heard the findings of the Sugar Association of the Caribbean (SAC) from its engagements with regional sugar manufacturers, as well as proposals to address the concerns of industrial sugar users in CARICOM through the use of the CET.The ACP country representatives were encouraged to see Brexit as “a once in a generation opportunity” to restore value to the sugar industry, through ambitious and creative trade agreements with the UK.Participants included Her Excellency Perla Perdomo, High Commissioner for Belize; His Excellency Christian Nkambule, High Commissioner for the Kingdom of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), and representatives from the High Commissions for Barbados, Fiji, Mauritius and Zambia; the Commonwealth Secretariat, and other sugar industry stakeholders.
By Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–A Conservative MP recently nominated by the federal government to sit on a secretive Canada-U.S. committee on continental defence told U.S. officials he was hoping a downturn in the economy would lead to increased recruitment for the Canadian army, according to a “confidential” U.S. diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks to APTN National News.Edmonton Centre Conservative MP Laurie Hawn said he saw “hope” that the rising numbers of unemployed would lead to an increased in army recruits, according to the diplomatic cable from March 12, 2009.Hawn, who was parliamentary secretary for defence at the time, also told U.S. officials that the deployment of U.S. troops in Kandahar would help the Canadian military keep the soldiers it already had.“He expressed the hope that rising unemployment rates at home on one hand, and the welcome new deployment of U.S. troops in Kandahar on the other, would help the Canadian Forces to recruit and retain troops, at least in 2009 and 2010,” the cable said, which was based on a March 4, 2009 conversation.Hawn could not be reached for comment. His office said he was tied up in back-to-back meetings most of the day.Hawn, a former fighter pilot, was recently nominated to be Canada’s representative on the Permanent Canada-United States Joint Board of Defence, according to his MP website.The board is described as “the highest-level bilateral defence forum between the two countries” focusing on continental defence, according to the Department of National Defence’s website.Hawn’s MP website also said he was given a “historic” appointment to sit on the Treasury Board cabinet subcommittee tasked with finding billions of dollars in cuts throughout government operations.APTN National News obtained the diplomatic cable from whistleblower website WikiLeaks. It was part batch of hundreds of confidential and secret cables originating from or sent to the U.S. embassy in Ottawa and consulates across the country.CBC-Radio Canada also obtained the same batch of documents.WikiLeaks has already released over 2,000 cables dealing with Canada on its website.The cable, titled Challenges to the Transformation of the Canadian Army, noted some of the difficulties the Canadian Army faced in the recruitment and retention and its troubles with procurement.The cable was based on conversation with and public remarks by current Chief of Transformation of the Canadian Forces Staff Lt.-Gen Andrew Leslie, who was Chief of the Land Staff at the time, along with conversations with Hawn and former Alberta Conservative MP Rick Casson.Hawn told U.S. officials that the army was also having trouble processing new recruits, because the “Canadian Forces’ best trainers were often on deployment in Afghanistan,” according to the cable.Hawn noted, however, that the more pressing problem was the early retirement of “NCOs and officers” as a result of the “prospect of serving multiple tours in Kandahar.”The cable notes that “despite recurrent pledges” by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s “government to re-build the capabilities of the Canadian Forces,” the army faced a series of challenges including procurement and recruitment.“The Canadian Army still faces serious funding, recruitment and procurement challenges as it seeks to meet pressing requirements in Afghanistan while also transforming itself into a medium-weight service capable of conducting both major combat and counterinsurgency operations,” said the cable.Casson, who Hawn is replacing on the Canada-U.S. defence board, told U.S. officials during a March 2 meeting that the Conservative plan to create a separate military procurement agency to avoid the interdepartmental turf wars would have to wait until the party formed a majority government.“Casson….complained that every defense purchase involved a complicated tug-of-war among the Department of National Defence, the Department of Industry and the Department of Public Works,” the cable said. “He admitted that the Conservatives’ hopes to establish a separate DND procurement agency had disappeared, at least until the Conservatives one day might for a majority government.”Casson did not run in the last election.After the May 2 election which gave the Conservatives a majority, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed former OPP commissioner Julian Fantino as associate minister of defence responsible for email@example.comCheck out APTN’s WikiLeaks websiteThe CableDownload (PDF, Unknown)
BEIJING, China – China announced it filed a World Trade Organization challenge Monday to President Donald Trump’s latest tariff threat, stepping up its diplomatic efforts to counter U.S. pressure in a spiraling technology dispute.The Trump administration has criticized the WTO as unable to deal with the problems posed by China, suggesting a challenge there might have little impact in Washington. But it might help Beijing rally support from governments that criticized Trump for going outside the WTO to impose tariffs on Chinese and other imports.The move is unusually swift, coming less than one week after the U.S. Trade Representative proposed 10 per cent tariffs on a $200 billion list of Chinese goods. Those wouldn’t take effect until at least September.China’s lopsided trade balance means it will run out of U.S. imports for penalty tariffs before Washington does. Beijing is trying to recruit support, so far in vain, from Europe, South Korea and other governments.“We are unable to fight equally,” said Tu Xingquan, director of the China Institute for WTO Studies at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing.Monday’s move “indicates that we value the role of the WTO rules,” said Tu.Washington imposed 25 per cent tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese goods in response to complaints Beijing steals or pressures companies to hand over technology. Beijing responded immediately by imposing identical penalties on a similar amount of American imports.It has criticized the latest tariff threat but has only about $80 billion of annual imports left for penalties.As for why Beijing hasn’t retaliated, “there might be some adjustment in China’s approach to countermeasures,” said Tu.Economists and business groups have suggested Beijing might try to disrupt operations of American companies, especially service industries, in which the United States runs a surplus. But Chinese officials have tried to appeal to American companies as allies.A Commerce Ministry spokesman said last week Beijing hoped they would lobby Washington to protect their own interests.
One protester threatened to “drop kick” and “kill” a fire official and an official from the parks department was chased away, he said.Camp Cloud has grown since November from a single trailer to include a two-storey wooden structure, a cabin, an outdoor shower, more than a dozen tents and multiple vehicles and trailers.City of Burnaby lawyer Gregory McDade told the judge that while the city supports peaceful protests, the camp violates several bylaws, trespasses on city property and constitutes a public nuisance.The city has had a positive dialogue with a separate protest group that gathers around a structure known as the Watch House, he said. McDade said when the city communicated the fire ban to the Watch House protesters, they conducted a ceremony and extinguished their own sacred fire. VANCOUVER, B.C. – A British Columbia Supreme Court judge has granted the City of Burnaby an injunction forcing pipeline protesters to take down their camp outside a Kinder Morgan terminal.Justice Geoffrey Gomery said all structures, shelters and vehicles must be removed from the site known as Camp Cloud within 48 hours of the order issued on Friday afternoon.The judge also ordered that a sacred fire burning under very dry conditions and near a Shell aviation fuel tank farm must be extinguished. Camp Cloud spokeswoman Kwitsel Tatel, who is named as a defendant, said in a statement that putting out the sacred fire or removing any of the camp’s buildings would be a violation of not only the right to free expression but also deeply held religious beliefs.She posted a “call for solidarity” on Facebook, hours before the ruling.“Our camp is unified and centred around the sacred fire, which since time immemorial, has been central to the governance of Indigenous peoples,” the post said.“We are a peaceful coalition that is gravely concerned for the national interest, respect, dignity of public interest, public health and the protection of safe and clean water for all our generations to come on these sacred lands of so-called Canada.”She said the group is raising awareness about the “ecocide and genocide” that is continuing to take place against Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, due to ongoing threats to water.Asked what she would do if the judge ruled in favour of the city, ahead of the ruling, she said only: “Good question for all ‘Canadians!’ ”(THE CANADIAN PRESS) However, peaceful protesting is still permitted, he said. Individuals are allowed on the site as long as they do not build more structures and camp overnight.No one appeared in court on behalf of the protesters, although half a dozen supporters watched proceedings from the gallery.In his judgment, Gomery noted that an argument based on Aboriginal title claims could have in principle qualified. However, he said the position the protesters have advanced through media on that subject, so far as he understands it, is not arguable.There is no evidence the individuals are associated with the Squamish or Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, which claim rights to the land in question, he said.Gomery also said he believed the focus of Camp Cloud has shifted over time.“It is, unfortunately, clear that the goals of the defendants and occupants of Camp Cloud have evolved. While they established the camp for the purpose of protesting the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, they’ve now begun to view the campsite as their land. They’re blocking a public right of way and members of the public have been made to feel unwelcome,” he said.
LAVAL, Que. — Valeant Pharmaceuticals says its chairman and CEO received US$62.7 million in compensation for eight months of work last year, even as the Quebec-based drug giant reported a “disappointing” financial performance.In a proxy report ahead of its May 2 annual meeting, Valeant says Joseph Papa’s compensation included US$42 million in stock awards, US$10 million in stock options, an US$8-million signing bonus and a salary of US$980,769.The 61-year-old took the company helm in May.Life after Bill Ackman: Why the clock is ticking for Valeant ’s Joe PapaHow to lose $4 billion: Bill Ackman’s long ride down on ValeantHis compensation was less than half the US$141.6 million that went to his predecessor Michael Pearson in 2015 before he left the company early last year.Pearson received US$12 million in compensation last year, mainly from a US$10.5-million severance and US$669,231 salary.Valeant had a rough year in 2016 as it lost nearly 90 per cent of its stock value, racked up losses of US$2.4 billion and came under scrutiny over its drug pricing practices.“While we are disappointed with our financial results and share price performance, we have accomplished important steps to position the company for a turnaround,” it said in the filing.© Thomson Reuters 2017
An accomplice of leading underworld figure Kanjipani Imran has been arrested in Kolonnawa.The Police said that Mohamed Naufer Ali was arrested with drugs by the Police. He was arrested based on information received by the Organised Crimes Prevention Division (OCPD).Kanjipani Imran was arrested in Dubai recently with several drug dealers.
How to Choose?What criteria should be considered when deciding whether to sole source or implement best-of-breed solutions? One of the first things to consider is whether the organization has specific strategic or high-priority initiatives that could impact communications and collaboration requirements. For example, a global company with frequent national or international video calls for large teams may choose a video-focused solution to support feature-rich meetings. Similarly, an education-oriented institution that frequently broadcasts live educational content might require advanced Web conferencing tools. Is Sole Enough?While my reasons for having multiple platforms might be different (I communicate with clients in their preferred method), having more than one communication modality is the rule, rather than the exception in most enterprises. While organizations might restrict communications protocols that aren’t supported, shadow applications are frequently utilized because they’re easier to use, provide additional functions outside the corporate solution, and are often “free.” “SCTC Perspectives” is written by members of the Society of Communications Technology Consultants, an international organization of independent information and communications technology professionals serving clients in all business sectors and government worldwide. sctcperspective_Small.png Consider ITFinally, internal IT resource availability should be a significant consideration. One of the goals of organizations with a small IT staff is often to outsource system management where possible. Many organizations move to an outsourced first model to reduce internal technical staff and allow company resources to focus on their business, rather than the technology that supports it. If procuring a managed solution is a priority, sole source is, in most cases, the best fit. If an organization has a strong IT staff with diverse skills, as well as a procurement, contract management, and accounts payable resources to manage multiple contracts, either approach has its technical merits. How to Get Rid of Your Fax Machines… Finally Dan Aylward September 11, 2019 Many organizations still rely on faxing to secure and authenticate transmitted documents, but it’s time to move on. Log in or register to post comments See All in Unified Communications » Equally, an organization with simple telephony needs such as manufacturing, logistics, or factories may be better served keeping their back office on traditional backend systems and deploying an inexpensive, voice-only or mobile-first platform for voice communications. Ultimately, there are many variables to consider when deciding between sole source or a multi-solution architecture. Being aware of the limitations and benefits of each is the first step in making the decision. decision.jpg Making UC Accessible for All Dave Mailer July 03, 2019 Look for solutions from companies like Cisco, Microsoft, and Zoom to serve the needs of all types of users. UC 2.0: The Future of Unified Communications Eran Abramson June 10, 2019 UC is on a positive path, with great promises and capabilities to come. While UCaaS providers like RingCentral allow for video collaboration, many haven’t advanced to the clean interface and bullet-proof video experience provided by video-first solutions like Zoom. In a situation where video fidelity must work on time, every time, implementing a separate best-of-breed video solution may be preferred over using the one included with the UC platform. While integration with Salesforce or other contact management tools is often offered by UC providers through APIs, custom development may be required to ensure the integration meets all requirements. Integration with other back-end processes, office systems, accounting systems, etc., all require careful consideration as strategic initiatives are implemented to move from traditional telephony to UC and collaboration platforms. Rather than achieving the goal of consolidating platforms, unified communications (UC) seems to have accomplished the opposite – creating disparate solutions with users either having too many means of connecting or not enough. Like my colleagues, I’ve become so accustomed to communicating through collaborative platforms that it seems draconian when I can’t share a document, quickly “ping” someone on a chat, or easily convert a chat into a video call. Instead of UC, it seems we’ve developed more of a “pan communications” situation. Tags:News & ViewsBest of BreedSingle SourceUnified CommunicationsConsultant PerspectivesNews & ViewsSCTC Articles You Might Like Open Source’s Role in UC & Networking on the Rise Sorell Slaymaker July 12, 2019 Exploring the impact of the software revolution that’s quietly empowering more open source networking and communications solutions Another consideration might be whether an organization is part of an industry that requires conformance to specific regulations, such as finance or legal. Government regulations that drive you into specialized requirements, such as those related to storing or transmitting documents to federal or county agencies, may also limit options – a catch-all solution may not provide the needed transactional information. Because these industries often use custom document storage and retrieval systems, integrating these systems with collaboration platforms that include file sharing may be difficult, or inadvisable, as they may violate privacy regulations. Federal, state, and local governments may similarly require records to be stored for extended periods, making non-integrated storage a preferred approach. Once an organization has made the strategic decision to implement UC and collaboration company wide, the next step is to determine from an architectural perspective whether to deploy one solution for all communications and collaboration or to select “best of breed” for individual components such as video conferencing, voice, contact center, and team collaboration. Communications vendors prefer to push their solutions as comprehensive for all needs, but if an organization has standardized on an office suite such as Microsoft Office 365 or Google G Suite, they may already have some collaboration and communication components ready to deploy. And while these solutions may fit some requirements, there may also be holes in critical features. RIP: Skype for Business Kevin Kieller July 30, 2019 Microsoft sets retirement plan for Skype for Business Online, foreshadowing death of Server edition, too.
Assembly President Sam Kutesa spotlighted infrastructure development as he opened the 193-member body’s annual consideration of the landmark New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), and other key issues concerning for the continent, including efforts to roll back malaria. The meeting caps what has become informally known as “Africa Week” (13 to 17 October) at UN Headquarters. With the adoption of NEPAD’s Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) in July 2012, African Leaders laid a foundation for the development of critical regional and continental infrastructure,” he said. “Africa needs hydropower dams and transmission lines to facilitate production. It needs roads, railways and ports to facilitate commerce and trade. It needs core ICT [information and communications technology] infrastructure to support trade in goods and services, as well as governance structures,” added Mr. Kutesa. Hailing the efforts under NEPAD in coordinating development of infrastructure across the continent through PIDA’s priority Action as “commendable”, the Assembly President noted that over the last 12 months, of the 51 projects and programmes envisioned, 16 national and regional projects were identified as quick wins for financing and implementation. He said it is important that the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) continues to receive attention, as a guiding framework for the development of this sector. “These projects and others will require enormous amounts of resources, but financing by governments alone is not enough. Other sources of funding, especially from the private sector, including specialized funds, should be tapped into,” said Mr. Kutesa, noting that the Presidential Infrastructure Champions Initiative (PICI), adopted to prioritise and fast-track the implementation of key regional projects is a step in the right direction. “Strengthened bilateral and regional cooperation to develop joint cross-border projects will also be important going forward,” he continued, adding that improving access to sustainable sources of clean, reliable and affordable energy will also be crucial to Africa’s economic and social development. “The United Nations Sustainable Energy for All initiative, which aims to ensure universal energy access by 2030, has highlighted the importance of access to electricity.”Turning to the global effort to curb eradicate malaria, one of the most serious health problems facing the world today and which is endemic in Africa, especially in tropical Africa, with an estimated 90 per cent of the total malaria incidence and deaths occurring there, he said that since the Assembly adopted the first resolution on malaria in 2000, the world has witnessed significant political commitment to the fight against the disease. “We should all be proud of the fact that just 10 years after the passage of the first resolution, more than 1.1 million deaths from malaria were averted,” he said, but cautioned against complacency. “We should redouble our efforts…to reach our ultimate goal of its total eradication. We must press on with conviction and determination that this preventable and treatable disease can be eradicated in our lifetime.”
Bangladesh’s tour of the West Indies, scheduled for February next year, is likely to be pushed to July. A change, if any, will be necessitated by the World Cup Qualifiers, scheduled for next March; West Indies, currently ranked ninth in ODIs, are likely to feature in the tournament.File photo: Mushfiqur Rahim embraces Mustafizur Rahman after his catch to remove Jason Roy in a previous match (Getty Images)ESPNcricinfo has learned that both the BCB and Cricket West Indies have tentatively agreed to the change. It is understood that after the Qualifiers, West Indies will host Sri Lanka in June followed by the series against Bangladesh a month later before wrapping up the home season with the Caribbean Premier League.The change would probably come as a relief for Bangladesh, as, without it, they would have to pack their bags quickly for the Caribbean tour in February right after their home series against Sri Lanka. It would have meant a crammed schedule as Bangladesh would then have had to fly directly to Sri Lanka to play the Nidahas Trophy, which is scheduled from March 15 to 31. They are free of international commitments from April-July 2018, after which they’re scheduled to tour Australia in August.Bangladesh have a busy schedule for the rest of 2017. After the two home Tests against Australia finishes on September 8, Bangladesh will fly to South Africa to play two Tests, three ODIs and as many T20s till October 29. The BPL will start on November 2 soon after their return, with the final scheduled in the second week of December depending on the number of participating teams. Soon after the BPL, they are set to host Sri Lanka for a full tour in December-January. (ESPNCricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWest Indies to tour Pakistan in March for T20 seriesNovember 11, 2017In “Sports”Bravo unlikely for home series, needs to clarify future — CWI chiefMay 3, 2018In “Sports”West Indies hope to end series drought in decider against BangladeshDecember 13, 2018In “Sports”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMinisters Harmon, Trotman host team exploring IDB’s role in oil sectorJune 28, 2017In “Business”Petroleum consultants to guide oil industry developmentMarch 17, 2017In “latest news”‘ExxonMobil contract was dealt with, we are not going back on it’- State MinisterFebruary 22, 2018In “Business” State Minister Joseph Harmon today said that while government has use for the expertise of Dr Jan Mangal, the Presidential Advisor on Petroleum does not speak on behalf of the Head of State or the government as a whole.Minister of State Joseph HarmonMinister Harmon’s statement comes on the heels of comments made by the Presidential Advisor regarding the oil contract between Guyana and US oil giant, ExxonMobil.According to Harmon, the views expressed by Dr Mangal does not reflect the position of the President or that of government.“He is an advisor to the President and works within framework and in that framework advice is given to his excellency, it is up to the President to decide whether this advice is good I will follow it or this advice is not good and therefore I will not follow it…its not to give directions as the case may be” said Harmon.Dr Mangal told reporters on the sidelines of an oil and gas forum at UG last evening that when situations change and one party to a contract is dissatisfied with a contract it has with another, then amendments can be made.Petroleum Advisor Dr Jan MangalHe was at the time, referring to the oil contract between Guyana and ExxonMobil, criticising the low royalty and large concession given to the US oil company.Last evening the Ministry of the Presidency sent out a one paragraph statement, distancing itself from comments made by the Petroleum Advisor.When asked whether government will be renewing Dr Mangal’s contract as Presidential advisor, the State Minister said “his contract is an IDB contract…the extent to which Dr Mangal continues to provide advice…I believe to that extent that we have use for Dr Mangal, whether in fact he makes statements in his own private capacity that is another matter but in so far as the advice which he gives…it is on those terms that the contract whether it is extended or whether it is brought to an end it is on those terms” Harmon said.
A SAG mill liner issue at Independence Group’s Nova nickel operation in the Fraser Range of Western Australia has seen the miner miss its annual production guidance for the financial year.The problem, which saw a reduction in processing plant availability in the second half of June, resulted in an 800 tonne shortfall in nickel output, Independence said. The company produced 22,258t in the 12 months to the end of June, compared with its 23,000-27,000t guidance.Independence said it is rectifying the situation: “The SAG mill liners are currently being replaced in a planned processing plant shutdown and are not expected to affect availability or productivity going forward.”Even with this setback, the company produced 7,344t of nickel metal in the June quarter, up 23% from the March quarter. Independence noted that, as planned, tonnes mined, and milled, ore grades and metallurgical recoveries continued to improve.Nova has a nameplate 1.5 million tonne per annum ore capacity with a primary crushing, two-stage grinding and differential flotation circuit. It has both a 2.4MW SAG mill and 2.4MW ball mill.The mine, which produced its first concentrate in October 2016, is expected to average more than 26,000t of nickel, 11,000t of copper and 1,000t of cobalt annually.
handball loanhandball newshandball transfersRajko Prodanovic Rhein Neckar LowenRhein Neckar Lowen German Rhein Neckar Lowen make addition the the squad – Serbian NT right wing Rajko Prodanovic (27) who is coming from Hungarian champion MM-MKB Veszprem on loan until the end of the season. Experienced Serbian lefthander who played for RK Jugovic, Spanish Antequera, Macedonian Vardar and Hungarian PICK Szeged, weren’t in plans of Veszprem’s coach Antonio Carlos Ortega after he came from Szeged last summer.Ortega has faith in domestic right wings Ivancsik and Gulyas, so there was no space for Prodanovic, who signed contract with Veszprem before Spanish coach came to Hungary.German team have Patrick Groetzki on that position, while second option young Steinhauser is injured. ← Previous Story HUNGARY: Easy season start for Pick Szeged Next Story → WIN IN HAMBURG: New “Zebras” – New domination!
New study finds that nurses are at a higher risk of suicide than general population For more information on the study visit: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0883941719300287To create a suicide prevention program at your organization contact Afsp.org KUSI Newsroom August 12, 2019 Posted: August 12, 2019 For confidential support available 24/7 for everyone in the U.S.:National Suicide Prevention Lifeline1-800-273-8255suicidepreventionlifeline.org KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A new study finds that nurses are at a higher risk of suicide than the general population.Nurse scientist Judy Davidson and Dr. Sidney Zisook, both from UC San Diego, were at KUSI to discuss the study’s findings, as well as how we can prevent nurse suicides.If you or someone you know needs help, call the Lifeline at any time to speak to someone and get support. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter