Australian cricket coach Tim Nielsen on Thursday defended Michael Clarke and Phillip Hughes over allegations that the pair was found drinking at a Melbourne bar well into the night on the eve of their humiliating Ashes series defeat at the MCG.Aussie players Phillip Hughes. AP”These guys are playing cricket all day, every day. And they’re never playing at home. They were out for dinner. All the information we received straight after the incident was that they were out for dinner together and nothing but polite and courteous to the people out in the the public.”They posed for photographs and signed autographs, they talked about the Test match. I can promise you they wouldn’t have been feeling great because we were under pressure in the Test and going to the fourth day looking like the Ashes were going to be lost,” Nielsen said.According to some photographs released by the media Down Under, the duo was spotted drinking at the World Restaurant Bar on the third night of the Melbourne Test, which Australia went on to lose by an innings and 157 runs to help England retain the Ashes on foreign soil for the first time in 24 years.The pictures had raised some serious questions pertaining to the professionalism and discipline of Aussie cricketers but Nielsen said the photographs of the cricketers showed the two players were well behaved and simply enjoyed drinks with dinner.”I don’t really mind what anybody says. (But) I can’t expect – I won’t expect – any of my players to sit in their hotel room for 250 nights of the year, especially if they’re having a bad day or a good day,” Nielsen was quoted as saying by the ‘Sydney Morning Herald’.advertisementNielsen spoke in defence of the players after a 25-year-old local woman, Emily Goodyear, had claimed that the pair drank vodka with her and and told her “it doesn’t matter that we are out, we’ve lost the match anyway.””And Philip added, ‘I’m not batting and I don’t think there’s any chance we’re going to win.’,” she added.Aussie vice captain Michael Clarke. APTest vice-captain Michael Clarke had defended himself and his team-mate Hughes by arguing that they have done nothing wrong.”There’s no doubt Phillip and I went to a restaurant bar, we had dinner there, I had two drinks and didn’t have a late night at all. We posed for a lot of photos with a lot of people, we were polite to a lot of people and there were even a few of the Barmy Army there.”I have absolutely no idea what time I got home, but I guarantee you it wasn’t late,” the 29-year-old Clarke said.- With PTI inputs
February 21 is a day to feel proud of your native language. It’s the day the world celebrates the Mother Language Day. India is a country that is full of languages, and that reminds us of a common problem that travellers face here — interacting and creating a connect with locals belonging to different backgrounds and cultures. HolidayIQ has released a list of words and phrases that one must know while travelling in India.Also read: 5 most picturesque train journeys in India LadakhA beautiful barley field in Ladakh. Picture courtesy: Flickr/sandeepachetan.com travel photography/Creative CommonsLadakh’s unparalleled natural beauty has made it a global traveller’s favourite over the years. There’s no other place in India where you can see a picture-perfect combination of barren mountains, snow, monasteries and lakes. When you are there, use the word joollay to start conversations with the locals. Jollay is commonly used by Ladakhis to say “Hello” or “How are you?”MumbaiThe beautifully lit Victoria Terminus in Mumbai. Picture courtesy: Flickr/Advait Supnekar/Creative Commons MumBe it the Marine Drive, or the Gateway of India, or the Victoria Terminus, or the Juhu Beach, Mumbai has way too many places to please a traveller with. And any Mumbaikar will become a warm host if you know a few local dictions — it will bring a smile on the local’s face when he comes to know that you are trying your best to the local culture. Try using “kya boltaay boss” or “kya boltaay bidu” as conversation starters. We believe that your local guide will put in extra efforts to show you around the city.advertisementBengaluruThe beautiful Ulsoor Lake in Bengaluru. Picture courtesy: Flickr/Swaminathan/Creative CommonsBengaluru is a favourite among travellers who stop by this place before heading for treks to the Western Ghats or go on a trip to other attractive places around, including Wayand, Ooty and Gokarna among others. Besides, it also has good local sports, including the beautiful Ulsoor Lake. Although the city is metropolitan, the locals are known to assume that you are Kannadiga and start talking to you in Kannada. If you ever face such a thing, just say, “Kannada gotilla,” which literally means, “I don’t know Kannada.” If a local gets grumpy in response, make him happy by saying, “Yen maga, yen samachara, ” which is a good conversation starter.Also read: A detour from Bengaluru to Kolli Hills is worth the view AssamSitting at the banks of river Brahmaputra in Assam will offer you with such breathtaking views. Picture courtesy: Flickr/Michael Folay/Creative CommonsThe home of Brahmaputra river, beautiful tea gardens, teeming wildlife and a treasure house of endangered flora and fauna, Assam will always be a favourite among nature loving travellers. Although the locals are known to be warm and extremely hospitable and helpful, using this sentence can actually make them go that extra mile to help you. Just greet them saying, “Aapunaak loge pai bhaal lagil.” It means, “Pleased to meet you!”Also read: World’s largest river island is in India! KolkataSecond Hooghly Bridge in Kolkata, as seen under the night sky. Picture courtesy: Flickr/Rajarshi Mitra/Creative CommonsWho doesn’t like Kolkata? Howrah Bridge, Second Hooghly Bridge, Park Street, Victoria Memorial Hall, Princep Ghat (River Ganga) and so many more — the city is full of places that can give you a wide variety of experiences and provide a glimpse into the rich tradition and culture of the region. Besides, the local cuisine is to die for. Although most of us are familiar with some of the local dialects, it’s good to know “kemon achhen?” which means, “How are you?” Bengalis get really pleased to see somebody trying to speak the local language.Also read: A day trip from Kolkata will take you to these 5 colonial towns Tamil NaduMarina Beach, Chennai. Picture courtesy: Flickr/Thangaraj Kumaravel/Creative CommonsTamil Nadu is home to some really amazing sea beaches and a group of ancient temples including Rameswaram, Meenakshi Amman, and Karaikal Ammaiyar, among others. Besides, numerous historic sites attract heritage travellers from all parts of the world. The best way to start a conversation with any Tamil-speaking local is to say, vannakkam. The word is used to greet or welcome someone.VaranasiA riverbank in Varanasi. Picture courtesy: Flickr/Christopher Michel/Creative CommonsThe Ganga aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat is a rare spectacle that attracts tourists from all parts of the world. Besides, the city is also known for beautiful banks by the river Ganga, a picturesque atmosphere, breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, and the delicious street food. Although it’s quite easy to interact with the Hindi-speaking locals, greeting them by saying, “Ram Ram” will make them really happy. But, be careful not to be too funny with this one as it might offend the God-loving locals.advertisement
New Delhi, June 22 (PTI) Premier Futsal has signed a battery of decorated futsal stars from around the world to compete in the sports first-ever multi-national league starting on July 15. Premier Futsal unveiled Alessandro Rosa Vieira, the sports most renowned player fondly known as Falcao, as the leagues first big signing last month. Now, joining him are 18 other futsal stars from across eight nationalities. The roster of players signed includes the Best Player in the World Cup award winner Dovenir Domingues Neto; two-time winner of the UEFA Best Player accolade and five-time winner of the UEFA Golden Shoe Adriano Foglia; twice winner of the Best Goalkeeper of the World honours Santiago Daniel Elias; and world championship silver-medallist and three-time European Golden shoe-winning Spaniard Miguel Marti Sayago. Other celebrated stars of the sport taking part include Russian Romulo Alves Nobre, compatriot Cirilo Tadeus Cardoso Filho, Italian Carlos Eduardo Morgado Oliveira, Brazilian Wagner Pereira Caetano, Argentine Maximiliano Daniel Rescia, Iranians Hossein Tayyebi and Mostafa Nazari. All players have committed to competing in Premier Futsal for five years and will be assigned a team in the upcoming player draft scheduled for later this month. Premier Futsal Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer Abhinandan Balasubramanian said, “This is a massively exciting announcement for Premier Futsal. To have some of the sports most celebrated stars committing to play in the league not for one but five years is a massive vote of confidence for us. “Theres some real momentum behind us now and we are looking forward to what promises to be a cracking inaugural season with a whole lot of anticipation.” Premier Futsal, promoted by Xavier Britto of Indev Group, is the worlds first-ever multi-national Futsal league and promises to bring the legends of football and futsal together for the first time. Led by the Pele of Futsal Alessandro, the league will feature over 50 International Futsallers from four continents and 21 countries. Each franchise will be assigned a marquee international player, seven international and five Indian Futsallers through a player draft. The league will be telecast live and exclusive on Sony SIX, SONY ESPN and Sony AATH. Matches will also be available to live stream on Sony LIV. PTI ATK ATKadvertisement
A two-goal showing from Kadidiatou Diani saw the U.S. women’s national team fall in the side’s opening match of 2019, taking a 3-1 loss at the hands of France. After going unbeaten throughout 2018, the USWNT came into the World Cup year riding high, kicking off the 2019 slate with a friendly against World Cup host France in Le Havre. But Diani’s star showing was enough to doom Jill Ellis’ outfit to a defeat to one of the few teams to have taken points off of them last year. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Her first of the night came following a brilliant run down the right from Delphine Cascarino, who cut back into the box for Diani, who had started the move in the midfield, to slam home just nine minutes in. Not the start the USWNT envisioned…Diani starts France’s attack brilliantly and finishes it for the 1-0 lead just 9 minutes in. pic.twitter.com/gDypSLq5o3— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) January 19, 2019The U.S. seemed to repond well enough to the early strike, but Diani broke the game open with her second of the night 10 minutes after the break. A ball in down the right gave the 23-year-old just enough space to send a lofted shot to the back post, leaving USWNT goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher stranded. Oh my 😲What a goal by Diani for France. pic.twitter.com/FT6SMviEJX— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) January 19, 2019Marie-Antoinette Katoto made it 3-0 in favor of France in the 78th, cementing the win for the French side. Mallory Pugh pulled one back for the USA late on but it would not be enough to salvage a result. The loss broke a 28-match unbeaten run for the U.S. but shouldn’t have come as a huge shock. France has earned three wins and two draws against the USWNT over the course of their last 10 meetings and the French side is among the favorites to win this summer’s World Cup, having stretched its own unbeaten run to nine games. The two teams faced off just once in 2018, playing out a 1-1 draw.
The State Minister was speaking at the dedication ceremony for the Ministry’s multimillion dollar administrative building, which was opened today (January 2) on the grounds of the Office of the Commissioner of Police. The Commissioner’s annual devotion function was also held to coincide with the opening. State Minister in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., has thanked all members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) for their service to the nation, and for risking their lives to protect Jamaicans on a daily basis.He reminded the members that many Jamaicans, especially the nation’s youth, are looking up to them in 2018 not only for protection but for guidance.The State Minister was speaking at the dedication ceremony for the Ministry’s multimillion dollar administrative building, which was opened today (January 2) on the grounds of the Office of the Commissioner of Police. The Commissioner’s annual devotion function was also held to coincide with the opening.“Being a police [officer] is a very unique job. To my daughter, police officers are supermen and superwomen. That’s the child’s definition. You’re expected to be so many things to us all. We will do all that we can in 2018 to let you know that you are valued,” he said.Meanwhile, Commissioner of Police, George Quallo, said he is pleased that the new administrative building was completed before the first working day in 2018, and that the conference room was functioning fully to host the Commissioner of Police’s annual devotion ceremony.The Commissioner encouraged members of the JCF to continue serving to the best of their abilities.“Last year was a very challenging year for us as JCF members, and I have no doubt that this year will also be (testing), but I’m also convinced that with Christ in the vessel, we shall smile at the storm. Where there is no test, we will have no testimony,” Mr. Quallo said.“With all the challenges, I’m just going to suggest that we remain focused. We must remain focused on what we have to do this year. Leave the baggage of 2017 behind.“It makes no sense carrying it forward. If we’re going to succeed as an organisation, we must start to think positively and to see things moving in the right direction,” he added.The Commissioner said the opening of the new building, which will be the new office for the Heads of Administration, Operations, and Strategic Operations; the Criminal Investigation Branch headquarters and other senior officers, will greatly assist with fulfilling the mandate of the JCF. Story Highlights Meanwhile, Commissioner of Police, George Quallo, said he is pleased that the new administrative building was completed before the first working day in 2018, and that the conference room was functioning fully to host the Commissioner of Police’s annual devotion ceremony. State Minister in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., has thanked all members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) for their service to the nation, and for risking their lives to protect Jamaicans on a daily basis.
zoom German shipping major Hapag-Lloyd finished the first three months of the current financial year with a positive operating result, in spite of higher bunker prices.Although the company’s EBITDA improved by 6.4% to EUR 131.3 million from last year’s EUR 123.4 million, Hapag-Lloyd informed that its net loss widened to EUR -62.1 million from EUR -42.8 million seen in the same quarter in 2016.Hapag-Lloyd said that the first-quarter result “was noticeably affected by ongoing bunker price increases.” At 313 USD/tonne, the average bunker price was clearly above the previous year’s figure of 197 USD/tonne, representing the highest level seen since June 2015.The transport volume increased by 6.8% year-on-year to more than 1.9 million TEU from 1.8 million TEU handled in the same period a year earlier. While the average freight rate was USD 20 lower than in the first quarter of the previous year at 1,047 USD/TEU, there were further signs of a slight upward curve compared with the past quarters, according to the company.The greater transport volume and exchange rate effects pushed revenue up by 10.4% to EUR 2.13 billion from EUR 1.93 billion seen in the corresponding period in 2016.Rate increases were introduced in a number of trades even though the industry environment remains challenging, but these rate increases “are only going to have an impact on the company’s result later in the year,” Hapag-Lloyd said.“Our activities in the first quarter focused on preparations for the merger with UASC and on the launch of our new alliance. The launch of the THE Alliance went well, and the merger with UASC will be closed shortly,” Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd AG, said.“After the closing our priority will be to integrate UASC into Hapag-Lloyd quickly and to realize initial synergies from the merger,” Jansen added.The merger with the Arabian liner shipping company is expected to generate annual savings of USD 435 million from 2019 onwards, with a large proportion of this already to be achieved in 2018, according to the company.
STE-MARTHE-SUR-LE-LAC, Que. — Police say a man who allegedly drove his vehicle into an office that was helping flood victims will face charges of dangerous driving and assault with a weapon.No one was injured when the vehicle slammed into the office late Wednesday in Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, northwest of Montreal.The 38-year-old driver was questioned by police today, and Quebec provincial police say he is expected to be arraigned later in the day at the courthouse in St-Jerome.The accused was taken to hospital as a preventive measure and to assess his mental health, but he has since been discharged.Sgt. Claude Denis says the weapon referred to in the charge is the vehicle.The accused is described as a victim of spring floods who had just been ejected from the office by police.Red Cross employees had called police because of the man’s alleged aggressive behaviour, Deux-Montagnes police spokesman Christopher Harding said Wednesday.There were staff inside the building as well as families who had come to seek aid, Public Security Minister Genevieve Guilbault said.She told reporters she understood the distress of those impacted by floods in Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, where a dike breach forced thousands from their homes but added that such actions are unacceptable.The offices, shared by the Red Cross and Quebec public security officials, closed Thursday but were expected to reopen Friday.The Canadian Press
Legendary Emmy-winning actor and comedian Ed Asner, who has brought us laughter and entertainment for more than four decades, today announced the creation of The Ed Asner Family Center (TEAFC), dedicated to promoting self-confidence in differently abled individuals and bringing balance and wellness to those individuals and their families.A longtime advocate for the developmentally disabled and those on the autistic spectrum, Asner personally understands the challenges that Special Needs families face, and the healing power of a creative, loving environment. The center is currently fund raising for the flagship site in Los Angeles, the first of many branches nationwide, and will debut classes and programs in June 2018.Said Asner: “This is a dream of mine. To establish an oasis of creativity in every special needs community. A place where our most beautiful dreamers of all can have their opportunity to thrive and in doing so learn valuable lessons about themselves and the world and in the same building give families an opportunity to be healthy. This center of enrichment is where we can develop a most important part of our being, character.”The Ed Asner Family Center will be offering a wide variety of Arts programs as well as mental health support and de-stress classes such as mindfulness and yoga dedicated to promoting self-confidence and balance. Additional classed include music, dance, voice over, theatre, fine arts, culinary, resume building and job mentorship classes.“Less than a decade ago I was a single mother with four young children, two impacted by autism,” said Navah Paskowitz Asner, Executive Director of The Ed Asner Family Center. “I was in desperate need of mental health support due to my challenges in life and financially unable to pay for the support I needed. Our goal in TEAFC is to provide mental health support to ALL special needs families while giving their children enrichments at the same time. We plan to create an environment where the parents, the typical siblings, the entire family begins to not just endure but to live and thrive and feel joy and HOPE in their lives no matter how hard their personal burden may be.”The Ed Asner Family Center plans to offer various approaches to therapy. The center’s mental health programs are aimed at helping those experiencing depression, anxiety, worry, grief, or anger management problems. These issues are much more prevalent with the addition of a special needs family member. Therapy is offered by licensed clinicians including marriage and family Therapists, clinical Social workers and other clinicians trained to help couples, families or individuals to address their ongoing needs. Clinicians explore with the client productive ways to de-stress and find support.Family Counseling and Individual Therapy: This program is designed to help all family members in the special needs household, including grandparents or caregivers and typical siblings. The family will learn how to comfortably express their feelings, de-stress and find better ways to communicate with each other, to solve problems, be able to understand special needs and to address struggles in the home, school, workplace or in the community. By defining clear goals and ways to support those goals, clinicians work closely with all family members. Sessions are focused on teaching the skills necessary to encourage the family as a whole to be become better communicators and focus on a healthier way of living and a higher quality of life for the entire family. Each individual family member can be supported by peers in a group setting or a private one- on-one counseling session.Sibling Group: This program offers support for the sibling of a special needs child. Often the siblings wonder why everything is focused on their brother or sister and not on them. They might feel that they don’t get enough time to do the things they want to do. Siblings may feel guilt or anger towards their brother or sister for always being the center of the parent’s attention. Participants will be able to express feelings through games and activities while attending group sessions as well as find comfort and support with likeminded peers.Enrichment/Vocational Programs: The Ed Asner Family Center will feature enrichment and vocational classes from some of the top established programs in the country and is proud to partner with Spectrum Laboratory, Autism Works Now, Autism Movement Therapy and The Miracle Project.For more information about The Ed Asner Family Center, and sponsorship opportunities contact: Navah Paskowitz-Asner at Navah@edasnerfamilycenter.org.
John Murray APTN National NewsThe Bimose Tribal Council has found a winning formula for education – one that has been so successful it led to the opening of a school on a remote reserve on the Lake of the Woods.It’s a big deal – one that means children don’t have to go away for school – and the sounds of them at play has elders smiling.“Two generations of students have gone from K to 12 without living in the community,” said Chief Kimberley Sandy-Kasprik. “And so our Elders told us that we need to put a stop to that. Our children need to grow up in our community. They need to be a part of the community. They need to know where they are from. They need to walk on the land.”email@example.com
MONTREAL – Via Rail won’t establish minimum content requirements for the new trains it plans to order for Canada’s main railway corridor that transports millions of passengers annually.“As Via Rail is a Crown corporation, the procurement process must be compliant with laws and international treaties,” spokeswoman Mylene Belanger wrote in an email.The national passenger service said Monday that it will launch a request for qualifications, followed by a request for proposals that will take about a year to complete.Via said it expects the 32 new trains that will run between Quebec City and Windsor will maintain capacity for 9,100 seats. The first trains are scheduled to enter into service in early 2022, with the remainder delivered two years later.Belanger said the railway plans to conduct a “fair, open and transparent bidding structure process” accessible to all qualified companies. An independent fairness monitor will follow the procurement process.Long-term maintenance over the next 30 years will be completed in Canada.The lack of minimum content levels recently ruffled some feathers, especially with Bombardier workers, when the Caisse de depot awarded the rolling stock contract for its $6.3-billion electric train project in Montreal to a consortium involving Alstom Transport Canada and a subsidiary of SNC-Lavalin.A spokesman for Bombardier Inc.’s railway division called the Via Rail project interesting.“The idea that the government wants to introduce elements that will allow this contract to take into account future electrification brings the Bombardier portfolio to the fore,” Jacques Tetrault said in an interview.Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced funding Monday included in the recent budget to help Via Rail which he said has been playing an important role for decades in the lives of Canadians that rely on the train.He said the government has no choice but to have an open bidding process to anyone around the world.“I hope that there will be local content but we will conform to rules that guide us regarding international commerce,” he said in Ottawa.About 94 per cent of the nearly four million passengers Via Rail carries annually travel on the Quebec City to Windsor corridor.Via Rail declined to put an estimate on the required funding to replace its fleet but published reports have pegged the amount at up to $1.5 billion.The trains promise to reduce environmental emissions with more fuel-efficient engines, enhance accessibility for visually, hearing and physically impaired passengers and improve on-time performance from reduced mechanical breakdowns.The diesel engines will be able to operate on electricity as the infrastructure becomes available.Via Rail president Yves Desjardins-Siciliano said the funding will improve service by ensuring uninterrupted access along the busy rail corridor.“A new modern fleet will provide our travellers with safer, faster, more frequent, more accessible and environmentally friendlier service,” he said.Some of the old railway cars will be modernized and deployed on transcontinental and regional routes, while others would be sold or recycled, said Belanger.Ottawa also earmarked $8 million for Transport Canada to conduct economic analysis on a proposed high-frequency rail project between Quebec City and Toronto that would operate on dedicated tracks.Federal funding would also be used to explore the potential role for the Canada Infrastructure Bank in the project.Via Rail was created by the federal government in 1977 to take over intercity passenger service provided by Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway.The company has struggled in the past after being forced to cut staffing and reduce service when its operating funding was slashed in half in 1990.A decade later, the government provided $402 million five years to purchase new cars.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:CNR, TSX:CP, TSX:BBD.B)
“WFP confirms that the staff members have been brought to the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, where they are receiving medical treatment and stress counseling and being reunited with their families,” the Rome-based agency said in a press statement.The two staff members went missing on 13 May after the convoy in which they travelling on a monitoring mission in Ethiopia’s Somali region was attacked by assailants.One member of the convoy, the driver Farhan Hamsa, was killed in the attack, and another staff member was injured.WFP said it had worked closely with national and regional authorities to ensure the safe return of the two staff members.“This incident underscores the need to ensure the safety and security of UN staff,” the statement stressed. 30 June 2011The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) confirmed today that two Ethiopian staff members who went missing after a deadly incident in mid-May have been safely recovered.
TORONTO — Torstar Corp. (TSX:TS.B) reported a third-quarter profit of $125.3 million as the sale of its Harlequin romance book business boosted its bottom line.The newspaper publisher said Wednesday the profit amounted to $1.56 per diluted share for the quarter ended Sept. 30 compared with a loss of $70.9 million or 89 cents per diluted share a year ago.However, excluding the sale of Harlequin, the company reported a net loss from continuing operations of $87.0 million or $1.08 per share in the third quarter compared with a loss of $80.2 million or $1.01 per share in the same quarter last year.Torstar also said the Star Media Group has signed a deal with La Presse to develop a new tablet product for the Toronto Star based on technology and experience the Quebec publisher developed when producing its own publication for the iPad.Torstar expects to spend $1 million to $2 million in the fourth quarter on the project and an additional $10 million to $12 million in 2015. The company said the Toronto Star also anticipates eliminating the paywall in 2015 with some potential impact on circulation revenue.Operating revenue slipped to $199.9 million from $215.7 million in the third quarter of last year.Torstar sold Harlequin to global media company News Corp. for $455 million.“We were pleased to complete the sale of Harlequin in the third quarter and all outstanding debt was retired using a portion of the sale proceeds,” Torstar president and chief executive David Holland said in a statement.“Looking forward, for the balance of the year, we expect continued challenges in print advertising revenues combined with relative stability in multi-platform subscriber revenues and flyer distribution revenues.”In its outlook, Torstar said its Metroland Media Group and Star Media Group face continued challenges due to a shift in spending by advertisers seen across the industry and that the trends seen in the last six months are expected to continue into the fourth quarter.However, the company said multi-platform subscriber revenues and flyer distribution revenues are expected to be relatively stable in the balance of the year.
President Sirisena and Bishop will announce Australian assistance to combat dengue fever in Sri Lanka and discuss progress on the implementation of Sri Lanka’s reconciliation process, which Australia says is critical to Sri Lanka’s long-term security and prosperity. (Colombo Gazette) Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is to discuss security cooperation during her visit to Sri Lanka this week.Bishop will be visiting India and Sri Lanka from 18-20 July to strengthen bilateral, economic and security relations with two important partners in our region. “In Sri Lanka, I will meet President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake and other ministers to discuss security cooperation and explore new economic opportunities in science, resources and energy,” Bishop said in a statement today.
Dedicated vs. Shared Cloud Voice Services Darin Ward October 03, 2019 When moving voice to the cloud, many service providers tout their dedicated solutions. But is “dedicated” all that it’s cracked up to be? See All in Cloud Communications » 5 Steps for A Seamless Contact Center Cloud Migration Elizabeth Magill September 09, 2019 Ensuring that IT and business teams are on the same page before, during, and after the process is key to a successful migration. Product highlights include:Google Assistant integration with Calendar — allowing use of voice queries to get up-to-date meeting information; in beta. Consider this the starting point of “Hey Google” integration into G Suite, with more features coming in the near future.Live captions in Google Meetings — delivered via a text stream that runs under the user’s video stream. This currently provides live captions, but action items and transcript capabilities are coming.Connected Sheets — integrates Google’s spreadsheet application with its BigQuery managed cloud data warehouse for analytics; in beta. This makes it possible to use Sheets to analyze the massive amounts of data in BigQuery, up to a whopping 10 billion rows worth of data. This means anyone in a company can now analyze data in a spreadsheet without having to be a BigQuery expert.Hangouts Chat integration into Gmail — This integration has been available as a consumer feature for some time but is now in beta for the corporate version. This gives users access to email, chat, and bots in a single, unified experience.Google Voice generally available — users get a single phone number across all their devices; transcribed voicemails and spam filtering included. Google said pricing will be in line with that from other UCaaS providers. Google Voice will initially be available in 11 markets, with more coming.Gmail security enhancements, including proactive phishing and malware protection — Gmail will provide warnings against phishing attacks and virtually execute attachments in a sandbox environment to prevent malware’s spread. Other notable security enhancements include access transparency and new mobile device management features.Currents — provides a way for workers to share information and engage in discussions with others in the company; currently in beta, this is the enterprise version of Google+G Suite Add-Ons — provide a way for workers to access workplace apps in the side panel of G Suite, simplifying workflows with informatoin immediately available; beta to come soon. Integrations include Cisco Webex, Copper CRM, Workfront, and Box, among others.Even as Google narrows the cap in collaboration, it remains perhaps the biggest enigma in the collaboration industry. G Suite initially started with five apps and has grown to 20. Two of the apps, Gmail and Drive have more than one billion users, and in the past 12 months the number of paying customers has jumped from four million to five million, Google shared. AI features also depend on integration across the suite for maximum effectiveness. As an example, when five of the employees invited to a 10-participant meeting decline the invite, Google could recommend that the organizer book a smaller room, for a more effective meeting. The possibilities for AI infusion are limitless, and Google does AI arguably better than any other company. One reason why is that, despite Google’s massive resources, it always seems to be playing catch-up. During a pre-brief analyst session, Google noted that with the updates it now has a full UC solution with meetings, voice, and chat. To that I say, well whoop-de-doo, as almost any of the many UC and UCaaS vendors can offer this. The big question is, what can Google bring to the table that will enable it to lead the industry instead of seemingly constantly chasing it? Toward that end, here are three areas to watch: 2. Artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities — Google, one of the leading AI companies, is working to infuse AI features into every aspect of G Suite to make users more productive by finding the right information faster, generating high-quality work in less time, and empowering teams to be better. One area that Google should excel in is search, as nobody does that better. Google Cloud Search enables employees to search and find information across documents, CRM information, emails, and other data sources. During the analyst event, one of the speakers cited a stat that workers switch tasks every three minutes and the combination of search and AI can virtually eliminate that and let people stay on tasks better. Some examples of AI infusion can be seen today with grammar checking and suggested responses in email. For those not familiar with the latter, when you start to type a response in Gmail, Google will provide suggestions on how to finish your sentences. Success here would come from increased personalization, with your auto-response suggestion being different from mine. Over time, Google’s AI should get better at understanding what a specific person would say versus a generic email. With G Suite updates announced today at Google Cloud Next ’19, Google has narrowed the gap between it and many of the mainstream enterprise communications and collaboration vendors. The focus of these updates is employee empowerment, allowing teams to work faster, smarter, and more collaboratively through better integration of its products and a number of new capabilities. 3. 360-degree personal view — One of the more interesting aspects of Google is that its services are so well adopted among consumers. YouTube, consumer Gmail, Maps, Translate, and other services are de facto standards. It’s possible Google could marry the consumer information with company data and create personalization that’s beyond what any other vendor can provide. It’s debatable whether workers would want their personal and professional data mixed together — but I believe if doing so makes life better, most will opt in. For example, Google can automate the process of rescheduling a cancelled meeting. If Calendar knows that an attendee has a personal engagement, such as a school event, it will avoid rescheduling the meeting at that time. The potential is there. The question is whether Google can make the value compelling enough. collaboration.jpg Are We Heading for Cloud in a Box? Tom Nolle September 26, 2019 As the cloud craze continues, enterprises are looking for simplified “in a box” cloud solutions to address their communication and collaboration needs. So here we are again. Google is once again that disruptive vendor to watch. It has a strong, broad product line and a ton of potential. The announcements at Cloud Next ‘19 need to be the starting point of continued and accelerated innovation to achieve a leadership position in the enterprise.Tags:News & ViewsUCaaSGoogle VoicecollaborationG SuiteCloud CommunicationsAI & AutomationAPIs & Embedded CommunicationsDigital TransformationMeetingsProduct News Articles You Might Like 5 Ways Cloud UCC Changed the Workforce Mark Roberts September 16, 2019 The UCC digital renaissance has come and stayed. Now, enterprises are fine tuning their networks to better engage employees and customers. Hyping Up Hybrid: Making the Case Ryan Daily September 05, 2019 With the race to the cloud heating up, some enterprises aren’t dashing to the finish line with the same intensity – opting instead for a “hybrid” pace. Log in or register to post comments 1. Integration of G Suite products — This “differentiator” is something that could be said about all the large collaboration vendors but rarely comes to fruition. For example, little integration exists between Microsoft Skype for Business and Teams or Cisco Webex and BroadSoft. From what I saw at the event, Google apparently has been working diligently to ensure what happens in one product is known in others so the more G Suite application you use, the more productive you’ll be. Google emphasized the importance of email, the value of which many feel is falling with the rise of team collaboration. Despite the rhetoric, email is still kicking and will be around a long time. Given the size of its installed base, Gmail can be the focal point of Google’s integration strategy. Nevertheless, Google remains well behind most of the competition in terms of enterprise mindshare. Also, while the adoption numbers are impressive, Google is rarely the primary collaboration vendor within an enterprise. Businesses are more likely to be using another vendor and augmenting their collaboration strategy with a handful of G Suite applications. This is true for all collaboration vendors but many companies I have talked to refer to themselves as being a “Cisco shop” or “Avaya shop.” Rarely do I hear “Google shop.”
The author, writing under the pen name Tom Marcus, said he was now so worried about his son’s safety that his clothes and sleeping back were fitted with tracking devices.According to his book, Soldier Spy, which has been vetted by MI5 to prevent security breaches and is published later this week, he was nearly killed while following an Islamist terrorist cell.Unknown to him, the extremists had used counter surveillance techniques to watch who was following them and had lured him into an alleyway. When his controllers realised what was happening the operation was quickly abandoned.A search of the plotters’ north London flat later found they had covered the floor with plastic sheeting in preparation for his capture. A black flag, three butchers’ knives and a video camera were also found. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A former MI5 spy has revealed he was nearly kidnapped and beheaded by Islamist extremists who had plotted to kill a British intelligence operative.The spy narrowly escaped being lured into a trap by fanatics he was following and it was later discovered they had made preparations to film his execution.The incident is recalled in a new book by the former intelligence officer who spent years carrying out street surveillance on Islamist, IRA, Russian and Chinese targets in the UK. Mr Marcus, who worked as a mobile surveillance officer from 2005 to 2013 after a career in special operations with the Army, left the security service after he was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder.He said he had since found it difficult to find a job because he was unable to tell employers about his previous career and had ended up working in fast food restaurants and call centres.He told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme: “It’s been hugely difficult to get a job.”Working as an MI5 surveillance officer is seen as a job for life – so when you have to come out it’s very difficult to figure out what job you can do.”You can’t answer the question about what you’ve been doing for the last 10 to 15 years in a job interview properly because you’d be breaking the Official Secrets Act.””So, work-wise, I just started at the bottom of the pile again. I got an MI5 pension but I had to make money by working in call centres and flipping burgers to build up work experience.”He went on: “The only really well-paid options for someone like me were in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, but I just couldn’t risk my life doing that.”It was never an option. I didn’t want my PTSD to come back. And no amount of money is worth risking being caught and beheaded.”Mr Marcus said the largest operation he played a part in was to smash the Al Qaeda Easter bank holiday plot to bomb Manchester landmarks in 2009.But he urged the public not to be unduly worried by media reports of the terrorist threat to Britain. He said: “If you do get frightened watching the news, just be confident that everything is being done to keep you safe.” The author also tracked IRA terrorists
The first season of Preacher was a fine stab at adapting Garth Ennis’s strange and violent world to television. In many ways, it succeeded at introducing the characters and the world of the comic. As many fans noticed though, it felt seriously toned down from the hyperactive, violent world we were expecting. The show appears to be making up for lost time with season two. AMC put out a new trailer today that has a ton more action, violence and just generally more fun than anything in season one.Already, the show has more energy and confidence in itself than we ever saw from season one. Fans of the comics will recognize a few familiar faces showing up this season, including what appears to be The Grail’s Sacred Executioner himself, Herr Starr. Even if you found yourself frustrated by the restrained first season, it may be worth sticking with the show. Especially now that it appears to be getting to the story we remember from the comics. With the first season acting as a prequel, it looks like Jesse Custer, Tulip and Irish vampire Cassidy are ready to search for God.Even though the first season had a different feel from the comics, I can understand why it had to be that way. The world of Preacher is weird. It can be a lot for new readers (or viewers, in this case) to take in. It’s understandable that the show wanted to ease newcomers into this new world in the first season, only hinting at the insanity it was capable of. Now that its audience is all in, the show can bring out the crazy guns.Here’s hoping the new season is more like this trailer (and the comics) when it arrives later this month. Season two of Preacher premieres June 25 on AMC. Stay on target 11 Forgotten Vertigo Comics That Would Make Awesome TV ShowsThe Greatest Romances in Comic Book History
Budget 2016: The government is imposing an individual lifetime limit of £100,000 on gains eligible for capital gains tax exemption through employee shareholder status.This will apply to employee shareholder status arrangements entered into from 17 March 2016. It will not apply to existing arrangements.The limit was announced by Chancellor George Osborne in his Budget 2016 speech today (16 March). It is one of a raft of measures that aim to ensure that tax benefits for individuals are proportionate and fair.Osborne said: “In every Budget I’ve given, action against tax avoidance and evasion has contributed to the repair of our public finances.”Phil Hall, former director of and adviser to IFS Proshare, said: “The reality is that this dreadful vehicle has been abused by some and this will make it fairer. That said, it won’t affect many people because the number of organisations and employees using the employee shareholder status remains pitifully small, as predicted when it was first proposed by government.”
US actions against Huawei will “affect tens of thousands of American jobs,” according to the company. Alain Jocard/Getty Images Chinese tech giant Huawei says its blacklisting by the US will harm jobs, industry and economics in the states.”This decision is in no one’s interest,” Huawei said in a statement Thursday. “It will do significant economic harm to the American companies with which Huawei does business, affect tens of thousands of American jobs and disrupt the current collaboration and mutual trust that exist on the global supply chain.”Huawei added that it will immediately seek remedies against the decision and “find a resolution.”The company had been added to the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security Entity List late Wednesday, following an executive order from President Donald Trump effectively banning Huawei from US communications networks. Among other things, the Entity List applies to companies engaging in “activities contrary to US national security and/or foreign policy interests,” according to the bureau’s website. Post a comment 0 Share your voice The Huawei controversy: Everything you need to know Weighing Huawei Tags The core issue with Huawei has been concerns over its coziness with the Chinese government and fears that its equipment could be used to spy on other countries and companies. The CIA has reportedly warned intelligence officials that Huawei receives funding from China’s National Security Commission, the People’s Liberation Army and a third branch of the Chinese state intelligence network.Trump’s executive order declared that foreign adversary threats to communications networks, technology and services are a national emergency. Huawei has repeatedly denied that its products pose a security threat, following Australia banning Huawei from 5G in August.In its statement Thursday, Huawei called itself “the unparalleled leader in 5G” and said the US ban would lead to the states “lagging behind” in deployment of the next-generation networking technology.”We are ready and willing to engage with the US government and come up with effective measures to ensure product security,” Huawei said. “Restricting Huawei from doing business in the US will not make the US more secure or stronger; instead, this will only serve to limit the US to inferior yet more expensive alternatives.”Read: Samsung has the most to gain from Google putting Huawei on iceIs the threat real?Huawei denies it has strong ties to the Chinese government. But even if the allegations were true, company officials told CNET in an interview that the security threat is still minimal simply because of the way communications networks are built. “We don’t control the customer network,” Andy Purdy, Huawei’s chief security officer, said in an interview with CNET. “The carriers do. China can order us to do whatever the hell they want. But if we don’t have access to the customer data, we can’t send it back to China.”He went on to explain that mobile operators source their equipment from multiple vendors, which isn’t only a good cyber security practice but also makes good business sense. Francis Dinha, CEO of the security software company OpenVPN, agrees that operators use equipment from multiple vendors and said it’s the wireless operators who are ultimately responsible for securing their networks. “You shouldn’t trust any equipment manufacturer, no matter where the company is from, in terms of security,” he said. “Operators are not stupid. They know they need to build a different layer of security to really cope with these problems.”Still, Dinha acknowledges that lawmakers and national security policy experts have valid concerns about Huawei’s relationship with China, even though the company says it can’t be compelled to spy for the Chinese government. “I’m not saying that you should trust China and simply take their word that they can’t be ordered to do something malicious,” he said. “You shouldn’t. But there are ways to mitigate these risks by building in layers of security.”Huawei’s Purdy said that the company is open to discussing how it can work with US officials to ensure that 5G networks are protected, but so far no one is willing to talk. “Because of the hostility against Huawei, there is a lack of willingness to let the experts talk about the facts,” he said. “There are new standards in risk mitigation capabilities that are out there, we can address the risk.”He said he’s hopeful those lines of communication will open soon. The cost of not doing business with HuaweiDon Morrissey, head of Congressional, State and Local Government Affairs for Huawei, said it’s in the best interest of the US to find a way to work with Huawei. He said that limiting access to an important 5G vendor for equipment will limit competition, which will raise costs for building these networks. Providers will ultimately pass those costs on to consumers. He also added there are other economic concerns as Huawei sources some of its components from US companies. “We spent $11 billion with American companies last year,” he said. “That’s American companies in Idaho, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Michigan, Arizona, California and New York.”CNET’s Steven Musil contributed to this report.Updated 2:44 pm PT: Added comments from Huawei executives and Francis Dinha of OpenVPN. Mobile Phones Politics Huawei
IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Are bad times awaiting the “King of good times”? The Enforcement Directorate (ED) in its affidavit filed in a UK court has claimed that Vijay Mallya — who was arrested on Tuesday in London — had laundered around Rs 500 crore of the Rs 900 crore loan he took from IDBI Bank in India.According to the economic intelligence agency, Mallya diverted the loan money to at least seven countries, including the US, the UK, France, Switzerland and Ireland. The affidavit provides complete money-trail details.The affidavit suggests that he used several shell companies and some of his legitimate companies besides Kingfisher Airlines to divert the money by generating fake invoices or through over-invoicing of products, the Times of India reported.Not just that, but Mallya had also appointed dummy directors in the shell companies, while he would control and look after any business-related fund transfers.In addition to the probe, Britain’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has found that the current residence of Mallya in London known as the Lady Walk was bought using money he borrowed from the Indian banks and then routed through companies located in the UK.The SFO has shared the details with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), according to a report by India Today.According to an official, the prosecutors in London now have everything they need to prove criminality of Vijay Mallya.”Now, our extradition case will be heard along with CBI’s extradition proceedings in the Westminster court in December,” said an ED officer.Extradition is the act by one jurisdiction of delivering a person who has been accused of committing a crime in another jurisdiction. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) takes up extradition requests with the concerned foreign countries when a request for extradition is received from the relevant law enforcement agencies in India.Reports last month suggested both the CBI and the ED believed Mallya had diverted most of the Rs 6,000 crore borrowed from banks to shell companies.Both agencies said evidence gathered would strengthen their case for Mallya’s extradition from the UK.The nation’s biggest public sector bank, the State Bank of India, is the leader of the consortium of 17 banks to whom Mallya owes over Rs 9,000 crore.Liquor baron Mallya had left the country in March 2016 after public sector banks claimed he was a loan defaulter and owed an estimated amount of Rs 9,091 crore. They had also approached the Debt Recovery Tribunal. In picture: Vijay Mallya.ReutersMallya was arrested in London on Tuesday, but was granted bail shortly after being produced before the Westminster Magistrates’ Court for a hearing.”I deny all allegations that have been made and I will continue to deny them. I have not eluded any court. I’ve given enough evidence to prove my case,” Mallya said outside the court after the hearing.Mallya, who was also a member of the Rajya Sabha, left the Indian shores about six days before the banks approached the court.The fight between Mallya and the CBI and ED is expected to get intense in the future and bringing him back could be a tough job. Both the agencies are, however, hoping they will get him in the December 4 hearing.
A college teacher was killed after being run over by a truck in Patkelghata on Satkhira-Khulna highway in Satkhira on Saturday morning, reports UNB.The deceased is Jahanara Khatun, 38, wife of Shahadat Hossain of Tala’s Nawapara area. She was a lecturer of biology at Patkelghata Harun-Ur-Rashid College.Patkelghata police station’s officer-in-charge Rezaul Islam said an oil-laden truck hit Jahanara near the Pallibidyut office, killing her on the spot.The body was sent to sadar hospital for an autopsy, the OC added.The truck driver has been arrested.