Indian team coach most dispensable person in the squad, focus on playing XI instead: Sanjay Manjrekar

first_imgEven as the wait continues for the appointment of Team India’s head coach, former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar feels the coach is the most dispensable person in the squad.The BCCI’s cricket advisory committee interviewed five candidates for the job and will name Anil Kumble’s successor soon. Ravi Shastri, Virender Sehwag and Tom Moody were believed to be the frontrunners even before the interviews got underway in Mumbai.Manjrekar, one of the most outspoken commentators in the game, said the he did not understand the fuss around the coach, who was possibly the most dispensable person in the Indian squad. The focus, Manjrekar said, should be on the playing XI instead. Indian team coach is the most dispensable person in the squad, we should stop fussing about it, let’s fuss about playing XIs instead.- Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) July 10, 2017 Unlike coach, chairman of selectors has power to change destiny of Ind cricket but that appointment never gets such attention & importance.??- Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) July 10, 2017WHY MANJREKAR COULD BE RIGHTAnil Kumble was forced to step down as coach following differences with India captain Virat Kohli. The legendary leg-spinner said Kohli had reservations about his style of coaching. Kumble had by then led India to Test series wins over the West Indies, New Zealand, England, Australia and a one-off Test against Bangladesh. India also regained the top spot in the ICC Test rankings during this time and reached the Champions Trophy final.But in a team filled with superstars and talented players like Kohli himself, the question that begs to be asked is: does the Indian team really need a coach who keeps the players under check or a manager who has the necessary man-management skills?advertisementKumble, it was said, was very strict with daily routines and training of the players. But Kohli and the players were not happy with Kumble’s overbearing and intimidating attitude in the dressing-room.Shastri, who had applied for the job last year as well but was overlooked by the CAC, is a favourite among the players and the captain. He was the team director from 2014 to 2016 and had a good run as India won an ODI series against England, reached the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup and 2016 World T20, won a T20I series in Australia and clinched the Asia Cup.It will be interesting to see who gets the nod for the job this time around.Shastri has great man-management skills and knows how to deal with the current crop of players while Moody is the most experienced of the lot, in terms of coaching. Sehwag shares a good rapport Kohli and has played with a few of the current players. It’s a three way race to the finish line with the announcement due very soon.last_img read more

Ohio State Football Player Has Telling Comment On Urban Meyer’s Future

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on prior to the All State Sugar Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Urban Meyer has just one game left in his coaching career, as Ohio State’s head coach is stepping away following the Buckeyes’ Rose Bowl game against Washington.Will that January 1 game actually be Meyer’s final game as a coach, though?Many are doubting that.Meyer, after all, is just 54 years old. He’s dealing with some health issues and clearly needs some time away from the game, but will it be forever?We’ll see.One Ohio State football star, Chase Young, said he wouldn’t be surprised if Meyer ends up coaching again.“He just loves the game so much,” Young told reporters at the Rose Bowl.Ohio State defensive end Chase Young said he won’t be surprised if Urban Meyer ends up coaching again after this season. “He just loves the game so much.”— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) December 27, 2018Meyer would certainly be able to land another major college football job if he decides to pursue one in the future.For now, though, Meyer is set to lead Ohio State in the Rose Bowl against Washington.The Buckeyes and the Huskies are set to kick off at 5 p.m. E.T. on New Year’s Day. The game will be on ESPN.last_img read more

Feel Good Friday- Authentic Apparel

first_img 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men Editors’ Recommendations Every fall/winter when we start hearing what is trending in menswear, the ‘military look’ is always bandied about. It makes sense since men like utilitarian clothes and wear  military items such as bomber jackets, cargo pants and tees on a daily basis. Not to mention the camouflage craze occurring at the moment.  Well finally someone in the Army caught on and realized, ‘Why don’t we hop on?’.  This season the Authentic Apparel Group (the only apparel company to be awarded with a license to use the U.S. Army name and branding) is rolling out their own line of clothing.Authentic ApparelWe are pretty impressed with the direction this is going. The collection isn’t just faux military like you may find at a department store. There are heritage pieces such as the M65 field jacket, the B-15 flight jacket and the Eisenhower jacket. The rollout also includes pants, sweaters, tees and hoodies.  There are waterproof, breathable fabrics, wax treated fabrics, kevlar thread, hydro weaves and two-ply yarns, many of which have been developed by the Army.But don’t worry, the fit is contemporary and close. Yet you will still be able to do all of your field moves (aka chair roll around the office and beer blast after work) with ease. Plus, these are items made by the United States Army people – they are durable!Authentic ApparelBest of all, purchase of officially licensed U.S. Army merchandise aids the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Program, which benefits the lives of Soldiers, Retirees, and their Families.Zappos is the exclusive retailer for the line at the moment, but stay tuned and we will let you know when they appear (with a drum roll) in brick and mortars across the US of A. Which Lobster Roll Style Reigns Supreme: Connecticut or Maine? You Definitely Need a Shirt Jacket for Fall WhistlePig Teams Up With Four Chefs on a New Whiskeylast_img read more

Switching off Parents urged to keep infants away from digital screens

first_imgTORONTO – Vanessa Lewis couldn’t imagine watching her kids grow up bombarded by digital screens — so she effectively banned the technology from their sight.Making a pact with her husband, the couple decided even talking on a smartphone in the vicinity of their infant twins was unacceptable.“If we needed to use our phones we would leave the room,” the Toronto mother says.“We’ve made a real effort not to have our phones available to them.”While it wasn’t always easy, Lewis says banishing TV, tablets and phones was rewarding for her family. Now almost four years old, her boys spend more time playing outside and reading books instead of staring blankly at screens.New guidelines released Thursday by the Canadian Paediatric Society suggest Lewis is on the right track. The organization issued its first-ever standalone recommendations for how much time children aged five and under should spend in front of a screen.Among the Canadian guidelines is a reaffirmation of their past statement that kids younger than two years old should completely avoid screen time.Putting a stronger focus on digital-screen time management is a new position for the CPS, which for years buried its recommendations within its healthy active living guidelines. But a recent survey of its membership — which consists partly of pediatricians and family physicians — found that parents are increasingly seeking professional advice on shifts in the digital culture.The overall sentiment leans towards not only limiting screen time, but in some cases eliminating it all together.Its advice is more restrictive than guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics, which recently loosened its view on screen time, saying that infants younger than 18 months could participate in video-chatting with relatives and friends.Dr. Michelle Ponti of the Canadian Paediatric Society found that introducing screens at such an early age is unnecessary.“We could not find any good evidence to suggest benefits in introducing technology early,” she says.“There are so many risks of harm that we felt the risks outweighed any potential benefit.”Ponti suggests parents start making a “family media plan” even before their child is born, outlining when, where and how screens may be used.Canadian and U.S. guidelines both recommend toddlers aged two to five should watch no more than an hour of screen time per day — and turn off screens at least an hour before bedtime. Programs should be chosen with specific educational goals to encourage language and literacy development.Parents are also encouraged to actively engage with their children while using digital screens.“Sometimes we find that all of the bells and whistles from some of these programs or ebooks really distracts from learning and parent-child interaction,” Ponti says.“Parents ask fewer questions to their child when they’re on an ebook.”Other guidelines in the new outline suggest parents model good screen use for their children, such as limiting consumption of TV programs and switching off screens if they’re not being watched.The recommendations say research shows that high exposure to background TV can negatively affect language development and attention spans in children under five years old.But the suggestions emphasize that digital screens aren’t always bad. In some cases, screens can be used as a tool rather than a toy.Video chatting with relatives is considered a positive example of how kids can help translate what they see on screen to real-life experiences.Lewis says in her household, video chats are one of the rare instances in which her kids are allowed to use screens; occasionally they’ll Facetime with their grandparents.The mom says limiting her boys’ digital habits has proven successful so she kept the household rules in place when her daughter was born last year.Her boys still encounter smartphones on occasion, especially when family and friends visit, and Lewis has taken note of how quickly they’re drawn towards the colourful and interactive devices.But she’s confident her kids will instinctively pick up technology when they’re introduced to the devices at school.“For them what’s more important are all the skills they develop when they’re younger by not having the screens in front of them,” Lewis says.“All the free play and problem-solving skills they developed, to me, trumps any sort of technological savvy they may have missed out on.”Follow @dfriend on Twitter.last_img read more

Reallife spy story Washingtonians describe life beside nowvacant Russia annex

first_imgWASHINGTON – To the neighbourhood gossips, the grand grey Russian building atop the hill was a goldmine.Now it’s empty.Amid escalating tensions, the U.S. government this month kicked Russians out of three diplomatic buildings, one of them an international-trade annex perched majestically atop a slope in Washington.Neighbours watched the exodus from the surrounding balconies. The Russians hauled out trash bags, and had one last barbecue behind the beaux-arts mansion. Only this time it wasn’t steak they were charring, but documents.The neighbours had often swapped stories that caused some to suspect they were living at the epicentre of a real-life spy-versus-spy showdown — a true, bricks-and-mortar version of the fictional rezidentura from TV’s Soviet espionage drama, “The Americans.”“I know that building well,” said David Major, a retired senior FBI executive, ex-counter-intelligence official, and now head of the C.I. Centre, which provides counter-intelligence training.“There’s a lot of little activities in Washington — what I call the hidden Washington that nobody knows. But if you’re in the spy business you know these little nooks and crannies.”He wondered whether there are still little wooden boxes up on its roof. There aren’t, he’s told. Well, he explained, there used to be some equipment for the Russians to communicate with satellites: “We have pictures of it.”Neighbours noticed a spike in other activities recently as international hostilities mounted.Cars started filling the parking lot at night. State-of-the-art surveillance cameras appeared above the street. Wi-Fi and cellphone signals started dropping — but only in rooms facing west, toward the Russian building.Then there was that burglar with no bag. On a January night, a neighbour spotted the hoodie-clad intruder on a fire escape.“He just sort of caught my eye,” said the neighbour, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of recriminations.“I’m like, ‘Wait, that looks like a guy up there… It actually is a guy.’”He shouted for the trespasser to leave. In a thick eastern European accent, the man replied that he’d climbed up there to hide from an assailant. Then, in a flash, he was gone.A snippet of what happened was captured on security video from next door. The man jumped off the fire escape onto the narrow top of a wooden fence, then pulled himself over another fence into an adjoining parking lot. Footage shows him sprinting through the nearby lot, tucking something into his hoodie.“He was pretty spry,” said the neighbour.Mark Stout, an ex-CIA Russia analyst and former intelligence officer, suggested the possibility that the man had been tending to eavesdropping gear.“He could have been doing something as simple as planting a battery,” Stout said. “That is an obvious place to surveil the Russians — and the Russians would be extremely interested in that.”Stout said he supports the U.S. government’s decision to close the buildings. He said the U.S. had no choice but to respond after the Russians ordered the U.S. to slash hundreds of staff in Moscow, following the U.S. expulsion of several dozen Russians.It’s far from the first such tit-for-tat dispute.Major described it as the third round of U.S.-Russia diplomat-tossing since the tail end of the Cold War — the others were in 1986 and 2001. He also floated some theories about the odd things witnessed by neighbours.An unusual number of cars in the parking lot? “Pre-positioning,” Major suggests: intelligence officers using a quiet, discreet spot with easy access to set their vehicles up before embarking on clandestine meetings.Then there’s the intermittent interruptions in wireless service.In the late-Victorian townhouses next door, neighbours used different internet and cellphone providers, but all had similar complaints about poor signals on the western side.Phone calls, videos, Bluetooth headphones — all would snap, crackle and pop in the rooms that faced the Russians.One neighbour says his internet access was twice as fast after the Russians left. Another noticed no difference.Added a third: “I think it’s a net positive they’re leaving.”Now the vacant property is guarded by American federal police. Linger too long in front at night, and they’ll shine a flashlight in your face.So what went on here? Major said he’s certain the building offered cover for Russian espionage activity.“(It’s) not likely — (it’s) for sure,” he said. “It’s been used for a base of human operations.”The Russians spread this activity spread around their different properties, to make it harder and costlier for the U.S. to monitor comings and goings.As for whether the neighbours were living at the nexus of another chapter in the Russian-American spy war? Not so much, he said.“No, no, no — (they’re) not the epicentre of anything,” he said. “It’s just another place in Washington (which) they use as a base for human operations.”The real ‘rezidentura’ — the true hotbed of U.S.-Russia spy games, said Major — is in a bigger building, on a taller hill, just north of Georgetown: the Russian embassy.last_img read more

Gregg Zauns flameout follows Sportsnet career filled with controversy

first_imgTORONTO – The sudden flameout of Sportsnet broadcaster Gregg Zaun caps a controversy-laced career for one of television’s most outlandish personalities.Zaun was anything but subtle in his colourful stint as an MLB analyst, a platform he used to regularly criticize the Toronto Blue Jays — most recently calling out ace Marcus Stroman and retired catcher J.P. Arencibia with blunt jabs that polarized fans and players alike.Behind the scenes, it would seem, the former catcher was brazenly offensive in a different way, with reports now emerging of sexist behaviour involving female co-workers.Rick Brace, the president of Rogers Media, said in a statement Thursday that the company was immediately terminating Zaun’s contract as an MLB studio analyst, leaving a considerable hole in Sportsnet’s baseball broadcast team. The network leaned heavily on Zaun, featuring him in pre-game and post-game segments as well a mid-game updates.The reason cited was “inappropriate behaviour and comments” toward female employees in the workplace. There were no allegations of physical or sexual assault.The bombshell follows years of over-the-top antics that branded the 46-year-old as a strident commentator willing — perhaps even eager — to court controversy.Indeed, his self-appointed nickname as “the Manalyst” seemed to speak to a readiness to take unpopular positions, even if it involved the beloved home team.And his brightly coloured outfits were tailor-made to go along with his jarring comments — a fashion statement he admitted was inspired by the similarly churlish Don Cherry, the granddaddy of coarse commentary over his own checkered run with “Hockey Night in Canada.”But it wasn’t always this way.Zaun himself admits to a relatively unremarkable 16-year run in the big leagues, albeit one that included a World Series win with the Florida — now Miami — Marlins in 1997.The California-born Zaun was primarily a back-up in the early days of his professional career, starting with the Baltimore Orioles in 1989. He made his major-league debut with the team in 1995.Then came the Marlins, and then his run with the Toronto Blue Jays from 2004 to 2008, during which time he debuted as a starting catcher and would prove valuable as a switch-hitter.It was during this time that Zaun began a part-time broadcasting career with Sportsnet, offering his playoff thoughts following the 2006 season alongside Jamie Campbell.Controversy tainted his baseball career when his name was included in the Mitchell Report — the 2007 document that followed U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell’s 20-month investigation into performance-enhancing drug use in MLB. Zaun denied that he ever bought PEDs.Zaun signed with the Orioles again in early 2009 and retired from professional baseball in 2011, when he became a full-time MLB studio analyst with Sportsnet.The move catapulted him to a new sphere of fame and notoriety, and he repeatedly crossed the line with comments both on the air and in social media.He took heat in 2012 for a Twitter post in which he called women at a Toronto bar “tubby, unfortunately man-ish, and super stuck up.”He later apologized amid blowback, but it would be far from his last misstep.This past April, he called out Stroman for “showboating” on the mound, only to double-down when players complained by calling them “thin-skinned.”“They’re used to mommy and daddy telling them how pretty they are. I have no problem giving them a dose of reality,” he told the Vancouver Province in October.It would seem reality has hit back with scrutiny into sexist behaviour in the TV sports world — a testosterone-fuelled industry that some say is long overdue for a reckoning.Zaun is the first high-profile sports media personality to be held to account for inappropriate behaviour amid an ongoing wave of sexual harassment allegations.Recent giants who have been fired or implicated in other fields include movie producer Harvey Weinstein, comedian Louis C.K., hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and NBC’s “Today” host Matt Lauer.last_img read more

Stephen Curry Promotes Importance Of Mental Resilience

first_imgKaiser Permanente and two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors have teamed up for a televised message about how mental resilience helps the NBA All-Star grow as a person and as a top-level athlete — and how it can help anyone overcome day-to-day hardships and excel.Stephen Curry, Golden State WarriorsThe message will air throughout the 2018 National Basketball Association playoffs. This is the third year Curry has partnered with the nation’s largest integrated health care system on a public health message emphasizing the importance of mental health and wellness and its impact on total health: mind, body and spirit working in unison. Since 2016, Kaiser Permanente has been active in media and elsewhere encouraging people to understand the importance of mental resilience and to end stigma around mental health conditions.“Our caregivers see firsthand many people who experience mental health conditions,” said Bernard J. Tyson, chairman and CEO. “While we most often hear about the negative side of mental health, we have so many reasons for hope. Mental health conditions are treatable and we can help people deal with the ongoing stresses of daily life — and build greater resilience. Who better to deliver that message than Steph Curry, who lives in the limelight and practices resilience every day?”Video: Wins and Losses – 30-Second Spot | Kaiser PermanenteIn the latest TV message, “Wins and Losses,” Curry is depicted at various moments in his life, both low and high. In one scene, he is knocked down on a playground as a boy and has to get up and dust himself off. In another, as he is drafted by the Warriors, he speaks of learning humility. “My mind,” he says, “is where every challenge I’ve faced is won or lost.” The message: Train your mind to be resilient.This message builds on an ongoing campaign by Kaiser Permanente, “Find Your Words,” to foster a national conversation about mental health and wellness — and more specifically, to encourage those who need help overcoming depression and other conditions to speak up and get that help. The website provides important links for those who would like access to additional resources.“Stress adversely affects the health of many of our members and patients, so we wanted to put out a message of hope, embodied by Stephen’s example, that you can manage stress rather than having stress manage you,” said Don Mordecai, MD, Kaiser Permanente’s national leader for mental health and wellness. “The first step to tackling stress may be to start a conversation with your support system — family, friends and physicians — to begin your path toward resilience. We are happy to partner with the NBA, which has a tremendous reach, so we can bring this message to millions of people who need to know how to start that conversation.”Kaiser Permanente’s work with Stephen Curry and the NBA is an extension of the two organizations’ shared commitment to improving the health and wellness of fans and the communities in which they live, learn, work and play. The nonprofit has served as the NBA’s official health care partner since 2015 and is the presenting partner of NBA FIT Week, held in January, and the annual Total Health Forum. Together, the NBA and Kaiser Permanente have hosted FIT clinics engaging thousands of youth in cities throughout the U.S.Kaiser Permanente also provides the NBA with research-oriented strategic consulting, health-related content, and the development of year-round health and wellness programs.last_img read more

Security Council calls for Eritreas full cooperation for blue helmets relocation

14 March 2008The Security Council has called for Eritrea’s full cooperation in the temporary relocation of the personnel and equipment of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE). The Security Council has called for Eritrea’s full cooperation in the temporary relocation of the personnel and equipment of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE). “The members of the Council recognize the difficult burden which has been carried by the UN troops being relocated and express their appreciation to the troop-contributing countries,” Ambassador Vitaly Churkin of Russia, which currently holds the rotating monthly presidency of the 15-member body, told reporters after a closed meeting yesterday. The Council was briefed by Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, on the ongoing efforts to relocate UNMEE forces. The statement also noted that Council members underscore that the temporary move is “without prejudice to the Algiers Agreements,” which ended the war between Ethiopia and Eritrea. The decision to temporarily move UN personnel and equipment out of Eritrea was made last month after the country cut off fuel supplies to UNMEE, paralyzing the operation on that side of the disputed border with Ethiopia. As of earlier this week, over 700 blue helmets – 397 Jordanian and 305 Indian peacekeepers – have temporarily returned to their respective countries from Eritrea, and UNMEE announced that more flights out of Asmara are scheduled for next week to fly remaining UN personnel home. In his latest report to the Council on UNMEE made public on 6 March, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon characterized Eritrea’s hindrance of the temporary relocation of UNMEE peacekeepers as “unacceptable,” noting that the country is obliged under an agreement signed in 2000 to treat the peacekeepers with respect and dignity, guarantee their safety and security, and ensure their right to move freely and perform their mandated tasks. read more

UN atomic agency to rush mobile Xray units to Haiti

The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is planning to rush mobile X-ray units to Haiti in a bid to reach some of the 250,000 people injured in the catastrophic Haitian earthquake earlier this month.After being alerted by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) that trauma care is one of the most urgent public health priorities in the wake of the 7.0 magnitude tremors which struck Haiti on 12 January, the IAEA is rushing to procure the units, including power sources.Radiography capabilities have been severely curtailed by the earthquake – which has claimed over 100,000 lives and affected some 3 million people – and IAEA equipment will be delivered to hospitals and health centres.Additionally, the agency is working with Latin American nations to see whether their medical field teams in Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital and the city hardest-hit by the disaster, have radiographic gaps as well.Meanwhile, top UN officials – UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes and the acting UN representative in Haiti Edmond Mulet – joined foreign ministers from more than a dozen countries, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other agencies today in Montreal for an emergency donor meeting focusing on coordinating aid to Haiti.“In Montreal, it is important for there to be a commitment to fund all aspects of the flash appeal, including those intended for the early recovery needs of Haiti,” said Miss Clark, referring to the $575 million UN flash appeal for Haiti launched on 15 January, three days after the quake.As of Friday, $241 million, or roughly 40 per cent, of the funding had been received. 25 January 2010The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is planning to rush mobile X-ray units to Haiti in a bid to reach some of the 250,000 people injured in the catastrophic Haitian earthquake earlier this month. read more

Burberry pledges to end use of fur burning unsold products

Luxury fashion brand Burberry says it will stop burning unsold goods and will no longer use real fur in its products.The move comes after heavy criticism from environmental and animal activists.The practice of destroying unsold products will end effective immediately.“This commitment builds on the goals that we set last year as part of our five-year responsibility agenda,” the company said in a statement.“We already reuse, repair, donate or recycle unsaleable products and we will continue to expand these efforts.”The British designer came under fire this summer after it was revealed it had burned almost $50 million worth of unsold clothing and beauty products.It’s a practice that’s not uncommon in the fashion industry to prevent goods from being sold cheaply.Burberry also confirmed it would no longer be using real fur and will phase out existing products containing real fur.The company said it in recent years, it has limited the use of fur to rabbit, fox, mink and Asiatic racoon.Going forward those and Angora fur will be banned. read more

UN support helps double womens voter registration for elections in Yemen

On Sunday, Yemen held its third parliamentary elections – with help from UNDP and the Netherlands, which co-chaired a project to provide technical assistance – since unification in 1990. The balloting took place despite speculation that it might be postponed due to the uncertain security climate stemming, in part, from the war in Iraq.According to the UN Electoral Assistance Division, which is currently helping close to 50 electoral processes worldwide, the polls attracted interest from electoral authorities in the region, including the Palestinian Central Election Commission.UNDP has a programme that helps ensure the credibility of the electoral process in many countries across the world by co-coordinating international observers and facilitating negotiations between political parties and civil society, as well as advancing electoral reforms and supporting development of database systems that manage voter registration. read more

Valeant shares surge 25 per cent drugmaker could rebrand its tarnished name

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 9, 2016 4:42 am MDT Last Updated Aug 9, 2016 at 3:05 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Despite posting its biggest one-day share gain Tuesday, the new CEO of struggling drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals says the company could eventually undergo a rebranding if its tarnished name stands in the way of a turnaround plan.“It’s not something that’s a critical priority but it’s something certainly that I will continue to look at if I think it’s getting in the way,” Joe Papa said in an interview after releasing Valeant’s second-quarter results.Papa said he continues to monitor reaction to Valeant’s name even though “noise” about the moniker has died down in the last three to six months.The chairman and chief executive said the Laval, Que.-based company is making progress. It has adjusted its long-term agreement with U.S. pharmacy retailer Walgreens, improved its dermatology and gastrointestinal businesses, and paid down debt.Valeant (TSX:VRX) plans to reorganize its operations into three segments, is reviewing opportunities to sell up to US$8 billion of non-core assets and is seeking changes to terms with lenders.While the company expects to remain in compliance with debt covenants this year, Papa told analysts the cushion isn’t large enough, which has caused Valeant’s stock price to significantly lag.The company’s shares, however, got a big bounce Tuesday after it confirmed its previously reduced earnings guidance for the year would remain the same despite some investor concerns about a further reduction, said BMO Capital analyst Gary Nachman.The shares closed up nearly 25 per cent to C$36.88 on heavy trading Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange, despite reporting a US$302-million net loss for its second quarter — nearly six times bigger than during the same period last year.But Valeant’s share price is still far below its 52-week high of C$333.44 a year ago, when it was one of Canada’s most valuable publicly traded companies.Papa said free cash flow and asset sales will reduce its US$30-billion debt by more than US$5 billion over the next 18 months. It expects to pay at least US$1.7 billion this year, including US$880 million paid in the quarter.It announced plans Tuesday to sell three assets — brodalumab EU rights, the Synergetics USA business and Ruconest — for US$181 million plus the potential for an additional US$329 million in future payments.Papa said he’d love to trim about US$10 billion off Valeant’s debt.“In a perfect world I’d like to get to investment grade, but that’s not going to happen in the near term,” the veteran pharma executive said.For now, the company plans to spend more on drug development by reducing administrative costs.“Valeant and stakeholders have gone through a lot in the past year and I’m confident that through our focused strategy, smart investment and a solid execution the future is bright,” he said during the conference call.One bright point for the drugmaker was an increase in cash flow from operations. It was up nine per cent to US$448 million.However, Valeant — which reports in U.S. currency — had lower adjusted earnings, which fell to $488 million or $1.40 per share from $751 million or $2.14 per share in the second quarter of 2015.Valeant’s net loss equalled 88 cents per share, compared with the year-earlier loss of 15 cents per share.Revenue fell by 11 per cent to $2.42 billion from $2.73 billion, mainly because of reduced sales from its existing businesses and a negative impact from a shift in foreign exchange rates.Analysts had estimated revenue would drop 10 per cent to $2.46 billion and adjusted profits would plummet to $512.44 million or $1.48 per shareDespite slightly missing forecasts, the company is showing signs of a turnaround, said Neil Maruoka of Canaccord Genuity.“Nonetheless, we believe that new CEO Joseph Papa must continue to build credibility during the early stages of his tenure, and investor confidence can only be fostered through execution and delivery of targets,” he wrote in a report.While Maruoka said changes to Valeant’s long-term agreement with U.S. pharmacy retailer Walgreens is positive, he continues to have concerns about its ability to maintain prescription sales.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter. Valeant shares surge 25 per cent, drugmaker could rebrand its tarnished name read more

Brocks wrestling dynasty continues

The Brock University men’s and women’s wrestling teams were crowned 2016 CIS National Champions in front of a capacity crowd at the Bob Davis Gymnasium Saturday afternoon.The Brock men finished with a total of 80 points, with all 10 wrestlers collecting a medal, finishing with two gold, six silver and two bronze.Jevon Balfour (82kg) and Mizam Tamaradze (62kg) both captured gold. Sam Jagas (54kg), Brian Cowan (57kg), Zack Falcioni (65kg), Matt Jagas (68kg), Tyler Rowe (72kg) and Ignatius Pitt (100kg) all took home silver, while Clayton Pye(90kg) and Chance Mutuku (76kg) finished with bronze.The Brock women, who finished with 69 points, took home medals in seven of eight weight classes, highlighted by four gold and three silver. They become the first women’s team to capture five consecutive CIS national wrestling titles.Kristina Mclaren (51kg), Carlene Sluberski (55kg), Emily Schaefer (59kg) and Olivia Di Bacco (72kg) and captured gold in their respective weight classes. Taking home silver medals were Farrantina Gatta (48kg), Indira Moores (63kg) and Jessica Brouilettee (67kg).Brock captain, Olivia Di Bacco goes out on top, winning her first individual CIS gold at 72kg, and becomes the first women’s wrestler to lead her team to five straight CIS national championships.UNB’s Alyssa Cleaves along with Alberta’s Michael Asselstine and Winnipeg’s Finn Higgins were named the 2016 CIS Most Outstanding Wrestlers. The Golden Bears Asselstine becomes the first male wrestler to win the award three consecutive seasons.Brock’s Marty Calder was named the 2016 CIS Men’s and Women’s Coach of the Year. Other major award winners included Western’s Ligrit Sadiku and Saskatchewan’s Kiera Prior who were named the 2016 CIS Rookies of the Year. York’s Alexandria Town and Winnipeg’s Brock Munro were the R.W Pugh Fair Play Award recipients. Winnipeg’s Kyle Nguyen received the CIS Community Service Award.The Brock wrestling program has now captured 55 championships (33 OUA, 22 CIS) since their first championship in 1992.Click here to see a full list of the medal-round results, as well as final individual standings, and team standings. read more

Raptors are onto the conference semifinals with 11596 rout of Orlando

The Toronto Raptors dispatched the Orlando Magic in record time, checking the first box of what the team hopes is a long playoff run.Kawhi Leonard scored 27 points as Toronto throttled Orlando 115-96 on Tuesday, winning an opening-round playoff series in five games for the first time in franchise history.Toronto will face the winner of the Philadelphia and Brooklyn series. The Sixers took a 3-1 lead into Tuesday’s game.Pascal Siakam scored 24 points for the Raptors, who led by as many as 37 points in the dying minutes. Kyle Lowry had 12 of his 14 points in the first quarter and doled out nine assists, Norman Powell chipped in with 11 points and Serge Ibaka finished with 10.D.J. Augustin led Orlando with 15 points.Lowry and the Raptors clearly had no interest in flying back to Orlando for a Game 6. Coming off a pair of victories on the Magic’s Amway Center court, Lowry scored the team’s first nine points and the Raptors pounced on the overmatched Magic from the opening tip.The Magic were virtual spectators as Toronto sprinted to a 24-point lead late in the first quarter. The team’s 19 assists on 23 made field goals in the first half was a post-season franchise record. BROWSE Orlando Magic | toronto raptors read more

World first commercial wireless blast initiating system could revolutionise mining

first_imgIn what Orica Mining Services describes as “a world first,” it has unveiled a commercial wireless initiating system “that has the potential to revolutionise modern mining methods.” “We believe this technology has the potential to enable blasting techniques that have not previously been thought possible,” Chief Executive Officer John Beevers said. The in-hole wireless initiating system is an assembly  based on the i-kon electronic detonator technology. The system removes the need for any wire or signal tubing to be connected to the detonator in the hole or between detonators on the surface, allowing one way communication through rock and most importantly can be operated a significant distance from the blast box. The system has been successfully trialled and patent applications filed widely with respect to the device itself but also its deployment in particular mining applications.General Manager of Technology and Marketing Jez Smith likened the technology to the introduction of mobile phones in every day life. “When mobile phones were first introduced there were naturally some early adopters, but before long, there was mass uptake and mobile communications are now common place in society. The point to note though is that the technology provided a step-change in the way people operate, and we believe the same will apply for the mining market with the introduction of the Wireless Initiating System.” he added.Beevers sees great value the system could generate due to its precise remote firing capability. “It has distinct and direct potential to offer a step change in mine development methods. The new methods would have a direct relationship with both profitability and safety improvements. For example, in underground mining it could increase productivity by reducing cycle times in many stoping applications through modification of stope and pillar design, allowing better positioning of broken ore for more efficient extraction. The technology could also reduce the number of development levels and additional ground support.”In the case of open-pit coal mining, “the technology could change the economic strip ratio for dragline-operated coal mines by delivering increases in cast achieved by placing and timing charges in deeper holes than currently practical with wired detonators,” he said. The pair also spoke of the potential gains in mining efficiency in open pit  hard rock mining through pre-loading benches that can be fired later, reducing unproductive drill tramming time.The initiation technology also improves safety, and with the correct application of the system, there will be no need for underground personnel to enter near brow areas to prepare blasts for initiation.It is expected to be available in 2011 as a component of Orica’s Blast Based Services.last_img read more

Interview Video Game High School cocreator Freddie Wong

first_imgIf you’ve never seen the web series Video Game High School, you’re missing out. VGHS is the result of an impressive Kickstarter project that resulted in a fun webseries that has now grown up into a TV style show about kids who go to a school that teaches all of their students to be professional gamers and game creators.What makes the show unique is the transition from the real world to the video game world. As the main characters sit down to their video game of choice, the viewer is transported with the character into the game, where they are now acting out whatever they are playing. It’s a fun way to add a dose of action to the series, and in this new season the creators have decided to do a better job visually separating the real world and the game world using a unique mixed frame rate solution.We spent some time with VGHS co-creator Freddie Wong to discuss this further.If your television or monitor supports it, you may notice that the game world looks a little different. The motion of the characters, the way the world blends from scene to scene, and a few other visual artifacts. Video game world in VGHS looks different now because it is being presented in 48FPS.Much in the same way the actual video games prize higher frame rates, Video Game High School uses High Frame Rate (HFR) recording to make the game world look more surreal. This was accomplished with a combination of Red Epic and Scarlett cameras and a lot of trial and error, according to co-creator Freddie Wong. The game world is also where you’ll see most of the special effects in the show, particularly when someone is shot during the FPS battle that happens in every episode.Season 2 of VGHS has just started, and will air for free online through 6 half hour episodes. The episodes are now completely formatted as though they were made for traditional television, right down to the catchy theme song with brief character flyovers at the beginning of each episode.last_img read more

Prothèses PIP un scandale qui dépasse les frontières françaises

first_imgProthèses PIP : un scandale qui dépasse les frontières françaisesDepuis que le scandale des prothèses mammaires PIP a éclaté en France, l’affaire dépasse maintenant ses frontières. Ce ne sont plus seulement 30.000 femmes qui devront se faire retirer ces implants défectueux. Maintenant, ce sont des milliers d’autres cas étrangers qui pourraient être concernés.Le scandale sanitaire qui se profile en France s’étend maintenant hors de ses frontières. Avant sa liquidation judiciaire en mars 2010, l’agence Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) produisait encore environ 100.000 prothèses chaque année, dont 84% étaient vendues à l’étranger. Après que des cas de cancer aient été révélés en France, les autorités sanitaires ont décidé, cette semaine, qu’il faudrait retirer les implants PIP de 30.000 femmes. 250 femmes ont décidé de faire appel à la justice en Angleterre et d’autres pays seraient désormais touchés. À lire aussiImplants mammaires : l’Afssaps suspend l’utilisation d’une marque On a pu notamment recenser 280 cas de porteuses d’implants mammaires PIP en Suisse et entre 40.000 et 50.000 autres cas en Angleterre sur les 100.000 femmes ayant des prothèses mammaires, selon l’Agence de contrôle des produits médicaux et des médicaments. Mais d’autres pays étaient clients de PIP comme l’Iran, la Turquie, la Syrie, Israël, l’Australie, la Thaïlande, le Japon et la Chine. Malgré la déclaration de l’agence britannique de surveillance des produits médicaux qu’il n’y avait aucun lien prouvé entre les prothèses PIP et l’origine de cancer en France, plus de 250 femmes britanniques portant des prothèses mammaires PIP ont porté plainte contre 6 cliniques ayant procédé aux opérations, a déclaré leur avocat. Le gouvernement français doit annoncer avant Noël un “plan d’action” sur ce dossier sanitaire mais celui-ci devra probablement être étendu à l’échelle mondiale au vu de la révélation de nouveaux cas recensés chaque jour dans le monde. Le 22 décembre 2011 à 17:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Facebook prépare son propre AppCenter

first_imgFacebook prépare son propre AppCenterAprès la célèbre App Store d’Apple et la refonte d’Android Market en Google Play, c’est au tour de Facebook de proposer son App Center. Ce kiosque d’application pourrait lui permettre, entre autre, de renforcer son écosystème.A quelques jours de son entrée en bourse, Facebook refait parler de lui avec l’annonce de son nouveau service : App Center. La firme mettrait ainsi à disposition un magasin d’application proche de l’App Store, Amazon Store ou encore Google Play. Le réseau social frappe ainsi un grand coup, car avec plus d’un milliard d’utilisateurs dans le monde, Facebook pourrait bien s’imposer sur le marché très rapidement. Pour ne pas dépayser ses utilisateurs, le réseau social destine, pour le moment, son kiosque à des applications qui offrent une dimension sociale. Ainsi on retrouvera Draw Something, Pinterest ou encore Spotify. Pour le moment le service est exclusivement réservé aux développeurs pour qu’il puissent mettre en ligne leurs applications. Comme pour les autres boutiques, ces dernières seront soumises à validation avant publication. L’ouverture au public, quant à elle, devrait se faire dans les semaines qui suivent par le biais d’un site web et d’une application android. Pour l’instant, seules des applications gratuites seront disponibles car le système de paiement n’est pas encore accessible, mais à terme, le parc contiendra aussi bien des applications payantes que gratuites.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Avec l’ouverture d’App Center, Facebook cible majoritairement les mobiles, car la firme a du mal à rentabiliser son audience sur ce support et une vitrine d’application lui permettrait d’obtenir des nouvelles rentrées d’argent : ” Facebook, s’engage à octroyer un haut degré de liberté à ses partenaires dans la démarche, se réserve néanmoins 30% de commission sur tout achat d’une option « in-app » ou DLC (contenus téléchargeables)” explique l’agence de presse Reuteurs.Mais ce n’est pas tout, l’ouverture d’une telle plateforme lui permet aussi de se positionner sur le marché et entrer en concurrence direct avec Apple et Google.Le 10 mai 2012 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Infographic The content employers would like to include in financial education programmes

first_imgAn infographic looking at the content employers would like to include in financial education programmes (Source: Nudge Global’s Financial education: the definitive guide 2016 research, published in March 2016).Read more in What do employers need to know about financial education?last_img

How Government Executive Plans To Double Revenue in Five Years

first_imgA website redesign follows in January. While he wouldn’t reveal hard numbers, Goldstone says that digital accounts for 65 percent of GE’s overall revenue. A $4 Million Business Intelligence GroupBeyond the magazine and website, the core for Government Executive Media is the Government Business Council, a research intelligence division that launched in 2007 to offer case studies to top GE advertisers. Today, services include research, content marketing, data, lead generation and events. “We can go to a company that wants proprietary research on a select topic–say cyber security–and create a research engine that funnels into custom content which can be used to create custom events,” says Goldstone. “Sponsors get assets from research and custom events which extend into webinars and white papers and other content marketing services. Everyone wants data and insider information to sell into that market.” Revenue for Government Business Council has grown more than 400 percent to almost $4 million, with the research business accounting for more than $1 million alone. “It’s also brought an additional $2 million to $3 million in media payments,” says Goldstone. “We wouldn’t have those media payments without the research and data delivery upfront.”While marketing services are all the rage for b-to-b publishers now, Goldstone says publishers need to understand what’s core to their business in terms of being scalable. “You can throw a million ideas at something like marketing services but there things that are core (research, content marketing) to GE and things where we aren’t the best in class provider. We do business with a lot of technology companies but we won’t build websites for them. What we can do is help with content they put on those sites that’s aligned with their efforts at the government market. You need to focus on your core, rather than getting distracted chasing the ‘next best idea’ which could be nickels and dimes rather than real dollars.” More on this topic How Three Publishers Are Retooling for Growth Peter Goldstone Named President of Government Executive Media Group The Hanley Wood Bench Peter Goldstone Returns to Hanley Wood As CEO Hanley Wood Begins Turning the Battleship Around Atlantic Media’s Government Executive Revamps Digital Strategy, WebsiteJust In BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics BreachPowered by Atlantic Media has invested heavily in remaking its flagship brand The Atlantic, as well as National Journal, and so far, has been rewarded on both fronts. Now the company is turning to its b-to-b division, Government Executive Media, with a plan to double revenue in less than five years. Shortly after joining Government Executive in February, CEO Peter Goldstone sat down with Jerry Shair’s Boiling Point ideation company to map out a plan. “We see five to seven opportunities around digital media, education (business learning), print, events, data, research and analytics,” says Goldstone. “Some platforms we already have, others we will be developing. We can take our horizontal play and go into other niches, or build out a vertical by audience or topic.” That includes an overhauled media platform. “This is about developing a whole new launch platform for Government Executive,” says Goldstone. “They had already gone through a digital transformation-the editor-in-chief and group publisher both came from the digital side-but the platform wasn’t positioned for growth, it was positioned for the migration of dollars from print to digital.” The first step is investing in (to the tune of six figures) and redesigning Government Executive (conducted by celebrated design firm Pentagram, which also handled redesigns for The Atlantic and National Journal). “Even though we have an incredible Web platform, the audience demographic is really 40 and 50-year-old people in high levels of government,” says Goldstone. “They still rely heavily on the magazine, which we felt was a bit neglected.” last_img read more