Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games But that was the least of his concerns. All what matters was the Gin Kings staying alive in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals after the 125-101 Game 3 victory on Thursday.READ: Brownlee stars as Ginebra stays aliveFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“(TNT) rely on him a lot and I think it’s going to be big for them. But for us, we can’t focus on that. We can’t worry about him or the other team and we just have to focus on what we do best and come up with a good plan whether he’s in there or not,” Brownlee said.Brownlee was one of the huge reasons why Ginebra evaded the sweep as he caught fire early, unloading 17 points in the first half and adding. 14 more in the killer 35-point third quarter. He wound up with 31 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks, three steals, and two assists. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Milan wants Japanese titlists READ: Frolicking while the giant sleeps And with this win, Brownlee is optimistic that the Gin Kings have rekindled their flame as they seek to force a deciding Game 5.“We’re gonna come out and play hard no matter what happens. I think having that chip on our shoulder is very helpful for us,” he said.Game 4 is on Saturday at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? View comments MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire But the 29-year-old forward noted the rest of the squad also badly wanted to keep the series alive, hence the strong start.READ: Cone hopes Jaworksi could attend every Ginebra game“Everybody was just aggressive and were taking shots when they’re open, trying to get to the basket. We’re moving the ball very well. That was the key for us. We played with a lot of joy, we enjoyed tonight. That’s the big key for us, continue to play with joy and play together,” he said.Brownlee also thinks that the tall task of overcoming a 0-2 series hole was just the reality check Ginebra needed to clean up its act after topping the eliminations.“I think maybe we got a little complacent being first place,” he said. “Since I came back in the Governor’s Cup, we were kind of like the underdogs and we played with a little chip on our shoulders being the underdogs.”ADVERTISEMENT PBA IMAGESDown 0-2 in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals, Ginebra import Justin Brownlee was so focused in the duel that he didn’t even notice counterpart Joshua Smith leaving the game for TNT.“I didn’t realize it. I was so locked into the game, I didn’t realize it until it was third or fourth quarter,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’
Belgium struck thrice to hand India their fifth consecutive defeat in the preliminary league of the Olympic men’s hockey competition in London on Tuesday.Goals by veteran Jerome Dekeyser (15th), Gautier Boccard (47th) and Tom Boon (67th) set up Belgium’s second win which lifted them to third position in the group with seven points while a winless India finished sixth without a point and will play for 9-12 positions, their worst-ever finish in the Olympics.India’s league campaign thus ended on a sad note as the team failed to show any improvement even against a team that was considered the weakest of the six in the group, but Belgium showed that under Aussie legend Colin Batch’s coaching, they are a side making good progress.For the fifth time in a row, India failed to display any kind of plan or panache to give hopes of a victory as they came up against a Belgian outfit that was better organised in the defence and very fast on the break.India did enjoy a few moments of supremacy, but yet again the forwards were abysmal at the finish while Belgian goalkeeper Vincent Vanasch was simply unbeatable on the day, bringing off several great saves.The major difference between the two teams were that Indians, as in the past, depended too much on individual skills that were plentiful but totally ineffective against the Belgians who combined better, both in the defence and attack.Though India had the better of exchanges in the first-half, success eluded them. Belgian goalkeeper Vincent Vanasch had a few busy moments and came up with a couple of good saves while the upright too denied India.advertisementHowever, it was Belgium who held the upper hand at the start as they troubled the Indian defence repeatedly with fast attacks, one of which saw Dekeyser slotting home from the top of the circle following a swift move down the middle.As in the previous games, it was lax marking that allowed the Belgian forwards a lot of space to make their play and the Indian goal survived two penalty corners that were poorly executed.At the other end, India managed to seize the initiative in the latter part of the first-half when they came up with some pleasing moves. However, once inside the striking circle, it was the same old tale of failure to finish.Shivendra Singh saw his deflection come off the post and then Vanasch managed to get a glove to another attempt besides blocking a 21st minute penalty corner to frustrate India.The trend continued on resumption with India unable to convert their second penalty corner as Vanasch, displaying quick-silver reflexes, deflected Sandeep Singh’s drag-flick.The Belgians then retaliated with a counter-attack that ended with Boccard finding the boards with a reverse hit after a series of passes inside the scoring circle. The Indian defenders again were loose in their marking and goalkeeper Bharat Chhetri let the ball in between his feet.The second goal effectively closed the match for India and though they tried hard, success eluded them. The Belgian citadel enjoyed slices of luck, especially in the last quarter when the desperate Indians applied pressure, but again to no effect.Belgium effectively closed the match with a late strike as Boon sounded the boards with a reverse hit even as a backpedalling Indian defence was caught on the wrong foot.
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Friday’s debut episode of WWE SmackDown saw Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon compete in a ‘Loser Leaves Town Ladder Match’ where the loser was forced to abandon Friday Night WWE SmackDown. An extremely competitive match saw Owens, who was unceremoniously fired by Shane McMahon last month, turn the tables and get him out of the roster instead.The match saw McMahon hitting his trademark elbow drop from the top rope through the announce table on Owens. However, it wasn’t enough as Owens went on to hit a powerbomb on a ladder before climbing up in the middle of the ring to retrieve the briefcase and win the match. Post the match, Owens dropped a “You’re fired!” before hitting a stunner on McMahon and exiting the ring. While the win guaranteed Owens a spot on the WWE SmackDown roster, it also ended Shane McMahon’s reign on SmackDown.However, according to a report on Ringside News, Kevin Owens, who won the battle against Shane McMahon, has been moved to the alumni section of WWE Superstars. The alumni section is a list of former Superstars who do not compete with the WWE anymore. Shane McMahon, on the other hand, is nowhere in the section.With no clarity on the development, one will just have to sit back and see if Kevin Owens shows up on the second edition of Friday Night SmackDown. Kevin OwensShane McMahonwweWWE Smackdown First Published: October 11, 2019, 1:41 PM IST
Chennai, Jun 18 (PTI) The Madras High Court has warned the Salem-based starch and sago manufacturers Sago Serve that it would initiate contempt proceedings if the company caused any obstruction to the officials of District Food Safety Department visiting its godowns to verify the presence of rejected sago products. Hearing a PIL by Kallakurichi Vellalapatti Vivasayigal Munnetra Sangam of Namakkal District seeking to test the rejected sago material, the first Bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice R Mahadevan yesterday impleaded the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Food Safety Standards Authority of India as respondents and directed them to file counters within four weeks. “Since the matter in issue relates to the purity of an edible product which is widely available and consumed, it is necessary that the above respondents bestow urgent consideration on the matter, taking the nine test parameter, so that we have the benefit of afinal view as to what should be necessary test to be followed.” When it was brought to the notice of the court that the Managing Director of Sago Serve was not giving the designated officer District Food Safety office, Salem, access to the godowns to verify where the rejected product has been stored, the bench said, “We are not able to appreciate this obstructionism and thus must put the Managing Director, Sago Serve on notice that if any obstruction to the designated officer, District Food Safety office is pointed out to us in future, we will have no option except to initiate contempt proceedings.”advertisementDirecting the Designated officer, District Food Safety office, Salem to forward its views to Food Safety Standards Authority of India, New Delhi, it ordered the officer to be appear again on August 2 and posted the matter.The matter relates to a PIL regarding addition of acid and other harmful chemicals to sago products.The farmers association had submitted that the Tamil Nadu Tapioca Natural Sago Manufacturers Association of Salem, was purchasing tapioca from the farmers and adding acid and other chemicals in order to make it attractive. The association had already made representation in this regard to the higher authorities on November 3, 2014, but there was no response, the petitioner said.The PIL was filed seeking for an interim direction from the Court to conduct the prescribed test by the authorities of Referral Food Laboratory, Pune. PTI CORROH RC
Rafael Nadal is braced for an all-out assault from Roger Federer when the two great rivals meet at Roland Garros for the first time in eight years in Friday’s French Open semi-final.Although Federer has won the last five meetings in their 38-match rivalry, none of them were on the Spaniard’s beloved clay.In their five previous meetings at Roland Garros, including four finals, Federer has never managed more than one set.Despite being generally regarded as the greatest player of all time, 20-times Grand Slam champion Federer has never fathomed a way of suppressing the marauding Mallorcan at Roland Garros.Nadal, bidding for a record-extending 12 titles, believes the Swiss will be coming at him with all guns blazing after a comfortable passage to the last four.”There are no two matches the same,” Real Madrid fan Nadal told reporters as he looked ahead to tennis’s El Clasico.”We always try things. Let’s see. Let’s see what’s going on. I really expect that he’s gonna play aggressive, changing rhythms, going to the net. That’s my feeling.”He’s playing well and he has the tennis to make that happen. I have to be solid. I have to hit the ball enough strong to don’t allow him to do the things from good positions.”Federer, bidding to win the title for the second time, 10 years after he beat Robin Soderling to claim his sole French Open crown, has only dropped one set on his return to Roland Garros, having missed the last three French Opens.advertisementNadal has been equally dominant and obliterated Kei Nishikori with an awesome show of force in the quarter-finals.Federer banks on ‘fearless’ approachWith only two wins from their previous 15 claycourt meeting Federer knows he must bring something different to the party and says he will adopt a “fearless” approach to try to get the better of his Roland Garros nemesis.Should he manage it, it would be arguably one of the greatest feats of his sensational career.”For me to even get to Rafa was not simple,” Federer, at nearly 38 the oldest men’s Grand Slam semi-finalist for 28 years, said after defeating countryman Stan Wawrinka on Tuesday.”It took five me five matches to get here. That’s why I’m very happy to play Rafa, because if you want to do or achieve something on the clay, inevitably, at some stage, you will go through Rafa, because he’s that strong.”I knew that when I signed up for the clay that hopefully, that’s gonna happen.”Also Read | French Open 2019: Noavk Djokovic sets semi-final clash with Dominic ThiemAlso Read | French Open 2019: Federer excited about Nadal clash, ready to give his best shotAlso See
Transfers Swansea’s Roque Mesa loaned to Sevilla after €12.5m Premier League flop Ryan Benson 23:51 1/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Transfers Sevilla Swansea City Premier League Primera División The former Las Palmas midfielder is heading back to La Liga after six months struggling to make his mark in Britain following a big-money summer move Sevilla have rescued Roque Mesa from his disappointing spell with Swansea City after signing him on loan until the end of the season.Mesa joined Swansea from Las Palmas for a fee of €12.5million in July after two excellent seasons in La Liga.The 28-year-old has started just nine of rock-bottom Swansea’s 24 Premier League games this season, however, with the last coming on December 30 against Watford. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Mesa had been linked with a return to Las Palmas but Sevilla, reportedly keen on signing a back-up to Ever Banega, have won the race and will be able to offer him a first taste of Champions League football.Vincenzo Montella’s side face Manchester United in the last 16, with the first leg at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan taking place on February 21.Sevilla have been long-term admirers of Mesa and had been particularly keen on him when Banega left for Inter in 2016, though they felt they were priced out of a move.Mesa becomes the club’s third January signing after the arrival of Brazil Under-20 left-back Guilherme Arana from Corinthians, and Miguel Layun from Porto on loan.
Total revenues are forecast to be $8.9 billion, down $11.1 million from budget Total expenses, and consolidation and accounting adjustments, are forecast to be $9.2 billion, $81.4 million lower than budget. Departmental spending is forecast to be $24.8 million under budget, which accounts for $23.1 million in additional appropriations. This includes funding for the $15-million investment in the recently announced woodlands plan. Gross debt servicing costs are forecast to drop by $49.6 million to $835.9 million. The first budget forecast update for 2011-12 shows Nova Scotia is running $70.4 million ahead of where the province expected to be, with a projected deficit of $319.2 million. “Today’s update includes the best information we have on revenues and expenditures,” said Finance Minister Graham Steele. “Last year’s surplus was not a true reflection of the province’s underlying financial situation and this update better reflects where we actually stand in the drive back to balance.” This forecast update does not include any revision in economic assumptions for the budget. “The global economic outlook has deteriorated and we must recognize the potential impact on our national and provincial economies,” said Mr. Steele. “Add the NewPage mill situation, and we may see more modest growth than previously anticipated. By the December forecast update, we will likely be in a better position to determine if our economic assumptions need to be revised.” Mr. Steele re-affirmed the government’s commitment to balance the budget in 2013-14. “This year’s forecast deficit is very close to where we expected to be at this point in our four-year plan. We are still on track to get back to balance in the spring of 2013,” he said.
Washington DC: The trade war that Donald Trump has initiated with China by imposing massive tariffs on the Chinese products has upset one of his core support bases, the influential church community, that fears the US President’s import duties would increase the cost of the Bible in America. The US and China have been locked in a bruising trade war since Trump imposed heavy tariffs on imported steel and aluminium items from China in March last year, a move that sparked fears of a global trade war. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: LondonTrump has already imposed 25 per cent tariffs on USD 250 billion in Chinese imports and China has retaliated with tariffs on US goods. In response, China imposed tit-for-tat tariffs on billions of dollars worth of American imports. The church community is up in arm against President Trump as his import duties on Chinese products will increase in the United States the cost of the holy Bible, which is significantly imported from China. According to Congressman Josh Harder, more than half of the Bibles produced in the world originate from China. “The recently proposed tariffs on an additional USD 300 billion in Chinese goods, including printed materials, could have significant negative effects on our religious groups, churches, schools, ministries, and nonprofit organisations,” Harder said. “More than half of the Bibles printed in the world originate in China due to the unique paper and technologies required,” he said.
Washington DC: Elon Musk’s Boring Co raised about $117 million in its latest round of funding from 20 unnamed investors after offering to sell about $120 million in equity, the company disclosed in a regulatory filing on Friday. The company had raised $112.5 million in equity in April last year, with Musk investing 90% of the amount, as the company seeks to build underground tunnels for hyperloop transportation project. Musk, who also leads electric-car maker Tesla Inc and rocket company SpaceX, has been seeking to revolutionize transportation by sending passengers packed into pods through an intercity system of giant, underground vacuum tubes known as the hyperloop.
MONTREAL – An unidentified man who kissed a Radio-Canada reporter on the cheek without her consent during a live broadcast last Friday has apologized for his actions.Journalist Valerie-Micaela Bain also said late Monday that she wouldn’t file a criminal complaint after she received the unwanted embrace from a concert-goer as she went live from Montreal’s Osheaga music festival last Friday.Startled, she shoved him away and yelled at him before calmly continuing her report.She later posted photos and video of the man to Facebook in an effort to track him down, making clear she found it neither adorable or flattering.“In the end I would like him to understand why his gesture is unacceptable,” she wrote.Bain took to social media again Monday evening, publishing an apology she received from the man — a father of two who said he was ashamed and regretted the unwanted gesture.In a note to the reporter, he admitted he’d gone too far in his actions, explaining he did it to try to get a laugh out of his entourage.“I sent as a message that it was funny, even normal, to kiss a journalist during a report on the cheek,” he wrote asking forgiveness. “I can not find any words that justifies my gesture.”The federation representing Quebec journalists says the public needs to be reminded such behaviour is unacceptable.Stephane Giroux, head of the Quebec journalists’ federation, believes it was a clear-cut case of sexual harassment.“You would not do that to a random person on the street,” Giroux said Monday. “What makes you think you can do this to a reporter on television doing her work?“For me, it’s mind-boggling that an adult male would think that he has a right to do this.”The incident follows others in which on-camera female reporters were heckled with a notorious vulgar phrase, often abbreviated to “FHRITP.”There have been several cases in North America, including one involving a heckler screaming it at a reporter covering a Toronto FC soccer game.Some newsrooms across the country have instituted procedures and guidelines, with some hiring private security.“I don’t think it should (have to) be that way,” Giroux said.“I think adults should have a lot more judgment than that.”Bain said she now considers the matter closed, but hopes there’s a lesson learned from it.“I hope that this incident will remind us that we must not trivialize attacks as small as they are,” she wrote.— Follow @sidhartha_b on Twitter
25 September 2010Three Pacific Ocean countries today appealed to United Nations Member States to act fast to combat climate change and start mobilizing the resources needed to mitigate the effects of global warming, especially in small island developing States that are particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels. “Those most vulnerable and those willing to confront the challenges facing us must take leadership in this process by putting forward our own agreement spelling real and ambitious commitments and actions to address climate change – we urge others to follow,” said President Iroj Jurelang Zedkaia of the Marshall Islands during the third day of the General Assembly’s high-level debate.He called for “shovel-ready” climate change adaptation measures that will help small island developing States conserve water and other resources and protect their infrastructure.“It should be a matter of serious concern to the Secretary-General that we are actively contemplating risks to our territorial integrity and UN membership, that we are considering options to safeguard our population’s political rights if our land – and our thin water table – becomes unusable in the face of rising seas,” Mr. Zedkaia said.He also said that overfishing in the Pacific had strangled the Marshall Islands’ development and urged regional fisheries management organizations and UN agencies to identify strategies to assist the islands to realize greater share of benefits from the resource, especially Pacific tuna fishing.Echoing the same message, the Vice President of the Federated States of Micronesia, Alik L. Alik, said delays in adopting a comprehensive and legally-binding agreement to avert global climate disaster was inexcusable.“In Micronesia, we are deeply disappointed in the glacial progress at the negotiating sessions and climate change meetings of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said Mr. Alik.“At the same time, we are growing increasingly alarmed by the prospect of lowering ambitions for the meeting in Cancun, Mexico, later this year,” he added.He said the incidence of illegal unreported and unregulated fishing in the Pacific remains of great concern.“We do maintain high expectations that through the support of the international community we can combat this illegal activity that threatens the sustainability of our fish stocks and deprives our people of the potential economic benefits,” Mr. Alik said.Kiribati’s President Anote Tong told the high-level debate that coastal erosion in heavily populated areas in his country is occurring at a rate that exceeded the Government’s capacity to respond, adding that lack of resources is exacerbating the problem.“Long before our islands are inundated by the rising seas, they will become uninhabitable as freshwater aquifers are contaminated by saltwater intrusion from rising tides,” Mr. Tong said.
Getting Down to BusinessUnder this new role, Passi’s first order of business should be to lay out the vision of what cloud means to Avaya. As I pointed out in this No Jitter post, Avaya has some excellent cloud assets but its strategy isn’t clear. Leading up to the hiring, I asked a number of Avayans what they think the new cloud chief should focus on and I got a mixed bag of answers from doubling down on hybrid, to shoring up the cloud contact center, to building a multi-tenant cloud platform. All of these are valid, but Passi needs to lay out a roadmap, prioritize the different initiatives, and ensure that everyone across Avaya understands the mission.Looking at product, Passi does have some work to do — and it should start with the CCaaS solution, Spoken, which is his sweet spot. Omnichannel is something at which all businesses are looking, but Spoken currently offers only email, chat, and voice channels. For all the success that the Five9’s of the industry have had, CCaaS is still in its infancy, and Avaya has an excellent opportunity to create some differentiation and monetize its massive installed base. Differentiation in contact center can pay big dividends, as businesses care greatly about customer experience, whereas UC is considered by many to be one big sea of sameness.It’s a bit confusing to understand the state of the product set formerly known as Zang. From what I understand, Zang Office (UC) has largely been deprecated and Avaya is using “Powered by Avaya IP Office” to fulfill UCaaS demand. Powered By is a great product, but it’s not a true multi-tenant cloud platform — and that will need to be built. Zang Spaces (for team collaboration) is being used as the messaging front end to IP Office, and Zang Cloud is Avaya’s CPaaS solution that’s offered in a number of countries and doing well. Passi should look at CPaaS and make it more robust. One approach would be to use some of the intellectual property from Spoken to drive CPaaS innovation quickly.The Powered by Avaya IP Office offering is the star of the show and can be left alone for now. This lets customers buy IP Office as a private cloud service from Avaya partners or distributors. Avaya also has a product called Avaya Cloud IP Office, which allows customers to buy the IP Office stack as a public service running as a Google Cloud container that includes some carrier services from the Zang Cloud. Over time I would expect to see the latter made available from AWS and/or Azure for greater coverage. Also, the majority of mid-market seats are driven by the Powered By program and it would make sense for Avaya to pivot this more to Cloud IP Office as that’s more a true public service that can compete with the likes of RingCentral and Vonage. However, for now, Passi can leave these be and focus more on the CCaaS and CPaaS.Making the Tough DecisionsValley rumors are that the company had toyed with buying one of the smaller UCaaS vendors as a way of fast-tracking its way onto the Gartner UCaaS Magic Quadrant. Many of the smaller vendors have old platforms and could require a teardown and re-build. Given the amount of supply out there versus demand, if Chirico is patient, he can likely land a strong acquisition for not much cash. Passi built a modernized platform and can bring a wealth of knowledge to the due diligence process. On the other hand, in the time taken to wait the industry out, Avaya might be able to stand up its own cloud. I could be convinced either way, but that’s why Passi is getting paid the big bucks.One final note to Passi’s new boss, Chirico: Be patient but act with urgency. This may sound like an oxymoron but I’ll explain. Avaya needs to do certain things, so act with urgency to put the people in place to do those things, but then be patient and let them do it. For example, Jim Geary is now in charge of Global Accounts, and it takes time to determine which companies are part of this and what kind of resources should be dedicated to it. Similarly, with Jean Turgeon running verticals, it takes time to establish the right partnerships and put together joint solutions. Expect a lot from him but have the patience to let him do it.Editor’s note: This post has been updated since publication.Tags:News & ViewsCCaaSCPaaSFive9AvayaSpokenCloud CommunicationsVendor News Articles You Might Like See All in Cloud Communications » 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. cloud_600.png Passi_Gaurav_285.jpeg 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? 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. Earlier this week Avaya announced it has hired Gaurav Passi as president of its cloud business group, giving him oversight of Avaya’s cloud product and development, R&D, operations, business development, and product management. The role encompasses all Avaya cloud products, including public and private versions of unified communications and contact center.If Passi’s name sounds familiar, it should, as his most recent stint was with cloud contact center vendor Five9, where he served the role of executive vice president of products and technology.In his new role at Avaya, Passi will report directly to CEO Jim Chirico. He will be responsible for “further accelerating the company’s delivery of cloud-based solutions,” according to the press release, which in actuality means he’ll be responsible for putting Avaya on the cloud map.Filling the VoidPassi fills the void left by the departed Mercer Rowe, who had been at Avaya for less than a year. There was nothing public put out about Rowe’s departure, but sources I have talked to said that Rowe’s execution left something to be desired. For example, the company acquired Spoken to give it a contact-center-as-a-service offering, but by my estimates about 90% of the people have left the company and some of the features inside Spoken weren’t as mature as believed, indicating a bit more due diligence was required. I still think pulling the trigger on Spoken was a good move for Avaya, but knowing what you have upon acquisition makes planning easier. Also, Avaya has thee cloud offerings, including “Powered by Avaya IP Office” cloud, Zang public cloud, and the formerly mentioned Spoken — and Rowe never managed to build a strategy around them.Rowe certainly had a strong cloud background but he didn’t have experience in the communications industry, and this is where Passi can make a difference. Passi was the head technical person at Five9 for five years and before that spent time at Deutsche Telekom, Amdocs, and Ciena, so he’s well versed in both cloud and communications. He may disagree with this, but I believe his biggest achievement at Five9 was modernizing the platform to be truly cloud native with a microservices-based architecture. The new platform enables the company to deliver new features multiple times a day if it wants, rather than having to do it twice a year, as Five9 did in the past. 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. 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. Gaurav Passi
A Halton police officer and a citizen have been taken to hospital following a crash in Oakville. It happened on Dundas St. shortly before 12:30 p.m. Monday.Police did not provide additional details about the collision but confirmed a Halton police cruiser and a second vehicle were involved in the crash.Dundas St. is closed in both directions from Oak Park Blvd. to Trafalgar Rd. for the investigation.Halton police are asking drivers to avoid the area. More to come…
TORONTO – Royal Bank (TSX:RY) says profits jumped 14 per cent in the second quarter on earnings growth in divisions like Canadian banking and capital markets.The bank reported net income of $2.5 billion, or $1.68 per share, versus $2.2 billion or $1.47 per share a year ago.Filtering out selected one-time items, Royal Bank’s adjusted earnings were $1.63 per share, which was three cents better than analyst expectations, according to a survey from Thomson Reuters.Royal Bank says its capital markets division increased profits by 23 per cent to $625 million on strong growth in corporate and investment banking activity.The insurance division saw net income drop 20 per cent to $123 million affected by changes in Canadian tax laws. Royal Bank profits rise 14 per cent in second quarter by The Canadian Press Posted May 28, 2015 5:54 am MDT Last Updated May 28, 2015 at 1:44 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
New Brunswick budget: Debt keeps rising as Liberals spend on education, tourism by Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 7, 2017 1:00 am MDT Last Updated Feb 7, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email New Brunswick Finance Minister Cathy Rogers is applauded by fellow legislators after tabling the 2017-2018 provincial budget at the New Brunswick Legislature in Fredericton, N.B., on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/James West FREDERICTON – New Brunswick’s government is piling on more debt in its 2017-18 budget as the Liberals opt for targeted spending increases rather than a quicker assault on the deficit.Finance Minister Cathy Rogers’ $9.4 billion budget released Tuesday hikes spending by just under four per cent despite the province’s fiscal challenges.“New Brunswickers want their government to get our finances in order, but not at the expense of our social programs,” she said in her budget speech.The deficit is projected to be $192 million by the end of March 2018. The total debt is rising to $14.4 billion — up almost $1 billion from last year’s net debt, although some of that is due to an accounting change.Bruce Fitch, the Tory finance critic, said the government has squandered a chance to stop bleeding red ink after raising sales taxes last year.“They could have balanced the budget this year, but instead they decided to spend it in order to win back … some of the popularity that they’ve lost,” he said.Robert Kavcic, the senior economist at BMO, noted that with debt rising toward 42 per cent of GDP this coming fiscal year, the province has “one of the more challenging fiscal environments in Canada.”The Liberal government says it is still projecting to balance the budget by 2020-21, with Rogers referring to her progress as “a steady, responsible way.”The budget hikes spending on both health and education.It includes an additional $56 million for education, and a funding increase for the daycare assistance parents that the Liberals say will bring the annual total to $20 million, about double levels in 2014.The Liberals say they will also spend $45 million over four years to help universities, with details yet to be worked out after meetings with the four publicly funded institutions.Overall, education spending is set at $1.19 billion, up from $1.14 billion last year.The population of the province crept up less than a per cent to 756,780 people last year, and the province says it is going to spend $2.5 million on various initiatives to boost it more significantly.The budget contains relatively few taxation changes other than a small reduction for small business, which will see its corporate tax rate lowered from 3.5 to three per cent.The province has also committed to bringing in a carbon tax as part of its climate change strategy, but the budget doesn’t reveal when this will happen or how much it will be.The province says about half the hike in total debt is due in part to an accounting change that adds nursing home debts to the provinces’ books, but the government also to plans to spend more on highways and other infrastructure as federal matching funds become available.David Coon, the Green Party’s leader, said he was alarmed at a $2 million cut to the Environment Department — one of few agencies to see their funding sliced — even as the province is hammered by storms he links to climate change.“There’s nothing in the budget related to hardening our infrastructure to better protect New Brunswickers or help us reduce our reliance on expensive fossil fuels,” he said.Economists have been warning for several years that last year’s two per cent rise in sales tax — which the minister said has added about $300 million in revenues this year — won’t sustain the province’s rising costs over time, as baby boomers age and drop out of the workforce.Health care spending is continue to climb to care for the aging population, growing 3.3 per cent — the largest increase in five years — to a projected $2.7 billion, about a third of the total spending.However, Rogers said a recent health accord with the federal Liberal government will help fund the rising costs.Rogers said the province will be adding an extra six positions to train doctors through its agreement with the school of medicine at Dalhousie University.She also said she was to able expand the vaccination program for the human papilloma virus to include boys.As the population ages, the province is continuing to spend on nursing homes, committing to about $58.2 million for construction, maintenance and improvements over three years.The past year has been a difficult one for the province’s economy, with the shutdown of a large potash mine in Sussex and sluggish export sales.Nonetheless, the budget makes optimistic predictions of a turnaround, noting employment has grown by about 5,300 people since June.By the end of March 2018, the province expects interest payments on its debt will be $701 million, the province’s fifth largest expenditure.The debt is about $19,000 for every man, woman and child in New Brunswick.Follow @mtuttoncporg on Twitter.
The report, Green Economy and Trade – Trends, Challenges and Opportunities, finds that developing countries with abundant renewable resources are well-positioned to capitalize on the opportunities provided by “green” products to increase their share in international markets for sustainable goods and services, according to a news release by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).The report analyzes six economic sectors – agriculture, fisheries, forests, manufacturing, renewable energy and tourism – where trade opportunities exist, and identifies measures, such as policy reforms and certification, that can help developing countries benefit from these markets.“Transitioning to a green economy can facilitate new trade opportunities, which in turn will help to make global trade more sustainable,” Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP).“At the same time, trade in environmental goods and services is clearly an area where many developing countries have a competitive advantage. With the right policies and price regimes in place, developing countries are well-positioned to help drive the global transition to a more sustainable economy.”While still representing only a small percentage of the global market, trade in certified products and in environmental goods and services is on the rise in absolute terms. For example, the global market in low-carbon and energy efficient technologies, which include renewable energy supply products, is projected to nearly triple to $ 2.2 trillion by 2020.“If we are to reverse the global decline in biodiversity, mitigate the release of greenhouse gases (GHG), halt the degradation of lands and protect our oceans, then it is an imperative that international trade becomes more sustainable and contributes to protecting that ‘natural capital’ of economies in the developing world.”The report also identifies area where public and private actions can support developing countries’ where public and private actions can support developing countries’ efforts to access greener international markets.
“Through jazz, millions of people have sung and still sing today their desire for freedom, tolerance and human dignity,” the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Irina Bokova, said in her message for International Jazz Day, celebrated each year on 30 April. Born in the United States at the beginning of the 20th century, jazz is rooted in African traditions, draws from European musical forms, and has evolved into various styles across the globe. But as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock puts it, “the roots of jazz are in humanity.”“Music, and jazz in particular, is an international language that represents freedom because of its origin – growing out of slavery,” Mr. Hancock added in an interview with UNESCO.This year’s celebration of jazz coincides with the 20th anniversary of UNESCO Slave Route Project, consecrated to the theme, “Assume the past, understand the present, build the future together.” Since it was launched in Benin in 1994, the project has aimed to break the silence surrounding the slave trade and slavery, and contribute to a culture of peace. Jazz breaks down barriers and creates opportunities for mutual understanding and tolerance;Jazz is a vector of freedom of expression;Jazz is a symbol of unity and peace;Jazz reduces tensions between individuals, groups, and communities;Jazz fosters gender equality;Jazz reinforces the role youth play for social change;Jazz encourages artistic innovation, improvisation, new forms of expression, and inclusion of traditional music forms into new ones;Jazz stimulates intercultural dialogue and empowers young people from marginalized societies.“Music is such a beautiful way to tell stories. And in my mind, the stories we need to tell are the ones that depict the human struggle for dignity and equality,” said the Spokesperson for the Slave Route Project, UNESCO Artist for Peace and jazz musician, Marcus Miller.The main event for this year’s International Jazz Day takes place in Osaka, which in the early 1920’s was considered “Japan’s jazz mecca”. Its key early figures in jazz include composer Hattori Ryoichi and trumpeter Nanri Fumio, who Louis Armstrong nicknamed the “Satchmo of Japan.”“With its numerous jazz clubs and its world-renowned annual [jazz] competition, Osaka is the heart of the modern jazz movement,” Ms. Bokova said.The Day kicked off with a series of jazz education programs, performances, and community outreach, culminating in an internationally broadcast concert from Osaka Castle Park headlined by Mr. Hancock. The line-up also includes Wayne Shorter, Kenny Garrett, Terumasa Hino, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Mr. Miller, among others.All events are organized with UNESCO’s ongoing partner for the Day, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.“Each of the past two International Jazz Day celebrations reached more than one billion people through jazz performances, education and outreach programs, and media,” said Tom Carter, President of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. “This is a phenomenal figure and we believe even more people will participate in 2014.”Coinciding with this year’s Day, the UN Postal Administration (UNPA) is issuing postage stamps and a souvenir card. Designed by UNPA Art Director Sergio Baradat, the stamps will be issued in United States dollars, Swiss francs and Euros. To hear from jazz musicians about the Day, click here.
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. “We understand he had some underlying health issues and was admitted to hospital recently.”We’ve launched an inquiry to understand what happened in the days leading up to his death and to determine if any factors have contributed to his death.” A woman has been arrested on suspicion of neglect after a 10-year-old boy was found dead in a caravan.Police and paramedics were called to an address in Blossomville Way, in Acocks Green, at 7.25am on Thursday, following reports a child was unconscious at the address.The boy was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead at 8.20am.A 44-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of child neglect and remains in police custody, the force said.Detectives are treating the death as unexplained and a post-mortem examination is due to take place.A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said earlier: “We were called to reports of a medical emergency at a property on Blossomville Way at 7.19am this morning.”Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car were sent to the scene.”On arrival we discovered one patient, a boy, who was in a critical condition.”He received specialist trauma care at the scene before being transported to Heartlands Hospital.”Sadly, it later became apparent at hospital that nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased.”Detective Inspector Joe Davenport said: “This is a truly tragic incident in which a young boy has been found dead.
Des dents humaines de plus de 200.000 ans en IsraëlPubliée récemment dans l’American Journal of Physical Anthropology, l’étude de dents humaines ou pré-humaines fossiles trouvées sur un site préhistorique en Israël par une équipe internationale, ne permet pas encore d’établir l’espèce à laquelle elles appartenaient. L’enjeu – évolution et migration de l’homme hors d’Afrique – est pourtant de taille.Découvertes dans la caverne de Qesem, un site préhistorique israélien qui a par ailleurs livré nombre d’outils de pierre et de restes d’animaux, ces 8 dents vieilles de 200 à 400.000 ans posent un problème aux anthropologues : appartenant à au moins 6 individus d’âges différents – dont de très jeunes enfants -, elles échappent aux méthodes d’identification habituelles, surtout basées sur les différences entre incisives, canines et molaires d’une même dentition.À lire aussiUn nautile extrêmement rare observé pour la première fois en 30 ans en PapouasiePar exemple, Néandertal a des incisives relativement grandes et des prémolaires bien distinctes des molaires, sapiens a des incisives plus droites, etc. Ici, les éléments trop disparates ne permettent pas cette évaluation multicritères. Les chercheurs espèrent donc trouver d’autres restes fossiles sur le site pour identifier l’espèce humaine qui occupait l’endroit.L’identification de ces dents – qui, élément clé, ressemblent beaucoup à celles d’Homo sapiens ! – pourrait remettre en question nos conceptions de l’évolution de notre espèce, que l’on considère actuellement comme étant apparue en Afrique il y a environ 200.000 ans, et de sa sortie d’Afrique, censée être survenue il y a 60 à 120.000 ans. Le 10 février 2011 à 11:23 • Emmanuel Perrin
Sodas : une consommation régulière augmenterait le risque de calculs rénauxUne étude américaine révèle que boire trop régulièrement des boissons sucrées telles que des sodas augmente de plus de 20 % les risques de développer des problèmes de reins, et en particuliers des calculs.Si vous consommez quotidiennement des boissons sucrées ou des sodas, une étude pourrait vous faire réfléchir à deux fois avant d’ingurgiter votre prochaine cannette. En effet, selon une étude américaine, boire quotidiennement des sodas augmente de 23 % les risques de faire des calculs rénaux. Quand on sait que la colique néphrétique (due aux calculs rénaux qui migrent dans l’uretère) entraîne des douleurs parmi les plus intolérables répertoriées en médecine, il y a de quoi s’inquiéter. Environ 10 % des Français de plus de 40 ans souffrent de calculs.Une étude sur huit ans Pour arriver à ces conclusions, les auteurs de l’étude parue dans le Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology ont suivi 200.000 personnes pendant plus de huit ans.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Notre étude a montré que la relation entre les apports hydriques et les calculs rénaux pourrait dépendre du type de boisson consommée”, concluent les chercheurs.D’autant que les résultats montrent également que les consommateurs réguliers de café et de thé présentent quant à eux bien moins de risques de développer des calculs rénaux que les autres.Le 21 mai 2013 à 14:11 • Maxime Lambert