Maguire: Leicester didn’t deserve Crystal Palace defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City defender Harry Maguire insists they didn’t deserve defeat at Crystal Palace on Saturday.Maguire felt City should have created more chances with the possession they had in the second half but lamented Jamie Vardy’s bad luck after goalkeeper Vicente Guaita pushed his effort onto the post and it rebounded straight back into his arms.“Everyone is disappointed,” Maguire told LCFC TV.“We have worked tirelessly all week trying to put on a good performance this week and the first 20 minutes we started pretty slow.“There was not really any tempo from either team. They probably edged the first 20 minutes, but apart from the first 20 minutes I would say we were the better team and in control of the game.“They then scored when we were playing our best football and in our first spell of pressure. To be fair to the lad it is a great strike, a great finish. We’ll look back and we will work hard.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Watford demand huge money for PSG target Doucoureby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford are demanding huge money for Abdoulaye Doucoure.The Mirror says PSG must pay up if they want Watford’s Doucoure.The Hornets rate their player just as highly as they did Richarlison.That means the French club will have to find the £50 million or more that Everton did to take their Brazilian.Head coach Javi Gracia accepts it will be very tough to keep Doucoure at Vicarage Road if PSG get close to their asking price. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
KNOXVILLE, TN – FEBRUARY 27: J.P. Prince #30 of the Tennessee Volunteers dunks the basketball against Eric Bledsoe #24 of the Kentucky Wildcats at Thompson-Boling Arena on February 27, 2010 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Tennessee defeated Kentucky 74-65. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)The Southeast doesn’t always get a lot of snow, but when the people down there do, you better bet there will be some creative SEC-themed snowmen. One family of Tennessee fans made a pretty impressive snowman, complete with a Josh Richardson No. 1 jersey. They sent a photo to the senior guard, who is a big fan of his new snow doppelganger. “@sgregg12: Sir Josh! Our 2015 Snowman! #Vols #BowTie @J_Rich1 @Vol_Hoops @Vol_Photos pic.twitter.com/oUDguj0HY2”oh man that’s nice !!!— Josh Richardson (@J_Rich1) February 24, 2015The Tennessee wristband is a nice touch. Now we just need Richardson to wear a top hat on the court, and this will be spot on.
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 08: Tate Martell #18 of the Ohio State Buckeyes breaks free on a 47-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter of the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won 52-3. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)In the event that Dwayne Haskins enters the 2019 NFL Draft, Tate Martell should have the opportunity to win the starting quarterback job at Ohio State. Regardless of how his collegiate career pans out, his CFL rights have already been negotiated.The CFL rules state that teams can claim exclusive rights to up to 45 players by placing them on their negotiation list. These players can be in college, on the cusp of making a professional roster or actually in the NFL.Well, the Toronto Argonauts now hold Martell’s rights, if the dual-threat quarterback decides to take his talents to Canada. He wasn’t the only notable name in college football that had their rights negotiated.Gardner Minshew, Will Grier and Khalil Tate were also on the CFL negotiation list.If Tate Martell ever decides to take his game north of the border, the Toronto Argonauts currently hold his CFL negotiation rights. The Montreal Alouettes, meanwhile, hold the CFL rights to Braxton Miller, while Saskatchewan Roughriders hold the CFL rights to Joe Burrow. https://t.co/lG0OhztiD8— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) December 13, 2018The Argonauts currently have James Franklin and McLeod Bethel-Thompson on the depth chart at quarterback.Since Martell is just a freshman for the Buckeyes, it’ll be quite some time before he even considers playing in the CFL. Nonetheless, Toronto is making a future investment that could eventually work in its favor.Ohio State fans shouldn’t worry one bit about this news, as Martell will be in Columbus for the foreseeable future.
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The Speaker said that as a Sri Lankan he would say that the people in the country are citizens of a great country.“Sri Lanka has tremendous potential for growth and prosperity. We are blessed by nature, geographically we are very well located. There are cities in tge world having a population over 21 million. These cities are run by Mayors and not by Presidents/Prime Ministers, Speakers. What the country needs is right vision, dedication, commitment, discipline, ensuring rule of law, coupled with right people at the right place,” he said. “In the Sri Lanka Parliament, having gone through physical attack, threat to life, abuse and insults coupled with so much of obstruction for having stood up to what is right, this is a peaceful evening, after almost a month. I consider it was my duty to stand up against all forms of threat to Democracy and save it for the generations unborn. You know the value of personal freedom in a civilized country,” he said. Jayasuriya was speaking at the ‘Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability Award 2018’ event organized by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, to recognize sustainable champions of the local corporate sphere. He also said that the Sri Lanka Parliament was the first parliament in the world to establish a Parliamentary Select Committee and this has become a model to many parliaments in the world. (Colombo Gazette) Speaker Karu Jayasuriya says it is his duty to stand up against all forms of threat to democracy and save it for the generations unborn.He says what Sri Lanka needs is the right vision, dedication, commitment and discipline, ensuring rule of law, coupled with the right people at the right place.
by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 20, 2012 5:06 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Toronto stock market ended Friday with a slight decline, closing out a bumpy trading session led mostly by commodities.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 6.41 points to 12,147.28, while the TSX Venture Exchange inched up 1.18 points to 1,397.95.The Canadian dollar was higher, up 0.27 of a cent to 100.75 cents US.The session marked another round of uncertainty as traders ponder whether a spring pullback is in store.Expectations are that upcoming data will give a sense of where the U.S. economy is headed, especially the report on U.S. gross domestic product due next Friday and the U.S. jobs report due May 4.“We’re in a consolidation mode in the markets where we’ve been going one day up and one day down and nobody seems to have the conviction or the ability to drive the markets very far,” said Colin Cieszynski, market analyst at CMC Markets.“We’ve had a huge rally and now markets have reasonably put in expectations.”In earnings news, Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (TSX:CP) beat analyst expectations with a $142-million profit in the first quarter, or 82 cents per share. The results came in two cents better than analysts expected, according to a poll by Thomson Reuters.The financial report comes several weeks before the company’s annual meeting at which CP management will face off against the company’s largest shareholder. Pershing Square Capital Management has been calling for the removal of CEO Fred Green and the installation of new representatives on the board of directors.Shares of Canadian Pacific closed up 42 cents at $76.45.Oil prices closed higher for the first time in two days, which sent the TSX energy sector 0.2 per cent higher. The May crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 78 cents to US$103.05 a barrel.Copper was down an eighth of a cent to US$3.688 a pound, and the base metals fell 0.04 per cent, while bullion gained $1.40 to US$1,642.80 an ounce, but the gold sector declined.Statistics Canada reported Friday that the national inflation rate dipped seven-tenths of a point to 1.9 per cent — the first time since September 2010 that the rate has been below the Bank of Canada’s sweet spot of two per cent. Economists had anticipated a major retreat in the annual inflation rate, but the drop was even more dramatic than expected.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 65.16 points to 13,029.26, the Nasdaq was down 7.11 points at 3,000.45 and the S&P 500 index gained 1.61 points to 1,378.53.In U.S. earnings, General Electric Co. said first-quarter profit fell 12 per cent, although it topped Wall Street estimates when some one-time items were excluded. The company reported earnings of US$3.03 billion, or 29 cents per share, compared with $3.4 million, or 31 cents per share, for the same period in 2011. Revenue slipped by eight per cent to $35.2 billion.McDonald’s Corp. reported stronger first-quarter results on better sales of its value meals and specialty drinks. The report from world’s biggest hamburger chain was in line with analyst expectations, with net income rising seven per cent to $1.27 billion, or $1.23 per share, in the first three months of the year. That compared with a profit of $1.21 billion, or $1.15 per share, in the year-ago period.Oil services giant Schlumberger Ltd. said its profit jumped almost 38 per cent in the first quarter on strong drilling activity in the Gulf of Mexico, North Africa and the Middle East. The Houston company, which provides a host of services for petroleum companies, reported earnings of US$1.31 billion, or 97 cents per share, for the first three months of the year. Revenue increased by nearly 22 per cent to $10.6 billion.Microsoft Corp. shares rose a day after the software giant said fiscal third-quarter earnings declined slightly from a year earlier, but revenue rose due to stronger sales of the company’s Windows and business division products. Microsoft shares gained $1.41 to US$32.42.In Canada, a Japanese company is investing $602 million to acquire a share of Encana Corp.’s extensive coalbed methane reserves in southern Alberta. Encana (TSX:ECA) said Toyota Tsusho Corp. will acquire a 32.5 per cent royalty interest in about 5,500 existing and future Encana coalbed methane wells. Encana shares dropped 10 cents to $17.90.Meanwhle, investors concerned over whether the eurozone will fall back into disarray because of its government debt crisis were keeping an eye on a meeting of the Group of 20 leading economies in Washington.Late in the day, the International Monetary Fund said it had raised more than US$430 billion in an effort to assure finance markets that it has sufficient firepower to handle any new problems among the heavily indebted countries of Europe.IMF
MODERN LIFE IS stressful. We all experience stressful events at different times of our lives so we all need to know how to handle it – with that in mind, here are nine things that you can do now to help reduce the stress now.Don’t be an ostrichFirst things first, don’t bury your head in the sand. If you avoid the issue it won’t go away. Find the root of the stress and deal with it.If you have financial problems ripping up bills won’t help. Go get help from an organisation that helps with budgeting.If you are undergoing stress at work, sit down with your boss and assess how you can handle it better. Hiding from reality is never the answer.Live in the nowStress is often caused by worrying about events that haven’t happened. We worry we won’t be able to pay our bills, that our children get mixed up with the wrong crowd or that a situation in work may end in conflict. These are things that haven’t happened and may not ever happen. If you waste the present worrying about what may happen in the future you are creating unnecessary stress and anxiety. Keep your thoughts in the present moment and on the things you can control.MeditateDespite what some say, meditation is not just for monks. A large percentage of highly successful people use meditation as a tool to de-stress and stop the monkey mind.Meditation is a great way to practise living in the moment. Start with just five or 10 minutes a day. Although you may not get the full benefits of meditation from five minutes it will help you to get comfortable with the practise and help you form a new habit.Do a mind downloadFeel like your head is going to explode? Do a mind download. Get everything you have to do and everything that’s worrying you out onto paper. When you have emptied your mind you will feel a sense of relief. Now plan the things you have to do in your calendar or capture them in a notebook or a task management app for later.Plan your week in advanceStress is very often caused by disorganisation. Get yourself organised by planning your week in your calendar. Enter in all the tasks you need to complete and specify when you are going to do them. This will give you a sense of control and focus, as you will see exactly how much you have to do and when you are going to do it.Take a breakIf you are feeling stressed out in work, too much to do and not enough time, the best thing you can do is take a break. Counterintuitive as it may sound it will help you to gain perspective and make better decisions around your priorities. Take a step back, have a cup of tea and take your mind off things for ten minutes. When you go back you will be clearer, more relaxed and focused on the work at hand.Watch a funny movieLaughter is an excellent remedy for all ails. On your way home from work rent a funny movie or watch a few funny YouTube clips to raise your spirits. Apparently there is a link between laughter and the reduction of the stress hormone cortisol. Stress is also responsible for reducing the amount of serotonin and other feel good neurotransmitters like dopamine in the brain. Laughing and smiling will help towards reversing the depletion caused by stress. We know a good laugh does us the world of good.Do some gardeningGardeners are happy people. Some say there is a substance in the soil that contributes to wellbeing. Whether that is true or not, the joy of physical exertion and fresh air will be enough to make it worthwhile. So hop into B&Q or Woodies at the weekend and buy yourself a shovel.ExerciseRegular exercise has many positive benefits including being a proven remedy for reducing stress, anxiety and depression. Even if you only get out for a walk you will feel the benefits. It will clear your head, calm your nerves and increase the feel good hormones to the brain.So go ahead, stop playing the victim to your circumstances and take control. Choose one of these ways to reduce your stress and get out and enjoy the sunshine – because that is something we definitely can’t control.Ciara Conlon is a Productivity Coach and author of Chaos to Control a practical guide to getting things done. She helps busy professionals save time and get focused. If you would like help getting organised and setting goals for 2014, Check out her online course Get Set for SuccessOpinion: Under exam stress? Take five minutes off and read these tipsRead: The EU wants you to be less stressed at work
After many authors’ failed attempts to write a biography about one of technology’s biggest and most influential people, Steve Jobs finally found someone who he’ll allow to tell his story. Publisher Simon & Schuster announced Sunday that Walter Isaacson will be penning the first Jobs-approved biography entitled “iSteve: The Book of Jobs,” which is due out in early 2012.Isaacson, a former top executive at CNN and Time magazine, started writing the book in 2009. During that time, the author interviewed Jobs’ colleagues, family, competitors, and the man himself. This may not seem like an impressive feat, but Jobs has been adamantly opposed to his life story being put into words by other authors in the past.In fact, Jobs demanded that Apple stores ban any books published by John Wiley & Sons when the company planned to write an unauthorized biography in 2005 called “iCon: Steve Jobs, The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business.” Jobs didn’t take kindly to that, and many publishers were probably shaking in their boots at the thought of writing another Jobs biography and getting kicked out of the Apple Store club.It’s no secret that Jobs has been dealing with a number of health problems and is taking his third leave of absence from running the company. Could Jobs’ ailing health be a contributing factor as to why he’s finally allowing a biography to be written about him?Whatever the reason, Jobs seemed to take a liking to Isaacson who has written best-selling biographies about Benjamin Franklin, and Albert Einstein. Jonathan Karp, publisher of Simon & Schuster, said in a statement that Isaacson is telling a “unique story of revolutionary genius,” similar to how he wrote Franklin and Einstein’s biographies.Isaacson is currently the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a international nonprofit in Washington, D.C.via AP (ABC News)
If you have ever had the craving to reach through the screen and grab a piece of video game food during a long play session, only to have to settle for some flat Mountain Dew and stale Dorites, we have some good news for you. A site called Gourmet Gaming has created recipes for some of the most iconic foodstuffs in gaming, like the Diablo health potion pictured above.Created by game tester Daniella Zelli, Gourmet Gaming has an array of recipes that just ooze geek cred (as well as, with some, awesome fillings). Dishes like the “Sandvich Edible Device” from Team Fortress 2 and the EarthBound “Peanut Cheese Bar” are the perfect fodder for gamers during a LAN party or a get together. Zelli has rated each recipe for its difficulty and explains each recipe’s background and origin.Gourmet Gaming is a great resources for gamers both young and old. My own children have been looking at it and picking out items they recognize from Pokemon and some of the old Sonic the Hedgehog games we have laying around the house. If you are looking for a rainy day activity for the family, I can highly recommend a stop by it… and then a trip to the grocery store.One of my personal favorites is the Kingdom Hearts II “sea salt ice-cream” bar. It’s actually a real frozen concoction that is served at the Tokyo DisneySea resort, and something that I had been dying to try. If you like sweet-salty flavors, this is the ice cream for you! The recipe is a bit more advanced that some of the others on the site, but it really isn’t too complicated.Let us know which of the recipes you have made, we would like to get opinions on all of them!Read more at Gourmet Gaming
THE FAMILY OF an Irishman missing in Spain has launched a public appeal to help find him. Peter Wilson (32), from Co Westmeath, has reportedly been missing for more than a week after boarding a flight from Dublin Airport on 22 March.The flight was bound for the Canary island of Tenerife and Peter has not been seen since the following day, 23 March. “Peter is known to have been in the Costa Adeje and Playa de Las Americas areas. He had been staying in the Malibu Park Hotel,” his sister Debbie said in a post on social media. “If you have any memory of seeing Peter from the 22 March onward. Any sighting is important, your help is vital.“Please share this far and wide, especially if you have been to Tenerife between the 22 March and now,” she added. He is described as 5’8″ in height with hazel/green eyes. A spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs said it was aware of a missing person and is providing consular assistance. Anyone with information is asked to contact Gardaí here or Tenerife police. By Conor McCrave https://jrnl.ie/4576599 Thursday 4 Apr 2019, 12:54 PM Short URL 44,060 Views Share508 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Facebook Image: Facebook 2 Comments Apr 4th 2019, 12:54 PM ‘Any sighting is important’: Family of Irishman missing in Spain appeal for public’s help He is described as 5’8″ in height with hazel/green eyes.
LB Nagar: Lawyers belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Backward Classes led by Gyara Satish conducted protests at the district court in LB Nagar against the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s remarks on reservations. They expressed their anger by burning an effigy of Bhagwat.Speaking on the occasion, Gyara Satish said, “BJP and RSS are trying to bring about changes in the Indian Constitution. They are just trying to sidetrack the important issues facing the country only to cover up the failure of the NDA government.” Furthermore, Satish warned that they would intensify their struggle if the BJP or RSS tried to bring changes in the present reservation policy. Lawyers Krishna Swamy Yadav, Chandrapuram Bhupathi, Bollepalli Krishna, Mancherla Vishnu Vardhan, Ponnam Devaraj and others participated in the protest.
Team India left for England to take part in the ICC Cricket World Cup. Addressing a press conference ahead of their departure, captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri spoke on a host of different issues, ranging from fatigue to team combination and to the impact of MS Dhoni.For Kohli, the fatigue after the IPL season was no issue at all and he asserted that all the players were in a great headspace. The skipper conceded that his side draws a lot of their motivation from the Indian Army and the valour of the soldiers.’No comparison with the Indian Army’ Virat KohliGIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images”You get motivation from a lot of sources, the point mentioned here is a very big one. I don’t think there can be a bigger motivation than that. When you talk about the Indian Army, the role that they play for the country, there is no comparison with that,” Kohli said at a press conference.The skipper wants the side to go in the field with the feeling that they want to do something for the Army as this could act as a great boost for the entire unit when the action starts.”If we go in with that motivation that we can do something for the Army, you will see a different level of passion coming out of us. But that also depends on a lot of other factors. Every individual has a different motivation while playing in the World Cup,” the skipper further added. Team India sporting the special cap. Robert Cianflone/Getty ImagesKohli also conceded that for him this World Cup would be the toughest and it was all because of the format. All the 10 participating teams will play a total of nine matches, against each of the other teams, and the top four from the points table will qualify for the semi-final. This format was last used by the ICC back in the 1992 World Cup.”This will be the most challenging World Cup out of the three I have been part of because of the format. It’s a different challenge, every team will have to adapt,” Kohli said.India starts its campaign against South Africa in Southampton on June 5. Over the years, they have played 75 matches in the World Cup, and have won 46 games whereas they have tasted defeat in 27 matches.”If you look at the team and what we have done over the last 5 years, then you can see that we have been consistently playing well. We are not planning to play differently in the World Cup,” said the skipper.
Story Links The University of Louisville men’s tennis team has jumped seven spots to No. 37 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association team rankings released on February 26.”We are moving the right direction,” said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. “We moved up five spots nationally last week to No. 44 and seven spots this week to No. 37. I think we have been rewarded for our tough non-conference schedule and getting keys wins like Dartmouth, William and Mary, Georgia State and Purdue. I believe the only way you can prepare for the brutal ACC season is to schedule ambitiously like this. This special freshman class has mostly led the way up to this point, but I will rely on our seniors to navigate us during the ACC season.”The Cardinals (11-3, 1-1 ACC) are currently on a five-match win streak entering this weekend when they play host to No. 41 Northwestern Sunday at 12 p.m. at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.Louisville is led in singles by freshman David Mizrahi, who carries a 17-11 overall record and is 8-2 in dual matches playing mostly at No. 6. Seniors George Hedley and Brandon Lancaster have combined for a team-best 12-4 doubles record and are 6-2 in dual matches. Print Friendly Version
If you’ve been dreaming of the day where you can control your computer, Minority Report-style, you’re probably already no stranger to Microsoft Kinect, and the ways creative people have hacked the device to work with Windows. At the ITT Delhi technology conference in India, a group of developers showed off their own interpretation of how Kinect can be used to control Windows: by waving your arms to change slides in Microsoft PowerPoint.In the future, presenters and speakers may be able to move forward and backward in their slideshows just by waving their arms in front of a Kinect unit connected to the PC with the slideshow on it. Aside from the inevitable entertainment that’ll ensue from watching someone at the front of a room flailing their arms back and forth when they try to go back a few slides so someone in the audience can ask a question, it does represent a fun new way to tie in Microsoft Kinect with common operations in Microsoft Windows.The Kinect for Windows SDK hasn’t been officially released yet, although Microsoft has said they plan to beta test drivers for Kinect in Windows in the near future. Still, the developer in the video and at the conference used the unreleased SDK to get the job done. Sure enough, he stood on the other side of the stage to demo the new feature, and waved his arms to one side to move the slideshow forward.It’s worth mentioning that while the presentation took place in front of a banner that bore Steve Ballmer’s name, the event wasn’t an official Microsoft demo. It’ll naturally be a long time before we have PCs that can be controlled in complex ways using Microsoft Kinect, but the technology is there, it’s just a matter of putting the software in place – and to make sure there’s a market for it in the first place.More at Only Gizmos, via CrunchGear
Kolkata: Three fishing trawlers went down and another is said to be missing in the Bay of Bengal due to bad weather late on Sunday night. Till news last came in, six fishermen were rescued in a joint search operation conducted by the Indian and Bangladesh Coast Guard and 25 are still missing.According to sources, despite warnings by the MeT office, 61 fishermen in six separate fishing trawlers started from Namkhana and went to the deep sea for fishing on Saturday. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataOn Sunday, the fishermen experienced poor weather conditions and tried to return to the coast. But due to the stormy weather, the trawlers are suspected to have lost their course and drifted towards Bangladesh waters. Near the Hanri Bhanga chaar, the trawlers went down in the sea during a heavy storm. Late on Sunday night, the weather condition turned worse and due to heavy winds, three trawlers went down in the sea. Fishermen in the other two trawlers were able to rescue 34 fishermen. Following this, two other trawlers which managed to float sent a distress signal to the West Bengal Fishermen Association and informed about the situation. They had also informed that one of the trawlers had developed technical snag and got stranded in the sea. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe association got in touch with Sundarban Development minister Manturam Pakhira and the South 24-Parganas district authorities to launch a rescue operation soon. The Indian Coast Guard contacted the Bangladesh Coast Guard requesting a search operation. Later a joint rescue operation was conducted by both the country’s Coast Guards and six fishermen were rescued. Till Monday night, 25 fishermen are said to be still missing. Pakhira on Monday stated that the state government is keeping an eye on the situation and is constantly in touch with the Bangladesh government. The Coast Guards of India and Bangladesh have a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) followed by a ‘Standard Operating Procedure’ for helping each other during such incidents and making waters of the Bay of Bengal safe.
Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Cue Back in Black instead of Fade to Black. BlackBerry is hiring, not firing.Three long, ugly years of massive job cuts are finally over at the struggling Canadian company, once the pioneering leader of the smartphone pack. Chief executive John Chen heralded the good news in an internal memo to employees obtained by Thomson Reuters yesterday.”We have completed the restructuring notification process, and the workforce reduction that began three years ago is now behind us,” Chen said in an email to workers last Friday. Finally, the very last of his axes has fallen.Related: CrackBerry Part Deux? BlackBerry CEO Isn’t Quite Sure. Chen also announced in the note that the Waterloo, Ontario-based company plans to add new hires in customer service, sales and product development, though only in “modest numbers” and “barring any unexpected downturns in the market.”An estimate of how many people will be onboarded is not yet known. BlackBerry said it would not provide further comment at this time.Chen, widely recognized for bringing Sybase Inc. back from the brink during his 1997-2012 term at the enterprise software firm, also underscored in the memo that the company is gearing up for more strategic acquisitions. In another push toward a comeback, BlackBerry last week acquired Secusmart, a German high-security voice and data encryption firm that specializes in anti-eavesdropping solutions for government agencies, telecommunications and enterprise-level businesses.Related: Leaked T-Mobile Memo Reveals BlackBerry Loyalists Are Jumping ShipWith sales deeply dented by the meteoric popularity of Apple and Android handsets, BlackBerry slashed its headcount by approximately 60 percent over the past three years in an uphill fight to reclaim its former CrackBerry glory. The extended layoffs didn’t come as a shock. According to Re/code, the company had warned that it would shrink its ranks from its 2011 max of more than 17,500 to 7,000.In closing, Chen cautioned employees that there is “no margin for error to complete BlackBerry’s turnaround to success.” He also urged them to hunker down as the company prepares to launch new hardware (including two QWERTY-outfitted smartphones, the super bulky Passport and the throwback Classic) and overhauled versions of existing software in the coming months.Remember way back when BlackBerry was still quasi-cool, when global mega stars like Madonna and Alicia Keys stumped for it? Chen, who recently predicted that BlackBerry’s chances of survival are “better than 80/20,” isn’t sure the once-iconic brand will ever blow up that big again, but he’s not throwing in the towel. Related: Bye Bye BlackBerry: Which Smartphone Should President Obama Use Next?”Whether it’s going to be good enough to be iconic again, OK, that’s something I need to chew on,” Chen recently admitted in a Bloomberg TV interview. “I don’t know the answer to that question.”Meanwhile, BlackBerry announced today that its Secure Work Space solution has received vital security clearance from the Defense Information Systems Agency. The approval greenlights U.S. Department of Defense personnel to use rival iOS and Android smartphones and tablets connected to its BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 system.Hailed for its exceptional security, BlackBerry has long been a top smartphone of choice for high-ranking executives and government officials the world over, the most prominent being President Barack Obama.Despite earlier reports, the commander-in-chief hasn’t dumped his National Security Agency-modified BlackBerry yet, but this key government thumbs-up could have him more seriously weighing options from Samsung and LG. The Secret Service won’t let him use an iPhone, his daughters’ favorite smartphone, for “security reasons.Related: 10 Questions to Ask When Shopping For Your Next Smartphone August 6, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 4 min read
Emirates believes the interests of consumers are being “overlooked” in an aviation landscape that has become increasingly dominated by global alliances. And key to this, according to Emirates international affairs senior vice president Andrew Parker, is an attempt by alliances to stifle competition. “Open skies is more important than ever,” Mr Parker told delegates at an aviation conference in Sydney, calling more competition a “positive thing”. “We strongly believe there is not enough discussion globally on where the consumer stands in this whole debate on consolidation, alliances, immunity and subsidies.”Although Mr Parker said there was a legitimate case for consolidation in the industry and that he was not “against alliances per se”, he did argue for a continued “re-examination” of the groups by governments and regulatory authorities so the industry didn’t “lose sight of consumer interest in all of this”. “Consumers must be at the heart of this debate: they want service, they want choice, they want price,” Mr Parker said.Calling independent carriers “a check on alliances”, the Australian went on to say that airline affiliations had “evolved from what they originally intended to do”, which was to offer “more seamless travel, frequent flyer programmes, lounges.” “Today they are becoming fully integrated large global businesses that work as a single entity, often immunised by governments.” Although strong competition on the “kangaroo route” put Australian services in good stead, Mr Parker lamented the “many other markets and corridors in the world” that had “a single entry from alliance A, from alliance B and alliance C”.“The more restrictive those markets are, the less opportunities there are for choice.” According to the Emirates executive, the world’s three largest alliances are now responsible for 55 per cent of Available Seat Kilometres worldwide and 90 per cent of Atlantic traffic. “We try to connect the unconnected,” Mr Parker said of Emirates, “to have a truly global network that can compete against alliances like STAR”. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H A check on alliances: Emirates
cruiseluxuryMSC Cruisesulta luxury MSC Cruises and Fincantieri yesterday announced the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the construction of four ultra-luxury cruise ships for a total value in excess of EUR 2 billion, with the first of this new-gen of ships coming into service in 2023. The remaining three ships will come into service one per year over the following three years.Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman, said: “It is off the back of the great success of our ship-within-a-ship luxury concept that our guests asked us to enter into the ultra-luxury segment, as a natural evolution of the MSC Yacht Club. These ships will be able to offer unique itineraries, thanks to their size, and the guest services will be taken to another level, including our personalised MSC Yacht Club butler service, available 24/7.“I am especially pleased to be able to further extend our partnership with Fincantieri through this new order. The award-winning Seaside and Seaside-Evo class have already been recognised as ground-breaking and innovative designs. We are now introducing another new class, which will establish a new standard of ultra-luxury at sea with ships that will showcase the quality and highest standards that are associated with Made in Italy.”Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, stated: “It is with pride that two great brands – an Italian one and one with a strong Italian DNA – … today announce an important construction program. We are extremely satisfied that, to launch a new class of ships in the luxury segment, MSC Cruises has recognized that our design will help them create a new generation of ships that will be cutting edge both in terms of safety and technological content, and with particular attention paid to passenger comfort. With this project Fincantieri can count on 53 cruise ships in its order book, confirming its position as absolute market leader”.