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Reuse this content Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Pinterest Sport Eoin Morgan is a liar, a bluffer and an outsider. They are three of his greatest qualities. In the last three years Morgan has developed into a captain of rare brilliance, with a style that resembles the great Michael Vaughan. Both brought fresh eyes and independent thought to an apparently impossible challenge – beating Australia, in Vaughan’s case, and winning a World Cup in Morgan’s.Unlike Vaughan, Morgan has never really been taken to heart by the public. It’s hard to be certain what constitutes public opinion these days, but theere is a strong sense that plenty of England fans still think the team would be better without Morgan. An alternative take is that the whole thing falls in a heap without his leadership, and that he does not get anything like the credit he deserves. He probably needs to win the 2019 World Cup for that to happen, yet it shouldn’t be contingent on that. In changing the DNA of English cricket, Morgan has already achieved something extraordinary.Since the last World Cup, England have gone from pitiful stragglers to awesome pace-setters. They are the most exciting one-day team in the world, and much of that is down to a captain who dragged them kicking and screaming into the 21st century only 15 years late. He’s the miracle worker nobody bothers to thank.It’s not easy to discuss Morgan objectively. He’s been this writer’s favourite player since 27 September 2009, when he dumped South Africa out of their own Champions Trophy with a thrilling assault. It was all so different: unorthodox, unfettered and un-English. Nobody had played one-day cricket like Morgan did in the first 18 months of his England career, when he produced a series of outrageous match-winning innings.His batting does not stand out as it once did, mainly because everyone else now bats like him, but his leadership does. Most captains are judged by what they do in the field or off their own bat; it’s rare for somebody to have such a profound influence on all the other batsmen. After the 2015 World Cup Morgan created a culture in which batsmen could express themselves and trust their instinct without fearing the consequences. To paraphrase an old Mike Brearley quote about Sir Ian Botham: the sky is not England’s limit, it’s their target. Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Twitter Share on Pinterest Cricket Eoin Morgan In the third game of their one-day series against New Zealand in 2015, England batted first and were bowled out for 302 in 45.2 overs. They lost the game and the old school chuntered about how they had wasted 28 deliveries, as if it would have been worthier to plod grimly to 171 for nine just so long as they used all 50 overs.When he was asked about it after the match, Morgan went on the counter-attack: he said he was proud of his team and that they were totally committed to a change of mindset. He did not give an inch. “We got 300 on the board – we were aiming for a lot more, which is the important part,” he said. “As long as we set the standards really high we’ll win more games than we lose playing in this manner.” Since that game, they have won 37 and lost 14.It takes a lot of strength to challenge received wisdom as Morgan has done, especially in the modern world. In hindsight, it was always going to take an outsider to change the culture of England’s one-day cricket. Though Morgan’s Irish background is a big part of that, it is not as important as his fiercely independent nature. Few players have such courage of their convictions.Morgan has an open mind, and has learned a lot from playing in T20 leagues around the world, but he also knows when to close it. He is decisive when it comes to filtering advice, and has a rare certainty that allows him to take decisions that are unpopular or unconventional: not touring Bangladesh as captain because of security concerns, leaving himself out of a T20 series decider against South Africa, taking a month off in the middle of the season. Morgan doesn’t care about perception, faux outrage, what people are saying on social media or any of the nonsense that makes so many of us compromise our beliefs to avoid a bit of hassle.You may not agree with all of Morgan’s decisions. But in an age of groupthink, it is refreshing to see somebody so intent on doing what they think is right rather than being seen to do what others think is right. And if he wants to fool around with a dildo on Jos Buttler’s stag do, that’s exactly what he’ll do.It’s difficult to know too much about a dressing-room you’ve never been in, but Morgan gives the impression of being like a cool teacher – somebody who can join in the fun without compromising their authority. You suspect most of the players would vouch for his man-management skills. The performances of Adil Rashid in particular reflect the skilful, sympathetic way he has been handled. Morgan helped an erratic, fragile leg-spinner become the second highest wicket-taker in ODIs since the last World Cup.Morgan’s use of attacking options like Rashid make him almost a must-watch captain. The middle overs are rarely boring while he is scheming. He sets booby traps for opposition batsmen, backs his hunches, has attack as the default option and generally behaves as England captains are not supposed to in one-day cricket.He also gives the impression of being in complete control. Sometimes he is; sometimes he isn’t. This is an area where Morgan does care about perception. He knows so much of international sport is about bluff, and he has worked extremely hard to develop one of the better poker faces in world cricket. This was one of Vaughan’s greatest strengths – he was inscrutable under the most extreme pressure in the field, and Steve Harmison called him “the best liar I ever met” for his ability to make the team feel confident at all times.Even if Morgan was not scoring a run, he might be worth his place as captain. Yet his ODI form is actually better than ever. Since the revolution began in 2015, Morgan has an average of 43 and a strike rate of 95. Anyone not happy with those numbers needs to watch a video of England’s one-day cricket from 1993-2015 at their earliest convenience.Morgan’s problem is that his form tends to be either volcanic or glacial, and those who do not rate or warm to him tend to only remember the latter. It doesn’t help that, when he’s out of nick, he can look pretty terrible. But then when he’s in form, he makes six-hitting look like the easiest thing in the world. Morgan has hit more sixes for England in international cricket than anybody else, a whopping 215. He has entertained us royally for the best of the decade, and he is a fiercely impressive captain. What’s not to love?Well, he was born in Ireland. It shouldn’t matter, but we all know how birthplace can affect the levels of affection towards England cricketers. He also makes little attempt to fit in. Morgan doesn’t play the game – and we don’t just mean first-class cricket. He does not court popularity or do the public-relations dance that modern society demands.The things that make Morgan such a good captain, from his cool detachment to his disdain for received wisdom, aren’t necessarily conducive to winning popularity contests. Not that he will care about that. As long as he continues to do things his way, England will win many more games than they lose.This is an extract taken from The Spin, the Guardian’s weekly cricket email. To subscribe, just visit this page and follow the instructions features Share on Facebook The Spin Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Topics Support The Guardian Morgan departs for a duck during the 2015 World Cup defeat to Bangladesh. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
Nova Scotians are encouraged to share their input on the proposed amendments to the Municipal Government Act. This is the first round of amendments as part of the ongoing review of the act which began in September. “We had great public input through our consultation in the fall and hope to hear from more Nova Scotians on these proposed amendments,” said Municipal Affairs Minister Zach Churchill. “We are starting with small, housekeeping amendments while policy work continues on more complex issues.” Nova Scotians can comment on proposed amendments online at http://novascotia.ca/dma . More may be added over the summer. The deadline for comments is Aug. 31. The proposed amendments have also been shared with municipalities for input. The Department of Municipal Affairs is working closely with the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities, the Association of Municipal Administrators, and the Association of Nova Scotia Villages to review the act over the next few years. More substantial amendments are anticipated for the spring 2017 session of the legislature.
Los Angeles: Carice van Houten says the later seasons of ‘Game of Thrones’ had less nudity as a reaction to the #MeToo movement, which took flight during the epic fantasy series. The actor, who played Melisandre – The Red Woman, in the hit HBO show, believes the changing climate made the makers reflect on the R-rated content, which was one of the talking points about the series. Asked if #MeToo had a role to play in less nudity in the show’s later seasons, Van Houten told Deadline, “Yes. It also showed that you don’t need it.” Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiographyThe actor, who will next be seen in Black Book film, added she was not really comfortable with the nudity on the show. “It wasn’t my favourite thing in the world at all. But yes, in Black Book I experienced nudity on set. The Dutch are quite open-minded, we’re a bit easier with that. But it’s never comfortable being the only one undressed on set. “I would be more uncomfortable now. The times have changed in many ways. Back then, it was all a little overwhelming. No one forced me into anything, but in hindsight I might have been a little more cautious with it.” The prequel of the show, tentatively titled ‘The Long Night’, is already in production, but Van Houten said that she won’t return as Melisandre.
Singapore has developed from being a water-scarce developing nation into a world leader in water management within a few decades. Since independence in 1965, one of the main concerns of the government has been to provide clean water for the growing domestic and non-domestic sectors. In 1965, Singapore was dependent on the state of Johor, Malaysia, for water resources under two agreements: one signed in 1961 and a second one signed in 1962. In view of this dependence, long-term security of water became an essential consideration for the city-state. As a result, the country developed and executed plans to enhance water security and self-sufficiency. Innovations covered aspects of policy, planning, management, institutional development, finances, technology, and most recently, societal behaviour. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe main reason for Singapore’s success in managing its water resources is its parallel emphasis on supply and demand management, including conventional and non-conventional sources of water — reused water and desalinated water. Singapore’s entire water cycle is managed by Public Utilities Board (PUB) that collects, treats and reuses used water on an extensive scale, a step that very few countries have taken. The supply of water has been further expanded by reducing water that’s unaccounted for, which is defined as actual water loss due to leaks, plus apparent water losses arising from meter inaccuracies. Also Read – Insider threat managementAlso, Singapore does not have illegal connections and all water connections are metered. The unaccounted-for water has decreased from about 9.5 per cent in 1990 to about 5 per cent in recent years, one of the lowest rates in the world. Water conservation is encouraged in the domestic sector and mandated in the non-domestic sector too. These include efficiency measures, both engineering solutions and human behaviour, such as appliances within PUB’s efficiency ratings. What has made Singapore different and possess the best water management practices in the world? The answer is government support, long-term planning, and realisation that clean and reliable water resources are essential for overall socio-development. Following the policy paradigm of “think ahead, think again and think across”, Singapore has looked for every opportunity to collect, treat, reuse and produce the necessary water resources not only at present but in a horizon that spans several decades. The city-state water resources planning, governance, and practices hold lessons for every other developed and developing city. It is worth studying.(The author is a senior research fellow at the Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, and editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Water Resources Development. The views expressed are strictly personal)
Rabat – Mali and Morocco have signed an agreement to harmonize their migration policies, with the two countries vowing to improve migrants’ experience by improving governments’ engagement with migration issues.Yaya Sangare, minister of Malians residing abroad, and Morocco’s Abdelkrim Benatiq, delegate minister for Moroccans resigning abroad, signed the memorandum on Monday in Bamako, Mali.The two representatives said the agreement will improve experience and expertise sharing in terms of migration policies. Bamako and Rabat hope to promote an integrated African policy on migration, from integration to repatriation based on the particularities of each individual case.The overall goal is to improve the human experience of migrants—regarding right to work and the acquisition of legal documents, for example—in receiving countries, and improving living conditions in countries of origin.Also included in the agreement is the need to establish joint measures to provide financial and logistic assistance to NGOs, associations, or civil society groups working for migrants’ welfare in receiving countries.Under the agreement, Morocco, which hosts a considerable number of Malian migrants, including a significant community of students, vowed to ease professional and cultural integration for Malian students at and graduates from Moroccan learning institutions.Citing both Morocco’s migrants’ regularization campaign launched in 2013 and the Global Compact on Migration recently held in Marrakech, Benatiq said that Morocco’s efforts on African and global migration have been considerable in recent years.He said that the North African country has opted for a dignity and rights-based migration policy amid fear mongering and ethno-nationalistic discourses surrounding African and international migrations.
TORONTO — Equifax Inc. is reporting that a third-party vendor the credit rating agency uses to collect performance data on its U.S. Equifax website was serving malicious content.“Since we learned of the issue, the vendor’s code was removed from the webpage and we have taken the webpage offline to conduct further analysis,” an Equifax spokesperson said in an emailed statement Thursday.“Equifax can confirm that its systems were not compromised and that the reported issue did not affect our customer dispute portal.”Earlier Thursday, Equifax Canada said its U.S. parent company was temporarily taking down one of its customer services pages amid reports that hackers had allegedly altered Equifax’s credit report assistance page so that it would send users malicious software disguised as Adobe Flash.“We are aware of the situation identified on the equifax.com website in the credit report assistance link,” Equifax Canada spokesman Tom Carroll said in an emailed statement.“Our IT and security teams are looking into this matter, and out of an abundance of caution have temporarily taken this page offline.”Carroll did not respond to direct questions about any potential breach to Equifax Canada’s website.The news comes as Equifax Inc. continues to deal with the aftermath of a cyber breach earlier this year which allowed the personal information of 145.5 million Americans, and 8,000 Canadians, to be accessed or stolen.Since news of Equifax’s massive data breach broke last month, the company is facing investigations in Canada and the U.S., as well as at least two proposed class actions filed in Canada.The massive data breach has also led to a number of high-profile departures at the Atlanta-based consumer credit reporting agency, including its chief executive, chief information officer and chief security officer.In early October, Equifax revised the number of consumers potentially impacted in the breach — bumping up the total in the U.S. to 145.5 million and reducing the number in Canada from an estimated 100,000 to 8,000.For these Canadian consumers, Equifax says the information that may have been accessed includes name, address, social insurance number and, in “limited cases” credit card numbers.On its website, Equifax’s Canadian division says it has not yet mailed out any notices and made clear it would not be making any unsolicited calls or emails about the issue.In September, Equifax reported that its investigation had shown that hackers had unauthorized access to its files from May 13 to July 30. Equifax Canada said at the time it was working closely with its parent company Equifax Inc. and an unnamed, independent cybersecurity firm conducting the ongoing investigation.The cyberattack occurred through a vulnerability in an open-source application framework it uses called Apache Struts. The United States Computer Readiness team detected and disclosed the vulnerability in March, and Equifax “took efforts to identify and to patch any vulnerable systems in the company’s IT infrastructure.”— With files from The Associated Press.
Former Deputy Minister Sarath Kumara Gunaratne was granted bail today by the Colombo Chief Magistrate.Gunaratne was arrested in connection to the alleged misappropriation of funds of the Negombo lagoon development project. (Colombo Gazette)
“Sri Lanka is emerging as an important source of talented undergraduate students,” said Rob Finlayson of Carleton University and CIS Tour Director. “Students coming from Sri Lanka are sought for their academic strength and the unique perspectives and relationships they bring to Canadian university campuses and the broader community. Each year we are seeing more students choosing Canada as their first choice for study. Students from Sri Lanka are drawn to Canada’s flexible work experience options and our universities’ international reputation for academic excellence, state-of-the-art resources, and safe campuses in welcoming locations,” Finlayson said. This will mark the Council of International Schools (CIS) Canadian University Tour’s second tour to Sri Lanka following a successful visit in 2015. The universities participating in this year’s tour are: Brock University, Carleton University, Dalhousie University, Lakehead University, McGill University, McMaster University, Ryerson University, University of Toronto, York University. The CIS tour and other EduCanada events in Colombo will bring exciting study abroad options to Sri Lankan students, parents and school guidance counsellors who wish to explore exciting opportunities for education in Canada that will set Sri Lankan students on a path for success.EduCanada is the international education brand of the Government of Canada, promoting Canada as an attractive international education destination for students the world over. The CIS Tour marks the beginning of EduCanada month in Colombo, and will be followed by a visit from Concordia and University of Calgary to Sri Lanka on 18 – 19 September 2017.The High Commission of Canada in Sri Lanka will also be hosting an education fair, with the participation of additional leading universities and colleges on Tuesday, 3 October 2017 from 4.30 – 6.30 pm at Ozo Hotel Colombo 04. (Colombo Gazette) Canada is to promote its universities to Sri Lankan students through events to be held in Colombo over the next two months.Nine of Canada’s leading universities are visiting Sri Lanka from September 9 to 11, 2017 to meet with Sri Lankan students and schools to showcase Canada as a destination of choice for higher education. Interested students and parents are invited to attend an info session on Sunday September 10 from 2:00-4:00 at the Taj Samudra. Charge d’Affairs of the High Commission of Canada to Sri Lanka, Jennifer Hart stated that ‘‘Canada offers some of the best educational institutions in the world – which is why it is increasingly a destination of choice for international students. Sri Lankan students considering studies abroad will have the opportunity to meet representatives from some of these great institutions first hand to find out what it is that makes Canada stand out in terms of quality of education, quality of life, cost competiveness and a welcoming and diverse environment for students of all nationalities’’.Canadian universities are globally recognized leaders in education through teaching, research and partnerships. Undergraduate education in Canada offers breadth of program options, flexibility in choice and degrees that are recognized worldwide.
“Imagine the last (border demarcation) pillar is planted, the United Nations is withdrawn, the two parties are still polarized; they still don’t like each other, they’re still not talking to each other, that endangers the peace between them – because when you do not talk to each other misunderstandings can lead to conflict,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, Legwaila J. Legwaila, told a news briefing in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa yesterday. “Therefore, it is important for the Friends of the Parties, the Guarantors of the peace process, to help us and the Secretary General persuade these people to start normalizing their relations,” he added. Mr. Legwaila heads the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), created by the UN Security Council in July 2000 after the two countries signed a cessation of hostilities agreement ending the war. An international boundary commission is at present demarcating the disputed border but Ethiopia has raised several objections that still have to be resolved. Saying it would be “really tragic” if the two sides were still not talking to each other by the time the border was demarcated and the UN left, Mr. Legwaila noted in reply to a question that no strengthening of UNMEE’s mandate could resolve the political problem. “It would be difficult to have more clout than we have now, especially clout vis-à-vis political dialogue,” he said. “We can have clout vis-à-vis the mandate, [it] can be become a Chapter VII mandate (authorizing force), that could give us some clout, but there is no Chapter VII for political dialogue unfortunately, therefore dialogue can only be done by moral suasion.”
Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Although encouraged that discussions are nearing completion, SMMT is concerned about the significant challenges that further strict legislation will bring the automotive industry in the current economic climate. The compromise must now gain the endorsement of the full European Council and will be put to a first reading vote at the European Parliament’s plenary session in Strasbourg on 17 December. Over the past decade, the automotive industry has invested heavily and made significant advances in reducing the environmental impact of its products – average UK new car CO2 emissions have fallen from nearly 190g/km in 1997 to 158.6g/km in September 2008, a fall of 16.4%. A preliminary compromise on the EU new car CO2 legislation has been reached between MEPs and the French presidency of the European Council.
Margot FrancisCanada’s current laws make the lives of female sex workers disproportionately more dangerous, but a recent Ontario court ruling paves the way to alleviate some of that, says Margot Francis, assistant professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Brock.Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice recently ruled that the Criminal Code provisions relating to prostitution contribute to the danger faced by sex-trade workers.The constitutional challenge was initiated by a group of sex worker activists who were arguing that current laws in Ontario constitute a form of gender-based discrimination.The ruling furthers equal rights, Francis said. “More women than men work as sex workers — so they are disproportionately affected by the current legislation.”Francis discussed the issue with The Brock News.What is the problem with the current legislation?Under the current law sex work is legal, but ‘communicating’ for the purposes of prostitution is not. The police focus most of their enforcement on women (and some men) who work on the street — often in order to placate property owners.More than 80 per cent of charges related to sex work are laid against street sex workers even though the majority of sex work actually happens indoors through out-call services, or at massage parlors and exotic dancing establishments.So the women who are most vulnerable to male violence are also subject to the most intense police surveillance. This means they would be unlikely to look to police for help if they were in trouble, which intensifies their vulnerability.If police were not spending their time trying to arrest sex workers, they would actually have some time to protect them. The more sex workers are seen as worthy of police protection the less vulnerable they will be.Conversely, the fact that sex workers are seen as ‘deserving’ whatever violence they get means that some men feel emboldened to violence.What is the impact of the Court’s ruling with respect to equal rights?The potential impact is huge. Most sex worker organizations internationally lobby for decriminalization so that they can operate as businesses. The crucial issue here is that they want some say in the conditions under which they work, like other workers.If they have access to that control, then they can ensure that the physical conditions of their labour are safe and healthy. This will also allow them to contribute taxes and organize benefits like worker compensation schemes.Decriminalization, then, means that sex workers become part of the community.Ironically this would also mean that it would be easier for women to leave sex work if and when they wanted to because they would be less likely to have a criminal record, or be stigmatized by their past.What does this mean for sex workers in Canada and legitimizing the work that they do?Sex workers nationally and internationally and are looking to find the best models for decriminalization.The more the state can look to them as ‘experts’ about what kinds of working conditions and legal frameworks would ensure their safety and security as workers, the more we are likely to be able to find something that would work here in Canada.Links:• Margot Francis faculty profile — youtube.com• Sex Professionals of Canada• CBC News – Canada’s prostitution laws: Did a judge make the right call?• The Mark – Who decides if sex work is legal?• St. Catharines Standard – Street prostitutes not helped by court ruling: AdvocateAM 610 CKTB “Niagara at Noon”Sept. 29 interview with Prof. Francis — mp3“Hot Topics” is a segment where Brock experts comment on current events in their areas of expertise. To suggest a Hot Topics item, contact email@example.com
South Korea1471.79 Australia19-3.73 Teams are ranked according to the Simple Rating System (SRS) for all WBC games since 2006, with extra weight applied to games in later rounds.Source: Wikipedia China28-6.12 Japan — not the U.S. — dominates the World Baseball Classic Puerto Rico1380.67 Cuba1480.67 COUNTRYWINSLOSSESWEIGHTED SRS United States1010-0.41 National pastime or not, America’s unexceptionalism probably won’t improve until the U.S. starts treating the WBC less like an exhibition event, and more like the international showcase other countries already think it is. Share on Facebook Italy47-1.49 Dominican Republic1441.49 American fans like to think of the U.S. as the home of baseball; they even tried to mythologize it into the game’s place of origin at one point. And, yes, the majority of the game’s best players are from America. But in the World Baseball Classic, arguably the highest-profile event in international baseball, the U.S. is merely ordinary: It’s 10-10 over the tournament’s history, despite playing a relatively weak slate of opponents over the years. What gives?The WBC has always held more appeal for international players and fans, whose national teams take it far more seriously than the U.S. team does. The U.S. seldom sends its best players to the event, for better (it reduces the risk of key injuries in games that are essentially treated as exhibitions) and worse (it deprives the game of its best players playing on a worldwide stage). That means we won’t be seeing the likes of Bryce Harper and Clayton Kershaw in this year’s Classic, much less living legend Mike Trout.As a result, the U.S. has gotten mediocre results on the field, far from what might be expected out of a country that still considers itself baseball’s standard-bearer. To get a schedule-adjusted ranking of how countries have performed at the four World Baseball Classics,1Including 2017’s games, as of March 8. I calculated Sports-Reference’s Simple Rating System (SRS) for every WBC game since the event began in 2006.2A few more details: I gave more weight to games that took place in later rounds (first-round games had a weight of 1, second-round games a weight of 2, WBC semifinals a weight of 4 and WBC finals a weight of 8.) I also used a home-field advantage term of +0.16 runs per game, matching what it is in MLB since 2006. Among the 13 teams that have played double-digit WBC games, the U.S. ranks just seventh — far behind No. 1 Japan, who has dominated the tournament more than any other country. Mexico69-2.05 Chinese Taipei39-3.26 Venezuela107-0.22 Netherlands910-1.20 Japan1973.40
Even though it often feels like there isn’t anyone else in the web search game (sorry, Microsoft) due to the breadth of Google, and even though that very same breadth often makes Google feel like an unstoppable giant that bows to no man or corporation, it’s sometimes refreshing to know that even giants have to answer to someone.Google is the default search engine on iOS, but Apple doesn’t see that as doing Google a favor, or as some sort of friendly team-up — Google has to pay Apple for that privilege. A new report by Morgan Stanley speculates that Google could end up paying an exorbitant amount of money to remain the default search engine on iOS in 2014.Back in 2009, Google ponied up $82 million for its search engine to be default on Apple’s mobile operating system. Now, Morgan Stanley’s report says that Google could end up paying around one billion bucks to keep their search product there. If that seems like a ton of money, it’s most likely not a bad deal for Google — even though just four years ago it only cost Google a fraction of the reported 2014 price. Google makes the majority of its money from search, so it can’t lose out on being the default engine on devices with the kind of market penetration Apple has.As Microsoft pushes Bing on the world — with it being the default search engine on the Xbox 360 and Surface, and Nokia and BlackBerry phones — Google has to do what it can to remain default on premiere devices. As for why Apple would consider switching, it’s no secret that Google and Apple are frenemies — in this case, competitors that also remain partners — and who wouldn’t love to kick an enemy to the curb? However, if the report ends up being accurate, Apple receiving one billion dollars for simply staying the course is a very easy way to make one billion dollars.
Monday 17 Apr 2017, 8:30 AM By Kieran Allen Senior lecturer in the School of Sociology, UCD Apr 17th 2017, 8:30 AM 273 Views Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3335096 99 Comments Share Tweet Email7 ‘If we want to cherish all children equally, stop the subsidies to foreign executives’ There is such a sense of entitlement among elites that they barely try to hide their privileges, writes Kieran Allen. SOMETIMES THERE IS such a sense of entitlement among elites that they barely try to hide their privileges.Take as an example the news that a private school will be established in Leopardstown, Dublin, by Rise Global. It will charge fees of €20,000 a year and the target market is the children of foreign company executives and the local rich.By the time that students have completed their international baccalaureate – not the bog standard Leaving Cert – their parents will probably have forked out in excess of €100,000.But why is former Education Minister, Ruairi Quinn, acting as a consultant to this venture?Taxing foreign executivesSoon after coming into office in 2011, the Fine Gael-Labour government introduced an extraordinary change in taxation.Foreign executives were allowed to write off €5,000 in expenses paid for sending their children to a private school from their taxable income.The measure was so shocking that even the Revenue Commissioners raised serious concerns about:how such a provision would be perceived among the wider taxpaying population, particularly against the background of cutbacks in education spending.These concerns were brushed aside by a Cabinet that included Ruairi Quinn. Fast forward to 2017, and he is now acting as an adviser to a school that benefits from tax breaks his government introduced.Does anyone think this is a little embarrassing? Quinn was a Labour Party Minister and indeed a former leader of his party. The Labour Party once spoke a language of equality and social justice. Yet one of its key figures is supporting an elitist form of education.But there is more to it. PWC functions as both an accountancy firm and a tax planning outfit for wealthy people. They have a little brochure which indicates that there are other advantages in Ireland for high flying foreign executives.If you are a foreign executive who is earning over €75,000 a year, you can benefit from additional special tax reliefs. Under the Special Assignment Relief Programme you can write off 30% of income over €75,000 for tax purposes.The PWC brochure informs its potential clients that:SARP has been through a number of “face lifts” since its introduction in 2009. Recent enhancements would appear to be very positive for business and should make it more accessible than it previously was. The current version removes the previous earnings ceiling of €500,000, which was seen as one of the main shortcomings of the relief.Tax breaksSo our foreign executive can now avail of two tax breaks – one for having an income over €75,000 and the other for sending their children to a private school.A staggering 30% of all income up to half a million euros can be written off for tax purposes and the school fees of private schools will be thrown in.The State also appears to move with extraordinary speed to support an elite private school. Representatives of the school are understood to have met senior officials in universities and the Department of Education in recent months to discuss the plans. The IDA facilitated these meetings.Planning records show that Minister for Education Richard Bruton has also backed the new international school.Enough is enoughI recently attended an Enough is Enough protest organised by parents of children with special needs. Their main complaint was that the Irish State does not guarantee early diagnoses and support intervention for their children.In desperation with the delays in diagnosis, many go the private consultants who can charge anywhere up from €350 an hour. It is often the only way, the parents claim, to get real help for their children.After all the talk on the anniversary of the 1916 about “cherishing all the children equally” should we not stop the subsidies to company executives and start looking after children with special needs properly?Kieran Allen is a senior lecturer in the School of Sociology in University College Dublin. His most recent book is 1916: Ireland’s Revolutionary Tradition (London: Pluto Press 2016).Julien Mercille: Liberals are wrong to cheer on Trump’s bombs>‘Do we invest money into private pockets, or into public housing, that we own?’> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Kieran Allen
Short URL By AFP Nantes reportedly plan to dispute Cardiff’s case, saying the club completed the required paperwork.The club last month referred their dispute with Cardiff over the transfer to FIFA, football’s governing body.Britain’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) previously said the plane carrying Sala, piloted by David Ibbotson, did not have a commercial licence.But it said the journey would have been allowed as a “private” flight in which costs are shared between pilot and passenger.It added that the basis on which Sala was a passenger had not been established.The investigators also said since the pilot’s logbook and licence were not recovered, it was unclear whether Ibbotson was authorised to fly at night.Sala’s body was recovered from the wreckage early last month but Ibbotson’s body has not been found.Originally published at 15.05- © AFP, 2019Murray Kinsella and Andy Dunne dissect Ireland’s disappointing Six Nations campaign, and discuss the pros and cons of rugby’s new law proposals in the latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly: CARDIFF ARE SET to tell Fifa that the £15 million (€23 million) deal they agreed to pay Nantes for Emiliano Sala became “null and void” after he died in a plane crash, a report said on Monday.The 28-year-old Argentine forward was killed when the small plane carrying him came down in the Channel on 21 January, two days after he completed his transfer from the French Ligue 1 side.The Daily Telegraph said Sala signed a contract with Cardiff that was rejected by the Premier League and died before a revised one could be signed, adding that there is a dispute about whether he had agreed to sign a new deal.According to the report, a source close to Cardiff said the agreement stipulated that Welsh and French football authorities had to confirm to both clubs that Sala “has been registered as a Cardiff City FC player and that the player’s International Transfer Certificate has been released”.The source said this had not happened before Sala died.“The transfer agreement between Cardiff and Nantes was subject to several conditions,” the source told the paper. 36,192 Views Monday 25 Mar 2019, 5:00 PM Emiliano Sala (file pic) 58 Comments Mar 25th 2019, 3:05 PM Cardiff to claim €23 million Emiliano Sala transfer ‘null and void’ – report The 28-year-old Argentine forward was killed when the small plane carrying him came down in the Channel. Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Share7 Tweet Email2 https://the42.ie/4559816 Emiliano Sala (file pic) Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: If any were not satisfied, the contract would be deemed null and void, with no payment due. Nantes proposed that clause. They asked for the strict notification requirements.” Subscribe Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Newly floated on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), George Parthimos’ Connexion Media has moved another step forward and signed a three-year licence agreement with Hong Kong internet radio manufacturer BKS Technology.The agreement will see Connexion Media’s miRoamer radio and music service application installed in BKS Technnology’s own brand of radio products. Connexion Media is expecting the miRoamer enabled BKS radio products to begin shipping in the second quarter of 2015.Establishing the connection with the Hong Kong company was a way to make the miRoamer app more accessible to people and brands, branching out from the company’s main use in cars.Connexion Media’s managing director, George Parthimos says the lease agreement will link miRoamer to a well established radio manufacturer. “BKS is one of the key players in the production of consumer electronics radio hardware and this deal provides another platform from which the miRoamer audience will grow,” Mr Parthimos says. “BKS is a company that is always at the forefront of stereo technology and we look forward to helping keep them there.” The deal was signed at the International Radio Exhibition in Berlin, and states there will be an automatic extension available to BKS when the initial deal expires. Revenue to Connexion Media is expected to exceed US$500,000 over the initial contract term.BKS Technology specialises in stereo and wireless technology and has achieved a substantial market share in the UK, Australia and Hong Kong.Connexion Media launched its ASX bid two weeks ago and has seen the share price stabilise at about 16 cents a share. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Climat : le FMI propose la création d’un fonds vert doté de 100 milliards de dollars par anLe Fonds monétaire international (FMI) souhaite mettre en place un fonds vert visant à lutter contre le réchauffement climatique. Ce dernier pourrait être doté de 100 milliards de dollars par an, pour aider les pays à faire face aux changements climatiques.Le FMI travaille à la création d’un fonds vert “capable de fournir les montants énormes nécessaires aux pays pour faire face aux changements climatiques”. Comme l’a souligné le directeur de l’institution, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, les pays en développement ne sont pas les seuls à avoir besoin d’une aide financière pour lutter contre le réchauffement climatique. “Les pays en développement n’ont pas les moyens de financer les mesures nécessaires pour s’adapter au changement climatique, tandis que les pays développés ploient sous les dettes qu’ils ont accumulées pour combattre la crise économique” a-t-il expliqué lors d’une session du Forum économique mondial (WEF) organisé à Davos, en Suisse.Rappelant que “le nouveau modèle de croissance économique doit être faible en émissions” de gaz à effet de serre, Dominique Strauss-Kahn a précisé que la faisabilité de ce projet sera étudiée avec les banques centrales et les ministres des Finances.Le financement du fonds vert pourrait en partie provenir d’une émission supplémentaire de droits de tirage spéciaux (DTS), un instrument monétaire international créé par le FMI pour compléter les réserves officielles existantes des pays membres. Les 100 milliards de dollars qui pourraient constituer ce fonds correspondent à la somme de référence nécessaire pour permettre aux économies d’être moins consommatrices en énergies polluantes, a rappelé Dominique Strauss-Kahn.Le 8 février 2010 à 18:31 • Emmanuel Perrin
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The House Finance Committee brought forward a bill seeking changes to the dividend formula going forward. The bill comes a week into the special session. The major items on the call are; the size of permanent fund dividend, crime legislation, and the budget. Knopp: “The PFD is on the call, but this comes with a catch. Representative Wilson is suggesting we pay out a $3,000 dividend, but as you know it comes with the caveat that we have to write another bill to restructure the formula. That would mean that the governor would have to add that to the call, so I think it’s a long shot.” The current dividend calculation hasn’t been followed the last three years amid an ongoing budget deficit, and dividend payouts have been reduced. Governor Mike Dunleavy has called for a full dividend and said that voters should have a say on any changes to the dividend program. HB 1005 was introduced by Representative Tammie Wilson. Representative Gary Knopp, member of the House Finance Committee: “It is simply an idea that Representative Wilson rolled out to try and find a compromise with the Senate so we can get wrapped up and get out of here.”
Foldable Phones Tablets Phones Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Google Samsung Post a comment 0 More foldable phones coming from Samsung Google’s patent application included several sketches of a potential foldable device. Google Samsung’s Galaxy Fold made a splash at Unpacked in February. Since then, more foldable phones have been unveiled as companies grab at the latest phone trend. Google may be looking to toss its hat in the foldable ring, according to a patent application discovered by Patently Mobile on Tuesday. While a patent application doesn’t mean anything is set in stone, it does mean Google is at least thinking about a foldable device. The patent, published in December, describes the device like so: “[a] foldable display of a computing device includes a back stiffening layer, a transparent frontplate layer, a transparent cover window layer, and an OLED display layer disposed between the back stiffening layer and the transparent frontplate layer.” Several sketches included in the patent show a device that seems to fold like a book or wallet. Another sketch shows the device folded in a “Z” shape. Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. 3:13 Tags