England assistant manager Steve Holland believes that they must be brave and attempts changes or else they will continue to come short in major tournamentsThe Three Lions’ sole major honour in football comes from the 1966 World Cup where they won at home led by the legendary Sir Bobby Charlton.Since then, the closest England have ever come to glory in a major international competition comes from two more semi-final appearances in the World Cup and another in Euro 1996.Holland, who was a part of Gareth Southgate’s coaching staff at the 2018 World Cup, believes the national side have made progress following their last four appearance at Russia.But the former Chelsea assistant coach admits England need to take a bold approach if they are to succeed on the big stage.“When you reflect on the World Cup as a whole, we definitely made progress but we weren’t perfect,” said Holland, according to the Telegraph.“Gareth’s mantra from the start, particularly given his own personal experience, is that he’s not afraid of trying things.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I don’t mean to be critical of any England team or any England manager in recent history, but the fact of the matter is, I’m 48 and I’ve never seen England in a final.“I’ve only seen England in two semi-finals up until this summer so although we are a proud footballing nation, the reality is we have not been very good on the big stage.“If we were to continue along the same lines as history then maybe we’d get the same outcome. So there was a need to look at things differently and not be afraid to try.“That’s really come from Gareth which is not as easy to do as it is to say. The challenge was not just to do OK and keep the pressure off, the challenge is to win and although the summer was good we didn’t want. And we felt we might be able to adjust it to increase the chances of winning.”England will be competing in the semi-finals of the UEFA Nations League this summer with the Netherlands awaiting them on June 6 in Guimarães, Portugal.The other semi-finalists for the competition are hosts Portugal and Switzerland.
Financial credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s has revised Cygnus Business Media’s credit rating outlook from stable to negative because of concerns over Cygnus’ significant debt due in 2009.According to S&P, the new rating—a “CCC+”—reflects several financial factors, including Cygnus’ limited liquidity, high debt leverage, small EBITDA base and what it calls “difficult business fundamentals.” In a release, S&P called Cygnus’ margin of compliance with covenants “very thin,” and said they will be a significant hurdle for the company moving forward. For the first quarter, Cygnus’ revenues were down 1.5 percent while EBITDA was flat, S&P said, although it didn’t offer specific figures. After adjusting for closed publications and timing shifts, revenue was up 3.4 percent and EBITDA was up 5 percent.A S&P analyst was not immediately available for comment. A key challenge for Cygnus, according to S&P, will be refinancing its $157 million in debt that’s due next year, including its senior secured term loan that matures July 13, 2009.”The main reason for the outlook change is that the majority of the company’s debt is maturing next year,” a Cygnus spokesperson wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. “Adjusting the outlook is commonly done by the rating agencies until they get a clear view of what a company will do with the maturing debt. Obviously, we are aware of it. At the appropriate time the company will evaluate its options and we are confident in a successful outcome.”The revised credit rating comes as the ABRY-owned b-to-b publisher is exploring a possible sale. Cygnus co-CEOs Carr Davis and Tony O’Brien said in an interview with FOLIO: last week that Cygnus has been approached with inquiries, and carefully described the potential divestment as “a process.” During the interview, Davis said Cygnus increased e-media revenue by 60 percent from 2006 to 2007, and from 4.5 percent of total revenue in 2006 to 10 percent of total revenue in 2007.Cygnus went on the block in 2006 but subsequently pulled off the market that year.Earlier this year, S&P revised its outlook of Hanley Wood from stable to negative, citing the soft housing market and “weaker than expected” 2007 operating results.
Tags Facebook reached a record $5 billion settlement with the FTC this week. Graphic by Pixabay/Illustration by CNET After more than a year of wrangling, Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission finally agreed to settle an investigation into the social network’s privacy mishaps. The result: Facebook will create a new privacy council, CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be required to certify the company’s behavior, and the social network will have to — we sort of can’t believe we have to write this but we do — encrypt your password.Oh, yeah. There was also a $5 billion fine, a penalty the FTC called “unprecedented.”The settlement comes after the FTC looked into whether Facebook should have done more to prevent Cambridge Analytica, a now-defunct consultancy that worked on President Donald Trump’s campaign, from siphoning off the data of up to 87 million users. Specifically, the FTC was concerned that Facebook’s failure to safeguard that data violated an earlier agreement Facebook made to protect user privacy. Here’s all you need to know about the settlement and how it impacts you.I’m a Facebook user. How do I get some of that $5 billion?Short answer: You don’t. Longer answer: Facebook users weren’t financially harmed, though being hammered with political ads might seem like it deserves compensation. So no fund is being set up to pay victims. Instead the money will go straight to the US Treasury.We know that’s disappointing, particularly if you’ve been following the $700 million settlement that Equifax struck after it was hacked. On Monday, the FTC said the 147 million Equifax customers whose data was swiped could claim compensation for costs caused by the security breach, including unauthorized charges to your account and money spent to protect yourself from the threat of identity theft. About $300 million from the settlement will be set aside to pay consumers affected by the hack.Well, that’s disappointing. What’s this about a new privacy committee?The agreement requires Facebook to form a privacy committee at the board-of-directors level. The committee will do one thing: oversee privacy at Facebook. And all the members will be independent, meaning their day jobs can’t be at Facebook. 18 Photos 0 3:28 Post a comment Politics Tech Industry Now playing: Watch this: The committee, when it is created, will have a lot of power. It will be able to remove privacy compliance officers, who will be responsible for executing the company’s policies. It will also be able to fire the company’s privacy assessor, a newly created position that will evaluate Facebook’s policies and produce a report every two years. (The committee will need the FTC’s approval to remove the assessor.) The committee members are also well protected. A member can only be fired without cause by a supermajority of voting shares.I heard something about a new privacy program at Facebook. What’s that about?In broad brush, Facebook has to conduct privacy reviews of all new or modified products and services. That could be apps it designs or physical products, like its Portal video chat device. The company has to share written privacy reviews with Zuck (which seems like common sense), as well as the assessor and the FTC, if it wants to have a peek. The privacy program has to include other Facebook services, such as WhatsApp and Instagram.So Zuck is on the hook?Yes, for anything that happens in the future. The settlement requires him to certify that Facebook is in compliance with its privacy program every quarter. He could face “civil and criminal penalties” if he doesn’t or gets it wrong. He also isn’t the boss of the independent privacy committee or assessor.Anything else I need to know about the settlement?There are some interesting — and scary — loose ends. The social network has to encrypt user passwords, can’t use phone numbers given as part of two-factor authentication for advertising, can’t retain personal information that users deleted on its servers and can’t let employees have free access to user information.That’s it, right?As long as you don’t count the controls that are being put in place for facial recognition. Basically it boils down to this: Facebook has to get your permission on facial recognition matters before it does anything. What comes next?Facebook is still facing regulatory scrutiny from the FTC and other government agencies. The FTC told the company in June it was investigating the social media giant for antitrust concerns. The Department of Justice also said this week that it’s kicking off an antitrust review into internet giants and how they achieved market power, signaling it would target social media companies like Facebook. Facebook FTC settlement puts Zuck personally on the hook Share your voice Facebook’s video calling smart display connects you with friends and family Privacy Facebook FTC
India is home to 58% of world buffalo populationReutersSanctions-hit Russia is turning to India for supply of buffalo meat just days ahead of President Vladmir Putin’s visit to India.”Russia’s veterinary and phytosanitary service Rosselkhoznadzor together with Kazakhstan’s Agriculture Ministry has included Indian buffalo meat producers to the register of organisations and individuals involved in the production, processing and storage of goods transported to the territory of the Customs Union (of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan),” the Russian veterinary regulator said, reported Businessline citing a PTI report.Russia and India have deep economic and defence ties but efforts to boost trade to $20bn by 2015 remain stuck at just half the forecast.Indian companies have been permitted to start exports from 4 December, with local Russian companies making necessary efforts for the import and distribution, reported Itar-Tass, the official Russian news agency.India is set to receive a permanent inspector, representing the Russian veterinary regulator to exert control over consignments of buffalo meat destined for the regional Customs Union.India will replace Russia’s traditional suppliers from Central and Western Europe, who are suffering retaliatory sanctions from Russia in the face of Western and European Union sanctions over Russia’s role in the breakup of Ukraine.Export of other agricultural products including poultry, powdered eggs and dairy is expected to provide a fillip to the local producers.Russia is the world’s largest importer of tea, and India the second largest producer, but the high price of Indian tea has stifled Russian purchases, allowing Sri Lanka and Kenya to become major players in the Russian import market.Russian market has been made available to Indian exporters after a significant gap, say sources in New Delhi.India is home to 58% of the world’s buffalo population, with about 88 million buffalos.The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) lists India as the largest buffalo meat exporter, with 14.49 lakh (1.5 million) tonnes exported, helping bring valuable foreign exchange to the tune of 26,457.79 crore in 2013-14.More deals are expected to be announced, coinciding with Russian President Putin’s visit to strengthen bilateral strategic ties.
Prothom Alo IllustrationTwo persons were killed in what the law enforcers called gunfights in Kushtia and Cox’s Bazar early Sunday.In Kushtia, the deceased Khokon Ali, aka Hatkata Thandu, 45, son of late Aijal Ali of Pukurpara in Alampur of Kushtia, was killed in a reported gunfight between two groups of robbers in Mollaeghoria Canal Para, Kushtia. He was accused in several cases including that of robbery, reports UNB.Being informed about a gunfight between the two groups of robbers, a team of police conducted a drive in the area around 1:30am, UNB quoted Nasir Uddin, officer-in-charge of Kushtia model police station as saying.Sensing the presence of police, the gang members opened fire on them and fled away the scene, he said.Later, police rescued Khokon as bullet hit and took him to Kushtia General Hospital where physicians declared him dead.Police recovered a foreign-made pistol and four rounds of bullets from the spot.In Cox’s Bazar, Ziaur Rahman Zia, 32, son of Md Islam of Marine Drive Road in Baharchhora union was killed in a gunfight between the two groups of drug traders early morning, reports UNB.Being informed about a gunfight, when a police team reached there, the drug traders opened fire on them, forcing them to fire back, triggering the gunfight, UNB quoted Pradip Kumar Das, officer-in-charge of Teknaf police station as saying.After a brief gunfight, police rescued Zia as bullet-hit condition, he added.Later, he was taken to Teknaf Upazila Health Complex where physicians declared him dead.Police said to have recovered three local arms and 20,000 yaba tablets from the spot.Prothom Alo, however, could not verify the law enforcement’s version of the incident independently as no version of it was available immediately either from any witness or from any member of the victim’s family.At least 437 people have fallen victims to extrajudicial killings across the country in 10 months from January this year, according to Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK).
Kolkata: After the recent introduction of the Krishak Bandhu scheme which will grant Rs 2 lakh to the kin of farmers after their death irrespective of the cause, the farmers of Bengal are set to receive another good news. The state government has decided to expand the National Agriculture Market (eNAM) scheme to the markets of Bengal, in order to end the plight of small-scale, marginal farmers.Speaking at an event organised by the Merchants’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) on ‘Driving Agri-Business through electronic National Agriculture Market (eNAM) Platform & Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs)’ on Monday, the agriculture advisor to the Chief Minister, Pradip Mazumdar said: “In a country where agricultural distress is at an all-time high, it is highly important to find a modern solution to address the problem of wastage of surplus produce. eNAM gives the platform to small-scale farmers to meet international buyers and also to sell their produce at the best possible price.” Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”We are all used to the concept of e-shopping, where we can buy products online while sitting comfortably in our living room. The same concept has been applied to eNAM, which opens up bigger opportunities for farmers who are often neglected,” Mazumdar said. The farmers of Bengal, who live even in the remotest part of the state, are not oblivious to the fact that they need to adopt modern technology or change the way they function. “In fact, the rate of adoption among Bengal farmers is extremely high but all they need is a bit of hand holding and the right kind of training,” he maintained. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe state at present has 17 large markets under the scheme of eNAM, under which 10,798 farmers, 1,742 traders and 62 Farmer-Producer Organisations (FPOs) have registered. Commodities like fruits, vegetables, sugarcane and jute are mainly dealt with on eNAM. The state government aims to double the numbers at the end of this year. Speaking about the hurdles faced by the scheme, Rajesh Kumar Sinha, secretary of West Bengal Agricultural Marketing, said that the eNAM scheme is giving efficient outcome in other states like Andhra Pradesh and Telangana but not in Bengal. “The scheme is not going good for small and marginal farmers with very small amounts of produce. For them, there is a need for an aggregation system that collects small lots. Even grading and assaying of vegetables and foods has not been done well in the state. We need a transparent and robust online interface for buyers and sellers to benefit,” he said. The state government has already spent around Rs 40 lakh on the scheme and another 40 lakh is needed to keep the scheme up and running. “Within a couple of weeks or months, eNAM will be getting the additional budgetary support from the government. This is a good scheme but it has teething issues,” Sinha added.
July 7, 2015 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. The day has come: Banks can’t ignore Bitcoin anymore. Not even the biggest of the big.First up is Citigroup, the New York City-based global banking giant recently revealed to the International Business Times that it is developing its own version of Bitcoin. Predictably branded ‘Citicoin,’ the virtual currency was coded by Citigroup’s research and design arm, Citi Innovation. Still in the early testing phase, a patent has not been filed for the mainly open-source cryptocurrency, which is based off of Bitcoin and its core blockchain ledger technology, a chronological public ledger of all Bitcoin transactions that have ever taken place. This approach will allow for less complicated and less costly cross-border payments and other transactions. Related: Why Billionaire Investor Reid Hoffman Is Betting Big on BitcoinCitigroup, which has eyed distributed ledger tech over “the last few years,” also admitted to the Times that it has developed three internal blockchains to test its fledgling digital coins on. While the company’s inaugural foray into virtual currency is promising — and certainly a pioneering move within the traditional financial services industry — it’s still a ways away from being the real deal.“They [Citigroup’s blockchains] are all within the labs just now, so there is no real money passing through these systems yet,” Ken Moore, head of Citi Innovation Labs, told the Times. “They are at a pre-production level, to be clear.”Related: Is Bitcoin Speculative Foolery or a Financial Services Breakthrough?So far, the focus of Citigroup’s digital currency system has been on cross-border payments, with trade likely up next, Moore said.He described Citicoin, as “an equivalent to Bitcoin,” and said it’s “up and running” within company labs in an effort to give Citigroup a head start. “It’s in the labs, but it’s to make sure we are at the leading edge of this technology and that we can exploit the opportunities within it.”Citigroup has thrown down the virtual gauntlet. Which big bank is up next?Related: ‘Days Felt Like Years’: What Morgan Spurlock Found When He Tried to Survive on Bitcoin for a Week Enroll Now for Free 2 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now
$50 Visa gift cards with new Just You agent incentive TORONTO — Just You says it’s doubling down on its commitment to the travel trade with the launch of a new travel agent booking incentive.For every Just You booking made, agents will receive their own Just You Care Package, which includes branded merchandise and a $50 Visa gift card, says Nick Roberti, Just You’s National Account Manager.The agent booking incentive is valid for all confirmed bookings for 2018 and 2019 Just You departures booked between March 1 and April 30.Agents are asked to call 1-800-280-1795 to speak to a Just You advisors and quote ‘Care Package’.“Our latest incentive demonstrates how much we value the support of the travel trade. Solo travel is the fastest growing trend in the industry, and agents are eager and excited to offer a product that is exclusively dedicated to this market,” says Roberti.Just You’s range of escorted tours covers Europe, Asia and South America: “With Just You, every passenger is a like-minded solo traveller, everyone gets their own room, and nobody pays a single supplement. All breakfasts are included along with many other meals, local transfers and a wide range of excursions, where our expert Tour Managers take everyone to the heart of every destination.”More news: ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthRoberti says Just You’s most popular itineraries include an eight-day Highlights of Tuscany tour, with a lead-in price of $1,599. Friday, March 9, 2018 Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Agent Incentives Travelweek Group Posted by