FIFA reminds World Cup-bound Peru about government meddling

first_imgView comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 ONE: Askren retires undefeated, destroys Aoki in 57 seconds LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Peru’s players celebrate after a play-off qualifying match for the 2018 Russian World Cup against New Zealand in Lima, Peru, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. Peru beat New Zealand 2-0 to win a two-leg playoff and earn the 32nd and last spot in the World Cup field in Russia. APZURICH — FIFA has reminded the Peruvian soccer federation of rules prohibiting interference by national governments, one week after the South American country qualified for its first World Cup since 1982.FIFA says the letter reacts to the “current draft of the Peruvian Sports Law” presented to a congressional committee last month. FIFA says the proposed text to lawmakers includes “certain items that, if implemented, would contravene the FIFA Statutes.”ADVERTISEMENT In serious cases, FIFA can suspend a country’s national and club teams, plus officials, from international competitions and meetings.Peruvian officials are due in Moscow next week for the World Cup draw.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPeru is not likely to be facing any action, but FIFA has promised to “continue to monitor the situation.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justicelast_img read more

#InquirerSeven: Things to know about Jeff Horn

first_img2. He is an Olympian Pacquiao is usually given the de facto home court advantage, be it in Las Vegas or Dallas. This time, however, the Pacman will walk inside Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium facing a hometown hero.Horn was born in Brisbane on Feb. 4, 1988 and has resided in his birthplace ever since.Come Battle of Brisbane, it’s safe to say that there will be more than 50,000 people in support of their boxing son.ADVERTISEMENT Both fighters are family men, and both also have lovable dogs.Quite some time ago, Pacquiao’s pooch Pacman reached headlines when it dogged the Filipino icon during his runs. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Horn was called “gay” constantly during his growing up years.The verbal abuse held so much magnitude that the young Horn almost thought of suicide.“I got called ‘gay’ a lot. Words like that shouldn’t hurt me, but I was a kid. It cuts deep, especially when it’s every day. You don’t know how to stop it,” Horn told Sydney Morning Herald.“Day by day, it takes a bit of you. I know the lows you can feel. I’ve had those feelings, like suicidal thoughts. I can remember some days that I felt that because of the bullying.”6. Like Pacquiao, Horn also has a canine companion What ‘missteps’? Beneath his enigmatic identity is a man who battled demons en route to becoming a professor of the beautiful sport.Despite owning WBO and IBF’s secondary titles, Horn is still considered an unknown in comparison to the icons Pacquaio has faced.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSo to shine a little bit more of the spotlight on Horn, here are seven tidbits about the Aussie.1. Horn is Brisbane’s own son Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Juggling life as a schoolteacher and as a professional boxer can take a toll, and Horn does that looking for flushes, full houses, and pairs.As per Ring Magazine, Horn’s concept of a vice is playing poker. And that’s only his vice.Horn hasn’t forgotten his nerdy side as he regularly, according to The Australian, plays Monopoly every Saturday.He also likes to play a role-playing board game called Settlers of Catan. Horn, too, has a dog and it’s name is Lexie who, according to The Australian, likes to hang by Horn’s legs whenever the Aussie fighter watches television.7. Horn’s vice is poker Growing up, Horn wasn’t the fighter Australians now adore.He was the one wearing the glasses and playing board games and with such silence, Horn became a target of bullying.According to a story from The Australian, Horn was the victim of a lopsided beating when 30 bullies ganged up on him after school.Horn stood up against a bully, and what he got was a physical beatdown that changed his life.This harrowing experience led Horn to take up boxing and he’s then used that bullying episode every time he steps inside the squared circle.5. He got called ‘gay’ growing up LATEST STORIES Ross wins Best Player award; Rhodes top importcenter_img Horn’s pathway to professional boxing was his short, but memorable, run in the 2012 London Olympics.The Aussie had three fights in the London Games, taking dominating wins against Gilbert Choombe of Zambia, 19-5, and Abderazzak Houya of Tunisia, 17-11.Horn, however, fell to Ukrainian Denys Berinchyk, 21-13, in the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Horn holds a Bachelor of Education degree to teach secondary school from Griffith University and he’s also worked at a child care center.4. A victim of bullying Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Boxer Jeff Horn of Australia poses for a photo following a press conference with Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines in Brisbane, Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Pacquiao, is putting his WBO belt on the line Sunday, July 2, against the 29-year-old Horn. (AP Photo/John Pye)Australian pugilist Jeff Horn does not have the same notoriety as Manny Pacquiao’s previous opponents.Horn, whose “The Hornet” nickname gives him some semblance of flare, actually isn’t a typical run of the mill boxer.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera View comments Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend 3. He’s a teacher Horn has built an impressive boxing resume going undefeated, 16-0-1, and strapping himself with the WBO and IBF Inter-Continental welterweight titles.He’s also the no.2 welterweight under WBO and on July 2 has a chance to become the World champion as he battles Pacquiao (59-6-2).Outside of his expanding boxing career, though, Horn rolls up his sleeves and tightens his tie for his job as a high school teacher.last_img read more

Mighty-PH fielding younger, more cohesive unit

first_imgMOST READ “Before, we had players arriving one or two days before the tournament,” Tiu said. “It was difficult. Now, we have a younger squad. A more energetic one. And they listen better.”The Mighty quintet will draw its firepower from a roster composed of noteworthy names from the amateur ranks: UP’s Juan Gomez-de Liaño, NU’s Troy Rike and La Salle’s Santi Santillan. They will be joined by Angelo Wongchuking, St. Benilde’s Justin Gutang, ex-pros Jett Manuel and Joseph Yeo; PBA D-League Finals MVP Gab Banal; Filipino-American prospects Jeremiah Gray and Roosevelt Adams, ABL star Jason Brickman and CBA veteran Randolph Morris.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBut the spotlight will shine on two-time NBA champion Lamar Odom and Ginebra import Justin Brownlee.“Physically, he looks pretty good,” Tiu said of Odom. “He seems to be in good shape but the basketball shape is a different story.” Lamar Odom and Justin Brownlee (center) will spearhead Mighty Sports’ return to the Dubai Invitational caging. —DENISON DALUPANGMighty Sports is looking to make the most out of a roster laden with youth and NBA talent when it returns to the Dubai International Basketball Championship next month.“They look better right now [and] that’s a good sign. We are in pretty good shape,” said Charles Tiu, who will reprise his role as head coach in the tournament starting Feb. 1 at Al Ahli Sports Club.ADVERTISEMENT Didal’s Tokyo journey begins with systematic training US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mighty will face PBA Governors’ Cup champion Magnolia in an exhibition match on Tuesday at Ronac gym in San Juan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

10 months agoWest Ham set to help Southampton offload Manolo Gabbiadini

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham set to help Southampton offload Manolo Gabbiadiniby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham can help Southampton offload Manolo Gabbiadini.The Mirror says Sampdoria need to off-load a couple of players before they can afford to end Gabbiadini’s St Mary’s nightmare with a loan for the rest of the season.They will then have an obligation to buy the Italian International, 27, for £10 million in the summer but a deal would depend on Grégoire Defrel, on-loan from Roma, moving on.The Hammers are keen on the French hit man who has scored seven goals this season along with Fulham who are looking for goals to avoid the drop as well as Watford.But they may have to offload some fringe players themselves before being able to push through a deal for Defrel who is keen on a move to the Premier League. last_img read more

a month agoMan Utd Treble winner Irwin: Could Fergie make it here?

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd Treble winner Irwin: Could Fergie make it here?by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United Treble winner Denis Irwin says Sir Alex Ferguson could handle today’s football.Irwin, a left-back under Ferguson for half of his reign, believes his old manager is still up to task.“You’ve got to be able to handle the pressure of playing for Manchester United as a player, and as a manager you’ve got to handle all these players differently,” Irwin told Sporting Life.“They’re almost like rock stars these days. But Sir Alex would be fine, he’d be brilliant.“People always ask me about all the old players and would they be able to play in this modern day, but all the great players could play in today’s era.“A lot of the guys I played with, but even before my time with the likes of George Best and Sir Bobby Charlton, they’d be brilliant in today’s football.”Sir Alex, although he was an old fashioned manager in some ways he was also a forward-thinking manager.“He brought all the sports science guys in and always surrounded himself with great coaches, so he was before his time and he’d be a fantastic manager now.” last_img read more

7 days agoMenez career tribute to Real Madrid striker Benzema

first_imgMenez career tribute to Real Madrid striker Benzemaby Carlos Volcano7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJeremy Menez has paid tribute to Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.Now with Paris FC, Menez helped France win the U17 World Cup alongside Benzema in 2004.He told Foot Mercato: “Of course, we can only admire his career. “With 10 years at Real Madrid, very few players have done it. In spite of all that could be said about him, what was put in his mouth, he is still there, he works and he closes the mouths of people. At some point everyone makes their career. “He was probably a more hard worker than us and he got what he deserves, that’s all.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Matthew Morrison To Support Human Rights Campaign With New Album

first_imgEMMY, TONY, and Golden Globe-nominated star Matthew Morrison is proud to announce that he is partnering with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in support of LGBT equality.Video: Matthew Morrison for HRC’s Americans for Marriage EqualityPartial proceeds from the pre-sale of his new studio album, Where It All Began, will benefit HRC. The album, which will be released on June 4, 2013, features an assortment of classic standards, many of which were first made famous in Broadway musicals. Morrison turned to legendary producer Phil Ramone, along with GRAMMY Award-winning producer Gregg Field, to create the 12 songs featured on Where It All Began. The record marks the first release from 222 Records, the newly formed label from Adam Levine. Place your pre-order of Where It All Began now, on, and 222 Records in partnership with Matthew Morrison will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Human Rights Campaign.“I’m thrilled to join HRC in their vital work to bring full equality to all Americans,” said Matthew Morrison. “At this decisive moment, when there is so much work still ahead, I’m standing with HRC and LGBT people across the country until this fight is won.”Matthew has used his platform to publicly support LGBT equality and today released a video for HRC’s Americans for Marriage Equality. The public engagement campaign features prominent Americans who support committed gay and lesbian couples getting married. The campaign draws from a cadre of supportive professional athletes, film and music celebrities, and political and civic leaders.“It was so great working with Matthew on Where It All Began. He is an amazing artist and we are longtime friends,” said Adam Levine. “We’re both huge supporters of the LGBT community and I’m glad that partial proceeds from the pre-sale of this album will go toward such a great cause.”“Not only is Matthew a brilliant musical talent, but perhaps more importantly he is a fantastic human being,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “His support for equality at this critical time in our nation’s history is something that is important to all fair minded Americans.”last_img read more

Why Tennis Players Dont Take More Risks On Second Serves

Why Tennis Players Dont Take More Risks On Second Serves

If you’ve ever watched a tennis player dominate with the first serve but saw the second serve obliterated by the returner, you might have wondered: Why don’t more players go for it on their second serve? Wouldn’t they be better off treating their second opportunity to serve like their first one?The answer almost always is no.Most servers win a much higher percentage of points on their first serve than their second serve. For example, in his five-set marathon loss to Kei Nishikori as Monday night turned to Tuesday morning at the U.S. Open, Milos Raonic won 87 percent of his first-serve points but just 47 percent of his second-serve points.During that match, Min Han, a biologist at the University of Colorado, emailed me. “I wonder whether some of the big servers in men’s tennis should serve the fast ‘first’ serve all the time,” Han wrote. “For some of these guys, the difference between the winning percentage on their first serve and that on the second serve seems huge.”It’s a good suggestion. But the season-long numbers suggest nearly every player would be hurt, not helped, by treating the second serve like a first serve. Except in a couple of cases, the higher probability that the second serve lands in the court more than compensates for the higher effectiveness of first serves.Let’s start with the average Top 50 men’s player. This year heading into the U.S. Open, he wins 73.6 percent of service points when the first serve lands in, compared to 57.5 percent when the second serve lands in. But his first serve lands in just 61.9 percent of the time, compared to 91.1 percent of second serves. So if he went for his first serve on both points, he’d win 73.6 percent of second-serve points when the ball lands in, but double fault on 38.1 percent of them. His second-serve winning percentage would be just 45.6 percent, compared to 52.4 percent now. Bad move.This is just an average. It varies widely by player. Mikhail Youzhny has a relatively weak first serve without landing in the court all that often, so he’d be especially unwise to go for his first serve again given a second opportunity. His second-serve winning percentage would drop by 12.7 percentage points.By contrast, Ivo Karlovic, who is 6 feet 10, has a relatively weak second serve and usually lands his excellent first serve in, so he’d gain 2 percentage points on his second-serve winning percentage if he went for his first serve twice. That’s a modest gain, and Karlovic is the only player in the Top 50 who’d get a high enough reward to justify the high-risk tactic. (Raonic would be nearly even, but slightly worse off — as he would have been if he’d gone for second-serve bombs against Nishikori, since he missed so often on first serves in that match.)Even Karlovic couldn’t have anticipated before this season that he would have benefited from the risky strategy. In each of the past two seasons, it would have hurt him slightly. No current Top 50 player who played at least five matches in 2013 would have gained from hitting exclusively first serves, and only Gael Monfils would have in 2012. (Players’ serve percentages are fairly persistent from year to year, and therefore so is the effect of the tactic on a player’s serve success — a correlation coefficient of 0.66 between this year and 2013, and of 0.7 between this year and 2012, for current Top 50 players with at least 25 matches in each season.)The story is similar in the women’s game. The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) sent me data this season heading into the U.S. Open. Among 94 players with at least 15 matches, just six would have benefited from going for their first serves on second serve: Victoria Azarenka, Annika Beck, Yvonne Meusburger, Monica Niculescu, Sara Errani and Yaroslava Shvedova.Errani, the 2012 French Open finalist, doesn’t have a great first serve. It was even singled out in a New York Times article this week as one of the oddest strokes on tour. But she lands it in at an unusually high rate, leading the WTA in each of the past four seasons and ahead among regulars this year. And her second serve is bad enough to be worth replacing with the first serve, though not by much: She’d have gained 0.6 percentage points on her second-serve winning percentage with the riskier tactic.The biggest beneficiary of hitting two first serves is Azarenka, the former No. 1 player in the world who was knocked out of the U.S. Open in the quarterfinals by Ekaterina Makarova. Heading into the U.S. Open, she’d have had a second-serve winning percentage of 44.7 percent by hitting two first serves, instead of her atrocious 38.5 percent.Last year, Azarenka and Errani also would have benefited from the riskier serving approach. Beck and Niculescu would have, too. Meusburger and Shvedova wouldn’t have, though.Returns on the tactic also could be very volatile from match to match. Though Azarenka’s pre-U.S. Open stats argue for a riskier serving tactic, it would have hurt her in four of her five U.S. Open matches, including her loss to Makarova.These calculations simplify serving by reducing it to just first and second serves. Most players employ a wide variety of first serves, with different levels of risk and effectiveness. Perhaps a bomb down the T of the court is too risky for a second serve, but a slider out wide lands in the court often enough to be worth it. Then again, go too often to a reliable serve and the returner will adjust and make it less effective.The calculations also don’t account for the psychological elements of the sport. Returners might get rattled if they know they’ll never face easy serves. But the toll on a server who double-faults much more often could be even greater.CORRECTION (Sept. 4, 2:40 p.m.): If the average Top 50 ATP player went for his first serve on both points, he’d double fault on 38.1 percent of his second-serve points. A previous version of this article said he’d double fault on 38.9 percent of them. read more

LaFontaine named Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association

LaFontaine named Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association

first_img Categories: News 05May LaFontaine named Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association Dedication to promoting local business, hospitality praised State Rep. Andrea LaFontaine, R-Columbus Township, was recognized today as Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association (MLBA) at its annual conference.“I am truly honored by this award and offer my congratulations to the MLBA for celebrating their 75th anniversary this year,” LaFontaine said. “The MLBA has been promoting responsible alcohol practices for decades and I am glad to support their efforts on the legislative front.”LaFontaine said an important duty of the organization is to represent independent business owners interested in growing Michigan’s healthy business climate and tourism opportunities, which is invaluable to the comeback state.“My colleagues and I in the House Regulatory Reform Committee work hand-in-hand with organizations like the MLBA to eliminate problematic, restricting rules that sometimes prevent Michigan’s small businesses from thriving,” she said. “One of the Legislature’s main goals is to move Michigan forward, and removing needless rules gets government out of the way allowing Michiganders themselves to build brighter futures.”###last_img read more

Rep Tedder praises FY 2017 budget

Rep Tedder praises FY 2017 budget

first_img Categories: News,Tedder News State Rep. Jim Tedder today applauded the passage of the FY 2017 General Fund and School Aid budgets, calling them fiscally responsible and good for all students of Michigan.“As it has been in the past few years, we got the budget done far ahead of schedule,” said Rep. Tedder, R-Clarkston. “We’re increasing funding to education on all levels, making strides in infrastructure repairs and supporting veterans and first responders.”Rep. Tedder serves as the vice chair of the Committee on Workforce and Talent Development. He is also a member of the Committees on Education, Health Policy, and Communications and Technology.“I am most happy about the work that went into the school omnibus budget,” Rep. Tedder said. “We fought hard for the boilerplate language intended to improve services to the Oakland County Mental Health Authority. We also expanded the Healthy Kids dental program to under served children in Oakland County, as well as increased funding for adult foster care facilities for seniors.” 09Jun Rep. Tedder praises FY 2017 budgetlast_img read more

The European Broadcasting Union EBU has written

The European Broadcasting Union EBU has written

first_imgThe European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has written to the European Commission to express its concerns about the merger of Belgian media groups Corelio, W&W and De Vijver Media with Liberty Global-owned cable operator Telenet.The EBU is concerned that after the merger, Telenet will act as both gatekeeper through its hold on TV distribution in Flanders, and content provider. The acquisitions will give it control of production group Woestijnvis and TV channels Vier and Vijf, which will compete with other commercial and public broadcasters.The EBU said that “the merger could have a severe impact on competition in the Belgian broadcasting markets, since the new company will have the incentive to squeeze out other broadcasters from the network to build its own retail market share”.The EBU said that there is currently no legal guarantee that public service broadcasters’ on-demand services will be carried on cable. The EBU said that, if the merger goes ahead, the EC should impose remedies to ensure that public broadcasters receive non-discriminatory and fair access to the Telenet network.last_img read more

BBC Trust chairman Rona Fairhead has called for th

BBC Trust chairman Rona Fairhead has called for th

first_imgBBC Trust chairman Rona Fairhead has called for the body she heads, which is charged with regulatory oversight of the BBC, to be scrapped and replaced with an external regulator after the public broadcaster’s Charter renewal in 2016.Speaking at the Oxford Media Convention, Fairhead highlighted the “complicated area of governance is the oversight of financial and operational management and strategy” as the key area of consideration, and said that “the strongest case for more significant change is in this area of oversight, where a fault line continues to lie in the blurred accountabilities between the Trust and the Executive board”.Fairhead said that the Trust had worked with the executive board to “clarify the boundaries” between the pair and said she was “confident” that the existing regime could be make to work to the end of the current BBC Charter. However, beyond that, she said that the complete separation of regulation from management and the creation of a dedicated external regulator would be the best option. “Responsibilities for strategy, financial and operational management need to sit with the BBC Executive – to allow them to respond to a rapidly changing environment. Responsibilities for regulation and broader accountability need to sit at one remove. That way, there should be no possibility of vagueness or uncertainty about who will be held responsible for what, when the chips are down,” said Fairhead.“At a minimum, we would want to propose some reform of the current model. To keep the Trust as part of the BBC but to be much more specific, in any future Charter, that its responsibilities were focused more clearly on regulation and accountability, with strategy and oversight left to the Executive Board. But the cleanest form of separation would be to transfer the Trust’s responsibilities for regulation and accountability to an external regulator. And that’s an approach we want to explore further. I think it’s the front-runner.”She said the external regulation model would require the BBC to set up a stronger unitary board, with an independent chairman and a majority of non-executive directors, while the external regulator would have responsibility for “all matters of regulation and those matters of licence fee payer representation which require a broader, more regulatory perspective”.Fairhead said she had some concerns about the culture Select Committee’s call for a Public Service Broadcasting Commission with wider responsibility, as this would not have authority to set BBC service licences, while “carving up the licence fee” could weaken “the direct line of ownership and accountability that runs between the public and the BBC”.Fairhead has attracted media attention recently over her role as a non-executive director of scandal-hit bank HSBC. The BBC Trust has said there was no conflict of interest between her roles at the two organisations and that the Trust had no input into BBC coverage of events at HSBC.Delivering his own speect at the Oxford Media Convention, digital economy minister Ed Vaizey said the government would not launch a debate on BBC governance and the Charter Review ahead of the general election, “except to confirm that we ‘heart’ the BBC”.“We want to see a BBC that is fit for the digital age, able to fulfil the many roles that the BBC has done so successfully for many years – not just great content, but education and training, technical innovation, and a huge and irreplaceable contribution to civic society,” he said. Vaizey also said that a digital single market across the EU would benefit the UK, which is home to over 500 broadcasters. “Major companies like Discovery, Disney and Viacom not only employ thousands of people here, they are major investors in UK content. We want to give them reasons to continue to invest here,” he said.last_img read more

Leading Your Company Forward in These Tumultuous Times

first_img April 12, 2018 Leading Your Company Forward in These Tumultuous Times Next Article The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Apply Now » 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List –shares Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Culture Shift Add to Queue 4 min read Larry Senn Image credit: Thomas Barwick | Getty Images A shifting power base in a polarizing political climate is changing the landscape of leadership. How do you garner trust, create a culture of accountability and ensure a healthy and productive workplace? Old business models are experiencing tectonic shifts across all industries. Retail is shrinking as online grows; Airbnb and ride-share services are changing how we think about assets like cars and real estate. Artificial intelligence, digital transformation, increased transparency and fading hierarchy are shifting the base of power in business. It’s all changing.There’s a shifting social consciousness, too. The #metoo movement and the rise of the millennial workforce mean new and important conversations are taking place. If it we didn’t believe it before, we now know it’s true: A leader’s personal behavior has a critical impact on business. Whether you are a disruptor or the disrupted, whether you’re directly implicated in a headline-grabbing crisis or merely stuck in a culture that’s no longer serving you or your mission, now is your opportunity. How can you harness the zeitgeist and use it for positive change?You have to own it.It’s not a new idea, but it’s one we don’t always acknowledge — organizations become a shadow of their leader. Whether you have two or 20,000 employees, culture change has to start at the top and be authentic. Simply endorsing a certain set of values is not going to work. You must embody and model them on a daily basis. Period.Related: Company Culture Comes From Good LeadershipIt might get uncomfortable. Owning culture change means getting vulnerable about what you need to work on at a personal level. No one is immune. The good news is that vulnerability is powerful: It fosters trust within the organization, all the way down to employees you may never see or connect with.“Culture eats strategy for breakfast,” management guru Peter Drucker famously once said. That is even more relevant today. Leaders have always needed what were thought of as “soft skills,” but some resisted. It didn’t fit an “ivory tower” mythology. Today’s leaders understand that culture is a strategic imperative.Anger is out — gratitude is in.At its simplest, gratitude is a decision, a mindset that looks for the positives in any situation. Studies say gratitude improves well-being, creates happier relationships and even prevents disease. Professionally, gratitude fosters better ideas, ups creativity and collaboration, increases focus and productivity and improves morale.Related: Why Entrepreneurs Should Always Express GratitudeAnger, self-righteousness and judgment create a downward spiral that leads, at best, to distraction and impatience. Next time you feel your blood pressure rising, take a deep breath, and then take a long walk. And watch not only your own effectiveness improve, but also that of those around you.The kids get it.Whether you’re a millennial or Gen Z or recruiting them, you recognize it’s not business as usual with the next generations. Self-actualization is huge for this rising workforce that wants to be included, recognized and inspired by their work. You don’t have to be a nonprofit to create a spirit of social consciousness at your organization; just tap into the issues your employees and customers care about, and they will lead the way.Related: 5 Reasons Why Sustainability and Social Issues Attract CustomersThe exciting thing about culture change is the potential it has to propel us toward something greater and build more resilience into our enterprise. A healthy culture has agility hardwired into it and can flex to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing marketplace. It can also position you to attract highly skilled employees and better investors.The demand for more transparency than ever from the companies we choose to do business with, customers are waking up to the idea that they can reward companies that lead with integrity. The best employees typically want to work for companies that are highly regarded in the marketplace. Reputational gains and employee engagement are other positive outcomes of a healthier culture.Don’t wait for the shifting sands of change to define you. Take your success, and that of your company, personally, and grow yourself into the type of leader that casts a long and positive shadow. Guest Writer Author, “The Mood Elevator”last_img read more

Netflix Creates Shortcut to Customers With Comcast Deal

first_imgPartnerships Apply Now » 3 min read Netflix removed the weakest link out of their distribution chain, which in most cases will lead to better performance and better results. What is the weakest link in your partnership model and how will you remove it?Related: Customer Retention Begins on the Front Lines –shares February 24, 2014 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Add to Queue President, ACM Consulting Inc. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.center_img Andrew Miller The recent announcement that Netflix will pay Comcast directly to stream content to Comcast customers just makes sense for both companies. Netflix pays the internet provider directly to ensure a level of quality that it’s not currently getting, and Comcast gets additional revenue for providing that level of quality. So what’s the big deal?From what we can tell, there is nothing stopping Netflix from signing similar deals with other internet providers. In fact, now that Netflix has the deal with Comcast, it almost forces the other internet providers into making similar deals because Comcast customers will receive a better quality experience when watching Netflix. The only other alternative is that the content distribution companies must create a comparable level of service before they lose other customers.If Netflix wasn’t getting the quality it needed from the content distribution companies, what choice did it have but to go directly to the internet provider? What’s the point of the middle-man if the middle man doesn’t add any value?Related: Netflix and Comcast Strike a Deal, With a Bit of MysteryWe don’t know the terms of the deal, so it is premature to worry about whether any costs will be passed down to the consumer. But what if they are? Those that are getting poor quality service would probably be happy to pay more for an improvement. Isn’t that what the free market is all about?We tend to get scared when someone changes an established business model. But often that disruption ends up being beneficial to the customers because it increases competition. In this deal, hopefully removing the middle-man will actually lower the cost of content distribution because there is one less piece of the pie to dole out. At a minimum, we know streaming quality for Comcast customers should go up.Related: Comcast CEO Says Time Warner Cable Buy Is ?Pro-Competitive? and ?Pro-Consumer?This deal provides a good framework for all companies on how to look at their own partnerships. Consider these questions: Guest Writer How often do you review the way you operate and look for ways to remove complexity and improve quality? Are you receiving additional value from your partnerships? If yes, how do you know that you are getting value? What would the impact be if you removed the middle-man from the distribution of your products, services or content and went directly to the consumer or one step closer to the consumer? What indirect or complementary organizations could you partner with to improve results for your customers? Image credit: Shutterstock Netflix Creates Shortcut to Customers With Comcast Deal Next Article The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue.last_img read more

Who Are the 25 Most Innovative Consumer Companies

first_img Founder and CEO, CircleUp Next Article Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Add to Queue In one month, we will profile the winners on Entrepreneur: The 25 most innovative consumer and retail companies. These brands are changing how we live our lives — from apparel, food, household products to personal care. Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Innovation Guest Writer June 5, 2014 3 min read Who Are the 25 Most Innovative Consumer Companies? –shares Who are the most innovative consumer and retail companies? CircleUp wants to hear your nominations. Please tweet your suggestions using #CircleUp25, post your nominations on your Facebook page with #CircleUp25 or post to our Facebook page. Nominations and votes will be collected until July 2. Ryan Caldbeck Top consumer private equity firms and leading consumer investment bankers; The largest public consumer companies, many of which are potential strategic acquirers; The most well-respected consumer trade publications; National retailers with access to their own proprietary data; Successful consumer entrepreneurs; Third party data providers analyzing industry trends; and Consumer angel investors. While we hear about technology innovations every day, we often hear less about innovations in consumer and retail — even though it comprises more than 20 percent of the U.S. economy. We want to take this opportunity to celebrate these innovations that touch our everyday lives. We will profile companies that are disrupting industries or creating new categories. New formulas, design of the product or packaging, or disruptive marketing — each of these might help a company earn a spot on the list. Related: Apple Tops List of World’s Most Innovative Companies … AgainThe only criterion are that the company must be private, have not been on the CircleUp25 list in the past, and have no connection, at the time the list is published, with the accredited investor crowdfunding site that I founded. While I believe there are companies that have raised funds with us that deserve a spot on the list, they are excluded from participating to avoid a conflict of interest.In the spirit of crowdfunding, we want to hear from you — the consumers, investors and entrepreneurs behind many of these businesses. Who are the companies making the greatest impact in the consumer space right now?Related: Crowd-funding Platform Connects Entrepreneurs With Consumer-Product GiantsYour nominations will be judged based on audience participation and voting as well as feedback from a panel of experts who will review all the candidates to help determine the final list. The panel has also submitted additional nominations. This panel includes: Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Look out for the official list of the 2014 CircleUp25 on around mid July.Related: Why Startups Should Still Care About Things That Don’t Scale Register Now »last_img read more

With Microsoft Tech You Can Talk to a Hologram of a Coworker

first_img Writer 2 min read Technology Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Image credit: Microsoft Research Timothy J. Seppala This story originally appeared on Engadget March 28, 2016 Add to Queue Last June Microsoft showed off its HoloLens tech that created holograms from live video. Now it’s putting that into practice and giving it an official name: Holoportation.It uses multiple 3-D cameras to capture a subject from all angles, creating a “temporally consistent model” that can mimic the feeling of someone being in a room with you. During a TED Talk, Alex Kipman used it to virtually meet with a colleague in front of a Mars backdrop, but this lab demo from Microsoft Research shows something a bit more realistic. That is, so long as you’re wearing one of the $3,000 augmented reality headsets.The setup is in an incredibly controlled environment (the remote location and where the video hosted by Microsoft Research’s Shahram Izadai are laid out pretty similarly), but it definitely shows the potential of using the device as a means of long-distance communication. You can even record a portion of a holoportation session and play it back, shrinking it down to size to fit on your coffee table. It’s pretty neat! But it’s still incredibly early. Artifacts resulting from compression or motion tracking are still present, a reminder that this is still a prototype, and break the illusion a bit.Check out the picture-in-picture shots and you’ll see the somewhat flickery and translucent images that go part and parcel with the headset at this point. Despite that, it’s hard to not get at least a little excited for a future where real-time holographic meet-ups with a loved one (or a zombie) exist. Next Article With Microsoft Tech, You Can Talk to a Hologram of a Co-worker or Friend…or Your Mom –shares Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Paper tsunami How the move to digital medical records is leaving us

first_imgThe recent case of paper medical files from a Brisbane hospital found on a busy street highlights the need for secure, controlled disposal of medical records. So, hospitals and GP clinics need to develop and implement policies and procedures that state explicitly when and how medical records should be disposed of, and also keep a record of when that happens. However, to determine whether an individual medical record among the vast quantities held has passed its “use by date” can be extremely resource-intensive for administrative staff. This means the ultimate driver of paper record destruction is more likely to be the need to free up expensive office or storage space. It’s this sort of scenario that might eventually play out into records being accidentally or deliberately dumped wherever, whenever.The move towards digital recordsThe Brisbane situation highlights the limitations of “business as usual” in relation to medical records, which includes paper records held in multiple locations, in hospitals, in GP clinics and with specialists.Consider your own medical record “paper trail,” which may include files from hospital admissions, records held by your local doctor or other specialist, and results of blood tests and x-rays performed elsewhere. At both a personal and whole-of-population level, there are clearly numerous opportunities for unintended access to these physical documents. Centrally and securely stored electronic records can address this risk, and also carry a number of other advantages. Privacy breaches relating to paper medical records are in part a function of a worldwide transition from a trusted familiar environment of paper records to electronic medical records.This dramatically multiplies the volume of paper records needing to be destroyed —from only those that are “out of date” to every record that is scanned and made redundant.The Brisbane case also highlights the sensitivity of medical records in all their forms, a factor also playing out in the My Health Record debate.Who do we trust to keep our sensitive medical records safe? Should our trust be placed in the old paper records (part of the the status quo) or a centralized electronic medical record?The Brisbane situation, by highlighting the limitations of paper records, certainly challenges notions of trusting the familiar and favoring the status quo.So, what can we expect?Like all transitions of this scale, there are a range of costs involved in moving from paper to electronic medical records, one of which is the prospect of further paper record data breaches as mountains of redundant records are destroyed. However these transition costs need to be balanced against the ultimate benefit of electronic records. Even accepting these benefits doesn’t necessarily mean people will automatically become more comfortable with electronic medical records, like My Health Record. For that to occur, people also have to overcome a general lack of trust in government.However, our research shows it is possible to encourage people to use online government services. By harnessing behavioral science, we have shown that providing customer support and promoting the benefits and ease of online services helps the transition from queuing and paper forms to using online services.Hope for the futureIn the rush to drag people to shiny new online platforms, this illustrates the simple act of talking people through the advantages and supporting their transition can address many of the psychological barriers to change.Then, hopefully, we can see the end of paper medical records and services, and fewer paper records being dumped on the side of the road. As long as paper records exist they will be vulnerable to unauthorized access—either within a storage facility or in transit to destruction. However, each case of unauthorized access is dwarfed by the number of paper records successfully and securely destroyed, never able to be physically accessed again. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. The files were said to be from out-patient clinics and contained patient names and their appointments, but not medical details. Now Queensland Health is investigating the circumstances of how the files came to be found in public, rather than being safely destroyed by a contractor.So how are hospitals and clinics handling their old paper records as they move to electronic systems? How are they dealing with the tsunami of files that need to be safely disposed of?Your medical records, whether paper or electronic, need to be kept while they’re relevant to your care, with restricted access to protect your privacy. But who decides when medical records are no longer needed? What happens then?Governments at all levels have legislation for this. For instance, the Queensland health department specifies what is destroyed and when, according to a schedule from Queensland State Archives. This covers medical records in the public health care system in physical form (paper, photographs, film), in electronic form or a mixture of the two.This, for example, says “records displaying evidence of clinical care to an individual or groups of adult patients/clients” should be kept “for ten years after last patient/client service provision or medico-legal action.” There are a number of exceptions relating to, for example, clinical trials, mental health and communicable diseases. For each exception, there is a specific time period of how long the file needs to be kept.Queensland State Archives also advises on how records are to be securely destroyed, either by shredding, pulping or burning.Hospitals can contract commercial services to destroy paper files. But the document owner, in this case the hospital, is ultimately responsible for ensuring this is carried out legally. The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has established practice standards for GP clinics. These require the secure destruction (for instance, by shredding) of paper records before disposal. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. What to do with our old paper medical files now that records are going digital? As a recent Brisbane case demonstrates, not all files are heading straight for destruction. Credit: from www.shutterstock.comcenter_img Citation: Paper tsunami: How the move to digital medical records is leaving us drowning in old paper files (2019, July 10) retrieved 17 July 2019 from Provided by The Conversation Protecting your electronic health records Explore furtherlast_img read more

Let there be no doubt No act of terror will go unpunished

first_img Next Let there be no doubt: No act of terror will go unpunished, says Army chief General RawatArmy chief General Bipin Rawat has said the Indian armed forces are ready to defend the territorial integrity. “Let there be no doubt that misadventures will be repelled with a punitive response,” he said.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 14:48 IST Army chief General Bipin Rawat was speaking at an event on 20 Years after Kargil Conflict. (Photo:Pankaj Nangia/India Today)HIGHLIGHTSAny misadventure by Pakistan Army will be repelled with punitive response: Army chiefArmy chief says armed forces stand resolute and ready to defend territorial integrityRise of non-state actors and readiness to use terror and other irregular methods of fighting have become a new norm: Army chiefAny misadventure by Pakistan Army will be repelled with punitive response and no act of terror will go unpunished, Army chief General Bipin Rawat said Saturday.Speaking at an event on ’20 Years after Kargil Conflict’, General Bipin Rawat said Pakistan Army, time and again, resorts to misadventure, either through state-sponsored terrorism or intrusions in India.”The Indian armed forces stand resolute and ready to defend our territorial integrity. Let there be no doubt that misadventures will be repelled with a punitive response,” he said.The rise of non-state actors and the readiness to use terror and other irregular methods of fighting have become a new norm, he said.Addition of cyber and space domain has changed the battlefield scenario, the Army chief noted.Rawat also asserted that no act of terror will go unpunished. “Surgical strikes post-Uri and Balakot (terror attacks) have amply demonstrated our political and military resolve against terror. Any act of terror will not go unpunished,” Rawat added.The army chief also said there has been no intrusion by the Chinese in Ladakh’s Demchok sector. “There is no intrusion,” Rawat said on the sidelines of an event.His statement came amidst reports of Chinese soldiers crossing the Line of Actual Control (LAC) last week after some Tibetans hoisted Tibetan flags on the occasion of Dalai Lama’s birthday on July 6.”Chinese come and patrol to their perceived Line of Actual Control…we try and prevent them. But at times there are celebrations that take place at the local levels. Celebrations were going on our side by our Tibetans in the Demchok sector. Based on that, some Chinese also came to see what was happening. But there has been no intrusions. Everything is normal,” the Army chief had said.READ | No intrusion by Chinese in Ladakh’s Demchok, says Army chief Bipin RawatWATCH | Army general exposes Pakistan’s lie on terrorFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySumeda Tags :Follow India Pakistanlast_img read more