Ideas Have Rights

first_imgIdeas have rights.The right to exist. You judge your ideas to soon. You are afraid they aren’t good enough. You worry that people will judge you for having a bad idea or one with which they don’t agree. So you kill the idea while it is still in the womb before it is even born. But the only way to have good ideas is to have a lot of ideas. Your ideas have a right to exist.The right to be explored. Some ideas are half-baked. They aren’t fully formed. They’re just the kernel of an idea. Many of them won’t amount to anything. But with further exploration, some ideas turn out to be valuable, revolutionary, earth-shattering humdingers. Unless you explore the idea, you’ll never know whether or not it had value.The right to be defended. Your ideas need you to defend them. They need to be protected. There is always someone who is willing to play devil’s advocate, and too few willing to play angel’s advocate. Ideas don’t grow up to create value and come to fruition without someone willing to defend them from those who would rather see them destroyed.You will never have the right idea if you aren’t willing to generate ideas without fear, explore them without judgement, and defend them from those opposed.. Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

Goa court frames charges against Tarun Tejpal in rape case

first_imgA trial court in Goa on Thursday formally framed the charge of rape against former Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal in connection with an alleged rape and sexual abuse case filed against him in November, 2013.He was charged under sections 376(2) (rape), 354 A (sexual harassment) and B (criminal force with intent to disrobe), 341 (wrongful restraint) 342 (wrongful confinement), to which he has pleaded not guilty.The next hearing is scheduled for November 21.Tejpal’s counsel Rajiv Gomes expressed disappointment at Judge Vijaya Pol’s order, saying the defence had hopes that with their appeal pending before it, the Bombay High Court at Goa would reverse the lower court’s order.On Thursday afternoon, North Goa’s Additional District and Sessions Court finalised the charges against him. He pleaded before the District and Sessions judge to not frame charges against Tejpal in view of an appeal petition filed by counsel of the accused before the High Court last week. The court did not heed to the plea.“When the High Court has not imposed a stay on framing of charges why should I impose a stay on myself,” Judge Pol said. She scheduled the next hearing for November 21 when a status of the High Court petition would be presented before her.“The court has to explain the charges to him as per procedure. He has pleaded not guilty to all of that,” Public Prosecutor Francisco Tavora told presspersons.Mr. Gomes, however, told presspersons that the framing of charges was not a setback to Tejpal.’Not a setback’“It is not a setback at all. It is just a procedural act of explaining the charges. The order is already challenged before the High Court, so if the High Court reverses the order, it is the end of the matter,” he said.On September 26, while hearing a primary appeal petition filed by Tejpal seeking a stay on the framing of charges, the High Court had directed that the trial should take place only after its consent, but had refused to stay the process of framing of charges against Tejpal, which was the plea of the defence lawyers.The High Court will be hearing the appeal petition filed by Tejpal’s counsel on Tuesday, on November 1.Tejpal has been charged for alleged sexual assault of a junior female colleague in the elevator of a five star hotel in north Goa for two consecutive days during an event in November, 2013. He was subsequently arrested and is out on bail.last_img read more

U.P. civic polls: EVMs were rigged, say SP, BSP

first_imgThe Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party has called the BJP’s win in the U.P. civic polls a result of rigged EVMs and misuse of State machinery.While BSP chief Mayawati alleged that there was “rigging and fraud” in the vote “counting”. .SP chief Akhilesh Yadav said the BJP had won handsomely only in places where EVMs were used, he said.“The BJP has only won 15% seats in ballot paper areas and 46% in EVM areas,” Mr. Yadav said on Twitter, without any specific examples. Voting for the 16 mayor posts and 1,300 municipal corporation wards was done through EVMs while ballot papers were used in the Nagar Palika Parishad and Nagar Panchayat elections, the State Election Commission confirmed.While the BJP had a big victory in the cities, where it has been traditionally dominant, winning 14 out of 16 mayor posts and 596 out of 1300 municipal corporations, in the municipal council and town panchayats its victory was of a lesser magnitude, even though it soared over its political rivals.The BJP won 70 out of 198 Nagar Palika Parishad chairman posts and 922 out of 5,261 members, 100 out of 438 Nagar Panchayat chairpersons and 664 out of 5,434 members.The independent candidates won the largest chunk of seats in the Nagar Palika (3395 members and 44 chairmen) and Nagar Panchayat (3891 members and 184 chairmen).The overall vote percentage of the independents in all three local bodies was 20.4, the second best after the BJP’s 30.8, while the SP had 18, the BSP 14 and the Congress 10. Overall, the BJP received 54.7 lakh votes, the SP 31.9 lakh, the BSP 25.4 lakh, the Congress 17.6 lakh and the independents 36.6 lakh, as per the State Election Commission data.While the BSP secured two mayor seats, Aligarh and Meerut, the SP and the Congress scored a blank in the municipal corporation. The SP, however, secured the second position overall as it won 202 corporation wards, 45 Nagar Palika Parishad chairman seats and 83 Nagar Panchayat Chairman posts. It also got 477 Nagar Palika members and 453 Nagar Panchayat members.On the allegations made by the SP and the BSP, Ved Prakash Verma, Additional Election Commissioner, U.P., told The Hindu: “Anybody claiming anything should come out with proof. It is difficult to comment on such kind of statements.”last_img read more

Video: Spiderman, Eat Your Heart Out

first_imgIn the midst of a hunt, a salticid spider catapults itself across an opening in the forest canopy and drops onto an adjacent tree leaf to chase after its prey. It’s not a blind leap of faith. Previous studies have shown that these jumping spiders attach a silk thread to their launch pad as a safety line if they unexpectedly fall. Scientists wanted to understand how these silk lines change the motion of the arachnids’ jumps, so they collected 27 Hasarius adansoni salticids from Taiwan; 22 did use silk lines and five did not. The team built a jumping platform 18 cm in height and a 3.5-cm-shorter destination platform about 7.5 cm away. They filmed each spider jump three times using a high-speed video camera. During the jump, the spiders with the silk lines stayed airborne longer, decelerated more, and completed a smoother landing than those without silk lines, researchers report online today in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface. The results suggest that silk threads can function as more than just a safety line; they can stabilize a spider’s body during a jump and prepare them to stick the landing. The less time the animals need to finish their landing, the more quickly they can scurry along and successfully capture their prey.last_img read more

Wayne Rooney named England football team captain

first_imgFile picture of Wayne Rooney celebrating after scoring his side’s first goal during the group D World Cup soccer match between Uruguay and England at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photo: APManchester United striker Wayne Rooney was named captain of the England national football team on Thursday.Rooney takes over from Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard, who retired after England’s World Cup elimination.The 28-year-old has made 95 appearances for the national side scoring 40 goals.”I gave it a lot of thought but Wayne is an obvious choice,” England coach Roy Hodgson was quoted as saying by BBC.”He deserves it. He has captained England in the past and has that responsibility at Manchester United. I’ve had a long conversation with him and he’s prepared to accept the pressures that the England captaincy brings.”England will play Norway at Wembley on September 3 in a friendly before their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign against Switzerland on September 8.last_img read more

ICC welcomes World XI Tour of Pakistan

first_imgDubai, Aug 24 (PTI) The ICC has welcomed the World XIs tour of Pakistan following the naming of the team, which will travel to Lahore in September for a three game series. The team comprises big names like Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla from South Africa, former international captains like Paul Collingwood of England, George Bailey of Australia and Darren Sammy of the West Indies. Giles Clarke, the ICC Director, who has served as the Chairman of the Pakistan Task Team since 2009, was optimistic that the series will be the first step towards international cricket returning safely to Pakistan with more T20 International matches against Sri Lanka and the Windies penciled in for later in the year. Clarke, who had visited Lahore in January, said: “I am delighted that Pakistan will be hosting a high-profile series, which features several top international cricketers from a number of ICC Members. “This tour is not only important for cricket in Pakistan but also for international cricket since it opens the possibility of other teams, media and sponsors visiting Pakistan for bilateral series,” said Clarke. Clarke termed Pakistan as an important member of the parent body. “Pakistan has been an important member of the ICC and the cricket community has felt its pain. As part of its duty of care, the cricket community has always ensured that the sport is not affected due to no fault of the PCB, when it has continued to play its away series off-shore. “The ICC Members releasing their top players and the respective player unions backing this series is testament to the support the world has extended to Pakistan during these difficult times. The focus of everyone in the international game is the safe return of cricket to Pakistan,” he added. Clarke is happy that cricket lovers in Pakistan will get to watch live action in their own country. “It will be an excellent opportunity for Pakistan fans to watch live in action not only their local stars but also the international cricket heroes. I wish the PCB and the World XI best of luck and will be following the matches from the Gaddafi Stadium.” The Pakistan Task Team, which was formed in June 2009 and also included ICC Chief Executive David Richardson (then ICC General Manager ? Cricket), made 63 recommendations in June 2011 about the organisation of the game in the country. The PCB accepted most of those recommendations and it resulted in the side remaining competitive at the top level, evident from the fact that it reached the quarter-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, qualified for the final of the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup 2014, attained number-one Test ranking in September 2016, before winning the ICC Champions Trophy this year. Richardson, who has been a regular visitor to Pakistan, said: “The ICC wants to see regular international cricket being played safely in all its Member countries and the World XI playing Pakistan in Lahore next month is a step towards that for the PCB. “The PCBs plans for the tour will include comprehensive security arrangements for the safety and security of the players, officials, media and spectators. As such, the ICC is fully supportive of these games. That said, all the stakeholders will remain vigilant and re-evaluate the situation if required,” said Richardson. The former Proteas glovesman is optimistic that its a matter of time before full-time international cricket returns to Pakistan. “We are optimistic that this will be the next step in a steady and safe return of international cricket to Pakistan.” World XI squad for Pakistan: Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla, George Bailey, Paul Collingwood, Ben Cutting, Grant Elliott, Tamim Iqbal, David Miller, Tim Paine, Thisara Perera, Darren Sammy, Samuel Badree, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir. PTI KHS CM KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

Anil Khanna to head IOA Finance Commission

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 12 (PTI) Senior sports administrator Anil Khanna was today named Chairman of the Finance Commission of the Indian Olympic Association, which also formed a four- member advisory committee.The IOA also formed a Medical Commission and Games Technical Conduct Committee and nominated office bearers of IOA and National Sports Federations (NSFs) to the Committees.The advisory committee comprises Tarlochan Singh, GS Mander, S Regunathan and BS Landge.The Khanna-led Finance Commission has Sahdev Yadav, Secretary General, Indian Weightlifting Federation and DK Singh, Secretary, Uttarakhand Olympic Association, as members.Mukesh Kumar, President, Judo Federation of India, has been nominated Chairman of the Games Technical Conduct Committee (GTCC) for National Games. Pawan Deep Singh Kohli, son of Tarlochan, was named Chairman of the Medical Commission.Kohlis name was embroiled in a controversy when he was appointed as the Chief Medical Officer of the Indian contingent for the 2016 Rio Olympics.Reports claimed that Pawandeep, a radiologist by profession, could not provide the required help to the Indian athletes during the Games. PTI AT AH AHlast_img read more

Steve Smith modelling his bowling action on Shahid Afridi

first_imgSteve Smith has been plying his trade in cricket competitions around the world as he is banned from international cricket for a year by Cricket Australia for his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal.He returned to cricket at the Global T20 Canada with Toronto Nationals in June and is now playing for the Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League, where he is trying to work on an aspect of his game, that helped him burst onto the scene in Australian cricket.Smith, who starred for the Tridents in their win against Jamaica Tallawahs on Wednesday, said that he is trying to work on his bowling action and follow Shahid Afridi’s footsteps.”I’ve sort of changed a few things up [in my bowling]. I’m trying to model my action on Shahid Afridi, pushing it through and try to bowl fast into the wicket. Fortunately it worked tonight,” Smith said.”He [Afridi] has been a terrific leg-spinner. I can’t get the momentum into the ball [with my usual action] as I’m growing older. Hopefully I don’t have to bowl too much!”Steve Smith performed with the bat & ball today and hence the #Playoftheday from match 14 belongs to him #CPL18 T20 (@CPL) August 23, 2018Smith smashed 63 off 44 balls with the bat and then followed it up with a 2/19 in three overs as they the Tridents beat the Tallawahs by two runs in a thriller at Lauderhill.Smith, who rarely bowls now, had made his name as a leg-spinner during his early days. Smith at that point was considered to be the next big spinner in Australia but he gradually concentrated on his batting and his bowling took a back seat.advertisementAnd what a move it turned to be.Since making his international debut for Australia in January 2010, Smith has gone onto represent the Aussies in 202 matches across all formats and has scored 10,061 runs. He is currently the No.2 Test batsman despite being out of international cricket since March.Smith, who missed the Indian Premier League as well for his suspension, will miss Australia’s series against South Africa, Australia and Sri Lanka as his ban will not get over before April, 2019.He along with David Warner, who is also playing cricket in leagues, are expected to return to the Australia squad for the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.last_img read more

Hot and dry weather making way for possible thunderstorms later this week

first_imgThe BC Wildfire Service says that says that while no new human-caused wildfires were started in this corner of the province over the Victoria Day long weekend, a number of lightning-caused fires were started north of Fort St. John after a band of thunderstorms erupted on Sunday evening. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Environment Canada forecasters say that the Peace Region won’t be getting a much-needed dump of precipitation anytime soon, and an unstable airmass could exacerbate the current dry conditions later this week.Meteorologist Cindy Yu says that a ridge of high pressure will be bringing sunny skies and temperatures into the high-20’s or even low 30’s to Fort St. John during the first half of the week. Yu said however that temperatures will start to return to the low- to mid-20’s in the latter half of the week, as a low pressure trough moves across B.C. from the Alaska Panhandle.She said however that the passing front will be followed by an unstable airmass that could result in thunderstorms across Northeast B.C. Yu said that while those possible storms would cause localized precipitation, the region isn’t forecast to see any significant, steady rainfall that would help lower the current fire danger rating, which is sitting at between high and extreme in much of the northeast.last_img read more

Association of tech professionals reverses policy on Huawei

BEIJING — The world’s largest association of technology professionals has reversed a decision that would have excluded employees of Chinese tech giant Huawei and its affiliates from some editorial and peer review activities.The announcement by the IEEE followed a clarification from the U.S. Department of Commerce that employees of Huawei and its affiliates can participate as peer reviewers and editors in the organization’s publication process.The U.S. has put Huawei on an “Entity List,” effectively barring U.S. firms from selling it technology.The IEEE, IEEE, pronounced “Eye-triple-E,”stands for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.It said all members, “regardless of employer,” can participate in all of its activities.It said an earlier, “more restrictive” stance, publicly condemned by Chinese experts, was meant to protect members from legal risk.The Associated Press read more

Schools in Middle East must be zones of peace UN envoy on

Completing a three-day fact-finding mission to Lebanon, the United Nations envoy for children in armed conflict today called on all sides in the Middle East to respect international humanitarian law and ensure schools are “zones of peace” where children are protected. After visiting the southern Lebanese town of Bint Jbeil, Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Radhika Coomaraswamy said she was shocked to see the destruction caused by last year’s conflict between Hizbollah and Israel and its considerable impact on children. “All parties should respect International Humanitarian Law with regard to the protection of children and ensure that schools are zones of peace. For the sake of future generations, a framework for a permanent peace should be negotiated with Israel,” she said. Ms. Coomaraswamy said that she felt very encouraged by the response of the Lebanese authorities, civil society, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the international community to the crisis with regard to children. She also welcomed commitments made by Prime Minister Fuad Siniora on behalf of Lebanon’s Government and by Parliamentary Deputy Mohamed Raad on behalf of Hizbollah to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the recruitment and use of children in armed conflict. Ms. Coomaraswamy stressed that children should not be used in political mobilization or armed violence. During discussions with these officials, she also raised the issue of cluster bombs and unexploded ordinance and asked Lebanon to take a leading role in the development of and advocacy for an International Protocol on Cluster Munitions. After visiting the Shatilla Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut, she expressed concern over refugee children and called for better access to social services, education and employment, while also recognizing the efforts made by the Government to address the issue of living conditions in the camp. “It is crucial for the future of the country to encourage children to continue to go to school especially the most vulnerable and marginalized ones,” she declared. 12 April 2007Completing a three-day fact-finding mission to Lebanon, the United Nations envoy for children in armed conflict today called on all sides in the Middle East to respect international humanitarian law and ensure schools are “zones of peace” where children are protected. read more

Anusha Palpita removed from post following pressure

The Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) had said Palpita’s appointment was a “shameful” act as he was previously accused of being involved in corruption when Mahinda Rajapaksa was in power.Palpita was accused of being involved in the misappropriation of Rs. 600 million belonging to the TRC during the last presidential election campaign. (Colombo Gazette) Former Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) Director General Anusha Palpita has been removed from the post of additional secretary to the Ministry of Home Affairs following pressure against his appointment.The Government was slammed for appointing Palpita as a Ministry Additional Secretary. read more

Standard Poors downgrades SNCLavalin citing charges and diplomatic feud

MONTREAL — The woes won’t stop piling up for SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.Debt rating agency Standard & Poor’s downgraded the company Tuesday, citing diplomatic tensions and criminal charges against the beleaguered engineering giant as among the financial headwinds buffeting a firm now swept up in a political firestorm.A pair of slashed profit forecasts from SNC-Lavalin in the past three weeks — which first halved the per-share earnings target and then cut it again by more than 40 per cent — will make for a higher debt ratio, the agency said, prompting the downgrade to BBB- from BBB.An ongoing feud between Canada and Saudi Arabia, where the company has 9,000 employees, is jeopardizing future contracts in a volatile oil and gas industry, the agency suggested.“In our view, tension between the two countries has weakened SNC’s competitive position in the Middle East, and will likely affect a meaningful share of the company’s future growth.”The company generates between 10 per cent and 15 per cent of its revenues in the region, the agency estimates.Standard & Poor’s also highlighted the prospect of a ban of up to 10 years on contracts with the federal government in Canada.The ban is one possible outcome that could flow from a conviction on fraud and corruption charges stemming from alleged dealings with the Libyan regime under Moammar Gadhafi between 2001 and 2011. The company has pleaded not guilty.In 2013, SNC-Lavalin was debarred from bidding on any construction project backed by the World Bank for up to 10 years, constraining its options.“The pie’s getting awfully small to survive,” said Ian Lee, an associate professor at Carleton University’s business school. “They’re going through very, very tough times.”Adding to the “modest degree of uncertainty in the company’s earnings” are problems at a mining project and the risk of a global economic slowdown, the agency said.The Montreal-based company has halted all bidding on future mining projects following a contract dispute with Chile’s state-owned copper mining company Codelco. Now entering arbitration, the tiff could yield a $350-million loss for SNC-Lavalin’s mining and metallurgy business in the fourth quarter of 2018.The downgrade came after the federal ethics commissioner launched an investigation into allegations that the Prime Minister’s Office put pressure on former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to help the company avoid a criminal prosecution.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has denied directing Wilson-Raybould, who resigned from cabinet Tuesday, on the matter.Analyst Yuri Lynk of Canaccord Genuity said the reputational damage of a looming corruption case could hurt the company more than a decade-long ban on federal contract bidding.“In my mind, it’s worse just to have this hanging over the company’s head for another several years. It hurts their reputation,” he said. “Their competitors would always be reminding clients that you’re dealing with someone with outstanding charges against it in its own country.”Lynk said a remediation agreement would likely lead to a major stock bump, sorely desired after shares dove to a 10-year low of $34 on Monday.It might also lessen the appeal for SNC to sell part of its 16.77 per cent stake in Ontario’s 407 ETR highway. The company has been mulling a partial sale for at least six months, which would hand it a slice of the $2.2 billion some analysts say the stake is worth.“They’ve got a lot on their plate, but I would say trying to get the 1/8remediation agreement3/8 settled would be at the top of their to-do list,” Lynk said.Nearly one-third of SNC’s revenue stems from work in Canada, though much of it through contracts that are not with the federal government, said Laurentian Bank Securities analyst Mona Nazir.A remediation agreement could stick SNC with a potential fine of between $200 million and $500 million or more, analysts say.“The upside from signing a remediation agreement far outweighs any potential fine that SNC would have had to pay,” Nazir said.Analyst Derek Spronck of RBC Dominion Securities noted that the rating downgrade will result in pricing increases on the company’s $500-million term loan.Further clouding the legal and fiscal horizon are court documents that show Quebec prosecutors are working with the RCMP on the possibility of new criminal charges against SNC-Lavalin tied to a contract to refurbish Montreal’s Jacques Cartier Bridge.Companies in this story: (TSX:SNC) read more

Ameryst Alston and Raven Ferguson lead Ohio State womens basketball to upset

Junior guard Raven Ferguson drives to the basket during a game against Michigan Jan. 5 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 64-49.Credit Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Indiana Hoosiers came into their game against the Ohio State women’s basketball team undefeated and ranked in the top-25 for just the second time in team history.They left Assembly Hall with a loss to the unranked Buckeyes.OSU sophomore guard Ameryst Alston led all scorers and tied a career high with 29 points as the Buckeyes took down the No. 22 Hoosiers, 70-51, Saturday.Coach Kevin McGuff was not shy in his praise of his star guard after the victory.“She (Alston) was in attack mode for 40 minutes tonight,” McGuff said in a press release following the game. “We are a different team when she is playing with that type of aggressiveness.”The Buckeyes also got quality minutes from junior guard Raven Ferguson, who came off the bench to record a career-high 18 points.“This was Raven’s best game all year,” McGuff said. “She generated a lot of offense for herself and her teammates.”The efforts of Alston and Ferguson also made an impression on Indiana coach Curt Miller.“The one-on-one ability by Ameryst and the one-on-one ability by Raven Ferguson was the big difference in the game tonight,” Miller said in a postgame video for Indiana athletics. “They created havoc with their penetration.”The OSU defense was a big factor in the victory, as it held the Hoosiers to just 28.8 percent shooting from the field.“I thought we were particularly good on the defensive end today and I think our players did an excellent job executing what the game plan was and playing with great intensity,” McGuff said. “Our communication was better and we were just much, much better on the defensive end.”Another area of success for the Buckeyes was scoring inside, where the Buckeyes outscored Indiana 38-14 in the paint.“Ohio State’s big,” Hoosiers senior center Simone Deloach said in a postgame video. “They did a really good job of getting the ball inside and … passing out of the post too.”The game seemed to be in hand midway through the second half as OSU led 56-37 with 10:46 remaining.But the Hoosiers then scored 11 straight to cut the lead to eight with just more than eight minutes left.The crowd at Assembly Hall roared, but the Buckeyes had an answer.The Buckeyes finished the game on a 14-3 run in the final eight minutes to seal a victory, much to the delight of McGuff.“That was really great to see,” McGuff said. “They certainly could have crumbled and quit doing the things that allowed us to get the lead we had prior to that run.”The win over Indiana gave the Buckeyes their second road victory this season, the other coming against West Virginia Nov. 8 when they beat the Mountaineers 70-61.“We still have a long way to go,” McGuff said. “But this was a good performance for us.”OSU is scheduled to travel to Penn State Thursday. Tipoff between the Buckeyes and No. 14 Nittany Lions is set for 7 p.m. read more

What is thirdparty ownership in football and why is it controversial

first_imgGianni Infantino, the Fifa president West Ham was found guilty of acting improperly and withholding key documentation over Tevez and Mascherano’s ownership, and the club was fined £5.5 million.TPO was banned by the FA at the start of the 2008-09 season. The Premier League concluded that the practice “raises too many issues over the integrity of competition” and “the development of young players”.Gianni Infantino, now the Fifa president, said it was unacceptable for companies to “trade” economic rights to people. West Ham signings Carlos Tevez, left, and Javier Mascherano, hold up their new shirts at a press conference in September 2006Credit:Jane Mingay/AP Photo Third party ownership (TPO) of football players has been described as a form of modern-day “slavery” by some of the most senior figures in soccer.It involves a third party, such as a company or an agent, owning all or part of the financial rights to a player, so that the third party, rather than a football club, benefits from transfer fees every time the player is sold.It is in the third party’s interests to sell the player as often as possible to generate as much money from transfers as they can. Gianni Infantino, the Fifa presidentCredit:Walter Bieri/EPA Michael Platini, the former Uefa president, described the practice as “a type of slavery”. However, its proponents insist the practice provides a source of income for cash-strapped clubs.A global ban on third party ownership of players was introduced by Fifa in 2015.But agents found loopholes including buying shares in a club, with a view to cashing in with a cut of transfer fees netted by the club; providing a “loan” to a club and being repaid plus “interest” from sell-on fees; and acting as an agent in order to receive a cut from sell-on fees as “commission”. West Ham signings Carlos Tevez, left, and Javier Mascherano, hold up their new shirts at a press conference in September 2006 The practice came to prominence in 2007 when it emerged that West Ham United had breached Premier League rules over the signings of Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano the previous year.The economic rights of the two Argentinian stars were part-owned by a London-based fund, in a practice that was common in parts of Europe and South America.In itself, TPO was not then out of bounds. But the Premier League concluded that the contracts signed for the transfers gave the fund the right to decide whether a player moved to another club and for what fee. This was a breach of existing rules banning third parties from having influence over the transfers of players. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Pharmacies to dole out emergency prescriptions to ease NHS crisis

first_imgEvery year, around 200,000 people call 111 because they have run out of medication which is urgently needed.The national scheme will also see the phoneline refer increasing numbers of patients with minor ailments to community pharmacies for advice and medication.Health minister David Mowat said: “Community pharmacists already contribute a huge amount to the NHS, but we are modernising the sector to give patients the best possible quality and care.”This new scheme will make more use of pharmacists’ expertise, as well as freeing up vital time for GPs and reducing visits to A&E for urgent repeat medicines.” Patients in need of an emergency prescription will be able to bypass their GP under new plans intended to ease pressures on the NHS.A pilot scheme means that patients who call 111 because their medication has run out will be referred directly to chemists.Ministers said the change would free up time for GPs and reduce the number of patients turning up at Accident & Emergency departments because they could not obtain medication. Under the plans, patients will be given advice about how to obtain repeat prescriptions from their pharmacist in future, reducing the numbers calling 111 in an emergency, officials said. Health officials hope the scheme will free up time for GPs Credit:PA  GP consultation  ‘This new scheme will make more use of pharmacists’ expertise, as well as freeing up vital time for GPs and reducing visits to A&E for urgent repeat medicines’David Mowat, Health Ministercenter_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Health officials hope the scheme will reduce pressures on A&E departmentsCredit:Chris Radburn/PA  A&E sign  Keith Willett, medical director for acute care, NHS England, said: “Directing patients to go to a community pharmacy instead of a GP or A&E for urgent repeat medicines and less serious conditions, could certainly reduce the current pressure on the NHS, and become an important part of pharmacy services in the future. This pilot will explore a sustainable approach to integrate this into NHS urgent care.”It comes as latest figures show record levels of “bedblocking” in hospitals and longer waiting times in A&E this summer than in almost any winter for a decade.This week a report by regulators found eight in ten hospitals are not safe enough, with rising numbers overloaded by a crisis in care of the elderly which is approaching “tipping point”.last_img read more

Christmas Day could be the warmest on record with some parts of

first_imgChristmas Day could be the warmest on record with some parts of the country expected to reach 15C.Forecasters are predicting balmy weather in areas in the south – rivalling the record of 15.6C registered in Devon in 1920. Ho, ho, ho, Fleur here, Merry Christmas! Mild for many but windy in north with Storm Connor drawing in from the NW:— Met Office (@metoffice) December 25, 2016 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “It could maybe reach 15C which could make it the warmest Christmas day of record in the last 100 years.”For Scotland though, we could still see a touch of snow.”Forecaster Charlie Powell also said there would be amber warnings for the first part of Boxing Day and a yellow warning covering northern areas.He said: “As Conor pulls away on Boxing Day the winds will increase. The temperatures will drop down to 8C and it will be sunny but crisp.” Members of the public head into the freezing sea for the annual Brighton Swimming Club swim Met Office meteorologist Chris Page said: “Because of the wind direction from the south west, Storm Conor brings up some milder air which means temperatures will only drop to lows of 9 (48F) and 10C (50F), making it a very mild start to Christmas day.”We’ll see some clearer, drier spells in Scotland but the sunshine will be in the south and with south-westerly winds dragging up more mild air we could even see some records broken.center_img A Christmas Day swimmer skips out of the cold waters on Brighton beach A Christmas Day swimmer skips out of the cold waters on Brighton beachCredit:EPA But while some parts of England will be bathed in sunshine, there could be snow in the north of Scotland, brought in by Storm Conor as it approaches the UK.With winds expected to reach 80mph, the Met Office has raised its weather alert to amber.The latest storm is set to follow in the tracks of Barbara, which brought travel disruption and power cuts to the north of Scotland on Friday. Members of the public head into the freezing sea for the annual Brighton Swimming Club swimCredit:PA last_img read more

HBC Nantes with 6 over Skjern to keep French dream about three

← Previous Story VIDEO: Maqueda scores winning goal in Kiel Next Story → EHF CUP: Saint Raphael and FA Goppingen close to Final4 HBC Nantes concluded the first round of VELUX EHF Champions League quarter-final matches with a win over Skjern Handbold 33:27 (18:12).Team of Thierry Anti made a good job in front of home fans, but in some point of the second half it looked that French team can make even more convincing win when Nicolas Claire netted for 26:17.The Danish team managed to get back in the match and raise chances for the second match in Skjern. Three French teams at EHF CL Final4 in Cologne. Is it more realistic than before the first matches of TOP 8? HBC Nantes read more

Man who hiked price of HIV drug mocks schoolkids for recreating medicine

first_imgSeveral hours after being blasted on Twitter for his comments, Shkreli was more gracious in a short YouTube clip released today.“These Australian students are proof that the 21st century economy will solve problems of human suffering through science and technology,” he said.“We should congratulate these students for their interest in chemistry and all be excited about what is to come in this stem-focused 21st century.”With reporting by AFP.WATCH: Despised ex-drug CEO smirks his way through questioning by US politiciansRead: Drug company wants Simon Harris to intervene in row on life-changing drug Orkambi Former Pharma exec, Martin Shkreli Image: Susan Walsh AP/Press Association Images Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet 42,777 Views Share138 Tweet Email Friday 2 Dec 2016, 10:24 AM Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet 125 Comments Man who hiked price of HIV drug mocks schoolkids for recreating medicine in lab Martin Shkreli’s company raised the price of HIV drug Daraprim from €13.50 to €750 per pill. A GROUP OF Australian school children working on a shoestring budget have recreated the HIV drug whose price was controversially jacked up 5,000 percent by a former hedge fund manager.US drug company chief Martin Shkreli became a global figure of hate after buying the rights to Daraprim and then raising the price in the United States from $13.50 a tablet to $750.Shkreli opted to use Twitter to mock the school children, saying that he should use secondary school kids to make his medicines in future.Making a pointYoungsters at a Sydney school decided to draw attention to the scandal and went to work creating pyrimethamine, the active ingredient for Daraprim, an anti-parasitic used to treat people with low immune systems such as those with HIV, chemotherapy patients and pregnant women.Student James Wood said he and his friends had started off with just $20 of the drug, and in one reaction had produced thousands of dollars’ worth.“So we really just hope this makes a point about the nature of the pharmaceutical industry,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald.University of Sydney research chemist Alice Williamson helped the boys synthesise the medicine using an online platform Open Source Malaria.The pupils “shared the outrage of the general public,” Williamson said.“The original recipe, if you like, to make this molecule was from a patent that was referenced on Wikipedia,” she said.Turing Pharmaceuticals continue to sell the only FDA-approved form of the drug in the US, but reportedly cut the price in half for hospitals after the outcry.Daraprim, which figures on the World Health Organization list of essential medicines, is cheap in most countries, with 50 tablets selling in Australia for $10.Hate figureAfter it emerged that Shkreli had increased the price of the HIV drug by 5,000% overnight, the unapologetic pharma boss has become a hate figure in the US.At a meeting before US congress officials, Shkreli infuriated members by staying silent and smirking throughout.Since the controversy surrounding Daraprim emerged last year and the similar case of another firm hiking the price of an essential medicine in the US this year, Shkreli has been seen as symbolic of the problem of just how expensive medicines are.Reacting to the news of the Australian school children, Shkreli tweeted some sarcastic remarks about the students’ successful recreation of the drug.“Labor and equipment costs? Didn’t know you could get physical chemists to work for free?” Shkreli tweeted. “I should use high school kids to make my medicines!“And why buy my equipment when I can use the lab’s for free?! And those teachers who told them what to do, they’ll work for free, right.” Short URL By Sean Murray Former Pharma exec, Martin Shkreli Image: Susan Walsh AP/Press Association Images Dec 2nd 2016, 10:24 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Trash collectors ordered to return to work

first_imgSome 3,000 civil mobilisation orders had been issued by Wednesday night for Athens sanitation workers, who have been on strike last week, but unionists warned that even if the municipal employees return to work, it could take more than a month to collect all the rubbish that has piled up on the city’s streets. The government issued the civil mobilisation orders on Tuesday after failing to convince the sanitation workers, who are protesting the latest austerity measures and any attempt to allow private contractors to collect refuse, to end their protest. However, the civil mobilization order is unlikely to lead to any speedy collection of thousands of tons of rubbish on the streets of the capital. City of Athens general secretary Theodoros Livanos said it would take a few days to ensure that all the municipal employees had received their orders. The process is a fairly complicated one as the papers will have to be issued by the Attica Regional Authority, which will then deliver them to the capital’s various municipalities, which in turn will have to ensure that the orders are handed to a total of some 7,500 workers. Giorgos Harisis, the vice president of POE-OTA, the federation of municipal workers’ unions, told Skai Radio that even if the employees are forced back to work, it could still take a month to clear the 9,000 tons of rubbish that is estimated to have amassed on the streets of the capital. City of Athens officials, however, said that the collection should take no more than five days. A similar process is under way in Thessaloniki, where officials estimate that some 3,500 tons of trash has to be collected. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more