Novarc Images/Alamy Stock Photo ‘Stature gene’ may reveal why these hunter-gatherers are among the world’s smallest humans Rainforest hunter-gatherers in the Central African Republic African rainforest hunter-gatherers are among the smallest humans on the planet. Adult men rarely exceed 1.5 meters tall, about a quarter-meter shorter than the global average. Now, the largest ever genetic analysis of this group may have fingered the gene responsible—and settled a mystery that has vexed scientists for decades.Once called “Pygmies” by outsiders, African rainforest hunter-gatherers live in densely forested environments across Central Africa. Their way of life includes gathering wild fruits and vegetables, fishing, and hunting monkeys and antelope. Their most striking physical characteristic is their relatively short stature (The name “pygmy” is derived from the ancient Greek word for “dwarf.”)Some anthropologists have speculated that the group’s small body size gave them an advantage in Africa’s spectacularly hot, humid rainforests. Put simply, there’s less body to cool down, be it by sweating or other means. But other scientists say their stature may be just an accident. 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The researchers report that the donors gave their informed consent to use their DNA in these studies.They ran the data through a computer algorithm that calculates whether it’s more likely that particular snippets of DNA arose by pure chance or through natural selection. What they found surpassed their expectations: All the hunter-gatherer populations showed a strong signal of selection within a short stretch of DNA on chromosome 8, and all the agriculturalists lacked this signal. This genetic region helps regulate a gene called TRPS1, which plays an important role in skeletal development. That suggests natural selection specifically favored short stature in this group, the authors say.Further analysis revealed additional strong signals of natural selection in genes unrelated to height that code for proteins thought to protect against various types of viruses. As with TRPS1, this signal was pronounced in the hunter-gatherers but not in the agriculturalists, the scientists report this month in Current Biology.The finding further confirms that short stature and enhanced protection against viruses were both critical adaptations to rainforest living for African rainforest hunter-gatherers, says Pasteur Institute geneticist and study author Lluís Quintana-Murci. He hopes the work could one day help researchers develop more effective medicine for this population.The study presents a solid argument that height and viral disease resistance were separate, independent targets of evolution, says Thomas Kraft, an anthropologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, who studies hunter-gatherers. He says he’d like future studies to delve into whether these evolutionary pressures are still at work in modern hunter-gatherer societies.Pontus Skoglund, a population geneticist at the Francis Crick Institute in London, adds that the results make him want to know more about when and where these unique genetic adaptations first arose. “There’s not so many people with a hunter-gatherer lifestyle in the world today,” he says, “and this can perhaps tell us about important processes that happened in the past.” By Michael PriceAug. 13, 2019 , 1:50 PM
In 2011, the 10 Indian Premier League teams are estimated to have collectively earned a revenue of Rs 900 to 1000 crore.According to sources, the Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi and Rajasthan franchises are profitable, while the Deccan Chargers, Kings XI Punjab and Pune Warriors franchises are running into losses.Seventy-five to 80 per cent of the franchises’ revenues came from sponsorship. This includes a central revenue from the IPL, which accounted for 35-40 per cent, while the teams generated the rest through their own deals.The gate collection, by way of sale of tickets at stadiums, contributed 15 to 20 to the franchises’ coffers, while merchandise sales accounted for three to seven per cent of all revenue.But in the coming seasons of the IPL, it is expected to be nontraditional sources of income whose role will expand.Last year, some teams organised programmes and local cricket tournaments to earn additional money. They also initiated steps to give a boost to fan-clubs. While the money from these steps maybe negligible so far, they have potential to grow.The highly-successful Chennai Super Kings brought out comic books to bring young children on to the IPL bandwagon. In IPL5, this activity is expected to get a boost. For this year, the team has also appointed an agency in North America to offer package tours to cricket lovers who want to visit India during the IPL and go for sightseeing or a visit to Tirupati.Rajasthan Royals, a team that has kept a low-cost structure from the beginning, has planned a variety of activities. Apart from the main sponsors, it is trying to tie-up with smaller players, who will provide a connect with towns and villages.advertisementTeams said they are looking at 10 to 15 per cent revenue growth in IPL5.
MOST READ The Motolite Spikers saw their own winning run cut to four and fell to 4-2.Still it’s a welcome development for the squad composed of low-key veterans.“It’s a team effort because we wanted to score our first win,” said Dell Palomata in Filipino. The lanky middle blocker accounted for 16 points, including four blocks.Air Force coach Jasper Jimenez heaved a sigh of relief after scoring their first win in six games which created distance from a young Chef’s Classics team which is just gaining experience in the club league.The Red Spikers, whose core is composed of San Beda players, remained winless in seven outings.ADVERTISEMENT Malasakit Center bill awaits Duterte signature Camp John Hay sustains dominance at home 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Hopefully, this continues,” said Jimenez in Filipino. “Slowly, we are getting our focus.”Judy Caballejo added 12 points, while Joy Cases chipped in 10 for Air Force.Jimenez admitted that there is still plenty of room for improvement.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Women’s football teams served just egg, kikiam and rice for breakfast Kim Chiu rushed to ER after getting bitten by dog in BGC Singapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics NorthPort forces rubber match, blasts No. 1 NLEX However the Jet Spikers’ next assignments would be against tougher teams Choco Mucho and PacificTown-Army to close out the preliminaries.Later, PetroGazz drained a Motolite team that couldn’t plugged the holes left by injured star Myla Pablo, scoring a 25-21, 25-16, 28-26 triumph.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPH women’s football team not spared from SEA Games hotel woesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSThailand claims not enough Thai food, drinks for players at hotelIt was the Angels’ fourth straight victory that hiked their record to 5-2 for a second place tie with the idle BanKo Perlas Spikers.Pablo, who missed games in the previous conference due to back injury, hurt her right ankle at the start of second set and was wheeled out on stretcher. ‘City-killer’: Asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid may hit Earth in 2022, says NASA The Air Force finally got off the ground, but, despite its first win in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference, still expects a bumpy ride ahead.The Jet Spikers held it together for a change on Sunday night, dominating Chef’s Classics, 26-24, 25-15, 25-22, at FilOil Flying Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Foot fetish: Nibbles a specialty at Indonesian restaurant Manila’s hidden reservoir to re-emerge as tourist draw LATEST STORIES View comments
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has urged “impulsive” midfielder Granit Xhaka to maintain his discipline as a heated north London derby looms when Tottenham Hotspur visit the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.Xhaka has made an impressive start to his Arsenal career, but his ability to control his temper was called into question after he picked up his eighth red card in two and a half years in the Premier League win over Swansea City last month.”I’m a bit concerned, yes, because the discipline is important. We want to be effective in all positions we face. In derbies it is important to maintain discipline,” Wenger told reporters on Thursday. (Also read: UEFA Champions League: Bayern, Atletico, Arsenal book berths in last-16, Manchester City stun Barcelona)The 24-year-old, who joined from German side Borussia Monchengladbach in the close season, is likely to return to the starting line-up after Wenger confirmed influential midfielder Santi Cazorla is a doubt for Sunday’s clash.”He’s (Xhaka) quite normally a composed and calm guy – sometimes he has a reaction that is a bit impulsive. He has to work on that and keep control of his reactions in the game,” Wenger added.The left back position could be a cause of concern for Wenger on Sunday as Kieran Gibbs, who picked up a minor shoulder problem after Tuesday’s Champions League win over Bulgarian side Ludogorets, and Nacho Monreal remain a doubt.”There’s still some uncertainties,” Wenger said. (Also read: Arsenal must put November struggles to bed, says Arsene Wenger)advertisementRight back Hector Bellerin is likely to return to the first team after being rested for the midweek clash against Ludogorets while in-form winger Theo Walcott faces a late fitness test.Striker Olivier Giroud has scored two goals in his last three games but is unlikely to usurp Alexis Sanchez in the first team as the winger has excelled in the central striker role, scoring eight goals in 14 appearances so far.However, Wenger was quick to dismiss the notion Giroud would be used as a “plan B”.”There’s no plan B in any squad,” he said. (Also read: Lucas Perez out for up to two months, Aaron Ramsey back for Arsenal)”The way a manager thinks is just ‘what is the next game?’ He (Giroud) has shown that he is a huge asset for the club.”Wenger also said it would be an “intelligent decision ” to rest midfielder Mesut Ozil for Germany’s upcoming internationals.Arsenal are second in the table, a point ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham after 10 games.
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DONE DEAL: Stoke sign Wolves striker Benik Afobeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveStoke City have completed the permanent signing of Wolves striker Benik Afobe – for a reported £12m – and Brentford midfielder Ryan Woods.Afobe, 25, joined the Potters in June on loan with an obligation to buy, just 11 days after he had signed for Wolves from Bournemouth for £10m.The DR Congo international has scored seven goals in 28 games in 2018-19.Woods, 25, joined on an initial loan in August from Brentford, who reportedly valued him at between £6-7m.The former Shrewsbury player has made 22 appearances for Gary Rowett’s side, who are 14th in the second tier. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Rohan Sen VizagOctober 6, 2019UPDATED: October 6, 2019 14:55 IST Rohit Sharma scored a total of 303 runs in the Vizag Test while opening for the first time for India (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSIndia (502/7d & 323/4d) beat South Africa (431 & 191) by 203 runs to take a 1-0 series lead in VizagRohit led the way at the top, scoring 176 and 127 in both innings for IndiaRohit is the first batsman in history to score 2 hundreds while opening the innings for the first time in a Test matchRohit Sharma had a superb outing as India’s Test opener for the first time and was thankful to the team management for giving him the opportunity to let him express himself at the top of the order, a position where he has had tremendous success in white-ball cricket in international cricket since 2013.Rohit led the way at the top, scoring 176 and 127 in both innings as India beat South Africa by 203 runs in the Vizag Test to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series on Sunday.Rohit became the first batsman in history to score two hundreds while opening the innings for the first time in Test cricket. He broke a number of records during both his knocks but the 32-year-old insisted that his focus was just to go out there and have some fun.”Just wanted to go out there and do what I do best. Great opportunity for me at the top. Thankful for the chance, considering I’ve never done that before. Focus was on winning the Test match and I think we pretty much did everything right today.”It’s my game to mix caution with aggression. Everything depends on the situation you’re batting in. There are lot of things in Test which I’m not aware of in terms of records. Focus was to have fun and put team in a good position,” Rohit said at the post-match presentation.Well played, @ImRo45 @Paytm #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/NsSGb5n5SaBCCI (@BCCI) October 5, 2019Rohit also revealed that the team management had conveyed him the message that he would get the chance to open in Test cricket a couple of years back which is when he started his preparations of batting against the new red ball.advertisement”The communication to me happened a couple of years ago that I might open at some stage. So even when I wasn’t playing Tests, I was batting against the new balls in the nets.”No matter what ball you play, whether it’s red ball or white ball. At the start you’ve got to be careful. Focus on basics – leaving ball outside off, playing close to the body. My job here is to play in a certain manner, that’s what they expect me.”Had to try and play some shots. May come off and may not come off. Bowlers are pretty smart these days. I back myself and I guess fortune favours the brave,” Rohit said.Hitman’s innings comes to an end. He departs after a brilliant knock of 176 @Paytm #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/jGasM8S9ETBCCI (@BCCI) October 3, 2019Chasing 395 for victory, the Proteas were bowled out for 191 in their second innings in the second session on Day 5 with Mohammed Shami grabbing 5 wickets while Ravindra Jadeja finished with 4.India consolidated their top spot in the ICC World Test Championship table with 160 points after this win. The two teams will now travel to Pune for the second Test which starts from October 10.Also Read | India vs South Africa, 1st Test: Sixes galore as records tumble in VizagAlso Read | Vizag Test: Rohit, Mayank, Ashwin, Shami protagonists in India’s winAlso Read | R Ashwin fastest Indian bowler to 350 Test wicketsAlso Read | India vs South Africa Highlights 1st Test Day 5: Shami takes 5th 5-wicket haul, IND beat SA by 203 runsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Rohit SharmaFollow Vizag TestFollow India vs South Africa 1st TestFollow IND v SA No data available! scorecard graphs advertisement commentary Next My game is all about a mix of caution and aggression: Rohit Sharma after Vizag Test heroicsRohit Sharma was adjudged player of the match for scoring 303 runs in the Vizag Test which India won by 203 runs against South Africa on Day 5 to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series on Sunday. view more view less
The province is extending the review of hydraulic fracturing to mid-2014 to ensure its review committee has the best information to make informed recommendations. No hydraulic fracturing will be approved in Nova Scotia during the review. Energy Minister Charlie Parker and Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau announced the extension today, April 16, to consider technical reviews underway in Canada and the United States. “I have talked to many Nova Scotians who are concerned about their drinking water and the implications of injecting sand, chemicals and large volumes of water into the earth,” said Mr. Parker. “They have questions and concerns and we will take time to learn from jurisdictions with significantly more experience in this area than Nova Scotia.” “It is important that we have the appropriate rules in place around this activity to protect the environment,” said Mr. Belliveau. “We want to ensure we are making informed decisions to protect our natural environment, including our water, today and for future generations.” Hydraulic fracturing is a technique used to extract gas and oil from shale by using pressure, chemicals and large volumes of water that has been controversial in Nova Scotia and parts of North America. No hydraulic fracturing approvals will be granted during the review but traditional oil and gas operations will continue. The review committee will continue to monitor and share information during the extension. New material will be posted atwww.gov.ns.ca/nse/pollutionprevention/consultation.hydraulic.fracturing.asp as it becomes available.
International Medical Corps will honor Hillary Clinton this November at its 2013 annual Awards Celebration.MC for the event, to be held at Beverly Wilshire on November 8, will be Jarl Mohn, and co-chairs include Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg. Committee members include Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Katie McGrath and J.J. Abrams, Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson, Eddie Redmayne, Anna Wintour, Robin Wright, Hans Zimmer and many more.Since its inception nearly 30 years ago, International Medical Corps’ mission has been consistent: relieve the suffering of those impacted by war, natural disaster, and disease, by delivering vital health care services and sustainable development projects that focus on training.For more info and tickets, click here.
BERLIN — A closely watched survey shows increasing pessimism among German businesses.The Ifo Institute said Tuesday its business confidence index dropped to 101 points for December from 102 points in November as managers’ view of both their current circumstances and their prospects for the next six months fell. That’s the fourth drop in a row.Germany’s economy, Europe’s largest, shrank in the third quarter and there are increasing worries about the effect of multiple issues, like Britain’s decision to leave the European Union and new tariffs from the U.S. administration of President Donald Trump.The Ifo index is based on some 9,000 survey responses from firms in manufacturing, the service sector, trade and construction.The Associated Press
London: An Indian-origin banker is among three conmen jailed for defrauding elderly bank customers of more than 390,000 pounds and laundering the cash through multiple fake bank accounts in the UK. Taminder Virdi, 33, was found guilty of fraud following a six-week trial at Blackfriars Crown Court in London and was sentenced last week to three years and six months behind bars.His co-worker, Abubakar Salim, 36, was jailed for four years. The duo, who both worked at the same TSB branch in Stoke Newington in 2014, transferred funds out of customer accounts into 65 fraudulent beneficiary accounts they had opened. These accounts were controlled by accountant Babar Hussain, 40, who had pleaded guilty to all the offences before the start of trial and was jailed last Friday for five years and four months. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraHussain is a professional money launderer who used his accountancy knowledge to steal hundreds of thousands of pounds from elderly banking customers, said Mike Hulett, Head of Operations at the National Crime Agency’s National Cyber Crime Unit, which led the investigations. He was aided by two corrupt bank workers who abused their positions of trust, using false documents to set up bank accounts to launder the hard-earned savings of their unsuspecting victims, he said. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysOfficers from the UK’s NCA were alerted to their activity when one of the eight victims, all of whom were in their 70s, reported that 56,000 pounds had been transferred out of their bank account without consent. That money was then deposited into seven beneficiary accounts opened in different names. Hulett said: As soon as the first victim reported the theft we used our specialist cyber capabilities to follow the money and established the real world identities of these criminals. We are committed to working with partners to target professional enablers involved in cyber crime. Hussain was arrested in July 2016 and officers recovered some fraudulently obtained genuine driving licenses, which Virdi and Salim used along with fake gas and electric bills to open up the beneficiary accounts. Hussain claimed that part of his work in the community involved opening and managing bank accounts for those just arriving in the UK with no fixed address. PTI
Rabat – “The struggle of the Sahrawi people for freedom and independence is our struggle,” said President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa.During a speech on the 107th anniversary of the founding of the African National Congress (ANC), President Ramaphosa showed full support for the Polisario Front.The president said that his country stands “alongside the Polisario Front and the leaders of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic in their struggle for full sovereignty over all their territory.” He also reiterated support for the AU and the UN to “end the last colony on the African continent.”Ramaphosa’s controversial statement might increase diplomatic tension between Rabat and Pretoria.The unfriendly relationship between the two countries dates back to 2004 when Morocco’s ambassador to South Africa left the country when Pretoria recognized the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).Read Also: Facts about Western Sahara Conflict that You Should KnowEver since, South Africa has been one of the most vocal supporters of Polisario. Pretoria has joined forces with Algeria to thwart all Moroccan efforts to reach a mutually accepted political solution to the conflict in line with the UN-led political process initiated in April 2007. After more than 13 years of tension, the two countries agreed to end their diplomatic tension after King Mohammed VI met former South African President Jacob Zuma, and have both expressed desires to build a more prosperous and interdependent Africa.When King Mohammed VI received then President Zuma at the fifth African Union-European Union summit in November 2017, analysts hoped the meeting would end the animosity between the two countries. Those hopes, however, were dashed with the election of Cyril Ramaphosa, a long-time Polisario supporter. Rabat has not responded to a request from Pretoria to accept a South African ambassador.In November 2018, the South African government said that it is up to Morocco to appoint an ambassador, saying that Rabat has not yet responded to an agreement request to exchange new ambassadors made years ago.In the 2026 World Cup bid, South Africa showed anti-Moroccan sentiment when a politician said that her country would not vote for Morocco’s bid due to its political agenda. South Africa broke the African consensus around the Moroccan bid and voted in favor of the US-Canada-Mexico bid last June.
Best of Breed vs. Suites: Becoming Moot Point in UC Sorell Slaymaker July 24, 2019 Legacy enterprises must stop ignoring the fact that the future of communications software is embedded in applications. Regarding RingCentral, I really don’t like the company being part of this deal. No offense to CEO Vlad Shmunis and team, but they’d be fooling themselves if they think they understand Avaya’s customer base. If I were a betting person, I’d handicap the outcome that Avaya stays “as is” and looks to build some momentum in the area of cloud with the hopes of getting better return a year or two from now. If this is to happen, as I outlined above, Avaya will need to rethink how it transforms itself to achieve results faster. Success would result in the company remaining independent or a sale resulting in high shareholder return. The components are all there, but making the shift as a public company isn’t trivial. Avaya does nothing; it remains a public company and operates as it has since it hopped back on the NYSE almost two years ago.Mitel purchases Avaya and rolls up the company, continuing the consolidation mission of its CEO, Rich McBee.Avaya goes private. As reported previously on No Jitter, based on a Reuters article, private equity firm Clayton Dubilier & Rice is considering partnering on a bid with UCaaS leader, RingCentral. While we’ve yet to hear from Chirico, many rumors are swirling around about what might happen. I’ve synthesized them down to three possible outcomes: Avaya Continues Mulling Next-Step Options Beth Schultz September 12, 2019 In a brief update, company said strategic alternative review process continues, gave no indication of new expectations for wrapping it up. Chirico needs to balance maintaining the legacy with keeping an eye on the future. But as CEO of a public company, he’s at the mercy of the shareholders. Turning the business around will require Avaya taking a step back before it can move forward and fully make the hard pivot to cloud. This might mean disrupting the status quo. To do this, Chirico needs to set shareholder expectations, making revenue less important and company transformation his measuring stick. Ivan Seidenberg was able to do this during the 2005-2010 time period during his reign as Verizon CEO; he laid out a plan to Wall Street, and for a few years provided updates to investors on those initiatives while providing revenue/margin guidance. Avaya has good, if not great, products and arguably the best customer base in the industry, but it does need to make some hard choices if it’s going to remain public. Log in or register to post comments Mitel, Avaya Merger on Tap? Beth Schultz August 20, 2019 On the heels of word that Avaya is close to reaching acquisition deal, the focus turns to Mitel and a reported bid of $20 per share. hourglass_774.jpg Mitel excels with SMBs and Avaya serves large enterprisesAvaya’s strength is private/hybrid cloud, and Mitel has a better public cloud offeringMitel’s contact center business is down-market where Avaya’s is in large and global companiesRegionally the two complement one another Avaya Still on the Block, Resolution May Come Soon Beth Schultz August 14, 2019 As the company plugs away on cloud sales, CEO Jim Chirico looks to wrap up its review of strategic alternatives in the next 30 days. Mitel Continues Its RollupTo me, this option makes the most sense, but could be a bit of a long shot. I know once McBee sets a price, he’s not moving off it — he knows the worth of acquired companies. As I pointed out in a previous post, a Mitel-Avaya merger would be good for the communications industry. Also, while on paper it looks like there’s a lot of overlap, there are more complementary areas. These include: In addition, given the current political climate the development work RingCentral does in Russia could be viewed negatively among Avaya’s many government customers. Avaya Goes Private… AgainThis option has some merit as it would allow Avaya to make the hard pivot to cloud without being under Wall Street’s watchful eye. Avaya has previously tried and failed at this strategy, so why would you believe it would work this time? To realize any potential here, the private equity firm would need to commit to company transformation and not be so concerned about short-term revenue. Also, the debt would be hard to service, so taking Avaya private should be part of a larger rollup strategy that might include buying some combination of UC, contact center, UCaaS, or CCaaS vendors. Avaya customers are the biggest of the big, and the most sophisticated, and they don’t want to move to public cloud. That audience wants cloud, but some form of hybrid and possibly multi-cloud. A strong proof point for this is that Google Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Services last year both rolled out private cloud stacks — Anthos and Outposts, respectively. Also, while Avaya has had its own “off the shelf” private cloud offering for a while, most of its large customer base wants a highly customized offering that’s tightly integrated with other business applications. This isn’t RingCentral’s strength. It’s worth looking at the implications of each. Being part of the acquisition would require a complete DNA change for RingCentral — and that would force Shmunis to eat some words. When Avaya went into bankruptcy, Shmunis took a victory lap and claimed we were at the end of the on-prem era and that the cloud had won. So, if RingCentral were to try and roll out its own private cloud stack and move into custom solutions, it would be counter to what it’s been preaching. I’m not saying it can’t be done, but it would require some explaining why the change in strategy, and I believe the stock price would get crushed. Justifying Workspace Applications: Time to Up the Game Marty Parker September 10, 2019 Communication technology vendors and their value-adding partners must take the lead in defining business justifications for their collaboration and workspace applications. Whatever the outcome, the clock is ticking, and we should expect to hear something by next week at this time.Tags:News & ViewsAvayaUnified Communications & CollaborationAnalyst InsightContact Center & Customer ExperienceNews & ViewsVendor News Articles You Might Like Avaya Remains As IsThis option certainly is feasible, but you have to question the long-term viability without a change in strategy. In 2011, the first full year Avaya reported revenue following its acquisition of Nortel, revenue topped out at $5.5 billion and debt at $6.2 billion. By the end of 2018, revenue had dropped to $2.9 billion with $3.2 billion in debt. Doing the math, revenue had declined 47% and debt about 48%, meaning the revenue-to-debt ratio is about the same as it was when it was a private company under Silver Lake Partners ownership. I’m aware that Avaya first went private in 2007, but the structure of the company was vastly different post-Nortel merger and the closest comparison to where it is today. During Avaya’s Aug. 13 third quarter earnings call, CEO Jim Chirico mentioned that within 30 days he expected to be sharing the conclusion to its pursuit of the “strategic alternatives” the company began seeking earlier this year. Chirico has one week before the sand in the 30-day hourglass runs out. Mitel has been an active acquirer and has had good success with its rollup strategy. This would certainly be bigger than any other purchase it’s made but the company does have a successful track record — and now ownership by a private equity firm with some deep pockets. Based on my back-of-the-envelope math, I believe the combined company has better debt leverage than the two companies alone. This would make servicing the combined debt easier. See All in Unified Communications & Collaboration »
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“We need to have a secure environment to be able to go back and I’m not sure we have it yet,” Mr. Annan said when asked about the recent bombings. He was attending the opening of the Trygve Lie Gallery, named after the UN’s first Secretary-General, in New York last night.“Obviously we’re going to remain alert, we’re going to keep our eyes open and analyze the situation vis-à-vis security before we take any decision. But this is not encouraging, I mean what happened today,” he added. “I have always maintained that security was important for my staff to return. Our activities are today constrained by the security environment.” Mr. Annan withdrew most international staff from Iraq after the 19 August bombing of UN headquarters in Baghdad that killed his Special Representative, Sergio Vieira de Mello, and 21 other people. He sent a team headed by Special Adviser Lakhdar Brahimi back to Iraq at the end of last week to consult with a wide spectrum of Iraqis and the United States-led Coalition Provision Authority (CPA) on the feasibility of holding elections before the return of sovereignty at the end of June, as well as on other alternatives. On Monday Mr. Annan said he hoped to reach a decision on the issue before the end of the month, adding that the work of the team, which is expected to stay in the country for about a week, “is going extremely well.”
by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 22, 2016 6:53 am MDT Last Updated Jan 22, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – The sales drought for Bombardier’s CSeries jetliner continues with the announcement that United Airlines has selected a Boeing plane over the Montreal-based manufacturer’s fuel-efficient aircraft.In making public its decision Thursday, the large U.S. carrier said it would be acquiring 40 of Boeing’s 118-seat 737-700s, not Boeing’s new more fuel-efficient MAX version, for delivery in mid-2017.The planes will replace some of the capacity operated by United’s regional partners as the carrier plans to cut by more than half the number of 50-seat planes in its fleet by 2019.Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) has said it was targeting orders from large airlines to help ignite momentum for the CSeries, which seats between 100 and 160 passengers in various configurations. It has been stuck at 243 firm orders for nearly 16 months.Spokeswoman Isabelle Gauthier said Bombardier is still focused on attracting “marquee customers” as it seeks to energize perception of the plane in the marketplace.“We’re not stalled, we’re not slowing down, we’re focused and it’s worldwide,” she said in an interview.United declined to say why it went with Boeing over rival bidders. However, officials told analysts that the price of fuel doesn’t impact its decisions on long-term fleet orders.The airline, which has also purchased 40 Embraer E-175 regional jets and other larger Boeing planes, added that it continues to look at the CSeries and other aircraft as it prepares to place additional orders.Walter Spracklin of RBC Capital Markets said the order loss is a disappointment for Bombardier.“A flagship order from a major U.S. carrier would have helped build legitimacy for Bombardier’s foray into the narrow-body segment with the CSeries,” he wrote in a report.The list price of United’s order was estimated at US$3.2 billion, but Spracklin believes Boeing was aggressive on pricing and opened production slots to accommodate the order.Benoit Poirier of Desjardins Capital Markets said he thought the CSeries had a “solid chance” of beating Boeing, Airbus and Embraer for United’s business.Meanwhile, he thinks order opportunities remain with Air Canada, Delta and British Airways.The Quebec government has committed US$1 billion for a 49.5 per cent stake in the CSeries. Bombardier said the support would reassure potential customers who may have been concerned about the company’s financial ability to bring the jetliner to market. The federal government is considering its own financial participation.Bombardier has begun to ramp up production of the CS100 as it prepares to deliver the first aircraft to Swiss Airlines by the second quarter.In the meantime, Poirier expects the market will remain skeptical and believes there is a real risk that the CSeries could be cancelled if no orders materialize in the next six months. The company’s shares lost more than nine per cent to $1.09 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Thursday. Bombardier misses opportunity as United selects Boeing over CSeries
After first quarter, feds on track to meet $28.5B deficit prediction: report by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 25, 2017 9:16 am MDT Last Updated Aug 25, 2017 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Three months into the fiscal year, the public books are on track to meet the Trudeau government’s deficit projection of $28.5 billion, an update on federal finances said Friday.The government posted a thin budgetary surplus of $83 million between April and June, the Finance Department’s monthly fiscal monitor found.That means the balance-sheet ink is set to start turning red over the coming months.The document noted that while the first quarter numbers provided limited detail for the whole fiscal year, it insisted they’re consistent with the deficit prediction in Ottawa’s March budget.Government revenues were up $3.5 billion or 4.9 per cent, compared with the same three-month period last year. The increase includes a $4-billion or seven per cent increase in total tax revenues.The higher revenues were partly offset by an increase in total expenses of 3.3 per cent or $2.4 billion. That included a 9.1 per cent increase in transfers to individuals, such as child- and elderly-benefit payments.Over the same period, public debt charges fell 4.2 per cent or $265 million.In June alone, the government posted a $16 million surplus compared with a year earlier after revenues rose $1.2 billion or 5.2 per cent and total expenses increased $109 million or 0.4 per cent.The Finance Department report was released with indicators showing the economy has been building momentum since the start of 2017.The improvements prompted the Bank of Canada to hike its key interest rate last month and expectations are high it will introduce another increase this fall.Earlier this month, the parliamentary budget officer predicted the government would run a shortfall this year of $24.8 billion.The Trudeau government has projected double-digit deficits until at least 2021-22 in order to finance initiatives it’s banking on to lift the economy, such as major infrastructure projects and enhanced child benefits.The Liberals’ 2015 election platform promised annual deficits of no more than $10 billion over the next couple of years and to eliminate the deficit by 2019-20.They posted a $21.85-billion shortfall last year and have yet to provide a timeline for when the budget will be balanced.The Conservatives have repeatedly attacked the Liberals over their deficit-spending plan.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter Finance Minister Bill Morneau speaks with reporters following a meeting at the Assembly of First Nations annual general meeting in Regina on Thursday, July 27, 2017. The government posted a thin budgetary surplus of $83 million between April and June, the Finance Department’s monthly fiscal monitor found. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde insisted on Wednesday that the eurozone must agree on a comprehensive strategy to reduce Greek debt. “Obviously, from the IMF’s perspective, we expect a real fix, not a quick fix, and that means clearly a debt that is sustainable as quickly as possible,” Lagarde told a news conference in Kuala Lumpur at the start of a visit to Asia just two days after a Eurogroup meeting in Brussels during which a rift between the Fund and the eurozone over how to deal with Greek debt widened. Institute of International Finance chief Charles Dallara said during a visit to Athens on Wednesday that steps must be taken that would allow the government to ease up on austerity. “What is needed in my view is to ease the case of fiscal adjustment,” he said. Germany has insisted that Greece must submit to greater fiscal supervision in return for any debt relief and it is expected that the government could pass as early as next week legislation that would bind Athens to stricter targets, in accordance with the terms of a new loan agreement yet to be signed. Source: Kathimerini
After President Donald Trump on Jan. 27 issued an executive order temporarily banning immigration from seven countries, the Associated Press requested information from the State Department to determine the number of people coming from those places and where they settled.The Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration provided information on immigrants from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen who were allowed to enter the U.S. from 2007 through the end of January. The searchable database is on our website, www.columbian.com.The data show that a number of refugees came to Vancouver and Camas.There were 173 refugees in Vancouver from Iraq, Iran and Syria. In 2007, five Iraqi refugees landed in Camas.Only four Syrian refugees sought safety in Vancouver, according to the Associated Press. They arrived in 2012.The bulk of the refugees in Vancouver came from Iraq: In 2008, 17 arrived; in 2009, 3 people arrived; in 2010, 9; in 2011, 1; in 2012, 9; in 2013, 53; in 2014, 35; in 2015, 14; in 2016, 22.
Sergio Aguero has hailed the impact Pep Guardiola has had on his development as a player at Manchester CityThe Argentina international has enjoyed another fruitful season under Guardiola and became the club’s record goalscorer earlier this season.Despite having been denied the opportunity of sealing the Premier League title on Saturday against Manchester United, City are still looking comfortable at the top of the league standings and have already tasted glory this season when they defeated Arsenal 3-0 in the Carabao Cup final in February.After another 30-goal season at the club, Aguero has hailed the effect the “demanding” Guardiola has had on him at the Etihad.“I think being able to adapt to Pep’s playing style has a large contributing factor in my form this season,” Aguero told the club website.Report: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“I’m driven to keep on learning, and I have always been able to absorb the lessons of other coaches and put them to practice.“Pep is very demanding, but I simply had to adapt my game and mindset and change how I play to his style. “That means helping recover the ball, press, pass it around more, search for my teammates and remain open for passes to find the goal.“It’s a continuous learning process, and I value that kind of thing as it helps me improve as a player.”While City are trailing Liverpool 3-0 on aggregate for the second leg of their quarter-final clash in the Champions League, Aguero is hopeful they can produce a shock comeback.“We’re prepared, and the whole staff is doing a great job to face what’s up ahead. I have a great deal of trust in the team, and the Champions League remains one of our objectives,” he said. “There is everything to play for.”