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BJP opens doors to Parrikar’s sons

first_imgNational-level leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have requested the sons of Manohar Parrikar, the late Goa chief minister, to join the party, State party president Vinay Tendulkar said on Monday.“BJP national vice-president Avinash Rai Khanna has informally requested both sons of Parrikar, Utpal and Abhijat, to join the BJP and work for the party as their father did, when he met them after Parrikar’s death. We will, of course, follow up on the matter with the sons on behalf of the party,” Mr. Tendulkar said. “But this is not the time to discuss these matters with them,” he said, replying to a specific question in this regard at a press conference at the party headquarters.Parrikar’s Assembly constituency of Panaji is vacant on account of his death on March 17 due to pancreatic cancer. His older son Utpal is one of the contenders for the post, BJP sources confirmed. During his political career, Parrikar did not bring his sons into politics.Asked about the possibility of the Panaji ticket being given to Mr. Utpal, Mr. Tendulkar said the party will take a call on the candidature only after the by-election was notified.last_img read more

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Bet responsibly? A struggle for some as sportsbook ads widen

first_imgIn this July 30, 2018 photo, Heather Warker, an employee of the sports betting lounge at Bally’s casino in Atlantic City N.J. counts money inside the teller’s cage. It’s hard enough for compulsive gamblers to stop betting. Now, in a growing number of places, they’re being bombarded with ads urging them to bet on sports. It’s a temptation they didn’t face a year ago. And it’s raising questions as to how tightly regulated sports betting advertising should be in the United States. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The tagline makes the solution sound so simple: “Gamble responsibly.”It’s anything but for those who struggle with compulsive gambling. Instead, the footnote caps a powerful new temptation as ads for sports betting emerge in states that have recently legalized an activity once banned in most of the United States.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too “Imagine being an alcoholic sitting home on your couch and there’s no beer in the house, and then there’s this app that you can press and magically a beer appears,” he said. “That’s the kind of access that’s out there now and it’s tempting as hell. It’s really, really hard to maintain your recovery and not bet again. Everywhere you look, someone’s urging you to gamble.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH 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 MOST READ England plans to ban all gambling-related ads and promotions during live sports starting in August.European gambling giant GVC Holdings said UK laws show go even further and ban ads during replays and some other sports programming. GVC, which operates several huge brands including bwin, Ladbrokes, Sportingbet and partypoker, signed a $200 million deal last year to offer sports betting and online gambling in the U.S. with MGM Resorts International.“The (European) market has become swamped with these advertisements,” said Martin Lycka, the company’s director of regulatory affairs.Lycka said ideally, governments would set acceptable guidelines and individual companies would go farther than the minimums in policing their own ads.“A balance needs to be struck,” he said.In the U.S., leagues have generally had a hand in the content of their advertising; not long ago the NFL even stopped ads for Las Vegas casinos from airing nationally during the Super Bowl, a move that seems well antiquated now given the pending move of the Raiders to Sin City and a marketing and data deal between the league and Caesars Entertainment, one of the biggest gambling operators in the world.Scott Kaufman-Ross, head of fantasy and gaming for the NBA, said advertising for sports betting is OK “if a fan is interested in betting and they want to bet. But if they’re not interested if they’re a problem gambler, they should not have it thrown in their face.”Bill Ordower, executive vice president of Major League Soccer, said restraint for leagues makes sense after a backlash several years ago to daily fantasy sports ads.“Any game you watched you were inundated with that advertising,” he said.Fantasy sports ads became such an annoyance that they even drew attention from law enforcement, with DraftKings and FanDuel settling a dispute in New York for a combined $12 million. For Gary, a 63-year-old real estate agent who has lost nearly $2 million gambling since his first bad bet on the Dallas Cowboys beating the Giants when he was 13, the struggle to resist advertising is made more difficult by the ease of betting online, a relatively new option in the legal gambling world outside Nevada.“They make it so tempting. It’s the perfect drug for compulsive gamblers,” he said. “They can close the bathroom door, make all their bets, not talk to a live person, and walk back out into the living room in a minute, with no one knowing.”John Sweeney, a professor at the University of North Carolina with backgrounds in advertising and sports communication, said questions about advertising point to a common question for gambling: Should states regulate this or is a single national standard necessary as sports betting grows?Sweeney said he recently received mail offers for casinos in 14 states, many with their own responsible gambling programs and policies.“This is the time when all these gambling issues will be given regulatory structure,” he said. “There’s an enormous amount at stake.”Whyte, from the national problem gambling council, suggests that U.S. casinos dedicate 1% of their advertising budget to messages promoting responsible gambling and help for those with problems. The French lottery plans to allocate 10% of its TV ad budget to such messages, but in most other places, there is no requirement to fund responsible gambling ads.The trajectory of sports betting in the U.S., once mainly an underground activity, makes it unclear whether the ads themselves are making people with gambling problems bet more on sports.Neva Pryor, executive director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, said calls to the state’s hotline that involve sports betting are up 21% since it started last year. But most of those callers say they had been betting on sports long before it became legal.“Some people are having difficulty with the ads,” she said. “The good thing is they all have the 800-GAMBLER number at the end. You don’t see that with beer ads.”Charlie, the IT professional, said gambling is often easier than drinking alcohol when he finds himself alone in hotels with nothing to do. Salah joy, Liverpool beats Tottenham to win 6th European Cup Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES “We want to get in front of this in a way that is meaningful,” said Sara Slane, the group’s senior vice president of public affairs. “We view the opportunity to offer sports betting on a state-by-state level as a privilege, and there needs to be responsible advertising that’s tied to that.”Indeed, those who struggle with gambling find ads touting Super Bowl or March Madness wagers similar to beer ads tempting those with alcoholism or fast food ads enticing those with unhealthy eating habits. Though a hurdle for some, the ads are an understandable facet of expanded betting with sportsbooks chasing new customers to bet legally and leisurely, just like millions of people who visit casinos, buy lottery tickets or drink and eat without harmful consequences.“There’s not one commercial break it seems where you don’t see one of these ads. As much as I tried to stop, there are all these incentives: a $500 free bet, we’ll refund your first bet even if you lose. They’re everywhere I look,” said Sharon, who lives in a New York TV market that’s a key target for advertisers of New Jersey sportsbooks. “It’s a constant reminder of my problem. It brings an incredible amount of guilt and shame for me, and yet there’s still this incredible temptation that these ads make worse.”Keith Whyte, executive director of the National Council on Problem Gambling, thinks the details of gambling ads haven’t been explored enough.“In the U.S., if you say, ‘Gamble responsibly,’ you’ve now met the responsible gambling standard,” Whyte said. “It’s going to be a big issue. There’s heightened concern for people struggling with gambling addiction and relapse. And I don’t see a lot of discussion about this.”Major sportsbooks all say they train their workers to spot people with potential gambling problems, offering various solutions including self-imposed betting “timeouts” for those who want them. In New Jersey, some money from licensing fees for sports betting fund compulsive gambling treatment programs, and ads are required by state law to mention a 1-800-GAMBLER telephone help line. Regulations in other states are relatively similar.“We’re always mindful of the tone and content in our advertisements,” said Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill US. “We are committed to doing what we can to help lead the industry in seeking to minimize the harm gambling can cause to the vulnerable.”European regulators haven’t left that up to casinos.In 2018, Italy banned all gambling advertising — including on TV, radio and internet — as part of a “dignity decree” aimed in part at fighting gambling addiction.Sweden is considering similar restrictions. Under new regulations in Belgium, online casinos will be banned from advertising on television. Sports betting ads will air only after 8 p.m. and no such ads will be allowed during live sports broadcasts. View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP “It’s right in front of my eyes, and even though I’ve been in recovery for years and go regularly to Gamblers Anonymous meetings, it’s starting to bother me,” he said. “I can feel it.”Advertising supporting the nascent sports betting industry has not drawn the same level of scrutiny from regulators and lawmakers in the U.S. as counterparts in Europe, where several countries strictly regulate or even ban gambling ads, including those for sports betting.One year after the U.S. Supreme Court ended an effective monopoly in Nevada, eight states have begun taking legal sports wagers. Three states and the District of Columbia have passed laws to create new markets and a handful of legislatures are still considering bills. None of the laws passed has significant restrictions for sports betting ads.The commercial casino industry wants to keep it that way.The American Gaming Association, the gambling industry’s main trade group and lobbying arm, recently issued voluntary guidelines for sports betting advertising in a bid to stay ahead of possible government regulation, drawing on the experience of the liquor industry to develop self-regulations.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sharon, a 39-year-old homemaker, decided with her husband to move from New Jersey to New York specifically to get away from legalized sports betting, but still sees ads frequently that remind her of the tens of thousands of dollars in debt she racked up on a wagering app.Charlie, an information technology professional from suburban Philadelphia, says the advertisements and easy access makes wagering “tempting as hell,” even as his losses mounted to $400,000 as he bet online while traveling on service calls.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThey’ve complicated addiction recovery for Gary, a real estate agent from New Jersey who attends support group meetings and has lost nearly $2 million over a lifetime of gambling.“It seems like every fourth commercial, there’s one telling you how easy it is to bet on sports and make money,” said Gary, who like other gamblers spoke to The Associated Press on condition that his full name not be used because of stigmas some people associate with unhealthy gambling.last_img read more

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After Sonam Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan ribs Ranveer Singh for not replying to his text

first_imgRemember when Amitabh Bachchan sulked over Sonam Kapoor not replying to his SMS that he sent on her birthday? This time, Ranveer Singh finds himself in Sonam’s position. Apparently, Big B sent Ranveer a text message on his birthday, but received no response.Amitabh Bachchan wrote on one of Ranveer’s replies to a birthday wish, “hey .. but what about my intention .. sent you sms greetings for your birthday .. did not get a reply .. did you see it .. !??”However, while Sonam missed his message in the ocean of tweets, texts and birthday posts, Ranveer made sure he did not forget to reply to Big B’s text. The Bajirao Mastani actor responded, “Except that i TOTALLY replied! I just cross checked it too! You were in fact one of the first to even wish!”Ranveer then went on to say that it’s gestures like these which make Amitabh Bachchan the greatest of all time, adding, “I’m blessed that you even know I exist!”Ranveer had earlier revealed on India Today Unforgettables that Amitabh Bachchan was one of the reasons he was inspired to become an actor. Reminiscing what got him going in his school days, Ranveer had said, “It was not sports. Kids used to play cricket and football but I used to sit in front of the TV. Even before cable television, I used to watch VHS tapes of Amitabh Bachchan films.”ALSO READ: Amitabh Bachchan unhappy with Sonam Kapoor’s textiquette ALSO WATCH: Ranveer Singh steps into Amitabh Bachchan’s shoeslast_img read more

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10 months agoKeane: Man Utd must sell Pogba

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Keane: Man Utd must sell Pogbaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Roy Keane says Paul Pogba needs to be sold.Pogba watched on from the bench as United lost 3-1 at Liverpool yesterday.”I think the players are giving everything. I think there’s one or two players not on top form, Pogba on the bench,” Keane told Sky Sports. “Come the summer you move him on, he’s left United before. I just think they’re short, defensively they’re short.”Man United that’s where they’re at, I guess fourth is the best they can get. If you came down from the Moon and knew nothing about Manchester United, you’d think they were an average Premiership side.”Some of these players are not good enough.” last_img read more

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Emery ‘not positive’ over Bellerin injury

first_imgAresenal head coach Unai Emery admits he is fearful that Hector Bellerin’s latest injury problem is another serious issue for the Spaniard.However, the ex-PSG boss says that such a setback will not need to be addressed by any hasty purchases in the January transfer window.The 23-year-old appeared to twist his left knee during his side’s 2-0 Premier League win over Chelsea on Saturday before falling to the Emirates Stadium turf unchallenged. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The right-back was then forced to depart the field on a stretcher, in what was only his second appearance since a calf strain picked up in December.Emery will be forced to wait for more concrete information on the seriousness of the issue, but revealed in his post-match press conference that initial prognosis was not looking good.“We have to wait but, his knee, the first prediction is it can be an important injury,” the former Sevilla boss told reporters.”I hope not, but first impressions are not positive.”Congratulations @Arsenal for this great step forward in the London derby and many thanks to all our fans for helping us get back on our feet again. Fingers crossed for you Héctor. Always together! pic.twitter.com/NuS4Yoh4MR— Unai Emery (@UnaiEmery_) January 20, 2019Ainsley Maitland-Niles – who had already been brought on for midfielder Aaron Ramsey – was redeployed to Bellerin’s position, while Emery also brought in experienced defender Stephan Lichtsteiner during the close season.As such, he does not feel that the Gunners need to leap into the market to bring in outside cover.”We have Ainsley, playing with good pieces. He played well [against Chelsea] and can help us,” Emery added.”Also Lichtsteiner is another player who can play there. We have the players. Don’t forget [Carl] Jenkinson, who has played some matches and can be used if we need him.”Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny were the men on target for Arsenal as they kept up their aspirations of a top-four finish by cutting the gap to Chelsea.The North London club retook fifth place from Manchester United after the Red Devils had previously leapfrogged them earlier on Saturday with victory against Brighton and Hove Albion.The Gunners face Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s side in the FA Cup fourth round up next before tangling with Premier League champions Manchester City the week after, with a home clash against Cardiff City sandwiched in between. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Go Bananas for this Cast Iron Monkey Bread Recipe

first_img Tomas Patlan/The Manual Editors’ Recommendations Previous Tomas Patlan/The Manual Tomas Patlan/The Manual Tomas Patlan/The Manual How to Cook Steak in the Oven 1 of 4 Equipment:Finex 5-quart Dutch Oven with LidIngredients:center_img The Peached Tortilla’s Fried Rice Recipe Is Just Plain Delicious Next 3 cans buttermilk biscuits (the non-flaky kind)1 cup unsalted butter1 cup Spiceology granulated honey1 cup pitted dates, chopped.5 cup brown sugar.5 cup toasted hazelnuts, crushed3 tbsp ground cinnamonMethod:Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.After cracking the biscuit tubes open, cut each piece of dough into quarters.Combine the cinnamon and Spiceology honey granules in a 1 gallon Ziplock bag. Toss the quartered biscuit dough into the bag and zip tight. Shake the bag until all of the pieces are coated evenly with the mixture.Mix the dates and hazelnuts into the bag and spread the mixture evenly into the bottom of the Finex Dutch oven. Discard the excess honey/cinnamon mixture.In a sauce pot, melt the butter and incorporate the brown sugar over med heat until two become one. Stir constantly and be careful to not overcook the mixture. Pour the entire mixture over the biscuits.Throw the lid on the pot and cook in the preheated oven for about 30-35 minutes or until there is no visible liquid in the pan. Once cooked, allow the monkey bread to cool for about 20 minutes before turning it out upside down onto a plate for serving. Enjoy! How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish Tomas Patlan/The ManualA staple of American households since at least the 1950s (and Hungarian households even before that), monkey bread is, as far as sweet treats go, pretty much a top five classic. Called Hungarian Coffee Cake by some, and aranygaluska by others (that’s a fact, Jack), the cake is as easy to make as it is to eat.That being said, what goes into the monkey bread matters. For this monkey bread recipe, friend of The Manual chef Brandon Parsons (whom you may know from our Beards, Booze, and Bacon podcast’s Holiday and 420 episodes) adds hazelnuts and dates for a little extra sweetness and crunch to an already delicious cake.If you listened to the 420 episode, you’ll know that this monkey bread was enhanced with a cannabis infusion, bringing everything to an … ahem … higher level. If you’re in a state where it is legal to do so, we encourage you to listen to the episode and try the special version of this recipe!Finex Cast Iron Monkey Bread 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes last_img read more

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Maersk Sells Danbor to NorSea

first_imgzoom NorSea Group is taking a major step forward in its international involvement by purchasing the Danish base and logistics company Danbor AS. The value of the acquisition is estimated to be around USD 42.5 million and includes in addition to facilities in Espbjerg, Denmark, a total of 370 employees.In addition to enhancing the global presence of NorSea Group, Danbor will significantly boost the company’s capability in the wind power market.“International expansion is part of NorSea Group’s expressed strategy. Danbor is a solid company which is well-established in our core activity field and fits in well with the rest of the NorSea Group family,” says John Stangeland, CEO of NorSea Group. NorSea Group sees many similarities between the two companies and considerable potential for creating synergies between Danbor and NorSea Group’s other subsidiaries and activities.Enhancing NorSea Group’s global presenceNorSea Group is Norway’s leading supplier of base and logistics services to the oil and gas industry. The company also has offices in Aberdeen in Scotland and Perth in Australia. With its acquisition of Danbor, NorSea Group is taking a bold step into the international market. Danbor’s head office is in Esbjerg and its principal operations are on the Danish shelf, where it is a supplier to Mærsk Oil and Dansk Undergrunds Consortium (DUC). Danbor also has operations in Montrose and Aberdeen in Scotland, as well as a base joint venture with Royal Arctic Line in Greenland. The acquisition of Danbor will give NorSea Group a significant presence in Denmark as well as enhancing its presence in the UK. The company is now capable of serving customers throughout the North Sea basin.Enhanced wind power capabilityIn recent years, Danbor has also become well established in the wind power market, where the NorSea Group wishes to increase its focus. Esbjerg is a focal point of the European wind turbine industry, and Danbor has contracts in the fields of logistics operations and the repair and maintenance of both offshore and land-based wind turbines.Many similarities between the companiesNorSea Group is taking over a solid, well-run company with a long history in the industry. This year, Danbor celebrates 40 years of operations, while NorSea Group will turn 50 next year. Besides their long industry experience, there are many similarities between the two companies in regards to their business models, culture and values.“I am convinced that A.P. Møller-Mærsk has found the right purchaser to ensure Danbor’s future growth and enable us to maintain the quality of our operations and the level of service provided by our employees. Our incorporation into the new company will have no immediate effect either on our daily operations or on our existing contractual obligations,” states Søren Fløe Knudsen, CEO of Danbor.A.P. Møller-Mærsk is confident that Danbor is in good hands.“Danbor is a healthy and well-run company whose operations are peripheral to our strategic focus and which therefore merits a dedicated ownership which will develop its activities. NorSea Group is a recognised operator in the industry and I am sure that it will carry on the company’s operations in the right spirit and with a long-term perspective,” says Jakob Thomasen, a member of the Executive Board of A.P. Møller-Mærsk.Through the acquisition of Danbor, NorSea Group has gained 370 new employees. “We have been made very welcome by Danbor and we are looking forward to getting to know our new colleagues,” says the CEO of NorSea Group in conclusion. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 NorSea, April 2, 2014 Print  Close My locationlast_img read more

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WI reach 1454 at Lunch after Ishant Jadeja strike

first_imgKingston: India inched closer towards another clean sweep after West Indies lost a couple of wickets to be reduced to 145 for 4 in pursuit of an improbable 468 in the second and final Test here on Monday. West Indies require another 323 runs with only six wickets, if a physically indisposed Darren Bravo comes out to bat in the later stages. Ishant Sharma (2/28) got his second wicket of the innings while Ravindra Jadeja (1/33) removed the dangerous Roston Chase but was unlucky not to have scalped Shamarh Brooks (36 batting off 84 balls) after overstepping. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhStarting the day at 45 for 2, the hosts were left unsettled when Bravo (23 batting) added only five runs to his overnight score before complaining of uneasiness and left the ground. The reason for his ill health couldn’t be ascertained as a medical bulletin from the West Indies team management is expected. Brooks was joined by a dogged Chase (12 off 36), who was ready to bring his best defensive game to the fore negotiating the troika of Jasprit Bumrah (0/22), Mohammed Shami (1/44) and Ishant safely. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterHowever after a 41-run stand, it was Jadeja who trapped Chase leg-before as the umpires’ call upheld the on-field decision. It was a fuller delivery that was pitched on leg stump and hit Chase on the front-leg. Shimron Hetmyer (1), who has had a nightmare of a series, didn’t last long as Kohli’s plan to keep a fielder at cover paid off. Birthday boy Ishant bowled one at a drivable length and the uppishly played shot was gleefully pouched by Mayank Agarwal. Brooks, who had looked pretty solid, could have also been on his way back had Jadeja not overstepped. It was a delivery that held its line as Brooks prodded in-front and the thickish outside edge was taken by Ajinkya Rahane at first slip. Earlier, Hanuma Vihari continued his fine form and in vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane’s company took India closer to a series sweep by sharing an unbeaten 111-run stand in the second innings of the second Test. The visitors had set an improbable 468-run target before the West Indies on day three of the match on Sunday. The in-form Rahane (64 not out) and Vihari (53 not out) got India’s second innings back on track after the top-four were dismissed for 57 runs. The fifth-wicket partnership between the duo allowed India to declare at 168 for four, giving Jasprit Bumrah and Co. 13 overs to have a crack on the struggling West Indies batsmen. The West Indies were 45 for two at stumps on day three and with their batsmen showing very little application in the series, the hosts are unlikely to get anywhere close to the massive target.last_img read more

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PM talks Donald Trump at Washington gala as first daughter Ivanka looks

first_imgWASHINGTON – With Ivanka Trump looking on, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau explained why he’s hoping to get her father to include progressive ideas like protections for women, the environment, and labour in a new NAFTA agreement, while acknowledging that some provisions might be “aspirational” and non-binding.The prime minister found himself in the awkward position of being asked to comment on his relationship with Donald Trump on a stage at a Washington gala while the president’s daughter was seated at a front table, 15 metres away.A number of people in the room groaned or booed when the moderator brought up Trump’s name at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, the first event Trudeau attended upon arriving Tuesday for two days Washington, which will include a visit with the president at the White House.It got more awkward when a later speaker at the gala took what appeared to be a subtle shot at the American administration — led, of course, by the father of a woman seated a stone’s throw away.People in the crowd cheered wildly when the speaker asked: “Who wants to move to Canada?” They cheered again when she said, “You guys like immigrants, right?”The prime minister made an allusion to the unique situation earlier in the evening, when he was being interviewed on stage.When the moderator commented on his colourful socks, Trudeau said they’re great for killing time in conversation, like right now, he said, as the sock-talk let five seconds elapse where he wasn’t being asked to comment on Trump.But Trudeau said he and the president share a goal of helping the middle class and he raised examples of how his so-called progressive grace agenda might achieve that. Trudeau cited the gender chapter in the updated Canada-Chile free trade agreement as an inspiration, and appeared to acknowledge what some critics have said about its provisions: that it simply states aspirational intentions, but doesn’t carry legal teeth.“It talks about things like pay equity, women’s rights like maternity leave. Things like that. It can be aspirational, it can be concrete,” Trudeau said.“(But it’s about recognizing that) putting progressive elements into trade deals – labour protections, environmental protections, actually helps us make the case for trade and reassure people that the benefits of trade will be distributed more fairly.”He drew several nods of agreement from Ivanka Trump as he discussed the challenge of getting women to enter politics.She nodded when Trudeau joked that women often express fear about the impact on their families and lives, while men proudly respond: “What took you so long.”Trudeau was asked about what he learned from his own father, the late prime minister Pierre Trudeau and he replied: having respect for people.During the gala dinner, the prime minister sat with his wife Sophie beside Ivanka and the U.S. deputy national security adviser Dina Powell.The prime minister has met the first daughter several times.The first was in February during his first White House meeting with Trump.They announced the creation of a Canada-U.S. Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders, a joint initiative meant to help businesses owned by women.The idea for the project came from Trudeau’s chief of staff Katie Telford, who worked on it with two senior White House staffers: Ivanka’s husband Jared Kushner, and Powell.The group, which has had a low public profile since, says it’s working on recommendations over the coming months to achieve its five priorities, including increasing women’s presence in science-based education programs and improving access to capital.The prime minister and his wife also sat next to Ivanka Trump at a Broadway screening of the play “Come From Away,” about Canadians taking in stranded U.S. air travellers after the 9-11 attacks.last_img read more

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Ayushmann Khurrana completes Article 15 shoot

first_imgMumbai: Ayushmann Khurrana on Tuesday wrapped up filming his upcoming movie, “Article 15” and the actor said the Anubhav Sinha directorial will be “the most relevant and important film” in Indian cinema. Touted as a hard-hitting investigative drama, “Article 15” will see Khurrana play a police officer for the first time. “Wrapped up a film which will become the most relevant and important film of Indian cinema. Thank you @anubhavsinha sir for giving me this gem and also writing the most real cop role ever. #Article15,” the actor wrote on Twitter. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka He also shared a 3D mini figure modelled on him in his cop avatar and thanked the cast and crew for it. The film is being called one of Sinha’s most ambitious projects till date and is the director’s first collaboration with the actor. “Article 15” also stars Isha Talwar, Manoj Pahwa, Sayani Gupta, Kumud Mishra, M Naser, Ashish Verma, Sushil Pandey, Subrajyoti Bharat and Zeeshan Ayub. Produced by Benaras Media Works, the film went on floors from March 1 in Lucknow.last_img read more

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Calgarybased fertilizer producer Agrium Inc sees Q4 profit jump to US200 million

CALGARY — Agrium Inc. says it reaped a substantial increase in profit last year, bolstered by a strong fourth quarter.The Calgary-based fertilizer producer and retailer, which reports in U.S. currency, had $200 million of net income in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, up from $51 million a year earlier. The profit amounted to $1.45 per share, up from 33 cents in the fourth quarter of 2014.For the full year, net income rose by $268 million to $988 million or $6.98 per share, up from $4.97 in 2014.Agrium and Potash Corp face earnings downdraftAgrium Inc downgraded to hold at TDAgrium Inc activist investor ValueAct happy to keep hands off and enjoy profitsAgrium’s sales were down year-over-year, to $2.4 billion in the fourth quarter and $14.8 billion in 2015. That compared with $2.7 billion in sales in the fourth quarter of 2014 and $16 billion for all of 2014.Agrium’s net income was above the estimate of $1.39 per share but sales were about $445 million below the consensus estimate compiled by Thomson Reuters.For 2016, Agrium is estimating earnings per share of between US$5.50 and $7. read more

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How to avoid being a victim at the car repair garage

DETROIT – It’s the moment every car owner dreads. The mechanic comes out of the garage to say your ride needs repairs costing hundreds of dollars.Then two big questions pop into your brain: Are the fixes really needed? Am I being overcharged?There might not be a way around getting the car fixed, but there are ways to stay in control of the situation. But it takes some work and planning both before and after the big repairs come:GET TO KNOW A MECHANICEstablish a relationship and find a repair shop you can trust — or risk big problems. Good old word-of-mouth still is probably the best way to pick a garage, says George Geropoulos, service adviser at Ted’s Auto Clinic in northwest Chicago. Ask like-minded friends and neighbours where they go. With or without a recommendation, check online and find shops in your area that have mechanics with Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification. Also look for AAA certified garages and other training for technicians. Check online reviews. Shops that rely heavily on a particular neighbourhood for their customers will take extra care to make sure people are happy.When you find a garage, take your car in for an oil change and inspection. See if the people seem honest and are willing to take time to explain a problem. “It’s like a dating relationship,” says Jill Trotta, director of the automotive group at RepairPal.com, an online service that provides price estimates for auto repairs. The oil change is like having coffee with someone. Getting a small repair done is like going to dinner. A major repair can establish a long-term relationship. “If you do your due diligence up front, when something bad goes wrong, you can feel more comfortable,” Trotta says.GETTING TO THE TRUTHSay the mechanic says that grinding noise in your front end signals your brake pads need to be replaced. How do you know he’s telling the truth? Brake pad replacement is almost always accompanied by resurfacing or replacing the rotors, the round things that brake pads grab onto. That can drive the price up more. A good mechanic will take you into the garage, show you worn-out parts and explain the problems if you ask. If you’re not there, ask the shop to send you cellphone pictures of the worn pads and other parts. Make note of exactly what parts are being replaced. If it’s an expensive repair and you’re still a little skeptical, tell the mechanic you need to wait for your next paycheque to get the repair done, or you’re just not ready to do it now. Then get a second opinion, even if the next shop charges you for it, says Ron Montoya, senior consumer advice editor for the Edmunds.com automotive website. A simple Google search also will tell you if the problem the garage pointed out is common for your car, Geropoulos says.THE PRICE IS RIGHTOnce you’ve determined that the repair is needed, there are ways to make sure the price is right. There are several websites such as RepairPal that have data on what prices you should be charged. Costs can vary widely across the country, so in addition to make, model and model year, the sites ask for your ZIP Code. RepairPal even has a mobile app for smartphones, so you could do the price check right inside the shop. Some sites give you estimates from several nearby shops.RepairPal uses the same database garages use to figure out how long a repair should take. The site shows you the hourly labour rate and part cost data that comes from repair garages. It’ll give you a price range for what the repair should cost. You can also call another shop or two and ask what they’d normally charge for the same repair on your model. Trotta, whose service makes money by certifying garages and charging them $199 per month to be a recommended shop on the RepairPal site, says the site calculates a fair price for quality repairs done with quality parts.The lowest price may not be the best deal. Trotta says some garages will sell inferior, less-expensive parts that won’t last as long. “The cheapest thing to do when getting your car repaired is to fix it right the first time,” she says. How to avoid being a victim at the car repair garage Mechanic Chris Geropoulos works on car, Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at Ted’s Auto Clinic in Chicago. In looking for a mechanic, experts say it’s a good idea to establish a relationship and find a repair shop you can trust, or you may risk big problems. Good old word-of-mouth still is probably the best way to pick a garage, says George Geropoulos, service adviser at Ted’s Auto Clinic in northwest Chicago. (AP Photo/G-Jun Yam) by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Jul 5, 2017 8:59 am MDT Last Updated Jul 5, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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500 African migrants leapt a fence into Spanish territory today

first_imgABOUT 500 AFRICAN migrants leapt a towering, triple-layer border fence to cross from Morocco to the tiny Spanish territory of Melilla, one of the biggest breaches in nearly a decade, officials said.At least 1,000 sub-Saharan Africans had joined in the pre-dawn attempt to enter Melilla, one of two Spanish-held cities on the northern coast of Africa affording the only land crossings to Europe, they said.Night-time video images released by the Spanish Guardia Civil police showed scores of young men leaping over the inner layer of seven-metre (23-foot) high border fencing, which had partly collapsed, and then running into Melilla.“We calculate that about 500 managed to enter by irregular means into our territory,” said Spain’s state secretary for security, Francisco Martinez, who made an emergency visit to Melilla following the intrusion.“Once again, we see that the assaults were violent on the Moroccan side,” he said. Source: euronews (in English)/YouTubeMartinez called on the European Union to play a “much more active role” in securing the bloc’s southern borders.Criminal organisations appeared to have planned the border breach, he said, targeting weak areas of the fencing that had yet to be strengthened.Immediate reinforcementsAn extra 100 Spanish police reinforcements would arrive later in the day to help secure the border while the installation of anti-climb fencing would be accelerated, he said.In a further sign of the pressure on Spanish borders, the Moroccan authorities said on the same day that a boat carrying 11 people, mostly from Cameroon, had capsized off the Moroccan coast while heading for Spain.The bodies of two drowned people had been recovered, one other person was still missing and the rest of those aboard had been saved, officials said, according to Moroccan news agency MAP.In Melilla, a Spanish government spokesman said some of those who got into the city had been treated for “very light injuries” in a clinic at the city’s immigration reception centre. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesOn the Moroccan side, the authorities in nearby Nador said about 1,500 people in five groups had joined the assault on the border fence.“They did not heed the usual warnings and they proceeded to throw stones, injuring four members of the security forces,” an official told AFP.Ten of the migrants were injured and treated in hospital in Morocco, Nador authorities said.‘They came in waves’Spanish police struggled to halt the influx despite deploying in large numbers and benefiting from the cooperation of Moroccan security forces, Melilla president Juan Jose Imbroda told Spanish public radio RNE.“They came in waves,” he said.Melilla, which lies on the northern coast of Morocco, is enclosed by an 11-kilometre (seven-mile) border fence running in a semi-circle up to the Mediterranean. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesNevertheless, migrants gathering in large numbers on the Moroccan side have repeatedly managed to cross over.“Despite a large deployment of Moroccan security forces, they are trying to overcome them to get in,” Spanish Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz told reporters in parliament in Madrid.Overcrowding in the Melilla immigration centre was reaching a critical point, he said.The centre in Melilla is built to house 480 immigrants but it was holding about 2,000 even before the latest wave of entrants, officials said.The number of Africans trying to cross into the two Spanish territories has surged over recent months.- © AFP, 2014Read: Education, training and legal help all lacking for trafficking victims – Immigrant Council of Irelandlast_img read more

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News of bin Ladens death hit Twitter first but leak came from

first_imgLast night Twitter once again proved its value as tool for spreading news, but early this morning the man who put out that first tweet noted that he learned about Osama bin Laden’s death from a television producer. So while Twitter allowed the information to be spread it still originated from the mainstream media… the exact group that people tend to regard as antiquated when they find out news from Twitter and sources like it.Keith Urbahn, the former chief of staff of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumfeld, tweeted the news at 10:24pm ET, before other credible sources had anything to say. I and any number of other people didn’t see this but received a NY Times breaking news alert around 10:30pm ET simply stating that President Obama would speak soon. A quick trip to the front page of nytimes.com and it could be found in a breaking news banner that bin Laden was thought to be dead, but no article was yet available. Other news outlets didn’t even have that much, but Twitter was full of information if you searched (or knew where to look).President Obama didn’t go on air to confirm bin Laden’s death until 11:35pm ET, a little over an hour after he was expected to appear. At this point the news was all but confirmed and TV news anchors were saying how they had been hearing rumors for hours.A win for Twitter isn’t necessarily a loss for the mainstream media, but it can often seem that way. Last night was an example of how much Twitter and other tools are reliant on traditional sources for producing news, even if they are getting incredibly good at disseminating it.It’s also worth noting that Twitter did actually have the news of an attack on bin Laden’s compound before anyone else, thanks to  Twitter user @ReallyVirtual. But at that point–4:09pm ET–no one could have known of the significance of the information.last_img read more

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Donald Trump donates part of salary to National Park Service

first_img Short URL Apr 4th 2017, 7:01 AM Donald Trump donates part of salary to National Park Service Some have branded the move a stunt as the US President has proposed budget cutbacks to the service. Share47 Tweet Email By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Pool/ABACA ABACA/PA Images http://jrnl.ie/3322802 Image: Pool/ABACA ABACA/PA Images 12,366 Views THE WHITE HOUSE has announced that President Donald Trump will donate part of his salary to the US National Park Service, going some way towards meeting a campaign promise.Spokesman Sean Spicer announced Trump had decided to donate his salary for the first quarter of 2017 to the government agency that manages parks, monuments and other conservation properties.“It is my pleasure, on behalf of the president of the United States, to present a check for $78,333 (about €67,300) to the secretary of the interior, Ryan Zinke,” he said.On the campaign trail, Trump had vowed to donate his taxpayer-funded $400,000 (about €375,000) annual salary to charity if elected. The National Park Service is not a charity, but it is the first sign Trump will hand over the cash.Budget cutbacks The gift may be a peace offering of sorts. Trump has tangled with the agency over its tweets, which unfavourably compared the size of his inauguration crowd with that of Barack Obama’s.The National Park Service is part of the Department of the Interior, whose budget Trump has proposed cutting by more than $1 billion (about €937 million).The Sierra Club, an environmental group, called Trump’s donation a “stunt”.“If Donald Trump is actually interested in helping our parks, he should stop trying to slash their budgets to historically low levels,” it said.The White House announcement came after investigative reporters at ProPublica reported Trump amended his trust — created to curb conflicts of interest — to make it possible to withdraw cash whenever needed.- © AFP 2017Read: Terror investigation launched after 10 die in blast in St Petersburg underground systemRead: Mexican paper where murdered reporter worked closes over lack of security Tuesday 4 Apr 2017, 7:01 AM 33 Comments last_img read more

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Les ventes de PC déclinent en faveur de celles des tablettes

first_imgLes ventes de PC déclinent en faveur de celles des tablettesDeux études mettent en lumière la perte de parts de marché des PC au profit des tablettes tactiles. Les études des cabinets Gartner et IDC se rejoignent sur un phénomène nouveau, le recul des ventes de PC lors du premier trimestre 2011. Selon Gartner, relayé par Le Monde, 84,3 millions de PC ont été vendus entre janvier et mars, soit 1,1 % de moins qu’au premier trimestre 2010. Pour sa part, IDC parle d’une chute de 3,2 % pour la même période, à 80,6 millions d’unités. “Nous avions prévu un marché très ralenti, mais nous ne nous attendions pas à des chiffres aussi mauvais”, explique l’analyste Meike Escherich. À lire aussiLe premier programme informatique a été créé en 1842 par une femme !”Le problème, c’est qu’il y a énormément de produits concurrents aux PC qui essaient de capter les dépenses qu’ils (les consommateurs) sont prêts à faire”, continue-t-elle avant d’en venir au vrai nouveau concurrent des ordinateurs : “Un grand nombre de personnes ont décidé de ne pas remplacer leur ordinateur et d’acheter une tablette, ou d’attendre que les tablettes moins chères soient lancées sur le marché ou encore l’arrivée d’une nouvelle génération d’iPad d’Apple”. C’est toujours HP qui domine le monde des PC, avec 17,6% de part de marché, en recul de 3,4 points par rapport à il y a un an, selon Gartner. Quant à son principal concurrent, le taïwanais Acer, la chute est encore plus dure puisqu’il enregistre une baisse de sa part de marché de 12,2%. Les constructeurs plus actifs dans le monde des outils d’entreprise, Dell ou Lenovo, s’en sortent d’ailleurs un peu mieux. “Sans la croissance dans le secteur professionnel, le marché des PC aurait pu vivre l’une des pires baisses dans son histoire récente”, explique ainsi Gartner. Le 18 avril 2011 à 18:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Real Madrid must improve under Julen Lopetgui – Gareth Bale

first_imgGareth Bale wants Real Madrid to improve under their new boss Julen Lopetegui in order to still compete successfully during seasons.Bale gave a brilliant assist for Marco Asensio’s opener before scoring a goal himself that helped Madrid beat Roma 2-1 in the International Champions Cup this week.Bale also maintains there are no problems in attack following Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus.The Welshman player who was also on the priority list in Los Blancos’ previous match against Juve said settling down into a new style of leadership under Lopetegui and style has been tasking.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“It’s always difficult,” Bale told Real Madrid TV as quoted in Football Espana.“The new Coach has come in with his new ideas and we still have things to improve.“It’s never easy to adapt to a new Coach, but in attack we are doing fine.“We do what the Coach wants, which is scoring goals and winning games.”last_img read more

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Still Time to Register Online for the ASA Soy Social and Auction

first_imgGoing to Commodity Classic? Register online now to attend the ASA Soy Social and Auction on Thursday, Feb.27, and you could win $200. If you register online before Feb. 20 you will be entered into a drawing to win a $200 cash gift card. If you don’t want to register online, you can click on the same link and download a PDF version of the registration form. The ASA Soy Social and Auction is sponsored by Farm Credit; Rabo AgriFinance; IntelliAir, LLC; Cargill; MacDon Industries; Bayer CropScience; Syngenta; Renewable Energy Group and the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA).Here are some of the items available in the live and silent auction:Farm EquipmentOne season’s use of a FD75 FlexDraper Combine Header (MacDon Industries)100 hours usage of a Gleener S67 or S77 Combine and FlexDraper Header (AGCO)One-year lease on a J&M Model 375ST Seed Tender (J&M Manufacturing)75 hours tractor time on your choice of 350 Rowtrac or equal Magnum CVT (Case IH)Guns and RiflesHenry Big Boy Lever Rifle .45 Long ColtAmerican Farmer Tribute Rifle (Henry .22S/L/LR)Maxus Ultimate 3” 12 Gauge 26” BrowningBG Citiori 725 Sporting 12 Gauge 3” 30” Shot GunHunting and Fishing TripsDuck hunting trip for two in the heart of the Arkansas Grand PrairieThree-night/two-day upland premium hunt for two at Heartland LodgePheasant and quail hunt for fourSeven-nights/six-day fishing trip for eight to Gullrock Lake in Red Lake, OntarioVacation PackagesTwo tickets, hotel and airfare to the 2014 MLB All-Star Game in Minneapolis, MNSeven-night’s accommodations for four to Branson, MOCabo San Lucas Ocean View Getaway (airfare included)Napa Valley Epicurean AdventureDisney World Resort Family AdventureClick here to download a PDF version of some of the items available in the live and silent auction.last_img read more

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Amendment To Restructure Judicial Council Stalls Before Vote

first_imgA constitutional amendment that would reconfigure a commission tasked with vetting judges was pulled from a vote in the Alaska Senate on Monday and then again on Tuesday after struggling to pick up the necessary support.Download AudioSenate Joint Resolution 21 would make it so that the governor’s public appointees on the Judicial Council would outnumber the attorney members two to one. It would also require the attorney members to go through confirmation by the Legislature. Sen. Pete Kelly, a Fairbanks Republican, has pitched it as a way to add more rural members to the council and increase public oversight of judicial selection. The Alaska Court System and the Alaska Federation of Natives have come out against the amendment, and Democrats in the minority have argued that the change would allow the Legislature to stack the judiciary. In recent years, the Judicial Council has been a political target for conservative advocacy groups that are unhappy with the way the courts have ruled on abortion cases.Because SJR 21 would amend the Constitution, it needs approval from two-thirds of the Legislature. Sen. Lesil McGuire, who chairs the Rules Committee tasked with scheduling the measure, says it’s not quite there yet. Enough urban Democrats and moderate Republicans have registered opposition to the amendment to keep it from going through.“It’s a question about whether the votes are there for sure.”The measure has been re-scheduled for Wednesday’s calendar to give Kelly the chance to secure another ‘yes’ vote.This is the second time this session a constitutional amendment was scheduled for a vote in the Senate only to be withdrawn from consideration. The other constitutional measure would have allowed public funds to be spent at private schools, including religious ones. McGuire says more constitutional amendments have gotten close to passage this year because the Senate is no longer controlled by a bipartisan coalition.“Most of the things that were on the far right and the far left were kept off the table,” says McGuire. “So the agenda over the past six years was right down the middle of the road for Alaskans. So, what you’re seeing now is a conservative Senate. And as a result of that, you’ve got members that have been waiting to get out of that starting gate with their conservative messages.”If Kelly’s amendment fails to attract more support, it could be held in the Rules Committee indefinitely.Any constitutional amendment that passes the Legislature gets put on the ballot for a vote.This story has been updated to reflect Tuesday’s floor action.last_img read more

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Infosys hasnt got itself a CEO just yet as Ashok Vemuri reveals

first_imgAshok VemuriWikimedia commonsEven as a lot has been said about how Indian IT giant Infosys sees its former board member Ashok Vemuri as its next chief executive officer, the latter on Wednesday, November 8, said that he is committed to his current job as the CEO of Conduent and intends to keep things that way. Conduent was founded in 2017, as a divestiture from Xerox.Speaking to investors of the firm, Vemuri said that he plans to build the company for the next few years and revealed that he had no plans to leave. “First of all, I want to emphatically state that I’m committed to Conduent, our clients, employees and shareholders. We are in the midst of a very exciting transformation journey that is progressing well and I have the support of my clients, my board, and my team. This as you all know is a multiple year journey and I intend to see that to completion,” Live Mint quoted him as saying.”I am committed to building Conduent that is industry leading, profitable and market leading enterprise that will be sustainable over many years.I intend to be part of the journey for years to come and cannot think of a more exciting and professionally satisfying place to be than here.”While it was earlier being said that the 49-year-old was in talks with Infosys regarding the CEO’s post, Vemuri clarified that he had not discussed the matter with the Bengaluru-based IT giant and doesn’t intend to.”Given the above, whenever I have been approached for assignments, which you have described (about Infosys CEO search), I have not engaged and rejected any such overture. As far as I’m concerned, that is the end of that,” Vemuri noted.With this, he has put a lot of speculations regarding his move to rest. It was earlier reported that global executive search firm Egon Zehnder had been given the responsibility of finding a new CEO for Infosys and the recruiter had its sights set on Vemuri. ReutersVemuri was earlier with Infosys as the global head of manufacturing and the Americas and the firm has been trying to woo him since the exit of its former CEO Vishal Sikka. Vemuri coming on board would have been a good move for Infosys, as, like Sikka, he has good connections in the US.Sikka is known to have worked closely with the firm’s clients in the US and also had a team of high-level executives in the country, mostly based in California. With his exit, numerous questions were being raised on whether Infosys would go ahead with its plans to expand and hire in the US.But now that Vemuri has clearly said that he is going to stay on with Conduent, looks like Infosys’ hunt for a new CEO is not over just yet.last_img read more

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