first_img Gonzalo Higuain in action for Napoli West Ham have been linked with an ambitious move for Arsenal target Gonzalo Higuain.The Napoli forward’s future is under intense scrutiny this summer following a superb season in front of goal, with the 28-year-old finding the net 38 times.The Argentine international reportedly has a release clause of around £79m but Napoli will listen to any offer that passes the £50m mark.Arsenal are being tipped to test the Serie A club’s resolve with a mega bid this summer but, according to Calcio Mercato, West Ham are also lining up a huge offer.The Hammers are desperate to sign a striker this summer and have already failed with bids for Callum Wilson, Michy Batshuayi and Alexandre Lacazette.Ahead of their move to the Olympic Stadium, manager Slaven Bilic is keen to land a marquee name this summer and has reportedly told owners David Gold and David O’Sullivan to stump up the cash for Higuain. 1last_img read more

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first_imgSinn Féin deputy Dáil leader Pearse Doherty TD has said it is time to consider the establishment of an all-Ireland soccer team.Deputy Doherty told the Dail we already have all-island teams that demonstrate that we can achieve great success when we work on an all-island basis.He said “The departure of Martin O’Neill as manager of the Ireland soccer team yesterday has been a major talking point. The past year has not been an easy one for Irish soccer fans and I want to say that Irish teams are stronger and better when they are all-Ireland teams. “We already have all-island teams in sports like hockey, rugby, and boxing; sports that demonstrate that we can achieve great success when we work on an all-island basis.“The fantastic result of the Irish rugby team against New Zealand at the weekend is just one example.”The former Taoiseach Enda Kenny raised this a number of years ago when he said an all-Ireland soccer team should take on England every two years to raise money for children.Deputy Doherty added “I don’t think it makes sense for our small island to have two separate teams, splitting the pool of talent and available resources. “A number of surveys show that a majority of people, north and south, support the idea of an all-Ireland team and I would urge the government to get behind the idea of an all-Ireland soccer team”.Donegal TD wants an All-Ireland soccer team was last modified: November 22nd, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Deputy Pearse DohertyIrelandMartin O’Neillsoccerteamlast_img read more

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first_img26 July 2011 The India-Africa Business Network, launched at the Gordon Institute of Business in Johannesburg last week, is set to boost trade and open new business and investment channels between India and South Africa. Speaking at the launch, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said South African trade with fellow members of the BRICS grouping were expanding, while those with the country’s “traditional” trading partners of the West were increasing at a slower rate. “No longer is the African continent confined to the old powers that we used to know, we now have broader participants.” South Africa’s trade with India had doubled in the past five years, Davies said, taking total trade between the two countries to R42.9-billion, and making India SA’s 6th largest destination for exports and 9th largest source of imports. According to Inter Press Service (IPS), the India-Africa Business Network will be run out of the Gordon Institute of Business’ newly formed Centre for Dynamic Markets and will complement existing networks such as the India-Brazil-South Africa Dialogue Forum (Ibsa) and the India and South Africa CEOs forum co-chaired by Indian industrialist Ratan Tata and Patrice Motsepe, executive chairman of Africa Rainbow Minerals. The network’s founder and director, Abdullah Verachia, told IPS that the network would function as a “knowledge hub for India-Africa commerce”, promoting exchange between business leaders and educational institutions in both countries. “There are incredible opportunities for South African businesses in India, which has a population in excess of one-billion,” Verachia said. “The two countries are also on the first tier of emerging market economies and both face similar challenges of poverty and inequality.” India would be spending in the region of US$1.8-trillion on infrastructure over the next 10 years, “a great opportunity” for South African companies, Verachia added. Davies called on South African and Indian businesses to identify areas of “complementarity” and build on those, rather than focusing on competition. Also speaking at the launch, FirstRand CEO Sizwe Nxasana said India was “all about entrepreneurs”, and that opportunities in that country cut across a number of sectors, including infrastructure, energy and mining. India had challenges like any other country, Nxasana said, adding: “If you look at these [challenges] as barriers, then you’ll never do any business in India.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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first_imgTo read the original post on FiveL Blog, please click here. First, let’s bust a few myths and misconceptions. If I use a student as part of a local college or university’s internship program it’s OK if it is unpaid. Not necessarily. The source of the intern is not a factor in determining whether an intern must be paid or may be properly unpaid.If the student agrees in advance and in writing that the internship is unpaid then that’s OK. You’re closer this time but the intent or understanding of the parties is only one of six (6) factors the US Department of Labor (DOL) uses to assess intern classification as paid or unpaid. What’s the issue?  Take the case of an unpaid intern who is unlawfully harassed (sexually or otherwise) by a manager at the company where s/he is participating in the internship.  If the intern is not an employee then the intern is not entitled to the protections of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act so could not sue the employer for unlawful harassment. That was the finding of one court last summer, which seemed to trigger national attention on this issue. Practical Tips?  Get it right the first time.  Consider the six factors above for each and every intern before you let that individual begin an internship with you.  If all six factors are not met then consider paying the individual at least minimum wage (higher of federal or state). And in the interim watch for legislation at the federal and/or state levels that may impact your use of unpaid interns.  What’s the risk?  This issue is so prevalent there are even law firms and websites cropping up and dedicated to ensuring interns are properly paid. You may have read headlines in the last year related to litigation, legislation and new laws at the state and local levels addressing unpaid interns’ right to certain employment protections.  Even the White House has been subjected to pressure and criticism for its use of unpaid interns.  So let’s look at those six factors. They are published by the DOL in Fact Sheet #71. The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment;The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern; The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff;The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern; and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded; The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship; and The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship.Now how do we apply these?  Notice the key word at the end of Item #5…”and.”  This is not a weighted test.  The intern must meet all six factors in order to be properly unpaid.   ‘Tis the season. No, not that season, but the time of year when employers ask, “Can we still use unpaid interns?” The answer is a qualified, “Yes!”  The key is ensuring you and the intern meet certain criteria (what else is new?). last_img read more

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first_imgdavid strom, an independent marketplace for online business software has released an infographic comparing online project management software solutions to help businesses choose the right product. There are some interesting trends and data on the chart, including their age and size, their emphasis on social media, and whether they offer integration with Google, Intuit and Salesforce products and have their own API as well. There is also information about whether Android or iOS versions of each app are available. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now It is a pretty nice collection of different pieces of information and useful if you are in the market for this kind of software. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#Analysis#enterprise Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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first_imgIn the grand pantheon of disgraced technology company CEOs, the resume blunder of ousted Yahoo Chief Executive Scott Thompson seems almost trivial. Claiming an unearned degree pales in comparison to the true titans of tech transgressions – whose careers were toppled by everything from massive fraud and grand larceny to inappropriate dalliances with underlings. Each imploded in their own particular way, but all their stories come mixed with heaping helpings of arrogance and a dollop of coverup.Here’s your chance to meet the real world of Horrible Bosses, and get a glimpse of how they were rewarded – or occasionally punished – for behaving badly: Scott Thompson, Former Yahoo CEOScott Thompson was at Yahoo’s helm only five months before getting the boot for claiming to have a computer science degree from a college that didn’t offer one at the time. While a charitable observer might say he never lied, Thompson also never explained how that erroneous info got on his work bio. Nevertheless, the untruth gave investor activist Dan Loeb just what he needed in his proxy battle to stack the Yahoo board with his supporters. Thompson was given the heave-ho this month and Loeb, who runs the hedge fund Third Point, got the board seats. Thompson didn’t leave empty handed. While he missed out on a severance package, he did walk away with $7 million in bonuses from the struggling Internet portal. Brian Dunn, Former Best Buy CEOBrian Dunn stepped down in April as chief executive of electronics retailer Best Buy for what the company later called an “extremely close personal relationship” with a female employee more than 20 years younger. The 51-year-old Dunn did not use company resources in his “friendship,” which included lunch and drinks during the workweek and on weekends. The pair also seemed to stay in touch a lot. During two separate trips abroad for a total of nine days, Dunn contacted his “friend” by mobile phone at least 224 times. In the end, the board found that Dunn’s behavior violated company policy, yet he was still entitled to some big bucks. His separation package totaled $6.6 million. Mark Hurd, Former Hewlett-Packard CEOMark Hurd resigned in August 2010 as chief executive of tech giant Hewlett-Packard following a dalliance with a contract employee who later accused Hurd of sexual harassment. While investigating the allegations, the HP board found that Hurd had doctored expense reports in order to hide his personal relationship with marketing consultant Jodie Fisher, a former soft-core porn actress. Fisher denied the relationship with the married Hurd was sexual. She settled privately with Hurd and both sides agreed not to discuss the affair. Hurd left HP with $12.2 million in severance and enough stock to earn millions more – and was immediately hired by his friend Larry Ellison as co-president, director and board member of Oracle. David Edmondson, Former RadioShack CEODavid Edmondson resigned in February 2006 as CEO of electronics retailer RadioShack after lying about his education. Edmondson topped Yahoo’s Thompson by claiming to have two college degrees when he had none. The CEO apologized for the “embarrassment” he brought to the company. RadioShack’s hometown newspaper, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, broke the story, reporting Edmondson never graduated from the unaccredited bible college he attended. The newspaper also found that the CEO was facing a trial on his third arrest on drunk-driving charges. Edmondson left the company with a severance payment of less than $1 million in cash. Sanjay Kumar, Former Computer Associates CEOSanjay Kumar, ex-CEO of IT management software and solutions company Computer Associates, pleaded guilty in 2006 to his role in a $2.2 billion accounting fraud. He also admitted to interfering with a federal investigation by authorizing a payment of $3.7 million to silence a potential witness. Kumar, who was once a part owner of the New York Islanders hockey team, was sentenced to 12 years in prison, which he started serving in 2007. Computer Associates, which later changed its name to CA Technologies, paid more than $225 million to a shareholder restitution fund. Kumar contributed about $20 million from his own assets. John Rigas, Founder, Former CEO of Adelphia CommunicationsAfter leading Adelphia Communications for more than five decades, Chief Executive John Rigas was sentenced in 2005 to 15 years in prison in a multibillion-dollar fraud case that collapsed the company he founded. Rigas and his son Timothy Rigas, who was Adelphia’s chief financial officer, were convicted of 18 felony counts of fraud and conspiracy. The younger Rigas got 20 years in prison. The Rigases were convicted of stealing $100 million from Adelphia, which had been the fifth-largest cable company in the nation. They also were found guilty of conspiring to hide $2.3 billion in company debt. Bernard Ebbers, Former CEO of WorldComBernard Ebbers was sentenced in 2005 to 25 years in prison for leading the nation’s largest-ever corporate fraud. The former chief executive of telecom carrier WorldCom was convicted of nine felonies in an $11 billion accounting scandal at the company. When WorldCom filed for bankruptcy in 2002, it was the largest in U.S. history and led to shareholders and employees losing billions of dollars. Ebbers forfeited the bulk of his assets to burned WorldCom investors. Those assets included a Mississippi mansion and other holdings worth as much as $45 million. The day before his sentencing, Ebbers called the predicament he was in “bizarre.”Robert McCormick, Former CEO of Savvis CommunicationsRobert McCormick resigned in 2005 as chief executive of IT infrastructure management outfit Savvis Communications (now owned by CenturyLink) after it was revealed that he spent $241,000 entertaining business associates at a Manhattan strip club. The company’s board might have looked the other way, if McCormick hadn’t used his corporate charge card to pay for lap dances and then claim to be a victim of fraud when American Express demanded its money. Dubbed the “The Lap Dunce” by The New York Daily News, McCormick never submitted an expense report for the party at Scores. The company claimed it did not pay for McCormick’s night out on the town. Joe Nacchio, Former CEO of QwestOne-time Qwest CEO Joe Nacchio was convicted in 2007 of 19 counts of insider trading and was sentenced to nearly six years in prison. Nacchio was convicted of selling $52 million in stock in 2001 after it became known internally that the telecom carrier (also now owned by CenturyLink) was in danger of missing sales forecasts. Nacchio, who resigned in 2002, was ordered to forfeit almost $46 million and pay a $19 million fine. In 2011, Nacchio sued his lawyers from prison, claiming they were negligent. He also accused them of overbilling, pointing to charges that included lawyers’ underwear purchases. Gregory Reyes, Former CEO of BrocadeGregory Reyes was convicted in 2007 in a stock options backdating scandal at networking solutions vendor Brocade and received a 21-month prison term. The conviction was later overturned and the ex-CEO was retried. Prosecutors won again and he was sentenced in 2010 to 18 months in prison. At his second sentencing hearing, Reyes broke down crying, and his attorney had to read his statement for him. At his second criminal trial, Reyes blamed the company’s outside counsel, which he claimed signed off on the backdating of stock options. The judge at the sentencing hearing didn’t buy the argument, saying that, at some point, people have to take responsibility for what they say and do.Thompson photo courtesy of Yodel Anecdotal. Raju image via World Economic Forum/Flickr. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… antone gonsalvescenter_img Tags:#enterprise#Finance#Government#Gritty Entrepreneurs#history#HP#humor IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts last_img read more

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first_imgAn electioneering Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced government support of smart city innovation that could see more than $100 million invested each year.As announced in a campaign press release, Turnbull will create a smart city investment fund and a collaborative smart cities program if he is re-elected in early July.Turnbull promised to establish an investment fund to “accelerate the deployment of clean energy, renewable energy and energy efficiency technology in cities.” The fund, which will be run by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation will create a funding pool that could generate up to $100 million annually.“This initiative will support projects that demonstrate value for money and provide a return which will be reinvested in new projects,” said in the media release. “These investments will drive new jobs and enterprise, reduce greenhouse emissions and make our cities more resilient.”New Australian smart cities program comingHe also promised to establish a $50 million Smart Cities Program that seeks collaboration from local governments in order to improve city livability through the application of innovative technology-based approaches.“The Smart Cities Program will incentivise councils to partner with communities, local business, not-for-profits and research institutes to create cutting edge technology solutions for urban problems,” the release said.“Australia’s cities are home to the majority of our population and responsible for more than 80 per cent of national economic output,” continued Turnbull’s media statement, adding that “…our cities are at the frontline of action on climate change.”This follows Turnbull’s announcement in May of a Smart Cities Plan that would create a new unit for infrastructure finance with the goal in mind of providing the resources needed to create smart cities throughout Australia’s metropolitan regions.Part of this plan is to create what is being dubbed as “30 minute cities” which describes a city where anyone can commute to work, school, and its various lifestyle services in 30 minutes or less. This would require some major overhauls to Australia’s current transportation system, especially in cities like Melbourne where traffic congestion is a considerable problem. Donal Power For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Related Posts center_img Tags:#Australia#Internet of Things#Investment#IoT#Smart Cities#transportation Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi…last_img read more

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