January 19

Kei Nishikori out of Australian Open because wrist not ready

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the new season, begins Jan. 15.Nishikori has been sidelined since August because of his wrist. That kept him out of the U.S. Open, snapping a streak of appearing in 21 consecutive major tournaments.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkNow he will miss his second major in a row.“The Aussie Open is my favorite Slam,” Nishikori said, via his agent. LATEST STORIES Nishikori added: “My rehab is going well but I am just not ready 100 percent to come back yet in best of 5 set matches.”He is one of several top men dealing with injuries at the moment — and he might not be the last to decide he can’t play at the Australian Open.Earlier Wednesday, Novak Djokovic posted a statement on his website saying he is still not sure whether he will enter the field at Melbourne, where he has won six of his 12 major championships.Djokovic hasn’t competed anywhere since July because of an injured right elbow. He will test his elbow at two exhibition events in Australia next week before figuring out whether to go to the Australian Open.No. 1-ranked Rafael Nadal, the runner-up to Roger Federer at the Australian Open last year, withdrew from this week’s Brisbane International tuneup tournament because of a bothersome right knee. Nadal won the French Open and U.S. Open in 2017 to raise his major count to 16.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone FILE – In this Monday, June 5, 2017 file photo, Japan’s Kei Nishikori returns the ball to Spain’s Fernando Verdasco during their fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris. Kei Nishikori’s agent says the 2014 U.S. Open runner-up is pulling out of the Australian Open. Olivier van Lindonk says in an email Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018 that Nishikori is not ready to play best-of-five-set matches as he returns from an injured right wrist that has sidelined him since August. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)Kei Nishikori is pulling out of the Australian Open because his right wrist is not fully recovered enough from a torn tendon to withstand the rigor of best-of-five-set matches at a Grand Slam tournament.Nishikori’s agent, Olivier van Lindonk, announced the 2014 U.S. Open runner-up’s withdrawal in an email Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson And three-time major champion Andy Murray also pulled out of the Brisbane International because of a bad hip and might opt to have surgery. Like Djokovic, he last competed at Wimbledon, nearly six months ago.Nishikori, out nearly as long, has been a top-10 player and was the first man from Japan to reach a major final when he made it that far at the U.S. Open in 2014, losing the title match to Marin Cilic.Nishikori also reached the semifinals at Flushing Meadows in 2016.He plans to return to competition at lower-tier Challenge events in Newport Beach, California, beginning Jan. 22, and at Dallas a week later.The first ATP tournament on Nishikori’s schedule as of now is next month’s New York Open.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Westbrook, Thunder roll to 133-96 win over skidding Lakerslast_img read more

December 18

Pilot shortage looms

first_imgOver the past few years, analysts and airline officials in the US have been predicting a shortage of qualified pilots. With the looming threat, airlines considered how to meet the challenges at the same time government officials were changing the rules to require more flight hours for prospective pilots.“I think everything that has happened has been predicted,” said Regional Airline Association President Roger Cohen. “It just happened faster. The cold reality of it is obviously worse than the prediction.”In January, the industry came face to face with the first real manifestation of those prognostications when a small regional carrier, Great Lakes Airlines operating out of Wyoming announced it would suspend service to a half dozen small cities because it didn’t have enough pilots.“Due to the unintended consequences of the new congressionally mandated pilot regulatory requirements, the Company feels it is in the best interest of our customers, communities and other employees to suspend service from these stations until we are able to rebuild our staff of pilots in order to provide reliable service,” said Great Lakes CEO Charles Howell in a statement.The shortage is attributed in large part to a recent change in rules from the US Federal Aviation Administration requiring 1500 hours and an ATP license for prospective commercial pilots. In the past, many regional carriers hired candidates with fewer hours offering the new pilots the chance to build up their hours and experience with a shot at moving on to higher pay as a pilot with a legacy carrier. The new rules went into effect in August 2013.US Aviation officials sought to tighten the standards and the training following a tragic crash of a Colgan Air Q400 in February 2009 that killed 49 people. The accident investigation found that the two pilots had not been adequately trained to respond to a stall and had violated sterile cockpit rule which limits conversation specifically to aircraft function. The incident sparked a flurry of self-examination on the part of airlines as well as government regulatory agencies. Cohen said airline representatives had worked with the FAA to ease some of the restrictions, such as an option to substitute an accredited university program for a portion of the required hours. The new 1500 hour requirement effectively “moved the goal posts” for students currently enrolled in a university program who planned to pursue a carrier in aviation upon graduation, said Cohen.“We’ve lost thousands of prospective pilots and turned off thousands going forward,” said Cohen. “There are thousands of highly trained qualified professional pilots coming out of universities that aren’t even able to interview with an airline.”In anticipation of the shortage, Cohen said regional airlines have taken aggressive steps to resolve the issue such as offering signing bonuses, raising starting salaries and establishing bridge programs with universities. But it hasn’t been enough.The high cost of gaining flight hours and certification coupled with low starting salaries has not helped attract good candidates. Young people are not enamored enough with the idea of flying to sink deeply into debt in exchange for living a dream of flight.United Airlines announced major cuts to its Cleveland hub in February, owing in part to its regional partners feeling the pinch of the new government regulations.“These new regulations have caused mainline airlines to hire regional pilots, while simultaneously significantly reducing the pool of new pilots from which regional pilots can hire,” United officials wrote in a letter to employees announcing the cuts. “Although this is an industry issue, it directly affects us and requires us to reduce our regional partner flying, as several of our regional partners are beginning to have difficulty flying their schedule due to reduce new pilot availability.”The carrier said the Cleveland hub had not been profitable generating “tens of millions of dollars in annual losses” in recent years. Some 460 jobs will be lost at the hub.Republic Airways, a regional partner with United at its Cleveland hub, announced this week is would be grounding 27 ERJs this year because the company is having trouble hiring enough pilots.In a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Republic stated it was taking the action because of a “significant reduction” in the number of qualified pilots who meet the 1500 hour rule. The reduction in flying will also affect Republic’s partner, American Airlines.“The applicant flow problems continue to persist in the new year and it has become all too clear that we can no longer consider extending all our small jet contract,” Republic President and CEO Bryan Bedford stated in a letter to employees.ALPA tries to debunk shortageThe handwringing over whether there is a pilot shortage was refuted in early February by ALPA (Air Line Pilots Assn. International) which called it a “myth.” ALPA represents nearly 50,000 pilots at 31 airlines in the US and Canada.“There may be a shortage of qualified pilots who are willing to fly for US airlines because of the industry’s recent history of instability, poor pay and benefits,” said ALPA president Lee Moak in a statement. Moak said there are thousands of qualified pilots on furlough or working overseas who would gladly return to US cockpits if conditions were favorable.He cited the recent closure or US regional carrier Comair, which furloughed 800 experienced pilots who are now looking for jobs in addition to 1,154 ALPA members currently on furlough.In the US average starting salary for regional airline is $21,285 plus benefit. Starting co-pilots at Delta and United earn $61,000 plus benefits, according to ALPA.“The real solution to preventing any future pilot shortage is for airlines to produce consistently profitable results,” Moak Observed. “Congress can support this goal by implementing pro-growth aviation policies that reduce the tax burden on airlines and give industry an opportunity to compete and prevail in the international marketplace.”Republic’s Bedford agreed in part but pointed out that some 18,000 US pilots will be reaching the mandatory retirement age of 65 over the next decade.“There are ample pilots for today’s needs, but these young people, who have graduated with aeronautical aviation degrees no longer qualify for employment,” Bedford told employees. “And there are not enough ways for them to get the hourly time the new law requires.”Cohen and airline officials expect there will continue to be pilot shortages and discontinuation of service to smaller communities.“We don’t need another report on what the issues are,” said Cohen, who recently announced the formation of task force of regional airline CEOs to come up with ways to maintain service. “We are focused on trying to find some short term solutions. Each day sees another headline about reduced service and those are going to continue.”last_img read more

December 16

GMailr: An Unofficial Javascript API for GMail

first_imgalex williams Tags:#cloud#news Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Google has pretty much given up on developing a JavaScript API for GMail. There was once a Greasemonkey script Google developed for GMail but that broke and Google shows no sign of fixing it.James Yu is now trying to fix that scenario with GMailr, a JavaScript API for GMail. It is made from the code he wrote for 0Boxer, an extension for GMail that turns organizing your inbox into a game. Yu is also a lead developer at Scribd.Yu said developing the API took him on a path fraught with frustrations and dead ends. He writes there is supported official JavaScript API for Gmail. The Greasemonkey script is broken and no one has yet released a frontend API for Gmail. He said he needed access to the various user actions in the UI as the backend APIs were not going to work as he wished. He decided to write his own library from scratch.But this was no easy task. Gmail runs its code through the closure compiler, thereby obfuscating everything. On top of that, Gmail is probably one of the most sophisticated JavaScript apps out there. Needless to say, I am now intimately familiar with the various DOM elements that make up the Gmail interface, as well as how the data is transported.The work Yu is doing reflects on the fragile state of services such as Rapportive, Baydin and Unsubscribe.com, each of which have developed complex APIs that can and will break when GMail decides to change its app structure. What we need, he says, is a robust and easy-to-use Javascript API for GMail that is shared across extensions and applications. He hopes developers will improve Gmailr, and over time, make it a robust API that developers find useful. He cites a few ways it can be improved:Expose methods that allow insertion of UI elements into various places in Gmail, like the sidebar.Improve the reliability of the API, taking into account the various weird states that Gmail can get into.Add capabilities to read the contents and metadata of emails received, sent, and interacted with.Yu’s work points to the need to create APIs that are not dependent on powerful vendors. Independent providers such as Rapportive should be supportive of these efforts for they provide a level of sustainability that otherwise could result in service breakdowns and irreparable damage to the communities they are seeking to grow.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

December 9

Blaming External Factors for Your Results

first_imgIf you look for reasons you can’t do something, your mind will look for evidence to confirm what you want to believe. The question you need to ask yourself is, “Why do you want to believe external forces are preventing you from achieving some outcome or goal?” The answer can be challenging to accept, even though it is true. You look for external factors to explain why you are not responsible for failing to achieve something (or worse, as a reason not to try). Your mind works very hard to protect your ego, keeping it intact, regardless of how detrimental its strategies can be to your overall success. It will absolve you of your responsibility if you let it.External factors are beyond your control. Since there is nothing you can do about those factors, you can’t possibly be responsible, can you? So you look at politics, foreign affairs, the economy, the President, the Congress, events from your childhood, your lack of education, your age, your parents, your company, your leadership, your lack of training, your manager, your competitors, your clients, your lack of time, and an inexhaustible list of things that are beyond your control—and mostly beyond your influence.Denying the EvidenceSalespeople often believe and suggest that they lose deals because their price is too high when compared to their competitors. The external factors include their company’s pricing and their competitor’s willingness to sell something similar at a lower price. When presented with empirical and unassailable evidence to the contrary, namely a list of salespeople who are succeeding with the same pricing and the same competitors, they suggest those reps are lucky (a factor outside their control) or their territory is different (another factor outside of their control).I have heard sales leaders suggest that it is impossible to hire good salespeople, that they don’t exist. The most popular external factor that they point to as the cause is generational differences (i.e., Millennials, Generation Z, etc.). Even though they are sometimes correct about activity levels that are too low, and some salespeople employ ineffective approaches, neither are universally true across their sales force. It’s easier to blame the sales force than to lead and manage them, building a culture of accountability. There is little chance of producing better results while believing you can’t impact the performance of the people in your charge. The evidence is when a salesperson that fails for you goes on to succeed working for someone else.The Case for Believing Everything is Your FaultThere is a case for believing everything is your fault. That case does not include refusing to acknowledge the external factors, but instead to recognize them and respond to them appropriately. Even though you lack the power or influence to change the external factors, you have the power to determine how you react to them.The approach of believing that external factors beyond your control dictate your results eliminates your agency, disempowers you, and positions you as a victim. You might recognize this as blaming someone or something else as the root cause of your challenges. That posture can create a downward spiral (or vicious circle). Instead of working to improve your results by controlling your response, you give up and get carried away in the “The Drift.“By believing everything is your fault, you exercise your agency, empower yourself to act, and position yourself as the protagonist. You are not the victim. Instead, you are working on the things you can control or influence, and in doing so, creating a different outcome. If you must err on one side or the other, you are better off holding beliefs that allow you to act to improve things rather than those that would have to sit idly by, come what may.What It’s NotIt is not your price that causes you to lose deals to lower-priced competitors; it is your ability to convey the greater value and the better outcomes in which you are asking them to invest. The most substantial variable is how you sell and the experience you create for your prospective client.It isn’t true that there are not good salespeople available for work, nor is it true that the generational differences are so vast as to prevent any young person from being a successful salesperson. Instead, it’s what you do with the people you hire that has the most significant impact on your results.Two ListsIf you want control, start by making two lists. On the first list, write down all the external factors that might have some impact on your results. Label that list, “Things Outside of My Control.” Make a second list of what you can do to improve your results—in spite of the external factors. Label this list, “My Action Plan for Turning Things Around.”Any time you want to look at the external factors, also look at the list of things you can do and take action on what appears on that list. The more work you do on the second list, the less the first list will matter, as the first list isn’t actionable and the second is.You never have to wait for someone to empower you. You can empower yourself to act as soon as you decide to do so. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

November 16

This Hype Video Will Get You Mentally Prepared for Tonight

first_imgWe are standing over the ledge of the preseason cliff, just about to dive into one of the most exciting seasons in several years.At this point, you’ve seen just about every variation of hype video released – but there is one more video to get your mind ready for the game tonight.‘THIS IS BEDLAM!’Never gets old, man. It’s time to saddle up, folks. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

October 24

Region Urged to Unite to Address Debt Problem

first_imgMinister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, says Caribbean countries need to come together and exploit the synergies that exist in order to facilitate growth and reduce the debt stock.He pointed to the areas of tourism, entertainment, and commodity-focused sectors as areas in which countries could collaborate and share experiences “for the benefit of all”.“What we need to do is to develop the patterns of collaboration between the investor community, the banking community, the public sector, to ensure two things, one, that we never permit the debt to build up again to this scale that it now currently is…and two, we need to create the business environment that facilitates investment activity at all levels of the investor community, small, medium and large,” he stated.Dr. Phillips was addressing Tuesday’s (June 18) closing ceremony of the Caribbean Association of Debt Managers two-day forum held at the Iberostar Rose Hall Beach Hotel in Montego Bay.According to the Finance Minister, the build-up of debt is “presenting itself as a major impediment to the capacity of our countries to grow” and the most important challenge “is how to transition from the debt management agenda to a growth agenda”.He noted that in many respects, fiscal consolidation represents “the most important initial building block for any growth agenda”.He said, however, that this will require difficult social adjustments, and it is therefore important for governments to share perspectives with the general population as to the measures that will have to be implemented.Senior Director, Debt Management Branch, Ministry of Finance and Planning, Pamela McLaren, informed that the two-day meeting, held under the theme: ‘Managing debt under financial distress’ included exchanges among the Caribbean debt managers, and participation from international partners such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Inter American Development Bank (IDB), World Bank and commercial and investment bankers.She mentioned that there were representatives from about 10 Commonwealth countries across the region.Mrs. McLean stated that all the issues in relation to debt management were examined, including an institutional and legal framework, along with solutions to get the debt of respective nations on a downward trajectory.Contact: Bryan Millerlast_img read more

October 23

Keppel Partners Eye SmallScale LNG Options in Indonesia

first_imgzoom Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) has entered into a deal to explore opportunities in the development of small-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) distribution in West Indonesia.The Heads of Agreement (HOA) was signed with Pavilion Energy and Indonesia state-owned PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) at the Singapore-Indonesia Leaders’ Retreat in Singapore.The HOA intends to leverage on the combined expertise of the companies in the small-scale LNG value chain to distribute LNG in an economic manner to remote areas in West Indonesia. LNG can be delivered to floating and onshore LNG terminals using small LNG carriers, where it is regasified and used to generate electricity at PLN’s power plants.The contract follows the discussion between the Indonesia and Singapore governments regarding bilateral energy cooperation during the Singapore-Indonesia Leaders’ Retreat held in Semarang last year. A joint feasibility study was subsequently carried out, which demonstrated the cost savings and mutual benefits that can arise from collaboration in the small-scale LNG value chain.Keppel O&M informed that the deal will not have any material impact on the net tangible assets and earnings per share of Keppel Corporation Limited for the financial year ending December 31, 2017.last_img read more

October 17

Taliban says freed Canadian hostages allegations of rape and murder are false

first_imgA spokesman for the Taliban is denying the allegations of a freed Canadian hostage who says his wife was raped and his daughter killed by their abductors.Upon his return to Canada Friday, Joshua Boyle told reporters that during his five years in captivity, held by the Taliban-linked Haqqani network in Afghanistan, his wife’s rape was assisted by the captain of the guard and supervised by the commandant of the network.He said the Haqqani leadership authorized the murder of his daughter in retaliation for his refusal to accept an offer from the kidnappers, but did not elaborate.However, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has released a statement saying Caitlan Coleman had a “natural miscarriage” after an illness that couldn’t be treated because they were in a remote area with no doctors.Mujahid says Boyle and Coleman are now “in the hands of the enemy”, and the statement Boyle gave was “force fed” to him.Mujahid also says “from the time the couple were detained until their release” Boyle and Coleman were never separated because the kidnappers “did not want to incite any suspicion.”“No one has either intentionally murdered the child of this couple and neither has anyone violated or defiled them,” Mujahid said in the statement, which was posted to the Taliban media unit’s website.Boyle told The Canadian Press Saturday that conditions during the five-year ordeal changed over time as the family was shuffled among at least three prisons.He described the first as “remarkably barbaric,” the second as more comfortable and the third as a place of violence in which he and his wife were frequently separated and beaten.last_img read more