Candy Crush chairman Morris steps down

first_img More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 Tags: NULL Express KCS Wednesday 26 November 2014 9:01 pm whatsapp Share Candy Crush chairman Morris steps down KING Digital, the firm behind the hugely successful game Candy Crush, said its chairman Melvyn Morris had stepped down. Morris, also the firm’s second-largest share­holder, will be replaced by board member Gerhard Florin as chair. King said Morris would be taking a leave of absence from the board for personal reasons and did not comment further. Talk around King recently has centred on whether the firm can find a second wind after the suKing Digital, the firm behind the hugely successful game Candy Crush, said its chairman Melvyn Morris had stepped down. Morris, also the firm’s second-largest share­holder, will be replaced by board member Gerhard Florin as chair. King said Morris would be taking a leave of absence from the board for personal reasons and did not comment further. Talk around King recently has centred on whether the firm can find a second wind after the success of Candy Crush has faded.ccess of Candy Crush has faded. Show Comments ▼ whatsapplast_img read more

Greece deflation worsens as vital general election nears

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News / Korea’s SM Line sails in with some help for hard hit transpac shippers

first_imgBy By Martina Li in Taiwan 15/06/2021 South Korean liner operator SM Line (also known as SM Merchant Marine) has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting compatriot shippers facing sky-high freight rates and tight capacity on the transpacific.CEO Park Ki-hoon said on Monday the company was assigning all available ships to the Pacific trades and, the same day, the 6,500 teu SM Ningbo departed Busan for Long Beach.Prior to this, a similar-sized ship, SM Busan, had also been assigned to SM Line’s transpacific service, replacing a 4,200 teu ship.SM Line, the only South Korean ocean-going liner operator besides HMM, was established in 2016 after the Samra Midas group acquired bankrupt Hanjin Shipping’s remaining business.The company signed a memorandum of understanding with the Korea International Trade Association on 8 June, pledging to offer adequate shipping slots to small and mid-sized enterprises at fair rates and is reserving 30 teu on its weekly Asia-US west coast services for the shipper group from next month.Mr Park said: “Our manpower and systems are fully prepared to help shippers, but it is a pity that there aren’t enough ships in the market.”He added that SM Line’s operations staff were in touch with other shipowners round the clock in “an unrelenting effort to secure tonnage”.Meanwhile, Mr Park added, the company’s preparations for its initial public offering (IPO) in the second half of this year were going well. SM Line’s Q1 operating profit of $117.56m was 19% higher year on year.South Korean media report SM Line is eyeing a listing on the Korea Exchange in September and, as the first step towards its IPO, SM Line has redesigned its website to make it more user-friendly and provide information for potential investors.last_img read more

Doctors discover telehealth’s silver lining in the Covid-19 crisis

first_img [email protected] By Rujuta Saksena April 19, 2020 Reprints First OpinionDoctors discover telehealth’s silver lining in the Covid-19 crisis Seeing our patients in their pajamas.We can work in pajamas, too.Finally “meeting” the dogs and cats they talk so much about.Gently reminding them about social distancing as their grandkids play on their laps.Feeling amazed after a successful FaceTime visit with an 89-year-old.Getting magnified views of chin hair, moles, nostrils, and other facial features of patients who aren’t fully familiar with the cameras on their phones or computers.Conversing about their home décor and choice of wall color.Realizing that it’s now acceptable to enjoy a cup of coffee with our patients.Actually seeing ourselves as we chat, and fixing our hair or smiles in response to the image in the video window.iPads are now a legitimate business expense.Having far fewer test results to review since patients aren’t coming to the lab for tests.If laughter is indeed the best medicine, and if this sampling of anecdotes is any indication, my colleagues doing telehealth are quite healthy:“I just spent an entire televisit looking at a patient’s ear canal.” — an oncologist in New Jersey.“I find it rather difficult to do pelvic exams with virtual visits.” — a gynecologist in Atlanta.“I thought virtual visits were going well until my patient decided to show me his hemorrhoids.” — a gastroenterologist in New Jersey.To be fair, this optimistic view of telemedicine must be balanced against its downsides, including the inability to do physical examinations, which can affect patient care; the inability to obtain essential blood work; the inability to console patients when giving bad news; and more. To get through the time of Covid-19 with as little PTSD as possible, physicians need to keep their rose-colored glasses on, at least now and then. Related: About the Author Reprints During virtual visits with patients, when I hear their children crying or see their dogs on their laps, a certain friendship develops that otherwise wouldn’t have incubated in an office setting. As a colleague, Dr. Bonnie Guerin, told me, “It’s just a different vibe.”For some of us, our arranged marriages to telemedicine might morph into love. If Gabriel García Márquez were still alive, he might have called these silver linings “Love in the time of corona.”Rujuta Saksena, M.D., is a hematology and oncology specialist in Summit, New Jersey. Telehealth has many advantages, including keeping patients safe from possible exposure to the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, improving access to care, cutting health care costs, and contributing toward a greener earth by cutting down on car trips to see doctors in their offices. It also offers its own type of personal and lighthearted or even heart-warming connections.Over the past few weeks, I have had conversations with several colleagues about this new wrinkle in our professional lives. Here are some of the things we enjoy about telemedicine in the time of Covid-19:advertisement Across the U.S., thousands of doctors like Dr. Michael Murphy in Springfield, Ill., now see their patients via virtual visits to reduce the chance of spreading the coronavirus that causes Covid-19. Rujuta Saksena Before the Covid-19 crisis, I — like most physicians — thought that in person, face-to-face encounters afforded me the greatest level of connection and intimacy with my patients. Yet many of us have been pleasantly surprised to discover the perks of telehealth during the unprecedented coronavirus crisis.Centuries of doctor-patient relations have centered on in-person communication and physical examination. We have been conditioned to view that as the norm, causing us to see telehealth as disembodied and impersonal, making us reluctant to embrace it.Then came the Covid-19 ambush. With mandated social distancing policies in place to counter the rapid spread of a highly infective virus, health care providers have been forced into an overnight arranged marriage with telemedicine. For some of us, there is the potential for true love.advertisement Surge in patients overwhelms telehealth services amid coronavirus pandemic Tags patientsphysicianstelehealthlast_img read more

Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities Honours Volunteers

first_imgAdvertisements Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities Honours Volunteers UncategorizedDecember 10, 2006 RelatedJamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities Honours Volunteers FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities on Wednesday (Dec. 6) honoured several volunteers from St. Mary, Portland, St. Ann and St. Thomas, for their assistance to the disabled communities in the four parishes.At an awards function held at the Casa Maria Hotel in Port Maria, plaques were presented to Sharmine Wilks of the 3D Project in Portland and Carlene Smith, Community Worker from Portland; Sheron Kidd of the 3D Project in St. Thomas; Dr. Ba Thein of the St. Mary Health Department; Norris Maragh of the 3D Project in St. Mary; Horace Stewart, Community Worker in St. Mary; Inez Wilson of the Rural Services for Children for Disabilities in St. Ann; Mazelyn Wilson, Community Worker in St. Ann, and the Rotary Club of Ocho Rios. The crew of the Marine of the Seas vessel was also honoured.Anthony Taylor, Lay Preacher and teacher at the Lanaman’s Preparatory School in Kingston, who gave the main address, exhorted Jamaicans to show love and care to people with disabilities, in order to provide the encouragement necessary to enable them to realise their full potential.Mr. Taylor, who visually impaired, said he was a testament of the success that could be achieved when help was offered to persons in need.Stating that each member of the society must be given equal opportunity to succeed and contribute to development, he said that the needs of persons with disabilities, must guide the formulation of national developmental strategies.Mr. Taylor commended the honourees for the contribution they have made to improving the lives of disabled persons in the country. He further encouraged disabled persons to become involved in voluntary organizations and provide service to others, noting that through their participation, others would be assisted to find success.The awards function was part of activities to mark Disabilities Awareness Week from December 3 to 9.center_img RelatedJamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities Honours Volunteers RelatedJamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities Honours Volunteerslast_img read more

Occupational Safety and Health Act to be Tabled This Year

first_imgOccupational Safety and Health Act to be Tabled This Year Health & WellnessJune 5, 2013 RelatedWestmoreland Community Welcomes Overseas Dental Mission FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, has reiterated the Ministry’s commitment to have the proposed Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) tabled this legislative year.Making his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 4, the Minister informed that the most recent draft of the legislation was received by the Ministry in January 2013, and was reviewed by the Attorney General’s Chambers, which necessitated further redrafts.“After this process is complete, the Ministry’s intention is to table the Bill within this legislative year and I urge all my fellow members in this House to lend their support to its speedy passage at the appropriate time,” Mr. Kellier said.Meanwhile, the Labour Minister said that the safety and health of all employees in the Jamaican workplace must be given priority, if the country is to achieve the high levels of productivity and performance necessary to put it on a path of sustained growth.“Over the years, there have been various workplace incidences leading to injuries and fatalities which impacted negatively on both employers and employees. For example, recently there has been an upturn in the number of buildings found to contain asbestos in their structural materials. As such, the need for the long awaited Occupational Safety and Health legislation is again brought into sharp focus,” Mr. Kellier said.The Bill will set the groundwork for the implementation of protection for all workers in all spheres of economic activities, and will comprehensively address all manifestations of occupational hazards.It covers a broader range of considerations than the present Factories Act to protect workers on the job and define working conditions. It also establishes a joint Health and Safety Council that monitors the safety and well-being of workers.Contact: Latonya Linton RelatedMinistry of Health Establishes International Cooperation Unitcenter_img RelatedDr. Ferguson Appeals for Continued External Support for HIV/AIDS Programme Advertisementslast_img read more

MTS files for Uzbek subsidiary bankruptcy

first_imgHome MTS files for Uzbek subsidiary bankruptcy Author Previous ArticleSingapore set for 4G auctionNext ArticleUK’s leading banks back mobile money transfer in 2014 Thrive – News Related Vodafone, MTS extend partnership to 2023 Tim joined Mobile World Live in August 2011 and works across all channels, with a particular focus on apps. He came to the GSMA with five years of tech journalism experience, having started his career as a reporter… More Read more Tim Ferguson center_img MTS chief backs open, local infrastructure drive Veon appoints Beeline bosses Russian operator group MTS has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary in Uzbekistan has filed a petition to declare bankruptcy.The company filed the petition in the Tashkent Commercial court due to the inability of its local arm (Uzdunrobita) to fulfil obligations related to a September verdict in a criminal case against its employees.MTS had its Uzbek licence suspended by local authorities in July, ostensibly for non-payment of taxes and licence violations. The court ruling allowed the state to seize control of Uzdunrobita and impose prison terms on four Uzdunrobita managers.The operator — which had 9.5 million customers in Uzbekistan — claimed it had been the target of “blatant harassment by Uzbek government authorities with the thinly-veiled purpose of destroying the business and expropriating its assets”.An Appeals Court reversed the decision that allowed the state to take control of operations in November but determined that Uzdunrobita should pay fines and penalties of around $600 million.Around $150 million has already been recovered from Uzdunrobita’s bank accounts by law enforcement agencies, according to MTS.The company said it “reserves the right to use all legal options in the international arena in order to claim damages incurred as a result of an unwarranted attack on its subsidiary in Uzbekistan”. It added that Uzdunrobita will continue to defend its rights in accordance with the laws of Uzbekistan.MTS recorded an impairment charge of $579 million against its assets attributable to Uzbekistan in its statement of operations for the three months ending in 30 June 2012. The company also put aside $500 million to cover tax, anti-monopoly and other liabilities believed to be the probable result from the various legal proceedings still taking place in Uzbekistan.The charges led to MTS parent group Sistema reporting a net loss for the quarter. Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 16 JAN 2013 MTSRegulatorySistemaUzbekistanlast_img read more

Nigerian authorities criticise 9mobile sale process

first_img Nigeria suspends SIM card sales, registration Related MTN Nigeria payments access restored AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 21 NOV 2017 Home Nigerian authorities criticise 9mobile sale process MTN Nigeria mulls pricing change after bank row Previous ArticleTelecom Italia mulls appeal to interference ordersNext ArticleDeutsche Telekom inaugurates NB-IoT development lab Tags Nigeria Saleha Riaz Nigeria’s central bank and telecoms regulator expressed “serious concerns” about how Barclays Africa is handling the sale of 9mobile, TheCable reported.The authorities believe companies with strong financial standing and advanced technical capabilities were dropped from the final bidding process.In a joint letter, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) said they want the sale process to be “transparent and fair”, but stated financial adviser Barclays Africa had “repeatedly exhibited signs of opacity”.“Given the overriding public interest in the company and the need for transparency, we advised that Barclays advertise the call for ‘expression of interest’. Barclays declined, insisting instead that the company, being a private one, should not be taken through a public sale,” the pair wrote.“This lack of a transparent process has proven to be selective and arbitrary, leading to allegations that the process is being teleguided to a rigged and predetermined outcome. The CBN and the NCC will not fold their arms and allow this to materialise,” they added.Umar Danbatta, executive vice-chairman of NCC, and CBN governor Godwin Emefiele said their concerns were heightened following complaints from stakeholders, including some bidders.CBN and NCC called for all decisions taken by the financial adviser to be approved by them in writing and said a 31 December deadline for the handover of 9mobile to the preferred bidders is “sacrosanct”.The letter was sent to GTBank, the facility agent for a $1.2 billion loan Etisalat Nigeria was unable to pay to a consortium of banks, leading to parent Etisalat terminating a management agreement and the operator being rebranded as 9mobile.Ten companies reportedly moved to the financial stage of the bid process, including Globacom Nigeria Limited, Bharti Airtel, Smile Telecoms Holdings, Helios Towers and Africell. Author Saleha joined Mobile World Live in October 2014 as a reporter and works across all e-newsletters – creating content, writing blogs and reports as well as conducting feature interviews…More Read more last_img read more

Rory: It’s about the office, not the man

first_imgMEXICO CITY – Turns out there’s a reason why you don’t talk politics on the golf course. It’s a harsh lesson to learn, particularly for a professional golfer. Just ask Ernie Els or Rory McIlroy. For Els the toll came the week of the Genesis Open following a round of golf with President Donald Trump in South Florida. The Big Easy was anything but after enduring a barrage of criticism, mostly on social media. Now it’s McIlroy’s turn to withstand the slings and arrows of a polarized social media universe. McIlroy, who was born and raised in Northern Ireland, was so staggered by the reaction to his round with Trump on Feb. 19 that he tweeted a lengthy explanation of the round and why he felt compelled to play with the leader of the free world. On Tuesday at the WGC-Mexico Championship, the world No. 3 dug even deeper, figuring a round of golf with the president of the United States wasn’t really an either/or option. “I was a little bit taken aback by the blowback I received but I get why,” he said. “I was just doing what I felt was respectful and the president of the United States phones you up and wants to play golf with you, I wasn’t going to say no, like I don’t agree with everything that he says but it is what it is.” It didn’t appear as if McIlroy put much thought into the alternative, turning down a round of golf with a sitting president, but it’s likely there would have been just as much “blowback” had he taken a hard pass on his round with the POTUS. WGC-Mexico Championship: Articles, photos and videos McIlroy, who hasn’t played since the second week of January as he recovered from a rib injury, still seemed stunned by the reaction his round with Trump has caused. Although he’s never been shy when it comes to addressing difficult topics, the 27-year-old’s initial take when asked about the round was slightly aloof. “Played golf with some people . . . won’t go there,” he demurred. But he did go there in detail, in fact. For McIlroy, who has played his share of golf with dignitaries and politicians, the spectacle of playing golf with the president was profound. He said there were 30 Secret Service agents, 30 additional law enforcement officers and even snipers in the trees at Trump International in West Palm Beach, Fla. “It was just a surreal experience for me to see something like that. That was part of the reason I wanted to go and play,” he said. This wasn’t a political statement. That’s not Rory’s style. Long before candidate Trump became president, McIlroy told a group of reporters last year as the PGA Tour mulled a possible move away from Trump’s property at Doral to Mexico City, “wouldn’t it be silly not to have some sort of relationship [with Trump]?” During the same interview he was asked about the presidential campaign, which was just starting to heat up, and his point and political affiliations remain unchanged. “I’m not an American, I can’t change the way the political system is there. I can’t vote,” he said on Tuesday. “I said this in Doral last year, even if I could vote I would have voted for an independent or someone else.” It’s been a tough few weeks for those who choose not to hide behind platitudes and vanilla one-liners. Pat Perez was scrutinized last week after suggesting Tiger Woods might retire if he doesn’t play the Masters, and rookie Bryson DeChambeau caught similar heat for comments concerning his face-on putter that was deemed non-conforming earlier this year by the USGA. Both players ended up walking those comments back, either to clarify or cool the room. But McIlroy didn’t step to the podium on Tuesday to apologize. Instead, he attempted to explain his situation, his thought process and his position, that whatever your political affiliation it’s important to recognize that the bigger picture is often skewed by the heat of the moment. “I’m sorry if I sort of pissed people off, but I felt I was in a position where I couldn’t really do anything but say yes, respect the office even if you don’t respect the guy that’s in it, go play and go from there,” he said. McIlroy isn’t blind to what his 18 holes with Trump means or the emotions his round stirred. But just as he knows there’s no room in golf for politics, there’s certainly no space for disrespect.last_img read more

With Senior Back, Wildcats Ready to Run

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. COLUMBIA FALLS – Pascal Jessat didn’t have trouble staying in shape for cross country during the offseason. The United States Army made sure of that. Over the summer, Jessat, a senior at Columbia Falls High School, spent three months in Fort Jackson, S.C. for Army basic training. He’s always been a disciplined kid, following a strict running regimen throughout the year, but boot camp took it to another level. When he arrived back in Columbia Falls, with school already underway, it wasn’t really cross country practice that was hard to get used to – it was everything. “It was crazy coming back and just being back here,” Jessat said. Now that he’s home, he is directing that Army-trained focus toward a singular goal: bringing another trophy back to Columbia Falls. Last year, Jessat was a key component of the first team in school history to win a state cross country title. Jessat’s older brother, Patric, and Shawn Whitman graduated, but three of the top five runners from last year’s history-making team are back. Along with Jessat, Shawn Whitman’s younger brother, Justin, and Derrick Williams should again make the Wildcats a contender in Class A.Coach Richard Menicke said last year’s state title may have inspired other students at the school to try out for cross country. This season, the most kids Menicke has seen in his 15 years at the school showed up for the season: 15 boys and 22 girls. Menicke, in his second year as head coach, previously was an assistant coach at Columbia Falls. He said the turnout for girls is traditionally much higher than for boys, but even by those standards, 22 is a lot. For boys, 15 is pretty much unheard of.“It’s been really fun and it’s presented some new challenges for me,” Menicke said of the large turnout.Among those challenges is identifying seven runners for both boys and girls varsity. Each school sends seven varsity runners to meets. A few kids on each side have proven to be varsity shoo-ins, but the remaining spots are closely contested. For boys, Williams, Jessat and Whitman will lead the varsity squad. Williams, a junior, is looking to improve on his fifth-place finish at the state meet last season. His goal is to post a sub-16-minute time this season, but he is still recovering from a torn meniscus that occurred in the winter.“It’s sort of been nagging,” he said. “But I’m getting there. Building my base back up is the main thing.”Williams said if two more runners emerge to form a strong five-man rotation, the Wildcats should be able to compete with anybody by the end of the season. There’s a good chance one of those runners, or both, will be a wrestler.Menicke said six wrestlers tried out for cross country this season to train for the winter wrestling season. He said wrestlers have come out for the cross country in the past, but never as many as this year. He pointed out that Whitman is also a wrestler.“The wrestling coaches have been fantastic,” Menicke said. “They strongly believe in supporting our program because it helps their program too.”The girls are led by Jinise Osborne, who was the team’s top finisher at last year’s Class A state meet. She finished 21st, but Menicke said she was competing for an all-state finish until the final mile. All-state is awarded to the top 15 finishers at state.Osborne, a junior, believes the girls can improve their fifth-place finish from last year’s meet. A top-three finish would equal the best ever for the program.“That would be a very reasonable goal for us,” Osborne said. “Coming home with any hardware would be making history.”Menicke said the girls “have a lot of depth.” The key is finding the best seven runners on any given week, depending on various circumstances. For example, going into an important meet during the regular season, Menicke said it might make more sense to put an older girl in the race even if a younger one has been scoring better times, so as not to throw the underclassman to the wolves. Menicke sees the importance of maintaining an upbeat spirit throughout the long season. With 22 runners, he has some room to experiment.“It’s a balancing act of keeping their confidence up,” Menicke said.Confidence shouldn’t be a problem for the boys. But even after winning a state title, Williams said the Wildcats feel they have something to prove.“Hopefully we’ll come home with some hardware,” Williams said. “I know at our school some people think that us winning was a fluke.” Emaillast_img read more