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  2. LOS ANGELES: Harvey Weinstein has resigned from the board of The Weinstein Company, the board announced on Tuesday, as he faces allegations that he sexually harassed or assaulted a number of women over three decades in the film business. In a statement, the board said it also ratified its Oct. 8 decision to fire Weinstein as chief executive of the movie and television company he co-founded with his brother. A source close to Weinstein confirmed that he had resigned from the board and had no further comment. Weinstein has denied having non-consensual *** with anyone. The Weinstein Co is now trying to chart a future without Weinstein, the aggressive dealmaker with a talent for managing Hollywood talent, money and egos. On Monday, it said it was in talks to sell the bulk of its assets to private equity firm Colony Capital. One of Hollywood?s most influential forces since launching in October 2005, The Weinstein Co has produced and distributed films including ?The King?s Speech? and ?Silver Linings Playbook.? Its TWC Television unit produces the long-running reality series ?Project Runway.? Harvey Weinstein is credited with conceiving the strategy that scored dozens of Oscar awards for the company?s films. Hollywood trade publication Variety reported earlier on Tuesday that Weinstein had resigned from the company?s board.
  3. Anil Kumble NEW DELHI: India´s powerful cricket board hastily deleted a birthday message for record Test wicket-taker Anil Kumble Tuesday after irate fans took offence at the spinning great being described simply as a "former bowler". The row follows Kumble´s acrimonious departure as national coach in June, when he quit saying his relationship with captain Virat Kohli was "untenable". The Board of Control for Cricket in India joined in the well wishes for Kumble´s 47th birthday but quickly backtracked after its low-key description sent fans into a spin. "Here´s wishing former #TeamIndia bowler @anilkumble1074 a very happy birthday," read the BCCI message on its official Twitter account, before the post was deleted. Fans of Kumble were angered, saying the board was playing down the achievements of India´s greatest bowler. "Umm bowler? Wasnt he also Captain and Coach and is India´s leading Wicket taker?" replied television journalist and author Digvijay Singh Deo on Twitter. Other fans urged the board to give Kumble his "due respect". The BCCI then tweeted another message calling him "former captain" and "legend", but the damage was done. Kumble´s relationship with the BCCI was the subject of much speculation after his resignation. It was reported in the Indian press that board officials tried to salvage ties between Kumble and Kohli, but that the relationship was beyond repair. Kumble, who played for India for 17 years, has never commented publicly on the matter. Ravi Shastri was since been appointed coach of the Indian side. Kumble, or ´Jumbo´ as he is fondly known, remains India´s highest Test wicket-taker with his 619 scalps in 132 matches.
  4. ICC Board meeting in Auckland, New Zealand/ICC A Test match world championship and an ODI league are all set to be introduced to international cricket after the International Cricket Council (ICC) Board gave a go-ahead to the concept on the final day of the governing body's meeting in Auckland, New Zealand on Friday. The Test championship will see nine teams play six series over two years ? three home and three away, while the ODI league will be a direct qualification pathway towards the ICC Cricket World Cup and will be contested by the 12 Full Members plus the winners of the current ICC World Cricket League Championship, the ICC said in a press release. The first two-year Test championship will begin at the conclusion of the 2019 World Cup, with the top two teams by April 2021 to play off in a championship final in England in June of that year. The first ODI league will commence in 2020-21, running for two years leading into the 2023 World Cup, before converting to a three-year league in each cycle beyond that. ?I would like to congratulate our Members on reaching this agreement and putting the interests of the development of the game first,? said ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar. ?Bringing context to bilateral cricket is not a new challenge, but this is the first time a genuine solution has been agreed on.? ICC Chief Executive Dave Richardson said: ?This is a significant point in time for ICC Members and our collective desire to secure a vibrant future for international bilateral cricket. The approval of both leagues is the conclusion of two years of work from the Members who have explored a whole range of options to bring context to every game. ?The ICC Board decision today means we can now go and finalise a playing schedule for the first edition as well as the points system, hosting arrangements and competition terms.? The ICC Board also approved a trial of four-day Test matches to run through until the World Cup 2019. Members will be able to schedule four-day games by bilateral agreement. ?Our priority was to develop an international cricket structure that gave context and meaning across international cricket and particularly in the Test arena. This has been delivered and every Test in the new League will be a five-day Test format,? Richardson said. ?However throughout the discussions about the future of Test cricket it became clear that whilst context is crucial we must also consider alternatives and trial initiatives that may support the future viability of Test cricket. The trial is exactly that, a trial, just in the same way day-night Tests and technology have been trialled by Members,? he continued. ?Four-day Tests will also provide the new Test playing countries with more opportunities to play the longer version of the game against more experienced opponents, which, in turn, will help them to hone their skills and close the gap with the top nine ranked teams,? the ICC chief added.
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  6. SAN FRANCISCO: Uber Technologies Inc co-founder Travis Kalanick said he had appointed two new directors, a surprise move that publicly reignited a board battle over the role of the ousted former chief executive. Kalanick?s move on Friday sought to pre-empt a move by new Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi to restructure the board and gain greater control, a person familiar with the co-founder?s decision said. Uber said in a statement on Friday the company was surprised by Kalanick?s action. Company investors are divided over whether Kalanick should remain on the board and whether he should be allowed to name two other directors. Benchmark Capital, which had pressured Kalanick to resign as CEO in the wake of several governance scandals, did not respond to a request for comment. Khosrowshahi is scrambling to portray Uber as a reformed company that is turning a page on concerns including sexual harassment claims and a U.S. bribery probe. Investors have described diluting Kalanick?s power as a necessary step on the path to making amends. Kalanick, still one of the largest shareholders, said in a statement he had appointed former Xerox Chief Executive Ursula Burns and former Merrill Lynch Chief Executive John Thain as directors. ?I am appointing these seats now in light of a recent board proposal to dramatically restructure the board and significantly alter the company?s voting rights. It is therefore essential that the full board be in place for proper deliberation to occur, especially with such experienced board members as Ursula and John,? he said. He did not specify the proposals he opposed. Uber had nine directors before Kalanick?s Friday appointments. The person familiar with the matter said that Kalanick acted after Khosrowshahi had outlined a plan to directors, which is scheduled to be voted on October 3, that would give him control of four board seats in addition to his own on a panel that now has 11 directors. Khosrowshahi?s plan calls for transferring one of the two Kalanick-controlled positions to SoftBank Group Corp, which is considering an investment in Uber, the source said. Khosrowshahi effectively could put a person of his choosing in the other seat, as well as three other existing ones, according to the source. A third of directors also would be elected each year under the plan. Uber did not respond on Saturday to a request to comment about the Khosrowshahi plan. But the company said earlier in a statement that Kalanick?s appointments were a ?complete surprise? to Uber and its board. ?That is precisely why we are working to put in place world-class governance to ensure that we are building a company every employee and shareholder can be proud of,? the statement said. Yucaipa Companies managing partner Ron Burkle, an investor who has supported Kalanick, praised Burns and Thain as ?smart, high-quality people.? Division among Uber investors exploded in public in August, when Benchmark Capital filed a lawsuit to force Kalanick off the board and rescind his ability to fill two other seats on the panel, accusing him of concealing a range of misdeeds. Yucaipa and other Uber investors defended Kalanick and asked Benchmark to divest its own shares and step down from the board. A Delaware judge later that month stayed the Benchmark lawsuit and sent it to arbitration, pushing the dispute out of public view and delivering Kalanick a victory. Kalanick?s action on Friday could be subject to a new legal challenge. Benchmark or other Uber investors could attempt to block the appointments by asking the Delaware judge to issue a so-called ?status-quo order.? The judge last month did not grant such a request. Kalanick?s lawyer at the time told the court that Kalanick had not rushed to fill the seats. The New York Times also quoted Kalanick?s lawyer as telling the court Kalanick had the power to fill the seats under the pre-arbitration ?status quo.?
  7. FILE PHOTO - CEO of Expedia, Inc. Dara Khosrowshahi attends the Allen & Co Media Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho July 13, 2012. Reuters SAN FRANCISCO: Uber Technologies Inc on Sunday chose Dara Khosrowshahi, the chief executive of travel company Expedia Inc, as its chief executive, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter, handing him the challenge of leading the ride-services company out of a nearly year-long crisis. Khosrowshahi, 48, would take on the daunting task of mending Uber?s image, repairing frayed relations among investors, rebuilding employee morale and creating a profitable business after seven years of losses. He would also have to contend with the legacy of Travis Kalanick, Uber?s pugnacious co-founder, who was ousted as CEO in June after shareholders representing about 40 percent of the company?s voting power signed a letter asking him to step down amid growing concern over his behavior and the behavior of senior managers under him. The Uber board of directors has been meeting daily and deliberated on its pick for CEO throughout the weekend. A spokeswoman said on Sunday that the board had voted but was declining to disclose its choice publicly until after informing employees. A Uber spokesman declined to comment. A representative for Expedia did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Khosrowshahi was not known to the public to be among the top candidates for the job. He beat out Jeff Immelt, chairman of General Electric Co and one of the finalists for the job, who said earlier on Sunday he was no longer in the running. Meg Whitman, chief executive of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, had also been a leading candidate. Khosrowshahi, who ran Expedia for 12 years, would bring an end to a company culture built on founder control. Kalanick enjoyed sweeping authority on the board and nearly complete autonomy in running the company, a governance style that often wreaked havoc. Uber has been embattled by allegations of sexual harassment, a lawsuit alleging trade-secrets theft, a federal criminal probe over use of software to evade city regulators, and allegations of executives mishandling the medical records of a victim who was raped by her Uber driver in India, among other controversies. Despite the controversies, Uber is still a growing company. Last week, the company reported a 16 percent increase in ride bookings and 17 percent jump in net revenue for the second quarter over the previous period, and its losses shrank by 9 percent. Among Khosrowshahi?s first tasks at Uber would be filling a slew of executive vacancies, including those of chief financial officer, chief operating officer and general counsel. In the absence of top leadership, Uber has been run by a 13-person committee. Uber investor Benchmark Capital complicated the CEO search when the firm filed a lawsuit earlier this month against Kalanick to force him off the board and rescind his ability to fill two board seats. The legal salvo has divided the board and shareholders. What role Kalanick has in the company going forward is a critical question whose answer remains unclear. Benchmark has accused Kalanick of meddling in the CEO search as part of a scheme to regain power, an accusation Kalanick has called "meritless." In a previous statement, Kalanick said he would support the new CEO "to guide Uber into its next phase of growth and ensure its continued success."
  8. The logo is seen on a new all-wheel-drive version of the Tesla Model S car in Hawthorne, California, October 9, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/Files WASHINGTON: The US National Transportation Safety Board will vote at a September 12 hearing on the probable cause of a May 2016 crash that killed a man using the semi-autonomous driving system on his Tesla Model S sedan, the agency said on Monday. The fatal incident raised questions about the safety of systems that can perform driving tasks for long stretches with little or no human intervention but which cannot completely replace human drivers. In June, the NTSB said the driver, Joshua Brown, kept his hands off the wheel for extended periods of time despite repeated automated warnings not to do so. Brown was killed near Williston, Florida, when his Model S collided with a truck while it was engaged in the "Autopilot" mode. Tesla Inc did not immediately comment on Monday but said in 2016 that Autopilot "does not allow the driver to abdicate responsibility". A lawyer for Brown's family, Jack Landskroner, declined to comment on Monday on the forthcoming hearing. During a 37-minute period of the trip when Brown was supposed to have his hands on the wheel, he apparently did so for just 25 seconds, the NTSB said in June. Tesla in September 2016 unveiled improvements in Autopilot, putting new limits on hands-off driving and other features that its chief executive officer said likely would have prevented the crash death. A board spokesman, Eric Weiss, said the NTSB could use the September board meeting to make policy recommendations. The board cannot order recalls or force regulatory changes. In January, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it had found no evidence of defects in the aftermath of Brown's death. The NHTSA said Brown did not apply the brakes and his last action was to set the cruise control at 74 miles per hour (119 kph), less than two minutes before the crash - above the 65-mph speed limit.
  9. MELBOURNE: Cricket Australia is on the verge of agreeing a new pay deal with the players´ union, ending a long impasse and avoiding the need for arbitration. A Cricket Australia spokesman said on Wednesday that negotiations had advanced to the "final details" after days of lengthy talks with the Australian Cricketers´ Association. News Ltd media on Tuesday declared a "peace deal brokered" and the "Ashes saved", a reference to the upcoming test series against England. But talks continued to grind on into Wednesday. Australia´s top 230 players have effectively been unemployed since the last five-year agreement expired on June 30 and an "A" tour of South Africa has already fallen victim to the lockout. Australia captain Steve Smith told Fox Sports TV on Tuesday he was confident of a deal being brokered, but confirmed players would not travel to Bangladesh for a two-test tour starting this month until the dispute was resolved. CA chief executive James Sutherland proposed taking the matter to binding arbitration if a deal was not struck by early this week.
  10. The PPP chairperson addressing the event in Larkana July 30, 2017. Photo: Geo News LARKANA: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said on Sunday that the Supreme Court order [disqualifying Nawaz Sharif as prime minister] requires adherence by all. ?Accountability must be impartial and exhaustive. The PPP seeks to enact legislation for across the board accountability,? said the PPP chief, adding that he must categorically state that Nawaz Sharif?s removal poses no threat to the Parliament or democracy. Bilawal made the remarks during his speech following the inauguration of the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) Centre in Larkana, Sindh. In his speech, Bilawal said it is rewarding to see their hard work paid off. The PPP chief congratulated the team at NICVD and hoped the people of Larkana will benefit from the facility, saying Larkana is close to his heart. ?I challenge other chief ministers of Pakistan to show such free-of-cost and state-of-the-art facilities for everyone in the province,? said Bilawal. Sharif was disqualified by the Supreme Court on Friday under Article 62 (1) (f) of the Constitution over his failure to disclose un-withdrawn receivables constituting assets from a UAE-based company. The court stated that Sharif was not ?honest? and ?truthful?, as per the country?s Constitution.
  11. Shahryar Khan pictured with Najam Sethi after the BoG meeting LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to sue the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in the ICC dispute resolution committee for not honouring its promise of playing bilateral series with Pakistan, the outgoing chairman Shahryar Khan said. Shahryar presided over a Board of Governors meeting on Friday ? the last one under his chairmanship, which discussed matters related to domestic and first class cricket, Pakistan Super League 2018 edition and women cricket team?s performance in the World Cup. The Board of Governors also decided to set aside Rs1 billion to fight the legal battle against the BCCI. In 2014, both the boards signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under which the two arch-rivals were to play six bilateral series between 2015-2023. As per the MoU, India was scheduled to play six series against Pakistan, four of which were going to be Pakistan?s home series. PCB initiates formal case against BCCI, sends notice for dispute resolution PCB has claimed the losses and damage suffered by it as a result of BCCI?s breaches of the agreement The BCCI, however, has repeatedly snubbed Pakistan?s request for resumption of cricket ties, with the MoU commitment remaining subjected to clearance from the Indian government. In May this year, the PCB sent a legal notice to its Indian counterpart for failing to honour the MoU and said it would initiate legal action against the BCCI for not fulfilling its promise. In the meeting, Shahryar thanked everyone for supporting him as the PCB chairman during his tenure and expressed hope that the next leadership will run the PCB affairs in a better manner and will continue pursuit of reviving international cricket in Pakistan.
  12. LAHORE: The 45th meeting of the Pakistan Cricket Board's Governing Board will he held here on Friday at the National Cricket Academy, the last one to be presided over by the outgoing chairman, Shahryar Khan. "The meeting will take a number of important decisions for the betterment of the game," said a spokesman for the PCB while talking to APP on Thursday. It is the last meeting which Shahryar Khan is going to preside as his three-year tenure expires on July 31. After the meeting, the new Board of Governors will be set up and its notification will be issued on August 6. PCB set to cut 'politically influenced' selection in regional teams One may have lost count of how many times Pakistan?s domestic structure was changed during the last two decades in the name of reform, but only to be changed once again in subsequent years The main points of the agenda are: Chairman's Report, Annual Budget for the Financial Year 2017-2018, Domestic Affairs Committee Report, Game Development Committee Report, Induction of BoG Members, Update on Pakistan Super League 2018, Update on Upgradation of Grounds and Pitches, Appraisement of Regional Coaches and Support Staff, Grant of Associate Membership to District Chaghi and District Pakpattan.
  13. Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks on stage during the annual Google I/O developers conference in San Jose, California, US, May 17, 2017. Photo: Reuters Alphabet Inc said it appointed chief executive of its Google unit, Sundar Pichai, to its board. The company's board also includes founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Alphabet is set to report second quarter earnings on Monday after markets close. Alphabet shares were slightly lower on Monday.
  14. From being in endless controversies for its content to Central Board of Film Certification deciding to ban it in our country, Lipstick Under My Burkha has finally hit the theatres on 21st July. And boy, people have amazing things to say about Alankrita Shrivastav's alternative narration. With all the debate and disagreement around the film, I went to watch the film thinking there will be a lot of *** scenes, abuses, audio pornography, etc. Or the film will portray everything against our so-called culture; women will suddenly go into the revolution mode, rebel against their husbands, go out and live that ‘independent' life. But actually there was nothing as such, so I wonder what exactly was Mr. Pahlaj Nihalani scared of. To know all about this bold and brilliant film read our review. (c) Twitter Alankrita Shrivastava's movie is about lives of four women living in Bhopal who have their sexual desires and needs but are scared to express it aloud because of the society we live in. Because Indian women are not supposed to be sexually active because it's a man's job. Releasing a film like this wasn't an easy task; after all Nihalani was very concerned about ‘log kya kahenge'. The film didn't have a certification from the CBFC for a very long time but that's not it. Here we also have a list of the scenes that were chopped off from the film in name of sanskar and sabhyata. This list has been doing the rounds on the internet. It consists of 11 cuts made in the film and 16 cuts that the filmmakers did for CBFC's satisfaction. (c) Scroll (c) Scroll Well, well, well here's a line from the film for all the honourable members of CBFC that we would love to get an answer from, “Lipstick maat lagao, affair ho jayega. Jeans maat pehno, scandal ho jayega. I want to ask the authorities aisa kya ho jayega? Humari azadi se aap itna daarte kyu hai?”
  15. NEW DELHI: India´s cricket board on Saturday made a U-turn on naming former paceman Zaheer Khan and batting great Rahul Dravid as consultants to the national Test team. The move came only four days after Khan and Dravid were named in the team to assist new coach Ravi Shastri. Just days before India leave for a tour of Sri Lanka, it added to a sense of chaos within Indian cricket´s leadership. Some reports said the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had forced the pair on Shastri and a Supreme Court-appointed committee overseeing BCCI affairs said the ruling body had overstepped its powers. The committee confirmed Shastri as head coach but said the "appointments of other consultants will be decided by the committee in consultation with the head coach." The BCCI has formed yet another panel to decide on the role of Zaheer and Dravid or any other support staff that Shastri wishes to use for overseas tours. The BCCI said earlier it had picked the coaching staff until the 2019 World Cup, following recommendations made by former Test stars Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman. However Indian media said the court appointed committee felt the Test greats had gone beyond their brief in appointing Shastri´s support staff. Shastri took over following the dramatic exit of former Test captain Anil Kumble following the breakdown of his relationship with current skipper Virat Kohli. When they announced Dravid and Khan as batting and bowling consults, the BCCI said in a statement: "We sincerely feel that the new combination will steward the team to number one position in the World Cup." India´s Supreme Court appointed a panel in January to run the affairs of the BCCI and make sure reforms ordered by the court are carried out.
  16. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz MANAGUA: A fishing boat with 13 people on board has disappeared in the Caribbean off Nicaragua, authorities said Tuesday. The Miss Johana Betsy set off on June 29 from the Corn Islands, a Nicaraguan territory, Edward Jackson of the country's fisheries authority was quoted as saying by state media. They said the Navy and four fishing boats were preparing to start searching for the vessel. In January 2016, 13 Costa Rican tourists died when a passenger's vessel sank off the Corn Islands. In July 2016, authorities rescued 61 people from a fishing boat that sank in Nicaraguan waters in the Caribbean.
  17. ISLAMABAD: The government on Monday posted Tariq Mahmood Pasha as the new chairman of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR). Pasha, a BS-22 officer of the Inland Revenue Service (IRS), was previously posted as the secretary of the Economic Affairs Division. The notification in this regard was issued by the Establishment Division.
  18. LOS ANGELES: In the verdant rain forests of Hawaii, Jack Black, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan dodge simulated rampaging rhinos and hungry hippos as they filmed the long-anticipated sequel to the Robin Williams' 1995 adventure film Jumanji. The first trailer for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ? released on Thursday ? shows how four high school teenagers are transported into a Jumanji video game as adult avatars and find themselves pursued by jungle creatures and motorcycle assailants, jumping into waterfalls, and encountering perilous caves. The first Jumanji told the story of a boy trapped in the magical board game for 26 years. He is released as a grown man (Williams) when two children discover the game. As they start playing again, stampeding elephants and wild creatures escape from the Jumanji jungle into the real world, causing havoc in a small town. In the sequel, due out in theatres on December 20, viewers are meant to get a sense of being pulled back into the alternative world of the board game jungle. "This has the original energy and magic of the classic that everyone saw 20 years ago but this time, I like to tell people it's in the game," Black told Reuters Television in interviews from the Hawaii set of the film. "I'd say that our movie is on a grander scale because it's a whole universe of Jumanji," he added. To kick the sequel off, four high school teenagers forced to clean out their school's basement while in detention come across an old Jumanji video game. They soon wind up being transported into the game, as the adult video game avatars that they pick. A nerdy teen becomes the muscle-bound Johnson, a blonde cheerleader transforms into the bespectacled Black, an introverted girl becomes a skimpily-clad Gillan, while a buff football player transforms into the diminutive Hart. Johnson said the sequel pays homage to Williams, who committed suicide in 2014. "In terms of Robin and our story, it's done with so much love and respect that I think we're putting ourselves in a really good position, and I think fans will love it," he said.
  19. FILE PHOTO - An Etihad Airways Boeing 777-3FX company aircraft takes off at the Charles de Gaulle airport in Roissy, France, August 9, 2016 - Reuters DUBAI: Etihad Airways is allowing nationals from six Muslim-majority countries on a US travel ban list to board flights to the United States if they have valid travel documents, the Abu Dhabi-based airline said on Thursday. The US Supreme Court ruled on Monday to allow part of the ban which applies to citizens and refugees from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Visa applicants from the six countries must have a close US family relationship or formal ties to a US entity to be admitted to the United States under guidance distributed by the US State Department on Wednesday. "The airline continues to accept nationals with valid travel documentation from the six listed countries," an Etihad Airways spokesman said in a statement. "Acceptance, as per standard procedure, is subject to checks completed by US. authorities at the preclearance facility at Abu Dhabi airport.? Emirates, the Middle East's largest airline, earlier said its flights to the United States were "operating as per normal" after the United States announced new travel restrictions. The United States has also released new security measures for inbound flights that are designed to prevent expanding the in-cabin ban on laptops. "Our flights to the US are operating as per normal. All passengers must possess the appropriate travel documents, including a valid US entry visa, in order to travel. Emirates remains guided by the US Customs and Border Protection on this matter," an Emirates spokeswoman said in a statement. Etihad flies to six US cities. Emirates flies to 12.
  20. Eurozone ministers struck a long-delayed bailout deal with Greece on Thursday to unlock badly needed rescue cash, but warned Athens would have to wait for debt relief. After hours of talks in Luxembourg IMF chief Christine Lagarde and the eurozone's 19 finance ministers greenlit a payout of 8.5 billion euros to avoid Athens defaulting in July and avert another summer of Greek crisis. Payment of the latest tranche of Greece's 86-billion euro ($97-billion) bailout, agreed in 2015, has been held up for months by a row over its needs for debt relief which has pitted bailout-weary Germany against the International Monetary Fund (IMF). "I am pleased to announce we have achieved an agreement on all elements," Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem told a news conference in Luxembourg. "I think this is a major step forward," he added. In a breakthrough, Lagarde agreed in Luxembourg that the Washington-based IMF would join Greece's massive bailout, but said any payouts depended on the eurozone coming up with a full debt relief plan. "Nobody claims that this is the best solution. This is a second-best solution, but it's not a bad solution," said Lagarde, a former French finance minister. Greater clarity The deal averts a repeat of the summer of 2015 when Greece spectacularly defaulted on an IMF loan, and allows Athens to meet seven billion euros of debt repayments due in July. "We feel that after this Eurogroup there is much greater clarity for both the Greek people and the financial markets," Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos said after the talks. "There is now light at the end of the tunnel," he said. Athens had insisted all week it would veto the deal, bitter that the latest disbursement would come without firm debt relief commitments after it delivered on tough reforms. As a consolation, in a compromise negotiated by France, Greece won a certain amount of clarity from the eurozone on debt relief, including an agreement to link debt repayments to Greek growth. Debt relief "will be implemented at the end of the programme, conditional on its successful implementation" in 2018, said Dijsselbloem, who is also Dutch finance minister. Exit strategy The eurozone will now draw up an "exit strategy" over the next year "to enable Greece to stand on its own feet again", Dijsselbloem said. He thanked the "Greek people for their intense efforts and resolve" after the government in Athens passed the latest in a series of tough reforms to get the cash. After three bailouts, Greece's debt currently stands at a staggering 180 percent of annual output, by far the biggest national debt pile in Europe. The IMF, which took part in Greece's two first bailouts, has long insisted that more debt relief was a necessary step to put the economy back on track. But Berlin, Greece's sternest critic and biggest lender, has resisted any fresh commitment to debt relief, saying Athens doesn't need it and must continue reforms. The IMF's decision to come on board was therefore a breakthrough. Lagarde said it would put $2 billion into the programme. Lagarde's move is controversial, with critics accusing the Washington-based organisation of bending its own rules to satisfy Berlin. The IMF had insisted repeatedly that Greece's debt is not sustainable, and that the country would require significant debt relief from Europe before the fund could approve a new loan programme. Greece nearly crashed out of the euro in 2015 after a furious fight over the bailout deal, and says its fragile recovery has suffered from the most recent delay. In an emotional editorial published on Wednesday in France, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Thursday's meeting was "essential" for the "future of Europe".
  21. David Bonderman, Founding Partner, TPG, takes part in Private Equity: Rebalancing Risk session during the 2014 Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California April 29, 2014. Photo: Reuters Uber Technologies Inc director David Bonderman said on Tuesday that he has resigned from the company's board following a remark he made during an Uber staff meeting that was widely seen as offensive to women. Bonderman's ill-timed remark came during an all-staff meeting Tuesday to discuss of how the ride-services company plans to transform itself following a probe into sexual harassment at the company. Bonderman said in a statement sent to Reuters that he did not want his comments to create distraction for Uber, which is working to rid its culture of sexual harassment and discrimination. His resignation from the board is effective Wednesday morning. During Tuesday's meeting, Uber board member Arianna Huffington spoke to employees about the importance of adding more women to the board of directors. "There's a lot of data that shows when there's one woman on the board, it's much more likely that there will be a second woman on the board," Huffington said. In response, Bonderman said: "Actually, what it shows is that it's much more likely to be more talking." The comment was disclosed through a recording of the meeting that was published by Yahoo. An Uber spokesman verified the authenticity and accuracy of the recording. Bonderman, who is a founder of private equity firm TPG Capital, an Uber investor, shortly after wrote an email to Uber staff to apologize. In his resignation statement that followed on Tuesday evening, Bonderman reiterated his regret, calling his remarks "careless, inappropriate, and inexcusable" and "the opposite of what I intended." "I take full responsibility for that," he said. "I need to hold myself to the same standards that we're asking Uber to adopt." Bonderman and other board members had joined Tuesday's staff meeting to lay out recommendations from an investigation into sexual harassment, diversity, inclusion and other employee concerns led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Holder's law firm was retained by Uber in February after former Uber engineer Susan Fowler wrote a public account of her time at the company, which she said was marred by sexual harassment and an ineffective response by management. The recommendations, which were unanimously adopted by the board on Sunday, call for reducing Chief Executive Travis Kalanick's sweeping authority at the firm and instituting more controls over spending, human resources and the behavior of managers.
  22. After 'tech savvy' it is 'social media savvy' that has become synonymous with today's generation. Whether it's activism, dissemination of information or even networking, social media has become a pivotal platform to reach the masses. From multinational companies to high-profile politicians, social networking portals seem to have become an integral part of the society. And, the world of cricket isn't spared either. While the cricketers have managed to strike a chord with the fans through their social media profiles, the various cricket boards of different playing nations, too, have been seen riding the wave. From the cash-rich BCCI to the ever-enthusiastic Cricket Australia, the boards have been using social media to generate the buzz around their respective teams. जय हिन्द #CT17 #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/h5y0s3Gqff — BCCI (@BCCI) June 11, 2017 Thousands of fans follow the various cricket boards in a bid to stay updated about their games, trivia and all the other news about their favourite teams. Amid a heavy fan following and during a tournament like the ICC Champions Trophy, the margin for error for the cricket boards is very less and a gaffe can surely leave them red-faced - something the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) learnt the hard way. During a virtual knock-out clash between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the PCB was understandably updating their fans about the key events of the game when they mistakenly tweeted: "OUT! Kusal Mendis (27) b Hasan Ali. Sri Lanka: 282/2 (14.5 ov)". OUT! Kusal Mendis (27) b Hasan Ali. 🇱🇰: 282/2 (14.5 ov) For live updates: https://t.co/axlFdanHsN #SLvPAK #CT17 pic.twitter.com/55Wwc2OdTj — PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) June 12, 2017 At first glance, nothing really seemed to be wrong with that tweet. But, those who were watching the game would have clearly noticed that Sri Lanka had lost two wickets at the score of 82 runs and not 282 in 14.5 overs. While the tweet was a rare documented error from the PCB, the fans, however, couldn't help but poke fun at the board for adding another 200 runs to the Lankan total. WTF BC 282 RUNS KISNE BANAYE? — nubeed (@NubeedR) June 12, 2017 Its not 282 its 82 — Sanobar Memon (@memon_sanobar) June 12, 2017 282 looooooooool — Shan (@ShanYousafzai_1) June 12, 2017 Lol 282 in 14.5 overs? — Fernando Redondo (@Malusiiiiiii) June 12, 2017 @rwpexpress14 282 toba had Hai yr — Mir(AQ) (@qmarri487) June 12, 2017 282/2 ? Andhe ho kia? — Woke Up This Morning (@Feeling_Fine46) June 12, 2017 Abe gawar board, 282.? Abe aukat hai tomhari ?? — K Raju Krishnan (@KRajuKrishnan) June 12, 2017 Bnchd ..!!! 282 !!!! Konsi planet se match live dikha rhy ho be !?? 😂😂😁😀😁😂 — pÀrThä PråTïM (@PARTHAP13815397) June 12, 2017 PCB AQAL KRO YAR 282/02 IN 14.5 OVERS???????????? — Muhammad Yasir (@yasir92111) June 12, 2017 Well, we kind of feel for PCB there. After all, updating a live blog and tweeting simultaneously about all the key events during an ongoing cricket match is not really a walk in the park.
  23. Pakistan on Friday was elected chair of the World Health Organization's Executive Board with Dr Assad Hafeez assuming office as Chairman. The group of 34 member countries elected Pakistan as the chair during its 141st session held on June 1 in Geneva. The election of Dr Hafeez was a result of a two-tier process. Pakistan was elected first by the group of 22 countries comprising members of the Eastern Mediterranean Region and finally by the Executive Board comprising 34 countries. Members representing the 34 countries are individuals holding technical qualifications in the field of health and each has been designated by the member state. Each member state is elected for a three-year term. Congratulating the nation on the honour Pakistan has achieved, Minister for National Health Services, Saira Afzal Tarrar said it was indeed a great honour for Pakistan as well as a recognition of the important role it was playing in the field of health globally. The World Health Organization's Executive Board meets at least twice a year with its annual board meeting held in January. During the annual board meeting, the agenda for the World Health Assembly is decided and resolutions that will be considered by the Assembly are decided in a second meeting held in May. One of the main functions of the board is to advice and facilitate the World Health Assembly and to give effect to the decisions and policies of the Health Assembly comprising 194 member countries.
  24. US aviation security officials stepped back Tuesday from imposing a ban on carry-on computers on flights coming from Europe, which had been proposed to guard against possible bomb-laden electronics from the Daesh group. But the Department of Homeland Security said a ban, already in place for US-bound flights from the Middle East, could still be implemented for Europe if the threat level worsens. In a phone discussion with European Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos and Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc Tuesday, DHS Secretary John Kelly "made it clear" a ban on passengers carrying tablet and computer-sized electronics on board flights to the United States "is still on the table," DHS said in a statement. "Secretary Kelly affirmed he will implement any and all measures necessary to secure commercial aircraft flying to the United States ?- including prohibiting large electronic devices from the passenger cabin -? if the intelligence and threat level warrant it." A European Commission spokesperson confirmed the discussion, saying that no decision had been made on the laptop ban, but that the two sides "agreed to intensify talks" on tightening aviation security. On March 21, Washington announced a ban on carry-on laptops and other electronics larger than cellphone on direct flights to the United States from 10 airports in Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa. The move came after intelligence officials learned of efforts by the Daesh group to fashion a bomb into consumer electronics. From any of those airports, US-bound passengers were forced to keep their electronics in checked baggage. One day later Britain announced a similar ban for flights originating from six countries, and by early May DHS was threatening to impose a similar restriction for flights from Europe to the United States. That would have a huge effect on the coming high travel season, with more than 3,250 flights a week scheduled to leave EU airports for the US this summer. But after weeks of discussions, no decision was made. EU officials acknowledge that the decision is in the hands of US authorities. DHS spokesman David Lapan said that Europan officials would be given ample warning ahead of any ban.
  25. File photo: AFP NEW DELHI: The Indian cricket board has sent a security officer to England amid concerns over team safety in the Champions Trophy following the Manchester bomb attack. Acting president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) CK Khanna confirmed to AFP that Neeraj Kumar, security incharge and consultant of its anti-corruption unit, left for England on Tuesday. "Neeraj Kumarji was anyhow supposed to travel with the team but had to go early after the attack," a senior BCCI official told AFP. "He will definitely go to the venues where India is scheduled to play and assess the security," the official added. Kumar, a former Delhi Police Commissioner, was the head of security when the ICC World T20 Championship was hosted by India last year. A suicide bomb attack rocked Manchester on Monday, killing 22 people at the end of a concert by US pop star Ariana Grande at Manchester Arena. All teams are now wary ahead of the 50-over tournament that begins June 1. Holders India start their campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan in Birmingham on June 4. The BCCI are in touch with the International Cricket Council regarding security in England as Virat Kohli and his side leave for the eight-team event late Wednesday. "We sent out a message (to ICC) raising our concerns about security of the Indian team´s travel, accommodation and the playing (area)," BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary told reporters. Chaudhary said the ICC "responded to it within two hours. They have been sensitised about our concern". ICC to review security for Champions Trophy after Manchester attack ICC to assess security measures for the upcoming mega tournament in line with threat levels The ICC released a statement Tuesday regarding security measures taken with the England and Wales Cricket Board. "The security situation has been very much front and centre of our preparations and we constantly review our procedures to guarantee they are as effective as possible to keep everyone safe," said an ICC statement.