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24 марта, 19:32

Pearson chief’s pay rose 20% despite record loss

John Fallon received £343,000 annual bonus after hitting some profit targets

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24 марта, 19:28

Pearson boss sees pay boost despite firm's struggles

The publisher's boss sees his pay package rise 20% in 2016 despite a difficult year for the firm.

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24 марта, 01:05

Valeant: The End Of The Michael Pearson Era

Authored by Roddy Boyd via The Southern Investigative Reporting Foundation, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, the corporate poster-child for price-gouging, tax-inversion and hedge-fund manager wealth destruction quietly severed all ties with J. Michael Pearson, its former chief executive officer and longtime guiding light, in January according to its annual proxy statement filed this morning. While Pearson stepped down from Valeant in May 2016, and struck a wide-ranging separation agreement that paid him $83,333 per month for consulting–especially the much-touted and at least temporarily disastrous Walgreens contract–his primary job was to cooperate with the seemingly eternally expanding roster of civil and criminal investigations. The deal with Pearson was supposed to last through this December and the use of the word “initial” in the contract’s wording was a suggestion it might be renewed. Valeant, in the Proxy, says it last paid him in October, and in December its board of directors determined no more payments would be made: “In December 2016, the Board determined that we are not in a position to make any further payments to Mr. Pearson, including in connection with his then-outstanding equity awards with respect to 3,053,014 shares.” Pearson’s agreement was terminated in January, for unspecified reasons. Assuming that Valeant’s language isn’t implying that the company simply doesn’t have the cash available to pay Pearson, then a legitimate question becomes whether he did anything to violate the terms of his agreement through non-cooperation. Given that it paid him $1 million annually with full-benefits, allowing him to have an office, an assistant and legal fees paid for, this doesn’t seem to be in his best interests. Also of note is the timing of the cessation of payments to Pearson in October given that charges against Philidor Rx Services were filed on November 17. While it is highly unlikely that Valeant’s board would have a sense of when–or even if–additional charges might be brought, their own counsel was assuredly aware that federal prosecutors have a long-standing practice of refusing to negotiate settlements with companies where they are actively pursuing indictments against current leadership. (Southern Investigative Reporting Foundation readers will recall our investigative work from October 2015 that began an ongoing re-examination of the company’s ethics and business practices that has forced its share price to $10.86 in recent trading, down from over $257 in July, 2015.) A call to Scott Hirsch, Valeant’s Communications chief, seeking comment was not returned.

23 марта, 19:24

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: How a lack of sex is making women ANGRY. “While Corrine’s mood swing…

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: How a lack of sex is making women ANGRY. “While Corrine’s mood swings may bear some resemblance to the symptoms of pre-menstrual tension or mild anxiety, they are completely unrelated to her hormones or mental state. Her crushingly low spirits are caused by something else altogether: when she last made love. Too […]

22 марта, 05:50

10 Worst TV Show Cliffhangers of All Time

It's a time-honored TV tradition to keep us on the edge of our seats. These series took it to the extreme though, with these excruciating cliffhangers.

22 марта, 00:46

HUFFPOST HILL - Aimless, Rain-Soaked Merrick Garland Stops To Watch Confirmation On Storefront TV

Like what you read below? Sign up for HUFFPOST HILL and get a cheeky dose of political news every evening! What on Earth would the 1980s think about President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, a guy first elevated to the federal bench by George Bush’s son, being grilled so thoroughly by Senator Al Franken? Trump will meet with the Congressional Black Caucus tomorrow, and why it took April Ryan to arrange the meeting is beyond us. And Twitter erupted in a flurry of  “Find you a man who looks at you like Ted Cruz looks at Neil Gorsuch,” memes, but, once again, Heidi’s feelings were left out of the equation. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Tuesday, March 21st, 2017: TRUMP BIFFING AHCA - Michael McAuliff and Matt Fuller: “President Donald Trump made a personal pitch for his Affordable Care Act repeal bid Tuesday, promising that Republicans who vote against the bill will face political consequences…. Trump argued that the party’s future ― and by extension, his legacy ― is on the line. And if members did not fall in line, especially the conservatives of the House Freedom Caucus, Republicans would pay a price. ‘If the Freedom Caucus kills this bill, which they could, then they will have voted to continue Obamacare, which, as the president pointed out, in 2018 probably means we would lose the House and the Senate,” said Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.).’ … Both his political capital and much of his remaining domestic legislative agenda rests on passage of this, lawmakers said…. But even with these moves and the stakes Trump laid out Tuesday, the president ― at least so far ― appeared to have swayed only a few votes.” [HuffPost]   But how can we make people…sicker? “The Freedom Caucus is now pushing for the elimination of certain minimum coverage standards mandated by the Affordable Care Act ― the so-called ‘Essential Health Benefits,’ which are minimum services that insurance plans must offer, like hospitalization and lab services. Conservatives also have their sights on similar language in Title I of the ACA that constitutes a ‘Qualified Health Plan.’ Eliminating those mandates would lower premiums because insurers could offer plans with huge gaps in coverage.” [HuffPost’s Matt Fuller] GORSUCH, DAY TWO: ORIGINALIST BOOGALOO - We just today realized how much Neil Gorsuch could be Anthony Bourdain’s older brother, Neil Gorsuch (this fictional brother would also be named “Neil”). Lawrence Hurley and Andrew Chung: “Answering questions from senators during the second day of his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, Gorsuch said Trump never asked him to overturn the 1973 Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion nationwide, saying if the Republican president had done so ‘I would have walked out the door.’ … Democrats probed Gorsuch on whether he would be willing to hold Trump accountable. Asked by Senator Patrick Leahy whether a president has the power to violate a law on surveillance of Americans, Gorsuch said, ‘Nobody is above the law in this country, and that includes the president of the United States.’” [Reuters] Congratulations to the Brady Campaign: “[Gorsuch] said Tuesday that the court’s 2008 decision declaring a fundamental right to possess guns for self-defense in the home is settled law. ‘[District of Columbia v.] Heller is the law of the land,’ Gorsuch told Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on the second day of his confirmation hearing. ‘Whatever is in Heller is the law, and I follow the law,’ he said earlier during that same exchange.” [HuffPost’s Cristian Farias] Like HuffPost Hill? Then order Eliot’s book, The Beltway Bible: A Totally Serious A-Z Guide To Our No-Good, Corrupt, Incompetent, Terrible, Depressing, and Sometimes Hilarious Government Does somebody keep forwarding you this newsletter? Get your own copy. It’s free! Sign up here. Send tips/stories/photos/events/fundraisers/job movement/juicy miscellanea to [email protected] Follow us on Twitter - @HuffPostHill UKRAINIAN LAWMAKER ACCUSES BANNON IN MONEY-LAUNDERING SCHEME - Is there a word that is more salacious-sounding — but only when in a political context — than “payments”? Andrew Roth: “A Ukrainian lawmaker released new financial documents Tuesday allegedly showing that a former campaign chairman for President Trump laundered payments from the party of a disgraced ex-leader of Ukraine using offshore accounts in Belize and Kyrgyzstan. The new documents, if legitimate, stem from business ties between the Trump aide, Paul Manafort, and the party of former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, who enjoyed Moscow’s backing while he was in power. He has been in hiding in Russia since being overthrown by pro-Western protesters in 2014, and is wanted in Ukraine on corruption charges.” [WaPo] RUST BELT GOING TO BE SO GREAT AGAIN - Our web-toed children will be able to be so much more efficient at their jobs. Arthur Delaney: “The Trump administration’s budget proposal would slash overall EPA funding by a third and would cut the budget for the agency’s enforcement division by a fifth. Echoing comments that [EPA Administrator Scott] Pruitt has made over the years, the budget proposal said the EPA should focus its enforcement work on federal laws for which states aren’t primary enforcers. One regulation for which states have primary responsibility is the federal Lead and Copper Rule ― the regulation that Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality admitted it failed to enforce in Flint, leading to the water crisis.” [HuffPost] BREITBART UNDER INVESTIGATION - Peter Stone and Greg Gordon: “Federal investigators are examining whether far-right news sites played any role last year in a Russian cyber operation…. Operatives for Russia appear to have strategically timed.. millions of Twitter and Facebook posts carrying links to stories on conservative internet sites such as Breitbart News and InfoWars, as well as on the Kremlin-backed RT News and Sputnik News, the sources said. Some of the stories were false or mixed fact and fiction, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the bot attacks are part of an FBI-led investigation into a multifaceted Russian operation to influence last year’s elections. Investigators examining the bot attacks are exploring whether the far-right news operations took any actions to assist Russia’s operatives. Their participation, however, wasn’t necessary for the bots to amplify their news through Twitter and Facebook.” [McClatchy] OTHER-IZING! GET YER FRESH HOT OTHER-IZING HERE! - This is the Ground Zero Mosque on steroids. Akbar Shahid Ahmed: “The Republican Party of Virginia is attacking the state’s Democratic attorney general, Mark Herring, for visiting one of the U.S.’s largest mosques to talk about President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban. ‘On March 17, Mark Herring joined with a Hamas-linked group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, to host a town hall to oppose the Trump Administration’s efforts to keep Americans safe from terrorism,’ reads a petition on the state Republican Party’s website that appears designed to collect emails. ‘Sign our petition to demand that Mark Herring apologize to the victims of Islamic terrorism.’ The message’s characterization of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a major Muslim civil society organization, as an affiliate of the Palestinian terror group Hamas echoes a theory that is popular in the right-wing media and Islamophobic circles but has never been proven.” [HuffPost] LOCAL TV NEWS IS TERRIBLE - Coming up next on Good Morning, Tulsa, the resurrected corpse of Joseph Goebbels shares his secret blueberry pancakes recipe! Michael Calderone: “The president’s bogus ‘wiretap’ claim was surely on the mind of other Washington journalists Monday afternoon given that FBI Director James Comey dismissed it during a congressional hearing that morning. Comey also confirmed in that hearing that the FBI is investigating several Trump associates regarding Russia’s alleged attempt to influence the 2016 election. But when Trump did a couple interviews hours later with local newscasts prior to his rally in Louisville, Kentucky, those two stories consuming the capital didn’t come up. A representative for a Cincinnati station interviewing Trump says they chose to focus on local concerns, while a Louisville reporter who spoke to the president said those two issues were off limits.” [HuffPost] ‘FIRST DAUGHTER,’ NOT A CRAPPY 90s MOVIE YOU FORGOT ABOUT - ICYMI. Annie Karni: “Ivanka Trump, who moved to Washington saying she would play no formal role in her father’s administration...has secured her own office on the West Wing’s second floor — a space next to senior adviser Dina Powell, who was recently promoted to a position on the National Security Council. She is also in the process of obtaining a security clearance and is set to receive government-issued communications devices this week…. As her role in the White House grows — a role that comes with no playbook — Trump plans to adhere to the same ethics and records retention rules that apply to government employees, Gorelick said, even though she is not technically an employee. But ethics watchdogs immediately questioned whether she is going far enough to eliminate conflicts of interest, especially because she will not be automatically subjected to certain ethics rules while serving as a de facto White House adviser.” [Politico] THE KNEE BONE CONNECTS TO THE...SKULL - News from Texas, where you can vote with a gun license but not a student ID. Catherine Pearson: “Senate Bill 25, which will now be sent to the Texas House, prevents parents from suing their medical provider if their baby is born with disabilities, even if that doctor discovered the condition during routine prenatal testing and failed to inform the parents. The architects of the so-called ‘wrongful-birth’ bill have argued it would protect children with disabilities and prevent doctors from facing unnecessary lawsuits. ‘It is unacceptable that doctors can be penalized for embracing the sanctity of life,’ Senator Brandon Creighton (R-TX) said in a press release when he introduced the legislation last fall. But reproductive rights advocates have been relentless in their criticism of the measure, arguing that it would effectively make it lawful for a care provider who is opposed to abortion to avoid prenatal testing, downplay test results or even lie to patients about results if they believe those patients might consider terminating a pregnancy.” [HuffPost] BECAUSE YOU’VE READ THIS FAR - Here’s a cat with eyes like a hawk. LOL, LIKE DONALD TRUMP WOULD PART WITH $500 - Anna R. Schecter: “Donald Trump’s business, The Trump Organization, is in violation of New York City law, NBC News has learned. The Trump Tower skyscraper located at 725 Fifth Avenue — where President Trump and Melania live in the penthouse apartment and his two eldest sons work in offices just below — is not registered this year with the New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development, a spokeswoman for the department confirmed on Tuesday…. Failing to register can result in a fine of up to $500, and revokes some of the rights usually enjoyed by property owners.” [NBC News] COMFORT FOOD - The sickest burns about Roger Stone’s inauguration outfit. - A dictionary made up of analogies rather than definitions. - History’s most unsatisfying video. TWITTERAMA @samsteinhp: Yes, the president with the 39% approval rating under FBI investigation will save you politically for your vote on an unpopular HC bill. @GregJKrieg: Cruz very impressed by Byron White’s ability to throw ball through ring @okkervilriver: Looking back, the amount of time they spent in grade school drilling the spelling of “Mississippi” into our heads seems disproportionate. Got something to add? Send tips/quotes/stories/photos/events/fundraisers/job movement/juicy miscellanea to Eliot Nelson ([email protected]) -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

17 марта, 23:59

Trump Plan To Eliminate Universal Maternity Coverage Would Put A High Price On Being A Woman

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); WASHINGTON ― One of the most heralded aspects of the Affordable Care Act was the fact that it no longer made being a woman a pre-existing condition. Before 2010, women often had to pay more than men for the same coverage. Only 12 percent of individual market plans covered maternity leave. And it was completely legal for insurance companies to refuse coverage to women who were pregnant or might become pregnant in the future. Obamacare changed that. The law created a list of 10 essential health benefits that all plans on the marketplace must cover. Pregnancy, maternity and newborn care are on that list.  President Donald Trump wants to get rid of that mandatory benefit. On Tuesday, White House spokesman Sean Spicer pointed to maternity care as a reason that insurance costs were so high and said it was unfairly burdening men and older people who don’t need such services.  He argued that costs would go down if people had more choices for a la carte services. “A 54-year-old doesn’t need certain things. They don’t need maternity care,” Spicer told reporters in his press briefing. “They don’t need certain medical services that are being provided to them by this government product that is being forced on them right now.” “You’ve got young people being told to buy packages that have end-of-life care that they don’t necessarily need, you have people in their older phases of life having to buy stuff for maternity that may not be a service that they need at their stage of life,” he added.  When a mom can go and get prenatal care and a baby is born healthy, we all benefit by that. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) The GOP’s current bill to replace Obamacare would not change the requirement for insurers to offer maternity care. But the Trump administration has made clear that the American Health Care Act is only the first step in what it sees as an approach with “three prongs” that would include the types of changes to coverage that Spicer outlined. “Sean Spicer’s comments illustrate how dangerous it is to allow people to propose health policy for this country when they don’t understand how insurance works and apparently don’t believe in ending discrimination against women,” said Gretchen Borchelt, vice president for reproductive rights and health at the National Women’s Law Center. The way insurance works is that everyone pays into a system so that those who need the money get it in their time of need. You may never have cancer, but your insurance payments are helping to fund others who will. Women don’t have prostates, but their insurance premiums go to men’s prostate cancer screenings and treatments.  “We shouldn’t allow insurance companies to say men’s health care is basic health care, but women’s health care is not,” Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) said.  Removing the maternity care requirement would return the health care system to a time when women faced a high price simply because of their gender. Insurance companies would have more power on what to cover and whom they could deny. With only a fraction of plans on the marketplace offering maternity care, women often had to bear the extra cost burden since insurance companies didn’t have to. They might have had to pay thousands of dollars for a maternity coverage rider and typically had higher deductibles.  Andy Slavitt, who was President Barack Obama’s acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, told ABC News that if maternity care and other services were made optional, they’d likely become scarce.  “Once something is not required, it becomes difficult for one company to offer it,” he said. “It can be a tough business decision. The fear is that you may attract only sicker folks. It can be a race to the bottom, in terms of what’s offered.” And even though nearly half of the pregnancies in the United States are unplanned, women would have to purchase this maternity coverage months in advance of being pregnant ― otherwise it could be considered a pre-existing condition for which insurance companies could deny coverage.  “Picking and choosing among health services undermines the fundamental principles of insurance, and it leaves individuals without the care they need when they need it,” Borchelt added. “We saw this before the Affordable Care Act, when only 12 percent of individual plans covered maternity care, yet charged women more than men for coverage that didn’t even meet their needs. This left women without the care they needed, and left women and families saddled with huge bills. The health care law ended this discriminatory practice, making sure plans cover maternity alongside other essential health benefits.” Many experts also say that maternity care has not been a significant factor in higher costs. A 2016 study by Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, for example, said new enrollees in the previous two years tended to be sicker and require more expensive medical care.  “Relative to other market changes, there is no indication that required coverage for women’s health benefits was a primary driver of premium increases,” Caroline Pearson of the consulting firm Avalere Health told The Associated Press.  But even as the Affordable Care Act was being debated, many Republicans were baffled as to why women shouldn’t have sole responsibility for paying for plans that cover maternity care. One of the most memorable moments from the congressional debate was during a hearing in 2009, when Stabenow reminded a male GOP senator why services such as maternal care benefit everyone. “I don’t need maternity care, and so requiring that to be in my insurance policy is something that I don’t need and will make the policy more expensive,” then-Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) argued during a hearing in September 2009. “I think your mom probably did,” Stabenow shot back.  “The point of it was, we are all connected,” Stabenow explained to The Huffington Post this week. “There are essential basic services in health care that should be available for men and women, as well as children. ... When a mom can go and get prenatal care and a baby is born healthy, we all benefit by that.” “Providing maternity care as part of basic health care actually saves tremendously in health care costs ― rather than a complicated pregnancy [and] health problems for babies,” she added. “It not only makes sense from a quality of life standpoint and the standpoint of women being able to be treated fairly in the health insurance market ... but it also saves dollars overall in the health care system.” Want more updates from Amanda Terkel? Sign up for her newsletter, Piping Hot Truth, here.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

17 марта, 18:50

Jonathan Franzen and Julian Barnes up for Leo Tolstoy literary prize

The Yasnaya Polyana Literary Award, named after Leo Tolstoy’s estate in the Tula Region (200km from Moscow), has revealed a long list of contenders for its Foreign Literature category. It includes five authors from the UK and 10 writers from the U.S., as well as those from France, India, Italy, and Israel covering a total of 28 literary works translated into Russian. The list was announced on March 16 in Moscow. English writer Julian Barnes’ novel about great Russian composer Dimitry Shostakovich, The Noise of Time, has been given a nod – so have Americans Jonathan Franzen (Purity) and Hanya Yanagihara (A little Life). Both books are bestsellers in Russia and their fate will be decided by the award’s jury, made up of Russian literary critics and writers. The Foreign Literature branch was launched in 2015 by the prize organizers – The Yasnaya Polyana State Museum-Estate and Samsung Electronics company. The winning author will take home 1.2 million rubles ($20,000) and their Russian translator will pocket 500,000 rubles ($8,500). L-R, jury members: Pavel Basinsky, Vladislav Otroshenko, Vladimir Tolstoy, Alexei Varlamov. Source: Press photo The winner will be announced in the autumn. In 2015 the prize went to American Ruth Ozeki and to Turk Orhan Pamuk the following year. South African author John Maxwell Coetzee and his The Childhood of Jesus is nominated for a second year running this time around. “Reading these books allows one to understand what’s happening on the global literary scene at the moment,” said Pavel Basinsky, jury member, writer, and expert in Leo Tolstoy. “The Yasanaya Polyana prize helps people navigate the world of modern literature, even me.” The long list: UK. Neil Gaiman. The Ocean at the End of the Lane (William Morrow and Company, 2013) UK. Sebastian Faulks. Birdsong (Hutchinson, 1993) UK. Kazuo Ishiguro. The Buried Giant (Faber & Faber, 2015) UK. Jonathan Coe. Number 11 (Viking Press, 2015) UK. Julian Barnes. The Noise of Time (Jonathan Cape, 2016) Israel. Etgar Keret. Sheva Ha-Shanim Ha-Tovot (2014, wan’t published in Israel) India. Aravind Adiga. The White Tiger (Atlantic Books (UK), 2008; HarperCollins (India), 2008) India. Arundhati Roy. The God of Small Things (IndiaInk, India, 1997) Italy. Alessandro Baricco. La Sposa Giovane (Feltrinelli, 2015) & Alessandro Baricco Mr. Gwyn (Feltrinelli, 2011) Italy. Emanuele Trevi. Qualcosa di scritto (Ponte alle Grazie, 2012) Italy. Andrea Camilleri. La concessione del telefono (Sellerio, 1998) Mexico. Jorge Ibargüengoitia. Las Muertas (RBA Libros, 1977) Slovenia. Drago Jančar. To noč sem jo videl (Modrijan, 2010) U.S. Abraham Verghese. Cutting for Stone (Alfred A. Knopf, 2009) U.S. Dan Simmons. The Terror (Little, Brown and Company, 2007) U.S. Donna Tartt. The Little Friend (Alfred A. Knopf, 2002) U.S. Junot Díaz. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Riverhead, 2007) U.S. Philipp Meyer. The Son (Simon & Schuster, 2013) U.S. Jonathan Franzen. Purity (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015) U.S. Jonathan Franzen. The Corrections (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015) U.S. Toni Morrisson. Beloved (1987) U.S. Hanya Yanagihara. A Little Life (Doubleday, 2015) U.S. Adrian Jones Pearson. Cow Country (Cow Eye Press, 2015) France. Patrick Modiano. L'Herbe de Nuit (Gallimard, 2012) France. Michel Houellebecq. Soumission (Flammarion, 2015) Schweden. Fredrik Backman. En man som heter Ove (Forum, 2012) South Africa. John Maxwell Coetzee. The Childhood of Jesus (Jonathan Cape, 2013) Peru. Jorge Mario Pedro Vargas. Llosa. El Heroe Discreto (ALFAGUARA, 2013) Read more: Orhan Pamuk: ‘Tolstoy gives us a sense of what life is like’

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17 марта, 14:57

Managers suffer time deprivation in Championship that never sleeps | Ed Aarons

Derby County’s quickfire turnover symptomatic of the alarming hire-and-fire culture in the division that has seen 14 managers leave their posts this seasonGary Rowett must know he does not have long. Around 18 weeks, if the Derby chairman’s form is anything to go by. Just ask Paul Clement. Or Nigel Pearson.Derby are in their ninth consecutive season in the Championship and their appointment of Rowett to replace Steve McClaren this week means that when they face their bitter rivals Nottingham Forest on Saturday the fixture will feature two new faces in the dugouts for a fifth time in succession – a run that stretches back to January 2015. On that occasion, McClaren – then in his first spell at Pride Park – lost out to Stuart Pearce 2-1 before gaining revenge almost two years later in his second spell with a 3-0 win over Philippe Montanier. Continue reading...

15 марта, 00:54

Leicester stun Sevilla to reach last eight after Kasper Schmeichel save

It was a raucous, extraordinary evening that ended with Leicester City celebrating the latest chapter in their remarkable story as Craig Shakespeare’s side took their place in the last eight of the Champions League. Wes Morgan and Marc Albrighton scored the goals that mean Leicester will join Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus in the quarter-final draw in Nyon on Friday. Just let that soak in for a moment.It is an incredible tale and one that makes no sense on so many levels. Only two years ago Leicester were anchored to the foot of the Premier League and staring at the prospect of relegation to the Championship under Nigel Pearson. Now they are the English champions, flying the flag for their country in Europe’s premier club competition and managed by a 53‑year‑old who only got the job on Sunday night. Continue reading...

14 марта, 17:47

Which footballers have played under these pairs of managers? – quiz

Which players link the two bosses?• Football quiz: Premier League hat-tricksWho has played under Alex Ferguson and Rafa Benítez?David de Gea Cristiano Ronaldo Juan MataDanny SimpsonWho has played under Jürgen Klopp and José Mourinho?Javier HernándezToni Kroos Ilkay Gundogan Henrikh Mkhitaryan Who has played under Alan Pardew and Gus Poyet? Jack Rodwell Carlos Tevez Lee Cattermole Loïc RémyWho has played under José Mourinho and Nigel Pearson?Marko ArnautovicEsteban CambiassoPaul KoncheskyBen Foster Who played under Brian Clough and Gordon Strachan?Robbie Keane Nigel Clough Stuart Pearce Roy KeaneWho has played under Kenny Dalglish and Claudio Ranieri?Chris SuttonGraeme Le SauxDanny SimpsonHenning BergWho has played under Antonio Conte and Patrick Vieira?OscarDani AlvesKevin de BruyneAndrea PirloWho played under Roy Hodgson and Roy Evans?John Barnes Michael Owen Paul Ince Jan Molby Who has played under Alan Shearer and John Barnes?Damien Duff Kevin Nolan Peter Lovenkrands Mark Viduka Who has played under José Mourinho and Pep Guardiola?Víctor ValdésEidur GudjohnsenDouglas CostaDavid de Gea Continue reading...

13 марта, 12:08

How Perdue’s power benefits his friends

Sonny Perdue has long mixed personal and political business to benefit his friends and business associates — and he’s on track to do it again.

09 марта, 14:32

‘This Is Us’: 9 Spoilers We Just Learned About Season 2

NBC's hit family drama has been preemptively renewed for two more seasons. Here are nine new spoilers we just learned about 'This Is Us' Season 2.

08 марта, 17:20

John Wiley & Sons (JW.A) Tops Q3 Earnings, Trims Sales View

John Wiley & Sons Inc. (JW.A) posted better-than-expected earnings for the second straight quarter, when the company reported third-quarter fiscal 2017 results.

08 марта, 13:00

Kaspersky Lab teams up with futurologists to glimpse into Earth's future

"Thinking about the future is our job," said the creators of the website, Earth-2050, all of whom are employees of Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, one of the world's leading cybersecurity companies. "We should be able to predict what threats await us tomorrow and how to tackle them."  The multimedia Earth-2050 project, which was launched to celebrate the company’s 20th anniversary, is interactive and compiles predictions of the future. Everyone is free to offer their opinion on what will happen by 2030, 2040 and 2050.Those approved by the website’s moderators appear on the virtual globe. The first predictions were made by specialists at Kaspersky Lab and the futurologist Ian Pearson, but forecasts made by other users are already available for viewing. For the time being, no one can really know for sure if these predictions will come true — but it's a fun and useful intellectual exercise speculating as to how will the Earth look like in 2050? Warm Siberia, submerged cities? The team behind the website are certain that global warming will not cease any time soon, and by the late 21st century the weather in the Arctic will be so warm that there won’t be ice at all during the summer. This will have obvious perks for maritime traffic, both civil and military, as well as for tourism — with all those new Arctic resorts. The world’s northernmost countries will be able to benefit from the warming, and as the permafrost recedes the vast lands of Canada and Siberia will be easier to develop. There will be some bad news, however. The unique flora and fauna of northern regions will suffer, and some coastal cities, for instance, Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, will go underwater as sea levels rise. Famine or prosperity? Another environmental forecast is grim. Persistent population growth, dwindling water supplies and global warming will eventually lead to food riots that will snowball into resource wars. Russian astronomers map out the heavens Other predictions, however, are a bit more optimistic, and one forecast says that scientists will create an affordable, nanotech-based method of sea water desalination. This will help save Africa and South America from drought, enabling the countries on these continents to develop agriculture. In addition, seafaring nations will be able to profit by selling water. Another cure for Earth's ailments, reforestation, will purify the atmosphere. The good life? Kaspersky Lab predicts that everyday life in developed countries will become more and more comfortable. For example, chairs, couches and beds that change shape will be perfect for you. A 3D-printer in each household will make anything you need, traditional TV will replace high-speed streaming channels with customizable content, and holographic projectors will allow you to socialize with friends over long-distances. Of course, such amenities will only be available to those who can afford it, and it's likely that instead of buying things people will subscribe to bundles of various everyday services that target different income levels. This will only deepen the gap between rich and poor, said the website’s creators. AI empire? Kaspersky experts depict universal automation as inevitable, and the further we go, the more things will be controlled by ever-evolving machines. This is convenient and means less manual work for humans, but there are some inherent dangers. For instance, if platinum mines are completely automated, mining robots could be hacked and programmed to discreetly steal the precious metal. In any case, artificial intelligence (AI) will become more and more sophisticated, and some jobs will be staffed by robots. Ian Pearson suggests that by 2050 people will have sex with robots more often than with humans because the technology will be so advanced that any possible difference will disappear. An even more ambitious prediction states the AI systems will become so smart that they'll at first help governments to rule, and then eventually completely replace them. Read more: Global energy: A long farewell to the hydrocarbon era

06 марта, 14:26

ФИНАМ: Еженедельный обзор: Нефть продолжает поддерживать сектор евробондов

Обзор российского рынка Рост вероятности повышения ставки ФРС США уже на заседании 14–15 марта привел к повышению доходности базовых активов, что оказало сдерживающее влияние на ценовую конъюнктуру российских суверенных евробондов. Доходности "Россия-30" и "Россия-42" закончили пятницу на отметках 2,3 и 5,0% соответственно, в то время как доходность "Россия-23" осталась на отметке 3,6%. Из-за роста доходности UST-10 спред к 10-летним казначейским облигациям США сократился до минимального за последние 12 месяцев значения (112 б. п.). Российский корпоративный сегмент также немного дешевел, но очень умеренными темпами. Отметим удорожание евробондов Дальневосточного морского пароходства, наблюдающееся вторую неделю подряд. Хуже рынка выглядели дальние выпуски "Газпрома".  Уровень кредитного риска на "Россию" CDS 5Y понизился по итогам недели до 166 б. п. Стоимость страховки от дефолта для российских компаний показала минимальные изменения. Нефть продолжает поддерживать сектор евробондов, хотя давление на суверенный сегмент на этой неделе может сохраниться из-за пока не отыгранного роста доходности американских базовых активов. Инвестиционные идеи (российские евробонды) "Газпром" привлекает 5-летний кредит в размере 700 млн евро от Credit Agricole, процентная ставка пока не озвучена. Отметим, что как компания, не находящаяся под санкциями, "Газпром" имеет хороший доступ к рынкам иностранного капитала. 13 марта "Газпром" начинает роуд-шоу евробондов в долларах, объем выпуска предположительно может составить 1 млрд долл. Долларовых выпусков "Газпром" не размещал с осени 2014 г. В линейке евробондов компании нам нравится выпуск с погашением в 2034 г. На прошлой неделе Home Credit Bank представил результаты за 2016 г. по МСФО. Чистая прибыль составила 7,7 млрд руб., включая 3,2 млрд руб., полученные в IV кв. 2016 г. (в 2015 г. убыток банка составил 8,8 млрд руб.). Улучшение динамики рентабельности стало возможным благодаря снижению стоимости риска. Коэффициент покрытия просроченной задолженности резервами составил 137%. Рост прибыли привел к увеличению достаточности капитала 1-го уровня на 50 б. п. до 8% при минимуме 4,5% по методологии ЦБ по стандартам Базель III. Оба евробонда Home Credit Bank смотрятся интересно на фоне бумаг схожего рейтинга и дюрации. Инвестиционные идеи (иностранные евробонды) В сегменте зарубежных бумаг с инвестиционным рейтингом отметим евробонд британской компании Pearson, PLC с погашением в 2023 г. Выпуск объемом 0,5 млрд долл. размещен в мае 2013 г. Опций по пересмотру купона или досрочному отзыву не предусмотрено. С учетом рейтинга BBB от Moody’s и S&P, а также умеренной дюрации бумаги мы рассматриваем PSON 3 ¼ 05/08/23 как довольно интересную инвестицию. Pearson, PLC — международная образовательная и медиакомпания, занимающаяся обучением, предоставлением деловой информации и издательской деятельностью. До момента своей продажи Nikkei в 2015 г. компания принадлежала британской газете The Financial Times. После продажи Pearson сфокусирована на образовании, предоставляя обучающие материалы для школ, высших учебных заведений и специалистов самого широкого профиля. Pearson также владеет 47%-й долей в одном из мировых брендов в книгоиздательском бизнесе — компании Penguin Random House. Штаб-квартира Pearson расположена в Лондоне. В компании занято 37 тыс. чел. В 2016 г. выручка и EBITDA составили 4,5 и 0,3 млрд фунтов стерлингов соответственно. Акции эмитента торгуются на Лондонской фондовой бирже с рыночной капитализацией 5,6 млрд фунтов. Среди иностранных бумаг с интересной доходностью обратим внимание на евробонд американской компании Dynegy, Inc. с погашением в 2022 г. Выпуск объемом 1,75 млрд долл. размещен в июле 2015 г. По выпуску предусмотрено три колл-опциона, доходность к ближайшему из них — в ноябре 2018 г. по цене 103,688% — достигает 10,2%. Кроме того, эмитент до ноября 2017 г. вправе выкупить 35% выпуска по цене 107,38% за счет средств, привлеченных от SPO. Dynegy, Inc. вырабатывает и продает электрическую энергию оптовым покупателям по всей территории США. Под управлением компании находится генерация мощностью 31 ГВт. Штаб-квартира расположена в Хьюстоне, штат Техас. В Dynegy, Inc. занято 2,5 тыс. чел. В 2016 г. выручка и EBITDA составили 4,3 и 0,1 млрд долл. соответственно. Акции эмитента торгуются на NYSE с текущей рыночной капитализацией 1,1 млрд долл.

04 марта, 15:55

‘This Is Us’: 10 Fan Theories That Actually Make Sense

One of the biggest mysteries from NBC's new hit series, 'This Is Us', is what happened to Jack. Here are some of our favorite theories.

02 марта, 05:46

Photos Showing 'Shameful' Scenes At VA Hospital Prompt Investigation

Photos taken inside a North Carolina veterans hospital that show a veteran lying on the floor and another slouched in a wheelchair while writhing in pain are drawing outcry online and an internal investigation. “It was the worst thing to ever happen in my life,” Vietnam War veteran Jesse Lee, 63, who identified himself as the man photographed in the wheelchair, said as he described his agony to The Huffington Post on Wednesday. Lee, who lost his leg to diabetes, said he was among several people waiting at the Durham VA Center on Feb. 24 after experiencing severe phantom leg pain. Another veteran’s wife snapped the waiting room photos and posted them on Facebook on Saturday. They’ve since gone viral, catching the attention of Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-N.C.) and Sen. John McCain’s daughter, Meghan McCain, who called the scene “shameful.” Lee, who said he has been a patient at the hospital for 16 years, said it’s not uncommon to wait about three hours to see someone. But last week’s visit was one for the books. “It was really, really bad,” he said while recalling his pain. “I waited about two hours and went up to the nurse’s desk to find out if there was something they could do because I could no longer stand the pain, it was making me sick in my stomach. But they told me to go sit back down in the waiting room. Then after about an hour I asked if there was something they could do.” In the end, Lee said, “I sat there for five hours in this pain.”  Hanna McMenamin, who told HuffPost that she snapped the photos during a visit with her Marine husband, Stephen McMenamin, backed Lee’s description. In her Facebook post, she described seeing Lee “yelling in pain” and “borderline convulsing and almost falling out of his chair he was in so much pain.” Sharonda Pearson, a public affairs officer at the medical center, told HuffPost Wednesday that it expects to have an investigation of the situation completed by March 10 (reviews typically require 10 business days). She added that the photos were taken on “one of the busiest days” in its emergency department and that 100 to 130 people came through the facility that day. “All of the allegations will be investigated,” she said.  One incident involved a patient who ended up on the floor reportedly after his request for somewhere to lie down was dismissed. “He could barely walk, sit up, or breathe,” McMenamin said in her post. Lee recalled seeing the same thing. “Eventually the man laid down on the floor and they went in there and picked him up and set him back in the chair,” Lee told HuffPost. “He said, ‘I can’t wait in the chair. I’m too weak. I need to lie down.’ They said, ‘You can sit in that chair and wait.’ Eventually, this young man who was sitting in a little area there, he was sitting in a recliner, and he offered him the recliner.” Eventually, the man laid down on the floor and they went in there and picked him up and set him back in the chair. Hanna McMenamin McMenamin said that the man who offered his recliner was her husband, who was provided the chair by the staff because of his lower back pain. The relief was short-lived, however. “This man sat in the chair for probably about 15 minutes before he was told he had to get up immediately,” McMenamin said. When McMenamin’s husband asked the nurse why the man couldn’t have his reclining chair, she said, the nurse “stormed off” without an explanation. Lee said that after seeing the man being placed in a regular chair by security, the man went back onto the floor. Soon, he said, security returned and took the man to see a doctor.  Durham Medical Center Director DeAnne Seekins called it a “regrettable incident” but one she said she’s thankful was brought to the center’s attention, she said in a statement Tuesday. “Our mission is to provide the highest level of health care to Veteran, so upon learning of the incident, I took swift action. The employee was immediately removed from patient care pending the results of an internal review,” she stated, referring to the nurse on duty. McMenamin has since said that the medical center has asked her to remove the photos, which do not include the patients’ faces because some of the veterans don’t want to be identified. She has refused. Lee, when asked by HuffPost how he feels about his photo being shown, replied: “I’m fine with it. People need to know.” Asked what he’d like to see changed, he answered: “If somebody is in that much pain, I think they should notice it or take better care of the person. I wouldn’t think that nobody would be there faking pain.” type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage: + articlesList=58b03999e4b0e5fdf61970ae,58297fe7e4b0c4b63b0d47d1,5824613fe4b044f827a79924 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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01 марта, 14:30

Driver to appeal against conviction for Jeremy Vine road rage incident

Shanique Syrena Pearson was found guilty last month over confrontation filmed by the BBC presenter A 22-year-old woman has appealed against her conviction for a road rage incident filmed by the BBC presenter Jeremy Vine.Shanique Syrena Pearson was found guilty at Hammersmith magistrates court last month of using threatening or abusive behaviour and driving without reasonable consideration over a confrontation with Vine that took place on 26 August last year. Continue reading...

01 марта, 01:45

16 TV Season Finales to Watch This March

A slew of new and returning series are set to wrap up this month, either for the season or for good. Here are 16 TV season finales to watch in March.