How global companies are responding to China virus

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How global companies are responding to China virus

first_imgParis department stores, a de rigueur stop for Chinese tour groups, are unusually quiet. Italy’s tourism market could face a hit of 4.5 billion euros this year, according to the think tank Demoskopika. MSC Cruises, Costa Cruises and Royal Caribbean have cancelled stops by their ships in China. Cinemas around China have been forced to close, during what was meant to be a prime time for blockbuster releases during the holidays. Canada-based Imax Corp. could be deprived of $60-200 million in lost box-office revenues, according to analysts.ElectronicsTaiwanese tech giant Foxconn is keeping its Chinese factories closed until mid-February and telling some staff to stay away for another 14 days, the incubation period of the virus.That could affect global supply chains for tech companies that rely on Foxconn to assemble everything from Apple’s iPhones to flat-screen TVs and laptops.For its part, Apple is working on “mitigation plans” to make up for any production loss from its suppliers in China. South Korea’s LG Electronics has withdrawn from this month’s Mobile World Congress, the leading showcase for the smartphone industry, citing expert advice to avoid non-essential travel.Chinese giant Huawei says it is still examining its options for the February 24-27 conference in Barcelona.AutosWuhan, the central Chinese city that is ground zero of the outbreak, is a hub for foreign carmakers from the United States, Europe, Japan and South Korea.The extended holidays have limited the immediate impact on their production in Wuhan itself, but concerns are growing about spillover effects, including on auto suppliers around China.Hyundai Motor says it is suspending all production in South Korea because of a lack of parts from China.Electric car pioneer Tesla says the virus could delay a planned acceleration of production at its giant new factory in Shanghai, and potentially affect earnings this quarter.Food and beverageMainland China is the second-biggest market of US coffee chain Starbucks, with more than 4,000 outlets. Half of them have been closed by the outbreak.Fast-food giant McDonald’s has closed all of its “several hundred” restaurants in Hubei, the province of Wuhan, but some 3,000 others in China remain open.Pizza Hut and KFC are also suffering closures in Hubei province imposed by their Chinese parent company, Yum China.OthersEuropean plane maker Airbus has halted production from its plant at Tianjin, east of Beijing. Likewise for French group Safran, which makes helicopter engines and airplane components out of Tianjin and other plants in China.Heavy-equipment maker Caterpillar, which has already suffered from the Sino-US trade war, warned of “continued global economic uncertainty” this year.Nike warned of a “material impact” on operations in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The sports apparel and footwear giant has closed about half its stores in China and experienced a drop in retail traffic at those still open.Fellow sports apparel giant Adidas said it was closing a “significant” number of its stores in China. Adidas cited a “negative” impact and warned it expects further impacts on its operations in the country.The German company has around 500 of its own stores in China and some 11,500 outlets in franchise stores.Some winnersNot all companies are suffering. 3M, a leading maker of protective face masks, is cranking up production. The server of British games studio Ndemic Creations went down in late January after a surge in popularity for its title Plague Inc., in which players vie to “bring about the end of human history by evolving a deadly, global plague”.Topics : Given China’s economic heft and position in the nexus of global supply chains, the new strain of coronavirus is affecting companies from far and wide in multiple sectors.Here’s how a selection of multinational brands are responding to the epidemic, which has forced many companies to stay shut until at least February 10 after China extended its Lunar New Year holidays.Travel and tourism The travel sector is most directly affected by China’s decision to quarantine dozens of cities and ban overseas tour groups, in a bid to contain the outbreak. Other countries have told their nationals to avoid travel to China and banned arrivals from there. Many airlines are trimming their schedules. Air Canada, Air France, British Airways, Delta and Lufthansa are among leading carriers that have cancelled all their flights to China. Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific is suffering the biggest financial hit, and on Wednesday asked its entire workforce of 27,000 to take up to three weeks of unpaid leave. Casinos in Macau, normally a playground for the rich and the hopeful from mainland China, have closed their doors. So have Disney theme parks in Shanghai and Hong Kong.last_img read more

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Lancashire take home the England Golf Trust trophy

first_img21 Aug 2019 Lancashire take home the England Golf Trust trophy A pair of Lancashire golfers have been crowned as national champions after winning the England Golf Trust National Pairs Stableford Finals at King’s Norton Golf Club in Worcestershire.Lorraine Birch and Julie Norcliffe, from Lancaster Golf Club, combined to score 40 points in the betterball competition which in the last five years has raised £20,000 to support young people who need financial help to play the game. This year alone the total amount raised will be around £4,000.A birdie on the 17th from Birch was enough to see the Lancaster pair finish one shot ahead of Anne Beckett and Shelagh Rafferty, from Pavenham Park in Bedfordshire, and Chevin duo Libby Harrison and Dawn Gray. The Bedfordshire pair took second place on countback.“I’m overjoyed,” said ten-handicapper Birch. “We were delighted to get through to the final but didn’t really know what to expect once we got here.“The secret today was that we both putted well. I think the key was playing a practice round yesterday because that got us used to the course and the pace of the greens. That really helped us both. It’s awesome to have won.”“It has been fantastic,” agreed 21-handicapper Norcliffe. “I’ve only been playing five years, so I felt a little bit out of my depth, particularly as I haven’t been playing well recently. But playing with Lorraine made it easier, she helped to settle me down.“Once we drive home, we’re going to celebrate with a large gin and tonic, or two.”“It has been another good year for the tournament,” said Trustee, Ian Watkins. “130 clubs took part in qualifying, with 28 here at the final today. The money we’ve raised from entry fees and donations will make a big difference to a lot of young people.” Tags: England Golf Trust, Fundraising, Ian Watkins, King’s Norton Golf Club, Lancashire, Lancaster Golf Clublast_img read more

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Soiled Savior

first_imgWhat goes around comes around. All spiritual debts must be paid in full. Karma not punishment or retribution but simply an extended expression or consequence of natural acts. If you do dirt you may have to eat dirt or least take a hot soapy shower somewhere along the way. On or around Jan. 1, the short lived tenure of Michael Haywood the first African-American football coach “hired” at the University of Pittsburgh came to a screeching halt after barely more than a fortnight. The media immediately began doodling away as they circled the wagons preparing to scalp Mr. Haywood. They hunkered down and began the process of devaluing and degrading Haywood, his coaching staff and his family. Bob Smizik wrote; “Acting swiftly, boldly and correctly, Pitt chancellor Mark Nordenberg today fired football coach Michael Haywood. The firing, announced in a statement, came little more than two weeks after Haywood had been named the successor to Dave Wannstedt.”Pete Hamel of the NY Times chimed in; “The firing [of Haywood] and its aftermath are likely to place significant pressure on Athletic Director Steve Pederson, who hired Haywood and praised him at the time by saying, “Most importantly, Michael is a man of character and integrity.” When Pederson was at Nebraska, he hired Bill Callahan as the Cornhuskers’ football coach. After four seasons, Nebraska fired Callahan after he compiled a 27-22 record—an unacceptable mark at a university that expects to compete for national championships. Pederson himself was fired by in 2007, shortly before Callahan.”H’mm, Pederson himself was fired by Nebraska, yet he comes back to Pitt and he is immediately restored to sainthood? If Pederson can be rehired and exalted after initially abandoning Pitt to pursue his “dream job” at Nebraska then why shouldn’t Haywood be rehired as the next head coach of the Panthers after Todd Graham, the man that they praised as the next “Savior” of the program hopped the nearest camel and moseyed on out to the Arizona desert? Would bringing back Haywood be the right thing to do? Hell yeah! Would Pederson and the powers at Pitt ever remotely consider doing it? Hell no!Was the confluence of the Mon, Allegheny and Ohio rivers too much for Graham to bear or was the addition of a few million more pesos the deciding factor for him to abandon ship?There was no respect or empathy for Haywood displayed by anyone even remotely associated with the University (not that he deserved any for his alleged actions). However, it seems a travesty that a student/athlete who never played one down for the man would be given a forum to gloat. Pitt usually controls the interviews of its players but according to a story written by Jerry DiPaola of Tribune Review on Nov. 29, Pitt Senior defensive lineman Chas Alecxih had this to say regarding the downfall of Heyward. “I was happy [that he was fired]. [He was] a real (jerk). You should have seen our first meeting. He came in with a wrinkled suit, the worst suit I had ever seen. It looked like he had picked it up at Goodwill. [He was] very arrogant.”Alecxih also said; “[Todd Graham] came in and said, ‘You had a great coach before (Dave Wannstedt), which we did, but we’re going to take this program to the next level. He told us he had a plan and we needed to trust him.” After Graham broke camp for Arizona, Alecxih only had this generic comment about his defection saying, “How is it in college football, if a player wants to leave he has to do all kinds of stuff, he has to fill out paperwork, he has to sit out a year but if a coach wants to leave he can up and leave without so much as a moment’s notice?” Chas also forgot to mention the apparel of his now former coach.There is a dark tar-like substance oozing from the pores of college athletics. The elements of this hideous material are racism, cronyism, nepotism, sexual discrimination and all of the things that embody the opposite of what college athletics are supposed to be about. Standout running back Ray Graham had a season ending injury running his heart out for Todd Graham. No one gives a damn if he ever receives one penny as a professional athlete. Let the NCAA put the “boy” on the auction block, fake like they care if he gets an “edu-mication.” As far as his injury, oh well he knew the risks. However, I cannot with a clear conscience totally blame Todd Graham for “getting ghost.” Pitt considered it strictly business to fire Haywood while snickering behind the scenes. It was also a business decision for Todd Graham to do what was best for him and his family by accepting the job as the head football coach at Arizona State. But ya know what guys and dolls?The man that Pitt had undiluted faith and trust in to lead them to the next level, had the last laugh.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412-583-6741. Bruce is also the NFL/AFC North analyst on the “Odd Couple Sports Show” streaming live on Fox Sports radio; WCWA 1230am, Toledo, Ohio, Wednesdays from 11-11:30 a.m.)last_img read more

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Former Mater Dei Teacher Sentenced for Sexual Assault

first_imgBy John BurtonFREEHOLD – A former teacher at a Middletown Catholic high school was sentenced on Tuesday, July 10, to four years in state prison for the sexual assault of a female former student with whom he had a romantic relationship.William Miltner, 29, Middletown, was sentenced in state Superior Court as part of a negotiated plea agreement. Miltner plead guilty to sexual assault on Jan. 19, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.Miltner will also be subject to parole supervision for life as well as mandatory registration and notification as a convicted sex offender under the requirements of the state’s Megan’s Law, authorities said.Miltner had been a teacher and soccer coach, and for a time dean of students at Mater Dei Prep, a co-ed high school at 538 Church St., in the New Monmouth section of Middletown.Investigators took Miltner into custody in April 2011, initially charging him with second-degree sexual assault and fourth-degree aggravated sexual contact for having a sexual relationship with a then 16-year-old student at the school. That relationship, authorities said, went on from March to September 2009.Middletown police and the prosecutor’s office initiated an investigation after school officials received an anonymous email alerting them of Miltner’s actions, authorities said.Miltner also will forfeit his state teaching license as another condition of his plea agreement, authorities said.last_img read more

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No More Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge Closures Anticipated

first_imgBy Liz SheehanSEA BRIGHT – After two nighttime closures for maintenance work, no more are scheduled for the 67-year-old Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge over the Shrewsbury River, said Laura Kirkpatrick, the director of public information for Monmouth County.Work on the bascule span, the portion of the bridge that opens to allow passage of boats too tall to go under the bridge, was originally scheduled to be completed in one night, but weather caused a second closing. The bridge was closed from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. each time.“The county is always working to maintain bridges,” Kirkpatrick said.Beginning in 2020, the county plans to replace the existing bridge S-32 on Rumson Road with one slightly south of the current span. While the new bridge is under construction, the old one will remain in place.According to the county engineers, the bridge is in overall serious condition and structurally deficient. Federal funds are being used for the the design and construction of the new bridge.The bridge serves as one of two evacuation routes for Sea Bright in times of coastal storms and flooding.Plans for the new bridge include a signalized intersection which would include the south driveway of the Seabright Beach Club.The county is also proposing purchasing the former Sunoco property south of the existing bridge to give access to the Nautilus Condominium complex and compensate for loss of parking for Dunkin Donuts and Oar Fitness, which will have a portion of their parking lots taken away when the bridge is shifted to the south.The former Sunoco lot is needed, according to the county, because state regulations do not permit left turns either in or out of Old Rumson Road, which is just south of the lot where Dunkin Donuts is located. The former Sunoco site will be needed to create access to the businesses in that area.However, the old Sunoco lot is currently owned by Tommy Bonfiglio, the proprietor of Tommy’s Tavern + Tap, who is seeking approval from the town’s Unified Planning Board to expand his restaurant and add the additional required parking spaces in the former Sunoco site.At a November hearing on the proposal, Bonfiglio’s attorney, Martin McGann, Jr., said, “We had a meeting and told them our plans” for the site. A hearing on the application continues before the board.last_img read more

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Sharks Tonight: The best rivalry in the NHL gets things going

first_imgSan Jose Sharks vs. Vegas Golden KnightsTHE ESSENTIALSRegular season records: Season opener for both teams. Puck drop: 7:40 p.m. Wednesday at T-Mobile Arena. TV: NBCSN. Radio: KUFX 98.5-FM, San Jose; KOMY 1340-AM.Anticipated lineupTimo Meier-Logan Couture-Danil Yurtaykin Mario … Lean Bergmann-Tomas Hertl-Lukas RadilMarcus Sorensen-Joe Thornton-Kevin LabancBarclay Goodrow-Dylan Gambrell-Melker KarlssonMarc-Edouard Vlasic-Brent BurnsBrenden Dillon-Erik Karlssonlast_img

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The principal who built a community

first_img“Education opens doors for everyone. My background is proof of that.” Dr. Fannie Sebolela (Image: Sulaiman Philip)• Dr. Fannie SebolelaPrincipalKhensani Primary School+27 12 7974217• Helping kids shine at school – in their own language • The importance of learning to read • Sanitary pad project gives poor and rural girls dignity • Blecher changes the education paradigm • South Africa’s mother tongue education challengeSulaiman PhilipThe intense fragrance of the blossoming hook trees is the first sensory experience you have at Khensani Primary School in Soshanguve. Towering over the roofs of the classrooms, which are clustered around a garden, the soft green leaves and creamy white flowers throw a mosaic of shadows across the courtyard.A pupil, no older than seven, darts through the garden, hops on to a walkway and heads towards a classroom. From inside, a cheery song of multiplication tables can be heard, the children’s sing-song voices flowing across the grounds. As he is about to reach the safety of his classroom, the pupil is brought up short by a familiar voice.“Tuck your shirt in and wipe the dust off your shoes,” Dr Fannie Sebolela, the school’s principal, demands in Tswana. Even in the airless heat Sebolela’s tie lies snug against his throat. Minutes later the newly neat pupil skips off into his classroom.Being kind and supportive, yet exacting, has helped Sebolela turn around Khensani Primary from a failing school with dropping enrolment into a model facility with applications far outstripping the places available. Today, it is the top performing school in the Tshwane District and one of the best government schools in the country. His determination to change the lives of the children at Khensani has landed him the Teacher of the Year Award twice. This year, again, he is the Gauteng representative for the national award.“We see our success even affecting Soshanguve High School. Our children are channelled into the mathematics programme and I get calls from the principal praising their work ethic. Last year, four Khensani kids were among the top matriculants in the province.”Watch Dr. Sebolela being interviewed on CNN’s Voices of Africa (Credit: CNN)Rebuilding a rundown schoolWhen Sebolela arrived at Khensani in 1999, it was two rundown blocks of 10 classrooms with ceilings caving in, plumbing that continually backed up and fields of dry dust. A lean man who speaks in measured tones, the first thing he set about doing was rebuilding the school’s relationship with the community.“Some people called it a bribe but for me it was a way to motivate parents to become involved in upgrading the school. We planted a garden to provide fresh vegetables to the community. We went from 10 parents at the first meeting to where parents were volunteering to help clean the school.”Discipline with dignity describes Sebolela’s teaching philosophy. In a community where most of the households barely survive he sees his school as an oasis. He began with a measured enforcement of rules, especially where it came to school uniforms. He demanded that each child, no matter their circumstances, be dressed in a full uniform. For the poorest of his students, he went out and found sponsors to donate clothing.“We remind them that their minds are not disadvantaged or deprived, and the more time they spend focused today the easier the future becomes. I tell the children that your circumstances must not define who you become, take pride in what you are capable of. Education is the key that will open doors.”Sebolela strides around his school grounds pointing out the improvements that have been made. The Department of Basic Education has more challenges than it has resources, he says, but that should not stop an enterprising principal from going out to look for solutions on his own. With help from corporate sponsors – BMW, Dole and Safmarine have been the biggest benefactors – Sebolela has managed to build a new library, a computer centre that is open to the community, new classrooms, and the vegetable gardens for the benefit of the neighbourhood.“We use the memory of our past to improve our present” Dr. Fannie Sebolela (Image: Sulaiman Philip) Value of partnershipsHe sees himself as the chief executive of the school, someone who does not have the luxury of folding his arms and waiting for problems to be solved by somebody in an office far away. “I want to change the lives of my children so I can’t fold my arms and cry. We never ask for donations; we want partnerships. People are eager to help if you can show that you are making a difference. Our partners share our goal of providing the best education.”Everyone grows up watching teachers teach, and assumes that it’s a simple, easily learnt task, but teaching is an extremely difficult skill to master, Sebolela says. Teachers coming out of university are not ready to stand in front of a classroom, he argues, but as is his nature he is helping those who want to be helped. He mentors young educators and tutors experienced teachers on Saturdays.Sebolela jokes that he has not had a weekend off since he was 16 so it’s not much of a sacrifice. Back then, he gave up his weekends to work as a gardener in his hometown of Mabopane to supplement his mother’s income. “I worked for a Mr De Klerk who constantly urged me to dream bigger. He would say ‘Aangaan, aangaan, leer‘ (go on, go on, study). He even offered to pay for me to study further.”He received his Primary Teachers Certificate in 1979 then, as he jokes, he went on – and he was the best BA and honours student at the University of Pretoria. Sebolela has published a Tswana-English dictionary and is the author of the maths workbook for Grade 3. The only way to get children to achieve great things, he points out, is to have teachers who inspire through achievement. Most of his teachers live in the community, and are encouraged to come in early and to stay late.“Education is meaningless if you don’t give back to your community,” he says, candidly. Sitting on the child-sized bus bench on the tarred section of the school grounds used to teach road safety, he raises his head to the sun. His eyes closed, he is silent, listening to the noises of learning coming from the classrooms. “When I started teaching principals wanted me posted to their schools because I was such a hard worker. I coached gymnastics, I was a choirmaster, I pushed myself because all I ever wanted to be was a teacher. That dedication is what I demand from my staff as well.”last_img read more

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Lawyers protest arrest of Nagpur advocate Surendra Gadling

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NHAI rapped for not maintaining green cover along highways

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Former Rockets coach Kevin McHale says James Harden ‘is not a leader’

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:50Trending Articles01:20Poe: PH needs ‘better leadership’ in traffic agencies to resolve problem01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “But James is not a leader,” the Boston Celtics legend said in an appearance on NBA TV. “He tried being a leader last year, tried doing that stuff. I think Chris Paul is going to help him just kind of get back into just being able to hoop and play and stuff like that.”The #OpenCourt guys discuss if @CP3’s arrival will benefit @JHarden13 and the @HoustonRockets. pic.twitter.com/hT2bibHrpSFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout— NBA TV (@NBATV) October 6, 2017 BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight South Korea defender scores 2 own goals in loss to Russia LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citycenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13). (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)James Harden had pretty successful individual  season last year, averaging career bests in points (29.1), rebounds (8.5) and assists (11.2) while moving to the point guard position for the Houston Rockets.With the five-time NBA All-Star expected to slide back to the shooting guard position due to the arrival of Chris Paul, former Rockets head coach Kevin McHale questioned the crafty lefty’s leadership.ADVERTISEMENT McHale, who mentored Harden for three and a half seasons, said his teammates had a hard time listening to the bearded guard due to his deficiencies on the defensive end of the floor.“Look, if James tells you, ‘Chuck, you got to play better D.’ You listening to him? You got to be kidding me. I lived through it, believe me,” the coach-turned-analyst said. “Everybody in the locker room did this [hand on forehead]. Every time he mentioned defense, everybody would put their head down, like you got to be kidding me.”Still, McHale lauded his former player as “fantastic with the ball and a “great passer.”“The guy’s got phenomenal vision. Talk about vision, James can see all the passes and do everything,” he shared.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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