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Southampton boss Ronald Koeman insists they have not received any bid for Sadio Mane and once again declared the forward would not be sold to Manchester United.The Senegal international emerged as a transfer target for the Old Trafford club after they claimed to drop interest in Pedro, with the Spaniard instead moving to Barclays Premier League rivals Chelsea.Southampton immediately played down reports suggesting United had made an approach for the 23-year-old, who played in their 1-1 Europa League play-off draw with FC Midtjylland on Thursday night.Louis van Gaal has missed out on a number of main transfer targets this summer and fellow Dutchman Koeman is keen to add Mane to that ever-growing list of names who United have failed to recruit.“The situation is so easy,” Koeman said.“We have to deal with that. I don’t like it because maybe players think they are not then focused on what they have to do. There is no bid for any player, no bid by the club.“We have to deal about rumours from the press and maybe from Manchester United – I don’t know because there is no contact and no bid for nobody and we don’t sell any more players. That is very clear in my opinion.“I spoke to Sadio and I will speak to everybody we have to deal with those rumours, we made a statement and everyone knows that statement.“We will always have rumours, but nobody is for sale. We like to continue with these players and that’s the most important.” Sadio Mane 1
“At first just two of us had football shirts this morning, then two other teammates went out and bought shirts, and another teammate is out buying a shirt as we speak.” The staff at SchoolNet South Africa celebrate Football Friday.Some of the team that work on SchoolNet SA’s youth employability programme. (Photo: SchoolNet South Africa)SchoolNet South Africa staff members take time out to get excited about the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ – getting closer every day! (Photo: SchoolNet South Africa) Share your own Football Friday thoughts, photos and videos Posted on SouthAfrica.info on 5 October 2009.
What should retailers be doing to prepare for the next disaster? Coming off a year of devastating weather events in which just one of the many hurricanes was estimated to have cost retailers $700 million, it’s not a surprise that the topic was in focus at the NRF Protect conference in June. “Crisis management programs could not be more important,” said Brett Abbott, senior corporate security manager at Target.Brett AbbottTarget has undergone a several-year effort to modernize and upgrade its crisis management program, starting with an honest SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) and data collection. “It was an important exercise for refining our priorities and to understand where we were and what we wanted, and to gather information on our contact centers, our people, our distribution centers, everything,” said Abbott. “It’s important to understand the full scope of what you’re trying to protect.”At this early process stage, Abbott identified several elements that helped to drive Target’s effort in the right direction.- Sponsor – “Structure follows strategy, so start with what you’re trying to accomplish,” said Abbott.Attract crisis management team members who bring a combination of experience and curiosity.Remove emotion from planning and be willing to bring critics to the table.Be accountable. “Put it all in a plan and share progress.”Be prepared to be in ‘learning mode’ for a substantial period.Progress in your crisis management preparedness by following a “maturity map” for and understand what the different states look like.Abbott also suggested that crisis management teams should keep a narrow focus on significant events, and not be drawn into the more day-to-day events that could be classified as “crises.” “There was an idea that we would bring intrusion alarm management into crisis management, but we resisted because we wanted to stay true to the mission and not be distracted.”To facilitate crisis response, Target employs a team that includes one expert in each corporate function. For these support members, training is “absolutely important,” said Abbott. To get it done, they build a 12-month learning calendar “to build their muscle memory so they don’t need to refer to a plan” and which focuses on making it easy for members to stay engaged. “We create opportunities to make it easy for team members because it is their second job,” he added.Ultimately, Target’s effort to improve its readiness focused on upstream activities and post-event improvements. “We were pretty good with response, but we were needing to do more ahead of time: planning, education, team meetings, brown bag events, training calls, exercises,” said Abbott. “And after-action reviews that identify action items are critical to make improvements to the plan.”Program MaintenanceBryant McAnnallyRestructuring crisis management is a substantial undertaking, but program maintenance is also a challenge, noted Bryant McAnnally, CFI, manager of LP operations for Disney Store North America, in the same NRF Protect presentation titled “Preparing for the Next Disaster: An Outline for Impact Mitigation, Management, and Resiliency.” The company takes a Plan, Do, Check, Act approach to continuous improvement and works hard to ensure its plan “is a living element and not a document on the shelf,” McAnnally said.“You need to keep it fresh and aligned with new business needs, such as BOPIS (buy online, pick up in store),” said McAnnally, a point echoed by Abbott. He said that new business models introduce new risk, so it’s important to get a seat at the table early in the process of those discussion to understand what the impact might be on crisis management and response. “It’s much easier than going backward,” said Abbott.Another way to keep crisis management in focus is to expand opportunities for lesson-learning. “Review other people’s disasters for opportunities to improve your readiness,” advised McAnnally. You can almost always find an issue that your plan doesn’t cover, he suggested:If banks are closed, have you planned to be able to extend financial assistance to store associates?How confident are you in your ability to get help and materials when suppliers are inundated with requests? What do your contracts say?Can you build better relationships with government agencies so that you are kept in the loop and more likely to be extended commendation?Do you have satellite phones at stores in case of disruption in cell phone service?Do you annually go to people and ask for them to update contact information?“You want to drive a culture of preparedness by keeping the program evergreen,” said McAnnally. He said Disney Stores uses a variety of on-going activities to keep preparedness top of mind, including tabletop exercises, annual crisis fairs, awareness months and activities for stores, distributing checklists, wallet cards, and reminders. “We get great feedback from people that shows they understand we worry about them as people as well as the company.”Finally, as crisis management programs mature, the challenge often shifts from getting information to utilizing and prioritizing it. Experts say that it’s important to ask about this question about the tool or system that your company uses to manage crisis incidents: How is relevant static information made available to the incident command center?A retail organization is likely to have information in the emergency plan, and in related plans and databases, that can help individuals in the command center manage an event in progress. For example, in a warehouse fire, it is useful to have immediate access to the facility’s current inventory list and the schematic plans for it and adjacent buildings. But plans and records are also certain to contain information irrelevant to the crisis at hand. An important planning element, therefore, is the process by which appropriate information from planning documents—and only appropriate information—filters into the incident handling process.A good incident management tool will allow a user to ‘create’ an incident and then pull relevant information into it, such as information from the HR database that relates to the specific crisis. Integration between the crisis management tool and other documents is extremely important because it allows crisis managers to draw from current files, lists, and updated information. An incident management tool that doesn’t draw directly from these other information sources at the time of the event would more than likely be working off a certain amount of outdated information. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
A taxpayer’s provision of portal and trusted identity framework services are subject to New York sales tax under Tax Law §1105(c)(8) as protective services and should be sourced based on the location where the protected data resides, but its messaging and supplier connection services are not subject to sales tax. The taxpayer’s portal and trusted identity framework services perform a gatekeeper function for customers by ensuring that only authorized users gain access to the customer’s on-line resources. Thus, the crux of these services is the security function of verifying that persons seeking access to on-line resources are authorized to have that access. These electronic gatekeeper services qualify as protective services for purposes of Tax Law §1105(c)(8) because they prevent unauthorized persons from gaining access to its customers’ confidential data. Protective services are provided in New York (i.e., “sourced” to New York) if the property being protected is located in New York. Thus, to the extent that the data being protected is located in New York (e.g., resides on servers in New York), then the taxpayer is providing a protective service in New York. If the protected data is located both inside New York and outside New York, the taxpayer should collect tax only with respect to the data located in New York. In making the determination of where its protective services are being provided, the taxpayer may rely on a letter from the customer indicating the taxing jurisdiction(s) where the protected data is located, absent a showing of fraud or knowledge on the part of the taxpayer that the contents of the letter are untrue. Such a letter must be signed by the customer (or the appropriate employee or officer) and contain a statement acknowledging that it is being furnished for the purpose of allowing the taxpayer to determine the appropriate amount of New York state and local sales and use taxes due. The taxpayer must keep the letters furnished by its customers as part of its sales tax records, and be able to associate each letter with related sales, for at least three years after the date of the last sale to which the letter relates. The customer is required to update the letter if there is a change in where the services are being provided.However, the taxpayer’s messaging and supplier connection services are not subject to sales tax. The messaging and supplier connection services provide a central data messaging hub that routes business messages or data between business partner members of the service, who must provide their own telecommunication connections to the hub. These services are nontaxable bridging services. Thus, the taxpayer’s fees for setting up the relationship between trading partners and maintaining those relationships, as well as its mailbox set up and maintenance fees, are not taxable. In addition, the taxpayer’s charges for its mapping services are not taxable, as they constitute data processing charges.TSB-A-16(20)S, New York Commissioner of Taxation and Finance, May 27, 2016, ¶408-782
The matted and mussed hair of the famously bizarre German children’s book character Struwwelpeter was meant to serve as a warning about bad hygiene. But for kids that bear a striking resemblance to the straw-haired mischiefmaker (above), tangled hair is no fault of their own: It’s due to a rare genetic mutation. Scientists have now pinpointed the three genes that cause so-called “uncombable hair syndrome,” a hair shaft disorder characterized by dry, frizzy, pale hair that—like the name says—is impossible to comb flat. To indisputably diagnose the condition, hairs are split in half and placed under a high-powered scanning electron microscope. Straight hair appears round, curly hair appears oblique, but uncombable hair is triangular or heart-shaped at the cross section and grooved from root to end. Three genes—PADI3, TGM3, and TCHH—direct the process that causes the misshaped strands, researchers report this month in the American Journal of Human Genetics. If just one of these genes malfunctions, the structure and stability of the hair is affected. Only about 100 cases have ever been reported, though the researchers suspect not all sufferers are reporting their symptoms. Think about it: When was the last time you visited your doctor because of a bad hair day? Fortunately for patients, the snarls seem to become more manageable with age, and the syndrome does not have health implications beyond tangled tresses. As for everyone else, at least you can rest easy knowing your kid’s knots probably aren’t caused by flawed genes.
Well begun is half done, goes the old adage, but it doesn’t really apply to the fickle game of Twenty20 cricket.Look at Royal Challengers Bangalore’s season, and one will see why. They began the UAE leg of the tournament with two thumping wins even without their lynchpin Chris Gayle, and looked the most dangerous side in the competition. What followed was three successive defeats.Then, at the beginning of the India leg, A.B. de Villiers pulled off an awe-inspiring chase against a SunRisers Hyderabad attack featuring Dale Steyn. Three more defeats followed, each more heartbreaking than the previous one.The last of those, to Rajasthan in Bangalore on Sunday, was the worst of the lot. They allowed the Royals to score 65 in 17 balls and win with seven deliveries to spare, despite one of Yuvraj Singh’s greatest all-round performances since the 2011 World Cup.Though there had been a sense of foreboding about it ever since the IPL auction in February, Sunday was the night when it became painfully obvious that by splurging millions to construct the best batting lineup in the tournament, at least on paper, RCB had risked the bowling department – and that’s what let them down.Each of Mitchell Starc, Varun Aaron and Ashoke Dinda got pulverised by Aussie duo Steve Smith and James Faulkner, and could do nothing but lick their wounds and reflect on just how fatal half-volleys and length balls can be.Monday’s practice session at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium was optional, but most of the players did turn up. There was more than one set of drooping shoulders, chatter was absent and only captain Virat Kohli strode into the nets looking purposeful.advertisementTuesday’s game against the bottom-placed Delhi Daredevils couldn’t have come at a more opportune moment. The struggling opposition gives Bangalore the chance to get their campaign back on track, even though qualification looks like a tough ask.The onus is on the bowlers to put in the hard yards and make up for Sunday’s meltdown. Don’t be surprised to see some changes though – Chris Gayle is reportedly struggling with his fitness, and could be replaced by Ravi Rampaul to strengthen the bowling.But the change must start at the top of the team hierarchy – it has so far been a disaster of a season for Kohli, and he must come good.Gary learning from mistakesTwo wins out of nine and eighth place in an eight-team table don’t really leave much chance for a coach to save face.When Gary Kirsten appeared before the media here on Sunday, he chose his words carefully but admitted that he had made mistakes. “As coaches we don’t always get it right. I am learning and making mistakes. Hopefully, as a team we are learning through the losses,” Kirsten said.Perhaps one of the biggest mistakes has been to play J.P. Duminy and Kedar Jadhav too low in the order, but Kirsten said it was a double edged sword. “As a coach you always sit on that – do you get your best batsman to face the most number of balls or do you use him to finish? We sit with the same problem when it comes to Duminy – whether we keep him for the last five-six overs where he’s been devastating or do we use him earlier,” he said.Talking in detail about the way the bowlers, especially Mohammed Shami, have not been up to the mark, Kirsten said: “[Nathan] Coulter-Nile was supposed to be the spearhead of our bowling attack and losing him was a big blow. Shami is a key guy and I think he has improved. I think we are beginning to understand him better as a bowler.”- By Shreyas Sharma