Cristiano Ronaldo scored a penalty with two minutes remaining as defending champions Juventus somehow avoided their first Serie A defeat of the season with a come-from-behind 2-1 win away to Lazio.Substitute Joao Cancelo’s first Juventus goal looked to have salvaged a fortunate point, but the visitors then went one better as he won a late penalty which was converted by Ronaldo, the forward’s 15th league goal of the campaign.Cancelo, having just come off the bench, had struck with 16 minutes left, cancelling out Emre Can’s earlier own goal as Juve moved to 21 games unbeaten in the top flight this season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! They go 11 points clear of Napoli – who drew with AC Milan on Saturday – at the top of the table, despite having been second best for much of Sunday’s match at Stadio Olimpico.0 – For the first time since Opta collects this data (2004/05) Juventus have not even attempted a shot in the first half of a Serie A game. Harmless.— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) January 27, 2019 Massimiliano Allegri’s men failed to register a single shot during a first half where they lost an emotional Leonardo Bonucci to injury, with Wojciech Szczesny making a superb save from Marco Parolo and Daniele Rugani clearing a Ciro Immobile effort off the line to somehow keep the match level.Can’s mistake just before the hour mark eventually gave Lazio the lead, with Juve never looking likely to respond until Cancelo’s impact from the bench.Lazio should have led when Wallace mistimed a free header, while Joaquin Correa – having earlier caused panic in the Juve defence with a fine solo run that caused Bonucci’s injury – forced a save from Szczesny.Szczesny was tested again by Luis Alberto, and had to be at full stretch to make a magnificent one-handed stop from Parolo’s 18-yard strike.Juve had two penalty claims for handball against Wallace turned down prior to losing Bonucci, who had limped through much of the half, before Immobile’s flicked finish saw Rugani forced into a crucial clearance, atoning for his own poor header.Luis Alberto fired just wide after the break, but he then contributed to an opener that had long been coming. His excellent 59th-minute corner towards a cluster of players around the six-yard box led to a stooping Can diverting it into his own net.It should have been game over when Immobile was played in by Correa, but the striker blazed over, and that glaring miss proved costly as Juve turned the tables.Federico Bernardeschi’s fine work down the left set up Paulo Dybala, whose shot was parried by Thomas Strakosha, but Cancelo found the bottom corner with the rebound.Lazio then fumed when Senad Lulic was adjudged to have tugged down Cancelo off the ball prior to a Bernardeschi cross, Ronaldo keeping his cool to send the match-winning spot-kick straight down the middle as Juve escaped with the points.FT: WHAT A TURNAROUND IN THE CAPITAL!!!!!!!! #LazioJuve #FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/PxhcnbnjS1 — JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) January 27, 2019 What does it mean? Juve, somehow, extend lead Lazio remain three points adrift of the top four, while Juve extend their lead at the top of the table, a sickening blow to Napoli, who looked like they were about to be offered a glimmer of hope in the Scudetto race as Allegri’s men struggled throughout.In 10 matches against teams in the top four this season, Lazio have now lost nine and drawn one. They proved they are more than capable of matching it with the big boys in this one, but paid the price for failing to build more of an advantage in an opening 70 minutes they completely dominated.Cancelo contribution crucial Cancelo only had 20 minutes to make an impression, but he made full use of his time on the pitch. He scored the equaliser and won the decisive penalty, sparking life into a Juve side that offered nothing going forward before he came on, despite having Ronaldo, Dybala and Douglas Costa in attacking areas. Bernardeschi, who also came off the bench, had a hand in both goals too.Can clueless for Juve The own goal was poor, with Can getting himself into an awkward position and misjudging his attempted clearance, but the former Liverpool midfielder also produced a disappointing all-round display as he continues to struggle to establish himself with the Italian champions.He was booked before the break for a petulant tug on Correa, and had another mistake that led to a Luis Alberto chance. Going forward, he failed to create an opportunity for his team-mates.Key Opta Facts:- The only other Serie A season, in the three points era, with at least 11 points of difference between first and second team after 21 matchdays was 2006-07.- Lazio have scored at home against Juventus in Serie A for the first time since January 2014.- Ronaldo is the first player in the three points era (1994-95) to score in eight Serie A away games in a row.- Juventus have gained the most points from losing positions in Serie A this season (13).What’s next? After a tough double-header against Napoli and Juve, another big game is up next for Lazio when they travel to Inter in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals on Thursday. Juve are away to Atalanta in the same competition a day earlier, prior to a home league game against Parma on Saturday. read more
The secret to better campaign results, more engaged donors, and board buy-in is a thoughtful and clear fundraising plan. While we all know we need a plan, sometimes it’s not always easy to make time to create a realistic plan and in many cases, we may not have the information we need to make the right strategic decisions. If you’re like most small nonprofits, it’s likely that your plan is missing a critical element—clean, accurate fundraising data.Your Fundraising Plan Must Be Based on Accurate Fundraising DataHaving the right data on your campaign performance, funding sources, donor history, and giving patterns will allow you to make smarter decisions on how to spend your time and resources going forward. Why is this so important?You’ll know what’s working, and what’s not.Sounds obvious, right? But most nonprofits are surprised when they see their aggregated fundraising results and campaign data. As trends emerge, you can make better decisions on what to do more of…and what to stop doing in the coming year. You can double down on the tactics and messages that work best for your supporters.You can identify donor segments and create strategies for them.Once you understand who your new, major, recurring, lapsed, and event donors are, you can develop tailored outreach to best reach and convert them. (Just getting started with donor segmentation? We have a simple planning template that will help you maximize your communications.)You’ll have more credibility with your board.You can feel more confident presenting your plan to your board when you have the data to back it up vs. relying on a hunch or opinions. Having a data-backed plan will also help you answer questions and fend off “creative tinkering” from well-meaning board members.You’ll know what you need to spend to meet your fundraising goals.Armed with the data about your past fundraising results and donor opportunities, you can project how much you’ll need to spend (and which resources to allocate) to make the plan happen.Need some help getting a better fundraising plan in place and figuring out how to collect, compile, and understand the data you need? Check out this upcoming webinar to learn simple steps for quickly creating a solid plan that will allow you to reach your small nonprofit’s funding goals this year.Register for this webinar now and learn How to Create Your 12-Month Fundraising Plan!
Huntington Ingalls, February 5, 2014 Print Close My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定 zoom The amphibious assault ship America (LHA 6) returned to Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division Friday following successful acceptance sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico. Ingalls’ test and trials team successfully demonstrated more than 220 test events to the U.S. Navy’s board of inspection and survey (INSURV).“It was a proud three days at sea, and America proved she is a quality ship,” said LHA 6 Program Manager George Jones. “The LHA 6 team’s tireless and diligent effort paid off as our scores from INSURV indicated. We will continue this effort over the next several weeks to have LHA 6 ready for the sailors and Marines who will man her as part of the U.S. Navy fleet.”During acceptance trials, America performed all required sea trial evolutions, including the operation of the hybrid gas turbine/electric-drive propulsion system. Other tests included anchor handling, steering demonstration, flight deck operations, and combat systems’ evaluations.“The Ingalls/Navy team did an outstanding job in presenting the ship to the Board of Inspection and Survey,” said Richard Schenk, Ingalls’ vice president, test and trials. “It is a tribute to all involved in proving the capabilities of such a large and complex ship.”When America enters the fleet, she will be the flagship of an Expeditionary Strike Group, strategically positioning Marine Expeditionary Units ashore across a full spectrum of missions, including humanitarian, disaster relief, maritime security, antipiracy and other operations while providing air support for ground forces.America-class ships are 844 feet long and 106 feet wide and displace 44,971 long tons. The gas-turbine propulsion system will drive the ships in excess of 20 knots. They will accommodate a crew of 1,059 (65 officers) and 1,687 troops. The America-class will be capable of carrying a Marine Expeditionary Unit, including Marine helicopters, MV‐22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft and F‐35B Joint Strike Fighter aircraft.The newest class has an increased aviation capacity to include an enlarged hangar deck, realignment and expansion of the aviation maintenance facilities, a significant increase in available stowage for parts and support equipment, and increased aviation fuel capacity.
zoom The 2015 appears to be running on a path toward becoming another record year in the dry bulk demolition activity.The monthly average for the first six months in 2015 is 3.3m DWT. In 2014 the first half year averaged at 1.33m DWT per month, according to the stats presented by international shipping association BIMCO.April 2015 saw 5.36 million DWT being retired from active service, which was the highest on record ever for a single month, BIMCO said.The record came on the back of continued poor earnings and deteriorating market conditions in dry bulk shipping, evidenced by the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) staying below 600 from 2 February to 13 May.68 Capesizes demolished so far in 2015In 2012, which is the largest demolition year on record with 33.4m DWT leaving the fleet, the monthly average was 2.79m DWT.Based on these figures, it can be derived that we might be heading for an even higher level in 2015.The preliminary amount of dry bulk tonnage being demolished during the first half of 2015 is 20 million DWT. During the first half of 2012 we saw 18 million DWT leaving the fleet.Chief Shipping Analyst at BIMCO, Peter Sand, says: “As the year progresses, BIMCO expects the demand side to get stronger in connecting with rising volumes. This should positively impact the market conditions but at the same time also limit the demolition activity.In line with our recent adjustment of expectations for demolition activity in 2015, we do not see a new record year in spite of the strong start of the year.”A total of 262 dry bulkers being demolished in 2015According to BIMCO, since the beginning of the year a total of 68 Capesizes have been demolished, therefore it can be expected that the record from 2012 where 70 Capesizes were demolished during the full year could soon fall.The Handysize segment was the busiest sub-segment in all of the six months when activity by number of ships being recycled is measured. A total 104 Handysizes have left the fleet for good so far in 2015. The total number of dry bulkers being demolished now stand at 262 ships for the year.The fleet growth is the largest amongst the dry-bulk segments as newbuilt Supramaxes keep coming from the shipyards. However, earnings have out-performed all the other dry-bulk segments from mid-February to end of June, leaving little reason for engaging more often with the blow torch for Handymax owners.“The relatively low level of Handymax scrapping is a testament to a versatile sub-segment which is able to deliver what the market wants even when the overall demand side is losing ground. Fleet growth for Handymax/Supramax segments stand at 3.5% since the turn of the year”, adds Peter Sand.
QUEBEC — A Canadian Forces plane is heading to the storm-battered Iles-de-la-Madeleine today carrying supplies and personnel to help residents who were cut off from the rest of the province when a fierce winter storm struck Wednesday.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale tweeted that a Hercules aircraft is en route with up to 250 Canadian Forces members available to provide assistance. It is expected to land this afternoon after stops to pick up equipment and personnel.Heavy winds knocked out Internet and phone service, but late Thursday, Quebec civil security said telecommunications had been partly restored. The network remained fragile and residents were asked to limit Internet use.Quebec provincial police have been going door-to-door to check on those without power. Sgt. Claude Doiron says a fire burned a low-cost housing complex to the ground Thursday morning, leaving about 40 people homeless. No one was seriously injured.In the aftermath of the storm, residents of the islands were able to call each other on land lines, but couldn’t contact the mainland because of damage to underwater cables. Winds of up to 130 km/h and rough seas battered the islands Wednesday, with high winds stretching into Thursday.Quebec Public Security Minister Genevieve Guilbault said Thursday the emergency was beyond the provincial government’s capacity to respond so it was necessary to turn to Ottawa. The Canadian Press
During a press conference at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) last week, Black Eyed Peas star apl.de.ap announced that his charity, Apl.de.ap Foundation International (ADAFI), will partner with distinguished pediatric eye surgeon, Thomas Lee, MD, and his team of experts in the renowned Vision Center at Children’s Hospital in support of the “Campaign for Filipino Children.”Ted Benito, Sonia Delen, Apl.de.ap, Thomas Lee, MD, and Bobby Fan, WesternUnion.com director of marketing.As the foundation’s first healthcare initiative, the campaign will provide a sustainable approach to the diagnosis and treatment of a widespread eye affliction in the Philippines that causes blindness in premature babies.The cause is personal to Apl.de.ap, who was born legally blind to a poor family 30 miles outside Metropolitan Manila. Until he was adopted and brought to the United States for eye treatments, his vision challenges brought about difficulties in school, self-esteem problems and often required special assistance.“In a country where there are very few provisions for special education, the prospects for children with visual impairment are quite dismal,” says Apl.de.ap. “This issue is something we have the power and knowledge to address. By partnering with the foremost experts in this area – Dr. Lee and the experts at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles – we are not only saving the vision of thousands of children every year, we are vastly improving their chances of a better life.”The preemies are victims of an eye disease called retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), which affects children worldwide. In the Philippines, the condition is both economic and medical in scope: at least ten percent of all premature births in the Philippines are caused in part by the relative deficiency of prenatal care available to the poor, and at least thirty percent of those preemies develop ROP.Many Filipino hospitals and physicians lack the training to diagnose the disease, which causes abnormal blood vessel growth from excessive oxygenation, destroying the retina, the eye’s inner most layer. If not treated within 48 hours of diagnosis, the baby will become permanently blind.To solve this issue, partnerships will be created with four pilot hospitals in the Philippines, including but not limited to: a central training hospital in the capital in Metropolitan Manila; a hospital in the province of Tarlac and/or Pampanga in Luzon region; a hospital in the province of Cebu and/or Iloilo in the Visayas region; and one in the province of Davao in Mindanao. Lee and his team will travel to the country where they will work closely with the Philippine Academy of Ophthalmology to train medical staff on-the-ground in the screening, diagnosis and treatment of ROP to prevent blindness. They will also supply retinal imaging systems called RetCams to assist in diagnosis.The campaign estimates that by training at least six to ten medical practitioners in four hospitals approximately 4,380 babies can be saved from blindness cause by retinopathy of prematurity every year. The future goal is for the pilot hospital partners to create a sustainable program by developing their own ROP training programs and sharing equipment with their counterparts in other hard-to-reach provincial hospitals.“These children have preventable eye disease and I want to be sure we do the best to our ability to make sure they are given a chance at sight,” says Lee, division chief of CHLA’s Vision Center and a leading clinician and researcher in his field who is able to monitor eye exams and surgeries halfway around the world using advanced telemedicine medical equipment.Lee has previously executed a similar multi-year program to address retinopathy of prematurity in Armenia under the auspices of USAID Armenia, as well as China, Mexico and Mongolia.ADAFI is committed to raising approximately $650,000 in part through a series of concerts featuring Apl.de.ap and other artists during a two-year initiative to support the effort with the help of The Vision Center at CHLA. The fundraising kicked off Sunday June 8 in a benefit concert at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, where Apl.de.ap and his Black Eyed Peas bandmates will.i.am and Taboo announced the Campaign for Filipino Children. A second concert headlined by Apl.de.ap has been scheduled for Aug. 16 at the Agua Caliente’s 2014 Summer Extravaganza in Palm Springs, where the public will be able to buy raffle tickets to a 2014 racing red Ford Mustang.Lead campaign sponsor WesternUnion.com has committed $150,000 to the effort and the public can make donations to support the campaign via www.ForFilipinoChildren.com. The funds raised will go toward the campaign as well as the rebuilding efforts in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan.“The goal of the Campaign for Filipino Children is to build the infrastructure in the Philippines to diagnose and treat this affliction causing blindness in our young children,” says Sonia Delen, campaign chairperson and a member of the International Executive Committee, Apl.de.ap Foundation International. “We will accomplish this with the help of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the support of generous sponsors like WesternUnion.com and caring people around the globe.”
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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — OPEC and allied oil-producing countries will likely need to cut crude supplies, perhaps by as much as 1 million barrels of oil a day, to rebalance the market after U.S. sanctions on Iran failed to cut Tehran’s output, Saudi Arabia’s energy minister said Monday.The comments from the minister, Khalid al-Falih, show the balancing act the U.S. allies face in dealing with President Donald Trump’s actions related to the oil industry.Trump in recent weeks demanded the oil cartel increase production to drive down U.S. gasoline prices. “Hopefully, Saudi Arabia and OPEC will not be cutting oil production. Oil prices should be much lower based on supply!” he tweeted Monday.The U.S. has meanwhile allowed some of its allies — Greece, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey — as well as rival China to continue to purchase Iranian oil despite re-imposed sanctions, as long as they work to reduce their imports to zero.Al-Falih, who on Sunday said the kingdom would cut production by over 500,000 barrels per day in December, said Monday that Saudi Arabia had been giving customers “100 per cent of what they asked for.” That appeared to be a veiled reference to Trump.Before the United States re-imposed sanctions on Iran, “fear and anxiety gripped the market,” al-Falih said at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference. Now “we’re seeing the pendulum swing violently to the other side,” he added.The energy minister of the United Arab Emirates, Suhail al-Mazrouei, currently the president of OPEC, said “changes” likely would be necessary as the oil cartel meets in December in Vienna. However, he added: “We need not to overreact when these things happen.”Al-Falih said OPEC officials have seen analysis papers suggesting a production cut of upward of 1 million barrels of crude a day may be necessary to rebalance the market. However, he stressed that more study needed to be done.“There are a lot of assumptions in their projections that may change,” al-Falih said. “We don’t want to throttle the global economy.”A gallon of regular gasoline in the U.S. on average now sells for $2.69, down from $2.90 a month ago, according to AAA. Those lower prices likely quieted Trump, but production cuts could again boost prices at the pump.Neither al-Falih nor al-Mazrouei directly criticized Trump, but Mohammed Hamad al-Rumhy, Oman’s oil and gas minister, blamed the U.S. president for some of the volatility striking the oil market. Oman, a sultanate on the eastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula, maintains close diplomatic ties to Iran and often serves as an interlocutor between Western powers and Tehran.“Supply and demand is perhaps the easy part because you can measure it,” al-Rumhy said. It’s “extremely difficult to quantify what is happening in (the) White House — almost impossible.”Iran, which has tense relations with Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, did not have a high-level official at the summit.Crude oil dropped to a low of $30 a barrel in January 2016. That forced OPEC to partner with non-OPEC countries, including Russia, to cut production to help prices rebound.Benchmark Brent crude, which had been trading above $80 a barrel recently, now hovers just over $70 after the U.S. sanction waivers on Iran.Meanwhile, Sultan Ahmed al-Jaber, the head of the state-run Abu Dhabi National Oil Co., said the UAE planned to increase oil production to 4 million barrels a day by 2020 and 5 million barrels a day by 2030. The UAE now produces some 3 million barrels of oil a day.Al-Jaber also said the UAE would begin fracking — injecting high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel and chemicals — to gain access to otherwise unreachable natural gas reserves.“Make no mistake: Hydrocarbons will continue to play an absolutely essential part of a diversified energy mix,” al-Jaber said.But the highs and lows of the market need to end for both oil consumers and producers to profit, said al-Rumhy, the Omani official.“If it was my heart beat going that way, I think I would be in the hospital right now,” he said.___Follow Jon Gambrell on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jongambrellap .Jon Gambrell, The Associated Press
The Webex codebase is huge — several million lines of code. Yet this codebase has gone through substantial change, with pretty much all of the original Webex code repositories having undergone significant rewriting, Dhingra said. These changes have allowed his team to ramp up the innovation engine, as seen in: The Cisco Webex team has been busy. Over the last six months, it has steadily rolled out an impressive number of innovative Meetings features — things like People Insights, facial recognition, and a digital assistant… all part of its cognitive collaboration strategy. These efforts, as Cisco Collaboration leaders shared with analysts early this year, come out of their “sausage making” — the intentional work that has gone into transforming Webex into a globally scalable, enterprise-grade platform for collaboration. That process is starting to sizzle — in how the team is able to churn out innovative features at a rapid clip, yet maintain enterprise-grade reliability, encryption, and predictability. iceberg-774.png Security Is FundamentalAfter Yuan left Cisco, the Webex team focused on modernizing Webex for enterprise scale and security . “Since Eric’s days, we’ve doubled down on security,” Dhingra said. “Both SMBs and large enterprises trust us with some of their most valuable assets — their meetings, presentations, sensitivity discussions, and [intellectual property] live in our recordings. Do you know where those are stored and who has access? You have to earn your customers trust with uncompromising focus on security — something that startups routinely make tradeoffs on.” Yes, when Yuan left Cisco in 2011, Webex did have many of the architecture issues he has surfaced. The irony is, he’s poking at his own design and code. But over the past eight years, Cisco has worked diligently not only to fix the broken parts but also to rearchitect for modern-day scale — so does Yuan really know the current state? You’d be naive to think when he left, Cisco tossed its hands in the air and left the platform alone. It’s quite the opposite. Zoom Headed for IPO Beth Schultz March 25, 2019 Cloud-native, video-first provider seeks to parlay growth into public offering. Zoom Goes Public Michelle Burbick April 18, 2019 With its initial public offering, the video-first cloud communications provider seeks recognition of its leadership status in unified communications. But what about the “old and outdated Webex” that Eric Yuan, Zoom CEO, seems to talk about so often? Webex has been around for a long time, and its codebase from the Yuan era was problematic for today’s requirements. However, Cisco Webex has reinvented itself and it’s fair to say that this isn’t the same Webex as the one Yuan designed and left behind. Zoom has gained traction in the enterprise, and certainly grabbed the spotlight last month with its successful IPO, but the new Webex — through the combination of a cloud-scale backend, a modern frontend, and a nimble development pipeline, as Dhingra said — will continue to be a force to be reckoned with.Tags:News & ViewsCisco WebexZoomvideo conferencingVCaaSAnalyst InsightCloud CommunicationsMeetingsPrivacy & ComplianceVendor Strategy Articles You Might Like Startup Velocity, Enterprise ScaleWhen Dhingra took over what used to be Eric’s job, the development process was old and outdated. Remaining the market leader required a reinvention of the process Eric built, so that’s what Cisco did. Cisco’s architectural and automation investments, combined with a rebuilt development infrastructure, has enabled a continuous integration/continuous delivery process and the ability to transform how the Webex team builds and releases software. Starting in October 2016, it reduced the 12-month delivery cycle of old to monthly updates with 20 to 30 features. Cisco could further shrink the upgrade cycle, but most large customers don’t want that, Dhingra said. Video Expertise & the Webex BackboneCisco has doubled-down on video by tapping the expertise of the big wigs from its telepresence business in order to make a video-first platform. The work started with Spark (now Webex Teams), a microservices-based architecture, where the assumption was that we would be living in a world where “video-first” was the norm. It carried that architecture over to the Webex Meetings platform; it enables innovative features, such as Video Mesh (formerly Cisco Spark Hybrid Media Service). Video Mesh transparently allows use of on-prem and cloud resources, bridging them as necessary. When you’re dealing with SaaS-based video and meetings, encryption is critical. Encryption should be turned on everywhere by default, which isn’t always the case with other vendors. In Webex Meetings, all communications between Webex apps and the Webex cloud happen over encrypted channels, which means your various media streams are secure. Highfive, BlueJeans, Lifesize Talk Growth Beth Schultz April 08, 2019 Cloud video is a hot market, and nobody wants to be left out of the discussion. The video platform enables tight integration with all the new video endpoints, and enables features such as proximity, wireless sharing, and whiteboarding. The new Webex is now designed to be flexible and elastic so the Webex software can run in Cisco’s data centers or in a public cloud, something that wasn’t possible with the old Webex. Shared client media stack that powers Meetings and Teams on all desktop and mobile platforms — This is what lets Cisco deliver 30 frames-per-second video across all applications with no degradation of quality, Dhingra said.New Webex meetings desktop app that includes pre-, during, and post-meeting capabilities — The client code has gone through almost a complete rebuild to optimize the user experience.Cross-platform and unified client framework strategy across Teams and Meetings — The shared client framework will allow Cisco to build features once and expose them in multiple apps.Feature-rich WebRTC client — Prior to this, Webex only supported a thick desktop client. The WebRTC implementation is as full-featured as the software client and enables two-way audio and video and screen sharing as well as host and attendee controls.Control hub — This is a single administrative portal for all Cisco collaboration tools. It includes a common analytics backend that powers reporting and connected diagnostics.New APIs and SDKs for third-party app integrations in Webex, and vice versa.Webex Graph and Intelligence, bringing data, analytics, and contextual information into the Webex environment. Cisco refers to this as “cognitive collaboration.” What We Can Learn from the Zoom IPO Dave Michels April 24, 2019 Competition will intensify, but as the company has shown all along, it’s not to be underestimated. Zoom’s recent IPO and run up to it put Yuan in the spotlight. While he is best known as the leader of Zoom, he was also one of the people who built Webex, which Cisco acquired in 2007. He stayed at Cisco until 2011, when he left to create Zoom. The attention of late has given Yuan a platform to talk smack about Webex, almost WWE-style, calling the architecture old and outdated, which is why, he says, Cisco can’t compete with Zoom. Log in or register to post comments Cisco leaders have spent a fair bit of time explaining the new Webex user interface, but the product’s changes go far deeper than an improved UI. I got a good download of everything in a recent conversation with Anurag Dhingra, VP and head of engineering of Webex Meetings. The iceberg analogy works well here: The Webex facelift is what people see above the water, but underwater, there’s a mass that’s orders of magnitude bigger. I’ll break these up into three different buckets: See All in VCaaS » In addition to all these new features, Cisco has significantly invested in test automation in order to build and deliver innovations at cloud speed. As an example, the Web page refactoring resulted in a codebase that is 90% smaller, yet improved test coverage by three times, Dhingra said. Another architectural change is Webex Edge, a flexible, consolidated edge for enterprises, service provider interconnects, and interoperability services. This enables edge connectivity and edge audio services so customers can peer directly with the Webex backbone, a service built and optimized for real-time media. It also connects with on-premises Cisco UC infrastructure, and enables interoperability with third parties.
PhD in Biological Sciences – Nicholas VespriniNicholas Vesprini will present his thesis defence on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 8:30 a.m. in H313. The title of his thesis is “Identification and characterization of retinoic acid-induced morphological and electrophysiological changes in an invertebrate nervous system.” Examining committee members are: David Gabriel, chair; Melanie Woodin, University of Toronto, external examiner; Gaynor Spencer, supervisor; Paul LeBlanc, internal examiner; A. Joffre Mercier and Andrew Reynolds, committee members.PhD in Educational Studies – Mary LoveringMary Lovering will present her thesis defence on Monday, Nov. 28 at 10 a.m. in WH 147 (Welch Hall). The title of her thesis is “Beyond the Veil: A Case Study of Context, Culture, Curriculum, and Constructivism at Dubai Women’s College.” Examining committee members are: Jane Koustas, chair; Clare Kosnik, OISE/UT, external examiner; Anne Elliott, supervisor; Dawn Zinga, internal examiner; Vera Woloshyn and Mary Clare Courtland, committee members.PhD in Psychology – Leanne GosseLeanne Gosse will present her thesis defence on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 10 a.m. in Plaza 600F. The title of her thesis is “Role Differences in the Perception of Injustice.” Examining committee members are: Hilary Findlay, chair; Donald Taylor, McGill University, external examiner; Carolyn Hafer, supervisor; Mark Julien, internal examiner; Kathy Belicki and Angela Book, committee members.Master of Education — Mihai SarbuMihai Sarbu will present his thesis defence on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 10 a.m. in WH 147. The title of the thesis is “Educating for Community Resilience: How the Work of Thomas Homer-Dixon and John Dewey’s Pattern of Inquiry Can help Us Prepare for the Ecological and Social Challenges of the 21st Century.” External examiner: Clive Beck, OISE/UT; supervisor: John Novak; committee members: David Hutchison and Ken McClelland; chair of the examining committee: Susan Sydor.Master of Education — Mary Grace LaoMary Grace Lao will present her thesis defence on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. in WH 147. The title of the thesis is “An Exploration of Male Adolescents’ Body Image Perceptions.” External examiner: Michael Kehler, University of Western Ontario. Supervisor: Sandra Bosacki. Committee members: Nancy Taber and Shelley Griffin. Chair of the examining committee: Xiaobin Li.Master of Education — Thadeane WellsThadeane Wells will present her thesis defence on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. in WH 147. The title of the thesis is “Peer-Led Learning as an Instructional Strategy for Secondary School Science.” External examiner: Ann Wright, Canisius College. Supervisor: Kamini Jaipal-Jamani. Committee members: Joe Engemann and Xavier Fazio. Chair of the examining committee: Hilary Brown.MA in Community Health Sciences — Sabrina BrownSabrina Brown will defend her thesis on Thursday, Dec. 1 from 2:15 to 5:15 p.m. in WC204B. Title: “Sex Talk: A Multiple Case Study to Explore and Understand Parent-Child Sexual Health Communication in Chinese Immigrant Families.” Supervisor: Miya Narushima; advisory committee: Kelli-an Lawrence and Tim Dun; external examiner: Sandra Byers, University of New Brunswick; chair: Jian Liu. MSc in Management – Sarah ClementeSarah Clemente will present her thesis on Friday, Dec. 2 at 1:30 p.m. in Welch Hall 147. The title of her thesis is “The Effects of Perceived Product-Association Incongruity on Consumption Experiences.” Her examining committee members are: Karen Arnell, chair; Katherine White, external examiner, University of British Columbia; Antonia Mantonakis, supervisor; Eric Dolansky and Kai-Yu Wang.Master of Education — Heather GrenvilleHeather Grenville will present her thesis defence on Monday, Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. in WH 147. The title of the thesis is “Narratives of Experience in Education: Living and Working through Poverty in a Marginalized (Rural) Community.” External examiner: Debbie Pushor, University of Saskatchewan; supervisor: Darlene Ciuffetelli Parker; committee members: Michelle McGinn and Julian Kitchen. Chair of the examining committee: Susan Drake.MSc in Kinesiology — Ryan DarlingRyan Darling will defend his thesis on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. in WC204B. Title: “Protein Turnover and Regulation in Rat Skeletal Muscle during In Vitro Hypo-Osmotic Stress.” Supervisor: Brian Roy; advisory committee: Sandra Peters and Paul LeBlanc; external examiner: Stuart Phillips, McMaster University; chair: Bareket Falk.Master of Education — Terry TrzecakTerry Trzecak will present her thesis defence on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. in WH 147. The title of the thesis is “Reflection Reframed:The Process of Photography as Strategy for Teachers’ Reflective Practice.” External examiner: Julie Mueller, Wilfrid Laurier University; supervisor: Candace Figg; committee members: Mary-Louise Vanderlee and Peter Vietgen; chair of the examining committee: Coral Mitchell.All are welcome to attend.
A stretch of the 401 through Milton was closed today after a tractor trailer rollover.Car parts spilled out of a tractor trailer after it rolled over on in the westbound lanes between Trafalgar road and James Snow Parkway around 10:30am.Several lanes were closed in both directions as clean up crews were called in to get the scrap metal off the highway. The driver of the truck co-operated with police and late this afternoon he was charged with careless driving.All lanes of the 401 re-opened shortly after 2pm.
“The reason we need these tools is because we are still having too many violations,” said William Lacy Swing, Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), at a panel discussion on protection from sexual exploitation and abuse at UN Headquarters in New York this afternoon, during which the guides were officially released. “While we are all committed on the issue, we realized that we really didn’t have the tools with which to help people, particularly in the field,” he added. The two guides – the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Best Practice Guide on Inter-Agency Complaint Mechanisms and the Global Standard Operating Procedures – stem from lessons learned as a result of a pilot project coordinated by IOM that established community-based complaint mechanisms in Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The documents were endorsed by IASC principals this past June. IOM coordinated the pilot project in cooperation with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Save the Children, and with the support of the IASC Task Team on Accountability to Affected Populations and Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse. Mr. Swing noted that in recent years, the humanitarian community has taken positive steps to prevent and address sexual exploitation and abuse, although the need for guidance on creating inter-agency complaint mechanisms in humanitarian settings that are safe, efficient and sustainable was clearly evident. He highlighted that the tools include experiences, lessons learned and best practices arising from the two pilot projects. They represent the result of “long-standing efforts” and much collaboration on the part of all of the agencies involved, both at global and field levels, he added. Because women in conflict-torn areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are particularly vulnerable to rape and sexual assaults when they travel long distances to fetch water, IOM has constructed several water pumps close to police stations. Photo: IOM “It’s going to continue to be an uphill struggle, keeping this issue on the table. We want to make sure we keep this before everyone,” the Director General said, expressing hope that the guides will assist victims of sexual exploitation and abuse in coming forward, as well as dealing with community rejection and feelings of embarrassment. The panel discussion today also included presentations from senior-level representatives from the European Union (EU), UNHCR and Save the Children. Panel members discussed the importance of collective action on sexual exploitation and abuse, particularly the need for active and meaningful participation in community-based complaints mechanisms. Panellists included Eduardo Fernandez-Zincke, EU Counsellor and Head of Section of Humanitarian Affairs, who presented the EU perspective on the importance of establishing sexual exploitation and abuse prevention and response systems in all humanitarian settings. Debra Jones, Director and UN Representative, Save the Children, spoke on lessons learned from using the guidelines for child protection and peacekeeping operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In addition, Andrew Painter, Senior Policy Adviser at UNHCR, discussed global standard operating procedures, operationalizing initiatives relating to protection from sexual exploitation and abuse, and setting up an inter-agency complaint mechanism in a refugee context. The event was moderated by Luc Ferran, Director of the Ethics and Compliance Unit at the International Rescue Committee. This past March, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presented to the Security Council a report that detailed special measures aimed at ending impunity, helping and supporting victims, and strengthening accountability as part of a more effective collective response to sexual exploitation and abuse by UN personnel.
ARIZONA (2-9) at GREEN BAY (4-6-1)Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FoxOPENING LINE — Packers by 11RECORD VS. SPREAD — Arizona 5-6, Green Bay 4-6-1SERIES RECORD — Packers lead 45-25-4LAST MEETING — Cardinals beat Packers 26-20, OT, Jan. 16, 2016 divisional playoffLAST WEEK — Cardinals lost to Chargers 45-10; Packers lost to Vikings 24-17AP PRO32 RANKING — Cardinals No. 32, Packers No. 19CARDINALS OFFENSE — OVERALL (32), RUSH (32), PASS (32).CARDINALS Defence — OVERALL (19), RUSH (30), PASS (4).PACKERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (10), RUSH (21), PASS (8).PACKERS Defence — OVERALL (12), RUSH (23), PASS (9).STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES —Second-oldest rivalry in NFL dating back to 1921 when teams were in American Professional Football Association, Cardinals representing Chicago. … Cardinals rookie QB Josh Rosen looking for TD pass in sixth straight game. … RB David Johnson averaging 129 yards from scrimmage over last four outings. … OL features two rookies in C Mason Cole and T Korey Cunningham. … WR Larry Fitzgerald needs four catches to pass Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (1,281 with 49ers) for most receptions in NFL history with one team. Fitzgerald has scored in all five previous games against Packers, including playoffs. … DE Chandler Jones (11 sacks) only player in NFL with at least 11 sacks in each of last three seasons. … DT Robert Nkemdiche had career highs of eight tackles and 2 1/2 sacks last week. … Rookie LB Zeke Turner leads NFL with 14 special teams tackles. … Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has 20 TDs and one INT. Rodgers’ 61.7 completion percentage his lowest since 2015 (60.7). … RB Aaron Jones averaging 107.8 yards from scrimmage with six TDs over last five games. … WR Davante Adams has career-high 1,022 yards receiving, scoring at least 10 TDs for third straight season. Adams only player in NFL with 70-plus receptions and 10-plus receiving TDs each of last three seasons. … DL Kenny Clark has five sacks in last six games. … LB Blake Martinez tied for second in NFL with 97 tackles. … Fantasy tip: Jones had season-high 17 carries last week after taking over starting job in Week 6. But watch for injury status on Packers standout LT David Bakhtiari (knee) and LG Lane Taylor (quad).___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLThe Associated Press
Liz Edwards was stabbed to death at home in SpaldingCredit:Enterprise News and Pictures Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Mr Joyce said the girl “held a grudge” against Liz Edwards and agreed with the boy to kill both her and her daughter Katie.He said “They were serious in their intention. They meant it to happen. On the Tuesday they met at McDonald’s and further discussed their plan.”Mr Joyce said that the boy took four knives to the house in his back pack. Originally the plan was that the boy was to kill Liz Edwards and the girl would kill 13-year-old Katie but the killings were both carried out by the boy.The boy stabbed Liz Edwards in the throat as he pinned her down while kneeling astride her.”The girl was able to hear Liz Edwards struggling and gurgling signs while the killing took place. She went into the bedroom and saw the boy with a pillow over Liz Edward’s head. There were blood splatters on the wall and also blood in the floor and blood on the bed. The boy checked that Mrs Edwards was dead by checking her pulse.” Katie Edwards was 13 when she diedCredit:Enterprise News and Pictures The boy has admitted murder, but the girl has denied the chargesCredit:Chris Radburn/PA Mr Joyce said the boy then went into Katie Edwards’s bedroom and stabbed her.”It seems probable that Katie was also smothered with a pillow and from the position of her body may have tried to move away from her attacker.”After the killings the girl helped the boy take off his clothes and they took a bath together to wash off any blood.”He added: “Afterwards they watched a couple of episodes of Twilight.” Two 14-year-olds carried out the “cold, calculated and callous killings” of a mum and her 13-year-old daughter before calmly watching an episode of Twilight, a court has heard.The boy and girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, planned the killings for several days after meeting at a McDonald’s to discuss their intentions, a jury at Nottingham Crown Court was told.The bodies of school dinnerlady Elizabeth Edwards, 49, known as Liz and her daughter Katie, 13, were found at their semi detached home in Dawson Avenue, Spalding, Lincolnshire, on 15 April this year.Police later arrested a 14-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl in connection with the deaths.The girl, now 15, denies two charges of murder. The jury heard a 15-year-old boy has already pleaded guilty to murdering the mother and daughter.Peter Joyce QC, prosecuting, told them: “The killings happened within moments of each other. The mother was killed first. She was killed while Katie slept in a nearby bedroom.”They were both stabbed through the throat in their beds at their home.” The prosecution case is that the girl is as guilty of murder as the boy. She together with him planned and carried out the cold, calculated and callous killings. She has shown no hint of remorsePeter Joyce QC, prosecuting The jury heard it was the boy who carried out the murders but the girl is saying as her defence to murder that her responsibility for the killings was diminished by her mental state.But Mr Joyce said the girl was as guilty of murder as the boy.Mr Joyce said the prosecution case is that the girl, together with the boy, “planned and carried out cold, calculated and callous killings” of Liz and Katie Edwards.The killings came to light when three police officers forced entry through the front living room window to a house in Dawson Avenue, Spalding, on Friday 15 April. Officers went upstairs to find the two bodies.The house had been visited three times on the Thursday, once by the police at 9.46pm but no response was obtained. A police officer heard a dog barking when he returned at 9.30am on the Friday. Mr Joyce said a post-mortem examination revealed Liz Edwards has been stabbed twice to the neck cutting her jugular vein. She was also stabbed to the right shoulder and had cuts on her hands which may have been inflicted as she attempted to fight off her attacker.Katie Edwards died from a haemorrhage to the neck and smothering.Mr Joyce said: “The prosecution case is that the girl is as guilty of murder as the boy. She together with him planned and carried out the cold, calculated and callous killings. She has shown no hint of remorse.”The girl denies two charges of murder between 12 and 15 April this year. The boy has admitted two charges of murder.The trial continues.
Netflix forthcoming releases (expected 2019/2020)The Irishman – Martin Scorsese directs Robert De Niro in the true story of Frank Sheeran, the union official and hitman alleged to have killed Jimmy Hoffa. Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel and Joe Pesci co-starHigh Flying Bird – Sports drama from Steven Soderbergh about a rookie basketball player (Melvin Gregg) and an agent (Andre Holland) who offers him a controversial business opportunity6 Underground – Ryan Reynolds stars in this action blockbuster directed by Michael Bay, from the creators of DeadpoolPinocchio – Guillermo del Toro will make his animated feature film debut with this adaptation of the classic children’s story, to be set in Italy during the 1930s. Netflix does not reveal box office figures for its films, just as it does not publish ratings for its shows.The company, which started off as a DVD rental service, is now able to attract some of the best directors and writers in the business. Recent releases include the Coen brothers’ film The Ballad of Buster Scruggs and Paul Greengrass’s dramatisation of the Anders Breivik terror attack in Norway, 22 July. Other critical hits include Okja and Beasts of No Nation.Roma, shot in black and white and with no big names in the cast, is set in Cuaron’s native Mexico City and based on his own childhood. It tells the story of Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a domestic worker for a well-to-do family family in the 1970s. Roma would become the first Spanish language film to be nominated in the best picture category.Cuaron won the best director Oscar in 2014 for Gravity. He has called Roma “the most essential” film of his career. His decision to partner with Netflix surprised many in the industry, as his use of 65mm film and state-of-the-art sound design in Roma can be best appreciated in cinemas.But earlier this year he told Deadline: “We know full well that a Spanish-language drama – indigenous, black and white, and not a genre movie – would have a great deal of difficulty to find space to be shown. That’s why it’s important to have Netflix. “The important thing is that the film has a sort of impact and not to be lost over time. We have to be aware of the fact that this film exists and therefore I’m very grateful for Netflix because they have allowed me to work in this way.”Ted Sarandos, head of content for Netflix, has argued that films run for too long in cinemas and many end up playing to half-empty screening rooms. He said earlier this year: “This romantic experience of sitting in a dark room with strangers, and watching a movie – you’re mostly by yourself by the end of it.”Netflix considers itself to be a “disrupter” and has professed to have no interest in playing the awards season game, but its increasingly ambitious slate of films suggests otherwise.Roma was due to launch at the Cannes Film Festival in May but organisers ruled that only films with conventional cinema distribution in France were eligible.Scott Stuber, head of Netflix’s film group, said there had been an “overwhelming response” to all of its films this festival season, and the releasing plan “is building on that momentum”.He went not: “Netflix’s priority is our members and our filmmakers, and we are constantly innovating to serve them. Our members benefit from having the best quality films from world class filmmakers and our filmmakers benefit by being able to share their artistry with the largest possible audience in over 190 countries worldwide.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma has been acclaimed as his best work yet, an Oscar contender that has critics in a collective swoon.But if you want to watch it on the big screen, you have just a few days to do so – and then only in a handful of boutique cinemas. The film is being released by Netflix, and from December 14 is on the US streaming service.By giving Roma a brief theatrical run, Netflix has ensured that the film is eligible for this year’s Oscars race. But it has put the company at odds with the cinema industry, which traditionally screens films months before they are available for people to watch at home.Phil Clapp, chief executive of the UK Cinema Association, said: “The general position of the industry is that it welcomes anyone who brings quality film content to the theatrical market.”However, most cinema operators would expect that, in doing so, those looking to play their content on the big screen would observe certain established industry norms. This includes observing a significant period of theatrical exclusivity a business model of longstanding and proven benefit to audiences as well as to the commercial cinema wider sector.”We would hope in due course to persuade Netflix that this is in their best interests.”
USMNT manager Berhalter understands why the MLS signs franchise players like Zlatan but he doesn’t like how it slows down US prospects.The same phenomenon that was happening in the seventies seems to be starting right about now with players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic coming to the MLS, but manager Gregg Berhalter confessed that this will make his job even more difficult to do at the USMNT because young players born in the United States won’t have the same opportunities to shine in the league.“There is that issue in the short term. When you continue to spend on foreign players it’s going to be harder for Americans to get on the field,” said Berhalter via Four Four Two.“I think that’s a short-term problem because the quality has improved in MLS, it’s a better league than it was five years ago.”“This influx of money into the roster has improved the play, has improved the quality. I think in the long term the Americans that will get on the field, it’s going to help the national team, it’s going to help develop them to levels that we haven’t seen before,” he added.The manager was also questioned about which style of player he prefers watching on the MLS, he didn’t want to take any sides and preached that his players can learn from any of the more prestigious professionals like Zlatan or Wayne Rooney.“There’s no one right answer. What works for one club might not work for another, but once you see the contribution of Zlatan to the league, and you see young players get to see what he can do up close, it’s amazing.”Paul Pogba has spoken to Lionel Messi over his future Andrew Smyth – September 10, 2019 Manchester United star Paul Pogba had a chat with Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Zinedine Zidane and many others over his future, says his brother.“And then when you also think about some of the young players that have come into our league and how they’ve been able to perform and raise their level and perhaps move to other leagues, that’s a great story as well.”“Wayne Rooney is another example for DC [United], who came in and really made a big impact and changed the culture there with how he was working and how he’s playing on the field.”“There’s different ways to achieve success and I think the diversity of options is what makes this league special.”Zlatan Ibrahimovic in MLS a long-term spice up to U.S. players, says Gregg Berhalter | Soccer https://t.co/pYYADJPdOW pic.twitter.com/2UVc9xEk6g— Dangote News (@dangotenews) December 18, 2018
PORTLAND — A top official in the Oregon state treasurer’s office says a bridge to Washington over the Columbia River could be viable if several stringent conditions are met.In a memo to State Treasurer Ted Wheeler obtained by The Oregonian, Laura Lockwood-McCall says the U.S. Coast Guard must grant a bridge permit by Sept. 30. Next, the Oregon Department of Justice must find it legal for the state to construct parts of the project in Washington.Finally, the two states must enter construction and tolling agreements giving Oregon exclusive control over toll rates.Washington’s Senate failed in June to contribute matching funds for the bridge.Even if those conditions are met, money must be found to cover annual light-rail operating costs for the extension to Vancouver.Then Congress must award an $850 million light-rail grant early next year. And the Federal Highway Administration has to give a $900 million loan to Oregon by next summer.In addition, The Oregon Legislature must meet in special session by month’s end, removing a requirement for matching funds from Washington.Lockwood-McCall is director of the treasurer’s debt management division.“An analysis of the basic funding plan based on the cost projections provided by CRC staff suggests that the revised project is financially viable at current interest rates, even under the most pessimistic toll revenue assumptions,” Lockwood-McCall wrote.Born in 1999 of discussions among transportation committees in Oregon and Washington, plans for the project ran up a $171 million bill by April 2013, according to the project’s public financial documents.
The governments of Goa and Karnataka have banned Maggi noodles from Monday until further notice despite results of sample tests conducted recently showed there was no excess lead or MSG in Nestle’s controversial product.While the Karnataka government stated that they were banning both sale and manufacture of Maggi noodles acting on the directives of national food watchdog Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), the Goa chief minister said that he does not want to take risk with people’s lives.”The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) directed us to temporarily stop Nestle India from manufacturing or selling its noodles, including variants, in the state as a precautionary measure to ensure public health,” Karnataka Health Minister UT Khader told IANS.”We have also directed the company (Nestle) to withdraw its Maggi stocks from all stores and retail formats across the state. Stringent action will be taken against offenders,” Khader said.Whereas Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, who had on Friday given a clean chit to Maggi noodles, said that he could not risk people’s lives in view of the reports emerging from other states, IANS reported.”I feel it is not proper on my part to take risks with people’s lives… Earlier, I was of the opinion to allow it to continue, but the way reports from other states are coming up, I feel it is not proper on my part to take risks with the lives of the natives,” Parsekar told reporters in Mapusa.”Maggi will be banned from Goa from Monday until further orders,” Parsekar said.FSSAI had declared the tests conducted by Goa and Karnataka “inappropriate” and imposed a nationwide ban on sale and manufacture of Maggi, asking Nestle to pull out all stocks of the noodles from market.