Yes, I am one of those who believes that Manny Pacquiao should have hung up his gloves a few years ago. I am not going to tell a prize fighter when to call it quits. That is their lookout and they’ll be judged after all when all is said and done. So why is Manny continuing to fight? In my opinion, it’s trying to correct or ensure a legacy of greatness. At 39 years of age, he knows that he doesn’t have a lot of time. In some ways, it’s a gamble. He’s 5-4 in his last nine fights. To many people, it is the losses. The loss to Jeff Horn via unanimous decision sticks in his craw. Beginning with his 41st fight against Marco Antonio Barrera in 2003, Manny went 17-1-1 with the draw coming against Juan Manuel Marquez and the loss to Erik Morales. Up to 2011, that was an era of great success for Manny when he became a household name. Suddenly, he loses back to back to Tim Bradley and Marquez. The fighter of the decade now seemed to be a fighter who had stayed on too … [Read more...] about OPINION: Why is Manny Pacquiao still fighting
Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post Published 7:52 am, Tuesday, April 10, 2018 Now Playing: President Trump continued his criticism of the FBI raid of the office of Michael Cohen. Media: GeoBeats In an extraordinary series of events, the FBI executed a no-knock raid on President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen's office, home and hotel. The president, seated alongside his top military and civilian national security advisers to discuss a response to the Syrians' use of chemical weapons, launched into a rant in which he did not rule out firing special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, accused law enforcement of bias, whined that Hillary Clinton was not being prosecuted, suggested Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein had behaved improperly in signing off on the Foreign Intelligence Amendment Act (FISA) warrant to conduct surveillance on Carter Page, railed again at Attorney General Jeff Sessions for not recusing himself (and thereby allowing the … [Read more...] about Opinion: Trump melts down after Cohen raid
The ability to pay and get paid for goods and services is a prerequisite for an efficient society. In the same way as we assume water will come out when we turn on the tap, or the light will come on when we flick the switch, we assume payments will be carried out quickly and safely. Here the Riksbank plays an important role: Not only does the Riksbank issue cash as legal tender, but it is also responsible for the RIX payment system. RIX is Sweden's central payment system for payments among banks, clearing institutions and other agents. The system enables the transactions of one bank's customers to reach the customers of another bank. In both these areas, we are currently in a period of major transition. But first a brief look back in time. The Riksbank has existed since 1668, and we are celebrating our 350th anniversary this year, starting in Luleå this week. We have issued cash throughout this period of time. When commercial banks emerged in the mid-19th century, … [Read more...] about Opinion: Sweden needs change to stop cashless future creating problems in time of crisis
What is the boundary between an internal culture open to critical discussions – and destructive whining? The answer can be as simple as this: is it a question of discussions designed to solve a problem, or just whining that doesn't lead to anything more than a bad atmosphere and depleted energy? With SIFO* recently carrying out a survey that shows one in four Swedes believe there is too much whining on the job, we should expect the issue to be given more attention. Whining is one of our working environment's biggest problems. The term 'whining' is defined by researchers as 'sweeping criticism without a clear recipient or criticism directed towards individual colleagues behind their back'. Whining seems to be linked to certain specific opportunities and areas in the workplace, like at the coffee machine for example. "We don't have any whining at my company any more, I took away the coffee machine," a CEO I spoke with some time ago said. The problem seems to be at its worst … [Read more...] about Opinion: Stop whining at work, Swedes!
Systembolaget claims their policy isn't one of selling as much as possible. That's a pure lie. There's only one criteria which steers the wine included in their standard stock: those that sell the most. How the wine is produced, what quality it has, what additives are included and if it is affordable plays no role at all. It's the wine that brings in the most money that's the priority. All wine importers who work with Systembolaget know that it is this business strategy that applies, but politicians don't seem to be reacting to a monopoly which is supposed to protect Swedish drinking culture just being a profit-hungry money machine. According to Systembolaget's homepage the company is supposed to be brand neutral. It should not discriminate or favour a particular distributor, producer or brand. That includes pricing, purchasing and how items are displayed in the shop. Does that really hold up? The hundred most sold wines at Systembolaget are industrially produced wines. They are … [Read more...] about OPINION: Systembolaget’s image is based on a bluff