New Tesla chair must rein in CEO Musk at key moment

first_imgWASHINGTON – It won’t be an easy job.Whoever becomes the new chairman of Tesla Motors will face the formidable task of reining in Elon Musk, the charismatic, visionary chief executive with an impulsive streak, while also helping Musk achieve his dream of turning Tesla into a profitable, mass-market producer of environmentally-friendly electric cars.Musk is giving up the chairman’s role under a settlement announced Saturday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Besides a new chairman, Tesla was also ordered to appoint two new, independent members to its board. A more assertive board could provide the kind of tighter oversight that many legal experts, and Tesla investors, say is overdue for a company of Tesla’s market value. Shares in the company surged 15 per cent in premarket trading.The settlement stemmed from a lawsuit the SEC filed charging Musk with misleading investors in August with a tweet that said he had “funding secured” for taking the company private.Yet a more forceful board, coupled with a domineering CEO like Musk, could create conflicts at a risky time for the company. Visionary CEOs such as Apple’s Steve Jobs and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey have been forced out by strong boards of directors, though both eventually returned to their companies.Even with the settlement, Tesla faces a daunting array of challenges.The Justice Department has opened its own investigation into Musk’s Aug. 7 tweet, in which he said he would take the company private at $420 a share. The SEC’s lawsuit charged that the tweet, which caused Tesla’s shares to jump, was misleading because he did not actually have the funding lined up for such a move.Tesla is also under heavy pressure to turn a profit because it is burning through $1 billion in cash every three months and, as of the end of June, had just $2.2 billion in the bank.Musk has said the company needs to produce 7,000 cars a week to make money, a target he aimed to reach in the July-September quarter. The company is likely to report production numbers this week and financial results from that quarter in early November.Another concern: About $1.3 billion in Tesla debt is due to be repaid by March, including $230 million in November.Some investors might want more than a new chairman. Tesla has no chief operating officer, a critical No. 2 executive in most companies. That’s a stark contrast to other startups, such as Facebook, where Mark Zuckerberg hired Sheryl Sandberg as a highly influential COO.In the lawsuit filed Thursday by the SEC, the agency said it was seeking to remove Musk from Tesla management altogether. Many investors have argued that keeping Musk as CEO is critical at such a time.“I do not doubt the value of Musk to Tesla,” John Coffee, a Columbia University law professor and corporate governance expert, said. “Without him, they are just a struggling start up that is burning cash at a hopeless rate and is facing a debt refunding crisis in the near future.“Musk is an iconic entrepreneur but he needs adult supervision,” Coffee added.That’s where the new board members come in. The current board, which includes Musk’s brother, Kimbal Musk, is widely seen as subservient to Musk. They have publicly expressed support for many recent moves, such as his rejection last week of an early SEC settlement offer.“The board is truly the alpha chapter of the Elon Musk fan club,” said Erik Gordon, a professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.Teresa Goody, a former SEC attorney and founder of The Goody Group, a consulting firm, said that many startups begin with a powerful CEO who typically puts “friendlies” on the board.As a company grows and becomes more sophisticated, Goody said, more independent directors are typically brought on board to provide better oversight.“That’s happening a little later in the life cycle of the company in the case of Tesla,” she said.Still, Elon Musk is different than many CEOs because he owns roughly 20 per cent of the company’s stock. That gives him more influence.“In a typical case, the CEO is a high-priced employee” of the board, Gordon said. “Musk will still be more powerful than the board chair.”There will be other constraints on Musk’s behaviour: As part of the SEC settlement, his tweets and other comments will have to be vetted by the company before they can be released to the public.“This humiliation — that Elon can’t go outside unless he’s on a leash — that will bother him the most,” Gordon said. He called it an “extraordinary measure.”Gordon thinks the SEC should have gone further and sought to add as many as four new board members and remove some old ones.Still, Gordon said, “I think this experience has shown him that however smart he is, or however powerful he thinks he is, the government is also powerful too.”Musk may want to keep a close eye on the new chairman, however. Musk himself was the chair of the board, after investing in the company, before firing the chief executive and taking over as CEO___AP Auto Writer Tom Krisher contributed to this story from Detroit.last_img read more

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Roger Ailes film puts focus on Fox after he left

first_imgNEW YORK — More than two years after a sexual misconduct scandal forced Roger Ailes out at Fox News Channel and a year after his death, his ghost walks the halls of the network he built and ran for two decades.Friday’s theatrical release of the documentary, “Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes,” puts his life story in the public eye again. Two other Ailes projects, a feature film from director Jay Roach and a Showtime miniseries, are also in the works.Fox continues to be a financial success, yet questions have been raised about discipline there and whether it has aligned itself too tightly with President Donald Trump.David Bauder, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Morocco Among Worlds Largest Olive Oil Producers and Exporters

Rabat – Morocco has become one of the world’s major producers and exporters of olive oil, with an annual net production that exceeds 140, 000 tons.Exporting over 45,000 tons of olive oil per year, Morocco has landed 5th in the list of world’s largest oil exporter after Spain, Tunisia, Italy and Greece, said the weekly Maroc Hebdo.Morocco also ranks 5th in the list of the global olive oil producers. Morocco has doubled the net production in six years to 1.5+ million metric tons. It increased from 120,000 tons to 140,000 tons. Morocco produced more table olives than Tunisia in 2012. Morocco produced 100 thousand tons while Tunisia 24 thousand tons, only.The quality of the Moroccan olive oil attracted the attention of the European Union and the United States of America, which became Morocco’s key customers.Olive oil is mostly exported in bulk from Morocco and Tunisia to Spain and Italy who further process it into virgin and extra-virgin olive oil and re-brand it as a product of Spain and Italy. read more

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CPL 2018 The rivalry continues tonight as Warriors face off against

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCPL 2018: Tallawahs arriving ahead of Warriors clash on SaturdaySeptember 4, 2018In “latest news”Sohail Tanvir hails Amazon Warriors spin threat as Hero CPL moves onward to GuyanaJuly 6, 2016In “Sports”CPL 2018: Undaunted Amazon Warriors face fired-up Knight Riders tonightSeptember 5, 2018In “latest news” The Warriors teams led by its Captain, Chris Green after crushing TKR on SundayThe Guyana Amazon Warriors will face an uphill battle as they face the Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) in the CPL 2018 Qualifier 1 at the Providence Stadium at 18:00h today.With both teams having faced each other 15 times, the score line currently favours TKR as they lead by a 9-6 margin.However, in their most recent clash on September 9, Warriors destroyed the Trinbago Knight Riders.Shimron Hetmyer of Guyana Amazon Warriors plays a pull shot during the Hero Caribbean Premier League match between Jamaica Tallawahs and Guyana Amazon Warriors at Central Broward Regional Park on August 18, 2018 in Florida, United States. (Photo by Ashley Allen – CPL T20/Getty Images)After being put into bat first, the Knight Riders scored 154/7 in their 20 overs and then the Warriors under the watchful eyes of Guyanese batting stars Shimron Hetmyer and Sherfane Rutherford ran down that total in the 15th over to win by six wickets and lock in the second position over the Jamaica Tallawahs.Guyana Amazon WarriorsBattingThe Guyana Amazon Warriors will be oozing with confidence due to their emphatic win over the Riders in the final group game at this very venue, they also have the additional benefit of playing at their home ground and having won five of their last seven matches here is going to boost their confidence even more.Shimron Hetmyer has shown fantastic form as he is currently second place in the table of leading run scorers with 368 runs in CPL 2018. He cracked a magnificent 59 in the previous game, he will definitely be the key in the batting and will be expected to continue where he left off.While Sherfane Rutherford and Cameron Delport are coming off with respective scores of 45 and 37 in the reverse fixture against the Riders and the team will need them to bring that form into this match.BowlingThe warriors will need to look to Imran Tahir as he is the third highest wicket taker bagging 15 wickets in ten matches in this season of the CPL 2018. They will also turn their attention to Sohail Tanveer who has claimed 10 wickets in his ten matches and the now fiery and revitalized Ryad Emrit who looked absolutely magnificent as he bagged 2-25 against the riders.Trinbago Knight Riders players celebrate during the Hero Caribbean Premier League match between Barbados Tridents and Trinbago Knight Riders at Kensington Oval on August 26, 2018 in Bridgetown, Barbados. (Photo by Ashley Allen – CPL T20/Getty Images)Trinbago Knight RidersWith the Riders at the top of the table sitting comfortably on 14 points they will aim to avenge their horrendous defeat and make a direct entry into the CPL 2018 Finals.BattingColin Munro looks to steer the ball behind point Getty ImagesWith Colin Munro leading the runs charts with five fifties and 470 runs to his name including a knock of 90 against the Warriors this season, he is definitely one to watch as he may have earned the name “Mr Consistent” due to his performances.Meanwhile, Brendon McCullum has had three big hits so far and is on the ninth spot in CPL 2018 runs chart with 268 runs. Darren Bravo also scored 42 not out last time and the team will need all three to fire this time and come out blazing at the opposition bowlers.BowlingFawad Ahmed has taken two wickets in each of the two games against the Warriors and also has been the best bowler this CPL with 17 wickets in 10 matches.He is once again expected to pose the biggest threat to the Warriors. Ali Khan seems to be the next best option for the Knight Riders.The pacer from USA has taken 14 wickets in 9 matches which include a three-wicket haul in the first encounter against the Warriors. He will pose a threat as he is known to swing the new ball early in the innings which was seen through the entire tournament outfoxing top class batsmen.In the end, the team will also expect strong contributions from Sunil Narine and Dwayne Bravo and will need them to clinch some crucial wickets upfront.Whichever way the pendulum swings, one thing’s for sure: the Providence National Stadium this evening will see exciting cricket, as both teams fight to the very last ball to ensure that they are the ones lifting the cup come Sunday evening.However, with the inclement weather looking to put a damper on things, this publication was informed that in the event that the game is washed out, the team that finished higher in the league table will progress.Tomorrow evening, the Jamaica Tallawahs will face off with the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots at the same time and venue, after which the winner will take on the loser of Playoff one at the Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad and Tobago on Friday, September 14 at 20:00h.When it is all decided, the ultimate clash will go down at the Brian Lara Stadium from 17:00h on Sunday evening. read more

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The word of 2016 Xenophobia

first_img Nov 29th 2016, 8:22 AM http://jrnl.ie/3108250 By Cianan Brennan 70 Comments The word of 2016? Xenophobia Quite literally. Dictionary.com has announced xenophobia, defined as ‘dislike of people from other countries’, as its word of the year. Share187 Tweet Email 11,589 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tuesday 29 Nov 2016, 8:22 AM A Donald Trump supporter clashing with protesters outside a rally in California in May of this year Source: AP/Press Association ImagesTHE 2016 WORD of the year has been announced as ‘xenophobia’.The award is given each year by website Dictionary.com.Xenophobia, defined as a ‘dislike of or prejudice against people from other countries’, is often used in the context of anti-immigration sentiment amongst other things in individual countries.It has been suggested that much of the enthusiasm for anti-migration campaigns such as those of Brexit and President-Elect of the United States Donald Trump was xenophobic in nature.Dictionary.com says it picks its word of the year as one “that embodies a major theme resonating deeply in the cultural consciousness over the prior 12 months”.“This year, some of the most prominent news stories have centered around fear of the ‘other’,” the website said in a statement announcing its ‘winner’. Source: Dictionary.comFear is an adaptive part of human evolutionary history and often influences behaviors and perceptions on a subconscious level. However, this particular year saw fear rise to the surface of cultural discourse.The largest spike in interest in the word ‘xenophobia’, as measured by Dictionary.com, was seen on 24 June this year, the day after the UK Brexit referendum, which indicates that hundreds of users were looking up the term each hour.Last year’s word of the year was ‘identity’ (which was in reference to new ways in which people had been discussing the concept of identity), 2014’s was ‘vape’ (as in to use an e-cigarette), and 2013’s was ‘privacy’ (linked to stories from that year such as the leaking of confidential US NSA documents to the media by Edward Snowden).Read: German court rejects 95-year-old Auschwitz guard’s appealRead: Child therapy provider says pressure on funding is ‘intense’ and becoming ‘unbearable’last_img read more

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Munster show defensive mettle to to see off Glasgow in tough Pro12

first_img Apr 8th 2017, 9:40 PM Munster show defensive mettle to to see off Glasgow in tough Pro12 clash Rassie’s side are seven points clear of third-placed Ospreys with just three matches remaining in the regular season. https://the42.ie/3331117 Short URL 74 Comments Saturday 8 Apr 2017, 9:40 PM By John Fallon Share Tweet Email center_img Image: James Crombie/INPHO Image: James Crombie/INPHO Munster 10Glasgow Warriors 7MUNSTER HAD TO withstand a late Glasgow rally before securing a hard-earned win which keeps their hopes of a home semi-final in the Pro12 very much on the cards.It was far from a vintage display from the Champions Cup semi-finalists against a side which bowed out of Europe last week and were desperate to stay in the hunt for a Pro12 knockout place.Munster led 7-0 end at the end of a gruelling opening half which saw the home side lose out-half Tyler Bleyendaal to injury with Glasgow centre Alex Dunbar and hooker Fraser Brown also forced to go off.Glasgow’s hopes of laying down an early marker were destroyed when Bleyendaal forced an excellent turnover as Warriors tried to clear their lines from a five-metre scrum.The initial forays at the visitors’ line were repelled but then former All Black Francis Saili and ex-Springbok Jaco Taute, starting together in the centre for the first time, combined and while Darren Sweetnam was stopped short, the ball was recycled and loosehead James Cronin pounced.Bleyendaal added the conversion from the left to complete the impressive start by Rassie Erasmus’ men. But they had to be content with that 7-0 lead at the break as both sides battled it out in a tough encounter which saw tempers boil over on a few occasions.Munster were able to deal with anything Glasgow could throw at them, with Andrew Conway dealing with a few aerial threats in addition to stopping Lee Jones in his tracks in a rare Warriors’ opening down the right.Munster drafted in Peter O’Mahony and then Donnacha Ryan — for probably his final act in a Munster jersey in Cork — and piled on the pressure in the second-half. Source: James Crombie/INPHOTMO Neil Hennessy was kept busy, ruling out efforts from Jack O’Donoghue and Ronan O’Mahony before a penalty won against the head on a five-metre scrum was converted by Rory Scannell to make it 10-0 going into the final quarter.But Glasgow were given a lifeline eleven minutes from time when a chip from Hogg bounced unkindly for Conway and the Warriors full-back collected to score, with Finn Russell converting and suddenly it was 10-7.However, Munster held their nerve in the closing minutes for a priceless victory.ScorersMunsterTry: James CroninPenalty: Rory Scannell 1 / 1 Conversion: Tyler Bleyendaal 1 / 1Glasgow WarriorsTry: Stuart HoggConversion: Finn Russell 1 / 1 Source: James Crombie/INPHOMunster: Andrew Conway; Darren Sweetnam, Francis Saili, Jaco Taute, Ronan O’Mahony (Simon Zebo ’75); Tyler Bleyendaal (Rory Scannell ’9), Duncan Williams; James Cronin (Dave Kilcoyne ’43), Rhys Marshall (Niall Scannell ’50), Stephen Archer (John Ryan ’50); Dave O’Callaghan, Billy Holland; Jean Deysel (Peter O’Mahony ’43), Conor Oliver, Jack O’Donoghue (Donnacha Ryan ’54).Glasgow Warriors: Stuart Hogg; Tommy Seymour, Nick Grigg (Rory Hughes ’62), Alex Dunbar (Peter Horne ’17), Lee Jones; Finn Russell, Ali Price (Henry Pyrgos ’70); Gordon Reid (Alex Allan ’54), Fraser Brown (Pat MacArthur ’22), Sila Puafisi (D’arcy Rae ’46); Brian Alainu’uese (Scott Cummings ’67), Jonny Gray; Rob Harley, Ryan Wilson (Chris Fusaro ’54), Adam Ashe.Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales).Munster 10 Bleyendaal forced off early against Glasgow 30,358 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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SA Multicultural Awards open

first_imgThe 2014 South Australian Governor’s Multicultural Awards, designed to recognise and celebrate the states’ organisations and individuals who promote multiculturalism and increase understanding of the benefits of cultural diversity, are now open.This year’s categories include the new Senior Volunteer Award, for individuals who have devoted 20 or more years to the multicultural community. Award categories are: Arts and Culture (individual and organisation), Community Sector (individual and organisation), Media, Private Sector, Public Sector, Volunteer, Senior Volunteer, Youth (individual and organisation) and Outstanding Individual Achievement. Nominations for the awards are open until Friday 7 November 2014, with winners to be announced at an official award presentation at Government House in March 2015. To nominate online, you need to create a log-in so you can save and edit your nomination form. For more information visit Multicultural SA at www.multicultural.sa.gov.au The Governor’s Multicultural Awards are administered by Multicultural SA and awarded by the Governor of South Australia, on the advice of an independent judging panel chosen in consultation with the Multicultural Communities Council of SA. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Energies renouvelables  construction du premier parc solaire et éolien français

first_imgEnergies renouvelables : construction du premier parc solaire et éolien françaisLa commune d’Avignonet-Lauragais, près de Toulouse, développe actuellement un immense parc de trois hectares destiné à la production d’énergies d’origines renouvelables.Le parc de production d’énergie solaire et éolienne est le premier de ce type qui se développe en France. Pour tenter de comprendre son fonctionnement 20 minutes s’est rendu sur place. À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéSelon le quotidien, 20.320 panneaux solaires ont été installés sur près de trois hectares en moins de six mois. Les travaux ont été dirigés par l’entreprise canadienne Boralex, spécialisée dans l’industrie du photovoltaïque. L’énergie totale produite par ce complexe pourrait alimenter 1.540 foyers. Le dispositif éolien, contient quant à lui une dizaine d’appareils qui ont été installés en 2002 et sont capables de produire de l’énergie pour 8.570 foyers.Le parc de panneaux photovoltaïques représente un budget de 14,6 millions d’euros. Un prix nécessaire à l’élaboration d’un dispositif qui produit efficacement de l’énergie tout en respectant l’environnement.Le 8 mai 2011 à 13:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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No Matter Who Wins We Lose With Diablo Immortal

first_img I didn’t really want to write about Diablo Immortal. When Blizzard announced this mobile spin-off of its beloved Satanic action-RPG series at BlizzCon last week, I said “Oh, that’s neat I guess” before going back to playing Diablo III on Nintendo Switch and wondering how much I needed that loot goblin amiibo. But then for a variety of deeply dumb reasons, Diablo Immortal and the controversy surrounding it become all anyone could talk about in the gaming world this weekend. And not to “both sides” this, but in the fight over Diablo Immortal, no matter who wins we lose.Where to even begin. Diablo Immortal isn’t even the next core entry in the series. Set between 2 and 3, it’s a mobile spin-off co-developed by Blizzard’s Chinese online infrastructure partner NetEase, which already has history in this genre with Crusaders of Light (which Diablo Immortal is not a reskin of). The fact that lots of mobile games already are descendants of Diablo’s loot-grind dungeon crawling should explain why Blizzard thought it should bring the real deal to the platform.But for angry fans, this wasn’t the real deal. Not wanting to play a game is one thing. It’s easy enough just to ignore something that looks bad or you think just isn’t for you. Plenty of great people I know wrote off the franchise after Diablo II and have been happily ever after since because they are adults who understand not every video game needs to be for them.What we couldn’t ignore though was the embarrassing response from fans, the same Diablo fans that complained when Diablo III was “too colorful.” I don’t care if you feel entitled to the game you want because you paid to go to a fan fest, a fan fest where Blizzard told you ahead of time Diablo IV was coming but wasn’t ready yet so don’t get your hopes up. It’s just not cool to berate developers onstage, “savagely” call their work an April Fools Day joke, and endlessly complain online in ways gamers just can’t stop doing these days.With a response from the fans like that, I totally get the reaction to defend Diablo Immortal. I absolutely push back against this gatekeeping nonsense that mobile games aren’t “real games” because they don’t specifically appeal to the marketing-constructed artificial gamer identity.But all that being said, I don’t think Diablo Immortal is going to be very good. And not just because touch screens are bad for precise action.I’ve reviewed literally hundreds of mobile games for almost ten years and the thing I keep saying is that mobile games are way better than gamers give them credit for but simultaneously way worse than anyone ever imagines. It’s not that mobile games aren’t “real games.” Again, that’s gatekeeping nonsense. A great casual Zach Gage puzzle game played by a mom is just as real as the next mediocre shooter lapped up by bros. Threes is better than Call of Duty: Ghosts.However, unfortunately nearly all of the great mobile games have been squeezed out of the market because of the scourge of free-to-play mechanics. I’ve already written about how much better we’d be off if audiences would just pay upfront for mobile game and then stop. But suffice it to say I strongly believe games that cost nothing upfront but later entice you to spend infinite money on timers and currency or whatever are inherently exploitative and unethical.Free-to-play mechanics and game design supporting them only make games worse. They’ve ruined mobile games. They’re ruining paid console games like Star Wars Battlefront II. And they’ll probably ruin Diablo Immortal. At best, it’ll be Hearthstone-level production value and restrained design quality. At worst, it’ll be the real money auction house that almost destroyed Diablo III multiplied by Activision’s cartoon-level mobile greed. Don’t forget, this is the same company that bought Candy Crush. So honestly, for me, gamer harassers and current mobile games business models can both go to Hell. ‘Overwatch’ Coming to Nintendo Switch… In Case FormToy Tuesday: The Best ‘World of Warcraft’ Toys Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Madore Mielke reject resolution thanking CRC contributors

first_imgNearly four months after community activist and labor leader Ed Barnes was appointed to fill a vacant Clark County commissioner post, he made a point Tuesday of stepping down from behind the dais to address his colleagues from a place familiar to him — the public testimony table.It was a déjà vu moment within the hearings room, a place that, prior to Barnes’ appointment to the board, had been the venue for the Democrat’s frequent commentary against the two Republican commissioners. And in keeping with the déjà vu theme, the topic of Barnes’ comments to his fellow commissioners was the Columbia River Crossing. He called on them to approve a resolution thanking people who contributed to the project.“I want to see that sign,” Barnes said, gesturing above the dais to a sign that reads “Proud past, promising future.”For weeks, Barnes tried to convince Tom Mielke and David Madore that they should approve the resolution, and it had been the topic of lively discussion between the three commissioners in recent weeks. The resolution was approved by the Labor Round Table of Southwest Washington in August. The resolution also circulated among Vancouver City Council members, but failed to gain traction.The resolution conveys “deep appreciation to the many people who contributed their time and effort to the CRC project,” and is more than 14 pages long. It was drafted, in part, to counter the negativity directed at the canceled megaproject and its backers.last_img read more

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TaxRelated Identity Theft Increasing

first_imgHave you filed your taxes yet? Tax day is just a few days away. And the state’s consumer protection unit is warning it’s seeing an increase in a new type of tax time scam – tax-related identity theft. That’s where thieves use your personal information to file for a tax refund with the IRS before you get a chance to submit your taxes.Ed Sniffen is an Senior Assistant Attorney General with the state’s consumer protection unit. He says the unit first started hearing reports of tax related identity theft in 2012.Download Audiolast_img read more

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Denali wolf killed in no wolf kill buffer zone

first_imgAnother Denali wolf has been killed outside the National Park’s boundary. It’s the latest of several park based animals harvested in recent years on state land along the park’s northeastern edge.  The kill occurred in an area long sought for protection by wolf advocates.Download AudioDenali wolf (Photo courtesy of National Park service)Denali National Park Science and Resources team leader Dave Schirokauer said a Denali wolf was observed May 7th from the air at a hunting camp on state land in the Stampede Road area where wolf hunting is permitted.“During one of our routine wildlife tracking flights, we observed the male East Fork wolf, which is the last remaining radio-collared wolf in that pack in the camp itself, not moving,” Schirokauer said. “So we believe that wolf was harvested.”Schirokauer said the area is where the Board of Game eliminated a no wolf kill buffer zone in 2010, and recently agreed to shorten the wolf hunting season to eliminate overlap with bear baiting which draws more hunters in to the area.”Scale back the wolf hunting season by six weeks in the area of the former buffer, but that proposal doesn’t take effect ’til 2017,” Schirokauer said.“This was an avoidable tragedy,” said Denali Citizen’s Council board chair Nancy Bale.Bale says the state should have immediately abbreviated the wolf hunting season to protect dwindling park entrance area packs, like the East Fork group which is now thought to consist of one pregnant female.”The status of the ban is highly in question,” Bale said.The Parks Schirokauer agrees the female and pups will likely die without a pack to support them. State Director of Wildlife Conservation Bruce Dale points to natural factors driving a broader decline of Denali wolves, and downplays the significance of the current East Fork Pack situation.”Wolves are realy good colonizers, so it will, just as it has, recolonize,” Dale said. “Looks like by a pair this year. It’ll be colonized by a pair next year. The pack will grow and the new regulations will go in effect.”Both the National Park Service and conservation groups like the Denali Citizen’s Council plan to submit proposals to the Game Board to reinstate a buffer zone to protect park wolves from hunting and trapping along the park’s northeastern boundary year round.last_img read more

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Jubo League leader hacked death

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA local Jubo League leader was stabbed to death by some miscreants at Ranigram, Sirajganj on Wednesday morning, reports UNB.The deceased is Golam Mostafa alias Boma Mostafa, 45, president of ward no. 7 Jubo League and son of Hatem Ali of Ranigram Maddhyapara Mahalla in the municipality.Mohammad Daud, officer-in-charge of sadar police station, said a group of miscreants swooped on Golam Mostafa and stabbed him indiscriminately while he was sitting in front of a shop around 9:00am, leaving him dead on the spot.Locals took him to the Sirajganj General Hospital where the duty doctor declared him dead, he added.A case was filed with the police station, said the OC adding that the reason behind the murder could not be known immediately.last_img read more

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Siena head coach shakes hands with invisible handshake line after Rider coach

first_imgSiena took down Rider 78-68, in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference contest last night. Things got heated in the last minutes after a hard foul led to both benches clearing and some pushing and shoving.The bad blood was still present when the clock expired, because Rider coach Kevin Bagget and his Rider squad left the court before going through the handshake line.That didn’t stop Siena head coach Jimmy Patsos shaking hands with air in an invisible, non-existent handshake line. He went through the entire line.The best part of the video is that if you watch it completely out of context it looks like a confused escapee from a nursing home.The #Rider head coach and his team refused to shake hands after loss against #Siena. But Jimmy Patsos didn’t let that stop him from trying. pic.twitter.com/6WxkbgulL9— Brian Sinkoff (@BrianSinkoff) January 18, 2017last_img read more

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Ellie Mae Names SVP of Software Development

first_img May 8, 2013 453 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Ellie Mae Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2013-05-08 Tory Barringer New,Ellie Mae Names SVP of Software Developmentcenter_img “”Ellie Mae””:http://www.elliemae.com/ has a new SVP of software development. The California-based automated solutions provider announced Vivian Wong has joined the company.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]In her new role, Wong manages multi-location product development teams working on the next generation of software as a service (SaaS) and mobile applications. She reports to president and COO Jonathan Corr.””The rapid adoption of SaaS as the new technology model for the mortgage industry is significantly raising the bar for loan origination system providers,”” Corr said. “”To stay ahead of this curve, Ellie Mae continues to invest in bringing on veteran software experts, like Vivian, who bring with them decades of large-scale, enterprise-software experience.””Wong has more than two decades of experience in enterprise software technology, primarily at PeopleSoft and later at Oracle. Most recently, she was VP of engineering at Oracle’s Taleo, a pioneer in cloud-based enterprise solutions, where she was responsible for product engineering, documentation, and quality assurance. Her career started in Australia, where she worked at a number of startups, investment banks, and consulting companies. Sharelast_img read more

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Report Home Prices Fully Recovered in 22 of Top Markets

first_imgReport: Home Prices Fully Recovered in 22% of Top Markets Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Prices Housing Affordability Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-09-25 Tory Barringer September 25, 2013 469 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicingcenter_img Property data through July shows home prices have rebounded completely in more than one-fifth of the nation’s top regional markets, according to a report from “”Homes.com””:http://www.homes.com/.[IMAGE]According to the site’s latest report, 22 of the top 100 markets in the United States reported price increases of more than 100 percent from their respective troughs, up from 19 the month prior.Marketing analyst Nicole Selvaggi explained that most of the markets that have come back completely “”never suffered the significant numbers of foreclosures and short [COLUMN_BREAK]sales that characterized the housing economy from 2007 to 2012,”” and seven of the top 20 have benefited greatly from energy development from oil, gas, shale, or coal.””As a result, these markets experienced a very different housing scenario, with lower peaks and higher troughs than other markets in the same region,”” Selvaggi said.At this point, 44 markets have seen a rebound of at least 50 percent, up from 41 in the last report.In addition to the rebound, all 100 of the markets tracked in the Homes.com Local Market Index Report reported increases in home prices on both a monthly and yearly basis.In terms of yearly growth, many of California’s most highly populated markets (including the Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco areas) were among the top metros, with five additional smaller cities making the top list.””Rising home prices in California’s coastal areas (Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco), could be ‘pushing buyers inland to more affordable Riverside and San Bernardino counties,'”” Selvaggi said, quoting an analysis from John Burns, CEO of “”John Burns Real Estate Consulting””:http://www.realestateconsulting.com/. Sharelast_img read more

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As much as I would love to be out there physical

first_img“As much as I would love to be out there, physically, it’s just not going to happen anymore.”That’s not to say Leach could not perform the act of snapping, as he said he was on target with all his tries and feels like he could probably get the job done if he had to. It’s just, he understands that his body cannot withstand the rigors of playing again.He barely made it through the last couple of years.“It’s been a struggle the last few years physically, but I knew how good the team was and I wanted to be part of something special — and we got really close last year,” he said. “But at the end of last year, I had some things going on with my back and things just getting worse to where I didn’t know if I was going to be able to play a few games toward the end of the year last year, and unfortunately those issues are still there.“I would have loved to have done it again, but it just wasn’t in the cards.” – / 22 LISTEN: Mike Leach, Former Cardinals long snapper Your browser does not support the audio element. Sunday afternoon, Leach’s phone started blowing up.“I was caddying for my son in a little golf tournament down about an hour away, got done and looked at my phone and I had 24 text messages, and I thought either somebody’s sick or something happened football-wise,” he told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Wednesday. “And sure enough, fortunately, it was the latter.“I drove home and was thinking, doing a lot of soul-searching as I was driving.”Leach said his 10-year-old son would have loved for him to come back, and was trying to pump him up, saying he could do it.“But I got home and it was tough — I was really racking my brain and trying to figure out if I could do it again,” he added.On Tuesday, the Cardinals released Canaday — an undrafted rookie free agent — and on Wednesday signed former Denver Bronco and Chicago Bear Aaron Brewer to take over at the spot.Leach, 39, played 16 NFL seasons, and though Cardinals coach Bruce Arians once said his wife Julie would not let him come back, he believes she would have been 100 percent behind him if he chose to return to the team.He definitely thought about it. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Mike Leach was the Cardinals’ long snapper from 2009 to 2015, and really, no one ever talked about him.That was a good thing.His position is such that the only time anyone really notices is if a mistake is made, which is why Kameron Canaday, his replacement with Arizona, was talked about quite a bit through the first three weeks of the season.A low snap in Week 1 may have cost the Cardinals a game-winning field goal, and a high snap in Week 3 led to a Buffalo touchdown in a loss to the Bills. 0 Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals long snapper Mike Leach warms up before the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Carolina Panthers Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) “It’s been tough to watch, to be honest with you,” he said of the Cardinals’ struggles. “Even when I stopped playing last year, I still tried to be involved and help the new guys out who were in camp — been over there this spring — went out for a week in training camp this summer.“You know, I still feel invested in this team and love the guys on the team and the coaches and the front office and everyone, and it was tough to watch. I’m not going to lie and say there wasn’t a part of me that was, ‘Man, could I do this? Could I go back?’”Leach said he was hoping it would never come to that, as he wanted Canaday to play well and solidify his spot on the team.That did not happen, and after Sunday’s performance, Leach admitted he dipped his toe into the water.“I’m not going to lie to you, I picked up a ball and I threw pads on and I threw a helmet on and went outside Sunday night and snapped balls against a tree, like I did 16 years ago when I was trying to get a job,” he said. “And although it felt alright snapping, the next day all the back and the hip and the knees and the shoulders and everything that caused me to retire in the first place were still all there. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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LATAM Airlines Group today signed an unprecedented

first_imgLATAM Airlines Group today signed an unprecedented agreement with Tourism Australia and the Victoria Government to further boost tourism and trade between Australia and Latin America as well as increase its brand awareness.The partnership coincides with the announcement of LATAM’s new direct Melbourne-Santiago service and aims to promote both leisure and business tourism between Australia and Latin America. The new flight will be the first ever non-stop service between the two cities, reducing the outbound journey time to less than 14 hours.“LATAM Airlines recognises the importance of working closely with Visit Victoria and Tourism Australia not only to promote its forthcoming new route, but also tourism and trade opportunities between Latin America and Australia,” said Patricio Aylwin, Managing Director Asia Pacific, LATAM Airlines Group.“As Latin America’s largest airline group, LATAM has an important role to play in providing greater accessibility between Latin America and Australia. Together with these industry partners, we will be able to create even greater opportunities to increase the number of Latin American tourists and business travellers flying to Australia with us,” added Mr Aylwin.The joint efforts of LATAM and the two tourism boards will focus on raising the profile of Melbourne, Victoria and Australia as a whole to Latin American travellers. The partnership is also designed to help promote LATAM’s new Melbourne-Santiago service, which launches in October 2017, as well as raise awareness of its unrivalled network to, from and within Latin America.Santiago is one of LATAM’s principal hubs and is a gateway to Latin America, offering onward connections to an unrivalled 124 destinations throughout Chile and the region, including direct services to major cities such as São Paulo, Buenos Aires, Lima, Bogota and Quito. LATAM also serves the region’s leading tourist destinations including Machu Picchu in Peru (via Cuzco), Torres del Paine National Park (via Puerto Natales/Punta Arenas, Chile), the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador, Cartagena de Indias in Colombia, the Iguazú Falls (via Puerto Iguazú, Argentina) and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.During Tourism Australia’s one-year partnership, it will focus on using LATAM’s position as Latin America’s leading carrier to promote Australia to leisure travellers in the region – specifically rolling out tourism campaigns in Brazil, Argentina and Chile.John O’Sullivan, Tourism Australia’s Managing Director, said the new three-times-a-week service between Melbourne and Santiago would open up a critical tourism gateway between South America and Australia.“Santiago is of course Chile’s capital city but it is also one of LATAM’s main Latin American hubs. That means great connectivity within Chile but also beyond, to Brazil and Argentina where we see significant future tourism opportunities.“As the largest airline in Latin America, transporting over 67 million passengers per year and one with a frequent flyer program with more than 20 million members, the commercial benefits of working with LATAM are huge and very exciting,” he said.Tourism Australia will work closely with LATAM and Visit Victoria next year to promote the new route, with a series of meetings with leading travel businesses in Chile, Brazil and Argentina as part of Tourism Australia’s Walkabout South America roadshow.In conjunction, the Victorian Government’s strategic three-year commitment will focus on LATAM’s new Melbourne-Santiago route to develop business opportunities specifically between the two cities.“The Victorian Government is delighted that LATAM is set to join the growing number of leading international airlines to offer direct flights to Melbourne.“New international airlines servicing Melbourne boost our economy, create jobs for locals and allow more visitors to experience the best of everything we offer in Victoria,” said John Eren, Minister for Tourism and Major Events.LATAM currently operates seven flights per week from Santiago to Sydney (via Auckland). In 2015, the airline introduced the Boeing 787-9 aircraft to the route, increasing capacity by 27 per cent. In total, LATAM transports approximately 190,000 passengers per year between Latin America and Oceania.last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Seabourn has introduced

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterSeabourn has introduced a new pre-cruise opportunity for guests to explore the beauty of western Canada during the upcoming 2019 season in Alaska and British Columbia through the UNESCO Banff National Park & Rocky Mountaineer Seabourn Journeys package. Guests will experience the grandeur of the majestic Canadian Rockies, the breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage site of Banff National Park and picturesque Lake Louise, including two days on one of the world’s most spectacular rail journeys in a luxury, glass-domed coach.The signature seven-day land program is designed along the lines of other pre- and post-cruise Seabourn Journeys around the globe, offering in-depth experiences of local culture, history and natural wonder with transportation and accommodations at first-rate hotels and restaurants included. This exclusive and optional Seabourn Journey is available in conjunction with select departures for the 2019 Alaska and British Columbia cruises on board Seabourn Sojourn.“This new Seabourn Journey is a perfect example of how Seabourn heightens cruising with land-based exploration of the stunning scenery and culture of the most beautiful places on the planet, with the rail cars being a perfect complement to the overall luxury travel experience,” said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn.Highlights of the weeklong UNESCO Banff National Park & Rocky Mountaineer Journey include:Take a scenic drive by premium motor coach through the Canadian Rockies to Banff, with captivating sights along the way including Hoodoos rock formations, Tunnel Mountain Drive, and Surprise Corner where views suddenly open up into picture-postcard-worthy perspectives on Banff.Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Banff and Yoho National Parks on a full-day guided tour to dreamy destinations such as Lake Louise, Takakkaw Falls, Spiral Tunnels in Kicking Horse Pass, and strikingly shaded Emerald Lake, the largest of Yoho’s 61 lakes and ponds, surrounded by unique flora.Tap a Seabourn Journey Escort to plan a day of touring on your own in Banff National Park with possibilities including upscale shopping on Banff Avenue, the Banff Museum, soothing soaking in famous hot mineral springs, and more.Ride the rails deep into the heart of the Canadian Rockies with two days through scenic canyons, valleys, and the lush coast of British Columbia onboard Rocky Mountaineer. Spacious seating in the bi-level, glass-domed GoldLeaf Service coach with historic storytelling from attentive hosts ensure a memorable trip, with Instagram-worthy moments around every bend.The UNESCO Banff National Park & Rocky Mountaineer Seabourn Journeys package is available on the following voyages from Vancouver:7 June and 20 August 2019: 11-day sailings from Vancouver to Anchorage (Seward)2 July and 14 September 2019: 12-day roundtrip cruises from VancouverSeabourn’s 2019 Alaska and British Columbia season will include a series of 11-, 12- and 14-day voyages between June and October 2019. Itinerary highlights include:Ultimate Alaska Sojourn – An 11-day voyage northbound from Vancouver, British Columbia to Anchorage (Seward), Alaska. Three departures from June to August will feature Ketchikan, Sitka, Haines/Skagway and Juneau, as well as scenic cruising to Tracy/Endicott Arm and Misty Fjords. Departures 7 June, 14 July and 20 August.Ultimate Glacier & Fjord Adventure – A 14-day sailing southbound from Anchorage (Seward), Alaska to Vancouver, British Columbia. Three departures from June to September will begin with scenic cruising of the beautiful Kenai Fjords and Aialik Glacier before visiting Alaska’s marquee ports and adding Prince Rupert and the First Nations villages of Klemtu and Alert Bay in British Columbia’s breathtaking Inside Passage. Departures 18 June, 25 July and 31 August.Ultimate Alaska & Inside Passage – A 12-day round-trip Vancouver voyage sailing four times between July and September. These voyages visit Sitka, Ketchikan, Wrangell and Juneau in Alaska and traverse the beautiful Canadian Inside Passage to Prince Rupert, Klemtu and Alert Bay en-route back to Vancouver. Departures 2 July, 8 August, 14 September and 26 September.All 2019 voyages in Alaska and British Columbia will offer highly coveted Ventures by Seabourn optional for-charge shore excursions featuring guided Zodiac cruising and kayak excursions launched directly from the ship, as well as hiking and wildlife viewing. Guests will not only enjoy glaciers, fjords and rustic ports that every Alaska cruiser expects, but also signature “hidden gems” that larger ships cannot access. The excursions will be led by Seabourn Sojourn’s expedition team of naturalists, science, wildlife and historical experts who will be available to interact with and inform guests in many ways throughout each sailing.In addition to the new UNESCO Banff National Park & Rocky Mountaineer package, Seabourn also offers an additional Seabourn Journey to explore Alaska more in-depth with the Denali Experience, which is available before or after select Seabourn Alaska voyages. The five-day Denali Experience is a fully escorted, custom-designed land adventure promising awe-inspiring wonder with luxury accommodations and culinary options. Venturing into the Great Land, Seabourn guests will soar high above glaciers in a flightseeing plane, as well as head deep into the protected wilderness of Denali National Park with a guide to spot grizzly and black bears, wolves, moose, caribou and more.Visit www.seabourn.com.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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Paphos doctor denies abusing hospital procedures

first_imgA former doctor at Paphos general hospital on the receiving end of a complaint by the hospital’s A&E chief, defended himself on Wednesday insisting that he did nothing out of line.He had been accused by Neophyta Chrysanthou, who heads the emergency department, of allegedly bringing in a patient he was treating privately to the hospital for a CT scan without following proper procedures and failing to ensure the patient registered properly.Outlining her accusations in a letter to Health Minister Yiorgos Pamborides, she also said the doctor in question left with the scans before they were administered into the hospital records system.On Wednesday however, Panayiotis Papadopoulos said he was the doctor Chrysanthou was accusing and said according to the medical association, when a patient is brought in from the private sector to the state hospital, there is no need to go through the emergency department as they are registered in the clinic where they are being treated.Additionally, there is also a line of communication between the private doctor and the specialist at the hospital that will see the patient, Papadopoulos said.Chrysanthou had argued that “the doctor” had worked at the hospital for 15 years before moving to the private sector and had thus been helped by friends and former colleagues to get the job done faster.Papadopoulos said Chrysanthou should have been aware of the procedure “and not leave hints that these procedures have to do with financially benefiting someone”.“If she does not know, she can appeal to the chairman of the medical association who I have already spoken to and confirmed the procedures,” he said. “Unfortunately, some people like to constantly create problems at Paphos hospital.”Chrysanthou had also alleged that the problem was rife at the hospital and particularly common during public holidays.The allegations were denied by head of radiology at the hospital Lia Psara who said the patient in question had followed the proper procedures.  You May LikeSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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