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Queensland Maroons Dinner Award Winners

first_imgCongratulations to the award recipients at the Queensland Touch Football Maroons Dinner on Saturday night. Rick Borg Medal – Luke McKenzieAffiliate Referee of the Year – Pat Williams (Kingaroy)Junior Coach of the Year – Adam Pryde (South Queensland)Coach of the Year – Shane Crotty (Sunshine Coast)Junior Team of the Year – Beenleigh 16’s BoysTeam of the Year – Sunshine Coast Women’s 20’s Junior Female Player of the Year – Tamika Upton (Central Queensland)Junior Male Player of the Year – Ty Titasey (South West Queensland)Senior Player of the Year – Renee Fraser (Brisbane City)Female Player of the Year – Emilee Cherry (South West Queensland)Male Player of the Year – Dan Withers (Central Queensland)Volunteer of the Year – Amanda Dwyer (Noosa)Affiliate Administrator of the Year – Lesleigh Schiffke (Hervey Bay) Affiliate of the Year – Blackwater Touch AssociationRegion of the Year – South QueenslandRelated LinksQLD Maroons Dinnerlast_img read more

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19 days agoArsenal boss Emery: We’re all happy with matchwinner David Luiz

first_imgArsenal boss Emery: We’re all happy with matchwinner David Luizby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery hailed matchwinner David Luiz for victory over Bournemouth.Luiz struck the only goal of a tense encounter.Emery said, “The most important thing is to have a lot of corners offensively. In this match, we had a lot of corners in the first half, but in the second half we had less. When we are taking that corner, we can score. We did that today and It’s important for us to have confidence with different players scoring.”He’s very positive. Every time he’s speaking about positive things and helping young players. He came late into the squad but really, his commitment is very high with us, and his behaviour is too. Everybody is happy with that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Ohio State LB Darron Lee Doesn’t Understand Why Michigan Brags About Its Success In The 90s

first_imgDarron Lee tweets message bashing the Michigan 1990's teams.Darron Lee Michigan DissIt’s been a while since Michigan’s football program was truly elite. Since the 1990s, probably. Two decades ago, the Wolverines won a national championship (1997), five Big Ten championships and had a winning record (7-2) against rival Ohio State. Since then, they’ve had a couple really good seasons, but success on a national level (and against the Buckeyes) has been inconsistent at best. Ohio State sophomore linebacker Darron Lee doesn’t understand why the Wolverines think they can brag about what happened 20-something years ago. Never knew why the TTUN always talked about the 90’s like anyone remembers…or cared but hey gotta cling to something right?— Darron Lee (@DLeeMG8) May 19, 2015Michigan’s game against Ohio State – the first Jim Harbaugh vs. Urban Meyer meeting – is set to occur on Nov. 28. We can’t wait for it.last_img read more

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The Kick-Off Times For The CFP Semifinals Have Been Announced

first_imgThe kick-off times for the two College Football Playoff semifinals have been officially announced. Clemson and Oklahoma will face off in the Orange Bowl at 4 PM EST while Alabama and Michigan State’s Cotton Bowl match-up will begin at 8 PM EST.  GAME TIME ANNOUNCED! The 2015 @CFBPlayoff Semifinal at the #CapitalOneOrangeBowl will be at 4 p.m. ET. pic.twitter.com/BZ9QrPsAxQ— Orange Bowl (@OrangeBowl) December 6, 2015It’s Official… Game time for the 80th Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic will be 7 p.m. CT on New Year’s Eve! #CottonBowl— Cotton Bowl Classic (@CottonBowlGame) December 6, 2015Start the day off with with an undefeated Clemson against a peaking Oklahoma and ring in the new year with the SEC vs. Big Ten and Saban against his old team. Yes, please.last_img read more

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Vanquished Liberals return to Hill one last time

first_imgAPTN National NewsLiberals from across the country are cleaning out their offices on Parliament Hill this week.The party lost 43 seats in the recent federal election including its only Aboriginal MP.With a major defeat in the election, they’re in Ottawa for a last meeting and a few goodbyes.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis has that story.last_img

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How The LastPlace Bulls Became The Hottest Team In The East

CHICAGO — After the Bulls sparked controversy in June by trading their franchise star to launch a rebuild, the team’s floor — already below sea level — just kept dropping.In October, only days before the team’s season-opener, forwards Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic clashed during practice, with Mirotic suffering a concussion and fractured bones in his face. In November, the Warriors thrashed Chicago by 49 points — without All-Stars Kevin Durant and Draymond Green. Then earlier this month, things seemed to hit a new low. The Bulls, owners of a league-worst 3-20 mark, dropped a 10th-straight game, blowing a 16-point fourth-period lead to the Pacers.Fast forward two weeks, and that same ragtag collection of players who couldn’t buy a win in November is suddenly and mysteriously unbeatable. The Bulls, after blowing out Orlando on Wednesday, are winners of seven straight and own the East’s longest win streak. Only Golden State — 10 in a row — has more. If that seems bizarre … you’re right: Before this, no team in NBA history had ever lost 10 consecutive games (or more) and then rebounded with an immediate win streak of five games or more. Before this Bulls streak, FiveThirtyEight’s NBA projection system1Which, to be fair, doesn’t account for injuries like Mirotic’s. would have given Chicago just a 0.03 percent chance — 3 in 10,000 — of sweeping the seven games it’s won.The turnaround raises two questions for this young club: What, exactly, has changed in such a short amount of time? And are the Bulls at risk of jeopardizing their rebuild and a chance at a good lottery pick by winning too much? The Sixers Still Have Growing Pains To Work Out Related: The Lab Mirotic’s return is the easiest thing to connect to the Bulls’ streak, considering that it began with his first game back. He’s playing unsustainably well — it’s almost impossible to imagine his continuing to be the NBA’s most efficient high-volume post player while shooting 49 percent from the 3-point line. And he’s averaging 35.8 points and 14.1 rebounds per 100 possessions, which puts him among a handful of superstars in the league posting at least 35 and 10.Part of this is opportunity. Mirotic comes off the bench2When Lauri Markkanen is healthy enough to play. but is clearly the No. 1 option when he’s on the floor. That’s a change from the past, when he had to defer to Jimmy Butler, Dwyane Wade or Derrick Rose. But to his credit, Mirotic has made one key change in his game: The 6-foot-10 forward has been more decisive with the ball than in years past. In particular, he has largely shelved a pump fake that often seemed to do the opposite of its intended purpose.According to an analysis published in 2015 by Vantage Sports, Mirotic fired off a shot attempt after using a pump fake more than anyone in the league during the 2014-15 season, yet logged the worst field-goal percentage on those shots among the league’s most frequent pump fakers.3If you broaden the sample by one more year, Mirotic was even worse. He shot just 22 percent from the field after pump fakes over the two-season stretch covering 2014-15 and 2015-16, the worst in the league among players who attempted at least 100 shots after pump fakes in that window. (Unlike Stephen Curry or JJ Redick, who pump-fake their way into cleaner looks by using a side dribble, Mirotic often stood fully stationary and faked his way into a worse shot, which gave defenders extra time to close out on him even further. You can see the difference in the clips below — the first shows a failed pump fake from 2014 and the second, from Wednesday’s game, shows Mirotic shoot in rhythm without any hesitation.)Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/miroticpumpfake.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/miroticquick.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Pointing solely at Mirotic’s impact would be oversimplifying the genesis of the streak, though. Kris Dunn — acquired in the Butler trade after posting the league’s worst true-shooting percentage among regulars4Who played 15 minutes per night and in at least 65 games. last season — has settled in nicely as the starting point guard after an initial rough patch. He has been getting to the basket regularly — ranking fourth in the NBA during the Bulls’ win streak, with almost 18 drives per game — and finishing more consistently once he gets there.Quietly, backup shooting guard David Nwaba — who also recently returned after being injured — might be having the strongest influence on the team’s winning. He aggressively pushes the ball in transition, arguably one of the bigger shifts in Chicago’s identity. The Bulls have ranked second in pace during this streak, up from 23rd before it. The 24-year-old generates nearly 32 percent of his offense from transition opportunities, the highest rate in the NBA5Among players who’ve checked into at least 15 games and gotten at least two transition possessions per game. and has scored on an impressive 65 percent of those chances. That and his energy on defense explain Nwaba’s presence in eight of the Bulls’ nine most efficient two-man lineups6With at least 100 minutes played. up to this point.“It’s a lot easier for our team to score in transition instead of having to break down a set defense that’s already set up, so I like to run when I can,” said Nwaba, who is on pace to become the first 6-foot-4 or shorter player7Who has played at least 15 games and 20 minutes per contest. in 30 years to shoot 55 percent or better from the field. That mindset is particularly valuable to a points-starved Bulls team that, even after reeling off seven victories in a row, is essentially tied for last in the league in offensive efficiency.These two plays — in which Nwaba catches opposing players off guard by taking an extra dribble or two into the teeth of the transition defense — are typical of how he generates scores for Chicago.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nwaba.mp400:0000:0000:19Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/extradribble.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The defensive improvement has been noteworthy as of late, too, especially since the Bulls have begun playing lineups with four defenders who can all switch their assignments and having their rim protector play pick-and-rolls less aggressively.But no one — well, except maybe Bulls forward Denzel Valentine — expects Chicago to continue playing at this level. (Tonight, the 10-20 Bulls take on LeBron James and the Cavs, who dominated them in a game just before this streak began.) It’s highly unlikely that the Bulls will maintain their Warriors- or Rockets-like shooting from midrange or that opposing teams will continue bricking wide-open threes against them in late-game scenarios.A quick look at the replies under this tweet (highlighting the Bulls’ streak) shows that Chicago fans are worrying about how this stretch of good basketball could hurt the team’s odds of landing a top lottery pick, a concern that still seems a bit premature considering everything that could take place between now and the end of the season.As good as Mirotic has looked, he has had to split playing time with Lauri Markkanen, the team’s promising first-round draft pick.8Also acquired in the Butler deal, although the Bulls traded their own pick to Minnesota as part of the deal. If Mirotic keeps playing anywhere near this level, the Chicago front office would have a nice asset once his contract becomes tradable9On Jan. 15. — a move that would free up more opportunity for Markkanen, who’s far younger and more athletic than Mirotic and has a similar skill set.Beyond that, Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg told me and other reporters Wednesday that Zach LaVine is only two or three weeks away from seeing game action after tearing his ACL last season. His presence in the lineup will alter things considerably, for better or worse, as he knocks off the rust.All of this is simply another way of saying: Yes, the Bulls have been on a historic run the past couple of weeks, but they still have a fair number of flaws to work through. And for those worried about what the win streak means for tanking purposes, the educated guess here is that they’ll still lose plenty of games along the way to stay firmly in the lottery conversation.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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Ohio State baseball rallies to undefeated start in 4game Florida series

Then-sophomore outfielder Ronnie Dawson awaits a pitch.Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State baseball team opened the 2016 season with a bang.Over the course of the four-game weekend, OSU hammered six home runs, pounded out 38 hits and maintained an unbeaten 3-0-1 record in Vero Beach, Florida’s, Dodgertown Classic. Several Buckeyes had outstanding weekends, but none more than redshirt junior Jacob Bosiokovic. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound right fielder finished the weekend with a .412 batting average after going 7-for-17, including three home runs and eight RBIs. Senior captain Nick Sergakis also finished with a .412 average, and senior second baseman L Grant Davis batted a clean .400. Game 1 versus Toledo In the opening game, the Buckeyes were led by their workhorse pitcher, Tanner Tully, who retired 24 of the 25 batters he faced over six scoreless innings as they defeated Toledo 7-1. “It was just what the doctor ordered to have a first start like that,” OSU coach Greg Beals said in a press release. “Give the Toledo hitters credit. I thought they took some good swings and hit him at times. He wasn’t his sharpest, but six scoreless innings is pretty darn good.”OSU’s offense was powered by the long ball against the Rockets, as it crushed three home runs during the game. Bosiokovic went 3-for-5, with a solo home run in his first at-bat of the year which gave the Buckeyes the early lead. Junior catcher and team captain Jalen Washington also crushed a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to push OSU’s lead to 5-0. Then, in the bottom of the sixth, junior center fielder Troy Montgomery hit a two-run homer to right, pushing OSU’s lead to an insurmountable 7-0. Toledo would tack on a late homer in the top of the eighth to mark the final score of 7-1. Beals said it was great for his team to step up and play clean baseball in the first game of the season, as it has been a long road coming for some of his guys. “Both Jacob and Jalen took advantage of their opportunity today,” Beals said. “Jalen has been working his tail off for three years and got the nod. It was great to see him get off to a good start. For Bosiokovic, he struggled and dealt with some injury in the past, and hopefully today will allow him to relax a little bit and have a great season for us.”Game 2 versus NiagaraTo start Saturday’s doubleheader of the Dodgertown Classic trip, the Buckeye bats continued to carry the momentum, especially Bosiokovic. The Delaware, Ohio, native went 2-for-5, including a two-run homer and a walk-off three-run shot to seal a 10-8 comeback victory for the Buckeyes.Redshirt sophomore pitcher Adam Niemeyer started off hot for OSU, allowing only one run over the first four innings. But then the wheels started to fall off for the Minster, Ohio, native, as he allowed four runs in the fifth. He was pulled that inning, giving way to sophomore reliever Seth Kinker, who stopped the bleeding for OSU. That bandage didn’t stay on for long though, as Kinker allowed two more runs in the top sixth inning, pinning OSU to a 7-4 deficit. The Scarlet and Gray showed resiliency, however, as Washington scored on a sacrifice fly by sophomore designated hitter Jordan McDonough. Kinker would settle down, pitching a scoreless seventh, and Bosiokovic correspondingly hit a two-run home run off the left-center scoreboard tying the game. Kinker pitched a scoreless eighth, then redshirt sophomore Yianni Pavlopoulos made his season debut in the ninth, blanking the Purple Eagles and setting the stage for Bosiokovic.OSU quickly got runners on base in the ninth after senior shortstop Craig Nennig walked and advanced to second on a throwing error. Montgomery was then intentionally walked, bringing up No. 17. Bosiokovic crushed a 2-2 pitch off the foul pole in left field to give the Buckeyes their second victory in as many games. Game 3 versus PittsburghIn the second half of the doubleheader on Saturday, the Buckeyes faced the Pittsburgh Panthers. The game would turn out to be a marathon, as the two teams battled 13 innings before OSU won the game 11-8 after a three-run 13th. Montgomery continued his hot start, as the Fortville, Indiana, native went 3-for-6 on the evening, including his second home run and three RBIs. Senior John Havird pitched 5.2 innings for the Buckeyes as the Game 3 starter for OSU, allowing five runs while striking out six Panthers batters. With Pittsburgh up 6-5 heading into the top of the ninth, OSU rallied for the second time that day, scoring three runs to take the 8-6 lead. The lead wouldn’t last, however, as it evaporated after giving up two more runs to send the game into extra innings. No runs were scored in the 10th, 11th or 12th innings as both teams held their ground. The Buckeyes broke through in the 13th with three runs to push their lead to 11-8. Nennig, Davis and Montgomery all scored to provide the insurance runs for the Scarlet and Gray. Freshman relief pitcher Connor Curlis came in to start the 12th inning and remained in for the 13th to finish off the Panthers and pick up the two-inning win in his collegiate debut. Game 4 versus ToledoAs the final game in Vero Beach got underway, the Buckeyes’ red-hot bats continued to bring home the runs. Junior left fielder Ronnie Dawson hit a double to bring home Montgomery and Bosiokovic in the top of the first inning. Dawson would later score on a sacrifice fly by freshman third baseman Brady Cherry to give OSU the early 3-0 lead. The lead quickly dissolved, however, as freshman starting pitcher Ryan Feltner gave up four runs over the first three innings, leaving the Buckeyes down 4-3. Feltner was pulled in the fifth for senior lefty Daulton Mosbarger. Over the next three innings of scoreless ball, Mosbarger struck out six, allowing just one walk and three hits. OSU tied the game in the eighth when Dawson scored on another sac fly, this time off the bat of junior first baseman Zach Ratcliff. But in the bottom of the same inning, Toledo would tack-on a go-ahead run on a fielding error, putting them in position for the win.The Buckeyes once again turned to the bat of Bosiokovic, who provided the game-tying run on a sacrifice fly to score Davis. The game ended in a 5-5 draw, marking the first time since 2002 that the Buckeyes tied a game. The Buckeyes will next look ahead to the Coastal Carolina Tournament from Feb. 26 to 29. OSU is scheduled to play Duke, Coastal Carolina (twice, Games 2 and 4) and Liberty in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. read more

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San Diego Crawfish Boil

first_imgSan Diego Crawfish Boil May 20, 2018 Jason Austell, Jason Austell 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsDaryl Kahl, former president, LSU Alumni of San Diego, introduced Jason Austell to the upcoming San Diego Crawfish Boil.This is the 30th annual LSU Alumni of San Diego Crawfish Boil. It has been certified as the Largest Crawfish Boil in the World. There will be approximately 5000 people attending and 25,000 pounds of fresh Crawfish, which come to SD from just outside of Lafayette, Louisiana, still alive to be cooked on site.There will be liver entertainment including New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian band Cha Wa, San Diego’s Theo & the Zydeco Patrol plus Euphoria Brass Band. This is a family friendly event, kids of all ages are welcome.Proceeds from this event are donated to fund a San Diego Scholorship fund at LSU for San Diego based students. They also donate funds to multiple local charities each year, keeping the money raised here in SD County.More info: http://lsusandiego.org/crawfish-boil/ Posted: May 20, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Embarrassing typo on millions of Australian currency notes leaves Reserve Bank redfaced

first_imgThe Reserve Bank in Australia was left red-faced after an Instagram user shared a photo of an embarrassing typo on its currency notes. Australian radio Triple M exposed the typo after a listener sent a photo. The typo was in the microscopic print near Edith Cowen’s image, reports CNBC.The post showed that the word ‘responsibility’ was missing the third ‘i’ and was spelt ‘responsibilty’. The error is there in three places.The word was present in the text of the speech that Cowen had given to the WA Parliament as the first Australian woman MP. She had given the speech in 1921.The text on the new note reads, “It is a great responsibilty [sic] to be the only woman here, and I want to emphasise the necessity which exists for other women being here.”The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) acknowledged the error and said that the mistake will be rectified in the next print run which is scheduled to take place at the end of this year. Currently, there are 46 million $50 notes with the spelling error.Explaining the delay, the RBA’s spokesperson said, “The process of designing and printing a banknote is complex and iterative. We have strict quality assurance processes, but like any manufacturing process, errors can occur. We have reviewed our processes to remove the likelihood of such an error occurring in the future.”Along with Edith Cowen’s speech, the microscopic text also contains excerpts from Unaipon’s book and Legendary Tales of the Australian Aborigines.The note was printed and rolled out in October 2018 with a series of new technology to prevent counterfeiting as well as to remain accessible for the visually impaired. One of the new features are the four new bumps on the note for easy identification.last_img read more

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Mayor Turner Touts Houstons Economic Health Harris County Criminal Justice Center Reopens

first_img Share Monday, May 20, 2019Top afternoon stories:Gail Delaughter/Houston Public Media Aerial view of downtown Houston.Mayor Turner Touts Houston’s Economic HealthHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner used his annual message to the Greater Houston Partnership to tout the city’s economic health. But Turner offered few new ideas as he heads into an election.Mayors typically use the State of the City address to roll out major policy initiatives, but Turner spent much of the speech trying to make the case that he’d been a good steward of the city government and deserved another term.The speech came just days after a judge invalidated voter-mandated raises for firefighters, passed as Proposition B, which would have required hundreds of such layoffs.Turner cited Houston’s unemployment rate as the lowest since 1981.Houston Public Media/ArchiveThe Harris County Criminal Justice Center is located in downtown Houston.Harris County Criminal Justice Center ReopensHarris County’s 16 Criminal Courts at Law resumed operations in the Harris County Criminal Justice Center (CJC) on Monday as one more sign of post-Harvey recovery.The hurricane flooded the CJC and the criminal courts have had to share courtrooms for bond docket and trial operations in the county’s Family Law Center. The county opened four floors of the CJC in June 2018, but the remaining floors had still been undergoing renovations. Operations are resuming in temporarily assigned courtrooms.County officials have stated moving back to the CJC will provide greater access to courts and more opportunities for trials. It will also eliminate the need for sharing courtrooms.Laura Isensee/Houston Public MediaOther colleges in Greater Houston that have partnered with the Houston Food Bank to provide food scholarships include Houston Community College, Lee College, San Jacinto College and Texas Woman’s University.UH Downtown Expands Food ScholarshipsRecent national surveys show that nearly half of college students who participated say they’ve gone hungry in the past month. In Greater Houston, one university is taking an aggressive approach to change that.Known as food scholarships, students can shop at a campus marketplace for fresh produce and other groceries on credit, often depending on how many hours of classes they take.At the University of Houston Downtown (UHD), interest in the program has skyrocketed so much this semester, that the university plans to expand it. In 2019, all students who apply will receive food scholarships.As more students at UHD use the scholarships — receiving about $60 dollars worth of food for every credit hour they take — researchers from the Houston Food Bank will track how it affects their overall success on campus.last_img read more

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Rep Roberts welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation

first_img20Sep Rep. Roberts welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation Categories: Roberts News PHOTO: State Rep. Brett Roberts, right, welcomed Pastor Chuck Snyder, center, from the First Baptist Church in Charlotte to the state Capitol to give today’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. House tradition calls for a representative or a clergy member to begin each day’s session with a prayer. Speaker Tom Leonard joined them at the rostrum.last_img

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Telecom Italia TIM has escaped being forced to p

first_imgTelecom Italia (TIM) has escaped being forced to pay a fine of €74.3 million for failing to communicate to the Italian state the fact that Vivendi had effective control of the operator.A Milan court suspended the fine and has said it will set out its reasons on July 4, according to a press report.The move follows a procedure launched by the Italian government last September over the operator’s alleged failure to inform in a timely way of French media giant Vivendi’s effective control. Vivendi has a stake of about 24% in the operator. Vivendi has consistently denied exercising control of TIM.Last month Vivendi’s majority on TIM’s board was overturned after hedge fund Elliott Advisors secured the majority support of shareholders for an alternative slate, although Vivendi-supported CEO Amos Genish was confirmed in his position.Separately, Italian communications regulator AGCOM has said that TIM’s proposal for the separation of its infrastructure arm is admissible for a market analysis.The regulator pushed back evaluating the suitability of the proposal as a way to ensure competition in the market by submitting it to a national public consultation.TIM’s board approved the company’s plan to create a separate legal entity for the infrastructure arm, 100% owned by TIM, in March.The move came after the Italian government triggered its ‘golden power’ to intervene in cases concerning assets of strategic national significance.last_img read more

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The future of the governments Access to Work AtW

first_imgThe future of the government’s Access to Work (AtW) disability employment scheme is in jeopardy because of “bureaucratic incompetence” and a cost-cutting drive to reduce people’s support packages, according to new research.The report, commissioned by Inclusion London, found that “shocking levels of delay, error, and the de-skilling of staff” were putting Deaf and disabled people’s jobs at risk.The Barriers to Work report, written by disabled researcher and campaigner Catherine Hale, is based on a survey of 320 AtW customers – more than half of whom were Deaf or had hearing impairments – which was carried out last year by the campaign group StopChanges2AtW*.Hale said the AtW scheme – set up in 1994 and providing disabled people with funding to pay for some of the extra disability-related expenses they face at work – was “a cornerstone of the movement for equality and civil rights for Deaf and disabled people in the UK”.But her report concludes that the programme has been “beset with so much bureaucratic incompetence and obstructionism in recent years that, in many respects, Access to Work is no longer fit for purpose”.Marsha de Cordova, a disabled Labour MP and her party’s new shadow minister for disabled people, told a parliamentary event held to launch the report that “poor policy” and “severe cuts” had left the scheme “unworkable for so many of us”.She said the reviews that led to people’s packages being cut “ultimately will result in many Deaf and disabled people being unable to stay in or retain their work”.De Cordova (pictured, speaking at the event), who said she had benefited from AtW support through most of her career, said: “This scheme, as we all know, is a fundamental part of employing Deaf and disabled people and ensuring that we can stay in work.”She said her own experiences ranged from the programme being “very good to being poor and incredibly frustrating”, and added: “They make it so difficult to be assessed for support.”She said: “I intend in my role, just as an activist, because I am first and foremost a disability rights activist, to press on the government to ensure that they adequately fund this scheme, but also they have to address, they have to reverse, all of the stripping away of cuts, because without that the scheme is not going to work and we will not see more Deaf and disabled people into work.”One of the aspects the report warns about is the imposition of a cap – currently £42,100 – on annual AtW packages, which already affects new claimants but will not affect existing customers until next April.The cap is expected to affect 200 AtW customers, of whom about 90 per cent will be Deaf or have hearing loss.StopChanges2AtW believes this will discourage employers from recruiting Deaf people, increase the likelihood of discrimination, and reduce equality of opportunity.Paul Redfern, the British Deaf Association’s senior community development manager, told the launch event that a number of Deaf professionals had lost their registrations because they were not given enough interpreting support by AtW to maintain their “continuing professional development”.He said the new cap meant that Deaf people would be forced “to leave work and be replaced by hearing people”, and he added: “Employers will become more and more reluctant to employ Deaf members of staff because they will be seen as expensive.”Penny Parker, who uses Access to Work, and is employed by the disabled people’s organisation Equal Lives, had her account of her AtW experiences read by Mark Harrison, chief executive of Equal Lives, as she was not able to attend the launch event.She said she couldn’t fault the scheme when she began claiming support in 2010, but since AtW began to review her package towards the end of 2015 she said her experience had been “horrendous”, and ended – after a year – with a package “that meant I go to work less and pay more”.Parker, who is totally blind, said one adviser had “felt the need to question why I don’t drive myself to work”.The process had affected her job, her mental health, her relationship with her support workers, the taxi company that drives her to work, and her family and private life.She said: “I was so impressed by the scheme when I set out in 2010. Now it’s a sham and disables rather than enables disabled people to work.”Harrison said Parker had called him while he was on the way to the event to say that the taxi company she uses had told her it would not be able to take her to work the next day because AtW had not paid its invoices since April.He said: “AtW said, ‘We have changed the way we want our invoices formatted,’ but they had not informed either Penny or the taxi company.“She is a prisoner in her own home, unable to do her job because of AtW.”Deidre Brock, the SNP’s shadow spokeswoman for fair work and employment, who was also at the launch, said people were facing “nothing more nor less than discrimination”.She said the report’s 11 recommendations for improvements to the scheme – which include commitments not to place Deaf and disabled people at financial risk, and to put the scheme at the heart of the government’s strategy to increase the number of disabled people in work – were “more than acceptable” and “actually quite modest in scope”.Most of those surveyed by StopChanges2AtW had full-time jobs, while a third had received AtW for at least 10 years.But only 15 per cent of those surveyed said they found it easy to apply for AtW or to use it.Among the problems they faced were: not being told when their AtW award was ending, which left people in debt to their support workers; significant amounts of time spent disputing their needs with AtW staff; lengthy delays in assessments for support, which in some cases left people unable to take up a new job or offer of work; and lost paperwork, again leaving many people in debt.As many as 50 respondents said that without AtW they would be unemployed and reliant on benefits.Of the survey respondents, nearly half (46 per cent) said there had been changes to their AtW package, but only three per cent said this had led to an increase in their support.There was substantial evidence of: “rationing” of support by AtW, with more frequent re-assessments and tighter eligibility criteria; a higher burden of proof to show need for support; increased complexity and unnecessary repetition in AtW forms; and a perception by respondents that they were “under surveillance and suspicion”.AtW staff frequently used phrases such as “funding cuts”, “too expensive”, “need to make savings” and the “need to reduce fraud” when they told claimants that their levels of support were changing.One of those who took part in the survey, Sayeeda, said: “The way Access to Work treated me was horrible.“I was talked to in a way where the advisor thought that they knew better than me about the support that I need to do my job. It was always a very aggressive tone.”Another, Angela, said it took her seven months to secure the funding she needed to pay for support workers while she was at work.She said: “During this period, I frequently went without anything to eat and drink all day because I did not have a support worker to assist me with feeding.”A third disabled woman, Sue, said the way she had been treated by AtW “and the amount of obstacles repeatedly put in my way, have very seriously affected both my ability to continue working, and my mental health, to the point that my GP has had to intervene”.The report concludes: “An apparent agenda of cost cutting rather than investing to save is putting Deaf and Disabled people’s jobs and livelihoods at risk.“If this trend continues we will see reduced diversity in the UK workforce, and an increase in the numbers of Deaf and Disabled people claiming out of work benefits.”Asked to respond to the report, a DWP spokeswoman said: “We want more disabled people to get into employment and keep their jobs.“The Access to Work grant can provide over £40,000 of practical support a year, which is tailored to individuals’ needs and can include travel to work, support workers and specialist equipment.“We continuously review the scheme to make sure it’s working in the best way possible, and last year we launched a digital service to make the application process more accessible and efficient.“Last year 25,000 people had their request approved by Access to Work, an increase of eight per cent from 2015-16.”In the November 2015 spending review, the government pledged to increase the number of people the scheme helped by 25,000 a year by 2020, increasing spending by nearly a quarter.But earlier this month, the government was accused of manipulating statistics in an attempt to hide the ongoing barriers, cuts and harassment experienced by AtW claimants, following the release of experimental figures which showed the number of disabled people approved every year for support from the programme had fallen by 15 per cent under seven years of Conservative rule.The number of people who had Access to Work support approved in 2016-17 was nearly 2,000 higher than the previous year, but the figure for 2016-17 (23,630) was still more than 4,000 lower than in the final year of the last Labour government (27,760).Critics said the way DWP was publishing AtW statistics meant it was impossible to know how many disabled people were currently receiving support compared with previous years, or how the average level of support packages had risen or fallen.*Its publication was delayed by the general election, the parliamentary summer recess and the party political conference seasonlast_img read more

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Police and prosecutors are facing questions over w

first_imgPolice and prosecutors are facing questions over why they failed to treat the ordeal of a disabled teenager – who was kept as a slave for more than two years and subjected to brutal daily beatings – as a disability hate crime.It is just the latest in a lengthy line of cases in which police forces and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have faced accusations of failing to secure recognition of disability hate crime through the courts.This week, both South Wales police (SWP) – one of six forces criticised last year for their “unacceptable” performance on disability hate crime – and CPS repeatedly refused to say what steps they took to confirm whether the teenager’s horrific ordeal should be treated as a hate crime.SWP has described the injuries experienced by the young disabled man during the forced, unpaid labour as “horrendous” and said he was left without a single uninjured part of his body when he was finally rescued.The young man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is autistic and has ADHD, and was fed just one meal a day, often just a tin of soup or baked beans.He was regularly beaten by Anthony Baker and his son Harvey with a metal pole and was forced to work in their scrapyard (pictured) in Jersey Marine, near Swansea, and to live “in squalor” in a small caravan.Reports of the trial say that when he was discovered by police in January – following a tip-off from a member of the public – he had a series of horrific injuries, including open wounds, was dirty and malnourished, and found it difficult to speak because of injuries to his jaw, which had been broken on multiple occasions.Wales Online said the judge described the way the young disabled man was treated as “brutal and savagely inhuman” and said he had been subjected to a regime of “immense brutality” and “sadistic behaviour”.The Bakers deliberately broke one of his fingers, bit his nose and “treated him as a human punchbag”.Neither of the men has shown any remorse for what happened, said SWP.The Bakers were jailed at Swansea Crown Court on Friday (14 June) for a total of 16 years after admitting assault, grievous bodily harm and unlawful wounding, while Anthony Baker also admitted a modern slavery offence*.But because police and prosecutors apparently failed to consider or treat these offences as possible disability hate crimes at any stage of their investigations and preparation for the trial, the judge was not asked to increase the sentences under section 146 of the Criminal Justice Act.It is just the latest case to highlight how the criminal justice system is failing victims of disability hate crime.Last October, West Midlands police and CPS faced similar questions over their failure to treat an “utterly barbaric” campaign of violence and abuse directed at a disabled mum and daughter as disability hate crime.The following month, Suffolk police was criticised for failing to treat an attack on a disabled woman – who was spat at and left covered with flour by a group of teenagers as she sat on a park bench – as a disability hate crime.That case had come just days after the CPS annual hate crime report showed the number of disability hate crime cases referred to prosecutors by police forces in England and Wales plunged in the previous year by nearly a quarter.The number of disability hate crime convictions also slumped, from 800 in 2016-17 to 564 in 2017-18 (a drop of 29.5 per cent).Earlier that month, a report by two watchdogs found that the work of police officers on more than half of the disability hate crime investigations examined across six sample forces – including South Wales police – had been found to be “unacceptable”.Disability News Service has been reporting on the criminal justice system’s failings in dealing with disability hate crime since 2009.This week, a South Wales police spokesperson repeatedly refused to say if his force took active steps to investigate whether disability-related hostility was a motive for the Bakers’ crimes.Instead, he said in a statement: “At no stage of the investigation was there any evidence that the victim was abused due to a disability.“If there was evidence of this nature then it would have been presented to the CPS.”A CPS spokesperson refused to say what steps were taken by prosecutors in relation to considering disability hate crime as a possible motive for the Bakers’ crimes.Instead, he said in a statement: “The crimes of Anthony and Harvey Baker were despicable and their prison sentences reflect the harm they did.“The victim was subjected to verbal abuse but this was related to their perceived lifestyle and work. The motivation for the assaults was the work the victim did.“The law gives prosecutors the power to request that judges increase the sentence when there is evidence the offender demonstrated hostility or was motivated by hostility based on a person’s disability.“Where it exists, we won’t hesitate to put this evidence before the court.”He added later: “For an offence to be prosecuted by the CPS as a disability hate crime and therefore get a sentence uplift there has to be evidence that the offenders demonstrated hostility or were motivated by hostility based on a disability.“That evidence was not there in his case.”David Wilkin, a coordinator of the Disability Hate Crime Network, said: “The inconsistencies inherent in the prosecution of hate crime are underpinned by much evidence from many victims.”He suggested there was now a need for an “operational stipulation” that forces police officers to “process hate crime with the seriousness that it deserves”.He pointed to the ongoing Law Commission consultation on current hate crime legislation, which could – if it produces new laws – enable prosecutors to treat hate crime “with the gravity it deserves”, and provide judges with “the clarity that will enable them to make proportional sentencing decisions”.*Anthony Baker, aged 49, had previously pleaded guilty to requiring a person to perform forced or compulsory labour, four counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, unlawful wounding, and inflicting grievous bodily harm, and was sentenced to 10 years in prison and another five years on licence.Harvey Baker, aged 19, had previously pleaded guilty to six counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, three of inflicting grievous bodily harm, and one of unlawful wounding, and was sentenced to six years in a young offender institution. A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

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Historical Rent Control Ruling Is Bad for Real Estate Entrepreneurs and Tenants

first_img –shares Too many disincentives for landlords will prevent new rental units from ever making it to the real estate market. The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Add to Queue 6 min read 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Image credit: Piyush Hatolkar | Getty Images Historical Rent Control Ruling Is Bad for Real Estate Entrepreneurs and Tenants Alike. Here’s Why. Guest Writer May 16, 2019 Oregon recently made real estate history, becoming the first state in the union to implement rent control statewide.I know the Oregon real estate market well since I grew up there and bought my first rental property when I was 14. Given that, I know that Oregonians mean well with this new law; they want to control the out-of-control cost of living in their state.But I have to disagree with rent control as the solution. In fact, this effort to help and support the state’s most vulnerable residents will unfortunately negatively impact them the most.Why? Because rent control simply doesn’t work. Rather, it drives down construction, discourages investment in new rental properties and generally disrupts the rental market in fundamental ways.And this is far more than just an Oregon story. Similar rent control bills have recently been considered in California, New York and Colorado as well, and the city of Chicago is working on its own related regulations.It won’t work in any of those areas either.Related: 6 Amazing Tips on Turning Real Estate Into a Real FortuneToday’s real estate market is complex and interconnected.Home ownership is on the decline and rents are ever increasing. In fact, according to a report from the Terner Center at UC Berkeley, there were 600,000 fewer “owner-occupied” homes in 2016 than there were in 2015, signaling a shift in ownership of suburban homes due to the foreclosure crisis.There are simply more renters today than in the past, and the supply of new rentals isn’t keeping up with this demand. That’s what’s driving rental affordability at the moment — there just isn’t enough supply.Tenants become the victims when landlords have their hands tied.Rent control only makes this disconnect worse by creating disincentives for builders and landlords, preventing new rental units from ever making it to the market at all.Worst of all, it eats away at today’s already old rental stock, eventually impacting tenants’ quality of life. Because it costs money to own a rental property – there are ongoing maintenance costs, management costs and of course rising property taxes to pay.What happens when landlords are unable to raise their rents in order to keep up with those costs? They stop investing in their properties, and eventually they become more and more dilapidated. No more big improvements, no more preventative maintenance, no more updates.The focus shifts instead to maximizing the rent they’re able to get out of the property, the end result is run-down, cockroach-infested buildings and homes that no one can afford to fix up because rent controls have cut off their source of capital. In that situation, everybody loses.Related: Learn How to Make Smarter Real Estate InvestmentsWorkarounds are emerging.We’re already starting to see the negative impact of the new law on tenants in Oregon, as more and more property managers are talking about removing first-time tenants after 11 months under “no cause” provisions that end after the first year of occupancy. By doing so, they’re still able to evict tenants for “no cause,” effectively allowing them to sidestep rent controls and raise their rent on the next tenant based on market rates.Just like that, tenants have lost one additional month of a place to live, all to satisfy the demands of the new rent control law.That may be the best-case scenario too, as tenants with longer-term leases are suffering even more, as landlords reduce their capital expenditures on properties in order to make sure they enjoy a positive return on their investment.It’s the economically disadvantaged who get hit the hardest by rent control. Already, I’ve been receiving numerous solicitations from real estate agents wanting to assist me in selling my Oregon rentals. Who would I sell them to? It won’t be landlords, but instead those renters who can already afford to buy. This will further reduce the number and quality of rentals in the area as nicer rentals are sold. It will also push apartment owners into converting to condos and further reducing supply for the most vulnerable. It doesn’t have to be this way.There’s a smarter solution. In fact, there’s a functioning model for affordable housing to copy that’s currently being used in Singapore. I know we have a subsidized, mixed-income model in the U.S., but it is not pervasive enough or market-driven enough. In Singapore, developers are incentivized with property tax credits in exchange for setting aside a portion of their rental units for low-income families, offering them reduced rent as part of the deal.Related: ‘Million Dollar Listing’ Real Estate Expert Ryan Serhant on How Small Businesses Can Make a Big ImpactThese aren’t your typical “low income” units either. Under the terms of Singapore’s system, the rentals are required to be part of their general inventory and cannot be isolated, lower quality or otherwise different. The city then regulates all rent, so landlords receive only one rent check from the city.The system accomplishes a couple of different goals:It mixes wealth within neighborhoods. As a result, there are no exclusive wealthy neighborhoods in Singapore and no impoverished neighborhoods, because everyone lives side by side regardless of income.Neighbors don’t know who’s who. Incomes can vary by household, but they all still live right next to each other. It’s a true melting pot.By subsidizing rents in this way, Singapore allows the local rental market to function organically, with landlords making all of the decisions about screening their own tenants, rents being set by demand and the market growing as needed. The only difference is that those tenants who meet certain economic criteria are eligible for assistance and able to live in any residential building in the city. Everything else goes for market rent.For tenants, this ensures a certain standard of care and quality for the properties they are living in.For landlords, it allows them to bring in tenants of different incomes to commingle in the same neighborhoods and buildings, without giving up the power of market rates. Those market rates and tax credits incentivize more building, which increases supply and helps keep rents from skyrocketing.  It’s a model that works in Singapore, and it’s one that’s worth considering in this country as well. Because rent control isn’t the answer for landlords, tenants, or the communities they live in.   Real Estate Joe Edgar CEO of TenantCloud Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Next Article Apply Now »last_img read more

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Michael Dell Told to Raise Dell Offer as Carl Icahn Ups the

first_img July 3, 2013 Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Soyoung Kim, Michelle Sierra and Leela Parker 4 min read Add to Queue This story originally appeared on Reuters Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Next Article Image credit: Tech Inferno –shares Technology Michael Dell has been advised to raise his $24.4 billion offer for Dell Inc., coming under further pressure as billionaire investor Carl Icahn revealed he had committed more than $3 billion to back an alternative proposal.The PC maker’s special committee told Dell’s founder and chief executive a few days ago that he should raise his offer if he wants it to succeed, a person familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.The special committee, which was formed to independently assess what the best option for Dell shareholders is, came to that conclusion based on its meetings with investors as well as concerns over a key upcoming recommendation by investment advisory firm ISS, the person said.ISS is expected to publish its view on whether Michael Dell’s offer, which is backed by equity financing from buyout firm Silver Lake, is in the interest of Dell’s shareholders as early as next week. A July 18 shareholder vote on Dell’s take-private plan will follow.Despite being advised by the special committee that he should raise his offer to see the transaction through, Michael Dell was non-committal, the person added, confirming an earlier report by Bloomberg News.Dell Inc. and Silver Lake declined to comment.The special committee’s move came as Icahn and his affiliates disclosed on Tuesday they had provided $3.42 billion, or 66 percent, of the debt financing to back his bid for Dell.Investment bank Jefferies & Co. provided $1.6 billion, or 30 percent of the overall $5.2 billion in committed financing with the remainder of about $179 million coming from 14 institutional funds, including pension funds and insurance companies, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.”The fact that he could not get lending from other banks suggests they are not too friendly to this,” said Steven Kaplan, a University of Chicago finance professor. “However, one must note that a few banks are locked up with the Silver Lake offer.””On the positive side, Icahn is putting a lot of money where his mouth is,” Kaplan added.Other market participants evaluating the transaction said Icahn’s move could indicate he may never have aimed to broadly distribute the deal in the first place.Calls to Carl Icahn, who runs Icahn Enterprises LP, were not immediately returned.Icahn and Southeastern Asset Management are preparing an offer that would see shareholders tender 1.1 billion shares at $14 apiece, rivalling Michael Dell’s and Silver Lake’s $24.4 billion buyout offer of $13.65 a share.The billionaire investor has said Michael Dell’s offer substantially undervalues the company. Dell’s special board committee had recommended Michael Dell’s offer to shareholders.While the financing commitment marks a crucial step forward for Icahn’s bid for Dell, it is contingent on a dozen board appointments, according to the SEC filing.Unless all 12 of the nominees proposed by Icahn and Southeastern on May 13 are elected to Dell’s board, the financing is unlikely to take place.Icahn’s proposal will also be put to shareholders only if the offer by Michael Dell and Silver Lake is not accepted by shareholders when they meet on July 18.’GAME OF CHICKEN’All eyes are now on ISS. If it moves against Michael Dell’s offer, he will be under even more pressure to raise it.”It’s a game of chicken,” a shareholder said. “Icahn’s going for the bump.”Speculation about a possible bump in the offer price began on Tuesday with a CNBC report that cited sources claiming that Michael Dell’s camp was not feeling confident that ISS will recommend his offer. An ISS spokeswoman, however, said that ISS was still working on its analysis and never signals its recommendation in advance.Another person familiar with the matter reiterated on Tuesday that neither Michael Dell nor Silver Lake have made any decision on whether to increase their offer.All sources spoke on condition of anonymity because the matter is confidential.The $5.2 billion financing deal put together by Icahn was shown to a mix of U.S. and foreign banks, asset managers, hedge funds and collateralized loan obligation (CLO) managers.Icahn’s proposed tender offer will be financed with $7.5 billion of cash on the balance sheet, the $5.2 billion credit facility and $2.9 billion from the sale of receivables.If Icahn’s proposal prevails, the loans would launch to a more broad range of institutional investors before September 30, or the three-month commitment period of the $5.2 billion loans, according to sources. Michael Dell Michael Dell Told to Raise Dell Offer as Carl Icahn Ups the Stakes Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

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Uber Agrees to Cough Up 10 Million to Settle California Suit on

first_img April 8, 2016 Reuters –shares Add to Queue 2 min read Image credit: Reuters | Lucy Nicholson Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Next Article center_img This story originally appeared on Reuters Uber Agrees to Cough Up $10 Million to Settle California Suit on Misleading Customers Register Now » Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Uber Uber Technologies Inc. agreed to a $25 million settlement to end a civil lawsuit in California that accused the ride-sharing company of misleading customers about the strength of its background checks on drivers, prosecutors in Los Angeles and San Francisco said on Thursday.Uber must pay $10 million within 60 days, and the remaining $15 million will be waived if Uber complies with the terms of the agreement for two years, the San Francisco and Los Angeles County district attorneys said in statements.”It sends a clear message to all businesses, and to startups in particular, that in the quest to quickly obtain market share laws designed to protect consumers cannot be ignored,” San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón said.Uber welcomed the settlement. “We’re glad to put this case behind us and excited to redouble our efforts serving riders and drivers across the state of California,” it said in a statement.The case was filed in December 2014 by the two district attorneys, who alleged that Uber misled its customers about the strength of its background checks on drivers.The civil complaint also contended that Uber drivers work at airports without obtaining authorization, and in the case of San Francisco, charged a $4 extra fee to passengers traveling there, without paying anything to the airport.The agreement bars Uber from making untrue statements about its background checks and from charging airport “tolls.” In addition, the company must ensure that its fare calculations meet state measurement standards.Uber said it has already made many of the changes, including no longer callings its service the “safest ride on the road” or calling its background checks “the gold standard.”(Reporting by Anet Josline Pinto in Bengaluru and Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Fiona Ortiz)last_img read more

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The Uber of China Could IPO in 2018 Start Up Your Day

first_imgStart Up Your Day Looking for the latest headlines in small business, innovation and tech? Our Start Up Your Day recaps are posted every morning to keep you current.Prepping. The ‘Uber of China’ might be prepping for an IPO.Developed. Scientists created a see through wood as tough as glass.Rumored. Amazon might be launching its own food brands for Prime customers.Triple threat. Groups in France are taking legal action against Facebook, Youtube and Twitter, claiming the platforms do not remove homophobic, racist or discriminatory content.Do not pass go. Google plans to block flash programs in Chrome starting next year.Wait for it. A self-driving BMW is coming — but not until 2021.On the inside. Scientists have created an ingestible origami robot that unfolds itself in the stomach to patch a wound or remove objects. Staff writer. Frequently covers franchise news and food trends. May 16, 2016 Lindsay Friedman Image credit: Reuters | Jason Lee | File Photo –shares Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Enroll Now for $5 Add to Queue 1 min read Next Article Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand The Uber of China Could IPO in 2018 — Start Up Your Day Rounduplast_img read more

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Transplace Selects Karen Sage as Chief Marketing Officer

first_imgTransplace Selects Karen Sage as Chief Marketing Officer PRNewswireMay 30, 2019, 3:47 pmMay 30, 2019 Transplace, a leading provider of transportation management services and logistics technology solutions, announced the appointment of Karen Sage as the company’s chief marketing officer (CMO). Sage will lead the sales operations, corporate communications, and all marketing strategies and functions. She will be based out of the company’s Frisco, Texas headquarters and will report directly to CEO Frank McGuigan.#Logistics provider @Transplace names Karen Sage as #chiefmarketingofficer to lead the sales operations, corporate communications and #marketing functions [https://tinyurl.com/yyvxw99n] #logistics #3PL #supplychain #TMS“Karen is a dynamic and deeply experienced marketing executive whose leadership, insights, market expertise and creative approach will be invaluable as we move into this next stage of development for the Transplace brand,” said McGuigan. “The company is in hyper-growth mode and having a leader of Karen’s caliber ensures we continue to put our customer experience first and are able to grow and scale rapidly.”Marketing Technology News: Index Exchange Introduces Adaptive Timeout, Incorporating Machine Learning into Header BiddingSage brings more than two decades of global marketing, sales operations, product management and product marketing experience at companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500. Sage is known for accelerating revenue growth, building leadership brands and establishing strong marketing organizations globally. She comes to Transplace most recently from transportation management solutions (TMS) provider MercuryGate International, where she served as chief marketing officer. Prior to MercuryGate, she was the CMO at spend management solution provider SciQuest. She also had many leadership positions at CA Technologies and Cisco Systems, Inc.Marketing Technology News: Zebra Technologies to Acquire Profitect Inc.“Transplace has established itself as a clear leader in the transportation and logistics industry; consistently delivering impactful, measurable supply chain value to its customers,” Sage said. “With the company poised for continued growth and success, this is an exciting time to join the Transplace team. I look forward to helping to strengthen its position in the market and support company growth by enhancing and communicating its value to the industry.”Marketing Technology News: How Digital Can Save Brick-And-Mortar Retail with Customer Experience Objectives Cisco SystemsFrank McGuiganlogistics technology solutionsMarketing TechnologyMercuryGateNews Previous ArticleSmarterHQ Expands into Mobile With App Data Collection and Push MessagingNext Article7th China Internet Audio and Video Convention Focuses on New Marketing Driven by Synergy Between Content and Technologylast_img read more

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Story of Simon Oran Going hungry to bring water to Jharkhand villages

first_img Satyajeet Kumar New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 08:36 IST Photo for representationIt is rare in life that we get to see people who are larger than life, making sacrifices for the greater good.One such person who has come into the limelight is Padma Shri awardee Simon Oran. His story is somewhat similar to Dasrath Manjhi of Bihar.Dasrath Manjhi is the man on whose life the film Manjhi: The Mountain Man starring Nawasuddin Siddiqui was based.While the nation lauded Manjhi’s efforts to carve a road out of a mountain and came to be known as the “mountain man”, most people are unaware of Simon Oran.Simon Oran managed to build canals and constructed three dams by drilling through mountains in Bero region of Jharkhand. His efforts earned him the name “waterman”.However, though his actions have benefitted the larger community, he himself is weighed down by poverty.For his contribution to environmental protection, water conservation and rain water harvesting, Simon Oran was felicitated with the Padma Shri by the then President Pranab Mukherjee.However, his days in glory were short-lived.The man, who dared to brave mountains, is proud of his medal and certificate but has been living a life of hardships.Simon Oran has always stood up for social causes but the other side of his life has a different story.Oran lives in a thatched house, the roof of which leaks during the monsoon. However, he does not have a BPL card.He is also under debt. He had taken a loan to dig a pond.Despite his financial troubles, Oran holds his head high with pride and does not ask for help from the government or any other agency.He says that villagers have been making efforts since 1961 to preserve water and not let it flow away.The entire area where he lives is dependent on agriculture which requires a huge amount of water. Oran was able to mobilise the people of many villages to contribute in the water-saving campaign.The collective efforts eventually paid off and a canal was built by carving mountains which led to the construction of three dams to fight the water woes. Now, the situation is under control and all one sees are the lush green fields.The people still conserve the forest by taking turns to guard it. Simon Oran’s wife stays with him but she looks tired, having battled poverty all along. Her face talks about the miseries of the life they lead in financial scarcity.Simon Oran is the parha raja which means the chief of 51 villages, according to the tribal institutional provision which is also recognised by the state government. Oran commands a great respect and easily motivates people towards his cause. Irony is such that while he is known for his efforts in social causes, Oran himself struggles on the personal front.Also read: Headless bodies of 2 children found in Jharkhand village, mentally unstable man heldALSO WATCH| Blast from the past: When dosa king P Rajagopal was convicted of murderFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byIram Ara Ibrahim Story of Simon Oran: Going hungry to bring water to Jharkhand villagesSimon Oran managed to build canals and constructed three dams by drilling through mountains in Bero region of Jharkhand.advertisement Nextlast_img read more