Maxar stock plunges after shortseller says space companys dividend is at risk

first_imgTORONTO – Maxar Technologies Ltd. stock plunged Tuesday after the formerly-named MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates was targeted by a analyst report from an acknowledged short-seller firm.The company’s shares ended down $7.59 or 13.15 per cent at $50.14 on the Toronto Stock Exchange after Spruce Point Capital Management issued a press release that warned, among other things, that Maxar’s dividend is at risk.Spruce Point also set an intermediate price target for Maxar stock in the range of US$20 to US$25 per share — about half of Maxar’s previous 52-week low of US$42.11 on the New York Stock Exchange.Maxar said Spruce Point’s report contains a number of inaccurate claims and misleading statements.“Maxar believes it is a direct attempt by a short-seller to profit, at the expense of Maxar shareholders, by manipulating Maxar’s stock price,” the company said in a statement.A decline in stock prices tends to benefit short sellers that plan to buy the shares after they’ve fallen.Maxar stock had already fallen every trading day since the space technology company reported second-quarter financial results on July 31.However, 10 out of 11 analysts tracked by Thomson Reuters Eikon rated Maxar a “buy” or “strong buy” on Tuesday and none rated it a “sell” or “strong sell. The mid-point of their estimates was C$62.32.Short-selling is a normal technique used by investment managers and some active individual traders but it is uncommon for firms to issue press releases to draw attention to their analysis.Previous campaigns by other short-sellers have drawn attention to significant problems at Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, now renamed Bausch Health Companies Inc., and Sino-Forest Corp.Spruce Point Capital said Maxar may generate US$50 million or less of free cash flow in 2018, after interest expenses and capital spending, leaving “little room” for its US$68 million per year of dividend payments.It also said MacDonald Dettwiler’s acquisition of Space Systems Loral in 2012, and DigitalGlobe in 2017, were poorly timed and executed.MDA — known for providing equipment to the International Space Station, U.S. Space Shuttle program and the Canadian government — changed its name to Maxar last October as part of its DigitalGlobe deal.Companies in this story: (TSX:MAXR)last_img read more

Georgia calls for total review of UN mission and peace process

In his address to the annual high-level debate of the General Assembly, Mikheil Saakashvili said there had not been “a comprehensive review of all aspects of the peace process” in the 14 years since the UN mission, known as UNOMIG, was established.“United Nations has tried to bring peace to this region, but it has not succeeded in making Georgia whole again, despite its unwavering recognition of Georgian sovereignty,” he said. “We cannot allow this to continue.”Mr. Saakashvili said the review “must result in fundamental changes,” particularly on the ground, where the actions of “supposedly neutral” monitors were actually biased and served to maintain the status quo.Thousands of people were forced out of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, he said, and to the detriment of those regions.The Georgian leader outlined the details of a proposal that he said offered “the alternative of security and prosperity to those who have been poisoned by the separatist illusion” in the two regions.Any plan to advance the peace process and end the current stalemate must focus on economic development and the return of displaced persons, he stressed.“We offer and recognize the right of full self-government for all those who live in Abkhazia and South Ossetia with our sovereignty, territorial borders und international guarantees. We offer constitutional changes to enshrine the protection of minorities, including language rights, the protection of culture and education.“And we are even willing to offer special property rights to all interested groups in order to enhance their identity to guarantee and secure that their long-term survival will be secure and guaranteed by the state and the international community. And we offer and welcome a robust role for the European Union and more engagement of the EU on the ground.“In short, we offer a level of autonomy grounded in the very same principles that has guided the rest of Europe in promoting peace, prosperity in its multi-ethnic tapestry.”He said continued ignorance of ethnic cleansing was “a stain of the moral copybook of the international community. These disputes are no longer about ethnic grievance. They are about the manipulation of greed by a tiny minority of activists and militants and militias and their foreign backers at the expense of the local population.”The President asked why “elements of Russia” were building a new military base in South Ossetia, “in the middle of Georgia… very far from the Russian territory,” adding that he had documentary evidence to support his remarks. 26 September 2007Georgia’s President called today for a complete review of the United Nations observer mission in his country and the wider peace process with the regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, saying the status quo was unacceptable and served to reward the architects of ethnic cleansing and a minority of activists, militias and their foreign supporters. read more

Six killed in Samanthurai

According to the police both vehicles were speeding and those killed were all accupants of the three wheeler.The police said that three women, a man and two children were among the victims. The bus driver has been arrested. Six people were killed in Samanthurai last night following an accident involving a three wheeler and a bus, the police said.The bus and three wheeler were travelling on opposite directions when the accident took place in Nindavur.

Carbon Soccer Wins One Drops One Photo Gallery

The Carbon Dinos got their first win of the soccer season on Wednesday as the team dominated San Juan. The win came on the Dinos’ home turf as the Broncos visited Price.In the matchup, Carbon put in a season-high seven goals. The Dinos only allowed one goal to slip past as they handed the Broncos a 7-1 loss.Next up, the Dinos traveled to Moab on Friday to take on the Red Devils.Carbon only allowed one goal in the first half but were unable to score any themselves and went into halftime down one. Grand erupted for four goals in the second half to put the game out of reach. Carbon did get a lone score in the half, but it prove insufficient.Carbon (0-7, 0-2 Region 14) will look for another win when it faces Union (0-7-1, 0-2 Region 14) on Wednesday. That game will be broadcast live on ETV Channel 10 and online at 3:30 p.m. read more

Sir Cliff Richard sues the BBC and police after raid of his

first_imgThe singer, actor and TV star has enjoyed a remarkable career spanning more than half a century.Sir Cliff’s greatest hits include chart-toppers such as The Young Ones, Living Doll, Summer Holiday, We Don’t Talk Anymore and 1988 Christmas number one Mistletoe And Wine.A BBC spokesman said: “While we haven’t received any notification of action, we’ve said previously we are very sorry that Sir Cliff has suffered distress but we have a duty to report on matters of public interest and we stand by our journalism.”The Telegraph approached South Yorkshire Police for comment. I am obviously thrilled that the vile accusations and the resulting investigation have finally been brought to a closeSir Cliff Richard Sir Cliff Richard Sir Cliff Richard, the singer, is suing the BBC and South Yorkshire Police after a raid on his home was filmed from a helicopter and shown live on TV.Sir Cliff was the subject of a long-running South Yorkshire Police investigation which centred on accusations dating between 1958 and 1983 made by four men.Officers investigating allegations of historical sex offences were filmed searching his apartment in Berkshire in 2014, leading to him being publicly named as the subject of the probe. Sir Cliff was never arrested or chargedCredit:Steve Paston/PA  Sir Cliff Richardcenter_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Sir Cliff described the accusations as “vile”Credit:Heathcliff O’Malley  Responding to the announcement Sir Cliff said that “a cloud lifted. After the initial investigation was brought to a close in June, Sir Cliff said he was “thrilled”.He criticised what he called “vile accusations”, adding he was “named before I was even interviewed, and for me that was like being hung out like ‘live bait'”.Sir Cliff added: “I have always maintained my innocence, co-operated fully with the investigation, and cannot understand why it has taken so long to get to this point.”Nevertheless, I am obviously thrilled that the vile accusations and the resulting investigation have finally been brought to a close.”Lawyers for the singer lodged papers at the High Court in London yesterday. They give little detail but Sir Cliff is listed as a claimant and the BBC and Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police as defendants. He was never arrested or charged and his case was discontinued by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in June on the grounds of insufficient evidence.Applications to review two of the charging decisions under the Victims’ Right to Review scheme were later received.However, last month the CPS said a review of the evidence “concluded that the decisions not to charge were correct”.last_img read more

Olympian James Cracknell in training for Boat Race after taking up Masters

Decorated: Cracknell (left) celebrates with team-mates Steve Redgrave, Tim Foster and Matthew Pinsent after winning the gold medal in the men’s coxless fours at the Sydney Olympic in September 2000Credit:Ross Kinnaird/GETTY IMAGES James Cracknell celebrates with team-mates Steve Redgrave, Tim Foster and Matthew Pinsent The 47-year-old was pictured dressed in the team’s uniform Credit: Geoff Robinson The Olympian rower James Cracknell has been training ahead of the Boat Race, after taking up am MPhil in Human Evolution at Cambridge University.The 47-year-old was pictured dressed in the team’s Light Blue uniform as he trained on the River Great Ouse in Ely, Cambs.The Light Blue Boat crew will be officially announced next Thursday and if he is selected he will become the oldest man ever to compete in the famous race.Andy Probert was 38 when he coxed Cambridge in 1992 and Mike Wherley was 36 when he rowed for Oxford in 2008.Cracknell, who has two Olympic Gold medals, would also become the most decorated man to row in the annual contest against Oxford. The 47-year-old was pictured dressed in the team's uniform  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.  “If he hits a wall in the race it will be because of the exertion – the same as anyone else in the team – not because of his age.” Matt Roberts, former personal trainer to David Cameron, said that competing in the Boat Race is “definitely not too strenuous” for a 47 year-old.“There is no barrier or reason why he can’t do it. His body is conditioned enough to be able to cope with the exertion,” he told The Telegraph.  “As we get older our tendons and ligaments are potentially less elastic, so there is higher risk of potential injury. But you would have discovered that already in training. read more

NHS digital leaders leaving for private sector over Health Secretarys tech revolution

NHS digital leaders are leaving for the private sector in frustration over the “chaos” involved in introducing Matt Hancock’s tech “revolution”, a departing IT chief warns.Richard Corbridge, formerly chief digital and information officer at Leeds teaching hospitals, describes the “excrutiating” situation of trying to realise centrally-imposed slogans such as “axe the fax” and “purge the pager” without dedicated funds.Writing for The Telegraph, he points to a brain drain of top digital talent necessary for transforming the Health and Social Care Secretary’s flagship ambition into a reality.Improving digital innovation in the health service is a central plank of the organisation’s 10-year plan announced in January.However, recent months have seen the departure of several key leaders to the private sector, such as NHS England’s Chief Digital Officer Juliet Bauer, as well as chief information officers at Royal Brompton & Harefield and South London & Maudsley trusts, and senior staff at NHS Digital.Basic innovations commonly embraced by businesses, such as embracing cloud technology or single sign-in systems, are passed up because funds are often diverted to “fighting today’s crisis”, Mr Corbridge warns.Cloud services are considered crucial for improving the NHS’s clunky system for sharing patient records, currently considered the one of the biggest blocks to improving efficiency in the health service.Meanwhile frontline doctors commonly grapple with up to 12 different passwords for various hospital systems, such as calling up test results, creating log-jams at computers on the wards.While welcoming Mr Hancock’s vision and the promise of funds, Mr Corbridge argues that until cash for IT is ring-fenced hospital bosses will continue diverting it towards more “visible” concerns, such as extra beds.“For a digital health leader, the situation is excrutiating,” he writes.“The ideas are there, the intention is there, but without money to deliver innovation we’re stuck in a state of paralysis, unable to ease the burden for NHS staff who continue to battle against the problems caused by an ageing population, years of chronic underfunding and a staffing crisis that amounts to over 100,000 vacant posts.”He says campaigns aboloshing the use of fax and pagers have been “enforced by centrally imposed deadlines, without consultation, additional funding or resource”.Mr Corbridge has left to become director of innovation at Boots having first joined the NHS 23 years ago, while Juliet Bauer has joined LIVI, Europe’s largest provider of digital GP appointments.A recent study by the Taxpayers Alliance, endorsed by Mr Hancock, found that one tenth of the NHS budget – roughly £12.5 billion – could be saved by the introduction of “automation” across the health service.These included innovations such as the use of AI to analyse emergency calls, which some argue can react to life-threatening situations more quickly, as well as online GP booking.As far back as 2002, the Wanless report advised that NHS trusts should allocate at least 3 per cent of their annual budget to IT, yet currently most devote closer to one per cent, said Mr Corbridge.“A plan is only a plan when it has funding identified,” he writes. “Without that element, it’s an aspiration, a business case – no matter how good it is, it’s not a plan.”He described leaving the public sector as “extremely sad”, but said there was a growing view among him and similar-minded colleagues that it is easier to improve services for patients from the private sector.A spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Care said: “We recognise the NHS has been a frustrating place to work for some of our most talented technologists.“We set up NHSX to cut red tape and make it easier for our talented tech workforce to get things done. “To help them in that ambition we are simplifying cluttered central tech bureaucracy mandating internationally recognised standards for NHS systems that will bring down the cost of technology, and re-enforcing procurement so our COIs can purchase the tools that they need.“We’re at the start of this journey. We know that there is much more to do to deliver for patients and staff, and the NHS long-term plan, backed with an extra £33.9 billion in cash terms a year by 2023-24, will guarantee the future of our health service.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

From Bali to Cologne the IPCC conference series goes from strength to

first_imgWith an attendance of over 100, of which about half were from mining groups including most of the leading companies with coal operations in Indonesia as well as other mining representatives from India, Canada, Chile, Papua New Guinea, Thailand and elsewhere, the IPCC 2012 event in Bali was a great success, confirming the relevance of the concept for mines in Asia. Most of the mining groups in attendance were conducting IPCC feasibility projects or already had some elements of IPCC at their operations. A group photo of some 70 of the delegates is attached. The following are just a few of the comments received following the event, and the highlights of the presentations themselves will be included in a special article in the International Mining December 2012 issue:“Thanks again for a great conference at Bali 2012”“It was a great IPCC conference and appreciated you organising it”“Thanks again for the well-organised days on a well selected location”“We enjoyed the meeting and look forward to next year”It is also our pleasure to formally announce that Cologne has been selected as the venue for IPCC 2013 – as usual there will be a strong showing from the key OEMs, consultants and component suppliers, but this time we are aiming to bring the IPCC “story” to mines in Europe, Russia, Africa and the Middle East in particular, whether that be in relation to coal and lignite mining, phosphates, iron ore, oil shale or other commodities. We particularly invite mining groups in these regions to get in touch if interested in speaking and attending at the IPCC 2013 event: please contact IPCC 2013 Conference Director, Paul Moore, at paul@im-mining.comPlease keep visiting the IM website for details on the Cologne venue. We will also be having a field trip to one of the RWE lignite operations in the region, which are world leaders in their degree of high tonnage belt conveyor utilisation; and the relocation of belt conveyors. Their three operations: Hambach, Inden and Garzweiler, together mine over 100 Mt/y of coal and over 455 million bcm (bank cubic metres) of overburden annually. Watch this space!last_img read more

Anchorman 2 stars hit Dublin red carpet sign some faces generally remain

first_imgFOLLOWING WHAT MAY well have been the most sustained promotional campaign for any entertainment event (it started over a year-and-a-half ago with this Ron Burgundy appearance on Conan) the first Irish fans finally got to see what all the hype was about this evening as Anchorman 2 had its Dublin premiere.With the notable exception of lady-newscaster Veronica Corningstone, the entire Channel 4 news team — along with director Adam McKay — were on hand at the Savoy to pose for selfies, stage comically mistimed high-fives and autograph whatever happened to come into their field of vision.Things escalated really quickly…last_img

Google Maps corrige le tir concernant les favelas de Rio

first_imgGoogle Maps corrige le tir concernant les favelas de Rio Google vient d’annoncer que les cartes de Rio de Janeiro qui laissaient apparaître les favelas de la ville allaient être modifiées sur son service Maps.   Rio de Janeiro, au Brésil, doit accueillir la Coupe du monde de football en 2014 et les Jeux Olympiques en 2016. Le géant américain Google avait été fortement critiqué pour laisser apparaître sur son site de géolocalisation Google Maps les favelas de la ville. Le directeur de la branche brésilienne du groupe a expliqué que “Google n’a jamais eu l’intention de discréditer Rio […] le problème est le manque d’informations sur les cartes”. Pour éviter les problèmes les cartes devraient être totalement actualisées d’ici un an maximum.  Le quotidien O Globo, cité par l’AFP, rapporte les propos du directeur indiquant que l’internaute “pourra d’abord voir l’information la plus importante comme le nom des quartiers et, au moyen du zoom, les sous-quartiers avec leurs rues et seulement après les favelas”. C’est ce même journal brésilien qui, dans un reportage publié ce week-end faisait remarquer que Google Maps “réduisait Rio à un ensemble de favelas” où certains quartiers touristiques parmi les plus célèbres n’apparaissaient même pas. Or, selon la municipalité de la ville, les favelas ne constituent que 3,8% du territoire de la ville.Le 1 mai 2011 à 13:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Man credits square dancing with helping manage kidney disease

first_imgElmer and Betty Toops danced their first square dance in 1980. In the 32 years that have followed, nothing’s stopped their dancing.Their two children, now adults, took dance lessons. Weekends concluded with Sunday evening dances. Family vacations included square-dance festivals.You can do-si-do your way to better health at these upcoming events:o Round-dancing lessons with Dorothy Lowder: 3-6 p.m. every Sunday at Clark County Square Dance Center, 10713 N.E. 117th Ave., Vancouver. First lesson free; $5 per lesson after. 503-232-7544.o Country line-dance lessons, 6:30- 8 p.m. every Tuesday at Fishers Grange No. 211, 814 N.E. 162nd Ave., Vancouver. Admission is $4. 360-521-8360.o Square dance with the Buzzin’ Bees, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 1 at Hazel Dell Grange No. 1124, 7509 N.E. Hazel Dell Ave., Vancouver. Admission is $6. 360-833-0879.o Sunday dances, 2-4 p.m. every Sunday at Luepke Senior Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd., Vancouver. Admission is $3. 360-487-7055.Not even Elmer’s end-stage renal disease diagnosis two years ago has been able to stop the dancing duo. In fact, Betty believes the dancing is what keeps Elmer healthy after nearly four decades with a disease that has slowly destroyed his kidneys.“That’s what keeps him going,” she said. “I truly believe it was the square dancing and the physical exercise. That’s why his kidney function went as long as it did.”Elmer was 35 years old when routine blood work revealed he had Berger’s disease.Berger’s disease develops when an antibody lodges in the kidneys, hampering their ability to filter waste, water and electrolytes from the blood. Over time, it can lead to blood and protein in one’s urine, high blood pressure, and swollen hands and feet, according to the Mayo Clinic.last_img read more

Conflicting accounts emerge in crash of CTran buses

first_imgCompeting accounts have emerged in a crash involving two C-Tran buses Monday morning.A C-Tran official on Wednesday said that five passengers were on board during the crash at the intersection of Highway 99 and Northeast 88th Street. At the same time, people claiming to be passengers have told the Columbian via email that there were six people on the bus at the time of the 6:45 a.m. crash.Both accounts contradict the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, which reported that no passengers were on either of the buses. Sheriff’s Sgt. Duncan Hoss stood by the county’s original report when asked about the discrepancy Wednesday.“I don’t understand where the disconnect is coming from,” Hoss said. The patrol sergeant will be notified and will look into the incident, he added.The crash occurred at 6:45 a.m. Monday when bus driver Patricia Hern was driving north on Highway 99 in foggy conditions and ran a red light at the intersection of Highway 99 and Northeast 88th Street, officials said. Her bus struck a southbound bus turning east onto 88th Street with a green arrow, according to the sheriff’s office. C-Tran spokesman Jim Quintana said that Hern’s bus was carrying five passengers. However, Quintana said that video equipment on Hern’s bus had malfunctioned and video was not captured. Video footage from a southbound bus driven by Sharon Stewart shows no passengers.last_img read more

Responding to accelerating life systems on Planet Earth

first_imgJulia Bevins, left, of Anchorage and Steve Jones of San Francisco wear polar bear costumes during a climate action rally on the Park Strip in Anchorage, Alaska on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. (Photo by James Brooks)Most people agree that we need to aim for more resilient infrastructure and communities to effectively respond to climate change. But what are the first steps toward getting there?  Your chance to talk it over with two expert panelists is coming up on the next “Talk of Alaska:” an ecologist who has documented what is actually happening with endangered species, and an experimenter who locked himself in a closed environment for two years.LISTEN HEREHOST: Steve HeimelGUESTS:Chris D. Thomas – Professor of Conservation Biology, University of York, author of “Inhertors of the Earth, How Nature is Thriving in an Age of Extinction”Mark Nelson – Chairman of the Institute of Ecotechnics, crew member of the two-year closure of Biosphere 2, 1991-93, author of “Pushing Our Limits, Insights from Biosphere 2.Participate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.last_img read more

Biden criminal justice plan reverses part of 1994 crime bill

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa: Joe Biden plans to propose a criminal justice agenda that would reverse key provisions of the 1994 crime bill that he helped write as a senator and that his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination have blamed for the mass incarceration of racial minorities since then. Most notably, the former vice president is endorsing an end to the disparity that placed stricter sentencing terms on offences involving crack versus powder cocaine as well as an end to the federal death penalty, which the 1994 crime bill authorized as a potential punishment for an increasing number of crimes. Also Read – Weak European inflation bolsters case for stimulus Advertise With Us The criminal justice policy, which Biden plans to outline Tuesday during an appearance in New Orleans, comes as he works to reinforce his support among African American voters. The timing is important, especially after rival California Sen. Kamala Harris impugned Biden’s civil rights record during last month’s Democratic presidential debates. It also comes as Biden prepares for next week’s presidential debates when he will face Harris and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, both of whom have sharply criticized his role in the Clinton-era crime law. Also Read – Uganda: Traveling girl from Congo dies of Ebola Advertise With Us Biden campaign chairman Cedric Richmond called the plan “the most forward-leaning criminal justice policy proposed.” Richmond, a Louisiana representative and former public defender, praised it for building on Virginia Democratic Rep. Bobby Scott’s SAFE Justice Act, which would reserve prison space for violent offenders and offer a wider range of non-prison sentencing alternatives. Scott’s bipartisan bill is co-sponsored by other members of the Congressional Black Caucus. Advertise With Us By building on Scott’s bill, Biden, who represented Delaware in the U.S. Senate for decades, is moving significantly to the left but not quite as far as endorsing the type of sweeping overhaul championed by Booker. Booker unveiled a proposal this year that would go beyond the criminal justice measure that President Donald Trump signed into law last year by slashing mandatory minimum sentences. And Biden’s shift on the death penalty also puts him in line with every other Democratic presidential candidate except for Montana Gov. Steve Bullock. It’s a stark change of Biden’s previous approach to the issue: Touting the toughness of the crime bill in 1992, the then-Senate Judiciary Committee chairman joked that it would do “everything but hang people for jaywalking.” Biden’s plan would seek to create a $20 billion grant program to encourage states to reduce incarceration by increasing spending on child abuse prevention, education and literacy, as long as states eliminate mandatory minimum sentencing for nonviolent crimes. He also would expand the Justice Department’s role in rooting out institutional misconduct by police departments and prosecutors and would establish an independent task force to study prosecutorial discretion in an attempt to head off racial and ethnic discrimination. The plan also includes spending $1 billion annually on changes in the juvenile justice system and identifies as a goal that all former inmates have access to housing when they leave prison. Biden also plans to seek a renewed ban on assault weapons, an element of the 1994 crime bill he continues to promote, and a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines. Trump, a Republican, tweeted in May while championing his own criminal justice measure that “anyone associated with the 1994 Crime Bill will not have a chance of being elected. In particular, African Americans will not be able to vote for you.” Since the last debate, Biden has focused his campaign speeches on his stint as vice president and has aggressively proposed policies in recent weeks that build on gains in President Barack Obama’s administration, including criminal justice. Booker has hinted that he would renew his criticisms of Biden’s lead role on the 1994 crime bill when the two candidates share the stage during the second set of Democratic presidential debates in Detroit next week. The legislation that Biden passed “put mass incarceration on steroids,” Booker told CBS on Sunday. Harris, too, has criticized Biden’s role in the 1994 bill. However, Biden plans to note during his speech Tuesday his time as a public defender before entering politics in the early 1970s. Although Biden advisers say it’s not a subtle shot at Harris, who has been criticized by criminal justice reform advocates as being too tough on the accused during her tenures as the San Francisco district attorney and as California’s attorney general before she was elected senator. Harris has answered those criticisms by saying she supports major changes to federal criminal justice.last_img read more

Netflix Adds Axel Springer CEO Mathias Döpfner to Board

first_img Related ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Creator Jenji Kohan and Star Uzo Aduba Bid Farewell Döpfner said Netflix “has created a world-leading entertainment service that continues to break new ground for the benefit of creators and consumers.” He praised the company’s “radically innovative culture and governance.”Döpfner has been at Axel Springer since 1998, initially as editor-in-chief of Die Welt. He was named CEO of Axel Springer in 2002, focusing on transforming the print-centric company into digital businesses. Döpfner also is a member of the board of Warner Music Group and a former director of Time Warner Inc.The current Netflix board of directors comprises: Reed Hastings; Mathias Döpfner; Rodolphe Belmer; Susan Rice; Anne Sweeney, former president of Disney-ABC Television Group; Richard Barton, executive chairman of Zillow Group and founder of Expedia; A. George (Skip) Battle, former executive chairman of Ask Jeeves and executive at Andersen Consulting; Timothy Haley, managing director at Redpoint Ventures; Jay Hoag, general partner at Technology Crossover Ventures; Leslie Kilgore, former Netflix chief marketing officer; Ann Mather, ex-CFO of Pixar and Village Roadshow Pictures and a former Disney exec; and Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer.Some Netflix investors aren’t happy with the company’s governance practices and have complained that the board isn’t responsive to their concerns. At the company’s annual stockholders meeting in June, a majority of shares cast by Netflix investors were in favor of changing the bylaws to elect directors by a simple majority — but the measure failed, because it did not meet Netflix’s supermajority voting requirement. Popular on Variety Netflix, in a move to bring more international representation to its board, named Axel Spring chairman and CEO Mathias Döpfner as a director.Döpfner’s appointment brings the number of Netflix directors to 12. His addition to the board comes after Netflix named Rodolphe Belmer, former CEO of Canal Plus Group, as a director in January, followed by former U.N. ambassador Susan Rice in March.Axel Springer, based in Berlin, Germany, is a top European publisher and digital media company, with brands including Bild, Die Welt, Business Insider, and Politico Europe. Döpfner has served as CEO of the company since 2002.“We are very pleased to welcome Mathias to the Netflix board,” Reed Hastings, Netflix’s chairman, co-founder and CEO, said in a statement. “His leadership at the vanguard of both European business and digital media brings us invaluable perspective and insight as we work to build and constantly improve our business all over the world.” What’s Coming to Netflix in September 2019 ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

TMC observes black day in WB against manhandling of its leaders

first_imgKolkata: The Trinamool Congress today observed a ‘black day’ in various parts of West Bengal in protest against the alleged “detention and manhandling” of its leaders in Assam’s Silchar airport. The protest will continue tomorrow too, party sources said. TMC ministers, leaders and activists hit the streets in the districts and blocks across the state to protest against the alleged assault on the eight-member TMC team at the Silchar airport on Thursday when they tried to enter Assam’s Cachar district to assess the situation in the wake of the publication of the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC). Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Carrying placards and sporting black masks and badges, TMC activists shouted slogans against the BJP governments at the Centre and Assam and the final draft of the NRC, published on July 30 and touted to be The eight-member TMC delegation had comprised of six MPs, an MLA and West Bengal minister Firhad Hikim. They were stopped at the Silchar airport and put under preventive detention. They returned to the city yesterday. TMC chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had alleged that the members of the delegation, including women, were manhandled at the airport and accused the BJP of imposing a “super emergency” in the country. TMC secretary-general Partha Chatterjee had yesterday said, “What happened to our party delegation is not only shameful but also undemocratic. Our slogan will be ‘we don’t need this monstrous government anymore’.”last_img read more

Taiwans Ma signals no China change as term starts

first_imgAssociated PressTAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) – Taiwan’s president began his second term Sunday and signaled he will maintain a China policy that has reduced tensions between the sides, offering Beijing little early hope of realizing its long-term goal of unification.Speaking at a low-key inaugural ceremony in Taipei’s ornate presidential office building, Ma Ying-jeou hewed to the same formula for relations across the 160-kilometer-wide (100-mile-wide) Taiwan Strait he championed during his first term. “Our cross-strait policy must maintain the status quo of ‘no unification, no independence and no use of force,’” Ma said.He reaffirmed his support for the so-called 1992 Consensus, an informal agreement reached by representatives of the sides accepting that there is only one China _ and not one China, and one Taiwan, which is the stance of many in Taiwan’s pro-independence opposition. But Ma enunciated his position in a way apparently calculated to leave hard-liners in Beijing disappointed.“When we speak of one China, naturally it is the Republic of China,” he said.The Republic of China is the exiled government that Nationalist icon Chiang Kai-shek brought with him to Taiwan in 1949, when Mao Zedong’s Communist forces prevailed in the Chinese civil war.Beijing sees it as a historical relic that lost its legitimacy when Mao proclaimed the establishment of the People’s Republic of China 63 years ago. Since then, Chinese leaders have always insisted that Taiwan must be brought under their control, by persuasion if possible, by force if necessary.Ma won re-election in January largely by assuring voters that he would safeguard their hard-won democratic freedoms, while simultaneously moving forward with his signature policy of tying Taiwan’s high-tech economy ever closer to China’s lucrative markets. That formula has helped to lower cross-strait tensions to their lowest level in six decades. Comments   Share   New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths His remarks on Sunday _ reaffirming his opposition to unification and his fealty to the Republic of China _ make it clear that he still supports that path.Despite Ma’s relatively comfortable re-election victory _ he won by six percentage points _ he begins his second term under the shadow of deep-seated voter dissatisfaction with his overall performance. A particular focus is his economic policies, including a recent decision to raise utility rates.Tens of thousands of anti-Ma protesters gathered in downtown Taipei on Saturday to demonstrate against those policies. Wearing red and green armbands emblazoned with the Chinese character for “anger,” the demonstrators snaked their way through the streets of the capital before gathering in front of the presidential office building under a light drizzle.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

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first_imgArizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown (12) makes a catch in the second half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 in Pittsburgh. The Steelers won 25-13. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “We haven’t lost our swagger in any sense of the word,” Arians said. “We just know that we’ve identified some problems that we get corrected, and (if) we get in that type of ballgame again we know how to fix them.”And fix them under the national spotlight of Monday Night Football.“When you play in front of your peers and the whole world, it’s the only game on Monday,” Arians continued. “Everybody is watching. It’s the biggest show in TV and the whole world, so, yeah; it’s still huge for every player.” “He had a little setback with his other leg,” Arians said, “but last week he couldn’t play on Friday, and he only caught 200 yards worth, so hopefully it’s the same.”Brown is coming off his best game as a pro. He posted career highs in receptions (10) and receiving yards (196) in last week’s loss in Pittsburgh. His 196 receiving yards were tied for the sixth-best single-game total in team history. While Brown will play, tight end Darren Fells (shoulder) and linebacker Alex Okafor (calf) will not because of injury. Fells got hurt against Pittsburgh and did not practice, while Okafor is missing his second straight game. The remaining inactives include quarterback Matt Barkley, linebacker Shaq Riddick, tackle D.J. Humphries, tackle/guard Earl Watford and nose tackle Xavier Williams.Receiver J.J. Nelson is suiting up for his first action since Week 2, when he suffered a shoulder injury at Chicago.For the Ravens, safety Terrence Brooks (thumb), receiver Breshad Perriman (knee) and tight end Maxx Williams (knee/ankle) are out due to injury. Also sitting are receiver Jeremy Butler, safety Kendrick Lewis, center Ryan Jensen and defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore.The Cardinals are looking to bounce back after their second defeat in three weeks.center_img GLENDALE, Ariz. – No player wants to miss a game, especially when that game is played on Monday night.“I’ll be ready to go,” wide receiver John Brown told reporters Saturday.And he is. The Arizona Cardinals’ second-leading receiver is active despite some concerns ahead of the matchup against Baltimore that a hamstring issue might keep him out of the lineup. Brown explained the hamstring tightened up “a little bit” on him as he was running routes. Brown was limited in practice on Thursday and Saturday, and he didn’t practice at all on Friday; all of which led to him being listed as questionable on the final injury report. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Cardinals safety Antoine Bethea will miss the season finale against the Seahawks with a torn pectoral muscle, the team announced on Tuesday.“Whether he requires surgery or not, it’s pretty much up to him at this point in time,” said head coach Bruce Arians.Bethea, who is turning 34 this offseason, has two years left on his contract before becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2020.The 12th-year safety recorded two interceptions and two pass deflections against the Giants on Sunday, and has five total interceptions on the season. Top Stories 2 Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals strong safety Antoine Bethea is hit by New York Giants tight end Jerell Adams (89) after an interception during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Bethea leads the team in interceptions by three and also ranks sixth on the team in tackles this season.Newly signed linebacker Edmond Robinson will be elevated from the practice squad to take Bethea’s spot on the active roster. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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