Study: Looking at photos of women leaders boosts your confidence

first_imgJ.K. Rowling, 2010.According to a recent study in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, women give longer and better public speeches when exposed to photographs of well-known female leaders.The study sought to confirm evidence that when girls see women outside of stereotyped roles, they become more likely to pursue those non-traditional roles. For example, exposing girls to women in STEM careers increases their likelihood of pursuing those roles.These studies support the theory that the reason more women are not in leadership roles is not lack of competence, but lack of confidence.“[A] vast confidence gap…separates the sexes,” wrote Katty Kay, the anchor of BBC World News America, and Claire Shipman, a reporter for ABC News, in an article for The Atlantic. “Compared with men, women don’t consider themselves as ready for promotions, they predict they’ll do worse on tests, and they generally underestimate their abilities.”This lack of confidence has an enormous impact on success. This is why the visibility of female role models is so important: they inspire women to pursue success — with assurance that such success is possible.“Women spoke less than men when a Bill Clinton picture or no picture was presented,” the researchers found. “This gender difference disappeared when a picture of Hillary Clinton or Angela Merkel was presented, with women showing a significant increase when exposed to a female role model compared to a male role model or no role models. Longer speaking times also translated into higher perceived speech quality for female participants.”It might be a little strange to post a picture of Hillary in your office, but the results do suggest that you pay attention to women entrepreneurs and leaders around you, read books by these women and most importantly, if you are a female entrepreneur, remember that you are already a role model to those around you.If you were to post a photo of an inspiring woman in your office, who would it be?last_img read more

Australian Open all set to adopt shot clocks, tennis rule changes begin to take shape

first_imgNext year’s Australian Open will feature shot clocks for the first time, the Grand Slam Board announced on Tuesday.Grand Slams have previously allowed players 20 seconds between points but the time permitted will be increased to 25 seconds, bringing them into line with the ATP Tour.Rather than being left to the discretion of the chair umpire, however, an electronic shot clock will tick down in the corner of the court, as was the case at this month’s Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan.The decision to tweak the timing rule was made during a two-day meeting of the Grand Slam Board in London after a request from the Australian Open organisers.”It was unanimously agreed to support 2018 Australian Open’s application to the ITF (International Tennis Federation) for a waiver of the 20 seconds between points required by the Rules of Tennis, in order to allow for enforcement of a strict 25 seconds utilizing a ‘serve/shot clock’ system in line with that trialed at the 2017 U.S. Open,” a statement said.The length of the pre-match warm-ups will also be strictly controlled at the Jan. 15-28 Australian Open, limiting them to five minutes. Those not ready to play in the permitted time could face fines of $20,000.last_img read more

Fernando Llorente off the mark for Tottenham in stroll against Apoel

first_imgmatch reports Share on WhatsApp Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Apoel Nicosia: Champions League – as it happened Read more Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Philippe Coutinho hat-trick inspires 7-0 Liverpool romp against Spartak Moscow Llorente was not the only player to open his account for the club. Pochettino had made wholesale changes to his lineup, with first place in Group H assured, and it was an important night for the winger George-Kévin Nkoudou.It was Nkoudou’s full Champions League debut and his 22nd appearance for Tottenham. Like Llorente, the vast majority have come as a substitute. He tried to be positive from the first whistle and, if his moves did not always come off, he got his reward towards the end. He jinked away from the Apoel captain, Nuno Morais, cut inside and, when he shot, the ball deflected and flew into the net.Llorente has shown flashes of his quality, most notably in the 1-1 draw with Real Madrid at the Bernabéu, but everybody knew he needed a goal. Pochettino admitted the Spaniard had been “very nervous” about his drought. He showed only dead-eyed instincts when his big chance came.Llorente still had plenty to do when Serge Aurier drove over a hard, low cross in the 20th minute, following Harry Winks’s crossfield pass, but he killed the ball with a lovely right-footed touch and, in the same movement, spun to set up a sweeping left-foot finish. Having done the hard part, he was never going to miss. Topics Champions League Llorente might have opened the scoring earlier, following a Winks free-kick. He rose unmarked to extend Nauzet Pérez in the Apoel goal and that was not the end of the Tottenham threat. Davinson Sánchez had a stab at the loose ball before it broke for Nkoudou. He guided it goalwards only to see Jesús Rueda clear from on the line with an instinctive header. When Llorente recycled the move, Sánchez nodded wide.Spurs dominated the first half, with Son a menace in a roaming role off the flank. There was control to their passing and the second goal felt like a matter of time. Son got it after he played a give-and-go with Llorente. His first-time shot into the far corner was marked by precision technique.The crowd of 42,679 saw a more proactive performance from Apoel in the second half, after they switched to 3-4-3, and Praxitelis Vouros fizzed a deflected shot past the far post. There were theatrical moments from the visitors and the tie also took in flashes of needle. Read more Share via Email Aurier stamped in on Stathis Aloneftis and was booked, while Danny Rose clashed with the substitute, Roland Sallai. Both were cautioned and Rose needed stitches in what Pochettino described as a “massive cut” above his eye. Rose was forced off. He would later re-emerge to watch the closing stages from the bench.Llorente had air-kicked when gloriously placed on 58 minutes and Aurier worked Perez on the follow-up but it was Nkoudou who gave the scoreline its gloss. “We are going to try to go as far as we can in this competition,” Pochettino said. “In football, you can always dream.” It has taken a while – 17 appearances to be precise – but Fernando Llorente is up and running as a Tottenham Hotspur goalscorer. The summer signing from Swansea City has been used mainly as a substitute by Mauricio Pochettino but, given a starting opportunity in what was a dead Champions League rubber, he responded with a decent all-round performance and he crowned it with his first goal in the club’s colours.Given Spurs’ recent stutters – they have won only once in five Premier League matches – it was an opportunity for them to find a bit of momentum and Llorente did so, on a personal level. Son Heung-min did likewise. The winger added Tottenham’s second goal with a curling shot from the edge of the area and he vied with Llorente for the man-of-the-match honours. Tottenham Hotspur Share on LinkedIn Manchester City’s winning run ends as makeshift side fall to Shakhtar Apoel Nicosia Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

2 New Schools Mentioned For Country’s No. 1 QB Recruit

first_imgWisconsin's stadium with snow on the field.MADISON, WI – NOVEMBER 15: Snow falls on the endzone during play between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on November 15, 2014 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The 2019 recruiting class is not believed to be a good one for quarterbacks. Some analysts are calling it the worst QB class they’ve ever seen. There’s not a ton of depth or elite talent at the top.The best quarterback in the class might be Graham Mertz, a four-star pro-style quarterback out of Kansas. “I’ve heard from coaches that (he) is the best QB recruit nationally and gotta say, he looks damn good at Elite 11,” says SB Nation Recruiting.Mertz is currently committed to Wisconsin. However, the commitment to the Badgers might not last…Several other major programs are pursuing Mertz hard. Despite the fact that he’s committed to Wisconsin, those programs are making him a serious priority.Both Ohio State and Notre Dame have made him their No. 1 QB target.A flipped commitment might be on the table.“Notre Dame working hard to flip him from Wisconsin,” says Irish Illustrated.Good show from Irish quarterback target Graham Mertz at Elite 11. Notre Dame working hard to flip him from Wisconsin. https://t.co/EzIyaStO5S— Irish Illustrated (@PeteSampson_) June 2, 2018Ohio State, meanwhile, has reportedly “zeroed in” on him.Some analysts expect him to make the flip, too.This is a recruitment that will likely last through the summer. It’s unclear if Mertz will start taking visits to other schools.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Guinness to Open New Experimental Brewery in Baltimore Next Month

first_img America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene Editors’ Recommendations World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Kentucky Breweries are Plowing Ahead on the Bourbon Trail Guinness Shoots For the Moon With a New Beer Baltimore is the latest East Coast city to witness a boom in its brewing and distilling scene. Now, Guinness is bringing its namesake to a dedicated brewery in the Maryland port city. The new Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House will be the company’s first brewery in the U.S. in more than 60 years.Baltimore’s one-time, post-prohibition Maryland Whiskey Distillery is being transformed from the ground up into the 66-acre, $80-million-dollar Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House. The former distillery’s rickhouses — essentially storehouses to age and shelf whiskey — will become a new, full-scale industrial operation for Guinness. The facilities will boast two-barrel and ten-barrel tanks for its most experimental beers, a larger, 100-hectoliter system for mainstream products like Guinness Blonde Lager, and the company’s first-ever barrel-aging house.Like Dublin’s famed Guinness Storehouse, the grounds will be home to an interactive visitor’s center. On the planned one-hour tour, guests will be able to watch Guinness brewers and the brewing process in action. Two full on-site restaurants will offer Maryland-inspired cuisine and beer-pairing menus to encourage visitors to linger as long as they like. More casual eats will also be available via local food trucks near the pint-glass-shaped outdoor courtyard.What Guinness is really after is to inject a healthy dose of creative American brewing into their process. Brewery Ambassador Ryan Wagner confirmed the beermaker hired Holly Stephenson, Peter Wiens, and Sean Brennan (of Highland Brewing, Stone Brewing, and Jolly Pumpkin, respectively) to head the new brewery. They’re tasked with unleashing their considerable beer-making chops and creativity to craft some truly one-of-a-kind brews. While the iconic brand already has a significant share of the worldwide beer market, Wagner notes that it’s looking “to become a bigger part of the American craft beer industry, to have a place for innovation and creativity for Guinness in the states.”A temporary Test Taproom has been open since October with a rotating menu of experimental beers brewed on site. As of July 2018, the list included unique offerings like Guinness Oatmeal Stout, Guinness American Wheat Beer, and Guinness Guava Wit. The taproom will be closed once the full Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House officially opens August 3, 2018. Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie last_img read more

Morocco: Over 14.8 kg of Cocaine Seized, 5 Drug Dealers Arrested

Rabat – Kenitra judiciary police, in close collaboration with the General Directorate for Territory Surveillance, arrested Saturday five members of a criminal network for cocaine trafficking and seized 14 kg and 875 g of cocaine in addition a large sum of money, said on Sunday a statement by the National Police (DGSN).The investigation by the security services enabled to nab two of these people in the suburbs of the city of Kenitra, one of them was nationally wanted for drug trafficking. The operation allowed also to catch 3kg of coke, said the source.The other three dealers were apprehended at the city of Tangiers, including the wife of one of them and her sister who had in their possession an additional 11kg and 875 g of cocaine and the sum of 1,209,350.00 dirhams as well as foreign currency. The accused, including a police civil servant in Kenitra suspected of having ties with the criminal network, will be brought to justice after the completion of the probe under the supervision of the competent public prosecutor’s office, it added. read more

King Mohammed VI to Visit Fez, May Inaugurate Aeronautics Zone

Rabat – King Mohammed VI is expected to visit the city of Fez on Sunday, April 7. Civil services members are preparing for the royal visit by cleaning and setting up flags in preparation for the monarch’s visit, a source told Morocco World News Friday. The source added that the King is expected to inaugurate socio-economic projects in the city. The visit may also include the inauguration of an aeronautics economic free zone, the first of its kind in the Fez-Meknes region. The industrial zone will be inaugurated in Ain Cheggag, a town in the Fez-Meknes region, according to MWN’s source.The state-owned news agency has not reported any updates about the possible free zone, a project that was unveiled by Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani in January 2018.Read Also: Oxford: Vocational Training, Industries to Increase Morocco’s EconomyEl Othmani said that the government is “reflecting on the subject in collaboration with the Ministries of Industry, Investment, Finance as well as Education and the local officials.”He also expressed hope that the project’s implementation would offer more job opportunities.“All the parties concerned by this project will work together to make it come true, and convince investors of its importance and urgency,” El Othmani stated.In addition to the automotive industry, the aeronautics sector has been fruitful for Morocco, as it boosted its economic performance. The geographical strategy of the kingdom attracted several international firms to build factories in Morocco, using it as a gateway to Europe and Africa.The Oxford Business Group said in March in an overview about Morocco’s economy that Morocco’s plans to promote economic development through investment “has witnessed success, in particular in the automotive and aeronautics sectors.”Oxford said that industry contributed an average of about 19 percent to GDP, and “in 2017 this increased, raising the sector’s contribution to around 25% of GDP.” In March local media reported that the King would visit the city to launch socioeconomic projects.The King’s last visit to the cultural and spiritual capital of Morocco was in August 24, 2018. read more

Eight Indian fishermen arrested northeast of Vettalakerni

Eight Indian fishermen were arrested while poaching in Sri Lankan waters, northeast of Vettalakerni today.A Fast Attack Craft attached to the Northern Naval Command, on routine patrol, arrested the 8 Indian fishermen and detained their fishing trawler. The fishermen were brought to the naval base SLNS Uttara in Kankesanthurai and were subsequently handed over to the Assistant Fisheries Director of Jaffna for legal action.The Navy said the trawler and fishing gear were retained at SLNS Elara in Karainagar. (Colombo Gazette)

Woman acquitted of triple murder accessory charges

Kirsten Bomberry doubled over in the prisoner’s box, relieved that she was about to be set free.But behind her, in the body of courtroom, Sue Jamieson hugged the high school graduation photo of her son Michael a little tighter and sobbed.“They were her friends and she watched them get killed and walked away,” Jamieson said on the front steps of the London courthouse.“She gets off. I don’t understand it. I really don’t understand it.”Bomberry, 36, of Six Nations of the Grand River, near Brantford, was acquitted Friday of three counts of accessory after the fact of murder in connection with the deaths of Melissa Trudy Miller, 36, who was seven months pregnant at the time of her death, Alan Porter, 33, and Michael Jamieson, 32.They were killed at Bomberry’s property in the First Nations community between Oct. 29 and 30, 2018. Their bodies were found on Nov. 4, tied up, wrapped in blankets and tossed in the bed of a stolen pickup truck, left abandoned on Bodkin Road in Middlesex Centre, southwest of London.Bomberry admitted she buried the weapons — a single-barrel shotgun and a knife — in a woodlot. The issue was whether she moved the weapons to help the killers or to protect herself.Superior Court Justice Peter Hockin said in his decision he was convinced by Bomberry’s own words to police that she hid them because she was scared the killers might return to her home to kill her and others.“I find the transfer of the weapons was not to assist but for self-preservation,” he said.He made that conclusion based on two police statements made by Bomberry following the discovery of the bodies.During the first statement, given to police following her arrest in November 2018 after a witness came forward, Bomberry, who was dealing drugs from her home, lied and said she last saw the victims walking down her driveway. She said she wasn’t involved in the killings.But in January 2019, she changed her story, and described watching the killers stab and beat Miller and Porter in the living room of her trailer.When Jamieson said he wanted to leave, he was marched outside and shot in the chest, Bomberry told the police.The killer said as he took him out that “this is going to happen to everyone.”“(The killer) was just stone-cold, looking at me with the shotgun,” Bomberry told the police.Hockin said the second statement had “a ring of truth” and there was an important consistency with her first statement.“Her assertion that she was not a participant was consistent with her second statement that she was a witness only,” he said.Bomberry gave the police details about what she did following the killings. She refused to help clean up the crime scene, even though those involved yelled at her to help. She found the weapons in a garbage bag near a fire pit some time after the bodies had been removed and the killers had left.She removed the weapons and buried the garbage bag. Some time later, perhaps a few days, she and two others took the weapons to a woodlot on Mulligan Road near Highway 54 and buried them.Bomberry told police she was “scared” the killers would return to her home and hurt her, so she moved the weapons off her property.“I was scared he was going to use them and I was going to actually hand them over once I figured out (sic) and calmed down from the shock,” she told the police.Hockin said: “(The) accused’s expression of fear . . . was well founded in her mind and that was her state of mind.”LFP Longform: How a code of silence fed a deadly web of violence that’s left a mark across Southwestern Ontario #LdnOnt #onpoli https://t.co/XSUFKtFmVO— London Free Press (@LFPress) March 18, 2019Bomberry was convicted of second-degree murder in 2008 for the stabbing of a Hamilton man, a case that was later overturned by the Ontario Court of Appeal. She pleaded guilty to manslaughter in 2012.The issue for Bomberry now is where she will go. By the response in the courtroom, it appears she isn’t welcome at Six Nations.“Everybody knows what kind of person she is,” one woman said as she walked out of the courtroom.Her defence lawyer, Ian McCuaig, said outside of court Bomberry is aware that the community has been shaken to its core by the homicides.“These events are so tragic and have justifiably created so much turmoil in the community that she will have a difficult decision to make and I can’t give you any insight into what she will do next,” he said.One Six Nations resident who was in the courtroom to support the families said the judge’s decision will be “very hard for the community to grasp.”“We all live in the same community. We’re only going to feel this,” said Rhonda Martin. “This could be a time for our community to come together and say we don’t want people like this in our community.“We’re trying to stand up for what we believe in. This is not what we are about. This is not who we are.”Sue Jamieson just knows her son is dead and one person has been acquitted. Michael, she said, was in rehab for drug abuse but added he was “a good guy. He helped everybody. He’s missed by everybody.“Don’t be scared of them. We need to stand forward now. Enough of the drugs. Please come forward and keep these next ones in jail,” she said.The others charged in connection with the homicides will be tried in Brantford.Two men and one woman face murder charges. Nicholas Shipman is charged with three counts of second-degree murder, Thomas Bomberry, 30, is charged with two counts of second-degree murder, and Jamie Beaver is charged with one count of second-degree murder.Vernon Shipman, 33, and Roland Sturgeon are charged with accessory after the fact.jsims@postmedia.comtwitter.com/JaneatLFPress read more

Football LeCharles Bentley transforming Pat Elflein into top center ahead of NFL

When Pat Elflein announced he was returning to the Ohio State football team in 2016, he and then-redshirt sophomore guard Billy Price were the only two returning members for the Buckeyes. Coaches decided that Elflein would be shifting to play center, a move which could have seen the Pickerington, Ohio, native fall flat on his face in his final year of eligibility. Instead, Elflein is now considered the third-best center in this year’s draft, and is projected as high as a third-round pick according to Walterfootball.com.2/2 – 6 weeks… The rabbit hole is deep with this one…. It’s the process…. @elflein65 #OLPBuiltToDominate™ pic.twitter.com/4aVR421DKe— Offensive Line Performance (@OLPerformance) February 23, 2017A staple of the offensive line last season for the Buckeyes and the unquestioned leader of “The Slobs,” Elflein has been criticized for a lack of strength and occasionally slow feet. Said to give up too much room and lack speed, Elflein arrived at OSU’s Pro Day with a much trimmer and impressive physique.“It’s all diet,” he said. “Diet, obviously training hard with great trainer, great coach LeCharles Bentley. It’s just all about the way you eat, what you’re putting in your body and training hard.”Bentley, a former four-year letterwinner for OSU from 1998-2001, owns and runs O-Line Performance, a training center for upcoming NFL lineman hopefuls. Although Elflein was listed at 303 pounds during the combine after being listed at 300 pounds during the season, he has made a clear change in his physicality. 1/2 – 6 weeks of doing what needed to be done. We’re not finished… It’s the process @elflein65 #OLPBuiltToDominate™ pic.twitter.com/WkjDO5KDVS— Offensive Line Performance (@OLPerformance) February 23, 2017Elflein anchored the middle of the offensive line last season, and Price said not having him next season will be a tough pill to swallow.“I’m going to try and follow Pat’s step, Pat’s lead,” Price said. “The transformation I’ve been able to make over four years, following behind Pat — that’s going to be tough losing him.”With his change in physique, Elflein might have gained some of the strength he lacked at the combine. Whomever takes a chance on him is still a mystery, but he will likely hear his name called in the middle rounds of the draft.Even with the steps forward in his diet, Elflein said he still allows himself just one cheat meal every now and then.“Roosters,” Elflein said with a smile.The Pickerington native said he was actually at Rooster’s last year watching the draft when teammate, and friend, Taylor Decker was drafted in the first round. While he won’t be there this season, he’s still hoping for the chain chicken fingers restaurant to keep him in mind.“Please sponsor me,” he said. “I’ll be your wingman.” read more

South Korean broadcasters and banks hit in suspected cyber attack

first_imgTHE SOUTH KOREAN military has issued an alert about a possible high-level cyber attack, after computer networks crashed at major broadcasters and banks, with initial suspicions focused on North Korea.The Korea Internet Security Agency said computer networks at three TV broadcasters – KBS, MBC and YTN – had been “partially or entirely crippled”, as were systems at the Shinhan and Nonghyup banks.“An investigation is under way. Right now we cannot say whether they were attacked by hackers,” an agency spokesman told AFP, adding that Internet service provider LG Uplus had also reported a network crash.While there was no immediate confirmation of who or what was behind the multiple shutdown that occurred around 2pm local time (5am Irish time), the main finger of suspicion is likely to point at Pyongyang.Wednesday’s crash came days after North Korea accused South Korea and the United States of being behind a “persistent and intensive” hacking assault that took a number of its official websites offline for nearly two days.The North was believed to be behind two major cyber attacks in 2009 and 2011 that targeted South Korean government agencies and financial institutions, causing their networks to crash.Threat alert status raised two notches in successionThe South Korean Defence Ministry said it had raised its five-level “Infocon” cyber threat alert status from level 4 to level 3.The Infocon level was only recently raised from 5 to 4 (with one being the top level) with military tensions on the Korean peninsula at their highest level for years following the North’s nuclear test last month.“We do not rule out the possibility of North Korea being involved, but it’s premature to say so. It will take time to figure out,” Defence Ministry spokesman Kim Min-Seok said.The presidential Blue House said the National Security Advisor had been briefed by police on Wednesday’s network paralysis and his office was investigating the possible causes.According to intelligence officials cited by South Korean media, North Korea is believed to have a cyber warfare unit staffed by around 3,000 people handpicked for their computer literacy.The Korea Internet Security Agency said it had recorded 40,000 cases of cyber attacks from foreign and domestic sources in 2012, up sharply from 24,000 in 2008.“South Korea is an IT superpower with good infrastructure but remains relatively vulnerable to hacking,” Park Soon-Tai, manager of the agency’s hacking response team, told AFP in a recent interview.- © AFP, 2013last_img read more

Google pourrait se lancer dans la musique en ligne dès cet automne

first_imgGoogle pourrait se lancer dans la musique en ligne dès cet automneÉtats-Unis – Le géant de la recherche sur Internet aurait pour projet de se lancer dès la rentrée sur le marché de la musique en ligne. Google pourrait en effet mettre en ligne un service d’écoute en streaming et de téléchargement de musique.Google aurait pour ce faire ouvert les négociations avec plusieurs majors du disque il y a quelques mois, rapporte le site CNET. Le service du géant de Mountain View pourrait être baptisé Google Music, et devrait être intégré directement au moteur de recherche. Google pourra ainsi proposer aux internautes d’acheter les titres sur lesquels ils feront une recherche. Outre l’achat de musique, le service devrait proposer une écoute en streaming.À lire aussiLicenciement, compost humain et death metal, les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 28 avrilGoogle ne cache pas ses ambitions concernant le marché de la musique numérique. Lors de sa conférence annuelle I/O le mois dernier, la firme avait en effet présenté le moteur qu’il a récemment acheté, Simplify Media. Une application d’abord destinée à l’iPhone et qui permet d’écouter sur son téléphone mobile de la musique issue d’une discothèque iTunes ou WinAmp stockée sur PC ou Mac. Une version Android de cette application serait actuellement en développement.L’arrivée de Google sur le marché de la musique devrait être bien accueillie dans le secteur du disque. Le géant de la recherche sur Internet est en effet considéré comme l’un des seuls acteurs capable de concurrencer iTunes.Le 17 juin 2010 à 18:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Madore pushes petition about county contracts

first_imgThe Clark County council passed an ordinance Tuesday altering the way sensitive contracts are publicized. By the next morning, Councilor David Madore had convinced 256 people to sign a petition seeking to refer the ordinance to a vote.The ordinance was drafted by Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Chris Horne to give the county manager greater authority in delegating routine contracts and also to address concerns voiced by some members of the council that contracts for sensitive human resource investigations not be published on the county’s website.The measure changes a 2015 ordinance approved by the Clark County council that required the county manager to post contracts on the county’s website prior to signing them, allowing the public and councilors to offer input. The Home Rule Charter gives the county manager authority to sign contracts.Horne explained that individuals involved in human resources investigations “may have claims to confidentiality.”“It is our job to protect everyone in the investigations,” said council Chair Marc Boldt at Tuesday’s meeting.The ordinance was passed with a 3-2 vote with Boldt, no party preference, and Republican Councilors Jeanne Stewart and Julie Olson voting in favor of it. Republican Councilors Tom Mielke and Madore, who have often been at odds with the rest of the council, voted against it.Madore called the ordinance a huge step backward for “transparency and accountable government,” while suggesting it was politically motivated and related to two legal actions against members of the council.last_img read more

Police 29 dead dozens hurt in blast at Mexican fireworks market

first_imgTULTEPEC, Mexico — A powerful chain-reaction explosion ripped through Mexico’s best-known fireworks market on the northern outskirts of the capital Tuesday, killing at least 29 people, injuring scores more and sending a huge plume of charcoal-gray smoke billowing into the sky. The blast leveled the open-air San Pablito Market in Tultepec in the middle of the afternoon as it bustled with shoppers stocking up on fireworks to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s, reducing vendors’ stands to piles of rubble, ash, and charred metal. It was the third devastating explosion and fire to ravage the market since 2005.Crescencia Francisco Garcia said she was in the middle of the grid of stalls along with a few hundred others when the thunderous explosions began. She froze, reflexively looked up at the sky and then took off running through the smoke once she realized everyone was doing so. As she ran she saw people with burns and cuts, and lots of blood. “Everything was catching fire. Everything was exploding,” Francisco said. “The stones were flying, pieces of brick, everything was flying.”In comments broadcast on local TV news, Mexico State Gov. Eruviel Avila reported Tuesday night that in addition to the 26 people who perished at the market, three more victims died after being taken to hospitals. State Health Secretary Cesar Nomar Gomez Monge said 72 people were being treated for injuries including severe burns, in some cases over 90 percent of their bodies. Those hospitalized included 10 children.last_img read more

Favre Simeone is one of the worlds best coaches

first_imgBorussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre expects no repeat of their stunning 4-0 win over Atletico Madrid last time out ahead of tonight’s gameThe Bundesliga leaders unexpectedly handed Atletico a thrashing in their previous Group A Champions League clash at Signal Iduna Park.Favre, who replaced Peter Stoger in the summer, is unbeaten in his first 15 games in charge of Dortmund – 12 of which he’s won.Although Favre will be taking nothing for granted against Atletico counterpart Diego Simeone, who he considers one of the world’s best coaches.“If you analyze the game properly, the result was a bit harsh,” Favre told reporters on YouTube.borussia dortmund, marco reus, jadon sancho, paco alcacerReport: Dortmund hammer four past Leverkusen George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund put four past Bayer Leverkusen.Borussia Dortmund leapfrogged Bayern Munich to claim second place in the Bundesliga. After handing out a 4-0 thrashing of…“It’s going to be a tough game for us. We know that, and we need to be very well prepared.”He added: “It was just one game. We know the opponent very well. They have been one of the best teams in Europe in the last seven or eight years.“My coaching colleague is doing a great job, and to me, he’s one of the best in the world. Atlético are a huge team.”The Group A game at the Wanda Metropolitano between Atletico and Dortmund will begin at 21:00 (CEST).last_img read more

Verdict reached in Coronado Mansion wrongful death lawsuit

first_img 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 SettingsJurors awarded Pari Zahau more than $5 million for loss of comfort and companionship and loss of money that the victim would have given to support her mother.Greer said a second phase of the trial, in which the jury would consider punitive damages, might not be necessary.The attorney called on the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department to re-open its investigation into Zahau’s death.The Sheriff’s Department responded to Wednesday’s verdict with the following statement:The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is aware of the recent verdict in the Rebecca Zahau wrongful death civil suit. We have cooperated with all parties on the presentation of evidence and testimony during the trial. Our thoughts are with the Zahau Family as they relive the tragic death of their daughter and sister, Rebecca.In regards to the criminal investigation, the Sheriff’s Department stands by the findings of the Medical Examiner’s Office and our investigators. These findings were supported by forensic evidence and medical examinations. We are always open to reviewing any evidence that could impact our conclusions. Additionally, we are also willing to meet with the Zahau Family to look at any new evidence that came out of the civil trial.“We know that Rebecca did not commit suicide,” Greer said outside court. “We knew right away.”Greer said the civil trial was a way to get the truth in front of the public.“It’s not about money,” he said. “It’s never been about the money.”Zahau-Loehner told reporters she was in “shock” upon hearing the verdict.“For seven years, we had to fight to prove she didn’t commit suicide,” Zahau-Loehner said. “My sister was brutally murdered.”Zahau-Loehner said she is holding out hope that someday Adam Shacknai, who’s now 54, will be criminally charged in the case.The defendant testified that he had nothing to do with Zahau’s death. He said he was staying in the guest house at his brother’s mansion the night of July 12, 2011, after traveling to San Diego from his home in Memphis to be with his brother after Max’s accident.Adam Shacknai said he emerged from his room early the next morning and saw Zahau’s nude body hanging from the balcony. He said he called 911, cut Zahau down and tried to give her CPR, then called his brother to tell him his girlfriend was dead.Jonah Shacknai — a pharmaceuticals tycoon from Arizona — testified during the six-week trial that it was “inconceivable” that his younger brother had anything to do with Zahau’s death.The jury began deliberations on Tuesday, after the second day of closing arguments.In his final statements to the jury, defense attorney Dan Webb Tuesday told the panel of 7 men and 5 women that there was not a shred of evidence to link defendant Adam Shacknai to the death of Rebecca Zahau.Adam Shacknai, the younger brother of Zahua’s boyfriend was the person who called 911 and the other person on the Coronado mansion grounds on the night before she was discovered hanged from a balcony railing.In closing arguments one day earlier, attorney Keith Greer representing the Zahau family made use of a life-sized mannequin, while playing Shacknai’s phone call to 911, trying to show the jury that Shacknai feigned shock, and did not go over to check whether Zahau was alive, until after he contacted 911.Defense attorney Dan Webb did not show the jury any dramatic displays during his closing remarks but offered a point-by-point rebuttal to the plaintiffs’ arguments. Webb said that the plaintiffs’ circumstantial evidence amounted to no evidence at all. In discussing the mysterious message painted on a mansion door, Webb said his expert testified that it would be impossible for anyone to make a valid comparison between a stroke made with a paintbrush and a pen stroke. A knot expert who testified for the defense challenged the plaintiffs’ claim that the knots on Rebecca’s bindings were nautical in nature.Shacknai works as a tugboat pilot. Webb said the expert who testified for the defense noted that the knots that were used were so simple and elementary that they could even be tied by a gorilla or a bird.The defense attorney also attacked the plaintiffs’ theory that Rebecca was strangled by Adam Shacknai after a sexual assault, and that her killing was staged to look like a suicide. Webb insisted there was no proof of strangulation and no DNA or physical evidence to support the claim that Zahau was sexually violated with the handle of a knife.There are significant differences between a criminal and a civil trial.Unlike a criminal case, the jury does not have to determine guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt.” To find someone guilty in a civil trial, the jury must only find “a preponderance of evidence” meaning that it is more likely than not that the defendant committed the crime.KUSI interviewed Zahau’s family attorney Keith Greer following the verdict. Information about it can be found here. April 4, 2018 Updated: 11:10 AM Sasha Foo Sasha Foo, Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Rebecca Zahau, Zahau FacebookTwitter 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 SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A San Diego jury Wednesday awarded more than $5 million in damages to the family of a woman who authorities said committed suicide by hanging herself at a Coronado mansion in 2011, determining that the brother of the woman’s boyfriend was liable for her death.Rebecca Zahau, 32, was found dead the day after her boyfriend Jonah Shacknai’s 6-year-old son, Max Schacknai, fell from a second-story landing at the mansion. The boy died five days later.Zahau’s mother, Pari Zahau, and older sister, Mary Zahau-Loehner, rejected the suicide finding and filed a wrongful death lawsuit in 2013 against Shacknai’s brother, Adam, claiming the defendant confronted and battered Zahau the day after his nephew fell.The attorney for the plaintiffs, Keith Greer, alleged that Adam Shacknai delivered four blows to the head of Zahau, rendering her partially or fully unconscious. Greer also alleged that the defendant sexually assaulted Zahau, tied her hands and feet, put a noose around her neck and threw her body off a second-story balcony.Greer said a phrase scrawled on a bedroom door with black paint that read “She saved him, can he save her,” was written by Adam Shacknai.Adam Shacknai’s attorney, Dan Webb, countered that there was no evidence that his client — who has lived and worked in Memphis for 30 years — had anything to do with Zahau’s death. Adam Shacknai said Zahau encouraged him to come to San Diego to support his brother at his time of need.After less than a day of deliberations, jurors found that he touched and battered Zahau before her death with the intent to harm her. The closing arguments are summarized in the segment below. Verdict reached in Coronado Mansion wrongful death lawsuit Posted: April 4, 2018last_img read more

Financing concerns still clouding Japan IR future

first_img RelatedPosts Suncity Group, Bloomberry Resorts unveil Wakayama IR visions The tight regulations set to govern Japan’s IR industry threaten to cloud the ability of operators to secure the funding they will need for IR development, according to financial industry leaders.The issue of financing proved a key topic of discussion on the opening day of this year’s Japan Gaming Congress at Conrad Tokyo, with multiple stakeholders expressing concern over the industry’s ability to flourish under the regulations currently outlined under the national government’s IR Development and Promotion Ordinance. Suncity Group looking to develop new resort hotel in Okinawa, Japan after US$10 million land purchase Load More Among the rules and regulations already announced is a limit on the casino floor space to a maximum 3% of the IR facility, minimum hotel space of 100,000 square meters, a JPY6,000 (US$56) entry fee for locals and a tax rate of 30%. The government has also promised that licenses will be have to be renewed every three years and land leases every seven.“Due to the huge disconnect between what the Japanese government will write into legislation and what the Japan megabanks are saying they require in order to underwrite a project financing loan, there will be difficulty in obtaining traditional integrated resort mortgage loan financing from local lenders,” said David Bonnet, Managing Partner at Delta State Holdings Ltd.“That being said it creates a huge opportunity for global investment banks to raise senior bonds on a global level.“There are significant opportunities for a number of investment groups but the structure needs to be different from what we are discussing today.”Kentaro Maruta, Partner at KPMG Tokyo, said the national government will almost certainly require a commitment letter from a financial institution to accompany any operator bid. However, with IR financing usually involving short-term loans at high interest rates, the “lack of clarity” over their ability to repay loans quickly remains a sticking point.“There areso many challenges that impact the profitability of an IR in Japan – construction is expensive, they need substantial HR resources and 30% tax is very high, so this can also impact investment,” Maruta said.John Corrigan, Executive Director of Lodging and Gaming at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, said he expects operators to assume a 50-50 equity versus debt ratio, with total investment in a metropolitan IR expected to be as high as US$10 billion.However, Bonnet noted that operators were well-versed in dealing with such problems.“If there is any concern I would say operators will overcome it,” he said.“The basic concern for lenders is when are they going to get their money back? At the moment, with the discretionary type of approvals (for new IR and land licenses), there is not a lot of clarity there so of course the banks see risk. It’s a little bit unusual in this industry to see the lenders acting so risk-averse.“But it will be overcome. This is a high return business so if the operators can’t secure loans they’ll get equity. If they say to someone ‘We’ll give you equity in a monopoly license in Japan’ they’ll quickly be signing up.” Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR movelast_img read more

Regional Markets Remain Strong for Magazines

first_imgGreater Lafayette Business JournalLafayette, LaMarch Monthly New HeightsTampa, Fla.JanuaryBi-monthly Virginia Wine LoverVirginiaMayQuarterly TitleRegionLaunchedFrequency ThicketAlabamaSpringBi-monthly New WestWestern MountainJanuaryQuarterlycenter_img While regional magazines may not be recession-proof, a number of new publishers in the market are optimistic that regionals are in a better cycle than their national counterparts. “If you have a strong product that people want and need then you can get through the economic cycles,” says Jonathan Weber, publisher and CEO of New West Publishing. After developing NewWest.net in 2005, Weber in February launched New West magazine, a quarterly shelter and living title covering the mountain regions of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Washington and Oregon.“We’re starting out fairly small, with the first issue at a circulation of 25,000, but we have a good circ strategy which we’re confident will get the magazine into the right hands,” Weber says. Of the 68 pages in the launch issue, Weber has 35 advertisers over about 20 ad pages.Regional M&A Remains Strong, TooDespite the overall economic downturn, the market has seemingly valued regional magazines well, illustrated in part by a number of significant regional acquisitions over the last several months.In May 2007, Modern Luxury magazine sold to Clarity Partners for an estimated $250 million. In February, Niche Media purchased DLG Media Holdings, publisher of lifestyle and fashion magazine Philadelphia Style, and online publications DC Style and ACConfidential.com. Niche Media finalized an agreement last fall that effectively unified its operations with controlled circulation publishers Greenspun Media Group and the Ocean Drive Media Group.“These are good examples of the strength of the regional market and the range of buyers out there,” Mac Leod says.Mac Leod expects to see a number of regional titles, especially those whose markets have been impacted by the declining housing market, go to market next year. “There will be a few large deals coming out, and we anticipate that it will be a frothy market in the second half of the year,” Mc Leod says. “Also look to see even more buyers from the newspaper sector active in the regional magazine market—both acquiring and divesting depending on their own business needs.”Some recent regional launches: Business New EnglandNew EnglandSpringBi-monthly While much of the publishing industry grits its teeth in anticipation of a recession and established publishers reign in their print launches, the city and regional market remains hot, thanks to a low barrier to entry and a continued demand for print. The first quarter of 2008 alone has seen a flurry of regional magazine launches.“We feel like our situation is unique in that Alabama is overdue for a smart, articulate lifestyle magazine,” says Lee Hurley, managing director and co-publisher of Thicket magazine, a bi-monthly statewide lifestyle title with an initial circulation of 30,000, that debuted in January. Thicket’s April issue has 80 pages—13 of which are ad pages.“We believe the major advertisers in this market realize the need for a vehicle that promotes the state in a sophisticated manner,” says Hurley. “We have miles to go in the revenue area but we are on the road. Our plan is for steady rather than meteoric growth.”Over the last few years, regionals have trended toward vertical launches—business journals, home/design magazines, luxury titles—that have a more narrow audience and cover smaller geographic regions. “Regionals are going through and will continue to go through their own normal consolidation, albeit for different reasons than national titles,” says Kim Mac Leod, president of Regional Media Advisors, an M&A advisory company for the regional market. DurhamDurham, N.C.AprilBi-monthlylast_img read more

CEO Perspectives

first_imgThe end of a year always brings with it a host of new initiatives for the coming one. The year 2013 was a time that many publishers put renewed focus on digital and events, building out alternative revenue streams as print, for the most part, remained flat to down. And as we enter 2014, publishers have a new slate of priorities to focus on, including video, mobile and community development. Technology—particularly with content production—was also a big focus, but one executive featured here is about as bullish on print as you can get. Either way, 2014 is looking like a year where publishers are focusing on building audience and devising ways, whether through content formats or technology, to expand brand appeal.Daniel BroganPresident and Editor-in-Chief | 5280 Publishing, Inc.Ivy Baer ShermanEditor-in-Chief, President and CEO | Vintage MagazineLou Ann SabatierCEO | MediaDC Doug ManoniCEO | SourceMediaScott McCaffertyCo-Founder, Managing Partner | WTWH Media, LLCCindy JeffersCEO, CTO | Salon Media GroupElisabeth DeMarseChairman, President and CEO | TheStreet, Inc.Sarah WilkePublisher | The Upper Room Michael BiggerstaffCEO | Nxtbook Media [Sponsored Content]Malcolm NetburnChairman and CEO | CDS Global [Sponsored Content]Michael P. DulocPresident and CEO | Palm Coast Data [Sponsored Content]last_img read more

Unalaska Gears Up For Statewide Disaster Drill

first_imgFor the most part, Unalaska was shielded from the devastation of the 1964 earthquake. But there’s no telling if it will be next time. That’s why Unalaska and dozens of other communities around the state kicked off a series of emergency drills today.Download AudioIt’s been 50 years since the Good Friday earthquake rocked Alaska. It rattled some nerves in Unalaska, but not much else. The epicenter was hundreds of miles away.Unalaska police chief Jamie Sunderland says the next big earthquake could be a lot closer.“When you’re anywhere near the coast, of course, that can involve tsunamis,” Sunderland says. “And most of the deaths that occurred in ‘64 were actually due to tsunamis.”That’s why Unalaska will be holding an imaginary earthquake and tsunami this week. It’s part of the statewide Alaska Shield exercise. The Alaska Department of Homeland Security designs a fake natural disaster every two years so law enforcement and local governments can practice their response.Last time, it was a harsh winter storm and power outage. This year’s exercise is meant to commemorate the 1964 earthquake. Sunderland says Unalaska will kick things off Thursday morning with a tsunami drill.“It’s going to involve us setting off the tsunami sirens,” Sunderland says. “We’re going to focus on evacuating the school during a school day.”It’s a big operation: Four-hundred kids and teachers will be leaving the city schools and walking up to high ground. About 50 feet above sea level or a mile away from shore is considered safe.The schoolkids aren’t the only ones who will be practicing. Some municipal employees are planning to head for the hills, and Sunderland says other residents should join in — even if the weather doesn’t hold out.“You know, you might be miserable because you’re out in the elements but you’ve got to get up above the waves so that you’re not dead,” Sunderland says. “And of course, being a little wet and miserable is better than that.”The next big exercise starts Friday morning, when an imaginary earthquake will hit. City officials will create an emergency command center. They’ll also open up an emergency shelter for affected residents in the gym of the Parks, Culture, and Recreation center.Recreation manager Ben Bolock says that a few locals just finished taking a Red Cross class on emergency management at the PCR. They’re the ones who will be running the shelter — and Bolock says they’ll be put to the test.“We have families set up to come in at noon time until about 3 and go through some scenarios — go through a mass feeding,” Bolock says. “We also have some animals scheduled to come in. We are talking to the school district about having a class come over.”Bolock encourages all Unalaskans to visit the shelter at the PCR this Friday to sign in. There’s no need to stay overnight: That role will be filled by a handful of local teenagers. They’re going to camp out under the supervision of the shelter volunteers. On Saturday morning, the exercise will wrap up with one last mass feeding — a free breakfast, to reward the teens for their service.For more information about the Alaska Shield exercise, contact the Department of Public Safety at 581-1233 or the PCR at 581-1297.last_img read more