Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son and Adam Neumann (Getty/Illustration by Kevin Rebong for The Real Deal)Adam Neumann could walk away with a $500 million golden parachute from WeWork, the beleaguered co-working company he co-founded.SoftBank and Neumann are close to reaching a settlement agreement that would allow Neumann to sell $500 million in shares, Bloomberg News reported, citing sources “familiar with the matter.” The agreement has not yet been formalized or formally announced, and a virtual trial is still scheduled for Mar. 4.Read moreAdam Neumann suing SoftBank for abuse of powerAdam Neumann to sue SoftBank for bolting WeWork bailoutSoftBank rescue plan would bring WeWork’s valuation to $8B Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Adam NeumannCommercial Real EstatesoftbankWeWork Share via Shortlink Tags The dispute between Neumann and SoftBank arose after the conglomerate, led by Masa Son, backed out of a 2019 deal to bail out the company by buying $3 billion in its shares. In 2020, after WeWork carried out multiple rounds of layoffs, SoftBank reneged on the deal, citing regulatory concerns and ongoing government investigations.ADVERTISEMENTIn May 2020, Neumann sued SoftBank — once the co-working company’s biggest financial backer — and accused the Japanese conglomerate of “secretly taking actions to undermine” the $3 billion bailout. SoftBank, Neumann alleged, had long been working to scuttle the deal.WeWork also sued SoftBank last year, alleging that the conglomerate wrongfully exited the bailout deal.The embattled co-working company, now led by CEO Sandeep Mathrani, is once again considering an IPO, this time via a special-purpose acquisition company, after its attempt to go public in 2019 failed spectacularly. Going public via a SPAC would value the company at around $10 billion, the Wall Street Journal previously reported.[Bloomberg News] — Georgia Kromrei
Russian Warships Train with Simulated Enemy TargetsAs the Russian Defense Ministry reported on Monday, the Russian Black Sea Fleet warships engaged in an exercise where they practiced hitting simulated enemy targets at sea.USS Philippine Sea Executive Officer PromotedThe executive officer of guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) was promoted to the rank of commander during a promotion ceremony held during a department head call in the wardroom, July 3.HMS Ocean Sails for Sea TrialsHMS Ocean sailed from Plymouth on Saturday (5th July) for the first time since October 2012, after undergoing a major refit in her base-port at Devonport, Plymouth.Amphibious Assault Ship America to Sail AwayHuntington Ingalls Industries informed that the amphibious assault ship America (LHA 6) will sail away from Ingalls Shipbuilding on Thursday destined for the West Coast and her Oct. 11 commissioning ceremony in San Francisco.Leidos Starts Building ACTUVLeidos, a national security, health and engineering solutions company, has begun construction on ACTUV (Autonomous Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel) under a Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) program for the design, development, and construction of a vessel originally conceived for an anti-submarine warfare mission. View post tag: 2014 Authorities View post tag: 13 Back to overview,Home naval-today Top News of the Week of July 07 – 13, 2014 View post tag: Navy July 13, 2014 View post tag: Defence Share this article View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval Top News of the Week of July 07 – 13, 2014 View post tag: Top News View post tag: week View post tag: July 07
The Coast Community College District is a multi-college districtthat includes Coastline Community College , Golden WestCollege , and Orange Coast College . The three colleges offerprograms in transfer, general education, occupational/technicaleducation, community services and student support services.Coastline, Golden West and Orange Coast Colleges enroll more than60,000 students each year in more than 300 degree and certificateprograms.Since its founding in 1947, the Coast Community College Districthas enjoyed a reputation as one of the leading community collegedistricts in the United States. Governed by a locally elected Boardof Trustees, the Coast Community College District plays animportant role in the community by responding to needs of achanging and increasingly diverse population.This direct link 2020 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (ASFSR) is the 2020Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for Coast Colleges. 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Man found shot to death in Nappanee mobile home park identified By Jon Zimney – June 8, 2020 0 538 Google+ Facebook Google+ (“Police Line / Police Tape” by Tony Webster, CC BY 2.0) The man found shot to death in Nappanee this past weekend has been identified.It was around 12:15 a.m. on Sunday, June 6, when officers with the Nappanee Police Department were sent to Meadows Mobile Home Park in regard to a shooting.Upon arrival, officers found Thomas Campion, 45, of Lapaz, dead of an apparent gunshot wound.A second person, a 29-year-old from Nappanee, was transported from the scene to Elkhart General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries where he was treated and released.A forensic autopsy determined Campion died of multiple gunshot wounds.There have been no arrests made and this is considered an on-going investigation.Anybody with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Elkhart County Homicide Unit at 574-295-2825 or 574-296-1888. Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleDeadly shooting outside of Orchards Mall in Benton HarborNext articleUPDATE: Around 300 shots fired during weekend according to South Bend Police Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest IndianaLocalNews
Today, Twiddle has announced the dates for their expansive fall tour, which will span from the end of August through to the beginning of October. In recent months, the Vermont-based jam act has been busy, collaborating with Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh and his son Grahame Lesh at Red Rocks and performing a series of collaborative concerts with their outfits, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band and Midnight North, under the banner “Unbroken Train.”For Twiddle’s newly announced fall tour, the band will kick things off with a two-night run with stops in Branford, Connecticut, on August 30th and Westerly, Rhode Island, on August 31st. Following a brief break, the band will reconvene on the road in mid-September with stops in West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina from September 13th to 15th. Continuing southward, the band will play Athens, Georgia, on September 17th ahead of a five-night run in Florida spanning September 19th to 23rd.Twiddle will continue to Greenville, South Carolina, on November 26th before returning to Georgia for a performance in Atlanta the following night. To finish out the southern leg of their fall tour, the band will roll through Nashville, TN; Birmingham, AL; and Chattanooga, TN, wrapping up on September 30th. From there, to close out the tour, the group will mount a three-night run across the Midwest, stopping in Indianapolis and Cleveland before their tour closer in Covington, Kentucky, on October 5th.Tickets for the band’s recently announced fall tour go on sale this Friday, July 13th, at 10 a.m. (MT). For more information and ticketing, head to Twiddle’s website here.
Summer Camp Music Festival has become a beloved staple of the summer festival circuit. Taking place at the end of May over Memorial Day weekend each year, the festival taps one of the strongest lineups of the summer. In 2019, the Summer Camp will return to Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, Illinois, from May 24th through 26th.Just over a month away from the 19th edition, organizers have confirmed some of the final details in to round out the experience. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation, Future Rock, Bonnie X Clyde, and the winners of the “On The Road Tour” have been added to the lineup.In addition, the annual Thursday pre-party lineup has been announced, with a special “Axe The Cables” set from STS9, plus 30db (Brendan Bayliss & Jeff Austin), EOTO, Keller Williams, Spafford, and more. The Thursday Pre-Party allows attendees to come in a day early and snag the best camping/RV spots, catch up with friends, and start the party early. Thursday pre-party passes and VIP Upgrades are on sale now.Lastly, the Red Barn Late Night lineup has been revealed, with Here Come The Mummies joining Umphrey’s McGee on Thursday, May 23rd, plus moe. and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong on Friday, May 24th, Chromeo (DJ Set) and Lotus on Saturday, May 25th, and Papadosio and Manic Science (Manic Focus + Break Science) on Sunday, May 26th. Due to limited capacity of the Red Barn, the late-night shows require a separately purchased ticket. The only way to fully guarantee yourself tickets to these shows is by purchasing a VIP Upgrade Package.Head to the festival’s website for ticketing, the full lineup, and more information.
After spending 13 years raising three boys, Stephanie Connolly wanted to get back into the workforce, but she was worried that her computer skills were obsolete.Not only was the long employment break a concern, but she had never used Microsoft’s Office programs. Her last employer had only used WordPerfect.A year later, Connolly is so well-versed in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint that she is helping others, and just completed a stint as a teaching assistant in a computer class. She’s also on the job hunt, armed with a new résumé, freshly honed interview skills, and state-of-the-art knowledge of how to conduct Internet job searches, fill out Web-based applications, and upload resumes.“I can walk through the doors of the company and feel very confident,” said Connolly. “They [the course instructors] have given that to me.”Connolly, who lives in Brighton, credited her development to classes offered by the Harvard Allston Workforce Development Collaborative. The collaborative is part of a rich suite of programs, grants, and neighborhood improvements that stem from an agreement struck between Harvard University and the city of Boston five years ago.The Education Portal is an example of where Harvard has gone over and above the terms of the agreement. It takes the strengths of the University and brings them to the community, to kids, to parents, and to teachers.” — Linda Kowalcky, deputy director of the Boston Redevelopment AuthorityThe agreement grew out of discussions between the University and the city over the construction of Harvard’s Science Complex in Allston. Although the University paused construction in 2009, implementation of the non-construction-related aspects of the agreement has continued.What that has meant to the neighbors is the opening and expansion of the Harvard Allston Education Portal, a community-centered education facility that serves as Harvard’s front door to the neighborhood; access to certain University programs and facilities; more green space, in the form of the 1.74-acre Ray V. Mellone Park; and new resources, in the form of grants to community organizations and nonprofits that have totaled $500,000 in five years. (Information about the agreement’s benefits to the community, as well as about Harvard’s deep ties with Cambridge and Boston, are available on the new community-oriented Public Affairs website, which launched earlier this month.)“Harvard is an engaged community partner and is committed to projects, educational and outreach programs, and other initiatives that benefit Allston,” said Kevin Casey, associate vice president of Harvard Public Affairs & Communications. “The programs implemented over the past five years have created a solid foundation of meaningful community engagement to build upon as we enter into this next phase of community benefits associated with our new institutional master plan.”Gavin Healy (left) and Brendan Shea go over a play at an A.R.T. workshop at the Ed Portal. File photo by Katherine TaylorAn Ed Portal “over and above”The Harvard Allston Education Portal is perhaps the centerpiece of the University’s burgeoning relationship with the Allston-Brighton neighborhood. It opened in 2008 with mentoring and after-school enrichment programs aimed at local schoolchildren, including those at nearby Gardner Pilot Academy, the closest public school to Harvard’s Allston campus.Over the last five years, 80 Harvard undergraduates have provided mentoring for 300 neighborhood students, and programming has grown to include the Workforce Development Collaborative’s computer and job-readiness classes, a lecture series that brings the Harvard faculty’s cutting-edge research to a community audience, and an outdoor farmers market that runs from June through October.The free Ed Portal membership is open to any neighborhood resident. Membership has grown rapidly from 455 in 2009 to 1,700 this year. The facility has grown as well, with an annex opening last year that tripled its size.“What began as a thoughtful but modest program of mentoring has blossomed into a full array of programs for kids, adults, seniors, and residents who speak other languages,” said Linda Kowalcky, deputy director of the Boston Redevelopment Authority.Kowalcky, who helped to negotiate the cooperation agreement for the city, said that while there are aspects of the agreement tied to the science center construction process that have yet to be implemented, Harvard has carried out its non-construction-related obligations, and in some cases exceeded them.“The Education Portal is an example of where Harvard has gone over and above” the terms of the agreement, Kowalcky said. “It takes the strengths of the University and brings them to the community, to kids, to parents, and to teachers.”The key to the Education Portal’s success has been the University’s commitment to treat the relationship with the community as a core priority, said portal faculty director Robert Lue, professor of the practice of molecular and cellular biology.Lue said he views the facility as something of a “sandbox” where innovative ideas about how to strengthen the relationship between the University and the community — while enhancing the understanding of learning — can be suggested and tried out.“People who have great ideas and great energy need a place to do it,” Lue said. “It’s not something built separately. Sharing and outreach truly must come from the heart, and be an extension of the core priorities of the University.”A longstanding community resource in Allston that predates the cooperation agreement is Harvard’s Ceramics Program, managed by the Office for the Arts. The program was founded in Cambridge in 1969 and has been located since 1987 at its studio at 219 Western Ave. In addition to events for all ages, presented in collaboration with the Ed Portal, the program provides adult ceramics classes, workshops, and seminars led by highly skilled artists and scholars from around the world, drawing about half of its student body from the University and half from the community. It also sponsors a semi-annual show and sale, which this month drew a record number of attendees. In the fall, the program will increase its visibility and commitment to the Allston community by moving to 224 Western Ave., where a large studio will feature enhanced amenities, including a dedicated exhibition space at street level.Allston resident Stephanie Henry looks over the finished pieces at the ceramics studio. Managed by the Office for the Arts, the Ceramics Program was founded in Cambridge in 1969 and has been located at its studio at 219 Western Ave. in Allston since 1987. Photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerFunding partnershipsThe cooperation agreement also provides for the Harvard Allston Partnership Fund, through which the University has distributed $100,000 a year for the past five years. The funds have gone to 20 organizations, including the Friends of the Honan-Allston Library, the Oak Square YMCA, the Charles River Watershed Association, and the Fishing Academy, a nonprofit that runs summer camps for urban youth. Because of its success and popularity, the fund was extended this year for five more years as part of the planned relocations associated with the Barry’s Corner mixed-use development.Fishing Academy Executive Director John Hoffman said the funds have provided scholarships for youth from Allston-Brighton, most of whom had never cast a line, tied a knot, or baited a hook. The weeklong camp provides two days of freshwater fishing in nearby ponds and then three days of fishing on the Boston Harbor islands, cruising aboard a local charter fishing boat, and taking a turn on the academy’s own boat. In 2012, the academy received more than $5,000, which provided scholarships for 45 youths.“Without support from the Harvard Allston Partnership Fund, a lot of local kids wouldn’t be able to get into the outdoors and participate in such a fun and educational experience,” Hoffman said. “It really is a program that can actually change the course of some of the kids’ lives.”Carin O’Connor, librarian at the Boston Public Library’s Honan-Allston Branch, applied for partnership funds to enhance the library’s offerings for adult education. The funds were used to buy seven sewing machines and hire an instructor so the library could offer sewing and quilting classes. O’Connor said the partnership funds, which went to Friends of the Honan-Allston Library, are essential, since city budget cuts have meant the library had no funds for programming.“It absolutely would not have been possible,” O’Connor said. “Adults really like getting back into making things. Why should the kids have all the fun?”Camps and programs and scholarships, oh my!While the Education Portal provides a physical focus for the partnership between Harvard and the Allston-Brighton community and the Partnership Fund extends resources into the community, a variety of scholarships give community members access to programs at the University.Since 2008, 556 academic and recreational scholarships have been given to Allston-Brighton youth and adults. Each year, 50 scholarships allow adults to attend the Harvard Extension School, and each summer 50 more allow neighborhood youth to participate in summer camps for tennis, baseball, and swimming.Last year, Erica Herman, principal of the Gardner Pilot Academy, attended instructional rounds at the Graduate School of Education’s Principals’ Center, with three other Gardner faculty members. Herman called the four days of professional-development classes “an eye-opening, challenging, wonderful opportunity,” one that should be experienced by other teachers at the school.Herman said the Ed Portal’s mentoring program provides Pilot Academy children, ranging from kindergarten through sixth grade, a chance to interact with Harvard students and to see that college is a possibility for them.Herman, who sits on the Education Portal’s advisory board, said that while Harvard has long had a partnership with the community, the two-way communication is better now. She looks forward to seeing the relationship continue to expand.“There is definitely a deeper presence of Harvard in our community, in our school,” Herman said. “It’s not that Harvard has never been a partner, but the partnership has deepened. There’s a much stronger presence and a two-way conversation.”
While Washington fights the battle of the budget, a farm bill that will lead thenation’s agriculture into the next century is caught in the crunch.And failure to pass a farm bill sends the nation’s agricultural programs whirling backalmost 50 years.”The deadline was to pass a farm bill was, legally, Jan. 1,” said BillThomas, an economist with the University of Georgia Extension Service.”We are now facing a situation where a few Georgia crops, such as peanuts, cottonand dairy, have had some legislation that extends those programs through ’96 or ’97,”Thomas said.Federal law stipulates that failure to pass a new farm bill or vote an extension on theprevious farm bill forces the 1949 Agricultural Act into law.Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman has promised to reinstate the 1949 act ifCongress doesn’t approve a new farm policy by Feb. 15.Under the 1949 act, support prices would be based on parity, which Glickman said wouldraise support prices to about $7.82 per bushel for wheat and $5.50 to $5.75 per bushel forcorn — far higher than Congress has ever authorized and almost twice the current marketprices.The final price-support rates would be set by the middle of April for wheat, barley andoats. At the same time, a decision would be made whether marketing allotments will berequired for the 1997 wheat crop.”Congress now has three options,” Thomas said. “They can pass a farmbill with the rest of the budget package that will carry on for five to seven years; theycan vote for a two-year extension on the previous farm bill, or they can vote a one-yearextension.”Thomas’ bet: a two-year extension.”Most congressmen will be running for re-election this year,” he said,”and they don’t want to have to talk about a farm bill that has cuts when they’rerunning for re-election.”While Congress continues its tug-of-war over cuts and spending in Washington, southGeorgia farmers are getting ready to plant their fields in few weeks.To make time even more of the essence, Congress was scheduled to break for winterrecess Jan. 26 and won’t return to Washington until Feb. 20.”That’s too late for many farmers,” Thomas said.Rep. Pat Roberts (R – Kan.), chairman of the House agriculture committee, introduced aFreedom to Farm Bill, which didn’t get through during the original budget reconciliationprocess.”He has made some changes to the peanut program that has made that acceptable tothe Republican congressmen from Georgia,” Thomas said. “Some of the othercommodities, like dairy, aren’t happy.”The Republican plan would give farmers wide power to pick the crops they grow andguarantee a payment for seven years. In exchange, farm funding would be cut by one-fifth,and there would be an annual cap — the first ever — on spending.”We don’t know if the 1996 farm bill will be this free-standing Freedom to Farmbill or a part of the budget reconciliation,” Thomas said. “It’s not aboutdollars now.”The main thrust in the budget considerations for the industry meant agriculture had tocome up with $13.4 billion in savings.”That’s big to you and me, but not to Congress,” Thomas said. “They’retalking about a trillion dollars in expenditures over the next seven years.”Whatever they decide has to be done in the next few weeks before planting begins.”After the law passes, it will take USDA another couple of weeks to writeregulations,” Thomas said. “The farmer will be sitting on his tractor in southGeorgia waiting for someone to tell him the regulations before he can plant hiscrops.”
Walking through his peach orchard, a farmer notices something he has not seen before on the leaves of a few trees. He quickly pulls out his cell phone and accesses the MyIPM smartphone app.Through a series of descriptions, audio and images, the free mobile app and tool can help users diagnose crop diseases, insect pests and disorders of fruit crops grown in the Eastern U.S., including apple, blackberry, blueberry, bunch grape, cherry, cranberry, peach, pear and strawberry.The app was first developed by plant pathologists at Clemson University to give growers a “one-stop shop” to access all of the resources they might need for disease management, says Brett Blaauw, an assistant professor and peach specialist with the University of Georgia Department of Entomology. A couple of years later, two more apps were created: one focused on insect pests and another geared specifically for the Northeastern region of the U.S.“When I came to UGA, I worked on merging the three separate apps into one master app, which included new tools, crops and functionality,” Blaauw said. “The single MyIPM app currently has nine crops with disease diagnostic tools and six crops for insect diagnostic tools.”To date, the app has been downloaded more than 2,100 times. Designed to promote integrated pest management in commercial fruit crop production, one of Blaauw’s favorite aspects of the app is that it’s full of useful information for users of both Apple iOS and Android mobile operating systems.“Not only is there a large list of chemistries that are labeled for each disease or insect pest, but users also have the ability to view high-resolution pictures to identify symptoms and signs of disease and insect injury,” he said. “With that said, my real favorite aspect is that the app is free.”The app is continually being updated by leading Extension specialists at seven land-grant universities and the Southern IPM Center.Feedback from users has been overwhelmingly positive. Of the users surveyed, 65% say that the app has helped them manage pests and 70% say that it has increased their knowledge of pests and IPM, according to Blaauw.“Nearly everyone I talk to about the app is pleased with its functionality and ease of use,” he said.The app has been downloaded to more than 70 different countries, including India, Mexico and Canada.Blaauw is currently working on adding a section on beneficial insects to help growers identify “good bugs” using the app. He hopes to see the app expanded to include more crops.For more information on the MyIPM app, visit https://apps.bugwood.org/apps/myipmseries/.
We’re always excited to release the next month’s issue of the magazine, but March is a truly special one for us. If you weren’t aware, the magazine is celebrating its 20th anniversary — that’s right folks, 20 years of providing awesome outdoor content from the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. The best part? It doesn’t cost you a dime to read.We pride ourselves on the long-standing history of the magazine, and so, in honor of these past 20 years and the passionate minds who helped make it happen, we’re taking a look back (or in some cases a look forward) on the last two decades. Join with us as we celebrate record athletic feats, mourn environmental setbacks, and embrace the wonder for the great outdoors that has lead us to this very moment.Share your stories and adventures with us by visiting our 20th anniversary site and using the hashtag #myblueridge in your Instagram posts and Tweets.MEMORIESStaffers reflect on their most memorable moments at BRO.IN SEARCH OF A SECRET SPOTFor BRO owner Blake DeMaso, it all started with an Airstream.THE STORY OF B.R.O.How a small freebie survived—and thrived—to become the region’s largest outdoor mag.HIGHLIGHTS: A 20-Year TimelineThe peaks and valleys of outdoor adventure in the Blue Ridge since 1995.GEAR THROUGH THE YEARSA gearhead’s glance back at two decades of trail-tested goods.WHERE ARE THEY NOW?Catching up with outdoor athletes, leaders, and luminaries who have graced our pages.THE NEXT 20What’s ahead for adventure? Outdoor expert predictions include jet stream surfing, personal weather drones, and extra terrestrials.PARADISE SAVED, PARADISE LOSTTwo decades of environmental tragedies and triumphs.MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS: Looking Back, Looking AheadThe sonic landscape has been digitized, but these hills are still alive with the sound of music.