Biden isn’t ceding any legal ground. Top lawyer says Trump would suffer ’embarrassing defeat’

first_imgThe campaign remains bullish on its prospects for prevailing in the electoral college. “We knew this was going to go long,” Biden said early Wednesday morning, just before 1 AM, adding, “It ain’t over until every vote is counted.”But when Trump addressed supporters at the White House around 2 AM he delivered a predictable cloud of angry disinformation, falsely claiming that the election was being stolen from him because he was winning until he wasn’t. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – “Millions and millions of people voted for us,” Trump said in the East Room. “A very sad group of people is trying to disenfranchise that group of people.” As in Biden voters are trying to disenfranchise Trump voters. Hell yeah—that’s the way it works. Trump said they had been preparing for a giant celebration and then “all of a sudden it was just called off.” Apparently, reality rained all over his personal universe.“So we’ll be going to the Supreme Court,” Trump threatened, adding, “We want all voting to stop.” Trump will surely be relieved when someone informs him that “all voting” had already stopped by the time of his remarks.- Advertisement –center_img As for Trump’s legal threats, the Biden campaign says, we’ll see you in court.last_img read more

Nodus Fender Case + Micro Dock for iPhone 12 offers serious shock absorption » Gadget Flow

first_img– Advertisement – Made with dual-density construction, the Nodus Fender Case + Micro Dock will seriously protect your iPhone 12 Pro. Compatible with a range of iPhones, this case and dock set ensures you get the shock absorption and drop protection you need from a smartphone case. That’s thanks to its shock-absorbing polycarbonate and TPU materials. However, it still maintains a sleek, slim, and sophisticated profile with its leather back that’ll match your aesthetic. What’s more, it has an integrated Micro Dock 4, which allows you to magnetically dock it anywhere. These incredible magnets offer an amazingly strong connection that you can rely on. Finally, this case works with Qi wireless charging and Apple MagSafe accessories. Whether you have the iPhone 12, 12 mini, 12 Pro, or 12 Pro Max, this case seamlessly blends in with your lifestyle.last_img read more

Christophe Soumillon misses Breeders’ Cup | Racing News

first_imgChristophe Soumillon will be unable to ride Tarnawa in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf after twice testing positive for Covid-19 – and will be replaced by Colin Keane.Trainer Dermot Weld confirmed both Soumillon’s positive tests and that dual Irish champion Keane will therefore take the ride on the Aga Khan’s four-year-old filly in Saturday’s Grade One race at Keeneland.- Advertisement – “Unfortunately, he is positive for Covid-19,” said Weld.“He was tested twice and came up positive both times. So Colin Keane will deputise.”Soumillon had ridden Tarnawa to back-to-back Group One victories in both the Prix de l’Opera and Prix Vermeille at ParisLongchamp over the past two months.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Keane, who has not previously ridden her, is at the Breeders’ Cup to partner Siskin in the Mile – having this week claimed his second Irish title to add to his 2017 success.Tarnawa is currently second-favourite, behind Aidan O’Brien’s multiple Group One-winning mare Magical, for the 12-furlong Turf.last_img read more

Why is Hollywood interested in football agencies?

first_imgHollywood stars Julia Roberts and Samuel L Jackson, plus Leicester's James MaddisonHollywood actor Julia Roberts is represented by the same agency as Leicester City’s James Maddison, while Samuel L Jackson’s representatives – ICM Partners – has also just bought into a football agencyOscar winner Julia Roberts and England footballer James Maddison may seem unlikely ‘team-mates’.But the major talent-spotters in the United States are getting increasingly involved in the football agency business – bringing actors and athletes under the same umbrella.- Advertisement – “We are aiming for a system of balanced and reasonable regulation, instead of the law of the jungle currently in place, with conflicts of interests rife and exorbitant ‘commissions’ being earned left and right,” it said.Given that description, the American agencies who look after the world’s biggest movie stars – with their own corporate image to protect – might want to avoid what appears to be a wild-west environment.The truth is, they are not.Last year, the Creative Artists Agency bought Base Soccer, marrying the organisations which look after the careers, among others, of Hollywood star Roberts and Leicester forward Maddison. On 8 October, another American talent agency – ICM Partners – bought Stellar in an even bigger, multi-million dollar deal.ICM looks after the careers of stars such as Samuel L Jackson and Ellen DeGeneres. Stellar – Jonathan Barnett’s agency – negotiated Gareth Bale’s return to Tottenham from Real Madrid.“We are very familiar with negativity towards [football] agents,” says ICM chief executive Chris Silbermann. “I understand the perception and I get it that people see agents making a lot of money and some in the sport complaining about it. It is a rough-and-tumble business but I am comfortable with the reputations of the people I am dealing with.”Rather than the stereotypical view of agents merely pushing clients towards transfers from which they profit, Silbermann says the reality of what organisations such as his offer is vastly different.“We understand the power of celebrity and what to do with it,” Silbermann says. “The natural extension is to work with athletes because they are global icons in the way they have never been in the past. “Agencies that represent global icons at scale don’t exist anywhere else. We can open doors.”Silbermann has never met Bale. Barnett will continue to provide the football expertise and guide the careers of the Welshman and Stellar’s other clients, including Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish and Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.“My job is to make sure a player retires with enough money to know if they carry on working, it is because they want to, not because they have to,” says Barnett.“We spend a fortune helping these guys get to where they need to be. We have a full staff of social media people because we don’t want them just going off and doing it on their own.”Barnett says he would not engage in some of the tactics rival agencies employ in an effort to get their clients a better deal, but argues “as long as it is legal and ethical it is fine”.He does feel there are problems the industry needs to address, and is particularly unhappy about the number of players now being looked after by relatives.Barnett has been frustrated by Fifa’s approach too. In January, he joined Mendes and Mino Raiola – who represents Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba – at an agents’ conference to discuss the situation.On Mendes, he says: “He has done a fantastic job for Wolves, and in other areas he has done brilliantly also.”So far, there have been no talks over reform. On Thursday, Fifa outlined its proposals, which include commission being capped at 3% of a players’ salary.Barnett is unimpressed. He believes Fifa is trying to gain positive publicity by unfairly striking out at an easy target, and unless it changes its approach a court case is looming.“I would love myself and a couple of agents to sit down face to face with Fifa with a blank sheet of paper,” he says. “I am sure we can do something really spectacular that would help everybody.”Around the BBC - SoundsAround the BBC footer - Sounds– Advertisement – In 2018, the Football League investigated Mendes’ relationship with Wolves and said it complied with their regulations.Elsewhere in the industry, though, there are widespread allegations of malpractice.Fifa, the sport’s world governing body, has vowed to step in and regulate – saying it wants to “eliminate or at least reduce the abusive and excessive practices” in football. – Advertisement –center_img The work of football agents remains a mystery to most, but their reason for being is obvious – in June, the Football Association revealed Premier League clubs had paid £263.3m to agents in the year from 1 February 2019.With such huge amounts of money has come increased scrutiny and significant questions.For instance, around the role of Jorge Mendes in Republic of Ireland defender Matt Doherty’s move from Wolves to Tottenham for £15m in August. Mendes is Doherty’s agent. And the agent of both clubs’ managers – Jose Mourinho and Nuno Espirito Santo. Wolves’ owners Fosun, meanwhile, have a 20% stake in Mendes’ world-renowned Gestifute agency.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Alex Trebek’s Wife Jean Breaks Her Silence After His Death

first_img– Advertisement – Surrounded by love. Alex Trebek’s widow, Jean Trebek, spoke out for the first time since the Jeopardy! host lost his battle with pancreatic cancer.“My family and I sincerely thank you all for your compassionate messages and generosity,” Jean, 57, wrote via Instagram on Wednesday, November 11, alongside a photo from her and her late husband’s April 1990 wedding. “Your expressions have truly touched our hearts. Thank you so very, very much. Many Blessings to all, Jean Trebek.”- Advertisement – Alex died at the age of 80 on Sunday, November 8, while surrounded by family and friends at home. He had been diagnosed with cancer in March 2019 and continued to host Jeopardy! for 18 months.Alex Trebek’s Wife Jean Breaks Her Silence After Jeopardy Host’s Death Shares Wedding PhotoJean Currivan Trebek and Alex Trebek Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP/Shutterstock“This is an enormous loss for the Jeopardy! staff, crew and all of Alex’s millions of fans,” the game show’s executive producer Mike Richards said in a statement on Sunday. “He was a legend of the industry that we were all lucky to watch night after night for 37 years. Working beside him for the past year and a half as he heroically continued to host Jeopardy! was an incredible honor. His belief in the importance of the show and his willingness to push himself to perform at the highest level was the most inspiring demonstration of courage I have ever seen. His constant desire to learn, his kindness, and his professionalism will be with all of us forever.”The Daytime Emmy winner was last in the Jeopardy! studio on October 29, just 10 days before his death. His final episode is set to air on December 25. Producers have not yet announced a replacement host.- Advertisement – Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! Alex thanked Jean for being his primary caretaker during a joint interview in January, telling ABC News, “She has to deal with her worrying about my well-being. … I’m not always the most pleasant person to be around when I’m experiencing severe pain or depression, and she has to tread lightly around me.”The metaphysicist, with whom the TV veteran shared son Matthew, 30, and daughter Emily, 27, was quick to turn the conversation back to her love for Alex.“He certainly has a great intellect, but his heart is really beautiful, and I think that comes across through Jeopardy!” she said at the time. “As I’ve seen Alex grow over time, his self-awareness, his compassion has beamed, blossomed in such a beautiful way.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

LifeToGo All-Natural Supplements Can Enhance Your Life and Health

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What Elliott may be up to with F5 Networks after past success with tech

first_imgBusiness: F5 is a leading provider of multi-cloud application services that allow its customers to develop, deploy, operate, secure and govern applications in any architecture, from on-premises to public cloud. the Company’s Traffic Management Operating System (TMOS) based offerings include software products for local and global traffic management, network and application security, access management, Web acceleration and various network and application services. These products are available as modules that can run individually or as part of an integrated solution on the company’s purpose-built BIG-IP appliances and VIPRION chassis-based hardware, or as software-only Virtual Editions.Stock Market Value: $9.8B ($159.46 per share)Activist: Elliott AssociatesPercentage Ownership:  n/a- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Traders work the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.NYSE Average Cost: n/aActivist Commentary: Elliott has a history as one of the premiere activist investors in technology companies. Their team includes analysts from leading tech private equity firms, engineers, operating partners – former technology CEOs and COOs. When evaluating an investment they also hire specialty and general management consultants, expert cost analysts and industry specialists. They often watch companies for many years before investing and have an extensive stable of impressive board candidates. Elliott filed a 13D on F5 competitor Citrix Systems, Inc. (CTXS) on June 11, 2015 and outlined a plan for the Company that included the evaluation of non-core assets, including the sale or spinoff of the GoTo franchise, which was accomplished on February 1, 2017. Elliott partner Jesse Cohn was on the board of Citrix from July of 2015 to April of 2020.What’s HappeningElliott, which has a position in F5 according to multiple reports, believes there are operational and strategic opportunities at F5 to create shareholder value. Behind the Scenes- Advertisement –center_img F5’s main competitor is Citrix Systems, Inc. Elliott had a live 13D filing on Citrix from June of 2015 until November of 2019, and from July of 2015 until April of 2020, Elliott partner and head of U.S. activism, Jesse Cohn, was on the Citrix board of directors. So, Elliott has gotten to know the industry and F5 very well, but really could not invest in F5 until Jesse left the Citrix board just over six months ago.Like Citrix, the primary activist opportunity here is operational. The company’s spending is growing faster than its revenue, and two recent acquisitions that have not been integrated yet have not helped its operating margins, which continue to decline despite strong gross margins. Elliott would likely work with the board and management to get operating margins from 30.5% to 36%-38%, a range the company was in for 10 straight years prior to 2019. While the jury is still out on the company’s two recent acquisitions (Shape Security and NGINX), focus needs to shift to integrating these businesses and halting future acquisitions that do not make sense. This is not to say that smaller acquisitions with businesses that could be sold through F5’s channels do not make sense, like we saw Akami do when Elliott was involved there.In the world of activism, Elliott is primarily known for their successful strategic activism at small/midcap technology companies and generally comes into situations like this with a plan to pursue a sale of the company. However, they are also very adept at operational activism as they have shown at Citrix and Akami, and like those situations the operational path is the preferred path to create shareholder value. But Elliott has deep tentacles in the private equity and strategic acquisition communities and they always have a strategic plan – this time it is just plan B.If the operational improvements don’t work out or management is unwilling or unable to make the necessary improvements, we can expect Elliott to advocate for strategic options. If this is the case, it is expected that there would be very strong acquisition interest from both private equity and strategic acquirers such as Broadcom. The company is one of the cheapest names in the technology sector right now, trading less than 10x cash flow, yet the company is still growing and is highly profitable. A private equity firm could pay north of $175 for the company while an acquisition for a strategic investor like Broadcom could make sense north of $200.Ken Squire is the founder and president of 13D Monitor, an institutional research service on shareholder activism, and the founder and portfolio manager of the 13D Activist Fund, a mutual fund that invests in a portfolio of activist 13D investments Company: F5 Networks, Inc. (FFIV)- Advertisement –last_img read more

Flu vaccine shortage spurs freelance shots, profiteering

first_imgDec 9, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Freelance vaccinations and offers of bootleg vaccine are two unusual side effects of the US influenza vaccine shortage.More than 35 students and staff paid $20 each to receive injections described as flu shots at Augsburg College in Minneapolis from Nov 30 through Dec 2. When college officials questioned the woman giving the shots, she fled, according to published reports in the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the St. Paul Pioneer Press.Police later arrested Michelle Torgerson, 33, of Albertville, Minn., who spent a weekend in jail before holding a press conference with her attorney earlier this week.Attorney Robert Hajek said Torgerson, a licensed practical nurse, was selling leftover vaccine that her employer had told her to throw away, the Star Tribune reported. She sold the vaccine on campus to raise money for the American Heart Association, Hajek added.No criminal charges have been filed against Torgerson, both newspapers said yesterday.The vaccine lot numbers and expiration dates from recovered vials were legitimate, said Kris Ehresmann, RN, MPH, manager of immunization, tuberculosis, and international health for the Minnesota Department of Health.However, the vials were sent to a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) laboratory in Cincinnati for authentication of the contents, Ehresmann told CIDRAP News.Anticipating such a situation, authorities had chosen that lab earlier this season to authenticate flu vaccine in questionable cases, she added. Results were expected today.Ehresmann called the Augsburg College incident “a violation of the public trust.”In an unrelated case, federal authorities announced Dec 6 they had arrested a New Jersey resident on a charge of illegally importing 810 doses of unapproved flu vaccine into the United States, according to a joint news release by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the FDA criminal investigations office, and Atlantic County (N.J.) authorities.Mahmoud Abuarqoub, 37, of Somers Point, N.J., was arrested on returning to the US from abroad Dec 4. He is a naturalized US citizen born in Jordan. He was charged Dec 6 in US District Court in Camden, N.J., with importing the Aventis Vaxigrip flu vaccine from Saudi Arabia on Nov 17.Abuarqoub is accused of approaching a medical professional at Somers Point Memorial Hospital earlier in November with an offer to sell up to 20,000 units of European flu vaccine at $65 per unit. The hospital alerted authorities and continued to negotiate with Abuarqoub, who agreed to sell 1,600 doses for $55 apiece, according to the news release.Authorities intercepted the flu vaccine at JFK Airport in New York City on Nov 17, the release said. Abuarqoub faces up to 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.Authorities said anyone aware of attempts to import and distribute unapproved vaccines should call ICE at 1-866-DHS-2ICE (1-866-347-2423) or the FDA at 301-827-6242.last_img read more

North Carolina E coli outbreak traced to petting zoo

first_imgDec 23, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – A recent outbreak of E coli O157:H7 infections was traced mostly to a petting zoo at the North Carolina State Fair, even though the zoo had posted signs and provided facilities to promote hand hygiene.The outbreak in October and November involved 108 likely and confirmed cases, many of them in children younger than 6 years, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCHHS). The outbreak led to 15 cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome, a life-threatening kidney complication of E coli O157:H7 infection in children.After recognizing that most of the people with symptoms had attended the fair, investigators compared case-patients with healthy fair visitors to identify possible causes of the outbreak, the NCHHS said in a news release. The patients and controls were asked about exposure to the fair’s two petting zoos, other animal exhibits, food and drinks sold at the fair, and possible household sources of E coli.The comparison pointed to the Crossroads Farm Petting Zoo as the likeliest source of infection for most of the patients, officials said. Contact with manure at the petting zoo stood out as a risk factor: among children under age 3 who had visited the zoo, case-patients were more than seven times more likely to have had contact with manure than controls were.In an effort to prevent illness, the zoo had followed guidelines from an organization of public health veterinarians, which included posting signs and providing hand sanitizing stations, the NCHHS said. But information from interviews indicated that hand hygiene failed to protect people from infection.”Exposures from direct contact between petting zoo visitors and animals or manure might have already led to infection before hand-sanitizer use,” or patients might have picked up contamination on skin areas where subsequent hand cleansing failed to remove it, the department said.Laboratory tests supported the results of the case-control study. In 33 of the 43 confirmed cases, the E coli strain had the same DNA fingerprint (pulsed-field gel electrophoresis pattern) as E coli samples from the petting zoo. Testing of environmental samples from the petting zoo showed that most of the samples containing E coli O157:H7 came from areas where people could pet sheep and goats.The NCHHS concluded that most patients fell ill as a result of visiting the petting zoo, though some probably picked up the infection elsewhere at the fair.”In light of the investigation, we recommend restricting direct contact with animals, reducing fecal contamination, and reducing crowding in petting zoos in addition to existing recommendations to prevent future E. coli O157:H7 infections,” the NCHHS said, citing recommendations from the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians (NASPHV). “These recommendations are particularly pertinent for young children and others with reduced immunity to infection.”The North Carolina outbreak is one of several E coli O157:H7 outbreaks linked to petting zoos or farms in recent years. A petting zoo in Ontario was found to be the source of 159 cases in 1999, and 51 cases were traced to a Pennsylvania dairy farm in the fall of 2000, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).See also:April 20, 2001, CDC report on E coli cases associated with farm visits in Pennsylvania and Washington state read more