Alaska’s Energy Desk | Politics | State GovernmentDunleavy policy advisor Tuckerman Babcock leaves the administrationAugust 30, 2019 by Rashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau Share:From left to right, outgoing chief of staff Tuckerman Babcock, Gov. Mike Dunleavy and incoming chief of staff Ben Stevens pose for a photo that accompanied the announcement of that Stevens is succeeding Babcock. (Photo courtesy of the governor’s office)A senior policy advisor for Gov. Mike Dunleavy has retired, effective immediately.Tuckerman Babcock’s resignation letter went out late Friday afternoon along with a media release with a statement from Dunleavy thanking Babcock for his service.In the letter, Babcock says he wants to focus on his wife, eight children and nine grandchildren.Babcock was the chair of the Alaska Republican Party before he was asked to be chief of staff for Dunleavy.He was a controversial figure before he joined the Dunleavy administration. As Republican party chair, he led a GOP push to unseat Republican legislators who joined a Democratic-led majority caucus in the state House of Representatives. As chief of staff, he maintained a Facebook page where he shared links to conservative media outlets.And he has drawn criticism from former state workers who named him in lawsuits along with Dunleavy, alleging they were unconstitutionally fired.The governor’s spokesperson, Matt Shuckerow, said Babcock is traveling and likely unavailable for comment.Babcock was chief of staff for Dunleavy until July when he was replaced by Ben Stevens.In his retirement letter, Babcock says the “ship of Alaska will sail on, and with the experienced mariner Ben Stevens as your Chief of Staff, your administration is in excellent hands.”Stevens joined the Dunleavy administration in late 2018. He is a former Alaska Senate president who was investigated by the FBI for corruption along with five other state legislators in 2006. He was never charged.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Share this story:
Meanwhile, Etihad is to invest €560m in Alitalia, while existing shareholders, including Poste Italiane, are to invest €300m. Financial restructuring and debt provided by existing bank shareholders will give it an extra €598m while Italian financial institutions have committed €300m in new loan facilities.Alitaila’s Milan hub is set to benefit from the largest investment in cargo activity, via a “centre of excellence”, but handling capabilities will be upgraded at other Italian airports too, to develop an integrated cargo network. Some 300 Italian companies are based in the UAE and it is likely that the cargo teams will want to tap luxury Italian exports.Etihad’s investment is made up of €387.5m for the equity stake, €112.5m for 75% of Alitalia’s frequent flyer programme and €60m for five pairs of take-off and landing slots at Heathrow – which will be leased back to Altalia. The total deal for Alitalia is worth €1.758bn.The deal came just in time for the carrier, reportedly losing nearly €2m a day, which last year more than doubled its losses to €569m.It has taken a year for the deal to come to fruition as unions negotiated over possible job losses. But on Thursday several major unions reached agreement on a national labour contract that will see the airline save €31m in rest of this year.According to Reuters, Alitalia has agreed 1,635 job cuts with unions, with those staff offered jobs in Abu Dhabi.But the real challenge will be getting the European Commission to approve the deal.Foreign companies can only own 49% of an EU airline’s shares, and must not have ‘effective control’. The Italian Competition Commission has already received at least one complaint about the deal.In March, the commission said it was stepping up enforcement of airline ownership laws, following Eithad’s growing reach into Europe.DG of Mobility and Transport Matthias Ruete told media: “We are tightening the screw, if you like. We have clear rules on ownership and control of EU airlines and they must be adhered to.“While the ownership issue is straightforward, the control issue is a difficult one because what that actually means is open to interpretation. There have been some cases over the last few years where we have had to warn states that they were moving into a realm of activity not possible under EU law.”He said the EU wanted “to ensure a level playing field”.Both Gabriele Del Torchio, Alitalia’s chief executive, and Etihad CEO Mr Hogan said the deal complied with EU rules.Mr Hogan added that control of the airline would remain with Alitalia management, but he declined to comment on the possibility of any senior management changes, or how many seats Etihad will have on the board. But, he said: “Certainly there will be changes”.Alitaia has focused on shorthaul routes since its most recent restructuring, but it looks set now to relaunch as a longhaul airline with many of its shorter routes axed.The new network plan will focus on profitable longhaul flying from Rome Fiumicino, which will become a larger European intercontinental hub with up to five more routes over the next four years, and Milan Mapensa, which will handle double the current number of flights to 25 a week by 2018, including additional services to Abu Dhabi. From next summer, Alitalia will fly from other Italian cities, such as Venice, Bologna and Catania, to Abu Dhabi.Both carriers say that Alitalia, which is set to have a new livery and logo, will be profitable by 2017.Mr Hogan said: “Italy is a hugely important market for Etihad Airways, from both trade and tourism points of view. The UAE is Italy’s top trading partner in the Middle East and North Africa region, and is home to more than 10,000 Italian citizens and 300 Italian companies.“The possibilities when we knit together our network with those of our existing equity partners… and of course our strategic codeshare partner, KLM-Air France, will provide the most compelling customer offering.” Italy, the third largest cargo market in Europe, is set to regain longhaul flights and a new cargo hub, following Etihad buying a 49% share in flagging carrier Alitalia last week.Alitalia Cargo is set to be rejuvenated, with additional investment put into cargo facilities at Milan Malpensa.“Cargo is an important part of the mix,” said James Hogan, CEO of Etihad, at a press conference. “We will put cargo through Malpensa. There are key destinations around the world we can serve.”And this morning, Etihad Cargo also announced another expansion in its network, launching twice-weekly freighter rotations on Wednesdays and Fridays, starting this week, between Abu Dhabi and Moscow Domodedovo on an A330-200F. By Alex Lennane 11/08/2014 Alitalia chairman Roberto Colaninno and Etihad president and CEO James Hogan
By Alex Lennane 05/09/2019 The carrier’s first-half revenues from e-commerce grew 314% year on year, it said, with Mercado Libre representing some 10% of its cargo unit revenue. Its overall cargo business grew 44%, a far cry from the shrinkage seen elsewhere. The advantage, notes the carrier, is being the only airline on 72% of its domestic routes, with more than 100 destinations. Azul’s chief executive, John Rodgerson, says the airline can reach more than 3,500 municipalities within 24 hours: “Our breadth of reach and delivery speed is unique in the country.” “This partnership means faster deliveries through Mercado Libre’s and Azul’s extensive network, covering the entire country with almost 900 daily flights,” said Leandro Bassoi, vice-president of Mercado Envios, the etailer’s Latin American shipping unit. “With Azul, we expect to significantly increase both the number and speed of deliveries.” However, while Azul has a fleet of 133 aircraft, including just nine widebodies, its freighter fleet is limited to just two 737s, both of which were delivered last year. Azul is very much a passenger carrier, founded by JetBlue’s David Neeleman.But Brazil accounts for more than 60% of Mercado Libre’s revenues, and its Brazil operations saw first-quarter growth of 64% year on year. Mercado Libre also expects further growth in the Brazil e-commerce scene, and last year launched a new strategy in the country to incentivise buyers to purchase higher-ticket items. The growth brings into question whether Azul’s fleet would be sufficient. And if not, what the etailer’s options would be, given that it signed an exclusive deal with the airline for domestic Brazil. As consultancy Hedge & Associates pointed out in its recent (and thorough) paper on Amazon’s US air network, insufficient capacity gives etailers something of a headache. “Christmas 2013 was a major embarrassment for Amazon and its air freight vendor, UPS… Following the customer service disaster, Wired predicted that e-commerce giants like Amazon and Walmart would seek to exert greater control over their shipping by running their own delivery networks.” And so it came to pass. Amazon began its own US network in 2015. The report says: “By the end of 2021, Amazon plans to be operating a fleet of 70 freighter aircraft. This compares with DHL’s current 42 767s, FedEx’s 272 757/767/A300/DC-10-10 freighters, and UPS’s 191 757/767/A300 fleet.” (Although the report notes that some of the integrators’ fleets are operating outside the US.) It adds that the integrators now see Amazon as a competitor. While Mercado Libre does have a relationship with all three big integrators throughout Latin America, the only other potential operator in Brazil is express start-up ConnectCargo, which also operates two 737Fs. Azul itself is currently vying for route growth, bidding some $145m for the routes of defunct Avianca Brazil, according to Reuters, and potentially the aircraft leases on six narrowbody Airbus aircraft. That plan is currently under duress, however, with one of Avianca’s creditors instead seeking to sell to Latam or Gol. The negotiations have become rather murky, with Swissport – which has HNA as a shareholder in common with Azul – now working with Azul. But that deal is all about routes, rather than capacity. Mercado Libre’s other option could be to follow Amazon and launch its own network – but it does not have the financial firepower of its US neighbour. Amazon’s first-quarter revenue this year was $63.4bn, up nearly 20%. Mercado Libre’s was $473.8m, but it was up 93% on a currency exchange neutral basis. The Azul/Mercado Libre announcement did not specify the length of the contract. But if Mercado Libre’s growth ambitions succeed, it may well need more that Azul’s current fleet to satisfy its Brazilian air shipping requirements. The air freight industry appears to be dividing into narrowbody e-commerce express operators and widebody freight players. Some, like Atlas Air, known for its ability to diversify, currently have a foot in both camps; others are looking squarely at the opportunities to be had in e-commerce alone. Following the news that wannabe-express carrier Cargologic Germany is shortly to launch intra-European 737 operations, comes another 737 operator planning to help an e-tailer “increase the number and speed of deliveries”. Azul Cargo, a Brazilian freighter operator, has signed a deal with Latin America’s biggest e-commerce site, Mercado Libre, to become its exclusive air shipping partner for domestic deliveries in Brazil.
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Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Global insurers’ focus on ESG will impact energy sector: report Study: Racial diversity stagnated on U.S. corporate boards In a Tuesday webinar hosted by Natixis Investment Managers, panellists spoke about critical risks to retirement, such as economic inequality and the rapidly growing wealth gap.“This wealth gap is accelerating and it’s a problem,” said Edward Farrington, head of retirement and institutional at Natixis Investment Managers. iStock Catastrophe bond market gains momentum Related news Katie Keir Farrington noted that in 1970, 62% of aggregate income in the U.S. was held by middle-income households and 29% was held by upper-income households. By 2018, middle-income households held only 43% of the wealth and upper-income households held 48%.Race is also a factor in income inequality, Farrington noted.“Black households in America have only 61% of the wealth of white [households],” Farrington said. “That issue is going to continue to show up and cause social unrest.”Esty Dwek, head of global market strategy for Natixis Investment Managers Solutions, noted that Black Lives Matters protests around the world may signal that change is coming.“With everything that has happened in the U.S. and with the protests that went global eventually, maybe — finally — we’re going to start to change,” Dwek said.With regard to Covid-19, Dwek said the effects of the pandemic on the global economy will likely be felt “for months and quarters to come.”Dwek said she expects it won’t be until 2022 or 2023 “before growth returns to 2019 levels.” Interest rates, she added, are likely to stay low until nearly 2030, considering how long it took for central banks to ramp back up after the 2008 recession.Low rates make it tough for retirees across the globe to net decent returns and compound their savings, Farrington and Dwek noted.Dwek suggested that retired people and people approaching retirement will have to take on more risk, give up liquidity, or do both. In general, increasing exposure to equities is a must, she said, adding that investors are working longer to add to their nest eggs.Farrington and Dwek also pointed to the “serious risk” of climate change and the related health implications.Dwek said she expects institutional investors and pension plans will seek to reduce climate risk through environmental, social and governance analysis.A greater number of investors will “want to have more ethical investments going forward,” she added.Canada holds spot in global rankingDuring the webinar, Natixis also discussed the results of its 9th annual Global Retirement Index (GRI), in which Canada once again ranked eighth out of 44 countries.Canada’s overall score was 75%, down from 76% a year earlier, based on assessment of 18 criteria grouped into four thematic categories: health, quality of life, material well-being and finances in retirement.Canada received an improved quality of life score — 77%, up from 76% in 2019 — and enjoyed “higher scores in the environmental factors, biodiversity and happiness indicators,” although it had the eighth-lowest score for biodiversity.Iceland topped the Natixis ranking, followed by Switzerland, Norway, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Denmark and Germany.The country with the lowest score was India (9%), preceded by Brazil in 43rd place (36%) and Turkey (40%) in 42nd place.Read the full Natixis report. Keywords Retirement, Retirement income, Analyst research, ESGCompanies Natixis Investment Managers Canada LP Facebook LinkedIn Twitter
Published: Feb. 1, 2004 James Watt, who served as President Reagan’s first secretary of the interior and was a controversial figure among environmentalists, will speak at the University of Colorado at Boulder on Feb. 11. Watt will speak at 7 p.m. in the University Memorial Center’s Glenn Miller Ballroom, in a conversation with CU-Boulder history and environmental studies Professor Patricia Nelson Limerick and law Distinguished Professor Charles Wilkinson. The talk is free and open to the public. “In recent environmental history, James Watt holds a position at center stage, and no one can understand the recent past with out reckoning with him,” Limerick said. “Secretary Watt is a spirited and memorable individual, with a robust sense of humor and important personal and professional memories of the Reagan years,” said Limerick. “With this program and others, the Center of the American West is proud to showcase the role of universities in hosting civil, respectful and dynamic conversations of crucial issues.” The event is part of the 2003-04 Wren and Tim Wirth Forum on the American West, which is bringing five former secretaries of the interior, and current Secretary Gale Norton, to campus to discuss their roles in shaping the West. The series is sponsored by the CU-Boulder Center of the American West, The Nature Conservancy and the Denver law firm of Brownstein, Hyatt and Farber. Watt addressed several challenges facing the nation’s public lands during his tenure from 1981 to 1983. When he came into office, the Sagebrush Rebellion was in full bloom with every Western Democratic governor opposing the policies of the Carter administration. Watt implemented a Good Neighbor Policy to quell the rebellion and instituted an aggressive leasing program to help rebuild the nation’s energy supplies. Watt also implemented a $1 billion program to help reverse a trend of deterioration in the national parks and oversaw a complete rewriting of water reclamation law, which was approved by Congress and signed into law. Watt was born and raised in Wyoming, where he attended the University of Wyoming and earned both bachelor’s and law degrees. He then served in a variety of government positions under six U.S. presidents. In recent years, Watt has been a lawyer, lecturer, professor and businessman. He lives in Jackson Hole, Wyo., and Wickenburg, Ariz. For more information on the lecture series contact the CU-Boulder Center of the American West at (303) 492-4879 or visit www.centerwest.org or The Nature Conservancy at (303) 444-2950 or http://www.nature.org/. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail
Home Microsoft, Sony play together on cloud gaming, AI Nokia makes AI move with Microsoft Alianza sobre IA entre Nokia y Microsoft Microsoft struck an agreement with long-time gaming rival Sony to collaborate on developing cloud-based services for the segment and AI solutions, as the companies face up to competition from technology giants Google and Amazon.In a statement, Microsoft said the pair will partner on new innovations to develop solutions in Microsoft Azure’s cloud service, which will support their respective game and content-streaming plays.Sony is also considering using Microsoft Azure data centre-based solutions to stream its gaming content.The partnership will extend to a possible collaboration on Sony’s semiconductors and Microsoft’s AI solution, with a view to jointly develop new intelligent image sensor solutions. This will look to tap into the market for enterprise customers, and in AI the parties “will explore” incorporating Microsoft’s AI platform and tools in Sony’s consumer products to provide user-friendly “AI experiences”.Gaming competitionThe partnership between Microsoft and Sony, which have long-competed in the gaming console market with their respective systems Xbox and PlayStation, comes as online players begin to tap into the gaming market.In March, Google made its splash in the segment after introducing internet service Stadia, which allows people to play high-end games through streaming without using a hardware console.Amazon also owns video game development studios, and allows access for developers to create games on its Amazon Web Services platform.Kenichiro Yoshida, president and CEO of Sony (pictured, left) noted the competition in some areas with Microsoft in the past, while stating the collaboration “will contribute greatly to the advancement of interactive content”.Microsoft counterpart Satya Nadella (pictured, right) added: “Our partnership brings the power of Azure and Azure AI to Sony to deliver new gaming and entertainment experiences for customers.” Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Tags Related Author Previous ArticleJansen begins campaign to revamp BTNext ArticleConverged Transport Solution for 5G Slice based Applications Kavit Majithia Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Devices AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 17 MAY 2019 Google taps retail with NYC store MicrosoftSony
BOZEMAN – Zach Minter scored on a 53-yard interception return and place-kick holder Rick Haluszka ran in on a fake field goal to help Montana State to a 30-7 win over Eastern Washington on Saturday.The Bobcats (3-1, 1-0 Big Sky) snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Eagles (2-2, 1-1), who were coming off a 36-27 victory last week over Montana.“I think it’s a huge win for our program,” Montana State coach Rob Ash said. “A lot of players talked about this being a big step to get Eastern Washington off our backs.”Minter’s interception of EWU’s quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell gave MSU a 13-0 lead with about six minutes remaining in the first quarter.The Eagles’ only score came on a 9-yard pass from Mitchell to Nicholas Edwards with about eight minutes left in the first half.Haluszka’s run from 4 yards out made it 20-7 with less than two minutes left in the first half.The Bobcats, who entered with game averaging a Big Sky-best 493.3 yards per game offensively, rolled up 439 total yards and 19 first downs.Quarterback Denarius McGhee was 15 for 24 passing for 283 yards and a touchdown. Running back Orenzo Davis had a team-high 77 yards rushing on 17 carries.EWU was held to 110 yards by the Big Sky’s best rushing defense and 382 overall.Mitchell was 24 for 49 for 272 yards passing with an interception. Eagles running back Taiwan Jones, the Big Sky’s top rusher at 151.7 yards per game, had 12 attempts for 65 yards in the first half, but carried only once for minus-2 yards in the second half.“Coming out with a slow start, you can’t do that as a football team,” said Mitchell, whose Eagles are scheduled to play Weber State next week. “We’ve got a salty taste in our mouths. Good luck to the next team we play. They’re going to get a fight.” Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.
Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. A lawsuit filed by a nonprofit family-service provider against Northwest Montana United Way and its former executive director has been resolved through a settlement agreement.Two Bears Family Center, a former tenant at Gateway Community Center, filed the litigation in October against United Way and Sherry Stevens alleging wrongful termination, breach of contract and other grievances.Emily von Jentzen, the attorney representing the center and its directors, Bernadette McDonald and Kimberly Kearney, said in a March 3 email that her clients signed the settlement agreement and were relieved to end the litigation so their focus could “return to providing much needed services to the community.”The settlement’s terms were not disclosed.United Way served as fiscal agent and landlord of Two Bears Family Center. McDonald and Kearney accused Stevens, United Way’s director, of lack of transparency and financial mismanagement, allegations that were echoed by other local nonprofit leaders during Stevens’ tenure. Stevens resigned in December, and a new executive director, Roxanna Parker, took over the role in late January.McDonald and Kearney said United Way’s decision to end its fiscal agent relationship and request Two Bears to vacate the premises was an act of retaliation because they had requested to view financial records.The center is now called Bear Logic Family Center and is operating out of a new permanent location at 119 East Idaho St. in Kalispell.Kimberly More, United Way’s attorney, released a statement calling the litigation’s allegations “baseless.”“The settlement of the case is not an admission by the United Way of any wrongdoing,” More said. “The United Way is confident that it would have prevailed and the claims against it would have been dismissed as shown in our Court filings. However, the legal process takes time and the United Way believes that the best way it can serve the community is to bring this matter to an end so that it can focus 100% of its attention to serving the community.Bruce Fredrickson, Stevens’ attorney, said the “settlement does not represent an admissions of liability.”“Sherry is absolutely confident that she would have prevailed against all claims asserted against her,” Fredrickson said in an email.In 2018, United Way settled a separate breach-of-contract lawsuit filed by Summer Baldridge, a Whitefish man who said he had not received funds due to him from the 2015 purchase of the mall property. Email
Google+ Twitter Google+ Facebook Pinterest Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Minister Kevin Boxer Moran has moved to reassure residents in Burnfoot that flood defence measures will be built around their homes.The work has been put into question after the OPW stated that it would be reassessing the economic viability of flood defences in the area while the project remains without the necessary funding.However, in a meeting earlier with Donegal Senator Padraig MacLochlainn, Minister Boxer Moran said that the work at Burnfoot was very much a priority.A further meeting is due to take place next week with Senator MacLochlainn hopeful that more details will be announced:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/padburnfgfhgoot-2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Minister reassures Burnfoot residents over flood defence works Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic By News Highland – January 24, 2018 WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Harps come back to win in Waterford Previous articleMajor Irish Water project to start in Letterkenny next MondayNext articleNo plans to build homes on Council owned land in Lifford News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR