Mariners president and CEO Kevin Mather steps down following comments

first_imgFebruary 23, 2021 /Sports News – National Mariners president and CEO Kevin Mather steps down following comments Beau Lund— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) February 22, 2021Until Mather’s successor is chosen, Stanton will step in and serve as the acting president and CEO.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail33ft/iStockBy JEANETTE TORRES-PEREZ, ABC News(SEATTLE) — Kevin Mather, the president and CEO of the Seattle Mariners, stepped down Monday following comments he made earlier this month that were released online this past weekend.In a statement Monday, Mariners chairman and managing partner John Stanton said Mather “has resigned his position effective immediately.”Over the weekend, Mather’s comments to a local rotary club surfaced on YouTube. In the clip, which has since been taken down, Mather makes remarks about the team’s international players and discusses sensitive topics about the organization.The MLB released a statement condemning Mather’s “offensive and disrespectful comments about several players.”“We are proud of the international players who have made baseball better through their outstanding examples of courage and determination, and our global game is far better because of their contributions. His misguided remarks do not represent the values of our game and have no place in our sport,” the league said.Stanton also noted he was “extremely disappointed” after hearing about Mather’s comments.“His comments were inappropriate and do not represent our organization’s feelings about our players, staff, and fans,” Stanton said in his statement. “There is no excuse for what was said, and I won’t try to make one. I offer my sincere apology on behalf of the club and my partners to our players and fans. We must be, and do, better.”last_img read more

Industry reaction: new working group on ‘professionalisation’ of estate agents

first_imgHome » News » Industry reaction: new working group on ‘professionalisation’ of estate agents previous nextRegulation & LawIndustry reaction: new working group on ‘professionalisation’ of estate agentsGovernment says group has eight months to recommend ideas for better agent qualifications, an industry regulator and a Code of Practice, among other things. What does the industry think?Nigel Lewis14th October 201802,767 Views The Government has convened a new working group that will consider how to improve professional standards among estate agents and report back to ministers next year, most likely in late August.Chaired by social housing activist peer Lord Best, it is to consider greater regulation of agents including setting minimum levels of qualification for staff, a Code of Practice and an independent regulator for sales, letting and managing agents.“For too long, many people have faced incurring fees and bad service from a number of property agents. People should have confidence when buying, selling or renting a home,” says Housing Minister Heather Wheeler.The working group will include representatives of both the industry and consumers including RICS, the NLA, Citizens Advice, ARLA and the NAEA.Industry reactionJon Werth, MD of LiFE Residential“It’s not a new thing that government or industry bodies are trying to raise standards for those dealing in this sector.  It’s been happening for years, certainly since the eighties, and the improvements are vast, but it takes time and does cost more than ever to implement.“Ideas for minimum standard qualification along with regulatory body memberships must be welcomed by all serious professionals working today in UK property, but the challenge is getting it out there in the public domain. The majority of our staff at LiFE Residential are all NFOPP trained and qualified, but if you tell that to our Landlords or Tenants, they just don’t know what that means. Awareness is key.“Processes are improving all the time, but sales still take as long, if not longer than it did 10 years ago.Rental processes are far quicker, more efficient and much clearer. Protecting the under privileged, those on lower incomes and those at risk are so important, but the ways to do this may not be aligned with the needs of many others.“I would hope that price points for both lettings and sales will be taken in to account in order for the right rules to apply to the right people.”Chris Wood, MD of PDQ Estates“The welcome, if long overdue, news that the government is going to set minimum standards of competence and knowledge for anyone advising the public on the marketing, likely value and negotiation of what is usually their largest asset has to be tempered with caution that it is implemented and policed properly.“The current set up has failed everyone except those who know they can and seek to get away with deceiving the public and riding roughshod over the law with impunity and have been doing so for years.“There is no joined up or effective regulation or system for complaint however, the government must either create and resource a single statutory and fully accountable, transparent government body or ensure it does not unwittingly hand an effective state monopoly to organisations who have singularly failed consumers and the industry for years and are subject to questionable business practices of their own.”Jon Notley, CEO of ZeroDeposit“There are many thousands of professional and passionate agents around the country who are working hard for landlords and tenants every day, performing an essential role in the rental market,” he says.“It is a shame that the practices of a relatively small number of shoddy operators do so much damage to the reputation of the industry as a whole.Implemented sensibly, regulation could provide a useful framework and help to reinforce the high standards that most agents operate to.“However, I would urge politicians to bear in mind the pressures already on letting agents in a tough market and with the fees ban looming, not to make life unnecessarily difficult for them by imposing an overly bureaucratic and costly regime.”Mal McCallion, of newly-launched agency network Movenation“We believe that every agent – whether self-service or full-service – should be regulated; that every consumer should be given a clear, educated choice; and that our agent partners should adhere to the highest standards and be seen as a beacon of propriety in their local market.Sheraz Dar, CEO of CreditLadder“We encourage Lord Best and the working party to engage a range of businesses in this debate but we support any initiative that looks to raise standards across the property sector, as we believe this will ensure all sides of the equation; agents, landlords and tenants will benefit.”Read more about the increasing regulation of the estate agent industry. October 14, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Government response: Statement on Brunei from the Minister of State for Asia

first_img Media enquiries For journalists I am disappointed that hudud punishments under the Sharia Penal Code were introduced in Brunei today. This is despite the UK and the international community repeatedly raising our deep concerns regarding these laws with the Government of Brunei. The UK strongly opposes capital and corporal punishment, whatever the crime. We strongly support LGBT+ rights and are clear that nobody should face persecution or discrimination because of who they are or who they love. The Government of Brunei have reassured us that the Common Law will operate in parallel with the Sharia Penal Code and will continue to be the primary means of administering justice in Brunei. I urge Brunei to ensure that this is the case and to uphold its international human rights obligations. Follow Foreign Office Minister Mark Field @MarkFieldUK Email [email protected] Further information Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Minister of State for Asia, Mark Field said: Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebooklast_img read more

Coachella Is Giving Out Virtual Reality Headsets To Anyone In Attendance

first_imgCoachella Music & Arts Festival continues to press the boundaries of the festival experience. This year, they’re delving into technological realms, providing ticketholders with virtual reality headsets inside welcome boxes for the event.The VR headsets work with a special Coachella app, providing exclusive content to be experienced like never before. Users can currently witness images and interviews from last year’s festival through the VR headset, and the festival will be updating with new content throughout the event.Coachella occurs from April 15-17 and 22-24, and features headlining performances from Guns N Roses, LCD Soundsystem, and Calvin Harris on both weekends. So far, it’s unclear whether viewers at home will have access to the VR capabilities, though that would be quite the step up from standard webcasts.Download the Coachella VR app + try out the VR viewer in your Welcome Box.— Coachella (@coachella) March 9, 2016last_img read more

Pretty Lights Brings Tipper, G Jones & More For Two-Night Festival In Chicago [Video/Gallery/Recap]

first_imgLoad remaining images Last weekend, Chicago featured some of the best musicians offering up electro-funky hip-hop soul music. Pretty Lights and his crew created the perfect weekend getaway for all, bringing his two-night Episodic Festival to the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island alongside Tipper, G Jones, Emancipator, and Sunsquabi on September 23rd-24th.With the Chicago skyline at his back, Derek Vincent Smith lit up the city with a weekend that was nothing short of magical. The Pretty Lights live band is in a true groove these days, with Brandon Butler, Borahm Lee, Alvin Ford Jr. and Chris Karns helping to bring the music to life. Add in the spectacular light show from The Lazershark (Greg Ellis), and you’ve got yourself one incredible weekend of music.Watch some of the magic as Pretty Lights opens up his set, courtesy of Adam Straughn.PL and his band created an ephemeral and euphoric feeling that won’t soon be forgotten, bringing the funky beats back to Chicago once again. He took the crowd on two nights of a full sensory journey. Catch a glimpse of this magic in the photo gallery from ATS Photography and B.a.D. Photography, below.last_img read more

Dark Star Orchestra To Perform Double Duty At Wellmont Theater For 20th Anniversary

first_imgOver the past twenty years, Dark Star Orchestra has become one of the top Grateful Dead tribute acts, with the band making a name for itself for its famed recreations of past Grateful Dead shows live and in their entirety. The group is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, having performed a mindboggling 2,500 shows over the past two decades, which works out to an average of 125 shows per year.The road dogs of Dark Star Orchestra are currently in the midst of an extensive fall tour, with their eyes set on their upcoming shows at Montclair, New Jersey’s classic Wellmont Theater as they continue to celebrate their 20th year as a unit. The group will make their first appearance at the Wellmont Theater on Friday, November 10th, before returning once again for a Cosmic New Year’s Eve celebration on Thursday, December 28th. The venue will offer a special 2-day pass for both shows, which can be purchased here.Dark Star Orchestra Announces 2018 Winter TourDark Star Orchestra has gained a rabid following over the past two decades, with the group’s unique format becoming a guessing game for fans who are eager to predict which past Grateful Dead show the band will recreate each night. Just to name a few, in past years, DSO has recreated classic Grateful Dead sets from the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey on 4/27/77; the famed Berkeley ’72 show just blocks away from the actual venue; and the Miami Arena show on 10/14/88, which featured covers of Traffic’s “Dear Mr. Fantasy” and Bob Dylan’s “When I Paint My Masterpiece.” Dark Star Orchestra has also earned a stamp of approval from a number of jam icons, with the group previously hosting sit-ins by former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Billy Kreutzmann, and Donna Jean Godchaux, as well as Phish’s Mike Gordon and Jon Fishman. “Eyes of the World” from Mountain Jam 2014[via Mountain Jam Festival]Tickets for Dark Star Orchestra at Wellmont Theater on Friday, November 10th, can be purchased here, while tickets for the group’s Cosmic New Year’s Eve celebration on Thursday, December 28th, can be purchased here. Those interested in securing a special two-day pass for both shows can pick them up here. For show updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page. Enter To Win A Pair Of Tickets To Dark Star Orchestra At The Wellmont Theater 11/10 Below![Cover Photo: Benjamin Adams Photography]last_img read more

University Libraries’ report issued

first_imgHarvard must restructure its fragmented library system and establish shared administrative services in order to respond to the rapidly changing technological and intellectual landscape of the 21st century, according to a report released today (Nov. 12) by the Task Force on University Libraries.The report detailed how the University’s system, which now includes 73 libraries, has grown organically over three centuries. It found that while distributed decision-making contributed to the development of Harvard’s collections, it also created myriad technological and operational obstacles that are straining library resources.“The Harvard library structure is unique among great universities for its degree of decentralization and its often internally incompatible modes of operation,’’ the Task Force reported. “Perpetuation of the current administrative structure promises to hold the University captive to frozen accidents of history, rather than facilitating the development of new strengths and fostering an agile organization for the 21st century.’’In releasing the report, Provost Steven Hyman underscored the importance of realigning the libraries’ resources toward a model that emphasizes access to scholarly materials over the aggressive acquisition of widely available resources.“The digital revolution has fundamentally changed the way human beings collect and disseminate information, and scholarship is increasingly crossing academic boundaries, opening new areas of research that require new resources,’’ Hyman said. “As we build upon Harvard’s outstanding collection, we must envision what the library of the 21st century should be and how it can best serve the University.”To carry out the Task Force’s recommendations, Hyman named an eight-member Implementation Work Group that will develop new funding and operating models for the library system. The panel will work with University and School leadership, Hyman said, “but members of the panel are duty-bound to leave their individual School or library affiliations at the door.” The panel will consult closely with library staff and existing library committees.“As a faculty member who relies on the resources and skilled staff of the libraries, I am gratified to be able to play a part in this effort to position Harvard’s library system for the future,’’ said David Lamberth, professor of theology and philosophy at Harvard Divinity School, who will chair the implementation. “Harvard’s collection is one of the world’s treasures, and our overarching goal must be to ensure that it continues to thrive for generations of scholars to come.”The other members of the group are:Nancy Cline, Roy E. Larsen Librarian of Harvard College, FASRobert Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor; Director of the Harvard University Library (HUL)John Haigh, Executive Dean, Harvard Kennedy SchoolMary Lee Kennedy, Executive Director, Knowledge and Library Services, HBSLeslie Kirwan, Dean of Administration and Finance, FASRichard Mills, Dean for Operations and Business Affairs, HMSJohn Palfrey, Vice Dean of Library and Information Resources and Henry N. Ess III Professor of Law, HLSThe Task Force identified five areas of reform for the implementation panel to address. Its specific recommendations were:1. Establish and implement a shared administrative infrastructureThe current decentralized system “impedes nimble, effective, and fiscally responsible responses to 21st century challenges,’’ the report said as it recommended unifying information technology functions, preservation activities, and some acquisition and cataloging services.2. Rationalize and enhance information and technology systemsThe Task Force said that core systems must be standardized across the campus to enable Harvard libraries to better collaborate internally and externally. “This focus on systems improvement will not succeed, however, unless paired with changes in the model for decision-making and funding,’’ according to the report.3. Revamp the financial model for the Harvard librariesThe Task Force urged the University to re-evaluate the way it funds library materials, spaces and services, beginning with the financing of the Harvard Depository, which it said “combines disincentives to storing materials with procedures that punish the most generous providers of materials.’’4. Rationalize the system for acquiring, accessing and developing a “single university” collection.Currently, the library system places emphasis on building comprehensive collections by acquisition, but thanks to technological advances it matters less where materials are housed than it once did and researchers in many fields are increasingly opting for access to resources over ownership. Also, a centralized purchasing and licensing office would maximize the University’s negotiating position.5. Collaborate more ambitiously with peer institutionsHarvard’s information technology systems must be improved in order to operate more efficiently with other systems, with the goal of maximizing access to scholarly materials for faculty and students.To download a pdf of the Task Force Statement. To download a pdf of the Task Force Report.last_img read more

Harvard’s gates, on the screen

first_img Class of 1874 Gate (detail) Classes of 1887 and 1888 Gates Morgan (Class of 1877) Gate Robinson Gate Meyer (Class of 1879) Gate ‘The Gates of Harvard Yard’ McKean (Porcellian Club) Gate Class of 1885 Gatecenter_img Sample photos from “The Gates of Harvard Yard,” a Nieman Foundation e-book by 2013 Nieman Fellow Blair Kamin. Pictured is the Class of 1870 Gate. Photos by Blair Kamin Its 75th anniversary is approaching next month, but the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard is looking ahead as well as back.It has just published its first complete e-book, a reading format that reflects journalism’s new horizons.“The Gates of Harvard Yard,” a handsome, 158-page exploration of Harvard Yard’s 25 access points, is officially available Tuesday.“Now that we have done this, it would be very hard to go back” and not publish e-books, said Nieman curator Ann Marie Lipinski. “I can absolutely imagine further iterations.”The e-book, available through iTunes, was assembled, edited, and co-written by Pulitzer Prize-winning arts journalist Blair Kamin, a 2013 Nieman Fellow who is now back at his day job as architecture critic at The Chicago Tribune. His co-writers included six Harvard undergraduates, two graduate students, a non-matriculating participant from Boston, and Nieman Fellow Jeneen Interlandi.The e-book underscores “Nieman’s desire to share the fruits of our fellowships with a broader public audience,” Lipinski said in an email. “Our fellows undertake extraordinary inquiries each year, and in this way we can have significantly more impact than we’ve traditionally had with an annual class of about two dozen journalists.”This is actually the second publication of a fellow’s project in e-reader format — some Nieman Lab content preceded it — but the first fully designed e-book.(In the fall of 2012, the Nieman Reports cover story, “Breaking News” was available in formats for Kindle, iBook, and similar readers. Appropriately enough, the piece by David Skok, James Allworth, and Clayton Christensen was on how to apply “disruptive innovation” techniques to the media industry.)James Geary, deputy curator at the Nieman, came up with the idea of the e-book and directed the project. “The Gates of Harvard Yard” has a simple backstory: Architecture critic arrives at Harvard, gives a fall tour of the Yard, co-teaches a Wintersession course on the gates, oversees a class website, and as winter ends and spring arrives, works on transforming the class teachings into a book.There are more than 130 contemporary photos, several vintage views of the gates, a section on original blueprints, a glossary of architectural terms (from “arch” to “volute”), and, at the heart of things, 24 historical and prescriptive essays covering the 25 gates.Seven gates have been locked for decades. The e-book makes the case for unlocking three of them, at least during daylight hours: the Class of 1870 Gate (at Holden Chapel), the Class of 1881 Gate (at Phillips Brooks House), and the Bacon Gate from the Class of 1880 (in the southeast corner of the Yard). This would, said Kamin, “enliven the common spaces of the Yard.”The e-book says that many of the aging portals could use some repair. In late June, Kamin was walking past the Class of 1870 Gate when he noticed that a decorative wrought-iron leaf had fallen off. He turned it over to a University official.Co-teaching the January course were Interlandi, an authority on long-form narrative journalism, and 2013 Nieman Fellow Finbarr O’Reilly, a Reuters photographer based in Africa. The Wintersession students were required to photograph their assigned gates, two each, so O’Reilly offered a crash course in observation, composition, and cellphone photography.In the end, Kamin took all of the still photographs for the e-book, mostly with a point-and-shoot. The results are rich and stunning, showing that taking good photos is about the photographer, not about the gear. “Taking pictures, you notice more things,” he said. “It forces you to compose. It forces you to see the underlying geometry of an architectural work.”Kamin and Nieman Foundation graphic designer Barbara McCarthy chose the iPad format for its aesthetic potential and versatility. The e-book has an interactive glossary, clickable photos that give readers 360-degree views of most of the gates, and photos that expand in size when touched. (McCarthy shot the iPhone panoramas.) “None of that would have been possible in a standard Kindle format,” said Kamin in a later email. “The book, in other words, reflects the Nieman Foundation’s identity as a journalism laboratory, one where the most state-of-the-art forms of the craft are hatched.”Kamin will introduce the e-book during a sold-out event at the Cliff Dwellers club for the Harvard Club of Chicago. Citizens of the Windy City are serious about their architecture, and may be impressed that Chicago businessman Samuel Johnston, Class of 1855, bequeathed funds for the first of the Yard’s modern portals. Johnston Gate was completed in 1889. Its Georgian Revival design gave the architecturally eclectic Yard its first aesthetic coherence, and set the tone for all the gates — and many Harvard buildings — to follow.Famed 19th century architect Charles F. McKim, a Harvard dropout, designed Johnston Gate and kept the project on track despite rising costs and occasional sniping from critics. The gate cost more than $250,000 in today’s dollars, and went over budget, in part because of expensive wrought-iron decorations and fencing. Then there were the more philosophical detractors, who complained that such a gate violated the modest design ethic of Harvard’s Puritan origins. Before 1889, for centuries, the same area had been delineated by a simple, low wooden fence.When the Johnston Gate was being built, Harvard was on the eve of a revolution in style that would anchor its image for the next century. University authorities began to waver in the face of criticism over that first formal gate.“I feel that it is no time to be timid,” wrote McKim to nervous Harvard officials in a typed letter. In pen, he added: “Believe me.” Class of 1875 Gate Dexter (Class of 1890) Gate Class of 1881 Gatelast_img read more

Hurricane season arrives

first_imgBy David E. StooksburyUniversity of GeorgiaThe wet summer that Georgia has experienced is increasing the risk of flooding across the state. As the state enters the middle of summer, soil moisture and stream flows are well above normal for this time of the year.Ponds and reservoir levels are at full summer pool or above. Stay backBecause of the high soil moisture conditions and stream flows across the state, there is little, to no, storage for excessive rain. If the state has another widespread heavy rain event in the next week, the flooding potential will be well above normal. Because of the increased threat of flooding over the next week, Georgians need to monitor the development of hurricane Dennis as he moves into the Gulf of Mexico. As of Thursday, July 7, it’s too early to know what, if any, impact Dennis will have on the state.Be safeMost deaths associated with tropical storms and hurricanes occur well inland away from the coast. Most deaths are preventable. Deaths from tropical storms and hurricanes are caused primarily by drowning. In most instances, the drowning happened when a driver tried to drive through a flooded roadway. Water depth on a flooded road is difficult to gage. Because the water is muddy, washed out roads and bridges can be hidden. The choice, if you cannot see the roadway, is TADD — turn around, don’t drown.Another major cause of drowning deaths in floods occurs when individuals get too close to the moving water. When the ground is wet it’s easy to slip and fall into a swollen stream. Also, the banks are often weakened by the excessive water and can’t support extra weight near the bank.Listen upThe best way to keep updated about weather conditions and weather warnings is a NOAA weather radio. NOAA weather radios are available at most stores that sell electronics. Additional information on preparing for a flood and recovery can be found at and < ahref=""> rainfall information is available from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network read more

Italy’s Enel says renewables powering growth in its 2018 profits

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Windpower Monthly:Renewable energy was the main driver behind Enel’s growth in operating profit, the power firm stated, and was its largest recipient of investment in the first nine months of the year.The Italian company’s reported earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) rose 6% year-on-year to €12.1 billion between 1 January and 30 September. It stated that this increase was “mainly driven by renewables”, and that – along with networks – clean energy sources contributed €670 million of earnings in this period.Enel increased its capital expenditure on renewables by 32% year-on-year, and with an investment of €2.65 billion, clean energy received more than any other business line as it did in 2017.The power company installed 3.3GW of new renewable energy capacity in the last 12 months, it stated. This total includes 613MW of new wind power capacity commissioned by its subsidiary Enel Green Power in the first nine months of 2018, including a 132MW project in Peru – the country’s largest wind farm.It also added hydro (62MW) geothermal (1MW) and ‘solar and others’ (1,112MW), but no new nuclear, coal, combined cycle gas turbines (CCGT), or oil and gas during this period.Enel’s wind fleet reached 7,438MW at the end of the third quarter: 8.75% of its 84,932MW total capacity. Hydro, coal, CCGT and oil and gas all had larger shares of this total. The Italian power company had 3,279MW of wind projects under construction (1,773MW) or ready to build (1,506MW) at end of Q3, more than any other power source.More: Clean energy ‘main driver’ of Enel’s earnings Italy’s Enel says renewables powering growth in its 2018 profitslast_img read more