JPMorgan suffers setback in return to office

first_imgJamie Dimon and 383 Madison Avenue (Getty, Google Maps)JPMorgan Chase sent some employees home this week after a worker tested positive for Covid-19, just days after the bank directed some of its staff to return to the office.The bank alerted employees on Sunday that a worker on the fifth floor of the company’s 383 Madison Avenue building had been infected, Bloomberg News reported. The communication came less than a week after JPMorgan told some employees in the sales and trading divisions to prepare to return to the Madison Avenue building by Sept. 21.Read moreJPMorgan is calling employees back to the office”A little bit of a guilt trip”: Jeff Blau joins landlords pushing returnto workNationwide office leasing demand hits two-decade low A spokesperson for JPMorgan told Bloomberg the bank could not comment on any one case, but said the company has been “managing individual cases across the firm over the course of the last few months and following appropriate protocols when they occur.”Company CEO Jamie Dimon has been going into the office since June, and more JPMorgan employees have been slowly returning to the workplace since Labor Day. But this recent interruption highlights the challenges banks and other companies face as they look to return to the office after months of working from home.Some of New York’s biggest landlords have pushed major employers to bring their workers back.And real estate executives including Douglas Durst, Marty Burger and Rob Speyer recently joined the city’s broader business community in urging Mayor Bill de Blasio to help by addressing public safety and quality-of-life issues. [Bloomberg] — Rich Bockmann This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

Boy dies after being found unresponsive in high school swimming pool

first_img Google+ IndianaNews Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Boy dies after being found unresponsive in high school swimming pool Pinterest Twitter Facebook Facebook By Associated Press – September 13, 2019 0 231 WhatsApp (“Ambulance” by Andrew Malone, CC BY 2.0) MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — A 14-year-old boy has died after being found unresponsive in a northwestern Indiana high school’s swimming pool.Lake Ridge New Tech Schools’ superintendent says Curtis Walton was pronounced dead early Thursday at the University of Chicago Medical Center.Dr. Sharon Johnson-Shirley tells The (Northwest Indiana) Times that Walton was found unresponsive at the bottom of a Calumet High School pool opened to the school’s football players following Wednesday’s practice.Johnson-Shirley says trainers tried to revive Walton, who was a freshman member of the football team. He was taken to a Munster hospital before being airlifted to Chicago.Johnson-Shirley says Walton’s death has devastated his family, school staff and students and “we’re just trying to make sense of what happened.”The Lake County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the boy’s death. Previous articleK9 Nellie Does it Again; Gets Elderly Man Home SafeNext articleUPDATE: Body found in St. Joseph River identified Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications.last_img read more

You Can’t Always Get What You Want…Except at a Rolling Stones Concert

first_imgWhat could possibly be better than seeing The Rolling Stones in concert? Finding out that Gary Clark Jr. just so happens to be the opening act. A legend in the making, the blues virtuoso was a late addition to the bill at San Diego’s Petco Park. He welcomed the sell-out crowd of 42,000+ with a 45-minute set of guitar sorcery accompanied by his seductive vocal range. Later he would add a scorching yet tasteful touch to the Sticky Fingers burner, “Bitch” (watch fan-shot footage here). The Stones don’t let just anyone on their stage.Grace Potter To Open For The Rolling Stones At Select StopsLaunching their U.S. Tour, the production was more stripped down than those in the past. A runway into the crowd and fireworks during the “Satisfaction” encore were the biggest indulgences. The Stones are inevitably a spectacle, but the music now takes greater precedence. After a pair of warm-up songs, the locomotive began to churn on “All Down the Line.” Anyone who doubts the prowess of this 53-year-old band clearly hasn’t seen them recently. These men epitomize the “age is only a number” cliche. A 2015 Stones performance connects a chord all the way back to their roots. This is raw rock ‘n roll power washing over a mass of humanity. The emotional impact upon their legions of fans is immeasurable.Bearing witness to Mick Jagger in the flesh, one might wonder if they are in the presence of an alien life form. He’s almost too sublime to be human. Tapped in to a boundless source of agility, his energy output extends beyond logical comprehension. He and the band both gain momentum as the 140-minute set unfolds. His sexual magnetism is off the charts; manifested through hypnotic dance moves, defiant swagger, vocal acrobatics and an array of alluring attire. Suddenly he reminds you that he’s a blues harmonica assassin on “Midnight Rambler” and a guitar is anything but a prop. His English charm serves him well when connecting with the audience through warm, amusing banter.Rolling Stones Share Unreleased, Extended Version Of ‘Bitch’The other three veterans can’t shine as bright; no one can; but each has enough character to form their own solar system. The years have been the kindest to Charlie Watts. Locking down the groove on his minimalist drum kit, he’s notoriously stoic. Thus it’s all the more special when he breaks into a huge grin as he did watching Ronnie Wood solo on “Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’.” You don’t realize until seeing the band live what a stud Wood is. His succulent, sinuous tone sliced through the cool evening air with disarming authority. His childlike enthusiasm is evidence that he’s having more fun than anyone. Then there’s the old pirate Keith Richards who comes across as tired and bewildered, but still full of piss and vinegar. He doesn’t provide any “wow” moments on guitar, but you can count on his grungy, chunky tone providing a snarling rhythmic counterpoint. His lead vocals on “Before They Make Me Run” were an unexpected treat.Tenor saxophonist Karl Denson is the new kid on the block, stepping into the big shoes of the late Bobby Keys. It is apparent this music requires him to summon an alternate scope of his abilities. His glow resonated across the stadium during the signature “Brown Sugar” solo. Tim Ries had a healthy share of opportunities to contribute on alto and baritone sax. He even added French horn to the gorgeous “Can’t Always Get What You Want” encore. Sanctified by the Cal State Long Beach Choir, this fan favorite was cathartic to the core.While the big four get most of the attention, every musician on stage is integral to the whole. Bassist Darryl Jones is no wallflower, keeping things funky while challenging his bandmates. He laid it down thick on “Miss You.” Longtime keyboardist Chuck Leavell exudes an angelic aura and infuses every crevice with melodic nuance. The harmonies of backup singers Lisa Fischer and Bernard Fowler add layers of soul throughout. The highlight of the show had to be “Gimme Shelter.” Fischer strutted to the front of the stage and brought the house down. Voice stretching to the heavens, she unleashed the haunting chorus along with a torrential downpour of emotion. No matter how many years go by, these songs and the band that sings them only grow more potent with time.Words and images by Tyler Bluelast_img read more

Hilton Group Donates $13 Million to End Homelessness in L.A.

first_img“The Hilton Foundation has been championing solutions for long term homelessness for two decades and we have learned that permanent supportive housing is the most cost effective and successful,” says Steven M. Hilton, president and CEO of the Hilton Foundation. “This approach restores stability, autonomy and dignity and helps the individual integrate back into the community.”This approach combines affordable housing with on-site services such as mental health treatment, substance abuse prevention, employment opportunities, and life training. Studies in Los Angeles show that it is 40 percent less costly to place someone in this type of supportive housing than to leave them on the streets. Further, the costs decrease over time. National studies reveal that chronically homeless people—18 percent of the overall homeless population—consume 64 percent of homeless system resources.Since 2004, the Hilton Foundation has provided more than $20 million in grants and loans for such efforts in Los Angeles, resulting in the development of more than 2,300 units and the creation of the $30 million Los Angeles Supportive Housing Loan Fund.Getting local businesses involved is part of the strategy for success. The Hilton Foundation provided funding for the creation of the Los Angeles Business Leaders Task Force on Homelessness. The task force has been led by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Greater Los Angeles. The new plans will also focus on homeless veterans who are cycling through institutions such as shelters emergency rooms, and jails. “This campaign is a great step forward to eradicating long term homelessness in our home town,” notes Hilton, “and there could be no greater way to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors than to help vulnerable people find homes, medical and other services and, most of all, hope.”Learn more at HiltonFoundation.org.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSupporting an initiative  to end chronic and veteran homelessness in Los Angeles County within five years, the Conrad Hilton Foundation announced Wednesday a gift of $13 million in grants to fund key components of the campaign.The grants include: $9 million for the creation of 2,500 new permanent supportive housing units; $3.6 million to identify 4,500 of the most vulnerable people on the streets and provide housing; $330,000 for an innovative pilot program to ease the transition into housing; and $200,000 to engage faith leaders and communities in the campaign.last_img read more

Eurotunnel wins protection from its creditors

first_imgHAVINGPOSTPONED a decision expected on July 25, the Tribunal de Commerce in Paris finally agreed on August 2 to grant Eurotunnel’s request made on July 11 for protection from holders of debt with a face value of £6·2bn. The Group, including 17 related entities, is now barred from paying interest or repaying debt for six months. The court can also extend the period of protection. On August 16 Standard & Poor’s downgraded £240m of senior bank loans to ’D’ (default) because interest due was withheld. But Eurotunnel is not insolvent. Results for the first half of 2006 show an operating margin of £161m, and it could have met all its obligations until January 2007 before running out of money. For now the court has appointed two judicial administrators who will try to secure agreement from the Group’s Joint Board and its quarrelling creditors on a restructuring plan that will reduce the debt to around £2·9bn. Eurotunnel believes this to be the highest level that can be serviced out of future operating profits.The basis for this restructuring is expected to be a plan tabled at 23.00 on July 12 by Eurotunnel’s Chairman & Chief Executive Jacques Gounon. Negotiations collapsed early on July 13 because the two creditor groups represented by the Ad Hoc Committee for middle-ranking debt and Deutsche Bank for the junior bondholders could not close the gap between them.Immediately after protection was announced, Eurotunnel claimed ’there is now a convergence of view amongst principal creditors’ that the July 12 proposal ’will lead to a reconciliation of their positions.’ Since then there has been silence.Meanwhile, Eurotunnel confirmed on July 27 that it had settled a long-running dispute with the railways over the share of its operating costs they are obliged to pay. While this is helpful, concern is mounting over the future of rail freight. After peaking at 3·14million tonnes in 1998 it is now barely half that, despite the fact that the British government is paying all of the UK’s share of the Minimum Usage Charge for freight which ends on November 30.The UK’s Rail Freight Group warned last month that ’in three months the current charging structure for rail freight through the Channel Tunnel stops and there is no indication as to what will replace it.’ While RFG believes ’nobody is expecting massive subsidies’, it deplores the absence of ’any talking or engagement, even by the European Commission; surely they have a duty to try and ensure that a Trans-European Network route does not close?’last_img read more

UWP candidate defends plagiarism allegation

first_img Share LocalNews UWP candidate defends plagiarism allegation by: – September 12, 2014 Sharing is caring! 250 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Tweet UWP candidate for the Roseau Central constituency, Joseph Isaac (file photo)Joseph Isaac, who will be contesting the Roseau Central Constituency for the Opposition United Workers Party (UWP), has defended his political leader Lennox Linton in the wake of allegations of plagiarism.Mr Linton has been accused of plagiarizing excerpts of a speech presented by Allan Chastanet in August 2013. Mr Chastanet is the leader of the United Workers Party of St Lucia. Mr Linton reportedly quoted Mr Chastanet’s speech during his inaugural speech as UWP Leader on September 1, 2013 and in a recent article published online reflecting on his first year as leader.The St. Lucian politician, who called into ‘The Hot Seat’ program earlier this week, said Mr Linton “gave me speaking notes” when he became political leader and that they had had a “long discussion” about his campaign.Mr Isaac, who was a guest on ‘The Hot Seat’ radio program on Friday, September 12, 2014, said there is “nothing wrong” with what his leader did.According to Issac, there is nothing wrong with the oppositions of the region coming together and sharing notes, which is what his leader did and “I don’t want our leader to comment on it”.“Lennox Linton is the man who was writing speeches and being a political consultant for some leaders across the region so what he is doing is nothing wrong with that”.The UWP candidate said it is “just a simple approach” where oppositions within the Caribbean Region “have gotten smart now and now they are sharing notes and they have similar policies so they are commenting on similar policies”.He claimed that while his leader, Lennox Linton is writing speeches for some leaders in the Caribbean, “Skerrit have to wait on [Hartly] Henry to get speaking notes and if he doesn’t get speaking notes, he can’t speak”. Moreover, Isaac said “in regards to plagiarism, Labour Party is the one that has already started plagiarizing”.He accused the DLP of stealing the UWP’s ‘The Workers are Working’ slogan from the 1995 general election campaign.“You remember before we had something called the workers are working? Labour Ka Twavay in English is what? Labour is working, that is plagiarism, they actually took our slogan and converted it into theirs that is plagiarism,” Issac said.“Imagine, the last election they used a song, the song called ‘Something’s Happening’ that came out straight from Barbados,” he added. He said the Labour Parties across the region are being controlled by one man, “Hartley Henry, with one template that everything they do, they just keep moving it around, the same approach, the same words, same strategy, across the region”.Meanwhile, Mr Linton said last week “I’ve never asked anybody to write any speech for me” and that he does not have a speech writer.“For now, writing a speech comes so easily to me, because it is about communicating to the public what we discuss among ourselves as team members and what I intimately know,” Mr Linton said. Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

Optisys Introduces First Metal 3D Printed Hybrid Phased-Array Antenna for SATCOM

first_imgLeading RF antenna solutions provider, Optisys Inc, has completed the design, manufacturing, and testing of the NAPA (Novel Active Phased Array) – an aluminum 3D printed hybrid phased-array antenna. NAPA balances the high performance and thin profile of a phased array, with the reduced cost and low loss of a passive aperture. Optisys’ revolutionary design and manufacturing approach will finally provide a high-performance antenna solution for a single aperture transmit and receive broadband terminal.This highly customizable, high-bandwidth phased array also incorporates filtering, diplexers, polarizers, combiners as well as thermal management and structural mounting features, into one single part. All performance aspects of the array can be customized to customer specifications, using modular and scalable design approach only enabled using 3D printing. Optisys currently has options for C, X, Ku, K and Ka band, allowing for customer specific customization. For example, frequency, gain, heat management, and filtering requirements can easily be configured and manufactured.Optisys is excited about the impact NAPA will have on the satellite, aerospace, and ground SATCOM industries and anticipates that the technology will finally provide the right mix of high performance, lightweight, robustness, low power and cost effectiveness the customer has not been able to obtain to date.NAPA was designed to have features and specifications that balance the needs of a low-profile antenna terminal with the complexity of a phased array antenna. By balancing the technical approach and leveraging metal 3D printing to produce a single aperture to address the full Ka SATCOM frequency bands, Optisys is able to exceed current specifications at a reduced price. This single-aperture solution for both transmit and receive at Ka-band allows for a custom antenna solution on every platform without the price tag associated with custom design. Hybrid electronic scanning of a metal waveguide aperture produces the highest performance and greatest flexibility of any electronically scanned array approach.Optisys’ current focus is on the design, manufacturing and testing of antennas and antenna systems for satellite, UAV, commercial aircraft, tactical, and consumer telecommunication applications.The company is exhibiting its smallest, lightest functional antennas at Satellite 2019 in Washington DC from May 6-9.Click here to learn more about Optisys.Click here to see everything RF’s coverage of SATELLITE 2019.last_img read more

Keysight Now Supports 5G RF Conformance Test Cases for mm-Wave (FR2) Spectrum

first_imgKeysight will now support a leading number of 5G NR Conformance RF test cases validated by the Global Certification Forum (GCF). The decision was made following Keysight’s Conformance Agreement Group (CAG) #59 meeting, held recently in Malaga, Spain.At the meeting, it was confirmed that Keysight’s 5G network emulation conformance test platform (TP168) offers leading coverage of GCF validated RF test cases. This includes GCF validation for 5G NR radio conformance testing (RCT) in frequency range 2 (FR2). By accessing a complete set of RF test cases on a single platform, device makers can easily and cost-effectively accelerate GCF certification, ensuring their device conforms to 3GPP standards. In addition, Keysight is currently the only vendor with PTCRB validated RF test cases in FR2. Therefore, customers of Keysight’s 5G network emulation solutions can comprehensively address 3GPP requirements specific to 5G NR mmWave deployments.Commercial deployment of 5G technology is accelerating to address a wide range of use cases for consumers and industry verticals. As a result, mobile device manufacturers need to gain early and continuous access to the latest RF, radio resource management (RRM) and protocol conformance 3GPP test specifications for timely 5G NR device certification. Conformance tests adopted by certification bodies, such as GCF, help ensure commercial 5G devices comply with the latest 3GPP Release 15 specifications and operate as expected on mobile networks.Earlier this year, Keysight announced that following the CAG#58 meeting, the company’s 5G Conformance Toolsets supported the greatest number of validated GCF and PTCRB protocol and RF conformance test cases for 5G NR in both non-standalone (NSA) and standalone (SA) mode. In January, Keysight was first to gain GCF approval for 5G NR non-standalone test cases, enabling the mobile ecosystem to accelerate protocol and RF device certification.Keysight’s 5G RF/RRM Conformance Toolset is part of the company’s suite of 5G network emulation solutions. It enables mobile operators, chipset and device manufacturers, as well as test labs, to validate new devices across the workflow, from early design to acceptance and manufacturing in both sub-6GHz (FR1) and mmWave (FR2) frequency bands. The solution suite leverages the company’s UXM 5G Wireless Platform to provide early access to a comprehensive range of test cases on a common platform. By addressing global test requirements on a single solution platform, Keysight enables the mobile industry to accelerate certification of 5G multi-mode devices in different form factors.last_img read more