Gates quits Microsoft board, pushes philanthropy

first_imgHome Gates quits Microsoft board, pushes philanthropy Related Devices Yanitsa joins Mobile World Live as a Reporter based in London. She has more than 5 years’ experience at various media outlets in her home country Bulgaria. She started her career as a political reporter, followed by taking editor roles… Read more Author Yanitsa Boyadzhieva Previous ArticleZTE denies knowledge of US bribery probeNext ArticleFCC gives T-Mobile US temporary spectrum boost Nokia makes AI move with Microsoftcenter_img Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates (pictured) stepped down from the company’s board of directors to focus on efforts in philanthropic activities related to health, education, global development and tackling climate change.The company announced its supervisory board swap on 13 March, stating Gates will continue his role of technology adviser to Microsoft leaders, including CEO Satya Nadella.In a statement, Nadella highlighted Gates’ “leadership and vision”, welcoming the fact the company “will continue to benefit” from the former CEO’s “ongoing technical passion and advice to drive our products and services forward”.John Thompson, Microsoft board chairman, added Gates had “challenged us to think big and then think even bigger. He leaves an enduring legacy of curiosity and insight that serves as an inspiration for us all”.Gates’ departure leaves Microsoft’s board with a total of 12 members.Throughout his career at Microsoft, Gates held various leading positions, including as CEO until 2000 and chairman until 2014.In 2008 Gates moved to focus on his work at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which he co-founded alongside his wife in 2000. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Alianza sobre IA entre Nokia y Microsoft Tags Google taps retail with NYC store AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 16 MAR 2020 Bill Gatesmanagement changesMicrosoftlast_img read more

City plans to suspend senior housing program

first_img Full Name* Email Address* Message* This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now The Department of Housing Preservation and Development will cut off applications for its Privately Financed Affordable Senior Housing program. (iStock)The city is pulling the plug on a senior housing program over concerns that it violates fair housing laws.The Department of Housing Preservation and Development told developers this month that it plans to stop accepting applications for its Privately Financed Affordable Senior Housing program, known by its acronym PFASH.The program allows developers to increase the scale of a project that sets aside a certain percentage of units as affordable independent residences for seniors, or AIRS.HPD Commissioner Louise CarrollIn a notice to the New York State Association for Affordable Housing, HPD said it was suspending the program amid concerns “raised from a Fair Housing perspective” — namely, that senior units are off limits to families who would benefit from living near good schools, mass transit and other amenities in “high-opportunity areas.”HPD declined to comment.The program is relatively young, having been delayed for three years after being created in March 2016 as part of Zoning for Quality and Affordability, a text amendment.To get the density bonus, developers must dedicate at least 10 units to elderly residents making at or below 80 percent of the area median income. Of those apartments, 90 percent must be occupied by at least one person age 62 or older.Real estate attorney Alvin Schein, who represents developers with active PFASH applications, said he doesn’t understand HPD’s concerns about the program, given that the federal Fair Housing Act includes exemptions for senior housing.Also, the units are not exclusive to seniors, said Schein, who added that abruptly discontinuing the initiative will erode developer and lender confidence in city programs.“It makes developers, investors and lenders very wary of working in the city,” he said. “It isn’t a good way to encourage development of any housing in the city.”Contact Kathryn Brenzellast_img read more

Sutton Foster, Audra McDonald, Ben Platt & More to Present at the 2019 Tony Awards

first_img View Comments Sutton Foster(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser for Broadway.com) An A-list lineup of stars will make Broadway dreams come true next month. Presenters have been announced for the 73rd Annual Tony Awards, scheduled for June 9 at Radio City Music Hall. The event will be broadcast live on CBS that evening at 8:00pm.Presenters will include two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster (upcoming star of The Music Man), Darren Criss (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Tina Fey (Mean Girls), Samuel L. Jackson (The Mountaintop), LaTanya Richardson Jackson (To Kill a Mockingbird), Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk), Laura Linney (My Name Is Lucy Barton), Audra McDonald (Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune), Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen, The Politician), Billy Porter (Pose, Kinky Boots), Andrew Rannells (The Boys in the Band) and Michael Shannon (Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune).As previously announced, Emmy and Tony winner James Corden will host for the second time. For a look at the full list of 2019 Tony Award nominations, click here.last_img read more

Three keys to a Lancer state championship victory Saturday

first_imgThe SM East football team practiced Thanksgiving morning, getting ready for their Saturday showdown.SM East gets its second chance to bring home the school’s first state football championship Saturday. With 16 starters returning from last year’s team, the Lancers have plenty of experience with the big game atmosphere of a state title game — but they’re also facing one of their toughest opponents of the past two years. Hutchinson got off to a rocky 2-4 start after suffering a number of key injuries early in their season. But they’ve been steamrolling opponents ever since, not having lost since Oct. 10. Here are three keys for the Lancers to secure the state title against Hutch:Execute like they have all year. Olathe North only got back into last week’s substate game after the Lancers had two uncharacteristic flubs on offense. Chaz Burgess picked off a pass from Gunnar Englund in the third quarter and ran it back for a touchdown, and the Eagles blocked a punt on the ensuing possession to set up a short touchdown drive. What’s more, on two occasions the Lancers drove into the red zone only to be turned away without scoring. Much of SM East’s dominant success throughout the regular season can be attributed to its workmanlike, mistake-free efficiency on offense. If the Lancers can return to form Saturday, they’ll be tough to beat.Contain Blaik Middleton. The success of Hutchinson’s offense rides in large part on the legs of running back Blaik Middleton, who lit up Free State last week for six touchdown, three of them on runs of more than 50 yards. Take a look at this touchdown against Maize earlier this season to get a sense of what he can do:The Lancers defense has been excellent all season long, and did a solid job keeping Olathe North’s Venus Triplett, the Sunflower League’s leading rusher, under control last week. If they can put similar pressure on Middleton and Hutchinson’s talented offensive line, they should be able to keep Hutch from putting up gaudy offensive numbers.Keep Hutch guessing. The great thing about the Lancers’ offense is that they can hurt opponents a number of ways. With Sam Huffman and Jackson Gossick as speedy threats on the wings, Wyatt Edmisten pounding the ball up the middle, Gunnar Englund able to break away for big keepers, and Alec Dean and Sky Tate posing big-gain threats through the air, the Lancers have no shortage of weapons. Coach Dustin Delaney has used all of those weapons as he has dialed up unique offensive game plans throughout the year. Look for him to throw something unexpected at the Salt Hawks.Remember there’s a community pep rally for the Lancers tonight in the U.S. Bank parking lot at the Village Shops. The rally, which will feature the players, coaches, cheerleaders and the school choir, kicks off at 7 p.m.And tomorrow morning there will be a send off rally at 7:30 a.m., where fans will gather by the Village Shops clocktower to cheer the Lancers as their buses make their way through the shopping center on their way to Emporia.Some parents at the Thanksgiving morning practice and tailgate were in full cheering mode. 1981 SM East graduate Shelly Stewart Jensen took the challenge seriously.last_img read more

GateLog joins PPL

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AltaGas shares fall as it eyes $1.5B in asset sales, cancels dividend program

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Shares in gas and power company AltaGas Ltd. fell by as much as 16percentt after it announced asset sales and cancellation of a dividend reinvestment plan as part of a strategy to rebuild investor confidence.The Calgary-based company’s stock fell by as much as $3.18 to $16.69 per share in early trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.It says it will attempt to sell assets worth $1.5 billion to $2 billion by the end of March, in addition to this year’s total of $2.4 billion in sales, and that it will cancel by year-end its plan which allowed stockholders to receive dividends in the form of discount-priced shares.- Advertisement -On a conference call, chairman and acting co-CEO David Cornhill said the company intends to sell more of its interest in its northwest B.C hydro power facilities after selling a 35 percent stake for $922 million in June.He said further detail on the sales and the company’s strategy will be determined after a new CEO is appointed in the next several weeks to replace former CEO David Harris, who agreed to resign in July following a never-specified “complaint” that was to be investigated by the board.AltaGas sold assets this year to help pay down a bridge loan used to buy U.S. utility company WGL Holdings for about $9 billion, a deal announced in January 2017 and completed about four months ago.Advertisement It is to realize at least $874 million through an initial public offering announced last week of its Canadian utilities and part of its renewable power assets, and in September sold natural gas midstream assets and power generating assets to raise $560 million.“AltaGas has never been better positioned as a company in terms of the quality of assets and strength of opportunity,” said Cornhill on a conference call to discuss third-quarter results.“Unfortunately, we have never seen such lack of confidence in the company, which is evidenced by the stock which has significantly underperformed.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS)Advertisementlast_img read more