Lake City Journal Fri, 20 May 2022 10:00:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Lake City Journal 32 32 “Love Me Before The Town Goes Away” from The Bay Podcast Fri, 20 May 2022 10:00:26 +0000

Nijla Mu’min’s poetry preserves her homeland by painting portraits with words.

She shares childhood memories of the black Muslim community in East Oakland. She romanticizes hanging out at Lake Merritt. And she wonders what became of the East Bay neighborhoods where she socialized as a young person.

All of her memories are woven together to show her appreciation for the culture that raised her.

I first became friends with Nijla years ago while running around the Bay Area in the same creative circles, and I’ve watched her craft thrive ever since. From her film Jinn, which won the SXSW Special Jury Recognition Award for Writing, to writing for acclaimed shows, queen sugar, that blind spotting series, Wu-Tang: An American Sagaand Unsure.

But long before all that, Nijla attended UC Berkeley, where her experiences in June Jordan’s Poetry for the People program left an indelible mark. She still writes poetry to this day.

In late April, to celebrate National Poetry Month, Nijla shared some of her work with Bay Podcast’s Maria Esquinca.

This week we share this episode with you.

Nijla Mu’min stands in front of a mural painted by the Trust Your Struggle Collective that reads ‘Oakland Dreams’. (Pendarvis Harshaw)

Read the episode transcript from The Bay.

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“Always a helping hand first”: Ray Pickup was called “Giant in our City” by Salt Lake Chamber Fri, 20 May 2022 04:43:11 +0000

Ray Pickup, former CEO of WCF Insurance, speaks as he is honored with the 43rd Giant in Our City Award during the Salt Lake Chamber’s annual awards banquet in Salt Lake City, Utah on Thursday. The award is given to an individual who demonstrates exceptional and outstanding achievements and has made exceptional professional achievements. (Mengshin Lin, Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY –– Smart suits and elegant dresses filled the Grand America Hotel ballroom on Thursday as crowds gathered for the presentation of the 43rd Giant in Our City Award at the Salt Lake Chamber.

The annual award, presented to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional and outstanding achievement and exceptional professional achievement, is widely considered the most prestigious business award presented in the Beehive State.

This year, that honor went to the recently retired Director and CEO of WCF Insurance, Ray Pickup.

“Ray is instrumental in making Utah a great place to live,” said Natalie Gochnour, director of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, in a video congratulating Pickup. “It’s been wonderful getting to know you better, watching your career (and) seeing you make our community a better place.”

Despite his retirement from WCF insurance, Pickup remains deeply involved in the Salt Lake City community, serving on a number of boards including the Salt Lake Chamber Board of Trustees, the Economic Development Corporation of Utah Board of Trustees as Audit Committee Chair, and the Junior Achievement of Utah Advisory Board; and the University of Utah Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute Advisory Board.

“There are many individuals in our community who continue to step up to support the larger community, and within that select group, Ray Pickup is first among equals,” said Derek Miller, President and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance. when announcing the award. “Whether it’s giving time at the local food bank or raising funds to save local businesses during the pandemic, Ray is always one of the first to help and say, ‘What can I do to help?’ This is at the heart of Ray’s essence, recognized by all who know him. We are happy to recognize him as a ‘giant in our city’.”

During his acceptance speech, Pickup paid tribute to those who supported him on his journey to receiving the Giant in our City Award, particularly his wife, Janet Pickup.

“She has dedicated her life to creating a wonderful, faith-centered home for our family,” said Pickup. “She has been so supportive and I am grateful to her, our five extraordinary children and their husbands and wives, and our extraordinary grandchildren.”

Janet Pickup, wife of Ray Pickup, former CEO of WCF Insurance, wipes away tears as Ray speaks during the Salt Lake Chamber's annual awards banquet in Salt Lake City on Thursday.
Janet Pickup, wife of Ray Pickup, former CEO of WCF Insurance, wipes away tears as Ray speaks during the Salt Lake Chamber’s annual awards banquet in Salt Lake City on Thursday. (Photo: Mengshin Lin, Deseret News)

Giving credit to others is not uncommon for Pickup, as many speakers have spoken of his extreme generosity and caring nature, which is reflected in his leadership style.

“He has the ability to drive the agenda and get everyone involved in that agenda,” said Janet Pickup.

During the ceremony, Pickup – a lover of BBQs and fly fishing – received a premium fly rod for an upcoming trip to Alaska, as well as a brand new Traeger grill.

“I am overwhelmed and honored to receive this recognition,” Pickup said in a statement. “I’m grateful to live in the great state of Utah and to work with all the great people who make Utah a great place to live and do business. I especially appreciate the Salt Lake Chamber for the outstanding job they are doing in representing Utah on business.”

Past honorees include former Senator Orrin Hatch; Gail Miller, chairman of the Larry H. Miller group of companies; former Utah Governor Michael O. Leavitt; businessman Kem Gardner; and Gordon B. Hinckley, past President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, among others.

During Thursday’s ceremony, the Salt Lake Chamber Social Impact Foundation, Utah Community Builders honored Aden Batar, director of migration and refugee services for Utah Catholic Community Services, with the fourth annual Lane Beattie Utah Community Builder Award.


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The Tolan Group Recruits CEO for PE-Supported US Mobile Health Exams Thu, 19 May 2022 13:27:07 +0000

May 19, 2022 – The Tolan Group (TTG) has appointed Shaun Ginter as CEO of US Mobile Health Exams (USMHE) in Jacksonville, FL. He replaces Paul Hassan, who founded the company in 2011. Kaye Johnson, Managing Partner, and Jennifer Chee, Vice President, led the search. “I see tremendous growth opportunity at USMHE and am excited to lead this company to the next level of growth,” said Mr. Ginter. “I would like to thank Potomac Equity and Paul Hassan for this exciting opportunity, and I see great things on the horizon to expand our footprint and scale our operations while we continue to provide quality services to our clients across the United States.”

Mr. Ginter most recently served as President and CEO of Boston-based Urgent Care Centers of New England, Inc., trading as CareWell Urgent Care Quincy, MA. Prior to that, he was COO of Solantic Walk-In Urgent Care (now CareSpot) in Jacksonville, FL, one of the nation’s largest emergency care providers. During his time at Solantic, the company grew from 11 to 37 clinics. Mr. Ginter has also held senior positions as CEO of Goverline and Blue Medical Supply Inc. and served as regional vice president for Rite Aid Drug Stores.

USMHE is a portfolio company of Potomac Equity Partners LLC, an investment firm based in Washington, DC. USMHE is a provider of mobile health testing and screening services. The company specializes in occupational health testing and health screening for commercial customers subject to US Occupational Safety and Health Administration and US Department of Transportation employee testing requirements.

See also: The Tolan Group recruits CFO for Georgia Urology

Potomac Equity Partners is a Washington, DC-based private equity investment firm focused on delivering superior returns on equity through close partnerships and collaboration with members of the management team of its portfolio companies. Potomac Equity Partners acquired US Mobile Health Exams in February. “Potomac Equity is honored to be a partner of US Mobile Health Exams and looks forward to working with the company in the future to help it realize its full potential and leverage the positive macro tailwinds of the occupational health and safety industries through a more focused and aggressive growth strategy,” said John Bates, Founder and Partner of Potomac Equity Partners.

Proven recruiters

Tolan Group is a Top 50 Healthcare and Life Sciences Executive Search firm owned by Hunt Scanlon. It provides recruitment services to clients and candidates serving the private equity market and is focused on providing leadership for the healthcare services, healthcare technology and behavioral health segments of the healthcare market. The company is based in St. Augustine, FL with offices in Atlanta; Philadelphia; Appleton, WI; Orlando,FL; Charlotte, NC; and Tampa, FL.

The Tolan Group recruits CFO for Bristol Hospice
The Tolan Group (TTG) recently appointed Jerry Copeland as the new CFO of Bristol Hospice in Salt Lake City, UT. Kaye Johnson, managing partner, and Jennifer Chee, vice president, led the search effort. “Having worked with Bristol Hospice on a previous search assignment, we were excited to work with them again and see Jerry Copeland join the leadership team there,” said Ms Johnson. “Jerry was a perfect fit for us given his experience, track record and drive to succeed. We know he will be instrumental in continuing the success Bristol has become known for throughout the hospice community.”

Mr. Copeland is a hands-on CFO and executive with experience helping organizations in the hospice sector grow and scale. Previously, he was CFO at Reliant at Home in Plano, TX and Sage Hospice in Dallas. As CFO, Mr. Copeland had full financial oversight and responsibility for the monthly financial reports with operators, financial reporting, preparation and presentation to the board. In addition, he oversaw annual budgeting, cash flow forecasting, revenue cycle management and invoicing for the organizations he served.

Timothy J. Tolan is the CEO and managing partner of the Tolan Group. He searched for CEOs, CIOs, COOs, CFOs, Presidents, Senior Vice Presidents, Vice Presidents of Business Development and Product Development, and Sales Professionals. He has worked with large and small cap companies as well as private and early stage companies. In addition to his executive search experience, Mr. Tolan has been in the healthcare technology space for over 25 years, holding senior-level positions for public and private companies.

Ms. Johnson most recently served as Chief Operating Officer at The Tolan Group before being appointed Co-CEO in February. She manages day-to-day business, major projects and is responsible for all searches in the company. She leads the project team responsible for finding and qualifying candidates for placement. Since joining the company, Ms. Johnson has placed C-suite, EVPs, SVPs, VPs and countless individual contributors in sales, marketing, product management, technical and clinical talent.

Ms. Chee has over 10 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She has experience in EHR/EMR, enrollment solutions, HIPAA, payer-provider relationships, revenue cycle and EMTALA. She has placed executives, product management experts, sales managers and individual employees.

See also: The Tolan Group recruits CFO for Pharmalogic Holdings

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Editor-in-Chief; and Stephen Sawicki, Editor-in-Chief – Hunt Scanlon Media

SHOW SCANNER TRAFFIC | Lost coastal outpost Wed, 18 May 2022 07:47:57 +0000 1:02 a.m
Arcata chief 8201 reports that all firefighting units are now clear of the “South IC” traffic collision 12:44 a.m
Arcata PD Responds to 4th Street Market, GTA just occurred, a gray Subaru with a dog left in the vehicle, last seen on Samoa Blvd westbound, license plate unwise at the moment 12:41 a.m
Arcata Engine 8216 clears crime scene, Blue Lake Fire can be freed from Arcata’s cover 12:36 a.m
Weather conditions at that time were dry and partly cloudy, no rain 12:34 a.m
CHP requests tow truck for both vehicles, a Toyota with major frontal damage but 4 good tires; also a Dodge Challenger also front damage, “total fire” and flat front tires 12:29 a.m
Arcata PD responds to support traffic and the parties involved 12:27 a.m
Blue Lake Engine 8514 and Chief 8500 cover the Arcata area from Mad River Station (Janes Road). CHP reports one casualty located under highway bridge south of TC site requiring medical attention; There is an ambulance nearby to help 12:14 a.m
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The radio frequency at the crime scene is the state CALCORD, 156.075; All Arcata fire units continue, other agencies can cancel, even a locomotive to cover Arcata area 12:11 a.m
Arcata Engine 8216 is on scene reporting the collision occurred on the HW 101 southbound ramp from Central Ave with a work vehicle fire. Chief 8201 is on site and taking over “South IC”. One patient is at the scene and has exited his vehicle, the other driver has reportedly fled the scene and there are no other occupants in the vehicles 12:09 a.m
Locomotive 8216 at the scene, it’s S/B on-ramp to 101 from Central Ave, fully involved, they’re looking for people inside the vehicle 12:07 a.m
Mckinleyville traffic accident: HW 101 southbound on North Bank Rd. area for report of two-vehicle head-on collision, both vehicles on fire, injuries unknown; The first unit on site will be “South IC”; For Arcata Fire, Blue Lake Fire, Westhaven Fire, Fieldbrook Fire, Arcata Ambulance, City Ambulance 12:07 a.m
McKinleyville TC possibly head-on, both vehicles said to be on fire; s/bound 101 near Hwy 200/North Bank Road; for Arcata Fire including Rescue 8254, Blue Lake, Fieldbrook, Westhaven; Radio channels are CalFire 10. ]]>
Top 10 Places to Visit in Minnesota • Thumbwind Tue, 17 May 2022 18:26:17 +0000

Minnesota is called the Ten Thousand Lakes State. And it’s true! And if you dig deeper into the statistics, you will find that there are not even ten thousand lakes, but twelve thousand. Based on these and other parameters, the federal state is the state with the best quality of life and the healthiest according to national expertise. But it’s not just the beauty of the lakes that makes Minnesota famous. Must-visit Minnesota attractions include great fishing and hunting, canoeing and rafting, top-rated US biking trails, and skiing—these are just a few reasons travelers from around the world flock to Minnesota.

When you’re on the go, you’ll probably need to resort to public WiFi from time to time. If you want to make your trip convenient and safe, you should also install a VPN on your phone. That way, you don’t have to worry about data leaks when connecting to public WiFi, and you always have access to blocked content in Minnesota. So not only do you need to provide an exciting ride for you and your family, you also need to provide cyber security for your data.


Spoonbridge and Cherry – Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Of all the attractions in Minnesota, Minneapolis is a theater-goer’s paradise: the city is second only to New York City in terms of the number of theater seats. Unsurprisingly, the main festival is theatre-related. Every year the state hosts the fringe theater festival. The Minnesota Fringe Festival has expanded from 52 shows in 1994 to 720 performances from over 142 shows prior to the onset of the pandemic in 2019. So, if you’re lucky enough to arrive in Minnesota during the first two weeks of August, you can catch one or more young children’s drama, dance, musical, and puppet shows.

Although St. Paul is the capital, Minneapolis is the most famous city in Minnesota. Are you interested in art? Visit exhibitions in art institute, see works by Picasso and Henry Moore at the Walker Art Center or visit the Frederick Weisman Museum of Art Culture. Minneapolis cityscapes are high-rises reaching for the sky and wide avenues broken by a network of skywalks.

The student atmosphere in Dinkeytown

Black and brown train near the building during the night
Light rail near Dinkey Town, Minneapolis – Photo by Josh Hild

The capital of Minnesota is St. Paul. The great capital resembles a European settlement: the same streets and the same late Victorian buildings. Much of the city is dominated by the University of Minnesota where you will find the student center and neighborhood Dinkeytown irresistible.

Dinkytown meanders through the University of Minnesota Campus, directly across the river from downtown Minneapolis. As well as serving as a bustling hub of student life, Dinkytown has a rich history that has left the neighborhood with old historic buildings, quirky shops and even a thriving live music scene that still exists today. Dinkytown is a Minneapolis gem not to be missed for its reasonably priced cuisine and eccentric bars/social spots.

Mall of America

Are you a real shopaholic? Then we know how to convince you. The Mall of America is one of the largest shopping malls in the world. It’s not far from Minnesota’s capital, near Bloomington. This is where you will find over forty million people passing through every year. And every fourth of them is a traveller. So go to the mall with family, friends or alone – there is something for everyone. In addition to five hundred shops, the Mall of America has no fewer than twenty restaurants, an amusement park with around four hundred trees and an oceanarium with sharks.

Voyageurs National Park

Early morning canoeing at Voyageurs National Park Photo by Tim Umphreys

The northern part of the state is home to the Voyageurs National Park. This national park was established in 1971. Water areas occupy a third of the vast territory of the park. You are truly mesmerized by the views of shallow lakes dotted with rocky islands! Camp or stay at a Rainy Lakehouse, rent a mini-boat, or explore the expanse in a speedboat, canoe, or seaplane. You can see eagles, loons, deer and moose. Also, find out about a tour of the famous Kettle Falls. You can even go there with the kids.

North Shore of Lake Superior

Today, one of the largest waterfalls in the country lies on the north shore of Lake Superior. Drive north from Duluth along Route 61 along the coast. The area is home to unique natural attractions. The main attraction of these places are the numerous state parks along Lake Superior. According to some research, it is a preserved part of a once colossal sea. It is the largest and deepest in the Great Lakes system, and Lake Superior is also the largest freshwater lake in the world.

There is another theory about the origin of the unique lake, which most modern scientists follow. It could have formed in a basin left by a huge glacier. The latter, in turn, completely melted during the eruption. The beautiful lake has many unique features that point to its unusual origins. The water in the lake is always ice cold. Even in midsummer it doesn’t get warmer than 4 degrees Celsius. In winter, however, Lake Superior never freezes, so storms are constant. Despite these peculiarities, the lake is rich in fish and is home to rare species of sturgeon and trout.

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Gooseberry Falls State Park on Lake Superior’s north shore is a great place to visit on a trip to Minnesota. The park is worth a visit any time of the year, as it offers a great cross-country ski trail system in winter, beautiful colors in fall, and many hiking trails in summer. But perhaps spring is when Gooseberry Falls State Park is at its most beautiful, as that’s when its falls are at their fullest and most powerful. The park is located near Duluth and not far from Highway 61.

Itasca State Park

Minnesota’s oldest state park, Itasca State Park is undoubtedly one of the best in the state. The historic Douglas cabin or lodges offer the opportunity to sleep under the stars, with the 2,000-acre nature reserve, one of seven national natural landmarks in Minnesota and one of the many attractions worth visiting in the park. In addition, Itasca State Park offers people the opportunity to hike along the Mississippi River at the beginning of its extended, winding journey across America – a truly unique, unforgettable and unforgettable experience.

Silver Bay on the North Shore of Superior

Silver Bay is one of the most scenic spots in Minnesota, with its Shovel Point offering truly spectacular views. Scenic North Shore cruises are among the most popular activities on a trip to the city, and snowshoeing at George Crosby Manitou State Park should also be on the list of experiences to try while visiting. The Baptism River is perhaps the prettiest spot in Silver Bay, although it rivals hikes on the stunning Tetegush Trail.


Duluth, the second largest city on Lake Superior, is worth a visit for anyone traveling to Minnesota for the first time. The port city is home to America’s only freshwater aquarium, and Duluth is also home to the world’s longest freshwater bar. The Aerial Lift Bridge is a surprisingly attractive attraction when visiting Duluth, while the city makes a great jumping off point for a trip up Minnesota’s North Shore. The town itself is also home to popular attractions such as the Lake Superior and Glensche Seaside Visitor Center, the Historic Congdon Estate and the Leif Erickson Rose Park and Garden.

St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral, the national shrine of the Apostle Paul, commonly known as St. Paul’s Cathedral, is one of the most beautiful buildings in the entire state. The cathedral’s distinctive copper dome makes it one of the most recognizable cathedrals in the United States. The building, one of the finest examples of Beaux-Arts architecture, is comparable to the great cathedrals of Europe. The cathedral is normally open seven days a week – the cathedral is listed as a monument on the National Register of Historic Buildings.

Favorite Minnesota food

Minnesota’s crowning dishes are hotdish casserole and a fish delicacy called lutefisk. To make lutefisk, dried fish is soaked in an alkaline soda solution for three days and then kept in water. The consistency of the fish becomes like jelly. Next, lutefisk is fried, boiled and heated in a microwave oven. Finally, serve the fish with mushy peas, boiled potatoes and bacon.

If you don’t want to try the gourmet lutefisk, consider another unique dish only found in Minnesota — Juicy Lucy, a specialty cheeseburger made from two patties with sizzling melted cheese sandwiched between them. And for the true conservatives, you can always find a spot of well-known cuisine in the state: Mexican restaurants, Vietnamese, Chinese and other Middle Eastern cuisines, burger joints, bakeries and, of course, coffee shops. Coffee is in high demand here: it is easy to find a place for a coffee break.

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🌱 What could be coming to the Southeast Market Spot + formula shortage in SLC Tue, 17 May 2022 03:15:00 +0000

Morning, neighbors! Joseph Peterson here with a new issue of the Salt Lake City Daily.

First today’s weather:

clouds and sun; not so warm. High: 76 Low: 53.

Here are today’s top 3 stories in Salt Lake City:

  1. Salt Lakers, who wanted a co-op market, have long invested in the mere idea of ​​one in Utah’s capital. Now, The Wasatch Cooperative Market’s 750+ owners can see investment in the Liberty Wells neighborhood becoming a reality. This newsletter brought you the news two months ago that Asian grocer Southeast Market near Liberty Park at 900 S was closing. But the plaza may not stay vacant for long as the Wasatch Cooperative has taken an interest in it as a potential location for their SLC site. (
  2. In response to the racially motivated mass shooting at a convenience store in Buffalo, New York, The Salt Lake branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has issued an impassioned letter Condemning the shooter’s motive and actions, which targeted African Americans and claimed the lives of 10 people this week. The NAACP’s SLC chapter lamented the mainstreaming of xenophobia and bigotry as influential rhetoric in these heinous attacks. You can read the full statement on Fox 13 News. (FOX 13 News Utah)
  3. Like most states across the country, Families in Utah are also feeling the stress of a shortage of baby food. Also, expectant mothers worried about breastfeeding look at empty supermarket shelves and worry about what the future holds for their newborns. Grocery stocks, which have some stock of basic foods, say low-income mothers will suffer the most, especially if their babies require specialty foods. As for the chatter about homemade formula, says Miranda Reynolds, nutritionist and health program coordinator at Utah women, infants and children, strongly warns and reminds those struggling that WIC can help lower-income families pay for formula. (KUER 90.1)

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Today in Salt Lake City:

  • Business Women’s Forum 2022: Become a change agent. Join the Business Women’s Forum in May 2022: Becoming a Changemaker, Presented by Lais Martinez, Assistant Commissioner for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for the Utah System of Higher Education. (11 clock)
  • Penstemons in Pen & Ink – Red Butte Garden. Learn about the different types of Penstemon and work with a live plant to create your masterpiece. Previous experience drawing plants, birds or botanical art is recommended. (4 p.m.)
  • Improv 101 classes and performance. Learn the basics of improvisation technique and concept from the best improvisers. This course is perfect for those who want to perform professionally, adapt to spontaneous situations, alleviate social anxiety and/or just have fun. (19:30 o’clock)

From my notebook:

  • Daily non-stop service on board Delta between SLC and London is back! A gate celebration on Saturday welcomed passengers to SLC’s first non-stop London since the pandemic. Is London on your wish list?” (Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC))
  • Festival season is upon us and it’s going to be a busy summer celebrating music, culture and the arts. 200 East will remain closed May 16-23 for the Living Traditions Festival (free), but book donations are available for walking tours. Holds-To-Go will continue to be available for walkups throughout both weeks. (The city library)
  • That The Salt Lake Tribune wants to know your thoughts on the art experiences and events that draw you downtown. The answers will help the Tribune cover the arts. You’ll also be entered into a $100 prize draw for Takashi! (Downtown SLC)
  • Yip Yappy Yay! Bring your pups, friends and family to the park for a fun evening of live music, great food, drinks and lots of booth browsing with our vendors. As always we dedicate half of the event to the puppies with a large free run area full of tennis balls and toys for them to run and play freely. The event is open and friendly to all ages and admission is free. Rescue Rovers will be on hand at every event with adorable adoptable dogs in need of a loving home! Salt Lake County Animal Services will also be there with microchipping and licensing services for your dogs! Proper Brewing Co. will be serving ice cold beverages (ID required to purchase – must be at least 21 years old). The Food Truck League is sending in some of the best trucks in town! We hope to see you there! (Public lots of Salt Lake City)

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Oracle really owes HPE $3bn after Supreme Court snub • The Register Tue, 17 May 2022 01:54:00 +0000

The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear Oracle’s appeal to overturn a ruling that ordered the IT giant to pay $3 billion in damages for breaching a decades-old contractual agreement.

In June 2011, before HPE had separated from HP, the company sued Oracle for refusing to add Itanium support to its database software. HP claimed Big Red violated a contractual agreement by not doing so, although Oracle claimed it specifically declined requests to support Intel’s Itanium processors at the time.

A lengthy legal battle ensued. Oracle was ordered by a jury to pay $3 billion in damages and has appealed the decision to the highest judges in America. The Supreme Court has now rejected his application.

This brouhaha basically boils down to an interpretation of an agreement Oracle and HP struck when Oracle hired former HP CEO, the late Mark Hurd. The agreement recognized that both companies have a “longstanding strategic relationship” and a “mutual desire to continue to support their mutual customers.” Oracle had said it would “continue to offer its suite of products on HP platforms,” ​​while HP promised to “continue to support Oracle products (including Oracle Enterprise Linux and Oracle VM) on its hardware.”

One might think that this is a commitment to deploy Oracle’s database suite on HP’s Intel Itanium-based systems.

However, Oracle claimed, among other things, that HP unfairly baited it into providing long-term support for the PC maker’s Itanium systems while secretly knowing that Intel was no longer sticking with its Itanium line of processors. When Oracle discovered that Itanic was doomed, it declared that it would no longer support the hardware. HP sued and won. The total damages awarded are a high price, and Oracle argued that the full amount was not fair.

Oracle argued it shouldn’t have to pay part of the penalties because it relied on comments that should have been protected by the First Amendment. “California courts have awarded $3 billion in damages in this case — one of the largest civil awards in California history — based in part on conduct protected by the First Amendment Petitions Clause,” it said [PDF] the Supreme Court.

The IT giant made the same arguments in its petitions to the lower courts, the appellate courts and the Supreme Court of California before being denied by the United States Supreme Court. The rejection by the US highest court leaves Oracle no room for maneuver and means that the lawsuit is finally decided: Oracle must pay HPE 3 billion US dollars.

“We are pleased with the court’s order,” said an HP spokesman The registry. A representative from Oracle declined to comment. ®

Play locally to get Baxter style development in Tega Cay SC Mon, 16 May 2022 10:00:00 +0000

Trinity Townes development is under construction in Tega Cay.

Trinity Townes development is under construction in Tega Cay.

When Game On didn’t happen, it left an uncertain future and a huge fortune in its wake. And that opened up an opportunity for Tega Cay and the developers to create something the city didn’t already have.

The proposed Game On sports facility required the annexation of land between Stonecrest Boulevard and Dam Road. The proposed $40-50 million development, which would include pools, a theater, hotel, parking garage, fitness center, basketball courts, tennis courts and athletic fields, would total approximately 78 acres.

In late 2020, talks between the city and Game On Development of Mooresville, NC made it clear that the sports project would not go ahead. Some townhouses envisaged in Game On plans had already been built.

The Game On project dates back half a dozen years. But it was the man who was elected mayor last fall who came up with a new idea for the former Game On campus. It’s a vision that Tega Cay City Council can put into motion Monday night when it sets new development standards for the property.

Main Street, Baxter style plan

City manager Charlie Funderburk said the original developers worked with the city after the sports plan fell through. A new development group led by Kinger Homes and Charlotte Living Realty approached the city and were linked to the original developers.

Meanwhile, Mayor Chris Gray developed his own idea for what Tega Cay needed.

“What I envisioned for Tega Cay was a main street,” Gray said. “We don’t have a main street in Tega Cay.”

Tega Cay originated and grew from a lakefront community. Unlike other towns in the area, which originated generations ago as railroad stops and began with a main street, Tega Cay became a town in 1982. The gated community on Lake Wylie that first formed Tega Cay dates back to the 1970’s.

Tega Cay Drive runs along the spine of the main peninsula in Tega Cay, but is primarily a collection road serving homes, parks, golf courses, and other points of interest.

The city proposed something new with the new development group – with a new road linking Dam and Stonecrest to combine homes and shops.

“They jumped at this idea,” Funderburk said. “Loved it. So instead of a private recreation facility, it’s more about that Main Street feel.”

Tega Cay City Council will vote Monday night on whether to complete new development plans. If approved, construction could begin in early 2023.

Plans now place this new, unnamed street near the entrance of the sports bus at Gold Hill Middle School. Apartments, which Gray said the council would not push, but which were approved in previous agreements, would be on commercial sites. The former Game On site would have at least 100,000 square feet of commercial space and could have up to seven times that amount.

“Personally, I think it’s going to be the best thing about Tega Cay in a long time,” Gray said.

Gray and Funderburk say the scale is different, but they agree on comparisons for what Tega Cay would get.

“To an extent, you’re going to get that Baxter, Market Street feel on parts of it,” Funderburk said. “You’ll get a bit of a Kingsley feel from it. Just maybe not that big.”

Game On’s previous plans allowed for 250 apartments. New plans reduce that number to 225 live-work units across commercial and retail space. Overall, the number of new residences increases from up to 410 with Game On to 524 in the new plan. Up to 80 single-family homes would be allowed, something Game On didn’t have. The number of permitted terraced houses will also be increased.

The thinking behind the additional apartments is that they should better fit into a project that connects polar parts of the city and brings the residential areas close to businesses.

“It’s a walkable residential area to support this commercial,” Funderburk said.

The new plan would run for three to five years. All three phases would include commercial portions, leaving no homes to build and the project left businessless. The expected macroeconomic impact is $219 million, Funderburk said.

“It brings a lot of much-needed commercial space and tax base to the city,” he said.

A new sports page is launched

Even without Game On, Tega Cay intends to open a sports venue unlike anything the city has seen before.

The idea for Catawba Park dates back to 2005. The reality of it will open this fall.

“Catawba Park will be a regional attraction,” Gray said.

More than 60 acres on the banks of the Catawba River will have baseball or softball fields, multipurpose fields, an amphitheater, playgrounds and a large meeting space for community events. The park will serve city recreation programs and attract outside teams for tournaments.

“We see it as a catalyst, just like Cherry Park was, just like Manchester (Meadows) was,” Funderburk said. “Two phenomenal facilities that Rock Hill put together.”

Catawba Park was a massive, ongoing effort that involved multiple mayors and councils in Tega Cay. The success of other regional locations has been helpful in maintaining momentum.

“I grew up in Rock Hill,” Funderburk said. “I know what Cherry Road looked like before Cherry Park. I remember the battles people fought over whether or not to build this park. But it definitely boosted economic growth in Rock Hill. Manchester has completely transformed Dave Lyle Boulevard. We see Catawba Park as a big catalyst for us.”

Gray sees Catawba Park as part of a larger city vision to live, shop, play and stay in the same community. A hotel and restaurants that would support weekend tournament guests could also serve family members visiting city dwellers. The Main Street concept and Catawba Park should complement each other, Gray said.

“We have a lot to offer on Tega Cay,” he said, “and we just want to show that.”

Did the managers take the right step?

Former Mayor George Sheppard said he heard talks around the city but didn’t see the latest development plans. He’s not involved in the political scene, so he doesn’t have much to say about whether the new plan is an upgrade or downgrade of the original Game On proposal.

“I left,” said Sheppard, who was mayor when Game On first approached the city. “I’ve served my eight years.

“In the end, history will tell us what was right and what was wrong.”

Commercial development has been a stated goal at Tega Cay for years. More apartments are allowed in the new plan, but also commercial parts that could grow. Former Mayor David O’Neal remains steadfast on decisions made related to Game On.

“The City Council felt that we didn’t have to give up the city to achieve the commercial development that we wanted,” O’Neal said. “I’m glad we stuck with it.”

O’Neal hopes the focus will continue.

“I hope the city remains committed to commercial development over residential,” he said.

Gray anticipates an influx of local businesses. With housing above businesses and development documents saying that commercial and residential construction will come together, Gray isn’t concerned that a developer will just build houses and then leave.

“If they hadn’t built the business, they couldn’t have the homes,” Gray said.

Dam Road will be widened, and the new road – Main Street in feel but not necessarily in name – will connect parts of the city that now require a longer drive in heavy traffic. Similar to the opening of the Hubert Graham Way.

“We don’t want to have to leave Tega Cay to get to the other side of Tega Cay,” Gray said.

To date, as with many area development projects, the public’s greatest concern has been traffic.

“Dam Road will no longer be a small country road,” said Funderburk.

Funderburk came to Tega Cay from Rock Hill in 2001, at a time when there were no banks or restaurants on dual carriageways in the area. A career in city management and discussions with developers from all over the world lead to the same point. Incoming companies must have the houses.

“They put a pin on the map and draw a circle, and if there aren’t enough roofs inside that circle, they don’t come,” Funderburk said. “As simple as that.”

Funderburk understands that people hate sitting in traffic. What Tega Cay could get, while not the redefining sports site it once promised, is a new community worth the wait.

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John Marks graduated from Furman University in 2004 and joined the Herald in 2005. His primary interests are in church growth, communities, transportation and education in York County and Lancaster County. A Fort Miller native, he has received dozens of South Carolina Press Association awards and multiple McClatchy President’s Awards for reporting at Fort Mill and Lake Wylie.
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Coalition hopes to seize opportunity for infrastructure bills and expand Nevada’s railroads – The Nevada Independent Sun, 15 May 2022 09:00:00 +0000

The traffic jams happen like clockwork, clogging Interstate 15 on Sundays when weary travelers leave Las Vegas and head back to California. And in northern Nevada, the winter months and associated snowstorms can result in sudden closures of Interstate 80 between Reno and Sacramento.

These situations have long prompted calls for more passenger rail services to connect the two states, but so far that conversation has not materialized.

Currently, only one active Amtrak line runs through Nevada, connecting Sacramento to Reno, which then continues to Winnemucca, Elko, and finally Salt Lake City. Las Vegas has no rail passenger service. But a new group is trying to switch rails statewide, and state leaders are also exploring options.

The Nevada Rail Coalition — an advocacy group made up of railroad unions, environmental groups and community organizations — was formed earlier this year. The coalition is unique compared to other such groups in that it is pushing for both more passenger and freight trains in hopes of capitalizing on the recent passage of the $1.2 trillion federal Infrastructure Spending Act.

“We want to strike when the iron is hot,” said Anne Macquarie, Nevada Rail Coalition co-chair and Sierra Club member. “Nationwide, [the bill provides] $66 billion in guaranteed rail funding over five years and $42 billion of that will flow through the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in the form of competitive grants. So we saw this come down the tube and we thought it was an absolutely unprecedented opportunity.”

Coalition members plan to reach out to world leaders and encourage them to apply for these competitive grants, while engaging in outreach and education that could help build support for expanded rail travel.

Last year, Nevada joined the Southwest Supply Chain Coalition, a group of states including California, Arizona and Utah looking to build better interstate supply chain infrastructure. Officials at the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) announced in August that they were working with OnTrackNorthAmerica, a nonprofit transportation policy group, to form the coalition with the goal of connecting markets and cutting costs.

The Nevada Rail Coalition, meanwhile, has proposed rail projects it would like to see launched. They align with a railroad plan released by the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) last year.

Kris Sanchez, Associate Director of GOED, helped create NDOT’s railway plan. He said the group wanted to make sure it wasn’t just a report sitting on a shelf with no action.

“We started asking a lot of questions,” he said. “So what if we had that [agriculture] Industry starting to transport their goods by rail? What if the mining industry started doing this? …And what you end up with is the ability to aggregate, and that’s essential for the rail to work.”

Nevada state symbol engine number 40 outside of Ely Nevada on September 21, 2019. (Joey Lovato/The Nevada Independent)

Ecological and economic advantages

Sanchez said the bureau is currently primarily focused on rail freight, but is aware of the need to carry more passenger transportation across the state, between western states and within cities.

Among the projects the Nevada Rail Coalition hopes to advance is the Capitol Corridor, a passenger rail line that connects the Bay Area and extends to Auburn, less than 100 miles west of Reno. The coalition would like to see this route extended to Reno.

“It makes a lot of sense,” said Ron Kaminkow, co-chair of the Nevada Rail Coalition and secretary general of the Railroad Workers United Union. “Donner Pass has been closed on many occasions throughout the winter… [but] The train can continue. And here’s an example where it would be beneficial for both cargo and passengers.”

But Kaminkow said infrastructure investments were needed to expand the Capitol Corridor for more passenger rail service. There are railway lines in the area, but they are not all interconnected and the size and range of tracks is limited.

Kaminkow and Macquarie said the coalition is also pushing for more freight trains, which would mean fewer trucks on the freeways. This could help reduce CO2 emissions as train routes generally have a lower carbon footprint than cars and trucks.

“If we invest [in] Infrastructure like roads, it’s not really going to make traffic less,” said Sarah Park, the Las Vegas hub coordinator for the Sunrise movement, a progressive youth-led advocacy group. “What we need to do instead is [a] Shift to more public transport that would actually reduce traffic flow and help our environment by reducing carbon emissions.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), transportation emissions accounted for 27 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States in 2020, the largest of any economic sector. In Nevada, Gov. Steve Sisolak signed legislation into law in 2019 setting targets for reducing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by 45 percent by 2030.

However, the law does not specifically mention the rail. Macquarie believes the omission of the train from the measure is a mistake as walking, cycling and trains can be more environmentally friendly modes of transport.

From a logistical perspective, Sanchez sees a need for rail, especially freight trains, given the dramatic growth in shipping fueled by the e-commerce sector.

“We had 10 years of growth in [the second quarter] of 2020 in e-commerce in just one quarter. So that means supply chains need to adapt,” he said.

But the cost of these projects can be a barrier. Tina Quigley, President and CEO of the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, spent a brief stint at Brightline (formerly Virgin Rail), a private rail company seeking to connect Southern California and Las Vegas with a high-speed rail line.

Once built, it would be the first passenger rail project in Las Vegas, aside from the four-mile Las Vegas Monorail that runs along the Strip. Quigley said government partnerships with private railroad companies are key to bringing them to life.

“The level of investment in infrastructure is a serious barrier to these projects,” Quigley said. “And the fact that there wasn’t a lot of federal funding for these … seriously big projects — that makes it even more difficult.”

Freight train east of Reno on July 7, 2020. (Joey Lovato/The Nevada Independent)

economies of scale

Union Pacific is the main private freight provider in Nevada, and Sanchez said it has been difficult to connect Nevada’s smaller communities with the company. Small rural communities don’t offer as much as the larger rail services that the company typically operates. Sanchez wants to position the state as an entire ecosystem that rail companies could tap into for growth.

“When we go [Union Pacific] with an entire state proposal made up of thousands of containers instead of maybe five containers — well, that’s going to draw attention,” Sanchez said. “One of the reasons we’re focusing on freight is because the profits are there. If we can aggregate the goods shipped, that makes sense. bottom line, [it] improves the operation of our mining industry, for example.”

Kaminkow and Macquarie both pointed to another problem complicating Nevada’s quest for more rail travel: The Silver State has a smaller population than many East Coast states, where much of the infrastructure money goes. California has ramped up its railroad efforts in recent years, but Nevada does not have a population accustomed to the railroad.

“I think we need to get more involved as a state nationally and look at what’s going on in the region and in California on rail and take a longer-term approach,” Sanchez said.

Historically, Nevada has had three main railroad lines — two in the north and one in the south, Kaminkow said. He also explained that rail passenger transport is not as widespread in the United States as it is in Europe or Asia because it is not as profitable. Additionally, in other parts of the world, railroads are subsidized by their governments and are more centralized, unlike in the US where each state has a lot of say over the railroads within its borders.

“As a country we have deprioritized rail over time and passenger rail is the best example of what that means. We’ve seen it in cargo, too,” Sanchez said. “In the state of Nevada, there is a thousand kilometers less track and usage than there was a hundred years ago.”

Regional units also need to work together, he noted. Macquarie said just going from Reno to Emeryville, Calif., meant passing the jurisdiction of four regional transportation agencies.

The Nevada Rail Coalition aims to get these fragmented agencies to join forces on regional projects such as: B. the expansion of rail traffic through the Capitol Corridor and the connection of Utah, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Providing rail service between Reno and Las Vegas would be a longer-term initiative, Kaminkow said.

Sanchez said one project that could get off the ground quickly is the development of the rail systems in Ely.

“The Northern Nevada Railway has approximately 120 miles of track and [it’s] almost ready to go but for about a mile of the track that was excavated years ago,” he said. “We’re not talking millions and millions of dollars to get this ride up and running. We’re talking about $5 million to $8 million here.”

Because Sanchez is working to expand Nevada’s rail network, he says the timing is optimal for economic reasons.

“It has to do with what I would say [is] the … changing behavior of the consumer,” he said.

Clene (NASDAQ:CLNN) stock rating upgraded by Zacks Investment Research Sat, 14 May 2022 22:57:01 +0000

Clene (NASDAQ:CLNN – Get Rating) was upgraded to a “hold” rating from a “sell” rating by Zacks Investment Research in a research note issued to investors on Friday, reports

According to Zacks, “Clene Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. It focuses on the development of unique therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases. Clene Nanomedicine Inc., formerly known as Tottenham Acquisition I Limited, is based in SALT LAKE CITY.”

CLNN has been the subject of several other reports. The Canaccord Genuity Group began reporting on Clene in a report on Monday, May 2nd. They set a buy rating and a price target of $10.00 for the company. Roth Capital reinstated a “buy” rating on Clene stock in a report on Monday, February 14th. Finally, on Monday, May 2nd, the Canaccord Genuity Group began reporting on Clene. They set a buy rating and a price target of $10.00 for the company. One investment analyst has rated the stock as hold and six have given a buy rating to the company. According to data from, the company currently has a consensus rating of “buy” and an average target price of $13.17.

NASDAQ CLNN shares fell $0.16 on Friday midday to hit $2.10. 182,707 shares of the Company were exchanged compared to an average volume of 114,540. The company has a quick ratio of 9.05, a current ratio of 9.06 and a debt to equity ratio of 1.52. Clene has a 12-month low of $2.01 and a 12-month high of $17.82. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $2.98 and its 200-day moving average price is $3.69. The company has a market cap of $132.84 million, a P/E of 9.13 and a beta of 0.37.


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Clene (NASDAQ:CLNN – Get Rating) last released its quarterly earnings results on Friday, March 11th. The company reported ($0.19) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of ($0.18) by ($0.01). The company had revenue of $0.20 million for the quarter compared to analyst estimates of $0.14 million. On average, equity analysts expect Clene to report earnings per share of -0.71 for the current year.

In separate news from Clene, director David J. Matlin acquired 10,000 shares of the company in a transaction on Monday, March 28th. The shares were purchased at an average price of $3.10 per share for a total transaction of $31,000.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed at this hyperlink. In addition, director David J. Matlin acquired 20,000 shares of the company in a transaction dated Friday, March 18. The stock was acquired at an average price of $2.79 per share for a total transaction of $55,800.00. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders purchased a total of 217,891 shares of the company’s shares valued at $647,102 over the past ninety days. Insiders own 28.70% of the company’s shares.

Institutional investors and hedge funds recently changed their holdings in the company. Morgan Stanley increased its stake in Clene by 110.5% during the first quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 2,105 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $27,000, after buying another 1,105 shares last quarter. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC bought a new position in Clene stock valued at $62,000 during the fourth quarter. Bank of America Corp DE increased its stake in Clene shares by 7,045.1% in the second quarter. Bank of America Corp DE now owns 5,859 shares of the company’s shares, valued at $66,000, after purchasing an additional 5,777 shares last quarter. Veritable LP bought a new position in Clene stock valued at $79,000 during the first quarter. Finally, Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. bought a new $91,000 stake in Clene during the fourth quarter. Institutional investors own 23.07% of the company’s shares.

Clene company profile (received rating)

Clene Inc, a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company, is focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of novel clean surface nanotechnology (CSN) therapeutics. Its lead drug is CNM-Au8, which is being investigated in various clinical trials, including a phase 2/3 registration clinical trial in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS); Completed Phase 2 Proof-of-Concept Clinical Trial in Patients With Early Symptomatic ALS; Completion of two phase 2, open-label, blinded studies in brain energy metabolites; Ongoing Phase 2 Clinical Trial for the Treatment of Visual Pathway Deficits in Chronic Optic Neuropathy for Remyelination in Stable Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis; and a planned Phase 2 clinical trial for the treatment of patients with Parkinson’s disease.

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