Mark Todd

20 Feb 19
Dollar Destruction

Helena, a ConsenSys-backed predictions market, is now live on Ethereum mainnet. The firm allows market participants to bet on the outcome of future events Will Craig Wright claim under oath that he is the real Satoshi Nakamoto? It’s a bet twitter influencers, journalists, and other market participants can make via Helena, the ConsenSys spin out, which […]

20 Feb 19
NATION AND STATE

Update: Jussie Smollett is now officially a suspect and is under criminal investigation for filing a false police report – a Class-4 felony, according to Chicago PD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. Detectives are currently presenting evidence before a Cook County Grand Jury.  Case Update: Jussie Smollett is now officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation by #ChicagoPolice […]

20 Feb 19
irevuo

Censorship. Probably the most hated word by creative individuals. Books have always been used by the oppressed as a means to fight the oppressor. Also, books have always been the weapon of choice for those who had an opinion different than that shared by the vast majority. But all this also meant that lot of […]

20 Feb 19
Tnewst

Dustin Bradford/Getty Images The market is reportedly starting to heat up for superstar outfielder Bryce Harper, though he isn’t biting just yet.  According to Jon Heyman of the MLB Network, Harper has already turned down “multiple” offers exceeding $300 million: Jon Heyman @JonHeyman Bryce Harper is believed to have turned down multiple offers over 300M […]

20 Feb 19
World Site News

(Reuters) – The son of the Republican candidate in a disputed congressional race in North Carolina said on Wednesday he warned his father to be suspicious of a political operative now accused of running an illegal ballot operation to sway the November 2018 election. FILE PHOTO: Mark Harris waits to be introduced during a volunteer…

20 Feb 19
CBS Chicago

Empire actor Jussie Smollett is now officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation for filing a false police report, according to Chicago police. 

20 Feb 19
IMURNEWS

(Reuters) – The son of the Republican candidate in a disputed congressional race in North Carolina said on Wednesday he warned his father to be suspicious of a political operative now accused of running an illegal ballot operation to sway the November 2018 election. A state probe into the election for the 9th Congressional District […]

20 Feb 19
Las Vegas Review-Journal
#gallery-1601477-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1601477-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1601477-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1601477-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. (Todd Prince/Las Vegas Review-Journal) In Securities and Exchange Commission documents, investor Carl Icahn said he encouraged Caesars Entertainment Corp. to be sold and was seeking board representation. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. (Todd Prince/Las Vegas Review-Journal) Caesars Entertainment Corp. may not be able to stop Carl Icahn from grabbing significant board influence as the casino operator transitions to new corporate governance rules. Icahn owns nearly 10 percent of the company, according to Securities and Exchange Commission filings published Tuesday. In SEC documents, Icahn said he encouraged the company to be sold and was seeking board representation. Caesars’ board is shifting from staggered, three-year terms to annual elections and will have seven of 12 board seats up for re-election at this year’s annual shareholders meeting. All 12 seats will be up for re-election in 2020. The date of the annual meeting hasn’t yet been announced but is typically held in late spring. The casino operator also permits cumulative voting, which allows shareholders to cast all of their votes for a single nominee, increasing the chances of minority shareholders to elect a director. “A cumulative voting structure will make it much easier for Icahn to get his representatives on the board,” said Ben Edwards, a UNLV law professor focusing on corporate governance. Significant board representation would enable Icahn to influence key decisions, including the sale of the company as well as the choice of a new CEO. Icahn’s chances of gaining seats would grow as he is able to recruit more shareholders. “The more (hedge) funds he draws to his cause will increase his reach. With the large block holders in the stock, it would not be surprising if he picked up a couple seats,” said Edwards. Los Angeles-based Canyon Capital owned 10.4 percent of Caesars as of Dec. 31. Icahn and Canyon last year resisted Dell’s effort to buy back of shares tied to its interest in VMware Inc for $21.7 billion. Canyon did not respond to a request for comment about its support for Icahn. Second battle with Frissora Icahn said Tuesday that Caesars should not extend CEO Mark Frissora’s contract or hire a new executive until he has had time to speak with the board. Frissora announced in November he would step down when his contract expired in February, but the company extended his tenure until April as it continues to seek a successor. Caesars said Wednesday it has been holding talks with Icahn. Icahn took aim at Frissora in SEC documents, saying Caesars “requires new thought, new leadership and new strategies.’’ Caesars responded to the billionaire hedge fund activist Wednesday, saying it will “evaluate” his suggestions and defended Frissora’s leadership. Caesars has cut costs, boosted margins and slashed annual interest payments by $300 million during Frissora’s tenure, the company said. “Caesars has continued to expand margins by driving record labor and marketing efficiency levels, while also achieving all-time high customer and employee satisfaction,” the company said in a statement. Caesars is forecast to post property cash flow margins this year of 36 percent compared with 30 percent for its largest Strip rival, MGM Resorts International, according to JP Morgan. Wall Street analysts have complimented Frissora for improving the company’s operating efficiency. Caesars said the increase in cash flow will enable it to cut is high debt load. The company also said it has been pursuing new growth initiatives, including investing in gaming innovation and developing non-gaming resorts. The company announced last month it would open its first non-gaming property in the U.S. in Scottsdale, Arizona. Frissora may address the situation in more detail Thursday when he hosts a conference call with analysts following publication of the company’s 2018 financial results. Contact Todd Prince at 702-383-0386 or tprince@reviewjournal.com. Follow @toddprincetv on Twitter.
20 Feb 19
STL.News

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The son of the Republican in the country’s last undecided congressional election testified Wednesday that he warned his parents that he thought the North Carolina political operative now accused of illegally collecting voter’s ballots used shady methods and should be avoided. John Harris testified at a state elections board hearing into […]

20 Feb 19
News and Headlines: RoboeAmerican,Keeping you informed.

News and Headlines. In The News, Immigration, Tech Watch, Politics, World News, Commentary/Opinion. In The News: ISIS wife from Alabama will not be admitted to the US, Pompeo says “Ms. Hoda Muthana is not a U.S. citizen and will not be admitted into the United States,” Pompeo said in a statement. “She does not have […]

20 Feb 19
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Media

Here is a current list of our top 10 Safety Rankings Heading into 2019:  (To Be Updated)   Breakdown: Top 5 picks best suited for The Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 1- Tyrann Mathieu – A former student in the Arians/Bowles era back in Arizona. The versatile play maker can play in all positions on the secondary. It is […]

20 Feb 19
The Sports Daily

Let’s be honest with each other for a second here, okay? Ken Hitchcock has been horrible. I know the roster isn’t very good, but this team is worse than the Todd McLellan edition of the Oilers. Yes, Oscar Klefbom was injured for a period of time but this Edmonton team looks lost on most nights. […]

20 Feb 19
Update News Portal

Dustin Bradford/Getty Images The market is reportedly starting to heat up for superstar outfielder Bryce Harper, though he isn’t biting just yet.  According to Jon Heyman of the MLB Network, Harper has already turned down “multiple” offers exceeding $300 million: Jon Heyman @JonHeyman Bryce Harper is believed to have turned down multiple offers over 300M […]

20 Feb 19
NATION AND STATE

Empire star Jussie Smollett is expected to be indicted in “a matter of hours. Not days,” according to Chicago’s Fox 32 reporter Rafer Weigel.  Top attorney Mark Geragos has joined #JussieSmollett legal team. He is assisting Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson. #CPD sources tell me an indictment of #Smollett could be coming in “a matter of hours. Not […]

20 Feb 19
OILERSNATION
For anybody with even a faint understanding of the concept of best practices, it shouldn’t be noteworthy that an NHL team looking to fill a position as important as general manager would insist on a proper search of all available candidates and exhaust due diligence in compiling a short list before hiring anybody. The reality, however, is best practice and due diligence has been neglected by the Edmonton Oilers for decades, dating back to when Glen Sather left town for the New York Rangers and the position was inherited in subsequent years by Kevin Lowe, Steve Tambellini, Craig MacTavish and the organization’s latest hire, Peter Chiarelli. Whether Lowe and the others were good, bad or indifferent in the big chair isn’t the point. That none of these hires were the product of a full search for the best available candidates, the compilation of a short list and real competition for the job is the issue. This is how the Oilers have done things during a span in which (if the team misses the playoffs this season) they’ve reached the post-season just once in 13 years and three times in 17 years under ownership by both the EIG and Daryl Katz. Now, with Chiarelli out the door and Keith Gretzky plugged in as interim GM, Bob Nicholson, the man who kept with Oiler tradition and hired Chiarelli without any semblance of a search for the best candidate, told Mark Connolly of the CBC Tuesday that’s about to change as he looks for a replacement. There’ll be an actual search. The team will insist on due diligence. Fine. Good. What I – and likely you — would like to know is, what took so long? WHAT HE SAID Here are some of the snippets of the 12:32 interview Nicholson did with Connolly that stood out for me. For full context, check the link above. “There’s no question, it’s my responsibility to hire the general manager and that general manager hires the coach, so I have to take a lot of that responsibility (as) the person who hired Peter Chiarelli,” Nicholson said. “When we hired Peter Chiarelli and Todd McLellan, we thought we were getting a top general manager and a top coach. It didn’t work out in this situation. “We’re going to go back and this time, we’re going to interview a lot of people . . . even when I look back now, Peter Chiarelli, I worked with him in the Olympics in 2014. I was hired as the CEO and a week later we hired Peter. He’d won the Stanley Cup . . . you go back all the way to Glen Sather and how many people has this organization interviewed to name a general manager? “Through my research, it’s one person that they looked at . . . I think that we’ve got to make sure that we turn over every rock to make sure that we get all that information, so that’s the process we’re going through now. It hasn’t been done and I feel that this will be a good way to start the new general manager in a position that . . . this team, as I stated earlier, isn’t that far off.” Again, for full context, the interview is here. Due diligence and process will certainly be a departure from how things have been done here. Going back, Lowe was groomed for the GM’s job almost from the minute he retired. I watched that unfold day-to-day as he went from assistant coach to head coach to Sather’s replacement. When MacTavish, replaced as coach under Tambellini, left the organization and returned, you just knew he’d get the job. Nicholson hired Chiarelli based on their relationship and history without even a glance at other candidates. WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN Let’s take Nicholson at his word about what’s next. Fans can expect a proper search, a short list of candidates and a hire based on who is most qualified for the job. We’ve heard Kelly McCrimmon, Mark Hunter, Bill Guerin and Ron Hextall, to name just four, mentioned as possible targets in recent weeks. That’s a start.  What about Gretzky? Does he deserve a look based on how he performs at the interim GM? Sure, but only against a field of short-listed candidates – even if, as you’d expect, there’s cynicism based on his last name. I also think Guerin should be considered based on his work in Pittsburgh, even if there’ll be those who don’t want anybody with any ties to the Oilers. I get the sentiment. At the very least, the search should start with every AGM in the league, most if not all of whom will have a clause that allows them to take a promotion to GM with another team. The Oilers need somebody with front office experience and a background in scouting and player personnel. They need somebody with real credentials, not the friend of a friend. That doesn’t mean settling on a retread, it means sourcing the best hockey minds, young and old. Line them up. Compare them. What’s their vision of the job ahead? Whoever gets the job, young or old, established or on the rise, needs to be allowed to do the job without interference from those not directly in hockey ops. They need the freedom to bring in their own people and replace those who don’t fit. They don’t necessarily have to clean house top to bottom, but they need the freedom to do it if that’s what they decide. Do you trust Nicholson to oversee this process and find that person? If not him, then who? Due diligence and proper process shouldn’t be noteworthy, but with the Oilers it is. This should be standard practice, simply how things are done, but it hasn’t been with this organization since the glory days faded and Sather left for the Big Apple. Here we are. Previously by Robin Brownlee This, That, and the Other Thing At Random: No Shortcuts Long Way Down Freedom Dark We needed a save…