BofA bolsters M&A team after poaching Nomura rainmaker

first_imgTuesday 7 September 2010 11:02 pm BofA bolsters M&A team after poaching Nomura rainmaker whatsapp Share ADRIAN MEE, head of European mergers and acquisitions at Nomura and one of the bank’s key rainmakers, has quit the Japanese investment bank to join Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BoA).The move will come as a blow to Nomura which has suffered a series of high-profile defections just two years after acquiring the European and Asian investment banking of Lehman Brothers.Mee, global head of M&A at Nomura, will become head of international M&A at BoA. He joins his former colleague Christian Meissner, who ran the investment banking business at Nomura before resigning earlier this year to join BoA.The pair, along with William Vereker, co-head of global investment banking at Nomura, were the three main negotiaters in the acquisition of Lehman’s businesses.The duo recently advised International Power on its deal with France’s GDF Suez to create the world’s largest utility with annual revenue of €84bn (£69.3bn).Nomura still ranks 18th in the league tables for European M&A, compared with BoA which has held a top five position under the leadership of Carlo Calabria. Read This NextNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’Sportsnaut’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family Proofcenter_img Show Comments ▼ whatsapp KCS-content by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comSenior Living | Search AdsNew Senior Apartments Coming to Scottsdale (Take A Look at The Prices)Senior Living | Search Adsautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen Herald Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Higher spending pushes profit down at Raketech in first half

first_img Higher spending pushes profit down at Raketech in first half Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Online affiliate and content marketing provider Raketech has reported a 64.0% year-on-year decline in net profit for the first half of the year, after an increase in revenue was offset by a rise in operating costs. Finance AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Online affiliate and content marketing provider Raketech has reported a 64.0% year-on-year decline in net profit for the first half of the year, after an increase in revenue was offset by a rise in operating costs.Revenue in the six months to 30 June amounted to £13.6m (€15.1m/$18.0m), up 12.0% from €12.1m in the same period last year.Raketech put this increase down partly to the performance of its Casumba online casino brand – purchased in September 2019 – as well as the impact of the newly acquired Lead Republik, the data-driven igaming affiliate network bought in March this year.Revenue share agreements accounted for 46.4% of total revenue in the first half, ahead of upfront payments on 39.9% and fixed fees at 13.7%.Casino was by far the main source of income, accounting for 83.8% of revenue, up from 69.9% last year. Sports betting share fell from 26.2% to 12.1% as Raketech felt the impact of the cancellation of sports fixtures due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, while other revenue made up the remaining 4.1%.Looking at geographical performance, and the Nordics remained the core market for Raketech, though revenue share in the region fell from 95.8% of revenue in H1 of 2019 to 84.1% this year. In contrast, the percentage of revenue from other markets jumped from just 4.2% to 15.9%.However, despite the increase in revenue, Raketech also saw a rise in operating expenses, which grew 45.6% year-on-year to €10.7m, as costs climbed across the business.Direct expenses were up by 84.2% to €3.5m due to increased efforts within paid media, primarily through Lead Republik and the Rapidi white label casino. Staff benefit expenses also increased 22.7% to €2.7m, driven by the addition of senior management and other new staff to the Raketech team.Other expenses jumped 38.5% to €1.8m on the back of the acquisition of Lead Republik and Casumba, while depreciation and amortisation costs were also up 62.5% to €2.6m.As to how this impacted earnings for the period, Raketech said reported earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) fell 14.1% year-on-year to €5.5m.Operating profit was down 39.4% to €2.9m, and after accounting for €452,000 in finance costs, this left the provider with a profit before tax of €2.4m, down 62.8% from €6.6m at the same point in 2019.Raketech paid €157,000 in tax during the first half, which meant the provider ended the half with €2.3m in comprehensive profit, 64.0% lower than €6.4m at the same point last year.However, despite the drop in profit, chief executive Oskar Mühlbach hailed the first-half performance, especially as Raketech was able to increase revenue despite the disruption caused by Covid-19.Mühlbach added that such was the success of staff working remotely, Raketech will now move to a flexible working setup, which will replace the traditional office with a “dynamic interaction hub combined with remote work”.“Working remotely during Covid-19 has in contrast to what one might believe, proven to be very efficient for us and we have been able to notice improvements with regards to cooperation, communication as well as performance management,” he said.“In addition to spending less on office related costs and administration the concept allows us to quickly scale up and down according to what is best at every given situation. It also allows us to attract unique top talents, sometimes only available from outside of Malta.”Focusing on Raketech’s performance in the second quarter, when the pandemic was at its peak in many of the provider’s key markets, revenue was up 24.1% to €7.0m, again boosted by the Casumba and Lead Republik operations.However, operating expenses were up 49.5% to €5.5m, which in turn pushed operating profit down 22.8% to €1.5m and EBITDA 3.5% to €2.8m.Profit before tax fell 25.9% to €1.3m, and after Raketech paid €82,000, this left it with €1.2m in comprehensive profit, representing a year-on-year decline of 26.9%.In terms of current and future performance, revenue in July amounted to €2.4m, despite sports still trailing behind due to Covid-19. However, Raketech said that despite revenue outside the Nordics increasing 20%, volatility in Sweden due to the new regulations related to Covid-19 makes it challenging to navigate.“The unpredictability mentioned in the previous report is still very much present even though dependency on this market is lower,” Mühlbach said. “Depending on the market development on our existing markets, it is worth mentioning that our US organic investments could have a slightly negative effect on our margins in the short- to mid-term.“Although volatility might be high, I am excited by the combination of Raketech being both debt free and operationally stronger than ever. This allows us to continue our efforts to deliver on our strategic goals within product development and diversification as well as geographical expansion, organically and through M&A.”center_img Topics: Finance Marketing & affiliates Tags: Online Gambling Email Address 19th August 2020 | By contenteditorlast_img read more

House of Sand / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

first_imgArchitects: Fran Silvestre Arquitectos Area Area of this architecture project Projects Photographs:  Diego Opazo Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Houses Photographs House of Sand / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos “COPY” Spain Area:  3369 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020 “COPY” Save this picture!© Diego Opazo+ 43Curated by Clara Ott Sharecenter_img House of Sand / Fran Silvestre ArquitectosSave this projectSaveHouse of Sand / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/955102/house-of-sand-fran-silvestre-arquitectos Clipboard Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/955102/house-of-sand-fran-silvestre-arquitectos Clipboard Fran Silvestre, María Masià, Fran Ayala Manufacturers: JUNG, Neff, Dekovent, GandiaBlasco, Mitsubishi, Open Space, Porcelanosa, mod2plus ArchDaily Products used in this ProjectSwitchesJUNGLight Switch – LS 990Interior Design:Alfaro HofmannTechnical Architect:Enrique AlarioProject Architect:Ricardo Candela, Sevak Asatrián,Collaborating Architects:Pablo Camarasa, Rosa Juanes, Carlos Lucas, Estefanía Soriano, Rubén March, José Manuel Arnao, Ángel Pérez, Andrea Baldo, Miguel Massa, Paloma Feng, Marta Soler, Gino Brollo, Angelo Brollo, Bruno Mespulet, Javi Herrero, Alba Gonzalez, Tatiana Villarroel, Sandra Insa, Gemma Aparicio, Jorge Puig, Edu SanchoIndustrial Design:Alicia SimónFinancing:Ana de PabloMarketing & Communications:Sara AtienzaCity:ValenciaCountry:SpainMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Diego OpazoText description provided by the architects. The house is located in front of the Mediterranean, in a place where an imposing dune protects the coast from storms. This starting point defines the configuration of the project. The house is materialized with two volumes arranged perpendicular to each other.Save this picture!© Diego OpazoSave this picture!Plan – Ground floor planSave this picture!© Diego OpazoIn order to have views of the sea, the program of uses of the house is inverted as opposed to the traditional scheme, the day area is arranged on the upper floor to be able to look over the top of the dune and uses the lower level roof as a belvedere. The night area is located on the entry level, perpendicular to the sea. The circulation is arranged in the most public part of the plot open to the pool area, while the rooms open onto a beautiful garden consolidated with small species that existed in the place.Save this picture!© Diego OpazoSave this picture!© Diego OpazoSave this picture!© Diego OpazoThe cantilever of the upper floor ends with a kind of cloister open to the sky that allows the main room to be illuminated from the south while maintaining privacy, and at the same time casts the necessary shade on the lower level. The staircase is drawn at the intersection of both volumes, marking the access point of the house.Save this picture!© Diego OpazoSave this picture!Cross section 01Save this picture!© Diego OpazoUltimately, two volumes adapted to enjoy the surrounding conditions, the views, the shade … nothing more, nothing less.Save this picture!© Diego OpazoProject gallerySee allShow lessVirtual Multimedia Journal on Space – open call for submissionsCall for SubmissionsBetter Bus Stops – Making public transport fun againIdeas Share CopyHouses•Valencia, Spain Lead Architects: CopyAbout this officeFran Silvestre ArquitectosOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesValenciaOn FacebookSpainPublished on January 23, 2021Cite: “House of Sand / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos” [Casa de arena / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos] 23 Jan 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – LogisVinyl Walls3MExterior Vinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ StonePartitionsSkyfoldWhere to Increase Flexibility in SchoolsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteCupa PizarrasVentilated Facade – CUPACLAD UprightGlassLAMILUXGlass Roof PR60ConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMSkylightsVELUX CommercialAtrium Longlight Skylights in ExperimentariumMetal PanelsLorin IndustriesAnodized Aluminum – Copper FinishesStonesFranken-SchotterWall Covering & CladdingWindowsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Casement Windows – Rabel 8400 Slim Super Thermal PlusSwingsStudio StirlingHanging Chair – BasketWallcovering / CladdingArrigoni WoodsWood Cladding – AcousticMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Too Soon for Vaccinated Pasadenans to Drop Mask Wearing

first_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Top of the News More Cool Stuff 26 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Make a comment Although revised guidelines released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can largely stop wearing a mask in most indoor and outdoor situations, Pasadena has not yet adopted this policy and is working with state officials to determine potential changes to the standing mask order.It was not immediately clear when and if California and local health officials would align with the new CDC guidance.L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said the county will wait to complete a review of the CDC recommendation in order to “make sensible adjustments to the orders that are currently in place.”The CDC’s guidance serves as advice, but state and local authorities can impose stricter requirements based on circumstances.“This is a welcome statement on the CDC’s confidence in the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines, given the real-world data that shows strong protection for those who are fully vaccinated,” said Pasadena Public Health Director Dr. Ying-Ying Goh. “We are working with the state to determine future changes to the mask order. Employers must still follow Cal-OSHA requirements, which are currently under review by the state.”The new CDC guidance does not completely drop mask recommendations for vaccinated people. Face coverings are still recommended in some settings — such as aboard planes and buses or in crowded settings, such as hospitals.“Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physical distancing,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.Walensky also said people who are vaccinated but are “immune compromised” should talk to their doctor before giving up their mask.“This is an exciting and powerful moment,” Walensky said of the announcement, while also urging more people to get vaccinated.“The science is also very clear about unvaccinated people: you remain at risk of mild or severe illness, of death, or of spreading the disease,” she said. “You should still wear a mask, and you should get vaccinated right away.”Gov. Gavin Newsom indicated this week that the state will likely ease its mask mandate on June 15, when all other COVID restrictions on businesses and gatherings are set to be eliminated. Newsom told Fox 11 News the state will continue to make recommendations for mask-wearing in select circumstances. But he said mask-wearing will likely only be required in large-scale indoor gatherings.“Only in those settings that are indoor,” he told Fox 11. “Only in those massively large settings, where people — from around the world, not just around the country — are convening, and where people are mixing in real dense spaces.“Otherwise, we’ll make guidance, recommendations, but no mandates and no restrictions,” he said. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img HerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 things only girls who live life to the maximum understandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Fashion Tips Are Making Tall Girls The Talk Of The TownHerbeautyHerbeauty CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Community News Too Soon for Vaccinated Pasadenans to Drop Mask Wearing CITY NEWS SERVICE Published on Thursday, May 13, 2021 | 3:03 pm Business Newslast_img read more

For Tech in Mortgage, Constant Innovation is Key

first_img February 6, 2018 1,777 Views  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, News, Servicing Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Anthony Pham FinTech JMAC Lending Machine Learning OCR 2018-02-06 David Wharton Share Save Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: David Wharton Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago For Tech in Mortgage, Constant Innovation is Key Previous: Still No Peak in Sight for Home Values Next: FDIC Dodd-Frank Stress Test Scenarios Highlight Economic Expectations Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles You have an interesting dual role. You’re JMAC Lending’s CFO and Director of innovation. What does your day look like when it comes to balancing those two sides?As CFO my big focus is strategy and financial planning. I don’t think of my life as day-to-day, it’s more on a weekly basis. Every Monday we’ll revisit our strategy, and the biggest thing for us is to make sure that we’re meeting our goals as a company, our financial and strategic objectives. On the technology side, we have a technology team of eight people, and we’ve grown it from three. I work a lot with our IT team to make sure that we’re meeting our roadmap. Let’s say we have 15 projects going at the same time, and so our challenge is that our business people and our technology people, there are gaps in how they plan and in how they deploy software, so my thing is to really fill that gap until I’m no longer needed.You’ve talked about the challenges of that customer-facing side of things. How do you work to ensure that you’re making the best choices as far as what software to use and how do you work to put all those pieces together? Because it seems like there are so many different possible apps and so many possible technologies that you could use.You have to have a good vendor selection process, so we identify who the stakeholders are and we work to collect what their needs are. Their needs are typically tied to their current way of doing things and as we’re purchasing new technology, we don’t want that to continue, to keep doing the same thing. So the biggest focus for us these days is customer experience. Is the software easy to use from a customer-facing side, and then is it easy to use on an internal-facing side? That’s becoming more and more important …We want to spend less time administrating technology. We want less worry about the technology and more worry about the business. So the right technology partners are going to have a good design philosophy, and then they’re also going to have quick development cycles to be able to meet our demands or meet their client demands. I think historically, software has been very slow to release. Our Alloy Software releases on a quarterly cycle, and that’s … maybe that may have been pretty good back in the day. One year, two years ago. But I think with how technology is heading, it’s important to find a partner that is innovating on a weekly basis and has that fixed cycle.What are some of the technologies that you’re seeing that you think have a real chance of being transformative for the industry, in 2018 and beyond?I think there has been a lot of focus on customer-facing technology and I think a lot of people are missing out in terms of after you acquire the customer, how do you make sure that the rest of the process is efficient and effective? For the last 20 years, we’ve focused on manufacturing a product, being really good at that, but we never thought about the customer.So as we’re manufacturing, I think the customer is demanding more touch points. They’re demanding more transparency. So for us, I think our biggest challenge or opportunity is making sure that the technology is solving this problem and that our people are embracing it to help the customer. On a tactical level, that’s what our focus is, but I think on a strategic level, machine learning has a big play.Being in wholesale, one of our weaknesses is we get a hundred-page submission from our broker and we have to index it, we have to review it, we have to validate it. So if a system could index it … that’s relatively elementary for systems today, but if they could take the data out of it and interpret it and use that data to kind of pre-underwrite the loan, it would make the manufacturing process more efficient. So you’re just trying to get more data and being able to use that data as a person would. That’s a big area where there is opportunity.I think really understanding our customers and segmenting them into greater level of detail [is important]. Like our broker business, we could segment them into products and into size, but one of the big things is, we’re implementing marketing automation. And marketing automation allows you to understand your customer from a marketing standpoint. So you’ll send out your newsletters, right? They’ll click on it and you have that data point, and then you also have what they’re doing on your website, and then you also have how they interact with you as customers. So by having all those data points, it allows you to be more tailored and specific to your customers. Hopefully, [this lets you] predict what they’re thinking more effectively.One of our big initiatives is really incorporating OCR into our workflow. We have about 10 people in our company and their job is to index files. Indexing files is a big component of the processor’s job. … That’s a big thing about robotics and OCR is, you’re taking the monotony out of people’s lives so that they’re enabled to do more things. I think being in Santa Ana and Orange County, we have high bias towards ensuring that we integrate more robotics, more automation into our process. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Anthony Pham FinTech JMAC Lending Machine Learning OCR The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / For Tech in Mortgage, Constant Innovation is Key Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days agolast_img read more

Urris School Bus concerns to be discussed at public meeting tonight

first_img Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Previous articleBrown bins to be introduced across ten more areas in DonegalNext articleDonegal Cllr Niamh Kennedy to run for Independent Alliance in next General Election admin A public meeting will take place tonight at Tirnasligo National School outside Clonmany to discuss the ongoing insistence of the government that children from the Urris area going to secondary school should go to Buncrana.Traditionally, post primary pupils from the area have gone to Carndonagh Community School, but the government has now changed how it determines bus routes, and is using Mamore Gap to establish that Buncrana is closer. However, parents argue the gap is dangerous in the winter and totally unsuitable for buses.Spokesperson Brian Harkin says a number of parents will have a private meeting with Junior MInister Joe Mc Hugh this afternoon, and they are hoping other public representatives will attend tonight’s meeting.Speaking on today’s Shaun Doherty Show, he confirmed their latest appeal has been refused……..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/brianurs.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterest By admin – June 29, 2015 Urris School Bus concerns to be discussed at public meeting tonight RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Pinterestcenter_img Homepage BannerNews Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Applications for the back to school allowance in Donegal are up to date

first_img Pinterest Applications for the back to school allowance in Donegal are up to date By News Highland – August 25, 2010 Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Google+center_img Pinterest Facebook Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Newsx Adverts Figures from the HSE show that applications for the back to school allowance in Donegal are up to date.To date the executive has recieved 11,200 applications in the Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim – of those 10,600 have been processed with 500 forms currently outstanding.The amount allocate to these three counties so far is 5.1 million euro. 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Previous articleA5 motorway is not needed according to UUP Assembly memberNext articleFG wants Donegal County Council to supply IDA with marketting material News Highland last_img read more

Deadly Northern California wildfire ‘taking down everything in its path,’ spawning firenadoes

first_imgABC News(SHASTA COUNTY, Calif) — The Carr Fire in Northern California that has claimed the life of a bulldozer operator and injured at least three firefighters is “taking everything down in its path,” a fire official said.Winds reaching 60 mph are creating firenadoes strong enough to overturn vehicles, authorities said.Thousands of homes have been evacuated on the western edge of Redding, which has a population of about 90,000. Tim Hinkson of the California Highway Patrol said the CHP is going door to door to assist in evacuations.The fire was earlier estimated to have claimed nearly 30,000 acres and was about 6 percent contained, but authorities said that acreage is expected to increase “dramatically.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img

Searchers find body after avid hiker goes missing on Mount Hood; still unidentified

first_imgMountainWaveSAR/Twitter(PORTLAND, Oregan) — Authorities believe they may have found the body of an avid hiker who went missing in Oregon, prompting a massive search and rescue operation in the Mount Hood area.Diana Bober, 55, was last seen on Aug. 29, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said.Searchers located the body of a woman at the bottom of a steep ravine about two miles up a hiking trail Monday afternoon, Portland ABC affiliate KATU reported.Officials have yet to identify the body, which was found down a 200-foot embankment on Hunchback Trail.Bober is an avid hiker known to frequent the area, and her family was worried that something might have happened to her, a Gresham police department spokesperson said.Her car was found in the Zigzag Ranger Station area, the sheriff’s office said this weekend.Two hikers also found Bober’s backpack on Aug. 30, reported Portland ABC affiliate KATU.Officials said Monday they spoke to the hikers who found her backpack and were able to narrow down the search area to about 2 square miles.“She’s not a survivalist or carrying a tent on her backpack or anything like that,” Bober’s sister, Alison Bober, told KATU.As rescue crews search, Bober’s family members have flown to Oregon from Virginia and Texas.“She’s petite and red haired and has all the liveliness that you would expect to go with that,” Alison Bober told KATU. “She is full of life, interested in ideas, interested in people. We’ve stayed close even though we are so far away.”“It’s helpful to be together. We just felt like we had to be here,” Alison Bober added.Bober is described as having red hair and hazel eyes. She stands at about 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 115 pounds.Anyone with information is urged to call the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office at 503-655-8211.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Colleges rethink reopening: ‘If these steps are not successful, we’ll have to send students home’

first_imgsshepard/iStockBy HALEY YAMADA, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Back-to-school season is off to a challenging start. As new cases of the coronavirus are reported at K-12 schools that have reopened, many others are facing the difficult decision of whether or not to return to in-person classes. At some of the nation’s top universities, administrators are also struggling to formulate a cohesive plan to keep students on campus and safe from the virus. After reopening last week, the University of Notre Dame reported 89 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, saying they were linked to a campus party. The school announced new restrictions that would go into effect for the next two weeks, including remote instruction for undergrads, closed public spaces and requiring off campus students to remain off campus.“If these steps are not successful, we’ll have to send students home as we did last spring,” announced Rev. John I. Jenkins, president of the university. The university’s decision comes as 1,800 high school students are currently quarantining in Cherokee County, Georgia following a return to in-person school on Aug. 3. At the University of Texas Austin, where students moved in on Monday, sophomore Sophia Gurin is already worried that she will be sent home because of the virus. “I have an in-person class, so I do have to go to class. I’m going to do my best and practice safety and wear my mask, wash my hands often, but I feel like … it’s spreading pretty fast,” said Gurin. School administrators at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill had to change their plans after just a week since students arrived back on campus. Most in-person instruction was cancelled Monday and the school is now encouraging students to leave campus.“I think we’re going to wait it out and once they kick us out, we’ll go home. I think that’s our plan for now,” said freshman Fiona Kincaid. Health officials are warning college students, many of whom are known to party, that large gatherings are not helpful.“We can’t have these large parties because of the level of asymptomatic spread,” said Dr. Deborah Birx on Aug. 18 at a briefing in Jefferson City, Missouri. At Ithaca College in New York, freshman Rita Aucker was notified in an email from her university president on Monday that school will be online this semester. “And just for general public health and safety reasons, it makes sense for all of us to stay home,” Aucker told ABC News. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more