Blog base – Kotisivu Robotti http://kotisivurobotti.net/ Tue, 16 Aug 2022 04:24:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://kotisivurobotti.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-37.png Blog base – Kotisivu Robotti http://kotisivurobotti.net/ 32 32 Ukraine calls for strike against Russian mercenary base https://kotisivurobotti.net/ukraine-calls-for-strike-against-russian-mercenary-base/ Tue, 16 Aug 2022 03:26:39 +0000 https://kotisivurobotti.net/ukraine-calls-for-strike-against-russian-mercenary-base/ Despite recent statements by Ukrainian leaders about the army’s success along the Kherson front, troops have barely moved for weeks. Credit…Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times MYKOLAIV REGION, Ukraine – During their summer campaign to drive Russian troops out of the southern Kherson region, Ukrainian forces decimated Russian command centers and ammunition depots, cut […]]]>
Despite recent statements by Ukrainian leaders about the army’s success along the Kherson front, troops have barely moved for weeks. Credit…Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

MYKOLAIV REGION, Ukraine – During their summer campaign to drive Russian troops out of the southern Kherson region, Ukrainian forces decimated Russian command centers and ammunition depots, cut supply lines with strikes from precision on key bridges and sowed terror among collaborationist officials with an upsurge in car bombings, shootings and, according to Ukrainian officials, at least one poisoning.

But in the sunny fields along the western border of the Kherson region, Ukrainian fighters who would be called upon to deliver the final blow in any successful effort to retake the territory remain stuck in their trenches. Cuts to Russian supply lines have yet to erode Moscow forces’ overwhelming advantage in artillery, ammunition and heavy weapons, making it difficult, if not impossible, for Ukrainian forces to advance without suffering huge losses.

“Without a doubt we need a counter-offensive, I sincerely believe it will come,” said a 33-year-old lieutenant with call sign Ada, who commands a trench outpost in the neighboring region of Mykolaiv, a few kilometers from the Russian lines. Kherson.

But he added: “We need the advantage in numbers, we need the advantage in heavy weapons. Unfortunately, this is a bit of a problem for us.

Even though Ukrainian troops have not advanced in Kherson for weeks, their artillery campaign appears to have paid off, slowing the flow of Russian weapons, equipment and troops into the area, according to Ukrainian officials. Using high-precision weapons such as the US-supplied High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or HIMARS, Ukrainian forces pounded the three bridges over the vast Dnipro River that connect thousands of Russians at their supply lines in occupied Ukrainian territory east of the river.

The strikes rendered these bridges “inoperative”, said Nataliya Gumenyuk, spokeswoman for the Ukrainian army’s southern command. Over the weekend, Ukrainian forces launched a new strike on the Antonivsky Bridge, the main supply artery of the city of Kherson.

“We clearly understand that the occupiers depend on these arteries to continue to bring in supplies, ammunition and military equipment,” Ms Gumenyuk said.

The question now is whether this pressure on Russia’s supply lines will be enough to cripple the combat capability of Russian troops and perhaps force the Kremlin to order at least part of the force to withdraw from Kherson and withdraw to the other side of the river. Several Ukrainian officials in the region said this week that some Russian field commanders had already started moving their headquarters east of the river, although two senior Ukrainian military officials said there was no evidence of that.

At the front, a deluge of Russian strikes inevitably kills a handful of Ada soldiers every day, the lieutenant said. A near miss by a scale rocket a day earlier charred the grass around a dugout position, and in the nearby field the tail section of another rocket was visible protruding from the ground. Periodically, a low-decibel thud echoed across the plains.

It is the same along the whole front of Kherson, about 50 miles long, which cuts roughly from north to south through fertile fields. Ukrainian commanders and military analysts say any advance would require far more troops and equipment than Ukraine currently has in the Kherson theater.

Credit…Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

Russia, meanwhile, has shifted resources from the fighting in eastern Donbass to bolster its positions in the south.

Major General Dmytro Marchenko, commander of Ukrainian forces in the region, recently admitted seething frustrations over Ukraine’s slow pace of efforts to retake Kherson, but said he could give no timetable for the start. major offensive actions.

“I want to tell the people of Kherson to be a little patient – that it won’t be as long as everyone hopes,” General Marchenko said in an interview last week with RBK-Ukraine. “We have not forgotten them, no one will abandon our people and we will come to help them, but they have to wait a little longer.”

If the Ukrainians can completely cut the bridges over the Dnipro and keep them cut, the Kremlin will have no choice but to withdraw some forces or force Russian troops to fight with limited supplies and “hope they will get over it.” ‘will come out of it,’ Phillips P. O’Brien said. , professor of strategic studies at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

“If they haven’t built massive depots on the West Bank, you would think they would run into major problems within weeks,” he said.

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ELECTORAL BLOG: Steady stream of last-minute voters in Honolulu Hale but no lines except in Wailuku, Maui https://kotisivurobotti.net/electoral-blog-steady-stream-of-last-minute-voters-in-honolulu-hale-but-no-lines-except-in-wailuku-maui/ Sun, 14 Aug 2022 00:41:03 +0000 https://kotisivurobotti.net/electoral-blog-steady-stream-of-last-minute-voters-in-honolulu-hale-but-no-lines-except-in-wailuku-maui/ Editor’s Note: Bookmark this page and check back frequently for live local race updates. ———— UPDATE: 6 p.m. The state office of elections said that with the exception of Wailuku, Maui, there were no other reports of long lines from other counties in Hawaii. Although Maui County residents have had the ability to vote in […]]]>

Editor’s Note: Bookmark this page and check back frequently for live local race updates.

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UPDATE: 6 p.m.

The state office of elections said that with the exception of Wailuku, Maui, there were no other reports of long lines from other counties in Hawaii.

Although Maui County residents have had the ability to vote in person since Aug. 1, there is only one location for Maui, at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center on Waena Street in Wailuku.

Maui County Clerk Kathy Kaohu said several factors contribute to the number of residents choosing to vote in person.

There are more than the usual full lists of candidates facing the primary election, she wrote in an email, and candidates, parties and election organizers have been successful in encouraging voters to vote in person specifically on Election Day itself, even though the Wailuku Voter Services Center has been open since August 1.

“The County Clerk’s Office had been notified to prepare for a surge of voters preparing to vote in person,” she said in an email. “In preparation for this, we have hired temporary poll clerks, contracted a temporary employment service provider and solicited the general public to participate as ‘volunteer’ poll workers, including 16-year-old school-aged students. and more.”

Everyone who lines up at 7 p.m. in Wailuku and across the state will still be allowed to vote.

5:30 p.m.

In-person voting at Honolulu Hale and Kapolei Hale continues to be light tonight. Voters who are online by 7 p.m. at any in-person voting site in the state will be allowed to vote. The State Office of Elections will not release the first vote count until after the last person in line at 7 p.m. Election officials said they expected the first printout of the results to include about 90% of the votes cast in the second election overwhelmingly by mail in Hawaii.

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There was no queue at Honolulu Hale mid-morning today as a steady stream of residents drove in or drove by to drop off their ballots or vote in person.

Voting opened at 7 a.m. for those who wished to do so in person at Honolulu Hale and Kapolei Hale in Oahu for the final day of Hawaii’s primary today, and will be available until 7 p.m.

“At 7 a.m. we had a short line,” said Honolulu City Clerk Glenn Takahashi, “but that quickly disappeared when we opened.”

As of 11 a.m., Takahashi estimated that 850 people had voted in person at the Honolulu and Kapolei sites.

Others drove by or took advantage of the drive-thru to drop off their ballots in the yellow drop box in front of Honolulu Hale, one of 15 available locations across Oahu.

Ballots can also be cast until 7 p.m. today.

Many, like Cathy Schwarz of Nuuanu, cast their ballots on the last day simply because they were busy.

Schwarz said she was “busy with life” as she worked multiple jobs, helped her parents and cared for a disabled husband.

“So I have a lot to do,” she said as she walked to the drop box in Honolulu Hale with her ballot. “That’s why it’s important to have someone there who is willing to help people with the cost of living and stop selling to foreign investors and tourists who live here for two months a year.”

Antonia Agbannawag from Kakaako walked up with her dog, Tiger, to drop off her ballot.

She loves being able to fill out a ballot from the comfort of her home, but wanted to physically travel to Honolulu Hale to drop it off today.

“I love the Primary Day fanfare,” she said. “I love filling out my ballot just before I make the best possible decision and then come to the polls.”

It’s a pivotal year, she says, and she wanted to wait until the last moment to make her decision.

“We have a new governor and a lieutenant governor,” she said. “Obviously we’ll find out who’s running together for general, but also almost all of the House and Senate seats are up for grabs and that could be a clean slate.”

For others, like Margaret and Brad Hovas of Manoa, it was important to vote in person to ensure their votes were properly counted.

“Fundamentally, we don’t trust mail-in voting,” Brad Hovas said, saying he didn’t support the state’s decision to do so. “In a democracy, if an individual feels they have the ability to participate, it becomes something of a specific event in their life. They want to vote in person.

Margaret Hovas added that voting in person brings a community together.

“Growing up, I always went with my mom or dad to vote and we knew all the ladies and we talked to all of them, and they lived in our neighborhoods,” she said. “And so we used to go to Noelani and sometimes we would see neighbors that we hadn’t seen in a while and I miss that. And I think that keeps us together as a community. We can see and interact with our neighbors to do what we consider a right, privilege and duty to our country.

Those who voted in person said everything went well and overall it was an easy in and out process with no long lines or waits.

David Kihara of Honolulu said after stepping forward, it only took about 10 minutes to vote in person. He said it was satisfying to see his ballot personally go through the machine and know it had been counted.

“It’s like a reinforcement of what I personally believe,” he said. “After what happened in the 2020 election, for my vote, I wanted to see it through.”

Similarly, Michelle Stuebben, who usually votes by mail, said she and her husband traveled to Honolulu Hale from Marine Corps Base Hawaii to vote in person.

“This is my first time showing up in person, and it was important for me to show up in person,” she said. “There is a story in ballots that are dropped into ballot boxes and you don’t really know what hands they are in after that. Just trying to protect the integrity of elections was really important to me.


Go to https://staradvertiser.com/election for updates, resources and live results from today’s primary election in Hawaii.


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JupiterOne names former Splunk CEO to board https://kotisivurobotti.net/jupiterone-names-former-splunk-ceo-to-board/ Tue, 09 Aug 2022 12:00:00 +0000 https://kotisivurobotti.net/jupiterone-names-former-splunk-ceo-to-board/ Doug Merrit brings decades of experience in safety and technology MORRISVILLE, North Carolina, August 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — JupiterOnethe industry’s leading provider of Cyber ​​Asset Attack Surface Management (CAASM) technology, today announced the appointment of Doug Merritformer CEO of Splunk, to the company’s board of directors. Merritt joins as a new board member. Most recently, […]]]>

Doug Merrit brings decades of experience in safety and technology

MORRISVILLE, North Carolina, August 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — JupiterOnethe industry’s leading provider of Cyber ​​Asset Attack Surface Management (CAASM) technology, today announced the appointment of Doug Merritformer CEO of Splunk, to the company’s board of directors.

Merritt joins as a new board member. Most recently, Merritt served as President and CEO of Splunk, leading significant changes in the company’s technology roadmap, financial model and go-to-market approach, significantly increasing capitalization. Splunk stock. Under Merritt’s leadership, Splunk’s revenue grew from the equivalent of $100 million in ARR in May 2014 at nearly $3 billion in ARR in the third quarter of fiscal 2022.

With over three decades of experience in the technology industry, Merritt is adept at driving large-scale, simultaneous transformations in high-growth environments. He has held leadership positions in organizations across various disciplines, including product sales, engineering, and marketing, for companies such as Cisco, SAP, and PeopleSoft. Additionally, Merritt has experience building new businesses and technology categories, helping to shape the workforce management category through the creation of Icarian, a cloud-delivered talent optimization offering that ultimately was acquired by Workstream, and the creation and launch of the GRC. category for SAP, which went from zero revenue to more than $600 million in the licensing revenue offering in less than five years.

Since its inception, JupiterOne has attracted board members and advisors who reflect the diversity of perspectives in the security industry. Merrit joins the board alongside other industry leaders such as Latha MaripuriCISO of Uber, and Enrique Salempartner at Bain Capital Ventures.

Merritt will be instrumental in helping JupiterOne continue to scale after its valuation of over $1 billion in June 2022. JupiterOne sees significant opportunities in the market and is one of Gartner’s sample providers in the emerging CAASM space.

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Erkang ZhengFounder and CEO of JupiterOne

“I warmly welcome Doug as he joins our Board of Directors. We are delighted to welcome his business, strategy, operations and leadership to the Board of Directors at such an important time for JupiterOne. We we are confident that his leadership will help manage the next stage of growth. Doug’s experience in leading and scaling high-growth businesses is highly relevant and firmly aligned with our mission, making him a ideal addition to the JupiterOne Board of Directors.”

Doug Merritboard member of JupiterOne

“I am delighted to join JupiterOne’s Board of Directors at such a critical time for the company and am thrilled to work alongside this top-notch group of individuals united by a common mission to address one of the toughest and most pressing global security challenges. The company’s innovative approach to security delivers significant customer value as it helps solve one of the toughest cybersecurity challenges, visibility and management their ability to gather in-depth asset insights, quickly foster understanding of asset relationships, and use that context to reduce their customers’ attack surface is impressive. JupiterOne has the potential to be a game-changer for security professionals.

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JupiterOne is a cyber asset attack surface management (CAASM) platform company, providing visibility and security across your entire cyber asset universe. Using graphs and relationships, JupiterOne provides a contextual knowledge base for an organization’s cyber asset operations. With JupiterOne, teams can discover, monitor, understand and act on changes in their digital environments. Cloud resources, ephemeral devices, identities, entitlements, code, pull requests and more are collected, graphed and monitored automatically by JupiterOne.

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Sidley False Claims Act Blog Fourth Circuit Highlights Risk of Commission-Based Arrangements with Independent Contractors https://kotisivurobotti.net/sidley-false-claims-act-blog-fourth-circuit-highlights-risk-of-commission-based-arrangements-with-independent-contractors/ Tue, 02 Aug 2022 16:35:46 +0000 https://kotisivurobotti.net/sidley-false-claims-act-blog-fourth-circuit-highlights-risk-of-commission-based-arrangements-with-independent-contractors/ In a recent ruling, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled for the second time in two years that commission-based compensation arrangements with independent contractors cannot be protected and violate the Anti-Kickback Law and the FCA. . See United States ex rel. Nicholson vs. Medcom Carolinas, Inc.no. 21-1290 (4th Cir. July 21, 2022). The court […]]]>

In a recent ruling, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled for the second time in two years that commission-based compensation arrangements with independent contractors cannot be protected and violate the Anti-Kickback Law and the FCA. . See United States ex rel. Nicholson vs. Medcom Carolinas, Inc.no. 21-1290 (4th Cir. July 21, 2022).

The court upheld the district court’s dismissal of the FCA’s claims based on the parent’s allegations that the defendant paid commission compensation to independent contractors to sell skin graft products to affiliated hospitals. to the Veterans Administration, in violation of the AKS because the complaint did not meet the increased requirements. Rule 9(b) Oral Standard. Specifically, the complaint did not provide any details about “how the payouts were allocated or how the representatives were paid,” other than that the payouts were at least partially commission-based and not included “no details of the actual inducement of sales, if and how the reps were expected to promote the product. But the court nonetheless affirmed the viability of the parent liability theory. The committee first noted that compensation independent contractors did not meet the Safe Harbor for Good Faith Employee Compensation and could not meet the Safe Harbor for Personal Services as it was based on referral volume or value before concluding that “it would violate the Anti-Kickback Statute, and therefore violate the False Claims Act, to pay a salesperson of medical devices on commission per sale or based on the value of sales and to be re paid in federal money for health care; any such sale under this scheme would be a misrepresentation.

This case is consistent with last year’s decision by the same Circuit in the “BlueWave” case. In this case, discussed further hereThe court upheld a jury verdict against a blood testing lab, its owner and the management of the lab’s independent sales company, BlueWave, over allegations that the lab’s contract with BlueWave, which included a basic fee plus a commission based on a percentage of revenue generated from sales of the lab’s tests to physicians, violated the AKS and FCA. United States ex rel. Lutz vs. Mallory988 F.3d 730 (4th Cir. 2021).

While it remains to be seen how other circuits will assess the FCA’s liability theories based on commission-based indemnification agreements, it is clear that there is wind in the sails of the claims. which could be brought directly by whistleblowers or the DOJ on this basis. As such, life sciences companies should review these agreements to ensure that they are consistent with current risk tolerance levels and confirm that compliance safeguards are in place to address any concern that such agreements may incentivize specific behaviors known to increase law enforcement scrutiny, such as medical promotion of unnecessary items or potentially misleading promotional statements.

A copy of the decision is available here.

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Camp Blog: Saturday Back Together https://kotisivurobotti.net/camp-blog-saturday-back-together/ Sun, 31 Jul 2022 17:11:01 +0000 https://kotisivurobotti.net/camp-blog-saturday-back-together/ Best time of the year: As the players left the field for their morning drive on Wednesday, a line of cars was already waiting to enter the campus of Saint Vincent College, with Steelers Nation lit up for the first day of training camp practice. And they’re not the only ones getting pumped. The players […]]]>

Best time of the year: As the players left the field for their morning drive on Wednesday, a line of cars was already waiting to enter the campus of Saint Vincent College, with Steelers Nation lit up for the first day of training camp practice.

And they’re not the only ones getting pumped.

The players are too, including quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

“First day of school, first day of camp,” Trubisky said. “Everyone is ready to go. Everyone is super early for meetings, amplified and ready to go.

“I’m excited. It’s the best time of the year yet. Training camp, football season. Delighted to be back on the field with the guys and going all out.”

Trubisky is going through his first Steelers training camp, but he’s already heard from his teammates what it’s going to be like to have the fans there, cheer them on and change the whole atmosphere.

“It’s going to be cool to have the fans here watching us in practice,” Trubisky said. “I think it will give us a lot more energy and make practice more fun. I’m excited. From what I’ve heard there’s going to be a great display from Steelers fans. I’m excited to this subject.”

Trubisky will give fans their first taste of what he brings to the black and gold, but he won’t be the only quarterback to get some meaningful shots. Mason Rudolph, Kenny Pickett and Chris Oladokun will all work on site, and coach Mike Tomlin said the competition will be timed and not micromanaged.

“We’re not going to micromanage or overmanage this quarterback competition,” Tomlin said. “The depth chart isn’t going to be on every throw. I know you’ll want to ask me every day and every throw, but we’re going to be a little more stable than that. I think it’s important from a team perspective. leadership. not to over-manage, not to be too impulsive, so that’s what I passed on to these guys, and our actions will continue to display that mindset.”

It’s the same mindset that Trubisky takes with him to camp, knowing it’s all about the job.

“You have to trust the coach when he says that,” Trubisky said. “He wants us to go out there and play free and he told us that. You don’t worry about every pitch. It’s practice. You have to go out there and test the pitches. You have to let the guys make plays. You got to go out there and not worry about every pitch. When you don’t think about it, that’s when you’re playing your best anyway.

Trubisky has been in the Steelers system for just a few months, having signed as a free agent in March and participating in OTAs and a minicamp. But he already feels at home with the attack and is ready to go full speed ahead.

“I’m very comfortable,” Trubisky said. “I feel like I have a very good understanding of the attack and what the coach wants us to do. I think the first two weeks of training camp we try to establish our identity and see what we’re good at. My job is to just give the ball to the playmakers. It’s my job to lead the attack and that’s what I try to do.

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Masten files for bankruptcy after fight for NASA lunar contract https://kotisivurobotti.net/masten-files-for-bankruptcy-after-fight-for-nasa-lunar-contract/ Fri, 29 Jul 2022 19:06:20 +0000 https://kotisivurobotti.net/masten-files-for-bankruptcy-after-fight-for-nasa-lunar-contract/ On Thursday, moon-focused Masten Space Systems filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as the company was reduced to a handful of people after layoffs and furloughs. The space company said its debts were skyrocketing, dating back to a NASA contract awarded to Masten two years ago. Once considered a major victory for the small company, the […]]]>

On Thursday, moon-focused Masten Space Systems filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as the company was reduced to a handful of people after layoffs and furloughs.

The space company said its debts were skyrocketing, dating back to a NASA contract awarded to Masten two years ago. Once considered a major victory for the small company, the NASA deal left Masten over budget, as well as unable to raise funds or pay employees.

Masten predates many companies that have sprung up over the past decade of private investment in the space sector. The company has long had a reputation in the industry as a serious shop for young engineers who cut their teeth on rocket and spacecraft technology at facilities in the Mojave Desert near the Armstrong Center in NASA and Edwards Air Force Base.

While Masten has a history of demonstrating impressive hardware, the company’s bankruptcy highlights the delicate balance needed for long-term growth and success in the tough, capital-intensive space industry. Raising funds for high-risk space projects is difficult, and making them even harder.

Founded in 2004, Masten has consistently won small contracts and awards to test and develop reusable spacecraft capable of taking off and landing, especially for the surface of the moon. The company had an unofficial motto: “Shut up and fly.”

Masten had won a number of NASA contracts – but the most notable was the $75 million prize in 2020 to deliver eight science payloads on a mission to the Moon’s south pole. At the time of the award, Masten had around 15 people on staff.

The NASA contract was going to be Masten Mission 1, or MM1. It would carry scientific payloads on the company’s Xelene lunar lander, scheduled for 2023. Masten has signed a contract with Elon Musk’s SpaceX to launch MM1. People familiar with the matter, speaking anonymously due to the sensitive nature of the matter, told CNBC that Masten had begun to expand rapidly to build the lander.

But the price was immediately problematic for Masten, as he had written the proposal to NASA before the Covid pandemic hit. The company needed to immediately adjust assumptions about which technologies would be developed in-house, as opposed to purchased technologies, and vendors were unwilling to make commitments due to the uncertainty surrounding the new pandemic environment, people familiar with folder.

To avoid going over budget, Masten had to augment NASA’s contract with additional payloads on missions to even aggressive cost estimates. But MM1’s total budget still exceeded cost expectations. As development continued, Masten expected the mission to be $10 million to $30 million over budget, these people said.

In early 2021, Masten’s board and senior management began an effort to raise up to $60 million in outside capital. Previously, the company had only raised small sums from angel investors. But the effort never found a lead investor, and Masten remained on a knife edge. The company operated in survival mode for most of its existence, living from contract to contract and reinvesting all profits back into the business. The new paradigm has added a new level of pressure.

Last year, Masten grew to around 120 employees and contractors, but lack of funds and growing debt have stifled further progress. The board effectively fired CEO Sean Mahoney in January. People familiar with the situation said a Covid-related $1.4 million payout from NASA in February only kept the company solvent for a bit longer. NASA has distributed funds as part of the broader federal disaster relief program to American businesses.

The company then laid off 20 people in June, those people said, including 15 from the MM1 team in particular. In July, Masten laid off nearly all of the company’s remaining employees, as reported by Mojave-based blog Parabolic Arc and confirmed by CNBC.

A NASA spokesperson wrote in a statement to CNBC that the agency “has received notification that its payloads to be delivered aboard Masten Mission One may be affected by Masten’s business operations.”

“In the event that Masten Space Systems is unable to complete its mission order, NASA will manifest its payloads on alternate CLPS flights,” the agency said.

To date, NASA has paid $66.1 million of the contract for Masten’s mission.

The company has between 50 and 99 creditors, according to Thursday’s filing, and estimates its assets are worth between $10 million and $50 million, with debts between $10 million and $50 million.

SpaceX has the largest unsecured claim on Masten’s debt, with $4.6 million outstanding as a seller. A number of suppliers and other space companies are listed as major creditors — like Airbus and Astrobotic — with debts of $500,000 and more.

Masten’s file specifies that, among his assets, immediate attention is needed for explosive and hazardous chemicals. Intuitive Machines, another moon-focused company, gets the first information about Masten’s launch contract with SpaceX, following a “hunting horse asset purchase agreement”.

A representative for Masten did not respond to CNBC’s request for additional comment on the bankruptcy.

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What does it mean to “exceed” teacher salaries? (Opinion) https://kotisivurobotti.net/what-does-it-mean-to-exceed-teacher-salaries-opinion/ Mon, 25 Jul 2022 12:07:08 +0000 https://kotisivurobotti.net/what-does-it-mean-to-exceed-teacher-salaries-opinion/ Earlier this summer, a story made the rounds on social media accusing a school district of “overspending” on teacher salaries. Cara Jackson, a former contributor to this blog, shared an informative “thread” on the subject on Twitter, and I asked her if she would be willing to guest post it. She agreed, and here it […]]]>

Earlier this summer, a story made the rounds on social media accusing a school district of “overspending” on teacher salaries.

Cara Jackson, a former contributor to this blog, shared an informative “thread” on the subject on Twitter, and I asked her if she would be willing to guest post it.

She agreed, and here it is:

Cara Jackson is a Senior Associate at Abt Associates, where she works on systematic reviews of research evidence and conducts program evaluations:

Last month I came across an article about “widespread overspending on teachers’ salaries” in the Rochester City School District. It’s presented as a story that literally talks about how much we pay individual teachers. I interrogates this supervision in part because the salaries of teachers and administrators seem to have been confused. Another reason the framing seemed questionable is that Rochester’s median teacher salary is $67,552, which is slightly higher than the average public school teacher salary in the United States and significantly lower than the average for New York State, where Rochester is located.

It turned out that a local newspaper had reported in 2019, the school district said it may have significantly exceeded its 2018-19 budget for self-insured health care and special education. When it comes to special education, the district appears to have overcompensated for previous shortages by hiring significantly more special education teachers.

Former CFO resigns and settles U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charges against him. Clearly, the district suffered from fiscal mismanagement. Yet the story was presented as if the district was overpaying teachers, when perhaps the real problem was hiring more teachers than needed.

But I wondered what it would mean to “spend too much” on teacher salaries? Teacher salaries generally reflect college degrees and years of experience. For example, the pay scale for 12-month teachers in Montgomery County, Md., starts at $61,436 for new teachers with a bachelor’s degree (for 10-month employees, it’s $52,286). More experience translates to higher stages and therefore a higher salary.

If a district had many teachers with higher salaries, this suggests that the district either recruited very experienced teachers or was successful in retaining teachers. And that’s not a bad thing! More experienced teachers tend to be more effectiveon average.

As noted elsewhere, studies in Florida, Denver, and Tennessee indicate that teacher bonuses help retain teachers. Michigan Research and multiple studies of the North carolina find that the length of time teachers stay in teaching depends on salaries and opportunity costs, that is, the salary teachers forego by staying in teaching instead of changing fields. Further illustrating the role of opportunity costs, a Washington State study found that female teachers stay in the profession longer when local teacher salaries increase relative to salaries available in other local jobs. Men stay longer when teachers are better paid statewide.

In addition to retaining experienced teachers, salary can play a role in attracting highly qualified teachers. Within local teacher labor markets, a study using data from the Schools and Staff Survey metropolitan areas with higher teacher pay tend to have more qualified teachers, as measured by undergraduate college selectivity and subject matter expertise. This matters because college selectivity and subject matter expertise are measurable and policy-relevant characteristics of teachers. associated with teacher quality.

Consistent with these studies, recent research reveals that teacher salaries are linked to student achievement. Use of nationally representative data, a study found that math and English test scores are significantly higher in districts that offer higher base salaries to teachers. Additionally, higher base salaries for teachers reduce achievement gaps by increasing test scores for black and Hispanic students. Another study using data from Texas suggests that it might be possible to improve student performance growth at no cost by reshaping salary grids, since salary increases have the greatest effect on hiring rates among teachers with 2-3 years of experience. experience.

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College graduates weigh many factors when deciding which career to pursue. Salary is only part of the equation; working conditions, work-life balance and opportunities for career advancement are also important. But if we are truly concerned about providing high-quality educational opportunities for all students, we must consider the role that salaries play in attracting and retaining effective educators.

Thank you Cara!

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New York Mets get Daniel Vogelbach from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for rookie reliever Colin Holderman https://kotisivurobotti.net/new-york-mets-get-daniel-vogelbach-from-the-pittsburgh-pirates-in-exchange-for-rookie-reliever-colin-holderman/ Fri, 22 Jul 2022 23:40:14 +0000 https://kotisivurobotti.net/new-york-mets-get-daniel-vogelbach-from-the-pittsburgh-pirates-in-exchange-for-rookie-reliever-colin-holderman/ NEW YORK — The first-place New York Mets added a much-needed punch to the designated hitter on Friday, acquiring Daniel Vogelbach from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a trade for rookie reliever Colin Holderman. Burly Vogelbach, a left-handed hitter and a 2019 All-Star with Seattle, was batting .228 with 12 homers, 34 RBIs and a .769 […]]]>

NEW YORK — The first-place New York Mets added a much-needed punch to the designated hitter on Friday, acquiring Daniel Vogelbach from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a trade for rookie reliever Colin Holderman.

Burly Vogelbach, a left-handed hitter and a 2019 All-Star with Seattle, was batting .228 with 12 homers, 34 RBIs and a .769 OPS in 75 games for the rebuilding Pirates.

“We wanted to have an offensive player and we did that by landing Vogey,” Mets first-year general manager Billy Eppler said. “Someone who really excels against right-handed pitchers. We all know two-thirds of the pitchers we face are right-handed. So he can be a presence in order.”

Holderman, 26, is 4-0 with a 2.04 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 15 appearances spanning 17⅔ innings.

“We are really delighted to be working with him,” Pirates general manager Ben Cherington said. “He’s had big league success before and he’s someone who’s going to come on our pitching team now.”

New York, which started the day with a 2½-game lead in the NL East over defending World Series champion Atlanta, got little production at DH from JD Davis and injured Dominic Smith.

Davis, a right-handed hitter, is batting .234 with three home runs, 19 RBIs and a .670 OPS in 62 games and 197 plate appearances. He’s made 38 DH starts, most of them on the team.

Vogelbach’s arrival probably most directly affects Smith, however, making his future with the Mets uncertain. A left-handed hitter, Smith batted .194 without a homer, 17 RBIs and a .560 OPS in 58 games and 152 plate appearances. He was demoted to the minors earlier this season in an effort to get his bat started, then recalled later.

Smith was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with a sprained right ankle, retroactive to July 17. He made 14 starts at DH and 20 at first base to spell All-Star slugger Pete Alonso, who started 21 times at DH.

As the Mets faced San Diego right-hander Yu Darvish on Friday night in their first game after the All-Star break, left-handed hitter Travis Blankenhorn was selected from Triple-A Syracuse and started DH in eighth place in the lineup. .

Opponents are down just .186 against Holderman in his first major league season, and Eppler said it was “really hard” to part ways with him.

“In a way, we’re going to have to rob Peter to pay Paul a little bit,” Eppler said. “Some of the conversations I’ve had with other clubs have given me the feeling that there might be a bit more robustness in the relief markets than the bats. So we had to take advantage of that. opportunity to do so.

As the Mets and Braves prepare for a tight pennant race, Eppler moved aggressively to bolster his roster 12 days before the Aug. 2 trade deadline. New York ace Jacob deGrom and trainer Trevor May are set to return from injuries, persuading the general manager he could tap into his throwing depth.

“I went through a number of different iterations to try not to give away Colin in this trade,” Eppler said. “Pittsburgh didn’t have to move the player. They could keep him and they had an option for next year and many years of control. So we had to finally give them the player they pressed on.”

The 6-foot, 270-pound Vogelbach signed a million-dollar, one-year contract with Pittsburgh in March. The deal included a $1.5 million club option for 2023 with a $200,000 buyout.

Vogelbach, 29, can also play first base. He has a career OPS of .817 against right-handed pitchers, and 55 of his 61 major league home runs have come against right-handers.

He is a career .213 total hitter with a .745 OPS in 412 major league games in seven seasons with Seattle, Toronto, Milwaukee and Pittsburgh.

Cherington said multiple teams have called about Vogelbach over the past two weeks and talks with the Mets have intensified over the past two days.

“He loves hitting and he takes it very seriously. It’s really rubbed off both in the clubhouse and in the dugout on our young players,” Cherington said. “We were very happy with the job he did here and we wish him all the best. It’s a great opportunity for him.”

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A shimmering champagne-colored condo tower will rise above Toronto https://kotisivurobotti.net/a-shimmering-champagne-colored-condo-tower-will-rise-above-toronto/ Wed, 20 Jul 2022 19:50:01 +0000 https://kotisivurobotti.net/a-shimmering-champagne-colored-condo-tower-will-rise-above-toronto/ In the latest chapter of Toronto’s condo craze, a developer has asked to bring a 76-story condominium tower to the northeast corner of Yonge and Gerrard, adding to an area promising to be one of highest points of the city skyline. Capital Developments has submitted plans to the city for a high-rise development at 399-405 […]]]>

In the latest chapter of Toronto’s condo craze, a developer has asked to bring a 76-story condominium tower to the northeast corner of Yonge and Gerrard, adding to an area promising to be one of highest points of the city skyline.

Capital Developments has submitted plans to the city for a high-rise development at 399-405 Yonge Street, a pair of multi-address buildings currently home to a handful of businesses, including a Boston Pizza and Banh Mi Boys location.

Designed by Teeple Architects, the tower is expected to rise to a height of just under 250 meters.

If completed today, it would be the seventh tallest building in the city, but it would eventually be overshadowed by nearby developments at 385 Yonge and 33 Gerrard, a testament to how quickly this intersection will change. in the years to come.

The defining feature of the tower is a unique geometric cut approximately two-thirds the height of the corner above Yonge and Gerrard, complemented by similar features at the base of the tower and the roofline.

It’s a design feature not dissimilar to the relatively new but instantly iconic King Power Mahanakhon in Bangkok, which features pixelated spiral sections subtracted from its otherwise uniformly straight design.

Breaking with Toronto’s condominium conventions, Capital Developments is pursuing a building without a balcony in an effort to meet new energy code standards put in place by the city.

The project’s champagne metal panel and champagne-colored glass exterior would include the preserved heritage facades of 401-405A Yonge Street, integrated with the podium, housing a new retail space on the ground floor.

399 years

The rears of the buildings, as well as their neighbor to the south, would be demolished to make way for the footprint of the new tower.

Although 399 Yonge to the south doesn’t look too remarkable today, the building’s 1983 cladding obscures what remains of the former Coronet (formerly the Biltmore Savoy) Theater, a once delightful modernist and art deco mix dating back to 1950 .

Unfortunately, it was deemed unsalvageable after years of unsympathetic exterior changes.

Instead of the current structures, the proposal calls for a total of 828 condominium units, split into a mix of 73 studios, 426 one-bedroom apartments, 243 two-bedroom apartments and 86 three-bedroom apartments.

In another interesting departure from convention, the project offers zero parking spaces for residents, instead planning to provide residents and visitors with an impressive 844 bicycle parking spaces in its underground area on a more mezzanine level.

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How Private Sector Summer Jobs Programs Increase Benefits for Youth https://kotisivurobotti.net/how-private-sector-summer-jobs-programs-increase-benefits-for-youth/ Mon, 18 Jul 2022 19:34:37 +0000 https://kotisivurobotti.net/how-private-sector-summer-jobs-programs-increase-benefits-for-youth/ As the end of July approaches, cities across the country are ramping up their Summer Youth Employment Programs (SYEP) to help connect young people in the labor market. Summer job programs are usually one of the most prominent youth employment programs in a city or county. They typically last five to seven weeks and provide […]]]>

As the end of July approaches, cities across the country are ramping up their Summer Youth Employment Programs (SYEP) to help connect young people in the labor market.

Summer job programs are usually one of the most prominent youth employment programs in a city or county. They typically last five to seven weeks and provide work opportunities for teenagers and young adults who would otherwise struggle to find employment. They offer a paycheck, work experience and other organized activities that serve multiple purposes: to increase participants’ incomes, to develop the skills and networks of young people to improve their prospects in the labor market and to provide constructive activities. to promote positive behavior. Most SYEP positions are subsidized and in the public and nonprofit sectors, although some cities also get unsubsidized and private sector placements.

Our New Research on the Boston Summer Jobs Program adds to the growing evidence base of benefits of the SYEP, particularly around crime and school results. This new research focuses specifically on youth in private sector internships and finds positive effects on attendance, course performance, test scores, high school graduation rates and enrollment. at the post-secondary level.

While not all young people benefit equally from SYEPs, they can provide transformative experiences that help level the playing field for marginalized groups. And since young people are enrolling in large numbers (programs are often oversubscribed), they offer a tremendous opportunity to reach many young people when they are receptive and in need of guidance in the labor market.

Success depends on strong outreach to area businesses and high school students

Because SYEPs recruit young people of varying ages, skills, and preparation, the programs do their best to make good matches between participants and workplaces. Younger teens and those with less work experience typically work in subsidized public and nonprofit organizations. Private sector placements are reserved for older teens, such as juniors or seniors in high school, and sometimes require interviews similar to internships or entry-level jobs. Private-sector employers often pay salaries themselves, allowing programs to expand the scale and scope of employment experiences without exceeding financial limitations.

from boston Private Industry Council (PIC), the city’s Workforce Development Council and where one of the authors of this article works, operates the private sector branch Boston’s summer jobs program, brokering approximately 1,300 internships. PIC works closely with Boston Public Schools (BPS) to recruit and prepare students for summer internships, and conducts an extensive outreach campaign with area employers to secure hiring commitments for the summer.

Work begins each fall with PIC career specialists conducting outreach activities in 31 BPS secondary schools, working with approximately 2,600 students to prepare them for a summer internship with a private sector company through a series of work readiness workshops and career exploration activities. At the same time, PIC’s Employer Engagement team secures hiring engagements from nearly 70 top employers, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to hospitals to tech startups. Major employers include Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, State Street Corporation, John Hancock Financial Services, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and Vertex Pharmaceuticals.

To negotiate placements, PIC staff prepare students to interview employers that match their interests and skills, and employers make the final decision on whether or not to offer a position. Students who are not placed in a private sector internship can seek subsidized employment through the city’s state-funded PIC or SYEP, most likely at a community-based nonprofit. PIC staff will also walk students through the process of applying for jobs outside of their network of employers.

In addition to covering youth salaries, private sector internships expose students to a wider variety of industries – such as healthcare, finance, real estate, insurance and life sciences – compared to jobs sponsored by state-funded SYEPs and those that teenagers find on their own, which are typically in retail, accommodation and food services. Students typically work 30 to 35 hours per week for six weeks from early July through mid-August and are paid at least Massachusetts state minimum wage.

To ensure that companies provide rewarding work experiences, the PIC encourages employers to use the Massachusetts Workplace Learning Plan. The plan invite employers to develop a job description, sets out basic performance expectations (such as punctuality, communication and initiative), lists a variety of skills that are more specific to particular workplaces and careers, and provides a structure for supervisors to assess participants against these expectations and skills at the start and end of the summer.

PIC Summer Internships have multiple academic benefits for participants

Previous evaluations of summer jobs programs have focused on subsidized jobs in the public and nonprofit sectors. In our new researchwe sought to better understand the impacts of the PIC program and how it compares to The Boston State funded SYEP.

Our study shows that participation in a PIC-brokered private-sector internship is associated with improvements in attendance, course performance, and high school graduation rates that are of a magnitude similar to that of state-funded SYEPs. PIC participants attended two extra days of school, were less likely to fail a course after participating in the program, and were more likely to score “proficient” on high school exams at the scale of state as the comparison group. All of these factors contribute to PIC participants being 5.4 percentage points more likely to graduate from high school on time compared to their peers, which is similar to the impacts of publicly funded SYEPs. on young people, which have been documented using experimental studies based on lottery allocation. .

Unlike the supported employment program, however, participation in the PIC program is also associated with improvements related to post-secondary education. PIC participants were more likely to take the SAT than their peers, although there was no significant difference in test scores. PIC participants were also 6.1 percentage points more likely to enroll in any post-secondary institution compared to the control group, and they were more likely to enroll in four-year institutions than in institutions. two years. At this point, we do not know if these incremental impacts are associated with greater exposure to different careers and/or mentors through the PIC program, a source of future research.

Since young people are not assigned by lottery, we might wonder which young people actually benefit from this program. Although PIC participants are more likely to be older students in grades 11 or 12, they are no more advantaged than the general BPS population, and a greater proportion of them are non-white, low-income or male—characteristics less correlated with college attendance. In fact, we find that PIC participants who attend traditional BPS schools experience a greater increase in college enrollment than those who attend prestigious city exam schools. This suggests that program impacts could come from connecting less advantaged students with occupations and industries that require post-secondary education.

Why We Should Invest in High-Quality Summer Job Programs

In any summer employment program, unsubsidized positions in the private sector are a valuable complement to subsidized placements in public and not-for-profit entities. They provide a wider range of opportunities for the most employable young people and, as employers pay the salaries, they allow for program growth at a lower cost.

However, developing placements in the private sector and preparing young people for these placements is a complex undertaking compared to the process generally used by cities to place young people in subsidized positions, which is already a rather complicated logistical process. In Boston, PIC’s ability to mediate between SYEP and private sector employers is key to keeping employers coming back summer after summer. Other research identified both program design and organizational capacity, such as staff with the right skills and adequate information management systems, as critical to the success of any summer employment program.

SYEPs are popular with city leaders, teenagers and their families, and the evidence base of their effectiveness is growing. With additional federal funding available through the American Rescue Plan Act, local governments can invest in the organizational capacity needed to provide a strong foundation for these programs and attract new private sector partners, especially given the historically tight labor market, with employers struggling to fill entry-level positions. -level posts. For the private sector, partnering with SYEPs to provide young people with high-quality opportunities can be a win-win solution for employers looking to fill short-term jobs while building a more diverse workforce for the future.

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