In remote work world, some tech CEOs are leaving Bay Area

first_imgSan Francisco (iStock)Tech industry workers aren’t the only ones leaving San Francisco for new digs. So are their bosses.Several industry CEOs are leaving the Bay Area as their companies announce they’ll embrace remote working, even after the pandemic subsides and allows for safe office working once again, according to The Information.Henrique Dubugras and Pedro Franceschi, the co-founders of fintech company Brex, have both left for Los Angeles and plan to let their company’s office lease in San Francisco expire next year.Meanwhile, DropBox CEO Drew Houston and Splunk CEO Douglas Merritt bought homes in Austin and plan to move there permanently.CBRE’s Dan Harvey said that moves at the top of the tech food chain could spur employees to follow them. Splunk employees have already asked management if they should move to Austin as well.The pandemic is already having a significant impact on San Francisco’s housing and office markets. Office vacancy hasn’t been as high as it was in the third quarter since 2011. Apartment rents are down by as much as 31 percent for some types of units, year-over-year.Senior level moves at big tech firms could have a more lasting impact on the Bay Area economy. Bay Area cities have seen steep declines in new job postings, according to Indeed.com.A more dispersed tech economy could mean lower tax revenue for those cities, but it could also open up room for other types of businesses for the first time. [TI] — Dennis Lynch  This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

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BIMCO adopts new specialised heavy-lift charter party code

first_imgThe HEAVYYLIFTVOY voyage charter party is a niche contract derived from BIMCO’s CONLINEBOOKING Note.It is designed to provide the growing mid-sized heavy-lift sector with a purpose-made standard form to replace the current widespread use of amended booking notes.The Chairman of the HEAVYLIFTVOY Sub-committee, Arie Peterse, presented the new contract to the Documentary Committee.The committee was told that the key difference between HEAVYLIFTVOY and BIMCO’s other well-used heavy-lift form, HEAVYCON 2007, is that the new form operates on the basis of conventional cargo liability regimes and not knock-for-knock.While HEAVYCON is designed for float on/float off cargo operations on semi-submersible vessels, the new HEAVYLIFTVOY is for lift on/lift off vessels loading parcel cargoes on and under deck.The form offers a variety of loading and discharging options, providing for free-in or liner in-hook terms for loading and free-out or liner out-hook terms for discharging. Among the many comprehensive clauses, provision is made for the suitability for transportation and proper presentation of the cargo, including lifting and securing devices and also for the timely submission of drawings.The new contract contains the full suite of BIMCO standard clauses covering issues such as dispute resolution, war risks, ISPS and trading in ice.BIMCO has worked with a number of key operators in this trade to develop the form, including BigLift, Jumbo, SAL Shipping and Leibherr, with support from specialist brokers Larsen and Partners and the Standard P&I Club. The new contract will be published over the Summer along with a comprehensive set of explanatory notes. HEAVYLIFTVOY will be available as an electronic document on idea.last_img read more

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Laughter in Paradise Blu-ray review

first_imgCredit: StudiocanalThe 1951 classic Laughter in Paradise boasts a cast and crew of stellar talent. Alastair Sim (Scrooge, The Belles of St Trinian’s) leads the ensemble in a bright, sparkling and very British comedy.When a wealthy old man, renowned in life for his love of practical jokes, dies childless, he leaves his estate to his nearest descendants. However, to satisfy the conditions, before they may claim their slice of the fortune, they must each perform an act that will take them out of their comfort zone. Naturally, this leads to plenty of good-natured comedy of manners material in which each beneficiary is given their chance to shine.Credit: StudiocanalHave a look at the cast list to see a line-up that any director back in the golden age of British film would have given their eye teeth to work with. Alastair Sim takes the lion’s share of screen time as Deniston Russell. He is, as always, effortlessly brilliant. Understated, but always compelling, Sim’s dour features shift almost imperceptibly to convey depths most actors could only dream of. He shares many of his scenes with Joyce Grenfell, the celebrated comic talent who was blessed with a distinctive face and voice rather than radiant good looks. Their ten-year engagement is as the result of Deniston’s shameful secret: outwardly, he is a respectable retired army officer, but unbeknownst to anyone other than his secretary (Beatrice Campbell), he’s really the author of cheap adventure fiction. To claim his inheritance, Deniston must spend twenty-eight days in prison. Yet this proves easier said than done, especially after he befriends the local police sergeant (Leslie Dwyer).Credit: StudiocanalOther members of the cast similarly play archetypes. George Cole (who later had considerable success in Minder) plays a hapless and nervous young man tasked with holding up the bank he works for, though he is terrified of his manager. Agnes (Fay Compton) must work as a maid, and ends up at the service of a curmudgeonly old Scot (who else but Dad’s Army’s John “we’re doomed!” Laurie?) Simon (Guy Middleton), a penniless womaniser, must make an honest woman of the next one he speaks to. Look out for a scene in which he sneakily talks to a waitress – she’s played by none other than Audrey Hepburn, making her screen debut.Of course, as the shenanigans progress, it’s clear that each character is learning a lot about themselves as they perform the various tasks their benefactor has set them. The story (co-written by Michael Pertwee – brother of Dr. Who’s Jon Pertwee, who also takes a minor role in the film) unfolds in a completely predictable manner, with each character getting something of what they deserve, and a few twists and turns that nobody will be surprised by. Everything is held up by deft-touch comic performances and witty dialogue. It’s not drama that sustains for long, and thankfully the film comes in at little over an hour and a half. Having said that, it’s quite a feat to tie up so many loose ends, and Laughter in Paradise is nothing if not neatly and concisely plotted. It’s easy to see the whole thing transposed for the stage.Credit: StudiocanalLaughter in Paradise harks back to an England that no longer exists, allowing the indulgence to imagine that it ever did. Undoubtedly now a period piece, the nostalgia value is helped along by a now-entirely deceased cast, many of whose names live on as cultural icons in our hearts and in the nation’s psyche. The film has been restored for this release as part of Studiocanal’s Vintage Classics Collection. It boasts good picture resolution, though the audio track is clear, but remains reflective of its age.Credit: StudiocanalExtras on the disc include a fifty-minute audio recording of Alastair Sim’s address as Rector of Edinburgh University in 1949. It is a quaint custom in Scottish universities. You’ll also find a short public information film featuring two of the stars – Alastair Sim and George Cole, which dates to 1943. For ‘making of’ buffs, there’s a twenty-minute analysis of the film by omnipresent funnyman Stephen Fry.Cast: Alastair Sim, Fay Compton, Guy Middleton, George Cole, Hugh Griffith, Ernest Thesiger, Joyce Grenfell, John Laurie, Leslie Dwyer, Michael Pertwee, Audrey Hepburn Director: Mario Zampi Writer: Michael Pertwee Certificate: U Duration: 96 mins Released by: Studiocanal Release date: 29th June 2020 buy nowlast_img read more

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Los Angeles Rams release running back Todd Gurley

first_img Associated Press Television News FOLLOW US LIVE TV COMMENT Last Updated: 20th March, 2020 11:32 IST Los Angeles Rams Release Running Back Todd Gurley  The Los Angeles Rams have released Todd Gurley, their superstar running back with a massive contract and a troubling injury history. Written Bycenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 20th March, 2020 11:31 IST  The Los Angeles Rams have released Todd Gurley, their superstar running back with a massive contract and a troubling injury history.The Rams made the move Thursday, several minutes before roughly $10 million in the three-time Pro Bowl selection’s contract became fully guaranteed.Gurley will consume $20.15 million in dead salary cap space this season for the Rams, who signed the 2015 first-round pick to a four-year, $60 million contract with $45 million guaranteed in June 2018. Gurley was cut before even playing the first year of that contract extension, which made him the highest-paid running back in the NFL at the time.Gurley had phenomenal seasons during his first two years in coach Sean McVay’s offense, rushing for 1,305 yards in 2017 and 1,251 in 2018 as those Rams reached the Super Bowl. But Gurley had a persistent left knee injury that limited his effectiveness down the stretch in 2018, and those problems carried over to last season.He rushed for a career-low 857 yards last year while playing sparingly, although McVay never acknowledged it was because of Gurley’s knee issue. WATCH US LIVElast_img read more

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Tillerson meets with Putin amid US-Russia disagreements on Syria

first_img Related iStock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin on Wednesday, along with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.The previously unscheduled, high-level meeting with Putin — the first for any senior Trump administration official — comes amid heightened tension over U.S. airstrikes in Syria that targeted the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, a Russian ally, after a sarin gas attack on the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun last week.Earlier in the day, Tillerson was met with a stern scolding from Lavrov, as the two convened for what was planned to be a full day of meetings in Moscow. Putin was not scheduled to join the meetings but asked Tillerson and Lavrov to go to the Kremlin in the evening.Lavrov criticized the U.S. for its airstrikes against Assad, warned that similar action was unacceptable to Russia and chided the Trump administration for an inconsistent foreign policy and vacant positions at the State Department.“I will be frank that we have a lot of questions regarding very ambiguous as well as contradictory ideas on a whole plethora of bilateral and international agendas coming from Washington,” Lavrov said through an interpreter.“We have seen just recent highly alarming actions, when there was the unlawful attack against Syria,” he added. “We believe it fundamentally important not to let these actions happen again in the future.”He nonetheless expressed a desire to work with the U.S., especially on counterterrorism issues — in which the Trump administration has also declared an interest.“I believe that your visit is quite timely. I believe that it gives us necessary opportunity, as it was discussed by President Trump and President Putin, to have an honest and frank discussion to clear the outlook for the future of our cooperation, first and foremost on the wide anti-terrorist front,” Lavrov said.  For his part, Tillerson offered a more diplomatic hand and shared the sentiment that the meetings were an important step for each side to spell out their positions and understand the scope of their differences.“Our meetings today come at an important moment in the relationship so that we can further clarify areas of common objectives, areas of common interest,” he said, “even when our tactical approaches may be different, and to further clarify areas of sharp difference so that we can better understand why these differences exist and what the prospects for narrowing those differences may be.”“As we both have agreed, our lines of communication shall always remain open,” Tillerson added.The meeting comes amid a fresh war of words over who is responsible for last week’s chemical attack in Syria.  Before he arrived in Moscow, Tillerson blamed Russia for being either “complicit” in the attack or “incompetent” for failing to prevent it, while the White House on Tuesday accused Russia of trying to cover up the Assad’s responsibility.The Russians responded with their own harsh rhetoric: Putin compared the accusations from Washington to its claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction before the U.S. invasion in 2003, and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warned that the U.S. is “on the brink of military conflict with Russia.”Behind closed doors, Tillerson, Lavrov and their delegations may be speaking frankly about critical issues — not just the conflict in Syria and Assad’s future but also counterterrorsm strategy, the threat of North Korea’s nuclear program and the conflict in Ukraine. Meetings are expected to last all day, and in the evening the two diplomats will speak at a press conference.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

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