A Frankfurt court tells car pick-up service Uber to stop taking passengers or face a fine because it lacks permits to operate in Germany. …read more
Sept 2 (Reuters) – Former U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor will join investment bank Moelis & Co as vice chairman and managing director, the company said, adding that Cantor will also be elected to its board.
Cantor, who was defeated in June by a Tea Party challenger in a Republican primary election, will provide strategic counsel to the company’s corporate and institutional clients on key issues, Moelis said. …read more
What’s a giant stein of Oktoberfest beer without an even bigger pretzel to go with it? Festival-goers in Germany could find out if Bavarian bakers follow through on their strike threat.
The region’s 48,000 union bakers want a 6.5 percent wage hike, according to Focus. But negotiations have been knotted up, and time is running out.
Despite the name, the modern Oktoberfest begins in mid-to-late September. This year, it starts on Sept. 20, and if the bakers don’t have a new contract in place before then, the ovens are being turned off.
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More than 300 donors have seized the opportunity, writing checks at such a furious pace that they have exceeded the old limit of $123,200 for this election cycle, according to campaign finance data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan research organization. …read more
Five brave geckos sent to space for zero-gravity sex experiments have died, Russian officials announced.
On Monday, the descent module containing the lusty lizards and other experiments from the Foton-M4 satellite launched in July returned to Earth.
— Anatoly Zak (@RussianSpaceWeb) September 1, 2014
“All geckos, unfortunately, died,” the Russian Federal Space Agency said in a statement translated by Google.
“According to the preliminary information, it …read more
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WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military forces targeted the Islamic extremist al-Shabab network in an operation Monday in Somalia, the Pentagon said.
Spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said the U.S. was assessing the results and would provide more information when appropriate. No further details were available.
The U.S. action comes after Somalia’s government forces regained control of a high security prison in the capital that was attacked Sunday by seven heavily armed suspected Islamic militants who attempted to free other extremists held there. The Pentagon statement did not indicate whether the U.S. action was related to the prison attack.<br …read more
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Rockets fired. Retaliation ensues. A shaky peace follows and we are back at another round of negotiations in the stop-and-start cycle of ceasefire in the Israel-Gaza confrontation. As talk turns back to how to re-start the broken peace process, even as Israel claims fresh territory in the West Bank, let us consider something radically different.
Political and military solutions have failed. Given the distance in objectives and motivations on both sides, even in a region with a reputation for miracles, there is unlikely to be a real solution brought about by political or military forces. At …read more
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Michael Sam didn’t make the St. Louis Rams’ 53-man roster. Sam, the first openly gay player ever to be drafted into the NFL, didn’t make the Rams practice squad either. No other team claimed Sam on waivers over the weekend and now he is a free agent who can sign with any practice squad. But that hasn’t happened yet, and Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood thinks he has an idea about why that is.
After Ross Tucker of the NBC Sports Network wondered on Twitter why Sam hasn’t been signed to …read more
Given that the typical tenure of a new board member is six years. And assuming that a new director’s intention is to make his/her unique contribution to the organization’s progress before he rotates off the board and is supplanted by another “new” director. With these factors in mind, I estimate that many volunteers enter the boardroom with little understanding of nonprofit culture. Even those who have served previously on business boards may initially spend valuable time in accommodating to the nuances of nonprofit practices and priorities before being poised to make contributions to the “greater good” that nonprofit create. …read more