Unhappy shareholders demand progress by GM

first_imgWILMINGTON, Del. – Their proposals all were voted down, but that didn’t stop dissident General Motors Corp. shareholders from grilling Chairman Rick Wagoner over the automaker’s declining market share and plans for the future at the annual meeting Tuesday. Although Wagoner opened the 2 1/2-hour meeting with a speech touting progress the company has made in its turnaround plan and on advanced technology, several shareholders expressed dismay at the pace, saying GM is in crisis and the board has not moved quickly enough to demand change. “In my opinion, this company has turned around so many times, we’re going in circles. And that circle is leading us right down the drain,” said shareholder James M. Dollinger of Flint, Mich. Shareholder John Lauve of Holly. Mich., said time is running out for GM’s comeback. “The board has not demanded the necessary changes now,” he said, pointing out that GM has lost 10 percentage points of market share in the past 10 years. Wagoner told shareholders the company’s North American turnaround strategy is working faster than expected with cost cuts and new products to grow revenue. He said the company has made progress with the United Auto Workers in becoming more competitive, but more needs to be done in upcoming national contract talks this summer. GM, he said, needs to “further reduce our still unsustainable health care bill, which was a staggering $4.8 billion in 2006.” Since 2005, GM has cut $8 billion in annual costs, shed more than 34,000 hourly workers and rolled out more than 20 new models since November 2005 to try to regain sales lost to Asian competitors. Although it earned $62 million overall in the first quarter, the company lost an adjusted $85 million on its North American operations. Last year, it lost $2 billion, an improvement over a loss of $10.4 billion in 2005. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Free Accessibility Webinar: A11yFirst Project or Accessible Authoring

first_imgA11yFirst Project or Accessible AuthoringFunded by the University of Illinois Library Innovation fund, the goal of the A11yFirst project is to provide a rich-text authoring environment using the CKEditor that supports accessibility by default. Using A11yFirst, website authors will be able to write content in a content management system like WordPress or Drupal, without having to know about current accessibility standards or the technology that makes their content accessible.For the webinar, EASI will host Dr. Jon Gunderson, one of the two A11yFirst project leaders at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. Gundersen will discuss the project, progress of the plugins, and demo how A11yFirst works. The free webinar will be held April 26, 2018 at 2:00pm Eastern Time. Register online by submitting your name and email address.SummaryI’ve attended dozens of EASI accessibility webinars over the past eight years, they’re always worthwhile. I always walk away with new techniques to implement and resources to reference. Personally, I’m excited to learn more about A11yFirst and when it might be available commercially. I plan to attend the webinar, hope you’ll join me! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedWebinar: Evaluating Organizational Readiness for AccessibilityI get asked these questions all the time at our Refresh Detroit and Metro Detroit WordPress meetup groups: We know our organization needs to improve web accessibility. Where do we start? How do we get a strategy in place? How do we make sure it’s successful? Those aren’t uncommon questions…In “Accessibility”Top Takeaways from Zoom Accessibility WebinarLast week I attended the Equal Access to Software and Information (EASI) webinar on Zoom Accessibility, which included staff from the University of Washington (UW) and Zoom, a video conferencing service. From my past experiences, I knew the majority of video conference services/applications weren’t accessible. So when I heard about…In “Accessibility”Webinar: Digital Accessibility Support – A Guide to Trustworthy Free Online ResourcesImagine you’re a web designer, developer, digital marketer, project manager, or educator ready to learn more about web accessibility. You’ve heard of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) from the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). But you’re overwhelmed by the amount of information available:…In “Accessibility” If you’re a web writer or author that uses visual editors to create content for the web, you’ll want to attend the Equal Access to Software & Information (EASI) free webinar, A11yFirst Project or Accessible Authoring, on April 26, 2018. The webinar is helpful to anyone who:Publishes content on the webIs non-technical and knows little about web accessibilityWants to learn how to create accessible content that everyone can uselast_img read more

Five Thoughts On Oklahoma State’s 101-85 Win Over Rogers State

first_imgBOX SCOREIt took about 35 minutes, but Oklahoma State finally pulled away from Rogers State late on Wednesday in Gallagher-Iba Arena and went on to win 101-85 against the Hillcats.It was not pretty on the defensive end at times (more on that in a minute), and Rogers shot 57 percent (!) from the field but also turned it over 22 times which led to the eventual mini-blowout.Jawun Evans had 25 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals but was disappointed with himself and his squad.“Get steals and get stops,” Evans told Fox Sports about how OSU won the game. “It took us a long time to do it, but we ended up doing it. I slacked off this game on the defensive end. Coach is going to get on me tomorrow in practice.”Evans isn’t the only one Underwood will get onto. OSU was again terrific on offense, scoring 100+ for the fourth time in seven games. Seven Cowboys finished in double figures including Brandon Averette (15 points), Jeffrey Carroll (11 points, 9 boards) and Lucas N’Guessan (10 points, 7 boards). But it swooned badly on defense at times allowing Rogers State tons of open looks. It was not a performance Underwood will be showing at future summer camps.Brad Underwood: “Awfully glad to escape and that’s what we did tonight.” #okstate— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) December 1, 2016Five thoughts. Let’s go.1. OSU wears lesser teams outOne of my favorite things about this OSU team early in the season is how relentless it is. It just keeps coming and keeps coming and keeps pressuring until opposing squads crack. I think that’s a direct representation of Underwood’s personality, and it seems everyone has bought in. Oklahoma State is going to break the will of a lot of teams this year as it did with the Hillcats on Wednesday when it went on a 23-7 run to shut things down late.Part of this is attitude and philosophy. Creating turnovers and snagging offensive boards will drive any opposing coach insane. But the other part is good rotations for a team that might not have the type of players Underwood would ideally like to use. He was mixing and matching pretty hard on Wednesday. He had Forte-Evans-Averette combo out there for a while that I liked. He had Evans with four freshmen. He played Lucas N’Guessan a lot.OSU did not play its best game (or even close to it), and yet it won by more than it should have. Part of this is because it has Jawun Evans. The other part is because Underwood knows how to wring his team out every game. Show up full, leave empty. Onto the next one.2. Playing bad on offense and still scoring is encouragingHow many good games has OSU played on offense so far? Two? Maybe one? They were not very good again on the offensive end (shooting 44 percent overall and 35 percent from 3-point range and turning it over 10 times). But they took 44 free throws and took eight more shots from the field than Rogers State which will win you a lot of basketball games.Defense creating offense will define the Underwood era in Stillwater just as it did at SFA. The Cowboys were poor overall on the defensive end on Wednesday but disruptive enough to supply the offense with all the juice it needed.3. Big men on offenseI have a feeling Mitch Solomon is the last Mitch Solomon type of player we will see in Stillwater for a while. Underwood’s offense is predicated on big men being athletic rim runners which is not exactly Solomon’s strength. Lucas N’Guessan played terrific on Wednesday, and he played a lot.I’m not sure the uber-thin N’Guessan will hold up during the rugged Big 12 schedule, but his ability to successfully run a pick and roll with Evans left my mouth hanging open. What is this tall shot-blocker doing on offense? Was that a legitimately athletic play by a big man for Oklahoma State?4. We need to talk about this defenseIs Oklahoma State getting a lot of steals? Yes. Is this defense as stingy and as disruptive when it comes to turnovers as we would have hoped? Yes. Oklahoma State is No. 10 in the country in defensive turnover percentage and hit its average on the number on Wednesday when it turned Rogers over on 25 percent of its possessions.At some point, though, we’re going to have to discuss how poorly Oklahoma State defends shots. It came into the game No. 251 in the nation in effective field goal percentage on defense and allowing 57 percent from the floor and 50 percent from 3-point range to Rogers Freaking State is not going to help that.I’m not sure what the issue is here, and I’m sure Underwood will address it (free of expletives of course!), but it is definitely an issue. One that will lose you some basketball games in the Big 12.screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-9-33-27-pm5. Jawun Evans is a closerThe fundamental reality of college basketball is that when the better team has the best player, it is going to win games 95 percent of the time. Evans closed the way a future pro should close, and reminded us that OSU was never going to actually lose to Rogers State. He is an absolute delight to watch, although against lesser teams it sometimes feels unfair. Like he’s playing on the B court at the Colvin when he should be running games on the A court.His creativity on offense, tenacity on defense and ability to overwhelm a college basketball game is undeniable, and I am here for all of it all season long.JAWUN. EVANS. ??Cowboys lead 32-25 with 6:31 to go in the half. #okstate https://t.co/yjrpZBv9BI— Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) December 1, 2016On to Maryland. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Gundy’s All-Time Leading Tackler Jordan Sterns’ Leaves a Void at Oklahoma State With Departure

first_imgWith all there is to look forward to next season for Oklahoma State football, there are a couple of Cowboys that will be sorely missed.None may be missed more than senior safety Jordan Sterns — and no one may miss him more than Glenn Spencer. The defensive coordinator first crossed passed with Sterns somewhat by chance.“Actually I was recruiting Ryan Simmons,” said Spencer recently, “and there was a little sophomore running around the field just tagging people left and right, and the coach said, ‘you’ll be back for him,’ and I said, ‘he might be kind of small.’ He said, ‘Coach, you’ll be back for him.’”The senior with a defense-leading 39 starts will be missed for more than just his “tagging” ability.“Jordan has been an impact player since the day he came on campus with us,” continued Spencer, “a very productive, great leader, probably one of the emotional backbone guys of our team and definitely of our unit. Definitely be sorry to see him go this year.”Sterns has been a big hitter since he arrived in Stillwater, leading all tacklers in the Gundy era. His 325 career tackles lands him sixth all-time in OSU history. He is the No. 1-ranked tackler in the Gundy era.496 — John Corker (1976-79)485 — Mike Green (1979-82)451 — Ricky Young (1978-81)393 — Leslie O’Neal (1982-85)369 — Sim Drain (1986-89)332 — John Little (1967-69)325 — Jordan Sterns (2013-16)320 — Andre Sexton (2005-09)Sterns outdid himself over the final three games of his career, including a 19-tackle explosion in a Bedlam loss in Norman.“Really it’s just about being physical,” said Sterns. “We were. We didn’t want any points on the board. We showed that against TCU, a little bit against OU until the second half when we started playing a little slow.“We got a lot of fast guys on the defense. We definitely showed that [against Colorado].”A lot of that speed will be leaving Stillwater. Spencer will have to hill a big hole left by Sterns as well as other outgoing seniors Ashton Lampkin, Jordan Burton, Devante Averette and Linzy Pipkins — not to mention junior tackle Vincent Taylor who will declare for the NFL Draft.It will fall to upperclassmen Chad Whitener, Ramon Richards and Tre Flowers to lead an otherwise inexperienced but talent-rich defense. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Mike Gundy Compares Recruiting Misses to Being Left in a Night Club By Yourself

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Mike Gundy and his Oklahoma State staff have never cracked a top-15 recruiting class during his tenure in Stillwater. But it’s not for a lack of trying.The OSU staff has pulled in some elite recruits who have confirmed verbal commitments through the years. But as recruitment goes, nothing is binding until national signing day. So a man’s word is only as good as that.In an interview with The Oklahoman, Mike Gundy said the teams BCS bowl win in 2011 set a new level of ambitious expectations in recruiting. But at times, it hasn’t exactly panned out as he might’ve imagined.“All of the sudden we thought that we could get the Lawrence Taylors’  [former five-star linebacker] and those guys,” Gundy said.But those ambitious goals, although successful at times with commitments from the likes of Tyreek Hill, Mason Rudolph and Marcell Ateman, have also backfired.When a school gets into play with an elite recruit as has been the trend, Oklahoma State has made it down to the final days before many pick elsewhere. Four and five-star prospects name OSU on their “final list”, but the staff hasn’t been able to close out. Even when the recruits may lead on and “make us feel good,” as Gundy put it.“We got left at a point late in January that we had all these good players that are making us feel good,” Gundy said. “And then when the nightclub closed down they all left with somebody else and we’re going home by ourselves.”Such has been the luck of OSU recently. Four-star running back Ronald Jones, who was committed for months to the school, flipped his pledge to USC late in the process after the Trojans came calling in 2015. In 2016, OSU earned a pledge from four-star linebacker Levi Draper, who subsequently flipped to OU following a Bedlam loss. And in 2017, it’s been a slew of offensive line commitments — Dan Moore and Adrian Wolford — who pledged to Texas A&M and left OSU searching for answers that haven’t been found yet.“Not that we don’t want to go after everybody,” Gundy told The Oklahoman. “But we now do a better job of making sure that we have a B-list that are really good players who can come in here and we’ve proven we can win the BCS bowls with. But we don’t want to get left out, and that happened to us a couple years.”With less than a week until national signing day, OSU is still pulling out names of of its “B-list” hat. The staff likely still wants a cornerback, an offensive lineman, and perhaps a linebacker at the least. Gundy’s on the clock, but this is a situation he’s been in before.last_img read more

Versatile Texas Athlete Jaelyn Nolan Commits to Oklahoma State

first_imgOklahoma State’s big recruiting weekend was even bigger than we thought. In addition to a commitment from in-state lineman Bryce Bray, who chose OSU over Oklahoma, the coaching staff also pocketed a commitment from 2018 texas athlete Jaelyn Nolan, according to Scout. He held offers from Oklahoma, Houston and Texas Tech, among others before committing on Monday afternoon.Nolan is a standout dual-threat quarterback for Brownfield High School but missed most of last season with an ACL tear.Oklahoma State already holds a commitment from dual-threat quarterback Spencer Sanders in the 2018 class, one of the top quarterbacks in the country, so Nolan will likely switch positions in Stillwater.In his sophomore season, Nolan completed 97 of his 159 passes, 1,311 yards and 11 touchdown passes. He also recorded 52 rushes for 320 yards and three touchdowns.“Yes sir, I’ve committed to Oklahoma State,” Nolan told Scout on Monday. “I just felt of the schools recruiting me they were the one I liked.”Nolan is the sixth commitment in the 2018 recruiting class, and the second this week. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

a month agoJuventus striker Gonzalo Higuain: Premier League the toughest championship

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain: Premier League the toughest championshipby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus striker Gonzalo Higuain admits he found the Premier League the toughest competition he experienced.Higuain had a difficult six months on-loan with Chelsea for the second-half of last season.He said, “Of England I can speak little, obviously. But at the level of physical impact it was the one I suffered the most. “In Italy it is tough, the defences are strong , but the truth is that in England any team can beat any opponent: it is a tough championship and for what little I have experienced it is difficult to settle in as quickly as in other championships.” last_img read more

Early questions getting early answers in Ohio State football spring practice

It was inside a heated facility, with no pads on, in March, but football was back on Ohio State’s campus. The Buckeyes held their first of 15 spring practices Tuesday afternoon on the indoor field of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU practiced from shortly before 4 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. in helmets, T-shirts and shorts. Heading into the outing, we looked at questions OSU needs to get answered if they are going to truly be considered a national championship contender. Here are some things we learned from watching the Buckeyes’ first practice in its entirety: Braxton Miller listened to his coach All off-season, Urban Meyer hammered down the point that if Miller could improve his fundamentals, he could become the best quarterback in the country. It was only one practice, throwing against a defense he’s very accustomed to seeing, with no threat of being tackled, but the rising junior looked Tuesday like he took Meyer’s words to heart. Miller opened Tuesday’s session against the first-team defense making every throw in the book. He hit rising junior wide receiver Evan Spencer on a sharp slant over the middle. Then he found rising junior wideout Devin Smith on a deep out route to the sideline. The highlight of Miller’s throws came on a 45-yard bomb up the seam to rising-senior H-back Jordan Hall. “Braxton Miller had one heck of a day,” Meyer said. The fundamentals? Those were sharp and improved, too. Most of Miller’s passes came in the pocket on three-or-five step drops, a rarity last season. His footwork was precise, and he seldom dropped his shoulder – a nuisance of Miller’s game in his sophomore season – while making a throw. “It was fantastic,” Meyer said when asked about his quarterback’s fundamentals. Kerry Coombs still likes to yell After watching Coombs for a full season in the fall, it was obvious that yelling is one of the defensive backs’ coach favorite things to do. Tuesday’s practice just reinforced that. Coombs favorite target seemed to be incoming freshman cornerback Eli Apple. After Apple let a wide receiver get past him to make a catch, Coombs went to work. “You’re faster than that, Eli!” Coombs screamed. Apple nodded his head and slowly proceeded back to the huddle. Coombs, still not happy with the effort, ran up to Apple and got inches from the highly recruited player’s facemask. “Don’t jog!” Coombs bellowed. Apple sprinted back to his teammates. Coombs’ possible best outburst, though, was directed at rising junior cornerback Adam Griffin.  Coaching his defensive backs through a press coverage drill, in which players shuffled from the 40-yard line to the 45 while bumping wide receivers off their routes, Griffin wasn’t strong enough with one of his bumps. The wide receiver got by Griffin, easily. “You have no freaking power,” Coombs barked. “You’re a marshmallow!” By the end of the two and a half hour practice, Coombs was somehow still going strong. Jordan Hall as “Robin” If Miller is the Batman of OSU’s offense, Hall looked like he could be his quarterback’s Robin. Playing the H-back position Meyer made famous at Florida with current NFL wideout Percy Harvin, Hall looked very comfortable out in space Tuesday. He helped Miller make the play of the day with his leaping 45-yard catch over rising senior defensive back Christian Bryant, but he did a lot more than just make one play. Hall was lined up in the slot when the first-team offense faced the first-team defense, and OSU’s safeties and linebackers had all sorts of trouble sticking with the speedy playmaker. The rising senior has the speed to get by most players that will get put in front of him, and he showed Tuesday he has the hands to make his athleticism count. “Boy, was he great today,” Meyer said of Hall. read more

Lake Let Off

first_img Related Items:Grand turk airport, jags mccartney international airport, philippa lake, simon baler Recommended for you AIRPORT REOPENED after the day helping school with fire Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Cabinet approves private airport for Grand Turk; duty free concessions on CCTV Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Turk, 17 Dec 2014 – The wife of Integrity Commission Investigator Simon Baker may have just dodged being blacklisted for travel for life; the Chief Magistrate has ruled for charges related to her so called ‘outrageous behavior’ at the Grand Turk airport to be dismissed. Confirmed to Magnetic Media by the Director of Public Prosecution, Joanne Meloche that Mrs. Lake-Baker decided to enter a guilty plea on two charges; one was dropped. Philippa Lake was facing three counts related to a major security breach at the JAGS McCartney Intl Airport where she claimed there was a bomb on the plane. The UK native was trying to stop the plane because she believed her husband’s sensitive information was on board. Lake’s extreme reasoning was not funny to officers in Grand Turk who eventually arrested and charged her on two counts for breaking through security and obstruction; the latter was withdrawn. The matter of the plea originated in Grand Turk. The actual sentencing element of the case was heard yesterday morning in Provo. Chief Magistrate Clifton Warner presided. Oliver Smith was Lake’s attorney. A conviction in this matter could have had serious implications for Lake in a post 9-11 world. Green Lighting instituted at TCI Airportslast_img read more