Guzzi V100 Mandello Guarantees Quick Sport-touring With Italian Fashion

Hidden on most bikers’ wish lists is their dirty secret dream bike.

You might ride a Honda Fireblade and love talking about MotoGP.

Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello promises quick sport-touring capabilities combined with a dash of style that only Italians can truly deliver

But when no one else is looking, they secretly spend their time browsing Harley-Davidsons – or in my case Moto Guzzis.

One of the best motorcycle experiences I’ve ever had was a Moto Guzzi.

It’s not always about how these machines drive, but how they make me feel.

The Guzzi factory is located on the shores of Lake Como, Italy, in Mandello del Lario.

They have been with the company since day one in 1921 and this year they are celebrating their 100th anniversary.

I was lucky enough to spend time there.

The place exudes passion for motorcycling.

This V100 Mandello promises speedy sport touring capabilities combined with a dash of style that only the Italians can truly deliver.

The transversely installed V-twin engine has 1000 cc. More importantly, it’s liquid-cooled, which means we can expect the right performance.

There’s a single-sided swing arm that allows you to marvel at the cute rear wheel design – I’m seeing Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio here, right? – and a shaft drive means that no bad oil from a chain wears down the wheel.

There will be roughly 130 horsepower available to play with, so it can be assumed that the V100 will be crammed full of driver software trinkets.

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Brembo brakes and Öhlins suspension take care of you as you glide to work in style.

For me, this bike could be powered by a solid rubber band and a lollipop and I would still love it as much as I do.

The green paint you can see is a throwback to Moto Guzzi roots when they had an excess of military-spec green paint that they used to paint the motorcycles they made during WWII.

After the war, they used it on their production bikes, knowing that no two cans would be the same shade of green. How cool is that

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The green color is a look back at Moto Guzzi’s roots when they had an excess of military-spec green color during WWIIImage credit: Moto Guzzi

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McDonald’s minimal wage increase and the quick meals franchise future

Employees work at the counter of a McDonald’s restaurant in the company’s new corporate headquarters on June 4, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.

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For Tom Locke, his turning point in employee wages came back in March during a conversation with a tired store manager, Heidi, in Coventry Township outside Akron, Ohio.

Beginning of the week that MC Donalds The location she ran for his family business, TomTreyCo, had a record-breaking $ 18,000 in sales in a single day, but when he spoke to her at a booth, Locke found that despite her decades of dedication to his business, there was a staff shortage at the end of the Covid-19 pandemic have really taken their toll.

She described working a 12-hour shift, sleeping in her car for three hours instead of driving home for half an hour, followed by another full day on her feet. “I could see the stress on Heidi’s face,” Locke recently recalled. So he decided to make a change to the 45 McDonald’s locations that are part of his franchise business in cities in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and northeast Ohio – he raised workers’ wages.

The youngest employees would make at least $ 13 an hour, and far more than what other local competitors offer for managers who would move up to $ 20 an hour.

“We were in a pretty strong financial position,” said Locke of the April decision, following consultation with his executive team and a thorough review of the models to study the cost and margin implications. “I felt if at any point we could do this to raise the salaries of all of our employees, it would be now.” he said.

Fast food payment under pressure

Fast food wage levels have been scrutinized over the past decade with the help of work-friendly policymakers and well-organized stakeholders like Fight for 15, who advocate a minimum wage of $ 15 an hour.

McDonald’s is perhaps more at the center of this criticism and controversy than any other brand, although its franchise model means that the vast majority of restaurant locations are actually operated by independent franchisees like Locke’s TomTreyCo, rather than the franchisor – McDonald’s itself. But thanks to the deeply intertwined relationship between the franchisor and franchisee, a decision to increase wages on either side of the franchise equation can have complex implications.

In May, just months after other heated disputes with franchisees over study programs and the payment of technology fees, McDonald’s announced that workers at McDonald’s 650 company-owned locations will receive an average pay increase of 10% by the end of June – entry-level employees will ever Earn $ 11-17 an hour by location, and Shift Supervisors will make $ 15-20 an hour. The company says the average wage for employees in in-house restaurants will be $ 15 an hour through 2024.

While the wage increases will only take effect in the locations that McDonald’s owns and operates, the company encouraged franchisees who run the roughly 13,000 other restaurants to do the same for their roughly 800,000 employees, causing anger and dismay among some franchise owners. The fast food giant sells 95% of its US restaurants.

What McDonald’s boss says about wages

McDonald’s is one of the restaurant chains emerging from the pandemic in a strong financial position, much like Chipotle did recently increased wages – and in this case the menu prices by 4%. And it has tried to financially support independent restaurant operators.

In one current interview at the CNBC Evolve Global Summitsaid Chris Kempczinski, McDonald’s CEO, the company’s decision to pump around $ 1 billion in liquidity into its system earlier this year after the worst of the pandemic ended – and in addition to several years of US balance sheet growth Part of an effort to turn the franchisee mindset away from worrying, “Will I be able to pay my mortgage or loan due this month? … be much more aggressive really.”

While not wanting to comment on an increased federal minimum wage, McDonald’s CEO said, “There’s no doubt that $ 7.25 is not what you should or have to pay to be competitive in the market today. … wages are rising because the economy is strong. “

Labor experts say McDonald’s move will put pressure on its franchisees.

“This will put a lot of public pressure on franchisees to do the same,” said Laura Padin, a senior labor advocate for the National Employment Law Project. “When this campaign started in 2011 or 2012,” Padin said of “Fight for 15,” a minimum wage of $ 15 was “intended as that kind of ‘pie in heaven’ target.”

The latest announcement from McDonald’s is proof of its effectiveness, Padin said. “The fact that companies are taking this initiative themselves only shows how much the movement has changed the narrative of what an acceptable minimum wage should be,” she said.

Franchise industry is pushing back

The franchise industry has made its position clear – minimum and maximum wages should be set by individual restaurant operators. “Franchisees are best placed to make wage decisions in their local communities,” said Matt Hauer, senior vice president of government relations for the International Franchise Association. He highlighted the cost differences between high-priced city zip codes and more rural locations.

The current focus on wage levels was due to a “union-driven campaign” to achieve certain organizational or political results by persuading the public that the franchise business model is in fact an enterprise model. In the public eye, he says, this is “to make a company like McDonald’s or Dunkin Donuts or Hilton Hotels one company, not a collection of many small companies doing business under a common brand.”

On July 7, 2021, in San Rafael, Calif., A sign reading “Now Hiring” is posted in the driveway of a McDonald’s restaurant.

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McDonald’s corporate view puts franchisees in the crosshairs of a battle that is being fought with massive competitors in a broader, low-wage landscape.

“I think what happens is you see that having a great economy is very helpful in increasing employee wages. And I think a lot of the changes that come from the wage perspective are because companies like McDonald’s have to compete for the best. ” Talent, “Kempczinski said.” If you have Walmart and Amazon, Target … all going to $ 15, that’s certainly a talent pool to compete with. “

How McDonald’s employees feel

Among workers advocating higher wages, a distinction between McDonald’s companies and franchisees can seem semantic.

“We don’t care if we work in a franchise or corporate business or not,” says Cristian Cardona, a 21-year-old who started working at a McDonald’s-operated restaurant in Orlando three years ago. “We all wear McDonald’s uniforms and we all earn a living wage.”

Cardona was first employed at $ 9.25 an hour, just a dollar more than the Florida minimum wage at the time. Then after a year he became a manager and rose to $ 11 before McDonald’s recently raised it to $ 13. “If McDonald’s companies can control how franchisees make and market their Big Macs, I know they can figure out how to pay every single worker a living wage of at least $ 15.” he said.

For Locke, the Ohio franchisee, adopting higher wages was ultimately more of a corporate than a moral choice. “I will be honest with you,” he said in a recent telephone interview. “If it wasn’t for a huge labor shortage, we might not have taken the action.”

We were just a virtual hamster on the hamster wheel: we weren’t going anywhere. The hardest part is hiring, retaining, and training great people.

Tom Locke, McDonald’s franchisee

At the beginning of the year, Locke had reduced his menu choices to improve his margins, but he was still grappling with staffing shortages. Around 250 employees would leave every month and just as many would have to be trained. In the catering industry, sales of over 100% are common.

“We were just a virtual hamster on the hamster wheel, we weren’t going anywhere,” he says. “The hardest part is hiring, retaining and training great people.”

But since his raise, which went ahead regardless of McDonald’s announcement, the following month, retention rates have skyrocketed.

To compensate for the higher costs, he has raised prices slightly, but believes that customers “expected” it, as his team has publicly communicated the higher wages for its workers. “It’s a long-term look at business as opposed to a very short-term look at business,” Locke said. “I think it’s a much better business model.”

This is an approach that shows more consistency than friction between McDonald’s companies and independent owners, and reflects the view of the McDonald’s CEO.

“We’re going to be transparent … We’re going to make absolutely long-term decisions, so let’s not intervene here and now for the short term,” Kempczinski told CNBC.

Fertitta Leisure, Inc. Broadcasts Modification to Merger Settlement with FAST Acquisition Corp.

HOUSTON, June 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Fertitta Entertainment, Inc., the parent company of Golden Nugget/Landry’s (“Fertitta” or the “Company”), a leader in the gaming, restaurant, hospitality and entertainment industry, and FAST Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: FST) (“FAST”), a special purpose acquisition company co-headed by Doug Jacob and Sandy Beall, announced today that they have entered into an amendment to their previously announced Agreement and Plan of Merger entered into between the parties on February 1, 2021.   According to the amendment, the Company has agreed to contribute certain operating businesses not originally included as part of the business combination with FAST for no additional debt.  Businesses that will now be contributed to the public company include the Mastro’s brand, the Aquariums, the Pleasure Pier, Vic and Anthony’s, and a handful of smaller restaurant concepts, adding a total of 42 incremental, high-quality business assets.  Also, the Company will enter into a transaction to acquire the Catch restaurants, including Catch Steak, which restaurant group is already 50% owned indirectly by Tilman J. Fertitta.  In connection with the amendment, Mr. Fertitta, the Company’s owner, will receive additional equity in the NYSE public company which will increase his total equity stake post -closing of the transaction to approximately 72%.   

Pro forma for the revised transaction, Fertitta Entertainment, Inc. will be one of the largest publicly-traded hospitality companies with 5 land-based casinos and substantial ownership of Golden Nugget Online Gaming, Inc. and over 500 restaurants, amusements, hotels, entertainment venues and other business units across 38 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong, mainland China, Mexico and Singapore, plus numerous licensed restaurants throughout the world.

In addition, the Company announced preliminary pro forma financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2021.  Including the additional assets and business units, pro forma net revenues for the three-month period are expected to be between $917 million and $920 million, with pro forma adjusted EBITDA estimated to be between $270 million and $275 million.  For full year 2021, the Company believes that its pro forma adjusted EBITDA will exceed $800 million assuming the contribution or acquisition of all of the operating businesses by the Company was completed as of January 1, 2021.  According to Tilman J. Fertitta, “the contribution of the new business assets greatly improves the Company’s operating cash flow, provides better assets for organic growth, and significantly deleverages the Company as no incremental debt is being incurred by the Company as part of the revised transaction.  Since the rollout of covid vaccinations, the operating results of the incremental assets have been so strong, I decided that I should be focused all in on the Company as I see opportunities for a significant acquisition that would not otherwise be available to the Company without this revised transaction.  We were a great company before and now even better today.”

“The addition of Mastro’s and the destination entertainment businesses provide tremendous cash flow and growth opportunities to the Company and we are excited that Tilman is contributing the new assets to the Company,” said Doug Jacob. “These brands create an even stronger portfolio to leverage for potential future acquisitions.”

Sandy Beall added: “We believe the new assets provide tremendous value to the public company and greatly strengthen the balance sheet for future growth.”

Amended Transaction Overview

The amended transaction implies an enterprise valuation for Golden Nugget/Landry’s of approximately $8.6 billion. This enterprise value includes the value of the GNOG equity to be contributed to the Company, based on an assumed per share trading price of approximately $13.00 for GNOG shares, which will be subject to adjustment based on the 60 day average price of the stock before closing. Estimated cash proceeds from the transaction are expected to consist of FAST’s $200 million of cash in trust, assuming no redemptions. In addition, shareholders have committed to invest approximately $1.24 billion in the form of a PIPE at a price of $10.00 per share of common stock of FAST immediately prior to the closing of the transaction.

The Company expects to use the proceeds from the transaction to accelerate the Company’s growth initiatives, general corporate purposes and reduce existing debt. In connection with the merger, the parties will undertake certain reorganizational transactions to exclude from the public company certain businesses and assets that Tilman J. Fertitta will continue to wholly own on a private basis.

The boards of directors of each of FAST and Fertitta have unanimously approved the amended transaction. The amended transaction will require the approval of the stockholders of FAST and is subject to other customary closing conditions, including the receipt of certain regulatory and gaming approvals. The SEC review process is expected to begin around the third week in July, and the transaction is now expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Fertitta Entertainment, Inc.

Fertitta Entertainment, Inc. is Tilman J. Fertitta’s holding company for substantially all of his assets, including all of the equity in Golden Nugget, LLC and Landry’s, LLC, approximately 31.494 million shares in Golden Nugget Online Gaming, Inc. (“GNOG”), hotels, real estate, and other investments. The business combination will only include all of its holdings in GNOG and the majority of the assets and businesses that comprise Golden Nugget, LLC and Landry’s, LLC.  Golden Nugget/Landry’s is a multinational, diversified gaming, restaurant, hospitality, and entertainment company based in Houston, Texas.  The Company’s gaming division includes the renowned Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino concept, with locations in Las Vegas and Laughlin, NV; Atlantic City, NJ; Biloxi, MS; and Lake Charles, LA.  GNOG is a leading online gaming company that is considered a market leader by its peers and was first to bring Live Dealer and Live Casino Floor to the United States online gaming market. GNOG was the past recipient of 15 eGaming Review North America Awards, including the coveted “Operator of the Year” award in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. Entertainment and hospitality divisions encompass popular destinations including the Kemah Boardwalk. The Company also operates more than 500 outlets, including over 400 high-end and casual dining establishments around the world, with well-known concepts such as Del Frisco’s, Landry’s Seafood House, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Rainforest Cafe, Morton’s The Steakhouse, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, McCormick & Schick’s Seafood, Chart House, Joe’s Crab Shack, and Saltgrass Steak House. Landry’s also operates the popular New York BR Guest Restaurants such as Dos Caminos, Strip House and Bill’s Bar & Burger.

FAST Acquisition Corp.

FAST is a hospitality-focused blank check company launched by the principals of &vestwhose business purpose is to effect a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses. FAST is led by founder Doug Jacob and CEO Sandy Beall. FAST raised $200,000,000 in its initial public offering on August 20, 2020 and is listed on NYSE under the ticker symbol “FST.”

Advisors

Latham & Watkins LLP is acting as legal advisor to Fertitta, and Jefferies LLC is acting as financial advisor and capital markets advisor to Fertitta. Jefferies LLC acted as lead placement agent on the PIPE. Both Winston & Strawn LLP and White & Case LLP are acting as legal advisors to FAST.  Citigroup Global Markets Inc. is acting as sole financial advisor to FAST, and Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and UBS Investment Bank are jointly acting as capital markets advisor to FAST.  Goodwin Procter LLP and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP are acting as legal advisors to Jefferies LLC.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures, including EBITDA and Pro forma Adjusted EBITDA. EBITDA is defined as net income plus interest expense, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization. Pro forma Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA, plus impairment expenses, pre-opening costs, and onetime non-recurring items, as if all of the businesses were owned as of January 1, 2021. These financial measures are not prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States and may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. FAST and the Company believe that the use of these non-GAAP financial measures provides an additional tool for investors to use in evaluating ongoing operating results and trends. These non-GAAP measures with comparable names should not be considered in isolation from, or as an alternative to, financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  The Company’s and FAST’s actual results may differ from their expectations, estimates and projections and consequently, you should not rely on these forward looking statements as predictions of future events.  Words such as “expect,” “estimate,” “project,” “budget,” “forecast,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “may,” “will,” “could,” “should,” “believes,” “predicts,” “potential,” “continue,” and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements.  These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, the Company’s and FAST’s expectations with respect to future performance and anticipated financial impacts of the transactions contemplated by the merger (the “Business Combination”), the satisfaction of the closing conditions to the Business Combination and the timing of the completion of the Business Combination.  These forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results to differ materially from the expected results.  Most of these factors are outside the Company’s and FAST’s control and are difficult to predict.  Factors that may cause such differences include, but are not limited to: (1) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the agreement and plan of merger for the Business Combination (the “Merger Agreement”) or could otherwise cause the Business Combination to fail to close, (2) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against the Company and FAST following the announcement of the Merger Agreement and the transactions contemplated therein; (3) the inability to complete the Business Combination, including due to failure to obtain approval of the stockholders of FAST or satisfy other conditions to closing in the Merger Agreement, including the failure to obtain gaming or other regulatory approvals; (4) the impact of COVID-19 on the Company’s business and/or the ability of the parties to complete the Business Combination; (5) the inability to obtain or maintain the listing of FAST’s shares of common stock on the New York Stock Exchange following the Business Combination; (6) the risk that the Business Combination disrupts current plans and operations as a result of the announcement and consummation of the Business Combination; (7) the ability to recognize the anticipated benefits of the Business Combination, which may be affected by, among other things, competition, the ability of the Company to grow and manage growth profitably and retain its key employees; (8) costs related to the Business Combination; (9) changes in applicable laws or regulations; (10) the possibility that FAST or the Company may be adversely affected by other economic, business, and/or competitive factors; and (11) other risks and uncertainties indicated from time to time in the Registration Statement (as defined below) relating to the Business Combination, including those under “Risk Factors” therein, and in FAST’s other filings with the SEC.  The foregoing list of factors is not exclusive.   Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made.  Neither FAST nor the Company undertakes or accepts any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect any change in its expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based. 

No Offer or Solicitation

This press release shall not constitute a solicitation of a proxy, consent or authorization with respect to any securities or in respect of the proposed transaction. This press release shall also not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any states or jurisdictions in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offering of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

Additional Information

In connection with the proposed Business Combination, FAST’s wholly owned subsidiary, FAST Merger Corp. (“FAST TX”) intends to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) a Registration Statement on Form S-4 (the “Registration Statement”), which will include a proxy statement/prospectus, and certain other related documents, which will be both the proxy statement to be distributed to holders of shares of FAST’s common stock in connection with its solicitation of proxies for the vote by FAST’s stockholders with respect to the proposed Business Combination and other matters as may be described in the Registration Statement, as well as the prospectus relating to the offer and sale of the securities of FAST TX to be issued in the Business Combination. FAST’s stockholders and other interested persons are advised to read, when available, the preliminary proxy statement/prospectus included in the Registration Statement and the amendments thereto and the definitive proxy statement/prospectus, as these materials will contain important information about the parties to the Merger Agreement, FAST and the Business Combination. After the Registration Statement is declared effective, the definitive proxy statement/prospectus will be mailed to stockholders of FAST as of a record date established for voting on the Business Combination and other matters as may be described in the Registration Statement. Stockholders will also be able to obtain copies of the proxy statement/prospectus and other documents filed with the SEC that will be incorporated by reference in the proxy statement/prospectus, without charge, once available, at the SEC’s web site at www.sec.gov, or by directing a request to: FAST Acquisition Corp., 3 Minetta Street, New York, New York 10012, Attention: Sandy Beall, Chief Executive Officer.

Participants in the Solicitation

FAST and Fertitta and their respective directors and executive officers may be deemed participants in the solicitation of proxies from FAST’s stockholders with respect to the Business Combination. A list of the names of those directors and executive officers and a description of their interests in FAST are contained in FAST’s final prospectus dated August 20, 2020 relating to its initial public offering and in FAST’s subsequent filings with the SEC, and is available free of charge from the sources. Additional information regarding the interests of such participants will be contained in the Registration Statement when available.

SOURCE Landry’s

NYC Sued Over Union-Fashion Quick Meals Employee Protections

Law360 (Jun 1, 2021, 5:12 p.m. EDT) – Restaurant associations are suing New York City for blocking two new laws that would provide non-union fast food workers with union protection from dismissal for no good cause or legitimate business reason. say that they are anticipated and unconstitutional by the Federal Labor Act.

The New York State Restaurant Association and the Restaurant Law Center, an independent organization affiliated with the national restaurant trade group, said in a lawsuit on Friday that the laws signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio in January were against the National Labor Relations Act and the US violate the Constitution.

“The laws intervene in one area in the collective bargaining process …

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Golfer was dashing as quick as 87 mph earlier than crash, cops say

Tiger Woods accelerated up to 87 mph – more than 45 mph over the legal limit – before his SUV crashed Late February in Southern Californiaseriously injured the golf legendThe leg, said the investigators on Wednesday.

Woods’ vehicle, a 2021 Genesis GV80 SUV, was traveling an estimated 120 mph when it hit a tree and rolled over in the luxury vehicle, citing a data recorder, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The recorder showed that the vehicle was going between 68 and 86.99 mph in some places before Woods was unable to negotiate a curve on the road just outside Los Angeles.

It was at least Wood’s third mysterious car accident.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who adamantly denied that Woods had received favorable treatment during the investigation, said the most recent accident on Feb.23 was the result of 45-year-old Woods driving unsafe given the road conditions.

At a news conference, Villanueva also said there was no evidence that Woods was impaired or drunk at Rolling Hills Estates at the time of the Feb.23 crash.

Investigators didn’t check that Woods was texting before the crash, saying it wasn’t necessary.

They also said they will not issue a quote for Woods, who is recovering at his Florida home. Issuing a reckless driving ticket would require evidence, according to investigators, that Woods committed multiple violations prior to the accident, such as: B. unsafe lane changes or unsafe overtaking maneuvers on other cars.

Woods has no memory of the collision, investigators said at the press conference.

Villanueva said He could only reveal the cause of the crash because Woods had agreed to it. According to the sheriff, by law, such accident reports are confidential unless the individuals involved in the incident consent to their disclosure.

“The main cause of this traffic accident was driving at a speed unsafe for the road conditions and the inability to negotiate the curve of the estimated speed of the road in the first impact area was 84 to 87 mph,” said Villanueva.

According to investigators, Woods didn’t brake before crashing the car. They said the data recorder revealed that he may have accidentally stepped on the accelerator instead of the brakes prior to the collision.

“I know there are some who say he somehow received special or preferential treatment that is absolutely wrong,” said Villanueva.

“There was no sign of impairment. Our main concern when we were obviously at the scene of the collision was his, his safety.”

Villanueva said there was no likely cause such as open alcohol containers or signs of narcotics in the car that would have allowed investigators to obtain a search warrant to test Woods’ blood for intoxicants.

In a statement released later on Wednesday, Woods did not apologize for driving nearly double the legal speed limit.

Instead, Woods said he was “so grateful to the two good Samaritans who came to help me and called 911” after his SUV was ready.

“I am also grateful to the LASD MPs and the LA Firefighter / Paramedics, especially the LA Sheriff’s Deputy Carlos Gonzalez, and the LAFD Engine Co. # 106, the Fire Paramedics Smith and Gimenez, for being so competent on the spot helped and got me safely to the hospital. “”

“I will continue to focus on my recovery and my family and thank everyone for the overwhelming support and encouragement I have received during this very difficult time,” said Woods.

The golfer, who was alone in the SUV, was trapped in the wreckage that occurred after hitting a mean mean on the road and then raced into the brush and hit just before 7:12 a.m. PT on Feb.23 a tree.

After Woods was freed from the vehicle, he was taken to a hospital where he underwent emergency surgery for a doctor at the time called “significant orthopedic injuries” to his right lower leg.

A rod was introduced to stabilize his tibia and femoral bones, while a “combination of screws and pins” was used to stabilize injuries to the bones of his foot and ankle, according to Woods’ Twitter account.

Woods had stayed at a resort in Rolling Hills after hosting the Genesis Invitational tournament. He stayed in the area filming under a contract with Golf Digest and the Discovery Channel.

Just two days before the crash, Woods was asked during a CBS Sports interview if he would participate in the Masters tournament that begins this Thursday at Augusta National Golf Course in Georgia.

“God I hope so,” he said.

Woods’ epic career, It has 82 PGA titles and wins 15 major championships, was upset in November 2009 after crashing another SUV into a fire hydrant one morning just outside his then Florida residence.

Woods was knocked unconscious for more than five minutes from this crash. His then-wife Elin Nordegren is said to have used a golf club to break a window and pull it out of the car.

The crash lfor weeks reported that Woods was involved in several extramarital affairs. He entered shortly afterwards a clinic for treatment.

In May 2017, Woods was accused of driving under the influence of Florida after police discovered him sleeping in a damaged car.

In an apology later, Woods blamed “an unexpected reaction” to a mixture of prescribed drugs for his faint.

“I want the public to know it’s not alcohol,” Woods said at the time.

A month after this arrest, Woods entered a clinic for treatment of problems with prescription pain medication and a sleep disorder.

Woods reportedly used pain medication to get up and move around while he was recovering of four back operations.

In January, Woods announced that he had his fifth microdiscectomy on his back to remove a pressurized disc fragment that caused him pain during December’s PNC championship in Orlando, Florida.

This tournament was the last time he competed.

Google Is Placing Cash Into That Quick Undersea Web Cable Between Eureka and Singapore, and They Assume It will be Carried out by 2023 | Misplaced Coast Outpost

Certainly a first: Google has literally put Eureka on one of its cards. source.

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You’ve heard about the big, new, fat fiberglass pipe you’re going to be laying between Singapore and Eureka? (If you haven’t, check out the links below.) It is slated to plunge into the depths from one of the world’s major financial capitals and head east with stops in Indonesia and Guam before crawling up the banks via the drainpipe of the old Samoa pulp mill, which extends about a mile to the sea.

It’s an exciting prospect! Already one The large international data center company has plans for a new facility in Arcataand it’s everyone’s greatest hope that more tech-dolla will rain on our shores once our new line is in order.

Which one is when According to Google, it is expected to be operational in the summer of 2023.

And when I say “according to Google”, I’m not saying that I just googled it. I’m saying Google literally says that. Because like that Company announced yesterday on its Google Cloud blogIt throws a lot of money on the Singapore-Eureka underwater line, code-named “Echo”.

“The architecture of Echo is designed for maximum reliability,” writes the Goog. “The unique Trans-Pacific route to Southeast Asia avoids overcrowded, traditional routes north and is expected to be operational in 2023. We look forward to the expanded connectivity that Echo will bring to Southeast Asia and create new opportunities for people and businesses in the region. “

And hopefully this region too.

Outlook on the Media & Leisure World Market to 2026 – Rising Want for Quick Web Connectivity With Extremely-Low Latency for OTT Media is Driving Progress

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Billionaire Steven Cohen takes on these 3 “Strong Buy” shares

Last week the NASDAQ fell below 13,200, taking the net loss from its all-time high earlier this month to 6.4%. If this trend continues, the index will slide into correction territory, a 10% loss from its peak. So what exactly is going on? Basically, the signals are mixed. The COVID-19 pandemic is starting to fade and the economy is starting to open again – strong positive results that should boost markets. An economic restart, however, brings inflationary pressures: more people work means more consumers with money in their pockets, and the massive stimulus programs that have been passed in recent months – and the law that is now going through Congress and on $ 1.9 trillion – have provided additional funds to people’s purses and liquidity in the economy. There is pent-up demand out there and people to spend, and both of these factors will drive prices up. We can see an effect of this in the bond market, where the ten-year government bond yielded 1.4% near an annual high and has seen an upward trend in the past few weeks. However, this could be a gun jumping case, as Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told the Senate he was not considering a move to raise interest rates. In other words, these are confusing times. For those who feel lost in the whole stock market fog, investing from gurus can provide a sense of clarity. None more than billionaire Steven Cohen. Cohen’s investment firm, Point72 Asset Management, has adopted a strategy that involves investing in the stock market as well as a more macroeconomic approach. This strategy cemented Cohen’s status as a highly regarded investment powerhouse. The guru made $ 1.4 billion in 2020 thanks to a 16% gain in Point72’s top hedge fund. With that in mind, our focus shifted to Point72’s most recent 13F filing, which reveals the stocks the fund bought in the fourth quarter. TipRanks’ database, which relied on three tickers in particular, found that everyone had an analyst consensus of “Strong Buy” and had significant upside potential. Array Technologies (ARRY) The first new position is Array Technologies, a green tech company providing tracking technology for large solar energy projects. It is not enough to just use enough photovoltaic solar modules to supply an energy supply company with electricity. The panels must track the sun across the sky and take into account seasonal differences as it travels. Array offers solutions to these problems with its DuraTrack and SmarTrack products. Array boasts that its tracking systems improve the life cycle efficiency of solar array projects and that its SmarTrack system can increase total energy production by 5%. The company has impressed its customers with installations in 30 countries in more than 900 supply-scale projects. President Biden is expected to take executive action at the expense of the fossil fuel industry to promote green economic policies, and Array could potentially benefit from this political environment. This company’s stock is new to the markets after it went public in October last year. The event has been described as the “first major solar IPO” in the US for 2020 and was a success. The shares opened at $ 22 and closed at $ 36 on the day. The company sold 7 million shares and raised $ 154 million. Another 40.5 million shares were brought to market by Oaktree Capital. Oaktree is the investment manager who has held a majority stake in the company since 2016. Array fans include Steven Cohen. Point72’s new ARRY position, valued at 531,589 shares in the fourth quarter, is valued at over $ 19.7 million. Guggenheim analyst Shahriar Pourreza also appears confident about the company’s growth prospects, noting that the stock appears to be undervalued. “Renewable energy companies have seen large capital inflows as a result of the ‘blue wave’ and Democratic control of the White House and both houses of Congress. However, ARRY continues to trade at a significant discount to its peers, “noted the 5-star analyst. Pourreza added,” We remain optimistic about ARRY’s growth prospects based on 1) tracker market share gains over fixed pitch systems are due. 2) ARRY market share gains within the tracker industry, 3) ARRY’s great opportunity in the less permeated international market, 4) the ability to monetize their existing customer base over the long term through extended warranties, software upgrades, etc. that represent a high profit margin accretive. “Consistent with these bullish comments, Pourreza is pricing ARRY shares for a buy and its target price of $ 59 implies an uptrend of 59% from current levels. (To see Pourreza’s track record, click here.) New Shares In Growth industries are the main focus of Wall Street pros, and Array has recorded 8 valuations since going public, with 6 buys and 2 holds making the consensus rating for the stock a strong buy, with an average price target of 53.75 USD suggests an uptrend of ~ 45% is possible over the next 12 months. (See ARRY stock analysis on TipRanks.) Paya Holdings (PAYA) The second pick from Cohen we’re looking at is Paya Holdings, a North American payment processing service, the company provides integrated payment solutions for B2B operations in the education, government, healthcare, nonprofit and retail sectors utilities. Paya has over $ 30 billion in payments processed annually for over 100,000 customers. In mid-October last year, Paya completed its market launch via a SPAC (Special Acquisition Company) merger with FinTech Acquisition Corporation III. Cohen stands right on this with the cops. During the fourth quarter, Point72 bought 3,288,843 shares, increasing the size of the stake to 4,489,443 shares. After this 365% increase, the position is now valued at ~ $ 54 million. Mark Palmer, 5-star analyst at BTIG, is impressed by Paya’s medium-term prospects and writes: “We assume that PAYA will achieve revenue growth in old age in the next few years as Integrated Solutions grow in the next few years is set to grow in the mid-20s and Payment Services is expected to grow in the mid single digits. At the same time, from our point of view, the company’s operating costs should increase by 5%. We therefore assume that PAYA’s adjusted EBITDA growth will be north of 20% in the next few years and that its adjusted EBITDA margins will increase from 25% in 2019 to 28% by year 21. “Palmer sets a price target of $ 18 on PAYA shares, showing his confidence in 49% growth for the coming year, and rates the shares as a buy. (To see Palmer’s track record, click here) PAYA’s consensus rating for analysts with strong buying is unanimous based on 4 buy-side ratings set over the past few weeks. The stock has an average price target of $ 16, suggesting an upside potential of ~ 33% from the current stock price of $ 12.06. (See PAYA stock analysis on TipRanks) Dicerna Pharma (DRNA) Last but not least, Dicerna Pharma, a clinical-stage biotech company focused on the discovery, research and development of treatments based on its RNAi technology platform (RNA Interference). The company has 4 drug candidates in various stages of clinical trials and another 6 in pre-clinical trials. The company’s pipeline clearly caught Steven Cohen’s attention – the acquisition of a new stake totaling 2.366 million shares. This stake is valued at $ 63.8 million at current values. The farthest drug candidate down Dicerna’s pipeline is nedosirane (DCR-PHXC), which is being studied for the treatment of PH or primary hyperoxaluria – a group of several genetic disorders that cause life-threatening kidney disease by overproducing oxalate. Nedosiran blocks the enzyme that causes this overproduction and is in a phase 3 study. Top-line results are expected in mid-’21 and if everything goes as planned, an NDA filing for nedosiran is expected towards the end of Q3 21. Analyst Mani Foroohar covers Leerink and sees Nedosiran as the key to the company’s near-term future. “We assume that nedosiran could be approved in mid-2022 and that the drug will be around a year and a half behind its competitor Oxlumo (ALNY, MP) in PH1 … A successful result will be DRNA in a commercial company for rare diseases in an attractive duopoly transforming market with the best label width in the industry, “noted Foroohar. To that end, Foroohar rates DRNA as an outperform (i.e. Buy), and its price target of $ 45 suggests a one-year upside of 66%. (Foroohar’s track record, click here) Overall Dicerna Pharma registered 4 buy ratings making the Strong Buy unanimous. DRNA shares trade for $ 26.98, and their average price target of $ 38 means the uptrend is ~ 41% over the next 12 months (See DRNA stock analysis to TipRanks) To find great ideas for trading stocks at attractive valuations, visit TipRanks’ Best Stocks to Buy, a newly introduced tool that brings together all insights into the shares of TipRanks. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the analysts presented. The co ntent may only be used for information purposes. It is very important that you do your own analysis before making any investment.

Why a quick meals inventory could possibly be Wall Avenue’s subsequent quick squeeze

The stock of Jumping devil could soon live up to its name.

The growing brief interest in stocks in the west coast fast food chain appears to be preparing the stock for a brief press, Danielle Shay, director of options at Simpler Trading, told CNBC’s “Trading nation” on Friday.

“I like Jack in the Box here, but for a short-term option trade,” Shay said.

While the stock isn’t far from its all-time highs, which would normally prevent Shay from buying in, it made an exception due to the unusual activity. According to FactSet, Jack in the Box currently has 9.2% short interest.

“With something like that that has a short interest, it has the potential for short press and profit,” Shay said. “This is why I like to trade shorter term calls on the profit line. That way I can only take advantage of the dynamics of the profit report and the increase in [implied volatility]. “

For investors looking to trade longer-term in this space, Shay suggested the stock of MC Donalds.

“If you look at a weekly McDonald’s chart, it has been consolidating for a while. I think that consolidation is going to break out on the upside. I’m aiming for $ 240,” she said. “It’s more of a long-term trade so you can sell put credit spreads on a regular basis [or] Buy long calls 90-120 days. “

McDonald’s stock lost less than half of 1% on Friday at $ 213.90.

“Indoor restaurants will take a while,” Shay said. “People will worry that they can leave. They can’t open to full capacity. … For me personally, I’d rather focus on the fast-food chains whose model is already geared specifically towards drive-thru is. “

Limited-service restaurants are now a better choice than their full-service counterparts, agreed Piper Sandler’s Craig Johnson.

“There you start to see that some of the sales in the same store are really positive,” he said in the same interview with Trading Nation, pointing to a table of Chipotle Mexican Grill.

“This is a long-term winner. It’s a name we’ve had on our model portfolio for a while, and we still think it should be bought,” Johnson said, noting the stock was above its 50 and 200 Days moving averages lies in an upward channel and with strong performance compared to the S&P 500.

“This stock seems to have even more room to run,” he said. Chipotle finished trading 1% on Friday.

Johnson’s second choice was Chili’s parents’ stock Brinker International.

“On a weekly chart looking back a few years, you’ll see that you’ve finally reversed a downward trend from those 14’s highs and are now making new highs,” he said.

Brinker’s performance is also improving compared to the S&P and “confirms to us that something positive is happening here,” said Johnson. The Brinker share closed on Friday by about half, 1% lower.

“It looks like a lot of these restaurants are looking for another leg in really good tech,” said Johnson.

New York City restaurants reopened for indoor use on Friday at 25% capacity.

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