Footage shows a woman in a white coat looking both ways at the train crossing before lying down arms splayed on the tracks while another woman, in an orange coat, spends time taking pictures.
Footage shows a woman in a white coat looking both ways at the train crossing before lying down arms splayed on the tracks while another woman, in an orange coat, spends time taking pictures.
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Perth's homelessness crisis: the WA election issue Mark McGowan can't shake offFremantle’s ‘tent city’ has shed light on Western Australia’s growing number of rough sleepers – and a Labor government presiding over a ballooning public housing waiting list The tent city in Pioneer Park in Fremantle on 22 January, which was set up on Boxing Day 2020. In the past 12 months, Western Australia’s public housing waiting list has ballooned by 2,000 to 14,890 applicants. Photograph: Richard Wainwright/AAP
The United States launched airstrikes in Syria on Thursday, targeting facilities used by Iranian-backed militia groups. The Pentagon said the strikes were in retaliation for a rocket attack in Iraq earlier this month that killed one civilian contractor and wounded a U.S. service member and other coalition troops. The airstrike was the first military action undertaken by the Biden administration, which in its first weeks has emphasized its intent to put more focus on the challenges posed by China, even as Mideast threats persist.“At President Biden’s direction, US military forces earlier this evening conducted airstrikes against infrastructure utilized by Iranian-backed militant groups in eastern Syria,” said spokesman John Kirby in a statement.“This proportionate military response was conducted together with diplomatic measures, including consultation with coalition partners,” Kirby said.“The operation sends an unambiguous message: President Biden will act to protect American and coalition personnel. At the same time, we have acted in a deliberate manner that aims to deescalate the overall situation in eastern Syria and Iraq.”Biden administration officials condemned the Feb. 15 rocket attack near the city of Irbil in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish-run region, but as recently as this week officials indicated they had not determined for certain who carried it out. Officials have noted that in the past, Iranian-backed Shiite militia groups have been responsible for numerous rocket attacks that targeted U.S. personnel or facilities in Iraq.Kirby, the Pentagon spokesman, had said Tuesday that Iraq is in charge of investigating the Feb. 15 attack.“Right now, we’re not able to give you a certain attribution as to who was behind these attacks, what groups, and I’m not going to get into the tactical details of every bit of weaponry used here,” Kirby said. “Let’s let the investigations complete and conclude, and then when we have more to say, we will.”A little-known Shiite militant group calling itself Saraya Awliya al-Dam, Arabic for Guardians of Blood Brigade, claimed responsibility for the Feb. 15 attack. A week later, a rocket attack in Baghdad’s Green Zone appeared to target the U.S. Embassy compound, but no one was hurt.Iran this week said it has no links to the Guardians of Blood Brigade.The frequency of attacks by Shiite militia groups against U.S. targets in Iraq diminished late last year ahead of President Joe Biden’s inauguration, though now Iran is pressing America to return to Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal. The U.S. under the previous Trump administration blamed Iran-backed groups for carrying out the attacks. Tensions soared after a Washington-directed drone strike that killed top Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and powerful Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis last year.Trump had said the death of a U.S. contractor would be a red line and provoke U.S. escalation in Iraq. The December 2019 killing of a U.S. civilian contractor in a rocket attack in Kirkuk sparked a tit-for-tat fight on Iraqi soil that brought the country to the brink of a proxy war.U.S. forces have been significantly reduced in Iraq to 2,500 personnel and no longer partake in combat missions with Iraqi forces in ongoing operations against the Islamic State group.(FRANCE 24 with AP and AFP)
KMPG said Bina Mehta would remain non-executive chair of the UK board for the next 12 months and would oversee the CEO election process, which it plans to begin this month and conclude by the end of April. The elected chief executive will serve until the end of September 2025, the company said. Mary O'Connor, head of clients and markets, will remain as CEO while the election is conducted.
Cannae Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CNNE) ("Cannae" or the "Company") today announced that it has entered into a forward purchase agreement with Austerlitz Acquisition Corporation I ("AUS") in which Cannae intends to purchase AUS’s Class A ordinary shares in an aggregate share amount equal to 5,000,000 Class A ordinary shares, plus an aggregate of 1,250,000 redeemable warrants to purchase one Class A ordinary share at $11.50 per share, for an aggregate purchase price of $50.0 million, or $10.00 per Class A ordinary share, in a private placement to occur concurrently with the closing of an initial business combination by AUS. Additionally, Cannae will invest $1.4 million in AUS for 933,333 private placement warrants at the initial public offering. AUS recently priced its initial public offering of 60,000,000 units at a price of $10.00 per unit. AUS has granted the underwriters of the offering a 45-day option to purchase up to an additional 9,000,000 units at the public offering price. The units are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (the "NYSE") and trade under the ticker symbol "AUS.U". Each unit consists of one of AUS’s Class A ordinary shares and one-fourth of one warrant. Each whole warrant entitles the holder to one of AUS’s Class A ordinary shares at a price of $11.50 per share. Once the securities comprising the units begin separate trading, the Class A ordinary shares and warrants are expected to be listed on the NYSE under the symbols "AUS" and "AUS WS," respectively.
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(Bloomberg) -- Global bonds continued to sell off and Asian stocks retreated after a bruising session for U.S. shares and Treasuries on Thursday. The dollar strengthened.Australian bonds slumped and Japan’s 10-year yield rose to its highest since early 2016. Treasuries fluctuated in early Asian trading. Earlier, a poorly received Treasury auction saw the 10-year benchmark surge as much as 23 basis points to 1.6%. The selloff accelerated as holders of mortgage securities were forced to offload government bonds.Stocks fell more than 2% in Japan, Australia and South Korea. S&P 500 futures pointed lower after the benchmark closed down 2.5% with tech shares leading losses. The Nasdaq 100 tumbled 3.6%, the most since October, as investors rotated away from pandemic-era winners toward companies poised to benefit from an end to lockdowns. Still, stocks popular with the day-trader crowd surged once again, with GameStop Corp. doubling at one point before ending 19% higher.While investors are betting on a sunnier outlook for the global economy, some traders worry inflation may accelerate, triggering a pullback in easy monetary policy. Federal Reserve officials so far say surging Treasury yields reflect optimism and have stressed that the central bank has no plans to tighten policy prematurely.“It’s all about interest rates,” said Randy Frederick, vice president of trading and derivatives for Schwab Center for Financial Research. Tech “has been a relative outperformer. As it led on the way up, it will likely lead on the way down too.”The 10-year U.S. yield adjusted for inflation rose to its highest level since June, a warning sign for riskier assets that have benefited from exceptionally loose financial conditions amid the pandemic.In remarks this week, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell offered reassurance that policy would continue to be supportive and look beyond a temporary pick-up in inflation, especially from a low base. Nevertheless, money-market traders have now almost fully priced in a first rate hike by the end of next year.Read more: Soaring U.S. Yields Send Risk Assets Warning as Real Rates RiseElsewhere, oil retreated from its the highest in more than a year as traders mulled depleting global inventories. Bitcoin traded below $50,000 again. Gold was steady after an overnight decline.Some key events to watch this week:Finance ministers and central bankers from the Group of 20 will meet virtually Friday. U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will be among the attendees.These are some of the main moves in markets:StocksS&P 500 futures fell 0.4% at 9:37 a.m. in Tokyo. The S&P 500 Index fell 2.5%.Japan’s Topix Index fell 2%.S&P/ASX 200 fell 2.3%.South Korea’s Kospi Index fell 2.9%.CurrenciesThe Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index rose 0.1% after gaining 0.6% Thursday.The euro fell 0.2% to $1.2149.The British pound fell 0.3% to $1.3972.The Japanese yen weakened 0.1% to 106.26 per dollar.The offshore yuan fell 0.2% to 6.5022 per dollar.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries slipped one basis point to 1.51%.Australia’s 10-year yield jumped 15 basis points to 1.88%.CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude fell 0.5% to $63.19 a barrel.Gold was little changed at $1,769 an ounce.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
Austerlitz Acquisition Corporation I (the "Company") today announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 60,000,000 units at a price of $10.00 per unit. The Company has granted the underwriters of the offering a 45-day option to purchase up to an additional 9,000,000 units at the public offering price. The units will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange (the "NYSE") and trade under the ticker symbol "AUS.U" beginning February 26, 2021. Each unit consists of one of the Company’s Class A ordinary shares and one-fourth of one warrant. Each whole warrant entitles the holder to one of the Company’s Class A ordinary shares at a price of $11.50 per share. Once the securities comprising the units begin separate trading, the Class A ordinary shares and warrants are expected to be listed on the NYSE under the symbols "AUS" and "AUS WS", respectively.
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(Bloomberg) -- Texas lawmakers’ attempt to understand why the state’s power system failed last week yielded plenty of blame but few clear answers on how to prevent a similar crisis in the future.In two marathon hearings Thursday, lawmakers grilled the state’s biggest power providers, its grid operator and regulators about the blackouts that left more than four million homes and businesses without heat, light and water during a deep winter freeze.Executives from Calpine Corp., Vistra Corp. and NRG Energy Inc. blamed natural gas-supply shortages, grid disturbances and a lack of communication from the grid operator known as Ercot. Ercot, meanwhile, said it simply followed the rules and direction set by the Public Utility Commission which, in turn, said it lacked authority to tell Ercot what to do.“This is the largest trainwreck in the history of deregulated electricity,” Republican Senator Brandon Creighton said.The historic outage caused as much as $129 billion in economic losses, and the impact to individual companies is only starting to emerge. Some electricity providers wracked up huge losses, fueling a possible credit crisis. Oil and gas producers saw their output halted. And dozens of people died.Key Highlights:Calpine, Vistra and NRG said natural gas shortages affected their ability to operate. Not only did freezing weather shut in some gas production, the blackouts ordered by grid operator Ercot compounded cut power to pipelines.The companies also said plants were forced offline after the flow of electricity on the grid -- called frequency -- plunged. That contradicts the version of events presented by Ercot.Vistra and NRG chief executive officers both said that their companies would not pass high energy prices from the event onto their customers.Ercot anticipated that blackouts were possible four to five days before the grid emergency occurred. Calpine’s CEO, however, said it wasn’t warned that a grid emergency was possible.All times Eastern.Power Outages Main Cause of Oil, Gas Shut-Ins (7:38 p.m.):The state’s top energy regulator said that power cuts were a bigger problem for oil and gas producers than ice.While some wells were shut-in preemptively as a safety measure, “time and time again, the number one problem we heard from operators was the lack of power at their production sites,” said Christi Craddick, chair of the Texas Railroad Commission. “The oilfield simply cannot run without power.”Neither the Public Utility Commission nor the grid operator understood how interdependent the gas and power industries were, she said. Utility Regulator Blasted by Lawmakers (6:00 p.m.):Texas’s utility watchdog came in for scathing criticism from senators for disavowing any responsibility for last week’s disaster.“I would contend you are choosing not to leverage the authority we are giving you and that’s a serious problem,” Senator Creighton told Public Utility Commission Chairwoman DeAnn Walker after she declined to offer suggestions on how the state’s power market ought to be reformed.CenterPoint Says Rotating Outages Were Impossible (5:50 p.m.):Rotating outages became impossible within an hour of blackouts being ordered, due to supply shortfalls, CenterPoint Energy Inc. Executive Vice President Kenny Mercado said.Going into the event, “we felt confident we could achieve a rolling approach,” he said. “By 2:24 a.m. we could no longer rotate customer outages.”The company cut power to 1.4 million customers at the peak. Two substations tripped because of under-frequency, Mercado said.$9,000 Energy Price Necessitated by Computer Glitch (4:40 p.m.):The $9,000-a-megawatt-hour price cap imposed during the power crisis was necessary to ensure that all available generation was being offered to the grid, Public Utility Commission of Texas Chair DeAnn Walker told lawmakers.That price cap is meant to be in place whenever there is a load-shed event, she said. But a computer glitch on Ercot’s system was lowering the price as the grid operator built up reserves to stabilize the grid on Feb. 15. That lower price was discouraging gas generators from bidding in.“The signal was being sent to dispatch that there was sufficient generation on the system,” Walker said. “When those signals were being sent, generation was backing down.However, she said that the state needs to review whether the price cap should be kept so high for so many days.Ercot Saw Blackout Potential Days Beforehand (3:40 p.m.):Grid operator Ercot anticipated that blackouts were possible four to five days before the grid emergency occurred, Chief Executive Officer Bill Magness told lawmakers.Modeling indicated that the state could be short on power supplies on the mornings of Feb. 15 and Feb. 16, he said.A notice to conserve energy was issued publicly on Feb. 13, according to an Ercot presentation. A blackout warning went out on Feb. 14, hours before the outages began.Calpine Says It Wasn’t Warned of Blackouts (3:15 p.m.):Calpine Chief Executive Officer Thad Hill said Texas’s grid operator did not warn the company ahead of time that a grid emergency was possible.“I felt that when I went to bed Sunday night that we were in good shape,” he said. He also said he wasn’t aware of any plan for shifting from rolling blackouts into controlled blackouts. “Nobody communicated to us directly on that.” As a result, Calpine wasn’t able to warn customers in a timely fashion, he said.Vistra, NRG Say Costs Won’t Pass to Customers (1:29 p.m.):Vistra and NRG executives said that their companies would not pass high energy prices from the event onto their customers. Spiking gas prices during the event offset the revenues made from selling electricity at the $9,000-a-megawatt-hour price cap, they said.“There was a significant amount of wealth transfer from power to gas,” Vistra Chief Executive Officer Curt Morgan said. “We’re the guy sitting in the middle, getting it from both ends.”READ ALSO: Texas Cities Fret as Power Bills Mount in Wake of BlackoutsGas-Supply Issues Fueled Outages (12:27 p.m.):Calpine, Vistra and NRG all said gas-supply shortages affected their ability to operate. Not only did freezing weather shut in some gas production, the blackouts ordered by Ercot compounded the issue as power was cut from pipeline compressors necessary to transport the fuel to power plants.“If natural gas is compromised, the power system is going to be compromised,” said NRG President Mauricio Gutierrez. While NRG had contracted gas supplies, low pressure on pipelines feeding the system affected the company’s ability to run plants at capacity. Vistra’s Morgan said that, despite having 90% of plants available to run, “we just couldn’t get the gas.”Calpine’s Hill said in written testimony that the company lost one gas-fired unit after a gas supplier lost electricity. He later said the company lost 40% of its gas supply on Tuesday, after the blackouts were ordered.Grid Operator, Generators Disagree on Grid Issues (11:12 a.m.):Vistra, Calpine and NRG said they had plants forced offline after the flow of electricity on the grid -- called frequency -- plunged during the early morning of Feb. 15, when blackouts were first ordered. Their comments contradict the version of events presented by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, known as Ercot, which manages most of the state’s grid.“We have examined this, we haven’t seen it,” Ercot’s Magness said in testimony before the Texas senate. If plants did go offline in tandem with the dip, it would only have been around 10 units, a number dwarfed by the total that was offline due to weather and gas-supply issues, he said.Maintaining frequency at around 60 hertz is critical to keeping the grid stable. Ercot operating protocols say a deviation of 0.2 hertz “for a long period” could cause damage to generators and customer equipment. On the day of the blackouts, frequency dipped to 59.4 hertz for 4 minutes and 23 seconds, according to an Ercot presentation. It fell as low as 59.3, according to Bloomberg data.NRG’s Gutierrez said the dip “threatened the majority of the fleet” but ultimately only caused one plant to go offline. Calpine’s Hill said in written testimony that two of the company’s natural gas-fired power plants tripped offline for the same reason.Vistra was within three minutes of losing Comanche Peak nuclear plant because of low frequency, Morgan said. “We came dangerously close to losing the system,” he said.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
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The United States launched airstrikes in Syria on Thursday, targeting facilities near the Iraqi border used by Iranian-backed militia groups. The Pentagon said the strikes were retaliation for a rocket attack in Iraq earlier this month that killed one civilian contractor and wounded a U.S. service member and other coalition troops. The airstrike was the first military action undertaken by the Biden administration, which in its first weeks has emphasized its intent to put more focus on the challenges posed by China, even as Mideast threats persist.
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(Bloomberg) -- AT&T Inc. will offload its DirecTV operations in a deal with private equity firm TPG that values the business at about $16 billion, a fraction of what the telecom giant paid for the satellite-TV company in 2015.The move caps years of AT&T deliberating over what to do with DirecTV, a pay-television pioneer that had increasingly become a burden as it hemorrhaged customers.As part of the agreement, a joint venture with TPG will run DirecTV and AT&T’s other pay-TV operations, the companies said Thursday. AT&T will get $7.6 billion in cash from the transaction, with the new DirecTV taking on $5.8 billion in committed debt financing.TPG is acquiring a 30% stake in the business, leaving AT&T with 70% of the new entity. A key benefit for the phone company will be the removal of DirecTV from its books, though the transaction doesn’t include Latin America operations.With the sale, AT&T is taking a big step toward becoming a smaller, modern communications and media company. It also helps the carrier balance competing cash demands. AT&T is funneling money into its 5G network, film and TV programming production and dividends of almost $15 billion a year, as well as paying interest on nearly $154 billion in long-term debt.Acquiring DirecTV six years ago for $48 billion made AT&T the largest pay-TV provider in the U.S. But it also became the biggest victim of cord cutting that swept the industry, with customers jettisoning pay-TV packages in favor of streaming services.Since buying DirecTV, AT&T has lost almost 9 million TV subscribers -- or more than a third of the 25.4 million customers it had six years ago. To account for the lower value of the business, the company took a $15.5 billion impairment charge last quarter.The DirecTV venture will control the NFL Sunday Ticket contract, which lets customers see games that aren’t available on local channels. AT&T is on the hook to pay as much as $2.5 billion to the new company for losses during the remaining two years of that deal.The board of the new DirecTV will have two representatives apiece from AT&T and TPG, as well as a fifth seat for the chief executive officer. Bill Morrow, currently CEO of AT&T’s U.S. video unit, is expected to take that role when the transaction is completed.The deal will help pay for AT&T’s 5G wireless expansion, including the billions of dollars worth of airwaves the company is expected to buy at a federal auction.With the TV operations in a separate venture, AT&T and TPG can pursue M&A options that weren’t necessarily available previously. The biggest and most widely proposed match would be rival satellite-TV provider Dish Network Corp.Executives from both Dish and AT&T have acknowledge the logic of a deal like that. A proposed combination of the two satellite services was shot down by the Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Justice Department in 2002.Future Deals?AT&T CEO John Stankey was asked on an investor call if he saw an opportunity for the venture to combine with another video distributor. He said he’s considered a couple avenues to position the assets differently down the road to create more value.“First, we want to get the leadership team in place and executing well,” he said. “And then from there we can explore what those second options might be.”Stankey has been cleaning house at the sprawling telecom titan, cutting staff and selling underperforming assets. He said on the call that he is still open to a possible sale of AT&T’s Latin America DirecTV business.AT&T’s PriorityHis priority, he said during a January earnings call, is to increase subscribers to HBO Max, the company’s $15-a-month streaming service, as well as add lucrative wireless customers. For the third part of his three-pronged plan, Stankey said AT&T would connect 2 million more homes to fiber-optic cable by year-end.As part of its belt-tightening efforts, AT&T agreed in December to sell its anime video unit Crunchyroll to Sony Corp.’s Funimation Global Group for $1.18 billion.“This agreement aligns with our investment and operational focus on connectivity and content, and the strategic businesses that are key to growing our customer relationships across 5G wireless, fiber and HBO Max,” Stankey said on Thursday.(Updates with discussion of M&A options in starting in 11th paragraph.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
USA Compression Partners, LP (NYSE: USAC) ("USA Compression") today announced that its 2020 tax packages, including the Schedule K-1, are now available online and may be accessed at taxpackagesupport.com/usac. USA Compression has begun the process of mailing the 2020 tax packages to unitholders. Unitholders may call Tax Package Support at 1-855-521-8151 or browse USA Compression’s website at usacompression.com in the Investor Relations section under K-1 Information.
Storyful has obtained and verified footage showing the moment Lady Gaga’s dog-walker was shot and her two French bulldogs were stolen in Los Angeles on Wednesday night, February 24.The dramatic footage, captured on a home security camera, shows a car stopping beside a man walking dogs on North Sierra Bonita Avenue near Sunset Boulevard. Two people get out of the backseat and try to take the dogs. A struggle ensues, with the man calling for help, while one of the assailants repeatedly shouts, “Give it up.”A gunshot is heard and the man falls to the ground, shouting that he has been shot and calling for help. The car drives away and one dog remains on the scene with the man.The video shows people arriving on the scene and telling the man they’re calling 911. He tells them he is bleeding from his chest and appeals for help.Dispatch audio from the Los Angeles Police Department, also verified by Storyful, shows local time authorities received a call reporting the shooting at around 9:40 pm. The audio reveals emergency responders found a man, “approximately 35 years of age, conscious and breathing, suffering from a gunshot wound.”In a statement to Storyful the LAPD confirmed the victim, aged 30, was shot with a semi-automatic handgun and taken to a nearby hospital.Police said two French bulldogs were taken by suspects in a white vehicle, described as a four-door sedan in dispatch audio. A third dog was recovered by authorities, reports said. No suspects had been detained at the time of writing.Police said they could not confirm the name of the victim nor the dogs’ owner at the time of writing.According to reports citing Lady Gaga’s representative, the star offered a reward of $500,000 for the return of the dogs. Credit: Anonymous via Storyful
Stacey Abrams, whose voting rights work helped make Georgia into a swing state, exhorted Congress on Thursday to reject “outright lies" that have historically restricted access to the ballot as Democrats began their push for a sweeping overhaul of election and ethics laws. “A lie cloaked in the seductive appeal of election integrity has weakened access to democracy for millions,” Abrams, a Democrat who narrowly lost Georgia's 2018 gubernatorial race, said during a committee hearing for the bill, which was introduced as H.R. 1 to signal its importance to the party's agenda. Democrats feel a sense of urgency to enact the legislation ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, when their narrow majorities in the House and Senate will be at risk.
MCAP Acquisition Corporation ("the Company" or "MCAP"), a special purpose acquisition company sponsored by an affiliate of Monroe Capital LLC, today announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 27,500,000 units at a price of $10.00 per unit. Each unit consists of one share of Class A common stock and one-third of one redeemable warrant. Each whole warrant entitles the holder thereof to purchase one share of Class A common stock at a price of $11.50 per share. The Company’s units are expected to be listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market and trade under the symbol "MACQU" beginning February 26, 2021. Once the securities comprising the units begin separate trading, the Company expects that its Class A common stock and warrants will be listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market and trade under the symbols "MACQ" and "MACQW," respectively. The offering is expected to close on March 2, 2021, subject to customary closing conditions.
CLF earnings call for the period ending December 31, 2020.
Image source: The Motley Fool. Pactiv Evergreen Inc. (NASDAQ: PTVE)Q4 2020 Earnings CallFeb 25, 2021, 8:00 a.m. ETContents: Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants Prepared Remarks: OperatorGood day, ladies and gentlemen, and thank you for standing by.