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In second year, Severance High School again welcomes new leadership

in second year, severance high school again welcomes new leadership

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A sense of new and and a feeling of change was expected to float around the halls this year at Severance High School, which opens for a second academic year next week.The process of introducing the school to students and staff was never going to be limited to one first day in August 2019. Severance started with only freshmen and sophomores a year ago. A new freshmen class will arrive this year, and another in 2021 to complete the pictures as a grade 9-12 high school.
SEVERANCE, CO – AUGUST 13:From left, Severance High School Dean of Students Eric Lind, Principal Jen Brownhill and Assistant Principal and Athletic Director Ernie Derrera stand for a portrait outside Severance High School in Severance Aug. 13, 2020. (Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer)
The arrival, then, of a new leadership group in the high school office this month occurs with less of a ripple effect than if administrators showed up replacing long-serving predecessors.
“This building is experiencing change every year,” said new Severance Dean of Students Eric Lind. “There’s so much new in Year 2. New staff, new materials — and that will happen next year, too.”
Lind, who arrived at Severance as a social studies teacher and track and …

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Startups Push for Faster COVID-19 Tests ━ Times Publishing Group, Inc.

startups push for faster covid-19 tests ━ times publishing group, inc.

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By Jondi Gumz
Three biotech companies based at Startup Sandbox in Santa Cruz are working on faster tests for the contagious coronavirus COVID-19, which has caused six deaths in Santa Cruz County and shutdowns that cripple the local economy.
They are competing with others such as Quidel in San Diego and Becton Dickinson in New Jersey, which already have emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and produce results in 15 minutes – much faster than the so-called PCR, which require lab processing with a turnaround time at Quest Diagnostics of two to three days, and it has been longer.

One of the local companies, SanguineDx, was founded in 2010 and is headed by medical device veteran David Sierra of Aptos.
Another is Ontera, which started out as Two Pore Guys in 2011, raised $32.6 million in funding, and changed names a year ago.
The third is PinPoint Science, founded in 2017 and headed by Lisa Diamond, a tech veteran who holds two patents for novel molecular diagnostics.

All three made presentations Aug. 5 at the virtual Biotech Startups event hosted by Santa Cruz Works, the nonprofit supporting the local tech community.
David Sierra
David Sierra, SanguineDx CEO, said the company has a …

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Baird says leadership has been lacking in Alexander City

baird says leadership has been lacking in alexander city

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Woody Baird has been watching Alexander City officials from the sidelines for decades.Baird said the best days of the city were in the past with plenty of good paying jobs and Alexander City was thriving. He believes the city has lacked needed leadership and is seeking the office of mayor to provide it.“Anybody that knows me knows I have a passion for Alexander City,” Baird said Monday at TPI’s Political Forum. “If you have read any of my editorials or followed me over the years, you know my passion for Alexander City. I want to see Alex City survive and I want to see it better. Growing up I remember Alexander City was a vibrant community with good schools and a hospital, a place where your children could get a job and live here and could expect quality of life. That’s no longer the case.”Baird said the administrations since the glory days of Russell Corp. have not brought in jobs to replace those lost in Russell’s decline.“Our economy has been stagnant for the last 15 years,” Baird said. “We lost our mid-range salary jobs. We can’t survive as a retail-based economy at this …

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Facebook’s former PR chief explains why no one is paying attention to your startup

facebook’s former pr chief explains why no one is paying attention to your startup

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At TechCrunch Early Stage, I spoke with Coatue Management GP Caryn Marooney about startup branding and how founders can get people to pay attention to what they’re building.
Marooney recently made the jump into venture capital; previously she was co-founder and CEO of The Outcast Agency, one of Silicon Valley’s best-regarded public relations firms, which she left to become VP of Global Communications at Facebook, where she led comms for eight years.
While founders often may think of PR as a way to get messaging across to reporters, Marooney says that making someone care about what you’re working on — whether that’s customers, investors or journalists — requires many of the same skills.
One of the biggest insights she shared: at a base level, no one really cares about what you have to say.
Describing something as newsworthy or a great value isn’t the same as demonstrating it, and while big companies like Amazon can get people to pay attention to anything they say, smaller startups have to be even more strategic with their messaging, Marooney says. “People just fundamentally aren’t walking around caring about this new startup — actually, nobody does.”
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Seaquist Says County Badly Run, Time for New Leadership | The Suburban Times

seaquist says county badly run, time for new leadership | the suburban times

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Submitted by Larry Seaquist for Pierce County Executive campaign.Larry opened his general election campaign for Pierce County Executive with a call for fundamental changes in leadership and direction of the county. Speaking before the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce Public Affairs forum in the first head to head debate of the campaign, Seaquist expressed his disappointment in the incumbent’s time in office.“Our county government is not being well run. Our county budget is mismanaged. The working climate for the county’s 3,000 employees is unhealthy,” said Seaquist.Reviewing his own career experience as a senior public service executive, Seaquist, a retired Navy Captain who once commanded the battleship USS IOWA, said: “Leadership is in my wheelhouse. Command in public service is what I do. I’ve taken over bad organizations and turned them into successes. And I’m a long-time budget guy skilled both at budget making and budget squeezing.” Questions from attendees touched on the COVID-19 crisis, economic uncertainty, and public safety. In a repeated contrast, Dammeier cited past progress and Seaquist responded by pointing out that the virus has changed everything and touches everything. “We’ve got to manage the virus as a systemic problem,” said …

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Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. Announces Changes in Finance Leadership

hertz global holdings, inc. announces changes in finance leadership

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ESTERO, Fla., Aug. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HTZ) ( the “Company” or “Hertz”) a global leader in car rental, today announced that Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jamere Jackson, has resigned to pursue a new opportunity. Mr. Jackson will remain with Hertz until September 11, 2020, to assist in the transition of his responsibilities.
The Company also today announced the promotion of R. Eric Esper to Executive Vice President of Finance, Chief Financial Officer, and Kenny K. Cheung to Executive Vice President of Finance, Chief Operational Finance and Restructuring Officer, effective immediately. They will report directly to Paul Stone, Hertz’s President and Chief Executive Officer, as will the Company’s Treasurer, Scott Massengill.
Mr. Esper has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of Hertz since November 2018. He previously served as Vice President and Controller of the Company beginning March 2018. From July 2010 to March 2018, Mr. Esper held a variety of financial leadership roles with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., most recently as Vice President, Brand Finance & Strategy, and Vice President and Controller. Prior to that, Mr. Esper was with PricewaterhouseCooper, LLC. He is a Certified Public Accountant.
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Travel startups cry foul over what Google’s doing with their data

travel startups cry foul over what google’s doing with their data

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As the antitrust drumbeat continues to pound on tech giants, with Reuters reporting comments today from the U.S. Justice Department that it’s moving “full-tilt” on an investigation of platform giants including Google parent Alphabet, startups in Europe’s travel sector are dialing up their allegations of anti-competitive behavior against the search giant.
Google has near complete grip on the search market in Europe, with a regional marketshare in excess of 90% according to Statcounter. Unsurprisingly industry sources say a majority of travel bookings start as a Google search — giving the tech giant huge leverage over the coronavirus-hit sector.
More than half a dozen travel startups in Germany are united in a shared complaint that Google is abusing its search dominance in a number of ways they argue are negatively impacting their businesses.
Complaints we’ve heard from multiple sources in online travel range from Google forcing its own data standards on ad partners to Google unfairly extracting partner data to power its own competing products on the cheap.
Startups are limited in how much detail they can provide about Google’s processes on the record because the company requires advertising partners to sign NDAs to access its ad products. …

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Seven startups forge ahead with business plans through virtual Lighthouse Labs program

seven startups forge ahead with business plans through virtual lighthouse labs program

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