They're not in the mood. Toxins are turning off great egrets mating in the Everglades
MIAMI — Great egrets in the Everglades are losing their sexual motivation because they are exposed to mercury through the fish they eat, a University of Florida study using more than 20 years of data has found.Researchers observed that mercury contamination led to a 50% reduction in attempts by the birds to breed, showing that the heavy metal is affecting their reproduction process much earlier than previously thought. As most studies have focused on offspring-related metrics such as hatchling success, the recent findings indicate that the full effects of mercury exposure among wading birds ma...
Ford taps Jon Huntsman Jr., former diplomat to Russia, for board of directors
Jon Huntsman Jr., who ran against Mitt Romney in 2012 for the GOP presidential nomination, has rejoined the board of directors at Ford Motor Co., the company announced Thursday.Huntsman, 60, was first elected to be a Ford director in 2012. He stepped off the board in September 2017 to become a senior diplomat to Russia for two years under President DonaldTrump. Huntsman had served as U.S. ambassador to China from 2009-2011 under then-President Barack Obama, and previously ambassador to Singapore under presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton.Huntsman is widely praised by industry observer...
Detroit Free Press
Starbucks sets ambitious goals for corporate diversity — and ties it to executive pay
SEATTLE — Starbucks plans to significantly boost racial diversity among its workforce — and it’s making that goal a factor in the pay of its senior executives.By 2025, the Seattle coffee giant wants people of color represented in at least 30% of roles in corporate operations and 40% of retail and manufacturing roles, CEO Kevin Johnson told employees Wednesday. The goals, part of an ongoing effort to encourage diversity, reflect the company’s obligation “to build bridges and create environments where all are welcome,” Johnson said.Starting in 2021, the compensation of Johnson and 42 other senio...
The Seattle Times
Quinn, Dimitroff fired by the Falcons
ATLANTA — Falcons head coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff were fired by the team on Sunday night.Falcons president and CEO Rich McKay has assumed day-to-day oversight of football operations in the interim and will assist owner Arthur M. Blank, Falcons in the search for a new general manager and head coach.Under the direction of McKay, Dimitroff’s current responsibilities will be handled by current members of the football operations staff for remainder of 2020. An interim head coach is expected to be announced on Tuesday.Former head coaches Raheem Morris and Dirk Koetter are o...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Amazon's power in e-commerce and cloud computing is unlikely to be challenged anytime soon, antitrust report says
Amazon functions as “a gatekeeper for e-commerce,” exercising “significant and durable” market power in U.S. online retail, the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee found after a 16-month investigation. The Seattle commerce giant’s power in online retail and cloud computing has grown during the pandemic and is unlikely to be challenged anytime soon, the panel found, serving to lock consumers and sellers into its platform.The subcommittee report, issued Tuesday afternoon by the Democratic lawmakers who control the subcommittee, also covers the outsize power of digital platform giants Apple, G...
The Seattle Times
Amid job cuts, Ford workers get merit pay delayed by coronavirus
Ford Motor Co. plans to “be applying merit pay increases, delayed early in the pandemic, in October,” a company official confirmed to the Free Press.T.R. Reid, Ford spokesman, declined to say how many workers would receive the increase or the size of merit pay.“Merit pay increases vary by person, based on achievement of objectives. Many people get them, but, by definition, not all,” he said. “We won’t provide numbers.”The message has remained consistent throughout the company’s global virtual town hall meetings in recent months as the automaker has worked to return to full production during th...
Detroit Free Press
Wells Fargo CEO apologizes for saying there was a 'very limited pool of Black talent'
Wells Fargo CEO Charlie Scharf apologized Wednesday for a remark he made in June about the talent pool of senior Black banking executives that set off a wave of criticism when the quote resurfaced Tuesday.On June 16, as the country was engulfed in protests over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Scharf sent a memo to the bank’s roughly 250,000 employees outlining a set of changes that he said would help improve the firm’s diversity.If executives like Scharf didn’t meet new goals to hire a diverse workforce, their pay would be docked. It was one of the first major financial inst...
The Charlotte Observer
Tropical storms will keep popping up, but how will we know which is the next Big One?
PHILADELPHIA — That the record-setting tropical storm traffic in the Atlantic Basin is going to persist is all but a given, forecasters say. The deeper and more frightening question is, Will any of the storms become monstrously destructive hurricanes and when will we know it?As they relearned in August with Laura, whose winds doubled from 75 to 150 mph in 36 hours, the answers might not come until the hurricane is on the very doorstep of a heavily populated coast. Track forecasts have improved significantly, but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration acknowledges that predictions ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
CEO of $11.4 billion Universal Health Services steps aside for son in 'long-planned succession'
The 83-year-old founder of Universal Health Services, America’s largest psychiatric hospital chain and a major acute-care hospital provider, too, is handing control of the King of Prussia, Pa.-based company to his son.Alan B. Miller will step down as chief executive in January and son Marc D. Miller, 50, will take his place in what the company said was as “long-planned succession.”The senior Miller is generally credited with being a pioneer in purchasing hospitals in fast-growing communities and building a network out of them. Last year, the for-profit, publicly traded UHS had net income of $8...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Shareholder sues Tribune Publishing and its board, alleges 'poison pill' takeover defense plan is 'overreach of corporate power'
A Tribune Publishing shareholder is suing the Chicago-based newspaper company and its board, alleging the adoption in July of a so-called poison pill, is “an extremely aggressive overreach of corporate power.”The lawsuit, filed Friday in Delaware Chancery Court on behalf of the Vladimir Gusinsky Revocable Trust, seeks class-action status and a court order preventing Tribune Publishing from invoking the plan.The same family trust filed a separate lawsuit Friday against suburban Chicago-based aviation services company AAR, challenging its poison pill plan. Bloomberg Law was first to report on th...