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Borough Extends Emergency Declaration For Local Wildfires

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first_imgAccording to the resolution, the declaration seeks state assistance as the borough has expended significant resources relating to the response to these fires in coordinating with the State of Alaska. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly held a special meeting on Thursday in order to introduce a resolution aiming to extend the ’emergency declaration’ for local wildfires burning on the peninsula. Currently, the Swan Lake and Caribou Lake fires are not yet contained and require the ongoing use of borough resources, it is appropriate to extend the disaster declaration, according to the resolution. Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce issued a declaration of disaster emergency on August 21, related to the Swan Lake fire now near Cooper Landing, the North Fork fire near Homer, and the Caribou Lake Fire near East End Road.center_img The resolution to extend the disaster declaration, which was only in effect until August 28, was passed unanimously by the assembly and is now extended for 45 more days. The resolution was adopted without any discussion from the assembly.last_img read more

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BSE closes points 12452 up on July 24

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first_imgBSE closes points 124.52 up on July 24993 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 124.52 up on July 24993 viewsBusinessNew Delhi, July 24 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 124.52 points up to stand at 26,271.85. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 34.85 points up to stand at 7,830.60. Financial Tech and Uco Bank were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 10.00% and 5.83% along with Bank of India and Reliance Capital Ltd. with an increase of 4.27% and 4.05% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include IPCA Lab and JPPOWER with a decrease of 13.06% and 7.02% along with Cairn India and Jaiprakash Associates Ltd. with a decrease of 6.67% and 6.06% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 3.67 points at 15,807.83 while the banking sector is up 77.29 points at 17,782.36 and the realty sector is up 6.28 points at 1,977.97. The Indian currency is 0.01% down at Rs 60.10 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, July 24 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 124.52 points up to stand at 26,271.85. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 34.85 points up to stand at 7,830.60. Financial Tech and Uco Bank were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 10.00% and 5.83% along with Bank of India and Reliance Capital Ltd. with an increase of 4.27% and 4.05% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include IPCA Lab and JPPOWER with a decrease of 13.06% and 7.02% along with Cairn India and Jaiprakash Associates Ltd. with a decrease of 6.67% and 6.06% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 3.67 points at 15,807.83 while the banking sector is up 77.29 points at 17,782.36 and the realty sector is up 6.28 points at 1,977.97. The Indian currency is 0.01% down at Rs 60.10 per dollar.last_img read more

Woman grandson killed as pickup van hits bike

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first_imgA woman and her grandson were killed while her husband sustained severe injuries as the motorcycle they were riding was hit by a pick-up van on Satkhira-Khulna Road at Kumira village in Keshabpur upazila on Tuesday, reports UNB.The deceased were Farida Begum, 50, wife of Samad Morol of Bhabatipur village in the upazila and her grandson Saad Hossain, 14, son of Abdul Alim, from Tailkupi village in Tala upazila.Witnesses said the pick-up van hit the motorcycle from behind in the afternoon, leaving the duo dead on the spot and Samad Morol severely injured.Officer-in-charge of Patkelghata police station Rezaul Karim said the injured was rushed to Satkhira Sadar Hospital and the bodies were also sent to the hospital’s morgue for autopsy.last_img read more

Houston School Board Reinstates Interim Superintendent Sets Timeline for Final Search

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first_img Share Laura Isensee/Houston Public MediaThe Houston school board voted unanimously to officially reinstate the interim superintendent, Grenita Lathan, at a special meeting Thursday.If all goes as planned, the Houston Independent School District could have a new, permanent superintendent by the end of April.The board OK’d that timeline and other measures meant to move past a bitter week. They include:Reinstating interim superintendent, Grenita Lathan;Passing a resolution for “reconciliation” to repair a breakdown of trust and communication;Hiring an executive coach for the nine members of the board;Hiring an executive coach for the interim superintendent; andAsking the Texas Education Agency to replace the state conservator over struggling schools.Board members engaged in little discussion in the Thursday morning special meeting, a marked contrast to the tumultuous meeting a week ago that saw comments about racism and an abrupt dismissal of Lathan as interim leader.HISDTrustee Elizabeth Santos said that personal drama has gotten in the way of important work. “And what work is that? It is the work of finding a permanent superintendent. It is a process that’s been unexpectedly delayed for over 200 days,” she said.Houston schools have been without a permanent superintendent since Richard Carranza left in March to lead New York City Public Schools.For the executive coaching, the board didn’t give details on who would provide that training or how much it would cost. Trustee Sergio Lira issued another apology to the community.“We lost sight, we lost sight of why we’re here,” he said. “We lost sight that student achievement, our students is our focus and our priority.”last_img read more

Trump Sidelines Immigration Nominee For Tougher Direction

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first_img Share Steve Helber/APIn this Nov. 9, 2018, photo Ronald Vitiello, acting head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, gestures during an interview in Richmond, Va.The notice to Congress from the White House was met with confusion: Why would President Donald Trump withdraw his nominee to lead U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement?Longtime border official Ron Vitiello appeared to be cruising toward confirmation. One Senate committee had endorsed his nomination and a second was likely to follow suit despite opposition from some Democrats and a union representing some agency officers.No one in the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the immigration agency, had been notified about the intention to remove Vitiello from consideration, according to people familiar with the decision. Officials at Homeland Security and congressional aides thought it must have been a paperwork error made by the White House personnel office that would be resolved quickly.Turns out, it wasn’t a mistake. It was just another day in the Trump administration.The president on Friday confirmed he had pulled the nomination, even as he called Vitiello a “good man.”“But we’re going in a tougher direction. We want to go in a tougher direction,” he said.Trump did not explain what that meant and did not say whom he had in mind as a replacement. But the decision, first reported by The Associated Press, comes as his administration is struggling to deal with an influx of Central American migrants, which has led to a 12-year high in U.S.-Mexico border crossings, straining the U.S. immigration system.Trump had threatened to close the border entirely to cope with the flow, before backing off this week.In a letter addressed to all ICE employees Friday, Vitiello thanked the president and members of Congress for their support.“No matter the external circumstances, I am grateful knowing you remain engaged and dedicated to the critical work of protecting our communities from the transnational criminal organizations and cross-border crime that threatens our nation,” he wrote.“While I will not become the permanent director of ICE, I look forward to working alongside you in serving the American public with Integrity, Courage, and Excellence.”Six government and congressional officials involved in immigration issues suggested the decision to drop Vitiello could be an impulsive staff shake-up driven by the fact that White House policies intended to stop migrants have not succeeded. Many blamed Stephen Miller, the influential West Wing aide, for the decision on Vitiello and saw it as part of a plan to replace longtime immigration officials with hard-liners who appealed more to allies of Trump and Miller. The officials were not authorized to discuss internal deliberations and spoke on condition of anonymity.Vitiello had been scheduled to travel with Trump to the border Friday but was told late Thursday he wasn’t going, one of the people said.He has been acting head since June of the agency that enforces U.S. immigration law in the interior of the United States. He has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience, starting in 1985 with the U.S. Border Patrol. He was previously Border Patrol chief and deputy commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which oversees the patrol.Vitiello took over during a time of heightened scrutiny of the agency. Part of its mission is to arrest immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally, and that has made the agency a symbol of Trump’s policies and a target for Democrats.Trump has been railing against increasing border crossings, as well as the release of thousands of migrants into the U.S. because of a lack of space to hold them, a move he derides as “catch and release.”It’s a battle cry on a signature issue for the president, who wants to restrict immigration but whose policies have largely failed to do so.For many years, families arriving at the border were typically released from U.S. custody immediately and allowed to settle with family or friends in the U.S. while their immigration cases wound their way through the courts, a process that often takes years.But in recent months, the number of families crossing into the U.S. has climbed to record highs, pushing the system to the breaking point. As a result, ICE was releasing families faster, in greater numbers and farther from the border. Since Dec. 21, the agency set free more than 125,000 people who came into the U.S. as families.Trump on Friday was touring a recently built portion of replacement fencing that he is holding up as the answer to stop the recent surge of migrant families coming to the U.S.Though the 2-mile section is only a long-planned replacement for an older barrier, the White House describes it as the first section of his proposed border wall. It’s commemorated with a plaque bearing Trump’s name and those of top immigration and homeland security officials — but not Vitiello’s.___Associated Press writer Elliot Spagat in San Diego contributed to this report.last_img read more

Rape Victims File Federal Lawsuit Against Howard University

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first_imgA federal lawsuit against Howard University alleges that the school’s failure to swiftly respond to reported rapes on campus led at least one suspect to rape another student.In addition, rape victims who said they were left suicidal from the sex assaults charge that the school did not help them and even let a resident advisor, who was an accused rapist, have access to a key to his purported victim’s dorm room.Two of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit said they were so dismayed at the way the school handled the cases that they left Howard for concerns over their safety and mental health. The plaintiffs are referred to as Jane Doe 1 through 5 in the lawsuit, which was filed May 10 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.The plaintiffs are five current and former students who reported sexual assaults at the hands of male students and employees of Howard University in 2014, 2015 and 2016, the lawsuit states.Two of plaintiffs claim the same resident advisor raped them. Jane Doe 1 alleged that she reported the rape to the school and did not receive any response or support, prompting her to complain on Twitter about the school “mishandling” her complaint.Other rape victims came forward to complain about how the school managed their rape cases, including Jane Doe 2. She alleges the school did not investigate her case and that she ended up leaving the university because she no longer felt safe there.Buzzfeed News reported that the assailant allegedly transferred to Howard after being accused of sexual misconduct at UCLA.“Howard’s failure to investigate and effectively resolve Doe 2’s complaint meant the assailant remained on campus as an RA and raped Doe 1 over five months later,” the lawsuit states.Following public criticism and a campus protest as a result of Jane Doe 1’s tweets in 2016, Howard finally reached out to Doe 2 to investigate her 2015 report, the lawsuit stated. In response to Doe 1’s Tweet storm, the school’s dean of student affairs told her “You embarrassed your family by doing that.” To date, the school still has not investigated her case, the lawsuit claims.Doe 1 says she was fired as a resident assistant after reporting her rape, while Doe 2 alleges the school rescinded her financial aid and threatened to refer her debt to a collection agency, the lawsuit alleges.In November 2014, Doe 3 filed a report alleging sexual and physical abuse by a Howard campus police officer. She sought counseling services from the school, which she said did not provide them. Her grades slipped and she was fired from her job due to her untreated emotional distress, the lawsuit states.In March 2016, Doe 4 reported that a male student from the university raped her in a dorm on campus. Days passed before the school responded to her requests about counseling services and to change dorm rooms for her safety, according to the lawsuit. When she asked about academic accommodations to allow her to recover from the assault, university officials said that was up to the individual professors, not the school. In addition, she alleges that school assigned her assailant to her dorm in the new academic year and did not move him out until three weeks later.In April 2015, Doe 5 reported to the school that a male Howard student raped her on campus. Shortly after she reported the assault, the school sent her a letter telling her she wouldn’t be graduating that semester as planned. She tried to make arrangements to take her remaining classes at a community college because she did not feel safe at Howard, the lawsuit states. But she claims that Howard administrators passed her around, and she was unable to get help until an outside advocate intervened. When she finished her classes, she alleges that Howard officials again gave her the runaround, this time about whether the school would accept the credits so she could graduate.Meanwhile, it took the school seven and a half months to investigate her sex assault report—more than three times the period allowed by Howard policy for an investigation. Her assailant was eventually convicted of raping another woman in the District in October 2016, according to the lawsuit.“The University’s actions have exacerbated and extended, rather than corrected, the resulting interference with the educational opportunities of each women,” the lawsuit states.Per university policy, Howard does not comment on pending litigation.last_img read more

Earliest example of large hydraulic enterprise excavated in China

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first_img (A) Structure of the Meirendi bank with wooden planks still standing upright. (B) The Bianjiashan pier, wooden stakes still were preserved, forming a T shape. Credit: PNAS Harbor sediment core samples offer historic evidence of ancient Rome’s plumbing Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Map of the Liangzhu city and hydraulic system, Lower Yangtze River, China Credit: PNAS (A) Well-preserved ‘sand bags’, with the knots still clearly visible, the grass plants used are Triarrhena lutarioriparia. (B) A small proportion of rice remains discovered from the storage pit excavated at eastern Mojiaoshan, depth of the boxes around 10 cm. Credit: PNAS Explore further More information: Bin Liu et al. Earliest hydraulic enterprise in China, 5,100 years ago, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2017). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1710516114AbstractHere we present one of the world’s oldest examples of large-scale and formalized water management, in the case of the Liangzhu culture of the Yangtze Delta, dated at 5,300–4,300 years cal B.P. The Liangzhu culture represented a peak of early cultural and social development predating the historically recorded Chinese dynasties; hence, this study reveals more about the ancient origins of hydraulic engineering as a core element of social, political, and economic developments. Archaeological surveys and excavations can now portray the impressive extent and structure of dams, levees, ditches, and other landscape-transforming features, supporting the ancient city of Liangzhu, with an estimated size of about 300 ha. The results indicate an enormous collective undertaking, with unprecedented evidence for understanding how the city, economy, and society of Liangzhu functioned and developed at such a large scale. Concurrent with the evidence of technological achievements and economic success, a unique relationship between ritual order and social power is seen in the renowned jade objects in Liangzhu elite burials, thus expanding our view beyond the practicalities of water management and rice farming. Prior research has dated Liangzhu Ancient City to approximately 5,300 to 4,300 years ago, which would make the water engineering effort one of the oldest in the world. The newer research work demonstrates that use of such technology began in China earlier than had been thought. And it occurred in a relatively isolated location—the water system was not part of empire building; it was constructed to service the needs of a single city. Sadly, prior evidence has also revealed that their efforts were not sufficient to prevent the entire area from being massively flooded approximately 4,200 years ago, leaving behind a meter-thick layer of clay—the devastation was so great the city never recovered, and those that survived migrated to other areas. Over 5000 years ago, people living in the Yangtze River Delta apparently grew weary of the flooding that periodically destroyed their crops. They embarked on what became one of the largest water management projects in the ancient world, moving earth and piling it in desired ways to change over 10,000 hectares of landscape to suit their needs. The researchers at the site have been working for four years uncovering the large hydraulic system that was built to support Liangzhu Ancient City.The researchers report that laborers spent years digging up dirt to make canals, piled it to make dams, and even installed a system of gates to control movement of the water. The result was a system able to prevent normal flooding and to irrigate crops during dry times with rainwater saved in large reservoirs. They also dug canals to allow small boats to carry people and materials around the area. The researchers estimate that it took approximately 3000 people working for eight years just to build one of the larger dams, and in the process, they moved approximately 10 million cubic feet of earth. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from several institutions in China has uncovered one of the largest water management projects in the ancient world in what is now a part of the eastern coast of modern China. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their finding and compares it to other ancient water management systems. © 2017 Phys.org Citation: Earliest example of large hydraulic enterprise excavated in China (2017, December 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-12-earliest-large-hydraulic-enterprise-excavated.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Facebook Amazon Netflix and Google Were Among Todays Biggest Losers

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first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. A morning rally in the stock market gave way to renewed selling in the afternoon as the Entrepreneur Index™ fell 1.66 percent on the day.The Dow Industrials index was up more than 300 points in the morning but ended the day down 245, or 0.99 percent. The S&P 500 index fell 0.66 percent, while the technology-heavy Nasdaq 100 was down 2.02 percent.The bloodbath continued in the technology sector. The so-called FANG (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google or Alphabet) stocks that have underpinned the bull run in technology stocks and the broader market, were among the hardest hit today, with Amazon.com (-6.31 percent), Netflix (-4.96 percent), Alphabet Inc. (-4.75 percent) and Facebook (-2.26 percent) all down sharply. Chip-maker NVIDIA Corp.set a new 52-week low today, falling 6.39 percent — the biggest decline on the Entrepreneur Index™ today. Other tech stocks that traded lower included salesforce.com (-3.34 percent)., Verisign (-2.52 percent) and Adobe Systems Inc. (-2.28 percent).Analog Devices was one of the few stocks to buck the bearish trend in technology. Down almost 20 percent since late August, the chipmaker’s stock gained 1.82 percent today. Cerner Corp., the healthcare information technology firm that lost 11 percent on Friday because of disappointing earnings, rallied 5.09 percent today — the largest gain on the Entrepreneur Index™.Ford Motor Co. also posted a big gain after a Goldman Sachs analyst upgraded the stock to a buy, largely because of its 25 percent drop so far this year. The analyst expects the company’s previously announced restructuring plan to begin yielding benefits next year, and set a $12 target for the stock. Ford shares were up 3.34 percent today.Defensive stocks fared significantly better than growth stocks today. The REIT sector was up sharply, with Essex Property Trust (3.49 percent), Extra Space Storage (3.32 percent) and Equity Residential (2.13 percent) posting good gains. The clothing makers, L Brands (2.99 percent), Ralph Lauren (2.88 percent) and Gap Inc. (2.07 percent) were also up for the day. Food manufacturers J.M. Smucker Company and Tyson Foods rose 2.23 percent and 1.8 percent respectively. Retailer Bed Bath and Beyond was also up 3.25 percent.Economy-sensitive stocks were down on the day. Homebuilder D.R. Horton Inc. fell 2.8 percent. Oil and gas producer Hess Corp.was also down 3.36 percent as the price of oil continued to slide. Casino operator Wynn Resorts, down a crushing 44 percent this year, fell 6.3 percent — the biggest decline on the Entrepreneur index outside the technology sector. Brown-Forman Corp, the maker of Jack Daniels whiskey, was also down 0.9 percent. The Trump Administration reportedly plans to slap more tariffs on Chinese imports if trade talks with China don’t improve, and bourbon is a favorite target for retaliatory tariffs.Alexion Pharmaceuticals was down again today by 3.45 percent. The drug-makers fell as a group on Friday after it was reported that President Trump was considering tying Medicare reimbursement rates for drugs to much lower prices paid in Europe.The Entrepreneur Index™ collects the top 60 publicly traded companies founded and run by entrepreneurs. The entrepreneurial spirit is a valuable asset for any business, and this index recognizes its importance, no matter how much a company has grown. These inspirational businesses can be tracked in real time on Entrepreneur.com. October 29, 2018 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more

Rep Canfield joins colleagues announcing 201718 priorities

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first_img16Feb Rep. Canfield joins colleagues announcing 2017-18 priorities State Rep. Edward Canfield, D.O., of Sebewaing joined colleagues at the Capitol today to unveil the House Republican Action Plan for the 2017-18 legislative session.The wide-ranging plan maps top priorities over the next two years including making government more transparent, reducing auto insurance rates, putting more money into classrooms to benefit students, fixing roads and bridges, and many other issues. The goal is to continue Michigan’s economic recovery and improve the quality of life for people across the state.One of Canfield’s priorities is addressing Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance rates in a way that helps lower bills, safeguards taxpayers and protects citizens in need of special care after getting hurt in auto accidents.“We’ve got to find a way to crack the nut of the no-fault auto insurance issue,” Canfield said. “We’ve got to find a way to compromise, to get people on the same page.”Canfield also discussed health care as a top priority. He chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services.“I am focused on protecting life and our most vulnerable citizens, while finding ways to improve access to quality health care across Michigan,” Canfield said.The Action Plan can be found at http://gophouse.org/best-way-forward/. It was put together by a committee led by Rep. Tim Kelly. Canfield was a member.“I was proud to be a member of Rep. Kelly’s committee responsible to bring about a roadmap for House Republicans for the next two years,” Canfield said.### Categories: Canfield Newslast_img read more

Brian Sullivan Brian Sullivan has been named presi

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first_imgBrian SullivanBrian Sullivan has been named president and COO of Fox Networks Group (FNG), with former incumbent Randy Freer now bedded in at Hulu.Former Sky Deutschland chief Sullivan takes on a broad operational role that will see him in charge of revenue and distribution at Fox Television Group, FX, Fox Sports and National Geographic Partners.Sullivan, who has been president and COO of FNG Digital Consumer Group since 2015, will report to 21st Century Fox president Peter Rice, who is also chairman and CEO of FNG.FNG Europe president Jan Koeppen and FNG Latin America chief Carlos Martinez now report to Sullivan. FNG Asia boss Zubin Gandevia reports to new Fox Asia president Uday Shankar, who took on the role earlier this week as a complement to his position as chairman and CEO of pay TV business Star India.Freer exited on October 30 to become the new CEO of Fox-backed US on-demand service Hulu, whose previous chief executive, Mike Hopkins, has joined Sony Pictures Television.Sullivan is already and will remain a Hulu board member, and he will also oversee all Fox’s authenticated streaming apps, which are operated through FNG Digital Consumer Group.Further changes see FNG president of distribution Michael Biard and president of ad revenue Joe Marchese reporting to Sullivan.The ad revenues group is being reorganized. Executive VP of global solutions Danielle Maged now reports to Marchese.Sullivan began his career at CBS-owned Showtime Networks before moving to Sky, first in the UK and then Germany.As CEO of Sky Deutschland, he is credited with launching an early live sport and entertainment service, Sky Go, and also soubled subscriber levels and revenues.“Brian’s track record at Sky and his proven expertise in building digital video consumer products has made him an invaluable part of our senior leadership team, and I look forward to working with him to continue to focus and operationalize our revenue, distribution and D2C efforts,” said Rice.The appointment comes at the end of a dramatic week for Fox, which could announce the sale of FNG (except for the Fox broadcast network, Fox Sports and Fox News) and other assets to The Walt Disney Company next week.Tags: 21st Century Fox, Brian Sullivan, Carlos Martinez, Fox Networks Group, Hulu, Jan Koeppen, Peter Rice, Randy Freer, Sky Deutschland, Zubin Gandevialast_img read more

Amazon will be among the bidders for the 22 US reg

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first_imgAmazon will be among the bidders for the 22 US regional sports networks to be sold off by Disney to secure regulatory approval for its takeover of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment business, according to a report by CNBC.According to CNBC, citing unnamed sources, Amazon is bidding for all 22 networks, including a joint bid with an unnamed sovereign wealth fund for the New York YES Network, home to New York Yankees and Brooklyn Nets games, which may be sold separately from the other stations.Other first round bidders for the networks included Apollo Global Management, KKR, The Blackstone Group, Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tegna, according to the news outfit.Fox, whose chairman Lachlan Murdoch had raised the possibility that his group could bid to buy the sports networks back, was not among the bidders in the first round. Fox acquired its 80% interest in YES in separate transactions in 2012 and 2014.In June, the US Department of Justice cleared Disney’s bid for Fox’s entertainment business on condition that it sold the sports networks.last_img read more