January 11, 2018

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  • Paul G Allen
  • Great Elephant Census
  • Smart City Challenge
  • Seattle Seahawks
  • Portland Trail Blazers


Paul G Allen

Most Luxurious Safaris in Africa!

Monteoz Live

Nicolas Sarkozy, Bono and Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen have all stayed at this luxurious safari camp, where highlights include private infinity pools, enormous, window-side baths and personal butlers, rangers and trackers.

Even the safari guides are classy — one of them is Wilson Masiya, one of only two “master trackers” (the highest rank a wildlife tracker can achieve) working in southern Africa…


9 Exciting Ways to Travel the continent of Africa in Style

Monteoz Live

Abu Camp, in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, is owned by Microsoft Co-founder Paul Allen and is an exceptional property: chic and sumptuous, with opulent suites, gym, pool, an extensive library of books and wildlife DVDs and al fresco meal overlooking a lagoon.

But it is also a lodge of heart — where staff run a pioneering elephant rescue and rehabilitation program and give guests a chance to bond with the seven-strong herd…


Stanford’s Daejon Davis, a hit on ‘SportsCenter,’ heads home to Washington

SF Gate

For two years, Davis attended Seattle’s Lakeside School, a private institution whose graduates include Microsoft founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen. But after his sophomore year, he wanted to transfer to perennial basketball powerhouse Garfield High, four blocks from his home.

“My mom saw I was becoming more mature,” he said. “She let me make the decision.”…


Rooney has compromised principles for politics

Captiva Sanibel

Congressman Francis Rooney, do you think for an instant that corporations like Boeing, Amazon, Caterpillar, John Deere, Google, Verizon, Wells Fargo or billionaires like Murdock Rupert, Paul Allen, Robert Bigelow, the Koch brothers, the Trump and Kushner families will actually send money to fix the streets or to update the sewer systems and public water systems or build a new school in Cape Coral?

In the real world, the economic trickledown theory does not work. The corporations will not raise their employee salaries. They will, however, show huge gains on their annual balance sheets and they will increase the bonuses to their executives and upgrade their corporate jets…


A Bremen-based SME is bringing excellent sound and picture quality to mega-yachts

Bremen Invest

Unsurprisingly, Trempnau does not talk about his clientele or the type or content of orders that his company deals with. But a few names do give an idea of the spheres in which this SME based in Bremen-Vegesack operates. In 2010, Home & Marine worked on billionaire Roman Abramovich’s yacht, the Eclipse, built by Blohm+Voss and one of the largest in the world.

It has also worked on the Octopus, which the internet claims belongs to Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. But it would be wrong to assume that the company only deals in the luxury market. Other ships that Home & Marine has worked on include the Berlin, a supply ship of the German Navy. “We specialise in complex electronic systems and networks, and those include entertainment systems,” Trempnau says…


Guaranteed Sales Fuel the Art Market

My Digital FC

To persuade collectors like billionaires Steven Cohen and Paul Allen to part with their works, auction houses offer guaranteed prices, no matter the outcome. The added security comes at a cost—sellers give up part of the profit should the final auction price exceed the guarantee. Some of that money goes to guarantors who don’t ultimately wind up with the art. That’s what happened with the Leonardo.

You want peace of mind,” says Alberto Mugrabi, a private dealer and collector. To get that, he says, “you need to give up some of the upside.” Says Phillips’s Dolman: “If you’ve got a $30 million work of art, it’s an incredibly important asset for an individual or a family. You can’t just take a chance on whether it sells or not, because the work of art that fails to sell at auction loses its value in the short term.”…


Great Elephant Census

NRA Finds Unlikely Ally In Fight Over Ivory Bans

Huffington Post

The legislation — which has been enacted in six states so far — would close what animal welfare activists say are loopholes in the federal restrictions on African elephant ivory imports and sales. Making the changes, they say, would help shut down the market and put an end to the illegal poaching of African elephants, which has caused their population to dwindle.

The number of African elephants, which are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, fell from nearly half a million in 2007 to about 352,000 in 2014, according to estimates from the Great Elephant Census, a survey funded by conservation and wildlife organizations…


Smart City Challenge

5 rising tech trends at CES


In December 2015, the U.S. Department of Transportation launched its Smart City Challenge, asking mid-sized cities across America to develop ideas for an integrated, first-of-its-kind smart transportation system that would use data, applications and technology to help people and goods move more quickly, cheaply and efficiently.

As urban centers become increasingly difficult to monitor and manage, smart cities can help reduce congestion and pollution, optimize public safety and services and provide more timely data. Oh, and there could be self-driving pizza cars…


Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks fire offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, OL coach Tom Cable


The Seattle Seahawks fired offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and offensive line coach Tom Cable, the team confirmed on Wednesday.

Further staff changes could be on the way, with multiple reports indicating that defensive coordinator Kris Richard is not expected to return next season…


Portland Trail Blazers

Lillard’s return can’t down the Rockets

NBC Sports

Tuesday also will mark the season debut of Boston guard Isaiah Thomas, who has been sidelined with a hip injury. Is that good or bad for Portland? Thomas is expected to be on a strict minutes restriction against the Trail Blazers and will not play Wednesday at Boston against his former team.

Often, the first game back after a prolonged injury absence can be a little rough, which would be another bonus for Portland…