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Ligand Pharmaceuticals Expands Senior Leadership Team with Two Key Hires

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Friday, February 16, 2024

Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (Nasdaq: LGND) today announced it has appointed Richard Baxter to the role of Senior Vice President of Investment Operations, and Karen Reeves, M.D., to Senior Vice President of Clinical Strategy and Investments.

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  • Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (Nasdaq: LGND) today announced it has appointed Richard Baxter to the role of Senior Vice President of Investment Operations, and Karen Reeves, M.D., to Senior Vice President of Clinical Strategy and Investments.
  • “Rich and Karen strengthen our commercial and clinical bench, better positioning us to capitalize on this exciting period in the life sciences industry,” said Todd Davis, CEO of Ligand.
  • “These appointments are the latest in Ligand’s initiative to enhance and scale our deal capabilities by selectively adding new talent.
  • He also served as co-head of the healthcare team at Hayfin Capital Management LLP, which deployed $1.4 billion in capital over four years.

Covenant Clearinghouse Engages Prominent Attorney Lawrence S. Robbins of Friedman Kaplan

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 14, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Covenant Clearinghouse, the nation's largest trustee and servicer of real estate assessments, is pleased to announce that it has retained Lawrence S. Robbins, of the firm Friedman Kaplan, to represent the company in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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  • AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 14, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Covenant Clearinghouse, the nation's largest trustee and servicer of real estate assessments, is pleased to announce that it has retained Lawrence S. Robbins, of the firm Friedman Kaplan, to represent the company in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Larry clerked for the Honorable John Gibbons of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, an Assistant to the U.S.
  • Solicitor General, and an Associate Independent Counsel, and was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Mayer Brown LLP.
  • His virtually unrivaled appellate experience includes arguing 20 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court (most recently Ruan v. U.S., No.

FHLBank San Francisco Names Beerling, Risdon, and Whitsett to Affordable Housing Advisory Council

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 14, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco (FHLBank San Francisco) is pleased to announce the appointment of Maryann Beerling, Mee Heh Risdon and Andrea Whitsett to its Affordable Housing Advisory Council (Advisory Council).

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  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 14, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco (FHLBank San Francisco) is pleased to announce the appointment of Maryann Beerling, Mee Heh Risdon and Andrea Whitsett to its Affordable Housing Advisory Council (Advisory Council).
  • The Advisory Council provides FHLBank San Francisco with expert guidance on affordable housing and economic development issues.
  • She has over 25 years of experience working with nonprofits and government agencies in affordable housing and project development.
  • During her career, she has worked on all aspects of affordable housing including feasibility analysis, acquisitions, planning, and project management.

Prodapt Appoints Senior Industry Leader Manish Vyas to the Board as Executive Director

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Prodapt, the largest and fastest growing specialized company focused on the Connectedness industry, today announced the appointment of senior industry leader Manish Vyas to the Board as Executive Director.

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  • Prodapt, the largest and fastest growing specialized company focused on the Connectedness industry, today announced the appointment of senior industry leader Manish Vyas to the Board as Executive Director.
  • View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20240213734047/en/
    Manish Vyas, Executive Director and Board Member, Prodapt (Photo: Business Wire)
    With an impressive 23-year tenure at Tech Mahindra, Manish Vyas left an indelible mark as President of the Communications, Media, and Entertainment (CME) business, alongside leadership roles as CEO of Network Services and BPO business units.
  • In addition, as COO for strategic businesses like Experience Design & Digital Engineering, Manish mentored & provided strategic guidance to drive industry-leading growth.
  • At Prodapt, Manish will guide the leadership team to drive strategic initiatives, reinforcing Prodapt’s position at the forefront of the industry and propelling its growth trajectory even further.

Vote Run Lead Strengthens Political Team and Expands Vote Run Lead Action Arm in Preparation for 2024 Elections

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Monday, February 12, 2024

These moves set the stage for the 2024 election cycle and what could be a paradigm-shifting political year.

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  • These moves set the stage for the 2024 election cycle and what could be a paradigm-shifting political year.
  • “Vote Run Lead, our educational arm, was founded in 2014 with a passion and purpose to invite, uplift and train women to run for office,” noted Sabrina Shulman, chief political officer for Vote Run Lead and Vote Run Lead Action.
  • “Vote Run Lead Action was born out of the need to provide deeper resources throughout the political journey.
  • As a nonpartisan, values-forward and mission-driven organization, Vote Run Lead Action recruits and trains women to run for their statehouses, drives the conversation on key issues affecting women’s equal representation in government, and promotes and defends democracy.

Hugh Hoffman's Historic Gift to ALS Association Will Elevate Fight Against ALS

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Monday, February 12, 2024

ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 12, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- The ALS Association proudly announces the largest single gift in its history from the estate of the late philanthropist Hugh Hoffman. The $58 million gift will profoundly impact the lives of people living with ALS and their loved ones, advancing the ALS Association's goal of making ALS livable until there is a cure.

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  • Hoffman wanted his gift to ensure that families in the future will not have to lose their loved ones to ALS.
  • Hoffman's gift is specifically designated to advancing promising ALS therapies, developing new or strengthening existing ALS clinics, and enhancing access to ALS care for people living with ALS.
  • "We are deeply grateful to Hugh Hoffman and his family," said ALS Association President and CEO Calaneet Balas.
  • The ALS Association used these gifts to significantly accelerate the fight against ALS, including funding the discovery of new ALS treatments, expanding ALS care, and creating several global research projects.

Kenges Rakishev and Aselle Tasmagambetova to grant full scholarships to all Shoqan School students admitted to the world's top ten universities

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Monday, February 12, 2024

The Shoqan Walikhanov School, based in Almaty, is considered one of Central Asia's leading education institutions.

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  • The Shoqan Walikhanov School, based in Almaty, is considered one of Central Asia's leading education institutions.
  • It was founded in 2020 as a non-profit and combines traditional academic methods with modern infrastructure and contemporary teaching techniques.
  • We want to motivate a new generation of young Kazakhs to become leading members of the international community," stated Rakishev.
  • "We want to bring the best of the best universities in the world back to Kazakhstan," Aselle Tasmagambetova, who heads the Saby Charitable Foundation, added.

ANTHONY, LINDER & CACOMANOLIS HIRES CAPITAL MARKETS ATTORNEY CHRISTOPHER HINES

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Monday, February 12, 2024

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Feb. 12, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Anthony, Linder & Cacomanolis is proud to announce that the firm has hired seasoned capital markets and mergers and acquisitions attorney Christopher T. Hines.

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  • WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Feb. 12, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Anthony, Linder & Cacomanolis is proud to announce that the firm has hired seasoned capital markets and mergers and acquisitions attorney Christopher T. Hines.
  • Hines has been practicing law since his 2002 graduation from Columbia University School of Law, which he attended after graduating with honors from Yale University.
  • He has specialized in capital markets and M&A work throughout his career, which includes stints at Debevoise & Plimpton, Morrison & Foerster, White & Case and Shearman & Sterling.
  • "I am excited and honored to join the team at Anthony, Linder & Cacomanolis, and contribute to their growing capital markets and mergers and acquisitions practices, particularly in respect of their Japanese practice and other cross-border matters," said Hines.

Lorne Michaels, the man behind the curtain at ‘Saturday Night Live,’ has been minting comedy gold for nearly 50 years

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Monday, February 12, 2024

The Fab Four’s last concert had been eight years earlier in San Francisco, and the band had stopped recording together in 1969.

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  • The Fab Four’s last concert had been eight years earlier in San Francisco, and the band had stopped recording together in 1969.
  • Michaels addressed the band members by name – John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr – and then acknowledged rumors that the group might get back together.
  • “It’s also been said that no one has yet to come up with enough money to satisfy you,” Michaels said.
  • “Well, if it’s money you want, there’s no problem here.” Michaels then held up a check.

‘It’s like he created Yale or NASA’

  • “Caricatures,” Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “are often the truest history of the times.” Tina Fey, who appeared on the program from 1997 to 2006, reportedly might succeed Michaels as its producer when he retires.
  • “Lorne created a show that’s impacted culture for decades,” Fey said of the man who has been the program’s producer, showrunner and mastermind for most of the program’s nearly half-century run.
  • “It’s like he created Yale or NASA.”

Unmatched track record

  • He also won the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the U.S. He’s also been nominated for 102 Emmy Awards, setting a show business record, and he’s won more than 20 of them.
  • Michaels’ long list of awards includes the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, two Peabody Awards and the Kennedy Center Honors.
  • Whether it was John Belushi gruffly taking orders at a dive that’s only serving cheeseburgers at breakfast time, Fey impersonating Sarah Palin or James Austin Johnson caricaturing Donald Trump, “SNL” has served as the nation’s laugh track through the last half-century.
  • “There has never been anything in show business like his track record for discovering stars,” said Doug Hill, the author of “Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live.”

No reunion necessary

  • But then again, how many college football coaches have remained at the top of their game for a half-century?
  • At some point, Michaels, who turns 80 on Nov. 17, 2024, will retire.
  • When asked about retirement rumors in January 2024, he said he intended to remain with the program for at least another year.
  • But neither “Saturday Night Live” nor Michaels, as it turned out, needed a Beatles reunion to make their mark on popular culture.


Chris Lamb does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

U.S. Polo Assn. Supports Collegiate Partnership Program for Sixth Consecutive Season

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Thursday, February 8, 2024

Another contribution this year includes a 4ocean bracelet that will be given to all student-athletes, highlighting U.S. Polo Assn.

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  • Another contribution this year includes a 4ocean bracelet that will be given to all student-athletes, highlighting U.S. Polo Assn.
  • Sanctioned by the USPA, collegiate polo teams compete in the Fall and Spring with the official season beginning Fall 2023 and running through April 2024.
  • This season will conclude with the National Intercollegiate Championship (NIC) hosted at the Virginia Polo Center in Charlottesville, VA, from April 8-14, 2024.
  • Back for the second year, the College Polo Tour, an exchange program for collegiate polo players, continued throughout 2023 with tours to Morocco, Spain, and Argentina.