Right wing documents and books in the home of Thomas MairCredit:West Yorkshire Police A Nazi eagle found on Thomas Mair’s bookcase containing books about the Third ReichCredit:West Yorkshire Police Show more Emergency services at the scene of Jo Cox’s murder in Birstall, West YorkshireCredit:Ben Lack for The Telegraph He told jurors: “The comprehensive nature of the evidence does not mean the defence case is bereft of points to make.”We submit to you that those points have no sufficient substance to cause any dent to the prosecution case.”Defending Mair, Simon Russell Flint QC said the killing of Mrs Cox as she carried out her “public duties” had been “truly shocking and appalling”.He told the court: “She was brutally and callously murdered and there is no issue or dispute about that.” Mr Whittam went on to say it was fitting that the case had been held before another woman – whose statue holding the scales of justice adorns the Old Bailey.At the conclusion of the evidence, the scales were “weighted only one way”, he said.Mr Whittam said there was a “comprehensive” catalogue of evidence against Mair, including CCTV footage, the testimony of eyewitnesses, DNA and gunshot residue, ballistics and physical evidence. A gun that was presented in evidence during the trial of Thomas MairCredit:West Yorkshire Police The two extremes of humanity came face to face when far right fanatic Thomas Mair brutally murdered Labour MP Jo Cox, jurors have been told.The 53-year-old allegedly shot and stabbed the mother of two as she arrived at Birstall library, in West Yorkshire, for a surgery on June 16, a week before the EU referendum.The defendant, who allegedly shouted “Britain first”, had a stash of neo-Nazi material at his home and had collected a dossier on his 41-year-old Remain campaigning MP, the Old Bailey heard.On Tuesday afternoon, the judge, Mr Justice Wilkie, adjourned the case until 10am on Wednesday when he said he would finish summing up expert, medical and forensic evidence before asking the jury to retire to consider its verdict. At the conclusion of the prosecution case, his lawyer Simon Russell Flint, QC, called no evidence on behalf of Mair, of Lowood Lane, Birstall.In his closing speech, prosecutor Richard Whittam QC told jurors: “At 13.48 on the 16th of June in Market Street outside the public library in Birstall, the democratically-elected MP for Batley and Spen, Jo Cox, was murdered as she carried out her duties on behalf of her electorate.”Constituents were waiting to speak to her in the library.”The sheer brutality of her murder and the utter cowardice of her murderer bring the two extremities of humanity face to face.” Despite having the “element of surprise”, Mair failed in his first attempt and came back to shoot and stab Mrs Cox again, the court heard.Mr Whittam said: “Perhaps he underestimated Jo Cox’s tenacity and courage.”He said that all the evidence “compellingly establishes Thomas Mair was her murderer”. A knife that was presented in evidence during the trial of Thomas MairCredit:West Yorkshire Police Mair denies Mrs Cox’s murder, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of an offensive weapon – a dagger.He also pleads not guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent to pensioner Bernard Kenny when he tried to stop the attack on Mrs Cox.The judge, Mr Justice Wilkie, said he would sum up the case for the jury this afternoon. Mr Russell Flint said: “Mrs Cox’s death, you know, has touched many hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people, some who knew her and knew her well – her parents, her sibling, her husband, her children, not forgetting her friends and her colleagues who will forever be scarred by what happened to her in the street of that small West Yorkshire town on that June afternoon and will forever mourn her passing.”Addressing the jury, he said: “It is you and you alone who have been charged with the responsibility of determining what are the true verdicts on each of the counts on the indictment.”He added: “You and you alone will determine whether Thomas Mair can return to his quiet and solitary existence or will be forever remembered as the man who assassinated Jo Cox.” Mrs Cox was a hard-working MP and mother of two young children.Mr Whittam said her attack “brought out the best of the people who were with her” – the two members of staff and Birstall residents who came to her aid.They came from all walks of life, he said, including a taxi driver and a 77-year-old man who was wounded as he tried to intervene.Mr Whittam had suggested in his opening address that Mair’s assault was “cowardly”.He told jurors: “Now you have heard the evidence you may have no doubt that it was.” Show more Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Just days after the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) filed charges against the Ministers of Finance, Winston Jordan, Infrastructure, David Patterson and Public Service, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine accusing them of “misconduct in public office” in relation to the controversial Durban Park Project, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has discontinued them.Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil WilliamsAttorney General, Basil Williams was the first to announce that the charges were discontinued on Thursday.The DPP in a subsequent statement said that the charges were discontinued under “Article 187 (1) ( c) of the Constitution of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana.”The most recent discontinuation of charges comes after the DPP had done the same with the private charges brought against former and current Public Health Ministers, Dr George Norton and Volda Lawrence for the same offence, with regards to the rental of a house in Sussex Street, Albouystown, Georgetown for a monthly fee of $12M to store drugs and the sole sourcing of drugs and pharmaceuticals for the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation from private company, Ansa McAl Trading Limited in the amount of $605M respectively. Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Shalimar Ali HackSimilar to the reasons proffered for the discontinuation of the first set of private charges, the DPP posited, for the three Government Ministers, that “These charges concern a grave issue under the criminal law in relation to two serving Ministers. In the interest of good governance in the State of Guyana such allegations ought first to have been reported to the Guyana Police Force for an investigation to be launched and the advice of the DPP sought.”Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall has since expressed his Party’s intention to challenge the DPP’s decision to discontinue private charges filed against Ministers Lawrence and Norton.Nandlall had argued that DPP’s reasons cannot withstand objective legal scrutiny, outlining that they are “dubious at least. One, that a report was not made to the police station. The DPP was careful not to point which law requires such a report to be made because there’s no such law,” he posited. On Wednesday Williams said that Government will be moving to formally request a review of the private criminal charges recently brought against the three senior Ministers.Former Attorney General Anil NandlallOn Monday last, Nandlall in outlining the now discontinued charges against the three Ministers stated that Patterson and Jordan are being accused of “paying to Private Limited Liability company, Homestretch Development Inc (HDI), the sum of $906M, being public funds, without any resort to the procurement process as is required by law.”Further, in the other charge placed against Minister of Public Service, Roopnaraine, it is alleged that “while being a Minister, [he] acted as Director of the Private Limited Liability Company, Homestretch Development Inc (HDI) and accepted $906M of public funds without any resort to the procurement process which is prescribed by law.”Works on the controversial $1.4B project, which was shrouded in secrecy, started in 2015.Last year, Auditor General of Guyana, Deodat Sharma told media operatives that the missing financial records for the Durban Park project was prolonging a special audit which had been launched among concerns of corruption and mismanagement of the State’s resources.At the time, the Auditor General had said that there were no documentations of the transactions regarding the Durban Park Project, prior to it being handed over to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure.Today, while providing a comment on the charges, Roopnaraine said that he finds the charge of “misconduct in public office” laid against him by Opposition Members to be “frivolous.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGov’t making formal request for review of private charges against 3 Ministers- WilliamsApril 25, 2018In “Court”Charges against Lawrence, Norton discontinued by the DPPApril 23, 2018In “Court”PPP intends to challenge DPP in High Court over discontinued chargesApril 24, 2018In “Court”
Protecting the integrity of centrifugal process pumps used in critical applications in mining is one key to minimising downtime and ensuring the safety of workers. Jacques Visser of Morgan Advanced Materials examines the various technologies available for ensuring pump safety and how the use of modern materials and designs are bringing new dimensions of performance to these applications. In particular he focuses on the efficacy of bursting discs or rupture discs.Centrifugal pumps are widely used in most types of mining, primarily for the removal of slurry, but also for other tasks such as water removal. Their effective and continued operation is essential, as any interruption can result in the undesired build-up of liquids in working areas, with the potential to compromise both process efficiency and the safety of operators.However, the uniquely demanding conditions under which these pumps operate mean they can be subject to the build-up of pressure when, for example, suction or delivery valves become closed or operate incorrectly, or lines become blocked due to the presence of solids such as sand, grit or small pieces of rock.In these instances, the rapid increase in pressure can lead to the failure of a pump and, even worse, a pump explosion with the potential for severe injury or even death to operatives working nearby.And while the cost of a specialist replacement pump may be significant, to say nothing of the cost of downtime while this critical component is sourced and installed, even these costs pale into insignificance when compared with the financial and reputational damage resulting from a workplace fatality.The risk is illustrated by several well-documented cases, such as an incident in Virginia, USA, in 2002, when a fine coal transfer pump which had been left standing for two days was started without gland service water and quickly overheated. The pump was stopped by an operator, but the gland service water then entered the red hot all-metal casing, rapidly creating a build-up of steam which caused the pump to explode and the operative to lose his life.To combat this risk and to help maximise pump life, a variety of technologies have been developed over the years designed to shut off operation before pressure within the pump reaches a level where it is prone to fail.Among them is the use of current detection equipment, whose success is based on the premise that current drops when pump valves are closed. However, research on motors between 2 and 110 kW in duty has shown that there is frequently no relationship between the current change and the size of the pump, or the speed or duty of the motor, making this type of safety monitor of questionable value in many applications. Another alternative is the use of pressure sensing equipment, although once again a question arises as to the relationship between pressure at immediate delivery before and after valve closures or the occurrence of blockages. Furthermore, any rise in pressure is only likely to be detectable at the point when the fluid starts to boil, which is by definition too close to the point at which the pump may explode. Meanwhile, any probes used with this equipment are likely to have their effectiveness hampered by the presence of chemicals and slurries, while these systems are in the main considered an expensive option. The same issue also has the potential to cause problems with temperature monitoring equipment. While generally a more reliable option than pressure sensing as the temperature increases immediately when valves are closed, this option is again expensive as probes or thermocouples not only have to be hard-wired to the breaker but are also subject to the effects of slurry build-up, again impacting on their performance and ability to provide the rapid, reliable data needed to trigger a shutdown.Strain gauges are a further option for specifiers and system designers, but again are not always found to be reliable, while fusible plugs are reliant on the same technology as temperature and pressure sensing and so do not overcome the issues associated with these technologies. Meanwhile, pressure relief valves again add to cost while their presence may compromise the leak-tightness of the whole system and they may not react quickly enough to relieve a rapid pressure build-up. And while most pumps are fitted as a matter of course with safety valves, these components require regular testing and maintenance to ensure they will come into action at the desired pressure. Indeed, the issue of maintenance is a key one given that many mines operate a continuous shift pattern, meaning that downtime for routine maintenance to pumps and associated components has to be minimised. Concerns over the effectiveness and cost of these technologies, as well as the need for a truly maintenance-free solution, led to the development of the first bursting discs or rupture discs. A rupture disc is a sacrificial part containing a domed membrane which fails instantly – within milliseconds – at a pre-determined pressure and cannot reseal itself. This is ideal in scenarios where pressure may be subject to rapid build-up and other forms of pressure relief may either be unable to respond quickly enough. Many of the early discs were made from foil, in many ways an ideal material but one which is relatively delicate and can therefore be susceptible to damage such as bending and scratching, which is most likely to occur when the disc is inserted into its holder. In these instances, the performance of the disc may be compromised, with the most likely scenario being that it will ‘burst’ at too low a pressure, resulting in unnecessary downtime and the cost of a replacement. This cost is by no means insignificant – around £400 per unit is not untypical, depending on the application – while ancillary items such as the specialist holder raise purchase costs further, meaning that foil discs represent an expensive option given their relative fragility.The issues with foil discs drove leading materials companies to seek a more cost-effective and practical solution using a more robust material which did not require a specialist holder, and which was less prone to damage during the installation process and so to premature failure resulting from accidental alterations to the disc’s shape or surface profile. The solution came in the late 1980s in the form of the first graphite discs. These were (and still are) designed to fit between the bolts within the standard ANSI flanges found on most pumps, eliminating the need for a separate holder and easing installation. Furthermore, with graphite being a harder and tougher material, the discs can withstand a certain amount of scratching with no compromise to their burst pressure, and can operate at a broad range of temperatures between -50 and 250ºC. The use of a PTFE material bonded to the disc optimises resistance to any alkalis present and ensures their presence does not impact on the disc’s service life or performance.The flexibility and versatility of graphite enables the production of discs to very precise customer parameters – indeed, there are very few, if any, ‘standard’ products on the market. Rather than relying on calculations using pump casing pressures, burst pressure is typically calculated by taking the working pressure and adding 75%, meaning a pump with a working pressure of 1 bar will require a disc with a burst pressure of 1.75 bar. Physical destructive testing of sample discs from individual batches before they leave the facility guarantees that the discs will operate to the agreed customer parameters, with test certificates provided to ensure that local and international safety regulations are satisfied.The sophistication of modern manufacturing techniques even allows the production of discs which can cope with negative or vacuum pressure. For these applications, for example where the system is subject to hydraulic back pressure, discs can be manufactured with a vacuum bar inside the orifice, meaning they will still operate effectively in the presence of any vacuum ‘pull’. Discs can be manufactured in diameters of between 12 and 406 mm in a variety of thicknesses to suit virtually any application. If fitted correctly, graphite rupture discs have an almost unlimited service life, require no interim maintenance, and can typically be changed within a matter of minutes. While they are frequently used in conjunction with a safety valve, a rupture disc on its own is more than capable of ensuring that pre-determined pressure within a pump cannot be exceeded. The latest development has seen the introduction of ‘centreline’ discs to completely negate the issue of scratch damage. The versatility and cost-effectiveness of graphite discs has seen them tested against other methods specified by many of the leading international mining companies as the preferred system for protecting pumps from excess pressure build-up.
The Viva Victoria Multicultural festival will return to Melbourne’s city centre to host X-Factor star, Jason Heerah, amongst a stellar line up of artistic events whose diverse nature pays subtle tribute to the celebration of diversity in Victoria. Viva Victoria will take to Federation Square on the March 22 to unify a state infamous for its celebration of difference and equality. In order to celebrate the multicultural state of Victoria, cultures will take to the stage, the big-screen, the kitchen and the sporting field in order to showcase their cultural pride.Prized in the festival’s free music realm is X-Factor star, Jason Heerah, who will perform alongside the Chosen Ones. Other acts who complete the festival’s diverse line up include Nicky Bomba and Bustamento, Melbourne Bhangra Regiment, The Brothahood, Zero Degrees, Lehenda Ukranian Dance Company, The Deans, La Mauvaise Reputation, Mesopotamia and many, many more. The festival’s Yarra River Terrace will host an amazing plethora of foods that will take foodies to every corner of the globe. If language is your thing, then head to the various language workshops that will be held on the way to the various kids activities around the venue on the day. For film lovers, a vast array of flicks from the Alliance Françoise French Film Festival and the Colourfest Film festival can be enjoyed. The festival’s big screen will also showcase the critically acclaimed film Ror by Melbourne filmmaker, Natalie Cunningham. Major Melbourne sports clubs will also attend the event, with sporting activities hosted by the AFL, Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City FC. For more information, including full Viva program and venue map, head to: http://www.multicultural.vic.gov.au/ Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
L’Inde promet de ne jamais censurer les réseaux sociaux Quelques jours après que Google et Facebook ont annoncé avoir supprimé certains contenus jugés comme offensants dans le pays, le gouvernement indien tente d’apaiser la polémique et affirme s’opposer à toute censure des réseaux sociaux. La semaine dernière, Google et Facebook se pliaient à la demande de l’Inde en supprimant de leurs sites certains contenus jugés comme susceptibles de choquer et offenser les internautes indiens. Une réponse aux poursuites judiciaires lancées devant un tribunal de New Delhi contre une vingtaine de géants du web.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Alors qu’il déclarait récemment avoir pour “objectif que les contenus insultants ne soient jamais mis en ligne” – une ambition passant la mise en place de divers “directives et mécanismes” – le ministre des Communications Kapil Sibal tente d’apaiser la polémique et affirme s’opposer fermement à la censure des réseaux sociaux. “Je veux dire une fois pour toutes, très clairement, qu’aucun gouvernement en Inde ne censurera jamais les réseaux sociaux”, a-t-il promis lors d’une réunion sur les hautes technologiques organisée à Bombay, rapporte l’AFP. Et le ministre d’ajouter : “Je n’ai jamais voulu censurer les médias sociaux et aucun gouvernement ne veut le faire. Mais comme la presse écrite ou électronique, ils doivent obéir aux lois du pays”.Kapil Sibal a déjà assuré que le gouvernement tenait à la libre expression et s’opposait à la censure. Toutefois, il expliquait que certains contenus sont si choquants que personnes ne pourrait les accepter. La question à laquelle doit répondre le tribunal de New Delhi est celle de la responsabilité des géants du web dans la publication par des internautes indiens de contenus jugés offensants.Le 15 février 2012 à 12:30 • Maxime Lambert
Mobile devices have come a long way since Zack Morris’ brick phone.But while consumer demand calls for increasingly larger handsets, one UK-based company is thinking small—very, very small.Clubit New Media last week introduced Zanco Tiny T1, the smallest fully functional mobile phone “in the world.”More petite than your thumb, lighter than a coin, and “ridiculously cute,” the toy-like device operates on 2G, with a 200mAh battery boasting 180 minutes talk time (just like the ’90s phones the Zanco mimics).It’s “perfect for joggers, runners, walkers, cyclists, and those who take part in extreme sports, because it’s so compact it can go in any size pocket” (via Clubit New Media/Kickstarter)And while the Tiny T1 claims to work on any mobile phone network, second-generation cellular technology has long been superseded by newer systems. In the US, various carriers have announced plans to shut down the outdated tech: AT&T abandoned 2G GSM service in January; Verizon and T-Mobile intend to do the same in the next two to three years.So, while Zanco may seem like the ideal backup phone or novelty gift, think twice about how long the miniature mobile will suffice. (The Kickstarter campaign urges potential buyers to “please check your local area has 2G coverage before pledging.”)If you’re still in the market for an itty-bitty handset—”perfect for joggers, runners, walkers, cyclists, and those who take part in extreme sports,” the maker said—pre-order yours for £30 ($40).Expected to ship anywhere in the world by May 2018, the Zanco Tiny T1 bar phone is equipped with 32GB of storage: enough to hold up to 300 phone numbers and 50 SMS texts.“It’s a great conversation starter,” according to the manufacturer (via Clubit New Media/Kickstarter)Assuming you can read the 12.5mm OLED screen and tap the crumb-sized keys, this may be the right emergency phone for you. It actually fits in that seemingly useless little pocket on your jeans or running leggings.“In the immortal words of Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park, ‘We spent so long figuring out if we could, we never stopped to question if we should,” Zanco’s crowdfunding page said. “So now we are giving you the opportunity to answer that question by backing this campaign.”As of press time, Clubit New Media has collected more than £14,000 ($18,775) from 304 backers. You still have 31 days to help Tiny T1 reach its £25,000 ($33,528) goal. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Authorities have given the all-clear after a bomb threat prompted evacuations at a Walmart in North Miami Beach.Officials said the store was evacuated as a precaution at the Northeast 163rd Street and 35th Avenue location, just before 5:30 p.m., Friday.The caller, police said, abruptly hung up after making the threat.The store was reopened after bomb-sniffing dogs searched the entire store.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
When ABRY Partners decided in the middle of 2006 to take Cygnus Business Media in a new direction, putting the $120 million company under a pair of co-CEOs, it surely didn’t anticipate the angst that was to come. Cygnus—which by most accounts is close to being sold as this issue of FOLIO: goes to press—has endured as rough a stretch as a company could over the past two years. Consider:• The company—which has changed ownership three times since 1997—is one of a declining number of multiple-market print-centric b-to-b publishers, all of which are threatened by the shift of readers and marketing dollars online. • The co-CEOs, Carr Davis and Tony O’Brien, were not familiar with old-line b-to-b publishing when they were named to their post in June of 2006, having come from a much smaller, $7 million content-sales company.• In an industry where the strength of the product depends overwhelmingly on the people—their relationships and institutional knowledge—Cygnus has experienced a significant exodus of talent over the last couple of years.• The company suffered a blow to morale last September when it announced salary cuts for most employees. The cuts were mostly restored by the first of the year, but ill-will lingers. • S&P earlier this year adjusted Cygnus’ credit rating from stable to negative. S&P cited Cygnus’ limited liquidity, high debt leverage, small EBITDA base and what it calls “difficult business fundamentals.” It also called Cygnus’ margin of compliance with covenants “very thin.” A key challenge for Cygnus, according to S&P, will be refinancing $157 million in debt that’s due next year.Despite all this, Davis and O’Brien are bullish about their two-year tenure and about the future, saying they’ve taken the company through a period of necessary change that has strengthened it, especially in the area of e-media. What’s more, they point out, despite the changes, they’ve held headcount steady without resorting to the layoffs many of their peer companies have implemented. Now the company is in conversations with potential buyers, and current owner ABRY Partners is presumed to be anxious to divest the company it bought in 2000 for $275 million. A deal was said to be in the advanced stages at presstime. FOLIO: recently spoke to Davis and O’Brien about all these issues. Following are excerpts. FOLIO:: Tell us about the state of the company.Davis: Progress continues to be made in the right direction in a difficult time. In 2007, we grew interactive revenue by 60 percent. Ten percent of our overall business is now interactive, up from 4.5 percent when we took over the company. O’Brien: We want to get it higher. Davis: We focus our efforts on getting our customers the media solutions they’re asking for. The more you drive traffic to your Web sites, the more it makes it compelling to advertise. O’Brien: One of the most gratifying things we’ve done is make huge strides in pre-booking. FOLIO:: What e-products are driving growth?O’Brien: We’ve found that Webinars are a growth tool. Davis: We’ve doubled the number of Webinars that we sold in 2007—over 100 this year compared to the fifties in 2006. The growth areas we’ve seen continue to be in the interactive area. And here’s what’s really growing: An integrated package that includes print, interactive and expos. Even interactive won’t grow much without having a good print product. FOLIO:: What is the company’s overall revenue mix? Davis: Twenty percent of revenue is from expos. Ten percent is from e-media. The rest is from print and custom publishing. FOLIO:: How big do you want the interactive revenue stream to be? Davis: About 15 percent. We’re at 10 percent now and 15 percent is as good a target as any for the short term. We’d like it to be even bigger than that. FOLIO:: You’re a $120 million company. How do you project topline growth this year?Davis: We’re not discussing projections at this juncture. FOLIO:: Are you feeling the impact of a soft economy?Davis: There are going to be fluctuations. Both Tony and I feel the first half met our expectations. We continue to grow in the online area. We grew in the amount of customers who are buying interactive from us. We grew by 1,500 customers from 2006 to 2008. FOLIO:: What about the S&P report suggesting worrisome business fundamentals?Jim Ogle, Cygnus CFO: While the debt load is higher than S&P prefers, we are no different than many of our industry peers in terms of leverage multiples. Obviously, the credit environment has changed dramatically from when the company was last financed. However, we have a good relationship with our bank and ample liquidity to operate the business.FOLIO:: You say you’ve reallocated people but not reduced the company’s headcount. How?Davis: From a headcount point of view, we’re essentially the same. We have about 600 people in this company. It may not feel that way to certain people. As the captain, I have a sense of what’s going on for the whole ship. But as we’ve evolved, we needed to make investments in the interactive department. For example, we did a lot of hiring of interactive product managers—people we placed between the sales force and the technology people. And it’s interesting what skills they need: They need to be affable enough to sell and technical enough to interact with the technology people. We’ve hired about eight of them. FOLIO:: How many of the Cygnus brands are ones and twos in their markets?Davis: A majority of them. There are always exceptions of course. In certain cases, like in public safety, we totally dominate. I’m happy to say we have some franchises like that.FOLIO:: Which brands are the company’s growth leaders? Which are driving that e-media growth? Where are you looking for growth next year?Davis: Our shelter group is a leader, but we’re having a hard time in that industry this year—the whole industry is struggling. But it has been and continues to be a growth area for us. Security and certainly public safety is a growth area for us. FOLIO:: Describe the impact of your tenure as co-CEOs.Davis: It’s been an opportunity to add value to a great company. The way we do that is by continuing to focus our efforts on making all three areas grow. O’Brien: We’ve tried to build up the infrastructure in both technology and in people. FOLIO:: What have you learned along the way?Davis: The value of the business was always in the brands, and the opportunity is to build on those brands. FOLIO:: What are some of the key areas of innovation?Davis: We’ve focused on the Hispanic market as a growth area, particularly in custom marketing. Another key initiative is the ad network, BBN, which we developed with 24/7 Real Media and three other publishers—McGraw-Hill, Reed and Nielsen.FOLIO:: Last year you reorganized dramatically, eliminating a slew of senior-management positions and organizing the company around five brand directors. How has that worked?Davis: I think the results are very successful. We pre-booked more revenue in interactive for 2008 than we did in the entire year of 2006. O’Brien: While we have fewer vice presidents, we have more brand directors in the trenches. FOLIO:: One of your brand directors, Shari Dodgen, responsible for custom marketing and considered one of the company’s superstars, recently left. Why?Davis: We don’t comment on any personnel issues, but we feel that the work we are embarking on in custom marketing in the Hispanic market is something that will serve us well. FOLIO:: The blogs are filled with vitriolic comments about Cygnus. Why the extraordinary level of emotion directed at this company and at both of you?Davis: Our company and our industry are in transition. Our business is one that has to be very forward looking. Our decisions are made so we can keep Cygnus growing. It’s important to have good morale for the future. The fact that the company grew revenue by 5 percent and interactive by 60 percent bears out the decisions we’ve made. The company’s growth and future are secure.O’Brien: It’s hard to attribute motivations to people who are posting things anonymously.FOLIO:: You sued several former employees who left Cygnus to form their own company. Doesn’t that come off as bullying?Davis: Cygnus like any other company will do everything we can to protect its assets. FOLIO:: Is there anything you’d do differently?Davis: We have to acknowledge that the trade press is no longer the default position for marketing for most of our clients. The sooner you acknowledge that the more focused you can be on helping your advertisers tell their story through your products. Here’s my analogy: When you and I were growing up we all defaulted to three TV stations. Today there are 150. In b-to-b, marketers had nowhere to go but the b-to-b press. But we’re not the default anymore, because marketers can tell their own stories on their own Web sites. SIDEBAR: Cygnus Likely to Sell for Less Than What Was Paid in 2000Cygnus Business Media is in the late stages of a sale by ABRY Partners to some new owner. If the company does sell, ABRY will have divested what has become a deeply problematic investment in recent years. ABRY bought Cygnus in 2000 for $275 million and subsequently went on a campaign of 14 bolt-on acquisitions over the next several years that added tens of millions of dollars in new investments in the company and effectively raised the transaction price at which ABRY would break even on divestment. When Cygnus was pulled off the block in 2006, a source at the time said the price—reportedly about the same as ABRY paid in 2000—was not enough.Now, though, ABRY is likely to get less than that $275 million transaction price, according to a knowledgeable source. “ABRY is about an eight-times company,” the source said, meaning that the company’s perceived value is about eight-times earnings, which are reportedly about $30 million. “But no one believes Cygnus is generating $30 million on an ongoing basis. Many of their properties are understaffed. It’s more like $25 million, and eight-times that is $200 million,” the source contended. Following is a review of the add-on acquisitions Cygnus made following its acquisition by ABRY in 2000.• December 2000: Acquires Locksmith Publishing, adding two print magazines, two Web sites and a trade show.• January 2001: Acquires remaining 51 percent interest in Spencer/Cygnus Regional Print Network, a group of regional printing magazines.• June 2001: Acquires Design/Build Business magazine and Web site.• October 2001: Acquires GSE Today magazine, Web site, and trade show. • November 2001: Acquires Professional Tool & Equipment Distributor.• May 2002: Acquires Frozen Food Age and Food Logistics magazines.• June 2002: Acquires Vulcan Publications, with eight publications and their related properties in the construction and industrial markets. • August 2002: Acquires AS3, an Aviation Services and Suppliers trade show.• November 2002: Acquires The Fire-EMS Information Network, a Web portal.• January 2003: Acquires Professional Trade Shows from Penton Media, adding 25 regional industrial trade shows in 22 states serving four markets.• February 2003: Acquires the Solid Surface International Trade Show and Expo.• May 2003: Acquires Finishing & Restoration magazine.• August 2003: Acquires Asphalt Contractor magazine.• February 2004: Acquires The CONEX series of eight regional building and construction tradeshows and the New England Snow & Ice Removal Show.
WATERVILLE, ME — Jason T. Dunn of Wilmington was recently named to the highly selective Dean’s List at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, for outstanding academic achievement during the spring semester of the 2018-19 academic year.Dunn is one of 443 Colby students-or 23 percent of the qualified student body-to have earned a spot on the Dean’s List last semester.Dunn, a member of the Class of 2021, attended Wilmington High School and is the son of Dawn Dunn and Thomas Dunn of Wilmington. Dunn earned a semester grade point average of 3.78 or higher this spring to be included on Colby’s Dean’s List.About Colby CollegeFounded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges. Serving only undergraduates, Colby offers a rigorous academic program rooted in deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars. Students pursue intellectual passions, choosing among 58 majors or developing their own. Colby’s innovative and ambitious campaign, Dare Northward, will support deeper connections between the College and the world and a fully inclusive experience for all Colby students. Colby is home to a community of 2,000 dedicated and diverse students from more than 65 countries. Its Waterville, Maine, location provides unique access to world-class research institutions and civic engagement experiences.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Colby College via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Jason Dunn Named To Dean’s List At Colby CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Jason Dunn Named To Colby College’s Dean’s ListIn “Education”Wilmington’s Esdale Named To Dean’s List At Colby CollegeIn “Education”
Indian workers store steel coils unloaded from an Indian Railways train at a new private freight terminal in Sachana village near Viramgam, some 50 kms from Ahmedabad on January 27, 2016.SAM PANTHAKY/AFP/Getty ImagesNow that the banks have decided to take Essar Steel, Electrosteel Steels, and Bhushan Steel to the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC). The outcome could be one of the three — closure, sell-off of assets or revival.Big fish to eat the little ones?If sell-off emerges as an option, who could be the buyers? India’s steel landscape is dominated by Tata Steel, JSW Steel and state-owned Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL), while there are many smaller players like Jindal Steel and Power, Maharashtra Seamless and Welspun Corporation.The combined production capacity of the three defaulters is around 18 million tonnes per annum and together, they owe around Rs 1 lakh crore to banks.Before we get to the finer details, here are some details about the steel industry globally:China, Japan, and India are the top three steel producers of the world.In 2016, Global steel production rose almost 1 percent to 1,628 million tonnes, with China accounting for 808.4 million tonnes, or 49.6 percent, of the total world output. Japan produced 104.8 million tonnes while India’s crude steel production was 95.6 million tonnes, an increase of 7.4 percent over 2015, according to the World Steel Association (WSA).India’s steel production crossed 100 million tonnes in 2016-17; the country is aiming for a cumulative capacity of 300 million tonnes per annum and production of 255 million tonnes by 2030, according to the National Steel Policy unveiled last month.Company Company Production capacity*Production capacity*Financial Performance FY2017Financial Performance FY2017Debt as of March 31, 2017Debt as of March 31, 2017Company Tata Steel# Production capacity*9.7 MTPA Financial Performance FY2017India sales: Rs 53,261 croreNet Profit: Rs 3,445 croreDebt as of March 31, 2017Net debt Rs 72,367 croreCompany JSW SteelProduction capacity*18 MTPAFinancial Performance FY2017Sales: Rs 56,913 croreNet Profit: Rs 3,577 croreDebt as of March 31, 2017Net debt Rs 41,549 croreCompany SAIL^Production capacity*14.3 MTPAFinancial Performance FY2017Sales: Rs 49,180 croreNet Loss: Rs 2,833 croreDebt as of March 31, 2017Not Available SAIL^14.3 MTPASales: Rs 49,180 croreNet Loss: Rs 2,833 croreNot Available Tata Steel# 9.7 MTPA India sales: Rs 53,261 croreNet Profit: Rs 3,445 croreNet debt Rs 72,367 crore JSW Steel18 MTPASales: Rs 56,913 croreNet Profit: Rs 3,577 croreNet debt Rs 41,549 crore Company Production capacity*Financial Performance FY2017Debt as of March 31, 2017 Source: Company filings, reports*: Crude steel, million tonnes per annum (MTPA).#: The capacity refers to its plant in Jamshedpur. The company is setting greenfield projects in two Jharkhand and Chattisgarh while the Kalinganagar plant will increase its capacity by 3 MTPA. The global capacity of the company is 29 MTPA.^: The capacity will increase to 21.4 MTPA after the company’s expansion initiatives are completed.Share prices hitThe news of lenders deciding to recover their loans impacted the share prices of other steel companies also on Friday. At around 1.40 pm, SAIL was down 1.54 percent to Rs 57.55, Tata Steel was trading 1.31 percent down at Rs 507.80 while JSW Steel was almost flat at Rs 196.10, on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).Now the big question remains, who will finally get to take the ‘troubled companies’ home?
HSCThe Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) exams of 4 May have been deferred to 14 May due to cyclonic storm Fani.Dhaka Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board chairman Ziaul Haque confirmed this to Prothom Alo.He said the examinations of 4 May will be held on 14 May.
Valve’s Steam Controller isn’t like anything else on the market. iFixit’s teardown gave us a look at its internals, and now Valve wants tell you what makes it special — and what actually makes it.The answer to the second question: robots. Most controllers, they note, are still assembled by humans. Just like Adidas did with their new Speedfactory in Germany, Valve was shooting for 100% automation when they set up their manufacturing operation in Buffalo Grove, Illinois.Wish you could take a peek inside the facility? You’re in luck, because Valve has uploaded a video to YouTube that shows their assembly line churning out the dual-trackpad controllers and prepping them to be shipped… to PC gamers just like you, no doubt!Valve is careful to point out that their ultra-modern assembly facility isn’t staffed only by robots. They’ve also hired on a human crew to make sure things are running smoothly. Let’s just hope they don’t become test subjects — in the opening moments of the video you can see a couple of robotic arms with the Aperture Laboratories branding on them, though they look harmless enough. For now.Video Playerhttp://www.geek.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/gyro3_web.mp400:0000:0000:08Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Beyond showing us how the controllers are made, Valve also published details about what makes the Steam Controller special. Some are a result of its hardware, like the integrated gyroscope that allows for very precise leans and turns and the mouse-like control afforded by the trackpads. Others came from Valve’s software engineers: the touch menu, roaming controller profiles (which will arrive in the next Steam client beta release), and the clever on-screen keyboard.
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April 23, 2012 — Using a special piece of MRI (molecular resonance imaging) equipment, doctors from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine (MU) were able to remove a dangerous tumor from a beloved pet and therapy dog. Callie, an eight-year-old English Setter, began developing symptoms just a few days before being diagnosed with a tumor on her brain. Callie’s owner was referred to the neurological experts at MU, who then performed a complicated procedure to remove the tumor from Callie’s brain.With the Brainsight MR frameless neuro-navigation device, MU surgeons were able to take an MRI of Callie’s brain and create a 3-D model; this allowed the MRI to guide the doctors to exactly where their instruments needed to go to remove as much of the tumor as possible. Fred Wininger, an assistant professor of neurology and neurosurgery at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine, says only three or four other veterinary schools in the country have access to this kind of equipment.“This surgery would likely have been less successful if we didn’t have this equipment,” Wininger said. “We would have been unable to identify the tumor in its entirety because it was covered in normal brain tissue. This equipment not only assists in open surgeries like Callie’s, but allows us to pinpoint any region of the brain with extreme accuracy, allowing us to perform biopsies through a hole the size of a pencil.”“The Brainsight MRI allows us to place markers on the brain during surgery, so wherever we point on the dog shows on our screen as far as where the tumor is in the skull,” said Amy Komitor, a doctor in the MU College of Veterinary Medicine who assisted with the surgery. “This makes it easier to identify a tumor and the edges so that we can try and get as much of the tumor out as possible when we go in surgically.”Dianne Fields, Callie’s owner, believes the equipment expertise of the MU doctors saved her pet’s life. As a therapy dog, Callie has helped reduce the stress of dozens of children and the elderly. Fields says it was time to for Callie to get some help of her own.Callie is currently undergoing radiation therapy to prevent the tumor from returning. 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PARIS — The United States and Israel officially quit the U.N.’s educational, scientific and cultural agency at the stroke of midnight, the culmination of a process triggered more than a year ago amid concerns that the organization fosters anti-Israel bias.The withdrawal is mainly procedural yet serves a new blow to UNESCO, co-founded by the U.S. after World War II to foster peace.The Trump administration filed its notice to withdraw in October 2017 and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu followed suit.The Paris-based organization has been denounced by its critics as a crucible for anti-Israel bias: blasted for criticizing Israel’s occupation of east Jerusalem, naming ancient Jewish sites as Palestinian heritage sites and granting full membership to Palestine in 2011.Israeli U.N. envoy Danny Danon said Tuesday that his country “will not be a member of an organization whose goal is to deliberately act against us, and that has become a tool manipulated by Israel’s enemies.”The U.S. has demanded “fundamental reform” in the agency that is best known for its World Heritage program to protect cultural sites and traditions. UNESCO also works to improve education for girls, promote understanding of the Holocaust’s horrors, and to defend media freedom.The withdrawals will not greatly impact UNESCO financially, since it has been dealing with a funding slash ever since 2011, when both Israel and the U.S. stopped paying dues after Palestine was voted in as a member state. Since then officials estimate that the U.S. — which accounted for around 22 per cent of the total budget — has accrued $600 million in unpaid dues, which was one of the reasons for President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw. Israel owes an estimated $10 million.UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay took up her post just after Trump announced the pullout. Azoulay, who has Jewish and Moroccan heritage, has presided over the launch of a Holocaust education website and the U.N.’s first educational guidelines on fighting anti-Semitism — initiatives that might be seen as responding to U.S. and Israeli concerns.Officials say that many of the reasons the U.S. cited for withdrawal do not apply anymore, noting that since then, all 12 texts on the Middle East passed at UNESCO have been consensual among Israel and Arab member states.In April, Israel’s ambassador to UNESCO said the mood was “like a wedding” after member nations signed off on a rare compromise resolution on “Occupied Palestine,” and UNESCO diplomats hailed a possible breakthrough on longstanding Israeli-Arab tensions.The document was still quite critical of Israel, however, and the efforts weren’t enough to encourage the U.S. and Israel to reconsider their decision to quit.In recent years, Israel has been infuriated by repeated resolutions that ignore and diminish its historical connection to the Holy Land and that have named ancient Jewish sites as Palestinian heritage sites.The State Department couldn’t comment because of the U.S. government shutdown. Earlier, the department told UNESCO officials the U.S. intends to stay engaged at UNESCO as a non-member “observer state” on “non-politicized” issues, including the protection of World Heritage sites, advocating for press freedoms and promoting scientific collaboration and education.The U.S. could potentially seek that status during UNESCO Executive Board meetings in April.The United States has pulled out of UNESCO before. The Reagan administration did so in 1984 because it viewed the agency as mismanaged, corrupt and used to advance Soviet interests. The U.S. rejoined in 2003.___Thomas Adamson can be followed at Twitter.com/ThomasAdamson_KThomas Adamson, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Thomas Adamson, The Associated Press Posted Jan 2, 2019 6:26 am PDT FILE – In this Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 file photo, the logo of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) is seen during the 39th session of the General Conference at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France. The United States and Israel have quit the U.N.’s educational, scientific and cultural agency, arguing the organization fosters anti-Israel bias. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File) US, Israel exit UN cultural agency, claiming bias
The House Price Index rose 3.1 per cent in the second quarter of the year compared to the first one, to 102.74, the highest since Q1 2015, the statistical service said.Compared to the second quarter of 2016, house prices rose 3.6 per cent, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Wednesday.In the first quarter, home prices rose an annual 2.4 per cent and dropped a quarterly 3 per cent.The Cystat index relies on data obtained by the Department of Lands and Surveys. The Central Bank of Cyprus, which said in August that home prices rose in a quarterly 0.3 per cent in Q1, and 0.2 per cent year-on-year.The Cyprus division of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) said that in August that house and flat prices rose a quarterly 2.3 per cent and 1.3 per cent in January to March.In Q1, houses and apartments became 4.9 per cent and 3.3 per cent less affordable compared to the respective period last year, according to RICS.The central bank and RICS apply a different methodology.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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