We did in 70 days what Cong. failed to do in 70 years: Shah

first_imgUnion Home Minister Amit Shah said in Chandigarh on Friday that by withdrawing the special status granted to Kashmir, the BJP government did something which successive Congress governments had failed to do in 70 years.At a public meeting in Jind of Haryana, Mr. Shah said Article 370 was a hurdle in the way of Sardar Patel’s dream of Akhand Bharat [one India]. “…what the Congress governments could not do in 70 years because of vote-bank politics, Modiji did it in 75 days [of his second term as Prime Minister] … abrogation of Article 370 and 35A will prove to be a milestone for the integrity of India,” he said.Mr. Shah said that with the dilution of Articles 370 and 35A, all obstacles in the path of holistic development of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh had been removed. “Such a courageous step can be taken only by those who think in terms of national interest,” he said.He said the revoking of these sections was a true tribute to the brave soldiers of Haryana who attained “martyrdom” in Kashmir. “Kashmir will now be on the path of development as there are two Union Territories of Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.The new Chief of Defence Staff post would ensure greater synergy among defence forces, he added.Setting the tone for the campaign for the Assembly election in Haryana later this year, Mr. Shah appealed to the people to vote the BJP back to power as the party had provided a corruption-free and transparent government under Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.Mr. Shah said initiatives taken by the Khattar government, be it online transfer of teachers, transparency in recruitment or the successful implementation of the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao programme, were being praised by all. The BJP governments at the Centre and in Haryana were working to ensure corruption-free governance and development.last_img read more

Revealed: Aamir Khan’s look in Dhoom: 3

first_imgHaving sported a moustache in Mangal Pandey and a beefed-up look in Ghajini, actor Aamir Khan is again experimenting with his looks in Dhoom: 3 where he is likely to appear lean.Aamir Khan, who is all charged up for Aditya Chopra’s Dhoom: 3 in which he will be seen as a baddie, appeared at a media conference today in a lean avatar, sporting a stud.On being asked if this is the look for Dhoom: 3, Aamir said, “I have started shooting for Dhoom: 3. Almost…this is what it will be like (look) except the clothes that I am wearing now. I will have to do a lot more.”Dhoom series revolves around daring theft plans, handsome thieves and bike chases.After the success of Dhoom (2004) and Dhoom: 2 (2006) there is already a buzz about the third instalment of the film.Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra will continue to reprise their roles as Jai and Ali, respectively, while Aamir Khan will be seen in a negative role, opposite Katrina Kaif.Directed by Victor Acharya, Dhoom: 3 is slated to release next year.last_img read more

PCB gearing up to launch Pakistan Super League

first_imgThe Pakistan Cricket Board is all set to start the bidding process for the sale of franchises, broadcasting media rights and other merchandising for the Pakistan Super League (PSL) from September.”We are planning to officially launch the league sometime in September,” an official of the board told PTI.The PCB is planning to hold its inaugural league in Doha, Qatar next February with five franchises.The official confirmed that the secretariat set up for the PSL had already started working and was in touch with agents of leading players to sign up for the league.”The secretariat after signing up around 25 overseas players will also finalise a list of around 75 Pakistani players including the centrally contracted players for the auction process of players for the PSL,” he said.The official confirmed that it had been decided to pay the players in three categories USD 1,00,000 for the A category, USD 60,000 for B category and USD 40,000 for the third category.”What is important is that the Pakistani players, including domestic cricketers will also be paid the same amount and categorised as the overseas players,” he disclosed.”Each franchise will be allowed to have a 16-member squad including four to five overseas players while the rest will be Pakistani players. We are hoping that around 60 Pakistani players will benefit financially from the league,” he added.Also read: Pakistan Cricket Board drops plans of playing day-night Test The official also said that the PCB was waiting for a final confirmation from the officials in Qatar before they sign a formal agreement. And the venues will be announced formally at the PSL launch ceremony in September.advertisementHe virtually ruled out the venues in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi, stating the Emirates cricket board was adamant to hold the Masters League also in February.The official said normally when an affiliated unit of the ICC holds an event, the world body issues a letter to all its member boards asking them to release their players for the event.”We are still waiting to see when the ICC will issue such a letter, which is the practice for all events held by affiliated units,” he said.Another source said the letter would basically confirm if the Masters League is a recognised event by the ICC or not.last_img read more

Knicks’ Early Shot in Leg

first_imgNEW YORK  — New York Knicks player Cleanthony Early was shot in the leg by masked robbers who demanded his “gold” as he left a strip club Wednesday, law enforcement officials said.Early was leaving CityScapes in Queens with his girlfriend at about 4:30 a.m. in an Uber cab when the vehicle was surrounded by at least two other cars and as many as six men got out, the two officials said. Early handed over two gold chains before he was shot in the right kneecap, the officials said.Early, 24, was hospitalized in stable condition. The Uber driver and girlfriend were uninjured, and the driver was robbed only of his identification.The two law enforcement officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the victim’s name.Coach Derek Fisher said Early was doing OK and his injuries weren’t life-threatening.“We talked to our guys about the situation, just reminded them how serious this is and that there are certain things that come with being visible in terms of being a public figure,” he said.He told them: “Continue to try to be as vigilant and as careful as you can knowing that you can’t always avoid other people’s choices.”Police were searching for suspects and trying to determine if it was a carefully planned attack or a spur-of-the-moment hit.The theft comes about 10 days after Knicks forward Derrick Williams was robbed of $617,000 in jewelry from his home. He had taken home two women from a Manhattan club. No arrests have been made.The cases raise questions about whether NBA players should have a curfew like other professional sports. In April, Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland, his girlfriend and another woman were stabbed following a late-night argument on a street near a Manhattan nightclub.Fisher was asked about the curfew policy Wednesday but said he’d “maybe” revisit it at another time.“It obviously raises our concern and our level of awareness that we ought to have,” he said.Teammate Carmelo Anthony said he didn’t think Early had purposefully put himself in a dangerous situation, and he described Early as “humble” and “a guy who stays to himself.” He said he wouldn’t go so far as to say the Knicks were being targeted.“I think we just have to be a little bit more aware and a little bit more conscious of kind of where we’re at, who we’re around, our surroundings, who’s in our circle, things like that,” he said.The 6-foot-8 Early was selected by New York in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft following his senior season at Wichita State. The Bronx native has seen action in 10 of the Knicks’ 33 games this season and is averaging 0.7 points per game. He played for less than a minute during the Knicks’ 108-96 win over Detroit on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.Early missed two months of the 2014-15 season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, the same one injured in Wednesday’s shooting.In a 2014 story in the Daily News of New York on Early during his amateur days that brought him to a prep school, community college and Wichita, where he won 30 or more games each year.COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press___Associated Press Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Wimbledon 2018: Alexis Ohanian’s emotional tribute for wife Serena Williams

first_imgReddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian said he is a “proud” husband after his wife Serena Williams ended runner-up to Angelique Kerber in the Wimbledon 2018 final in London on Saturday.This was Serena’s first Wimbledon since she married to Ohanian in November last year.The 36-year-old lost 6-3 6-3 to Kerber — putting on hold her bid to match Margaret Court’s Grand Slam haul.It also stopped her joining Court, Evonne Goolagong and Kim Clijsters as the only mothers to win Grand Slam titles in the professional era.Serena only gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia 10 months ago, and while she looked close to her best at times throughout the fortnight, she could not find her A game against the German at the All England Club.”Days after our baby girl was born, I kissed my wife goodbye before surgery and neither of us knew if she would be coming back.”We just wanted her to survive-10 months later, she’s in the #Wimbledon final.”Congratulations, @angie.kerber.”@serenawilliams will be holding a trophy again soonshe’s got the greatest one waiting at home for her. Our family knows she’ll win many more trophies, too.”She’s just getting started. And I couldn’t be more proud,” Alexis Ohanian wrote on Instagram.Serena spent a year on maternity leave and returned in March but had contested only seven matches prior to Wimbledon, arriving as the 181st-ranked player in the world.”JUST THE START”She was bumped up to 25th seed courtesy of her seven titles at the All England Club — the most recent in 2016 — and more than justified that decision. She will now be ranked back in the top 30.”I feel like I have a ways to go,” Williams said. “This is literally just the beginning, literally just the beginning.”It’s good to just continue that path and just continue to keep going for me.”I didn’t know a couple of months ago where I was, where I would be, how I would do, how I would be able to come back. It was such a long way to see light at the end of the road.”I think these two weeks have really showed me that I can compete. Obviously I can compete for the long run in a Grand Slam. I can come out and be a contender to win Grand Slams.”I took a giant step at Wimbledon. But my journey has just begun. Just have to keep going.””WONDERFUL SERENA”American great Billie Jean King said William’s run to the final so soon into her return showed how special she is.”It was a big day for Serena and it didn’t come true, but let’s face it, this shows what a wonderful athlete she is,” four-time Wimbledon champion King said.”Most people would not even be able to be here. I think by losing, it will incentivise her even more to do well for the rest of the year, to get really fit and get back. She will want to win it really badly next year.”ROYAL SUPPORTThe Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, respectively, stepped out for their first solo outing together on Saturday and it was for a Wimbledon match.While Middleton is a regular feature at Wimbledon matches, which she has attended along with her sister Pippa Middleton and her husband Prince William, Markle has only been spotted at the Centre Court only a couple of times.Back in 2016, when Markle was still an actress and philanthropist, she came to cheer for Serena during the Wimbledon final, which the latter won against Kerber.Markle, who is a close friend of Serena, was in the Royal Box to cheer for her friend and was seen looking visibly down after the American lost the match.Markle made an appearance in a striped blue and white shirt, which she paired with white trousers while Middleton floored in a patterned dress.Angelique Kerber’s dream comes true after maiden Wimbledon crownadvertisementSerena, ahead of the match, had spoken about her friendship with Markle, that dates back to 2010.The two reportedly first met at the Super Bowl in Miami, Florida. After that, they were clicked together a couple of times at the 2014 Super Bowl in East Rutherford, New Jersey and then at the launch of Serena’s clothing line during New York Fashion Week in 2016.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

World Cup 2019: I would pick India to go all the way, says Mithali Raj

first_imgTwo years back India suffered heartbreak in a closely contested World Cup final against hosts England at Lords. It was the women in blue then who narrowly missed out on being world beaters.If the semi-final results go as per recent form and standings, Virat Kohli’s men could have a crack on July 14 to avenge that loss at the same venue.What does Indian women’s ODI captain Mithali Raj who was at the receiving end in that final think of the prospect? “I had thought at the beginning of the tournament about an India-England final. Because England’s run up to the World Cup was exceptional. Now we can add Australia to the list. My pick would be for India to go all the way. There is no two ways about it. Final could be either India-Australia or India-England,” Mithali tells India Today.The leading batswoman is convinced Virat Kohli’s India is much better placed to overcome the Kiwi challenge in the semi-final as opposed to the resistance England have would have put up. “I know toss is not in our hands but England is a completely different side when they bat first as opposed to when they chase. New Zealand can surprise you too but definitely India will be happier facing New Zealand,” she says.India’s leading lights with bat and ball Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah hold the key. While Rohit is topping the run scoring charts, Bumrah doesn’t feature in the top 10 wicket takers yet. But Mithali agrees, the opposition would know the Bumrah-threat goes beyond the numbers.advertisement”Getting wickets is not the only criteria you can define the best bowler by. It’s important that the bowler gets wickets at times when the team relies upon him. Consistently keeping the opposition under the radar is very important and that is what he has been doing. Even though he is not amongst the highest wicket-takers list in the World Cup, I think he is one of the most dangerous bowlers that the opposition keeps an eye on when facing India,” she opines.Mithali is all praise for Rohit Sharma’s penchant for scoring tons by absorbing big tournament pressure. “Rohit definitely has come into that patch that every cricketer would love to be in. It’s quite remarkable the consistency with which he has scored his hundreds. Very few players are able to perform like that at the biggest stage,” she observes.ALSO READ | India will be world champions if Rohit Sharma fires in next two games: Sunil GavaskarALSO READ | India vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019 semi-final Live Cricket Streaming: Watch IND v NZ Star Sports, DD SportsALSO WATCH | Getting Williamson, Taylor out early will be key for us: Virat Kohlilast_img read more

Van Nistelrooy scores on Man Utd return

first_imgManchester United Van Nistelrooy scores on Man Utd return against Barcelona legends Chris Myson 02:15 9/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Van Nistelrooy - Cropped Getty Images Manchester United Barcelona Premier League The Red Devils secured a 5-3 aggregate win over their legendary Catalan adversaries, with the likes of Patrick Kluivert and Edwin van der Sar involved Ruud van Nistelrooy scored as a Manchester United legends team beat their Barcelona counterparts 5-3 on aggregate after a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford.A star-studded game on Saturday, the proceeds of which will go to the club’s foundation, saw Van Nistelrooy, Edwin van der Sar, Dwight Yorke and Louis Saha among the big names to turn out for United.The Barca side contained Edgar Davids, Eric Abidal, Edmilson, Gaizka Mendieta and Patrick Kluivert. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Van Nistelrooy delighted home fans with a trademark penalty, before Danny Webber also netted for United in the first half, with second-half Barca goals from Luis Garcia and Mendieta giving the Catalans a draw on the day.FT: #MUFC 2 Barcelona 2 (agg 5-3).The #LegendsAreBack game finishes all square with @RvN1776 & @DanielWebber81 scoring for the Reds. pic.twitter.com/JLUKNdktcB— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 2, 2017A 2-2 draw & a 5-3 aggregate victory for #MUFC over Barcelona in the #LegendsAreBack game at Old Trafford.Report: https://t.co/fXKyHcDIXL pic.twitter.com/pWLtxDW7uI— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 2, 2017Former United manager Alex Ferguson was among those in the stands as the two sides held a minute’s silence ahead of kick-off to pay their respects to the victims of recent terror attacks in Manchester and Barcelona.United, who were managed on the day by Andy Cole as a replacement for Bryan Robson, won 3-1 in the Camp Nou leg of the tie in June.Ruuuuuud! #LegendsAreBack pic.twitter.com/iPekpPTcXx— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 2, 2017Great to see all the lads… 2-2 & undefeated as Gaffa @ManUtd pic.twitter.com/zxwu7PrwMe— Andrew Cole (@vancole9) September 2, 2017Good to be back at Old Trafford, @VdSar1970? #LegendsAreBack pic.twitter.com/b6NVrTHvIS— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 2, 2017Old Trafford#LegendsAreBack#BarçaLegends#ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/lK28c8YdfX— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 2, 2017last_img read more

Lakelands win WA Champion Schools

first_imgThirty-two teams converged on George Burnett Park in Karrawarra to contest the WA Champion Schools tournament. In the eighteen team strong Open Boys competition, Lakelands proved too strong for Thornlie winning the final 5-1. Thornlie were served well by WA Under 18’s squad member Steven Komene but were outclassed by a formidable Lakelands outfit containing Fremantle Men’s Open players; Cody Strom, Derek Rakatau, and Antini Brown.Lakelands won their second title for the day in the Open Girls division winning 7-1 over All Saints College. The experience of the Lakelands team showed in the final with Australia Youth Squad member Jenaya Quan being the standout player.WA Game Development Officer, Claire French, who coordinated the School Sport WA tournament, was impressed with the level of skill displayed during the day. Also impressed was WA Director of Referees, Freda Black, who was in attendance to keep an eye on budding young referees. Lakelands High put further claim to being the leading Touch Football school in the state after Lakelands won the Boys division and made the final of the Girls division at the Year 8/9 Tournament in May.A driving force behind Lakelands success is English international Rebecca Fraser who is a teacher at the school. Rebecca will take a mixed team from Lakelands to compete in the World will head to the World All Schools in Brisbane in October. Thanks to Claire French for providing the article content.last_img read more

Urban Meyer Addressed The Bombshell Ohio State Coaching Report

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer wearing an Ohio State jacket.GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 31: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on against the Clemson Tigers during the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)Urban Meyer addressed today the bombshell Ohio State coaching report that dropped on Saturday night following the Buckeyes’ blowout win over Tulane.Ari Wasserman of The Athletic reported on Saturday night that Ohio State was discussing a plan to make assistant coach Ryan Day the “head coach in waiting” for whenever Urban Meyer leaves the program.From The Athletic:A person close to the program told The Athletic that senior university officials have begun discussions with Day about a “coach-in-waiting” arrangement, meaning he would be Meyer’s eventual successor as Buckeyes coach. The person spoke on the condition of the anonymity because the discussions are not completed. Day doesn’t have any head-coaching experience but did have a three-game trial run as Ohio State’s interim coach.Day received a three-year deal and a raise before this season, which isn’t typical for Buckeyes assistants. That was Ohio State’s attempt to keep him away from Mississippi State, which offered him its head-coaching position. The Buckeyes also made him the first $1 million coordinator in program historyOhio State’s athletic director, Gene Smith, addressed the report on Twitter on Sunday.“We obviously are appreciative of Coach Day’s great work, and hope he continues to be one of our offensive coordinators for a long time, but we are more than confident Coach Meyer will be our head coach for quite some time,” he wrote.Meyer was asked about the report today. Here’s what he said:“I haven’t given any thought to it. Ryan’s an exceptional coach, but I haven’t given any thought to that.”You had a feeling someone would ask Urban Meyer about the report of Ryan Day as a coach-in-waiting.It was asked, and here’s Urban’s answer:”I haven’t given any thought to it. Ryan’s an exceptional coach, but I haven’t given any thought to that.” pic.twitter.com/3Vm69lUzb1— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) September 24, 2018Ohio State is set to travel to Penn State on Saturday night. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. E.T. on ABC.last_img read more

Annapolis Valley Nursing Home to be Replaced

first_imgMiddleton-area residents will benefit from new nursing home facilities with the replacement and relocation of Northhills Nursing Home Ltd., a 50-bed long-term-care facility, located in Granville Ferry. Health Minister Chris d’Entremont announced the new facility today, Feb. 2, in Middleton. “Nova Scotians want to know that, if they need it, long-term-care facilities that offer a high quality of life and a high quality of care are available close to home,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “Northhills Nursing Home has been home to many people over the years, but it is now time for a new facility in a new location that will be better able to meet the needs of area residents now, and in the days to come.” The replacement of Northhills Nursing Home became necessary, in part, because of its age and demands placed on it by the changing needs of residents, who generally require more complex care. New long-term-care facilities future will reflect more home-like environments for smaller numbers of residents. This will allow them to be located in more communities around the provinces, giving Nova Scotians access to care closer to home. Facility resources will include more social and recreation space, more personal space, and private rooms. Facilities may also include different levels of care, allowing people to remain in the same location even as their health requirements change. The new facility for Middleton is expected to be open by March 2010.last_img read more

Thirteen Community Transit Groups Receive Provincial Funding

first_imgThirteen communities will receive provincial funding to help improve public transit services in their areas. Through the Nova Scotia Transit Research Incentive Program, $340,000 will be invested in projects that include software upgrades and feasibility studies for transit in rural and unserviced urban areas. “We know how important public transit is to communities,” said Ramona Jennex, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “This funding will contribute to a healthier environment for today and a more sustainable tomorrow.” “We would like to thank the provincial government for their commitment to provide safe and accessible transportation to the residents of Nova Scotia,” said Malcolm Beaton, general manager of Strait Area Transit. The program provides up to 75 per cent of eligible costs, to a maximum grant of $50,000, for approved projects. Nova Scotia Transit Research Incentive Program is fully committed this fiscal year. A list of approved projects can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/muns/infr/ns-trip.asplast_img read more

Man accused of MP Jo Coxs murder opts not to give evidence

first_imgRight wing documents and books in the home of Thomas MairCredit:West Yorkshire Police A knife that was presented in evidence during the trial of Thomas Mair A Nazi eagle found on Thomas Mair’s bookcase containing books about the Third ReichCredit:West Yorkshire Police Right wing documents and books in the home of Thomas Mair 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”. Emergency services at the scene of Jo Cox's murder in Birstall, West Yorkshire The Nazi eagle found on Thomas Mair's bookcase containing books about the Third Reich A gun that was presented in evidence during the trial of Thomas Mair 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? 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DPP confirms charges against Govt Ministers discontinued

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” read more

Protecting pump integrity

first_imgProtecting 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.last_img read more

XFactor star headlines Viva Victoria Festival

first_imgThe 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 Instagramlast_img read more

LInde promet de ne jamais censurer les réseaux sociaux

first_imgL’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 Lambertlast_img read more

Try Not to Lose Worlds Smallest Fully Functional Mobile Phone

first_imgMobile 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.last_img read more

All clear given at North Miami Beach Walmart after bomb threat

first_imgNORTH 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.last_img read more

Cygnus CEOs Assess Their Tenure

first_imgWhen 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.last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Jason Dunn Named To Deans List At Colby College

first_imgWATERVILLE, 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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.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”last_img read more