Three deaths occur every day, on an average, concerning two-wheelers on Delhi/NCR roads – this is the horrific fact. And, in the rest of the country too, fatal road deaths account for a mindboggling number. The Union government has taken a much-required step and increased cash penalty on offenders, primarily to stem deaths on the seemingly innocuous roads of our country. The transport minister reminded citizens that India tops the list of countries with fatal road accidents and to correct the long-pending anomaly, fines, which actually act as a deterrent, need to be hiked. Also Read – A special kind of bondYet, politics has again assumed centre-stage. It is disheartening to see a number of political leaders grabbing the limelight by voraciously expressing solidarity with law-breakers who are keen to emphasise that the steep fine be eased – so that they can flout the law day-in and day-out without any impunity and without digging any measurable hole in their pocket. While Chandrayaan-2 evokes pride, this routine political hullaballoo on rolling back fines against law-breakers dampens the idea of India becoming a truly modern society. Where are we headed? In this era of technology, while we are striving to become the viswaguru again, this medieval mindset takes us many steps back. It is especially disheartening to see political leaders from the opposition and some even from the present treasury benches come up with this retrograde façade. Is it all about appeasement and caring a bare minimum for the law of the land – but one mustn’t forget that politics is after all empty when in violation of people and their well-being. Also Read – Insider threat managementLife is precious and human life, the most precious. Surely, roads and accidents are not the appropriate place to lose one’s life to untimely death. Respect for the law is of utmost importance and should be upheld by one and all. Political leaders, especially, should be responsible for paving any iota of negativity on the psyche of the people on the subject. Rather than reducing the challan rates, cars and two-wheeler riders should be encouraged to follow the rule and remain within the boundary of the yellow line. In fact, the government, especially the Union transport minister, should be lauded for this long-overdue step of increasing the fine amount for violating traffic rules, which has been initiated after much ado. One minuscule percentage of law enforcement agencies may be taking advantage and indulging in malpractice, which is condemnable, but that is not reason enough to seek a rollback on the fine amount. Such instances should be reported to the concerned higher authorities for appropriate punitive action against the black sheep of the law enforcement agencies. There are several interlinked issues on traffic and a holistic approach is most definitely required. The ultimate intention is to pave the way for smooth, safe, free-flowing traffic in our cities without any accidents, especially avoidable fatal accidents. For safe traffic, one most important factor is good and respectful driver behaviour – besides good roads, good vehicles and good enforcement. This good behaviour is scanty on our roads and demands organised inculcation. An old aphorism says, ‘catch them young if you want them to deliver’. Thailand’s capital Bangkok was notorious for traffic problems even a decade ago. The Thai government then decided to teach traffic rules and regulations to children, beginning from kindergarten itself. Transportation and traffic rules were introduced in the curriculum for all. And then, the results also proved to be satisfactory. Accidents were down, drivers’ behaviour on the road improved, road rages reduced and as an overall impact, the city of Bangkok received the blessing of smooth traffic. Another aspect, important for overall traffic improvement is parking in Central Business Districts (CBDs). Across civilised countries, parking rates in CBDs are very stiff and also vary during the day. Office time rates are obviously higher than the normal time. A similar approach should be taken in our country on this issue. For example, in Delhi, Nehru Place, Connaught Place, Ajmal Khan Market, South Extension Market, Lajpat Nagar, etc., are places with much higher footfall. So, the parking rates in these areas, especially during the office working hours, should be much higher, which actually would act as a deterrent as people will avoid bringing their private vehicles and opt for public transport instead. One can’t be selfish in ignoring the larger picture and importance of the situation in its totality. Good sense should prevail, and the sooner the better! (The author is a senior IAF officer, former OSD to LG, Delhi and has been closely associated with UTTIPEC in NCT of Delhi. The views expressed are strictly personal)
CARDSTON, Alta. – A southern Alberta landlord is hoping the courts will help him with a squatter living in a small shack sitting on a trailer in the driveway of the man’s rental property.“What can you do? Our hands are tied and nobody’s prepared to help,” said Ivan Negrych, who is attempting to remove Bob Cox from the property in the town of Cardston, about 235 kilometres southeast of Calgary.“It’s kind of turning into a nightmare.”Negrych said he had been renting the five-bedroom home to Cox’s former common-law wife. The woman and two daughters allowed him to move in after he was injured in a car accident about 18 months ago. She moved out Sept. 30 and Negrych rented out the property to another person within days.“He moved in and now he’s refusing to move out,” said Negrych.He said Cox, who wasn’t reachable by phone, is perfectly happy living in the small wooden, windowless shack still parked in the driveway.“It’s roughly 12 feet by 8 (feet) and it’s on a little channel-frame trailer with little wheels on it. It has no brakes. No electricity. He’s pulling electricity from the house from an extension cord.”Cox says he has squatter’s rights. He told CTV News he hopes to move soon, but isn’t ready to do so yet.“I don’t want to be in Ivan’s way,” he told CTV.The problem, said Negrych, is Alberta’s Residential Tenancies Act.“Once (tenants are) in, you can’t get them out. It takes several months, because the process is so long … to get a judgment and eviction court order,” Negrych said.He’s working on getting that order now, he added.Negrych said he asked the RCMP for assistance but was told it’s a civil matter.“They can’t touch him and, in fact, the police asked me to leave the property because I was trespassing and hadn’t given him a 24-hour written notice, which is part of the … act.”A court date has been set for Nov. 7.Negrych said he has given Cox an eviction notice and watched him roll it up and throw it in the garbage. Even if the judge does grant a removal order, it could be between four weeks and four months before Cox can be legally removed, he said.— By Bill Graveland in Calgary. Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter
FREDERICTON — Rising waters have reduced the Trans-Canada Highway to a single lane outside Fredericton, as New Brunswick officials warn residents of flood-prone areas to get out while they can.The provincial government says its offices in downtown Fredericton are open for essential services only, as flood levels in the capital are back at last year’s levels.It says civil servants who are personally affected by the floods and “need to tend to their obligations” were not required to come to work.Many streets and parking lots in Fredericton remain under water, while the swollen Saint John River is also causing flooding in the southern parts of the province.MRDC, the private company that maintains a stretch of the Trans-Canada, says high water levels have shrunk the highway near Jemseg, N.B.., and is warning motorists to “proceed with caution.”On Tuesday, Greg MacCallum, director of the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization, urged people living in areas that are typically cut off due to flooding to “act now to relocate.”EMO warned motorists to avoid any roads covered by water, saying they are a serious safety risk.“Water may be deeper than it appears and may conceal sinkholes or other damage and debris,” it warned Wednesday.Residents were advised to remain on high alert in areas in and around Clair-Fort Kent, Saint-Hilaire, Edmundston, Fredericton, Maugerville, Jemseg, Grand Lake, Sheffield-Lakeville Corner, Oak Point and Quispamsis-Saint John.The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure reported 59 road closures across the province on Tuesday.About 200 soldiers from Canadian Forces Base Gagetown have been deployed to provide assistance to residents who need it, while sandbag stations have been set up across the province.Late Monday, residents in parts of Saint John were given voluntary evacuation notice.The Saint John Emergency Measures Organization said water levels could reach 5.3 metres by Friday, and flooding and road closures could isolate some homes for five days or more.The Canadian Press
APTN National NewsFirst Nations have a right to say no to pipeline development on their territories, says Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo.Atleo says that the treaties and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples confirm that.
Construction work on Sri Lanka’s highest building, the Lotus Tower, which will be 350 meters high, will be completed by March next year.President Maithripala Sirisena today made an observation visit to the Lotus Tower which is being constructed in Colombo. The tower will facilitate the transmission of signals of 50 TV Channels and over 35 FM Radio Stations and will also have a revolving restaurant. The construction of the Lotus Tower is being managed by China National Electronics Import & Export Corporation (CEIEC). (Colombo Gazette) The President had cordial discussions with the engineers and gave them instructions to make the construction work efficient, the President’s office said.
However, Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminals Ltd. (CPSTL), MEPA, Coast Guard and Sri Lanka Navy will continue to monitor the developments in the affected area. Dammika Ranatunga, Chairman of Ceylon Petroleum Corporation said the burst in the buoy hose could have occurred due to rough sea conditions that prevailed on 08th September 2018. “However, we are yet to determine the exact reason for the rupture and we have requested the Secretary to the Ministry of Petroleum Resources Development to conduct an independent investigation to identify the exact cause. Taking into consideration the possible impact of the oil spill on the environment, we took immediate measures to stop the leakage and informed the relevant authorities to enlist their support in the clean-up effort.”Commenting further, Ranatunga said that CPC and CPSTL together with the MEPA, Sri Lanka Navy, Air Force, Army, Police, Coast Guard, and the Sri Lanka Ports Authority,immediately joined to manage the spill and over 300 personnel were on the ground to salvage the affected areas. The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) said that clearing operations of the oil spill off Uswetakeiyawa has been completed.CPC said that as per information of Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA), the major oil clean-up operations have been completed and small groups are engaged in beach cleaning operations continuously. “We highly commend their tireless efforts, working around the clock to contain the oil spill and minimise any damage to these areas.”Commenting on the operation to contain and reverse the effects of the oil spill, Rear Admiral (Rtd) Rohan Perera, Chairman of MEPA, said, “We took prompt measures to remove the oil accumulated on the coastal area to minimise damage to the coast environment. Together with the combined resources, we first focused on the area of the spill in Dikkowita and after its successful containment, we completed the operation by securing the Uswetakeiyawa coastal area. I’m thankful to everyone involved in this effort to protect our coastal belt and the environment.”With regard to CPSTL operation, the faulty hose has been removed and replaced and the buoy is in operation now and fuel discharge has re- commenced. (Colombo Gazette)
6.MT Melsungen2411310705:67625 Kiel37 – 18HBW Balingen-Weilstetten STANDINGS: 7.Fuchse Berlín2311210626:63024 18.Minden237016607:66914 4.SC Magdeburg231715683:61535 MT Melsungen23 – 26Hamburg 19.Bietigheim-Metterzimmern243120617:7517 3.Flensburg-H.231724676:56836 5.Goppingen231229628:62526 17.Erlangen246315585:66115 8.Gummersbach2311210631:63924 dkb bundesliga 9.Hamburg2511212686:67324 10.HSG Wetzlar239410603:59722 11.Hannover-Burgdorf249411666:67322 1.Kiel242103731:57942 Three matches of the DKB Bundesliga have been played on Wednesday night. The small surprise made HSV Handball with a victory in Kassel against MT Melsungen 26:23, while Flensburg and THW Kiel mantained their position in the Championship race. 12.Bergischer2310112616:66921 Flensburg-H.25 – 21N-Lübbecke 13.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten249213584:64420 14.N-Lübbecke237412641:65318 ← Previous Story ON +26 AFTER MONTPELLIER AND BREST: Veszprem in outstanding form! Next Story → MACEDONIAN EXODUS: Jonovski to La Rioja – Besiktas sign Pribak! 16.Friesenheim237115577:67015 15.Lemgo246414692:69816 2.Rhein-Neckar232003695:55940
Earlier this week, NASA announced plans to use the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle as the basis for a new spacecraft designed for deep space travel called the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV). The MPCV is expected to be the primary spacecraft for NASA’s manned mission to a nearby asteroid in 2020, as set forth by President Obama last year. To prepare for that mission, NASA plans to launch a new science mission to an asteroid in 2016. The mission will be called Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx.It will take OSIRIS-REx four years to travel to 1999 RQ36, a near-Earth asteroid. Once within three miles of the asteroid, the spacecraft will perform a comprehensive surface mapping over a period of six months. That mapping will allow for a location to be selected which OSIRIS-REx will approach to put the site within range of the spacecraft’s robotic arm which will be extended to collect two ounces of material. That material will be stored in a capsule, similar to the one used by the Stardust spacecraft to collect comet particles. The asteroid material will be returned to Earth and is expected to arrive in 2023 at which time it will be analyzed for the presence of organic molecules, key ingredients in creating life, which have been found in previous meteorite and comet samples.In addition to obtaining a sample of asteroid material, the OSIRIS-REx mission will also measure the “Yarkovsky effect” which is a small push on the asteroid caused by the Sun. The asteroid absorbs sunlight and re-emits it in the form of heat causing this effect. Scientists want to understand how it is distributed on an asteroid due to its shape, wobble, surface composition and rotation. Better understanding of how this effect changes an asteroid’s orbit will help scientists more accurately predict the path of an Earth-approaching asteroid like RQ36, and even help to establish strategies to mitigate Earth impacts from similar celestial objects.Read more at NASABrian’s OpinionWhen I wrote about NASA’s selection of a new spacecraft for deep space exploration and its first mission to an asteroid, I couldn’t help but make a reference to the movie Armageddon in which a team is sent to an Earth-approaching asteroid to stop it from impacting our planet. Little did I know that NASA would actually launch a robotic mission to an asteroid in part to help determine how to deal with such a scenario as portrayed in the movie.Just like trips to Mars, a mission to an asteroid must first start with robotic missions in order to better learn about any variables a manned mission might experience. I can’t imagine what it will be like to actually have astronauts standing on the surface of an asteroid. When that happens I can only hope a television transmission will be possible which will be very reminiscent of the first time man stepped on the Moon.
Transhumanisme : des cyborgs pour succéder à notre espèce ? Les transhumanistes souhaitent “améliorer” l’espèce humaine ou la rendre quasi-immortelle en y adjoignant des nouvelles technologies. Celles-ci pourraient faire de l’homme un véritable cyborg qui n’aurait plus grand-chose d’humain.Issue de la cyberculture californienne, le transhumanisme mise sur une évolution rapide des progrès de l’informatique, des bio- et nanotechnologies et de la connaissance du cerveau pour prédire l’évolution de l’espèce humaine. Grâce à ces techniques, il s’agirait non seulement d’augmenter les capacités de l’homme (d’où le nom “Humanity +” choisi par le mouvement), mais aussi de préparer la transition vers des “posthumains”, sortes de cyborgs qui succéderaient à notre espèce. Le scientifique américain Ray Kurzweil, apôtre du transhumanisme, prédit que dès 2029 l’intelligence artificielle égalera celle de l’homme. Pour lui, comme il l’explique dans son livre “Humanité 2.0”, l’homme devra fusionner avec une intelligence artificielle dès 2045. C’est ce qui lui permettra d’augmenter son intelligence un milliard de fois, un aboutissement selon lui. En effet, un condensé de nanotechnologies de la taille d’un grain de sable intégré dans le cerveau pourrait bientôt suffire à faire d’un humain un cyborg aux capacités mentales des milliards de fois supérieures, indique Hugo de Garis, un chercheur australien en intelligence artificielle. Beaucoup plus pessimiste, ce dernier promet quant à lui une “guerre exterminatrice” censée opposer les “êtres humains” aux machines intelligentes et aux “groupes qui veulent construire ces dieux”, avant la fin du siècle.Il imagine même qu’en 2070 déjà, une mère pourrait être amenée à faire un choix entre transformer ou non son bébé en cyborg. Le faire reviendrait à “tuer son enfant” puisqu’il deviendrait “complètement différent”, avertit-il cité par TV5 Monde. D’ici quelques décennies, l’humanité devra, selon lui, choisir si elle “reste l’espèce dominante” en fixant une limite à l’intelligence artificielle ou si elle construit des supercerveaux. Le président de l’Association Française Transhumaniste (AFT), Marc Roux, relève qu’à “la différence d’une bonne partie du courant transhumaniste outre-atlantique”, en France “le questionnement sur les risques” est mis en avant. D’où le thème de la conférence : “Futurs transhumanistes : paradis ou enfer ?”Un vieillissement repoussé de 30 ans À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Créée voici deux ans, l’association française qui compte une vingtaine de cotisants et environ 200 participants sur ses forums en ligne, est “technoprogressiste” (d’où son nom Technoprog) et a le “souci de l’équilibre social”. Ainsi, M. Roux pense que “la perspective historique de Kurzweil est fausse”, car les repères choisis sont “arbitraires”. Dire que l’émergence de l’intelligence artificielle “forte” ou de la conscience artificielle est “pour dans vingt ou trente ans, ça me paraît être à la limite du raisonnable”, dit-il. L’accent est mis sur la “prolongation de la durée de vie en bonne santé”, un thème plus apte à séduire le public.Sans aller jusqu’à affirmer, comme le Britannique Aubrey de Grey, que l’homme pourrait vivre jusqu’à mille ans, Didier Coeurnelle, vice-président de l’AFT, déclare se situer “dans le même type d’optique”. D’ici quelques décennies, le vieillissement pourrait être repoussé de 30 ans, l’objectif final étant de le “repousser indéfiniment”, selon Aubrey de Grey qui prophétise une quasi-immortalité.Le 30 janvier 2012 à 15:12 • Maxime Lambert
Star Wars Celebration is right around the corner, and it’s time to get excited! Leading Japanese figure distributor, Kotobukiya has just released photos of their Celebration 2017 exclusives. Fans of Marvel’s Darth Vader comic series should get excited because this is the fist time dastardly droids 0-0-0 & BT-1 have ever been available in this scale. Here is the run down from Kotobukiya:“A Kotobukiya Japanese import! Activated by Doctor Aphra and under the service of Darth Vader, the assassin Droids known as 0-0-0 (Triple Zero) & BT-1 appear for the first time in the ARTFX+ series! Programmed in the art of “etiquette and torture” this dastardly duo wreaks havoc (and incinerations) across the galaxy!”Triple Zero stands just over 6 ½ inches tall while BT-1 stands 4 ½ inches tall in 1/10th ARTFX+ scale. Magnets in their feet provide the perfect stability on the included metal display bases. As with other Celebration exclusives, this release also includes a special commemorative collector’s coin. And as an extra special bonus to this set only, a 10” x 8” print is included in the box with exclusive artwork by acclaimed artist Adi Granov!If you have read the Marvel series, you know that these two are polar opposites of their familiar looking counterparts, C-3P0 & R2D2. Evil droids aren’t new to the Star Wars universe. Like Knights of the Old Republics HK-47 or General Grievous’s R3-S6 from the Clone Wars series, these two baddies were awoken by Doctor Aphra for none other than Lord Vader.If you cannot make it to this year’s show, pre-orders are recommended. The figures will ship out the end of April. Photos provided by KotobukiyaView as: One Page Slides1. BT-12. BT-13. 0-0-0 (Triple Zero)4. R2-X25. R2-X26. R4-M97. R5-D4
2017 is ending with a bang in magazine media. Maybe even a metaphorical big bang, as the wave of consolidation this year is forecasting a future of change that is unprecedented for this industry. In other words, magazine media as we’ve known it for more than 100 years may never look the same after the Time Inc. and Meredith’s merger becomes official in 2018.By now everyone has heard the news, the 96-year-old Time Inc., the purported largest magazine publisher in the U.S., is being sold to The Meredith Corporation, for $2.8 billion. But the road for these companies arriving to this intersection is a long and interesting story that could certainly fill a multi-part documentary.To quickly summarize that history: Time was founded by Henry Luce in 1922 and grew into a company that published some of the most prolific and successful titles in magazine media with Time, Sports Illustrated, Life and Fortune. It also launched its fair share of titles and acquired many that are still successful, like Southern Living. It became part of the larger conglomerate Time Warner in 1989 (also up for sale), but spun off and formed its own publicly traded company in 2014. Meredith, on the other hand, grew out of much simpler roots 20 years earlier in 1902, with Edwin Meredith’s launch of Successful Farming. From there, it too had a number of successful launches and acquisitions, and built out a very profitable network of local TV stations. For nearly 25 years straight the company has paid its shareholders a dividend, a feat that’s commendable.While all of that history is interesting, what’s more significant is the potential impact this deal will have on the brands these companies own, as well as the industry as a whole. After all, this isn’t the first major acquisition this year in magazine media. Us Weekly was sold to AMI for $100 million, and then a few weeks later it also bought sister brand Men’s Journal from Wenner Media. Wenner Media isn’t done though; it’s also put its flagship brand Rolling Stone on the market and intends to sell off the remaining 51 percent it owns after moving 49 percent off last year to BandLab. But the even bigger transaction this year saw the sale of the 87-year-old Rodale to Hearst for an undisclosed sum. So with all this consolidation, we’d be remiss to not ask around to find out what all of this means, and where things might go from here. What It Means for Time Inc. and MeredithObviously before you think big picture, we should probably boil down what each of these companies gain or lose from this merger. Because Time Inc. is publicly held, its financial woes are no secret. And things weren’t turning around quickly enough to make investors comfortable. For Meredith, who has weathered the difficult storm of industry-wide print advertising declines and falling revenues, this deal gives the company even more scale, and legacy brands that fit into its portfolio, but it also brings some challenges.“This deal will offer Meredith some valuable assets and some toxic assets, and will slightly postpone Time Inc.’s steady march into financial and cultural irrelevance,” Bob Garfield tells us. The co-host of NPR’s “On the Media” goes on to say: “This will come at a cost: Titles will be folded. Jobs will be lost. Journalistic resources, already drastically diminished, will be cut to the bone and deeper.”Pretty bleak, but not an unfair assessment given how these things work. And Garfield isn’t the only one we spoke to who thinks Meredith isn’t interested in the entire Time Inc. portfolio. “In a year or two Meredith will probably be able to sell the weeklies [Time, Sports Illustrated and People] for more than they paid,” Samir Husni, professor at the University of Mississippi and director of the Magazine Innovation Center, says. He adds that “People magazine is what saved Time Inc., not any of its other brands. It could bring as much as this whole deal is worth if Meredith is able to change the business model.”Former editor-in-chief of Folio:’s sister publication min and industry analyst for more than 30 years, Steven Cohn, takes Husni’s speculation a step further by suggesting the benefactors of this deal — the Koch Brothers — who bankrolled more than a half-billion dollars to Meredith to get this done, might be future players in divestment opportunities. “Perhaps the Koch Brothers have first dibs,” he ponders. “Controlling Time would be a huge prize because of its legacy, and the thought of Time matching their conservative politics has to be tempting.” That idea has been expressed by many media and political pundits prior to this deal getting done, but Meredith has said the Koch’s will have no involvement under the current structure and are merely in this as an investment opportunity.Of course, Garfield is skeptical. “I used to think the Koch brothers were smart,” he says. “But if they have indeed backed this deal without a seat on the board, much less operational control, they have just set fire to a very large pile of money.”Husni disagrees with that assessment, however. “These people are not fools. They know there is still money to be made here, and that’s why they got in.”Todd Krizleman, CEO and founder of MediaRadar, has a similar mindset to Husni, in that this is a smart buy for Meredith, a great deal for Time Inc. shareholders and a positive sign of things to come for magazine media. “I do think it is very encouraging to see the valuation, which is an 80 percent premium from the $10 stock price at the close of day on Nov 8,” he says. “Time Inc. has been improving its performance and so the price is a strong endorsement of the shifts in the business.” What It Means for Magazine MediaCEO of Trusted Media Brands, Bonnie Kintzer, sums up the big picture outlook pretty well. “Consolidation whether through mergers or acquisitions will continue to shape the industry in the year ahead as more media companies pursue opportunities to expand their offerings to consumers and marketers on all platforms,” she says. “This consolidation reflects the need for media companies to invest in emerging platforms either by adding or acquiring new assets or resources such as staff or technology.”While Time Inc. may have been reeling from print losses and a bloated infrastructure that CEO Rich Battista was constantly trying to fix, it had also been making a slew of smart, savvy investments in digital media. In many ways it’s years ahead of the industry. Particularly when it comes to data, in thanks to its acquisition of Viant, but also in video and custom content. So Meredith wasn’t just buying a stable of brands here, and this is perhaps one of the most important takeaways for everybody in magazine media. It was also buying technology, talent and other pieces of the jigsaw puzzle that will make up the future of magazine media. Any publisher in today’s world that isn’t thinking like this is doomed to fail.“We never really had a magazine problem, we had a business model problem. Companies like Hearst and Meredith have invested a lot in digital without ignoring print,” Husni says. This could suggest that dual investment strategy hasn’t been ubiquitous across magazine media.Naturally, Garfield sees it slightly differently. “A wave of consolidation will be triggered in which a few companies snap up dozens of data-rich properties that operate unprofitably at scale,” he says. “So we are re-entering an era of media concentration — except that the new titans will be titans of bad businesses turning out bad products. In short, we are witnessing a supernova. A huge, bright, energetic, explosion of a dying star.”Krizelman, on the other hand, is much more optimistic when it comes to this particular transaction, but does suggest it’s part of a much more significant trend, with uncertain outcomes. “I don’t think this single acquisition will create a new ripple effect, he says. “I do think it is part of a generational change in ownership of media companies. The Bancroft family sold the WSJ to News Corp in 2007. Martha Stewart sold her media business to Meredith in 2015. Mort Zuckerman sold The Daily News to TRONC. And now there’s even rumors that News Corp will sell itself.” What It Means for PrintAs Husni, who goes by the trademarked moniker “Mr. Magazine” loves to say, “If it’s not paper and ink it’s not a magazine,” so we can’t ignore the 600-pound gorilla in the room—magazines. Yeah, the things that built all of these companies.It’s no secret that Time Inc. didn’t have a lot of faith in the future of print. The company was continuing to scale back expenses that were largely due to the bloated nature of print media. Paper is expensive. Shipping is expensive. People are really expensive, and making a magazine requires a lot of them. So as Time Inc. was investing in its digital future it was also cutting way back on its print. However, what’s interesting here is Meredith has repeatedly exhibited a commitment to the medium. It has in fact cut frequency in some publications, but rate bases for several of its brands have grown. Plus, not only did it invest in Martha Stewart’s print holdings just a couple years back, it has also launched a new print title within the past year, with The Magnolia Journal, a magazine inspired by home improvement celebrities Chip and Joanna Gaines.A former industry executive who competed with both companies is equally optimistic for the future of print in light of this deal. “I hope that it’ll be good for the industry in that a publisher that’s doing very well in print is taking over one that seems to be denying they’re in the print business,” the unnamed source says.Jim Elliott, founder of James G. Elliott Co., an outsourced media ad sales company, shared with us a similar sentiment. “I think Meredith is a best-in-class publisher,” he says. “What I think this means is they see value in print and always have. And they see value in a print brand. I think that’s a good thing. I think it sets a tone.”–While nobody we talked to has a crystal ball that can see into the future, most agreed that consolidation is inevitable for economies of scale, and this particular transaction, while massive and potentially game changing, is nothing more than another sign of the times. Where things go from here is still anybody’s guess, but one thing is certain: More change is coming.
Revisit the highlights of a year that gave us classic after classic at a pivotal time in music, culture and the industryPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Nov 13, 2018 – 5:57 pm Looking back from 25 years later, a case is being made for 1993 as a remarkable year in music. There are so many ways to look at it, but NPR’s World Cafe is definitely a fan, recently posing the question, “Was 1993 the greatest year in music?” While the world may never agree, it’s certainly worth exploring…Early in the year, looking back at 1992, the Record Of The Year at the 35th GRAMMY Awards went to Eric Clapton’s “Tears In Heaven.” At the 36th GRAMMY Awards for 1993, Record Of The Year went to Whitney Houston for “I Will Always Love You” from the soundtrack to The Bodyguard. Much of the music from that year is still dearly loved.It was also the year Wu-Tang Clan debuted with Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). It was the year of Bjork’s Debut, after the break-up of her group, The Sugarcubes. Her Best Music Video-Short Form nomination for “Human Behavior” at the 36th GRAMMY Awards was her first of 14 career-total nominations to date.Noteworthy first-time GRAMMY winners for 1993 include Toni Braxton and Dr. Dre. The soundtrack to the movie Boomerang produced “Another Sad Love Song” winning Best R&B Performance, Female for Braxton, who also won Best New Artist. The ultimate cruising anthem “Let Me Ride” from The Chronic gave Dr. Dre his first GRAMMY win for Best Rap Solo Performance. Toni Braxton has won a total of seven GRAMMY Awards to date and Dr. Dre has won six. https://twitter.com/WorldCafe/status/1062112946627715073 Here’s What Made 1993 A Special Year In Music flashback-1993-good-year-music-or-best-year-music Facebook Twitter Email Flashback To 1993: A Good Year In Music Or The Best Year In Music? News NPR went ahead to round up a great many more classics and choice little-known tracks.. For example, more 1993 artists that were just beginning to come into GRAMMY focus were Sheryl Crow and Sarah McLachlan. It is amazing to explore one year in music with such a lasting impact on today and so many tracks that one can close one’s eyes and remember hearing so many meaningful times.Whitney Houston Exhibit Opens At Newark’s GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential CenterRead more
Hundreds of climbers are expected to attempt North America’s tallest peak this season, and National Park Service rangers are ready to live on the mountain for the next three months to help with rescues.The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports about 1,200 people try to reach Denali’s summit each year, and about half succeed.Last season, that number was a low 36 percent due to bad weather. Data shows one climber died and 32 required medical attention.National Park Service spokeswoman Maureen Gualtieri is stationed at Talkeetna, which is at the mountain’s base at Denali National Park. In her first daily blog posted April 24, she said the knee-deep snow was soft and thinned out at the mountain’s highest elevations to slightly less than normal.
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Rupa KhatunA Tangail court has directed the authorities concerned to exhume Rupa Khatun’s body and hand over the corpse to the victim’s family.The victim, Rupa Khatun, 27, an employee of Unilever Bangladesh Limited, was killed after a gang rape on a running bus on her way to home in Mymensingh from Bogra on Friday night. The rapists abandoned her body at Tangail’s Madhupur forest area. Police recovered the body around 11:00pm in the night and buried it in Tangail’s central graveyard as an unidentified one on Saturday morning.Senior judicial magistrate Golam Kibria of the court handed down the exhumation order following an appeal filed by the victim’s family members.Modhupur police station officer-in-charge Shafiqul Islam said victim Rupa’s brother on Wednesday appealed to the police to bring the body of his sister back. Later, the police submitted the appeal before the court on Thursday morning.The OC also said the district magistrate then directed the district’s judicial magistrate to hand over the body to the victim’s family.Tangail Sadar upazila’s executive magistrate Abdur Rahim Shujan said Rupa’s body will be exhumed from the Tangail graveyard today (Thursday).Meanwhile, the police have arrested five people from Mymensingh over the killing of the master’s student of Bogra Azizul Haque on a bus at Tangail’s Madhupur upazila.
Pope poses with Aung San Suu Kyi during a meeting at the presidential residence in Naypyidaw on 28 November 2017. Photo: ReutersPope Francis on Tuesday urged the leaders of majority-Buddhist Myanmar, mired in a crisis over the fate of Muslim Rohingya people, to commit themselves to justice, human rights and respect for “each ethnic group and its identity”.The pope avoided a diplomatic backlash by not using the highly charged term “Rohingya” in his addresses to officials, including leader Aung San Suu Kyi.However, his words were applicable to members of the beleaguered minority, who Myanmar does not recognise as citizens or as members of a distinct ethnic group.More than 620,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh – where the pope heads on Thursday – since the end of August, escaping from a military crackdown that Washington has said included “horrendous atrocities” aimed at “ethnic cleansing”.Francis made his comments in Naypyitaw, the country’s capital, where he was received by Suu Kyi, the Nobel peace laureate and champion of democracy who has faced international criticism for expressing doubts about the reports of rights abuses against the Rohingya and failing to condemn the military.”The future of Myanmar must be peace, a peace based on respect for the dignity and rights of each member of society, respect for each ethnic group and its identity, respect for the rule of law, and respect for a democratic order that enables each individual and every group – none excluded – to offer its legitimate contribution to the common good,” he said.Myanmar rejects the term “Rohingya” and its use, with most people instead referring to the Muslim minority in Rakhine state as illegal migrants from neighbouring Bangladesh.The pope had used the word Rohingya in two appeals from the Vatican this year.But before the diplomatically risky trip, the pope’s own advisers recommended that he not use it in Myanmar, lest he set off a diplomatic incident that could turn the country’s military and government against minority Christians.Human rights groups such as Amnesty International, which has accused the army of “crimes against humanity”, had urged him to utter it.A hardline group of Buddhist monks warned on Monday – without elaborating – that there would be “a response” if he spoke openly about the Rohingya.RELIGIOUS DIFFERENCES “A FORCE FOR UNITY”Richard Horsey, a former U.N. official and analyst based in Yangon, said the pope’s speech was “very cautiously worded” and “crafted to avoid antagonising local audiences”.”He has clearly taken the advice of his cardinals to avoid weighing in too heavily on the Rohingya crisis, but he certainly alludes to it with a message in his speech on some of the specific points that he makes,” Horsey said.Vatican sources say some in the Holy See believe the trip was decided too hastily after full diplomatic ties were established in May during a visit by Suu Kyi.The pope met privately with Suu Kyi at the presidential palace in this sparsely populated town that became the capital in 2006, and then they both made public addresses at a conference centre.Suu Kyi said in her speech that there had been an erosion of trust and understanding between communities of Rakhine state, but did not refer to the Rohingya.Francis, speaking in Italian, said that as it emerged from nearly 50 years of military rule, Myanmar needed to heal the wounds of the past.He called for a “just, reconciled and inclusive social order”, adding that “the arduous process of peacebuilding and national reconciliation can only advance through a commitment to justice and respect for human rights”.Myanmar’s army, whose leaders the pope met on Monday, has been battling various autonomy-seeking ethnic minority guerrillas for decades.The military has denied the accusations of murder, rape, torture and forced displacement of the Rohingya that have been made against it.The Rohingya exodus from Rakhine state began after Aug. 25, when Rohingya militants attacked security posts and the Myanmar army launched a counter-offensive.Referring to the country’s communal tensions, Francis said religious differences “need not be a source of division and distrust, but rather a force for unity, forgiveness, tolerance and wise nation-building”.He made the same point at an earlier meeting with leaders of the Buddhist, Islamic, Hindu, Jewish and Christian faiths in Yangon, where he called for “unity in diversity”.Aye Lwin, a prominent Muslim leader who was at the interfaith meeting, told Reuters he had asked the pope to appeal to Myanmar’s political leaders “to rescue the religion that we cherish, which could be hijacked by a hidden agenda”.Only about 700,000 of Myanmar’s 51 million people are Roman Catholic. Thousands of them have travelled from far and wide to see him and more than 150,000 people have registered for a mass that Francis will say in Yangon on Wednesday.Francis is expected to meet a group of Rohingya refugees in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, on the second leg of his trip.
The New Beginning Missionary Baptist Church, located at 6107 Franconia Road, is scheduled to host its “Use It or Lose It” Spring Revival April 26-28. The revival will feature guest ministers from local Virginia churches, including Rev. Isaac E. Howard of Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Fairfax, Rev. Connie Welch of Christian Institute in Reston and Rev. Charles A. Lundy of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Woodbridge. For more information contact the church by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703-978-8770.
A group show titled Watch Out is being organised in the Capital that features the works of 28 young artistes from across the country. The showwill feature several mediums like canvases, sculptures and photography.Watch Out is the second series of exhibition that displays the artpieces collected by Art Alive Gallery through their website www.emergingartists.in. The website was formed to nurture and promote young and emerging talent from all across the country and give them an opportunity to showcase their works to a worldwide audience that appreciates art. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The participants are – Aditi Saigal, Asish Das, Augustus Mithal, Bhaskara Rao B, Dipti Biswal, Jayanta Bhattacharya, Jignasha Ojha, Mainaz Bano, Meghansh Thapa, Parameswar Samal, Pradipta Chakraborty, Pratap Morey, Radha Dhaka, Sanjay Biswal, Sanjib Singha, Shashi Paul, Shuvankar Maitra, Sidharth Pansari, Somnath Bothe, Subash Pujahari, Sudhir Talmale, Sumanto Chowdhury, Suraj Kumar Kashi, Surekha H Matt, Tapas Biswas, Tapas Maite, Tarab Khan and Vinita Karim.When: 9 August -10 SeptemberWhere: Art Alive Gallery, Plot 120 Sector 44, GurgaonTimimg:11 am to 7 pm
Aspen Grove Solutions Movers and Shakers 2014-10-01 Tory Barringer in Headlines, News, Uncategorized Share Aspen Grove Solutions announced the addition of Chuck Sockol to its team as VP of industry relations and account management.Sockol has more than 17 years of vendor management experience across multiple sectors, all of which he will put to work in growing and managing Aspen Grove Solutions’ vendor compliance and management solutions customer base.Sockol’s particular focus will be on Aspen iRecord, the technology that powers a range of standardized industry background check compliance solutions.Based in Frederick, Maryland, Aspen Grove Solutions is an enterprise technology provider working in the property sector, serving clientele ranging from top-tier banks to servicers and all other property professionals. October 1, 2014 524 Views Aspen Grove Solutions Hires VP for Industry Relations, Account Management
Go back to the enewsletterViceroy Hotel Group has branched out in Baja California with the opening of the Viceroy Los Cabos, in the heart of San Jose del Cabo.Originally conceived by Mexico-based architect, Miguel Angel Aragonés, and formerly known as Mar Adentro, the 194-room masterpiece has reemerged as a Viceroy property after undergoing renovations and enhancements.With a dreamscape design embracing the natural beauty of water throughout every facet of the resort, the new Viceroy Los Cabos is a canvas for discovery with cinematic views and alluring experiences around every turn.Completely reconceptualised and brand-new to the resort are a beachfront pool and bar, a refreshed and vibrant lobby and arrival experience, new dining venues and a state-of-the-art fitness centre curated by Los Angeles-based celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak.© Viceroy Los Cabos Ocean View with Seating Area.“The much-anticipated opening of Viceroy Los Cabos marks an extremely monumental day for our brand. I look forward to welcoming guests to this extraordinary resort as we endeavour to create inspiring adventures that willstay with them a lifetime,” said Bill Walshe, CEO of Viceroy Hotel Group.“The resort stands out as provocative and sensational. It furthers Viceroy’s quest to deliver highly individual, modern luxury experiences in the world’s most sought-after destinations.”“This stunning and unique resort will elevate the already-impressive reputation Los Cabos has as the ultimate destination for sophisticated adventurers,” said Andres & Felipe Chico, Managing Partners at Rodina.© Living Space in Viceroy Premier Suite with Full Ocean ViewUpon arrival through a sculpted iron portal and artisan wooden door, the sensory experience truly begins as guests are greeted by the sound of water, the conceptual central element brought to life throughout the resort.With a striking yet minimalistic design, re-envisioned by Mexico-based design firm Arquitectura de Interiores, Viceroy Los Cabos’ new lobby interiors have transformed from stark white to feature a warm colour palette of blue and natural sand tones, all inspired by the majestic meeting of the Los Cabos desert and sea.© Nido Restaurant at NightThe eye-catching and bold façade is an artistic mélange of white, black and beige, and gives way to the modern and sleek lobby adorned with handmade details, rich textures and unique pieces of art inspired by the local Mexican culture.Among the other renovations, Viceroy Los Cabos reveals five distinct and reconstructed dining venues, each providing a fresh and local experience reflective of the history and culture of Baja.Nido Restaurant, translated from Spanish to mean “nest,” is both a visual centrepiece and social epicentre for guests and locals alike. Its latticed, nest-like structure is surrounded by elevated walkways, appearing to float on water. With an international ceviche menu and innovative handcrafted cocktails, Nido draws inspiration from Spain, Mexico and Peru.Located in the main building of the resort, Casero Restaurant and Otro Bar feature elevated homestyle Mexican cuisine and a Tequila Library stocked with house infusions such as chile and marigold, as well as craft coffee and specialty Mexican Hot Chocolate.Viceroy Los Cabos’ beachside eatery Nidito (meaning “Little Nest”) overlooks the brand-new infinity beach pool and picturesque ocean, while offering colourful and bite-sized decadences including an array of tacos, exotic fruit cups, and Instagram-worthy cocktails with festive garnishes. Opening later this year is a vibrant rooftop bar with scenic ocean views.© Living Space with Red Light in Viceroy Junior SuiteLocated in a city full of art and history, Viceroy Los Cabos is an undeniable gateway to the colourful culture of Los Cabos. The resort offers truly experiential and one-of-kind activities for its guests – curated by its very own Head of Vibe – including learning to surf with a local pro, an exclusive fishing with the chef experience, scuba diving with underwater photography, fluorescent night dives and custom tequila-making classes.Expanding its global footprint into San José del Cabo, Viceroy has grown its Mexico presence where it currently operates Viceroy Riviera Maya, a romantic luxury resort in Playa del Carmen.The opening of Viceroy Los Cabos is a vital part of the brand’s bold and expansive growth strategy with forthcoming openings in Serbia, Argentina, Panama, Portugal, and Vietnam.Reservations for Viceroy Los Cabos are currently available with a starting room rate of US$420.Go back to the enewsletter