My govt set new standards to work towards development of Chhattisgarh says

first_imgNew Delhi: Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has decided to make ‘nawa Chhattisgarh’ with new standards of development. Baghel on Sunday said questions will be raised about the government’s way of working when a large population in state was malnourished, uneducated and homeless despite the state being rich in minerals and natural resources.Baghel was speaking at a function organised at India International Centre on “Changing Chhattisgarh under new leadership”.The CM said standard that “increases per capita income on one hand and poverty on the other cannot be accepted”. “When my government came into power, new standards were set with a clear vision of working towards the development of the state,” he said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The CM added that his government’s priority include Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, farmers, villagers, women, small businessmen, youths and new generation, who will “take over the country and the state in future”. Questioning the previous government, the CM said Chhattisgarh leads the country in production of steel, cement, tin and aluminum and yet 37.60 per cent children under the age of five in the state are malnourished and 41.50 per cent women in the age group of 15-49 years are suffering from anaemia. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHe said the reason behind the debacle of the previous government was people’s anger on their situation for the last 15 years. He said in a span of just seven months, his government has created an environment of trust among the people of Chhattisgarh, adding that his government has taken concrete steps towards lowering poverty and uplifting people’s standard of living. Former Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran was among the dignitaries present at the function.last_img read more

ExSC judge Justice PC Ghose appointed first Lokpal

first_imgMPost BureauNew Delhi: Former Supreme Court judge Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose was Tuesday appointed as the country’s first Lokpal, the anti-corruption ombudsman, according to an official order.Former Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) chief Archana Ramasundaram, ex-Maharashtra Chief Secretary Dinesh Kumar Jain, Mahender Singh and Indrajeet Prasad Gautam have been appointed as non-judicial members of Lokpal. Justices Dilip B Bhosale, Pradip Kumar Mohanty, Abhilasha Kumari and Ajay Kumar Tripathi have been appointed as judicial members in the anti-corruption ombudsman. These appointments were recommended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led selection committee and approved by President Ram Nath Kovind. Opposition parties have been accusing the Modi government of delaying the appointment of Lokpal.last_img read more

European leaders tell UN collective sense of purpose needed to maintain peace

Addressing the General Assembly this afternoon, Liechtenstein’s Foreign Minister, Aurelia Frick, said acts of aggression perpetrated against Ukraine and the illegal annexation of parts of its territory underline the need to enforce international law. The call for accountability is growing louder, said Ms. Frick. Victims of the gravest crimes around the world are placing their hopes for justice with the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). But for truly collective work to maintain peace and security, we need a collective sense of purpose. It is difficult to reconcile that a single Security Council member can block action required for the UN to fulfil its purposes and principles- “with no questions asked.”“We do not accept the veto as a reality of the Charter,” she said. With the rise of religious intolerance civilians in both Syria and Iraq, civilians are left “at the mercy of the sickening brutality of ISIS,” she said, adding that “there is nothing Islamic about this barbaric act committed by ISIS.” Ms. Frick also expressed concern of the “disturbing” rise of anti-Semitism. She further emphasized the importance of involving women in peacebuilding processes. “Men have always been in charge of making war, and men have been in charge of making peace. Their record is not impressive,” she said. There can be no sustainable development without the full empowerment of women. Echoing that, Iceland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson said that without the full and equal participation of women in all spheres of society, including in decision-making it will be impossible to make real and lasting progress on the development front. “In Iceland and other Nordic Countries the revolution in women’s education and the high-level of female participation in the labour market have been the basis of welfare and economic prosperity,” said Mr. Sveinsson. Along with women’s empowerment, the new sustainable development agenda must address food insecurity and ensure access to affordable and modern energy. With improved infrastructure and better management, the economic benefits from marine fisheries could be increased by 50 billion dollars per year- imperative to Iceland’s development. Mr. Sveinsoon said the UN must take centre stage in maintaining peace and security, whether in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, or Gaza. He called for an end to the blockade of Gaza and condemned the indiscriminate rocket attacks from Hamas as well as Israel’s disproportionate use of force. “The Security Council is seriously undermined when it proves incapable of defending civilians that are subject to foreign occupation,” said Mr. Sveinsson. Among the European leaders taking the floor, Jose Badia, Minister for External Relations and Cooperation of Monaco, said the lofty aspirations set by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) had guided the early steps of the new century and had in the past 15 years pointed the way forward as regarding sustainability, inclusivity, transparency and good governance. Yet, in some parts of the globe poverty remained stubbornly entrenched and climate change holds the fate of the entire world in it hands and requires urgent attention and cooperation for solutions. José Badia, Minister for External Relations of the Principality of Monaco, addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Kim Haughton Meanwhile, conflicts arise and transform, becoming ever more complex. Monaco had condemned abject acts of violence wherever it took place, and as such supported the resolution adopted in the Security Council last week on disrupting the activities of foreign fighters. While Monaco condemned the heinous actions of all terrorist groups, it would note that there is a necessity to address the root cause of terrorism. No doubt, such activities would address marginalization, joblessness and poor education. Disaffected youth across the globe should no doubt be the focus of such efforts. In all this, he said the protection and promotion of protection of human rights must be central.“We need to define the nature of the world in which we live,” he said calling for action to address the needs of the most vulnerable people and to ensure economic independence for women and young people. Indeed, the post-2015 development agenda must be broadly inclusive and address environmental needs, especially regarding the world’s oceans. In a world beset by warfare and terror on many fronts, the United Nations seemed too often to be “hamstrung and stymied” in situations where it needed to be decisive and strong, said Charles Flanagan, Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, as he called for new approaches to the work of the world body, in particular, the Security Council. While Ireland was in favour of abolishing the Council’s veto power, it welcomed an initiative by France, supported by Mexico, to better regulate the use of the veto by Permanent Members, and supported an increase in the Council’s membership “to more closely reflect regional balances” and “the current realities of population and economic weight in the world.” Foreign Minister Charles Flanagan of Ireland addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Kim Haughton Outlining his country’s position on challenges to peace in the Middle East, the Minister said that the only true basis for peace and security between the Israeli and Palestinian peoples was in the realisation of a just, negotiated two-State solution, adding that “all actions or policies which impede that prospect must be avoided.”In neighbouring Syria, too, the solution to the civil war was not a military one, and he urged countries to support Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura’s efforts to promote a political settlement based on the principles of the Geneva Communiqué of 2012, which calls for establishment of a transitional government to lead to free and fair elections. Violations of international law by all sides to the conflict must be confronted and referred to the International Criminal Court, he added. Flagging the growth of extremism across the region, he called on the international community to unite and mobilise, on an urgent basis, to confront the threat.The most dangerous political crisis to occur in Europe for several decades was in Ukraine, the Minister said, where the only sustainable solution was the path of diplomatic dialogue based on the principle of respect of Ukraine’s sovereignty, and with clear guarantees on border security, disarmament of illegal groups and the withdrawal of foreign forces.Also speaking today, Mårten Grunditz, Permanent Representative of Sweden to the United Nations, told the Assembly that his country joined collective efforts to tackle the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) at the request of the Iraqi Government, stressing the importance of political engagement to resolve that issue, as well as conflict in Syria, Iran’s nuclear dossier, and Israel-Palestine negotiations. Mårten Grunditz, Permanent Representative of Sweden to the UN, addresses the general debate of the sixty-ninth session of the General Assembly. UN Photo/Loey FelipeHe welcomed action on Ebola, noting Sweden’s support to those efforts. Peacebuilding support has also been given to Somalia and Liberia. Criticizing “Russian acts of aggression” in Ukraine, he stressed the need for the world to “react resolutely”, particularly given that the “attacker” is a permanent member of the Security Council. Greater efforts are needed to fulfil the Millennium Development Goals, and a transformative and universal new framework for sustainable development is needed with a consensus on financing and effective partnerships.Mr. Grunditz went on to say that women are essential to development and peace, and underlined that gender equality “is just and smart economics”. Closer to home, he noted Sweden’s economic growth was decoupled from its greenhouse gas emissions, with 60 per cent growth coming despite a 20 per cent reduction in emissions since 1990. His country had helped initiate the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate and he looked forward to the Paris meeting in 2015 that will aim to seek a universal, binding climate deal. read more

Bentley apprentice the best in the North West

Bentley apprentice Daniel Butler (18) was named “Higher Apprentice of the Year in the North West” at a special ceremony held by the National Apprenticeship Service on Tuesday 17th May.  The event, part of the most prestigious national award scheme for UK apprentices, was hosted by members of the North West Apprenticeship Ambassador Network.Daniel, the fourth generation in his family to work at Bentley, is in his third year of his higher apprenticeship and works as a junior engineer at the high luxury automaker’s factory in Crewe.  Working with a team of 30 experts in the body and trim development  team, his current focus is Bentley’s latest model, the new Continental GT.  In tandem Daniel is in his second year of a foundation degree in engineering at South Cheshire College, ensuring that he gains the requisite academic knowledge to support his practical skills and experiences.Daniel explains, “I am thrilled to have won this award.  My apprenticeship has given me so many opportunities to progress personally and professionally.  It is certainly a career route that I would recommend to any school leaver who wants to continue their education gaining practical skills via real-life experience whilst earning money not debt.”Sue Price, Director for the NAS in the North West said “This year’s awards were a terrific showcase of the outstanding wealth of apprenticeship talent that we have across the North West. Given the volume and high calibre of entries we received, I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Daniel for this superb achievement.”Bentley employs 53 young apprentices across manufacturing, engineering and commercial disciplines and is currently conducting the selection process for its September intake following a recent recruitment campaign.  Bentley received almost 1,000 applications for the 20 available apprentice places, doubling the applications from the previous year.Julia Gill, Bentley’s Attraction and Development Manager comments, “Apprenticeships are key to Bentley’s future success. We will continue to invest in and evolve the schemes we offer to young people as the benefits are clear: Developing highly skilled, well educated and enthusiastic employees that are key to out future.”To demonstrate the skills prevalent at Bentley, the Company’s prototype and tooling specialists made the medals and trophies for all of the award winners, including  Marcus Gorvin, a Bentley craft apprentice who was highly commended in the Advanced Apprenticeship section. Later this year Bentley will produce 3,000 winners and volunteers medals for the World Skills London 2011 event which takes place from 5th to 8th October at ExCeL. Bentley is one of the main sponsors of this international competition which aims to promote vocational learning and training.Daniel will now proceed onto the national stage of the awards competition and will be invited to an Oscar style awards ceremony to be held on 29th June in central London. Before that, he will undertake a four week placement at Audi’s headquarters in Ingolstadt, Germany as part of his apprenticeship programme.Click through to see how UK automotive companies are supporting the Automotive Council’s ‘See Inside Manufacturing‘ programme.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Mens hockey Ohio State fails to secure weekend sweep tie Arizona State

OSU sophomore forward John Wiitala passes the puck along the boards against an Arizona State defender. Credit: Courtesy of Ric Kruszynski/OSU AthleticsThere’s always a reason as to why the game is played. The No. 10 Ohio State men’s hockey team found that out the hard way on Saturday afternoon.Despite being heavy favorites following a 6-1 victory on Friday, the Buckeyes (11-4-5) tied Arizona State 2-2 in the weekend finale at the Schottenstein Center.The Sun Devils (7-17-2) tied the game with an extra skater with 26 seconds left in the third period on a goal from freshman forward Tyler Busch. OSU junior forward Kevin Miller and sophomore forward Mason Jobst scored to take the team’s only lead late in the second period. This result marks the fourth tie of the season for OSU, all coming to non-conference opponents.The teams could not decide a winner after an overtime period and the game officially ended in a tie, but Arizona State won the ensuing shootout 1-0. “We just got to keep getting better. Every time you lace it up, you’ve got to compete at the highest level,” coach Steve Rohlik said. “That’s a good hockey team. To have the lead right to the end, you’ve got to find a way to win that game, and to walk away with a tie leaves a little bitter taste in your mouth for sure.”Hard hits and bodies on the ice were present from the opening faceoff in this matchup. Both the Buckeyes and the Sun Devils produced a number of dangerous chances in front of net throughout the first period, including a power play for each team.Despite these factors, both squads entered the first intermission scoreless.Arizona State opened the game’s scoring on the power play with 10:20 left in the second period. Junior right winger Wade Murphy ripped a slapshot from the blueline that found its way through traffic, and into the back of the net.However, the Buckeyes responded strongly with just under three minutes to play in the period.Miller finished his fifth goal of the season from just out in front of the crease to tie the game at one, with assists coming from freshman forward Ronnie Hein and senior defender Drew Brevig. Less than a minute later, after OSU received a penalty for too many men on the ice, Jobst skated with speed past the Sun Devils’ defense and netted a shorthanded wrister senior goalie Robert Levin to take the lead into intermission.The Speedway, Indiana, native has now recorded 12 points in his last six games, but he said that his team needs to create more scoring opportunities for themselves moving forward in order to win games. “(We need) more shots,” Jobst said. “I think we had 24, and that’s just not enough. We’ve got to shoot the puck more.”During the third period, the Buckeyes had a chance to add insurance with a little over four minutes left when sophomore forward John Wiitala poked away a Sun Devil pass to go on the breakaway — but after a series of dekes, he saw his shot kicked away by Levin.This chance would come back to haunt Rohlik’s side, Busch found the back of the net to force overtime, and eventually won in a shootout.The deadlock lasted through the end of overtime into an eventual shoot-out, which concluded with the Sun Devils on top, but Rohlik said that his team needs to get better this next week headed back into conference play.“Our message is we’re going to Penn State, a great environment, obviously a very good hockey team, and we’ve got to be prepared this week and ready to go,” he said.Ohio State is back in action next weekend, as it travels College Park, Pennsylvania, for two conference clashes with the No. 4 Nittany Lions. Both Friday and Saturday’s puck drops are set for 7 p.m. read more

Ohio State mens volleyball struggles to find footing in Outrigger Invitational

The Ohio State men’s volleyball team struggled to find its footing against some of the nation’s elite teams, which gathered at the Outrigger Invitational in Honolulu this past weekend. While OSU improved to 2-0 on the season with a 3-2 win against host the University of Hawaii Warriors Thursday, the Buckeyes (2-2) dropped back-to-back showdowns against No. 7 Penn State and No. 5 UCLA. Against the Nittany Lions, OSU was swept 3-0 (24-26, 17-25, 22-25) Saturday as an evenly-matched first set was not enough in the end for the Buckeyes, which failed to take advantage of leads throughout the match. But in their contest with the Bruins, victory seemed to be within reach for OSU. During the deciding fifth set, the Buckeyes led multiple times, including a 12-9 advantage that left three points away from pulling off the upset. UCLA, though, stormed back, winning six of the next seven points, and handed OSU its first defeat of the year, 3-2 (25-17, 22-25, 25-18, 18-25, 13-15). The Buckeyes had better luck against the unranked Warriors, which took OSU to five sets before finally conceding the match, 3-2 (22-25, 25-23, 20-25, 25-17, 15-12). Redshirt sophomores setter Peter Heinen and opposite Andrew Lutz and sophomore outside hitter Michael Henchy led the charge against Hawaii to help put the team at 2-0 on the season heading into the top 10 matchups that stood ahead for the Buckeyes. Next weekend the Buckeyes will look to stop its current losing streak when they travel to Loretto, Pa. to take on Saint Francis (PA) at 3 p.m. in a rematch of the first game of the season, a 3-0 victory for OSU. read more

Italian nurse spoke such poor English colleague was forced to mime hearing

first_imgAntonella Indrizzi  worked at King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield, NottinghamshireCredit:Raymonds Press The panel has concluded that her lack of knowledge is such that she has in the past put patients at unwarranted risk of harm.Nursing and Midwifery Council panel Antonella Indrizzi  worked at King's Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire The committee panel said she had been given chances to improve her English, but refused to take the IELTS internationally recognised English language test. Her fitness to practise as a nurse was “impaired”, the committee said. “The panel has concluded that her lack of knowledge is such that she has in the past put patients at unwarranted risk of harm,” it added.Julie Bacon, Director of Human Resources for Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Antonella Indrizzi was recruited from Italy and worked for the Trust for nine months during 2015 as a Healthcare Support Worker, not as a registered nurse.”All the usual employment checks were undertaken before she took up her post. However, as an EU national she was not required to take a language test.”She received regular supervision and dedicated support. However, we ultimately referred this case to the Nursing and Midwifery Council.”center_img One colleague told the NMC that sometimes Ms Indrizzi would look at her like she did not understand what she saying.It led to her having to point with her hands and mime, while explaining verbally, in a bid to make sure Ms Indrizzi knew what to do.She had also misinterpreted medical terms on the ward where she worked and did not communicate effectively with patients.One patient had had to call for help because she was upset and, despite trying, Ms Indrizzi had been unable to find the words to reassure her. Instead, she had told the patient to “be quiet”, according to a ward leader at the hospital.Ms Indrizzi had worked as a healthcare support assistant at the hospital, but was a registered nurse, the committee heard. But she has now been struck off after her case went before the NMC’s conduct and competence committee. An Italian nurse was so poor at English a colleague was forced to mime to communicate with her, a Nursing and Midwifery Council hearing was told. Antonella Indrizzi took a job in the UK after answering an overseas recruitment campaign in Italy in February 2015.But her colleagues at King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, soon found her grasp of the English language was of concern.There were numerous incidences of patients refusing to have her look after them due to her “extremely poor” language skills, a committee heard. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

National Lottery Twitter campaign hijacked by trolls with vile messages

first_imgOne message featuring killer gunman Raoul Moat Credit:Twitter  Tom Sleeman‏ wrote: “The National Lottery Twitter page is a perfect example as to why you shouldn’t trust the British public to have influence with anything.”“Didn’t the National Lottery learn from Walkers Crisps mistake?” asked another. We are aware that some people are maliciously targeting our British Athletics Twitter campaign with offensive and abhorrent content. (1/2)— The National Lottery (@TNLUK) August 15, 2017 The names of those who retweeted the message would then be placed on a sign held up by Team GB athletes, like below:  Thanks for the support Eilidh #represent #raumstadt #techno #acid #nationallottery 👍🏻🤘🏿🤖 pic.twitter.com/phRNe3e6gO— Raumstadt (@Raumstadt1) August 15, 2017 Raoul Moat  When you’re 3 months into your internship with the National Lottery and you get a 7am WhatsApp from your boss. pic.twitter.com/dbcvtYl3LF— GeorgeWeahsCousin (@WeahsCousin) August 14, 2017 We are dealing with this as quickly as possible and are hugely sorry for any offence caused by this malicious act. (2/2)— The National Lottery (@TNLUK) August 15, 2017 The National Lottery apologised for the offensive messages center_img A National Lottery Twitter campaign created to celebrate British Athletics has been hijacked by trolls spreading vile messages.Camelot wanted to thank fans who retweeted messages of support for the British Athletics athletics team using the hashtag #REPRESENT as part of the social media campaign. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. In May, Gary Lineker appears alongside Rolf Harris, Jimmy Savile and Fred West in disastrous Walkers Crisps campaign.British Gas #AskBG Twitter campaign backfires By playing, you help our athletes #REPRESENT the nation at #London2017 and beyond pic.twitter.com/Kb4ErXGUdm— The National Lottery (@TNLUK) August 14, 2017 Did you learn nothing from the Gary Lineker/Walkers Crisp fiasco a few weeks ago?— Jon Alexander (@ninjamoose101) August 15, 2017 The messages were reshared by thousands of Twitter users, with one posting: “Oh National Lottery! What have you done.”Another wrote: “So this was a poor plan @TNLUK…Someone is asleep at the wheel”“How can someone hack the national lottery like that,” tweeted another. However, the campaign backfired spectacularly when users changed their name to offensive messages, which were then shared on the official National Lottery Twitter account.The vile abuse included messages about the disappearance of Madeleine Mccann, the Hillsborough tragedy, Margaret Thatcher and Jimmy Savile.last_img read more

Refurbishment works to begin on Priory Hall and there are hopes for

first_imgTHE FIRST PHASE of works on Priory Hall has gone to tender, with refurbishment work expected to begin in the next couple of weeks.It comes almost three years since 300 residents were forced to leave their homes over fire safety concerns at the housing complex, built in Donaghmede by developer Tom Feely.Following the complex’s evacuation in 2011, residents fought for and eventually reached a deal with stakeholders in the estate.“We’ve been assured that there will be no corners cut,” Richie Flood, who represents buy-to-let owners at the complex, told TheJournal.ie, ”it’s going to be built up to a new standard.”He said the committee have been “pushing very hard to get the job done” and that they are pleased with the process.“The reaction has been good, owners are very happy that someone has taken the responsibility to refurbish the place – we’re also very hopeful for a name change.”The overhaul is expected to take two years to complete.Read: I don’t think Priory Hall is a shoddy building — Tom McFeely >More: Priory Hall resident writes to Taoiseach after partner takes his own life >last_img read more

Heart attack software developed

first_imgGreek Australians with heart conditions should have one less reason to panic this week, with the announcement that the National Heart Foundation of Australia has developed life-saving new diagnostic software.The National Heart Foundation of Australia has trialed a prototype of the Acute Coronary Syndromes Electronic Decision Support Instrument (ACSEDI), designed to help health professionals diagnose, risk assess and manage patients suffering from heart attack and unstable angina. Professor James Tatoulis, Chief Medical Adviser for the Heart Foundation, said having medical information such as blood test and heart trace results readily available when people present with signs of heart attack could save lives. “In addition, this information needs to be aligned with evidence-based clinical guideline recommendations to ensure good decisions are made in a time critical manner which is what this prototype aims to achieve,” he said.After it is put through more rigorous trials, the software will be rolled out in GPs and hospitals. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

States will consider phasing Columbia crossing project

first_imgWashington and Oregon transportation planners will devise a plan to build — and fund — the multibillion-dollar Columbia River Crossing project in phases.“These options will be based on potential funding scenarios that could result from either a delay or a reduced amount of funding that is being sought,” according to a letter sent today to Govs. Chris Gregoire and Ted Kulongoski.The two state transportation departments accepted a list of 30 recommendations made earlier this year by an independent panel. The panel reviewed the $3.6 billion proposal to replace the Interstate 5 bridge, improve five miles of freeway on both sides of the river and extend Portland’s light-rail transit system into Vancouver.Funding will be a major hurdle, with planners anticipating a three-way funding split between the federal government, the two states and local revenue generated by bridge tolls.The bridge itself is expected to cost about $800 million.But, because the project is so closely tied together, it won’t be easy to break it into independent phases. Likewise, planners have been pressing to construct the entire project as soon as possible to avoid driving up the cost of delay.“How to manage cash flow and keep each separate funding source tied to the appropriate work will be a challenge on this project,” according to the letter jointly signed by Washington Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond and Matt Garrett, director of the Oregon Department of Transportation.last_img read more

13YearOld Sterling Teen Killed In ATV Accident

first_imgThe preliminary investigation at the scene determined that Verba was out riding when she lost control of the recreational vehicle and crashed. Despite wearing a helmet, she succumbed to her injuries. Verba’s next of kin have been notified. The investigation is ongoing according to Troopers. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers are investigating the cause of a fatal ATV collision that occurred in the Sterling area on Monday evening.center_img Troopers and Central Emergency Services responded to a location on Robinson Loop in the Higher Ground area at 5:43 pm on Monday night. Tori Verba, 13,  of Sterling was pronounced deceased at the scene.last_img

Bobit Business Media Sold to Private Equity After 57 Years of Family

first_imgTy Bobit“This was a good time for us [to sell] because the company has been performing well with a good track record of growth,” Ty Bobit tells Folio:. “Gemspring realized the potential for the sophisticated digital and data products we’ve built over the past couple of years, along with the outstanding relationships we have with our customers and audiences. They are poised to make investments to take the company to the next level.”Both sides declined to share the financial terms of the transaction, but noted that the company will remain based in Southern California, its home since 1977, and will continue to do business under the Bobit name. In total, Bobit Business Media employs 170 staffers—”virtually all” of whom will be retained, says Ty Bobit—across its portfolio of 21 titles, including Automotive Fleet, Heavy Duty Trucking, and Modern Salon magazines, as well as 20 conferences and trade shows.Gemspring Capital, a Westport, Conn.-based middle-market private equity firm founded in 2015, counts $355 million of equity capital under management across a portfolio whose most recent addition was recruitment advertising firm TMP Worldwide, in April.“Bobit has a leading position in each of the end markets it serves, reinforced by its large and entrenched audience, deep proprietary database, industry expertise and high value customer relationships,” Gemspring principal Aron Grossman tells Folio:. “We see enormous potential for Bobit to leverage these assets to drive growth organically and via acquisition.” Rivera’s experience leading and growing b2b media firms, added Grossman, as well as his “deep understanding of the changing b2b media landscape” made him the right choice to bring on as the company’s next CEO.This is a developing story. Richard RiveraCalifornia-based b2b publisher Bobit Business Media has been sold to private equity firm Gemspring Capital for an undisclosed sum, ending 57 years of Bobit family ownership.As part of the deal, longtime b2b media executive Richard Rivera will join the company as CEO, succeeding Ty Bobit, who had served in that capacity since taking the reins from his father, late company founder Ed Bobit, in 2007.“I am really excited to join a company with such a strong foundation and one that was founded on family values with a purpose and mission to help people and business succeed,” said Rivera in a statement. “Our job is to carry that purpose and mission forward.”Joining Rivera—who spent the last two years as an executive at EnsembleIQ following earlier stints at CFO Publishing, UBM, and Commonwealth Business Media—on the leadership team will be Bobit veteran Sherb Brown, who has been promoted to president from his previous role running Bobit’s fleet group as VP and group publisher. Cyndy Drummey will stay on as COO.last_img read more

Futuristic fabric adjusts with the temperature to keep you comfy

first_img Tags Sci-Tech Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Fabric of the future? University of Maryland Anyone who lives in San Francisco knows it’s all about wearing layers. Temperatures can vary dramatically from neighborhood to neighborhood — one minute you’re stripping off your sweater, the next you’re wishing you brought your snow parka along and dreaming of life in Arizona. If a new temperature-adapting fabric out of the University of Maryland makes it into our closets, life in such fickle climes could get simpler. The fabric automatically changes according to the environment thanks to specially engineered yarn coated with carbon nanotubes. The yarn expands and collapses based on the heat and humidity, which changes the spacing of the fibers. If the fabric’s near warm and moist conditions, such as a sweating body, the fibers let heat pass through. In cooler and drier conditions, the fabric reduces the heat that escapes. Color-changing clothes will make you a chameleon This dress measures how many times the wearer was groped More smart clothescenter_img Watch this smart fabric change color at the touch of… 0 4:02 Plenty of fabrics already wick away moisture or work to keep you cool when it’s blazing out, but what’s notable here is the smart fabric’s ability to adapt to the world around it. “The human body is a perfect radiator. It gives off heat quickly,” said Min Ouyang, a UMD physics professor and co-author of a new paper on the research in the journal Science. “For all of history, the only way to regulate the radiator has been to take clothes off or put clothes on. But this fabric is a true bidirectional regulator.”The scientists hope their work will lead to what they call “comfort-adjusting clothing,” though they say more work is needed before stores sell shirts that react to San Francisco’s maddening weather. Still, the research does present some exciting possibilities for futuristic fashionistas. Pair this stuff with app-controlled color-changing smart clothes and we’re really talking. Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations with everyday tech, and here’s what happens.The Smartest Stuff: Innovators are finding new ways to make you, and the things around you, smarter. Post a commentlast_img read more

Furore over deletion of 700 votes

first_imgBhimavaram: Notices to 700 voters for deletion of their votes created a flutter at Korukollu in Palakoderu mandal. A large number of voters stormed panchayat office expressing anger at officials for sending notice for deletion of votes on Tuesday. A Form 7 submitted by anonymous person resulted in commotion. The voters who rushed to panchayat office entered into argument with officials over notices sent to them. They questioned the officials how could the officials act blindly when someone complains against them. They doubted some political motive behind it as panchayat elections are approaching. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us The gathered voters argued that they have been staying in the villages by constructing shelter. They had been to other places in search of livelihood. They voted in recent general election also. How can officials scare them now for deletion of their votes when they were very much present in the same village. The officials persuaded them to calm down and requested them to submit their Aadhaar, ration card and voter cards for necessary action.last_img read more

AFRO Editors Celebrate Mothers

first_imgQueena poem by Tiffany GinyardAFRO Managing Editor and mother Teresa Nicholson Ginyard.Here Ye! Here Ye!I present to theeA love poemFor my mother,my Queen.You are my everything.I owe you everythingI have.For you I’d do anything.Love, you’ve been a good stewardof my life. For that,I cherish your life.To me you’re royalty.For that,Forever stands my loyalty.You mean the world to me.You have made my life altogether lovely.If I couldI would give you a crown, some diamonds, some pearlsBut that wouldn’t be enough for youMa, because even more than that you deserve.You’re my number one home girl.The first to love me beforeI even came into this world.Queen,I delight in every momentI spend in the kingdom of your;As long as you’re aroundI’m content.Thank you, MaFor making your house a home.For sacrificing, sometimes yielding life.For unconditionallyloving me.Your smile, so heavenly,energizes me.You’re so beautiful, Mommy.You are my Queen.A poem from “This Thing Called Life,” a collectionof poems by Tiffany C. Ginyard, copyright 2004****************************************By Micha GreenI’m convinced that Black women are God’sgreatest gift to the world- and I contend my mothermust be the special, sparkly bow on top of thepackage. The Rev. Canon Paula E. Clark (Mommy),walks in Dr. Maya Angelou’s phenomenalwomanhood; she travels the railroads of HarrietTubman; makes her voice heard even in spaces withthe fervor of Sojourner Truth when she asked, “Ain’tI A Woman;” and is the magician from which myBlack Girl Magic was bestowed.AFRO Washington Editor Micha Green and mother The Rev. Canon Paula E. Clark.My favorite quote is from Ntozake Shange’s “ForColored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ Whenthe Rainbow Is Enuf.” Shange wrote, “i found godin myself & i loved her/ i loved her fiercely.” WhenI first read that play over a decade ago, I thoughtabout the shirt Mommy has donned for years thatreads, “God is not a boy’s name.”Mommy lives every second of her life with therecognition of the powerful God within and thefierce love that she has for Her. My mom raised meto walk fearlessly in this world, with a confidencethat my choices matter, my voice matters, my rightsmatter, my life matters and the God within mattersand should be loved “fiercely.”Everyday is Mother’s Day for me. I know theGod in me and I know the Paula in me- and bothsurface FIERCELY anytime I’m about to forget thepower I possess. I was raised and am still nurturedby the most amazing, loving, intelligent womanI’ve ever known. The Rev. Canon Paula E. Clark,Mommy, is my shero and superwoman and in thegreatest, eternal way- I love her fiercely.last_img read more

Transat says its in talks for a potential sale

first_img MONTREAL — Transat says it is in preliminary discussions with more than one company concerning a potential transaction involving its acquisition.A statement issued by Transat this morning reads: “These discussions result from expressions of interest received by the Corporation. The Corporation has formed a special committee of independent directors to evaluate the proposals with the assistance of financial and legal advisors, consider, and if deemed advisable, undertake a process for the formal review of strategic alternatives, consider any alternative proposal, and make recommendations to the Board of Directors in the best interests of the Corporation and all its stakeholders.”The statement also says: “This situation has no impact on the clients or employees of Transat, nor on its operations, which are continuing as usual.”Transat adds that the discussions are at a preliminary stage. “No decision has been made as to any potential transaction. There can be no assurance that any transaction will take place. The Corporation does not intend to provide further updates or comments with respect to the foregoing except as required by law.”More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckThe announcement came as the company prepared to hold its annual meeting this morning in Montreal. Transat says it’s in talks for a potential sale << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Travelweek Group center_img Tags: Transat Tuesday, April 30, 2019 Posted bylast_img read more

William and Kate to leave hospital with new baby boy

first_imgNo related posts. LONDON – Prince William and his wife, Kate, are to leave hospital with their newborn son on Tuesday evening and return home to Kensington Palace, the palace confirmed in a statement.“Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge will be discharged this evening from St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington,” the palace said.“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their son will travel home to Kensington Palace.”The statement added that William and Kate wanted to “reiterate their thanks to the hospital for the care and treatment they have all received”.Their unnamed baby son, the new third in line to the British throne, was born at the central London hospital at 4:24 p.m. on Monday weighing a healthy 8 lbs 6 oz.The statement from the palace came shortly after William’s father, Prince Charles, visited his new grandson, telling the press as he left: “You’ll see in a minute.”In Costa Rica, the British ambassador in San José, Her Excellency Sharon Campbell, expressed her delight over yesterday’s news. “This is an exciting time for their Royal Highnesses. I am sure that Costa Ricans will join me and the staff of the British Embassy in San José in wishing the Duke and Duchess and their new arrival all the happiness in the world.”The Tico Times’ Ashley Harrell contributed to this report. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

switzerland

first_imgswitzerland Switzerland Tourism has launched its 2017 (northern) summer campaign with three ‘Back to Nature’ themes – My Swiss Experience, Wildlife Watching, and Alpine Huts.Director of Switzerland Tourism AU & NZ, Mark Wettstein says the themes address the growing interest and demands from travellers when visiting Switzerland. “While many of our visitors are well acquainted with Switzerland’s no-filter-required picturesque landscape as well as the cheese, chocs and clocks, interests in other authentic experiences are growing.“Travellers are looking for new and different activities, knowledge and involvements to enhance their journey and itineraries; and getting to know or interacting with locals to learn about their ways of life is a major appeal.”Aussie and Kiwi visitors to Switzerland have been consistent over the past three years, with year-on-year growth averaging 4%. The first quarter of 2017 alone has seen a 14% increase in AU & NZ overnights in the country. (Total overnights from AU & NZ in 2016 was 323,000).According to Wettstein, the country’s ongoing success in gaining numbers is its wide appeal to the many different niche interests among travellers today; and this is reflected in the tourism body’s continuous marketing efforts to focus on emerging trends. My Swiss ExperienceExplore the country and regional diversities via various experiences and encounters, both new and old hosted by locals. Travellers researching online will find more than 700 suggestions, all of which are listed and searchable via categories including interests, regions, duration, seasons and other filters.Wildlife WatchingAnimal lovers can experience a range of encounters with Swiss wildlife. More than 100 day packages (ranging from 1 – 7 hours) are available, where accompanied by professional guides, visitors will get to see and learn about the behaviours of the likes of ibexes, chamois, vultures, beavers and many other species in their natural habitat. Visitors can be assured that all tours are committed to the protection of wildlife and environment.Alpine HutsStay close to nature and away from the hustle and bustle of city life. For the very first time, travellers have direct access to traditional alpine huts that have been used for generations as summer residences by local cheese makers or shepherds and their animals. While some huts have been luxuriously refurbished, most huts remain in their original form without mod-cons such as dishwashers, hot tubs, cable TV or broadband. As such, visitors are encouraged to truly detach themselves from their modern-day lifestyle and reconnect with the natural surrounds. Simply put, “Nature wants you back!”last_img read more