More Than 20 Suitors for RBI

first_imgMore than six months after Reed Elsevier announced it was putting Reed Business Information on the block, BusinessWeek parent McGraw-Hill has emerged as one of more than 20 companies that are interested in purchasing the London-based media company’s b-to-b publishing arm.UBS, the bank that’s organizing the sale, sent information to prospective bidders last week, according to a report in the London Telegraph. Private equity groups Cinven, Permira, Providence Equity Partners and Bain also were reported as interested parties. First round bids are said to be due by mid-August.In an e-mail to FOLIO:, a McGraw-Hill spokesperson declined to comment. McGraw-Hill, owner of credit rating firm Standard & Poors, publishes several construction and aviation magazines, including Aviation Week and several titles under its McGraw-Hill Construction division. A number of its titles overlap with RBI titles, which also publishes Variety.It was not immediately clear if McGraw-Hill is interested in purchasing individual titles or RBI as a whole. Reed Elsevier last month, in an effort to make sure RBI is sold in one piece, put together a group of banks to lend nearly $1.5 billion to the eventual buyer. Early estimates put an RBI sale at about $2 billion.last_img read more

New Vibe Finding its Rhythm

first_imgIt’s been about a year since Vibe magazine was relaunched by Uptown Media and private equity firm InterMedia Partners, which acquired the ailing music title in June 2009 after it was shut down by its former owner, the Wicks Group. Today, as the October/November issue hits newsstands this week, the magazine is striking a balance between returning to its roots while expanding the brand across platforms.“When we assumed control of Vibe last year, one of our first priorities was to let everyone know that the brand is still strong and just as urgent to its consumers as ever,” Uptown Media co-CEO Len Burnett, who helped launch Vibe in the early 1990s, tells FOLIO:. “We knew we needed to bring back the luster the book had lost over the years—not just the look and style but the edit content as well. Vibe became very hip-hop centered. It didn’t differentiate itself from a lot of the competition.”Before Vibe shut down in June 2009, the magazine saw its first quarter advertising pages plummet 42 percent, and it planned to cut its guaranteed rate base by 25 percent that July to 600,000 copies and to drop frequency to 10 times per year. When Burnett and his team at Uptown took over, they immediately got to work reconfiguring the print model. They brought in a new design director who gave the magazine a new look, one that Burnett says is more cohesive with the Web site. Initially, the plan was to publish quarterly, but not long after relaunching, Vibe went bi-monthly and currently carries a 300,000 rate base—about half what it had pre-acquisition. The magazine increased its trim size to 9” x 10-3/4” (the same size as sister title Uptown) and upped its paper stock to 45-pound matte. “The paper is heavier and absorbs ink nicely,” says Burnett. “That’s one of the first things consumers notice now. Color really pops off the page.” Burnett says advertising dollars out of the gate were slimmer than anticipated. “A lot of advertisers had already planned their budgets, or were excited about the relaunch but wanted to take a ‘wait and see’ approach,” he says. “We fought hard. Since then, many advertisers have carved out a few dollars for us.” Burnett declined to disclose specific sales figures but says the magazine has won back old advertisers as well as signed a few new ones, including Lexus, BMW and Mini Cooper. He says the magazine now is meeting its goal of about 40 ads per issue.Digital at the ForefrontWhen Uptown and InterMedia acquired Vibe, the groups said Vibe.com would be the “centerpiece of the new venture.” Since its relaunch, the site averages about 450,000 uniques per month. And the Vibe Lifestyle Network—which comprises partnerships with 12 to 15 publishers including AllHipHop.com, DJBooth.net as well as the recently relaunched Vibe Vixen site, to promote their sites under the Vibe banner and to leverage content and distribution—averages roughly 10 million uniques per month, or about double from the first quarter this year.Again, without disclosing specific figures, Burnett says Vibe.com and the Vibe Lifestyle Network has “played out well” and has benefitted nicely from integrated sales programs. The Vibe brand also is expanding with the launch of a magazine app with digital vendor Zinio later this fall, Burnett says, and an iPad app during the first quarter of 2011.In addition, Vibe is launching a DJ-mixer app next month that allows users to become their own DJ. “When you do these apps, you have to consider what’s going to make consumers come back to them on a regular basis,” says Burnett. “It should be cool, but not just cool for the moment. You need to come up with apps that have a purpose beyond just reading the magazine.”Into 2011, Vibe is looking at a digital radio business called Vibe Live as well as forays into TV and brand licensing. “It was heart-wrenching watching Vibe sputter like it did,” Burnett says. “It was a dream for me, for our investors, to expand the brand. Through its ups and downs, this is the brand that our consumer is still attached to, and finds important across any platform.”last_img read more

SELECTMEN NEWS 5 Things That Happened At Last Weeks Meeting

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHOA! Apartment Complex, 7 Retail Stores & Bank Proposed At Woburn St. & Lowell St. IntersectionIn “Government”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 6 Things That Happened At This Month’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 10 Things That Happened At Last Week’s MeetingIn “Government” WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things that happened at last week’s Wilmington Board of Selectmen Meeting:#1) NEW AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS: Selectmen authorized a regulatory agreement for three affordable units at Spruce Farm, the new 55-and-over development built on Andover Street. The units will be deed restricted and affordable in perpetuity. The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development will monitor the affordable units.#2) SNOW FORT FEST: Selectmen unanimously approved the request of Wilmington Library Director Tina Stewart for the library to use the Swain Green for a “Snow Fort Fest” program on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, from 2pm to 3:30pm.#3) TRAININGS FOR TOWN BOARDS & COMMITTEES: Wilmington’s new Town Counsel – KP Law – offers the town two free trainings annually per its contract. The town has selected 3-hour trainings on the Open Meeting Law and the Public Records Law. Members of town boards and committees, as well as any town staff members who work with them, will be invited to each training once dates and times are set.#4) PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST: Wilmington resident Rob Fasulo made a formal public records request to the Town Clerk’s Office regarding the standstill agreement for the Olin site and Executive Session minutes surrounding it. Hull said the Town would respond to the request by the deadline. He did note, however, that the Executive Session minutes will not be provided until Selectmen approve them to be released.#5) WILMINGTON GROUP HOMES MAY GET UPGRADES: Vinfen Corporation owns at least two group homes in Wilmington — 6 Fairmeadow Road and 55 Houghton Road.  The company is seeking approval to issue debt through the MassDevelopment to acquire property, renovate existing property, purchase technology hardware and software, pay for soft costs for new projects and make improvements to their various properties, including those in Wilmington. Wilmington was offered the opportunity to provide input at a public hearing, but did not find out about the hearing until after the fact.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.last_img read more

VIDEO Watch 5th Grade 6th Grade Bands Winter Concert

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Public Schools’ 5th Grade and 6th Grade Bands held their Winter Concert on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 in the Wilmington High School Auditorium.Wilmington Community Television was on hand to cover the concert. Watch it below:—Video Playerhttps://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/6/8/1/9/c/d/6819cd6b-e5c9-4c74-b29a-21f422f879931545254266.257%2B50036965.300%40castus4-wilmington%2B15453185441545316888440681.vod.720p.20181218_5th%20and%206th%20grade%20band%20concert.mp41.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: https://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/6/8/1/9/c/d/6819cd6b-e5c9-4c74-b29a-21f422f879931545254266.257%2B50036965.300%40castus4-wilmington%2B15453185441545316888440681.vod.720p.20181218_5th%20and%206th%20grade%20band%20concert.mp41.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor: WOW Factor Auto Detailing Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Watch 2019 Wilmington Spring Strings FestivalIn “Videos”VIDEO: Watch 2019 Wilmington Spring Band FestivalIn “Videos”VIDEO: Watch ‘The Back Track Band’ Perform A Concert On The CommonIn “Videos”last_img read more

Netflixs canceled Marvel shows Disney may revive them after all

first_img4:51 Tags Since 2016, Netflix has been the first place to watch Disney’s movies with a subscription. That deal made Netflix the go-to place for the biggest US blockbusters of the last three years. The top two movies of 2017 and the top three movies of 2016 and 2018 were all from Disney. Netflix has been the place to binge them all. But Disney decided against renewing that Netflix deal as it plotted its own competitor. So starting with Disney’s 2019 slate of movies, all those films are destined for Disney+. But Netflix’s Marvel Defenders shows are complicated. Netflix has put out five original series based on Defenders’ characters in partnership in with Disney. This year, Netflix canceled three of them: Daredevil, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. But the terms of their original deal could restrict Disney+ from any revivals until 2020, according to a report. At the same time, Netflix still has subsequent seasons of other Defenders series — Jessica Jones and The Punisher — set to come out in 2019. So some of the Defenders gang is staying at Netflix for the time being. Marvel, like Star Wars’ Lucasfilm and Pixar, are part of Disney. They’ll all be packaged into the new streaming service. The service will also include its own exclusive originals. They’ll include a live-action, big-budget Star Wars TV series called The Mandalorian, being developed by Jon Favreau; a Star Wars Rogue One prequel TV series, starring Diego Luna, and a live-action Marvel series focused on Avengers character Loki, starring Tom Hiddleston. First published Dec. 18 at 10:16 a.m. PT. Update on Dec. 19 at 8:01 a.m. PT: Adds more context. CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports. Share your voice Netflix canceled its original production of Marvel’s Daredevil last month.  Nicole Rivelli/Netflix Maybe Daredevil, Iron Fist and Luke Cage will live to fight another day. Kevin Mayer, the Disney executive in charge of the company’s planned Netflix-rival streaming service called Disney+, said he’d consider reviving the programs, according to an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “We haven’t yet discussed that, but I would say that’s a possibility,” he said of resurrecting the canceled series he called “very high-quality shows.” Netflix declined to comment. Disney, which is taking over major parts of 21st Century Fox, is aiming to build a Hollywood fortress with the resources to battle deep-pocketed tech-media companies like Netflix. Disney’s plan to launch a competing streaming service has turned the company’s relationship with Netflix on its head. After this year, Disney will mostly disappear from Netflix.  Every Stan Lee Marvel movie cameo 27 Comments Marvel Disney Netflix TV and Movies Digital Media Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Australia has banned at least four video games in the last three

first_img Tags The 29 best games on the Nintendo Switch Comment 1 DayZ. Bohemia Interactive Australia has long had an issue with video game classification.Thanks to legislation initially put in place in the ’90s, Australia didn’t have an “adults only” or equivalent AO rating until 2013. Until then movies, TV shows and most other media could be rated “R18+,” but not video games. But even after the addition of an R18+ classification for video games, video games are still treated differently in Australia, mainly as a result of the idea that “interactivity” adds impact to any sex, violence or drug use featured. Since the introduction of its R18+ rating, Australia has still banned a significant number of video games. This week has been especially strange.It started with DayZ earlier this month. DayZ, a precursor of games like Fortnite and Apex Legends had been available digitally for years, but as a result of an official retail release, Five Star Games, the local distributor of DayZ, had to go through Australia’s government run classification process, where it was refused classification — effectively banned in Australia.Five Star Games did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Now today, Kotaku Australia has found three more titles that have also been refused classification in Australia. We Happy Few, Hotline Miami and the codenamed “Bonaire”, which is thought to be downloadable content for Red Dead Redemption 2.Interestingly, like DayZ, We Happy Few and Hotline Miami had already been classified in Australia, but as a result of either re-releases or upcoming DLC had to be re-classified. Unlike in regions like Europe or the US, in which industry bodies like the ESRB are trusted to self-regulate the classification of video games or movies, Australia’s classification is government-run. Ratings are provided by the Australian Classification Board. But the board is, for the most part, the messenger, working from guidelines agreed upon by government. Video games in Australia are most frequently banned as a result of drug use. According to the classification guidelines, any video game where drug use is incentivised (as a “power up” that benefits the player for example) can result in a ban. That’s almost certainly why We Happy Few’s DLC was refused classification and it appears to be the reason why DayZ was banned earlier this month.The Australian Classification Board did not immediately respond to a request for comment.center_img Culture Gaming Share your voice 29 Photoslast_img read more

Sensex gains 460 points on betterthanexpected corporate earnings

first_imgIndian stock markets ended trading on Monday with gains, as better-than-expected fourth quarter earnings and the passage last Friday of a landmark economic legislation lifted sentiments. The S&P BSE Sensex gained 460 points, or 1.82 percent, to close at 25,687 while the NSE Nifty ended the day at 7,866, up 132 points, or 1.71 percent.The Sensex rally was led by Bajaj Auto, followed by Axis Bank, ICICI Bank and HDFC. Stocks that lost included Dr Reddy’s Labs, Hindustan Unilever and Tata Steel.The biggest gainer among BSE500 companies was Muthoot Finance. Shares of cigarette maker ITC gained on the company resuming production. Godfrey Phillips also ended in the green.  On the Nifty, the biggest gainer was Bosch, followed by Zee Ltd. and Bajaj Auto.The Indian rupee however, closed with a loss of 4 paise at 66.59 to the U.S. dollar after opening at 66.51. Foreign institutional investors were net buyers of Indian equities worth Rs. 224 crore, according to provisional data provided by the National Stock Exchange (NSE).Bankruptcy BillThe Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2015 passed by the Lower House (Lok Sabha) last week is being seen as a landmark legislation that provides for time-bound processes for resolving insolvency-related disputes of companies and individuals. “These processes will be completed within 180 days. If insolvency cannot be resolved, the assets of the borrowers may be sold to repay creditors. The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) will adjudicate insolvency resolution for companies. The Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT) will adjudicate insolvency resolution for individuals,” PRS Legislative Research, a not-for-profit organisation that provides updates on Indian legislations, said in an update.The Bill now needs to be passed by the Upper House (Rajya Sabha).Markets would now be awaiting the passage of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, which has already been cleared by the Lok Sabha. The legislation is aimed at creating an unified indirect tax architecture across the country.last_img read more

It feels good to experiment with different roles Chunky Panday at the

first_imgChunky PandayPR HandoutThe screening of the third edition of Shururat, called ‘Shuruaat Ka Twist’ was held at PVR, Citi Mall, Mumbai a couple of days ago. ‘Shuruaat Ka Twist’ is an anthology of six short films mentored by Vikramaditya Motwane, Rajkumar Hirani, Amit V Masurkar, Raj Kumar Gupta.The event witnessed the who’s who of Bollywood from Rasika Dugal, Mukul Chadda, Irshad Kamil, Sriram Raghavan, Sayani Gupta, Sumeet Vyas, Rasika Dugal, Chunky Panday, Delnaaz Irani, Anuritta K. Jha, Gulshan Grover, Mahima Chaudhury, Shahriyar Atai, Avinash Tiwari, Tripti Dimni and Parmeet Sethi. The film received a standing ovation as the audience witnessed an array of genres and emotions.The short film anthology features popular actors such as Chunky Pandey, Neena Gupta and Delnaz Irani offering the best of entertainment with films such as ‘TAP TAP’ directed by Praveen Fernandes, ‘Khauff’ by Hanish Kalia, ‘Adi Sonal’ by Heena D’Souza, ‘Bhaskar Calling’ by Sanjiv Kishinchandani, ‘Guddu’ by Gaurav Mehra and ‘Gutthi’ by Avalokita Dutt.Commenting on the Vinay Mishra, HumaraMovie said, “We are extremely delighted with Shuruaat- each edition has been better, larger and more fulfilling for us, the filmmakers and the audience. Really want to thank the support we get from mentors, the filmmakers, the innumerable cast and crew who work on this probono and PVR which helps us all by showcasing this.”Speaking on the collaboration, actor Chunky Panday said, “It’s a new kind of character I am playing in the film and I hope people like it. It feels good to experiment with different roles. I must commend the great effort to the team at HumaraMovie that enables such good stories to be made in the best way.”The six short films cover a host of diverse genres and topics that include a character study of a washed out music composer, a psychological thriller about fear, a family drama with underlying tensions, a comic take on a common menace, a tale about two female friends and lastly, a love story about breaking away from conventions.At the screening, popular actor Sumeet Vyas said, “My journey with HumaraMovie started back in 2012 and it’s exciting to be here today. The short films in Shuruaat Ka Twist offer a great blend of storytelling. I love the fact that in Adi Sonal, the message is conveyed subtly. It is not an outright film on feminism but it makes you feel for the cause.”The first edition of Shuruaat was launched in 2016, titled ‘Shor Se Shuruaat’. With ace filmmakers such as Imtiaz Ali, Shyam Benegal, Mira Nair, Homi Adjania, Zoya Akhtar, Sriram Raghavan and Nagesh Kukunoor as mentors, the film was well received around the country.Offering the right dose of entertainment that keeps the audience hooked, Shuruaat Ka twist brings together glimpses of present India and how our lived experiences are similar in more than one way.last_img read more

Dhanteras 2016 Gold fails to shine due to weak demand high prices

first_imgGold remained lacklustre even on Dhanteras as global weakness in the precious metal failed to offset token buying by jewellers and retailers on Friday, resulting in the yellow metal losing Rs 110 to close at Rs 30,590 per 10 gm. Silver remained unchanged at Rs 42,700 per kg.In the past one month, gold has lost almost 2.50 percent from its September 29 closing price of Rs 31,350.Gold prices have increased by Rs 4,360, or 16.6 percent, while silver has gained Rs 7,290, or 20.58 percent from last year’s Dhanteras, according to PTI.The auspicious buying of gold on Dhanteras did not lift prices, though jewellers were hopeful of bullish sales this year on the back of salary bonanza to Central government employees with the partial implementation of the proposals of the 7th Pay Commission and a good monsoon after two straight years of drought.Gold jewellers had pinned their hopes on these factors to see higher demand this year.”Diwali bonuses coupled with the increased purchasing power triggered by the 7th pay commission is expected to notch up the demand for gold this season. The wedding season round the corner will also have a positive demand on the growth,” Pratap Kamath, CEO of Bengaluru-based Abaran Jewellers had said a few days ago.”In fact, jewellery buying during this Dhanteras is expected 30 per cent more than last year,” he added.Crowds at jewellery shops could be telling a different story, suggests an IANS report from Mumbai. “This is despite the fact that the gold prices are around Rs 30,450/10 gms (per tola) compared to Rs 25,450/10 gms on Dhanteras last year (2015),” Mumbai Jewellers Association’s Vice-President Surinder Kumar Jain told the agency.Most of the gold jewellers are family-owned businesses in India, while a few are listed companies, such as PC Jeweller, Gitanjali Gems, Titan, which retails jewellery under Tanishq brand and Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri (TBZ).On Friday, Titan shares gained 1.46 percent, PC Jeweller 0.30 percent and TBZ 3.85 percent, while Gitanjali Gems lost 1.13 percent. TBZ and Titan will be declaring their Q2 results on November 9 and 4, respectively.The recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission cover 47 lakh Central government employees and 53 lakh pensioners, of which 14 lakh employees and 18 lakh pensioners are from the defence forces.last_img read more

2 lakh shell firms may face criminal action for depositing unexplained money

first_imgCreative CommonsWith the revamp in the Companies Act, thousands of shell companies now can face criminal action for depositing unexplained high-value notes during demonetisation or for operating bank accounts after their names were blacklisted.According to the Times of India, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) is planning to invoke provisions of section 447 of the new Companies Act against 2 lakh de-registered companies.If found guilty, the firm owners can get imprisonment of three to 10 years for fraud. Moreover, a penalty can be levied on the fraudulent firm, which is equal to the value of the offence.Sources told TOI that the registrar of companies will do a thorough investigation of the de-registered companies to find out the source of funds.Earlier, the ministry had disqualified two lakh directors for holding posts in the companies that have defaulted loans and have failed to file their financial returns for last three years. The government has also frozen their bank accounts to check any siphoning off of funds.Sources said that the revenue department and MCA are jointly working to act against “shell companies”. The revenue department also believes that many of these companies simply exist to launder funds by routing money through a web of companies.Earlier this month, the government had announced that it has received ‘vital information’ from 13 banks on suspicious transactions post-demonetisation. The data provided by banks reveal that suspicious transactions were carried out by 2,09,032 companies, which were already blacklisted by the Registrar of Companies earlier this year.Quoting sources, the newspaper reported that preliminary data accessed by the tax department revealed that Rs 4,600 crore were routed through bank accounts of less than 6,000 companies.”While it is not illegal to have several bank accounts, we need to establish that the funds were beyond the known sources of income,” a tax officer explained.last_img read more

Top five investment options for salaried individuals

first_imgTop five investment options for salaried individualsIANSThe law of compounding works wonderfully for salaried people who invest regularly across savings instruments. Safety, return, liquidity and tax benefits are the major points a salaried investor is always on the lookout for. There are only few investment instruments that can offer these three together.Here are top five instruments the salaried can invest for decent returns.1. KTDFC Kerala Transport Development Finance Corporation Ltd (KTDFC) is a government of Kerala owned non-banking Company, which is registered under RBI. For 1 year the interest rate on a KTDFC deposit is 8.25 percent for one year, while it offers 8.50 percent for senior citizen deposits. As of now no banks excluding co-operative banks in the country offer these interest rates along with safety.2. PPF Public Provident Fund offers customers an interest rate of 7.8 percent currently. The interest earned under this instrument is tax-free and the amount invested qualifies for tax rebate under sec 80C of the Income Tax Act. In PPF the amount invested has a tenure of 15 years. Partial withdrawals can be made after 7 years.3. Company FD There is some AAA-rated Company fixed deposits which beat bank FD interest rates. For example, Bajaj Finance offers an interest rate up to 7.85 percent per annum. Mahindra Finance FDs offer an interest rate of 7.75 percent to 7.80 percent depending on the tenure of investment. Senior citizens are entitled to an extra 0.25 percent.4. Systematic Investment Plan SIP (Systematic Investment Plan) is based on the idea of averaging your investment cost over time. Under SIP the investor invests a constant amount every month and keep doing it for a long time. ICICI Prudential Value Discovery Fund, SBI Blue Chip Fund, and Aditya Birla Sun Life Frontline Equity Fund are popular SIPs.5. Bank FDs Tax-saving FDs are offered by many leading banks including SBI, HDFC, Axis, ICICI Bank, they may not offer the best rates on these fixed deposits. Most of the tax-saving FDs have a compulsory lock-in period of 5 years and maturity period from 5-10 years. Government banks are at best offering 7.5 percent interest on normal deposits.last_img read more

8 killed in road crashes in 3 districts

first_imgRoad accident illustration by Prothom AloAt least eight people were killed and 20 others injured in road accidents in Cox’s Bazar, Chandpur and Magura districts on Friday, reports UNB.In Cox’s Bazar, three people were killed and 10 others injured when a truck plunged into a ditch near Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf Marine Drive at Noakhalipara Kochchopia of Teknaf around 1:30pm.The identities of the deceased could not be known immediately, said Pradeep Kumar Das, officer-in-charge of Teknaf Police Station.Two other people, including a woman, were killed and eight others injured as a bus and a microbus collided head-on on Cox’s Bazar-Chattogram road in Khutakhali Medhakachchapia area around 1:00pm.Sub-inspector of Malumghat Highway Police Jasim Uddin said they seized the buses and the bodies were sent to Sadar Hospital for autopsy.The deceased are Raushon Ara, 42, wife of certain Khalilur Rahman of Uttar Phulchhari village of the upazila, and Sonak Paul, 27, son of Dipak Paul of Dulahazra area of the upazila.In Magura, a father and minor boy were killed and mother injured in a head-on collision at Ichakha at night.The deceased were Krishna Kumar Bashar, 32, and his son Samya Kumar Bashar, 5, of Laxmikandi village in Sadar upazila.The accident took place on Dhaka-Magura Highway when a speeding microbus collided with their motorcycle around 8:30pm, leaving them critically injured, said Sirajul Islam, officer-in-charge of Magura Sadar Police Station.On information, police took them to Magura Sadar Hospital where doctors declared the father and son dead, the OC said.In another accident, a motorcyclist was killed on the spot when his bike crashed into a human-hauler at Kanchanpur village of Sadar upazila.The deceased was identified as Sohagh Mollah, 25, son of Wahab Mollah of Chhaniarpara village in Shalikha upazila, police said.last_img read more

Missing Baytown Police Officer is Found Dead

first_img Share Photo: Chambers County Sheriff’s OfficeJohn Stewart Beasley, a Baytown police officer who disappeared last week, was found dead from an apparent suicide on Tuesday, August 8, 2018, in Cove.A Baytown police officer who disappeared last week was found dead from an apparent suicide on Tuesday in Cove, the Houston Chronicle reported.John Stewart Beasley, who had worked as a police officer 23 years, went missing on Thursday afternoon.Searchers in a helicopter spotted a body along FM 565, less than a mile from Beasley’s home. According to investigators, he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Thursday June 22

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uAdam Jackson, co-founder of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle sits in as guest host, and continues a series of conversations about violence and homicide in Baltimore, with a focus on solutions leading up to the, “Baltimore Ceasefire,” August 4-6.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img

LIVING FOR THE WEEKEND

first_imgBy Valerie Fraling, Special to the AFRO“Music does a lot of things for a lot of people. It’s transporting, for sure. It can take you right back, years back, to the very moment certain things happened in your life. It’s uplifting, it’s encouraging, it’s strengthening.” Aretha FranklinThe first time I met Aretha Franklin was her first appearance at the Baltimore Civic Center. DJ Larry Dean took me backstage to meet the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. She was so gracious and built like a “Brick house.”“I say a little prayer for you” Aretha FranklinWhile backstage, Sir Johnny O told us that Otis Redding had just died in a plane crash. We sat in disbelief as everyone processed the tragic news. Later, Aretha went on stage to perform as only the future Queen could.“Being the Queen is not all about singing, and being a diva is not all about singing. It has much to do with your service to people. And your social contributions to your community and your civic contributions as well.” Aretha FranklinYears later, The Queen performed at Pier V in Baltimore, my great friend Biddy Wood asked me if I wanted to meet Aretha Franklin. He walked over to her limousine and the next thing I know I am standing in front of the Queen and Wes Hairston is standing beside the limo witnessing this special moment. Biddy walked away and she invited me to sit in the limo with her.“Everybody wants respect. In their own way, three-year-olds would like respect, and acknowledgment, in their terms.” Aretha FranklinThe first thing she asked me was “how is Damita?” Now, I’m totally impressed that she would ask about a fellow sister in music. I told her how Damita Jo DeBlanc, a singer, was doing and she told me to make sure I told Damita that she asked for her. We talked mostly about Baltimore back in the day. I will always remember that magical night.“I’ve been around long enough for people to know who I am and what my contributions are. They know me as more than just an artist. I think they know me as a woman as well.” Aretha FranklinI saw The Queen perform at the Meyerhoff; I was standing outside when I saw her pull up in her limo. I wasn’t close enough to speak but, as she stepped out of the limo she looked around and waved. Yes, the Queen waved. I got my ticket from my good friend Mary Demory and and unbeknownst to me, it was the best seat in the house, seven rows back dead center. The Queen walked out on stage with her legendary big purse, in a sky blue gown. She sat the purse down next to the piano and gave a royal performance befitting her royal subjects, who have loved her from the beginning of her career until infinity.The last time I saw the Queen was at the inauguration of President Obama. In frigid weather she sang as we all stood in the cold, proving once again that she was still the Queen.“Falling out of love is like losing weight. It’s alot easier putting it on than taking it off.” Aretha FranklinThe Queen taught us about RESPECT and how to feel like a “Natural Woman,” she taught us if we wanted “a do right man we had to be a do right woman.” The Queen told us about “the house that Jack built” and when we’re sick don’t call no doctor but call “Dr. Feelgood” and the perseverance to sit right there “until you come back to me” and how to say “call me.” Then she would tell him “I’m drinking again” while experiencing “sweet bitter love” while telling him “I never loved a man the way that I loved you.”“And I was booked once to go on ‘Ed Sullivan’ and I got bumped and ran out the back door crying.” Aretha FranklinQueen, in your early life like a “bridge over troubled water,” you navigated the tide and made every young girl realize it’s not where you start but where you end in life that counts.The “skylark” will sing as you “climb up the mountain” riding on the “freeway of love in your pink cadillac” remember to “rock steady” and “jump to it” entering heaven’s gates. “You told Mary don’t you weep” but it’s hard not to weep.“Feels like I’ve seen you before maybe in a past life, you were mine and I was yours. ‘Cause the vibe we share feels so comfortable. Is it possible someone could make me lose control? Look what you’ve done to me. Finding it hard to breathe, cause’ I just can’t believe you’re feeling me like I’m feeling you.” Aretha FranklinHappy 44th anniversary Dell and Tony Perry and happy 10th anniversary to Colin’s Restaurateurs, Dante and Candes Daniels.“Every birthday is a gift. Every day is a gift.” Aretha FranklinSending birthday wishes to Rosa Barber on her 93rd birthday, 80th birthday for William Clayton and happy birthday Pastor Purcell Wylie, Pastor Tim Tooten, Helen McDonald and my great neighbors Ernestine Jolivet and Tina Jolivet.Somebody prayed for mePlease keep my mother, retired United Methodist Pastor Pauline Wilkins, in your prayers as she recuperates at St. Agnes Hospital and Thurston Jones as he recuperates at home.“I paid my dues; I certainly did.” Aretha FranklinFamily and friends gathered to say good-bye to the beautiful 96-year-old Priscilla Blackwell, mother of Maurice, Charles, Leo and Wayland. Mrs. Priscilla was a woman of class, style and dignity, elegantly dressed in a hat, stylish outfit and her red nails, making a true fashion statement.Family and friends are mourning the death of longtime community and political activist Randy Carroll and prayers to Ralph Gilliam on the death of his mother Josephine Gilliam.“When God loves you, what can be better than that? “ Aretha Franklinlast_img read more

Soundgardens Immersive Artists Den Experience Premieres This Week Exclusive Preview

first_imgAs for what might be coming next, “There is some live material that wasn’t released and there’s unreleased material from the Sub Pop era,” Thayil says. “But I think the most interesting and significant material would be what the band was working on in the 18 months prior to that last tour, and even during it. There was material that we were writing and demoing and recording, and it’s certainly material that could be completed. Obviously we’re limited by the [recordings of Cornell’s] vocals that we have, but the band is certainly interested in doing what it can to complete the songs.”The new material “definitely has a different style to ‘King Animal,’” he continues. “ There’s definitely a rocking component, there’s a few that were a bit more contemplative. There’s definitely a darkness and moodiness to them — as there always has been with Soundgarden.”The event dates and full tracklist appear below.Soundgarden: Live from the Artists Den Event DatesJune 17       Los Angeles, CA            The Wiltern (Immersive Event)June 18       New York, NY          Brooklyn Steel (Immersive Event)June 23       Seattle, WA      The Showbox (Screening Only) 4LPS – 180-GRAMIIncessant MaceMy Wave^Been Away Too Long^IIWorse DreamsJesus Christ PoseFlowerTaree^IIISpoonmanBy Crooked Steps^Blind Dogs*Rowing^IVNon-State Actor^Drawing FliesHunted DownBlack Saturday^Bones Of Birds^VBlow Up The Outside World^Fell On Black Days^Burden In My HandVIA Thousand Days Before^Blood On The Valley Floor^Rusty CageNew Damage^VII4th Of July^OutshinedBlack Hole SunVIIITy CobbSlaves & BulldozersFeedBacchanal^ There’s no question that the posthumous release is the most difficult to get right: Human beings are unpredictable, and trying to guess what a person’s intentions might have been is an uphill (if not a losing) battle. Yet posthumous releases ranging from Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” to recent Prince and Jimi Hendrix collections prove that it can be done well, and judging by an exclusive preview Variety received last week, Soundgarden’s “Live From the Artists Den” — an “immersive experience” film of a 2013 concert with dramatically enhanced sound and visuals, which premieres in Los Angeles (tonight), New York (Tuesday) and the band’s hometown of Seattle (next week) — gets it right as well.The concert — the final North American show of the “King Animal” tour, which took place Feb. 17, 2013, also at the Wiltern Theatre in L.A. — has been released before, but never like this. According to the announcement, the event will showcase 12 high-definition camera angles customized for an immersive multi-screen viewing experience, and a live live remix of the original multitrack 48-channel audio in L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound, an ultra-high resolution audio technology from L-Acoustics, will provide a live-feeling to the recording. The 360˚ real time mix will be synced to on-screen footage and further complemented by a light show. Kim Thayil (Photo: Colin Young-Wolff for Artists Den Entertainment)In the demonstration, headed up by L-Acoustics’ engineer Jesse Stevens, 13 speakers were arrayed around the listeners, mostly in front but with five in the back. As the band rumbled into “Incessant Mace” (a deep cut from 1988’s “Ultramega OK”) the sound corresponded to the setup of the musicians on the screen — guitar coming out of the left side, bass out of the right, drums centered — but the sound became truly vivid when the late Chris Cornell’s vocals kicked in. They’re intensely present, as is his presence on the screen — but not creepily or morbidly so. And while it makes one sad for what has been lost, it’s also great to be able to experience the concert so vividly. Related Universal Music: Four of the Five Artists Who Sued Us Did Not Lose Masters in 2008 Fire Universal Music Refutes Claims of Last Artist in Lawsuit Over 2008 Fire, Requests Dismissal Popular on Variety But the thing that fans will really want to know is that it looks and sounds awesome — in many ways more immersive than an actual concert (and this writer saw Soundgarden ten times). And the Wiltern show is ideal for this treatment: Not only was it exhaustively filmed, it’s a stellar 29-song performance with nearly two-and-a-half hours of hits and deep cuts.“We wanted to play a long set at this show — we wanted to get a lot of material in there,” says guitarist Kim Thayil. “We got to go deep into our catalog and bring out songs like ‘Blind Dogs’ and ‘New Damage’ and earlier songs like ‘Incessant Mace’ and ‘Hunted Down.’ Two and a half hours of sometimes fast, often dark songs with weird time signatures can be hard work, but fans stayed there till the end and they dug it, so it was great.”The inclusion of deep cuts was very intentional as well, he says. “I’d rather be the guy in the crowd that turns to his friend and says, ‘I know this song — it’s the second song on side two of the first EP,’ or whatever. We think we’re very similar to the audience we wanted to build — we always wanted to be the guys who played for the people like us.” Being respectful of Cornell’s memory was something that Stevens says was key, even with regard to the audio.“We didn’t want to be cheesy or gimmickly at all,” he said. “Even with the speakers located behind the audience, we limited it to special effects and ambiance, didn’t want to make it distracting or not feel like a concert.”The connection between L-Acoustics and the band goes back a long way as well, according to CEO Laurent Vaissié. The technology used in the Soundgarden experience was previously used on Lorde and Childish Gambino tours, and the band had worked with the company on its last couple of jaunts. “The connecting of the dots came from [Artists Den COO] Amber Mundinger, who we knew from her previous role [at Variety parent company Penske Media],” he says. “She was familiar with the technology that we had employed at an Alt-J concert in New York last year and she thought it would be a great idea to recreate the experience of the live concert using the immersive aspects of the technology. It’s really the world’s first attempt at recreating the live concert experience from both the visual and the audio side.”Mundinger says, “As one of the most lauded Soundgarden concerts of all time, our team envisioned recreating their Artists Den performance at The Wiltern six years ago in its entirety through an immersive, first-of-its kind experience to bring fans back to that night in a very special way. Being able to create this memorable experience has also allowed Artists Den to reimagine the nature of immersive musical events, pushing us in new directions for future artists and their fans.”“Soundgarden: Live from the Artists Den” will also be released as an album in a variety of packages on July 26. The limited-edition “Super Deluxe” box will feature the complete 29-song concert film in 5.1 surround sound and stereo on Blu-ray, and more than 30 minutes of bonus interviews with the band, in addition to four black 180-gram audiophile LPs, 2CDs, a 40-page photo book, four band member lithos, and replica artist all-access pass and ticket stub from the original show. Additional products scheduled for release include: 4LP 180-gram audiophile black vinyl, limited edition 4LP color vinyl (each disc will feature a unique combination of splattered colors), Blu-ray and 2CD. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Solio to Release Solar Hybrid Charger

first_img The new solar hybrid rechargeable device by Solio will be released on October 15, 2007. The Solio H1000 Universal recharger is powered by small solar panels that can hold a charge for up to one year. The device is for the on-the-go back packer or anyone interested in conservation. The great news is the price. The small, sleek and handsome device sells for less than 80 USD.According to the Solio press release, the hand-held device has a universal adapter that is compatible with nearly all electronic devices. It comes ready to use right out of the box. It also comes with adjustable adaptor tips for iPod, iPhone and most MP3 players. It works on GPS devices and most cellular phones. A fully charged Solio H1000 will power a cell phone or provide 10 hours of play time for a MP3 Player. According to Solio the hand-held device solar energy storage breaks down to one hour of sunshine for 15 minutes of cell phone talk time. One hour of sunshine equals 40 minutes of MP3 music time. The alternative cable tip that fits into any USB port is also included. This allows the user to charge the device from any computer. The smart hybrid device has a 1.5 to 5 watts output. It has a 5-6 watt input capability and the Solio Hybrid 1000 measures 198 x 68 x 144 mm. The solar output is .6 watts. The total weight of the device is slightly over a pound. Solio is a company that is dedicated to finding alternative energy sources for electronic devices. The devices may be used for emergency power sources or an alternative energy source. The company has been invited to the 2007 Clinton Global Annual Meeting. Solio has been reviewed and appeared on American TV and popular electronic publications. The application for its use in energy deprived countries or rural areas makes this an exciting new device. The Solio Hybrid 1000 will go on sale October 15, 2007. The Solio Company is taking advanced orders at its web site: solio.com .(c) 2007. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission. New Solio Hybrid Solar Recharger The energy alternative company Solio will release a hand-held solar battery recharger on October 15, 2007. The sleek new design is for use on virtually all electronic devices. It comes with an adaptor tip that can fit into any USB port or charge directly from the sun. The best part is the price. It will sell for less than 80 USD. Citation: Solio to Release Solar Hybrid Charger (2007, September 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-09-solio-solar-hybrid-charger.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Bridgestone is demonstrating its AeroBee ereader

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — Most e-readers are E-Ink. On devices, such as the very popular Amazon Kindle, they allow users to have a clear and paper-like viewing experience, and no glare in high light or outdoor situations. The E-Ink devices also use less power than devices like the iPad, and therefore have a longer battery life. Citation: Bridgestone is demonstrating its AeroBee e-reader (2011, April 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-bridgestone-aerobee-e-reader.html E Ink, maker of Kindle display, to offer color Explore furthercenter_img More information: www.bridgestone.com/products/d … r/aerobee/index.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com These devices do have some drawbacks as well. The E-Ink devices only do black and while screens, and for the current generation at least, they have a refresh rate that is so low that is makes animation an impossibility. Like all things in technology however those limitations are bound to change. Companies are working on the next generation of E-Ink devices, and Bridgestone is showing off its offering.Bridgestone’s new e-reader, dubbed the AeroBee, features a QR-LPD display that can run at a resolution of 800 x 600. The device is also capable of showing images in color and acting as a touch screen. The machine, which will take input with a stylus, allows users to interact with their text. The device is also flexible. Yes, you read that right, it is flexible.The screen works with a completely new approach to the E-Ink concept. The AeroBee uses black and white electrified powder, which acts like a liquid. When electric current is run though it the black powder is move to the front or back of the display, depending on how the current is applied. The stylus helps to move the powder over the screen, creating new configurations on the screen. With the use of color filters the screen can also apply up to 4,096 colors onto a screen as big as 13.1-inches.No product price or specific time line for launch have been give at this time.last_img read more

Study shows microplastics in biowaste wind up in organic compost and fertilizers

first_img Explore further © 2018 Phys.org More information: Organic fertilizer as a vehicle for the entry of microplastic into the environment, Science Advances  04 Apr 2018: Vol. 4, no. 4, eaap8060, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aap8060AbstractThe contamination of the environment with microplastic, defined as particles smaller than 5 mm, has emerged as a global challenge because it may pose risks to biota and public health. Current research focuses predominantly on aquatic systems, whereas comparatively little is known regarding the sources, pathways, and possible accumulation of plastic particles in terrestrial ecosystems. We investigated the potential of organic fertilizers from biowaste fermentation and composting as an entry path for microplastic particles into the environment. Particles were classified by size and identified by attenuated total reflection-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. All fertilizer samples from plants converting biowaste contained plastic particles, but amounts differed significantly with substrate pretreatment, plant, and waste (for example, household versus commerce) type. In contrast, digestates from agricultural energy crop digesters tested for comparison contained only isolated particles, if any. Among the most abundant synthetic polymers observed were those used for common consumer products. Our results indicate that depending on pretreatment, organic fertilizers from biowaste fermentation and composting, as applied in agriculture and gardening worldwide, are a neglected source of microplastic in the environment. Flash floods found to send massive amount of microplastics from rivers to the sea Credit: CC0 Public Domain Plastic particles in fertilizers from organic waste: (A) polystyrene particle. (B and C) polyethylene fragments. (D) polyamide particle. (E) PET fibre. (F) polystyrene fragment. Credit: Sarah Piehl Microplastics have been in the news a lot of late, due mainly to their presence in water, but they may be causing unknown problems on land, as well. In this new effort, the researchers wondered if microplastic bits that make their way into uneaten food or farmer plant waste could also make their way into fertilizers that are made using organic waste. To find out, they tested samples from a wide variety of commercially available organic fertilizers.Organic fertilizer is made the old-fashioned way—by letting microorganisms break down organic material. It is made via aerobic and anaerobic processes. Aerobic composting plants create fertilizer by mixing organic matter with soil and allowing microbes to break it down into material suitable for feeding to plants. An anaerobic biowaste digester, on the other hand, is a facility where organic material is thrown into a sealed vat where it is “digested” to produce both fertilizer and biogas.The testing by the researchers was done on fertilizers made in facilities in Germany, which is unique, because Germany is a country that is serious about dealing with organic waste such as table scraps or food that has gone bad in the fridge. Thus, in addition to paper bins, most Germans also have bins for disposing of such materials. Those materials are sent to processing plants where it is cleaned and combed before conversion into fertilizer. Such facilities also collect plant waste from farms.center_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. In their study, the researchers tested samples from both aerobic and anaerobic facilities, and also from a control facility that used only plant waste from a farm They found some amount of microplastics in all of the samples they tested except those from the control farm. They further found that the amount of microplastics depended on the process used at a given plant and that there tended to be more in the fertilizer from the aerobic facilities. They suggest microplastics wind up in biowaste due to their presence in foods, and also from being collected or stored in plastic containers. A team of researchers at the University of Bayreuth in Germany has found that microplastics that make their way into biowaste can show up in organic composts and fertilizers. In their paper published on the open access site Science Advances, the group describes their results when testing organic composts and fertilizers from several processing plants. Citation: Study shows microplastics in biowaste wind up in organic compost and fertilizers (2018, April 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-microplastics-biowaste-compost-fertilizers.html Journal information: Science Advanceslast_img read more