Para Badminton Worlds: Parul Parmar vs Manasi Joshi in Women’s Final, Double Joy for Tarun

first_img Manasi JoshiPara Badminton World ChampionshipsParul ParmarTarun First Published: August 24, 2019, 11:06 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Basel: Three-time World Champion Parul Parmar continued her dazzling form to storm into the women’s singles SL3 final of the BWF Para Badminton World Championships here Saturday.Top seed Parmar, who will be playing her seventh final this season, will face compatriot Manasi Joshi, 2017 Worlds bronze medallist, in the final. In the semi-finals, Parmar took just 20 minutes to defeat Turkish third seed Halime Yildiz 21-6, 21-16, while Joshi overcame Thailand’s Wandee Kamtam 21-13, 21-18 to make her first Worlds final.India coach Gaurav Khanna said: “It’s not one-time story that Parul will face Manasi. I wish both good lucks. Parul is quite experienced while Manasi is young and this will a great experience for her.” Khanna also praised Parmar’s “strong willpower and determination” and hoped that the “the undisputed journey of her will continue.” It was a double delight for two-time world champion Tarun, who entered the finals of men’s singles and doubles SL4 events, interestingly beating his Indonesian nemesis Fredy Setiawan in both the events.In the singles, he survived a scare against Setiawan before winning 21-14, 21-16 in 28 minutes.However, Sukant Kadam and Krishna Nagar had to settle for bronze after crashing out of the championships. Both faltered at the hands of top seeds.While Kadam fell against France’s top seed Lucas Mazur 11-21, 13-21 in men’s singles SL4, Nagar was ousted by his British nemesis Jack Shephard 13-21, 13-21 in SS6 competition in 29 minutes.Tarun will face his nemesis Mazur in the final.Much like the women’s final, the men’s doubles SL3-4 final will be an all-India affair as Tarun and Nitesh Kumar face Pramod Bhagat and Manoj Sarkar.Nitesh-Tarun came out with a brilliant show to shock the Indonesian experienced duo of Raekendi and Hary Susanto 23-21, 21-9 in the semi-finals, while Bhagat-Sarkar saw off the Indo-Thai pair of Umesh Vikram Kumar and Chawarat Kitichokwattana 21-15, 21-15.As many as 22 medal events are contested in this Championships, while the Tokyo 2020 will have 14 medal events in the sport that will make its Paralympic debut next September. last_img read more

BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy qualifier to be held in Goa

first_imgIndian national qualifier for BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy will be hosted in Goa from 26-29 October 2017. The best three participants of the Indian national qualifier will go forward as a team to represent India in the final at the BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy 2018 in Mongolia. Those lucky – talented – three will then be fully equipped by BMW Motorrad for the adventure ahead, flown to Mongolia and each presented with a brand new personalized BMW GS motorcycle to ride for the duration of the event. Registration for the Indian national qualifier is open for all BMW GS Motorcycle owners in India. Mr. Vikram Pawah, President, BMW Group India said, “The GS Trophy is a celebration of the spirit of the BMW GS motorcycle, bringing together those elements of leisure, adventure and challenge that this bike engenders. GS riders from all over the India are invited to demonstrate their team spirit, fitness, tenacity and not least their riding capability in several skills challenges. Anyone – man or woman – keen to win a place in this prestigious adventure motorcycle competition should sign up now for the Indian qualifier set to take place in Goa.” The BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy 2018 will be held in Mongolia for 10 days: 7 days riding + 2 days in- and outbound journey + 1-day briefing). The GS Trophy is not a race, but the special stages confront the participants with a major physical and mental challenge: often described as the adventure of a lifetime. It is a competition wherein riders enjoy a near-2000km adventure ride, mostly ridden off-road. Along the way they compete in a series of challenges that are consistent with the BMW GS lifestyle and designed to exercise their intellectual, riding and navigation skills, their knowledge of, and ability to live in, the natural world – and their ability to come together as a team.advertisement The Indian national will be held every two years in India. The Indian national qualifier is open to all non-professional BMW GS Motorcycle riders. The Indian national qualifier typically replicates the challenges of the International GS Trophy and will be multi-day competition with riders scoring points, leading to a final where the top scorers will compete for the three team positions. The winning team of the Indian national qualifier will compete against teams from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Latin America, Mexico, Russia, Southeast Asia, South Africa, South Korea, United Kingdom and United States of America at the BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy – Central Asia 2018 in Mongolia.Also Read: BMW launches 320d Edition Sport in India at Rs 38.60 lakhlast_img read more

BIZ-TATAMOTORS-HARRIER (BCM10)

first_imgTata Motors’ new SUV to be called ‘Harrier’; launch in Q1 2019Mumbai, Jul 11 (PTI) Tata Motors today said itsmuch-awaited compact sports utility vehicle (SUV) will becalled ‘Harrier’, which is being developed in collaborationwith its marque British arm Jaguar Land Rover.This five-seater monocoque SUV is engineered on thenew generation platform and was unveiled at the Auto Expo 2018as the H5X concept. The commercial launch will take place inthe first quarter of 2019.The Harrier sports sleek looks and dynamism, andoffers “a glimpse of the future generation of Tata Motorsvehicles in terms of styling, technology and performancecapabilities,” the company said in a statement.The Harrier is the first vehicle to sport the ‘Impactdesign 2.0’ philosophy and offers future ready connectivityand best-in-class infotainment.Driven by the success of its first compact SUV, Nexon,and also new cars like the sedan Tigor and the compact carTiago, Tata Motors has made a strong comeback since its lows.In the market share sweepstake in June, it pushed downMahindra to become the No. 3 automaker. Last year itself, TataMotor had overtaken Honda Cars to become the No. 4 player.”Its architecture is derived from the legendary LandRover D8 architecture and is adapted to suit the Indianconditions by Tata Motors engineers,” the release said.Christening the much-anticipated SUV, Mayank Pareek,president for passenger vehicle business unit at Tata Motors,said, “With Turnaround 2.0 into play, we are geared to winsustainably in the market. We are proudly speeding towards ournext market introduction ‘Tata Harrier’ that will take ourbrand value to the next level.advertisement”We are preparing for commercial launch in the firstquarter of 2019,” he said. PTI BEN SS SS SS SSRDS RDS RDSlast_img read more

ESL Shipping Welcomes LNGFueled Bulker into Its Fleet

first_imgzoomPhoto: Jussi Vaahtikari / ESL Shipping Ltd. Finnish dry bulk shipping company ESL Shipping has taken delivery of LNG-fueled bulk carrier named Haaga.Thanks to the innovative technologies incorporated in the vessel’s design, the 160-meter, 25,600 dwt vessel has had its carbon dioxide footprint cut by 50% when compared to the previous generation of vessels.“The vessel can also be fueled by completely carbon-free biogas, once the availability of carbon-free biogas improves over time,” ESL Shipping said.Haaga also incorporates an autonomous cargo processing solution aimed at improving safety and efficiency. The solution was developed by ESL Shipping and MacGregor, part of Cargotec.                                    Image Courtesy: Jussi Vaahtikari / ESL Shipping Ltd.The vessel will have raw material cargo while arriving from Japan to the Baltic Sea, where it is scheduled to arrive in mid-September.“This investment of around EUR 60 million is significant for a company of Aspo’s size. It’s also an excellent example of our responsible ownership, as environmental responsibility involves considering future generations, too. The design and construction of the new vessels were completed as planned. The vessels will considerably increase ESL Shipping’s capacity, in addition to improving its profitability,” says Aki Ojanen, CEO of Aspo Plc and Chairman of the Board of Directors of ESL Shipping.The ship is part of the Bothnia Bulk project, partly funded by the EU. Its goal is to modernize the sea route between Luleå, Oxelösund and Raahe to be more eco-friendly.The vessels from the project have been designed by Deltamarin in Finland, and European equipment suppliers have provided roughly 60 percent of all vessel systems.last_img read more

Finally Patanjali gets control of Ruchi Soya for 4350 crore

first_imgMumbai: The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) Thursday approved yoga-exponent-Ram Dev-run Patanjali’s revised Rs 4,350-crore bid to take over the edible oil maker Ruchi Soya, which owed banks over Rs 9,345 crore. However, the tribunal said the approval is subject to the tribunal resolution professional bridging the information gap regarding the exact source of funds worth Rs 600 crore (which is part of the bid amount) before the next date of hearing on August 1. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe tribunal also asked the resolution professional to furnish the actual cost of the entre resolution process before the next hearing. “The resolution professional is directed to submit detailed break-up of the entire cost for the corporate insolvency resolution process before the next date of listing on August 1,” the tribunal said. Under the resolution plan, a total of Rs 4,235 crore has to be infused for settling creditors’ and stakeholders’ dues and the remaining Rs 115 crore would be infused as equity for improving the company’s operations, NCLT bench of VP Singh and Ravikumar Duraisamy said in their order. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe resolution plan was earlier approved by Committee of Creditors (CoC) with a 96.85 per cent voting share. The total verified claims were at Rs 12,146.13 crore of which a payment of Rs 4,235 crore was proposed. Shailendra Ajmera of consultancy firm EY was the resolution professional to Ruchi Soya case. On July 9, NCLT had directed Ruchi Soya’s resolution professional to confirm whether an earlier National Company Law Appellate Tribunal’s (NCLAT) order Essar Steel-ArcelorMittal case would have an impact on this case. In the ArcelorMittal case, the appellate tribunal has passed an order that equal treatment to both operational and financial creditors, a move that would result in higher haircut by banks. However, the NCLT has taken a view that the Essar Steel order has no bearing on this case.last_img read more

The Art Awakens With Star Wars And UNICEF

first_imgIn celebration of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lucasfilm and HP proudly present “Art Awakens.”Art Awakens“Art Awakens” is an exciting new program for Star Wars fans old and new, across the country to revitalize creativity by “Bending the Rules” of the Force, themed around a galaxy far, far away.“Art Awakens” kicks off August 11th with the launch of a two-month-long nationwide fan art competition across the US. Amateur artists can submit their Star Wars: The Force Awakens inspired art on ArtAwakens.com for a chance to be featured in an upcoming professional art exhibit later in the year.Additionally, coming this November to Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles is a three-day Star Wars: The Force Awakens art exhibit featuring top professional and emerging contemporary artists. All new original pieces will be auctioned off in the name of Star Wars: Force for Change to benefit UNICEF Kid Power, which gives kids the power to save lives. By getting active with the UNICEF Kid Power band, kids earn points which unlock food packets for malnourished children around the world.Five lucky winners of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Fan Art Contest, chosen by a judging committee that includes members from Disney, Lucasfilm and the legendary visual effects house Industrial Light & Magic, will have their art featured in the professional gallery exhibit. The winners will also have the opportunity to be flown out to Los Angeles to attend the VIP opening night, among other prizes from HP.Additionally, an HP “Bend the Rules” Award will be granted to one of the five grand prize winners upon completion of a questionnaire with the highest score in the Innovative Use of Technology category. The HP “Bend the Rules” Award winner will receive an HP Notebook Computer to help them push the boundaries of art and creativity.last_img read more

LIBC Launches Fellows Program for Young Professionals from North Africa

Marrakech – Legacy International in the U.S. and Bridges Center in Morocco Launches Professional Fellows Program for Young Professionals from Algeria, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia.Both entities has announced the launch of a new Professional Fellows Program (PFP) as part of an NGO Development Program.According to Legacy International and Bridges Center, (both considers community service their major goal and work), the Professional Fellows Program will last for five weeks for each fellowship and will take place in 2014-2016. It will be aimed at professionally and effectively developing an initiative to respond to the needs of civil society in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Egypt. This two-way, citizen exchange program between the U.S. and the fellow’s country will involve people with particular skills and competencies in leadership, who can contribute to making a positive influence on society through community service provided through NGOs.LGBC will select 34 fellows, 7 to 8 fellows from each of the four countries, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Egypt. Fellows selected for the program will be exposed to various areas according to their interests, including: “social development, public health, women and children’s issues, rule of law, arts and culture, education reform, transparency, free speech and media, youth engagement, human rights, and citizen participation.”The application deadline is December 1, 2014, and fellowship dates will be subject to adjustment.The Spring Delegation will include Egypt and Algeria and run April 20-June 5, 2015. The Fall Delegation will cover Tunisia and Morocco and will run October 19-November 13, 2015.Eligible candidates must be residents and citizens of Egypt, Algeria, Morocco or Tunisia, and be between 25 and 40 years of age, fluent in English (spoken and written), and have two years minimum experience with local NGO’s, advocacy and reform organizations and networks, civil society organizations, unions, or other related fields.Preference will be given to candidates who have not previously traveled to the U.S. on a government-sponsored exchange program. read more

Russian firm sues Boeing over Max jet open to settlement

MOSCOW — A Russian aircraft leasing company says it has filed a lawsuit against Boeing over an order of 35 Boeing 737 Max jets, but that it’s open to a settlement.Avia Capital Services told the state-owned Tass news agency Tuesday that it has brought the lawsuit against Boeing in the United States, accusing it of failing to disclose the information about the jets’ “defects.”Nearly 400 Max jets that were being flown by airlines around the world have been grounded since March, shortly after the second of two crashes that together killed 346 people.Avia told Tass that Boeing had pushed back the delivery date from October to March next year. It said it is willing to sit down for talks with Boeing and settle out of court.The Associated Press

State Parties to UNbacked treaty agree to aim for clearance of cluster

“I am very pleased that we have agreed on 2030 as a target date for completion,” said Henk Cor van der Kwast of the Netherlands, the President of the Sixth Meeting of the States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions, in a news release. Cluster munitions, or unexploded ordnance, kill and injure large numbers of civilians and cause long lasting socio-economic problems. The Convention, which prohibits all use, production, transfer and stockpiling of these devices, entered into force on 1 August 2010, just two years after it opened for signature in the Norwegian capital, Oslo. To date, 119 states have joined the Convention.At the First Review Conference of the Convention held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, in September 2015, the State Parties adopted the Dubrovnik Action Plan, which lists concrete steps to implement the Convention in the period from 2015 to 2020.The Plan seeks to increase adherence to the treaty, assist State Parties to develop resourced plans for destroying stocks, clearing contaminated lands, providing risk-reduction education and strengthening national capacity for victim assistance, among other core work.Ridding the world of heinous cluster munitions is a moral and humanitarian imperativeThis year’s conference covered a range of topics, including universal adoption of the treaty, destruction of stockpiles, clearing contaminated areas, transparency measures, victim assistance and international cooperation.The conference’s president reiterated the need to end the use of cluster munitions in conflicts. “No State should use these indiscriminate weapons. We call upon States not party using this banned weapon, to cease further use and abide by the provisions set by this Convention,” Mr. van der Kwast said.In a message sent to the opening of the conference, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that the UN will continue to support all efforts aimed at the universalization of the Convention. His message was read by Mary Soliman, Acting Director of the Geneva Branch of the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs.“With the adoption of the Dubrovnik Action Plan, States parties have set an ambitious path of concrete actions and specific deadlines for the Convention’s further implementation by the Second Review Conference in 2020,” he said. Actions are to be undertaken, he added, in the crucial areas of universalization, stockpile destruction, clearance and risk reduction education, victim assistance, international cooperation and assistance, transparency and national implementation measures. “Our shared hope is to achieve the destruction of additional stockpiled cluster munitions, the release of previously contaminated land for productive use and, ultimately, a reduction in the number of new victims,” Mr. Ban said. “Ridding the world of heinous cluster munitions is a moral and humanitarian imperative.” read more

Some 21 million allocated over LOM at extended Bisha to upgrade capacity

first_imgNevsun Resources has announced that, together with its Eritrean partner ENAMCO, Nevsun has approved an extension to the Bisha zinc-copper mine in Eritrea, self-funded by existing cash flows from Bisha. The open-pit extension adds 3.3 Mt of high-grade ore to the mill and extends operations through the full year 2022, resulting in additional payable production of 470 million pounds of zinc and 52 millions pounds of copper over this time frame. In addition to incremental production and revenue, the extension provides time for Bisha to advance assessment of the Asheli and Harena underground deposits and to consider further open-pit extensions.The plan will see Heavy Mining Equipment spending of $20.9 million up to 2022 to “primarily to purchase larger mining equipment that is expected to yield a unit mining cost 23% lower than the existing fleet. The other costs include new maintenance facilities for the larger trucks as well as other initiatives and projects to deliver the mine life extension.” Kukielski continued, “This open pit extension is supported by the now fully implemented metallurgical improvements at Bisha, combined with continued strength in zinc and copper prices. We will have an additional open-pit extension to consider late next year and are actively evaluating underground mining at Asheli and Harena.  We continue to work with our partner, ENAMCO, to maximize resource conversion to reserves.”In August 2017, Nevsun decided to reduce the mine life at Bisha due to the operational risk of the original large open-pit cut-back.  Since that time, Bisha has increased mining rates and significantly improved metallurgical performance, while metal prices have remained strong, leading the Company to re-visit the larger cut-back option. The open-pit extension accesses a portion of the previously envisaged cut back with an additional 3.3 million tonnes of ore over the existing reserve and assumed recoveries of 70% for copper to copper concentrate and 80% for zinc to zinc concentrate.Several million tonnes of additional high-grade resource in the original pit design could also potentially be brought back into the mine life. The Company expects to assess investment in an additional cut-back to access this resource in late 2019. Approval will depend on performance in delivering the cost targets and increased mining rates for the extension announced today. Peter Kukielski, Nevsun CEO, said “The Bisha team has been working hard to optimise the mine plan and reduce the operational risk of the deeper ore from the main pit.  The investment announced today increases the long-term cashflow from Bisha, reducing requirements for external funding for construction of our high-grade, high-return Timok project in Serbia. The extension of the Bisha mine life, combined with the planned ramp up of the Timok Upper Zone in 2022 and the longer term potential of the Timok Lower Zone, gives us confidence that Nevsun will continue to produce strong operating cash flows for many years to come.”last_img read more

Vote for the WORLD HANDBALL COACH 2014 until December 4

Handball-Planet.com has publish official nominations for the WORLD HANDBALL COACH 2014 based on opinion of the 23 handball journalists from all over the world! Handball-Planet.com Jury of Experts made the lists of five best coaches in men’s handball in 2014, while the last member of the Jury, handball fans across the Globe can vote in the next 10 days (until December 4) and support their favorite.Visitors’ votes will be added to the existing number of votes given by the journalists, after which Handball-Planet.com will announce who is the WORLD HANDBALL COACH 2014.VOTEJURY MEMBERS:Bjorn Pazen (Handball Woche, Germany)Goran Antevski (Sportmedia.mk, Macedonia)Peter Zalokar (Delo, Slovenia)Bent Svele (TV 2, Norway)Jozsef Simon (Nemzeti Sport, Hungary)Wojciech Osinski (Przegladsportowy.pl, Poland)Patrick Andersson (Hbold.dk, Denmark)Dražen Pinević (Sportske Novosti, Croatia)Jasmin Tajić (Sport Centar, Bosnia and Herzegovina)Jorge Dargel (MARCA, Spain)Tom O Brannagain (EHF TV, Ireland)Nicholas Chardon (Handnews.fr, France)Luca Zadra (Pallamano Italia, Italy)Yuki Hattori (Japanese Handball Magazine, Japan)Sergey Novikov (Pressball.by, Belarus)Johan Flinck (Aftonbladet, Sweden)Hans Hugentobler (Handballworld.ch, Switzerland)Rui Guimaraes (O Jogo, Portugal)Hernan De Lorenzi (Handball De Primera, Argentina)Marian Ursescu (GAZETA SPORTURILOR, Romania)Blilel Alouini (Al Jazeera, Qatar)Torsteinn Haukur Hardason (Sport.is, Iceland)Života Bogdanović (Balkan-handball.com, Serbia)JURY MEMBERS FROM EUROPE, ASIA, MIDDLE EAST AND SOUTH AMERICAThis year Handball-Planet.com made the biggest Jury until now in order to get opinion from the countries with various handball tradition. Our Jury members are the recognized handball specialists in their countries, which coming from the biggest media (Marca, TV 2 NO, Al Jazeera, Aftonbladet), but also from specialized websites and newspapers as Handnews.fr, Hbold.dk, Balkan-Handball.com and so on…ICELANDIC DOMINATIONIn the first three years of Handball-Planet.com Contest only Icelandic coaches won the prestigious award. Fuchse Berlin coach Dagur Sigurdssson was the best in 2011, while his compatriot from THW Kiel Alfred Gislason was named for the best in 2012 and 2013.OFFICIAL PARTNERS ← Previous Story WHO IS WORLD HANDBALL COACH 2014? Next Story → Women’s EHF CL: Larvik, Gyor and Buducnost show TOP class world handball coach 2014 read more

Destiny 2 is coming to PC

first_imgDestiny was a big hit on consoles but for some odd reason, it was never released on PC. This won’t be the case with Destiny 2. According to sources within Activision, the sequel is scheduled to come out for PC and current gen systems in 2017. Bungie won’t just be taking the Destiny that exists today and giving it a new coat of paint either. Destiny 2 will be a complete departure from the first game and offer up a decidedly different experience.Reports about Destiny 2 first surfaced on NeoGAF where a user by the name of benny_a posted that a friend of his who works for Activision was told that Destiny’s sequel was PC bound. In fact, all of Activision’s employees were told about Destiny 2 coming to PC. Jason Schreier from Kotaku has stated that his own Activision sources have also confirmed that Destiny 2 will be available on PC in 2017.As I stated in my recent article about the things people want in Destiny 2, having the title on PC will yield many benefits. Destiny already has a large fan base on consoles and these numbers will grow considerably with the addition of PC users. Not only that, but with the game only being on PC and current-gen consoles (including the upcoming PlayStation 4 Pro and Project Scorpio), it won’t have the same sort of restrictions the original Destiny faced by being on last-gen systems.Destiny 2 coming to PC is fantastic news, but the most juicy bit of information is about how Bungie wants to essentially start over from scratch and create an entirely different game. Unfortunately, this means that none of the progress players made in Destiny will carry over into Destiny 2. However, there have been discussions over possible rewards for players who sank hundreds of hours into Destiny, though nothing has been finalized yet.Something else I covered in my article was about exploring new worlds in Destiny 2. Bungie doesn’t want to revisit the same old areas, so we should (hopefully) expect to leave Earth’s solar system and venture out into the stars. One term Bungie has been tossing around is “play-in destinations.” This is just a fancy way of saying that Destiny 2 will have populated worlds filled with towns and outposts. Each world will have more involved quests compared to the ones in the first game.All of the proverbial stops are being pulled out for Destiny 2. Not only are most of Bungie’s employees working on the sequel, but Activision has supposedly brought in studios like Vicarious Visions, High Moon, and more to help with development. This is well over a thousand folks working to bring Destiny 2 to life.As always when it comes to these sort of reports, take all of this with a grain of salt. However, it wouldn’t be wrong to be just a little enthusiastic over what Destiny 2 could hold in store. We’ll keep you updated with any further news on Destiny 2 as it develops.last_img read more

Top 10 most read stories this week

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 16 and 22 March 2017 were:Missing comma enables dairy delivery drivers to claim overtime payEmployee Benefits Awards 2017 shortlist unveiledHow will the Spring Budget 2017 impact pay and benefits?Pets at Home to launch new leave benefits for staffDisney to provide $3.8m in back pay to US staffEXCLUSIVE: Virgin Care achieves 10% take-up of wellbeing platform19% of 18-29 year olds believe access to instant discounts would increase engagementRoyal Mail, Schroders and Skanska shortlisted for best mental health strategyPensions dashboard working group to help set minimum data standards48% have access to workplace wellbeing toolslast_img

The Beginning of a New Company for Cygnus

first_imgJohn French joined Penton Media in 2006 following its acquisition by Prism Business Media. He resigned as CEO in July 2008.Now, French [pictured] has been named chief executive at fellow trade publisher Cygnus Business Media, a company that emerged from bankruptcy protection this week. Cygnus said it expects revenue to fall by $35 million to $71.4 million this year.FOLIO: caught up with French to discuss why he took the job and what he sees as his biggest challenges in turning the company around. FOLIO:: Cygnus, like many other b-to-b publishers, has experienced a tough 2009, with revenues expected to fall to $71.4 million, compared to $107 million last year. According to the bankruptcy documents, Cygnus forecasts revenue will be $75.5 million in 2013. Do you think that’s reasonable? How do you expect to turn the company around?French: Generally, Cygnus Business Media has performed the same way as other b-to-b companies. Our declines have kept pace with our industry peers. In fact, we have even fared better than some, but I’m not happy with any declines and have several initiatives in digital, tradeshows, data and even print that we are very excited about implementing. Staff has worked aggressively and a large percentage of our media has remained number one in their markets even today.FOLIO:: The documents also indicate the print revenue is forecast to make up 49.6 percent of revenue ($37.4 million) in 2013. Meanwhile, interactive revenue is expected to jump from 12.5 percent in 2009 to 24.4 percent in 2013. How do you see interactive operations evolving at Cygnus over the next few years?French: That’s a long answer. Again, we have exceptionally strong brands that provide us with online and custom online opportunities that are endless.FOLIO:: What’s your plan for market position? How do you see Cygnus’ products now and where would you like them to be (in terms of first tier, second tier, etc)?French: Several Cygnus brands are already in number one positions and are demonstrated leaders.  Over this difficult time, they have maintained those positions. For those that are number two, we plan to get them to number one.FOLIO:: What are your thoughts on editorial quality? I remember the cover of the May digital edition of Aircraft Maintenance Technology raised some eyebrows, looking a lot like the Cessna ads on the following pages. What are your thoughts about that and will practices like that continue?French: I am not aware of the AMT May issue, however, there is no question that editorial is to remain independent.FOLIO:: What about personnel? Do you anticipate having to reduce workforce again before the end of the year/into 2010?French: We have no plans to reduce workforce, but no CEO can say that layoffs may be required in the future. I don’t foresee it at this point.FOLIO:: Jim Ogle is no longer CFO. What’s the process /timeline for naming a replacement?French: We are deep in a search for a new CFO. I’ve had several interviews with unbelievably qualified and talented candidates who are excited about Cygnus and the opportunities here. Jim Ogle has done a tremendous job; he is a personal friend and we owe him our thanks for his work.  FOLIO:: Cygnus, like others, has been forced to make a significant amount of job cuts and salary reductions/freezes over the last several months. What are your thoughts on helping to restore morale?French: Perhaps surprisingly, morale is not as bad as I expected considering the economic climate and what Cygnus has endured over the past year. The best way to raise morale is through communication, communication, and more communication. Over the next few weeks, I will be meeting with as many Cygnus employees as possible. Meetings to date have been upbeat and employees are excited about the future.  Yesterday, September 21st was the beginning of a new company for us.FOLIO:: As part of the reorganization plan, Cygnus’s debt went from $180 to $60 million. Is that manageable?French: Yes.FOLIO:: Looking forward, what do you think is your biggest challenge about leading a b-to-b publishing company like Cygnus today?French: In the last five to six years, manufacturers have spent more money on their company website and search and marginalized b-to-b media in terms of reaching their customer. We need to get back to that compelling position so that manufacturers see us as a partner in increasing their sales, not in a duplicate role.The way to do that is to mine new customers and new opportunities through all the various platforms that we offer. The secret will be in delivering new and unique prospects, rather than just providing the same names. A successful b-to-b company in the future needs to use great content and editorial to drive audience development in finding new markets.  Developing a plan that is compelling is key to addressing this issue. Those companies that don’t will get left in the dust. We will not be one of those companies.last_img read more

Model Railroader Launches Paid Video Site

first_imgWith video initiatives of its own that began in 2008—MR currently has about 500 videos and will continue to update its library going forward—Keefe says the magazine’s site served 1.5 million video views last year, up from 1.2 million in 2011. MR currently draws about 200,000 unique visitors and 1.5 million pageviews per month and has a circulation of more than 131,000, per the Alliance for Audited Media.Annual subscriptions to MR Video Plus cost $52.95, though they’re being offered for $32.95 to subscribers of the magazine. Monthly options are also available at $4.95.Interestingly, MR Video Plus’ price is higher than the magazine’s ($42.95/year).”The pricing reflects the costs,” Keefe says. “[That price point] was a simple mechanism of the cost to launch the site and what it’s going to cost to continue to keep the videos fresh.”Keefe says the site will maintain about 250 clips at all times, with 180 original videos produced annually. Instructional pieces will make up the majority of the content, though topical features and interviews will also be included.That instructional, “how-to” audience is a segment Keefe wants to capitalize on. From enthusiasts like MR to consumer publications like Motor Trend or This Old House or Everyday Food, video is proving popular with hobbyists.”[There’s] evidence elsewhere that companies seem to be having success in doing this with other hobbies,” Keefe says. “Things like cooking, gardening or woodworking. There’s not a lot of it yet, but there are signs that in certain hobbies, with certain levels of devotion, you can do this.”——To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter! Hobby titles are proving to be fertile ground for video.Kalmbach Publishing’s Model Railroader is the latest to expand its offerings, launching a paid video subscription site to its compliment the 79-year-old brand.The site, Model Railroader Video Plus, will feature three or four new clips per week, produced by a dedicated two-man MR video team in collaboration with the magazine’s staff and select outside contributors.”There’s a natural affinity for video that a hobby like model railroading has,” says Kevin Keefe, vice president of editorial for Kalmbach. “Evidence across all our titles [suggested] that our customers are looking for more video, and in the case of Model Railroader, we saw the growth in video views on our magazine’s standard websites and it was a big number for us.”last_img read more

VIDEO Get your first look at LeBron scrimmaging with his new Laker

first_imgLeBron has been highly visible off the court since announcing his decision to head to the West Coast and join the Lakers, but we haven’t seen him balling with his new Laker teammates…until now.The Lakers posted a video of LeBron running in a scrimmage with Kyle Kuzma, Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee and some other new teammates. Based on the looks of it, LeBron is ready to pick up where he left off in the playoffs. It also looks like his debilitating hand injury from the Finals is fully healed and ready to go!This NBA season is going to be awesome.last_img

Elena Poniatowska Mexican student massacre reminiscent of concentration camps

first_imgMIAMI – The famous Mexican writer Elena Poniatowska, who visited Miami for a writers’ fair, on Sunday called the likely massacre of 43 students a “great shame” for Mexico, and compared it to her memories of the horrors of German concentration camps.“Having 43 young people assassinated in this way – not just assassinated, but burned like garbage, as if they were shit – is a great shame, not just for me personally, but for the whole country,” she said at a meeting with journalists during which she became overwhelmed with emotion over this “terrible” issue.“How will the country face the world after this, because it reminds us of the concentration camps, the Second World War, the annihilation of human beings,” said the 82-year-old writer and journalist who last Sunday inaugurated the Miami Book Fair, considered the most important literary event in the U.S.Mexico has been overwhelmed with emotion ever since the disappearance of 43 students in Iguala, Guerrero, at the end of September. It is feared they were assassinated and incinerated, which has led to violent protests and the worst crisis the administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto has faced since taking office at the end of 2012.Recommended: Amid routine ‘disappearances,’ Mexico reels over 43 missing students Students of Ayotzinapa paint graffiti during a protest to demand the safe return of 43 students who went missing in southern Mexico, after an attack by gang-linked police on Sept. 26, in Chilpancingo, Guerrero state, Mexico, on Nov. 14, 2014. Pedro Pardo/AFPA horrible step backwards“What has happened in my country, in addition to being a tragedy, is a horrible step backwards,” said Poniatowska, the leftist activist who was awarded the prestigious Cervantes prize in 2013, considered the Nobel Prize of Spanish-language literature.Poniatowska, who first came to fame with her book “La noche de Tlatelolco” (“The night of Tlatelolco”), about the massacre of at least 44 students by the Mexican military in 1968, said she never thought that it could ever happen again.“I was convinced there would never be another massacre. Of course, the fact is that this is a country where this kind of thing can happen, because death always lingers close when there are a lot of guns,” she said, while citing the “high” level of governmental corruption and the “abysmal” differences between rich and poor as other factors impeding progress in Mexico.She went on to say that “as a mother, a human being, and a woman” she is against vandalism during the protests, but admits to seeing some justification because “there comes a time when the people’s desperation is enormous and rage is understandable.”One day she would like to write about what’s happening, despite the fact that in Mexico she is often considered “the widow of all disgraceful disasters,” said the writer, for whom her “country’s reality is like Shakespeare,” and tragedy is the daily name of the game.See also: Mexico horrified by suspected massacre, incineration of 43 students Elena Poniatowska speaks in Chicago on Oct. 2, 2008, during the 40th anniversary of the Tlatelolco student massacre of 1968 in Mexico. David Boddiger/The Tico TimesMemories and anecdotesPoniatowska, a descendent of the last Polish king and born in Paris in 1932, said that ever since her arrival in Mexico at the age of 10 she became interested in the downtrodden, which figure prominently in her work, because they had much more interesting things to say than those of her own social class.“What impressed me the most [upon arriving in Mexico] was seeing barefoot people in the street. They walked that way so as not to be seen, to not be a bother. They felt that they were nothing, nobody, and that really caught my attention, and I suppose it must have hurt me,” said the writer, who won the Rόmulo Gallegos prize in 2007 for “El tren pasa primero” (“The train passes first”) and the Alfaguara Novel award in 2001 for “La piel del cielo” (“The skin of the sky”).In sharing her thoughtful and entertaining words, which she used to invoke anecdotes and memories of her long, full life, she didn’t shy away from praising better-known writers, many of whom she came to know personally, such as Nobel Prize winners Octavio Paz, of Mexico, José Saramago, of Portugal, and Gabriel Garcia Márquez, of Colombia.She considered Márquez, who died last April, a “simple” and “friendly” person, whom she never had reason to believe was presumptuous.Poniatowska is the guest of honor of the Latin American program of the Miami Book Fair. The week-long fair offers a varied and rich cultural agenda that includes almost 500 authors – both Latin and otherwise, and expects to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors as it always has. A man holds a poster as he takes part in a protest on Nov. 13, 2014. The parents of 43 students who are missing and feared to have been killed began a protest road tour of Mexico last Thursday to pile pressure on the already under-fire government. Pedro Pardo/AFPSee all of our coverage of the Mexico student massacre hereAlso recommended: Remembering the Jesuits: Seeking justice in El Salvador after a quarter-century Facebook Comments Related posts:Outrage at likely Mexico massacre spreads to Acapulco Mexico horrified by suspected massacre, incineration of 43 students Mexico’s feeble police vetting ended in 43 vanished students Clashes as Mexicans hold rally for 43 missing studentslast_img read more

LOS ANGELES Calif – Star Wars The Last Jedi i

first_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is off to a death star-sized start at the box office. Disney says Friday that the eighth installment in the space franchise has earned an estimated $45 million from Thursday night showings.It’s the second-highest Thursday night preview tally following the $57 million start for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which kicked off this modern trilogy in 2015.“The Last Jedi” is expected to net around $200 million throughout the weekend, which would make it the fourth-biggest opening of all time. It’s set to play on 4,232 screens in North America.Rian Johnson wrote and directed “The Last Jedi,” which stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Adam Driver. ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ boasts $45 million opening night by The Associated Press Posted Dec 15, 2017 8:41 am PDT Last Updated Dec 15, 2017 at 9:03 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

Two in ten teens victims of bullying

first_imgBy Lizzy IoannidouApproximately two in every 10 teenage students are victims of bullying in Cyprus, the worrying results of a cross-national survey on health behaviour in school-aged children has revealed.The study, conducted by the HSBC research network in 49 countries and regions across Europe and North America, collects data every four years on boys and girls aged 11, 13, and 15, regarding their health, well-being, social environments and health behaviours.The study was conducted locally for the first time in 2018 by the pedagogical institute with a census of 1,092 teens.The result of the study showed that just over two out of 10 students (22 per cent) had been victims of bullying on school grounds, while 12.6 per cent responded that they had recently been victims of cyberbullying.Some 14.1 per cent reported that they had bullied another schoolmate at least once within a period of two months from the time they had submitted their response.Further, four in 10 teens spoke of being involved in fights, while one in two said they had been injured and treated by a nurse or doctors at least once in the past year.Attitudes of teens towards school were more positive, as 60.2 per cent said they either liked school ‘a bit’ or ‘a lot’, though positive attitudes towards school decreased among the higher age groups.Regarding levels of support in school environments, most students spoke of a satisfactory level of support and acceptance by their teachers.The study also found that as children grow, they report lower levels of connection with their families, though Cypriot teens showed higher levels of bonding with their families in comparison with other countries involved in the HSBC network.Specifically, two thirds (66.3 per cent) of teens said they can ‘easily’ or ‘very easily’ communicate with their fathers regarding issues that are troubling them, while over 80 per cent said they are comfortable communicating their concerns to their mothers.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityWe protect our home with earthquake insuranceCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoMan arrested with 36 bags of cocaine in his stomachUndoTwo men arrested after found with Byzantine coinsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more