Ashes win highlight of my first year in charge of England: Trevor Bayliss

first_imgTrevor Bayliss is delighted with how his first year as England team’s chief coach has unfolded and said the Ashes win was the highlight of his tenure so far.The Australian was brought in charge before the Ashes and was successful in making an immediate impact by ensuring a 3-2 victory over World Cup winners Australia in the five-match Test series.England could have won the One-Day International (ODI) series too against Australia but lost the decider on Sunday after having levelled the five-game series at 2-2.Despite the English summer ending with a reverse, Bayliss has been delighted with the start to his tenure.Also read: Two new caps in Australia squad for Bangladesh Tests  “It has been great, I suppose winning has made it a little bit easier to take,” Bayliss, whose side also won both the T20 internationals against Australia, was quoted as saying by ecb.co.uk.”Certainly everyone in English cricket has made me feel very welcome, especially the boys, the other management and the coaches. It has been really good.”Commenting on his first summer in charge, Trevor Bayliss said: “It has been great, I suppose winning has made it a little bit easier to take.”Asked to pick out a special moment, Bayliss said: “The Ashes win was a highlight. The game for me was down at Edgbaston. To come back from the flopping we got at Lord’s was a fantastic effort.””The crowd down there was also really good, the atmosphere was superb. That really gave the guys the kick along they needed. To end up winning that fourth match (at Trent Bridge), you almost had to pinch yourself the way it went on that first morning. Plenty of things to remember and remember for a long time.”advertisementEngland have also seen major improvements in their ODIs form following the early exit from the World Cup. They have been counter attacking which has yielded results, as they bagged the ODI series against New Zealand 3-2 a few months back.Revealing reasons for the turnaround, Bayliss said: “The attitude of the players, they want to play positive and aggressive cricket.””But they want to get better, they realise they have played some good cricket and come a long way but if they want to be the best in the world, they have got a lot of hard work to do.””Most of them are only mid-20s so they have got a lot of time in front of them, and a lot of hard work. The skill level of the players actually in the team going forward is very exciting,” he added.last_img read more

5 Ways to Use Social Media for Donor Engagement

first_imgToday I have a guest post for you from Kyle Lacy. Kyle is principal at MindFrame, a fundraising and donor engagement company. He is the writer of Twitter Marketing for Dummies and Branding Yourself. Find out more at his blog – KyleLacy.com.We have reached a certain point of understanding. We know that social media is important. We know that our constituents use it. We know that it is extremely important to the overall makeup of our marketing and communication strategies. Well hey, we know there are hundreds of ways to use social media but let’s focus on five that could be implemented today or if you are lazy, tomorrow. 1. Using Care2.com to Build Awareness for a Cause- Are you looking for an excellent website to drive support for petitions? This website was designed with activists and supporters in mind. They work with nonprofits to give people the chance to give back to countless causes without even spending any of their money. (Another option is Change.org.)You have the opportunity to create two things through Care2:1. The ability to create petitions that will drive interaction within your community of supporters2. Gain more supporters by driving interaction within their community. Try this site if you are focusing on issues that could use major public support and advocacy. The website is the number one petition site in the world, and people get “credit” for signing them which then can turn around and put towards giving back to a cause. 2. Create a Facebook Group for Volunteers and Donor EngagementYou recruited the donors, now keep the relationships going! Let them show all their friends on Facebook that they’re supporting you. Have your organizations send out updates. Post pictures of people volunteering. Create a community where your supporters can write on the group wall and share their passion for the cause together through discussions, photos, videos, and more. Most importantly, respond to them–engage with them. This is an opportunity to get to know your supporters on a more personal level and share.You also have the opportunity to use Facebook Causes to drive interaction within your community via your Group or Page. The tool allows users to raise money from their peers by creating pages to support your organization. You create the cause and the user supports that cause through advocacy throughout the Facebook world.Remember that fundraising is not the only reason to use a Group, Page, or Causes application for your community. You need to also focus on advocacy and the crowdsourcing of stories and content that more people to interact and build the brand around your mission.3. Get Your Executive Director or Staff on TwitterThis social platform gives you the power to not only gain access to millions of people, but lets you interact with as many of those millions as you want. With Twitter, nonprofits can share links, give minute-by-minute updates (if you so choose) and even see what similar nonprofits are up to. The executive director is a credible member of the organization that knows what’s going on in every area of operation. This does not mean the leader of the organization has to spend enormous amounts of time on Twitter. It means that the executive director is the leader of the organization. The personal brand of the director is extremely important to the social value of the organization.He/ she can use this as the ultimate public relations/ marketing tool and effectively communicate in an effortless manner. But, again–don’t forget to engage. Comment on a link someone shared with you. Answer supporter’s questions they post. Twitter allows for ongoing conversations, which builds trust, transparency, and loyalty.4. Use ShareThis Functionality on Website to Encourage Online SharingThe most effective form of marketing you could possibly have is word-of-mouth. If someone is incredibly pleased with your organization, they’re going to talk about it over dinner with their family, at book club, the gym, etc–In the digital world, this translates into the ShareThis function. This allows for anyone to share links via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Email, Google Buzz, basically anywhere! If one person shares with one other person, shares with one other person–you get the point. 5. Create a Blog to Allow Donors to Share Their Own StoryPathos is your friend! If you want a strong follower, give them a strong reaction! Tug at those heartstrings and show them first what a desperate need there is for your organization, and then what you are doing to help eliminate the problem. There is no better way than to give donors the opportunity to share their experiences with the organization. By starting a blog just for sharing stories, you give supporters an easy way to read about REAL people. Maybe your cause is for a type of cancer, and a donor lost a loved one, or perhaps even survived a long battle against it thanks to the help of your organization, and that’s why they chose to donate. Give them the outlet, and they will tell a fantastic, heart-filled story that will melt anyone who is exposed to it. People from all over will be able to come read this blog and relate, comment and not only interact with one another, but learn more about how wonderful your organization is and what a difference its making.last_img read more

Gas Ray Shipping to Get Financing for LPG Carrier

first_imgzoom Shipowner Gas Ray Shipping LLC has secured a USD 11.8 million loan facility from Cyprus’ Hellenic Bank to refinance the acquisition costs of the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier Gas Ray.Data provided by VesselsValue shows that the 35,533 cbm vessel is under the management of Greece-based Prime Gas Management.Featuring a length of 174 meters and a width of 28 meters, Gas Ray has a market value of USD 21.4 million.Built in 2003 by South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries, the LPG carrier is one of five vessels operated by the Greek company.According to a statement from the international law firm Watson Farley & Williams (WFW), the adviser on the loan, this is Hellenic Bank’s first venture into “the highly competitive international ship finance markets.”“Prime Gas Management Inc. is one of the key players in the LPG space and this facility represents an important part of its fleet expansion,” asset finance Partner George Paleokrassas said.last_img read more

Radio One And Gospel Music Communities Raise Over 14 million for St

first_imgRadio One’s national network of praise stations, along with celebrity radio hosts Yolanda Adams, Tom Joyner, Willie Moore, Jr. and Lonnie Hunter, all lent their voices to help the fight against sickle cell disease, childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.Erica Campbell and Yolanda Adams helped lift the spirits of three-year-old St. Jude patient Bella during the eighth annual Radio Cares for St. Jude Kids national broadcast eventRecently, they partnered with other inspirational music stations across the country to raise more than $1.4 million for kids at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during the eighth annual Radio Cares for St. Jude Kids national radio broadcast event designed to increase the community’s awareness and support of St. Jude.Radio One, a diversified media company with 54 broadcast stations in 16 markets, a syndication business (Reach Media), an online platform (Interactive One), a cable network (TV One) and creative brand content agency (One Solution) – all of which primarily target urban listeners – is the top supporter of the annual radio fundraising event.Radio One’s partners and celebrity friends continued to drum up awareness and support for St. Jude by sharing the hospital’s mission through testimonies of patient families and the latest news about groundbreaking research, advances in treatment and the lifesaving work conducted there. This year’s top fundraising stations are WPZE, Praise 102.5 in Atlanta, WPPZ, Praise 103.9 in Philadelphia and WPRS, Praise 104.1 in Washington, D.C. Since 2008, the event has raised nearly $10 million in cash and pledges.“Radio One is a proud partner of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and we are particularly proud of our highly engaged and loyal listeners for responding to our call and exceeding our financial goal this year. This national radio event proves the continued power of radio to emotionally connect with listeners and move them to action. In this case, the action is literally life-saving for thousands of children,” said Chris Wegmann, president of the Radio Division, Radio One, Inc.All participating stations encouraged listeners to become St. Jude Partners in Hope by making a $20 monthly pledge. Beginning at 6 a.m. ET, Yolanda Adams, Grammy Award-winning gospel artist and host of her own show, started the day strong with a high energy, celebrity appearance by gospel singer Erica Campbell, followed by the story of St. Jude patient Bella.In late 2013, when three-year-old Bella developed pain in her hip, the doctor thought it might be due to arthritis. But tests revealed something more serious: She was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare cancerous tumor. When Bella’s father and grandmother learned they would never receive a bill for her treatment – including surgery, chemotherapy and an antibody treatment – travel, housing or food, a weight was lifted from their shoulders.“St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is very dear to my heart, and a cause our audiences and staff genuinely connect with year after year,” said Yolanda Adams. “My family and I continue to be blessed, inspired and moved by these families that represent faith, strength and love.”Radio One Urban AC and News stations in Charlotte, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis and St. Louis, in addition to Emmis Broadcasting’s WLIB in New York, and WTHB and WAKB in Augusta, Georgia also joined the chorus of stations and talent supporting this year’s national fundraising effort.Additionally, TV One aired event-specific St. Jude promotional spots and screen swipes that helped to drive viewers to tune in and donate. Social engagement on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram also helped support the on-air content.“We greatly appreciate our partnership with Radio One, which enables us to harness a vast network of music stations and celebrity supporters and leverage the power of gospel music to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO for ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “The Radio Cares for St. Jude Kids program is a remarkable opportunity to celebrate the true spirit of giving while raising funds and awareness to help us find cures for children fighting cancer and other life-threatening diseases.”Because the majority of St. Jude funding comes from individual contributors and programs like Radio Cares for St. Jude Kids, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food, so families can focus on what matters most – helping their child live. Thanks to the support of generous donors, the hospital has the freedom to focus on saving kids regardless of their financial situation.This year’s event welcomed support from groups and celebrity music artists, including: Michelle Williams, Anthony Brown, Dewayne Woods, Raheem Devaughn, Ricky Dillard, and Jakalyn Carr. Other participating celebrities included television host Roland Martin, actress Tachina Arnold, comedienne Luenell, and radio personality and reality television star Claudia Jordan – who all volunteered their time at Radio One affiliate stations across the country answering phones from callers pledging to become St. Jude Partners in Hope.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

St Catharines stabbing sends man to hospital

One person’s been arrested, and Niagara Police are looking for another after a stabbing in St Catharines last night. A detective investigating the stabbing says several people were fighting in an apartment near the former Delta Bingo hall on Church Street about 10:30 pm when one man was stabbed in the abdomen.He had emergency surgery in St Catharines and his condition has been upgraded to stable. Investigators call the stabbing drug-related. A knife, a taser and other items were found at the scene. Police have the identity of the second person they are looking to arrest.

Top UN official in Kosovo praises international security force

Speaking on the fourth anniversary of the arrival of the international security force in Kosovo (KFOR), the top United Nations official there today stressed the importance of continued good cooperation between the NATO-run force and the UN Mission in the province (UNMIK).UNMIK chief Michael Steiner noted improvements in the security situation over the past four years, but warned that it was still not normal, with the threat being more complicated and unconventional – largely internal, with organized crime and extremism.”As we fight the enemy in its new forms, it is important that KFOR and UNMIK continue to work well together,” Mr. Steiner declared. “After all, KFOR and UNMIK are two sides of one coin. Today is your anniversary, tomorrow is ours as we followed immediately in your footsteps four years ago.”We are bound together. UNMIK can’t do without KFOR and KFOR can’t do without UNMIK. We are totally interdependent,” he added, paying tribute to the 101 KFOR soldiers and 26 members of UNMIK who have been killed. read more

UN official on tsunami assessment mission in Indonesia and India

A UN spokesman in New York said today that Eric Schwartz, Deputy Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery, would then travel to Geneva after his fact-finding mission to discuss human rights-related aspects of the recovery effort with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.Earlier this month, Miloon Kothari, an independent Special Rapporteur for the UN Human Rights Commission said that a study showed that Governments in the tsunami-hit region had failed to uphold the human rights to food, health, housing and livelihood of their most vulnerable citizens in the aftermath of the 2004 disaster.“Ninety per cent of the people are still living in sub-standard housing,” said Mr. Kothari, referring to the 1.8 million to 2.5 million people displaced when the tsunami hit on 26 December. The tsunami killed more than 230,000 people and affected more than 12 countries in Asia.Mr. Kothari wrote a forward to a 64-page report, titled “Tsunami Response: A Human Rights Assessment,” and this was sent to the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Tsunami-affected Countries, former United States President Bill Clinton, at the start of this month. read more

As ICC trial opens Malian extremist admits guilt to destroying historic sites

Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi admitted guilt to the war crime consisting in the destruction of historical and religious monuments in Timbuktu, between around 30 June 2012 and 11 July 2012, the ICC said in a press release, which noted that “this is the first international trial focusing on the destruction of historical and religious monuments, and the first ICC case where the defendant made an admission of guilt.”According to the release, the trial in The Hague, Netherlands, started with the reading of an extract of the confirmed charge against the accused, and the presiding judge asked him to confirm that he understood the charge. Mr. Al Mahdi admitted guilt to the charge.In her presentation, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said that the destroyed buildings of immeasurable value, notably the mausoleums of Muslim saints, were a major part of the historic heritage of the ancient city of Timbuktu.“They were also more generally a part of the heritage of Mali, of Africa and of the world. All, except one, were inscribed on the World Heritage List,” she said.“These buildings were deliberately destroyed by Mr. Al Mahdi and his co-perpetrators before the very eyes of the people of Timbuktu, who looked on powerlessly,” she continued. Mr. Al Mahdi, a member of Ansar Dine, was directly involved in the entities established by the armed groups Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and Ansar Dine during the occupation of Timbuktu in 2012, the Prosecutor said.“Today’s trial is indeed historic,” she stressed, noting that “it is all the more historic in view of the destructive rage that marks our times, in which humanity’s common heritage is subject to repeated and planned ravages by individuals and groups whose goal is to eradicate any representation of a world that differs from theirs by eliminating the physical manifestations that are at the heart of communities.”Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the landmark case and commended the Court for bringing the significant issue to the forefront of efforts to ensure international justice and accountability, his spokesperson said in a statement.“It draws our attention to an increasingly worrying trend of deliberate destruction of cultural heritage in situations of armed conflict,” said the statement, which also noted that “such attacks represent a callous assault on the dignity and identity of entire populations and their religious and historical roots.”The Secretary-General “strongly condemns” all such acts, and call on all concerned to ensure perpetrators are held accountable, the statement said.The judges will pronounce a decision and a possible sentence after further proceedings. read more

Chamber Welcomes EBO Fit to Price

Castle Country women looking to get fit now have a new option in Price at EBO Fit. The Carbon County Chamber of Commerce joined EBO Fit owner Emily Olsen and her new business to the community with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday afternoon.Olsen dove head first into the fitness industry in 2002. Then, in 2006, she became a certified ACE personal trainer, a process that included months of education before culminating with a test. Since then, Olsen has continued her education, refreshing her knowledge and learning new skills through training every two years.Six years ago, Olsen and her family relocated to Price as her husband secured a new job at USU Eastern. Olsen brought her passion to fitness with her as she trained with clients that are looking to achieve a variety of fitness goals. This resulted in the gym that operates out of her home where she trains women and welcomes members to enjoy the gym through monthly membership fees.“This is such an exciting day,” Olsen said following the ribbon cutting. “I have dreamed of owning my own gym for a long time.”With her own gym now open, Olsen is offering personal training programs, which include basic, boxing and running options. There is also a teen girl squad training program being offered at the end of May. The program will last four weeks and aims to prepare young women for fall athletics.In addition to training options, open gym memberships are available for purchase. For just $25 per month, or $20 per month if packaged with a training program, women are welcome to use the gym Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 12 p.m. Hours will be increased if there is adequate demand.For more information on EBO Fit, call Olsen at (801) 719-8910 or email ebofit@yahoo.com. read more

You only have weeks to spend your old £5 notes or even

first_imgplastic £5 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. How many old fivers are in circulation?The Bank of England said more than 50 per cent of “Fry fivers” have already been returned to be destroyed, leaving around 160 million in circulation.Where will I be able to return them?Some banks and building societies might still accept paper £5 notes after May 5, but this is at their own discretion.The Bank of England will continue to exchange the old £5 notes for all time, as it would for any other Bank note which no longer has legal tender status.The old paper fiver and the new £5 note have co-existed since the polymer banknote was first issued by the Bank in September 2016.Is the new £5 note better than the old one?The new Bank of England fiver is stronger than its predecessor and boasts new security features making it harder to counterfeit. But it has been controversial as it emerged that traces of animal-derived additives were used in its production. The polymer banknote featuring Sir Winston Churchill will be the only £5 note with legal tender statusCredit:Stefan Wermuth/PA Is it the same situation in Scotland?A spokesman for the Committee of Scottish Clearing Bankers, which represents Bank of Scotland, Clydesdale Bank and Royal Bank of Scotland, said: “The paper Scottish fivers are not being withdrawn from circulation, they are just not being reissued.”They don’t have a withdrawal date as such similar to the English £5 notes.”And are other banknotes going polymer?A public consultation has been launched by the Bank into how it produces new £20 polymer notes.The Bank previously said it has held off signing supply contracts for the £20 polymer note, which is due to be released in 2020, in order to better understand “the range of public opinion” surrounding the use of tallow in banknote production and explore potential plant-based substitutes like palm and coconut oil.In September this year, the Bank will issue a new £10 polymer note featuring author Jane Austen, recognising “her universal appeal and enduring contribution to English literature”. It does not seem long ago since the new polymer £5 notes were introduced.But people have just weeks left to spend – or bank – the 160 million paper fivers still in circulation before they lose their legal tender status.From Friday, May 5, shops no longer have to accept the paper fiver featuring prison reformer Elizabeth Fry as payment.And not all banks and building societies will accept the old notes being returned.After May 5, the new polymer banknote – billed as untearable and with enhanced security when introduced last September – featuring Sir Winston Churchill will be the only Bank of England £5 note with legal tender status.last_img read more

Skype Exec Explains Massive Failure

first_imgRabbe promised that the company is doing its best to avoid such issues in the future, through bug fixes, problem detection, and infrastructure reviews. “Lessons will be learned and we will use this as an opportunity to identify and introduce areas of improvement to our software, further assess and invest in capacity and stability, and develop better processes for outage recovery and communications to our user base.” So, why did Skype experience a giant outage during its most heavily utilized time of year? Server clusters, Windows bugs, and supernodes. The VoIP provider’s CIO Lars Rabbe explained why the network went down for roughly 24 hour on December 22 and 23 on the company’s blog today.According to Rabbe, several servers became overloaded on the 22nd, setting into motion a series of unfortunate events culminating in the big crash. “As a result of this overload, some Skype clients received delayed responses from the overloaded servers,” said Rabbe. “In a version of the Skype for Windows client (version 5.0.0152), the delayed responses from the overloaded servers were not properly processed, causing Windows clients running the affected version to crash.”Due to that crash, 25 to 30 percent of the system’s supernodes failed. Is a supernode important? I’m glad you asked. Rabbe again,A supernode is important to the P2P network because it takes on additional responsibilities compared to regular nodes, acting like a directory, supporting other Skype clients, helping to establish connections between them and creating local clusters typically of several hundred peer nodes per each supernode.Once a supernode has failed, even when restarted, it takes some time to become available as a resource to the P2P network again. As a result, the P2P network was left with 25-30% fewer supernodes than normal. This caused a disproportionate load on the remaining available supernodes.last_img read more

Pioneering surgery helps Greek Australian patient

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram For 46-year-old George Valmas of Bexley, a dramatic change to his life has happened since undergoing first-of-its-kind surgery for mitral valve disease, at NSW’s North Shore Private Hospital. Sufferer Mr Valmas said before the surgery he had trouble doing day to day activities which most people take for granted, such as climbing stairs or walking on the slightest incline. “No longer being kept up at night with a horrible drowning feeling has also been a great relief. I look and feel better every day since the surgery, and it is wonderful to last longer on my feet, and to be able to walk further in distance without stopping,” Mr Valmas said. These changes are thanks to a less invasive mitral valve repair technique for mitral regurgitation (MR) using MitraClip, for which there is an established program at North Shore Private Hospital. This procedure is a treatment option for patients with symptomatic mitral valve disease, for whom the risk of open heart surgery would be high.last_img read more

Carifta Teams for TCI in Bahamas Curacao

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 14, 2017 – Providenciales – Both Carifta Teams are off to their respective games now… we caught up with TeamTCIs swim and athletics athletes who will spend the Easter Holiday either competing on the track in Curacao or in the pool in The Bahamas.Six will swim, and while winning medals would be a great plus, coach Jen Martel says this go round the growing team is going after experience and personal best times.   “We want to be competitive with the other swimmers, even if we’re not in the top three yet, and with swimming we’re really big on competing against themselves and learning to build a team.  With doing these small goals we’ve got six swimmers this year which is the most ever, we’re hoping next year have a few more, and next year maybe do relays which we haven’t been able to do for swimming yet.  So, building it from here and then a few years down the road, hopefully bringing home some hardware.”The group left late yesterday due to an air traffic controllers’ strike in Nassau, Bahamas but are there now.  The athletics team arrived safely last night in Curacao, we spoke to coach Ali Smith at the airport who told us the events to watch.  “You’re going to see most of our athletes throughout 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1500 meters.”The Carifta Games for track and field are carried on Flow, which is the exclusive broadcast partner.#MagneticMediaNews#TCICariftaTeams#CariftateamsheadtoBahamasandCuracao Related Items:#CariftateamsheadtoBahamasandCuracao, #magneticmedianews, #TCICariftaTeams Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Nasri says hes happy to be back

first_imgThe former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder was banned from football for 18 months, after receiving an intravenous treatment in breach of World Anti-Doping Agency rules.Samir Nasri is ready to go back to playing professionally as his new club West Ham United face Arsenal today.“It’s great to be back on this stage again. I missed the Premier League and I missed the competition in general and just football,” he told Sky Sports.“This experience was the worst in my career. It changed me for the better. Now I see things differently.”“Before sometimes you don’t know how blessed you are to do this job,” he added.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Now I just take one day at a time, try to enjoy it as much as possible and try to be as professional as I can be to help my team-mates because I thought at one point I’d lost it.”“I’m still disappointed about it because I didn’t take any substance. It was just the dosage of the vitamin that was too much,” he commented.“I could do it in two days but I did it in just one day and so I have regrets about it because I was sick, yes. I had a doctor’s prescription, but it still hasn’t been accepted.”“I lost one year of my career that just went like that and at one point they were talking about a four-year suspension,” Nasri said.“A lot of things went through my mind. I thought my career was over so having this second chance makes me lucky.”last_img read more

Playboy Reports 87M Second Quarter Loss

first_imgPlayboy Enterprises, parent company of Playboy magazine, announced today that its second quarter 2009 revenues were $62.2 million, down 15.3 percent from $73.4 million over the same period in 2008. The company reported a net loss for the quarter of $8.7 million, up from a $3.2 million net loss in 2008.Revenues for the print/digital group were $28.3 million in the quarter, down $3.9 million from the same period last year. However, segment income was up from $0.1 million to $2.3 million. Yet that was attributed to cost savings from combining the July and August issues of the magazine.This also boosted the magazine’s circulation top line by 16 percent in 2009’s second quarter to $12.9 million compared to the same period last year, softening the 38 percent decline in ad pages for the second quarter this year. On the digital side specifically, revenues were down to $8.9 million from $11.6 million in last year’s second quarter. This, says the company, resulted from “lower paysite, e-commerce and advertising sales.”But if things look bad now, CEO Scott Flanders-who just joined the company in June, coming from Freedom Communications-warned that the second half doesn’t look much better. “The media businesses will face a more challenging second half with fewer near-term opportunities to grow revenues,” he said in a statement. “As a result, we do not expect the media businesses to report top- or bottom-line improvement in the second half of 2009 compared to the same period last year.”The company also said that it expects to report a 47 percent decline in Playboy magazine ad pages in the 2009 third quarter, when the company will publish one fewer issue than in the prior year period.During a conference call this morning to discuss the results, Flanders said that the magazine will continue to play a critical role in the company’s success, but will have to be sustained by a smaller revenue base. “I’m not convinced that the magazine must be a money loser,” he said. “We can and will do a better job on that front.”Second quarter revenues in Playboy’s entertainment business were $23.8 million, down from $29.6 million during the same period last year (but managed to post a $2 million income gain). Second quarter licensing group revenues and segment income were $10.1 million and $4.8 million, down 14 percent and 22 percent, respectively, from the second quarter 2008.last_img read more

Tata Steel Vedanta Welspun shares rally on lacklustre trading day

first_imgMetal stocks led by Tata Steel, Vedanta, Coal India and Welspun Corporation rallied in the range of 1.5 to 4 percent on Wednesday on the stock exchanges that saw benchmark indices making last-minute recovery to end with marginal gains.Tata Steel shares gained 4.47 percent to close at Rs. 357.70, while Vedanta ended 2.95 percent higher at Rs. 164.20. Welspun Corporation was up 1.32 percent at Rs. 84.75. The S&P BSE Metals index gained 1.83 percent while the NSE Nifty Metal rose 1.68 percent.The Sensex closed 7 points higher at 27,815 and the NSE Nifty 50 also closed almost flat at 8,519.Foreign institutional investors were net buyers of Indian equities worth Rs. 290.53 crore, while domestic institutional investors were net sellers of Indian stocks valued at Rs. 654.73 crore.The day saw shares of Indiabulls Housing Finance and Indiabulls Real Estate falling almost 10 percent intraday high in response to reports that their offices were raided by the income tax department on Wednesday in Mumbai and Delhi. The BSE has sought an explanation from the companies to the report.The day was marked by profit-booking even as the earnings season has begun.”Traders are booking profits as we move into the earnings season, where broad-based moves are expected to be replaced by sector-specific moves,” NDTVProfit quoted Anand James, chief market analyst at Geojit BNP Paribas Financial Services, as saying.The Indian rupee closed at 67.05 to the US dollar, as against 67.18 on Tuesday.Jignesh Shah, founder of Financial Technologies India Ltd (FTIL) was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday in the context with the investigation into the Rs 5,600-crore National Spot Exchange Limited (NSEL) money laundering scam, reported NDTVProfit.”Shah will be produced in a special anti-money laundering court on Wednesday,” the channel quoted an Enforcement Directorate official as saying. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) will be declaring its first quarter (June 2016) results on Thursday, followed by Infosys, Reliance Industries, LIC Housing Finance and Mastek on Friday. Shares of NBCC (India) closed with a loss of 10.72 percent at Rs. 229.80, responding to news of the government decided to offload 15 percent stake in the company. The disinvestment is expected to net Rs. 1,700 crore to the government.”The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved the disinvestment of 15% paid up equity of National Buildings Construction Corporation Limited (NBCC) out of Government of India’s 90% shareholding,” a government statement said.”In order to inculcate a sense of belongingness amongst the employees of NBCC, it has also been decided to allot additional shares to the eligible and willing employees at a discount of 5% to the Issue/discovered (lowest cut off) price of the OFS,” the statement added.last_img read more

Body of UH Student Missing since April 2017 Found in North Houston

first_imgTexas EquusearchAn Vinh Nguyen.The body of a University of Houston (UH) student who was missing since April 2017 has been recovered in north Houston and the medical examiner’s office has determined the manner of death was a homicide, the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences reported Wednesday.An Vinh Nguyen, 27, was a student at UH’s Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management and was last seen on March 31, 2017, as reported by KHOU 11.The medical examiner’s office used DNA analysis to confirm the identity back in June, but the results are just now being made public.Authorities believe Nguyen may have been targeted by a Houston man who allegedly used dating apps to lure victims to a location to rob and kill them.That suspect is charged with capital murder for a similar case. Sharelast_img read more

S Bengal to experience strong winds MeT

first_imgKolkata: A cyclonic storm that is said to hit the coastal areas of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh may not have a major impact on the state but the South Bengal districts will witness a strong wind measuring around 70-80 km per hour, predicted the Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore on Thursday.An alert has been issued to the coastal districts of the state and the fishermen have been asked not to venture into the sea till Saturday. An alert has also been sent to the East Midnapore district administration asking them to impose restrictions on bathing of visitors in the rough sea at Digha and other nearby beach towns in the district. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Group-of-Minister (GoM) which was constituted by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee before going on a foreign tour, held a meeting at Nabanna on Thursday chalking out plans on how to combat the cyclonic situation in the state. It would be monitored from the control room of the disaster management department at Nabanna. The state Irrigation department is also keeping a tab on the situation. The senior officials of the state Irrigation department are in constant touch with their counterparts at the Centre. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to the MeT office prediction, a low pressure trough has formed over West Central Bay of Bengal which will further intensify due to cyclonic storm, bringing moderate to heavy rainfall in some parts of South Bengal. It was also learnt the people from various South Bengal districts including the city may encounter a strong wind. The cyclonic storm will have no major effect on Bengal as it would hit the neighbouring districts including Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. The situation is expected to improve from Saturday, a weather official said. The state government has already taken all the preventive measures to deal with the situation. All the concerned departments have been asked to be on alert and closely monitor the situation. There is absolutely no need to panic, a senior government official said.last_img read more

These True Wireless Earbuds Raised Almost 2M On Indiegogo

first_img If you’re having a rough day, try turning up your favorite playlist. Music can help regulate your mood, cheering you up or comforting you when you’re down. This is essential when you’re running your own business: your mood can affect your decision-making, and your team will notice if you’re feeling “off.”Picking out a great pair of headphones will do your songs justice, and you’ll need a pair of true wireless earbuds to take your tunes on the go. The xFyro ARIA True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds use the most advanced audio technology for great listening on the go.These buds are an Indiegogo success story — they raised a whopping $1.9M on the crowdfunding site. What makes a pair of headphones special enough to raise all that cash? It’s next-generation sound that’s tuned to perfection by sound engineers, plus an extra-long playtime of 32 hours and a charging case that adds an extra 24 hours of listening to your headphones.The waterproof, dustproof true wireless earbuds use cutting-edge Bluetooth 5.0 technology to keep you connected at the gym, on the trail or on the way to work. You can start listening as soon as you put them on thanks to auto-pairing, and ambient noise cancellation shuts out distracting sounds.The xFyro ARIA True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds usually cost $250, but you can grab a pair right now for only $99 (60 percent off). Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. June 19, 2019 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 2 min read Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more