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17 IAS officers transferred reshuffled in UP

first_imgLucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government has transferred and reshuffled 17 administrative officials across the state. According to the list issued by the administration on Saturday, Kanak Tripathi has been appointed as the new Boarding Officer of Azamgarh. Special Secretary Women Welfare C. Indumati has been made the District Magistrate (DM) of Sultanpur. Sultanpur’s DM Divya Prakash Giri is now the Additional Commissioner of Excise in Prayagraj while Special Secretary Secondary Education Chandra Vijay Singh new DM of Firozabad. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC Chief Minister’s Special Secretary Adarsh Singh has been made the District Magistrate of Barabanki while Barabanki’s previous DM Uday Bhanu Tripathi Special Secretary Secondary Education. Ambedkar Nagar’s DM Suresh Kumar is now the Special Secretary Rural Development Department. Nagendra Prasad Singh has been appointed as the Special Secretary Rural Development of the DM of Azamgarh. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bhadohi Industrial Development Authority Sheshmani Pandey has been assigned as the DM of Chitrakoot. Chitrakoot DM Visakh has been promoted as the Special Secretary of the Chief Minister. Additional Commissioner of Excise Om Prakash Arya has been made Siddharth Nagar’s DM. Special Secretary Municipal Development Kunal Silku is now the District Collector of Siddhartha Nagar.last_img read more

Rupee opens 32 paise higher at 7170 against USD in early trade

first_imgMumbai: The rupee appreciated by 32 paise to 71.70 against the US dollar in early trade on Tuesday amid revival of US-China trade talk hopes and gains in domestic equity market. The rupee on Monday had declined by 36 paise to close below the 72 level against the US currency for the first time in nine months, hit by a ‘flash crash’ in global currencies due to uncertainty over the trade front. At the interbank foreign exchange on Tuesday, the rupee opened at 71.70, registering a rise of 32 paise over its previous close of 72.02. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal The domestic unit pared some gains and was trading at 71.85 against the dollar at 1001 hrs. Forex traders said higher opening in domestic equities and the latest remark by US President Donald Trump on trade talk with China enthused investors. Trump said his trade negotiators had received two “very good calls” from China and it was a sign that China is serious about reaching a deal and that talks would begin soon. “I think we’re going to have a deal, because now we’re dealing on proper terms. They understand and we understand,” Trump said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost Market participants, however, said rising crude oil prices and foreign fund outflows weighed on local currency. Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) remained net sellers in the capital market, pulling out Rs 752.90 crore on Monday, according to provisional exchange data. The dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, fell 0.08 per cent to 98.00. Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, rose 0.51 per cent to trade at USD 59.00 per barrel. Domestic bourses opened on a positive note on Tuesday with benchmark indices Sensex trading 83.20 points higher at 37,577.32 and Nifty up 45.80 points at 11,103.65. The 10-year government bond yield was at 6.44 per cent in morning trade.last_img read more

Humboldt Broncos hockey player Evan Thomas remembered in Saskatoon

first_imgSASKATOON – Evan Thomas ate Fruit Loops for breakfast, went to the rink for a skate, then had a nap before boarding the Humboldt Broncos bus for a playoff game.During the April 6 highway drive to Nipawin, Sask., the 18-year-old exchanged messages on Snapchat with friends.The messages stopped about 5 p.m.Scott Thomas recounted his son’s last moments at a memorial service Monday in the family’s hometown of Saskatoon.“His friend and teammate Brayden Camrud has told us one of the last things he remembers is looking at the front of the bus, seeing Evan pull his dress shirt on, tie on, flip his fingers through his hair and the lights went out,” said Thomas.He told the crowd that his son died of multiple skull fractures.“We’ve been told that he died instantly. He did not suffer. There is some peace in that.”Evan Thomas was one of 16 killed when the bus and a semi truck hauling peat moss collided at a rural intersection north of Tisdale. Thirteen others were injured, including Camrud, and several remain in hospital.Scott Thomas said that his son’s cellphone was recovered after the crash and there wasn’t a scratch on it. And his body, except for his head, was in near perfect condition.“My opinion is it was because Evan was standing — simply standing, putting his suit on. He was struck by the upper cabinets of the bus and killed instantly,” he said.“That’s how random this was. Sitting, standing, front, back. Completely random. And vicious.”Thomas said he has given up asking himself why the accident happened.An outpouring of grief and support from people around the world has helped ease some of the pain, he said.“It could have happened on any bus on any stretch on any road in any part of Canada to any hockey team,” he said. “I think that is why it has ripped through everybody so hard.”About 3,000 people attended the service at SaskTel Centre, where friends and former teammates donned jerseys with the name Thomas on the back and raised hockey sticks over the heads of his family members as they walked by.Dozens of audio and video tributes described a humble and respectful young man who wanted a career in medicine because he wanted to help others. He could pull 95 per cent in almost any subject, with little effort. And he won a top science award in Grade 11.Some said Thomas, also known as E.T., had a wicked sense of humour. He perfected making Kraft Dinner, which he usually ate out of a pot. And he was addicted to Tim Hortons iced cappuccinos.He loved hockey but also played baseball and, no matter the sport, was a dedicated teammate.“My grandson was one of a kind,” said Marg Ellard.Thomas lived with Ellard for two seasons when he played hockey in Moose Jaw. He snuck his girlfriend in through a basement window, unplugged the home’s security camera and hosted parties, she said.He also passed his driver’s licence on his first try, she added. And she would give anything to have him back again.Camrud, 19, received minor injuries in the crash and has attended the funerals of his teammates in between visiting those still in hospital.He plans to play hockey again once he’s fully healed.“I’m sure that’s what they would want,” Camrud said after the memorial.“I’m going to play for them and I’m going to think about each and every one of them when I step out onto the ice.”last_img read more

Netflixs 3Q subscriber growth gets rave reviews on Wall St

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Netflix regained its stride with surprisingly strong subscriber growth in the third quarter, after an unexpected springtime stumble triggered fears that it was losing its allure.The video-streaming service added 7 million subscribers worldwide from July through September, far above the company’s target of 5 million and exceeding analyst projections.Netflix fell well shy of its subscriber goals for the April-to-June period, raising fears that fiercer competition from Amazon, Hulu, HBO and other streaming services was siphoning away viewers.In a show of confidence, Netflix predicted it will pick up another 9.4 million subscribers during the current quarter ending in December — traditionally one of the company’s busiest times because of all the subscriptions given as holiday gifts. Even so, the forecast calls for 1.1 million more subscribers than Netflix gained in the same period last year.Netflix ended September with 137 million worldwide subscribers, including 58.5 million in the U.S.“Netflix’s strong quarter will at least temporarily put to rest questions over the long-term viability of its business,” said eMarketer analyst Paul Verna.Investors lifted Netflix’s stock by more than 11 per cent to $386.30 in extended trading. The stock still remains below its record high of $423.21 in June, just before the subscriber-growth scare Netflix announced in July.Subscriber growth has always been more important to investor perceptions of Netflix than its relatively small profits. Investors are counting on Netflix to grow quickly in order to gain an insurmountable advantage over streaming rivals in an increasingly crowded market.In an effort to be more precise and reduce the volatility in its stock, Netflix plans to exclude people on free trials of its service from its subscriber numbers. In a letter to shareholders Tuesday, Netflix said it believes paid subscribers now are a more stable indicator of how well the service is doing.“I’m afraid the (second quarter-to-third quarter) story is probably mostly an issue of forecasting as opposed to anything changing in the business,” Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said during comments broadcast in an online video.On the financial front, Netflix earned $403 million on revenue of $4 billion in the quarter. But the company continued to burn through cash to pay for its programming, which includes a critically acclaimed selection of shows such as “Stranger Things,” ”Orange Is The New Black,” and “Ozark.”In a coup, Netflix shows won 23 Emmys in last month’s awards ceremony, tying HBO for the most among all TV networks.The laurels are proving expensive. Netflix had a negative cash flow of $859 million in the third quarter, nearly doubling from a negative cash flow of $465 million last year. The trend raises the possibility that Netflix might need to borrow money to pay its bills, something that is getting more expensive to do as interest rates rise.last_img read more

Former US Official Praises King Mohammed VIs Openness to Algeria

Rabat – Crowley expressed satisfaction with King Mohammed VI move to invite Algeria to engage in a “frank and direct” dialogue with Morocco to solve the regional conflict that has destabilized Maghreb unity.“Since Morocco and Algeria are neighbors, which confront complex disputes without easy solutions, the sovereign’s proposition to engage a dialogue of good faith is certainly welcome,” the former US official told Maghreb Arab Press in Washington, D.C.Crowley added that if Algeria expresses mutual interest, “This will be significant progress forward.” Speaking on the Western Sahara conflict, the former official said that the United Nations has played an important role. “However, it is up to Morocco and Algeria to engage in a direct dialogue to find a solution to this issue and other outstanding issues in order to be able to normalize relations.”Crowley has agreed that the solution for the Western Sahara conflict should be solved between Morocco and Algeria and not Polisario, which claims itself a representative of the Sahrawis in the Tindouf camps in Algeria.Read Also: Algerian Media: King Mohammed VI Struck Positive Tone in Green March SpeechIn his speech, King Mohammed VI on Tuesday addressed a direct message to the Algerian government to cooperate with Morocco to re-establish diplomatic ties between the two countries.During the speech, King Mohammed VI denounced the lack of unity in the Maghreb due to regional conflicts, including the Western Sahara issue.The King said that despite historical bonds between the two countries, including the struggle against colonial rule, the countries’ “bilateral relations are not normal, much less acceptable.”“I should like to say today, in a very straightforward and responsible way, that Morocco stands ready for a direct and frank dialogue with our sister nation, Algeria, in order to settle the transient and objective differences impeding the development of relations between the two countries,” the monarch said. read more

Lanka to formally respond to US resolution

“The new resolution therefore based on a misconceived and arbitrary premise and does not have a nexus to 19/2, although it recalls 19/2, is also far from a “procedural resolution”, as it was originally claimed and is substantive, intrusive and political in nature. Contravenes UNGA resolution 60/251 and HRC resolutions 5/1 and 5/2. For example, there is blatant contradiction of resolution 5/2 [specifically Article 11(b)] which calls upon mandate holders to ensure that the field visits are conducted ‘with the consent or at the invitation of the state concerned’, is intrusive, politicized and in clear contravention of accepted principles of conduct in the Council, is precedent setting, and can in the medium-to-long term have an adverse impact on all developing countries,” Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha said.Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha says he told the US Ambassador to Geneva, Sri Lanka hopes the US government and possible co-sponsors of the resolution, would do nothing to endanger the delicate reconciliation process ongoing in Sri Lanka, as well as the constructive engagement Sri Lanka is presently pursuing with the United Nations, the Human Rights Council, the High Commissioner and the OHCHR, as well as our bilateral partners. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Easwaran Rutnam The government will formally respond to the US resolution which was tabled at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva last Friday, the External Affairs Ministry said.An official at the Ministry said that the government will provide, in detail, a response to the points raised by the US government in the draft resolution titled ‘Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka’ tabled by the US Ambassador to Geneva Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe. Meanwhile Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha said in a statement that he had already conveyed to Ambassador Donahoe on Friday that the government rejects entirely the premise on which the resolution is based, and as has been its consistent position, does not intend negotiating with the US on the text. He said that the pith and substance of resolution 19/2 was to mandate the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to provide in consultation with, and with the concurrence of the Sri Lankan government, advice and technical assistance, and for the OHCHR to report to the Council on the nature of the assistance provided on the implementation of Sri Lanka’s domestic reconciliation mechanism, the LLRC. The government has already noted that through the OHCHR Report the High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has gone beyond her mandate in making recommendations which are arbitrary, highly intrusive and of a politicized nature, which have not given due regard or recognition to the work of Sri Lanka’s ongoing mechanism of reconciliation through the National Action Plan on the implementation of the recommendations of the LLRC.Aryasinha says in the new US draft resolution substantive provisions have been introduced which are totally unrelated to the mandate given in the US resolution 19/2, and steers completely away from the spirit and substance of 19/2 into a new realm. read more

Freedom of expression mostly ignored at UNbacked information summit rights expert

Ambeyi Ligabo, the UN Commission on Human Rights’ Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, stressed that those and other basic human rights “should be a constituent part of any declaration on the right to information.”The first phase of the World Summit on the Information Society, held from 10 to 12 December in Geneva, brought together representatives from government, science, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), industry and the media in a bid to forge a global commitment on ways to harness the power of ICTs towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, a set of targets for a better future.A statement issued today on behalf of the Special Rapporteur said “the mere reiteration of a few well-established principles and commitments on human rights is not sufficient; human rights concepts should be integrated meaningfully in the Draft Declaration.” He also observed that the Plan of Action appeared to be deprived of any human rights strategy.”The absence of an in-depth analysis of a number of crucial matters like media concentration, safeguards to press freedom on the Internet and obstacles to accessing it, may gravely hamper the good work done so far by international institutions and non-governmental organizations on these key documents,” the statement said.The Special Rapporteur voiced hope that the Summit’s second phase, to be held in 2005 in Tunis, would take remedial action on the issue, and that advance preparations would include the full participation of human rights organizations working on freedom of opinion and expression. read more

Five in Afghanistan killed when blast destroys vehicle UN says

An electoral worker, a driver and three others died in the blast, Sultan Ahmad Baheen said yesterday at a briefing in the capital Kabul.He noted that the area where the incident happened is known to have many mines and improvised explosive devices. “At this time we don’t know which explosive device hit the vehicle,” he added.

Googles former CEO gets 100 million stock award

first_imgFORMER GOOGLE CEO Eric Schmidt is getting paid a lot more than he did when he was running the internet company.Schmidt is getting an award of $100 million in Google restricted stock for the second time in the three years since he relinquished the CEO job to company co-founder Larry Page.The latest bundle of stock is coming on top of a $6 million cash bonus for Schmidt’s contributions to Google last year, according to a regulatory filing Tuesday. In his current job as Google’s executive chairman, he deals primarily with regulatory issues, government relationships around the world and company acquisitions.Schmidt, 58, already has amassed an estimated fortune of $8 billion, mostly through the stock that he received and bought when he became Google’s CEO in 2001.After Google went public in 2004, Schmidt consistently declined to accept a huge salary. His annual salary during his final six years as CEO was capped at $1 at his request. His annual bonus never exceeded $2,000 during that stretch, nor did he receive any stock awards.Page, who has an estimated fortune of $25 billion, also caps his salary at $1 and refuses to take a bonus or stock awards.Shortly after Google announced Schmidt would be turning over the CEO reins to Page, the Mountain View company gave him $100 million in restricted stock in recognition of his leadership and to retain his expertise as executive chairman. That batch of stock won’t be fully vested until next year.This year’s award of $100 million in restricted stock will be granted Wednesday and will vest over a four-year period beginning in May 2015.Google’s stock gained 58 per cent in 2013, closing the year at $1,120.71. It fell $2.66 cents to $1,135.50 in after-hours trading on Thursday after closing regular trading at $1,138.16.Read: Column: The Ryanair and Google Partnership – what’s in it for us? >Read: Google and Samsung call truce with cross-license patent deal >last_img read more

12 people including a child shot at New Orleans Mothers Day parade

first_imgA DOZEN PEOPLE – including a child as young as 10 – are believed to have been shot at a parade in the southern US city of New Orleans, police said.Garry Flot, a spokesman for the local police department, said details surrounding the incident were still unclear but “we believe 12 people were shot.”Among the victims was a child aged between 10 and 12 years old.Flot told AFP that no one was killed and that three to four people were in hospital for surgery. He declined to provide further details.Local broadcaster WWL-TV reported that the shooting took place at a Mother’s Day parade and three suspects were believed to have been involved.The Times-Picayune newspaper quoted New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Ronal Serpas as saying there were about 300 to 400 people in the parade and some 200 people in the area of the shooting.Three people were seen running from the scene, according to Serpas.The newspaper also reported that one of its reporters, who was participating in the parade, heard six to seven shots being fired.- © AFP, 2013last_img read more

6 interesting moments from the final day of the Oireachtas abortion hearings

first_imgAFTER THREE FULL days of hearings, Tuesday saw the final presentations and questions before the Oireachtas on the draft legislation on abortion.After hearing from the heads of maternity hospitals, psychiatrists, the Department of Health and doctors on previous days, yesterday was the turn of the lawyers. Legal experts covered medical law, constitutional law and medical ethics as they teased out some of the most intricate detail in the draft of the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill 2013.We liveblogged everything as it happened yesterday but here are the most interesting moments to catch up on.1. Any possible ‘sunset clause’ will be a political decisionThe issue of a sunset clause was brought up towards the end of the first session, by Deputy Michael Creed, who wondered if the Oireachtas could review the legislation after a specific point to see if it had ‘opened the floodgates’. He was told both by Tony O’Connor and Paul Brady that this was a political decision.But what Brady added, and which had not been mentioned before, was what will be the benchmark? He questioned what number of procedures will be consider a ‘success’ or a ‘failure’. It was clear that if a sunset clause was decided upon, the issue of benchmarking results would be a pertinent one.2. One TD wasn’t happy with ‘wordy’ submissionsDeputy Peter Mathews described the submissions of two of the experts, Dr Simon Mills, and Tony O’Connor, as ‘too wordy’, saying he was less confident about what they submitted than their fellow experts.Mathews’ comments drew swift rebuttal from the chair, Deputy Jerry Buttimer, who asked him to show respect to the witnesses. Mathews shot back that he was entitled to his own opinion.In response, O’Connor said that he could fee free to reduce the wording. Dr Mills, meanwhile, said that if Mathews has concerns, he should put them to him by writing and he would be happy to deal with them.3. Capacity is in questionThe issue of capacity was one that was returned to numerous times in the morning session. Tony O’Connor spoke about dealing with a woman’s capacity to consent or refuse, and how he hopes that the Assisted Decision-making (Capacity) Bill comes into law soon. He said he doesn’t think it right that many cases that involve a dispute over capacity end up in the High Court.He is anticipating instances under the proposed Protection of Life During Pregnancy bill where the patient does not have the capacity to consent or refuse the decision.There was also the issue capacity and age, as Dr Simon Mills pointed out that over 18s legally have capacity to consent or refuse a procedure, while 16 and 17-year-olds can consent to dental, surgical and medical treatment,  but do not have the right to refuse. But for children under this age, the Law Reform Commission has recommended reform as the situation is unclear.Dr Mills one wondered what is the situation for a patient who may require a termination in a life-threatening emergency, and who lacks capacity, for example.4. Fatal foetal abnormalities could (possibly) be included in the legislation There has been some criticism of the proposed legislation for not including fatal foetal abnormalities as a situation in which a woman could procure a termination. TDs and Senators have repeatedly pointed out that they are restrained to legislate within the confines of the 1992 Supreme Court judgment in the X Case, which says nothing about cases where the foetus isn’t compatible with life.However Dr Ruth Fletcher of Keele University suggested that it would be possible to include fatal foetal abnormalities if the definition of ‘unborn’ was changed to include foetuses which are never going to survive at all outside the womb.5. “A point not argued is a point not decided”As with a number of speakers over the past three days, some of the experts pointed to perceived problems with the 1992 Supreme Court judgment which, they said, was a flawed basis on which to legislate. Sunniva McDonagh pointed out that “a point not argued is a point not decided” – in other words, because the Supreme Court did not discuss psychiatric issues or other matters at the time, it is problematic to create legislation which may cover such matters now.  However the point has been refuted by other experts, who have pointed out that the government has to clarify its laws on abortion based on the ECHR judgment, and is doing so.6. Concerns remain on several key pointsMary Mitchell O’Connor, Ivana Bacik and Jillian Van Turnhout all raises concerns over the position of young girls living under State care wishing to end their pregnancy under the proposed legislation. Questions also remain regarding those women and girls who try to or succeed in obtaining drugs to end their pregnancies. “Will she face a criminal charge?” O’Connor asked.The question of conscientious objection of individual medics in contrast to the needs of the patient was also raised, while head four remains the “greatest point of concern” for people.However, assurances were given that all concerns will be listened to. Minister of State at the Department of Health Alex White said that “each issue that has been raised by a Deputy or Senator during the course of this debate will be considered during the preparation and publication of the Bill”.Compiled by Aoife Barry, Sinead O’Carroll, Christine Bohan, Jennifer Wade and Gavan Reilly. As it happened: The final day of the Oireachtas hearings on planned abortion laws > Read: 8 interesting moments from Day 2 of the Oireachtas abortion hearings >last_img read more

Un iPhone 5 en aluminium pour la fin dannée 2012

first_imgUn iPhone 5 en aluminium pour la fin d’année 2012 ?Cela faisait à peine un jour qu’il n’y avait pas eu de rumeurs autour d’Apple. Mais peu importe, avec l’arrivée potentielle de l’iPhone 5, difficile d’y échapper. D’après les bruits qui courent sur le net, le futur smartphone présenterait une coque arrière en aluminium et un tout nouveau design.L’iPhone 5 apportera t-il la révolution tant attendue lors de la présentation de l’iPhone 4S ? Il y a quelques mois, bon nombre de fans d’Apple ont été déçus de voir que le design du nouveau smartphone était tout à fait semblable à son prédécesseur. Or, si ses capacités et surtout son ingénieux assistant Siri ont finalement su conquérir les coeurs, certains utilisateurs attendent toujours un grand changement de design… qui pourrait bien venir avec l’iPhone 5 si l’on en croit les rumeurs. À lire aussiiPad Air 2 : Keynote confirmée, tout ce que l’on sait sur la future tablette AppleEn effet, futur produit Apple oblige, les bruits vont bon train sur le net concernant le prochain bijou de la firme à la pomme. Ainsi, le blog BGR révèle que l’iPhone 5 pourrait être équipé d’un dos en aluminium. Une coque arrière qui serait séparée de la partie avant en verre par une fine bande en caoutchouc, recouvrant de plus les antennes du smartphone. De même, l’écran serait aussi revu, à la hausse cette fois, pour atteindre les 4 pouces. D’après les rumeurs, l’iPhone 5 pourrait sortir à l’automne 2012, soit un an après l’iPhone 4S. Mais tout ceci reste bien évidemment des informations à prendre avec des pincettes, même s’il y a de quoi allécher les fans. Le 29 décembre 2011 à 13:19 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Burntown a highintensity lowimpact fitness studio comes to east Vancouver

first_imgFor about five minutes, Molly Maher works on a pyramid of sumo squats and renegade rows.After eight squat repetitions, she moves into a push-up position with free weights and does eight reps of the renegade rows. Then, it’s back to the squats for 10 reps and 10 more rows. The pattern continues with 12 reps before dropping back down to 10 reps, then eight reps.A chime in the up-tempo music indicates the sequence is over. But that’s only half of the first round. The other half requires another pyramid, this time with lunges, chest flies and small slams — all using ropes.Then, it’s two more rounds of different exercises: box steps, side lunges, bicep curls, single-arm cleans, burpees, sprints, planks, crunches. After the 45-minute workout, Maher and the others are spent.Welcome to Burntown.Burntown is a high-intensity, high-energy, low-impact fitness studio in east Vancouver that combines cardio and strength exercises for a 45-minute workout.“There’s no barbells. There’s no bumper plates. There’s no kettle bells,” said Kisar Dhillon, Burntown co-owner.“It’s like a complete 180 of CrossFit,” he added.Maher, of Portland, has been attending classes twice a week at Burntown, 2004 S.E. 192nd Ave., Suite 103, since Dhillon opened the doors last month.“I have done circuit-type training before, but I always felt like they weren’t customized to my strength abilities,” Maher said. The result, she said, was injuries. At Burntown, Maher said she feels like she’s being safely guided through the routines.last_img read more

Reports US News to Go Monthly

first_imgWith print advertising in a precipitous decline, U.S. News & World Report, a magazine once considered a distant third in the newsweekly category to Time and Newsweek, is reducing its frequency.The magazine, which had announced in June that it would shift its frequency to biweekly in 2009—effectively ending its status as a “newsweekly”—will now become a monthly, according to a pair of news reports citing staffers briefed with the plans.A spokesperson for the magazine would not confirm or deny the frequency change. Executives at the magazine were not immediately available for comment. As part of the struggling newsweekly category, U.S. News saw ad pages plummet 28.2 percent over the first nine months. Estimated ad revenues were $138.2 million, down 29 percent, according to Publishers Information Bureau figures.In June, U.S. News announced that it would shift its focus from news to its “Best of” franchises, health, business and education coverage and daily content on its Web site. In July, the magazine unveiled an extensive redesign.In an interview with FOLIO: in New York earlier this year, U.S. News president Bill Holiber said the changes reflected a shift in the company’s editorial strategy, moving the brand away from a newsmagazine toward becoming a consumer guide of personal and “public service” journalism. “It’s about how news affects our reader’s lives,” Holiber said.“We stopped chewing over last week’s events years ago in order to give you more timely perspective and analysis,” editor Brian Kelly wrote in an editor’s note announcing the redesign. “But the rapid rise of the Internet has caused us to rethink that model as well.” as well.last_img read more

Improve skills to get better jobs students told by Madhu Anand

first_imgGuntur: L&T constructions wing head (Hyderabad) Madhu Anand suggested the civil engineering students to improve knowledge and skills from the engineering first year itself to get better placements. He addressed a meeting on Technical Innovations in Civil Engineering held at Vignan’s University at Vadlamudi on Friday. He stressed on need of preparedness to get good opportunities and added that workshops are also useful to get better placements. He suggested the students to improve skills on latest technology.last_img read more

Khadi artisans exhibit their skills at IITF

first_imgAmid much fervour and gaiety, Giriraj Singh, Minister of States (Independent Charge) for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) inaugurated the exclusive Khadi Pavilion of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) at the 37th edition of India International Trade Fair (IITF) at Pragati Maidan on Tuesday. The theme of this one of the largest trade fairs for this edition is ‘Start-up India: Stand up India’.KVIC has set up over 100 stalls, in which various Khadi and Village Industries institutions from nearly all the states of the country are showcasing the most exquisite products created by the genuine fingers of rural artisans. This iconic annual event of India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) would give a proper platform to the rural artisans to showcase their skills in the national Capital. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfExpressing happiness and enthusiasm, after formally inaugurating the pavilion, the MSME minister said that the commitment and zeal shown by the artisans and entrepreneurs indicate that the whole nation has taken the appeal and observation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Only with this degree of dedication, we can follow our PM’s doctrine of ‘Earlier Khadi for the nation, then Khadi for fashion and finally Khadi for transformation’. Ministry has already chalked out some plans to brighten and enhance the artisans associated with Khadi and Village Industries,” he said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveCorroborating similar views, KVIC Chairman Vinai K Saxena said that with such an enthusiastic approach of artisans and entrepreneurs, Khadi and Village industries are all set to catch the show. “KVIC as a team will always try to yield the best results with its social commitment,” he said, adding, “We always try to stand as per the expectations and love of our PM for Khadi and village industries.”Secretary, MSME, Dr Arun Kumar Panda and noted fashion designer Ritu Beri were also present on this occasion. The much awaited, 37th India International trade fair (IITF) kick-started on November 14 with a participation of approximately 21 countries and 3000 companies. The ‘business days’ for the mega fair fall is from November 14 to 17 whereas, for the general public, the fair will be open from November 18 to 27. From November 18, the fair will be open to all visitors with a ticket price of Rs 60 for adults and Rs 40 for children. However, on Saturday and Sunday as well as any holiday between November 18 and 27, the ticket price for adults will be Rs 120 and Rs 60 for children.last_img read more