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Deer prevalent on Missouri roads in November

first_imgWatch for deer on the roads.Capt. John Hotz with the Missouri State Highway Patrol says November is a big month for wrecks involving those animals.“Most of these folks who are injured are killed are actually in vehicles who take some sort of corrective action and unfortunately they over-correct and they lose control of their vehicle,” Hotz tells Missourinet.Hotz says there were 4,090 crashes involving deer in Missouri in 2018. Six people died.Firearms deer hunting season starts Saturday in Missouri. The Wake Up Columbia interview with conservation agent Tom Strother is here.last_img read more


Spot-fixing: I had access to Harbhajan, Yuvraj claims cricket agent Majeed

first_imgThe cricket agent Mazhar Majeed, who is at the centre of spot-fixing allegations, came up with a series of boasts to the undercover journalist who posed as an Indian businessman.Majeed also told journalist Mazhar Mahmood that he “very well” knew Hollywood actor Brad Pitt, Swiss tennis champion Roger Federer and was “good friends” with former England cricketers Mike Gatting, Phil Tufnell, Geoffrey Boycott, Pakistan ex-skipper Imran Khan and former Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner Lalit Modi, among others, a court in London heard.He also claimed that he had several Pakistan players under his control, including Salman Butt, brothers Kamran and Umar Akmal, and Shoaib Malik and had access to other star cricketers like Chris Gayle, Brett Lee, Ricky Ponting, Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh, espncricinfo reported.Majeed’s bragging was heard in a recording while Mahmood was in the witness box at Southwark Crown Court in central London, on the fourth day of the trial of Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif, who have been charged with conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt payments and conspiracy to cheat following the Lord’s Test in August. The two have denied the charges.The boasting raised smiles of disbelief in the court as Majeed was heard to claim he owned seven ice cream parlours – which he has Pakistan players to appear at for free – and bragged how he lived at different times in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Malaysia and Turkey as he studied religion and gave lectures.The court heard Majeed saying he was reluctant to work with former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi because “you have to kiss his arse every day”. He also boasted of turning down the chance of being part of the Oscar winning movie ‘Slumdog Millionaire’.advertisementMajeed said he worked closely with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and said he had a meeting with chairman Ijaz Butt about holding a domestic tournament.”I had a meeting with Ijaz Butt about doing a domestic tournament. What we were going to do was look at putting a sponsor with each region and do a Twenty20 league because Pakistani people are not getting any cricket to watch. They will come in droves.”last_img read more


Happy to have broken my role model Sachin’s record: Sehwag

first_imgMan of the moment Virender Sehwag feels that opportunity to score a double hundred in an ODI comes once in a lifetime and he is happy to have broken his role model Sachin Tendulkar’s record.”I am happy to have broken my role model Sachin Tendulkar’s record. It won’t be easy for people to score double hundreds. Over the last so many years only two have done it. This opportunity will come only once in a lifetime and I am happy I have taken it,” Sehwag told the mediapersons at the post-match pres conference.Sehwag, dedicated his epic 219 in the memory of his late father.”I am very happy and I dedicate this knock to my father who is no longer with us,” he said.The ‘Nawab of Najafgarh’ as he is fondly called informed that he has received around 800 congratulatory text messages but is yet to go through them.”I have received 700 to 800 messages and have talked with my mother, who is also very happy. Selection committee chairman Srikkanthji also called and congratulated me,” said Sehwag, who broke his idol Tendulkar’s record score of 200 not out against South Africa in Gwalior, early last year.”It is one of my very best innings. Unlike in Test cricket when one can bat longer, in One-dayers you have to keep an eye on the run-rate. The wicket was very good for batting but the bowlers are also trying to get you out. It was not easy to score 200,” he said.Sehwag was of the opinion that the 200 hasn’t come too late in his career.advertisement”I think it has come at the right time. One becomes more mature as a player when he is in his 30s. When you have played for 10 years in international cricket, you can achieve whatever you want,” he said.He also thanked former BCCI president Ranbir Singh Mahendra for having encouraged him to stay at the wicket for more time than what he did at Vishakapatnam in the second game.”Ranbir Singh Mahendra called up and told me that I should not get out like I had done in Vizag. He said, I was not even there when the spinners came on to bowl. I told him I would try and make a big one the next time. Today I kept talking to myself, that I should stay on the wicket and ended up with 219,” he said.Sehwag said right through his innings he was fit and never felt the need for a runner, a practice that has been banned by the cricket authorities.Sehwag also revealed that he took the decision to bat first if he won the toss only five minutes before the ritual.”We had decided to field first but we were told by players who had played in the Challenger Series on this ground as the wicket had deteriorated in the second innings. That’s why, I changed my mind,” he said.He said he and opening partner Gautam Gambhir had wanted to spend some time in the middle and then open out but the wicket was so good that they decided to play till at least 30 to 35 overs.”We said to one another that if we can play together for 15 to 20 overs we could put up a good stand and give the middle-order the chance to build on it. But the wicket was so good, we decided we can bat till the 30-35 overs. I am sorry Gautam was run out. I was very upset,” he said.Sehwag and Gambhir put on 176 runs in 22.5 overs before the latter was run out for 67.He also praised the bowling of debutant leggie Rahul Sharma and predicted a bright future for him.”He bowled very well. I was very impressed with his bowling. It was his debut. He has a very good future,” he said.Asked whether the great innings he played on Thursday would do him a world of good on the Australian tour, Sehwag said it was a different proposition.”I don’t know what I would do there. It’s totally different. We have done well there on the last two tours. We will try and do well this time too,” he remarked.last_img read more


NZ vs SL: Kane Williamson’s finger adds to New Zealand’s concerns

first_imgAs if a pitch that can barely be distinguished from the outfield was not enough for New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum to worry about ahead of the second Test against Sri Lanka, it turns out his top batsman may have a broken finger.Kane Williamson, who fronted the media on Thursday instead of his captain on the eve of the match at a lush-looking Seddon Park in Hamilton, played down the injury but admitted the digit could be fractured.”You get a few knocks on fingers and when it doesn’t get hit, it settles a little bit, gets less sensitive, but it’s just something I need to manage,” said Williamson, who scored 88 and 71 in the 122-run victory over the tourists in the first Test in Dunedin.The 25-year-old right-hander, who passed 1,000 Test runs for 2015 at University Oval and is averaging 88.58 this year, said he had not yet had the injury checked by the team’s medical staff.”It’s just quite sore,” he said. “I don’t think many people play at 100 percent every day and it’s just the nature of professional sport.”Broken finger or not, McCullum will be hoping Williamson is able to battle through the five days at Seddon Park and help his side seal a 2-0 series victory.McCullum is keen that the momentum built across the Tasman Sea, despite an unlucky 2-0 loss to Steve Smith’s team, is maintained as he looks ahead to the return series against Australia in February.New Zealand will be unchanged for the match, opting to retain a four-pronged pace attack with rookie all-rounder Mitchell Santner providing the spin option in his first test on his home ground.advertisementThe wicket block looked a green swathe two days before the test and the side that wins the toss is likely to bowl first, though Williamson felt swing would probably be more important a factor than seam.”Every surface that we play on here starts out green,” said Williamson. “I think that it will be a good cricket surface but if it swings, that’s when I think it offers more to the bowlers.”We played a first class game here a wee while back before Australia and it was very green, but it was more the swing that did a lot, so if it’s hard underneath it might just add a bit of pace to the surface.”I’m sure it’ll be pretty tough early on.”last_img read more


Sony Pictures bags broadcast rights for Bdesh T20 league

first_imgMumbai, Nov 4 (PTI) Broadcaster Sony Pictures Networks India today said it has acquired broadcast and digital rights for the Bangladesh Premier League 2016.The fourth edition of tournament, which commences today will be telecast on Sony Six and Sony Six HD and also be streamed live on SonyLIV app and website.The on-air broadcast rights include the telecast of 43 live matches of the tournament in the Indian Sub-continent, Sony Pictures Networks India said in a statement.”Sony Pictures Networks India has been in the forefront of bringing and popularising the T20 league format of cricket,” it added.Following our previous offerings of Indian Premier League, Caribbean Premier League, South African T20 league and Karnataka Premier League, we are pleased to announce the addition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) to our T20 cricket portfolio,” Sony Pictures Network President Distribution and Sports Business Rajesh Kaul said. PTI DS ARS BALlast_img read more


Ilkay Guendogan’s latest knee injury not serious: Pep Guardiola

first_imgManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has eased fears of an extended layoff for Ilkay Guendogan after the midfielder injured his knee an hour into City’s 2-1 League Cup win at West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday.Guendogan, who was making his first start for City after damaging knee ligaments in December, received treatment on the pitch after being clattered by West Brom midfielder Claudio Yacob and could not continue.Guardiola said the Germany international had not suffered a recurrence of the cruciate ligament injury that cut short his first season in England.Reuters Photo “It was a tough situation for him but I think Ilkay will be okay,” Guardiola told British media.”He has a small issue with his knee, but not like before and I don’t think it will be anything serious.”City, who are joint top of the Premier League with rivals Manchester United after five games, host basement side Crystal Palace on Saturday.last_img read more


Feel Good Friday – There’s Nothing Fishy About These Salmon Skin Wallets

first_imgOne of the hardest products for a man to buy is a wallet. It is probably the most used item besides his phone. So many out there are bulky, boring or just plain ugly. Thanks to Tidal Vision, they are making wallets that are a little more exciting and definitely a conversation piece. Why? Because they are made out of naturally tanned and sustainably harvested Alaskan salmon leather right here in the USA. And no, they do not smell fishy!Everyone is well aware of leather being a byproduct of the meat industry but not many people have considered the byproduct from the fishing industry. As Tidal Visions CEO, Craig Kasberg, explains, “Two billion pounds of seafood byproducts are thrown away each year in Alaska. By developing new technologies to upcycle these products, Tidal Vision is looking to add value to sustainable fisheries, reduce waste and provide quality consumer products such as durable aquatic leathers and, later, Chitoskin textiles.”Related: Strong Body Makes Activewear from Crab Shells.As for the wallets they come in two categories and five shapes:The Full Wallet:TrifoldLadies TrifoldBillfoldThe Slim Wallet:PhoneMinimalistWe rang up Craig to hear more about his new adventure:What inspired you to start your company?I grew up commercial fishing in a costal community in Southeast Alaska, I saw all the waste being produced as byproducts and set out and assembled a team to come up with sustainable ways to upcycle those byproducts.  In Alaska, 2 billion pounds of seafood byproducts are still dumped into the ocean annually, posing an environmental threat and representing missed economic opportunities.Tell us more about the salmon leather.Our salmon leather is made from our process that uses no EPA regulated chemicals, and is the first to use all natural vegetable based tanning oils through the whole 3 week tanning process. We spent 6 months taking chrome based chemical tanning methods and converting every step to use an all natural replacement.And your Chitoskin?We invented a completely new way of extracting chitin/chitosan from crab and shrimp shells and just filed our second patent last week.  Our chitosan is not only made in a new and eco-friendly way, it also has a higher molecular weight, which equates to a higher tensile strength.  Because of it having a higher tensile strength it allows us to blend it in with yarn, which is then knit into our fabric, which gives the odorless properties throughout the fabric instead of just on the surface, and the chitosan’s properties last since it is structurally part of the fabric. You can’t do this with most fibers with chitosan from Asia since it does not have the tensile strength to have the durability necessary in clothing.When will they be available?Our chitoskin products will be available this September, currently we are assembling our full-scale chitosan extractor, which we are building in a conex container and will only use with certified sustainable crab fisheries.Click on their Kickstarter (that was funded in 24 hours!) to learn more about these unique wallets. The Best Wallets for Men, from Leather Billfolds to Minimalist Card Holders Editors’ Recommendations What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable The Best Valet Trays for Keeping Your Stuff Together The Best Keychain Accessories are Tiny Tools that Can Save the Day The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventurelast_img read more


Spotted: Fincantieri Splashes Seabourn Encore

first_imgImage Courtesy: FincantieriThe first of two Seabourn Cruise Line’s ultra-luxury cruise ships, ordered from Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, was launched today at Marghera shipyard in Venice.The cruise vessel, named Seabourn Encore, is expected to join the company’s fleet by the end of 2016.Featuring a length of 210 metres and a width of 28 metres, the 41,000-gross-ton cruise ship is designed to carry just 600 guests, based on double occupancy.Fincantieri held the keel laying ceremony for the cruise ship in September 2015, while the steel cutting that marked the construction start of the new ship was held in April.Seabourn Encore, being built according to Seabourn’s standards and technical solutions, is the latest vessel under Seabourn’s fleet modernization program which started in 2009.According to the shipbuilder fuel consumption is expected to be reduced as the ship’s hydrodynamics will be optimized.Seabourn Encore’s sister ship, Seabourn Ovation, is scheduled to join the company’s fleet in 2018.Image Courtesy: Fincantierilast_img read more



first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment QUEEN APPROVES OF CALGARY’S REVAMP OF ICONIC WE WILL ROCK YOU MUSICALWhen Stuart Morley arrived in Calgary from London on July 29, he was a man with a mission.The musical director had been asked, by none other than Queen co-founder and guitarist Brian May, to oversee the first week of rehearsals for a Calgary version of the band musical We Will Rock You that is being mounted by Jeff Parry’s Annerin Productions.May made it clear to Morley that he wanted the Calgary production to be the best version yet of the iconic show that opened in London in 2002. When We Will Rock You closed 12 years later, in 2014, it had become the 15th longest-running musical in West End history. READ MOREQUEEN MUSICAL WILL ROCK NORTH AMERICAThe hit Queen musical “We Will Rock You” is set to be performed in various cities across the U.S. and Canada starting next month with the launch a North American tour.Producers Annerin Theatricals have also announced the cast for the upcoming tour which will include Trevor Coll as Galileo, Keri Kelly as Scaramouche, Krystle Chance as Killer Queen, Alysse Ernewein as Oz, Brian Christensen as Brit, Kyle Gruninger as Khashoggi, and Kevin Doe as Buddy.The tour is scheduled to begin on September 3rd in Winnipeg, MB. At the Centennial Concert Hall and dates have been announced through February 8th in Toronto, ONT at the Meridian Hall. READ MORETOUR DATESTickets are on sale now will full details available at – Winnipeg, MB – Centennial Concert Hall9/4 – Winnipeg, MB – Centennial Concert Hall9/5 – Winnipeg, MB – Centennial Concert Hall9/6 – Winnipeg, MB – Centennial Concert Hall9/7 – Winnipeg, MB – Centennial Concert Hall9/8 – Winnipeg, MB – Centennial Concert Hall9/11 – Moorhead, MN – Bluestem Center for the Arts Amphitheater9/12 – Prior Lake, MN – Mystic Lake Casino9/13 – Prior Lake, MN – Mystic Lake Casino9/14 – Prior Lake, MN – Mystic Lake Casino9/15 – Cedar Falls, IA – Gallagher Bluedorn9/17 – Joliet, IL – Rialto Square Theatre9/18 – Champaign, IL – State Farm Theatre9/19 – Peoria, IL – Peoria Civic Center9/20 – Milwaukee, WI – Miller High Life Theatre9/21 – St. Charles, MO – The Family Arena9/22 – Sioux City, IA – Orpheum Theatre9/24 – Casper, WY – Casper Events Center9/25 – Bozeman, MT – Brick Breeden Fieldhouse9/26 – Missoula, MT – Adams Center9/27 – Boise, ID – CenturyLink Arena Boise9/28 – Spokane, WA – First Interstate Center for the Arts9/30 – Everett, WA – Angel of the Winds Arena10/1 – Federal Way, WA – Federal Way PAEC10/2 – Salem, OR – Historic Elsinore Theatre10/4 – Las Vegas, NV – The Orleans Hotel & Casino10/5 – Las Vegas, NV – The Orleans Hotel & Casino10/6 – Bakersfield, CA – Fox Theater10/8 – Stockton, CA – Bob Hope Theatre10/9 – San Jose, CA – Center for the Performing Arts10/10 – Fresno, CA – Warnors Center10/11 – Los Angeles, CA – Microsoft Theater10/12 – Indio, CA – Fantasy Springs Resort Casino10/13 – Chandler, AZ – Chandler Centre10/14 – Prescott Valley, AZ – Prescott Valley Events Center10/16 – Denver, CO – Buell Theatre10/18 – Tulsa, OK – Paradise Cove Margaritaville Casino10/19 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre10/20 – Enid, OK – Stride Bank Center10/21 – Wichita Falls, TX – Wichita Falls Events Center10/22 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory10/24 – Cedar Park, TX – H-E-B Center Cedar Park10/25 – San Antonio, TX – Majestic Theatre10/26 – McAllen, TX – McAllen PAC10/27 – Sugar Land, TX – Smart Financial Center10/28 – Jackson, MS – Thalia Mara Hall10/29 – New Orleans, LA – Saenger Theatre10/30 – Birmingham, AL – Alabama Theatre11/2 – Wilmington, NC – Wilson Center11/3 – Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theatre11/4 – St. Petersburg, FL – The Mahaffey Theater11/6 – Charlotte, NC – Ovens Auditorium11/7 – Raleigh, NC – Raleigh Memorial Auditorium11/8 – Ocean City, MD – Ocean City Performing Arts Center11/9 – Petersburg, VA – VSU Multipurpose Center11/10 – Allentown, PA – PPL Center11/12 – Oxon Hill, MD – MGM National Harbor11/13 – Lowell, MA – Tsongas Center at UMass11/14 – New York, NY – Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden11/15 – New York, NY – Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden11/16 – New York, NY – Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden11/17 – New York, NY – Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden11/19 – Rochester, NY – Kodak Center Theatre11/20 – Lorain, OH – Lorain Palace Theatre11/21 – Indianapolis, IN – Murat Theatre at Old National Centre11/22 – Mt. Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino11/23 – Mt. Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino11/24 – Van Wert, OH – Niswonger Performing Arts Centre11/26 – Louisville, KY – Palace Theatre11/27 – Cincinnati, OH – Taft Theatre11/29 – Windsor, ONT. – Caesars Windsor Casino11/30 – Windsor, ONT. – Caesars Windsor Casino12/27 – Calgary, AB. – Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium12/28 – Calgary, AB. – Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium12/30 – Edmonton, AB. – Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium12/31 – Edmonton, AB. – Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium1/3/20 – Penticton, BC. – South Okanagan Events Centre1/4/20 – Abbotsford, BC. – Abbotsford Centre1/10/20 – Vancouver, BC. – Queen Elizabeth Theatre1/11/20 – Vancouver, BC. – Queen Elizabeth Theatre2/7/20 – Toronto, ONT. – Meridian Hall2/8/20 – Toronto, ONT. – Meridian Hall CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR NEW NORTH AMERICAN TOUR OF WE WILL ROCK YOUThe Queen musical will relaunch September 3 in Winnipeg, Canada.  Casting has been announced for the upcoming North American tour of the Queen musical We Will Rock You, which will relaunch September 3 in Winnipeg, Canada.The company features Trevor Coll as Galileo, Keri Kelly as Scaramouche, Krystle Chance as Killer Queen, Alysse Ernewein as Oz, Brian Christensen as Brit, Kyle Gruninger as Khashoggi, and Kevin Doe as Buddy.The tour will play New York City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Denver, Toronto, New Orleans, and more. Click here to view the full itinerary. Annerin Theatricals produces the non-Equity tour, directed by JP Thibodeau. READ MOREWe Will Rock You producer Stuart Morley with legendary Queen guitarist Brian May. Advertisement Facebook Twitter Login/Register With:last_img read more


New Aboriginal Affairs minister appointed in Ontario

first_imgAPTN National NewsFollowing the October provincial election in Ontario, Premier Dalton McGuinty has shuffled his cabinet and appointed a new Minister of Aboriginal Affairs.Kathleen Wynne is the fifth MPP to hold the position since it was created in 2007, and she sits down with APTN National News reporter Donna Smith to talk about her new portfolio.last_img


Ethiopia sweeps Paris marathon Calvin smashes French record

first_imgParis: Ethiopian Abrha Milaw upstaged two-time defending champion Paul Lonyangata to win the Paris Marathon on Sunday. Milaw clocked 2hr 07min 05sec, with Kenyan rival Lonyangata coming in third as 49,155 runners took to the streets of the French capital in cold, clear conditions. Gelete Burka produced a spurt of extra gas in the final kilometre to ensure an Ethiopian winner in the women’s race with a time of 2:22:48. France’s Clemence Calvin, who was only cleared to race on Friday after the last-minute lifting of a temporary ban for evading a doping test last month in Morocco, smashed the French women’s record. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhCalvin finished fourth in 2:23:41, bettering by 41 seconds the previous national record set by Christelle Daunay in 2010. It also bettered by almost three minutes her own previous best of 2:26:28 which she set when finishing second in the European championships in Berlin last year. “I stuck with it right to the end, I don’t care what my detractors think,” said Calvin. “There was only a very small minority of malicious people,” she added. “I have the courage of those who withstand a blow and are planted like the Eiffel Tower. I’m not afraid of anything or anyone.”last_img read more


EPCH sets up India Pavilion at Hong Kong Gifts and Premium Fair

first_imgWith Hong Kong emerging as an important destination for aggressive marketing through the medium of trade fairs, the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) has set up India Pavilion at Hong Kong Gifts and Premium Fair in which 38 Indian handicrafts are showcasing their innovative and exquisite gifts and premium products.The show will be held from April 27-30, 2019, at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wanchai, Hong Kong informed Rakesh Kumar, Director General – EPCH. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainKumar further informed that the India Pavilion was inaugurated by Mrinalini Srivastava, Acting Consul General of India in Hong Kong. Ajith John Joshua, Consul (Commerce, Political and Media) also accompanied her and both of them interacted with the participating companies. The fair has been recognised as the largest fair of its kind in the world and an effective platform for designers, manufacturers, and wholesalers to make new business opportunities. More than 4300 exhibitors from 35 countries and regions are participating in the fair including group pavilions from China, Italy, Korea, Macau, Taiwan, Thailand and India displaying wide range of corporate gifts, fashion accessories, green gifts, picture and photo frames, toys and sporting goods, beauty, health and wellness, watches and clocks, luxury gifts, gifts and premium etc. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe Indian exhibitors are showcasing a wide range of products, which include handcrafted decorated premium gifts, souvenirs, lifestyle accessories, cotton scarves, necklaces, picture frames, boxes, pen stands, notebooks, shawls, and stoles, etc. Handicrafts sector occupy an important place in the Indian economy and society with largest foreign exchange earner, employment generator for economically and socially backward classes and promoter of Indian ethnic, cultural heritage worldwide,” the Director General of the Council added. Kumar also informed that a large number of buyers from different countries visit the Hong Kong Gifts and Premium fair, EPCH has also arranged roadshow to promote forthcoming 48th edition of IHGF-Delhi Fair Autumn 2019 to be held from 16 – 20 October 2019 at India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida.last_img read more


Closing Bell Toronto stock market falls as commodity prices pull down industrial

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market ended another losing session on Thursday as weaker commodities weighed heavy on the industrial and metals sectors.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,409.25 -26.91 0.22%S&P 500 — 1,460.26 -0.79 -0.05%Dow — 13,596.93 +18.97 0.14%Nasdaq — 3,175.96 -6.66 -0.21%The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 26.91 points to 12,409.25 while the TSX Venture Exchange slid 8.63 points to 1,334.89.The Canadian dollar fell 0.21 of a cent to 102.41 US cents.TSX energy stocks were up 0.4% while the price of crude inched lower for the October contract, falling 11 cents to US$91.87 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The November contract, which traded in higher volume, gained 12 cents to $92.42.Copper slid 5.5 cents to US$3.76 a pound while gold bullion fell $1.50 to end the session at US$1,770.20 an ounce.Shares of Canadian railroad companies fell after U.S. competitor Norfolk Southern Corp. warned that its earnings will be weaker than anticipated. Canadian Pacific Railway dropped 2.2%, or $2.17. to $80.75, while Canadian National Railway pulled back 4.2%, or $4.15, to $87.44. The TSX Industrials sector fell 2.1%.Among the sobering news for investors was a survey pointing to a deepening recession in Europe, figures from Japan that showed the country’s powerhouse export sector was continuing to suffer and a private survey of manufacturers in China that showed activity fell again in September, though at a slightly slower pace than in August.The weakness in China has caused a particular concern over whether the world’s second-largest economy may impact the demand for commodities. Prices for soybeans, platinum and palladium also dropped.In the U.S., the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell only slightly last week, suggesting that the hiring level remains weak. The Labor Department said Thursday that applications declined by 3,000 from the previous week, to a seasonally adjusted 382,000.The Dow Jones industrial average was ahead 18.97 points to 13,596.93, the Nasdaq composite index fell 6.66 points to 3,175.96 and the S&P 500 index backed off 0.79 of a point to 1,460.26.“Over the last few days there’s been a hangover,” said Allan Small, senior adviser at DWM Securities.“This week you’re seeing … a lack of a catalyst to take the market higher. We’re at a bit of a pause here.“There’s so much lack of news that people are already looking to the jobs numbers which come out in a couple weeks,” he added.The latest U.S. employment numbers are due on Oct. 5.The tug-of-war between bull and bearish sentiment is likely to continue for some time, suggested CMC Markets Canada senior market analyst Colin Cieszynski in a note.“For the next two months until earnings season ends in mid-November, we could see a tug of war between the positive effect of increased money supply and the negative effect of a slow global economy and the risk of more earnings disappointments,” he wrote.In corporate developments, shareholders of Nexen Inc. have approved a proposed $15.1-billion Chinese takeover of the company by China National Offshore Oil Company. The transaction still requires approval by the Canadian government under the Investment Canada Act. Nexen shares were up five cents to $24.72.Air Canada shares held steady at $1.23 as the company announced plans to hire 900 new employees for the main carrier, and another 200 for its new low-cost carrier, set to launch next year.An Ontario judge has certified a $1-billion class-action lawsuit launched last May against SNC-Lavalin on behalf of investors who saw the value of their shares plummet on revelations about payments in North Africa. Shares of the company were down 64 cents to $38.16.Here’s the news investors were watching today:Downturn gathers pace in China and Europe, while U.S. stallsNexen shareholders approve CNOOC takeoverCooling Canadian housing market a good thing for banks: FitchGreece, lenders battle over austerityON DECK FRIDAYApple’s iPhone 5 goes on sale in nine countriesECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m.Consumer price index (Aug): Economists expect 0.3% rise from the month before, 1.3% gain year over year Wholesale trade (July): Economists expect a decline of 0.2% read more


Loblaw CEO Galen G Weston says company is watching marijuana legislation

TORONTO — The CEO and chairman of Loblaw Companies says he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of selling recreational marijuana, a slight shift in position for Canada’s largest grocery and drugstore chain.Galen G. Weston said his focus remains on dispensing medical cannabis. But when asked whether Loblaw has closed the book on entering the recreational marijuana market, Weston said, “You can never predict the future,” adding that the company is closely watching for more details about the federal government’s proposed legalization of the drug.“It’s fair to say that at this point, based on everything we know today, medical is a place where we see an opportunity,” Weston said at Loblaw’s annual general meeting.“We believe there is a strong and growing medical case for marijuana and pharmacies should be an important distribution system for medical marijuana.”Read our full feature series on marijuana legalization in CanadaAt last year’s annual general meeting, Weston said Loblaw (TSX:L) was only interested in being an active player in the medical use of cannabis.Last October, Shoppers Drug Mart, which is owned by Loblaw, applied for a Health Canada licence to dispense medical marijuana. The company says it is still waiting for a response, but it has already provided training to its pharmacists on dispensing the drug at more than 1,800 Shoppers and Loblaw locations.Ottawa introduced a suite of bills last month to legalize marijuana by July 2018.Weston said the company would distribute medical marijuana products that don’t require patients to smoke. read more


Duchess of Cornwall hails The Archers in helping to lift shroud of

The story of Helen and Rob captivated Archers listenersCredit:BBC Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall listens during a roundtable discussion with (L-R) Cressida Dick, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Rachel Williams, a domestic abuse victim and Jude KellyCredit:WPA Pool Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Commonwealth Youth ForumCredit:Yui Mok Prince Charles and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, , with the Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke GayfordCredit:AP Pool The story of Helen and Rob captivated Archers listeners The Prince of Wales with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Credit:WPA Pool Meghan Markle and Prince Harry speak to young activistsCredit:Yui Mok 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. Appearing visibly moved by the words of survivors, she told 300 women from the Commonwealth’s  53 member countries: “In the past year I have visited Australia, India, Singapore, Malaysia and Canada – countries that are so different in myriad ways, but which share the scourge of domestic abuse which takes the lives of women and damages the lives of children all around the world.“But new conversations are starting – sometimes in places where many might not have expected it.“In the UK, thanks to hugely popular radio show, The Archers, millions of people now have some understanding of what living with relentless coercive behaviour is really like.   Ms Markle told the young delegates: “You’re so energised. “You’ve got this [Commonwealth] umbrella to hold you together. It’s incredible. So stay in touch, maximise it.”On Thursday, the Queen and Prince of Wales will formally open CHOGM at Buckingham Palace, joined for dinner in the evening by all the Commonwealth Heads of Government and members of the Royal Family including the Duchess of Cornwall, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry, the Duke of York, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, and the Earl and Countess of Wessex. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry speak to young activists Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall listens during a roundtable discussion with (L-R) Cressida Dick, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Rachel Williams, a domestic abuse victim and Jude Kelly In a separate youth forum also held yesterday, Prince Harry and Ms Markle met activists including Jacob Thomas, who won a Queen’s Young Leaders award for reducing the rate suicide in the LBGTI community in Australia, said: “Mss Markle said, and these were her exact words, that this is a basic human rights issue, not one about sexuality.“Prince Harry said that what was so amazing was that five or ten years ago we wouldn’t have been having this conversation and how incredible it was that we now were.“He said he would put the issue at the forefront of his work.” The Prince of Wales with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi “Similarly, the Indian soap opera ‘Main Kuch Bhi Kar Sakti Hoon’– “I, a woman, can achieve anything” – dealt with issues of domestic violence and had over 400 million viewers.  “These are new ways and valuable ways of breaking the silence.” She added: “I hope we can talk about what is happening behind closed doors across the world and I hope that these brave people have the courage to speak out – to be, in the words of one of those women, ‘victors not victims’.   “I hope very much that today might mark a moment when we start to pull back that shroud of silence.” Jude Kelly, founder of the Women of World movement, told an audience how, during a recent trip to Australia, the Duchess had told one young woman: “I believe my purpose is to listen to other people’s stories and knowing I have some power I can take those stories and make other people listen to them too.”The Duchess will be the subject of an ITV documentary to be broadcast on Monday, which sees the Prince of Wales describe his “darling wife”: “She’s the best listener in town. She can get anything out of anybody.” Prince Charles and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, , with the Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Commonwealth Youth Forum It brought the issue of coercive control into the nation’s sitting rooms, with the slow-burning story of Helen and Rob unfolding day by chilling day.Radio 4 drama The Archers has been praised by the Duchess of Cornwall for helping to lift a corrosive “shroud of silence” about domestic violence, as she used a Commonwealth forum to speak out against the abuse of women.The Duchess, a long-term campaigner against domestic violence, delivered a speech ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting to call for women suffering abuse to speak out, saying she hoped to see them become victors not victims” as the “corrosive” shame surrounding abuse begins to fall away.Using the example of the “hugely popular radio show” the Archers, as well as a similar programme in India, she hailed the “new ways and valuable ways of breaking the silence”.The Duchess joined the Commonwealth Women’s Forum on a day of activity for the Royal Family, which saw her husband the Prince of Wales call for an end to the “pernicious disease” of malaria and visit the Science Museum for a celebration of Anglo-Indian ties with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle met youth activists, vowing to put gay rights at the forefront of their future campaign work.The Queen, meanwhile, received Mr Modi and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Buckingham Palace ahead of the official opening of CHOGM today.The Duchess of Cornwall, who has dedicated time on each of her overseas tours in recent years to meeting victims of domestic violence in the host nation, joined Commonwealth Women’s Forum delegates to hear their stories. read more



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Michael Breen bags 29 but finishes on losing side as Kilkenny edge

first_img Share101 Tweet Email1 Short URL Sunday 25 Feb 2018, 4:30 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Follow us: 26,524 Views Kilkenny 2-22Tipperary 2-21John Fallon reports from Nowlan ParkKILKENNY EDGED A thriller against neighbours and old rivals Tipperary in a cracking contest in Nowlan Park. Source: James Crombie/INPHORichie Leahy was the hero for the Cats when he landed a stoppage time winner just when it seemed they were destined to share the spoils.The sides were level five times in the opening half but Kilkenny went in leading by 0-13 to 0-12 at the break.Tipperary shot nine wides to Kilkenny’s four in that opening half with TJ Reid leading the way for the Cats with a haul of 0-9, three of which came from play.A bright opening by Tipperary saw them lead by 0-4 to 0-1 after seven minutes thanks to two points from Niall O’Meara and one apiece from Sean Curran and Michael Breen.Breen, on free-taking duties, landed 0-5 in the opening half but they were hauled back by the end of the opening quarter as Reid hit full stride.Goal chances were scarce but the accuracy of Reid helped Kilkenny pull away and open up a 0-12 to 0-9 lead eight minutes from the break.But Tipp responded with Breen tacking on a couple of scores and Brendan Maher cut the gap to the minimum at the break when he shot his third point of the opening half from distance. Source: James Crombie/INPHOKilkenny struck for two goals in less than three minutes after the restart.Walter Walsh got in for the first of them and then Luke Scanlon soloed through from the left to shoot home to lead by 2-13 to 0-12.But Tipperary fought back and Michael Breen kicked home the first of his goals after 44 minutes and then blasted another four minutes later after the introduction of Mark Russell added penetration to the Tipp attack.The sides kept exchanging points in a cracking second-half with Kilkenny leading by two heading into the closing stages before Brendan Maher and Breen landed scores to level it.But Kilkenny had the final say when Reid set up Richie Leahy and he landed the winner in the first minute of stoppage time.Scorers for Kilkenny: TJ Reid 0-13 (0-7, 0-2 ’65), Walter Walsh 1-0, Luke Dcanlon 1-0, Richie Leahy 0-3, Conor Browne 0-1, James Maher 0-1, Liam Blanchfield 0-1, Pat Lyng 0-1, Richie Reid 0-1, Alan Murphy.Scorers for Tipperary: Michael Breen 2-9 (0-7f), Brendan Maher 0-4, Niall O’Meara 0-2, Ronan Maher 0-1 (0-1 sideline), Sean Curran 0-1, Billy McCarthy 0-1, Patrick Maher 0-1, Cian Darcy 0-1, Mark Russell 0-1.Kilkenny16. Darren Brennan (St Lachtain’s)2. Enda Morrissey (Bennettsbridge)3. Joey Holden (Ballyhale Shamrocks)4. Paddy Deegan (O’Loughlin Gaels)5. Conor O’Shea (Clara)6. Cillian Buckley (Dicksboro – captain7. Conor Browne (James Stephens)8. James Maher (St Lachtain’s)9. Liam Blanchfield (Bennettsbridge)10. Martin Keoghan (Tullaroan)11. TJ Reid (Ballyhale Shamrocks)12. Pat Lyng (Rower-0Inistioge)13. Richie Leahy (Rower-Inistioge)14. Walter Walsh (Tullogher Rosbercon)15. Luke Scanlon (James Stephens)Subs23. Alan Murphy (Glenmore) for Blanchfield (47)19. Lester Ryan (Clara) for Lyng (50)20. Richie Reid (Ballyhale Shamrocks) for Keoghan (60)21. Conor Martin (Emeralds) for Scanlon (65)Tipperary1. Daragh Mooney (Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill)2. Alan Flynn (Kiladangan)3. Tomás Hamill (Moyne-Templetuohy)4. Sean O’Brien (Newport)5. Seamus Kennedy (St Mary’s)6. James Barry (Upperchurch-Drombane)22. Donagh Maher (Burgess)8. Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh)9. Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)10. Sean Curran (Mullinahone)11. Billy McCarthy (Thurles Sarsfields)12. Patrick Maher (Lorrha-Dorrha)13. Ger Browne (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams)14. Michael Breen (Ballina)15. Niall O’Meara (Kilruane McDonaghs)Subs:25. Mark Russell (Lattin-Cullen) for Browne (36)18. Cian Darcy (Kilruane McDonaghs) for O’Meara (43)Referee: Alan Kelly (Galway)The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! 54 Comments Cavan stay top of table with away victory as Cork suffer second league loss‘A tragic loss’: Young Gaelic football player dies after suffering serious injury during game Feb 25th 2018, 3:49 PM By John Fallon Michael Breen bags 2-9 but finishes on losing side as Kilkenny edge Tipperary in thriller Richie Leahy scored the winning point for Brian Cody’s side in stoppage-time.last_img read more

No Oil/Gas In First Offshore Drilling

first_imgPresident Adama Barrow has been updated on the results of the first FAR and Petronas offshore exploration in The Gambia.  The prospect of finding oil and gas in the first offshore exploration has been unsuccessful.  The oil and gas explorers drilled the wireline logging at Samo-1 up to the total depth of 3240 meters.   The drilling, which took almost three weeks, between October and November this year, was without a success.   The offshore drilling started on the 22nd October to the  9th November 2018.The geological assessments of the drilled well have indicated the presence of all the key components of Hydrocarbons but the preliminary results of the drilling did not find any oil and gas deposits at this specific location, thereby indicating an unsuccessful well.However, the Government of The Gambia has granted approval for a six-month extension to allow FAR and Petronas to do a thorough evaluation of the SAMO-1 results.  The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy in collaboration with Gambia National Petroleum Company – GNPC, will continue to support FAR and its joint venture partners in their exploration efforts.The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has been tasked to continue to provide regular information on exploration activities in due course.last_img read more

England have missed out on generations of players – Rosenior

first_imgFormer Brighton & Hove Albion defender Liam Rosenior insists England has missed out on a generation of footballers who decided against going abroad to ply their trade.Borussia Dortmund youngster Jadon Sancho has been rewarded for his impressive start to the season with a callup to the England senior national team.The 18-year-old took the bold step of leaving Manchester City in the summer of 2017 in search of more first team opportunities and the decision has proven to be the right one so far, as he leads the German league in assists.Speaking on Sky Sports’ The Debate, Rosenior believes Sancho’s success will serve as inspiration to other youngsters.“Mason Mount had a fantastic season at Vitesse Arnhem, and I want to see more English players take the plunge,” said Rosenior. “One of my biggest regrets from my career was not going abroad.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Adjusting yourself to a new environment is one of the hardest things you can possibly do, but once you overcome that, you grow as a footballer and as a person.”“I think we’ve missed a generation of that in our country. Because the money is here, it’s not the easy option, but it’s the logical option.”“Now, because of the loan system and how hard it is to break into a Premier League side, we’re seeing more and more young players making a football decision to play abroad, and that’s fantastic for our game because they’re going to come back with different things they’ve been taught.”“Sometimes the best way to grow is to come out of your comfort zone.”last_img read more


Top Deals of 2009

first_imgComments: “The Hachette titles bolster Bonnier’s market position in the boating category and open up a new category with Flying. It was a good way to expand into more enthusiast verticals and be the dominant publisher of enthusiast mags.”McGraw-Hill’s BusinessWeekBuyer: Bloomberg L.P.Seller: McGraw-HillPrice: $9.3 million, pre-taxDate: Closed in December 2009Takeaway: If 2009 was the year of distressed sales, BusinessWeek was the poster child deal. The troubled magazine with a strong brand reputation, which once brought in more than $100 million, ultimately sold for $5.9 million after taxes.After months of speculation, it was finally reported in July that McGraw-Hill was attempting to sell BusinessWeek.Ironically, a Bloomberg report noted that McGraw-Hill had hired investment bankers Evercore Partners to help broker a sale, prompting the company to release a statement that it was indeed “exploring strategic options” for the ailing title.Putting the title up for sale was a necessity for McGraw-Hill. The company’s media division profits dropped a whopping 76.4 percent to $2.8 million in first quarter 2009, according to company reports. BusinessWeek’s situation was just as dire. Ad pages were down about 37 percent for the first two quarters per PIB and McGraw-Hill was reportedly losing between $20 million and $40 million per year on the title.While the business category in general was down significantly, BusinessWeek, eventually renamed Bloomberg BusinessWeek, still commanded a strong brand platform. Bloomberg paid just over $9 million for a title that once made almost 15 times that in top line revenue.Comments: “BusinessWeek gives Bloomberg a consumer-facing brand that it did not have before, which is a logical expansion for them.”Eight of Nielsen’s Media BrandsBuyer: e5 Global MediaSeller: Nielsen Business MediaPrice: $70 million (estimated)Date: December 31Takeaway: This acquisition not only marks new ownership for eight well-established brands, it also marks the formation of a new media company. Following company-wide cuts, restructuring, and the shuttering or sale of underperforming titles throughout 2008 and early 2009, Nielsen Business Media put eight of its media brands on the block: The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, Back Stage, Brandweek, Adweek, Mediaweek, the Clio Awards and Film Journal International.Private equity firm Pluribus Capital Management and financial services firm Guggenheim Partners agreed to acquire the brands for a rumored $70 million and formed a new company called e5 Global Media. Richard D. Beckman, former president/chief executive of Condé Nast’s Fairchild Fashion Group, will serve as the new company’s CEO.  “These are iconic brands within their industries. It will be my goal, now, to build them into successful multiplatform properties with global footprints,” said Beckman. Just two weeks after shuttering E&P, Nielsen sold the 130-year-old title to Irvine, California-based Duncan McIntosh Co. Inc. At press time, arrangements were still being made to sell Kirkus Reviews.Comments: “This looks like it will be an excellent acquisition for Pluribus. I think they’re buying at the low-point in the market and these properties are in a good position to rebound now that the economy is getting back on track.”Budget TravelBuyer: Fletcher Asset ManagementSeller: Newsweek Inc.Price: N/ADate: December 31Takeaway: Fletcher’s acquisition of Newsweek’s Budget Travel will leave the entire staff, including current management, virtually intact.New York reported last November that Newsweek Inc. might shutter Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, but the company quickly denied the rumors, despite the title’s decline in ad pages. (Between January and September, Budget Travel’s ad pages dropped 28.1 percent compared to the year before.)However, Newsweek Inc. decided to cut its losses nearly a month later by selling the title to investment advisor Fletcher Asset Management for an undisclosed amount.Fletcher also announced in the statement that it planned to keep “essentially all” of the employees at Budget Travel and, including its current management team.Comments: “Budget Travel was a casualty of this severe economic downturn. It went from being nicely profitable to becoming a drain on Newsweek—and, therefore they had no choice but to sell it.”Large Consumer Publishers Investing in DigitalBuyer: Meredith, Conde Nast, etc.Seller: HyperfactoryPrice: NA Takeaway: Large consumer publishers continue to invest heavily in digital services.In July, Meredith announced that it would acquire a strategic stake in mobile marketing firm The Hyperfactory in order to enhance the services and capabilities of Meredith Integrated Marketing, the company’s b-to-b custom print and online communications unit. Later in the year, Condé Nast announced that it partnered with Adobe to build an application that would enable the publisher to put its magazines on various digital devices. According to president/CEO Charles Townsend, the initiative is “the next piece of the puzzle for developing our unique magazine content in a digitized format that will drive the new devices that will hit the market in 2010.”Hearst Interactive Media followed a few weeks later with its own announcement: the impending launch of its Skiff Reader, which features an installed e-reader service and access to a digital store where consumers can purchase newspaper and magazine content.Comments: “The most important thing big consumer magazines can do in 2010 is to invest in their digital strategies through either acquisition or organic growth.”Omniture, Inc.Buyer: Adobe Systems Inc.Seller: Omniture, Inc.Price: $1.8 billionDate: Closed October 2009Takeaway: The deal was a high-profile merger of creative and metrics technology. If successfully implemented, it will be an intriguing combination of creative and data-based business models.In a world where marketers want audience data down to the content level and publishers want the ability to optimize and track usage across content properties, the acquisition of Omniture by Adobe—at face value—appears to deliver on that ideal. Adobe’s move effectively merges analytics and optimization tools with the content creation stage.The deal gives Adobe an analytics platform it can merge with its content creation products and allow it to get deeper into digital advertising and e-commerce. “An integrated workflow will streamline the creation and delivery of relevant content and applications,” said Adobe in a statement announcing the deal.On the Web, design isn’t simply eye candy, it’s directly tied to performance. “It’s not enough to have a campaign that looks great,” said Heidi Voltmer, group product marketing manager of Adobe’s creative solutions business unit. “You need to measure the ROI, and continually optimize and bring down the costs of creation.”Comments: “[The industry has] been integrating these tags through CMS systems for years. Whether they’re going to automate that with an ‘Omniture-ize This’ button in Dreamweaver will have to be proven out by Adobe.”IMS HealthBuyer: TPG and CPP Investment BoardSeller: IMS Health Price: $4 billion (plus $1.2 billion in debt assumption)Date: November 2009Takeaway: The largest private equity deal of 2009 came in the data market. However, some observers say the price wasn’t high enough. While magazine publishers are scrambling to build out their data business, one 2009 deal showed the potential of data. In November, IMS Health Inc. agreed to an acquisition by private equity firm TPG and the CPP Investment Board—which invests funds of the Canada Pension Plan—for $4 billion cash (plus the assumption of $1.2 billion in debt).IMS Health is a provider of market intelligence, including information, analytics and consulting services to the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries worldwide.While the IMS Health sale was one of the largest deals of the year, regardless of market category, many say the sale price wasn’t high enough. The wrote an article called “IMS is Being Stolen” that criticized the sale by saying IMS is a “cash printing machine” with no competitors that was being sold for far less than its true value.Comments: “The deal of the year.”Congressional QuarterlyBuyer: The Economist GroupSeller: Times Publishing Co. Price: $100 million+Date: July 2009 (closed 3Q 2009)Takeaway: One of the largest magazine deals of the year. In July, The Economist Group said it had agreed to acquire Washington D.C.-based Congressional Quarterly Inc. from Florida’s Times Publishing Co. Congressional Quarterly published CQ Weekly and Governing Magazines and as part of the agreement, CQ joined the Economist Group’s Roll Call in a new unit: The CQ-Roll Call Group.Two months after the acquisition, however, The Economist Group reorganized the CQ-Roll Call Group, eliminating 44 editorial positions across its newsrooms.CQ-Roll Call Group’s editorial operation is now divided into eight new groups: CQ News, Managing CQ Today, CQ Weekly and; CQ Legislative Tracking,; Roll Call; Consumer Publishing, which will manage and; Specialty Publications, including Budget Tracker, HealthBeat and CQ Homeland Security; Copy and Production Desk, a merger of CQ’s Continuous News Desk, copy desks and Web productions desks; Art and Graphics and New Product Development.Comments: “These products have distinct voices but Roll Call and CQ are very complementary in nature.”Governing MagazineBuyer: e.RepublicSeller: Times Publishing Co.Price: NADate: July 2009 (closed 3Q 2009)Takeaway: Print still has a place, even among companies that have done a good job diversifying away from it.One week after agreeing to sell Congressional Quarterly to The Economist Group in July, Florida’s Times Publishing Company said it put Washington, D.C.-based Governing on the block.Governing—along with its Web site and related events properties—was one of three divisions that made up the former Congressional Quarterly group. Governing targets state and city government officials and has a BPA-audited monthly circulation of 80,000.State and local government and education technology publisher e.Republic agreed to purchase Governing, along with its Web site and related events properties, from Times Publishing Group. “We’ve been building up the IT space in terms of state and local government and we feel that acquiring Governing will allow us to get beyond the IT space,” said e.Republic COO Paul Harney. Comments: “When it fits and the core product is solid, print is still an attractive buy.”Savior DealsPerhaps by definition they aren’t “top deals” in terms of purchase price or profile, but what we’re calling the “savior” deal—a magazine publisher that either was closed down or on the brink of closing but was revived by a passionate group of staffers or readers—holds a solid place on the list this year.One example was RBI, which shut down all but one of the 14 magazines published under its Associated Construction Publications group. The titles were quickly snatched up by John White, the group’s former co-owner.Another was Relix, acquired last summer by a group of investors—including a core group of the magazine’s employees.In May, Thomas Publishing licensed the rights to Industrial Equipment News, which shuttered in March, to TCC Media, a group of the magazine’s former staffers. Regional publisher Zivyak Media Group—which owns Berkshire Living—bought defunct San Jose and will relaunch it in 2010. “I couldn’t imagine leaving the 10th largest market in the country without a good looking city book,” says CEO Michael Zivyak.BACK TO M&A REPORT HOME PAGE Bonnier’s Buying SpreeBuyer: Bonnier Corp.Seller: Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S.Price: N/ADate: June 2009Takeaway: The dismal economy of 2009 allowed some buyers, Bonnier in particular, to exploit opportunities for distressed titles or brands that no longer fit a seller’s portfolio.Bonnier Corp. announced in June that it acquired five magazines from Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S.: American Photo, Boating, Flying, Popular Photography and Sound & Vision. The deal capped a string of acquisitions by Bonnier, which also bought Working Mother Media from MCG Capital and Scuba Diving from F+W in September and December 2008.In Bonnier’s case, the titles, for the most part, represented a good fit with its existing portfolio and positioned the company for growth when the economy regains its footing. “For us, they were very established brands,” said Bonnier CEO Terry Snow. “Boating fit right into our group. The photography books are a new area for us and Sound & Vision will fit right into the Popular Science group. Flying is sort of an outlier, but it’s a strong brand. Our focus has been identifying strong brands that fit with what we’re doing.”last_img read more