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NSLC Continues to Support AdoptAStream

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) will present the Nova Scotia Salmon Association with $100,000 at the Atlantic Salmon Federation Annual Dinner at the Westin Nova Scotia tonight, March 31. It is the second installment of a five-year commitment to contribute at least $500,000 to the NSLC Adopt-A-Stream program to help protect and restore local watersheds and improve water quality. A detailed news release can be found by following the News Releases link on the NSLC website at www.myNSLC.com . -30-last_img


Holly RobinsonPeete To Host Media Roundtable

first_imgHolly Robinson-Peete and Rodney Peete, founders of The HollyRod Foundation, will host a Media Roundtable Thursday, May 30, 2013 at Crustacean, located at 9646 Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California.The event begins at 4:30 pm. Topics for discussion include the Foundation’s work for autism and Parkinson’s disease, the Foundation’s extensive capital campaign to expand their valuable family services programs and Ms. Robinson Peete’s appointment as Brand Ambassador for Fuhu’s nabi tablet. There will be a sneak peek at plans for the DesignCare 2013 event as well.“HollyRod Foundation was inspired by the journeys of a father and a son. Parkinson’s disease and autism have touched our family in a profound way. We understand what families impacted by one or both experience every day. Rodney and I are honored to shine a light or serve in any way we can. HollyRod has provided us with a way to achieve this” says Ms. Robinson Peete .In recognition of her commitment, Fuhu recently named Ms. Robinson Peete as Brand Ambassador for the nabi family of products made just for kids. Ms. Robinson Peete will educate parents on the benefits of integrating a tablet into their children’s lives as a key tool for both learning and entertainment. She will also spearhead the company’s autism program, Inspire, as lead strategist. Inspire generates awareness for autism and Fuhu generously donates $1 from the sale of each nabi tablet to fund autism research.Since 1997, DesignCare has been a staple fundraiser for the foundation and this year’s event is going to be the most exciting in its 15-year history. DesignCare 2013 is set for July 27, 2013 in Malibu, CA.The Gorman Group (TGG), headed by Mia Gorman, is directing HRF’s growth plan and overseeing the capital campaign.last_img read more


House being built on Indigenous burial ground to be torn down in

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe British Columbia government has bought back a small island after the owner began building a house on top of a known Indigenous burial ground.As APTN’s Tina House reports this is good news for local residents and First Nations who have been trying to stop what they said was the desecration of the sacred site.last_img


MMIWG inquiry hearings close in Calgary with tour of shelter and tales

first_imgTamara PimentelAPTN NewsThe qulliq is extinguished and the closing oral submissions of parties with standing wrap up at the Calgary hearings for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.Before the commissioners head home, they make one last stop at the Awo Taan Healing Lodge Society.“The commissioners travel across the country and hear story after story about the supports and services that are required for women and children,” said Josie Nepinak, executive director of Awo Taan.“We just had an admission with mom with three to four children and she was escorted by police and emergency health services, so that obviously tells us that there is high risk.”Nepinak invited the commissioners of the inquiry to see the facility for themselves after Awo Taan shared its recommendations at the hearings.From the cozy gathering centre, play room full of toys for children – to the spiritual healing room.For 25 years the healing lodge has been providing Indigenous services to Indigenous women and their children.But that hasn’t been easy. With only 32 beds it is also a shelter.Nepinak said Awo Taan has to turn away at least 100 families a month.As for cultural programming, Nepinak said it isn’t viewed as an essential service.She said the workers and volunteers have to fundraise to provide that.“There’s no funding. There’s no funding for Elder’s services, there’s no funding for fresh clothing, there’s no funding for the things that a woman would want in a situation like that that would make her feel comfortable and that would make her feel dignified,” Darrin Blaine, legal representative of Awo Taan told the commissioners.Like most Indigenous shelters, funding for Awo Taan comes in from the province once a year – which means every year the lodge has to renew its contract.Nepinak said multi-year funding would be more adequate.“Five years – because I think then we would be in a better position to strategize and develop our programs further,” she said.At the Inquiry this week, a common theme was the lack of money for Indigenous women’s shelters from the federal, provincial and territorial governments.The inquiry heard from Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), the national representation of Inuit in Canada, who mostly live in fly-in communities.Representative Elizabeth Zarpa said the cost of flights are in the thousands of dollars making it extremely difficult for Inuit to travel to the few shelters that are available to them.“Out of 53 communities in Inuit Nunangat, there are only 15 communities that have a shelter,” she said. “Inuit women and their families aren’t able to access safe houses and transition houses and women are leaving their communities to access communities in the south.”“The shelters are desperate for funding as the women are desperate for a safe place,” said Ann Maje Raider of the Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society in the Yukon, adding that community has the highest rate of violence in Indigenous women in the country.The closing oral submissions ended at the tour of Awo Taan.For the society, it just wants to be given equal funding.“All we want to do is be operating at the same level as non-Indigenous women’s shelters and our funding issue to be resolved,” said Blain. “All we want is for these places to not have to fundraise for the basics. That’s the most insulting, racist thing I’ve never heard.”The Inquiry will hold another hearing for final submissions from Dec 10 to 14 in Ottawa.tpimentel@aptn.ca@tamara_aptnlast_img read more


Spain Arrest Criminal Ring Specialized in Offering Moroccans Fake Marriages

Rabat – Spanish authorities said they have dismantled a criminal network which specialized in offering Moroccans fake marriages and false documents.The dismantling of the human smuggling ring led to the arrest of 18 people in southern Spain, the Spanish police said in a statement.The network was targeting young Moroccans seeking to legalize their situation in Spain by offering them fraudulent employment contracts in fictitious companies and to marry Spaniards for a limited period of time until they obtain residency documents. The Moroccans had to pay the network a sum of 10,000 euros in exchange for these ‘services’, including 2000 euros for the potential husband or wife.The police said that the investigation had begun in April in the city of Jaen in southern Spain following the detection of several Moroccans with ‘suspect’ documents demanding regularization of employment contracts and marriage contracts.During the searches, the Spanish police seized several documents including employment contracts, Social Security registration documents, marriage contracts, passports and residence permits.The police added that the operation will lead to the arrest of more people involved with the network. read more


Biosphere reserves in Ethiopia and Zimbabwe join UN list

The more than 500 sites in 109 countries are part of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR), designated “to serve as places to test different approaches to integrated management of terrestrial, freshwater, coastal and marine resources and biodiversity,” according to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which oversees the network through its Man and the Biosphere (MAB) programme.Kafa, an Ethiopian highland region which contains 50 per cent of the country’s remaining Afromontane evergreen forest ecosystems and origin of the rare Coffee Arabic, was added to the network, as was Yayu, in the country’s southwest. It is considered one of the world’s 34 vital yet threatened areas for biodiversity conservation and known for undisturbed natural forests and semi-forest systems which produce coffee, spices, honey and wood, while providing important ecosystem services such as watershed production in the Nile.Also joining the network is the Zambezi valley in Zimbabwe, which contains riverine and terrestrial ecosystems unique to the subcontinent, including the Mana Pools National Park, already a UNESCO World Heritage Site.A dozen other sites were added in Iran, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Poland, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Slovenia and Sweden, while five sites were extended in Chile, Costa Rica, Finland, Germany and Switzerland.The decisions were made at the five-day meeting of the International Coordinating Council of MAB currently under way at UNESCO’s Paris headquarters.The body had planned to review 25 new proposals and applications for extension, but Sweden and the United Kingdom withdrew their proposals for the inclusion of Lake Trone and Taynish, respectively, because they had not met the required criteria.This year’s meeting coincides with the International Year of Biodiversity designated by the General Assembly to promote the protection of the planet’s species and habitats.Biodiversity will be discussed in a special thematic session at the annual high-level debate in September in New York. 2 June 2010For the first time, biosphere reserves in Ethiopia and Zimbabwe are joining the United Nations network that was created in an attempt to halt the loss of biodiversity and promote sustainable development. read more


Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,236.67, up 63.64 points):Titan Medical Inc. (TSX:TMD). Healthcare. Up three cents, or 15.79 per cent, to 22 cents on 5.29 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Up 43 cents, or 3.38 per cent, to $13.14 on 5.26 million shares.Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (TSX:POT). Fertilizer. Up 79 cents, or 3.46 per cent, to $23.59 on 5.21 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Down 31 cents, or 5.27 per cent, to $5.57 on 3.6 million shares. The company announced plans to expand its Tasiast mine in Mauritania and Round Mountain mine in Nevada at a combined cost of more than US$1 billion. Kinross says it will spend about US$590 million on Phase Two at its Tasiast mine as it works to increase mill capacity to 30,000 tonnes per day, up from 12,000 tpd, and cut costs.Precision Drilling Corp. (TSX:PD). Oil and gas. Up three cents, or 0.86 per cent, to $3.53 on 3.55 million shares.Semafo Inc. (TSX:SMF). Miner. Up 22 cents, or 6.88 per cent, to $3.42 on 3.51 million shares. read more


CPPIB buying 30 per cent interest in BGL Group for 11 billion

TORONTO — The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board has signed a $1.1-billion deal to acquire a 30 per cent stake in BGL Group, a digital distributor of insurance and financial services.BGL Group’s brands include Comparethemarket.com, LesFurets.com and online life insurer BeagleStreet.com.Bitcoin, blockchain not yet investible, Canada Pension saysNo reason to fear CPP’s stability, CEO Machin says, but people do it anywayUnder the deal, CPPIB will nominate a non-executive director to represent it on the BGL board.BHL, the current owner of BGL Group, will retain a majority interest in the business.The deal is subject to customary closing conditions including regulatory approvals.It is expected to close by the end of April.


Real security vital for any refugee returns to southern Sudan – UN

A high-level team from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spent two weeks meeting with refugees in neighbouring Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Kenya to sound them out about returning to southern Sudan if talks between the Government and the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement succeed. The talks in the Kenyan town of Naivasha have encouraged UNHCR to re-establish its presence in south Sudan after a 14-year absence. “We felt it was important to hear directly from the refugees themselves how they feel about returning home,” Dennis McNamara, UNHCR’s Inspector General and leader of the four-person team, said in Nairobi According to the agency, refugees have emphasized that their first concerns were protection and security during and after their return. “We want to go home, but only when we are sure it is really safe on the ground,” UNHCR quoted one leader as saying. “We have learned from 1972 that peace agreements have to be respected and implemented if we are going to be able to go home permanently.” That year began the only decade since Sudan became independent in 1956 when civil war did not blight the country. They also stressed the priority of continued education for their children, as well as other basic services including health, water and income-generating activities. Mr. McNamara’s mission was part of the planning for the return of over 150,000 refugees in the first 18 months after the signing of any peace accord. The war in southern Sudan is separate from the conflict in the western Darfur region of Africa’s largest country that has seen 110,000 refugees flee into eastern Chad. Overall, fighting is estimated to have uprooted more than 3 million people inside Sudan, while a further 600,000 are living in neighbouring states as refugees. Mr. McNamara said he was especially interested in the views of women who said they were very concerned about security in south Sudan, particularly the presence of militias. Landmines and small arms are also a problem. Schooling for children is a top priority, the women indicated, calling for a major drive to improve literacy at all levels. read more


Afghanistan UN helps Government draw up national strategy to tackle drought

“A sound national strategy to address the problem of drought has become essential not only for agriculture and economic development, but for the survival and the success of the Afghan people,” UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Country Representative Serge Verniau told the gathering in Kabul, the capital. Organized by the Afghan Ministry of Energy and Water together with FAO, the workshop on Planning and Management of Water Resources for Drought Management in Afghanistan, which ended yesterday, drew participants from key government ministers and agencies involved in drought management. It analyzed the current drought problem and its agricultural, social and environmental impacts. It also reviewed existing drought management practices, and agreed on the need to set up institutional support, including the creation of a National Drought Committee, making several recommendations for designing a sound national strategy. read more


Experimental Zika vaccine to begin human testing

Experimental Zika vaccine to begin human testing WASHINGTON – An experimental vaccine for the Zika virus is due to begin human testing in coming weeks, after getting the green light from U.S. health officials.Inovio Pharmaceuticals said Monday it received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration to begin early-stage safety tests of its DNA-based vaccine against the mosquito-borne virus. That puts the company ahead of researchers at the National Institutes of Health, who have said they expect to begin testing their own DNA-based Zika vaccine by early fall.Inovio’s vaccine is intended to prime the immune system to fight Zika by introducing genetically-engineered material that mimics the virus. Inovio reports that animals tested with the vaccine developed antibodies and immune-system cells that attack Zika.The NIH is working to develop a Zika vaccine by swapping out the genetic material from its experimental West Nile virus vaccine.Inovio and its partner, GeneOne Life Science, plan to begin a 40-person study to determine the safest dose of the vaccine in coming weeks. Company officials said they expect results from the vaccine study by the end of 2016.There are currently no licensed drugs or vaccines for Zika.Ultimately, confirming the safety and effectiveness of any Zika virus will require large studies, and how fast those could be done depends in part on whether Zika still is spreading widely in 2017.Zika is spread mainly through the bite of a tropical mosquito, Aedes aegypti. It causes only a mild and brief illness, at worst, in most people. But it can cause fetal deaths and severe birth defects in the children of women infected during pregnancy.Zika has become epidemic in Latin America and the Caribbean since last fall. Officials aren’t expecting big outbreaks in the continental U.S., but some cases are likely as temperatures rise and mosquitoes spread.Shares of Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania-based Inovio jumped 29 cents, or 2.8 per cent, to $10.76 in midday trading Monday. by Matthew Perrone, The Associated Press Posted Jun 20, 2016 9:08 am MDT Last Updated Jun 20, 2016 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more


Novak Djokovic beats Juan Martin del Potro to win US Open

Novak Djokovic produced an impeccable performance to beat Juan Martin del Potro in the US Open final and win his 14th Grand Slam title.The 31-year-old Serb won 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 to earn his third triumph in New York and equal American great Pete Sampras’ haul of major trophies.Djokovic, who won Wimbledon in July, will climb to third in the world after back-to-back Grand Slam victories.Only great rivals Roger Federer (20) and Rafael Nadal (17) have won more. Argentine third seed Del Potro, 29, was playing his first Grand Slam final since winning the 2009 US Open, having almost quit the game in 2015 because of multiple wrist injuries.A fairytale finish at Flushing Meadows was not to be, however, as former world number one Djokovic’s quality shone through.Djokovic, who was seeded sixth, is one of only eight men to win the Wimbledon-US Open double and has now accomplished that feat for a third time.The Serb walloped a forehand volley to safety on his first match point, dropping to the floor and spreading out on his back with his arms and legs outstretched in celebration.After hugging his great friend at the net, Djokovic jumped into his box to celebrate with his wife Jelena and team. Del Potro broke down in uncontrollable tears on his chair.“It is not easy to speak right now,” Del Potro said on court. “I’m sad because I lose but I’m happy for Novak.”After the controversy surrounding Serena Williams’ defeat by Naomi Osaka in Saturday’s women’s final, a high-quality match between two of the top male players ensured tennis was once again the talking point. (BBC) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNovak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal to win record 7th titleJanuary 27, 2019In “latest news”Djokovic wins epic tussle over Federer to claim Wimbledon titleJuly 7, 2014In “Sports”US Open 2016: Stan Wawrinka upsets Novak Djokovic for men’s titleSeptember 11, 2016In “Sports” read more


VIDEO RK Metalurg beat RK Vardar for the Macedonian title

Macedonia will get a new champions – RK Metalurg. Since they lost Championship last year after three seasons of domination, general opinion was that Vardar will defend the title, but Lino Cervar and his guys made fantastic 60 minutes at the end of the season and beat the biggest rival 30:21 (16:11) at home court “Autokomanda” hall in front of 1.500 fans.That will be the 6th Macedonian title for Metalurg, fourth with Lino Cervar on the bench in the last five years.In the first match of the these rivals, Vardar won 25:24. Metalurg have to win the last two match of the Play-Off to secure the trophy, but that has to be an easy job for them… ← Previous Story Uros Zorman stays in Kielce until 2017! Next Story → LNH: DUNKERQUE CHAMPION! Montpellier beats PSG in derby!


Squatteur et piqueassiette ce minicoléoptère se fait même transporter par des termites

first_imgSquatteur et pique-assiette, ce mini-coléoptère se fait même transporter par des termitesPubliant ses travaux dans la revue Zootaxa, un entomologiste japonais a découvert qu’un minuscule scarabée squatte les termitières où il trouve gîte et couvert, se faisant même transporter par ses hôtes lors des déplacements.C’est en étudiant les termites de l’espèce Macrotermes gilvus dans le nord-ouest du Cambodge, que Munetoshi Maruyama, du Kyushu University Museum a fait son étonnante découverte. Parmi ces laborieux insectes – qui entretiennent des champignonnières sur lesquelles elles emmènent ‘paître’ leurs larves, le scientifique a révélé la présence d’une autre espèce, très oisive, celle-ci : le coléoptère Eocorythoderus incredibilis (une espèce d’ailleurs récemment découverte).À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Pour en savoir plus, le chercheur japonais a poursuivi ses observations et analysé pas moins de 130 champignonnières grandes comme le poing. Il y a ainsi trouvé 10 de ces coléoptères. Longs de 3 millimètres, ces squatteurs ont la capacité d’imiter la signature chimique des larves de termites, ce qui leur permet de leurrer les ouvriers de la colonie. Ainsi, ces derniers les transportent sur l’aire de nourrissage comme ils le font pour leur propre descendance. Mais ce n’est pas tout puisque pour faciliter les choses, le pique-assiette a même ‘fait’ évoluer ses élytres (ailes cornées) en une véritable ‘poignée’ dorsale.Cette fameuse poignée est alors saisie par les termites ouvriers à l’aide de leurs pièces buccales pour déposer le scarabée (à peine) parasite, qui a pris soin de replier ses pattes sous son corps, sur les cultures de champignons dont il se régale. De la même façon, lorsque des fourmis attaquent le nid, les termites transportent vite leurs larves pour les évacuer… et, parmi ces dernières, figure notre petit squatteur, qui se fait ainsi mettre à l’abri sans effort.Le 2 décembre 2012 à 14:17 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


Rummenigge explains why James will stay at Bayern

first_imgNow that the winter transfer deadline is closed, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge explained his reasoning behind James Rodriguez staying at Bayern.During the whole winter transfer window there were rumors that suggested James Rodriguez would certainly leave Bayern Munich, but chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge explained why the Bavarian club ultimately decided to keep the Colombian midfielder in the club.Throughout the season there have been several rumors of a disagreement between the player and manager Niko Kovac, who left him on the bench several times in all competitions and never really explained why.These actions were obviously regarded as a message for the player, the media believed that the Croatian boss didn’t want James on the squad and we all expected him to leave before January 31.But turns out we were all wrong, as neither the club nor the manager wanted James Rodriguez out of Bayern Munich and they all unanimously decided that the best option was for him to stay until the end of the season at least.But going a little bit further in this decision, chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge explained that he never even entertained the idea of the Colombian player leaving the German club.🗣️ Rummenigge sobre @jamesdrodriguez: “Creo que todos queremos verle regularmente sobre el terreno de juego, pero eso depende del entrenador. Tengo que decir honestamente que realmente me gusta James”. pic.twitter.com/LagN2ffqCB— James Rodríguez Col (@jamesdrodrifans) January 31, 2019In fact, Rummenigge considers himself one of James’ biggest fans and he truly believes that the player has everything to become the club’s best player.During a football and business congress celebrated in the city of Dusseldorf, the Bayern Munich chairman was questioned about the club’s final decision to not let James Rodriguez leave despite the several offers from clubs like Juventus, Chelsea FC, Manchester United, and even Real Madrid.Rummenigge didn’t even flinch when he responded that the player will stay and the club simply doesn’t care about letting him leave, he also said one of the biggest truths in today’s football about James Rodriguez’s left foot.“James Rodriguez will remain as a Bayern Munich player, this is the best decision for both him and the club,” said the chairman via ESPN.“I have to recognize that I am one of his biggest fans. He is a great player and he may have the best left foot in the Bundesliga.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I really believe that we all wish to see James more often on the pitch, but that decision is for the manager to make. But I do have to be honest when I say that I love that player.”‘James tiene la mejor zurda de toda la Bundesliga’: RummeniggeEl dirigente del Bayern Múnich se declaró fan del colombiano y espera que juegue máshttps://t.co/5zmKIMiyFQ pic.twitter.com/U6j75jn0Vp— Futbolred.com (@futbolred) January 31, 2019After this statement, the media was eager to know what manager Niko Kovac would have to say about his chairman’s beliefs on James, this was a clear message directly from the board of directors and the Croatian boss needed to respond.Far from avoiding the topic as he was pressed about it earlier on Thursday, Kovac made a massive revelation about James Rodriguez’s discipline on the training grounds.“The thing with James Rodriguez is that my decision to not play hi is solely based on what I see on the pitch during practice.”“James is a truly great guy but only the players who practice better are the ones who play. We will play a game in the middle of next week, this will give every single player an opportunity to play and this obviously includes James Rodriguez.”Now that James has heard about the manager’s thoughts on his training efforts, this might be taken as a message that could motivate him to improve during practice and finally earn his spot on the starting eleven on a weekly basis.Rummenigge, sobre el futuro de James: “Lo digo abierta y honestamente, me gusta mucho, soy su fan, pero aún hay tiempo y tenemos que tomar la mejor decisión para él y para nosotros” pic.twitter.com/33lo68XuIB— Bayern Latino (@BayernLat) January 31, 2019What do you think about Bayern Munich’s decision to let James remain at the club until the end of the season? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more


Invitation to Apply for Membership of The National Youth Council

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 3, 2018 – Providenciales – The National Youth Council consists of young adult volunteers between the ages of 18-30 from around the country.  They are young professional volunteers, who serve as Council Advisors committed to empower, strengthen and advise Government on issues affecting youth.If you are interested in working to develop the situation of young persons between the ages of 10-29 years old, you are welcomed to apply.What defines youth in Turks and Caicos.   Those between 10 and 29 years old are considered youth by the Department of Youth Affairs.   In order to join National Youth Council or volunteer with National Youth council?Please express your interest by emailing any of our youth officers dparker@gov.tc, nicky71422@yahoo.com  or Mr. Nixon Dickenson, Acting National Youth Director at ndickenson@gov.tc.Release: TCIG Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more


All clear given after suspicious package found at post office in Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Bomb squad crews have given the all clear after they determined a suspicious package found at a post office in downtown Miami wasn’t a threat.Just before 10:30 a.m. Friday, a custodian at the post office located near Northwest Second Avenue and Fifth Street reportedly found a full box in a dumpster outside the building.City of Miami Police officials said the package was deemed not a threat and rendered safe.7SkyForce HD hovered over the scene where a bomb squad member could be seen near the box taking an X-ray of the box.Traffic in the area was temporarily shut down.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img


Source Interlink Looking for a Turnaround

first_imgSource Interlink, the distributor that added publishing to its corporate platform with the purchase of Primedia’s Enthusiast Group in 2007, has had a rough 18 months. Former CEO and current chairman Greg Mays led the company through a near implosion of the newsstand supply chain, lawsuits  against a dozen publishers and distributors and, only months later, succumbed to its debt load and filed a lender-approved plan of reorganization under Chapter 11 in the U.S. bankruptcy court. Under the reorganization, Source eliminated $1 billion in debt, received a $100 million capital infusion and went private. After this, and some organizational restructuring, Mays turned over the CEO position to Michael Sullivan [pictured], who started with Source on April 12 after an 11-year run as CEO of Comag, the national distributor jointly owned by Hearst and Conde Nast.Sullivan’s appointment fueled speculation that the company was headed for a breakup and that the publishing group, which consists of 75 titles mostly in the automotive category, would be left unattended while Sullivan leveraged his background with the distribution group. Here, we speak with Sullivan, who and he addresses this speculation and also talks about what needs to change in the magazine industry’s fragile distribution ecosystem.FOLIO:: Your background is decidedly on the distribution side of the publishing business, but Source has a significant magazine publishing operation. Can you describe your operational involvement across the divisions?Sullivan: People glaze over that I was at TV Guide from 1989-1996 during the Murdoch era. Also, when I was with Hearst and Conde Nast over the last 11 years we launched a number of the biggest titles in the business. I’ve been intimately involved in the launch of some of the major products out there.FOLIO:: What was your role in the launches?Sullivan: From the CMG perspective, we’d have a couple of members from CMG at the launch meetings. When you’re rolling out a magazine like that it doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a very integrated sequence of events that take place and they obviously have to be on queue. We would be responsible for everything on the retail side. The newsstand is really the first time the consumer is going to see the product.FOLIO:: What are some specific strategies going forward for the publishing group at Source?Sullivan: It’s hard to say when I’ve been here for four weeks. We are putting our game plan together, and looking at any indication of rationalization we might want to do with the portfolio. Those are some of the issues we’ll be looking at in the next couple of months. The management team in place has done a heck of a job in the last year since they came out of the bankruptcy. They stripped $50 million in costs out of here. The platforms are properly aligned, we just need to further develop the strategic business plan to get it to the next level.FOLIO:: Greg Mays led the company through some significant changes, including the elimination of $1 billion in debt through a Chapter 11 reorganization. While the company might be in a less pressurized capital position, business is still very tough. There’s been ongoing speculation that the company is headed toward a breakup or sell-off, and your appointment as CEO fueled that chatter. Were you brought on to manage a divestment process?Sullivan: I find that so interesting. I’ve never been a breakup guy in the past. When I joined Hearst in 2000 we formed CMG. That certainly wasn’t a breakup. We developed a strategic plan that took the next ten years.Will we look at assets that don’t make good business sense and those that do. That’s all in the business model. Source Interlink was a rollup of disparate pieces. It was all connected in some way to retail. What eventually got them in trouble was the purchase of Primedia for such a steep price. The debt load was outrageous. Getting rid of that debt load and recapitalizing the company I can assure you has put us on very good footing. We just finished our first quarter and we’re right on plan. We do see, like most people in our business, a slight uptick. We’ll see what happens as the year moves on, but we’re looking for a turnaround.I’m not sure where this rumor has come from. I would not have left Comag to come here to be part of a break-up. If you look at the history of Greg Mays in the last18 months, if anyone was going to break up the company it would have been Greg. That’s what his history has been. He left a very solid base for me to move forward on with a very good management team.FOLIO:: Can you talk about what needs to change in the supply chain? We’ve heard over the last few years this need for everyone to come together and cooperate more, but can you articulate some specific examples of what needs to change and how you and Source might be positioned to contribute to that?Sullivan: One of the things I’ve often talked about is we need to become a solution provider to the retailers. I’ve screamed it from the mountain tops. We’re a DSD category, [the retailer’s] people don’t touch our product. We’re making sure the right product is at the right place at the right time. I know that sounds like an age-old statement but it’s true.Magazines and books are under pressure as a category. I don’t think print media is going away overnight, but we need to be a solution provider for retail, give them what they need. The mainline area doesn’t look like the greeting card rack, for example. The lighting and the signage aren’t as pleasing as the greeting card side.It gets down to simply being best of class. I think we have to come up with new and innovative ways in presenting the product in the market place. We’re sometimes constricted on what the retailer allows, but I don’t think there’s enough creative thinking about what goes into the retailers.I look at the publisher as the manufacture, it’s more up to the national distributor and wholesalers out there. We’re working with the publishers to ensure we’re putting the right product out there. We just need to do a better job talking to retailers.last_img read more


Urban Recreation Forestry mulls planting programme from Babughat to Brigade Parade ground

first_imgKolkata: The Urban Recreation Forestry (URF) division will soon embark on a tree planting programme as part of a major beautification project in the city from Babughat to Brigade Parade Ground.A senior official in the URF division that comes under the aegis of the state Forest department said the entire project has been conceived by Kolkata Police, who has taken up a GreeningCalcutta Scheme. Under this scheme, the law enforcers’ theme is “2018 trees in year 2018.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsA meeting has already been held with the URF division and all the nitty gritties has been discussed in detail. “We are waiting for a formal proposal from the Kolkata Police along with a map of the exact area of plantation.The work will start soon, as monsoon is the best time for such plantation programme. It will add to the beauty and aesthetic value of Kolkata,” said a senior official ofURF division.The plantation will focus on trees with medium height that will form a dense canopy as they grow up. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe variety of trees that will be used include Bakul, Jarul, Phurush, Putranjibo etc. These trees, according to URF officials, have minimum chances of getting uprooted.”We are deliberately avoiding those trees that grow very big as they are susceptible to fall down during a storm.Putranjibo is a variety that is now being used by the state Forest department as it can be trimmed and given an umbrella shape thatlooks very nice.According to URF division officials, the trees will be procured from the own nurseries of the state government located at various places including Banabitan in Salt Lake, Dum Dum Road,Jodhpur Park etc.”We also procure from private nurseries as per requirement,” the official added.It may be mentioned that URF division is responsible for the maintenance of as many as 60 parks in the state of which 34 are located in South Bengal and 26 in North Bengal.It has also taken up landscaping and beautification of certain areas in the city that includes Second Hooghly Bridge, Salt Lake stadium to name a fewlast_img read more


Mamata is the perfect answer to Indias need for a PM with

first_imgKolkata: India needs a Prime Minister who has a humane face and Mamata Banerjee is the most suitable candidate for the post who will stand by the side of farmers, labourers and poor people, said Aroop Biswas, state Youth Services and Sports minister, who is also in charge of the Public Works Department (PWD).Biswas was speaking at a rally organised by the district Trinamool Congress leaders in Hooghly. It was organised as a preparation rally for Trinamool Congress’ grand show at Esplanade on the occasion of Martyrs’ Day on July 21. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA large number of supporters participated in the rally, which started at Khadina More area of Chinsurah and ended at Gharar More. District Trinamool Congress president and minister Tapan Dasgupta and another state minister Ashima Patra took part in the rally alongside Biswas. Senior leaders have said that around 4 lakh people from the district would join the Martyrs’ day programme on Saturday. Trinamool Congress has set a target of winning all the 42 seats in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections in the state. The party feels it will also be able to win all the Parliament seats in the election, scheduled to take place next year. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”The whole country wants to see a Prime Minister who has a humanitarian face and Mamata Banerjee is the best candidate for the job. She thinks about the poor people, farmers and labourers,” Biswas maintained. He also raised questions on the organisational capabilities of the BJP, after a portion of a pandal collapsed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech in West Midnapore. Biswas satirically said that those who are unable to hold a rally of 10,000 people and whose stage collapses, must contest with one Trinamool Congress councillor at a time. Every Trinamool Congress leader has the individual capacity to hold rallies with 10,000 people, the minister stated.last_img read more