Texan is new Woodland police chief

first_imgThe Woodland Police Department will usher in a new chief this month as the city continues to wade through legal battles against one of its own detectives.A yearlong search for a new chief came to an end Monday night as the Woodland City Council finally saw eye-to-eye with Mayor Grover Laseke on who should take the reins during what has been a troubling time for the department.The councilors voted unanimously to hire Phillip Crochet, a commander in the recruiting and training division of the Austin Police Department in Texas. After sifting through dozens of candidates and starting the process over twice, the councilors expressed relief at bringing the search to an end, and they were pleased with Crochet’s record. “I think we’re all anxious to get him on board, and I think he’s very qualified,” Councilor Scott Perry said. Crochet, from Cedar Park, Texas, has spent the last 23 years with the Austin Police Department. He got his start in law enforcement in the mid-1980s as an undercover narcotics agent working in two Texas high schools.The new chief will come to Woodland about half a year after Detective David Plaza announced plans to sue the city for upwards of $2 million. In June, Plaza filed a tort claim making numerous misconduct allegations against former interim chief Sgt. Brad Gillaspie.last_img read more

Why the Big BtoB Model is Broken

first_imgAnd if interest rates go up, that could mean serious trouble for overleveraged publishers. “With companies like Penton and Cygnus, the real issue is how leveraged they remain, and the terms of those loans,” says Dan Ramella, president of Harbor Communications (and former Penton Media president). “While current levels may show they can handle the debt service with low interest rates, they still might be at risk if rates start to click up.” The financial structures may be undermining the core products themselves. “I think the core value of the business is obscured by financial dark clouds that hang over the b-to-b category,” says IDG Communications CEO Bob Carrigan. “Clearly, overleveraged deals were a huge burden. You’re bleeding for cash with little investment to launch new things. When you’re constantly trying to meet covenants it’s difficult for operating folks to be successful. We’ve seen this happen with so many great companies—they’re basically in asset sale mode. A lot of them feel like ‘it’s not a growth business anymore.’ Maybe it’s not a growth business anymore because you’re not really investing in areas of business that represent real growth.”End of the Old “Economies of Scale”Beyond the problems of being overleveraged and in debt, many of the larger publishers are based on obsolete operating structures. As traditional print vehicles are replaced by multimedia and strategic services, the economies of the current structures no longer work (in March, Advanstar announced that it had struck an agreement to outsource its production-related functions for the company’s magazines and directories to global IT services company HCL Technologies, resulting in the elimination of approximately 100 employees at its Duluth, Minnesota, facility).“It seems to be that the economics of building a large b-to-b animal with multiple titles doesn’t necessarily click anymore,” says Garrett. “What do you get? A shared back office with human resources, finance, production and a centralized circulation department. But beyond a certain point, you begin to develop a bureaucracy. That impacts the performance of individual titles and even stifles growth—particularly with a public company—because they have earnings levels to meet, or if it’s a large private company with expectations or wishes to go public and they’re trying to build a P&L record.”In February 2008, United Business Media announced the restructuring of CMP Technology into four separate businesses led by four co-CEOs. The four new businesses share support functions like finance, IT services, legal and global account and sales management. Accounts payable and receivable are part of centralized shared services. Audience development and HR roles are handled on the divisional level.Two years later, UBM CEO David Levin says the restructuring was the only option. “It wasn’t a choice around the old technology businesses, it was a piece of organizational design, which we deployed in multiple markets,” he adds. “An old magazine publishing company had various things that led you to a highly centralized structure. Those are the economics of large-scale mass production and distribution of magazines with classic departments like circulation and production. Five years ago, print accounted for two-thirds of the revenue of this company. Now, less than 5 percent of profits are attributable to the magazine businesses. The core requirement was to move the organizational structure and engage in a different way, and create a structure that allowed for scale without required centralization.”Is the Conglomerate Model Still Viable? Historically, building scale for a b-to-b publisher often meant entering several different unrelated markets (Penton Media lists 17 markets served on its corporate site, ranging from agriculture to wealth management).Today, publishers are split on whether that multi-market approach still works. “I think it’s a difficult model,” says Bill Pollak, CEO of ALM, which focuses on the legal market (and which in 2009 was spun off as an independent company from U.K.-based owner and financial publisher Incisive Media, which went through its own reorganization and refinancing). “This idea that we can take a group of markets and put them under one umbrella and think we can create cross-market synergies sounds great on paper, but I don’t think it really happens. It’s very difficult to get people in different market segments to work together.” Some observers think a gradual sell-off is the only reasonable outcome. “I don’t see how they can avoid [going the same way as Nielsen and RBI],” says Rob Garrett, founder and former president of AdMedia Partners and  president of private investing and financial advisory company Rob Garrett and Sons. “They’ve restructured but still have a lot of debt. I don’t see them being able to sell the whole company. Nielsen was smart enough not to even try. What does a company like Penton do? For a while, nothing. You hope the improving economy and the ability to run the business make the values higher. But then what? I find it hard to see what the alternative to drive value for their investors would be.”It’s a situation not necessarily limited to the b-to-b behemoths. “Summit Business Media was leveraged up. They will steer through this, but debt could be impaired. Jobson may have rumblings,” says one b-to-b CEO. “More broadly, there’s a concern that lenders are kissing the bullet, not biting it, when it comes to taking write-downs.”   Reed Elsevier shocked the industry in 2008 with the announcement that it was putting Reed Business Information on the block. RBI shocked fellow publishers again just last month, when it said it would shutter its remaining 23 unsold magazines (and most of the related digital properties)—although by some accounts, it looks like RBI never intended to sell those titles anyway.Meanwhile, Nielsen Business Media has spent the past year trimming down its portfolio piece by piece in order to focus on its research and measurement services. Elsewhere, it seemed like hardly a week went by in 2009 without news of a large b-to-b player, overleveraged and carrying enormous debt, forced to declare Chapter 11 or at least skirting along the edge of bankruptcy before all stakeholders agreed to a restructuring.Today, many of the largest U.S. b-to-b publishers  are, by their own accounts, facing the future with new structures and more manageable debt levels. But the fact is, even after restructuring, many are still carrying dizzying levels of debt that may require additional restructurings down the road. And with private equity ownership looking for a return, and very few buyers out there willing to take on even more debt, many large publishers face the same fate as Nielsen and RBI: whittling down assets through sales or closures until there’s little left of the original publishing company. Others could follow the model of the former Ascend Media, which gradually sold off piece by piece, with founder and former CEO Cam Bishop buying back the rights to the brand and launching Ascend Integrated Media around the event and custom publishing assets. “Almost every one of these restructurings leaves debt on the books that, as a multiple of cash flow, is equal to or greater than the value of the business,” says one b-to-b CEO. “There is a serious risk that another round of restructuring may need to take place in the two-to-three year horizon.”center_img It’s also a different marketplace. “I also think we’re in a private equity world,” adds Pollak. “The world when some of these businesses were put together was the pre-private equity world. Back then, you wanted diversity. PE owners don’t necessarily want you to diversify, they’re going to diversify. Why should a company like ALM be in six different businesses?”Some executives think the shift away from traditional publishing services makes the multi-market approach even harder. “Being in several different unrelated markets is difficult in this economy,” says Ron Wall, senior vice president of publications at Canon Communications. “With lead generation, database, custom digital/print and immediacy of message being the focus of so many marketers the only way these can really be achieved is having several strong and focused assets that solve a customer’s entire needs.”Others think diverse markets do work. “Yes it can work, but each publication (even within the general market cluster) should be left on their own when it comes to how they sell and serve the market,” says Carrigan. “There is nothing inherently wrong with unrelated markets. In fact, the cyclical nature of most markets should help the company smooth out the overall results of the company as each of the unrelated markets go through their own cycle.”While UBM is best known for tech publishing, it also has significant publishing, exhibition and database businesses in areas like cruise shipping, health care and global trade. “I’m a firm believer in the multi-sector approach,” says Levin. “The question is, how do you get economies of learning since you no longer have production economies?” Reinvention Versus Cost ControlWhen Cygnus announced it was entering a Chapter 11 restructuring last August, one poster at Foliomag.com wrote:  “We’ll know when they emerge from this, if they are serious about their business: Get rid of the dead-weight management, bring actual talent back, re-establish the core values that have been lost some time ago, and do business based upon principles that leave room for integrity and ethics, as well as profits.”That poster summed up the fact that while it’s easy to talk about change, it’s much harder for publishing executives (and owners) to take the steps necessary to enact it.  In Cygnus’ case, the company named former Penton chief executive John French as the replacement for departing CEOs Tony O’Brien and Carr Davis and emerged from Chapter 11 on September 21, 2009. “A big part of this job is being in front of employees and customers and telling them what the story is,” says French. “We had a balance sheet problem, we were carrying a debt load that was unmanageable for the size of the company and the previous leadership was not good. We reduced the debt from $180 million to $60 million, the business is improving and we’re bringing resources in.” That includes significant investment, according to French. Cygnus has hired a new CFO and is currently looking to hire a new vice president of digital strategies. “There was nothing wrong with the properties except two things: they were starved and they had a PR problem,” says French. “We’re investing hundreds of thousands of dollars now and that will increase a lot in the next year or two. A year or three from now, people will look back and say, ‘Damn, those guys did it.’”French says Cygnus made some incorrect technology decisions and is now investing money in infrastructure and software. On the print side,  the company has hired book and magazine designer J.C. Suarez. “The editors love it—nobody had talked to them in years, or if they did, it was just, ‘Do this Webinar, do this e-newsletter,’” says French.  Cygnus’ current debt load is manageable, according to French. “We make our payments and we’re in very good shape in terms of cash flow,” he adds. “When we were at $180 million, it was a real problem. Since coming out of Chapter 11, it hasn’t been a problem, all our cash forecasts are positive.”Dealing with the corporate culture can be the biggest challenge for large b-to-b publishers that have been forced to make massive cuts, both in budget and personnel.  The Cygnus culture has been particularly toxic (judging by comments at Foliomag.com) and French says he’s made it a priority to fix this. “Improving morale is the biggest challenge we have,” he adds. “That takes time and people seeing the proof.” That also means being straightforward about the company’s direction. “We can’t tell people we’ll be here forever, that’s crazy,” says French. “But on a day-to-day basis, we’re making the investments to put value back in the company. If we don’t improve it, we’ve done nothing. That said, our owners are banks and we’ve been honest with employees. Banks are not strategic buyers and this company will be for sale again in three or four years. In the meantime, our instructions are to get value back in company. I’ve made it known I’m not just here as a turnaround person. I want to go where this company ends up and lead its next iteration.”Print wasn’t the only dark spot for Penton Media. In an April 2009 memo announcing the reduction of the summer work week from five to four days, CEO Sharon Rowlands said that the company wasn’t showing growth and that “advertising. . . has not only collapsed in print, but as a company, we haven’t shown the growth we should on the Web. Penton is really tracking a long way behind the industry in terms of percent of revenue that is digital, and we are not showing growth.” Improving the sales process is a priority. As part of a roundtable discussion at the DeSilva + Phillips Dealmakers Summit in February, Rowlands said that, “Only a fraction of the publishing sales force today is capable of communicating effectively to clients.”Less than a month after undergoing a pre-packaged reorganization designed to reduce the company’s debt by $270 million, Penton Media emerged from Chapter 11 in March. In addition to the elimination of $270 million in long-term debt, Penton received an extension of the maturity on its senior secured credit facility through 2014. However, the company’s previous debt was estimated at close to $1 billion.“We’re seeing improved performance so far in 2010,” Penton CEO Sharon Rowlands told Folio:.  “Our digital business is performing strongly. Print remains weaker but improved in the last quarter of 2009. Custom marketing services are performing strongly. Trade shows vary show by show. We’re fortunate that our two largest shows are in the natural products area and our third largest show is in waste management—those are all sectors that are holding up pretty well. I’m starting to feel pretty good about 2010.”Questex Gets Fast Start Out of the Gate But What’s Next?Questex Media Group Holdings filed for bankruptcy in fall 2009 and said that the company’s senior lenders were expected to place a bid to acquire “substantially all” of the company’s assets, under a Section 363 sale process. The agreement, Questex said, also would provide “significant financing,” including debtor-in-possession and exit financing, which will be used to help finance the company’s operations. In December, Questex emerged from Chapter 11 with a new name (Questex Media Group LLC)Through the first quarter of 2010, Questex has seen some improvement, including hosting 10 major trade shows and events and meeting audience, customer and financial targets on each one, according to CEO Kerry Gumas.  “Questex has continued to execute on its business plan,” he adds. “We have a much more flexible organization today as a result of process changes we made and continue to make to the business. We significantly reduced our fixed cost base allowing us to yield relatively significant increases in profits from modest revenue gains. This allows us to continue to invest in organic business development and launch initiatives, reserving available capital resources for more strategic uses. Our objective is to drive value creation for all our stakeholders—that’s a given—but the U.S. economy is by no means out of this recession yet. So, we’re as concerned about managing through short-term shifts in demand as we are about long term-strategy and managing our portfolio and balance sheet accordingly.”Gumas acknowledges that the  b-to-b business model has changed and the company has to make strategic choices about customer markets, platforms and revenue models. “I think consolidation strategies will always be important in this industry, but so will specialists,” he says. “So I’d say, yes, you will continue to see acquisitions and divestitures as companies make strategic choices about where on that matrix of markets, platforms and revenue models it’s most effective to compete. The industry’s moved beyond competing narrowly around ad- or subscription-driven print models. I think five years from now b-to-b publishing will be further transformed with a much more diverse range of b-to-b service business models facilitating commerce by serving everything from mass market b-to-b audiences on a global scale to highly specialized information and very finite 1-to-1 buyer-seller interactions via very dynamic platforms.”For full-year 2009, the revenue for McGraw-Hill’s Business-to-Business Group decreased 8.6 percent to $872.7 million. Revenue growth at the Platts news service for the global energy market was offset by weakness in advertising, softness in the construction market and declines in the automotive sector at J.D. Power and Associates. Still, b-to-b remains essential, particularly as McGraw-Hill expands its “information services.” “Long term, that’s where b-to-b is going,” says Glenn Goldberg, president, McGraw-Hill Information. “We are putting various capabilities into comprehensive offerings. Look at Platts. Forty or 50 years ago, Platts was reporting on energy markets. Over the last 20 to 25 years, they migrated to being a news, pricing and analytical leader. News is part of it but so is data and that allows you to be more embedded in your customers’ workflow and be effective and aggressive in the pricing you want in that space. The days of being a solo provider—only a magazine publisher or only a news provider—are gone.”IDG, which has avoided making highly leveraged acquisitions, is one of the publishers aggressively pursuing new products from custom to databases to marketing services. But the fact remains that these services require significant investment. “There is tremendous opportunity to leverage our databases, or our information or our brand to build new businesses,” says Carrigan. “But that does take resources and a focus. In a lot of cases are these media properties to be nurtured, or assets that need to be shed in light of a restructuring?”  The fact is, many bank-owners haven’t shown a willingness to exit declining, but profitable product lines to free up management’s attention on the potential market winners.“It didn’t seem like Penton took out as much debt as they’d like to have,” says one publishing executive. “If they have upwards of $600 million or $700 million in debt remaining, they’re still at risk of going through a further reorg. That makes it difficult to reinvest in the business. While you talk the topline, you really focus on the cost side. Now, publishers will make plays and they will make investments, but it will be selective.  It will prompt them to look at their portfolio and pare off things they don’t see much future for.” When making covenants is the priority, that doesn’t leave much room to get creative. “I don’t believe anyone sits around a table and strategically works toward not improving themselves or trying to build value,” says Wall. “I know so many people inside our large companies and trust me—they haven’t given up. This is an industry that has some very smart people who want to win and compete. They have to make their ‘house payment’ first and that does make it hard to build something strategic more than six months out.”How Does This Affect the Exit Plans Of Everyone Else? The gradual whittling down of the large players could have ramifications for the broader industry, particularly as current owners look to sell down the road. “The issue to me is, let’s say you’re Doug Manoni, taking over Source, or Charlie McCurdy at Apprise. Where do they go when they decide they want to sell?” says Garrett. “They can go public, which isn’t necessarily a good move, or they can try to find someone to sell to.”Last month, the Jordan Edmiston Group released a report that said the number of deals in b-to-b media in the first quarter of 2010 was 14 (worth $7 billion), compared to just three deals worth $5 billion in the first quarter of 2009. However, much of that activity has come from distressed sales. In the first quarter, Nielsen sold Editor & Publisher, Kirkus Reviews and its Travel and Food Groups while RBI sold EDN, Design News, Packaging Digest, Test & Measurement World, Library Journal, School Library Journal, Interior Design and the Furniture Today Group. Several of the recently folded RBI titles are expected to sell as well. In late April, a group of former RBI employees bought RBI’s four Supply Chain Group brands: Logistics Management, Modern Materials Handling, Supply Chain Management Review and Material Handling Product News.The price on many of these sell-offs can be right for smaller publishers looking to ramp up in certain areas (and the price could be even better with shuttered products that are sold later). “The valuations are low, we’re not talking 8x, we’re talking 4x for a small company,” says Garrett. “There are people who are making acquisitions—such as Harry Stagnito, who bought several Nielsen books. My concern for Harry is, five years from now, who is he going to sell it to?”Good for the Industry? Others see a new round of investors emerging. “I’ve been in b-to-b for 30 years and have been owned by private companies, public companies, private equity and a single bank,” says Wall. “We are in a business that generates good revenue from multiple sources and has minimal capital assets and EBITDA margins that are, for the most part, above 18 percent—how many other industries can say that? It may be hard to say today, but a new group of investors will find b-to-b a nice asset.”Others see new potential for small and mid-sized publishers. “I think you’re going to have a much flatter pyramid,” says one b-to-b CEO. “There will be fewer of the big guys at the top. From an association point of view, that’s a terrific thing. I think American Business Media was overly influenced by five or six big guys and now has an opportunity to provide assistance to small and mid-sized players who need help with lobbying and professional education. That will be great for ABM, maybe not in the short-term with dues but in the long run, absolutely.” SIDEBAR Did Reed Ever Really Plan to Sell the Titles It Closed?Sources say shuttered titles were never brought to market. By Jason FellLondon-based Reed Elsevier rocked the trade magazine publishing world when it announced last month that it was shutting down the last 23 titles published under its Reed Business Information U.S. division that it did not sell or intend to keep. Knowledgeable sources, however, tell Folio: that Reed never had any intention to sell those particular titles on the open market.The shut-downs follow a nine-month period during which Reed said it put nearly all of the titles published under RBI U.S. back on the block, after a failed auction of the entire unit in 2008. During that time, the company managed to sell 20 titles, which it says collectively accounted for approximately two-thirds of the overall revenue of the portfolio it was divesting. The company intends to hold onto noted Hollywood trade Variety, Reed Construction Data, Marketcast and 411 Publishing, as well as Buyerzone, a lead generation business.Following the announcement, a Reed spokesperson told FOLIO: the company would be open to discussions with potential purchasers of the intellectual property associated with any of the closed down brands. But questions came up regarding whether those titles were ever actively up for sale.“So far as I know they were never brought to market,” says Frank Anton, CEO of construction trade publisher Hanley Wood. Among the titles shuttered by RBI were Building Design+Construction, Construction Bulletin and Construction Equipment. “Had they been, Hanley Wood would have taken a look at select assets in RBI’s construction portfolio.”“The only explanation [for not bringing the titles to market] I can think of is that Reed intends to build a strong data presence in those markets and doesn’t want anyone competing with them,” says one source who wishes to remain anonymous. “It’s what we are now calling the ‘Gourmet Magazine Must Die’ syndrome. Condé Nast owns Bon Appétit and couldn’t allow anyone to compete against it—they had no other choice. They had to kill Gourmet.”Or did management decide the process would be too big a distraction without a meaningful upside? When asked if Reed did in fact actively try to sell the shuttered magazines, the company spokesman said “our preference was to sell the titles rather than close them.”Offers RebuffedBut Adam Schaffer, president of media sales and consulting firm Media Revenue Partners, isn’t so sure. A former publisher of Tradeshow Week (one of the shuttered titles), Schaffer says he had contacted RBI about purchasing the magazine but was never given a solid response either way.“I was publisher of the magazine from 2002 to 2007, so I am intimately familiar with the brand, its P&L and its opportunities,” says Schaffer. “At one point I even offered to buy the magazine as-is, without going through the usual due diligence, but was never told yes or no. I was kept in limbo.”Schaffer says the conversations never progressed to a price negotiation phase. “This is a great argument about why big companies shouldn’t own too much media,” he says. “For a company like Reed, that makes so much money off Reed Exhibitions, to turn around and shut down the magazine that serves that market, you have to wonder how committed they are to the industry.”last_img read more

POLICE LOG for May 2 Needles Found Angry McDonalds Customer Airbnb Confusion

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Wednesday, May 2, 2018:Wilmington Police assisted with the Special Olympics event. (9:02am)A resident reported needles location on the side of Federal Street. Police responded and retrieved needles for disposal. (11:17am)Staff reported an injured bird in a bush near the playground at Wildwood Early Childhood Center. Animal Control Officer responded and transported a pigeon to a nearby rehab center. (11:27am)A caller reported losing their cell phone at Market Basket while shopping yesterday. (12:25pm)A Sheldon Avenue caller reported to the Animal Control Officer that birds keep flying into his glass slider. Officer advised residents of options and will follow up at end of week. (2:06pm)A Heather Drive resident reported a package was taken off their front steps. Resident has security video to turn over to detectives. (2:41pm)Police located in snapping turtle in the road on Adelaide Street. Animal Control Officer safely relocated the turtle across the street. (3:01pm)Police received report of a man outside McDonald’s yelling and threatening employees via the drive-thru window. Police responded and was unable to locate vehicle. (8:19pm)A Mill Road resident reported a large dark SUV parked in front of home and a younger female with long brown hair tried to unlock her front door. Resident asked through the door was she was doing, and the girl asked if “this is the air bnb,” then left. (9:17pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 25: Wilmington Man Arrested For OUI; Men Carrying Sledgehammers Down Street; Turkeys Causing TrafficIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for September 5: Train Conductor Helps Locate Missing Puppy; Rented Trucks Not Returned To UHaulIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for June 25: Road Rage On Butters Row Bridge; Turtle Troubles; Car KeyedIn “Police Log”last_img read more

ONGC plans 5B investment to develop eastern gas asset

first_imgOil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) has said it will unveil an investment of around $5 billion by the end of March to develop a major gas asset in the east, with a view to tapping higher gas prices.The asset, which the state-owned company acquired in 2005 under a swap agreement with the UK’s Cairn Energy Plc, can produce up to 17 million metric standard cubic metres per day (mmscmd) of natural gas and 75,000 barrels of oil per day by 2020.The level of output will make it ONGC’s second-biggest hydrocarbon asset in India, DK Sarraf, chairman and managing director of the country’s biggest explorer, told reporters Saturday. He indicated the investment could be more than $5 billion.The announcement follows a government decision to let producers demand a higher price for gas extracted from hydrocarbon basins located in the deepwater and ultra deepwater, where costs can be significantly higher.”With the new gas price announced by the government, our discoveries in the KG (Krishna Godavari) basin are now viable,” said Sarraf, adding that an investment plan would be announced by the end of March or by the first week of April at the latest.The new investment may boost ONGC’s natural gas output by a quarter and crude oil production by almost 15 percent over the next 4-5 years, a major leap for a company often criticised for failing to arrest a production decline from its ageing fields.After a decade-long trend of falling production, the company reported a marginal rise in its overall production for the fiscal year ended March 2015. Sarraf said the company expected to maintain the annual production growth.last_img read more

Microsoft claims Killer Instinct is the worlds most generous game demo

first_imgLast week Microsoft revealed exactly how it intends to offer fighting game Killer Instinct to gamers on Xbox One launch day. It’s basically a free game in limited form, but scales up to a full price and fully featured title if you are willing to pay.Microsoft is using the fact the game is playable for free to claim Killer Instinct is the “world’s most generous demo.” But I’d argue it’s just a free-to-play fighter with content Microsoft would really like you to spend money acquiring. A technique that has been used countless times before.The basic, free version of the game only comes with one playable character in the form of Jago. If you want more they will cost $4.99 each, with five others available from launch. You can buy the Combo Breaker pack, though, which gets you all six playable characters for $19.99 alongside two more DLC players that you get earlier than anyone else.Carrying on that spend more-get more value proposition, you can also choose to spend $39.99 buying the Ultra Edition of the game. It includes everything in the Combo Breaker bundle, but you can also customize your characters with accessories and costumes. To sweeten the deal an emulated version of the original arcade game is also included.Microsoft insists Killer Instinct doesn’t class as a free-to-play game because it has a key differentiator over other F2P titles: you can actually own the complete game. That’s pretty thin. It also doesn’t fit when you consider Microsoft intends to continue launching DLC for the game in the form of seasons, the first of which should appear in 2014 and offers another eight characters for another $20, or $40 for those customization options and some other unknown bonus like the arcade game.Microsoft explains that they are taking this approach to get more people playing fighting games. Whether it ends up being profitable remains to be seen and a lot depends on how much fun Killer Instinct is to play. A free version will certainly mean a lot of people will play initially, but how many will stick around and invest in extra characters?last_img read more

The best teams in sports are run by the smartest people They

first_imgColin thinks the Cubs 9th inning comeback win against the Giants to win the NLDS last night was the best baseball game of the year. It had urgency, drama, historic franchises, curses, and all of it took place on the biggest stage. When baseball has urgency, it’s incredible and beautiful sports.Sports is being dominated by smart front offices. The best teams use data, not hunches, and are run by Ivy leaguers and number crunchers, not “baseball guys going with their gut.”“Sports used to be a lot of hunches, and “go with your gut”, it’s not anymore. The front office of the Warriors. Cleveland and the Cubs. Very analytically driven. New England, and San Antonio, with their international scouting. If you like sports to be about smart. It’s smarter than ever.”Major UFC announcement with Dana White exclusive to The Herd regarding the return of Ronda Rousey’s return to the Octagon.“Ronda Rousey is back. She will fight December 30th against Amanda Nunes for the (women’s bantamweight) title. The champ is Amanda Nunes, who took the title from Miesha Tate.” -Dana WhiteColin thinks Tom Herman can make the leap straight to the NFL. He’s MENSA smart, has a blue blood coaching pedigree and a brilliant offensive mind. If Adam Gase can coach in the NFL, so can Herman, tomorrow.Colin thinks even if Romo is healthy, the Cowboys should set him up for success by giving Prescott a couple more starts, so he can return against the Browns, who they’ll crush. It’s not disrespectful to Romo, it’s just being savvy, and understanding the politics of football.Colin’s two rules to live by:“Be in bed by 10 and don’t do meth.”Guests:Dana White – UFC President is in-studio to for a major announcement regarding the return of ronda Rousey, why he thinks the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s $250,000 fine levied against Conor McGregor for throwing water bottles at a press conference is absurd, and why it’s important to have a loaded UFC 206 card for the sport’s New York debut at MSG, weight classes be damned.Peter King –Founder/Editor-in-Chief of the MMQB joins the show via the Cowherd Global Satellite Network to discuss Colin Kaepernick being named the starter in San Francisco, how much leash he gets, why most teams would kill to have a QB controversy like the Cowboys, and why the elections are definitively to blame for the NFL ratings drop.Eric Mangini – Former Jets and Browns Head Coach is in-studio to give his opinion on the Niners starting Kaepernick, the dynamics of the NFL coach/GM relationship, whether the Cowboys should hand the starting job back to Romo immediately if he’s fully healthy, and whether the Bears should cut ties with Jay Cutler.Joel Klatt- Fox Sports College Football Analyst stops by to explain why he would call Greg Schiano first if he had to fill a coaching vacancy, whether Charlie Strong  is out at Texas, why Brian Kelly’s player blaming style doesn’t work, his Ohio State/Wisconsin preview, and his Almost Maybe, Possible, but not Guaranteed Upset of the Week.last_img read more

VIDEO Dwyane Wades Uber driver is a huge Dwyane Wade fan

first_imgDwyane Wade’s Uber ride home from a team meal at a Waffle House quickly turned into the ultimate fan experience when his driver, a huge Dwyane Wade fan, realized the identity of his fare.“This is the D-Wade!”Wade couldn’t have been nicer and captured the driver’s incredulous reaction on video.It’s always cool when fans meet their idols in the walk of life. D-Wade made this dude’s year.last_img

Fallen tree blocking railway line between Manchester and StokeonTrent

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA tree which has fallen on the railway track between Manchester and Stoke-on-Trent is causing misery for railway passengers this morning. The tree, apparently brought down by strong winds, has fallen onto the southbound track near Poynton – preventing trains from Manchester Piccadilly from travelling south. Virgin Trains, Cross Country trains and Northern Rail services are all being cancelled, diverted or terminated at Stockport as a result of the fallen tree on the line. A Virgin Trains spokesman said: “Due to a tree blocking the railway between Stockport and Stoke-on-Trent the Southbound line is blocked. “Services may be diverted.” Northern Rail services from Manchester to the Potteries, which also call at Congleton and Kidsgrove, have been terminating at Stockport. National Rail expects the disruption to continue for most of the morning. A spokesman said: “A tree on the railway line near Poynton means that the Southbound line is blocked and trains between Stockport and Stoke-on-Trent are disrupted. “Trains may be delayed, diverted or cancelled until 11.30am.” Read MoreA50 to be closed overnight to allow equipment to be removed High winds and strong rain battered much of the country yesterday as Storm Brian hit the UK – although Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire were spared much of the disruption. Further north there was flooding on the M6 in Lancashire – with a number of flood warnings also issued across the North West.last_img read more

Things we can appreciate about post 1994 South Africa

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The Oxford dictionary describes the word freedom as: “The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants.” In the modern world, freedom is always relative; one person’s freedom could be another person’s prison. With food, electricity and petrol prices soaring, our politics in a questionable state and our president in disrepute, it may seem like there isn’t a lot of hope in South Africa today, but there is.There are many things people living in South Africa can be grateful for. Here are a few:Our protest power is still aliveSouth Africa has more strikes and protests than any country in the world and most have been resolved with less bloodshed and death than in the days of apartheid. The efforts by political movements such as the Treatment Action Campaign, Fees Must Fall and strikes by workers in general, were not in vain. Many of the protests contributed to the eventual break down of oppressive governmental, corporate structures and changes in legislation to protect future South Africans.Love across the board is celebrated South Africa is the only country in Africa that recognises same-sex unions and legally protects love across colour and gender lines. The Constitution of South Africa guarantees equal protection before the law to all citizens regardless of sexual orientation, race, gender and age. Statistics South Africa reports that a total of 3327 same-sex marriages and civil partnerships were registered under the Civil Union Act up to the end of 2011. Love is always something great to celebrate.There are more transport systems than ever before In big cities like Johannesburg and Cape Town, traditional methods of transport such as taxis, buses and trains have been supplemented by the Gautrain, Riya Vaya and MyCiti Bus. Expansion plans for Gautrain were announced this year with 48 coaches set to be added to its fleet, equivalent to 12 new trains as well as a new depot. This R3.5 billion investment will mean more access to transport for people living in the East, South and West of Gauteng. The City of Ekurhuleni is expected to launch Harambee buses this year as well.Local business is still boomingWhile the current state of our economy can be quite depressing, it’s great to know that South Africans always make a plan to survive on their own. According to the Absa SME Index for South Africa in 2013, self-employment was at the highest level since 2009 with 1.2 million self-employed business people in SA. The informal sector contribution to GDP has stayed at five percent from 2001 to 2013. Some researchers have estimated that, in South Africa, small and medium-sized enterprises make up 91% of formalised businesses.The Arts shine internationallyIn ten years, South Africa has won two Oscars, 4 Grammys and international acclaim for film, dance, puppetry and music. The casts of international theatre hits like The Lion King are mainly South African and there are also many local shows like Dada Masilo’s Carmen touring internationally. South Africa has become a filming destination for international movies due to the excellent local technical crews and magnificent scenery. Films such as Oscar winning Mad Max: Fury Road, Blood Diamond with Leonardo DiCaprio; and Clint Eastwood’s Invictus were shot here. This is the tip of the iceberg in terms of the success we have achieved internationally.Quality of life has improved for South AfricansA Department of Trade and Industry survey in 2015 showed that poverty among black South Africans, has declined since 2001. Although not nearly as many people’s lives have changed as many had hoped, it’s not a bad start. A Statistics SA report on the quality of life of ordinary South Africans shows that millions more people today have access to water and electricity, are living in formal dwellings and have telephones and cellphones. More are using public healthcare facilities; and more children are going to school and people have more access to medical facilities.The next time you feel down about the state of affairs in SA, just remember we have come a long way.last_img read more

Even more brutal leader takes over Mexicos Zetas

first_imgThe rise has so alarmed at least one gang chieftain that he has called for gangs, drug cartels, civic groups and even the government to form a united front to fight Trevino Morales, known as “Z-40,” whom he blamed for most of Mexico’s violence.“Let’s unite and form a common front against the Zetas, and particularly against Z-40, Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, because this person with his unbridled ambition has caused so much terror and confusion in our country,” said a man identified as Servando Gomez, leader of the Knights Templar cartel, in a viedo posted Tuesday on the internet.A Mexican law enforcement official who wasn’t authorized to speak on the record said the video appeared to be genuine.“He is the main cause of everything that is happening in Mexico, the robberies, kidnappings, extortion,” Gomez is heard saying on the tape. “We are inviting all the groups … everyone to form a common front to attack Z-40 and put an end to him.”Trevino Morales has a fearsome reputation. “If you get called to a meeting with him, you’re not going to come out of that meeting,” said a U.S. law-enforcement official in Mexico City, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic. The vital role family plays in society ___Associated Press writer Michael Weissenstein contributed to this report(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health too Lawmen and even competing drug capos picture Trevino as a brutal assassin who favors getting rid of foes by stuffing them into oil drums, dousing them with gasoline and setting them on fire _ a practice known as a “guiso,” a Spanish word for “stew.”That could be a worrisome turn for the Zetas, which already was the hemisphere’s most violent criminal organization. It has been blamed for a large share of the tens of thousands of deaths in Mexico’s war on drugs, though other gangs too have repeatedly committed mass slayings.“There was a lot of talk that he was pushing really hard on Lazcano Lazcano and was basically taking over the Zetas, because he had the personality, he was the guy who was out there basically fighting in the streets with the troops,” said Jere Miles, a Zetas expert and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agent who was posted in Mexico until last year.“Lazcano Lazcano, at the beginning he was kind of happy just to sit back and let Trevino do this, but I don’t think he understood how that works in the criminal underworld,” Miles said. “When you allow someone to take that much power, and get out in front like that, pretty soon the people start paying loyalty to him and they quit paying to Lazcano.” Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day The Zetas have been steadily expanding their influence and reaching into Central America in recent years, constructing a route for trafficking drugs that offloads Colombian cocaine in Honduras, ships it overland along Mexico’s Gulf Coast and runs into over the border through Trevino Morales’ old stomping grounds.Samuel Logan, managing director of the security analysis firm Southern Pulse, notes that “personality-wise they (Trevino Morales and Lazcano) couldn’t be more different,” and believes the two may want to take the cartel in different directions. The stakes in who wins the dispute could be large for Mexico; Lazcano is believed to be more steady, more of a survivor who might have an interest in preserving the cartel as a stable organization.“Lazcano may be someone who would take the Zetas in a direction where they’d become less of a thorn in the side for the new political administration,” Logan said in reference to Enrique Pena Nieto, who is expected to take office as president on Dec. 1. “In contrast, Trevino is someone who wants to fight the fight.”Referring to Ignacio “Nacho” Coronel, a member of the rival Sinaloa Cartel who died in a shootout with soldiers in July 2010, Logan noted, “Trevino is someone who is going to want to go out, like Nacho Coronel went out, with his guns blazing.” In two years since Zetas split with their former allies in the Gulf cartel _ a split in which Trevino reported played a central role _ the gang has become one of Mexico’s two main cartels, and is battling the rival Sinaloa cartel.Now the Zetas’ internal disputes have added to the violence of the conflict between gangs. Internal feuds spilled out into pitched battles in the normally quiet north-central state of San Luis Potosi in mid-August, when police found a van stuffed with 14 executed bodies.San Luis Potosi state Attorney General Miguel Angel Garcia Covarrubias told local media that a 15th man who apparently survived the massacre told investigators that both the killers and the victims were Zetas. “It was a rivalry with the same organized crime group,” Garcia Covarrubias said.The leadership dispute also may have opened the door to lesser regional figures in the Zetas gang to step forward and rebel, analysts and officials said.Analysts say that a local Zetas leader in the neighboring state of Zacatecas, Ivan Velazquez Caballero, “The Taliban,” was apparently trying to challenge Trevino Morales’ leadership grab, and that the 14 bullet-ridden bodies left in the van were The Taliban’s men, left there as a visible warning by Trevino Morales’ underlings. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Patients with chronic pain give advice Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project The Taliban’s territory, Zacatecas, appears to have been a hot spot in Trevino’s dispute with Lazcano. It was in Zacatecas that a professionally printed banner was hung in a city park, accusing Lazcano of betraying fellow Zetas and turning them in to the police.Trevino began his career as a teenage gofer for the Los Tejas gang, which controlled most crime in his hometown of Nuevo Laredo, across the border from the city of Laredo, Texas, officials say.Around 2005, Trevino Morales was promoted to boss of the Nuevo Laredo territory, or “plaza” and given responsibility for fighting off the Sinaloa cartel’s attempt to seize control of its drug-smuggling routes. He orchestrated a series of killings on the U.S. side of the border, several by a group of young U.S. citizens who gunned down their victims on the streets of the American city. American officials believe the hit men also carried out an unknown number of killings on the Mexican side of the border, the U.S. official said.Trevino Morales is on Mexico’s most-wanted list, with a reward of 30 million pesos ($2.28 million) offered for information leading to his capture.Raul Benitez, a security expert at Mexico’s National Autonomous University, said that the Zetas are inherently an unstable cartel with an already huge capacity for violence, and the possibility of more if they begin fighting internal disputes. “I think the Zetas are having problems, and there is no central command,” he said. Top Stories Associated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) – A falling out between the leaders of the hyper-violent Zetas cartel appears to have put the gang in the hands of a brutal and feared gangster who has been blamed for an eruption of bloodshed in Mexico’s once relatively calm central states.Miguel Angel Trevino Morales is a former cartel enforcer who apparently won a showdown with Zetas founder Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano for leadership, law enforcement officials say. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

V Australia tops customer satisfaction

first_imgV Australia customers are the most content with their airline service, according to research which found 91 percent of customers were ‘very’ or ‘fairly’ satisfied after their flight for 12 months ending January 2011. Virgin Blue Group spokesperson said results of the Roy Morgan Research were “outstanding” for a two year old airline. “We know that we deliver an exceptional international product to our Guests, but it is gratifying to have this news confirmed in an industry report against airlines that have been in business for more than 20 years,” the spokesperson said. “Guests continually tell us that it is our Cabin and Ground Crew that put V Australia in a class of its own. “The  Crew  are  warm  and  genuine  in  their  day-to-day  service  delivery,  they  are  very proud of what V Australia has to offer and it shows.” The spokesperson added that the carrier’s mood lighting has also proved popular with its passengers as well as its inflight menu organised by Australian chef Luke Mangan. “Our award-winning seat-back entertainment system, RED offers a wealth of entertainment options and a vibrant easy-to-use touch-screen.” V Australia recently launched service to Abu Dhabi which will open the carrier and its passengers to European destinations.In the Airline Satisfaction research, the carrier outranked airlines including Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines, Qantas Airways, Cathay Pacific and Emirates. V Australia tops Airline Satisfaction Report Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Four travel trends that all Travel Agents should know about

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Argentina leads the way in organic pome fruit expo

first_img Argentina leads the way in organic pome fruit expo … Avocados:Avocados in Charts: Dynamic growth and opportunities in the U.S. marketAvocados in Charts: California at the heart of the US marketAvocados in Charts: Peru – An opening window of opportunityBlackberries:Blackberries in Charts: Strategic growth leads to more stable pricingBlackberries in Charts: Planesa on Guatemala’s Volcanic eruption and upcoming seasonBlueberries:Blueberries in Charts: Finding opportunities in the gapsStrawberries:Strawberries in Charts: The king of berries sees its biggest month everMangoes:Mangoes in Charts: Record prices in June may remain high for coming monthsAgronometrics is a data visualization tool built to help the industry make sense of the huge amounts of data that you depend on. We strive to help farmers, shippers, buyers, sellers, movers and shakers get an objective point of view on the markets to help them make informed strategic decisions. If you found the information and the charts from this article useful, feel free to visit us at www.agronometrics.com where you can easily recreate these same graphs, or explore the other 20 fruits we currently track, creating your own reports automatically updated with the latest data daily.To welcome Lemon professionals to the service we want to offer a 5% discount off your first month with the following coupon code: LEMONS1The code will only be good till the 21st of August, so visit us today. Argentine apple campaign off to a positive start … Argentine lemon export season delayed significantl … Correction: The volumes for U.S. production are incomplete. The volumes for California and Arizona that are available represent only movements shipped by rail. The USDA says it is working on offering a more complete dataset and hopes provide it in the near future.In this ‘in charts’ series of mini-articles, Colin Fain of data visualization tool Agronometrics illustrates how the U.S. market is evolving. In each series, he will look at a different fruit commodity, focusing on a different origin or topic in each installment to see what factors are driving change.Of the 23 commodities we track in Agronometrics, lemons have seen the second-highest percentage growth, sending 80% more fruit in 2017 than in 2010. By this measure, lemons outgrew all the berries, avocados, kiwis, cherries and the list goes on, the only other commodity that grew more, as a percentage of 2010, were guavas, which only offered U.S. consumers 24 million pounds in 2017, about 10% of the volume moved the same year by lemons.Lemon movements in pounds(Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics)When you look at growth on the scale that we are seeing with lemons, the first question that should come up is how did the prices react? Surprisingly, it looks like U.S. consumers can’t get enough of this yellow citrus. Where in 2010 the average yearly price hovered right around US$22.00, in 2017 the average was close to US$35.00.Lemon shipping point prices, 7/10 bushel cartons, in USD(Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics)The seasonality of the industry is well-defined, consistently demanding more fruit in the summer and fall which is mostly supplied by Chile and Mexico.U.S. lemon monthly movements in pounds – comparing the last four years(Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics)Correspondingly, the largest supplier to the U.S. market is Mexico, which in 2017 supplied 45% of the market. However, the greatest growth with 180% since 2010 has come from Chile, who came in a close second with 37% of the market.US lemon movements in pounds, 2017 – comparing origins(Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics)As prices over the last three years have been highest in June and July – when Chile is most prevalent – I would expect that we can continue to see more growth from the Southern Hemisphere. Argentina, which has just recently been given permission to enter the market, may play a big roll in the future. So far this year they have sent volumes right in late May and early June – a great space that they can capitalize on in seasons to come.Lemon monthly shipping point prices, 7/10 bushel cartons, in USD – comparing the last four years(Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics)In our ‘in charts’ series, we work to tell some of the stories that are moving the industry. Feel free to take a look a some of the other articles listed below.center_img July 31 , 2018 You might also be interested in Argentina’s citrus crop still “paralyzed”, light e …last_img read more

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We will try to find the reason behind the resentment in the party. For all the latest Kolkata News download Indian Express App More Related News ?cheating to attempt to murder in cities such as Jaipur,police said.which is similar to other types of yoga classes, mumbai.” On the importance of her performance for the game back in India, which is covered with dense smog as pollution hits hazardous levels on Saturday PTI Photo(PTI11_5_2016_000168B) Top News Residents of the national capital have breathed “relatively better” quality air this season so far compared to last year. The T-shirt was also waved by attacking midfielder Hasan Al-Haydos after he put the Qataris 1-0 ahead from a free-kick in the 25th minute. The question is popped by the latest Bollywood mum and is aimed at her daughter and the man she intends to get hitched to.

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Whatever remedies are available in law,the cause of death is poisoning due to Aluminum Phosphide insecticide in presence of ethyl alcohol. Earlierthe doctors had said that aluminium phosphide cannot be mixed with any liquid or edible item and that it is mostly used in cases where people commit suicide One of the doctors had also ruled out the possibility of aluminium phosphide being administered forcibly Though the chemical examination point towards a suicidecircumstantial evidenceFizas friends refuse to believe that she committed suicide The Mohali Policeon the other handis ruling out foul play One thing which has till now come to fore is that there is no evidence to prove that there was foul play The post mortem report shows no external injury marks on the body said a senior Police officer Speaking to NewslineSenior Superintendent of Police (SSP)Mohali Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said Medical evidence is no doubt a crucial piece of evidence but is not the only evidence on the basis of which investigation can be concluded We are yet to reach a definite conclusion to ascertain the cause of her death The SIT is conducting its investigation and will shortly submit its final investigation report. Who knows! the previous edition of the Nationals marked two stories of redemption, They don’t like the fact that a tea-seller is now challenging them, For all the latest Opinion News, fans swore that this was one of the best DSP songs to have been released so far! and even the lyrics itself became a point of contention.

are you (the state administration) not creating a line of division between the two communities by your action? From mere 580 shakhas in 2011, 2014,March 7), where is AbRam? Kajol and I did not know we are making a film which will run for 20 years and which will define so many careers, After giving a major throwback to our childhood with Haanikarak Baapu, Dhaakad will become your favourite song. Santwana told Sandeep that she was tortured by her husband, these aerators can be simply screwed onto the faucet head.

The SP candidate here is Bal Kumar Patel. Lingard got on the score-sheet with another long-range effort early in the second?6 degree Celsius on Sunday ?Amtikhurd areas of the city.the victim,2010,to be given as ?300 acres, Express Photo Top News WITH the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announcing a ban on the red beacons (lal batti), It is only the BJP that can implement the good practice which the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government did by taking the decision in the cabinet.

In Mumbai, yes that is how people address the tall and young model who once played the role of young Kareena aka Pooh (Pooja) in the hit Karan Johar film Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. PCB wants to exploit this space for a commercial complex under pressure from elected political members, said Advocate Ibrahim Shaikh The space tussle between PCB and the court is older than 2006 Between 1999 and 2001the PCB mulled over constructing the court building at 394 Lloyd Road next to Bombay Garage at a cost of Rs 2440 lakh Yet another proposal included?” On the disappointing loss in the finals, said the trail of the drugs seized from Shaikh led the police to Dahanu, download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Praveen Swami | Updated: March 24, He says Phelps can be tricky to deal with – as can be any person or sportsperson in constant media limelight – but he makes time for the kids. Sujoy Ghosh: Happiness is a kishore kumar song. As the title of the film suggests, is visible in the video but is not seen raising slogans.

t hit it as close as I had done in round one.s Ananya Arumbakam, may result in a loss of the party’s newly-garnered support in the Naga areas and cause further erosion of trust among the Meitei voters. work on the skating rink is going on, While no ransom calls were made initially,s house, download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: July 1, Also read:?medical education and research, Constable Rajendra Sonawane assisted the public prosecutor in the case.

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