MSLO Reports 73M Loss

first_imgDigital ad revenue increased 35 percent year-over-year, the company said.Adjusted third quarter publishing division EBITDA was $3 million, compared to $7.7 million in the prior year’s quarter, the company said. Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia reported its third quarter financials today, announcing a $3.7 million net loss, down slightly from a $4.4 million loss for the same period in 2007. The company generated $66.5 million in revenue, down from $69.2 million during the same period last year.Year-to-date, MSLO reported a $7.3 million net loss, down from the $23 million loss it reported through the first nine months in 2007. Revenue, however, was $211.4 million, up slightly from $209.4 million during the same period last year.Meanwhile, MSLO’s publishing division posted $121.6 million in revenue year-to-date, down roughly 9 percent from $134.3 million during the same period last year. Those losses were offset, in part, by the company’s gains in its merchandising ($43.9 million, up 26 percent) and broadcasting ($36.2 million, up 28 percent) businesses.MSLO attributed third quarter publishing declines to “lower advertising pages, a shift in timing of special issues and the absence of Blueprint [which shuttered late last year].” Those losses, the company said, were partially offset by rate gains.last_img read more

OBITUARY Shirley Jean Nutt Nolan 72

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Shirley Jean (Nutt) Nolan, age 72, of Tewksbury, passed away surrounded by her loving family on March 18, 2019 at the Lowell General Hospital – Saints Campus.Shirley was born on June 16, 1946 in Arlington, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Alfred and Ellen V. (Trombley) Nutt.Shirley married her “sweetheart” Robert Nolan over 50 years ago; the couple lived in Wilmington before moving to Tewksbury. Shirley loved her home and she took pride in raising her children Keith and Dawn-Marie. Shirley was a wonderful wife and mother; she was the “glue” of the family and she cherished all the great times they had together.After Shirley’s children went to school, she went to work as an administrative assistant. Shirley loved her job; she was a “jack of all trades”; her endearing personality and great people skills made her a favorite among her co-workers as well as her customers. Shirley retired from Dell several years ago to take a position as a full time “Nana,” for her only granddaughter Makayla Jean; this was her most favorite job.Shirley will be remembered as a simple yet strong lady; she was an amazing person and will be sorely missed by her family and friends.Shirley was the beloved wife of 50 years of Robert J. Nolan, devoted mother of Keith W. Nolan and Dawn-Marie Nolan, loving “Nana” of Makayla Jean Nolan all of Tewksbury, dear sister of Dorothy Alcott and her late husband Joe of CT, Trudy Ann Wade & her husband Frank of Milford, NH and the late Cynthia Wilson, sister-in-law of William Nolan of Wilmington. Shirley is survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, March 22nd at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, March 21st from 5:00-8:00 p.m.In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations in Shirley’s name may be made to Philanthropy Office, Lowell General Hospital, 295 Varnum Avenue, Lowell, MA 01854.Shirley Jean (Nutt) Nolan(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)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? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Elizabeth M. (Nolan) McNabb, 94In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Joan Forte-Jack, 89In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Doris May (Allen) Squibb, 88In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Chinas lowcost carriers add more routes

first_imgXia Lili, marketing chief at a privately-owned Shanghai software firm, switched to flying with Spring Airlines after China’s first low-cost carrier took off in 2010. Her company has since made it mandatory for staff to use budget airlines when available, and has cut its travel costs by a fifth.Xia and her colleagues are among an increasing number of Chinese who are fuelling fast growth in what is often called the “last” big market ripe for low-cost carrier penetration.Since late 2013, the Civil Aviation Administration of China has encouraged budget airlines as Beijing has seen how they have taken off elsewhere. Freeing up new routes for low-cost carriers also helps develop economic growth in western China.Low-cost carriers account for 7% of China’s domestic air travel market, and that’s expected to more than double by 2020, according to OAG, an aviation data and analytics company.China, the fastest growing major air travel market, has overall passenger volume of 392 million, rising at more than 10% a year, according to official data, and planemaker Airbus predicts it will leapfrog the United States as the world’s largest domestic air traffic market within 10 years.”Low-cost travel has become a life style. Many of my colleagues would start chatting about how to get those 9 yuan ($1.41) or 99 yuan ($15.48) special offer tickets,” Xia said.As Europe’s pioneer no-frills airlines such as Ryanair and easyJet mature and move more upmarket, they are attracting business travelers as a way to stand out in the budget crowd.China’s four budget airlines offer sharply discounted air fares to full-service carriers.For example, West Air, a subsidiary of Hainan Airlines’ parent HNA Group, offers a round trip from Chongqing to the popular southern resort of Sanya and a 3-night stay in a five-star hotel for just 999 yuan ($156), for bookings made well in advance. That compares with 770 yuan for the cheapest one-way ticket offered by full-service carriers, according to Ctrip.com.In Europe, the cheapest budget airline return ticket for a similar flight — from Luton in England to Barcelona — without accommodation, costs 98 pounds ($148) on cheapflights.co.uk.All of China’s low-cost carriers, except newest entrant 9 Air, are profitable. Much of that is down to severe paring of their costs.At China United, flight attendants clean up inside the plane between flights. The airline has squeezed more seats into its fleet of Boeing 737 planes, and turned one of the jets into a flying billboard, advertising Huangguoshu waterfall, China’s biggest, said executive vice president Zhang Lanhai. With money from the local government, China United passengers are offered big discounts on hotels and tours in the area.Spring Air, China’s first and largest budget carrier, took out nearly all the light bulbs on the corridor to chairman Wang Zhenghua’s office, and staff must turn off the lights when they leave for the day. Both the chairman and president eat at the staff cafeteria, and flight attendants share hotel rooms on trips.The carrier on Thursday said it signed a $6.3 billion deal to buy 60 A320neo jets from Airbus to help it meet rising demand, tap new markets and improve fleet fuel efficiency. Spring Air has halved the size of the kitchen on some existing A320s to accommodate extra seats.Attracted by the sector’s growth potential, some state airlines have converted to low-cost carriers, and others are likely to follow suit.This year alone, China Eastern Airlines converted its China United unit into a budget carrier, and Juneyao Airlines set up a low-cost subsidiary in Guangzhou. West Air converted in 2013, and Lucky Air, another HNA carrier, is also going through that transition. China Southern Airlines is also considering setting up a budget subsidiary, executives said.The budget carriers have grown in part by flying routes that aren’t covered by the bigger airlines.China United, for example, flies to nearly a dozen cities in Inner Mongolia, more than any other carrier including Air China, which even has a branch there, said Zhang.Because Inner Mongolia’s transport network is still patchy, the quickest way to travel from one city to another is often to fly around 500 kms (311 miles) to Beijing with China United and connect there to a flight to the Inner Mongolian destination.”More and more people are doing this because it’s faster and cheaper,” said China United’s Zhang.Spring Air, which also flies to popular Asian leisure destinations, started flights in late October to Dongyin, an oil-rich city in eastern China whose only connection to Shanghai was previously by a lengthy bus trip and then by high-speed rail. The maiden flight was packed, a company executive said.Frustrated at not having enough slots at Beijing International Airport, Spring Air offered passengers free high-speed rail tickets to Shijiazhuang airport nearly 300 kms away, where it has better slots and offers more flights.As more Chinese take to the skies, one challenge for the budget airlines is to manage passenger expectations.Air travel has always been seen as a mode of transport for the privileged in China, and some passengers have been unhappy about meals and leg-room or when asked to pay for luggage or in-flight drinks.But, 9 Air’s marketing chief Huang Hui says, “Some passengers who initially complained keep coming back.”last_img read more

TCS shares fall after it settles Orange County litigation for 26 million

first_imgTata Consultancy Services (TCS) shares fell marginally following news that the company has paid $26 million to Orange County, California to settle a lawsuit. The settlement ended a three-year litigation over the failure of TCS’ US affiliate to deliver a new property tax management system to the county in 2010, the deadline decided between the parties to deliver the software.The county’s litigation alleged that TCS “presented false claims in the form of invoices and reports, provided false and unachievable milestone completion dates, and intentionally understaffed the project to maximize profit.” The county said the company tried to extend what was originally a two-year, $6.4 million contract into a six-year, $17 million project.The settlement amount, according to Orange County, is four times the actual amount of the contract and five times the cost it actually paid to TCS America.As per the initial contract, TCS America was to have delivered the property tax system by July 2010 for $6.4 million. In June 2010, the delivery date was extended for a year and sanctioned $1.2 million. When TCS failed to deliver the software in 2011, the supervisors of the project approved another $2.7 million while deferring the deadline to July 2012. This brought the total cost of the contract to $10.3 million until 2012.In 2013, TCS sought a third extension for two more years while claiming that the company needed an additional $7 million, taking the total cost to $17 million, following which the county sued the company in the same year. When the county terminated its contract, it had paid the IT vendor $4.9 million in total grand for the project.The county claimed that the Indian IT services exporter violated the California False Claim Act and filed a litigation on account of “fraudulent concealment, intentional misrepresentation and breach of contract” among other charges. TCS had filed a cross-complaint asking the US District Court to dismiss claims of fraudulence. In an order dated April 1, 2016, the court turned down Tata’s plea.The county’s statement said if the litigation was not settled, it would have led to a trial on Aug. 2, 2016. It also stated that the county had spent approximately $10 million on legal and expert fees in preparation for the trial.last_img read more

Alien researcher releases footage of UFOs hovering above Wasatch Mountains in Utah

first_imgYouTube: MavixxxConspiracy theorists have long been alleging that aliens from deep space used to visit earth regularly, and most of the time, they will be hiding near mountain ranges and underwater. Adding heat to their claims, an anonymous alien researcher known by the name ‘Mavixxx’ has released a mysterious video that shows two unidentified glowing objects hovering above the Wasatch Mountain ranges in Utah.After uploading the video of the bizarre UFO sighting on YouTube, Mavixxx claimed that the clip was sent to him by a user named Pana Rican. The conspiracy theorist also revealed that the alleged sighting happened on June 04, 2019. In the video which was shot in broad daylight, two unidentified flying objects, one pretty large when compared to the other was seen hovering silently above the ranges.In the same video, Mavixxx has also unveiled several other UFO sightings that happened in the past few months, and out of them, the most interesting one being a clip apparently captured from Edmonton, Canada. In the clip, a jet plane can be seen flying low, and in the meantime, a cylindrical UFO zipped past the flight at an amazing speed.The video uploaded by Mavixxx has already gone viral on the internet, and as of now, it has racked up thousands of views on YouTube. After watching the video, conspiracy theorists outlandishly claimed that these sightings are authentic proofs of alien existence. As per these conspiracy theorists, aliens are building secret bases on mountains, and the activities are carried out with the knowledge of the government and space agencies like NASA.These conspiracy theorists argue that NASA is intentionally covering up the secrets regarding alien life fearing public panic.”The first those are on the other side of those massive mountains and just too far to gain a visual but they are very big and there’s two. In a split second of the frame, I see a fighter jet In the upper right corner. Is there a base nearby?” commented Muttaxe444, a YouTube user.”Thank people like MAVI for creating youtube channels such as this, to tell the truth, that people yearn for,” commented Kalifornia Kid, another YouTuber.last_img read more

Journalists too bat for army deployment in next polls

first_imgSenior journalists join a dialogue organised by the commission at its secretariat in the capital on Wednesday, as part of its series of talks with different stakeholders ahead of the next general elections. Photo: Sabina YesminSenior journalists on Wednesday asked the election commission to ensure participation of all political parties in the next 11th parliamentary elections to make it a credible one.Joining a dialogue organised by the commission at its secretariat in the capital, as part of its series of talks with different stakeholders ahead of the next general elections, the journalists also asked the commission to deploy military troops and introduce ‘no-vote’ provision.EC’s acting secretary Helaluddin Ahmad disclosed the topic of discussion in the dialogue with journalists at a press conference after the dialogue.He said some of the journalists, however, opposed army deployment in the elections. Helauddin said the election commission will take a decision after completing its talks with the stakeholders.Out of 37 invitees, 25 media persons, including newspaper editors, journalist leaders and columnists, joined the talks with chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda in the chair at the EC’s Nirbachan Bhaban conference room.Among the participants, News Today editor Reazuddin Ahmed, New Age editor Nurul Kabir, Kaler Kantho executive Mostafa Kamal, Manabzamin editor Matiur Rahman Chowdhury, Bangladesh Pratidin editor Naem Nizam, Amader Orthoneeti editor Nayeemul Islam Khan, Jugantor acting editor Saiful Alam, Bhorer Kagoj editor Shyamol Dutta, Daily Manobkantha acting editor Anis Alamgir, Jatiya Press Club president Muhammad Shafiqur Rahman and its general secretary Farida Yasmin, president of a faction of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul and its general secretary Omar Faruk, General secretary of another faction of BFUJ Mohammad Abdullah, journalists Mahfuzullah, Anisul Hoque, Kazi Siraj and Amanullah Kabir, columnists Sohrab Hasan, Mahbub Kamal and Bibhurangan Sarkar, Ittefaq managing editor Ashish Saikat, Jaijaidin editor Kazi Rokunuddin Ahmad and Shaptahik editor Golam Mortuza.last_img read more

Minor boys save train

first_imgHeroes of the day: Sihabur Rahman, 6, and Titon Ali, 7.Two minor boys saved a train from an accident at Bagha upazila in Rajshahi district on Monday. They are Sihabur Rahman, 6, son of Sumon Ali, and Titon Ali, 7, son of Shahidul Islam.Nayan Ahmed, station master of Arani stattion at Bagha, said there was a bang when inter-city train the Silk City moved past Jhina Rail Gate.Sihabur and Titon, who were returning home from the field, rushed to the spot and found that the rail tracks had severely been damaged.Another train was soon approaching the rail gate and the brave kids started waving their scarfs over their heads.”I did not take them seriously at first,” said KM Mohiuddin, the locomaster. “I was getting very close, but they did not look like stepping aside. So, I had to stop in the end.Mohiuddin’s goods train was transporting oil from Khulna to Rajshahi.Station master Nayan was immediately informed and he had a few workers repair the rail tracks soon.State minister for foreign affairs Shahriar Alam, who is the local MP, has announced a monthly stipend of Tk 1,000 for both the boys. He has also declared to bear their educational expenses, should they choose to go for higher studies on completion of the higher secondary level.last_img read more

Former SC judge Amirul Kabir no more

first_imgAmirul Kabir Chowdhury. File photoFormer chairman of National Human Rights Commission and retired Supreme Court judge Amirul Kabir Chowdhury died at a city hospital on Tuesday evening. He was 78.The retired Appallate Division judge, Amirul Kabir, was admitted to Bangladesh Medical College Hospital due to old-age complications on 25 March, said his son-in-law Rajib Ahmed.Amirul Kabir was survived by a son and two daughters.His first namaz-e-janaza is scheduled to be held on Eidgah Mosque premises on Tuesday night.His last namaz-e-janaza will be held at Chandgaon residential area mosque in Chattogram after Zuhr prayers on Wednesday, according to family members.He will be buried there.last_img read more

Viqarunnisa closed amid growing student protests

first_imgStudents take position before the gate of the Viqarunnisa Noon School and College at Bailey Road in Dhaka on Wednesday demanding trial of the ‘instigated’ suicide of Aritree Adhikari. Photo: Abdus SalamThe authorities of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College suspended the classes and examinations (from class I to XII) in all branches for an indefinite period amid growing protests of students and guardians over the suicide of a student named Aritree Adhikari, reports UNB.Mustari Sultana, a sociology teacher and a representative of teachers to the school governing body, said all the activities of the educational institution will remain suspended until further notice.She said the decision has been taken as their students are unable to give attention to their study amid the evolving situation.Responding to a question, Sultana said the school will reopen when the situation will get normal. The students will be informed through mobile SMS, while the guardians will be informed about the exam dates, she added.Students take position before the gate of the Viqarunnisa Noon School and College at Bailey Road in Dhaka on Wednesday demanding trial of the ‘instigated’ suicide of Aritree Adhikari. Photo: Abdus SalamEarlier in the day, the students of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College resumed their demonstrations on the second consecutive day on Wednesday, demanding punishment and removal of its principal and accused teachers over the suicide of its student Aritree.Meanwhile, the probe body, formed by education ministry, has found three teachers of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College responsible for the suicide of Aritree Adhikari, said education minister Nurul Islam Nahid while briefing journalists at his secretariat office.Aritree Adhikari, a Class-IX student, committed suicide at their Shantinagar residence in the city on Monday after allegedly being rebuked by the teachers for using mobile phone during examination.last_img read more

AL anxious with managing strategy BNP pins hopes with freshers

first_imgElection campaign of Awami League and BNP candidates. Photo: Prothom AloRuling Awami League and main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) began electioneering, with a challenge of how to address party fueds in many constituencies before the 30 December ballot.The AL camp has kept more candidates, especially from major ally Jatiya Party to manoeuvre electoral games in critical constituencies while the BNP is struggling with internal criticism over fielding candidates apart from facing ‘fictitious’ cases. Despite enthusiasm about the elections after securing party symbol sheaf of paddy, the BNP candidates were allegedly facing obstructions in different parts of the country, including the latest case of attack on the motorcade of BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.Seeing the opposition in ‘disarray’, the AL camp has allowed Ershad’s Jatiya Party to continue with many candidates outside the alliance and in cases its leaders as rebel candidates. They all are contesting with either JaPa polls symbol plough or as independent candidates.This, ruling party leaders believe, is part of the AL’s strategy to use them if needed and possible or persuade them to pull out of race at the last minute if they threaten the prospects of the AL candidates contesting with boat symbol.However, there are apprehensions among the leaders that such strategy may fail and in that case the party would have to pay a high price.Meanwhile, there is anger and dissatisfaction among many BNP leaders about seat-sharing with allies and choice of the party’s own candidates.The AL still believes the opposition parties including the BNP may eventually boycott the elections on the plea of absence of level-playing field.So, the ruling party gave JaPa the go-ahead to keep its candidates in various constituencies so that the party can emerge as the official opposition party should the BNP alliance pull out of the race.The AL encouraged the religion-based parties to contest with their own party symbols, so that they are not tilted to the opposition camp.The AL camp further wants to exploit the presence of more candidares by appointing more agents in its favour. The AL, if required, wil provide its own leaders and activists as polling agents for JaPa candidates.However, the leaders think the party should take action against any candidate within the coalition, who poses threat to its candidate or the one of the grand alliance.Several leaders of the 14-party alliance and JaPa admitted that many of the parties in the alliance gave nomination to party leaders only to keep them happy.There were also allegations of ‘nomination trade’ against the JaPa leadership and many JaPa leaders were given nomination on that consideration. The JaPa has fielded candidates in 148 constituencies, going outside the AL fold.The AL has endorsed 29 JaPa candidates as those of its alliance. However, the list of candidates of the grand alliance suggests the JaPa has got only 26 seats for contesting the polls.The AL has dearth of confidence in HM Ershad. The AL policymakers believe that JaPa may create trouble in some constituencies and that is why efforts will be made to tame the stronger candidates of JaPa.JaPa candidates in at least 20 constituencies in the northern region and in more 15-20 constituencies throughout the country, have the capacity to challenge the AL candidates, said a senior leader.“HM Ershad can do anything, since he is completely unpredictable,” the leader added.The opposition BNP, however, has raised its hopes by fielding young and new candidates despite some criticism about the policy, party leaders said.New faces constitute one-third of 242 candidates the BNP has fielded in, out of 300 constituencies. The party has shared 58 seats with the 20-party alliance and Jatiya Oikya Front partners for the contest.Critics within the party claimed that the BNP has nominated some controversial and weak candidates in some constituencies. They cited the example of nominating Chattogram city leader Abu Sufian in Chittagong-8 dumping former foreign minister and vice chairman of the party M Morshed Khan.There are 89 candidates who never contested the national polls before. Some of these candidates are wives and family members of the BNP leaders who could not participate in the polls for various reasons.Several senior leaders of BNP said dissent over nomination is natural. This time around, the party has issued a special directive to its dedicated leaders at the grassroots to welcome the new faces.BNP standing committee member Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury said the BNP had to make some unavoidable compromise to accomodate the demands of the 20-party alliance and Oikya Front.“The BNP has nominated more young leaders, women and dedicated leaders from the grassroots this time. I think the nomination has been very good. There are many eligible faces along with the senior leaders,” he added.last_img read more

Seismic air guns found to harm balance organ in rock lobsters

first_img © 2019 Science X Network Prior research has shown that human-created noise can have unexpected impacts on creatures that live in the sea—sonar used by submarines, for example, has come under fire for disorienting whales. In this new effort, the researchers have found that seismic air guns used by survey teams looking for oil or gas deposits can result in damage to the balance organ in rock lobsters.Seismic air guns are devices that release pressurized blasts of air into ocean water—the blasts are strong enough to penetrate the ocean floor, where they propagate as seismic waves. Exploratory teams pull a host of such devices behind a boat, setting off numerous blasts as they travel. As they do so, technicians aboard the boat monitor sensors that take readings of the impact of the blasts on the seafloor hoping to find oil or gas deposits. The blasts from seismic air guns have been described as the loudest human-made sounds in the ocean.To better understand what impact the seismic air guns might have on rock lobsters, the researchers collected several specimens and brought them into their lab for study. They note that in the water, seismic blasts create low-frequency sound waves. To test the impact of the seismic air guns on the lobsters, the researchers piped low-frequency sound waves into their tanks at the same low frequency as those created by seismic air guns. They then examined the lobsters, looking for possible impacts. They report that they found damage to the statocyst—a small organ made of statoliths. The purpose of the organ is to allow the lobster to keep its balance and to assist with orientation. They further report that due to the damage, the lobsters had difficulty righting themselves if turned over. They also noted that the damage remained for the duration of the study, which was a whole year. Explore further A team of researchers with the University of Tasmania and Curtin University has found that seismic air guns used for oil and gas exploration can damage a sensory organ in rock lobsters called the statocyst, which provides balance and orientation. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the group describes tests they conducted with lobsters in their lab and what they found. Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Scientists warn Obama of marine life harm from seismic tests More information: Ryan D. Day et al. Seismic air guns damage rock lobster mechanosensory organs and impair righting reflex, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2019). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2019.1424 Citation: Seismic air guns found to harm balance organ in rock lobsters (2019, July 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-seismic-air-guns-lobsters.html California spiny lobster (Palinurus interruptus). Picture taken by Magnus Kjærgaard in La Jolla, California. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Genericlast_img read more

Spanish pay TV provider Ono is offering its custom

first_imgSpanish pay TV provider Ono is offering its customers access to online multiplayer games service PlayStation Plus for €3.99 per-month.The price represents a saving of 40%, with customers billed for PlayStation Plus direct on their Ono bill.PlayStation Plus lets gamers access a collection of free games, get discounts in the PlayStation Store, while PS4 gamers are also able to play against friends online.last_img