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first_imgBuying? Selling? Know someone who is?Submit M&A related tips and news to associate editor Jason Fell. It took 10 months to shake out, but Reed Elsevier’s auction of Reed Business Information ended in December with Reed taking the b-to-b publisher off the block. As one M&A executive put it: “What this decision means is that for all practical purposes, the [big] media M&A market is closed until further notice.”December 2Buyer: Interweave (Aspire Media)Seller: Crochetme.comSale Price: N/AMultiple: N/AThe deal behind the deal:Craft and arts publisher Interweave—a unit of Loveland, Colorado-based Aspire Media—acquired from its developer, Kim Werker, the former editor of Interweave Crochet. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.Unrelated to the sale, Werker, who—without any prior print magazine experience—made the reverse jump from online to print in 2007, resigned as editor of the magazine. Werker will remain with as a blogger and creative consultant, Interweave said. Interweave later replaced Werker with former News & Observer literary editor Marcy Smith as editor. Werker launched in 2004. The site will join Interweave’s portfolio of online properties in its fiber craft division.Our panel says:“The acquisition is a good fit for Interweave in that it bolsters its print crochet product and that Werker’s staying on as a consultant gives the site continued credibility.”December 9Buyer: TechInsights (United Business Media)Seller: Sanguine MicroelectronicsSale Price: N/AMultiple: N/AThe deal behind the deal:On behalf of its TechInsights business, United Business Media acquired China-based Sanguine Microelectronics, a provider of integrated circuit reverse engineering services and information, for an initial cash payment of $8 million.An additional payment of $9.5 million is to be paid over a three-year period if performance conditions are met, the company said.TechInsights, which publishes EE Times, was to add Sanguine Microelectronics to its newly-created services, data and market intelligence group. Other products assigned to that group include Semicondoctor Insights and Portelligent, a provider of product teardowns for the electronics industry the company acquired last year.The new group is to be led by senior vice president Harry Page.Our panel says:“This is UBM’s second recent acquisition from China [it purchased Xinhua PR Newswire in November]. I think this complements the new group as TechInshights looks to expand its foothold in technical and market intelligence data services.”December 16Buyer: Ryan Communications GroupSeller: Advanstar Communications (Dirt Sports, Price: Ownership transferMultiple: N/AThe deal behind the deal: As part of a new partnership, Woodland Hills, California-based Advanstar Communications has transferred ownership of Dirt Sports and to newly-formed Ryan Communications Group, which is led by former Dirt Sports group publisher Jim Ryan.Advanstar’s Off-Road Expo events and were not part of the deal. Those products will be moved to Advanstar’s automotive group, which includes Motor Age, Aftermarket Business and part of the partnership, Advanstar and RCG will share cross-marketing and promotional opportunities to advertisers and customers in their respective off-road portfolios, the companies said.As a result, Advanstar merged its automotive and off-road sales teams. Advanstar’s Jacquie Parral and Kurt Miller will join RCG.Our panel says:“I’m not sure how profitable the Dirt Sports brand is, but perhaps Advanstar Communications is moving these products in order to streamline operations and cut costs. Maybe the brand will live better under another umbrella.”December 16Buyer: Redwood Collaborative MediaSeller: BZ Media (software test & performance group) Sale Price: N/AMultiple: N/AThe deal behind the deal:Redwood Collaborative Media, a Melville, New York-based b-to-b company, acquired BZ Media’s software test and performance group. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.In addition to Software Test & Performance, the group includes the Software Test & Performance and FutureTest Conferences and an e-newsletter called Test & QA Report. The magazine was launched in 2004 and has a controlled circulation of 25,000.BZ Media president and co-founder Ted Bahr said the company will continue to “focus on its core businesses serving the software development market.” Media investment banking advisors the Jordan, Edmiston Group represented BZ Media in the deal.Our panel says: “Redwood seems like a newer group, so BZ Media must have been impressed with their enthusiasm to serve the market, whether those products are struggling or not.”last_img read more

SendMyAd Adds Web Advertising to Service

first_imgSendMyAd has added support for Web advertisements to its ad portal service.The company—a subsidiary of Blanchard Systems—says advertisers and publishers using the portal can upload both print and Web ads utilizing the service’s Advertiser Dashboard. “What makes the SendMyAd approach to processing Web ad materials unique is the preflighting and interactive preflight report,” says Jessie Williams, a SendMyAd developer. “For example, the frame rate and video run time of an .swf file can be checked within the portal. As with print ads SendMyAd provides the advertiser and the publisher with an instantaneous interactive preflight report.”The SendMyAd portal is accessible using any standard Web browser, the company says. File formats supported by the new Web ad functionality include .swf, .flv, .png, .gif and jpeg.last_img read more

At Hearst Business Information Is Becoming Bigger Business

first_imgAs Hearst’s magazine and newspaper divisions continue to navigate economic headwinds, its business information group is becoming an increasingly vital source of income to the multimedia giant.One-third of the company’s overall profits in 2018 came from within Hearst Business Media, wrote Hearst president and CEO Steven R. Swartz Tuesday morning in his annual memo to staffers, up from 28 percent last year and 14 percent five years ago.The largest contributor to the division’s profitability was the credit ratings and financial information provider Fitch Group, of which Hearst became the sole owner after acquiring the remaining 20-percent stake from the French-based Fimalac S.A. for $2.8 billion in April. Hearst had twice increased its stake in Fitch over the years since purchasing its initial 20 percent in 2006, noting the company’s expansions into information services and education to complement its credit ratings business.“Fitch’s core ratings business,” added Swartz, “scored impressive market share gains in 2018,” and “generated a strong financial return for us by selling its interest in a local Chinese rating agency. The sale … clears the way for Fitch to start its own local ratings business within China in 2019, pending government approval.” Richard MallochLed by executive VP Richard Malloch since its founding in 1999 as a rollup of Hearst’s B2B magazines and business-facing software products, Hearst Business Media also provides software and information services to the automotive/transportation and healthcare industries through various brands and products.Its transition over the years to a primarily digital and subscription-focused operation has outpaced the company’s larger consumer magazines division, and reflects a broader shift among a number of legacy B2B media companies away from the traditional trade magazine model and toward an even heavier emphasis on software and technology-enabled, database-oriented information services.“We’re generating 30 percent of our revenue from products that didn’t exist three years ago,” Malloch told Crain’s New York Business back in 2015.Among the transportation-focused properties, aviation industry software provider CAMP Systems achieved record profits in 2018, according to Swartz, as did the automotive data provider MOTOR Information Systems and the used car values database Black Book.Similarly, Swartz wrote that for a second consecutive year, the Hearst Health group’s data services and software providers First Databank, Homecare Homebase, MCG and MedHOK—the most recent addition to the portfolio, in 2016—all achieved record profits as well. The notable absence here was Zynx Health, which provides clinical decision support services to hospitals and physicians and has been part of Hearst Business Media since 2004.“We expect to add to our collection of Business Media companies in 2019, both through bolt-on acquisitions to our existing businesses and through investments in new data or software sectors,” wrote Swartz.Steven SwartzHearst Magazines received considerably less ink in the annual memo, though Swartz did mention that he expects the company’s consumer magazine business to “return to profit growth in 2019.” Apart from the acquisition of Rodale’s magazine business and a brief recap of the major personnel changes atop the division last year, Swartz noted record digital traffic as well as the fact that Food Network Magazine turned 10 years-old.“Today’s environment often demands cutting costs in some areas while expanding investment in others,” added Swartz. “Each of our businesses has to stand on their own two feet and be evaluated accordingly. But our financial strength does give us the ability to invest aggressively in our future growth, to be patient with some of our businesses as they fight back against disruption and to be certain that we have the wherewithal to manage an inevitable downturn.”The full memo is available here.last_img read more

Israeli strikes kill minor pregnant woman among 4 Palestinians

first_imgA ball of fire is seen during an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on 4 May 2019. ReutersGaza militants on Saturday fired some 250 rockets at Israel, which responded with strikes as a fragile ceasefire again faltered in an escalation that left four Palestinians dead, including a baby in disputed circumstances.The latest flare-up came with Hamas, the Islamist movement that rules the blockaded Gaza Strip, seeking further concessions from Israel under the ceasefire.Israel said around 250 rockets were fired from the Palestinian enclave and its air defences intercepted dozens of them.One woman was seriously injured in a rocket strike on the Israeli city of Kiryat Gat, some 20 kilometres (13 miles) from the Gaza border, police said.Police said a man was also hospitalised in the city of Ashkelon and spoke of other injuries without providing details.Medics said the woman was 80 and the man was 50.A house near Ashkelon was damaged while other rockets hit open areas.The Israeli army said its tanks and planes hit some 120 militant targets.They included an Islamic Jihad attack tunnel that stretched from southern Gaza into Israeli territory, military spokesman Jonathan Conricus said.Two multi-storey buildings in Gaza City were destroyed, residents said.Israel said one of the buildings included Hamas military intelligence and security offices.Turkey said an office for its state news agency Anadolu was located in the building and strongly condemned the strike.The Gaza health ministry reported a 14-month-old baby and her pregnant mother in addition to two Palestinian men killed in Israeli strikes, while 40 were wounded.The body of 14-month old Palestinian baby Seba Abu Arar is seen at a hospital morgue in Gaza City on 4 May 2019. ReutersIt was not immediately clear if the two men were affiliated with militant groups.Israeli army spokesman Avichay Adraee on Twitter challenged the account of the mother and her baby being killed in an Israeli strike, suggesting they may have died from Palestinian fire.Adraee did not provide more details and the army refused to comment further.Video threatAs the exchange of fire continued, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu held consultations with security chiefs.A statement from Hamas ally Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for at least some of the rocket fire and said it was prepared for more.Its armed wing distributed a video showing militants handling rockets and threatening key Israeli sites, including Ben-Gurion international airport near Tel Aviv.Israel said it was closing its people and goods crossings with Gaza as well as the zone it allows for fishermen off the enclave until further notice due to the rocket fire.Egyptian and UN officials were engaged in discussions to calm the situation, as they have done repeatedly in the past, while the European Union called for an immediate halt to rocket fire from Gaza.The UN envoy for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Nickolay Mladenov, called on “all parties to immediately de-escalate and return to the understandings of the past few months.”The United States condemned the rocket attacks on Israel and said Washington fully supported the Jewish state’s “right to self-defence against these abhorrent attacks.”Visit to CairoIron Dome anti-missile system fires interception missiles as rockets are launched from Gaza towards Israel as seen from the city of Ashkelon, Israel Ashkelon on 5 May 2019. ReutersThe escalation follows the most violent clashes along the Gaza border in weeks on Friday.Four Palestinians, including two Hamas militants, were killed after two Israeli soldiers were wounded in a shooting during weekly protests on the border.Israel blamed Islamic Jihad for what it called the sniper attack, but stressed it held Hamas responsible for all violence from Gaza.Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip have fought three wars since 2008 and fears remain of a fourth.A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas brokered by Egypt and the United Nations had led to relative calm around Israel’s 9 April general election.But the past week saw a gradual uptick in violence.With the ceasefire at risk, a Hamas delegation led by its Gaza head Yahya Sinwar went to Cairo on Thursday for talks with Egyptian officials.The ceasefire has seen Israel allow Qatar to provide millions of dollars in aid to Gaza to pay salaries and to finance fuel purchases to ease a severe electricity shortage.Eurovision loomsSeveral factors may lead Israel to seek to calm the situation quickly.Netanyahu is engaged in tough negotiations to form a new government following last month’s election, while Israel is due to host the Eurovision song contest in Tel Aviv from 14-18 May.The country also celebrates its Independence Day on Thursday.On the Gazan side, the Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins in the week ahead.Palestinians have participated in regular demonstrations and clashes along the Gaza border for more than a year, calling on Israel to ease its crippling blockade of the enclave.At least 271 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since the protests began in March 2018, the majority along the border.Two Israeli soldiers have been killed in that period.Israel accuses Hamas of using the protests as cover to carry out attacks and says its actions are necessary to defend the border and stop infiltrations.The results of a UN investigation released at the end of February found that Israel may have committed crimes against humanity in responding to the border protests, as snipers “intentionally” shot civilians including children, journalists and the disabled.Israel rejected the report “outright” but Hamas called for it to be held accountable.last_img read more

As Greens Nominate Stein For President Party Aims For LongerTerm Success

first_imgAndrew SchneiderDelegate Herb Gonzales (at microphone) of San Antonio casts Texas’ votes at the Green Party presidential nominating convention.Delegates of the Green Party met at the University of Houston on Saturday to nominate Dr. Jill Stein as their presidential candidate.One of the biggest speakers at the convention was Julian Assange. The Australian founder of WikiLeaks spoke via satellite feed from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he remains to avoid facing criminal charges in Sweden. He slammed the idea that Americans only have two real choices in this year’s presidential election.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016“What the Clinton campaign is doing at the moment is trying to say, ‘Yes, maybe we subverted the integrity of the Democratic primaries, but you’ll just have to swallow that, or else you’ll get Donald Trump,’” Assange said. “That’s a form of extortion.”Courtesy of the Jill 2016 websiteJill SteinBut if Green Party members were expecting an endorsement from Assange, they were disappointed.“What is happening now, with the Green Party and [Libertarian Party presidential candidate] Gary Johnson, is very, very important. But it must be seen past this political moment,” he said.In other words, the Greens might attract some Democrats turned off by Hillary Clinton. The Libertarians might draw some Republicans alienated by Donald Trump. But if either third party hopes to break out of the two-party system, they’ll need to work for lasting electoral reform.“One thing that Jill Stein in particular can do is that if she wins a large enough share of the vote – and that share differs across the states from half a percent to, say, 5 percent here in Texas – she can help the Green Party have ballot access in 2018 for sure and possibly 2020,” says Mark Jones, a political science fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute.That would be significant for the Greens. They’ve spent most of their resources this election cycle just trying to get on the ballot. A party that polls 5 percent of the vote nationwide becomes eligible for federal funds in the next presidential election.“For the Greens,” Jones says, “that could mean somewhere around $10-15 million in 2020, and for a party that probably has about a $1 million budget this year, that’s a tremendous amount of money.”Getting to 5 percent is the challenge. Many voters fear supporting a third party could tilt a close race to a candidate they detest.Green Party activist Martina Salinas challenged that argument when she addressed the convention.“Let’s address the issue of a wasted vote,” said Salinas, who is running for a seat on the Texas Railroad Commission. “How many of you have heard that? You know what? In Texas, it’s so red, a blue vote is a wasted vote.”That’s one of the main reasons the Greens met in Houston. They’re running candidates in 19 congressional races in Texas, more than in any other state in the country. It’s part of a larger push to build out the party’s infrastructure nationwide and, they hope, compete with Democrats and Republicans on a more even footing in the future. Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /02:38 X Listenlast_img read more

In 59 Seconds Trumps Budget Shouldnt Scare You

first_imgVideo Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Share President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for FY2018  has a lot of gives and takes, ups and downs, and may look more complicated than it actually is.Don’t panic: Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer deconstruct it for you in 59 seconds.And for more of your weekly political fix, don’t forget to follow them on their weekly podcast Party Politics. last_img read more

Full Show Children At Risk Release School Report Card And Southern Baptist

first_img 00:00 /56:03 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xcenter_img On Monday’s Houston Matters: Children at Risk president Dr. Robert Sanborn joins us to discuss their 2019 report ranking public schools in Greater Houston and across Texas. Then, News 88.7 education reporter Laura Isensee has a feature on the Houston Chronicle’s three-part investigation into the Southern Baptist Convention and its handling of the sex abuse scandal.Also this hour: Similar to the popular Houston Restaurant Weeks in August, News 88-7’s Elizabeth Trovall talks with founder and organizer Karrin Chavarria about the first-ever Latin Restaurant Weeks.Plus: This Thursday, June 6th, is the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, Joshua Zinn talks with the son of Technical Sergeant John Trippon, a combat engineer who was part of the invasion force. And we update you on Carlos Correa fractured rib injury and check in on the recovery of the little girl hit by a foul ball at Minute Maid. We discuss these and other developments in Houston sports with sportswriter Jeff Balke.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher, and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share Listenlast_img read more

Ego Compact Semi Submarine allows for underwater exploration for the lay person

first_img More information: Admittedly, it does mean that you cannot use this single person craft for deep sea exploration, but you can still do a heck of a lot of exploration with it, without having to worry about the sea pressure levels that commonly create a need for stronger and bigger vessels. Think of this more like craft based snorkeling than it is diving. © 2010 The creators, a South Korean company Raonhaje, do plan to release the vehicle for use in organizations like tropical resorts as well as for sale for individual owners. The ships do not have a stated cost as of yet, so you will have to contact the company if you want to get more information on actually buying one of the crafts. Citation: Ego Compact Semi Submarine allows for underwater exploration for the lay person (2011, February 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further The vehicle is technically called a semi-submarine because all of the craft does not go under the sea. The design is more like a pontoon style of boat with a transparent waterproof compartment that hangs from the middle of the boat. It lets you see below without having to go entirely below the water. ( — Fans of the adventures of Captain Nemo and the ship Nautilus will be pleased to know that soon you could be able to have your own undersea adventures, without the hassle of commandeering a vessel from the local base of the US Navy and dealing with those pesky treason charges after the trip. Thanks to a new vessel, named the Ego Compact Semi Submarine, you can be trolling the seas with very minimal training time under your belt. Cruising speed has not been released at this time, but the company did say that the device can run eight hours at cruising speed or four hours at its top speed. 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. World’s smallest autonomous submarinelast_img read more

Russia Plans to use Nukes to Fly to Mars in 45

first_imgSource – WIRED Last week, their national nuclear corporation Rosatom announced it is building a nuclear engine that will reach Mars in a month and a half-with fuel to burn for the trip home.Both countries prematurely quashed their nuclear thermal propulsion programs.“A nuclear contraption should not be too far off, not too complicated,” says Nikolai Sokov, senior fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, CA. “The really expensive thing will be designing a ship around these things.”Nuclear thermal is but one flavor of nuclear propulsion.The fastest chemical rockets produce thrust by igniting one type of chemical to burn another, creating thrust.One pound of the chemical mixture powering the Space Launch System-NASA’s in utero rocket for the agency’s planned mission to Mars-produces about 269 seconds of thrust in a vacuum.Expensive, but the politics surrounding nuclear make it a harder sell in America, so NASA is stuck with the Space Launch System for now.The engines the Soviets and Americans were developing during the Space Race, on the other hand, had at least double a chemical rocket’s specific impulse.Calling for a fission mission to Mars is great for inspiring space dreamers, but Russia’s planned engine could have practical, near-term applications.Sokov thinks the main rationale for developing a nuclear thermal engine would be to allow for more of these orbital corrections, significantly increasing a satellite’s working lifespan.Russia may have the will to go nuclear, but it probably lacks the means.For reference, just the rocket part of NASA’s Space Launch System is projected to cost nearly $10 billion.If the Russian Federation does succeed, they won’t be stopped by international treaties-which only apply to nuclear weapons.Things launched from rockets do not always make it to space, and things in orbit sometimes fall to Earth.last_img read more

Single Vision Lenses Market Size to Grow at a Remarkable Pace

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In the context of China-US trade war and global economic volatility and uncertainty, it will have a big influence on this market. Single Vision Lenses Report by Material, Application, and Geography – Global Forecast to 2023 is a professional and comprehensive research report on the world’s major regional market conditions, focusing on the main regions (North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific) and the main countries (United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea and China). 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Then it analyzed the world’s main region market conditions, including the product price, profit, capacity, production, supply, demand and market growth rate and forecast etc. In the end, the report introduced new project SWOT analysis, investment feasibility analysis, and investment return analysis.The major players profiled in this report include:HoyaNikonShamirMingyueConantWanxinSeikoVision-Ease LensEssilorZeissRodenstock……The end users/applications and product categories analysis:Get a Discount of Single Vision Lenses Market research report @ the basis of product, this report displays the sales volume, revenue (Million USD), product price, market share and growth rate of each type, primarily split into-Plastic Single Vision LensesPolycarbonate Single Vision LensesHigh-index Single Vision Lenses……On the basis on the end users/applications, this report focuses on the status and outlook for major applications/end users, sales volume, market share and growth rate of Single Vision Lenses for each application, including-MyopiaHyperopiaMore report about of this report: of ContentsChapter One Single Vision Lenses Industry OverviewChapter Two Single Vision Lenses Up and Down Stream Industry AnalysisChapter Three Asia Single Vision Lenses Market AnalysisChapter Four 2014-2019 Asia Single Vision Lenses Productions Supply Sales Demand Market Status and ForecastChapter Five Asia Single Vision Lenses Key Manufacturers AnalysisChapter Six Asia Single Vision Lenses Industry Development TrendChapter Seven North American Single Vision Lenses Market AnalysisChapter Eight 2014-2019 North American Single Vision Lenses Productions Supply Sales Demand Market Status and ForecastChapter Nine North American Single Vision Lenses Key Manufacturers AnalysisChapter Ten North American Single Vision Lenses Industry Development TrendChapter Eleven Europe Single Vision Lenses Market AnalysisChapter Twelve 2014-2019 Europe Single Vision Lenses Productions Supply Sales Demand Market Status and ForecastChapter Thirteen Europe Single Vision Lenses Key Manufacturers AnalysisChapter Fourteen Europe Single Vision Lenses Industry Development TrendChapter Fifteen Single Vision Lenses Marketing Channels Development Proposals AnalysisChapter Sixteen Development Environmental AnalysisChapter Seventeen Single Vision Lenses New Project Investment Feasibility AnalysisChapter Eighteen 2014-2019 Global Single Vision Lenses Productions Supply Sales Demand Market Status and ForecastChapter Nineteen Global Single Vision Lenses Industry Development TrendAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us.Contact Us:5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesCall answer Direct:+1-971-202-1575Call answer Toll Free:+1-800-910-6452Email help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

Senate Committee Approves HUD Appropriations Bill to Preserve Housing Assistance

first_imgSenate Committee Approves HUD Appropriations Bill to Preserve Housing Assistance in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Uncategorized Budget Control Act HUD THUD U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations 2015-06-26 Staff Writer The U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations recently approved the FY2016 Transportation, HUD (THUD), and related agencies Appropriations Bill. The major goals of the bill is to increase the efficiency and affordability of federal housing programs and provide funding for transportation and infrastructure priorities, working within the guidelines of the Budget Control Act. The bill was approved on a 20-10 vote.According to a press release from the committee, this action will make $55.65 billion in funds available for consideration by the Senate, a $1.88 billion increase from FY2015 and $7 billion below the amount the President Obama requested. The legislation provides $37.56 billion for HUD specifically, an increase of nearly $2 billion above the FY2015 enacted level and $3 billion below the President’s request.“The American economy relies on the effectiveness of our infrastructure, which makes this legislation important,” said U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “The demands for more infrastructure investment are significant.  The budget requires us to set priorities and this Senate bill makes those choices and focuses on using the taxpayer money wisely.”The bill provides additional funding for housing America’s most vulnerable individuals and families, while improving housing programs’ effectiveness, according to the committee. The measure also recommends $40.26 billion for federal-aid highway programs and increases funding for U.S. aviation, rail safety and the nation’s ports, and intermodal water and land transportation.“Through negotiation and compromise, this bipartisan bill makes smart investments in our nation’s infrastructure, helps meet the housing needs of the most vulnerable among us, and provides funding for economic development projects in our communities,” said U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), chairman of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee. “From rental assistance for low-income families to safety-related provisions for our transportation infrastructure, the many critical programs funded by this bill were balanced to fund the wide range of operations that play a crucial role in reinvigorating our economy.”HUD Secretary Julián Castro voiced his concerns with the proposed FY16 budget, noting that the Republican budget would only make matters worse. He also said that a deep cut is being made to a vital housing program, HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), down to $66 million from$1.05 billion per President Obama’s request and this would be a loss of an estimated 38,665 affordable housing units.“HUD creates new opportunities for the people we serve every single day. Yet, in this difficult fiscal environment, our budget is unable to keep up with the need for our services.  At current funding levels, we are only able to serve one in four families who are eligible for our housing.  We cannot meet our mission of providing every American with access to quality housing and a strong community by allowing sequestration level cuts to continue.”HUD Goals Defined by the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations:Community Planning and DevelopmentEmphasis on Youth HomelessnessMoving-to-Work ExpansionSection 8 and Public HousingPreserving Rental AssistanceClick here to view the FY2016 Transportation, HUD (THUD), and related agencies Appropriations Bill.center_img June 26, 2015 511 Views Sharelast_img read more

British Airways debuts new lounge in San Francisco

first_imgBritish Airways has unveiled its new lounge in San Francisco. The location becomes the third US lounge to benefit from the airline’s investment plan for its customers, following the recent opening of its first and club lounge at New York JFK’s Terminal 7.The new contemporary lounge is spread across 665 square metres with views of the runway, thanks to floor to ceiling glass windows that run along the side of the lounge letting natural light flow in.The airline has created a number of zones throughout the lounge to cater to its customers’ needs.  For those wanting to unwind ahead of their flight, they can do so at the beautifully crafted granite feature bar, that forms the centre piece of the lounge. ADVERTISEMENTCustomers wishing to catch up on some work ahead of their flight will be able to use a new study area with wireless printing facilities.In the main seating area there is a deli bar where customers can help themselves to a wide range of food and drink options.For the airline’s customers traveling in first, there is a new exclusive boutique dining room, where customers can enjoy fine wines and menus inspired by some of world’s top chefs.Carolina Martinoli, British Airways director of brand and customer experience, said: “We know that lounges form an important part of the journey for some of our customers, so we’re delighted to be able to open this new space in San Francisco, the third lounge in the US to benefit from our investment program.“We think customers will love the new look and feel. We have had such positive feedback from customers who have experienced our New York lounge and they both follow the same design concept.”More InformationThe airline has created a 360-degree interactive video of the lounge, that can be viewed here. OlderFinnair to take off for Busan, South Korean, in 2020 NewerRyanair takes off for Beirut for first timelast_img read more

Akinci promises Maronites north moving ahead with return plans

first_imgTurkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci pledged on Friday that the issue of Maronites returning to their homes in Ayia Marina village would be discussed with the ‘government’ once ‘parliament’ approves the ‘state budget’ for 2018, reports from the north said.According to the Cyprus News Agency, which quoted Turkish Cypriot media, Akinci met with representatives of Maronites hailing from Ayia Marina and told them efforts towards the decision taken in July allowing them to return to their homes would continue.The ‘ministries’ of foreign, interior and finance as well as the office of the ‘prime minister’ the Turkish embassy and military were involved, the reports said. A roadmap and timeframe on implementing this decision has been taken, Akinci was quoted as saying to the representatives.Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs Photis Photiou called the meeting a provocative move aimed to confuse the Maronite community.According to CNA, Photiou said this was part of a plan by the Turkish side to create new fait accompli after the Cyprus talks collapsed in Crans-Montana.“We are in touch with the legal community leaders of Maronite villages and the representatives of the Maronite community,” he said.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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