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Kidnappers in Meerut killed a Standard 10 student they had abducted demanding a ransom of ₹50 lakh when they were confronted by his parents and relatives to release him on Monday night. The incident happened in the jungle of Nanglasahu village of the Bhawanpur police station limits in Meerut. Shiva, a resident of Navipur village, was a student of Saraswati Inter College in Parikshitgarh in Meerut, who was returning from his school when he was kidnapped. “Shiva left for school in the morning but did not return till 5 p.m. so his elder sister Shikha called on his number. An unknown person received the call and informed us that he has been kidnapped, demanding a ransom of ₹50 lakh. He also warned us about consequences of informing the police,” Shiva’s uncle Nepal Singh told The Hindu. After the news broke, residents from Shiva’s village, including his relatives, started searching for him in the nearby jungles and farmlands. They identified a stretch of cane farm which was identified by several eyewitnesses as possible hiding place for the kidnappers. While combing the area, they heard the noise of some people. “But before the mob could corner the kidnappers, they killed Shiva. They shot him dead and ran away,” Shiva’s father Ranveer Singh said.“We found Shiva in the sugarcane field with bullet wound in the chest. We took him to the nearby hospital but he was declared brought dead,” Ranveer said. Police were the last to reach the spot, Mr. Nepal Singh added.After Shiva’s murder, angry villagers blocked the highway and protested against the “carelessness of the police.” Soon after the murder Meerut Senior Superintendent of Police Manzil Saini reached the spot on Monday night with police force of several nearby police station. “The police has initiated the probe and has questioned several eye witnesses. The police has formed several teams to nab the accused. We will ensure that the culprits are arrested very soon,” Ms. Saini said. (EOM)
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Brazil’s former soccer player Ronaldo (R) and FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke pose with mascot Fuleco the Armadillo after they inspected the FIFA Fan Fest site in Fortaleza, northeastern Brazil April 24, 2014. Reuters PhotoThe armadillo, mascot of the FIFA World Cup, is threatened with extinction in the wild because of hunting, loss of habitat and even from the soccer tournament itself, scientists said on Thursday.Brazilian Three-Banded Armadillos defend themselves by rolling into a ball – making them attractive as a symbol of the World Cup.But the tactic is pointless against a human hunter, who can pick them up without a chase. And there are fears all the World Cup publicity may lead people to adopt the cute animals as pets, putting their dwindling numbers under further pressure.”The species is believed to have declined by more than a third over the last 10 to 15 years due to a 50 percent loss of its dry shrubland ‘Caatinga’ habitat,” according to the Red List of endangered species.A 2014 version of the list, run by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), formally says the armadillo native to eastern Brazil is “vulnerable” to extinction, the same as in a previous assessment in 2009.But a top expert said new evidence from Brazil showed that threats to the animals, which grow up to about 50 cm (20 inches) long, were mounting and that it would would be put into a higher threat category as “endangered” in coming months.”The situation is even worse than we thought,” Mariella Superina, chair of the IUCN’s anteater, sloth and armadillo specialist group, told Reuters by telephone. “Three-banded armadillos are very easy to catch.”advertisement”Fuleco”, the name of the FIFA mascot, is a combination of Futebol (football) and Ecologia (Ecology). Superina urged FIFA to fund measures to help protect the creatures, including from what might be damaging World Cup publicity.”People see it as a cute animal because it rolls itself up into a ball. We are worried that people will want them as pets. They are definitely not pets,” she said.The armadillo has come back from the brink before – it was widely believed to be extinct until rediscovered in the early 1990s.Caroline Pollock, Programme Officer of the Red List, said a spread of sugar cane and soybean farming had shrunk the armadillos’ habitat in recent years.The Red List update also said that almost 80 percent of temperate slipper orchids, named after their colourful shoe-shaped flowers, and more than 90 percent of lemurs were threatened with extinction.The list, marking its 50th anniversary in 2014, said it now has reports about the status of 73,686 species of animals and plants, of which 22,103 are threatened with extinction.
While we give full marks to the Nia Sharma for sporting a bright violet lipstick for Halloween, and managing to look absolutely ravishing, there are some people (read trolls) who think otherswise.Terming her look as subtle, Nia posted this pic on Instagram captioning it as, “when someone asks me to go easy on my choice of lip colors.”Soon, her timeline got flooded with comments dissing her for her look. Undeterred by the outrage, the actress posted some more fab pics sporting the oh-so-daring violet lipstick.This is not the first time, Nia got trolled for her looks on web. Earlier, the actress was slut-shamed for wearing bold outfits in a music video.”Oops! Here’s one more from the photoshoot!! Ready to slut-shame a girl again? Go aheadddddd.. I’ll post five more…Coz thats exactly I got this shoot done.!! And thats exactly how I’ll post pictures from the same! I appreciate everyone who took out time from their absolutely worthless lives to write filthy long comments on my previous video.! I got u job again,” (sic) she had said in response at that time.More power to you, girl!
Bhubaneswar, Dec 3 (PTI) India and Pakistan share one of the fiercest rivalries in world hockey and the international federation does not want to miss out on the chance to cash in on a high-voltage contest during next years senior mens World Cup to be held here.Of late, diplomatic tensions have taken a toll on sporting rivalries between the two neighbouring nations and last years Junior Hockey World Cup in Lucknow was a witness to that after Pakistan could not participate in the event following visa issues.But the International Hockey Federation (FIH) does not want a repeat of the Lucknow episode and is working closely with the hockey bodies and governments of both the countries to ensure Pakistans participation in the next years World Cup to be here from November 28 to December 16.”Absolutely (we are in talks with Pakistan),” said FIH CEO Jason McCracken when asked whether the games governing body is in touch with Pakistan regarding their participation in the World Cup.”Pakistan have qualified and we are super happy and delighted for them. It is a fantastic rivalry between India and Pakistan. We have to make sure that Pakistan get their visas on time.”They have to do all the correct things with their government and also the India government. The FIH will do its best to ensure Pakistan participates in the World Cup. Pakistan is vital and we look forward to see them here next year,” he added.Diplomatic tensions and frequent border skirmishes between the two countries have already taken a toll on bilateral sporting ties with India and Pakistan only competing in international tournaments.advertisementThe last time a Pakistani hockey side had travelled to India was in December 2014, when they took part in the Champions Trophy here. PTI SSC PDS PDS
After directing Kangana Ranaut in her upcoming film Panga, filmmaker Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari is all set to bring IT couple NR Narayan Murthy and Sudha Murthy’s story to the big screen. According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, Ashwiny has already started working on the script of the film which she will be co-producing with Mahaveer Jain and her husband Nitesh Tiwari, who is currently busy with the release of Sushant Singh Rajput and Shraddha Kapoor-starrer Chhichhore.Ashwiny has recently wrapped up Panga, in which Kangana will be seen as a Kabaddi player, and is keen to start working on the story of Infosys founder NR Narayan Murthy and his author wife Sudha Murthy. A source closer to the development told the daily, “She has already started researching Indian IT’s first couple because she wants to have all the facts right before she dives into this inspiring story. The film is expected to roll next year. Sanjay Tripathy (writer-director) came up with the idea and scripting will begin soon.”This will be Ashwiny’s fourth project as a director. Before this the filmmaker has helmed films like Nil Battey Sannata (2015), Bareilly Ki Barfi (2017) and the recent one Panga, which is scheduled to hit screens during Republic Day weekend.Watch Bareilly Ki Barfi trailer here:NR Narayan Murthy and his wife Sudha Murthy have an inspirational life. They are India’s first IT couple and have been involved in many philanthropist works. Narayan Murthy is a graduate from National Institute of Engineering, University of Mysore and later went on to do his MTech from IIT Kanpur. He founded Infosys in 1981. The father of the Indian IT sector was the CEO of the IT company from 1981 to 2002. And then served as the Chairman of the company till 2011. Sudha, on the other hand, was the first female engineer to be hired by the automotive manufacturing company TELCO in Pune.advertisementAshwiny is known for making slice of life films like Nil Batte Sannata and Bareilly Ki Barfi. It will be interesting to see how the filmmaker tells an inspiring life story like that of the IT couple, Narayan and Sudha Murthy, on the silver screen.ALSO READ | Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari on directing Kangana Ranaut’s Panga: Kabaddi to leg-breaking, I am enjoying everythingALSO READ | Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s Panga: Kangana Ranaut starts next schedule of shooting in MumbaiALSO READ | Kangana Ranaut ready to take Panga as kabaddi player on January 24, 2020: ConfirmedALSO WATCH | Shahid as boxer, Kangana as kabbadi player: Bollywood is in love with sports dramas
OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s “deeply grieved” by Tuesday’s terrorist attack in New York City.A man in a rented pickup truck mowed down pedestrians and cyclists along a busy bike path near the World Trade Center memorial, killing at least eight and seriously injuring 11.The driver barrelled along the bike path for the equivalent of about 14 blocks before slamming into a small yellow school bus.In a release, Trudeau offered sincere condolences on behalf of all Canadians to those mourning the loss of family members and friends.He also offered wishes for a full recovery to those who were injured.NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh took to Twitter, tweeting “Sending my love, thoughts and prayers to all those impacted by the tragic violence in Manhattan today, along with all first responders.”Trudeau noted that New Yorkers are known for their resilience and strength, and will “stand together as they always have in the face of difficult situations.”“Tonight, we offer our prayers and thoughts to our neighbours in the United States. We are with you, as always, as friends and allies,” he said.– With files from The Associated Press
MONTREAL — A Montreal-area woman who carried on an intense, inappropriate relationship with a young girl despite numerous efforts to get her to stop will avoid further jail time.Virginia Genevrier, 40, was sentenced Thursday after previously pleading guilty to one count of transmitting sexually explicit material to a minor and two counts of breaching a peace bond.“How could a woman of this age, married and a mother, develop over time a special relationship to that point with an adolescent who was 12 years old at the time?” Quebec court Judge Helene Morin asked as she handed down a sentence in a case she described as “unique.”The judge noted that efforts by the girl’s school, her family, the police and the judiciary all failed to stop Genevrier’s behaviour. “The accused interfered in a totally inappropriate way in the life of this girl, and this is what must be denounced,” she said.Genevrier was found to have had a relationship with a girl, now 16, whom she met while working as a lunch monitor at her daughter’s Montreal-area elementary school. Over time, the relationship intensified to the point where the girl had developed romantic feelings for Genevrier, whose daughter was a classmate.Genevrier started exchanging Facebook messages with the girl, who confided in her about troubles at home.The girl’s mother asked Genevrier to stop contacting her daughter after stumbling on love messages between the two. When that failed, Genevrier was arrested in 2015 and made to sign a peace bond with a list of strict conditions.She lost her school job that year, but the interaction continued. The girl would write to Genevrier telling her, “You are the woman of my life,” “I love you” and “Do you want to marry me?” The victim even gave a ring to Genevrier, who had the September 2017 expiration date of the second peace bond tattooed on her upper body.The judge described the written exchanges between the two as expressions of mutual love without any sexual connotation, comparing it to discussions between lovestruck adults. “On reading some of the messages, you wonder sometimes who was adolescent and who was the adult,” Morin said.The only sexual exchange uncovered between the two led to the criminal charge: Video of Genevrier in the shower in erotic poses dated December 2017 were discovered on the girl’s tablet. Genevrier claimed she was unaware the girl had recorded her during a video phone call.Genevrier told the court she’s no longer the same person and recognizes the impact of her actions on her husband and daughter.The court heard Genevrier, a native of France who moved to Quebec with her husband in 2003, had a difficult childhood marked by violence and an alcoholic mother and saw some of herself in the victim. She was determined to make sure the young girl’s adolescence didn’t turn out like her own.“There was a part of me that was rational — I was married, a mother — and another part who was the rebel adolescent who wanted to help her,” Genevrier told a sexologist in a report quoted by the judge. Despite her actions, Genevrier professed to love only her husband.Morin sentenced her to six months on the charge of transmitting explicit material, the minimum sentence under the law. Because she has already spent 4 1/2 months in custody, that sentence is considered served.She was also given a 20-month sentence to be served in the community on two counts of breaching conditions of a peace bond, along with two years probation and 240 hours of community service. Genevrier must register as a sex offender and can’t contact the victim for five years. She cannot work in a setting where children under age 16 are present.“Understand if you miss a condition, you are incarcerated, and that is for the entire 20-month sentence,” Morin warned Genevrier, who declined to comment outside the court.Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press
NEW YORK — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is abandoning a controversial renaming plan, in one of the first big decisions by its new permanent director.The CFPB is dropping the switch to “Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection” that had been sought by President Trump’s acting director of the bureau, according to an email by Kathy Kraninger, who took over earlier this month.Kraninger cited cost factors in renaming the bureau as well as years of branding and identification the CFPB had built up over the years. The banking industry has thousands of disclosures and paperwork that referred to the CFPB, and reprinting those documents could have been a significant cost.Kraninger’s email was published by Allied Progress, a left-wing advocacy group.Ken Sweet, The Associated Press
A Tamil man set to be deported from Australia today has attempted to take his own life.Around 50 protesters have gathered outside the Maribyrnong detention centre in Melbourne’s west in a bid to block Immigration authorities from sending the 42-year-old back to Sri Lanka. A last minute bid for a court injunction last night to stop the deportation also failed. The department spokesman said the wounds were not serious.The case follows the deportation of Tamil man Dayan Anthony in July, who was returned to Sri Lanka by Australian immigration authorities despite a last minute appeal to the United Nations. (Sydney Morning Herald) The man was given his marching orders this month after failing in his bid for asylum. A spokesman for the Immigration department confirmed an act of self-harm had occurred and the man had been treated on site. He remains in the detention centre.”These sort of activities don’t affect the outcome of the person’s protection claim,” the spokesman said.Tamil community advocate Aran Mylvaganam, who is among the protesters outside the centre, said he received a call at 5.15am from another detainee inside the centre alerting him to the man’s plight. ”I don’t know whether his aim was to hurt himself enough to stop them taking him away or whether he was trying to end his life,” Mr Mylvaganam said. The man, who arrived in Australia in February 2010, claimed his brother was a separatist Tamil Tiger fighter, killed in the bloody decades-long campaign for independence in Sri Lanka.Early this morning an ambulance was called to the detention centre after the man attempted to take his life.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Mar 15, 2013 1:59 pm MDT WASHINGTON – Foreign demand for U.S. Treasury securities rose to a record level in January, providing evidence that international investors remain confident in U.S. debt despite on-going budget battles in Washington.The Treasury Department said Friday that foreign holdings of U.S. Treasury securities rose in January for a 13th straight month to a record $5.62 trillion, up 0.8 per cent from December. China, the top foreign holder, increased its holdings 3.6 per cent to $1.26 trillion. Japan, the second largest holder, boosted its investment 0.4 per cent to $1.12 trillion.Demand kept rising as Congress and President Barack Obama kept wrangling over various budget issues. Congress did agree to temporarily lift the government’s borrowing limit but no deal was reached on a plan to avert automatic spending cuts from going into effect on March 1. Foreign holdings of US Treasury debt increased to record $5.62 trillion in January
LAS VEGAS — Tony Sanchez will return for a fifth season coaching at UNLV.Rebels athletic director Desiree Reed-Francois issued a statement Thursday announcing Sanchez’s return after she and acting university President Marta Meana evaluated the football program.Sanchez made the jump directly from high school when he was hired to replace Bobby Hauck after coaching at nearby Bishop Gorman High School.The Rebels have gone 16-32 in Sanchez’s first four seasons, including 4-8 this season. UNLV went 2-6 in the Mountain West Conference West Division, just ahead of last-place San Jose State, but closed out the season with a 34-29 win over rival Nevada.Sanchez also has given UNLV a huge boost in fundraising efforts, helping raise money for construction of a new football complex.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25The Associated Press
The farm affords panoramic views of the Irish SeaCredit:PA Jones is an experienced sheep farmer who previously worked in AngleseyCredit:PA Parc Farm is nestled on the rugged limestone cliffs of north Wales, affording a sweeping vista of the Irish Sea.The Great Orme headland that wraps around it is home to a broad variety of rare species and habitats, according to the National Trust, some of which exist “nowhere else on Earth”.The conservation group bought the land in 2015 and leased it to Jones along with grazing right over an additional 720 acres.The shepherd, who had previously cared for around 1,000 sheep on rented land in nearby Anglesey, moved to the farm with his wife, son and five working dogs in October 2016.At the time, William Greenwood, a National Trust general manager, said: “Whittling down the applicants to the very best was an exhaustive task, but Dan and his wife absolutely stood out from the crowd.” He also faces prosecution for allegedly failing to keep an up-to-date register and inventory of his animals, obstructing a person authorised under the Animal By-Products (Enforcement) Wales Regulations and two charges relating to the movement of sheep from his farm.Jones pleaded not guilty to all the charges and opted for the case to be heard in the lower court instead of crown court.His solicitor David Kirwan told the court : “This is an important case in terms of the publicity the trial is likely to attract.” Jones was tasked with revitalising the fragile landscape using a “nature-first” approach to farming as wildlife across the country dropped 60% in the past 50 years. A British shepherd who “absolutely stood out” among international competition to win the tenancy of a National Trust farm has appeared in court charged under the Animal Health Act.Daniel Jones, 40, was selected from 2,500 applicants to take over the 145-acre Parc Farm on the Great Orme headland above Llandudno, north Wales, for just £1 a year in 2016.The National Trust had decided to offer the £1 million stretch of land to a “conservation farming hero” as part of its 10-year plan to arrest a precipitous decline in rural wildlife.Following interest from across the globe – and calls at a rate of more than 100 an hour for days after the scheme was announced – Jones and his family were handed the keys.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––This week he came before Llandudno Magistrates’ Court accused of 20 offences relating to livestock, tracing back to his early days on the farm.Brought under legislation to prevent the spread of animal disease, the charges included failing to dispose of the carcasses of five sheep that had died on his land, failing to ensure that birds or animals would not come into contact with the remains and failing to notify the authorities of sheep he had received on the farm from other locations. He bought a new flock of sheep with money from the National Trust’s partner conservation charity Plantlife.Following his win he said: “I couldn’t quite believe it when I got the call to say I was successful. I was in shock.“This opportunity will change our lives.“Y Parc is a dream farm, it is such a beautiful location, the views are amazing, and I’m really looking forward to farming in a different way to make a difference for nature.”Mr Kirwin told the court on Tuesday that Jones had appeared several times on television as a result of his winning bid.He said the trial would probably last three to five days, with the prosecution calling three witnesses and the defence at least 10, including an expert witness whose statement had not yet been received. The magistrates agreed that the case should be handled by District Judge Gwyn Jones who will hold a pre-trial hearing on January 28.The National Trust said it was aware of the charges but would not be commenting further. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Windows : une faille confirmée sous XP et VistaUne faille vient d’être confirmée par Microsoft sur Windows XP et Vista. Elle permettrait à des hackers d’installer ou modifier des programmes sur l’ordinateur d’une autre personne.Windows a confirmé l’existence d’une faille qui n’est pas encore réparée au niveau du moteur de rendu graphique. Elle permet à un usager extérieur d’installer et de modifier des programmes sur un ordinateur. Ce problème avait été révélé mi-décembre et Microsoft a été contraint de confirmer la présence de cette faille après la publication d’un exploit pour le logiciel Metasploit, testeur de pénétration, révèle ZDNet.fr. Un correctif de sécurité serait en cours d’élaboration. Par ailleurs, Microsoft a confié qu’il avait été victime de plusieurs attaques récemment, surtout au niveau d’Internet Explorer. En espérant que les corrections soient faites en conséquence cette année.Le 5 janvier 2011 à 16:31 • Emmanuel Perrin
Première greffe d’une veine “personnalisée” grâce à des cellules souchesUne équipe médicale suédoise a réalisé avec succès la première greffe d’une veine préalablement “personnalisée” grâce à l’utilisation des cellules souches de la jeune patiente greffée. C’est une véritable prouesse qu’a annoncée hier la revue The Lancet. Une équipe médicale suédoise a en effet réalisé une greffe pionnière : une greffe d’un segment de neuf centimètres de veine iliaque personnalisée grâce à l’utilisation des cellules souches de la jeune patiente greffée. Quoique coûteuse et relativement longue à mettre en place, cette technique offre l’avantage pour le receveur de ne pas requérir de traitement anti-rejet. De plus, elle permet d’éviter le “traumatisme” d’un prélèvement de veine propre.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Prélevée sur un donneur mort, la veine avait préalablement été préparée en retirant toutes ses cellules pour ne laisser qu’un tube constitué de protéines. Ensuite, des cellules souches provenant de la moelle osseuse de la fillette de dix ans devant être greffée, ont été ensemencées sur ce canevas protéinique. Deux semaines après, ce greffon a été implanté pour réaliser un pontage sur la jeune patiente. L’équipe suédoise de l’Université de Göteborg qui a réalisé l’intervention, a cependant dû réaliser une seconde greffe un an plus tard (avec la même méthode) en raison d’un rétrécissement du premier greffon. Néanmoins, “la patiente se porte bien depuis et est capable de réaliser des marches de plus en plus longues de deux à trois kilomètres ainsi que des exercices légers de gymnastique”, selon un communiqué du Lancet. L’annonce vient ainsi confirmer une nouvelle fois l’intérêt thérapeutique des cellules souches. En juillet déjà, une autre équipe suédoise avait annoncé le succès d’une greffe de trachée, faite d’une matière artificielle mais elle aussi recouverte de cellules souches du patient greffé. Le 15 juin 2012 à 12:24 • Maxime Lambert
The three gold-medal winners who rose to the top of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s 23rd annual Young Artists competition are all local kids.Trevor Natiuk, a pianist from Battle Ground; Symphony Koss, a violinist from Vancouver; and Ashley Teng, a flutist from Camas, were chosen as top finishers in the contest after live performances on Jan. 15 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vancouver. Each one earns a $1,000 scholarship as well as a stellar performance opportunity: stepping into the “guest artist” slot with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Salvador Brotons, on April 22 and 23 at Skyview Concert Hall.Dozens of young music students from all around the region entered the contest via audition recordings that were judged “blindly” by a panel of professional musicians. The panel chose eight finalists for the January concert. The Master of Ceremonies was Edmund Stone of All Classical Portland Radio.Silver medalists in the competition, winning $500 in scholarship money, were Christopher Yoon, Hanami Froom and Isabelle Zheng, all of Portland; bronze medalists, earning $250, were Sara Seulbee of Vancouver and Emily Park of Sammamish.
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 25, 2016 – The National Health Insurance Board was bleeding cash and needs millions in emergency money in order to save it. A recent Cabinet sitting exposed that the people’s health plan was being poorly managed and the Governor wants to know why Cabinet did not know this.It is said that the NHIB needs $6.1 million, and a $2 million bail out is urgent. The money is to come from the Contingency fund so that the social health care plan can meet immediate needs.“In approving a transfer from contingency funds of $2 million to the NHIB to meet immediate needs, Cabinet expressed grave concern about the failure of NHIB management to bring to the attention of Cabinet in a timely fashion the parlous state of its financial situation and advised His Excellency the Governor to agree that, among other measures, a comprehensive review of the management and corporate governance of the NHIB should be carried out by the end of January 2017.” Staff charged that this is what was happening and had to take industrial action, at least twice, to get the PNP Administration’s attention. The information was presented by interim CEO, Tamera Robinson, who in under two weeks uncovered the unhealthy state of the country’s health plan. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
With these figures as context, it is clear that Time Inc. sees data-informed, digital marketing—particularly to smartphone-wielding millennials—as the key to ensuring that the content produced by its high-profile brands yields the dividends needed to right the ship. Time Inc. announced on Thursday that it has acquired the assets of data-focused marketing firm Viant, the company that owns the aging but pioneering social network MySpace. Quarterly financial reports for the company, also released Thursday morning, revealed a profit decline that endured at least through the end of 2015. In December, Time Inc. partnered with tech firm GumGum to overlay digital ads on images, and then hired Popsugar alum Jennifer Wong as the first president of Time Inc. Digital. That wasn’t the only new executive role created at the company last year; in May, JT Kostman became Time Inc.’s first chief data officer. Time Inc. saw a net income loss of $881 million last year, according to the report. Absent a $952 million goodwill impairment charge that resulted from falling stock prices, the company would have seen an operating income gain of $71 million—still down 37 percent from 2014. Naturally, the MySpace piece of deal generates attention because it is symbolic of the strengths of “legacy media” and the sometimes fleeting nature of digital media. In the mid-2000s, before the rise of Facebook, MySpace was the largest social network in the world. It had tens of millions of registered users and at the time was symbolic of the rise of new kinds of media. “We are a business in transition,” Ripp told AMMC attendees last week, adding that, “Experiences are what we sell to consumers and advertisers alike.” But the acquisition represents the latest in a series of bolt-on acquisitions for Time Inc., most of them focused in the digital media market, with a special emphasis on data. Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp outlined the strategy at the American Magazine Media Conference (AMMC) held last week in New York, telling the audience, “Everything we do is a data collection effort now.” “Ripp has put data at the heart of everything we do. Every decision we make and every action we take,” Kostman told Folio: sister site min at the time, waxing poetic about Ripp’s forward-looking strategy and recognition of the opportunities afforded by leveraging the company’s data assets—which were already considerable a year ago. Print advertising revenue dipped 10 percent year-over-year ($153 million) to $1.32 billion, while circulation revenue derived from subscriptions and newsstand sales fell 5 percent to $1 billion. As expected, digital advertising revenue was up 11 percent, but is still a relatively small piece of the puzzle, at just $331 million for the year. The Viant acquisition is only the latest in a string of related Time Inc. purchases and personnel moves over the past year. Last month, the company teamed with Audience Partners to launch CampaignFocus, a data-driven digital advertising platform targeting voters ahead of November’s presidential election. That followed the launch of RealTime, a new ad product aiming to harness social engagement. Somewhat shockingly, MySpace still generates significant traffic, with as many as 50 million active or semi-active users, according to one report. It was acquired by News Corp. in 2005 for $580 million, only to be divested six years later for $35 million—a staggering loss that rivals the decline of print-media brands like TV Guide. News Corp. bought TV Guide in 1988 for $3 billion. It was sold by a subsequent owner in 2008 for $1. Of particular note is the fact that revenue from digital advertising eclipsed revenue from newsstand sales for the first time over a full-year period, outpacing newsstand sales in the last three months of the year by 21 percent. Viant is a 17-year-old database and advertising-technology company with one of the largest registered user bases in the world. It’s focused on programmatic, user identification and other services. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
And the acquisitions may not end here. Glass confirms that RFE is looking for opportunities to further develop the business through both acquisitions and organic growth. The Connecticut-based private equity firm announced on Monday its acquisition of the Path to Purchase Institute, publisher of the monthly Shopper Marketing magazine, for an undisclosed sum. “The whole concept of what we’re trying to develop is a media company that really surrounds a given market, in this case the retail and consumer packaged goods space,” Alan Glass, executive chairman of the newly formed entity that will oversee both Path to Purchase and Stagnito + Edgell, tells Folio:. Updated on 4/14/16 at 5:16 pm EDT. RFE Investment Partners has made its second major splash of the year in B2B media. More recently, Bruce Wasserstein, through his namesake private equity firm, reacquired ALM back in 2014. Months later, McGraw Hill sold its construction portfolio, including Architectural Record, to Symphony Technology Group for $320 million (BNP Media subsequently purchased Architectural Record less than a year later). Glass describes the envisioned collaboration as the sum of a series of complementary parts: Path to Purchase and its focus on in-store marketing, Stagnito’s big-picture coverage of the whole retail operation, and Edgell’s expertise on the increasingly important technology side of the business. “The idea is to offer a variety of products that fit the needs of a customer,” Glass adds. The Path to Purchase Institute was represented by New York-based investment bank Petsky Prunier, LLC. A major focus for RFE since the merger and subsequent acquisition of Stagnito and Edgell has been organizational culture and ensuring a seamless transition for employees. Among the first investments was the hiring of Greg Flores, former SVP of human resources for Reed Business Information, as chief human resources officer. The deal, coming less than two months after RFE merged and then acquired Stagnito Business Information and Edgell Communications, makes RFE a dominant media source in the retail and consumer goods space. Shopper Marketing, which claims a monthly circulation of over 18,000, as well as the Institute’s events, e-learning, and book publishing businesses, will be joined under the RFE umbrella by Stagnito/Edgell titles such as Convenience Store News, Progressive Grocer, and RIS News, among several others. Both acquisitions maintain what is now a well-established trend of B2B publishers getting scooped up by private equity—temporarily or otherwise—kicked off by Forstmann Little’s surprising $1.4 billion acquisition of Ziff Davis in 1994, much to the chagrine of multiple international media conglomerates looking to grab the family-owned publisher. “I want to emphasize that there are absolutely no terminations whatsoever,” Glass continues. “We are, in fact, hiring. We’re actively going after brand directors. We have sales people that we’re adding. We are actively looking for a chief digital officer for the company.” Both Path to Purchase Institute CEO, Peter Hoyt, and Kollin Stagnito, named president and CEO of Stagnito + Edgell after the RFE acquisition, will report to Glass.