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New Owners Looking to Sell Former RBI Construction Group Titles

first_imgShortly after Reed Business Information announced in April that that it was shuttering 23 magazine brands, former group publishers Tony Mancini and Rick Blesi formed a company called MB Media and in May acquired the 13 brands published within RBI’s Construction Media Group. Now, a little over a month later, MB Media is actively looking for a buyer for the group, FOLIO: has learned.According to sources, Mancini and Blesi have “very aggressively” been searching either for a buyer or an angel investor and have already talked to several media companies. Cygnus Publishing president Mike Martin confirmed that Cygnus (whichpublishes several brands in the construction market) had been approached by MB Media and that the company agreed to take an initial look atthose properties. Those conversations, however, have so far been“informal,” Martin says.”They were probably more or less given these products with no working capital and no infrastructure, and now they’re finding they don’t have the resources to actually operate these products,” says one b-to-b publishing CEO who does not wish to be identified. A number of other trade publishers that have construction-related brands within their portfolios could also be potential suitors. When contacted byFOLIO:, representatives at Hanley Wood, McGraw-Hill Construction andtrucking/construction publisher Randall-Reilly all declined to comment.One source, who wishes to remain anonymous, says Mancini and Blesi are shopping the brands together as a unit and requested that final offers from interested parties be submitted by the first week in June. Another source says the men are asking to remain with the properties, even if they wind up under new management. Whether or not any offers were submitted was not immediately clear. Mancini, who serves as MB Media’s CEO, did not immediately return requests for comment. MB Media is made up of Building Design+Construction, Custom Builder, Construction Equipment, Housing Giants, Professional Builder, Professional Remodeler, Construction Bulletin, SpecCheck, BDCnetwork.com, LogInAndLearn.com, VisibleCity.com, ConstructionEquipment.com, and HousingZone.com.Not the First Turnaround SaleLast month, Dan Hogan, who acquired HOTELS and Foodservice Equipment and Supplies after they shut down, sold HOTELS to Chicago-based Marketing & Technology Group. Hogan, who had served as publisher of HOTELS under RBI, is said to have passed ownership of Foodservice Equipment and Supplies to a former colleague (a source says Hogan “purchased” the magazine on behalf of that colleague). Hogan at the time did not return an e-mail seeking comment.Seperately, newly-formed CFE Media LLC (which acquired Control Engineering, Consulting-Specifying Engineer and Plant Engineering after RBI shut them down) and Peerless Media (acquired Logistics Management, Modern Materials Handling, Supply Chain Management Review and Material Handling Product News) have established partnerships with RBI’s marketing data services arm Mardev-DM2 to manage their subscriber lists.last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Customer Service Representative at Security InnovationFull-Time Graphic & Technical Designer by PetRageous DesignsFull-TIme Special Hazards Technician at Hiller CompaniesFull-Time Fire Alarm Technician & Installer at Hiller CompaniesFull-Time Telecommunications Cable Technician at MTS Services Inc.Full-Time Human Resources Intern at Charles River LabsFull-Time Technician I at Charles River LabsFull-Time Delivery Driver at Optima ShippingPart-Time Spanish Teacher at Abundant LifeFull-Time & Part-Time Mover at Two Men And A Truck(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)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… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Facebook confesses to storing 600 million users passwords in plain text for

first_img Facebook Crashes And People Are Freaking Out (Representational Image)JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty ImagesAdding to the series of problems of security in Facebook, the social media platform on March 21, Thursday, admitted that millions of users’ passwords were stored in plain text for years and could have been read by anyone working in the company.The bug was unearthed during a security review in January and was reported by Brian Krebs, a cybersecurity writer. Facebook, in a blog post, explained the situation and said that they have fixed the bug. They also said that they will notify those whose passwords were stored in plain text. Around 600 million passwords were stored this way. This is almost one-fifth of the total 2.7 billion users on the social networking platform. “To be clear, these passwords were never visible to anyone outside of Facebook and we have found no evidence to date that anyone internally abused or improperly accessed them. We estimate that we will notify hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users, tens of millions of other Facebook users, and tens of thousands of Instagram users. Facebook Lite is a version of Facebook predominantly used by people in regions with lower connectivity,” Pedro Canahuati, VP Engineering, Security and Privacy, said in the blog on Wednesday.Canahuati added that while the passwords did not go public, over 2,000 engineers and developers had access to the data. He assured that Facebook would notify the Lite users, who were ones majorly at risk in the situation. Tens of thousands of Instagram users will also be notified. However, Facebook did not say how the bug managed to enter their system.Usually, passwords stored on the databases will not be stored in plain text and can’t be read. Facebook and other companies would salt and hash the passwords to scramble them. According to Techcrunch, this will help with the company to verify the password without knowing them. Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergReuters”In line with security best practices, Facebook masks people’s passwords when they create an account so that no one at the company can see them. In security terms, we “hash” and “salt” the passwords, including using a function called “scrypt” as well as a cryptographic key that lets us irreversibly replace your actual password with a random set of characters. With this technique, we can validate that a person is logging in with the correct password without actually having to store the password in plain text,” Canahuati said.Facebook listed the ways in which they have made various signals which will help detect any suspicious activity. Canahuati explained “For example, even if a password is entered correctly, we will treat it differently if we detect that it is being entered from an unrecognized device or from an unusual location. When we see a suspicious login attempt, we’ll ask an additional verification question to prove that the person is the real account owner.” Closecenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:05/1:00Loaded: 0%0:05Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:55?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

Mamatas police lathicharge Bengal BJP workers protesting in Kolkata streets

first_imgKolkata Police resorted to teargas shelling and used water cannons to disperse the mob.Twitter/ANIThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers were allegedly lathi-charged by the Kolkata Police during a massive protest march in the city. The cops resorted to teargas shelling and used water cannons to disperse the crowd as many gathered near the police headquarters.The BJP workers, who were protesting against the killings of their party workers in the state, clashed with the Kolkata Police. The incident happened as the workers tried to hold a protest march to Lalbazar near the police headquarters.Watch the video here:#WATCH: Kolkata police baton charge at BJP workers on Bepin Behari Ganguly Street. They were marching towards Lal Bazar protesting against TMC govt. #WestBengal pic.twitter.com/RxIGPSqBGd— ANI (@ANI) June 12, 2019Despite repeated appeals by the police to stop the protest, hundreds of party workers insisted on marching, triggering the clash. Here are a few visuals from the spot: To stop the protests from flaring up, cops erected barricades which were taken down by the BJP workers. A senior police officer told news agency IANS: “Barricades have been put up at all the important junctures across the nine possible entry points to Lalbazar.” “Personnel armed with water cannons and tear gas shells will be posted at various points,” the officer added.As Section 144 of CRPC was imposed near the Kolkata Police headquarters, around five Mahila Morcha workers of BJP were detained for violating the law. However, the protest was called off by the BJP leaders including Kailash Vijayvargiya, Locket Chatterjee and others.Post the Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal, tensions between the BJP and the ruling Trinamool Congress have escalated as BJP managed to secure 18 out of the total 42 seats. The Trinamool Congress had to settle with 22 seats while the Congress party won two seats in the state.last_img read more

Liam Plunkett puts England back into ascendancy in World Cup final

first_imgTwitter/Cricket World CupJust when New Zealand started looking dangerously assured of posting a big first-innings score, their middle-overs specialist Liam Plunkett pulled them back by delivering two big blows. First, he dismissed the captain and best batsman in Kiwi side Kane Williamson who was looking in good form and striking the ball nicely. What worked for Plunkett against the Black Caps captain was a cross seam delivery that bounced a bit extra and got the outside edge of Williamson’s wicket as the latter tried to play a drive. Then, Plunkett added to the woes of New Zealand by picking up the wicket of well-set Henry Nicholls. He had just completed his fifty and was also looking on his way to a good score but a fullish delivery took the inside-edge and clipped the leg-stump. Williamson was out for 30 and Nicholls got 55. New Zealand now are 123/3 after 29 overs. The responsibility to take the Kiwis to a good score lies on the shoulders of Ross Taylor and Tom Latham. While the former has a lot of experience, the latter is also a very capable batsman.last_img read more

Poor infra major barrier to increasing exports

first_imgState minister for finance and planning MA Mannan (R) and president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Siddiqur Rahman take part in the roundtable, jointly organised by Prothom Alo and HSBC Bank, on Thursday at Prothom Alo`s Karwan Bazar office. Photo: Prothom AloBangladesh’s exports will suffer unless infrastructure deficiencies are addressed immediately, observed a Prothom Alo roundtable on Thursday.The discussants drew attention to poor conditions of roads, inadequate power supply affecting industries, and delay in shipment of exportables at the Chittagong port.They also blamed public organisations such as National Board of Revenue (NBR) for creating problems that hamper smooth operation of business.Bangla daily Prothom Alo, in collaboration with HSBC Bank, organised the roundtable on ‘Export potentials and catalyst forces’ at its Karwan Bazar office in Dhaka.“The country’s roads are really, really in a bad shape,” president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Siddiqur Rahman told the meeting.Dwelling on the constraints of exports, Leathergoods and Footwear Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association of Bangladesh (LFMEAB) president Md Saiful Islam said, “The more the lead time [time between initiation and execution of a business process] is, the more unfavourable is the condition for doing business.”He pointed out that Chittagong port authorities have four gantry cranes and of them, two remained non-functional now. “They don’t seem to have any contingency planning for serving the businesses,” he regretted.The business leader stressed the need for improving infrastructures for reaching the initial target of increasing export earning to 25 per cent from the sectors other than readymade garments (RMG) sector which accounts for 82 per cent of annual national exports.He also recommended raising capacity of Shahjalal International Airport’s cargo handling for helping the exporters.BGMEA’s Siddiqur Rahman partially blamed the traders themselves for the congestion at Chittagong port, saying that many of them do not want to take deliveries in time, especially during the Eid holidays and monsoon season.Referring to 6 per cent annual growth or $15 billion added to the economy, Viyellatex Group chairman KM Rezaul Hasanat questioned: “Do we have infrastructures to use that money to add value?”Former president of Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) Fazlul Haque cited the example of the government plan to import LNG (liquified natural gas) as altenative source of energy and said, “As an investor I don’t know what its price would be.”Sadat Jute Industries Ltd managing director Mahmudul Huq described state-run Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) as a cancer-ridden entity for its failure to run public sector jute mills profitably.He mentioned that the country exported 20,000 tonnes of jute yarn in 1980, when the public sector played the key role in jute exports. The export has now increased to 675,000 tonnes a year, thanks to private sector participation, he pointed out. “This happened without any government help,” he added.State minister for finance and planning MA Mannan assured the businessmen of looking into the issues raised.He, however, admitted that it is not easy to bring reforms, especially in organisations such as NBR that brings money for the government.Former chairman of Bangladesh Finished Leather and Leather Goods and Footwear Exporters Association (BFLLFEA) Abu Taher, IT firm Brain Station 23 chief executive officer Raisul Kabir, CPD’s Zafar Sadiq, HSBC Bangladesh chief executive officer Francois de Maricourt, and HSBC Bangladesh’s country head of global trend and receivable finance Md Shahiduzaman also addressed the roundtable moderated by Prothom Alo associate editor Abdul Quayum.last_img

PM Hasina asks BGB to strictly maintain discipline

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday hoped that the members of Bangladesh Border Guard (BGB) will work for the development of the country maintaining their discipline strictly.”I always want this force (BGB) to maintain its discipline strictly and work for the development of the country,” she said.The prime minister said this while addressing the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Day 2017 at its Peelkhana headquarters in the city.Sheikh Hasina said the loyalty and trustworthiness among the BGB members are above all questions. “I believe that the mutual confidence, respect, discipline, humanity and above all mutual sympathy among the officers and members will strengthen the bonding of this force,” she said.The prime minister asked the BGB members to discharge their duties with patriotism, honesty and in a disciplined manner.She also mentioned that BGB is the ‘resort of confidence’ for the nation when it comes to safeguarding the border, maintaining internal law and order and tackling manmade and social calamities.She recalled the destructive politics and activities, including arson attacks by the BNP-Jamaat clique, during the last general election, and praised the BGB members for their extraordinary efforts to maintain the law-and-order situation in the country.Describing the various development programmes taken by her government for the welfare of the BGB and its members, the PM said the government’s support and assistance will continue for the development of this force.The prime minister said helicopters will be provided to the BGB soon for travelling to remote areas across the borders by its members and perform their duties.Highlighting the glorious role of the then EPR members during the Liberation War in 1971, the prime minister said they had put up a strong resistance against the Pakistani forces in the early hours of the Liberation War responding to the call of Bangabandhu.She said the EPR members were the first who had transmitted Bangabandhu’s proclamation of Independence across the country through their wireless system for which Subedar Major Showkat Ali along with his four colleagues were martyred.Earlier, on her arrival at BGB headquarters, home minister Asaduzzaman Khan and director general of BGB major general Abul Hossain Ahmed received the prime minister.On the occasion, an attractive parade was arranged at Bir Uttam Anwar Hossain Parade Ground at the BGB headquarters. The prime minister inspected the parade and took salute.Cabinet members, PM’s advisers, parliament members, the chiefs of the three services, diplomats and high civil and military officials were present.The prime minister handed over BGB Medal (BGBM), President Border Guard Medal (PBGM), BGB Medal-Service (BGBMS) and PBGM-Service (PBGMS) to 51 BGB members for their courageous and brilliant contributions to various activities of the BGB.The prime minister witnessed the attractive drills of the BGB during the parade.A group of representatives led by Indian Border Security Force director general Krishan Kumar Sharma and another group of representatives headed by police commander of Myanmar’s Border Guard Police Brigadier General Myint Toe witnessed the parade.last_img read more

Exward councillor killed in Habiganj gunfight with police

first_imggunfightA former ward councillor was killed in what police call a gunfight with their members at Magurunda village of Habiganj’s Chunarughat upazila early Monday, according to UNB.The deceased was identified as Yunus Miah, 40, former councillor of ward No. 9 in Chunarughat municipality.Chunarughat police station officer-in-charge Azmiruzzaman claimed that on secret information that a gang of drug traders was trading Yaba, a team of police conducted a drive in the area early in the morning.Sensing the presence of police, the drug traders attacked the law enforcers with sharp weapons, forcing them to retaliate that triggered the shootout, according to the police version.The gunbattle left Yunus bullet injured.However, no version of the incident was available immediately either from any witnesses or any member of the victim’s family.Later, the injured was rushed to Chunarughat Health Complex where physicians declared him dead.Police said that Yunus had long been involved with Yaba trading.last_img read more

Kavanaugh accuser ready to talk to Congress

first_imgBrett KavanaughThe woman accusing judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her is willing to tell her story in public to a Senate panel considering his nomination to the Supreme Court, her lawyer said Monday.Kavanaugh had been on a smooth confirmation track, but the new allegations have roiled that process. Republican senators have expressed concern over a woman’s private-turned-public allegation that a drunken Kavanaugh groped her and tried to take off her clothes at a party when they were teenagers.Debra S Katz, the attorney for the woman, Christine Blasey Ford, said her client considered the incident to be an attempted rape.”She believes that if were not for the severe intoxication of Brett Kavanaugh, she would have been raped,” Katz told NBC’s “Today.”Kavanaugh has “categorically and unequivocally” denied the allegations, a statement the White House repeated Monday.”This has not changed,” said White House spokesman Kerri Kupec. “Judge Kavanaugh and the White House both stand by that statement.”In morning television interviews, Katz said her client was willing to tell her story in public to the Senate Judiciary Committee, although no lawmakers or their aides had yet contacted her. Katz also denied that Ford, a Democrat, is politically motivated.”No one in their right mind regardless of their motives would want to inject themselves into this process and face the kind of violation that she will be subjected to by those who want this nominee to go though. … She was quite reluctant to come forward.”Initially the sexual misconduct allegation was conveyed in a private letter, without revealing Ford’s name. With a name and disturbing details, the accusation raised the prospect of congressional Republicans defending president Donald Trump’s nominee ahead of midterm elections featuring an unprecedented number of female candidates and informed in part by the #MeToo movement.The GOP-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee appeared nonetheless committed to a vote later this week despite Ford’s account in The Washington Post.Kavanaugh, she told the Post, pinned her to a bed at a Maryland party in the early 1980s, clumsily tried to remove her clothing and put his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream.Ford said Kavanaugh and a friend – both “stumbling drunk,” she says – corralled her in a bedroom when she was around 15 and Kavanaugh was around 17. She says Kavanaugh groped her over her clothes, grinded his body against hers and tried to take off her one-piece swimsuit and the outfit she wore over it. Kavanaugh covered her mouth with his hand when she tried to scream, she says, and escaped when Judge jumped on them.Kavanaugh attended a private school for boys in Maryland while Ford attended a nearby school.Through the White House, Kavanaugh, 53, a federal appeals judge in Washington, said: “I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”A split seemed to be emerging among the GOP.As Democrats, led by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, called for a delay in the vote, two committee Republicans – all 11 on the GOP side are men – Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, said they wanted to hear more from Ford. Flake went as far as to say he was “not comfortable” voting for Kavanaugh for the time being.A potential “no” vote from Flake would complicate the judge’s prospects. A Republican not on the committee, Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, said the vote should be postponed until the committee heard from Ford. Contacted Sunday by CNN, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, wouldn’t say if the vote should be postponed.A committee spokesman said late Sunday that its chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, was trying to arrange separate, follow-up calls with Kavanaugh and Ford, but just for aides to Grassley and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., before Thursday’s scheduled vote. Critics have already accused the GOP of fast-tracking the process to get Kavanaugh on the court by 1 October, the first day of the fall term.The allegation against Kavanaugh first came to light late last week in the form of a letter that had been for some time in the possession of Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee and one of its four female members. On Sunday, The Washington Post published an interview with Ford, who after months of soul-searching decided to go public.”I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” said Ford, 51, a clinical psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California. “He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.” She told the Post that she was able to escape after a friend of Kavanaugh’s who was in the room jumped on top of them and everyone tumbled.In the interview, Ford says she never revealed what had happened to her until 2012, when she and her husband sought couples therapy. Ford’s husband, Russell Ford, said he recalled his wife using Kavanaugh’s last name and expressing concern that Kavanaugh – then a federal judge – might someday be nominated to the Supreme Court.Senate Republicans, along with the White House, see no need to postpone voting over what they consider uncorroborated and unverifiable accusations, according to a person familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak publicly.In considering their options Sunday, Republicans largely settled on the view that Ford’s story alone was not enough to delay Kavanaugh’s confirmation.Grassley could invite Ford to testify, likely in closed session before Thursday. Kavanaugh would also probably be asked to appear before senators. The panel would also likely seek testimony from Mark Judge, Kavanaugh’s friend and classmate who Ford says jumped on top of her and Kavanaugh. Judge has denied that the incident happened.Republicans have not settled on the strategy, the person familiar with the situation said, but were weighing options, including doing nothing.Republicans say the allegations have already cast a shadow over Kavanaugh but that it does not appear to be enough to change the votes in the narrowly divided 51-49 Senate. Key will be the views of Collins and Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Both are under enormous pressure from outside groups who want them to oppose Kavanaugh on grounds that as a justice he could vote to undercut the Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion in the U.S.The White House has accused Feinstein of mounting an “11th hour attempt to delay his confirmation.” The White House has also sought to cast doubt about Ford’s allegation by noting that the FBI has repeatedly investigated Kavanaugh since the 1990s for highly sensitive positions he has held, including in the office of independent counsel Ken Starr, at the White House and his current post on the federal appeals court in Washington.Sixty-five women who knew Kavanagh in high school defended him in a separate letter, circulated by Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans, as someone who “always treated women with decency and respect.”last_img read more

Nukes on the menu at TrumpKim dinner in Hanoi

first_imgTrump- KimDonald Trump and Kim Jong Un meet Wednesday in Hanoi for the second date in an unlikely friendship that the US president hopes will push North Korea’s reclusive leader closer to reaching a deal on his nuclear arsenal.Trump touched down late Tuesday on Air Force One after flying half way around the world from Washington, while Kim arrived earlier, following a two-and-a-half-day train journey from Pyongyang.On completing their marathon trips, the protagonists of international diplomacy’s most surprising bromance were treated to joyful welcomes from crowds of excited, flag-waving onlookers across the Vietnamese capital.But much of their schedule was shrouded in mystery, and the summit has been preceded by few of the usual preliminary negotiations, with some of the arrangements still being ironed out in Hanoi on Tuesday.Starting with a brief conversation followed by dinner Wednesday, then in more talks Thursday, Trump and Kim aim to build on their startling initial meeting in Singapore last June.While that first summit ended with a vague statement promising to work “towards complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula”, they have since disagreed on what that means, and this time Trump in particular faces pressure to deliver concrete results.On the plus side, there has been more than a year without North Korea rattling its neighbours with rocket and nuclear tests.But the isolated state has done nothing to roll back the arsenal it has already built, and Trump’s own top intelligence advisers say Kim remains determined to keep the one weapon he believes can guarantee his regime’s survival.And while Trump left Singapore claiming that North Korea is “no longer a nuclear threat”, analysts dismiss that as “patently false” and Pyongyang is believed to have spent the intervening time quietly expanding its capabilities.Good vibes”Thank you to all of the people for the great reception in Hanoi. Tremendous crowds, and so much love!” Trump tweeted after reaching his Hanoi hotel from the airport.Earlier, Kim got a similar reception from excited locals when he visited the North Korean embassy under heavy security.”Trump is someone who has a strong character. His words are followed by actions,” said one admiring Hanoi resident, Le Dinh Hung, who carried a painting of Trump that he wanted to give him.The US president, who left behind a mounting tide of legal and political troubles in Washington, will be hoping he can carry those good vibes into the summit.Long gone are the days when he ridiculed Kim as “rocket man” and Kim responded by calling him a “mentally deranged US dotard”. Now Trump talks of “love” between them.And in the run-up to the summit he suggested that if the North gave up its weapons, it could be transformed from an isolated fortress state to an Asian economic tiger — much like Vietnam, a communist country that embraced capitalism and buried its confrontation with the United States.But the North is rated as the world’s least investable country by global risk assessment firm Verisk Maplecroft.”With complete Denuclearization, North Korea will rapidly become an Economic Powerhouse,” tweeted Trump. “Without it, just more of the same.”Sticks and carrotsWith Congress investigating Trump for alleged illegal activities and also preparing to try and stop his controversial use of executive power to fund the construction of a US-Mexican border wall, the president would dearly like to change the news narrative by proclaiming a dramatic win.Critics of Trump say he is so keen to deal with Kim that he could give away too much in his desire to make headlines, even endangering long-standing allies South Korea and Japan. In Singapore, Trump took his own generals by surprise when he announced a suspension of military exercises with the South — something the North badly wanted.But the time for empty gestures is also over, analysts say.”The window for diplomatic progress with North Korea will not remain open indefinitely. The second summit… must emphasise substance over pageantry,” said Kelsey Davenport from the Arms Control Association.For Washington, this would ideally include getting Kim to dismantle the key nuclear facility at Yongbyon, allow in international inspectors, or even hand over a full list of all the country’s nuclear assets — something the North Koreans have categorically refused to do.In return, Trump is believed to be considering dangling relief from tough international sanctions. Opening of diplomatic liaison offices is another possible US concession.And Trump could go further by making a hugely symbolic declaration that the 1950-53 Korean War is over, after hostilities ended with a ceasefire but no peace treaty.However, every potential move is fraught with danger.North Korea has proved expert for many years at stringing along American presidents while continuing to pursue its nuclear ambitions.And the rarely restrained Trump appeared to downplay expectations before he flew to Vietnam, stressing that continued suspension of missile and nuclear tests was what mattered most, and suggesting that more summits may be needed.”I don’t want to rush anybody. I just don’t want testing,” Trump said at the weekend. “As long as there’s no testing, we’re happy.”last_img read more

Rep Vaupel is ceremoniously sworn into office and announces office contact information

first_img15Jan Rep. Vaupel is ceremoniously sworn into office and announces office contact information State Rep. Hank Vaupel was ceremoniously sworn into office today at the Capitol by Michigan State Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Young Jr.State Rep. Hank Vaupel, is sworn in by Michigan State Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Young Jr. (left). He was joined by (from left) friends Wanda Hummel, Larry Hummel, Pastor Diane Greble, Ed Alverson, and his wife Cathy Vaupel.“I am so pleased to welcome my family and friends to Lansing today as I officially begin my work for the people of the 47th House District,” said Vaupel, R-Fowlerville.Vaupel also announced his office contact information for constituents.“As I begin my first term as representative I want to ensure that residents know how to contact me with their ideas and concerns,” Vaupel said. “I would not be here without them so it is my top priority to continue to stand for the ideas and issues that are important to the constituents of Livingston County.”Residents can contact Rep. Vaupel in Lansing at (517) 373-8835, at P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909-7514 or by email at hankvaupel@house.mi.gov.Legislative staffers Cindy Denby and Sue Dolato will join Vaupel in his Lansing office.  Denby, the former representative for the district as well as a former legislative staffer, will continue to work with the 47th District as Rep. Vaupel’s legislative director. Dolato, who was on staff with Rep. Denby will continue on as legislative aide in charge of constituent work.Vaupel’s office is located at 124 N. Capitol Ave., Room 896, Lansing.  The office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.### Categories: Vaupel News,Vaupel Photoslast_img read more

Fashion and entertainment channel Fashion One TV h

first_imgFashion and entertainment channel Fashion One TV has inked a satellite deal that will see it being transmitted to millions of homes across Europe and North Africa.It has inked an agreement with GlobeCast that gives it access to a potential 42 million DTH, 55 million cable and 2.3 million DTT homes in the region.last_img