Shortly 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.
Chief Electoral Officer for the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh I.V.Subbarao (R) speaks with officials as they receive Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) at a distribution centre in Hyderabad on April 15, 2009. India will hold its fifteenth parliamentary general elections in five phases on April 16, April 23, April 30, May 7,and May 13 and the new parliament will be constituted before June 2.NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images [Representational Image]Low to moderate voting was witnessed in the first fours on Thursday for the 14 Lok Sabha constituencies in the central and southern Karnataka, an official said.”Voting picked up gradually after beginning on a dull note in some seats. It was moderate in the other seats in the first two hours,” state joint chief electoral officer A.V. Surya Sen told IANS.Till 11 a.m., around 19.69 per cent electorate cast their votes in Bangalore South, a mere 6.01 per cent did in Bangalore Central, 7.23 per cent in Bangalore North and 6.31 per cent in Bangalore Rural.Brisk voting was, however, witnessed in Udupi-Chikmagalur with 23.11 per cent turnout in the first 4 hours of polling, followed by 21 per cent in Dakshina Kannada, 16.50 per cent in Tumkur and 15.18 per cent in Chitradurga.But it was yet to gain momentum in other seats, as Kolar (SC) saw only 6.3 per cent, Chikkabalapur 6.8 per cent, Mandya 7.5 per cent, Hassan 10.73 per cent, Chamarajnagar 10.81 and Mysore 11.96 per cent till 11 a.m.
Ram CharanTwitterMega power star Ram Charan’s fans were surprised to see him make his debut on Instagram. They were also thrilled and excited over his entry and gave a rousing welcome to the actor.Ram Charan had joined Twitter and Facebook when they were at their booming stage. Probably, he was the first Telugu actor to enter social media those days. But he deleted his Twitter account after heavy criticism. He kept interacting with his fans once in a while on Facebook. Though he is not very active, he keeps wishing his colleagues on their birthdays and their movie releases.Today, social media channels have proved to be a great medium for fans to connect with their favourite stars and most of the Telugu stars are active on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. But, the Rangasthalam actor, who is currently busy with SS Rajamouli’s RRR, was missing from action on Twitter and Instagram and all his fans were desperately waiting for his arrival.Finally, Ram Charan has bend low to his fans’ request and in a surprising move, he made a grand debut on Instagram on July 8. The mega power star shared a photo featuring his intense look, which was liked by nearly 2 lakh people on the photo-sharing website. In reply to his first post, the fans of the mega family gave a rousing welcome to the actor. Here are some of their comments.Puspa.santi.3576: I hope my friend in Indonesia will follow you, I will tell you on the Bollywood tellywood tollywood group Indonesia they are very happy … the spirit of airing you mega power star,Saikumarnaidu.kurakula: Insta will be shaked with your presence Mega Power Star Ram charanRamcharan_cherry: Ahhh This is wht iam Waiting for .. #Finally #RC on Instagram ❤️❤️❤️Janasenaparrty: Welcome Abbai ❤️ All The Best To Your Up Coming Film #RRRIndu_sekhar_: Welcome Charan Anna … Alage #pawankalyan ni kuda thiskocheyva instagram ki plzzzzzzRaghavendra_ramcharan._.fan: Anna… My long wait comes to endkonidela.ramcharan: Yayyy!! Finally RC on Instagram ❤️Ganeshnaidukorasalajsp: Welcome my legendThoprulers: Adede Meme Pages Anni ikkade Vunnayemamulga_undadhu: Telugu vallu andaru mana page ni follow avvandi …. Ram charan fan ni nenu kudaMy_love_rc_official_account_: Wlcm annayya❤️❤️ I’m really a big fan of u and made a fan page just for u❤️i_am_a_charanfangirl: OMG is these true l pinch myself.full happyntr_royal_fans: Welcome to Instagram Charan Anna From @jrntr fan’s ❤️❤️__chikitha_hemu: Awwwww…….Finally my wait is over! Welcome cherryyy## AlwaysRamcharanAddict here All the best for ur upcoming movies❤❤lotzzzzz of love
gunfightA 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.
D.C.’s civic, business and education notables gathered March 27 as the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) held its annual Masked Ball, this year celebrating the UNCF’s seven decades of service in the name of Blacks in higher education. For Debbi Jarvis, PEPCO Holdings’ vice president of corporate citizenship and responsibility, and her husband Ernie Jarvis of First Potomac Realty, the D.C. ball, which the couple co-chair, marks a key moment for African Americans in higher education. “Attaining a college degree is still the great equalizer and in these tough economic times as college costs continue to skyrocket minority students need help,” Jarvis said of the UNCF masked balls held in 14 cities each spring as a national fundraiser for the UNCF. The D.C. ball was held at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium near the National Mall. “We were thrilled to serve as the Inaugural Co-Chairs of the Washington Masked Ball and to return for a second year to support this fabulous event,” said Jarvis. “PEPCO is a proud and longtime supporter of UNCF. Helping to ensure that African American students get a chance to attend college is an important investment that Pepco’s is making in the communities we serve.” As one of the nation’s oldest and best known non-governmental sources of funds for Blacks in higher education, the UNCF is a key provider of higher education financial aid to minority students. PEPCO is a primary corporate sponsor of UNCF in the mid-Atlantic states. On March 22, Delmarva Power—a subsidiary of PEPCO Holdings, Inc.—served as sponsors for the Delaware UNCF Masked Ball. Delmarva Power President Gary Stockbridge chaired the Delaware event. Stockbridge said in a statement, “Delmarva Power is proud to join together with corporate donors and sponsors to help fortify the ranks of young African-American and Latino men and women in Delaware attain the goal of a higher education.”
Are your toddler’s fingers and hands movement slow? Is his/her ability to relate to and interact with others as well as problem-solving skills delayed? Blame it on your obesity, researchers say.The findings showed that apart from health related issues, children of obese mothers were nearly 70 per cent more likely to fail tests of fine motor skill – the ability to control movement of small muscles, such as those in the fingers and hands – by age 3, when compared to children of normal-weight mothers. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfChildren with obese fathers were 75 per cent more likely to fail measures of social competence – an indicator of how well they were able to relate to and interact with others by age 3. Those born to extremely obese couples were nearly three times more likely to fail tests of problem-solving ability by age three.“Our study is one of the few that also includes information about fathers, and our results suggest that dad’s weight also has significant influence on child development,” said lead author, Edwina Yeung, from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in the US. However, it is not yet known how parental obesity might increase children’s risk for developmental delay. Animal studies have indicated that obesity during pregnancy may promote inflammation, which could affect the foetal brain and could also affect the expression of genes in sperm. If the link between parental obesity and developmental delays is confirmed, physicians may need to take parental weight into account when screening young children for delays and early interventional services, the researchers said.
Even though India is a vast country, India barely has anything of its own. From various vegetables, fruits to spices, almost everything was brought to India and became a part of the culture. The same goes for the rugs and carpet industry in India. “Most of the designs of rugs that we see in the market are either inspired by middle-eastern, Nepalese or Indo-Tibetan cultures. You don’t get to see something that is inspired by our own contemporary Indian culture,” said Angelique Dhama, President of OBEETEE. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIndia’s largest luxury carpet maker, OBEETEE, has launched the second edition of the ‘Proud to be Indian’ series with Abraham & Thakore, one of the most successful and respected design houses in India. The new handcrafted collection of rugs fuses timeless traditional techniques with a bold, contemporary colour palette and edgy artistry. The initiative is aimed at bringing the loom to the modern Indian context.The new ‘Proud to be Indian’ collection touches upon India’s fascinating elements: The borders of vintage saris from Kanchipuram, block prints from Sanganer and the timeless tie and dye Bandhani from Kutch. The designs are also influenced by the geometry of double Ikat Telia Rumals and the art of calligraphy; the ornate lettering techniques. Other vintage elements like old handwritten letters, faded ink and calligraphic strokes have also been used in this labour of love. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOn the launch of second edition of Proud to be Indian collection, Rudra Chatterjee, Chairman, OBEETEE, said “We are proud to partner with Abraham & Thakore to create rugs that represent design, material and craftsmanship that are local, yet exceptional in heritage and quality. What attracted us was their mastery of design, which is both cutting-edge yet tied intricately to India’s ethos.”Elaborating on the association, Angelique Dhama, President, OBEETEE, said, “We were aware of the strong Persian and Central Asian design language of most carpets, we felt the time had come to showcase rugs influenced by India’s own textile traditions, but with an evolved design vocabulary. Though the inspiration comes from India’s rich heritage, the elements and colours are fresh and fun, making the whole compilation very contemporary. This collection reaffirms the ingenuity of the human hand.” With some of the finest weavers to this task; it took more than a year to weave one carpet, hence, providing a year’s employment. The carpets are all hand-knotted using different yarns and finishes. The finest silk was procured and rugs were woven with a knot density of about 200 knots per square inch. “Each rug is made of exquisite material with almost 65-70% of silk and 30-35% of wool. Even the washes that have been applied are either gold or silver finish so as to elevate the product. The carpets are also customised for our patrons. Each buyer can scan a QR code embedded in the tapestry of the carpet and read details about its weaver,” explained Dhama.”When we were approached by OBEETEE, we were excited to be developing carpets with India’s finest carpet weaving company. We found the premise of the project, which focuses on combining the finest carpet weaving skills of India with an Indian design sensibility both challenging and timely,” said designers Abraham & Thakore.”The beauty of this collection lies in the technical virtuosity of a hand knotted carpet, where millions of threads are individually knotted together to create the complex surface of matt and sheen. The design sensibility is low key yet highly distinctive, with a strong respect for material, form and craft,” said the designers.After unveiling the Abraham & Thakore collection in Delhi, OBEETEE will showcase the collection in Germany, followed by New York.