After weeks of rumors, Penton Media announced today that it is buying Lebhar-Friedman’s flagship title, Nation’s Restaurant News.Randall Friedman, publisher of Nation’s Restaurant News, is joining Penton as market leader of the Penton Restaurant Group, which will include Nation’s Restaurant News as well as Penton’s own Restaurant Hospitality and Food Management. Nation’s Restaurant News will be located in Penton’s New York City headquarters, while Restaurant Hospitality and Food Management will continue to operate out of Cleveland. The NRN sale, as well as the reported shopping of Lebhar’s Dowden Health Media, is seen as part of a plan to pay back GE Capital, which financed Lebhar’s estimated $40 million acquisition of Dowden Health Media in 2005. In 2006, Dowden Health Media founder Carroll Dowden bought back the consumer magazine division of Dowden Health Media (which included four regional titles with combined revenue of under $10 million). Last year, Lebhar-Friedman sold Dowden Professional Publications to Quadrant HealthCom Inc.With the sale of NRN, Lebhar-Friedman retains four retail-focused publications: Home Channel News, Chain Store Age, Retailing Today and Drug Store News.
Rodale declined to be more specific with the staff reduction, citing a “proactive response to industry changes,” but a source inside the company tells Folio: that the cuts affected most if not all of Rodale’s brands, and that many of the departures are director-level staffers or department heads. Late last year, Maria Rodale took over day-to-day leadership of the company when then-president Scott Schulman departed after his contract wasn’t renewed. “Rodale management has made the very painful but strategic decision to eliminate certain positions across the company,” a company spokesperson tells Folio:. “Over the course of the past few days, the impacted employees were notified.” “Maria Rodale sent out a company-wide email saying tough decisions were made to cut certain positions,” the source, who requested to remain anonymous, tells Folio:. “I know that all brands except Women’s Health lost someone. It’s very likely that Women’s Health lost people, but I haven’t heard anything.” The cuts, representing about six percent of staff at the privately-held publisher, come on the heels of several other significant cost-trimming moves by the company in recent months. Additionally, the source tells Folio: that women’s running vertical Zelle lost its only employee, a part-timer, and will likely be folded. The staff reductions, originally reported by the Allentown Morning Call, do not appear to be limited to certain brands or departments. Rodale’s winter of upheaval is continuing into the new year. The streamlining began almost immediately after that. Schulman left at the end of October. By mid-November, the company shut down its content marketing group, Rodale Grow. Three weeks later, Running Times, a sister publication to Runner’s World, was shuttered. In the immediate aftermath, a management reorganization saw the loss of several executive-level titles, including group publisher Chris Lambiase, among other positions. The company eliminated another 40 positions this week across a variety of departments, stretching the process over the last several days. One of those executive departures was SVP Anne Alexander, who was also Prevention’s editorial director. This week’s cuts included Prevention editor-in-chief Bruce Kelley. The company announced Monday that Mike Lafavore, who rejoined Rodale just before Schulman’s departure, will take over Kelley’s role on an interim basis while the company seeks a replacement.
A Bangladeshi man was convicted for trafficking his wife in India, along with the owner of the hotel where she was used for prostitution, reports Times of India.The man allegedly had sold his wife to the hotel-owner, who himself raped her and later used her for sex trade, the English-language Indian daily adds.The four-year legal battle ended on Tuesday with the convictions of the Abdul Gaffar, a Bangladeshi national convicted of trafficking and illegal immigration of his Bangladeshi wife, and the hotel-owner, Bhagyadhar Dhibar, to whom he had sold his wife.Dhibar raped the victim and later exploited her in his hotel and elsewhere. He was convicted of inducing, trafficking and abetting illegal immigration of a woman. Both were sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment. The victim has been repatriated to Bangladesh.Chief judicial magistrate Kundan Kumar Kumai of the City Sessions Court passed the order, convicting Gaffar under Sections 366B and 370 of the IPC and Section 14C of Foreigners Act of India.The charges include punishment for “importation” of a woman from a foreign country and trafficking her for the purpose of prostitution. Dhibar was convicted under Sections 366, 366B, 370 and 120B of the IPC. The charges against him include luring into illicit sexual act.Police said the case dates back to 1 September 2013 when officials from Immoral trafficking section of the detective department were alerted by a member of NGO Durbar Mahila Samanyay Committee. The NGO had found the woman in the custody of a man in the red-light area of Sonagachi.Acting on the tip-off, police rescued the woman and arrested Gaffar. Dhibar was arrested two days later.Police found that Gaffar had wooed the woman and told her that he had a job in India. On reaching Kolkata, he sold her to Dhibar, who himself raped her and had eight or nine men rape her in his own hotel and in brothels of Sonagachi as well. Gaffar would also surface, and bring in “customers” for his wife.The woman was brought to International Justice Mission (IJM) and provided legal support and counselling. Saji Philip, director of operation, IJM, which is a global human rights organisation working for victims of violence, said, “This case is utterly inhuman because the culprit is her own husband.”Marie Riba, the woman’s advocate, said, “The victims of human trafficking are real, and like us they have every right to seek justice. The public need to know that those who rob them of those rights will be severely punished.” She said the victim has been sent to her Bangladesh home and efforts are on to reintegrate her in society.
Submerged houses in Bhogdanga union of Kurigram. Photo: Safi KhanFour more people have drowned in floodwater in Lalmonirhat, Thakurgaon and Netrakona districts as the overall flood situation worsened in several districts while remained static in some others.With this, the death toll from the flood that is mainly raging country’s northern and northeaster regions rose to 29.Of them, 13 died in Dinajpur while nine in Lalmonirhat, three in Nilphamari, two in Thakurgaon and one each in Netrakona and Sirajganj.In Lalmonirhat, two people drowned in floodwater in Mogolhat area of sadar upazila on Tuesday morning. The deceased are Wazed Miah, 46, son of Omar Miah of Jhari Dhorola village, and Aynal Ali, 13, son of Zahir Ali Etapota village.Around 4 lakh people of 95,000 families in 35 unions of the district were marooned by the floodwater.In Jamalpur, the flood situation deteriorated as the water level of the Jamuna river swelled by 5cm more at Bahadurabadghat point in the morning, flowing 133cm above the danger level.Around 3 lakh people of three municipalities of five upazilas were affected by the flood.People are struggling to protect their homesteads at Jagmohan Char of Kurigram. Photo: Safi KhanMirza Shamsul Alam, station master of Jamalpur railway station, said the train communication on Jamalpur-Dewanganj and Jamalpur-Islampur routes remained suspended since Monday night as the rail tracks in Dhurmut and Islampur had gone under water.A total of 20,968 hectares of Aman, Ropa Aman and other croplands were inundated by floodwater.Besides, academic activities of 180 government primary schools came to a halt as those were flooded, said Shahidul Islam, district primary education officer.Meanwhile, the district administration distributed 48 tonnes of rice and Tk 1.20 lakh in cash among the flood-affected people in five upazilas.The flood situation worsened in Natore in the last 24 hours till Tuesday morning, inundating many new areas.The water level of the Atrai river was flowing 30cm above the danger level at Ferryghat point of Singra upazila.The residents of Nurullapur area in Lalpur upazila were passing their days in fear as blocks of the flood control embankment along the Padma river collapsed.In Netrakona, the body of a farmer, Abdul Aziz, 76 of Bir Shidhli village who went missing two days ago, was recovered on Tuesday.Flood-hit Chikli village of Taraganj upazila in Rangpur. The photo was taken on Tuesday. Photo: Prothom AloSome 273 primary schools in the district have already been closed as floodwater submerged those.The water level of the Sumeshwary was flowing 157cm above the danger mark at Durgapur point while 176cm at Zaria point, damaging a vast tract of vegetable lands in low-lying areas in different parts of the district.In Thakurgaon, the body of a boy who went missing in the floodwater recovered in the morning.In Kurigram, the water level of the Brahmaputra river rose 1cm inundating 42,351 hectares of croplands and marooning 4 lakh people.In Bogra, the Jamuna was flowing 114cm above the danger level at Sariakandi point and it was swelling by 1cm per hour, said the local Water Development Board office.Over 1 lakh people of 89 villages in 14 unions in Sariakandi, Sonatola and Dhunat upazilas were affected by the flood while a total of 4,835 hectares of cropland were inundated.Meanwhile, Army men were deployed in flood-affected Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari and Panchagarh districts newly with speedboats and necessary equipment to help the victims.Besides, additional Army men were added to the existing ones in Dinajpur, Gaibandha and Rangpur districts and Saidpur upazila, said an ISPR release.With this, a total of 28 platoons of Army have been working in the flood-affected northern districts and they have so far rescued 1785 people and a good number of domestic animals, it added.
At least three people were killed and two others injured in a head-on a collision between a truck and a CNG-run auto-rickshaw in Baluchora area of Chittagong city early Tuesday, reports UNB.The deceased could not be identified immediately.Nurul Islam, sub-inspector of Bayezid Bostami police station, said that the accident took place when the truck hit the auto-rickshaw on Chittagong-Hathazari road around 12:45am, leaving three auto-rickshaw passengers dead on the spot and two others critically injured.The injured were admitted to Chittagong Medical College Hospital.
Trading and marketing of litchi have reached peak everywhere in the region involving hundreds of labourers both males and females in harvesting, segregating and transportation of the delicious seasonal fruit.Trading and marketing of litchi have reached peak everywhere in the region involving hundreds of labourers both males and females in harvesting, segregating and transportation of the delicious seasonal fruit.Market sources said harvest has been continuing in full swing with plenty of supply, huge demand and better prices in the local markets making both the litchi growers and traders happier this season.Alim Uddin, principal scientific officer of Fruit Research Station, told BSS that litchi is grown well in Rajshahi and Dinajpur districts in the country’s northwest region but the fruit of Ishwardi is very delicious and famous across the country.In Rajshahi, there are around 372.5 hectares of litchi orchards with creation of new ones. He said commercial farming of some of the fruits especially mango and litchi is gradually being enhanced in the region.Ishwardi is now being adjudged as capital of litchi as it possesses commercial litchi orchards on more than 3,000 hectares with around 300,000 trees. Age of 200,000 trees is above 15 years. Apart from this, there are scores of litchi trees on homesteads and adjacent areas throughout the upazila.Number of trees is gradually increasing in this upazila as the farming is profitable, said upazila agriculture officer Rawshan Jamil.He said around 2.30 billion litchis were produced here this season valued at around Tk 4 billion. He said yield of litchi has been affected to some extent due to the scorching heat and rainless condition of the season. But in all aspects, there will be an expected yield, he hoped.Meanwhile, huge quantities of litchi including the aristocrat varieties are being sold daily from the region to the country’s other parts including capital Dhaka and its supply still remains plenty in the local markets following bumper production.Presently, every 100 pieces of local variety litchi are selling at rates between Tk 200 and 230, Madrazi, Bombay and China-3 varieties at rates between Tk 250 and 260 and aristocrat Bedana variety in between Tk 270 and 350 in the local markets. Like in the previous years, the bigger litchi traders from Munshiganj, Dhaka and other places have already purchased the orchards with China-3, China-4 and Bedana variety litchi and started marketing those to the capital and other areas.
Women’s rights advocates have slammed a torrent of online posts by men from across India who expressed enthusiasm about marrying women from Kashmir after India’s sudden removal of special rights from the disputed region made it more appealing to do so.”It’s deeply sexist,” said Rituparna Chatterjee, an activist writing a book on the #MeToo movement in India. “Women’s bodies have been battlegrounds for men for centuries. The latest comments of Kashmiri women, are only testimony to this fact,” she said.India struck down a constitutional provision on Monday that granted special status to residents of Jammu and Kashmir state, whose population is majority Muslim, including exclusive rights to owning property and getting state government jobs there.Under the previous rules, women from the state who married outsiders lost those rights, and outsiders couldn’t buy property in Kashmir. Now, residents of the state and people from other parts of India will be on an equal legal footing in Kashmir.As supporters of prime minister Narendra Modi and his ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party flooded social media with posts expressing jubilation about the constitutional change, many men among them said on Twitter and the video platform TikTok that this would make it easier for them to marry Kashmiris.”Congrats India now unmarried boys can marry these smart girls from Kashmir after 370 removal,” said one post, referring to the constitutional provision that was struck down. Another said: “Every Indian boy’s dream right now: 1. Plot in Kashmir 2. Job in Kashmir 3. Marriage with Kashmiri girl.”Adding to those voices on Wednesday was Vikram Saini, a BJP lawmaker, who was seen in a video urging party workers to marry “Kashmiri girls.””We can get the bachelors among our party workers married there now, there is no problem,” Saini says in the video standing in front of a Modi poster at a rally in northern India. “Our Muslim party workers should be happy, now they can go and marry fair-skinned Kashmiri girls.”Mihira Sood, a Supreme Court lawyer in New Delhi, who specialises in gender issues, called it “objectification of women.””It’s one thing if someone thinks that Article 370 should have gone, but a whole another to be chest-beating about it like this,” she said. “Kashmiri women are not spoils of war. They are human beings with agency and the right to consent or not consent.”The internet is abound with articles extolling the virtues of Kashmiri women – and some talk about Kashmiri men in similar ways – emphasising their fair skin. Data on Google Trends showed searches for “Kashmiri girl” in India surged from 5 August onwards.
Share X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Houston is a city full of engineers whose skill and expertise make so much of our modern lives possible. But a lot of that precision is a relatively recent invention. So much of engineering nowadays is super-precise – objects cut to specifications in the microns. It’s what allows things like our cell phones, computers, and cars to be fitted together with hyper-precision. And a lot of that technology also relies on precision timing to work correctly.But that level of perfection only goes back as far as the 1800s, as writer Simon Winchester found in his book The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World. In it, he explores the origins of precision in the Industrial Age and introduces us to the scientific minds who helped usher it into modern production.Winchester is in Houston May 15 for an event with River Oaks Bookstore at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.Prior to his visit, he told Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty the story of how precision engineering began, how it proliferated, and about its drawbacks. Listen Pexels 00:00 /13:29