The layoffs that have ravaged the publishing industry continue to roll, with three prominent b-to-b publishers cutting staff in an effort to reduce costs and survive the recession.Summit Business Media—a company that had been, until recently, on a buying spree—laid off 21 staffers last week and eliminated six vacant positions, FOLIO: has learned. As part of the cutbacks, a pair of senior executives—Joe Bennett, former Pfingsten president, and Jim Keefe, former senior vice president of the company’s events division—are leaving.Tom Flynn, the company’s chief financial officer, will take on the additional role of chief operating officer. Before the cuts, Summit employed 495. CEO Andy Goodenough told FOLIO: he has “flattened the organization and now have eight ‘revenue units’ reporting to me directly, up from four.” Crain Cuts 50 Meanwhile, Crain Communications, publisher of trade magazines including Advertising Age, Crain’s New York Business and TV Week, laid off 50 editorial staffers, according to a Paid Content report, and shuttered the print version of Financial Week.A rep for Crain did not return a request seeking comment. The company employs about 1,000 staffers.Tech Target Cuts 12 PercentPerhaps most eye-opening, however, was the news that Needham, Massachusetts-based publisher TechTarget—a company that has seen significant growth over the last few years—will slash 76 full-time staffers, or about 12 percent of its overall workforce.According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission Thursday (reported today by BtoB) the company also said it will close its two print magazines—Storage and Information Security.
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For starters, consider some kind of subscription (like the Firstleaf Wine Club, below), which you can purchase instantly and doesn’t require any kind of immediate delivery. CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Tags Available at Amazon and Walmart Available at Amazon Firstleaf Available at Amazon A must-have for every Dad’s toolbox, the GLM20 replaces that clunky old tape measure with laser-powered precision. It’s a cinch to operate — there’s just one button — and the price is as low as it’s ever been.Looking for another tool gift? Lowe’s has the Bosch Freak 18-volt Cordless Impact Driver for $89 — a savings of 40%. 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State minister for power, energy and mineral resources Nasrul Hamid on Thursday told Parliament that price hike of electricity is a continuous process, reports UNB.”It is a continuous process to increase or adjust the existing prices of electricity due to rise in production and management costs,” he said replying to a tabled starred question from Awami League MP Habibur Rahman Mollah (Dhaka-5).Nasrul said the collection rate of electricity bills was 98.20 per cent in fiscal 2015-16. The power system loss has reduced to 13.10 per cent from 16.85 per cent over the last few years, he added.In reply to another starred question from AL MP Israfil Alam (Naogaon-6), the state minister informed the House that the average electricity generation is some 8,500-9,500 megawatt a day in the country. But the power production capacity is 15,379 megawatt a day.Nasrul said the highest 50.89 per cent electricity is now used in household sector, while 34.28 per cent in industrial sector, 9.34 in commercial sector, 3.61 per cent in agricultural sector and 1.88 per cent in other sectors.Replying to a starred question from ruling party MP Shamsul Hoque Chowdhury (Chittagong-12), the junior minister said some 2,740mcf (million cubic feet) gas is being extracted against the clients’ demand of 3,400 mcf a day in the country.The daily natural gas supply has increased by some 1010 mcf due to different steps taken by the present government in the last eight years from 2009 to 2017, Nasrul said.Meanwhile, Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu said there are 45 mills and factories run by the government in the country.Of the mills and factories, 36 ones are now in operation, while the remaining nine mills or factories remain closed, he said replying to a starred question from AL MP Sanjida Khanam (Reserved Seat-24).
Theresa May File PhotoMPs on Monday once again failed to find a majority on any alternative Brexit plan before them, leaving Britain’s chaotic path towards leaving the EU mired in uncertainty less than two weeks before its departure date.Brussels has set Britain an 12 April deadline to agree to the divorce terms Prime Minister Theresa May has struck with the bloc, find an alternative or crash out of the European Union.MPs have already rejected the Brexit divorce deal three times, shredding May’s authority.Parliament’s lower House of Commons seized the initiative last week by holding a first round of votes on eight alternative Brexit options but failed to find a majority on any of them.Refining them down to four, backbenchers voted again on Monday, hoping to find one solution that most of them could agree on.All four failed to find a majority although the result was close for proposals to hold a second referendum and negotiate a permanent customs union with the EU.Brexit secretary Steve Barclay hinted the government could now bring its deal back for a fourth vote this week and avoid a longer delay to Brexit that would mean holding European Parliament elections in May.He warned that otherwise “the default legal position is the UK will leave the EU in just 11 days time” without a deal — an option that experts have warned could cause huge economic disruption on both sides of the Channel.”Cabinet will meet in the morning to consider the results of tonight’s vote and how we should proceed,” Barclay said.The EU has called an emergency summit for 10 April and warned that without a plan, Britain risks abruptly ending ties with its largest trading partner two days later, causing huge economic disruption.”With our British friends we have had a lot of patience, but even patience is running out,” European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker told Italian television channel Rai 1.Following the result, Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the European Parliament’s Brexit committee, said: “A hard Brexit becomes nearly inevitable”.When MPs meet again on Wednesday “the UK has a last chance to break the deadlock or face the abyss,” Verhofstadt said.Elusive majorityBritain voted by 52 per cent to leave the EU in a 2016 referendum, but the process has been mired in divisions over the terms of the divorce and what kind of future ties to seek.The political chaos forced May to postpone Britain’s exit from the original date of 29 March, but she said it would be “unacceptable” for a further delay beyond European Parliament elections on 23-26 May.Frustrated with her approach, MPs last week gave themselves powers to find an alternative strategy, by holding so-called “indicative votes” on a range of different Brexit options.They brought them back on Monday but once again, nothing produced a majority, even with May’s cabinet abstaining.The first motion, calling for the government to negotiate a permanent customs union with the EU, was defeated by 276 votes to 273.The second option, dubbed “Common Market 2.0″, would accept May’s divorce terms but require her to negotiate a new EU customs arrangement and membership of the EU single market. It was beaten by 282 votes to 261.A vote on plans for a second referendum went down by 292 to 280.The final option, which would have instructed government to revoke the legislation to leave the EU a day before Britain is due to crash out, was rejected by 292 to 191.Nick Boles, a Conservative MP who had proposed the Common Market 2.0 plan, announced he was leaving the party after the vote.”I have given everything to an attempt to find a compromise,” an emotional Boles told parliament.”I accept I have failed. I have failed chiefly because my party refuses to compromise. I regret therefore to announce I can no longer sit for this party,” he said.Cabinet ministers will meet on Tuesday to discuss the outcome of the ballots, and could still decide to hold a fourth vote on May’s deal on Wednesday or Thursday.The votes by MPs were are not legally binding but would have been politically hard to ignore if a majority was found.
By Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO, firstname.lastname@example.orgIn the annual St. Augustine’s invitational meet that is known as the CIAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, things held true to form on the men’s side as the Falcons won for the 22nd consecutive year. However, a resurgence on the track at Bowie State led to the men’s team nearly landing on the podium.The men’s team finished in fourth place, while the women finished in sixth in what was their best team conference championship performance since 2006. Had it not been for a DNF (did not finish) in a preliminary heat and a disqualification because a runner didn’t conclude a distance event, the men would have finished with the team bronze medal.Bowie State freshman Davon Carroll won the CIAA men’s 100 meters at the conference championship meet where the Bulldogs finished 4th. (Courtesy Photo) Head coach Michelle Latimer has been able to re-establish a successful program whose stars shined brightest this year in their biggest conference meet. Most CIAA track experts didn’t expect for Bowie State to be in the running with the heavyweight programs in the conference, but they entered with high expectation and were within those missteps of meeting their goal.“We went to the meet expecting to finish on the podium this year,” said head coach Michelle Latimer. “Despite their youth, this team ran with a lot of confidence. This is a unique group of kids with one common goal.”“Track is an individual sport, but you still have to be part of a team to win.”Freshman Davon Carroll, who was as consistent a performer as anyone in the CIAA all season, won the conference championship in the marquee event. Carroll finished first in the 100-meters finals with the time of 10.51 seconds after placing third in men’s preliminary heat at 10.57.Carroll is a local athlete who stayed at home to compete in college, but Latimore knew he was the type of runner who could be a program changer with. “He’s a humble young man who his very coachable,” Latimore said.In men’s 4×100-meter relay, Bowie State finished third at 41.69. Teaming with Demontay Snowden, Derrick Corley, and Frank Bailey, Carroll anchored the final led of the race which was a big factor in their final point total that helped them finish in the top four in the race for the team title.Carroll, who was clearly the most valuable performer for the Bulldogs during the regular season, finished in seventh place at the Penn Relays in late April. He also made a significant impact on the team in the 200 meters. His 21.41 time was good for second place, which were important points in the team competition as they made their bid for a place on the podium with the champions.Sophomore Stedman Cook, a University of Connecticut transfer, also proved to be a vital contributor to their run during the CIAA championships. Cook’s 22.14 time in the 200 meters earned second place after a fifth place finish in the 100 meter event with his time of 10.51.Bowie State also got a lift from its 4X400 meter relay team, who also made its way to the podium. The team of Jalen Sykes, Robert Thomas, O’Shay Powers and Demontay Snowden ran a time of 3:21.76 to finish third.