Now, a tigress is lynched near Pilibhit Tiger Reserve, probe ordered

first_imgEven as the country looks for the likely release of the much-awaited tiger census on July 29, Global Tiger Day, an adult tigress was lynched on July 24 by villagers living in proximity to the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve in the Terai region of Uttar Pradesh, officials said on July 26.While the locals said the tigress attacked them when they were working in the fields, the forest department said the incident followed a youth trespassing into the animal’s “natural habitat” despite warnings to avoid contact.The assault on the tigress was also captured taken as a video in a mobile phone by a local of Matena village in Puranpur tehsil. He even provides a background commentary to justify the attack. He says it is retaliation for the tigress’ earlier attack on the youth.A total of nine persons were injured by the tigress in the entire episode, locals claimed, but Vaibhav Srivastava, District Magistrate, Pilibhit, said the figure appeared suspicious prima facie as the animal would not usually attack so many people at one go.The incident took place on Wednesday when one Guddu “suddenly went near the tigress without any reason,” following which the panic-stricken animal attacked him, said Naveen Khandelwal, Divisional Forest Officer, Pilibhit Tiger Reserve.The tigress was living safely in her “natural habitat” in Ghungchai compartment number 12 of the core zone of the tiger reserve, he said.When the youth raised a cry, villagers rushed to save him. Around 43 persons entered the jungle with lathis and ‘sujas’ (spears) and assaulted the tigress, leaving it seriously injured, said Mr. Khandelwal.Died “due to shock”The tigress died of its injuries on the intervening night of July 24 and 25. A post-mortem conducted by a three-member team of experts concluded that the tigress died “due to shock” as a result of blood haemorrhage, broken bones and numerous injuries with sharp and blunt objects.Villager Chandresh said the tigress attacked while they were in the field…in a populated area.” He accused the first officials of negligence and delay in reaching the spot of conflict.Another local told journalists that while working in the field a boy went to the edge of the field to defecate and that’s when the tiger attacked him. The other people working in the field rushed to rescue him but the tiger attacked them as well, he said.In the mobile phone clip of the beating of the tigress, dozens of locals can be seen wielding long sticks and mercilessly thrashing the animal, which lay on the ground helpless on its back and rolled about in pain.On one occasion, the tigress rolled back on to its belly, triggering panic among the villagers who retreated. However, the animal was too injured to strike back or chase them.The person who shot the video is heard complaining that no forest official had reached the spot to mitigate the situation.‘Forest officials attacked’Mr. Khandelwal, however, said the locals also attacked the forest officials monitoring the tigress and created obstacles in their work. Forest inspector Dinesh Giri and his team of security watchers tried to stop the attack on the tigress but had to escape from the spot after the villagers launched a “deadly attack” on them, said Mr. Khandelwal in his report.Mr. Srivastava said the animal could not be tranquillized as doing so would have led to its death given the injuries sustained by it.Legal action was being taken against the villagers who killed the tigress and an FIR had been lodged against several persons, said Mr. Srivastava.A magisterial probe has also been ordered to investigate the entire sequence of events.Around 98 cases of conflicts between humans and tigers, leading to human deaths and injuries have been recorded between 2000 to 2018 in and around the Dudhwa-Pilibhit Tiger landscape, as per the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), a leading nature conservation organisation that works with the State Wildlife Department.Since 2009, the WTI project team has rescued eight tigers from 36 human-tiger conflict situations, with four tigers successfully released back into the wild.Conflict casesA total of 136 humans have been attacked by tigers or leopards in 94 fringe villages of Dudhwa-Pilibhit forests in 151 reported conflict cases from 2000 to 2013, as per a 2018 report, ‘Living with the Wild—Mitigating Conflict between Humans and Big Cat Species in Uttar Pradesh,’ jointly undertaken by the WTI and the Forest Department.According to the report, attacks by tigers and leopards on humans and livestock marked a seasonal and geographical variation, with most attacks occurring during the day time, suggesting “that the larger proportion of tiger attacks on humans were accidental encounters.”Tiger attacks occurred largely inside forests or on their fringes (54.79%), while (31.5%) occurred in crop fields, primarily sugarcane. Only a small proportion of attacks (13.7%) were recorded to have occurred within houses or near homes.Tiger attacks were found to be higher in winter (42.5%), with the peak in February (19.2%), “which probably corresponds to a high influx of people collecting fuel-wood in forest areas,” followed by summers (39.7%).However, when it came to attacking livestock, the highest number of incidents involving leopards and tigers were reported during monsoons: 45-50%. Though full data is not available, official records from 2003 to 2012 reveal 474 livestock deaths across the Dudhwa-Pilibhit Tiger Reserve landscape, with tigers accounting for 58.6% of the deaths.The high number of attacks on livestock during monsoons “is in contrast to the seasonal patterns of attacks on humans by the two big cat species, and demands more detailed study to determine the underlying causality,” the WTI noted.Attacks by tigers were higher when people visited forests to collect firewood and other non-timber products (38.6%). A high percentage of tiger attacks (32.9%) also occurred when people worked in farms, and about 23.3% when people sat, moved, defecated or urinated in the village periphery or fringe forests.last_img read more

Huge surplus as 20142015 Year report delivered by Finance Minister

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Cabinet Ministers get to spend more, CFO stays on the job Preview of Budget reveals salary hikes, millions is saving with retired of UK bail out loan Recommended for you Government surplus $60M, slammed by PDM Party Related Items:revenue, surplus, washington misick Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 May 2015 – When the government’s fiscal year ended on March 31st, 2015 there was a whopping surplus of $77.3 million. The Minister of Finance today made the announcement that is in some quarters highly commended, in other quarters hotly condemned. Minister Washington Misick explained: “The surplus further consolidates the Islands’ position as one of the strongest economies in the Caribbean region, with a 16% increase in recurrent revenue for the year to $246.5 million. The performance was built on record breaking visitor numbers to the TCI, and improved tax collection by both the Customs and the Revenue Control Unit.” It was a week ago Monday that the PDM shared with media that the failed payroll tax by the PNP Administration and the failed VAT by the UK Interim Administration were never necessary as government only needed to enhance revenue collection. Finance shared that government under spent by 7% but that $6 million dollars had been carried over to the new fiscal year which began on time on April 1, 2015. Minister Misick shared that government will boost spending in critical areas including a 32.7% increase for social development, 32.7% more for infrastructural development and a 27% increase in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Library services. There was confirmation that discussions are already on for an institution to refinance the UK bail out when it matures in February 2016 and promises by ther Administration to and I quote: “…continue to work hard to build sustainable sources of revenue, generate surpluses, maintain public spending and reduce our debts.”last_img read more

23yearold man arrested on suspicion of fatally stabbing woman in Encanto

first_img January 17, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A 23-year-old San Diego man was behind bars Wednesday on suspicion of fatally stabbing a woman whose body was found near an Encanto park, police said.Napolean Joel Lange was arrested Monday and booked into the San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon, San Diego police homicide Lt. Todd Griffin said. He’s tentatively scheduled to be arraigned Thursday afternoon.Lange is accused of killing 29-year-old San Diego resident Lavaughn Rawshanda Nicole Williams, Griffin said. No suspected motive was disclosed.“Although the suspect and victim were acquainted, detectives are still working to confirm the status of their relationship,” the lieutenant said.Williams’ body was found at 2:33 p.m. Saturday in the 500 block of South 66th Street. A citizen reported the discovery to officers working an SDPD recruiting event at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park.The officers went to the location on the perimeter of the park and located the body on a ravine slope, Griffin said. The victim had been stabbed  in the upper body. KUSI Newsroom, 23-year-old man arrested on suspicion of fatally stabbing woman in Encanto Posted: January 17, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

When Publishers Become Vendors

first_imgDave Schankweiler, CEO and publisher of Journal Publications Inc., a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania regional publisher, remembers the day he became not just a publisher, but a vendor to publishers too. Back in 2004, the company, which publishes the Central Penn Business Journal, Central Penn Parent, and NJ Biz, launched a new survey, called Best Companies in Pennsylvania. It used an outside survey firm to do the first report. The night the winners were presented was a huge success. “That night,” Schankweiler remembers, “it was loud, and there was a countdown and a lot of excitement. And that’s exactly when we decided to change the company, because we were coming down from the high of the event. We said, ‘Why don’t we take this out into the market and do it as a service to other publishing companies?’ ” Magazine publishers are by nature entrepreneurial types. They like to tinker with their businesses. They’re incessantly launching all kinds of media products, from Web sites to custom publishing, events, databases, books, supplements, spinoffs. But there aren’t a lot like Dave Schankweiler. Most media companies tend to stick to their knitting and limit their creative impulses to media products. Some companies, though, are transforming themselves into a different kind of hybrid, media companies that have branched out into businesses traditionally occupied by publishing-industry vendors. Gulfstream Media, the Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based regional publisher is one. Gulfstream is the parent company of Magazine Manager, a popular ad-sales management software. UBM’s TechWeb is another. Its sister company UBM Studios develops in-house virtual events for tech publisher UBM as well as for external clients. The advantages are obvious. Non-traditional activities offer fertile areas for new revenue growth. Publishers have a built-in understanding of what publishing companies need, and a great network of their peers. The challenges of the approach are classical: Why get into a non-core business? Why distract, and possibly risk, your company by trying to be something you’re not?In this report, we take a look at several of these new hybrid companies. Journal Publications Inc.Harrisburg, PennsylvaniaMedia products: Central Penn Business Journal, Central Penn Parent, NJ BizNon-media products: Best Companies Group, Black Rhino Web design services, PageTurnPro, a digital-magazine serviceFor Schankweiler, the Best Companies Group is where it got started, and he hasn’t looked back yet. The company, with 105 employees and about $20 million in revenue, attributes about a third of that revenue to non-publishing sources. “We thought that with the recession and with print, we said, ‘Let’s hedge our bets and see what else we can do,’ ” Schankweiler says. “The best thing it’s done is we went through the recession with no layoffs, and we continue to be very profitable. That revenue really helped us keep doing the things we like to do.”Best Companies, says group president Peter Burke, has 36 publishing clients across the country and in Canada. “What made us appealing to other publishers is that we were publishers,” Burke says. “I ran the day-to-day operations of a business journal for seven years, and we know what publishers are looking for. They want good content and they want something that will generate revenue for them. We can do the sales, the Web site, the program, the promotional advertising, the registration system, for our clients.”Equally important for the business to succeed, Burke says, is the network of publishing relationships that only a fellow publisher can tap. “The growth was purely me going to other publishers and other organizations,” he says. “We started adding them by going to our publishing buddies from the Association of Area Business Publications. We also had other states who knew we were doing this and reached out to us.”Also significant, he adds, were non-publishing prospects and partners, such as human-resource associations and state chambers of commerce. Alongside the Best Companies Group came different non-media businesses, including the Black Rhino Web-development firm, which serves state associations, state agencies and advertisers in the Journal Publications magazines. Black Rhino has about 30 clients. The PageTurnPro digital-magazine product has 300 clients, Schankweiler says. Internally, the various business units are arranged as separate silos, with each division head reporting to Schankweiler. Only 15 of the company’s 105 employees are working in the non-media businesses, with just six in the Best Companies Group, which Schankweiler describes as having “nothing to do with publishing.”Are there lessons to be imparted? Yes, decidedly so, Schankweiler says. “The key is to look at the scale. You don’t want to do something if you’re going to generate $100,000k or $150,000. Don’t do it for $50,000. You can do that with a supplement. Think big.”Summit Media GroupChicagoMedia Products: Packaging World, Automation World, Healthcare Packaging, 
Greener Package, Shelf Impact, Contract Packaging Non-media products: Mediadroit and LeadWiseOne of the hottest new lines of business for media companies is lead-generation, where e-media advertising and communications is converted into specific leads for advertisers. This is done through now “traditional” products like Webinars and white-paper downloads, and increasingly, through automated response-based software, which serves information to Web users based on their prior browsing activities. Many publishers have lead-generation programs and protocols in house, but few have built a lead-gen solutions business that they market to other publishers. Summit Media Group is one company that has built such a business. It created Mediadroit in 2008 to sell its in-house technology to other publishers. Mediadroit president and Summit Media Group vice president David Newcorn built all three generations of lead-generation technology, and leads the effort to market Mediadroit’s main products, LeadWise and AccelaWorks. Newcorn describes the genesis of the business: “For years, publishers had come up to us at conferences asking if we could somehow license our lead-gen technology to them,” he says. “But it wasn’t until we were at a point a couple years ago looking at rebuilding our lead generation from scratch that we could make this a reality. Our thinking was, as long as we were rebuilding it, let’s add the extras necessary to make it work for any publisher, regardless of ad server, content-management system, circ vendor, and other variables. Then we can bring it out into the market as a platform designed by publishers, for publishers.”The result was LeadWise, into which Summit baked several years of lessons it had learned about running a lead-gen business. The platform is built from the ground up on Drupal, Newcorn says. “We’re big fans of the platform because it goes beyond CMS, and allows us to do things that wouldn’t be possible with other open-source content-management systems,” he says. “LeadWise has been out for a couple years now and is mature and stable. We’ve learned a lot about what we’d like to incorporate in the next version. We have plans on the drawing board to make the product even more flexible.”Newcorn declined to say how many publisher-customers Mediadroit has, but he described the evolving revenue model, and how the first iteration was a major misfire. In the beginning, he says, publishers were charged a fairly hefty start-up fee of $10,000, with a monthly fee that started at $1,500. Those numbers actually went up depending on how many brands a publisher had. “Publishers who looked at LeadWise loved the product, but the pricing was too much for what essentially was an unknown,” Newcorn says. “The responsibility of creating a new lead-gen business was entirely squarely on the shoulders of our customer.”The combination of the high pricing, the recession, and the state of publishing in general, prevented the business from gaining as much traction as had been hoped, so Newcorn look at the vendor community for some ideas. The result was a brand-new revenue model that requires no up-front fee, no monthly fee, no annual fee, and no out-of-pocket fees. “Instead, it’s a revenue share on the back end for all new revenue that came in as a result of products the publisher can sell powered by LeadWise,” Newcorn says. “And to ensure that there’s revenue to share, we now include templates that allow publishers to begin making money immediately out of the gate with new lead-gen products. Publishers who have looked at the new model love it.”Newcorn says he’s given a lot of thought to how the new business differs from traditional publishing. “It’s completely different in that we are more like a software company than a publishing company,” he notes. “But since we’re still a publishing company, we think we understand publishing better than any vendor ever could. It’s in our DNA. I admit it’s a bit schizophrenic. In a perfect world we’d have some cloning machines around here so we can put more effort into the sales and marketing end of Mediadroit. But once we sign up a client, they love the software and stay. We continually refine the product for Summit’s use, and any improvements we make get rolled out across the platform for all our customers.” One area where both businesses are similar is in customer service, Newcorn says. “We bend over backwards for our media customers in our Summit Media business, and that same level of service is present in our Mediadroit business.”IDG EnterpriseFramingham, MassachusettsMedia products: CIO, Computerworld, CSO, InfoWorld, ITworld, Network WorldNon-media products: LeadAccelIDG, the technology-publishing giant, has a long history of creating non-publishing businesses, including a venture-capital firm and, in 1999, Accela Communications, marketing technology company that provides software and services to produce, deliver and measure interactive video communications.Now, its IDG Enterprises unit has created a new business called LeadAccel, a lead-production business that includes finding the leads, scoring them and nurturing the leads once they’re found. Unlike the other two companies above, which are targeted at other publishers, this service is aimed at IDG Enterprise advertisers. But certain characteristics of the business are similar to Mediadroit and Journal Publications. For example, says Brian Glynn, SVP, Digital, and publisher of IDG Enterprise. “Part of this is viewing IDG Enterprise not as a publisher but as a digital-centric organization,” he says. “The database is the focal point of our business. As we spend more time with clients, and get deeper into their businesses, it became a sales management role and us helping to fill the sales funnel for a marketing organization.”And IDG’s status as a media company is “hugely valuable,” Glynn adds. Lead-generation businesses succeed or fail on the basis of quality content, and media companies are best equipped to deliver that content. “It’s what brings users to our sites,” Glynn says. “It all dovetails.”Sales of LeadAccel will be handled by existing IDG Enterprise sales professionals and it will be sold as part of the marketing continuum that includes print, events and a variety of e-media products.last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 4 Wilmington Students Named To Deans List At Southern New

first_imgMANCHESTER, NH — It is with great pleasure that Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) congratulates the following Wilmington students on being named to the Winter 2019 Dean’s List:Emily MonteforteRael GallucciSteven LangenfeldKaitlyn McLarenThe winter term runs from January to May.Eligibility for the Dean’s List requires that a student accumulate an academic grade point average (GPA) of 3.5-3.699 and earn 12 credits for the semester.About Southern New Hampshire UniversitySouthern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is a private, nonprofit institution with an 86-year history of educating traditional-aged students and working adults. Now serving more than 130,000 learners worldwide, SNHU offers over 300 accredited undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs, available online and on its 300-acre campus in Manchester, NH. Recognized as the “Most Innovative” regional university by U.S. News & World Report and one of the fastest-growing universities in the country, SNHU is committed to expanding access to high quality, affordable pathways that meet the needs of each learner. Learn more at www.snhu.edu.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Southern New Hampshire University via Merit.)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… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 5 Wilmington Students Receive Academic Honors At Southern New Hampshire UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List & President’s List At SNHUIn “Education”4 Wilmington Students Earn Academic Honors At Southern New Hampshire UniversityIn “Education”last_img read more