The deal “will create a next-generation American media company with global reach that combines content, community, and social experiences for consumers,” said AOL CEO Tim Armstrong in a statement. One week after Newsweek and The Daily Beast announced their merger, AOL has announced that it will buy The Huffington Post for $315 million. Huffington Post founder Arrianna Huffington will take over AOL editorial operations going forward and AOL sites such as Politics Daily and Daily Finance could be shut down, with writers transferring to Huffington Post, according to The New York Times. While AOL’s recent content strategy has emphasized, quick, low cost editorial through initiatives such as local news network Patch, it’s also made several recent high profile content acquisitions, including TechCrunch and video distribution company 5min media. The Huffington Post generated $30 million in revenue and 26 million unique users in 2010, according to comScore. In a conference call with analysts, AOL CFO Arthur Minson said Huffington Post could generate $50 million in revenue in 2011. Meanwhile, AOL cut an estimated 2,500 jobs last year, according to The New York Times.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Defense Department has agreed to install an interim filtration system to prevent contaminated water flowing off of Stewart Air National Guard Base, N.Y., to Washington Lake, which had been the primary drinking water source for the city of Newburgh until elevated levels of PFOS and PFOA were discovered there in 2016. The Army Corps of Engineers is expected to finish installing a stormwater filtration system within three to six months, reported WAMC. The project is estimated to cost between $2 million to $3 million and will be funded by the Air National Guard. The December announcement followed a visit to Newburgh by Robert McMahon, assistant secretary of defense for sustainment, and John Henderson, assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and energy.Testing in May 2016 at one of the outfalls at the base discharging stormwater into Recreation Pond, where the treatment system will be installed, revealed a PFOS level of 5,900 parts per trillion, almost 85 times the Environmental Protection Agency’s health advisory limit of 70 parts per trillion.Air Force photo by Breanne Humphreys
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir briefs newsmen after BNP’s scheduled dialogue with the election commission at the commission secretariat in Agargaon on Sunday. Photo: Prothom Alo Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Sunday expressed optimism about resolution to the countrys prolonged political impasse through talks.After joining a scheduled dialogue with the election commission, the BNP, which boycotted controversial ballot in 2014, observed that the commission has little to do in ensuring free and fair polls.Read more: EC’s dialogue with BNP beginsIn the current political order, the EC does not have much to do. Still, weve been optimistic a bit after talks, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told newsmen at Nirbachan Bhaban (Election Building).He claimed that the commission, too, admitted its limitations with regard to the BNPs emphasis on political dialogue and election-time government.Read more: ‘Fair polls possible only if govt in place wants’ They will try their best to do something within their limitations, Fakhrul said of the ECs position on ensuring credible general elections.The BNP secretary general led a party delegation at the dialogue and presented a 20-point demand at the dialogue. Chief election commission KM Nurul Huda chaired the meeting.
Kenneth Frazier & Donald TrumpMerck & Co Inc Chief Executive Kenneth Frazier resigned from US president Donald Trump’s American Manufacturing Council on Monday, saying he was taking a stand against intolerance and extremism.A gathering of hundreds of white nationalists in Virginia took a deadly turn on Saturday when a car plowed into a group of counter-protesters and killed at least one person.Trump had said “many sides” were involved, drawing fire from across the political spectrum for not specifically denouncing the far right.”America’s leaders must honor our fundamental views by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy, which run counter to the American ideal that all people are created equal,” Frazier said in a tweet announcing his resignation.Trump responded in a tweet, now that “Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President’s Manufacturing Council, he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!”Several executives from top US companies have stepped down from a number of presidential advisory councils in protest to Trump policies.Tesla Inc CEO Elon Musk and Walt Disney Co CEO Robert Iger left the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum, a business advisory group, in June, after Trump said he would withdraw from the Paris climate accord. Musk also left the manufacturing council.Former Uber Technologies Inc CEO Travis Kalanick quit the business advisory council in February amid pressure from activists and employees who opposed the administration’s immigration policies.
This year’s Surajkund International Crafts Mela is becoming more and more interesting as it has a lot on offer for art lovers, foodies, tourists as a whole. The partner country Japan is participating in the 30th Surajkund International Crafts Mela with much enthusiasm. Participating in the Mela for the first time, Japan’s renowned artists have come here to showcase their work. Illustrator Hashimoto from Japan is a self-trained graphic designer, whose works are influenced by Mithali painting especially of late Ganga Devi’s work. Japanese drummers and Taiko players are a centre of attraction as the visitors stop by to watch them perform in the international area. They are based in Inagi Tokyo and practice their art religiously and play Taiko at festivals. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’A Japanese gaint kite is also displayed at their stall that has a Japanese folk tale hero ‘Momotarou’ painted on it. Interestingly, ‘Momotarou’, a monkey appears in a supporting role such as Hanuman in Ramayana. India and Japan have a lot in common to share and Surajkund International Crafts Mela has brought this harmonious melange to the fore. A mehndi competition was also organised at Natyashala in which over 120 students participated with enthusiasm. Helicopter rides at the ongoing Surajkund International Crafts Mela are a big fad this time. Peeyush Mathur, Deputy General Manager, Heritage Aviation, said: “We are following all security norms and checks, also basic fire-fighting equipment is stationed at the helipad to counter any unforeseen eventuality.”
Kolkata: Outgoing BJP MP from Asansol Babul Supriyo, who is contesting from the same constituency, triggered controversy yet again on Sunday morning as he was accused of playing the theme song of his party, which has already been banned by the Election Commission.The theme song had been sung by Supriyo himself. The commission had, however, issued a ban on the song immediately after it found the lyrics to be derogatory in nature. The commission had instructed the state BJP leaders to change the lyrics and the language of the song, as it had attacked Trinamool Congress and its supremo Mamata Banerjee in a subtle way. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) had clearly stated that the song could not be played under any circumstances by Supriyo or any other BJP leader, during the election campaigns. The CEO’s office had also told BJP that they would only consider lifting the ban after the party submits a revised version of the song, with changed lyrics and language. The commission had asked the BJP leaders to remove some lines from Supriyo’s song, as it had been identified as ‘derogatory in nature’. The election officials made their stand clear that they would give a go-ahead to the party only if they find the song devoid of any subtle attack on any other political party. Supriyo had also not obtained any prior permission from the Election Commission to sing the theme song for his party. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIn sharp contrast and blatant disregard for the directive of the CEO’s office, BJP leaders and activists were seen playing the song on loudspeakers fitted in their vehicles, on their way to the rally at Brigade parade ground which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently. Supriyo had taken out a rally in Asansol on Sunday morning, when the controversial theme song was played in a speaker fitted on a tableau. The commission is currently looking into the matter. They are also keeping a tab on the media cell. However, Supriyo told the media that he did not receive any letter from the commission regarding the ban. He said what he had received from the commission was a letter asking for a revision in the lyric of the song. The legal cell of BJP is looking into the matter, Supriyo told the media in Asansol.
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