Cygnus Puts Heavy Construction Group on the Block

first_img“When I first came in, I said I’m here to get this company out of bankruptcy, grow value and sell it because we’re owned by the banks,” French tells Folio:.In that sense, this deal resembles last year’s divestment of the agriculture group, which kicked off Cygnus’s sale process almost a year to the day. And, like last year, the company has retained Corporate Solutions to broker the auction. French declined to offer revenue or pricing details, but says the group is profitable and doing a “very high” margin. According to a source, revenues are in the $10 million range. Digitally, the group has had 21 percent CAGR for the last five years, French says. Cygnus Business Media CEO John French announced to employees today that the company is putting its Heavy Construction Group up for sale, Folio: has learned. Included in the deal will be seven print magazines, two websites and an event.The Heavy Construction Group is one of three groups within the Construction division, which also includes the Residential Construction and Landscaping groups. The auction is the next step in a process that French undertook when he joined as CEO in 2009 right after the company emerged from bankruptcy protection: bring the portfolio back into shape and sell it off, in pieces or in aggregate. last_img read more

Wilmington Little Leagues Latest Game Summaries

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a recent Wilmington Little League game summary:AAA: Astros vs. Rays on April 30 at Boutwell FieldIn by far the most exciting game of the year, in (relatively) Arctic temperatures again sending many fans to their cars to watch from the parking lot, it took last-inning heroics for the Astros to overcome a great game by the Rays who were dominant at times. The Rays had their best offensive output of the season led by Henry Almeda’s three hits and two runs. The whole lineup contributed with aggressive base running and big hits from Henry Santini and Nicholas Ryan. Defensively Jack Cyr was solid behind the plate keeping the Astros run game in check, and Jackson Griffith had a nice assist just barely throwing out a runner from the outfield. Pitching for the 2nd time this season, Henry Santini held the Astros in check while he was in the game and helped his own cause with some good defense. For the Astros, Andrew Santo fanned five in his two innings in his first start of the year. Joe Fennelly then bridged the gap to John Roofe who followed that up with two strikeouts in his inning. Dylan Costantiello fanned three in an inning, throwing some genuine heat and Tony Cummings slammed the door in the final inning. Costantiello, Connor Jamieson, and Fennelly shared catching duties. The Astros continued their very solid fielding with plays from Cummings, Fennelly, Cael Considine, Santo, Jamieson, Patrick Moriarty, Jake Gryglik, and Kevin Pruslin to name a few. Everyone was involved in the offense which included steals by Cummings, Santo, and Owen Wills among others, keeping pressure on the Rays’ defense. Gryglik hit a double and a wild triple where he outran the ball all the way around the bases. Roofe had two singles and a big double, eventually scoring the winning run. Moriarty had an early inning single and his aggressive baserunning helped set the tone for what was to come later. He also hit a towering double his next at bat. Considine continued his hot hitting with two singles and two runs while Costantiello also had two hits. Cummings and Fennelly each had a hit and a walk while Santo, Kyle Price, and Wills added singles as well. Aidan Raposa hit a sharp grounder moving the runners to help start the offensive onslaught the last two innings. Jamieson and Pruslin each had walks, Pruslin’s leading to the first run of the final rally. After his walk, clutch hits by Costantiello, Cummings, Fennelly, Considine, and Roofe finished the job.(NOTE: Summaries provided by the Wilmington Little League.)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… RelatedWilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”last_img read more

Words With Friends Live brings on Garth Brooks for season finale

first_img Gaming Music Share your voice Tags Post a commentcenter_img Country singer Garth Brooks chats with Sangita Sarkar, director of product marketing for Words With Friends, about his love for the game at Zynga’s San Francisco headquarters Wednesday. Abrar Al-Heeti/CNET Excited murmurs filled the room as around 80 people, some donning cowboy hats, eagerly anticipated Garth Brooks’ arrival at Zynga’s San Francisco headquarters Wednesday. Five people in the third row held up square foam boards spelling GARTH as the country singer, wearing a black cowboy hat, blue button-down shirt and light jeans, made his way to the stage. The letters his fans held up called upon the design of those featured in Words With Friends, the popular multiplayer word game developed by Zynga.Sangita Sarkar, director of product marketing for Words With Friends, sat with Brooks to chat about his love for the game, which he says he’s been playing for nine years. It didn’t take long for the singer to chime in with a word suggestion.”I think ‘y’all’ ought to be accepted,” he joked. “We’ll see what we can do to add it to the dictionary,” Sarkar laughed. To celebrate the Words With Friends’ 10th anniversary, Zynga launched a partnership last week with Brooks featuring themed in-game activities in Words With Friends 2. Brooks dropped by to co-host the season finale of Words With Friends Live, a daily trivia game broadcast within Words With Friends 2, at 6:15 p.m. PT.20190501-181000A quick performance by Garth Brooks at Zynga’s San Francisco headquarters. The country singer co-hosted the season finale of Words With Friends Live, a daily trivia game broadcast within Words With Friends 2. Abrar Al-Heeti/CNET Brooks isn’t new to merging tech with his musical career. The country singer has used Facebook Live to connect with fans, answer questions and share the latest updates on his music. He touched on the importance of being genuine when interacting with people on social media.”You can tell even through a text, even through a post, if people are sincere or not,” he said. He later elaborated on the connections technology has allowed him to have with fans around the world.”You couldn’t get to people 10, 15 years ago,” Brooks told me. “You could sign autographs all day long, and you’d probably reach 200, 300 people. But here, you can reach tens of thousands of people in a single setting and make it personal.”Brooks also launched the final pre-order window for the Legacy Collection, a seven-disc vinyl box set featuring music spanning his career.In a world of streaming, he said, there’s an irreplaceable value to possessing physical copies of music. After all, CDs and vinyl records have been making a comeback in the music industry. “I don’t think people want their music to be background,” Brooks said. “They want it to be part of their lives.” Brooks wrapped his fireside chat by referencing the title of his hit song Friends in Low Places that just about everyone in the room saw coming.”Maybe we can talk and bring Words With Friends in Low Places,” he joked. 0last_img read more

Housewife mistakenly shot dead

first_imgA housewife was killed as a bullet fired ‘mistakenly’ from the firearms of an alleged criminal at Nayanpur village in Dagonbhuiya upazila in Feni on Tuesday, reports UNB.The deceased is Sharmin Akter, 22, wife of Shamsul Haque of Noakhali.Dagonbhuiya police station officer-in-charge Abul Kalam Azad said Sharmin came to his paternal home in the village few days ago.On Tuesday, Jahangir Alam, an alleged criminal came to visit Sharmin and were gossiping at the room of Sharmin in the afternoon.At one stage, a bullet from Jahangir’s gun hit Sharmin ‘mistakenly’, leaving her dead on the spot, police said.However, when locals tried to nab Jahangir, he managed to flee the scene after pointing gun on them.On information, police recovered the body and sent to Feni Sadar Hospital morgue.last_img read more

DA for newsmen to be gazetted next week Inu

first_imgInformation minister Hasanul Haq Inu is addressing a discussion organised to mark the founding anniversary of Dhaka Reporters` Unity at its auditorium on Saturday. Photo: PIDInformation minister Hasanul Haq Inu on Saturday announced that the much anticipated Dearness Allowance (DA) for journalists, as recommended by the Wage Board, would probably be gazetted next week (week starting Sunday).He made the announcement at a meeting at the Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU) auditorium.The minister explained that they had completed the necessary formalities and now everything was ready for the promulgation.Scoffing at the idea of proposals for across-the-board unity, he said, “The idea of Razakars and Freedom Fighters marching together was preposterous.”The meeting was also addressed by the prime minister’s media adviser Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury.last_img

Southern Baptist Leader Removed Over Remarks On Rape Abuse Of Women

first_imgTom Strickland/APPaige Patterson, president of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, speaks at a meeting in Indianapolis in 2004.Paige Patterson, who has been under fire for weeks over his past advice to women concerning marital abuse and rape, has been quietly replaced as president of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.Patterson has been on the defensive since allegations surfaced that he once counseled women who suffered marital abuse to pray for their husbands. The Washington Post on Tuesday also reported an incident in which Patterson allegedly told a woman who said she had been raped to forgive her assailant rather than report the incident to police.“After much prayer and a more than 13-hour discussion regarding challenges facing the Institution, including those of enrollment, financial, leadership and institutional identity, the Board determined to move in the direction of new leadership for the benefit of the future mission of the Seminary,” the Board of Trustees said in a statement early Wednesday.The board said it voted to appoint Patterson as “President Emeritus with compensation, effective immediately, which he accepted.” In his place, it appointed D. Jeffrey Bingham, dean of the school of theology at the Fort Worth-based seminary, as interim president.The decision to remove Patterson, 75, came after an open letter signed by more than 2,000 Southern Baptist women expressing shock over Patterson’s statements and warning Southern Baptist Convention leaders not to allow “the biblical view of leadership to be misused in such a way that a leader with an unbiblical view of authority, womanhood, and sexuality be allowed to continue in leadership.”Days after the letter, Patterson issued “An Apology to God’s People” saying he was sorry “to every woman who has been wounded by anything I have said that was inappropriate or that lacked clarity.”“We live in a world of hurt and sorrow, and the last thing that I need to do is add to anyone’s heartache,” Patterson said in the statement. “Please forgive the failure to be as thoughtful and careful in my extemporaneous expression as I should have been.”As NPR’s Tom Gjelten reported earlier this month, in an interview Patterson gave in 2000, the religious leader recounted how he had told one woman, who had been assaulted by her husband, to simply pray for her spouse:“Returning some days later with two black eyes, the woman said, ‘I hope you’re happy,’ [Patterson said.]‘I said, ‘Yes, ma’am, I am happy,’ Patterson quoted himself as telling the woman. ‘What she didn’t know when we sat in church that morning,’ he said, ‘was that her husband had come in and was standing in back, first time he ever came.’Patterson had also been criticized for a sermon he gave in 2014 in which he said women were created by God “beautifully and artistically.”Tom adds:“He related a conversation he had with a woman while her son and a friend were standing alongside. As they talked, a teenage girl whom Patterson described as “very attractive” walked by, and one of the boys said, “Man, is she built.”The woman immediately scolded him, but Patterson said he interjected in the boy’s defense.‘I said, ‘Ma’am, leave him alone,” Patterson recounted. ‘He’s just being biblical. That is exactly what the Bible says.’Hearing Patterson tell that story, Karen Swallow Prior, a professor of English at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., was outraged. She and about 30 other women immediately drafted the open letter addressed to the Board of Trustees of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.After the seminary’s board went into closed session on Tuesday, The Washington Post published a story detailing a new allegation against Patterson.The newspaper says that in 2003, while Patterson was president of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Wake Forest, N.C., he allegedly advised a woman studying there who said she had been raped by a fellow student not to report it to police.“They shamed the crap out of me, asking me question after question,” the woman, who now works in public relations in North Carolina, told the Post. “He didn’t necessarily say it was my fault, but [the sense from him was] I let him into my home.”“I had bottled it up,” she said. “My husband didn’t know about it until last week. … I told him ‘I need to do something.’”In Tuesday’s meeting deciding Patterson’s fate, the seminary’s board of trustees said it also “affirmed a motion stating 1) evidence exists that Dr. Patterson has complied with reporting laws regarding assault and abuse, 2) the Seminary stands against all forms of abuse.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more