Nielsen Expositions Becomes Emerald Expositions

first_imgThe sale of Nielsen Expositions closed today, with Nielsen Holdings passing the tradeshow business on to Toronto-based Onex Corp. for $950 million. At the same time, it took on a new name, Emerald Expositions.With more than 65 events each year, including some of the largest in the United States, Emerald is one of the largest tradeshow organizers in the country. However, its revenue of $183 million last year represented only about 3 percent of Nielsen Holdings’ revenue for the year.Its revenue for the year after adjustments for EBITDA was $97 million, meaning the sale price was close to 10 times annual adjusted revenue. Nielsen Holdings is in the middle of a massive $1.3 million acquisition of Arbitron. Nielsen Holdings CFO Brian West said earlier this year that the cash deal for the tradeshow division would allow Nielsen to reduce the amount of debt it might have had to incur to complete that deal.Emerald Expositions’ portfolio includes Outdoor Retailer Summer and Winter Markets, Interbike and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, among other major industry events.“Generally speaking, since the recession, large tradeshows have been very much in favor,” says Jeffrey L. Dearth, partner with DeSilva & Phillips. “Market-leading tradeshows continue to be great cash-flow vehicles. They still have a lot of life left in them.”Emerald CEO David Loechner says in a statement, “The acquisition of our business has given us a partner that will help Emerald pursue new growth opportunities.”According to its first-quarter earnings report, then-Nielsen Expositions had a 7-percent decline in revenue compared to the same quarter a year ago.last_img read more

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The Wilmington Insider For May 25 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Friday, May 25, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Sunny, with a high near 88. West wind 8 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.In The Community: Windsor Place (92 West Street) is holding a lecture from Gary Hylander on the My Lai Massacre. FREE and OPEN TO ALL. Learn more HERE.At The Library: Needleworkers meet at 10am. Drop-In Story Time at 10am.  [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Video Exercise at 10am. Sewing Class at 10am. Special Exercise at 11am. Bingo at 1pm. Cards at 1:30pm. [Learn more HERE.]Go Wildcats!: 3 Wilmington High School teams are in action today. See the complete schedule HERE.Live Music: Pacific Grove (211 Lowell Street) is hosting karaoke with Winnell Entertainment beginning at 8pm.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing I may be able to update this post.)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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For October 17, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For September 14, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For May 4, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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Google Doodle honors Pap smear inventor Georgios Papanikolaou

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Watch genetically modified T-cells kill cancer cells Tags 0 With a special staining technique, Papanikolaou was able to study smears of vaginal cells under the microscope. The test is cheap and simple and has formed the basis of cervical cancer screening for decades. It can also be used to detect other diseases of the female reproductive system. The Pap smear is still used across the world for early detection of cancer, though in recent times some countries, such as Australia, use a method that no longer requires creation of a smear and instead looks at one of the root causes of cervical cancer: human papillomavirus.Papanikolaou has previously been featured on stamps of the US Postal Service and was the face on the Greek 10,000 drachma banknote from 1995 to 2001. Monday’s doodle features the researcher analyzing one of his famous smears. 49 Photos Georgios Papanikolaou and his wife, Andromachi Mavroyenis, pioneered Pap smear testing. Google Pioneering scientist, Georgios Papanikolaou would have been 136 years old Monday. The researcher is honored with the May 13 Google Doodle, which celebrates his birthday — and his most important invention: the Pap smear.His methodology opened up an entirely new field of medical study known as cytopathology, which examines cells of the body to look for disease.Papanikolaou was only 15 when he started medical school. In 1910 he received his Ph.D. from the University of Munich, and three years he later immigrated to the US with his wife, Andromahi Mavrogeni. The duo found employment at Cornell University as researchers in the department of anatomy and began carrying out work studying cancers of the female reproductive system.In 1928, he found that taking vaginal smears and examining them under the microscope enabled the detection of cancers. However, it took until 1943 for that work to be published. Online Our favorite Google Doodles through the years Share your voice 1:40 Post a comment Google Doodlelast_img read more

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India orders antitrust probe of Google for alleged Android abuse

first_imgThe Competition Commission of India last year started looking into the complaint, which is similar to one Google faced in Europe that resulted in a 4.34 bn euro ($5 bn) fine on the firm.ReutersIndia’s antitrust watchdog has ordered an investigation into Alphabet Inc’s unit Google for allegedly abusing the dominant position of its popular Android mobile operating system to block rivals, two sources aware of the matter told Reuters.The Competition Commission of India (CCI) last year started looking into the complaint, which is similar to one Google faced in Europe that resulted in a 4.34 billion euro ($5 billion) fine on the company, Reuters reported in February.In mid-April, the CCI decided there was merit in the accusations made in the complaint and ordered its investigation unit to launch a full probe, one of the sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.That decision, which was confirmed by the second source, has not been previously reported and the order calling the full investigation was not made public.”It is a strong case for the CCI, given the EU precedent,” said the first source. “The CCI has (preliminarily) found Google abused its dominant position.”The probe would be completed in about a year and Google executives would likely be summoned to appear before the CCI in coming months, the source said.The CCI did not respond to a request for comment.A Google spokesman said Android has enabled millions of Indians to connect to the internet by making mobile devices more affordable. Google looked forward to working with the CCI “to demonstrate how Android has led to more competition and innovation, not less”, the spokesman said in a statement.Reuters could not establish who filed the complaint, which involves more than one person.UNFAIR ADVANTAGEThe precise details of the complaint against Google in India could not be determined, but sources have told Reuters it is on the exact same lines as the case filed against the company in Europe.In the EU case, regulators said Google forced manufacturers to pre-install Google Search and its Chrome browser, together with its Google Play app store, on Android devices, giving it an unfair advantage.Google has appealed the order but, in a bid to quell EU antitrust concerns, last month said its Android device users in Europe would be able to choose rival browsers and search engines. Once a user downloads a rival search app, it also prompts them to change their default search engine in their Google Chrome browser, if they so wish.Android, used by device makers for free, features on about 88 percent of the world’s smartphones. In India, about 99 percent of the smartphones sold this year used the platform, Counterpoint Research estimates.It remains possible that the CCI’s investigations unit could clear Google of any wrongdoing. The amount of fine that can be imposed on Google if the CCI rules against it was not immediately clear.The Indian regulator has powers to impose a penalty of up to 10% of the relevant turnover of a company in the last three financial years if it is found to have abused its dominant position. In that case, Google’s earnings linked to its web browser and the search engine could be considered to assess the fine, New Delhi-based antitrust lawyer Gautam Shahi said.Google does not disclose its India earnings from its web browser or search engine.”They can either change their conduct in India voluntarily or let CCI investigate. Voluntary change in conduct may have an impact on the quantum of penalty, if it’s imposed,” said Shahi.The Indian investigation, however, is not the only antitrust trouble for the Mountain View, California-based company in its key market.Last year, the CCI imposed a fine of 1.36 billion rupees ($19.46 million) on Google for “search bias” and abuse of its dominant position. It also found Google had put its commercial flight search function in a prominent position on the search results page.Google appealed against that order, saying the ruling could cause it “irreparable” harm and reputational loss.last_img read more

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Facebook Invests In Renewables With Texas Solar Project

first_imgBen Margot/AP/FileThis July 16, 2013, file photo, shows a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. The Boston-based renewable energy developer Longroad Energy announced in May 2019 that Facebook is building a massive new solar farm in West Texas.Facebook is building a massive solar farm in West Texas that’s believed to be one of the largest solar projects in the nation and the social media giant’s first direct investment in renewable energy.Boston-based renewable energy developer Longroad Energy recently announced it was partnering with Facebook on the $416 million project, just as Facebook is finishing construction of a data center near Albuquerque.The Prospero Solar project just north of Odessa will have a capacity of 379 megawatts. That’s enough to power around 72,000 homes based on the national average, the Solar Energy Industries Association said.The project goes beyond Facebook’s goal to use renewable energy to power its data centers, where the social media giant stores photos, videos and other information that people post on the platform.Prospero Solar is expected to be completed next year and will take up around 7 square miles (18 square kilometers) — more than five times the size of Central Park in New York City.California-based Facebook will be the sole tax equity investor, Longroad said.Ben Inskeep, a research analyst for EQ Research, a North Carolina-based renewable energy consulting firm, said it makes sense for Facebook to invest in solar power because renewable energy is becoming more affordable and its data centers have huge operating costs.“West Texas has some of the best solar resources in the nation,” Inskeep said. “So it’s not about saying you support renewable energy. It makes good business sense.”Shell Energy North America and Facebook will share the power generated by the solar farm.“Facebook is excited to be one of the first companies to use a direct investment to meet our renewable energy goals,” company energy strategy manager Peter Freed said in a statement.CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced in April that Facebook was building six new solar projects to support its data centers. They house tens of thousands of computer servers, which are linked to the outside world through fiber-optic cables.“Our data centers are already some of the most energy efficient in the world, and last year we set a goal for all our data centers and offices to use 100% renewable energy by 2020,” Zuckerberg wrote on his personal Facebook page. “These new solar projects will help us reach that goal.”It comes as Facebook battles New Mexico regulators over a new transmission line to its data center in the small town of Los Lunas.State regulators last month declined to reconsider their decision for the largest utility to bill Facebook $39 million for the transmission line. They said ratepayers could not be charged for the project because the line wouldn’t benefit retail customers.The Public Service Co. of New Mexico said it’s disappointed by the decision and is reviewing options for how to proceed.The New Mexico data center is one of seven such sites for Facebook, and includes six buildings for data storage. It is situated on a patch of desert at the edge of Los Lunas, which lies just beyond the edge of New Mexico’s largest metropolitan area and along the Rio Grande.Each of the data center’s buildings is roughly the size of four football fields and has several “data halls,” or darkened, vast rooms where Facebook plans to store dozens of rows of towering servers. Two of those halls are now in operation, while construction that began more than two years ago will continue until 2023, the company said. Sharelast_img read more

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Agency flouts KMC tariff charges Rs 20 as parking fee

first_imgKolkata: A parking fee collecting agency is illegally charging Rs 20 per hour from car owners on Jawaharlal Nehru Road flouting the tariff of Kolkata Municipal Corporation.The KMC’s tariff is Rs 10 per hour. South End Fee Car Parking Cooperative Society is collecting Rs 20 per hour illegally from car owners. The agency has gone a step further and printed receipts which they are giving to the owners. This has helped the agency to collect lakhs of rupees per month. As the agency is giving a printed receipt most of the car owners do not raise any question and give the money. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSenior KMC officials when contacted said this is illegal and assured that they will look into the matter. Santanu Samanta, a businessman had taken his wife to a private diagnostic centre on June 11. He parked his car near the Haldiram shop on Jawaharlal Nehru Road. He parked his vehicle at 9.54 am and came back at 12.07 pm. The man collecting the car parking asked him to pay Rs 60 (Rs 20 per hour for three hours) and gave him a receipt. When Samanta said that why was he charging more money, the person said recently the parking fee has been hiked all over the city. “As they gave me receipt I thought that the KMC must have hiked the parking fees. But there was an uncanny feeling that the collector was not telling me the truth,” said Samanta. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHe immediately contacted Tapas Chowdhury, special municipal commissioner who said that no decision to hike the parking fee has been taken by KMC and what the agency has done is illegal. It was learnt that the civic authorities had proposed to hike the parking fee to Rs 20 per hour instead of Rs 10 per hour. But the matter has not yet been implemented. When contacted, the South End Fee car parking Cooperative Society said they had hiked the fee as the KMC officials had told them earlier that they would hike the parking fee.last_img read more

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We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. You’ll also find us on Instagram here . 17:53A50 Lichfield Street partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident at Westmill Street. 17:12 (Image: Samantha Smith)A fire crew from Hanley has been called to a field off Ford Green Road, in Norton, to deal with a grass fire.Currently 20m x 20m of grass is alight. Firefighters are using beaters to tackle the blaze.16:48A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brinley Ford Southbound busy but moving at A5272 High Lane roundabout.16:11A500 D Road Southbound busy but moving before M6 J15. 16:04Police investigation works are now complete, and we will shortly be reopening the #M6 southbound between J21A and J20. Please be aware there are delays in both directions on the #M62 approaching the junction for the #M6 as a result of this closure.— Highways England (@HighwaysNWEST) July 18, 201815:51Slow traffic on A527 at B5049 High Lane.Near the Jet Petrol Station.15:25One lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound between J14 A5013 (Stafford North) and J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent). In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) is closed. The break down cannot be located on the cameras, however the matrix signs confirm the restriction. 15:20The M6 is currently closed southbound between junctions 21 and 20 following a serious collision – please avoid the area.There are currently long delays and diversions are in place via the M62, M60 and M56— Cheshire Police (@cheshirepolice) July 18, 201813:43City centre cordoned off as fire breaks out in HanleyPart of Hanley has been cordoned off after a fire broke out.A cordon has been put in place along Parliament Row, near Frankie’s Bar and McDonald’s.Three fire engines attended.Read more.12:58A34 Newcastle Road busy but moving between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange).12:39Police hunt man and woman after argument in Stoke-on-Trent street (Image: Stoke Sentinel)Police officers are searching for a man and a woman who were arguing in a street yesterday evening.Staffordshire Police attended Bond Street, in Tunstall, at 5.40pm yesterday after receiving reports of a ‘disorder’ from a member of the public.Officers attended the area but have not yet been able to find the people involved.Read more.12:35M6 injuriesHighways England says the injured people from the collision have now been taken to hospital.A spokesman said:North West Ambulance Service have taken the injured persons from the multi-vehicle collision. Traffic remains stopped to allow vehicles and debris to be removed from the carriageway. Long delays in the area. Read more.12:21Delays expected as this MONSTER load travels along the M6 and city (Image: Collet & Sons)Motorists are being warned they face delays along the M6 and through Stoke-on-Trent as a massive electrical transformer is transported through the region.Hauliers Collet & Sons will be moving a Super Grid Transformer from Ellesmere Port to the National Grid Substation in Cellarhead on Saturday and Sunday.The 184t transformer will have a combined length of 60 metres when on the trailer and will be 5.4 metres wide – the same length as three ordinary lorries and width of two.Read more.11:52Updates: M6 traffic temporarily held because of ‘multi-vehicle collision’ (Image: Google)Traffic has been held on the M6 in Cheshire because of a ‘multi-vehicle collision” between Knutsford and Holmes Chapel. Highways England officers temporarily held traffic on the southbound carriageway between junction 19 and junction 18 at 11.36am as firefighters and police officers were on scene.Motorists are being warned that there are currently long delays on the approach.Read more.11:20Police hunt attacker after man, 48, left injured (Image: Google Maps)Police are hunting an attacker after a 48-year-old man was left injured following altercation last night.Staffordshire Police’s dog and Taser unit was called to Nash Peake Street, in Tunstall , at 9.35pm last night following calls from members of the public.Read more.10:14A34 Newcastle Road busy but moving between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road.10:09Traffic easing on A50 Ashbourne Road Eastbound from A50 (Beamhurst) to A518 / B5030 (Little Chef Roundabout, The Heath).One lane closed due to roadworks.08:57One lane closed and slow traffic due to a tyre on road on M6 Southbound from junction 15, Stoke-on-Trent to junction 14, Stafford North. Lane one, of three, is closed. 08:47Police: missing man found ‘safe and well’ (Image: Staffordshire Police)Police officers have confirmed a missing man has been found ‘safe and well’.Staffordshire Police put out an appeal to help locate 34-year-old David Hammonds after he was last seen cycling away from an address in Meir.Inspector Giles Parsons said officers were concerned about his welfare after he had been missing for almost 24 hours.Read more.08:41Usual slow traffic on A500 D Road Southbound around A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). Travel time is five minutes. 08:18 Slow traffic on A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brindley Ford towards Chell.07:59Reports of congestion on the Haslington Bypass, near Crewe, just before the roadworks at the Crewe Green Roundabout. Travel time is four minutes.07:31 All lanes open and traffic returned to normal, broken down van removed on M6 Northbound from J12, Gailey, to J13, Stafford South. 07:12Slow traffic due to accident on A50 Uttoxeter Road Eastbound at A520 (Meir Tunnel Interchange). Traffic officers are at the scene.07:10M6 StaffordshireOne lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound from junction 12, Gailey, to junction 13, Stafford South. Lane one, of four, is closed. Traffic is already slow in the area due to narrow lanes and speed restrictions.Weather forecastAccording to the weather channel today is expected to be ‘mostly cloudy’. There will be highs of 22 degrees between 5pm and 7pm with overnight lows due to hit 13 degrees. There is a 25 per cent chance of rain at around 1pm.Good morningGood morning and welcome to the StokeonTrentLive newsfeed for the day. We will be bringing you all of the latest news as well as traffic and travel updates until 11pm tonight. 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