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Ascential

Ascential plc EMAP, is a British business-to-business media business specialising in exhibitions & festivals and information services. It is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index. Richard Winfrey purchased the Spalding Guardian in 1887 and purchased the Lynn News and the Peterborough Advertiser, he became a Liberal politician and campaigner for agricultural rights and the papers were used to promote his political views in and around Spalding, Boston and Peterborough. During World War II Winfrey's newspaper interests began to be passed over to his son, Richard Pattinson Winfrey. In 1947, under the direction of'Pat' Winfrey, the family's newspaper titles were consolidated to form the East Midland Allied Press: this was achieved by the merger of the Northamptonshire Printing and Publishing Co. the Peterborough Advertiser Co. the West Norfolk and King's Lynn Newspaper Co. and commercial printing sections at Rushden, King's Lynn and Bury St Edmunds. The magazine division was founded on a hunch when the company's printing presses lay dormant between printing issues of the local papers.

The staff gambled that a weekly angling publication would be a hit - and in 1953 Angling Times was born. This was soon joined by another weekly heavyweight when EMAP bought Motor Cycle News from its founder in 1956 for a hundred pounds. EMAP grew in the late 1970s under the guidance of the successful partnership of Sir Robin Miller and David Arculus. In 1996 EMAP agreed to sell its 65 newspaper titles, including the 300-year-old Stamford Mercury, to Johnston Press for £111 million. Scottish Radio Holdings was acquired by EMAP on 21 June 2005. In 2006, EMAP sold its French division to Italy's Arnoldo Mondadori Editore. On 27 July 2007, EMAP announced that it was undertaking a review of the structure of the group in response to receiving a number of unsolicited proposals to purchase parts of the company. On 12 September 2007, EMAP announced that it had completed the disposal of its Australian consumer magazine division, Emap Australia for £38m to ACP Magazines. On 29 January 2008, EMAP completed the sale of its radio and consumer media businesses to German company Bauer for £1.14bn.

The remainder of the company was taken over by Eden Bidco Ltd, a company incorporated for the purpose of the acquisition by its owners, the private equity investment group Apax and the Guardian Media Group in late March/early April 2008. In March 2012, the company announced that it would be renamed Top Right Group, that its magazines and data businesses would be separated into three standalone companies; the EMAP name would continue to be used for the magazines operation, which at the time accounted for around 18 percent of the group's turnover. The database business was renamed 4C Group, the events unit was renamed I2i Events Group. In October 2015 the company announced that the EMAP brand would be scrapped as all its titles move to digital-only format. In December 2015 Top Right Group rebranded as Ascential; the company was the subject of an £800m initial public offering in February 2016. Ascential operates four informational service categories focused on businesses in the digital economy; the four areas are product design, marketing and built environment and policy.

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Line 3 (Mumbai Metro)

The Aqua Line of the Mumbai Metro known as Line 3 or the Colaba–Bandra-SEEPZ line, is a part of the metro system under construction in Mumbai, India. When completed, the 33.5-km long line will be the first underground metro line in Mumbai. The metro line will connect Cuffe Parade business district in the extreme south of the city to SEEPZ in the north-central with 26 underground and one at-grade station; the track width is standard gauge. The cost of this corridor is estimated at ₹30,000 crore. Line 3 is expected to reduce road congestion, besides reducing the load on the Western Line between Bandra and Churchgate; the project is being implemented by the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited. The line starts at Cuffe Parade, will run through Nariman Point, Churchgate, CSMT, Worli, Mahim, Bandra-Kurla Complex and past the domestic and international terminals of Mumbai Airport, through Andheri MIDC and terminates at SEEPZ; the section of the line between Bandra Kurla Complex and Dharavi stations includes a 170 metre long tunnel passing under the Mithi river.

This will be the second under-river metro rail tunnel in India after the tunnel underneath the Hooghly river on Kolkata Metro Line 2. The 33.5 km, Rs. 23,136 crore project involves five major entities - MMRCL, Padeco, MMRDA, CREC. Major funding for the project was received through a soft loan of Rs. 13,235 crore from JICA with the rest provided by the exchequer through the Government of India and Government of Maharashtra. A 20 km metro line from Colaba to Bandra was announced in January 2014, as part of a master plan unveiled by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority; the plan encompassed a total of 146 kilometres of track, of which 32 kilometres was proposed to be underground. The MMRDA unveiled plans for an extended Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ metro line in 2011. According to its earlier plans, a 20-km metro line from Colaba to Bandra was to be constructed, running underground for 10 kilometres from Colaba to Mahalaxmi, on an elevated track from Mahalaxmi to Bandra; the MMRDA decided to extend the line to the Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport to increase ridership.

The 33.5-kilometre Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ line was estimated to cost ₹21,000 crore, have 27 stations, would be the city's first underground metro line. At Nariman Point, BKC, MIDC, SEEPZ, elsewhere. According to the MMRDA, an underground metro will minimise land acquisition and disturbance to traffic during construction compared to an elevated metro; the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd, registered under provisions of Company Act, 1956, was constituted as a owned company of the MMRDA on 30 April 2008, as per state government directives. On 27 February 2012, the Central Government gave in-principle approval to the plan for Line 3. In April 2012, the MMRDA announced plans to grant the MMRC increased management autonomy, in an effort to enhance the project's operational efficiency. In early 2012, the MMRDA conducted talks with officials at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport to finance or construct the line's three stations at the airport and GVK SkyCity, a proposed nearby commercial development.

Mumbai International Airport Limited agreed to bear the cost of constructing the three stations, expected to total ₹777 crore. According to MIAL's CEO, R. K. Jain, MIAL is willing to contribute to the metro's construction because of the potential increase in passenger convenience. MIAL estimated the cost of developing the metro lines in the airport as ₹518 crore. In August 2012, the Urban Development Ministry rejected the Planning Commission's proposal to implement Line 3 in a public-private partnership mode, having found the mode unsatisfactory for the Delhi Airport Metro Express; the ministry instead proposed a funding pattern with a ratio of 20:80 between the Centre and the State. Of the State equity, 45% was proposed to be through a loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency. In 2016, JICA commenced providing financial assistance for the project in the form of a soft loan through the MOUD as a "pass through assistance" at an annual rate of interest of 1.4%. This amounts to ₹13,235 crore for the ₹23,136 crore project.

JICA will fund 57.2% of the equity. The soft loan has an interest rate of 1.44%. The other finance will come from the central and state equity of 10.4% each, sub-debt by the central government, sub-debt by the state, property development and impact fee, stakeholder contribution from the Mumbai International Airport Ltd. and MMRDA grant/aside funding. In March 2019, the MMRC managing director Ashwini Bhide stated that the actual completion cost of the project is ₹30,000 crore; the Union Cabinet granted clearance to Line 3 on 27 June 2013. The Cabinet decided to convert Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation, the existing state-level special purpose vehicle formed to implement metro projects, into a joint venture company of the state and central governments with equity participation; the MMRC's board consists of five members each from state and central governments. The MMRDA presented their metro line plan to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation on 13 February 2014. Line 3 was approved by the state cabinet on 26 February 2014.

Line 3 is being implemented through the engineering and construction model. The foundation stone for the project was laid by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan in a bhoomi pujan ceremony at Andheri on 26 August 2014, in the presence of Union Urban Develop

Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations

The Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations is the main championship for beach soccer in Africa, contested between senior men's national teams who are members of the Confederation of African Football. It is the sport's version of the better known Africa Cup of Nations in association football; the winners of the championship are crowned continental champions. Coinciding with the annual staging of the World Cup, the competition took place yearly until 2009; the championship was established in 2006 when FIFA made it a requirement for all confederations to begin holding qualification tournaments to determine the best national team in their region and hence those who would proceed to represent their continent in the upcoming World Cup. FIFA allocate Africa two berths at the World Cup and hence the top two teams qualify to the World Cup finals. Beach Soccer Worldwide organised the competition under the title FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup CAF qualifier. Despite having minimal input, CAF became lead organisers in 2015, establishing a qualification phase to determine the elite eight nations to compete in the tournament finals.

CAF began using the BSAFCON title to which the competition was renamed for the next edition, scheduled for 2017. However, CAF announced that since three of its competitions were held in odd-numbered years, the tournament would now be held in even-numbered years henceforth to desaturate the calendar, starting with 2016. Senegal are the most successful nation having won the event five times and are the current champions. In terms of success in qualifying to the World Cup, again Senegal are the most outstanding nation, having qualified in seven out of nine attempts. Nigeria follow behind, with six qualifications. For all tournaments, the top two teams qualified for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. * = Hosts As of 2016 Key: Appearances App / Won in Normal Time W = 3 Points / Won in Extra Time W+ = 2 Points / Won in Penalty shoot-out WP = 1 Point / Lost L = 0 Points The following is a performance timeline of the teams who have appeared in the Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations and how many appearances they each have made.

Legend Superscript key 1. In 2006, 2011, 2015 & 2016 there were placement matches to decide all final rankings, unlike other years. 2. A preliminary qualifying round was introduced from 2015 onwards; the following is a performance timeline of the CAF teams who appeared in the Beach Soccer World Cup since being sanctioned by FIFA in 2005. Legend Notes Confederation of African Football, official website Beach Soccer Worldwide, official website