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Shaqiri warned of hostile reception in Belgrade

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first_imgLiverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri has been warned to expect a hostile reception by Red Star Belgrade’s sporting director Zvezdan Terzic should he travel with his team to Serbia.The Merseyside club have been drawn in the same UEFA Champions League group with Red Star and Shaqiri could receive a hostile reception from the home fans following his controversial celebration at the World Cup.The Switzerland international featured in one of the most controversial moments of this year’s World Cup, when he celebrated his winning goal in Switzerland’s 2-1 triumph over Serbia by imitating the two-headed eagle in Albania’s flag, something team-mate Granit Xhaka also did earlier in the game.“I think Shaqiri will undergo extraordinary psychological pressure,” Terzic told daily Serbian publication Kurir, according to Goal.“He knows where he will be going. I know very well that our club is a symbol of Serbia, unlike Partizan Belgrade, who represent Yugoslavia more.“I do not know if he will be willing to play in Marakana [the nickname of Red Star’s Rajko Mitic Stadium] under these conditions, so I doubt he’ll come. If he comes, he’ll be smaller than a poppy seed.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.But Terzic was sure to ease Liverpool’s worries with respect to security, adamant they will do their duty and protect Shaqiri.“We have to do everything we can to make Shaqiri feel like he can play football,” he added. “It is our duty to protect him. Let’s be good hosts.”While Xhaka apologised for his celebration this week, Shaqiri undermined the idea when asked if he would make amends.“Sure, I apologise if people felt attacked in Switzerland,” he said.“Somewhere, I don’t know, maybe in the mountains, where someone watched the game and it bothered him, I would certainly apologise.”last_img read more

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Allegri thinks Barcelona are the Champions League favs

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first_imgJuventus manager Max Allegri, explained why he believes that FC Barcelona is the biggest favorite to win the Champions League.Despite having a player such as Cristiano Ronaldo on his side, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri still puts Barcelona as the Champions League favorites this season.Having a fantastic start of the season in all competitions with Ronaldo in top form, doesn’t seem to be enough for Max to actually consider his own squad as the top favorite to win the competition.Cristiano has been proving repeatedly during the past three seasons, that he is in much better shape than Lionel Messi on this competition and that should be more than enough for his own manager to have the confidence of considering themselves the rival to beat in the competition.FC Barcelona has been playing top football this season as well, they are currently leading the Group of Death in the competition and have already secured a ticket to the next round.This high level of performance must be what has Allegri so certain of Barcelona’s claim for the title this season, but he is underestimating what his own players are capable of, as well as other clubs that are going to compete at the very top.🗣 @OfficialAllegri & Cancelo: “We want to qualify”The coach and the Portuguese defender talk #JuveVCF ahead of tomorrow night’s #UCL match ➡️ https://t.co/4jCj8K5CRv#ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/L1Qta5XKin— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) November 26, 2018Allegri spoke to the press this Monday ahead of Juventus’ match against Valencia in the penultimate Champions League group stage match.The manager was questioned about the squads that he thinks have the biggest chances of winning the tournament this season, a list of clubs where he did include his squad but named Barça as the top favorites.“There are still many games to go in Serie A and we have a lot of difficult games to play until the end of the year, against Roma, Inter, Atalanta, Fiorentina and Sampdoria,” said Allegri to the press via Four Four Two.“But in the Champions League, we have to take it one step at a time. We want to qualify for the last 16 and in first place.”“Barcelona are the favorites to win the competition, in my opinion. Then there are teams, including us, with the ambition to win it. We have that same desire every year.”“Last year, I said that the favorites were Real Madrid. This year, I think it’s Barcelona. I hope to be wrong this year.”David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“The Champions League is different,” he added.“In a period when Real Madrid were much worse – they were 15 points behind Barcelona – they still have the opportunity to go through to the next round. [Their form] counts for nothing,” he concluded.🎙 Off. That’s it from @OfficialAllegri, a full recap will be available soon on https://t.co/eYBMM1s4Iz #JuveVCF #UCL #ForzaJuve— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) November 26, 2018As far as the other clubs that he didn’t mention, Allegri failed to name drop clubs like Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, and even Manchester City.Those three specific clubs look like they are going to get far in the competition due to the impressive level of performance they are gifting us all with this season.The Colchoneros just came from a draw against FC Barcelona, Dortmund keeps dominating the Bundesliga well above Bayern München, and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City is still flying in the Premier League with very little opposition having any claim for the title this season.But Juventus is without question one of the top favorites, because Cristiano Ronaldo seems like he is on a mission to prove that he is still relevant despite his “veteran” status.The Portuguese forward is actually doing great so far, as he is at the top of the Serie A goal-scoring table with 9 goals and has been completely unplayable this season with his new club.Juventus knows they have their secret weapon, not bragging too much about it might be a good strategy from Allegri but they shouldn’t be underestimated by anyone this season.🎙 @OfficialAllegri: “Barcelona are the favourites to win the competition in my opinion. Then there are three teams including us with the ambition to win it, and we have that same desire every year.”#JuveVCF #UCL #ForzaJuve— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) November 26, 2018Which clubs do you consider favorite to win the Champions League this season? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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Additional Details Emerge In Kenai Double Homicide

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first_imgMasonn Byrd, 25, of Kenai was taken into custody for the Sunday morning shooting deaths of Lisa Rutzebeck and her mother  Rachelle Armstrong. Byrd’s phone pinged a cell tower in the neighborhood three minutes before the murders were reported, according to the documents. “MASONN BYRD was interviewed and denied involvement. DWIGHT DAVIS, MASONN’S grandfather, was also interviewed. DWIGHT stated that MASONN had told him, the morning after the shooting, that he shot the two women and that he was going to throw the gun into the river. MASONN also told DWIGHT that the shooting occurred over money and that he thought he would get away with it because there were no witnesses.” According to court documents, “During a review of RACHELLE (SHELLY) ARMSTRONG’s cellphone, multiple conversations related to dealing drugs were located. Additionally, the records indicated that SHELLY owed MASONN BYRD money for a drug debt. Their text conversations continued throughout the day and finished approximately 20 minutes before the murders. Police found the two women in an apartment on California Avenue with gunshot wounds to the head and bullet casings for a .380-caliber automatic.  Byrd faces two charges of first-degree murder, he was arraigned in Kenai Wednesday morning. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A Kenai man that was arrested late Tuesday in connection with the murder of two women told a family member it was over an unpaid drug debt, according to court documents. In one of the texts on the day of the murder at 4:29pm, MASONN wrote, “I just done with dealing with people Ima end up hurting someone lol” SHELLY replied that she understood and is trying to get others to pay her the money they owe to her.” At this time the investigation is ongoing. Additional details will be posted as they are made available.last_img read more

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Vanity Fairs Wolff Now Says Newsweek Will be Dead within Two Years

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first_imgHere (“possibly there’s a phase where it goes bi-weekly, or even monthly”) Wolff is hedging his bet. While Newsweek doesn’t “want to be seen as a U.S. News,” it’s entirely plausible that all traditional weekly newsmagazines—including Time and Newsweek—go biweekly or even monthly in two years, particularly if the advertisers who exited the print magazine market don’t return.It’s interesting that Wolff, who founded Newser.com, a news aggregator, would want to put an expiration date on a magazine, given that his livelihood, at least in part, hinges on writing for one. (I asked Wolff how long he gives Vanity Fair; he wouldn’t comment.) But Wolff does make an interesting point, and it’s something that we heard from some ex-Washington Post Co. executives when we were working on our story: “How do you say to your colleagues and your customers, while we’re still here today, in all honesty we’re toast tomorrow?”It’s a question some publishers are going to have to face sooner than later. Michael Wolff, Vanity Fair’s cranky contributing editor, Rupert Murdoch biographer and noted firestarter, stated publicly that Newsweek wouldn’t last another five years.  After last week’s news—first reported by FOLIO: (“Newsweek Mulls Dramatic Drop in Circulation”)—that the magazine is considering a huge rate base cut, Wolfe says that he appears to have been “optimistic.”He’s now revised it to two:Sometime around the fourth quarter of next year, Newsweek will be shuttered (possibly there’s a phase where it goes bi-weekly, or even monthly). The people at Newsweek and at the Washington Post Co. will be as adamant and dismissive about denying this as they were about my original assertion. And yet, they obviously can’t be certain they have a positive future (or any future). last_img read more

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New Opportunities in Magazine Manufacturing

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first_imgSEE BELOW: From Back-End Support to Revenue Partner (sidebar)Magazine production has changed dramatically in the last few years. Tools and standards that have come to the forefront—ad portals, virtual proofing, online insertion orders, PDFs—which weren’t exactly new, still gained significant ground.Today, publishers and printers know there’s no single solution. Digital asset management and metadata are all being used, but what’s old is new again, with old standbys such as “printing to the numbers” and gray component replacement being resurrected to find cheaper, faster ways to create the final print product.The publisher/printer relationship often boils down to one factor: Price. Financial pressures have grown significantly over the last year and it’s unlikely to change in the near future. But publishers may want to look at the bigger picture and assess whether the cost savings they’re seeing are necessarily worth a corresponding drop in service. Color ManagementColor management continues to be one of the industry’s most vital topics, since improvements in color not only improve the finished product, but can yield production efficiencies and savings through reduced waste.City and regional publisher Niche Media works with its printers to calibrate to the profiles of the presses. “Our make-ready’s are faster, we’re up to color instantly and consistently because of the closed loop color on the presses,” says director of manufacturing Shawn Lowe. “You’ll see more publishers partnering with printers as we all fight to keep clients happy and coming back.” His goal is to reproduce a common ad better than his competitor, while being consistent across all of its publications so that an ad in Gotham is identical in quality to an ad in Michigan Avenue, for example.Gray component replacement (GCR) is a technique for replacing gray tones otherwise made from yellow, cyan and magenta separations instead with black ink. Adopted in 1987 by Newsweek, today Time Inc. sees a broader adoption of GCR ink efficiency software with publishers. “The cost savings are substantial and economic forces should speed adoption,” says Guy Gleysteen, senior vice president of production at Time Inc. “Similarly, virtual proofing has been in the marketplace for several years, but it seems likely that wider adoption in 2009 is inevitable as publishers focus on viable cost reduction technologies. Both are widely deployed at Time Inc.”Tighter press controls will also play a larger role. “What is needed now is the ability of presses, especially Web presses, to have tighter color control,” says Connecticut Cottages & Gardens art and production director Matthew Hageman. “It’s the final piece of the puzzle on the way to printing to the numbers. The front end controls are there, the closed-loop color technology is there. The new generation of presses is getting close, so I think it’s only a matter of time.” One of Quebecor World’s primary technical initiatives in 2008 was assisting with the roll-out of G7 qualification to the Web offset process (the printer claims its Dyersburg, Tennessee plant became the first G7 Qualified Web offset facility in North America). Quebecor World partnered with IDEAlliance to extend G7 Qualification, which began as a sheet-fed process, to Web offset technology.Is Virtual Proofing Taking Off Or Behind The Times? Digital workflows enable printers to combine production services once considered distinctly separate, such as pre-press, printing and distribution. Now they’ve been combined to create a seamless manufacturing process to save time and money without sacrificing quality and service. “It starts with offering a digital and proofless prepress workflow, moves to a lean, but flexible printing and bindery operation, and goes out the door through multi-faceted distribution systems to cover all channels,” says Dan Drake, director of print operations at IPC Print Services. “This allows the publisher to keep advertising open longer because they can submit files later and still get the publication in the hands of the reader faster.”While virtual proofing has existed for years, just 61 percent of publishers used it in 2008 (up from 52 percent in 2007), according to Folio:’s 2008 Manufacturing and Production Trends Survey. “While we have offered it for many years, I believe 2009 will be the year everyone takes a hard look at soft proofing,” says Drake. The systems offer more than just proofing capabilities and more stable PDF formats, he says. “It’s just like the evolution of computer-to-plate, it took some time, but now the process can be trusted.” In  2009, Hearst will continue to implement virtual proofing with its printers, conduct further tests for fully compliant PDF/X-4 files, and “continue to raise the awareness  among the ad community about the importance of including the ISO 12647-7 Digital Control Strip on their supplied proofs for better print predictability,” says William McGuirl, quality assurance director at Hearst Magazines.One production department, which wishes to remain anonymous, tested the concept that when printing with a printer that has calibrated monitors in the press room, provided the front-end calibration matches that of the printer and the front-end set up converts to a profile that matches the paper stock (instead of converting to generic CMYK), the need for proofs is eliminated. “We ditched virtual proofing over the summer. I realized that as long as my monitors were calibrated, and as long as my front end set-up was the same as the premedia set-up at our printer, virtual proofing was unnecessary,” the source says. “The department only uses scatter proofs for the well, which they don’t ultimately send to the printer. They went on press with a number of hard proofs, but didn’t bring them out until the  press was up to color. It was dead on.”Eliminating A Few StepsBlood-Horse Publications has implemented an automatic e-mail notification for when a file is uploaded to an FTP site. “There’s no more watching the site for files. It’s watching for us,” says print operations manager Lisa Coots. Blood-Horse is also using DALiM TWiST, a premedia job processing system, for all of its files. “This allows us to automatically send the files to our printer, Publishers Press, who is also using DALiM,” she says. “As a result, we can view uploaded pages and easily identify pages and forms that aren’t complete.“They can also send a new file as a replacement for a previously sent file, and as a result, “can monitor their system to make sure the new file will get printed,” says Coots. “We‘ve taken advantage of electronic approvals for some print projects. It’s fast, efficient and paperless.”Coots says Blood-Horse is in the process of upgrading the in-house electronic tracking system where “we currently cannot attach digital files to the e-ticket,” which will make the system user-friendly for print and digital, and allow them cross-platforming on some projects. Blood-Horse is investigating an ad system that would allow clients to upload a file, attach it to an insertion order and automatically send it though the DALiM TWiST system. “This will reduce man-hours and make for a more efficient workflow,” she says. Connecticut Cottages & Gardens has seen time-saving benefits from Brown Printing’s Web-based workflow.  “Since we need less time to ship and proof, we’ve been able to extend in-house deadlines. This has given our ad sales team more time to sell,” says Hageman. “It also allows last minute changes that previously would have caused 12 hours worth of chaos to be dealt with in less than half the time at a fraction of the stress.”Ad Portals Draw Small PubsWhile ad portals—which allow advertisers to submit advertising materials electronically and allow the publisher to place the materials into the correct workflow—were once the realm of larger publishers, smaller publishers like Connecticut Cottages and Gardens have begun to use them (although ad portals overall showed little growth over the last year, with 22 percent of publishers using them in 2008 versus 21 percent in 2007).“I think ad portals are going to become big business,” says Hageman. “They save so much time and aggravation. We’ve logged more hours than we can count troubleshooting files for people…I think it can even deter smaller advertisers who can’t afford an agency from advertising at all. The idea that an advertiser can drop a file on a Web site, have it preflighted in seconds, and upon approval be placed into the printer’s workflow, is phenomenal.”  Niche Media’s success with ad portal SendMyAd makes Lowe think that “ad portals will continue to grow and prosper. Anything that will save time, both in allowing for more ad pages, and in delivery speed to the plant, is important.” However, Lowe says that portals can be a double-edged sword. “You have to keep the books open later, but you still have to make your press date and deliver books on time. There’s little margin for mistakes, so the first shot has to be dead on.” Niche Media started experimenting with ad portals more than three years ago, and believes that they will “continue to grow and consolidate,” says Lowe. “Advertisers are also looking for the speed and additional time to get last minute creative to press.” Niche is also starting to convert to InDesign and Acrobat, particularly “after seeing the industry shift to Adobe, to the point where Quark now has a publishing system that is file agnostic and will take ID files,” says Lowe. “The goal is to first reproduce the supplied creative perfectly, since many advertisers are pushing back on poor reproduction.” Postal and Co-MailingPublishers have been adjusting for mailing rates, as Periodicals, Standard or First Class postage will rise by just about 4 percent in May. But as publishers know, that’s not a given. IPC’s Dan Drake says the Intelligent Mail Barcode—the next generation of USPS barcode technology for sorting and tracking letters and flats—could be as big as co-mailing in terms of cutting costs and boosting efficiencies. “The incorporation of the full-service Intelligent Mail Barcode into magazine distribution systems will be huge,” he adds. “It will be mandatory in 2010, but the U.S. Postal Service is expected to raise rates for magazines that do not incorporate it sooner. If you wait until late fall, you could find yourself scrambling.”Traditional WorkflowOvid Bell emphasizes “lean manufacturing” to cut costs, and is pursuing paper deals with vendors that will have an immediate effect for customers. The printer has installed a new perfect binder, which provides a 143 percent increase in production capacity, and is recasting one of its presses as a cover press, including a sheeter for perfect bind covers.  “We’re also working on shorter turn around schedules,” says president John Bell, primarily with monthlies that can maintain production schedules. “In the short-run production arena, there aren’t many.”The industry may see more manufacturing partnerships between publishers in the same market. “Smaller publications may lean on other publishers to help create, print and distribute their magazines and newsletters, due to reduced staff and increased manufacturing costs,” says Coots. “We are all in this together.” Just as publishers are realizing with edit and marketing, there’s only so much that can be cut from the manufacturing process. Lowe says that Niche Media is still  “one of the few publishers who run 50/50 splits. Investments in technology are necessary just to stay in the game today.”SIDEBAR:From Back-End Support to Revenue PartnerPublishers today aren’t just looking to printers for print solutions, but also for revenue generating opportunities. Increasingly, that comes in the form of digital solutions such as digital magazines, but also support (or even full providing) of core disciplines such as content develop and advertising administration.Many publishers are looking to printers to help them connect print and online, with services ranging from digital editions to Web development. “One of the most important trends coming out now are e-books, and yet the newsstand and subscription copies are just as important,” says Shawn Lowe, director of manufacturing at Niche Media. “I think you will see a new co-existence between Web and print where print will drive content on the Web and then the Web will take that content and drive consumers deeper to advertisers. E-books are ready instantly, and will draw attention to the magazines that are coming out soon and drive newsstand sales.”“Content Portability” is one of the new paradigms in a digital age. Intellectual property has its maximum value when it can be repurposed into multiple channels, each of which can generate new revenue streams. That prompted Quebecor World to form The Publishing Services Group in June 2008 by merging the company’s magazine, book and directory businesses. “There is a meaningful opportunity to demonstrate to clients how they can expand their offerings cheaply and efficiently by taking advantage of the Publishing Services Group and certain of its new digital tools including its digital asset management solutions, digital editions, ad and edit portals and electronic communication systems,” says Sean Twomey, executive vice president of The Publishing Services Group. “They create new subscription and direct sales opportunities, as well as advertising upsell possibilities.  They also allow for a more efficient way of versioning editorial and advertising.” In additional to digital editions, Fry Communications offers online video, which can be packaged with digital editions and online directories. “This offers direct contact with the advertiser,” says vice president of sales Steve Grande, who says that the price is “several hundred dollars per unit.” Fry also offers a Web-based infrastructure for creating online yellow pages directory as well as variable data services which helps clients target personalized messages to their audience. “Our role is to move forward to an information distribution company in print, direct mail and online,” says Grande. “More of the requests we’re getting from publishers are related to the work functions the printer can take over and provide as a service and run the gamut from dealing with digital advertising management and providing help desk support for advertisers to dealing with pagination and book makeup. With our direct mail operation, we’re now talking to certain customers about mailing their invoices for them.”last_img read more

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Sports Illustrated Sees Advertising Uptick

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first_imgOffering free or aggressively discounted print ads is “not the strategy” for SI, Griffing said.The advertising improvement is significant for SI following a 14.9 percent drop in ad pages through the first half, according to Publishers Information Bureau figures. Golf Magazine pages, meanwhile, tumbled 37.3 percent through the first six months.In terms of ads, the remainder of the year is shaping up to be better but SI isn’t out of the woods, yet. “The third quarter is looking better than the first and second quarters, but we’re running up, year-over-year, on a third quarter last year during which we had some pretty big issues,” Griffing said. “In terms of proposals, though, RFPs have been up anywhere from 10 percent to 20 percent, depending on the week.”While so many print magazines are hanging on by a thread, Griffing said the SI Group is “feeling good.” “Print is not dying and we are not on a respirator,” he said. “Just like with the housing market, it depends on who you ask, but things do look like they’re improving.” It appears that Time Inc.’s Sports Illustrated Group is seeing some initial glimmers of light at the end of the long, dark, print advertising tunnel. The group today said that ad pages increased 45 percent year-over-year—to 80.3 pages—for its September 7 NFL preview issue.In addition, the magazine’s August 17 College Football Preview issue saw ad pages climb 15 percent, to 45.17 pages, compared to the same issue in 2008. Golf Magazine, which also is managed by the SI Group, saw ad pages grow 8 percent for its September issue.Beyond selling marketers on SI’s custom media offerings, “it’s been about great timing and the stars aligning,” group advertising sales vice president Jeff Griffing told FOLIO:. “First, football season is about to begin. Second, in tough times like these, people are looking for community—they want to crack open an issue of Sports Illustrated and read about their favorite sports teams. At the end of the day, marketers want to buy an audience, and that’s been strong for us. That’s why we’ve been in the conversation.”last_img read more

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SourceMedia Launches New Digital Platform

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first_imgSourceMedia, publisher of B2B brands American Banker, The Bond Buyer, Financial Planning, and Health Data Management, among several others, announced today a company-wide relaunch of its digital publishing platform in an effort to optimize engagement, cross-platform user experience, and native advertising integration. Health Data Management, Employee Benefit News, and Employee Benefit Adviser are the first brands to receive the digital makeover; flagship American Banker, along with the rest of SourceMedia’s more than 20 titles, will follow in the near future. One of those innovative ways is through native advertising, which the company indicates is a key aspect of the new launch. Sponsor-commissioned articles, white papers, infographics, and videos will be integrated into content feeds without confusing readers, according to SourceMedia. The shift to center a company’s growth strategy around digital growth and innovative marketing solutions—even as SourceMedia still publishes a number of print magazines—is a clear trend in B2B media as print advertising revenues run dry and intimate audience relationships grow ever-more valuable. Moreover, mobile responsiveness is vital to any brand, with audiences increasingly accessing digital content via smartphones. Reston, VA-based Perfect Sense Digital developed the new content management system, which will power an expanded content taxonomy designed to bring accurate, relevant content to the surface. Brooklyn-based digital agency Work & Co. designed the new user experience. Roadblocks remain, though, perhaps the most notable of which are ad blocking and viewability. SourceMedia hopes the new, cleaner site design, as well as more seamless integration of native advertising, will help overcome those challenges. “As a premium B2B network, technology is at the center of our strategy,” said Minna Rhee, SourceMedia chief digital and marketing officer, in a statement. “We are actively developing our internal capabilities and evolving with new technologies that will drive ongoing improvements to deliver more engaging user experiences while providing marketers with more innovative ways to reach their target audiences.” With features like a cleaner interface, responsive design, and continuous scrolling, the company hopes the new platform will better harness the business opportunities afforded by digital media and allow its audiences and clients to more deeply engage with one another. “This is a milestone for SourceMedia, enabling us to deliver on important operational priorities and product strategies,” added David Longobardi, chief content officer, in a statement.last_img read more

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Longtime Vogue Editor Leaves for Snapchat People on the Move

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first_imgSelby DrummondVogue accessories and special projects editor, Selby Drummond, is leaving Condé Nast after seven years with the company to take on the newly created role of head of fashion and beauty partnerships at Snap Inc., Snapchat’s parent company. She will begin her new position in mid-October and will report to head of talent partnerships Lauren Gallo. In the new role, Drummond will be responsible for all of Snap Inc.’s strategy and outreach efforts to fashion designers, industry creators, and influencers, and will lead engagement efforts around major events in the fashion and beauty space.According to a report from Business of Fashion, a replacement for Drummond hasn’t been named, however, “a representative for Vogue said her responsibilities will be redistributed among the Vogue market team by fashion director Virginia Smith.” As the accessories and special projects director, Drummond oversaw a department of 11 editors and freelancers who were responsible for all coverage of shoes, bags, jewelry and small accessories. She also represented Vogue at domestic and international fashion weeks and events in order to source talent and identify trends that were then covered in print and digital.Jon GluckHere are the rest of this week’s people on the move… The first Hearst Magazines staffers have been let go under new president Troy Young. Executive director of editorial talent, Jon Gluck, and VP of communications, Flavie Lemarchand-Wood, both of whom were hired in September 2017, have been dismissed from the company, according to a New York Post report. Gluck, who was hired by former chief content officer Joanna Coles, joined Hearst from Condé Nast where he had served as the managing editor of Vogue. Lemarchand-Wood formerly worked at Priceline where she was VP of global communications.Michael CarlFormer fashion director of Vanity Fair, Michael Carl, who was let go soon after editor-in-chief Radhika Jones took over at the magazine, was appointed as the first VP of press and influence at Paris-based luxury brand, Hermès, WWD reports. Prior to VF, Carl worked at Nylon and Interview. He begins this new position next week in the New York office, and will report to SVP of communications, Peter Malachi.  The sale of Purch’s U.S.-based consumer-facing brands and its RAMP ad tech platform to UK-based Future plc was completed today, and Purch’s remaining business-focused b2b unit has been rebranded as Business.com. Former president and COO of Purch, Doug Llewellyn, has been named CEO of Business.com, while the company’s former CEO Greg Mason will remain an advisor to its board. In his new capacity, Llewellyn and his team will continue to focus on expanding the marketplace of small business owners through multiple channels.“Doug had the vision to identify and acquire businesses complementary to Purch to create Business.com and is the ideal person to lead this business to future successes,” said Ralph Terkowitz, a representative of the board, in a statement.  Rob YagidB2B residential construction and remodeling publisher, Fine Homebuilding, announced two promotions this week in response to its growing initiative, #KeepCraftAlive, which serves as an industry leadership program that supports those who want to pursue a path in skilled trades.Rob Yagid, who currently serves as the brand’s editorial director and has been at Fine Homebuilding Magazine since 2007, is taking over as the founder and executive director of Keep Craft Alive. Yagid started the program as a social media hashtag to showcase pride in construction craft and has sense developed it into a scholarship and educational awareness opportunity within the industry.In response to Yagid’s appointment, Justin Fink has been promoted to editorial director of Fine Homebuilding. Fink has been with the brand since 2004, starting as an editorial intern, and most recently held the role of editor. “[Fink] has worked so closely with Rob over the years, this transition will be seamless and allow for us to flourish under Justin’s editorial vision, while Rob builds out the next phase of #KeepCraftAlive,” said group publisher/SVP Renee Jordan in a statement.Toby Harnden was tapped as the Washington Examiner’s new managing editor. Starting Oct. 1, he will replace Philip Klein, who has served in that capacity since 2015. Klein is moving to executive editor in order to focus more on writing. Harnden is currently the Washington bureau chief for The Sunday Times of London.Politico New York’s state Capitol bureau chief Jimmy Vielkind is joining The Wall Street Journal to cover New York politics. Vielkind was a founding member of Politico New York’s state Capitol bureau and was named bureau chief in November 2013, where he currently coordinates the largest bureau at the capitol, reports and writes articles and analyses state politics, and has been a regular contributor to Politico New York’s magazine. He has reported on New York state government and politics since 2008, first as a correspondent for the New York Observer and later at the Albany Times Union. Taha AhmedTaha Ahmed was appointed to Forbes’ newly created position of strategic investment associate. In this management role, Ahmed will be responsible for focusing on mergers and acquisitions, strategic and venture investments, and partnerships, as well as helping to identify areas of future growth within digital media for the company, including in emerging areas, such as artificial intelligence, fintech and blockchain. Ahmed joins the brand after three years at Group Nine Media, where he most recently held the title of manager, corporate development & strategic planning. Before that, he served a Goldman Sachs analyst. “With the addition of Taha, we will be developing a more robust acquisition strategy for future innovation and growth,” said Mike Federle, CEO of Forbes Media in a statement. Former Bloomberg Law president, Scott Mozarsky, is joining Vannin Capital as its managing director. Mozarsky departed Bloomberg Law this summer, but prior to that, had been responsible for leading Bloomberg’s business across the legal market and for guiding the Bloomberg Next organization across Bloomberg’s industry verticals, including Bloomberg BNA, Bloomberg Government and Bloomberg New Energy Finance. In his new role, Mozarsky will be responsible for the overall North American business and will be located in Vannin’s New York City office. Bloomberg tapped Simon Casey as its new leader of the brand’s energy coverage in the Americas. Since 2015, Casey served as the agricultural team leader for the company, and James Attwood, current metals and mining coverage leader, is set to succeed him in that role. Casey joined Bloomberg in 2003 as a commodities reporter and prior to that, spend four years as an online editor and deputy editor of Metal Bulletin.The Outline, the culture website startup by Joshua Topolsky—which recently raised over $5 million in its second fundraising effort—reportedly laid off six of its 24 employees according to tweets from the recently dismissed staffers. Staff writer Paris Martineau‏ announced that “The Outline just laid off all their staff writers,” and site developer Erik Hinton also confirmed that he had been laid off along with several other co-workers from the brand. Other layoffs include staff writer Ann-Derrick Gaillot, executive assistant and office manager Wynton Wong, and front-end developer Anneka Goss, according to a tweet from managing editor of U.S. Press Freedom Tracker Peter Sterne.Sarah HofstetterFormer CEO and current chairwoman of 360i, Sarah Hofstetter, was hired by comScore as its new president, effective Oct. 4. In her new role, Hofstetter will be responsible for comScore’s commercial strategy, including marketing and sales, as well as the continued advancement of the company’s Movies Reporting & Analytics product group.In her 13 years at 360i, Hofstetter helped to building the company from a small interactive shop into a multinational advertising agency with over 1,000 employees, and has built partnerships with brands like Coca-Cola, Mondelēz International, NBCUniversal and Nestle.last_img read more

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State Outlines Plan to Provide Alternate Water Source for Mountain Home AFB

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first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR A state plan to deliver water from the Snake River to Mountain Home Air Force Base would ensure the installation in southwestern Idaho has a sustainable water supply in the event the aquifer it currently relies on dries up.Groundwater supplies in the Mountain Home area already are running low.“The risk that we face is that if the base doesn’t have a reliable water supply into the future, then it may risk the viability of retaining the base in the state of Idaho,” said Cynthia Bridge Clark, a water manager with the Idaho Department of Water Resources.Officials from the Idaho Department of Water Resources this week described the pipeline project, which is estimated to cost between $20 million and $30 million and could be in place in 2021, reported KBOI.In addition to the pipeline, which would range from 10 to 15 miles, the state would build a pump station and a water treatment facility to provide water for domestic, municipal, commercial and industrial uses. The state previously acquired the water rights to the surface water in CJ Strike Reservoir, which is located on the Snake River.The Air Force would pay the state back through a water purchase agreement, according to the story. State water managers next will begin the project’s design stage, which will take several years.last_img read more

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Jon Stewart Plays Drums To Benefit Suicide Prevention

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first_img Jon Stewart Drums For Suicide Prevention jon-stewart-plays-drums-benefit-suicide-prevention Former GRAMMY host records with New Jersey-based band No Wine For Kittens to benefit charityRenée FabianGRAMMYs Nov 9, 2017 – 10:37 am GRAMMY winner Jon Stewart may have left the airwaves after retiring from “The Daily Show” in 2015, but he’s found a new way to entertain himself — drumming.The former GRAMMY host told TMZ last year he had taken up drumming as a hobby from New Jersey-based drum teacher Andy Bova, who happens to be a former member of the band No Wine For Kittens.The band entered indie music blog Speak Into My Good Eye’s fourth annual 24-hour songwriting challenge this year benefiting the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and they enlisted Stewart as their drummer. Their song is titled “Catastrophes,” with Rick Barry on vocals/guitar, Emily Bornemann on vocals, Andy Bova on keys, and Justin Bornemann on guitar.The full songwriting challenge album will be released Nov. 17. Those who pre-order the album via Speak Into My Good Eye’s website can get one track now. All proceeds benefit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, with a dedication in honor of the late Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington.3 Ways You Can Support Someone With A Mental Health IssueRead more Email News Jon Stewart Plays Drums To Benefit Suicide Prevention Facebook Twitter last_img read more

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The Wilmington Insider For April 15 2018

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Sunday, April 15, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: A chance of rain and sleet before 7am, then sleet likely between 7am and 5pm, then freezing rain and sleet likely after 5pm. Cloudy, with a high near 33. Northeast wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Little or no sleet accumulation expected.Food Shopping: Food shopping in town this week?  In case you haven’t seen this week’s circulars, Wilmington Apple has you covered:This week’s circular from Market Basket (260 Main Street) can be found HERE.This week’s circular from Lucci’s Market (211 Lowell Street) can be found HERE.Elia’s Country Store (381 Middlesex Avenue) does not have an online circular, but the store posts its hot entree schedule and other specials on its Facebook page HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. 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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For February 25, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For February 11, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For February 4, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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WHS Softball Senior Profile Aliyah Tang

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — This is the final installment in a series of profiles celebrating the five recent WHS graduates who played on this year’s varsity softball team.Aliyah TangAliyah began playing softball the summer going into 9th grade. Aliyah had always been athletic and was able to pick up a new sport that she was interested in very quickly. Growing up, Aliyah was always fast and her speed came in handy with her new found love for the game of softball. Growing up, she took part in many different sports. She cheered, played basketball, volleyball, and even ran track/xc. All of her close friends played softball and encouraged her to play with them on the Lowell Mojo team during the summer just for fun. Luckily, she found her sport and kept at it for the next four years.A few months after high school started, Aliyah found out Mojo was discontinuing its program. She found a place on the New England Nor’easters with coach Timothy Kieran. She needed a lot of work, but Tim saw a lot of potential in her and helped shape her to be the player she is today. Aliyah was welcomed with open arms by teammates she will never forget; Ryan Bailey and Gianna Brunetto. She found her new softball family.Aliyah started off as a third basemen with Mojo because of her strong arm, then Tim saw her potential as an outfielder. She was quick and tracked balls easily. The summer after freshman year ended, she had a great season with NE and continued to play fall ball with Tim. She met her new teammates Antonia Kieran who she is now best friends with and Adele Burton. Most importantly, she met her close friend Ally Moran. She would soon end her softball career in 2018 catching for Ally, building a strong friendship.In October 2015, Aliyah’s family moved to Wilmington and she enrolled into WHS. Aliyah was now with all of her Nor’easter teammates and she felt at home. Sophomore year, she took part in Wilmington High’s softball program as an outfielder and slap hitter. Going into 11th grade she played for the Northeast Xtreme and found her calling as a catcher. Although her family wishes she caught sooner in her career, they’re glad she ended her amazing senior season catching for the Wildcats.Aliyah will be attending Auburn University and majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Her family is extremely proud of her accomplishments.Aliyah Tang(NOTE: The above profile is from 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… RelatedWHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Defeat Winchester (9-3) & Arlington (5-2) To Improve To 7-2In “Sports”WHS Softball Senior Profile: Adele BurtonIn “Sports”WHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Wrap Up Regular Season With 10-0 WinIn “Sports”last_img read more

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Ford adds 1M vehicles to Takata recall EcoSport SUV recalled separately

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first_imgBelieve it or not, automakers are still adding vehicles to the massive Takata airbag inflator recall. That’s one of the two new recalls Ford just announced, with the second affecting its new subcompact SUV.Recall the first: Adding to the Takata frayFord announced Friday that it is expanding its list of vehicles recalled for Takata airbag inflators for the fourth time. This planned expansion covers an additional 953,000 vehicles, approximately 780,000 of which are located in the US. The following vehicles comprise this latest expansion, which covers the passenger side front inflator:2010 Ford Edge2010 Lincoln MKX2010-2011 Ford Ranger2010-2012 Ford Fusion2010-2012 Lincoln MXZ2010-2011 Mercury Milan2010-2014 Ford MustangThe Takata recall kicked off when it was determined that hundreds of millions of its airbag inflator components lacked a moisture-absorbing desiccant. When exposed to humidity and high temperatures, the airbag inflators might fail, spraying the cabin with shrapnel instead of inflating the airbag as required. Both fatalities and injuries have been linked to Takata’s faulty parts, but Ford says no injuries are linked to the vehicles mentioned above.Upon receiving the recalled vehicles, Ford’s service technicians will replace the faulty component with one that will work as expected. Car Industry SUVs Sedans Share your voice Recall the second: EcoSport weld issuesFord also issued a recall for just 87 examples of the 2019 Ford EcoSport subcompact SUV. 63 of these vehicles are in the United States. A wonky weld is to blame for this recall. Apparently, an insufficient weld on the back of the front seat might reduce the structure’s overall strength, which could lead to an increased risk of injury in a crash. Thankfully Ford says it has no knowledge of injuries or accidents related to this recall.A simple part swap is all it takes to remedy this issue. Ford’s technicians will simply replace the front seats with new ones that have sufficient welds.  More about 2018 Ford EcoSport 1 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Preview • 2018 Ford EcoSport: Small dog with a big bark 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Recalls Lincoln Ford Tagscenter_img 60 Photos Comment 2019 Ford Edge ST: A practical performer More From Roadshow Review • 2018 Ford EcoSport: Better late than never Ford Is the 2018 Ford EcoSport too little, too late? 24 Photos 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealouslast_img read more

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Stranger Things 3 hid an obscure Easter egg but someone finally found

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first_img2:33 Share your voice What makes this reference so special is that Stranger Things star Winona Ryder (Joyce Byers) also starred in the comedic Tim Burton ghost movie Beetlejuice.   There is a bit of a time discrepancy here. Stranger Things season 3 is set in 1985, but Beetlejuice came out in 1988. Does that mean Mr. Clarke is a time traveler? That would be quite a twist. Now playing: Watch this: See all the Stranger Things season 3 photos Tags While the writers didn’t want to give any hints, they at least told us what it wasn’t. That list included Back to the Future, Jaws, Wonder Woman, posters, songs, Nancy Drew, shirts, Radio Shack, Mall Rats, Terminator, Evil Dead and Alien. They did confirm it was a pop culture movie reference.You can continue the search on your own if you think you have what it takes, or you can check out the answer, which was finally delivered by Twitter user Hackyzach. Hackyzach correctly identified the Easter egg as Beetlejuice’s tombstone, which was tucked into the town model created by science teacher Mr. Clarke. “Winner, winner, banana boat for dinner,” the writers declared. As for the prize, Hackyzach tweeted it would involve signed Stranger Things merch. Stranger Things season 3: Everything to know More Strange things TV and Movies Originally published July 8, 11:38 a.m. PT. Update, 12:41 p.m. PT: Adds correct answer and the tweet identifying it.  it’s monday and we want to play a game: there’s a particular easter egg in episode 2 of s3 that you haven’t found, first person to crack it gets a prize. go! pic.twitter.com/0wfQOmNmtV— Stranger Writers (@strangerwriters) July 8, 2019 59 Photos 5 Stranger Things returned for its third season in July 2019. Netflix Stranger Things is stuffed full of ’80s pop culture references of everything from Magnum P.I. to Star Wars, but fans overlooked at least one major Easter egg. The writers room for the supernatural Netflix hit has its own Twitter account, and it teased the heck out of us mere days after the show returned for season 3. “It’s Monday and we want to play a game,” the writers said. “There’s a particular Easter egg in episode 2 of S3 that you haven’t found, first person to crack it gets a prize. Go!” The show’s fans got busy playing the guessing game, but struck out over and over. “Y’all can get it without a hint. Come on, don’t let me down,” the writers tweeted, which just made the quest all the more maddening. Comments winner, winner, banana boat for dinner https://t.co/Thw55kfS1L— Stranger Writers (@strangerwriters) July 8, 2019 Stranger Things season 3: Our biggest WTF questions 15 TV shows to watch once you’re done with season 3 Netflixlast_img read more

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Time to think about the best watch for back to school

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first_img Sarah Tew/CNET Apple Watch Series 4 reading • Time to think about the best watch for back to school Apple revamped the whole feel of its watch a year ago, adding a larger screen and some extras like ECG to spot-check your heart rhythm, or fall detection. You could also just get the older Series 3 and still have GPS, music, on-wrist Apple Pay and speakerphone functions. Apple Watch is absolutely the best way to stay connected on your wrist, and it’s a fun fitness companion. But its limited battery life and higher price, and need for an iPhone to use, might not fit everyone. (And again, you should wait to see what Apple announces in September!)A note on pricing: For the Series 4, don’t pay more than $350 for the 40mm version, or $380 for the 44mm (with standard bands and no cellular). That’s $50 off the Apple Store price, and the general “street price” for these models. For the Series 3, you want to get the 38mm for $200 or less, the 42mm for $230 or less — that’s $80 off list price. See at Amazon 1 Fitbit Versa Lite Read about the Garmin Vivoactive 3 Comment Aug 30 • Hate subscription software? Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements are on sale for $60 each Read about Fitbit’s latest trackers Read the Amazfit Bip review Aug 29 • Best college laptops for 2019 If you’re a serious runner who wants something with longer battery life for GPS, Garmin’s smartwatch might be for you. It lasts about 13 hours on standalone GPS, or a week for everyday on-wrist use. A step-up model offers music, if you think you’d want that. Aug 29 • Our favorite back-to-school picks for 2019 Fitbit’s attempt at a smartwatch works best as a casual way to track stats and load a variety of crazy watch faces. It can be worn while swimming (but only the step-up regular Versa can do swim tracking), has a longer battery life (lasting four days) so it can track sleep, gets phone notifications, and tracks heart rate, but it doesn’t have GPS (you can use your phone’s GPS to track runs, though). Still, for everyday fitness, it’s an excellent budget choice at around $160. But again, you can also wait to see if any price drops or updates come in the fall. Amazfit Bip Read the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active review Josh Miller/CNET See at Amazon Wearable Tech Angela Lang/CNET Fitbit Fitness Apple Share your voice See at Amazon Aug 29 • Save up to $500 on Microsoft Surface laptops and tablets Samsung may also have a new watch soon, so let’s see what happens. But the version that arrived in the spring is a great, affordable, full-featured $200 watch that can do almost anything, and pairs well with Android phones. Samsung’s fitness tracking features are also a lot better than you might think. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active Samsung Galaxy Watch Active and Apple Watch Series 4. Angela Lang/CNET School is closer than you think, and odds are, you’ll be running around a lot once you’re back. Something useful on your wrist could help, as long as you know what you want to use it for. Smartwatches and fitness trackers can be fantastic companions for a busy campus life, from the obviously popular Apple Watch to social fitness companions like Fitbit. Whether you value staying connected to your phone, high-performance fitness tracking, or a little helpful motivation on a budget, here are some solid picks.These all come with one giant caveat, however: Students may wish to ask for an IOU for now. That’s because Apple is expected to release its newest watches in the fall — and other brands may well follow. That said, if you need something now, here are our top picks.Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.   See at Amazon Back-to-School Tech Gift Guide Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Garmin Vivoactive 3 The Bip is affordable, and its battery life and always-on screen are great. It’s almost like a modern version of a Casio watch. The phone app feels a little off-brand compared to Samsung, Fitbit, Google and Apple’s apps, but it’s fine. The best part of Bip is how long the battery life is (weeks), and how it can be worn anywhere, even swimming. The Bip can do some basic fitness tracking, but it’s great as a casual watch that can also get phone notifications. And it’s usually $80 or less.Read: Apple Watch vs. Amazfit Bip See All • See at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET Tags Andrew Hoyle/CNET Read the Apple Watch Series 4 reviewlast_img read more

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Sanjay Dutt doesnt want to get involved in daughter Trishalas life

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first_imgSanjay Dutt, Trishala DuttInstagramWhile we all lauded Raj Kumar Hirani’s attempt at showing us some of the unknown aspects of Sanjay Dutt’s life through his biopic – Sanju, we were all left a bit surprised when Trishala didn’t feature in the movie. Trishala, who is Sanjay Dutt’s daughter from his first marriage with Richa Sharma, was not mentioned even once in the movie.Recently, Trishala Dutt spoke her heart out on the death of her Italian boyfriend. While many prayed for her boyfriend, Sanjay Dutt remained absent from the list of those who offered their condolences. Announcing her boyfriend’s death, Trishala had written, “My heart is broken. Thank You for loving me, protecting me, and taking care of me. You have made me the happiest I’ve ever been in my life. I’m the luckiest girl in the world to have met you and beyond blessed to have been yours. You will live in me for eternity. I love you and I will miss you. Until we meet again. Forever yours, xo your Bella Mia.”On Sanjay Dutt’s 60th birthday, his timeline was flooded with adorable wishes from family members, industry friends and fans. But, Trishala chose to not wish the actor. At least, not on social media. A Deccan Chronicle report says that Sanjay Dutt has taken this conscious decision to stay away from Trishala and her life. The report says, “It seems Sanju has shut the door on Trishala. They don’t communicate at all. He has zero knowledge of what goes in her life. There is no connect, direct or indirect, between them.”Earlier, Mahesh Manjrekar had also hinted at Trishala’s omission from the biopic Sanju. He had said, “I have seen Sanju, and it is a well-made commercial film. However, it left a lot unexplored. I would have directed it with a different approach.”last_img read more

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Trade spat India imposes retaliatory tariff on 29 US items

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first_imgThe U.S. announced that it would be reviewing India’s eligibility for the GSP last year, but decided that it would withdraw the benefits in June 2019.Days after America imposed 25 percent tariff on steel and a 10 percent import duty on aluminium products, under its Generalised System of Preference, India has imposed retaliatory tariffs on 29 products imported from the United States, effective June 16.Though the tariffs will place a burden of $220-290 million on the United States, America’s imposition of tariff on Indian products will have a revenue implication of about $240 million on our steel and aluminium products.The Modi-led BJP government had initially decided to impose these duties on June 28 last year but the deadline was extended multiple times in the hopes of a solution emerging through negotiations on a proposed trade package.The US announced that it would be reviewing India’s eligibility for the GSP last year, but decided that it would withdraw the benefits in June 2019.In retaliation to the move, India has notified higher tariffs on several goods, including a hike of import duty from 30 percent to 120 percent on walnut, and 70 percent on masur dal. The duty on lentils will be increased to 40 percent, and on boric acid and binders for foundry moulds to 7.5 percent.The other products on which duties will be hiked include certain kind of nuts, iron and steel products, apples, pears, flat-rolled products of stainless steel, other alloy steel, tube and pipe fittings, and screws, bolts and rivets.The Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said last week that India accepts the decision of the US to withdraw GSP benefits to its exporters “gracefully”, and will continue to work towards making the exports competitive.India’s move comes in the light of a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Japan, on June 28-29.Meanwhile, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo is also scheduled to visit New Delhi on June 25-26, on his way to the G20 Summit, to hold bilateral discussions with his Indian counterpart and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.last_img read more

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Political situation to change soon Moudud

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first_imgBNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed. Prothom Alo File PhotoClaiming there is no ‘existence’ of any government in the country, BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Friday hoped that the political situation will be changed very soon.”No one is arrested for attacking the US ambassador though we all know who carried out it. Around Tk 800 crore was plundered from the Bangladesh Bank, its gold has turned silver and bronze and over 100,000 tonnes of coal have got disappeared, but no one is arrested,” he said.Speaking at a discussion, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader further said, “Observing the overall situation, it seems that there’s no government in the country…I would like to say the country’s political situation will be changed very soon. Now, it’s the last time for a change.”Nagorik Odhikar Andolon Forum, a pro-BNP platform, arranged the programme at the National Press Club.Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, criticised chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda for what he said playing a subservient role. “Out of freak of conscience, he (CEC) made a true remark that it is not possible to give assurance that there’ll be no anomaly in the next general election. I’ve seen in newspaper that four other commissioners disagreed with him. So, he has now no right to stay in his post,” the BNP leader said.He demanded that the CEC step down immediately.Moudud alleged that the government has deceived the students through the Road Transport Bill approved in the cabinet. “The bill approved in the cabinet is totally a political bluff. The government has politically deceived the students,” he observed.He said the students sought a provision of capital punishment for killing in road accidents, but their demand was not met.The BNP leader said only the punishment is increased to five years from three years. “The death sentence will be given if the intentional killing is proved. However, it’s not possible to prove it.”last_img read more

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Houstons International Short Film Festival KicksOff 5th Edition With Texas Mexico World

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first_imgThe biggest annual international short film festival in Houston,  Literally Short Film Festival , kicks-off its 5th edition on Wednesday with film programs including animated, documentary, Texas , and  Mexico shorts, in addition to a special category: The  “Literally Israeli” shorts, in association with the General Consulate of Israel. “Literally Short has evolved significantly in the last 5 years. We started screening only 3 short films on one night, now we are proudly presenting close to 40 films during a 5-day event,” says one of the festival organizers, Lorís Simón, a filmmaker and book author herself.  “In addition to the films we’ve grown to also offer workshops, art and parties.”According to Simón, “the festival’s mission is to promote innovative approaches to social change through the arts and cultural influences, ” and the purpose is ” to dissolve all geographical boundaries into one platform that equally voices all cultures,” as it mirrors Houston’s own diversity.Literally Short’s  parent company is  Literal Magazine, a Houston-based bilingual digital publication on culture and politics, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. WHEN AND WHERE:Literally ShortJune 6-105425 Renwick Dr., Houston, TX 77081. Sharecenter_img <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more

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