first_imgDebt-ridden Planet Out Inc., the gay and lesbianpublisher, has agreed to sell its magazine and book publishing businesses to Here,a New York-based gay television network.The deal—which includes gay titles Out and Advocate—isvalued at $6 million, according to the San Francisco Business Times, wherePlanet Out is based.The company’s Web portals—gay.comand planetout.com—are not part of the deal. “We believe that the divestiture of our publishing businesses will enable [us] to devote all of our attention and resources to our core online businesses,” Planet Out CEO Kevin Magee said in a statement accompanying the deal announcement. In February, Planet Out reported a$51.2 million loss for 2007.Interestingly, the company’s revenuesplit has seen a decline in the online segment and an increase in its printrevenue. In 2005, online revenue accounted for 87 percent of the total, accordingto the paper. In 2006, Web revenue accounted for 54 percent; in 2007 51percent.Planet Out—which employs 237—hasoffices in both New York and San Francisco.last_img read more

first_imgAs FOLIO: first reported, four of six full-time staffers—including the group publisher, publisher, editor and sales manager—resigned on Friday from Cygnus Business Media’s Aircraft Maintenance Technology.In an e-mail to FOLIO: today, co-CEO’s Carr Davis and Tony O’Brien responded:We have the industry’s most talented employees who work hard every day serving their respective markets and we are extremely proud of the work that they do on behalf of Cygnus Business Media. If some of those employees choose to go out on their own, we respect that. Our focus is to continue to build innovative programs for our clients. We are clearly succeeding. Our ad pages grew more than four percent in 2007, with many of our titles posting double-digit growth. Our Interactive division has grown 60 percent. Aircraft Maintenance Technology has had several publishers and editors throughout the years and we continue to have a strong staff behind it. A brand is the culmination of the sweat equity of dozens of people and years of hard work. It is unfair to state that the loss of staff cripples a brand since it discounts the talent of those still committed to it.last_img read more

first_imgNew York-based b-to-b media publisher Asset International, which serves the the finance market, is continuing its growth into the European market by further segmenting its aiCIO (chief investment officer) brand into more regionally-focused editions. Since launching in 2009, the brand has averaged 50 percent revenue growth each year—spread across digital, events and print. The brand has been producing regionally-based events in Europe and Austraila, and is now planning to customize its editorial content to those areas as well. “We’re making a bigger push on the geographic side to create new versions of our websites and print editions to go with our geographically-based events,” says Jason Cassidy, senior vice president of strategy and development. Editorially, the new demographic editions, as aiCIO editor Kip McDaniel refers to them, will better target investment issues relevant to a particular region or country. “Editorially, our focus is on pools of money of a half-billion dollars and larger,” he says. “Around half of those are U.S.-based and about half are non-U.S., but based in markets with strong retirement markets. It made sense for us to focus our content on those markets. At first we were serving our content equally to all parts of the globe. As our audience grows we want to refine that.”That refinement will naturally begin to focus on content of use to a local market. Not all U.S. financial policy decisions, for example, impact everyone around the world. “A Dutch pension fund doesn’t really care about the Dodd-Frank Act,” adds McDaniel.Nevertheless, the magazine will continue to offer global content that’s shared between editions. “A lot of what a global head of a pension plan cares about is truly global in nature,” says Cassidy. “It’s similar to other sectors, like IT. A lot of the content is global, and then there’s the local content to attract a dedicated reader.”Right now, aiCIO has about 20,000 subscribers, just about split between print and digital platforms. And its site broke a record in February with 30,000 uniques. On the business side, the new content segments open up opportunities for an expanded advertising pool. “Clearly there are players that are trying to reach a global market, but there are advertisers who—especially based on the nuances of where budgets are being allocated—are spending on U.S. or European markets only,” says Cassidy.last_img read more

first_img Plus, audiences seem to be catching on. Also in September, The New York Times Magazine will release a VR series in conjunction with their twice-yearly, travel-themed issue. The September issue, “Voyages,” will be image-heavy and showcase multiple destinations chosen by photographers. The associated VR content will show these destinations from the photographers’ point-of-view. While VR is not necessarily new, the recent explosion can be linked to improvements in technology. Wright says on the production side, efficiency has increased for The New York Times since it started working with VR. Just last year, editors had to manually stitch together video footage, often leaving an obvious seam in the video. Today, this process is automated, which means it takes less time to create each new piece. “I really believe that weekend was a moment. Socially it trended all weekend long… There was a ton of press. So it really was a watershed moment that made it a much broader focal point for a lot of publishers,” Wright tells Folio:. Despite the growth in content, there is no true virtual reality team. Jenna Pirog, producer of “The Displaced,” joined the magazine as The New York Times’ first ever virtual reality editor, and works on editorial content across publications. Everyone else, Wright says, has just incorporated VR into their job duties. The future of VR The New York Times now develops VR content across the magazine, newspaper, and T Brand Studio. An additional 300,000 Google Cardboard headsets were sent to select digital subscribers in spring. The app now has over 850,000 downloads and over 10 million views. New content is uploaded a few times a month, but Wright says that will increase exponentially into next year. The business model for Time Inc.’s VR seems to be under renovation. The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit app, which promises “exclusive virtual reality content that will put you on set with Swimsuit’s hottest models,” is presented by Lexus, with the brand’s logo on key pages of the app. In-app purchases from $1.99–$4.99 open more content, though magazine subscribers can access premium content for free. On Nov. 7 and 8, in conjunction with Google Cardboard, 1 million home subscribers received VR headsets with their daily newspaper. With an invitation to download the app, and The New York Times Magazine cover story to match, readers were engulfed in a multimedia journalistic experience called “The Displaced,” which follows three child refugees from around the world. Content for Sports Illustrated was in partnership with Wevr and InStyle produced their two 360 videos with River Studios. While Time Inc. wouldn’t comment on the projects, the company announced in May that it partnered with the California-based firm NextVR to develop content for the LIFE VR app. Creative partners In September, Condé Nast will release a six-episode scripted series in VR. The Doug Liman directed series, entitled “Invisible,” tells the story of a New York family with secret powers. The project is produced in partnership with Jaunt and Samsung, and is sponsored exclusively by Lexus.center_img There are a few major VR projects on the docket in the upcoming months. LIFE VR, however, will be operated in part by The Foundry, Time Inc.’s own branded content studio. While spokespeople wouldn’t comment on the topic, it seems possible that Time Inc. will also unveil branded VR content. If you want to know why magazine brands are investing in virtual reality, just look at the numbers. NYTVR, the virtual reality app launched by The New York Times Magazine last November, has an average of 6.5 minutes of audience engagement per session. “When you have 57 percent coming back for more, month after month, that shows that they’re seeing this as a whole new way to experience and be present in a story,” Wright says. “So we think this is something that will continue to build and be a big way in which The New York Times tells stories.” Outside of The New York Times, it’s not uncommon for publishers to team up with external VR producers. Time Inc. published 360 video under the Sports Illustrated and InStyle brands, and in May it announced an impending project called LIFE VR in conjunction with the existing LIFE brand. “In the initial several months, what was amazing about it is that we took existing staff who treated this almost as a passion project, and people were able to mobilize around it,” Wright says. “They were excited about it, and we acted almost like a startup.” Google Cardboard was distributed to 1.3 million of The New York Times’ print and digital subscribers. “That’s 6.5 minutes of people putting cardboard up to their heads,” Andy Wright, SVP, advertising and publisher of The New York Times Magazine, tells Folio:. “In digital media terms, that’s mind-blowing.” Though smaller in scale, Hearst too will dip their toes in VR. The publisher announced a partnership between Cosmopolitan and “Magic Mike Live,” a male-stripper centered performance launching at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas in March 2017. The partnership includes articles, galleries, videos and quizzes, as well as some virtual reality, according to WWD. “The Displaced” launched on the app along with films for two sponsors, GE and Mini. GE worked with the in-house branded content workshop T Brand Studio to create a custom 360 animated film. Mini joined the project with two existing films that were looking for distribution. last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Monday, July 1, 2019:#1) Minecraft MondayThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding Minecraft Monday at 3pm. Come play Minecraft with other enthusiasts.  Grades 1-5. Register HERE.#2) Wilmington Housing Authority MeetingThe Wilmington Housing Authority meets at 5pm in Deming Way’s Community Hall. Read the agenda HERE.#3) Senior Center ActivitiesThe Wilmington Senior Center (15 School Street) is holding its usual Monday activities — blood pressure clinic (9am); SBF Exercise Class (9:45am); Special Exercise Class (11am); and Wii Bowling (12:30pm).#4) Boys Soccer & Track Clinics StartDuring the summer, the Wilmington High School Athletic Department will be sponsoring a series of sports clinics for children in Grades 1-8.The clinics will be held at the Wilmington Middle School (25 Carter Lane). Please note this is a change from last year’s high school location.All clinics will be run by WHS Coaches, Alumni and Athletes.The cost of each clinic is $175 per child per clinic with the exception of Boys Soccer and Track, which has a cost $150 per child.  Additional clinic enrollment is discounted $25 per clinic.  (I.e. Siblings attending camps are $175 each; the next camp is $150 per child per clinic).Here is the summer sports clinic schedule:June 17 to June 21: Boys Basketball, Field HockeyJune 24 to June 28: Girls Basketball, Flag FootballJuly 1 to July 5 (no clinic on July 4): Boys Soccer, TrackJuly 8 to July 12: All SportsJuly 15 to July 19: Girls Soccer, VolleyballAll clinics, with the exception of Boys Soccer and Track, will run 8:30am-2:30pm Monday through Thursday and 8:30am -12:30pm on Friday. Boys Soccer and Track will run 8:30am – 2:30pm Monday- Friday (no session on 7/4).The focus of each clinic is the development of skills through activity based drills and scrimmages. The ultimate goal of the clinics is to develop children who enjoy participating in athletics.For additional clinic information and registration forms, click HERE.#5) Town Beach Open The Town Beach is open today.  Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.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… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, June 17, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, July 15, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, July 8, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

first_imgThe new — and currently hard to get — Echo Dot. Ry Crist/CNET Good luck trying to get the new Echo Dot with two-day shipping.Amazon’s most popular smart speaker is out of stock until early March, according to the company’s website. Target is also out of stock on its site and Best Buy’s stock was limited to two of the three available colors.”Customer response to the all-new Echo Dot has been incredibly positive,” an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement Tuesday. “We’re working hard to get it back in stock.”The Echo Dot, which costs $50 and first became available in October, was out of stock at times during the holidays, when customer interest for new gadgets was at its highest all year. The Dot, which competes directly against the Google Home Mini speaker, became the best-selling item on Amazon worldwide during the holidays.It’s less typical for an Echo device to run out during a quieter part of the shopping year. The company had promoted the Alexa-powered gadget during a Super Bowl ad on Sunday, which may have sparked interest.Amazon said customers can check the Echo Dot page online for inventory updates. The company will continue accepting new orders, but Amazon won’t replenish its virtual shelves until March 5 for its charcoal Dot and March 11 for heather gray and sandstone, its website stated Tuesday.Availability for some colors of the Echo Spot, Echo and Echo Plus are delayed until Feb. 10; other colors for those models are in stock. See it Amazon Echo Dot $29 Preview • Amazon’s third Echo Dot takes a few cues from the Google Home Mini Adorama See It Smart Home Smart Speakers & Displays Review • Amazon Echo Dot 3 review: Alexa’s best Dot yet plays defense 2 $49 News • Amazon Echo Dot deal: 3 for $70 See Itcenter_img $29 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It Best Buy Crutchfield $49 Mentioned Above Amazon Echo Dot (third-generation, Charcoal) Alexa Amazon Best Buy Google Tags Share your voice Commentslast_img read more

first_imgGame of ThronesGame of Thrones Official YoutubeThe final season of Game of Thrones is almost upon us and we can hardly contain our excitement. Especially with HBO teasing us with new footage.However, the latest footage from HBO could bring some bad news for fans.According to Bgr.com, in the spate of newly released clips which you can see at the bottom of this post and which offer on the briefest of new footage, among the things we see is Jon Snow and Arya Stark reunited at Winterfell. At one point, Jaime Lannister declares the obvious, relative to the dire state of things now that the Army of the Dead has breached the Wall: “This goes beyond loyalty, this is about survival.” FacebookNow, we have to say that it seems that all of our theories will be coming true. Check out our stories that have a scene by scene rundown of the final season. Be warned they contain spoilers. As for the new footage, we also get glimpses of the Unsullied preparing to do battle, Varys looking up at what is presumably a dragon, Daenerys gazing into a fire as Jon Snow turns behind her and leaves. But what has gotten fans worried is the scene with The Hound looking scared. Anything that scares the Hound can’t be good. It could also signal the death of the fan favourite character. Which would be sadistic and also expected as this is Game of Thrones and it is after all the final season.The final season of Game of Thrones will air in Apil and will reportedly have six episodes, so fans can expect every second to be packed with epic moments. We can’t wait for the final season.last_img read more

first_imgClose Huawei P30 Pro First Impressions, a super camera smartphone with extensive photography skills The joy of getting the latest software update is next to buying a new smartphone. In that context, Huawei is making a lot of folks happy with the rollout of its latest Android Pie-based EMUI 9.1 update to a long list of smartphones. The Chinese tech giant released a list of 49 smartphone models eligible for the EMUI 9.1 in the days to come.Huawei has three categories based on which it will release the Android Pie-based EMUI 9.1 to eligible smartphones. Huawei has already updated a few smartphones in the list, such as the flagship Mate 20 series, which are a part of the first category eligible for EMUI 9.1. They include Huawei Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20 X and Mate 20 Porsche Design edition.Moving on, the next category consists of a mix of Mate-series, Nova and Honor smartphones. But the phones are only open for internal testing (closed beta), MyDrivers reported. They include Mate 10 series, Mate 9 series, P20 series, P10 series, Nova 4, Nova 3, Nova 3i, Honor 8A, Honor 8X, Nova 2s, Honor 7, Honor 10, Honor V10 and others.Other Huawei and Honor smartphones that are eligible for EMUI 9.1 upgrade include Nova 4e, Nova 3e, Enjoy 9 Plus, Enjoy 8 Plus, Enjoy Max, Enjoy 9s, Enjoy 7s, Enjoy 9e, Honor 9 Lite, Honor 8X Max, Honor 20i, Honor 9i, Honor Play. If you use one of Huawei’s tablets, the EMUI 9.1 is going to roll out to MediaPad M5 Lite (10.1 inches), MediaPad M5 Lite (8.0 inches), MediaPad M5 (10.3 inches), Honor Tab 5 and a few other tablets soon. Huawei EMUI 9.1 update listHuaweiEMUI 9.1: What’s new?We’ve tested EMUI 9.1 in both Mate 20 Pro and Huawei P30 Pro and it has got to be the best UI upgrades in all these years. Unlike previous iterations, the ROM is fast and efficient. There are a lot of new themes, icons, yet the UI is simple and expressive.Huawei’s EMUI 9.1 supports GPU Turbo 3.0, and the effect of it can be clearly seen in seamless gaming. The overall performance has been significantly improved, the random read speed is 20 percent higher and saves space too. Huawei EMUI 9.1 update listHuaweiEMUI 9.1 has undergone optimisation at the DNA level, making it the highly fluent in handling multiple tasks. There are new smart features like AR Measure, health tracking with new treadmill mode, and seamless sharing with Huawei Share OneHop.last_img read more

first_imgCrime scene officials inspect the site of a bomb blast inside a church in Negombo, Sri Lanka.Reuters file [Representational Image]After the gruesome Easter Sunday blasts in Sri Lanka, the plot took a major twist after the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the ghastly attack. In another major turn of horrific events, Fatima Ibrahim, the wife of millionaire-turned-suicide bomber Inshaf Ahmed Ibrahim, blew herself with her unborn baby and three kids after the police raided their residence. Three policemen were also killed in the incident.Inshaf, 33, along with his brother Ilham Ahmed Ibrahim, 31, were behind the blasts at churches and hotels in the island nation which killed 359 people and injuring many more on April 21.Fatima, the intelligence sources said, is believed to have been present amid a group of veiled suicide bombers swearing allegiance to the Islamic State, whose images were released by the jihadist organisation on Tuesday night. She can be seen, the sources said, on the right-hand side of the frame, standing behind her husband, reports Firstpost. Sri lankan bombersTwitter [Representational Image]Inshaf and Ilham were the sons of one of the wealthiest man in Sri Lanka, Mohammed Yusuf Ibrahim, who had contested elections on a Janatha Vimukhthi Peramuna party ticket. He was a close friend of Sri Lankan minister Rishath Batiudeen and was often seen at the former President Mahinda Rajapakse’s functions, adds the report.Mohammed Yusuf Ibrahim and his youngest son Ijaz Ahmed Ibrahim, 30, are being questioned by the police over the blasts.Fatima detonated the bomb fearing that she might be arrested by the police for her involvement in the terror outfit. She blew herself in the 3 storeyed luxury home at Dematagoda along with her kids.Inshaf owned a manufacturing plant, Colossus Copper in Colombo, which according to the investigators was used for making the suicide bomb vests used in the attack. On Sunday, nine workers of the factory were arrested along with the manager.The Sri Lankan defence ministry has stated that the terror attacks were carried out as a retaliation against the Christchurch massacre in New Zealand.last_img read more

first_imgAyushmann Khurrana in Article 15PR HandoutAfter powerful performances in films like Andhadhun and Badhai Ho! Ayushmann Khurrana is back and how! Khurrana’s path-breaking act in Article 15, which makes you uncomfortable by showing the rigid and unjust caste system in the country, can certainly be called his career-best so far. However, with the pace with which he is choosing films, there’s no denying the fact that he is establishing himself as both commercially successful and critically acclaimed.PlotPolice officer Ayan Ranjan (Ayushmann Khurrana) comes to Lalgaon in UP to solve a case where two young girls were raped and murdered and hung from a tree for Rs 3.StarcastAyushmann Khurrana plays the role of police officer Ayan Ranjan. Manoj Pahwa plays the role of officer Brahmadutt, Kumud Mishra of officer Jaatav and Ashish Verma as officer Mayank.BO predictionJust like the other movies of Ayushmann Khurrana the film is expected to do good business. However, it not being a commercial masala film might hinder it from smashing box-office records.Celebs reviewHansal Mehta: Saw #Article15 again. It is essential viewing both as a fantastic film-making and as an important story of our times. The film is atmospheric, riveting and very well acted. दोबारा बधाई @anubhavsinha @ayushmannk and the entire team.Basharat Peer: Congratulations @anubhavsinha!! #Article 15 is a brave and brilliant film with some of the most searing images of recent times!Taapsee Pannu: बातें बहुत हुई काम शुरू करें क्या ??❤️❤️ #Article15Can’t possibly write names of all people involved coz of the limited space here and each n everyone deserves a mention so will just end with May Your Tribe GrowSwara Bhasker: Stellar choice of film @ayushmannk ♥️ Impactful performances by everyone! #AyushmannKhurrana #ManojPahwa #KumudMishra @Ashishsverma @sayanigupta #RonjiniChakraborty & everyone else in this talented cast. Kudos to you all! Thank you for making this film. #Article15 is a MUST WATCHStunned, inspired & in a stupor after watching #Article15 It’s the BRAVEST mainstream Hindi film of this decade. Kudos @anubhavsinha sir @sirfgaurav Finally commercial #Bollywood has a defining film on #caste that says it like it is & more!! Kudos also to @ZeeStudios_ for makingMukesh Chhabra CSA: Once again @ayushmannk amazing choice of film. #Article15 well done , Honesty ,simplicity proud of you pappi tu banti haiGurmeet Choudhary: Ab tho definitely faraq padega! @ayushmannk and @anubhavsinha take a bow #Article15 a mindful film with a powerful message!!Congratulations and Good luck to the entire caste and crewAbhimanyu Dassani: Go watch #Article15 !Fab slow paced hard hitting truth.@ayushmannk choice & performance are brilliant! @sayanigupta doesn’t even need dialogues to shine!#IshaTalwar is like the subconscious always present.Special mention-Background score.Definitely a movie to be seen!last_img read more

first_imgThe Axis Bank board has approved CEO Shikha Sharma’s request to re-appoint her for a six month period from June 1 to December 31.ReutersAxis Bank, India’s third-largest private-sector lender, said it has accepted Chief Executive Officer Shikha Sharma’s request to step down by December 31, more than two years before her term ends.The lender’s board had decided to re-appoint Sharma for a period of 3 years effective June 1, however, she requested to revise her term from June 1 up to December 31, the bank said in a statement on Monday.The board has accepted her request and it is subject to approval from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The private-sector lender did not state the reason behind Sharma’s early departure.So what exactly drove her to make this decision?The decision to reconsider her term rose after the RBI declined to sign off on the board’s proposal as it was unhappy with a surge in bad loans and some systemic lapses in the bank under her watch, the Economic Times had reported April 2, citing people familiar with the development, who didn’t wish to be identified.Axis Bank did not immediately respond to a request seeking comment.The RBI is delaying year-end bonuses to the heads of the top private banks citing the lenders’ performance issues, Bloomberg reported last week.Axis Bank’s board had approved a bonus of Rs 13.5 million for Shikha Sharma, the report said citing people familiar with the matter.The lender has seen a jump in bad loans by more than 300 percent in the past three years. The bank reported gross bad loans worth Rs 25,001 crore at the end of December 2017 compared to Rs 20,466 crore at the end of December 2016.On Monday, Axis Bank shares closed 3.8 percent higher on the Bombay Stock Exchange before the news.last_img read more

first_imgThe police in Bangladesh have registered hundreds of complaints under the ICT Act, including against authors of social media posts and journalists criticizing the political leadership.Human Rights Watch urges the government of Bangladesh to draft a new law for upholding the principles of free speech and internet freedom.In a new report published on Wednesday, the New York-based rights group mentioned that scores of people have been arrested over the past five years in Bangladesh for criticising the government, political leaders, and others on Facebook, as well as in blogs, online newspapers.While the arrests were made under section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology Act (ICT Act), the HRW pointed out that the proposed Digital Security Bill to replace the existing law is “even broader than the one it seeks to replace”.The proposed act, article 32 of which is being widely criticised, “violates the country’s international obligation to protect freedom of speech”, said the HRW report titled “No Place for Criticism: Bangladesh Crackdown on Social Media Commentary”.It was launched ahead of scrutiny of Bangladesh’s human rights record at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on 14 May 2018, as part of a process known as the Universal Periodic Review.The HRW insisted that the government should take this opportunity to commit to ending its crackdown on dissent and criticism, including that made by the political opposition, and instead, pledge to lead a robust public campaign on the right to free expression.“The government of Bangladesh acknowledges that the current section 57 of the ICT Act is draconian, and needs to go,” said HRW’s Asia director Brad Adams.“But the new law being proposed is hardly an improvement, creating a series of new offences that will undoubtedly be used for years to come against government critics in the country’s highly politicised criminal justice system.”The HRW report said the government should work with domestic and international experts to draft a new law that fully upholds the principles of free speech and internet freedom.last_img read more

first_img Share – / 10Two people were killed and several schools placed on lockdown after a recently terminated employee opened fire Wednesday at a transportation business in Katy, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.It happened at about 8:43 a.m. at the Knights Transportation Facility located in the 20400 block of Franz Road.“The shooter was terminated a couple weeks ago. We understand that he came to this location armed with a shotgun and a handgun, began shooting — one of the employees here was shot. The shooter then committed suicide, as we understand, self-inflicted,” HCSO spokesman Ralph Gonzalez said.  Morton Ranch High School is across the street from the crime scene, and was on lockdown. A Katy Independent School District spokesperson said three other district campuses were also briefly closed.Gonzalez said other employees described what happened.“One of the employees stated that he said, ‘Ya’ll ruined my life.’ He parked in front, walked in the front door, and we understood he fired one round straight through … into an area where the drivers dine and have coffee — they think like a warning shot — and then started in the building,” he said.Two other employees sustained injuries from shrapnel or debris, as they ran to escape the shooting. One deputy hit his knee hard when responding officers had to hit the ground. He was transported to a hospital.The suspect’s name has not been released.ABNER FLETCHER Deputies responded to a report of shots fired at the Knights Transportation facility located at the 20400 block of Franz Road.last_img read more

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /03:34 X Tobin Arthur says his company angelMD works like a “Match.com” for startups.Houston lags behind other cities when it comes to raising money, or “venture capital,” for startups.Seattle-based angelMD may be here to help.It’s itself a startup and recently opened an office in the Texas Medical Center’s Innovation Institute here in Houston.We spoke with CEO Tobin Arthur for this week’s Bauer Business Focus.Click on the play button above to listen to the interview. Listen Sharelast_img read more

first_img Share House Speaker Joe Straus keeps watch on the chamber during debate on Senate Bill 6 on municipal annexation on Aug. 11, 2017. Bob Daemmrich for the Texas TribuneHouse Speaker Joe Straus keeps watch on the chamber during debate on Senate Bill 6 on municipal annexation on Aug. 11, 2017.Joe Straus wants a committee to look at the state’s economic competitiveness and make sure the state government doesn’t spoil a high-functioning business environment.That might be a good government idea. It’s a great political idea.The House speaker’s timing is adroit. The new House Select Committee on Economic Competitiveness is on a short fuse, with 60 days to “look at issues such as workforce readiness, infrastructure and state and local economic development tools,” according to the speaker’s announcement. “The committee will also study the reasons that employers give for choosing, or not choosing, to do business in a particular state.” To keep his momentum — not to mention the state representatives most likely to keep him in the speaker’s chair for two more years — Straus and the establishment Republicans need continuing support from the business leaders who opposed the bathroom bill.One faction wants the primaries to be a debate over morals. Straus wants a focus on the Texas economy, and his new committee could offer protection to candidates making that argument.One sees a shield, the other a fig leaf.center_img In case that’s too indirect, think bathrooms. Straus came out on the winning sidein the Texas Legislature’s recent rumbles over whether and how to regulate which restrooms and other facilities transgender Texans should be allowed to use. His argument — bolstered, late in the game, by a swell of support from business leaders — was that proposed state regulations would hurt the state’s image with the people making decisions about business expansions and relocations.Those business leaders argued that regulations like those considered in Texas and passed or considered in other states were inconsiderate of their employees and customers.“Our companies are competing every day to bring the best and brightest talent to Dallas,” a group of North Texas CEOs said in a letter, one of several from businesses in and outside of the state. “To that end, we strongly support diversity and inclusion. This legislation threatens our ability to attract and retain the best talent in Texas, as well as the greatest sporting and cultural attractions in the world.”Another letter, this one from San Antonio executives, was explicit: “Controversial issues, such as regulation of bathrooms, divert much needed attention from what really matters.”Bathrooms aren’t the only variable in the business development equation, but they’re the topical one, splitting incumbent Republican lawmakers and their potential challengers into factions on an issue of some interest to primary voters.Among other things, those primaries will answer a question that animated much of the regular and special legislative sessions this year: Are conservative voters in sync with conservative business leaders, or are lawmakers who sided with business in danger when those voters enter polling places next year? The March 6 primaries are less than five months away. Candidates who want to run in 2018 have to file with the state by Dec. 11.The deadline for the new committee’s report is Dec. 12.“The world is watching, from CEOs to the best and brightest workers,” Straus said in a news release. “They need to see that Texas welcomes them and is determined to stay at the front of the pack when it comes to economic development.”Straus wants the committee “to highlight the principles that the Texas House believes are critical to economic growth.” He mentioned tax breaks and incentive funds already in place, but said businesses are also looking for good public and higher education and “a high quality of life for their employees.”State Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, will chair the panel. He’s the chairman of the House State Affairs Committee, and he’s also the legislator blamed by many “bathroom bill” supporters for killing their proposal in the Texas House. Cook survived a challenge in last year’s Republican primary from Thomas McNutt, getting 225 more of the 28,617 votes cast in that race.That’s tight. McNutt, part of the family that built a prosperous fruitcake company, the Collin Street Bakery, is planning to come back for another swing at Cook.That won’t be the only race where this comes up. The bathroom bill is a classic wedge issue, dividing one group of Republicans from another in a way that makes voters’ choices seem clearer.Social conservatives have had an outsized voice in recent Republican primaries. One great example was the 2014 race for lieutenant governor where then-state Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston beat three statewide elected officials — Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples — by running as the most conservative choice.last_img read more

first_imgLA Johnson/NPRCollege in the US.If you’re like most Americans, you don’t have a 529 college savings plan.If you’re like most Americans, you don’t even know what it is.All the more reason to keep reading.That’s because, with the new tax law, Republicans have made important changes to 529 plans that will affect millions of taxpayers, not just the ones saving for college. Before that news, though, a quick primer.A 529 plan lets families save money for college. Think of it as a love child, born in the mid ’90s to your federal and state governments. And they named it, in a flash of creativity, after its relevant section in the Internal Revenue Code.States generally manage the plans, while the Feds let the money grow long-term, tax-free. Thirty-three states also try to encourage savers with a little short-term reward (or not so little, in some cases): When families in those states make a contribution, they get a deduction or credit on their state income taxes, too.“That lets people know, ‘Look, this is a tax advantage that you can unwrap for yourself right now and be a gateway to additional tax advantages later on,’ ” says Troy Montigney, who oversees Indiana’s 529 program. His state offers families a $1,000 tax credit for contributions.But that credit means less tax revenue coming in. It’s a trade-off for states; they figure it’s worth the lost revenue if a tax break gets more people saving for college.Now, it’s these state-based tax breaks that are driving real concern among state leaders about Washington’s recent tax overhaul.What has changedAfter Congress’ rewrite of the tax code, parents can now use 529 plans to cover tuition not only at colleges and universities, but also at private elementary and high schools. That’s a big, sudden expansion, and it has some experts worried.“This change allows private school families to put their money through 529 accounts and avoid state income taxes,” says Nat Malkus, who studies education policy at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative-leaning think tank. “It is a mess, no matter how you slice it. It’s a change from the federal level that puts a number of states in a pretty tough position moving forward.”That’s because, Malkus says, if this move entices lots of new families to sign up and many current families to contribute more, then states could end up losing a lot more money to tax breaks.“I think it would immediately create an unintended hit to the state’s budget,” agrees Greg Berck of the New York State Council of School Superintendents. “States plan ahead, sometimes multiple years ahead, and New York state will be required to provide a state tax deduction [to parents of students in K-12 private schools] unless the legislature acts to amend our state law.”NPR spoke with representatives from half-a-dozen states that offer a tax credit or deduction for 529 contributions. While some were more worried than others about the potential budgetary hit, all expressed frustration that the expansion came top-down from Washington, giving them no time to plan or budget for it.“This will have a huge impact on state-run 529 plans. And for states that offer a tax deduction, a major impact on state tax receipts,” says Michael Frerichs, who is Illinois’ state treasurer.Frerichs says 529s were built on the idea of patience — of parents slowly saving for college — and that using them to pay for kindergarten is a significant change.“If [families are] putting money in one month and taking it out the next, they don’t really have that advantage of long-term investing,” Frerichs says. “And it’s really just using them to get around state taxes.”To get around state taxes. That raises a natural question…Whom does this help?Most Americans send their kids to public schools. And there’s little concern that this change will drive many of them into private schools, since using a 529 to save for the early grades just doesn’t make a lot of sense. For early grades, the funds simply don’t have enough time to grow — except for high-income savers who can afford to set aside a lot of money from the get-go.The real benefit, according to the state experts and independent economists NPR interviewed for this story, is for affluent families — many of whom already have kids in private K-12 schools. They can now use their old 529, or open a new one, to help pay that tuition, all while getting a nice state tax break.Troy Montigney of Indiana says he’s hearing from a lot of curious parents.“We’re already fielding — I’ll just be honest — a tremendous amount of calls on a daily basis,” Montigney says. “About, ‘Can I, you know, take a withdrawal right now to pay for a K-12 tuition expense?’ “The challenge for state 529 managers, treasurers and lawmakers is they’ve had just days to come up with answers. And it’s difficult to know how much this expansion of 529s’ uses will actually expand the pool of people who use them.Nat Malkus, at AEI, believes states will take a financial hit and will have to make some tough choices.“They’re either going to have to accept a loss in their income tax base or do something unpopular to repair the hole,” Malkus says.Lots of states, from Colorado to South Carolina, Michigan to Mississippi, could end up feeling the pinch. One of the few states that won’t, though, is Texas, where the idea began with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.Texas doesn’t give families an extra break on their income taxes when they contribute to a 529 because Texas doesn’t have an income tax.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

first_img Share Creative Commons ImagesA Federal Court has ordered the IRS to repay Texas for an ACA tax on State Medicaid programs.A U.S. District Court decision has ordered the Internal Revenue Service to repay Texas and five other states more than $839 million because of an unlawful Affordable Care Act (ACA) tax on state Medicaid programs, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Tuesday. A news release from Paxton’s office detailed that Texas stands to be repaid $304 million.In October 2015, Paxton led a multi-state lawsuit against the federal government over the Obama-era regulation that threatened to curtail Medicaid funds unless Texas taxpayers paid a portion of the Health Insurance Providers Fee to help fund the ACA. The court’s decision also means that Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska and Wisconsin also stand to be repaid ACA fees by the IRS.Texas and Wisconsin will argue at a hearing on September 5 that the ACA, as amended by the recent tax bill, is unconstitutional in its entirety.last_img read more

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comA man, now identified as 23-year-old Jerome Robinson of Southeast, D.C., was shot several times on the Suitland Parkway on the morning of Oct. 23 and later died at a hospital just after 10 a.m.According to WTOP, police responded to the area of Suitland Parkway and Silver Hill Road after a reported shooting around 9:30 a.m.Jerome Robinson, 23, was killed on the Suitland Parkway on Oct. 23.NBC4 Washington reported that witnesses heard about 20 gunshots.  One source said the weapon used to shoot the victim was an AK-47 assault rifle.“I seen some guy shooting,” an unnamed woman told News4. “They were in the car. He was sitting in the passenger’s window and he was just shooting a machine gun.”Another source said that Robinson himself had a gun.U.S. Park Police Sgt. James Dingledien said it’s possible the shooting might have begun with an incident that involved people in two separate vehicles, NBC4 Washington reported.Police said Robinson got out of his car and ran across the Suitland Parkway, where he was ultimately shot from the other vehicle.Other cars were also hit during the shooting; no one else was hurt.last_img read more

“‘True Crime/Uncovered’ is our first foray into the true crime genre and Condé Nast Entertainment has done a tremendous job telling these stories in a manner that we hope will raise awareness and resonate with our community,” said Vanessa Guthrie, Snap’s partner lead for Snapchat Shows. The premiere episode, “The Deadly Tinder Date,” examines the 2014 case of Warriena Wright, whose whose Tinder date in Australia turned deadly after she fell from a balcony — leaving unresolved the question of whether her death was an accident.Episode two examines the 2009 case of Annie Le, a Yale University graduate student who vanished five days before her wedding before being found murdered. The third episode delves into the 2014 Slender Man case, in which two 12-year-old girls stabbed their friend nearly to death in an effort to please the fictional character Slender Man.“This genre of true crime hadn’t really been explored in mobile, with the intimacy of vertical video,” said Teal Newland, senior VP, marketing and new platforms, Condé Nast Entertainment.“True Crime/Uncovered” isn’t associated with any Condé Nast brand, and “we thought the show was strong enough it didn’t necessarily need an association with a brand,” Newland said. Episodes will appear in the Snapchat Discover tab, and original shows from Snap are featured in a separate tile. Previously released episodes will be available using Snapchat’s Search feature.Condé Nast operates several channels on Snapchat’s Discover platform for Wired, GQ, Self, Teen Vogue and other magazine brands. Newland said “True Crime/Uncovered” — CNE’s first show for the social platform — “is a totally different scope of project.”Regarding Snapchat’s recent redesign, which has sparked a backlash among some users, Newland said it’s too early to see how the change is affecting consumption patters. But, she said, “We were excited as a publisher that with the new design, Discover allows our content to have a more prominent place in the Snapchat ecosystem.” Popular on Variety CNE brought Miller, the host of “True Crime/Uncovered,” on board through a casting call. “We wanted someone who could bring a level of gravitas to the series, but also who was appealing to younger audiences,” said Newland.The series was directed by George Wasgatt and written by Katherine Chan. Snapchat is putting a millennial spin on true crime — its first stab at the genre — in an original nonfiction series from Condé Nast Entertainment.The six-episode crime series, “True Crime/Uncovered,” was produced exclusively for Snapchat by Condé Nast Entertainment. The show explores six different mysterious and horrific crimes, with Snap betting the chilling real-life tales will be a hit across its youth-skewing user base.Each five-minute episode, hosted by actress Samantha Miller, uses digital video footage, interviews, police evidence and other sources to explore the crimes and the human psychology behind them. The first episode will be released on Snapchat at 12 p.m. ET today, with the next two episodes running this Wednesday (March 14) and Friday (March 16). NBCUniversal’s Oxygen cable network is the sponsor for the first three episode; CNE and Snapchat are in the process of signing another sponsor for the final three episodes, which will be announced at a later date. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 read more

first_img Popular on Variety Spotify is giving some of its members an early holiday gift: The company is gifting subscribers to its $14.99 family plan a free Google Home Mini speaker, it announced Wednesday morning.The music service is using the offer to tout its close integration with Google’s voice assistant, which allows Google Home owners to request songs, albums and playlists as well as issue playback controls with voice commands.Google Home speakers can also be personalized to individually recognize the voice of up to six household members, which can be used to access individual Spotify family plan profiles.The Google Home Mini offer is available for new as well as existing Spotify family plan subscribers, and has to be redeemed between November 1 and December 31. It’s also limited to subscribers in the U.S., and there is another caveat: Subscribers have to pay Spotify directly, and not via a third party like an app store or a telco. The latter also explains why the offer may be a good deal for Spotify: Moving family plan subscribers who signed up through third-party payment providers over to direct billing relationships can save the company up to $4.50 per month. Over the life of a paid subscription, this more than makes up for the one-time expense of a relatively inexpensive piece of hardware.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more