GMB hosts protests against ISS in wage and sick pay dispute

first_imgTrade union GMB and its members are participating in a series of protests today (Thursday 11 April 2019) against support service organisation ISS in a dispute over wages and sick pay.The protests will be occurring across three sites in South London: from 9.00am at the Princess Royal Hospital in Orpington and from 12.00pm at Kingston Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Greenwich.ISS operates the cleaning, catering, porter and security contracts at NHS hospitals.GMB is seeking amendments to the organisation’s sick pay scheme so that it is paid from day one; this is to align with the provision offered to other NHS staff. Furthermore, the trade union wants ISS to pay its employees the voluntary London living wage, which currently stands at £10.55 an hour.GMB and its members are also protesting against the organisation’s pay harmonisation programme, Project Greenfield. GMB states that this as a result of this employees will not receive their pay for up to three weeks from the end of April. This will result in an extended pay arrears period. Project Greenfield will not impact higher-paid, salaried employees, according to the union.GMB members are requesting that the trade union establish food banks to help during this time.Today’s protests form part of GMB’s ongoing campaign at Kingston Hospital, centred around improving the sick pay scheme. Matt Hancock, minister for health, met with GMB in March 2019 to discuss this.Helen O’Connor, regional organiser at GMB, said: “ISS is an exploitative contractor in the health service and our members are angry at being treated like second class NHS workers. ISS has no regard for the wellbeing of its workforce and it is beyond belief that low paid workers can be expected to pay back loans in excess of £300 a month of their own wages so that a multi-million-pound global [organisation] like ISS can change [its] pay cycles.“GMB met with ISS earlier in the week and advised them to advance wages to their hourly paid workers in order to change the pay cycle, but ISS are hell bent on offering unaffordable loans to workers who are already up to their eyes in debt due to low pay.”A spokesperson at ISS added: “We are aware of the protests being carried out by the GMB union today. We want to make it clear that ISS will not withhold any money that is payable to any employee.“ISS will soon begin a programme to upgrade our payroll system and processes. This is a necessity as from December, our current payroll will no longer be supported. In November we will therefore introduce a new, enhanced, payroll system. We strongly believe this will benefit our employees as it will give more clarity on what an employee will be paid, and when, as there will be more time to check and process pay.“Our ethos is to provide a safe and healthy work environment for all employees; based on the ISS values and leadership principles, looking after both the physical and mental wellbeing of every ISS employee.“[While] we are aware that the employees will be embarking upon change, we are providing a full range of support to ease their concerns and any impacts of the change, and we continue to provide opportunities for employees to discuss any issues with us. Our open approach has proven to help minimise any discomfort the employees may feel because of the necessary change and our local management teams are working very hard to communicate the right messages to everyone.”last_img read more

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Crooks steal motor bike from Tavernier garage

first_imgTAVERNIER, Fla. (WSVN) — Surveillance cameras captured two crooks stealing a motor bike from a garage in Tavernier, early Friday morning.According to the owner, one of the hooded men walked into the open garage and wheeled out the orange and black three-wheel 2015 Polaris Slingshot, at around 2 a.m.His accomplice, who also wore a hoodie, helped take the bike away from the house, located on Spoonbill Road.If you have any information on this crime, call Monroe County Crime Stoppers at 800-346-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Broward Blvd reopens after being closed due to gas leak

first_imgCleared: Emergency vehicles in Broward on Broward Blvd west at W 14th Ave and traffic backed up until NW 7 Ave, all lanes blocked. Last…— FL511 Southeast (@fl511_southeast) September 21, 2017 FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – All lanes of Broward Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale were temporarily closed from Southwest 14th Avenue to Southwest 11th Avenue due to a gas leak.A construction crew hit a gas line in front of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department headquarters building, located at 1300 W Broward Blvd., Thursday. Update on hazmat. Leak secured and crews are breaking down. #FLFR @FTLCityNews @FLPD411 @SunSentinel @CBSMiami @wsvn @WPLGLocal10 @nbc6 pic.twitter.com/X1SlzasGwU— FLFR PIO (@FtLaudFire) September 21, 2017The gas leak has been secured, and lanes have since reopened.center_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Man arrested after fatal shooting in SW MiamiDade

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A man has been arrested after, police said, he shot and killed another man in Southwest Miami-Dade, Monday morning.According to officials, 60-year-old Clarence Williams shot and killed the man inside a home they shared, located along Southwest 102nd Avenue and Fern Street.Investigators believe the shooting stemmed from some sort of argument.The victim died on the scene. He would have celebrated his 40th birthday on Tuesday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Burglar breaks into NW MiamiDade home via AC unit

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a crook who was caught on surveillance sneaking through an air conditioning unit to break into a Northwest Miami-Dade home.The victims returned to the home along 104th Street and 19th Avenue to find their belongings missing.Police said the subject fled the scene in a gold Pontiac Grand Prix.The break-in happened just before noon Friday, Aug. 4.If you have any information on this burglary, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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NSU receives preliminary accreditation for medical school

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Nova Southeastern University has made a major medical milestone in Fort Lauderdale.The South Florida university’s College of Allopathic Medicine received preliminary accreditation on Wednesday.The accreditation allows the new medical school to accept its first class of 50 students into its doctor of medicine program in the upcoming fall term.NSU is now the eighth MD program in Florida and one of only 148 in the entire country.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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North Carolina waitress gets 10000 tip from customer

first_imgGREENVILLE, N.C. – A customer only ordered water while at a North Carolina restaurant — but he left a whopping $10,000 tip for his waitress!Alaina Custer says she was in shock when she discovered a large stack of bills left on the table at Sup Dogs restaurant in Greenville.The substantial tip was left with a note that said, “Thanks for the delicious water.” Two men at a nearby table recorded her reaction on video, because it turns out the customer who left the money is a famous YouTube personality known as “Mr. Beast.”“Good people are still doing good things these days so I thought it was really, really cool,” said restaurant owner Bret Oliverio. “I’ve seen some really big tips but not $10,000 so this was totally out of the blue, once in a lifetime. This will never happen again in my lifetime.”While Custer did keep a good chunk of the cash, the rest of the money was split among the restaurant’s staff.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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1 hospitalized following rollover wreck in Oakland Park

first_imgOAKLAND PARK, FLA. (WSVN) – One person was transported to the hospital following a rollover wreck in Oakland Park.Surveillance cameras were rolling when a black coupe clipped the back of another vehicle along Oakland Park Boulevard near Andrews Avenue, around 1 p.m., Thursday.The impact of the collision caused the black coupe to flip over onto its roof.Witnesses in the area helped the driver get out of the vehicle.Oakland Park Fire Rescue transported one person to Holy Cross Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Early Run Kenai River Chinook Reported As Good

first_imgNo management actions are anticipated for the week of June 3-10, harvests and escapement are being monitored closely and appropriate actions may take place if run size deteriorates. Water levels in the Kenai River are lower than average. Anglers report that large amounts of mossy debris is fouling fishing gear. On June 4 the daily estimated passage of Chinook salmon, greater than 34 inches in length, was 127 fish for a season total of 932 Chinook salmon greater than 34 inches in length through June 4. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Fishing success has been reported as good in the lower Kenai River and fish are reportedly not moving quickly upstream, according to the most recent in season summary from the Department of Fish and Game. The 2018 run appears late and is tracking behind last year, according to the DF&G. The current 2018 projection of escapement if the run is on time and harvest pressure is average is 3,300 large fish, approximately 600 fish below the lower end of the Optimum Escapement Goal.last_img read more

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Backpacker Unveils CarbonNeutral Project

first_imgBackpacker, the Boulder-basedmagazine for outdoor enthusiasts, has completed a six-month studyto calculate its carbon footprint. The magazine contracted with a firm calledCooler to measure how many pounds of CO2 its printing, production anddistribution operations create. Results indicate the magazine, with a 9-timesfrequency, produced about five million pounds of CO2, or 500,000 pounds perissue, in 2007. The two biggest contributors are paper and distribution, at 48percent and 26 percent respectively.”We wanted to pin down every single aspect of magazine operation,” says JonDorn, Backpacker’s editor, whocontracted with Cooler, a San Francisco-based firm that measures global warmingof consumer goods. “We knew we didn’t have the scientific or mathematicalskills to put reliable numbers on this. These guys popped up as being at thecenter of carbon footprinting for more than a decade.”Cooler worked with Backpacker toexamine the 2007 impacts of paper production and printing; distribution,including newsstand and subscription mailings; staff travel; and energy useacross the entire production cycle, including office use. “We went throughabout 10 generations of calculations until they were satisfied they had somethingthat was scientifically valid and statistically reliable,” says Dorn.The three biggest contributors, says Dorn, are paper, distribution and travel.”Paper is nearly 50 percent of it and distribution is a quarter. What was asurprise was how significant travel was, it’s the third biggest contributor.” SOURCE: Backpacker Indeed, staff travel nudged past printing and production for nine percent ofthe total. ‘Like UnderstandingWhat Goes into Sausage’Of the elements that were analyzed, distribution, says Dorn, was the mostdifficult to tally. “It’s probably the most Byzantine part of our business. Wehave more than 20,000 newsstand outlets and all the distribution companiesoverlap. It’s one of those things where you get an education, but then you’re notsure you really wanted to know-like understanding what goes into sausage.”Nevertheless, Dorn and AIM’s single-copy expert, Marcia Orovitz, had todetermine the mileage for the trucking routes for a proper measurement. “To behonest, we made some assumptions to make the calculations easier. We didn’tliterally come up with mileage for every leg of every trucking route for everyone of the 150,000 copies that goes to 20,000 newsstands,” says Dorn.Extra copies at newsstand were also measured, but Dorn says the majority ofthose are recycled. “We had information from the distributors about whatpercentage of unsold copies were being recycled versus landfilled. We foundthat almost all of the unsold copies are recycled.” Taking ActionNext is Backpacker’s actionplan. Dorn says the magazine will now work to decrease what it can of thecarbon footprint and offset the rest by investing in renewable energy projects,ultimately achieving a 100 percent carbon-neutral magazine operation. “Wedidn’t undertake this project just to understand what the impact of themagazine is, we did it so we could take action.” So far, a 12 percent reduction has been achieved through paper stock changesand moving pages from the magazine’s regional editions to the Web. A digitaledition was created with Zinio, and the Boulder office has been made azero-waste facility. Staff have also pledged to walk, bus or bike to work atleast 25,000 miles this year.”Our analysis gave us a carbon footprint of 1.12 pounds of CO2 equivalent percopy in 2007,” says Dorn. “After making these changes, we’re down to .9pounds.” The rest will be offset through renewable energy investments-a methane captureproject on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, for example. The cost of all this, says Dorn, has been very affordable. “The cuts that wemade in paper production and postage more than paid for not only the actualanalysis but also the offsets. For the offset investments, we’re looking atwell into the five figures. In fact, I was able to budget the offsets into myeditorial budget.” Now, says Dorn, the magazine industry can understand what kind of impactmagazine production has on the climate. “For the first time as magazine people,we understand the rough impact of a magazine versus another type of product. Iwould guess for most magazines, it would be in the 1-to-2 pound per copyrange.”A Comparison of Backpacker’sCarbon Footprintlast_img read more

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Five Paper Trends To Watch For 2010

first_imgWhere Paper is concerned, it’s been an “interesting” 18 months in the magazine publishing industry. Just a little over a year ago, paper prices were just beginning to come off the “thank you sir, may I have another” increases that characterized most of 2007. In fact, if you recall, we were satisfied to just have paper for the next issue, never mind the price. My how things have changed in such a short time. The only good news that publishers have seen in 2009 is that paper prices have been driven down by over 20 percent  from year-ago levels, possibly helping to keep a few publications afloat in this poor economy.1) Mills Will Try to Raise Prices While Continuing to Limit ProductionBut what are prices doing now? Have they stabilized, or is there a possibility of another 2007 just around the corner? It appears that the free fall of paper prices has hit bottom, and for the first time in over a year there have been price increase announcements by paper manufacturers. Manufacturers are basing (blaming) the increases on increased costs for raw material (pulp) and energy. The increased input costs are legitimate, but as in most other businesses operating in a free market economy, prices are usually determined by supply and demand. Regarding demand, there has been an ever so slight uptick in orders, but to say there is even moderate demand now for printing and publishing papers would be erroneous.On the supply side, paper manufacturers have been curtailing supply by temporarily shutting paper machines down to limit their production. This has been done across the breadth of paper grades and manufacturers. Additionally, some manufacturers have permanently shut down entire mills, with a great loss of jobs, all in an effort to remain profitable and frankly for some, remain in business. Sappi Papers, for instance, has announced the permanent closure of its Muskegon, MI facility. Sappi produces high quality stock for magazine covers and catalogs. Kruger Paper has announced they will no longer make coated groundwood paper, effective in October, at its Trois Rivieres facility in Quebec. Unfortunately for paper manufacturers, all the efforts to stem the tide of paper have not been enough to keep up with the decline of demand. Considering the still weak but somewhat increased demand for paper and the current overabundance of supply, it remains to be seen if the announced price increases will be able to be sustained, or if they will fall apart like other increases in the past that were not backed by a strong increase in demand. 2) Tax Credits for Paper Industry To End December 31, 2009A significant factor in helping paper manufacturers stay afloat in these rough times has ironically been the federal government.  By discovering an odd “loophole” in a government-backed environmental initiative, paper manufacturers have been able to reap enormous amounts of cash through the “Alternative Fuel Tax Credit” program. Manufactures such as International Paper have benefitted by over $1 billion. The paper industry has long used a by-product of the paper-making process called “black liquor” to help power their mills. Someone figured out that if the mills began blending small amounts of diesel fuel with the black liquor, they could qualify for the tax credits. A few in Congress have been outraged by this, because the use of black liquor has been a long and pre-existing practice by the paper industry. It is now anticipated to end December 31, 2009. Since many mills claim to be operating at or below “cash cost,” it will be interesting to see what happens.  It will either result in more mills ceasing operations or prices rising.3) Demand Will Rise However bad the economy is now, demand, as always, will return. Magazine ad pages will come back; page counts and circulation will grow. For instance, as reported by FOLIO:, Hachette has recently announced major redesigns of some of its brands which include larger trim sizes and higher quality paper. And yes, even new titles will be launched, such as Rodale’s announcement of the new magazine, Children’s’ Health. When demand for publishing paper does return in earnest it bears watching what will happen to prices. Although some industry experts expect that demand for paper will not return as ferociously as it has in the past, they may not be taking into account how many capacity reductions there have been on the manufacturing side.  As demand returns, prices will rise again quickly, and we could even see publishing-type paper in short supply as we did in 2007. Supply and demand conditions in the paper industry are seldom in balance. Conditions could be better characterized as either feast of famine for the mills. And when the mills are feasting, famine conditions for publishers are not far behind.4) Paper Industry Is Now Sales Driven; New Products Are in the PipelineThe paper industry has long been seen as “manufacturing” driven, instead of sales driven. The policy of “we’ll make what we like to manufacture best and let them buy it” has changed somewhat with the dire economic conditions facing the industry. Mills are increasingly listening to what their customers want and coming up with better products that bring value for the publisher.One such product is SCA and SCA+. These grades are “Super-Calendared,” (SC) which means that they are “buffed” with an enormous cotton roll that makes it appear they have a coating like #5 coated groundwood paper. The “A” or “A+” indicates level of quality.  Although these grades are not new, their acceptance as an alternative to coated paper is growing. According to Rick Bortolotti, general manager for Times Printing Company in Random Lake, Wisconsin, “We’re seeing an increasing number of magazine publishers opt for SCA or SCA+.  For the most part, we’ve had excellent results printing on these grades.” It is important however to inquire with your printer about SCA grades, because not all have achieved the proficiency yet to achieve optimum results. Not only is the use of SCA increasing, but the number of mills adding an SCA and or SCA+ grade to their product mix is growing.  NewPage Corporation has had such as product as well as the excellent “Radiance” sheet manufactured by Irving Paper. Now Verso has recently joined the group with its own SCA+ in their “Clarity” line of papers.Other innovative papers continue to be offered by paper manufacturers including “alternative offset” paper that competes with the more expensive free sheet offerings from mills. These “alternative” products have groundwood content that makes them cheaper to produce and buy. To combat some of the low cost movements, some manufacturers are improving their products, such as Domtar’s announced enhancements to their “Husky” grade line in which brightness has improved to 94, opacity has been increased and the surface has been improved through better paper formation.5) Environmentally-Friendly Options Will Continue To GrowFor those looking for an environmental option in paper, the timing couldn’t be better. Paper manufacturers across the board are adding recycled content to their grade lines in addition to third-party certifications. The third party certifications, such as FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and SFI (Sustainable Forest Initiative) make certain that raw materials (trees and pulp) come from sustainable, well-managed forests. These certifications are more the “hot button” currently than even recycled content, although one can purchase an FSC or SFI grade that also contains recycled content. And the percentage of recycled content offered by manufacturers is increasing.  In many cases, mills offer the option of 10, 20 or even 30 percent post-consumer recycled content in some of their paper types. For third party certification, expect to pay $1.00/cwt more. For recycled content, expect about one dollar for every 10 percent of recycled content.For publishers, the options in paper are plentiful now as mills compete for your business. And the prices are right for most of these grades. But be mindful that as the economy begins to emerge from recession, prices will be on the rise, and paper could even become harder to come by. Dan Walsh is vice president of publication papers for Chicago-based Bradner Smith & Company.last_img read more

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Webtrends Buys Reinvigorate

first_imgWeb, mobile and social media analytics company Webtrends has acquired Reinvigorate, a realtime Web measurement firm.The deal gives Webtrends realtime measurement technology it can apply to its portfolio of measurement services for the Web, mobile and social media platforms.Webtrends bought Reinvigorate from (mt) Media Temple Ventures, which also owns or has investments in Krop.com, Vantageous.com and Virb.com. (mt) Ventures’ portfolio is squarely in the creative market, with its three remaining companies servicing creative professionals with a job site (Krop), an ad network targeting creatives (Vantageous) and a build-your-own-Web site solution (Virb).Terms of the deal were not released, but Webtrends is clearly keen on integrating Reinvigorate’s realtime analytic capabilities across its services. Aside from the realtime analytics, which update on the spot, visible in an auto-updating dashboard, Reinvigorate also provides heat map analysis, registered user identification and tracking, link maps and visitor path analysis. “This is just the first step in an ongoing partnership with Webtrends,” says Demian Sellfors, (mt) Media Temple Ventures CEO, in a statement. “We will continue to collaborate to ensure that Media Temple also benefits from this marriage of technologies through a future offering of Webtrends analytics directly to our Media Temple customers.”last_img read more

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Top 5 Mag Group Pubs JanSept Wenner Was the AdPage Winner

first_imgThis story first appears on FOLIO: sister site, min. Moving into the last weeks of 2011, min takes a look at magazine group publishers’ boxscore data for January – September 2011 versus 2010. Of the 23 consumer groups listed, 10 showed gains in ad pages. Biggest performer was Wenner Media (totaling 290.37 additional ad pages) with their three mags all showing growth in 2011: Men’s Journal (+9.36%), Rolling Stone (8.42%) and US Weekly (+15.55%). The other four top group performers were Source Interlink, American Express Publishing, Condé Nast and Hachette Filipacchi (separated from the Hearst Magazine group for the sake of this chart). Read the rest of the story here.last_img read more

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Hearsts Acquisition of Rodale Brings Sweeping Changes to Several Titles

first_imgUpdated Friday, Jan. 12th at 11:30 am.Rodale’s magazines are officially joining Hearst. Several top staffers aren’t.As was reported last week, Hearst has closed its acquisition of Rodale’s media brands, a deal that was originally agreed upon in October. The company made things official with an announcement Tuesday morning, which included revelations about where each of the acquired Rodale brands will fit into the Hearst Magazines portfolio, as well as the future of several key former Rodale staffers.Longtime Men’s Health publisher Ronan Gardiner, who ascended to chief advertising officer at Rodale last March, will move to Hearst as VP and publishing director of Men’s Health, Bicycling, and Runner’s World.Not joining Hearst will be Matt Bean, who will no longer serve as editor-in-chief of Men’s Health, a role he had held since late 2016. Instead, Dave Zinczenko will return to he brand as interim editorial director, with a permanent editor-in-chief to be named in the 2nd quarter. At Rodale, Zinczenko had served as editor-in-chief of the brand from 2000 to 2012. Also not making the move to Hearst Tower will be Women’s Health editor-in-chief Amy Keller Laird, who had held that role since 2014. Former Self deputy editor Liz Plosser has been named to that role, joining from wellness site Well+Good, where she was SVP of content.Plosser will report to Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Michele Promaulayko, who oversees the Young Women’s group—where WH will reside alongside Cosmo and Seventeen. It’s familiar territory for Promaulayko, who was Women’s Health‘s editor-in-chief from 2009 to 2014.Oversight of the business side of Women’s Health will be assumed by Donna Kalajian Lagani, publishing director of the Young Women’s group. The announcements make no mention of Laura Frerer-Schmidt, who has been publisher of Women’s Health since 2011 and—at Rodale—had been elevated to SVP and managing director of the brand in 2016.Bill Strickland will remain with the aforementioned Bicycling and Runner’s World as editorial director of the newly formed Enthusiast group, which for the time being will remain based in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. Paul Collins will stay on as publisher of both titles.Notably absent from the announcement is Betty Wong-Ortiz, who had been installed as Runner’s World‘s first female editor-in-chief back in June, at the time succeeding longtime editor David Willey. A Hearst spokeswoman, however, confirmed on Friday that Wong-Ortiz will remain editor-in-chief.Finally, Prevention will join the Women’s Lifestyle group under Good Housekeeping editor-in-chief Jane Francisco. Maria Rodale’s much-publicized pivot, in 2016, to remove all advertising from the digest’s pages will see a reversal; Hearst plans to restore advertising to Prevention under the direction of Women’s Lifestyle group’s SVP and publishing director Pat Haegele.On the digital side, former Men’s Health VP and publisher Chris Peel will stay on as executive director of Hearst Magazines Digital Media’s men’s and enthusiast group, which now consists of Esquire.com, MensHealth.com, PopularMechanics.com, Bicyling.com, and RunnersWorld.com. Also staying on will be Rodale COO Beth Buehler, who will oversee “strategic integration as the companies are brought together,” according to Hearst.Asked for additional context on the changes and the future of the magazines’ existing editors, a Hearst spokesperson referred only to the company press release.Concurrent with the close of the sale, Penguin Random House completed its purchase of publishing imprint Rodale Books.Correction: An earlier version of this story indicated that Prevention editor Barbara O’Dair appeared to be out. A Hearst Magazines spokeswoman tells Folio: that no changes have been made to Prevention’s staff.last_img read more

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Army on Schedule to Meet One Gigawatt Goal Hammack Says

first_imgThe Army remains on track to meet the president’s goal of producing one gigawatt of renewable energy on its installations by 2025, Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment, told reporters last week.“We made a commitment to the president we’d have one gigawatt of renewable energy on Army bases by 2025. And we are well on our way to it,” Hammack said, reported Army Public Affairs. “In fiscal year 2015 we broke ground on over 100 megawatts of renewable energy systems and we are on track to meet that commitment we made.”The Army is leveraging private sector capital to build generating facilities on installation that can harness energy from the sun, wind, biomass and other resources.“Fort Knox, Kentucky, put in multiple natural gas fire cogeneration systems that are supplying both electricity and hot water at the point of use,” Hammack said. “One is located near a hospital and another is located near the post exchange and commissary. So you have that distributed generation. That is a lesson from the private sector that we are adapting to,” she said.Locating generating facilities on post is one way to improve resiliency. Fort Drum, for instance, is one the Army’s most resilient installations because it houses a biomass energy production facility that can produce 100 percent of the post’s energy needs from wood chips and shrub willow located nearby. The facility, converted from a coal plant, has three months of fuel situated within five minutes of the plant.“That means that the base is going to have the power it needs, and actually that plant can supply three times the amount of power that the base needs,” she said. “So it can support the local community in the case of an ice storm, which they have seen, that has shut down power grids,” Hammack noted.While not every installation in the Army has its own power generation capability, it’s a goal, Hammack said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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J Cole Signs On For Bertie County Documentary

first_img Email J. Cole Signs On For ‘Bertie County’ Documentary Twitter Watch: J. Cole’s ‘Bertie County’ Doc Trailer j-cole-signs-bertie-county-documentary News Facebook GRAMMY nominee to helm powerful PBS documentary addressing institutional racism, violence, poverty, and educational inequityPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Aug 15, 2017 – 4:18 pm GRAMMY.comRealistic narrative is expected with great rappers, but multiple GRAMMY nominee J. Cole is seeking a whole new level of realism and storytelling with his documentaries about life as he experienced it growing up in rural North Carolina.Following up on his 4 Your Eyez Only documentary that captured his personal experiences traveling through the South, Cole has now signed on to executive produce Bertie County, a film scheduled to air on PBS POV on Aug. 28.The work of director/producer Margaret Byrne, Raising Bertie will spotlight three African-American boys — Bud, Dada and Junior — growing into adulthood in rural Bertie County as they look to find themselves and rise above generational poverty, educational inequity and systemic racism.”The truth is, I made a film about three kids I met and cared about,” said Byrne. “I knew their story needed telling. The individuals in this story are representative of their community and they matter.”In addition to his film work, J. Cole has also shown his local commitment via his Dreamville Foundation, which is dedicated to helping disadvantaged urban youth, particularly in his childhood community of Fayetteville.Jay Z Gets Vulnerable On Latest ‘4:44’ FootnotesRead morelast_img read more

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The Strokes New York Rockers Early Years Revealed In New Photo Book

first_img Email Facebook News Twitter The Strokes: New York Rockers’ Early Years Revealed In New Photo Book Explore The Strokes’ First Years In New Rock Book strokes-new-york-rockers-early-years-revealed-new-photo-book Music photographer Cody Smyth’s new book will provide an intimate look into the first days of New York rockers the StrokesBrian HaackGRAMMYs Aug 30, 2017 – 12:10 pm New York City during the first decade of the 2000s was a wellspring of young bands eager to spit in the faces of music critics who’d been quick to call radio’s transition from the largely Seattle-based sounds of grunge and post-punk alternative into the bubblegum pop sounds of the new millennium the dying gasps of guitar-driven rock.Leading the charge during that period, the Strokes were one of the biggest of the “local” bands playing the club circuit, and also one of the first to really break out onto the global scene and sign a huge deal with a major label. This era of raucous rebellion has been recently documented in Lizzy Goodman’s fantastic compilation Meet Me In The Bathroom: Rebirth And Rock And Roll In New York City: 2001-2011, which chronicled the various bands – the Strokes chief among them – who were central to that rising movement.A new catalogue of moments from that singular time will also arrive this October: music photographer Cody Smyth has compiled his best stories and photos from his years embedded with the Strokes into a forthcoming volume titles The Strokes: The First Ten Years. The book will be the “first authorized visual record” of the band’s early years, and is being heralded as, “a peerless window into the group through the lens of a close friend who was there before it even began.”The Strokes: The First Ten Years is due out on Oct. 10.See Prince, Amy Winehouse Like Never Before In New Booklast_img read more

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ABBA Hit Finds Remixed Life In Cher Covers Mashup With Madonna

first_img Email Cher + Madonna Mashup Has Fans Believing In Fate abba-hit-finds-remixed-life-cher-covers-mashup-madonna News https://www.instagram.com/p/BmRwsTVgEpn/?taken-by=alexsimpsononline Facebook “Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)” began as a humble ABBA B-side and is the perfect fit for a “Hung Up” dance partyPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Aug 13, 2018 – 2:57 pm On Aug. 9 fans who pre-ordered Cher’s anticipated album of ABBA covers, due to be released on Sept. 28, received access to her cover of the band’s 1979 classic “Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight).” Now that it’s out there in the wild, a musical mashup with Madonna’s 2005 “Hung Up” has listeners admiring the combination of the GRAMMY-winning divas as an inevitable treat to be enjoyed while they impatiently wait for Sept. 28.”Hung Up” was the first track of Madonna’s Confessions On A Dance Floor, sampling “Gimme! Gimme! …” which started humbly as a B-side to a single released from ABBA’s 1979 album Voulez-Vous and then grew into an international hit. ABBA Hit Finds Remixed Life In Cher Cover’s Mashup With Madonna Twitter In the 2008 movie Mamma Mia!, Amanda Seyfried memorably performed “Gimme! Gimme! …” as a solo. Cher’s upcoming album is emerging from fans’ excitement surrounding this summer’s sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, in which Cher plays the supporting role of Ruby Sheridan. Kudos to Alex Simpson for having performed the delicate sonic surgery that has a growing audience of listeners convinced this was fate.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

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OBITUARY Carol A Costa Barrasso 76

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Carol A. Barrasso (Costa), age 76, of Wilmington, formerly of Somerville, passed away unexpectedly on December 20, 2018, at the Winchester Hospital.Carol was born on October 8, 1942 in Somerville, MA; she was the cherished only daughter to the late Angelo and Eleanor Costa. Carol was raised and educated in Somerville; she was very proud of her “Somerville roots” and she in turn raised her own family there.Carol married the “love of her life” Eddie Barrasso on June 2, 1963; together they raised a loving family and made many wonderful memories to be shared for generations to come. Carol was very devoted to her family; she was a wonderful wife and mother and a very special “Gram” to her grandchildren who she adored. In 2001, Carol and Eddie moved to Wilmington to be closer to their children and grandchildren; they always looked forward to spending time with them and sharing in their life’s special moments.Carol enjoyed being with her family in friends; whether it was “hanging out” at the beach or traveling to Europe, Hawaii, or “the islands”; everyone always had a great time when they were with her.Prior to retiring, Carol was employed as a Client Service Representative for the Unisys Company for many years. Carol enjoyed her job and was very good at it; she had a great personality along with terrific people skills all attributes which made her successful in her field.In her spare time, Carol, was known to be a competitive bowler, an avid Bingo player and a fierce shopper. These were all hobbies that Carol really enjoyed with her family as well as her friends.Carol was quite a lady who showered others with kindness and care; she always “had your back” no matter the situation. Carol loved her family and friends with all her heart and she will truly be missed.Carol was the beloved wife of Edward R. Barrasso, devoted mother of Edward R. Barrasso, Jr. & his wife Winifred and Terri Gemellaro & her partner Kevin Burke all of Wilmington. Loving “Gram” of Edward R. III, Emily & Meghan Barrasso and Alliy & Tori Gemellaro. Cherished daughter of the late Angelo and Eleanor (Mooney) Costa, dear sister of the late David, Charles and William Costa. Carol is survived by her nieces, nephews and friends.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, December 28th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, December 27th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.Donations in Carol’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 DAnny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.Carol A. (Costa) Barrasso(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)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.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Phyllis A. (Tabor) Ulrickson, 78In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Carol S. (Schweinefus) Roche, 84In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”last_img read more

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5 Things To Do In Wilmington This Weekend March 810

first_imgLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington-Tewksbury Chamber Of Commerce To Hold Music Bingo Bash On March 8In “Business”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, March 8, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington Today (March 11, 2016)In “5 Things To Do Today” WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington this weekend (March 8-10):#1) Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce’s Music BINGO BashThe Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce is holding a Music BINGO Bash on Friday, March 8, 2019 in the Fez Room at the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road).  Doors open at 7pm.  Bingo starts at 8pm.This Music BINGO Bash will include a celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.  Attendees are encouraged to wear green.  The event will feature prizes, a 50/50 raffle, and a cash bar. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own dinner/snacks.Tickets cost $20 per person.  Tables of 10 are available.  For tickets, contact Chamber Executive Director Nancy Vallee at 978-657-7211 or Info@WilmingtonTewksburyChamber.org.#2) Wilmington Sons Of Italy’s “Dancing Through The Decades” DanceThe Wilmington Sons of Italy is holding a dance on Saturday, March 9, 2019, from 7pm to 11pm, at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue).This “Dancing through the Decades” event will include a DJ, dancing, raffles, and a door prize. Coffee and dessert will be provided. Feel free to bring your own food for the table.Tickets cost $20. To purchase a ticket, contact organizer Janet Engrem at 978-658-9324 or jknje[at]comcast.net. Attendees are encouraged to bring diaper donations as part of a diaper drive.#3) Mini-Golf Fundraiser For Troop 126Boy Scout Troop 126 invites everyone to its first annual Mini-Golf Fundraiser at Villanova Hall at St Thomas’ Church (126 Middlesex Avenue).Come see the transition of our simple church hall to an 18-Hole Championship Course and enjoy an afternoon of summer family fun in the middle of winter. The course will be open from noon to 4pm with special late afternoon hours for Scout Competition.A game of mini-golf costs $3 for children and $5 for adults. A game plus a meal costs $8.Plan on stopping in The 19th Hole Cafe for lunch, drinks, and snacks.#4) Women’s Roller Derby At The Shriners Boston Roller Derby has announced its first ever international tournament, the 2019 Lobstah Roll.Sanctioned by the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, the tournament will take place on March 9-10 at the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) in Wilmington.The 2019 Lobstah Roll will feature two full days of competition from across the U.S. and Ireland. BRD’s all-star team, the Boston Massacre, will be making their 2019 season debut after winning gold in the WFTDA Continental Cup East last summer. The team currently ranks as No. 34 in the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association out of over 400 internationally affiliated teams.The final two March 9 bouts will be open to the public, with doors opening at 4 p.m. At 5 p.m., the Naptown Tornado Sirens of Indianapolis will take on the Capital Maulstars of Sacramento, California. At 7 p.m., the Boston Massacre will face off against the “A”- team from Dublin, Ireland. All fans will be invited to join skaters for an after-party at 9 p.m. in the Shriners Fez Room, located inside the auditorium.Tickets for Saturday, March 9 can be purchased HERE. For more information on the 2019 Lobstah Roll, visit http://bostonrollerderby.com.#5) Wilmington Farmers MarketThe Wilmington Farmers Market will be open this Sunday, March 10, 2019, from 2pm to 4pm, in the Wilmington United Methodist Church (87 Church Street).March 10 Farmers Market Lineup:Vendors:Arrowhead FarmFrom Sea To You Sea Glass PicturesGrateful TastesGrazing Platter BoardsHannah’s HerbalsKC Styles Jewelry & AccessoriesMa & Pa’s PicklesPolish Prince PierogisPurple Carrot BreadSeafood ExpressSusan Anton LMTSweet Lydia’sAdditional Attractions:Kids Craft (Squishies) at the Kids TableBillerica Cat Care Coalition at Community Tablelast_img read more

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