Why Brownridge Stepped Aside

first_imgYesterday, Kent Brownridge—the former Wenner Media executive who, along with Quadrangle Partners, formed Alpha Media last year after acquiring Dennis Publishing’s U.S. assets (Maxim, Stuff and Blender, though not The Week) for $240 million—announced he was stepping down as CEO. The company named a pair of co-CEOs to take his place, with Brownridge retaining the title of chairman.This was a curious move, because Brownridge, a notorious workaholic, became known for his hands-on management style at Wenner Media, where he spent 21 years as Jann Wenner’s consigliore. And despite the curious timing—both Blender and Maxim, like most consumer titles, have struggled to sell ads in 2008—it appears that Brownridge’s departure is truly a case of a 68-year-old publishing executive wanting to spend more time away from the office, cut the 100-hour workweeks in half and, perhaps for the first time in his career, take a “summer Friday” or two.“I have a new wife who’s not liking this very much. And while my health is very good, I want it to stay that way,” Brownridge told Portfolio. “I plan to get home at six instead of 10. Also, we have summer Fridays here, so I might even do that.” Brownridge sounded more confident that he would, in fact, take them when he spoke to WWD: “I’m going to take summer Fridays, not go into the office every day, and I’m not going to stay past 5 p.m.” He admitted that his post-Wenner “retirement” didn’t work, which is why he plans to be an “active” chairman while spending less time fielding a “steady flow of e-mails at all hours to [his] BlackBerry.” The sources I spoke with yesterday seemed to buy Brownridge’s version, and refuted the notion that there was pressure from Quadrangle to move Brownridge out, although that’s always a possibility.For now, though, he can rest his BlackBerry thumb, and take that summer Friday.last_img read more

PHOTOS Wilmingtons Boy Scout Troop 136 Holds Car Wash Fundraiser For McLaren Family

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 Boy Scouts Troop 136 To Hold Car Wash On September 8 To Benefit McLaren Family Following TragedyIn “Community”Cub Scout Pack 136 Announce Pumpkin Sale, Haunted Trail Walk & Haunted House FundraisersIn “Community”Wilmington Boy Scouts To Hold Car Wash On May 19In “Community” WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington’s Boy Scout Troop 136 held a Car Wash fundraiser on Saturday, September at the Friendship Lodge.All proceeds benefited the McLaren family of Wilmington. On July 30, Tom McLaren was injured in a motorcycle accident on his way to work on Route 128. He remains hospitalized with serious injuries. Tom’s family includes his wife Wanda, and his two children, Leila and David. David is a member of Troop 136.For those who were out of town and unable to attend, a GoFundMe was set up by friends of the family at http://www.gofundme.com/support-for-the-mclaren-family. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated and will go directly to the family for living and medical expenses.Below are photos of the event, from Dick Searfoss, posted on the Friendship Lodge’s website:last_img read more

Feds Texas Officials Not Following Judges Order On Voter ID Law

first_imgThe Obama adninistration and the State of Texas are at odds again over the state’s Voter ID law.The Department of Justice,  DOJ, today accused Texas officials of misleading voters and poll workers regarding what kind of ID is required to cast a ballot.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016The Texas Voter ID law was struck down by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals last month which ruled it was in violation of the Voting Rights Act.In a court filing, the DOJ says the state’s educational materials regarding the newly expanded Voter ID requirements are misleading and restrictive.State officials say the language in the materials complies with the federal court order. Share Below is an excerpt from the court filing, which can be read in its entirety below:“Rather than educating voters and poll officials about opportunities to cast a regular ballot for those who “do not possess SB 14 ID and cannot reasonably obtain it,”the State has recast that language to limit the opportunity to cast a regular ballot solely to those voters who present SB 14 ID or who “have not obtained” and “cannot obtain” SB 14 ID.That standard is incorrect and far harsher than the Court-ordered standard it would displace. By recasting the Court’s language, Texas has narrowed dramatically the scope of voters protected by the Court’s Order. Moreover, the standard the State’s training and educational materials currently describe has already been rejected by this Court and the Fifth Circuit.At this critical stage, such materials should maximize accuracy and minimize confusion. Texas’s materials do neither.”Texas officials have been visiting communities across the state in an effort to educate voters about the new requirements.last_img read more

100mpg plugin hybrids popping up in US

first_img A recent article in North Carolina´s The News & Observer has highlighted a Raleigh-based company, Advanced Vehicle Research Center (AVRC), that has four employees and can retrofit a Prius in about four hours for a cost of $10,400. The AVRC is one of eight US companies authorized to install lithium ion batteries manufactured by 23 Systems, a Massachusetts company. AVRC´s converted Priuses can get from anywhere between 60 and 100 mpg, depending on driving habits, which roughly doubles the gas mileage of a standard Prius. Advanced Energy, a Raleigh nonprofit research organization and one of AVRC´s customers, has even exceeded 200 mpg in a test under optimal conditions. The conversion process is relatively uncomplicated. The mechanics remove the spare tire in the trunk, and replace it with a 170-pound lithium ion battery pack, like a much larger version of a cell phone battery. A plug from the back of the bumper can be inserted into a conventional wall outlet, where a full charge lasts about 3.5 hours and costs less than 75 cents. The modified Prius draws from the new battery first, giving the car a range of about 35 miles on all-electric power, making gasoline optional on short commutes. When the battery is depleted, the Prius runs like a standard hybrid, using its gas engine and regenerative braking to charge its nickel metal hydride battery.According to the Plug-In Hybrid Coalition of the Carolinas, there are about 150 plug-in hybrids on US roads today. Most of the AVRC´s customers have been corporations with large fleets, but they recently made their first conversion for an individual. Their clients include Progress Energy, Duke Energy, the city of Raleigh, and North Carolina State University´s Advanced Transportation Energy Center. These organizations are tracking and sending data on the cars to the Idaho National Laboratory, a federal research institute that is studying plug-in hybrids.The plug-in modifications aren´t authorized or endorsed by Toyota, which plans to make its own Prius plug-in commercially available in 2010 in the US. Also in 2010, Chevrolet plans to release the Volt (which runs on the same 23 lithium ion battery used by AVRC), which is expected to be more economical than AVRC´s conversions. The AVRC acknowledges that $10,400 is a hefty price tag for the average driver – AVRC founder and president Richard Dell estimates that it could take 140,000 miles to recover the cost through fuel savings. But the important thing is that they´ve demonstrated that the technology is viable and available right now. “It´s given us more confidence that it´s not a matter of if plug-in vehicles will happen, but when,” said Mike Rowand, Duke Energy´s director of advanced customer technologies.More information: The Advanced Vehicle Research Centervia: The News & Observer The Advanced Vehicle Research Center is converting Toyota Priuses into electric plug-in hybrids for a cost of $10,400. Image credit: The Advanced Vehicle Research Center. Although many people would like to drive more fuel-efficient vehicles, most of us have to wait for the large vehicle manufacturers to mass-produce affordable cars that run on alternative power. In the meantime, a handful of smaller companies have begun taking the energy crisis into their own hands. By retrofitting hybrids like the Toyota Prius with a second battery pack, they´re converting these cars into hybrid plug-ins that can recharge from a wall outlet and drive a short commute on all electric power. Citation: 100-mpg plug-in hybrids popping up in US (2008, September 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-09-mpg-plug-in-hybrids.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Season of gold

first_imgMMTC’s flagship event ‘Festival of Gold’ has returned this festive season to dazzle the city with handpicked collections of hallmarked gold and certified stone-studded jewellery, silver and gold medallions in 999 purity, and the latest range of Sanchi silverware in 92.5 per cent purity. The event was inaugurated by dignitaries from the Dept of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce & Industry and by the senior management of MMTC on the evening of October 27, and will continue until November 10 (excluding November 5 and 6)at Hotel Ashok, Chanakyapuri as well as MMTC’s sales outlets across the city.   Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’MMTC, the only government of India enterprise in the jewellery sector, has been holding its annual exhibition-cum-sale of hallmarked jewellery, the ‘Festival of Gold,’ since 1994. However, due to restrictions imposed on gold imports by the government of India over the last few years to check the fiscal deficit, availability of the precious metal had been sparse for the domestic industry and the popular event had to be put on hold for two years. With the recent relaxation in these conditions, the company has brought back the much-awaited exhibition-cum-sale on a grandiose level with collections from different states of India, medallions in various denominations and competitively-priced Sanchi silverware items.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThis year’s edition has been attracting customers in droves since day one, and has registered record footfall with sales touching the 16 crores mark in the first week of the event. On every customer’s wish list here is the temple style jewellery from the southern states, handcrafted gold jewellery from West Bengal, and MMTC’s special bridal range of jewellery. There is in fact something for everyone here, whether one is looking for something traditional or contemporary, plain or studded, heavy or light, for gifting or to add glitter of gold at the event, noted cinestar Neha Dhupia, who visited the Festival on the evening of November 3 and expressed her delight at being able to visit the one-of-its-kind event.  Dhupia, who has been a part of MMTC’s gold event in the past also, took a leisurely round of the many counters at the exhibition and interacted with the MMTC management as well as the guests and the media.MMTC has been assigned the prestigious responsibility of marketing the India Gold Coin by the government of India, being regarded as the sovereign and national coin of India. The India Gold Coin is being minted in denominations of 5 gm and 10 gm and bears the Ashok Chakra. Once launched, the India gold coin will be made available at various outlets of MMTC alongwith the ‘Festival of Gold.’last_img read more

Abstract Odyssey

first_imgArt is expressed through a variety of medium and Sudip Roy’s works are best expressed through water-colours. Using unique strokes and colours, he solely focuses on innovation in his series of artworks. His experience is clearly reflected in his art which depict his emotions that do not linger on in his mind after its completion.Roy showcased his latest collection of works in an exhibition titled — ‘Odyssey’ — at the Visual Art Gallery, in India Habitat Centre on Wednesday. The exhibition was inaugurated by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. “I am very happy that Sudip Roy has come up with such beautiful paintings. I am a great admirer of his work; he’s doing very well and he deserves all the appreciation for that. Thank god I am born in the world of sound and I wish him all the best and I hope that our relation of music and colour goes deeper with time. I would love to see more of his works in future,” said the sarod maestro while inaugurating the exhibition. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Uma Nair, art curator echoed similar thoughts and said: “Sudip Roy is an artist who is known for his realist works. He is known for his Charulata series and is a great water-colour artist. But this is another journey. It is a journey in abstraction. A lot of artists think that abstract painting is about colours but actually, it is more about the experience. These paintings show extreme emotions. I think it is great to be able to keep reinventing yourself.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHe uses a unique combination of colours while expressing his emotions. However, the essence plays a part momentarily as it comes with a flow. Nair agrees and says: “The choice of colours is something which is instinctive and intuitive for Sudip. It comes naturally with a flow and nothing is deliberate.” The guests who graced the event were Subhalakshmi, Sushma Bahl, Manu Dosaj, Pooja Bahri, Anuradha Raman, Diana, Poonam Sethi and others.last_img read more

Schools to open on June 10 as govt clips summer vacation

first_imgKolkata: The state Education department on Thursday shortened the duration of summer holidays in state schools and announced that classes in both primary and secondary schools will commence from June 10.A notification in this regard was brought out by the department after state Education minister Partha Chatterjee posted on his Facebook page earlier in the day that schools will open from June 10. The earlier notification of the department had declared summer holidays till June 30. It may be mentioned that Chatterjee had held a meeting with the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education and other concerned officials on Tuesday and had said that the decision to have summer holidays in schools till June 30 was being reviewed. He had said that he would also speak with the weather office and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, before bringing out any fresh notification in this regard. There have been requests from students, a section of teachers as well as guardians to reconsider the decision of closure of schools till June 30. It was May 3 when the Education department had issued a notification declaring that all government, government-sponsored and non-government aided schools in the state will remain closed on May 3 and May 4 due to the predicted severe cyclonic storm Fani. It had further stated that all these schools will also remain closed from May 6 to May 20 until commencement of summer vacation, due to the prevailing heat wave. It had added that schools will remain closed till June 30 due to anticipated extreme weather conditions.last_img read more