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Condé Nast Internal Memo Managing Through Challenging Times

first_imgCondé colleagues: GQ editor-in-chief Jim Nelson, publisher Peter  Hunsinger, chairman Si Newhouse and CEO Chuck Townsend in headier times.”Managing Through Challenging Times.” Is that the understatement of the year? No, it was the subject line of an e-mail Condé Nast CEO Charles Townsend sent to staffers Thursday.As news that the national unemployment rate jumped to 8.1 percent last month—the highest in 25 years—as a whopping 651,000 people lost their jobs, the mega magazine publishing chief executive called on his employees to “prudently and responsibly manage our business costs and expenses.” While Townsend didn’t detail any specific cost-cutting initiatives, he did say the company will need to make “difficult decisions to manage costs and ensure our financial well-being.” Are more layoffs to come?Late last year, Condé Nast laid off about 5 percent of both its print and online staff. In December, Condé closed its syndicated blog network and scrapped Flip.com, its social networking/virtual scrapbooking site for teen girls. In January, Condé Nast shuttered Domino, its four-year-old shelter title, and its accompanying Web site. Here’s Townsend’s memo, via All Things Digital:From: Townsend, ChuckSent: Thursday, March 05, 2009 05:04 PM Eastern Standard TimeTo: Conde Nast PublicationsSubject: Managing Through Challenging TimesI continue to believe that there are two things that make our Company truly unique, world-class brands and remarkable employees. This statement is even more true today as I watch how Condé Nast is managing through this challenging economy.While advertising pages are down, Condé Nast is gaining critical ad revenue market share through the early part of 2009. Perhaps more importantly, our consumer connectivity, as measured in key circulation statistics, is particularly strong.So, while our Company is not immune to the economic stress that has been experienced by the media community, we have made adjustments to secure our ongoing stability, just as each and every one of us has had to personally deal with the economic challenges we face.Unavoidably, as the downturn extends, we have to make additional difficult decisions to manage costs and ensure our financial well-being. These decisions involve all of us. We’ll all have to do more with less and accept that some of the benefits and resources that were available to us in robust economic times will have to be scaled back–and revisited when the economy and our business recover lost ground.The best course of action is for us to prudently and responsibly manage our business costs and expenses through these troubled waters, assuring us the opportunity to fully participate in the recovery that lies ahead. At that time, we will take great pride in what we accomplished.I can only ask that you join me in these efforts to ensure the continued success of our great Company.last_img read more

John McGovern Acquires MA Firm WB Grimes People on the Move

first_imgJohn McGovernMedia industry M&A advisory firm W.B. Grimes & Co. has been acquired by John McGovern, a senior associate and seven-year veteran of the firm, for an undisclosed sum.The newly renamed Grimes, McGovern & Associates will be led by McGovern as CEO; former owner and president Larry Grimes, whose father Walter founded the firm in 1959, will transition to chairman and advisor.“I could not be more excited about having a long-standing member of our team take the company reins,” said Grimes in a statement. “John has been an industry trailblazer, always at the cutting edge of new technologies. As the media industry continues to evolve there is no doubt the new company will remain an industry leader.”The firm, which says it’s sold more than 1,600 media and event businesses over its six-decade history, primarily specializes in buy- and sell-side advisory work for newspapers, media and information services businesses, and conferences and trade shows. A separate sports division, which was not a part of the sale, will evidently remain under Grimes’ ownership.“We look forward to continuing to serve our clients and to innovate and grow in the areas of media and newspapers, as well as the emerging events and information services sectors, with renewed focus on international buy-side and sell-side work,” added McGovern. Concurrent with the ownership change, former senior associate Julie Bergman was promoted to VP of the firm’s newspaper group.Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move…SANDOW has tapped Elle beauty and fitness director Emily Dougherty to be the next editor-in-chief of NewBeauty. Dougherty had spent the last 16 years with Elle, and the last 14 running the magazine’s beauty section alongside long-time editor-in-chief Robbie Myers, who stepped down at the end of 2017.The announcement comes about a week after NewBeauty named Architectural Digest associate publisher Susan Keena its new head of sales and strategic partnerships. Both Keena and Dougherty will report to the NewBeauty president Agnes Chapski, who was appointed to that role last September after a long tenure at Condé Nast as publisher of Allure.Harper’s Bazaar has hired Deborah Needleman as editor-at-large, in which capacity she’ll contribute story ideas and report directly to editor-in-chief Glenda Bailey. Needleman most recently spent four years as editor-in-chief of T: The New York Times Style Magazine, before departing late in 2016. She came to T from The Wall Street Journal, where she served as editor of the monthly WSJ. Magazine as well as the newspaper’s Saturday “Off Duty” section. Prior to that, Needleman was the founding editor of domino magazine, then part of Condé Nast.Nancy Cooper has joined Food Network Magazine as executive account director. Cooper joins from luxury home goods retailer Dering Hall, where she served as VP of partnerships and digital strategy. Prior to that, Cooper spent time at Condé Nast as executive fashion and luxury director for Glamour and Self.Atlantic Media has hired Alex Treadway as associate publisher of Route Fifty, an offshoot of the company’s Government Executive Media Group that focuses on state and local government. Treadway joins from The Daily Caller, which he helped launch in 2010 alongside co-founders Tucker Carlson and Neil Patel, and where he most recently served as chief revenue officer. In between, Treadway spent two years at The Washington Post as VP of leadership sales. He also spent ten years with Atlantic Media from 1999 to 2009, in the National Journal group.them, Condé Nast’s recently-launched LGBTQ platform, announced a series of hires and promotions:Senior editor Meredith Talusan has been promoted to executive editor, reporting to chief content officer Phillip Picardi.Associate editor Tyler Ford has been bumped up to editor.Vice‘s LGBTQ editor, Tyler Trykowski, has joined them as senior editor.Community manager Michael Cuby has been appointed editor-at-large, in which capacity he’ll contribute ongoing features and lead special projects.Buzzfeed social media fellow Aamina Khan has been tapped to succeed Cuby as community manager.Tim Peterson has joined Digiday as a senior media reporter. He arrives from Third Door Media, where he spent the last two years as a reporter for Marketing Land.From the job board…Ad Age seeks a full-time deputy creativity editor, responsible for pitching and writing stories for the magazine’s print and online coverage of advertising creative, among other duties. Five-plus years of “progressive journalism experience” desired.See this and other current openings at careers.foliomag.com.last_img read more

Chris Cornells Children Discuss Their Fathers Musical Legacy It Was His Passion

first_img Facebook Chris Cornell’s Children Discuss His Legacy chris-cornells-children-discuss-their-fathers-musical-legacy-it-was-his-passion News Twitter Chris Cornell’s Children Discuss Their Father’s Musical Legacy: “It Was His Passion” NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 13, 2019 – 4:16 pm Toni & Christopher Cornell | 2019 GRAMMYs center_img Backstage at the 2019 GRAMMY Awards, Chris Cornell’s daughter Toni and son Christopher talk about their father’s posthumous GRAMMY win and his role as a fatherNate HertweckGRAMMYs Feb 13, 2019 – 5:57 pm In perhaps the most bittersweet moment of the 61st GRAMMY Awards, late rock icon Chris Cornell won Best Rock Performance posthumously for his captivating song “When Bad Does Good.” Cornell’s family was in attendance, and his daughter Toni and son Christopher accepted the award on his behalf.  Email “I never thought we would be standing here without my dad,” Christopher said during their acceptance speech at the GRAMMY Premiere Ceremony. “I’m sure he would be proud and honored. He was a rock icon, the Godfather of grunge and a creator of a movement. While he touched the hearts of millions, the most important thing he is known for, for us, is for being the greatest father and our hero.””His voice was his vision and his music was his peace,” Toni added, before thanking her mother, Vicky, who compiled the four-disc retrospective box-set containing “When Bad Does Good.” “Thank you to our mom — his love, his muse and his savior who continues to carry out our father’s legacy … this is for you, daddy.”Backstage at the 61st GRAMMYs, our own one-on-one interview host Ted Stryker got the chance to speak with Toni and Christopher after their father’s GRAMMY win. Stryker, who had spoken with Chris Cornell many times in the past, asked Toni and Christopher how it felt to accept the award on their father’s behalf. “He was always working so hard. It was his passion,” Toni told Stryker backstage. “To see him win is so rewarding but at the same time, I wish he was here.”While Cornell’s incredible legacy as a songwriter, vocalist and musician looms large, his children also offered insight on his role as a father. “He was always there,” Toni continued. “There was never a time he wasn’t there. Even when he was on tour, we would always speak to him. He was just so hands-on, and he always made sure we were okay, that we were safe, and of course with our mom involved, too. He was such an involved father, and I think that’s the worst part about everything that’s happened.”Cornell passed away on May 17, 2017. Just last month, the star-studded tribute concert I Am The Highway was held in Los Angeles featuring performances by Fiona Apple, Brandi Carlile, Miley Cyrus, Foo Fighters, Josh Homme, Adam Levine, Ziggy Marley, Metallica, Miguel, and Chris Stapleton.Cornell has 16 total career GRAMMY nominations and his posthumous win at this year’s GRAMMY marked the third of his illustrious career, the first two coming at the 37th GRAMMY Awards for 1994 when Soundgarden took home Best Hard Rock Performance for “Black Hole Sun” and Best Metal Performance for “Spoonman.” 2019 GRAMMY Awards: Complete Nominees And Winners List Read morelast_img read more

POLICE LOG for November 14 Police Issued 2 Summonses Grandmother Grandkids Trapped

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Wednesday, November 14, 2018:DPW reported a resident on Faulkner Avenue was pumping water into the street, causing ice buildup in the road. Police spoke with the homeowner, who agreed to reroute water flow of his sump pump. (6:17am)Paul J. Neulist (32, Tewksbury) was issued a summons for Unlicensed Operation A Motor Vehicle. (6:42am)A motorist struck a deer on Shawsheen Avenue. Deer ran off. (9:11am)Police and Fire helped grandmother and 2 grandchildren who were locked in a shed. Wind blew door shut and they were trapped. (12:37pm)A Burlington Avenue resident wanted it logged than Amazon truck driver drove over her lawn last night, causing damage to the landscape. (3:21pm)Corey R. Tomblin (28, Lowell) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Revoked Registration; Uninsured Motor Vehicle; No Or Expired inspection Sticker; Number Plate Violation; Motor Vehicle Lights Violation; and Unlicensed Operation A Motor Vehicle. (5:01pm)A blak sedan broke down on the Butters Row Bridge. Vehicle towed. (5:36pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 12: 2 Drivers Issued Summonses; Drone FoundIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 9: Police Issue 2 Summonses To Drivers; Windows Kicked In At BusinessIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 5: Driver Throws Beer Bottles; Syringe Found; Woburn Man Issued Summons; Texting While DrivingIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Tim Cook says keep Apple out of tech breakup talk

first_img Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Post a comment 19 Photos Tim Cook Apple Tim Cook says Apple isn’t a monopoly. CNBC Apple CEO Tim Cook says he’s tired of the perception that all tech companies are cut from the same cloth, especially from vocal figures in Washington who have called for his company to be broken up.”I’m frustrated that tech is painted as monolithic. Tech is not monolithic,” Cook said Monday during an interview with CNBC, comparing the idea to the notion that all restaurants are alike. The suggestion that tech giants need to be broken up was floated by Sen. Elizabeth Warren in March. The Democratic presidential candidate said tech companies such as Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook have too much influence over our lives and would like to see them broken up.In Apple’s case, Warren says Apple’s App Store gives the company too much of a competitive advantage.”Apple, you’ve got to break it apart from their App Store. It’s got to be one or the other,” Warren said. “Either they run the platform or they play in the store.”Cook, unsurprisingly, doesn’t see things the way Warren does.”I don’t think anybody would call us a monopoly,” Cook said. “We’re geographically in the same location as a lot of tech companies, and that is about the extent of the commonality.”Warren sees tech companies gaining too much power over the economy, society and democracy. She’s also suggested passing laws that prevent large e-commerce platforms (with global annual revenue of $25 billion or more) from owning both the platform and any sellers on it.”They’ve bulldozed competition, used our private information for profit, and tilted the playing field against everyone else,” she wrote in a blog post about the tech titans. “And in the process, they have hurt small businesses and stifled innovation.”During his CNBC interview, Cook also sought to distance his company from the waves of data privacy scandals that have flowed through the tech community. “We don’t traffic in your data,” he said, defending how the company curates its platform. “We’ve always curated … we don’t get wrapped up in a pretzel about saying, ‘No, that doesn’t go on our platform, no that app doesn’t work, and therefore it’s not going in the App Store,'” he said. “I know that that has opened us for criticism.”But it’s a part of being a shop owner or whatever. If you own the shop on the corner, you decide what goes in your store.” 18 Apple products that changed the world Tags Apple Tech Industry Politics Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Share your voice • 0 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors reading • Tim Cook says keep Apple out of tech breakup talk Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it See Alllast_img read more

Fortnite season 10 Turbo Building changes and It Chapter 2 crossover leak

first_imgFortnite season 10 is already full of surprises.  Epic Games Fortnite season 10, aka season X, is live. The new season doesn’t yet have any of the sweeping changes found in previous seasons, but it looks as though the island will be in a state of flux until the start of season 11, which could be sometime in October. What’s new?Epic made a short post Tuesday regarding changes to Turbo Building. The developer says some players with low pings had a slight advantage with building, so they added a slight delay of 0.15 seconds, up from the original 0.05 seconds, to even things out. Added last year to Fortnite, Turbo Building allowed players to hold down the respective build button to create a structure in whichever direction they were pointing rather than having to press a button each time. It’s an important part of advanced strategies so many players immediately complained about the changes, including pro gamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, who says they “nerf building.” Tags The Fiends are only found in Retail Row and can drop loot when destroyed. Players entering the area will receive full shields but will have to be aware of the Fiends as well as of other players. Also included in the v10.10 update is a change to the Brute, the new mech added in season 10 that many players take umbrage at. As previously stated by Epic, the robot will have a targeting laser added to help other players recognize when they’re in danger. There were also several changes of when and how often the Brute spawns. The mechs will spawn more often earlier in the match and as the storm circle closes in, the chances for a Brute to appear will decrease. Epic added a new throwable called the Junk Rift in the Aug. 20 v10.10 content update. The trailer for the item depicts it as a new tool to take down a Brute.  A few hours late, but the Rift Beacon in Mega Mall has now been activated! pic.twitter.com/PcF0wyRgNi— s1l0x (@s1l0x) August 11, 2019 Nobody:Not a single person:Like literally nobody ever:Not even the aliens in Area 51:Fortnite: Lets nerf 90s— Ninja (@Ninja) August 27, 2019 3 Update v10.10 made another big change to the island as Mega Mall is gone and Retail Row is back, but with a twist. The new patch went live on Aug. 14 with the older location coming back, and inside the dome surrounding the spots are zombie-like creatures called Fiends.  Comments FIRST, PENNYWISE SOUND FILES NOW A FILE CALLED CREEPY BALLOON!!?? IT’S 100% a CROSSOVER!! pic.twitter.com/plC8Y5vk3D— HYPEX – Fortnite Leaks & News (@HYPEX) August 27, 2019 A Rift Beacon appears in Dusty Depot, but it’s the one in Mega Mall that became active on Monday, Aug. 12. This means the spot may get thrown into a time warp with the next update.  Retail Row has returned but there are some unexpected guests returning with it.Grab your squad and take on the fiends now! pic.twitter.com/BZMR5ABsgz— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) August 14, 2019 On Aug. 5, players saw something in the Neo Tilted area. A Rift Beacon was activated, creating a rift above the location.  In Tilted Town, there are a select amount of weapons unvaulted by Epic that fit with the Old West setting. The weapons are the Double Barrel Shotgun, Six Shooter, Hunting Rifle and Infantry Rifle.Epic also released a new weapon in the same update. The Automated Sniper Rifle lets players shoot four rounds per second and bullets travel faster than other rifles. fortnite automated sniper rifleThe new Automated Sniper Rifle. Epic Games Fortnite players saw on Aug. 9 that a new Rift Beacon is being built in Dusty Depot. This means the location that just returned at the start of season 10 may change in the coming days just like Tilted Town.  Now playing: Watch this: Aug. 6 marked the first big change to the island since the beginning of Fortnite season 10. Neo Tilted went back in time and is now called Tilted Town. The area has an Old West motif and its own special rules: “no buildin’, no breakin.'” The Rift Beacon at Neo Tilted is now opening a rift #Fortnite pic.twitter.com/02zRdCOBhD— Fortnite News | LootLake.net (@LootLakeBR) August 5, 2019 Gaming First discovered by data miners at the start of the season, Tilted Town is its own unique space on the island. Players who run into the dome surrounding the location will have their attire changed to something out of Red Dead Redemption, and they are unable to build any structures or harvest any materials. Or can they?One Twitter user found a way to enter Tilted Town with the ability to build. He does so by creating a platform right above the outskirts of the town. Once there, he edits a platform he’s standing on that lets him drop in without changing his attire and still have access to building structures.  56 Photos Share your voicecenter_img The Junk Rift creates a rift above where it makes contact, and several objects will fall to the ground. That junk does big damage to anything directly under it and also deals splash damage to other players nearby. Tuesday’s update also saw another change to the map, as the Rec Center located to the west of Neo Tilted is no more. A rift beacon explosion destroyed the area instead of transforming it like Tilted Town and Retail Row. Left behind are a few chests and some Glitched Consumables. These are items used to gain health, shields or another ability such as the Hop Rocks from season 5 that made players jump higher once consumed. Glitched consumablesA circle of glitched consumables found in the Rec Center rubble.  Epic Games The consumables will randomly switch between apples, coconuts, mushrooms, peppers and the previously mentioned Hop Rocks. Shadow Stones were initially among the items available, but Epic tweeted Tuesday that they were removed because of an undisclosed issue. The latest update for Fortnite is all about a new crossover. This time it’s with the upcoming Borderlands 3 video game. The crossover will give players a taste of the Borderlands series by bringing Pandora to Paradise Palms. He is somewhere on the island…. pic.twitter.com/m0uXvhOvaY— FortTory – Fortnite Leaks & News (@FortTory) August 1, 2019 6:20 Neo Tilted will slowly change to a Wild West kinda look! pic.twitter.com/NDSI0JiHON— FortTory – Fortnite Leaks & News (@FortTory) August 1, 2019 This is how Tilted Town will look like.remember! This is without the new buildings, im currently trying to leak them ingame! pic.twitter.com/17DdllaxUc— FortTory – Fortnite Leaks & News (@FortTory) August 2, 2019 The Rift Beacon Is Being Built At Dusty Depot!#Fortnite📷: @Guille_GAG pic.twitter.com/ebHOQwjJRp— Fortnite Leaks And Info (@FNLeaksAndInfo) August 9, 2019 The Fortnite map for season 10 didn’t change, which is unusual for the start of a new season. In the v10.0 patch notes, Epic said Rift Zones will make locations from the past reappear. One data miner found assets in the update that show Neo Tilted may change to an Old West theme called Tilted Town.  How to build inside new tilted pic.twitter.com/Kkm8PevVJy— Javas (@JavasFN) August 6, 2019 Nothing has happened yet, but rifts could be part of the season 10 storyline. Data miners already discovered a new version of Neo Tilted called Tilted Town, which could change due to the rift.  Players can now visit the Pandora Rift Zone to see the new Borderlands theme. While in the zone, shields will regenerate automatically if a player doesn’t take any damage for a certain amount of time. There’s also a Psycho skin and Claptrap back bling available for purchase. Epic also added Welcome to Pandora challenges that will reward players with Borderlands-themed content. The Borderlands 3 crossover event lasts until Sept. 10, which is just a few days before the game’s release on Sept. 13. The v10.20 update, out on Aug. 27, also includes a new throwable, the Shield Bubble. Throwing one will create a large bubble that blocks projectiles and explosives for 30 seconds. Players can run through it and destroy the bubble’s emitter causing it to deactivate. Fortnite Shield BubbleProtect yourself and others with the Shield Bubble. Epic Games Fortnite is available on PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC, and Android and iOS devices. The gaming experience isn’t complete without a good chair Originally published on July 28.This story has been updated regularly throughout season 10 to add the latest weapons, Easter eggs and events. Following the backlash, Epic reverted the Turbo Building changes, according to a blog post on Wednesday. The delay was removed, but as mentioned in the original post, there will be a 0.15 seconds time whenever a structure is destroyed before another can be rebuilt. Also on Tuesday, a Fortnite data miner discovered a possible upcoming crossover with the film It: Chapter 2. In the last update, there were assets related to the movie like a ballon called simply “Creepy Balloon” and an audio file that could be from Pennywise.  As teased by Epic during the Fortnite World Cup, Dusty Depot is now back on the island. There was also one addition to the map, although it’s above the island and not on it. The meteor from the season 3-ending event that destroyed Dusty Depot is in stasis above the impact point. fortnite season 10 mapThe map for Fortnite season 10. Epic Games Players can actually enter the meteor to find items and the capsule that contained the Visitor who was responsible for the rocket launch event in season 4 that began this whole time crisis.  How Fortnite, AR and YouTube influence toys The film is set for release on Sept. 6, which means this event could happen with the next update on Sept. 3. Epic might also launch the date of release like it did with the Stranger Things crossover. Season 10 rundownThe biggest change in Fortnite season 10 is a two-player mech called the Brute. The robot acts as a vehicle, with one player controlling its movement while the other can use its weapons, which include a shotgun and a missile launcher. Players can also use the mech’s Overshield ability, which will consume 200 materials of any type. Fortnite players took to the game’s subreddit to complain that the new mech is overpowered. Several threads included memes of how ridiculously powerful the Brute is. One thread has a fake tweet from Epic saying it’ll make changes to the mech to make it more balanced. One user posted a video of himself winning a match with the Brute, saying he didn’t deserve the Victory Royale. Even Fortnite World Cup champion Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf had trouble with the mech. After numerous complaints from players, Epic nerfed the Brute on Aug. 22. Now the mech will fire fewer rockets, move slower and there’s a chance that a Brute won’t spawn at all during a match.   pic.twitter.com/P8ow3YjTQm— FortTory – Fortnite Leaks & News (@FortTory) August 5, 2019 Fortnite Nintendolast_img read more

BSF extracts Bangladeshi mans finger nails

first_imgUnfortunately cruelty also has its various forms. Members of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) have showed that when they tortured a Bangladeshi youth by removing the nails of his fingers along the Patari border early Saturday.The victim is Azim Uddin, 20, son of Kabir Uddin of Tulsidanga village in Sapahar upazila.Locals said Azim went to India along with some other cattle traders on Friday night to bring cattle.BSF men from Rangamati camp under Bamankhola district chased them while they were returning home along with cattle, said commanding officer of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Battalion-16 Lt Col Tuhin Mohammad Masud.The border force caught Azim and took him to their camp, he said.The BSF members tortured him inhumanly and extracted the nails from all the fingers of the youth, the BGB official added.As Azim fell unconscious following the torture, they left him at the Zero Point of the Purnavora river.  Around 5:00am, a patrol team of the BGB battalion spotted unconscious Azim and took him to Upazila Health Complex, said Masud.last_img read more