England Women seek Ashes revenge after 2015 pain, says Katherine Brunt

first_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Australia’s Ashes hopes dealt blow with Meg Lanning ruled out through injury Read more features Topics Women’s cricket Since 2013, the women’s Ashes has been a multi-format series to allow a combination of the excitement of ODI and T20 cricket and the traditional Test match. This winter they will play three ODIs, one Test – a day-nighter at North Sydney Oval – and three T20s. Teams will earn four points for a win or two for a draw in the Test, and two points for a win in the limited-overs matches.Brunt, a traditionalist at heart, would prefer a Test series – “that would be an awesome thing to be a part of” – but accepts the schedule makes use of the draw of limited-overs cricket to bring fans through the gates and money in the pocket. Familiarity among foes is the norm in the international game, with many of the players squaring off against KSL of women’s Big Bash League. It has never diluted the competitiveness, but 2017 will see Ashes debutants in both dressing rooms forging their own, fresh rivalries.“Sometimes, the more the experience you have in a squad, the more the angst,” says Brunt. “You’ve been playing these battles for much longer. With more younger players in your team, there’s not as much because they don’t have history with the opposition. This time around, because we have more fresh faces, it’ll be new battles for both teams.”Preparation, led by the head coach, Mark Robinson, has been meticulous. An inter-squad three-day match was arranged at Chelmsford, simulating the day-night conditions that they will encounter in Sydney, with the pink ball and 2pm starts. “Even when we were moaning about playing at night [in Chelmsford], when it was freezing and conditions are dodgy – this, that and the other – you have to realise how good the preparation is for you. It allowed everyone to pick-up the rhythm [of the match] and work out what’s best for them. It was brilliant. You’ve got to deal with what’s thrown at you and I like to think that we’re always thrown more challenges than our opposition.”As with all day-night Tests so far, a pink ball will be used. Being in Australia, it will be a Kookaburra. Brunt isn’t a fan: “I’m old school, I like the red ball. And I’ve always been really jealous of the Tiflex or the Duke ball. They swing, they reverse-swing, they nip – they do everything you could ask for. It becomes the ultimate test. But with the Kookaburra, it doesn’t create the same conditions as what you’d normally find in a Test match. It’s easier to face because it doesn’t swing as much and it’s hard to get it to reverse. It’s not my cup of tea, but it’s a challenge we’ll have to take on.”Brunt has pegged 2017 as her last World Cup, but what of future tours to Australia. “At the last one, I said this one would be my last if I got here. Now that I’m here, I’m thinking more year-by-year. Short-term, I’m looking at the 2018 World T20 as my next big series. Then again, I do love beating the Aussies.” Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian England women’s cricket team Share on LinkedIn The Observercenter_img Reuse this content “I’d say that’s around the right number. I’ve had a fair few, haven’t I?” Katherine Brunt, heart on her sleeve, fire in her veins, 32 years young, is preparing for her seventh Ashes series. Last week, she was named in England’s party of 15 to head to Australia to do as they did in 2013 – leave victorious. Cricket Clare Connor says cricket must seize initiative after World Cup success Share on Facebook Share via Email Share on Pinterest Read more Share on Messenger With Brunt, England have a veteran quick who raises her game for the traditional enemy. Her first series in 2005 ended in victory. So did 2013 and 2014. England’s new verve and a Meg Lanning-less Australia gives the tourists a strong chance off adding 2017 to Brunt’s honour roll.Australia hold the Ashes, reclaiming the trophy in 2015, a result that stung England, who were criticised in defeat for negative cricket, specifically in the one-off Test at Canterbury. A number of players were shaken by the experience.Despite winning the most competitive Women’s World Cup in the summer, Brunt will travel to Australia with the disappointment of two years ago driving her on. “We want revenge for losing. Just as they’ll want revenge thinking they should have won the World Cup.“Even though we’re coming back off a successful World Cup, I’m reflecting more on the last Ashes series. That felt like …” – she pauses as clarity makes way for frustration. “I mean to lose by virtually nothing!”The last meeting between the sides came in the group stage of the World Cup, when England beat the defending champions by three runs at Bristol. The support there and throughout the tournament helped carry the hosts to their fourth title. Cricket Australia are looking to recreate similar groundswells around the four venues for the upcoming series.Scheduling rarely does cricket or cricketers many favours, but the women’s game in England stumbled upon a run of competitions that brought it a wider audience.A home World Cup won in thrilling fashion at a packed Lord’s with a huge increase in the global television audience was followed by the Kia Women’s Super League. The domestic Twenty20 competition enjoyed an increase in standard and attendance in its second season: average attendances up by 33% to 1,379 and 3,413 turning out for Finals Day at Hove (the largest crowd for a domestic women’s match in this country). “We haven’t had much downtime, but I reckon it [the Ashes] has come around at the perfect time. When the interest in women’s cricket is at its highest,” says Brunt. Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Liverpool options to replace calamitous Karius

first_imgTransfers Liverpool goalkeeper targets: Donnarumma, Alisson & 10 options who can replace calamitous Karius Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 15:00 5/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(12) Gianluigi Donnarumma AC Milan Getty Images Transfers Liverpool Milan Roma Atlético Madrid Stoke City Juventus PSG Toulouse Wolfsburg Leicester City Burnley Serie A Bundesliga Ligue 1 Primera División Premier League The Reds saw their German custodian endure a nightmare evening in the Champions League final, with Jurgen Klopp now expected to dip into the marketlast_img read more

NHL linesmans lawsuit against Flames defenceman to be handled by league Judge

first_imgCALGARY – A lawsuit by NHL linesman Don Henderson against former Calgary Flames defenceman Dennis Wideman has been set aside by a judge to be handled by an arbitrator within the league.The $10.25 million lawsuit was filed by Henderson after he was hit from behind during a game against the Nashville Predators.In his statement of claim, Henderson says he suffered a concussion and injuries to his neck, back, shoulder and knee, with the neck injury requiring surgery.Henderson also claims he suffered shock, anxiety, depression, headaches and permanent and partial disability.The statement of claim contains allegations that have not been proven in court.The lawsuit was set aside by Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Willie DeWit, a former Olympic boxer.Henderson was hurt during the second period of Calgary’s 2-1 loss to Nashville on Jan. 27, 2016.Wideman was checked hard into the boards by Predators winger Miikka Salomak. He banged his stick on the ice en route to the players’ benches and is alleged to have shoved his stick into Henderson’s back in front of the Predators’ bench.Henderson went down, but got to his feet and finished the game.“I would never intentionally try to hit a linesman or a ref or anything like that,” Wideman said following the game.But the statement of claim says “Wideman intentionally and deliberately struck Don Henderson.”As the result of his injuries, Henderson said he’s been unable to work any NHL games since then.The NHL suspended Wideman for 20 games, which was later reduced to 10 games by an arbitrator, although Wideman had already served 19.Wideman’s contract expired last season. (CTV Calgary)last_img read more

Bringing an end to sex discrimination

first_imgAPTN InFocus In this episode we put Bill S-3 In Focus.That’s the legislation currently in front of the Senate that, if passed, will end sex discrimination in the Indian Act.Its aim is to restore full legal status to First Nations women and their children who were not eligible before.When that happens, thousands of people will become eligible for Treaty status.Reporter Todd Lamirande gave us an explanation as to what it means right now, and where the bill still has to go.And Jeannette Corbiere-Lavell came in studio to talk about the very first court case she launched challenging sex discrimination in the Act 47 years ago.Chief Rick O’Bomsawin of Odanak at the Akamaki First Nation in Quebec weighed in on the current court cases.And Donna Partridge joined us from Big Island Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan to talk about her struggles in getting her status.It’s a discussion not going away anytime soon, and it’s a discussion worthy of continuing.Subscribe to the APTN InFocus podcast below:last_img read more

No consensus among Tamil parties

The Tamil political parties which were involved in formulating a draft political solution for the Tamil issue have failed to reach a consensus.A committee comprising Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP M. A. Sumanthiran, Tamil National People’s Front leader Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, senior lawyer Puvindran and law faculty lecturer Kumara Guruparan, had been formed last weekend to formulate the draft proposal. The Tamil parties will meet again on June 8, in Vavuniya for further discussions on Tamil issues. Sumanthiran said that the TNA position has always been to find a solution to the Tamil issue and not run away from it.He noted that the TNA had contested the elections in the East for that reason and performed well and will do the same in the North as well.The committee has two weeks to formulate the draft proposals on a basic solution for the Tamils. Report by Easwaran Rutnam However Ponnambalam had asked the TNA not to contest the elections in the Northern Provincial Council and instead be represented by a proxy independent group.“We did not see the logic on this request as it had nothing to do with the political solution we are drafting. So I did not agree to that,” Sumanthiran said. Sumanthiran had put forward some proposals for the draft which was accepted by Ponnambalam and the others in the committee. However Sumanthiran said that the committee had failed to reach a consensus after Ponnambalam had put forward a pre-condition. read more

UN officials condemn detention of health workers in Sudan

While the 14 health workers participating in the UN’s anti-polio drive were released following their arrest last month by members of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), three suffered assault, and all had their vaccination equipment and personal belongings looted, according to a joint statement released by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO).”Threats to the security of humanitarian personnel are always of grave concern and the detention of health workers cannot be condoned under any circumstances,” said Kenzo Oshima, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator and head of OCHA. Echoing this view, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy called on all parties “to respect and fulfil the commitments they have made to help create a polio-free world for our children.” The Sudan is only one of 10 countries where polio remains endemic, said WHO Director-General Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland. “The world can only be certified polio-free once transmission of wild poliovirus ends everywhere,” she stressed. “For that to happen, all children under five must be vaccinated.”While last month’s vaccination campaign in the Sudan aimed to reach all of the country’s children, the detention of health workers, coupled with an impasse among the warring parties over access to the Nuba Mountains and the Blue Nile state, disrupted the campaign, the agencies said. read more

Murder of Somali activist undermines peace prospects says UN

“Mr. Yahya had devoted many years to foster peace and reconciliation in his country and was widely respected by his countrymen and by many in the international community,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a statement issued by his spokesman, calling the attack a brutal murder.”The Secretary-General condemns such acts of violence that continue to undermine the prospects for peace and reconciliation in Somalia,” the statement added.The UN office in Somalia condemned the “the brutal assassination” as undermining the prospects of stabilization in Somalia, especially in Mogadishu, the Somali capital where Mr. Yahya was murdered.”This attack on a helpless lover of peace is of concern to all well-meaning people who have known Abdulkadir Yahya,” the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS) said in a statement issued on behalf of Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for the country, François Lonseny Fall. read more

Ahead of Sierra Leone elections UN Peacebuilding Commission pledges continued support

“The Peacebuilding Commission emphasizes that the primary responsibility for the conduct of fair, free, credible and transparent elections rests with the people of Sierra Leone, their government, electoral management bodies, and political parties,” said a statement by the Commission’s Sierra Leone section – known formally as the Sierra Leone Configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission.It also noted that the international community views the Saturday elections as a “significant milestone in the country’s peace consolidation efforts,” adding that global onlookers have “high expectations that they will be conducted in a peaceful, transparent, and credible manner, thereby serving as an example for the region and beyond.”Sierra Leone is scheduled to hold four elections – presidential, parliamentary, local council and mayoral – in what is viewed as an important step for a country that is rebuilding after a civil war that ended in 2002.Sierra Leone is one of the six countries on the agenda of the overall Peacebuilding Commission, itself an intergovernmental advisory body that supports peace efforts in countries emerging from conflict, and considered to be a key addition to the ability of the international community in the broad peace agenda.While the Commission’s ‘central’ body, called the Organizational Committee, comprises 31 member countries, each of the country-specific Configurations include other participants, such as neighbouring countries, regional organizations, multilateral organizations, financial institutions and representatives of civil society.On Sierra Leone, the Configuration’s statement said the Commission “strongly believes that the political parties have a serious responsibility to safeguard the progress made since the end of the civil war, and to contribute their part to the successful conduct of the forthcoming elections.”It added that it welcomed the signing by various registered political parties, national institutions and other national stakeholders of the 18 May 2012 Declaration, which the Configuration said “outlines clear principles for political competition (and) encourages the political parties to fully respect those principles.” The Configuration highlighted the “relatively calm” election campaign to date, as it also commended the “important role” non-State organizations were playing in “ensuring fair and transparent elections, free of violence.”It said all “national stakeholders” – but especially the country’s political parties – should “continue making use of existing mechanisms for dialogue and dispute resolution” so that political differences can be resolved, and violence can be averted.“In that respect, the role of the Electoral Offences Court will be vital for resolution of electoral related complaints and timely acceptance of the results,” the statement said.The Configuration said that an “increasingly pivotal role” in the coming weeks would be played by the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC), which Sierra Leone created in 2002 to register political parties and to ensure that their conduct conforms to the country’s Constitution.The Configuration added that the PPRC had “already demonstrated its ability to promote inter-party dialogue, manage political tensions, and ensure adherence to the political party code (of) conduct,” as it called on all political parties to “continue their cooperation” with the body.The Configuration also praised Sierra Leone’s biometric voter registration process, saying it had “helped to enhance the transparency and credibility of the elections.” According to the Configuration, use of biometric technology will “greatly facilitate the conduct of future elections.”“The National Electoral Commission and its international partners should be commended for their outstanding work in this respect and should continue to ensure that voters and political parties are kept well informed of the ongoing electoral process,” the Configuration said.Established in 2006, the Peacebuilding Commission plays a key role in bringing together donors, troop contributing countries and other relevant actors. It also marshals resources and helps launch integrated strategies for post-conflict peacebuilding and recovery. read more

Womens Gymnastics Ohio State wins quad meet against Rutgers West Chester and

Ohio State freshman Morgan Lowe performs on balance beam on Jan. 27 in a tri-meet against Minnesota and Illinois State. Credit: Megan Russell | Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State women’s gymnastics team (5-3, 2-2) claimed its second victory of the season in a quad meet at Rutgers on Saturday. The Buckeyes posted their second-highest final score of the season (195.850) to defeat Rutgers (194.800), West Chester (191.600) and Wisconsin-Whitewater (191.275).Ohio State took first place on uneven parallel bars, the first event of the night, with a mark of 48.875. On her second performance of the season, Ohio State senior Kaitlyn Hofland posted a 9.825 to take the top slot, followed by teammates redshirt sophomore Amanda Huang and senior Alexis Mattern, who both tied for second with scores of 9.800.The Buckeyes then claimed first on the balance beam with a 48.800. They held just a 0.025 lead against Rutgers in the event. Junior Jamie Stone led Ohio State with a career-high mark of 9.825 to earn second place. Freshman Morgan Lowe took third place in a three-way tie of 9.800 with Rutgers’ Erin McLachlan and Libby Groden. In its third rotation on floor exercise, Ohio State claimed its highest event score of the night with a 49.000. Stone led the team again, pulling a 9.875 to earn first in the event. Freshman Brooke Chesney earned a career-best 9.800 tally to tie for third place with Mattern.The Buckeyes finished the night with another season-high score of 49.175 on vault and swept the top spots on the podium. Lowe earned another career high with a 9.875 to tie for first place with Mattern. Sophomore Olivia Aepli earned a 9.850 to share third with Rutgers’ Jenna Rizkalla. Ohio State took home the gold with a 195.850 score, but not before Mattern gained another title. She placed first in the all-around competition with a 39.150 finish, her first personal win of the season. Ohio State returns home in St. John Arena for a co-ed meet against Penn State at 6 p.m. Friday. read more

BHP Billiton buys bauxite in Guinea

first_imgBHP Billiton has acquired a 33.3% interest in Global Alumina’s Sangaredi refinery project in Guinea, for $140 million. The project comprises the design, construction and operation of a 3 Mt/y alumina refinery, 9 Mt/y bauxite mine, and associated infrastructure. A mining concession covering 690km² has been secured and a mineral resource of 233 Mt of bauxite (at 39% available alumina and 1% reactive silica) has been reported. This is considered sufficient to support the development, but further exploration work is underway to increase the resource size. The proposed refinery site is approximately 100km inland from Kamsar and has the benefit of access to rail infrastructure linking it to the Port of Kamsar, where dedicated facilities are already under construction. Graeme Hunt, President Aluminium for BHP Billiton: “This project provides the partners with access to a long life, low cost, world class resource base. In view of BHP Billiton’s other exploration interests in Guinea, this project also offers us valuable experience of operating in this first tier minerals province.”As part of the agreement, BHP Billiton will appoint the CEO and CFO of the Joint Venture Company (JVC) and will enter into a services agreement with the JVC for the development, construction and operation of the project, which will be operated in accordance with BHP Billiton standards.Global Alumina will now hold a 33.3% equity interest in the Sangaredi project, Dubai Aluminium a 25% interest and Mubadala Development 8.3%last_img read more

Montpellier wins French Cup

Montpellier won their 8th league cup in their history, after beating Chambery on Saturday with 28:27. The expectations became truth but with lots of effort, Montpellier was leading for most of the game, Chambery was close and sometimes even tied the game making it 13:13 and later 20:20, and after that Montpellier was with firm lead until the end of the game. ← Previous Story WCh in Brasil 2011: France and Croatia keep Olympic dream alive Next Story → Over 1000 votes for the World’s Best Player 2011: Gensheimer leads, Danes follow! read more

Googles new Helpouts let you make money while you Hangout

first_imgHaving a video chat with five or six friends is pretty cool, but earning money from a Google Hangout? That’s awesome, and now you can do it with Helpouts.Helpouts is yet another way for Google to provide web users that are in need of help with assistance — because, yes, there are times when watching a YouTube video or seven and scrolling through pages of search results just doesn’t yield the solution to your problems.Helpouts lets anyone (for now, anyone with an invite code) set up shop online. Payments are made using Google Wallet, and Google will take a 20% cut.There are, of course, restrictions on the types of services you can provide. Things like private cooking lessons, language coaching, and bike repair? All fine. Private sex shows and one-on-one gambling? Not so much.“Dangerous” content is also not allowed, so you probably can’t use Helpouts to teach people how to construct a full-size tiger pit in their backyard, either.Clues about the arrival of Helpouts first surfaced last month, and it looks like Google has big plans for the service. Helpouts aren’t just about letting people like you or me walk someone through upgrading the RAM on their laptop. Google has corporate aspirations as well.Big companies that want a new way to reach out to customers may want to get in on the action, too. Leaked screenshots revealed a slew of Helpouts connected to a Sears Blue Crew account that helps shoppers get acquainted with their new appliances.Once it’s deemed ready for the general public, Helpouts will let users browse offerings by category or search for them — just like you would apps in Google Play or extensions in the Chrome Web Store.If you’re interested in getting an early look, just head on over to Helpouts and request an invite code.last_img read more

Travel around Dublin city centre More traffic changes for Luas works

first_img Oct 27th 2016, 9:32 PM Travel around Dublin city centre? More traffic changes for Luas works The right turn from O’Connell Street to Cathal Brugha Street will close permanently. 14,669 Views https://jrnl.ie/3050690 Image: O’Connell Street Upper via Google Maps Thursday 27 Oct 2016, 9:32 PM Source: An Garda Síochána/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URLcenter_img Image: O’Connell Street Upper via Google Maps 9 Comments The alternative route to the area for general traffic is via Parnell Square, Gardiner Row, Great Denmark Street and Hill Street. This is shown on the map below. Source: Click here for a larger image of the mapBuses, taxis and cyclists may access the area via Parnell Square and O’Connell Street, turning left into Cathal Brugha Street from the O’Connell Street southbound carriageway.It comes as the Transport Minister agreed to suspend some Luas works before Black Friday, following calls from businesses owners.Works will be suspended on Dawson Street, Nassau Street, Lower Grafton Street, pedestrian areas at College Green, Westmoreland Street and footpaths on O’Connell Street.Planned pavement works outside business premises will also be deferred until January 2017, but the work around Trinity College will continue in November and December.Read: The bottom of Dawson Street is now closed to traffic for Luas works> FOLLOWING THE CLOSURE of the lower end of Dawson Street earlier this month, another change has been announced to facilitate the Luas Cross City construction.However, this change is set to be permanent.The right turn from O’Connell Street to Cathal Brugha Street will close on the morning of Wednesday 9 November. By Cliodhna Russell Share38 Tweet Email1 To facilitate Luas works, the right turn from O’Connell St to Cathal Brugha St will permanently close on Wed Nov 9th https://t.co/cCvQiyfnml— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) October 27, 2016last_img read more

Final day of ComicCon 2019

first_imgFinal day of Comic-Con 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 7:36 AM SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego Comic-Con 2019 will conclude at the San Diego Convention Center today with a variety of panels, workshops, trivia competitions and more.“Supernatural” co-stars Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins and Alexander Calvert and the series’ producers will hold a Hall H panel at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the series’ 15th and final season. The event will also feature a video presentation of the show’s highlights.At 1:45 p.m., DC Comics will host a trivia competition in Room 6DE, offering exclusive prizes to winners. At 2 p.m., a Harry Potter trivia competition will be held at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina. Contestants will compete against authors Adam Christopher, Rob Hart and voice actressJanina Gavankar.Panels will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additional events include the San Diego International Children’s Film Festival in Room 9 and a memorial in Room 23ABC for former Comic-Con President John Rogers, who died in November at age 57.Events will also be held at Petco Park, the Theatre Box, the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, the Manchester Grand Hyatt and the Balboa Theatre.Throughout the day, the San Diego Blood Bank will conclude its 43rd annual Robert A. Heinlein blood drive at the convention. Donors will receive a limited-edition “Avengers: Endgame” T-shirt and goody bag regardless of whether they have a badge to attend the convention or not.Harbor Drive will be closed to all non-foot traffic from First Avenue to Park Boulevard from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. to accommodate the convention’s large crowds. Local transit agencies like the Metropolitan Transit System and the North County Transit District as well as Amtrak will offer increased service toand from the convention center to make up for the closures.The annual five-day convention brings in more than $147 million in economic activity to San Diego County. An estimated 130,000 people attended the festival this year. center_img July 21, 2019 Posted: July 21, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Helistrat gains living wage accreditation

first_imgWaste management organisation Helistrat has been accredited as a living wage employer by the Living Wage foundation.The Portsmouth-based organisation, which employs 55 members of staff, has committed to paying all employees at least the voluntary living wage rate of £8.25 an hour.The living wage is calculated according to the cost of living in the UK. It is higher than the government’s £7.20 an hour national living wage rate, which is mandatory for those over 25.Harvey Laud, chief executive officer at Helistrat, said: “We firmly believe we have a responsibility to ensure that all our employees have the opportunity to provide for themselves and enjoy a certain quality of life.“We also realise that this quality of life directly impacts on the attitude of our team and the quality of their work. Becoming a living wage employer is not only the right thing to do morally, it also makes sounds business sense.”last_img read more

Modern Luxury Surpasses 1M Ad Sales Mark for Manhattan Mag Launch

first_imgAs it preps for the September launch of Manhattan magazine, Modern Luxury Media has acquired luxury lifestyle e-zine Juli B, bringing a 700,000-name email list of readers in fourteen cities with it. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Juli B. delivers approximately 60 million email impressions per year, according to Modern Luxury CEO Michael Kong, as each edition is bi-weekly. “Many city magazines offer ‘email blasts’ to their subscribers that don’t even top 5,000 recipients,” Kong wrote to FOLIO: in an email. “With Juli B., we’ve got real scale and should be right on the radar screen of big national advertisers as well as smaller regional ones.” Modern Luxury will publish magazines in thirteen of Juli B.’s fourteen markets once it launches Manhattan, which will be distributed directly to 60,000 New York metropolitan area homes. The acquisition is particularly timely, according to the company, because of Juli B.’s “New York roots and the fact that the New York edition was the first and remains the biggest,” with approximately 108,000 of its readers located there. According to Kong, Manhattan surpassed its first issue ad revenue goal of $1 million several months ago. The magazine is set to launch with about 240 pages, 60 percent of which will be editorial. The acquisition of Juli B. is a first move in a series of planned digital initiatives, according to the company. Modern Luxury will announce another “major launch” in the coming weeks, Kong wrote.last_img read more

Amid Fitness Boom the New Editor of Womens Running Sees Opportunity

first_img Warren: The popularity of running is really taking off with women in particular. Women now account for the majority of entrants in competitive races, clocking in at 57 percent, according to RunningUSA. That’s millions of women, and I want to reach all of them! Warren: I would love to start a podcast and explore the possibility of live events. I think the best way for a brand to grow and evolve is to foster an ongoing conversation with its audience. Building a strong and engaged community of readers helps to drive the brand forward and inform its content choices, and this is a core focus for me in the next year. Warren: Our biggest challenge is the same one that every media company faces: finding the best way to connect with our audience. The constantly evolving digital landscape means publishers have to remain vigilant about new technologies and agile about responding to how consumers want to receive content. Warren: Jessie has built a phenomenal brand, and I want to carry on the work that she has done by increasing brand awareness for readers as well as for advertisers and content partners. My experience customizing and localizing content across multiple platforms for various publishing and brand partnerships and my role as a brand spokesperson will be beneficial in achieving these goals. Last month, Competitor Group tapped Lonely Planet managing editor Rebecca Warren to do just that. Folio: sat down with Warren to learn a little more about her background and plans for the title going forward. With America in the midst of a “running boom” — 17 million people ran a race in the U.S. last year, 57 percent of them females — suffice it to say that her successor has some big sneakers to fill. Folio: What do you see as some of your biggest growth opportunities for the brand? ​Over her seven-year tenure as editor-in-chief of Women’s Running — prior to being promoted, earlier this year, to VP of Media for parent company Competitor Group Inc. — Jessica Sebor garnered deserved applause for repositioning the monthly title as not just a fitness magazine, but an advocate for inclusion, empowerment, and positivity. Covers that once almost exclusively featured models jogging in sports bras and taglines teasing 24-hour diets and shortcuts to flat abs have given way to women of all body types, who encourage readers with messages like “Love yourself,” “Dream big,” and “Feel great.” In the past year alone, Women’s Running cover stars have included a wheelchair track and field star, a transgender woman, and a runner wearing a hijab.  Folio: What about some challenges? Sebor’s impact has been felt on the business side too, where digital traffic has more then doubled in the last two years to over one million monthly visitors, while print circulation holds steady at around 45,000 copies per issue. Warren: Yes, we have a strong base of readers who subscribe to the print magazine and that remains a priority for me. Industry-wide, the dwell time with a print article is much greater than with a digital one, and it also offers a chance to have a focused, tactile interaction with the reader. The value of being able to engage with an article without a text message or alert popping up during your reading time can’t be overstated. Increasing our presence at races, through partnerships and brand ambassadors, is one way to do that. I also want to hone our social media strategy to give people a consistent and focused brand message across all of our content channels. We have a website redesign in the works as well, and my focus will be bringing a cohesive look and message across all of our content hubs. I’d also like to explore the possibility of retail partnerships and direct-to-consumer services. The fact that running is a low-barrier, widely accessible sport was also appealing. There is a broad audience available for women-specific running content, and that is an exciting opportunity. Rebecca Warren: I love what the brand stands for: inspiring and empowering women to live healthy, fulfilled lives. Women’s Running offers readers a holistic approach to wellness, focusing on running as a gateway to healthy living, by promoting positive body images, balanced nutrition, and practical and achievable fitness goals. Folio: Obviously the brand is seeing a lot of growth on the digital and social media side. Do you expect the print magazine to remain a priority going forward? Folio: Any other opportunities for expanding the WR brand? Rebecca Warren Folio: What first attracted you to the editor-in-chief role at Women’s Running? Folio: What do you bring to the position that will help you pick up where Jessie [Sebor] left off? last_img read more

Scribes urge CM KCR to keep his promises

first_imgDharna Chowk: Speaking at the protest which was staged jointly by Telangana Working Journalists Federation (TWJF) and Hyderabad Union of Journalists (HUJ) here on Monday, various speakers demanded the Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao to keep his promises made to journalists during Telangana movement and 2014 and 2019 elections. Hundreds of journalists participated in the protest headed by HUJ president E Chandrashekar at Dharna Chowk. Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us Speaking to media, TWJF president Mamid Somaiah condemned dictatorial approach of the state government towards journalists. He said that journalists were given new accreditation cards once in every two years, but the state government has been renewing the old cards instead of issuing new cards. Health cards issued to the journalists are not accepted by many government and corporate hospital as the government has not released funds to network hospitals, he lamented. Also Read – CM KCR praises PRO for his books on Telangana Advertise With Us TWJF general secretary B Basavapunnaiah criticised the government for going back on its promise of issuing accreditation cards to all journalists. He accused the state government of showing prejudice against some TV channels and newspapers. He expressed his anguish at the indifference of the state government towards journalists. “Commissioner of information department does not give appointments to us and when we approach Pragathi Bhavan to represent our problems, we were arrested by the police,” he lamented. Several representations were given to the state government but there was no response from the government, hence, were forced to stage protests, he said. National leader of the federation P Anandam condemned the state government, which allocates land at cheap rates to seers, for its apathy towards journalists. Advertise With Us HUJ chairman E Chandrashekhar remembered the key role played by journalists in the Telangana movement. He termed it unfortunate that government was trying to suppress journalists who have played a key role in the movement. He alleged that at least 250 journalists died as health cards given to them were not accepted by many hospitals. He demanded the CM to respond to the issues of journalists and address them at the earliest TWJF state vice president Pilli Ramchander, senior journalist leaders A Narsimha Rao, HUJ secretary BVN Padmaraju, managing president Vijayananda Rao, Gandra Naveen, Yadaiah, Nagavani, Damodar and others participated in the protest.last_img read more

A family that cooks together stays together Is The Mantra That Pushed

first_img“A family that ‘cooks’ together, stays together” is the mantra that pushed Chef Shagun Mehra to pursue a career in food. India Food Network spoke to the talented chef and wine connoisseur about her food philosophy, inspiration and how travel has changed her perspective towards food in this interview.Do you have any fond food memory from your childhood?I remember in the summer we used to churn our own fresh Alphonso ice-cream. Each member in the family would take turns in churning the ice-cream. This was the traditional way of churning cream and mangoes into ice-cream. I am salivating at the thought of it!When was the first time you realized you want to pursue a career in food?When I was about 15, the chef at our family hotel had just completed his culinary training in Italy. Once back, he started teaching me some of the most traditional Italian recipes. This got me very excited and I wanted to study culinary arts and explore the world of gastronomy.How did the culinary school help you hone your skills as a chef?It gave me the technical know-how and insight on various cooking methods. It formed the base for me to understand different types of chopping techniques and also creating complex dishes. This enabled me to explore the culinary world and build on it using the academic and technical base that the school offered me.What is your food philosophy?I believe in the richness of local produce and traditional recipes and cooking techniques. I think India is a diverse and expansive nation and there is so much to discover in each state and within each state, there are nuances of different cuisine styles.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

Remembering MLK in the Age of Trump

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor syoes@afro.comAs we reflect on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., almost 50 years after his murder on April 4, 1968, it is impossible to consider King without examining his two most famous speeches; “I Have a Dream,” delivered during the March on Washington in 1963 and, “I’ve Been To the Mountaintop,” the speech he gave the day before his assassination in Memphis, Tennessee.But, these are not just King’s most famous speeches, they are two of the most important speeches in American history. The mythic climaxes of each speech envision the elusive promise of freedom, justice and equality for all Americans.“I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the Promised Land!” King said at the end of the Mountaintop speech in 1968.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)“And when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, Black men and White men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, ’Free at last. Free at last. Thank God Almighty, we are free at last,’ proclaimed King at the end of the Dream speech.So many had such great expectations for America, Black Americans specifically following the civil rights victories of the 1950s and 1960s. And for those who came of age during those turbulent, transcendent decades and then lived to see the ascension of Barack Obama, the first Black President of the United States, many believed he was the partial manifestation, or at least evidence of the lucidity of King’s dream and his view from the mountaintop.The substance and significance of Obama’s presidency may be debated for centuries. However, there is little debate the 44th President altered the trajectory of America like no other president had before him.Yet, after eight years of Obama, almost 3,000 days of the beautiful, Black Obama family occupying the White House built by slaves, the remnant of King’s ethereal dream seems to be morphing into a Black American nightmare, right before our eyes in the form of Donald J. Trump.Because, 50 years after King’s death, the vast majority of Black America finds itself in a peculiar and precarious space; enduring the volatile reign of the most unqualified, lazy, larcenous, lying, willfully ignorant, and therefore dangerous, man ever to occupy the White House.From his descension of the escalator of Trump Tower June 16, 2016, where he branded Mexicans as “rapists and murderers,” to his ascension to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., the former reality television star has pushed a White nationalist agenda, overtly and covertly. He is arguably the most openly anti-Black U.S. President since Woodrow Wilson, who proclaimed the Ku Klux Klan propaganda film, “Birth of a Nation,” was “like writing history with lightning.”Where millions may view the fictional kingdom of Wakanda as inspirational and aspirational, Trump only sees a sh*thole fantasy.What would King have thought if he had witnessed Barack Obama orchestrate the orderly transfer of the power of the presidency to Trump, the man who orchestrated the racist lie of “birtherism?” Would he still believe in the vibrancy of his dream, or would he adhere to Langston Hughes’ “A Dream Deferred?”King made famous a quote by the abolitionist and Unitarian minister Theodore Parker. “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”For many Black Americans, the arc has become longer in the age of Trump and the bend toward justice less discernible.Sean Yoes is the Baltimore editor of the AFRO and host and executive producer of the AFRO First Edition video podcast, which airs Monday and Friday on the AFRO’s Facebook page.last_img read more