Started in 1883 as Inland Printer, Penton Media’s American Printer magazine will be stopping production after 128 years. The August 2011 edition has been the last title published.The announcement came Friday in the form of a blog post from Katherine O’Brien, editor of the magazine.”There won’t be a September issue,” she wrote. “Penton, our parent company, stuck with us through some mighty lean months, but ultimately, there was no foreseeable model to achieve profitability. (Many of our readers are all too familiar with this problem.)”American Printer at the time of closing had about 47,000 subscribers and overall circulation is about the same, according to a Penton representative, though the title is not audited by the Audit Bureau of Circulations. Page views are held at about 40,000 and unique visitors are about 22,000. According to a spokesperson from Penton, the publication has been discontinued because “it was just not a model within our scope and it wasn’t a strategic fit anymore–we’re constantly looking at publications within our scope and if they don’t really make a strategic fit within our list of publications than we have to look at that and see what fits and works within our strategic realm, that’s the thought behind that.”This b2b trade publication was designed for an audience of commercial printers and had a focus on printing management, press technologies and “prepress, press and postpress issues,” according to its website. Industry trends, product introductions and real-world solutions for boosting profitability and production were among the topics covered.Subscriptions to the free publication could be accessed in print and digitally (pictured) and an e-newsletter was also available along with a video library on AmericanPrinter.com and readers could subscribe to American Printer TV through iTunes or an RSS feed. The publication had 569 Facebook fans and 2,226 Twitter followers.”I’ll miss American Printer,” Facebook fan Julie Shaffer posted Friday afternoon. “The print version’s been getting thinner and thinner so this is not shocking, but still sad.” Meanwile, Gordonsville, Virginia-based printer American Press has also folded, citing economic conditions in the printing industry over the last three years that have left the company no longer economically viable. The decision was made in June, with operations gradually phased out over the summer. American Press had 123 employees, with print runs ranging from 30,000 to 2.5 million (with a sweet spot between 50,000 and 250,000).
Alia Bhatt, Ranbir KapoorTwitterAs we all know that Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor are head over heels in love with each other but Alia had never spoken about her relationship on a public platform until yesterday. While Ranbir had never tried to hide his love life from the media and had openly spoken about it in the past, it was now time for Alia to confess her love to Ranbir in front of a large audience at the Filmfare Awards 2019 that took place in Mumbai on March 23 night.At the award ceremony, Alia was honoured with the Best Actress (popular) award for Raazi directed by Meghna Gulzar. And since it was a proud moment for Alia, she couldn’t help but mention Ranbir as her special man in her thanksgiving speech.When Alia walked up to the stage to collect her Best Actress (popular) award, she was beaming with joy with eyes filled with immense love. Holding the black lady in her hands, Alia looked at the crowd and said ‘I Love You’ to Ranbir which left with those red red cheeks.”Meghna for me Raazi is you, your blood and sweat. You are my main chick. Vicky without you, the film wouldn’t be complete. Thank you my mentor Karan for being my mentor, father and my fashion police. Tonight’s all about love there my special one, I love you (Ranbir Kapoor),” Alia said while receiving the award at the 64th Filmfare Awards.Ranbir’s priceless expressions were caught on camera when Alia openly confessed her love to him in front of everyone. Meanwhile, Ranbir Kapoor too won the Best Actor in a Leading Role (Male) award for his outstanding act in Sanju, the biopic of actor Sanjay Dutt.Take a look.Alia Bhatt- I love you (from stage) after winning award, while Ranbir Kapoor is all smiles❤#FilmfareAwards2019 pic.twitter.com/UPHZFzvV5L— RanbirKapoorUniverse (@RanbirKUniverse) March 23, 2019On Alia’s birthday on March 15, the lovebirds spent some quality time together and it was being reported that Ranbir would be taking his ladylove Alia to Colorado, the US as a birthday gift and will be spending time skiing at the famous Aspen Mountain Ski Resort in Colorado.Speculations have also been doing the rounds of the industry that Alia and Ranbir will be going to enter the wedlock in 2019. However, when Alia was recently asked about her marriage plans, she said that wedding is currently not on her mind and is more focused on building her career.
The Judge’s wife and son were shot at by their own security personnelCCO Public domainA 25-year-old police officer, who was a part of Punjab Chief Minister’s security team, was shot dead on early Sunday after he stopped a man from harassing women in the parking lot of a club in Phase XI of Mohali.The accused, identified as Charanjit Singh alias Sahil Sagar, fired three bullets at the victim, Sukhwinder Singh at 3:30 am. A bullet hit Sukhwinder’s chest, the second one brushed past the abdomen and the third missed him.Sukhwinder had joined the force in 2017 and is survived by his parents and two sisters. Sahil Sagar had visited the club with two male friends and one female friend. He was allegedly rubbing against other women on the dance floor even when they made their discomfort known, reported Times of India.Sukhwinder stepped in and a scuffle broke out between them. Sahil Sagar was removed from the premises by the bouncers a little after 2:30 am. However, he waited in the parking lot for Sukhwinder and the duo got into another fight which ended with Sahil shooting at Sukhwinder. The accused is still absconding. The police said there is no problem in arresting the accused since his identity and motive for murder are known. They identified him through the CCTV footage of the parking lot.”The identity of the accused is clear. We are questioning his accomplices and will arrest him soon. Teams have been formed to catch him,” Kuldeep Singh Chahal, Mohali’s senior superintendent of police told TOI.A case against Sahil has been filed under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 25, 27, 53 of the Arms Act and 302 (murder) under the Indian Penal Code at the Phase XI police station.
By The Associated PressMaryland’s Democratic candidates for governor focused much of their second televised debate Wednesday on painful recent events in the state, including the death of a Baltimore County police officer and devastating flooding in Ellicott City.Panelists in the debate hosted by Sinclair Broadcasting asked the nine candidates about what they think needs to be done to ease tensions between police and communities in the aftermath of last week’s death of Baltimore County Officer Amy Caprio, who was killed as she investigated a report of a suspicious vehicle. Sixteen-year-old Dawnta Harris is accused of running her down in a stolen car.Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidates, from left, Rushern Baker, Valerie Ervin, Jim Shea, Alec Ross, Richard Madaleno, Krish Vignarajah, James Jones and Ben Jealous prepare for a Maryland Democratic primary gubernatorial debate, Monday, May 21, 2018, in Baltimore. Maryland’s primary is scheduled to take place Tuesday, June 26. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker said he has worked to improve police-community relations with training during his two terms in office.“I’ve buried too many police officers as a county executive, but I’ve also seen young people who have been killed in my community, and so we have to move forward with leadership at the top, at the governor’s level, that understands that and moves it forward, and that’s what I’ll do as governor,” Baker said.Valerie Ervin, a former Montgomery County councilmember, said top leaders need to do more to improve relations between the police and the communities they serve.“This is a really important time, especially now,” Ervin said, for top leadership to put themselves in front of the problem.Former NAACP President Ben Jealous said it’s about trust.“It’s clear that we as a state finally have to act to end the killings of unarmed civilians by officers,” the former head of the nation’s oldest civil rights group said.Many of the candidates also mentioned increased education funding and better schools would help restore hope and prevent people from heading toward crime.“You’ve got to invest massively in education,” Alec Ross said. “The very simple fact of the matter is that a lot of the problem we have with crime right now is fueled by people who got bad educations.”Jim Shea, the former chairman of the state’s largest law firm, said the state needs to stop an epidemic of violent crime, create a restorative justice system and increase trust in authorities.“We’re failing in all three areas and we need to attack each of these simultaneously or we won’t have a solution,” Shea said.The candidates in the crowded primary also took turns criticizing Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.State Sen. Richard Madaleno said the governor has been absent from addressing the problems in Baltimore, when what’s needed is a leader who can bring hope back to struggling parts of Maryland’s largest city.“Look, we need a governor who doesn’t seek to erase Baltimore city, avoid Baltimore city,” Madaleno said. “That’s been the Hogan administration.”Scott Sloofman, a Hogan campaign spokesman, said the governor has invested record funding in K-12 education in each of his four years in office.“Thankfully for Maryland voters, there are only two more debates left for them to be subjected to blatant falsehoods about the governor’s incredibly strong record,” Sloofman said.James Jones, a Baltimore police pastor, said it’s time for police and residents to re-establish the relationships that were lost years ago.“I think that there just needs to be something done on each side of the track,” Jones said.Krish Vignarajah said she would focus on root causes of the social ills that led to crime, including public health and educational opportunities. She also said policies of mass incarceration and the war on drugs must end.“Second, I want to make sure that we institute true community policing reform, such that law enforcement officers look like, live with and engage with the communities that they are tasked with protecting,” Vignarajah said.Ralph Jaffe, who is running as a political reformer, said that without trust in politicians, there can’t be much meaningful progress.“We don’t have politicians that can be trusted,” Jaffe said.The candidates got 20 seconds to answer how they would address whether they would use tax dollars to rebuild Ellicott City, which was hit be devastating flooding Sunday for the second time in less than two years. They all said yes.“A thousand-year storm now comes every couple years. We have to have a mindset where we will rebuild in a way that is resilient, that is smart, and not simply give up, because if we give up, we have so much coastline, we have so many tributaries we will see this challenge in other places,” Jealous said.
December 22, 2010Congratulations to the graduating November 7 workshop participants! This was the last workshop of the year and we look forward to meeting next year’s participants. To all the 2010 workshop participants- Thanks for all your hard work!From left:Massimo Di Francesco from Italy (Work Study), Yuki Yasuda from Japan, Maureen Connaughton (Construction Intern), Andrea Speed and Arondon Brownlow.
TV technology provider Access is using the CES show in Las Vegas to unveil a new social video platform, ACCESSMyTV.The platform provides for the creation of personalised web video channels that can be shared with friends and family via social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. The resulting consumer engagement will in turn enable ACCESSMyTV to support targeted advertising, according to Access.“The platform is the simplest and most powerful route to launching a multi-screen OTT service, giving CE device manufacturers, broadcasters and operators the opportunity to embrace the social TV revolution and create new recurring revenues,” said Neale Foster, vice-president of global sales IA, ACCESS. “ACCESSMyTV makes life easy for operators, allowing them to launch a social TV service with an abundance of content from the word go. The platform operator can further serve the needs of the ever-hungry consumer by providing them with access to free web video, premium content, games and apps.”
The EU General Court has partially annulled the European Commission’s 2008 decision that rights collecting societies had acted anti-competitively, ruling that there is not sufficient evidence of concerted anti-competitive practice.The ruling, in the CISAC v Commission and Others case, concerned complaints originally lodged in 2000 and 2003 against a non-binding model contract established in 1936 by CISAC, an umbrella organisation that represents collecting societies, as a guide for reciprocal representation agreements between its members.The EU ruled in 2008 that the model contract breached its antitrust rules because each collecting society limited the right to grant licences relating to its repertoire in the territory of another collecting society party to the agreement, and ordered the societies to end this practice. CISAC and the majority of the collecting societies concerned appealed against the decision with the support of the EBU. The latter argued that the practice of granting one-stop shop licences to national broadcasters should be maintained.
Polish pay TV operator nc+ is to launch a new pre-paid service on October 1, offering over 50 channels, including 19 in HD, from PLN19.90 (€4.75) a month.The operator is providing new users with free access to 130 channels, including premium Canal+ channels, for the first month, after which they can choose to subscribe or take the stripped down pre-paid offering.The nc+ telewizja na kartę offering provides a range of channels via the ITI 5800SX HD DVR decoder for upwards of PLN19.90 a month, with a one-off top up offered after three months.Piotr Malicki, sales director for pre-paid products and services, said that the new offers was “an excellent option for those who do not want to be tied to long-term contracts” and offered an extensive range of HD services including Ale kino+ HD, Planete+ HD, Eurosport HD and Eurosport2 HD, TVP Sport HD, TVN24 HD and Romance TV HD.
Content security specialist Nagra has announced support for Android TV with an end-to-end user experience ecosystem.Having launched 15 Android device deployments since 2014, delivering OTT and hybrid TV services to more than 10 million consumer devices worldwide, Nagra has now included Android TV into its end-to-end solution portfolio for pay TV service providers.OpenTV Signature Edition, Nagra’s pre-integrated and ready-to-launch OTT solution, now features an Android TV Operator Tier solution.OpenTV Signature Edition delivers a unified user experience across all screens through a user interface that blends traditional and modern navigation paths to linear and on-demand content, according to Nagra.“Operating within an end-to-end TV framework like OpenTV Signature Edition, an Android TV-based solution offers pay-TV operators a compelling TV experience that engages consumers and drives active content monetization,” said Holger Ippach, SVP, user experience product unit for Nagra.“We have been successfully embracing Android for mobile devices and tablets for years, and now with support for Android TV, we can help our customers benefit from everything it has to offer.”Nagra will exhibit at IBC on stand 1.C81.