“It’s actually an appropriate title for a traditional newspaper to buy, because it reaches an audience that the traditional papers are losing, namely younger readers, as well as giving them some traction with advertisers they may not otherwise get,” said Kim Mac Leod, president of Regional Media Advisors, an M&A advisory company for the regional market. Looking forward, Charter said the possibility of converting Worcester to a glossy is “undetermined,” indicating that “many ideas are on the table.” One idea is to launch an annual glossy edition, he says. Alternative news weekly Worcester magazine has been acquired by newspaper publisher Holden Landmark Corp. The agreement is set to close before the end of the month.Terms of the deal were not disclosed.“From a market standpoint, connecting with a publication with 30-plus-year track record is a beautiful fit geographically for us,” Holden Landmark publisher Gareth Chater told FOLIO:. The company publishes five weekly newspapers in the greater Worcester, Massachusetts area—including its flagship Holden Landmark—as well as State Parent magazine.A newsprint tabloid distributed free at 500 locations around the city, Worcester magazine has a circulation of 34,000. “We couldn’t offer our advertisers penetration into the city [Worcester], and now we can,” Charter said. “We like the alternative city space. Given the decline of the metro dailies and the emergence of the Web, we think it has great potential.”
Democratic leaders on Wednesday slammed the Republicans’ opening offer for a fiscal 2016 omnibus spending bill over more than 30 “poison pill” add-ons covering policy issues including the environment, financial regulations and Syrian refugees.“Their offer wasn’t real. We couldn’t accept it,” said Rep. Nita Lowey (N.Y.), the top Democrat on the Appropriations Committee.“When you’re working on a bill that, you know, we hope can pass the House and the Senate, you don’t send over an offer … that’s going nowhere,” Lowey said, reported the Hill.On Wednesday night, Democrats said they intended to respond to the GOP with a counteroffer shortly. The back-and-forth comes as lawmakers are trying to strike a deal over a $1.1 trillion spending package before the current continuing resolution expires Dec. 11. Even though topline spending levels were agreed to in October’s two-year budget deal, Congress still needs to come to terms over 12 separate spending titles, including any language affecting federal policy.The Republican’s initial offer, however, did not touch most of the thousands of smaller, line-by-line agreements on funding levels and bill language struck by appropriations staff in recent weeks, reported CQ.The process is typical of high-level discussions conducted under a looming deadline, although the negotiations usually take place hidden from public view. In fact, Democrats said they will not be releasing any details on their response.Examples of provisions rejected by the Democrats include one scaling back Wall Street reforms and another adding hurdles to the screening process for refugees fleeing violence in Syria and Iraq, according to the Hill.White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest echoed the concerns of congressional Democrats about the objectionable riders, and said Republicans are “whistling past the graveyard of a government shutdown.” Earnest specifically pointed to Republican language on financial and environmental regulations, reported CQ. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
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More about 2019 Audi E-Tron 51 Photos News • 2019 Audi E-Tron SUV range and on-sale date released Now playing: Watch this: 2019 Audi E-Tron basking in the desert sun Comments CES 2019 Preview • 2019 Audi E-Tron: A worry-free, all-EV SUV Marvel CES Products Virtual Reality Disney Audi Iron Man The Avengers Editors’ note: Travel costs related to this feature were covered by the manufacturer. This is common in the auto industry, as it’s far more economical to ship journalists to cars than to ship cars to journalists. While Roadshow accepts multi-day vehicle loans from manufacturers in order to provide scored editorial reviews, all scored vehicle reviews are completed on our turf and on our terms. The judgments and opinions of Roadshow’s editorial team are our own and we do not accept paid editorial content. Specifically, Holoride will offer something called “elastic content,” automatically generated to suit each journey. A movie streamed on your iPad might be longer or shorter than your actual drive, for instance, but every one of Holoride’s experiences would automatically match up to the length of a route programmed in the car’s navigation system. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better CES 2019: Sci-fi gaming in Audi and Disney’s in-car VR… Tags In addition, the experience would be tailored to the drive route: In one demo, passengers “see” a cartoon-like, brightly colored town with intersections that match up to the real-world intersections the car is driving past. In another mock-up, users “fly” through a prehistoric landscape and turn left or right, soaring over dinosaurs, as the real-world car steers along the road.In Audi’s own words: “If the car turns a tight corner, the player curves around an opposing spaceship in virtual reality. If the Audi E-Tron accelerates, the ship in the experience does the same.”In reality, the Audi laps SpeedVegas. In virtual reality, Iron Man and Rocket wage a battle against alien hordes. Audi The idea is to give people something interesting to do when they’re riding as a passenger in a car, says Nils Wollny, Audi’s head of digital business, who will also be CEO of Holoride. That initially applies to human-driven cars, but it’s easy to imagine this type of entertainment working well in autonomous vehicles down the road.”There are a lot of passengers traveling in the back seat who have nothing to do,” Wollny told Roadshow. “In most cases, transit time feels like wasted time.” The VR demo really did bring me out of the world of riding in a car: Sure, I could feel the E-Tron moving around and accelerating and so on, but I found myself so immersed in the game that there was no real sense of what was happening. Now imagine that helping you avoid the monotony of, say, staring out the window on a long trip along the Ohio Turnpike. Though Audi spearheaded Holoride, the ultimate goal is to allow the tech to work with cars from other automakers. Audi “Every street pattern turns into a canvas” for content creators, Wollny says, while “every back seat turns into a thrilling ride.” Because the twists and turns and elevation changes of a preplanned navigation route are known, thanks to the car’s built-in map data, Audi engineer Daniel Profendiner says, Holoride’s software can help create a virtual world that matches the real one. The game engine might be told not to place a digital obstacle near a highway exit, for instance, or might be shown when to make the game whip around to the left to match up with a hairpin bend in the real world.But what about motion sickness? One of the most interesting aspects of this virtual reality setup is that, Wollny says, people who use it are less likely to report feeling car sick than those simply watching a traditional tablet or phone. Because visual cues match up with the car’s real-world movements, you’re less likely to get that sinking feeling you might feel when, say, looking down to read text messages or Facebook updates in the car. Audi tested the tech with people who self-reported a high propensity for motion sickness, taking them on a 30-minute ride and asking how they felt afterward. Participants apparently didn’t feel that sick at all. “That basically solved one of the big problems,” Wollny says. Still, after my brief ride in the Audi, I was feeling rather nauseous. Another journalist seated alongside me also said he felt queasy. Of course, we were trying a demonstration VR experience while riding on a twisting and turning race track. A tamer route might not churn the stomach so much. An artist’s rendering of what the Holoride experience feels like. Audi It’s not just games Rocket’s Rescue Run is an incredibly fun demo of Holoride’s VR tech because it feels like you’re in an amusement park ride. And for Audi and Disney, the partnership with a Marvel Studios title made sense given the long history between the brands, such as Tony Stark driving Audis in Iron Man movies. But there are many other types of “elastic content” that Holoride could offer in the future. A space battle wouldn’t seem so exciting, after all, when riding on the flat, straight highways of the American Midwest. Profendiner suggests that Holoride’s technology could be used simply to watch a movie in the car with less motion sickness: The VR experience would present a screen ahead of the viewer. He also imagines experiences that let passengers time travel as they ride through a modern-day city while seeing how buildings looked in years past. “I can say perhaps let’s go minus 2,000 years [in Rome],” Profendiner told Roadshow. “Or you go to New York City in the 1920s.” Holoride will initially be based in Munich, but Wollny says it could also open an office in the US. Audi An open platform Audi began working on Holoride technology about four years ago and brought Disney on board about 18 months ago. But the goal long-term is for it to be an open platform: anyone could produce content and it could work in any car. Though he’s cagey with details, Wollny seems to hint at a type of app store-like model where a user might buy experiences — movies, games and so on — for their Holoride device. Then the car would connect to your virtual reality headset with a wireless connection to provide information about your route and the car’s motion.Wollny says Holoride will launch an SDK (software development kit) for others to experiment with by the end of 2019, and plans to launch the system commercially by late 2020 or early 2021. That’s when, Wollny says, “next-generation” virtual-reality headsets will be available to take the technology mainstream.So in a few years’ time you might not bother cueing up a Spotify playlist or downloading a Netflix show to stay entertained on a road trip. Instead you might strap on your virtual reality headset and plunge into a virtual world, courtesy of Holoride. 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Share your voice 1:06 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 3 A few years ago I drove a few laps around SpeedVegas, a 1.5-mile race track just south of the Las Vegas Strip. On Sunday night, I lapped SpeedVegas again, but this time I was fully immersed in a space battle alongside Rocket — you know, the raccoon from Guardians of The Galaxy — and Iron Man. As I sat in the back seat of an Audi E-Tron crossover, wearing an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, Rocket encouraged me to “shoot” asteroids and rival drones as I “flew” through an outer-space environment.This was the first time the companies let anyone outside Audi and Disney try the VR game. Audi Let me be clear: It was awesome fun, and I’d happily buckle up for another round of the game. But, uh, what exactly is it? This game, called Marvel’s Avengers: Rocket’s Rescue Run, is the first demo product from Holoride, a new startup in which Audi will hold a minority stake. It’s the result of Audi and Disney’s promised new media format, which aims to bring virtual reality to passengers in cars. The VR experience is intended to match, visually, what the passengers feel as they ride: If the car turns, accelerates or brakes, the VR environment will do the same thing. And the “experience” — whether it’s a game or a movie or something else — will be automatically tailored to the length and movements of your drive route. More From Roadshow Auto Tech
Kunchacko Boban: FacebookMollywood star Kunchacko Boban has been blessed with a baby boy. Kunchacko’s wife Priya Ann Samuel delivered the baby on April 17, 2019, and the couple welcomed a new member to their family after waiting for fourteen years.Kunchacko Boban himself confirmed this news on his Facebook page, and he thanked everyone for their prayers and blessings.”Blessed with a Baby Boy. Thank you all for your Prayers, Care & Love!! Jr.Kunchacko gives his Love to all,” wrote Kunchacko Boban on his Facebook page.Kunchacko Boban’s Facebook post welcoming a new family member to his family has already gone viral, and as of now, it has racked up more than 78,000 likes, 10,000 comments, and 1,400 shares. In the comment section, people are pouring wishes, and they believe that a junior romantic prince has taken his birth in Kerala.Kunchacko Boban has been the most valuable romantic hero in Mollywood since his debut in the industry through ‘Aniyathipravu’ in 1997. Even though the actor is now 42-years-old, Mollywood movie buffs consider him as a youth icon, and all the credit goes to Chackochan’s spectacular physique, and graceful dance moves.Kunchacko is now busy with the works of his upcoming movie ‘Virus’ directed by Aashiq Abu. The film is based on the Nipah outbreak which happened in Kerala in 2018. As per reports, Kunchacko Boban is playing the role of Dr Suresh Rajan, a physician in a government hospital in this movie.Apart from Kunchacko Boban, ‘Virus’ also stars Asif Ali, Tovino Thomas, Rahman, Indrajith Sukumaran, Soubin Shahir, Sreenath Bhasi, Dileesh Pothan, Parvathy, Rima Kallingal and Remya Nambeesan in other prominent roles. The film is expected to hit the screens in Summer 2019.Kunchako’s recent release was ‘Allu Ramendran’. The film was directed by Bilahiri, and it emerged as an average success at the box-office.
Endurance Technologies, a Maharashtra-based auto components manufacturer, will hit the primary market on October 5 with its public issue of 24.6 million shares. The company has fixed the price band for the issue at Rs. 467-472 per equity share. The public issue closes on October 7.The initial public offering (IPO) comprises stake sale by existing investor Actis Components and System Investments Ltd., which is selling 19.3 million shares. The balance constitutes 5.3 million shares being offloaded by promoter Anurag Jain.Bids can be made for a minimum of 30 equity shares and in multiples of 30 equity shares thereafter.The shares will be listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange. Axis Capital Limited and Citigroup Global Markets India Private Limited are book running lead managers to the Rs. 1,161-crore public issue.Company snapshot (based on draft prospectus filed with Sebi):Net profit was Rs. 289.83 crore on sales of Rs. 5,240.55 crore in 2015-16.For FY2015 and FY2016, revenue from overseas sales was 31.3 percent and 32.5 percent, respectively, of total revenues.The top two customers are Bajaj Auto and FCA Italy S.p.A and its group companies in Europe.In FY2015 and FY2016, Bajaj represented 43.19 percent and 40.83 percent of net revenues from operations (including intermediary sales), respectively. FCA Italy S.p.A. represented 14.20 percent and 15.29 percent of net revenues from operations for FY2015 and FY2016, respectively.As of March 31, 2016, there were 1,945 employees working for the company.There are 18 manufacturing facilities in India.
India and the European Union (EU) have urged Myanmar to implement the Kofi Annan-led Rakhine Advisory Commission’s recommendations and work with Bangladesh to return displaced persons to Northern Rakhine state, reports UNB.India and the EU also recognised the role being played by Bangladesh in extending humanitarian assistance to the people in need, according to India-EU joint statement issued during 14th India-EU Summit in New Delhi on Friday.The joint statement was issued after talks among Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, president of the European Council Donald Tusk and president of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker.India and the EU expressed deep concern at the recent spate of violence in the Rakhine state of Myanmar that has resulted in the outflow of a large number of people from the state, many of whom have sought shelter in neighbouring Bangladesh.Both sides took note that this violence was triggered off by a series of attacks by Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) militants which led to loss of lives among the security forces as well as the civilian population.Both sides recognised the need for ending the violence and restoring normalcy in the Rakhine state without any delay.More than 5,15,000 Rohingyas have so far taken refuge in Bangladesh fleeing persecution in Rakhine state of Myanmar carried out by its military forces since 25 August.
Graphic by Todd WisemanOperation Jade Helm 15, a military training exercise, began in the summer of 2015 in 12 Texas counties: Bastrop, Burleson, Brazos, Edwards, Howard, Hudspeth, Kimble, Martin, Marion, Real, Schleicher and Tom Green. It was also set to take place at Camp Bullis in San Antonio and Camp Swift in Bastrop County. A former director of the CIA and NSA said Wednesday that hysteria in Texas over a 2015 U.S. military training exercise called Jade Helm was fueled by Russians wanting to dominate “the information space,” and that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott‘s decision to send the Texas State Guard to monitor the operation gave them proof of the power of such misinformation campaigns. Michael Hayden, speaking on MSNBC’s Morning Joe podcast, chalked up peoples’ fear over Jade Helm 15 to “Russian bots and the American alt-right media [that] convinced many Texans [Jade Helm] was an Obama plan to round up political dissidents.”Abbott ordered the State Guard to monitor the federal exercise soon after news broke of the operation. Hayden said that move gave Russians the go-ahead to continue — and possibly expand — their efforts to spread fear.“At that point, I’m figuring the Russians are saying, ‘We can go big time,’” Hayden said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe podcast Wednesday of Abbott’s response. “At that point, I think they made the decision, ‘We’re going to play in the electoral process.’” Jade Helm 15 was a planned military training exercise that became a fascination of conspiracy theorists before it even began. The exercise, which spanned several states, began in Texas in Bastrop County in 2015 and was described by federal officials as routine. But some conspiracy theorists speculated that the exercise was a covert effort to institute martial law. Hayden was not CIA director at this time.Weeks before the exercise began, Abbott wrote a letter to the State Guard asking them to keep an eye on the operation so “Texans know their safety, constitutional rights, private property rights and civil liberties will not be infringed.” The move prompted significant criticism. Democrats questioned whether Abbott trusts the military. Even some Republicans — including former Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst — spoke out in support of the exercise. Former state Rep. Todd Smith accused Abbott of “pandering to idiots.” “I think it’s okay to question your government — I do it on a pretty regular basis,” former Gov. Rick Perry, who is now U.S. Energy Secretary, told reporters at the time. “The military’s something else.”A spokesperson for Abbott did not immediately return The Texas Tribune’s request for comment Thursday, but Democrats are already seizing on Hayden’s remarks to further criticize the governor for calling the State Guard to monitor the operation.“It doesn’t take an intelligence expert to see that Trump Republican Greg Abbott calling the Texas National Guard on the U.S. Military was downright idiocy,” Manny Garcia, the deputy executive director of the Texas Democratic Party, said in a news release. “Abbott still owes the men and women of our armed forces, and every single Texan, an apology.”Hayden was CIA director from 2006 to 2009. His allegation isn’t the first one connecting Russian misinformation campaigns and Texas. Last year, federal lawmakers revealed a trove of information from ads purchased on Facebook, including ones showing that two Russian Facebook pages managed to organize dueling rallies in front of a Houston mosque in 2016. Share
Some get back to their families. Some end up alone, in the care of the United States of America.Most but not all of these immigrants were entering the country illegally, according to court testimony. And though it wasn’t the reason they were stopped in the first place, federal authorities say some of the adults bringing kids into the United States are not their parents. Some of the adults, it turns out, were baddies of various kinds.That’s why some of the kids who were separated aren’t being reunited with the adults they came in with. And since they were allowed to come into the country in the first place, many of those children are now wards of the federal government.To date, the minors appear to be victims, put in this situation first by the parents or other adults who brought them to the United States, then by a federal immigration apparatus ill-prepared to send them along their way, whether that’s outside of this country or into a well-defined system for immigrants seeking asylum here.We’ve adopted them, at least temporarily. It’s hard to believe that was the government’s desired outcome for immigration and border security policy.If the idea was that the kids and the adults who brought them shouldn’t be here at all, why not turn them all away at the border and be done with it?If the idea was that these kids should be brought into this country, placed with families, relatives or foster parents and put on a path to citizenship or deported, why would we deport parents while their kids are still in federal custody or care?U.S. immigration policy is so scrambled and politicized, the country can’t get this right from almost any point of view. And instead of examining intentions — sorting out what the congressional and executive branches were trying to do when they put their policies in place — it’s time to examine the results — intentional or not.The result is a big, big mess. And as it turns out, the government’s pictures are worth 1,000 words.Last week’s government art project showed what happened to the 103 infants and toddlers who were supposed to be reunited under a federal court order. The results were discouraging: 57 were reunited by the court-ordered deadline, while 46 were found to be “ineligible for reunification.” In 22 cases, the adults in question were themselves questionable, either because they had criminal histories, were not parents, were accused of child abuse or were themselves ill. The other two dozen had either been deported, jailed for other offenses or were in unknown locations. If they get the same results with the 2,551 kids the government now says are subject to court-ordered relocation, about 1,100 don’t have family reunions in their immediate futures.It’s probably safe to say Congress and the administration didn’t plan for things to come out this way.If we take these kids in, for whatever reason, we have to take care of them. It’s a new version of what was known as the Pottery Barn Rule when George W. Bush was president: You break it, you buy it. In those days, it applied to countries. Now it applies to immigrant families. Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas TribunePablo Ortiz and his 3-year-old Andres, both from Guatemala, walk into the common area of the Annunciation House in El Paso on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. Ortiz and his son were separated by ICE in April and were reunited and released late Tuesday night.When did the feds get so fascinated with charts?The government’s latest visual aid is a flow chart showing the decision-making process for reunifying the children separated from adults as they entered the United States from Mexico. It’s really something. It shows three outcomes for separated children, and only one of them gets the kids home.Door #1 sends the kids to reunite with their families.Door #2, labeled “due diligence actions in the interest of the child,” is what happens — temporarily — to kids whose DNA doesn’t match the adults with whom they entered the country, those whose parents are not available or who don’t want to be reunited with their children, and those who fall ill while in the government’s care.Door #3 is marked “child remains in ORR [Office of Refugee Resettlement] care for placement.” Share
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global There’s so much you need to run a business: a great idea, access to capital, industry knowledge, passion. Should coding be on that list, too?Programming skills were high on the wish list of startup entrepreneurs at the recent SXSW Interactive festival in Austin, Texas. One reason: Investors seem to take a liking to those in-the-coding-know. During the Q & A portion of a panel called “Investor Spotting,” I witnessed one investor interrupt an entrepreneur who was trying to pitch his startup idea. “Do you code?” he asked. Big pause. “No,” the entrepreneur said, dejectedly. “I wish.” Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. min read The market for online classes and night-school courses in programming is hot, according to the New York Times. A number of startups — including the touted Codeacademy — are catering to this new crop of coder wannebes, the paper reports. The thinking is that with so much business gravitating toward the Internet, it’s critical that today’s entrepreneurs learn the language of the computer — or at least enough that they won’t be left behind.Of course, programming skills aren’t everything — and startup entrepreneurs who don’t have them can still hire IT staff (if the budget allows) or outsource talent if need be. Many entrepreneurs with bright ideas but minimal computer skills pair up with technical co-founders, too.One item left out of all the recent discussion about coding: Sure, you can teach an entrepreneur how to code. But can you teach a programmer to be an entrepreneur? That’s a much trickier talent to learn. If you have to have one or the other, entrepreneurial abilities still seem far more valuable than fluency in HTML.Is it necessary for entrepreneurs to learn how to code? March 28, 2012 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »