Meet Joey CoStar

first_imgJoey CoStarJoey CoStar is a 27-year old Liberian musician raised in the U.S. Citing Chris Brown, Maleek Berry, Drake, Ty Dollar Sign as influences, he said he has been actively pursuing his career for the past 7 years. But don’t for once think that he is a copycat.“What I have learned is you can either try to copy others to get into the industry and have a short music career, or be different, be yourself and make history,” he said.After a lot of near misses and hits, a history making moment is what the Liberian music industry is in need of to establish its place among the great artist and music producing nations in line with her age and history in Africa and the world. CoStar believes he can be the one to do just that.Speaking to the man you will soon love to hear, he said his love for music was groomed from interest. “When I noticed myself reading about the music business, watching videos and interviews, recording music 24/7 and the huge reaction I was getting from people, I then realized I was obsessed with being successful in this industry. I haven’t looked back since!”Not scared of the competition, Joey CoStar believes his drive will set him apart. “I realize I have a purpose and message in my music; to be sharp on my game and deliver well on my purpose. For me competition can’t really exist. To stand out I have to focus on being me and enjoying what I’m doing.”But for an artist to make a difference, the industry demands creativity, for which he said, “God gave me the great ability to be creatively relatable through my music. I thank God for that. I want people to hear a relatable message that they can feel connected to, knowing that they are not the only ones going through it. Also I want people to escape their daily worries and dance, laugh and celebrate with my music and the message.”For now, Joey CoStar just wants to be himself, be that guy whose music you can run to for any mood you are in. “My strategy is to stay true to who I am, be consistent and appeal to the world so we can bring the world’s attention to Liberia. Next step is continuing to build a following all over the world and go on tour. I have a project coming very soon called ‘The passport.’”Putting ‘The Passport’ together, JC said he connected with his producers, vibed to the beats, and lyrically paint a vivid picture of things occurring in his life. “I have recorded about 40 songs, so me and my team will pick the top 8-12 songs to put on the EP. I’m in a place in my life of trying to find the balance between family and music. So in my music I express a lot of how the commitment of music has been affecting my family, faith, finance and friends. I also speak a lot of encouraging words to all of us that need a little encouragement to push through tough times.”He said his motivation for the project came from life’s ups and downs. “Music creates everyone’s mood, good or bad. So I enjoy entertaining through my music.”The next Liberian artist to blow in a big way said his biggest inspiration in his young career was winning three Central Pa Awards, performing at the Liberian Entertainment Awards in 2012, collaborating with Soca superstar Zoelah, and being recognized by American super group Pretty Ricky.But he is not one to let it all go to his head. He is still grounded despite the hectic nature of the industry, and finds time for self and family. “I get so busy all the time that when I get some free time with family I cherish it!”The Bachelor’s degree holder in Business Marketing has big plans for the next few years, including being a world renowned urban pop artist and entrepreneur of a few global businesses which, he said, calls for a strong mind, faith and perseverance, “as success is not a destination but a process.”To the up and coming, those dreaming of getting into the industry, Joey CoStar’s advice is: “Dream it, believe it, pray on it and lastly work for it. No excuses; no one owes you anything. Create your own destiny.”Joey CoStar brings individuality and a different look and eyes to Liberian culture.Born on July 1, 1990 in Monrovia, JC said his mother and father were able to get them out of Liberia during the height of the war. “By God’s grace we arrived in a brand new country with no family and no money, but a dream to live a more meaningful life. I always promised my parents that I will be a product of the concept of starting with zero and ending up on top of the world.”We believe you will, Joey CoStar! We do! Watch this space…Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Dawson Creek will ‘outrun cancer’ during Terry Fox Run

first_imgThe Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research will take place this Sunday, Sept. 18, starting at the Sudeten Hall at 2 p.m. The run is actually open for participants to walk, run or cycle for three, five or 10 kilometres along the Dawson Trail, with signage along the trail to mark the way. Pledge forms can be picked up at City Hall, at the Kenn Borek Aquatic Centre, or at Scotiabank, and donations can be raised individually or online through the website at www.terryfox.org.”This is one of the best fundraisers we have found in terms of community support,” said Erin Oliver, recreation programmer for the City of Dawson Creek, who is helping to organize the event. “There are so many local businesses that donate refreshments or prizes.”She added they had about 150 participants in last years run, but fundraising has waned in recent years and she is hoping that will pick up again.- Advertisement -The Terry Fox Foundation states 87 cents of dollar raised goes towards cancer research, with only three per cent going towards administration and 10 per cent going towards fundraising costs. Oliver noted the foundation funds research for all kinds of cancers, not just one.She added there will prizes for participants and those who come down and donate that day, including the grand prize of a bicycle donated by Scotiabank, the national sponsor of the run. There were also be many other prizes generously donated by local businesses, she said.For more information, visit the website mentioned above.Advertisementlast_img read more

Power Tip: Watermark Your Video Editing Work

first_imgProtect your work!  Watermarking your video projects can prevent them being shared before final delivery and payment.  In this post we show you how to create a quick watermark in Premiere Pro.Watermarking your video editing projects can save you headaches and complication!  Whenever someone takes your work and releases it before it’s ready it can cost you money and your reputation.  You can also avoid clients dragging out payment.  Using a watermark is standard protocol for still photographers but can also be very useful to video pros.  Let’s learn why and how to create video watermarks in Adobe Premiere Pro.Why You Should Watermark Your VideoThere are several bad scenarios that can be avoided by applying a simple watermark to your video during the approval process.Scenario one, theft.  Let’s say you have a client that has hired you to edit or produce and edit a video.  The process starts with agreed milestones and reviews and stage payments.  You work through the post-production process and provide a video for review that is a few steps away from the final version.  It’s possible that the client can review this rough cut video and decide this is all they need done.  However, you intended to do more because it doesn’t come up to your standards and you wouldn’t be happy to release it in its present state.Example of video watermarkThe customer doesn’t have the same standards as you and they can see this as a way to avoid paying or delaying payment because they have all they need for now.  Suddenly, paying you has fallen to the bottom of a very big pile of other things to do.The end result? A second rate production is released with your name attached to it and payment because a really stressful and painful process.However, if you had watermarked your production so they wouldn’t be able to release it, then you could make sure they pay the final payment before you release the final version without watermark.Watermarking is also one way to quickly determine approvals vs final versions when reviewing versions of past video editing projects.Watermarking in Premiere ProWhat you actually put on in your video watermark is completely up to you and may be more based on your client or the complexity of the project than anything else. The key is just making sure you have sufficient watermaking to ensure that the client can’t use it until you have removed it!So how do you create a watermark in Premiere Pro? It’s as simple as creating a title!Go to Title > New Title > Default Still or use the shortcut  CNTL + T (PC) or CMD + T (Mac).  You can also select it from the list that comes up when you click on the ‘New Items’ icon at the bottom of the project panel.Name it ‘Watermark Version …’ and then create a title that says what you need it to say!Next, add that title to a new video layer at the top of your layers. If there isn’t a track free, simply drag the title to the dark grey area at the top and let go and Premiere Pro will create a new layer for you.Creating a New Video TrackNext, trim it out to fit the whole length of your timeline.Trimming the Title Out to the Length of your TimelineLastly, if you chose to create your title with white text, select the title, go to the ‘Effects Controls’ panel, un-twirl ‘Opacity’ and from the ‘Blend Mode’ drop down select a blend mode like ‘Soft Light’. If the effect is still too strong, just turn the opacity value down until it is visible but not too much of a distraction.Blend ModesRender out your sample, rough cut, or preview version and keep the watermark layer in the Premiere Pro project timeline until the client has paid!One last thought: You may want to create a watermark as a small bug on the corner of the frame or along one edge of the video.  This is ok for a more subtle effect (and is less distracting), but do realize that it can easily be cut away if the client has any kind of tech know-how!Your work is your livelihood.  Ensure that clients pay and protect your reputation by insuring that only a final version of any project can be posted and shared!last_img read more

Explore the land of the long white cloud

first_imgThe country’s canopy of blue, with the cleanest of air never fails to surpriseNew Zealand Tourism and the movies have done a mighty fine job. The country has had ad campaign tag lines that tell you that it is the youngest country on Earth and that everything there is “100,The country’s canopy of blue, with the cleanest of air never fails to surpriseNew Zealand Tourism and the movies have done a mighty fine job. The country has had ad campaign tag lines that tell you that it is the youngest country on Earth and that everything there is “100 per cent Pure”. Find these campaigns on You Tube and you will hit a travel agent with your credit card at 100 paces. Then there’s Hrithik Roshan with his “Kaho Naa…” song sequences and bike riding which made New Zealand Bollywood’s 21st century Switzerland. Peter Jackson gave the West its Middle Earth and the habitat of hobbits by setting up his Lord of the Ring trilogy in the country of his birth, while New Zealand’s Southern Alps did a very good impersonation of K2 for Vertical Limit.Not to forget bungee jumping and jogging, two Kiwi inventions that went viral around the world well before the word viral left a laboratory. New Zealand is a country the size of England with a population of under five million, so they have plenty rooms at the inn.The quick trip around New Zealand ‘highlights’ would include a stop over in the City of Sails, Auckland, a visit to the hot springs near Lake Rotorua and the Maori experience in Tamaki. A short ferry ride across the two islands via Picton. A stop over in Christchurch as a hop on the journey to Queenstown and the whole Southern Alps or Lord of the Rings or Milford Sound experience. It also has a large number of hot springs, known as waiariki in MaoriA bungee jump will surely be involved in the trip. Or at least the Sky Walk around Auckland’s Sky Tower. It is 600 feet above the ground and has a platform without railings on it. They let their dumb cluck tourists go around to both enjoy the view as well catch sights of the cooks at the revolving restaurant atop the Tower putting down meat cleavers and chopping vegetables. What the Sky Tower doesn’t advertise is that the Sky Walk is one way to understand the exact meaning of the word ‘nerves.’ It is not about the stuff in the brain: it refers to the capacity of the gut to turn to water and the knees to switch to the mode called Wobble.The more beguiling parts of New Zealand come quietly, far removed from the adrenaline rush of a bunjee jump or the intoxication of a wine-tasting tour (both of which, all sources reveal, are worth the expense.) The country which also owns a romantic Maori name of Aotearoa (also pronounced Ao-tea-roa); the Land of the Long White Cloud. New Zealand needs to be tackled much like you tasted a kiwi fruit for the first time- absorbed slowly and without expectation.To absorb, first abandon thoughts of Australia.New Zealand is not even close-it is just over 25 degrees south east in longitude from its bigger neighbour. The shortest flight between the two is three hours, with a time difference of two hours. Think India and Iraq to the West or Indonesia to the East.Bungee jumping and jogging are two of the most popular adventure sportsArriving in New Zealand is more about finding yourself at the doorstep of Australia’s distant cousin. Distant, mind, not close. Getting there is understanding what it means to be at the edge of the Pacific, in the most active hub of the part of the world called Polynesia. Even in a flat world, this is its very rim. When the sun rises in the East, it rises in its eastern outpost, the New Zealand’s Chatham Islands, 800kms East in the South Pacific Ocean.An immigration line in Auckland will contain a palette of races and cultures that even the well-travelled outsider may find hard to identify. The signboard at baggage arrival-Papeete, Apia, Noumea, Rarotonga, Nuku ‘alofa, Niue-could contain the names of places that must surely be the outposts of paradise.In New Zealand, it is best to wander. Just around the corner and past the obvious, it is possible to find sometimes hidden magical, mystical tales, magical flavours. So when you are offered a choice between a muffin and a fruit on one of the domestic flights, take the fruit. It will be an apple (or pear or nectarine) you will never forget. Promise. What looks like a tiny hill in an Auckland suburb is actually a dormant volcano.The curving Maori symbol of the koru based on the unfurled frond of fern and stands for growth. In a country which prides itself on practical place names like the Doubtful Range and Eighty Eight Valley, there flows a river called the Waimakariri. There is an ice cream called Hokey Pokey and a Tall Black is a basketball player and an All White plays football, a Flat White or a Long Black though is actually Kiwi code for coffee.With a population of under five million, they have plenty rooms at the innsThat just a turn off a country road past a few random fields there will be a rugby club, where a game can be on, always stop and watch. In New Zealand, it is like going to church. Okay, not as holy, but socially sacred. The club could have produced half a dozen All Blacks, the country’s national rugby team that has made rugby union famous around the world even where the sport is not understood. They have a World Cup being held from September 9, when it is possible that every time the All Blacks play, New Zealand may stop breathing. It’s like India and cricket, smaller in scale but as fierce. It will contain mud, maybe blood and some very big men.If New Zealand feels like the edge of the earth, its southern most town, called Inverness, is the closest you can get to Antarctica without being on a scientific expedition. That wonderful description is stolen off a cricket report in the Hindu, but if you are in Inverness (which has another rude description which we shall ignore) stand on its shores (warm clothes mandatory) and take your imagination out to sea. The next shore your mind can spot will feature penguins.New Zealand’s entire landscape is as stunning as it is advertised but what sets it off, is what actually cannot be advertised. It is the country’s canopy of blue, the skies reflecting the cleanest of air (pure, fresh, remember) and it will always surprise. In day time it will contain cotton-clouds that will make every holiday photograph look as if it has been photoshopped. At night you will realise just how many stars there really are in the sky and why we are all actually living on an insignificant piece of rock. Aotearoa is far, far away but one of the country’s more famous pop songs from the 1980s contains a question that must be answered, “The tyranny of distance never stopped the cavalier, so why should it stop me?” So be a cavalier and go. When you get there, New Zealand will remind you of many things-of how the small can be significant and how afterwards, remoteness need not ever matter again.The writer is Delhi based and is Senior Editor, ESPNcricinfo.com.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Soccer Stadium Planned for Haitis Notorious Cite Soleil Shantytown

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) A local sports hero, a New York real estate developer and a well-known architect are teaming up to build a soccer stadium in Haiti’s notorious Cite Soleil, hoping to revive the seaside shantytown known throughout the hemisphere for its extreme poverty and gang battles.Foreign investors in Haiti have largely directed their efforts at rebuilding from a devastating 2010 earthquake, focusing their funds on Port-au-Prince and the overlapping cities that make up the capital and the country’s sleepy coastlines.But ex-Haiti soccer star Robert ”Boby” Duval has masterminded the $5 million stadium project, which he says will address problems that predate the 2010 disaster. Developer Delos LLC and architect Carlos Zapata are working with him on the project in a slum on the outskirts of the capital, full of tin shacks and open sewage canals formerly shunned by investors, avoided by diplomats and at one point considered so dangerous that U.N. peacekeepers would only enter it in armored vehicles.”Cite Soleil was destroyed way before the earthquake,” said Duval. ”This stadium is going to clean up Cite Soleil…. and I’m betting on it.”The 12,000-seat stadium will be called the ”Phoenix Stadium,” referring to hopes that the shantytown will rise up.The organizers also hope the stadium, scheduled to break ground within six months and due to be built by the end of 2013, will bring an initial 500 jobs and inject commerce into Cite Soleil, where politicians have long gone so far as to pay gang leaders to stir up trouble.The arena will also host concerts and serve as a cultural center to foster a sense of community.Duval said it will also serve as the home to a new soccer league for some 350 players, independent of the Haitian Federation of Soccer.For the past 18 years, Duval has run the L’Athletique D’Haiti sports program from a field at the northeastern edge of Cite Soleil, giving some of Haiti’s poorest children life skills through sports. Some 2,000 youths participate in the program, which has been featured along with Duval in Sports Illustrated and ESPN.Duval said the introduction of a second soccer division will raise the quality of Haiti’s national league while providing a future for his budding professionals.”Let me do my own thing so my kids can make some money,” Duval said at his nonprofit sports academy.Federation officials didn’t return calls seeking comment.The current league and smaller clubs play their home games at the only official stadium in Haiti’s capital, the Stade Sylvio Castor in downtown Port-au-Prince. Until last summer, Its parking lot was used as a makeshift settlement for several hundred people displaced by the earthquake until city authorities paid some of them to leave even if they had no place to go. League organizers wanted to reclaim the stadium to resume matches.The bulk of the new stadium’s financing will be provided by Delos, corporations and individual donors. The land, 12 acres in all, was donated by a banker, Duval said.On a recent Thursday morning, dozens of youths sprinted across several adjacent fields in pursuit of a soccer ball at L’Athletique D’Haiti. Just outside the cinderblock wall, a police officer waved cars past a checkpoint, his face masked so that gang leaders wouldn’t recognize him.”I can’t wait for the day that the (stadium) arrives,” 17-year-old student Jean-Gilles Fritznel said as he leaned against a goal post. ”I will have a hard time sleeping the night before, waiting for the sunlight to see it.”The director of a neighborhood youth program welcomed Duval’s project and hopes it will change the culture of violence in the shanty.”Soccer players will be role models,” said 38-year-old Olerch Alexis. ”The youths will want to play soccer instead of pick up guns.”To read the entire story by Trenton Daniel, go to Yahoo read more

Ohio State fall sports wrap

It was a down year for the Buckeye fall sports teams, with no Big Ten championships won by any squad. However, the teams secured five NCAA tournament bids this season with women’s volleyball still in contention. Women’s field hockey and men’s soccer ended the regular season with the best conference success, narrowly missing out on first place and securing second in the Big Ten. Despite the overall lack of championship success, the Buckeyes earned several high individual honors and each team had its own season highlights. Men’s soccer For the first time since 2006, the Ohio State men’s soccer team was not a part of the NCAA tournament. Junior midfielder Chris Hegngi and senior defender David Tiemstra headlined a list of eight OSU players who received Big Ten awards; Hegngi and Tiemstra were named the conference’s best offensive and defensive player, respectively. Tiemstra and Hegngi were named First-Team All-Big Ten while senior forward Parnell Hegngi, junior midfielder Austin McAnena and junior goalkeeper Matt Lampson earned second-team honors. The Buckeyes finished with an overall 10-7-2 record, 4-2 in the Big Ten, placing second behind Northwestern. After losing to Northwestern on Oct. 9, a regular season conference championship seemed unlikely as the team sat at 7-5-1 overall and 2-1 in the conference. Coach John Bluem said the game was “one of the worst performances by an OSU team in (his) 15 years here.” The team responded, going 3-0-1 in its next four contests to put itself in a position to win the title in its final regular season game. OSU was not up to the task as they fell to Indiana on the road, 1-0. “It was certainly a disappointment to come away without a win and not win the championship outright,” Bluem said in a press release. “But it was definitely a difficult task at hand.” OSU had won the Big Ten tournament the last four years, but the team was defeated by Penn State in the first round of the tournament, ending its season. Women’s soccer At first glance the OSU women’s soccer team’s final regular season record of 10-8-1 and subsequent first-round loss in the Big Ten tournament doesn’t seem like anything too special. However, it was a couple of program milestones and an unlikely run in the NCAA tournament that made the 2011 season memorable. The Buckeyes received a bid to the national tournament, albeit one the team and coach Lori Walker did not expect to receive, and collected upset victories against Tennessee and Milwaukee to advance to the Sweet Sixteen to play Duke, the top-seeded team in the region. OSU led the Blue Devils, 1-0, at halftime, but two second-half goals by Duke ended the Buckeyes’ tournament run. “This team found a second life and made something of it,” Walker said following the loss. “We always said we wanted to advance until we met a team that is playing better than us … I give credit to our seniors for leading us to be here and we’ve got nothing to be disappointed about.” The 2011 senior class tied last year’s class as the winningest four-year group in program history with 51 victories. The Buckeyes also recorded program win No. 200 on Sept. 23 at home against Illinois. Field Hockey The field hockey team ended its 2011 campaign with a 12-9 overall record and 4-2 mark in conference play. By losing to Old Dominion in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the team overcame its semifinal loss in the conference tournament to make the big dance in three consecutive seasons. This was the Buckeyes’ seventh appearance in the tournament, while six of them have been under 16-year head coach Anne Wilkinson. The team was led by captain and First-Team All-Big Ten honoree Jenn Sciulli while forwards Berta Queralt, Danica Deckard and midfielder Paula Pastor-Pitarque were named Second-Team All-Big Ten selections. The team strongly depended on its defense in many of its games. Goaltender and captain Ally Tunitis notched four shutouts on the season and now holds the single-season wins record for OSU goalkeepers. The season was far from a failure due to the girls’ most notable win against No. 11 Michigan when they won, 2-1, in a thriller to kick off conference play. Tunitis described the win as the “most meaningful moment of the season.” Women’s volleyball The women’s volleyball team has yet to finish its season, as it will be making its way to Florida, Saturday and Sunday, for the Gainesville Regional to face the winner of Illinois and Marquette in the Sweet 16. The team finished its regular season with an overall record of 21-14 and a conference record of 9-11. The Buckeyes’ rollercoaster ride of a season sparked surprise at their tournament run, but a win over No. 14 Tennessee on Friday kept the girls’ season hopes alive. Junior Mari Hole was the only Buckeye named a First-Team All-Big Ten honoree while Kelli Barhorst was named a Sportsmanship Award honoree. Men’s cross-country The OSU men’s cross-country team was without its No. 1 runner for most of the 2011 season. For most teams, losing a top runner would spell doom, but for the Buckeyes this season, it did not. OSU qualified for the 2011 NCAA National Championships in Terra Haute, Ind., and finished 23rd out of 31 teams on Nov. 21 to conclude its season. The National Championship appearance was the third in five years for head coach Robert Gary and the Buckeyes. Redshirt senior Jake Edwards, OSU’s top runner coming at the beginning of the year, suffered a hamstring injury at the Notre Dame Invitational on Sept. 30 and missed the rest of the season. Led by junior Donny Roys and redshirt senior Taylor Williams, the Buckeyes were resilient. Two weeks after losing Edwards, OSU ran at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational on Oct. 14. Among a field featuring 20 of the top 30 programs in the nation, the Buckeyes finished 17th. The men went on to finish fifth at both the Big Ten Championships on Oct. 30 and NCAA Great Lakes Regionals on Nov. 12, and received an at-large berth to the NCAA National Championships. Roys and Williams paced the way for the Buckeyes at the National Championship meet, placing 95th and 100th, respectively. Gary said the 2011 season was one of his all-time favorites. “I would have to say … (the 2011 team) was my third favorite team ever to have,” he said. Women’s cross-country The 2011 OSU women’s cross-country season has assistant coach Chris Neal optimistic for 2012. The Buckeyes sent two runners to the 2011 NCAA National Championships in Terra Haute, Ind., on Nov. 21 as individual qualifiers, and finished sixth at the NCAA Great Lakes Regionals on Nov. 12. Four of OSU’s top-five runners will return in 2012. “(This season) is definitely a building block going forward,” Neal said. Jordan Jennewine, the team’s lone senior, along with junior Tori Brink and freshman Nicole Hilton, led the Buckeyes this season. A first-place finish at the Mountaineer Open in Boone, N.C., on Sept. 16 by both Jennewine and OSU as a team, started off the season on a high point. Following a disappointing 38th-place finish at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational on Oct. 14, the Buckeyes failed to impress at the Big Ten Championships on Oct. 30, placing ninth as a team. OSU sixth-place finish at the regional meet didn’t earn the team a bid to the NCAA National Championships, but Brink and Hilton were individual selections. Brink and Hilton ran well again at the National Championship, finishing near the top half of the field in 120th and 142nd place. Golf The OSU men’s golf team’s opened its autumn slate on a high note with its second consecutive and 19th team title overall in the 15-team Marshall Invitational, with senior Alex Redfield claiming the individual title. The Buckeyes hit a bit of a rough patch after that, finishing in a tie for 10th out of 15 teams in the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational from Sept. 16-18 and earning a last-place 11th in a rain-shortened Inverness Intercollegiate Invitational on Sept. 27. As the host team of the Jack Nicklaus Invitational from Oct. 10-11, OSU finished second out a field of 12 teams, placing higher than four Top 25 ranked teams. The Buckeyes concluded the season with a last-place performance in the 15-team Isleworth Collegiate Invitational from Oct. 23-25. The OSU women’s golf team finished in third-place or better in all four autumn tournaments in which it played. The Buckeyes opened the season with a runner-up performance in the 12-team Mary Fossum Invitational from Sept. 16-17 and recorded a third-place finish out of 15 teams in the Windy City Invitational from Oct. 3-4. In the Lady Northern Invitational from Oct. 10-11, on the same course that the 2012 Big Ten championship will be played this spring, OSU finished second out of 12 teams. The Buckeyes concluded their fall slate by finishing third out of 18 teams in the Landfall Tradition from Oct. 28-30. Both OSU golf teams will resume play in February. read more

Mourinho Man United need wins right away

first_imgJose Mourinho is hungry for points as Manchester United look to get their top-four Premier League hopes back on track against Fulham on SaturdayThe Red Devils are on a four-match winless run in the English top-flight and find themselves already 18 points adrift of leaders Manchester City after Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal.With hopes of a Premier League title now practically over, United’s main goal for this season is to seal a top-four finish.But they are eight points behind fourth-place Chelsea and must return to winning ways immediately.Although Mourinho concedes that, even against bottom-side Fulham, nothing is guaranteed ahead of this weekend’s showdown at Old Trafford.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“I sat here a few weeks ago speaking about December and [having] no defeats – that’s a reality,” said the United boss, according to SportsMax.“[We have had] good fights, good spirit but just one victory against Young Boys [in the Champions League], and three draws, [but] we need points, Fulham are the same.“I want to be positive and think we are going to win, but if we don’t [win], give credit to people who deserve credit.“The game is not 11 v 0, it’s going to be 11 v 11, with good players on the other side, the position and points [total] don’t say much about [the] potential of the team.“They have one of the two most important managers in Premier League history, they have the potential to come here and give us a difficult match.”last_img read more

HGTV Magazine Boosting Rate Base Twice in 2013

first_imgFood Network magazine, the first joint venture between Hearst and Scripps, has seen similar success. That title has gone through seven rate base increases, now at 1.45 million from a launch rate base of 400,000. That title also launched with two test issues and quickly scaled to 900,000 after those tests.The jump for HGTV is a good sign for the brand, at least in terms of its survivability alongside the rest of Hearst’s magazines. “Magazines with 300,000 units of circulation aren’t optimal for us—we’re really looking for 700,000 at the low end and 4 million at the high end, we need a passionate audience of scale,” said John Loughlin, executive vice president and general manager for Hearst Magazines, in an article for Audience Development magazine examining the relationship between magazine brands and their TV show counterparts. HGTV Magazine, published by Hearst in a partnership with Scripps Networks’ HGTV, is following in the footsteps of its big sister title, Food Network, by dramatically increasing its rate base in the next year. The magazine will jump to 700,000 with the January/February 2013 issue, then 800,000 in July. In all, HGTV will have increased its rate base 78 percent.The increase comes only 8 months after a test issue of the magazine first appeared on newsstands last October with a rate base of 450,000. “With the strength of the HGTV brand behind us, we have created a new kind of magazine, home/lifestyle, that is resonating deeply with readers and is building incredible momentum in the marketplace,” says HGTV chief revenue officer/publisher Dan Fuchs in a statement.In the fourth quarter of 2011, the magazine tested two issues, then debuted with the first official issue in June/July. Three more issues are planned for 2012. The first test issue blew through its distribution and Hearst did another press run of 135,000 more copies.last_img read more

Townsquare Media Buys Music Sites From AOL

first_img“We completed the transaction and have spent the past several months working with their fantastic editorial staffs to develop the sites on our platform” said John Lerner, CEO of Breaking Media at the time of the deal.  “We were attracted by the quality of editorial teams and the fact that these sites have been reaching insiders in their markets for almost two years. We also feel the that the Defense, Energy and Government sectors fit well with our legal and finance verticals.”The Townsquare deal adds another 3.5 million visitors per comScore numbers, reports AllThings D. The company already has 250 companion websites for its radio stations as well as a network of owned and operated sites across the indie, hip hop, rock and country genres, claiming 60 million unique monthly visitors. Radio, live event and digital media company Townsquare Media is acquiring The Boot, The BoomBox, NoiseCreep and comics enthusiast site ComicsAlliance from AOL in what appears to be a last-minute save for the brands.In April TechCrunch and Billboard reported the AOL Music sites were on the verge of being shut down, with many of the staff let go. Terms of the deal were not released, but some staff of AOL Music and ComicsAlliance will be joining Townsquare Media going forward. AOL has recently been divesting some of its smaller niche sites—in mid-May Breaking Media announced that it closed on a deal to buy AOL Defense, AOL Energy and AOL Gov.last_img read more

Maruti Suzuki to invest Rs 15000 crore for sales and services infrastructure

first_imgMaruti Suzuki will spend a whopping Rs 15,000 crore towards expanding its sales-and-service infrastructure over the next five years, as India’s biggest carmaker aims to grow its annual sales to nearly 2 million units by 2020 from 1.1 million vehicles in last fiscal year.The earmarked investment will be used to procure land for dealers to double the number of dealership outlets, expanding warehousing capabilities and transportation facilities.The growth in the company’s annual sales will be mainly led by production at its third plant in Gujarat, which is expected to start operations by early 2017.”We have to double our network as the Gujarat plant output will lead to a gradual doubling of sales. The bulk of the investment required for additional sales will precede start of production at our Gujarat plant. The total money needed for creating additional sales-and-service infrastructure has been estimated to be Rs 30,000 crore. Of that, half the money will be invested by us, and the rest by dealers,” Maruti Suzuki Chairman R C Bhargava told Business Standard.Currently, the Delhi-headquartered automobile company has more than 1,700 dealership outlets in the country and it has recently set up a new dealership network, Nexa, to sell premium cars. The company is also planning to open a network for its light commercial vehicle launches.The company had spent Rs 11,000 crore to build its current sales-and- service infrastructure , Bhargava said adding that the setting up of the same infrastructure would now cost Rs 30,000 crore due to an exponential rise in land prices.As land prices are expensive for dealers, the company plans to procure the land and lease it for the dealers. It has already formed a team of executives from real estate firms to manage its “land-procurement exercise”.”The land cost today is making it difficult for dealers to invest. But if investments are not made, it will hurt us. We will buy sites where we want dealerships and workshops to come up in future,” said Bhargava.The company is sitting on a cash pile of about Rs 13,000 crore and the Rs 8,000-10,000-crore investment in the Gujarat plant will be made by its parent Suzuki.last_img read more