Rodale Hires President

first_imgRodale has hired former Dow Jones executive, Scott Schulman, as its president—a role left vacant since Steven Pleshette Murphy stepped down as president and CEO in 2009.Maria Rodale, who assumed Murphy’s CEO duties at the time of his departure, had stated her intention to hire both a president and COO in July.Schulman [pictured] had been at Dow Jones for 13 years, most recently as president of corporate markets, before leaving in 2012 amidst a slew of executive changes at the company. Schulman was publisher of The Wall Street Journal Online early in his tenure with Dow Jones, returning the group to profitability by introducing new revenue streams and expanding its subscription model. Todd Larsen, now EVP and group president of Time Inc.’s news and sports group, was also part of last year’s executive shakeup at Dow Jones.Maria Rodale is expected to retain an “active” role as CEO, though it will focus on “broader strategic initiatives” within the company, while Schulman will be responsible for strategy and revenue growth. The COO search has been postponed for the time being.”When I took over as CEO four years ago, I had all aspects of the business reporting directly to me,” Rodale says. “The main purpose of [Schulman’s] role is to have all the brands reporting up to him. He’s really going to be running the brands on a day-to-day basis.””We’re at a place where the company is healthy,” she adds. “I’m not as concerned with the day-to-day operating of the brands. I’m more concerned about how we prepare for the future.”Rodale named several potential revenue-drivers the company could pursue moving forward—new content verticals, e-commerce and events were among them—but says they’re just investigating them at this point. A paid content model like the one Schulman helped pioneer at The Wall Street Journal is also in play, she says. Schulman joins Rodale as the company posted a 12-percent year-over-year increase in ad pages across brands in the first half of 2013.Among its larger titles, Men’s Health (up 24.8 percent), Women’s Health (up 26.9 percent) and Runner’s World (up 14.3 percent) each saw significant growth, per PIB. Its smaller magazines, including Runner’s World (up 0.5 percent) and Bicycling (down 1.9 percent) were relatively flat however. Overall, the company says its projecting record ad revenues for 2013.”Rodale has an inspiring mission, compelling content, an impressive customer base, and multiple distribution platforms,” Schulman says in a statement. “I’m thrilled to partner with Maria and the entire Rodale family, as well as its immensely talented brand leaders, to build upon the company’s legacy and its unprecedented success of the past year.” Schulman will officially begin on Oct. 28.last_img read more

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Expect New Faces atop House Armed Services Subcommittees Next Year

first_imgThe Republican side of the House Armed Services Committee, including the leadership posts for many of its subcommittees, will undergo significant turnover in the next Congress as seven GOP members leave due to retirement, primary defeat or a decision to seek higher office.The highest profile departure is Randy Forbes (R-Va.), who lost his primary last month after switching to a neighboring district. Forbes is the third most-senior Republican on the committee and the chair of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee. His departure will leave a noticeable void and prompt a battle for the chairmanship of the panel.One likely candidate to fill his subcommittee post is fellow Virginian Rob Wittman (R), who now chairs the Readiness Subcommittee, which is responsible for BRAC and other installation and real estate matters. “It’s no secret that I’ve shown interest in chairing the Seapower Subcommittee in the past,” Wittman told CQ Roll Call. “And I’d be honored to serve in that capacity in the future.”The other likely candidate to replace Forbes on the Seapower panel is Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.)If Wittman were to leave his current post to take over Seapower, one committee member who has expressed interest in assuming the Readiness slot is Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), who now leads the Oversight and Investigations panel.Joe Heck (R-Nev.), chair of the Military Personnel Subcommittee, opted to leave the House to pursue the Senate seat being vacated by Minority Leader Harry Reid (D).Other Republicans who will not be on the committee in the 115th Congress, even before the results of the Novembers elections are determined, are Jeff Miller (Fla.), John Kline (Minn.), John Fleming (La.), Chris Gibson (N.Y.) and Rich Nugent (Fla.).On the Democratic side, at least four members are departing. Loretta Sanchez (Calif.), the No. 2 Democrat after Adam Smith (Wash.) is giving up her spot to run for the Senate, as is Tammy Duckworth (Ill.), who is running to unseat Sen. Mark Kirk (R). Two other Democratic members are retiring — Mark Takai (Hawaii) and Gwen Graham (Fla.). Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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Americana Supergroup Im With Her Required Listening

first_img “Required Listening” Billy Porter Jr. Jimmy Iovine, Scott Goldman and Allen HughesPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com Scott Goldman and Dan AuerbachPhoto: Alison Buck/Getty Images Jeff LynnePhoto: Lester Cohen/WireImage Jimmy Iovine, Scott Goldman and Allen HughesPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com Hear It Now: Alessia Cara | “Required Listening” Aloe BlaccPhoto: Courtesy of GRAMMY Museum Jimmy Iovine, Scott Goldman and Allen HughesPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com Creative surprises born of togetherness also apply to their songwriting, and they cite the tracks “Game To Lose” and “I-89” as having snowballed after each began as just a groove. But all four discussed the unique context of the folk/Americana circuit as nurturing that kind of creativity. Watkins responded to a point made by O’Donovan that this even extends to their audiences. “I bet you 85 percent of the audience have guitars and sing songs with their friends,” Watkins says. “They’re relating to the bands on stage as people who speak the same language. It’s that commonality and that appreciation.” “Required Listening” Dan Auerbach Imagine DragonsPhoto: Alison Buck/Getty Images Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan and Sara Watkins feel their trio’s coming together was natural and organic, the way folk music should bePhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Oct 4, 2018 – 5:05 pm In the latest episode of the GRAMMY Museum’s Required Listening podcast, Artistic Director Scott Goldman interviewed Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan and Sara Watkins about their folk supergroup I’m With Her. The Americana trio’s first album together, See You Around, was released in February 2018 to critical acclaim.Listen Now: “Required Listening” With I’m With HerAt the 59th GRAMMY Awards, Jarosz took home two wins; for Best Folk Album for a solo release of her’s, Undercurrent, as well as for Best American Roots Performance for the LP’s track “House Of Mercy.” Watkins’ band Nickel Creek won Best Contemporary Folk Album for This Side at the 45th GRAMMY Awards. O’Donovan’s singing with Crooked Still brought her widespread attention and a supportive community of fans, including fellow artists. As Goldman and the three women discuss in the episode, the collaborative creativity of the folk/Americana circuit of festivals meant they had been supportive friends long before collaboration became an organic next step.The women didn’t know what to expect when they began singing together, which was part of what made their collaboration fun and exciting. Responding to Watkins’ observations about singing around a single microphone, Jarosz expands that they found it “sonically unifying as a young band to be able to be that close and figure out what our blend is, what our vibe is, how the different timbres of our voices go together.” She continues, “Now I personally feel more comfortable on a multi-mic set-up having had the time put in with the one mic…It’s so special and intimate and close that way.” Johnny Mathis, Babyface | “Required Listening” Prev Next Listen: Sheryl Crow | “Required Listening” Listen: Jeff Lynne | “Required Listening” “Required Listening” On Julia Michaels’ “Issues” Jeff LynnePhoto: Lester Cohen/WireImage Scott Goldman and Julia MichaelsPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com Listen: Weezer | “Required Listening” Scott Goldman and Julia MichaelsPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com Keith Urban and Scott GoldmanPhoto: Matt Winkelmeyer/WireImage.com Photo: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com Erika Ender | “Required Listening” Podcast Aloe BlaccPhoto: Courtesy of GRAMMY Museum Listen: Aloe Blacc | “Required Listening” Andy Grammer and Scott Goldman Sheryl Crow and Scott GoldmanPhoto: Timothy Norris/WireImage.com “Required Listening” Spotlights ‘The Defiant Ones’ Photo: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com Hear It Now: Alessia Cara | “Required Listening” Erika Ender | “Required Listening” Podcast (L-R) Heather Parry, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Scott GoldmanPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images Weezer and Scott Goldman (right)Photo: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com Weezer and Scott Goldman (right)Photo: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com Photo: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com “Required Listening” Billy Porter Jr. Listen: Sheryl Crow | “Required Listening” “Required Listening” Spotlights ‘The Defiant Ones’ We performed Adele’s “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” in bed for seriously ill kids stuck in theirs for @MyMusicRx’s #Bedstock. We challenge @adele to play from bed, too! You can make a difference by donating at https://t.co/uEMnsS1xsj! Full vid: https://t.co/IQMhPg9W0i pic.twitter.com/dgSjts6zzg— I’m With Her (@imwithherband) September 27, 2018 Billy Porter Jr. and Scott GoldmanPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images Listen: Justin Tranter | “Required Listening” Cold War Kids and Scott GoldmanPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com Billy Porter Jr. and Scott GoldmanPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images Listen: Jeff Lynne | “Required Listening” Weezer and Scott Goldman (right)Photo: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com “Required Listening” Dan Auerbach Listen: Aloe Blacc | “Required Listening” Imagine DragonsPhoto: Alison Buck/Getty Images Hear It Now: Alessia Cara | “Required Listening” I’m With Her | “Required Listening” Sheryl Crow and Scott GoldmanPhoto: Timothy Norris/WireImage.com I’m With HerPhoto: Jason Kempin/AMA/Getty Images Listen: Keith Urban | “Required Listening” “Required Listening” Podcast I’m With Her | “Required Listening” americana-supergroup-im-her-required-listening Listen: Jeff Lynne | “Required Listening” Facebook Listen: Weezer | “Required Listening” Subscribe To “Required Listening” And Listen Now At Apple MusicRead more Listen: Aloe Blacc | “Required Listening” Alessia Cara and Scott GoldmanPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com https://twitter.com/imwithherband/status/1045312512265080832 Listen: Cold War Kids | “Required Listening” “Required Listening”: New GRAMMY Museum Podcast Cold War Kids and Scott GoldmanPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com Imagine DragonsPhoto: Alison Buck/Getty Images Erika Ender | “Required Listening” Podcast Appreciating music in common extends to keeping entire albums on repeat during long car rides between venues. Jarosz cited Away Out On The Mountain by Tim O’Brien and the GRAMMY-winning Modern Vampires Of The City by Vampire Weekend, while O’Donovan made a touching confession about her soft spot for The Sound Of Music Soundtrack. “I just want to say for the record, sometimes you just have to go dig way back deep into your subliminal early influences and figure out what it is that makes you tick,” she shared. “I think it’s Christopher Plummer for me.” For those too young to recognize the name, the actor portrayed the patriarch of the German Trapp Family Singers in the film also starring Julie Andrews.I’m With Her is currently on tour across North America, creatively connecting their fresh Americana to the genre’s deep folk roots. Diddy, Heather Parry | “Required Listening” “Required Listening” Dan Auerbach Billy Porter Jr. and Scott GoldmanPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images Listen: Keith Urban | “Required Listening” Aloe BlaccPhoto: Courtesy of GRAMMY Museum Photo: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com Listen: Justin Tranter | “Required Listening” Andy Grammer and Scott Goldman Listen: Sheryl Crow | “Required Listening” Americana Supergroup I’m With Her | “Required Listening” I’m With HerPhoto: Jason Kempin/AMA/Getty Images Justin Tranter and Scott Goldman “Required Listening” On Julia Michaels’ “Issues” (L-R) Heather Parry, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Scott GoldmanPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images Justin Tranter and Scott Goldman Email Listen: Weezer | “Required Listening” I’m With Her | “Required Listening” Jeff LynnePhoto: Lester Cohen/WireImage “Required Listening” On Julia Michaels’ “Issues” I’m With HerPhoto: Jason Kempin/AMA/Getty Images Scott Goldman and Julia MichaelsPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com Twitter Listen: Keith Urban | “Required Listening” “Required Listening”: New GRAMMY Museum Podcast https://www.instagram.com/p/Bm0MueiAoiu I’m With Her | “Required Listening” Justin Tranter and Scott Goldman Keith Urban and Scott GoldmanPhoto: Matt Winkelmeyer/WireImage.com “Required Listening”: New GRAMMY Museum Podcast Andy Grammer and Scott Goldman Listen: Cold War Kids | “Required Listening” Listen: Andy Grammer | “Required Listening” Listen: Cold War Kids | “Required Listening” Johnny Mathis, Babyface | “Required Listening” News Diddy, Heather Parry | “Required Listening” Diddy, Heather Parry | “Required Listening” Keith Urban and Scott GoldmanPhoto: Matt Winkelmeyer/WireImage.com Sheryl Crow and Scott GoldmanPhoto: Timothy Norris/WireImage.com “Required Listening” Spotlights ‘The Defiant Ones’ Photo: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com Listen: Andy Grammer | “Required Listening” Alessia Cara and Scott GoldmanPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com (L-R) Heather Parry, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Scott GoldmanPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images Scott Goldman and Dan AuerbachPhoto: Alison Buck/Getty Images Cold War Kids and Scott GoldmanPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com Scott Goldman and Dan AuerbachPhoto: Alison Buck/Getty Images Johnny Mathis, Babyface | “Required Listening” Alessia Cara and Scott GoldmanPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com Listen: Andy Grammer | “Required Listening” Photo: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com Listen: Justin Tranter | “Required Listening” “Required Listening” Billy Porter Jr.last_img read more

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2020 Volvo V60 XC60 get the Polestar Engineered treatment

first_imgA trio of Polestar Engineered Volvos — how lovely. Volvo If you’re bummed you didn’t get one of Volvo’s superlimited-production S60 Polestar Engineered sedans before they sold out, well, buck up, little camper. Volvo announced Wednesday it’s bringing a few more high-performance treats to the US — and this time, they’ll even be wagon- and SUV-shaped.Starting this summer, you’ll be able to order Polestar Engineered versions of the V60 wagon and XC60 crossover. These cars get the same upgrades as the S60 Polestar Engineered sedan, including a nifty Öhlins suspension and bigger brakes with gold-painted calipers. On top of that, you’ll get a similar list of visual enhancements, including new wheels, black chrome tailpipes and a gloss black grille.Of course, you also get a power boost. All Polestar Engineered cars are powered by a higher-output version of Volvo’s T8 Twin-Engine plug-in hybrid powertrain, putting out 415 horsepower and 494 pound-feet of torque. Compared with the standard XC60 T8, that’s an increase of 15 horsepower and 22 pound-feet. And since Volvo doesn’t offer a T8-trim V60 in the US, this is your only way to get a plug-in hybrid version of Volvo’s excellent wagon.Volvo Polestar Engineered ModelsBig wheels and gold calipers look rad on the XC60 crossover. Volvo We’ll admit, the Polestar Engineered model isn’t our favorite version of the S60 sedan. Its powertrain isn’t as smooth as the turbocharged T5 and turbocharged-and-supercharged T6 options. Plus, the transition between regenerative and mechanical braking is really harsh. We found this to be true of the not-for-US V60 T8, as well.Volvo hasn’t announced pricing for these models, but based on current XC60 T8 numbers, it’s safe to assume they’ll land somewhere north of $60,000. Unlike the 2019 model year S60 Polestar Engineered, which was limited to just 20 cars for the US, there will be “considerably more” 2020 models, a Volvo spokesperson confirmed to Roadshow. That includes a second run of S60s, and Volvo says the 2020 models “will be available via traditional channels and not through Care by Volvo” (the automaker’s subscription service).Considering the buzz the S60 Polestar Engineered sedan generated when it launched, I can’t imagine Volvo will have a hard time finding homes for its latest batch of hot hybrids. Besides, that V60 just looks hella good. Polestar Engineered parts for Volvo 60-series T8 models Tags Hybrids Luxury cars Performance Cars More From Roadshow 7 Photos Comment Polestar Volvo 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country first drive: Small changes make a big impact 2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered first drive: Almost Super Trouper Share your voice 1 Volvo Originally published April 3, 10:22 a.m. PT.Update, 10:40 a.m.: Adds comment from Volvo. 2019 Volvo S60 review: More competitive than everlast_img read more

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CVC summons WalMart India head in alleged bribery case

first_imgThe Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has summoned the India head of US-based multinational retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc in the wake of allegations that the company had paid massive amounts as bribe in India to obtain regulatory permits for some of its operations.The CVC probe will involve examination of the retailer’s documents and for the first time, the investigation agency is acting on its own based on a media report.”Some observations have been made that Wal-Mart gave some amount to government officials here. It is our duty to look into it,” PTI quoted Vigilance Commissioner TM Bhasin as sayingHe said “the Commission has taken suo motu cognisance of it and summoned country head of Wal-Mart here.””We have asked them to submit details to us by November 15,” Bhasin said.It is also for the first time that the CVC has initiated a probe against a private firm.Wal-Mart is suspected to have paid “thousands of small payments” to junior-level officials in India in order to pass its goods through customs or get real estate approvals, the Wall Street Journal had reported last month.”The vast majority of the suspicious payments were less than $200, and some were as low as $5, the people said, but when added together they totalled millions of dollars,” the report said.Wal-Mart decided to put aside its plans to foray into the Indian market in 2013 by discontinuing its joint venture with Bharti Enterprises Ltd. After that, the company opted to go alone in India.”Wal-Mart was also involved in lobbying before the US Congress in this regard,” the report said, citing Congressional disclosure reports of the past few years.last_img read more

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AirAsia has had 1 billion takeover offer for leasing unit Report

first_imgAsia’s largest budget airline AirAsia Bhd (AIRA.KL) has received a $1 billion offer for its aircraft leasing unit, Bloomberg News quoted Chief Executive Tony Fernandes as saying.AirAsia intends to divest the business, Asia Aviation Capital Ltd, at some point, Fernandes told Bloomberg on Monday but added that the offer needs to be discussed further with the board.He was quoted as saying that the business was a “powerful cash generator”.Reuters reported in October that AirAsia has been in talks with lessors, including cash-rich Chinese companies, to sell a stake in its leasing subsidiary.Chinese companies are seeking to grow aggressively in the leasing industry that provides about 40 percent of the planes used by airlines globally.Following the Reuters report, AirAsia said late last year that it had received approaches from investors to co-invest in the leasing unit.last_img read more

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UNHCR operations chief in city to see Rohingya crisis

first_imgUNHCR’s assistant high commissioner for operations George Okoth-Obbo has arrived in Bangladesh to see the Rohingya situation on the ground, reports UNB.In Cox’s Bazar, the head of UNHCR operations who arrived in Bangladesh on a three-day visit on Tuesday, will meet Rohingya refugee families to better understand their needs and review UNHCR’s response, UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards said in a press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.While in Dhaka, he will meet Bangladeshi authorities to underline UNHCR’s readiness to significantly ramp up its response and provide support to the government in addressing the humanitarian needs and ensuring the protection of refugees, according to a message UNB received from Geneva.Meanwhile, UNHCR emergency airlift lands in Dhaka as Rohingya crisis deepens further.On the other hand, Mohammed Abdiker Mohamud, director of the department of operations and emergency, International Organization for Migration (IOM), and their teams are also currently visiting the country to observe the current influx of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar into Bangladesh.last_img read more

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Sutherland Springs Church Questioned Over Donations After Shooting

first_imgEric Gay | AP via NPRFirst Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.Donors, survivors and victims’ families are questioning how a South Texas church is spending millions of dollars of donations made since a gunman killed more than two dozen worshippers in November.Demand for more information grew after the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, near San Antonio, announced plans for a new $3 million sanctuary last month.Mike Ritch raised nearly $100,000 for victims, but has since cut ties with the church. He’s asking for more transparency about where the money is going.Church leaders say they’re distributing the thousands of donations from around the world. They insist they aren’t using victim’s relief funds to pay for the new church.The church declined to report fundraising totals and won’t have to disclose details to the IRS. Sharelast_img read more

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