More than a few magazine and media executives spent the holidays putting the finishing touches on deal closures. We’re only 3 weeks into January and there’s been a flurry of M&A action—from decently big deals to small. Here’s a recap:Today of course Meredith announced it’s buying Allrecipes.com from Reader’s Digest Association, advancing a deep dive strategy into the food vertical as fast as RDA is pulling away from it, having also bought Everyday With Rachael Ray from them. The deal closely followed Meredith’s acquisition of FamilyFun from Disney Publishing earlier in the month. Harry Stagnito has sold Stagnito Media to private equity firm Topspin LBO, which also owns his son’s Vermont-based Moose River Media. The deal, says Stagnito, will allow the company to build out its marketing services and data and information products. Edwin V. Avent’s Heart & Soul magazine has been sold to a group of investors called Brown Curry Detry Taylor & Associates. BCDT’s principals all have direct ties to the magazine, having worked for it in one capacity or another.Hanley Wood is now owned by Oaktree Capital Management, Strategic Value Partners and Tennenbaum Capital Partners after going through a major recapitalization, cutting its debt from $410 million to $80 million.In a retreat from the U.S. market, Future plc sold its U.S. group’s Music Division, including 3 magazines, to NewBay Media for $3 million. Revenues for the group in Future’s fiscal 2011 were about $13 million. Grand View Media has taken over management of Shooting Sports Retailer magazine. While not technically a sale, Grand View may have an option to buy after a certain period of time and certain performance goals are met.F+W Media is expanding its food vertical coverage, too. It bought World Tea Media, which produces the World Tea Expo as well as associated editorial products. Vibe Holdings has been merged with BlackBook Media and Access Network, forming Vibe Media. The combined entity will be owned by the Yucaipa Johnson Fund, backed by Ron Burkle and Earvin “Magic” Johnson, and InterMedia Partners.Bangor Metro, a regional magazine serving the Bangor, Maine region, has been sold to Cashman Asset Management.
High Times has announced that it’s appointing David Kohl, a digital media veteran who helped launch the digital music video service Vevo, as its new chief executive. Kohl served most recently as a strategic adviser to Microsoft and NBCUniversal and was previously an executive at Nokia, Viacom and Vivendi’s Universal Music Group. Time Out Group has announced the appointment of Julio Bruno as executive chairman of Time Out Group and Noel Penzer’s promotion to CEO of the Group. Their appointments come as Time Out looks to capitalize on its momentum as the company has grown and expanded to 107 cities across 38 countries with an audience of nearly 40 million per month across multiple platforms. Quentin Walz has joined Fast Company as chief revenue officer and chief development officer. He replaces Christine Osekoski. Andy Hart has been appointed senior vice president, chief revenue officer of Hearst Magazines International, a newly created role. From 2002 to 2008, Hart was CEO of the digital division of DMGT (Daily Mail and General Trust plc). Previously, he was CEO of Diageo Plc’s Translucis. Stephen Pope has been named editor-in-chief of Flying. Over the past five years, he’s instilled his writing skills in Flying as senior editor. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move: Penzer joined Time Out as managing director Europe in April 2015 from AOL where he oversaw all AOL properties in Europe, including Huffington Post and TechCrunch. He was later promoted to the position of president of the Time Out Group. XO Group Inc., a consumer internet and media company devoted to “weddings, pregnancy and everything in between,” has announced that Brent Tworetzky is joining the company as executive vice president, product. Tworetzky’s product and business leadership includes Udacity, Chegg and WebMD, among others. Bruno was global vice president of sales at TripAdvisor leading the global expansion of Business Listings; and previously held senior executive roles at Travelport, Regus and Diageo. Stephanie Miller has been named account executive and social media manager at MP&A Digital & Advertising. She had been communications coordinator at Walt Disney World Resort.
Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury concept is breathtaking Post a comment More From Roadshow More about 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS450 Review • 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS450 review: Normcore sensibility for the Neiman Marcus set Share your voice Future Cars Luxury cars SUVs Superluxury Cars 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 review: Let it semi-autonomously chauffeur your chauffeur 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class first drive: ‘The S-Class of SUVs’ earns its title Tags 2019 Mercedes-Benz S560 Coupe review: Still the luxury benchmark 0 18 Photos Preview • 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class is a smooth makeover for the brand’s largest SUV Mercedes-Benz Enlarge ImageDon’t expect that car-like rear end to show up on the production version. Even Mercedes-Maybach has its limits. Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz plans to lean on its Maybach sub-brand to help the automaker compete against a growing contingent of super-luxury SUVs like the Bentley Bentayga and Rolls-Royce Cullinan. And now we know where it will be built.The upcoming Mercedes-Maybach SUV will be built in Alabama, Automotive News reports. With an estimated price around $200,000, that this super-SUV would become the most expensive vehicle manufactured in the US, a title currently held by the $159,300 Acura NSX. Before production begins, it’s expected to make its formal debut in China later this year.The upcoming Maybach SUV will be based on the same platform as the new generation of Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class, which will also be unveiled this year. Both vehicles will be built alongside the GLE-Class and C-Class at the Mercedes-Benz US International facility, which was first announced in 1993 and got its start building the automaker’s M-Class SUV. Eventually, the facility will also be responsible for electric vehicles, and the automaker is investing $1 billion in preparation for this new addition.Mercedes-Benz announced its aspirations to build this properly plush SUV last year, when it introduced the Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury concept at the Auto China show in Beijing. It was a wild thing, with a car-like top half seemingly grafted to an SUV’s bottom half. A properly regal interior complemented the insane exterior styling, with quilted leather, rose-gold accents or wood trim with embedded LEDs on just about every surface. Its powertrain consisted of four electric motors that combined to produce 750 horsepower.Later in 2018, Mercedes let slip additional details about what to expect in a production version. It will reportedly feature an improved version of the automaker’s Magic Body Control suspension, which uses cameras proactively adjust the suspension ahead of bumps and potholes. The automaker is also reportedly working on a “chauffeur-focused” driving mode that minimizes shifts in order to translate less movement to the cabin. Talk about prioritizing comfort over all else. Mercedes-Benz
JORGE SANHUEZA-LYON / KUTZika can cause birth defects if a woman is exposed to it while pregnant.Mosquito season is upon us, and Texas still isn’t out of the woods when it comes to Zika.The mosquito-borne illness can cause birth defects if a woman is exposed to it while pregnant. Last year, there were 312 cases of Zika reported in the state.KUT’s Ashley Lopez reportsPublic health officials say they are more prepared this season and have a better picture of what to expect. Part of the problem, though, is that Zika didn’t really go anywhere.Some locally transmitted cases continued to pop up near the border during the winter months. That means the disease lingered in the local mosquito population.According to Dr. Peter Hotez, the dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, historically warm weather last winter compounded the problem.“We have probably not had a huge die-off of the Aedes aegypti mosquito in places like San Antonio or in Houston,” he said, referring to the type of mosquito linked to Zika.The Aedes aegypti mosquito also happens to be prevalent in Texas, specifically in densely populated areas. Hotez said the combination of all of this is not good.“I am quite worried that we’re still quite vulnerable to Zika virus transmission,” he said.State health officials said they’re worried, too.“Certainly it’s something we’re on guard for” said Chris Van Deusen, a spokesman for the Texas Department of State Health Services. “We’ve continued our planning, continued working with local health departments, with mosquito control, folks around the state to provide some additional funds for Zika control, Zika planning. And that’s certainly something we’re going to continue working with throughout the summer.”Van Deusen said officials are also drawing on lessons learned from last year’s Zika cases.“One thing that we’ve done recently is further expanded our testing criteria, particularly in the valley,” he said. The agency now recommends testing for all pregnant women in Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, Webb, Willacy and Zapata counties in South Texas Van Deusen and Hotez said the importance of actively testing humans for Zika was one of the bigger lessons learned.“And second, we’re not really getting a lot of help from the federal government,” Hotez said. “So, the state of Texas is kind of on our own.”There have been 10 Zika cases reported in Texas so far this year. All of them have been related to travel. Copyright 2017 KUT-FM. To see more, visit KUT-FM. Share
– / 7The Trust for Public Land says Houston improved four spots over last year’s ParkScore ranking, but still comes in at #77 on the list of the country’s 100 biggest cities.The study shows Houston has double the national average when it comes to park space. But the problem is accessibility, considering less than half the city’s residents live within a ten-minute walk from a park. Share View Fullscreen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X “The need for recreation is always a challenge and always an issue,” said Charlie McCabe, Trust for Public Land spokesman. “One of the challenges of the ten-minute walk is that you want a distribution of park land across the city.”On the plus side, McCabe said there’s increased investment by park conservancies and management districts.“The nice thing about all the work that nonprofit parks organizations are doing, thanks to a number of really generous donors across the City of Houston, is that they’re kind of filling the gap and they’re going after and trying to address the bigger needs,” said McCabe. “All of these efforts that are resulting in on-the-ground improvements as well as improvements to come.”The ParkScore study says Houston ranks high when it comes to amenities like park restrooms and splash pads, but still falls behind in the number of playgrounds and dog parks. Listen 00:00 /00:49
X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:37 Listen REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman/Via Texas TribunePolice tape in front of Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas on May 20, 2018.Texas lawmakers are meeting today in Austin to consider how to protect schools against gun violence. The hearing comes three weeks after the shooting at Santa Fe High School that killed 10 people and injured more than a dozen others. Efforts to curtail school shootings are also moving ahead in Houston.Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Commission Against Gun Violence is working to come up with safety measures that can be put in place before the next school year starts.Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez is on the mayor’s commission. “This was already in the making for some time, so it wasn’t simply a response to Santa Fe,” Gonzalez says. “He’s concerned a lot about just everyday gun violence as well.”The commission held its first meeting at the end of May. Sheriff Gonzalez says Mayor Turner has also directed the group to come up with a second round of recommendations by year end, in time to propose them to state lawmakers before the Legislature convenes in January. Share
Depression has not been taken with much seriousness for long, due to social stigma or lack of awareness and diagnosis but is now an acknowledged malady that affects growing numbers of people across the world. In a mental health survey released by the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, one in every 20 Indians suffers from some form of depression. Not just that, as a country India was ranked 122nd in World Happiness Report released last month. If more evidence were needed, the UN has declared Depression as the theme of World Health Day 2017. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDepression can be due to various reasons ranging from endogenic to environmental causes. Sometimes environmental situations can trigger a genetic predisposition and cause the onset of depression. However, there is now growing agreement that food plays a significant role in brain chemistry. A good food selection with the right quantities and combinations of food groups helps in better wellness resulting in effective ability to handle and recover from stresses. Being happy goes hand in hand with optimum cognitive performance, and although one cannot alter the environmental stress one is exposed to, consistent low-intensity stresses of day to day life is often a challenge experienced by all. However, right foods prevent the onset of depression or help alleviate depression. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive According to growing consensus in the scientific and nutrition community, Omega-3 fats are an effective nutrient in our diet that provides adequate protection against depression. Foods rich in omega-3 are fish and a few plant produce. Chia is one of the richest sources of plant based omega-3 fats for vegetarians. Omega-3 fats have shown a positive role in improving mood in people suffering from depression. It is estimated that some cultures who have been consuming foods such as Chia as part of their regular diet do better than others in mental health. Chia is an ancient grain and was an essential part of the Aztec culture with a presence in their religious practices, daily food and special foods as well as food for the ancient Aztec warriors. Over the centuries, witnessing many a military invasion, the crop lost its presence and was revived only in the recent past. Chia seeds occurs in nature in black, mottled and white forms with white seeds having an edge over the rest. Due to its high import costs, superfoods have been inaccessible to a majority of consumers in India, leave alone the common man. However all that may be about to change.India’s premier nutrition research development organisation, Central Food Technology Research Institute, has developing agro-technologies to grow superfoods in Indian conditions, and as a pilot programme provided Chia seeds for free to Indian farmers. CFTRI has developed blue flower, white seed Chia lines which blend seamlessly into foods, which have a better market globally. Farmers from across the nation have benefited with better incomes due to the seeds they received and cultivated with CFTRI agro-technology.Chia seeds do not require post-harvest processing and can be directly consumed after cleaning. It is highly versatile and can be consumed by adding to our daily foods. Chia upon adding to water becomes a gel that is easy to drink. One can add about 3-gram Chia to a glass of water and allow the water to rest for about 10 minutes; the seeds form a transparent gel that can be easily consumed. Seeds can blend well in into fruit juices, smoothies, shakes, buttermilk, puddings and bakery products like bread and cakes. The neutral taste of the seed helps in seamless blending into all food products. On an average, an adult needs about 1-1.6 gram of omega-3 fat daily and that can be met by simply having 1 teaspoon of chia seeds dissolved in water or in any other form.One of the main focus of CFTRI’s work on superfoods like Chia is to make it easily available and affordable to Indians at large so that it can gain the currency of a stable like a dal or pulses of everyday use. (Courtesy: Prof. Ram Rajasekharan)