Port of San Diego Stay Open project

first_imgPort of San Diego Stay Open project Updated: 8:51 AM KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: May 20, 2019center_img May 20, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Port of San Diego has selected an experienced, international hospitality team to develop and operate a new shared hospitality pod hotel concept, expected to be one of the first in the country.The Port sought proposals for an innovative team to develop and/or operate lower-cost overnight accommodations near San Diego Bay. Of the three complete proposals received, the Board of Port Commissioners selected the STAY OPEN team.“We are very pleased to have been selected by the Port of San Diego for the development of lower-cost overnight accommodations near San Diego Bay. With the location’s proximity to transit and nearby attractions, we saw this site as a great opportunity for the new STAY OPEN concept. We look forward to being the first to bring shared hospitality to the San Diego market through a pod hotel and expect there to be a great deal of synergy for guests of our Los Angeles locations, which are in development now,” said Steve Shpilsky, CEO and Co-Founder of STAY OPEN.The STAY OPEN hotel would feature:• 220 self-contained pods (33 rooms with eight to 12 pods per room) – each with a single-occupancy bed, storage locker, power supply, ventilation control, closeable screen for privacy and security; and free Wi-Fi;• Well-appointed shared bathroom with shower facilities, comparable to a high-end fitness center;• Six private Ensuite rooms with private bathrooms featuring queen and twin beds ideal for couples and families;• An activated rooftop space with a restaurant, bar and outdoor seating, which will be open to the public“STAY OPEN’s innovative ‘shared hospitality’ concept really stood out, as it is geared towards the traveler that is looking to stay in prime locations without breaking the bank or sacrificing the experience,” said Chairman Garry Bonelli, Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners. “The STAY OPEN team has a successful track record of developing and operating high quality, lower-cost overnight accommodations globally. We look forward to having them as a partner.” KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

House Passes Highway Bill with Fix to Crop Insurance

first_imgThe House passed the conference report on the Highway Bill in an overwhelming vote today, sending the measure to the Senate for consideration, potentially as early as tonight.Included in the bill are several provisions important to the American Soybean Association (ASA), most notably a reversal of the $3 billion in proposed cuts from crop insurance in October’s budget bill.Overall, the bill reauthorizes highway and transit programs for five years at a cost of $300 billion. The multi-year reauthorization would provide certainty for state and local governments to maintain and move forward with transportation projects. It also provides new flexibilities and streamlines environmental review and permitting processes aimed at accelerating projects.The bill also establishes new national freight policies and programs aimed at improving freight movement and strengthening U.S. economic competitiveness.One issue important to the ASA that is not favorably addressed in the highway bill is the ability for states to allow increased truck weights on federal interstates.The House of Representatives voted 187-236 to defeat an amendment offered by Rep. Reid Ribble which would have provided states the option to increase truck weight limits on federal interstates. This was a disappointing outcome and a missed opportunity for Congress to improve transportation efficiency and the competitiveness of U.S. farmers and businesses.The bill does include a modified version of the Port Performance Act. The Conference Report establishes a Port Performance Statistics Program under the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS); however the specific metrics that were in the Port Performance Ac passed by the Senate were not included.  The provision does require BTS to establish a working group to include private and public sector participants to develop an agreed upon set of metrics to be included in an annual report. BTS will have 60 days to establish the group and develop the metrics.The measure also includes reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank.In addition to revenues from the gas tax that go into the Highway Trust Fund, the bill includes other funding offsets such as revenue generating provision impacting the Federal Reserve and banks and the sale of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.last_img read more

Cygnus Credit Rating Outlook Revised to Negative

first_imgFinancial credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s has revised Cygnus Business Media’s credit rating outlook from stable to negative because of concerns over Cygnus’ significant debt due in 2009.According to S&P, the new rating—a “CCC+”—reflects several financial factors, including Cygnus’ limited liquidity, high debt leverage, small EBITDA base and what it calls “difficult business fundamentals.” In a release, S&P called Cygnus’ margin of compliance with covenants “very thin,” and said they will be a significant hurdle for the company moving forward. For the first quarter, Cygnus’ revenues were down 1.5 percent while EBITDA was flat, S&P said, although it didn’t offer specific figures. After adjusting for closed publications and timing shifts, revenue was up 3.4 percent and EBITDA was up 5 percent.A S&P analyst was not immediately available for comment. A key challenge for Cygnus, according to S&P, will be refinancing its $157 million in debt that’s due next year, including its senior secured term loan that matures July 13, 2009.”The main reason for the outlook change is that the majority of the company’s debt is maturing next year,” a Cygnus spokesperson wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. “Adjusting the outlook is commonly done by the rating agencies until they get a clear view of what a company will do with the maturing debt. Obviously, we are aware of it. At the appropriate time the company will evaluate its options and we are confident in a successful outcome.”The revised credit rating comes as the ABRY-owned b-to-b publisher is exploring a possible sale. Cygnus co-CEOs Carr Davis and Tony O’Brien said in an interview with FOLIO: last week that Cygnus has been approached with inquiries, and carefully described the potential divestment as “a process.” During the interview, Davis said Cygnus increased e-media revenue by 60 percent from 2006 to 2007, and from 4.5 percent of total revenue in 2006 to 10 percent of total revenue in 2007.Cygnus went on the block in 2006 but subsequently pulled off the market that year.Earlier this year, S&P revised its outlook of Hanley Wood from stable to negative, citing the soft housing market and “weaker than expected” 2007 operating results.last_img read more

CSM Editor News is Free Era is Over

first_imgAmerican Business Media, the b-to-b publishing trade association, produced its downsized Digital Velocity conference on Tuesday, a free event delivered almost entirely online. During the first keynote, Christian Science Monitor editor John Yemma called this the worst recession since the 1930s, the end of the Internet growth era, and the end of the notion that “news is free.” “The old watchdog function of the news media is being fundamentally challenged now,” said Yemma. “I hope this can be done by bloggers, but I’m not sure it can be.”CSM dropped its daily print edition in favor of a weekly, online daily model this past fall. “The decision to do this was about two years in the making,” Yemma said. “We took a deep dive into our financials and best practices, which included prototyping and market research. The tipping point came last summer when the obvious choice was digital.” He added: “Everyone talks multiplatform, but we couldn’t have made this decision if we hadn’t done the groundwork a few years ago.”The goal, Yemma said, was to make the move to the Web first, then develop robust social media. “The Internet isn’t just about paperless publishing, it’s about interactivity,” he said. Yemma said he hopes to grow page views 5-fold between 2009 and 2013, which would put the company at a break-even point. The half-day event, shot at ABM’s New York offices, had approximately 50 b-to-b live attendees and speakers, with participants viewing from 49 locations across the Web, ABM said. Digital Velocity concluded with an interactive roundtable from participants in the ABM offices focused on driving digital revenue, lead generation, and investing in new technologies where they discussed the challenges of monetizing video in the b-to-b market, the cost of content creation, and revenue through paid, subscription-based models.last_img read more

Backpacker Esquire New Yorker Wired Lead Subdued Ellies

first_imgFour of the magazine industry’s iconic editors—Rolling Stone’s Jann Wenner, Tina Brown, and Vogue’s Anna Wintour and Vanity Fair’s Graydon Carter (left to right, above)—presented photographer Annie Leibovitz (center) with a general excellence Ellie—the first ever to be awarded to an individual, not a magazine.Wenner accepted Rolling Stone’s award for a profile of the late writer and novelist David Foster Wallace, who committed suicide last fall. “David won a National Magazine Award for a piece he did for us years ago,” Wenner said. “He was one of the true talents.”‘Chainsaw-Wielding’Texas Monthly editor Evan Smith delivered the best acceptance speech of the night, thanking everyone from George W. Bush and Karl Rove to “chainsaw-wielding murderers” and Willie Nelson, for making the job of covering the state of Texas an “easy” one. (Texas Monthly won for general excellence, 250,000 to 500,000 circulation.)Despite its elder demographic, AARP the Magazine won an Ellie for best interactive feature online, taking out National Geographic, Salon and Wired.com.After Bicycling won an Ellie, its editor, Loren Mooney, said: “Bicycling? Seriously?!?”There were few other surprises, albeit big ones: Field & Stream won a general excellence award (1,000,000 to 2,000,000 circulation), beating the New Yorker, Vogue and Popular Science.Reader’s Digest, nominated for the first time in 20 years, won a general excellence award  (over 2,000,000 circulation), beating Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple, National Geographic—which won three Ellies last year—and Time.Said editor Peggy Northrop: “This is for all of my friends who said I was crazy for taking this job.” SEE ALSO: FOLIO: Q+A with Northrop [PHOTOS: Steve Friedman] But unlike other years, given the seemingly endless waves of layoffs, magazine closings and reports of hemorrhaging ad pages that have rocked the industry in the last 12 months, this didn’t feel like a celebration.Backpacker, Esquire, Wired and the New Yorker led the awards field, winning three Ellies each.Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC’s Late Night, presented the evening’s first two awards, for excellence online. Backpacker editor Jonathan Dorn, in accepting the Ellie for Backpacker.com, said he hoped it would allow him to keep his job for a year, “maybe two.”“This gives us air cover,” he said.Chris Anderson, accepting Wired’s third Ellie, apologized for his sudden ubiquity: “This is usually the part where [New York magazine editor] Adam Moss or [New Yorker editor] David Remnick start apologizing.”Anderson also thanked his boss at Condé Nast, Si Newhouse, for approving a cover he told Newhouse would “tank.” “Si said, ‘Oh, it doesn’t matter.’” RELATED: FOLIO:’s Ellies Twitter Stream NEW YORK—The 44th annual National Magazine Awards—a normally boozy, raucous affair—were held during a gala ceremony at Jazz @ Lincoln Center here Thursday.last_img read more

Heres what you need to know about the 5 billion FacebookFTC settlement

first_img Tags Facebook reached a record $5 billion settlement with the FTC this week. Graphic by Pixabay/Illustration by CNET After more than a year of wrangling, Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission finally agreed to settle an investigation into the social network’s privacy mishaps. The result: Facebook will create a new privacy council, CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be required to certify the company’s behavior, and the social network will have to — we sort of can’t believe we have to write this but we do — encrypt your password.Oh, yeah. There was also a $5 billion fine, a penalty the FTC called “unprecedented.”The settlement comes after the FTC looked into whether Facebook should have done more to prevent Cambridge Analytica, a now-defunct consultancy that worked on President Donald Trump’s campaign, from siphoning off the data of up to 87 million users. Specifically, the FTC was concerned that Facebook’s failure to safeguard that data violated an earlier agreement Facebook made to protect user privacy. Here’s all you need to know about the settlement and how it impacts you.I’m a Facebook user. How do I get some of that $5 billion?Short answer: You don’t. Longer answer: Facebook users weren’t financially harmed, though being hammered with political ads might seem like it deserves compensation. So no fund is being set up to pay victims. Instead the money will go straight to the US Treasury.We know that’s disappointing, particularly if you’ve been following the $700 million settlement that Equifax struck after it was hacked. On Monday, the FTC said the 147 million Equifax customers whose data was swiped could claim compensation for costs caused by the security breach, including unauthorized charges to your account and money spent to protect yourself from the threat of identity theft. About $300 million from the settlement will be set aside to pay consumers affected by the hack.Well, that’s disappointing. What’s this about a new privacy committee?The agreement requires Facebook to form a privacy committee at the board-of-directors level. The committee will do one thing: oversee privacy at Facebook. And all the members will be independent, meaning their day jobs can’t be at Facebook. 18 Photos 0 3:28 Post a comment Politics Tech Industry Now playing: Watch this: The committee, when it is created, will have a lot of power. It will be able to remove privacy compliance officers, who will be responsible for executing the company’s policies. It will also be able to fire the company’s privacy assessor, a newly created position that will evaluate Facebook’s policies and produce a report every two years. (The committee will need the FTC’s approval to remove the assessor.) The committee members are also well protected. A member can only be fired without cause by a supermajority of voting shares.I heard something about a new privacy program at Facebook. What’s that about?In broad brush, Facebook has to conduct privacy reviews of all new or modified products and services. That could be apps it designs or physical products, like its Portal video chat device. The company has to share written privacy reviews with Zuck (which seems like common sense), as well as the assessor and the FTC, if it wants to have a peek. The privacy program has to include other Facebook services, such as WhatsApp and Instagram.So Zuck is on the hook?Yes, for anything that happens in the future. The settlement requires him to certify that Facebook is in compliance with its privacy program every quarter. He could face “civil and criminal penalties” if he doesn’t or gets it wrong. He also isn’t the boss of the independent privacy committee or assessor.Anything else I need to know about the settlement?There are some interesting — and scary — loose ends. The social network has to encrypt user passwords, can’t use phone numbers given as part of two-factor authentication for advertising, can’t retain personal information that users deleted on its servers and can’t let employees have free access to user information.That’s it, right?As long as you don’t count the controls that are being put in place for facial recognition. Basically it boils down to this: Facebook has to get your permission on facial recognition matters before it does anything. What comes next?Facebook is still facing regulatory scrutiny from the FTC and other government agencies. The FTC told the company in June it was investigating the social media giant for antitrust concerns. The Department of Justice also said this week that it’s kicking off an antitrust review into internet giants and how they achieved market power, signaling it would target social media companies like Facebook. Facebook FTC settlement puts Zuck personally on the hook Share your voice Facebook’s video calling smart display connects you with friends and family Privacy Facebook FTClast_img read more

Allu Sirishs ABCD American Born Confused Desi to release a week after

first_imgABCD: American Born Confused DesiTwitterYoung actor Allu Sirish has announced the release date of his upcoming Telugu movie ABCD: American Born Confused Desi, which will hit screens a week after superstar Mahesh Babu’s Maharshi.Allu Sirish is one of the young actors from the noted mega family in the Telugu film industry. Unlike other star kids, he has made it big with low budget films. He is all set to return with his next movie ABCD: American-Born Confused Desi, which is a remake of 2013 Malayalam comedy film of the same name starring Dulquer Salmaan.ABCD: American-Born Confused Desi is about two spoilt brats from New York, who are tricked into going to Kerala. How they rebuild their lives from scratch, when they get into trouble there forms the crux of its story. Its promos have struck a chord with the audience and generated a lot of curiosity about the film.Allu Sirish took to his Twitter account today to announce the release date of his upcoming movie. The elated actor tweeted, “Please mark the date on your calendar. ABCD – American Born Confused Desi arrives on the 17th May 2019. Trailer will be out soon. See you soon at cinemas!”ABCD: American-Born Confused Desi was initially slated for release in the cinema halls in March, but it was said to have been postponed to avoid its clash with Lakshmi’s NTR and few other movies. Now the movie will have to compete with Mahesh Babu’s Maharshi, which is slated for worldwide release on May 9.The Malayalam version of ABCD: American-Born Confused Desi was made on a budget of Rs 4.5 crore and it has collected about Rs 12.5 crore at the box office. Now, its Telugu version is also made on a small budget, but it should be seen whether the movie would get a much-needed big break to Allu Sirish.last_img read more

Khulna workers continue protest for 3rd day

first_imgJute mill workers put barricade on the rail tracks of Khulna for the second consecutive day of their strike. UNB file photoFor the third consecutive day on Thursday, workers of the state owned jute mills in Khulna are continuing the 72-hour strike to press home their nine-point demand including implementation of the wage commission, reports UNB.The agitating workers took positions on several places including Natun Rasta, Shonadanga Bus Stand and Atra industrial area around 6:00am, halting traffic movement on Khulna-Jashore road.Productions in nine state-owned jute mills remained suspended following the strike since Tuesday morning.However, they also put up barricade on the rail tracks, halting train services of Khulna with other part of the country creating immense suffering to commuters.Manik Chandra Sarkar, station master of Khulna Railway Station, said, “No train left the city or arrived here since 6:00am Thursday.”No long route buses left from the district.Earlier on Tuesday, the jute mill workers started their 72-hour strike by blocking roads and rail routes from 8:00am-12:00pm to press home their nine-point demand.Production at nine jute mills in the region remain suspended from Tuesday following the strike.The workers resumed protests from 31 March as their demands were not fulfilled by the government within their stipulated time.last_img read more

Dish Network Battle Gizmodo Losses Take Toll on Univision Q4 Earnings

first_img Popular on Variety Impacted by its ongoing dispute with Dish Network, increased expenses and impairment losses, U.S. Hispanic media giant Univision reported an 8.9% decline in fourth-quarter total revenue to $688.5 million from $755.5 million in the year prior.In comparing the full year of 2018 with the previous year, total revenue fell 7.6% to $2,713.8 million from $2,937.3 million. Total core revenue dipped 5.4% to $2,674.2 million from $2,827.3 million.Last year, the Company began the process of selling its discontinued English-language digital businesses, including the Gizmodo Media Group, The Onion and Fusion Digital. According to Univision, the loss from the Gizmodo group in the quarter was $32.5 million compared to $3.0 million for the year-ago period. The Wall Street Journal reported that Univision has written down the value of those digital assets to $15 million, down from $135 million. “Univision serves a unique audience,” said Vince Sadusky, CEO of Univision. “Hispanic America is driving population and GDP growth and will continue to do so for decades,” he said, adding: “Our strategic focus on serving this core audience has recently resulted in viewership growth, as from the third to fourth quarter, we saw increases in our primetime ratings in all key demographics at a time when all other major networks experienced declines.”Sadusky, in his second earnings call since taking over the helm from Randy Falco, cited the “gangbuster ratings” of its “Dancing with the Stars” adaptation, “Mira Quien Baila” which scored highest among the 18-24 demo.Sadusky stressed that Univision was focusing on reinforcing its core business, and hailed its long-time programming supplier, Mexico’s Televisa, for reinvigorating its programming. Company has also turned to more acquisitions of canned shows and formats, more soccer content, live shows and local news to bolster its programming.Operating expenses rose due to its newly acquired UEFA soccer rights, more Mexican soccer league matches and a higher Televisa licensing fee. Direct operating expenses jumped 11% to $287.6 million, with selling, general and administrative expenses increasing 11 percent to $176.5 million.Sadusky concurred with Dish president and CEO Erik Carlson’s comments a day earlier that the contract dispute talks between the two companies remained at a stalemate.“We continue to have discussions with Dish. It’s clear that not doing a deal for both companies is harmful to both companies. It’s just down to a matter of value,” said Sadusky who observed that subscribers have been migrating to Dish’s rival companies.“Our other partners that are paying us a fair amount, we have a good relationship with and believe continue to benefit from the migration of Dish viewers,” he said. Dish’s satellite service subs fell below the 10 million mark for the first time in 15 years, which it partly attributed to its Univision and HBO blackouts.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Matter of choice

first_imgAt times we all feel that life is very complicated but only a few of us are able to express the dilemmas in right manner. Artist Aarti Zaveri expresses the same through her art work at upcoming United Art Fair. The artist believes that, it is very easy to complicate a beautiful life and at the same time very difficult to simplify the essence of life. These thoughts are reflected in her paintings by the use of bold and vibrant colours.  She has created a body of work around these figurative expressions. One can sense the attempt to convey her deep thoughts through the use of symbols and signs in a subtle and minimal manner in each painting. The canvas reflects the basic complexity of a human to find answers in the outside world when all the answers needed are already present within us.The last edition of her installations in United Art Fair, were based on the theme, how a person wears a mask to conceal various truths of life. Which was based on artistes belief that life is a paradox and a puzzle, the ones who solve it, makes it simple and the rest remains to be just a part of the puzzle.With her recent work she is giving out a beautifull message that everyone has an option to make their lives easy or difficult, it depends on us what we choose.last_img read more