UPDATE Regionals Rocked by Layoffs

first_imgThree regional magazine publishers have reported layoffs.Texas Monthly publisher Emmis Communications eliminated 91 full-time and 14 part-time positions, or about 7.5 percent of its overall workforce, across its corporate, radio and publishing divisions. Remaining employees will have their salaries reduced by 5 percent.“Facing the ongoing challenges of a struggling media sector and turbulent economy, Emmis took a series of steps to better position it for shifting global and industry realities,” a spokesperson wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. The spokesperson declined to say how exactly how many people were let go from the publishing division. Last November, Emmis slashed corporate salaries by 3 percent for employees who earn more than $50,000 per year, and cut about 29 full-time and six part-time positions from its radio business—or about 4 percent of the overall workforce. In August, the Emmis eliminated 4.5 percent of its workforce—about 40 positions—from its magazine publishing division and lowered remaining employee salaries by 2 percent.In Dallas, Texas, the company that owns D magazine laid off 12 staffers, or about 12 percent of its overall workforce, executive editor Tim Rogers wrote in a blog post. The cuts were made at D and its ancillary magazines: D Home, D CEO, D Weddings and D Beauty.The cuts come a little more than three months after the publisher laid off 29 staffers, which at the time represented about 19 percent of its workforce. “When we retrenched in November, we made our cuts based on what we thought at the time was a fairly pessimistic view of how the economy would hold up in 2009,” Rogers wrote in the post. “Reality has proven that we were actually not pessimistic enough.”Meanwhile, Rockport, Maine-based Down East Enterprise Inc.—publisher of Down East magazine—said “about a half dozen” employees were laid off as part of a restructuring, or about 12 percent of its workforce. President Bob Fernald cited the a decline in real estate advertising and the company’s recent sale of Performance Media LLC, publisher of Speedway Illustrated magazine, as reasons fur the cuts.About a dozen more employees will have their workweek reduced or be shifted to “independent-contractor status,” the company said. Down East also publishes Fly Rod & Reel and Shooting Sportsman magazines.last_img read more

Bentley is gunning for the production car lap record at Pikes Peak

first_img 2020 Bentley Continental GT Convertible: Unparalleled grand touring 0 2020 Bentley Continental GT: Concept looks with a surprise inside Bentley’s first SUV is a 187-mph, all-terrain luxocrat Car Culture Superluxury Cars Coupes Post a comment 12:21 The 2019 Bentley Continental costs a packet, but it’s… Bentley Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Bentley Continental GT V8 first drive: A more athletic grand tourer Tags More From Roadshow Enlarge ImageRhys Millen is no stranger to Pikes Peak and Bentley is no stranger to setting records which makes them a perfect team. Bentley Now, don’t let Bentley’s six-figure price tags, opulent interiors and nearly architectural-in-scale curb weights fool you, its cars were made to go fast. That’s why Bentley is testing the mettle of its new Continental GT at one of America’s most demanding motorsports events: the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.The 2019 Pikes Peak Bentley effort to smash the overall production car record, announced on Thursday, will be led by Pikes Peak legend Rhys Millen and comes on the heels of Bentley’s record-setting SUV run up the mountain in 2018.The big, bright-green Conti has to beat the already seriously fast record of 10 minutes 26.9 seconds, but with all-wheel drive, 12 cylinders and two turbos to keep them fed in the thin mountain air, it’s an ideal tool for the job.”We have taken much learning from our successful visit to Pikes Peak last year with the Bentley Bentayga and applied it to our preparations this time around,” Brian Gush, Bentley’s director of motorsport, said in a statement. “We are proud to demonstrate the Continental GT’s breadth of abilities in competition on a global stage.”The record attempt will be made on June 30, and the team will get just one attempt to run up the mountain and enter the record books. Of course, it won’t be as simple as all that because the physical demands that Pikes Peak puts on the car and, more importantly, the driver are extreme.”In the Pikes Peak environment [the Continental GT] really checks every box as the most competitive vehicle you could arm yourself [with],” said Rhys Millen, former Pikes Peak King of the Mountain. “This is one run, one day of the year. You have to be calm, be focused and process everything that you have to.” 26 Photos Share your voice Bentleylast_img read more

Reliving the era

first_imgTheatre lovers get ready for a treat as the Pierrot’s Troupe is going to perform two of its unique and celebrated plays on May 24 and June 13.Lal Qile Ka Aakhri Mushaera featuring Tom Alter as Bahadur Shah Zafar will take the stage for the 22nd time on May 24 at Sri Ram Centre. The play recreates the last Mushaera that took place at Lal Qila before the 1857 revolt happened. It, thus, presents some of the tallest figures of Urdu poetry on one stage – Ghalib, Zauq, Momin, Dagh, Tishnah, Sheftah and of course Bahadur Shah Zafar, which is played by none other than India’s one and only Tom Alter, a master of Urdu, acting and history-telling. The play is scripted and directed by M Sayeed Alam. The importance of this historic event lies in the fact that it literally assembled on one stage the tallest figures of Urdu Poetry. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Next taking the stage is the act Maulana Azad. It is the first ever play on Maulana Azad encompassing his life, his times, his scholarship, his secular credentials a great deal. Performed brilliantly by Tom Alter, the play has been rightly billed as the biggest casting coup in the history of Indian theatre. Maulana’s narrative includes numerous entertaining anecdotes and memoirs characterising his life, personality, thoughts and scholarship. Maulana’s personal relations with Gandhi Ji Nehru, Patel and Jinnah also come under the review in the course of the play. It will take the stage for 152nd time at Sri Ram Centre on June 13.When: May 24, June 13Where: Sri Ram Centrelast_img read more