Flood Magazine has hired Marty Sartini Garner as senior editor. Sartini Garner was previously a contributing editor for the magazine. “Corby started writing about and formulating the ideals of the ‘food movement’ before there was a food movement,” says Gabriel Snyder, editor-in-chief for The New Republic, in a statement. “Now that food is an inescapable part of our culture, he’s perfectly placed to write about the fights worth fighting on both the artisan micro-level and the industrial macro-level. But he’ll do it all with his close-up sympathy and back-far humor that makes him so much fun to read.” The New Republic is continuing its rebuilding process after the messy editorial overhaul at the end of 2014—now, with foray into food. Here’s the rest of this week’s people on the move: Martin Nisenholtz and John Stellato have been named to the board of directors for Purch. Nisenholtz currently serves on several boards for digital media companies, and is a venture partner at Firstmark Capital. Stellato is a board member of both Conservant Intellectual Property Management and Loyal3. While the move isn’t a major one for TNR, it’s a sign that the magazine is still more than willing to experiment with its content. New York has hired for two newly created sales roles. Daniel Jasper joins as director of sponsorship sales, while Brian Carney is now director of sales development. Corby Kummer is joining the magazine as a contributing editor—he’ll stay in his role as senior editor for The Atlantic—and will be writing a monthly column on the intersection of food and culture. His first piece will appear in the September/October issue as one part of a larger redesign for the book. Meredith has named Elizabeth Anne Shaw editor-in-chief of FamilyFun. Shaw was most recently integrated content director at Scholastic Parent & Child.
4K LCD $650 4K FALD LCD Tags 55-inch Now Share your voice The FALD on the chart above refers to full-array local dimming LCD backlights, the most effective image quality improvement for LCD TVs. The 8K versions bring back Sony’s Backlight Master Drive technology, which utilizes “ultra-dense LED modules that are independently controlled” and can “intelligently boost the brightness in the areas where it needs to be boosted.” The 8K LCDs and the higher-end 4K OLED TVs, the A9G series, are part of Sony’s so-called Master Series. They feature Sony’s Picture Processor X1 Ultimate processing, its best yet. Sony says the 8K version “has a unique algorithm specially developed for 8K that can intelligently detect and analyze each object in the picture, resulting in exceptional detail and contrast for a more realistic picture that represents the creators’ intent.” That sounds a bit like the AI processing Samsung uses. XBR-43X800G 49-inch XBR-98Z9G Now XBR-55A9G Now Now 75-inch XBR-55X950G XBR-65X950G June $3,500 $70,000 Technology May June XBR-55X800G Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors TVs 65-inch 55-inch $1,200 $13,000 LG Samsung Sony Apple 4K OLED XBR-55A8G $8,000 XBR-85X950G 8K FALD LCD 4K OLED XBR-77A9G $3,500 55-inch 4K OLED 4K OLED 4K LCD XBR-75X800G Sony’s Master Series 8K Z9G comes in 85- and 98-inch sizes. They’re big. I’m 6′ 3″. Sony The 2019 8K TV battle lines have been drawn, and both heavyweight contenders have thrown down the platinum-plated gauntlet. In one corner is Samsung, the champion by dint have having introduced the first 8K TV to the US, the $15,000 85-inch Q900. Now its other new models are out, including a 98-inch version that costs — wait for it — $70,000.In the other corner is the challenger, scrappy upstart Sony. It introduced its own 85-inch and 98-inch 8K TVs at CES earlier this year but waited till now to reveal: $13,000 and, yes, $70,000 respectively. That’s a $2,000 savings over Samsung’s 85-inch TV. On the other hand Sony isn’t selling any smaller, cheaper 8K TVs this year, while Samsung goes all the way down to 65 inches for $5,000. 85-inch XBR-65A8G late April $5,000 $3,500 Now Model XBR-85Z9G 98-inch June 1:49 May News • The best Apple HomeKit devices of 2019 $2,200 $900 4K LCD XBR-85X850G $1,400 XBR-65X800G 4K OLED 85-inch 4K LCD May • $4,500 Price May 37 Photos Preview • Apple’s slow-moving HomeKit is a smart-home slacker 55-inch 65-inch 4K LCD Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Now The new 8K sets also have full-spec HDMI 2.1 inputs complete with 48Gbps capability, which means they’re compatible with higher frame rates and resolutions that could come down the pike soon, like 4K at 120 frames per second or 8K at 60fps. All 2019 Sony TVs support enhanced audio return channel (eARC) — with the exception of the A8G. Support for the other two major HDMI 2.1 features — variable refresh rate (VRR) and automatic low latency mode (ALLM, or auto game mode) — isn’t final yet. A Sony representative says that once the HDMI 2.1 evaluation period is over, the company will be able to provide more information.98 inches is, like, really big. Sarah Tew/CNET Sony also revamped the sound quality, using four front-facing speakers to position the sound so it seems to emanate from the screen. Unlike Sony’s OLED TVs, however, the screen itself doesn’t produce the sound — instead there’s an array of drivers surrounding the screen (on the 8K LCDs) and positioned toward the top of the screen on the back (on the 4K LCDs). Here’s a few more details on Sony’s 2019 4K TVs. Sony’s new A9G OLED TV. Sarah Tew/CNET A9G Master Series OLED TV: Sony’s highest-end OLED TVs for 2019 are really similar to the 2018 version, the Master Series A9F, except that now it offers a 77-inch option in addition to 55- and 65-inch sizes. The main different is in design; the A9G has a more standard ultraslim look, without the large “kickstand” lean-back design of the A9F. Sony’s OLED TV screens are actually big speakers, and the version on the A9G (“Acoustic Surface+”) supposedly offers better sound. The A9G is OLED-typical slim from the side. Sarah Tew/CNET A8G series OLED TV: Sony’s step-down 2019 OLED sets, the A8G series lacks the fancy processing of the Master Series and have just the standard Acoustic Surface screens. The series comes in 55- and 65-inch sizes. X950G series 4K LCD TV: Available in 55-, 65-, 75- and 85-inch sizes, these sets look similar on paper to the X900F we reviewed in 2018, complete with full-array local dimming and Dolby Vision. It gets a couple new features however, including improved sound (“Acoustic Multi-Audio”, said to improve sound positioning) and a far-field mic for Google Assistant. Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support: Similar to LG’s and Vizio’s, Sony’s 2019 TVs will work with Apple AirPlay 2 and Homekit via a software update coming this summer. That means iPhone, iPad and Mac computers can be used to control TV show and movie playback on the big screen, whether from iTunes movies and TV shows or other compatible apps. Photos can also be shown on the TV screen, and it can mirror a phone or computer screen to show web pages for example. The TV can be part of a multiroom audio setup, and controls for the set itself can appear on the phone screen. With HomeKit, “these TVs can be added to the Home app and included in scenes or automations with other HomeKit accessories” according to Sony’s press release. “For example, users can create a ‘Movie Night’ scene in the Home app to easily turn on their TV and dim the lights, and simply ask Siri to launch the scene.” I expect to review the first 2019 Sony TVs later this spring. Stay tuned. Update April 29, 2019: Adjusted price on Samsung’s 98-inch 8K TV from $100,000 to $70,000. Samsung’s web site currently still shows the $100,000 price, but a Samsung representative told CNET: “The $99,999 price was our introduction/launch price and since launch it was planned to move to the lower price in April.” Clarified support for HDMI 2.1 features. Sony 2019 TVs 65-inch Now 8K FALD LCD XBR-49X800G reading • Sony challenges Samsung for 8K crown with $70,000 98-inch TV 4K FALD LCD Now $2,000 Available See All Apple HomeKit 85-inch 65-inch Now Now playing: Watch this: XBR-75X950G 4 4K LCD Sony’s 2019 8K, 4K and OLED TVs go against Samsung and LG 75-inch $3,500 Apple 4K FALD LCD The first Sony 8K TVs are really, really big at CES 2019 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? XBR-65A9G Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 4K FALD LCD 43-inch $750 77-inch Comments Size $2,500 Here’s where I remind you that only folks with money to burn should buy any 8K TV. They’re (duh) too expensive, there’s no 8K content and, like all first-generation technology, they’re destined to be replaced by cheaper, better versions next year. Sony also announced pricing for the rest of its 2019 TVs. Here’s the full lineup:
German car maker Volkswagen has reportedly stopped the production of its Passat in India, owing to dwindling demand for the vehicle in the domestic market.The news of the Volkwagen’s Passat going out of the country’s auto shelves broke hours after Honda announced the phase out of its Accord in India. Both the companies cited paltry sales as the reason for withdrawing the models from the market. However, it is surprising that the Accord and Passat could not create any vibes in a market like India,where there is growing affinity to marquee models.Autocar India reported that the in the June-November 2013 period, Volkswagen could sell only 235 units of Passat in the country, whereas the model’s opponent Skoda Superb managed to notch a sales figure of 507 units in the same period. According to the report, the high pricing of Passat in the Indian market could have turned the tables on it.The vehicle was priced between ₹26-32 lakh.On the other hand, absence of diesel powered Accord is said to be the reason for the waning demand for Accord in Indian market. Honda could sell only 11,492 units of Accord in India since its entry into the market in 2008.The vehicle which was offered in 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and 3.5-liter V6 engine options in the country could get just 272 takers in the current fiscal.Confirming the phase out of Accord in India, Jnaneshwar Sen, senior vice president for marketing and sales at Honda Cars India had told ET: “We have stopped production of the current eighth-generation of Accord in India. It is our flagship brand and we would be looking at the next generation of the sedan for Indian customers, though the exact launch details have not been worked out yet.”
Cargill Inc [CARG.UL], one of the world’s largest privately held corporations, has launched a restructuring that includes job cuts, one company source and four industry sources said on Friday, the latest casualty of a downturn in the farm economy.The 150-year-old company, a top commodities trader, is also closing offices, two of the industry sources said.The cutbacks at the Minnesota-based company come as global agricultural companies are under pressure from slumping commodity prices, slowing demand in China and weakness in emerging markets where Cargill has significant investments.Cargill may eliminate as many as 4,000 jobs, which would represent about 2.5 percent of its employees, one of the industry sources said.The company is “working on recalibrating their business,” said another industry source, a banker.A Cargill spokesman initially declined to comment, saying “we typically don’t comment on rumours.” He later added that he had not “heard anything along the lines of the layoff numbers you mentioned or office closings.”Cargill is among four “ABCD” companies that dominate the flow of agricultural goods around the world, competing against rivals Archer Daniels Midland Co, Bunge Ltd and Louis Dreyfus Corp [LOUDR.UL].Recently, the companies have faced new competition from trading houses in Asia.”It seems like they’re trying to adapt and be a little bit leaner and faster,” one U.S. grain trader who interacts with Cargill said about the company.Chief Executive David MacLennan, who took the reins two years ago, has already taken steps to change the company. In the last six months, Cargill has sold its U.S. hog business to Brazilian meat packer JBS SA for $1.45 billion and paid about $1.5 billion to buy Norwegian fish feed maker Ewos.The company has said it will split the company’s hedge fund arm, Black River Asset Management, into three separate employee-owned firms.Other agricultural companies are cutting back and looking to consolidate to save money. Last month, Monsanto Co, the world’s biggest seed company, said it was slashing 2,600 jobs and restructuring operations.Deere & Co, the largest maker of farm equipment, also has eliminated jobs.Last month, Cargill reported a 20-percent gain in profits for its fiscal first quarter ended Aug. 31, following a loss in the fourth quarter that the company attributed in part to slowing economies in emerging markets.Cargill’s last substantial restructuring was about 15 years ago and aimed at moving employees into positions built around product lines instead of their geographic locations, said Ken Morrison, who worked for the company for 27 years until 2003.”Headcount reduction and Cargill just don’t go in the same sentence,” Morrison said.
Dave “El Presidente” Portnoy, founder of media company Barstool Sports, says he really hates unions. Now he’s made explicit threats to fire employees who engage in union-organizing activity — which, even if Portnoy is “joking,” has drawn scrutiny of what would represent violations of federal labor laws. Portnoy, who sold majority control of Barstool to Peter Chernin’s Chernin Group in 2016, has a history of unapologetically attacking critics and rivals.On Monday, he tweeted that he had heard employees of Bill Simmons’ The Ringer wanted to unionize, and included a link to his four-year-old rant on Barstool in the wake of Gawker writers unionizing about how he hoped his company’s employees would follow suit “just so I can smash their little union to smithereens.”That elicited a reply from Live Science staff writer Rafi Letzter, who offered to provide Barstool workers info on the unionization process and explain “how little power your boss has to stop you.” Live Science’s staff is represented by the Writers Guild of America East. On Tuesday, Portnoy said he would fire anyone who attempted to contact Letzter. In response to another commenter, who claimed to be a lawyer offering pro-bono assistance to Barstool employees wanting to unionize, Portnoy wrote, “Anybody who hires this lawyer will be fired immediately and I will personally sue you for damages and back wages.” ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 A few Barstool employees played Portnoy’s threats for comedy. Barstool writer and podcast host Kate Mannion posted a story on the site Monday facetiously claiming she was organizing a union at the company and included a list of mock demands, like a “small, decorative tree in the ladies bathroom for ambiance, along with a couple shelves for our toiletries/curling irons/straighteners.”Meanwhile, other workers in digital media have fought hard for union representation, seeking job protections and other employer guarantees.The WGA East began organizing workers in the digital sector a few years ago, starting in 2015 with the now-defunct Gawker Media. The Guild now represents staffs at companies including Vox Media — which clinched a three-year contract with the company in June after a marathon negotiating session — as well as Fast Company, Talking Points Memo, ThinkProgress, HuffPost, The Intercept, Vice Media, Salon, Slate, CBSN, Refinery29, Thrillist, The Dodo and G/O Media (the former Gizmodo Media Group).Barstool’s employment contracts have required staffers to affirm they will not object to “offensive speech,” including conduct and speech that “openly and explicitly relates to sex, as well as race, sexual orientation, gender, national origin, religion, disability and age.” When the employment contract came to light two years ago, Barstool CEO Erika Nardini defended the policy, saying in a statement that “Barstool creates really unique comedy and the nature of that comedy means that we can sometimes easily offend.” According to Nardini, who joined the company in 2016, the purpose of the contract was to ensure everyone who works at the company is “comfortable.” According to the National Labor Relations Board, it is unlawful for employers to discourage (or encourage, for that matter) union activities or sympathies “by discrimination in regard to hire or tenure of employment or any term or condition of employment.” For example, the NLRB says, companies are prohibited from laying off or disciplining employees because they are pro-union.Reps for Barstool Sports and Chernin Group did not respond to requests for comment.Is Portnoy making a “joke” with the union-busting rhetoric, or is he in fact trying to discourage Barstool staffers from contemplating taking any steps to join a union? Even if it’s just an attempt to troll company critics, make no mistake: Barstool Sports management really doesn’t want its workers to unionize.Not everyone found Portnoy’s comments funny. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), quoted Portnoy’s comment about firing pro-union employees and tweeted Tuesday, “If you’re a boss tweeting firing threats to employees trying to unionize, you are likely breaking the law &can be sued,in your words, ‘on the spot.’ ALL workers in the US have the protected freedom to organize for better conditions.” Portnoy remained defiant, replying to Ocasio-Cortez, “Hey @aoc welcome to thunder dome. Debate me” (as if there were something to debate about someone saying they’re willing and ready to break the law).The New York State Department of Labor also weighed in on Portnoy’s comments, noting in a tweet that it’s illegal “to take any unfavorable action,” including termination, against employees for union-related activities under the National Labor Relations Act. “New York is a proud union state,” the department said. “We say no way, no how to intimidation, threats and union busting.”Portnoy retweeted several posts pointing out that firing workers who are trying to unionize breaks U.S. labor laws. In response to one commenter who expressed hope that Barstool employees will form a union, Portnoy said, “Me too. Just so I can crush it and reassert my dominance.” Popular on Variety
A dance performance will celebrate the universality of emotions where different dance forms such as Bharatanatyam, the tango and classical ballet will meet to create dynamic harmony and explore the world of universal energy.The second edition of Connections is a collaborative venture between the French Embassy, Institut Francais, and the ministry of culture. The three-day event, beginning Jan 8, will take place at the Sri Ram Centre here.The brain child of Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer Rukmini Chatterjee, this event is a meeting and coming together of different cultures and art forms. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“I don’t think this is a fusion dance form, but meetings of different art forms where traditional and contemporary dance forms meet and subtle transformation takes place, without changing the original forms,” Chatterjee told IANS.“These performances will revolve around passion and desire and from profane to sacred,” she added.During these performances, the Paris-based danseuse elaborated how different dance forms will explore the world of universal energy and add different nuances of their forms to narrate a story that is rich in passion and desire.For the performance, Chatterjee was in touch with dancers from India and France over the social networking sites. They all are now in the capital to rehearse for the final act.When: January 8 Where: Sri Ram Centre, Mandi House
Uchaan Arts is organising a solo show titled Enlighment of the Buddha by Prince Chand. Enlighment of the Buddha is the artist’s expressions of the wisdom and divinity of Lord Buddha with his particular emphasis on divine light which is the light of highest self-realisation spread through deepest words of spiritual thought on life and reality.The artist sees Buddha as a creative spiritual God head and harnesses artistic tools to get his message across. The artist tried to convey not an image but also certain bhavas — karuna, abhaya, wisdom etc. Buddha is depicted in yogic meditation Dhyani Buddha and is the most popular depiction of Him. Closed eyes of Buddha conveying a serenity and peace. There is a variety of works presented through different metaphors linked with the image of the Buddha. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Uchaan is a group of contemporary artists who believe in representing a broad spectrum of visual language, style and concepts for reaching out to arts community and beyond. The group of artists are groundbreaking contemporary visionaries, young upcoming talents and the masters. The aim is to bring visibility and credibility to the works of deserving talented artists who have been largely overlooked within the mainstream discourse.
Kolkata: Darjeeling, which had always been a favourite summer destination for tourists, is once again set to witness a record footfall during this season, as Kolkata-based tour agencies are seeing an unprecedented number of bookings this year.The tour operators have expressed their gratitude to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, whose able leadership has resolved the issues related to Darjeeling. Due to the Gorkhaland agitation, there had been a dip in the tourist footfall in the past one and half years. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to a tour operator on Lenin Sarani, many people have already placed their bookings for Darjeeling, during Durga Puja. The number has been increased a few times compared to the previous year. Last year, the other hill towns in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand had seen significant influx of tourists from Bengal, as agitation was going on in Darjeeling.”There is always a trend among the Bengalis to go to Darjeeling during the summer and Durga Puja. In the past one and half years, there had been a dip in the tourist flow to the hill station. The situation has become normal now, with people showing interest in Darjeeling again. This has become possible due to the prolonged efforts of our Chief Minister,” one of the officials of the tour operator said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedPeople from Bengal and other states preferred to go to other hill stations, due to the continued agitation. The agitation had hit tourism hardest in the last year. The worry of the tourists soared after Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung warned the tourists to stay away from Darjeeling, causing a serious economic crunch for the traders and hoteliers in the hill station.Things were getting worse as the tourists from Bengal and outside preferred not to visit Darjeeling due to the continuous threats of the GJM chief. The Bengal Chief Minister had lashed out at the GJM chief’s warning to the tourists, by saying ‘asking tourists to keep away amounts to keeping away Goddess Lakshmi’.The hospitality and transport sectors were badly affected as the people deserted one of India’s oldest hill stations. The issue was resolved following prompt and effective action by the Chief Minister and also through implementation of various development schemes in the hill station.A Siliguri-based tour operator said that Darjeeling is expected to see record footfall during this year’s Puja and Christmas. They have already started taking bookings for the Puja holidays in October.
Kolkata: Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will soon handover raincoats free of cost to its school students and umbrellas to its teachers. This was announced by the Education department of the civic body in a programme organised by KMC to mark the occasion of Teachers’ Day on Wednesday.”We had earlier decided to provide our students and teachers with umbrellas. However, Mayor Sovan Chatterjee has proposed that students should be given raincoats. Hence, we have cancelled the proposal of handing over umbrellas and will be distributing raincoats. The e-tender for this will be floated soon. We want to complete the entire process by March 2019 so that our students can use them in the rainy season next year,” Member Mayor-in-Council (Education), KMC Avijit Mukherjee said. He added that umbrellas for the teachers will be handed over by this year. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIn the programme on the occasion of Teachers’ Day at Uttam Manch on Wednesday, Mayor proposed to the Education department to handover raincoats as primary students will find it difficult to handle umbrellas.There are 253 schools that are run by KMC in the city with a student strength of around 25,000. The Mayor also announced the extension of contract by six months for the 100 odd teachers who have been recruited by the Education department in recent times. It may be mentioned that in the winter months last year, the civic body had handed over sweaters free of cost tothe students.