Consumer Mags Take Huge Ad Hit in 08

first_img“Like other ad-supported media, magazines have been affected by the economic slump, which deepened as 2008 progressed,” Ellen Oppenheim, the Magazine Publishers of America’s executive vice president said in statement.  “Advertiser decisions for the fourth quarter were influenced by a range of factors. For longer-lead time monthlies, consumers cut spending during the summer due to soaring energy prices, which caused advertisers to put buy fewer ads in year-end magazine issues.  In the fall and early winter, rising unemployment and steep stock market declines led to restrained ad spending in weekly titles.”The drop followed three years of flatness, and was by far the worstslide since before 2000, the earliest year comparative PIB numbers areavailable.And the hemorrhaging in 2008 was widespread. Each of the top 12 magazine advertising categories (which account for more than 85 percent of total advertising spending) declined in both full-year and fourth quarter 2008, and the declines were seen in both PIB revenues and pages. The most significant decreases were seen in the most beleaguered of sectors: automotive; home furnishings and financial, insurance and real estate sectors.No Silver LiningAmong individual titles and magazine categories there were few, if any, bright spots.Magazines that saw the biggest ad page declines in 2008 include Home (-37.9), the Sporting News (-34.2 percent), Saturday Evening Post (-33.5 percent), Soap Opera Digest (-31.5), Motor Boating (-31), Blender (-30.6) and More (-30.3).All seven of Sunday magazines tracked by PIB, including the Los Angeles Times (-15.8) and New York Times (-12.9) magazines, saw ad page declines. (The only one that showed a gain was Spry, which didn’t exist in 2007.)Ad pages at Meredith’s Ser Padres were up 42.2 percent, while Nexos (31.5), Scholastic Parent & Child (28), Mansueto’s Fast Company (23) and OK! (23) rounded out the top five.The Week and the Economist continued to buck the treacherous slide in the newsweekly category. The Economist posted a 4.4 percent ad page gain, while Time (-19 percent), Newsweek (-19 percent) and U.S. News & World Report (-32.4) posted significant losses. The Week was essentially flat.But even the magazines that did relatively well in 2008 were down significantly over the previous year. New York magazine, for instance, ran the third most ad pages among all U.S. magazines, but still finished the year down 6.3 percent.Overall, just 42 of the 241 magazines tracked by PIB showed ad page increases. Click here for the full list. 2001 vs. 2000-4.9 2008 vs. 2007-11.7 AD PAGE GROWTH% CHNG 2002 vs. 2001N/A 2000 vs. 199914.0 2006 vs. 2005-0.1 2005 vs. 20040.5 RELATED: Just 42 Magazines Saw Ad Page Increases in ‘08Many publishers would like to forget 2008 ever happened.Consumer magazine advertising pages dropped 11.7 percent in 2008 when compared to 2007, according to year-end figures released by the Publishers Information Bureau late Tuesday.The drop in advertising accelerated in the fourth quarter, as pages slid more than 17 percent. SOURCE: PIB[EDITOR’S NOTE: Check FOLIOmag.com for updates to this story.] 2004 vs. 20033.8 2003 vs. 2002-0.7 2007 vs. 2006-0.6last_img read more

Bonniers Gregg Hano Named Mag CEO

first_imgThis story first appears on FOLIO: sister site, minonline.This morning (April 16), it was announced that Bonnier Corp. senior VP/corporate sales (since November 2011) Gregg Hano was elevated to CEO of Mag+, the Bonnier AB-owned tablet technology that was spun off in January 2011 so it can serve other companies and magazines (Marie Claire, Outside, IDG and Mad magazine are among the Mag+ clients). It was Hano, who as 2003-2011 group publisher of the Bonnier Technology Group (BTG) worked with Mag+ to put BTG flagship Popular Science on the iPad with the latter’s first-generation debut in April 2010.Last fall, Pop Sci became the first magazine to release a Consolidated Media Report with the Audit Bureau of Circulations in order to provide data on digital use along with the print newsstand sales and subscriptions.At Mag+, Hano is succeeding co-founder (2010) Staffan Ekholm, who is returning to Bonnier’s worldwide headquarters in Sweden. Hano will remain based in Bonnier’s New York headquarters when he formally starts on May 7. Says Ekholm: “Gregg has been a visionary and evangelist for the mobile digital publishing industry….He’s the perfect person to take Mag+ to the next level and accelerate its growth far beyond the publishing industry.” Last week, Hano hired ex-Car and Driver/Road & Track publisher John Driscoll as Bonnier VP/corporate sales. Driscoll is now assuming Hano’s former responsibilities.And Steve Grune, who was Hano’s BTG lieutenant as 2010-2011 group director of sales and marketing before succeeding him as group publisher last November, added the vice-presidency this morning.last_img read more

Fortnite adds iPhone and Android controller support

first_img $299 at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET 27 Photos Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $6 at Tidal Turo Share your voice Sarah Tew/CNET Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Read the AirPods review Oliver Padilla/CNET Epic Games stealthily delivered long-awaited support for controllers on iOS and Android to its hit online shooter Fortnite, with the 7.30 patch rolled out Tuesday. The patch includes MFi compatibility for iPhone and iPad, and also begins its rollout of 60Hz refresh-rate support on Android.Epic’s suggested Bluetooth options for Android include the SteelSeries Stratus XL, Gamevice, Xbox One wireless, Razer Raiju and Moto Gamepad. You can probably add SteelSeries’ new Stratus Duo to that list. For iOS, the company suggests the SteelSeries Nimbus and Gamevice.The first Android phones to get the 60Hz refresh are the US version of the Galaxy Note 9, the Huawei Honor View 20 and the Honor Mate 20 X. Fortnite Razer,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Tags $999 See It Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) See It HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Chris Monroe/CNET DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Share your voice $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) See It 1:22 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Video Games Mobile Accessories Mobile Apps Hilarious Fortnite memes 0 $999 I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Angela Lang/CNET Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Sarah Tew/CNET See it Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Amazon Read DJI Osmo Action preview $210 at Best Buy What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $155 at Google Express Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Rylo See at Turo Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Apple iPhone XS $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Read the Rylo camera preview Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Fortnite’s Gamescom booth is a bonkers gamer’s paradise Now playing: Watch this: Tags $59 at eBay $999 Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $999 Sprint See at Amazon 7 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Boost Mobile Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $520 at HP Read Google Home Hub review Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $60 at Best Buy Post a comment The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Comments Sarah Tew/CNET The Cheapskate Best Buy Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90)last_img read more

2 more hajj flights cancelled for passenger crisis

first_imgThe authorities of Biman Bangladesh Airlines have cancelled two more hajj flights due to shortage of pilgrims.The flights — BG-5045 and BG-3053 — were scheduled to take off for Saudi Arabia at 5:00am Wednesday morning and 4:35pm in afternoon respectively.With these, a total of 19 flights have been cancelled during this hajj session.Managing director of the Biman Shakil Miraz told Prothom Alo that the flights were cancelled due to shortage of passengers.Following the series of cancellation of flights, the Biman authorities will arrange a press briefing today (Wednesday).The first hajj flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines left for Saudi Arabia with 419 Bangladeshi pilgrims on 24 July.As many as 1,27,198 pilgrims are scheduled to perform hajj this year.last_img

IS claims London attack

first_imgFloral tributes flank a photograph of police officer Keith Palmer, who was killed during the terror incident at the Houses of Parliament in London, on Whitehall in central London near the Houses of Parliament on 23 March, 2017 the day after the 22 March terror attack in Westminster. Photo: AFPThe Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack in London that killed three people, the Amaq propaganda agency linked to the jihadist organisation said on Thursday.The claim marks the first time the group has taken responsibility for an attack in Britain.“The perpetrator of yesterday’s attack in front of the British parliament was a soldier of the Islamic State and the operation was carried out in response to calls to target coalition countries,” Amaq said citing a “security source.”Britain is a member of the US-led coalition fighting IS in Iraq and Syria that the jihadist group has urged its followers to target with attacks.The London assault on Wednesday afternoon saw the perpetrator ram a car along the pavement on Westminster Bridge, a busy traffic route that is also a popular tourist spot with its views of parliament and its Big Ben clock tower.After ploughing down several people on the bridge, the attacker crashed the car into the railings outside parliament and then tried to enter the building, stabbing a policeman with a large knife. Armed officers shot the attacker dead.The attack killed two members of the public and a police officer, and at least 30 people were wounded.Seven people were in critical condition after suffering “catastrophic” injuries.British Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday that the attacker was “British born” and had been investigated “some years ago… in relation to concerns about violent extremism.”The London attack came a year to the day after suicide attacks claimed by IS killed 32 people and wounded more than 340 others in Brussels.last_img read more

Nawaz Sharif rejects resignation call

first_imgMaryam Nawaz .Photo : ReutersPakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday rejected calls for his resignation at an emergency cabinet meeting to chart out a counter to the Panamagate probe panel’s report that recommended the filing of a graft case against Sharif and his family.Addressing the cabinet members, Sharif termed the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report a “concoction of allegations and stories” regarding his family’s private businesses, Geo News reported.”Without any hesitation I presented myself and family before the JIT,” the prime minister said, adding that his family business predates the entry of any family member into politics.”My family didn’t earn anything from politics but did lose a lot,” Sharif said, adding that despite reservations he accepted the formation of the JIT to probe allegations of money laundering against him and his family.The Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leader said that the language used in the JIT report displayed “malafide intentions”, Dawn newspaper reported.Pointing to the opposition parties who were demanding his resignation following the release of the JIT report, Sharif said that the PML-N had bagged more votes than those of the opposition parties combined.”Those demanding my resignation on false and unwarranted claims should first look at themselves,” said Sharif. He said he will not let the country’s development become a “target of conspiracies”.”The people of Pakistan have elected me and only they can remove me from this post,” Sharif said.The members of the meeting agreed that there’s no legitimacy to the demands for Sharif’s resignation and expressed their complete support in him, said the report.Interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan expressed the hope that Sharif will be exonerated.”We are not one to be worried as we have faced such difficulties before with the people’s help,” said Khawaja Asif, water and power and defence minister.Several projects related to power generation and other economic initiatives of the government were also discussed in the meeting.On Wednesday, Sharif presided over an informal consultative meeting where he was briefed by legal and constitutional experts regarding the preparations of the government’s stance on the JIT report, Geo News reported.The JIT in its 10-volume report submitted to the apex court earlier this week recommended that a corruption case should be filed against Sharif and his sons Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz, as well as daughter Maryam Nawaz, under the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) ordinance 1999.Maryam Nawaz Sharif had on Wednesday expressed the party’s resolve in a tweet that Sharif will not step down.”Insh’Allah he won’t resign. Should Nawaz Sharif resign because not a single allegation of misuse of public money has been proven against him?” she said.last_img read more

Nursing and midwifery should be empowered to achieve SDG goals

first_imgParticipants pose for a photograph at a roundtable on development and possibilities of nursing and midwifery in Bangladesh at CA Bhaban in Karwan Bazar on Saturday. Photo: Sabina YasminHighlighting the importance of nurses and midwives for overall improvement of the healthcare system and attainment of Sustainable Development Goals, stakeholders recommended raising the profile of the professions, establishing adequate nursing institutions, imparting proper training and ensuring workplace safety.Stakeholders hailed the overall development of the sectors in recent years but said the ratio of nurses to physicians is still inadequate.Competent and trained midwives are important components in reducing child and maternal death, several speakers said at a roundtable on Saturday. To attain the SDG target, Bangladesh needs to decrease maternal mortality to 70 per 100,000 which now stands at 172.Prothom Alo, in association with the World Health Organization (WHO), organised the roundtable on development and possibilities of nursing and midwifery in Bangladesh, at the CA Bhaban in Karwan Bazar.Former advisor to a caretaker government and executive chairperson of Power and Participation Research Center (PPRC) Hossain Zillur Rahman said, “These professions were once neglected but the scenario is changing nowadays, thanks to changing political will and commitment in this regard.”A good foundation has been created in the nursing sector, but now we need increasing quality of nurses and their numbers, he added.Referring to the recent rape and killing incident of a Kishoreganj nurse, speakers called for ensuring safety of the professionals.Highlighting the importance of midwives in cutting down the maternal mortality rate, United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) country representative Asa Torkelson said, “Every year 5,200 women die from preventable causes, which means one hundred women die every week. We can together stop this weekly tragedy.”Directorate General of Nursing and Midwifery’ director general of Tandra Sikder said there is demand for professional nurses from Bangladesh in countries such as Australia and Libya.“But, we have our own demand for nurses and midwives to attain SDG and that’s why we can’t export our quality professionals in these sectors,” she added.Hussain Zillur said Bangladesh can think about exporting qualified nurses and midwives as it will help in gathering knowledge from foreign countries as well earning foreign remittance. Former advisor to a caretaker government Hossain Zillur Rahman speaks at the roundtable on development and possibilities of nursing and midwifery in Bangladesh at CA Bhaban in Karwan Bazar on Saturday. Photo: Sabina YasminTandra also said inadequate infrastructure and teachers for midwifes are one of the main challenges in these sectors.World Health Organisation’s (WHO) representative to Bangladesh Bardan Jung Rana called for empowering nursing professionals by incorporating them at a policy making level.“The community healthcare system did a lot to achieve MDG goals, but the country needs more qualified and competent professionals to attain SDG targets,” he added.The health and family planning ministry’s additional director general Nasima Sultana said 12-13 thousand nurses are passing out every year from 99 public and 218 private institutions, which is much less than required.Nasima called for increasing nursing colleges and institutes to meet the demand.She also recommended upgrading the nurses with graduate, post graduate and doctoral degrees to first class, and increasing ratio of nurses to physicians.Bangladesh Nursing and Midwifery Council’s registrar Suraiya Begum said Bangladesh can achieve 7 SDG goals by investing in midwifery.BRAC’s vice chairperson Mushtaque Chowdhury said midwifery would not develop if it is not seen as an independent profession.BRAC’s head of midwifery education programme Selina Amin emphasised the need to create an enabling environment for midwives.Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of Bangladesh’s (OGSB) general secretary Saleha Begum Chowdhury said number of caesarean section births will decrease once midwives are given proper training and knowledge.Former vice chancellor of Bangladesh University of Health Sciences Liaquat Ali, Bangladesh Midwifery Society’s president Momtaz Begum, Bangladesh Nurses Association’s president Ismat Ara Parvin, among others spoke at the roundtable moderated by Prothom Alo associate editor Abdul Quayyum.last_img read more

Beto ORourke Visits Houston Matters Police Had Lupe Valdezs Missing Gun All

first_imgTuesday, August 21, 2018Top afternoon stories:Beto O’Rourke Visits Houston MattersAs part of its series of interviews with candidates running in major political races, Houston Matters interviewed U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), who is running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Senator Ted Cruz. O’Rourke talked about a myriad of issues ranging from President Donald Trump to voting rights and the Texas economy.O’Rourke (D-TX) said he wants to work with Trump on topics such as increasing mental health care to veterans and expanding protected public lands in Texas. “Where I can find a partner in the White House or across the aisle, I’ll be there, with anyone, any place, any time.”“But we also have to be able to stand up against this President and his worst impulses where we must,” the Congressman added in reference to the critical comments the President has made about Mexican immigrants and asylum seekers, and his defense of some people who participated in the white supremacist rally that was held in Charlottesville last year.Click HERE to listen to the interview.  Leslie Boorhem-Stephenson for The Texas TribuneLupe Valdez gives her victory speech after defeating Andrew White in the Democratic runoff for governor on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.Police Had Lupe Valdez’s Missing Gun All AlongDallas County authorities say a new inventory search has turned up former Sheriff Lupe Valdez’s gun that was reported missing after she stepped down to run for Texas governor.The Dallas County sheriff’s department Tuesday apologized to Valdez for “any distress and hardship” after the Democratic nominee for governor faced questions surrounding the whereabouts of her on-duty weapon.The 9mm Berretta was found in the department’s property room. Spokesman Raul Reyna says Valdez “did what she was supposed to do” in returning the gun.Valdez was sheriff for 13 years. She resigned in December to mount a longshot challenge against Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.Abbott’s campaign had attacked Valdez over reports of the missing firearm, tweeting that Valdez wants to run Texas “but can’t even keep track of her gun.” Dave FehlingThe Big Brown power plant in Freestone County burns coal mined nearby.Texas Could Soon Have More Authority to Regulate Coal Plant EmissionsTexas could have more authority to regulate coal plant emissions under a new proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency, which would formally replace the Clean Power Plan.In the audio above, Houston Matters learns what the new rules could mean for Texas industries and the environment from Victor Flatt, director of the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Center at the University of Houston Law Center, and Felix Mormann, professor of law at the Texas A&M School of Law._____________________Top morning stories:Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston responds to Pope FrancisJohn L. Mone/APIn this March 30, 2017 image taken from video, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo of the Archdiocese of the Houston-Galveston, speaks during an interview in Houston.Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, is adding his voice to calls against alleged sexual abuse within the Catholic church.Cardinal DiNardo was responding to Pope’s Francis’ letter. It addressed suffering caused by alleged abuse within the Catholic Church and failure to respond. Post Oak Little League team eliminated from World SeriesHouston’s Post Oak Little League baseball team is returning home from Pennsylvania after a stretch of games in the Little League World Series. The team lost 7-6 to a team from Peachtree, Georgia. Texas A&M adopts new sexual-assault policiesShelby Knowles for The Texas TribuneStudents on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station.Texas A&M University officials say the school is creating tougher sanctions for students found responsible for sexual assault.The school was criticized over the summer for how it handles cases of sexual assault, with multiple women sharing their stories online. The scrutiny prompted an internal review of university policies.Officials say the changes include a streamlined reporting process, a predetermined range of sanctions and more investigators. Students found responsible for sexually-based violence or rape will have to serve a minimum one-year suspension, and if they return to campus, they would also be barred from receiving scholarships or representing the school. Attorney General moves to limit abilities of immigration judgesA decision by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is making it harder for immigration judges to postpone hearings for immigrants while they wait for special petitions that would allow them to stay in the country legally.Lawyers say they expect, as a result, some immigrants will be deported while they wait on petitions that would have allowed them to stay in the country. Federal disaster assistance appears to widen the racial wealth gapWhites who live in counties badly damaged by natural disasters on average gain nearly $126,000 in wealth. Minorities, on the other hand, lose tens of thousands of dollars.This happens even when you control for income, education and a range of other factors, according to a study from Rice University and the University of Pittsburgh. Sara Tubbs/UHMusician Stephanie Rice performs at Houston Public Media. Rice appeared in the 12th season of NBC’s The Voice.Stephanie Rice: ‘If I Didn’t Perform I Would Die’When Stephanie Rice came out to her parents ten years ago at age 18, she received the one response she was most afraid of: rejection. They told her “they couldn’t choose their daughter over God,” and they’re estranged to this day.And, as she later recounted on her blind audition for season 12 of The Voice, she finds music is the best way for her to channel her emotions over that painful moment in her life.Rice graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in biology and worked for a time as a researcher at Baylor College of Medicine. She would often work 50-60 hours a week and then play a couple gigs each week.“It was a really crazy time in my life where I would go into work with a lab coat on and be running out and changing into my leather pants and going to a gig,” she said. Sharelast_img read more