“In the second half we had a bit of a letdown, but we take this as a lesson and we look to continue to improve. All year long our defense has been rock solid and (Thursday) was no different.” ECR, which is unbeaten the past seven years at home, or Marine League champion San Pedro (17-6, 12-0) is expected to receive the top seed in the City playoffs when the pairings are determined Saturday at Van Nuys High. The Conquistadores are looking to add to their City record with a seventh consecutive title. Chatsworth, which played ECR to a 1-1 draw Jan. 23, finished in a second-place tie with Granada Hills (10-7-5, 6-3-1). Both schools figure to be seeded among the top six teams Saturday. ECR, which has won 26 consecutive playoff games, would be in line to play four more home games en route to the March 3 final at East L.A. College, since the higher seed in the 32-team draw is always designated as the host team. “Whether we’re No. 1 or No. 2, either way you’re going to have to come to play us,” Choi said. “Eventually you’ll have to come to ECR.” email@example.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Toga and sophomore Sasha Scott gave their teammates the best possible present on ECR’s senior day, teaming up to complete a passing sequence that helped the Conquistadores (15-2-4, 9-0-1) extend their league unbeaten streak to 30 in a row. Scott received a ball in Chatsworth’s defensive third and switched the point of attack to the left side to Toga, who struck a 16-yard, left-footed volley off the crossbar and down across the goal line. “I was just hoping it would go in,” Toga said. “I expected a physical game, but I was mentally ready. I brought what I had.” Chatsworth (6-3-1 in league) increased its pressure in the second half, three times firing shots at ECR senior goalkeeper Ashley Menin from 20 yards, but two sailed over the goal and one hit off the crossbar. Menin denied a few other opportunities in the final 10 minutes en route to her 11th shutout. “In the first half, I thought we played really well,” said Choi, whose team increased its unbeaten streak against City opponents to 45 straight entering the postseason. What began as a celebration for the eight seniors on El Camino Real of Woodland Hills’ girls’ soccer team Thursday turned into a gala affair for junior Rebecca Toga by halftime. Toga’s goal in the 39th minute was all the offense the host Conquistadores would need in a 1-0 West Valley League victory over rival Chatsworth, which saw its winless streak against ECR reach 14 in a row since 2002. “She’s only scored two goals, but she’s played well all year long,” ECR coach Eric Choi said of Toga, who also produced the Conquistadores’ lone goal in a Dec. 16 victory over Harvard-Westlake of Studio City in the Mater Dei of Santa Ana tournament. “In the past, we might have relied on one person to score a lot of goals, but now we have six or seven weapons that can hurt you.”
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“The key to this will be how much more financing Reed itself will carry,” a knowledgeable M&A source told FOLIO: during a recent interview. “After that, will Reed be willing to take a deal that’s below their expectations? One that’s, say, 8X not 10X [EBITDA]? That’s what it’ll come down to.”The three bidders remaining in the third round are said to be Bain Capital, TPG and a partnership formed by Strauss Zelnick, a former non-executive director of Reed Elsevier. RBI publishes a number of trade magazines including Variety and Publishers Weekly.When Reed posted its financial results for the first half, the company indicated that it expected the RBI auction to be complete by year’s end. Longtime Reed CEO Sir Crispin Davis is expected to step down from his post sometime early next year. In the face of the tumultuous global credit market, Reed Elsevier is ready to “significantly” increase the amount of the financing package it plans to offer the potential buyer for its b-to-b publisher arm Reed Business Information.The London-based publisher and events producer is willing to be “more flexible” and increase the amount of vendor financing from the company’s own balance sheet, according to a report in England’s Telegraph newspaper. Exactly how much the company is willing to “sweeten” the deal was not immediately clear. A company spokesperson could not be reached for comment.The sale has been on rocky ground ever since at least one of the banks in the consortium put together by Reed to lend the eventual buyer more than $1 billion in staple financing backed out. The situation was recently compounded when a ratings agency, Fitch Ratings, downgraded RBI’s outlook from stable to negative.
While this sounds like an industry-insider podcast, only 11 percent of its audience actually works in alcohol. By creating such unique and specialized content, the podcast has become the “voice in everyone’s head when they’re buying whiskey,” said Philburn.At larger organizations, it’s possible to take advantage of the level of intimacy that podcasts provide, since it’s still a nascent market. Law.com is going through that journey now, unrolling podcasts that cater to its audience of lawyers, judges, and academics.“When we initially started doing this, our approach was everybody just do a podcast and we will figure out,” said Leigh Jones, editor-in-chief of Law.com. “We weren’t getting what we wanted.”Instead, Jones formalized the editorial process and decided she would co-host the podcast with director of newsroom innovation Vanessa Blum. By deciding to own it between the two hosts, they were better able to convince editors to buy in without having to rely on every editor fully becoming comfortable with the platform. And they also endear themselves to listeners who hear their voices every week.→ Read our Day One recap here.This same leap of faith happens almost everyday on social, where the strategies to attract eyeballs constantly change.At Brides magazine, they’ve built one of the largest social followings in the wedding space, which is quite the achievement considering the competition in the vertical. And Lisa Gooder, executive director of the brand, says they take risks, particularly with events, like social media takeovers or expanded coverage of readers’ weddings. But by always keeping the brand’s purpose in mind, they have a guide in the creative process.“Our brand is about authenticity, modern, inclusive [and] celebratory,” said Gooder. “Social is dedicated to these ideas.”This feeling of constant vulnerability has long played out in the journalism space. The dynamic of an industry that is constantly looking for new revenue streams as traditional efforts slide, along with the attacks the press has received from President Trump, it could create an environment of fear. Instead, as the panel “The State and Business of Journalism” highlighted, this environment encourages stronger coverage and more dedicated storytelling.“Everyone trusts some form of media,” said Brian Stelter, senior media correspondent at CNN. “If you don’t trust CNN, you probably trust Fox News.”The challenge, he continued, is whether the information provided by the media source is reliable, trustworthy, and providing of a service that benefits the community. This concern is heightened by the fact readers have grown more insular in what they read.But it’s impossible to ignore the business side of the organization, since it plays into what’s covered. As Time writer Eliana Dockterman explained, if you want to cover a story in the middle of the country, you have to convince an editor that it’s worth the cost of travel and reporting. But with tight budgets, the ability to actually pursue such a story becomes, “inherently a business challenge,” Dockterman added.The panel was moderated by Erik Wemple, media critic at The Washington Post, and also included Matt Heimer, features editor at Fortune, Slate’s outgoing editor-in-chief, Julia Turner.Wemple didn’t hold back his concerns about some of the current threats to the state and business of journalism, from political to technological. But some of these business concerns aren’t self-inflicted, which transitioned into the challenge that publishers have with Facebook.To try and provide some clarity, Christine Trodella, head of North America publisher sales at Facebook, offered advice on what works on the platform. Develop content that’s “interactive and engaging with people,” advises Trodella. “Give people a voice, and they will potentially interact.”This is where video rears its head, as Trodella showcased Facebook Watch, the platform’s newest video venture, by highlighting how CNN launched Anderson Cooper Full Circle on the social site. It’s unique content is only provided to followers on the platform and users can partake in choosing which stories Cooper tells.All of these efforts are meant to ignite brand loyalty—which will hopefully lead to profits—but that loyalty isn’t something that can be faked. As explained in the last panel, “Attracting and Nurturing Brand Loyalists,” finding these loyalists can leave your brand exposed to negative press, social media backlash, or angry fans. To prevent such a turn, again it requires dedication to your brand identity and purpose.“How successful are we in giving a great experience,” said Carola Jain, head of brand at Spartan Race, describing the question she asks about her own company. If Spartan puts on a great race, helps people get into shape, and live healthier lives, then “brand loyalists will spread the word,” she added.Without that internal understanding of the brand’s mission, influencers won’t follow since they can smell something that isn’t authentic. “Spend a lot of time on who you are and who you’re trying to impact,” says Brittany Hennessy, an author and co-founder of Carbon, an influencer platform.With a good product, the influencers will embrace it. Then the vulnerability will become a value add. Trying something new isn’t always within the fabric of publishers, especially if they’re unsure of the results. In the final day of the 2018 Folio: Show, speakers highlighted how fighting through these moments of discomfort with a new brand, platform, or strategy can lead to more loyal readers and customers.Back in 2005, podcasts were barely on most people’s radar. That’s when many leaders within the space took their initial steps in dominating the platform.CaskStrength Media managing director Christina Philburn detailed her and her husband’s journey in taking such a leap, launching a podcast about whiskey. Thirteen years later, WhiskeyCast pulls in mid-six figures a year, publishing twice a week.
The Pentagon’s case for conducting a new round of base closures could be stronger if it had measured whether the goals of the 2005 round of base closures — reducing excess infrastructure, transforming the military and promoting jointness — were achieved, according to a recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Instead officials from DOD and the services tracked their progress completing the BRAC Commission’s recommendations by the September 2011 statutory deadline and measured the cost savings associated with them. The congressional watchdog agency found that the department did not have the necessary data to calculate how much excess infrastructure was disposed of during the 2005 round.With no way to evaluate whether the last BRAC round achieved its goals, DOD cannot demonstrate whether the services’ realignment and closure actions improved their efficiency and effectiveness, preventing it from showing Congress that the benefits of a future BRAC round would outweigh the upfront implementation costs, the agency said.In March 2013, GAO recommended that “in the event of any future BRAC round, DOD identify appropriate measures of effectiveness and develop a plan to demonstrate the extent to which the department achieved the results intended from the implementation of the BRAC round.” But DOD opposed the recommendation, stating that military value should be the primary driver for BRAC. In the new report, GAO calls for Congress to “consider, in any future BRAC authorization, a requirement for DOD to identify appropriate measures of effectiveness and to track the achievement of its goals.”DOD opposed that recommendation as well, stating it would “subvert the statutory requirement that military value be the priority consideration,” according to the report. Its recommendation does not, however, undermine the department’s reliance on military value as the primary selection criteria for its candidate BRAC recommendations, GAO notes.“If Congress would like to increase its oversight for any future BRAC round, requiring DOD to identify appropriate measures of effectiveness and track achievement of its goals would provide it with improved visibility over the expected outcome,” the agency states. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Rolling Loud Festival: SoCal Lineup Announced future-rae-sremmurd-post-malone-play-rolling-loud-socal “Largest hip-hop festival in the world” announces lineup for SoCal edition in DecemberTim McPhateGRAMMYs Sep 25, 2017 – 9:44 am Billed as “the largest hip-hop festival in the world,” the Rolling Loud Festival is making good on its promise to expand from a standalone event. Now in its third year, the festival has announced an inaugural Southern California event scheduled for Dec. 16–17 in San Bernardino, Calif. Future, Rae Sremmurd, Post Malone To Play Rolling Loud SoCal Facebook The San Bernardino date will follow Rolling Loud Bay Area, which will take place Oct. 21–22 in Mountain View, Calif., and feature Lil Wayne, Travis Scott and Schoolboy Q, among others. Kendrick Lamar headlined Rolling Loud in Miami in May. According to a Los Angeles Times report, festival organizers have plans to expand Rolling Loud to China, Japan and the U.K. next year.Tickets for the Rolling Loud SoCal will go on sale Sept. 25 at noon PT.Read more Email News NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jul 13, 2017 – 12:00 pm Behind the song: Post Malone’s “Congratulations” Featuring three stages, headlining the SoCal festival will be Future, Rae Sremmurd and Lil Uzi Vert. Also joining the bill will be up-and-coming acts such as Post Malone, 21 Savage, Young Thug, and Lil Pump. https://www.instagram.com/p/BZUWgJsFUqF/?taken-by=rollingloudfest Twitter
The madrasa student from Sonagazi, Feni who was set on fire. File photoOne among the four people who set a madrasa girl on fire in Sonagazi of Feni on 6 April has reportedly been arrested.The accused Shampa is a close relative of Siraj Ud Daula, the principal of the madrasa. The victim’s family had filed a case against him on 27 March alleging sexual abuses. The burned student, who is still in a critical condition, made a ‘dying declaration’ to the physicians at the Burn and Plastic Surgery Unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital before being taken into life support. In her statement she said four persons including two women had carried out the attack and one of them was Shampa.Deputy inspector general of police’s Chittagong range, Khandaker Golam Faruque, told the media on Tuesday that they had detained Shampa from Mangalkandi union on 9 April.But the Sonagazi police station said the detainee was Umme Sultana alias Popy.These contradictory statements cast doubts over the arrest of Shampa. While DIG Faruque was asked on the contradiction of the two police statements, he said Popy and Shampa was the same person.The family of the madrasa student said, they could not rely on the local police administration. The police have been trying to hide the actual incident of the attempted murder of the girl and tried to change the case statement as well, they alleged.Family members of the girl at DMCH Burn and Plastic Surgery Unit said that an investigation should be carried out to know whose interest was being served by the Sonagazi police station officer-in-charge Moazzem Hossain.When asked why they cannot trust Moazzem, the victim’s brother told Prothom Alo that the OC on 27 March had termed the case a concocted one, saying the victim had ‘made up a drama’. Their family was constantly being threatened, too, he added.Around one and half hours prior to the attack on his sister, Afsaruddin, an English teacher of the madrasa, threatened the family to withdraw the case, said the brother.Thirty hours after the incident, the OC told the media that there would be investigation to know if this was a suicide attempt or a murder attempt.The victim’s family members also said that Iqbal Ahmed, a sub-inspector of Sonagazi police station, took an interview of the victim on 6 April taking permission from the physicians of DMCH Burn and Plastic Surgery Unit. He recorded the interview and let them listen to it.But on Tuesday, it was discovered that the statement in which police took the signature of the victim’s brother had some information missing. The incident of tying the girl up before setting her on fire and the names of several crucial defendants were omitted.In the first statement, nine were named excluding the principal and including four anonymous women. Later at the protest of the victim’s family, councilor of Sonagazi municipality No. 4, Maqsud Alam, an alim student of the madrasa, Jobayer Ahmed, and hafez of madrasa owned hefezkhana, hafez Abdul Quader, were named.Several inhabitants of the area said the police station sent them messages asking not to join in any demonstration against the principal.The OC Moazzem Hossain, however, denied the allegations stating he never said the girl had tried to commit suicide.When asked, DIG Faruque said there was no scope to neglect such an issue and legal steps would be taken against the responsible ones.Four have been shown arrested and sent to the court of Feni Tuesday. Senior judicial magistrate Sharaf Uddin granted five-day remand for each of the four — Nur Hossain, Kefayet Ullah, Saidul Islam and Alauddin — all of whom are known as the principal’s men.According to sources in police, during an interrogation the detained madrasa office assistant Nurul Amin revealed that another allegation of sexual abuse was brought against the principal earlier, but the issue got lost after a probe committee was formed.The principal called in three girl students to his office on 27 March. One among them was allowed to enter the room. As the principal pressed calling bell after some time, the assistant went on and found the girl (who was later set on fire) sitting on the floor leaning her head down. As he took her out of the room, she started crying seeing her two friends.Sonagazi union council chairman Shamsul Arefin said the attack on the girl was premeditated and added the principal has a group of cadres who were involved in the incident.The physicians at DMCH carried out a surgery on the madrasa girl on Tuesday to make her lungs functional.”We have conducted the operation keeping her on life support,” Brigadier General Nasir Uddin, a director of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), told newsmen at the Burn and Plastic Surgery Unit of DMCH on Tuesday.Nasir Uddin said the burned girl is facing a number of complications. Alongside blood and lung infection, she has developed problems in her kidney.Quoting Singapore physicians, he said she could not be taken abroad for treatment in such a critical condition. A group of physicians from Singapore General Hospital are due in Dhaka on 14 April on a pre-scheduled programme. They will visit the girl at that time.[Prothom Alo’s Sonagazi correspondent also contributed to this report]