Schweinsteiger open to new deal

first_imgTransfers Schweinsteiger ‘open to everything’ as he nears end of Chicago Fire contract Joe Wright 16:41 10/20/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) bastian schweinsteiger - cropped Bongarts Transfers Houston Dynamo v Chicago Fire Chicago Fire MLS The experienced midfielder is waiting to see what happens with his future as he chases silverware in his first season in the MLS Bastian Schweinsteiger admits his future is unclear as he nears the end of his contract with Chicago Fire.The former Bayern Munich and Manchester United midfielder joined the MLS club in March and scored on his debut in a 2-2 draw with Montreal Impact.The club officially clinched their place in the MLS Cup play-offs with a 4-1 win over San Jose Earthquakes last month, giving Schweinsteiger a shot at silverware in his first season in the United States. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 33-year-old’s contract expires at the end of 2017 but reportedly contains an option for a year-long extension.However, the ex-Germany captain is keeping his options open.”I signed for only one year because I wanted to see how everything goes,” he told Eurosport. “The state of things is that I have this contract but I don’t have anything else yet and I’m open to everything. Then we’ll see what happens.”last_img read more

Warily Following Amazons Lead with Subscription Sales

first_imgRay and Amazon are right. Consumers want a simple model, they want freedom to read anytime, anywhere, in part because of the culture that Amazon (and its spin-off, AmazonPrime) has created. It’s the reason that Amazon has thrived, and it was smart for Condé Nast to hop on board.But at what cost to smaller publishers?As touchy-feely as Amazon’s Jeff Bezos pretends to be, he’s a down-and-dirty businessman. He’s notorious for being cutthroat, and good for him—clearly it’s working. But it means that the stringent Amazon policies, the bullying contract, that deep cut of publishers’ profits, make it difficult for small publishers to exist, let alone thrive, in Amazon’s marketplace. It is my opinion that Amazon’s typical “fee” of 30 percent created a norm where there’s no more room for publishers to budge in other markets—indeed, 70 percent net has become an accepted standard. This may not be bad for larger companies which may pay out even more for new business acquisition, but it does pack a punch to us smaller ones, especially when we don’t get to own the customer relationship. Amazon’s longstanding argument is that a magazine subscriber who comes in via Amazon is an Amazon customer, not the magazine’s customer, and as such, Amazon retains the right to the relationship.But that doesn’t mean we won’t exist in Amazon, and it doesn’t mean we won’t try to thrive. I’m not interested in a world where Amazon is all there is. But if Amazon is giving consumers something that no one else can, or no one else can at this scale, then we should comply on some level. Let’s face it: Bezos has created a culture around online buying that is unparalleled to any other, to a devastating effect on the little guys: where there were 4,000 independent bookstores twenty years ago, there are now only 1,900.No wonder Monica Ray wanted in.In that conference room in Des Moines, Ray described her vision of a checkless society (meaning physical checks). She wanted one-click marketing; Amazon was a natural partner. It was a smart move, and one I’d absolutely do if I had the money, the clout, or the array of Condé Nast titles to even get a meeting with Amazon. I’m sorry, does that sound a little jealous? It was meant to.Ray cut the ultimate deal, at least in principle (I am not privy to her numbers). Each of her titles’ sites offer subscription pages where a consumer can use Amazon to purchase either a print or print + digital bundled edition (according to Ray, Condé Nast still offers the choice to subscribe via an old-school offer page, but when I tried subscribing to Vanity Fair, I could only do so via Amazon. If there was another option, they did a great job of hiding it). This is not a Kindle sub; this is that same sub you’ve been buying for years online at a magazine’s website. It’s platform-agnostic. And because most people have Amazon accounts, it’s easier than managing a separate database of user names and passwords on different title’s content management systems.In short, it’s pretty genius.But Ray developed her vision further, describing a world where you build a community within your brand, offer an action that’s pleasing to interact with, gain an experience or insight with the brand as provided by the publisher, and stick with the brand in the long-term. It’s what we know as consumer marketers; it’s the whole basis of traditional circulation retention models. I mean, we do it already. But what’s different is that now the level of intimacy with the brand is expected by a consumer in a way that requires that level of engagement by the publisher. It’s not time for us, small or large, to pull back from ways to reach our audiences; it’s time for us to push further.Monica Ray is doing it. Condé’s doing it. Amazon has been doing it consistently for years, and if you think AmazonFresh is not going to be a major contender in the food delivery space, think again.Many months ago, I was at a dinner with a very famous and very old writer. He was telling me about his vision of bodegas in Manhattan: he wanted to buy them and house curated bookshops so that people could immerse themselves in the beauty of reading books and magazines again.It was sweet but naïve. What he failed to grasp was that we still live in a world where people immerse themselves in the written word, it just may not have pages or covers, but it’s there. And if it’s there, and people want it, then publishers need to be there too. We just need to be smart about it and not give Amazon more power than we’d be willing to give any other agent. Last month, Monica Ray, VP of consumer marketing for Condé Nast, spoke in Des Moines at the annual summit that CDS, one of the major magazine fulfillment companies, hosts for its clients. Monica Ray on Amazon? Des Moines in Autumn? Crab Rangoon pizza at Fong’s? Of course I was there.Ray was likeable and smart—you could practically hear her brain whirring—and it was obvious that she is deeply creative. She also seemed very conscious about what it means to work for one of the biggest magazine companies in the U.S. and still maintain a sense of serendipity.If you’ve been living under a rock, Ray was the force behind Condé Nast’s groundbreaking deal with Amazon. No one should be surprised. In 2011, she told Wired magazine, “We believe strongly in Amazon’s buy-once, read everywhere model, too,” when Condé Nast at the time partnered with Amazon’s newsstand on the Kindle Touch. The latest Amazon deal was right around the corner (or maybe not right around the corner, but it was within view). last_img read more

Coming in 2018 More Charter Schools In Greater Houston

first_img Share Laura IsenseeSome charter schools in Greater Houston have partnered with traditional public schools, such as YES Prep and Aldine Independent School District.Even more school choice is coming to Greater Houston, with Texas approving three new charter schools for the region.That mean Houston will get more new charter schools than any other city in the state in the latest batch approved by the Texas Education Commissioner. (The State Board of Education didn’t veto any applicants.)One, called the Etoile Academy, plans to offer an enriched middle school. Another, the Legacy School of Sport Sciences, will teach high schoolers interested in careers in athletics. And a third, Yellowstone College Prep, will focus on learning through hands-on projects.Dallas and Austin will also get a new charter school each. They all open in 2018.In Texas, charter schools receive tax dollars but are managed independently from traditional public schools.The Houston region is already home to almost 40 charter schools with more than 50,000 students, according to the Texas Education Agency.last_img read more

Fundraising Drive Planned to Fix Shooting Damage to African American Civil War

first_imgIn response to the vast outpouring of support and concern about the recent shooting at the African American Civil War Memorial, the non-profit foundation that built the memorial and operates a museum at the site is sponsoring “Rally on the High Ground,” a national fundraising drive to fix the gun damage and other major problems at the Northwest Washington facility. On Dec. 26, police believe gunfire was exchanged between two people, damaging the memorial’s Wall of Honor. No one was injured in the incident. The total cost of needed repairs is approximately $575,000. “It is our goal to raise the funds necessary to get all repairs completed in time for the Grand Review planned for 2015 that will mark the sesquicentennial celebration of the end of the American Civil War,” Beverly Perry, chairperson of the board of directors for the African American Civil War Freedom Foundation, said in a statement. The memorial is the nation’s way of paying tribute to the 209,145 African American Union soldiers who bravely stood up with President Abraham Lincoln in the Civil War to abolish slavery and keep America united under one flag. The memorial was authorized by Congress and was built with private funds on federal land. The completed memorial was turned over to the National Park Service in 2003, and the adjacent museum continues to operate with private funds. The two names damaged by gunfire were Lt. Adolph Ebermayer, an officer in the 121st Regiment, United States Colored Troops, who mustered into the Union Army in September 1864 in Louisville, Ky. The second name damaged was that of Henry Foster, who was a private in the 121st. Army. Records show that Pvt. Foster enlisted in the Army at the age of 20 and had dark hair, dark eyes and complexion and stood five feet, five inches tall. He was from Pike County, Ky. The names on the Memorial Wall of Honor are enrolled by regiment in alphabetical order by last name; the two damaged names appear next to each other. “All repairs will be done according to the specifications required by the various permitting entities,” said Frank Smith, founding director of the museum. The monument is located in the Shaw area of Washington, D.C., which is named for Col. Robert Gould Shaw, commander of the famed Massachusetts 54th Regiment. Persons interested in joining the fundraiser may do so by making a tax deductible donation or future pledge to the African American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation, 1925 Vermont Ave. NW, Washington, DC, 20001. Patrons may also donate online at www.afroamcivilwar.org.  Please place “memorial repairs” in the memo section.last_img read more

Playboy Deletes Facebook Pages Citing UserData Scandal and Sexually Repressive Policies

first_imgHefner added, “Learning of the recent meddling in a free U.S. election further demonstrates another concern we have of how they handle users’ data.”Worth noting: Playboy is maintaining its presence on Facebook-owned Instagram (where Hefner’s statement also was posted).For Facebook, Playboy’s move is part of a worrisome backlash against the company, exemplified by the #DeleteFacebook hashtag, that has grown in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica revelations. The U.K.-based political consulting firm obtained info on 50 million users, without Facebook’s knowledge and without the consent of the users themselves.Last week tech billionaire Elon Musk took action last week to delete the Facebook pages of two companies he heads, Telsa Motors and SpaceX. “I don’t use FB & never have, so don’t think I’m some kind of martyr or my companies are taking a huge blow. Also, we don’t advertise or pay for endorsements, so…don’t care,” Musk wrote in a tweet last Friday.And on March 20, Brian Acton, a co-founder of messaging app WhatsApp — which Facebook acquired in a deal valued at $19 billion — called for a boycott in a tweet: “It is time. #deletefacebook.” Acton is now executive chairman of Signal Foundation, a non-profit org developing open-source privacy technology.About 8% of Facebook users said they plan to stop using the service because of data-privacy concerns raised by the Cambridge Analytica scandal, according to a survey fielded by Raymond James & Associates. About 48% said they would not change their usage, while 26% said they would use Facebook “somewhat less” and 19% said they will use it “significantly less,” the survey found.Facebook has pledged to make several changes in an attempt to rebuild trust with users and partners. Those include making its privacy controls easier to use and implementing new restrictions on third-party developers’ access to user data. CEO Mark Zuckerberg reportedly has decided to testify before Congress in hearings scheduled for next month.Playboy in 2014 removed nude photos from its websites and said the print mag would no longer include nudity starting in early 2016. However, last year, Cooper Hefner reversed that decision. Playboy is leaving Facebook — for good, it says — with the social giant’s latest user-privacy scandal the straw that broke the camel’s back for the media company.Playboy Enterprises said it will deactivate its accounts on Facebook, which cumulatively have more than 25 million followers. “The recent news about Facebook’s alleged mismanagement of users’ data has solidified our decision to suspend our activity on the platform at this time,” Playboy Enterprises said in a statement.In a tweet Tuesday evening, Playboy chief creative officer Cooper Hefner — son of the late Hugh Hefner, the mag’s famed founder — said, “We are stepping away from Facebook.”“Facebook’s content guidelines and corporate policies continue contradicting our values,” the exec wrote. “We’ve tried to craft our voice for the platform, which in our opinion continues to be sexually repressive.” Popular on Variety 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