NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 25: Quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners speaks to the media after the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 59-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Baker Mayfield’s flag planting at Ohio State following Oklahoma’s blowout win in Ohio Stadium remains one of college football’s best moments in recent memory.The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback planted an OU flag at midfield following Oklahoma’s big win over Ohio State in September 2017. The 31-16 win came a year after the Buckeyes’ blowout win in Norman, Okla.Mayfield was highly emotional following the game, taking a flag from the bench and planting it at midfield with his teammates cheering.The Cleveland Browns quarterback issued an apology for the move following the game. “After the game, I did not mean for it to be disrespectful towards any Ohio State people at all, especially not the team or the players,” Mayfield told reporters in 2017. “They’re a great team and a great program. I didn’t mean it to be disrespectful at all. We do the flag thing at OU-Texas, so that’s just something I got caught up in an emotional win. Yeah, it should have been something I did in the locker room, so I apologize for doing it in the middle of the field.”Mayfield admitted to GQ that he wasn’t being honest with that apology, though.I begin to ask him how heartfelt that apology actually was, on a scale of 1 to 10, but I can barely get the question out before he answers. “Zero,” he says. He repeats himself forcefully, looking me right in the eye so that I don’t miss the point. “Zero. Absolutely not.”Then the moment cools and the storm passes. “Which might hurt some Ohio fans’ feelings,” he says. “But I think we’re all good now.”Mayfield added that he didn’t plan to plant the flag, but was simply filled with emotion in the moment.“A lot of things I do are orchestrated, but things like [that], in the moment, emotionally, I’m just being me,” he said. “I worked so hard to beat them after they beat us at home the year before that I was so excited and overcome with emotion that one thing led to another. But a lot of Ohio people didn’t like me after that one.”Ohio State fans were pretty upset with Mayfield’s move back in 2017, but many of them now root for Mayfield in Cleveland, so they’re likely not too bothered by this revelation.
Increased Demand for Local Currency in December – BOJIncreased Demand for Local Currency in December – BOJ
The Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) says total demand for local currency is expected to increase by $18.1 billion or 16.5 per cent, leading to an estimated $128.1 billion in circulation for December 2018.The BOJ indicates that the anticipated increase, which coincides with Christmas festivities, is broadly consistent with the 16.5 per cent growth recorded for December 2017 as well as the five-year average growth rate of 17.3 per cent for the month.Additionally, that it represents an accelerated annual growth rate of 15.5 per cent, when compared to 12.9 per cent for December 2017.“When the forecasted change in the general level of consumer prices is taken into account, the projected real growth in currency for 2018 is 10.5 per cent, which is higher than the real growth of 7.3 per cent for the previous year,” the BOJ outlined.The Bank pointed out that projected acceleration in the growth in real currency demand for December 2018 is consistent with the higher growth rate that has been evident between August and November 2018, “possibly associated with a strengthening in real GDP growth and employment over the second half of the year”.A total of $4.2 billion in currency was issued by the BOJ between December 1 and 14, representing a 3.8 per cent growth for the month to date, as against a net issue of $1.4 billion over the same period in 2017.As at December 14, 2017, the stock of currency in the hands of the public and in the vaults of financial institutions amounted to $114.1 billion.There is normally a stronger demand for currency during the month of December, associated with increased spending over the holiday period. Additionally, that it represents an accelerated annual growth rate of 15.5 per cent, when compared to12.9 per cent for December 2017. The Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) says total demand for local currency is expected to increase by $18.1 billion or 16.5 per cent, leading to an estimated $128.1 billion in circulation for December 2018. The BOJ indicates that the anticipated increase, which coincides with Christmas festivities, is broadly consistent with the 16.5 per cent growth recorded for December 2017 as well as the five-year average growth rate of 17.3 per cent for the month. Story Highlights
Darjeeling: Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park (PNHZP) in Darjeeling, popular as Darjeeling Zoo, is rejoicing the birth of two red panda cubs.The two red panda cubs were born in a special facility at Tobgay Danra. Snow leopards and red pandas are bred in this non-display facility around 20 km from Darjeeling town. While one cub was born on June 23 the other was born on July 1. “The cubs are reportedly in good health but they have to be under observation for 3 months at least,” said Rajendra Jakhar, Director, Darjeeling Zoo. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park is the coordinating zoo for the red panda breeding programme (Project Red Panda) in India. The project was initiated in 1990. The first red pandas for this programme had been brought in from various European zoos like Rotterdam, Madrid and Clone Zoo during the late 80’s and early 90’s. Since then there have been around 40 zoo- bred pandas at the PNHZP. The first success of the Project Red Panda came in 1994. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway “At present there are 13 female and 8 male red pandas at the PNHZP and the two newborn cubs,” stated the Director. The Zoo is also working towards releasing 4 captive bred red pandas in the Singhalila National Park September or October this year. The PNHZP was founded in 1958 and specialises in the captive breeding of endangered Himalayan species including Snow Leopard, Red Panda, Tibetan Wolf; Blue Sheep, Himalayan Tahr and Satyr Tragopan (crimson horned pheasant.)
Liverpool begin Champions League defence with Napoli defeatLiverpool begin Champions League defence with Napoli defeat
Naples: Dries Mertens and Fernando Llorente scored late as holders Liverpool fell 2-0 at Napoli in the opening match of their Champions League title defence. Mertens converted a penalty on 82 minutes and Llorente added a second in stoppage time as Napoli gained a measure of revenge for last season’s 1-0 defeat at Anfield that denied the Italians a spot in the knockout rounds. The loss for Jurgen Klopp’s side makes them first reigning European champions to lose their opening game of the following campaign since AC Milan in 1994. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh However Liverpool, who sit top of the Premier League after five straight wins, remain favourites alongside Napoli to progress from Group E despite Salzburg’s thrilling 6-2 win over Genk. “Give us a few more games to change the table, but it looks like Napoli are through,” said Klopp, who tipped the Italians to go far. “Napoli can win the competition. If you have a good plan and good players, you don’t have to be the best team in the world to win the Champions League. You have to perform at the right moment.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Liverpool also lost their group-stage match in Naples last season before going on to lift a sixth European Cup. “Being able to match Liverpool is impressive as they are the best team in Europe at the moment,” said Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti. But the three-time Champions League winning coach warned: “The season is long, there is still a long road ahead.” Goalscorer Llorente joined Napoli this season after playing his last game for former club Tottenham in the Champions League final defeat to Liverpool in Madrid in June. He came on as a substitute and pounced on a rare Virgil van Dijk blunder after Mertens had opened the scoring from the spot to cause pandemonium among the crowd at the fiery Stadio San Paolo. After two difficult opening matches in Serie A with seven goals conceded, Ancelotti’s side seem to have clicked into gear. Napoli defenders Kalidou Kouilbaly and Mario Rui neutralised the threat of Egyptian star Mohamed Salah and Senegal’s Sadio Mane. – ‘Curious, unusual goals’ – Ancelotti praised his side for their “very orderly and compact” performance. “It wasn’t all perfect tonight,” the former Chelsea and AC Milan manager. “It was a very evenly balanced game. Liverpool played better than last season. “But I like the way we defended with the basics when it was still 0-0 and that’s what allowed us to have those late chances. “And when everything seemed lost, when Liverpool were in control, the team took advantage of two goals which came in curious and unusual circumstances.” Fabian Ruiz was twice denied early by Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian, who also pulled off an impressive one-handed save on Mertens after 49 minutes. For Liverpool, Salah and Mane had threatened before Firmino missed a chance to open the scoring just before half-time when his header flashed wide and Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret’s fingertip save at full stretch denied Salah on 65 minutes. The breakthrough came eight minutes from time after Jose Callejon went down easily in the box under pressure from Andy Robertson, with Mertens slotting in the penalty, awarded without consultation of VAR. Llorente then pounced on Van Dijk’s loose pass to claim his first Napoli goal, sealing a famous win for the hosts. “You want to have at least a point and we didn’t get that because of the penalty,” said Klopp. “When the player jumps before there is contact it cannot be a penalty. We cannot change that any more, so now we carry on. That’s it.”
Authorities Arrest 30 SubSaharan Migrants in Moroccos NadorAuthorities Arrest 30 SubSaharan Migrants in Moroccos Nador
Rabat – Authorities have arrested 30 sub-Saharan undocumented migrants in Nador, a city in north-eastern Morocco.Their arrests, on July 29, came after a police operation on buses, where, despite having paid for their tickets, the 30 migrants were detained and refused reimbursement.The group of migrants were separated in their detention. The first 20 migrants were taken to a military camp. After 26 hours of detention, they were released in Toussit, a town south of Oujda near the border with Algeria. According to the Nador branch of the Moroccan Association of Human Rights (AMDH) who was in contact with the detained migrants and posting updates on their Facebook page, a member of the security forces told the first group, “You’re lucky because the second group will be sent back to the Algerian-Moroccan border.”The second group of 10 migrants included women of Senegalese, Malian, Guinean, and Burkinabe descent. They were detained in military barracks until Tuesday morning, and have now lost all contact with the AMDH Nador. Their location is unknown.AMDH writes, “Their phones do not work anymore. They may be unloaded or have been seized by Moroccan authorities.”Sub-Saharan migrants in MoroccoOver the past years, the number of sub-Saharan migrants has steadily increased. According to the Pew Research Center, sub-Saharan African nations have accounted for 8 of the 10 fastest growing international migrant populations since 2010.Many sub-Saharan migrants use Morocco as a transit point for reaching Europe, even if it entails multiple attempted crossings. In 2017, the number of illegal border crossings of the Morocco’s western Mediterranean Sea route tripled, as migrants seek the Spanish territories of Melilla and Ceuta.Morocco must be diplomatic in balancing its relations with both other African nations and the European Union when dealing with sub-Saharan migrants. In 2014, Morocco launched reforms funded by the EU to encourage migrants to stay in Morocco.The European Union in return has praised Morocco on its migrant policy, which as King Mohammed VI underlined in 2016 “is rooted in humanitarian values, designed to make sure migrants’ rights and dignity are safeguarded.”Criticism of the operationsYet, in Morocco’s difficult balancing act, certain issues still remain. While Morocco attempts to retain diplomacy in its dealings with sub-Saharan migrants, AMDH Nador has been critical of police operations which target sub-Saharan Africans.In a statement to Yabiladi, Omar Naji, the president of the local chapter of the AMDH, said that operations are “fairly common in the city” even when the reasons for the arrest remain unknown.AMDH states “while the big traffickers live peacefully and circulate freely in Nador, the Nador authorities continue to hunt down and arrest the simple migrants.”With Facebook as a platform, AMDH Nador has used its posts to expose the main traffickers and mafia organizations which have exploited migrants through extortionate payments and passport seizures.The Algerian League for the Defense of Human Rights (LADDH) has also raised concerns over the expulsion of migrants to the Algerian-Moroccan border due to its terrain as a “desert area” and “no man’s land.”In a statement made public and signed by vice president Said Salhi, the LADHH calls on the Moroccan government to “give up” the operations “in the middle of the summer when heat poses a risk to the health and safety to the migrants.”The arbitrary deportation operations in the extreme climate and environment imperils the rights and dignity of migrants and refuges, contrary to international conventions and rights.By Isabella Wang
New agreement paves way for increased UN food delivery to DPR KoreaNew agreement paves way for increased UN food delivery to DPR Korea
The agreement, which was signed on Friday, was hailed by WFP as a significant breakthrough in its long-standing efforts to ensure that all those in need of food aid in the DPRK are able to receive it.On Sunday a United States ship arrived in the port of Nampo carrying 37,000 tons of wheat, the first instalment of a US food aid pledge of up to 500,000 metric tons, which would provide enough food to allow WFP to expand feeding operations from the 1.2 million people it currently feeds to more than five million.“WFP is grateful for the cooperation and commitment of the DPRK and UnitedStates governments,” said WFP’s Regional Director for Asia, Tony Banbury. “With their support, WFP will now be able to dramatically expand our food assistance operation, and provide aid to millions of people who would otherwise be at risk of increased hunger and malnutrition.”The agreement will also enable WFP to send nearly 50 more international aid workers to the country, who will oversee and monitor the delivery of food to make sure it reaches hungry people most in need.In addition, WFP will be expanding into 128 counties, up from just 50, including the remote and traditionally food-insecure Northeast and some counties never before accessible to humanitarian agencies. “With this agreement, WFP will be in a position to reach more hungry people and put an expanded and more comprehensive monitoring system in place,” said Mr. Banbury. “The presence of a larger number of international staff will ensure improved targeting and monitoring of food deliveries on behalf of WFP beneficiaries.”“The challenge will now be to put words into action and quickly expand distributions of badly needed food aid to the hungriest people of DPRK,” said WFP Country Director Jean-Pierre de Margerie in Pyongyang. “We appreciate the enhanced collaboration with the DPRK Government and look forward to full implementation of the agreement.”The expansion of food aid comes at a critical time when the country is facing a cereal shortfall of more than 1.5 million tons – the largest food gap since 2001, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Compounding the situation is the rise in domestic prices for staples such as rice, wheat, maize and potatoes. WFP and FAO are currently examining the extent of the needs throughout the country. The results of what is the most comprehensive assessment on food and nutrition undertaken in the DPRK since 2004, is expected by mid-July. 30 June 2008A new agreement between the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) paves the way for the agency to step up its food assistance to more than five million hungry people in the country.
General Assembly elects 22 new members of UN Economic and Social CouncilGeneral Assembly elects 22 new members of UN Economic and Social Council
26 October 2009The General Assembly today elected 22 countries to serve on the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), one of the principal organs of the United Nations and the body responsible for coordinating the economic, social and related work of various UN specialized agencies, regional commissions and functional commissions. The General Assembly today elected 22 countries to serve on the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), one of the principal organs of the United Nations and the body responsible for coordinating the economic, social and related work of various UN specialized agencies, regional commissions and functional commissions.During a secret ballot this morning at UN Headquarters in New York, Member States elected 18 countries to serve three-year terms starting on 1 January next year and four nations to replace New Zealand, Sweden, Greece and Portugal, which asked to relinquish their seats before the end of their current terms.The four countries proposed as replacements were Australia, Finland, Malta and Turkey, and they were duly elected today after obtaining the necessary two-thirds majority of countries present and voting. Australia and Finland will serve on ECOSOC from the start of next year until the end of 2010, while Malta and Turkey will serve through the end of 2011.ECOSOC’s 54-strong membership is chosen according to a formula to ensure geographical distribution, and the remaining 18 countries elected today were allocated thus: five seats for African States, four to Asian States, two for the Eastern European category, three for Latin America and the Caribbean, and four seats for the category of Western European and other States.In each of the five geographical categories, the number of endorsed candidates did not exceed the number of available seats.Ghana, Comoros, Zambia, Rwanda and Egypt were chosen for the African category, while Bangladesh, Mongolia, the Philippines and Iraq were selected in Asia. Ukraine and Slovakia won the two seats allocated to Eastern Europe.In Latin America and the Caribbean, Chile, the Bahamas and Argentina were each elected, while in the Western European and other States grouping, the countries selected were Italy, Belgium, Canada and the United States.ECOSOC’s membership includes 16 other countries whose terms expire at the end of next year: Brazil, Cameroon, China, the Republic of Congo, Malaysia, Moldova, Mozambique, Niger, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, the Republic of Korea (ROK), Russia, Saint Lucia, the United Kingdom and Uruguay.Another 16 countries will end their terms on 31 December 2011: Côte d’Ivoire, Estonia, France, Germany, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, India, Japan, Liechtenstein, Mauritius, Morocco, Namibia, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.
UN food programme appeals for 8 million to cover funding shortfall forUN food programme appeals for 8 million to cover funding shortfall for
WFP Executive Director James T. Morris said, “Haiti urgently needs support from the international community now. Poor people cannot wait for a return to stability before receiving their daily food rations. Unless we get additional funding quickly, we will begin to see malnutrition rates, especially among children and poor families headed by women, rise in the next few months.”For an emergency eight-month humanitarian programme costing $11.2 million, WFP says it has received $1.5 million from France, $356,295 from Italy, $458,000 from Japan, $912,000 from Norway and $373,000 from Spain.The food in the new programme goes to 140,000 expectant and nursing mothers, children under 3, people affected by HIV/AIDS, and orphans. Another 373,000 Haitians are being fed by other WFP programmes, the agency said.Despite a singular history of ending slavery by a military victory and helping to fund Simón Bolívar’s independence struggle in Latin America, Haiti has become the poorest country in the western hemisphere and one of the poorest in the developing world.About 80 per cent of its population lives in poverty and it has the highest incidence of HIV/AIDS outside Africa. One out of every three children is chronically malnourished, while 8 per cent suffer from acute malnutrition.”Just as quickly as it rose, Haiti has fallen from the radar of the world media. But the troubles continue, once more in silence,” Mr. Morris said.
UN rights expert calls for halt to Indonesia executions cites international obligationsUN rights expert calls for halt to Indonesia executions cites international obligations
UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, Christof Heyns, urged a halt to further executions of people convicted of such offences, after six prisoners were executed in January and Indonesian officials announced that eight more would be executed by firing squad in the coming days.“Under international law, the death penalty is regarded as an extreme form of punishment which, if it is used at all, should only be imposed for the most serious crimes, that is, those involving intentional killing, and only after a fair trial, among other safeguards,” Mr. Heyns said. “However, despite, several appeals by UN human rights experts and civil society organizations urging the Indonesian Government to reconsider imposing the death penalty for drug related offences, the authorities decided to execute six people by firing squad on 18 January 2015.”The UN human rights office says that the available information suggests that the 14 people were convicted after unfair trials. Twelve of the people are foreign nationals who did not receive adequate interpreting services or the right to translators or lawyers at all stages of their trials and appeals.“Any death sentence must comply with international obligations related to the stringent respect of fair trial and due process guarantees, as stipulated in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Indonesia is a State party,” Mr. Heyns said. “I previously expressed concerns over the imposition of death penalty for drug related offenses, and that such death sentences undertaken in contravention of Indonesia’s international human rights obligations is tantamount to an arbitrary execution.”He said the International Covenant provided that anyone sentenced to death shall have the right to seek pardon or commutation of the sentence.“I regret that the authorities continue to execute people in violation of international human rights standards,” said Mr. Heyns. “I urge the Government of Indonesia to establish a moratorium on execution with a view of its complete abolition, in order to comply with the international move towards the abolition of the death penalty.”Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.
Football Ohio State lands commitment of 2019 fourstar running back Steele ChambersFootball Ohio State lands commitment of 2019 fourstar running back Steele Chambers
Ohio State added another running back to its 2019 class.Four-star running back Steele Chambers committed to the Buckeyes, announcing it via Twitter Wednesday night.The 6-foot-2, 215-pound recruit played both running back and outside linebacker at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School in Rosewell, Georgia. Ranked as the 340th-best recruit in the nation, according to the 247 composite rankings. He is also listed as the No. 29 athlete and No. 37 recruit in the state of Georgia.Chambers is the sixth member of Ohio State’s 2019 class and is one of four in the class not from Ohio. The Georgia native will join four-star running back Sampson James in the class.
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La plus grande réserve marine du monde créée par la Grande-Bretagne dans l’océan Indien, découvrez les imagesArchipel des Chagos – Le Royaume-Uni vient de donner son feu vert pour la création de la plus grande réserve naturelle marine du monde. C’est autour des îles Chagos, dans l’océan Indien, que cette réserve s’étendra sur 400.000 km2.Comparée à la Grande barrière de corail d’Australie par les écologistes, la réserve sera située à l’ouest des Seychelles, au sud des Maldives. Comme l’a précisé le secrétaire d’État aux Affaires étrangères David Miliband, elle comprendra une zone interdite à la pêche à des fins commerciales.Les 55 îles Chagos appartiennent à la Grande-Bretagne depuis 1814 et sont célèbres pour leurs récifs de corail comme pour leurs populations de thons jaunes, de tortues ou de crabes de cocotier. D’après le gouvernement britannique, les eaux de l’archipel abritent une soixantaine d’espèces protégées. S’étendant sur quelque 400.000 km², cette zone marine préservée “doublera la surface des océans placés sous protection dans le monde”, a souligné David Miliband.Une seule île de l’archipel est aujourd’hui habitée, Diego Garcia. Grande de 27 km², elle est devenue une base militaire sur laquelle vivent environ 1.700 soldats américains, 1.500 employés civils et une cinquantaine de Britanniques. Pour ce faire, la Grande-Bretagne a expulsé dans les années 1960 et 1970, les 2.000 habitants de l’île.Aujourd’hui, les Chagossiens expulsés se battent toujours pour récupérer leurs terres et voient d’un très mauvais œil la création de la réserve marine. Ils accusent le Royaume-Uni de lancer ce projet pour les empêcher de revenir sur leur île.Découvrir la faune des Chagos en images : https://www.maxisciences.com/archipel-de-chagos/la-faune-des-les-chagos_art5550.html#Le 6 avril 2010 à 16:19 • Emmanuel Perrin
President Signs Americas Water Infrastructure ActWRDA 2018 Into LawPresident Signs Americas Water Infrastructure ActWRDA 2018 Into Law
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed into law America’s Water Infrastructure Act, which includes the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018 that authorizes Corps of Engineers’ work on locks and dams, dredging and other water resources projects. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 99 to 1 on Oct. 10, and the House passed the WRDA legislation by voice vote in September. ASA supported the bills, which update our inland waterways infrastructure that is vital to the movement of soybeans and agricultural inputs.
The U.S. Coast Guard has called off the search for two people who went missing Tuesday after their ship sank north of Unalaska.Listen NowCoast Guard officials made the announcement Thursday after a cutter, a helicopter crew, and several volunteer vessels spent more than 40 hours looking for the crew members of the sunken boat Exito.The ship went down late Tuesday night with five people on-board. Within an hour, three were rescued by a Good Samaritan vessel. But there’s been no sign of the two remaining crew members, whose identities have not been made public.The Coast Guard is now investigating why the Exito began taking on water before it sank.Officials say there’s no indication of pollution as result of the sinking.
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00:00 /50:43 X Listen On Friday’s Houston Matters: We talk with a journalist in Southeast Asia who’s been following the case of William Nguyen, a Houston man who was detained in Vietnam last month and convicted and deported. Nguyen now is on his way to the U.S.A. Lawmakers are praising the outcome.Then, technology develops at a rapid pace these days. For digital natives like Millennials and Generation Z, these advancements might feel somewhat routine… but what about those older generations who didn’t grow up with all this advanced technology? We find out how much of a disadvantage being computer literate is these days and how are schools integrating technology and making it accessible to both students and teachers.Also this hour: When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to a rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of it all.Then, News 88.7 catches up with Tour de France cyclist Lawson Craddock, a Houston cyclist who gained attention after he crashed during the first stage of the famed cycling race, and wound up badly injured. Craddock tells us what happened next and who he’s donating money to for each stage of the Tour de France he completes. WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video.We also offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share
Hearst Magazines Plans Clevver Relaunch From New Production Studio at Santa MonicaHearst Magazines Plans Clevver Relaunch From New Production Studio at Santa Monica
×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 New York-based Hearst Magazines has established an L.A. outpost for video production — where Clevver, its recently acquired network of entertainment news YouTube channels, will be gearing up for a relaunch within the next few weeks.The publishing group opened a new, 20,000-square-foot multimedia production studio in Santa Monica, Calif., which will serve as a hub for its magazine brands’ original productions and Clevver, which was left stranded after former parent company Defy Media shut down last fall.Clevver’s YouTube channels have largely been dormant since early November, when its employees were let go with Defy’s shuttering. The Clevver team that Hearst Magazines has rehired will resume producing videos within the next two weeks, according to a company rep. Those staffers include Jill Irvin Burriss, senior creative director of Clevver Style; the Hearst rep declined to identify which Clevver hosts are on board. (Pictured above: The set of Clevver News’ “Daily Hollywood Rundown” in the new Santa Monica facility.) The studio space, located at the Santa Monica Airport, will build on Hearst Magazines’ original entertainment projects. Those have included TV series like “Ready, Set, Pet” for the CW Network, and digital series including “This Is How I Made It,” “The Braid Up,” “Song Association” and “Go to Bed With Me.” The company also will use the studio for photo shoots and video productions across Hearst Magazines’ portfolio of titles including Cosmopolitan, Elle, Esquire and Harper’s Bazaar.“A robust presence on the West Coast is a natural next step for us as we continue to expand our creative capabilities and deepen our talent pool,” Hearst Magazines president Troy Young said in a statement. “Video has been a consistent growth driver for us and this studio will further enhance the quality and quantity of our entertainment offerings.”Michael Mraz, VP of Hearst originals and development, is heading the new studio. He’ll remain based in New York and split his time between NYC and in Los Angeles. He joined the company in 2014 and previously led digital content teams for Esquire, Esquire U.K., Road & Track, Car and Driver, Popular Mechanics and Town & Country before joining development team in 2016.“The new studio — and having the Clevver teams based there — will be a game-changer for us,” Mraz said. “It will enable us to be more ambitious with our development slate for Hearst Originals, learn from some of the very best of YouTube natives, and find new ways to cross pollinate ideas, talent, and brands between New York and L.A.”Hearst Magazines, a unit of Hearst, claims its print and digital properties reach a combined audience of 146 million readers and visitors monthly, including 73% of U.S. women. The company publishes more than 300 editions and 240 websites around the world, with more than 25 brands in the U.S. Popular on Variety