Spin Magazine Reduces Frequency Rate Base

first_imgMeanwhile, the brand is investing in digital roll-outs, including its SPIN Play iPad app. In June, SPIN shuffled its editorial and publisher ranks in an effort to capitalize on its cross-platform efforts. Editor-in-chief Doug Brod and publisher Malcolm Campbell were let go and Jeff Rogers was hired into the new position of digital general manager. Reflective of the ongoing shuffle magazines go through to zero in on the right print-digital formula, music magazine SPIN is reportedly reducing its frequency from monthly to bimonthly starting with the March 2012 issue. In addition, it will be adjusting its rate base downward from 450,000 to 350,000.Not all is contracting, however. The magazine is investing in heavier paper stock and a larger trim size—9.5 by 12 inches. The adjustments point to a refinement of the brand’s print and digital strategies into the familiar formula of relegating quick-hit, newsier content to the website and longer form writing for print.Issues will continue to pursue a theme approach. The October issue is the dance issue, September featured style, August was devoted to the 20th anniversary of the release of Nirvana’s Nevermind album, and so on.last_img read more

OBITUARY James E Ashley Jr 85

first_imgSCARBOROUGH, ME — James E. Ashley, Jr., 85, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 16, 2018, in the company of his family.Born in Portland on March 17, 1933, Jim was the son of the late James and Ethel (Dunn) Ashley. He graduated from Cheverus High School Class of 1951. Following high school, Jim honorably served his country in the United States Army where he was stationed in Iceland. When he returned home, he worked diligently to attain his bachelor’s degree from Bentley University and Northeastern University.In 1957, Jim married the love of his life, Mary Jane Naples “Napolitano”. Together, they began their young family in Somerville, Massachusetts, eventually settling in Wilmington, Massachusetts, where they raised their family. However, Jim and Mary Jane always made sure that they stayed close to their roots in Maine. The Ashley Family, along with other close family, would take treasured vacations to Higgins Beach in Scarborough, creating a lifetime of memories.Jim worked as a comptroller for many companies in the Boston area including Sweetheart Plastics, KLH & Advent eventually retiring from Semicon Inc. Following his retirement, Jim and Mary Jane decided to move back home to Maine. In his retirement, Jim really enjoyed keeping himself busy. Whether it was enjoying Sunday morning breakfast, in their reserved seats, with his wife at IHOP, collecting mallards, working for the Auto Parts store making local deliveries or keeping the books for the condo association, he remained active. In addition, he enjoyed playing golf at Willowdale, doing crossword puzzles which included his whiteout tape, reading the paper, and most of all, spending time with his grandchildren.Jim was the type of man who would do a good deed for someone else and never say a word about it. He will forever be remembered for being a very humble, devout Catholic who always put others above himself. He will be deeply missed.In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his best friend and brother-in-law, Francis McDonald; and sister, Christina Keating.Jim is survived by his children, James E. Ashley, III and wife Sarah of Haverhill, MA, Susan M. Ashley-Kistner and husband Peter of Phoenix, AZ, Gregory M. Ashley and wife Elizabeth of Tewksbury, MA, and Christopher J. Ashley and wife Elizabeth of Chelmsford, MA. He was the loving grandfather of Jonathon, Jared, Jaelyn, Juliette, Joshua, Jonathan, Jaime, Nicholas, Meghan, Jacob, Jesse and Julia; great-grandfather of Jaquilyne. In addition, he is also survived by his brothers, Kenneth Ashley of Windham, ME and Richard Ashley of Portland, ME; as well as several nieces and nephews.Visiting Hours celebrating Jim’s life will be held on Friday, December 21 from 4-6PM at the Conroy-Tully Walker South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway, South Portland. Prayers will be recited at the funeral home on Saturday, December 22 at 10:15AM followed by an 11AM Mass of Christian Burial at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, 150 Black Point Road, Scarborough. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Broadway, South Portland. To view Jim’s memorial page, or to share an online condolence, please visit http://www.ConroyTullyWalker.com.Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Barron Center, 1145 Brighton Ave, Portland, ME 04102.James E. Ashley, Jr.(NOTE: The above obituary is from Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: James Thayer Hastings, 84In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Keith P. Sicard, 42In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Brandon M. Long, 27In “Obituaries”last_img read more

DeVon Franklin produces faith films while guiding men through MeToo movement

first_img As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Adelle M. Banks Adelle M. Banks, production editor and a national reporter, joined RNS in 1995. An award-winning journalist, she previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Photos of the Week By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Tags#MeToo Breakthrough Christian movies DeVon Franklin Faithful Viewer homepage featured inspirational movie men sex abuse sexual harassment sexual misconduct Top Story,You may also like Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Share This!center_img Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,How Hind Makki is changing the conversation around women’s inclusion in mosques Catholicism News • Photos of the Week Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Christian movie producer DeVon Franklin is preparing for his third film to hit theaters just before Easter weekend.But “Breakthrough,” a movie about a teen’s recovery from spending 15 minutes under broken ice in a frozen lake, has not been his sole focus in recent months.Franklin, the author of “The Truth About Men: What Men and Women Need to Know,” was called on by the Willow Creek Association as it held recent discussions on how churches and individuals can avoid and address allegations of sexual misconduct.Franklin, 40, who was raised in the Seventh-day Adventist faith, talked with Religion News Service about Christian film success, how men should respond to the #MeToo movement, and the importance of observing the Sabbath.The interview was edited for length and clarity.You are a Hollywood producer, an ordained minister and the author of a new book about men and the #MeToo era. How do you juggle these three seemingly disparate areas of your life?I don’t view them as disparate. My goal in everything I do is to uplift and inspire and use entertainment as a way to do that. So anything I’m doing, whether it’s writing a book, or producing a movie, or speaking or preaching, it’s all with the same goal: How does the person that is engaging with me relative to what I’m doing in that moment — how can their life become potentially better or how can I say something or do something that can inspire them?It’s like one wheel, just different spokes.DeVon Franklin. Courtesy photoHow did you learn about the story behind “Breakthrough,” and how much is it a true story rather than “based on a true story”?I found out about “Breakthrough” while I was promoting “Miracles from Heaven.” I met the family, Joyce Smith and (her son) John Smith, and Pastor Jason Noble. And when I heard their story I was blown away. It was just so captivating. I just knew that I had to bring it to the big screen.When you look at films, there’s “based on a true story,” there’s “inspired by a true story,” there’s “inspired by true events,” but based on a true story is when it’s closest to the real story. And “Breakthrough” is without a doubt based on a true story.“Breakthrough” comes to theaters around Easter. How has the success of your previous productions, including the animated Christmas movie, “The Star,” enabled you to present this new one?I think every success is like stair steps — one leads to the other. And so “Breakthrough” being my third produced film, certainly, is building on the success of “The Star” and building on the success of “Miracles from Heaven.”In “The Star,” celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Kristin Chenoweth added their voices to that story. In “Breakthrough,” main characters are portrayed by actress Chrissy Metz and actor Mike Colter. Has there been a shift in the willingness of mainstream actors and actresses to appear in Christian films?Yes. What is amazing about this story “Breakthrough” — it’s a true story, and I think that sometimes the desire to put it in the faith-based genre sometimes overshines the fact that it’s true. And more people are looking to do a true story because they connect to it more so than it being a part of the faith-based genre per se. So it’s a blessing that these projects are able to get the attention of such incredible talent.Following the example of other brother filmmaker teams, there’s a movie called “Sinners Wanted” that just premiered at a black megachurch in Maryland in March. Do you see more people trying to develop Christian films for the big screen? And do you think those smaller projects have more of a chance of being recognized by Hollywood than in the past?I’m not familiar with that particular movie. I do think that there’s a lot of growth in this space. The Erwin brothers, who are my good friends, they did “I Can Only Imagine.” And that success led to an incredible new opportunity with Lionsgate for more projects to come through, which is great.I have my deal here at Fox. The Kendrick brothers, who also do inspirational faith-based movies, they have a deal with Sony. I think ultimately as the right movies are developed and people find them, it’ll allow for even more new filmmakers and new films that may not currently be on the radar to emerge.DeVon Franklin, from left, Jeff Lockyer and Danielle Strickland participate in a panel discussion about sexual misconduct with the Willow Creek Association near Chicago. Video screenshotTurning to a completely different subject, you have spoken in a new video resource about ministry and #MeToo. What are some key tips you suggest for men to help reduce the chances of women becoming victims of sexual abuse or harassment?One of the reasons why I wanted to write the book is because I do believe that, as men, we need to become better. And part of that is learning to love, and that means considering others’ needs before ours and putting our integrity and our character above the desire to sometimes feed those selfish impulses.I challenge every man to not look at the #MeToo movement as a women’s movement. It’s not. We need to be a part of this movement. Whether we have been harassed ourselves or not, we need to help. It takes both of us to get it done. We have to be a part of the solution ’cause if not, I think we’re part of the problem.You had spoken about how the #MeToo movement can cause some men to feel that they can’t or shouldn’t hire women who may be most qualified for a position in their church or other organization. What’s your advice for them?My advice is to not allow fear to dictate decision-making, because, any man that’s afraid to hire a woman, it’s because of fear and a misconception of what’s really going on.I think that it’s important that we hire the very best people. And if that happens to be a woman, we need to hire her. And, to me, a man that’s afraid to do that says more about the man than it does the woman. And it’s so important to not use #MeToo as an excuse to be afraid.Let’s use #MeToo and #TimesUp as an excuse to become better and do that in every area of our life, including our hiring practices.As someone raised in the Seventh-day Adventist faith, how do you keep your Sabbath even as you work on round-the-clock projects related to film and faith?The first day that I was in Hollywood, I literally said when I was interviewing for the company that managed Will Smith, “I won’t take this internship if it requires me to work on the Sabbath.” And, every single job that I’ve ever taken since then, I’ve made it a part of it.And observing the Sabbath is so important for a number of reasons, not just spiritual reasons, but also practical reasons. We are not built to run 24/7. And what I have found is if we block out some time to rest, people conform around that. I’ve been on set, producing films, and then I’m like, “Hey, all right, the sun is almost down. I got to go.”It’s been integral to my success. And I highly recommend it to everyone ’cause I think it really makes a big difference. By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Share This! Share This! Newslast_img read more

Dancing on strains of poetry

first_imgSufi Kathak Foundation presents under the 22 Khwaja Project series, a programme dedicated to the Sufi Saint Hazrat Deva Sharif ‘Bedam Shah Warsi’, writing under the pen name of Bedam whose shrine is situated in a small village – Dewa of Barabanki, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.The programme  features Sufi Kathak by Manjari Chaturvedi to Sufi Music, performed by Khanqahi Qawwals, Janaab Noorul Hasan and Janaab Arshad Hussian Chisty from Awadh.Hazrat Deva Sharif popularly known as Hazrat Bedam Shah Warsi of Sarkar Waris Pak was a Sufi saint from Dewa, a small village situated in Barabanki, India, who was the successor to the Qadriyya -Razzakiyya Silsila. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Some Hindus held him in high esteem and regarded him as a perfect Sufi and a follower of Vedant Hindus. Shah was popular with English-educated youth and English-speaking men flocked to him and sat at his feet. He was the first Sufi Darvesh to visit Europe and to have attract English-speaking followers. Manjari Chaturvedi is the creator and the only performing artist of Sufi Kathak. Conceptualised and created by Manjari, Sufi Kathak has taken 13 years of her intense work in Sufi music and classical dance.   Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIntroducing the mystique of Sufism in dance, she traveled to countries like Egypt, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan and worked with artists from Iran, Turkey and Morocco to study the music and dance forms related with Sufi thought. The Sufi qawwali musicians that will perform, trace their roots to traditional Sufi thought and music. The proposed Qawwal goups from Awadh Uttar Pradesh are led by Janaab Nurul Hassan, and Janaab Arshad Hussain Chishty representing the unique syncretic traditions of the Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb of Awadh, singing the poetry of Hazrat Bedam Shah Warsi.last_img read more

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.  Click for Sound Video Loading Video Unavailable We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comWelcome to The Sentinel’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Thursday April 26. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the weather, traffic and travel as well as news, sport and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.thesentinel.co.uk . Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @ SentinelStaffs – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on www.facebook.com/sentinelstaffs – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. 21:18Fire stationsIt is all quiet at the city’s major fire stations this evening.20:36Tails wagging as PD Cooper graduates from police academyPolice Dog Cooper made history today when he became the first Staffordshire Bull Terrier to graduate training at the county force’s headquarters.Cooper, along with Archie and Barry, all graduated from the academy today (April 26) and have now become fully fledged police dogs working alongside Staffordshire Police .PD Cooper became the force’s first Staffordshire Bull Terrier in March after he was rescued from the RSPCA West Hatch Animal Centre, in Taunton. Read more. (Image: Staffordshire Police)20:1917 things you really must do in Stoke-on-Trent if you haven’t alreadyAnybody who has grown up in the Potteries knows what a wonderful area it is – with its rambling countryside, potbanks-full of culture, and world-famous attractions.But how many things have you actually ticked off your Stoke-on-Trent bucket list?It’s time to stop putting these things off, and start exploring our excellent county!See our list of picks here. The things you need to tick off your Stoke-on-Trent bucket list (Image: Unknown Copyright)19:10Stoke-on-Trent chippys given a food hygiene rating in the last six monthsWho’s in for a chippy tea?Before you get busy ordering, take a look at all the latest food hygiene ratings for the fish and chip shops in Stoke-on-Trent.Traditional English jumbo sized Fish and Chips served in paper (Image: Getty Images / John Kelly)18:35Collision on A50 causing delaysWe’ve had reports of a collision on the A50 Westbound between A5007 Victoria Place Fenton (Heron Cross / Fenton) and A500 (Sideway Roundabout).A car and lorry are believed to be involved. Emergency services are at the scene. We will bring you more as we get it. 18:05Have you seen our Facebook Live backstage at the Regent Theatre?Our reporter Becky went backstage with Kane Oliver Parry, who plays Gerry Goffin in Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, at the Regent Theatre. Head over to the Stoke-on-Trent Live Facebook page to watch it and don’t forget, it’s only here until this Saturday!17:15M6 lanes reopenedTraffic is queuing but all lanes have reopened on the M6 northbound between junction 16, Crewe, and 17, Sandbach, following an earlier accident. Lane one, of three, was blocked in the smart motorway roadwork area. 17:09Shelton Old Road One lane is closed and traffic is queuing due to broken down van on A52 Shelton Old Road at the Stoke Road interchange. Traffic is able to pass with care. Recovery of the vehicle has been requested. 17:07M6 accidentOne lane is blocked and traffic is queuing on the M6 northbound between junction 16, Crewe, and junction 17, Sandbach, because of an accident. Lane one, of three, is blocked in the roadworks area and it is affecting traffic travelling as far as Manchester. 16:52Victory! Families win fight against plans to build 97 housesVillagers are celebrating after winning a second battle against plans to build more than 90 homes on the edge of a wildlife haven.Bellway Homes’ latest bid to build on land off Meadow Way, Baldwins Gate, was unanimously thrown out by Newcastle Borough Council this week.Dozens of spectators packed into the public gallery to hear the decision and a round of applause followed the planning refusal. Read our full story here. Villagers celebrate their Baldwins Gate victory16:46Gin and Disco Festival to be held in city centre park this summer‘Saturday Night Fever’ will be in the air as party-goers descend on Hanley Park for a Gin and Disco Festival this summer.Following his campaign to bring Sankeys nightclub to Stoke-on-Trent, festival organiser Ed Davis has moved back to his hometown – after spells in Manchester and Ibiza – to take on this new challenge.Inspired by the Northern Soul scene, the 31-year-old says the Potteries was his first choice of location for the event. Read our full report here. Ed Davis at Hanley Park, where he’s holding a Gin and Disco Festival this summer (Image: Stoke Sentinel)16:14The shocking reason why our children are such fussy eaters“They think I’m a square for eating fruit and vegetables,” complained a child during a study led by Dr Rachel Povey.This week leading psychologists from across the UK and France have gathered at Staffordshire University for a three-day conference which hopes to shed new light on what influences children’s relationship with food.Research by Dr Povey and her colleagues has found that some schoolchildren are afraid of being picked on for making healthy choices. She believes that changing the perception of such foods is key to improving diets.Our reporter Richard Ault looks further into the issue here. 15:38Congestion on M6There’s heavy traffic on the M6 Northbound around J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel).15:34Our latest Facebook Live backstage at the Regent Theatre…Our reporter Becky will be doing a Facebook Live this afternoon with the cast of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical backstage at the Regent Theatre. You can watch it over on the Stoke-on-Trent Live Facebook page just after 5pm. Don’t forget to comment during the live broadcast if you have any questions, or tell us what you thought of the show if you’ve already seen it. Our review of the musical can be found here. Bronté Barbé, as Carole King in Beautiful.15:20The great Potteries fake off! Is your Wedgwood worth it?As long as there has been manufacturing, there have been fakes. As long as there have been creators there have been forgers.This is a reality certainly applicable to the pottery industry, dating back centuries to the founding names of the pottery industry. Spode, Wedwood, Doulton to name a few have all fallen victim to their work been forged.Can you spot a fake? Read more about them in our story here. Carlton’s Fantasia Ware ‘Burslam’ – with the town name spelt wrong (Image: Image courtesy of Potteries.org)13:20Broken down vehicles on M6 clearedBroken down vehicles on M6 cleared12:39Second broken down vehicle on M6One lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound between J12 A5 (Gailey) and J13 A449 (Stafford South). Traffic is coping well.Lane one (of four) is closed.12:36Broken down lorry causing delays on M6One lane closed and heavy traffic due to broken down lorry on M6 Northbound between Keele Services and J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent).Lane one (of three) is closed. Keele Service is located between J15 and J16. 12:23Burst water pipe causes flood on street in West MidlandsEmergency services are at the scene of the flood in Wednesbury. More here.12:17Delays due to safety inspection of trackDelays of up to 25 minutes on Virgin Trains West Coast between Milton Keynes Central and Rugby due to safety inspection of the track. 11:51Accidents on M6 and A50 in StaffordshireThere is an accident on a sliproad near Stafford and on the A50 in Uttoxeter. More here.11:33Accident on the M6 near StaffordReports of slow traffic due to accident on M6 Southbound between J14 A34 / A5013 / A5013 Creswell Grove (Stafford North) and J13 A449 (Stafford South). 11:24Accident on A50 near UttoxeterReports of one lane blocked due to accident on A50 near B5030 Ashbourne Road (Little Chef roundabout), INRIX reports.Traffic England shows slow traffic moving on the westbound carriageway in the area.10:26Lanes reopened on A500The lanes have reopened on the A500 following the earlier accident.10:03Slow traffic on A50Slow traffic on A50 Westbound at A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout).09:52Oil spillage on A500A500 D Road Northbound partially blocked due to spillage between A527 Porthill Road / Longbridge Hayes Road / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank) and A34 Newcastle Road / Peacock Hay Road (Talke Roundabout). Traffic is coping well. 09:43Traffic queuing on A527Queueing traffic on A527 Brownhills Road Westbound between Pinnox Street and A500 Queensway / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank).09:32One woman being assessed by paramedics after accident on A500At least three vehicles are involved in the accident. More here.09:31One seriously injured and two arrested after accident near Cheshire OaksThe M53 remains closed near Cheshire Oaks following the accident just before 6am this morning. More here.08:58Live: Multi-vehicle accident on A500The accident has taken place near Talke slip road on the northbound carriageway. More here. We Are Stoke-on-Trentcenter_img Watch Next Share this video Watch again Video will play in last_img read more