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Abe Trudeau to tout trade gains without Trump participation in Pacific Rim

first_imgOTTAWA — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s whirlwind visit to Ottawa this weekend offers the Liberal government a rare chance to trumpet a strong international alliance in the face of unyielding strain with its two top trading partners.Canada finds itself between a rock and a hard place with the United States and China: the Trump administration is holding firm on punitive metal tariffs while the People’s Republic’s ongoing imprisonment of two Canadian men following the arrest of Huawei’s chief financial officer in Vancouver has thwarted the Trudeau government’s Asian trade ambitions.Abe and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will celebrate their successful launch of the rebooted Trans-Pacific Partnership late last year — the 11-country Pacific Rim trade alliance that was rescued after President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from it in January 2017, nearly killing it.The two countries are also charter members of another international club that doesn’t include the U.S.: the Alliance for Multilateralism, a French-German initiative aimed at supporting the post Second World War architecture — the United Nations, NATO, the World Trade Organization, and others — to which Trump has taken a wrecking ball.Abe is to host the G20 summit in June and will join Trudeau at the G7 leaders’ gathering in France in late August, and while Trump’s seat at those two multilateral tables is guaranteed, continuing U.S. participation is no longer a given with its mercurial president.International Trade Minister Jim Carr, who met Abe in Japan in January and will accompany Trudeau on Sunday, said the summit is about reinforcing strong Japanese-Canadian ties that have only flourished more since the new TPP. He cited increased exports of Canadian beef, pork and heavy machinery to Japan.“The Americans chose for their own reasons not to be part of that group,” Carr said in an interview Saturday. “Our interest is to take advantage of the ratification of this agreement in our countries, to deepen the trading relationship, which we are already doing.”Abe arrived in Ottawa on Saturday, hours after playing a round of golf with Trump at his Virginia course on a visit that demonstrated personal bonhomie but bore no fruit towards advancing a U.S.-Japan trade deal to replace the TPP that Trump abandoned.Carr said the Abe-Trudeau bond is also strong and that it will help “set the stage” for this summer’s round of multilateral summitry — foreign trips that will be Trudeau’s last before Parliament breaks in June ahead of the October election.“We are agreed that the rules-based multilateral trading order is in the interest of all of those nations who have benefited from post-war freer trading relationships among countries. We believe that rules-based trading systems create growth and create jobs,” said Carr.Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Kante is very important for us – Sarri

first_imgMaurizio Sarri is over the moon about N’Golo Kante’s new contract at Chelsea after the Frenchman signed a new five-year deal on Friday.Chelsea on Friday confirmed that midfielder N’Golo Kante has signed a new five-year contract that will keep him at Stamford Bridge till 2023, and Sarri says he’s very happy about the news.“N’Golo, for us, is not just an important player, he’s a determined player, so I’m really very happy with the new contract,” Sarri told the club’s website.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“I’m really pleased for him. It’s very important news.“I know that David Luiz said something about him, that he doesn’t want to pay the bill in the restaurant, so he has a flaw like everybody, but he’s very professional on the pitch and out of the pitch.“He’s very important for us in the defensive phase but he’s improving in offensive movements, now he must improve in the last 20 or 25 meters, he can score more goals,”last_img read more

Magazines Pushing Rich Media in 2008

first_imgPublishers this year are making a push to dramatically increase their production of rich media assets. From education to entertainment, sites are all about “engagement” now, and rich media applications are helping to drive that metric.Broadband use is widespread, and publishers are expanding what was once an opportunistic placeholder into a full-fledged rich media operation. Mansueto Venture’s Fast Company, CNNMoney.com and Meredith are just a few examples of publishers that have dramatically stepped up their online video operations.More Video, Much More Last week, Fast Company announced its plans to upgrade its video offeringsto a full-scale network with the March launch of FastCompany.tv. Joining as managing director is Robert Scoble [above, right], an influential and prolific technology blogger and online video producer himself. After the addition of several more personalities alongside Scoble, Mansueto’s video production will effectively jump from 4 to 86 technology-oriented segments per month across six shows in 2008. Also last week, CNNMoney.com announced its own video network, featured prominently on its homepage. According to Chris Peacock, CNNMoney.com’s vice president and executive editor, video production is increasing from an average of one or two segments per day to more than 30. “Broadband is fast enough and pervasive enough and people are adopting video much more than they did even a year ago,” says Peacock.A week after launching the new video platform, Peacock says the number of streams has increased two to three times its previous usage. As for FastCompany.tv, the audience that has already coalesced around Scoble’s existing body of work as a blogger and online video producer could approach approximately 200,000 unique monthly visitors from his Scobleizer blog, which has joined the Mansueto Digital’s network of sites, and about 125,000 feed subscribers from a previous video site.Kieran Clarke, who was promoted last November to executive vice president and general manager of Meredith Corp.’s Video Solutions—the in-house video production group for the publisher of Better Homes & Gardens—generalizes a “healthy” budget for the division. Admittedly, this is for an operation that runs from two studios and produces broadcast-quality video, but the company’s digital strategy mirrors the same growing commitment to a ‘more is more’ sentimentality. The seven-figure budget is capital set aside for the second year, which does not include fixed costs such as equipment and the build out of the studios. Clarke adds that revenues are also in the seven figures, but expects the operation to break even in its next fiscal year. Like Fast Company’s model, the bulk of Meredith’s video content is through Better.tv and is also available on Better Homes & Gardens’ site BHG.com. Sponsorship opportunities are varied, and Clarke notes that sponsors are becoming savvier about their branding choices with video. “I would say that 65 percent of the marketers and advertisers we deal with are [knowledgeable],” he says. “The other 35 percent is readily listening to what we’re talking about. They’re prepared and structured where they can at least listen to the idea and value transaction.”last_img read more

Army to Cover 39M Cleanup Cost at Former Riverbank Ammo Plant

first_imgThe city of Riverbank will receive a $39.5 million environmental services grant from the Army to remediate contaminated buildings and soil at the former Riverbank Army Ammunition Plant in northern California.The work will be performed in partnership with Weston Solutions, and includes cleaning and remediating interior building surfaces contaminated with non-liquid PCBs, the removal and disposal of siding and roof panels, and surface soil remediation. The project at what is now called the Riverbank Industrial Complex is expected to take four years, according to a news release from the Riverbank Local Redevelopment Authority. The LRA plans to hire and train 25 to 30 local workers and will use local trades workers whenever possible.“This grant allows the city to move forward with reuse plans that transform the property from a contaminated military site into a job-producing, economic engine for the community,” said Riverbank Mayor Richard O’Brien.The effort marks the second environmental services project the Army has funded at the facility that closed following the 2005 BRAC round. The Army previously awarded the LRA $11.9 million in 2013. The LRA is managing the property under a master lease with the Army until the federal government finishes transferring the site. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Google releases Lookout app for visually impaired and blind on Pixel devices

first_img Best Buy Now playing: Watch this: See It 4:33 Mentioned Above Google Pixel 3 (64GB, not pink) $589 See It Google Walmart News • Unlocked Google Pixel 3: Just $499.99 with this exclusive code Sprint $799 Google Pixel 3 See it 0 Google’s Lookout app for the blind and visually impaired launched for the Pixel 3.  Google The Google Lookout app, which helps blind and visually impaired people identify objects through the phone’s camera, is now downloadable in the Play Store. The catch? It’s only available for people with Pixel devices in the US. The Lookout app, which Google announced last year, uses technology similar to Google Lens to let users better explore and interact with their surroundings. Lookout also reads the text in signs and labels, scans barcodes and identifies currencies. Google recommends wearing your Pixel device on a lanyard around your neck or keeping it in your front shirt pocket. From there, Lookout can tell you about people, read text, identify objects and more as you go about your day. Patrick Clary, product manager in Google Accessibility Engineering, published a blog Tuesday that detailed when people might need to use Lookout, which for now is English-only. The most common times, according to Clary, would be in situations where you’d need to ask for help: visiting a new space, reading a document or completing daily tasks. Clary noted that the Lookout app is still new and Google wants feedback from users to keep improving it.”As with any new technology, Lookout will not always be 100 percent perfect,” Clary said.Originally published March 13, 8:44 a.m. PT.Correction, 10:39 a.m.: The original version of this story misstated the availability of the Lookout app. It’s available on Pixel devices in the US (and is only in English). $849 Microsoft tech teaches children who are blind how to… Mobile Mobile Apps Tags Review • Pixel 3 review: The best Android phone of 2018 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $812 Share your voice Preview • Pixel 3 and 3 XL: Google’s nicest Pixel might lack that killer feature Post a comment See Itlast_img read more

Why is permission required for every programme

first_imgPolice use water cannon to foil BNP’s black flag programme when BNP activists try to bring out the programme from in front of party’s Naya Paltan headquarters on Saturday. At least 10 hurt, 20 detained. Photo: Sazid Hossain/Prothom AloBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday asked why the opposition political party should need permission to hold political programmes.“Why do we need to take permission for every programme? BNP activists did not even break any ban imposed under section 144,” said Fakhrul while addressing a press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan headquarters in the capital.The press conference was convened immediately after the police foiled the party’s black flag procession protesting at the denial of permission for a rally in the capital.Read more: Police foil BNP’s black flag demo, Alal, 20 others detainedPolice used a water cannon to disperse the protesters during which at least 10 BNP activists sustained injures. The law enforcement agency rounded up about 25 activists including party’s one of the joint secretaries general Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal.Fakhrul alleged that the “illegal government” is always trying to instigate them to resort to violence.“The BNP activists didn’t even take to the street. Why will the police attack BNP’s peaceful programme? Why will people not be able to display black flags standing on footpaths? This is my fundamental right. Will we then even need permission to speak inside a room?” Fakhrul posed the questions.Alleging that the “illegal government” is pushing the country towards violence, the BNP secretary general said, “The government will have to shoulder responsibility for any evolved situation, given the way it is behaving.”He further alleged the Awami League government is pursuing “two-faced democracy”.last_img read more

Vehicles torched vandalised as 2 killed in city road crash

first_imgAgitated people vandalise several vehicles after two girls are killed as a passenger bus runs over them at Malibagh Chowdhurypara area in the city on Tuesday. Photo: Sajid HossainGarment workers and locals went on a berserk in the city’s Malibagh Chowdhurypara area on Tuesday following the death of two female RMG workers, torching one bus and damaging around 35-40 vehicles, reports UNB.The victims are Meem Akhter, 13, and Nahid Parveen Poly, 19, workers of MH Garments Factory.A Gazipur-bound bus of ‘Suprabhat Paribahan’ hit them while they were crossing the road near Abul Hotel around 1:30pm.Meem died on the spot and Parveen was seriously injured, said police sergeant Shuvo Kumar Dey.Parveen was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where physicians pronounced her dead, said sub-inspector Bachchu Mia, in-charge of DMCH police outpost.Jarina Begum, mother of victim Mim, breaks down in tears at Dhaka Medical College on Tuesday. Photo: Dipu MalakarPolice seized the bus and arrested the driver, he added.As the death news spread around, garment workers took to the streets and damaged several buses.Later, police took the situation under control.However, the garment workers and the locals took to the streets again around 5pm and started staging demonstrations protesting the death of the female RMG workers in the road accident.At one stage, they blocked the road on the opposite side of Hajipara CNG Refilling Station, forcing the police to suspend traffic on both carriageways of the road.At that time, they set fire to a bus and damaged around 30 others.Although a fire-fighting unit started moving to the spot on information, it could not reach there as the road was blocked. However, the fire was doused by locals.Several vehicles are vandalised after two girls are killed at Malibagh Chowdhurypara in the city on Tuesday. Photo: Sajid HossainLater, police charged baton on the agitators and brought the situation under control.Traffic on the road resumed around 6:30pm.A UNB journalist who came to office on foot for want of vehicles in the area saw 11 damaged buses, including an air-conditioned one, stranded on the west carriageway of the road from Hajipara CNG Refilling Station to Padma Movie House.Besides, the broken glasses of vehicles were found on both sides of the road from the mouth of Wapda Road in Rampura to the cinema hall.last_img read more

In Dallas and Houston Pension Fights Escalating Sparking Unexpected Debates

first_imgThis article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/04/17/spin-debates-escalating-dallas-houston-pension-woes-fester/.Texas Tribune mission statementThe Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Share Turner: Bob Daemmrich/Rawlings: Eric SchlagelMayors Sylvester Turner of Houston (l.) and Mike Rawlings of Dallas.Pension leaders and elected officials in Dallas and Houston had one job: Get all parties from each city on the same page about how to shore up multi-billion-dollar retirement fund shortfalls before seeking help from state lawmakers.Neither city has.Their respective divisions come with seven weeks left in the legislative session and as a collection of pension bills are poised to hit the floors of both the Texas Senate and House. And the separate local disagreements over how best to move forward are now spurring spinoff debates involving whether to dramatically overhaul future public retirements in Houston and whether public transit funds should be tapped to shore things up in Dallas.Still, lawmakers, city officials and pension members vow to press on in behind-the-scenes negotiations aimed at quelling some of the acrimony.“It will be more of the same for the near future,” Houston fire pension chair David Keller told members in an email this week. “Back and forth to Austin. Back and forth with lawmakers.”The Houston fire pension fund opposes both the House and Senate bills that aim to shore up that city’s shortfalls. The vast majority of unfunded pension liabilities in Houston come not from the firefighters’ pension but from the municipal employee retirement fund and police pension system, according to credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s.The municipal and police systems respectively have 48 percent and 62 percent of the money they are expected to pay out to retirees over coming decades according to S&P. The firefighter fund, meanwhile, has about 81 percent of the money it needs to cover future pension costs. That puts it among the best funded pension funds in the state.Firefighter pension members say that the two bills working through the legislature would lower their benefits in order to save the city money that could be spent helping shore up the municipal and police funds.“Talk about punishing success,” Keller told members in his email this week.City officials, though, blame squabbles over access to the firefighter fund’s financial data for the plan enshrined in current legislation. Mayor Sylvester Turner was not available for comment for this story last week.“In the absence of the data from the fire pension system, we had no choice but to move forward with our own projections about what it will cost to provide future benefits for fire retirees,” Turner said in an opinion piece submitted to media last month.Missed payments and a controversial fixThe Houston shortfalls in the police and municipal funds partially stems from years in which those respective boards agreed to let the city underfund its own contributions to the pensions. The firefighters didn’t strike such a deal.To repay the underfunded amounts, the city plans to issue $1 billion in pension obligation bonds and give $750 million to the police pension and $250 million to the municipal system. City Hall and both of those pension funds are on board with the plan, though the Senate passed a potentially problematic bill in March that could require voters to approve issuing the bonds. Scores of Houston business leaders have been lobbying lawmakers to include that election requirement to the legislature’s pension fix but its a provision Turner adamantly opposes.Bill King, who opposed Turner in the 2015 Houston mayoral race, is among that group of Houston leaders at odds with Turner on this issue. They also want any pension fix to require that future employees be given defined contribution plans akin to 401ks instead of defined benefit plans like pensions.King said pensions are throwbacks to a time when interest rates were higher and life expectancy was shorter. He said there are too many variables for any pension entity to accurately know how much money it’s going to need now to pay retirement benefits for the next four or five decades.“That model just doesn’t work anymore,” King said. “The private sector figured that out two, three decades ago and got out of it.”Public employees and first responders largely oppose such shifts to defined contribution plans, which generally offer no guarantees about how much money someone will be regularly paid after retiring. Turner strongly criticized the controversial idea at a City Council meeting this week, though he did not mention who was pushing it at the Capitol.Turner said switching future employees to a defined contribution plan would do nothing to shore up current shortfalls in existing plans. He also portrayed state lawmakers as trying to control local matters.“Let Austin be the City Council and let them pay the bill,” Turner said of the legislature. Different problems and another divisive proposal In Dallas, police and fire employees share a single pension fund, which credit rating agency Moody’s recently said has the second worst pension funding ratio in the country relative to the city’s revenues. S&P estimates that the fund has 28 percent of what it will need to pay retirees.That’s the case even though, unlike Houston, Dallas continuously paid its required contribution into the retirement fund. What’s driven the financial crisis there is instead a mix of poor investments, generous contributions and the fact that pension members withdrew more than $500 million from accounts last year amid fears that the fund was about to collapse.Police and firefighters support State Rep. Dan Flynn‘s House Bill 3158 which seeks to shore up the system’s massive shortfall. But many City Council members oppose the bill because it regularly escalates the city’s contribution to the fund and doesn’t swing the balance of power on the board to give city appointees a majority of seats, an arrangement city officials have argued is needed for the city to avoid financial shortfalls like this in the future.Still, the bill passed the House Pensions Committee last week and is now likely headed to the full lower chamber.Meanwhile, some Dallas leaders have spurred an entirely separate debate about how to fill the pension shortfall. The city’s pension board last week passed a resolution that said Dallas should divert part of the sales tax it spends on public transit to the troubled retirement system instead.Council member Scott Griggs, who also sits on the pension board, championed that idea. Though Griggs has long been a public transportation advocate, he and other council members have also been critics of how well Dallas Area Rapid Transit fulfills its mission. They accuse the agency of favoring suburban cities to the detriment of transit service in the region’s urban core.“A large portion collected from city of Dallas sales tax is diverted by DART to the suburbs,” Griggs said.Other council members, including Mayor Mike Rawlings, oppose such a move in how the city spends its sales taxes. And DART officials have questioned whether it’s possible without a separate change to the state law that governs the public transit agency and its members. Still, DART is taking the idea seriously because it could cost the agency $35 million a year.“If they were able to do that, the effects would be devastating,” said DART spokesman Morgan Lyons.Read more:Dallas and Houston have among the highest pension shortfalls among local governments in the country, according to a report released late last year.More than two dozen former government officials convicted on corruption charges are still eligible to collect lucrative public pensions, a Texas Tribune investigation has found.last_img read more

WATCH Hello Trees An Interactive Installation At Discovery Green

first_img Share The Montreal-based design studio Daily tous les jours creates technology-centric works in public spaces that encourage a kind of interactive “collaboration” between people and the environment. “Hello Trees!” is the group’s latest project, created specifically for downtown Houston’s Discovery Green.The work, on view through February 25, is a series of archways and audio stations built under a canopy of live oak trees. Park goers speak a message into microphones stationed at opposite ends of the walkway, and the spoken audio is translated into light patterns that travel throught the archways. At the bottom of each arch, a speaker emits the original message, which is gradually transformed into a musical melody.Daily tous les jours co-founder Melissa Mongiat talks about the inspiration for the project and how it works.last_img read more

Three New Crew Members Prepare For International Space Station

first_img Listen X 00:00 /00:48 Ed Mayberry | Houston Public MediaISS crew members Alexander Gerst, Sergey Prokopyev and Serena Aunon-Chancellor.Alexander Gerst from Germany will join the other two for Expedition 57. It’s Gerst’s second trip to the space station. He said before his first flight, he saw space as a very special place.“When I was up there, I actually learned that it was the opposite. So the real special place — and that’s what you realize in space — is actually our planet Earth. And that was a very beautiful thought, and it left me with the longing of coming back.”Sergey Prokopyev is commander of the Soyuz spacecraft that will ferry the three to the space station. It’s his first trip, and it’s also the first time for NASA astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor. She’s a physician and will be conducting medical experiments on fellow crew members. It’s part of research for preparing for a multi-year mission to Mars. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

The New Face of Foreclosure

first_imgAs we celebrate Thanksgiving, those of us with a roof over our heads should be full of thanks for the blessings we have been granted. Not only are there far too many homeless  individuals and families in our midst– in our own backyard–but there are also a substantial number ofhomeowners who are being crushed by debt.Consider, for example, a client we recently saw at our free housing clinic in D.C. When this 43-year-old father of two lost his job witha trucking company, the resulting cascade of debt jeopardized his ownership of two properties. Over the course of four months of financial counseling, he was able to modify his mortgage terms so that he could afford to pay his bills and to continue supporting his children’s education. Today,he’s working as a bus driver, living within his means, and a homeowner in good standing.Too many people facing foreclosure are suffering in silence. Debt doesn’t have to be a death sentence. If you got a little behind, if you’reoverextended or maxed out, there is help within your reach. The GreaterWashington Urban League and other organizations are a resource and an ally. That’s why we’re here. If you are shouldering massive debt, understand that you are not alone. It probably comes as no surprise that minority homeowners have been disproportionately affected by the  foreclosure crisis, losing homes at a faster pace than white borrowers.The recession of 2007- 10 should be ancient history by now, but its after-effects linger even as the U.S. economy recovers. According to onerecent report, thousands of Americans who lost their homes and who thought they were out of the woods now find themselves pursued by debt collectors with the power to freeze bank accounts, garnish wages, and seize assets.Although the worst of the national financial crisis is over, Maryland has the second highest foreclosure rate in the country, and Prince George’s County has the highest in the state. The county faces what the Washington Post has called “a stubborn backlog” of foreclosures, and more than half of the county’s homeowners owe more than their houses are worth. This is what realtors mean when they say a house is underwater. The nice way of saying it is “negative equity.” It can happen to anybody.The loss of a job, the death of a spouse, or health issues can sap your earning power and make it impossible to keep up with the bills. In many cases, your mortgage becomes a ticking time bomb, set to detonate at some point in the future, especially if property values decline.But here’s the good news. The sooner you take action, the better your chances are to retain your home and to restore your credit rating.The more prepared you are to shed the embarrassment and stigma of debt the better your prospects are for a secure financial future. Moreover,don’t wait until the eleventh hour to seek intervention from a resource provider. This is not the time to be proud. Pride comes before the fall and we want to catch you before you reach this point.In Prince George’s County as well as in the District, the Greater Washington Urban League maintains a full-time housing counseling staff. We help our neighbors manage their mortgages and put their credit back together, all at no charge. We partner with banks like Wells Fargo with Home Preservation Workshops for homeowners facing foreclosure.There’s more information on our website at www.gwul.org , or you can call 202-265-8200 (in the District) or (301) 985-3519 (in PrinceGeorge’s County).Housing is just one example, and an important one, of the important work we do in our community. And that’s something to be thankful for.George H. Lambert, Jr. is the President and CEO of the Greater Washington Urban League.last_img read more

Vice Media to Axe 10 of Staff Laying Off About 250 Employees

first_imgVice said it will grant pink-slipped employees in the U.S. severance packages with 10 weeks’ pay as well as compensation for accrued paid time-off days. Managers and HR teams will meet Friday with employees being laid off in the U.S., U.K. and Mexico, with cuts in other regions to follow in the next few weeks.Along with the restructuring news, Dubuc called out recent Vice wins. That included Vice Studios/Unbranded Pictures political thriller “The Report” starring Adam Driver, which Amazon bought for $14 million after its premiere at Sundance Film Festival, and the Vice-produced “Fyre” documentary on Netflix. She also touted double-digit traffic increases in views, watch time and subscribers in Vice’s digital business, and Virtue landing 20 big new clients in 2018.Originally started in 1994 as an alternative-culture magazine in Montreal, Vice has expanded into a multiplatform media conglomerate, spanning cable TV channel Viceland, television and film production, about a dozen website “channels,” and print magazines. The company had an eye-popping $5.7 billion valuation after it received $450 million in new funding in June 2017 from private-equity firm TPG, but that valuation has since declined — as evidenced by Disney’s $157 million write-down on its Vice ownership stake for the September 2018 quarter.Cynthia Littleton contributed to this report. Popular on Variety Vice Media CEO Nancy Dubuc has set plans to lay off 10% of the company’s employees — resulting in the elimination of 250 jobs across all departments — as it looks to slash costs amid a revenue slowdown.The cuts aren’t surprising: Brooklyn-based Vice last fall instituted a hiring freeze and was hoping to avoid layoffs by winnowing down its headcount through attrition. With the restructuring, Dubuc is de-emphasizing focus on Vice’s web properties and is looking to bulk up efforts in film, TV production and branded content centered on its millennial-skewing audience and counter-cultural ethos.“Having finalized the 2019 budget, our focus shifts to executing our goals and hitting our marks,” Dubuc wrote in a memo to staff Friday. “To this end, we’ve had to make hard but necessary operating decisions. Starting today, the next phase of our plan begins as we reorganize our global workforce. Unfortunately, this means we will have to say goodbye to some of our Vice colleagues.” The Vice layoffs were first reported by THR. The reorg at Vice will shift from a country-centric structure to one geared around the company’s five lines of business: studios, news, digital, TV and in-house ad agency Virtue. In her memo, Dubuc said Vice has a “significant number” of open positions in growth areas, including sales, studios, Vice News digital and Virtue in many countries.Vice isn’t alone in struggling to hit profit goals, as many digital-media players are hitting a wall in achieving growth targets. Last week, BuzzFeed announced it would cut 15% of its staff, which included the elimination of BuzzFeed News’ national news team. Verizon last month laid off 800 employees in the Verizon Media Group, or 7% of the staff in the division that combined AOL and Yahoo operations.The layoffs come as Vice’s revenue has stagnated. In 2018, the company projected revenue to be between $600 million and $650 million (flat with 2017) and was expecting to lose $50 million, the Wall Street Journal reported.One recent loss for Vice: Its weekly documentary program on HBO is ending after six years. However, the premium cabler will continue to air the half-hour “Vice News Tonight,” which runs four nights per week.Dubuc, speaking last fall at the New York Times’ DealBook conference, claimed Vice will become profitable again within the next fiscal year. She noted that Vice was profitable a few years ago, before it invested heavily in the launch of the Viceland cable channel and international expansion.Vice’s last major round of cuts was in July 2017, when it laid off around 2% of its then-3,000 employee base across multiple departments while at the same time expanding internationally and boosting video production.Dubuc, former CEO of A+E Networks, was tapped last year as CEO of Vice in the wake of a sexual-harassment scandal at the company that resulted in the exit or firing of several execs. Co-founder Shane Smith shifted into a new role as executive chairman. ×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