Discussion continues on the future of the Qualcomm Stadium site

first_img Posted: July 25, 2017 July 25, 2017 KUSI Newsroom Discussion continues on the future of the Qualcomm Stadium site KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — There is a struggle for power going on between republican Mayor Kevin Faulconer and his four City Council allies against the democrat majority.The two sides are arguing over whether the Qualcomm site can be considered a surplus property.If council declares it surplus property, the Soccer City initiative would become subject to state law and government agencies and non-profits would get first crack at use of the land ahead of SoccerCity.  Central to this issue is the question: Who has the power to determine what is surplus land?The Surplus Land Act doesn’t specify, however council policy states the Mayor would determine the appropriate use of the property.Two months after the Chargers’ stadium proposal was defeated, FS Investors announced its initiative for a soccer stadium and development at the Qualcomm site with the Mayor’s backing.Then we learned the Mayor had been negotiating with FS and reached an agreement before the Chargers’ stadium vote.Councilmember David Alvarez called this a back-room deal, not a transparent and open process. Alvarez claims the land will be surplus once the stadium is torn down next year.The Mayor then had said the stadium may be excess, but that the property is still not surplus.“I do want to remind the council that you’re very limited in your discussion today to what item 330 has been called consideration of a request to declare the city-owned properties of the Qualcomm Stadium site,” City Attorney Mara Elliott said during a City Council meeting Tuesday.The council was trying to find a way to get other proposals for the Qualcomm site but they had trouble trying to get City Attorney Elliott to prepare a resolution that stayed within the bounds of what was before them. Elliott had said there were no facts to back up a declaration for surplus land.“On the issue of surplus land never says that the council is prohibited from passing a resolution to declare this property surplus,” Alvarez argued.Since the council couldn’t address that issues, the discussion turned a Plan B of the SoccerCity initiative fails next year.“We have a role to play in determining this site,” Councilmember Georgette Gomez said.Councilmember Scott Sherman saw the entire discussion as political theatre.“ Kind of hard to determine there’s something surplus when we have a citizen’s initiative out there ready to go,” Sherman said.The council struggled to understand what it could do and couldn’t do with what was before them. So they ended up referring this to a council committee for further discussion. The only other action taken Tuesday was a request for a report from the Mayor on the potential use of the Qualcomm property if the SoccerCity initiative fails.   Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Northstar Travel Media Buys PhoCus Wright Inc

first_imgNorthstar Travel Media has acquired PhoCus Wright, Inc. a b-to-b information company serving the travel and meetings industries. PhoCus Wright offers the annual PhoCus Wright Conference, which serves global travel industry leaders. PhoCus Wright founder Philip Wolff will become chairman of the company, which is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Northstar Travel Media.”The addition of PhoCusWright provides Northstar with leadership in the fastest-growing segment of travel, tourism and hospitality: the convergence of digital technology and the travel industry,” said Thomas Kemp, chairman & CEO of Northstar Travel Media, in a statement. Kemp told FOLIO:, “We have strong positions in print and digital; we have a budding face-to-face business, and a smaller paid subscription information business. We want to further expand with research, as well as do more events.” PhoCus Wright, a 17-year-old company, sees a revenue of close to $10 million annually. PhoCus Wright deals with the technology of travel and travel distribution with companies such as Priceline.com and Expedia. Kemp says that with this acquisition, Northstar will be able to enhance the “retail, leisure side tied to travel agencies” aspect of its business.The PhoCus Wright conference, attended by 1,500 C-level executives from the travel industry, technology providers, e-commerce and media businesses and financial investors, is a content and networking driven event held annually. The deal represents the fifth acquisition Northstar has made in the past 18 months. Earlier this year Northstar acquired the assets of online information site LuxuryTravel 360 and last March it bought the Nielsen Travel Group. Kemp says, “At a time when a lot of companies have been focused on rationalization, restructuring and getting out of the business, we’ve been very active in investing in the future of ours.”last_img read more

Endeavor Business Media Buys Several PennWell Titles from Clarion Events

first_imgDentistry GroupDental EconomicsRegistered Dental Hygenist magazineDigital properties Dentistry IQ, Perio-Implant Advisory, a series of related e-newsletters and two events businesses Water and Utility GroupWaterWorldIndustrial WaterWorldUtility Products magazineDigital-only Water and Wastewater International Industrial Technology GroupBioOptics WorldCabling and Installation MaintenanceIndustrial Laser SolutionsThe Intelligent Aerospace NetworkLaser Focus WorldLEDs magazineMilitary and Aerospace Electronics Vision Systems DesignDigital-only publications Broadband Technology Report and LightwaveRelated events Laser and Phototonics Marketplace Seminar, Strategies in Light/Sapphire Awards and the Horticultural Lighting Conference Chris FerrellLess than a year after acquiring B2B publisher PennWell Corp. as part of a bid to expand its presence in the United States, London-based trade show producer Clarion Events has divested some 20-plus PennWell media brands and related events considered incidental to its future plans.The buyer, once again, is Nashville-based Endeavor Business Media, the private equity-backed publisher that has amassed more than 40 print and digital B2B media brands and nearly 400 employees in nine separate acquisitions since its formation by former SouthComm CEO Chris Ferrell a year ago (more on Endeavor’s previous deals here, here and here).Endeavor “jumped at the chance,” says Ferrell, to acquire the former PennWell brands, which span multiple industries including oil/gas, industrial technology and dentistry, among others, several of which—such as Offshore magazine, Oil & Gas Journal and WaterWorld—present clear synergies with other media brands and events in Endeavor’s portfolio (scroll down for the full list).“Since Clarion acquired us last March, we have been working diligently on the transition, which included a deliberate plan to find a good home for PennWell businesses in markets that were not central to Clarion’s future goals,” said Mark Wilmoth, PennWell’s president and CEO, in a statement. Endeavor’s first acquisition of 2019 and its largest to date, the deal was funded by the private equity firm Resolute Capital Partners—which has backed the company since last May—as well as Nashville-based FirstBank.The Nashville Post [paywall] adds that local investor Townes Duncan—who until late 2016 had been managing partner at SouthComm’s former VC backer Solidus—also invested in the deal through his new investment fund, Invergarry Holdings.Ferrell closed 2018 by acquiring California-based Forester Media, whose events and trade magazines are mostly focused on the water utilities space, as well as Vendome Group’s Healthcare Informatics, before merging that brand with Health Management Technology to form a new title, Healthcare Innovation, last month.“We are very pleased with the progress the Endeavor team is making toward building an outstanding portfolio of event and media properties,” added Resolute Capital partner Caroline Ducas.Below is the full list of properties acquired in the deal, as provided by Endeavor:Oil & Gas GroupOffshore magazineOil & Gas JournalOil, Gas & Petrochem EquipmentRelated digital properties and newsletters, including Oil & Gas Financial Journal and PennEnergyRelated events businesses, including Subsea Tieback Forum, Deepwater Operations and Topsides, Offshore Wind Executive Summit and the Petroleum Network Education Conferencelast_img read more

Deal alert 2018 MacBook Air for 999 at Best Buy

first_img Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See All Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Tags Now playing: Watch this: Apple MacBook Air for 2018 is new inside and out Comment Apple 2:25 Laptops Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 44 Photos Best Buy is selling the new MacBook Air for $999. That’s the lowest price we’ve seen for this laptop, which Apple unveiled in October, and a $200 discount on the usual retail price for the entry-level model.  The retailer has also discounted the higher-end MacBook Air model by $200, bringing its price down to $1,199. It comes with twice the storage capacity — a 256GB SSD compared with the base model’s 128GB SSD. And the deal extends to both models in each of the three color options: space gray, silver and gold.  See the 128GB MacBook Air at Best BuySee the 256GB MacBook Air at Best BuyBest Buy is not discounting the 2017-era MacBook Air, currently priced at $999 — though B&H has been selling it for $899 for some time. But in this scenario, the choice is pretty simple: That same $999 will get you the new model that features a more compact and lightweight design as well as a handful of newer, superior components, including an eighth-gen Intel Core i5 CPU, more RAM, USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports and Apple’s high-res Retina display.  This is a Black Friday-caliber deal on one of the best laptops on the market. If you’ve been considering shelling out for a new Apple laptop, now is the time. (And if you’re looking for a non-Apple laptop in this price range, well, there are plenty of excellent alternatives.) This story was originally published on March 8, 2019. Share your voice • 1 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? reading • Deal alert: 2018 MacBook Air for $999 at Best Buy Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Unboxing the gold 2018 MacBook Air Applelast_img read more

Bedsores No more

first_imgBedsores are common among the people who are paralyzed, aged, who are bedridden or handicapped. Bedsores are lesions or wounds caused due to the lack of movement and under constant pressure of a particular area on the skin. If not treated on time, it can take the shape of ulcer resulting in itching and inflammation on the affected area, which may further lead to life-threatening situations. Following are some easy and quick home remedies to cure bed sores. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf 1. Turmeric powder acts as a disinfectant. Apply the powder 3 to 4 times a day directly on the affected area and leave it for few hours. Continue applying the powder until the sores are recovered. 2. Beetroot juice is also a valuable product that could recover such irritation. Chop beetroot into fine slices, extract sufficient amount of juice from it and mix 2 tablespoons of honey. Make a fine mixture, apply it on the affected portion and repeat it 3 to 4 times a day. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive 3. Because bedsores are a matter of serious concern, green leaves like comfrey leaves and elm leaves work wonders. Make a paste of these two leaves and apply it on the affected area with a thick piece of cotton. Leave it overnight for healing. 4. Aloe Vera plant comes your way as assets. Peel off the skin of the leaf and extract sufficient gel from the leaf. Apply it directly on the skin. Continue until you get the best results out of it.last_img read more

Japan reaches out to India

first_imgMusic has a universal language and as such has the power to bridge differences in race and culture and unite people through their common humanity. Recognising the crucial role that culture can play in this area, a cultural performance by Hana-Zakura group of Min-On concert association, Tokyo, was organised in the Capital.The event was held in association with the Indian Council of Cultural Relation (ICCR), at the Siri fort Auditorium on Monday evening. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMin-On was established in 1963 at the initiative of Daisaku Ikeda, President of Soka Gakkai International (SGI). Registered as an independent and incorporated foundation in 1965, it has since grown to become one of Japan’s leading cultural institutions. The current performance was organized under the aegis of ‘2017 – The Year of Japan-India Friendly Exchanges’ to enhance people-to-people exchanges between Japan and India. 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the India-Japan Culture treaty. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive By promoting a continuing series of cultural exchanges, the Min-On Concert Association aims to create opportunities for the performing arts to build bridges between people, and to give a tangible form to the desire for world peace. The performers comprised of Japanese traditional dance group “Wakatake”, Koushi Tsukuda, Shakuhachi player (Japanese flute), Komakazumi Minami, Narimono player (Japanese Percussion), Katsunari Sawada Tsugaru Shamisen player (Traditional Japanese music) and Chiaki Eshima, singer. From classical to modern, and popular to traditional, Min-On’s programmes include musical exchange with cultural associations worldwide, as well as sponsoring musical competitions and school concerts to foster the growth of new talent and encourage adolescents’ emotional development. To date, Min-On has participated in music, dance and performing arts exchanges with groups in over 105 countries and regions. The Min-On Concert Association conducts 1500 musical/dance, performing arts shows every year and has a rich history of culture exchange with India. In the past, the association has invited many prominent Indian artists including Sonal Mansingh, Leela Samson and Alarmel Valli to name a few, in collaboration with Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR). On behalf of SGI, cultural delegations have visited India seven times from 1990 to 1997. As for the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), it is a global association of grassroots organizations that seeks to promote the values of peace and respect for all people. The Indian affiliate of the SGI is Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG).last_img read more