Summit Business Media Shutters Florida Underwriter Magazine

first_imgAfter 27 years, Florida Underwriter magazine is ceasing operations, the December 2011 edition will be the last issue printed. The self-proclaimed voice of the Florida insurance industry is citing the uncertainty surrounding digital mediums, coupled with Florida’s struggling economy, as reasons for its closure. “It was the only regional title we owned so it was an outlier from that standpoint, but we also heavily cover that topic with our magazine and Web sites that service the entire sector,” says interim president and CEO of Summit Business Media, Tom Flynn. “We believe we already cover that sector very well and we believe it’s more effective for our readers to cover it within the other brands in that market, which is what we’re focused on.”The decision was made in the fourth quarter of 2011 before the December issue went to print. While the company wants to focus on other areas of its portfolio, it seems that compounding pressures also led to its closure.“Unfortunately, the double demons of our state’s falling economy and the dominance of the Internet over print products have brought us to this difficult decision. This will be the magazine’s final issue,” writes Joan E. Collier, editor of the publication, in a goodbye note to readers. Summit Business Media has four print titles that cover the insurance and property casualty industries in addition to a Web site,, which covers this industry at large. Before the title’s closing Flynn says there were approximately 8,000 print subscribers.center_img “As with all publishers, we always examining our portfolio—we are committed to being the premier provider of information for our markets,” he says. “We want to be really agnostic as to distribution methods and we want to make sure we provide the information to our readers and customers in whatever format they want. We will continue to do that throughout or portfolio, not just with property and casualty, but we want to make sure we listen to our readers and that we adapt and adjust accordingly to how they want to receive information.”
In January, Summit Business Media filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and repositioned itself by May after cutting more than $140 million in debt. In early October, Andy Goodenough, the company’s CEO and president, stepped down “to pursue other interests,” which made Flynn acting CEO and president in addition to CFO and COO.When asked if the closure was related to the bankruptcy, Flynn says the two are separate issues.“This was a business decision unrelated to anything related to a reorganization,” he says. “It was to better serve this market and our customers.”last_img read more

This 32inch Insignia Fire TV is a steal at 100

first_img 18 This 32-inch TV has built-in Amazon Fire TV smarts, and an Alexa-powered remote to go with it. Best Buy To my thinking, any TV you buy today should have either Amazon Fire TV or Roku built in. Thankfully, you don’t have to pay a premium for those awesome “smart” interfaces.Proof positive: Today only, and while supplies last, Best Buy once again has the Insignia 32-inch LED TV with built-in Fire TV for just $99.99 (plus tax). That’s $70 off the regular price, and a repeat of a sale from about a month ago.See it at Best BuySo, Fire TV or Roku? The latter gets more attention these days, but Fire TV is arguably just as good and may be even better. It affords most of the same streaming apps: Netflix, Hulu, HBO and so on. (Alas, if you want YouTube, you have to access it via a web-browser app.) And it comes with an Alexa-enabled remote, so you can bark orders at the TV.Fire TV also affords access to various Alexa skills and a huge library of Amazon apps. For example, you could play the excellent party game Quiplash — something Roku can’t do.  Read more: The best TVs for 2019There’s a built-in tuner should you wish to connect an antenna, and three HDMI inputs for things like cable boxes and game consoles.Here’s the only real hedge: The TV tops out at 720p (that is, 1,366×768-pixel) resolution, meaning it’s definitely not suited for computer use. Some would also argue that 720p is a bit low for a 32-inch screen. I’d say it’s the cutoff point: Anything larger and you’ll definitely want 1080p. But here it’s probably sufficient.Indeed, look no further than the 1,300-plus customer ratings, which average out to 4.6 stars. Few people appear to have an issue with the 720p resolution.Your thoughts? TVs 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. Amazon Best Buy Amazon Fire TV News • Apple Music is now available on Amazon Fire TV Comments 15 Photos Originally published on April 5, 2019.Update, May 10: Item is back on sale.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! The Cheapskate Tags Share your voice Review • Amazon Fire TV: Affordable Alexa-infused 4K streaming 7 best TVs under $1,000last_img read more

US under secy due in Dhaka 5 Nov

first_imgThomas A ShannonUS under secretary of state for political affairs Thomas A Shannon will arrive in Dhaka on a two-day visit on 5-6 November, according to UNB.He will also visit, and Colombo, Sri Lanka on 5-7 November, according to the US Department of State.While in Dhaka, from 5 to 6 November, the under secretary Shannon will co-lead the US-Bangladesh Partnership Dialogue and discuss bilateral, regional, and global issues, including the Rohingya crisis, with government and non-government officials.Under secretary Shannon will then travel to Colombo on 6 November, where he will co-lead the US-Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue and meet government and non-government officials.last_img

Ayurvedic skin care for swimmers

first_imgIt is that time of the year and swimming pools are filled with people who wish to escape the heat. Before you step out this summer, ensure you have some skin protection, say experts. An earthy touch: A dip in the pool can beat the summer heat but it can leave a severe tan on the skin for months. Try a mixture of Multani Mitti (mineral-rich clay) along with few drops of lemon and rose water. After your time in the sun, mix the ingredients and apply on exposed areas. The paste calms the skin with a cooling effect. Also apply coconut or olive oil liberally over body parts that are exposed to chlorinated water. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSpice up your life: Water in swimming pools contains disinfectants like iodide and chlorine, which cause skin problems like acne flare-ups, rashes and red patches. Cinnamon has great anti-microbial properties. Add a few drops of honey and Aloe Vera gel to cinnamon powder to fight bacteria-causing acne. The mixture also keeps the skin moist. For a golden glow: Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and cleanses pores from within. Grind neem leaves with water and mix it with one tablespoon of turmeric powder. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveApply the paste on the face with few drops of rose water to clear up skin after acne break-outs and also to reduce scars naturally. The secret mantra: To avoid the contagious skin diseases and allergies caused by swimming in public pools, Ayurveda recommends adding neem leaf extract to bathing water. If you cannot organise a fresh extract every day, pick body cleansing products that have “neem” or “tea tree oil” as their main ingredient. Drink Herbal Tea: It is also a good idea to start drinking herbal teas that have a rich antioxidant content. This will help relieve the stress of oxidative damage on your skin. The teas will supply your skin with antioxidants which will, in turn, neutralize free radicals that can wreak havoc on your skin. Moringa tea and green tea are two great options to choose from. Use Coconut oil: Our skin has a natural thin layer of oil that serves as a barrier against viruses and bacteria keeping the skin healthy. When swimming in chlorinated water this layer is stripped off leaving the skin susceptible to infections. By applying a thin layer of coconut oil the skin is provided with an additional layer of protection. Hydrate And Then Hydrate Some More: One of the best ways to ensure that your skin does not get dehydrated is to keep sipping on some water while you swim. Make sure that you consume enough water throughout the day so that your skin is healthy and does not try to make up for lack of moisture by absorbing pool water. Think of your skin as a sponge, there is only so much water it can take on. And as long as it is moisturized, it’s not going to absorb excess amounts of chlorine.last_img read more

A feast of South Indian flavours at Vivanta

first_imgResiding in North India for most of my life, Dosa and Idli were the first things that would come to my mind if pondered upon South Indian dishes. The stereotypes held against South Indian food were proved false when I was invited to celebrate the culinary flavors of South India along with Master Chef Mahesh Naik at Vivanta by Taj Ambassador.The ‘Mangalorean food festival’, which started on August 24 and will last until September 2, aims at promoting ethnic Mangalorean cuisines which predominantly originates from the Tulu region of India, and can be best described as pungent and authentic.The menu has a lot to offer for food lovers, but it has to be agreed that South Indian dishes are best defined by its non-vegetarian cuisines.For lunch, a separate À la carte menu has been prepared by Master Chef Mahesh Naik along with Chef Sanjeev Chopra and his team, whereas a buffet dinner is also on offer for those who drool to eat infinitely.Upon reaching the ‘Yellow Brick Road’, a dining room decorated with vintage posters and splashes of colour, which well compliments the heritage Vivanta building, I was welcomed with a glass of refreshing Kokam sharbat followed by a bowl of Kokam rasasm, which seemed a bit fiery, and probably the only low point during my entire phase of drooling. A plethora of choices did make me wonder what to eat first, but my natural instincts backed up the non-vegetarian menu.Being a meat lover, Kori Gassi was probably one of the best chicken dishes I ever came across, enriched with a great fusion of home spices. It was further eulogized when served with Neer Dosa (rice crepes) and is a must try for any food lover. I could not resist myself in asking for more even after having a full bowl of Kori Gassi. Other main course dishes to choose from include Anjal da Kajippu (fish in Mangalorean coconut curry), Yetti Pullimunchi (tangy prawns in spices), Patlakodu Uppu Kari (snake gourd and stir-fry coconut tempered with mustard seeds and fresh coconut), Endakaya Sambar (Mangalorean okra sambhar) and many more. Famous sweet preparations like Kadalebele Payasam (roasted gram and cashew nut stewed in coconut milk and jaggery) and tender Coconut Payasam (cold tender coconut payasam sweetened with jaggery and flavoured with cardamom dust) will satisfy everyone’s craving for desserts. Don’t miss out on these cuisines if dosas and idlis define your South Indian menu. Even if they don’t, escape a conventional meal and pamper your taste buds with exciting South Indian flavours.last_img read more