The NOOK Newsstand for Barnes & Noble’s e-reader offering NOOK has added more titles from Meredith and Time Inc. to its periodical roster. NOOK is also updating its newsstand to 1.3 software, increasing capability for the platform. Interactive options now include video, audio podcasts, animations and photo galleries, according to a Barnes & Noble press statement.Time Inc. releases FORTUNE, PEOPLE, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and TIME magazines for the NOOK; the publisher says all 21 of its titles will be available for the NOOK by year’s end. Current print subscribers can download these digital editions for free.Meredith Corp. brings Parents, Ladies’ Home Journal, Eating Well, Midwest Living, Siempre Mujer, Traditional Home and Fitness magazines to the digital newsstand, with Better Homes and Gardens being added this fall. Meredith plans to have almost two dozen titles on the NOOK by 2012. Subscriptions and single copy sales are available for Meredith users, with a free 14-day trial for digital subscription purchase. In April, the NOOK Color refreshed its offerings by including web options, built-in email and new additions to Shop on NOOK Color. This increased functionality brings the e-reader NOOK (once viewed solely as a platform for digital versions of PDFs) in direct competition with tablet competitors like the iPad and the Motorola Xoom.Time Inc. is making it entire magazine portfolio available on several platforms, with all 21 of its titles to be available for download on the iPad by January 2012.
Z Squared Media also operates the Content Marketing Institute and the Content Marketing World event and the continued growth from these groups necessitated the deal. Plus, Pulizzi says SocialTract needed significant investment in added services, a step that was getting crowded out by obligations to the other parts of the business. Content Marketing World is projected to double in size and Pulizzi is expanding the event internationally to Europe and Australia. “I knew we needed to take the next step and heavily invest in our processes and technology or find a partner like DigitalSherpa to take it to the next level,” he says. “Having an ongoing blogging solution for a lot of our customers was all they needed, but many needed a lot more service and integration and that’s where DigitalSherpa makes perfect sense.”Since its launch in 2009, DigitalSherpa has proviced content marketing services to more than 2,000 local businesses. DigitalSherpa, a content marketing firm and division of real estate media company Network Communications, Inc., has purchased SocialTract, a content marketing service started by Z Squared Media founder Joe Pulizzi. Terms of the deal were not disclosed and SocialTract director of client services Beth Brinton and editorial director Janet Okoben will continue with the company. Pulizzi will stay on as CEO for a transition period. Both groups target the small business community, with the majority of SocialTract clients in the HVAC/HVACR market. SocialTract essentially creates blogs and provides ongoing content and social media integration for businesses looking to build an online content operation.
IndusInd Bank branch in Mumbai.Reuters fileThe Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and IndusInd Bank on Friday executed a finance agreement for a $225 million loan supporting the expansion of the bank’s micro, small, and medium enterprise (MSME) lending programs across India.At least 25 percent of the proposed facility will support women entrepreneurs and reach previously unbanked populations. This eight-year loan is part of the agency’s commitment to supporting $1 billion in loans to underserved small and medium enterprises in India.”Fostering access to finance opportunities for women entrepreneurs and MSMEs is important for increasing higher economic output throughout India,” said acting OPIC President and Chief Executive Officer Dev Jagadesan.”OPIC recognizes the positive impact supporting women entrepreneurs can have in a community. We are proud to partner with IndusInd Bank to expand access to critical financial services,” he added.Speaking in the occasion, Romesh Sobti, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of IndusInd Bank, said: “This agreement with OPIC will help IndusInd Bank to further enhance our MSME lending franchise, thus providing the impetus to some of the major growth drivers of our economy. This also marks a significant milestone for the Bank as it helps us reach out to a new class of global investors to drive our growth.”IndusInd Bank, a private bank headquartered in Mumbai, India, reaches MSMEs across broad and diverse industries. MSMEs are an important segment of the Indian economy, but are often constrained by a lack of access to capital. This OPIC loan will support IndusInd Bank in increasing its MSME lending.Wells Fargo Bank also signed a $20 million finance agreement at the event supporting IndusInd Bank’s MSME lending, which will include at least 25 percent dedicated to women entrepreneurs.
Ranveer Singh, Deepika PadukoneInstagramMuch to the fascination of everyone present at the location, Deepika Padukone, who is also a sportsperson, played cricket with the entire team of her upcoming film ’83, in between breaks on the sets. During the time out of the schedule of the shoot, Deepika would play cricket and was doing a baller job at it!Playing cricket along with the whole cast, also helped them bond and know each other better. In ’83, Deepika is playing the role of Romi Dev, wife to Kapil Dev, alongside hubby Ranveer Singh who is playing the role of Kapil Dev. The movie is based on the life of Kapil Dev and how he steered India to the world cup victory of 1983 Cricket World Cup.Having seen the life of a sportsman at close quarters and living with an Internationally acclaimed player, helped her understand the role of Romi Dev better. She has seen exactly what it took for her mother to be a wife to a sportsman who has to dedicate a majority of his life to his sport and bring glory to the country on representing it abroad and knows all the sacrifices and the toll it takes on their personal lives.Deepika has closely seen the whole life of her parents and one is excited to see it reflected on screen with the release of ’83 with her coming on screens as a cricketer’s wife.Apart from this, the actress is playing the role of an acid attack survivor in her upcoming film ‘Chapaak’, which is based on the life of Laxmi Aggarwal.The year 2020 will be special as both her upcoming films are releasing in the same year and interestingly, both the characters Laxmi Agarwal and Romi Dev are real-life characters with the heavy background behind them, making it a year of promising portrayals by the actress.
Samuel Shields died while detained in the Prince George’s County Jail.Officials are investigating the death of a 49-year-old man at Prince George’s County Jail in Upper Marlboro, Md., even as his wife is demanding answers.”I just want the truth of why my husband is dead,” Regina Shields, a Northeast Washington, D.C. resident, told NBC 4 Washington.Metro Transit Police said they got into an altercation with Samuel Shields over a $2 fare at Addison Road Metro station on June 17. They pepper sprayed him and took him into custody.According to the statement of charges against Shields, he was arrested for alleged theft under $100, obstructing and hindering and resisting arrest.Regina Shields said that behavior does not sound like that of her husband, a Jamaican-born aspiring reggae artist, who went by the stage name, Potcovah.“I’m very upset about what went on because he didn’t deserve this,” she said. “If he got violent either someone provoked him or whatever. But he’s not a violent person at all.”Jail spokeswoman Yolonda Evans, however, confirmed that when Metro police brought Shields to the jail about 12:38 p.m., he was “disorderly” and had to be separated from the other inmates.“They just keep saying he was talking loud, wouldn’t put on the uniform, and I don’t know what happened after that,” Regina Shields said in the interview.According to Evans, while Samuel Shields was being processed for intake he went into “medical distress” though she wouldn’t go into specifics because of the ongoing investigation.“Our emergency response team and our medical staff began to perform life-saving measures until paramedics arrived and took him to Southern Maryland Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:57 p.m.,” the jail spokeswoman said.The situation was a rare one for the jail, Evans added.“Medical emergencies, we have them all the time,” she said. “[But], typically, we may experience an in-custody death once every 12-18 months. The majority of those are deemed suicides.”Regina Shields acknowledged that her 460-pound spouse had suffered from serious medical conditions, including congestive heart failure, sleep apnea and mental illness. However, she doubted that those conditions caused her husband’s death.“I think it was foul play,” she said. “I really do, in my heart.”