VAN NUYS – Detectives are searching for two men today who tried to kidnap a woman who was walking home from work on Van Nuys Boulevard. The drama began about 5:40 p.m. Wednesday as two men in a faded black four-door sedan approached the 23-year-old Latina, grabbed her by the arms and tried to drag her into their car. She broke free of her attackers’ grasp, when an unidentified Good Samaritan approached them and punched one of them in the face, said Los Angeles Police Detective Craig Rhudy. The woman, who was not seriously harmed, returned home and called police. One man was described as Latino between 25 and 28-years-old, 5-foot, 7-inches tall, 170 pounds and wearing white shirt, blue pants and white shoes. The second man was also described as Latino between 25 and 28-years-old, 5-foot, 7-inches tall, and weighing 140 pounds. He was wearing yellow shirt, blue pants and black shoes. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Police are also looking for a man wanted in connection with a similar attempted kidnapping case that occurred at 8 p.m. on Monday near Noble Avenue and Burbank Boulevard in Van Nuys. In this case, a man jumped out of an older white pickup truck and tried to grab a woman who was out for a jog when the kidnapping was thwarted by a passerby who shouted at the assailant, scaring him off. Police described the man as a 32-year-old, 5-foot, 5-inches tall, weighing 170 pounds, with short hair. He was wearing tan pants and had an orange colored cap that possibly had words “El Paso” emblazoned on it. He was described as drunk and smelled of alcohol. The driver was described as a 45-year-old Latino man with a beer belly and weighing 170 pounds. The truck they were seen in had trash bags in the bed, suggesting to police that they were laborers or gardeners, Rhudy said. Anyone with information about either of these incidents is asked to call Van Nuys Division detectives at (818) 374-0040. During the after hours, call the watch commander at (818) 374-9500. For up-to-date news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.
Golfweek has promoted Henry Robinson to the position of associate publisher. Robinson has been with Turnstile Media Group – Golfweek’s parent company – for a total of 16 years and has held various positions, including publisher of the former Golf & Travel magazine. Curt Nickisch has been named senior editor of Harvard Business Review. He was previously business and technology reporter for Boston’s NPR news station, WBUR. Marie Claire has announced that Stacy Bettman will become associate publisher of advertising. Bettman, who returns to Hearst from her role as associate publisher of Allure, was formerly the associate publisher of Seventeen from 2004 to 2010. POPSUGAR Inc. announced that Geoff Schiller has joined the company as chief revenue officer for the media brand. National Geographic Partners is expanding its digital team by announcing six key appointments, including a new executive editor overseeing digital content and new editors for digital news and photography. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move: Laura Helmuth joins National Geographic Partners as director of digital news. Laura was an award-winning writer and science and health editor at Slate since 2012. Luis Vega has been named creative director at Better Homes and Gardens. He had been design director at Prevention. Clay Dunnan is promoted to the new role of senior integrated marketing manager. He was previously creative services manager. postPerspective has announced it’s appointed Dayna McCallum as its publisher. Most recently, she served as senior strategist for Ignite Strategic Communications. The Daily Dot has announced the appointment of Amy Vernon as director of audience engagement. Prior to joining the Daily Dot, Vernon most recently served as an independent consultant with expertise in traffic generation, community building, content, product, and pop culture. Patrick Witty joins National Geographic Partners as deputy director of photography for digital, leading the digital photography team as well as contributing to National Geographic magazine. Patrick was most recently the director of photography at WIRED. Kristin Mayhall is hired as brand development marketing manager; she was previously business development marketing manager. “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to promote and hire these talented leaders in digital journalism who all share National Geographic’s passion for storytelling,” said Susan Goldberg, editor-in-chief, National Geographic magazine and editorial director, National Geographic Partners. Vanessa Gongora is hired as senior integrated marketing manager; she was previously special projects manager. Sam C. Griffin, who joins in the new role of executive director, creative services. Griffin is a longtime G&G collaborator. Colleen Call is promoted to the new role of executive director, integrated marketing and partnerships. Call was previously the creative services director at the company. Garden & Gun has announced new hires, promotions, and expanded roles for the advertising and creative services teams. Internal appointments and promotions include: Dan Gilgoff has been promoted to executive editor for digital. He joined National Geographic in 2013 as director of digital news. He was previously religion editor at CNN.com. Dayle Duggins has been promoted to digital director of 417 Magazine. Duggins brings three years of experience to the position with 417 Magazine, starting her career as an editorial intern.
“All titles will be divided into four groups, each headed by an editorial director who will be charged with finding new ways to work together to grow our audience and our business across brands, new ways to take advantage of digital and video opportunities that may cut across brands and new efficiencies in how we operate across brands,” wrote Murray in the memo. Last week Time Inc. left many inside and outside the company scratching their heads as to where it was going next. But an internal memo today from Alan Murray, recently named chief content officer, adds some clarity. The celebrity, entertainment, and style group, which includes People, Entertainment Weekly, InStyle, StyleWatch, Essence, and xoJane, will be led by Jess Cagle, who was already editorial director of People and EW. Reporting to Cagle will be Lisa Arbetter, editor of StyleWatch, who will also serve as interim editor of InStyle as the company seeks a permanent replacement for Ariel Foxman, who announced earlier this week that he was stepping down after eight years on the job. Under a new editorial structure, Time Inc.’s titles will be divided into four groups led by editorial directors, each of whom will report directly to Murray. Nathan Lump, editor in chief of Travel + Leisure, has been promoted to editorial director of the lifestyle group, consisting of Real Simple, Southern Living, T+L, Food & Wine, Sunset, Coastal Living, Health, Cooking Light, Cozi, and MyRecipes. The sports group will be led by Chris Stone, who replaced longtime Sports Illustrated group editor Paul Fichtenbaum in June. First, Time editor Nancy Gibbs will lead the news group, consisting of Time, Fortune, Money, Time for Kids, and Motto. Interestingly, Michael Duffy, who will continue in his role as deputy managing editor of Time, will also report to Murray as editorial director of Time Inc., working on “matters of editorial standards and integrity,” according to the memo. The shuffle falls in line with an ongoing and overall reimagining of the company’s internal composition, including the reorganization announced last week, aimed at promoting cross-brand and category-wide ad sales. The company appears to be betting on the appeal of targeting specific audiences across its portfolio of titles, particularly when it comes to digital sales, a strategy reflected in Condé Nast’s announcement yesterday that it was further integrating operations for two of its titles, Glamour and Self.
Facebook cracks down on fake news Tags Comments Meet the women fighting fake news on Facebook Now playing: Watch this: 8 Photos “The objective is not to preclude access to any news content — an approach that would conflict with our nation’s free speech principles — but rather to empower readers with additional information on the source and reliability of that content as they consume and/or share it,” Tom Burt, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for customer security and trust, wrote in a blog post when it first partnered with NewsGuard last summer.Neither RT nor Mail Online responded to requests for comment. We’ve reached out to NewsGuard regarding the change to Mail Online’s status.Edge, which is shipping as part of Microsoft’s Windows 10 Creators Update, held just over 2 percent of the browser market share in December, according to StatCounter. Google Chrome continued to dominate, with more than 62 percent.First published Jan. 23, at 9:07 a. PT.Update Feb. 1 at 4:58 a.m. PT: Adds that Mail Online’s rating was changed from red to green. Share your voice 3 The mobile version of Microsoft Edge can easily assess how trustworthy news outlets are. Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Microsoft is helping you battle fake news on your phone: Its Edge browser now tells you how reliable sites are.The company started installing the NewsGuard plug-in — which you previously had to download manually — on all mobile versions of the browser, as reported by The Guardian.After turning on news rating in Edge’s settings menu, you can see NewsGuard’s shield icon in the browser’s address bar whenever you visit a news site. Green indicates a reliable outlet, while red suggests you should be skeptical about what you read.Phew! Screenshot by CNET “Proceed with caution: this website generally fails to maintain basic standards of accuracy and accountability,” it said of Russian news site RT.You can tap the “the full Nutrition label” to learn more. In RT’s case, NewsGuard noted that it’s “the website of a leading Russian government propaganda effort.” The service highlighted that Mail Online (the website of Britain’s Daily Mail tabloid) has “been forced to pay damages in numerous high-profile cases,” according to The Guardian.Mail Online initially had a red shield, but the BBC reported Friday, Feb. 1, that it was switched to a green one following “discussions with a Daily Mail executive.” However, NewsGuard said the outlet “still failed to gather and present information responsibly.”By contrast, The New York Times got a green rating and the label said it “exerts significant influence on national and international news and public debate.”The plug-in rates sites based on various criteria including repeated publishing of false content, deceptive headlines and methods of gathering information, in addition to revealing the site’s ownership, credibility history and transparency.Clear shields indicate that NewsGuard hasn’t reviewed the site yet, but you can suggest they do easily — just tap the submit option.The company is staffed by trained journalists who “come from diverse backgrounds and have no political axes to grind,” it noted on its site.”We’re delighted to be able to reach millions of people through Microsoft Edge for mobile, giving news consumers more information about the sources of news they see online based on basic journalistic criteria of credibility and transparency,” Gordon Crovitz, one of NewsGuard’s CEOs, wrote in an emailed statement. Internet Services Mobile 1:09 Microsoft Edge Microsoft
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia. File PhotoA writ petition was filed with the High Court on Sunday seeking its directive on the authorities concerned to hospitalise BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia again for her better treatment.BNP chief’s lawyer Nawshad Jamir filed the writ with a High Court bench at noon, reports UNB.Nawshad said the hearing on the writ petition is expected to be held on Monday at the bench of justice Sheikh Hasan Arif and justice Rajik Al Jalil.Kaisar Kamal, BNP’s law affairs secretary, said, “Khaleda’s treatment was going on as per the HC directives but she was sent back to jail although her treatment was not completed.”“We sought the continuation of her (Khaleda) treatment as she is still ill,” he added.According to the writ petition, Khaleda needs to be taken to a specialised hospital for better treatment as she has been suffering from chronic diseases.On 6 October, Khaleda Zia was admitted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) for her better treatment in response to a court order.On 8 November, Khaleda was discharged from the BSMMU upon approval from the medical board formed for her treatment and produced before a makeshift court at old Central Jail in Niko graft case.On 8 February last, a special court in Dhaka sentenced Khaleda to five years’ rigorous imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
Occasional fasting may not only help people lose weight but also boost their metabolic activity, generate antioxidants, and reverse some effects of ageing, a study claims. Scientists at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) and Kyoto University in Japan identified 30 previously-unreported substances whose quantity increases during fasting and indicate a variety of health benefits. “We have been researching ageing and metabolism for many years and decided to search for unknown health effects in human fasting,” said Takayuki Teruya, first author of the paper published in the journal Scientific Reports. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Contrary to the original expectation, it turned out that fasting induced metabolic activation rather actively,” said Teruya. The study presents an analysis of whole human blood, plasma, and red blood cells drawn from four fasting individuals. The researchers monitored changing levels of metabolites — substances formed during the chemical processes that grant organisms energy and allow them to grow. The results revealed 44 metabolites, including 30 that were previously unrecognised, that increased universally among subjects between 1.5- to 60-fold within just 58 hours of fasting. In previous research, researchers identified various metabolites whose quantities decline with age, including three known as leucine, isoleucine, and ophthalmic acid. In fasting individuals, these metabolites increase in level, suggesting a mechanism by which fasting could help increase longevity.