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DMV opens several offices on Saturday to alleviate long lines

first_imgDMV opens several offices on Saturday to alleviate long lines June 16, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: June 16, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe Department of Motor Vehicles took a big step Saturday to help alleviate the long wait times being experienced all across San Diego.The San Marcos, Poway and Chula Vista DMV locations opened for limited Saturday hours. They will also be open next Saturday, June 23.The wait times are still averaging 4-5 hours according to the DMV.In July, the offices will transition to the first and third Saturday of every month. The offices will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Behind-the-wheel exams will not be available on Saturdays.Appointments are recommended but not required for Saturday service.To schedule a Saturday appointment just go to the DMV website, or call 1-800-777-0133 John Soderman, John Soderman last_img read more

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Ogden Publishing To Integrate Fulfillment with Email Marketing

first_img“If we know that we can have something that is automatically triggered as a result of something they’ve already purchased, that the campaign has already designed, it’s more targeted to that particular customer and we can still personalize it. It just makes us able to connect with more relevant offers and more timely as well,” Olmsted said.This will allow Ogden to update customer information daily instead of monthly from their fulfillment platform.“I think it will be advantageous not only for us but for relating to our customers as well,” Olmsted said.The purchasing information will still be maintained in the Advantage system but the customer data will be pulled into iPost nightly, which will then send customers relevant information on other products based on their recent prior purchases.This partnership will be cemented in the next three to six months, Olmsted said. Ogden Publications will be combining their in-house fulfillment database with their e-mail service provider to better market content and consumer products to readers.The blending of Advantage Computing Systems’ fulfillment platform with the iPost iMM digital e-mail marketing technology is expected to have beneficial results.“Within iPost, the only way we can get the data into our e-mail service provider database is to export it from Advantage and upload it into iPost and we do that periodically,” said Cherilyn Olmsted, circulation and marketing director for Ogden Publications. “It’s a very manual process so we wanted to get the integration in place so that it was a regular process that automatically happened.”If someone purchases a book on organic gardening and Ogden wants to offer another, similar product, the new system will automatically generate the e-mail suggestion.last_img read more

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Dwells MultiPronged Media Strategy

first_imgThe event is not just for design professionals, but enthusiasts as well, which makes this event “the antithesis of a typical American tradeshow,” as O’Connor Abrams puts it, an aspect of the company’s media portfolio that establishes touch points with not only vendors and exhibitors, but its core reader base as well.“When it comes to the event space, I was struck by the fact that tradeshows in this country are these very pedantic events with aisles on a grid that are totally unimagined,” she says. “We broke the grid, if you will. When you walk into the convention center in Los Angeles for Dwell on Design, you see exhibition and experience centers, and not these aisles that you need to walk up and down on.”For Dwell on Design, five full-size homes are constructed on about 20,000 square feet of outdoor exhibit space, with about 10,000 plants covering the area, transforming the space into a neighborhood.“It’s an immersive design experience so there’s nothing tradeshow about it,” she says.The anti-trade fair concept, while intriguing on the surface, does raise some questions: How do sponsorships work? If attendees are mainly enthusiasts, why does it make sense to exhibit at all? And, how does this make sense for the publisher’s business?About 50 percent of the attendees are trade professionals, and the first day of the three-day event is for that demographic. Yet, O’Connor Abrams says many don’t leave after the trade day. During the event’s research phase to determine scale and size, exhibitors, she says, asked if the right people would be on site.“Our research shows they stay for the whole weekend and that it comes out to be 50-50 trade professionals and consumers,” she says. “We find that the people we attract are not only design-savvy consumers. It’s also not uncommon to see one of these enthusiasts walking with their blueprints for their remodel, new home or second home with their architect or designer by their side to meet with designers, vendors and suppliers. They are going ahead and purchasing, and our smaller exhibitors have a retail cash-and-carry license—it’s not uncommon to see someone walking out of the show with $2,000 worth of chairs for their kitchen.” As print continues to decline and digital often struggles to live up to the hype, events are offering higher profits than print and, for many publishers, far higher revenues than digital. Luxury consumer magazine and media company Dwell, however, is leveraging all of these different groups and treating each as equally valuable mediums for its business model.“We spent a lot of time looking at the events space for Dwell,” says Michela O’Connor Abrams, president of Dwell Media. “The driving business mission for the company is bringing modern design to anyone—anywhere, anytime, anyplace and in any form. Because of that, we really never, in a way, were a traditional publisher.”A Hybrid Trade EventIn 2005, O’Connor Abrams launched Dwell on Design, now one of the largest design events in the U.S., hosting about 30,000 attendees in 2012. last_img read more

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Mario Royale gives a Nintendo classic the battle royale treatment

first_img Share your voice 1 The way the game works is that 100 players go through the same level of Super Mario Bros. Each individual has their own instance of the game and for the most part don’t interact directly with the other players, which makes it appear that there are 99 other Mario “ghosts.” Each player can, however, interact with the level and in turn, affect the other players’ instance of the level. If one player grabs the mushroom to make Mario big, that item isn’t available to everyone else. A player could also jump on a Koopa turtle’s shell, causing it to knock into other players and kill them. Things get even more interesting when one player obtains the star and goes invincible. Now, that player is active in everyone’s instance and can eliminate anyone they touch. There are several different worlds based on levels from Super Mario Bros. Each world has four levels, and the player who reaches the last level and gets past Bowser first will be the winner. Mario Royale is available to play via a web browser, and players can use a keyboard or gamepad to control Mario.  Comment Nintendocenter_img Tags Battle royale goes 8-bit in Mario Royale.   InfernoPlus Battle Royale games such as Fornite, Apex Legends, and PUBG are incredibly popular right now. One YouTuber took the formula for those games and added it to a Nintendo classic. Mario Royale, made by YouTuber InfernoPlus, is a battle royale mod of the original Super Mario Bros. Players compete against 99 other player-controlled Marios to see who’s the first to beat Bowser. Computers Gaminglast_img read more

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The return of Moti

first_imgAn art deco setup, palatial facade, grand golden chandeliers – it has none of it, yet this humble cinema hall set in the by lanes of Chandni Chowk came into limelight in the last one week-  the week was drenched in despair. It had run into trouble over the issue of its annual license renewal that expired on 31 March. ‘It took longer to get no objection certificates but shutting it down was never in question’ says the manager,’ VK Garg.  A tall and stout man stops me quizzically at the gate of the hall. ‘Now, Moti cinema is functional. There’s no problem anymore’, says Raj Narain, the security guard at the cinema. Wondering why I was there now, he added that the cinema experienced a rather unusual footfall last week.  Journalists from national media thronged to cover the demise of Moti. It’s ironical how single screen theatres get coverage over their demise; media writes panegyrics, evoking the nostalgia of their golden past but the same monumental halls seem invisible while functional. This Thursday night, with an impromptu screening of Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Aatish – a 1994 Sanjay Dutt starrer movie – Moti bounced back to life. Before it goes into oblivion once again, we trace its past and understand its present. The alleyway leading to Moti is flanked with a huge hoarding of Jo Jeeta wahi Baazigar, a Tamil movie dubbed in Hindi, running these days. A man in his mid sixties, Shiv Kumar Jaiswal sits in the projector room with an air of boredom surrounding him. ‘I miss working manually on a projector’, he says pointing to the brand new UFO machine installed in the cinema five months ago. Like other big cinemas, this machine can load up a movie from Mumbai through satellites. He has worked as a projectionist for a good four decades. Though happy with the new technology, he ruminates the loss of ‘actually’ playing with reams of film prints. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIn his reverie, he exclaims, there were times when he used to queue up to watch a Raj Kapoor movie. The queues used to extend almost till Lal Quila. ‘Imagine a movie running for 52 weeks straight!’ he says with a gleam in his eyes. These days Moti hardly plays Hindi movies; their target audience now are the Poorvanchalis and Bhojpuri movie goers. ‘Our audience loves action, so we run Bhojpuri, Tamil- Telugu dubbed movies and some old Bollywood movies in between to match their interests.’  Going through his yellowing note book, he tells me that Moti didn’t even play the mass entertainer Dabbang. But movies like Wanted, Zilla Ghaziabad and Son of Sardar had a five week successful run.A cat comfortably settles and purrs by in the night shift’s manager room. Suresh Kumar goes back to the halcyon days of Moti. Established around the 1940’s, the cinema had its heydays when Raj Kapoor used to come down to screen his movies here. ‘With the coming of PVR’s in 90’s, we had to switch genres. Nobody was ready to play a Bhojpuri movie Susra Bada Paise Wala a decade back,’ says the manager. They took the risk of playing it and got good returns. Now, they boast of hosting Bhojpuri artists like Ravi Kishen. The security guard Raj Narain chips in, ‘But we also had Ranbir and Nargis here for the shoot of Rockstar,’ sounding outraged for missing out on his foray into movies. He shared screen with the actors for the scene where Moti turned into Amar Talkies for fulfilling one of Heer’s wild dreams to watch Junglee Jawani in Imtiaz Ali’s 2011 blockbuster. All said and done, Moti takes on a new lease of life; showcasing the same genre of movies, offering tickets between the same 30-60 rupees range and the same salted popcorn. And they have no plans of renovating. Why not give single screen a chance before they really fades into history?ALIVE AND KICKING IN THE VICINITYREGAL CINEMA, CP, Amar Kumar Singh Verma, serves as an accountant at Regal since 1977. He gushes, ‘Whoever comes to talk about Regal is sent over to me. Its not viable for a single screen like us to work anymore. But being a point of confluence in CP, youngsters still come down to watch movies here.’ He added that foreigners visit it for its heritage value in Delhi. In those days, a full house was a routine but now its a rare phenomenon. Disappointedly he quipped, ‘Regal witnessed its last housefull on 26 January, this year.’ From Prithiviraj Kapoor’s theatre to latest bollywood movies, Regal has seen it all since 1932. A chequered hall leading to a passage filled with black and white pictures of the yesteryears stars, Regal is a piece of history.  DETAILCapacity: 658 SEATSPrice Range: Rs 50-120Technology: Uses UFO for loading movies from July 2012GOLCHA CINEMA, DARYAGANJ, Established in 1954, it is designed in art deco style of 1950’s. NR Saini, the DGM says ‘ We feature family dramas so are target audience are families ever since we opened’. DETAILCapacity: 689 Price Range: Rs 50- 120 Technology: adopted UFO 2 months agoSHEILA CINEMA, PAHARGANJ, Established in 1960 showcases both Bollywood and Hollywood movies. Its target audience varies from youngsters to foreigners inhabiting the area around, says the manager, Prakash Dubey. He adds, ‘With the rise of affordable hotels and restaurants for tourists around Paharganj, Sheila saw a rise in numbers of foreigners visiting it’. He is hopeful of a better season at the hall when IPL matches get over.DETAILCapacity: 980 Price Range: 60-120 Technology: UFO since the last 10 yearslast_img read more