September, 2019 Archive

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Absent Woodland councilman may quit

first_imgAaron Christopherson, absent.Those three words have become increasingly common at Woodland City Council meetings this year, and now it now appears the 23-year-old councilman’s absence will become permanent.Christopherson notified Mayor Chuck Blum during a workshop Monday night that he planned to step down because he was moving to Vancouver, the mayor and City Clerk Mari Ripp said. Christopherson has not submitted his resignation in writing, but his resignation is an item on the council’s draft agenda for its upcoming Monday meeting.“The mayor is expecting it, but we haven’t received anything,” Ripp said Wednesday.Christopherson has missed the previous two regular council meetings with unexcused absences and faces removal from the council should he miss next Monday’s meeting without being excused, city officials said. He has faced such a third-strike removal on two other occasions this year, according to city council minutes.In 2007, Christopherson became the area’s youngest elected official when he won election at age 19. He chose not to seek re-election this fall. Tony Brentin and Marshall Allen are running for Christopherson’s seat in the Nov. 8 general election. It is doubtful the council would appoint a replacement for Christopherson so close to the election, Blum said.An inspection of Christopherson’s attendance record in 2011 suggests he has largely finished his term in absentia. Christopherson has missed 10 of 17 council meetings, with only two of his absences excused. He has also missed eight joint or special meetings, with only one of those excused.last_img read more

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Flames engulf home at end of 32nd Court in Ridgefield

first_img About 7:20 p.m. Friday, firefighters rushed to a house in flames at 764 N 32nd Court in Ridgefield.Crews with Clark County Fire & Rescue arrived and radioed that the first and second stories were in flames, according to emergency radio traffic.Crews were dragging hoses a good distance and commanders called several times for more water.Residents were out safely.A firefighter radioed a warning that a deck was about to collapse.A person who lives there developed high blood pressure and was treated.In what firefighters call a transitional attack, firefighters first steamed water into the home from outside, to cool some flames, then dragged their hoses inside.Shortly before 8 p.m., a commander radioed that the firefighters had been working hard and needed fresh replacements.A commander called for a second alarm. It took firefighters 55 minutes to bring the fire under control.Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy said the home was attached to another building that’s used for a business that repairs washers and dryers.More than 20 firefighters, many who relieved tired first crews, saved the business building, but damage to the rear of the house was estimated at $200,000.The crews came from CCFR, Fire District 6 and Fire District 3, in five engines, a rescue truck and a ladder truck, Dawdy said.The home is uninhabitable so Red Cross volunteers came to help the family with vouchers for food and a motel room.No people were reported injured but two pet dogs died, Dawdy said.The cause of the fire remained under investigation late Friday.John Branton: 360-735-453 or john.branton@columbian.com. Test Captionlast_img read more

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Keeping a pulse on volcanoes near far

first_imgo May is Volcano Awareness Month in Washington. The state has five volcanic cones that are considered active:Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams, Mount Rainier, Mount Baker and Glacier Peak.The Cascades Volcano Observatory’s name suggests an entirely Northwest focus. The file cabinets in John Ewert’s office suggest otherwise.A handwritten label on one drawer simply reads “Colombia.” Another points to the southwest Pacific. Ecuador. Peru. Each refers to a far-away place the observatory’s scientists have watched over the years, often traveling to support local authorities when a potentially dangerous volcano starts acting up.Of course, Cascades Volcano Observatory scientists also keep a constant, close eye on the mountains in their own backyard. To walk the halls of the observatory’s Vancouver headquarters is to be surrounded by a visual history of each volcano, particularly the Northwest’s most famous, Mount St. Helens. This month, Washington marks Volcano Awareness Month as the anniversary of the mountain’s catastrophic May 18, 1980, eruption approaches.“It really started modern volcanology,” said Ewert, the observatory’s scientist-in-charge.When the Cascades are relatively quiet — as they are now — volcanoes generally don’t land high on people’s list of day-to-day concerns, said John Pallister, chief of the observatory’s Volcano Disaster Assistance Program. But that doesn’t mean communities shouldn’t be ready, he said. An active volcano may only give a few days’ warning before waking up.“It’s important to have established monitoring systems before a crisis,” Pallister said. “That can be a tough sell if there hasn’t been a crisis in a while.”The Cascades Volcano Observatory is one of only five volcanic observatories operated by the U.S. Geological Survey. It and other facilities combine a variety of disciplines to keep a finger on the pulse of mountains near and far, and advance ongoing research to better understand them. Among the Vancouver office’s 55 or so staff are geologists, seismologists, hydrologists, petrologists and others.last_img read more

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Skills center seeks homeland security teacher

first_imgFor more information on the homeland security program:o http://ccskillscenter.como 360-604-1050.With increased security measures affecting airline passengers, computer users and many facets of daily life, the demand for trained security personnel is growing.In response to that need, the Clark County Skills Center is hiring a homeland security instructor for its new homeland security program opening in the fall for high school juniors and seniors.The program is “meant to give a broad perspective in homeland preparedness,” said Kari Duffy, director of the Skills Center. “I think it’s a good across-the-board course.”The Skill Center’s one-year homeland security program looks at preparedness from a safety perspective. That includes not just airport security, but also food safety, cybersecurity and more, Duffy said. Students will learn about careers with the Transportation Security Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency and other employers.Concordia University in Portland already offers a bachelor of science degree in homeland security and emergency preparedness. In developing the Skills Center’s program, Duffy and other staff have worked closely with Scott Winegar, director of Concordia’s program. Winegar sits on the Skills Center’s homeland security program advisory board and will participate in the interviews for the instructor.Skills Center students will earn Incident Command Systems industry certification through FEMA. They also will be certified in first aid and CPR. Other certifications may be added as the program grows, Duffy said.last_img read more

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Madore sets meeting on proposed east county bridge

first_imgClark County Commissioner David Madore is inviting the public to attend an informational meeting about a proposed bistate bridge spanning the Columbia River from Southeast 192nd Avenue.The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, July 25, at the Clark County Commissioners hearing room. It will be the first look anyone in the community has had at the work that’s been done.Representatives from FIGG Engineering Group, the Florida-based company working on schematics of what the project could look like, will unveil a design and cost estimates at the meeting, Madore said Tuesday.The meeting will be televised on CVTV and open to the public, although only “bistate community leaders” will participate in a question-and-answer session, Madore said. While it’s unclear exactly which “bistate leaders” will be in attendance, proponents of a third-bridge option, including state Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, say they plan to make it.The county will also hold a public hearing on the proposal at the board’s July 29 meeting. That’s when commissioners will take public comment and decide whether to place another advisory vote on the November ballot. It will ask voters whether, based on FIGG’s design and cost, they’d want to pursue the project.last_img read more

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Sunrise bike theft captured on surveillance

first_imgSUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for the person responsible for stealing a bike from a Sunrise home.Surveillance video shows a man stealing the bike from a home located near Northwest 20th Court and 86th Avenue.The subject grabbed the bike from a garage and ran away.The theft happened on May 18. If you have any information on this burglary, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPSCopyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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South Florida man overcomes all odds to become a Reebok CrossFit Masters

first_imgAnd this wasn’t the first time Ramirez has overcome a major injury.When he was 25, the daredevil got hurt jumping off a mountain and required two blood transfusions to save his life. Doctors at the time said he would be unable to walk again.Now, he’s hoping to be crowned “Fittest Man in the World” for a fourth time in a row.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Florida Rep. Michael Bileca: “In the emergency room, on Thanksgiving day, the first set of doctors were telling Shawn that it’s just not possible.”Shawn Ramirez: “Everybody was like, ‘Shawn’s hurt. I don’t know if he’s going to be able to do it,’ and that was just fuel to my fire. Once they said that, I was like, ‘Oh, it’s on.’”But time was working against Ramirez. He had less than three months to get ready to compete against 20,000 other athletes, and doctors said the recovery time for Shawn’s injury could be twice that long.However, thanks to the combination of hard work, specialists from West Kendall Baptist Hospital and the backing of his loving family, Ramirez was able to overcome the strain of all these obstacles.Despite facing seemingly insurmountable odds, “The Ram” battered his competition. Ramirez earned his three-peat once again claiming the title of CrossFit Master. Florida Rep. Michael Bileca: “If you think of the word champion, if you think of the word heart, if you think of the word role model, it’s Shawn.”Shawn Ramirez: “No matter what anybody says to you, no matter what circumstances you’re faced with, if you believe you will achieve, there’s nothing that can stop you. Nothing.”With a will and work ethic that is unquestionably strong and supported, the only question remaining is….Shawn Ramirez: “Four in a row? Four in a row?” center_img MIAMI (WSVN) – After winning the Reebok CrossFit Masters competition in 2014 and 2015, a South Florida father’s hope for a third win appeared all but gone when he suffered a significant injury. That’s when a supportive group of family and friends stepped in and pushed Shawn Ramirez to go for gold.Surrounded by a roomful of his biggest fans, Shawn “The Ram” Ramirez finds his comfort zone feeding off the energy and emotion of loved ones — and three adorable sons.Shawn Ramirez: “This guy, he pushes me. This one here is my biggest fan. And this one here gives me the determination.”The 42-year-old father of three is an unrelenting competitor who appreciates the importance of a support system. He utilizes his support system to reach unbelievable heights, including earning the title of “Fittest Man on Earth.”Family member Florida Rep. Michael Bileca: “Shawn, in front of all of us, made the impossible possible.”Shawn Ramirez: “I knew with that support there was nothing that could stop me.”Ramirez, a two-time winner of the Reebok CrossFit Masters competition, suffered a devastating injury last November, just months before attempting to win for a third year in a row. He fractured his left ankle and tibia in three parts and tore two ligaments while playing soccer with his children. last_img read more

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Boots recalled after customer discovers swastikas on soles

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. A shoe manufacturer says they are recalling a line of boots after a customer noticed the soles left a surprising imprint.A user on Reddit posted an image of his work boots with swastika-shaped marks the soles left on the ground, saying, “There was an angle I didn’t get to see when ordering my new work boots.”Polar Fox Boots had the shoes listed on Amazon as military boots, and the image soon garnered plenty of attention.“Hopefully, they’re at least the Reich size,” one person joked.The company quickly recalled the controversial boots once word spread about the unfortunate sole marks, claiming they were unaware of the markings until the Reddit post appeared.“That was totally something that wasn’t intentional,” Polar Fox e-commerce manager Anthony Nguyen told the Daily Mail. “It’s something that we’re going to pull off the shelves obviously. It was obviously a design flaw.”The listing has since been pulled off Amazon’s website. last_img read more

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4 vehicles catch fire in West MiamiDade

first_imgWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Several parked trucks caught fire in Medley, Thursday afternoon.The fire ensued in the area of 9620 N.W. 106th St. and appears that one truck caught fire before the blaze spread to neighboring trucks.7’s Skyforce HD flew over the scene as the smoke filled the air.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue is on the scene fighting the fire.It appears that four trucks are involved in this fire.It is unknown how the fire started.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Booze bandit steals cart filled with liquor from Miami store

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police are searching for a man who stole over $1,000 worth of alcohol from a Miami store.Surveillance video captured the subject who, officials said, filled up a cart and then threatened the clerk with a knife to open the locked front door.He got away with $1,700 worth of alcohol, Monday, from Jensen’s Liquors, near Southwest 27th Avenue and 16th Terrace.After the armed robbery, police said a stolen car with a suspected getaway driver was found outside the liquor store. That driver was arrested, but police are still looking for the other subject.If you have any information on this this armed robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Police activity at TD bank in Pembroke Pines

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – Several officers are investigating an incident at a TD Bank in Pembroke Pines.7SKyForce HD flew over the scene, located near North University Drive and Pines Boulevard just after 9:30 a.m., Friday.Authorities could be seen standing next to a car with a blanket draped over a portion of it.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Updated Nikiski Man Arrested After Collision In Front Of KCHS

first_imgHarris was booked into Wildwood Pretrial Facility. Original Story: Troopers are responding to a vehicle collision in front of Kenai Central High School.Traffic is impacted in the area while responders remain on scene as of 10:51am.Limited details are known at this time, updates will be posted as they are made available. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on July 31st, 2018 at 12:32 pmUpdated: At 10:17 a.m., on July 30, Kenai Police were notified by AST of a hit and run vehicle enroute to Kenai from Soldotna.Officers responded and Brendan T. Harris, age 19 of Nikiski, was arrested on charges of DWI, Assault 3, Leaving the Scene of an Accident x 2, MICS 5, Operating a Vehicle After Consuming Alcohol, and Possession/Consuming Alcohol under 21.last_img read more

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Army Corps Steps In To Help Save Homer Spit From Erosion

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享As the Department of Transportations continues to work with the City of Homer on finding a temporary solution for the ongoing erosion along the Homer Spit, the U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers is now stepping in to help. The City of Homer has been working with DOT to make temporary repairs, using harbor dredging materials for the ongoing erosion near Homer Spit Road. McCarthy: “We have existing erosion protection further toward town, so we would have to make sure we designed it to connect with that. What we wouldn’t want is just random erosion protection, we would want it to work with that and be thought out.”  There’s no set timeline for any project. But the city is hoping to address the issue soon, by working with state and federal agencies to find a lasting solution. This is a temporary measure and is not considered permanent protection. The area is subject to further erosion until a permanent solution can be identified and implemented, according to Shannon McCarthy with DOT.last_img read more

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Swan Lake Fire Has Slight Chance Of Growth Over The Week

first_imgResidual heat is primarily on the interior of the fire or toward the north end, away from values at risk such as Sterling Highway, homes, and other improvements.There is a slight chance the fire could spread beyond its current footprint. It will be monitored by aircraft until fire personnel are sure it poses no danger to the public or the Sterling Highway, according to a release from the Incident Command Team. Monitoring of the fire perimeter will continue for months to come. Personnel and equipment continue work on repairing damage caused by suppression operations. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Fire growth has been limited to creeping and smoldering within the fire perimeter for six days as the Swan Lake Fire remains at roughly 102,229 acres. Significant rain over the past 48 hours has resulted in little smoke and better air quality. In a press release from the ICU, If the fire moves further east in the Chickaloon, Thurman, and Mystery Creek drainages, fire managers have identified pinch points where the fire can be stopped beforeendangering values at risk in Cooper Landing and the Resurrection Pass Trail area. The majority of Incident personnel are being reassigned to other fires or returned to their home unit. The Eastern Area Type 2 Incident Management Team (IMT) will transition to a smaller Alaska organization mid-week. This smaller organization will manage the fire for the next few weeks.last_img read more

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KPBSD Contract Negotiations Set To Resume

first_imgDavid Brighton, KPEA President: “We have three sticking points with the District. The first is that we need to remove the healthcare cap. The second is we can’t agree with the district who says we’ll sign off on a contract now and figure the details out at the healthcare committee later. We need to know what the healthcare benefits are going forward. And finally we need to be sure that employees will take home a paycheck and not be forced to write a check to the district for the cost for their healthcare.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Education Association and Kenai Peninsula Educational Support Association still remain without a contract after their last bargaining session which took place over a month ago. Contract negotiations are set to reconvene on August 13 with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. The associations voted on May 22 to authorize a strike over rising healthcare costs. The strike will take place this fall unless an agreement can be reached with the School District. KPBSD offered ideas for a new contract at the meeting on June 11, which took place just weeks after the two associations voted to strike. Both the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and the Kenai Peninsula Educational Support Association have been in negotiations with the District since February of 2018.last_img read more

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People on the Move 022208

first_imgRyan O’Hara is stepping down as president of the TV Guide Network and TVGuide.com. Separately, Diane Robina was named executive vice president of development, acquisition and programming strategy.Decatur, Georgia-based music magazine Paste announced a number of staffing changes: Rachael Maddux was promoted from assistant editor to associate editor, and Rachel Dovey and Michael Saba were named assistant editors.National Business Media promoted Dana Nelson to publisher of RV Pro magazine. Previously, Nelsen served as associate publisher. Condé Nast has named Michelle Myers vice president and publisher of Lucky magazine. Myers returns to Condé Nast from Time Inc., where she served as founding publisher of People StyleWatch.1105 Media named Janis Samaripa editor of Respiratory & Sleep Management. Most recently, Samaripa served as publisher/editor of Southern California Physician, and as editor-in-chief of HomeCare before that.Peter Macey was promoted to national advertising director at Wired. Previously, Macey served as Northwest director.Hearst named Cortney Pellettieri entertainment editor at Good Housekeeping. Most recently, Pellettieri served as entertainment editor at InStyle.last_img read more

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BusinessWeek Tell Us What to Write

first_imgMagazines often get a bad rap when it comes to integrating Web 2.0 ideas into their daily editorial routines, but most publishers have embraced “crowdsourcing” as a research tool. It’s become common for editors to ask their readers for help while researching stories (Wired’s editors, for instance, often blog about stories they are writing).BusinessWeek is taking that tact a mini-step further, asking online readers to submit story ideas they’d like to see reported out. BW editors say they will sort through the suggestions and assign at least one idea a week to its writers. So writes John Byrne:As Editor-in-Chief of BusinessWeek.com, I’ll respond to your suggestions just as I do to my own reporters. “Tom, that’s a brilliant and original idea with importance significance to our readers.” Or, “Frank, I’ve read that story a hundred times. What can you possibly add that’s new?” Whether it’s for research or full-on story pitches, this is something that editors should do more often. Not only is it an easy way to interact directly with readers, it can be a valuable source of information that can help in crafting stories—both now and in the future.In fact, FOLIO: took a step in that direction today. On FOLIO:’s professional networking site MediaPRO, I asked for feedback on a story I’m working on. I’m hoping members—from consumer to b-to-b—will share their feedback and even some story ideas.Take a look and leave us a message!last_img read more

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Food News Media Launches BToB Restaurant Title FSR

first_imgNothing beats a well-rounded product platform. So says Greg Sanders, group publisher of Food News Media, which just launched a new print title called FSR that targets the full-service restaurant industry and is designed to compliment an existing Web-based brand called Restaurant Management, which will soon be rebranded to match the magazine. The new magazine, which will debut in November, will have an initial circulation of 24,000 and will be published bimonthly. Food News Media has targeted the quick-service, or fast-food, restaurant market with QSR since 1997. With the launch of FSR, Sanders says the company now targets the two main industry verticals. While Restaurant Management was first launched as a digital platform to serve the FSR market, the company quickly determined there needed to be another facet. “What we discovered is that while digital has grown, it works best when it’s coupled with print,” he says.   “This might sound esoteric, but the restaurant industry, even in a downturn, continues to innovate with new products, menu items and concepts,” he says. “We believe there’s room in that space for reporting on those innovations. We were doing that with the digital platform, but print is still, from our experience, a highly valued commodity both for marketers and for readers. If we’re going to have a complete offering, print has to be a part of it.”There are other brands targeting the same market, including Nation’s Restaurant News and Restaurant Hospitality from Penton and Restaurant Business, published by CSP Information Group, which was just acquired by Redwood Investments, an investment firm led by Hanley-Wood founder Michael Wood and his son Mike Wood, Jr.last_img read more

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Here Media Launches Social Content Hub Pridecom

first_img Hebert says the site will be monetized through a combination of native and display advertising options. Social interactivity drives content engagement and distribution, particularly with the millennial crowd, and publishers have jumped on that bandwagon in a big way. Here Media has taken a page out of the Buzzfeed playbook with its new launch, Pride.com. The site, which is live now in beta, features content—listicles, video and short items—created around trending topics and prominent sharing and commenting tools. Time Inc. is using a similar strategy with The Snug, a mobile-first, socially-oriented site for millennial home decor enthusiasts. That was followed up with the launch of MIMI, which uses the same content model for the beauty and fashion market.center_img Pride.com—built with the Livefyre Studio platform which allows it to monitor realtime engagement and publish content that matches social activity—will feature original content. Readers log into the site using their existing social accounts to interact with other readers. Here Media, publisher of Out, The Advocate and a network of other LGBT brands, is actively courting millennials with its new site. “Here Media conducted focus groups in both New York City and Los Angeles with young, millennial LGBTs and used insights about media consumption habits and interests to develop a new publishing platform,” says Robert Hebert, Here Media’s director of consumer marketing.last_img read more

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Nine Months After Its Launch Condé Nast Kills Off Stylecom

first_imgCondé Nast has pulled the plug on Style.com and folded it into the e-commerce platform Farfetch. All of the brand’s assets, including its trademark, inventory of merchandise and customer database, now belong to Farfetch, according to a memo from Jonathan Newhouse, chairman and chief executive of Condé Nast International, sent to staff. “We have long felt that inspirational content is a natural part of any luxury shopping experience,” says Neves in a release. “In the same way as we empower the fashion industry and connect consumers with the world’s best brands and boutiques, we want to connect them with outstanding content.” Style.com has already shuttered and the URL redirects to Farfetch. Condé Nast has also revealed in a release that there will be an ongoing business collaboration with Farfetch, which will include a technology connection to enable product integration into Condé Nast’s content, shopping guides created by its publications that’ll highlight products from Farfetch, as well as distribution of shoppable content across Condé Nast digital and social platforms. In the memo, Newhouse notes that, for some of the Style.com staff, there may be opportunities at Condé Nast. He also writes that Farfetch has some vacancies, but the company has essentially laid off an undisclosed number of employees without any reassignment plans. Farfetch, which already has business connections with CN through its parent company Advance, is a tech, e-commerce and logistics platform that was founded in 2007 by José Neves. He goes on to say that, what both companies are labeling as a partnership, will significantly change the retail experience for Farfetch’s customers, and he views it as a natural step in Farfetch’s approach “to commerce and our strategic vision to connect those who create fashion, curate fashion and develop fashion content.” In his memo, Newhouse says that three and a half years ago Condé Nast started Style.com with the aim of creating a worldwide e-commerce business. The site attracted over 300 brands, despite operating in a very competitive marketplace. Sadly, the results of the business fell far short of where Newhouse had hoped they would be and the decision to move on from Style.com was made after exploring “all other alternatives.”last_img read more

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