CMP Acquires Gartner Events Business for 114 Million

first_imgCMP has agreed to buy Gartner’s Vision Events business for $11.4 million, the company announced today. The deal is expected to be finalized within the next two weeks.Vision is a provider of face-to-face IT events that “maximize a return on investment for participants,” according to the company. Vision will be added to CMP Channel’s events portfolio.The Jordan, Edmiston Group represented Gartner in the transaction.last_img

OK Publisher Reports of Our Losses Completely Exaggerated

first_imgPeople1768.681527.5715.8 CELEBRITYH1 2010H1 2009%CHNG Star698.8558.8325 Entertainment Weekly502.53412.0122 In Touch456.68393.4216.1 Life & Style242.51172.6940.4center_img OK!560.06429.4330.4 According to Barr, the magazine’s revenues are consistent with its ad page growth. “And our expenditures are those you’d see regularly associated with publishing a weekly magazine,” he says. “Our profits are in line with growth expectations and the normal economic fluctuations. Again, we’re happy to be seeing profitability, but we’ve had out weeks with losses just like others inside and outside of our competitive set.”Circulation DeclinesMeanwhile, the magazine recorded an overall circulation of 695,197 through the first half and missed its 800,000 rate base, according to ABC numbers. OK! saw a 9.6 percent decline in newsstand sales (which made up about half of the magazine’s overall circ) and 35.3 percent decline in verified circ. While Barr says he isn’t overly worried about the declines, he does want to “take the appropriate steps” to address the issue, including coming up with a new subscription model and delivering on rate base.“We take into account that newsstand sales are a reflection of the economy and consumer purchasing habits and also take note that more of our competition has moved away from a heavily-weighted newsstand model,” he says. “Our editors are mindful of consumer wants and each week deliver an editorial product that will generate interest.  We’ve introduced more beauty and fashion service, and continue to evolve our take on entertainment to further differentiate from the competition, but with the celebrity category, weekly relevance is key. So, our editors strive to produce the right formula –that delicate balance that services the news interest and the lifestyle interest—that will deliver us positive newsstand results.”The Magazine is Not ClosingBarr admits that OK! is still a work in progress, and takes exception to reports that the magazine is losing millions and is on the verge of shutting down.“The negativity, which will tell you otherwise and speculate about the magazine’s closing, seems to come from a mixture of sources competing for business and overzealous reporters,” Barr says.  “We don’t dwell on it, but on more than one occasion, and even very recently, we’ve seen a reporter use and twist legitimately old numbers to substantiate a story. Luckily, we know better.”Celebrity Ad Pages Through the First Half (PIB): Celebrity glossy OK!, which was launched into the U.S. market in 2005 by U.K.-based owner Northern & Shell, has since enjoyed steady ad page growth and has been the subject of much criticism—especially on the financial end of the business. According to several reports, Northern & Shell pumped more than $100 million into the launch. And, more recently, reports have indicated that the magazine is losing more than $700,000 per issue.“Financially, the reports of our ‘losses’ are completely exaggerated,” says recently-installed OK! publisher Stephen Gregory Barr. “We’ve said this many times on-the-record: In just five years—during which many magazines have closed their doors—we’ve launched, made ourselves a recognizable name in a crowded category and have indeed achieved run-rate profitability in the past year. Based on this, OK!’s parent company, Northern & Shell has made a fully committed monetary, product extension investment in the U.S.”Barr, who joined the magazine at the end of June, previously served as associate publisher of sales and marketing at Zinio/VIV Magazine and as advertising director at Time Inc.’s InStyle. Through the first half of the year, OK!’s ad pages have increased more than 30 percent, according to PIB figures. Pages grew more than 20 percent through all of 2009. Us Weekly824.85827.33-0.3last_img read more

What To Expect At Wilmington Polices National Night Out On August 6

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The below announcement is from the Wilmington Police Department:National Night Out is a community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. At the Wilmington event, we have representatives from not only the WPD, but also from local, county, state, & federal law enforcement agencies on hand to speak with community members and explain each of their agency’s role.National Night Out 2019 will be held on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, from 5pm to 8pm at Rotary Park, located across the street from the Wilmington Public Safety building. We will have police & fire vehicles displays, equipment displays, demonstrations, crime prevention information, food, & bouncy houses.The following agencies are scheduled to be present:Wilmington Police DepartmentWilmington Fire DepartmentFederal Bureau of InvestigationBureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, & FirearmsUnited States Postal Inspection ServiceVeteran’s Affairs PoliceFederal Reserve PoliceMassachusetts State PoliceMassachusetts Environmental PoliceReading Police DepartmentMassachusetts National GuardLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedREMINDER: What To Expect At TONIGHT’S Wilmington Police’s National Night OutIn “Police Log”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 6, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”VIDEO: Watch Highlights Of Wilmington Police Department’s National Night OutIn “Videos”last_img read more

WATCH Gramin Sewa driver attacks policemen with sword after road rage incident

first_img Watch | Auto Driver attacks policemen with sword Close The Delhi Police had to battle a sword-wielding Gramin Sewa on Sunday when he got into an argument with PCR personnel after his vehicle allegedly grazed the police’s car.The incident occurred in Mukherjee Nagar when the Gramin Sewa vehicle driver grazed a police vehicle parked outside the station. An argument broke out between the driver and the PCR personnel which ended up with the driver pulling out a sword. He was overpowered by the police personnel in the area and arrested. One policeman suffered from a deep gash in his head, reports News18.  IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:40Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:38?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Before his arrest, the man had tried to attack as many as a dozen police personnel and had his friends from the Sikh community also help him. The accused’s juvenile associate attempted to get into the vehicle and run away but ran over a policeman’s leg in the process. He was detained by the police.Many videos of the incident were shot on mobile phones and uploaded on social media after which they went viral. The videos showed the tempo driver wielding a sword and trying to attack the policeman while another showed him getting beaten up by the policemen.After the driver was arrested, he accused the police of using unnecessary force and hitting him and his son mercilessly. The driver’s arrest saw the Sikh community of the area come out onto the streets as a sign of protest. They even went to the extent of sitting outside the Mukherjee Nagar police station as a sign of protest on Sunday night.Politicians also commented on the incident with a majority of them showing their support to the Sikh vehicle driver.Bharatiya Janata Party MLA from Rajouri Garden Manjinder Singh Sirsa claimed that the policemen insulted the driver by attacking the turban. Sirsa went on to take part in the protests and sat outside the Mukherjee Nagar police station on Sunday night. He also called for the rustication of the policemen and said that he will be meeting with Police Commissioner, Amulya Patnaik, on Monday and the home ministry.On Monday morning, Sirsa tweeted, “We have got three police officials suspended for their inhumane behaviour. Rest of them will also meet the same fate. Thanking all who came to protest with us. I have been told @AmitShah Ji has himself ensuring action in this regard.”Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also tweeted about the incident. He wrote, “Delhi Police brutality in Mukherjee Nagar is highly condemnable and unjustified. I demand an impartial probe into the whole incident & strict action against the guilty. Protectors of citizens can’t be allowed to turn into uncontrolled violent mobsters.”last_img read more

Rohingyas elect female camp leaders

first_imgRecently arrived Rohingyas living in the Shalbagan-Nayapara camp in Cox’s Bazar district, for the first time, have selected their own camp committee, led by women.The election in Shalbagan camp is a pilot project under the community governance process, an initiative taken by the UN refugee agency UNHCR in partnership with ADRA and Bangladeshi local authorities.Rohingyas living in Shalbagan chose their own camp committee consisting of a chief, a deputy, an assistant, a general member and 12 block representatives.The elected camp leader, deputy leader and half of all block representatives are female.“This is a remarkable achievement. Rohingya refugees in Shalbagan have spoken and decided they want 50 per cent of their representatives to be women. They should be congratulated on this,” said Bernadette Castel-Hollingsworth, UNHCR’s Senior Protection Coordinator in Cox’s Bazar.This is the first time elections for camp leaders have been rolled out to ensure community representation in areas where recently-arrived Rohingya refugees, who fled violence in Myanmar, are living.“This election marks a transition to a more democratic form of representation,” said Bangladesh’s Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner Mohammad Abdul Kalam.“Through the election, the voices of people will have a firmer ground to communicate gaps in services and their needs,” he said.The camp committee selection process at Shalbagan began seven weeks ago with refugees nominating 20 candidates who were then screened against eligibility criteria.The newly-elected refugee committee began work this week, starting with capacity-building plans supported by UNHCR, humanitarian partners and local authorities.As part of the Community Governance Process, Camp Committee elections are intended to be rolled out across other refugee sites in the coming months.last_img read more

Living Well Now What Does It Take

first_img Share WangAnQi/Getty Images/iStockphotoBlind pursuit of wealth and status is not conducive with happiness and sustainability, says guest commentator Randall Curren.Randall Curren is a professor of philosophy at the University of Rochester. His work spans sustainability studies, the philosophy and psychology of well-being, social and political philosophy, and ancient Greek philosophy. You can follow his work here.Parenting, teaching and leading all require us to believe in the prospects for living well on this planet — and to have confidence in our capacity to equip others to live well without destroying those prospects for others.These roles require us to both hold these beliefs and to be spokespersons for the world — ones who can make our belief in a future of opportunity credible to those we must raise, teach and lead.Whatever forms these endeavors might take in the absence of such credible belief and confidence, they would not succeed in their proper ends. They would not enable the human beings we influence to live well together.However, as a society we have barely begun to think about what is essential to preserving opportunity to live well.Our policies have been dominated by the idea that a growing economy is what best enables everyone to find happiness in their own way, even as evidence has mounted that the damaging impact of human activities on planetary systems makes the explosive economic growth of recent decades unsustainable. The emergence of sustainability science, movement toward a post-carbon economy, and greater consideration of the environmental impacts of personal and institutional decisions are all signs that we are at least beginning to come to grips with the reality that we cannot persist in destabilizing the natural systems on which humanity relies without suffering severe and ultimately irreversible consequences.The recognition that preserving opportunities to live well requires preserving the integrity of the natural systems on which we rely is a critical first step. Identifying the distinct forms of human impact and critical thresholds or planetary boundaries is an important further step that has been underway for some time. Ten such boundaries have been identified, including safe rates of biodiversity loss, nitrogen removal from the atmosphere, phosphorus flowing into the oceans, consumption of freshwater, and land cover converted to cropland. From a policy perspective, what will be required is to define and allocate budgets with respect to each of these boundaries through regional and global agreements analogous to the Paris climate accord.Within the limits set by these boundaries and negotiated budgets, societies would then need to decide how best to preserve their members’ opportunities to live well. A central argument of my book, Living Well, is that things will go better if the science of human well-being is taken seriously — and if policies focus on reinventing institutions to make them more efficient in providing what people actually need in order to live well, while functioning in ways that do not encourage or compel unnecessary consumption.A central feature of Americans’ understanding and promotion of opportunity to live well has been a focused on fair terms of access to employment. Promoting fair competition for employment and equal access to the education and training needed to acquire job qualifications makes sense.However, there is no reason to expect that the dynamics of labor markets will preserve equal opportunity over time in the face of educational and economic growth and innovation. The evolution of the kinds of occupations for which individuals compete will alter the structure of opportunity in such a way that it is not even possible to conceptualize equality of opportunity to live well over time in the way we understand equal opportunity employment. Comparing the opportunities of individuals of different generations, they do not compete for the same occupations and on the same terms on which their parents or grandparents did. Nor is there any guarantee that the institutional influences on the choices individuals and institutions make would be conducive to protecting the natural systems on which all human opportunity ultimately depends.To make comparisons of opportunity across significant expanses of time, we must directly face the question of what is inherently involved in good work and living well. And we must use what we learn to shape the institutional settings in which people live and work and not simply rely on the market incentives entailed by workers’ occupational mobility. Those incentives operate synchronically (in the present) and the problem of preserving opportunity over time is diachronic (stretching over time).So what is inherently involved in living well?In addressing this question, my geoscientist coauthor Ellen Metzger and I have had the benefit of collaborations with psychologist colleagues, Edward Deci and Richard Ryan. Their research in self-determination theory, conducted over the course of four decades with a network of 500 collaborators in 39 countries, has found that the experience of happiness is regulated by the satisfaction of basic psychological needs to feel competent, self-determining, and positively related to other people in the activities of one’s life. These are universal needs, observed across all stages of life and in every culture in which studies have been conducted, and they help explain the truth in the ancient ideal of eudaimonia, or human flourishing.According to this ideal, living well involves fulfilling one’s human potential in ways that are admirable, sustainable, and personally satisfying. My work with Ryan and Deci identifies three broad forms of potential — social, intellectual, and productive/creative — the fulfillment of which is enabled by admirable personal qualities and is psychologically linked to the satisfaction of human beings’ universal basic needs for positive relatedness, self-determination, and competence. Fulfilling all three forms of potential is the key to happiness, and shaping our lives and institutions accordingly would be much more compatible with sustainability than pursuing wealth without limit.A related finding, which is very important for the pursuit of sustainability, is that escape from poverty is important to happiness but the pursuit of wealth, status, and image as life goals is less conducive to happiness than the pursuit of life goals that directly fulfill our basic forms of potential and satisfy our related psychological needs. Societies that have promoted the accumulation of wealth without limit have not raised their general level of happiness by doing so. It should be evident to any observer of life in the U.S. that as wealth and inequality have grown, most Americans have become more painfully focused on occupational insecurity and on status competition that has simply become more expensive and less sustainable.As counterintuitive as it may seem, we could be happier both now and in the future if we could overcome the blind faith in wealth accumulation that shaped the socially, politically and environmentally unstable world with which we must now contend.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

7 Tools to Increase Productivity and Efficiency

first_imgAugust 5, 2016 Register Now » 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Today’s businesses are driven by productivity and collaboration. But how do you achieve both in a way that benefits everyone on your team? How do you avoid the inevitable obstacles: priority management, strategy alignment, and transparency?Luckily, the small business community has noticed a recent uptick in productivity and collaboration. Why? Many newer online tools have made it easier for teams to communicate clearly, prioritize tasks, delegate responsibilities, and hold themselves (and each other) accountable. From there, it’s just a matter of finding out which tool is right for your business. Check out these seven tools for increasing productivity and efficiency to see which ones meet your needs.1. ConnecteamThere’s an app for that — and your business! With Connecteam, you create your own branded employee app with which to communicate, clock in, and more. This tool is valuable for businesses with large numbers of remote workers who may not enjoy the same in-office privileges that other employees have. Via your customized app, those remote employees can view and create project checklists, upload files, view work schedules, create informational libraries, and even train for new positions. The app can be created in just over an hour. However, for employees who aren’t used to company apps, there may be a bit of a learning curve.Related: 5 High Tech Tools to Benefit Remote Workers2. WorkflowMaxWant 626 hours of time back? On average, that’s how much time WorkflowMax saves its clients — along with $22,000 a year. This tool is perfect for businesses and freelancers who provide a service and bill based on time. Without much effort at all, employees can track time spent on various tasks and remain accountable for their work. WorkflowMax allows users to create professional, instant quotes for potential clients, then invoice them later on with equally professional-looking forms. Users can even build timelines for special projects and view productivity analytics within the program. For a low monthly price, it’s never been easier for service-based businesses to stay organized.3. PocketNo matter how good you are at avoiding procrastination, you’re bound to come across irresistible articles and videos somewhere on the Internet while you’re working. But wait—not clicking on it now doesn’t mean you’ll never be able to see it. Pocket lets you save distracting links and useful articles for later with a simple button, which is installed via extension onto your web browser. Whether it’s the link to a client’s website, a PDF that needs to be edited, or an infographic you’d like to someday share on social media, you can put it in your Pocket. Too many items saved already? You can tag your links and docs for organizational purposes, so nothing will get lost.Related: Who Needs an Office? How to Go 100 Percent Remote4. CyfeCyfe lets you organize what would otherwise be indecipherable data. The program acts as your business’s data dashboard, where site visitors, adwords metrics, keyword rankings, and social media success can be accessed altogether. Pre-built widgets from MailChimp, Shopify, and many more let you customize your dashboard to view the information you want to see. With all your data in one place, it’s easy for the whole team to keep track of the big picture.5. TrelloSome people use Trello for grocery lists, and some people use it for their high-growth businesses. Some people use it for both—it’s that intuitive. You set up boards, which can be assigned different tasks. Those tasks are easily moved around, tagged with other users’ names for delegation purposes, and checked off once completed. It’s an ultra-fluid to-do list, and it’s perfect for those who prefer to keep track of tasks the easy way.Related: 5 Ways to Stay Positive When Working Remotely6. 1PasswordStop using your mother’s maiden name or your childhood nickname as your password. It’s understandable—you’re worried you’ll forget your password, so you make it super simple—but you’re practically inviting scammers and hackers to your virtual doorstep. Instead, go ahead and generate an uber-complex password and save it with 1Password. This little tool lends you peace of mind and extra time at once by storing your passwords securely and auto-entering them for you on selected sites and programs. With 1Password Teams, administrators can grant and revoke access to shared vaults, as well as save time solving company phishing scams. No matter the size of your business, it can probably benefit from 1Password.7. Office 365Most of the above products are developed and managed by startups or small to mid-size businesses. Of course, Office 365 is the product of Microsoft: one of the biggest companies on the planet. This means it has an incredible array of powerful features surrounding email management, file sharing, and online meetings. OneDrive provides an excellent cloud storage solution for businesses, while Skype for Business makes web communication a breeze. Start small with Office 365’s Business Essentials package, or shoot straight to Premium for added amenities, like the Microsoft Office suite and HD video conferencing.In the end, it’s all about what exactly your organization needs, but odds are it can benefit from a bit of added productivity and efficiency. These tools will help you get your teams on the same track, prioritize major projects, and delegate tasks until you’ve achieved just that. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

MIT Imaging Tech Can Read Closed Book

first_imgSeptember 13, 2016 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global MIT researchers are developing a camera system that can read closed books.A prototype was recently able to correctly identify letters on the top nine sheets of stacked papers. Dreamed up by MIT Media Lab research scientist Barmak Heshmat, the technique uses terahertz radiation — the band of electromagnetic radiation between microwaves and infrared light — to distinguish between ink and blank paper, and gauge distance to individual pages.”So much work has gone into terahertz technology to get the sources and detectors working, with big promises for imagining new and exciting things,” Laura Waller, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California at Berkeley, said in a statement.”This work is one of the first to use these new tools along with advances in computational imaging to get at pictures of things we could never see with optical technologies” she continued. “Now we can judge a book through its cover!”The technology could eventually be used to scan antique tomes too delicate for human touch, or any materials organized in thin layers, like coatings on machine parts or pharmaceuticals.”The Metropolitan Museum in New York showed a lot of interest in this, because they want to, for example, look into some antique books that they don’t even want to touch,” Heshmat said.In partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology, MIT developed the algorithms that acquire images from individual sheets in a stack of papers. Georgia Tech scientists, meanwhile, built the other key ingredient: a method for interpreting distorted or incomplete images as individual letters.”It’s actually kind of scary,” Heshmat said of GT’s letter-interpretation algorithm. “A lot of websites have those [captchas] to make sure you’re not a robot, and this algorithm can get through a lot of them.” Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMaglast_img read more