MediaNext Show Thriving in the Age of Transformation

first_imgNEW YORK—Relevancy and innovation will help brands, and especially magazine publishers, not only stay afloat in the age of digital transformation, but also enable them to thrive. That was the message delivered by keynote speaker and Meredith Corporation’s National Media Group president Tom Harty during the final day of the MediaNext Show, FOLIO:’s annual conference. “Change plus innovation equals sustained growth,” said Harty, who took the stage this morning at the Marriot Marquis in New York City. “Change plus innovation has allowed us to go from a traditional publishing company to a national marketing and communications company across a variety of platforms. At Meredith, that means building and maintaining the ability to connect. We reach 100 million U.S. women, about half of this is through a digital channel.”Speaking to about 200 media professionals from a variety of industries, Harty laid out four principals for thriving in the age of digital transformation: 1. Focus on your core business.2. Leverage technology, but not at the expense of your core business.3. Stay relevant. Keep innovating.4. Be accountable. Capitalize on the power of magazines.“[Innovation] means remembering who you are not,” he said. “We are not a technology products company, we are a content company and a sales and marketing organization.”Harty added that by expanding the ways a brand can connect with audiences, publishers can extend revenue opportunities. By embracing technology and a variety of platforms, a magazine then helps to create relevancy among readers, which will help them to thrive.One way Meredith is doing this is both through organic growth and acquisition activity. Harty said Meredith felt threatened for a period of time by Allrecipes.com, but was able to stay relevant and continue to thrive by acquiring the online giant.“We acquired Allrecipes.com, the leading website for food around the world, and it doubled our digital footprint,” he said. “Thinking back to what Meredith is made of, we didn’t have a lot of food brands, but it was the number one content topic.”In addition to expanding their online presence, Harty says that the brand addition presented the company with a variety of new revenue opportunities because of the Allrecipes.com audience: 50 percent of the traffic to the site is mobile, and 50 percent of that traffic is happening in-store—presenting unique opportunities for advertisers to target buying-empowered consumers.“Being a public company means our shareholders demand growth—technology enables us to reach audiences across 1 billion touch points,” he said. “It’s a slow progression, but we are believers.”last_img read more

Middlesex Sheriff Announces Completion Of 19th Annual Youth Public Safety Academy 1050

first_imgCHELMSFORD, MA – Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian thanked the cadets, families and community partners involved in the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office 19th Youth Public Safety Academy (YPSA) this summer. Over 1,300 youngsters applied for this year’s summer camp, with over 1,050 participating.“YPSA is a true community program – it’s about our kids, our officers and firefighters, and our hometowns,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “I am so happy we could welcome over 1,000 children to the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office this year to learn safety skills, challenge themselves and make new friends with classmates and officers alike.”YPSA cadets experience a week full of activities structured around team building, safety education and engagement with law enforcement officials. This year, cadets came from forty-four Middlesex County communities, including Acton, Arlington, Ashland, Ayer, Bedford, Belmont, Billerica, Boxborough, Burlington, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Concord, Dracut, Dunstable, Everett, Framingham, Groton, Hopkinton, Hudson, Lexington, Littleton, Lowell, Malden, Marlborough, Maynard, Medford, Melrose, Natick, Newton, North Reading, Reading, Sherborn, Shirley, Somerville, Stoneham, Stow, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough, Waltham, Watertown, Wakefield, Westford, Woburn and Wilmington.Officers and firefighters from many of these communities joined cadets throughout the camp. Several public and private organizations also provided educational resources, including AT&T of Massachusetts, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services (DFS), the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC), and the National Park Service (NPS).This year, a $23,500 grant from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) allowed the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office to accept an additional 146 cadets from its waitlist as well as hire additional staff.“We are incredibly grateful for the support of EOPSS and all of the72 public and private organizations who assisted with this year’s Academy,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “They truly make YPSA the success that it is, and we hope to have all of them back next summer as we celebrate our 20th year.”Registration for next year’s YPSA is expected to open in early March, 2019. For information on the Academy and the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office’s other community-based programming, please visit middlesexsheriff.org/community.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.)Like 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… Related51 Wilmington Students Graduate From Middlesex Sheriff’s Youth Public Safety AcademyIn “Government”Attorney General Awards Middlesex Sheriff’s Office A Healthy Summer Youth Jobs GrantIn “Police Log”Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Receives State Grant For Popular Youth Summer CampIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Fords Fiesta Focus transmission troubles attract NHTSAs attention report says

first_img Tags 2016 Chevy Colorado diesel: A 7,700-pound hauler, 30-plus mpg runabout 0 6 Photos 2015 Ford Focus offers more safety and better looks More From Roadshow Ford null Originally published at 12:08 p.m. PT.Update, 1:40 p.m. PT: Adds statement from Ford. 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line review: A legit compact performercenter_img Enlarge ImageFord’s Focus and Fiesta models have been plagued by serious issues with their PowerShift dual-clutch automatic transmissions. Roadshow Way back in 2009, Ford’s new Fiesta hit dealer showrooms across the US. It was the first Fiesta to hit the US in decades and it looked better than ever, and its fuel economy figures were seriously impressive. That latter attribute was thanks in large part to their new and innovative dual-clutch automatic transmissions, which Ford called PowerShift, and referred to internally as DPS6.Here we are 10 years later, and those transmissions are proving to be a massive thorn in not only owners’ sides, but increasingly they’re becoming an issue for the mothership back in Dearborn. The problems with the transmission include many reports from owners that it will drop into neutral between gears, leading to a lack of acceleration. Other reports state that the cars will lurch forward and shift jerkily.These issues are so prevalent, and Ford’s reaction to owners’ complaints have reportedly been so unsatisfactory, that now the US government is looking at getting involved.Several Democratic congressmen — including Rep. Frank Pallone of New Jersey, who is on the committee that oversees the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration — have called for a review of the ongoing situation, the Detroit Free Press reports.Ford dealers interviewed by the Free Press stated that they hadn’t received clear instructions on how to handle customer concerns going forward, or how (or whether) to charge customers for transmission repairs to their PowerShift-equipped vehicles.Ford’s representatives stated that the company had issued a service bulletin explaining how to handle the increased number of customer concerns and informed dealers that affected vehicles brought in before July 19 would receive extended warranty coverage, something it’s done before for individual components of the transmission. The bulletin promised further communication on or around the 19th, but to our knowledge, no new bulletins have been issued.”The DPS6 transmission was all-new technology from Getrag when it was introduced nearly a decade ago to improve fuel economy in Fiesta and Focus models. We launched those vehicles in good faith — like others, only after they reached key development milestones. Quality issues emerged after they were on the road,” Ford representatives said in a statement. “We acted quickly and determinedly to address those issues. Resolving them took longer than we expected — that frustrated and was inconvenient for many customers, some still today, which we regret. Along the way, we have rightly gone to great lengths to correct the problems: understanding what caused them, alerting dealers and consumers, recommending and making repairs, and extending warranties. In the meantime, automobiles using the DPS6 transmission were and remain safe to drive.”Given the likely cost of each individual repair, combined with the sheer number of vehicles equipped with the faulty gearboxes around the US, a forced recall by NHTSA would likely be a very, very expensive proposition for Ford. 2014 Ford Fiesta Ford Now playing: Watch this: 2016 Ford Explorer review: Go road-tripping in Ford’s updated, EcoBoost-powered SUV Share your voice 2:31 Car Industry Hatchbacks Sedanslast_img read more

SBI Reports First Profit Growth in Six Quarters

first_imgThe State Bank of India on Friday reported its first profit in the last six quarters due to the higher interest income and stability of bad loans.It said that the net profit surged 3.3 percent year on year to 33.49 billion rupees ($545.22 million) in its fiscal first quarter to 30 June, while the interest gained in the quarter rose 15 percent from a year earlier to 364.87 billion rupees.The bank’s gross non-performing assets (NPAs) declined to 4.90 percent of overall advances at the end of June versus the 5.56 percent in the previous year.Net non-performing loans as a percentage of total assets were 2.66 percent in the June quarter from 2.57 percent in the previous three months but gross non-performing loans were 4.9 percent compared with the 4.95 percent in March quarter, the bank said in a press release.But the stocks plunged after it reported its quarterly growth. Stocks fell 21 rupees lower at Rs 2415 per share during trading hours on Friday.Slower credit growth and rise in bad loans dragged the bank’s profits lower for every quarter since the three months ended in December 2012.The bank accounts for nearly 59 percent owned by the Indian government have pleaded this year to raise scrutiny of bad loans by doing regular reviews, reported Reuters.On Thursday, the Reserve Bank of India directed Asset Reconstruction Companies to invest 15 percent in security receipts issued by them. This regulation has been formulated by the RBI to consolidate the sale of bad loans in the banking system.In April, SBI sold off its NPAs worth Rs 3, 500 to Rs 4, 000 crore of the financial year 2013-14 to asset reconstruction companies.Indian lenders have been in hope of growth led by new government, RBI regulations and approvals of new projects. The economy grew less than five percent in the past two fiscal years, which led more borrower defaults and declination.last_img read more

From Lucifer to Puli Murugan here is the list of highest grossing

first_imgHow Malayalam movies perform in Tamil Nadu.PR HandoutMalayalam movies have been finding its audience in Tamil Nadu and especially in Chennai in the recent years. Not just Malayalis, Tamils in urban places in the state have started watching Mollywood movies which has turned out to be a good sign for the film industry.At this stage, Mollywood films are majorly attracting Malayalam-speaking audience and Tamil youths in urban centres who won’t complain watching the films with sub-titles. Here, we are listing out top five movies which have done notable collection in Tamil Nadu:Movie Name: Lucifer Release Date: 28 March, 2019 Actor Prithviraj Sukumaran’s directorial debut Lucifer, which has Mohanlal in the lead, is in the numero uno position at the list of highest grossing Malayalam movies in Tamil Nadu. The action-packed mass entertainer has grossed over Rs 2.1 crore in the state.Movie Name: Premam Release Date: 29 May, 2015 Nivin Pauly, Sai Pallavi, Madonna Sebastian and Anupama Parameswaran’s romantic comedy remains a landmark movie as it ran for over 300 days in a multiplex in Chennai. The movie had blown away the youths with its visually-arresting songs, content and the performance of the actors. Especially, the people had fallen in love with the performances of the female leads. The film had earned around Rs 2 crore in the state. Remember, the film had earned when the ticket prices were less compared to now.Movie Name: Odiyan Release Date: 14 December, 2018 VA Shrikumar Menon’s Odiyan was a fantasy drama based on the legend of the Odiyan clan. Mohanlal and Manju Warrier played the leads in the flick, which raked in Rs 1.26 crore in Tamil Nadu.Movie Name: Bangalore Days Release Date: 30 May, 2014 Romantic movies being favourite genre of Chennaities, multi-starrer Bangalore Days won the hearts of the youths, again. Anjali Menon’s creation had earned Rs 1.20 crore in Tamil Nadu.Movie Name: Puli Murugan Release Date: 7 October, 2016  Mohanlal’s Puli Murugan was an action-packed film directed by Vysakh. The presentation, content backed by some fine VFX works were enough to attract the audience. The film earned Rs 95 lakh in its lifetime in the state.last_img read more

Police confident Gulshanlike attack no longer possible

first_imgOn the evening of 1 July in 2016, five militants entered the Holy Artisan Cafe and Bakery with crude bombs, machetes, pistols, and took dozens of people, including 18 foreigners, hostage.Twenty hostages, including 17 foreigners, were killed as the militants sprayed them with bullets indiscriminately or cut their throats to confirm their death inside the cafe.Besides, two senior police officers – Banani Police Station then officer-in-charge Salauddin Ahmed Khan and Detective Branch assistant commissioner Robiul Islam – were shot dead when police tried to overpower them.Thirteen people, including three foreigners, were rescued while 20 bodies of the hostages were recovered from the restaurant after a successful operation led by the 1st Para-commando Battalion, an elite force in the Bangladesh Army, codenamed ‘Thunderbolt’ the following day (2 July). Five militants and one restaurant staff were killed and one suspected militant was arrested during the drive.A case was filed with Gulshan police station in connection with the terror attack. Later the case was shifted to Detective Branch of DMP. Now, Inspector Humayun Ahmed of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit (CTTC) has been investigating the case as its investigation officer (IO). The militants have no strength to carry out attacks like the one on Holy Artisan Bakery due to their weakening through anti-militant drives across the country, reports UNB.Monirul Islam, the chief of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit, claimed this.”They may try to get reorganised again but we’ll hunt down the absconding militants, too,” he was quoted to have said during an interview with the news agency recently.Though the militants had been planning to do something again in March or during Ramadan but their efforts went in vein due to simultaneous anti-militant drives carried out since March this year, he said.”The terrorist attack on Twin Tower was the deadliest one for the USA. We can term Holey Artisan attack like ‘Twin Tower attack’ in our country,” said Monirul.The CTTC chief said the investigators have already identified the perpetrators involved in the attack. “The militants who went to the spot or directly involved in the attack, were killed on the spot,” he said.He said the militants who were directly involved in planning as well as to coordinate the attack have already been identified.”So far, eight militants who were involved in planning and coordination in the attack have already been killed in different places across the country during anti-militant operations in the last one year,” Monirul said.About financing in the Gulshan Bakery attack, Monirul said, “It seems that attack on the Holey Artisan Cafe; was a low-cost terrorism attack. It might cost Tk 8-9 lakh. They (militants) collected the money from their own sources. There was no need to collect money from foreign sources.”Replying to a question, the CTTC chief said firearms and explosives which were used in the Gulshan Cafe; attack were brought from Chapainababganj and Jessore.”We’ve already arrested Mizanur Rahman alias Boro Mijan from Chapainababganj. He was shown arrested in the Gulshan Cafe; attack case and he confessed to his involvement in supplying firearms and explosives for the attack.”He said investigators have already identified five suspected militants-Mizanur Rahman alias Chhoto Mizan, Sagar, Sohel Mahfuz, Rashed alias Rash and Basharuzzaman alias Chocolate-who were involved in the deadliest attack.last_img read more

Man detained with 65kg gold at Dhaka airport

first_img.Customs officials detained a young man along with 65 gold bars, weighing 6.5kg, at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Monday night.The detainee is Md Rajib Dewan, 35, from Munshiganj district. He landed at the airport around 11:00pm by a flight of Singapore Airlines (flight no-SQ446) from Singapore.On secret information, a team of customs followed Rajib from the boarding bridge, said Othello Chowdhury, deputy commissioner of Dhaka Customs House.He denied carrying anything illegal when asked by customs officials while crossing the green channel.After searching his body, the team recovered six packets wrapped with scotch tap which was hidden in his pants, Othello said.Later, a total of 65 gold bars, worth around Tk 30.25 million were recovered from the packets.last_img read more

China could tighten grip over Hong Kong

first_imgProtesters break into the Legislative Council building during the anniversary of Hong Kong`s handover to China in Hong Kong, China on 1 July. Photo: ReutersChina on Tuesday deplored violence in Hong Kong that saw protesters ransack the city’s legislature, fuelling expectations it will take a tougher line on the territory, even as details of the scenes of vandalism went largely unreported on the mainland.Massive protests in the former British colony that began early last month came to a head overnight on Monday, prompting predictions that the police would take a harder stance, the city would be forced into a tighter embrace with the mainland and Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam would be forced out.Beijing called the violence an “undisguised challenge” to the “one country, two systems” model under which Hong Kong was granted a high degree of autonomy when it was returned to China in 1997.”We express outrage about this and strongly condemn it,” China’s foreign ministry office in Hong Kong said in a statement.Millions of people have taken to Hong Kong’s streets in recent weeks to protest against a now-suspended extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China to face trial in courts controlled by the Communist Party.The backlash comes amid growing resentment over what many in Hong Kong see as declining freedoms as China tightens its grip over the territory under the leadership of president Xi Jinping, who warned two years ago that Beijing would not tolerate any challenge to its authority in Hong Kong.The official China Daily newspaper, published in English and often used by Beijing to get its message out to the rest of the world, said that the best way to deal with Hong Kong was yet further economic integration with the mainland.”The only way for (Hong Kong) to sustain economic growth and maintain stability is for it to further integrate its own development into the nation’s overall development, especially by playing its part in advancing the Belt and Road Initiative and Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area,” it said in a Tuesday editorial. Belt and Road is a string of ports, railways, roads and bridges and other investments connecting China to Europe via central and southern Asia.”Both development programmes serve as practical platforms for Hong Kong to generate more growth momentum that can be translated into practical benefits for local residents.”Tougher LineKenneth Ka-Lok Chan, an associate professor at Hong Kong Baptist University and a former Hong Kong lawmaker for the pro-democracy Civic Party, expects Beijing to back Hong Kong to crack down even further.”They will rely heavily on the police force to restore so-called law and order, so the police will be further reinforced in terms of aggressiveness against protesters,” he said.Mathew Wong, an assistant professor of social sciences at the Education University of Hong Kong, said Beijing was likely to let the protests peter out.”Like the Umbrella Movement, the protest cannot keep up the intensity forever, especially when the option of letting the police put them down is readily available,” he said, referring to the pro-democracy “Occupy Central” movement that lasted 79 days in 2014 before police cleared protesters.He also said Lam was unable to retain her job, even if Beijing keeps her in place for the time being to save face. The central government has repeatedly expressed its support for Lam and for her decision last month to suspend the extradition legislation.”Regardless of whether the initiative was her idea or Beijing’s, the fact that it turned out to be a mess is fatal.”One Beijing-based Western diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it was significant that Xi himself had not come out and offered public support for Hong Kong’s embattled leader yet, keeping a low profile while the territory convulses.Foreign ‘Black Hand’China has blamed the “black hand” influence of foreign governments, especially the United States and Britain, for the unrest in Hong Kong, a view that one Chinese official told Reuters was reinforced by the destruction in the legislature.”It’s the Western countries who are encouraging them. It’s very obvious,” the official said, declining to be identified given the sensitivity of the matter.On Chinese social media, users flooded the comments sections of state media posts condemning the violence, calling for Beijing to respond harshly, although the unrest was not fully covered in state media and footage was blocked on the mainland’s heavily censored internet.”Declare martial law or Hong Kong has had it,” wrote one on the Twitter-like Weibo site, though there has been no sign People’s Liberation Army forces based in Hong Kong have been put on standby should things get totally out of control.”Send in the tanks to wipe them out,” wrote another.On the streets of Beijing, some people said they had not seen news of what had happened in Hong Kong.Nursing graduate Zoey, 26, said she hadn’t paid much attention to Hong Kong’s “problems”.”Have you seen anything of Hong Kong’s demonstration? No, I haven’t heard of anything. Because we normally read Weibo, but if it didn’t get to the hot topics on Weibo then we wouldn’t see it. Sorry.”last_img

DC Resident Steps Up to Find Citys Missing Black Kids

first_imgA Northeast Washington D.C. resident launched a project more than three years ago to help the community locate missing people. Now, the organization uses social media pages to alert the public about missing persons within the District’s eight wards.Henderson Long started an organization that uses Facebook to post the photos and information of missing Black children from Wards 7 and 8.Henderson Long, 48, is the founder of Missing and Exploited East of the River Ward 7 and 8, a Facebook page with more than 12,000 followers that allows residents to post photos and information of missing loved ones.“I have a passion for finding and locating kids and getting them back to their families,” Long told the AFRO on Apr. 18.Long was drawn to the issue of disappearing people when one of his family members went missing a few years ago. He said he realized how difficult it is to locate a missing person, especially a child. “I know the feeling so I try to get out there on the ground to help other families,” Long said.“It requires a lot of resources,” Long continued. He said he became a certified investigator and began assisting law enforcement and neighbors with solving missing person cases when he noticed that police were understaffed.There are currently 1,067 reported missing persons in D.C., according to the Metropolitan Police Department.Last year, 90 percent of the cases that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children helped law enforcement solve involved endangered runaways.“Runaways are no different than a person who may have been abducted when you look at what they can get involved in,” Long said. He said runaways can be victims of sex trafficking, crime and abuse.Long said he would prefer for celebrities to promote the cases of girls who are actually missing in D.C. like Unique Harris, who was last seen in 2010, and not comment on misinformation like the tweet that erroneously reported that 14 Black girls went missing in a period of 24 hours. The false post did however push Mayor Muriel Bowser to create a task force for missing people in D.C. on Mar. 24.Long said he is working with the Mayor’s office on her new initiatives to increase officer staffing and publicizing missing  people, as well as assessing the root causes of children running away from home.He said he wants to “close the revolving door” on repeat runaways. “If you send them right back to the same environment they are going to run away again,” Long said.Long’s family member has runaway from home more than once and he fears for her life, “It’s heartbreaking,” he said. She is almost 18-years-old and Long said she has experienced physical abuse while being away from home.He advises parents to take precautions when it comes to protecting children. Long said parents should keep fingerprints, photographs, dental and medical records of children just in case a child is lost. These items can be helpful in locating and identifying youth.He added that parents should educate their children on their surroundings and make sure they have a good sense of direction, and memorize their home address. “More kids get lost than abducted,” Long said.last_img read more