Penton Embarking on a Transformational Phase

first_imgAs FOLIO: first reported today, b-to-b publishing giant Penton Media named Sharon Rowlands, currently head of Thomson Financial, as its CEO, replacing John French. Her appointment is effective November 1.Rowlands [pictured right] joins the company during a tumultuous time for magazine publishing, and for Penton in particular. In June, the company laid off 42 employees company-wide due to “poor economic conditions.” Two months earlier, French initiated a salary and hiring freeze, and launched a company-wide revenue reforecast for the remainder of the year.Rowlands spoke with FOLIO: about her decision to join Penton and what her immediate priorities will be as CEO. FOLIO:: As you take the top executive post, what would you say are your top priorities for the company? ROWLANDS:  Day One priorities will be to connect with the key constituencies of Penton—mainly the employees and customers to understand more about their needs and how we can take the business to the next level. Our strategic focus will be to assess the opportunity landscape and identify key focus areas to drive growth.FOLIO:: Why, in your words, are you qualified to step in as the chief executive at Penton Media? Why did you decide to take the job? ROWLANDS: I have proven experience in leading organizations through change—business model change, technology change and cultural change. As we evolve Penton into an integrated and customer segment focused company that serves its markets with a range of solutions my leadership experience from Thomson Financial will be key.I spent a lot of time evaluating this opportunity and found it fits all the criteria that I had laid out for my next leadership role. A business with tremendous potential prepared to embark on a transformational phase. It has fabulous assets and people.  It was also key that I felt aligned with the owners and believe that MidOcean Partners and Wasserstein and Co. will be great partners.FOLIO:: Where do you see the greatest opportunities for growth at Penton? How will you grow those areas?ROWLANDS: It’s too early for me to specifically commit but we are going to assess our markets for scale and growth opportunities and then grow by focusing on making ourselves the center of our customers universe with proprietary content, insight and connectivity that builds great communities that can serve our customers.FOLIO:: Some say the merger between Prism and Penton (November 2006) was handled poorly in terms of back-end integration—specifically with the accounting and financial. What can you say about that? How will you manage the continuing effort?ROWLANDS: These integrations can be very challenging but from my early look it seems to me that the Penton team really had their hands around this project. I will be focused on ensuring we have operational discipline in getting these issues behind us.FOLIO:: What do you plan to do right away with organizational structure and workforce? Will you be investing in certain areas and reducing in others? Where are you going with headcount?ROWLANDS: It’s premature to discuss organizational structure or resource allocation until I have had a chance to develop a strategic roadmap with the Penton team.FOLIO:: In your opinion, do multi-market, horizontal b-to-b publishing companies work in this environment? The central power is not close enough to the markets served, and the publishers and editors at the market level don’t have enough power to do what’s best. ROWLANDS: The balance between corporate center and business level segment is a delicate one. Ideally you want to get the best of both worlds—customer driven growth initiatives from the front end of the business and leverage of scale at the back end and I believe with the right people and operating mechanisms it can work. At Thomson Financial I gained significant experience managing this type of structure. At this moment though I am keeping an open mind about the right approach for Penton.FOLIO:: What do you see as your biggest challenge as Penton CEO? ROWLANDS: The challenge will be one of time—it’s a large company with many business units and widespread offices. I will want to get up to speed fast and want to make sure that everyone has time to be involved in the discussion around strategy and priorities before I make key decisions. I wish there were more than 24 hours in a day for the next month.last_img read more


Lyndells Bakery To Hold Annual Sean Collier Memorial Fundraiser Weekend October 1921

first_imgSOMERVILLE, MA — Join Lyndell’s Bakery (720 Broadway, Ball Square) this weekend — Friday, October 19 to Sunday, October 21 — for its 6th Annual Sean Collier Memorial Fundraiser Weekend. The event raises funds for the Somerville Auxiliary Police’s Sean Collier Memorial Scholarship, which helps Somerville High School seniors pursuing a career in law enforcement.$1 from every sale of the bakery’s custom half moon with Sean’s Somerville PD badge #310 on it will be donated to the Scholarship Fund. The bakery will also have raffles for customers to take a chance on, including sports memorabilia. All raffle proceeds will also be donated to the Scholarship Fund.  Free coffee will be served.The Bakery raised more than $35,000 from its five previous Sean Collier Memorial Fundraiser Weekends.(NOTE: The above flyer is from Lyndell’s Facebook page.)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 [email protected] this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLyndell’s Bakery Holding 3rd Annual Sean Collier Memorial Fundraiser Weekend, October 16-18In “Business”Lyndell’s Bakery To Hold Annual Sean Collier Memorial Fundraiser Weekend, October 21-23In “Community”Lyndell’s Bakery To Hold Annual Sean Collier Memorial Fundraiser Weekend, October 20-22In “Business”last_img read more


Boman Irani to play Farokh Engineer in Ranveer Singh starrer 83

first_imgVarinder Chawla/TwitterBoth the fraternity of Indian cricket fans as well as that of Bollywood lovers are keenly awaiting the arrival of the movie ’83 on the silver screen. This movie, based on Indian cricket team’s memorable triumph in the 1983 cricket World Cup, will have the current Bollywood heartthrob Ranveer Singh essaying the role of Indian cricket legend and captain of that victorious team, Kapil Dev.The cast to play the entire Indian team has been finalised and the actors have appeared together on various occasions. But now, a new name has joined the group and he is bound to make the prospect of the movie even more appealing to the fans. According to movie critic Taran Adarsh, Boman Irani, known for playing memorable roles in movies such as ‘Munnabhai MBBS’ and ‘3 Idiots,’ would play the flamboyant former Indian wicketkeeper and batsman Farokh Engineer.Irani playing Engineer makes sense as both men belong to the Parsi community. The former cricketer had been a commentator for BBC during the 1983 World Cup. His character would, perhaps, provide a unique vantage point to India’s journey to the title.This movie, which is slated for release on April 10, 2020, is being produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and Madhu Mantena as well as the wife of the lead star and leading Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone. The director of the movie is Kabir Khan.Boman Irani to enact the part of Farokh Engineer in #83TheFilm… Stars Ranveer Singh as #KapilDev… Directed by Kabir Khan… 10 April 2020 release. #Relive83 pic.twitter.com/aiixjLYoOv— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) August 27, 2019 Apart from Ranveer Singh, other actors in this cinematic adaptation of Indian cricket team’s triumph include Deepika herself as Kapil Dev’s wife Romi Bhatia, Tahir Raj Bhasin as Sunil Gavaskar, Saqib Saleem as Mohinder Amarnath and Sahil Khattar as Syed Kirmani.Other prominent actors in the movie are Pankaj Tripathi as Indian team’s PR manager Man Singh, Jiiva as Krishnamachari Srikanth, Ammy Virk as Balwinder Singh Sandhu, Harry Sandhu as Madan Lal, Chirag Patil as Sandeep Patil, Jatin Sarna as Yashpal Sharma and Adinath Kothare as Dilip Vengasarkar.While Farokh Engineer wasn’t part of the team that won the 1983 World Cup, his colourful personality would ensure that Irani has a lot to play with in the movie. Before retiring from the game, Engineer enjoyed considerable success as wicketkeeper-batsman in the Indian side.He played 46 Tests and scored 2611 runs at an average of 31.08. Many of his runs came while opening the innings. The last Parsi cricketer to represent India, Engineer scored two hundreds including a famous one against West Indies at Chennai (then Madras) in the 1966/67 season where he scored 94 runs in the first session itself.As wicket-keeper, Engineer effected 16 stumpings and took 66 catches. He also holds the distinction of being the first Indian to be chosen as a brand ambassador for Brylcreem and therefore become the first Indian ‘Brylcreem boy.’ Certainly, most fans can’t wait to see Boman Irani bring the character of young Engineer alive.last_img read more


Indian fishermen intrude into Bangladesh water catch hilsa

first_imgIndian fishermen are entering about 110 kilometres inside the Bangladesh maritime boundary in the Bay of Bengal to catch hilsha, especially at a time when Bangladesh fishermen are barred from catching the delicious fish.Local fishermen also alleged that the Indian fishermen often intrude into Bangladesh’s fishing zone during the peak season of hilsha catching and now they are taking advantage of absence of Bangladeshi fishermen during the period of ban on fishing.The government has imposed a ban on catching, sales and transportation of hilsa for 22 days from 1 October to October 22 in order to save mother hilsa during the breeding and thus increase national hilsa output.Fishermen from Barisal, Barguna and Patuakhali districts have alleged that they have seen innumerable Indian trawlers waiting near the Bangladesh zone. They fear the Indian fishermen will catch fish indiscriminately within the Bangladesh boundary during the period of ban.“We have seen hundreds of Indian trawlers waiting at the east side of Baleshwar Isle, Fairway Boya [Buoy] and Mongla Boya,” said Abul Kalam, sailor of a trawler, which returned to Barguna from the Bay.”They even chased a few of our trawlers. They were waiting for the return of Bangladeshi trawlers during the period of ban,” the sailor alleged.Several other sailors also shared similar experience with Prothom Alo.“The benefits of ban would be lost unless the government can stop them [Indian fishermen] from fishing,” one of them said.The owner of a fishing trawler from Pathaghata of Barguna, Kalam Khan, said the Indian fishermen catch fish as a team.”They throw nets after detecting with machine the presence of fish. They even threaten Bangladeshi fishermen using mike and sometimes torture them,” he added.FB Hamim trawler’s sailor Mati said he has seen an Indian fishing trawler near Sonarchar of Galachipa upazila in Patuakhali, within 110 kms of Bangladesh maritime boundary. He also named an Indian trawler as FB Pushpanjali which he saw fishing in that area on 25 August and captured a photo of it with his mobile phone.FB Yasin trawler’s sailor Jashim from Patharghata echoed the same experience. “I have video-taped Indian trawler FB Ma Basanti fishing near Sonarchar of Galachipa upazila in Patuakhali district,” he said.A huge amount of jatka were seen piled up on the deck of FB Ma Basanti trawler. Jashim said he had shot the video in June this year.Indian fishermen have been fishing within Bangladesh boundary for the last few years, said Patharghata Fish Wholesalers’ Association general secretary Jahangir Hossain Jamaddar.”They [Indian fishermen] beat up and torture our fishermen for protesting their act,” he alleged.The Bangladesh fishermen staged a procession and formed a human chain in Patharghata on 28 July 2015 protesting at the intrusion of Indian fishermen into Bangladesh’s fishing zone.They handed over a memorandum to the prime minister in this connection.”Tthe situation hasn’t improved since then. Rather, the Indian fishermen’s tendency to intrude Bangladeshi maritime area during the peak season of hilsa has intensified these days,”Jahangir Hossain Jamaddar pointed out.When contacted, mission commander of the Coast Guard’s southern region (Mongla) lieutenant Hayat Ibne Siddique said, “I have been working here for six months. I have seen 15 Indian trawlers intruding Bangladesh boundary in the meantime.We have intercepted them and sent them to their boundary.”“We remain alert. But the navy works at deep sea. [Indian fishermen] may have intruded there more. We shall inform the Navy authorities of the intrusion of the Indian fishermen,” he added.He mentioned that they are holding joint meetings with Indian Coast Guards every year to discuss such matters.* This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Shameem Reza.last_img read more


Kingman BGC 50 Years Later

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO, [email protected] after the riots following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Kingman Boys and Girls Club (BGC) began as a place that gave young, Black D.C. residents a place to congregate and flourish. It has earned a reputation for developing one of the top youth athletic programs in the District.The impact of Kingman BGC has gone well beyond the citywide championships its sports programs have garnered. It has become a transformative place in the community that has groomed young people into educated professional leaders in the Nation’s Capital.“Education has come first,” said Kingman BGC Executive Director Aaron Webster to the AFRO. “It was the foundation when the club opened in 1969 and it’s an even greater priority today.”Kingman Boys and Girls Club, which has produced some of the greatest D.C. athletes, is celebrating 50 years since its founding post the riots following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This is a photo of their 2011-2012 Greater Washington Under 8 champions. (Courtesy Photo)Athletics continue to bring attention to the heralded walls that produce alumni who dramatically impact the District. Meanwhile, the tutoring and afterschool programs are where the influence of Kingman is being felt. From professional athletes to politics, the internal pride for many of the young people passing through Kingman is forged through the academic accomplishments buoyed by the staff and volunteers who mentor and work one on one with many kids who face reading challenges.Webster said that many of their first grade students who enter the program are reading below their grade level despite report cards that say otherwise. In a test of 30 kids earlier this year, approximately 18 were below the average of where they should be and five couldn’t read their names. The staff had to begin teaching phonics in order to improve the reading acumen.“If you can’t read you’re behind and that’s why so many kids act out or drop out of school,” said Webster. “There were some kids that were listed as A-B level students but the assessments told a whole different story.”Boys and Girls Clubs have always been a place that develops leaders in cities around the country by transforming impressionable young people into productive citizens while giving them a place to belong. For 50 years the Kingman Boys and Girls Club has been making a positive difference in over 2,000 children’s lives in the Logan Circle Cardozo community in Northwest, D.C. by fostering a perspective on sports as an enjoyable outlet, but not as the focus to future success.However, there is no disputing how the combination of academics and athletics is what drives the success of the program. Kingman’s 30-year athletic legacy is winning championships and sending hundreds of student-athletes to Division I and II programs around the country, which is supported by volunteers who raise funds to pay fees to compete in leagues around the city, all the while giving their time effortlessly.In 1987 their crowning achievement was winning the National AAU basketball championship. Kingman’s athletic alumni are a who’s who of star college players that have made their marks as successful as professionals on and off the field.Pro athletes, such as NBA All-Star Steve Francis, cut his basketball chops in the Kingman gym, as did McDonald’s High School All-American and former Maryland guard Duane Simpkins, along with Georgetown’s Bobby Winston. D.C.’s Ward 5 Council member Kenyan McDuffie is a product of the program.Kingman even has generational connections, like the Webster Family. Darrell Webster matriculated through the club and ultimately graduated from George Washington University before his son Christian took the same path to graduate from Harvard.“We tell people we’ve groomed college graduates from Howard to Harvard,” said Director Webster.last_img read more


New computer dating technology changing the history of Britain

first_img An example of the new dating technique can be seen with Windmill Hill. Originally it was believed to have been built between 3,700BC and 3,100BC. The new dating technique has narrowed down that time frame to between 3,700BC and 3,640BC.The Neolithic period occurred in Britain between 4000BC and 2000BC when residents began to settle into an agricultural way of life instead of nomadic hunters and gatherers. According to the lead archaeologist Dr. Alex Bayliss, farming began in the south-east region of England a few decades before 4,000BC. It progressed to western parts of England over a period of about two centuries before there was a sudden increase in development.The building of causewayed enclosures throughout Britain were originally believed to have spread over the course of five centuries, but this new dating technique shows that it was much more rapid and spanned only about 75 years. Evidence also shows that the construction of these enclosures created a hierarchy of some sort that led to violence and challenges, with many of the enclosures showing evidence of attacks with large numbers of arrows.It is the hope of researchers that this new dating technology which looks at the radiocarbon date of organic materials within a statistical model may be used to better date other events around the world such as the collapse of the Mayans and the development of farming in China. Neolithic Britain revealed © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: New computer dating technology changing the history of Britain (2011, June 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-06-dating-technology-history-britain.html Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — In a new study called Gathering Time published this month, archaeologists from English Heritage and Cardiff University have been able to create an accurate timeline of the first 700 years of settlement in Britain. Using a newly refined computer and dating system, the researchers have been able to accurately date battle, migrations and construction. This new dating system has changed what was originally believed to have taken place over a time span of 700 years and narrowed it down to less than 100 years. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more


Changing times

first_imgIbsen’s A Doll’s House is considered to be one of the finest plays written on the subject of women’s rights, having the distinction of being the most performed play internationally. It is perhaps so because it’s as close as one could get to the truth of hypocrisy in accepted gender roles in a marriage notwithstanding the writer’s claim that the play is a description of humanity and self-discovery.The New Delhi players’ adaptation of Ibsen’s play, presented last weekend, revolves around the characters of Nora and Torvald Helmer. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Nora and Torvald Helmer believe that they are happily married and are on the brink of a blissful new phase of life. Torvald has been promoted to the position of a bank manager with their financial future set. But Nora has a secret debt, incurred with good intentions and a forged signature, which rears its head as the threat of blackmail appears alongside her husband’s new power. Over three acts the illusion of the bourgeois contentment unravels with the play culminating  in a spectacular scene where Nora’s lie is exposed and Torvald first blames, then forgives her – and is finally abandoned as Nora recognizes the truth of her situation. She accuses her husband, and her father of having used her as a doll, and declares herself unfit to be a wife or mother until she learns to be herself. The play is as relevant today as it was in 1879. In the century and more since, the play and the role of Nora have taken on iconic status.last_img read more


Why Texting is the New Email in the Hiring Process

first_img Listen Now April 6, 2015 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Ben has been trying to fill a position at his company for almost a month. His biggest frustration is that it takes him an entire day to schedule an interview because he keeps playing phone-tag. It seems like every time he calls to schedule a job interview, his call goes straight to voicemail.Based on a study conducted by Jobvite last November, of the 2,084 adults surveyed, 51 percent of people actively seeking a new job are currently employed. Unfortunately, answering a phone call to talk about an interview for new job while at the applicant’s current job is not always possible.Has society reached a point where potential employers can start using text messages as a way of getting in contact with applicants? Yes, says a January report from Software Advice, which found that 43 percent of job seekers younger than 45 years old considered recruiters who use text messaging as professional.Related: 5 Rules for Texting Anyone You Do Business WithThe hiring process has changed. Not too long ago, online applications were not widely used. Now, with more adults using their phones throughout their job search, adding text messaging, when appropriate, is the next logical step. Here are five reasons implementing text messaging into the hiring process is not a waste of time:1. Mobile phones are becoming invaluable assets in the job search.Jobvite also found 47 percent of Millennials surveyed use mobile devices in their job search because it allows them to search for jobs almost anywhere.  More apps are being developed specifically for the job search. Users typically can send push notifications to themselves when there are new job leads. Text messages are essentially a business’s way of sending a push notification alerting the candidate that they are being considered for the next step in the hiring process.Sending a text message to confirm the time and any directions the applicant may need when arriving for the interview can help eliminate confusion when they get to the office.2. Nearly all adults have a cell phone.Most cell phone plans now feature unlimited text messaging. The fear that a candidate may not be able to text is almost nonexistent. In January 2014, the Pew Research Center reported that 90 percent of adults have a cell phone.Ben had reached out to April by email to request a sample of her writing. When she responded with her samples late on a Thursday, she mentioned she would be willing to give Ben additional samples should he need them but couldn’t check her personal email again until late Friday night.Ben was impressed with her writing but felt the pieces were too similar. Instead of sending an email asking for a different writing sample, he sent April a text letting her know he was interested in seeing more of her work. She responded quickly and was able to send it during her lunch hour.Had Ben sent an email instead of a text, he wouldn’t have been able to schedule an interview with April the same day and would have had to wait for her response the following week.Related: The Jury Is Still Out on Texting for Professional Communication3. The number of connected devices is expected to grow.As people become more dependent on their mobile devices, the likelihood of getting rid of a cell phone becomes highly unlikely. For now, the trend shows that people are only going to increase the number of mobile devices they own.A study conducted by ABI Research on behalf of Verizon in February found that by 2020, the number of connected devices is expected to increase to 5.4 billion from 1.2 billion in 2015.Many tablets now include texting capabilities. With the latest updates from Apple, iPad users are able to send and receive messages from their tablet. Android phone users can also download an app to their tablet that lets them send and receive texts from their regular phone number.4. 1.3 billion smartphones were sold last year.Top cell phone manufacturers release at least one new phone model every year. As brand loyalty grows, consumers have proven they will upgrade to the latest phone, even if the phone they use still works.The International Data Corporation reported in February that 1.3 billion smartphones were sold worldwide in 2014. While some technology is here one minute and gone the next, smartphones are not likely to be a passing fad.Something Ben should keep in mind throughout his hiring process is the access to Internet each candidate may have. Released in April, the Pew Research Center that 15 percent of people who own smartphones have limited access to the Internet outside of their phone.If the main way applicants are in contact with Ben is by email, communication will move slowly. While making a phone call is usually effective, for a quick conversation, texting can be useful.5. Software to safely text candidates is available.Using software like TextRecruit, potential employers can text job candidates throughout the application process. TextRecruit tracks the average open and response rate so recruiters know when a candidate receives the text. This eliminates confusion during the waiting period from the time a recruiter attempts to contact a candidate to when they hear back.  TextRecruit allows people like Ben to not only schedule interviews and communicate individually with candidates, but also send mass texts about new openings within the company. If recruits are only looking for jobs when they have free time, Ben could sit and wait for candidates to eventually find his job posting. Instead, sending a text informs them there is an opening, and they can decide to proceed with the application process in a timely manner.As always, one of the biggest hurdles to overcome with adopting any new technology is determining the risks associated with it. TextRecruit sets up a number that the text messages are sent from. Candidates will not be able to call the number back and will only be allowed to communicate via text. This will stop the over-eager applicants from following up on the application they submitted.Related: The Rules of Business Textinglast_img read more