Spanfeller to Leave Forbescom

first_imgUPDATE: Spanfeller Denies Being Pushed OutForbes.com president and CEO Jim Spanfeller is stepping down to focus on setting up his own media management company. According to a company statement, Spanfeller [pictured] will stay on through a transition period through Labor Day. Spanfeller was not immediately available for comment.Forbes claims Forbes.com is the largest business Web site in the world and that it drives 40 million unique visitors per month across Forbes.com, ForbesTraveler.com, Investopoedia.com, RealClearPolitics.com, RealClearMarkets.com, Real Clear Sports, Forbes Business and Finance Blog Network. However, a report from AOL’s Daily Finance says Forbes traffic has fallen recently, with WSJ.com closing the gap, and that some insiders believe Spanfeller’s departure was spurred by pressure from Elevation Partners, the private equity group that purchased a minority stake in Forbes three years ago.  Check back to FOLIOmag.com for updates to this story.last_img read more

RMLD Invites Customers To Attend Free Electric Car Show In Wilmington On

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) invites customers to attend a free Electric Car Show on Sunday, September 15, 2019, from 10am to 2pm. The event will be held in the Swain Green parking lot located at 140 Middlesex Avenue, Wilmington during the Wilmington Farmers Market. Attendees are invited to view an assortment of plug-in electric vehicles from local automobile dealers. Local owners will also be in attendance with their electric vehicles to offer insider reviews and commentary. Information about charging stations, electric vehicle incentive programs, and RMLD rebate programs will also be available. This is a family friendly event featuring complimentary snacks, kids’ activities, and a raffle.Plug-in electric vehicles offer significant environmental benefits, reduce fuel and maintenance costs for owners, and help keep electric rates low.Electric vehicle owners interested in showing their vehicle may register at https://www.rmld.com/electric-vehicle-rebate-programs/webforms/electric-car-show-owner-registration.About Reading Municipal Light DepartmentEstablished in 1894, Reading Municipal Light Department is a municipal electric utility serving over 68,000 residents in the towns of Reading, North Reading, Wilmington, and Lynnfield Center. RMLD has over 29,000 meter connections within its service territory.(NOTE: The above press release is from RMLD.)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… RelatedRMLD To Hold Electric Car Show At Wilmington Farmers Market On September 15In “Community”SAVE THE DATE: RMLD To Hold Family-Friendly Open House On October 10In “Community”REMINDER: RMLD To Hold Free Electric Vehicle Ride & Drive Event At Wilmington Farmers Market This Sunday (July 15)In “Community”last_img read more

Lover duo commits suicide

first_imgMunta Hena and RokonuzzamanTwo studens of Islamic University of Khusthia allegedly committed suicide in Kusthia and Jhenaidah district on Thursday, reports UNB .The deceased were Rokonuzzaman of Damurhuda upazila in Chuadanga and Munta Hena, daughter of Ashraful Alam, chairman of AL-Hadith and Islamic Studies Department of Islamic University. Both of them were students of Finance and Banking Department of Islamic University.Family sources and their classmates said Rokonuzzaman and Munta loved each other but their families did not agree to accept their relationship. Being failed to resolve the crisis, Munta committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling of her house in Jhenaidah district town around 8:00pm.As soon as Rokonuzzaman heard the news of Munta’s death, he committed suicide by jumping under a train at Moti Mia level crossing in Kushtia Sadar upazila, said Abdul Aziz, officer-in-charge of Poradah GRP police station.Besides, UNB Islamic university correspondent reports: IU proctor M Mahbubar Rahman said, “We are trying to find out the main reason behind the suicide of the two students.”However, the university authorities expressed deep shocked at the demise of the two students.last_img read more

EU leaders fail to narrow eastwest gap

first_imgEU leaders failed early Friday to narrow the east-west gap over how to deal with migrants coming to Europe and face a big task ahead to reform asylum rules by a deadline of June next year, summit participants said.During more than two hours of what one called “fierce” debate, eastern European leaders stood firm against refugee quotas which the majority adopted in 2015 as a form of solidarity with frontline states Greece and Italy.The stubborn divide contrasts with broad agreement among the leaders to continue shoring up Europe’s external borders through cooperation deals with third countries like Turkey and Libya.“Solidarity cannot exist only in the external dimension, but must also exist in the internal one,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters following the summit.“Here we still have a lot of work to do. The points of view did not change. But there is a clear task to continue working until June next year,” Merkel said.European Council President Donald Tusk irked some nations when he said in a pre-summit letter that a mandatory quota scheme for relocating refugees from frontline states was “ineffective” and “highly divisive”.Eastern European states Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic have backed his approach, but Germany and others say the quotas are a necessary way of showing solidarity in the EU.Merkel’s 2015 decision to open the doors to one million asylum seekers was blamed by a number of European leaders, particularly Hungary’s Viktor Orban, for worsening the migration crisis.The quotas triggered sharp east-west division when they were adopted at the height of the migrant crisis in 2015 as a way to ease the burden on Italy and Greece, which have had more than 1.5 million people land on their shores in the last three years.The EU has since stalled on plans for a permanent mechanism for future crises, and the leaders of Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia made clear their continuing opposition.“The discussion was fierce because the differences of opinion are still wide,” Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said after the long dinner talks.“There’s no solution on how to find a consensus on the quotas,” Rutte said.Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel told reporters afterwards “it is dangerous to think we can do without a permanent mechanism”.Before the summit started, the four eastern leaders offered a financial contribution of 35 million euros ($30 million) to bolster external borders.But Bettel, Rutte and others said the money cannot buy off countries that do their share to admit migrants and refugees.“What Orban is doing is shameful!” Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said at the end of the summit.“If you allow that to happen, the EU becomes a place where each one does his shopping to buy what he likes,” Rutte added.‘Decide by majority’Orban has led eastern opposition to admitting refugees and migrants, saying the region will not be able to integrate them and it will face a security threat, particularly from Muslims.EU sources said there is a “window” to try to bridge the gap over sharing the migrant burden as the bloc has been under less migrant pressure for the last year or so.The June deadline for asylum reform comes as the summer weather makes Mediterranean boat crossings more likely.Italy and Greece have seen sharp declines in migrant arrivals in the last months and year as a result of EU cooperation with Libya and Turkey, but fear future crises.Tusk’s comments caused a pre-summit row with the European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, which first pushed the quota system.EU officials said over 32,000 people had been relocated under the plan, or 90 percent of those eligible. The scheme was originally meant to relocate 160,000 refugees.EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos called Tusk’s remarks “unacceptable” and “anti-European”.After the summit, Rutte said: “We are worried about (Tusk’s) consensual approach.“It is important that as a last resort the council (member states) can decide by majority.”last_img read more

What Will Trumps Border Security Plan Mean for Texas Finances

first_img X Listen Share 00:00 /01:20 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: US Mexico borderSecuring the Mexican border is supposed to be the federal government’s job. But Texas governors and Republican lawmakers have long complained Washington wasn’t doing enough. To fill the gap, the Legislature approved $800 million last session, for the two-year budget cycle ending in August. DPS was expected to ask for even more this time. Then Donald Trump was elected.“The idea [that] we’re going to put $1 billion into it, all that’s gone. That’s not going to occur,” says State Sen. Paul Bettencourt of West Harris County. Bettencourt is the most recent addition to the Texas Senate Finance Committee.“I think a more realistic approach is look at what the current levels are, take out the one-time expenditures, and then go lobby the Trump Administration to step up to the plate,” Bettencourt says.Texas’ border security surge has been controversial. DPS officers deployed to the Rio Grande Valley aren’t available for highway safety or emergency management in other areas of the state. And the impact of the expenditures is unclear. Even before Trump took office, the federal government spent roughly $19 billion per year on border security, nearly 50 times what Texas is spending now.Still, Bettencourt says the Legislature will wait to see what more Trump will do on border security before they cut their own spending.last_img read more

MOOC2Degree program to offer credit for free online college courses

first_imgCredit: MOOC2Degree In recent years, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have become a popular means for colleges to earn income and for students to learn what they hope will be valuable skills. They’re called massive because they are not capped by numbers – class sizes can vary from just a few students to thousands, which translates to far less one-to-one interaction with instructors, or each other. For that reason, very few MOOCs count towards a degree. That might be about to change, however, as more schools become involved with programs such as MOOC2Degree. The concept is simple, set up online courses that any student anywhere can take online, and then give those participants credit towards a degree if they subsequently enroll as an actual student after successfully completing the course. Academic Partnerships told reporters via phone interview that trial runs of the program have seen 72 to 84 percent of students that complete courses successfully enroll as regular students.The program seeks to offer incentives to both universities and students. Schools can bump up their enrollment with students that have proven they can succeed, boosting their bottom line, while prospective students can test the waters, so to speak, to see if they might be likely to succeed in a degree program, without risking any money. Academic Partnerships said that thus far, most participating schools are lining up courses as part of development programs, which would lead to degrees such as a Master’s in Education or a Bachelor’s in Nursing, though one, the University of Cincinnati is planning to start with a course that can be applied to a degree in engineering or business. They add that many other schools have also expressed interest in joining the program.Universities across the country have been looking for ways to increase revenue as funds given to them by state governments have fallen due to budget constraints. Meanwhile, as people have found themselves laid off during the recession, many have turned to institutions of higher learning to help them find a job. Programs such as MOOC2Degree might just be the answer for both. 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. Explore further (Phys.org)—A novel way to entice prospective students to enroll in a university degree program has been announced by a company called Academic Partnerships – let participants take a limited number of online courses that count as real credits, for free. The program is a partnership between nine accredited universities in the United States, and a company that assists universities in creating online course content. More information: www.mooc2degree.com/MOOC2Degre … s_Release_012313.pdf College credit for online courses gains momentum Citation: MOOC2Degree program to offer credit for free online college courses (2013, January 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-01-mooc2degree-credit-free-online-college.html © 2013 Phys.orglast_img read more