Spanfeller to Leave Forbescom

first_imgUPDATE: Spanfeller Denies Being Pushed 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 is the largest business Web site in the world and that it drives 40 million unique visitors per month across,,,,, Real Clear Sports, Forbes Business and Finance Blog Network. However, a report from AOL’s Daily Finance says Forbes traffic has fallen recently, with 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 for updates to this story.last_img read more

Wilmington Police To Offer Citizen CPR Course On December 78

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Police Department is offering a Citizen CPR course on Friday, December 7, 2018, from 6pm to 8pm, and Saturday, December 8, 2018, from 10am to noon, at the Wilmington Public Safety Building (1 Adelaide Street). Attendance at BOTH classes is required.The course is taught by certified instructors from the Wilmington Police Department. The Family & Friends CPR Course teaches the lifesaving skills of adult Hands-Only CPR, child CPR with breaths, adult and child AED use, infant CPR and relief of choking in an adult, child or infant. Skills are taught in a dynamic group environment by using the American Heart Association’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which provides students with the most hands-on CPR practice time possible.Family & Friends CPR is for people who want to learn CPR but do not need a course completion card in CPR for their job. This course is ideal for schools and students, new parents, grandparents, babysitters and others interested in learning how to save a lifeThese classes are open to anyone who lives or works in Wilmington and are free of charge. Spouses, parents, babysitters and anyone interested in learning a new skill and meeting new friends are encouraged to apply.There is some minor physical activity required for the course, such as kneeling on the floor and practicing skills learned in the class on manikins.Due to the extreme popularity that this course has enjoyed, the application periods are open for just short periods of time prior to each course.This course is sanctioned by the American Heart Association.Register HERE to sign up for the course.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Wilmington Police Department.)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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Police To Offer Free Citizen CPR Class On December 9In “Citizen CPR Class”10 Things To Do In Wilmington Today (December 9, 2015)In “5 Things To Do Today”Wilmington Police & Fire Chiefs Recognize The Officers & Citizens Who Responded To The Silver Lake TragedyIn “Government”last_img read more

Flipkart Launches Image Search Feature On Its Mobile App

first_imgIndia’s online marketplace Flipkart on Wednesday announced the launch of the new ‘Image Search’ feature on its mobile app.The added feature has been designed for Flipkart’s fashion category to provide users a real-world like shopping experience. This feature will allow the use of any image to find visually similar products on Flipkart.With ‘Image Search’, users can now click a picture or use a photo on their phones to find fashion products of same colour, pattern or style on Flipkart. In addition, users can browse a range of similar products by tapping directly on the product they like on Flipkart.This new feature aims to fundamentally change the way people shop for fashion online, by helping them find what they’re looking for, without going through the usual step-by-step navigation.With more and more users accessing Flipkart through their smartphones, the company plans to use the in-built features such as camera and bring an offline-like experience with just a few clicks.”Discovering a fashion product online varies from user to user and is more complex as compared to other categories. A lot of fashion purchase decisions are influenced by similar products seen by users. The image search feature provides a way to find similar products on Flipkart as well as reduces the search/ browsing time, making the overall product discovery and shopping experience simple.” said Flipkart’s Chief Product Officer Punit Soni.”This is in line with our ambition to create a very intuitive thoughtful mobile experience that is universally accessible to everybody, regardless of whether they use text or visuals to communicate with us,” he added.The ‘Image Search’ feature, currently at the beta stage of development, will be available to customers through an app upgrade. With more than 75% users accessing Flipkart through their smartphones, mobile app dominates the total visits on the platform. And there will be more such innovative features and developments in the coming months.last_img read more

Police seal off 1300 polling stations in Catalonia

first_imgCatalan police officers ‘Mossos d’Esquadra’ try stop pro-referendum people from going into ‘Escola Collaso i Gil’ school on 29 September 2017 in Barcelona. Photo: AFPPolice in Catalonia had already sealed over half of the 2,315 polling stations in the region mid-Saturday to stop an independence referendum from taking place, the Spanish government said, as separatists remained determined to fight for their right to vote.Teachers, parents, students and activists in this wealthy northeastern region have leapt into action to defend the vote slated for Sunday, defying Madrid’s warnings of repercussions by occupying more than 160 schools designated as polling stations, it said.Enric Millo, the central government representative in Catalonia, told reporters 1,300 polling stations had already been sealed off.He said that 163 of those had already been occupied when they were sealed off, which meant those inside were allowed to leave but no one could go in.AFP reporters, however, visited several schools occupied by parents, students and locals where people could go in and out freely, indicating there may be more occupied buildings that have yet to be sealed off.The standoff between the central government and Catalan leaders over an independence referendum opposed by Madrid has morphed into one of the biggest crises to hit Spain since democracy was restored after the death of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975.As such, it has Spaniards the country over worried.In Spain’s major cities, Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla, Santander, Alicante, Valencia and Malaga, thousands protested for Spanish unity.“We shouldn’t have got to this point. We’ve arrived at a point of no return,” said Fernando Cepeda, a 58-year-old engineer, a Spanish flag tied around his waist in front of Madrid’s city hall.Call to remain peacefulCatalan separatist leaders and organisers of “committees to protect the referendum” stressed that everyone must remain peaceful.In one incident, though, someone fired a pellet gun on Friday night at a group of people standing in front of an occupied high school in the Catalan town of Manlleu, lightly injuring three people, police said.The referendum has sown divisions among Catalans themselves, with the region deeply split on independence, even if a large majority want to be allowed to settle the matter in a legal vote.Authorities in Madrid have instructed police to ensure no votes are cast in a referendum that the courts have ruled unconstitutional.For days, they have been seizing electoral items such as ballot papers while prosecutors have ordered the closure of websites linked to the vote and the detention of key members of the team organising the referendum.But those for the vote have mobilised.On Friday, tractors paraded through Barcelona, some decked with the “Estelada”, the separatists’ flag of red-and-yellow stripes with a white star on a blue chevron.They and firefighters have pledged to protect polling stations.From district to district, people gathered to form “Committees to protect the referendum”, using the Telegram messaging app to get organised and urging everyone to remain peaceful, said an AFP correspondent who saw some of the messages.The move appeared to be partly coordinated by a platform of “schools open for the referendum.”Mobilisation will continueCarles Riera, a lawmaker in the regional parliament for the radical CUP party, part of Catalonia’s separatist coalition, vowed that mobilisation would continue after Sunday’s vote-if the “yes” camp won but Madrid opposed the result, as is almost certain.“We’re in a process of popular mobilisation that is going to last a while,” he told reporters.“This democratic wave, this level of auto-organisation will have to keep going for a long time to defend the republic.”On Friday, Spain’s education ministry said in a statement that head teachers in Catalonia “were not exempt from liability” if they cooperated and allowed their schools to remain open for the vote.Some schools have imagined innovative ways to circumvent an order that public spaces cannot be used for the referendum by organising leisure activities all over the weekend, from pyjama parties for the kids to volleyball games.Barcelona’s Joan Brossa high school, for instance, advertised a series of activities for Friday and Saturday, including film screenings, football matches and Zumba dance fitness classes.It remained unclear though how people would be able to enter sealed-off schools on Sunday to vote, even if they are occupied.The Mossos d’Esquadra Catalan police have warned about the risk of “disruption of public order” if efforts are made to prevent people from casting ballots.Madrid has sent thousands of extra police officers from other forces to Catalonia-which accounts for one fifth of Spain’s economy-to stop the referendum from happening.Catalan Vice-President Oriol Junqueras has said that there are alternatives for citizens to vote, without saying what they are.last_img read more

HISD Has New Option To Consider On Risk Of State Takeover

first_imgListen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Share HISDKashmere High School has missed state standards for going on seven years. If HISD doesn’t improve it and all its other chronically failing schools, it could face a state board of managers.The Houston Independent School District has new options to consider for struggling schools, which could give them a two-year waiver on the state’s accountability system and looming sanctions.In a closed-doors meeting Thursday afternoon, the HISD board of trustees discussed plans to improve chronically low-performing schools — and avoid a state takeover or massive school closures next year.One new option on the table: convert schools that have missed state standards for four or fewer years to in-district charters, or contract their management to outside charter management groups. That would give the board a two-year reprieve. It would also give them an extra $1,000 per student at those campuses.“I’m hopeful now because if you give me a thousand dollars extra per student, do you know what that would do for a campus?” said HISD Board President Wanda Adams after the meeting. “You can look at re-organizing magnet programs, re-organizing career and technology programs, reorganizing to see where we start.  So, it’s like a wonderful, wonderful thing.”Adams said that the board hasn’t made any decision on that option, but plans to meet early next week to continue the discussion.That option, however, wouldn’t apply to schools that have failed state standards for five or more years, such as Kashmere High School in Northeast Houston.“I feel more informed, but I’m in the same spot as far as the sense of urgency,” said HISD Trustee Rhonda Skillern-Jones, who represents Kashmere. “The situation that we’re in, it’s not any different yesterday than today, but what we do know is that we’re very clear on what the options are, what the rules are under the option. And I appreciate that they (the Texas Education Agency) was willing to have the conversation and give us some guidance.”In some ways, the meeting replayed what the state’s Deputy Education Commissioner told some Houston trustees a year ago — that chronically struggling must improve, or the district will face tough sanctions, like state appointed managers, under a new state law known as House Bill 1842.The same administrator, A.J. Crabill, returned to HISD as the elected board faces even more pressure, with more than a dozen schools currently on that list, and only one year to fix all of them. Even one school that has missed standards for five or more years can trigger those sanctions in August 2018.“My decision process is let’s do everything we can, so that a year from now we’re having a conversation about how we improved student outcomes — not a conversation about how we implement this particular aspect of state law,” Crabill said. “What I know is that we absolutely can ensure that these students are successful at the highest levels.”Crabill told News 88.7 that his focus was to give the board information about the law and to support those schools’ improvement.“Our role is really to be an adviser and to identify what are the things that are working, where people are facing some similar circumstances, where students are struggling and where they’re really getting it done, where they’re seeing significant improvements in student outcomes,” Crabill said.He said that early projections show that HISD will have fewer chronically failing schools when new state ratings are released next week, but the Texas Education Agency is still concerned about the 14,000 students in HISD that attend a low-performing school or who themselves are performing below grade-level.“For those students, we need a better solution. We need something that will help them be successful and help them catch up. Because these children have all of the energy and the intellect and the enthusiasm and the curiosity — all the things they need to succeed at high levels. All that’s necessary is for us collectively — all the adults involved in the public education system — to lend whatever support we can,” Crabill said. 00:00 /01:12last_img read more

Artscape Set to Showcase Diverse Creativity

first_imgBy Brandi Randolph, Special to the AFRONothing screams summer in Baltimore quite like Artscape. It is a perfect representation of the city, as Baltimore’s art scene is diverse and expansive. We have a microcosm of creativity that other cities are not fully aware of. That is, until Artscape pops up every year in July.The festival starts at 11 a.m., on July 20 in the area surrounding the MARC Penn Station (1500 N Charles St Baltimore, MD 21201) and goes on for the next three days until July 22. This year’s art is a cluster of interactive pieces, paintings, sculptures, demonstrations and more.There will be performances, workshops concerts and more at this year’s Artscape. (Courtesy photo)One of this year’s crowd pleasers will be the Silent Disco, occurring on July 20 at 12 p.m. at the 1300 block of Mt. Royal Avenue. Silent discos are a growing trend and are a ton of fun for all ages. Donning wireless headphones, you choose the genre of music you want to hear, and you dance like no one is watching with others who are listening to a variety of music through their headphones.  Another event that has garnered a lot of attention is the headlining concert starring TLC, which is on the same day as the disco. TLC is a 90’s, four-time Grammy award winning, American R&B girl group that topped the charts with their singles, “Creep,” “No Scrubs” and many more records. This performance will be taking place at the intersection of Mount Royal Avenue and Cathedral Street at 7:30 p.m. on the MICA Main stage.The line-up for July 21 is also fun-filled. An event that will really make everyone move is the Garth Fagan dance experience/performance. This will take place at the Modell Lyric (140 W. Mount Royal Avenue Baltimore, Md 21201). These performances will be kicking off at 1 p.m., and 5 p.m., and on July 22 at 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. Garth Fagan is a Tony award winner and is known for his work his work with “The Lion King” on Broadway.On July 22, there will be a plethora of different performances to explore. One event is the second performance by the Sound Off! Live Winner, King Adam. There was a contest for up-and-coming bands from the Maryland, Delaware and Virginia area to compete for a spot to perform at Artscape, Light City, or the Baltimore Book Fest in September. This will be located at the Morgan State University Festival stage at 1 p.m. Another event that is geared towards kids will be the Harvey and Sam Puppet Company at 1 p.m. They will be doing a fun and informative puppet show storytelling of how African-Americans have contributed to the United States. This will be happening on Mount Royal Avenue.It’s important to have events that bring everyone to one location from all over Baltimore. During my interview with Kathy Hornig, this year’s festival director, she said that, “having a weekend for everyone to come together to celebrate the arts and remind us that there are more things that unite us than divide us,” is what motivates her to make the festival a success for us all. Go and celebrate the music, performances, food and exhibits from artists all around the country.last_img read more

Remembering Tagore on his 158th birth anniversary

first_imgKolkata: The 158th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore was observed with great enthusiasm.Tagore was born on May 9, 1861 at Jorasanko and was the youngest son of Debendranath Tagore. State Information and Cultural Affairs department organised a function on Cathedral Road outside Rabindra Sadan. Noted Rabindrasangeet exponents paid homage to Tagore through their songs. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present at the function. A function was held at Jorasanko Thakurbari in the morning. Noted Rabindrasangeet exponents and elocutionists paid their respect to Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataTagore. The statue of Tagore was garlanded by Sabyasachi Basu Roy Chaudhuri, the vice chancellor of Rabindra Bharati University. Later, he inaugurated an art gallery that has been named after Abanindranath Tagore. A total of 32 paintings including one by Tagore and the remaining by all well-known artists who were Tagore’s contemporaries were put up at the gallery. A function was held at Oriental Seminary, a school where Tagore had been enrolled as a student for some time. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateMinister of state for Women and Child Development and Social Welfare Shashi Panja garlanded the half-bust statue of Tagore at the school. Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) organised a function titled “He Antartara” at Rabindra Tirtha where well known Rabindrasangeet singers including Ashis Bhattacharya, Enakshi Chattopadhyay, Dipak Rudra, Anindya Narayan Chattopadhyay, Chandrabali Rudra Dutta among others took part in the programme. Noted elocutionists Pranati Thakur, Bijoylakshmi Barman, Sovanshundar Basu recited poems wrote by Tagore. HIDCO will organise programs in all the Saturdays and Sundays except May 18 and 19 at Rabindra Tirtha in the evening. A programme was held at Jadavpur Laughing Club where singers Surajit, Agnibha Bhattacharya, Monomoy Bhattacharya took part along with elocutionist Satinath Mukhopadhyay. Nabanalanda High School organised a programme on Southern Avenue opposite the new school premises. Rammohan Mission School also organised a programme to pay tribute to Tagore. Programmes were held all over Bengal and thousands of artists, dancers, elocutionists took part in these programmes. Metro Railway observed the 158th birth anniversary of Kavi Guru Rabindra Nath Tagore in a solemn manner at Metro Rail Bhavan. P C Sharma, general manager, Metro Railway paid homage to Gurudev by garlanding his photograph on behalf of staff and officers of Metro Railway. Metro staff and officers paid homage to Kavi Guru by singing his songs and reciting poems. All officers and staff were present in this programme.last_img read more