How Lean Is Too Lean

first_imgLast month at the DeSilva + Phillips 2009 Media Dealmakers Summit, a consumer publishing panel featuring J. Scott Crystal, president and CEO of TV Guide, Joseph Holland, vice president of strategy and corporate development at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and Andrew Armstrong, Jr., managing member of Spire Capital Partners, were asked whether they were concerned about cutting too deeply and affecting the quality of the product. Other than Crystal saying, “We aren’t affecting the quality,” none of the panelists touched the question. “When it comes to costs on magazines, we only have a few levers: frequency, folio size and print order,” Crystal added. Of course, there is another lever, and that’s personnel, the number one expense for most small- and mid-size publishers and a tempting (and even necessary) place to cut. Yet at some point, it yields diminishing returns.Last month, Chicago-based Johnson Publishing announced a “multi-phased” staffing reorganization in which employees will be required to reapply for their current positions. A Johnson spokesperson assured Folio: that there were no layoffs associated but declined to offer specifics about the new plan other than to say Johnson expects to “see a net gain” in employee head count.“All media outlets are revising their revenue outlook and expense reductions and these realities have resulted in a never-ending balancing act of lowering expenses and cutting head-count while meeting long-term business goals,” says Michael Desiato, group publisher of Incisive Media’s Real Estate Media, which last November cut nine jobs across sales, administration and support, editorial and events. “Reducing the size and frequency of some of our publications and shifting more focus to digital production and delivery formats has allowed us to lower costs and still maintain our relevance and brand integrity through the downturn.” Changing the Value PropositionWhat many publishers need to recognize is that slashing staffs can also change the value proposition of their product. “The short answer is, when you start to lose your subject matter experts and those who serve as your content champions for your audience, you’ve probably reached a dangerous place on a slippery slope,” says Wyatt Kash, editor-in-chief of Government Computer News. “But it also depends on where on the content value spectrum a publisher wants to be. If a publication’s value depends largely on offering original content or perspective that is distinct in a market, then you need some core of editors who are subject matter experts to generate—or commission others to generate—specialized content. As publishers cut back staff, beats are consolidated, expertise and contacts are lost, and eventually, so is the ability of the remaining editors to deliver the value proposition. Do you continue to limp along? Or do you creatively reinvent the value proposition?”New Reality For “Figureheads”Few editors are as familiar with doing more with less than Mark Newman, editor of regional lifestyle title Southern Breeze, whose three-person staff also does double duty with custom projects for parent company Compass Marketing (and having been laid off almost as many times as he’s been hired for a new job, he’s not insensitive to the plight of those newly out of work). But for Newman, some of the cutbacks have been a long time coming, particularly on the mass consumer side. “Many consumer magazines are crammed full of executive editors and editors-in-chief who haven’t copy-edited a page in 20 years,” Newman says. “It’s time to stop being figureheads and do some work.” But Newman says this is a problem with some of the larger b-to-b publishers as well, including his old haunt, VNU (now Nielsen). “At VNU, there were editors-in-chief who would walk around like Anna Wintour and they had 7,000 people reading their magazines,” he adds. ”The excess of the magazine industry of the 1980s and 1990s is coming back to bite people in the ass.” And prepare for many of these cuts to be permanent. “Southern Breeze will go to paper stock not as white, we will reduce trim size and have to cut 16 pages out,” Newman says. “Cheaper paper won’t reduce the quality of the writing. It will be an adjustment and the industry will bounce back but not to where it once was.”last_img read more

Buy a new Audi get 7 days worth of Silvercar rentals

first_img Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Audi invested in Silvercar back in 2015, but recently purchased the rental company wholly in 2017. Before the purchase, the brand exclusively supplied the company with a fleet of A4 sedans. And yes, the Silvercar rental vehicles come in a silver color. As part of the premium rental experience, the company also includes a Wi-Fi hotspot activated in each vehicle, in-car GPS and SiriusXM satellite radio at no extra charge.Audi buyers and lessees who take advantage of the program will also find zero mileage caps and no additional costs for car seat rentals, either. There’s just one catch: an owner will need to use the free rental days within three years of their purchase or lease. 0 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 3 More From Roadshow 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 3:06 General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Review • 2018 Audi Q5: Audi’s second-gen Q5 is lighter, more efficient and better to drive on- and off-road Car Industry Luxury cars 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model Car Industry Silvercar rental cars are — wait for it — all silver! Audi Perhaps incentives alone aren’t enough to push you to pull the trigger on a new Audi. How about seven days worth of rental cars tossed in? That’s the German luxury brand’s latest pitch to buyers.The company announced its “Always Audi” program and said in a Monday release that each 2019 or newer Audi model will come with seven Silvercar rental days with any purchase or lease. The rental days can be used one at a time or in blocks for flexibility. The idea is to make sure Audi drivers don’t need to leave the comforts they’ve become accustomed to behind when traveling. Silvercar offers a fleet of A4, A5 Cabriolet, Q5 and Q7 models at 26 locations across the US. Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 71 Photos 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families More From Roadshow More about 2018 Audi Q5 49 Photos 52 Photos Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 68 Photos 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Preview • 2018 Audi Q5: Taking the best of Q7 and shrinking it down Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. Post a comment Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 69 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle Share your voice 10 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Tags 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 18 Photos 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman T first drive: Brilliant, but bittersweet Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. The Audi A4’s Traffic Jam Assist tech makes commuting… 18 Photos 26 Photos Audi,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 81 Photos 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 12 Photos Audi’s Q7 gets big updates for 2020 Audi Tags GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. Commentslast_img read more

Heres all about Maitri Bridge over Indus river Longest suspension bridge made

first_imgMaitri Bridge in Leh-LadakhTwitterMaitri Bridge, the 260-feet long suspension bridge, was built in just 40 days over the Indus river in Jammu and Kashmir’s Leh district. It was opened to the public on Monday, April 1.The bridge is situated at Choglamsar village in Leh and is the longest suspension bridge over the Indus river.The name Maitri symbolises the friendship between the military personnel and locals. The bridge was constructed by Combat Engineers of the Sahas Aur Yogyata Regiment of Indian Army’s Fire and Fury Corps in a record time of 40 days. Almost 500 tonnes of equipment and construction material were taken to the location, reports ANI.  The bridge will help the residents of Choglamsar, Stok and Chuchot, which are said to be the largest villages in the regionTwitterAccording to India Today, the bridge has been constructed to help the residents of Choglamsar, Stok and Chuchot.According to ANI, the bridge was inaugurated by war veterans who were part of 1947-48, 1962, 1971 and 1999 operations in Jammu and Kashmir. They were led by an 89-year-old war veteran, Naik Phunchok Angdus (retd). The opening ceremony was conducted in the presence of Lt Gen YK Joshi, General Officer Commanding, Fire and Fury Corps.  Other army veterans, senior army officials and civil administrators were present during the opening of the bridge.Twitter 89-year-old war veteran, Naik Phunchok Angdus (retd) formally opening Maitri BridgeTwitterlast_img read more

KL Rahul ridicules Hardik Pandya You cannot swing the ball only concede

first_imgPandya and Rahul in England.Gareth Copley/Getty ImagesKL Rahul and Hardik Pandya are very good friends as they can often be seen spending time together when on tour with the Indian team. But since landing in trouble on Koffee With Karan, they have maintained a low profile. Now, an old video of the two has resurfaced where Rahul can be seen ridiculing Pandya’s bowling.This video was shot on the aeroplane when India was travelling to England last August and it was uploaded by BCCI on their website. As India once again prepares to take the flight to England for the ICC World Cup, this video has resurfaced.In the video, Pandya can be seen going around the flight, asking questions to various members of the Indian squad. Spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was accompanying Pandya as the two were entertaining themselves and also the rest of the travelling contingent. Pandya went around a bit before reaching Dinesh Karthik’s seat where the KKR skipper could be seen relaxing and watching something on his laptop. Hardik Pandya picked up his maiden fifer in Tests against England in Nottingham.PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty ImagesPandya climbed onto Karthik’s seat and asked him what he wants to say. The wicketkeeper-batsman looked confused as he did not how to respond to Pandya as he had asked nothing substantial. Subsequently, Rahul joined the band and spoke about how excited he was as it was his first tour of England.”[I am] Excited about England. My first time and I have prepared for a long to travel to England,” Rahul said while being interrupted by Pandya. The Mumbai Indians all-rounder was then asked about England by Rahul as he had been to the country before. “Good, I mean [the conditions for bowling are] good. The ball swings around,” Pandya quipped.Rahul seemed amused by Pandya’s reply and said, “Kya ball swing karaya hai tumne! Maar kha ke aaya hai udhar.” The approximate English translation of that is, “What swing you extracted I wonder! The only thing you did was concede loads of runs.” Everyone had a good laugh at Pandya’s expensive and Rahul subsequently walked off saying when Pandya talks in English, people must simply walk away. KL RahulRyan Pierse/Getty ImagesThe best moment of the video came when Pandya approached MS Dhoni. The former India captain was watching a movie on his laptop and when Pandya greeted him, Dhoni simply offered him a wafer and waved him away. Pandya seemed embarrassed and said, “Bye Mahi bhai.”Pandya went around talking to various people on the flight including skipper Virat Kohli, spinner Kuldeep Yadav and fast bowling sensation Jasprit Bumrah. The entire Indian contingent will once again board the flight to England and the squad which will take the said flight will be declared on April 15.last_img read more

Game of Thrones star Sophie Turners shocking comments about Arya Starks love

first_imgGame of ThronesHBO Official YoutubeMaisie Williams has set tongues wagging after her character Arya Stark made love to her friend Gendry. The intimate scene was Maisie’s first sex scene on the show.And her real-life BFF and on-screen sister Sansa aka Sophie Turner had some thoughts on the scene. The actress made an extremely racy comment about her friend’s on-screen encounter in a funny Instagram clip.She said: ‘In honour of Easter, I guess Game Of Thrones wanted the storyline to have a little Easter bunny hop, hop, hopping into that p****y. And that’s the tea.’ The actress may have been high on Easter wine as she made the comment. The actress was clad in a fluffy dressing robe and the X-Men: Dark Phoenix actress downed a glass of red wine after she made the announcement.The actress always uses the phrase ‘and that’s the tea’ in her Instagram stories, shared with her 10.3m followers on social media.Maisie, who is 22 years old, initially thought her nude sex scene in Sunday’s episode was a ‘prank’ as she reflected on the latest installment of Game Of Thrones.  Maisie Williams and Sophie TurnerGetty ImagesShe told Entertainment Weekly: ‘At first, I thought it was a prank. I was like “Yo, good one”, and [the showrunners] were like “No, we haven’t done that this year.” Oh f***!’The Doctor Who star explained showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have played similar jokes on the cast in the past – and she was shocked to learn this wasn’t the case.Maisie Williams added that when she got through the read through she realized that they were actually going to do this and that she needed to go to the gym. The third episode of the final season of Game of Thrones will air on April 28. You can check out the video here: Sophie Turner bringing the tea ☕️ pic.twitter.com/ragG7oKh7S— Daenerys Targaryen (@Daenerys) April 22, 2019last_img read more

Alwar mob lynching Pehlu Khan was not named in chargesheet clarifies Ashok

first_imgAnguri Begum, mother of late Pehlu Khan along with her family members stage a sit-in demonstration to demand justice for him in New Delhi, on April 19, 2017.IANSAmid the row broke over Alwar lynch mob victim Pehlu Khan being named in a charge sheet, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Saturday (June 29) clarified that the killed dairy farmer’s name was not in the charge sheet submitted by the Rajasthan Police in December 2018.Asserting the fact that Congress is ideologically committed against any kind of lynching committed anywhere in the country, Gehlot, in a series of tweets, said that the “news reported in Indian Express is factually incorrect”. “Name of Late Pehlu Khan is not there in the chargesheet submitted by Rajasthan Police in December 2018. This is a separate case which was registered and investigated under previous government in 2017-18 against (Khan’s sons) Mr Arif, Mr Irshad and Mr Khan Mohd (Transporter),”.. since accused name in the chargesheet were not present at the time of the submission in December 2018, the District court accepted the Challan on 24th May 2019. However, our government will see if investigation was done with predetermined intentions,” tweeted Gehlot.Meanwhile, Behror SHO Sugandh Singh said that a charge sheet cannot be filed against a dead person, and this one named all those who were with Khan at the time. After investigation, a final file was prepared on December 30, 2018, which was submitted in court on May 24, he added.Asked if Khan was ever accused, the SHO said: “Those who investigated the case in 2018 can better reply if Pehlu Khan was declared accused in their probe.”Pehlu Khan’s family was shocked at these developments.His elder son Irshad said: “Our family is quite disappointed to know this. We were hoping that Congress government will withdraw the case against us but it’s shocking to know that they have filed a charge sheet”.”We were expecting justice from Congress government in the state. However, this charge sheet has come like a shock.”Khan was beaten to death on the Jaipur-Delhi Highway in Alwar in April 2017 while he and his sons were bringing cattle bought from a fair in Jaipur to their home in Haryana’s Nuh.(With agency inputs)last_img read more

MP at least 10 others killed in India

MP at least 10 others killed in India

first_imgIndia mapA state legislator in the northeast Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh and at least 10 others were killed Tuesday in an attack by suspected separatist militants, officials said.The attack follows the end of India’s typically violent general elections on Sunday, as well as state assembly polls in Arunachal Pradesh — which borders China, Myanmar and Bhutan.Lawmaker Tirong Aboh and some family members were killed when insurgents opened fire on their convoy of vehicles in the Tirap district of the state, police said.Kiren Rijiju, Indian minister of state of home affairs, confirmed the number of killed to be 11.”I’m shocked and saddened by the brutal attack and tragic killing of… Tirong Aboh of Arunachal Pradesh, his family including 11 people,” he tweeted.”Strongest possible action will be taken against those responsible for such dastardly attack,” he added.A top officer told AFP on condition of anonymity that reinforcements had been rushed to the area.As in previous years, the general elections have been rocked by violence. On May 1 some 15 troops and their driver were killed by Maoist rebels in the western state of Maharashtra.A grenade attack in Guwahati, capital of the northeastern state of Assam, injured 12 people, officials said.A local separatist group, the United Liberation Front of Asom, claimed responsibility.- Modi ally -Aboh represented the Khonsa constituency for the National People’s Party (NPP) — allied to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party — and was standing for a new term.He was travelling from Dibrugarh in neighbouring Assam to Khonsa when the incident took place.Militants belonging to a faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN), one of several separatist groups in the area, are suspected to have carried out the attack after making threats to Aboh.The faction, known as NSCN (IM), is fighting for the creation of an independent state for the Naga people, an ethnic group living across several northeastern Indian states.The seven states that make up India’s northeast are home to dozens of tribal groups and guerrilla armies demanding greater autonomy or independence from India.India blamed another NSCN faction for the killing of 20 soldiers in an attack in neighbouring Manipur state in 2015.New Delhi responded by saying it launched retaliatory strikes against the group in Myanmar, where a significant Naga population lives.Myanmar’s government have launched fresh military offensives against the Naga insurgents despite a ceasefire agreement between the militant group and the powerful army.Maoist guerrillas are, meanwhile, believed to be present in at least 20 Indian states, but most active in Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand, and Maharashtra.last_img read more

Therrell Smith DC Dance Legend Turns 100

Therrell Smith DC Dance Legend Turns 100

first_imgAs Therrell Smith greeted family and friends during her 100th birthday party Nov. 5 at the University of the District of Columbia, she said she was thankful to be so blessed.Therrell Smith is pictured at a celebration for her 96th birthday. On Nov. 5, the D.C. dancer turned 100. (Courtesy photo)Identified as a D.C. dance legend by the International Association of Blacks in Dance, Smith, who has spent most of her life in D.C., has enjoyed spreading cheer to others through dance. She said she has been dancing since she was 8-years-old.“I am very blessed to see the age 100 and to still be able to do the things that I’ve been doing,” she told the AFRO, in reference to her mobility.“It brings me joy to know that I’ve touched so many lives. This is what my life is all about, my goal is to continue. This is what keeps me going.”As a teen, Smith attended Dunbar High School in Northeast D.C. where she choreographed several of the school’s plays and operettas. After graduating high school, Smith studied at Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., where she spent summers working as a dance teacher at a summer camp in Wisconsin. After graduation, she continued to work with young people as a camp counselor and drama teacher at a camp in Massachusetts. During her younger years, she was selected to study in Paris under the famous Mathilde Kschessinska, prima ballerina assoluta of the Imperial Russian Ballet.“There is no finer person than I can think of to be a better role model. She is just an excellent person,” her niece Shelley Brown told the AFRO.In the District, Smith founded the Therrell Smith School of Dance in 1948. Through the school she has taught dance at the LeDroit Park Nursery School, on Rhode Island Avenue in Northwest D.C. and at the school’s current site on Bunker Hill Rd in Northeast D.C.  Smith attends Unity Church in Northwest D.C.“I didn’t think about dancing as a livelihood, but it was a good choice”, Smith told the AFRO.Smith, who was born and raised in D.C., has been a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority for 78 years.“She is a warm, loving, and a humble person. She is very giving and willing to serve which is demonstrated through the community,” Jackie Harris, who is Smith’s sorority sister and has known her for many years, told the AFRO.last_img read more

Elderly woman stabbed in Salt Lake area

Elderly woman stabbed in Salt Lake area

first_imgKolkata: An elderly woman was stabbed by an unknown miscreant who had come to her apartment in Salt Lake area seeking monetary help for his ailing mother on Friday.According to locals, one Jayashree Chakraborty aged about 71 years, was alone in a flat inside Cluster III of Purbachal Housing Complex. Around 11:30 am, Jayashree heard someone knock on the door and she thought that it might be her grandson who has come back from school. Without asking, she opened the door and saw the man at the door, wearing a helmet. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSources informed that the miscreant asked Jayashree for money and before she could react, he started stabbing her. When she screamed, he took some cash from her bag and fled. Jayashree then somehow managed to alert her neighbours. Seeing her bleed, her neighbours immediately called Jayashree’s son Anish and narrated the incident. Jayashree was admitted to a private hospital in Salt Lake with serious stab injuries. Later, Bidhannagar South police station was informed. Sleuths went to the apartment and investigated the incident spot. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThere was no CCTV installed in the housing. Due to this, the cops are in the dark about the miscreant. Later police met Jayashree and recorded her statement. Following this, police were able get hold of a CCTV camera footage on the road where a person was seen. As per Jayashree’s description, police identified several similarities with the person seen in the footage. It is suspected that the miscreant did not have any intention of robbery. Thus, he did not take any ornaments which could be robbed easily as Jayashree was not in a condition to resist. To know if the Chakraborty family had any enmity with anyone, sleuths are questioning them. The security guards of the housing complex have also been questioned.last_img read more

Serial killer arrested by police

Serial killer arrested by police

first_imgKalna (WB): An alleged serial killer, who targeted middle-aged women when they were alone at home, has been arrested in this small town in East Burdwan district, the police said Tuesday. Kamaruzzaman Sarkar, a small-time trader of discarded materials, is a suspect in the killing of five women and injuring several others in East Burdwan and neighbouring Hooghly districts, the police said. The 42-year old Sarkar, attired in trendy clothes, would enter homes during afternoon hours in the pretext of taking electricity meter readings and then pounce upon the women with a cycle chain and an iron rod, Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata East Burdwan Superintendent of Police, Bhaskar Mukhopadhyay said that the district court has on Monday remanded Sarkar to 12 days in police custody in connection with the murder of Putul Majhi at Goara village here on May 21. The SP said that the police sought Sarkar’s custody to interrogate him on his role in the other four murders, all of which were committed in the same manner. Some women had managed to escape attacks by the diminutive man, whose modus operandi was to strangulate them with a chain and then hit them on the head to ensure death. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state “Though he would escape with some valuables from the houses of his victims, but theft does not seem to be the motive. Murdering the women seemed to be his main target,” Mukhopadhyay said. Police said that the accused had allegedly inserted sharp materials into the private parts of some of his victims following their death. “We are interrogating him to understand why he targeted middle-aged women,” the SP said. Sarkar, married with three children, may have had some grudge on women of the said age bracket over some personal issue and this angle is being investigated, said a police officer. The accused, riding a red motorbike and wearing a red helmet was arrested in Kalna on Sunday after being stopped by a civic police volunteer on suspicion. Following the murder of Putul Majhi, the district police had distributed CCTV footage of a suspect wearing a red helmet and riding a red motorbike to all police stations. Sarkar is suspected to have killed Pushpa Das of Anukhal area on January 27, the police said. On April 4, Rita Roy and Mamata Kishku were killed within a few hours of each other in Memari police station area of the district. One Soni Yadav of Memari was also killed in the same manner, the police said. Swarupa Bibi of Rongpara here was one of the lucky few to have escaped his attack. She was allegedly attacked from behind with a cycle chain, but she managed to shrug off the attacker and raise an alarm.last_img read more

Replace Your PC and Improve Productivity

first_img PC’s aren’t that different from a lot of us: They just sit around all day getting flabby. So if you want to squeeze another year out of your machine–or even retrofit it with Windows Vista in ’07–there’s no better time to put it on a regular program of tuning up and toning up.I don’t know your machine personally, of course. But even if it isn’t bogged down with Trojans and spyware (as so many are), just the way Windows goes about its business will pack flab on the fastest hunk of hardware. A PC’s Registry can get cluttered with outdated keys that waste processor cycles and have marginally useful or even harmful proc-esses in system memory. Just one day of computing will thoroughly fragment a C: drive. And out-of-shape PCs are more likely to be pushed around by hackers.We’ve covered the security aspect before, so let’s fast-forward through that discussion: Run Windows Update regu-larly and use ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite as well as Mozilla’s Firefox browser and its Thunderbird e-mail editor. Install Lavasoft Ad-Aware and Spybot-S&D to nuke new bugs that sneak through your firewall. You may even need a specific tool like Trend Micro’s CWShredder for some strains. ZoneAlarm is $50 (all prices street); the rest are free.As for keeping your PC in shape, we’re not talking about triathlon shape, which would mean spending half your workdays on computer maintenance. But if your computer is going to load Windows and browse the web without wheezing, its disks, memory and Windows Registry need regular tuneups.Whose PC Is It?Theoretically, you control what gets put onto your hard drives and into system memory by clicking icons. But in reality, the only PC property rights you have are those you’re prepared to enforce–which has become pretty complicated since you signed up for broadband.A lot of programs and web pages today treat your PC as though they own it. Remember that “I accept the license agreement” button? They consider that carte blanche to load whatever self-serving processes they want, hold onto as much RAM as they can and, when unloaded, leave behind a Fourth of July weekend’s worth of litter.You shouldn’t have to spend your time policing your machine, but if you don’t, you’re going to be exploited. As with security, start with a good general-purpose suite like Symantec’s $70 Norton SystemWorks 2006 or Iolo’s $50 System Mechanic 6. Both are jumbo toolboxes of scanners and utilities that will root out and fix 95 percent of your PC snafus, and you can choose whether they do it en masse or one problem at a time.It’s My ProcessJust for fun, I ran a couple of PCs for several weeks without maintenance to see how much plaque would build up. Norton’s scanners uncovered 118 invalid ActiveX entries, three invalid application paths, five missing file extensions, seven invalid help files, 38 broken shortcuts and 10 missing shared files on one. System Mechanic found a similar complement of system snarls on the other, along with 430MB of unneeded Windows and internet files. Both C: drives were a mess, and one had about 200MB worth of system memory tied up by processes whose applications were no longer running.With a couple of mouse clicks, both suites had most of that junk swept out and Registry and RAM tuned so programs could load and unload cleanly. Some jobs, like disk diagnosis and optimization, are better addressed individually so you can determine the which, when and how. In fact, even though you could schedule most maintenance tasks to run automatically at off-peak times, that’s not a good idea. Any program that can change a PC the way these suites can needs supervision.It can seem foreign at first, but over time, these scanners and sweepers will help you get to know what’s going on behind your foreground applications. Launch Windows Task Manager (press Ctrl-Alt-Del) and you’ll see that every machine has a couple dozen strange-sounding processes running all the time. Which are Windows services, which belong to your applications, and which are potentially harmful strangers?Task Manager won’t say. But the alternative process viewers in System Mechanic and SystemWorks can help you decipher them. Problems vary, so you may also need Codestuff’s Starter and HijackThis–a shareware pair favored by blogs and forums that helps solve parasite problems.I wish you just needed to buy one program and push one button. But it’s 2007, the bad guys are clever, and you can’t afford not to keep up. There’s no such thing as being fat and happy anymore.Personal TrainersThese sites help you figure out what’s necessary, what’s safe and what’s not.Shieldsup!: This Gibson Research site will probe your perimeter every which way to tell whether yours shields are UP!Tech Support Forum: Got a question? Someboy in this geek nation should have the answer.Winguides:Support forums and other technical resources maintained by PC Tools, publisher of several PC tuneup utilities.Spywareinfo:Volunteer sysops will hold your hand while you remove spyware and other bric-a-brac from system memory.Spyware Warrior: A list of what’s naughty and what’s nice out there. Mike Hogan is Entrepreneur’s technology editor. 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Google has selected TiVo Music Metadata to provide

Google has selected TiVo Music Metadata to provide

first_imgGoogle has selected TiVo Music Metadata to provide artist data and images for YouTube Red, YouTube Music and the Google Play Music store.Through the deal, YouTube and Google will be able to connect music videos to artist pictures and songs, offering what TiVo described as a “more immersive entertainment experience”.“In addition to the incredible range of our collection, TiVo Music Metadata has a unique ability to go beyond traditional tracking, linking musical library content with other relevant artist or album info, which provides a wider span of context for the listener,” said Roz Ho, senior vice president and general manager, consumer and metadata, TiVo.“The dynamic features of our metadata made it the ideal fit for Google’s musical platforms, allowing them to create stronger entertainment experiences.”The news comes weeks after YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said that YouTube Red is due to be rolled out to around 100 countries this year.Speaking at the Code Media conference in California, Wojcicki described Red as “really a music service,” which it now plans to expand into many more markets after agreeing music licensing deals.TiVo Music Metadata claims to cover 34 million tracks worldwide that are refreshed daily.last_img read more

Sky has launched a Kids Safe Mode on its Sky Q adv

Sky has launched a Kids Safe Mode on its Sky Q adv

first_imgSky has launched a Kids Safe Mode on its Sky Q advanced set-top boxes.The new setting will allow parents to lock their Sky Q box in the Kids section by selecting the setting and entering their TV PIN. Once activated, all non-kids’ content including live TV channels, recordings, on-demand shows and apps will be blocked, meaning that children under 12 will only be able to see and explore content that is approved for their age group.Kids Safe Mode will also be joined by a new parents guide set to launch later this year from Sky and Common Sense Media to help parents make more informed choices about what their children watch, according to the pay TV outfit.Stephen van Rooyen, Chief Executive UK & Ireland said: “At Sky, we go further than anyone else to ensure we put families first when developing our services. Sky Q’s new Kids Safe Mode is a super simple way for parents to have ultimate peace of mind when their children are watching TV.”last_img read more