EY awards staff 1m through global recognition programme

first_imgEY has rewarded the achievements of staff through its new global employee recognition programme, Better begins with you.The initiative recognises employees that have found innovative and impactful ways of fulfilling the organisation’s aim of building a better working world.More than 75 finalists in its Better begins with you programme attended an Olympic-themed reward day in December, which involved Olympic gold medallists Sir Chris Hoy and Denise Lewis.A total of five winners were selected across four categories. They were awarded $1 million between them to further develop the projects they were recognised for.The winners are:‘Pursuing innovation’: Melissa Edwards, advisory, US, for leading EY’s adoption of the digital tool ThinkTank.‘Strengthening our communities’: EY Poland Employees’ Foundation team for providing foster children’s legal guardians with assistance, such as financial and psychological support.‘Developing outstanding leaders and teams’: Jonathan Zhao, Asia-Pacific Financial Services, Hong Kong, for building an Asia-wide actuarial and insurance risk team of more than 200 in just 10 years.‘Driving exceptional client service’: P&G client team, US, and EY projects team at Germany’s Federal Employment Agency.Nancy Altobello, global vice chair, talent at EY, said: “Not only are the prize and scope of the awards unique, but the Better begins with you programme embeds our purpose at the heart of our organisation by involving all EY people in nominating and selecting the finalists and deciding on the overall winners.“This means that sharing inspiring stories of success, achievement and change are now becoming a more visible part of our organisation’s culture.”last_img read more

53 of employees do not think that they are paid appropriately

first_imgMore than half (53%) of respondents do not think that they are currently paid appropriately, according to research by search engine Indeed.Its report, which surveyed 2,502 employees across Europe, also found that a larger salary is not always a primary goal with only 12% of those interviewed citing it as the most important driver of job satisfaction. In comparison, almost one-quarter (24%) see enjoying their job as having the most value.Approximately one-fifth (21%) of respondents put most store in having positive relationships with their fellow employees, and over half (52%) claim to have a best friend at work.Despite so many workers feeling underpaid, 55% of those included in the survey say they would consider turning down a pay rise, if it meant shifting into a work environment they disliked, or working with employees they did not get on with. In the same vein, 34% of respondents would turn down a job offer if they heard negative reports about the organisation from peers.Bill Richards, UK managing director at Indeed, says: “Job satisfaction or fulfilment is a complex idea to pin down, and for each [employee] it’s invariably driven by a mix of factors. Yet it’s striking to learn that the vast majority of Britons are not motivated primarily by how much a job pays. Many of us spend more time at work than we do with our friends and families, so it is vital that our environment and [fellow employees] help create a positive and stimulating atmosphere.”last_img read more

Google and Hallmark Cards rank among Americas best employers for women 2018

first_imgGoogle (pictured), Hallmark Cards, Harvard University and Principle Financial Group are among the organisations recognised on the America’s best employers for women 2018 list, compiled by business media organisation Forbes and market research firm Statista.To compile the final list, which comprises 300 US-based organisations, more than 40,000 employees of organisations with at least 1,000 staff were surveyed, including 25,000 female workers.Respondents were asked to rate their organisation against criteria such as working conditions, diversity and whether they would recommend their employer to others, with notable gender gaps in responses being taken into account.Female respondents were also asked to rate their employers on areas such as parental leave, discrimination and pay equity.Banking and financial services organisation Principle Financial Group topped 2018’s list, followed by healthcare and social business Penn Medicine in second and packaged goods firm Hallmark Cards in third. Harvard University also made the top 10 to come in ninth place, while technology organisation Google ranked as 17th on the final list.Other organisations featured on the list include cosmetics business Estée Lauder Companies, clothes retailer H&M, Stanford University, homeware brand Ikea, professional services firm Deloitte and oil and gas organisation Royal Dutch Shell.The top 10 organisations are:Principle Financial GroupPenn MedicineHallmark CardsBayCareOregon Health and Science UniversityKeller Williams RealtyBoston Children’s HospitalProvidence Health and ServicesHarvard UniversityGwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS)Kerry Gumm, director of human resources strategy at Principle Financial Group, said: “It really does start with the culture of the organisation. It’s not about sequestering women off to a corner. It’s about elevating them and giving them the right resources and voice.“One thing no-one can do is assume that we’ve got it right. We should celebrate where we’re making progress, but at the same time recognise the workforce is changing significantly, how we work is changing rapidly.”last_img read more

Pension cold calling to result in enforcement action and £500000 fine

first_imgOrganisations making unwanted, unsolicited phone calls to individuals regarding their pensions could face enforcement action, including fines of up to £500,000, under legislation that comes into force today (9 January 2019).Research conducted by the Money Advice Service in October 2015 found that there might be as many as 250 million pension scam calls per year. According to the Financial Conduct Authority, pension scammers stole on average £91,000 per victim in 2018.Guy Opperman, minister for pensions and financial inclusion, said: “Pension scams are despicable crimes, fleecing people of the retirement they’ve earned by doing the right thing, working hard and saving for the future. Banning pensions cold calling will protect people from these callous crooks and ensure fraudsters feel the full force of the law.”The ban prohibits cold calling in relation to pensions, except where the caller is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) or is the trustee or manager of an occupational or personal pension scheme, and where the recipient consents to calls and has an existing relationship with the caller.Margaret Snowdon OBE, chair of the Pension Scams Industry Group said: “We welcome these regulations to ban cold calls in relation to occupational and personal pension schemes. Of course, a ban on cold calling will not deter all scammers, but anything that makes it more difficult is a good thing.“A significant public awareness campaign will now be vital to ensure that the man in the street is aware that cold calls about their pensions are now illegal.”Kate Smith, head of pensions at financial services organisation Aegon, added: “The introduction of legislation to make pension cold calling illegal is welcome news and sends a clear message to scammers that unsolicited calls to people about their pensions won’t be tolerated. While the ban will go some way in preventing scam activity and protecting individuals and their savings, there is still considerable work to be done to educate the public so people are aware that cold calling is illegal.”last_img read more

Sodexo staff at St Marys Hospital host protest in pay dispute

first_imgPorters and cleaners based at St Mary’s Hospital and employed by food services and facilities management organisation Sodexo are hosting a protest picnic today (Wednesday 19 June 2019) in relation to an ongoing pay dispute.The Paddington-based staff, who are members of the trade union GMB, will hold the protest picnic between 12pm and 2pm, outside the main gates of St Mary’s Hospital.According to GMB, the dispute regards a two-tier wage system, which sees the majority of Sodexo’s staff paid at the national living wage rate of £8.21 an hour. The trade union argues, however, that a small portion are being paid £11 an hour for performing the same work.The wage system impacts around 1,100 cleaners and porters employed by Sodexo at St Mary’s Hospital, Charing Cross Hospital and Hammersmith Hospital.GMB is seeking equal, backdated wages for all employees and has refused Sodexo’s commitment to raise pay next year.Michael Dooley, local official at GMB, said: “Anyone who has been in a London hospital knows what the cleaning staff and porters do, caring for patients or cleaning human waste, blood and vomit. Those visitors would be appalled to know that those hardworking staff are only paid the minimum wage.“GMB intend to highlight the poverty pay by holding a well-deserved picnic for the staff outside the hospital in Praed Street, Paddington, on Wednesday 19 June. GMB protests will continue outside St Mary’s, Charing Cross and Hammersmith Hospitals in the Three Hospitals Pay Campaign.”A spokesperson at Sodexo added: “Our bid for the new facilities management contract at Imperial NHS Trust proposes to pay the London living wage as the minimum pay rate from April 2020. If this is successful, we will pass this pay increase on to our teams.”last_img read more

Florida representatives encourage residents to vote

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – U.S. Florida representatives are trying a last minute push for a spot on Capitol Hill.Republican Carlos Curbelo urged voters to hit the polls Tuesday. The incumbent representative was at Caribbean Elementary School in South Miami-Dade.“It’s great to be here, greeting the voters,” Curbelo said. “A lot of people voted absentee and early.”He then visited other precincts in Kendall and Homestead.Curbelo’s opponent, Joe Garcia, is also doing his part. The former congressman was out at Christina Eve Elementary in Southwest Miami-Dade.“People have to vote,” Garcia said. “It does nothing to talk about it. If you don’t vote, it hurts the whole country. Go out and vote and make a difference.”It was just one of the many stops his camp made, in an effort to encourage people to voice their choice. He’s planning to visit one more location Tuesday afternoon. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Alaskas Population Fell For First Time In Decades

first_imgThe population in the Kenai Peninsula dropped by 25 people in 2017,  to 58,024. Within the state, 699 people left Fairbanks for Anchorage, while 475 moved the opposite direction. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The State of Alaska saw its first decrease in population since the late 1980’s, according to recent figures from Alaska’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The department published the statistics for 2017 in the March edition of Alaska Economic Trends.  http://labor.alaska.gov/trends/mar18.pdf In 2017.  birth rates fell and death rates increased, tipping the scale toward a population decrease of 0.4 percent.center_img According to the report, the decline was small, however, at 0.4 percent, and the total population onestimate hasn’t changed much over the last four years Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-population-decrease-in-AK.mp3VmJennifer-on-population-decrease-in-AK.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

Gear Hour Restrictions For Upper Cook Inlet Set Gillnet

first_imgThe announcement also restricts set gillnet  gear in the Kenai and Kasilof sections only. In a release on Wednesday, DF&G have modified the weekly fishing periods with set gillnets in the Kenai and Kasilof sections of the Upper Subdistrict, effective at 12:01 a.m. on July 1. With regularly scheduled fishing periods on Mondays and Thursdays no longer in effect in the Upper Subdistrict set gillnet fishery, except for the East Foreland Section, any and all fishing time provided to this set gillnet fishery may occur only via EO beginning July 1. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Fish and Game announced both hour and gear restrictions for Upper Cook Inlet set gillnet in both the Kenai and Kasilof rivers.  Commercial fishing periods in the Upper Subdistrict set gillnet fishery, excluding the East Foreland Section, are open for no more than 48 hours per week, with a 36-hour continuous closure per week beginning between 7:00 p.m. Thursday and 7:00 a.m. Friday.last_img read more

Cygnus Sale Looming

first_imgRumors have been swirling about the potential sale of Cygnus Business Media since co-CEOs Tony O’Brien and Carr Davis [pictured], in an interview with FOLIO: last month, indicated that the company is exploring a sale.According to three sources contacted by FOLIO:, the Cygnus corporate management team was in New York for about a week recently, most likely meeting with prospective buyers. Now, sources say a buyer has stepped up and that (as early as today) Cygnus is moving toward the due diligence phase of negotiations.Is the buyer from private equity or another publisher? So far, I haven’t been able to substantiate the rumors. A Cygnus spokesperson declined to comment other than to point out that Davis already has said that the company has been approached with inquiries and is exploring “a process.” Cygnus went on the block in 2006 but subsequently pulled off the market that year. It will be interesting to see how this turns out—and what sort of return owner ABRY Partners will see.Check back to foliomag.com for more on this developing story.last_img read more

MediZine Acquires Healthcommunitiescom

first_imgCunnion declined to revel terms of the deal, but saidHealthcommunities.com—which averages 1.5 million monthly uniquesviewing content in 30 patient communities formed around topics such asoncology and allergies—will jump the interactive share of MediZine’soverall revenues to about 20 percent.Key value drivers were the site’s profit and ability to organicallyattract and keep traffic. “The two things that helped us determinevalue was a strong bottom line—there’s actually a profit in thebusiness—and their ability to sustain and grow traffic onlineorganically,” he said.MediZine is a portfolio investment of Veronis Suhler Stevenson, whichis also an investor in Red 7 Media, the parent company of FOLIO: andFOLIO: Alert. The healthcare media market just ticked off a rare, for these days,acquisition. MediZine, a consumer health education media company,bought Healthcommunities.com, an 11-year-old Web site that produces physician-developed content. The deal, according to MediZine president Mike Cunnion, quicklybolsters the company’s online presence. “As the world has evolved andconsumers have relied on online information sites, that’s been amassive change in our world,” he said. “For us, it related to a growthstrategy and becoming less reliant on one particular channel.” Cunnion noted that while the print brands reach doctors’ offices andpharmacy counters and 2.5 million homes, MediZine, until about 18months ago, didn’t have significant reach online. “We’ve been doingorganic efforts on our own, but we know what a long growth process thatis,” he said.last_img read more

TVGuidecom Graded Best Good Housekeeping Worst Top Mag Web Sites

first_imgTime.com. Earns a B+ for crisp navigation and uncluttered design while receiving criticism for subsection titles that are poorly identified. The site is highly praised for its social network options and engaging features such as “Most Read” and “Most E-mailed” stories.Cosmopolitan. The site is lauded for a clean and carefully designed homepage designed to get readers inside the Web site as well as “intelligent use” of quizzes. 24/7 Wall Street says the site makes one big mistake by putting “More from Cosmo” so close to the bottom of the homepage. Minimal social media and Web 2.0 features. Grade: BLadies Home Journal. Receives a B for an “extremely well-designed homepage” and for editors engaging visitors right away with a section called “Everybody’s Talking About.” Most pages have search functions to help the reader find other interactive tools on the Web site.People.com Despite a slick design and intuitive navigation, 24/7 Wall Street says People.com “has been hemorrhaging visitors.” Still, the report gives People.com a “B” and says the site is “set up to maximize page views by keeping visitors occupied.”Taste of Home: A Reader’s Digest site, 24/7 Wall Street says, “This is about as ‘plain vanilla’ as a content site can be, which is not all bad.” Props are given to the simple and straightforward slide shows and instructional videos, while “Top Recipes” section gets slammed for “text links which look primitive and resemble Google advertising.” Grade: B-Reader’s Digest. Site earns praise for clean navigation that runs across the top of the homepage and a section called “Today’s Digest” that draws visitors to the site. RD.com gets marked down for a hard-to-find Comments section and lack of multimedia. Better Homes and Gardens. Site gets a B- for a “My BHG” option that allows visitors to become members and customize what they want from the Web site. National Geographic. The site is “well designed to bring readers to sections beyond the home page and makes state of the art use of multimedia features, especially video.”Woman’s Day. Site has a well designed, clean and easy-to-follow homepage but marked down for hiding important elements such as games, blogs and coupons.Sports Illustrated. SI.com is praised for the center of its front page which features video but is also “clean and well done.” However, photo and video sections at the bottom of the homepage are called “average” in design and quality while type is small and pages are cramped.Grade: CPlayboy.com. Earns high marks for being visually well done and offering engaging features like a section for downloading free MP3s and a sophisticated entertainment guide but the report takes a shot at Playboy for attempting to put much of the content behind a pay wall. “There may be some evidence that online readers will pay for content but naked women are probably in a different category than world news.”Grade: C-Family Circle. Report calls the homepage “boring” and marks site down for random organization of articles. Family Circle does get credit for a “very clever section” that allows readers to gets specific information on topics of interest via e-mail.Game Informer Magazine. The report says, “Given the demographic of heavy video game users, it is surprising that the site has so few social media connections.” Grade: D+Prevention.com. Site gets a “D+” for overwhelming the reader “with too much material crowded onto its homepage” and promotions that can be confused with editorial. Bright spots include a robust community site with a visible link to Facebook.Grade: DSouthern Living. While the design is fine, the Web site offers almost nothing beyond the magazine, according to the report. Props are given to the “home section” for its use of video and 360 degree viewing but the fitness section is lacking much-needed illustrations and the community section is an after-thought. Newsweek.com. The report takes Newsweek.com to task for an “extremely confusing” homepage that features blog sections with titles that have no meaning to the readers. “Newsweek.com is one of the few sites where the reader has an easier time navigating the site on the inside pages and sections,” the report says. “Almost all the major design elements are text and the use of illustrations and video are typically pushed to the bottom of the pages.”AARP the Magazine. Site is marked down for choppy lay-out and confusing copy.Grade: D-Good Housekeeping. Receives the lowest grade in the survey for an “awkwardly designed homepage,” a jumble of content mixed with distracting offers for the print magazine and online promotions and “photos so poorly cropped that they are over-layered on top of the text.”Not Graded:   American Automobile Association. With more than five separate sites tied into parent AAA.com, 24/7 Wall Street doesn’t offer a grading. Financial news site 24/7 Wall Street has released a new report grading the top 20 consumer magazine Web sites. The sites are rated “A” through “F” based on strength of content; ease of use and navigation; use of technology and online tools including comment sections, message boards and multimedia; layout; a strong advertiser presence and size of audience (based on data from Compete.com and Nielsen Netview). The listing on 24/7 Wall Street’s site is confusing with the sites ranked 1-20 based not on the Web site grades or even online traffic but the magazine’s print circulation. Below, we’ve reworked the order according to the grading and summarized 24/7 Wall Street’s comments for each site. The results are surprising, with some legacy print brands scoring high marks while others that have made very aggressive online moves not faring so well. Grade: A+TVGuide.com. The best magazine Web site of the survey, according to 24/7 Wall Street, with “a nearly perfect combination of the best of the print version and contains features that strengthen the product online.” Latest news, photos and video run straight across the top while search features allow users to explore the site or the site’s video. Inside sections are extremely simple and functional.Grade: B+AARP Bulletin. The news site for AARP earns a high grade for easy navigation and an excellent “Ask the Experts Section.” However, the site for AARP the Magazine doesn’t fare as well (see Grade: D). last_img read more

Notes on Ethics Social Media and Ad Spending

first_imgBut in recent years, if the magic number was traditionally 50 percent up front, for some brands it has reached 80 percent or more. Good thing, right? No. Because few advertisers have slush funds anymore. Which means opportunistic, spot buying is declining. Last-minute “remnant” buying is disappearing. So to use my hypothetical example, that $500,000 of booked business is on a declining annual total-maybe $800,000 instead of $1 million. That’s reality for many brands, and it’s not good.Social media is an area of opportunity, or so says Ted Bahr, who describes a program of doing lucrative marketing through sponsored tweets, Linked-In and other social networks. Get into these kinds of marketing techniques early, says Steve Davis, because publishers that are utilizing social media now to grab audience are doing the right thing: The acquisition costs are reasonable and will likely escalate soon.Perhaps the most troubling thing, even more so than what’s happening with annual spends, is business ethics. It’s true that we’ve always had ethical issues in b-to-b media, but as the industry matures, and print declines, many brands hear from advertisers that they “don’t care” about audits. Do WE care? And if we don’t do we nevertheless tell the truth and maintain pristine files?That’s a question worth asking of ourselves. We talked about the slippery slope of declining editorial ethics (I saw a magazine recently that featured on its cover a person it described as a mover and shaker in foreign markets. Then I flipped a few pages and saw that same cover subject listed on the masthead as a business-development director for the magazine, mining those same foreign markets for business. And then I flipped a few more pages and saw that the tourism bureau for that same region was the “sponsor” of the cover story).Not good. Are we still a noble profession? Here are some ruminations on trends, courtesy of my annual trip to the U.S. Open with three good friends, Ted Bahr, CEO of BZ Media, Steve Davis, president of SRDS, and Michael Forgash, an account executive at SRDS. We’ve been doing this outing for years, the four of us, and over that span, as a result of my exposure to the accumulated wisdom of my three industry colleagues, I’ve come up with countless terrific stories for FOLIO: and our other brands. And I’ve often changed the way I look at the business as a result of the conversations we have. This year, we discussed some especially timely things. One was an observation that annual booked business, in b-to-b media, at least, is increasing in recent years. On the surface, that’s a good thing. You want to be able to go into a new year counting on a base of committed business. If your budget is $1 million, it’s nice to have $500,000 locked up in January, knowing that you’re going to get the rest as the year unfolds. last_img read more

House Clears Defense Bill with Mostly Republican Support

first_imgThe House on Wednesday passed a fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill that despite two days of debate over dozens of amendments was little changed from the version passed in committee.Most significantly, the defense policy bill retains a budget maneuver that would allocate $18 billion in overseas contingency operations account (OCO) funds for base budget items not requested by the administration. The funds are designated for training, new weapons and facilities improvements desired by the service chiefs but left out of the Pentagon’s budget request.That gambit, which would result in funding for overseas operations to run out at the end of April, was one reason only 40 Democrats supported the bill, which passed 277-147. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), the ranking member on the Armed Services Committee, opposed the legislation after criticizing the bill’s approach as “a fiscal path to nowhere,” reported CQ Roll Call.Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) defended the budget move, pointing to the military’s urgent readiness shortfalls.“Just think about what the alternative is: ‘No, we’re not going to help troops now, because we’re not sure where the money is going to come from next year or in five years or in 10 years,’” Thornberry said. “But in the meantime, while we’re not sure about all of that … more people stand in danger of losing their lives.”The authorization bill passed by the Senate Armed Services Committee last week does not adopt the House’s funding plan. That version is scheduled to go to the Senate floor next week.Democrats who voted against the bill took issue with a number of provisions beyond its use of OCO funds to evade the statutory spending caps, including the measure’s restrictions on closing the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay. An amendment by Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) to remove the bill’s prohibitions on the closure of the prison was rejected by the chamber.Democrats also objected to a maneuver by the House Rules Committee to drop language from the bill requiring women to register for the Selective Service System, and to a provision critics say would allow federal contractors to gain religious exemptions to an executive order barring discrimination based on sexual orientation or identity. Smith said those points of contention prompted him to vote against the legislation, reported Military Times. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Report Shanahan Says Of Course He Wants to Be SECDEF

first_img ADC AUTHOR Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said “of course” he wants his job full-time, according to a report from Defense One, which said it talked to him after his House committee testimony Tuesday.“I’ve spent nearly two years on the National Defense Strategy,” Shanahan reportedly told Defense One. “I know the defense strategy. I know what it takes to see it through, and I think I can make a big impact in that area.”President Trump has said privately he wants to nominate Shanahan to be secretary, but that has been slowed down since the DOD inspector general launched an investigation into whether Shanahan has given special treatment to his former employee, Boeing.If the IG investigation “is going to be really short, then it shouldn’t have that much effect on” the search for a permanent secretary, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) told Defense One. Inhofe has had a shaky relationship with Shanahan.Shanahan has been acting secretary all year, making this the longest period in U.S. history without a permanent, Senate-confirmed defense secretary.DOD photo by Lisa Ferdinandolast_img read more

Students Receive 120K in Scholarships from Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation

first_img ADC AUTHOR Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation recently announced it has awarded more than $120,000 in academic scholarships to residents living in privatized military housing owned and managed by Balfour Beatty Communities.The scholarships were awarded to high school seniors, undergraduate students and graduate students attending accredited educational or technical institutions. The majority of scholarships were granted to students of military families living in military homes owned by Balfour Beatty Communities throughout the U.S.“We’re proud to have the opportunity to help these students take this important step in achieving their goals,” said Kathy Grim, board member of the Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation. “The promise and potential of so many students came through in their essays, and it’s a true honor to be able to invest in the academic careers of our residents. We look forward to continuing this tradition for years to come.”Residents at communities across 22 states received scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year. Scholarships are awarded based on an essay submission as well as students’ academic achievements, GPA, community involvement and financial need. The scholarships are given as part of the foundation’s ongoing goal to encourage and promote the pursuit of education and commitment to community leadership.Photo provided by Balfour Beatty Communities Foundationlast_img read more

99 Restaurant To Host Fundraiser For Beyond TOPS On October 10

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Beyond TOPS is holding a “Dining For A Cause” fundraiser at the Ninety Nine Restaurant (144 Lowell Street) on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, from 4pm to 11pm.15% of your bill will be donated to the non-profit if you present the flyer below to your server/host.  The donation applies to both dine-on AND take-out orders.  No coupons, discounts or promotions are accepted during the fundraiser.Beyond TOPS is a 501c3 non-profit organization with a sole purpose to integrate children with mental and physical disabilities into the community through sports. The organization strives to bring children of all abilities together, through physical activity, to make the community  stronger.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… RelatedWHS Local Heroes Club To Hold Fundraiser To Benefit Veterans At 99 Restaurant On Sept. 11In “Community”99 Restaurant To Host Fundraiser For Northside PAC On May 29In “Community”99 Restaurant To Host Fundraiser For Cops With Kids For Cancer On June 5In “Community”last_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF Anantha Chandrakasan To Join Analog Devices Board of Directors

first_img(NOTE: Analog Devices, headquartered in Norwood, has a location in Wilmington at 804 Woburn Street.)WILMINGTON, MA — Analog Devices, Inc., a global leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal processing applications, today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Anantha Chandrakasan as an independent director on the Board, effective January 1, 2019. Dr. Chandrakasan is dean of MIT’s School of Engineering and the Vannevar Bush Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. In addition, Dr. Chandrakasan co-chairs the MIT–IBM Watson AI Lab and chairs the MIT-SenseTime Alliance on Artificial Intelligence and J-Clinic, the Abdul Latif Jameel Clinic for Machine Learning in Health at MIT.“We are honored to welcome Anantha to the ADI Board. His impressive work at MIT and expertise in technologies that are shaping the future of information and communication, business, and indeed, society will be of great value to ADI,” said Ray Stata, ADI Chairman of the Board. “We look forward to his contributions to the Company.”Dr. Chandrakasan joined the MIT faculty in 1994 and was director of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL) from 2006 until he became the head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 2011, a position that concluded with his appointment as dean in July 2017. He is an IEEE fellow, and in 2015 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. In addition, he has received many prestigious awards including the 2009 Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) University Researcher Award, the 2013 IEEE Donald O. Pederson Award in Solid-State Circuits, an honorary doctorate from KU Leuven in 2016, and the UC Berkeley EE Distinguished Alumni Award.Dr. Chandrakasan earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley.About Analog DevicesAnalog Devices (Nasdaq: ADI) is a leading global high-performance analog technology company dedicated to solving the toughest engineering challenges. We enable our customers to interpret the world around us by intelligently bridging the physical and digital with unmatched technologies that sense, measure, power, connect and interpret.(NOTE: The above press release is from Analog Devices.)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.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: Analog Devices Recognized For Employee Benefits, Work Culture & Business GrowthIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s Analog Devices Welcomes Karen Golz To Board of DirectorsIn “Business”SELECTMEN NEWS: Analog Devices Updates Town On $157 Million Campus ExpansionIn “Government”last_img read more

Towns Current Bidding Contract Opportunities

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Town’s Purchasing Department currently has the following bidding and contract opportunities available:Request For Proposals/QualificationsNoneInvitations To BidInstallation Of Aboveground Storage Tank For Diesel Fuel — Deadline: Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 10amWoburn Street Water Main Replacement — Deadline: Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 9amAll interested parties must first complete the town’s Bid Registration Form.Visit the Town’s Purchasing Department website for additional information. Contact Wendy Martiniello at wmartiniello[at]wilmingtonma.gov with questions.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… RelatedTown’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”Town’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”Town’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”last_img read more

Lego Movie 2s Apocalypseburg set overflows with whopping 3000 pieces

first_img $155 at Google Express Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Read the Rylo camera preview Toys and Tabletop Games TV and Movies 17 Photos Boost Mobile $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $299 at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview $60 at Best Buy Read the AirPods review Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $520 at HP Share your voice Rylo The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. See It Sprint DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Enlarge ImageThe Lego Movie 2: Welcome to Apocalypseburg set includes over 3,000 pieces and 12 minifigures.  Lego For fans needing a challenge, the new Lego Movie 2: Welcome to Apocalypseburg Lego set could be the answer. Apocalypseburg is the apocalyptic wasteland town in the upcoming Lego Movie 2, and on Jan. 4, the Lego Group revealed a new set inspired by the film. The set consists of 3,178 pieces. When fully assembled, it stands 20 inches (50 centimeters) high, making it one of the tallest boxed Lego sets created.The finished Lego model features a 360-design that includes a section of the Statue of Liberty with a chill-out room in her head, a cafe, Scribble Cop’s office with a chair-kicking function, armory, barber’s and tattoo parlor, Lucy’s hideout, Fuse’s workshop, rooftop diner, gym, spa and lookout platforms. Sarah Tew/CNET DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Sarah Tew/CNET An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Once everything was awesome … now everything is bleak. 😱 #TheLEGOMovie2 https://t.co/zUJjlatsz7 @TheLEGOMovie pic.twitter.com/Ke3ll8pysp— LEGO (@LEGO_Group) January 4, 2019 Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Sarah Tew/CNET Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Tags Angela Lang/CNET See Star Wars Lego Millennium Falcon sets over nearly 20 years See at Turo $999 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $210 at Best Buy See at Amazon Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Tagscenter_img Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. See It $6 at Tidal Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Chris Monroe/CNET Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Apple iPhone XS $999 Post a comment Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) The Cheapskate Turo Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $59 at eBay Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Best Buy CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See it Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Amazon The set also includes 12 minifigures of characters Emmet, Lucy, Batman, Scribble Cop, Harley Quinn, Green Lantern, “Where are my pants?” Guy, Larry the Barista, Chainsaw Dave, Mo-Hawk, Roxxi and Fuse. Plus, there’s a rat figure.The Lego Movie 2 set is available Jan. 16 at Lego brand retail stores and online. The set retails for $300 (around £235, AU$420).The Lego Movie 2 itself hits theaters in the US and UK on Feb. 8, and on March 28 in Australia. $999 $999 Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Read Google Home Hub review Batman Lego,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 0 Share your voice Comments See It I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. 7 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us).last_img read more

Netflix raised prices because you all are signing up like crazy

first_img TV and Movies Digital Media Share your voice Netflix’s price hikes are coming quick 1:41 Last month, the company said Bird Box, its post-apocalyptic thriller starring Sandra Bullock, was watched by 45 million accounts in the first seven days it was available, the best viewership for one of its original movies yet. And Tuesday, Netflix announced price hikes. The prospect of a higher monthly bill wasn’t welcome news for consumers, but investors reacted with glee, and analysts interpreted it as Netflix flexing its muscles in the middle of a hot streak. Netflix doubled down on viewership disclosures Thursday. Bird Box has now been watched by more than 80 million member households in four weeks, the company said, adding that the movie was getting “high repeat viewing.” Looking ahead, Netflix expects You — a thriller series about a bookish stalker, which struggled to find an audience when it aired on Lifetime — to surpass 40 million households in its first four weeks, and it predicts Sex Education, a British series that Netflix is distributing globally, to reach more than 40 million in the first four weeks too. y1-bookstore-12102017-bs-904-1You, a thriller about a stalker played by Penn Badgley, struggled to find its audience on Lifetime, the network where it premiered.  Netflix The eternal caveat about Netflix numbers like these? They’re not independently verified. Nielsen offers some ratings for Netflix programs, which it figures with its own system of measurement that leaves out any viewing on mobile devices and doesn’t count people watching outside the US. Nielsen’s initial Bird Box numbers supported the general case that the movie was widely popular, though.And Netflix’s definition of a view carries different meaning for a movie versus a show. Netflix counts a movie as viewed once an account watches 70 percent of the total runtime, including credits. But for shows, Netflix credits the title with a view if an account gets through 70 percent of the total runtime of a single episode. But Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s head of content, defended the worth of the stats Thursday. “These are less financial metrics as they are cultural metrics,” he said. “For part of your Netflix subscription, you’re in the zeitgeist. You’re watching the programming that the rest of the world is loving at the same time.”The company also relished a competitive jab at YouTube, Google’s massive video site that Netflix’s CEO Reed Hastings routinely admits envying for the 1.9 billion people who use it every month. “When YouTube went down globally for a few minutes in October, our viewing and signups spiked for that time,” the company said Thursday.Netflix shares fell Thursday, after they spiked two days earlier on news of the price increase. Shares were down 2.6 percent at $344 in after-hours trading. In its latest results, Netflix’s international subscriber base increased by 7.3 million paid members to 80.77 million, beating the 6.1 million additions the company predicted. In the US, Netflix added 1.53 million paid streaming customers, for a total of 58.49 million, slightly topping its 1.5 million guidance.Netflix is switching focus on how it reports its subscribers this year. While investors previously kept watch on Netflix’s number of total streaming members, which includes trial memberships, this year the company will make predictions only about paid memberships. By directing focus away from figures that include free trials, Netflix hopes its subscriber numbers won’t seem as lumpy as they have in the past. Looking ahead, Netflix expects to add 1.6 million paid streaming members in the US and 7.3 million internationally in the current quarter. Netflix also predicted 56 cents per share in earnings. On average, Wall Street analysts who track Netflix expected 83 cents.Overall, Netflix reported a profit of $133.9 million, or 30 cents a share, compared with $185.5 million, or 41 cents a share, a year earlier. Revenue rose 27 percent to $4.19 billion.Analysts on average expected per-share profit of 24 cents — a penny higher than Netflix’s forecast — and $4.21 billion in revenue.First published Jan. 17, 1:11 p.m. PT. Updates at 1:20, 1:25, 1:45 and 4:41 p.m. PT: Adds more details from report and executive call. Now playing: Watch this: Netflix’s Bird Box was watched by 45 million accounts in its first week on the streaming service.  Saeed Adyani/Netflix If you want to blame anyone for Netflix raising prices, look to all the newbs who are signing up in droves. The streaming video service reported that more people signed up in the last three months of 2018 than any other quarter ever, and it predicted even more new members in the first quarter of 2019. The company added 8.84 million new paid members, according to its end-of-year financial report Thursday. That’s better than the 7.6 million it’d predicted in October.Netflix tends to end every year on an upswing, as people on holiday breaks spend extra time streaming and those who received new gadgets as gifts start setting them up by adding services like Netflix. But this time, Netflix had already issued a couple of particularly positive signals about how business was faring.center_img 26 Comments Tags Earnings Netflix Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.Everything we know about Apple’s TV service: Where is Apple putting that $1 billion investment in TV programming?last_img read more