Small Percentage of Newsweek Staffers to be Laid Off

first_imgWhen purchased from the Washington Post Co. this summer by audio magnate Sidney Harman, it was reported that Harman intended to keep 250 of Newsweek’s the current staff of 325. A representative for Harman declined to comment this week when asked by FOLIO: what the loss of its top edit talent means for Newsweek going forward. The round of layoffs that Newsweek staffers were bracing this week for was officially announced Friday afternoon.  Although a Newsweek spokesperson confirmed the cuts, she did not say exactly how many positions were eliminated.“A small percentage of Newsweek’s staff was told today that they will not be offered jobs when Sidney Harman assumes control on October 1, 2010,” the spokesperson says. “The majority of Newsweek’s employees were asked to remain in their jobs. The Washington Post Company will provide generous severance packages to those who are not being retained.”The layoffs come on the heels of an exodus of some of the magazine’s top editors. Earlier this week, longtime correspondent Howard Fineman left Newsweek to serve instead as a senior editor at The Huffington Post. Editor Jon Meacham, popular Newsweek International editor Fareed Zakaria and a number of editors from the magazine’s digital operation also have departed.last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 3 Shawsheen Tech Students Receive Printing Industry Award Of Excellence

first_imgWORCESTER, MA — Students representing the Graphic Communication Shop at Shawsheen Tech were presented individual Awards of Excellence at the Printing Industries of New England (PINE) annual awards gala held at Mechanics Hall in Worcester on April 10.Marcelo Freitas, a senior from Billerica, Hailey Nardone, a junior from Billerica, and Heather McLaughlin, a sophomore from Tewksbury, were recognized for the quality and creativity of their individual graphic design and print project submitted to PINE, an industry trade association, as part of the associations’ student project competition.Freitas worked on a new logo for a local construction company and Hailey Nardone designed a new logo for a brewing company.  Their respective designs were then printed and/or embroidered onto a variety of apparel that is in use at each company today.  Samples of this newly printed apparel were submitted to PINE by Heidi Lloyd and Tom Struthers, both instructors in the Graphic Communications Shop.“I was very surprised when I learned I won the award,” said Freitas. “It’s awesome.  I felt great. There is a certain type of feeling you get after you realize that you made something for someone else that they are going to use.  It’s a good feeling.”Nardone was elated when she heard the news of the award.“It felt awesome. I really like this type of work and this is what I want to do for my co-op job and then professionally for my work,” Nardone said. “This award gives me more confidence, and now the work is even more fun and interesting, knowing that I can really do this work.”McLaughlin was recognized for her framed canvas screen print of Bar Harbor Maine. “I was already working on this project.  I think I am the first person to use canvas as my material,” she said.As for the PINE award, McLaughlin added, “I felt proud of myself. I really respect my teacher, Mrs. Lloyd, for submitting my work and thinking it’s worthy of being recognized. The awards mean a lot to everyone else in the shop.  It’s really cool that three of us were recognized.  It’s great for the shop.”These students may soon be joining an industry that has a long and storied history in New England.  According to Christine Hagopian, the current President of PINE, this member-based organization has been in existence for 130 years as part of the National Printing Industry Association.However, Hagopian points out that the printing industry has a serious problem.“Our members are having great difficulty recruiting the next generation of employees for their company,” Hagopian said. “Older employees are retiring and many companies in our industry cannot find enough skilled talent to replace the people who are leaving.”“The printing industry is healthy and thriving, and there is opportunity for the next generation to do well,” Hagopian added. “This is why we started the Award for Excellence for students three years ago.  We want to recognize the schools and students that are doing good work in the graphic communications shops in New England, including Shawsheen Tech.”Students in the Graphics Communication program at Shawsheen Tech are part of the next generation of employees with the training and work experience needed  to fill the employment gap identified by Christine Hagopiian.  And according to Heidi Lloyd, an instructor in the Program, the PINE awards are a boost to her students as well as to the program.“I am thrilled that our students are being recognized! Our shop has undergone some changes over the past few years with the addition of some new equipment. We are now able to expand the education for the students with new and exciting skills and with that it is giving them more employment opportunities,” said Mrs. Lloyd.Left to Right: Hailey Nardone (Billerica), Marcelo Freitas (Billerica), Heather McLaughlin (Tewksbury) recipients of Award of Excellence from Printing Industries of New England at Mechanics Hall in Worcester.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Shawsheen Tech.)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… RelatedShawsheen Valley Technical High School High Honors and Honors For Quarter 3In “Education”SCHOOL BUS ROUTES for Wilmington’s Shawsheen Tech Students (2019-2020)In “Education”Shawsheen Tech Announces First Quarter Honor Roll with 91 Wilmington StudentsIn “Education”last_img read more

Bangladesh people want change says Ershad

first_imgHM ErshadClaiming that the country sees no peace and order whenever Awami League and BNP come to power, Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad on Tuesday said people now want a change.”And Jatiya Party can bring that change. The country sees peace and order whenever our party is in power,” he said while addressing a rally arranged by Mathbaria upazila unit of his party at Shaheed Mostafa field in the upazila of Pirojpur.Ershad said his party kept its head high although its many leaders, including him, were put behind the bars to destroy it. “Many had thought that Jatiya Party couldn’t make a turnaround.”He also alleged that although Awami League came to power with the support of his party, Jatiya Party got nothing in return.last_img

Holey Artisan attack accused remanded

first_imgThe Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) escort arrested suspected militant Mamunur Rashid (C) in Dhaka on 20 January, 2019. Photo: AFPA Dhaka court on Sunday placed Md Mammunur Rashid, an accused in Gulshan Holey Artisan Bakery cafe attack case, on a five-day remand, reports UNB.Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Court judge Kanak Barua passed the order in the afternoon when investigation officer (IO) of the case and assistant superintendent of police (ASP) of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB)-3 Kafil Uddin sought a ten-day remand for the accused.Earlier on Saturday night, RAB men arrested Md Mammunur Rashid aka Ripon aka Rezaul Karim aka Reza, a surah member of banned militant outfit JMB and also the supplier of money and arms to the cafe attackers.Acting on a tip-off, a team of the elite force conducted a drive in Boardbazar area and arrested the JMB member along with Tk 150,000, said RAB officials.The terrorist attack that shattered the country and drew global attention, claimed lives of 22 people — nine Italians, seven Japanese, one Indian, one Bangladeshi-born American and two Bangladeshis along with two police officers — on 1 July, 2016.Twenty-one people were identified to be behind the attack. Among them, 13 were killed in gunfights at different times.On 23 July in 2018, police pressed charges against eight alleged militants in the Holey Artisan cafe attack case.last_img read more

Degree of devotion

first_imgSo what does this show explore? Well, the answer is a list of questions. What is devotion? Is it a mere a tool? Or a religious observation or worship?  Or an instant mantra to quell one’s innermost disquiet?  Or is it all a grand delusion and religious posturing? These are some of the ideas that this show explores through the works on display. Bajaj noted, ‘The art works in the show portray multidimensional elucidations of devotion and the way it transmutes individual entities. There are works that conjure up peace and spiritualism while others that invoke disquiet and action.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The show opens today with the performances by Sweta Bhattad and leading puppeteer of India Dadi Pudumjee.This exhibition brings in an interesting exercise to examine the modern intellectual’s notion about devotion. The show has been in the making for the past one year and eminent group of artists contributed to make it so beautiful and absorbing.Curator Puri explains, ‘Great literature, art and cinema have always flourished in times of turmoil and strife. If censorship has imposed laws to stop the common man from protesting, art has provided the perfect platform for him/her to express angst through art.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe art works by this fairly large and varied collection of artistes, depicts devotion the most basic and profound human emotion since the inception of the civilization, in multidimensional forms and renditions reflective of each individual entity and his/her leanings or preoccupations.The concept for this annual show on this open platform is reflective of the gallery’s own ethos and support to a diverse representation of art where the only limitation is the ideas that the artiste is able to dream up and the degree of their dedication and commitment to realise it.When: On till 15 January 2015 Where: Gallery Art Positive, Lado Sarai Timing: 10.30am – 7.30pmlast_img read more

Friendly colleagues at job your gateway to better health

first_imgYour colleagues at work – and not your spouse or kids – decide how healthy you will be as you age, as you are likely to spend an average of one third of your day on the job. According to the researchers, health at work is determined to a large extent by our social relationships in workplace – and, more particularly, the social groups we form there. In a new meta-analysis covering 58 studies and more than 19,000 people across the globe, psychologists found out that how strongly we identify with the people or organisation where we work is associated with better health and lower burnout. “This study is the first large-scale analysis showing that organisational identification is related to better health,” said lead researcher Dr Niklas Steffens from University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“The results show that both performance and health are enhanced to the extent that workplaces provide people with a sense of ‘we’ and ‘us’,” Steffens added. The team reviewed 58 studies covering people in a variety of occupations, from service and health to sales and military work, in 15 countries. “Social identification contributes to both psychological and physiological health, but the health benefits are stronger for psychological health,” said Steffens. The positive psychological benefit may stem from the support provided by the work group but also the meaning and purpose that people derive from membership in social groups. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive“We are less burnt out and have greater well-being when our team and our organisation provide us with a sense of belonging and community – when it gives us a sense of ‘we-ness’,” Steffens pointed out. The authors also found that the health benefits of identifying with the workplace are strongest when there are similar levels of identification within a group – that is, when identification is shared.So if you identify strongly with your organisation, then you get more health benefits if everyone else identifies strongly with the organisation too. The team was surprised to find that more the women present in a sample, the weaker the identification-health relationship grew. “This was a finding that we had not predicted and, in the absence of any prior theorising, we can only guess what gives rise to this effect,” said Steffens in a paper appeared in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Review.  One of the reasons may relate to the fact that there are still many workplaces that have somewhat “masculine” cultures. This mean that even when female employees identify with their team or organisation, they still feel somewhat more marginal within their team or organisation. The team also recommends exploring the role of leadership: how leaders manage teams and groups has a strong influence on the social identification-health connection.last_img read more