first_imgWhen Wenner Media plucked Steve Schwartz last December from Reader’s Digest to be its new chief digital officer, Gawker took a swipe at Schwartz’s previous company, facetiously referring to it as “that bastion of online innovation.”  However, Schwartz’s successor, acting general manager Jonathan Hills, and his team are working to change that perception of Reader’s Digest as a legacy print brand. He’s having some success: in June, monthly uniques to ReadersDigest.com rose 82 percent to 2.5 million while page views shot up 105 percent to 12.2 million, compared to 1.4 million uniques and 5.9 million page views in June 2008. Building off a redesign last year, Hills said the goal was to take the site from something basic to a robust presence. “At the top of the list was turning ReadersDigest.com into a meaningful destination site,” Hills told FOLIO:. “That meant offering engaging content that brings people back every day.”  That includes creating accessible, quick-hit content and pushing it out through viral channels such as Digg and Twitter. One of the top performing Reader’s Digest stories of the past year was  “13 Things Your Waiter Won’t Tell You,” which the RD team pushed out to different outlets, driving significant traffic to the site. ReadersDigest.com is also seeing a bump from folding in content from former stand-alone sites such as The Family Handyman.  Carving an Online IdentityHills said his team works closely with the print editorial group but that the focus needs to be less on the platform and more on the idea. “It really comes down to how content is packaged and how it’s positioned,” he adds. “We may take a story from the magazine that works great as a three or four-page story and repackage it online as a slideshow or video clip because that works much better for the online audience.”  “As a publishing company, there’s an inherent expectation that the Web site should be a companion to the magazine,” he added. “We’ve pushed the idea that in order to grow we need to create our own identity online. That doesn’t mean we have to be a completely different entity but we need some freedom to not replicate the magazine on the Web. That’s never going to produce any kind of growth for us or anyone else.” Working with the audience development group on SEO, social media and newsletter initiatives is a priority as well. “That’s empowering our growth rather than spending $100 million on a big ad campaign,” Hills said.  Next up is transforming the Reader’s Digest brand into a multi-platform experience. “We’re focusing on video,” says Hills. “Much of our content is perfectly suited for it, and it’s highly monetizeable. We’re looking at mobile carefully and we’ll see action there this year whether it’s on the iPhone or another device. One of our key concepts is to present people with quick, concise content on different platforms. That’s a big push over the next six to 12 months.”last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Friday, July 19, 2019:Animal Control Officer rescued an injured goose from Ballardvale Street and brought to Tufts Veterinary Hospital (8:59am).A caller reported the entrance to Gentle Giant is closed for paving and tractor trailers are parking along Burlington Avenue and Route 62 bridge. Police responded and advised pavers and truck drivers. (12:05pm)Gonzalo Gomez Jurado (27, North Andover) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Suspended License and Speeding In Violation Of Special Regulation.  Jurado was pulled over on Route 125. (9:00pm)Juan Jurado (22, North Andover) was arrested on a warrant. Jurado was pulled over on Route 125 for a defective equipment violation. (9:34pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 8: Don’t Pee On My Lawn, Please; Driver Issued SummonsIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 4 Arrests & Issue 3 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 3 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”last_img read more

first_imgKOLKATA: Some BJP supporters clashed with civic volunteers and later chased them away after police refused them to hold a public meeting at their preferred venue. The police on Wednesday did not allow the BJP supporters to hold a meeting at the site and suggested an alternative spot. However, they refused to move and told police they would hold the programme at the announced site. On Thursday morning, the police deployed civic volunteers at the venue to stop the BJP supporters from entering. They clashed with the civic volunteers and later chased them away and took possession of the land. When Mukul Roy had come he was taken to a make shift dais from where he addressed the gathering. The local BJP leaders said the police cancelled on the venue at the eleventh hour when it was impossible for the party to shift to an alternative venue. They alleged that police did not give allotment of an alternative site in writing and apprehended they could have stopped the supporters from entering the venue and holding the meeting.last_img read more

first_img‘Asmita theatre group’ is celebrating its 25 glorious years in the world of art. To celebrate this special occasion ‘Asmita’ is organising a two-month long ‘Summer Theatre Festival’ which will enthral the audience from May 20 to July 28 at various eminent venues in the Capital. This “Summer Theatre Festival” shall begin with play ‘Court Martial,’ directed by Arvind Gaur and written by Swadesh Deepak with music composed by Dr Sangeeta Gaur at Sri Ram Centre, Mandi House. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn this festival, the group will showcase 17 plays, all of which are directed by Arvind Gaur and the music is composed by Dr Sangeeta Gaur. ‘Ambedakar Aur Gandhi’ and ‘Hindu Code Bill’ written by Rajesh Kumar; ‘Operation Three Star’ written by Dario Fo (adapted in Hindi by Amitabh Srivastava) and lyrics by Piyush Mishra; ‘Unsuni’ ; ‘Moteram Ka Satyagrah’; ‘Ek Mamooli Aadmi’; ‘Log-Baag’; ‘Final Solutions’; ‘Ye Aadmi Ye Choohe’; ‘Kharashein’ and many other fabulous plays are going to be enacted at this festival. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveArvind Gaur, the leader of ‘Asmita’, is known for his work in socially and politically relevant theatre in India. Gaur’s plays are contemporary and thought-provoking, connecting intimate personal spheres of existence to larger social political issues. His work deals with Internet censorship, communalism, caste issues, feudalism, domestic violence, crimes of state, politics of power, violence, injustice, social discrimination, marginalisation, and racism. The founder of the ‘Asmita’ theatre group believes that his work is not just sheer entertainment, but a medium to address concerns which are rooted in every individual’s time and space. “To me, theatre is a tool to sensitise people towards their own existence. I feel responsible for inciting the concerns of my audience, especially youth, towards the needs of our society.” Gaur believes that stage training acts as a catalyst to create better human beings. “We must work on the most basic unit of society i.e. the individual, for developing sensibility on a broader scale.”last_img read more

first_imgNovember 19, 2010 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Brought to you by PCWorld 10 min read Good citizens of technological America, this story is not for you. Today we honor the louts, the Luddites, and the lazy. Everyone has a little techie vice — raise your hand if you have ever used “password” as a password — but with this outing we’re digging a little deeper, calling out the really bad habits that can cause permanent damage to your high-tech psyche.Without further ado, it’s time to get our hands dirty. We present to you our 25 worst high-tech habits.1. Avoiding Security SoftwareSo you thought you could get by without antimalware utilities, just by being mindful of what Web links you click and what e-mail you open. How’s that working out for ya? Use something — anything — to protect your PC from the bad guys, who are happy to have you as a target. You can even start with free antivirus software.2. Failing to Back Up Your ComputerThe funny thing about people who admit that they don’t back up is that they always preface it by saying, “I know it’s bad, but…” Listen: All hard drives crash eventually. All of them. Yours will, too. For help, see our simple guide to getting started with backup.3. Neglecting Offsite BackupA thief breaks into your apartment and steals your laptop. No problem: You just backed it up last night. Oh, wait, he stole your backup drive too, because it was sitting right next to the laptop. Store your data in multiple locations, with automatic backups scheduled for hard drives kept away from your PC — and make a backup plan to prepare for worst-case scenarios.4. Replying to SpamWhy do spammers do their dirty work? Because enough people respond to it to make sending junk worth their while. Yes, clicking the “remove me” link counts as a response — though on rare occasions, if a message is clearly from a legitimate brand-name company, using that link is worth a try. If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. In addition to following this commonsense advice, you can take an extra step to harness the spam-fighting powers of your e-mail service.Tempting as the offer may be, put spammers out of business by ignoring their e-mail.5. Traveling With an Operating ComputerTaking your computer from the kitchen to the living room while it’s running? No problem. Taking your running PC from the office, on the subway, for a mile-long walk, and up the stairs to your house? Terrible idea. Spinning hard drives can crash, and computers can easily overheat in cramped quarters. Shut the PC down. (Extra demerits if your hot, whirring laptop is sweating it out in a closed briefcase for the entire ride.) Windows offers custom settings for the power button and lets you tell a laptop to power off when you shut the lid.6. Using a Laptop on a BedUse your laptop in bed all you want — it’s when you leave the machine running on your goose-down comforter that the problems begin. Fluffy cushions and the like can block ventilation ports, overheating (and ruining) your PC. Use a lap desk or a coffee-table book to keep some airflow between the two. Plus, you can hurt your body if you’re typing in an unnatural position, so pay attention to ergonomics.7. Printing EverythingYou already have a digital record — why do you need to print it out? Even forms that require signatures often can accept a “digital” signature that you create in Microsoft Paint. Save completed files as PDFs for even easier transportation and archiving.8. Taking a Camera to the BeachOne grain of sand in the shutter or zoom mechanism, and it’s toast. If you must shoot beachside, put the camera in a waterproof case or a plastic bag. Better yet, get a waterproof camera.9. Leaving a Laptop in the CarThieves stake out hot parking spots and wait for fancy-pants business types to leave their laptop bags in the car, even just for a few minutes. All they have to is smash a window and grab it, and they’re gone in 10 seconds flat. Or, maybe you thought you got smart, and you put your laptop in the trunk, out of sight — too bad you waited until you got to Sketchy Street to do it, where the bad guys watched you every step of the way. Trunks are even easier to pop open than windows. Stow your rig in the trunk before you embark on your trip. Better yet, take the laptop with you, or try a travel lock.10. Keeping All of Your E-MailEvery e-mail message you’ve ever received is sitting in your inbox in chronological order. Congratulations! You now have an unassailable historical record of your communications…and a guarantee that you will never find anything of any importance whatsoever. Use folders or tags to organize your inbox, and be liberal with the Delete key.11. Failing to Learn Keyboard ShortcutsDid you know that some people out there still aren’t aware that Ctrl-C is copy and Ctrl-V is paste? I’m not saying you need to learn every Alt-Ctrl-Shift combo, but the more Alt-F4s you pick up, the sooner you can go home. Drop the mouse and try a few essential shortcuts for shutting down a PC and more, and several specific shortcuts for Windows 7.12. Installing Too Much JunkWhy is Windows so slow? You installed three instant messaging clients and seven browser toolbars on your machine. Once some of this stuff is installed, the damage is already done, as many of these apps leave behind traces that are impossible to eliminate. You can try uninstalling as much as possible, but a clean Windows setup is often your best bet.13. Discarding ReceiptsNull’s Law dictates that consumer products will always break immediately after the expiration of their warranty — but once in a while they break sooner. You might be able to get the thing fixed … if you saved your receipt. Keep a folder next to your medical records. Once you collect some receipts, you can scan and organize them with the Neat Receipts system.14. Waiting in Line for Tech StuffRemember when you slept in a tent so that you could be the first guy in your ‘hood to own a PlayStation 3? Your parents are probably just as proud of that achievement as when you finally leveled your Druid up to 80. Trust us: The gadget works the same 24 hours later. You can probably even preorder it online and let it come to your door.15. Hitting Your ComputerBe mad. Seriously, Windows aggravates everyone — get angry! Remember, though: We can offer a lot of aid, but throwing, kicking or otherwise abusing a PC physically will not help. And shelling out a few hundred bucks for a new computer will actually make you feel even worse in the end. Meditate, and restrain yourself. If your laptop is sick from a latte that you tossed on it in a fit of rage, clean it carefully. Luckily, you can try a few emergency tech fixes that can restore hardware to health if your tantrum goes too far.16. Saving Files Anywhere and EverywhereWhen you get your electric bill, do you just throw it on the table, mixing it in with family photos, flyers, the Sunday paper and your discs from Netflix, or do you take 20 seconds to file it away where it really ought to go? Wait, don’t answer that. As with your inbox, folders are your friend.17. Checking in With Location-Based ServicesThe only people who care that you’re at Sizzler or TJ Maxx are people you really don’t want to know. Exceptions: If you’re someplace really cool — like Mt. Fuji, Versailles or Chernobyl — check in all you want. We’ve looked at some practical uses for services like Foursquare; stick to those.18. Citing WikipediaWhen you need a fact to make a point, the perfect place to go is a gargantuan website that anyone can edit anonymously, and where hoaxes and gag entries can have a life span of years. If you must use Wikipedia, click the links in the footnotes on the page to get the real story, and to see how credible the information digested there really is.19. Posting Hilarious Pictures Online”Hey, coworker! Looks like you had a great time at your pal’s bachelor party. Oh, is that you posing with a Heineken in your hand? How original! Yeah, you and that girl look pretty wasted in that one. At least, that’s what our boss said when he e-mailed it to me. Good luck with that evaluation!” Save such moments for posterity in private — or else. Pay close attention to the privacy settings on Facebook (and untag yourself in those compromising pictures) and on photo-sharing sites. On Flickr, for example, click Edit your profile privacy from the ‘Manage your profile’ page to control who can see what.20. Believing the SalespersonLet’s put it this way: If that guy really knew a lot about computers, would he be wandering the aisles in a blue shirt and slacks asking if you need help? No. No, he would not. Do your research by googling for consumer reviews and comments before you get to the store, and learn which stores offer the best services and deals.21. Ignoring the SpecsThe big idea in tech today is to offer three classes of product: A bare-bones version, a power-user version and an “extreme” version, each with an escalating price tag. The problem is, the extreme edition may not really do anything that the bare-bones version can’t do — or it has features you don’t actually need — but you buy the expensive one anyway, because you didn’t really read the specs. It can take a lot of Web research time to figure out the meaning of some of the arcana — and what’s really important — but this is time well invested.22. Using One Password for EverythingAll it takes is a single data leak at your cell phone company for a crook to get into your e-mail, bank, investing, online shopping and Match.com accounts. It’s one-stop shopping for identity thieves! Having a unique password for every site is unrealistic, but use a series of several passwords and save your best for the most critical sites. Password managers can help.23. Not Having a Disposable E-Mail AddressDon’t give out your regular e-mail address to newsletters, iffy Web services and girls or boys you meet after midnight. A disposable e-mail address that you check once a fortnight is a better solution. This is why Gmail was invented.24. Failing to Lock Your SmartphoneWhen an unsavory type finds a lost phone, his first order of business is to call as many international and 900-type numbers that he humanly can. Then he harvests all the data on it for identity theft and spam purposes. Or you could, you know, prevent all of that by putting a simple PIN on the thing. You can find tools built to manage security for Android and other mobile operating systems.25. Commenting OnlineI know: You have the perfect bon mot to counter one of the points on this list, and you’re going to enter it painstakingly into a Web form at the bottom of this article so you can be clever comment #86 on page four. Congratulations, sir or ma’am. Touché. Seriously, people, this is 2010. If you have something snarky or inflammatory to say, at least have the common courtesy to tweet it (politely). 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first_imgSouth Cheshire Newcastle Borough Staffordshire Moorlands Full list M6, A500, A50 A- M Aston-by-Stone: Lane closure on A34 Stafford Road Southbound on November 7 Adbaston: Roadworks and road closure on Main Road near Marsh Meadow from October 22 until November 23 Cold Meece: Two way traffic controls on Yarnfield Road outside landfill site from November 1 until November 9 Cotwalton, near Oulton: Two way signals on A520 Hayes Bank from November 8 until November 12 Derrington: Roadworks and road closures on Church Lane and Mount Pleasant from November 5 until January 30 2019 Eccleshall: Roadworks and road closure on Green Lane from October 15 until November 9 Eccleshall: Carriageway incursion on B5026 High Street until November 6 Eccleshall: Two way traffic signals on Stafford Street near mini-roundabout between A519 and A5013 from November 5 until November 7 Enson: Roadworks and road closure on Enson Lane at the junction with Marston Lane from November 5 until November 7 Garshall Green: Roadworks and road closures on Garshall Green Lane from November 8 until November 14 Haughton: Multi-way traffic lights on Newport Road near Oak Tree Farm from November 6 until November 10 Meir Heath: Two way traffic signals on B5066 Hilderstone Road from November 2 until November 6 Milwich: Roadworks and road closures on B5027 Uttoxeter Road near Calton Farm from November 5 until November 9 Read MoreDriver arrested after running off from accident Stafford Stafford: Roadworks and road closure on Baswich Lane near the canal bridge from September 10 until December 14 Stafford: Temporary traffic lights and roadworks on Beaconside until April 2019 Stafford: Carriageway incursion on Bridge Street outside number 11 from November 5 until November 7 Stafford: Multi-way traffic signals on Drummond Road from October 15 until November 30 Stafford: Roadworks and road closure on Eastgate Sreeet from November 8 until November 9 Stafford: Two way traffic signals on A5013 Eccleshall Road from October 22 until November 9 Stafford: Give and take traffic control on Marston Road from November 1 until November 5 Stafford: Carriageway incursion on Market Street near Lloyds Bank from November 5 until November 11 Stafford: Carriageway incursion on Newport Road from November 8 until November 13 outside Egremont Stafford: Give and take traffic control on Riverway near junction with Lichfield Road from November 5 until November 7 Stafford: Multi-way lights on School Lane and Hillfarm Close from November 1 until November 5 Stafford: Two way signals on Shackleton Way from October 24 until November 6 Stafford: Roadworks and road closures on Shakespeare Road, Coleridge Drive, Tennyson Road and Somerset Road from August 6 until November 9 Stafford: Carriageway incursion on B5066 South Walls on November 7 – near Nationwide Building Society Stafford: Roadworks and road closure on Thorneyfields Lane in Castle Bank over M6 until April 2019 Stone: Roadworks and some overnight closures at Aston Roundabout from August 20 until November 16 Read MoreCCGs say there are enough flu vaccines for over-65s despite reported supply issue Rugeley: Rugeley: Lane closure on Main Road near junction with Bates Way from November 7 until November 9 Rugeley: Two way traffic signals on Setterfield Way from November 7 until November 13 Rugeley: Two way signals on Sitting Mill Road from November 9 until November 13 Uttoxeter and surrounding areas: Denstone: Roadworks and road closure on Stubwood Lane from November 5 until November 6 Doveridge: Give and take traffic control on Marston Lane from November 5 until November 7 Fole: Roadworks and road closure on Fole Lane between Folebank Barns and Godley Farm from October 31 until November 9. Uttoxeter: Roadworks and road closure on B5030 Ashbourne Road from November 1 until November 7 Uttoxeter: Give and take traffic control on Stafford Road on November 11 Uttoxeter: Multi-way traffic signals from the junction with the A522 New Road and Bentley Road to the access into JCB World Parts Centre until November 18. Uttoxeter: Roadworks and road closure on A522 from October 4 until January 18 2019. Withington: Roadworks and road closures on Nobut Road from November 5 until November 7 Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.center_img Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailDrivers are being warned to expect traffic and travel delays due to roadworks across Stafford Borough this coming week. Motorists hitting the roads of the area on Monday morning can expect a raft of delays and road closures waiting for them. The following roadworks are taking place in the Borough between Monday November 5 and Sunday November 11 – with this list also including Rugeley, as well as Uttoxeter for those who live, work and travel through the East Staffordshire town. This list contains only the roadworks considered to be most likely to cause delays on key routes as well as those involving road closures and temporary traffic lights. It is not exhaustive and does not feature some minor or emergency repairs that come up after publication. Other roadworks may finish or start before schedule or be cancelled altogether. If you only want information about roadworks in a different area of North Staffordshire and South Cheshire, visit the links below, otherwise scroll down for the roadworks most likely to disrupt your journey in Stafford Borough in the coming week All information from Highways England, local authorities and utility companies. Read MoreRoadworks from November 5 until November 11 Stafford Borough, Rugeley, Uttoxeter 1,100 accidents on one stretch of M6 Stoke-on-Trentlast_img read more