Selby DrummondVogue accessories and special projects editor, Selby Drummond, is leaving Condé Nast after seven years with the company to take on the newly created role of head of fashion and beauty partnerships at Snap Inc., Snapchat’s parent company. She will begin her new position in mid-October and will report to head of talent partnerships Lauren Gallo. In the new role, Drummond will be responsible for all of Snap Inc.’s strategy and outreach efforts to fashion designers, industry creators, and influencers, and will lead engagement efforts around major events in the fashion and beauty space.According to a report from Business of Fashion, a replacement for Drummond hasn’t been named, however, “a representative for Vogue said her responsibilities will be redistributed among the Vogue market team by fashion director Virginia Smith.” As the accessories and special projects director, Drummond oversaw a department of 11 editors and freelancers who were responsible for all coverage of shoes, bags, jewelry and small accessories. She also represented Vogue at domestic and international fashion weeks and events in order to source talent and identify trends that were then covered in print and digital.Jon GluckHere are the rest of this week’s people on the move… The first Hearst Magazines staffers have been let go under new president Troy Young. Executive director of editorial talent, Jon Gluck, and VP of communications, Flavie Lemarchand-Wood, both of whom were hired in September 2017, have been dismissed from the company, according to a New York Post report. Gluck, who was hired by former chief content officer Joanna Coles, joined Hearst from Condé Nast where he had served as the managing editor of Vogue. Lemarchand-Wood formerly worked at Priceline where she was VP of global communications.Michael CarlFormer fashion director of Vanity Fair, Michael Carl, who was let go soon after editor-in-chief Radhika Jones took over at the magazine, was appointed as the first VP of press and influence at Paris-based luxury brand, Hermès, WWD reports. Prior to VF, Carl worked at Nylon and Interview. He begins this new position next week in the New York office, and will report to SVP of communications, Peter Malachi. The sale of Purch’s U.S.-based consumer-facing brands and its RAMP ad tech platform to UK-based Future plc was completed today, and Purch’s remaining business-focused b2b unit has been rebranded as Business.com. Former president and COO of Purch, Doug Llewellyn, has been named CEO of Business.com, while the company’s former CEO Greg Mason will remain an advisor to its board. In his new capacity, Llewellyn and his team will continue to focus on expanding the marketplace of small business owners through multiple channels.“Doug had the vision to identify and acquire businesses complementary to Purch to create Business.com and is the ideal person to lead this business to future successes,” said Ralph Terkowitz, a representative of the board, in a statement. Rob YagidB2B residential construction and remodeling publisher, Fine Homebuilding, announced two promotions this week in response to its growing initiative, #KeepCraftAlive, which serves as an industry leadership program that supports those who want to pursue a path in skilled trades.Rob Yagid, who currently serves as the brand’s editorial director and has been at Fine Homebuilding Magazine since 2007, is taking over as the founder and executive director of Keep Craft Alive. Yagid started the program as a social media hashtag to showcase pride in construction craft and has sense developed it into a scholarship and educational awareness opportunity within the industry.In response to Yagid’s appointment, Justin Fink has been promoted to editorial director of Fine Homebuilding. Fink has been with the brand since 2004, starting as an editorial intern, and most recently held the role of editor. “[Fink] has worked so closely with Rob over the years, this transition will be seamless and allow for us to flourish under Justin’s editorial vision, while Rob builds out the next phase of #KeepCraftAlive,” said group publisher/SVP Renee Jordan in a statement.Toby Harnden was tapped as the Washington Examiner’s new managing editor. Starting Oct. 1, he will replace Philip Klein, who has served in that capacity since 2015. Klein is moving to executive editor in order to focus more on writing. Harnden is currently the Washington bureau chief for The Sunday Times of London.Politico New York’s state Capitol bureau chief Jimmy Vielkind is joining The Wall Street Journal to cover New York politics. Vielkind was a founding member of Politico New York’s state Capitol bureau and was named bureau chief in November 2013, where he currently coordinates the largest bureau at the capitol, reports and writes articles and analyses state politics, and has been a regular contributor to Politico New York’s magazine. He has reported on New York state government and politics since 2008, first as a correspondent for the New York Observer and later at the Albany Times Union. Taha AhmedTaha Ahmed was appointed to Forbes’ newly created position of strategic investment associate. In this management role, Ahmed will be responsible for focusing on mergers and acquisitions, strategic and venture investments, and partnerships, as well as helping to identify areas of future growth within digital media for the company, including in emerging areas, such as artificial intelligence, fintech and blockchain. Ahmed joins the brand after three years at Group Nine Media, where he most recently held the title of manager, corporate development & strategic planning. Before that, he served a Goldman Sachs analyst. “With the addition of Taha, we will be developing a more robust acquisition strategy for future innovation and growth,” said Mike Federle, CEO of Forbes Media in a statement. Former Bloomberg Law president, Scott Mozarsky, is joining Vannin Capital as its managing director. Mozarsky departed Bloomberg Law this summer, but prior to that, had been responsible for leading Bloomberg’s business across the legal market and for guiding the Bloomberg Next organization across Bloomberg’s industry verticals, including Bloomberg BNA, Bloomberg Government and Bloomberg New Energy Finance. In his new role, Mozarsky will be responsible for the overall North American business and will be located in Vannin’s New York City office. Bloomberg tapped Simon Casey as its new leader of the brand’s energy coverage in the Americas. Since 2015, Casey served as the agricultural team leader for the company, and James Attwood, current metals and mining coverage leader, is set to succeed him in that role. Casey joined Bloomberg in 2003 as a commodities reporter and prior to that, spend four years as an online editor and deputy editor of Metal Bulletin.The Outline, the culture website startup by Joshua Topolsky—which recently raised over $5 million in its second fundraising effort—reportedly laid off six of its 24 employees according to tweets from the recently dismissed staffers. Staff writer Paris Martineau announced that “The Outline just laid off all their staff writers,” and site developer Erik Hinton also confirmed that he had been laid off along with several other co-workers from the brand. Other layoffs include staff writer Ann-Derrick Gaillot, executive assistant and office manager Wynton Wong, and front-end developer Anneka Goss, according to a tweet from managing editor of U.S. Press Freedom Tracker Peter Sterne.Sarah HofstetterFormer CEO and current chairwoman of 360i, Sarah Hofstetter, was hired by comScore as its new president, effective Oct. 4. In her new role, Hofstetter will be responsible for comScore’s commercial strategy, including marketing and sales, as well as the continued advancement of the company’s Movies Reporting & Analytics product group.In her 13 years at 360i, Hofstetter helped to building the company from a small interactive shop into a multinational advertising agency with over 1,000 employees, and has built partnerships with brands like Coca-Cola, Mondelēz International, NBCUniversal and Nestle.
WILMINGTON, MA — This is the final installment in a series of profiles celebrating the five recent WHS graduates who played on this year’s varsity softball team.Aliyah TangAliyah began playing softball the summer going into 9th grade. Aliyah had always been athletic and was able to pick up a new sport that she was interested in very quickly. Growing up, Aliyah was always fast and her speed came in handy with her new found love for the game of softball. Growing up, she took part in many different sports. She cheered, played basketball, volleyball, and even ran track/xc. All of her close friends played softball and encouraged her to play with them on the Lowell Mojo team during the summer just for fun. Luckily, she found her sport and kept at it for the next four years.A few months after high school started, Aliyah found out Mojo was discontinuing its program. She found a place on the New England Nor’easters with coach Timothy Kieran. She needed a lot of work, but Tim saw a lot of potential in her and helped shape her to be the player she is today. Aliyah was welcomed with open arms by teammates she will never forget; Ryan Bailey and Gianna Brunetto. She found her new softball family.Aliyah started off as a third basemen with Mojo because of her strong arm, then Tim saw her potential as an outfielder. She was quick and tracked balls easily. The summer after freshman year ended, she had a great season with NE and continued to play fall ball with Tim. She met her new teammates Antonia Kieran who she is now best friends with and Adele Burton. Most importantly, she met her close friend Ally Moran. She would soon end her softball career in 2018 catching for Ally, building a strong friendship.In October 2015, Aliyah’s family moved to Wilmington and she enrolled into WHS. Aliyah was now with all of her Nor’easter teammates and she felt at home. Sophomore year, she took part in Wilmington High’s softball program as an outfielder and slap hitter. Going into 11th grade she played for the Northeast Xtreme and found her calling as a catcher. Although her family wishes she caught sooner in her career, they’re glad she ended her amazing senior season catching for the Wildcats.Aliyah will be attending Auburn University and majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Her family is extremely proud of her accomplishments.Aliyah Tang(NOTE: The above profile is from Wilmington Little League.)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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Defeat Winchester (9-3) & Arlington (5-2) To Improve To 7-2In “Sports”WHS Softball Senior Profile: Adele BurtonIn “Sports”WHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Wrap Up Regular Season With 10-0 WinIn “Sports”
Four people, including a man and his son, were sentenced to death in murder cases in Chandpur and Narayanganj on Monday.In Chandpur, the court of district and session’s judge Md Saleh Uddin Ahmed sentenced two young men to death for killing their friend in the district town in 2012.The condemned convicts are Habib Gazi Nishan, 24, and Nazmul Bepari Sumon, 26.The court also sentenced them to three years’ rigorous jail each on another count for stealing two mobile phone sets of the victim.According to the prosecution, the convicts called Al Amin, son of a certain Md Oji Ullah of Biponibagh area, out of his house on 31 October 2012. However, he did not return home.Later, Al Amin’s family members filed a general diary with Chandpur model police station.Following the complaint, police arrested Nishan and Nazmul who confessed to police that they strangled Al Amin to death and buried the body in an orchard at Raldia village.Following their confession, police recovered the body.Md Abdur Rauf, then sub-inspector of Chandpur model police station and also investigation officer of the case, submitted a charge sheet on 27 January 2013.After examining all the records and 17 witnesses out of 47, judge Md Saleh Uddin Ahmed handed down the verdict.In Narayanganj, the court of additional district and session’s judge Mohammad Ali Hossain convicted a man and his son of killing Maksudul Islam Tuhin, a schoolboy, in 2015 and sentenced them to death.The convicts are Billal Hossain, 55, of Bogadi Kandapara village in Araihazar upazila of the district, and his son Mahfuzul Islam, 17.According to the prosecution, the condemned convicts abducted Tuhin, son of one Nasir Uddin of the village on 8 May 2015.Nasir filed a general diary with Araihazar police station in this connection on that day.Later, the abductors called the victim’s father over mobile phone and demanded Tk two million as ransom on 9 May.On secret information, police arrested Mahfuzul, a nephew of Nasir, from Narsingdi district on 12 May.Later, gleaning information from Mahfuzul, police recovered the body of Tuhin from a drum at the village and arrested Billal also.After examining all the records and witnesses, judge Mohammad Ali Hossain delivered the verdict.
Bloomberg via Getty ImagesSome 50,000 hospitality workers could walk off the job as early as next month, potentially jeopardizing the Las Vegas tourist industry.Tourism helps keep the wheel of Las Vegas’ economy spinning, but a hitch could slow the spokes as tens of thousands of hospitality workers are preparing to strike as early as next month.The Culinary Workers Union, Nevada’s largest labor organization, voted Tuesday to authorize a citywide strike for 50,000 members once their contracts expire June 1 — if their demands are not met.About 25,000 members weighed in on the measure, with 99 percent approving a walkout, according to the union.The contracts cover some of the biggest players on the Las Vegas Strip — nearly three dozen casino resorts including Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood and MGM Resorts International.The union says it is seeking guarantees “to provide (a) greater measure of security for members including workplace safety, sexual harassment, subcontracting, technology, and immigration.”Higher wages are also on the table, with the union arguing casinos are not adequately spreading profits among those who keep their facilities running.The union represents many of those who work in the front of the house as well as many of those who work behind the scenes including cooks, servers, porters and guest room attendants.Jose Licea, an on-call kitchen worker at Planet Hollywood Resort, has worked on the Strip for 25 years. He tells The Las Vegas Review-Journal that workers need to make more money to cover the rising cost of living.“Everything is going up: gas, food, supplies,” he says. “We need to raise salaries.”And in a city where a majority of the workforce works in the service sector, a growing reliance on automation has some worrying about their jobs being outsourced. The Review-Journal notes that employers on the Strip have already begun to use delivery robots and self check-ins — even drone-delivered-drinks are becoming a thing.Lewis Thomas, who works as a utility porter at the Tropicana Las Vegas, voted in favor of the strike. He tells the Review-Journal that he wants company-sponsored training to ensure that workers are not made redundant by the technological advances.“We are ready to walk if we don’t get the contract,” Thomas says. “Even if it means striking one month, two months or a year.”In 1984, thousands of casino and hotel workers launched a major strike lasting for more than two months and dealing a blow to the local economy, before new contracts were settled. Union members lost some $75 million in wages and benefits, reports The Associated Press, while Las Vegas lost a similar amount in tourism dollars.In the days ahead of the June 1 deadline, union negotiators and employers are working to avoid a similar outcome as they seek to solidify new five-year contracts.“A strike is a last resort,” Geoconda Argüello-Kline, secretary-treasurer for the union, said in a statement. “We want to come to an agreement.”MGM Resorts International told NPR in a statement that it has scheduled talks with the union this week and into next.The company says it is confident it can resolve the outstanding contract issues, “and will come to an agreement that works for all sides.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
W3C, the standards-setting body for the Internet (World Wide Web Consortium), has completed a draft for the important VoiceXML 3.0 – technology enabling voice identification verification. While normally associated with voice commands, it has the potential to greatly speed and improve the accuracy and positive proof of online transactions. Name that voice: Mathematica catches impersonations Explore further Some larger net businesses are even using it to confirm orders and verify identity. Many, however, have become increasingly worried about the reliability and security of these transactions with fraud and identity theft on the rise. Error rates have been around 1 to 2% – unacceptable for ironclad business transactions.W3C does not actually make software but produces standards. They now have a working draft, said James Larson, co-chair of the W3C VBWG – Voice Browser Working Group. The standard also addressed the issue of extending its Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) functionality to certain languages including Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Korean. SSML is important because it allows software makers to control speech from pitch to volume to pronunciation. This insures the software will hear the right tones and pitches so critical in languages were a tiny change in pronunciation can affect the whole meaning of a word.SSML is also used to tag areas of speech with different regional pronunciations. It is based on JSpeech Grammar Format (JSGF).A technical description and how to use SSML version 1 on a web page can be found here: www.xml.com/pub/a/2004/10/20/ssml.htmlMicrosoft Agent website is another source for would be speech interface developers.www.microsoft.com/MSAGENT/downloads/user.aspOpera browsers can be programmed for speech recognition with some XHTML (Extended Hypertext Markup Language) extensions. my.opera.com/community/dev/voice/Working with web-based speech applications can be frustrating. While the speech recognition software works well, poor quality microphones and PC speakers combined with slower Internet connections can put a damper on effectiveness. These issues will be difficult to address due to being largely beyond the control of the developer. New speech compression algorithms and simple responses like yes or no make the job much easier.Trained systems – ones that are accustomed to the user’s voice – have been much more successful, but users typically do not have the patience to complete the training and the time factor makes it impractical. Expect to find the first complex VoiceXML 3.0 technology mostly in telephone-connected and cell-phone activated systems – ones that have more controllable voice quality.Hopefully, with the new W3C standards, companies can dedicate more to useful speech recognition and less to reinventing the wheel. Standards usually lead to software tool kits for programmers and these often end up in popular packages like Microsoft’s Frontpage and Adobe’s Macromedia Dreamweaver.Amateur and professional web designers alike may soon find a compelling reason to upgrade to voice enabled web design suites.Maybe one day you can toss that pesky keyboard and mouse and talk to your machine instead – a promise made since the late 1980s and not yet satisfactorily realized.by Philip Dunn, Copyright 2005 PhysOrg.com Citation: W3C looks to improve speech recognition technology for web transactions (2005, December 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2005-12-w3c-speech-recognition-technology-web.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.