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Hearst first recognized the need for an internal digital asset management system and began developing one in mid-2006. The first component of the system, called Circules, went live four months later (Hearst’s Web sites began using it four months after that). Circules is a subscription marketing tool, with additional e-commerce functions, that manages online sub sales.The next component of the platform was a content management system called Magnus. Hearst editors use the CMS as an administrative interface to create content, associate it with specific sites and sections and organize it with tags. The platform’s other components are called Prometheus (a system that serves editorial promotion and subscription promotion units within the content and templates provided by Magnus) and Hermes (a content syndication tool that operates via feeds and draws from Hearst’s content database).“The system provides flexible and scalable technology that can meet the needs of multiple brands,” says Cordray. “So while the sites look very different, and have some variations in functionality, the costs of development are shared across the portfolio. … The beauty of the system is that it allows us to continually modify the technology without disrupting service. We continue to modify and expand the functionality of the system each and every week.”Hearst constructed the digital platform around a standard LAMP stack architecture. LAMP is an acronym for a stack of free, open source software (the Linux operating system, Apache HTTP Server, the MySQL database software and PHP). “When we began architecting the system we wanted to ensure that it would scale to meet the demands of our growing audience of unique visitors, because many of our sites are in the top five or ten in their categories,” says Cordray. “Additionally, our team wanted to focus on quality. We spent a lot if time and energy building out a quality system and each and every vendor that we partner with is meticulously screened to ensure that their systems properly integrate with ours.”For example, Hearst partnered with Doubleclick to provide external ad serving, and with a company called Echo which powers Hearst’s community functions, including universal registration capability and membership data. Hearst Magazines Digital Media recently relaunched Popular Mechanics’ Web site, which now operates on a multi-component digital platform the company developed and built in-house. Until now, PopularMechanics.com had operated on a separate, proprietary platform since the site launched in 1995. The new site features an updated site design, simplified navigation scheme, as well as a photo-based step-by-step project guide that is printable and allows users to review and evaluate each step required for that project.According to Hearst Magazines Digital Media senior vice president and general manager Chuck Cordray, the digital platform is a “core strategic success and asset” for Hearst. “We have sold more than 10 million net paid subscriptions to our print products on these platforms and we are rolling the systems to other entities within the magazine group and within the company,” he says. “Those decisions were driven by both the opportunity for increased revenue, which we have accomplished, as well as decreased costs, which we have also successfully achieved.”Right now, 25 of Hearst’s magazine and non-magazine brands online are on the platform (only Kaboodle isn’t).
Gunmen killed nine Shia Hazara miners in the northern Afghan province of Baghlan on Friday, officials said, in the latest attack against ethnic minorities.No group immediately claimed responsibility for the killings in the remote district of Tala Wa Barfak, but the government blamed Islamic State jihadists who are making steady inroads into Afghanistan.“Nine coalminers were killed by unknown gunmen in Tala wa Barfak. They were heading home when their vehicle were stopped by gunmen,” district governor Faiz Mohammad Amiri told AFP.The governor of central Bamiyan province, apparently where the coalminers were from, confirmed the incident.The rise of the Islamic State group has raised the spectre of sectarian discord in Afghanistan, something that the Sunni-majority country has largely been spared despite decades of war.Until a few months ago IS was largely confined to the eastern province of Nangarhar bordering Pakistan, where it is notorious for brutality including beheadings despite a US-backed offensive against the group.But the government this week said the group was steadily expanding into other provinces.Around 2,000 Shia Muslims in western Afghanistan staged a protest on Tuesday against growing sectarian attacks by the group and demanded protection from the government.Last year Afghanistan witnessed a wave of attacks on Shia claimed by IS, which considers Shia Muslims apostates.At least 14 Shia were killed in October in a powerful blast at a mosque in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif, hours after gunmen targeted Shiite worshippers in a shrine in Kabul and killed 18 people.
By George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterPlans are underway to give the Howard Center a much needed makeover, adding available housing to students, university officials announced.Currently the space, located at 2225 Georgia Avenue N.W. is vacant save existing tenants like Starbucks and Barnes & Noble. The proposed plan would transform floors three through nine into 176 below market rate, micro, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments, prioritizing the units for students, faculty, staff and associates, according to a statement from the university.Howard Center located at 2225 Georgia Avenue N.W. will undergo renovations, with plans to be complete by Summer of this year. (Courtesy Photo)“I am committed to improving our student experience at every level,” Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick said in a statement. “While we have renovated much of our housing stock over the past couple of years, the Howard Center project provides an improved foundation for our core graduate and professional programs which are key components of my growth strategy.”“Also, included in the program are community spaces where residents can engage with faculty and alumni, which further deepens the linkage between generational University stakeholders. This project is a unique opportunity for Howard University to drive the re-imagination of the Georgia Avenue Corridor,” the statement said.“It is a small, but significant initial step in furthering the DUKE Plan which envisions the immediate environment as part of the ‘Howard Town Center Area.’ This and our previously announced Bond Bread Factory and WRECO Garage redevelopment initiative will further enhance the local community experience while encouraging economic growth, job creation and development.”The university is leasing the space to Provident Group – Howard Center, Inc., a 501(c)(3) for a period of 41 years.The Howard Center is a 90,157 square foot building with nine floors. It is a major step in creating housing opportunities for the growing graduate school and professional Howard University students.The plan has received support among business leaders and developers in the District. The plan’s team consists of many leaders including: Bank Of America/ Merill Lynch, Preston Hollow Capital, Provident Resources Group, Alvarez & Marsal, Corvias Campus Living and the District of Columbia.“We were excited to learn of Dr. Frederick’s vision for the University,” said Ramiro Albarran, head of Originations at Preston Hollow Capital, said in a statement. “Preston Hollow Capital brings creative solutions with its investments nationally. We were proud to include Howard University in the $1 + billion of investments that we made in 2018. Howard University is an iconic national institution and we are thrilled to bring our expertise in structuring and capital allocation to support this project, the associated innovative program as well as the mission overall.”The plan will also add amenities like a fitness center, laundry facilities, social lounges and gaming rooms to the space. The retail spaces will remain in place.Developers hope to complete the renovations by Summer 2019.The plan is part of a long term strategy for growth for the University which has recovered from a brief bad credit rating just after the financial crisis. Over the past two years the University has seen a boost in financial performance with a gain from operations of almost $12 million, according to the university website, while expenses decreased by 8% compared to 2015.Howard University is ranked a Tier I national university by US News and and World Report (USNWR). Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States.For more information on Howard University and the renovations visit www.howard.edu.
Kolkata: Subrata Bakshi, state President of Trinamool Congress, has urged party workers not to discuss their views and opinions about the strengths and weaknesses of the party in different constituencies in open forums.He also asked them to maintain their cool and not get involved in debates or discussions in open forums. Bakshi, who was an MP from the Kolkata South seat, has been dropped from the candidate list and he will look after the party instead. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBakshi said some party workers give their opinions about the strengths and weaknesses of the party in open forums and take part in debates on the issue. “This is not desired at all as it gives wrong messages to the people who might think that the party has strength in some areas and weakness in some others,” he said, adding: “In addas many things come up for discussion. But hot debates on the party’s performance in the ensuing Lok Sabha polls should be avoided.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIt may be mentioned that in the meetings held by party supremo Mamata Banerjee, the party workers have been asked to work wholeheartedly and develop contacts with the local people. She has also asked them to give up infighting and put up a united resistance against BJP. Political experts said at the moment Trinamool Congress has the highest number of young workers, who are working as a disciplined force in the city and districts. Trinamool Congress has already selected the workers who will man the 77,000 odd polling booths across the state. Mamata Banerjee knows the booth level leaders by their name. Except Trinamool, no party in Bengal has such a strong youth force and teaching them the dos and don’ts will ultimately help the party to conduct the election more efficiently.
Friday, August 5, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO – It’s another year of solid H1 growth, says IATA’s Air Passenger Market Analysis for June, but upward momentum has slowed in light of extremist attacks and moderate economic growth.According to the report, industry-wide revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) grew by 6.0% year-on-year in the first half of 2016, slightly up from the 5.9% increase in the same period in 2015. Annual growth in RPKs ticked up to 5.2% in June, from an upwardly-revised 4.8% in May.However, IATA notes that over the past few months, there are ongoing signs that passenger growth has shifted down a gear.The market has grown at an annualized rate of around 3.5% since the start of the year, the weakest showing since 2011.The slow-down can be attributed partly to the ongoing impacts of recent high-profile terrorist attacks, which have impacted international European traffic in particular.Typically, the impact of such events is transitory, but the repeated natured of recent events suggests that the effects may be longer-lasting this time.More news: Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”In addition, the increasingly uncertain global economic climate continues to affect passenger demand.As a result, the largest international carrier regions have lost momentum. The upward trend in Europe’s seasonally-adjusted traffic has paused in recent months, and traffic grew by just 2.1% year-on-year in June.Uncertainly following the Brexit vote in the UK is also expected to hit European airlines and markets the hardest in the coming months.Meanwhile, international traffic flown by Asia Pacific airlines grew by 8.2% year-on-year in June. However, most of this growth relates to the strong upward trend in seasonally-adjusted traffic seen in the final months of 2015 and into 2016.The trend has flattened since, with June passenger volumes barely higher than in February.This could be a sign of Asian passengers being putt off by terrorism in Europe; passenger traffic on the Europe-Asia route fell by 2.6% year-on-year in May.The good news is, the trend in other regions is picking up. All segment-based passenger routes to and from the Middle East saw solid gains during the first five months of 2016.More news: Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTAnd having trended down since July 2015, North American carriers’ international traffic has also picked up in recent months; seasonally-adjusted volumes have risen by 2.1% since March, an annualized rate of over 8%. Travelweek Group Global passenger market has grown, says IATA report, but expect things to slow down Posted by Share