Diversified Communications Expands to Thailand with Acquisition

first_img“Our growth strategy to further the company’s diversification of risk through events serving different industries, in different geographies, with different formats; and launching to broaden the scope of our operations and provide further diversification in these areas has been our practice for the last decade,” says Diversified Communications CEO Ted Wirth in a statement. Wirth succeeded Nancy Hasselback as president and CEO last June.  Diversified Communications is continuing its acquisitive streak through a deal to buy Bangkok-based exhibition organizer Kavin Intertrade Co. Ltd. The move adds another seven shows, trade and consumer, to Diversified’s event business and establishes a new division in Thailand. It’s the first deal for Diversified in 2014—the company closed five acquisitions last year. The addition of Kavin brings another 20 employees on board, giving Diversified a global staff of 740, says the company.Diversified Communications has for years been uniquely aggressive in its international expansion, particularly through events. Likewise, as the company has broadened its global reach, it’s been growing the number of industries it serves, balancing its risk and market exposure across platforms and verticals, true to the company’s own name. More on this topic Diversified Adds Another Strategic Acquisition Hasselback Steps Down as President, CEO of Diversified Communications Diversified Communications Makes Fifth Acquisition This Year Diversified Communications Buys Accounts Payable Network Diversified Business Communications Buys Electronic Health Record Provider 1105 MediaJust In The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQPowered bylast_img read more

Class Sizes in DODEA Schools to Increase Modestly

first_imgThe DOD Education Activity (DODEA) plans to increase average class sizes in its middle and high schools while trimming about 300 positions before the next school year, the agency’s director told staff last week. The agency is not expecting a cut in the fiscal 2020 budget, Director Thomas Brady said. But he noted that a minimal increase in class sizes offers the potential to “gain efficiencies and better align staffing,” reports Stars and Stripes. The agency did not say how many of the “300 excess positions” are teachers.Class sizes throughout DODEA schools vary widely, from more than 30 students to fewer than 10. About 8,700 educators serve more than 70,000 students in the military school system. The average class size for middle and high schools from the top nine states with military-connected students is 25.5 students, DODEA said.Chuck McCarter, president of the Federal Education Association, the union representing DODEA educators, criticized the plan. “Any cut to school-level staffing that will result in an increase to class sizes is a disservice to DODEA students and military families,” McCarter said. Photo by Sgt. Maryam Treece Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Trump accuses media of ignoring terrorist attacks

first_imgUS President Donald Trump speaks following a visit to the US Central Command and Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base. Photo: AFPUS President Donald Trump accused the media Monday of disregarding attacks perpetrated by radical jihadists, in a provocative statement for which he provided no evidence.“ISIS is on a campaign of genocide, committing atrocities across the world. Radical Islamic terrorists are determined to strike our homeland,” the president said, using an acronym for the Islamic State group.Trump, who was speaking during a visit to US Central Command in Tampa, Florida then listed a string of attacks carried out in the United States, including 9/11, the Boston Marathon bombings, the Orlando gay nightclub massacre and the San Bernardino shootings.“You have seen what happened in Paris and Nice. All over Europe it’s happening. It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported,” Trump added.“And in many cases the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it,” he said, in one of his customary attacks on the media.“They have their reasons, and you understand that,” he concluded, without giving any explanation.Asked about the president’s statement shortly thereafter, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said “we’ll provide a list later.”“There’s several instances… There’s a lot of instances that have occurred where I don’t think they’ve gotten the coverage it deserved,” he said.last_img read more

Sounds of Yale

first_imgFriends of Music are all set with their next show. This time the event will feature the world’s oldest collegiate a cappella group – The Whiffenpoofs of Yale.  Founded in 1909, their repertoire features a diverse selection of songs ranging from traditional Yale songs to original compositions to hits from every decade. Opening the stage for them are Adi and Suhail, the duo from Delhi , transcending boundaries with their ever evolving sound.Four member of the Whinnefpoofs were members of the Glee Club’s Varsity Quartet. The group began to meet on a weekly basis at Mory’s, where they improvised harmonies to the songs they loved. These weekly meetings soon became a hallowed tradition amongst the singers. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The name of the group was tickled by a joke featuring a mythical dragonfish named the Whiffenpoof which found an apt reflection on the group’s gatherings. The word quickly caught on with the group’s admirers, and the name stuck. Ever since then, the songs, and the weekly date at Mory’s have remained inviolate traditions that continue to bind us together. Talking about Adi and Suhail, they have been turning heads and making their presence felt on the independent music scene in India, with their songs like Qalandar, Laage Re and Zindagi. They have been playing and writing music together for over a decade, have performed all over the world. Mark the dates and head over. When: 20 July Where: Stein Auditorium India Habitat Centrelast_img read more

Swan Song

first_imgMusic has always been a pivot of Hindi cinema. Whether love ballads or heavily choreographed masala numbers or item songs, music not only embellishes our films but is integral to the movie-viewing experience. But, in the last few years, the industry appears to have lost its musical ear. While songs are being generated at a rapid rate, the tunes being composed are no longer striking a chord or tugging at the heart strings as they once did. From ‘Bom diggy’ and ‘Dil chori sada’ in Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety to ‘Tareefan’ in Veere Di Wedding and ‘Dilbar dilbar’ in Satyameva Jayate, we have only one blockbuster that is an original composition. All the others have been tried and tested before. And now, remixed versions of certain songs are also failing to live up to the mark. This week, we raised the question – why is the Hindi film industry seeing a dearth of original songs? Are even recreations failing to work? We spoke to a few film directors, music composers and lyricists and asked them to help figure it out. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfShashank Khaitan, Writer-Director As filmmakers, we are all trying to see what is good for our movies, whether situational songs or promotional songs. Some original songs have done well. Some recreations have done well. The industry, right now, is figuring out how to take songs forward. As we speak, I am writing my next script and figuring out what to do. I am trying to see how I can integrate musical numbers in the story so that they can authentically take the storytelling forward. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveNow we need to figure out whether a song that has already released can be used if it is apt for the film or do we need to create original music for every film? If the song is in line with the situation, may be it is better to use an already existing song over creating a new one. Having said that, we are all working to create original songs; they are a part of Hindi cinema. I hope and pray that such songs continue to be a part of Hindi cinema. We are trying to understand and strike a balance between originality and commerce. Hopefully, we can arrive at a balance between original songs and recreations. Milap Milan Zaveri, Writer-Director There has to be a good mix of both, original songs and recreations. In Satyameva Jayate, we had both ‘Dilbar’ and ‘Paniyon sa’ – one a recreation and the other an original song. ‘Dilbar’ notched up record-breaking numbers. ‘Tareefan’ from Veere Di Wedding and ‘Paniyon sa’ from my film have done well. The songs of Dhadak, although remakes of their Marathi versions, were pretty new for the Hindi audience. It is not that original music is not doing well. What has happened is that some recreations like ‘Dilbar’ have become successful because they are new songs for this generation. They are not aware of the original numbers as they released a long time ago. Amit Trivedi, Composer-Singer Original compositions are not grabbing the limelight or becoming successful these days because recreated songs are being heavily promoted. There is also a surge in the number of songs being released… an overdose. People are exposed to songs from new releases, almost every day. There are so many songs. When something is available in abundance, it diminishes in value. That’s exactly what’s happening with songs today. It seems that supply is far outstripping demand. It feels as if the audience is being burdened with too much and that is not really necessary. Vishal Mishra, Composer – Singer Today, we are living in the best times to make music. We have never before had such a big talent pool, so many great writers, music directors, music producers and music equipment. The labels are so strong and so many platforms have cropped up exclusively for music. As far as recreations are concerned, some of them work and I think it’s a beautiful process. Shalmali Kholgade, Singer-Composer I think at the root of all the speculation on the longevity and workability of music today is the shortening attention span of the audience and the effort to cut through the clutter on the part of creators. At a time when there’s so much information out there to consume, it’s a risk for most artistes to try something new and different. Most creators would consider it wiser to present an existing piece of music in a relevant context (remix/reprise) and thus get the audience’s attention, before treading on new terrain. It’s just a business model, I guess. Some people are stubborn and believe firmly in their sound and negate the demand. They stand a chance to either make a mark or go unnoticed. This is probably why we have fewer original songs that have made a mark. Why aren’t recreations working? We see a recreation in every other film and the novelty factor is lost. There is very little room to be surprised. Familiarity works for recreations but over-familiarity can work in the other direction. Rachita Arora, Composer I think it is unfortunate that we have so many remakes but there are also some amazing musicians coming up with original stuff, experimenting and exploring. I feel we do have some numbers that are hitting the charts. So I don’t fully agree with the question. One bright side is that a lot of new composers are getting the chance to showcase their work and are getting the chance to do it their way.last_img read more

Updated Put on your sunscreens Met office warns of high temperatures

first_img SharePrint The Met Office at the Malta International Airport has just issues an Orange warning for ‘Extreme High Temperatures’ for Sunday between 13:00 and 17:00h (1 and 5 PM) . The Met office also warns of a Yellow warning between 11am and 7pm. The temperature at 10.30am was 35 degrees Celsius. Artist Gorg Mallia was not amused and took to his pens.Meanwhile weather sites on Facebook are estimating a high of 38 degrees.All temperatures are measured in the shade.Families are generally advised by authorities to keep their children as well as elderly persons well protected and hydrated.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img