McGrawHill Reports Revenue Slide

first_imgDuring the first quarter, BusinessWeek’s ad pages were down 19.4 percent over the same period in 2007, and ad revenues dropped 15.5 percent to $53.9 million, according to the Publishers Information Bureau.Revenues at McGraw-Hill’s education division stayed flat at $330.2 million while revenues for its financial services division—which includes the Standard & Poor’s brand—declined 11.6 percent to $644.3 million. Revenue at Standard & Poor’s Credit Market Services dropped 21.6 percent during the quarter to $427.3 million while Standard & Poor’s Investment Services group increased 18 percent to $217 million. BusinessWeek parent the McGraw-Hill Companies today reported its earnings for the first quarter, with overall revenues dropping 6.1 percent over the same period in 2007, totaling $1.2 billion. Income from operations was down 36.4 percent to $147.6 million. Net income for the quarter was down 43.6 percent to $81.1 million.Revenues for McGraw-Hill’s Information & Media division were $243.4 million, up 3.2 percent this quarter over the same period last year. In that division, the business-to-business group—which includes BusinessWeek and Aviation Week magazines, as well as J.D. Power and Associates and Platts news service—revenues increased 3.5 percent to $219.7 million.According to chairman, president and CEO Harold McGraw III, strong “demand in the energy markets for Platts’ news and pricing services and growth in the Asia-Pacific region for J.D. Powers’ research services were they key drivers in the Business-to-Business group’s first quarter performance.” last_img read more


Amazon Restaurants fooddelivery service on the chopping block

first_img Mobile Share your voice 0 Post a comment Just some of the food available on the Amazon Restaurants website — for now. Screenshot by CNET via Amazon Restaurants Amazon’s food delivery service is up for the chopping block.Following its shuttering in London, Amazon Restaurants is also slated to close up shop in the US later this month, according to GeekWire.The service is four years into its run, after beginning life in Seattle in 2015 and then branching out to 20 more cities in the US as well as London. For Amazon Prime members, it provides the same services as other food-delivery apps like Uber Eats and Deliveroo, seeing meals delivered to their houses through Prime Now or the Amazon Restaurants website.The service packed up its bags in London in November, and Amazon confirmed to GeekWire it would end on June 24 in the US.”As of June 24th, we will discontinue the Amazon Restaurants business in the US,” an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement shared with GeekWire.”Many of the small number of employees affected by this decision have already found new roles at Amazon, and others will be provided personalized support to find a new role within, or outside of, the company.”Heard of Daily Dish? The Amazon-owned food delivery service focused on bringing lunch to the workplace will also close up shop on June 14.Despite these shutterings, Amazon hasn’t entirely left the food-delivery game. Not only will its groceries delivery service continue from Whole Foods via Prime Now, it’s poured funding into UK-based food delivery company Deliveroo, keeping its competition with Uber Eats and Grubhub on the heat. Tags Amazonlast_img read more


Narsingdi road crashes toll hit 9

first_imgTwo road accidents in Narsingdi kill nine people. Photo: CollectedNine people were killed and four others injured in separate road accidents in Madhabdi and Shibpur upazilas of Narsingdi on Monday morning.In Madhabdi, six people were killed in a head-on collision between a bus and a microbus on Dhaka-Sylhet highway in Kandail area around 6:30am.The deceased could not be identified immediately.Madhabdi police station officer-in-charge Elius Miah said that the accident took place when the Narayanganj-bound bus collided with the Beanibazar-bound microbus, leaving four passengers of the microbus dead on the spot and three others injured.Among the injured, one died in the Dhaka Medical College Hospital and another died in the Narsingdi Sadar Hospital.In Shibpur, three people were killed and three others injured when a bus hit a human hauler in Kararchar area around 9:30am.The deceased are Arman, 50, a schoolteacher, Masum 45, a mosque Imam and Sohag, 22.Narsingdi district hospital sources said that the accident took place as the bus hit the human hauler in the area, leaving Arman dead on the spot and five others injured.Later, the injured were taken to the hospital where Masum and Sohag succumbed to their injuries.last_img read more


Kenyan United Methodists oppose allowing LGBT clergy pray for church unity worldwide

first_img Share This! By: Tonny Onyulo TagsCommission on a Way Forward homepage featured Kenya One Church Plan Top Story Traditional Plan UMCGC United Methodist Church United Methodist General Conference United Methodists,You may also like Tonny Onyulo Share This! News • Photos of the Week By: Tonny Onyulo News Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — During a recent prayer service here at the Kayole St. John’s United Methodist Church, more than a hundred worshippers followed Rev. Wilton Odongo, one of the church’s head pastors, as he led congregants in prayer.This prayer was addressing the unity of the church — specifically, the worldwide United Methodist Church.Later this month, a special session of the 2019 General Conference in St. Louis will renew its long-running debate over same-sex weddings and LGBTQ clergy. Several proposals under discussion would remove a rule in the church’s book of discipline that would prevent anyone who is a “self-avowed practicing homosexual” from serving as a minister.Here in East Africa’s heavyweight country, though, most say a resounding ‘no’ to such measures.RELATED: African Methodists worry about the church that brought them Christianity“We are praying that God gives guidance to the delegates so that the result does not hurt the next generation,” said Odongo, who is also the district superintendent of Nairobi and the secretary to the Episcopal Office of the East Africa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.Odongo, who is among the reserve delegates for the General Conference meeting, told Religion News Service that he believes the ordination of LGBTQ clergy goes against the teachings of the Bible.The Rev. Wilton Odongo preaches a sermon at Kayole St. John’s United Methodist Church in Nairobi, Kenya, on Jan. 13, 2019. RNS photo by Gad Maiga“In Africa, we have people in polygamous marriage and others who practice female genital mutilation, but we have never advocated for such issues to be universal,” he said amid cheers of ‘Amen’ from congregants. “We don’t want the issue to be included in the church because it’s a sin. God forbids it.”For decades, the United Methodist Church, numbering 12 million members worldwide, has faced conflict over how the denomination should minister to LGBTQ individuals and whether or not to include them as leaders of churches. Two years ago, in Portland, Ore., the denomination narrowly avoided a schism over this issue during a heated General Conference meeting of 800-plus delegates from around the world.The General Conference then authorized bishops to form a Commission on a Way Forward to envision changes in law and structure that might help preserve unity within the church.RELATED: Historic United Methodist church sees ‘hopeful’ time for LGBTQ ChristiansThree plans for the church’s future emerged from the commission to be considered at the conference, which begins Feb. 23: the One Church Plan, which would allow congregations and conferences to decide whether to allow same-sex weddings and gay clergy; the Traditionalist Plan, which would strengthen the current rules; and the Connectional-Conference Plan, which would allow churches to sort themselves by theology.Another proposal, called the Simple Plan, would remove any language about homosexuality from the Methodist Book of Discipline.Many Methodists in Kenya said the “One Church Plan” would amount to a repudiation of Bible passages condemning homosexuality. Pastor Anthony Maiga, who oversees Rongai United Methodist Church in Nairobi, believes African Methodist churches are not ready to allow the ordination of LBGTQ clergy.“We are all aware that homosexuality is a sin and the Bible condemns it,” he said. “We are fighting to defend the Bible and follow Christ’s teachings. There is nowhere in the Bible that encourages the ordination of homosexual clergy.”Still, Maiga said, he doesn’t want to kick out LGBTQ church members.“We can allow them to fellowship with us and be part of us,” he said.Kenya, in red, located in eastern Africa. Map courtesy of Creative CommonsIn September, the United Methodist African bishops unanimously reaffirmed their view that marriage is between a man and a woman and vowed to maintain the unity of the United Methodist Church. But the bishops did not endorse any of the three proposals by the Commission on a Way Forward to resolve the United Methodist Church’s impasse over this issue.Some Methodist churches in Kenya have ties to the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA), a conservative Methodist organization that supports the Traditional Plan.Rev. Kephas Oloo, a United Methodist elder in western Kenya, is already in Missouri, working with the WCA to drum up support for the Traditional Plan.“Africa is the fruit of mission work,” said Oloo, echoing the words of the South Congo Area Bishop Kasap Owan during the closing worship service of the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s global celebration in Georgia this past November.“Africa will not walk away from Christ,” he said. “If you bring us another teaching on marriage, our churches will be empty. But if you are faithful to the word of God, the church will grow. Jesus was protected in Africa. Africa will remain the place to protect the Gospel.”Still, some African church leaders say they want the church to remain united regardless of the outcome of the conference.The Rev. Patrick Wandera said he is “no fan” of the local option (One Church Plan) recommended by the bishops, which would erase parts of the Book of Discipline and let individual churches decide on weddings and ordinations.Wandera, who heads one of the country’s fastest growing United Methodist churches, the Kayole St. John’s United Methodist Church in Nairobi, said he is firmly in the traditionalist camp.“We believe what Methodists have always believed about marriage,” he said. “We believe this beautiful picture, from beginning of Scripture to end of Scripture, Genesis to Revelation, that marriage is between a man and a woman.”RELATED: A flourishing United Methodist church considers a way outOthers said it was a non-issue.“There are far more pressing issues than same-sex marriage that the church in Africa needs to address, including corruption, refugees and poverty,” said Rev. Davies Musigo of the Huruma United Methodist Church.He worries that African Methodists who support the Traditional Plan might lose funding from Methodists in the United States who disagree with their views.“But what is of concern to us is the attaching of conditions to aid” by donor countries, he said.“This is a Christian perspective, not an African perspective, because this is a problem all over the world,” he added. “Aid should not be used as a coercive tool to impose any set of values.”Still, Maiga said the unity of the church was paramount — no matter what happens in St. Louis.“This issue should not divide the church,” he said, appealing to the delegates. “We are praying that we remain united as one church regardless of the outcome of the special General Conference this February.”Gad Maiga contributed to this story. Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Share This! Share This! 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Ryan Kaiser of Mount Washington School Named 2015 Baltimore City Teacher of

first_imgRyan Kaiser was honored as the Baltimore City Public School System’s (BCPSS) 2015 Teacher of the Year.Ryan Kaiser, a social studies teacher at the Mount Washington School, is Baltimore’s 2015 Teacher of the Year. (AFRO Photo/Roberto Alejandro)Kaiser, who teaches sixth and seventh grade social studies at the Mount Washington School, was surprised by Baltimore public schools CEO Dr. Gregory Thornton on April 16 and presented with the award.“Ryan Kaiser exemplifies what effective teaching looks like,” Thornton said in a statement. “By connecting classroom learning to real-world experiences, he makes learning fun, engaging, and memorable for his students. And that kind of learning pays off in student achievement and success.”Kaiser specializes in what is known as outdoor experiential learning, which looks to provide real world experiences to students that connect to what they’re learning in the classroom.“Without those important connections, social studies becomes meaningless facts and statistics in textbooks,” Kaiser said in a statement.In addition to his innovative approach to teaching social studies, Kaiser is his school’s coach for the Baltimore Urban Debate League, author of a weekly blog that keeps parents informed of assignments, events, and projects, and serves as the communications coordinator for the Maryland Council for Social Studies.As a result of his BCPSS recognition, Kaiser advances to the 2015-16 Maryland State Teacher of Year competition, whose winner will represent Maryland at the national level.ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more


Jim Brown Says He and Kanye Were Treated Beautifully At Their Meeting

first_imgBy Perry Green, AFRO Sports Editor Kanye West visited the White House Thursday to meet with President Donald Trump, and he brought Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown along with him.West and Brown’s “lunch date” was private and off limits to the media, although cameras and reporters were allowed in Oval Office to ask questions for a moment before the lunch began.President Donald Trump meets with rapper Kanye West and former football player Jim Brown in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)According to reports, West and Brown were initially invited by Trump to discuss an opioid crisis he believes is destroying communities across the country. But West alluded to reporters before the meeting started that he was there to discuss his ideas of social reform.West, while wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat, said during the short stint open to the media that he envisions the building of “Trump factories” and “Yeezy ideation centers” to create jobs for people in his hometown of Chicago and throughout the county. The 41-year-old rapper/designer also said he planned to discussing the abolition of the “stop and frisk” tactic used by police, claiming it damages the relationship police have within the community.Jim Brown, who mostly sat quiet beside Kanye during the pre-meeting presser, said he was there only to serve, not talk to the media. But he did tell reporters after the meeting that Trump treated him “beautifully” during his time there.“We had the opportunity to meet with the President of the United States which everybody doesn’t have that privilege,” Brown said, according to reports. “With me, at 82 years old, the only thing I could talk about was how to help other people. So, it was very positive.“This is the President of the United States,” Brown added. “He allowed me to be invited to his territory, he treated us beautifully, and he shared some thoughts, and he will be open to talking when I get back to him. That’s the best he could do for me.”last_img read more


This is Her story

first_imgThe multi-faceted and impactful story of HeLa has been brought to India by QTP as part of its 15th anniversary celebrations.HeLa has been inspired by the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, and is about ethics, equality and ownership of our DNA and will pose a question: ‘What is more human – the DNA that make up our bodies or the personalities that come from our souls?’ It is a true story of Henrietta Lacks, who in 1951 walked into the coloured section of the John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore with a pain in her abdomen. A cell sample taken without her permission was used as the raw material for some of the most important scientific discoveries of the past 100 years. This solo, one-woman show by actor Adura Onashile, takes as its inspiration the true life story of Henrietta Lacks and the extraordinary life of the HeLa cell line. It is an all-consuming story, intertwining genetic identity, social responsibility and current ethical debates about human tissue research and ownership. Directed by Graham Eatough, performed by actor Adura Onashile, HeLa is produced by Iron-Oxide, Scotland’s leading large-scale companies that specialises in producing daring outdoor shows. HeLa is a fusion of video, music, monologue and physicality.The play was showcased at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013 and ran to packed houses. HeLa was nominated for numerous Fringe Awards and also won the Flying Artichoke Award (Scottish Arts Club-Edinburgh Guide-Scottish Theatre Fringe Award). It also received nominations for Total Theatre Award 2013 and Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award 2013.last_img read more


Many Entrepreneurs Still Up in the Air About the Cloud

first_imgMay 8, 2014 Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Concerns about privacy and data security often deter small and medium businesses from cloud-based solutions but most organizations are better off putting their data in the cloud. Cloud service companies offer growing businesses advanced surveillance systems, cutting-edge encryption methods, third-party certs and regular testing against attacks that few small and medium size businesses can approach in-house.Related: How Cloud Computing Saved My Business“Realistically, those companies are going to get much better security, reliability and performance with much lower costs and hassle,” says Dan Levin, COO of Box. “I’ve seen a number of small businesses lose data because it wasn’t backed up or living on an old machine slid under the desk of some manager.”From lowering barriers-to-market to readily available enterprise-quality hardware at competitive rates, cloud computing has big advantages for small businesses.  Cloud computing offers entrepreneurs sophisticated technology that’s customizable without a large up-front investment. Soon, cloud offerings will meet most small business needs. The conversation is shifting from should small businesses adopt cloud solutions to how small businesses connect with the right provider.Related:10 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Cloud ProviderIf your company is uncomfortable porting sensitive data onto the public cloud, use a private cloud exclusive to your company for your vital processing tasks and the public cloud for less sensitive tasks. Personal physical servers are unnecessary in nearly all cases. Small business owners are prudent to be cautious but, at minimum, a diligent CIO should be exploring hybrid cloud solutions. Information about the public cloud is the antidote to fear of the unknown. Top-tier cloud providers have a Service Level Agreement (SLA) that guarantees a level of uptime (for IaaS this should be nearly 100%) and have a long list of clients for references. World-class infrastructure hosted by reputable companies at significantly reduced costs is available when your small business is ready to make the transition.As a small business owner, you need to do what’s best for the growth of your company. The cloud is an inevitable solution to problems such as high start-up costs and scalability because our passion in the industry is providing high quality service that transforms your business. The cloud works and that isn’t hype.Related: Still Foggy on Cloud Computing? 2 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more