David ShankerChicago-based B2B publisher EnsembleIQ has tapped market research exec David Shanker as its next CEO, effective immediately, the company revealed Wednesday.Shanker arrives from Lightspeed Research, a subsidiary of Kantar, where he spent the last four years as CEO of the Americas. Prior to that, he was CEO of affiliate marketing platform PinchMe, and has also held executive roles at Ipsos Group and Information Resources Inc.“I see great potential in EnsembleIQ, its business units and its people,” said Shanker in a statement. “The time is right for dramatic growth that will catapult the company towards new heights of service and value in the retail, CPG, and technology industries.”The appointment ends a six-month search at EnsembleIQ that began when former CEO Peter Hoyt departed the company last August—a move reportedly initiated by the company’s board of directors.“When we appointed Peter as CEO of the combined companies, we recognized that Peter’s tenure in this role would not be long-term,” executive chairman Alan Glass told Folio: at the time. “This was something that matched up with Peter’s own personal goals and desires after the sale of his company.” Hoyt had been CEO of EnsembleIQ since 2016, shortly after the company was formed through the merger of three smaller firms: Stagnito Business Information, Edgell Communications, and the Path to Purchase Institute—where he had served as executive director prior to the merger.Following its subsequent acquisition of a handful of Canadian-based publications from Rogers Media late in 2016, EnsembleIQ now comprises 17 media brands that primarily serve the retail and CPG space, many of which carry their own complement of events and award programs. The company is owned by RFE Investment Partners, a Connecticut-based private equity firm that specializes in small to mid-market buyout transactions.
WILMINGTON, MA — At last week’s Wilmington School Committee Meeting, Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand announced that the district’s special education services will be evaluated by a third-party entity, Walker Consulting at the Walker Trieschman Institute.“[The Walker Trieschman Institute] is committed to improving outcomes for children and adolescents with disabilities by supporting the effectiveness and efficiency of services and settings in schools…,” explained Brand. “Under a structured approach, Walker Consultants will collaborate with our district to tailor their approach to our particular context and implement their data collection and analysis activities in a manner that is both respectful and fair.”“Walker Consulting will engage with students, staff, administrators, and families in data collection activities that include document reviews, observations, individual and group interviews, and surveys,” continued Brand. “The Consultants will analyze both quantitative and qualitative data in the development of their findings, perspective and recommendations.”The evaluation is expected to take begin around March 1 and be completed in mid-May.The final report will be made available to the public and its results will be presented at a future School Committee meeting.Alice Brown-LeGrand, the district’s Director of Student Support Services, selected Walker Consulting, in part, due to its recent evaluations of the Attleboro Public Schools, Watertown Public Schools, and Georgetown Public Schools. Walker Consulting is currently working with the school districts of Fall River and Wareham.The district is obligated to conduct a third-party evaluation after its completion of the state’s Coordinated Program Review.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… RelatedSuperintendent Reorganizes Student Support Services Department; Special Education & Nursing Depts. To BenefitIn “Education”NEW ROLES FOR 3 FAMILIAR EDUCATORS: Shelia Burke, Leanne Ebert & Kevin Welch Named To Leadership PositionsIn “Education”Superintendent Brand Announces His TEN Goals For The 2019-2020 School YearIn “Education”
US president Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un arrive to sign a document to acknowledge the progress of the talks and pledge to keep momentum going, after their summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on 12 June. Photo: ReutersUS president Donald Trump said Tuesday there is no hurry to denuclearize North Korea under his accord with Kim Jong Un-a shift in tone from when the US leader said the process would start very soon.“Discussions are ongoing and they’re going very, very well,” Trump told reporters.“We have no time limit. We have no speed limit.”Trump said he discussed North Korea with Russian president Vladimir Putin on Monday at their summit in Helsinki.“President Putin is going to be involved in the sense that he is with us,” Trump said.The Republican president met with Kim on 12 June for an unprecedented summit in Singapore during which the North Korean leader pledged to work toward denuclearization of the peninsula.But the accord did not spell out a timetable for the process or say how it would be carried out. Diplomats are now expected to hammer out the details.More than a month later, no concrete progress has been reported and North Korea has complained the Americans are making unilateral demands.Before the Singapore summit, the Trump administration said denuclearization should start “without delay,” and after the meeting, it spoke of the process beginning “very quickly.”A day after the meeting, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said the bulk of North Korea’s denuclearization should be completed by the end of Trump’s term in 2020.The White House has hailed the summit between Kim and Trump in Singapore as a major breakthrough toward disarming the isolated, nuclear-armed North in exchange for easing of sanctions and other help with economic development.Pompeo met with Kim’s key aide this month during his latest trip to Pyongyang but as soon as he left, the North’s foreign ministry berated him over his “unilateral and gangster-like” demands.Trump last week signaled optimism however, unveiling a letter from Kim in which the young leader hailed the “start of a meaningful journey” and tweeting “Great progress being made!”
Tuesday, April 9, 2019Top afternoon stories:Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office via APThis photo from the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office shows the fire at the KMCO plant on April 2, 2019.Harris County Sues KMCO Over Fire At Crosby FacilityHarris County is suing KMCO over the explosion and fire that occurred at their Crosby facility on April 2. The county is arguing the petrochemical company violated both state laws and county regulations.The fire occurred at the facility located at 16503 Ramsey Road and caused one fatality and injuries to several workers. Several workers have also sued. Regarding those lawsuits, KMCO said in a statement to media outlets that until the facts are known, any legal complaints against the company should be considered unverified. County Attorney Vince Ryan filed the lawsuit last Wednesday, April 3, at the 269th Civil Court. On Tuesday, the Harris County Commissioners Court ratified the litigation and authorized funding for the legal case.The lawsuit alleges KMCO violated the Texas Clean Air Act, as well as the state’s Solid Waste Disposal Act and Water Code. In addition, the county argues the company may be in violation of Harris County’s floodplain and storm water regulations.ShutterstockSanta Fe High School.Santa Fe Accused Shooter Faces 11 Federal ChargesDimitrios Pagourtzis, the suspected shooter of the May 2018 Santa Fe High School mass shooting, is facing 11 federal charges after federal agents took him into custody on Monday.Pagourtzis, 18, is accused of killing 10 people and wounding 13 others at the Santa Fe High School on May 18, 2018. He already faces state charges of capital murder and aggravated assault of a public servant.Pagourtzis’ defense attorney Nicholas Poehl said federal prosecutors have filed 11 charges against his client. Poehl said he doesn’t know specifically what federal charges were filed because that case is sealed. Federal law prohibits public hearings for juveniles. Pagourtzis was 17 when the shooting occurred.In March, federal prosecutors had said they wouldn’t pursue charges against the teenager at that time.Eric Stone/Houston Public MediaCommercial waste, including tires, buckets of oil and cans of brake fluid, line Brays Road in Magnolia Park.Long Waits For Cleanup Of Houston’s Illegal Dump Sites The city of Houston aims to respond to 3-1-1 calls about illegal dumping within 29 days. But it missed that target more often than not in 2018 — it only resolved about 35 percent of dumping complaints on time, according to data from the city’s 3-1-1 website, analyzed by News 88.7.About 65 percent of complaints went overdue – sometimes languishing for well over a month. More than 10 percent of cases took over six months to resolve. The situation is worse in poorer city council districts, especially District D and District I, which are two of Houston’s poorest districts by median household income.In District I, 82 percent of calls went overdue last year and the average claim took 117 days to resolve. That includes Hobby Airport, the East End and Downtown.In Pecan Park, the average claim took over five months to resolve — the longest response time of any of Houston’s super neighborhoods.Jacquelyn Martin/APPresident Donald Trump.Trump Will Visit Texas To Announce Boost Of Energy SectorPresident Donald Trump will visit Texas on Wednesday to announce executive orders to streamline energy projects and expand oil and natural gas production in the United States.Trump will visit the International Union of Operating Engineers International Training and Education Center, a union-run facility located in Crosby, about 25 miles northeast of Houston.A White House senior official told the Houston Chronicle that the executive orders aim to speed up permitting for energy companies.Companies specialized in the pipeline sector have asked the president to use his executive power to prevent states from blocking multi-million dollar projects, according to the newspaper.Oil and gas production is setting records in the U.S. and Texas leads the sector’s growth. Share
The Garhi Winter Show 2018 was inaugurated on November 24 at the Lalit Kala Akademi Art Galleries of Rabindra Bhawan, Mandi House, New Delhi by Adesh Kumar Gupta, Mayor, North MCD and Uttam Pacharne, Chairman LKA.The inaugural ceremony took place in the gracious presence of JS Culture Ministry, Nirupama Kotru, Rajan Shripad Fulari, Secretary LKA, and other practicing artists, art critics and art lovers in a great number. The show will be on for public viewing till 3rd December, 2018 from 12 noon to 8 pm everyday at the Lalit Kala Akademi Art Galleries (nos.), Rabindra Bhawan, Mandi House, New Delhi. Around 250 artworks comprising of paintings, sculptures, graphics, ceramics etc. by over 130 artists have been put on display. Inaugurating the Winter Show 2018, the Chief Guest Shri Adesh Kumar Gupta congratulated the participating artists and said, “This is my second visit to the Lalit Kala Akademi and I feel honoured to be here. I congratulate Pacharne for his innovative ventures in the field of art since his joining the LKA as its Chairman. Artists always connect with the nature and the same can be witnessed in the artworks exhibited in this show. All the work here are really beautiful and unique in themselves.” Uttam Pacharne, Chairman, Lalit Kala Akademi, in his inaugural address, reiterated the glorious history of Garhi Regional Centre of LKA,. “The Garhi artists studio was established in 1976 when the DDA had allotted a four-acre land area with an aim to promote art. It was the profound and determined conceptualization of well-known artist Prof. Sankho Chaudhuri that took shape into what we know today as the LKA RC Garhi. Garhi studios have given the art world artists such as Gogi Saroj Pal, Arpana Caur, Subodh Gupta, Bharti Kher, Dattatraya Apte, Jayant Gajera etc. to name a few.At present, over 350 senior as well as young artists are practicing at the RC Garhi. I congratulate all the participating artists in the show and express my hearty greetings to them,” he said. Congratulating the participant artists, JS, Culture Ministry, Government of India, Nirupama Kotru appreciated the efforts of the Akademi in the promotion of arts. She also promised every possible aid from the Culture Ministry.