Barcelona Coach Ernesto Valverde has confirmed the club is keen on bringing in a new striker following Munir El Haddadi’s exit.Munir completed a switch to Sevilla on a permanent deal leaving them with no senior back-up for Luis Suarez in the position, with the January transfer window now open.“Yes I would like an extra striker, there is a space now Munir has left,” Valverde told reporters, as cited by Football Italia.“We are a little short in terms of numbers, especially with the injury to Rafinha and now the transfer window is open we can rectify that.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“We must be mindful of the financial aspects of any deal and if this is not viable, then we will look to players from the B team.“We need someone who can adapt quickly, who knows the league and is available to play immediately.“There can be no settling in period but if we cannot find that striker, then we will proceed with what we have already.”Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata and Tottenham’s Fernando Llorente are among the names linked to a Camp Nou move.
Steve Bosh, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 6:09 PM Posted: June 11, 2018 June 11, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Last week, the mayor’s office finally confirmed, after repeated denials, what KUSI had reported four weeks earlier, that a settlement had been reached to secure the land needed for Convention Center expansion.The city could have purchased the land for $12.5 million in 2010 but backed out the deal, and its lease was transferred to 5th Avenue Landing company who proceeded with plans to build an 840 room hotel on the 5 acres of land needed for expansion.This became a contentious issue when the city let it be known it wanted to re-acquire the land, forcing 5th Avenue Landing to sue the city for interfering with its contract to build a hotel on the site.But relying on a court is dangerous so 5th Avenue Landing negotiated a settlement for $5 million up front, and the remainder if the voters approve the ballot measure to increase the hotel tax for expansion.“We wanted to reach an accommodation with the city, we felt this was important for the community and we reached that accommodation with the help of judge papas,” said Art Engle, a partner in 5th Avenue Landing.He said this settlement is not a money grab but a win, win.“If it passes then the city gets the benefit of the Convention Center expansion, the community develops, goes along fine with the deal, and if it doesn’t pass we’ve got an opportunity backed by the city and the port to go ahead and build this project,” Engle said.Mayor Faulconer is encouraged by the settlement saying it sends a message to the voters“I”m so encouraged because we have a lot of momentum now, and when you’ve seen when entities come together, individuals and others, that says we want to do the right thing for the region,” said Mayor Kevin Faulconer.The city and the Port District still have to approve the settlement, but in terms of revenue, the Port leans toward expansion.“The expansion will create by far more jobs and more economic impact,” said Rafael Castellanos, Chairman of the Port of San Diego.The mayor remains optimistic, and encouraged that the voters will approve the initiative.“As we move forward in the coming months San Diegans are going to come together, and support this because it’s so incredibly important for our economy, and the jobs and its not just for a few years this is going to be an economic engine for decades,” Mayor Faulconer said.The settlement was a hurdle but not the only one if the long-delayed expansion is to occur. The initiative could fail.“We have the 840 room hotel right now sitting in front of the port which would be, if not passed, it will be voted upon and we will go forward and build that project,” Engle said.There’s also a legal problem that introduces more complexity. Initiatives pass with a simply majority vote but increasing taxes on residents requires two-thirds.Proponents claim the hotel tax increase is paid by visitors, not residents.But San Diegan’s often stay in city hotels so residents would also pay the tax. Steve Bosh Settlement reached to secure land needed for Convention Center expansion
November 20, 2018 Posted: November 20, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 10:39 AM SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Blood Bank will kick off a three-day blood drive at a Broken Yolk Cafe restaurant Tuesday to prepare for the holiday season, when donations typically wane.The drive is part of the blood bank’s San Diego Cares campaign, which runs through Jan. 15. According to the blood bank, blood donations slow in November and December due to increased travel and donors being busy with holiday plans. Because of this, local blood supply levels can become critically low.The campaign includes multiple blood drives with incentives for donating blood, like special edition T-shirts. Blood donors can also use the points earned by donating to make a donation to the San Diego Food Bank.“Our community’s participation in San Diego Cares and proceeds from all activities contribute to our ability to save the lives of more than 100,000 local hospital patients each year,” said San Diego Blood Bank CEO David Wellis. “This year we’re providing many ways to participate and give back during the holidays.”The blood bank will take donations at the Mission Valley Broken Yolk Cafe at 1760 Camino Del Rio N. from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Residents who donate Tuesday at Broken Yolke Cafe or at any San Diego Blood Bank donor center through Dec. 2 will receive a coupon for a free entree at the restaurant. Donors must be at least 17 years old, 114 pounds and in general good health. San Diego Blood Bank to begin three-day holiday blood drive Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
ASA and a coalition of agricultural stakeholders wrote this week to commissioners at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in opposition to proposed new rules that would significantly increase margin requirements for farmers. The “Customer Protection” rule would re-interpret how margin obligations will be determined, likely requiring futures commission merchants (FCMs) to assume that all margin calls from each customer are simultaneously not able to be collected, resulting in customers being asked to pre-fund their margin or pay to use the capital of the FCM as an injection into the customer account.The group writes, “We support strongly the Commission’s efforts to enhance futures customer protections. However, the capital charge and residual interest provisions of this rule will have the opposite impact – if adopted, customers will be exposed to significantly greater financial risk.”Among likely impacts listed by the group are that “Futures customers will be compelled to send excess margin to their FCMs in anticipation of future market movement on existing positions – many billions of dollars more than needed to cover existing positions – the last thing customers want to do now, in the wake of MF Global and Peregrine Financial Group.” Additionally, “Futures customers will be compelled to borrow more money just to post margin on potential market moves – difficult for both lending banks and for customers to predict, and potentially difficult for smaller local banks. This increased borrowing requirement negatively affects a customer’s ability to invest in their own business.”The full text of the letter is available below.[gview file=”https://soygrowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/CFTCLetter.pdf”]
The Port of Ridgefield said Friday it has sold a 5.6-acre property to Portland-based Alliance Industrial Group, which plans to build an 80,000-square-foot facility and employ up to 160 employees at the site, including existing workers and new hires.The combination of new hires and existing employees will come from Alliance Industrial Group and its subsidiaries: Alpha Iron and Vancouver Steel Painters.Alliance and its subsidiaries manufacture steel products for clients such as Hoffman Construction, Skanska and Gunderson Marine. Alliance is purchasing the parcel — located on South Sixth Way in the southwest quadrant of the Interstate 5 exit 14 interchange — under a contract with the port valued at $904,000. Under the terms, Alliance will pay the port $90,400 at the closing of the land sale. The company will owe the port the rest — $813,600 — to be paid in monthly installments over 25 years. The new, 80,000-square-foot facility, planned to be operational by July 2013, will store, process, assemble and coat steel products for industrial plants, sports arenas, transportation hubs and energy facilities in the western United States.Brent Grening, the port’s chief executive officer, said it’s “nice to see a local company growing and doing well. That’s what it’s all about from our perspective.”Grening said some of Alliance’s existing workers at other sites will be relocated to the new facility. He said he didn’t know how many of the 160 jobs would be filled by existing workers or new hires. He said he didn’t know how much Alliance planned to spend on constructing the new building.
As many as 60 Clark County youth who seem headed for trouble — dropping out of school, failing to find work — will benefit from a $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor that aims to help them stay in school or earn equivalency diplomas while also building construction skills.Six local nonprofit agencies will share the “YouthBuild” grant: the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council, Partners in Careers, Innovative Services NW, Evergreen Habitat for Humanity, the Vancouver Housing Authority and WorkSource.“Youth unemployment is high in our region, and these funds will enable us to provide opportunities for youth to complete their high school education while learning construction and other skills,” said Jeanne Bennett, CEO of the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council, the lead agency in managing the grant. “We anticipate a need for additional construction workers in the near future and this program will give our youth the training they need to compete for these jobs.”Classroom studies, onsite work experience and community service activities will help at least 45 and perhaps as many as 60 disadvantaged Clark County youth, ages 17 to 21, complete their high school graduation requirements and earn a diploma or a General Educational Development certificate.At the same time, they’ll be able to serve apprenticeships and earn industry certifications in the construction trades. Some participants may even be able to get “transitional” housing via the Vancouver Housing Authority.“We may be working with youth who are potentially aging out of the foster care system — in which case they may need a place to live,” said SWWDC spokeswoman Julie Maglione. “If we have individuals in need of housing, we have a partner who can help.”
Employee Benefits Connect 2016 will offer delegates the opportunity to stay ahead of the game by hearing the latest thinking about the future of reward.The annual event, held on 9 March 2016 at the Lancaster London, provides reward and benefits professionals with valuable opportunities to share ideas and knowledge with peers at conference sessions and roundtables.The comprehensive conference programme will provide insight into benefits approaches for the workforce of tomorrow. With four conference streams, there will be quality content delivered by industry experts into all key areas of reward and benefits, including financial wellbeing, employee benefits strategy, global reward, and workplace health and wellbeing.Speakers include Joanna Bean, head of reward, human resources at Samsung UK and Ireland, who will discuss how to capture the imagination of your talent pool. Delegates can also hear Jackie Wells, head of policy and research at the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association, talk about how to future-proof pension provision.Spencer Roach, total reward manager EMEA at Cisco International, will discuss how to build an innovative global benefits strategy for the business of the future, and Adam Brooke, international benefits manager at Standard Chartered Bank, will speak about how employers can meet the rising demands of eldercare in the UK.Those attending the event can also hear insights from Dame Carol Black, expert advisor on health and work, Department of Health, and Henk Verhoek, head of reward at British Sugar, and more.Delegates will also be able to meet benefits providers and advisers on the busy exhibition floor.For more information and to register, visit www.employeebenefitsconnect.co.uk.
EXCLUSIVE: VitalityHealth will discuss how technology can help to shape employee wellness schemes at Employee Benefits Connect 2017.Greg Levine, director of corporate and intermediated business at VitalityHealth, will present a session titled ‘The future of tailored employee wellness schemes’ as part of the driving performance conference stream on Wednesday 1 March 2017.In his session, Levine will examine the role of technological innovation in driving and reinforcing behavioural change as part of a sustainable health and wellbeing programme in both small and large organisations.Levine said: “Behavioural change is a complex process and there’s no quick fix for it. What [employers] need in order to change behaviours and change what happens in organisations is [a] long-term, sustainable programme; that’s the key.”Levine will also discuss how to place employee wellbeing at the top of an organisation’s agenda, and how employers can take concrete steps towards improving employee wellness for individuals, highlighting the business reasons for making these kinds of changes, such as reducing costs and improving staff retention.Levine added: “[The presentation] will look at the whole benefits space in a much more vibrant and exciting way. [It] will have a different slant and have a different view of what employee benefits can look like today and going forwards.”Employee Benefits Connect 2017 will take place on Wednesday 1 March 2017 at Park Plaza, London.To register or find out more.
More than a quarter (29%) of employee respondents believe that, alongside the upcoming gender pay gap reporting requirements, more support for working parents would help to close the gender pay gap, according to research by CV Library.Its survey of 1,000 UK employees also found that 57% of respondents feel that more can be done to tackle the gender pay gap alongside the incoming gender pay gap reporting requirements.The research also found:46% of respondents believe that, alongside the gender pay gap reporting requirements, standardising salaries in each industry and job role would help to reduce the gender pay gap, and 13% believe increasing confidence among women to ask for pay rises would help.13% of respondents believe that working to end the stigma around maternity leave would help to close the gender pay gap.23% of female respondents believe they have been impacted in some way by the gender pay gap, compared to 8% of male respondents.Of those respondents who feel they have been affected by the gender pay gap, 88% of female respondents feel they have been paid less because of their gender, compared to 60% of male respondents. More than a quarter (27%) of male respondents feel they have been paid more because of their gender, compared to 3% of female respondents.67% of respondents think their employer can effectively measure any gender pay gaps in their organisation.32% of female respondents feel the gender pay gap is out of their hands, compared to 42% of male respondents.Lee Biggins (pictured), founder and managing director at CV Library, said: “The gender pay gap has been a topic of discussion for many years now, but it’s concerning that it’s come to a point where female [employees] now see no way out.“While there’s been some development to better support working parents, such as the introduction of shared parental leave, organisations must work hard to facilitate their employees and create an honest and open culture where women feel comfortable taking a stance against inequality.“The new legislation coming into play in April should go some way to highlighting gaps in UK organisations, but it’s clear that the issue won’t end here. Without effectively tackling the issues around flexible working, caring responsibilities, helping women aged over 40 back into the workforce, and general workplace discrimination, the UK can’t expect to see the gender pay gap to truly close for some time.”
Half (50%) of global employer respondents provide benefits that support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees with family care and planning, such as fertility treatment, surrogacy, adoption, or parental leave, according to research by Mercer.Its LGBT benefits around the world survey, which surveyed 680 organisations across 50 countries, also found that 81% of global respondents offer the same life, medical and retirement benefits to LGBT couples as they do for opposite-sex couples.The research also found:78% of UK respondents and 67% of US respondents provide benefits that assist LGBT employees with family planning and care.27% of global respondents offer benefits that account for gender affirmation treatments.24% of UK respondents provide treatment coverage for individuals diagnosed with gender identity dysphoria.33% of global respondents do not offer equal benefits to LGBT employees because of cultural or societal preconceptions, and 29% cite the organisation’s inability to implement such a benefits plan as the reason why they do not offer equal benefits for LGBT staff.50% of global respondents cite the constraints of national laws as the reason why they do not offer equal benefits to LGBT staff.83% of UK respondents that do not offer equal benefits to LGBT employees claim this is due to legal restrictions, 50% claim it is because there is a lack of capable benefit providers, and 33% say they do not know how to implement such a benefit.33% of global respondents have not adopted a diversity and inclusion policy with specific reference to LGBT employees, 20% rely on other corporate policies to cover LGBT employees, and 11% plan to implement one over the next 12 months.28% of global respondents have a standalone global diversity and inclusion policy that references LGBT employees.28% of global respondents allow employees to self-identify as LGBT for the purpose of workforce analytics.Ilya Bonic (pictured), president of the career business at Mercer, said: “With all the uncertainty of the past year and the spotlight on human rights issues, it is more important than ever for organisations to reassess their position on LGBT-rights issues. In the global war for top talent, [organisations] perceived as non-discriminatory and progressive enhance their attractiveness as a workplace by creating a welcoming, supportive, and productive environment.”Tony Wood, UK leader at Mercer Marsh Benefits, added: “To attract and retain the best talent in the market, [organisations] increasingly need to demonstrate that they are an inclusive employer with a diverse workforce. To achieve this, businesses need to focus on expanding LGBT benefits policies beyond anti-discrimination policies, including improving family planning and care offerings, HIV prevention initiatives and LGBT healthcare provisions.”
MIAMI (WSVN) – The Labor Day holiday is upon us, but folks are already looking ahead to the end of the year holiday travel season.According to experts, when it comes to airfare, if you invest now, you’ll be thankful for those Thanksgiving travel rates later. “I looked up the numbers just now, and it’s a great time, starting Monday morning, I would call,” said Gus Machado, with Brickell Travel.Machado said many airlines, travel agencies and third-party booking sites offer big deals over the Labor Day weekend. “Rates are very good right now, but after the cheap rates go, then the prices go up and up and up. Some people think waiting to the last minute. I don’t think so.”Some of the more popular, affordable destinations include London, Costa Rica and Cuba. “A huge one is Cuba, now a lot of people want to see their family members,” said Machado. “Beginning September 9, American Airlines will have round trip tickets for $250 with taxes included. That’s a bargain.”When it comes to flying during the holidays, travel experts also recommend packing light to avoid luggage headaches. “I would do carry on as much as possible,” said Machado. “Definitely carry on. There’s so much luggage, and you don’t know the weather, with rain and stuff, so definitely carry on as much as possible.”When searching for flights, there are a few things you can do to avoid taking a hit to the wallet.– Set up price alerts on your phone to alert you when prices take a dip. – Search for flights from alternative airports. For example, if you’re heading to Washington D.C. look for flights to Baltimore instead.– Lastly, weekday flights can save you some cash, according to experts.When it comes to Thanksgiving, the cheapest days to fly are Thanksgiving day, the Tuesday before the holiday, or the Friday after. “For Thanksgiving, leaving on Wednesday to Sunday, we have some great deals like Europe for $500 round trip including taxes.”Follow these tips, and all you will have to worry about this holiday season is that turkey on the table.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
They also found a new purpose by fighting to toughen gun laws through universal background checks.“It could be anyone’s child,” said Wright’s mother. “I still feel guilty that I didn’t do more before.”“So I guess what I would like to ask people is don’t wait until it’s your child that’s lying dead on the floor with five bullet holes. Get involved now,” she said.The Pulse shooter was identified as Omar Mateen. He had passed background checks prior to buying his guns, but he was on the FBI’s radar years earlier.The Wrights said they blame lawmakers who, they said, did not do enough to pass gun legislation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. PINECREST, FLA. (WSVN) – Two parents in Pinecrest lost their son in 2016 during the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. They said the death of their son has given them a new purpose — fighting to toughen gun laws.Jerald “Jerry” Wright was one of 49 killed at Pulse.“The inside of the club looked like a war had been fought because so many rounds had been fired. There was sheetrock, dust and everything all over,” said Maria Wright, the victim’s mother.When everything settled, Wright was found dead with five bullet wounds to his body.“We might never know if it was fast or if it was slow,” said Wright, “and we know we couldn’t help him or make it any easier for him.”She and her husband, Frederick Wright, described their son as thoughtful, kind and considerate and that such violence and anger had no place in his lfe.“He would meet with his neighbor, who was elderly, to have a glass of wine everyday, to check on her, make sure she was OK,” said the victim’s father. “You couldn’t find a nicer guy in the world. He was so nice to everybody.” Their son was a Florida International University graduate and Disney employee.“He wasn’t a genius. He wasn’t the greatest athlete. He wasn’t the coolest guy when it came to dressing. But he was a loving, loving human being,” said the victim’s mother.Wright’s mother learned that her son had gone to Pulse the night of June 11 to celebrate a friend’s birthday.“Because it was Latin night, and he loved Latin music,” said Wright’s father.Afterward, they would receive no more calls from their son who would normally call them every day.“I’m a positive person. I try to find a silver lining. It’s been really hard to do that here,” said Wright’s mother.A year later, both parents said they feel close to their son by taking care of his dog, Rusty.
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Firefighters battled a blaze after a home caught fire in Southwest Miami-Dade.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene along Southwest Ninth Street and 43rd Avenue, Saturday night.One person was transported to the hospital in unknown condition.The American Red Cross was requested to assist the family.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
NORTHEAST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for the gunman who, they said, opened fire outside of a synagogue in Northeast Miami-Dade, sending one of its members to the hospital.Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the shooting outside the Young Israel of Greater Miami Temple on the corner of Northeast 10th Avenue and 171st Street, just after 6:30 p.m., Sunday.Investigators said the victim, later identified by temple members as 68-year-old Warren Lipschutz, was approaching the front door of the house of worship.“He was here waiting for me outside every day to help me with my walker. I just had hip surgery,” said Rabbi Dovie Lehrfields, a member of the synagogue.Officials said a black Chevrolet Impala had circled the synagogue several times as Lipschutz was walking toward the building.“It circled once again, and by that time the victim was approaching the door,” said MDPD Detective Alvaro Zabaleta.Police said the vehicle pulled up near Lipschutz as he was just inches from the synagogue’s front entrance, and the subject got out. “There’s a tree that slightly interferes, but we were able to see a gun,” said Rabbi Koby Litowich.It was at that moment when, officials said, the subject discharged his firearm, striking Lipschutz in the leg.“Shots were fired. The victim tried to duck behind the bench,” said Litowich.Surveillance video from more than a block away from the synagogue picked up the sound of gunfire.Area resident Brito Fernando said he was working on his vehicle just feet away from the synagogue when the first shots were fired.When asked how many gunshots he heard, Fernando replied, “Like six.”In total, police said, the driver fired eight rounds. .@MiamiDadePD are currently passing out this flyer as they search for who shot a man Sunday at a NE Miami-Dade synagogue. @wsvn #7News pic.twitter.com/I4ohByJ8XL “Scary. Terrifying. There’s no words,” said Litowich.“It’s unfortunate that outside a house of prayer, something so terrible and evil can happen,” said Zalmy Mochkin.A rabbi at the temple noticed a pattern with the uptick in shootings and attacks near other synagogues.“This happens not just in this synagogue, other synagogues have had this as well,” said Lehrfields.As police try to determine a motive, members of the synagogue were also left wondering.“I don’t know if he was aiming to hurt a Jew or the synagogue,” said Lehrfields. “It so happens that the gentleman was sitting there. I say may he be apprehended, and may he be given the justice that’s coming to him, according to the law.”Raksin’s brother said Sunday’s shooting brings back terrible memories. If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Paramedics transported Lipschutz to Aventura Hospital where he underwent surgery and is currently listed in stable condition. He is expected to be OK.Parishioners who know the victim described him as a devout, helpful and loyal member of the community. They said he comes to Young Israel to pray daily.“He’s a wonderful person,” said Lehrfields. “Everybody loves him.”Fernando said he also knows the victim.“I see him every Sunday,” he said.Monday afternoon, 7News cameras captured markings on the temple’s wall where parishioners believe bullets struck. “Four years ago, my brother was murdered just a few blocks from here, and they still haven’t caught the murderer,” he said.Despite the shooting and active investigation, the synagogue remains open.“I’ve had a concealed weapons permit for many years. I’ve only carried my gun with me at night, but as we’re talking now on camera, I’ve got it in my pocket,” said area resident Mark Goldstein.Neither the synagogue nor police have released surveillance video of the incident.Investigators said they are searching for a black Chevy Impala with dark tinted windows. Its model year is between 2006 and 2013.Police described the subject as a man between 20 and 25 years old with a slim build and short cropped hair. He is considered armed and dangerous.The Young Israel of Greater Miami Temple has set up a GoFundMe for Lipschutz. If you would like to donate, click here. Meanwhile, police officers went door-to-door passing out flyers with a picture of a dark colored Impala. Officers have remained along Northeast 171st Street on and off since the incident.“Anytime that someone is shot sitting outside a synagogue, it’s gonna create fear in the Jewish community,” expressed Yeheda Kaploun, who lives near the synagogue, “and it has to be addressed by the highest level.”“Every day that I’m walking, I’m always afraid that I’m going to get shot,” said the brother of Yosef Raksin, the New York City-based rabbi who was shot and killed near Young Israel back in 2014.Police said they do not yet know whether or not the incident can be categorized as a hate crime.“If we can’t be safe where you want to be able to go and worship and pray, then what kind of a country are we living in?” Zabaleta said. “That’s why we want the community to come close together, let’s come together on this. Somebody had to hear something. They had to see something.”Those who attend the synagogue reacted to the shooting. — Sheldon Fox-7 News (@fox_sheldon) July 29, 2019
SCR 17 is now on its way to the Alaska House of Representatives for consideration. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Senate unanimously approved a resolution proclaiming the month of April 2018 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. SCR 17, sponsored by Senator Kevin Meyer (R-Anchorage), encourages Alaskans to observe Sexual Assault Awareness Month by acting to prevent sexual violence. Sen. Meyer: “In our homes, in relationships, or in our communities, everyone deserves a life free of fear and violence.” Sen. Meyer: “Despite tremendous progress, Alaska still has the highest rates of sexual violence in the nation.” According to a 2015 Alaska Victimization Survey, One-third of adult women in Alaska have experienced sexual violence, and roughly half have experienced intimate partner violence, sexual violence or both, SCR 17 also recognizes Alaska’s volunteers, staff and agencies working to end sexual assault; in 2016 alone, over 3,100 volunteers devoted 48,483 hours of service in Alaska. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-SA-month.mp3VmJennifer-on-SA-month.mp300:00RPd
Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander: “The dipnet fishery was significantly down from previous years. Our gross revenue for the year was $375,000 that compares to a gross revenue of last year of $547,000.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Kenai released its Quarterly Personal Use Fishery Fund Expenditure Report showing a decline in the 2018 fishery. According to the report the overall fishery was down 34.96% in overall revenue. That includes; beach parking, camping, dock launch and parking, drop off fees, and interest earnings. The 2018 Kenai Personal Use Fishery opened at 6:00 a.m. on July 10 and closed at 12:01 a.m., on July 30. The fishery closed two days early per emergency order from the Department of Fish and Game. The DF&G announced the early closure to the dipnet fishery in order to meet the sustainable escapement goal of 700,000 to 1.2 million late-run sockeye salmon in the Kenai River–a goal officials say “would not be met without a reduction in harvest of this stock.”
“We’re not databasing all of their content,” he says. “We monitor their website for changes, and what we database is the delta. Anyone can go to a law firm’s website and see how many partners are there. The value is in knowing how that’s different from last week. It’s not relevant unless there’s analysis behind it.”ALM’s analysis is in the aggregate. A customizable dashboard sits behind the news feed that allows users to quantify industry trends with sortable lists. The company added a data visualization component in January with charts and graphs.The Human ElementWhile RivalEdge can be fully automated, there’s value in maintaining a human layer. Categorizing a large portion of any industry en masse would be a challenge for a software program, Iredell says, especially in a segment like legal services that has its own non-standardized jargon.“You have one law firm that’s ‘copyright and patent,’ and another whose practice area is ‘intellectual property,’” he says. “They’re really the same thing, but you’re not going to get a hit when you try to do an apples-to-apples comparison or a Google search on those particular keywords.”ALM editorial staff sifted through about 1,000 practice areas, paring them down to 27 before automating the search process from there. That formula is present throughout RivalEdge. There isn’t an editorial slant to ALM’s curation, but the human element is an integral piece. Editors ultimately determine what gets distributed and databased.ALM also provides a crowdsourcing admin tool for subscribers to request coverage of a specific firm or area of practice. Staff will review and add the request within 24 hours. Close to 20 percent of the 750 firms the platform monitors came this way, Iredell says. SIDEBARCuration: Identifying the right usesZiff Davis uses curation in the more traditional editorial sense, finding and linking to stories across the web from its own homepages, but its managed to improve traffic back to its own sites by leading with original, high-value content.Used primarily by the publisher’s tech-focused b-to-b brands, Ziff Davis has used the PublishThis platform to boost return visits to its sites by 105x.Steve Horowitz, COO of Ziff Davis, attributes that growth directly to the increased volume of content his team is able to put up now.The key to quality growth has been in recognizing how to leverage the platform appropriately. News is usually curated at the bottom of the page on a rapid daily cycle, while enterprise articles sit above, refreshed on more of a weekly basis. In-depth whitepapers are above that, with community posts, “popular” items and promotions alongside.While the numbers are up as a whole, that specificity can make comparisons between the sections difficult. There are a variety of expectations associated with each of those types of stories.“The content is a little too different to say we’re seeing interaction with one more than another,” he says. “We’d expect engagement with [news, articles and whitepapers] to be different.” The argument for content curation has always been one of efficiency. It allows you to cover more ground, in less time.Companies are finding opportunities to get creative with the process though as more media bring some form of curation into their mix and it officially becomes part of a new content troika, along with original and user-generated streams. ALM has had success bringing curation to its legal intelligence database. The company acquired the “listening” platform RivalEdge for an undisclosed amount in September as its first purchase under new CEO Bill Carter.Like a traditional curation service, RivalEdge draws information from the open web and distributes it to a base of readers—a subscriber base of law firms who pay about $20,000 per year, in ALM’s case. Unlike most curation services, ALM records and catalogs that information. They aren’t logging everything though, says Kevin Iredell, vice president of research and continuing education products for ALM, just the changes.
Nautilus, a new science, philosophy and culture fusion publication that launched this week, is breaking all of the traditional publishing rules around content, distribution and sales.“Every month we’ll take a single science topic and explore it from multiple disciplines, both within and outside of the sciences,” says John Steele, publisher of Nautilus. “Our first one is human uniqueness, so we’re exploring it from different scientific disciplines, as well as from the point of view of philosophy, psychology, sociology and theology.” In addition to exploring a single monthly topic through multiple disciplines, the new brand is exploring multiple content formats, including long-form essays, shorter articles, interviews, interactive data pieces and fiction stories—all with the idea of providing a variety of access points into that topic. Steele says the magazine will be rolled out in print on a quarterly basis beginning in September with an initial run of 5,000. In the meantime, every month a new topic area will be introduced online, with a new topic “chapter” uploaded every Thursday—a chapter takes a deeper dive into the month’s topic, exploring it through the multidisciplinary eye of humanities. With the launch, the full issue is available on the magazine’s website, Nautil.us, instead of being rolled out slowly every Thursday. The publisher is also working to expand the brand’s presence, making it available on as many channels as possible.“The idea is to make it available everywhere—we’re in the process of getting approved at the iTunes store, and we’ll try to sell articles with Amazon Kindle Singles to try and spread the content as far and wide as we can,” he says. The business model for Nautilus is evolving. Right now, online content will be made available for free, and the publisher is working to bring in paid advertisers to the print magazine and website, and will be monetizing additional content that is available through both physical and digital newsstands. Nautilus was launched with financial support from a John Templeton Foundation grant, and some banner ads from educational institutions, like Santa Fe University, are already online. The magazine currently has a staff of 12 and pulled from different corners of the industry—when Discover magazine announced it would move to Wisconsin from New York, for example, two displaced editors joined on with Nautilus, as did a journalist from Nature Nanotechnology.“In traditional media, the Internet was always used as a marketing tool for the print product and we’re trying to reverse engineer that,” adds Steele. “We’re primarily online because it gives us an opportunity to utilize all of the tools the Internet has to offer, but we do want to have print because it’s a great marketing tool—people love to have a print magazine.”Stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, follow us on Facebook & Twitter!
The Meredith Corporation is set to launch a print version of its popular Allrecipies.com brand. The magazine is being rolled out as a bi-monthly publication and is slated to unveil a test run in August and will officially debut in mid-November with its December issue. In addition to print, Allrecipes is also entering the television space with a branded segment tied into Meredith’s The Better Show, which airs on the Hallmark Channel. Meredith is looking to buck the trend of print magazines moving into digital-only publishing by going the opposite direction. “We believe in multi-platform publishing and delivery,” says Tom Witschi, executive vice president of Meredith’s Women’s Lifestyle Group. “We are very good at print and have had a lot of success with it, and it was clear from our testing that this was going to be very well received,” he adds. “Our feeling is that it will be brand buying across platforms. I can’t predict exactly when it’s going to happen, but on the selling side you’re seeing more sellers capable of selling multiplatform offerings, and on the buying side you’re increasingly seeing buyers and marketers interested in strong brands and the many different platforms they offer,” Witschi says. Witschi implies that a major opportunity for Meredith here is that the trend of packaging media sales into silos is slowly shifting towards an all-in cross-platform approach, which is good for strong brands that may want to jump onto new platforms. Allrecipes reports that its site receives an average of 30 million monthly unique visitors. Not only that, but it has more than 7 million registered users, and more than 5 million email newsletter subscribers. The magazine, on the other hand, will be rolled out with a guaranteed rate base of 500,000, however Witschi expects that to be a temporary figure. “We will be aggressively increasing that over time, our intention is to grow very quickly,” he says.