Soy Growers Brief Congressional Staff on Sustainability

first_imgIn briefings to the House and the Senate, as well as to several staffers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), staff came with informed questions and many stayed after to speak with both ASA Chairman Richard Wilkins and USB Director Linda Burrier.American Soybean Association (ASA) Chairman Richard Wilkins and United Soybean Board (USB) Director Linda Burrier traveled to Washington last week to brief congressional staff on the basics of soybean production and how sustainability factors in to the decisions that soybean farmers make at each stage in the production process. Additionally, Wilkins and Burrier spoke to the essential nature of biotechnology and how a more streamlined approvals process can help farmers be more sustainable. In briefings to the House and the Senate, as well as to several staffers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), staff came with informed questions and many stayed after to speak with both Wilkins and Burrier.The briefings were funded by USB, and will include a second series to coincide with harvest season in the fall.last_img read more

Vancouver liquor store among 14 being closed

first_imgA state liquor store off Burton Road in Vancouver and 13 other stores across the state will close for good Thursday as Washington prepares to hand over hard liquor sales on June 1 to private retail businesses. The store being closed is located in the Safeway-anchored Four Seasons Place commercial center at 2612 N.E. 114th Ave., according to the Washington State Liquor Control Board. Officials said the stores were strategically chosen to minimize disruption of service. Store employees will be transferred to fill in employment gaps at the remaining state-run stores, which will shut down at the end of May, in accordance with Initiative 1183. Voters passed the measure in November. Since then, the state has been filling store vacancies with temporary workers as state workers have left the agency in droves. Initiative 1183 directed the liquor control board to auction the state store properties at present locations. Those sales, which included seven Vancouver stores, were announced Monday. It is still unclear what will happen to Clark County’s seven contract stores, which are now operated by contractors who sell liquor through the state. At least one store — in Amboy — is expected to close, while one in Ridgefield is expected to remain open for business.last_img read more

Wells Fargo tests checkcashing app in Washington

first_imgWells Fargo Bank is testing a mobile phone app that allows its customers to cash a check from the living room couch or anywhere else with a few finger movements, and it’s chosen Washington as one of a handful of sites for its pilot project.Washington customers who download Wells Fargo’s app to their mobile phones simply need to take photos of the check’s back and front, then follow the necessary steps to submit the check for deposit. The customer should mark the check as “deposited,” and can destroy it after five days.Wells Fargo launched its test in late May in Washington and parts of Arizona, said Brian Pearce, a project development manager for the San Francisco-based bank’s community banking unit. It expanded the pilot project into Kansas and Nebraska in late June, and this week added New York and Connecticut as it moves closer to a national phase-in.“We’re really pleased with results,” Pearce said in a phone interview.Wells Fargo isn’t the first national bank to offer such a service. Citi and JP Morgan Chase are among the major banks with mobile check depositing, and some smaller banks and credit unions have already embraced the service. Pearce said Wells Fargo is in the middle of the pack in developing such a service, and will be rolling out mobile check cashing to more states during the remainder of this year.He expects wide market acceptance. “At this point, mobile has really gone mainstream,” Pearce said, adding that 7.7 million Wells Fargo customers use mobile banking services.last_img read more

Man suffers medical issue dies on Oregon fire line

first_imgVALE, Ore. — A 59-year-old man has died while working on a fire line in southeastern Oregon.Carolyn Chad, a spokeswoman for the federal Bureau of Land Management, says Kevin Hall apparently suffered a medical issue while he was working for a bulldozer contractor on the Grassy Mountain fire, about 60 miles southwest of Boise, Idaho.Hall, from Ontario, Ore., was found unresponsive in a pickup truck Saturday. Other workers administered CPR but couldn’t revive him.Chad tells KTVZ-TV that Hall was supporting a bulldozer crew as it worked to improve an existing fire line.He is the third person to die in Oregon this month while fighting wildfires.last_img

Vancouver approves sale of parking garage

first_imgThe Vancouver City Council on Monday approved the sale of a downtown parking garage which has been operating at a net loss for years.The council declared the 207-spot parking garage, 1111 Main St., as surplus property in December to pave the way for its sale for $1.1 million but decided to hold off and get a second appraisal. The council on Monday approved a sale price of $1.26 million.The buyer is Main Place of Vancouver, a company which owns the adjacent Main Place office building. The company approached the city last year about buying the garage, which the city built in 1991 to attract commercial economic development downtown.Since building the garage, however, the city’s policy on public parking services has changed from attracting businesses to attracting patrons to “shop, dine, recreate and be entertained.”The Main Place Garage, according to a staff report by City Manager Eric Holmes, “almost exclusively serves” the employees who work in Main Place and other nearby businesses. “Main Place Garage loses money each year and is almost exclusively operated as a commuter facility. Despite the fact that there has been no net income generated on this facility since the initial investment, it has fulfilled an economic development goal established in 1991,” Holmes wrote.last_img read more

Lungs burning campers crawl to safety of getaway car

first_imgJoan Magin took several photographs from a high-country campsite 34 years ago that captured the eruption of Mount St. Helens.Many of the photos feature billowing ash clouds that only hint at the volcano’s destructive fury. The last shot on the roll — an empty highway stretching ahead through a green forest —also represents a crucial aspect of May 18, 1980.The Scappoose, Ore., woman calls that photograph “Getting the hell outta there.”Evading danger that morning wasn’t just a matter of throwing their camping gear in the car and racing for Stevenson. At one point, she and former husband John Magin were crawling along the trail to the parking area. And when they finally climbed in their 1976 Opel, it wouldn’t start.They were camping at Placid Lake, 22 miles southeast of Mount St. Helens.When the volcano erupted, “we heard absolutely nothing,” she said. “John was at the lake getting water. He hollered at me to come and bring my camera, and said, ‘Look up!’”She took a photograph, and by the time she advanced the film for her second shot, the sky had darkened. Through the falling ash, another group of campers went past them, heading for the parking area. Joan and John weren’t far behind them on the trail.“We were halfway and got hit by a wave blast of heat. I took a breath and felt the inside of my lungs burning.”last_img read more

Buyers guide to childcare vouchers 2016

first_imgStatistics£8,000 – The amount working parents need to spend on childcare per year to get £2,000 from the government through the new scheme17% of respondents put childcare vouchers in their top three favourite benefits, compared to 19% in 2015 (Source: Willis PMI Group, April 2016)58% of respondents do not offer childcare support to staff (Source: Jelf Employee Benefits, October 2015)18% of employer respondents have communicated the changes to childcare provision to staff (Source: Jelf Employee Benefits, October 2015)£7,933 – The combined price of a part-time nursery place for a child under two and an after-school club for a five-year-old (Source: The Family and Childcare Trust, February 2016) £202.22 – The British average price of a childminder full-time (50 hours) per week (Source: The Family and Childcare Trust, February 2016) The factsWhat are childcare vouchers?This is a government-backed scheme to help working parents afford quality childcare. Depending on their income, parents can receive childcare vouchers worth up to £243 a month from their employer, free of tax and national insurance (NI) contributions. Vouchers can be used for a range of regulated providers, such as nurseries, play groups, nanny services, childminders and au pairs, and are valid up to the September following a child’s 15th birthday or, if the child is disabled, their 16th birthday. From early 2017, childcare vouchers will be phased out and replaced by the government’s new tax-free childcare scheme.What are the origins of childcare vouchers?Childcare vouchers were first provided in the late 1980s by some of the UK’s largest employers to help employees meet childcare costs. The tax exemption in its current guise began in April 2005.Where can employers get more information?More information is available from the Childcare Voucher Providers Association at www.cvpa.org, and the Family and Childcare Trust at www.familyandchildcaretrust.org. Information about the government’s new scheme can be found on the government website at www.gov.uk/government/news/tax-free-childcare-10-things-parents-should-know.What are the legal implications?All childcare providers and facilities must be government approved and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) must be notified of schemes. If vouchers are offered through salary sacrifice arrangements, employees’ contracts must be amended. Employers must continue to provide vouchers to employees on maternity or adoption leave. However, this may change following a case heard by the Employment Appeal Tribunal earlier this year.What costs are involved?Costs to set up a scheme will vary depending on the size of the employer and the provider, which will normally charge a fee to administer a scheme. Some providers have fixed charges regardless of staff take-up rates.What are the tax issues?Vouchers provided in accordance with HMRC guidelines are free of tax and NI up to the permitted limit of £243 a month for basic-rate taxpayers. Employers must carry out an earnings-based assessment to make sure the employee falls within that banding. Low-paid workers and those receiving working tax credits may not be eligible for childcare vouchers.What is the annual spend on childcare vouchers?Figures are collated by HMRC on a voluntary and unverified basis, so exact statistics are not available.Who are the main providers?More than 40 organisations provide childcare vouchers, including Allsave, Bright Horizons, Busy Bees Benefits, Computershare Voucher Services, Co-operative Flexible Benefits, Edenred, Faircare, Fideliti, Grass Roots, Kiddivouchers, My Family Care, P&MM and Sodexo.Childcare vouchers were first introduced in the 1980s and originally only carried a national insurance (NI) exemption. The current tax exemption was introduced in 2005, then in 2011 the scheme went through a further change when the amount of vouchers that higher-rate taxpayers could claim was capped to offer the same tax exemption.Working parents are able to buy, usually through a salary sacrifice arrangement offered by their employer, up to £243 worth of vouchers each month tax and NI free. Salary sacrifice enables the employee to pay for the vouchers out of their gross salary.The vouchers can be used to pay an Ofsted-registered childcarer, or the equivalent in Scotland and Wales. Higher-rate tax payers are entitled to £124 a month, and additional-rate taxpayers are entitled to £110 a month.The scheme is attractive to organisations, as well as being beneficial to working parents, because the vouchers are free from employers’ NI contributions, up to 13.8%.A scheme must meet certain criteria to gain the tax and NI exemptions: it must be offered to all employees within an organisation, except for those whose salary would fall below minimum wage rates as a result of sacrificing salary; the vouchers must only be used to pay for registered childcare for children up to age 15; and, since 2011, an employer must carry out a basic earnings assessment for each employee who joins the scheme.Changes to tax-free childcareThe market is currently facing its next major change from 2017, when a new tax-free childcare scheme will be introduced, replacing the voucher scheme for all new entrants. Employees that are currently in a voucher scheme can stay in it for as long as their employer continues to offer it, or for as long as they stay at that organisation, but after the new scheme takes effect no working parents will be able to join a voucher scheme.When the new scheme was first announced in the 2013 Budget, Chancellor George Osborne initially said it would be worth up to £1,200 per child per year. However, following a public consultation, the government increased the limit to £2,000 per child per year. It was originally due to come into effect in autumn 2015, but has been delayed until early 2017 following a ruling by the Supreme Court.In the March 2016 Budget, the government announced that the new scheme will be phased in, in a roll-out approach throughout the year, with parents of the youngest children entering the scheme first. The existing childcare voucher scheme will then remain open until April 2018 to new entrants to support the changeover between the two schemes.The new tax-free scheme will be available for up to £10,000 of childcare costs per child per year, with no limit on the number of children for whom a parent can claim. For example, a parent claiming the full £10,000 will pay £8,000, with the government paying a subsidy of £2,000.New online tax-free childcare accounts will be run by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in partnership with National Savings and Investments (NS&I). Vouchers will be available to be bought online, and can only be used to pay for Ofsted-regulated childcare.From 2017, employers will no longer be responsible for providing staff with childcare vouchers, but the tax exemption for workplace nurseries will remain.The new tax-free childcare scheme is designed to support childcare for under-12s, with eligibility ending in the first week of September following the child’s 11th birthday, unless the child is disabled, in which case they will qualify up to the age of 17. The scheme will also be available to parents on paid sick leave, on paid or unpaid statutory maternity leave and on paternity or adoption leave.The scheme is designed to be flexible for parents if, for example, they want to go back to work after the birth of a child or to work part time. They will be able to build up a balance and withdraw money from their childcare accounts. Multiple people or parties will be able to pay into childcare accounts, giving all parents, or their employers, the opportunity to contribute.Impact of tax-free childcareWhen the new scheme was first announced, with a £6,000 cap on costs, working couples with one child would have been worse off. But by raising the cap to £10,000, the government has ensured some parents can claim more.According to government figures, a working couple with one child will be £134 a year better off if they spend the maximum £10,000, while a working couple with three children will be £5,375 better off. A single parent with two children will be able to claim £3,067 more a year.However, a working couple with one child paying about £5,000 a year for childcare will be worse off under the new regime because they can only claim 20% of their costs, or £1,000 a year. Those with two children, spending £5,000 on each, will be better off.There will be an upper income limit of £100,000 per parent, lowered from £150,000 in the original proposal. Parents will only qualify if they work at least 16 hours a week.The new arrangement will not provide any NI savings, currently worth up to 12% for basic-rate taxpayers and up to 13.8% for employers. This will amount to a significant loss for some employers, which could affect the amount they spend on other employee benefits. Local authorities and NHS trusts are among the employers that could be worst hit. Since the changes were announced, providers have been urging employers to communicate the changes to staff to ensure that they are fully aware of the choices available to them, and if they are not in a voucher scheme before the changes take effect, that they are made aware they will not be able to join past a certain date. last_img read more

Top tips on using share schemes to engage staff with business performance

first_imgNeed to know:Employee share schemes can give staff a sense of ownership and increase interest in business performance.Interest in an organisation’s wider goals and performance can have a knock-on effect on individual engagement levels.To harness these benefits, staff must first engage employees with share schemes themselves. Share schemes may not always be an organisation’s first thought when it comes to rewarding staff, however, this benefit can have some interesting influences on employee engagement and productivity, as well as impact an organisation’s bottom line, potentially reducing staff absence and turnover.Gabbi Stopp, head of employee share ownership at IFS Proshare, says: “Owning a stake in the [organisation they] work for, however small that stake might be, gives [employees] rights as a shareholder. [They] own a part of the [organisation], have a say in how it’s run and as an employee shareholder, it really focuses [them] on not just the day to day, but the longer term.”Mark Higgins, head of share plans at Xerox HR Services, adds: “[Share schemes] can be used to align employees with the [organisation’s] values, so if [they] are looking at trying to develop that culture of ownership and understanding and acknowledging the share price, this can be a great tool for developing that engagement. If done well, they can be really valuable to employees; a good result can give employees a lift in terms of achieving their personal aspirations and their longer-term financial security.”Share schemes are also a useful benefit for multi-national organisations because it is a reward that can correlate to all staff no matter where in the world they are situated, what language they speak or what currency they deal in.However, if employees and employers are to benefit from the potential for greater engagement in the business that share schemes can facilitate, staff must first understand the value of employee share schemes as a benefit and engage with the schemes themselves.Take advantage of opportunities for engagementEngaging employees in an organisation’s share scheme can have a domino effect on business performance, as employees seek to understand more about share prices and the impact they have as individuals on the success of an organisation.To harness this, employers could make the most of key events to reinforce membership, says Iain Wilson, commercial director at Computershare. These key events provide opportunities to showcase awareness of the available share schemes. Examples include inductions for new employees, any new scheme launches within the organisation, any rule, limit or terms and conditions changes, as well as plan anniversaries. It would also be worth promoting the benefits of the scheme every time a dividend is paid.Make sure the plan suits the workforce demographicIdentifying the share scheme that will work best for a particular demographic is vital when trying to garner staff interest. Stopp says: “[For] sharesave, you need employees to be able to save a regular amount every month. If [employers] have a workforce where they have zero-hour contracts, people would probably find it hard to commit to saving a fixed amount. That is where the flexibility of share incentive plans (Sips) comes in, because they can contribute an amount up to £1,800 per year, up to 10% of salary, and [they] can change that amount or stop for a few months if they can’t afford it.”What an organisation hopes to achieve through the scheme offered must also be taken into consideration, says Higgins. For example, if an organisation wishes to boost participation, then awarding free shares could help to bolster take-up, whereas if the aim is to promote ownership, then a sharesave scheme, which encourages regular saving but allows employees the final say on whether they use the savings to buy shares in the organisation or not, may be more appropriate.Whichever schemes are offered, these should not be viewed in isolation, but rather delivered as part of a coherent reward package, adds Higgins.Make communication a priority How share schemes are communicated to staff is essential in driving engagement and demonstrating value. Utilising a mix of channels can help to ensure that messages reach across the workforce. Wilson says: “Always pitch communications to the broadest possible level. The most influential people in helping an employee decide on whether to join a plan or not is not their manager, it’s not the people who sit next to them at work; but the people they take the most lead from is their family, so pitch communications so that people can take it home and talk about it.”The use of simple and clear language and processes can help to avoid disengagement with communications around share schemes and with the schemes themselves, says Higgins. “Done well and at their best, share schemes are fantastic [because] they engage the workforce, they align interests and they offer significant value,” he explains. “But if the process is complicated or the plans are delivered in isolation, there isn’t that connection or perception of value.”Ultimately, driving business performance is important for any organisation, and making effective use of employee share schemes to assist with this task can increase feelings of ownership and engagement. This not only contributes to an organisation’s commercial objectives, but also gives back to hard-working staff.As Stopp says: “Share schemes give that additional corporate glue; they’re another reason for someone to show up, be interested and engaged in what they’re doing every day. It’s a powerful motivator.”last_img read more

Boys and Girls Club opens new multipurpose space in Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – The Boys and Girls Club held a special dedication in South Florida and two hall of famers helped them celebrate.Former basketball player, Nancy Lieberman and tennis player Martina Navratilova attended the dedication for a new dream court in Miami.The new multipurpose space was built on Kendall Drive and Southwest 95th Avenue.The goal is to provide children in underprivileged communities with a safe area to play.The dream court was part of a gift from Lieberman to honor Navratilova for being an inspirational leader to women in sports.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

9 injured after van private bus collide in Miami Gardens

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – A total of nine people have been transported to the hospital after a van and a private bus collided in Miami Gardens.According to police, the crash occurred in the eastbound lanes of Northwest 183rd Street, at around 11:30 a.m., Tuesday.Fire rescue officials are transporting people who were on board both the bus and the van to area hospitals.Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Pompano Beach mobile home catches fire after lightning strike

first_imgPOMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A mobile home was badly burned in Pompano Beach after, authorities said, it was struck by lightning, Sunday.Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the blaze in a community near Northwest 53rd Street and First Way.Officials tweeted out a picture of the damaged mobile home. #update 5am #workingfire in mobile home caused by #Lightning strike during thunderstorm, confined to exterior @BrowardSheriff #FireRescue pic.twitter.com/jFbI4ZkxdV— PIO Mike Jachles (@BSO_Mike) October 2, 2016There were no reports of any injuries.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Police Doctor medical assistant arrested after giving patients meth

first_imgWILTON MANORS, FLA. (WSVN) – – A Wilton Manors doctor was arrested, Wednesday, after allegedly distributing methamphetamine to his patients.According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Dr. Dominic Riganotti was arrested in Wilton Manors along with his medical assistant, Jacquelin Fernandez, who was arrested in Coral Springs.Riganotti was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and intent to distribute.Fernandez was arrested for illegally distributing prescription medication from her home. Police said Fernandez was using her daughter, a minor, to help distribute the prescription drugs.The investigation lasted for six months.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

United Airlines begins bidding program for overbooked flights

first_img(WSVN) – United Airlines has announced a new way to deal with overbooked flights and having to take passengers off flights.United recently released a new program that allows passengers to bid on how much money they would be willing to accept for giving up their seats.This is a program scheduled to begin next month in select markets.This new program comes months after April’s troubling case involving a Kentucky physician, David Dao, who was dragged off a United Express plane.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Children battling serious illnesses ride exotic cars at HomesteadMiami Speedway

first_img@ErnieFrancisJr stopped by to give some rides! #Ride2Revive pic.twitter.com/g94bYZscCb Happy to host Ride2Revive again this year! Prestige Imports bringing smiles through miles all day today! 😃 pic.twitter.com/0XUIGRYu1S— Homestead-Miami (@HomesteadMiami) January 28, 2018Hundreds of children battling life-threatening illnesses hit high speeds and crossed the finish line in style. They raced around in exotic cars, had their faces painted and even had the chance to draw on a Lamborghini.“Customers, friends, dealers have all gotten together with our family and team from Prestige Imports Lamborghini Miami to deliver miles of smiles on the road to recovery,” said Prestige Imports CEO Brett David. HOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) – Children facing difficult struggles took a ride to remember at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, Sunday.The Miami Speedway teamed up with Prestige Imports Lamborghini to host “Ride 2 Revive” at the car racing venue.center_img — Homestead-Miami (@HomesteadMiami) January 28, 2018Some of the children attending the event came from Israel to enjoy a ride in some hot wheels.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Good Samaritans rush to rescue 5yearold girl trapped under car

first_imgDEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Good Samaritans in Deerfield Beach came to the rescue to a 5-year-old girl who was trapped under a car.According to Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue, the child was struck by a car near Southwest Third Street and Second Avenue just after 8 a.m., Monday.The girl became trapped under the car for several minutes before a group of good Samaritans rushed to pull her from under the vehicle.The girl was taken to Broward Health with injuries that were not considered to be life-threatening.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Hurricane supplies will be salestax exempt for first week of hurricane season

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Hurricane supplies will be sales-tax exempt for the first week of this year’s hurricane season.Starting Friday, storm supplies, such as flashlights, gas tanks, batteries, radios and generators will be exempt from sales tax.The discount is part of a tax relief package Florida lawmakers and Gov. Ron DeSantis approved in early May.Shoppers are expected to save around $800,000 thanks to the discount.Hurricane season begins on Saturday.For more information about the tax holiday, click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Palmetto Bay resident runs back into house to save family dog from

first_imgPALMETTO BAY, Fla. (WSVN) – A resident in Palmetto Bay ran back inside their home up, which went up in flames, to save the family dog.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the home, located in the area of Southwest 78th Avenue and 170th Street just before 8 p.m., Tuesday.Rescue officials said after they made entry into the house, one of the residents was found inside trying to save the dog from the flames.The victim and the dog were both rescued and treated on the scene.The dog was given oxygen and treated for smoke inhalation.There were no injuries reported.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Borough Approves Lift On Hiring Freeze

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved a resolution encouraging the borough to fill vacant positions at their meeting on Tuesday. The resolution nor the assembly addressed the vacant positions. The resolution, introduced by assembly member Dale Bagley, noted total 11 vacancies within the borough. According to the resolution the vacant positions are “increasingly impacting the remaining personnel.” According to the resolution, the borough’s fund balance is currently within the approved range, and increases in sales tax revenues are expected to continue to improve the borough’s fiscal outlook and, if the vacant positions are not filled, productivity and morale will worsen at the borough and there will likely be long term consequences.  Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce: “There are some outstanding employees working in this borough, they are very qualified and capable of making decisions.”  Assemblymember Hal Smalley: “It is just an encouragement from the assembly that the borough mayor fill the vacancies that have not been filled when they had a freeze on hiring. Basically, added work assignments to existing employees can sometimes have an adverse impact on the morale of employees.”  The resolution also states, while filling these position is within the mayor’s sole purview, the assembly wishes to confirm its support for the mayor to fill those positions at this time “as soon as possible.”last_img read more

ExManagement Team Acquires RBI Titles

first_imgAfter Reed Elsevier announced April 16 it was shutting down a staggering 23 titles published under its Reed Business Information U.S. division, it was generally expected that at least some of those would be snapped back up in the 11th hour from former employees. That’s just happened with RBI’s Supply Chain Group. Brian Ceraolo, the group’s publisher, has formed a new company, Peerless Media, along with the former management team. Peerless has reached an agreement in principle with Reed Elsevier to acquire the four Supply Chain Group brands: Logistics Management, Modern Materials Handling, Supply Chain Management Review and Material Handling Product News.The deal is expected to close by the end of the month. Terms of the deal were not disclosed and a spokesperson declined to comment specifically. The spokesperson also declined to comment on the funding behind Peerless, but did say that there had been interest in the brands from a variety of parties “over the recent months and weeks.”The new company will keep the entire staff in place at the group’s current Boston area headquarters. The titles will see no interruption in their publishing schedules. “It’s a privilege to have the opportunity to provide continuity with these great brands,” said Ceraolo in a statement. “They are deeply rooted in the landscape of their respective industries.”last_img read more

Wenner Media Strikes Content Deal with Yahoo

first_imgThe partnership gives Wenner a huge upside on scale. According to September comScore numbers, Usmagazine.com and Rollingstone.com attracted 6.7 million and 3.1 million uniques, respectively. omg! and Yahoo Music attracted 28 million and 18.1 million uniques.Those numbers, along with the dedicated landing pages, will drive more traffic back to the Wenner brands, of course, but they also provide a key business opportunity. “Even though Us Weekly and Rolling Stone are terrific brands, the scale is relatively small in terms of the ever-increasing traffic advertisers are looking for,”  says David Kang, Wenner Media’s chief digital officer. “Rolling Stone and Us Weekly often create great custom programs, but we are unable to deliver the kind of scale advertisers want.”Kang describes the Wenner brands as high-quality, boutique content sources for Yahoo’s mass-market reach. “Now we’re able to offer the boutique editorial treatment and all the scale you’d ever want.”The dedicated brand channels will be jointly sold. However, Wenner gets to sell Yahoo inventory for campaigns that originate via Us and Rolling Stone that get scaled up to the Yahoo sites, but not vice versa. Kang, who declined to offer specifics on the revenue splits, says the traffic differentials going back to Us or Rolling Stone are not as attractive for Yahoo.As for the editorial resource sharing, Kang sees it this way: Yahoo has the scale and dedicated video facilities that will support Wenner’s insider access to celebrities and music acts. While digital content partnerships between publishers have been a common tactic for driving traffic and branding from one site to another, less common are dedicated pages shared between the two. Such is the deal that Yahoo and Wenner Media announced today, with Yahoo’s omg! and Yahoo Music featuring mini-sites and blended content from Us Weekly and Rolling Stone. Likewise, UsMagazine.com and RollingStone.com will feature Yahoo-branded channels.Taking the syndication deal a step further, Us Weekly and Rolling Stone print magazines will also feature Yahoo content.According to the partnership, the two companies will pool editorial resources to contribute content across the sites. Wenner’s Men’s Journal will also provide its content to Yahoo, making it the first time the brand has appeared on the network.last_img read more