Oregon police ESPN mascot head found 2 charged

first_imgCORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State Police say the oversized mascot head of ESPN college football analyst Lee Corso has been recovered, and two men have been cited on theft charges in the case.The $5,000 prop used each week on ESPN’s “College Gameday” show was reported stolen in Corvallis on Saturday after the annual game between rivals Oregon and Oregon State.An Oregon State employee found the prop Monday near his home in Harrisburg, nearly 30 miles from the OSU campus.State Police said Monday that 26-year-old August Cuneo of Eugene and 25-year-old Alexander Westerberg of Harrisburg were cited Monday afternoon. Troopers say the two men had attended the University of Oregon.Arrangements were being made to return the mascot head to ESPN.last_img

Board of Health agrees on septic fee proposal

first_imgClark County — Clark County commissioners will present the public with a proposal to eliminate the county’s septic tipping and inspection fees and instead impose an annual flat fee of $16.50.The commissioners, serving in their capacity as the Clark County Board of Health, will hold a public hearing on the proposal at the next board of health meeting at 9 a.m. Oct. 26 at the Clark County Public Service Center.Last month, the board approved changes to numerous other environmental public health fees. The commissioners had differing opinions on how and whether to change the septic fees. The board held a work session Wednesday to further discuss the proposal.After the hour-long meeting, the commissioners agreed to move the proposal forward for a public hearing and a vote.The proposal, if approved, would eliminate the county inspection fee of $20 and tipping fee of 6 cents per gallon pumped and impose a $16.50 flat fee onto property taxes of the 34,000 Clark County residents with septic systems.The proposal, like the current fee structure, would not cover the cost of the actual inspection or tipping. Septic system owners would still be responsible for paying those costs to the company hired to perform the work.last_img read more

Missing Vancouver driver found alive

first_imgEUGENE, Ore. — The authorities say a Vancouver man who was reported missing in Oregon last week has been found in his hometown.The sheriff’s office in Lane County, Ore., had sought the public’s help after 74-year-old Danny Lay did not arrive home as expected on a drive from Mexico. He had last been seen in the small town of Lowell, near Eugene.The sheriff’s office told The Register-Guard newspaper that Lay was back in Vancouver on Monday.last_img

Forecast 636M in pot taxes in 5 years

first_imgOLYMPIA — The state’s legal recreational marijuana market is expected to bring in about $636 million in taxes to state coffers through the middle of 2019, according to an economic forecast released Thursday. The forecast by the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council showed that a little more than $25 million from a variety of marijuana-related taxes — including excise, sales, and business taxes — is expected to be collected through the middle of next year.An additional $207 million is expected for the next two-year budget that ends mid-2017. And $404 million is expected for the 2017-19 budget biennium. The passage of Initiative 502 in 2012 allowed the sale of marijuana to adults for recreational use at licensed stores, which started opening this summer. So far the state has issued 57 retail marijuana licenses. By early this month, 32 of the shops had opened. The state Liquor Control Board reported this week that total sales of recreational marijuana through Monday totaled just over $14 million, with the state receiving $3.5 million in excise taxes.Steve Lerch, the revenue council’s executive director, noted that the latest forecast changed previous outlooks that assumed sales wouldn’t start until next year because of concerns about local moratoriums, bans on pot sales and general uncertainty about how the system would work.He warned that the market is still developing, and the numbers will continue to change in future forecasts.“There is so much we don’t know about what these sales are going to look like,” he said.The overall updated forecast for Washington state’s current two-year nearly $34 billion budget cycle shows that lawmakers may have about $169 million more available to them through the middle of 2015, and that they’ll have an additional $143 million than additionally projected for the 2015-2017 biennium.last_img read more

Wynn Palace expansion to better position property for premium mass recovery Maddox

first_img Wynn Resorts to undergo internal restructure as part of refinancing plan As reported by Inside Asian Gaming this week, VIP turnover at Wynn Palace declined 4.6% year-on-year in 2Q19 while a 5.8% increase in mass was lighter than expected, according to Bernstein analysts, “due to softness in the higher-end of the premium mass segment, which is highly correlated to VIP.“High end players are showing up, but spending less time at the tables and have lower effective buy-in amounts,“ Bernstein explained. “The ramp-up and marketing effort of Melco at City of Dreams/Morpheus has also likely taken some premium mass share from Wynn Palace.”Speaking during Wynn’s 2Q19 earnings call early Wednesday, Maddox said, “I’d just like to again remind everybody, the premium business is not going away. We’ve all seen this over many, many years, in 2016, in 2012, when it artificially contracts for a very short period of time and people focus on core and then it expands quite rapidly.“So what we’re not going to do is change who we are. We are the premium operator and we will continue to be the premium operator.”While the Wynn Palace expansion will include a number of non-gaming features aimed at appealing to Macau’s growing mass market, Maddox said its primary purpose was to boost the property’s premium mass exposure.“Wynn Palace needs more than 1,700 hotel rooms,” he said. “I think you can see from some of our competitors that have just ramped up their new quite nice hotel product, what that has done to their bottom line. Our hotel is full and on the weekends we’re turning away customers that we do not want to be turning away and we know that they will spend more time and more money with us if they’re staying with us.“The Crystal Pavilion (part of the Wynn Palace expansion plan) is going to attract lots of customers, but also as we see out of Cotai, families travel with customers.“We think the Crystal Pavilion project will be attractive to a much broader audience … the premium mass will be in the hotel and we think we will get significant incremental visitation from the core mass with the project.” Wynn Resorts President and CEO Matt Maddox says the company won’t be turning away from its traditional high-end focus in favor of Macau’s growing mass market, despite significant declines in the VIP and premium mass segments in 2Q19.Instead, Maddox revealed the recently announced Phase I expansion of flagship Macau integrated resort, Wynn Palace, was firmly targeted at the premium mass segment – one he insists is “not going away.” Wynn Resorts shares favored over Wynn Macau: analysts RelatedPosts Las Vegas Sands reaches new SG$4 billion loan agreements for Marina Bay Sands expansion Load Morelast_img read more

Motability supports staff to make informed investment decisions

first_imgMotability has always been keen for staff to be fully engaged in, and informed enough about its contract-based defined contribution stakeholder pension plan, so that they can decide how best to invest their pension contributions.This is why the mobility support services charity has produced a comprehensive pensions communication strategy, which includes a guide for staff about the option to obtain independent financial advice and how to go about accessing this.Jo Rose, HR manager, says: “We always encourage [pension fund engagement] through the communications that we offer, and we also put lots of tools on [our] own website to help [staff] plan for their retirement and think about how much they’re contributing.”This support was particularly important when the organisation decided to switch its default fund earlier this year following the downturn in the economy and the introduction of the pension freedoms in 2015.The switch, which came into effect from July 2016, saw the take-up of a new fund with a 15-year lifestyling phase and a different mix of investments, structured on the premise that employees can make a number of choices about what to do with their retirement fund, rather than on the assumption that they will buy an annuity, following the abolition of compulsory annuitisation, which came into effect in April 2015.The employer’s previous default option, also with Friends Life, now part of the Aviva Group, had a lifestyling phase of five years, which meant that the pension de-risked over a period of time, five years before employees’ planned retirement age.“We were looking at high engagement [levels] and for staff to review their choices and make a decision about how they wanted to invest their funds,” says Rose.Motability’s paternalistic culture drives its commitment to ensure that its staff are fully engaged in their pension fund, despite less than 10% of staff actively making their own investment decisions.Rose says: “It’s very much the chief executive and the executive team that [is driving] the need to do the right thing by staff with the pension and making sure that the scheme is fit for purpose.”last_img read more

Expedia named best place to work in the UK 2017

first_imgExpedia has been named the best place to work in the UK at Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work 2017 Employees’ Choice Awards.The award winners are based on employee reviews posted on Glassdoor over the last year, with staff sharing their views on career opportunities, compensation and benefits, culture and values, as well as how satisfied they are with their employer, and the advantages or disadvantages of working at the organisation. Employees are also encouraged to provide advice for management and to rate their chief executive officer.This is the second year in a row that Expedia has been ranked as the best place to work in the UK. ARM Holdings, HomeServe UK, Mott MacDonald, and Hays make up the top five organisations on the UK 2017 list.In the US, Bain and Company has been named best large employer, followed by Facebook, Boston Consulting Group, Google, and World Wide Technology.The 2017 top 20 best places to work in the UK are:ExpediaARM HoldingsHomeServe UKMott MacDonaldHaysPeninsulaUnileverSalesforceScrewfixFirst DerivativesAmerican ExpressGrant Thornton UKGoogleExplore LearningAccenturePageLearningGlaxoSmithKlineBBCCentricaNando’s UKGreg Reed, chief marketing officer at HomeServe, said: “Being named by Glassdoor as one of the top three best places to work in the UK is really special. Over the last three years, we have been on an incredible journey and have worked tirelessly to create an exceptional culture, one which is based on a really simple philosophy: you take care of your people, they will take care of your customers, and the rest will take care of itself. Best of all, it’s a culture that every single person in our [organisation] is proud to be a part of.”last_img read more

37 of employee assistance programme calls relate to anxiety and depression

first_imgJust over a third (37%) of calls to an employee assistance programme (EAP) relate to employee anxiety and depression, according to research by employee wellbeing organisation Lifeworks.The research, which is based on call statistics to Lifeworks’ EAP service between January 2011 and March 2017, also found that 7% of calls relate to personal relationship problems.The research also found:There was a 40% increase in the number of calls regarding anxiety and depression in 2016.There was a 25% increase in calls relating to anxiety and depression between January-March 2016 and January-March 2017.Demand for emotional support increased by 27% in 2016, and by 55% over the last three years.There was a 27% increase in demand for emotional support through the service between January-March 2016 and January-March 2017.10% of employees that call the EAP report that their performance at work is impaired or severely impaired because of their reason for calling the service, and 9% are on sick leave or absent from work as a result.Colin Grange (pictured), UK clinical director at Lifeworks, said: “While this upwards trend may seem alarming, given one in six British workers are affected by mental health issues, it indicates staff are taking up the support provided by their employers.“This hasn’t always been the case; the stigma of having a mental health issue and a general lack of awareness of workplace support tools have been significant barriers. This is a sign that organisations are starting to embed mental health wellbeing into their workplace philosophy.”last_img read more

Lloyds Banking Group ordered to equalise pensions for men and women

first_imgThe High Court has ruled that Lloyds Banking Group must equalise its guaranteed minimum pensions (GMP) for men and women, in a landmark judgment that could cost major pension schemes £15 billion.The case relates to GMP schemes that ran between 1990 and 1997 for members who contracted out of the top-up state earnings-related pension scheme (SERP). GMPs were not recalculated to reflect the equalisation of state pension ages in the 1990s due to lack of clarity on how this should be carried out.However, three female members of Lloyds pension schemes took their case to court, claiming discrimination because their GMPs increased at a lower rate than equivalent male schemes.A Lloyds spokesperson said: “The hearing focused on what is a complex and longstanding industry-wide issue. The group welcomes the decision made by the court and the clarity it provides. The group and the pension scheme trustee will be working through the details in order to implement the court’s decision.”The High Court judgment in favour of the women is expected to cost Lloyds Banking Group up to £150 million. On a wider level, the ruling means men and women should have the same benefits from historical pensions, potentially affecting millions of people. Consultants LCP recently estimated that the wider impact of the case could cost major organisations £15 billion.Angela Sharma, professional support lawyer, pensions, at Taylor Wessing, commented: “The decision is clearly a costly outcome for the employers involved, and potentially affected schemes generally. Member expectations and communications will have to be carefully managed following the decision.“The court’s view of the methods which can be applied will need to be examined carefully by affected schemes. That will not be straightforward. In any event, accurate data will be key in what is likely to be a time consuming and in itself costly equalisation process.”The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said it would be offering guidance to pension schemes in the near future following the ruling.Samantha Brown, pensions partner at Herbert Smith Freehills, said: “This judgment provides welcome clarity on a longstanding area of legal debate, and confirms that pension schemes do need to equalise members’ benefits for the effect of guaranteed minimum pensions. Although the inequalities stem from the state pension framework and the legislation itself, the court’s decision was clear that it is an issue that affected schemes will now need to address.“This case highlights the nightmarish complexity of UK pensions legislation. It also illustrates the perils faced by employers who, having complied with the UK’s legislative requirements to the letter, now face a significant additional liability because that legislation and the corresponding state pension benefits treat males and females differently.”last_img read more

Multivitamin subscription organisation to pay vitamin testers £5000 each

first_imgSomething for the weekend: Multivitamin subscription service Feel is offering to pay three job seekers £5,000 each to act as vitamin testers, to trial the effectiveness of its new multivitamin.The unusual job role will require three carb-loving candidates to maintain an existing non-balanced diet for 30 days, munching on typically beige foodstuffs such as white bread, eggs, pasta, potatoes and rice. During this time, the selected testers will also be sampling Feel’s newest multivitamin to check whether it is effective at delivering the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of 18 key vitamins and minerals, despite a poor diet.Micronutrients featured in the new multivitamin include selenium, vitamin A, calcium, folic acid, vitamin B12 and magnesium.Each of the vitamin testers will be paid £5,000 each to take the multivitamin for a month, under the ongoing supervision of a nutritionist and doctor to ensure that the recruits are hitting their required calorie and macro targets.Feel will measure the nutrient levels of the vitamin testers both before and after the month-long trial, to see whether the multivitamin is successful in generating healthy nutrient levels, regardless of diet.To apply for the role, hopeful job hunters must be over 18-years-old, not have any underlying health conditions or be undergoing any medical treatment, and be able to confirm that they are not allergic to any ingredients in the product.Boris Hodakel, co-founder at Feel, said: “We in no way want to encourage people to use our multivitamin as a substitute for a healthy diet. The purpose of this study is to test the effectiveness of our product, outside of a lab or controlled environment, where results don’t reflect reality. We want average members of the public to eat a version of the modern Western diet, under the watchful eye of a doctor and nutritionist, to see whether Feel is as good as we think it is, in the real world.”Here at Employee Benefits, we think earning £5,000 for a month of work is a very generous salary, especially when the job role itself could contribute to good health and wellbeing if the multivitamin proves successful. Considering the warm weather this week, we certainly think ice cream could fit into the required meal plan…last_img read more

Plastic pieces found in cheese spread sparks recall

first_img(WSVN) – A cheese spread has been recalled after bits of small plastic pieces were found.The recall is strictly for 14-ounce containers of Merkts Port Wine Cheese Spread. Containers purchased after Sept. 1 should be thrown out or returned for a full refund.The company said no other products were affected.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Swalwell hosts town hall in Sunrise

first_imgSUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – A 2020 Democratic presidential candidate made a South Florida stop in Sunrise.U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., hosted a town hall meeting on ending gun violence at the BB&T Center, Tuesday.The California congressman has made gun control the central part of his campaign.The 38-year-old threw his hat in the 2020 ring, Monday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Gilbane Study Digital Magazines Post Rapid Reader Growth Yet Market Penetration Slips

first_imgDigital magazine usage is soaring among b-to-b readers but hasn’t sustained a similar pace with consumers, despite a steady increase in the number of consumer readers, according to “Digital Magazine and Newspaper Editions,” conducted by the Gilbane Group. The study found there are more than 3,200 digital magazines today—b-to-b and consumer combined—with more than 13 million subscriptions, up more than 260 percent from 2005. However, against the total population of magazines, the penetration rate over the two-year period declined slightly from 3.3 percent to 3.2 percent.The study says the percentage of digital subscribers grows by about two percentage points (from 13.3 percent in 2005 to 15 percent in 2007). While the study found there were actually more digital publications on the consumer side in 2005 (632 versus 556 for b-to-b), the growth for b-to-b has since eclipsed the consumer side. In 2007, there were 1,816 digital magazines, compared to 1,470 for consumer, and 7.8 million b-to-b subscribers (up 315 percent), compared to 5.6 million consumer subscribers. Is Digital Now Worth More than Print? Last month Barnes & Noble announced it would start selling magazine subscriptions online at steep discounts for more than 1,000 print and digital titles. Print subscription prices range from as low as $5.99 (Batanga) to $299 (Adweek). Digital subscriptions range from $1.56 (24-K) to $1,372 (Jane’s Defense Weekly). Single digital issues range from $0.99 to $99.While the retailer scoffed at the idea it would be competing with discount subscription sellers (a stance not believed by some industry observers), the site is charging more for some digital subscriptions than it is in print. A year’s subscription to Men’s Health is priced at $24.95, 44 percent off its $45 cover price; a digital subscription to Men’s Health sells for $24.97.Some of the digital copies BN.com is selling are closer to their original cover prices. Barnes & Noble says digital magazine vendor Zinio and M2, its print fulfillment provider, are responsible for the prices. Zinio says it’s the publishers who name the price but defends the functionality of digital editions as worth the higher price. “While the price of a digital issue is generally less than its print counterpart, for many consumers, both domestically and internationally, the ability to find an issue or title, read online or offline, search, archive and digitally share content with others is a meaningful value proposition—let alone the environmental benefits of going digital,” says Adam Kadleck, Zinio’s director of customer service.Still, the report says the rapid growth of b-to-c digital titles may actually limit adoption for now. “Rapid growth in publications can actually depress overall adoption rates in the short term,” according to the report.The Gilbane Group predicts the total number of digital subscriptions to grow to 8,000 by the end of 2009 while the number of digital subscriptions will soar to 31.5 million. However, publishers need to continue to push interactive features—rich media, archiving and searchability.last_img read more

People on the Move 061809

first_imgWSJ. editor-in-chief Tina Gaudoin will be stepping down in order to move to London to be with her family, according to a memo from the Wall Street Journal. Gaudoin, who served as editor since the magazine launched in 2008, will stay on to edit the September and October issues and assist in finding a replacement.Condé Nast promoted Sabine Feldmann to vice president and publisher of Teen Vogue, effective immediately. Most recently, Feldmann served as associate publisher of advertising at the magazine.Two days after losing its publisher to The Week (see below), Bloomberg BusinessWeek named a replacement: Hugh Wiley, who is currently publisher of Time Inc.’s Fortune. Wiley, who will join BusinessWeek June 28, succeeds Jessica Sibley. Next Issue Media, the e-reading joint venture spearheaded by former Time Inc. executive vice president John Squires, has named Morgan Guenther CEO. Most recently, Guenther served as chairman and CEO of wireless entertainment services company AirPlay. Before that he served as president of TiVo. The Next Issue Media partnership includes Time Inc., Condé Nast, Hearst, Meredith and News Corporation. Squires is leaving the venture.Hearst Magazines announced a pair of personnel changes: InStyle advertising director Kelley Gott was appointed associate publisher of Good Housekeeping and Eugenia Santiesteban, most recently a freelance editor, was named senior style editor at Veranda. Gott and Santiesteban are both former Domino staffers (associate publisher and senior market editor, respectively).Paul Maidment resigned as editor of Forbes.com. He also served as co-editor of the print magazine.F+W Media named Kate Rados marketing director, leading the company’s consumer and trade marketing efforts. Rados, who most recently specialized in online marketing at Chelsea Green, will join F+W on June 21.Rodale Inc. appointed former Johnson & Johnson site services director Joseph Burke vice president of green culture services. Burke will be responsible for directing the performance of Rodale’s Facilities Management, Office Services, Food Services and the Employee Fitness Center to ensure that all operations function “in the most organic and environmentally responsible manner possible.”The Week named Jessica Sibley as publisher, replacing Jed Hartman, who left the magazine in March for Fortune/CNNMoney. Most recently, Sibley served as senior vice president and publisher of Bloomberg BusinessWeek.Meredith Corp. named Peter Haeffner associate publisher of advertising for Family Circle, replacing Diane Papazian, who was recently promoted to publisher. Most recently, Haeffner served as national directors of MapWide.com.Asset International elected Andrew Prozes to its board of directors. Prozes is CEO of LexisNexis Group.last_img read more

Playboy Reports 87M Second Quarter Loss

first_imgPlayboy Enterprises, parent company of Playboy magazine, announced today that its second quarter 2009 revenues were $62.2 million, down 15.3 percent from $73.4 million over the same period in 2008. The company reported a net loss for the quarter of $8.7 million, up from a $3.2 million net loss in 2008.Revenues for the print/digital group were $28.3 million in the quarter, down $3.9 million from the same period last year. However, segment income was up from $0.1 million to $2.3 million. Yet that was attributed to cost savings from combining the July and August issues of the magazine.This also boosted the magazine’s circulation top line by 16 percent in 2009’s second quarter to $12.9 million compared to the same period last year, softening the 38 percent decline in ad pages for the second quarter this year. On the digital side specifically, revenues were down to $8.9 million from $11.6 million in last year’s second quarter. This, says the company, resulted from “lower paysite, e-commerce and advertising sales.”But if things look bad now, CEO Scott Flanders-who just joined the company in June, coming from Freedom Communications-warned that the second half doesn’t look much better. “The media businesses will face a more challenging second half with fewer near-term opportunities to grow revenues,” he said in a statement. “As a result, we do not expect the media businesses to report top- or bottom-line improvement in the second half of 2009 compared to the same period last year.”The company also said that it expects to report a 47 percent decline in Playboy magazine ad pages in the 2009 third quarter, when the company will publish one fewer issue than in the prior year period.During a conference call this morning to discuss the results, Flanders said that the magazine will continue to play a critical role in the company’s success, but will have to be sustained by a smaller revenue base. “I’m not convinced that the magazine must be a money loser,” he said. “We can and will do a better job on that front.”Second quarter revenues in Playboy’s entertainment business were $23.8 million, down from $29.6 million during the same period last year (but managed to post a $2 million income gain). Second quarter licensing group revenues and segment income were $10.1 million and $4.8 million, down 14 percent and 22 percent, respectively, from the second quarter 2008.last_img read more

FT Continues Strong Digital Growth in Q3 Earnings

first_imgDespite the good news on the subscriber front, Pearson issued harsh commentary on the state of its advertising business for the second-consecutive quarter, saying prospects “remain[] weak and short-term.” The statement did note that its advertising market share had increased however.Today’s news comes weeks after The Economist–in which the FT Group holds a controlling stake–became one of the first magazine publishers to guarantee a rate base of digital-only subscribers. Set at 50,000, the move was heralded as a way to attract advertisers through transparency in a notoriously hazy digital arena.”We know that the agency community has been asking for it,” vice president of advertising for The Economist David Kaye told FOLIO: in September. “They’re frustrated with digital being lumped in with print.”While embracing its digital numbers, there are no indications FT will adopt a digital similar rate base guarantee for its own publications.Sales were up 7 percent in the quarter for FT Group, and 5 percent for Pearson, overall.Pearson also issued a concurrent announcement that it has agreed with German media conglomerate Bertelsmann to combine their respective publishing houses, Penguin and Random House, in an effort to take on the digital market.To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter! The Financial Times has more digital subscribers than print and that gap is only growing.Digital subscriptions increased again in Q3–up 17 percent since January and 26 percent year-over-year–and now account for 313,000 of the 600,000-plus combined subscribers, according to FT ownership group Pearson who released its nine-month interim management statement on Monday. FT reaches an audience of close to 2.1 million daily.The publisher first announced digital subscriptions had surpassed print at the halfway mark of this year. At that point, “over 300,000” readers were paying for digital content.last_img read more

Innovation On Display at ABM Neal Awards

first_imgNEW YORK–Innovation was on display as the b-to-b publishing industry gathered for the 59th annual Neal Awards of the Association of Business Media (ABM) Tuesday afternoon.However, despite the association’s addition of several new mobile, social and video categories—a formal recognition of the value of these emerging technologies–Clark Pettit, president and CEO of ABM, urged editors to remember what has worked for them over the long history of business media. “There are exciting new aspects in our ecosystem,” he said in his opening remarks in the ballroom at Pier 60. “[But] there is a potential crisis of quality if we are not careful.” “It is critical,” he continued, “that we, as editors, remain true to ourselves amidst shallower content blows. We have always been about deep, compelling, long-form content.”With wins in Best Single Article (“A Shocking Truth”) and Best Use of Mobile (“Robots for iPad”), along with the Grand Neal Award (“A Shocking Truth”), IEEE Media was recognized for its ability to balance the old with the new. IEEE was one of eight publishers with multiple awards, but it was The McGraw-Hill Companies who were the big winners of the afternoon. The group took home eight plaques, including three for Architectural Record (Best Single Issue, Best Theme Issue and Best Cross-Platform Package) and two for Engineering News-Record (Best Subject-Related Series and Best News Coverage).The theme of its winning Best News Coverage article (“Recovering After Superstorm Sandy”) was a popular one in the category. Four of the 12 nominees across all classes focused on the October hurricane.Crain Communications followed McGraw-Hill with six wins, followed by Farm Journal Media with five.Each publisher did well on the digital side. Crain took awards in Best Cross-Platform Package (“Remaking West 25th Street and the Market District”), Best Use of Video (“The True Cost of Crime: The Story of Austin”) and Best Webcast (“Curbisde Live”), while Farm Journal won Best Website (“AgWeb.com”) and Best Use of Social Media (“Farm Journal Pulse”).Individually, Julie Triedman reminded many of the editorial qualities needed for success, regardless of the medium. Triedman, a senior writer with The American Lawyer, told the story of how she confronted major law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf with an exposé of its collapsing finances.”The lesson here for me,” she said, “is that there are times when even our best efforts to get to the truth will fail. But when the misinformation is ultimate discovered, as it will be, it’s even more important to quickly own up to it and then get back to work.” For a full list of winners and finalists, click here. To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter!last_img read more

Congress to Hold off New Base Closures for Now Colorado Lawmaker Says

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The leadership of the House Armed Services Committee remains opposed to DOD’s request for a new BRAC round, said Colorado Rep. Doug Lamborn (R), but Colorado Springs leaders need to be prepared for the prospect that Congress OKs a BRAC at some point.“It’s an issue that isn’t going away,” Lamborn told local business leaders Monday. “How we respond as a community is a big deal.”State and regional officials intend to press the case for the Pentagon to expand missions in Colorado through lobbying efforts and an assessment of the military’s economic contribution to the state, reported the Colorado Springs Gazette.Defense officials say a new round of base closures is needed to shed some of the department’s excess capacity, estimated at 20 percent DOD-wide. With the military facing threats in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Asia, though, Lamborn and other lawmakers say they’re reluctant to cut bases.Andy Merritt, who oversees military issues for the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, agreed with Lamborn that a new BRAC round isn’t imminent, but said Congress eventually will have to allow additional base closures and realignments, according to the story.“This reinforces what I was thinking,” Merritt said. “We should always be getting ready.”last_img read more