For a second straight year, Discovery Middle School made a list of 50 “persistently lowest-achieving schools” across Washington state and thus becomes eligible for reform-minded federal money.But Vancouver Public Schools won’t pursue any reform grant dollars this time, after its bid for nearly $9 million came up empty a year ago in competition with other Washington districts.The district expects Discovery will pull itself out of the problem category with students’ and teachers’ hard work.A new list of “Tier II” schools was unveiled Thursday by Randy Dorn, state school superintendent, under federal No Child Left Behind Act guidelines.One year ago, both Discovery and Jason Lee Middle School made the list, based on a rolling, three-year average of annual student assessment scores and graduation rates that denote the poorest 5 percent performers.Jason Lee escaped Thursday’s listing, thanks to better reading and math scores in spring 2010.(That was before its English Language Learning magnet program was disbanded and ELL students returned to “home” neighborhood schools for the current school year, noted Chriss Burgess, Vancouver associate superintendent.)
A welcome-home reception for a wounded Vancouver soldier is being planned for Friday afternoon.A motorcycle contingent of Patriot Guard Riders will escort Pfc. Cory Doane and his mother, Rhonda Doane, from a Portland airfield to the family’s home in Cascade Park.Doane was serving in Afghanistan as a member of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division when he was injured by an improvised explosive device in July.Doane lost his right leg and suffered internal injuries. He has undergone more than a dozen operations and is being treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.He will get to spend a few days at home for Thanksgiving — his first visit to Vancouver since being wounded — before returning to the Washington, D.C., area to continue his rehabilitation treatment.Lynn Vaughn, Patriot Guard ride captain, said the group is asking community members to greet the wounded soldier with U.S. flags at the Doanes’ home on Southeast 23rd Circle and along the route.
Heads or tails won’t decide a deadlocked Woodland council race, after all.One or two will.A flip of a coin with those numbers on opposing sides will determine which 70-year-old political newcomer, Robert Ripp or Scott Perry, becomes the newest Woodland City Council member, officials said. The two men competed to replace outgoing councilman Darwin Rounds, who unsuccessfully ran for mayor in summer’s primary.An automatic recount performed in Cowlitz and Clark counties, where votes were cast in the Woodland race, ended with each man earning 569 votes. State law requires a local election that is still tied after an automatic recount to be decided by a coin flip.The time and location of the coin flip were yet to be determined as of late Monday afternoon, said Carolyn Myers, Cowlitz County elections supervisor. It could happen at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Cowlitz County Auditor’s Office in Kelso.It could also happen Wednesday morning at Woodland High School. Woodland School District officials asked that the coin flip be done in front of students to emphasize the importance of voting, Myers said. When asked about this, Woodland Superintendent Michael Green said he had not heard about the request.A coin flip last decided a Cowlitz election in 2001, Myers said, noting the election was for a fire district commissioner’s seat.Based on their order on the ballot, Ripp will win if the coin lands on one and Perry will win if the coin lands on two.
In the 1700s and 1800s, wealthy residents of Paris would ride up and down the Champs-Elysees showing off their elegant new coaches. It became known as the Parade of Elegance, which is the English translation of Concours d’Elegance. Later, the parade became motorized.Vehicles are judged for historical accuracy, technical merit, elegance and style.The show was a fundraiser for the Vancouver Metro Sunset Rotary Club and the West Linn, Ore., Rotary Club. A dollar figure was not available on Sunday.His was just one of 192 beauties on the lawns of Officers Row, but Jim Smalley’s 1956 jet black Austin-Healey 100M was drawing plenty of attention Sunday.An estimated 2,100 people made their way down the row at the third annual Columbia River Concours d’Elegance and car show.“This was a model made for nine months,” said Smalley, a stockbroker and car collector from Gig Harbor. “It’s called a 100M. They’re the quintessential ’50s sports car.”The car is so pristine, Smalley brought it to Vancouver in a trailer.Asked about its value, Smalley said, “This model is getting close to $200,000. There were 640 made and there’s 140 left in the world.”What’s so special?“The louvered hood and the lay-down windshield for racing, it catches the eye.” Plus, car buffs appreciate the high-compression head, the large carburetor, airbox and more aggressive camshaft. Smalley even has the car’s papers registered with the British Heritage Trust. His was judged the best Austin-Healey and that gave him the right to parade down Officers Row with other winners.
The remains of a Battle Ground woman who went missing nearly a month ago have been located in an abandoned outbuilding in Salmon Creek, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.Family and friends searching for Beverly Goheen, 33, discovered the woman’s body early Saturday afternoon and called 911, a CCSO bulletin said. The outbuilding was in the 2000 block of Northeast 138th Street, near Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center.Goheen was last known to be at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center on the early morning of Tuesday, April 29, the CCSO said. The death is under investigation by the Regional Major Crimes Unit comprised of Vancouver police and CCSO detectives. The cause and manner of death are not currently known, but foul play is not suspected, the bulletin said. The remains have been released to the Clark County Medical Examiner. Anyone with information about Goheen’s disappearance is asked to call Detective Scott Kirgiss at 360 397-2028 or Sgt. Kevin Allais at 360 397-2020 in reference to case S14-5718. A Facebook page was set up for her: https://www.facebook.com/findingbev.
The top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 21 and 27 July 2016 are:Majestic Wine CEO shares £7m bonus with staffHMRC cleaners strike over pay48% feel benefits package is not tailored to their needsFirst Leeds bus drivers to strike over pay91% would engage in healthier behaviours if rewardedBritish Army and Lawn Tennis Association to deliver keynote speeches at Employee Benefits LiveEXCLUSIVE: 74% agree that back-up care has positive impact on productivity Santa Clauses convene in CopenhagenSports Direct yet to resolve back pay issuesNorth Sea Shell workers strike over pay and allowances
The top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 11 and 17 August 2016 are:Government consults on tax-efficient benefitsNestle agrees pay and pensions deal for employeesProsys offers Pokemon Go-inspired remuneration to attract staff91% believe technology will impact employee wellbeingSports Direct workers to receive £1m in back payUniversity of Cambridge introduces sleep workshops at annual wellbeing festivalFTSE 350 pension deficits increase by £10bn in five daysWatch Employee Benefits Summer School 201633% believe cycling and walking to work increases employee productivity90% of US employers to offer virtual health services to staff in 2017
Employee Benefits poll: More than three-quarters (76%) of respondents think that employers should support employees to afford rental deposits and housing costs.A straw poll of www.employeebenefits.co.uk readers, which received 83 responses, also found that 22% of respondents do not believe employers should help staff with rental deposits and housing costs, while 2% do not know what the employer’s role is with regards to these types of benefits.Last month, retail organisation John Lewis Partnership launched a property rental benefit for its 85,500 John Lewis and Waitrose employees to support staff financial wellbeing.The benefit, provided by Canopy, was introduced on 18 May 2018 and enables employees to rent accommodation without a cash deposit, as well as helping staff to build a positive credit score.Employees who are currently renting a property, or who are planning to do so in the future, are able to use Canopy’s rent tracking service. This allows staff to automatically reconcile their rent payments and improve their credit history, using open banking technology. Employees are also able to add rental payments to their credit history using the Canopy app, to further improve their credit rating.The benefit also enables employees to access an insurance-based, deposit free alternative to typical cash deposits, which can help to make the moving process more affordable. This service is underwritten by Hiscox.Employees can additionally use the Canopy app to create a rent passport, which helps staff build a trust score by instantly verifying income, creditworthiness, employment, regular rent payments and past references.Should working carers have distinct employment rights in addition to those of employees? Have your say in our latest poll…
Bethany Ridgewell at energy organisation Npower and Rosie Damarell at the University of Lincoln are among the candidates shortlisted in the Rising star category at this year’s Employee Benefits Awards.This accolade, which is new for 2019, recognises HR, benefits and reward professionals starting out in their careers and who are having a positive and impactful effect on their organisation’s approach to benefits and reward.The full category shortlist is:Bethany Ridgewell, NpowerDani Colvin Laws, The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation TrustLucy Orchiston, EuroCarPartsRhiannon Davies, hedgehog labRosie Damarell, University of LincolnThe winner will be announced at the Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party 2019 on Friday 7 June 2019 at The Pavilion at The Tower of London.HR, benefits and reward teams attending the event will be able to enjoy a drinks reception and sumptuous three-course lunch, as well as participate in the awards ceremony itself, this year hosted by actor and comedian Kerry Godliman. The awards presentation will enable professionals to hear best practice and innovation from the industry to celebrate winning employers across 20 varied awards categories. This includes Best employee engagement strategy, Most motivational benefits and Employee benefits professional of the year.Guests will also be able to network with colleagues, peers and industry experts during the relaxed Summer Party, held after the awards lunch.See the full shortlist.For more information or to book your table.
Social media has decided: it’s National Selfie Day.The second-ever selfie day, after April 5, 2015, could be just the first to happen this year. The day has no official government-sanctioned date, and can change based on whenever social media chatter decides it’s selfie day. #NationalSelfieDay 😬 @JWoodleyPhoto pic.twitter.com/9t54v8Y3nL— Shireen Sandoval (@ShireenSandoval) June 21, 2016The most retweeted selfie ever remains Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscars selfie with bradley Cooper, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lawrence and a number of other celebrities. If only Bradley’s arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars pic.twitter.com/C9U5NOtGap— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014 Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI (WSVN) – A water main break in Little Havana caused traffic to back up, Tuesday night.The break happened along Flagler Street and 18th Avenue, where construction crews had already slowed down traffic.The break didn’t damage any homes or businesses in the area.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
(WSVN) – Comcast says it will suspend billing for customers in the Florida Panhandle who have been affected by Hurricane Michael.The company says it is issuing a service credit retroactive to October 10th, when the Category 4 storm made landfall. The credit is for customers in the hardest hit areas, including Panama City and Marianna, but may be expanded to help additional customers.“Our hearts go out to our customers impacted by the storm and we want to do everything we can to make things even a little easier as they go through this difficult time,” said Regional Senior Vice President Amy Smith.Comcast also says it is suspending several charges, including late payment and missing equipment fees, and will replace damaged equipment at no charge.Xfinity Mobile customers will also get a credit to cover the customer’s outstanding account balance for the next three months.Customers not initially deemed eligible for the service credit can fill out an online form on the company’s weather emergency website to request service suspension or credit for outages.For more information, visit Comcast’s website. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
“It’s going to be [like] the Billboard of Hip-Hop,” Carroll continues. “It’s a void that needed to be filled.”The 150,000-circulation Newark-based bimonthly is being published by Vegas Style Entertainment, a marketing company. The first issue features Queen Latifah on its cover.Another planned title, Video Star magazine, will focus on aspiring music video, television and film actresses. The publisher of a pioneering 1980s hip-hop magazine is set to launch a pair of business magazines targeting the genre’s entrepreneurial community.The first, called the Hip Hop Business Journal, was launched earlier this month by Vincent Carroll, a hip-hop industry veteran and founder of the late Hip Hot Hit List, what he calls the “world’s first rap magazine,” and the first dedicated to the music’s culture.Carroll, who is spending about $2.5 million on the launch, says he is targeting a largely untapped demographic—one with “$500-$600 billion in spending power,” he says. “From Disney to Wall Street to the Bronx, this [magazine] is going to be about the business of hip-hop.”
Growth from New AdvertisersHowever, when it comes to the second fastest growing revenue stream, larger and smaller consumer publishers split. Forty percent of smaller publishers say print is their fastest growing revenue stream, compared to just 24 percent of larger publishers. Events are the second fastest growing revenue stream for 31 percent of larger publishers, compared to just 16 percent of smaller publishers. At the same time, 30 percent of larger publishers said they expect to launch a new print title, compared to just 25 percent of smaller publishers. New print advertisers were cited as an expected source of increased revenue, far more than existing advertisers spending more, even with integrated packages [Chart 7, page 65]. Just 18 percent of smaller publishers and 11 percent of larger publishers expect the newsstand to significantly increase going into 2009.However, as publishers grow more sophisticated, they see their revenue streams more as an integrated package then media silos. Online advertising revenue currently accounts for about 10 percent of overall revenue at Time and is projected to grow by 57 percent in 2008 and another 35 percent to 40 percent in 2009, according to president and worldwide publisher Ed McCarrick. While McCarrick thinks online will eventually be 30 percent to 35 percent of overall revenue, “offline revenue is still the big engine,” said McCarrick. Still, one medium is leveraged with another. “We’re putting together a multifaceted approach and it’s no longer clean in terms of one media being separate from another.” In the fourth annual Consumer Magazine CEO Survey conducted by FOLIO: and Readex Research, executives from all of the various consumer magazine sectors described the state of their businesses. A growing divide is emerging between larger publishers (defined as generating more than $10 million in annual revenue) and smaller publishers (those that generate less than $10 million in annual revenue) in terms of where their priorities are for growing their businesses and the challenges they face. However, despite the constant press about the decline of print, the survey also revealed a bright spot for what remains the dominant revenue stream for consumer publishers; print. And for the first time, e-media revenue eclipsed newsstand sales as a percentage of revenue for smaller publishers (they will see 8.3 percent of total revenue from newsstand sales in 2008, compared to 9.1 percent for e-media.) Sixty percent of larger consumer publishers said in both 2007 and 2008 that e-media was their fastest growing revenue stream. Meanwhile, 45 percent of smaller publishers said e-media is their fastest growing revenue stream in 2008, a notable jump from just 29 percent in 2007. The tipping point, in which print revenue is eclipsed by other models, notably e-media and events, is a reality for many b-to-b publishers, particularly technology publishers. On the other hand, consumer publishers have remained solidly print-driven in the past few years and remain so today. However, the tipping point is starting to emerge on the consumer side as well, as e-media solidifies its hold as the fastest growing revenue stream and begins to overtake traditional revenue streams like newsstands sales (if not print advertising sales). E-media Eclipses Newsstand (Small Pubs)Print continues to decline as a percentage of overall revenue as publishers continue to develop multi-media platforms. Larger publishers see 46.1 percent of total revenue from print in 2008, down from 49 percent in 2007. Smaller publishers derive 51 percent of total revenue from print in 2008, down slightly from 53 percent in 2007. Paid subscriptions are the second largest revenue stream for both larger and smaller publishers in 2008, accounting for 19.5 percent and 19.1 percent, respectively. E-media is the fastest growing revenue stream for both large and small consumer publishers [Chart 6, page 64]. E-media accounted for 6.4 percent of revenue for larger publishers in 2008 (compared to 5.8 percent in 2007) and 9.1 percent for smaller publishers (compared to 5.7 percent in 2007). METHODOLOGYThe survey mailing list of 1,792 was selected by Red 7 Media and included all Folio: recipients with executive management titles at consumer publishing organizations. Materials, production, addressing, mailing and tabulation were all handled by Readex Research. Data was collected via mail survey from May 22 to July 7, 2008. The survey was closed for tabulation with 421 usable responses—a 24 percent response rate. The margin of error for percentages based on 421 usable responses is ±4.2 percent at the 95 percent confidence level.
Hours after the attack Monday, Lippman sent her staff home and locked the doors to the magazine. The receptionist, understandably, quit.Lippman apparently is thinking about relocating but said she may shut down the magazine altogether. “I just think you should be able to come to work at 9 in the morning and be safe,” she told the Arizona Daily Star. “But instead, we are here with the doors locked. It should not be that way. It’s not like we have big secrets in here—we’re a fitness magazine.” I know it’s a wild time in magazine publishing, but this is just crazy.Lori Lippman, publisher of Tuscon, Arizona-based Fitness Plus magazine, is said to be considering shutting down the nearly 25-year-old free monthly after one of her employees was violently attacked outside the magazine’s office—twice. On September 3, Lippman’s receptionist was stabbed in the parking lot by a man she said was trying to break into a co-worker’s vehicle. The receptionist was apparently attacked again on Monday, but was not harmed. The attacker, who she said again had a knife, ran off after she sprayed him with pepper spray. Police weren’t able to locate him.
These devices open up the possibility of paid copies directly to subscribers. If you take away the free content on traditional websites, there is only one place for people to turn for your brand’s expert content.Could it work? I know that sounds a little crazy. OK, a lot crazy. But what if print brands leave the Web, closed their traditional Web sites and moved to a model that only delivers to reader devices like Apple’s iPad?We’re in the very infancy of these devices and they will change and morph in the very immediate future. But they will become popular very quickly. They open the door to real-time on demand delivery of content of all kinds. Apple has already shown with music and apps that people will pay for content they want. Their revenue numbers prove that.By leaving traditional websites you also take away the ability for others to easily grab and reuse your content. And as far as I can see, very few consumer content websites are profitable.
Bob Cusack has been named editor-in-chief of The Hill. He has worked as managing editor at the publication since 2004, and previously as business and lobbying editor.Palm Beach Media Group has promoted Terry Duffy to group publisher from director of production and manufacturing.Paul Collins has been promoted to associate publisher of Runner’s World and Running Times from his role as art director. The Wall Street Journal named Barbara Chai as managing editor of Speakeasy, the magazine’s culture and entertainment blog. She previously worked as the blog’s news editor.Elizabeth Narins is now the fitness and health editor for Cosmopolitan.com. She most recently worked as the online editor of social media and special projects for WomensHealthMag.com.Jacqueline Detwiler was named senior editor at Popular Mechanics. She previously served as senior editor of Hemispheres.Good Housekeeping has announced multiple hires:Lori Bergamatto is now the style director. She joined from Lucky, where she was a contributing style editor.Kristen Saladino became fashion director. She previously worked as senior fashion editor at Self.Kristen Mascia was named features editor from her role as articles editor at Parade.April Franzino returned to GH as beauty director. She most recently worked as beauty editor at Self.Timothy Riethmiller is now the art director for South Magazine. He previously worked in the art department at Georgetown Media Group.Marc Davila has been named art director at Departures. He was deputy art director at Food Network Magazine.Better Homes and Gardens promoted Shana Hale from art director to creative director.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Senate is expected to approve the conference report for the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill as early as today after the chamber on Tuesday voted 73-26 to limit debate on the measure.At the same time, Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) vowed the Democratic caucus would uphold a possible veto by President Obama, reported the Hill. “Our Democrats have stated without question if it comes time that we sustain a presidential veto, that will be done,” Reid said. Republicans would need 67 votes to override a veto in the Senate.The White House has said Obama would veto the $612 billion legislation over its reliance on DOD’s overseas contingency operations (OCO) account to evade the statutory spending caps. The White House has demanded that Congress lift the caps on both defense and non-defense spending, and return the $38 billion added to the OCO account to DOD’s base budget.The president has threatened to veto the annual defense policy bill every year since he took office but has never carried it out. White House officials have indicated this year is different because of how the legislation in linked to the larger battle over raising the Budget Control Act caps. The dispute over the authorization bill is simply part of the negotiations between the two branches of government, according to Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). “Basically the president is negotiating, and if he vetoes this bill as he’s promised, we hope that he can sustain his veto to let the Republicans know we’re very serious about this,” Durbin said. “If we’re going to have a good authorization bill completed, we need to have the [war fund] provisions out.”
The FAA is restricting the airspace up to 400 feet over four installations in response to an apparent uptick in drone sightings by pilots, reports Military.com. The restrictions go into effect June 1 for Naval Support Activity Monterey, Calif.; Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas; and Naval Support Activity Orlando, Fla. Existing restrictions were extended around Naval Support Activity South Potomac, Indian Head, Md. The measure is intended to “address the potential threat posed by malicious drone operations by establishing unmanned aircraft system specific airspace restrictions over select, national security sensitive locations,” according to an FAA notice. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
ADC AUTHOR This year’s House and Senate Armed Services Committees’ fiscal 2020 NDAA Reports include updated language in support of increasing Intergovernmental Support Agreement (IGSA) authorities and enhanced use of public-to-public agreements to generate annual installation savings for DOD.In the House Armed Services Committee’s FY20 NDAA report the panel expressed approval that many installations have entered into IGSAs, which allow DOD and state and local governments to provide, receive and share installation support services, and it highlighted that many of the IGSAs have resulted in millions in savings to DOD.While the report expresses support for IGSAs, it also notes concern that savings are not being returned to installations that use them to improve services and reduce costs. To address concerns that installations are not financially benefiting from IGSA savings, the panel included language in the House NDAA calling for DOD to produce a new “Report on Fiscal Impacts of Intergovernmental Service Agreements.” The report, which would be due Dec. 31, 2019, would detail the actual savings realized by IGSAs, explore returning a portion of the savings back to installations, and analyze the overall fiscal impact to the military services of IGSAs.The Senate Armed Services Committee’s Fiscal 2020 NDAA report also expresses support for similar public-to-public partnerships to generate savings, recommending the partnerships should serve as a tool to increase installation readiness and resiliency while also enhancing military families’ quality of life. The panel noted that in 2016 DOD commissioned a report on the use of public-to-public partnerships by installations, including IGSAs, and proposed the agreements may be one approach to enhancing and sustaining operations and services for installations.The SASC report also expresses interest in new approaches to improve installation readiness and resiliency and is willing to consider new authorities to encourage public-to-public efforts. To explore greater use of the partnerships, the committee has included language in its version of the NDAA directing DOD to provide a briefing to the congressional defense committees on current public-to-public partnerships. The briefing, which would be due by December 1, 2019, would cover the number of public-to-public partnerships in place, the estimated savings of current partnerships, barriers preventing broader use of such partnerships, and new partnerships that are currently under consideration.Navy photo by Ryan Labadens