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Dainty moves to Bloomberg

first_imgBloomberg has appointed Gemma Dainty senior benefits specialist, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).Previously, Dainty was reward and benefits specialist at telecommunications firm TalkTalk. Prior to this, she held reward and benefits positions at Vodafone, Lockheed Martin and Discovery Communications.last_img

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SAS Software offers choice and support to staff

first_imgFor SAS Software, a key component of its benefits philosophy is that it offers its employees choice to enable them to pick benefits that support them throughout their career, while retaining a sense of being a paternalistic employer.Its UK headquarters, situated on a 110-acre estate on the bank of the River Thames, provides impressive staff facilities, including a football pitch, cricket pitch, employee allotments and even a local dry-cleaning drop-off and pick-up service. The software firm strongly believes that employee benefits need to be relevant to staff. Chris Carter, head of rewards, says: “Employees are individual people. Our benefits have to be able to reflect their own lifestyles, so our philosophy is still relatively paternalistic, but they should be able to pick and choose the benefits that are applicable to them, at the time when they need [them].”Retirement savingAddressing the impact of the changes to the annual allowance and lifetime allowance on high earners has been a key area of focus for SAS in recent months. The organisation has a number of employees that could potentially be affected, so it had to assess how it would be able to maintain motivation levels among affected employees, while managing the government legislation.Carter explains: “We’ve retained a bit of our [organisational] philosophy of being quite paternalistic in as much as that we want people to be able to save to retire. So we’re doing all we can to encourage people to save for retirement.”To address the reductions in the annual and lifetime allowances, the organisation set up the SAS saving account, which went live on 6 April 2016. Where employees are affected by the change in annual allowance or lifetime allowance, rather than giving them cash in place of pension contributions, SAS offers an alternative savings mechanism. For example,  employees can invest, through the savings account, in stocks and shares, or an individual savings account.While the organisation cannot dictate that an employee must save, Carter believes that the alternative savings method is more in line with the spirit of a pension. “All we can do is encourage them and make it as easy as possible,” he says. “We’ve done that through salary deduction, so it goes straight into a savings account that is personal to them.”The savings scheme was set up to be zero cost to the organisation; employees are paid the cash amount minus the organisation’s costs for tax and national insurance (NI).In addition, this year SAS has included a new savings scheme within its flexible benefits offering, My Choice. The organisation’s pension contribution levels are dependent upon length of service: for up to two years’ service, the employer pays 6.5%, and over two years, this stands at 10%. The employee pays a minimum of 2.5%. This year, SAS is allowing those with more than two years’ service to reduce their employer contribution down to 6.5% and take the difference to spend on benefits, or as cash, less the organisation’s costs for tax and NI.“We keep the employee contribution low because we want to actively encourage people to join the pension scheme early in their careers, and not have to say, ‘the reason I haven’t joined is because I can’t afford it’, says Carter. “We felt that [a matching scheme] would dissuade, particularly people who are new into work, or those with a new family and with here-and-now needs. That’s the paternalism coming out, we want people to save for their retirement.”Employee choiceIt is this approach to employee choice that has shaped the benefits offering at SAS, along with the acknowledgement that the employee base is becoming a lot more diverse in terms of lifestyles. “We’re now seeing five generations in the workforce,” says Carter. “Within those five generations, [there are] a multitude of lifestyles: people are widowed, divorced, married, have grandchildren, families. It’s all about trying to offer a competitive package that employees feel motivated to use. It’s that old adage that I don’t want benefits to be the reason people leave, but I do appreciate that benefits won’t hold people alone. But it’s got to be that foundation level of satisfying their base needs while they’re here at work.”Along with core benefits, SAS offers a flex fund that all employees are able to take up if they choose. It is not compulsory so if employees do not select any benefits at the annual enrolment window, or choose to take the pot as cash, they will lose it. But with the scheme achieving 99% take-up, many employees value the benefits offering.Carter believes that one of the most under-valued benefits by employees is income protection, which is offered to state pension age. “We want to look out for their welfare, even if as an employee they don’t want that. The employee thinks about the here and now, as an employer we’ve got a duty to say, ‘how can we satisfy the here and now, but what is the what if? What if you’re suddenly struck down, what if you can’t work? What’s the [organisation’s] obligation to your family?’” he explains. “So we try and balance that but it’s becoming harder because employees don’t recognise that they have that benefit. For us, we want employees to be focused on their job knowing that we’ve got their families taken care of.”Employee wellbeingThe organisation’s wellbeing focus comprises three key areas and promoted throughout the year. The first is a health and wellbeing session, usually in the first quarter of the year. This will include things such as weight and height measurements, biometric machines, and this year a nutritionist came on site to talk to employees. In addition, the employer brings experts in certain fields to hold awareness sessions on breast cancer or prostate cancer, for example.The second focus is on financial wellbeing, with on-site sessions held for staff. Last year, this focused predominantly on pensions and retirement savings, and saw great take-up from employees.The third focus is on mental health; last year SAS piloted some online self-mediation sessions for staff.SAS introduced the wellbeing theme in order to support employees and meet the needs of the changing workforce. “If you do something piecemeal, people forget about it, so we’ve tried to incorporate it into one wellbeing theme,” explains Carter. “The healthy activities were something we wanted to do because, with an ageing population, there’s predicted to be more illness among the over 50s. Mental health is a growing concern, so we wanted to bring this out head on and be proactive in supporting people.”The challenge ahead for SAS is that it continues to offer benefits that are appreciated by staff, but that are also beneficial to the organisation. “The most important strategy is that we provide benefits that the employees value but also underpin the company culture. There’s also the cost equation in that, so [we] try and balance those three elements. There’s no point offering a benefit that nobody wants or uses, that’s not good value for money,” says Carter.SAS Software at a glanceSAS is an analytics software organisation, which has been operating for 40 years. Its main focus is on business software: it analyses vast amounts of big data, and also uses it for predictive analytics.SAS has been in the UK for 35 years and operates across all industry sectors. It has a research and development arm that focuses on public security.SAS has around 750 employees in the UK, of which 70% are male and has an average age of 42. Business objectivesTo continue to grow its presence in the big-data market.To continue its phased reorganisation and change from a country-based to global-based operating model. Career historyChris Carter, head of reward, UK and Ireland, joined SAS Software in 2010 as an HR business partner. He then moved into the reward role in 2013. Previously, he held business partner roles in technology organisations, but the early part of his career was spent as a telecoms engineer. The change in career is a proud achievement for Carter. “That made my eyes open to say, anything is possible if you want to do it.”Carter has carried that philosophy through to his work at SAS, and appreciates being able to introduce new schemes that benefit both the organisation and its employees.“It’s probably the first time I’ve been in a small [organisation] with more autonomy and control of direction: it was my decision to bring in flexible benefits. Although we don’t advertise it very much, we’re quite a progressive [organisation] from a benefits and reward perspective. A lot of that is down to me seeing where we need to go, listening to employees, and driving stuff through.”center_img The benefits offered by SAS SoftwarePensionDefined contribution (DC) stakeholder plan for all employees as a core benefit.Employer contribution levels are 6.5% for up to two years’ service, 10% for over two years.Minimum employee contribution of 2.5%.Employees with more than two years’ service can choose to reduce their employer contribution to 6.5% and take the difference as cash or add to their flex fund.Additional voluntary contributions (AVC) through flex.Healthcare and wellbeingPrivate medical insurance (PMI) as a core benefit for employees only.Employees cover dependants through the flex scheme.Life assurance at four-times salary as a core benefit. Employees can trade down to two-times or up to 10-times salary through flex.Group income protection as a core benefit.Dental insurance through flex.Critical illness insurance for employees and their partners through flex.Health cash plans through flex.Gym membership through flex.Health screening through flex.TravelSalary sacrifice car scheme.Bikes-for-work scheme.Travel insurance through flex.Work-life balance25 days of holiday. Employees can buy or sell up to five days a year through flex.Enhanced parental leave.Informal work from home one day a week.Birthday given as holiday.Childcare vouchers scheme.Other benefitsTastecard and Gourmet card through flex.Payroll giving through flex.Salary sacrifice gadget scheme.Shopping discount portal.Local discounts.Long service vouchers every five years.Social activities and on-site servicesFree tea, coffee and juices.Subsidised restaurant at UK headquarters.Sports club, which runs an internal global football tournament.Photography club with studio for employees at the UK headquarters.Employee allotments at UK headquarters.Cricket club at UK headquarters.Football pitch at UK headquarters.Dry-cleaning service and personal post at UK headquarters.last_img read more

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EXCLUSIVE 61 offer flexibleworking initiatives

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Almost two-thirds (61%) of employer respondents offer flexible-working initiatives, compared to 54% in 2016, according to research by Employee Benefits and Staffcare.The Employee Benefits/Staffcare Benefits research 2017, which surveyed 271 employer respondents in February-March 2017, also found that extra holidays for long service or life events (53%), retail and leisure discounts (49%), enhanced parental leave (36%), and dining cards (34%) also feature in the top five lifestyle benefits provided by respondents.Over the years, extra holiday for long service has consistently appeared in the list of respondents’ most commonly offered core benefits.While the proportion of respondents offering enhanced parental leave and flexible-working arrangements has increased slightly over the last year, there has been no significant rise in the proportion of respondents providing eldercare and emergency care support. Meanwhile, 15% of respondents offer emergency childcare as a benefit, with the majority of these respondents providing it as a core benefit for all staff (81%).A higher proportion of those respondents offering dining cards, as well as retail and leisure discounts, are doing so on a voluntary basis. This year, 64% of respondents that offer dining cards do so through their voluntary benefits scheme, compared to 32% in 2016.Although 52% of respondents that provide retail and leisure discounts now do so as a core benefit to all staff and 46% do so through their voluntary benefits programme, 70% of respondents that offered this benefit in 2016 provided this as a core benefit for their entire workforce and 21% did so on a voluntary basis. While not directly comparable, these were also the key ways in which respondents offered retail and leisure discounts to staff back in 2009 and 2013; 23% of respondents to the Benefits research 2009 included retail and dining discounts within their voluntary benefits programme, rising to 32% in 2013, while 16% included these discounts within their core benefits package for all staff in both years.More than a quarter (27%) of respondents’ organisations provide subsidised catering for employees. This was also the most frequently offered on-site service among respondents in 2016 (26%).The proportion of respondents providing on-site services for employees, however, remains relatively low. This may be due to the space that is required to do so or employers’ priorities when it comes to the ways in which they choose to invest in their workforces’ health and wellbeing.Read the full Employee Benefits/Staffcare Benefits research 2017.last_img read more

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Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce gains living wage accreditation

first_imgIndependent business network Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) has been accredited as a living wage employer by the Living Wage Foundation.As part of the accreditation, the organisation, which is part of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), has committed to pay both its direct employees and any third-party contracted staff at least the voluntary living wage rate of £8.75 an hour.The living wage is an independently set hourly rate of pay that is calculated according to the basic costs of living. It is paid on a voluntary basis by employers and is updated annually. The living wage rate was raised on 5 November 2017 to be set at £8.75 an hour for employees working across the UK, and at £10.20 an hour for staff that are based in London. The higher London living wage rate is to reflect the increased living costs associated with residing in the capital.The voluntary living wage is distinct from the statutory national minimum wage, which is paid to employees aged 25 and over. The national minimum wage rate is currently set at £7.50 an hour.GBCC’s accreditation this week correlates with Living Wage Week, which is running between 5 and 11 November 2017.Gemma Fiddler, head of HR at GBCC, said: “Inherent in our core values is the recognition given to the contribution of our employees in achieving our business objectives and continued growth [and] success.“[While] in practice we have been a real living wage employer for some time, formal accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation acknowledges [and] recognises the value we place on our employees and the work that they do. It also extends our commitment to ensuring our third-party contract staff receive a fair rate of pay for a fair days’ work. Accreditation as a living wage employer will hopefully strengthen our position as a responsible employer and employer of choice, whereby we are able to recruit and retain the best talent.”last_img read more

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Broward program temporarily removes additional fees for overdue tickets fines

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – The Broward County Clerk’s Office is providing residents an opportunity to pay unpaid tickets, fees and fines for no additional fee.Operation Green Light Broward is giving anyone the opportunity to pay off overdue Broward County traffic tickets, court costs, fines or fees that have been assigned to a collection agency without an additional statutory collection fee, saving residents up to 35 percent.Participants must pay in full. The offer is available from April 24 through April 29.All four courthouse locations, including the Central Courthouse, the West Satellite Courthouse, the South Satellite Courthouse and the North Satellite Courthouse will take part in the program.You can pay by way of cash, money order, cashier checks, personal checks or credit card. You can also make payments through the Clerk’s website at www.browardclerk.org.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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South Florida residents given lifesaving advice on preventable bleeding

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida hospital provided residents with a life-saving lesson on first aid.Memorial Regional Hospital hosted a training session, Monday, to educate Hollywood residents and city officials on how to save a life.Residents applied bleeding control kits including tourniquets and other first-aid materials to mannequins for practice.“This training can be used at home, at work, if you stop and help during a car crash,” said the hospital’s Trauma Program Manager Candace Pineda. “It can be used every day for so many reasons. It’s really going to make the difference in saving lives when there’s preventable bleeding.”The hospital says these bleeding control kits will be installed in city facilities and community centers.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Man who planned to bomb Aventura synagogue sentenced to 25 years

first_imgAVENTURA, FLA. (WSVN) – – A man who confessed to a plot to bomb a South Florida synagogue has learned his fate.A judge ordered, Tuesday, that 41-year-old James Medina be hospitalized for psychiatric treatment and serve 25 years in prison.Medina was arrested last year for plotting to bomb the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center during Passover.He pleaded guilty to a religious hate crime and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Traffic reopens after gas leak in Little Havana

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Miami Fire Rescue was on the scene of a gas leak in Little Havana on Thursday morning.7Skyforce flew over the scene, where firefighters were seen near a Walgreens.The gas leak did shut down traffic in all directions at the intersection of West Flagler Street and 12th Avenue, but it has since reopened.No evacuations took place. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Latin star Maluma makes surprise visit to cancer patients at Baptist Hospital

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Latin pop star Maluma stopped by Baptist Hospital to let patients cut his hair on World Cancer Day.The Grammy Award-winning artist made the surprise visit at the hospital’s Miami Cancer Institute in Southwest Miami-Dade, Monday.“Today specifically is World Cancer Day, and I had the opportunity to visit a hospital with very special patients,” Maluma said in a video shared by Baptist Health South Florida. Our kids at Miami Cancer Institute helped latin music superstar, @maluma get a brand new look! ✂️ Thank you for the memories and the endless smiles! #MalumaBaby #WorldCancerDay #PediatricCancer #Maluma pic.twitter.com/wegAK5bj1O— Baptist Health S FL (@BaptistHealthSF) February 4, 2019In the video, he’s seen sitting on a chair as patients take turns with scissors.The singer expressed that while he knows going through chemotherapy is difficult, he wanted the kids at the hospital to know that he is with them. last_img read more

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Loneliness Epidemic Has Simple Cure

first_imgMurthy says that loneliness has become an epidemic. and Nurse Researcher Dr. Shannon Holloway says the cure is human connection, and because of isolation, new parents and the elderly are most likely to be afflicted. Story as aired:Audio PlayerDorene-on-loneliness-epidemic-has-simple-cure.mp3VmDorene-on-loneliness-epidemic-has-simple-cure.mp300:00RPd Fearless Wellness Doctor Deb Kiley: “Turn to the person next to you and just say hello. Reaching out to someone in line is a great way to have social interaction, and when you do something that is kind for someone else it comes back to you multiplied.” 37% of men and 34% of women admit to being lonely, according to data collected by AARP, and the impact of that is more than just the blues. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享It’s cold, it’s dark, and the end and beginning of the year can remind us of unhappy memories. It is a time when some people can be forgotten. Fearless Wellness Doctor Deb Kiley says the answer is simple. She says finding meaningful connection can be as simple as looking up from your phone. Fearless Wellness Doctor Deb Kiley: “On the Kenai, where people may live far away from their nearest neighbor, social isolation can also be a problem. So when you have the opportunity to speak with someone in person, reach out.” Former surgeon general Dr. Vivek Murthy: “Loneliness is associated with a reduction in your lifespan that is as severe as a reduction in lifespan seen from smoking 15 cigarettes a day, it is greater than the impact on mortality of obesity.”last_img read more

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Community Invited To Ninilchik Emergency Services Open House

first_imgThe open house and dedication ceremony will feature a BBQ, and is open to the public. They did not have the storage space for it, and rather than let it sit outside in that salty air environment and rust, they decided to donate it. The engine was generously donated to Ninilchik Emergency Services by them in May. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享This coming Saturday, September 29, starting at 11am, Ninilchik Emergency Services will be hosting an open house, dedication, and pushback of their new engine. Unalaska Department of Public Safety offered up the engine for donation in March after they received a brand new fire engine.center_img Ninilchik Emergency Services donated their old engine to the Moose Pass Volunteer Fire Department. “Engine 9” is formally being introduced to the community of Ninilchik as their new engine on Saturday.last_img read more

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Group Names Digital Publishing Vendor Best Place to Work in Pennsylvania

first_imgIn an annual ranking of Pennsylvania businesses, Lancaster-based digital magazine vendor Nxtbook Media has been named the best medium-size company to work for. The awards were handed out this week at a ceremony sponsored by the Central Penn Business Journal, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, the Department of Community and Economic Development, and the Team Pennsylvania Foundation—a state economic development partnership. York-based Glatfelter Insurance Group took top honors in the large-size company category.Earlier this year, Nxtbook ranked 303 on Inc. magazine’s list of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S.last_img read more

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GQ Censored by Hudson News—Again

first_imgHudson News is at it again.The company, which operates more than 500 newsstands in major cities, airports and train stations—including New York’s Grand Central Terminal—is treating GQ’s July issue, which features a nude Sacha Baron Cohen (as his flamboyantly gay Brüno character) on its cover “like pornography,” according to the New York Times’ Media Decoder blog.The newsstand took the liberty of covering up the bottom half of the July cover with a black “blinder.” While it might seem somewhat surprising, given the influx of nudity on covers recently (see Samir Husni’s helpful roundup), it really shouldn’t be. Hudson News, a notoriously conservative chain, has done this sort of thing before—and often.Last December, GQ’s much talked-about January 2009 cover—featuring Jennifer Aniston wearing nothing more than a tie and a smile—was covered up by Hudson News in Grand Central. (The newsstand placed a piece of paper across the issue in its window display, but copies inside remained uncovered.)In June 2006, Hudson News censored the first of five consecutive issues of FHM, including a cover featuring Brooke Hogan—Hulk Hogan’s then underage daughter—which prompted liquor advertisers to pull out of the magazine.If the retailer was hoping to draw attention away from magazines baring all on covers(and putting it in the window isn’t exactly a sign they want to),censoring them, as one might expect, tends to have the opposite effect.The first FHM cover covered up by Hudson News sold over 400,000 copieson newsstands, well above its 350,000 average. And GQ’s Aniston cover sold some 370,000 copies—up 90 percent over its January 2008 cover, making it the single best-selling GQ issue in over 10 years.last_img read more

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Hearst Rolls PopularMechanicscom Onto InHouse Digital Content Platform

first_imgHearst first recognized the need for an internal digital asset management system and began developing one in mid-2006. The first component of the system, called Circules, went live four months later (Hearst’s Web sites began using it four months after that). Circules is a subscription marketing tool, with additional e-commerce functions, that manages online sub sales.The next component of the platform was a content management system called Magnus. Hearst editors use the CMS as an administrative interface to create content, associate it with specific sites and sections and organize it with tags. The platform’s other components are called Prometheus (a system that serves editorial promotion and subscription promotion units within the content and templates provided by Magnus) and Hermes (a content syndication tool that operates via feeds and draws from Hearst’s content database).“The system provides flexible and scalable technology that can meet the needs of multiple brands,” says Cordray. “So while the sites look very different, and have some variations in functionality, the costs of development are shared across the portfolio. … The beauty of the system is that it allows us to continually modify the technology without disrupting service. We continue to modify and expand the functionality of the system each and every week.”Hearst constructed the digital platform around a standard LAMP stack architecture. LAMP is an acronym for a stack of free, open source software (the Linux operating system, Apache HTTP Server, the MySQL database software and PHP). “When we began architecting the system we wanted to ensure that it would scale to meet the demands of our growing audience of unique visitors, because    many of our sites are in the top five or ten in their categories,” says Cordray. “Additionally, our team wanted to focus on quality.  We spent a lot if time and energy building out a quality system and each and every vendor that we partner with is meticulously screened to ensure that their systems properly integrate with ours.”For example, Hearst partnered with Doubleclick to provide external ad serving, and with a company called Echo which powers Hearst’s community functions, including universal registration capability and membership data. Hearst Magazines Digital Media recently relaunched Popular Mechanics’ Web site, which now operates on a multi-component digital platform the company developed and built in-house. Until now, PopularMechanics.com had operated on a separate, proprietary platform since the site launched in 1995. The new site features an updated site design, simplified navigation scheme, as well as a photo-based step-by-step project guide that is printable and allows users to review and evaluate each step required for that project.According to Hearst Magazines Digital Media senior vice president and general manager Chuck Cordray, the digital platform is a “core strategic success and asset” for Hearst. “We have sold more than 10 million net paid subscriptions to our print products on these platforms and we are rolling the systems to other entities within the magazine group and within the company,” he says. “Those decisions were driven by both the opportunity for increased revenue, which we have accomplished, as well as decreased costs, which we have also successfully achieved.”Right now, 25 of Hearst’s magazine and non-magazine brands online are on the platform (only Kaboodle isn’t).last_img read more

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Forbes Launches a Book Imprint

first_img A merging of complementary offerings, the partnership forms the next logical pillar in Forbes’ portfolio of products, which includes the eponymous biweekly magazine, website, research, and native advertising platform BrandVoice, Nina La France, Forbes’ SVP of consumer marketing and business development tells Folio:. In a bid to diversify the bottom line by adding another revenue stream to the mix — the mark of a healthy, or at least proactive, media company in 2016 — Forbes Media is entering the book business. Forbes and book publisher Advantage Media Group announced this week the launch of ForbesBooks, a new imprint aimed at marrying Advantage’s book publishing inroads with Forbes’ brand recognition, distribution channels, and cross-platform audience.  “ForbesBooks authors are entrepreneurs, innovators, CEOs, and business owners,” Adam Witty, Advantage’s founder and CEO, adds. “Allowing them to hold the copyright gives them the freedom and flexibility to monetize their work beyond just book sales by using their work to stimulate business development and lead generation, speaking opportunities, and consulting engagements; ancillary product creation.” Forbes Media declined to provide information on the actual revenue breakdown between Forbes, Advantage, and the authors themselves, but one interesting facet of the partnership is that authors themselves will retain copyright. A ForbesBooks editorial team will operate in-house at Advantage, with Forbes offering “general oversight,” which consists of brand standards and guidelines as well as marketing support, says La France, but the real punch behind the Forbes end of the partnership will be access to its various media channels. ForbesBooks authors will essentially be given the media brand as a platform to promote their writing and thought leadership through a dedicated blog on Forbes.com (48 million unique monthly visitors) as well as promotion on the site, in the print magazine, and approximately two-dozen newsletters. Forbes may be an old dog, but the 99-year-old brand is no stranger to new tricks. “This deal is the result of many conversations with Advantage Media Group and its founder, Adam Witty, that led us to see synergies we believe will be the foundation of a productive relationship,” says La France. “Forbes sees adding a book imprint to its business as a unique growth opportunity in the marketplace. This expansion is in line with our strategy to diversify revenue streams and expand our global reach.”last_img read more

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WilmingtonTewksbury Chamber Of Commerce Holds Small Business Month KickOff Celebration

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — The Wilmington/Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce held their Annual Small Business Month Kick-Off Celebration on Wednesday, May 2 at Kyoto Japanese Steak House in Tewksbury.The event was sponsored by Eastern Bank and honored our local hardworking business men and women.Guests enjoyed a night of celebration including sushi, Chinese food, chocolate gifts and casual conversation.Nancy Vallee, Chamber Executive Director, encourages everyone to thank local owners for being part of our thriving community and to please support our local businesses by buying local whenever possible. (NOTE: The above press release is from the Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington-Tewksbury Chamber Of Commerce Helps Raise Funds For NuPath By ‘Networking With A Purpose’In “Business”Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce Gives ‘Welcome Bags’ To New ResidentsIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Meet Assunta Perez Of DaMore LawIn “Business”last_img read more

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5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday February 28 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Thursday, February 28, 2019:#1) The Sugar Talk At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding “The Sugar Talk” at 7pm. Are you curious about sugar and why you crave it? Join Holistic Health and Food Coach Julia Grimaldi to learn simple and effective ways to tame your sugar cravings. Coach Julia will discuss how sugar impacts our energy, mood, and health and will offer 7 simple solutions to help you control your sugar cravings without giving up the sweetness in your life! Register HERE.#2) WHS Girls Basketball Playoff GameThe Wilmington High School Girls Varsity Basketball Team travels to Pentucket High for a 7pm playoff game.#3) Wilmington Finance Committee MeetingThe Wilmington Finance Committee meets at 7pm in High School’s Large Instruction Room. The agenda will be posted HERE.#4) Wilmington Board of Assessors Meeting MeetingThe Wilmington Board of Assessors meet at 10am in Town Hall’s Small Conference Room. Read the agenda HERE.#5) Tour Of Wilmington Town MuseumThe Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is open from 10am to 2pm. Come explore Wilmington’s history. Free admission.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, July 8, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 28, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, July 11, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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Wilmington High School Wins Eastern Mass Girls Soccer Coaches Associations Program Of

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPHOTO: Wilmington High School Girls Soccer Team Visit The SenateIn “Photo of the Day”Sue Hendee Receives WOW’s 2019 School Staff Recognition AwardIn “Community”WHS Girls Soccer Ranked As 1 Of The Top 25 Teams IN THE COUNTRYIn “Education” WILMINGTON, MA — It was announced this week Wilmington High School’s Girls Soccer team has earned the Eastern Massachusetts Girls Soccer Association Program of Excellence.The goal of the Eastern Massachusetts Girls Soccer Coaches Association (EMGSCA) is to recognize high school soccer excellence, on and off the field. The Eastern Massachusetts region represents over 4,000 players on 200 different teams.This year, the EMGSCA challenged high school teams to become Programs of Excellence, requiring them to show proof of commitment, player recognition, academic success, coaching education, community service, sportsmanship, and character. EMGSCA had eight teams meet those criteria. When looking at the winners, not only did they excel off the field, they also excelled on it.Wilmington was one of just eight schools to win this inaugural award, joined by Hopkinton, Hull, Mansfield, Marshfield, Medway, Needham, and Winchester.In Wilmington, coach Sue Hendee has taught in the district for 32 years and has been the head girls varsity soccer coach for 31. A member of the Massachusetts Coaches Hall of Fame and the 2018 winner of the United Soccer Coaches High School Coach of Significance Award, Coach Hendee also serves on the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletics Association Soccer Committee and is the Vice-President of EMGSCA. Over the past eight years, Wilmington has won seven league titles, been a runner-up in the state final, and has graduated Notre Dame starter and national pool player Olivia Wingate. She is the embodiment of commitment to excellence.“In order for a program to be successful, a high level of commitment must be made by everyone involved. Players must be physically and mentally prepared and coaching staff must be willing to put in extra hours to help their players develop as individuals and a team. It is also essential that there is a balance of hard work and having fun. Several years ago, we established core values for the program which serve as reminders throughout the season as to the levels of commitment needed to be a part of a successful team,” said Coach Hendee.The inaugural EMGSCA Program of Excellence Award recipients not only found success on the field, but they led the way off the field. The attachment to their community, the leadership roles they hold in school, and the character they build in the grueling fall sports season is something difficult to replicate. With all this off the field success, the coaches and programs can also boast about their on-field success. Between the eight teams in 2018 they won one state championship, one regional championship, had two regional finalists, five league championships, four Second EMass Team All-Stars, seventeen First Team EMass All-Stars, seven All-State Players, and one All-New England Player. They also posted a combined record of 103-30-22 in the fall.When reviewing these awards, one thing became clear. Teams that find success off the field appear to find success on the field.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Eastern Massachusetts Girls Soccer Association Program.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.last_img read more

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WHS SOFTBALL Wildcats Defeat Lexington Moran Picks Up Another Win

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington High School Varsity Softball team (6-3) defeated Lexington by a score of 4-2 on Thursday, May 9, 2019.The Wildcats did not score until the bottom of the third inning. With two outs, lead off batter Jenna Sweeney singled. Ashley Crawford doubled her home for the first run of the game. Ally Moran earned an RBI with a single plating Crawford.In top of fourth inning, Lexington got one back when their lead off batter doubled, went to third on a passed ball and scored on a successful suicide squeeze. Ashley Crawford came up big today when she threw out the first of two runners trying to steal second.In the top of the fifth inning, Jenna Sweeney made a nice put out tagging a base runner who turned the wrong way on an infield error.In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Wildcats scored another run when shortstop Kayla Bourrell led off with a single. She was able to score all way from first on an error on Kacie Bourrell bunt.The Wildcats got another insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. Bella Kieran led off with a single. Ryan Bailey executed the short game very nicely by dropping down an excellent sacrifice bunt moving Kieran to second. Chase Andersen hit the ball well but right at the left fielder. Cassidy Ross (running for Kieran) was able to advance to third on an errant throw back to the infield. Kayla Bourrell got herself an RBI with single to center.Ally Moran again went the distance striking out 11 while not allowing one base on balls.“Today we made the plays that we needed to make,” said Coach Audrey Cabral. “We threw out two runners who tried to steal and our outfielders made very close plays on runners trying to advance. We also played much better defensively today.”Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Win Back-To-Back Games, Moran Gives Up 3 Hits While Striking Out 22In “Sports”WHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Bats Come Alive, Defat Stoneham HighIn “Sports”WHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Lose To Melrose By 1 Run, Storm Back With 12-Run Win Over Greater LowellIn “Sports”last_img read more

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TRAFFIC ADVISORY Gas Line Installation On Lowell Street To Cause Delays Beginning Monday

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a message from the Town of Wilmington to drivers:National Grid is starting a gas line installation on Monday, May 20, 2019 along the eastbound shoulder of Lowell Street from Main Street to Maple Meadow Brook. Please expect minor traffic delays during roadwork construction.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTRAFFIC ADVISORY: Wilmington DPW Announces Upcoming Paving Projects For 8 StreetsIn “Government”TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Construction At Lowell St. & Woburn St. Intersection On October 16; Avoid AreaIn “Government”TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Lowell Street Sewer Project To Begin November 6In “Government”last_img read more

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