While many associations are close to or ahead of the online curve, a study called E-Publishing Trends and Metrics from the Angerosa Research Foundation shows that others are just starting to make headway. “Associations have limited resources and need to deploy them wisely,” says Anne Zender, president of the Society of National Association Publications and vice president of communications, Journal of the American Health Information Management Association. “They are not in the business of being early adopters for the sake of early adoption itself.” She points out that associations’ online activities may not be visible to the public, which can make it hard for non-members to see movement.Online Content and E-NewslettersOf the 316 associations questioned, 66 percent post all magazine and journal content online. Forty-six percent offer original content online-which means more than half are not. Meanwhile, 85 percent put out at least one e-newsletter, and 67 percent publish more than one. Twenty-four percent still offer a print newsletter. Online Ads: To Sell or Not To SellWhile e-newsletters abound, most are not selling ads to support them-only 26 percent do. Among respondents, the median annual revenue for a primary e-newsletter is $15,000, with 13 percent bringing in more than $50,000 and a high end of $1.2 million. Eighty-three percent say they follow a non-commercial model-their primary goal is not to create a self-sustaining newsletter-but Debra Stratton, president of Stratton Research and head of the Angerosa Research Foundation, is seeing expanded recognition of e-newsletters as revenue tools. On magazine/journal Web sites and pages in general, one-third of all respondents sell ads. Twenty-six percent plan to sell in the future, while 41 percent have no plans to sell ads online at all but that could change. “If advertisers start to shift money into online publishing, I think we’ll see more association publishers finding ways to accommodate them,” Zender says. Overall, study respondents reported a median of $18,000 in annual Web ad/sponsorship revenue, with a high of $2 million.Protected Versus Open AccessA more even split exists between those who offer open access to content (47 percent of respondents) versus those who require login (44 percent). Eleven percent offer pay-per-view.Trade associations seem more likely to offer open access than individual membership organizations. The debate is between a fear of “cannibalizing membership versus an interest in providing knowledge,” says Stratton. She believes, though, that the number of associations offering open access will grow, as will the amount of open content offered. Zender’s forecast is similar: “The argument that content needs to be password protected to serve as a member benefit is still out there-but the appeal of being available to Google, blogs, and other social media may serve as a tipping point.”Other Bells and Whistles Associations are tapping into other digital media as well-36 percent offer Webinars, 26 percent have streaming video, 21 percent run podcasts (the same percentage as those with RSS feeds), and 19 percent have blogs. Most blogs-70 percent-are focused on general news rather than on the associations specifically. Social networking is also picking up speed, and Stratton and Zender expect this to continue. The International Society for Technology in Education, which publishes Learning & Leading with Technology, started with a MySpace page in November 2006 (they now have 170 friends), added Facebook and Second Life in January 2007 (with 200 and 2,000 members respectively), and joined LinkedIn in March 2007 (on which they have 54 members). Jessica Medaille, senior director for membership development at ISTE, says helping educators learn about Web 2.0 is part of their mission and that while the association considers itself an early adopter, there could be social media applications for other associations. Zender expects associations to advance with Web 2.0 tools, but not all at once: “They may not adopt all, but look for some to try one or two,” she says.More on this topic Associations Adopting Digital, Social Networking E-Publishing: How Associations Stack Up ABM Adds Nine Companies to Membership Roster 2009 Association Publishing Survey Paid Content and Blog Sponsorships Generate Highest E-Profits Association Magazine SurveyJust In PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive The Atlantic Taps Creative Leadership | People on the Move BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the MovePowered by
Republican leaders to date have not made any decision as to how long a fiscal 2017 continuing resolution (CR) would extend, but House conservatives are making clear their preference for a stopgap spending measure that lasts until March 2017.A CR almost certainly will be needed for most, if not all, spending bills to avoid a government shutdown when the new fiscal year begins in October, as the regular appropriations process appears to be coming to an end. Conservatives are pushing for a CR that lasts about six months to avoid the last-minute negotiations on an omnibus spending measure that typically take place behind closed doors as the December holidays approach.“The last thing we want to see is some kind of a shutdown scenario in December, and then basically giving the president everything that he asks for,” Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) told CQ.Other Republicans, especially appropriators, favor a shorter stopgap, including Harold Rogers (R-Ky.), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.“I would, yeah,” Rogers told reporters. But he added, “It’s just beginning to be talked about.”Discussion of a six-month stopgap has largely taken place only in the House, with at least one Senate appropriator leaning toward finishing work on FY 2017 appropriations before the end of the congressional session.“The problem with pushing these things out too far [is] you’ve got the old year to consider and you’ve got the new year to consider, and you really get into a time crunch,” Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) told CQ.Democrats similarly favor finishing the process in 2016. Placing spending on autopilot for the first half of the fiscal year cheats agencies out of the opportunity to start new programs, said Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), the chamber’s Democratic whip and a senior appropriator.“Try to run the Department of Defense on a CR. You know the bottom line or top dollar number, but to put into each one of your agencies, sub-agencies, the same amount of money as last year, is not a good way to govern and it’s certainly not a good way to respect the taxpayers’ dollars,” Durbin said. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Indian companies are the second most optimistic businesses globally next only to Irish firms, according to Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR) .The report, which is a quarterly global survey of 2,580 business leaders, has ranked India at second position in terms of business optimism, based on 86% of Indian respondents who remain bullish over their revenue growth.”India is relatively insulated from the slowdown in China and sees a slight gain in confidence, despite falling exports,” PTI quoted the survey as saying.The survey noted the larger-than-expected rate cut of 50bps announced by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) recently to boost the country’s economic growth.The percentage of Indian businesses, which are optimistic about their income growth, has risen by 3% from 83% in the last quarter, the survey showed.Besides, 69% of Indian firms now expect an increase in their profits.”Indian businesses have been consistently optimistic in their business outlook over the past decade barring a couple of quarters. This is based on the underlying strength of the economy, the consistent high growth rate, the entrepreneurial dynamism in being able to create new opportunities and businesses and the lower reliance on global trade based on significant domestic demand,” said Harish HV, Grant Thornton India LLP Partner India Leadership team. But the optimism on employment growth in the country saw further decline in the survey, with only 52% of the Indian Inc expecting a rise in job growth.”The concern based on the results of this survey is the pessimism on employment, which is a key factor and need for the country given the demographic dividend which could turn into a demographic nightmare without adequate employment generation,” it said.”The Government’s thrust on ‘Make in India’ needs much more push to make it a reality and that could salvage the situation,” the report added.
-A young man has tried to kill himself allegedly after slaughtering newlywed wife at Chak Farid Pramanikpara of the district town.Police recovered the body of Fatema Khatun, 22, wife of Sujon Pramanik, 28, from their bedroom on Wednesday morning and sent it to Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital for autopsy.Inspector (Investigation) of Sadar police station Aslam Ali said Sujon married Fatema barely a month ago.The newlywed couple went to bed after having their dinner on Tuesday night. “We suspected that Sujon slaughtered Fatema with a sharp weapon and tried to slit his throat,” the police officer said.He also said they took Sujon to the hospital under their custody.Meanwhile, a housewife allegedly slaughtered her husband at Kahpukuria village in Dupchanchia upazila on Tuesday.Police arrested Khadiza Khatun, 35, for killing her husband Shahidul Islam, 42, from the village.Officer-in-charge of Dupchanchia Police Station Abdur Razzak said Khadiza attacked Shahidul with a sharp weapon over a family feud on Tuesday noon, leaving him critically injured.He was taken to Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries in the evening.
Al OrtizThe Mueschke Cemetery is located in Spring and its oldest grave dates back to 1875.Close to the intersection of the always busy FM 1960 and Humble-Westfield Road, about 25 miles north of Houston, lies the Mueschke Cemetery.The oldest graves found here date back to the late 1870s.A few years ago the association that manages the cemetery asked Lone Star College for help to preserve it and that sparked a research project to find unmarked graves.In April, the researchers hit a milestone by confirming the location of two unmarked burial sites.Lone Star Honors College former student president Janet Flores was the main researcher of the team working at Mueschke.“Not only are we finding unmarked graves, but we’re also showing how important it is not only to the association, but to community members to future people who might want to come look for their ancestors,” Flores notes.Azie Aziz was another member of the team. At the time of the research she was working on a PhD at the University of Houston’s Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Her role was to use what is known as a Ground Penetrating Radar to help find the graves.Aziz and the rest of the team were excited when they located the burial site of James Culven Poland, a 12 year old boy who died in 1926. The other burial site the research team located was that of James West. His grave dates back to 1875 and it is the oldest at the cemetery.“It’s very emotional when they ask me to place the marker at James Culven Poland. So, I think it has an emotional feeling to me and it’s also important to me because that ends my studies, my PhD studies,” Aziz says.The Mueschke Cemetery Association hopes the research will help them obtain a designation as a Historic Texas Cemetery.Rebecca Stone, the association’s secretary, says the designation would be important because Mueschke is one of the few remaining landmarks of Westfield, a railroad town that thrived in the 19th century and was later absorbed by Houston’s expansion.“The cemetery is the history of Westfield and there isn’t a Westfield, Texas, anymore,” Stone adds, “There is a Westfield branch of the Post Office, but there isn’t a city or a community of Westfield anymore.” To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen 00:00 /02:20 Share
Share During that period, overall spending rose about 25 percent; adjusted for inflation, it fell almost 6 percent. State funding rose, but not as fast as the student population; the result was a per-student drop in state spending and a local increase in per-student spending.That shift to local funding increases Texas public education’s reliance on “recapture” — a formula that balances differences in local property values by taking money from property-rich school districts and distributing it to property-poor districts. That redistribution is built into the state system, but when Texas cuts its share of the total, it increases the load on local property taxpayers — both for their own schools and for recapture.Abbott contends his limits would also limit recapture but also says it would increase pressure on the state to put up the money to equalize spending across school districts.“It is difficult to estimate the exact amount of funding that the state would have allocate for this purpose, though it is worth noting that a revenue cap would not likely eliminate the entire $1.7 billion in annual recapture payments,” the governor’s proposal says. “The state has, for too long, relied on the rapid growth of school district property tax collections to fund increases in public education spending.”The governor, like the legislators who make up a good part of the new school finance committee, is on the ballot in 2018, and he’s clearly siding with property taxpayers. That built-in nod to increased state spending can wait until the Legislature comes back — or until the new committee starts crunching the numbers. And the current crop of state officials elected by a price-sensitive electorate — you might remember that the now-assimilated TEA Party movement was an acronym for Taxed Enough Already — isn’t in the mood for a sudden increase in state spending, for education or anything else.That’s the minefield the state’s latest school finance reformers want to cross. This week, the Texas Commission on Public School Finance started work on one of the state’s most intractable problems, hoping to come up with remedies in advance of 2019’s 86th legislative session.You wouldn’t be out of line wondering why this didn’t happen in 2017. Or 2015. Or 2013. But it’s because this is a hard policy problem and a harder political one. The prompt now is that property taxes have gotten so far out of hand that lawmakers have no choice but to act.The governor is in on this, too, recently unveiling his proposal — a worked-over version of legislation that fell short last year — to limit increases in local property taxes without voter approval. The governor’s plan doesn’t call for lower property taxes and, in fact, in a detailed version of the proposal from Abbott’s political campaign, he makes the case for higher state spending on public education.“A major effect of capping the growth of local property tax collections will be to reduce the extent to which local revenue for public schools is able to grow,” the proposal says. “The state must therefore be prepared to increase its share to the extent necessary to ensure that public schools have access to the funding they need.”Declining public education spending by the state puts pressure on local school districts to raise property taxes to compensate. It’s not the only reason taxes rise: Overall spending per student has risen, too. But the state’s share of the costs of public education dropped to about 38 percent in 2017 from about 45 percent in 2007, according to the Legislative Budget Board. The local share — reliant on those rising property taxes — rose to 52 percent from 45 percent. (Federal funds accounted for the remainder.) Bob Daemmrich for the Texas TribuneState Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, l, chats at the lunch break with chairman Justice Scott Brister at the Texas Commission on School Finance meeting on Jan. 23, 2018.You can’t untangle school finance in Texas unless you do one of three politically dangerous things:Cut spending on public education.Raise local property taxes to keep up with growth and rising costs.Raise state spending (and state taxes) to keep up with costs while keeping local property taxes down.State lawmakers cut spending in 2011. Texans didn’t like it much, and the state has, to this day, never recovered the even balance of state and local spending it had set just five years before those cuts.High and rising property taxes have become — for understandable reasons — a major concern for voters and, in turn, for the people who rely on voter favor to stay in office.
Kolkata: The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has instructed all the District Magistrates in the state to remove banners and festoons carrying the photographs of the Chief Minister or Prime Minister, from various government buildings within the next 24 hours.At various places in the city and districts, festoons and banners mentioning various projects of both the state government and the Centre with photographs of the Chief Minister or Prime Minister were still seen. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe election officials have started a drive to remove these, since the model code of conduct was implemented following the notification of the polls. The CEO’s office on Friday issued directives to the DMs to remove all the banners from both government and private places under their jurisdiction. All the DMs have to submit a compliance report to the CEO’s office in this regard. Senior officials of the CEO’s office on Friday held a video conference with the districts officials to take stock of the poll-preparedness a day ahead of the arrival of an ECI team in the city. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataMeanwhile, the CEO’s office also directed the ADG (Law and Order) to submit a list of those who have been arrested so far in the state. The ADG has also been asked to prepare a detailed list of the people who might cause trouble in the districts during the elections. It has also been learnt that the election officials in the state have issued directives to some districts where there have been past incidents of violence. North Dinajpur district administrative officials have been asked to keep an eye on Chopra area of Raigunj, where a student was killed during a clash.
From Brazil to Italy, Iceland to Tunisia – the Ishara International Puppet Theatre Festival has once again travelled across the world to curate its fantastic line-up for 2019. They are celebrating their 17th anniversary with a diverse range of breathtaking performances, which communicate across language barriers and define the social, cultural, and emotional bonds humanity shares together.Besides the display of Indian art, performers from across the four continents also have come together once again, to showcase a dazzling array of talent. From the traditional to modern forms of puppetry, ranging from rod to string puppets; to mixed performances with dance, theatre, music and more – the audiences of all ages will enjoy this new magical journey. The 17th edition of the festival will take place from February 1-9, at Indian Habitat Centre. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSince its inception in 2001, the Ishara International Puppet Theatre Festival has now grown into one of Asia’s largest and most prestigious puppet festivals. Graced by thousands of visitors each year, it has thrilled, moved and inspired audiences from across the globe. The festival is nurtured and supported by the Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust, the country’s leading established platform for Indian and International puppetry. For over thirty years, the trust has been the center for creative and innovative puppetry work, with a mission to educate, enrich, and transform communities. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveProduced by Teamworks Arts, the festival’s creative environment enables puppeteers, artists, and performers to stretch their imagination and to deliver unforgettable and stunning performances. With tremendous acclaim and support from groups and performers across the world, the festival has brought to India over 150 international puppetry companies and promoted numerous indigenous productions. Countries which have participated and showcased their works include the UK, Spain, Turkey, Brazil, Taiwan, Japan, Italy, Germany, USA, among others. “It’s been over thirty years of Ishara puppet theatre and the love for puppetry has grown in people. For us, 2019 is the year of celebration, and one will witness that in the performances of the new groups from Brazil to Iceland along with various unconventional acts like the one by Italy using soap bubbles as a medium for puppetry. There’s a lot in store and we are delighted to have the audience experience it all”, says Dadi D Pudumjee, Founder, The Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust.