In the face of declining print advertising revenue across consumer and b-to-b publishing, Advanstar Communications’ eye health group is bucking the trend by launching Optometry Times, a tabloid-size glossy serving the optometrist market.“Through our presence in the eyecare market, interaction with our customers, and extensive research, it became apparent there is an inherent need for a superior professional news source for the optometric community,” group publisher Lauri Jorgensen said in a statement. The group also publishes Ophthalmology Times, Ophthalmology Times Europe, and Ophthalmology Times America Latina.Published in print and digital formats, Optometry Times will include editorial content covering clinical, dispensing, practice management, and subspecialty-based findings, Advanstar says.Optometry Times will have a controlled circulation of 33,000, including subscribers in Canada, a spokesperson tells FOLIO:. Launching in March 2009, the magazine will publish nine times per year. Woodland Hills, California-based Advanstar publishes nearly 70 publications and directories, 270 Web sites and digital products, and produces about 150 events.
Pratt has written for Elle, Marie Claire and Maxim magazines. After founding Jane, Pratt left her position as editor in the summer of 2005; she was replaced with ElleGirl founding editor Brandon Holley. Conde Nast then shut down Jane magazine for good, with the August 2007 issue as its last. Since her departure from Jane, Pratt’s whereabouts have supplied a fair amount of media fodder. In 2007, it was rumored Pratt was to start a magazine with Gwen Stefani, lead singer of pop group No Doubt; then in November 2010, Pratt was said to be partnering with fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson on a magazine for “wallflowery teenage girls.” Other names tapped to join xoJane.com include Emily McCombs, former managing editor of Asylum.com and contributing editor of Lemondrop.com, who will act managing editor of xoJane.com. Cat Marnell joins the xoJane.com as beauty editor; previously, she acted as a freelance writer and beauty editor of Lucky Magazine. Other xoJane.com contributors will include Christina Kelly, Laia Garcia and Eric Nicholson. Jane Pratt, former editor-in-chief of Sassy and Jane magazines, has been named editor and creative director of style with SAY Media. In this new role, she will be acting as editor-in-chief for xoJane.com, a new women’s-interest site owned by SAY.
Listen X 00:00 /01:09 Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Teen volunteers standing in line to receive lunch.As soon as I walked into the food bank I saw lines of children spiraled around the lobby.They were getting ready to eat lunch.That’s where I met Yeyri Espinosa.“They gave us watermelon, broccoli and chicken nuggets,” Espinosa says.Children like Espinosa need help getting meals when they aren’t in school.In fact, 60 percent of kids in public school qualify for food assistance programs, but only 12 percent participate.Nicole Lander works with the Houston Food Bank to solve that problem.She says they go into the community to feed children that can’t come to them.“So the Houston Food Bank works with apartment complexes, summer day camps, libraries, to provide meals at those sites, so that where those children are we are meeting them where they are at and providing the necessary nourishment that they need,” Lander says.I walked outside to meet Shonice Reed.She is the head of a summer program in Aldine.She says if it wasn’t for the food bank she couldn’t adequately feed 60 plus kids daily.“It would be very, very difficult,” Reed says. “And even if we did or were able to it would probably not be…it would be minimal.”The Houston Food Bank is serving meals at 150 sites in nine counties.
Stuart Seeger/FlickrTexas State Capitol, Austin TXThe 86th Texas Legislature opens today in Austin, and lawmakers have just 140 working days to tackle some of the state’s most pressing problems. Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and Speaker-Presumptive Dennis Bonnen have yet to identify any “must pass” legislation. But there are at least four topics that will take up a lot of oxygen before the regular session ends on May 27:State budget: Passing a budget is the Legislature’s one constitutionally-mandated job. Like most states, Texas has a balanced budget requirement, which means by law, it can only spend what it collects in taxes and fees. Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar estimates that will come to $119.1 billion over the next two-year budget cycle, which is an 8.1 percent increase compared to the cycle that ends August 31. Lawmakers have to decide how to divide up that money in order to cover healthcare, education, public safety, and a host of other responsibilities.School finance reform: Texas’ public school finance system requires property-wealthy school districts to share revenue with the state, which then reallocates the money to property-poor school districts. The system is known as “recapture” or “Robin Hood.” It’s a growing problem for some districts, including the Houston Independent School District, which are classed as wealthy but include many poor neighborhoods. At the same time, the state’s portion of funding for public education has been declining for years, forcing school districts to make up the balance through property taxes. Both Democrats and many Republican lawmakers are determined to overhaul the system this year, after failing to do so in 2017.Property tax reform: Governor Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Patrick made this issue a cornerstone of their reelection campaigns last year, both men arguing that rising property values are causing homeowners’ tax bills to skyrocket. Abbott wants to limit any increase in property taxes to 2.5 percent a year. Anything above that would have to be approved by two-thirds of the voters. Texas counties, cities, and school districts rely on property taxes as their sole source of revenue. Many, notably Harris County under former Judge Ed Emmett, staunchly opposed such revenue caps in past legislative sessions.Harvey relief/flood control: In the wake of Harvey, Congress allocated tens of billions of dollars to Texas for disaster relief, flood control infrastructure, and flood mitigation. Federal law requires local governments to come up with some of the money in order to unlock the rest. Houston, Harris County, and local governments along the Gulf Coast have been ponying up matching funds. Many of their lawmakers are demanding the state tap the Texas Economic Stabilization Fund, better known as the “Rainy Day Fund,” to help as well.Lieutenant Governor Patrick has reserved the first 30 Senate bill numbers for priority legislation yet to be released. The first 20 House bill numbers are also reserved for the same reason. And Governor Abbott is likely to identify a number of “emergency items” for the Legislature when he delivers his State of the State address in a few weeks.Note: You can find a list of all currently filed Texas House bills here, and a list of all currently filed Texas Senate bills here. Share
Kolkata: The Pulitzer winner for Fiction 2018 Andrew Sean Greer, mythology expert and author Devdutt Pattanaik, historian Ramchandra Guha, actor Naseeruddin Shah will be among the personalities addressing the 10th Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival to be held from January 18 to 20. The list of 16 speakers would also include historian and biographer Rajmohan Gandhi, writer and parliamentarian Shashi Tharoor, columnist and novelist Shobhaa De and journalist Seema Goswami, the AKLF said in a statement Saturday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life The festival will have sections like New Writers – Competition to identify and promote budding writers, Womens Writing, Childrens Lit Fest featuring leading children writers, literary quizzes, interactive sessions and storytelling and Poetry Caf to showcase classic and new poetry collections, poets and prose writers. The AKLF 2019 will focus on health, current affairs, womens issues and childrens literature among other themes, Director of Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (AKLF), Maina Bhagat said in the release. Since 2010, the festival has presented live theatre performances, heritage walks, street theatre, eclectic live musical performances, film screenings and literary sessions, she said.
Taylor Swift fans hoping to watch the pop singer’s concert on Apple Music on Sunday were instead greeted by “Blank Space.”The superstar’s concert documentary, The 1989 World Tour Live, was set to go live on Dec. 20, but the premiere of the film, which is exclusive to the Apple Music platform, wasn’t as smooth as the tech giant would have liked.Meant to be available for viewing on iPads, iPhones, iPod touch, Macs and PCs with iTunes and Apple TV, fans were met with crashes, glitchy streaming or the inability to even locate the movie. Since Sunday morning, Apple Music Help twitter account has continued to field customer-service requests from frustrated users as of this story.Related: Taylor Swift’s Latest Trademark Filings Reveal a Shrewd Business Strategy@bentisdell We’d like to look into this with you. Can you tell us where you’re located? Send us a DM to get started.— Apple Music Help (@AppleMusicHelp) December 21, 2015@DFN_Jade We’d be happy to help you out with your playback issues. DM us which device you’re using and we’ll go from there.— Apple Music Help (@AppleMusicHelp) December 21, 2015@flynnetyth That’s definitely not right. Let’s look at what might be causing this. DM us with the device you’re using to watch the concert.— Apple Music Help (@AppleMusicHelp) December 21, 2015@polly1301 Let’s see what we can do to get you watching. Can you tell us the software versions your devices are running? Follow up in a DM.— Apple Music Help (@AppleMusicHelp) December 21, 2015Ahead of the Apple Music launch in July, Swift took to Tumblr in a post titled, “To Apple, Love Taylor,” to take the company to task about how during the streaming service’s three-month trial period, the artists, writers and producers in question would not be compensated.Related: Why Taylor Swift Is Now the Most Powerful Person in TechLikely not looking to run afoul of Swift and her sizable music industry clout (especially given how much attention was paid to the singer’s decision to remove her music from Spotify in 2014) , Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet and software, tweeted to Swift that the company would change its policy.#AppleMusic will pay artist for streaming, even during customer’s free trial period— Eddy Cue (@cue) June 22, 2015We hear you @taylorswift13 and indie artists. Love, Apple— Eddy Cue (@cue) June 22, 2015Back in October, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the music streaming service had more than 15 million users, with 6.5 million paying the $9.99 monthly subscriber fee. And in December, with all forgiven between the two giant business entities — Apple Music was the lone streaming service to offer the massive hit album 1989 to listeners — Swift announced the streaming deal with Apple on Twitter, on her birthday earlier this month. Judging by the volume of complaints, it seems like the partnership will work out quite nicely for both parties once the technical difficulties are resolved.Related: Yes, Believe It: Taylor Swift Is a Customer Retention Expert Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 3 min read December 21, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »
Share Tags: Agent Incentives, Brochures, Contests, Trafalgar TORONTO — After breaking down the numbers of Trafalgar’s new 2017-18 Autumn, Winter & Spring (AWS) brochure, you get 34 itineraries, 26 European countries, two new trips, and $150 in early booking savings.The new brochure highlights everything from traditional Christmas Markets and alpine peaks to Tuscan wines and Parisian farmers’ markets. New this year are the nine-day ‘Delights of London and Paris’ and the seven-day ‘Festive St Petersburg and Moscow’ itinerary.In addition to these two new itineraries, Trafalgar has made its 15-day tailored ‘European White Christmas Delights & New Year Lights’ trip available to Canadian travellers for the first time ever. While on this tour, clients will learn about champagne production, experience a white Christmas in St. Moritz and ring in the New Year in Tuscany.To entice clients to book early, Trafalgar is offering 7.5% off 2017-18 AWS Europe vacations when paid in full by Aug. 31, 2017, plus $150 per couple on air booked and paid in full from May 5-June 15, 2017.More news: AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsAgents also have a chance to win one of four pairs of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones. Agents can enter by signing up for Trafalgar’s agent newsletter, by selling from the AWS brochure from now until June 30, 2017, and by sharing travel moments and including a #SimplyAWS hashtag. This contest is running now and will end on June 30.“There really is no better place in the world to experience different seasons than Europe, and we’ve made it easy for clients to discover the festive flavours and allure of some of our favourite destinations with authentic experiences and moments of magic,” says Wolf Paunic, president of Trafalgar Canada. “We also want to help our loyal agents sell effortlessly this season and top up their 2017 bookings while giving clients amazing value holiday experiences.” Travelweek Group Agents can win Beats headphones when selling from Trafalgar’s AWS brochure Posted by Tuesday, May 30, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>
Channel 4’s digital service, All4, is launching support for 360° video ads from this week.The UK broadcaster’s 4Sales division announced the new Ad 360 format today, and Honda and South African Tourism will be the first brands to use the 360° interactive VOD ads.“Ad 360 enables All 4’s audience to engage with brands in a new and exciting way using the latest developments in 360 degree content creation, strengthening our existing suite of innovative digital ad products,” said Channel 4’s digital and creative leader, David Amodio.The Ad 360 format was developed by video technology partners Innovid, and the firm claims that together with Channel 4 it is bringing “360° interactive video experiences to the European market for the first time.”