ALM Launches Free Digital Membership Program

first_img“We’d just seen that our audience had been changing in how they consume media,” Izzo says. “A big part of the change for us was the significant adoption of mobile and the engagement on social media.”Izzo says ALM made a big effort to transform into a digital-first company as a result. Another factor that contributed to the program’s creation was the significant increase in traffic on ALM websites from mobile devices, an increase of around 80 percent July over July from last year, according to Izzo.“Digital membership establishes a simple way for us to serve today’s subscribers and future subscribers with the online news content they want, when and where they want it,” says Jeffrey S. Litvack, chief digital officer at ALM in a statement.The free membership package includes digital access to five news articles every month from three controlled circulation publications, online access to news alerts, newsletters and previously archived news stories, and discounts on ALM products and services.“Subscribers will now have an easier way to click through to the content they want to read and non-subscribers will have a viable option for continuing to read by viewing five free stories a month,” Litvack contends.UPDATE: This movement of content from behind the paywall to the forefront with free access is a key advantage for subscribers, says Izzo.“The benefit to paid members is the ability to share the content to colleagues and potential clients,” Izzo says. “This ability to pass on a story to a colleague digitally makes that sharing process, either from social media or from your inbox newsletter, easier.”Digital membership holders have free and unlimited online access to three controlled circulation publications: Corporate Counsel, Law Technology News and The Asian Lawyer. ALM maintains that their four paid premium publications—Supreme Court Brief, Litigation Daily, New Jersey Law Journal Decision Alert and Delaware Business Court Insider—will continue to be accessible only to each publication’s subscribers. Paid subscribers will also maintain exclusive access to premium reports and briefings, including the Am Law 100 report.UPDATE: The decision to only allow five free news articles per monthly cycle was a strategic move on ALM’s part.“We want non-paid subscribers to test, trial, read and consume at least five articles a month across the network,” Izzo contends. “We felt that five was reflective of the engagement level of our readers on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.”More on this topic ALM Forms New Marketing Services Team InsideCounsel Folds Print Edition People on the Move | 5.17.12 ALM Newsletter Open Rates Jump 60 Percent After Mobile Optimization ALM Expands Regional Publishing Services Jeffrey LitvackJust In Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest RestructuringPowered by ALM is set to launch a free digital membership program for legal professionals later this month.The legal and commercial real estate news publisher is looking to expand its consumer base by offering a bundled news service package that includes five free articles a month, newsletters, news alerts and access to ALM’s database where some previously archived subscriber-only stories will now be made available. The digital reader program, launching August 23, 2013, is cost-free.UPDATE: The catalyst for the creation of the digital membership program, according to ALM SVP and chief marketing officer Lenny Izzo, is mainly consumer convenience.last_img read more

WHAT A MESS Town Urges Residents To Stop Tossing Dog Waste Bags

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Animal Control Officer Christopher Sullivan recently took to social media to remind residents not to throw dog waste in catch basins.“I was notified by DPW that they recently removed a large amount of dog waste bags that were dropped in catch basins in the Lt. Buck Dr./Moore Street area, as well as a few throughout town,” wrote Sullivan. “Not only is this a MAJOR violation in stormwater quality, and just plain disgusting, it is illegal.”Sullivan asked residents to read this brochure to better understand the seriousness of the problem.The brochure reads, in part:Pet waste is a major source of water contamination and contains harmful bacteria and parasites. Dog feces can contain fecal coliform bacteria, which can spread diseases like Giardia, Salmonella, and Campylobacter, causing serious illness in humans. Rain and water from melting snow flows across yards, dog parks, and other surfaces on its way to our water bodies, via our streets and storm drains.Be a responsible pet owner and clean up your pet’s waste every time. Never dispose of pet waste in a catch basin, which flows directly into our waterways. Sullivan noted anyone who throws their dog waste bags into the town’s catch basins can be fined $300 per day by the Wilmington Department of Public Works and $300 per day by the Wilmington Board of Health.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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Animal Control Officer Saves Groundhog’s Life, Receives Praise From Wildlife RehabilitatorsIn “Community”Wilmington Animal Control Officer Issues Reminders To Dog Owners, Asks Residents Not To Feed GeeseIn “Government”LETTER: Dog Owners Need To Do Better Job Cleaning Up After Their Dogs At Town Dog ParkIn “Government”last_img read more

After Tik Tok PUBG to be banned in India Twitter cant keep

first_imgPUBG moon mapPUBGAfter the Tik Tok app was banned recently in India, there is a likelihood of multiplayer video game, PUBG, also being banned especially since the civil societies and state administrations in various parts of the country have raised the alarm on the serious health consequences the video game can have on youth.The Rajkot Police in Gujarat has submitted an application to Google to take down PUBG from its play store citing the reason of detrimental effects the game has on the youth. Google, although is yet to respond formally to the Rajkot Police’s request. Recently after a Madras High Court directive, the Apple and Google took down PUBG from their play stores after a complaint that the youth are using the mobile app to spread pornography and other illicit activities. Both Tik Tok and PUBG have millions of users in India and a particular favourite among the youth.Rajkot recently said that it has banned the PUBG game in the city and asked Google to take down the online multiplayer battle royale game from its play store. “We have said we have banned this, so if possible, if in any IP of this area they are downloading the game then we have said, stop it if you can,”  Manoj Aggarwal,  Rajkot police commissioner, Manoj Agrawal, told Firstpost.The Gujarat Police had booked 10 people in March for playing PUBG under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code and warned that any person found playing the game will be prosecuted.Amid the reports of PUBG ban after Tik Tok, Twitter seemingly cannot keep calm.The parents and the educationists have expressed fears that these mobile apps are creating a bad precedent before the young kids and affecting their academics.Plz dont pubg and tiktok becoz of them so many are happy make them happy plz ban exams— 『Deadshot☣︎ ヅ』 (@karthik85893273) April 19, 2019″I am totally fed-up with this game #Pubg. Last 2 months my nephew is note even sleeping properly he start talking in sleep and some time start walking, He got addicted for this #PUBG game..Please ban this game @narendramodi ji..there are lots of family facing the same prblm,” tweeted Gaurav Pandit.”It’s not about TikTok. It’s about the larger message. Today it’s TikTok, PUBG’s ban is imminent, porn & Reddit have already been banned by Jio. Every goddamn thing is getting banned in the internet. India doesn’t have freedom of speech. We have a China like censorship,” Ankit Sharma said in a tweet.”A kind request to Prime Minister Modi @narendramodi… Sir I have seen my friends wasting their time playing Pubg , the time which they would have utilised doing something productive. They do not listen to me or to their parents. Please sir, ban Pubg for their good,” Saumyanta Sharma tweeted.India may soon join Nepal and Iraq as the countries who have taken a lead to ban PUBG.last_img read more

Ananta Jalil to bear educational expenses of Rajibs brothers

first_imgRajib HasanFormer actor Ananta Jalil has expressed his willingness to bear the educational expenses of the two younger brothers of Rajib Hossain who died following a tragic road accident in Dhaka, reports UNB.In a Facebook post on the day of his birthday on Tuesday Ananta, once known as an action hero in Bangla cinema, expressed his shock over the death of Rajib.”The future of his two younger brothers is at risk due to Rajib’s untimely death. Therefore, on the day of my birthday I want to take the responsibility of education of the two children who has no family,” he said in the post.Later, Ananta’s post was praised highly by his followers as well as other Facebook users.Ananta, chairman and managing director of AJI Group, submitted his post from Makkah in Saudi Arabia.On 3 April, Rajib Hossain, an undergraduate student of Govt Titumir College, was going to attend his classes by a double-decker bus of Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BTRC). He was standing on the rear gate dangling his right hand outside as the bus was overcrowded.When the bus got stranded at the Sonargaon crossing near Panthakunja park, a ‘Sajan Paribahan’ bus tried to make its way through the narrow space in between the BRTC bus and the footpath. However, Rajib’s right hand was pressed in between the two buses and got severed from the elbow.Later on Tuesday, Rajib lost his battle at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.Rajib had been both elder brother and guardian to 14-year-old Abdullah Hridoy and 15-year-old Mehedi Hasan Bappi after their father died in 2007.Their mother had died when Rajib was only eight years old and the youngest brother was just 10 months. They had all been looked after by extended family members.last_img read more

Unprecedented rain death toll rises to 64 in Japan

first_imgElderly people are rescued by a boat from a flooded area in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo on 8 July 2018. Photo: ReutersThe death toll from unprecedented rains in Japan rose to at least 64 on Sunday after rivers burst their banks and forced several million people from their homes, media reports said, with more rain set to hit some areas for at least another day.Torrential rains pounded some parts of western Japan with three times the usual precipitation for a normal July and set off landslides and sent rivers surging over their banks, trapping many people in their houses or on rooftops.”We’ve never experienced this kind of rain before,” an official at the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) told a news conference. “This is a situation of extreme danger.”At least 64 people were killed and 44 missing, national broadcaster NHK said after the death toll had been put at 49 overnight. Among the missing was a 9-year-old boy believed trapped in his house by a landslide that killed at least three others, one of them a man in his 80s.”All I have is what I’m wearing,” a rescued woman clutching a toy poodle told NHK television.”We had fled to the second floor but then the water rose more, so we went up to the third floor,” she said.Japan’s government set up an emergency management centre at the prime minister’s office and some 54,000 rescuers from the military, police and fire departments were dispatched across a wide swath of south-western and western Japan.”There are still many people missing and others in need of help, we are working against time,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.Emergency warnings for severe rain remained in effect for three prefectures, with 300 mm (11 inches) predicted to fall by Monday morning in parts of the smallest main island of Shikoku.Evacuation orders remained in place for some 2 million people and another 2.3 million were advised to evacuate, although rain had stopped and floodwaters receded in some areas. Landslide warnings were issued in more than a quarter of the nation’s prefectures.’Pouring down'”My husband couldn’t make it home from work since the road was flooded, and since it was pouring down rain I didn’t have enough courage to walk to an evacuation centre with two infants after dark,” one woman wrote on Twitter, without giving further details.The rain began late last week as the remnants of a typhoon fed into a seasonal rainy front, with humid, warm air pouring in from the Pacific making it still more active – a pattern similar to one that set off flooding in south-western Japan exactly a year ago that killed dozens. The front then remained in one place for an unusually long time, the JMA said.Roads were closed and train services suspended in parts of western Japan. Shinkansen bullet train services, resumed on a limited schedule after they were suspended on Friday.Automakers including Mazda Motor Corp and Daihatsu Diesel Manufacturing Co suspended operations at several plants on Saturday due to a shortage of parts or dangerous conditions. They were set to decide later on Sunday on plans for the coming week.Electronics maker Panasonic Corp said one plant in Okayama, western Japan, could not be reached due to road closures, although it had been closed for the weekend anyway. A decision about next week would be made on Monday.While the Japanese government monitors weather conditions closely and issues warnings from an early stage, the fact that much of the country outside major cities is mountainous and building takes place on virtually every bit of usable land leaves it vulnerable to disasters.Reforestation policies after World War Two that saw many mountains logged and replanted with trees whose roots are less able to retain water have also contributed to the danger.last_img read more

The New Face of Coppin

first_imgDr. Maria ThompsonFresh-faced and energetic, Dr. Maria Thompson smiled at the ballooning crowd of staff and faculty members crammed inside Coppin State University’s meeting hall to greet her on May 22. Immediately, she expressed her excitement. “I want to thank all of you for the well-wishes,” she said. “Many came from people I do not know.”Dr. Thompson, 53, begins her tenure as the university’s first female president on July 1. She has spent the past four years as provost and vice president for academic affairs at the State University of New York at Oneonta, but in a phone interview with the AFRO, Dr. Thompson said it was her undergraduate experience at Tennessee State University that drew her to Coppin.“The fact that I am a product of a similar institution – an urban HBCU – Tennessee State University,” she said, “not only am I a product, I’m a legacy product because my parents went to Tennessee State University, my grandmother attended Tennessee State University, I have a niece now – my brother’s child – who is attending Tennessee State University, so I just know from a firsthand experience the transformational power of an urban public HBCU.”At the Coppin meet-and-greet, Dr. Thompson did not take questions from staff and faculty. In the AFRO phone interview, she explained that she “listens more than she talks,” and she will hear from campus leaders and the chancellor before developing specific strategies to tackle the university’s struggles with declining enrollment and low graduation rates.“The fact that the institution has been around for so long speaks to the foundational strength of Coppin State University despite the fact that there may be some challenges that have to be faced,” she said. “An institution can’t exist since 1900 and not have some innate strength. So whatever those strengths are and whatever the aspirations and dreams of the students and faculty are, those are the things we are going to build on.”Dr. Thompson is credited with restructuring SUNY Oneonta’s academic affairs office and executing a plan at Tennessee State that increased externally funded projects to more than $45 million through grants and contracts. She spent 13 years leading research and sponsored programs at TSU.She said her work at both universities helped her develop a balanced leadership style because she gained experience working internally with faculty and students and externally with university stakeholders.The college administrator completed leadership programs led by Harvard, the American Council on Education, and the American Academic Leadership Institute. In addition to her baccalaureate degree from TSU, she earned a master’s from The Ohio State University and a doctorate from the University of Tennessee in textile science and textile economics.When asked about recent police brutality protests in Coppin’s backyard last month, Dr. Thompson said “focusing on an excellent educational experience for individuals is the only way to make any kind of lasting change . . . because ultimately education transforms individuals, individuals transform families, families transform communities, communities transform cities, and cities transform nations.”Dr. Thompson will replace interim president Dr. Mortimer H. Neufville, who was appointed to a two-year term by the USM Board of Regents in 2013 following the faculty vote-of-no-confidence and resignation of former president Dr. Reginald S. Avery.“For many, Coppin is a second chance, but I want Coppin to be a first chance institution,” Dr. Neufville said at the Coppin event after thanking the administration for support. He urged the Coppin community to extend that support to Dr. Thompson.Faculty and staff members who attended the meet-and-greet appeared optimistic about the school’s new leader. “The insurgence of a young female president may be what we need to move forward,” said Gillian Hallmen, Coppin’s assistant registrar. “It’s a very challenging time because of our enrollment rates coupled with graduation rates that have been steadily declining, but I think her presence will have a metamorphosis on critical issues here.”Dr. Nicholas Eugene, a math professor, called Dr. Thompson “young and hungry.”“When you have young persons, they have something to prove so they can move on to the next job, and to me that is important when compared to the past two presidents,” he explained. “To move the university forward, you need someone who can accomplish things . . . we don’t need someone to manage, we need someone to make a cultural change.”On May 15 and 16, Coppin graduated roughly 600 students and spring classes have ended, but Coppin senior Grace Kelly Anoma was eager to return to campus and meet the new president.“I’m really excited,” Kelly said. “She is coming in with fresh eyes. She is vibrant. So, I’m really behind her. And I believe she is the first female president. Yes, girl power! Instagram was blowing up when we heard about that.”Mr. Coppin winner Brandon Jacobs was equally supportive, saying Dr. Thompson’s credentials speak for themselves.The newly-minted leader says for now, her immediate focus is relocating and immersing herself in the Baltimore community, including finding a place to practice her hobbies. “I love yoga, gardening, cooking, and singing,” she said.She again stressed her enthusiasm about leading Coppin. “It doesn’t seem like a job,” she said. “It’s going to be joy.”last_img read more

DC Council Chair Mendelson to Pay for BacktoSchool Haircuts

first_imgD.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson is paying for haircuts for D.C. public and charter school students who have made prior arrangements.On Aug. 28, Mendelson, a Democrat, will be present at the Davis Barber and Beauty Supply shop located on Livingston Road, S.E. in Ward 8 from 12-1 p.m. The barbers at the shop will cut and style the hair of the students for no charge from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The chairman’s office of constituent services is coordinating the event and Mendelson is more than happy to participate.“This is the second year we’ve done it,”Mendelson said in a statement to the AFRO. “It’s a great community activity. It’s a way of helping kids who probably can use the savings from getting a free haircut for other back-to-school needs.”Davis Barber is co-owned by Derek and Marsten Davis and is considered a District institution.Derek E. Davis is a former president of the National Association of Barber Boards of America. He wrote the first barbering curriculum for the D.C. public schools in 1982, taught barbering in various public high schools for many years and has chaired the District of Columbia Barber and Cosmetology Board.His late father, Willie Roscoe Davis, opened Davis Barber shop in 1968 and, throughout the years, became an advocate for the profession in the city. In 1995, Willie Davis was appointed to the District’s Board of Barbers and Cosmetology and he was inducted posthumously (he died in 2001) into the Barber Hall of Fame by the 83rd National Association of Barber Boards of America in Las Vegas, Nev., on Sept. 16, 2009.Davis told the AFRO he was approached by Mendelson’s staff for the free haircuts.“I got a call from the chairman’s chief of staff who asked me whether I wanted to participate this year,” Davis said. “I agreed to do so. I have been performing activities like this, such as cutting young people and supervising barber students in cutting homeless veterans hair, for decades.”Davis said that what Mendelson is doing is good for the community.“We believe in giving back to the community that has been good to us,” he said.Mendelson agrees with Davis on that.“It’s also a way of reminding students how important school is and showing kids that the community cares–not just me, but the barbershop and the other people who participate in this event,” he said. “This is something that makes the kids look good and feel good about going back to school.”last_img read more

Hindi translation of Ghalib Danger unveiled

first_imgNational award-winning actor Manoj Bajpayee launched the book ‘Ghalib Danger’ written by a famous writer, director, and producer Neeraj Pandey and published under the publication house Prabhat Prakashan. The book launch event took place in Constitution Club, Rafi Marg.Owing to the positive response towards the English translation of ‘Ghalib Danger’ – which was released in 2013 – the Pandey decided to launch its Hindi version. This book is about the life of a young man named Kamran Khan, a cocky young taxi driver of Mumbai, who aims to become highly famous. The story revolves around how the life of the protagonist changed when he saved a don named Mirza from being killed. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDuring the event, Pandey said, “Readers loved and appreciated the English translation of ‘Ghalib Danger’. After seeing such a phenomenal response from the readers, I am presenting the Hindi translation of this book and hope that the audience will like it too.” “I am proud to be a writer before being a director,” he added. On this propitious evening, Manoj Bajpayee congratulated Neeraj for his another big achievement and said, “I had the pleasure to work with him quite a few times in the past. We had a nice time together and I feel lucky to launch the book of my dear friend.” The event was moderated by famous Bollywood lyricist Manoj Muntshir.last_img read more