Praetorian Branches Out Acquires Local Government Brand

first_imgThe Praetorian Group has been expanding its public safety business rapidly since last year. Now, they’re branching out to the larger local government space with the acquisition of EfficientGov.Terms weren’t disclosed.Public safety—markets like fire and police departments, emergency management and corrections—can account for more than half of a municipality’s budget, says Alex Ford, CEO of Praetorian, but there’s another half his company didn’t have an entrance into. Areas like planning and development, education and transportation were untapped. Ford says the digital media model Praetorian uses in its current markets—a mix of analysis and news content, along with grant assistance and education—can be applied to an audience of municipal leaders as well.”Public safety is a subset of local government,” he says. “It’s a logical extension to take that model to the rest of local government with a similar mission.”He adds: “We see the same exact model that’s working so well for us in public safety applying to local government more broadly, accessing an opportunity that’s more than twice the size.”See also: Praetorian Buys Fire Chief Assets from Penton The EfficientGov acquisition doesn’t get them all the way there—at least as comprehensively as they serve the public safety market—but Praetorian now has a foothold with the decision makers that hold influence over multiple segments, inside and outside of public safety. Ford says the deal brings about 44,000 new government officials into the fold.EfficientGov will continue to operate as a standalone brand, but will aggregate content from Praetorian’s network of more than 15 sites, Ford says.Prior to the acquisition, the company also announced that John Suhler, formerly the head of private equity firm Veronis Suhler Stevenson, has joined Praetorian in an advisory role.”Since his retirement from VSS, he now has the opportunity to take a more formal role and is excited about our opportunity to scale and grow the business,” Ford says. “He has an incredible amount of experience and knowledge of how to grow digital media companies. His connections are probably, bar none, some of the best in the media world, so he’s going to be a great asset.”last_img read more

How Quartz is Reinventing the Email Newsletter

first_img The Daily Brief itself has three different editions, all of which come out at 6:00 a.m. in their respective time zones: North America (Eastern time), Europe (Central European time), and Asia (Hong Kong time). Separate editorial teams hand off production of the newsletter in eight-hour increments, allowing uninterrupted, 24/7 coverage. That’s the message 15,000 advertising professionals, brand representatives, and marketers received in their inboxes early Monday morning at the start of the third day of Cannes Lions 2016, the largest annual gathering for the global advertising industry, taking place this week on the French Riviera. “Good morning, delegates!” “To me, it’s the best kind of media partnership,” Quartz president and publisher, Jay Lauf, tells Folio:. “We’re three and a half years old, and for a growing global brand, exposure at such a premiere event provides great value for us. But I think what we’ll also be able to do is provide great value to the attendees and the event itself by doing what we do really well, keeping them informed in intelligent ways.” The result was a daily newsletter delivered in the morning and designed to tell readers not just what happened while they were sleeping, but what to expect for the day ahead. Unlike most newsletter products, not all of the links go back to Quartz’s website, qz.com. In fact, most go to outside sources, even competitors. Four years, 16 million unique monthly readers, two international expansions, and one messaging-style mobile news app later, Quartz has become a prime embodiment of the “digital native” media brand archetype—thanks in no small part to its witty, informative, and intensely curated email newsletter, which now boasts more than 200,000 subscribers, according to the company. “One of the things we felt was an innovation was actually having human beings write and edit and curate the Daily Brief,” adds Lauf. “Rather than have it be sort of an automated scrape of headlines that you throw into an email, our writers and editors would put a lot of thought into things like the synopses—how do I make somebody really smart on this subject without them having to click through if they don’t want to?” “It comes to them,” Lauf says. “Our readers are often busy, they might often be distracted, they can often be regimented in their schedules, so the fact that you’ve got something you can rely on, that comes in at 6 a.m. every day. It’s at a time that it allows you to get smart before your day gets going.” And it has. If anecdotal evidence like social media love letters—or the fact that the Daily Brief’s format has since been replicated by competitors across the industry—does not suffice, consider this statistic: since its launch in 2012, Lauf says the Daily Brief has achieved a consistent unique open rate of around 40 percent, vastly outpacing industry norms of about half that figure. “It’s very deliberately user-first,” Lauf continues. “A lot of publishers give lip service to that, but don’t really deliver on it. We put ourselves in the shoes of the busy reader that we serve, who may not want an app or a newsletter that’s just another marketing vehicle to keep people inside the walled garden. It’s about making our readers smarter. If that means linking out to other sources, we believe that will come back to us in terms of loyalty.”center_img He says the festival’s stature as an international gathering of marketers made it an obvious choice as a test-site for a special-edition Daily Brief. Quartz is, quite literally, a global brand, to the point that it originally required all of its journalists to be fluent in at least two languages. According to Lauf, the journalism team now speaks 35 languages fluently and, combined, has reported from over 115 countries around the world. Selecting email as a key channel in the media mix—the Daily Brief has been around since Quartz’s inception—may have seemed like an odd play for a brand that marketed itself as forward-thinking. For one, Lauf says, email was a widely overlooked mechanism for connecting with audiences, an automated marketing vehicle often existing solely to drive clicks back to publishers’ websites. Those who aren’t spending their week rubbing elbows with the rich and creative on the French Riviera can keep up to date with the Cannes-specific Daily Brief by subscribing here. Atlantic Media, the parent company behind the 158-year-old magazine The Atlantic, generated considerable buzz when it announced plans to launch a digital-only brand back in 2012. The sender: Quartz, Atlantic Media’s four-year-old digital outlet focused on global business news and analysis, which has developed a special version of its immesely successful Daily Brief newsletter solely focused on Cannes Lions. Simplicity and consistency are key, he adds. Consumers don’t have to scroll through their social feeds to find what they’re looking for.  Tasked with producing the special Cannes-specific version of the Daily Brief is executive editor Zach Seward, Quartz’s VP of product. On top of the thousands of attendees who were automatically subscribed after registering for Cannes Lions, an additional 1,100 subscribers have signed on, looking to stay abreast of the festival’s latest developments, according to Lauf. “We thought that an email product shouldn’t just be headlines to drive you back to the website,” Lauf says. “Rather, we asked, ‘What would we want from an email product? How could an email we receive every morning make us smarter?'”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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share 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

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday February 7 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Thursday, February 7, 2019:#1) Instant Pot Cooking Class At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting “Feasting With Your Instant Pot” at 7pm. The instant pot craze is here, are you onboard? For many of us, the instant pot is patiently waiting to be used. Whether yours is tucked away in a cupboard or still in the box, it’s time to take it out your electric pressure cooker and put it to use. Join chef Liz Barbour for a cooking class that will help take the mystery out of this amazing, time saving kitchen tool. Liz will demonstrate two recipes that you can recreate at home. Following her demonstration Liz will offer tasty samples for everyone to enjoy. Registration is full, but there are still spots available on the waiting list HERE.#2) Drop-In Meditation At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a meditation class at 12:30pm. Join technology librarian Brad McKenna for his weekly drop-in meditation sessions. It will be a mixture of silent and guided meditations. The Insight Timer app will be used so you can continue your practice at home. No registration required.#3) Wilmington Recreation Commission MeetingThe Wilmington Recreation Commission meets at 5pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#4) Wilmington Finance Committee MeetingThe Wilmington Finance Committee meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Budgets for Planning & Conservation, Building Inspector, and Board of Appeals will be discussed. Rea 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 Thursday, September 5, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 8, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 13, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

7th pay panel recommendations may only be implemented in mid2016 Macquarie India

first_imgIn what could be a slight disappointment for Central government employees, the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations may only happen in mid-2016, according to brokerage firm.”There is no certainty it would happen even in the next six months,” said Rakesh Arora, managing director and head of research, Macquarie India.The implementation of the previous pay panel recommendations was delayed by 2.5-3 years, said Arora.The Seventh Pay Commission, headed by Justice A K Mathur, recommended a 16% hike in basic salary and a 63% increase in allowances for government employees, taking the overall hike in salaries to 23.55%. The recommendations have to be cleared by the Cabinet to become effective from January 1, 2016.”And still there is no guarantee that it is going to be implemented in the next six months, it is still for the government to really consider. So what we are saying is from the timing it can happen by middle of 2016 and not be pushed out too late,” NDTV Profit quoted Arora, as saying.The government’s expenditure on salary payments to employees will go up by a whopping Rs 1 lakh crore upon the implementation of the commission’s proposals.The increase in the government’s salary bill is expected to weigh on its efforts to bring down the country’s fiscal deficit.”A recommended 23.55% increase in remuneration for India’s Central government employees, if fully implemented, would have a significant impact on the government’s wage bill, and add to challenges the government faces in achieving fiscal consolidation targets,” Fitch Ratings had said last month. “The government could seek to cut expenditures in other areas.”last_img read more

DC Authorities ExCon had Help in Wealthy Familys Slaying

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — An ex-convict likely had help from others holding a family captive inside their mansion for at least 18 hours, authorities said.During their ordeal, the business executive and his wife told others to stay away — even ordering a pizza deliverer to leave two pies at the door — as they frantically arranged for $40,000 in cash to be dropped off at the home.But once the money was left on the seat of a red sports car in the family’s garage, Daron Dylon Wint struck and stabbed Savvas Savopoulos, the CEO of the American Iron Works company where he had once worked as a welder, Wint’s charging document said. At a court hearing Friday, Wint was ordered held in jail on a murder charge.Savopoulos’ wife, Amy, their 10-year-old son Philip and their housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa also were killed, and then the house was set on fire with matches and a flammable liquid.The fire began on the queen-sized mattress where the boy’s body was stabbed and burned, authorities said.Firefighters found the adults’ bodies in the next room. Evidence shows the women suffered “blunt force and sharp force trauma” before the $4.5 million mansion was set on fire.Authorities linked what may have been two different men to Amy Savopoulos’ blue Porsche 911 the day of the killings. One, “with short, well-groomed hair,” was spotted driving erratically away from the crime scene. Another, wearing a dark hoodie, was videotaped carrying a bucket near where the Porsche was set on fire later that day.The pizza gave Wint away. His DNA was found on the crust of a partially eaten slice of pepperoni, one of two pies ordered the night of May 13 while the family and the housekeeper were “being held against their will,” an affidavit said.A woman believed to be Amy Savopoulos paid for the pizzas by credit card and told the delivery person to leave the food on the porch, because she was “nursing her sick child” and would not come to the door, the document says.Wint, who was tracked down by U.S. Marshals and arrested Thursday night with two other men and three women, appeared in a white jumpsuit in court Friday.A court document said authorities believe the killings “required the presence and assistance of more than one person.” None of the people detained with Wint were immediately charged with any crimes.Wint is being represented by Natalie Lawson, a public defender. His defense argued that authorities lack probable cause, since a suspect seen driving the Porsche had short hair. Wanted posters issued while Wint was a fugitive showed him with long hair.D.C. Superior Court Judge Errol Arthur agreed with Assistant U.S. Attorney Emily Miller to deny bail, noting that Wint was arrested with some of the missing money, and that the DNA from the pizza ties him to the slayings.U.S. Marshals and police had tracked Wint to New York and back before dozens of officers swarmed a car and truck in the nation’s capital, arresting the whole group without a fight.Wint’s record was cited as a reason he should be held. He was arrested three times for assault in 2006 and 2007, serving a 10-month sentence in New York, and then convicted of assaulting a girlfriend in Maryland in 2009.In 2010, he pleaded guilty to malicious destruction of property after he allegedly broke into a woman’s apartment, stole a television, vandalized her car and threatened to kill her infant daughter. Also in 2010, Wint was arrested carrying a 2-foot-long machete and a BB pistol outside the American Iron Works headquarters, but weapons charges were dropped after he pleaded guilty to possessing an open container of alcohol.Acting District of Columbia U.S. Attorney Vincent Cohen said outside the courthouse that prosecutors’ “work is not done” and that they “intend to unseal additional search warrants in the coming days.”___Contributors include Brian Witte, Alex Brandon, Sarah Brumfield and Ben Nuckols in Washington; Meredith Somers in Upper Marlboro, Maryland; Colleen Long in New York City and Carolyn Thompson in Buffalo, New York.last_img read more

Man Robs 2 DC 7Eleven Stores Over Holiday Weekend

first_imgThe Metropolitan Police Department is currently searching for a man who robbed two convenience stores in the middle of the night over the President’s Day weekend.According to police reports, a man armed with a shotgun walked into a 7-Eleven convenience store in the 5500 block of South Dakota Avenue, NE and demanded money from the clerk.Suspect sought in connection with two convenience store robberies in D.C. on Feb. 18. (Courtesy photo)The incident happened in the early morning hours on Feb. 18 when the suspect entered the food mart and fired a shotgun into the ceiling of the establishment. The employee then followed the robber’s commands to hand over money from the store register. The robber took the cash and fled the scene, police said.On Feb. 21 police released surveillance of the incident.The video shows a Black man dressed in all black, wearing a black coat and a baseball hat. The surveillance video also shows a shop customer standing near the checkout counter cowering to the ground as the thief wielded the shotgun.A few minutes prior, the suspect robbed another establishment in the 4000 block of Georgia Avenue, NW, police reported.Around 3:41 a.m., surveillance video recorded the unidentified man walking into another 7-Eleven holding a shotgun, where he demanded money and store merchandise, according to police reports.Police are offering a reward for up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.According to the police department, robberies in D.C. have decreased in the  last two years by 28 percent as of Feb. 21 with 330 robberies in the city in 2017 compared to 456 at the same time in 2016.In 2016, there were 3,000 robberies, a 13 percent decrease from the 2015 total of 3,447.Officials did not return comment on the robberies before press time.last_img read more

Everything You Need to Know About Cyber Insurance

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This story appears in the July 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » 3 min read July 9, 2015 Q: Do I need cyber insurance for my business?A: You must be asking because you think your business is too small to attract criminals. In fact, when it comes to cyber theft, size doesn’t matter, according to Christine Marciano, president of insurance brokerage Cyber Data Risk Managers in Princeton, N.J. She says hackers are looking for businesses of any size with valuable customer data they can steal and sell on the black market. Hence the need for cyber insurance—coverage that can include data theft or loss, network intrusions, information-security breaches and lost income due to system downtime. It’s available for first- and third-party losses, which means that if your business has customer or vendor relationships and processes customer-sensitive (nonpublic) information, you need it.We asked Marciano to give us the lowdown.Doesn’t my current insurance cover cyber breaches?Review your policies—especially the exclusions—and you’ll likely find that your traditional commercial general liability won’t respond to a cyber or data breach claim. And the last thing you want to do is handle a cyber attack or data breach alone. Cyber insurance can provide coverage for regulatory defense, penalties and fines.Penalties? Fines? How does that happen? Most states have laws requiring companies to notify individuals of security breaches involving their personally identifiable information. Regulators such as the FCC and FTC can assess fines and penalties against a company for a data-security breach that affects consumers’ sensitive, personal information. An example from April: The FCC handed AT&T a $25 million fine for a data breach that affected 280,000 customers.Gulp. how much does cyber insurance cost? Like any insurance, premiums vary by insurer and type of coverage selected. They can start at $850 a year for a $1 million aggregate policy for a small, sole-proprietor business and climb to seven figures for midsize to large companies that require coverage limits of $300 million or more.Anything I can do to whittle down those premiums? The Internet Security Alliance, in coordination with insurer AIG, has a helpful guide to best practices that need to become part of a company’s culture. Such practices can help reduce the cost of purchasing a cyber insurance policy. Go to AIG.com and download their whitepapers on managing cyber risk and maintaining “good cyber hygiene.” Among the tips: eliminate unnecessary data, regularly change passwords, avoid sharing logins and passwords, update software immediately and audit user accounts on a regular basis. If you can document that these policies are in place and followed consistently, you may see a break on your premiums—it all depends on the value of the data your business holds. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

The Golang team has started working on Go 2 proposals

first_imgYesterday, Google engineer Robert Griesemer published a blog post highlighting the outline of the next steps for Golang towards the Go 2 release. Google developer Russ Cox started the thought process behind Go 2 in his talk at GopherCon 2017. The talk was about the future of Go and pertaining to the changes that were talked about, the talk was informally called Go 2. A major change between the two versions is in the way design and changes are influenced. The first version only involved a small team but the second version will have much more participation from the community. The proposal process started in 2015, the Go core team will now work in the proposals for the second version of the programming language. The current status of Go 2 proposals As of November 2018, there are about 120 open issues on GitHub labeled Go 2 proposal. Most of them revolve around significant language or library changes often not compatible with Go 1. The ideas from the proposals will probably influence the language and libraries of the second version. Now there are millions of Go programmers and a large Go code body that needs to be brought together without an ecosystem split. Hence the changes done need to be less and carefully selected. To do this, the Go core team is implementing a proposal evaluation process for significant potential changes. The proposal evaluation process The purpose of the evaluation process is to collect feedback on a small number of select proposals to make a final decision. This process runs in parallel to a release cycle and has five steps. Proposal selection: The Go core team selects a few Go 2 proposals that seem good to them for acceptance. Proposal feedback: After selecting, the Go team announces the selected proposals and collects feedback from the community. This gives the large community an opportunity to make suggestions or express concerns. Implementation: The proposals are implemented based on the feedback received. The goal is to have significant changes ready to submit on the first day up an upcoming release. Implementation feedback: The Go team and community have a chance to experiment with the new features during the development cycle. This helps in getting further feedback. Final launch decision: The Go team makes the final decision on shipping each change at the end of the three-month development cycle. At this time, there is an opportunity to consider if the change delivers the expected benefits or has created any unexpected costs. When shipped, the changes become a part of the Go language. Proposal selection process and the selected proposals For a proposal to be selected, the minimum criteria are that it should: address an important issue for a large number of users have a minimal impact on other users is drafted with a clear and well-understood solution For trials a select few proposals will be implemented that are backward compatible and hence are less likely to break existing functionality. The proposals are: General Unicode identifiers based on Unicode TR31 which will allow using non-Western alphabets. Adding binary integer literals and support for_ in number literals. Not a very big problem solving change, but this brings Go up to par with other languages in this aspect. Permit signed integers as shift counts. This will clean up the code and get shift expressions better in sync with index expressions and built-in functions like cap and len. The Go team has now started with the proposal evaluation process and now the community can provide feedback. Proposals with clear, positive feedback will be taken ahead as they aim to implement changes by  February 1, 2019. The development cycle is Feb-May 2019 and the chosen features will be implemented as per the outlined process. For more details, you can visit the Go Blog. Read next Golang just celebrated its ninth anniversary GoCity: Turn your Golang program into a 3D city Golang plans to add a core implementation of an internal language server protocollast_img read more