Amey extends wellbeing strategy

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Public and regulated services provider Amey has introduced new wellbeing initiatives to improve the health and wellbeing of its 21,000 members of staff.The new initiatives, provided by The Tonic and implemented from July, include health and wellbeing days, as well as health assessments, mindfulness training, and injury clinics. The initiatives build on Amey’s wider wellbeing programme, which offers both online and offline resources such as factsheets, top tips and podcasts.The programme also includes resilience workshops, a network of wellbeing champions and an organisation-wide healthy eating plan.Jana Mesarosova, HR manager at Amey said: “Investing in the wellbeing of our people is more important than ever, with an emphasis on helping colleagues feel motivated, engaged and healthy.“Amey’s wellbeing programme is simple; it seeks to improve performance by working together to create an environment where people are supported to perform to the best of their abilities.“The programme is very popular and usage has increased year on year since the launch, and has had a positive impact on overall employee engagement and absence rates.”last_img read more

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The top 10 most read stories in AprilMay 2016

first_imgThe most read stories online between 18 April and 10 May 2016:1. Uber agrees $84m settlement for employee status casesTaxi organisation Uber has agreed to a settlement for lawsuits that dispute the status of Uber drivers as independent contractors rather than employees. bit.ly/1T5ygD32. Deutsche Bank, Facebook and Google among top 10 highest-paying organisationsResearch by Glassdoor rounds up the 10 highest-paying organisations in the UK for 2016. bit.ly/27daUVB3. Swindon Town Football Club fined for auto-enrolment non-complianceThe football club has been fined £22,900 for not fulfilling its pensions auto-enrolment duties. bit.ly/1WoluW94. Staff given annual leave to enjoy Game of Thrones premiereEmployees at +rehabstudio’s London and Belfast offices were given an additional half day of holiday so they could stay up late to watch the episode as it aired in the US. bit.ly/1T5ziik5. EY launches return-to-work programmeThe EY Reconnect initiative will help individuals who have taken a career break to re-enter the workplace. bit.ly/1Nql1jr6. JLT achieves 18% engagement rate with car salary sacrifice schemeJardine Lloyd Thompson has seen 18% of eligible employees register interest in its car salary sacrifice scheme in the three months since its launch. bit.ly/1rFTnF97. 75% believe employers should proactively support staff health and wellbeingThree-quarters of employer respondents believe that organisations should proactively support employees to manage their health and wellbeing, according to research by Axa PPP Healthcare. bit.ly/1T5AzWF8. Benefex gains living wage accreditationThe employee benefits provider pays all 160 staff and third-party contractors at least the living wage rate of £8.25 an hour. bit.ly/1TzPLuN9. BHS pension scheme and liabilities under scrutiny from regulator and parliamentary committeeThe Work and Pensions Committee is investigating the Pension Protection Fund and how BHS’s pension liabilities may impact this. bit.ly/1Ylurgy10. 40% rank health insurance in their top three employee benefitsFour in 10 respondents rank health insurance among their top three most-valued employee benefits, compared to 37% in 2015, according to research by Willis PMI Group. bit.ly/23KFZePlast_img read more

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Total pay increases by 01 in real terms

first_imgTotal pay, including bonuses, increased by 0.1% in real terms in Great Britain between January-March 2016 and January-March 2017, according to research by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).Its UK labour market: May 2017 report, also found that regular pay, excluding bonuses, fell by 0.2% in real terms between January-March 2016 and January-March 2017. This is the lowest growth rate in Great Britain since 2014.In nominal terms, which have not been adjusted for consumer price inflation, total pay increased by 2.4% between January-March 2016 and January-March 2017. This is higher than the 2.3% growth rate recorded between December 2015-February 2016 and December 2016-February 2017.Regular pay in nominal terms increased by 2.1%, compared to a growth rate of 2.2% between the three months to February 2016 and the three months to February 2017.Average total pay, including bonuses, was £512 a week in nominal terms before tax and other deductions from pay for employees in Great Britain in March 2017. This compares to £500 a week in March 2016. Average regular pay, excluding bonuses, was £479 a week in March 2017, increasing from £469 a week in March 2016.In real terms, which have been adjusted for consumer price inflation, average total pay for employees in Great Britain was £497 a week in March 2017, before tax and other deductions from pay. Average regular pay in real terms, which excludes bonuses, was £465 a week before tax and other deductions from pay.Average total pay for employees in Great Britain, in nominal terms, increased by 34.8% between January 2005 and March 2017, rising from £380 a week to £512 a week. Over the same time period, the Consumer Price index, including owner occupiers’ housing costs (CPIH), increased by 31.2%.Gerwyn Davies, labour market adviser at the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD), said: “The overall employment figures are strong, with employment up and unemployment down to the lowest rate since 1975. However, that positive news is overshadowed by confirmation that real regular pay is now falling, with a 0.2% drop in the last three months.“The combination of rising inflation and poor productivity paints a grim picture for UK living standards. As well as hitting UK workers in their pockets, this fall in real regular pay also potentially puts at risk an economic recovery that has been reliant on strong consumer spending.”last_img read more

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Muckle Media launches enhanced flexible benefits and unlimited holiday

first_imgCreative public relations agency Muckle Media has this week (11 February 2019) launched an enhanced flexible benefits and unlimited holiday package for its Scotland-based employees.The new benefits have been introduced to coincide with Valentine’s Day, and as part of the organisation’s #LittleThings campaign; this aims to attract and retain the best talent within the industry, in addition to supporting Muckle Media’s goal of becoming an employer of choice.Nathalie Agnew, managing director at Muckle Media, said: “We believe that a happy team is a productive and creative one, which is why we are putting our team at the centre of our strategy and working towards becoming the best agency to work for in the UK.“We are all adults and believe that by removing rules and restrictions, our team will have a better life balance and, in turn, deliver more in the workplace.”The flexible benefits package provides employees with an employer-funded sum of money, equating to 20% of their annual salary, in addition to their normal pay. Employees can use this to select benefits such as private healthcare, enhanced employer pension contributions and cinema tickets. They can also choose to contribute to a social fund or match funding for charity fundraising.Staff will also have access to various health and wellbeing benefits, such as an employer-paid gym membership, free fruit in the office and mental health first aid training. The organisation will appoint two wellbeing ambassadors and have visiting speakers attend its offices, discussing topics such as yoga, mindfulness and nutrition.Agnew added: “At the centre of our #LittleThings campaign is a focus on mental wellbeing and healthy living, combined with a range of perks to help our team be stronger, smarter and happier, all while improving the world around us. I can’t wait to work with our teams in Edinburgh and Inverness to roll out these benefits and provide a positive and supportive workplace of the future.”Muckle Media has also introduced unlimited holiday for all employees who have completed their probation period. This has been designed to empower staff to choose how much time they take away from the workplace. Holiday days will need to be submitted through a system to be approved by line managers, with the proviso that there will be a set maximum for the number of people off at any one time.The unlimited holiday provision will be supported by a new flexible working policy; this enables staff to choose when and where they work, focusing on output rather than the number of hours spent at desks.The majority of the new benefits have launched this week, and Muckle Media plans to introduce the rest before 1 April 2019, allowing for time to consult with staff on the specifics. Consultations also took place prior to this week’s launch, including a ‘best place to work’ workshop. The organisation plans to have a similar event in March.Throughout the week, the new benefits programme is being communicated to employees using the theme of Valentine’s Day, with heart-shaped balloons, chocolate roses, cards and fruit being left on their desks. In addition, Muckle Media has used printed benefits packs to outline the details of the new schemes.As part of its approach to becoming an employer of choice, Muckle Media is currently rewriting all of its job descriptions in order to tailor roles to employees’ specialities, passions and ambitions, and is also reviewing its environmental policy.“It’s the little things that make a difference every day,” said Agnew. “Small changes to [an employee’s] working environment, diet and fitness regime can make huge changes to [their] health and wellbeing.“Little improvements, such as not using disposable plastic or remembering to recycle make a big difference to the planet. That’s why Muckle Media believes that the #LittleThings are important.”last_img read more

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4yearold girl dies after being thrown into Tampa river mother suspected

first_img“Unfortunately, at this point, there are more questions than there are answers,” said Dugan. “It’s the craziness of the world that we live in at times.”Authorities said Denson stole a gray Nissan Altima from a repair shop before driving to the river.A photo taken by a neighbor showed a woman wading in the middle of the river, slowly walking back to shore.It remains unclear whether the girl was already dead when she was thrown into the river.According to FOX13, police have charged Denson with first-degree murder.Officials are waiting for an autopsy to determine the cause of the child’s death.Authorities continue investigating the situation. TAMPA, FLA. (WSVN) – Officials said a 4-year-old girl died after she was thrown into the waters of a Tampa river.Tampa Police responded to the scene along the Hillsborough River, which runs through Downtown Tampa and retrieved the child, who was eventually pronounced dead, Thursday afternoon.“You can imagine we do have a few witnesses that called us, and they’re kind of shaken up a bit,” Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan said at the scene, “and so it’s a crazy scene that we are still unraveling many of the pieces.”In a matter of 30 minutes, dive teams discovered the child approximately 75 feet off shore and transported her to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.The child was believed to be with a woman that, police said, was her mother.“The mom is in custody, and right now we are sorting through to get answers,” said Dugan. “That’s why I say we believe it’s her child, but we are trying to piece this whole thing together.”Police took the woman into custody at a nearby location. She was later identified as 26-year-old Shakayla Denson. 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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2 hospitalized 1 detained after shooting in Miami

first_imgPolice continue to investigate.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Police are investigating a shooting in a Miami neighborhood that sent two men to the hospital and led officers to take one person into custody.According to City of Miami Police, the victims came under fire near Southwest 33rd Avenue and Sixth Street, at around 8 a.m., Sunday.Rescue crews transported both men to Jackson Memorial Hospital in unknown condition, one to Ryder Trauma Center and the other to the emergency room.Officials shut down Southwest Eighth Street between 34th and 35th avenues as well as Southwest Seventh Street between 33rd and 34th avenues for hours while they investigated.“We don’t know right now what the relationship is between the two, but we have detained one person, and he’s being questioned by our detectives at this point,” said Miami Police Office Kenia Fallat.The motive behind the shooting remains unclear.“There’s a lot that we’re still trying to see as to what happened here,” said Fallat. last_img read more

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AST Launches Annual Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over Holiday Campaign

first_imgAccording to a ‘Focused Enforcement’ state trooper dispatch, while the troopers are out to curb DUIs, they will also be on the lookout for additional driver behaviors that often contribute to fatal crashes, such as speeding and driving too fast for conditions. The Department of Public Safety reminds you that if you plan on partaking in alcohol during holiday festivities, don’t drive. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign is done annually around the holidays to encourage the motoring public to keep safety in mind and to prevent this time of year from turning tragic. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers will be conducting a high visibility enforcement effort, which started on December 13, and lasts until January 1.center_img You can make a REDDI report by calling 911 (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately). The focused enforcement by the Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers over the holiday is intended to prevent major injury and fatality crashes through enhanced enforcement.last_img read more

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Real Simple to Launch Spinoff

first_imgThe 160 page guide is divided into three sections—Your Plan, Your Ceremony and Your Reception—and features strategies for creating a budget, choosing a location, assembling the guest list and managing the wedding party. Each section also features answers to 10 common questions, and comes with a pullout guide containing checklists and contact sheets.As part of a special promotion, the guide will be sold exclusively at Crate & Barrel stores through January 27. After that, it will be available at retail stores. The cover price is $12.95.Real Simple Weddings is part of a larger Real Simple initiative to expand its brand into other platforms, which already includes international editions, a syndicated newspaper column and a television show.Last year, Real Simple generated about $300 million in revenue, according to the latest PIB figures. The magazine had 2,090 ad pages, up about 15 percent from 1,814 in 2006. Real Simple magazine is taking its concept of making life more simple one step further by applying its wealth of practical life advice to an often daunting and expensive experience: planning a wedding. This month it launches its first-ever planning guide, Real Simple Weddings.“We wanted to do something that speaks to our readers. We’ve had a lot of interest from readers looking for tips how to save time and money on their wedding but still make it look expensive and gorgeous,” a Real Simple spokesperson tells FOLIO:. “People can spend a lot of time and money on a wedding when it can be made more simple.”last_img read more

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Demise of BtoB Media MA Greatly Exaggerated

first_imgDespite a subprime mortgage crisis that has rocked the credit market in the U.S., the demise of the media M+A market has been greatly exaggerated.So says the latest forecast from investment bank Berkery Noyes. Of the 30 M+A transactions the firm closed in 2007, most occurred in the fourth quarter—this after the “much ballyhooed implosion of the credit market,” according to the Berkery Noyes outlook.“We have seen no decline in buyer interest, market pricing or the availability of financing for b-to-b media and trade show/conference transactions valued at or less than $500 million,” the report states.Berkery Noyes points to Tech Target’s acquisition of KnowledgeStorm in November as an example of a major strategic buyer seeking an acquisition with a large upside for growth. “No one expects these aggressive, growth-minded strategic buyers to sit idly by while attractive properties are auctioned to other bidders.” The report also states that available private equity remains strong, with roughly $300 billion raised in 2007, up from $254 billion in 2006.The Burkle Chain FactorPressure on the magazine distribution chain has led to an aggressive consolidation strategy among publishers and retailers, according to Berkery Noyes. The premium now placed on newsstand real estate is squeezing the profit margins for publishers and lessening the risk for retailers—a big reason why supermarket magnate Ron Burkle [pictured] not only acquired distributor Source Interlink to control the channel, but spent $1 billion on Primedia’s enthusiast magazines to fill it.Says Berkery Noyes: “Now, one owner operates at each level of the vertical marketplace, from publisher to distributor to retailer.”last_img read more

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Bolstered by Digital Meredith Stabilizes

first_imgJudging by its 2014 fiscal first half earnings report, Meredith’s National Media Group is stabilizing as it continues to diversify its revenue streams and adapt to a changing marketplace.The publisher of brands like Better Homes & Gardens and Parents saw revenue increase slightly to $517 million, while operating profits rose 9 percent to $56 million. Profits had fallen close to 30 percent through the first six months of FY 2013. “We continue to enhance the vibrancy of our brands across platforms for consumers and advertisers alike,” says Tom Harty, president of the National Media Group, in a statement. “Our launch of Allrecipes magazine is a great example, as is the strong growth delivered by our brand licensing activities. Also, we’re pleased that Meredith Xcelerated Marketing grew revenues, and increased operating profit more than 35 percent in the second quarter.” The group’s total ad revenue declined 2 percent to $248 million in the first half, but the pace of those losses has slowed markedly—ad revenue dropped 9 percent in the same period last year—thanks to gains in digital advertising. Digital ad revenue was up 6 percent to $45 million, now accounting for 18 percent of total ad-related income.The company also notes that its consumer-habit tracking initiative, the Meredith Sales Guarantee program, has doubled the number of participating brands in its second full year. Meredith had 12 brands on board in its launch year.Circulation revenue stayed flat at $143 million, with the company crediting strong performance from its parenthood brands and the launch of Allrecipies.Meanwhile, Meredith’s Local Media Group saw revenue decline slightly due to an expected decline in cyclical political advertising dollars.Both units combined, Meredith’s revenue was down half a percentage point from the prior year period, landing at $710 million.last_img read more

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VentureBeat Beefs Up Edit Squad

first_imgCiting Google Analytics numbers, the company says traffic has grown 48 percent in the last year, topping out at around 7.5 million monthly uniques.That audience growth is driving the editorial expansion, says VentureBeat editor-in-chief Dylan Tweney, adding that over the next six months, the company will be increasing its commitment to breaking news and more feature-length content. “I’m looking forward to expanding our coverage of the tech industry,” he says. “The industry has been covered for too long by bloggers with dubious ethics and too much investment in the companies they write about. VB is taking a different path.”In July, VentureBeat revealed it’s developing a research report marketplace called VB Insight. The hub will provide research reports for sale, both from VB analysts as well as outside contributors who will be able to upload their reports for sale in an App Store-inspired model. VentureBeat keeps 30 percent of each user-submitted report sold. VentureBeat, the online business and tech publisher, has bolstered its edit team with a new managing editor and staff writers. The new hires come on the heels of a $2.6 million equity investment.Jennifer Tsao is the network’s new managing editor. Tsao held previous positions at 1UP Network, Electronic Gaming Monthly and Future U.S. Mark Sullivan and Ruth Reader have joined as staff writers, covering mobile and health tech and cybersecurity, respectively.last_img read more

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Lacking Systems for Collaboration Association Media Groups Miss Opportunities

first_imgPrev1 of 6NextUse your ← → (arrow) keys to browse “Sometimes, there is a wall three-feet-thick between the membership side and the publishing/commercial side of an organization,” says Dan Heffernan, VP and chief product officer for AdvantageCS. “They act as two different entities, and there is no communication between them. This results in poor member service and ineffective marketing.”  “The challenge within associations is that the association is not one business,” says one media director at a medical professional association. “Magazine publishing, fundraising, trade show management, membership development and retention, product development, public sector advocacy — the only thing these activities have in common is that they exist in service to the overall mission of the association.” Membership associations often comprise a diverse array of departments, each with their own objectives, budgets, and challenges, and media groups often shoulder the burden of being viewed as cost-centers, ancillary to the organization’s main revenue sources, yet tasked with wide-ranging responsibilities. But in a time in which breaking down the barriers that once existed between departments seems a universal imperative, informal collaboration may not be enough to overcome a culture of silos and isolation. “I think it’s getting better, but for a very long time, we often went along without knowing what other teams/departments were doing,” writes one respondent, a managing editor. “For that matter, I think some departments (though not mine) weren’t good at keeping other members of the same department informed as to what was going on.” Prev1 of 6NextUse your ← → (arrow) keys to browse “Lack of resources to develop effective programs, competition from our own members—who develop their own products and services—competition from commercial entities, too many legacy programs we don’t eliminate.” Perhaps most striking about the initial results is that only a slim minority (14.6 percent) attest that legacy structures and workflows do not impede organizational cohesion, with 36.7 percent stating that they do, and the remaining 48.7 percent acknowledging that they at least sometimes do. Another respondent, a communications director at a 100,000-member organization, is more frank. To learn more their biggest obstacles when it comes to cross-department collaboration, Folio: and AdvantageCS teamed up for a survey of editors, salespeople, and marketing and production staffers at association magazines large and small. The response rates to a few other questions shed some further light on just where and why that disconnect arises. For example, while just 19 percent of respondents acknowledge that critical economic drivers (e.g., membership dues, event registrations, ad sales) are integrated within their organizations and not segregated, a majority of respondents (59.5 percent) report that their organization lacks any workflow software designed to foster collaboration across departments, and only 56.3 percent report that their organization shares data across departments via a unified database. While the vast majority of respondents indicate that their own department’s goals generally align with those of the organization’s executive management, a disconnect emerges when asking respondents to characterize their organization, with more than half (51.9 percent) agreeing with a statement that begins, “We are frequently uncoordinated, with intra – and inter-departmental objectives diverging too often, lacking consistency and creating missing opportunities for growth.” Click through the slideshow for more of the survey’s findings. “Informal collaboration has worked best for us,” writes another respondent. “Breaking down silos and removing barriers to collaboration is the key underlying piece that is needed.” Asked what their recommendations would be to improve organizational coordination, most respondents advocate informal collaboration between departments through committees, followed closely by implementing better workgroup collaboration software. In the end, most respondents agree that while there is no replacement for open, effective, and respectful communication, but in an age of departmental integration, tighter budgets, and expanding responsibilities, organizations might consider investing in solutions to unify their business drivers and promote internal cohesion. “We continue to strive toward better communications and systems that will help us act more effectively and cohesively,” concludes another respondent. “[My team] works across many departments and balancing and prioritizing projects among them is the biggest challenge.” “Breaking down this wall, sharing data, and communicating about what the data means can revolutionize a member’s experience with the organization,” adds Heffernan. “It’s a siloed organization, and everyone has their own data,” writes a publications manager. “Membership has member data, Publications has author, editor, and reviewer data, Meetings has attendee, exhibitor, and presenter data, and so forth. Actually gathering and merging the data isn’t that challenging. The hard part is making sense of it and understanding the customer’s expectations. If you attend a meeting, is it okay for you to be contacted about membership opportunities? Everyone has different perspectives on that and what should be the primary goals.”last_img read more

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Panel Praises DODs Reliance on ThirdParty Financing for Energy Projects

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Senate Armed Services Committee applauds the military’s push to leverage private financing to supply its installations with energy produced from renewable or alternative sources, according to the panel’s report accompanying the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill.“The committee continues to be strongly supportive of the DOD’s efforts to enter into third party financed power purchase agreements (PPAs), which improve combat capability and provide energy resiliency for the military services along with the appropriate stewardship of taxpayer funding. Projects developed using PPAs and third party financing have little to no upfront cost to DOD, and the committee supports the adage that any project that saves money is money that can otherwise be spent on training and readiness,” the report says.The committee praised long-term deals that provide electricity at below-market rates “with the capability for islanded operations.” It also encouraged DOD to include microgrids in energy development projects to improve resiliency and mission assurance.The Senate is scheduled to vote Wednesday to start debate of the annual defense policy bill; the committee approved the bill May 12.The lawmakers singled out several projects, including a solar and wind project at Fort Hood, Texas, which is expected to save $168 million and produce 65 megawatts. It cited a biomass steam turbine generator financed through an energy savings performance contract that will support all of the electricity needs at Marines Corps Logistics Base Albany, Ga.The committee said it was “strongly supportive” of the Air Force’s newly created Office of Energy Assurance and its “plans to design cost-competitive energy projects to enhance resiliency.” The report highlighted several projects at Air Force installations intended to allow operations during grid outages, including a microgrid deployed to the Hawaii Air National Guard Wing; Nellis AFB, Nevada, which soon will have two solar arrays; and natural gas peaking plants at Tinker AFB, Okla., and Robins AFB, Ga.The report, S. Rpt. 114-255, is available on congress.gov.last_img read more

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DODs McMahon Expresses Support for DCIP at Defense Communities National Summit

first_img ADC AUTHOR Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment Robert McMahon addressed the 2019 Defense Communities National Summit Tuesday in a morning question-and-answer session.Below are a few highlights of McMahon’s remarks:On the Defense Community Infrastructure Program: “Conceptually it’s a very important program,” McMahon said. “If the funding is made available, then the question is how to go execute. There are infinite projects and a finite amount of money. It’s a DOD program that will be pursued if the funding comes through.”On Military Housing: “We need to look at military housing from a broad view of how we provide housing for all service members and in individual communities,” McMahon said. “Right now we’re focusing the those who live in privatized housing on installations. I agree with what Senator Inhofe said earlier that we ‘took our eye off the ball.’ I’m also proud of the military families that came forward and brought the attention to it that it deserves.”On BRAC: McMahon emphasized that in the current budget environment there are no new planned BRAC rounds, but that could change in the future. “You can make difference by talking to your garrison and installation commanders,” McMahon said. “What are you doing today to make sure you’re a gainer?” Thinking of things you can do to help installations is essential.”On ADC: “Thank you for what you do for your military installation and the support you provide to service members and families,” McMahon said. “If you have a military installation in your community, it’s important to remember it’s a privilege, not a right. Remember that it’s a competitive environment so you need to make the effort to do it right.”ADC photo by Will Noonanlast_img read more

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Aerosmith Announce Deuces Are Wild 2019 Las Vegas Residency

first_img Aerosmith Announce Deuces Are Wild 2019 Las Vegas Residency The GRAMMY-winning band’s Sin City stint will begin April 2019 at the MGMJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Aug 15, 2018 – 4:44 pm Aerosmith fans rejoice! The GRAMMY-winning band is headed to Las Vegas with their Deuces Are Wild Las Vegas Residency beginning April 2019 at the MGM. Email Facebook News center_img Aerosmith Announce 2019 Las Vegas Residency aerosmith-announce-deuces-are-wild-2019-las-vegas-residency Twitter “We’re taking Sin City by storm with our Deuces Are Wild Las Vegas Residency,” the band said of their 18-show announcement. Live Nation has said the residency is the “world’s first THX Certified live performance presented in L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound,” according to Billboard.Last fall, the band, whose song “Dream On” was a part of the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame class of 2018, canceled shows due to Steven Tyler’s health. The residency is the first set of consecutive performances since Tyler’s medical issues.Pre-sale tickets are on sale Aug. 16. Ticket prices begin just under $70. VIP meet and greet as well as a pre-show Q&As with the band are also available for fans who want a more intimate experience. For more information on purchasing tickets go to the Ticketmaster website.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”last_img read more

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How Secondhand Smoke At Venues Can Mean Instant Doom For Musicians

first_imgNews How Secondhand Smoke At Venues Can Mean “Instant Doom” For Musicians Musicians And The Risks Of Secondhand Smoke how-secondhand-smoke-venues-can-mean-%E2%80%9Cinstant-doom%E2%80%9D-musicians Email Twitter center_img Facebook Secondhand smoke contributes to the deaths of roughly 41,000 adults who don’t smoke and 400 infants each year, according to the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC). In terms of illness, secondhand smoke causes lung cancer, stroke and coronary heart disease in adults. According to the U.S. Department of Health And Human Services, employees are 20-30 percent more likely to get lung cancer if they are exposed to secondhand smoke in the workplace.Breathing in secondhand smoke has immediate effects too, even if only exposed during a short period of time. These effects include eye irritation, headaches, nausea, breathing difficulties and asthma attacks.Musicians who perform for even a few minutes or up to several hours become especially vulnerable to all effects. For many of them the choice comes down to working or not.In 2002, an Allegro article documenting New York City’s fight to get smoke free in restaurants, bars, nightclubs and other workspaces described how secondhand smoke effects musicians:”One of the points musicians made was that when playing an instrument, particularly in the horn section, a musician is required to breathe in additional oxygen. And all musicians physically exert themselves during a performance. This exertion increases their breathing rate and increases their exposure to secondhand smoke.”More recently in Oklahoma, local musicians rallied together with Free The Night to share the ways smoking affects them on stage. “It’s just difficult sometimes to be performing for 30, 45 to an hour sometimes whenever you have to fight through cigarette smoke,” said hip hop artist Jabee.Music duo, Desi and Cody, have several reasons why they want to perform in a smoke-free environment. “We can’t perform very many nights in a row in a smoke full environment because we lose our voices,” said Cody”It’s instant doom for me,” Desi added. “I’m like ‘Oh, great’ I’m going to get a sinus infection and I’m, going to have to be on antibiotics.”So, if it’s clear how badly smoke hurts musicians and entertainers, why won’t anyone do something about it at places that still allow smoking? One of the biggest arguments is it would bring down business. But that’s not true according to Gallup, a research-based consulting company. Their 2005 survey concluded that a majority of Americans favor smoke-free places. Additional research from American Cancer Society shows that business is not negatively affected by smoke-free bars and restaurants.The CDC says separating smokers and non-smokers won’t stop people from breathing secondhand smoke. Opening windows or using air filters won’t help either.A smoke-free environment that is healthy for everyone can happen. Major cities like Austin, Texas Branson, Mo., Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City that are smoke-free cities and also major music hubs, are examples of thriving economies.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Studies show that musicians in nightclub environments may be exposed to a higher concentration of secondhand tobacco smoke than some other occupational groupsJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Sep 6, 2018 – 6:19 pm For many kinds of workers, secondhand smoke might be a hazard in the workplace. But for musicians, substantial exposure to secondhand smoke can happen at any venue or public space they are performing in that allows smoking.  Across the country, artists and musicians who work or perform in bars, casinos and other venues that are not completely smoke-free are vulnerable. Studies show that musicians in nightclub environments may be exposed to a higher concentration of secondhand tobacco smoke than some other occupational groups.last_img read more

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POLICE LOG for May 9 Lynn Man Arrested House Broken Into Lawn

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Wednesday, May 9, 2018:Ludwin O. Xiloj Castro (24, Lynn) was arrested for Unlicensed Operation Of Motor Vehicle and Speeding In Violation Of A Posted Special Regulation. Castro was pulled over at Woburn Street and Hathaway Road. (6:13am)Police assisted with a vehicle lockout at Windsor Place of Wilmington. (7:29am)A Bailey Road caller reported his son’s vehicle was struck sometime overnight while parked on the street. (8:26am)A Butters Row caller reported locating a silver purse in the roadway in front of her house. (8:42am)A Blanchard Road resident reported their lawn mower was stolen. (8:51am)Animal Control Officer spoke with dog owner about having a child inside the fenced area of the dog park. (11:58am)Police assisted with the High School’s Mock Car Crash. (12:57pm)A caller reported the driver of a gray 2012 Honda Civic was operating erratically and may have caused an accident on 93. He also struck a railroad crossing sign on Concord Street. State Police responded and took custody of operator. Vehicle was towed. (1:45pm)A Pineview Road caller reported a deceased coyote in their yard. Animal Control Officer responded. Deceased animal was a possum. (2:33pm)A party turned in a pellet gun at the station for destruction. (4:09pm)A Stone Street caller reported her dog got a hold of a baby bunny and injured it. Police referred caller to Wilmington Wild Things and Mass Vet Hospital in Woburn. (4:38pm)A Martens Street caller believes her house was broken into. They came home to their slider open and their cat missing. (10:30pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 18: 2 Vehicles With Same License Plate; Statue Missing From Wildwood CemeteryIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 23: Break-Ins on Ballardvale Street; Ride-On Lawn Mower vs. Parked Car; Erratic DriverIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 22: Evicted Tenant Leaves Behind Cat; Driver Issued Summons; Kids Playing Ding Dong DitchIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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Cussing rescue parrot forges sweet Amazon Alexa friendship

first_img Animals behaving badly amuse the internet Tech-savvy parrot sounds off with pitch-perfect ‘OK, Google’ beep Parrot named ‘Einstein’ makes perfect sci-fi sound effects Enlarge ImageRocco has quite the vocabulary. National Animal Welfare Trust Rocco the African grey parrot doesn’t have the usual sort of G-rated animal rescue story. The stray bird came into the care of the National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT) charity in the UK in late 2017 and soon showed his love of swear words. Rocco has since developed a charming new habit: talking to an Amazon Alexa Echo assistant.NAWT says Rocco caused “a few issues initially in the office, by swearing regularly and throwing his water bowl around.” Staff member Marion Wischnewski adopted the cute troublemaker anyway. The rescue group wants everyone to know Rocco was not kicked out of the shelter, but that he needed a special foster situation due to his bad language.NAWT reported on Friday that Rocco has “fallen in love” with Wischnewski’s Alexa device. Have you heard? Rocco the parrot is a huge @KingsOfLeon fan and uses his owners’ Amazon Echo to play their songs so he can have a boogie! 😂😂 https://t.co/rCGpLaRoso— Charity: NAWT (@NAWT_updates) December 18, 2018 Alexa Amazon 2 Impressive parrots Random 11 Photos Share your voice Wischnewski told The Sun she has to check her Amazon shopping list and cancel items the bird has ordered. NAWT says he’s attempted to shop for treats, including strawberries, watermelon, raisins and ice cream. Despite his dirty vocabulary and passion for Amazon shopping, Wischnewsi says “he loves to dance and has the sweetest personality.” She sometimes comes home to him playing romantic music through the Echo. He’s also into rock band Kings of Leon. NAWT has been surprised by Rocco’s newfound internet stardom. The group hopes the parrot’s amusing story will inspire people to adopt available pets, including the organization’s other rescue birds, which don’t know any swear words.African grey parrots are known for their intelligence and ability to reason like a 3-year-old human. One particularly famous parrot named Alex demonstrated remarkable math and language skills, so it’s not too surprising Rocco could figure out how to get along with Alexa. First published Dec. 14, 10:52 a.m. PT. Update, Dec. 19 at 9:32 a.m. PT:  Added updates from the rescue group.  CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.’Hello, humans’: Google’s Duplex could make Assistant the most lifelike AI yet. Tags Commentslast_img read more

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Google Assistant expands to a billion devices and 80 countries

first_imgJames Martin/CNET As CES 2019 was getting underway, Google touted some impressive growth for its Google Assistant in 2018. The search giant released Google Assistant in 2016 to compete with Amazon’s Alexa voice-activated virtual assistant. When it debuted, Google Assistant was limited to the original Google Home smart speaker and the company’s Pixel phone. On Monday, Google announced that its Assistant is expected to hit the mark of 1 billion devices this month. That number includes smart speakers, smart displays, phones, headphones and more. Google Assistant’s army of gadgets has also spread itself across the globe. Devices are available in 80 countries and 30 languages — up from 14 countries and eight languages at the beginning of 2018. It turns out 2018 was a productive year for Google in the smart home as well, with the company adding a number of useful features to the Assistant such as touch controls in the app and on smart displays. Google will try to build on this momentum at CES this week with a huge expected presence.  0 $79 3:59 Google Home Check out all the smart home products at CES 2018 (so far) See It Google Assistant Amazon Google CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Preview • For your consideration: Google Home seeks employment as your family’s Rosie the robot CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $69 Now playing: Watch this: Smart Home Tags See Itcenter_img Walmart Mentioned Above Google Home How To • Make Google Home get your groceries The first 5 things to do with a new Google Home speaker CES 2019 CNET Smart Home Review • Google Home is better than ever, but you probably shouldn’t buy it News • Black Mirror season 5 has three new trailers to stress you out today Google’s announcement comes as its rivalry with Amazon continues to heat up. Last week, the e-commerce giant said 100 million Alexa-enabled devices have been sold so far. Both of the figures by Amazon and Google don’t tell the whole story, though. For example, Google’s 1 billion Assistant devices also include Android phones, which come with the software already installed by default. The Assistant is a major part of Google’s growth going forward, especially as people do less of their searching on desktop computers and directly on Google’s iconic homepage. CEO Sundar Pichai has repeatedly said the company is going all out on artificial intelligence.But when it comes to market share for smart speakers — the gateway to the smart home for many consumers — Google still needs to catch up. Amazon’s Echo devices dominate the world of smart speakers, with 73 percent of the market. Google’s Home devices come in second with 24 percent, according to a report by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, though the research firm notes Google is “making strides.”Google has been trying to drum up enthusiasm for the Assistant at CES. The company plastered the words “Hey Google” — one of the trigger phrases for the Assistant — over one of the main entrances of the Las Vegas Convention Center, as well as on the city’s monorail.  $99 See it Share your voice Post a comment 56 Photos Crutchfieldlast_img read more

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