In a Bid to Change the Conversation The CPA Journal Goes OpenAccess

first_img After 85 years of exclusive availability to the New York State Society of CPA’s, The CPA Journal — the Society’s monthly publication — has decided to open things up to the public with the launch of a revamped “I wanted to set my own direction,” Kravitz continues. “I gave Joanne a plan of what I wanted to do and she was open to it, which was wonderful.” Should the website be reserved for members only, and promoted as a benefit of joining the association? Should it be open-access, positioned to bring in new readers and convert them to membership? Should it serve as an advocate for the industry- or profession-at-large, informing the general public in a way that dovetails with the association’s mission? “It’s not because of an advertising perspective, but because those are the next generation of accounting professionals. Those are the people who I want to inspire to become one of us. We don’t have pencils in our pockets anymore. It’s a different world.” “The Journal is still considered the number-one member benefit of the State Society,” Kravitz adds, “but I think we’re strong enough to accept that if [the content] is given away for free, that it won’t hurt us. Also, there’s a reputational capital gain as a result.” Therein lies a major benefit of opening things up. Kravitz is specifically targeting what he calls the 18 – 34 demo over concerns that young people aren’t flocking to the accounting profession in the numbers they once were.  To that end — in addition to infusing the traditionally New York-centric publication with a more national focus — Kravitz aims to highlight inspiring figures from the world of accounting. Members of the New York-based Society still receive the print magazine as a members-only perk, most of which does not end up being published online, but a suite of new content initiatives — including ten new columns from figures Kravitz describes as “national leaders on specific topics” — are now available online each month to anyone who wishes to access them. According to Rick Kravitz, who’s served as editor-in-chief of the Journal since his arrival three years ago, it’s simply a logical move. “CPA’s are the most trusted business professionals, and their responsibility is to the public,” Kravitz tells Folio:. “So it’s a natural extension that we should make the publication available to the public. If you look at the June issue, it won’t bore you to death. It’s about drones and robots and artificial intelligence and deep learning. It’s stuff that I think the public, and especially the business public, will find tremendously interesting.”center_img It’s all part of an effort to liven up the content and make it relevant to CPA’s and non-accountants alike — something Kravitz views as a reflection of the modern profession. “Ninety-three million Americans own stock in American companies through their 401K’s, but not one of them votes for the CEO, for the board of directors, for their stock compensation,” he says. “Absent a CPA who says, ‘Wait a minute, guys. Your numbers are fake,’ no amount of regulation is ultimately going to protect the public.” One such content initiative is a new video series called “Voices of the Profession,” consisting of interviews with leaders in the field and reflections on what the accounting profession means to them. In a similar vein, a February narrative, “It’s Amazing What CPA’s Can Do,” told the story of MiaoLing Lin, who went from farmer’s daughter in a rural Taiwanese village to partner at New York City’s Koch Group & Co.  To gate or not to gate? That is the age-old question — especially for publishers within membership associations — when it comes to positioning digital content.  “When I came on board, 80 percent of our articles were written by academics,” Kravitz continues. “Today, I reject probably 80 to 90 percent of them. It’s just not meaningful anymore. We still accept some, but they have to be the best.” Another change, says Kravitz, has meant aggressively soliciting articles where, previously, submissions sufficed. Kravitz credits mentors, like accounting icon Sidney Kess, both with contributing his own perspectives to the Journal and identifying other new and dynamic writers. Additionally, a new partnership with Thomson Reuters stocks regular email newsletters with the latest headlines. When all is said and done, Kravitz says he hopes to bring new awareness to the public about the vital role CPA’s play and how the profession affects everyone. As with any decision to open up what was formerly gated, the shift runs the risk of undermining the Society’s efforts to attract new members, but Kravitz credits the Society’s executive director, Joanne Barry, with giving him the freedom to take such a dramatic step.last_img read more

Graft trial against Moudud Mosharraf to continue

first_imgMoudud Ahmed and Khandaker Mosharraf HossainThe Supreme Court on Monday rejected the petitions of BNP leaders Moudud Ahmed and Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain seeking review of its verdict for continuing trial proceedings against them in two graft cases.A three-member Appellate Division bench, headed by chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, passed the order.With the apex court order, there is no bar to continue the trial proceedings of the cases filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission against them, said ACC lawyer M Khurshid Alam Khan.Advocate AJ Mohammad Ali argued for Moudud Ahmed while lawyer Moudud Ahmed led the hearing for Khandaker Mosharraf and Khurshid Alam Khan represented the ACC.On 16 September 2007, the ACC filed a case against Moudud with Gulshan police station on charge of amassing wealth of Tk 9.04 million from beyond known sources.The graft watchdog filed the other case against Mosharraf with Ramna police Station on 10 January 2008 for acquiring illegal wealth of Tk 120 million.Moudud and Mosharraf filed separate petitions to the High Court to repeal the cases after the ACC pressed charges against the two BNP leaders in 2008.In 2012, the High Court turned down their petitions to quash the trial proceedings.On 21 May 2014, the SC turned down the pleas of Moudud Ahmed and Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain to quash the trial proceedings against them in two graft cases.Later, the two BNP leaders filed the review petitions.last_img read more

50000 marooned in Kurigram

first_imgMany villages in Bhogdanga union of Kurigram district sadar gone under Dharla river water. Prothom Alo file photoThousands of people have been marooned as the water level in the Brahmaputra, Teesta, Dharla and Dudhkumar rivers swelled further on Friday due to the onrush of water from hills and incessant rainfall for the last few days in Kurigram, reports UNB.Local said low-lying areas in 25 unions under Sadar, Bhurungamari and Nageshwari upazilas were flooded, leaving 50,000 people marooned.Officials at Bangladesh Water Development Board said the Dharla river was flowing 28cm above its danger level.Also, the water level in the Brahmaputra went up by 35cm, while in Dudhkumar by 32cm and in Teesta 25cm during the last 24 hours.Meanwhile, 10 villages in Sadar upazila went under water after a dam in Halokhana Sarodoba area collapsed.last_img read more

Book on Lata Mangeshkar A Musical Journey out in January

first_img“The book has been written by one of Hindi literature’s most respected poets and authors, Yatindra Mishra, with the full co-operation of Lata ji. It will be translated by Sahitya Akademi Award winning author Ira Pande,” Penguin Random House said in a statement today.The book Lata Mangeshkar: A Musical Journey is based on an exclusive and long-running series of interviews which Mishra has had with Mangeshkar over several years.It contains little known facts intertwined with the story of her life in music, struggles, successes and her reign as the Queen of Hindi music from the 1940s to the present day. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Meru Gokhale, Editor-in-Chief of Literary Publishing says: “This is one of the most exciting and ambitious projects we have ever taken on. Everyone at Penguin Random House couldn’t be prouder to be able to publish a book about a figure as loved and celebrated as Lata Mangeshkar. We hope her fans and admirers in India and all over the world will be as thrilled by this book as we are.” Yatindra Mishra, the author, says “It is a dream come true! Lata ji has been an iconic figure for me as she has been for millions in South Asia. For me, it is a great achievement to have shared her memories.”last_img read more

Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

first_imgHello and welcome to StokeonTrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Thursday, May 23. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. 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Key EventsPolice arrest woman after body found at Stoke-on-Trent house11:0720:11A500 slip-road closed18:45A34 Trent ValeTraffic returned to normal on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). 18:33Thieves steal coffee table, chair, & even a metal heron from beauty spotThieves have managed to gain access to a popular Staffordshire Moorlands beauty spot swiping a range of items from the busy gardens.The callous criminals access Biddulph Grange Gardens overnight between yesterday and today (May 23) stealing more than £600 worth of goods from the attraction.Read more.18:12Smallthorne trafficHeavy traffic on A5272 Hanley Road / High Lane around Moorland Road (Smallthorne Roundabouts).17:58Railway delays Possible delays on West Midlands Railway due to passenger illness at Witton.17:31M6 reopened17:30Porthill Road Usual congestion on A527 Porthill Road at A500 D Road / Longbridge Hayes Road / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank).17:25Chell Street busyHeavy traffic on A5272 Chell Street at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). Travel time is four minutes.17:25Leek Road slowUsual slow traffic on A52 Leek Road in both directions at A50 Lichfield Street (Joiners Square). 17:25A50 Victoria Road, FentonUsual slow traffic on A50 Victoria Road at A5007 City Road. 16:46Lane closure on M6 in StaffordshireOne lane closed and queuing traffic due to broken down tanker on M6 Northbound between Stafford Services and J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent). In the roadworks area. Lane one (of three) is closed. Traffic was already slow following a separate break down earlier. Stafford Services is located between J14 and J15.15:57Heavy traffic on the D RoadHeavy traffic on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15.15:57Werrington Road slowUsual congestion on A52 Werrington Road Westbound before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights).15:57A50 westbound A50 Westbound busy but moving from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout).15:36Congleton Road congestionUsual congestion on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). Travel time is five minutes.15:30Advanced traffic warning Advance Warning – M6 Northbound closed due to resurfacing work during the night from J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent) to J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe). Between 9pm and 6am Mondays to Sundays from 9pm on the 1st to 6am on June 2.15:20Breakdown on the M6 One lane closed and heavy traffic due to broken down lorry on M6 Southbound from J19 A556 (Knutsford) to J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). Lane one (of four) is closed. 15:06Porthill Road congestionUsual congestion on A527 Porthill Road at A500 D Road / Longbridge Hayes Road / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). 14:52Victoria Road congestionUsual congestion on A50 Victoria Road at A5007 City Road. 14:41Lane closure on the M6 in StaffordshireOne lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound between J14 A34 (Stafford North) and J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent). Traffic is coping well. In the roadworks area. Lane one (of three) is closed.13:30Queues on D-RoadQueuing traffic on A500 D Road Southbound around A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). Travel time is four minutes.12:18Afternoon weather…There’s plenty of fine weather this afternoon for #OutdoorClassroomDay; don’t forget the sun cream if you’re going to be out in the strong sunshine for long ☀️@OutdoorClassUKI— Met Office (@metoffice) May 23, 201912:17Speed enforcement on the A500Little bit of speed enforcement on the A500 today. So far not many have been over the limit. Great to see. #slowdownitssunny #fatal4 #sunsoutsoarecmpg #livetoseethesummer #50isplentyonthea500— CMPG (@CMPG) May 23, 201911:53Busy at Porthill BankA500 D Road Southbound busy but moving around A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). 11:08Slow traffic in Leek Slow traffic on A520 St Edward Street in both directions at A53 Broad Street. 11:07KEY EVENTPolice arrest woman after body found at Stoke-on-Trent housePolice investigating the sudden death of a womanMore here10:07Busy in LongportHeavy traffic on Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. Travel time is six minutes. 09:43Lanes open on M6Lanes 3 of 3 are all open now on the #M6 Southbound between J6 #SpaghettiJunction to J5 #CastleBromwich due to a broken down vehicle. #TrafficOfficers on the hardshoulder now with the broken down vehicle.— Highways England (@HighwaysWMIDS) May 23, 201909:18Queues in Etruria Road Queuing traffic on A53 Etruria Road in both directions from A52 Ryecroft (Jubilee roundabout) to A500 D Road (Basford Roundabout). 09:09Lane closure on M6 further south…Lane 1 (of 4) is closed on the #M6 Southbound between J6 #SpaghettiJunction to J5 #CastleBromwich due to a broken down vehicle. #TrafficOfficers on scene— Highways England (@HighwaysWMIDS) May 23, 2019last_img read more