Magazines Wrestle with Future Business Model

first_imgAsked what the ideal revenue mix would be in the next few years, Kelly and Sareyan both said they want to reach a 40 or 50 percent mix between e-media and print. Carrigan said IDG is already there. “We’re already in a space, in digital, where the advertising is bigger than print ever was,” he said. “We’re seeing an expansion in digital. We’ll manage print as best we can.”“We’d like 50 percent,” Sareyan said. “But ad pages remain very important and they often lead an integrated buy.”But how do you build a business when you’re putting in more money than you’re getting out? Carrigan said it’s about creating programs that drive leads, rather than sell eyeballs. “There’s no reason why worldwide magazine brands shouldn’t drive very high CPMs,” he said. And a strong database is critical for that, he added. “Marketers are willing to pay dearly for qualified leads.”Kelly pointed out that Amex Publishing is owned by American Express—which has one of the largest databases in the world—and is partnered with Time Inc. “I spend a lot of my time trying to tap into that database, and tying into all the things we can do for marketers,” he said. “The whole 360-degree approach is an area where we’ve had a lot of success.”Social networks remain a distinct challenge for publishers. “There are things to generate revenue directly and there is indirect revenue,” Carrigan said. “We try to get people to do one more thing on our Web sites and then sell against that.”“We’re only dipping toes in the water,” Sareyan admitted. Kelly said: “I’m letting American Express figure it out and share their learnings with us.” Moderator Jack Myers, Amex Publishing CEO Ed Kelly, IDG CEO Bob Carrigan and Meredith EVP Andy Sareyan (photo: Doug Goodman) SAN FRANCISCO—The magazine industry can’t afford to have a “protectionist” strategy about businesses that are not growing, and instead should manage them for profit and apply resources to growing areas of the business, IDG CEO Bob Carrigan told attendees at the American Magazine Conference here Monday. In a wide-ranging conversation under the banner “Reshaping the Model for Magazines,” Carrigan—who unlike fellow panelists Amex Publishing CEO Ed Kelly and Meredith EVP Andy Sareyan is an executive in b-to-b and in the tech sector—seemed to be more e-centric than either Kelly or Sareyan. last_img read more

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Ft Bragg Airlift Wing May Not Earn Reprieve Airmen Say

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Fort Bragg’s 440th Airlift Wing may not be saved after all, according to members of the Air Force Reserve unit based at the installation’s Pope Field.The airmen say they expect the Air Force to announce shortly that it will inactive the wing by the end of the fiscal year, reported the Fayetteville Observer.A spokeswoman for the 440th, however, said no official announcement has come down from headquarters.The Air Force first proposed deactivating the 440th as a cost-cutting move two years ago in its fiscal 2015 budget request, but last month North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis (R) told the Observer that Air Force officials were considering a compromise that would satisfy the Army’s airborne training requirements at Fort Bragg. Tillis successfully added a provision to last year’s defense authorization bill requiring the Air Force to consult with the Army over its plan to dismantle the unit.Tillis and much of the state’s congressional delegation been fighting the Air Force’s plan say dismantling the airlift wing would hinder the ability of airborne units at the post to quickly deploy to global hotspots.“For years, bureaucrats at the Pentagon have embarked on a reckless and short-sighted pursuit to shutter the 440th Airlift Wing, even though it would negatively impact America’s Global Response Force during national emergencies,” Tillis said. “The most disappointing aspect of the Pentagon’s secretive process is how disrespectful it is to the Fayetteville community and the airborne soldiers, airmen and families at Fort Bragg who have a deep personal stake in this decision,” the senator said.The Air Force has been drawing down the number of personnel in the 440th over the past two years. Its staffing has fallen below 700 airmen and civilians, down from 1,200 earlier.last_img read more

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STATE REP RACE QA Pina Prinzivalli Discusses Economic Development Opioid Epidemic

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the seven candidates running in contested primaries for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).Below, in her own words, are the responses to this week’s questions from candidate Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury).#7) What will you do as State Representative to help individuals and families in Tewksbury, Wilmington and beyond who are struggling as a result of the opioid epidemic? As State Representative I will be compassionate and understanding to help families and individuals who are struggling with the opioid epidemic, while being tough on those who are pushing this poison on our streets.The families I’ve spoken to over the course of the past 8 months want better access to affordable and successful treatment facilities.  They also want to see dealers punished with longer prison sentences.  Throughout my campaign, I’ve been working very closely with Representative Geoff Diehl (R-Whitman), who is also a candidate for U.S. Senate.  Recently, Geoff Diehl released “HOPE,” his Comprehensive and Compassionate Plan for fighting the opioid epidemic when he becomes Senator.  I invite the community to read more about at https://diehlforsenate.com/issues/opioid-addictionWhen Geoff and I our elected to our respective positions in November, I will have a positive and effective working relationship with both Geoff and other elected officials in the State House to advocate for bringing more federal funding to Massachusetts and the 19th Middlesex District so we can finally give families and our community the help they need.#8) What will you do as State Representative to help attract and maintain small and large businesses in Wilmington and Tewksbury? Do you consider yourself a business-friendly candidate? Why?I want to be a best friend for businesses.  As State Representative, I would have voted against the recent passage of the “Grand Bargain” bill.  Unfortunately, this bill isn’t going to help attract and maintain small and large businesses anytime soon and could prove quite costly in the long run.  I want Government off the backs of those who are the lifeblood and job producers in our community.(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com and it may be asked in a future Q&A or in a debate.)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… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: State Rep. Jim Lyons (Tewksbury’s Other State Rep) Endorses PrinzivalliIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Prinzivalli Pledges To Opt Out Of Pension SystemIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Voting Records Show Prinzivalli Voted Only Once Before Launching Candidacy; Campaign DisputesIn “Government”last_img read more

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Former VW Group Chairman Ferdinand Piëch dies at 82

first_img Share your voice Enlarge ImageGodspeed, Herr Piëch. Volkswagen Ferdinand Piëch, who oversaw Volkswagen Group for much of the modern era, has died at the age of 82.News of the former executive’s death first broke Monday evening via local German reports. VW Group released a statement on Tuesday confirming Piëch’s passing. “On behalf of all 660,000 employees, the Supervisory Board and the Management Board express their sincere coundolescense to the family and pay tribute to Piëch’s great service to Volkswagen, the Group brands, and the development of the automobile as a whole,” the statement read.Current VW Group Chairman Hans-Dieter Pötsch said the late executive has “written automotive history — as a passionate manager, ingenious engineer and a visionary entrepreneur. Since the 1960s, he has significantly shaped the development of the automobile, pushing forward the entire industry and above all Volkswagen, transforming the company into a global mobility group.”Finally, VW CEO Herbert Diess added, “Above all, Ferdinand Piëch brought quality and perfection down to the last detail in the automotive industry, deeply anchoring it in the Volkswagen DNA. I look with gratitude and great respect at his life’s work.”According to a report from German newspaper Bild, via Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the former VW Group Chairman collapsed at a restaurant on Sunday evening during a trip to Upper Bavaria. He was transported to Rosenheim Hospital where he reportedly passed away. What caused Piëch to collapse is unknown and VW’s official statement did not mention the executive’s cause of death.Piëch, the son of Ferdinand Porsche’s daughter Louise, spent nearly his whole life holding posts within VW Group. His engineering career began at Porsche before then-CEO Ferry Porsche ordered his dismissal along with all other family members from the company. He moved to Audi before heading up VW Group as its CEO from 1993 to 2002. Following his CEO role, he became VW Group chairman and retired from the position in 2015. Famously, Piëch stopped a hostile takeover of VW by Porsche in 2008. Following former Porsche chairman Wendelin Wiedeking’s announcement that he intended to acquire 75% of VW shares during the course of 2009, Piëch swooped in. Combined with fallout from the global financial crisis of 2008, Piëch swayed outside investors, whom Wiedeking had courted, to not fund the takeover. Porsche creditors called in loans and sent Porsche into financial crisis. In the end, it was VW that acquired Porsche. 2019 Genesis G90 review: Luxury’s most screaming deal? News • 2019 Volkswagen Arteon is pricey, starting from $36,840 2019 Arteon is Volkswagen’s stylish flagship Originally published Aug. 26.Update, Aug. 27: Adds statement from VW Group. 2019 Ford F-150 review: Popular pickup keeps on truckin’ Preview • 2019 Volkswagen Arteon first drive: Flagship fastback feels familiar Review • 2019 Volkswagen Arteon review: VW’s CC followup is more than just a carbon copy Checking the tech in the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon 0 More From Roadshow Volkswagen Porsche Post a comment More about 2019 Volkswagen Arteon Car Industry 33 Photos 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus review: A better EV, but maybe not the best Tags Now playing: Watch this: 1:58last_img read more

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US secret space plane in skies followed by California earthquake conspiracy theorist

first_imgRepresentational image | ReutersA few days back, Ralf Vandebergh, a Dutch astronomer captured the image of X-37B, a secret US space plane that has been conducting secretive experiments in the skies since September 07, 2017. The Dutch astronomer also revealed that this secretive space plane was spotted after searching vigorously for many months. Just two days after the discovery, two strong earthquakes, measuring 6.4 and 7.1 in the Richter scale hit Southern California.Now, Tyler Glockner, a popular conspiracy theorist who runs the YouTube channel ‘Secureteam10’ has suggested that the spotting of X-37B and the strong tremors could be an indication of the US government’s secret weather control program.”The moment these double earthquakes began down Los Angeles and the surrounding areas, we happened to see this highly classified reconnaissance space plane floating by in the general area of space. Theories already abound that some sort of HAARP weapon is being tested to create said earthquakes or somehow manipulate the underground tectonics to manifest said earthquakes,” said Glockner in a recent video uploaded to YouTube, Daily Star reports.The video uploaded by Glockner has already gone viral on the internet, and within 24 hours, it has racked up more than 2,38,000 views. After watching the video, viewers of Secureteam10 also shared their opinion regarding the theory put forward by Tyler Glockner.”These earthquakes felt like they were being remote controlled or something, didn’t feel like the natural earthquakes I’ve experienced in the past,” commented KnownCharacterMen, a YouTube user.”You have been deceived. Earthquake? Sonic blast in earth’s fault line is man-made. California is earmarked as a national park. They want you gone,” commented John Dory, another YouTuber.However, self-proclaimed seismic researcher Frank Hoogerbeets has a different story to tell. As per Hoogerbeets, it is a critical planetary alignment which is causing the rise in seismic activities on the earth. Hoogerbeets believe that a megaquake which may measure more than 8 in the Richter scale will hit the planet on July 10, 2019.last_img read more

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Mission Mangal Batla House day 4 box office collection Akshay Kumar starrer

first_imgMission Mangal and Batla House day 4 box office collectionYouTube ScreenshotMission Mangal has had a terrific first weekend at the box office with its collection going close to Rs 100 crore on its day 4. On the other side, Batla House too performed well at the commercial circuit, and inched close to Rs 50 crore by the end of SundayAkshay Kumar starrer Mission Mangal has had an excellent start at the Indian box office with a collection of Rs 29.16 crore on the holiday of Independence Day. It became Akshay’s biggest opener of all time.The film had faced a major decline in its earning on second day as the collection was almost half of the opening day business. Mission Mangal had collected Rs 17.28 crore on second day, but picked up strongly on Saturday. The film had earned Rs 23.58 crore on third day at the domestic market.Nonetheless, Mission Mangal enjoyed huge occupancy in theatres across the country on its day 4, and witnessed an impressive collection. The movie collected Rs 27.54 crore at the Indian box office on Sunday, taking its total earning close to over Rs 100 crore by the end of the first weekend.While the movie was just short of Rs 2.44 crore to reach the first milestone, Mission Mangal crossed the mark by Monday afternoon.On the other hand, John Abraham starrer Batla House too has been doing well at the ticket counters. The film had started with a collection of Rs 15.55 crore, followed by a decline on second day as it earned Rs 8.84 crore. However, it also witnessed a jump in business on Saturday as it collected Rs 10.90 crore on day 3. Batla House witnessed further growth in collection on Sunday as the film collected Rs 12.70 crore on day 4, inching close to Rs 50 crore.It will be interesting to see how the two films will perform over the weekdays.last_img read more

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Supreme Court Rules States Are Free To Legalize Sports Betting

first_img Share Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesProposition bets for Super Bowl LI are displayed at the RaceUpdated 12:22 p.m. ETThe Supreme Court has struck down a 1992 federal law that effectively prevented most states from legalizing sports betting, clearing up a legal gray area and opening a door for state governments to join in what has become a lucrative industry.“Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own,” the court wrote in a decision released Monday.The law known as the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, passed in 1992, prohibited sports betting, except in four states where it had already been legalized — Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon. It gave the other states one year to legalize such betting, if they wanted to.It was a busy day at the Supreme Court. It also handed down decisions on two other important cases, dealing with personal rights. They were:Byrd v. US: The court unanimously agreed with the driver of a rental car who said he had his privacy rights violated by police during a traffic stop in Pennsylvania. Police found dozens of bricks of heroin and body armor in his trunk after discovering a warrant for his arrest in New Jersey. The man said he did not consent to a search, but police argued that his consent didn’t matter because his name was not ono the rental agreement. The Supreme Court disagreed and held that the man still maintained a reasonable expectation of privacy. The court however remanded the case to the lower courts to examine whether Byrd had used subterfuge in renting the car and whether that mattered.McCoy v. LA: The court ruled, by a 6-3 margin, in favor of a defendant whose lawyer conceded his guilt to the jury disregarding the explicit instructions of his client. His lawyer wanted him to plead guilty to avoid the death penalty. The court said, “Guaranteeing a defendant the right ‘to have the assistance of counsel for his defense’ is the defendant’s prerogative, not the counsel’s.”History of the sports-gambling law and the potential impact of the court’s rulingThe ban was known as the Bradley Act, after its chief promoter, former basketball great Bill Bradley, who served three terms in the U.S. Senate.Enacted 25 years ago, the law prohibited states from legalizing sports betting sports except where it was already legal.In an NPR interview, Bradley said his motivation was simple, and personal. “Betting on sports was betting on human beings, and I thought that was wrong,” he explained. “It turns players into roulette chips. It makes the game, which is a game of high-level competition and excellence, into slot machines, and I don’t think that should be what we do in this country.”Bradley said there was virtually no congressional opposition to his bill back in 1992, though Bradley added that Donald Trump, with failing investments in Atlantic City casinos at the time, lobbied against it, believing that sports betting was the answer to his financial problems there.After the bill passed, New Jersey did not seek to legalize gambling in its one-year window of opportunity.More recently, it tried to get out of the ban, hoping for increased state revenue, but the state repeatedly lost in the lower court.The Supreme Court’s court decision reversing that outcome will make it easier to open the door to sports betting.But the status quo struck down by the Supreme Court looks almost quaint in light of increased pressure to legalize sports betting across the board.The American Gaming Association estimates that illegal sports betting has grown to $150-billion-a-year market. And cash-starved states are salivating at the thought of raising billions from legalizing and licensing that activity, not to mention taxing the proceeds.New Jersey, home to at least a half dozen shuttered Atlantic City casinos, is a state where Republicans and Democrats since 2011 have been trying to overturn the federal ban or somehow get around it.After oral arguments in December, then-Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., said on the Supreme Court steps, “If we’re successful here, we can have bets being taken in New Jersey within two weeks of a decision by the court. We’re like boy scouts; we’re prepared.”What the law did and didn’t doThe law does not itself ban sports betting. Instead it prevents states from legalizing sports betting.Lawyers for New Jersey argued that the law forces state governments to enforce a federal initiative, which the Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled is unconstitutional.Lawyers for the sports leagues said that the federal law is not forcing states to do anything, but rather telling them what not to do, which wouldn’t violate the Constitution.As NPR reported after oral arguments in December, a majority of the justices appeared to have “serious doubts” about the constitutionality of the law.And on Monday, they put those doubts in writing.“Our job is to interpret the law Congress has enacted and decide whether it is consistent with the Constitution,” the court said in its decision. “PASPA is not.”America has seen a cultural shift on the question of sports gambling. NPR’s Uri Berliner reported in 2015 that ESPN has been increasing its coverage of gambling by, for instance, directly referencing the point spread set by oddsmakers.And while the major U.S. pro and college sports leagues have “always sought to distance themselves completely from gambling,” as Berliner put it, NBA Commission Adam Silver came out in favor of legalizing (and regulating) sports betting in 2014.Then there’s the popularity of daily fantasy sports — an industry that has weathered legal challenges of its own. Fantasy sports leagues amount to “thinly veiled gambling,” as ESPN’s Rob King told Berliner, and have helped push sports betting into the mainstream.Meanwhile, the sports betting decision could have implications for a wide range of other state laws — including those legalizing marijuana, Nina noted. Amy Howe, writing for SCOTUSblog, suggests state laws decriminalizing physician-assisted suicide and self-driving cars could also be affected.Copyright 2018 NPR. 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Fasting diet can help you stay sharp and slim

first_imgIf you find it hard to stick to strict fasting, don’t worry. Following for just five days in three months a diet that mimics fasting can help you lose fat, get smarter and live longer, says a study.The three-tiered study on periodic fasting’s effects was published in the journal Cell Metabolism.Cycles of a four-day low-calorie diet that mimics fasting (FMD) cut visceral belly fat and elevated the number of progenitor and stem cells in several organs of old mice — including the brain, where it boosted neural regeneration and improved learning and memory. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In the pilot human trial, three cycles of a similar diet given to 19 participants once a month for five days decreased risk factors and biomarkers for ageing, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer with no major adverse side effects, said study author Valter Longo, professor at University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology in the US.”Strict fasting is hard for people to stick to and it can also be dangerous, so we developed a complex diet that triggers the same effects in the body,” Longo said. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe diet slashed the individual’s caloric intake down to 34 to 54 percent of normal, with a specific composition of proteins, carbohydrates, fats and micronutrients.It decreased amounts of the hormone IGFBP-I, which is required during development to grow, but it is a promoter of ageing and has been linked to cancer susceptibility.It also increased the amount of the hormone IGFBP and reduced biomarkers/risk factors linked to diabetes and cardiovascular disease, including glucose, trunk fat and C-reactive protein without negatively affecting muscle and bone mass. For 25 days a month, study participants went back to their regular eating habits — good or bad — once they finished the treatment.They were not asked to change their diet and still saw positive changes, the study said.Longo believes that for most normal people, the FMD can be done every three to six months, depending on the abdominal circumference and health status.last_img read more

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Train lines blocked due to fault with signalling system

first_imgCrewe Train Station Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailTrains between Cheshire and Staffordshire are delayed because of a fault with the signalling system. Passengers want to travel between Crewe and Lichfield Trent Valley, on the Virgin Trains service, face delays of up to an hour because all lines are blocked. It is hoped all lines will be reopen shortly after 7.45pm. Motorist’s shock at £12 parking fee for dropping off disabled friend at train station A Virgin Trains spokesman said: “Delays to services between Crewe and Lichfield Trent Valley Ll Due to a fault with the signalling system between Crewe and Lichfield Trent Valley Ll all lines are blocked. “Train services running through these stations may be delayed. Disruption is expected until 7.45pm. We are sorry for the delay this will cause to your journey.” last_img read more

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