Consumer magazine ad pages continued to take a beating through the second quarter, plummeting 29.5 percent compared to the same period in 2008, according to the latest Publishers Information Bureau figures, released today. Through the first half, ad pages were down 27.9 percent.Rate card-reported ad revenue was down 22 percent during the second quarter compared to the same period last year, PIB said. Through the first half, revenue was down 21.2 percent.During the second quarter, ad pages were down in each of the twelve categories tracked by PIB, most notably in the automotive (-47.8 percent) and financial, insurance and real estate (-48.8) categories.According to Magazine Publishers of America executive vice president and chief marketing officer Ellen Oppenheim, some of the “bright spots” during the first half were ad gains in certain sub-categories, including food seasonings and ingredients, household cleaning products and hair and hygiene products. “Marketers remain extremely cautious in this challenging economic environment,” she said in a statement. Country Home saw the steepest ad page decline during the second quarter, with pages falling 80.7 percent. Next was Condé Nast Portfolio (-69.1), which folded with its May issue. (Percentage-wise, Alpha Media’s Blender saw ad pages fall 82.2 percent—the most dramatic ad page decline during the second quarter—but the ailing music magazine folded with its April issue.)The second quarter’s biggest ad page gainers were People Style Watch (up 33.1 percent), Country Weekly (33 percent) and Muscle & Fitness (13.1 percent).Check back to FOLIOmag.com for updates to this story.
The Recipe.com brand also includes a quarterly magazine with initial distribution of 350,000 and cover price of $5.99; a mobile web feature offering recipe and meal-planning content; branded television segments on Meredith’s daily syndicated program “Better;” and quarterly onsert promotions featuring custom content and coupons polybagged with Meredith’s monthly magazines. Marketing content partners at launch include Betty Crocker, Campbell’s and Pepperidge Farm. Focusing on Core Strengths?The acquisition of EatingWell and the launch of Recipes.com will enhance Meredith’s top advertising category, according to Meredith chairman and CEO Steve Lacy. While Meredith National Media Group endured the recession fairly well, it has shown some softness recently, with advertising revenue falling 11 percent and ad pages dropping 13 percent in the third fiscal quarter. Revenue fell 4 percent and pages dropped 8 percent (average net per page grew in the mid-single digits on a percentage basis) in the first nine months of the fiscal year, while circulation revenue fell 7 percent in the first nine months of fiscal 2011. Earlier this month, Meredith folded ReadyMade Magazine, eliminating approximately 75 positions worldwide. According to MagazineRadar, Meredith posted the largest drop in ad pages among six major publishers in the first three months of 2011. Meredith Corp. has purchased multichannel brand EatingWell Media Group. As part of the acquisition, Meredith takes over 350,000 bi-monthly EatingWell Magazine (with plans to bump circulation to 500,000 next year); EatingWell.com; a content licensing and custom marketing group serving more than 75 clients including consumer portals, healthcare, food and supermarket retail partners; a Health-in-a-Hurry mobile recipe app; and a series of food and nutrition related cookbooks. More than 60 percent of EatingWell’s overall revenue comes from digital sources, licensing and custom content. Meredith says it plans to substantially enhance the EatingWell website with the Meredith Women’s Network, which reaches 25 million unique monthly visitors. EatingWell CEO Thomas Witschi joins Meredith National Media Group as EVP and president. Meanwhile, Meredith is also launching Recipe.com, which includes a site with more than 20,000 recipes and in-store and manufacturer coupons, videos and an online shopping list and recipe box that lets users see local store savings on specific recipes.
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Vladimir TiagunovPR HandoutAll maestros have one thing in common. They love their art above everything and practice it till they are near-perfect at it. Achieving a maestro status is no easy feat. You need to dedicate yourself to the art, train hard and have enough perseverance to ensure you are the best at it. The same was the case with Vladimir Tiagunov—acclaimed pianist, chamber musician, and piano professor.Tiagunov was lucky to be trained since the tender age of 6. His father, an engineer by profession, had a good ear for the piano and taught his son the basics. His parents also encouraged him to build his mastery of the piano and practice on his own. And as fate would have it, Tiagunov fell in love with the piano and was very interested in excelling at it.He enrolled in the Nizhny Tagil College of Music in Russia where he would begin his lifelong journey with the instrument. Just three years later, at the age of 9, he would perform a solo piece for the first time.Tiagunov’s passion for playing the piano grew as he learnt to convey a range of emotions through music. He went on to further his musical education at the Chelyabinsk State Academy of Culture and Arts, Russia, under the tutelage of the world-famous musician, Professor Yevgeny Levitan. He completed the course with flying colors.However, as luck would have it, his path to success was paved with many obstacles. His professional studies suffered due to problems surfacing in his personal life. This hampered his concentration and affected his studies, but he rose above these problems and excelled at his education thanks to his undying passion for playing the piano.All of that hard work paid off in 2010 when Tiagunov won his first award at the international level – the ’21st Century Art’ International Music Competition in Ukraine, just as he turned 21. After this feat was achieved, there was no looking back. He went on to acquire a Master’s degree and then moved to New York, to hone his skills.He won many accolades and performed at several important performance venues along the way. He joined the Artist Diploma program at the Long Island Conservatory of Music in Albertson, New York, under the expert guidance of Professor Tamara Poddubnaya.Vladimir Tiagunov has travelled all over Europe, Russia and the United States as a solo performer and chamber musician. He performed complicated pieces like Mozart’s Fantasy No. 3, Bach’s Partita No. 2, Wanderer Fantasy by Schubert, Beethoven’s Sonata No. 14 and Chopin’s 12 Etudes Op.10. He especially had the pleasure of performing the most difficult of Chopin’s Etudes one after the other.He quotes, “I’ve played the etudes a few times at recitals, including my graduation concert at Chelyabinsk State Institute of Culture in Russia.” This revolutionary style of playing the piano has changed Tiagunov’s life. Although many acclaimed pianists have attempted the etudes by Chopin in their repertoire, only a few can perform all 12 Etudes Opus 10 in a cycle at a concert, simply because it is immensely challenging to do so.Tiagunov started his teaching career when he set out to be a solo pianist. He currently spends his time between performing and teaching. He teaches at the Long Island Conservatory, ensuring the magical language of music continues to enrich others’ lives.
Trump boards Air Force One for travel to Naval Station Norfolk from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, US. Photo: ReutersUS President Donald Trump declared on Saturday that he has “complete power to pardon,” as his administration confronts ongoing investigations of possible ties between his 2016 campaign and Russia.In a series of early morning Twitter messages, Trump aired renewed frustration with his attorney general, the special counsel leading the Russia probe, and Republicans in Congress who are struggling to advance his legislative agenda.But Trump’s comment about pardons, tucked into an attack on the media, raised the possibility that he was considering his options if the investigations do not turn out the way he hopes.Trump did not specify who, if anyone, he might consider pardoning. His tweets appeared to be written in response to a report by The Washington Post this week that Trump and his legal team have examined presidential powers to pardon Trump aides, family members and possibly even himself.Reuters has not confirmed the newspaper accounts.“While all agree the US President has the complete power to pardon, why think of that when only crime so far is LEAKS against us. FAKE NEWS,” Trump wrote.The Washington Post, citing current and former US officials, reported on Friday that Russia’s ambassador to the United States was overheard by US spy agencies telling his bosses that he had discussed campaign-related matters with Trump adviser Jeff Sessions last year, when Sessions was a US senator.Sessions now leads the Justice Department as Trump’s attorney general.“These illegal leaks…must stop,” Trump tweeted.At the Senate confirmation hearings for his Cabinet position, Sessions initially failed to disclose his 2016 contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak and later said they were not about the campaign.In March, Sessions recused himself from the Russia probe. During an interview with The New York Times this week, Trump lashed out at Sessions, saying he would not have chosen him for attorney general had he known Sessions would recuse himself.Trump, who defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in last year’s presidential election but continues to use her as a foil, questioned why Sessions and special counsel Robert Mueller were not investigating former FBI Director James Comey or Clinton, for her email practices as secretary of state.“So many people are asking why isn’t the A.G. or Special Counsel looking at the many Hillary Clinton or Comey crimes. 33,000 emails deleted…,” he tweeted.Presidential AuthorityScholars have raised questions about the scope of the president’s legal authority in issuing pardons. If Trump moved to pardon himself sometime in the future, the US Supreme Court might have to decide on the constitutionality, some have speculated.Trump has not been accused of any wrongdoing by federal investigators who are probing alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.Mueller is looking into any relationships or contacts between Trump campaign officials and Russians during the election. Congressional committees also are exploring Russia’s influence on the US election.Trump traveled on Saturday to Norfolk, Virginia, where he spoke at a commissioning ceremony for the aircraft carrier the USS Gerald R Ford, named for the Republican president who held the White House from 1974-1977.In his remarks, Trump made no mention of the Russia controversy, focusing his speech on the need for more robust US military spending.After the trip, Trump retreated to his golf course near Washington and had lunch with his chief of staff, Reince Priebus, policy adviser Stephen Miller and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his wife, a White House official said.Priebus’s presence in the entourage came a day after Trump named a new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, reportedly over Priebus’s objections.The weekend trip comes ahead of a busy week of Russia-related activity.The Senate Judiciary Committee said on Friday that Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr, and Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort had agreed to negotiate whether to be interviewed by the panel in its Russia investigation.Trump Jr, Manafort and Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and now one of his senior advisers, all met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016. That meeting was held in Trump Tower in New York after the lawyer offered damaging information about Clinton.The White House is also working on Trump’s campaign promise to US healthcare system.In his Saturday tweets, Trump had words for Republican senators who have not been able to agree on a way forward to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, which has become known as Obamacare and which Trump promised to do away with as president.“The Republican Senators must step up to the plate and, after 7 years, vote to Repeal and Replace. Next, Tax Reform and Infrastructure. WIN!” he tweeted.
Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Robotics is a serious science, but like all of the most serious things in this world it does have a fun side too. Sometimes a robot, with all of its advanced equipment and the intense hours of programming involved, comes along and it does something that is so silly and so darn entertaining that you just have to sit back, watch the video and laugh. When a robot begins making you Micky Mouse shaped pancakes you can begin to suspect that you are experiencing one of those moments. When that robot is made of Lego’s then you can be sure that you are in one of those situations. A more stealthy robot may be hearing you soon This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Of course, this bot can do more than just the icon of a children’s toy corporation, it can make any shape that you can programming it to, provided that it fits onto the griddle. The pancake cooking bot is in reality a 3-axis CNC-made robot, designed by Mexican Viking. The machine uses the Z coordinate to control where the batter is released. The robot was originally coded in Python NXT but had to be changed due to unnamed complications with the use of the language in this application. Mexican Viking changed it to the LEGO Mindstorms programming language. This programming language then creates the image using a text files with three coordinates that tell the machine where to move and when to dump the batter. The machine cannot be bought commercially and it is not going to be on sale in the near future. If you want to make one of your own you can use the directions on Mexican Viking’s website to create one for yourself. Citation: A Lego robot that can make you Micky Mouse shaped pancakes (w/ video) (2011, July 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-robot-micky-mouse-pancakes-video.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com