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  • New Davis Cup goes virtual to increase sponsorship revenue

    MADRID — The changes in the Davis Cup go beyond its revamped format.In addition to a new playing formula that will bring nations together for a weeklong tournament in a single venue, the Davis Cup is also implementing a new sponsorship strategy that will make tennis’ top team competition look different to television viewers — all depending on where they are watching it.The group behind the new Davis Cup — led by Barcelona defender Gerard Pique — is planning to use virtual replacement advertising during broadcasts at the inaugural “World Cup” of tennis in Madrid from Nov. 18-24, meaning sponsors’ logos and banners will be superimposed digitally on the courts. A viewer in the United States will see something different than one in Asia or one in Europe, or those watching matches in person at Madrid’s “Magic Box” tennis complex.The strategy adds flexibility to sponsors and will allow organizers to sell different sponsorship packages worldwide, widening revenue possibilities. Instead of having one presenting sponsor for the whole tournament, organizers can sign deals with multiple companies.“One of the things that happens in terms of sponsorship is that it is pretty difficult to find one of those global brands that has interest all over the world,” Kosmos Tennis CEO Javier Alonso told The Associated Press. “With the modern technologies that are available right now on the market … we are targeting to have three or four different feeds and in each feed we will have a different sponsor with virtual replacement technology.”Even global companies could take advantage of the new model, as they can promote specific products in different markets. A car company could advertise one vehicle in Europe and another in Asia, and a beer company could promote one product in South America and another in Oceania.The technology, called “DBR,” or digital board replacement, is already being used successfully by the Spanish soccer league, a sponsor and partner of the revamped Davis Cup. The league says it was one of the first competitions to implement the virtual sponsorship strategy some five years ago, and currently it distributes specific feeds to nine different regions.“It’s a format that is much more attractive to sponsors,” said Oscar Mayo, the Spanish league’s director for international development. “It’s a model fully developed and we will share our know-how and provide support.”The technology allows for customized images to be superimposed anywhere on the field without being affected by camera movement or the position of players. It is used especially on sideline boards and the “3D” carpets near the goals in soccer matches. Similar technologies have been used in broadcasts of auto racing, golf tournaments and American football games, showing speeds, distances and first-down markers to add to the viewers’ experience.Kosmos’ goal is to have at least three separate regions with specific feeds in this inaugural season, expanding it to more territories and new sponsors in the coming years.“At the end of the day, you can multiply by three or four the income that you are generating because the expense is not huge,” Alonso said.The added costs are usually related to the need of having more satellites to distribute the different feeds. Kosmos estimates an extra cost of about 100,000 euros ($112,000) for each additional feed.The plan to use the new technology was already in the long-term plans for Kosmos, the investment group founded by Pique, but it was fast-tracked after longtime Davis Cup sponsor BNP Paribas decided last month not to continue investing in the competition. The bank said it would end its 17-year title sponsorship “as the competition’s format evolves.”“It was a surprise when it happened but we already had another plan, so we could handle it,” Alonso said. “Already with what we have signed (in sponsors), I would say probably we already have 30 or 40 per cent of what they had before. We are OK.”Davis Cup organizers said the new formula, with all matches played in a single week and at the same venue, has been key to attracting new sponsors.“People understand the concept of one city, one location, everyone together, so it’s been a good response to the change,” ITF president David Haggerty told the AP. “Under the old format you weren’t sure where the finals would be, so if you were a business you didn’t know if it would be a country that was important to your business or not, whereas here everyone knows the next two years we are in Madrid and companies can make a very informed decision.”The Spanish league said the new format was crucial for its decision to join in.“This new event has a lot more visibility compared to before,” Mayo said. “It will be at the same level as the great sporting events in the world, bringing together fans and players from several countries.”The season-ending tournament will feature 18 teams drawn into six groups of three, with the group winners advancing to the knockout stage, along with the two-best second-place teams. The nations will play within their groups Monday-Thursday, with the knockout rounds Friday-Sunday. The matches will take place on hard courts in three stadiums in morning and afternoon sessions that will include two singles matches and a doubles match between two nations.The new Davis Cup is part of a 25-year partnership between Kosmos and the ITF, which made the deal to try to increase revenue for the local tennis federations.___More AP Tennis: https://www.apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports___Tales Azzoni on Twitter: http://twitter.com/tazzoniTales Azzoni, The Associated Press read more

  • Urgent action needed to address rising global hunger says UN agency head

    According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the number of hungry people around the world rose to 815 million – the first increase after more than a decade of steady decline. “The most important thing to do now is to build the resilience of poor people to face the impacts of conflicts and climate change,” José Graziano da Silva, the Director-General of FAO told the UN agency’s Council meeting in Rome, Monday. In addition to rising hunger, obesity and overweight are also growing in developed and developing countries, adding further challenges and raising the cost of current food systems. It is, thus, critical to ensure that humanitarian assistance is combined with development actions to chart a course to eradicate hunger by 2030, added Mr. Graziano da Silva, calling for new and increased investments from both the public and private sectors. At the FAO Council, which manages administrative and financial affairs between biennial meetings of the UN agency’s Conference, the Director-General outlined major events in 2018, including those on agroecology, globally important agricultural heritage systems, innovation for smallholder and family farmers, as well as plan to launch an international platform for biodiversity. These initiatives are designed to support countries put in place sustainable agricultural practices that combine food production, ecosystem services and climate-change resilience at the same time, Mr. Graziano da Silva explained. read more

  • Notre Dame Is Less OneDimensional Than It Was Last Year

    Notre Dame star Arike Ogunbowale is a big part of that, though she’s by no means alone. The whole team had to pitch in to guard Texas A&M star Chennedy Carter in the Sweet 16 on Saturday, and while Carter did manage to score 35 points, this number is deceiving: It took Carter 34 shots to do it. Ogunbowale scored 34 in the game but did so on just 25 shots.“I think we got stops when it mattered,” Ogunbowale said after the Texas A&M game. “Fourth quarter we held [Carter], we got stops. And like I say, we got stops when it mattered. So that’s all that matters.”This has been the case for much of the season. Notre Dame is allowing 0.73 points per possession this season overall, per Synergy Sports. But after timeouts, that number drops to 0.59, good for sixth in the country. So when McGraw and company have a chance to set up their defense, the Irish essentially become as effective as anyone, with that number besting everyone else still left in the NCAA field.So how do they do it? A combination of forcing turnovers, closing out on perimeter shooters and an elevated dose of protecting the rim.The Notre Dame steal percentage is up from last season, 12.0 percent this year from 11.1 percent a year ago. Much of that improvement comes from Ogunbowale herself, whose steal rate jumped from 2.3 to 3.2 percent. All five starters, however, have steal rates north of 2 percent, reflecting an ability to get into passing lanes, and those live-ball turnovers are immensely valuable for a Notre Dame team that scores at a rate of 1.12 points per possession in transition.The biggest change, though, is the element of rim protection provided by Brianna Turner after the Notre Dame center missed last season with an injury. No Notre Dame starter last season topped Jessica Shepard’s 2.3 block percentage. But this year, Turner checks in at 9.2 percent, and as a team, Notre Dame is at 11.5 percent. That’s 38th in the country, up from 225th in Division I last year.But while most attention goes to Turner’s blocks — a particular aesthetic favorite of McGraw when she watches her team — there are improvements by other players that have made a difference as well.Take Shepard’s ability to end possessions by simply anchoring herself in the right spot off of misses by opponents. Her improved strength and agility this season has led to a significant jump in her defensive rebounding percentage, from 17.1 percent last year to 20.5 percent this season.“Jessica is such a phenomenal player inside and out,” Turner said of her teammate when talking to reporters in Chicago on Sunday. “She’s the strongest player I’ve ever played against or with, so that just speaks for itself. Her ability to like chase down rebounds and just offensively, as well, just her strength is really one of her great assets.”Then there’s Marina Mabrey, known primarily for shooting threes and taking over at point guard last season out of necessity. But the versatile Mabrey is also a standout on defense. Already strong last season at 0.676 points per possession allowed, per Synergy, she’s dropped that number all the way to 0.625 in 2018-19, 45th in the country among 713 eligible Division I players with a minimum of 200 possessions. This stems from her ability to defend spot-up shooters. Her allowed points per possessions on these plays is down to .587 from 0.855 a year ago. The result is a Notre Dame team that allowed opponents to shoot 34.5 percent from three last year, 302nd in the nation, but now is giving up just 28.6 percent to opponents beyond the arc this year, 33rd best in the country.To be sure, there are still gaps in the Notre Dame defense. As McGraw noted last weekend, the team’s offense is what holds the key to its defense, an inside-out formulation compared with most teams.“We do like to run,” McGraw said. “We’re a transition-type team. I think our offense feeds our defense, which is kind of the opposite of the way it’s supposed to go.”It’s true: While the Irish are among the nation’s leaders in offensive efficiency both in the halfcourt and in transition, they have a far more effective defense in the halfcourt set (55th in the nation, per Synergy) than in transition (197th). Put simply, the best way for Notre Dame to defend is to make baskets and keep opponents from running.And while Notre Dame has every chance to repeat, don’t think of this 2018-19 Irish team as a clone of last year’s champion. Notre Dame’s defense has made big stridesHow the Final Four teams have changed from a year ago in terms of their efficiency on offense and defense Muffet McGraw has been worried all season about Notre Dame’s defense. When the Fighting Irish beat Bethune-Cookman in the first round of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament, McGraw said in postgame interviews that her team had “a long way to go to be a good defensive team.” This was after Notre Dame conceded only 50 points and won the game by 42.Fast-forward a couple of weeks, and McGraw’s team has now reached the Final Four for a ninth time. Next up is a bitter rival — and the most decorated team in the sport’s history — in the Connecticut Huskies. It’s safe to assume which aspect of Notre Dame’s game concerns McGraw the most ahead of this epic rematch of last year’s semifinal.After all, Notre Dame is a juggernaut on offense. The Irish are first in the nation in points per game and third in offensive efficiency, according to HerHoopStats.com — trailing only Oregon and Mississippi State. Both stats are on par with what the team posted last season en route to the national title.But despite McGraw’s concerns, Notre Dame has come a long way toward becoming a good defensive team. It’s just not on the same level as the impeccable execution Notre Dame displays on the offensive side of the ball. Last season, Notre Dame ranked 150th in defensive efficiency. For comparison with recent champions, South Carolina finished 18th in 2016-17, while UConn’s 2015-16 team finished first — in fact, the Huskies finished first in all four of Breanna Stewart’s title-winning seasons. (Not a coincidence.)Typically, championship teams play far more effective defense than the Irish did last season. So far in 2018-19, though, they’ve bridged that gap significantly. Though they are allowing 64.2 points per game, 153rd in the country, that number fails to account for Notre Dame’s pace. In defensive efficiency, they are up to 52nd in the country. Check out our latest March Madness predictions. Notre Dame114.2117.5+3.391.886.1+5.7 Team2017-182018-19Diff.2017-182018-19Diff. Baylor117.4113.1-4.377.276.4+0.8 UConn122.2116.8-5.473.779.6-5.9 Points Per 100 PossessionsOpp. Points Per 100 Possessions Source: Her Hoop Stats Oregon117.8121.9+4.191.192.5-1.4 read more

  • Richard Branson steps up his astronaut training as first space flight is

    The New Shepherd, seen here blasting off from its Texas launchpad, is the reusable rocket for Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin space companyCredit:AFP/Getty Richard Branson and his co-pilots were joined by Buzz Aldrin in the capsule of the Virgin Global Challenger before the 1996 around the world attemptCredit: Philip Hollis/ Philip Hollis This year the ship’s successor, the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo, completed its first supersonic test flight.In an interview to be broadcast on Monday, the Virgin founder told the BBC’s You and Yours programme that commercial passenger space flights were tantalisingly close. The New Shepherd, seen here blasting off from its Texas launchpad, is the reusable rocket for Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin space company In 1985 an attempt on the Atlantic Ocean crossing record saw his boat capsize, leaving him in need of rescue just of the Cornish coast.A second attempt a year later in the powerboat Atlantic Virgin Challenger II made history by making the trip in three days, eight hours and 31 minutes. In the 1990s he set speed records in hot air balloons, but the goal of becoming the first man to circumnavigate the world by balloon continued to elude him.The Swiss-British team of balloonists Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones achieved the first round-the-world trip in March of 1999. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Richard Branson and his co-pilots were joined by Buzz Aldrin in the capsule of the Virgin Global Challenger prior to his 1996 attempt to fly non stop around the world in a balloon. Sir Richard Branson has stepped up his astronaut training in preparation for a space flight he believes is just months away.His optimism looks set to intensify a three-way-race between rival billionaires to conquer the private space market.He told the BBC: “I’m going for astronaut training, I’m going for fitness training, centrifuge and other training, so that my body will hopefully cope well when I go into space.”Instead of doing one set of tennis every morning and every evening, I’m doing two sets.”I’m going kiting and biking – doing whatever it takes to make me as fit as possible.”In centrifuge training, memorably depicted by Roger Moore in the James Bond film Moonraker, the subject is subjected to high G-forces to simulate and prepare for the physical stresses of take-off.It comes four years after tragedy struck the Virgin space programme, when its SpaceShipOne passenger rocket ship exploded, killing one pilot and leaving the other seriously injured. “We’re talking about months away, not years away. It’s so close. There are exciting times ahead,” he said.Two more of the world’s richest men are also engaged in the new space race.SpaceX, funded by Paypal founder and tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, is increasingly dominant in the cargo market.Mr Musk has said he wants to die on Mars, “but not on impact”.But the first passenger flight looks likely to happen courtesy of either Mr Branson or Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.Mr Branson said of Bezos: “I think we’re both neck and neck as to who will put people into space first.“Ultimately, we have to do it safely. It’s more a race with ourselves to make sure we have the craft that are safe to put people up there.” Earlier this month the Amazon boss – whose $130 billion fortune dwarfs Mr Branson’s twenty times over – said he is liquidating more than a billion dollars a month to invest in his space company Blue Origin.He told a finance magazine: “The only way that I can see to deploy this much financial resource is by converting my Amazon winnings into space travel.He said his own timetable was to put humans in space “at the end of this year or at the beginning of next.” Mr Branson’s ambitions to exit the world’s atmosphere follow decades of effort to enter the world record books. read more

  • Adil Rashid could be persuaded back to Test cricket says Trevor

    (ESPNCricinfo) Could Adil Rashid be persuaded to make a return to Test cricket on the strength of his white-ball form? Don’t rule it out, is the message from Trevor Bayliss, after describing Rashid’s recent performances against Australia and India as “the best I’ve seen him bowl” since he took over as England’s head coach in 2015.Adil Rashid celebrates the wicket of Marcus Stoinis (Getty Images)Rashid claimed 20 wickets at 23.95 in England’s nine-match ODI campaign this summer (and a further five in four T20s), including arguably the collector’s item of his career to date – a big-ripping legbreak to bowl Virat Kohli in the series decider at Headingley, a ball that turned so sharply the India captain was left open-mouthed in astonishment.An unusually hot and dry summer has enhanced the conditions for spin bowling in England, and India have already responded by drafting the left-arm wristspinner Kuldeep Yadav into their Test squad after his own starring role in the limited-overs campaign.The chances of Rashid following suit would still appear to be slim, given that he retired from red-ball cricket earlier this year, saying that “his heart was not in it” after picking up ten wickets at 50 in seven Championship appearances last summer.He had not played a Test match for England since 2016-17, when he finished as England’s leading wicket-taker in India and Bangladesh with 30 scalps in seven Tests, and was overlooked for the home series against South Africa and West Indies, as well as the subsequent Ashes tour.However, England’s selection panel has been overhauled since the winter, and as Bayliss pointed out, the new National Selector Ed Smith set a precedent for Test selection on white-ball form with his very first squad.Against Pakistan in May, Jos Buttler returned to England’s Test team as a direct consequence of his hot run of form for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, and made an immediate impact with two half-centuries, including a match-defining 80 not out in the second Test at Headingley.Asked if England would urge Rashid to consider and follow Buttler’s example in Test cricket, Bayliss replied: “Possibly,” but added that the ball remained in the player’s court.“This year is probably the best we’ve seen him bowl,” Bayliss said of Rashid. “He’s bowled well in one-day cricket over the last few years but his control and his consistency this year has been top class and probably the best I’ve seen him bowl since I’ve been here.“That’s a decision he’s got to make,” he added. “I’m not sure whether Ed Smith’s had a chat with him or not. Could he get picked in the Test team on white-ball form? Well, it’s already been proven this year it’s happened once. So, look I’m sure he’ll be up for discussion definitely.”The desire to lure Rashid back to the fold is a reflection of England’s ongoing struggle to find a Test-class spinning option. In the wake of Moeen Ali’s loss of form during the Ashes, England blooded three new caps in their first four Tests in 2018, with Mason Crane and Jack Leach both suffering injuries that left Dom Bess as the man in possession by the end of the Pakistan series.Bess, 20, let no-one down with his attitude against Pakistan – not least with the bat, in making vital runs in both Tests, including a maiden fifty at Lord’s. However, he didn’t claim a wicket until the final day of the series, and Bayliss hinted that, all things being equal, he would likely defer to his senior Somerset colleague, Leach, whose broken thumb had given him his opportunity in the first place.“I think at this time of their careers that’s probably right,” said Bayliss.” I think Bess has got a lot of his career in front of him. But Leach was the one who was identified a couple of years ago and has done well over the last few seasons. I think if he shows any form at all, having a left-arm spinner in there would be of benefit.”A return for Moeen cannot be ruled out, however. Like Rashid, he finished the one-dayers flushed with confidence after out-performing his Indian counterparts in the decisive moments of the series, and with Ben Stokes set to miss the second Test due to his court case in Bristol, Moeen’s allround qualities may well bring him further into the frame.“He’s a confidence player and that’ll be a decision we have to make before that first Test. Do we take in two spinners for some of these games? Is it a bit drier this year and if we do we need to decide who those two are going to be.”The spin situation aside, Bayliss believes that England’s plans for the first Test, starting at Edgbaston on August 1, are fairly clear-cut. Dawid Malan’s timely runs for England Lions against India A ensure that the top-order that finished the series against Pakistan are all in a decent vein of form – not least the Test captain Joe Root, whose back-to-back hundreds against India were a timely statement of intent.“He was not necessarily out of form but he had a lack of runs I suppose in the last month or two,” said Bayliss. “Sometimes you get into a bit of a rut when the runs aren’t coming so to actually get that confidence back and play as he has done in the last two innings has been fantastic for Joe but also for the team as well.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEngland leave door open for Ben Stokes recallAugust 13, 2018In “latest news”Roston Chase bags eight as West Indies crush EnglandJanuary 26, 2019In “Sports”West Indies, England prepare for round two in battle of heavy-hittersFebruary 22, 2019In “latest news” read more

  • BTI expands western US mining reach with Arnold Machinery agreement

    first_imgBreaker Technology Inc (BTI) says it has selected Arnold Machinery Co to distribute rockbreaker systems, mining mobile equipment and breaker attachments to the western US mining market.Serving the US mining industry for 90 years, Arnold Machinery is well-versed in mining methods and equipment and is positioned to provide top-notch sales, service, and parts from their facilities throughout the Western US, BTI said. The move will improve Breaker Technology’s position in the US mining industry, according to the company.Terry McKague, BTI’s Director of Sales, said the company knows Arnold Machinery well having worked together in the construction industry for some time.“We have always been impressed with their commitment to serve the customer, it is in their culture. Providing quality equipment with a long-term view fits well with BTI’s strategy,” he said.BTI has over 60 years of experience in providing rockbreaking technology and offers an extensive line of rockbreaker systems, scalers, and attachments that power productivity and get mining companies ahead of the grade, the company said. “Additionally, Breaker Technology’s Mine Runner offers a 6,000 lb (2.7 t) payload and is available in various configurations including a personnel carrier, mechanic’s truck, utility pick-up or a simple flat deck.”Tom O’Bryne, Arnold Machinery’s COO and Mining Equipment President, said: “Arnold Machinery Co’s Silver Service® is the engine of our growth and customer satisfaction is our focus. BTI and Arnold Machinery Company’s cultures align for one common purpose, customer satisfaction is our only policy.’”Arnold Machinery has been in business since 1929. It is a full service distributor of construction, material handling, and mining equipment, and a wholesale distributor of farm implements in the western US.Back in August, BTI signed a deal with Creighton Rock Drill (CRD) to distribute and service its underground mining vehicles, rockbreaker systems and hydraulic breaker attachments in the key Sudbury market.last_img read more

  • 2012 FOLIO BtoB CEO Survey

    first_imgThe Revenue BreakdownsAs a revenue source, print has actually been increasing its share from 54 percent of revenues in 2009 to 57 percent in 2010 and up again to 59 percent in 2011 for smaller publishers. Larger publishers are seeing incremental decreases in that segment—53 percent of revenues in 2009, 48 percent in 2010 and 47 percent in 2011.There’s an irony in those print revenue increases for smaller publishers. More revenue is certainly a good thing, but at a macro level, industry media spending is trending toward companies that have greater platform diversification. A recent report released by private equity firm Veronis Suhler Stevenson—described in greater detail on page 50—notes that spending in the b-to-b sector is projected to grow at a GDP-beating 5.5 percent in the 2011-2012 period. But that growth is contingent on whether print revenues scale down as other sources, particularly events and e-media, continue to grow. Thirty percent of large publishers are also planning online startups, but only 13 percent plan an ancillary service launch, and 10 percent indicate a new magazine is in the works.M&A is where the large and small publishers differ greatly. Small publisher are luke warm on both acquiring and being acquired—7 percent plan to buy another company this year and 9 percent are hoping to be bought. Large publishers, however, are on the hunt. Thirty percent of large publishers indicated they’re planning to acquire this year and only one percent expect to be acquired. Top priorities for both small and large publishers in 2012 are focused on boosting revenue and profits, which are the top two. Close behind is expanding their Web businesses. Revenue diversification is fairly low on the totem pole, with a quarter of small publishers making it a priority and 20 percent of large publishers doing the same. This may be an indication that both camps feel they’ve sufficiently set the groundwork for new revenue sources.In terms of salary, the responding CEOs are split between taking a salary increase (42 percent for small publishers and 46 percent for large) and keeping salary at the same level (46 percent of small publisher CEOs and 45 percent of large). Both segments, for small and large publishers, are in a holding pattern, according to our survey. (Events, another key segment, accounted for 6 percent of small publisher revenue in 2010 and 5 percent in 2011. Larger publishers recorded event revenues at 13 percent in 2010 and 14 percent in 2011.)According to VSS co-founder and general partner John Suhler, b-to-b spending will continue to grow at a bit more than 6 percent in the next five years. Again, much depends on growth from segments other than print. “That assumes the rate of decline lessens for print and also as print becomes a smaller portion of the total mix, and that the more positive elements of live events and digital continue to grow,” says Suhler.The print factor seems to be well in hand, altering only a few percentage points in the last three years, but the other segments have yet to realize their full potential.In chart 1, once print, e-media and events are accounted for, revenue contributions from the other segments—paid subscriptions, custom publishing, data/marketing information sales and “other”—drop into the single digits and are almost identical between large and small publishers.The survey also broke down each revenue segment’s contribution among respondents—data that’s not shown here. A shocking 36 percent of smaller publisher respondents reported zero revenues from e-media. Eleven percent of larger publishers said the same. Nevertheless, as has historically been related, e-media revenues are considered the fastest-growing segment among both small and large publishers. Fifty-one percent of smaller publishers indicate e-media is the fastest growing part of their organization while 73 percent of larger publishers say the same (chart 2).Larger publishers are also more bullish on events, with 40 percent saying it’s the fastest growing. But as indicated in the revenue chart, where print revenue actually grew 2 percent between 2010 and 2011, 25 percent of smaller publishers listed this as the second fastest growing segment in 2011.Slightly more large publishers say print (16 percent) is faster growing than custom publishing (15 percent). Smaller publishers have a similar perspective for custom, with 14 percent reporting it as the fastest growing segment.This year both small and large publishers have optimistic revenue outlooks (chart 3). Seventy-four percent of smaller publishers say revenues will increase, while 86 percent of larger publishers expect the same.Within that growth, 30 percent of smaller publishers indicated a 10-19 percent jump and 24 percent said they expect a 5-9 percent jump. Larger publishers are slightly more conservative in their outlook—43 percent expect growth of 5-9 percent while 19 percent expect 10-19 percent revenue growth for 2012.As for growth between 2011 and 2012 by segment, both large and small publishers are anticipating only incremental jumps (chart 4). Smaller publishers are anticipating a slight decline in print, from 59 percent of revenues to 56 percent. Large publishers expect the same, dropping from 47 percent in 2011 to 45 percent this year. Meanwhile, large publishers expect to make that up in both e-media and events, with one percentage point jump in each. Likewise for smaller publishers, who say that e-media revenues will be up 2 percent in 2012 and events will be up 1 percent. The other segments for both small and large publishers will remain relatively stable.Of the sources that publishers are expecting increases from this year, 65 percent of small publishers expect it from e-media, 57 percent from new print advertisers and 47 percent from existing print advertisers. A significant percentage of large publishers (86 percent) also expect increases from e-media, but they’re much more bullish on events, with 56 percent expecting growth from that segment. Only 24 percent of smaller publishers are anticipating growth from events. ProfitabilityProfits were slightly better in 2011 versus 2010, according to respondents. While fourteen percent of smaller publishers reported no profits in 2011, 19 percent said the same in 2010. Fifty-six percent of smaller publishers reported profits in the 1 to 14 percent range (chart 6).Only four percent of larger publishers reported no profits, but 63 percent of them reported profits ranging from 5 percent to 19 percent.Events and e-media were the most profitable segments for both small and large publishers, but slightly more large publishers (17.6 percent) said data/market information sales were profitable. About 11 percent of small publishers said that segment was profitable (chart 7).Operating ExpensesExpenses across the operation remained fairly level between last year’s survey and this year’s. Once again e-media accounted for the biggest jump in operating expenses for both small and large publishers, up 4.7 and 6.6 percent respectively. Sales were behind e-media at 4.1 percent for small publishers and 4.2 percent for large publishers, and then editorial, distribution, circulation and production hovered at around a similar range (chart 8).E-media expenses were likely related to technology investments, but verbatim responses indicated the three “Ps”—people, paper and postage—were big costs, especially postage.This year, operating expenses will creep up by similar levels (chart 9), with a couple exceptions. Small publishers anticipate sales expenses will overtake e-media by a small margin—4.6 percent versus 4.1 percent. Production costs are expected to dip slightly, going from 2011’s 3.7 percent to 2012’s 2.4 percent.Large publishers are expecting to dial down distribution costs, from 3.3 percent in 2011 to 2.5 percent this year.center_img CLICK HERE FOR A FULL PDF OF THIS FEATURE WITH CHARTSWe’re a couple years out from the recessionary period of 2008-2010 and you can still see its impact as b-to-b publishers are very slowly seeing modest growth in revenues and profits, according to FOLIO:’s latest annual b-to-b CEO survey. However, smaller publishers still have a way to go in more fully diversifying among revenue streams other than print. And for all the attention digital gets, publishers both large and small appear to be plateauing in growing this important segment. Print has hovered around the 50 percent of revenue level for the last three years while e-media revenues have stalled in the mid teens.There are many exceptions. Certain publishers large and small have made much better progress in revenue diversification than the results indicate in this year’s survey and can consider themselves successful in relying less on print. Beyond that, however, the numbers speak for themselves. Publishers making under $5 million in revenues are especially vulnerable to market fluctuations with such a huge portion of revenues attached to one segment, while larger publishers, those making greater than $5 million in annual revenues, actually dropped two percentage points in e-media’s share between 2010 and 2011 (19 percent in 2010 and 17 percent in 2011). Investing in TechnologyThe technology investment story is very different between small and large publishers (chart 10). In 2011 almost a quarter of small publisher respondents did not invest in technology at all. About 26 percent only invested $25,000 or less. Meanwhile, 8 percent of larger publishers did not invest in tech, while 26 percent invested between $100,000 and $249,999. Eighteen percent spent between $250,000 and $499,000.Among the small publishers that did invest in tech, 35 percent spent the capital on computer hardware and software, 16 percent on website upgrades and 8 percent on the CMS (chart 11). The pattern was similar with the large publishers,  of which 24 percent invested in computer hardware and software, 18 percent on website enhancements and 23 percent on content management systems.What’s NextOf those publishers that are planning to hire this year, the areas differ greatly between small and large publishers (chart 12). Small publishers are expecting to focus the majority of their hiring in sales (33 percent), while 18 percent will bolster editorial ranks. Yet large publishers are expecting to be much more aggressive in their hiring. E-media will see the biggest employee growth, with 45 percent of respondents indicating they’re hiring for that area. Forty-one percent of large publishers are hiring in sales and 39 percent are hiring for editorial. Events and design departments are also expanding their ranks, 21 percent of large publishers will hire for both of those departments.There are some significant changes on the horizon for both small and large publishers for 2012 (chart 13). A quarter of small publishers say they’re going to launch an online startup and a similar percentage indicate an ancillary service launch is on deck as well. Print is getting some attention as well, as a decent number of respondents (16 percent) say they’ll launch a magazine this year. METHODOLOGYThe survey sample of 1,000 was selected by FOLIO: and Readex Research from all of FOLIO:’s domestic subscribers with executive management job titles who classified their company’s primary focus as either b-to-b publishing or a mix of b-to-b and consumer publishing on the Folio: subscription form. Data was collected via mail survey from February 2, 2012 to March 8, 2012. The survey was closed for tabulation with 275 usable responses—a 28  percent response rate. Results were filtered to include only those who indicated their organization is involved in b-to-b publishing. The margin for error for percentages based on these 234 respondents is +/- 5.6 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level.last_img read more

  • 4 Wilmington Firefighters Baker Bozzella Lynch Mulrenan Graduate From State Firefighting Academy

    first_imgSTOW, MA — State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey and Massachusetts Firefighting Academy (MFA) Director David C. Evans announced the graduation of the 270th class of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy’s fifty-day Career Recruit Firefighter Training Program on February 1, 2019.“This rigorous professional training provides our newest firefighters with the basic skills to perform their jobs effectively and safely,” said State Fire Marshal Ostroskey. The Massachusetts Firefighting Academy (MFA), a division of the Department of Fire Services, offers this program tuition-free. The ceremony took place at the Department of Fire Services in Stow, MA.The 36 graduates, all men, represent the 20 fire departments of Bellingham, Cambridge, Charlton, Cohasset, Falmouth, Hudson, Kingston, Leominster, Lexington, Marshfield, Middleton, Sandwich, Scituate, Somerville, Truro, Waltham, Wayland, Westford, Westport, and Wilmington.Wilmington’s graduates were John Baker, Jesse Bozzella, Bob Lynch, and Jack Mulrenan.The ceremony’s guest speaker was Everett Fire Lieutenant Scott Dalrymple, who has 25 years of experience as an EMT, fire officer, fire instructor and fire investigator. He holds a bachelor’s from Salem State College and graduated from Career Recruit Firefighter Class #105. Lt. Dalrymple was injured fighting a fire in an apartment house on July 13, 2018 and is still recovering from his burn injuries. The two owners have been charged with reckless violation of fire and building codes associated with the fire building that resulted in bodily injury. This law was passed in the wake of the 2003 Station Nightclub fire. Lt. Dalrymple spoke to the recruits the importance of training and paying attention to how to protect yourself. He said, “Never think your protective gear makes you invulnerable” and to “rely on your ‘saving ourselves’ training when things go south quickly.”Today’s Firefighters Do Far More than Fight FiresToday’s firefighters do far more than fight fires. They are the first ones called to respond to chemical and environmental emergencies, ranging from the suspected presence of carbon monoxide to a gas leak. They may be called to rescue a child who has fallen through the ice or who has locked himself in a bathroom. They rescue people from stalled elevators and those who are trapped in vehicle crashes. They test and maintain their equipment including self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), hydrants, hoses, power tools, and apparatus.At the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy they learn all these skills and more from certified fire instructors who are also experienced firefighters. Students learn all the basic skills they need to respond to fires and to contain and control them. They are also given training in public fire education, hazardous material incident mitigation, flammable liquids, stress management, confined space rescue techniques, and rappelling. The intensive, ten-week program for municipal firefighters involves classroom instruction, physical fitness training, firefighter skills training, and live firefighting practice.Basic Firefighter SkillsStudents receive classroom training in all basic firefighter skills. They practice first under non-fire conditions and then during controlled fire conditions. To graduate, students must demonstrate proficiency in life safety, search and rescue, ladder operations, water supply, pump operation, and fire attack. Fire attack operations range from mailbox fires to multiple-floor or multiple-room structural fires. Upon successful completion of the Recruit Program all students have met national standards of National Fire Protection Association 1001 and are certified to the level of Firefighter I and II, and Hazardous Materials First Responder Operational Level by the Massachusetts Fire Training Council, which is accredited by the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services.)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.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Firefighter Mike Robbins Graduates From Massachusetts Firefighting AcademyIn “Government”PHOTO OF THE DAY: Wilmington’s Mike Rideout Graduates From Mass. Fire AcademyIn “Photo of the Day”Wilmington Firefighters Skinner & DeLucia Graduate From Mass. Firefighting AcademyIn “Government”last_img read more

  • Apples Tim Cook throws shade at Silicon Valley in Stanford speech

    first_img reading • Apple’s Tim Cook throws shade at Silicon Valley in Stanford speech “It feels a bit crazy that anyone should have to say this, but if you’ve built a chaos factory, you can’t dodge responsibility for the chaos,” Cook said. “Taking responsibility means having the courage to think things through.”He continued on about the chilling effect of digital surveillance.  “In a world without digital privacy, even if you have done nothing wrong other than think differently, you begin to censor yourself,” he said. “Not entirely at first. Just a little, bit by bit. To risk less, to hope less, to imagine less, to dare less, to create less, to try less, to talk less, to think less.”Privacy has been a focus at Apple in recent years. At its annual Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month, the company revealed a new security feature called Sign In with Apple that will let users provide their Apple ID instead of an email address as a way to keep their personal information safe and prevent them from being tracked. Some of the companies founded by Stanford graduates include Google, WhatsApp, YouTube, Intel, Netflix, Instagram, LinkedIn and Yahoo. Apple didn’t immediately reply to a request for additional comment.  Now playing: Watch this: 1:26 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple • Tags 0 Tim Cook this month at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference James Martin/CNET Apple CEO Tim Cook didn’t just try to inspire Stanford University graduates with his commencement speech on Sunday. He also took a few shots at Silicon Valley. Cook’s speech called out Silicon Valley, which he says traces its roots back to Stanford, for taking credit without accepting responsibility. He brought up data breaches, privacy violations and false promises of miracles. Although the Apple CEO didn’t name specific companies, he did have a term to what these businesses are producing. See All Post a comment Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Share your voice Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Everything Apple announced from its WWDC 2019 keynote Mobile Tech Industry Culture Tim Cook Applelast_img read more

  • Throwback When Sidharth Malhotra felt kissing Alia Bhatt boring wanted to lock

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    first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » 3 min read In less than an hour’s time, you can hail a car via smartphone to transport you home from a day at a coworking space, time a takeout delivery to arrive shortly after you get there and eat it seated at a table that had been purchased from a stranger across town. Between bites of dinner, you can search for a house to rent on an upcoming vacation and secondhand tickets to a sold-out concert.Doing these things would qualify you as a “super user” of digital sharing and on-demand services, and you’d be among 7 percent of Americans who fall into this category, according to a survey by Pew Research Center. Whether you are using all of the services at once or even regularly, a super user is anyone who has used more than six types of sharing or on-demand services, of a total of 11 types Pew identified.Related: How Millennials Are Defining the Sharing EconomyAlthough it may surprise those who stereotype men as “early adopters” of new technologies, a greater proportion of sharing and on-demand service super users are women. Specifically, 62 percent of the surveyed super users are female, with 8 percent of all women surveyed and 5 percent of all men surveyed earning the label. That said, not all sharing and on-demand services are new, as Pew acknowledges. Craigslist, for example, was founded in 1995.Super users are more likely to fall in the 18 to 29 age range, earn a household income of more than $75,000 and live in an urban area. The education gap is most pronounced: While 57 percent of super users report they have a college degree, only 26 percent of those who have used fewer than six sharing and on-demand services report the same.Americans with higher levels of education, wealth and tech savvy make up the majority of participants in the digital economy, which has caused concern about increasing inequality. Twenty-eight percent of Americans have not used any of the 11 types of sharing and on-demand services. One demographic area in which the Pew researchers found no discrepancy between super users and less avid users was race: 64 percent of super users are white, compared with 66 percent of less intensive users.Related: The Ridesharing Safety Issue You’re Not Thinking AboutIn terms of the most widely used types of services, exactly 50 percent of American adults have purchased or used second-hand goods online, making this practice the most prevalent among the categories. Online rental services are the least popular digital sharing services, with only 2 percent of surveyed Americans having used them.Entrepreneurs should see opportunity in these low rates of use of the sharing economy. There’s plenty of room in this market for new startups to capture and serve the interests of those who are not yet super users — let alone users at all.center_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. July 1, 2016last_img read more

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  • ICE could sell surplus electricity to neighboring countries

    first_imgThe Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP) asked the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) to outline a plan to sell its electricity surplus to Central America’s Regional Electricity Market starting as soon as this month and up until December 2016.According to ARESEP, selling that surplus — produced mostly by hydroelectric plants — to the regional market would generate profits and allow it to lower electricity rates in Costa Rica.The country currently has a surplus of potential energy-generating water in reservoirs like Arenal, in Guanacaste. Water from the reservoir runs the country’s largest hydroelectric plant.Water levels at Arenal reached five meters above ICE’s prediction for the first quarter of this year.ARESEP experts say ICE will likely have to discharge excess water from the reservoir in coming months when the new Reventazón hydroelectric plant launches operations. They say ICE should sell the surplus electricity to other Central American countries.The Tico Times sought ICE’s opinion on the recommendation but didn’t receive a response by close of business on Thursday.Last year, Costa Rica exported its surplus electricity to other countries in the region and earned a profit of some $3.6 million, ARESEP reported.“That is why we expect a positive response from ICE, considering that this is an opportunity to lower electricity rates and also benefit users,” ARESEP Energy Manager Juan Quesada Espinoza said.According to ARESEP, Costa Rica’s participation last year in the regional electricity market allowed the country to save some $44 million in lower rates, mostly due to a 21 percent decrease in spending on fuel for thermal generation.Ronald Jiménez Lara, president of the Costa Rican Union of Private-Sector Chambers and Associations, said Wednesday that his members fully support ARESEP’s request to ICE.“According to the chambers’ calculations, the Arenal plant is capable of producing additional electricity of up to 500 gigawatts per hour above ICE’s current estimates. That energy in the Central American market would be worth some $50 million,” Jiménez said.The business leader said lower electricity costs would benefit families as well as firms.Several companies in recent years have moved their operations out of Costa Rica, citing high electricity costs among their main reasons.Historically, Costa Rica has met 95 percent of its electricity needs with renewable energy. Last month ICE reported that all electricity used during the first 75 days of this year came from renewable sources. Facebook Comments Related posts:Delays, excuses and gripes mark approaching deadline for distributed electricity generation in Costa Rica ARESEP announces pricing proposal for consumer-generated electricity Costa Rica opens the door to more renewable energy generation Construction of Central America’s biggest hydroelectric dam is nearly finished in Costa Ricalast_img read more

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