first_imgCELEBRITY couple Frank Lampard and Christine Bleakley today dismissed reports linking them to a summer wedding in Co Donegal.The Chelsea player and the Co Down-born TV presenter are engaged.Rumours have linked the pair to a July wedding date at the Solis Lough Eske Hotel near Donegal Town. But a spokesman for the pair said today: “There are no plans for a wedding this summer in Ireland.”Of course that won’t stop the rumours continuing!The hotel refused to comment one way or the other, adding to the speculation.  ‘NO PLANS TO MARRY IN DONEGAL’ SAYS CHELSEA’S FRANK LAMPARD was last modified: April 3rd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:’NO PLANS TO MARRY IN DONEGAL’ SAYS CHELSEA’S FRANK LAMPARDlast_img read more

Jon Miller, Aug. 8

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We haven’t really had any rain to speak of in the last two weeks and with the heat things are looking sad. We lost some top end off of the corn. It is aborting kernels on the tips of the ears now.It sounds like there is a chance of rain this week. We have a decent crop but we would have had an excellent crop with some rains in the last two weeks.I think the beans can perk back up with some rains this week. We are pulling some weeds to get marestail escapes from around the field edges this morning. We were waiting on a nice rain to make them easier to pull but we had to get them out because they are getting ready to go to seed. The beans are almost chest high, but a lot of times tall beans don’t equate to high yields. I am worried they may start aborting pods if we don’t get some moisture. The double-crops are pretty much doing nothing until it rains now. Another week without rain will really hurt the beans. I think the damage is already done in the corn.There are a few Japanese beetles around but not anything too much of a concern. I have been hearing about a few spider mites in the drier areas. There is some disease but not much. We did not spray any fungicides on beans, though some guys have seen some frogeye coming in. We did spray fungicides on about 100 acres of corn-after-corn ground. We’ll see if it pays or not, but $3.30 corn may make it a gamble.Our lighter ground really is suffering and the plants have pretty well shut down. The better ground is still hanging in there. The girth of our ears is great. We have 18 around and we are living on that right now. Some of the guys further north may only have 12 and that is tough when you’re nosing back on those ears.last_img read more

Jackie Robinsons Daughter Explains Why Black Baseball Players Are

Rachel Robinson, left, widow of Jackie Robinson, and daughter Sharon pose for a photograph with a plaque honoring Jackie on Jackie Robinson Day, Sunday, April 15, 2018, in New York, before a baseball game between the New York Mets and the Milwaukee Brewers. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK (AP) — Jackie Robinson’s daughter thinks black baseball players are more reluctant to speak publicly about racial issues than their NFL and NBA colleagues because they constitute a lower percentage of rosters.She spoke at Citi Field on Sunday to mark Jackie Robinson Day, the 71st anniversary of her father breaking Major League Baseball’s color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers.While more than 200 NFL players protested racial inequality last season by kneeling or sitting during “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell was the only baseball player to take a knee.“I don’t think they have much choice,” Sharon Robinson said. “They are in the minority and where in football and basketball you have a group and therefore you can take a group action. So players if they speak out individually, they could be the only African-American player on their team and it could be a difficult spot for them to be in.”The percentage of black players from the United States and Canada on opening-day active rosters rose to 8.4 percent, up from 7.7 last year and its highest level since at least 2012.The percentage peaked at 19 in 1986, MLB said last week, citing Mark Armour of the Society of American Baseball Research.“It’s definitely a small representation at this level,” Pittsburgh All-Star second baseman Josh Harrison said. “For younger guys coming up, if guys with 10 years or so in this league haven’t really done much, you lean on those guys for advice. If you don’t have anybody telling you one way or the other, you’ll keep your mouth shut. You don’t want to ruffle any feathers. If you don’t have anybody to help you in that regard, you’ll see a lot of guys be quiet.”“Guys feel it’s a lose-lose situation for them,” Harrison said. “It sucks because you want to have a voice, but some people feel they can’t.”Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig retired Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 throughout the major leagues in 1997, made Jackie Robinson Day an annual event in 2004 and five years later started asking all players to wear No. 42 each April 15.An educational consultant to Major League Baseball, Sharon Robinson attended the first-pitch ceremony before the Mets-Milwaukee game with her mom, 95-year-old Rachel Robinson, and brother David. On a chilly afternoon, the game time temperature was 42.Sharon Robinson said action among African-American players is more an individual undertaking.“They do it around their involvement in community themselves, and talk about why that’s important,” she said.“Part of the protest with the NFL or the NBA is how do we funnel some of these proceeds from the games, where we’re helping to bring these proceeds, and funnel them into the African-American community? So some of the baseball players do that through their own charities or their own work within communities that they’re playing (in).”Edward Robinson, a son of Jackie’s brother Mack, attended the Los Angeles Dodgers’ game against Arizona and wouldn’t address Sharon Robinson’s comments.“However, I will tell you that Jackie stood for strength and education. I’ve seen some progress,” he said. “It comes and goes. What we need to do is maintain the high levels of progress and continue to show unity.” read more

The 2014 Association Publishing Survey

first_imgLike all magazine publishers, associations took a big hit five years ago. Coupled with rapidly evolving consumer habits and an ad community far less reliant on print, association publishers find themselves in a time of change. Users and potential use cases for the platforms are growing exponentially, but the business models that can sustain digital publishing for associations aren’t there yet. Digital media accounted for 8.3 percent of total revenue in 2013, down from an average of 8.9 percent over the last five years. FOLLOW THE MONEY DIGITAL TUMBLES, TOO Per member profit hasn’t fallen nearly as far as a result—it’s essentially unchanged since 2011 thanks to careful cost management. STABILITY AHEAD? The drops are significant, and they feed into a larger narrative about the economics of modern publishing, but print ads still make up more than half the publishing revenue for associations. Add in revenue from hard-copy subscriptions and, for some, single-copy sales, and print magazines make up three-quarters (or more) of publishing revenue. Print still drives the business. It’s
not going away soon and can’t be jettisoned lightly. “Sometimes [you’re forced] to take a larger, less media-centric view of situations,” says another. “[You’re often] competing with education and membership for money.” That consolidation has seen associations pivot away from what isn’t working and focus on their core products-namely, magazines and digital newsletters. Associations are actually producing more of each now, with both jumping 4 percent over the 2013 survey. The effects of that ad page drought are easy to see at the very ends of the spectrum. The percent- age of respondents who rely on print advertising for 100 percent
of their revenue has dipped to just 7 percent—a 5-year low—while those who don’t sell any print ad pages at all climbed to 5 percent—a recent high. So, where’s new money coming from instead? Pretty much everywhere else. Revenue from four of the five other categories tracked in the survey- paid subscriptions, events, data and info sales and “other” sources-were up from historical norms in 2013. With just one-fifth of respondents banking on an uptick in earnings, and most of those predicting gains of less than five percent, association publishers are clearly looking at growth prospects conservatively next year. Associations expect a rebound this year though, projecting digital sources will account for 9.3 percent of total earnings in 2014. Surprisingly, digital media was the one revenue source that joined print in a decline last year. Publishers are also doing a better job of getting creative with monetizing their audiences. Miscellaneous sources accounted for more than 10 percent of overall revenue, well above 5-year averages. Overall, mean revenue expectations are up slightly. As a whole, respondents anticipate industry revenue to increase 0.5 percent. That may not seem like much, but it’s the highest expected bump since 2012 (a big rebound year following the recession), and the third year in a row associations have expressed confidence in their prospects for the coming 12 months. That budget maintenance has taken on an increasingly important role for associations as well. Respondents’ organizations are relying on publishing revenue to a greater degree now than at any point over the last five years. As a percentage of total association revenue, publishing is expected to account for 21.3 percent of earnings in 2014. That portion has trickled down- ward since the late 2000s when it topped 60 percent, and has been consistently above 58 percent over the last five years. And publishers don’t think the slide will stop any time soon. Revenue from print ads is projected to drop another 1.2 percent for 2014. They’ve survived, but it hasn’t been easy. Creativity, cost cutting and a focus on core publishing products have kept margins relatively stable. Print revenue is still retreating however, and digital has been slow to pick up the slack. Meanwhile, production of digital editions, journals and newspapers has decreased. Fewer associations are seemingly willing to produce bespoke products for their industries, as well, with availability of miscellaneous products dropping more than 10 percent since 2010. center_img Association publishing challenges haven’t changed much in the last five years. Overall, associations expect to generate publishing revenue of
 $30.00 per member in 2014-down
 $2.25 from where it’s been over the last three years and $8.32 off its 5-year average. Lack of staffing ranked first, followed up by competition with for-prof- it publishers and a lack of editorial independence. Revenue from print advertising fell sharply from recent totals. Respondents say the category accounted for 54.7 percent of all earnings for association publishers. METHODOLOGY Fewer association publishers are optimistic about their revenue prospects than at any point since 2010, but a smaller number also expect declines next year. PRINT DOLLARS DROP…AGAIN PRODUCT OFFERINGS CONSOLIDATE Not many think the bottom will fall out either. Just 13 percent say revenue will decrease in 2014-a comparatively low total over the last five years. Many have been able to maintain 
margins with spending cuts as revenue has faded though. Per member spending has dropped even further 
than revenue over the last 5 years, 
down 28 percent versus a 21-percent 
decline for revenue. The expansion of ancillary ventures like events and data sets has taken away from the development of new publishing products like magazines and newspapers. In fact, the total universe of publishing products actually shrank recently. Some of that shift can be attributed to the decline of print-all things being equal, fewer dollars from print mean every other source gets larger by comparison-but not all
of it. Face-to-face events and proprietary data sets have become revenue engines of their own, instead
of add-on membership benefits for many associations. The majority fall between those poles. Most respondents are anticipating minor changes in either direction. None of the three options ranked particularly high for respondents, with each coming between 2.6 and 3.6 on a 5-point scale. The median number of publications produced by respondents has gone from five to three since 2010. On opposite ends of the spectrum, the number of associations with just a single product has quadrupled, while those with 10 or more titles have nearly been cut in half. “General views of many that association publications are not valuable,” says one respondent of their most significant challenge related to association publishing. “Especially advertising agencies who do not understand associations well.” Anecdotally, respondents went deeper into misperceptions about the role of associations and how they can best benefit both members and advertisers. A lot can be done to address how their publications are valued and deployed, but they also acknowledge the realities of competing with larger, for-profit entities, and in many cases, their own organizations. CHALLENGES FOLIO: and Readex Research mailed survey kits to 1,163 qualified domestic individuals in executive management positions at association publishing organizations on August 7, 2014. The survey was closed for tabulation on September 19, 2014. The margin of error for percentages based on 175 total respondents is +/- 6.8 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level.last_img read more