Canadian Printer and Publisher Cuts 1500 Jobs

first_imgIn addition to its printing services, Transcontinental publishes several magazines, including Elle Canada and Canadian Living. Montreal-based magazine printer and publisher Transcontinental has instituted what it calls “rationalization measures” which resulted in the elimination of 1,500 jobs, as well as other cost-cutting initiatives at its offices in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.Citing the down economy, president and CEO Francois Olivier said the changes will help protect the company’s financial health. “It’s a difficult situation for everyone affected, but we are acting in the interests of all of our employees and our shareholders,” he said.Transcontinental also has implemented a hiring freeze, reduced workweeks and will not offer paid vacation. The company says the moves will save approximately $75 million, including $50 million in 2009. In November, the company announced a consolidation of its U.S. subsidiary Transcontinental Direct USA. The consolidation, combined with a company-wide review of production capacity, the closure of plants and shuttering of several titles resulted in the layoffs, the company said.last_img read more

Special Preview – Folio BtoB CEO Survey Report 2009

first_imgWhile the “tipping point” is a phrase that typically refers to digital surpassing print, online remains the second largest revenue stream for both larger (15.3 percent) and smaller (15.1 percent) b-to-b publishers. However, digital has surpassed events as a revenue stream for both larger and smaller b-to-b publishers in 2009. While there are some obvious exceptions to that (notably larger event producers like Advanstar), it suggests events have been hit even harder over the last year than expected. And while data/market information sales may be the next big opportunity for b-to-b publishers, it remains the smallest revenue stream, accounting for an average of 3.4 percent of overall revenue for larger publishers and 2 percent of revenue for smaller publishers generating less than $5 million per year. However, as digital strategies, and subsequently lead generation strategies, become more sophisticated, look for data/market information sales to soar over the next few years.   Thirty percent of publishers generating more than $5 million per year in revenue say they expect overall revenue to increase this year, with 20 percent saying the growth will be between 5 percent and 19 percent. However, larger publishers seem more doubtful about growth than smaller publishers, with 35 percent saying revenue will be flat and 33 percent saying it will decrease Meanwhile, the mix of revenue for b-to-b publishers continues to expand although print remains the dominant product, accounting for an average of 54.9 percent for smaller publishers and 52.9 percent for larger publishers (Chart 3) in 2009. Technology InvestmentRamping up the digital business and maximizing cost efficiencies are priorities for most publishers. However, there seems to be a growing divide between smaller and larger b-to-b publishers making significant investment in technology, especially during the downturn. Five percent of larger publishers spent $1 million or more on new technology in 2008, while the majority of respondents in the $5 million+ category say they spent between $100,000 and $249,999 on new technology last year. Just 6 percent say they did not invest in new technology (Chart 4).On the smaller publisher side, the majority of publishers spent less than $10,000 on new technology in 2008, while 23 percent say they did not invest in technology at all. In August, FOLIO: will release a special report analyzing five year’s worth of its B-to-B CEO surveys conducted with Readex Research, tracking everything from revenue performance to profit trends to technology investments and CEO salaries.In advance of the five-year outlook, FOLIO: is offering a preview of some of the findings specific to b-to-b publishers in 2008 and 2009.While b-to-b publishing is obviously challenged (American Business Media’s Business  Information Network says trade ad pages have sunk 28.9 percent for the first two months of 2009, representing 31 straight months of decline), a significant number of respondents to Folio:’s 2009 B-to-B CEO Survey think overall revenue will grow this year. Thirty-nine percent of respondents (Chart 1) generating less than $5 million in revenue per year think they will be up (with 17 percent of that group saying they’ll be up by 10 percent to 19 percent). Meanwhile, 30 percent of smaller publishers say revenue will remain flat from 2008 and 25 percent say it will decrease. Meanwhile, 32 percent of smaller publishers and 37 percent of larger publishers say they will launch an online startup in 2009 (20 percent of larger publishers also say they will launch a print magazine).While M&A remains light, 20 percent of larger publishers expect to acquire another company before the year is out (compared to 8 percent of smaller publishers).last_img read more

Towns Current Bidding and Contract Opportunities

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Town’s Purchasing Department currently has the following bidding and contract opportunities available:Request For Proposals/QualificationsEmployee Uniform Rental Service — Deadline: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 10:00amInvitations To BidDPW – Screener Rental — Deadline: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 @ 10:00amDPW – Guardrail Installation — Deadline: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 @ 10:00amDPW – Pavement Markings — Deadline: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 @ 10:00amDPW – Roadway Management Services — Deadline: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 @ 10:00amDPW – Bituminous Products — Deadline: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 @ 10:00amDPW – Crack Sealing — Deadline: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 @ 10:00amDPW – Tree Planting Services — Deadline: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 @ 10:00amWater & Sewer Division – Fire Hydrants — Deadline: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 9:00amWater & Sewer Division – Valve Boxes & Curbstop Boxes — Deadline: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 9:00amWater & Sewer Division – Gate Valves — Deadline: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 9:00amWater & Sewer Division – Miscellaneous Water Supplies — Deadline: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 9:00amWater & Sewer Division – Ductile Iron Pipe — Deadline: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 9:00amWater & Sewer Division – Laboratory Services — Deadline: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 9:00amWater & Sewer Division – Generator Maintenance Contract — Deadline: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 9:00amWater & Sewer Division – Instrumentation Maintenance/Calibration — Deadline: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 9:00amAll interested parties must first complete the town’s Bid Registration Form.Visit the Town’s Purchasing Department website for additional information. Contact Wendy Martiniello at wmartiniello[at]wilmingtonma.gov with questions.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… RelatedTown Posts 15 Invitations To Bid For Water Department & DPW-Related Services & ProductsIn “Government”Town’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”Town Posts 16 Invitations To Bid For Water Department & DPW-Related Services & ProductsIn “Government”last_img read more

Six killed in suicide bombing at Pakistani shrine

first_imgLocatoin of Baluchistan. Reuters File PhotoA suicide bombing at a shrine in southwestern Pakistan on Thursday killed six people and left many wounded, a provincial government spokesman said.“It was a suicide blast and a police constable was also killed in the blast,” Baluchistan spokesman Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar told Reuters.He added that the constable was killed while attempting to stop the suicide bomber from entering the shrine.last_img

National Poetry Month Killdeer By Nick Flynn

first_imgKilldeerYou know how it pretendsto have a broken wing tolure predators away from itsnest, how it staggers just out ofreach? If, at this moment,you’re feeling metaphorical,nest can be the whateverinside us that we think needsprotection, the whatever that issmall & hasn’t yet found itsway. Like us, it has lived so longon scraps, on what others haveleft behind, it thinks it could liveon air, on words, forever almost,it thinks it would be better to letthe predator kill it than to turnits back on that child again,forgetting that one lives insidethe other. Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: In this sound portrait, we meet poet Nick Flynn. He talks about his relationship to poetry, how poems can activate deep emotional states and writing as a child. He reads his poem, “Killdeer.”Nick Flynn has worked as a ship’s captain, an electrician and a caseworker with homeless adults. He is the author of 11 books, and his work has been translated into 15 languages. His honors include two PEN prizes, a Guggenheim Fellowship and finalist for France’s Prix Femina. He served as executive producer and artistic collaborator on the 2012 Focus Features film, Being Flynn, based on his memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City. Dividing his time between Houston and Brooklyn, he is a professor in the University of Houston Creative Writing Program, where he is in residence each spring. His forthcoming book, I Will Destroy You, will be published this fall by Graywolf Press. Xcenter_img This poem is reprinted with permission of the author.Music used: Seven League Boots (excerpt), Zinc (excerpt) and Hello Night (excerpt) by Zoë Keating from Into the TreesTo learn more about this series, go here. Geordie WoodNick Flynn Listen 00:00 /06:39last_img read more

DC Program Matches Residents with Jobs

first_imgBy Brelaun Douglas, Special to the AFROEarlier this summer, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a plan to connect D.C. residents in communities disproportionately impacted by unemployment and violence with work experience and training through the 1,000 Opportunities initiative. The goal was to connect 1,000 residents in 90 days.Bowser announced September 5 that the District has exceeded its goal and matched over 1,180 Washingtonians with job opportunities in just 11 weeks.The 1,000 Opportunities program is exceeding expectations.(Courtesy photo)“With the help of our community partners, the 1,000 Opportunities initiative has already surpassed the original goal, and we’re not slowing down,” Bowser said.1,000 Opportunities was launched as part of the Safer, Stronger DC initiative, a broader series led by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity and the Office of the City Administrator. It is aimed at creating new pathways to employment and violence prevention across the District and since its launch has hosted community events, enrolled over 350 at-risk youth in a free summer enrichment program and expanded residential clean teams.Training opportunities were provided by the Department of Employment Services through Project Empowerment, DC Quick Path to Transportation and Back to Work 50+.On September 15, a 1,000 Opportunities conference will be held at the DC Infrastructure Academy, located at 2330 Pomeroy Road, SE, providing residents with resume advice, helping to hone their interview skills and to talk about more opportunities.For more information go to 1kopportunitiesdc.com.last_img read more