Police are continuing to investigate a pickup truck driver who turned a school driveway into a runway Thursday. The Toyota launched off a concrete island and knifed through a Volkswagen Beetle.Together, the interlocked vehicles slid into two more parked cars, pushing a Toyota Camry sideways into a maroon Oldsmobile.A mom and her two small children were inside the sedan preparing for a play date when the unlikely trio of cars came thundering into them. The other two cars were unoccupied. The two boys, ages 4 months and 2 years, remarkably escaped without a scratch. Shaleign Mabry, 26, suffered cuts to her head and hands. She was examined on scene by members of the Vancouver Fire Department.In a press release Thursday, the Vancouver Police Department said “excessive speed” appeared “to be a direct contributor” to the spectacular crash that sent the pickup’s driver, Samuel R. Shimpach, 18, to Southwest Washington Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.It is unknown whether alcohol, drugs or a medical condition played a role in the high-impact collision in the parking lot Shahala Middle School, 601 S.E. 192nd Ave, shares with Fisher Basin Community Park. Area 911 dispatchers received at least 15 calls reporting the 10:25 a.m. wreck.
A 17-year Camas resident and a small-business owner is the newest member of the Camas City Council. Tim Hazen, 43, was sworn into office at the start of the council work session Monday night. He then took his seat with the other six council members and the mayor and participated in his first council meeting. “I’m excited about the position,” Hazen said. “I know my predecessor was there for 15 years. I’ve got some big shoes to fill there, but I’m going to put in time and energy to try to do as good a job as she was able to do.”Hazen replaces former Councilwoman Helen Gerde, who served on the city council for 15 years. She announced her resignation in October and served through the end of the year. Hazen represents Ward 1, which encompasses downtown and southeast Camas. The term ends this year, meaning Hazen will have to run for election in November if he wants to retain the city council seat for a four-year term.The new councilman believes the biggest skill set he will bring to the council comes from his experience as a small-business owner. He has owned Premier Senior Living for the last five years. The company manages several senior housing projects in Oregon. Hazen has worked in the senior housing industry for more than 20 years.
The man suspected of driving the vehicle that hit a motorcycle head-on in Portland on Monday, fatally injuring a Vancouver man, may face a first-degree manslaughter charge in connection with the crash, according to a Portland police bulletin.Edy Porfirio Reynoso-Ramirez, 32, allegedly drove the 1998 Honda Civic that crossed the center line on Marine Drive on Monday and struck a 2009 BMW motorcycle driven by John Zupan, the 66-year-old founder of Zupan’s Markets.Zupan died overnight Tuesday from injuries sustained in the crash, a nursing supervisor at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center said Wednesday morning.Ramirez was speeding, driving erratically and passing other vehicles before the crash, according to police. Both vehicles left the road, and the driver fled on foot, but police said they quickly captured him. Wednesday evening, Reynoso-Ramirez was being held in the Multnomah County detention center on suspicion of second-degree assault, driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving and hit-and-run driving that caused injury and damage to property, a jail employee said. He’s also being held without bail on a federal immigration hold as a suspected illegal immigrant.First-degree manslaughter charges may be added now that Zupan died, the police bulletin said.Also since Zupan died, the charge of second-degree assault may be dropped in court, a jail employee said Wednesday.Reynoso-Ramirez is scheduled to make a second court appearance at 2 p.m. Thursday in Room 3 of the Justice Center in Portland, the jail employee added.
Leavitt not sold on light rail voteHow local legislators voted:Voting YES:o Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver.o Sharon Wylie, D-Vancouver.Voting NO:o Paul Harris, R-Vancouver.o Ed Orcutt, R-Kalama.o Tim Probst, D-Vancouver.o Ann Rivers, R-La Center.Tolling on the Interstate 5 Bridge moved a step closer to reality Wednesday night after the state House of Representatives voiced its approval by a nearly two-thirds margin. The bill now goes to the governor.The 65-33 vote gives state transportation officials the authority to enact tolls on the span connecting Vancouver and Portland as a way to help pay for its replacement: the more than $3 billion Columbia River Crossing. The sprawling and controversial project would also bring light rail into downtown Vancouver and rebuild the freeway on both sides of the Columbia River.More Clark County lawmakers came down against the tolling bill than in favor of it. Democratic Rep. Tim Probst of Vancouver joined Republican Reps. Paul Harris of Vancouver, Ed Orcutt of Kalama, and Ann Rivers of La Center in voting against Senate Bill 6445. Reps. Jim Moeller and Sharon Wylie, both Democrats from Vancouver, cast “yes” votes.Members of Clark County’s legislative delegation couldn’t be reached for comment late Wednesday.The state Senate OK’d tolling authority last month by a 33-15 vote. Sen. Craig Pridemore, D-Vancouver, sponsored that bill. Sens. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, and Joseph Zarelli, R-Ridgefield, voted against it.With the House’s approval, the bill now goes to Gov. Chris Gregoire.State transportation leaders have said tolling is essential to the project’s financing, and a key part of netting federal funding. But tolls have also been a major point of contention for local CRC opponents.
NEW YORK (AP) — Two days after superstorm Sandy brought New York to a standstill, residents itching to get back to work and their old lives noticed small signs that the city might be getting back to — well, not quite normal.Morning rush-hour traffic appeared thicker than on an ordinary day as people started to return to work in a New York without functioning subways. Cars were bumper to bumper on several major highways.Mayor Michael Bloomberg planned to ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange to reopen it after a rare two-day closure.Perhaps most promising, though, was the people waiting at bus stops — a sign that mass transit was trying to resume even as the subway system and some vehicle tunnels remained crippled by Sandy’s record storm surge.Rosa Diaz, a 58-year-old diabetic, waited for a bus to take her to the Bronx so she could she could keep an appointment with her endocrinologist. She lives in the Flushing section of Queens but is staying with her mother, who lives in a senior residence in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood — with no power.“It’s horrible,” she said. “Thank God, I bought gallons and gallons of water to drink and to wash with.”Even though workaday life was slowly returning, there was little false hope.“Clearly, the challenges our city faces in the coming days are enormous,” Bloomberg said Tuesday as officials warned that power might not be back until the weekend for hundreds of thousands of people accustomed to their cosmopolitan lives.
A little-known Vancouver company, Amfit Inc., continues to grow based on its ability to relieve the foot problems of diabetes sufferers, a fast-expanding global population.“You could chalk it up to the baby boomer generation,” said Trudi Traister, international accounts manager for the company, which makes diagnostic machines and software that measure feet for precise orthotic fittings and also makes custom shoe insoles.Such aids often are essential for people with Type II diabetes, which afflicts aging adults.Amfit, which had sales of more than $6 million in 2012, spent $2.2 million on an industrial building off St. Johns Road at 3611 N.E. 68th last month. It expects to move its 30-employee operation to the new site this April, leaving its headquarters of 10 years behind at 5408 N.E. 88th St., Suite D-406.“We have expansion plans and we don’t have room for that here (at the 88th Street building),” Traister said, adding that the company wanted to invest in its own headquarters. “When you have the opportunity to own your own building, it’s something to look at.”Founded by Arjen Sundman in Santa Clara, Calif., Amfit moved to Clark County in 2003 when it became too expensive to lease space in the Silicon Valley.
Ken Fisher likes Clark County, that’s no secret. His wealth management company also is well-liked by the county.He especially feels the love in Camas. But Fisher, founder of Fisher Investments and one of the nation’s 400 richest individuals, says he’s not being treated better than anyone else by the city’s government.The facts are that the Camas City Council dangled some bait in Fisher’s direction last May, hoping he would christen the town as the new home and command center for his $38 billion California investment firm. Fisher has one five-story office building with 445 employees in Camas, but the company still calls Woodside, Calif., its home. It employs 580 people in the Bay area.Camas leaders freely admit they’ve tried to tempt Fisher with reduced fees if, before the end of this year, he develops the second of two office towers at his satellite campus near the city’s western-most border as the company’s headquarters.It is widely believed in Camas that Fisher’s groundbreaking on the second tower will signal his headquarters preference.“It would be a strong sign,” said Camas Mayor Scott Higgins.Fisher has until the end of this year to take or cut bait. It’s a waiting game, with the city hoping for the prestige and high-paying jobs a headquarters will bring.But Fisher’s not giving any clues. And when I asked him this month by email if he is getting closer to a decision, he responded with the brusqueness of a man weary of the question.
SNOHOMISH — Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream says it is voluntarily recalling nearly a year’s worth of ice cream and related products because of possible listeria contamination.The recall announced Tuesday covers products made from Jan. 1 until Dec. 15. Products include all flavors and sizes of ice cream, gelato, custard and sorbet, as well as Emerald & Spruce Ice Cream and Top Pot Hand Forged Ice Cream. The Snohomish, Washington, company says listeria was found in samples from its production facility that were analyzed by state Agriculture Department. The company says it is working with the state and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to determine the cause.The ice cream, gelato, custard and sorbet were distributed in Arizona, Idaho, California, Oregon and Washington and may have been further distributed in Alaska, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.Listeria can cause serious illness and even death in groups such as children, the frail and the elderly. Healthy people may suffer flu-like symptoms, such as high fever, headache, nausea and diarrhea. The company says listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths.
MGTO hoping for input into Macau gaming license re-tender process G2E Asia organizer Reed Exhibitions has announced the launch of The Asia Lottery Expo and Forum, a new feature that will make its official debut at Asia’s premier gaming trade show from 15 to 17 May 2018. The three-day event follows the success of the Asia Lottery Forum and 7th China Lottery Industry Salon, which attracted more than 700 lottery professionals to the event in 2017.The launch of the multi-faceted Asia Lottery Expo & Forum aims to deliver a business, learning and networking platform exclusively designed for lottery professionals and to provide an opportunity for technology and solution providers to showcase their current and upcoming game designs, platforms, systems, capabilities and innovations, while meeting and exploring collaboration prospects with fellow lottery operators in Asia. G2E Asia to work closely with Macau regulators over iGaming exhibitor concerns Organizers reveal 1.2% increase in visitation to G2E Asia in 2019 “The Asia Lottery Forum is an annual, not-to-be-missed event,” says Professor Su Guojing, lottery expert and founder of the China Lottery Industry Salon. “The China Lottery Industry Salon and Asian Responsible Gaming Alliance are honored to have co-hosted the Asia Lottery Forum with G2E Asia in 2017. As the Secretary General of Sub-committee for Lottery Major under National Teaching Instruction Committee of Civil Affairs Vocational Education, I am also very pleased to have the opportunity to work with the organizer. We invited industry experts, academics and professionals from across Asia and created a unique opportunity for them. The participants exchanged ideas, learned from each other, and explored how to better promote the healthy and sustainable development of Asia’s lottery industry. This marks a new stage for regional lottery cooperation and development. We look forward to even greater success at Asia Lottery Expo & Forum 2018.”Asia-Pacific’s lottery industry reported total sales of US$107.7 billion in 2016, according to the World Lottery Association, with the August 2017 edition of WLA Magazine additionally reporting global lottery sales had risen by 0.9% in the first quarter of 2017. Sales in Africa, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region soared by 9.4%, 5.8% and 5.4% respectively in 1Q17.It also said Mainland China had registered cumulative lottery sales of US$52.7 billion in the first 10 months of 2017 with year-on-year growth of US$3.8 billion (7.7 %), including welfare lottery sales of US$26.8 billion and sports lottery sales of US$25.9 billion.The Asia Lottery Expo & Forum 2018 will feature three full days of professional seminars led by members of China Lottery Industry Salon Experts Committee and key industry leaders. It will focus on three highly relevant themes and trends affecting the growth of Asia’s lottery industry, namely “Asian Lottery Market Trends and Dynamics”, “Opportunities, Challenges of the Asia Lottery Industry and the Era of Big Data” and “Accelerating the Asia Lottery Industry – Corporate Social Responsibility and Technology Innovation Development.” The Forum will officially conclude with the industry’s first-ever networking session created exclusively for lottery professionals.The Asia Lottery Expo & Forum will be co-located within G2E Asia 2018, the region’s largest one-stop destination and sourcing platform for the gaming-entertainment industry presented by the America Gaming Association and organized by Reed Exhibitions. It will offer a unique and unrivaled opportunity for professionals to meet the Asia-Pacific’s fast-growing lottery industry. Load More RelatedPosts
EXCLUSIVE: Engine Group held a selection of employee benefits fairs earlier this month to coincide with its annual flexible benefits window.The largest of the fairs took place on 3 September at the marketing and advertising organisation’s Great Portland Street office, London, in an effort to raise awareness of the benefits that its staff may have less knowledge of.Several of its benefits providers attended the fairs to answer employees’ questions. This included DenPlan, which provides Engine Group’s dental cover, Aviva for the organisation’s workplace pension scheme, as well as Cycle Scheme, which providers its bikes-for-work programme.The fair also provided an opportunity for staff to learn more about critical illness cover. This benefit, provided by Friends Life (now part of the Aviva Group), was introduced due to a high volume of interest from employees.The second fair took place later in the month at Engine Group’s other London-based office, with flexible benefits provider Thomsons Online Benefits on hand to answer staff’s benefits queries.The organisation ran a communications campaign to remind its 850 UK staff that the benefits fairs were taking place. This included communication methods such as posters and internal emails. Engine Group’s human resources team also handed out leaflets to its staff to highlight the fact that the flexible benefits window was open.Linda Goddard, head of HR at The Engine Group and one of the recipients of the ’Best benefits team of the year’ award at the Employee Benefits Awards 2015, said: “We had a lot of employees wondering what some of their benefits are and how they work, so we set up the area for the fair in our offices and some of our providers brought stands with more information for them.“We held more than one [fair] because we didn’t want staff to miss out. They seem to have gone down really well.”
There was a £7 billion reduction in the accounting deficit of defined benefit (DB) pension schemes for the UK’s 350 largest listed organisations in September 2015, according to research by Mercer.Its Pensions risk survey, which is based on projections from reported financial statements and year-end accounts, found that the accounting deficit for the FTSE 350 fell from £85 billion at the end of August 2015 to £78 billion on 30 September 2015.Asset values fell by £2 billion from £626 billion on 31 August to £624 billion at the end of September. Liability values declined by £9 billion to £702 billion.Ali Tayyebi, senior partner in Mercer’s retirement business, said: “It might come as some relief that accounting deficits have improved further during September despite the continued fall in in equity markets.“However, recent events have highlighted the large number of complex interlinked global and UK specific variables which will continue to drive the health of UK pension schemes going forward.“The Continuous Mortality Investigation has also just published its latest annual update of mortality trends, which, this time, suggests a small reduction in projected life expectancy. This is another area which sponsors and trustees must keep under review going forward and sponsors will particularly want to make sure this is considered for their next year-end disclosure.”
PLANTATION, FLA. (WSVN) – A string of robberies have taken place at one Plantation hobby store, but surveillance video has given police new clues.According to Plantation Police, Maniacs Hobby store located on 7676 Peters Road, has been robbed multiple times in 2013. On May 22, the store was targeted again. This time, a man entered the store and stole a $500 remote-controlled car and fled the scene. “It kind of stinks, to be honest with you,” said employee Carmine Crudele. “I mean, it’s not the first time we’ve had this.”The toys at this hobby store are not cheap, and they’re expensive enough for some criminals to try to steal.Crudele remembered how the man acted when inside the store. “[I] ran up front to look, see the cashier standing there with her arms in the air. I’m like, ‘What happened?’ She’s like, ‘Dude, they grabbed the truck and just ran out the front door.’”Surveillance cameras rolled as the subject walked into the business and roamed around the store for a while. “Something was sketchy,” said Crudele. “Something was definitely off. He was kind of quiet, kind of to himself. We had a couple of our employees come up and ask him some questions if he needed help or whatever. Kind of just shrugged them off, almost as if he knew what he wanted. He was just waiting for it to be either slow or, like, a break in the business.”When he finds what he wants, the footage shows the man running out the front door with the toy in hand. A waiting car in the parking lot helped in this getaway.In 2013, Maniacs Hobby was targeted by robbers three times. On one occasion, a couple put a remote controlled car in a baby stroller and walked out. Another man grabbed $2,000 worth of gear and ran out. Another man was on his cellphone as he nonchalantly walked out with a $1,300 helicopter in his hand. After being robbed several times, the store installed HD surveillance cameras, which clearly captured the suspected robber’s face. “These new cameras, man, they are awesome. They see everything, tag number, shirt, everything,” Crudele said.If you have any information on this robbery, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
But on Monday, Gimenez tweeted out the 30-day suspension in order to allow residents to clear up debris and fix their properties before they receive notices or citations.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. As a reminder to County residents, there will be no code enforcement in @MiamiDadeCounty for the next 30 days.— Carlos A. Gimenez (@MayorGimenez) September 22, 2017Property owner Celso Perez thought the county was coming to help him after his fence was knocked down. He was stunned when he got his citation.“Give us a minute to breathe and let us get our power back on,” said Perez. “I wouldn’t mind if they told me that a few days down the line or in due time, but it bothers me that they came out here just a few hours after the storm had passed.”County officials told Help Me Howard that inspectors went out right after the storm because that’s when conditions are most dangerous and the public needs to be protected. MIAMI (WSVN) – Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said code enforcement across the county has been suspended for 30 days to give residents a chance to clean up after Hurricane Irma.The announcement, made via Twitter, follows a Help Me Howard segment from last week where Patrick Fraser reported that, in the hours following the storm, county inspectors issued more than 800 safety notices to homeowners to clean up and repair storm-related damage.
Simon has been charged with one count of felony battery and was released Monday from the Broward County Jail after posting a $5,000 bond.Simon has been an officer with the Opa-locka Police Department since October 2014. The department’s police chief said Simon was off duty and not in uniform at the time of the attack.BSO is investigating, and the Opa-locka Police Department has launched its own internal affairs investigation into the incident.Simon will remain on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. (WSVN) — An Opa-locka Police officer was arrested after he was accused of striking a teen believed to be in a relationship with his juvenile daughter.Lowrie Simon, 37, was arrested Sunday evening in Pembroke Park by the Broward Sheriff’s Office. According to the arrest report, Simon had confronted 17-year-old Kristian Stanley in the parking lot of a Pembroke Park church and accused the teen of having sex with his daughter.Speaking to 7News, Stanley denied the accusation. “So I told him, I was like, ‘Your daughter tried to kiss me. I pushed her away. She felt some type of way, and she went to the next person,’” he said.Simon then punched Stanley in the chest and jaw, according to the victim. “He just got mad. He was like, ‘You’re lying! You’re lying!’” said Stanley. “And he swung and hit me in the chest the first time.”Officials said the officer also tried to swing at Stanley’s teenage brother but missed.Stanley was taken to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital where he was treated for injuries that included a fractured jaw and a lower set of displaced teeth that had to be re-wired into place. The teen said he may lose a few of his bottom teeth.“He’s a cop. You should have handled it better,” said Stanley.
HAPEVILLE, Ga. (WSVN) — Police in Georgia are issuing a warning to parents and teachers after a bust netted an array of drugs designed to look like candy.The Hapeville Police Department says detectives found suspected marijuana and cocaine along with pills and pops shaped like the faces of animated cartoon characters.The designs included Homer Simpson, Hello Kitty, and minions from the movie “Despicable Me.”“Our concern is these pills look like candy,” police told USA Today. “Small children might ingest these items mistaking them for candy. Teens may see these drugs as less of a danger based on their looks.”“Parents, teachers and coaches please make our young people aware of these dangers,” the department said in a Facebook post.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Video recorded from inside the building showed extensive damage, along with the ceiling caved in.“The wing actually hit the building and that’s when it exploded,” said Axelrod.Outside of the building, the Cessna was reduced to a ball of melted and mangled metal.One of the teachers at the center suffered minor injuries, but she was not hospitalized. No one else inside the businesses or nearby warehouses was hurt.While the investigation continues, officials with Positive Behavior Supports offered their condolences to the families of the victims and were thankful everyone at the facility made it out.“We are very, very blessed that the staff followed protocol and they were able to get everybody, including themselves, to safety,” said Axelrod.The flight was reportedly headed to Hilliard Airpark in Hilliard, Fla. – 2 dead (passenger & pilot) – Crashed into building near Fort Lauderdale Executive airport – Building was a therapy center for children with autism – 1 teacher was hurt getting children out but is ok – No children hurt @wsvn pic.twitter.com/QzyYsELX40— Andrew Dymburt (@DymburtNews) December 1, 2018Cellphone video captured firefighters as they worked to put out flames.The structure is home to several warehouses and several other businesses, including the Positive Behavior Supports Corporation, a therapy facility for children on the autism spectrum.Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Steven Gollan said eight staff workers and six children were in the building at the time of the crash.“They came down, and they were trying to get the kids out as fast as they could,” said Positive Behavior Supports Corporation spokesperson Claudia Axelrod.Staffers were able remove the children to a safe location. Witness David Devine said that when he saw the aircraft’s altitude, he knew something was wrong.“It kind of went right by me. It was really low, going down at an angle towards the ground,” he said.Witness Gerard Houle said he also saw the Cessna 335.“I saw the airplane pass just over me, and the engine went, ‘bum, bum, bum, bum, bum, bum,’ and after, I see black smoke,” he said.“It started trying to get its wings straight, heard three pops of the engine, and then I just waited to hear the bang,” said Devine.Officials said the pilot and a passenger in the Cessna 335 were killed. The National Transportation Safety Board will return to the scene to continue investigating.The victims’ family from out-of-state is in contact with officials.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Developments on plane crash in Fort Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale plane crash update: This witness was out fishing when he says he saw the plane flying way too low and stuggling to get control. That’s when he knew it was doomed (@wsvn) pic.twitter.com/eFdmElnTX5— Andrew Dymburt (@DymburtNews) December 1, 2018 FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Two people were killed after a small plane crashed through the roof of an industrial building in Fort Lauderdale that contained a therapy center for autistic children, sparking a fire.Fort Lauderdale Police and Fire Rescue responded to the scene near Northwest 62nd Street and West Cypress Creek Road, just after 1:30 p.m., Saturday.The Federal Aviation Administration said the Cessna 335 aircraft plunged into the warehouse building after departing from Runway 9 at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.
MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A legal battle is now underway after the demolition of a building left a man dead in Miami Beach.Project Manager Samuel Landis was struck by a slab of concrete along 57th Street and Collins Avenue, back in July 2018.The 46-year-old later succumbed to his injuries at Jackson Memorial Hospital.Landis’ family is now suing the construction companies involved.The family’s attorney claims the companies knowingly violated city regulations and disregarded public safety.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Of the top 25 U.S. consumer magazines, 14 saw a decrease in paid verified circulation, with Hearst’s Woman’s Day losing the most in that category by 10.7 percent. The biggest gainer was Game Stop’s Game Informer magazine, increasing its total paid and verified circulation by 37.2 percent to more than 8.1 million. Condé Nast’s Glamour saw a 3.0 percent increase in its total paid and verified circulation, and Meredith’s Family Circle saw an increase of 7.4 percent—the only other publications other than Game Informer to see an increase above 0.9 percent.The newsstand is suffering for consumer magazines across the board—21 of the top 25 publications saw a decrease in the number of single copy sales. The biggest losers included Weight Watchers (27.5 percent), Vanity Fair (18.8 percent), People (18.6 percent), O, The Oprah Magazine (17.9 percent), Vogue (16.5 percent) and Cosmopolitan (15.5 percent).Only four of the top 25 publications saw an increase in newsstand sales—Food Network Magazine (17.8 percent), Family Circle (8.0 percent), Woman’s Day (6.2 percent) and Life and Style Weekly (2.5 percent). Game Informer did see a decrease in the number of newsstand sales (17.9 percent), but leads the pack not only in total paid and verified circulation, but in digital replica circulation as well: it is the largest magazine in this space, with a total circulation of more than 1.2 million.Of the top 25, Maxim has the second highest digital replica circulation with over 284,000; Cosmopolitan has over 185,000; Poder Hispanic comes in fourth with over 170,000 and National Geographic rounds out the top five with over 134,000. The Audit Bureau of Circulation’s semi-annual Fas-Fax report for U.S. consumer magazines shows what many in this sector of the magazine industry were expecting—a decrease in total circulation and newsstand sales. For the first time, the report breaks out figures for standalone digital replicas, which now account for 1.7 percent of total circulation. There are 258 U.S. magazines reporting more than 5.4 million digital replica editions, which more than doubled from 2 million in the first half of 2011.
Time Inc. is taking an active and aggressive role to combat the consistently dismal sales of the newsstand with a new integrated brand marketing campaign for the gem of its portfolio: PEOPLE magazine.Nationwide, advertisements will run across broadcast, print, retail, digital and social media platforms in an effort to jump-start and refresh interest in the celebrity weekly. According to the most recent Fas-Fax report from the Audit Bureau of Circulations for the period ending June 30, 2012, PEOPLE sold about 940,000 single copies at retail from January to June of this year, an 18.6 percent decrease when comparing the same period in 2011.“Certainly Time Inc. has a very important stake in what’s happening at the newsstand, so the whole company, we think, will benefit,” says Karen Kovacs, publisher of PEOPLE. “This is a full path to purchase marketing and advertising campaign so we’re leveraging television and print to reignite the emotional connection that consumers have with the brand.” The mantra of the campaign is “People Love PEOPLE,” which will be vocalized in 30-second TV commercial showcases, as well as 15-second online video ads which will be broadcast on networks and shows with a heavy celebrity focus, and digital and social media outlets featuring celebrity and entertainment programming. The aim is to get readers in store to buy the publication week after week.“We’re buying spots against our target,” says Jenn Ogden-Reese, senior vice president of consumer marketing for the Time Inc. Style & Entertainment Group. “We’re buying Wednesday through the weekend, which is when most of our buying happens—we sell mostly Thursday through Sunday. Digital will be custom every week and feature the current week’s issue and what’s on the cover. It’s about tantalizing and engaging the consumer so we’re using trivia that is from that week’s issue.”At retail, in-store radio and video promotions will be used to close the sale. Additionally, Time Inc. is utilizing Catalina couponing, which will give targeted individuals discounts on PEOPLE magazine.“Catalina provides tailored offers based on purchase history,” says Ogden-Reese. “It’s very much a way for us to be able to target the right consumer with the right offer. We’ve profiled our consumer so we know who is a heavy or light user of our product so we can do a lot of sophisticated, almost CRM-like, work to get the coupon into the hands of the right consumer who is responsive to that offer.”The digital advertising is used to show a sneak peak of each of the weekly issues, which Time Inc. hopes will drive overall interest. Social platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest and Instagram will be used, and each outlet will encourage users to do different things. There will be a “paid investment” with both Facebook and Twitter. With photo sharing network Instagram, for example, users will be encouraged to take a photo of where they read their PEOPLE magazine.“We’ve been smart and strategic about national investment,” says Ogden-Reese. “We did a five-market test this spring and we measured not only sales lifts on single copies but impact to our website and subscription acquisitions—every measure was lifted. The primary goal, and I think from a clarity of advertising, is around driving the single copy at retail.”More than 40 print ads will run across nine Time Inc. titles, including PEOPLE StyleWatch, InStyle, Essence, Real Simple, All You, Health, Entertainment Weekly and Cooking Light, generating more than 300 million total print impressions designed to drive consumers to the newsstand. The creative for the campaign was created by the New York-based agency The Terri & Sandy Solution. “We’re going to see a brand lift overall,” adds Kovacs. “This will have a positive effect on subscribers, but it should also have a positive effect with how consumers want to engage from a digital perspective. We are rolling out the ability to access the digital version of the magazine on the Web. It’s not just only available on the tablet, but throughout the year you’ll see access throughout the Web. We expect to see a lift in all channels.”To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter!More on this topic AAM: Newsstand a Drag On Circ as Digital Rises (UPDATED) Bob Cucciniello iMirus Latest to Launch Digital Newsstand The Convergence of Print and Digital Brands Newsstand Sales Down 6 Percent in First Quarter ABC FAS-FAX: More than 50 Percent of Consumer Magazines See Subscription DeclinesJust In PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the MovePowered by
According the Magazine Media 360º Brand Audience Report in June, GQ saw its month-over-month print and digital edition readership drop by 1 percent. What’s more, its year-to-date readership is down 2.7 percent. So that extra dollar may help soften these declines. The price increase for the 12-issue monthly will take effect starting with its September issue. The good news for GQ is, despite a decline in print readership, digital is way up. The company would not share revenue figures with Folio:, but the 360º data indicate major gains across the board for GQ, and traffic equals revenue. “The print market is shifting and changing at a dramatic rate, but the one constant that remains is consumers still understand and appreciate quality,” said publisher and CRO, Howard Mittman, in a statement. “In a world full of disposable content, GQ invests in quality editorial and premium experiences in ways no other men’s brand can.” GQ is confident it’s worth at least another buck on the newsstand. Today the brand announced it’s raising its newsstand cover price by 14 percent, from $6.99 to $7.99. The brand says that the increase is a response to the engagement with a higher priced, upgraded book for its 2015 Men of the Year issue, which featured better paper and a larger trim size. Desktop traffic is up by 65.7 percent year-over-year, in a time when many are watching their readers migrate to mobile. Speaking of which, mobile is also doing extremely well, up 102.9 percent year-over-year. And video, where the big money flows, is up 45.6 percent year-over-year. Of course, when you look at the numbers, there is reason to believe some of the motivation behind the somewhat modest increase is to offset the high cost of a declining print product. So in sum, GQ is doing just fine, but it still needs to keep its margins reasonable, and an increased newsstand price probably won’t hurt.