MPA Names Linda Thomas Brooks New President and CEO

first_img Brooks brings experience from GM MediaWorks, where she was VP and managing director, and The Martin Agency. Her agency background should bring a new perspective to the organization. In the official announcement, Brooks suggests she will bring new insight from a client’s perspective, something that could be extremely beneficial as publishers continue to search for answers when it comes to growing revenue through advertising. Linda Thomas Brooks will assume the role of president and CEO at the MPA, the association announced today. The role has remained vacant since Mary Berner left to join Cumulus Media last September. The months-long search ends as the MPA gears up for it’s annual American Magazine Media Conference, which includes the National Magazine Awards, scheduled to kick off on February 1. The appointment takes effect immediately. “In our ever-changing media landscape, we are thrilled to have an innovative leader with Linda’s experience, vision and growth mindset,” said Stephen Lacy, chairman and CEO at Meredith and chairman of the MPA’s BOD. “In the last two years, MPA has created a very accurate measure of the impressive reach of our audience through Magazine Media 360°, and created an exciting new way to measure the tremendous effectiveness of magazine advertising through our Print Industry Sales Guarantee. We believe Linda brings the exact skills and leadership we need, and look forward to her aggressively evangelizing and expanding these cutting-edge tools and solutions in the media and advertising marketplace.”​center_img It’s still unclear if Brooks will be working on expanding the association’s Magazine Media 360º project to appeal more to media buyers, with expanded data or cross-channel tracking. In a time where advertisers are seeking deep, concise data, it’s reasonable to expect a 2.0 version of the monthly consumer magazine report.last_img read more

Funding Constraints Impede Range Modernization for Marine Corps Officials Say

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The tradeoffs required for the Marine Corps to cope with stringent budget caps over the past several years have come at the expense of efforts to upgrade its training ranges to handle new operational challenges, senior officials from the service told the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee last month.“In recognition of the currently constrained fiscal environment, the Marine Corps has been required to sacrifice further range modernization for the sustainment and recapitalization of existing capacities and capabilities,” Maj. Gen. Charles Hudson, commander of Marine Corps Installations Command and assistant deputy commandant for installations and logistics, said during a Dec. 3 hearing on the impact of reducing funding for infrastructure and installation support.“This means that we are unable to adequately address the required training enhancements associated with new and emerging operational requirements,” Hudson said.There are some exceptions, however. He cited Congress’ support for expanding the service’s largest and most capable range at Twentynine Palms, Calif. That effort will allow the Marine Corps to exercise a three-maneuver battalion, a Marine expeditionary brigade and a live-fire training environment.Lawmakers also approved funding to expand the Townsend Bombing Range in Georgia, which will allow personnel on the East Coast to train with precision-guided munitions used by the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.Maj. Gen. Brian Beaudreault, commanding general of 2nd Marine Division, told the panel the major “training gap” for troops under his command is range modernization.In many cases, a diminished level of funding for infrastructure requires units to travel to other installations to prepare them to be “ready to fight and operate across the full range of military operations,” Beaudreault said.“So that requires me to often go off of installation in places like Twentynine Palms, places like Fort Stewart, Fort Bragg, A.P. Hill, Fort Pickett, where I can ensure that the force that I’m deploying forward can meet every one of its demands,” he stated.Without sufficient funding to upgrade its ranges, the service’s training resources are unable to keep up with the requirements of its newest aircraft.“For example, with the MV-22 we now fly twice as far and twice as fast as legacy helicopters. The Joint Strike Fighter is going to have new weapons systems that … dwarf the capabilities of legacy aircraft today,” Col. Chris Pappas III, commanding officer at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., told the panel.“And they’re putting a great deal of pressure upon our range space that were perfectly acceptable in legacy airframes. … So that is a bigger challenge I think we’re going to have to look at to meet future training challenges,” Pappas said.Learn more about how states and communities can help installations upgrade their range infrastructure at next month’s Installation Innovation Forum 2016. A special focus of the conference will be understanding defense infrastructure and how it impacts an installation’s military value. The conference will be held from Feb. 29-March 2 in Charleston, S.C. More details about the conference program and location are available on the conference website.last_img read more

Hulu unveils a new installment of Into the Dark

first_img 0 Amazon Prime HBO Amazon Hulu Netflix Share your voice Netpicks Cord Cutters (OTT) Warning: Mr. Simpson often ends up playing creepy characters.  Aaron Epstein/Hulu Welcome back to your guide to finding out what’s new online. Every week, we put together a podcast that lets you know what’s been added to services like Netflix, Hulu and HBO Now. The audio is about a minute or two long.Since you’re reading this, let’s give you some extra information not found in the podcast: You can watch some movies for free over at In March, the service added “Ace Ventura,” “Ali” and “Men in Black.” Those films will be available just for the month of March for free. The downside? It’s ad-supported. Want to know what else is new? Listen to this guy: The Simpson 2:09 What’s new to stream in March 2019 For more information on what’s available to watch online, check out or subscribe to the podcast — it’s free! And go to to see what else is out in the world of streaming.center_img TV and Movies Home Entertainment Post a comment Tags Audio (weekly): RSS | iTunes | Google PlayVideo (monthly): iTunes (HD) | iTunes (HQ) | iTunes (SD) | RSS (HD) | RSS (HQ)| RSS (SD) Now playing: Watch this: Your browser does not support the audio element.last_img read more

Hawaiian Vog Where Theres SmokeThere is Something Brewing

first_imgThe Kilauea Volcano located on the Big Island of Hawaii is currently registering an Orange Alert which means the volcano is exhibiting a heightened or elevated risk of eruption or is erupting with minor or no volcanic ash emissions. Of particular concern is Halema’ Uma’ u crater, and the Pu’ u’ ‘O’ o vent located on the Kilauea Volcano. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Hawaiian Vog: Where There’s Smoke–There is Something Brewing (2008, September 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Image: Volcanic smog and sunglint in the Vanuatu Archipelago Sulfur dioxide emissions from this volcano increased substantially to a range of 1200 to 1700 tonnes per day on September 21, 2008. Additionally lava from the Pu’ u’ ‘O’ o vent has sent lava flowing into the ocean. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory a 4.3 magnitude earthquake was registered in the nearby area of at nearby Ka’ena Point. Since this date the Kilauea Summit has registered daily earthquake activity in a range of 1.7 to 2.6 magnitude. USGS scientists Bernard Chouet and Phil Dawson have developed modeling tools and analytic methods for evaluting volcanic activity from Italy to Japan and their expertise is being used to evaluate the recent Kilauea Volcano. Preliminary findings of Chouet and Dawson indicate the VLP (very long period) tremors appear to originate from a rather specific source locations, clustering at sea level or 1 kilometer below the caldera floor. However, at the Northeast corner of Halema’ Uma’ u the range depth is approximately several hundred meters. The tremor bursts appear to be beneath the Halema’ Uma’ u flume which opened on March 19, 2008. Per a communication from Phil Dawson, he states, “I am not able to fully convey the amazement that I feel each day as I watch this sequence unfold.” Visitors are warned not to venture into the lava deltas because of the possibility of explosions. Moreover, the steam plumes rising after lava enters the ocean are highly acidic and contain glass particles. The local Civil Defense website offers updates on lava flows at . Daily updates of Kileaue Volcano are available at . The volcanic pollution or Vog is currently under study by medical professionals and the USGS. Vog is sulfur dioxide and is the result of volcanic eruptions. The volcanic air pollution creates a hazy appearance in the otherwise bucolic environment. The main concern of health officials in Hawaii is the effect Vog is having on the respiratory and pulmonary system of its residents and visitors. Currently, health officials have set up Sulfur Dioxide Alerts in effected areas to warn residents. People with respiratory illnesses and the general population are encouraged to reduce physically challenging activities, drink fluids or stay indoors during high Vog conditions. According to Dr. Elizabeth Tam of the University of Hawaii Medical School, volcanic air pollution may trigger asthma attacks in susceptible patients. Dr. Tam, preliminary results indicate Vog or volcanic pollution will not cause asthma, it can trigger asthma attacks. Dr. Tam and her colleagues are studying the long term effects of Vog on school children. The longitudinal study began six-years ago and will continue until the particular children in the study reach the age of 18. Scientists and volcano watchers alike are keeping a watchful eye on the activities around the Kilauea Volcano. Explore further Halema’ Uma’ u Crater–Kilauea Volcano Credit: USGSlast_img read more