Zimbabwe moves forward

first_imgThe new Zimbabwe: (from left) PresidentRobert Mugabe new, Prime Minister MorganTsvangirai and deal negotiator SouthAfrica’s president Thabo Mbeki.Image: Department of Foreign Affairs MorganTsvangirai has high hopes forthe future of Zimbabwe.Image: IrinnewsKhanyi Magubane A landmark power sharing agreement in Zimbabwe signed on 15 September 2008 will formally establish a government of national unity in that country.After several weeks of hard talking, mediated by South African President Thabo Mbeki, Zimbabwe will finally move forward in what potentially signals the end of political and economic instability in the southern African country.According to the agreement, Robert Mugabe (Zanu-PF) remains president of Zimbabwe; Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai is to become prime minister and MDC faction leader Arthur Mutambara will hold the post of deputy prime minister.President Mbeki was tasked by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to mediate talks between Zimbabwe’s three main political leaders.When the three leaders attended the signing ceremony at the Rainbow Towers Hotel in Harare, they received a standing ovation.In attendance were hundreds of party members, diplomats and African Union (AU) and SADC representatives. There were cheers all around when the leaders signed the agreement, which has been eagerly awaited, not only on the African continent, but around the world.Under the new deal, the MDC, along with another MDC breakaway faction, will together have 16 seats, while President Mugabe’s Zanu-PF will hold the remaining 15.Mbeki told the delegates they had travelled a long road to reach such a stage. He was thanked by the leaders present at the signing, for his patience and effort in seeking to bring together the country’s political bigwigs after they had a major falling out in the contentious presidential election earlier this year.The Southern African Development Community’s chairman for Organ of Politics, Defence, Security and Co-operation, Swaziland’s King Mswati thanked him for his part in successfully clinching the peace deal.“Mbeki has worked tirelessly to make this day possible and it is for this reason that the parties must make this government of national unity work.”The agreement ends a six-month deadlock that followed elections on 29 March.While Tsvangirai won the March elections, he did not win more than 50% needed to avoid a second round.Run off-elections were then scheduled for June 2008. Due to what Tsvangirai termed as insurmountable political intimidation by state police on him and his party members, he withdrew from the elections, leaving Mugabe as the only candidate. Several leaders in Africa and further abroad rejected his “one man” victory.Bringing Zimbabwe back from the edgeThe signing of the agreement is widely seen as a historic moment in African politics, as less than three months ago in June, political tension in Zimbabwe had reached a boiling point and the country was on the brink of collapse.In August startling figures were released by that country’s Central Statistical Office, which revealed that inflation was at 11.2 million percent, the highest in the world.As a result of poor living conditions, millions of Zimbabweans fled the country to find employment in other countries. A third of its 12 million citizens no longer live in the country, and those who remain live below the breadline, some surviving on mealie-meal (corn) porridge.The economic crisis, which severely dropped the value of the Zimbabwean dollar, made it almost impossible for Zimbabweans to buy basic commodities, electricity, fuel and medicines.Commenting on the signing of the historic deal, South Africa’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Aziz Pahad said, “What we see today is Zimbabweans finding a solution for themselves.“It shows that Africans can find their own solutions, and as South Africa, we call on the international community to join in, support and help rebuild Zimbabwe.”Other leaders who have praised the deal signed between the political parties includesChairman of the Commission of the African Union, Jean Ping, who described it as further inroads made at achieving stability on the African continent.“The accord marks a turning point in the efforts aimed at promoting reconciliation, stability and fostering conditions conducive for the recovery of their country.”Ping also called on the international community to support the implementation of the agreement.Shortly after the signing, Mutumbara, Tsvangirai, and Mugabe addressed delegates in attendance.Tsvangirai, the country’s new prime minister, said he was pleased with the process leading up to the signing of the deal, “The truth is that we are facing a crisis, and we will have to work together to resolve It … and yes, we will face challenges but we are ready for them.”Tsvangirai added that the most urgent need right now was to rebuild Zimbabwe to its former glory and beyond.“We need electricity, water, petrol for our vehicles; we need to access our cash from banks,” he said.Deputy Prime Minister Mutumbara, also addressed delegates, where he admitted that it was a painful compromise that the parties had to make to reach an agreement.“We must make sure the healing is cascaded right from the top to the villages … our country has gone through a painful experience and we have to heal from the top to the bottom.”Taking to the podium and delivering a lengthy address, President Mugabe remained defiant.“Zimbabwe is a sovereign country, only the people of Zimbabwe have the fundamental right to govern it. They alone will set up government, they alone will change it.”People will want to see if what we promise is indeed what we strive to do … We are committed, I am committed, let us all be committed.”Mapping a way forward for ZimbabweThe 31-page agreement signed by the three parties, detail the way forward for Zimbabwe, from issues concerning the economy, food stability and land restitution.According to the Declaration of Commitment section of the agreement, the parties agreed to, gave their commitment to, “work together to create a genuine, viable, permanent, sustainable and nationally acceptable solution to the Zimbabwe situation and in particular to implement the following agreement with the aims of resolving once and for all the current political and economic situations and charting a new political direction for the country.”The deal stipulates in detail, how the country aims to undertake restoration of economic stability and growth. Under this section, the parties commit themselves to urgently addressing the issue of food security, poverty and unemployment and the challenges of high inflation.A National Economic Council (NEC) will also be established with representatives from the country’s manufacturing, agriculture, mining, tourism, commerce, financial, labour and academia sectors.The main objective of the NEC will include advising government on economic issues and formulating economic plans and programmes to be approved by the government.Under land redistribution, the agreement states that while parties disagree on the methodology used in the acquisition and redistribution of land in Zimbabwe, they agree that it was necessary to have a land reform programme.Moving forward on the land issue, the parties have now taken a number of agreements including the need to conduct a comprehensive and transparent land audit for the purpose of eliminating multiple farm ownerships by one individual.The parties have also agreed to secure international support and finance for the land reform programme in a bid to compensate the former landowners and support the new farmers.The parties have also agreed there is a need for women to access and control land in their own right as equal citizens.A new constitution is also underway for Zimbabwe.A Select Committee of Parliament (SCP) will set up subcommittees chaired by a member of parliament and composed of members of parliament and representatives of civil societies as may be necessary to assist the Committee in performing its mandate.Public hearings will be held in a bid to include public consultation over the making of a new constitution.A draft constitution is expected to be tabled three months after the Select Committee of Parliament has held all the necessary consultations. The draft constitution will then be tabled in parliament.After it’s debated in parliament, the necessary changes will be made and a referendum to approve the constitution will be held. If it receives the thumbs up, it will then be gazetted within one month of the referendum.Under the new agreement, the freedom of political activity, which in the past led to many deaths and the torture of hundreds of citizens, is now protected.Do you have any queries or comments on this article? Email Khanyi Magubane on khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.comRelated articlesNew Zimbabwe deal in sight Talks sound hope for Zimbabwe UN,AU strive for peace in Africa Leaders condemn Zim violence Useful linksGovernment of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe – biographyMDCSouth African presidencylast_img read more

Colin Cowherd Releases Light-Hearted Farewell To Iowa And Its Fans

first_imgFS1's Colin Cowherd.Iowa’s loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship knocked the Hawkeyes out of the College Football Playoff chase, though the team still earned the No. 5 ranking and a spot in the Rose Bowl opposite Pac-12 champion Stanford. All season long, Fox Sports’ Colin Cowherd has mocked the Hawkeyes and challenged their credentials. He’s called the team overrated and “a fraud” even as it started off 12-0. Today, in typical Cowherd fashion, he got in one final parting shot at the black-and-gold clad program and its fans. Cowherd released a light-hearted video set to the tune of Sarah McLachlan’s “I Will Remember You.” He stares wistfully into the camera as lyrics poking fun at the Hawkeyes’ wins over lesser opponents play. My heartfelt message to Hawkeye Nation https://t.co/OizoLJnYeu— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) December 8, 2015For Iowa fans still looking for a reason to be mad at Cowherd, here’s another alley-oop for  you, straight from the man himself.last_img read more

Ohio State baseball set for midweek home contests against Akron and Xavier

Junior pitcher Ryan Riga (44) throws the ball during a game against Siena March 14 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 8-5.Credit: Sam Harrington / Lantern photographerAfter sweeping a winless Siena team over the weekend, the Ohio State baseball team is looking to continue defending its home turf.The Buckeyes (11-6, 0-0) are preparing for their last two non-conference games — against in-state opponents Akron Tuesday and Xavier Wednesday — before kicking off their Big Ten schedule with a weekend series against Michigan State.Senior outfielder Tim Wetzel, who is hitting .417 (10-24) with runners on base, said the team is concentrated on taking things one game at a time.“One thing that is big with this year’s team is we’re just treating every game the same, whether it’s the Big Ten or a midweek game like we’ve got coming up this week. Every game is just as important as the next,” Wetzel said. “We’re not going to jump ahead to the Big Ten this weekend. We’ve got to take care of these two games first.”Coach Greg Beals said he expects his players to bring a lot of energy into both of their games this week.“I just want to see us keep the winning streak going, I want to see the quality of at-bats continue to grow, I’d like to see us hit some extra base hits. If we get some extra base hits, we usually score runs in those innings,” Beals said.Sophomore pitcher Jake Post is slated to start the game against the Zips (7-8, 0-0). After two starts and also coming out of the bullpen as a relief pitcher twice, Post is currently 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA and said he is confident heading into the game against Akron.“They look like a beatable team. If I execute my pitches and our hitters come through and we play good defense, we’ll come out with a win,” Post said. “I just want to go as deep as I can, have a good game, throw good pitches and execute to put the team in a good situation to win.”Numerous freshmen have emerged as key players for the Buckeyes in the early season. The Big Ten announced Monday that freshman pitcher Travis Lakins earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors. Lakins recorded a perfect 1.2 innings pitched in the latter game of a doubleheader with Siena Saturday after striking out a career-high five hitters and only allowing a pair of hits in 3.2 scoreless innings at No. 7 Oregon State Tuesday.Other freshmen producing for OSU include outfielder Ronnie Dawson, who is currently third in the Big Ten with a .393 batting average and leads the team with 22 hits. Freshman pitcher Adam Niemeyer struck out a career-best eight while allowing just one hit over 4.1 scoreless innings of relief against No. 9 Oregon March 7.“They’re huge, we knew that we were going to need them coming into the season big time,” Wetzel said. “The (freshmen) pitching staff has really been stepping up, (Troy) Montgomery and Dawson in the lineup have been huge, we knew that was going to be the case. We’re just excited they’re producing.”Beals said a key to succeeding in the conference is getting the younger players as much playing time as possible.“I think we’ve been able to get production from the younger guys but most importantly, we’ve got them experience and they’ve gotten a good number of at bats, so they’re going to be ready to go now that we start conference play,” Beals said.Beals added that OSU is healthy and ready to make an impact in the Big Ten when the conference portion of its schedule begins this weekend.“Physically, we’re in really good shape so as you transfer from preseason into the conference season, that’s something that’s always a concern and we’re healthy right now,” Beals said.First pitch against Akron is set for 5:05 p.m. Tuesday at Bill Davis Stadium. read more

Henry hails Kompany impact at Man City

first_imgThierry Henry has hailed Vincent Kompany’s impact at Manchester City as being similar to the one that John Terry had at ChelseaThe Belgium international joined the newly-crowned Premier League winners back in August 2008 from Bundesliga side Hamburg and, after replacing Carlos Tevez as the club captain back in 2011, Kompany has led City to three league titles.But in recent seasons the defender has been struggling with injury issues with Pep Guardiola having reportedly admitted to have grown tired with the constant setbacks.Yet Kompany returned to the side on 3 February in their 1-1 draw against Burnley and has since been an ever present figure at the back with the Belgium having led City to the Carabao Cup later that month in their 3-0 win against Arsenal at Wembley.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“When Vincent Kompany talks, he’s eloquent, intelligent, knows the game, is a good player and a great leader. It’s exactly what you want from him.” said Henry, according to Sky Sports.“He’s had a difficult couple years with injuries, but he never gave up, was always there for the team with a smile.“It’s very important to have these types of players to win titles. We saw it at the end of John Terry’s career at Chelsea. You can always rely on Vincent Kompany, on what he can bring.”last_img read more

Valverde plays down Barcelona draw

first_imgErnesto Valverde admits he is not unsettled by Barcelona’s draw against Valencia claiming they had the right mentality in the game.“The game was an uphill task for us from the first kick,” he said after Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Mestalla.“The first corner went past everyone and we had to roll up our sleeves for the equaliser.“They had the momentum of being 1-0 up and were dangerous on the break as a result.“We were a bit stunned but as the match progressed, and after we equalised, I felt we had enough chances to win.“They didn’t want to leave us any space so they could find the winner on the counter and ultimately it ended a draw.“Mestalla is a difficult place to go to. The fans spur their team on and if there’s a good counterattacking team, it’s Valencia.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“You can put a lot of money together and they’ll make you pay for your mistakes.“With Gameiro, Guedes, and Cheryshev, they had forwards who could run. Luckily Messi scored a great goal.“I’m not annoyed about the goal we conceded. The team came out with the right mentality. Four days ago we scored a goal after two minutes, today we conceded one.“We analysed last week, which was a difficult week, especially the Leganes game, which hurt us.“I think we played in the same vein as how we did in London. We tried to lift the game with our style, but it was difficult. We have a slightly sad taste in our mouths.“We played four days ago, but they did five days ago. When your opponents sit back, it’s difficult.”last_img read more

Three Lions coach pleased with debutants

first_imgHead coach of the England senior national team, Gareth Southgate says he is impressed with debutants Jadon Sancho and Ben Chilwell.Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho made history when he came off the bench to become the first player born this millennium to represent England and Southgate was also pleased with the returning Ross Barkley.“They’re hugely proud to play in the shirt,” the England manager said, according to Sports Mole.“We talked just before the game… it’s not an easy pitch either, especially in that final third. A lot of people just slipping with their footing.”“So, that quality in the final third, at times the ball bouncing up at the wrong moment, but good teams adapt and good teams, whatever the circumstances or the atmosphere or the pitch, find a way of playing.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I was really pleased that the players did that tonight.”“I was particularly pleased with Ben Chilwell. I thought that was a super debut, very composed with his defending against some top-quality players.”“He was patient, he made good interceptions, his use of the ball was very composed, got forward well.”“I also thought Ross Barkley coming back into the team had a very good impact on the game as well.”“We’re disappointed to leave here not having won, but I have to focus on the way that we play and tonight I thought we played well.”last_img read more

UK Elections give Conservatives clear control in House of Commons

first_img SANDALS RESORTS FIRST HIGH STREET STORE OPENS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 May 2015 – Elections in the UK have firmly put the Conservative Party in the driver’s seat of governance in Great Britain. Over the weekend David Cameron led the Conservatives to 331 seats and 24 more than the last election. Cameron, who for the past five years led a coalition government, on Friday pledged to build a Greater Great Britain. Following the loss for the Labour Party, its leader Ed Miliband resigned the position. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp PDM gets 22 potential candidate applications; public meeting tomorrow STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 1ST JUNE 2016 Recommended for you Related Items:conservatives, david cameron, ed millibaand, election, labour party, UKlast_img read more

What You Need To Know For Upcoming Borough Elections

first_imgProposition No. 1General Obligation Bonds to Pay the Local Required Match Portion of the Costs of the Kachemak-Selo New K-12 School (to be voted on by all voters) Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Polls will be open for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Regular Municipal Election on October 2, from 7am to 8pm. Early voting began on September 17. To register to vote in the local election you must be at least 18 years of age registered as a resident of the Kenai Peninsula Borough at least 30 days before the election.,There are three propositions that will be on the upcoming ballot for residents of the Kenai Peninsula for the municipal election on October 2. For Kenai City Council: There are two open seats on the council: Incumbent Bob Molloy will face off with Teea Winger and Robert Peterkin II. For the seats open on the Kenai Peninsula Borough assembly: For District 1, K-Beach: incumbent Brent Hibbert is unopposed. For District 6, East Peninsula: incumbent Kenn Carpenter is unopposed For District 9, South Peninsula: incumbent Willy Dunne will face off with Troy Jones of Homer. Board of Education: Three seats are open: One incumbent, Mike Illg of Homer, will go into the election unchallenged. In the Kenai area incumbent Tim Navarre will face off with Matthew Morse to represent District 2 on the board. Proposition No. 1General Obligation Bonds to Pay the Local Required Match Portion of the Costs of the Kachemak-Selo New K-12 School (to be voted on by all voters) The proposed new area of the Central Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area as should “the common boundary line between the Central Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area and the South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area be moved south by about 15 miles to Barbara Drive in Ninilchik?” For Soldotna City Council: There are three open seats- with three candidates: Two incumbents, Paul Whitney and Justin Ruffridge will retain their seats. Jordan Chilson, filed for the third open seat. The proposed new area of the Central Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area as should “the common boundary line between the Central Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area and the South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area be moved south by about 15 miles to Barbara Drive in Ninilchik?” To required match for the borough is a $5,450,000 issuance bond for the Kenai Peninsula Borough to pay the local required match portion of the costs of ohe Kachemak-Selo new K-12 School construction project. There are three propositions that will be on the upcoming ballot for residents of the Kenai Peninsula for the municipal election on October 2. Proposition No. 3Expanding the South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area to Include the Land South of Kachemak Bay Excluding the City of Seldovia (to be voted on by voters in the South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area and the new proposed area) Proposition No. 2Amending the Code to Move the Common Boundary Between the Central Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area and the South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area (to be voted on by voters in the Central Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area and the Proposed new Area) The proposed new southern area of the South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area will be asked “shall the southern boundary line of the South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area around Kachemak Bay be moved south?” Proposition No. 3Expanding the South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area to Include the Land South of Kachemak Bay Excluding the City of Seldovia (to be voted on by voters in the South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area and the new proposed area) Proposition No. 2Amending the Code to Move the Common Boundary Between the Central Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area and the South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area (to be voted on by voters in the Central Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area and the Proposed new Area) The proposed new southern area of the South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area will be asked “shall the southern boundary line of the South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area around Kachemak Bay be moved south?” To required match for the borough is a $5,450,000 issuance bond for the Kenai Peninsula Borough to pay the local required match portion of the costs of ohe Kachemak-Selo new K-12 School construction project.last_img read more

Dunleavy Maintains Lead In Race For Governor

first_imgDemocratic challenger Mark Begich currently has 43.57% percent of the vote. Dunleavy has already declared victory. In a statement, he said he takes seriously the task ahead of him. Elections officials hope to certify the results by November 23, according to the DOE. Governor Bill Walker suspended his reelection campaign days after Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott resigned over what Walker described as an “inappropriate overture to a woman.” Dunleavy: “Over these past four years, too many Alaskans have been shut out of the big decisions facing our state – from changes to the Permanent Fund to crime policy to addressing the state’s budget deficit. Elections remind us that in our system of government the people rule, and today the people made their voices heard. Now begins the real work of restoring trust between the people and their government. With the help of the people of Alaska, we will protect and restore the Permanent Fund Dividend, we will end the state’s crime spree, and we will unleash Alaska’s unparalleled economic potential.”center_img The state will continue to count absentee and other uncounted ballots a week after Election Day. A final count will be done by November 21. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享With 98 percent of precincts reporting as of Wednesday morning former state senator Mike Dunleavy has the lead in the race for governor with 52.39% of the votes.last_img read more

For a Regional Magazine Print is Still the Main Source of Income

first_imgWhen you read the literature of journalism these days you might think that you must hurry to carve out your place in the digital world. That may be so for newspapers, but it is not so for magazines, particularly not for regional magazines.Berkshire HomeStyle is a controlled circulation regional magazine distributed in our core region of the Berkshires and Columbia County, as well as in Northern Connecticut and Dutchess county, the Capital District (Albany, Troy, Schenectady) and in Saratoga, an area approximately 50 miles from its central location in Austerlitz, New York. The magazine started in 1989, grew steadily until 2008, had a significant decline in 2009, and seems to be climbing back to steady growth in 2011. Where Are We Now? 2008 – 2011 Comparison with Competing MagazineBerkshire HomeStyle’s experience during these difficult years is quite likely similar to that of most magazines. In the Berkshires, HomeStyle had one direct competitor, also a monthly lifestyle magazine with nine issues a year. The graph below compares ads sold by both from 2008 to June 2011. The upper line is Berkshire HomeStyle and the lower line the competitor. The upswing each year illustrates the seasonal nature of the region—a major influx of second homers and tourists in the summer season. The bottom line x’s are the months when the competing magazine was not published (it folded at the end of 2010).During the three full years we can see that the drop in advertising sales was quite similar for both magazines. For the month of July, for example, the peak month in this region, HomeStyle had 188 ads in 2008, 161 in 2009, and 146 in 2010. The competitor had 157 ads in 2008, 108 in 2009, and 111 in 2010.Can Online or Digital Publishing Make Up for the Declines?In this case, the simple answer is no. Towards the end of 2009 the competing magazine took out full page ads saying “Now, more than just a magazine.” They were alluding to their various online publications. Since the magazine folded a year later, we might conclude that online did not rescue them. Our own experience with online is not very encouraging either. Visits to our online edition were 454 in January, 325 in February, 709 in March, 483 in April and 262 in May. Berkshire HomeStyle has opted to stick with the printed magazine. The brave new world of the Internet is still in the throes of development. Whether it’s PageTurn Pro developing its software to be more user-friendly or one of hundreds of their competitors coming up with a better system, there will be a better system. Whether Kindle or iPad will offer the best way to see Berkshire HomeStyle online, one of them or any one of hundreds of others will vie for Berkshire HomeStyle’s content.Potential for GrowthBerkshire HomeStyle today is the same monthly regional magazine it was in 2007. Total sales then had peaked, after 17 years of steady growth, at $553,491. The economic tsunami in 2008 took us down to a low of $367,534 in 2010. Today, having weathered the storm, we plan to continue our growth. The world today is quite different from 2007. The economy is sluggish. Housing, a major measure of confidence, will be bad for years to come. Unemployment will remain high for a while. Yet, well-managed companies, whether large corporations or small magazines, will prosper.  Berkshire HomeStyle’s growth will probably continue at the pre-2008 annual rate of around 10 percent, keeping the advertisers we have and gaining new ones in the course of our region’s normal business. In addition there are some major new growth areas. One growth area is regional expansion. Three months ago we hired a new sales rep to service northern Connecticut. The results are promising, and could bring as much as 5 percent in additional sales. Just last month we started a new division headed by our new Fashion and Style Editor. That may add as much as 20 percent to annual sales within two or three years. Our ad sales, as they have developed over the past 20 years, are heavily concentrated in home-related goods and services and in the arts. The first accounts for 27 percent of all ad sales, the second, for 24 percent. Our new Fashion division may well develop to be a major division much like Home and the Arts.Strange as it may seem, the brave new world of the Internet may well be one of our major sources for growth.  One of the terms that have been coined to describe the struggle for a place in the sun among the plethora of providers is “competition for eyeballs.” The magazine holds up very well in that competitive arena. There is the pleasure of holding a well-designed magazine and of reading intelligent and carefully edited text. And then there is the kind of world we want to live in. For the foreseeable future, the good magazine is likely to prevail.Henry Meininger is editor and publisher of Berkshire HomeStyle.center_img Two events affected publishing in recent years, the economic meltdown in 2008 and the appearance of the social network. They are not directly related, but the confluence of these two events does throw some confusion into thinking and planning.  If the economic meltdown was the result of many years of “irrational exuberance” then the correction is a natural one. Whether housing or retailing or advertising revenue, a correction of 25 percent to 30 percent is reasonable. And as to the future, we need to understand that growth will not be at the heady rate prior to 2008. Berkshire HomeStyle will probably continue to grow at 10 percent in 2011. That is a good growth rate for just about any business.The Social NetworkAll the buzz these days is about Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and many others, all under the umbrella of the social network. This is certainly a humongous change in communication technology. It is so vast and so varied that the chances of a small, regional magazine to be on top of those developments and to harness them are very slim. Besides, if our print advertising can grow at 10 percent, say from $35,000 a month to $38,500, that’s a lot better than a 20 percent growth in Internet advertising, from, say $3,000 to $3,600.Berkshire HomeStyle has had a website since 2001. In 2010 we went online through Page Turn Pro. We do not sell ads on our online edition. Creating the administrative machinery to sell and service them is, at this time, just not profitable. We do use the Internet for marketing, but we avoid spending more than we can hope to recover from plunging into the brave new world of online.last_img read more