Overall advertising spending was down 1.4 percent during the first half compared to the same period last year, according to figures released today by the Nielsen Company’s Monitor-Plus service.Ad spending during the period was down 8 percent for b-to-b magazines and down 3.1 percent for national magazines. Local magazines posted a slight gain of 0.3 percent over the same period in 2007.Nielsen’s Monitor-Plus figures differ slightly from the same-periodnumbers from the Publishers Information Bureau and the BIN report.According to PIB, ad revenues for the first half were down 2.8 percent.BIN (which tracks b-to-b titles) had revenue declining more than 6percent for the first half.Among the 19 media categories tracked, cable TV posted the largest ad spending gains, up 8.1 percent over the first half last year. Spot radio was the biggest decliner, down 10.1 percent. Continuing its declines, national newspapers saw ad spending fall 8.1 percent during the period. Local newspapers were only slightly better, posting a 7.3 decline.Much of the ad declines could be due, in part, to skyrocketing gas prices. The automotive ad category accounted for $5.33 billion, down 8.01 percent from $5.79 billion during the first half of 2007. The pharmaceutical (-4.76 percent), and motion picture (-4.64 percent) ad categories also saw declines.
Like every form of art, cooking requires skill and training. Delhiites can now sign up for cooking classes with masters chefs from Le Meridien and learn details about the art of gastronomy. Family Cooking Dates, season 3 aims to teach family members about the history of spices in India, quick tips and kitchen secrets alongside some new dishes. The event will be inaugurated by 2012 Olympics qualifier and ace trap shooter, Shagun Chaowdhary at Le Meridien today. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Interested candidates can register for the session which will run till the month of August every Saturday for about two hours. An individual candidate needs to pay Rs 1000 per class while a couple can register with Rs 1500 per class. One can learn a lot about food here- tidbits about food preservation, the magic behind the mix of spices and some quick fixes during cooking. After the session completes it is expected that one will be able to prepare delightful dishes for their loved ones with the information provided to them by the master chefs. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixA special skill development training programme jointly run by Le Meridien and Joining Hands-an NGO, will also be held at the same event. It is an initiative taken for urban underprivileged, women under the age of 25, who had not completed education or are jobless, which the WCD Minister, Maneka Gandhi had inaugurated few months ago. As part of the training programme, about 15 underprivileged women will participate in a special cooking session Shagun Chaowdhary. Their training is not only bound to learning various cuisines and food art but also the mannerisms and procedures to handle the busy kitchen and celebrities who come over for meals at hotel restaurants.When: July 9 onwards Where: Le MeridienTimings: 11 am
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UP NEXT:Met Office national morning forecast for August 7Met Office national morning forecast for August 7UP NEXT: Click for Sound The video will start in 1Cancel Play now Click to playTap to play Read MoreLive: News, traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire & South Cheshire on Thursday April 26 We have no further information on the nature of the accident at this stage – although INRIX reports a large piece of plastic was reported on the carriageway just prior to the crash. We’ll bring you live updates as we get them on the live feed below. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.10:22Lanes reopenedThe lanes have reopened.09:56Recovery at sceneRecovery work is understood to be ongoing.09:52Oil spillage adding to delaysA500 D Road Northbound partially blocked due to spillage between A527 Porthill Road / Longbridge Hayes Road / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank) and A34 Newcastle Road / Peacock Hay Road (Talke Roundabout). Traffic is coping well. 09:45Lane still shutOne lane is still shut on the A500, INRIX reports.09:22What we knowAt least three vehicles are involved in the accident on the northbound carriageway near Talke RoundaboutThe accident took place at around 8.30am.Police and paramedics are at the sceneOne woman is being assessed by ambulance crewsOne lane remains closed09:17Accident involves three vehicles, ambulance service confirmA West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said:We were called to the junction of the A500 and A34 at 8.37am to reports of an RTC involving three vehicles.“One ambulance is in attendance and we are assessing one patient, a woman at the moment.”09:14One woman being assessed by paramedicsOne woman is being assessed by paramedics at the scene09:10Ambulance service at sceneWest Midlands Ambulance Service have confirmed they were called by the police at 8.37am.09:01Location of the accidentThe accident has taken place near the junction with the A34.The location of the accident (Image: Inrix)08:53Plastic may have caused accidentTraffic data company INRIX reports the accident may have been caused by a large piece of plastic obstructing part of the road which was reported a few minutes earlier. Although we have no confirmation of that at this stage.08:52Emergency services at scene Police are currently at the scene Watch again We pay for stories! Send your videos to firstname.lastname@example.orgOne lane was blocked due to a multi-vehicle accident on the A500 this morning. The crash was reported to involve at least three vehicles on the northbound carriageway of the D Road A34 Newcastle Road / Peacock Hay Road (Talke Roundabout). Lane one (of two) was blocked, according to INRIX, a traffic data company, and traffic was queuing as a result. The accident involved at least three vehicles, most of them understood to be cars. Police were at the scene of the accident. The accident is believed to have taken place at around 8.30am, with the lanes clearing by shortly before 10am. West Midlands Ambulance Service said they had assessed one woman after being called to the accident by Staffordshire Police. A spokesman said: “We were called to the junction of the A500 and A34 at 8.37am to reports of an RTC involving three vehicles. “One ambulance is in attendance and we are assessing one patient, a woman at the moment.” Traffic England also shows traffic moving slowly in the area. Video Loading Video Unavailable Watch Next The location of the accident (Image: Inrix)