first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Daryn Marsh is one of the three candidates competing for the one 1-year Selectman seat in this Saturday’s Town Election.Below is Marsh’s Closing Argument; his Q&A’s with Wilmington Apple; the full video of the WCTV debate he participated in; his interviews with WCTV (video) and the Town Crier (written); and more.Closing ArgumentWatch Mr. Marsh’s closing argument HERE.On The Issues (Q&A’s with Wilmington Apple)Is the Town of Wilmington heading in the right direction? Explain.Watch Mr. Marsh’s answer HERE.Describe your past & present involvement with Wilmington’s town government (e.g., any appointed or elected positions, serve on any committees?) AND in the Wilmington community (e.g., volunteerism with non-profits, churches, schools, youth sports, etc.).Watch Mr. Marsh’s answer HERE.Do you/did you support the construction of a detox facility at 362 Middlesex Avenue? Why or why not? What do you say to residents who strongly disagree with your position?Watch Mr. Marsh’s answer HERE.In September, the Wilmington Memorial Library hosted a month-long series of programs on civility to address a growing lack of civility in today’s society. In his latest newsletter, Town Manager Jeff Hull called for more civility in town when discussing controversial topics. If elected, what will you do to create more civility in Wilmington — online, at meetings, and in the community overall?Watch Mr. Marsh’s answer HERE.What do you feel should be Wilmington’s next TWO municipal or school building projects? Why do you prioritize these two projects over other projects?Watch Mr. Marsh’s answer HERE.Are there any articles on this year’s Annual Town Meeting Warrant ( that you currently plan to vote against? If so, which articles and why? And what ONE article would you most wish to bring to the attention of voters and ask that they support? Watch Mr. Marsh’s answer HERE.If you are elected, what are at least three big things that you hope to accomplish during your 3 years on the board? How would you accomplish these things?Watch Mr. Marsh’s answer HERE.What grade would you give to Town Manager Jeff Hull for his performance over the past year? Why? Are you looking for a change in leadership at Town Hall?Watch Mr. Marsh’s answer HERE.(Editor’s Note: The above questions were submitted by readers. Each candidate was given the same amount of time each week to answer. These answers were previously published on Wilmington Apple over the past two months.)Letters To The Editor/Endorsementsn/aWatch The DebateWatch The Debate at Wilmington Apple’s Debate CoverageTown Crier’s Debate CoverageLowell Sun’s Debate CoverageCandidate Conversation with WCTVSelectman Candidate Daryn Marsh Discusses His Campaign With WCTVWilmington Town Crier Candidate ProfileMarsh running for Board of SelectmenCampaign Announcement/Othern/aCandidate’s Website & Social MediaFacebookLike 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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Selectman Candidate Daryn Marsh Discusses His Campaign With WCTVIn “Videos”A VOTER’S GUIDE To Selectman Candidate Kevin MacDonaldIn “Government”SELECTMEN RACE Q&A: Marsh & O’Mahony Discuss Their Involvement In Wilmington’s Community & PoliticsIn “Government”last_img read more

first_imgKolaiyuthir Kaalam, Khamoshi and Game OverCollage of photos taken from Twitter and FacebookActress Taapsee Pannu are gearing up to lock horns with Nayanthara (Nayantara) as their movies Game Over and Kolaiyuthir Kaalam will clash with each other at the box office.Nayanthara and Taapsee Pannu are two most popular actresses from south. Both of them will be seen playing lead roles in female centric films like Kolaiyuthir Kaalam and Game Over. Surprisingly, both the movies are released on July 14 and there will be a big clash among them at the box office. They are likely to eat away each other’s shares.Game Over is a suspense thriller, which is written and directed by Ashwin Saravanan. This is also a bilingual film made and released in Telugu and Tamil with the same title. Taapsee Pannu is playing the female lead in the film, which is produced jointly by Y NOT Studios and Reliance Entertainment.On the other hand, Kolaiyuthir Kaalam is a also mystery thriller film, which is directed by Chakri Toleti. The movie revolves around the story of a young woman with a speech disability, who finds herself stranded in a mansion haunted by a series of gruesome killings. She witnesses murderer lurking in the shadows. How she saves herself from becoming a victim forms the crux of the film.Nayanthara has played speech-impaired woman in Kolaiyuthir Kaalam and it promos have grabbed many eyeballs. When compared to two other movies, this film has bigger response and viewership on the social media. Nayan has proved herself to be the lady superstar with back-to-back success of his women-oriented movies released in recent years. It is likely to lead the race at the box office.last_img read more

first_imgBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir addresses a public rally protesting at the incarceration of party chairperson Khaleda Zia in front of the National Press Club on Monday last. Prothom Alo file photoBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday alleged that the Awami League government is creating smokescreen over the issuance of Khaleda verdict copy.BNP chairperson and former prime minister landed in jail on 8 February after a makeshift court had sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment.Since then, Khaleda’s lawyers have been waiting for the certified copy of the verdict to file an appeal against the verdict.“The government is intentionally creating a smokescreen over [the issuance of] of the verdict copy. She is being denie the copy unlawfully. It’s a total breach of law,” Mirza Fakhrul told newsmen after a meeting of the party’s Standing Committee with a group of pro-BNP lawyers at the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office in the capital.“As per rules, the certified copy of a verdict should be issued five days inside the pronouncement of the verdict, but she [Khaleda] is not yet given the copy although eight days have elapsed [since the verdict],” said the BNP leader.He went on to say, “It shows that the government in a planned manner takes law in its own hands and is resorting to unlawful acts in order to delay the release of the leader [Khaleda].”The BNP leader also alleged that these efforts of the government are aimed at keeping Khaleda away from politics and general elections. “But, the people will give a befitting reply to this through a street agitation.”In response to a journalist’s query, Bangladesh Supreme Court Bar Association president Zainul Abedin, who was standing next to Mirza Fakhrul, said as per the criminal rules, the certified copy of a verdict shall be issued five days inside the pronouncement of the verdict.He said the court is telling them that it is examining the verdict. “There is nothing to examine [in the verdict]. Once the verdict is pronounced, there is no scope to change or examine the verdict or even to change the language of the verdict.”last_img read more

first_img.The High Court has postponed Gazipur city corporation elections following a writ petition.A two-member HC bench comprising justice Naima Haydar and justice Zafar Ahmed passed the order on Sunday after hearing the writ prayer, election  commission lawyer Touhidul Islam confirmed this to Prothom Alo.According to the schedule announced by the EC,  Gazipur city corporation polls were slated to be held on 15 May along with the Khulna city polls.last_img

first_imgHigh CourtA High Court (HC) bench on Tuesday refused to hear the death reference and appeals in the sensational 10-truck arms haul case where 14 people were sentenced to death.The bench of justice Bhabani Prasad Singha and justice Md Kamrul Hossain Mollah expressed its inability as justice Bhabani Prasad Singha acted for several days as the judge of the case’s trial court, said assistant attorney general Nirmal Kumar Das.He said the judge expressed his inability on moral grounds.The death reference and appeals will now be sent to the chief justice who will assign a new bench for the hearing.On 1 April 2004, 10 trucks of arms were seized at the Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Ltd jetty.Two cases — one for arms and another for smuggling — were filed with Karnaphuli police station the following day.Fifty people were made accused in the arms case and 52 in the other one.Fourteen people, including former Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami, former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar, Indian separatist outfit United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) chief Paresh Barua, former DGFI director Rezzakul Haider Chowdhury and former National Security Intelligence director general Abdur Rahim were sentenced to death in one of the cases.last_img read more

first_imgThis article was originally published on The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Disclosure: The Texas secretary of state’s office has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / The Texas TribuneTexas Secretary of State David Whitley office initiated a review of the voter rolls to look for noncitizens.The U.S. House’s main investigative committee has opened an inquiry into the Texas secretary of state’s review of the voter rolls for supposed noncitizens.In letters sent to top Texas officials on Thursday, U.S. Reps. Elijah Cummings, the Democratic chair of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, requested documents and communications from the secretary of state and the state’s attorney general related to the review through which state officials tagged almost 100,000 registered voters as suspect voters.Texas officials rolled out the review effort in late January, shipping off lists of flagged voters to county voter registrars in what they described as routine maintenance of the state’s massive voter registration database. But state officials’ efforts have been dogged by errors in the data and litigation in federal court, which ground the entire review to a halt over concerns by a federal judge that it targeted naturalized citizens.“We are disturbed by reports that your office has taken steps to remove thousands of eligible American voters from the rolls in Texas and that you have referred many of these Americans for possible criminal prosecution for exercising their right to vote,” the congressmen wrote to Secretary of State David Whitley.In launching the review, Whitley announced that state officials had identified tens of thousands of registered voters who at some point in recent years told the Texas Department of Public Safety that they were not citizens when they obtained a driver’s license or ID card. Whitley’s office had immediately turned those names over to Attorney General Ken Paxton, whose office has the power to prosecute individuals for voter fraud.But the state data at the heart of the review was fundamentally flawed because it did not account for individuals who had become naturalized citizens since getting an ID. Additionally, almost a quarter of the individuals on the state’s list were erroneously flagged because of a miscommunication between the secretary of state’s office and DPS. Those individuals had already proved their citizenship and some had even registered to vote at state offices.The state continued to bungle the review when it mistakenly sent out additional names of voters to counties weeks later because of a technical error it blamed on a vendor.In defending the review effort, state officials have acknowledged they knew naturalized citizens would be swept up in the review but decided to press forward anyway — a move that’s drawn intense scrutiny and criticism by civil and voting rights advocates, naturalized citizens and Democratic lawmakers.Democratic U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined that chorus of opposition earlier this month when she aligned Texas Republicans’ actions on the voter rolls with what she characterized as broader efforts to undermine the U.S Constitution.In their letters, Cummings and Raskin — who chairs a subcommittee on civil rights and civil liberties — cited their authority to investigate “any matter” at “any time” under the rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. Noting they’ve examined state voting issues in the past, they requested all sorts of communications between state agencies involved in the review, as well as any communications with Trump administration officials.The secretary of state’s office and the attorney general’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But state officials have continued to back the voter review effort, saying it’s required by federal and state laws that call on the state to maintain accurate voter rolls.As part of the review, naturalized citizens on the state’s list began receiving letters ordering them to prove they are citizens within 30 days to avoid being kicked off the rolls. Those deadlines have since been paused by a federal judge in San Antonio who has criticized the secretary of state’s office for the “mess” it created.Despite that court order, at least 14 registered voters were removed from the state’s voter rolls. They have since been reinstated.Two Texas Republicans — Michael Cloud of Victoria and Chip Roy of Austin — sit on the committee.Read the House committee’s letter to Texas officials:View Fullscreen Sharelast_img read more

first_imgBy The Associated PressRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia first lady Pam Northam has expressed regret after the mother of an African-American teenager complained that a tour of the governor’s mansion was racially insensitive.Northam said Wednesday that is she is working to make sure the stories of slaves who worked in the mansion’s historic kitchen before the Civil War are told properly.In this Feb. 9, 2019 file photo, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, right, and his wife Pam, watch as the casket of fallen Virginia State Trooper Lucas B. Dowell is carried to a waiting tactical vehicle during the funeral at the Chilhowie Christian Church in Chilhowie, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, Pool, File)Northam’s statement comes amid heightened racial tension in Virginia politics. Gov. Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring have recently apologized for wearing Blackface decades ago. The state’s highest elected Black official, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, has compared himself to Jim Crow-era lynching victims after two women accused him of sexual assault.State employee Leah Walker made the complaint. Her eighth-grade daughter toured the mansion this month as a part of the Senate page program. Walker says Pam Northam singled out African-American students when passing out cotton and discussing the horrors of slavery.Northam’s office said the first lady did not single anyone out.Walker’s account differs from an account of the tour written by her daughter. Her daughter did not explicitly say only African-American pages were singled out by the first lady.Democratic Sen. Scott Surovell and Republican Sen. Bill Stanley said both their daughters, who were also on the tour, said Northam did not single anyone out.last_img read more

first_imgWith the mercury dipping each passing day, the chill can get harmful for your furry friends. Unlike humans, animals have lower immunity levels, hence taking care of them becomes more important during the winters.Change in weather conditions, decreasing temperature and other dangers of winter may pose a number of expected and unexpected health threats to your pets. Therefore, shielding them from diseases and infections becomes a daunting task.‘Some long-haired breeds, such as German Shepherds and Huskies, are better suited to cold winters and love the weather. But other sensitive breeds need protection during this season,’ said Dr KG Umesh, Waltham Scientific Communication Manager, South Asia, Mars India. ‘Older dogs are usually more vulnerable to the adverse effects of winters. Dogs with health conditions like a hormone imbalance, heart problems, kidney disease or diabetes are not able to regulate their body heat appropriately. Ones who are suffering from arthritis can experience considerable discomfort as cold weather can make their stiff joints stiffer. Vaccination, de-worming and regular health check ups are important during winter,’ added Umesh. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’By following certain steps, you can ensure that your pets are in pink of health: FEEDING: Give your pet more food during cold weather than you do during the hot months. Dogs, for example, may need upto 25 per cent more energy in the winter than they do in the summer, especially those who exercise outdoors. Pets need extra food because exercising outdoors in cold weather takes up more energy. Ensure that you feed them energy-dense food and give them balanced nutrition. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixEXERCISE: Take your pets out for walks at frequent intervals. Increasing their physical activity will help keep the metabolism under control and winter ailments at bay.GROOMING: Groom your dog in winters using dry bathing technique by brushing corn starch or baby powder. Your dog probably won’t get very dirty in the winter, and you may not need to bathe them. But if you do, it’s very important that you keep him warm after the shower.HAIR SHEDDING: Hair loss is common for dogs in this season. Every winter, dogs shed their summer coat and grow a nice thick one. However, taking your pet for a visit to the vet for examination of parasites like fleas, ticks, mange or allergy, hormonal imbalance, bacterial or yeast infection that causes hair loss is required.BEDDING: Dogs exposed to extreme cold weather conditions may become hypothermic or even develop frostbite. Dog owners may select from a bedding options such as pads, blankets or quilts and straw or hay. Adding a thick blanket to the bed  will help.last_img read more

first_imgSeventy militants in Egypt were killed in army raids during the last week, the military said on Sunday.Apart from the 70 killed, 118 wanted and suspected militants were arrested from March 1-7, while 27 militant bases were destroyed, army spokesperson Brigadier General Mohamed Samir said.He added that 108 vehicles and motorcycles used by militants in their attacks against police and army personnel were also destroyed.Egypt’s Sinai region has witnessed many violent attacks by militants since the January 2011 revolution that toppled dictator Hosni Mubarak. The attacks targeting police and military increased after the ouster of Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.Over 500 personnel have been reported killed since. Military has launched security campaigns in the area, arrested suspects and demolished houses belonging to terrorists.last_img read more

first_img Travelweek Group Tags: Agent Incentives, Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, Savings Share Bahia Principe’s Happiness Sale includes newly reno’d Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Posted bycenter_img Tuesday, January 8, 2019 MIAMI — Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts is starting the new year off right with the return of one of its most popular consumer incentives, aimed at ramping up bookings just as the winter weather here at home settles in for the long haul.Today marks the start of Bahia Principe’s Happiness Sale, taking place now through Jan. 22 and offering savings on travel throughout 2019, including peak season and holidays.Clients can pick from 20 of Bahia Principe’s all-inclusive properties located in the D.R., Jamaica and Mexico.Vacationers can also reserve a stay at Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar, which reopened late last year after an extensive renovation, or at Grand Bahia Principe Aquamarine, an adults-only, Punta Cana property which has been rebranded.“As 2019 begins to unfold, potential travellers are looking ahead and planning for their next special getaway,” says Helen Montijano, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the U.S. and Canada. “Our signature Happiness Sale allows for travellers to book in advance, taking advantage of notable discounts for travel throughout 2019 including deep summer deals. Our resorts offer top service, facilities and amenities that create a wonderful experience in the Caribbean for everyone, including snowbirds or those who simply want a quick weekend escape.”Grand Bahia Principe La RomanaThe booking deadline is Jan. 22 and the travel deadline is Oct. 31, including peak season. Bahia Principe says the extended travel window gives vacationers the ability to book far in advance at an attainable price point.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesPunta Cana’s Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar, which reopened in November 2018 after US$30 million in renovations, has been upgraded to feature all-new swim up suites and modern interiors. Travellers can also reserve a stay at the rebranded Grand Bahia Principe Aquamarine, an adults-only, entertainment-focused property. For families looking for a whimsical setting and a range of activities for guests of all ages, there’s Fantasia Bahia Principe Punta Cana.Bahia Principe reminds agents that they can take advantage of double points for all bookings through the brand’s Bahia Principe Rewards loyalty program.Agents who are new to Bahia Principe Rewards receive 1,000 welcome points when they sign up, which are also doubled during the Happiness Sale booking window.For more information see << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

first_imgSheraton AnnabaMarriott International expands presence in AlgeriaMarriott International, Inc (NASDAQ:MAR) , today announced further expansion in Algeria with the opening of its seventh hotel in Algeria, Sheraton Annaba . The company already operates six hotels in Algeria including Constantine Marriott Hotel, Renaissance Tlemcen Hotel, Sheraton Club des Pins, Sheraton Oran, Le Meridien Oran and Four Points by Sheraton Oran amounting to 1580 rooms. With another six hotels under development the company is set to double its footprint in the country. Owned by Société d’Investissement Hôtelière, the imposing and welcoming Sheraton Annaba is conveniently located within easy access from the airport and the city’s most charming attractions. With its iconic and sophisticated design, and appealing dining options, the hotel offers stunning views of the azure Mediterranean Sea and the scenic coastal city. “We are delighted to strengthen our partnership with Société d’Investissement Hôtelière, as we open our seventh Hotel in Algeria,” said Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International. “The opening of Sheraton Annaba further underlines our commitment to growth and expansion in Algeria, a market which continues to be integral to our overall development strategy throughout Africa.” Guests can enjoy spectacular sea or city views and an unmatched level of comfort at the Sheraton Annaba. The hotel’s 201 elegantly appointed guestrooms, including 15 Executive Suites and a Presidential Suite, spread over 18 floors, offer a premium Sheraton Signature Sleep Experience. With elevated amenities and services, the hotel delivers effortless and personalized services in a seamless and efficient manner. Club rooms and Suites offer exclusive access to the Sheraton® Club Lounge, providing with additional tailored services and privileges. Located on the 19th floor with mesmerizing views, the Club Lounge provides the perfect backdrop for a complimentary breakfast, tea, coffee, drinks or light snacks to enjoy throughout the day and in the early evening hours. Whether it’s relaxing at the Lobby Lounge while enjoying Sheraton’s signature ‘Paired’ menu – comprising of artisanal small plates and bar snacks paired with premium wines – or indulging a meal at one of the distinctive restaurants, the Sheraton Annaba welcomes numerous culinary experiences and delights. Guests can relish international Mediterranean dining with live cooking at the all-day dining Feast, savor delicious patisserie at the Deli with take away, treat themselves to an upscale Italian dining experience at Al Pesto located on the 19th floor, or head for a relaxed drink with a game of snooker and some foot-tapping music at the Hugo Bar. In every way, the Sheraton Annaba spoils guests with choice. With over 1400 square meters of ultra-modern and state-of-the-art meeting facilities, endless connectivity through high-speed wi-fi, and a full-service business center, the hotel offers highly flexible meeting options and personalized services, making it the ideal venue for every need, be it intimate gatherings or larger social events and business meetings. Leisure facilities include a 24-hour fitness center for maximized workouts with cutting-edge equipment, an outdoor pool for a relaxing swim, a Spa and an outdoor tennis court. Situated on the north eastern coast of Algeria, Annaba is the fourth largest city in the country and the capital of Annaba Province, often referred to as the “Pearl of East Algeria”. It is one of Algeria’s main commercial hubs and also a popular tourist destination known for its beautiful beaches. With a warm and welcoming atmosphere, the Sheraton Annaba is where guests can make the most out of their stay, whether they’re traveling for business or for leisure.About Sheraton Hotels & Resorts: Sheraton Hotels & Resorts , part of Marriott International, Inc., makes it easy for guests to explore, relax and enjoy the possibilities of travel at more than 440 hotels in over 70 countries around the world. Sheraton continues to enhance the brand through innovative guest experience, differentiating design, multi-channel marketing and a sharp focus on service. Stay connected to Sheraton: @sheratonhotels on Twitter and Instagram and Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is the world’s largest hotel company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with nearly 6,000 properties in 120 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts. The company’s 30 leading brands include: Bulgari Hotels and Resorts®, The Ritz-Carlton® and The Ritz-Carlton Reserve®, St. Regis®, W®, EDITION®, JW Marriott®, The Luxury Collection®, Marriott Hotels®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Renaissance® Hotels, Sheraton®, Delta Hotels by MarriottSM, Marriott Executive Apartments®, Marriott Vacation Club®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Tribute Portfolio™, Design Hotels™, Gaylord Hotels®, Courtyard®, Four Points® by Sheraton, SpringHill Suites®, Fairfield Inn & Suites®, Residence Inn®, TownePlace Suites®, AC Hotels by Marriott®, Aloft®, Element®, Moxy Hotels®, and Protea Hotels by Marriott®. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at Source = Sheraton Annabalast_img read more

first_imgTed SarandosTV series, including Netflix’s own original productions, now account for two thirds of viewing time on the SVOD service, according to Ted Sarandos.Speaking at the RTS London Conference yesterday, Netflix’s chief content officer, said it is more efficient to spend money on originals than on licensing high profile content, and defended making both TV shows and films – despite more watch-time going on series.“With all the success of the ‘golden age of television’, and all the success that we’ve had in this period of time, about a third of the watching on Netflix is still movies. Keep in mind this is two hour movies versus 13 hour shows,” said Sarandos.He claimed that the way movies are licensed to pay TV services today is “probably the most out-of-step licensing window” and that making people wait to watch movies online means that they don’t “assign a lot of subscription value to that”.“To have people wait seven to 10 months in the internet age doesn’t make a lot of sense. I think what you end up with in these pay deals is movies that either people saw already, because they were excited about them, or they made a conscious decision not to see them.”“We’re investing in films so that we can more aggressively give the consumer what they’re telling us they want, which is the movies when they open.”Discussing Netflix’s original series plans, Sarandos echoed recent claims by Netflix’s chief finance officer, David Wells, that the company aims to move to a 50-50 split between licensed and original content.“That’s where it’s heading and that’s what we set out to do many years ago,” said Sarandos. “If we get to a place where we’re missing more than we’re hitting or that efficiency metric goes the other way, we may revisit that number, but that’s our intent – to do most of our programming.”In terms of the type of content that Netflix is focused on, Sarandos said that its originals should be “brand-defining, tent pole shows”. He stressed that each programme should stand out under the wider Netflix umbrella and that the company is not trying to “do everything that feels or looks the same”.He also said that Netflix likes to work with film makers as they enter the television world, because big films have historically “been more global than television” – a direction that he sees TV content moving in. This follows Netflix’s recent launch of the Baz Luhrman-created musical drama The Get Down.Sarandos claimed that doing original series makes sense not only in terms of spending efficiency but also in distinguishing Netflix as a destination, rather than an outlet for programming that other services also carry.last_img read more

first_imgCollaborating 53shares October 23, 2017 Next Article Entrepreneur Staff Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Image credit: Forever 21 Nina Zipkin Add to Queuecenter_img Taco Bell Teamed With Forever 21 to Create Crazy Clothes That Are Already Sold Out Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. 2 min read Is the idea outlandish? Sure, but the companies seemed to have leaned into the silliness with a decent amount of success. Register Now » Never let it be said that you should just stick to what you know.Earlier this month, Taco Bell teamed up with Forever 21 to develop a clothing line for men, women and children who think that their wardrobes could use a little more “sauce” and/or “heat,” per the fast food chain’s description of the collection’s aesthetic.Outlandish? Sure, but the companies seemed to have leaned into the silliness with a decent amount of success.Related: Taco Bell Wants to Host the Wedding of Your DreamsThe collection ranges from $7.90 phone cases to men’s and women’s shiny purple, orange and black Taco Bell branded anoraks for $29.90 and $24.90 respectively — both of which are already sold out.Also sold out? The women’s bright orange bodysuit complete with a pattern of flames that says “hot, born saucy” on the front for $17.90, the equivalent of what you could spend on roughly 13 crunchy tacos, the brand’s most popular menu item in 2016.In a press release announcing the team up, Taco Bell said that the collaboration was a perfect fit because the “the two [are] like-minded brands, together at the intersection of culture and innovation.”Related: 20 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Taco BellIt takes a lot of confidence in the strength of your brand to expect that people will go out and spend money not just to consume your products but to wear them literally on their sleeves.So the next time you are brainstorming ideas for how to call attention to your brand, take a page out of Taco Bell’s playbook and have a sense of humor and customer-first mentality.Related video: The Only Thing That Can Stop You From Starting Your Business Is You Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Businesslast_img read more

first_img Entrepreneur Staff In this ongoing column, The Digest, News Director Stephen J. Bronner speaks with food entrepreneurs and executives to see what it took to get their products into the mouths of customers.Milkadamia, a milk alternative made by nut farmers in Australia, can be found on the shelves of 5,000 American stores, including Walmart. But the company behind the product didn’t make repeated calls to buyers or bang on any other doors — retailers asked them to create the product for them.And the reason why is simple, according to Jim Richards, CEO of Milkadamia maker Jindilli Farms.Jindilli Farms co-founder Morgan Roy and CEO Jim Richards.Image credit: Courtesy of Milkadamia”It comes down to this: make a product that you believe in. I know that sounds kind of corny but believe in your original vision and just work that vision,” he says. “All we did was work on our product and work on our brand.”Milk alternatives has grown into a big business, with worldwide sales doubling between 2009 and 2015 to $21 billion. The most popular variations of these so-called milks (there’s actually an effort by dairy farmers to get these competitors to stop using the word) are made from soy, coconut, almond and rice, with other entrants including cashew, hemp, pea and oat.After a year of experimenting with a product to be used in coffee and carried in cafes in 2015, the Burr Ridge, Ill.-based company launched a shelf-stable retail beverage in 2016, which can now be found in 5,000 stores in the U.S. A refrigerated line launched this year and is carried by Walmart. The company expects revenues to exceed $10 million within the next two to three years.Richards, whose company also produces oils made from macadamia nuts for both cooking and skincare, spoke to Entrepreneur about how Milkadamia stands out and the motivations behind it.This interview has been edited for length and clarity.Related: With $72 Million in Funding, the Entrepreneur Behind Beyond Meat Pursues Innovation Over ProfitYou didn’t want to launch your product into retailers. Why?We [had this idea for macadamia nut milk] and thought that we could introduce it in places that were incubators of trends, [such as] cafes. The macadamia milk we introduced into cafes went pretty well. At coffee trade shows we ran into people, distributors and retailers and they were very keen for our product to be launched in retail. We weren’t so keen, since the product that we had developed for the cafes was specifically designed for coffee. It was just not designed for people to consume by the glassful. So we thought it would take us a few weeks, maybe three months max, to redesign that cafe product. It actually took us over a year.Image credit: Courtesy of MilkadamiaWhat changed everybody’s minds about going into retail? It was an opportunity staring us in the face. We did want to represent the health benefits of macadamia as widely as we could. So [we said,] OK, let’s have a shot. It was really that simple.Related: This Entrepreneur Built the Hottest Celebrity Spot on the Planet — and a Brand With Staying PowerOne of your successes came from catching Walmart’s attention. What can any entrepreneur learn?It comes down to this: make a product that you believe in. We were approached. We didn’t approach retailers in the first place. All we did was work on our product and work on our brand. But what attracts retailers and distributors is not our pitch, it’s not our personalities or ourselves in any way, it is that this product actually does stand out as somewhat unique and that’s what makes the difference.I think for entrepreneurs, there’s that old saying: Why should you try to fit in when you were designed to stand out? Do not try to fit in. Go look at your category and then do something completely different. Don’t try and look like all the others, do your own thing. Do what expresses your product and your belief in the product and your belief in the category.Considering all of the options, what do you think is Milkadamia’s appeal to consumers?No one had any fun with the category. The branding was so boring, if it was an almond, that’s what it was called, almond milk. So we made our product align with the values and concerns of people who are choosing non dairy and plant based diets. We put “moo is moot” right across the front of our packaging front and center. Dairy is a pretty big opponent to be poking but that’s who we are. There is no point pretending we’re anything else, we make it loud and proud.Related: The 7 Traits of Successful EntrepreneursWe’re farmers, we grow the stuff, we work just as hard and as long as any dairy farmer and the product that we produce isn’t an alternative. People are looking for things that are good for the planet as well as good for themselves. They’re looking for a wider version of wellness that doesn’t leave a sour legacy anywhere. We aligned our product with that.We actually don’t do much research, we don’t go hunting out what people’s values are, we make an assumption that there’s a whole lot of other people like us who love this world and want to do what they can for it. We believe people are tired of hearing nothing but bad news. Milkadamia started as an experiment in coffee shops. It’s now carried by 5,000 stores in the U.S. Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. 5 min read The Digest Add to Queue Stephen J. Bronner Image credit: Courtesy of Milkadamiacenter_img Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Next Article –shares February 19, 2018 News Director How An Odd Macadamia Nut Milk Company Caught Walmart’s Attention Without Doing Any Marketing Register Now »last_img read more

first_img Register Now » The opposing trajectories of The Honest Company and Fab are a pretty good representation of the overarching climate when it comes to subscription service businesses versus flash sale sites.The Honest Company, a monthly subscription service co-founded by actress Jessica Alba that sells non-toxic consumer goods and just raised funding at a $1 billion valuation, is reportedly gearing up for an IPO. In contrast Fab, a flash sales site that tried to unsuccessful pivot to an ecommerce site, was recently sold for a fraction of its former valuation. It’s not just The Honest Company. Subscription service businesses, which include other big names such as Birchbox and the Dollar Shave Club, are having a moment. In 2014, they raised more than $350 million in venture capital, an almost 100 percent increase from the year before, according to CB Insights.Meanwhile, flash sale businesses, including once big players such as Gilt and Zulily, have largely fizzled.Related: Jessica Alba’s Startup Raises $70 Million as It Prepares to Go PublicTo analyze why subscription services are booming while the flash sales model is largely bust, the folks at Retention Science, a customer-retention marketing company, analyzed over 10 million orders completed by more than 2.5 million unique customers to see how each type of business fares in various areas of customer retention and engagement.One key metric that jumped out: When it comes to the average number of orders per customer in a year-long period, subscription service companies, with an average of more than seven orders per customer, smoked their flash sale counterparts, which had an average of just over one item per customer.For a timeline illustrating the opposing trajectories of subscription service versus flash sale sites, check out Retention Science’s infographic below.Click to Enlarge+ Related: Starbucks Launches Fresh Coffee Subscription Service Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business While Subscription Services Are on Fire, Flash Sales Are Fizzling (Infographic) Image credit: Tatiana Niño | Subscription Businesses Next Article Guest Writer Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 2 min read Laura Entis Add to Queue –shares Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. May 6, 2015last_img read more

first_img Two biotech companies have emerged as frontrunners in the race to develop a vaccine for Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that has affected more than 4,700 live births in Brazil and crept into 32 neighboring countries, according to a report from the World Health Organization.Inovio Pharmaceuticals, a small Pennsylvania pharmaceuticals company, has positioned itself as one likely contender thanks to its previous work with mosquito-born diseases and its relatively quick turnaround time from concept to testing, according to Fortune.In the past few months, investors have shown excitement about Inovio’s Zika initiative. Its stocks have surged since the company announced its bid for a vaccine last December.Since then, Inovio has made strides toward creating a DNA-based vaccine. While the vaccine has only been tested on mice, Inovio’s CEO said the company will begin testing primates within the next few weeks. Human trials, meanwhile, could start as early as the end of the year.Related: Genetically-Altered Mosquitoes May Be Key to Eradicating Malaria, Study ShowsBharat Biotech, a biotech firm based in Hyderabad, India, has been developing a Zika vaccine for more than a year. The firm started working on the virus, along with other mosquito-born illnesses, in November 2014 and has two possible vaccines — a DNA-based version and a more traditional one that contains an inactive strain of the virus — ready for pre-clinical trials, the company’s CEO told Reuters. While vaccines, which require high investment and have low success rates, are risky investment bets for pharmaceutical companies, the race for a Zika vaccine is (thankfully) becoming a crowded one. Major pharmaceuticals, including France’s Sanofi Pasteur, Japan’s Takeda Pharmaceutical and U.S. pharma-giant GlaxoSmith Kline, are also exploring vaccines.Despite these companies’ efforts, a Zika vaccine may still be years away.Related: Why More Startups Are Paying Attention to What They Learned in Bio 2 Biotech Companies Lead the Race to Develop a Zika Vaccine Biotechnology Next Article –shares Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Add to Queue Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. February 11, 2016 Enroll Now for $5 Image credit: Pixabay Carolyn Sun 2 min readlast_img read more

first_imgMarketing The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Image credit: Appmoji, Inc. | Apple iTunes Next Article 133shares June 3, 2016 Add to Queue 6 min readcenter_img Why the Rich and Famous are on Fire for Emojis, and Why Brands Should Care Former West Coast Editor 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Kim Lachance Shandrow Understatement: Stephen Curry’s new emoji app is a slam dunk with fans. Less than a day after its release this week, StephMoji shot to the top spot on the iTunes paid apps chart. At $1.99 per download, the Golden State Warriors point guard made millions in minutes, crushing the latest mobile Minecraft release and Kim Kardashian’s freshly-updated Kimoji app in its path. Not bad.Download my official @StephMoji #emoji app for #iOS and #Android NOW!!!! #StephMoji #Sc30— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) June 1, 2016Related: Funniest Twitter Reactions to NBA’s Plan for Jerseys with AdsNext up in the sizzling celeb emoji game, and more than fashionably late, is Justin Bieber. The Canadian pop poster boy went live with his branded emoji app, predictably named Justmoji, just hours ago. Think loads of cutesy stickers, avatars and GIFS of all things Biebs, complete with chiseled abs and boxer briefs. (There’s even an emoji that mocks that time he peed in a restaurant mop bucket. Classy.)Sultry-eyed Justmoji not enough for ya? Don’t fret, fan boys and girls. You better Belieb more celebs will want to follow in the heartthrob’s newly emoji-fied footsteps — and in Blac Chyna, Amber Rose, Ariana Grande, Tommy Chong and Wiz Khalifa’s, too. Yup, they all officially exist as copyrighted emojis.With so much cash and cachet for the taking, branding experts anticipate that the celebrity emoji beast that Kim K. unleashed with the debut of her signature app last year will only continue to blow up and not fade away.Like Curry’s entry just did, Kimoji also snagged the top-grossing spot in its first day in the App Store. How long before Justmoji rockets to the top? Who knows? What we do know is that millions of people around the world have a massive appetite for smiley, text-able versions of their pop idols, mini swatches of fame they glom onto and visually express themselves vicariously through.   Related: NBA Star Stephen Curry Takes a Shot at His Own ‘Slyce’ of Social MediaRT if you like #Justmoji app— Justmoji App (@JustmojiApp) June 3, 2016Linda Ong, founder and CEO of TruthCo., a New York City-based branding analytics consultancy that works with entertainment brands to help them keep their marketing relevant, says people can’t get enough of celebrity emoji apps because they’re powerful amplifiers of superfandom.“Their popularity can be seen in the traditional sense as a mere brand extension,” Ong tells Entrepreneur, “but it is also a signifier of a larger cultural phenomenon: the rise of fan-based global subcultures.” Doling out cute digital icons created for and contractually endorsed by your favorite star “transcends traditional languages and boundaries by uniting people with a common mindset — i.e., Beliebers — to communicate immediately as insiders.”Related: The New Under Armour Ad Speaking to Athletes Will Resonate With Entrepreneurs, Too#SMOKEmojis Update— Tommy Chong (@tommychong) June 3, 2016That’s partly the point — creating a tangible sense of exclusivity and closeness with a celebrity — particularly if you’re a fan who’s a text-master millennial, Ong says. “Our work on millennial culture indicates celebrity emoji apps let fans become stakeholders in their images. They create a personal connection, like shareholders, through a visual language that outsiders can’t understand.”You’re so close with Curry, you can dribble his famous head around in your texts like you’re part of his crew. The best part for him is that he gets paid when you do and, sorry boo, he never has to actually hang with you. It’s all about the download dollars.“These apps are a volume play,” Ong says. “The prices are so low that fans don’t even blink, which turns each of them into a potential evangelist for more, provided the experience is rewarding. Every time someone uses them, it’s like a free marketing campaign to all of their followers and friends.”Related: Google Wants to Create Career-Woman EmojisMore fame, more money, honey, but also more control.With super shareable emojis up their viral branding sleeves, stars can better steer their stories in the public eye, shifting focus away from TMZ-style paparazzi pics and gossip factories. “With their own social media channels, they have the ability to drive and invite conversations rather than be the target of them,” Ong says. “Branded emojis are a way to build relationships with fans that go beyond the sheer entertainment value of their work.”Not just a celebrity gameBrands are also sliding into your DMs, with some 250 of them angling for their own advertising-loaded slices of the enticing emoji marketing pie, Star Wars, Dove, Toyota, Burger King and Taco Bell among them. Lazy customers can now use emoji to search Yelp and order Domino’s pizza via emoji tweet, not that you’d ever do that, right??????????????????????????????????????????????— Domino’s Pizza (@dominos) May 12, 2015Business owners with brands to push, particularly to younger audiences, would be wise to hop on the emoji bandwagon, Ong says. “Brands need to shift from a transactional mindset to one that focuses on building relationships,” she tells us. “For decades, brands taught consumers how to live aspirationally. Today, consumers teach brands what’s important to them.”Related: The 100 Most Popular Emoji Hashtags on Instagram (Infographic)Let’s just hope they don’t shove chicken fries and lightsabers into our smartphone keyboards — and all over our tweets, Instas, Snaps, messaging apps and dank memes — for decades to come. Next, they’ll advertise straight through our skulls via virtual reality. Whoops, too late. Immersive advertising is already a thing. McDonald’s Happy Meal headset, anyone?If flavor-of-the-week superstar emoji swapping isn’t your thing, and saying it with Coca-Cola emoji isn’t either, relax, the overlords of the Unicode Consortium have you covered. They’re releasing 72 funny, goofy and weird new emojis later this month. At last, you’ll have the side of double bacon you’ve always wanted (and a bald clown you’ll wish you could unsee). Apply Now »last_img read more

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 27 2019A frontline chemotherapy drug given to patients with pancreatic cancer is made less effective because similar compounds released by tumor-associated immune cells block the drug’s action, research led by the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center found.The chemotherapy drug gemcitabine is an anti-metabolite. It’s similar to normal metabolites taken up by the cell, but once inside it kills the cell by disrupting its functions — like a Trojan horse. In pancreatic cancer, tumor immune cells release metabolites that are nearly identical to gemcitabine, and these block the activity of the drug in malignant cells, the researchers found.These insights could be used to predict which patients will respond to gemcitabine therapy, as well as shed new light on other types of cancer where immune cells may be playing an important role in resistance to chemotherapy, according to findings published recently in Cell Metabolism.”Why does gemcitabine work pretty well in some cancers but not in pancreatic cancer, that’s the big question my lab was trying to answer,” says study senior author Costas Lyssiotis, Ph.D., assistant professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology at the U-M Medical School.Pancreatic cancer is one of the most lethal types of cancer. It’s typically aggressive and doesn’t respond well to traditional chemotherapy and radiation treatments. And although progress has been made in recent years, five-year survival rates are still in the single digits.”Malignant cells often only make up about 10 percent of a tumor,” says study first author Christopher J. Halbrook, Ph.D., a postdoctoral researcher in the Lyssiotis lab. “The remaining 90 percent are other types of cells that support the growth of that tumor — like structural cells, vasculature, and immune cells. Our work has been focused on the interaction between malignant cells and immune cells.”Related StoriesCancer killing capability of lesser-known immune cells identifiedNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerBacteria in the birth canal linked to lower risk of ovarian cancerLarge contingents of immune cells known as macrophages are often found in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, the most prevalent type of pancreatic cancer. And while macrophages were known to prevent the activity of gemcitabine chemotherapy, exactly how the immune cells did this had been unclear.Lyssiotis and his collaborators at U-M and in Scotland investigated the interaction between malignant cells and tumor-associated macrophages, finding the immune cells released a host of compounds known as pyrimidines, which are metabolized by the malignant cells.One of these compounds, deoxycytidine, has a chemical structure that’s very similar to gemcitabine and directly blocks the activity of the chemotherapy drug in the malignant cells.”Deoxycytidine basically outcompetes gemcitabine,” Lyssiotis says, adding that the physiological reason underlying the immune cells’ release of the pyrimidines is still unclear.After genetically and pharmacologically depleting the number of tumor-associated macrophages in mouse models, the team showed that the tumors were less resistant to gemcitabine — offering a clue toward potentially making patients’ tumors more responsive to chemotherapy.The researchers also looked at data from patients with pancreatic cancer and found that patients whose tumors had fewer macrophages had responded better to treatment.”When we think of personalized medicine, we often think about what’s going inside of the malignant cells, what specific genetic mutations a patient’s tumor may have,” Lyssiotis says. “In our case, we’re thinking about, ‘What does this tumor look like as a whole? What does its ecosystem of cells look like?’ And hopefully we can use an understanding of the interaction between different types of cells to develop new approaches to treatment.” Source: read more

first_img © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Citation: From Audible to Whole Foods: A look at Amazon’s empire (2018, November 13) retrieved 17 July 2019 from Amazon is hard to escape. This Oct. 23, 2018, file photo shows an Amazon logo atop the Amazon Treasure Truck The Park DTLA office complex in downtown Los Angeles. Whether you’ve bought shoes at Zappos, picked up milk at Whole Foods or listened to an audiobook on Audible, you’ve been caught up in Amazon’s growing web of businesses. And now, Amazon’s sprawling empire will stretch even further. The company is expected to announce Tuesday, Nov. 13, that it will open two more bases outside of its Seattle headquarters: one in Crystal City in northern Virginia and the other in New York’s Long Island City neighborhood. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File) Explore further Whether you’ve bought shoes at Zappos, picked up milk at Whole Foods or listened to an audiobook on Audible, you’ve been caught up in Amazon’s growing web of businesses.And now, Amazon’s sprawling empire will stretch even further. The company announced Tuesday that it will open two more bases outside of its Seattle headquarters: one in Arlington, Virginia and the other in New York’s Long Island City neighborhood.Amazon, which got its start as an online bookstore two decades ago, has grown to a behemoth that had nearly $180 billion in revenue last year. Its workforce has ballooned to more than 610,000 employees worldwide, making it the second largest U.S.-based, publicly-traded employer behind Walmart, according to FactSet. That growth has also made its founder and CEO Jeff Bezos one of the world’s richest people, with his stake in Amazon worth more than $135 billion.Here’s a look at some of the various businesses Amazon has its hand in:ONLINE SHOPPINGOnline sales are still Amazon’s biggest money maker, bringing in $108 billion in revenue last year. That’s slightly more than 60 percent of its total revenue.Besides, it also owns several smaller sites, including shoe retailer, rare books seller, deal site and women’s clothing retailer Shopbop. It recently began selling medication after purchasing online pharmacy PillPack in September for $753 million.PHYSICAL STORESAmazon’s largest brick-and-mortar push was its nearly $14 billion purchase of Whole Foods last year, giving it about 500 grocery stores.It has created its own shops, too. There are 18 Amazon bookstores, five cashier-less convenience stores and three 4-star stores, which sell toys, cookware and other items. There are also dozens of Amazon pop-up shops inside malls and Kohl’s department stores where shoppers can touch and try out its gadgets.Its physical locations had revenue of $13 billion in the first nine months of 2018.WEB SERVICESThere’s more to Amazon than just shopping. Its Amazon Web Services unit, founded in 2006, provides cloud computing services to corporations and government agencies, and is one of Amazon’s fastest growing businesses. 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. Amazon’s digital ad business surpasses Microsoft, Yahoo, report says It had revenue of $17 billion last year, about 10 percent of its total revenue.ADVERTISINGThe ads at the top of Amazon search results are becoming a big business for the company. Amazon doesn’t say exactly how much revenue it makes from ads, but an executive said that ad revenue makes up the majority of the “other revenue” listed in its financial reports. In its most recent quarter, its “other revenue” was $2.5 billion, more than double its revenue in the same period the year before.SUBSCRIPTIONSAmazon Prime is a way to cement customer loyalty and get them to spend more on the site. For $119 a year or $12.99 a month, members get free shipping, access to its video streaming service and other perks. The company disclosed for the first time earlier this year that it had more than 100 million paid Prime subscribers worldwide. Revenue from subscriptions topped $9.7 billion last year.GADGETSAmazon has been churning out some successful gadgets, including: Kindle tablets, Echo voice-activated speakers and Fire TV video streaming devices. The company doesn’t break out revenue for these products.HOLLYWOOD STUDIOAmazon produces TV shows for its video streaming service, such as Emmy-winning “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” and films, such as “Manchester by the Sea.” Amazon doesn’t break out revenue for its studio.VIDEO GAMES, AUDIOBOOKS AND MOREAmazon also owns Twitch, a video streaming service for gamers; Audible, the audiobooks seller; and, an online database of movie and TV show starts, directors and other information. Amazon doesn’t break out revenue for these businesses.AMAZON BRANDSInstead of relying on famous brands, Amazon has been creating its own. It designs sofas for its Rivet brand, men’s shirts for Goodthreads and batteries for AmazonBasics. Amazon has about 130 private label brands, according to TJI Research, which tracks Amazon and its businesses.last_img read more