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Mike Adenuga, Chairman, Globacom


Chithiebere Nwobodo

In 2003, when Globacom Limited – the first indigenous mobile phone company – debuted in Nigeria, many optimists and ICT enthusiasts saw the birth of a promising mobile operator that would create competition in the telecoms sector and give more Nigerians a much-needed opportunity to own mobile phones. Other than the trailblazer himself – Mike Adenuga, Jr. – no one envisioned the unprecedented positive impact the burgeoning telecom operator would have on the nation’s entertainment industry.

Almost two decades later, Nigeria’s telecom and entertainment industry is feeling much better due to Glo’s outstanding achievements in these two strategic economic sectors. When the service provider initially proclaimed its mission statement, “To be the largest and most successful provider of entertainment, information and telecommunications solutions in Nigeria and Africa,” some cynics saw this as one of the lofty propaganda of corporate organizations.

But after eighteen years of rousing journey nicknamed GSM Revolution; With Glo as the main catalyst and its impact on the entertainment industry, the grains of optimism had been strikingly distinguished from the chaff of pessimism. The vision of the quintessential entrepreneur—Mike Adenuga, Jr.—not only demystified cellphone ownership, but breathed life into the entertainment industry. It was a glorious sojourn that unleashed an avalanche of telecom/entertainment opportunities for Nigeria and its neighbors.

With Glo in the ring of competition and its aggressive market strategies, the country’s subscriber base grew from a meager 400,000 active lines in 2002 to a whopping 180 million in September 2021. Of that number, Glo has over 50 million subscribers – and is still growing rapidly. Aside from the SIM card price dropping from N30,000 to N200, Glo’s pioneering Per Second Billing System (PBS) transformed the entire industry and made subscribers “Glo with Pride” with cheaper lines, voice and data plans. Glo’s promotions are known to be top-notch, customer-focused and rewarding.

When Chief Mike Adenuga, Jr. came up with the idea of ​​giving Nigerians – Africans in general – cheaper access to mobile telecommunications services using Globacom as a vehicle; He envisioned more than a cell phone unit. The accomplished investor envisioned a telecom company that would serve as a catalyst to fuel the country’s massive growth with the regional entertainment industry. His ultimate goal was to make Nigeria the melting pot of entertainment in Africa.

He has worked passionately and tirelessly to make this vision a reality for the past 18 years of operating Glo. No company in the country’s private sector has invested as consistently in Nigeria’s entertainment industry over the past two decades as Globacom Limited. Adenuga’s vision is reflected in Glo’s youth-focused ecosystem. There is no stratum of Nigeria’s entertainment industry where you will not find Glo’s signature: from music to drama to comedy, sports etc, the list goes on.

Glo is now thought of as a network of stars. No business organization has had such a constellation of entertainment heavyweights as brand ambassadors like Globacom. Over the years, the country’s best musicians, footballers, literary icons, actors, actresses and comedians have been either signed as brand ambassadors or featured in the company’s commercials.

Some celebrities who graced Glo’s Hall of Fame are: King Sunny Ade, Ebenezer Obey, Osita Osadebe, Oliver d’ Coque, Prof. Wale Soyinka, Yusuf Maitama Sule, Nelly Uchendu, Onyeka Onwenu, D’Banj, MI Abaga, PSquare . Others are Rita Dominic, Ini Edo, Juliet Ibrahim, Matter Ankomah, Davido, Wizkid, Flavor, Gordons, Basketmouth, I go Dye, Teniola, Brother Shaggi, Mikel Obi, Victor Moses, Osaze Odemwingie, Joselyn Dumas, Michael Essien, Anthony Joshua , and so forth.

While the commercials starring these stars helped market the Glo brand and make it a household name, the partnership greatly benefited these celebrities as it served as strategic publicity for their individual brands and the financial gains that came with them. So far, no corporate organization has touched the lives of these celebrities like Glo. The advent of Glo has truly been a boon to celebrities in the industry and beyond. The most interesting factor is that despite the country’s agonizing economic realities, Glo is still investing in the industry.

One area where Glo has done impressively well is sponsoring talent scouting shows. Nigeria is a reservoir of talent when it comes to entertainment. Having talent potential and using it are two completely different things. Like treasures buried in the ground, it takes resources and skills to mine and hone talents. Chief Mike Adenuga, who has successfully distinguished himself in the world of crude oil exploration through ConOil Producing Limited, has a deep understanding of talent discovery and unearthing hidden gems, especially as it relates to our youth.

This explains Glo’s huge investment in talent hunting shows over the last eighteen years. Examples: Rock ‘n’ Rule, GloNaiga Sings, Laffta Fest and the world’s leading reality TV show featuring singing talent, X Factor, which was first born in Africa in 2013. Others are the Slide and Bounce concert, an entertainment tour that went through all geopolitical zones of the country, and the Glo Mega Music Show; another platform through which Globacom develops the music industry and entertains Nigerians.

Youth unemployment is one of the social ills plaguing the country. Nigeria is the most populous black nation on earth. There’s this school of thought that black people are naturally talented when it comes to entertainment, but because of years of alarmingly low investment in this area, our youth’s talents are declining with corresponding unemployment, poverty and general depression in the country.

Worryingly, Nigeria’s unemployment rate is estimated at 33.3 percent. Among these unemployment statistics are youth whose talents have been left idle by the unavailability of opportunities. Africa hasn’t really taken investments in music seriously compared to the entertainment industry. The American economy earns an average of $19 billion annually from revenues generated from the music industry alone. Its film industry – Hollywood – is valued at nearly $150 billion. The market size, measured by revenue, of the arts, entertainment and recreation industry in the USA is US$275 billion in 2021.

How can we solve the challenges of uncertainty and limited economic opportunity when many youth are still wallowing in the wilderness of ignorance and lack of talent development opportunities? Globacom is redefining the standard and bringing hope back to the forgotten youth demographic. The mobile operator recently opened floodgates of opportunity for youth in the music industry, particularly those with dancing talents.

Globacom will rediscover great talent by giving youth the opportunity to show their dance skills to the world through its sponsorship of the world’s largest dance reality TV show, Battle of the Year, played out like a seasoned explorer in Nigeria show . According to Globacom’s communications director, Andre Beyers, who recently spoke at the unveiling ceremony, was quoted as saying:

“In line with our commitment to nurturing the Nigerian entertainment industry and the development of young talent across the country, we are excited to unleash the unlimited potential of Nigerian dancers and provide them with the platform to showcase their skills on the world stage.” He added that N84 million in prize money awaits the winners of the Glo Battle of the Year, giving the winners an opportunity to represent Nigeria and showcase their talents at the global dance competition.

The Battle of the Year competition was launched 20 years ago in Hanover, Germany. It is an annual international competition widely regarded as the “World Cup of Breakdance”. Glo has shown keen interest in the growth of the country’s entertainment industry. As part of its 18th anniversary activities, it launched a new online streaming app called GloTV. It is an innovative TV streaming service for Android, IOS apps and web to watch live linear TV, video-on-demand and catch-up with premium content.

Despite its massive investments in the entertainment industry, Globacom’s perspicacious vision of “building Africa’s biggest and best telecoms network” is still alive. To continue to offer its subscribers value for money through improved Quality of Service (QoS) and to reach Nigerians in remote corners of the country, Glo recently entered into a strategic partnership with Eutelsat Communications.

The goal of this partnership is to provide high-speed satellite broadband and voice services to businesses and communities in unconnected and undeserved areas of the country. In summary, Globacom is not only building the continent’s largest telecom company, but is also driving the rapid growth of the country’s entertainment industry. I challenge other companies to emulate this paradigm.

Chidiebere Nwobodo writes from Abuja at chidieberenwobodo@yahoo.com

Gender equality remains elusive in the Malayalam film industry https://whistlestopdepot.com/gender-equality-remains-elusive-in-the-malayalam-film-industry/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 03:33:05 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/gender-equality-remains-elusive-in-the-malayalam-film-industry/ In April 2021, SAG-AFTRA, the United States’ union of entertainment industry professionals, standardized their procedures for filing claims of sexual harassment in the entertainment sector through a digital platform called “Safe Place,” which would find patterns in the complaints and prevent repeat offenders keep them from going unchecked. While the #MeToo movement in the US has led to some positive action, such as the creation of the Hollywood Commission, led by Anita Hill, to protect the rights of complainants without fear of retaliation, the response to the movement has been lukewarm – even hostile — in many other industries, including South Korea and India.

Take for example the attack on an actor in Kerala in 2017 that continues to rock the state. The attack and subsequent events – which led to the survivor recently making her identity public and seeking intervention by the Prime Minister to ensure justice – are a blatant display of male privilege and show a disregard for women’s professional and personal dignity, those in the working industry. In other cases we have seen short apologies; However, a majority of the allegations have been dismissed by lawsuits for defamation – a strategy of silencing observed in the case of filmmaker Leena Manimekalai and journalist Priya Ramani. Most telling is the sheer apathy with which even the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) reacted to the 2017 attack, which was said to have been directed by another actor. While both actors remained part of the organization, the survivor received little support.

The formation of the Women in Cinema Collective in 2017 was the result of such institutional silence, which allows sexual harassment, wage inequality and a lack of safe workspaces to prevail. From the beginning there has been a concerted effort to delegitimize the WCC as an exclusive space constructed through a combination of class privileges. While there is room for improvement in the WCC’s larger coalition-building efforts, particularly among women’s collectives outside of cinema, social scientists such as J Devika have noted that there are “common threads of patriarchy that run through our (separate) struggles.” This patriarchal Hegemony is evident in the way WCC actions are monitored and held to higher standards than organizations such as AMMA or the Film Employees Federation of Kerala (FEFKA). Even media platforms are guilty of perpetuating such gendered expectations. Take the WCC press conference in 2018, when members who addressed the media were met with a barrage of questions demanding that the names of harassers be revealed, as if attribution alone could legitimize their claims. One wonders if the journalists would have addressed an AMMA meeting in the same way. Not long after the founding of the WCC, as part of its Silver Jubilee celebrations, AMMA staged a “comic” skit that derogatorily featured a thinly veiled reference to the WCC by the fictional organization WhatsApp Women Empowerment Group. Among the many objectionable strategies was the inclusion of a figure known to be negotiating an abusive marriage – a tactical move to delegitimize the political consciousness that led to the founding of the WCC in the first place. Such diversionary strategies came across as part of a hypermasculine tradition of labeling women as “emotional,” “no real organizational skills,” and “a bunch of feminists” pushing their personal agendas.

Given the WCC’s focus, it is not difficult to see why such reactions arise. The WCC is holding film organizations accountable and is seeking the establishment of an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) under the Sexual Harassment Against Women at Work (Prevention, Prohibition and Remedy) Act 2013. While this has yet to materialize in Malayalam cinema, one would wish that the Film Chamber of Commerce (FCC), FEFKA and AMMA proactively implement a grievance mechanism that does not offend the complainant. While functioning within workspaces needs to be addressed using the ICC’s mechanism, it is equally important to ensure that cyberattacks targeting female actors are also dealt with vigorously, as fan groups are willing to rally behind male stars, regardless of their offences.

The film fraternity’s repeated calls for the Justice Hema Commission’s report to be released speak volumes about how reports from constitutional bodies end up in the attic of bureaucracy. In 2017, the Kerala state government established a three-member commission, headed by retired Supreme Court Justice K Hema, to explore “options for improving safety, protection, better pay, working conditions and creating an enabling work environment for women.” ” to investigate. Despite submitting the report to the government in December 2019, it has not yet become a public document. While one can understand why the Commission might not wish to publish the full content of the report, particularly to protect the confidentiality of respondents, one wonders whether an amended version redacting the affected parts would not be within legal and ethical possibilities located. The material collected by the Commission is crucial for action at policy level on gender equality in the film sector. The non-publication of the key findings and recommendations limits meaningful engagement with the issues highlighted by the Commission and ridicules the work, emotion and time invested by the Witnesses. What we need are not just judicial commissions, but concrete ways to implement corrective measures to improve the conditions of women who work or want to enter the industry. In addition to infrastructural support and financial resources, the working conditions must be inclusive enough to enable long-term change. The state government’s decision to set up a film supervisory authority to settle labor disputes is to be welcomed, but only careful consideration can show whether it will have the desired effect. As we do not have a comprehensive data set on issues related to gender, pay and labor rights in the film industry (apart from the WCC-initiated survey), the time has come to consider the contributions of filmmakers. Perhaps a survey of film workers’ working conditions could show how apprenticeships and unpaid work are normalized in the system to move forward. And at every step we have to remember that it’s never about work or gender, it’s about work and gender. Intersectional thinking is key if we are to see lasting change in this industry, and perhaps we would all do well to remember Audre Lorde’s dictum: “There is no fighting over a single problem because we don’t live a single problem.” Life.”

This column first appeared in the print edition on January 13, 2022 under the title “Justice in slow motion”. The author is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Ex-AIDAcara to offer Mediterranean cruises from Sochi from March 5th – News from the cruise industry https://whistlestopdepot.com/ex-aidacara-to-offer-mediterranean-cruises-from-sochi-from-march-5th-news-from-the-cruise-industry/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 13:38:28 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/ex-aidacara-to-offer-mediterranean-cruises-from-sochi-from-march-5th-news-from-the-cruise-industry/

The former AIDAcara – the 1,186-passenger ship previously operated by Germany’s AIDA Cruises – is soon to embark on new adventures as part of a new Russian project.

The ship, renamed Astoria Grande, is to date four cruises from Sochi in Russia.

The first is a 14-day round trip to Istanbul, Çanakkale and Çeşme in Turkey, Alexandria in Egypt (with overnight stay on board), followed by three other Turkish ports of call: Bodrum, Kuşadası, Istanbul. There are three travel dates available for this itinerary: March 5, 2022, March 19, 2022, and April 2, 2022.

The second available cruise is a 15-day round trip via Istanbul, Bodrum, Limassol in Cyprus, Haifa in Israel (with overnight stay on board), Alexandria in Egypt, followed by two Turkish ports of call: Kuşadası and Istanbul. Only one departure date is available for this itinerary: April 16, 2022.

The third cruise is an 11-day round-trip visiting Batumi in Georgia, Istanbul, the Greek islands of Mykonos and Santorini, followed by two Turkish ports of call: Kuşadası and Istanbul. There are eight departure dates available for the route until September 2022, with the first departing on May 1st.

The fourth route is called Legendary Greek islands and offers ports of call in Batumi, Istanbul, Syros, Milos, Santorini, Leros, Patmos, Kuşadası, Kos – depending on the sailing date. The crossings last 11 nights and are like the other round-trip journeys from Sochi, Russia. Six sailing dates are available until September 2022, with the first departing on July 17th.

The cruise ship, built in 1996, is now operated by the Russian shipping company Akvilon. The company is registered in Moscow. After the takeover of AIDA Cruises, the ship was given a general overhaul at Sefine Shipyard in Turkey.

Akvilon sees his goal as “offering fun trips from Russia’s cruise capital Sochi with cruises specially created for Russia’s most discerning passengers”.

These cruises operate in countries that do not require a travel visa from Russian residents. Russian-speaking service and entertainment are provided on board.

No sector spared: companies stare at fresh curbs, staff crunch https://whistlestopdepot.com/no-sector-spared-companies-stare-at-fresh-curbs-staff-crunch/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 00:14:24 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/no-sector-spared-companies-stare-at-fresh-curbs-staff-crunch/ Companies from all sectors in the aviation, healthcare, retail and entertainment industries face staff shortages, demand bottlenecks and supply disruptions due to a large number of Covid-related restrictions imposed in multiple states as well as the increasing spread of Omicron. While the situation across the delivery lines has so far been almost normal, industry representatives expect further turbulence, as health concerns of employees in several sectors lead to bottlenecks.

The banking and financial sector is another area where the stress from a partial cessation of operations could increase. Healthcare, for example, is preparing for much more home care for patients affected by Omicron, as doctors expect fewer hospital stays, according to experts.

“Overall, there is good preparation. We are preparing for further treatments through video calls and (we expect) that much of it will be home care, ”said Dr. Naresh Trehan, Chairman and CEO of Medanta and Chairman of the CII National Council on Healthcare. Trehan noted that while there has been no shortage of hospital staff due to infection, a widespread infection that could potentially lead to staff shortages is a cause for concern.

Aside from the service industry, small and medium-sized manufacturing facilities where workers had returned to work were also asked to come in shifts or times were shortened so they could return to their homes before the nightly curfew went into effect in.

“We have shortened our working hours to 6 p.m. to protect our employees. Today we have a total of 800 employees, around 50% of whom work from home, ”said Avneet Singh Marwah, chief executive officer of Noida-based television company SPPL.

Marwah also expects an impact on the supply chain and imports as the number of cases rises as states put their own rules in place to contain the spread of the Omicron variant of the Covid-19 virus.

According to Taran Adarsh, a Mumbai-based film business analyst, at least four high-profile film releases have been postponed due to Omicron’s concerns. These include SS Rajamoulis RRR, Shahid Kapoor-Starrer Jersey, Yash Raj Films’ Akshay Kumar-Starrer Prithviraj and the latest one is Radhe Shyam – produced by T-Series starring Prabhas. It is noteworthy that during the first wave of Covid-19 in 2020, lockdowns and closings of cinemas prompted producers to publish their films on OTT platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney + Hotstar etc.

Aviation is another key sector that is directly affected. Even though the demand for domestic travel remained robust towards the end of December, the rising number of Covid-19 cases and the various restrictions imposed by state governments in the last week of December led to an increase in cancellations. West Bengal, for example, introduced restrictions on flights from Delhi and Mumbai so that airlines can only operate such services on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

On Tuesday, daily domestic air passenger traffic fell below the 3 lakh mark for the first time since November due to concerns over the third wave. According to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the total number of departing domestic passengers on Tuesday was 2,85,965 and the total number of domestic flights was 2,660. At its peak in December, the number of departures in the country exceeded 2,800 – meaning around 200 departures have been canceled in the past few days.

“So far we’ve seen that Travel restrictions are coming but they are not as severe as the restrictions on movement in cities like Delhi and Mumbai. That’s what makes people change their travel plans. The international sectors have had a noticeable impact since the Omicron outbreak, but it’s now even affecting domestic bookings, ”said a low-cost airline executive.

In the US in particular, it is a major cause of Cancellation of domestic flights Not the declining travel demand, but hundreds of flight crew members who became infected with Covid, forced the airlines to cancel flights.

Indian service sector activity fell to a three-month low in December, largely due to deterioration in international demand related to the containment of Covid. The purchasing managers’ index (PMI) for services fell from 58.1 in November to 55.5 in December, according to the latest data from analyst IHS Markit. A value above 50 indicates an expansion in economic activity and a value below that indicates a contraction.

“The underlying data suggests that the recent surge in orders has been concentrated in the domestic market as new business from abroad continued to decline. The deterioration in international demand has been linked to COVID-19 restrictions, particularly on travel … December data showed further job losses in the service economy, but the rate of contraction has been small, “IHS Markit said.

To overcome government restrictions, domestic retailers are demanding equal restrictions on merchants, as restrictions on cities like Delhi can result in “commercial transfers” as customers could easily travel to neighboring countries with fewer restrictions. “The lack of parity encourages people to go to other cities and do their shopping. Especially for cities and areas bordering other states, said Praveen Khandelwal, secretary general of the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT). This applies to B2B trade (business-to-business) and not just business-to-consumer trade. Restrictions like odd in Delhi affected the estimated 5 lakh vendors who came to Delhi to buy supplies as they could not make all the necessary purchases on a given day as some stores were closed.

The customer frequency in the main markets of Delhi has decreased due to odd-even constraints As consumers seem to be postponing their purchases, said a handwoven shopkeeper in Gandhi Nagar market in east Delhi.

In the past week, key states such as Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat, Delhi, West Bengal, Haryana and Goa have restricted their economic activities, reduced working hours for shops, restaurants and hotels and the number of people in wedding parties or movie theaters. New restrictions on Tuesday including a A weekend lockdown has been announced in Delhi.

Restaurants that have been 50 percent full since the first phase of the unblock was announced should stay open longer to avoid the rush, said National Restaurant Association of India President Anurag Katriar.

“Almost all restaurants work with double-vaccinated staff and that in a very strictly regulated environment. All other industries and activities in other areas of life continue undeterred. So maybe restaurant activities are being restricted just for the sake of appearance. We just hope that there will be no knee-jerk reactions from the government and the authorities in the future, ”said Katriar. A staff member at a restaurant in Kailash Colony, Delhi, said visitor numbers had fallen sharply and the weekend lockdown meant “people almost never get out for lunch and dinner.”

(With inputs from Pranav Mukul)

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Review-Journal Food author Heidi Knapp Rinella is retiring https://whistlestopdepot.com/review-journal-food-author-heidi-knapp-rinella-is-retiring/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 00:38:00 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/review-journal-food-author-heidi-knapp-rinella-is-retiring/

Journalist Heidi Knapp Rinella is retiring after more than two decades of keeping the review journal’s readers updated on the food, faces, and business moves of the Las Vegas dining scene. Her tenure at the newspaper coincided with the remarkable expansion of the city’s dining scene, and Rinella was there to cover it all as Las Vegas became an internationally recognized food destination. Her career has been marked by awards – including three critical writing awards from the Nevada Press Association – but even more so by the respect of her peers and readers. She will be missed.

However, we couldn’t have her leave the editorial office forever without undergoing an exit interview – a final digestif, if you will.

What is your most important takeaway from 22 years of experience in the Las Vegas restaurant scene?

That the profession is one of the toughest and at the same time fulfilling for the people who choose it, with the most successful ones devoting themselves to it at a level that can rival a religious vocation. And that this is a community of warm, caring people, which is nowhere more evident than in the hospitality industry and RJ readers who are interested in food and eating. In contact with probably thousands over the years, there have been very, very few negative interactions, and when my daughter died in an accident nearly 12 years ago, the number of people – casual friends, distant acquaintances, and absolute strangers – was who contacted a consolation turned to me that I cannot even put into words, and I can never quite express how grateful I was and remain. This city will always have a very special place in my heart.

Was there a Vegas dining trend that you particularly liked? One you didn’t?

I love the ever increasing diversification and experimentation of all kinds, even if it is less successful. I also love the fun fusion combinations that have come about that see the similarities in the kitchen in ways that people can learn from.

Disliked: The ubiquity of kale. I always hated it, always will hate it no matter how many times people try to lipstick this particular pig.

You must have had a few memorable encounters with chefs …

Probably what I liked most was hearing their stories – when Wolfgang Puck told me that when he opened Spago in the Forum Shops in 1992, people started queuing in the open kitchen as if it were a buffet. Spago opened during or just before NFR and he said he had never seen so many cowboy hats and thought it always was. He said he was afraid the restaurant would never make it, so he would go home every night, have a bottle of wine, and then return the next day. Little did he know he was going to change Las Vegas.

Who was the greatest character you met?

I would say it must be the late Jay Hamada, and I say that with the greatest affection. The son of a Japanese naval officer who was unemployed after the end of World War II, Hamada knew he had to go his own way and became an athlete and dancer. Fortunately, his friendship with a multi-million dollar Kobe businessman, a corpulent man who was a frustrated dancer himself, led Hamada to lead a Japanese cultural group whose US tour included an appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. He came to Las Vegas in 1962, started out as a dishwasher and bartender, and eventually had nine restaurants here. He was great fun talking to and he could still do the balancing act at the age of 72. (his favorite Austrian dish) when he saw me.

Unforgettable dishes?

There are so many, mostly good ones, but also a few bad ones. Probably one of the most memorable dishes of my career, however, was while I was still living in Florida and a friend challenged me to try a restaurant specialty, white chocolate and mead scallops. It was unexpectedly tasty and reminded me that even the most unlikely combination could work. Once in a while.

Is there a now closed restaurant that you would like to return to?

That should be Pamplemousse on East Sahara Avenue. I loved everything about this grandiose look back: the fact that Bobby Darin inspired the name, the house-like arrangement that arose from being in an old house, the elegant service from waiters in tuxedos, the unfathomably elaborate raw food basket served for dinner and the faithful reproduction of French classics that never got boring. # 2 should be Andres French Restaurant downtown.

Do you have a favorite food that might surprise people when they find out you love it?

Every Christmas season I have to bake my grandmother’s stollen, which contains the dreaded candied fruit. Over the years I’ve been the only one in the family who will eat it. I think it will die with me! Conversely, I will never eat squab. I believed my great grandmother who said it was just pigeon.

Which restaurant will you visit first in your retirement?

This question reminds me of people who asked me what my favorite restaurant was, which came up a lot. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to reveal it, but it would change with the day, the hour, my mood, the cravings, etc. Maybe that’s why I’ve never been a regular in a restaurant and probably never will. There is just too much to see.

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Global Public Relations Market Report 2022 https://whistlestopdepot.com/global-public-relations-market-report-2022/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 13:00:07 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/global-public-relations-market-report-2022/

New York, December 31, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Reportlinker.com announces the release of Public Relations Global Market Report 2022 – https://www.reportlinker.com/p04442211/?utm_source=GNW
$ 55 billion in 2021 to $ 102.80 billion in 2022, with an average annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.1%. The growth is mainly due to companies reorganizing their operations and recovering from the effects of COVID-19, which previously resulted in restrictive containment measures involving social distancing, remote working and the closure of commercial activities that created operational challenges. The market is expected to hit $ 149.44 billion in 2026 at a CAGR of 9.8%.

The public relations (PR) market consists of the sale of public relations and related services. Public relations service companies manage, design, and implement communication between an organization and its customers.

The activities of PR firms are aimed at promoting their customers’ image and promoting beneficial relationships between the customer and their stakeholders such as consumers, government, the public, employees and investors.

The main types of public relations are private PR firms and public PR firms. A public PR firm seeks to influence public opinion about a company’s products or services.

The various media include events, social media, influencer marketing, corporate websites, TV, print and others and are used by various industries including consumer goods and retail, BFSI, government and public sector, telecommunications, IT, healthcare, media and entertainment.

The regions covered in this report are Asia Pacific, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, North America, South America, Middle East, and Africa.

The increasing need to gain a competitive advantage is driving the public relations market. Public relations can unite all functions with a single vision according to the mission of the organization.

A well-made, integrated PR plan can connect clients and clients with the company and creates a competitive advantage for companies. It helps to attract attention and increase the visibility of the product / service.

In a PR campaign, the beverage brand Tropicana wanted to show that even a small 150 ml glass of Tropicana orange juice provides 60 percent of the daily vitamin C, orange juice, especially Tropicana and Tropicana representatives gave away 150 ml orange juice.

A research report published in The Telegraph following the campaign showed that 88% of respondents said the campaign made them buy Tropicana more often, and 100% of respondents said they abandoned the campaign because of it felt that Tropicana was worth paying more for.

Strict data collection regulations such as the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) prove to be a market restriction. These rules strengthen the data protection and privacy of a country’s citizens, regardless of where they live or work.

The GDPR includes, for example, companies that collect personal data from EU customers, receive web traffic from the EU or do business with EU citizens.

Governments around the world have enforced privacy laws to take enforcement measures to protect consumers from unfair practices. For example, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the European Union protects the personal data of individuals in the EU.

In order for PR companies to be able to ensure compliance with the GDPR, they must publish a data protection guideline that explains what type of data they have, what they do with it and to whom they pass it on for disclosure, modification or deletion of data provide an overview of how you want to protect the data.

These are known as the privacy policy / policy. Regular reviews are also required to ensure that IT systems and internal security processes are updated to reflect best practice.

The GDPR helps customers be aware of the type of data collected and can therefore opt out or decline. The PR market focuses heavily on the collection, storage and use of personal data for media work.

The data needs to be collected more carefully and individuals have the option not to provide their personal data, which could limit the public relations market.

Public Relations (PR) companies are increasingly investing in programmatic PR in the digital medium. Programmatic PR refers to the automation of advertising.

The increasing volume of global digital communication led to the manual tasks being handed over to artificial intelligence. Programmatic PR increases transparency and control and is more efficient as it offers better targeting opportunities for the audience.

The range is also greater in programmatic PR. For example, Accenture Interactive has entered the world of ad buying and is responsible for planning, purchasing and managing programmatic advertising campaigns.

It will also help brands develop a strategy for attacking programmatic purchases. These technological advances will help PR and keep the market moving forward.

In April 2019, Publicis Groupe, a multinational advertising and public relations company, acquired Epsilon for a $ 4.4 billion deal. This transaction has helped Publicis Groupe incorporate Epsilon’s innovation, technology and creativity into their product or service that will help customers beat the competition and grow profitably. Epsilon is a marketing company that provides unique data and customer insights. Epsilon was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Irving, Texas, USA.

The PR market countries are Brazil; China; France; Germany; India; Indonesia; Japan; South Korea; Russia; UNITED KINGDOM; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; Australia.

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]]> 2 Monster Growth Stocks You Can Buy Now and Hold For The Next Decade https://whistlestopdepot.com/2-monster-growth-stocks-you-can-buy-now-and-hold-for-the-next-decade/ Mon, 27 Dec 2021 23:07:51 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/2-monster-growth-stocks-you-can-buy-now-and-hold-for-the-next-decade/

A myriad of factors have contributed to recent market volatility, including high inflation, the Omicron variant, and changes in the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy. And while the S&P 500 near its all-time high, many growth stocks have fallen sharply in recent months. For example, Roku (NASDAQ: ROKU) and Sea Limited (NYSE: SE) are currently 51% and 40% below their all-time highs.

Of course, these losses sting if you’re a current shareholder, but there’s a silver lining for long-term investors. You can buy these high quality growth stocks at a discount now, and both Roku and Sea Limited are well positioned to generate market-leading returns over the next decade.

Here’s why.

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1. Roku

In 2008, Roku pioneered the streaming industry with the release of its first device, and its platform remains the only purpose-built operating system for Connected TVs (CTVs). Today, Roku’s technology connects over 56 million viewers with content publishers (and advertisers) and is by far the most popular streaming platform.

In fact, Roku accounted for 31% of CTV viewing time in the third quarter, while the closest competitor held just 17% market share. To take advantage of this advantage, Roku has invested aggressively in its advertising business. Last year, the company launched the OneView platform, a suite of tools that enables marketers to create, measure, and optimize targeted advertising campaigns for CTV, desktop, and mobile devices. And that year, Roku showcased original content on its own ad-supported service, The Roku Channel, with the aim of increasing audience engagement and creating new advertising opportunities.

So far, the management’s growth strategy has paid off. The streaming hours on The Roku Channel more than doubled in the third quarter and are among the five best channels on the platform in terms of reach. That’s impressive because Roku connects viewers to virtually every ad-supported and premium service out there. Unsurprisingly, the company has had an impressive financial performance over the past year.


3rd quarter 2020 (TTM)

3rd quarter 2021 (TTM)



$ 1.5 billion

$ 2.5 billion


Free cash flow

($ 32.0 million)

$ 266.2 million

N / A

Data source: YCharts. TTM = trailing 12 months.

Looking ahead, Roku is prepared for future growth. Connected TV currently makes up a relatively small percentage of total TV ad spend, but as more consumers switch to streaming entertainment, advertising budgets will follow suit. According to BMO Capital, CTV ad spend will even hit $ 100 billion in 2030. And as an industry leader, Roku is well positioned to take advantage of this opportunity.

2. Sea Limited

Sea Limited is a holding company based in Southeast Asia, one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Sea owns businesses in three key industries: Shopee is an e-commerce platform, SeaMoney provides digital financial services, and Garena is a video game developer and publisher. More importantly, Sea has established itself as a leader in several industries.

Shopee, in particular, is the most popular online marketplace in Southeast Asia, receiving more than twice as many monthly visitors as its closest competitor. And SeaMoney adds value to merchants and consumers by streamlining the payment process both inside and outside the Shopee marketplace. After all, Garena is best known for Free fire, the top-selling mobile game in Southeast Asia and Latin America for the past nine quarters.

Overall, Sea’s impressive lineup of successful companies over the past year resulted in impressive financial results.


3rd quarter 2020 (TTM)

3rd quarter 2021 (TTM)



$ 3.6 billion

$ 8.3 billion


Free cash flow

$ 87.7 million

$ 341.9 million


Data source: YCharts. TTM = trailing 12 months.

Looking to the future, Sea Limited has plenty of room to grow its business. Currently only 75% of the population in Southeast Asia has internet access, but that number is growing rapidly. As a result, according to Bain & Company, the gross volume of e-commerce goods is expected to more than quintuple over the next nine years and reach $ 1 trillion by 2030. And as more consumers spend money online, Shopee and SeaMoney should benefit.

However, Shopee is also aggressively expanding into Europe and Latin America, expanding its addressable market outside of its core regions. If the company gains momentum in these regions, I believe Sea could reach $ 1 trillion in market cap in 10-15 years, which equates to a return of more than 700%. So this growth stock looks like a smart buy.

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Cruises are facing disruption again due to Covid-19 – KION546 https://whistlestopdepot.com/cruises-are-facing-disruption-again-due-to-covid-19-kion546/ Sat, 25 Dec 2021 22:08:34 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/cruises-are-facing-disruption-again-due-to-covid-19-kion546/

By Jason Hanna, CNN

At least four ocean cruise ships were turned away from ports of call this week due to Covid-19 cases or were not allowed to let passengers off board in America.

Although Covid-19 cases have appeared on other cruises since U.S.-based ships resumed service this summer with vaccine requirements and other measures to minimize outbreaks, the rate of cruises being forced to change their itineraries appears to be gone up.

The disruptions are still a long way from March 2020, when the pandemic crippled the industry and led to weeks of efforts to get already embarked passengers and crew home as ports were closed to virus-infected ships.

Still, this week’s disruption came amid global concerns about the highly communicable variant of Omicron coronavirus and as Covid-19 case rates rose in the US and elsewhere.

Recent disruptions on cruise lines include:

• Mexican officials prevented that Holland America line Koningsdam disembark its passengers in Puerto Vallarta on Thursday after 21 crew members tested positive for Covid-19, the Jalisco State Health Department said.

A “small number of fully vaccinated crew members” tested positive and all showed either mild or no symptoms, Holland America Line told CNN.

Jalisco health authorities initially wanted people who tested negative to disembark. They changed their minds, however, and led an “exponential growth in confirmed cases in the crew” through Thursday, the department said. Only one crew member had tested positive less than a week earlier, the department said.

The ship, which left San Diego on December 19 with more than 1,000 passengers and more than 870 crew members, visited Cabo San Lucas and Mazatlán before arriving in Puerto Vallarta. It is scheduled to return to San Diego on Sunday.

Holland America Line, like the other cruise lines in this story, requires passengers and crew to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, with a few exceptions for children.

• Ports on the Caribbean islands of Bonaire and Aruba rejected the. away Carnival freedom Ship on Wednesday or Thursday after “a small number” of people on board tested positive for Covid-19, the cruise company said.

However, the company made a replacement stop in the Dominican Republic on Friday.

It was also allowed to stop in Curacao on Tuesday. Dr. Izzy Gerstenbluth, the national epidemiologist for Curacao, said the ship had notified him prior to arrival that crew members had tested positive. After visiting the ship and finding that the cases were trapped in the crew, Curacao allowed the ship’s passengers to disembark, with the crew remaining on board, he said.

The ship will return to Miami on Sunday as planned, the cruise company said.

• Officials in Curacao and Aruba rejected the Royal Caribbean Odyssey of the Seas This week, after 55 fully vaccinated crew members and passengers were infected with Covid-19, the Miami Herald reported on Wednesday.

Curacao health officials ruled the percentage of people who tested positive on board was too high for the nation to moor the ship, the Curacao Chronicle reported.

The ship is scheduled to return to Florida’s Fort Lauderdale on Sunday.

According to Royal Caribbean, the ship can accommodate up to 5,550 guests plus 1,600 crew members. It was not clear whether the ship was fully occupied.

• Colombian officials prevented that Seven Seas Mariner Do not let anyone alight in Cartagena on Wednesday after seven positive Covid-19 cases – including six crew members and one passenger – were reported. The ship began an 18-day voyage from Miami to San Francisco on December 18.

Also this month at least 48 people were on board the Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas tested positive for Covid-19, the cruise company said after the ship ended its voyage in Miami on December 18. This ship, with more than 6,000 passengers and crew, stopped on three islands and did not report any interruption in the route.

So far, only a small proportion of the cruise ships in operation have been affected by the disruptions

The cruise changes represent a small fraction of the dozen cruise lines that have sailed the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, the wider Atlantic and Pacific that month.

Positive Covid-19 tests aboard cruise lines aren’t unique this month – they have occurred at different times since cruises resumed from U.S. shores this summer.

For example, in August 27 people tested positive on a Carnival cruise ship before calling at a port in Belize City.

However, while those who tested positive were isolated on the ship, other people were allowed to disembark there if they could prove a negative test.

Now, the proliferation of the Omicron variant “can affect the way some target authorities themselves view a small number of cases, even when handled with our strict protocols,” Mardi Gras spokeswoman AnneMarie Mathews told CNN on Friday in a prepared statement .

“Some destinations have limited medical resources and focus on managing their own local response to the variant,” added Mathews.

“Should a port have to be canceled, we will do our best to find an alternative destination,” said Mathews.

Health and Safety Protocols

Cruise companies have implemented many onboard health and safety requirements – and updated them to reflect the changed conditions – to avoid a repeat of Spring 2020. This included obliging crew members and passengers (excluding children) against Covid-19 vaccines, with vaccines providing strong protection against serious illness and death.

The companies recommend booster shots to their passengers. Holland America Line says its crew members will be given boosters as soon as they are eligible.

Cruise companies generally require their passengers to test negative for Covid-19 prior to travel and require their crews to be tested frequently.

Passengers who tested positive during the trip are generally required to isolate themselves

US-based cruises also require the wearing of masks in indoor public areas. This policy was recently updated to extend the use of indoor masks to fully vaccinated passengers.

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CNN’s Francesca Street, Melissa Alonso, Aya Elamroussi, Carma Hassan, Hira Humayun, Stefano Pozzebon, Valentina DiDonato and Sharif Paget contributed to this report.

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Explained: What is tokenization and why has RBI issued new guidelines? https://whistlestopdepot.com/explained-what-is-tokenization-and-why-has-rbi-issued-new-guidelines/ Fri, 24 Dec 2021 06:56:26 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/explained-what-is-tokenization-and-why-has-rbi-issued-new-guidelines/

This follows a series of representations by several industry players and digital payment platforms that expected online transactions to be disrupted as of January 1, when the new rules were originally supposed to go into effect. According to the new guidelines, online gamers must delete all credit and debit card data stored on their platforms and replaced with tokens in order to secure the card data of consumers.

While most of the leading banks, including SBI, HDFC Bank, and ICICI Bank, are ready to make the switch, other stakeholders – mostly merchants – argue that the systems in their backend are not ready to adopt the new regime and have been more Time for new standards to be in place.

In expanding the policy, RBI said that in addition to tokenization, “industry stakeholders can develop alternative mechanisms to handle any use case (including recurring e-mandates, EMI option, etc.) or post-transaction activities (including chargebacks) Processing, dispute resolution, rewards / loyalty program, etc.), which currently includes / requires the storage of CoF data by bodies other than card issuers and card networks. “

What is tokenization and why has the RBI issued new guidelines?

In September 2021, RBI banned merchants from storing customer card data on their servers with effect from January 1, 2022 and ordered the introduction of card-on-file tokenization (CoF) as an alternative to card storage. It applies to domestic online purchases.

Tokenization refers to the replacement of the actual credit and debit card details with an alternate code called a “token” that is unique to a combination of card, token requester, and device. A tokenized card transaction is considered more secure because the actual card data is not passed on to the merchant during the transaction processing. Customers without a tokenization function must enter their name, 16-digit card number, expiry date and CVV for every online order. This can be a hassle and degrade transaction value, especially when done through stored cards. If there are several cards, each must be provided with a token.

How big is the industry and what are the effects of new guidelines?

India has an estimated 100 crore debit and credit cards used for approximately 1.5 crore daily transactions valued at Rs 4,000 crore, according to data shared by participants in a CII seminar on the subject this week. The value of India’s digital payments industry over the 2020-21 period was Rs billion, according to the RBI’s annual report.

“Digital payments have sparked and sustained economic growth, especially during the troubled times of the pandemic … While the RBI’s intent is to protect consumer interests, the challenge on the ground is to implement it,” according to the CII. Online merchants may lose up to 20-40% of their revenue after December 31 due to tokenization norms session on digital payments and the Indian media consumer organized by the Media and Entertainment Committee of the CII.

What is the impact on the consumer?

An estimated 5 million customers who have their card details stored for online transactions on various platforms could be affected if online gamers and retailers are unable to implement the changes in their backend. E-commerce platforms, online service providers and small retailers could be particularly affected. Equal monthly rates and subscription-based transactions that are paid for using stored cards must also be subject to new rules. With the latest expansion, RBI now expects the systems to be ready for a smooth start in six months.

While 90 percent of banks are ready for tokens on the Visa platform, Mastercard has yet to catch up. On July 14th of this year, the RBI banned Mastercard from issuing new cards because it had not met the data localization requirements. Even if the CoF conversion is carried out into a tokenized number, the system is not prepared to process the tokens because the merchants are not ready in the end.

Why did those involved want an extension?

Digital payment companies and merchant organizations had asked RBI for urgent action to extend the deadline for the implementation of the new standards for data storage for credit and debit cards or card-on-file tokenization (CoF). They wrote to the central bank that the new mandate, if implemented in the current readiness, could lead to major disruption and loss of revenue, especially for traders. “Disruptions like this are undermining trust in digital payments and returning consumer habits towards cash-based payments,” said the Merchant Payments Alliance of India (MPAI) and the Alliance of Digital India Foundation (ADIF) in a joint letter. According to industry circles, some banks had also written to RBI to extend the implementation of the new standards.

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Industry sources argue that all stakeholders – banks, card systems, aggregators, gateways, processors, merchants, consumers, and the regulator – need to come together for a successful implementation of the standards, which requires time and preparation. Specifically, the change in RBI policy affects three main actors: banks, intermediary payment systems and merchants. Stakeholders sought a gradual implementation of the new mandate, a minimum timeframe of six months for merchants to meet the readiness of banks, card networks and payment aggregators / gateways.

What is the willingness of the banks?

While industry bodies in a letter to the Reserve Bank claimed that the RBI regulated companies were not prepared to comply in the absence of a tough mandate, banks say “they are on the matter” and traders may have some time left for that Need integration. HDFC Bank, ICICI and SBI Cards already have the card tokenization system for online transactions, while only a few players have device-based tokenization (SBI Cards with Samsung) for contactless NFC payments (Near Field Communication). Other banks have already started the process and many are done with the new system.

SBI Chairman Dinesh Khara recently said: “It’s about integrating the systems between banks and retailers. As for the banks, they have started working on it. For our purposes, the operational part came in September. For dealers it may be that they need a little more time. “

According to a report by Emkay Global Financial Services, “Rather than developing your own token generation engine, using the payment network engine (Visa or Mastercard) will be far more cost-effective, technologically advanced and accepted by merchants.” Google announced on Tuesday the introduction of tokenization, which will allow Google Pay users to transact with their Mastercard credit and debit cards. Many banks such as SBI, HDFC and HSBC use Mastercard for transactions.

There are three steps to follow for a smooth implementation of tokenization. Token Provisioning: The consumer’s card number should be convertible into a token, ie the card networks must be equipped with the appropriate infrastructure.

Token processing: Consumers should be able to successfully complete their transaction using the token.

Scale-up for multiple use cases: the consumer should be able to use the token for things like refunds, EMIs, recurring payments, offers, promotions, guest checkouts, etc.

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Animal welfare film ‘Mercy’ is distributed by all the films https://whistlestopdepot.com/animal-welfare-film-mercy-is-distributed-by-all-the-films/ Wed, 22 Dec 2021 10:55:00 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/animal-welfare-film-mercy-is-distributed-by-all-the-films/


Wendy Morgan‘s animal welfare docu-drama “Mercy” was recorded by a Los Angeles-based distributor All Channel Films, Inc. All Channel Films will represent the film that premiered on the Awareness film festival in October in the USA and Canada via pay and basic cable, video / DVD, VOD / SVOD, PPV and other distribution platforms.

With people advocating for animals, “Mercy” lifts the lid on the more inedible side of the meat industry, as the eyes of a pig named Mercy say, walking from a factory farm to a slaughterhouse. Maria Austin (“The Reverend and Mrs. Simpson”) plays Mercy alongside Annette Badland (“Ted Lasso”), Mark Winget (“Quadrophenia”) and Morgan (“Mrs. Lowry and Son”), who wrote and directed the film .

“One of my goals was to bring ‘Mercy’ to the North American audience in order to raise awareness of the disturbing but important theme of the film,” said Morgan. “All Channel Films will definitely help me achieve this goal.”

Check out the trailer below (warning: disturbing content):


Screen skills has launched a campaign for hairdressers and makeup artists who have experience working with black hair and makeup to help People of Color get into the film and television industry, backed by industry heavyweights, including Netflix and producer of “No Time to Die” Barbara Broccoli.

The campaign is aimed at people with hairdressing and makeup backgrounds who may work in other industries, such as skill funds.

There will be an online introductory event on January 20th. Participants will then be invited to apply for the program, which includes 16 apprenticeships and paid internships (supported by the High-End TV Skills Fund) on high-end TV productions in spring 2022. Companies participating in the program include Netflix and ITV Studios, which provide some of the placements.

“That sounds like a great initiative,” said the “I May Destroy You” star Paapa Essiedu. “I hope it will attract people to the industry who previously didn’t know how to get in. It is really important that the process that ensures more equality in front of the camera is also replicated in the crew, such as hair and make-up. “

Broccoli added, “We need diversity both behind the camera and on-screen and this program is a really exciting and practical way to find talented new hair and makeup artists to support our color cast.”

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Bollywood film “Antim: The Final Truth” with Salman Khan and Aayush Sharma, will be premiered in the streamer ZEE5 Global on the 24th of December. Director Mahesh Manjrekar (“Natsamrat”) the film shows Khan as a policeman who takes on the land mafia. The film is an adaptation of the Marathi film “Mulshi Pattern” from 2018.

“Antim” hit theaters on November 26th and was a box office hit. Khan’s previous film “Radhe” bowed at the height of the latest wave of the pandemic over the premium VOD service Zee Plex over ZEE5 in India, with a theatrical release overseas. His previous hits including “Hum Aapke Hai Kaun”, “Wanted”, “Partner”, “No Entry”, “Karan Arjun”, “Hello Brother”, “Hum Saath Saath Hai” and “Maine Pyar Kiya” are on. available ZEE5.

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