Hearst Corp Buys Controlling Interest in Digital Billing and Payments Firm

first_imgHearst Corporation last week announced it bought an 80 percent stake in digital billing and payment services firm Kubra. The service, which manages billing and payments for the utility, insurance, financial services and healthcare industries, will be closely aligned with Hearst-owned CDS Global, a fulfillment and data processing company. Terms were not released, but it’s an interesting deal for Hearst to make. On the one hand, it fits with the revenue diversification theme the publishing market has been hungry for, but in this case it’s a service-based operation—not one dependent on advertising. It also puts Hearst in a position to make money from out-of-market industries like healthcare and utilities. In announcing the deal, Hearst Magazines president David Carey referred to it as “building new service businesses that have scale.” Third, it taps into the growing electronic payment and billing market, and that includes mobile. “As the consumer shift to electronic payment becomes more rapid, companies offering fully integrated billing and payment services are in high demand,” says Hearst Corp. president and CEO Steven Swartz in a statement. By matching up Kubra with CDS Global, Hearst can leverage the payment-oriented services the two companies provide. Kubra, like CDS, will remain an independent unit, with Kubra president and CEO Rick Watkin reporting to Carey. “Kubra’s experience in billing and payments is a great complement to the services CDS Global offers, and we have been working together in some capacity since 2011,” CDS Global president and CEO Debra Janssen tells FOLIO:. “While many of the day-to-day business and technology details will be more fully determined as KUBRA is integrated into the Hearst family, the great working relationship we have already built will allow us both to derive quick benefit from an expanded partnership.”last_img read more

Kesha Ed Sheeran SZA More To Honor Elton John In GRAMMY Salute

first_img Little Big Town On Paying Tribute to Elton John Kesha On Growing Up Listening To Elton John News Facebook 5 Charities Elton John Supports Email All-Stars Pay Tribute To Elton John NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Apr 10, 2018 – 9:38 am All-Stars Pay Tribute To Elton John Tune in to CBS on April 10 to catch “Elton John: I’m Still Standing — A GRAMMY Salute” featuring an all-star tribute plus special performance of a medley of hits from John himselfNate HertweckGRAMMYs Mar 13, 2018 – 7:00 am How do you celebrate a career as illustrious as that of the great Elton John? With a star-studded concert, of course. “Elton John: I’m Still Standing — A GRAMMY Salute” will air April 10 on CBS and features performances by some of music’s biggest names, including Alessia Cara, Miley Cyrus, Kesha, Lady Gaga, Miranda Lambert, John Legend, Little Big Town, Chris Martin, Shawn Mendes, Maren Morris, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, and SZA. 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Additionally, there will be special appearances by Jon Batiste, Neil Patrick Harris, Christopher Jackson, Anna Kendrick, Gayle King, Lucy Liu, Valerie Simpson, and Hailee Steinfeld.The festivities will culminate with a medley of hits performed by John himself, culminating with the event’s title song, “I’m Still Standing” from John’s 1983 album, Too Low For Zero.Here is the full list of performances:”The Bitch Is Back” — Miley Cyrus”Candle In The Wind” — Ed Sheeran”Daniel” — Sam Smith”I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues” — Alessia Cara”Your Song” — Lady Gaga”Rocket Man” — Little Big Town”Border Song” — Christopher Jackson & Valerie Simpson”Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” — SZA & Shawn Mendes”Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters” — Maren Morris”We All Fall In Love Sometimes” — Chris Martin”My Father’s Gun” — Miranda Lambert”Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” — Kesha”Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” — John Legend”Bennie And The Jets” — Elton John”Philadelphia Freedom” — Elton John”I’m Still Standing” — Elton John & Ensemble”Elton John: I’m Still Standing–A GRAMMY Salute,” continues the tradition of previous Emmy-winning TV specials presented by CBS, the Recording Academy, and AEG Ehrlich Ventures, including “Sinatra 100 — An All-Star GRAMMY Concert,” “Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life — An All-Star GRAMMY Salute,” “The Beatles: The Night That Changed America — A GRAMMY Salute” and “Stayin’ Alive: A GRAMMY Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees.” Miranda Lambert’s Crazy Connection To Elton John Elton John Talks GRAMMY Special, Tribute Albums The Lyrical Longevity Of Elton John, “Border Song” Elton John To Be Honored At GRAMMY Salute Concert The Lyrical Longevity Of Elton John, “Border Song” Ed SheeranPhoto: Matthias Nareyek/Getty Images Shawn Mendes On Covering Elton John With SZA Little Big Town On Paying Tribute to Elton John 5 Charities Elton John Supports How Did Elton John Help Ed Sheeran? Why Alessia Cara Sang The Blues For Elton John Elton John Talks Bernie Taupin, Fatherhood & More The Lyrical Longevity Of Elton John, “Border Song” Neil Patrick Harris: What’s His Elton John Secret? Shawn Mendes On Covering Elton John With SZA Elton John Picks His Own Favorite Albums Tune in April 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT for this two-hour concert special, only on CBS.Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook Messenger All-Stars Unite For GRAMMY Salute To Elton John kesha-ed-sheeran-sza-more-honor-elton-john-grammy-salute 5 Charities Elton John Supports Neil Patrick Harris: What’s His Elton John Secret? 7 Elton John Songs From The Screen & Stage Kesha On Growing Up Listening To Elton John Who’s On The Elton John Cover Albums? 7 Elton John Songs From The Screen & Stage Elton John Talks GRAMMY Special, Tribute Albums Read morelast_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday January 26 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Saturday, January 26, 2019:#1) Wilmington Boosters Annual DanceThe Wilmington High School Boosters Association is holding its annual Dance at 7pm at the Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks Lodge (777 South Street, Tewksbury).  This fun evening includes live music from the local band WildFire.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their own food. Tickets cost $25 each and will be available at the door.#2) Suburban Boston Spring Home ShowThe Suburban Boston Spring Home Show will emanate from Wilmington’s  Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) on Friday, January 25 (11am-8pm); Saturday, January 26 (10am-8pm); and Sunday, January 27 (10am-6pm). Admission is $10 at the door. (Free passes are available online in advance HERE.) Parking is free. Learn more HERE.#3) Parent/Child Drawing 101 At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a drawing class for kids & adults from 9:30am to 11:30am. Join Gina Johnson, Co-founder & Portrait  Artist of “Operation: Home Ties “Faces of Remembrance”, for a beginners drawing class for children and the grownup of their choice. Share the amazement of learning to sketch using simple shapes. Gina believes there is an artist in each of us! Let her make a believer out of you with her fun step-by-step instructions – so you too will say: “Yes…I CAN draw”! Grades 1-5. Register HERE.#4) Book Store Next Door OpenThe Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.#5) Wilmington Food Pantry OpenThe Wilmington Food Pantry (142 Chestnut Street) is open from 10am to noon for food donation drop-offs. Learn which food items the Pantry is most in need of HERE.Like 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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 22, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, August 10, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For January 27, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Copa America 2019 Brazil vs Venezuela Preview TV listings and how to

first_imgBrazil will take the field on June 18 against Venezuela for their second group-A match of the 2019 Copa America in Salvador, Brazil. A Neymar-less Brazil defeated Bolivia in their first match of the tournament 3-0 with Philippe Coutinho scoring a brace and Everton Soares adding another one in the dying minutes.Neymar who is held as Brazil’s greatest footballer in recent times suffered an injury just before the start of the tournament and it was a major setback for the Brazilian side. But the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firminho, Everton Soares and Gabriel Jesus have filled in for him and Brazil is actually playing better without Neymar. The Yellow and Green brigade played a dominating game over Bolivia enjoying 75 per cent of the possession.Venezuela, on the other hand, played out a goalless draw against Peru playing a man down in the last 15 mins. The hosts are the favourite to win the match, while the Vinotinto would be thrilled if they can squeeze out a point from the match.On the other hand, the other match of the night is between Bolivia and Peru. After getting humiliated by the Selecao in Sao Paulo the Bolivians will try to keep their hopes alive of qualification to the next round. Peru, who defeated Australia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup will look forward to win as they are the favourites in the fixture.The Brazil-Venezuela match will start at 9.30 PM on June 18 according to local time and 6 AM, June 19 according to IST. The Bolivia-Peru match will start at 6.30pm on June 18 according to local time and 3 am, June 19 according to IST.Global TV listings and Live streamTelemundo: USAPremier Sports 1: UKStream: Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, ESPN+, Premier PlayerHow to watch in IndiaThere has been a huge disappointment for Indian football fans as the tournament will not be telecasted in the country. Fans can watch the live stream via internet and also via using free VPN services and apk’s like Navixsport. Brazil will look forward to win. Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Imageslast_img read more

Blind sheikh convicted in 1993 WT bombing dies in US prison

first_imgSheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind spiritual leader of Egypt’s largest Islamic extremist fundamentalist group Jamaa Islamiyya. AFP file photoBlind sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, the Egyptian-born cleric linked to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, died Saturday of natural causes in a US prison facility, the Justice Department said. He was 78 years old.Abdel Rahman was serving a life sentence on several terrorism-related charges at a Federal Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina. His death came after a long battle with diabetes and coronary artery disease, the Bureau of Prisons said.The sheikh was seen as a jihadist spiritual leader even after his conviction in 1995 for conspiring to bomb New York landmarks, including the United Nations, and assassinate the former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.Abdel Rahman, who sported a long, gray beard and signature sunglasses, led the militant Gamaa Islamiya group in Egypt before emigrating to the United States.He preached a radical brand of Islam and was seen as having inspired the 1993 bombing of New York’s World Trade Center, which left six people dead and wounded around 1,000.His son Mohamed Omar was informed of the death and told AFP the family had contacted the US and Egyptian authorities to repatriate the late cleric’s body.Abdel Rahman had been imprisoned in North Carolina since 2007. He was hospitalized in late 2006 in the state of Missouri after he began to spit blood and was given a blood transfusion.Cause celebreAfter his incarceration, the sheikh became a cause celebre for jihadists and Islamists who demanded the blind and ailing militant’s freedom.A year before Al-Qaeda carried out the September 11, 2001, terror attacks in the US, the group’s founder Osama bin Laden vowed to free Abdel Rahman in a statement broadcast on Qatar’s satellite TV channel Al-Jazeera.In 2012, Egypt’s then-Islamist president Mohamed Morsi called for Abdel Rahman’s transfer to Egypt for “humanitarian reasons,” asking for a “prisoner exchange” with the United States.Gamaa Islamiya militants took part in the 1981 attack that killed Egypt’s former president Anwar Sadat, whose assassination Abdel Rahman had legitimized by issuing a fatwa.The militant group—long designated a terrorist organization despite its renunciation of violence in recent years—also claimed responsibility for a devastating 1997 attack in the country’s southern city of Luxor, which killed some 60 people, most of them tourists.Born in May 1938 to a family of poor farmers in the town of Gamaliya, in the Nile delta, Abdel Rahman obtained a doctorate in theology at the Islamic university of Al-Azhar in Cairo.Despite his radical connections, Abdel Rahman in 1990 traveled to the US and preached his impassioned sermons to mosques in New Jersey and Brooklyn, after obtaining a tourist visa from a US embassy in Sudan.‘War of urban terrorism’From the US he continued to urge the violent overthrow of the Egyptian government in cassette tapes sent to his homeland.Abdel Rahman was ultimately sentenced to life in prison for conspiring to execute a spate of bombings in New York against the UN headquarters, bridges and government buildings, a campaign its plotters never saw through.The radical theologian—along with nine associates—had been convicted of waging “a war of urban terrorism” after an almost year-long trial in a US district court in New York.Prosecutors argued the plot was geared toward pressuring the US to check its support of Israel.“My killing will be a martyrdom in the cause of God,” said Abdel Rahman, who, along with his co-defendants, denied the charges against him.He was not charged in the 1993 World Trade Center attack, in which a truck bomb detonated in an underground parking garage beneath one of the towers that once stood in southern Manhattan.Four others were convicted of carrying out the attack in a separate trial, but authorities suspected the cleric was connected to it.In 2005 the US human rights lawyer who represented Abdel Rahman, Lynne Stewart, was herself convicted for acting as a go-between for her jailed client and his followers.last_img read more