Daily Archives: December 24, 2017

East to West – The Chinese Model gains traction in the global manufacturing industry

QINGDAO, China, Dec. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The New York-based Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) announced a proposal to develop an international mass customization standard led by Chinese electronics manufacturer Haier at the National Engineering and Scientific…


Edge Of Attack Revival and New EP Release "Through The Gates"

Edge Of Attack have had their up’s and down’s like many acts over the years. But after announcing their disbandment in 2016, no other material or word of the band would come forth. That is …Read More


The Suicider Releases New Video for "2012"

Russian heavy/gothic metal band The Suicider have released a new video for “2012”, from their last album “Never Alive”. The video was directed by Sergey Ilin. The Suicider band was formed by Mikhail Tatarinov at …Read More


Weesp Releases "Illumination" Video and Announces New Album "Black Sails"

“Great news the metal-rock band Weesp has finally rewarded its fans – so called “sailors” – with the first single from a long-awaited new album and presents their brand-new track “Illumination”, together with an official …Read More


Plantations International Malaysia Appoints Mr. Paul Martin as CEO

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Dec. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Plantations International Agarwood Sdn Bhd in Malaysia is very pleased to announce that it has appointed Mr. Paul Martin as its Chief Executive Officer in Malaysia. Mr. Martin has extensive experience in the financial industry havi…


2018 Fat Tuesday Event Helps Three Local Agencies Feed Our Local Homeless Children

2018 Mardi Gras, presented by Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell, poster winnerCOVINGTON, Ky., Dec. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Mardi Gras for Homeless Children always brings a lot of people and excitement for this fabulous culinary experience, and this year will mark the 27th Year Anniversary Celebration.  The event will again be at the Northern Kentucky Convention…


On the Charts: Eminem's 'Revival' Opens at Number One

Eminem claimed his eighth Number One album as Revival topped the Billboard 200 in its debut week.

The rapper’s latest LP, his first album since 2013’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2, opened with 267,000 total copies in its first week of release, with 197,000 of that total culled from traditional album sales.

Although that total marked the third-best first-week tally for a hip-hop album in 2017 – behind Kendrick Lamar’s Damn. and Drake’s More Life – it was a significant drop from the first week sales for The Marshall Mathers LP 2, which opened with 792,000 copies four years ago, Billboard reports.

Every Eminem album since 2000’s The Marshall Mathers LP, as well as his Curtain Call greatest hits collection in 2005, has topped the Billboard 200. Eminem remains six Number Ones behind Jay-Z current Billboard 200 record of 14, although that tally does not include the rapper’s 8 Mile soundtrack, which also reached Number One in 2002. 

Two more hip-hop releases entered the Top 10 this week, with G-Eazy tying his personal chart best of Number Three with The Beautiful & Damned, which sold 122,000 total copies in its first week of availability. Jeezy’s Pressure opened at Number Six, the rapper’s ninth Top 10 release.

Returnees occupied the rest of the Top 10, with Taylor Swift’s Reputation leading the final pre-Christmas sales rush at Number Two with another 133,000 copies, raising its grand total to over 1.8 million. Ed Sheeran’s Divide placed Number Four, ahead of Pentatonix’s A Pentatonix Christmas (Number Five) and Sam Smith’s The Thrill of It All (Number Seven).

Three country LPs closed out the Top 10: Last week’s winner Luke Bryan and his What Makes You Country at Number Eight, Garth Brooks’ The Anthology: Part I, The First Five Years at Number Nine and Chris Stapleton’s From A Room: Volume 2 at Number 10.

Next week’s Top 10 should remain relatively the same, with only The Greatest Showman soundtrack and Travis Scott and Quavo’s joint Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho potentially making the upper tier.

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Warburg Pincus Successfully Completes Tender Offer for Ordinary Shares of Cyren Ltd. (NASDAQ: CYRN)

NEW YORK and TEL AVIV, Israel, Dec. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Warburg Pincus announced today that it has successfully completed its previously announced tender offer to purchase 31,265,358 ordinary shares of Cyren Ltd. (“Cyren”) with a nominal value of NIS 0.15 per share (“Cyren Shares”)…


Lorde Cancels Tel Aviv Concert After Calls to Boycott Israel

Lorde has decided to cancel her 2018 concert in Tel Aviv following calls for the Melodrama singer to withdraw from the gig due to the ongoing cultural boycott.

Organizers confirmed to the Jerusalem Post that Lorde had canceled the show, scheduled for the Tel Aviv Convention Centre on June 5th as part of her 2018 world tour. In a statement to organizers (via Jerusalem Post‘s Amy Spiro), Lorde explained her decision without mentioning the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.

“I’ve received an overwhelming number of messages & letters and have had a lot of discussions with people holding many views, and I think the right decision at this time is to cancel the show,” Lorde wrote of her decision.

“I pride myself on being an informed young citizen, and I had done a lot of reading and sought a lot of opinions before deciding to book a show in Tel Aviv, but I’m not too proud to admit I didn’t make the right call on this one.”

Representatives for Lorde didn’t immediately respond to Rolling Stone‘s request for comment.

Lorde was initially asked to reconsider her Tel Aviv concert in a December 20th open letter from a New Zealand website The Spinoff. Lorde tweeted in response to the open letter, “Noted! Been speaking w many people about this and considering all options. Thank u for educating me i am learning all the time too.”

The clamor for Lorde to boycott the Tel Aviv increased in recent days as the United States announced it would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a decision that sparked deadly riots in Gaza and drew condemnation from the United Nations.

“Tel Aviv, it’s been a dream of mine to visit this beautiful part of the world for many years, and I’m truly sorry to reverse my commitment to come play for you. I hope one day we can all dance,” Lorde continued.

Israeli culture minister Miri Regev hoped that Lorde would reverse the cancellation in a statement, “Lorde, I’m hoping you can be a ‘pure heroine,’ like the title of your first album, be a heroine of pure culture, free from any foreign – and ridiculous – political considerations.”

Lorde becomes the latest artist to cancel an Israel concert following pressure from the BDS movement, joining Roger Waters, Elvis Costello, Thurston Moore, Lauryn Hill and more. Conversely, both Radiohead and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds proceeded with planned Israel shows in 2017 despite criticism from the BDS-aligned artists.

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Research Now SSI Statement on Davao, Philippines Mall Fire

Research Now SSI (PRNewsfoto/Research Now Group, Inc.)PLANO, Texas, Dec. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — It is with deep sadness that we confirm that 37 Research Now SSI employees were lost in the fire that struck the NCCC mall in Davao City, Philippines, where the company employs 500 in its local call center operation. “This terrible tragedy has…