India reports smallest rise in COVID-19 deaths since mid-March
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India reported 179 COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, the smallest rise since the middle of March, taking the total to 447,373.
Infections rose by 18,795, the smallest increase since early March, lifting the total to about 33.7 million, health ministry data showed.
National CineMedia Taps Allen Media Group Executive Ronnie Ng As Chief Financial Officer; Shares Jump 11%
Movie theater advertising network National CineMedia has named former Allen Media Group executive Ronnie Ng as chief financial officer.
At AMG, the diversified media and entertainment company owned by Byron Allen, Ng was CFO and head of corporate development overseeing a string of acquisitions and the refinancing of its capital structure. Previously he was a VP at asset manager TCW Group and an investment banker at the UBS Global Media Group.
NCM CEO Tom Lesinski said Ng’s “deep financial expertise and experience in media and entertainment will be a critical asset… as the movie industry continues to recover and to advance our strategic initiatives.”
Shares of the company, which is co-owned by the nation’s largest exhibitors, are up by more than 11% today on heavy trading volume.
National CineMedia’s Noovie pre-show is presented exclusively in 51 leading national and regional theater circuits including AMC Entertainment, Regal and Cinemark. The company has also been expanding outside theaters, inking deals to advertise on supermarket kiosks, ATMs and in elevators. It’s also been staffing up. Over the last few months, Maria Woods rejoined the company as general counsel and Amy Tunick became the company’s first chief marketing officer.
It’s previous chief financial officer Katie Scherping retired last year.
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Vinco Ventures Uptick Continues
Vinco Ventures, Inc. (BBIG) shares are rising on Monday morning trade, continuing an uptrend since Thursday after the launch of first NFT streaming movie. There were no corporate announcements from the company today to impact stock movement.
Currently, shares are at $9.94, up 9.81 percent from the previous close of $6.32 on a volume of 35,649,080. For the 52-week period, the shares have traded in a range of $1.11-$12.49 on average volume of 46,260,574.
Vision PR Ups Jami Kandel And Jessica Pierson In New York
EXCLUSIVE: Jami Kandel has been promoted to SVP and Jessica Pierson to VP at Vision PR. Both are based in New York and have been with the agency since its 2014 launch.
Kandel started as an assistant at Baker Winokur Ryder in 2007 before leaving to launch Vision PR with Leslie Sloane as a senior publicist. Her client list includes Ryan Reynolds, Laverne Cox, Archie Renaux, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Brianne Howey, Katheryn Winnick, Rosie Perez, Maggie Q, Savannah Lee Smith and Jason Biggs among others.
Pierson was also at BWR as a talent intern, moving up to junior publicist before joining Vision PR. Her clients include Chris Rock, Marlon Wayans, Laverne Cox, Katharine McPhee, Brianne Howey, Justin Long and Arsenio Hall.
“Jami Kandel and Jessica Pierson have been instrumental to the growth and success of Vision PR,” said Sloane, Vision PR’s founder and CEO. “I am incredibly proud to recognize their work ethic, loyalty and dedication in this way. I couldn’t have imagined starting this company with anyone else but them. I look forward to seeing them continue to thrive in their new roles.”
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French President Emmanuel Macron Hit With Egg During Food Trade Fair
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron was hit on the shoulder Monday by an egg thrown at him by a man during a visit to an international food trade fair in the French city of Lyon.
A video of the incident, widely shared on the social media, shows Macron walking through the crowd when an egg bounced off him without breaking. Two bodyguards can be seen immediately getting closer to the president.
The video also shows a man being taken away from the scene by other bodyguards.
Reporters heard Macron saying “If he has something to tell me, then he can come.”
No details have been released by authorities on the man’s identity or possible motivation.
In June, Macron was slapped in the face by a man as he was greeting the public in a small town in southeastern France. He then denounced “violence” and “stupidity.” The slap prompted a wide show of support for France’s head of state from politicians across the ideological spectrum.
Macron, like his predecessors, enjoys spending time meeting with the public. Called “crowd baths” in French, they have long been a staple of French politics.
A little over six months before France’s next presidential election, Macron, 43, has not yet announced his reelection bid but is expected to do so.
Online card seller Moonpig ups full-year guidance
LONDON (Reuters) – British greetings card retailer Moonpig raised its annual revenue forecast on Tuesday, saying orders remained above pre-pandemic levels despite the lifting of lockdown restrictions.
The company said it expected group revenue for its 2022 financial year to be between about 270 million pounds and 285 million pounds ($369-389 million), up from its previous estimate of 250 million to 260 million pounds.
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Ford Recalls Mustang Mach-Es To Fix Windshields, Roofs
Auto giant Ford (F) has commenced a recall of about 17,000 electric Mustang Mach-E SUVs that the company sold in the United States due to improperly attached windshields and panoramic roof glass that may detach, creating risk of crash or injury.
According to Ford, all vehicles built between February 24, 2020, and July 18, 2021, may have been improperly bonded during the manufacturing process. Consumers with vehicle defects may notice water leaks or increased wind noise, or both. Ford said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the issue.
“We were made aware from a field report of a cracked windshield repair, and that’s where they noted the windshield urethane adhesion. Then we included the panoramic roof because it utilizes the same urethane application process,” Ford spokesman Said Deep told the Free Press on Sunday. “When we were made aware, we immediately alerted NHTSA.”