As June comes to an end, I realize that half of 2018 is already over. Time to fast-track those new year resolutions for the remainder of the year. Maybe we can all take some notes from these successful morning routines and this legendary banker’s 24 rules of success.
It’s finally a good time to be a moviegoer in the US, as startups MoviePass and Sinemia are making it more affordable to see films. Moviepass allows its members to see one movie per day for $9.95 and Sinemia for $4.99/month allows members to see 1-2 movies a month. Moviepass’ success has led theater chains to join the competition by launching services in the US as well. Cinemark announced a subscription service called Movie Club in late 2017, and AMC—the nation’s largest theater chain—is rolling out a subscription service called AMC Stubs A-List that allows members to see up to 12 movies per month for $19.95 per month. Cinemark’s Movie Club, which borders on a loyalty program, and at $8.99 a month, it includes one 2D showing at Cinemark locations per month and 20% off concessions.
Combined, Los Angeles and New York account for 40.46 percent of the nation’s homeless population, according to data from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. Yet while only 5 percent of New York City’s homeless population lack access to shelter, in Los Angeles, about 75 percent are left on the streets. Los Angeles spends less than other major cities on its homeless population in general. An April 2018 auditor report found that, while New York City allocates roughly $17,000 per homeless resident, to Los Angeles $5,000.
With child separations emerging as a growing crisis at the US border, government contracting has become more controversial than ever. Public records show tens of millions of dollars in contracts between ICE, Dell, and branches of Motorola and HP, providing crucial hardware and other infrastructure for Trump’s controversial child-separation policy. Motorola Solutions, having more than $15 million in active contracts with ICE, primarily for radios and other tactical communications equipment, is a significant ICE contractor. Dell has over $22 million in active contracts with ICE, mostly software licenses and support for Microsoft products. The largest tech contract is a $76 million data center agreement made with HP Enterprise Services in June 2015, which is currently being serviced by Perspecta, a company separated from an HPE spinoff earlier this year.
With cable-cutting options growing these days with Sling TV, DirecTV Now, and Hulu, AT&T is throwing its own hat into the bucket by launching a streaming TV service called WatchTV - it includes 31 channels at launch (including CNN, TBS, TNT, AMC, and HGTV) and Cartoon Network, CNN, TBS, TNT, and TCM - as a result of AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner. AT&T is also rolling out new unlimited plans that would include one streaming service for free each month from options such as HBO, Cinemax, SHOWTIME, Starz, Amazon Music Unlimited, or Pandora Premium. The battle of the networks is officially in high gear.
ebbie Sims Africa, the first freed member of a radical Philadelphia group many say were unjustly imprisoned, talks about reuniting with her son and defends the Move members still locked up: ‘We are peaceful people’
In Nigeria, women’s hairstyles can carry a number of different meanings and messages. These plaits and elaborate structures take anywhere between 30 minutes and five hours to create and can mark special occasions such as weddings and birthdays, denote a particular family or region or respond to political and artistic movements of the day.
According to the Jobvite Index, which looked at data from their customers like LinkedIn, Spotify, and OpenTable - Referrals are the number one source for hires, almost double the next largest source of hires.
Thank you for reading through this weekend’s brief! Hope you found some interesting articles to spark your next happy hour, coffee date, or summer BBQ. Which article did you find most interesting this week? What topics would you like to know more about?