Newsletter and trade magazine publisher Douglas Publications is suing distributor Baker & Taylor over magazines and directories the publisher says the company distributed on a credit basis but allegedly never paid for.The suit was filed late last year in North Carolina’s Mecklenburg County Superior Court. According to the complaint, Douglas Publications is seeking $53,541.20 in outstanding “goods and services.” The publications in question include Douglas’ Salesman’s Guide directories and Facility Care magazine.“We have attempted over the last several years to obtain payments but were unsuccessful,” Douglas Publications president Alan Douglas wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. “Baker & Taylor did not pay us and Castle Harlan Partners [a private equity group with controlling interest in Baker & Taylor] refused to respond. Silence isn’t always golden when vendor disputes drag on for years.” Baker & Taylor did not return a FOLIO: request for comment.In addition to Facility Care, Douglas publishes American Painting Contractor and Workplace HR & Safety magazines. Earlier this year Baker & Taylor—a global distributor of books, magazines, videos and music to libraries and retailers—announced that its chairman and CEO, Richard Willis, resigned in order to spend more time with his family. He was replaced as chairman by Baker & Taylor board member Jack Eugster.
TEWKSBURY, MA — Rev. Richard Robert Bolduc, OMI, 92, died on February 2, 2019, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Residence in Tewksbury, Massachusetts. He was a son of the late Adelard and Aimee (Vaillancourt) Bolduc. He was predeceased by two sisters, Sr. Louise Bolduc, PM, and Rose Bolduc; and by two brothers, Andre and Raymond.Fr. Bolduc was born and educated in Biddeford, Maine where he attended St. Louis High School. He served in the United States Army from 1946 to 1947 and in the United States Air Force from 1951 to 1954, being honorably discharged from both branches of the military.Between 1954 and 1964, he completed his religious studies at the Missionary Oblate Seminaries in Bar Harbor, Maine and Natick, Massachusetts.On August 2, 1958, Fr. Bolduc professed his first vows as a Missionary Oblate of Mary Immaculate at the Oblate Novitiate in Colebrook, New Hampshire. He professed perpetual vows at the Oblate Seminary in Natick in 1961. He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Louis Collignon, OMI on January 19, 1964, in Notre Dame de Lourdes Church, Lowell, Massachusetts.In 1965, he received his first assignment to the missions in Haiti where he did parish ministry until early 2001. Parishes he was assigned to were Ste. Anne, Camp Perrin; Sacred Heart, Les Cayes; St. Jeanne, Chantal; St. John the Baptist, Tiburon; Our Lady of the Assumption, Ouanaminthe; Sacred Heart, Cape Haitian; and St. Charles Borromé, Ferrier. In 2001, after ministering in Haiti for 36 years, Fr. Bolduc returned to the U.S. and joined the Oblate Community on Mt. Washington Street in Lowell, then joined the community at St. Eugene House in Lowell. In May of 2003, he transferred to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Residence in Tewksbury. He did part-time ministry while able, serving at both St. Dorothy’s Church (now part of the Parish of the Transfiguration) in Wilmington, Massachusetts, and at D’Youville Senior Care in Lowell. He fully retired in 2015 and remained in Tewksbury until his death.In addition to his Oblate family, he is survived by a brother, Jerome, and his wife, Betty Ann, of Florida; and by a nephew, Marc, and his wife, Pat, of Biddeford, Maine.Services and calling hours were in the Chapel at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Residence, 486 Chandler Street, Tewksbury. Calling hours were held on Thursday, February 7, 2019, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm with a Prayer Service at 7:30 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Friday, February 8, 2019, at 11:00 am. Interment took place in the Oblate Cemetery.Donations in memory of Fr. Bolduc may be made to the Oblate Infirmary Fund, 486 Chandler Street, Tewksbury, MA 01876.Rev. Richard Robert Bolduc(NOTE: The above obituary is from McKenna-Ouellette D’Amato: A Life Celebration Home.)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 email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Reverend Paul W. Berube, 84In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of February 3, 2019)In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Mark Francis Wood, 86In “Obituaries”
An entrance to the ANN7 Television and The New Age newspaper offices, owned by the Gupta family, is seen in Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.ReutersThe embattled Gupta family – a clan of Indian-born businessmen – have found itself in the midst of a fresh turmoil following the accusations of corruption links to South Africa’s Jacob Zuma.The controversial Gupta family is known to wield substantial influence in South Africa through its close ties with Zuma, who resigned from the presidency after intense pressure from his own party on Thursday.Who are the Guptas?The Gupta family had its origins in Saharanpur, a small industrial town in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.Their father, Shiv Kumar Gupta, was a trader in spices and soapstone powders. The three boys, Ajay, Atul and Rajesh, were encouraged to explore the world and that’s how their South African journey began in 1993.As South Africa opened up to foreign investment, the Guptas built a sprawling empire involved in computers, mining, media, technology and engineering.They later launched the New Age, a pro-Zumma newspaper, in 2010 and a news channel ANN7 in 2013.By then the trio had developed close ties with the then ruling African National Congress (ANC) party focussing particularly on Zuma, well before he became president in 2009.What ties does Guptas share with Zuma?The Guptas share a close bond with the family of Zuma. Since the early 1990s, the Guptas have hired members of Zuma’s family, including the president’s son, Duduzane, his twin sister, Duduzile, and Bongi Ngema-Zuma, one of Zuma’s four wives.Misuse of power?Reports suggest Gupta brothers were using their power to influence political decisions and Nhlanhla Nene was one such example.Nene, who lost his job as finance minister in December 2015, was becoming a hindrance for the Guptas. Later Nene’s deputy Mcebisi Jonas was summoned to the Gupta family estate, where he met the eldest Gupta brother Ajay.The Gupta family was happy to transfer 600 million rand into Jonas’s bank account if he was willing to take over the top treasury post, according to news reports.The Gupta family has, however, denied ever meeting Jonas.According to Bloomberg, Pravin Gordhan, who later filled the treasury role, had resisted a nuclear deal between South Africa and Russia, which was being pushed by Zuma after the Gupta family’s investment company borrowed about 250 million rand from a state bank to buy a South African uranium mine.What’s next?Earlier on Wednesday, police raided on the Johannesburg home of the wealthy Gupta family.Local media reported that Ajay Gupta, the eldest of the siblings, and one or two of the family’s associates were officially under arrest.They were scheduled to appear before a South African court on Wednesday evening or Thursday morning.
Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad. ReutersMalaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad said Wednesday he wants to develop an island on a cluster of rocks previously disputed with Singapore, a move that could anger its neighbour.The strategically located area has long been a flashpoint between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, and they previously took a territorial dispute to the United Nations top court.The International Court of Justice in 2008 awarded two rock clusters, called Middle Rocks, to Malaysia while a nearby island was deemed to be Singaporean territory.Malaysia launched a challenge to that ruling last year but Singapore’s foreign ministry said Wednesday it had been withdrawn by Kuala Lumpur.However, at the same time Mahathir announced Malaysia wanted to develop an island on Middle Rocks, at the eastern entrance of the strategic Singapore Strait.The 100-kilometre (60-mile) strait is one of the world’s busiest commercial shipping routes, with vessels using it to access the city-state’s port.“It is our intention to enlarge Middle Rocks into a small island for us,” the 92-year-old-who started his second stint as premier this month after a surprise election win-told a press conference.He gave no more details about what the proposed island would look like or how long it would take to build.Mahathir added that Malaysia had already built a structure on Middle Rocks. Reports said Malaysia inaugurated a maritime base there last year.James Chin, a Malaysia expert from the University of Tasmania, told AFP that Singapore would see the move as “hostile”.“Among the Singapore elite, they will see it as part of Mahathir’s anti-Singapore stance,” he said.It came after Mahathir announced this week that he was scrapping a planned high-speed railway between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, as he seeks to improve the nation’s finances.Both developments are likely to alarm the Singapore government, already wary of Mahathir’s return as ties between the neighbours were famously stormy during his first stint as premier from 1981-2003.Still, Kuala Lumpur’s decision to drop its case at the ICJ could assuage fears.Malaysia had lodged its challenge in February 2017, calling for the court to overturn its earlier ruling granting its neighbour sovereignty over the disputed island.
Popular on Variety This year, Patreon wants to simplify sending out physical goods to patrons with its own merchandise solution, it announced Wednesday. And last year, Patreon acquired Memberful to offer bigger artists a chance to provide membership services through their own websites.While Patreon is growing, it is also increasingly getting competition from other platforms looking to offer creators alternative revenue streams in addition to advertising. For instance, Facebook started testing paid memberships last March, and both Twitter and YouTube have been allowing live streamers to raise funding from their audiences.However, this clearly hasn’t stopped fans from using Patreon to support their favorite creators. The service’s number of patrons increased by 1 million in 2018, Patreon announced Wednesday. Membership services platform Patreon now has more than 3 million patrons who pay to support any of its over 100,000 creators every month, the company announced Wednesday. It’s also on track to pay more than $0.5 billion to creators this year.Patreon’s business is growing at a healthy rate. Payouts have been nearly doubling year-over-year for the past few years, and the company expects to surpass $1 billion in total payouts this year. In other words: Patreon will pay as much to creators this year as it has paid since its launch six years ago.Patreon has been primarily targeting smaller and independent creators, ranging from musicians to podcasters. The company is offering these creators an easy solution to ask their fans for monthly membership fees, and give them special content as well as other perks in exchange. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
2 min read Everything you do online is tracked. But what if companies were to know not only what you look at online, but also how you feel about it?That’s the next generation of computer data analytics. And if a recent Apple acquisition is any indication, a future generation of your iPhone may be capable of just that.The Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant has reportedly scooped up San Diego-based artificial intelligence startup Emotient, which analyzes facial expressions to determine a person’s emotions.The acquisition was confirmed to the Wall Street Journal, though terms of the deal were not.Related: Apple Is Quietly Creating a New Indoor Mapping SystemApple did not immediately respond to Entrepreneur’s request for comment.What’s the value in being able to register a user’s feelings? From a business perspective, knowing what your customers think about an advertisement, a product or a story allows a company to adjust that piece of content so that customers like it better. That, in theory, will drive consumers to spend more and companies to make more money.This isn’t the first artificial intelligence startup that Apple has scooped up recently. In October, the company bought VocalIQ, a U.K.-based startup that aims to make it possible for people to speak with their computer devices.Related: Apple’s Latest Experiment Means You May Never Have to Listen to Your Voicemails Again Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. January 8, 2016 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »