0 Have your say Few sectors have been left untouched by the slow, lingering death of the high street. From the loss of big retail names like BHS and Woolworths to the closure of bank branches, many town centres have been left with an odd mixture of hairdressers, estate agents and charity shops. Yet one group of businesses has been overlooked during the shuttering of stores – beauty brands. With Debenhams and House of Fraser shedding sites, there are fewer opportunities for beauty brand ambassadors to have face-to-face contact with customers.That contact lies at the very heart of the beauty sector. Consumers learn from in-store experts how to select and apply the best product for their skin, while brands receive invaluable feedback on their range, helping to fuel their research and development.This isn’t an issue that simply affects big multinationals. There are a vast number of emerging brands that need to have this contact with customers to refine … [Read more...] about Between the lines: Tech is helping skincare brands save face
Rod Beard The Detroit News Published 9:53 PM EDT Apr 9, 2019 Detroit — Groans. Hand-wringing. Boos. That’s not how anyone thought the game would go. After all, the Memphis Grizzlies were missing half their playing rotation — and the other half of their roster, including a pair of two-way players — played gritty and inspired basketball. That undermanned, undervalued and underestimated group of Grizzlies played as if they were the ones with the playoff spot on the line, not the Pistons, who had a chance to clinch with wins in their final two games. BOX SCORE: Pistons 100, Grizzlies 93 The Pistons found themselves in a 22-point deficit in the second quarter and had to rally in the fourth quarter to grab a season-saving 100-93 victory over the Grizzlies on Tuesday night in the home regular-season finale at Little Caesars Arena. The comeback win ends the four-game losing streak for the Pistons (40-41), who can clinch the final playoff spot in the Eastern … [Read more...] about Pistons save face, beat depleted Grizzlies team to keep playoff hopes alive
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau insisted Thursday that there was nothing sinister about his role in a scandal swamping his government and threatening his reelection prospects. At a formal press conference, he spoke in detail for the first time about the episode. He admitted to urging his former attorney general to reach an out-of-court settlement with a company from his home turf facing corruption charges.Story Continued Below But he repeatedly said it was all in the name of protecting jobs and pensioners. "I continue to say there was no inappropriate pressure," he said. "There was no breakdown of our system, of the rule of law, of the integrity of our institutions." The damage from his former attorney general's accusations has been swift and significant. The fallout has divided Trudeau's party, cost him two cabinet members, prompted two parliamentary probes, forced the resignation of a top aide and friend, and sent his personal poll numbers plummeting with an election months away. "This … [Read more...] about Justin Trudeau tries to save face
Two months of feuding with congressional Democrats and the longest government shutdown in history has exacted a heavy political toll from President Donald Trump. Top conservatives were furious when he appeared to cave to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after Congress refused to fund his border wall. At the same time, polls show that his wall crusade has turned off the independent voters he’ll need to win reelection.Story Continued Below Yet Trump allies insist the president isn’t as damaged going into the 2020 campaign as Democrats might hope. “It’s not been a good couple of months,” said Jonathan Felts, who served as political director for President George W. Bush and is close to Trump White House officials. “That said, when I talk to rank-and-file Trump supporters they are fine. From their perspective, he’s doing the best he can in a bad situation.” On Thursday afternoon, Trump announced a two-step maneuver that could appease frustrated … [Read more...] about Trump saves face with his base after bruising wall fight
Any discussion of the 2019 session of the Minnesota Legislature starts with who won’t be there anymore. Gov. Mark Dayton won’t be governor anymore, and House Speaker Kurt Daudt won’t be House speaker anymore. That alone removes a relationship that dominated the past two sessions of the Legislature — and got a lot of blame for breakdowns during end-of-session negotiations. Also missing are a ton of GOP House members who were swept out of office in the suburban wave that gave majority control to the DFL and turned Daudt into a minority leader rather than speaker. In addition to a new DFL governor, Tim Walz, there will be a new DFL House leader, Speaker-designate Melissa Hortman. Those changes will help determine whether much gets done in 2019. The one constant, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, was often seen as the one trying to get between Daudt and Dayton. After what he gently describes as “tension” in the leadership relationship last session, he … [Read more...] about New faces, old questions dominate start of 2019 Minnesota Legislature: What can get done?