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Trump secures victory in Iowa, setting Republican stage

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The 2024 Republican presidential race kicked off with a resounding victory for former President Donald Trump in the Iowa caucus, reaffirming his dominance within the party as he aims for a third consecutive nomination.

Edison Research projections confirmed Trump’s victory, setting the stage for a heated battle for second place between Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley.

Iowans braved life-threatening temperatures to participate in the state’s first-in-the-nation caucus, held at more than 1,600 schools, community centers, and other locations.

This event marked the official commencement of the 2024 presidential campaign after months of debates, rallies, and advertisements.

Trump’s commanding victory in Iowa serves to bolster his argument that he is the most viable Republican candidate to challenge Democratic President Joe Biden.

However, it’s worth noting that Trump faces four criminal cases that could potentially result in a conviction before the November 5 general election, a concern shared by only one-third of caucus-goers, according to an Edison entrance poll.

The spotlight of the evening was on the battle for second place, with both DeSantis and Haley aiming for a strong showing that could position them as the primary alternatives to Trump.

DeSantis had heavily invested in Iowa, visiting all 99 counties, and a third-place finish could increase pressure on his campaign, especially considering polls indicating his trailing position behind Trump and Haley in New Hampshire, a more moderate Northeastern state.

Iowa’s unique caucus system requires voters to gather in person in small groups, where they cast secret ballots after listening to campaign representatives’ speeches.

The harsh weather conditions, with a wind chill forecasted to reach minus 45 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 43 degrees Celsius), were expected to impact turnout.

Trump’s unwavering support among his loyal base may have given him an advantage in this regard.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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Gen AI is here to stay—so, what skills do you need to remain relevant in the job market?

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Artificial Intelligence has profoundly changed the work force over the last year.

With the rapid adoption of the new technology, experts say employees can keep up with the demands of the changing landscape by learning how to ‘upskill’ or ‘reskill.’

Oz Sultan, the Chief Strategist with the Sultan Interactive Group joins Veronica Dudo to discuss. #IN AMERICA TODAY #featured #ai #technology #leadership #jobs

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Global markets hit record highs all thanks to AI

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Is AI the main contributor behind the soaring markets in Australia, the US, Japan, and Germany?

Financial markets worldwide have witnessed record highs, creating a wave of optimism among investors.

The surge is attributed to a combination of positive economic indicators, policy developments, and the integration of AI across key economies, including Australia, the United States, Japan, and Germany. #ticker today #featured

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Dune Part 2 sets box office ablaze with $178m worldwide

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As “Dune: Part Two” continues its intergalactic journey on the silver screen, director Denis Villeneuve’s epic sequel has ignited the international box office, amassing a stellar $97 million from 71 overseas markets.

This impressive overseas performance has propelled the film’s global tally to a promising $178.5 million, further solidifying its status as a cinematic force to be reckoned with.

Starring powerhouse talents such as Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya, “Dune: Part Two” has captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, earning widespread acclaim and enthusiastic support.

The film’s success in North American theaters, where it secured the biggest domestic opening weekend of the year with $81.5 million, has been complemented by robust ticket sales in international territories.

Large formats

The immense popularity of “Dune: Part Two” has been particularly evident in premium large formats, such as Imax, which accounted for 48% of initial sales, driving up the film’s revenue even further. Mary Parent, producer of “Dune,” remarked on the film’s cultural impact, expressing confidence in its longevity at the box office.

Despite facing challenges due to the hefty production and promotional costs—reportedly totaling $190 million and $100 million respectively—the sequel has already demonstrated its box office prowess, surpassing expectations in its initial run.

With a global audience eagerly embracing the continuation of Frank Herbert’s epic saga, “Dune: Part Two” is poised for a successful box office run.

The film’s international debut marks a significant milestone in Villeneuve’s career, achieving the largest opening weekend in all 71 markets—a testament to its universal appeal. Notable highlights include the United Kingdom, where it earned $11.8 million, as well as France ($9.6 million), Germany ($9.1 million), Korea ($6.9 million), and Australia ($6 million).

With upcoming releases in key markets such as China and Japan, “Dune: Part Two” is poised to further bolster its global box office performance.

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