Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO, Feb. 27, 2018 – Amplifying the highly anticipated premiere of Big Brother Canada, Global announced today new and ongoing partnerships, organic integrations, and prizing for Season 6. Returning once again this season to revamp the house and reward houseguests is The Brick, along with new sponsors Air Transat, Wendy’s, Hasbro, SkipTheDishes, Shaw Communications, as well as Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ Tomb Raider movie. Houseguests will battle until the end in hopes of taking home this season’s grand prize of $100,000, a European dream vacation for two courtesy of Air Transat, and a $30,000 home furnishing makeover from The Brick. Advertisement “Heading into season 6, we made a commitment to work with our new and returning partners to deliver more organic and elevated integrations in and out of Big Brother Canada,” said Lynn Chambers, VP, Corus Tempo. “With the unique format of the series, these brands will directly impact the in-show experience for the houseguests, from challenges and tasks to rewards and prizing, while also reaching the series’ extensive fan base in broadcast and across digital platforms.”In addition to supplying a $30,000 grand prize gift card to the winner, principal sponsor The Brick returns for a sixth year as the exclusive #BBCAN home furnishing provider. This season, houseguests will live in paradise as The Brick furnishes themed rooms throughout the house, allowing them to strategize in comfort once again. For a first look at the house, fans can tune in to ET Canada on Monday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET for a grand tour hosted by #BBCAN’s Arisa Cox. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Then, vacation awaits for the Season 6 winner as new grand prize provider Air Transat is offering the experience of a lifetime with a European dream vacation for two. In addition, houseguests can expect to be whisked away in a challenge that will knock them off their feet and force them to up their game.Also this season, the victorious Head of Household (HOH) will have their hunger satisfied with weekly rewards from new sponsor Wendy’s®, serving up a wide selection of delicious meals in the new “Drive Thru” pantry, including their fresh never frozen hamburgers and freshly prepared salads. Wendy’s® continues to bring the heat all season long with a spicy new challenge and a juicy task that are sure to work up the houseguests’ appetites.Hasbro Gaming is getting the party started in the Big Brother Canada house by providing houseguests with unique games that will put their strategy, tricks, and stunts to the test. Every week, the HOH will be awarded with a personalized basket, including one game from the Hasbro House Party umbrella. From Hasbro’s exciting portfolio of games, fans can pick which game the houseguests will play by voting at BigBrotherCanada.ca, and then tune in to find out if their game choice made it into the house.BBCAN also has food cravings covered this season with new partner SkipTheDishes serving up rewarding moments and a tasty challenge. Plus, viewers at home can play to win voucher codes for SkipTheDishes meals of their own by checking out the ‘Dish of the Week’ featuring weekly word scrambles across Global’s social platforms. With a wide selection of restaurants available at the swipe of a finger, both the houseguests and viewers can satisfy their taste buds this season.Also joining the roster of partners is Shaw Communications, whose WideOpen Internet 150 plans provide fast, affordable speeds, and unlimited data. Each week, Shaw will reward all weekly HOH winners by helping deliver a video from home to connect them with their loved ones. Shaw is also coming on board as the presenting sponsor of After the Eviction, an exclusive weekly series hosted by Arisa Cox available across all social platforms. Following Wednesday night’s Power of Veto episodes, fans can submit all their burning questions on the Big Brother Canada Facebook pageand catch the answers on After the Eviction on Fridays at 10 a.m. ET as part of the evicted houseguests’ extended interviews. In addition, Shaw will be sponsoring an exciting veto challenge for the houseguests this season – tune in to find out more.As part of their in-house experience this season, houseguests will be put to the ultimate test during the first sponsored POV challenge of the season provided by Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ highly anticipatedTomb Raider movie. In addition to conquering the challenge, the winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize and a private advance screening of the movie before it premieres in theatres on March 16.Airing exclusively on Global, Big Brother Canada plucks a group of hand-picked strangers from their homes, sequesters them from the outside world, and places them inside a house outfitted wall-to-wall with cameras and microphones that capture their every move. Each week the houseguests battle in a series of challenges that give them power or punishment, voting each other out until the fate of the final two is decided by a jury of fellow houseguests. This season, the winner of Big Brother Canada will take home a grand prize of $100,000, a European dream vacation for two courtesy of Air Transat, and a $30,000 home furnishing makeover from The Brick.Big Brother Canada continues to offer unparalleled digital extensions that augment the social dynamics and real-time momentum of the 24/7 television production. #BBCAN6 extends from series to site at BigBrotherCanada.ca with exclusive content, full episodes, 24-hour live feeds, and a host of surprises and opportunities that allow fans to directly impact the show.Big Brother Canada premieres Wednesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. ET/PT, and continues to air Wednesdays at 7 p.m. ET/PT, Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, and Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Global. Viewers who miss the premiere can catch up on Big Brother Canada following the broadcast the next day On Demand, and on GlobalTV.com and Global GO (now available on Apple TV). For even more behind-the-scenes action, fans can watch the live feeds on BigBrotherCanada.ca.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:#BBCAN6Twitter: @BigBrotherCA@GlobalTVFacebook:www.facebook.com/BigBrotherCAwww.facebook.com/GlobalTVInstagram: @BigBrotherCA@globaltvGlobal Television is a Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.About Insight Production Company, Ltd.Insight Productions, known for its award-winning ratings juggernauts, is Canada’s most established content producer. Headed by John Brunton & Barbara Bowlby, Insight is an industry leader in the development, financing, and production of hit programming, both scripted and unscripted, as well as digital content. Erin Brock serves as showrunner on Big Brother Canada – the most watched reality program across specialty channels in Canada. Big Brother Canada, The Amazing Race Canada, The JUNO Awards 2017, Top Chef Canada, Canada Day 150! From Coast to Coast to Coast, and Canada’s New Year’s Eve – Countdown to 2017 were collectively nominated for 24 Canadian Screen Awards in 2018. Other productions include The Launch, Intervention, Ready Or Not, Falcon Beach, Hatching, Matching & Dispatching, A Fury Christmas, and Canadian Idol. In 2017, Insight produced The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration, a live concert special watched by one in three Canadians. Insight Productions was founded in 1979 and has since created thousands of hours of groundbreaking content.
NEW DELHI: Delhi CEO office claimed the polled EVMs and VVPATs are already in a the strong room under three tier tight security– Outer layer from police and Middle layer from Armed Police and inner layer from CAPF. The form 17C which contains number of polled votes in each EVM/CU and copy of 17 C has already been given to all the polling agents who were present in that polling station. Hence, there is no chance for any manipulation. The Election Commission of India has ordered re-polling at a polling booth in Chandni Chowk parliamentary constituency. The poll body declared re-poll at polling station no. 32 of Chandni Chowk Assembly Segment after the presiding officer forgot to delete the test votes before the actual polling on May 12. The Chandni Chowk Lok Sabha seat recorded 62.69 percent turnout while the Chandni Chowk Assembly segment saw 59.36 percent polling.There are about 300 houses that fall under the polling station, they added. Officials had reported the non-deletion of test votes at two polling stations but the report found repoll was needed only in one polling station. The re-poll will be conducted on Sunday. In Chandni Chowk, sitting BJP MP Dr Harsh Vardhan is contesting against Congress leader Jai Prakash Agarwal and Aam Aadmi Party’s Pankaj Gupta.
COPENHAGEN — Scandinavian Airlines says that a six-day pilot strike that led to the cancellation of 4,000 flights and affected more than 370,000 passengers cost 650 million kronor ($68 million).SAS says that the walkout, which ended May 2 when the sides reached a three-year collective bargaining agreement, “negatively impacted” its second quarter, for which it reported a 1.2-billion kronor ($125 million) loss.CEO Richard Gustafson says it “added to the challenges already faced by SAS,” which include tough competition, increasing fuel prices and a weakening Swedish currency.Gustafson said Tuesday the result for the three-month period that ended April 30, “is far from satisfying.”The strike started April 26 after talks collapsed between the airline and SAS Pilot Group, which represents 95% of the company’s pilots in Sweden, Denmark and Norway.The Associated Press
The Supporting Entrepreneurs for Environment and Development (SEED) Award recognizes promising new locally-driven enterprises that work to improve livelihoods, tackle poverty and manage the sustainable development of natural resources in developing countries. The SEED initiative was founded by the UN Environnment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), together with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa. “The SEED Award winners exemplify the strong spirit of entrepreneurship in the developing world and its significance in creating a Green Economy,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. “While the Awards recognize individual outstanding projects, governments must also show leadership in supporting grassroots efforts through diverse and dynamic standards, forward-looking policies and incentives to further catalyze corporate and community-led change.” In addition to seeking innovative start-ups throughout the developing world, this year, the awards had a special focus on Africa, placing particular emphasis on initiatives from South Africa, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Egypt, Ghana, Rwanda and Senegal. All 30 winners will be honoured at award ceremonies in their home countries and will receive a prize comprising a package of individually-tailored support for their respective businesses, including technical assistance, developing business plans and identifying finance sources. 3 November 2010A solar device turning waste heat into electricity in rural China and an Ugandan business manufacturing stationery from agricultural waste are among the dozens of winners of a United Nations-backed sustainable development award, it was announced today.
Algonquin Power buys Missouri-based utility company in US$2.4 billion deal by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 9, 2016 2:37 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 9, 2016 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OAKVILLE, Ont. – Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. (TSX:AQN) plans to buy the Empire District Electric Co., a Missouri-based utility, in an all-cash deal valued at US$2.4 billion, including debt.Under terms of the friendly deal, Liberty Utilities, a subsidiary of Oakville, Ont.-based Algonquin, will pay US$34 per share for the company, while assuming US$900 million in Empire debt.The companies said in a joint news release Tuesday that the purchase price represents a 21 per cent premium to the closing price of Empire stock (NYSE:EDE) on Monday.The Empire District Electric Co., headquartered in Joplin, Mo., is a regulated electric, gas and water utility serving about 218,000 customers in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.The transaction, which has the approval of the boards of both companies but is subject to shareholder, state and U.S. federal approvals, is expected to close in the first quarter of 2017.Empire will then become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Utilities and cease to be a publicly-held corporation.“The acquisition of Empire represents a continuation of our disciplined growth strategy, which strengthens and diversifies Algonquin’s existing businesses and strategically expands our regulated utility footprint in the Midwest United States,” Algonquin CEO Ian Robertson said in a statement.Algonquin said it has obtained US$1.6 billion in bridge financing from CIBC Capital Markets, J.P. Morgan, Scotiabank and Wells Fargo to help pay for the transaction.
The great home run mystery of 2015-17 has been solved. Maybe.Yesterday, former FiveThirtyEight writer Ben Lindbergh and prominent sabermetrician Mitchel Lichtman published a piece at the Ringer with evidence showing that alterations to the ball might partially explain the spike in home runs over the past two seasons. By physically testing the balls, they found that in addition to changes that make the ball come off the bat faster, the seams were made flatter in a way that could affect the ball’s aerodynamics. With their findings in mind, I examined the rate of home runs per fly ball and found further evidence suggesting that the ball itself may be the culprit.Just after the All-Star Break in 2015, MLB’s home run rate increased without warning or explanation. Since then, it has continued rising, and it now threatens the all-time record set in the heart of the steroid era. In a series of articles at FiveThirtyEight, Lindbergh and I ruled out various explanations for the home run surge, including weather, a wave of young talent, and steroids, leaving alterations to the ball as the most likely answer. It’s either that, or 750 MLB players woke up one morning in 2015 with more pop in their bats. Despite MLB’s repeated denials, Lindbergh and Lichtman reveal that the 2016-17 baseballs have different physical properties — and those changes could explain the record-breaking home run rates. The primary alteration to the ball affected its bounciness, making it come off the bat faster. But Lindbergh and Lichtman also uncovered evidence that the ball’s seams are lower and that its circumference has decreased. Those changes should decrease the ball’s air resistance, so that a new ball should go farther than an old ball that leaves the bat at the same speed.And it turns out the new balls do tend to travel farther. I built a model to predict whether a given fly ball would go over the fence in 2015, based on the launch angle, exit velocity and stadium.1I defined a fly ball as one hit with launch angle greater than 20 degrees. Then I used that model to predict how many home runs there were in 2016.2I used a random forest to produce the results discussed in this article. I also ran a logistic regression, which produced similar findings.If the ball stayed the same, the model should be able to forecast the right number of homers. Instead, the league hit about four percent (201 total) more home runs hit than expected in 2016, even accounting for the higher exit velocities and better launch angles. That’s significantly more than you’d see by chance.3The p value was less than 0.01. The changes can also be seen in the trends of the last few years: If you focus on balls hit with launch angles of between 20 and 40 degrees and exit velocities higher than 100 miles per hour (roughly corresponding to the league’s definition of “barreled balls”), 72.9 percent of those flies ended up over the fence in 2015, compared to 74.7 percent in 2016 and 76.4 percent so far this year. Of course, another possibility is that MLB recalibrated Statcast, the radar tracking system that maps the trajectory of every batted ball, which could cause the same ball to be listed with different exit velocities in 2016 to and 2015. But even if that did happen, it would not resolve the mystery, it would only shift responsibility for the home run spike to inexplicably harder hitting, instead of more favorable ball aerodynamics.It’s possible that weather (temperature, wind or humidity) could be affecting home run rates, but when I examined only domed stadiums, I found the same increase in dingers. I asked baseball physicist Alan Nathan to calculate what effect the new balls could have, and he found that the changes in the seam height and circumference would increase average batted-ball distance something like 1 or 2 feet, raising home run rates by approximately 4 percent — identical to what I observed.Reached for comment, Major League Baseball noted that the league regularly tests baseballs to ensure that they meet established standards, and that recent tests have found that the balls are within those standards. MLB also said that an outside consultant has examined their results and found no reason to suspect that the baseballs in use today would cause an increase in offense.To be sure, the league-wide impact of tweaking the ball’s aerodynamics is small. According to Lindbergh and Lichtman, who note that their experiments are not definitive, the seam height and circumference changes only appeared in 2016, well after the midyear adjustment in 2015 that kicked off the home run surge (that part of the increase is likely attributable to increases in the balls’ bounciness). It’s likely that many factors are contributing to the ongoing spike in home run rates, including hitters adjusting their approaches and favorable weather conditions, but we now have a compelling explanation for the bulk of the spike.
If you manage to get an individual using your software for an extended period of time, chances are they will stick with what they know in the future and buy your products again. That’s a system that has worked very well for Microsoft over the years, and it’s one the company fully intends to use when pushing Office to students.Office 365 is Microsoft’s answer to a cloud/subscription version of its Office suite of applications. In the case of students, they will be able to purchase Office University 2010 for PC or Office University for Mac 2011 for just $79.99. In return, they get a four-year subscription to Office 365 University.The suite of apps includes Microsoft Access, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, Powerpoint, Publisher, and of course Word. It gives the student pretty much everything they need for producing work for their course as well as handling online communication and note taking. Microsoft is also being quite relaxed on how long university/college can last, and will happily extend the offer to eight years if your course goes on for more than the typical four.Even though there are free alternatives (OpenOffice, LibreOffice), students may be tempted by the additional benefits Microsoft is including. There’s a promise of free upgrades to the latest versions of Office during the subscription, each students get an additional 20GB of SkyDrive storage on top of the standard 7GB, and every month there’s 60 free world minutes to use on Skype. International students studying away from home will especially like that last one.Office 365 University is expected to become available in the first quarter of 2013, at which point you’ll be able to buy it at Microsoft Stores as well as from the usual retailers and e-tailers. You will need to prove you are enrolled in higher education to secure the cheap subscription, but that’s usually easy to prove using a registered email address.Is $80 for Office a good enough deal to tempt students? I suspect it will be parents Microsoft targets with advertising to send their kids off with the right tools on their new laptops.More at Microsoft Office blog, via Engadget
Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi has fuelled transfer talks after he was reported to have flown to England after recent links to Chelsea and Real Madrid.The Argentine has been in an impressive run of form in Italy scoring nine times this term in the Italia Serie A.The 25-year-old was on target for Inter Milan last weekend after scoring the winner from a spot kick to gift the Nerazzurri three points and keep them third in Serie A table.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.A current release clause for the Italian is set at €110 million (£98 million) and that is affordable for most of Europe’s biggest clubs and with the exit of Inter in the Champions League group stage, Icardi could be on his way to one of the teams hoping to lift the coveted Champions League trophy, according to the Mirror.The January transfer window could spring up surprises across Europe as a number of clubs look to strengthen their team.
A town hall meeting will take place at the Kenai River Suites, in Soldotna, at 5:30pm. It is open to the the public. Representative Knopp: “It’s an opportunity to get with everybody and explain why I’m doing what I’m doing. Everyone has an opinion, but they don’t get to see all of the issues surrounding it. This is a chance to have a conversation, see where we are at, and what we are doing.” KSRM News spoke with Knopp on Wednesday and asked if he had any intention of resigning and he stated, “absolutely not”. Knopp will also be speaking to a joint Kenai/Soldotna Chamber of Commerce on Friday, February 15. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Representative Gary Knopp will be on the Kenai Peninsula this Friday speaking to residents about the current status this legislative session. On Monday, Republican officials for District 30 put forth a resolution asking Knopp to either join the Republican majority or resign. The resolution failed in a vote of 10 to 8.
WILMINGTON, MA — It may be winter, but WCTV is now accepting sign-ups for its summer youth program.Want to write, record and produce your own movie? How about hosting or competing in a game show? Want to be star interviewer or interviewee?Available Dates:June 24th-28th (9-11 year olds)July 8th-12th (12-14 year olds)July 22rd-26th (9-11 year olds)August 5th-9th (12-14 year olds)August 12th-16th (13-16 year oldsWhat does the program involve?Children ages 9 to 16 are invited to sign up (with the final week geared specifically to teens who have WCTV experience). Each day, from 9AM to 3PM, kids will learn the basics of TV. Specific skills include:Operating a CameraPlanning Out a ProjectWriting a ScriptActingEditingThe program will include a mini field trip in town to film a scene or two. At the end of each week, there will be a showing for both kids and parents in WCTV’s studio to get a look at the finished projects!What Else?Participants will need to bring lunch three days during the week, with WCTV providing lunch the other two days.The end-of-week showing will be at 2PM each Friday in our studio.Please let WCTV know of any allergies or medications so staff can plan accordingly on food and filming locations.COST$125 per childFamily discount (more than one participant): $100 per childInterested parents can contact WCTV Youth Director Marty McCue at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the studio at (978) 657-4066. Or if you know you want to sign up, here’s the form. Fill it out and return it to Marty.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Wilmington Community Television.)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… RelatedNews & Notes From WCTV: WCTV Executive Director Shaun Neville Answers YOUR QuestionsIn “Community”WCTV Announces Summer Youth Workshops, Registration Now OpenIn “Community”WCTV News & Notes: Registration Now Open For Popular Weekend Youth ProgramIn “Community”
Jon Snow and Tormund running away (maybe from White Walkers).YouTube/ScreenshotGame of Thrones season 8 latest promo is finally here and it has brought the reunion we all have been waiting for from season one — Jon Snow meeting his sister Arya Stark after almost eight years.Ever since Jon Snow (Kit Harington) left for the Wall in Game of Thrones, he could not come in contact with his step-sister (now a cousin) Arya Stark (Maisie Williams). From the very first episode of Game of Thrones, we got the idea that Jon has a soft place for Arya in his heart and he would do anything for his baby sister. Over the years, their path came pretty close but they didn’t get to meet with each other.However, things are going to change in the upcoming season 8 of Game of Thrones. As we earlier discussed, in Game of Thrones season 8 episode 1, we are finally going to the witness the heartbreaking reunion between Jon Snow and Arya Stark. Earlier today, HBO released a brand new promo trailer in which we finally got to see Jon and Arya sharing the same screen space. Jon Snow and Daenerys TargaryenTwitter/Official Game of Thrones pageIn addition to this, for the very first time, we saw Jon Snow riding Daenerys Targaryen’s (Emilia Clarke) dragon. It was revealed in Game of Thrones season 7’s last episode, The Dragon and the Wolf that Jon Snow is not a bastard son of Ned Stark but he truly is a Targaryen. It means that he is the rightful heir to the throne. Seeing him riding that dragon has made many to assume that he now knows about his parentage and has accepted it with open arms.Although, him being a Targaryen would certainly create issues between him and Daenerys as he is in love with her but as per his family tree, she is his aunt.Apart from these two important yet much needed shots, we got to see Beric Dondarrion with his flaming sword. The shot is also accompanied by a scene featuring Hound wincing. Since Beric is now in Winterfell, it seems possible that he would have told Jon, Daenerys, and Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) that Night King has finally destroyed the Wall which was protecting everyone from the Northern terrors.You can watch the promo here:Game of Thrones season 8 will return this April on several streaming platforms.
Whistle, a sports and entertainment internet media company, acquired New Form, a digital entertainment studio whose owners included Discovery, ITV, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.The value of the deal wasn’t disclosed. Under the pact, New Form’s owners are making a cash investment in return for equity stakes in Whistle. Founded in 2014, New Form had raised $30 million. Current stakeholders Discovery, ITV, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Jim Wiatt, Craig Jacobson, Ed Wilson and Michael Rosenberg are now shareholders of Whistle through the transaction.New York-based Whistle, also launched in 2014, has raised over $100 million from investors including Jeffrey Katzenberg’s WndrCo, Aser Media, Liberty Global, NBC Sports, Sky Sports, Tegna, Beringea and Emil Capital. It was originally called Whistle Sports, specializing in aggregating sports video content targeted at younger audiences. Popular on Variety According to Whistle, the deal immediately expands its overall content slate to “create a balanced collection of premium original scripted and unscripted content” that it can shop to a wider base of potential partners.“With New Form’s content slate, we are excited to build a bigger portfolio to serve our ever-growing global audience and distribution partners,” Whistle CEO and founder John West said in announcing the pact.Among their recent content deals, Whistle sold its first documentary series to Katzenberg-led short-form video startup Quibi called “Benedict Men,” executive produced by Stephen Curry’s Unanimous Media. New Form’s daily docuseries for Facebook Watch, “365 Days of Love,” featuring and executive produced by Sofia Vergara and co-produced by Raze, launched earlier this month.As part of Whistle, New Form will continue to be led by CEO Kathleen Grace, who will report to Whistle president Michael Cohen. According to the companies, all New Form productions currently in the works will proceed as planned. “We believe we will be stronger as we tap into Whistle’s experienced creators to develop premium series for all platforms and further accelerate the growth of our business,” Grace said in a statement.L.A.-based New Form has 20 employees, all of whom are joining Whistle. New Form has produced some 30 original series to date, including Olan Rogers’ animated space comedy “Final Space” for TBS, as well as high-school comedy “Mr. Student Body President” and sci-fi adventure series “Miss 2059” for Verizon’s now-defunct Go90.According to the companies, Whistle and New Form expect to “realize meaningful synergies” as well as increased access to talent through Whistle’s creator network and the companies’ respective CAA affiliations. Whistle claims to reach an audience of around 518 million across platforms including YouTube and that its channels generate 2.1 billion video views monthly. The parties see an opportunity for New Form to tap into that audience with content like New Form’s “TXT Stories” short-form scripted series, shot entirely through group-chat messages. Pictured above: Whistle CEO John West (l.), New Form CEO Kathleen Grace ×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
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The U.S. Capital Region is set to welcome its first luxury gaming resort next month, just minutes from Washington D.C. on the banks of the Potomac River.The US$1.4 billion MGM National Harbor will make its highly anticipated debut on Dec. 8, featuring 308 rooms and suites ranging in size from 400 to 3,210 square feet, both upscale and casual dining options, a European-inspired pastry shop with a 26-foot-tall chocolate fountain, and entertainment programming at The Theater at MGM National Harbor.Other amenities and facilities include a two-storey Conservatory, 50,000 square feet of meeting space, an outdoor plaza, a bar and cocktail lounge, spa and salon, a 125,000 square-foot casino, as well as 18,000 square feet of luxury retail space. In addition, beginning in spring 2017, hotel guests will be able to enjoy an outdoor, heated, infinity-edge pool, complete with private cabanas and poolside cocktail service.“After years of planning, designing and developing, we are thrilled that the moment is almost upon us to share this very special resort with the community and visitors from around the world,” said Lorenzo Creighton, president of MGM National Harbor. “We are grateful to Prince George’s County, the state of Maryland and all of the local designers, artisans and businesses that have collaborated with us to deliver this international resort with very local roots.”More news: Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?The resort is offering nightly room rates starting at $399, and suite rates from $599, and is now accepting room reservations for stays beginning Dec. 10. For more details go to mgmnationalharbor.com. New luxury gaming resort to debut next month near Washington D.C. Posted by Share Tuesday, October 4, 2016 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>
Share MONTREAL — Air Canada topped expectations in its latest quarter, but said Monday the Boeing 737 Max grounding and political tensions between Canada and China weighed on its results.“The impact on our unit cost is expected to increase the longer the grounding persists, particularly heading towards the busy summer season,” chief financial officer Michael Rousseau said.He cited a reduction of seat capacity of between three per cent and four cent due to the grounding, which continues across the globe as the Max jetliner’s flight control system remains under scrutiny following two deadly crashes.Less fuel-efficient replacement aircraft and the cost of extended plane leases will also hurt the bottom line, Rousseau said.Chief commercial officer Lucie Guillemette said Canada’s ongoing dispute with China stemming from the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou last year has hurt travel demand between the two countries.“However, reallocating capacity from China to other markets has helped mitigate the impact,” she said on a conference call with investors Monday.More news: Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthAir Canada cancelled a total of 8,000 flights last quarter, 1,600 of which were on its higher-revenue mainline routes – a 40% increase in mainline cancellations from the first quarter of 2018, chief executive Calin Rovinescu said.The airline’s 24 Max 8 jetliners comprise about 20% of its narrow-body fleet and carry between 9,000 and 12,000 passengers per day, he added.Adjusted cost per available seat mile, a key industry metric, increased 3.2%. The rise was caused in part by the grounding, which affected the final 18 days of the first quarter, executives said.The Montreal-based carrier said Monday it earned $345 million or $1.26 per diluted share for its first quarter, compared with a loss of $203 million or 74 cents per diluted share in the same quarter a year ago.Air Canada said the results included foreign exchange gains of $263 million in its most recent quarter compared with foreign exchange losses of $197 million in the first quarter of 2018.More news: Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsOn an adjusted basis, the airline said it earned $17 million or six cents per diluted share in the quarter compared with an adjusted loss of $26 million or 10 cents per diluted share a year ago.Operating revenue rose to $4.45 billion compared with $4.07 billion in the first three months of 2018.Analysts on average had expected a loss of 18 cents per share and revenue of nearly $4.39 billion for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon. Monday, May 6, 2019 Tags: Air Canada, boeing, China, Finances, Quarterly << Previous PostNext Post >> Air Canada reports first quarter profit, operating revenue climbs higher By: The Canadian Press
Expedia launches direct communication tool for Australian hoteliersThe Expedia group’s Australian hotel partners can benefit from better dialogue and engagement with booked guests following the roll out of Expedia® PartnerCentral (EPC) Conversations.EPC Conversations, accessible through Expedia® PartnerCentral, is designed to be an easy-to-use platform that opens the lines of communication between booked guests and hoteliers via a message centre. Guests can start a conversation by asking a question or submitting a special request at time of booking. Alternatively, the hotelier can reach out directly to the guest. The tool empowers hoteliers to:Create good first impressions and set guest expectations with a custom welcome messageBuild meaningful relations and enhance the guest experience by sharing check-in details or alerting guests when their rooms are readyAcknowledge, confirm and manage special requestsProvide information about the property’s services (spas, concierges, restaurants, etc.)Drew Bowering, Director of Market Management, Australia for Expedia® Lodging Partner Services, said: “Hoteliers have requested the ability to communicate directly with guests having made a booking across Expedia Group websites. EPCConversations was developed to answer this need, allowing both the guest and the hotelier to interact with each other, to engage from the moment the reservation is made and create memorable hotel experiences.”“According to a recent study by Gallup, there is a strong relationship between guests’ engagement with the hotel and the amount of money they spend. EPC Conversations was designed to maximise guest engagement, creating opportunities for Expedia hotel partners to increase their top line revenues.”Daniel Wilson, Reservation Manager at the Watermark Hotel Brisbane, said: “Being able to respond to guests’ reviews in real time really helps us show that we care about their experience with us. It adds a personal touch that’s sometimes lacking in an age of technology. With Expedia® PartnerCentral Conversations, we can show guests there’s a real person on the other end, listening and responding to their concerns. Most importantly, it does all this without imposing on the guest – it’s a convenient and discreet way for them to share feedback.”EPC Conversations is just one of the ways Expedia® PartnerCentral enables hoteliers to connect with guests. Real-time Feedback provides hoteliers immediate visibility into guest sentiment by soliciting real-time feedback after check-in by answering three quick questions so hoteliers can address concerns while the guest is still on the property. Expedia® PartnerCentral also provides easy access to post-trip reviews from across all Expedia sites, allowing hoteliers to identify guest feedback that requires attention and thank guests for staying with them. Expediabook your flights hereSource = Expedia
Share Average mortgage balances ticked up over 2014, continuing a trend of yearly growth since the housing recovery kicked off in 2012.According to a report released Wednesday by credit reporting firm TransUnion, the average mortgage balance per consumer increased to $187,139 by the end of last year’s fourth quarter, up from $185,496 in Q4 2013.”Much of this gain can be attributed to those consumers who took advantage of a low interest rate environment to purchase homes with jumbo mortgage loans,” said Ezra Becker, VP of research and consulting in TransUnion’s financial services business unit.Going by a lagging indicator, the share of jumbo mortgages as a portion of all originations increased by 8 percent in the third quarter of last year compared to 6.8 percent a year prior and 5.8 percent in Q3 2012.The findings echo what the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) has reported for much of the last year. Though mortgage application activity has been weak overall among American consumers, MBA has seen a steady increase in demand for jumbo loans, spurring lenders to enhance their offerings in that line.TransUnion recorded 53.2 million mortgage accounts of as the fourth quarter, up from 52.9 million a year prior but down by more than six million compared to the end of 2009. For the third quarter, the company reported a 7 percent quarterly increase in new account originations, though that figure was still off from year-ago numbers by 20 percent. New account data is viewed one quarter in arrears to ensure all accounts are included.The greatest increase in mortgage balances came in the super prime risk category, categorized as consumers in the highest range of credit scores. Balances in that register rose approximately 3 percent in the last year, TransUnion said.At the same time, the risk tier composition of mortgage originations moved away from super prime and into lower groups. According to TransUnion, the super prime share of originations was 27.8 percent in Q3, down from 32.1 percent in Q3 2013. Meanwhile, the share of non-prime originations climbed from 14.5 percent in Q3 2013 to 16.7 percent in Q3 2014. in Daily Dose, News, Origination Mortgage Balances Rise in 2014 February 18, 2015 504 Views Jumbo Loans Mortgage Balances TransUnion 2015-02-18 Tory Barringer
(AP photo) The Arizona Cardinals placed guard/tackle Earl Watford on injured reserve Tuesday with a hand injury. In a corresponding move, the team also elevated safety D.J. Swearinger from the practice squad to the active roster.A third-year pro, Watford started the first two games of the season at right tackle but has played sparingly since. He was inactive Sunday in St. Louis.Swearinger was signed by the Cardinals on Dec. 1. A 2013 second-round pick out of South Carolina by the Houston Texans, he has career totals of 109 tackles, three interceptions, 10 passes defensed, one sack, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Cardinals’ next game is Thursday at home against the Minnesota Vikings. Kickoff is set for 6:25 p.m. and the game can be heard on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories
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