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first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Arsenal boss Emery hints at new position for Torreiraby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery believes he may have found a solution to their midfield in a position change for Lucas Torreira.The Uruguayan played in a slightly more advanced role against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League.It worked and he managed to help his side to a 3-0 away win.And Emery spoke about that adjustment after the game.He said to the club’s official website: “Tonight he [Torreira] played very well and this season it’s the first match that he was feeling physically very good in. He was able to go from box to box and I want to use his quality. “His qualities are that he can give us good pressing, and he can win the ball high up the pitch to give us the possession to score. He did that tonight. “After, we need someone with the ball and in his position, he can help us with the build-up.” last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Canada’s gun laws have been much more effective than loads of other nations, but recent events have made the government consider additional restrictions in parts of the country.In wake of the Toronto shooting that took place last month, Toronto city council passed a motion urging the federal government to allow the city to ban the sale of handguns and ammunition within the city limits.Conservative Party Member of Parliment Bob Zimmer explained that he believes Toronto is going after the wrong idea. “What does need to happen is they need to combat gangs getting guns,” said Zimmer. “They need to put more resources into capturing those firearms they brought through the border.”Zimmer added that stopping the smuggling of illegal guns into Canada was the biggest issue regarding the matter.“Stopping the smuggling of handguns into Canada is the problem. They need to crack down on that and I’d be more than happy to see resources put in to do that.”Zimmer mentioned that when in the proper hands, handguns are no more harmful than driving a car.“We have automobile accidents, so does that mean we are going to eliminate all automobiles?”“For some reason that gets attributed to firearms and people say okay. Well, its okay if you don’t use firearms but if you’re a firearms owner that does it lawfully, you use it for sport, some use it for their jobs.” Zimmer added that there are already loads of restrictions to legally acquire firearms and that adding more is not needed.“To own a handgun in Canada you need to be licensed, do training, have a background check and have to maintain that impeccable record just to own one. I don’t think we need to make any more laws to make it more difficult for lawful firearms owners.”Zimmer went on to say that it is unfortunate when shootings like Toronto and most recently Fredericton occur, but the focus should be on illegal firearms.last_img read more

first_imgSo many people showed up that some had to listen from the hallway so as not to run afoul of fire codes.Ford made no secret of who he will root for in Alberta’s provincial election next spring.“Let’s elect a new United Conservative government in Alberta,” he said. “A new day has dawned in Ontario and a new day will dawn in Alberta.”Kenney has said the repeal of Alberta’s $30-a-tonne carbon tax will top his agenda if his party wins the election.“There is no compassion in telling seniors on modest fixed incomes that they can’t have an active life just so you can feel virtuous by imposing this carbon tax on Albertans,” he said.“It isn’t progressive and it’s not compassionate.” Kenney said the “multibillion-dollar job killing carbon tax” was not in the NDP’s 2015 election platform.“It is not just the biggest tax hike in Alberta history. It is the biggest lie in Alberta history,” he said.“Why are we engaged in this act of economic masochism when it will not make one whit of difference for the environment?” Heavy equipment operator Steve Spackman came to Calgary from Okotoks, just south of the city, for the rally because he’s fed up.“We’d probably hire more people at work I bet you, if they didn’t have that carbon tax every month coming in for gas,” he said.Alberta’s NDP government introduced the provincial levy before Ottawa required it. With the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion in limbo, Premier Rachel Notley is now refusing to raise it in line with federal requirements.Ottawa passed legislation last spring to give it authority to impose a carbon price on any province without its own beginning Jan. 1, 2019. It is starting at a minimum of $20 per tonne, rising $10 per year until 2022.Ontario’s new Progressive Conservative government scrapped that province’s cap-and-trade system in July and launched a challenge of the federal carbon plan.Provincial resistance to Ottawa’s carbon policy has been ramping up.Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe and Ford met in Saskatoon on Thursday, where the two conservative leaders said they will continue to fight the tax together. To that end, Moe announced Saskatchewan will file for intervener status in Ontario’s court challenge.Ontario had already pledged to support Saskatchewan’s court challenge when the premiers met in New Brunswick in July. Moe’s government has asked Saskatchewan’s Court of Appeal to rule on whether the federal plan is constitutional.Ford and Moe gained another ally Wednesday when Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister announced his province will not go ahead with a $25-a-tonne levy that was to come into effect in December.“We’ll all be at the premier’s table defending common sense and Canadian taxpayers to fight against Trudeau’s carbon tax,” Ford said Friday.Trudeau said earlier in the day that Canadians gave his government a mandate in the last election to implement a national carbon price and that is exactly what it is going to do.“Pollution should not be free anywhere across this country,” he said at an event in Windsor, Ont.Alberta Education Minister David Eggen said earlier Friday that Albertans should be disturbed by Ford and Kenney working together.“Certainly, we know how to solve our issues in Alberta and we don’t need someone from Ontario coming and telling us what to do,” he said.“Our climate action plan is very effective up to now in creating jobs, helping to diversify the economy and quite frankly is helping to reduce pollution as well.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS)center_img CALGARY, A.B. – A raucous crowd of more than 1,500 crammed into a Calgary convention centre Friday night to hear Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Jason Kenney, leader of Alberta’s Opposition United Conservative Party, rail against the federal carbon tax.“It’s really, my friends the worst tax ever, a tax we can’t afford, a job-killing tax that hikes up the price of services and goods and drives up the price of heating your homes,” Ford told the anti-carbon-tax rally.The crowd frequently rose to its feet waving signs that said “Renew The Alberta Advantage” and “Scrap The Carbon Tax.” Many jeered when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s name was mentioned.last_img read more

first_imgZimmer will wrap up ‘Coffee with Bob’ on August 8 with stops in Pouce Coupe and Dawson Creek.Here is a list of the next ‘Coffee with Bob’: Wednesday, August 7th, 2019 – Fort St. John at 10:30 a.m. – The Canadian GrindWednesday, August 7th, 2019 – Taylor at 1:30 p.m. – Lone Wolf Golf ClubThursday, August 8th, 2019 – Pouce Coupe at 12:00 p.m. – Papa Don’s PizzaThursday, August 8th, 2019 – Dawson Creek at 2:30 p.m. – Hug a Mug’s Coffee House FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local Member of Parliament Bob Zimmer is doing a series of ‘Coffee with Bob’ events where local constituents can meet with the MP and discuss current happenings in their community and in Canadian politics.So far, Zimmer has been to Valemont, McBride, Prince George, and Mackenzie.The next ‘Coffee with Bob’ is today, Wednesday, at 10:30 a.m. at The Canadian Grind and at Lone Wolf Golf Club in Taylor at 1:30 p.m. For more information, you can visit Bob Zimmer’s Facebook page.last_img read more

Before news broke Monday that Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel had violated NCAA Bylaw 10.1, many would have indicated the coach as one least likely to break the rules. It’s always the one you least suspect. Because of Tressel’s unwavering trust in his players and desire to do right by the young men he coaches, this is exactly the type of violation Buckeye Nation could have seen coming. “We talk about most especially we’re going to take care of these young people, and we’re going to treat them like they’re our own,” Tressel said in his Tuesday press conference. “Admittedly, I probably did not give quite as much thought to the potential NCAA part of things as I read (the e-mail that was not turned over to officials). My focus was on the well-being of the young people.” It was that focus, the coach said, that led him not to inform his superiors or NCAA officials of an e-mail indicating his players violated NCAA rules by selling OSU memorabilia. Despite this focus on his players and their well-being, this is far from the first violation under Tressel. Former OSU quarterback Troy Smith was suspended for the 2004 Alamo Bowl and first game of the 2005 season for receiving $500 from a booster. Former running back Maurice Clarett was suspended for the entire 2003 season after receiving thousands of dollars in improper benefits and misleading NCAA investigators. While Tressel was at Youngstown State, his quarterback Ray Isaac received nearly $10,000 from a YSU board chairman. Though the incidents of current players selling memorabilia to Edward Rife, owner of the Fine Line Ink tattoo parlor, are not the first violations under Tressel’s watch, they appear to be the first that the coach knew about before the NCAA. Some signs might have pointed to the knowledge of these transgressions. With five players suspended, individuals might have looked for more knowledge of the situation within the team. Nine Big Ten Championship rings, 15 pairs of signed cleats and a handful of signed jerseys were found in Rife’s possession, according to e-mails Tressel received. That this many items were found might indicate that this has been a long practice, a sentiment backed up by former running back Antonio Pittman. “This OSU tattoo stuff is silly. Cats been gettin hookups on tatts since back in 01,” Pittman posted Dec. 23 on his Twitter account, shortly after athletic director Gene Smith addressed the NCAA’s suspension of the tattooed players. Though he might not have known for as long as his former players, Tressel did know about these transgressions months before the NCAA. He did not inform it because he thought he was following the rules. “I needed to keep sight of the fact that confidentiality was requested by the attorney, and so I followed that,” Tressel said, emphasizing his fear of disrupting a federal investigation. Former players indicated that Tressel would not violate an NCAA bylaw intentionally. “He is the kind of guy that every single thing he does, he does it by the book,” former kicker Mike Nugent said. “I think at the time, he thought he was doing things right and going over things the right way.” Tressel’s desire to keep the law in mind probably would not surprise most followers of the seemingly straight-laced coach. Maybe these violations shouldn’t have either. read more

Ohio State junior guard C.J. Jackson (3) hands the ball off to senior forward Jae-Sean Tate (1) in the second half in the game against Michigan State on Jan. 7 in Value City Arena. Ohio State won 80-64. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State (13-4, 4-0 Big Ten) is coming off by far its best win of the season, routing the then-top-ranked Michigan State Spartans 80-64 at home. But it had only three days off before defending its home court again Thursday versus a strong Maryland team (14-4, 3-2 Big Ten) .Maryland and Ohio State have played three common opponents this season: Butler, Iowa and Michigan State. Maryland rolled both Butler (79-65) and Iowa (91-73), but was crushed by Michigan State 91-61. Ohio State lost to Butler 67-66 in overtime and beat Iowa 92-81. The game starts at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center and airs on ESPN2. Projected StartersMaryland:G — Kevin Huerter — Sophomore, 6-foot-7, 190 lbs., 14.1 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.7 apgG — Anthony Cowan Jr. — Sophomore, 6-foot, 170 lbs., 16.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 4.6 apgG — Darryl Morsell — Freshman, 6-foot-4, 205 lbs., 8.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.9 apgF — Bruno Fernando — Freshman, 6-foot-10, 245 lbs., 11.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 0.6 apgC — Michael Cekovsky — Senior, 7-foot-1, 250 lbs., 6.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 0.5 apgOhio State:G — C.J. Jackson — Junior, 6-foot-1, 175 lbs., 13.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4.2 apgG — Kam Williams — Redshirt senior, 6-foot-2, 185 lbs., 8.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 0.4 apgF — Jae’Sean Tate — Senior, 6-foot-4, 230 lbs., 12.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.8 apgF — Keita Bates-Diop — Redshirt junior, 6-foot-7, 235 lbs., 20.0 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.4 apgC — Kaleb Wesson — Freshman, 6-foot-9, 270 lbs., 11.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.1 apgScouting MarylandThe Terrapins have been a consistent Big Ten championship contender during the past several seasons, and that has remained true during the 2017-18 campaign. They are the No. 35 team, according to advanced statistics website, fueled mostly by a high-powered offense. KenPom lists their offense as the 36th-best offense in the nation and fourth-best in conference play. Maryland has been a strong shooting team from all areas on the court, shooting 37.9 percent from 3-point range and 54.9 percent from inside the arc. It is a challenging team to defend because it neither heavily relies on 3-point shooting nor interior play, deriving 29.3 percent of its offense from 3-pointers, 48.4 percent from inside and 22.3 percent from the charity stripe.Maryland has received this offensive production despite losing forwards Justin Jackson and Ian Bender, both expected to be key offensive contributors. As a result, the Terrapins had to go from running a traditional two-guard, two-forward, one-center lineup to starting three guards, a forward and a center.Guards Anthony Cowan Jr. and Kevin Huerter have stepped up and been the Terrapins’ two most prolific scorers and helped maintain a versatile offense that is capable of scoring from anywhere on the court.“They’re different in some ways because of the skill that they now can put on the floor and their shooting that they can spread you out with, which is impressive. You have several guys that are shooting upwards of 40-plus percent from the 3-point line,” Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said Wednesday. “The reality is those guys have played well in spite of having a couple of injuries.”The Terrapins have not been able to match the success on the other side of the court. Though they have the 46th-best adjusted defense overall, the Terrapins rank second-to-last in the conference in adjusted defense in Big Ten games, according to KenPom. Maryland has allowed a Big Ten-worst 58.5 adjusted field-goal percentage and 44.2 percent 3-point shooting. This bodes well for an Ohio State team that is No. 1 in conference play in offensive efficiency and effective field-goal percentage and second in 3-point shooting.Maryland also has had a problem with turnovers. It has the 309th-best turnover rate at 21.9 percent and has only forced 17.3 percent turnovers, 264th-best in the nation. This plays into the hands of Ohio State, which ranks No. 114 in offensive turnovers percentage (18.0 percent) and No. 109 in defensive turnovers forced percentage (20.1 percent).Maintaining MomentumMaryland is not the No. 1 team in the nation. The team is not even ranked. Ohio State faced a stiffer challenge than the Terrapins last Sunday and won convincingly. But the Terrapins are still one of the better teams in the conference, and riding the high of the Michigan State win, it’s easy to think the Buckeyes could play sluggishly and come into the game ill-prepared.Ohio State redshirt senior guard Kam Williams said the team went into practices prior to the Michigan State game with an “unbelievable intensity” and said this is not the time for the team to get complacent given the conference slate ahead of them.“The vibe before that [Michigan State] game was amazing, so we know we have to keep that consistent no matter who we have to play,” he said. “Like I said after the game, how we play has to be the standard in practice. It has to be the standard in every game with everything that we do. I feel like if we keep that up, that’s going to leave margin for error. So even if we do have like a lull in the game, we know what it takes now to get back to where we need to get to since we’ve proven that we’re capable of playing at a high level.”Holtmann added that a statement win like the team had against the Spartans puts a target on Ohio State’s back. Teams will not come into Columbus expecting to walk over the Buckeyes for an easy win, despite possibly being able to do so last year. Holtmann’s squad might have begun the season with expectations of being one of the doormats of the Big Ten, but now, just as conference play is ramping up, the Buckeyes will be faced with teams aiming to take down a now-intimidating Ohio State team.“There’s no question that, that’s just reality that teams are going to come with a different edge right now,” Holtmann said. “I think you try to make [the players] aware that there will be a different approach. It’s not like we’re nationally ranked or we have a number one by our name, but I think you do make them aware that it’s going to be different. It’s going to feel different.” read more

first_imgGrosser was transported to Wildwood Pretrial Facility and remanded on $25,000 bail. The male was reported to be Daniel Grosser, age 38 of Kodiak, who was known to have an outstanding felony warrant for Robbery, Kidnapping, and Assault charges. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska State Troopers received a report of a wanted male hitchhiking on the Sterling Highway between Soldotna and Kasilof following an anonymous tip. Alaska State Troopers responded from Soldotna towards Kasilof and located Grosser walking along the Sterling Highway near approximately mile 104, on Thursday, December 14, at 9:41 p.m. Grosser matched the description provided by the complainant and was arrested without incident.last_img

first_imgArea Closures:All National Forest Lands (NFS) west of Resurrection Pass Trail from the Resurrection Creek Gold Panning Area to Devils Pass Trail and all NFS lands south of Devils Pass Trail west of Seward Highway and north of the Sterling Highway.Exception includes Gull Rock Trail, Resurrection Creek Gold Panning Area, and Porcupine Campground.Special Order 36 CFR 261.53 (3) remains in effect from July 6 until further information. Additional Details will be posted as they are made available. The Forest order can be found here: and here: Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The fire danger level remains very high on the Chugach National Forest Glacier and Seward Ranger Districts. Due to concern for public health and safety related to the Swan Lake wildfire, the Chugach National Forest is ordering special closures on the Seward Ranger District of the following areas:last_img read more

first_imgIndian telecom company Bharti Airtel in collaboration with Qualcomm is set to roll out commercial 4G services in four cities across India, following a successful launch in Kolkata and Bangalore in March and earlier this month.US-based chip-maker Qualcomm has acquired Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) spectrum to introduce 4G networks in Delhi, Mumbai, Haryana and Kerala. It has signed an agreement with Airtel under which Qualcomm has permitted Airtel to operate the new networks in these cities for the next two years till 2014.The upcoming launch of 4G networks has come on the heels of Airtel’s high stake partnership with Qualcomm. On Thursday, the teleco announced it has acquired 49 per cent of Qualcomm’s 4G venture in India for a staggering Rs. 9.23 billion (INR 923 crore).”We are delighted to partner with Qualcomm, who shares our commitment to the government’s agenda of broadband for all,” said Sunil Bharti Mittal, chairman and managing director of Bharti Airtel, according to IBN Live.Qualcomm will maintain the remaining 51 percent stake until 2014, after which Qualcomm will withdraw from the broadband venture but maintain technology services in the country, Reuters cited an unnamed source as saying.”This partnership will combine the strength of Bharti’s national telecom footprint and Qualcomm’s technological leadership in the LTE TDD space. With a broadband ready network across India, Bharti is well positioned to lead the next phase of Indian’s telecom revolution,” Mittal added.Apart from Kolkata and Karnataka, 4G networks are also available in Punjab and Maharashtra circles. The teleco has already issued 3G licenses across 13 circles in the country.last_img read more

first_imgUS president Donald Trump speaks at the the National Republican Congressional Committee Annual Spring Dinner on 2 April 2019, in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPUS president Donald Trump said Tuesday he is “100 per cent” prepared to close down the US-Mexico border, warning Congress and Central American governments to take action to stem the flow of migrants into the country.Delays were already increasing at several key border crossings as Trump ratcheted up pressure on Democrats in Congress to toughen US laws against illegal immigrants, threatening to hurt the US economy in the name of border security.”It is a national emergency on the border,” Trump said.If Mexico does not stop migrants from transiting across its territory, and if Congress does not act, he said, “the border’s going to be closed, 100 per cent.””Sure it’s going to have a negative impact on the economy,” he said. “Security is more important to me than trade.”Trump said Democrats were blocking reforms for political reasons but could fix the problem “in 45 minutes.”He was not specific, but Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has asked Congress to give border officials the power to forcibly repatriate Central American illegal immigrants, including children who arrived alone, back to their countries.The threat to close the frontier, which handled some $612 billion worth of trade in 2018, sent shivers through the economy, and drew warnings from allies of the president.”Closing down the border would have potentially catastrophic economic impact on our country, and I would hope we would not be doing that sort of thing,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said.McConnell’s call was backed by the Chamber of Commerce, which said in a statement that while it supported immigration reform, closing the border “would inflict severe economic harm on American families, workers, farmers and manufacturers across the United States.”100,000 migrants a monthDespite Trump’s tough rhetoric, Mexico’s foreign minister said he had spoken with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who had told him the border would not be shut.”Until today, the secretary of state of the United States and his team have told us: this is not the policy we are going to apply, closing points on the border,” Marcelo Ebrard said at a press conference.Ebrard added Mexico continued to maintain “a good dialogue” with US authorities and that normal border traffic was expected “as soon as possible.”Homeland Security officials meanwhile said they were preparing for the possibility of a shutdown of at least some border entry points as they divert staff to deal with the flood of migrants from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, expected to hit nearly 100,000 a month.Officials said facilities for handling the migrants — who for the moment cannot be sent back after they cross the border and request asylum — are overtaxed and understaffed, creating hazardous conditions.”We are in a full blown emergency. The bottom line is all options are on the table right now,” a senior Homeland Security official, who declined to be named, told journalists Tuesday.”The volume of vulnerable populations that’s arriving is unsustainable… The humanitarian situation cannot be ignored and the security situation cannot be ignored.”Trump said Mexican officials had reacted to his threat to close the border last week by clamping down on the caravans of migrants fleeing poverty and violence in the three Central American countries.Mexico “made a big step over the past two days,” he said, adding that they would have to continue if they don’t want the border closed.He also defended his decision to cut off “hundreds of millions of dollars” in US aid to the three countries, accusing them of arranging the caravans of migrants.The three “don’t do anything for us,” he said.Long lines at border portsOn Monday, Nielsen ordered an “emergency surge” of personnel to deal with the situation, including moving 750 staff to areas of the border where the migrants arrive.Many were being diverted from official ports, leading to slowdowns in processing arriving visitors and commercial vehicles.Delays for incoming traffic were three hours at Brownsville, Texas, for the second straight day, and more than two hours in other areas.On the Mexican side, Andres Morales Arreola, head of operations for border crossings in Chihuahua state, said the border between Ciudad Juarez and El Paso had “collapsed” because so many US border officials have been reassigned to deal with the migrant influx.Long lines have formed at the border since Thursday, with wait times of up to eight hours for those trying to cross.Ciudad Juarez Mayor Armando Cabada Alvidrez called on the city’s bustling manufacturing sector to temporarily cut back shipments to the US in order to reduce the backup.last_img read more

first_imgFor more than three decades, Access Housing and the Southeast Veterans Service Center (SEVSC) has supported the needs of those who have put their lives on the line to defend freedom. And on Nov. 24, 50 families will be feasting on Turkey and all of the trimmings thanks to the leader of a veterans organization.The Buffalo Soldiers donate turkeys to the Southeast Veterans Center. (Photo by Hamil Harris)“I am just happy to make someone else happy especially to those who sacrifice so much for this country,” said Greg Crawford, executive director of Access Housing. “Everybody deserves a place to live. No one should live outside.”Access Housing provides temporary and permanent housing for veterans as well as other critical services needed to transition them from homelessness to self-sufficiency.The concept of a veterans center started in the 1970s, after Crawford’s father, former D.C. Councilmember H.R. Crawford (D-Ward 7), received a call about a group of homeless men who had created an encampment under a bridge near Georgetown.“We shared a meal of fried chicken and hot coffee that had been prepared on a hot plate,” said Crawford who reported his findings to then Mayor Marion S. Barry.The experience was catalyst for the founding of Access Housing and earlier this week Crawford said unfortunately homeless people are still living under the same bridge.But help might be coming in the future from an unlikely source. Crawford, who once served in the Nixon and Ford Administrations, said District community activist Robert Woodson is one of several candidates to become the next U.S. secretary of House and Urban Development.“He is good man who will make a difference,” said Crawford, who highlighted the fact that Woodson has been working with House speaker Paul Ryan and leaders in Southeast to address homeless issues.Regardless of the future there are many testimonies from veterans that Access Housing has made a difference in their lives. “After two tours in Afghanistan I retired from the US Marine Corps. I thought I was fine but the memories of what I’d witnessed there really impacted me,” said Petey J. “I didn’t want to remember anything so alcohol became my closest friend. When I hit rock bottom [Access Housing] was there. Living at the Center with my peers from the military helped me to stop feeling sorry for myself and get back into life.”last_img read more

first_imgTV ad placements for LD Entertainment’s “Dog Days” (EMV: $3.89 million), Columbia Pictures’ “Alpha” ($3.7 million) and STX Entertainment’s “Mile 22” ($3.01 million) round out the chart. Notably, “Mile 22” has the best iSpot Attention Index (110) in the ranking, getting 10% fewer interruptions than the average movie ad (interruptions include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV). ×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 Impressions: 468,254,034Attention Score: 93.24Attention Index: 107National Airings: 1,074Networks: 34Most Spend On: NBC, NickCreative Versions: 60Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $22.22MStudio: Walt Disney PicturesStarted Airing: 03/12/18 $3.7M – Alpha Impressions: 192,402,391Attention Score: 93.48Attention Index: 110National Airings: 495Networks: 30Most Spend On: ESPN, NBCCreative Versions: 14Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $8.93MStudio: STX EntertainmentStarted Airing: 05/28/18 Impressions: 318,357,942Attention Score: 90.48Attention Index: 76National Airings: 1,013Networks: 39Most Spend On: NBC, UnivisionCreative Versions: 12Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $9.91MStudio: LD EntertainmentStarted Airing: 07/15/18 1 Movie titles with a minimum spend of $100,000 for airings detected between 07/30/2018 and 08/05/2018.* TV Impressions – Total TV ad impressions delivered for the brand or spot.* Attention Score – Measures the propensity of consumers to interrupt an ad play on TV. The higher the score, the more complete views. Actions that interrupt an ad play include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV.* Attention Index – Represents the Attention of a specific creative or program placement vs the average. The average is represented by a score of 100, and the total index range is from 0 through 200. For example, an attention index of 125 means that there are 25% fewer interrupted ad plays compared to the average.Variety has partnered with, the real-time TV ad measurement company with attention analytics from more than eight million smart TVs, to bring you this weekly look at what studios are spending to market their movies on TV. Learn more about the platform and methodology. Impressions: 294,563,184Attention Score: 92.28Attention Index: 94National Airings: 710Networks: 24Most Spend On: NBC, ABCCreative Versions: 30Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $15.19MStudio: LionsgateStarted Airing: 07/08/18 Impressions: 314,688,869Attention Score: 93.15Attention Index: 106National Airings: 847Networks: 38Most Spend On: Discovery Channel, ABCCreative Versions: 18Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $8.47MStudio: Columbia PicturesStarted Airing: 12/12/17center_img $4.28M – Christopher Robin $3.95M – The Spy Who Dumped Me Popular on Variety Top Movie Commercials by Weekly TV SpendData provided by $3.89M – Dog Days $3.01M – Mile 22 In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company, Walt Disney Pictures claims the top spot in spending with “Christopher Robin.”Ads placed for the fantasy film had an estimated media value of $4.28 million through Sunday for 1,074 national ad airings on 34 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from July 30 through Aug. 5. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Walt Disney prioritized spend across networks such as NBC, Nick and HGTV, and during shows including The Loud House, SpongeBob SquarePants and America’s Got Talent. Just behind “Christopher Robin” in second place: Lionsgate’s “The Spy Who Dumped Me,” which saw 710 national ad airings across 24 networks, with an estimated media value of $3.95 million. last_img read more

first_img Travelweek Group TORONTO — Cover-More Group Limited, a travel insurance assistance provider, is on track to break out in a big way now that it’s been approached By Zurich Insurance Co. to acquire the assets of Cover-More Inc. This offer raises the ability for Cover-More to obtain underwriting opportunities for insurance product on a global basis. The acquisition is in progress with an anticipated closing sometime in spring 2017.UPDATE: Zurich becomes a “top 3” global travel insurance provider with Cover-More acquisitionNow poised to enter Canada, Cover-More, which was founded in Australia more than 30 years ago, is hopeful that its products will be available to Canadian travellers by end of 2017.“Cover-More is focused on partnering with carefully selected and targeted distributors/ technology licensing partners focused on delivering customer value and service. We are currently speaking to potential partners with a like-to-like strategy of bringing to light the true value of travel insurance and emergency assistance to the Canadian marketplace,” says Carole Tokody, CEO, US & Canada, Global Direct for Cover-More Inc.Tokody also noted that the company experienced a huge boom in recent years, during which it went through major management changes and was listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). It made a big push in the China market, and officially entered the U.S. market in 2016 by providing travel insurance across nine Flight Centre brands in the country. In addition to China and the U.S., it now operates in the United Kingdom, India, Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia.The entry into Canada this year is just the latest venture that cements Cover-More’s position as a global brand. And Canada, adds Tokody, is viewed as one of the world’s top markets, sharing a similar health regime as Australia.In light of Cover-More’s expansion, Travelweek sat down with Tokody to talk about the importance of travel insurance for Canadians, and how the company intends to set itself apart from its competition.Once Cover-More is up and running in Canada, will Canadians have any challenges purchasing travel insurance with an Australian company?Cover-More’s approach when we enter new markets is to find like-minded distribution and underwriting partners so all the logistics are in place for us to provide our travel insurance products. Once we establish in Canada, Canadians can have complete confidence that there will be no challenges, surprises or logistical hurdles to overcome when they purchase and travel with our travel insurance.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoThere are many travel insurance providers out there. How much differentiates one from the other, and how does Cover-More set itself from the pack?Travel insurance is all Cover-More does, that is why we are good at it. The strength and value of our offer lies in our belief that it’s not enough to have a relationship with the customer just when they claim. Our customer value proposition – keep travelling – is about reaching out to our customers before, during and after their journey. And not just when they need help or need to claim. For example, we can offer pre-travel security, health or nutritional advice because we know where they are going, and for how long, and we also know their age and if they are travelling with children.However, if our customers do need help, for example, if they are injured or become ill, it is the strength of our medical assistance offer that I also believe sets us apart from other providers.According to Travelweek’s 2016 Ultimate Travel Survey, 69% of consumers do not purchase travel insurance when travelling outside their home province but within Canada. What are your thoughts?Domestic travel insurance is useful for luggage and ticket protection, that’s why Cover-More offers it. It’s much lower cost for the traveller because cover for things like medical expenses isn’t required. It’s really a personal decision for the consumer. Personally, I think it’s good for domestic travellers who want extra peace of mind when they leave home.Nearly 28% of respondents said the main reason they don’t purchase travel insurance is because it’s too expensive. What tips would you give travel agents on how to sell insurance to budget-conscious travellers?It’s an alarmingly high percentage. I think it’s because people sometimes look at travel insurance as a grudge purchase and they think that ‘nothing will happen to me anyway’. Though we’ve had cases where a customer travelling in the U.S. requires hospitalization or treatment and the medical bills escalate into tens of thousands of dollars so quickly.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemCover-More’s product suite includes some medical cover-only products, which are for people on a tighter budget. It’s really the minimum peak of mind you need to travel with, in my opinion. It’s not just the cost of medical care when you are travelling – you also want to ensure you are receiving the high standard of medical care that you are used to, living in Canada. That’s what Cover-More offers our customers.What makes a really great travel insurance provider? Is it a diversity in products? A prompt response team? Affordability?A company who is focused on the customer, customer value and the customer experience. And that’s across everything, from pre-purchase, purchase, fulfillment, pre-travel, during travel, post-travel and the claims process, if required.Our customer value proposition, keep travelling, is based on the premise that ‘life is an experience’ and Cover-More is here to keep travellers travelling.A really great travel insurance provider tries to enhance and enrich the travel experience through easy access to things like Global SIMs or Global Wi-Fi, currency cards, and smartphone apps that offer one-touch connectivity to emergency help.It’s also important to treat your customers as individuals, not as policy numbers, and uphold strong customer service values along the entire value chain.What’s something about the company that would surprise travellers?Part of our assistance services is the use of counsellors through Davidson Trahaire Corpysch (DTC). You could be in a location like Paris or Nice during a traumatic event and not be physically impacted yet suffer from emotional trauma. We will send out a counsellor to ask if you’re okay and provide counselling on the spot over a period of time. We did this in Nepal during the 2015 earthquake and it helped a lot of our customers.For more information on Cover-More, go to Monday, March 13, 2017 Posted by Cover-More sets its sights on Canadian insurance market, operations scheduled to launch by year’s end Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

first_img CALGARY — WestJet’s much talked about ultra-low-cost airline (ULCC) finally has a name, one that “denotes exactly what we plan to do,” said Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Strategy.The new ULCC, which will begin selling flights in early 2018, will be named Swoop, “a powerful verb that demonstrates we plan to swoop in to the Canadian market with a new business model that will provide lower fares and greater opportunity for more Canadians to travel,” added Cummings.Cummings, who’s credited as the executive member responsible for the launch of the ULCC, also noted that when it came time to look for Swoop’s headquarters, Calgary quickly rose to the top of the list.“The city offers Swoop the opportunity to save costs through shared services with WestJet’s corporate head office, the availability of existing infrastructure, and talented, experienced WestJetters to draw from,” he said. “We are confident that these qualities will support our ultra-low-cost operations and our guests well in the future.”More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”An exact location in Calgary will be announced at a later date. Deron Bilous, Alberta Minister of Economic Development, hailed the province for being “the best place to invest and do business.” He added, “We created Invest Alberta to make it easier for companies like Swoop to set up and expand here. Together we are creating new jobs and diversifying our economy.”Travellers can sign up at to receive details on job opportunities, launch plans and to learn more about Canada’s newest airline. Posted by Share << Previous PostNext Post >> And the name of WestJet’s new ultra-low-cost airline is…center_img Tags: WestJet Wednesday, September 27, 2017 Travelweek Group last_img read more

first_imgVirtual Honeymoon launches sister sites, partners with ExplorVR amid company growth Travelweek Group Wednesday, April 4, 2018 Posted by Sharecenter_img TORONTO — Here’s a common scenario: You ask your wedding clients where they would go on their dream honeymoon, and they respond with a bunch of destinations in quick succession. Bali. Italy. Tahiti. The list goes on and on.But there is a fun and easy way to whittle down the options so that your clients are left with a destination that best suits their needs and preferences. Virtual Honeymoon is an interactive destination matching tool used by agents with indecisive clients. Using intuitive software and an algorithm to search for and match destinations, the tool matches couples with their top two destinations, allowing them to ‘test drive’ these locales and help agents close the sale.Robin HawkeyStarted and owned by travel industry veteran Robin Hawkey, Virtual Honeymoon kicked off in January 2015 for year-long testing before launching its affiliate program in March 2016. Hawkey says the idea came to her after “years of frustration of working with couples that were all over the map”, which resulted in wasting weeks of valuable time, sometimes only to lose them to the Internet.“When couples have no idea where to go on their getaway, or say something like ‘We just want to go some place warm and tropical’, that usually leads to seeing every tropical island and comparing them all. We call [these couples] ‘tire-kickers’ or ‘time-wasters’ for using travel agents as a human resource tool,” she tells Travelweek.How it works is simple: Clients answer a series of fun, interactive questions, the tool then matches them to their top two destinations based on their answers. After clients fill out a contact form, all the questions and answers, including their matches, are emailed directly to the travel agent who will then follow up directly.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJThe tool costs $24.95/month, or $239.52 per year with a savings of 20%. You can access the site at enhance the experience, Hawkey has added a virtual reality component to the website’s destination pages. She’s teamed up with ExplorVR to allow clients to pre-experience their matched destination. Virtual Honeymoon’s affiliates have already used VR headsets and videos at wedding fairs where clients were able to test-drive their destinations on the spot.“I think [VR] is so beneficial as most millennials want to be involved in the planning process. VR is the next best thing to being there!” said Hawkey. “I also feel that the agents who don’t get on this VR trend will be left behind – literally!”Devin Kinasz, President & CEO of ExplorVR, adds: “Virtual Honeymoon is embracing VR technology and partnering with ExplorVR to give their agents access to exciting destination experiences. We are very excited top partner with Virtual Honeymoon because they align with our values of being a forward-thinking company that embraces technology.”Virtual reality acts as the perfect selling tool in the destination wedding and honeymoon market as it allows clients to “try before they fly”. As Hawkey puts it, all couples want their weddings and honeymoons to go off without a hitch, so the best way to ensure that the destination matches their vision is to virtually travel there ahead of time.“There is on average over two million weddings per year in the U.S. alone, with couples spending over $72 billion on weddings and $8 billion on honeymoons. The romance niche is such a great niche to get into to build your entire travel business,” said Hawkey. “If an agent does a great job on the wedding or honeymoon, and builds a good relationship with their client, they will do all their travel-related activities such as anniversaries, babymoons, graduations, family trips and more, not to mention the referrals to all their friends getting married. This creates a booming business that will continue to grow and prosper.”More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upWith business booming, Virtual Honeymoon launched its sister site – Virtual Destination Wedding – at the Love Mexico event in Cabo last December. Operating much like Virtual Honeymoon, the new site not only matches clients with their top two destinations but also helps plan the wedding. And like its sister site, it costs $24.95, or $239.52 with a 20% discount.Looking ahead, Hawkey is preparing to launch the company’s newest addition – Virtual Vacationing – on April 10 at the Travel Agent Forum in Las Vegas. While its main concept is the same as interactive destination matching, she says the new site does not focus on romance as the other two sites.“We realize that not all getaways are about romance, sometimes it’s about vacation travel with family and friends and they too can be confused about where to go on their getaway,” she adds. “We are so excited to be at the Forum with our VR partner, ExplorVR. They have really helped our vision of bringing virtual travel to life, allowing clients to virtually experience their destination match before booking and, thus, closing sales!”For agents in Las Vegas attending the Travel Agent Forum next month, learn more about Virtual Honeymoon, Virtual Vacationing and ExplorVR at their booth. Tags: Explor VR, Virtual Reality << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

first_imgMarissa Fernandez (DMS), Yolanda Woeke-Jacobs (Dragonfly Africa), Andrew Dyson (Prize winner, 212°F) There has never been a better time to visit South Africa, with the Aussie dollar stronger against the South African rand, according to Dragonfly Africa director of sales and marketing Yolanda Woeke-Jacobs. DMS Destination Marketing Services with Dragonfly Africa welcomed leisure and MICE agents to an intimate cocktail affair at Sydney’s Blue hotel last night. Ms Woeke-Jacobs spoke to agents about the possibilities for clients visiting Africa and how it has never been a better time to visit with itineraries now 15 percent more affordable. Dragonfly Africa is represented in Australia by DMS Destination Marketing Services and offers extensive product knowledge and expertise in incentive and leisure travel.With over 14 years invested in the market, Dragonfly Africa delivers with prompt attention to clients with acknowledgments that always go beyond the brief.For more information on Dragonfly Africa, please visit their re-launched website. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.Wlast_img read more

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterViking Cruises has announced the launch of its newest ocean ship, Viking Jupiter, the 930-guest sister ship to the existing, award-winning fleet will be christened in Oslo on 6 June 2019.Guests wishing to experience this fantastic event can book either the eight-day Viking Shores & Fjords ocean cruise from Bergen to Amsterdam, or the 15-day Rhine + Viking Shores & Fjords from Basel to Bergen, which is a unique-to-Viking cruise combining a river and ocean cruise on one seamless voyage. Both cruises have a 2 June 2019 departure date, which will encompass the christening.“We are delighted to welcome another stunning ship to our fleet,” said Michelle Black, managing director Viking, Australia and New Zealand. “With the launch of Viking Jupiter we will become the world’s largest small-ship ocean cruising line, so she is particularly special to us. Viking christenings are exciting events, so we encourage your clients to book these itineraries soon as spots are filling up fast.”On the eight-day Viking Shores and Fjords itinerary, guests will admire the tranquil old fishing village of Skagen, visit cosmopolitan Oslo, browse the fish market and fortress of Kristiansand, stroll among Stavanger’s remarkably preserved wooden buildings and marvel at the magnificent fjord setting of tiny Flåm. It is priced from $4795 per person including a saving of $1200 per couple if booked by 31 March 2018.The 15-day combination cruise Rhine + Viking Shores & Fjords will tour highlights of the legendary Rhine River including cultured Basel, Germany’s storied Black Forest and France’s multicultural Strasbourg, before discovering Nordic wonders by sea including Norway’s dramatic fjord landscapes and thriving Stavanger. It is priced from $9790 per person including a saving of $1400 per couple plus flights to Europe for $995 per person, if booked by 30 April 2018.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

first_imgSMIT has launched a new IP video-on-demand conditional access module (CAM) and has released a new CI Plus firmware upgrade package for its CAM range.  At IBC, the company will display its IP VOD CAM, allowing viewers to choose their favourite programmes.“The VOD feature represents a new milestone in the world of viewing digital content via CAM. Operators will benefit from the additional VOD features to track subscriber behaviour with targeted programmes to increase ARPU,” said Hongyu Shuai, president and chief operating officer of SMIT. “We are committed to security protection and produc innovation with a focus on new feature development. With the new CI Plus v1.3 specification and CAM features, we look forward to working closer with operators to strengthen content delivery security and enrich viewing experience.”SMIT has also released its CI Plus v1.3 firmware package. CI Plus v1.3 represents the next step in the evolution of CI Plus to provide an enriched feature set. SMIT’s latest generation of CAMs add a number of enhancements, including operator EPG and UI branding using HD graphics, leveraging the host’s IP connection for VOD content delivery, increased operator control over content usage and new capabilities to allow the CAM to tune the host to new services, according to the company.In accordance with CI Plus LLP’s licensing agreement, all new CI Plus devices registered after August 1, 2012 willhave to conform to the CI Plus v1.3 specification. SMIT received CI Plus v1.3 certification on its latest CAM in August from Digital TV Labs and expects commercial production and shipment to commence in the fourth quarter of 2012.SMIT is actively involved in the formulation and development of CI Plus v1.4 specifications. The DVB steering board approved the commercial requirements for CI Plus v1.4 in November 2011 and the technical work on the specification is expected to complete within one year for a public release at the end of the 2012.SMIT will be exhibiting at IBC on Stand 1.F86last_img read more

first_imgCBS’s CEO Les Mooves has said he would sell content to streaming service Aereo, which was soundly defeated by America’s broadcasters in court earlier last month.Moonves, who is one of Aereo’s largest critics, said CBS Corp. was “willing to talk” to the company about a licensing agreement, adding: “The door was open and is still open.”Moonves claimed Aereo’s CEO Chet Kanojia had never approached him about such an agreement, but that if he had, CBS would have considered it.Aereo suspended operations following its crushing defeat at Supreme Court that defined its operations as akin to a cable operator. The firm then released a statement arguing it should be entitled to a statutory licence to transmit content as a ‘cable system’.Moonves claimed Aereo’s legal defence, which coloured the broadcasters as stifling technological innovation in order to protect their own interests, was “pretty good” but “not fair”.“Nothing could be further from the truth,” he said. “It was unfair to characterise it as CBS is stopping innovation. Obviously, we’re in favour of innovation.”Aereo has used individual antennaa to allow consumers to stream channels, including CBS and its broadcast rivals, online for a subscription fee.last_img read more