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first_imgAdvertisement Canadians heading to Cannes will be in good hands this year with Telefilm Canada’s delegation who will be present at the Festival de Cannes to facilitate networking; particularly when it comes to export and coproduction, participate in events and represent in all the right places.From May 14 to 23, 2019, please join us at the Canada Pavilion at the festival’s Marché du Film market. Always action-packed with productive networking events, film screenings and other activities to help you make the most of your time on the Croisette, the Canada Pavilion is the perfect meeting spot! For updates, details, and all the Cannes news you need, please keep your eyes on our programming page. Meanwhile, here are 5 of our business events you won’t want to miss.And now, meet Telefilm’s delegation at Cannes: Facebook Christa Dickenson, Executive DirectorChrista Dickenson is the Executive Director of Telefilm Canada. She has over two decades of experience spanning broadcast television, technology, telecommunications and interactive digital media, having worked at CTV, CPAC, Rogers and Interactive Ontario. Ms. Dickenson possesses an unparalleled talent for innovation coupled with a strong business acumen. With brand advocacy expertise honed over many years, she is a highly effective screen-based industries advocate and spokesperson. In addition to a professional background spanning both the creative and business sides of the broadcast, technology, telecommunications and interactive digital media industries, Ms. Dickenson has a BAH and Masters of Fine Arts in Film Studies.Marielle Poupelin, Specialist, International Business DevelopmentAfter completing a degree in administration at the University of Angers in France, Marielle Poupelin immediately began working in film production. In 1990, Ms. Poupelin moved from France to Canada, where she continued her career working in film and TV production. In 2004, she joined Telefilm Canada as an investment analyst. She was part of the team that selected projects to be financed as feature films. In 2010, Ms. Poupelin was appointed Deputy Director, Coproduction. In this role, she is in charge of managing the team responsible for evaluating coproduction projects submitted by Canadian producers in film and television. She also assumed the interim leadership of the International Promotion sector from 2016 to 2019.Marie-France Godbout, Interim Director, Project FinancingMarie-France Godbout joined Telefilm Canada in 2002 as Specialist, Distribution – Feature Films, responsible for managing requests for commercialization, dubbing, alternative distribution, and international marketing support. She has a wide range of experience as a film industry professional, having held various management positions at C/FP, Motion Int’l, and Ciné-Entreprises, among others. In her role as National Director, Feature Films, Ms. Godbout leads the team responsible for decisions on French-language feature films at the national and regional levels and is in charge of industry relations with her counterparts in the English-language market.Mélanie Hartley, Advisor, New InitiativesMelanie Hartley has held a number of positions at Telefilm Canada since her hiring in 2002, including Deputy Director of the Feature Film Unit, Regional Director of English Production, Regional Director of Business Development and Project Manager for National Promotion in Quebec. She is currently Advisor, New initiatives, International Promotion. Prior to joining Telefilm, she worked in distribution for more than seven years on many aspects of the field, including development of marketing strategies, media relations, communications and international and television sales.Clémence Bradley, Advisor, Promotion – Event ManagementA graduate in marketing communications from the Université du Québec à Montréal, Clémence Bradley has more than a decade of experience in the cultural and advertising sectors. She has held various positions in event and project management with organizations like Just for Laughs, Infopresse, and Radio-Canada. Clémence has been with Telefilm Canada for over five years as an advisor in Promotion – Event Management, where she’s responsible for the organization and implementation of activities in major film industry markets, including Cannes and TIFF. She is currently completing a Specialized Graduate Diploma in Management – Organizational Development at the HEC Montréal.Danielle Bélanger, Advisor, Promotion – Event ManagementAfter studying film and communications at Concordia University, Danielle Bélanger spent nine years running an international distribution company, handling marketing, sales, acquisitions and promotion at markets and festivals. She then headed distribution and circulation for an artist-run centre specialized in museum videos before joining Telefilm Canada’s international sector as Project Leader in 2005. Danielle currently holds the position of Advisor, Promotion – Event Management.Come and meet our dedicated team at the Canada Pavilion ready to welcome you!CLICK HERETo stay up to date on all our networking activities and programming! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

BC tanker ban bill squeaks through final vote in Senate

first_imgC-69 imposes more requirements for consulting affected Indigenous communities, widens public participation in the review process and requires climate change to be considered when major national resource-exploitation and transportation projects are being evaluated. It applies to a wide range of projects including interprovincial pipelines, highways, mines and power links.C-69 was set for its final dance in the upper chamber late Thursday evening. The Senate made more than 200 amendments to that bill earlier this month but the government accepted only 99 of them, mostly to do with reducing ministerial discretion to intervene in the review process.The unelected Senate has generally bowed to the will of the elected House of Commons when there is a dispute between the two parliamentary chambers about legislation.The bills, both expected to be fodder for Liberals and Conservatives on the campaign trail to this fall’s election, were on a long list of legislation the Senate pounded through as it prepared to rise for the summer.The House of Commons called it quits earlier Thursday. The House closed after MPs delivered condolence speeches following the death of Conservative MP Mark Warawa, forgoing the rest of the day’s planned activities out of respect for the veteran MP who died of cancer.Bill C-48 imposes a moratorium on oil tankers north of Vancouver Island, but after the government accepted an amendment from the Senate, it will now undergo a mandatory review in five years. OTTAWA, O.N. – Legislation barring oil tankers from loading at ports on the northern coast of British Columbia slipped over its final hurdle in the Senate Thursday, despite last-minute attempts by Conservative senators to convince their colleagues to kill it.Bill C-48 is one of two government bills Conservatives in both the House of Commons and the Senate say are kneecapping Alberta’s oil industry by limiting the movement of its oil. It passed the Senate by a vote of 49 to 46.The tanker ban and Bill C-69, an overhaul of federal environmental assessments of major construction projects, have together become a flashpoint between the Liberals and Conservatives over how Canada can protect the environment without driving investment away from the fossil-fuel sector. The Senate committee that reviewed the bill recommended in May the entire Senate vote down the bill in its entirety, but that didn’t happen, leading Conservatives to accuse the Independent senators who make up a majority in the chamber of being Liberals in disguise.Conservative Sen. Michael MacDonald was one of a few from his caucus to make final pleas with his colleagues to not proceed with the bill.He said it “will be devastating for the Alberta and Saskatchewan economies.”However several Independent senators rose to speak in favour of the bill, including Yukon Independent Sen. Pat Duncan.center_img “I believe we should be doing it,” said Duncan.Ontario Sen. Donna Dasko, who was on the committee that studied the bill in the Senate, said she thinks “it is quite a good bill.”“This bill does not actually ban tankers from the Hecate Strait; it simply landlocks Alberta and Saskatchewan oil, and destroys the possibility of economic development in northern Indigenous communities,” said Conservative Sen. Dennis Patterson, a former premier of the Northwest Territories, after the Senate passed it.last_img read more

Manufacturing sales up 1 in November Statistics Canada says

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales increased 1.0% in November to $50.5 billion, the sixth advance in seven months.It says the November rise brings sales to their highest level since December 2011.The increase in November largely reflects gains in the transportation equipment and machinery industries.Sales rose in 11 of 21 industries, representing about 58% of manufacturing.Sales of durable goods rose 2.9% to $25.6 billion, while sales of non-durable goods slipped 0.9%.In November, seven provinces posted higher sales with Ontario leading the gains. read more

What to expect on the last day of trading this year

North American markets look set to wrap up the 2014 trading year on a positive note Wednesday even as oil prices hit a fresh 5 1/2 year low in the wake of data that suggested China’s economy is slowing.The Canadian dollar gained 0.21 of a cent to 86.36 cents US. New York futures advanced with the Dow Jones industrial futures ahead 13 points to 17,954, the Nasdaq futures climbed 5.5 points to 4,288.3 while the S&P 500 futures rose 2.9 points to 2,079.6. Oil and metal prices declined after a survey of Chinese manufacturers found their activity contracted in December. HSBC’s monthly purchasing managers’ index crossed the 50 threshold and fell to 49.6. Markets were expecting that outcome since a preliminary version of the survey released earlier in the month also showed a contraction but the confirmation underpinned hopes for more government stimulus in China. The February crude contract in New York dropped $1.04 to US$53.08 a barrel. Another indication of high oil inventory levels also helped depress prices after the American Petroleum Institute said weekly total U.S. crude stockpiles rose by 760,000 barrels last week. Analysts had looked for a seasonal decline. They’re now looking ahead to the release of Department of Energy data due out mid-morning, which is expected to show a drop of 600,000 barrels in U.S. oil stockpiles. Elsewhere on the commodity markets, March copper gave back a cent to US$2.84 a pound while February gold faded $1.30 to US$1,199.10. Trading on the London Stock Exchange will end at 12:30 p.m. local time, and NYSE Euronext’s European cash markets will close 35 minutes later. The Madrid bourse will stop trading at 2 p.m. local time. Exchanges in Germany, Switzerland, Italy and the Nordic countries are closed. The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose more than expected last week, but not enough to change views of a sustained strength in the labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased by 17,000 to a seasonally adjusted 298,000 for the week ended Dec. 27, the Labor Department said on Wednesday. That followed four straight weeks of declines. After the market opens, there will be a read on pending home sales for November and the December Chicago Purchasing Managers Index. Home sales are seen up 0.5 per cent while the Chicago PMI index is expected to dip modestly. The Toronto market looks set to end 2014 with a gain of around 7.5 per cent. That’s about half the advance that the TSX had racked up by mid-summer, supported by a huge runup in the energy sector as crude prices came close to the US$110 a barrel level. The energy sector is now the major TSX laggard, having fallen almost 20 per cent as investors wonder how low oil prices can go. Miners were also a major weight with the base metals group down 14 per cent this year, reflecting lower demand for metals. Copper, for example has plunged 16 per cent this year. Bright spots include financials, up nine per cent for the year. But the best performers are those sectors benefitting from much lower gasoline prices and a Canadian dollar depressed by falling oil prices. These include the consumer discretionary sector, up 26 per cent and consumer staples, which ran ahead 45 per cent. Industrials have also been a major winner, ahead 17 per cent. U.S. markets had a better year with the Dow up eight per cent, the Nasdaq ahead 14 per cent and the S&P 500 ahead 12 per cent, even as the Federal Reserve wrapped up its massive program of buying bonds and mortgage-backed securities that kept long-term interest rates low. read more

Experts call for overhaul of UNs internal justice system

Aiming to deal with a variety of problems plaguing the mechanisms at the United Nations for redressing staff grievances and dealing with misconduct, an independent panel of experts today issued a series of recommendations for overhauling the world body’s system of internal justice.The report was requested by the General Assembly after the Secretary-General Kofi Annan in a landmark reform report pointed to the need for change, saying the internal justice system “is slow and cumbersome, and fails to strike the necessary balance between effective managerial control and staff members’ right to due process.”The Redesign Panel, as the experts are known, said the current system is not efficient, effective, independent or well-resourced and said a “fundamental overhaul” is needed for managerial reform at the UN to succeed.Wide-ranging interviews held worldwide with a variety of countries, staff members, staff unions, managers and others revealed agreement on this point.“Rather than introducing minor changes to the actual, current system, a major overhaul should be decided and implemented by the Organization,” panel member Diego Garcia-Sayan of Peru told reporters at a press conference in New York.The Panel report, which is headed to the UN General Assembly, puts forward a series of recommendations, including strengthening informal systems of justice, merging the different ombudsman offices that exist within the UN system, and making greater use of a new structure that includes them all. “This will prevent a lot of conflicts from developing to the point where they enter the formal system, so that they can be settled and solved early, when they emerge,” explained Mr. Garcia-Sayan.The current appeals system “doesn’t work,” he said, calling it “too costly, too cumbersome in its procedures, [with] too many people involved.” These bodies should be abolished and replaced with a two-tier system made up of a dispute tribunal based in several parts of the world and an appeals tribunal.“All this would mean simplification of procedures, a streamlining of resources that are today spread all around different bodies and organizations.”Kingsley Moghalu of Nigeria, another panel member, said the experts had found that staff members in the field had “no clue” about their rights about internal justice: “A lot of frustrations, but nobody knows where to go, what to do.” The new United Nations dispute tribunal would be based not only in New York, Geneva and Vienna but in other duty stations, such as in Nairobi, Santiago and Bangkok.The new system, if adequately resourced, will offer redress to staff grievances and deal with staff or managerial misconduct far more quickly and effectively than the system currently in place, the experts said. As such, they said in a news release, it will be significantly more cost-effective than the present system, “which is costly, in terms of time, staff dissatisfaction and the reputation of the Organization.”In addition to Mr. Garcia-Sayan and Mr. Moghalu, the other independent experts serving on the panel are Mary Gaudron of Australia, Louise Otis of Canada and Ahmed El-Kosheri of Egypt. read more

Syria UN advisor warns of lost momentum and frustration in humanitarian access

Coming out of yesterday’s International Syria Support Group (ISSG) meeting on humanitarian access, Jan Egeland, Special Advisor to the UN Special Envoy for Syria, told reporters that the situation has notably improved from 2015, but the operation is now running into difficulties.Compared with a year earlier, when UN had access to only one besieged area in Yarmouk, humanitarian supplies have now reached 150,000 people in 11 of the 18 besieged areas, he said.In addition, convoys got a greenlight to go to three new places, Arbeen, Zamalka and Zabadin. Airdrops in Deir Ez Zor are likely to start on a regular basis within a fortnight.“However, I will not hide that we are afraid now to lose some of the momentum that we got after the Munich meeting,” Mr. Egeland said.There is no access or greenlight at all to Douma, Darayya and East Harasta. In Douma, more than 90,000 people are in need. And there are a number of administrative problems, security issues, and delays. For the three new areas, UN has much higher number of people in need that the Government approved.“And perhaps, most importantly, we are still not where we should be according to international law on medical services and health services for the besieged areas,” he said, noting that surgical equipment is still taken off convoys, the besieged areas remain off-limits to medical personal, and medical evacuation is not permitted. Within the last 75 hours, three children bled to death in Madaya, he said. “They were playing with an unexploded bomb, they were gravely wounded but they didn’t die. They died because of medical evacuation was not allowed and possible to organize,” he added.“It is basically a bit frustrating now and my clear message was that all of the countries that have influence, not only Russia, have to help us,” he said.Urging the Government and the opposition groups to break the impasse, Mr. Egeland said “we must continue to get to the remaining besieged areas and we cannot allow medical services to be exempted.”The next ISSG meeting on humanitarian access will take place on Thursday, 7 April. He said he expects Russia, Iran, China, Iraq as well as the Europeans who have contact with Damascus to be actively engaged with the Government.The ISSG, comprised of the United Nations, the Arab League, the European Union and 18 countries, has been seeking a path forward on the crisis in Syria for several months. read more

Retiring cartographer celebrates 40 years at Brock

Throughout his 40-year career, Loris Gasparotto has worked to help put Brock University on the map.A cartographer in the Department of Geography and Tourism Studies, he was often relied upon to create maps of the ever-evolving campus, among his many other projects.At the end of 2017, three months after marking four decades with the University, Gasparotto entered the next chapter of his life: retirement.To recognize his contributions to Brock, the Department is hosting an open house in his honour on Friday, Jan. 19.Reflecting on his career, Gasparotto said a lot has changed on campus since he first began in his role in September 1977. “The biggest difference between now and when I started is the size of the University,” he said. At that time, Brock had about 3,000 students — a size similar to Gasparotto’s Toronto high school.Upon his retirement in December 2017, Loris Gasparotto, right, handed over his keys to the Department of Geography and Tourism Studies to colleague Dimitre Iankoulov.When he retired, the student population was approaching 19,000.Gasparotto helped document the growth of campus through the creation of a timeline using aerial photography, which can still be viewed on the walls of the Department of Geography and Tourism Studies in Mackenzie Chown’s C-Block.The University wasn’t alone in its evolution over the years; Gasparotto’s role as cartographer also changed a great deal over time.When he began his career, his tools included pens and ink for manual drafting, which was done in an office with a drafting table, a light table and map cabinets for storage.By the late 1980s, however, manual work began to go digital.Gasparotto recalls the initial challenges of new software and small computer screens. He pushed through the transition and ultimately found that technology made it easier to edit and make changes to his maps.No matter the method, he always found a way to support faculty in his department, creating maps and images for teaching, research and publications. He also sometimes did work for faculty members outside the department and for administrative units, producing official and unofficial campus maps.His talents were recognized in 1988, when the maps produced by Gasparotto, Professor Alun Hughes and Peter Brown, then the cartographer in Earth Sciences, for Great Lakes: An Environmental Atlas and Resource Book won an award for excellence in cartography and design from the British Cartographic Society.Then, in 2003, Gasparotto received a Brock Distinguished Service Award — an honour he considers a career highlight.“It was the the cherry on top of the cake,” he said.A photo from the occasion of Mackenzie Chown architect Raymond Moriyama, Gasparotto and former Brock University President David Atkinson hung in his office until he packed it up in December.“Loris was a very important part of our team over his 40 years at Brock,” said Chris Fullerton, Chair of the Department of Geography and Tourism Studies. “I don’t think a single one of our faculty members, myself included, doesn’t have something — from a handful to a full portfolio of maps and other illustrative work — created by Loris for inclusion in our journal articles, books and book chapters, government reports and other publications.“Loris showed impeccable attention to detail in his work, and the results were consistently wonderful.”Gasparotto’s favourite part of the job was the people. He speaks proudly of his staff and faculty colleagues, from whom he learned a great deal.“It was a great environment,” Gasparotto said. “How can you beat having information given to you, one on one? It’s amazing, the knowledge they have and share. It gives you a different perspective on things.”Beyond his cartographical skills, Gasparotto was also a “key part of our staff in a number of other ways,” Fullerton said. “His dedication to our department’s success was incredible. It’s going to take some getting used to, not having him around.”Gasparotto is looking forward to spending more time with his wife, children and grandchildren — though he may still stop by campus for a game of euchre at lunch from time to time.What: Open house retirement party for Loris GasparottoWhen: Friday, Jan. 19 from 2 to 5 p.m. (remarks at 3 p.m.)Where: Mackenzie Chown C-Block, Room 405All are welcome to attend the celebration. read more

Ed Balls end in sight as Extra Cha Cha challenge looms on

first_imgThe former Shadow Chancellor said he will stay in the competition for as long as he is saved But now BBC bosses have decided the contestants will have to compete in a Cha Cha Cha dance – in addition to their set rehearsed piece this week. Mr Balls, 49, has previously struggled with the Cha Cha, scoring well below the other celebrities on the Halloween show. And before the series even started he dubbed the Cha Cha Cha a “nightmare”.  This weekend he will now have to rely on the public vote more than ever to avoid being in the bottom two and voted off by the judges. Producers are said to be keen to see him leave the programme because they want the focus to return to the dancing, rather than Mr Balls’ comedy performances. An insider told The Sun: “The challenge is almost definitely set to place Ed bottom of the judge’s leaderboard.”He’s the worst dancer on paper and even if he nails his rehearsed dance, he’s set to be voted off by judges.” Earlier this week, Mr Balls vowed he would stay in the competition for as long as he was saved – despite calls for him to step down.  He may have avoided the dance-off for another week but a new Cha Cha challenge could finally see the end of Ed Balls on Strictly Come Dancing. The former shadow chancellor has managed to cling on week by week, despite repeatedly finishing bottom of the leaderboard.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The former Shadow Chancellor said he will stay in the competition for as long as he is savedCredit: Jay Brooks/BBC He told Radio 4’s Today programme: “As it goes on in this competition, the dance becomes a bigger deal but in the end you’ve got to respect the voters.“The public decide who becomes, President or Prime Minister, or who stays in Strictly.”A Strictly spokesman said, “This Saturday, all couples will do two dances – their own routine as well as the Cha Cha challenge – to determine their place on the leader-board.All the couples have done a Cha Cha in the competition so they are already familiar with the technique. As per the rules each week, the leader-board accounts for only half of the final result with the public vote making up the remaining half.” last_img read more

Escaping bandit shot by police after robbing vendor

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBandit accidentally shot and killed by accomplice after robbing Berbice familyAugust 22, 2016In “Crime”Suspected bandit shot by police during armed robberyMarch 17, 2015In “Crime”Bourda Market vendor shot dead by armed robbersAugust 16, 2018In “Crime” -6 taken into custodyA 23-year-old Laing Avenue, Charlestown resident who traded bullets with law enforcement officials over theft is currently under police guard, in a stable condition at the Georgetown Public Hospital, nursing a gunshot wound to his right foot.According to the police, the 23-year-old suspect and another accomplice robbed a Bourda Market vendor of GYD $400,000, as he (victim) was about to enter his Pike Street Kitty yard.It was disclosed that about 14:30hrs on Friday, the vendor, 56, left his place of business and proceeded to his home in a taxi.He arrived about 14:45 hrs and was about to open his gate when the suspects, one armed with a handgun, approached on a  motor cycle, pounced and relieved him of his cash and made good their escape, east along Pike Street, Kitty.The matter was reported and within minutes, police ranks on a mobile patrol responded and confronted the bandits, who discharged several rounds at the officers. The police returned fire hitting one of the suspects who fell.His accomplice managed to escape. Acting on information the ranks immediately proceeded to a house in Duncan Street, Kitty, where they conducted a search and found an unlicensed revolver with two live rounds and one spent shell. Four males and two females who were in the house have been taken into custody.One of the females is said to be the girlfriend of the wounded suspect.The police say they have recovered part of the stolen cash from the suspect who tried to dispose of same after being shot.Investigations are in progress. read more

ICMM and Eurometaux publish REACH compliance guidance

first_imgICMM and Eurometaux have published two guides to assist companies in meeting the first of their requirements under the EU’s new Chemicals Legislation – REACH. The regulation entered into force on 1 June 2008. The first challenge that companies need to address is the pre-registration of substances (and the registration of phase-in substances). This process involves notifying the authorities of a company’s intention to manufacture in or import substances to the European Economic Area (EAA).ICMM COO John Groom said “There are advantages for industry in acting now to ensure that REACH obligations are met in a timely and efficient manner. Companies must also understand that the implications of not being REACH compliant could well be interruptions to trade and barriers to accessing the EAA market”.The two leaflets outline key points and measures that will help companies producing metals, metal compounds and alloys to meet pre-registration obligations and hence retain access to the European market. The deadline for completing the pre-registration process is 1 December 2008.REACH Pre-registration Guides: 1) The requirements for pre-registration – outlining the requirements and process for completing the pre-registration process for substances.2) The specific requirements for pre-registration (and subsequent registration) of alloys – this leaflet provides additional information on how to deal with alloys and their constituent substances.For more information please contact:, or visit read more

President Obama wishes he had cooler tech in the Oval Office

first_imgOverall, President Barack Obama has definitely been the most forward-thinking president when it comes to personal technology. Under his administration, the FCC seriously debates issues of net neutrality, and it’s certainly true that he’s the first American president to widely use tools like Twitter and even his own iPhone app to get elected. He even met with Silicon Valley leaders in February to discuss technology over dinner.That’s not all. Before he was elected, Obama used an old Blackberry, then an iPhone on the campaign trail. Once he joined the White House, Obama had to downgrade back to a Blackberry for security reasons. Outside of his professional capacity, Obama uses a MacBook Pro and an iPad 2.AdChoices广告It’s pretty clear from all of this that Obama loves technology. In a professional capacity, though, Obama’s hands are tied by White House bureaucracy which holds that all gadgets and communication mediums used by the president must be vetted and approved by National Security as being completely secure. And because no technology is completely secure? That means the White House is a frustratingly antediluvian place for a tech-hip guy like Obama to try to do work in.Just today, speaking at a rally in Chicago, Obama joked about the backwards tech of the White House. Claiming that he’d always expected that when he became president, he’d have access to cool science-fiction tech, the opposite turns out to be true.“I’m like, c’mon guys, I’m the president of the United States. Where’s the fancy buttons and stuff and the big screen comes up? It doesn’t happen,” Obama quipped.Obama’s certainly got enough friends in tech that he could have an Oval Office fitted with next-gen gear with just a couple of phone calls. Sadly, though, Barack Obama might be the most powerful man in the world… but he’s still not allowed to pick out his own cell phone.More at Fox Newslast_img read more

Universal says opening new Okada Manila hotel rooms now highest priority

first_img Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team Load More 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts The board of Japan’s Universal Entertainment Corp says that adding more guest rooms “is the highest priority” for its Philippines integrated resort Okada Manila after the property recorded an operating loss of JPY17.97 billion in 2018.While sales for the year increased to JPY93.27 billion as Okada Manila, which first opened in December 2016, finally began full-scale operations, Universal’s 2018 Financial Report, released Friday, eluded to limitations in hotel room inventory as restricting its current growth trajectory with hotel occupancy sitting at 98.3% across the full 12-month period. RelatedPosts In a written reply to Inside Asian Gaming’s inquiries, Okada Manila said it expects to double its room capacity from the 493 currently open in Tower A, stating “TowerB will add an additional 500 rooms over the next year.”Universal added in its Financial Report that it was also planning expansion of its gaming areas in 2019 including the addition of a casino exclusively for VIP guests, plus more restaurants and a larger shopping mall in order to attract more guests.Most important, though, will be the addition of hotel rooms which it says will promote “growth in the casino business as well as better position the resort to host large group events and foreign tour groups.”last_img read more

Caribou Lake Fire Northeast of Homer Grows 600 Acres In A Day

first_imgA load of smokejumpers parachuted near the fire and started building fireline along the southern perimeter with the assistance water scooping Fire Boss aircraft, two heavy air tankers, and the local Alaska Division of Forestry helicopter. On Tuesday firefighters have been joined by a dozer to construct fire line on the south end of the fire.Kent: “The focus is on along the southern and western perimeter of that fire as we are anticipating east winds coming in tomorrow. We’ve got a few residents there to the southeast and then a cabin a mile west of the fire. So, we will be looking at utilizing some heavy air tankers today as well as some helicopters.” The Caribou Lake Fire was reported Monday. It is 23 miles northeast of Homer. The now 700 acre fire is a little over a mile to the northwest of Caribou Lake and is burning in the area of the 2007 Caribou Hills Fire. Howie Kent with the Division of Forestry: “Over the course of Tuesday and into the evening that fire went from 1oo acres to roughly 700 acres.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享8/21/2019 – 11:14am Residents should not access the area by ATVs for their safety as local traffic in this area will impede fire operations. Air operations cannot fly when civilians are in the affected area. Kent: “We are hopefully getting a few more crews. Yesterday, we got a group of 20 elite hotshots added to our team of 8 smokejumpers. They are estimating 10% containment on that fire at this point.”  Continued updates will be posted as they are made available.last_img read more

Cable Veteran Jana Bennett Joins Ozy Media to Expand TV Podcasts EXCLUSIVE

first_img Popular on Variety “We have seen our television and podcast businesses explode in the past year,” said Watson, who is CEO. “Ozy’s creativity knows no bounds. The industry has responded extremely well to our wide range of content and the high production quality. Jana is precisely the type of leader who can build on Ozy’s ’s early success in TV and podcasts thus far, and help us reach new heights.”Bennett said she was drawn to Ozy’s “distinctive voice in news, TV and digital media” and to Watson and his team. Ozy Media’s investors include Laurene Powell Jobs’ Emerson Collective and German publisher Axel Springer. The company said it has 50 million monthly unique users and 5 million subscribers. It’s also branching out into hosting its own artsy festivals and other live events.“Ozy is a brand that has so many attractive projects in the pipeline, great journalism you can trust and a young, savvy, loyal audience who follows Ozy across all media and live events,” Bennett said. “This is the time to be part of the Ozy story.” History and TLC alum Jana Bennett has signed on with Ozy Media to help the Silicon Valley-based digital content firm expand its TV production and podcast operations.Bennett joins as senior adviser with a mandate to expand the 5-year-old company’s original content operations. The company, co-founded in 2013 by former CNN and MSNBC anchor Carlos Watson, produces programming for its own digital platforms as well as supplying series to outside buyers.Ozy Media has produced factual and talk show programs for PBS, BBC, Amazon and Facebook and has a half-dozen more in development. The company’s focus is on highlighting “the new and the next” in arts, politics, pop culture and other arenas. The Ozy Media moniker was inspired by the poem “Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley.Bennett is a veteran cable programmer who launched the FYI lifestyle channel for A+E Networks in 2014. She advanced to president and g.m. of A+E’s History in 2015 before exiting the company in May 2017, saying she wanted to split her time between New York and her native Britain. Bennett’s career has also included stints as a journalist, producer and senior programming executive for BBC.center_img ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Smartphone locking habit can reveal your age

first_imgOlder smartphone users tend to rely more on their phones’ auto lock feature compared to younger users, said researchers, adding that they also prefer using PINs over fingerprints to unlock their phones. A study found that older users are more likely to unlock their phones when working at a desk or sitting at home. “The study is the first to explore the link between age and smartphone use. As researchers working to protect smartphones from unauthorized access, we need to first understand how users use their devices,” said Konstantin Beznosov, Professor at the University of British Columbia. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”By tracking actual users during their daily interactions with their device, we now have real-world insights that can be used to inform future smartphone designs,” Beznosov said. The analysis also showed that older users used their phone less frequently than younger users. For every 10-year interval in age, there was a corresponding 25 per cent decrease in the number of user sessions. In other words, a 25-year-old might use their phone 20 times a day, but a 35-year-old might use it only 15 times. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe study tracked 134 volunteers, ranging from 19 to 63 years of age, through a custom app installed on their Android phones. According to the researchers, for two consecutive months, the app collected data on lock and unlock events, choice of auto or manual lock and whether the phone was locked or unlocked while in motion. The study also found gender differences in authentication choices. As their age, men are much more likely to rely on auto locks, as opposed to manually locking their devices, compared to women.last_img read more

Greek banks to reopen after cash pledge from lenders

first_imgGreece’s Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos leaves after a parliament meeting in Athens, Thursday, July 16, 2015. Greece’s Parliament has approved an austerity bill demanded by bailout creditors, despite a significant level of dissent from the governing leftist Syriza party. The bill to impose sweeping tax hikes and spending cuts was approved with the support of three pro-European opposition parties. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health too Mesa family survives lightning strike to home In Athens, Deputy Finance Minister Dimitris Mardas said banks would reopen Monday after a three-week closure, though withdrawal restrictions would remain in place.Bank customers “can deposit cash, they can transfer money from one account to the other,” but they can’t withdraw money except at ATMs, Mardas said.A withdrawal limit of 60 euros ($67) a day would stay in place, he said, though Greek authorities were working on a plan to allow people to rollover access to their funds. So if, for example, they don’t make it to a cash machine one day, the next day they can take out 120 euros.European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker confirmed that an EU-wide bailout fund would give Greece a short-term loan to cover it through mid-August. He said that would allow Greece to meet a debt repayment of 4.2 billion euros ($4.6 billion) to the ECB on Monday and to pay arrears of 2 billion euros to the IMF.In return for contributing to the bridging loan, European Union members not using the shared euro currency will be given guarantees against risk, Dijsselbloem said. The move follows strong objections raised by Britain toward helping bail out a eurozone member.“They’ve asked for a guarantee that they will not carry any risk, and I think that’s fair,” the Dutch finance minister said. “We will carry the risks.” Comments   Share   “No one knows at the moment how it’s supposed to work without a debt cut, and everyone knows that a debt cut is incompatible with membership in the currency union,” Schaeuble told Deutschlandfunk radio.However, the head of eurozone finance ministers, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, shot down talk of a Greek euro exit. “Schaeuble,” he said, “If you reach an agreement after such long and hard talks, you have to stand behind it, and that goes for all sides.”Germany’s insistence on tough terms for Greece even after bailout austerity deepened and extended its six-year recession has earned Schaeuble criticism, even inside Germany.A Munich-based think tank, Project for Democratic Union, said it was time for Schaeuble to resign.“Under the Schaeuble regime the eurozone is no union, it is a creditor-debtor relationship,” the group said on its website. While negotiating the Greece deal, Schaeuble “changed the political climate in Europe for the worse.”U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew met Thursday with Schaeuble and French Finance Minister Michel Sapin, and urged Greece’s creditors to make sure the struggling country emerges from negotiations with debts it can manage. In a telephone call with Tsipras, he also called on the Greeks to “fully” implement the budget cuts and economic reforms they had agreed to.center_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Patients with chronic pain give advice The ECB announced it was increasing emergency credit to Greek banks, adding another 900 million euros ($980 million) in support over one week. And eurozone lenders pledged short-term loans so Greece can cover its debts and negotiations for a new three-year bailout worth 85 billion euros ($93 billion).The news buoyed world markets and came as a relief in Greece, where banks and the stock market have been closed for nearly three weeks.Officials in Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ government, however, were still reeling from the contentious post-midnight vote that saw one-in-four lawmakers from Tsipras’ left-wing Syriza party vote against the raft of tax increases, pension cuts and other economic reforms.Interior Minister Nikos Voutsis said an early election was now seen as “very likely” — either in September or October.With another austerity vote planned next week, Voutsis cautioned that the level of dissent shown Thursday had fallen just short of toppling Tsipras’ 6-month-old government, which was elected on a pledge to free Greece from debilitating austerity.In Berlin, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble insisted that growing calls to ax a portion of Greece’s 320 billion euro debt mountain would not be accepted and again raised the idea of a managed Greek exit from the euro. ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece on Thursday won vital pledges of support from bailout lenders needed to keep its economy from collapsing, but officials in Athens said the painful austerity measures demanded in return were likely to force an election within months.Hours after parliament approved the tough new cuts, the government promised to reopen banks on Monday and gradually restore services — helped by higher cash support from the European Central Bank. Meanwhile, the Moody’s credit rating agency said the Greek vote meant the country had dodged imminent danger, but that it still faced risks.“The Greek parliamentary vote averts an immediate disorderly default and potential exit from the euro area, but risk remains elevated given Greece’s weak institutions and substantial political skepticism on the bailout conditions,” it said.____Associated Press writers Frank Jordans in Berlin, David McHugh in Frankfurt, Germany, and Menelaos Hadjicostis in Nicosia, Cyprus, contributed to this report.____Follow Becatoros on Twitter at and Gatopoulos at © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairylast_img read more

TORONTO — The Art Gallery of Ontario says its much

first_img TORONTO — The Art Gallery of Ontario says its much-touted Infinity Mirror room will open to the public in May.The Toronto gallery purchased the $2-million art installation with the help of a crowdfunding campaign that raised $651,183 from more than 4,700 donors last November.The campaign followed a popular exhibit last spring, in which more than 165,000 people saw the Instagram-friendly exhibit, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors.The gallery says its new Infinity Mirror room, titled “Let’s Survive Forever,” features mirrored orbs suspended from the ceiling and arranged on the floor. Up to four people can enter at a time, and spend up to one minute inside.The room opens to the public May 25 but donors who contributed $25 and more can see the room first, beginning April 5. AGO members can see it beginning April 23.Access is included in general admission and visitors will have to reserve a same-day time slot.The Canadian Press AGO says its new Infinity Mirror room set to open in May A section of Yayoi Kusama’s “All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins, 2016,” is seen in the Art Gallery of Ontario’s exhibition, “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors,” in Toronto on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. The Art Gallery of Ontario says its much-touted Infinity Mirror room will open to the public in May. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 5, 2019 10:34 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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