TOFINO, B.C. — A bear cub that was rescued near his mother’s dead body in Tofino, B.C., has died unexpectedly at a wildlife refuge.The North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre says in a statement that the cub named Malcolm was asphyxiated after getting his head stuck in a small rope handle attached to a plastic buoy in his enclosure.The centre says the suspended buoys have been a common source of enrichment for bears and there have never been any hints of injuries or mishaps.It says staff are quite upset and shocked by the event and will take precautions to ensure that the accident is not repeated.The cub was about eight to 12 weeks old and extremely malnourished when it was rescued in May lying on its mother’s corpse.The centre says despite some initial health problems associated with emaciation and hypoglycemia, the bear had shown good physical and behavioural progress while in care.The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — The federal government is creating a new mechanism to warn Canadians if malicious actors try to manipulate the outcome of this fall’s election.Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould was joined by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan made the announcement Wednesday morning in Ottawa.It is establishing a “critical election incident public protocol,” under which five senior public servants will decide when an incident is egregious enough to warrant going public in the midst of a campaign.The protocol is intended to avoid the dilemma that faced James Comey, the FBI director during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, when he was confronted with evidence of Russian interference apparently aimed at boosting Donald Trump.The federal government is unveiling its plan to prevent and address foreign interference in the fall federal election. #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) January 30, 2019With no rules for dealing with such a situation, Comey decided not to reveal the interference during the campaign.The five public servants who will be charged with determining what should be revealed during a Canadian federal campaign are: the clerk of the Privy Council, the government’s national security adviser, and the deputy ministers of justice, public safety and global affairs.Officials say the threshold will be high: only disruptive incidents that impact Canada’s ability to hold a free and fair election will be publicly disclosed.The Canadian Press
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Facebook Edward Asner Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Canadian born Writer/Director Bryan Michael Stoller is the author of “Filmmaking For Dummies” – Jerry Lewis wrote the foreword, and Dan Aykroyd wrote the cover endorsement. He is also the author of “Smartphone Movie Maker“. At the age of eleven, Stoller hosted his own TV network series on the CBC called, “Film Fun” showing pr-teens how to make their own super-8 movies. Stoller attended the American Film Institute (AFI) in Hollywood. Stoller produced, directed and wrote comedy shorts for, “”Foul-Ups, Bleeps and Blunders”” and “”TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes.”” Stoller directed the 1987 “”Tales from the Darkside”” episode, “”The Bitterest Pill”” starring Mark Blankfield.WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR FILM?To make a magical Christmas movie. WHAT WERE THE GREATEST CHALLENGES YOU FACED DURING THE FILM?To make a magical Christmas movie.Made the film with a crew of five people.WHAT APPEAL DO YOU THINK YOUR FILM WILL HAVE FOR AUDIENCES?I never know and never guess.WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A CREATOR?I get bored easily. The world needs more inspiring films because films are an escape, not a trap.WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON NEXT?To try and get distribution so a worldwide audience can experience the film and have fun.WHAT’S THE BEST ADVICE YOU COULD GIVE ASPIRING FILMMAKERS?Believe and be passionate about your story and characters.WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE FILMS OF ALL TIME?E.T. and The Sixth SenseIF YOU COULD RESHOOT ANY FILM MADE IN THE PAST 20 YEARS, WHICH ONE WOULD CHOOSE AND HOW WOULD YOU CHANGE IT?I would want a bigger budget so there would have been less compromise and enough money to hire people in every department so I didn’t have to do everything.WHO ARE YOUR MENTORS? (AND WHY)Nobody wanted to mentor me.WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL SHOWTIMES:– DECEMBER 2, 2017, 4:30 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 8– DECEMBER 3, 2017, 4:30 PM – SLCCGET YOUR TICKETS AT: http://whistlerfilmfestival.com/film/santa-stole-dog-merry-doggone-christmas/SYNOPSIS:On a snowy and cold Christmas Eve, Santa Claus accidentally steals the family Dog. So begins an epic journey through the twelve days of Christmas as the family ventures to the North Pole to get their beloved canine back.CAST AND CREDITS:Executive Producer: Bryan Michael Stoller, Yvette RachelleProducers: Bryan Michael Stoller, Yvette Rachelle, Gary Bosloy, Winterland EntertainmentCast: Samuel Portugal, Tim Peyton, Ed Asner, Yves Bright, Yvette RachelleCinematographer: Bryan Michael Stoller, Douglas MazellEditing: Bryan Michael StollerScreenplay: Bryan Michael Stoller Edward Asner and Yvette Rachelle Edward Asner and Chase Pollock Yvette Rachelle Edward Asner Edward Asner Edward Asner Bryan Michael Stoller GET YOUR TICKETS FOR THE WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL TODAY Login/Register With:
Banging up to the date, Liverpool’s stalemate in the Merseyside derby threw the title race wide open, enabling rivals Manchester City to leapfrog into the top spot with a slender one point lead. Now, with only nine games to spare, it promises a leviathan of battle between the two hotshots right down to the wire as they hunt for the precious prize. Manchester City The premier league centurions bested every team last season as they pumped in 106 goals to reel in the title. Come the face-off at Etihad against the Reds, the Cityzens were out on the pitch like passionate dogs in heat, managing to chew off three points by bagging a 2-1 victory. By doing so, they also punched a hole in Liverpool’s confidence as Klopp’s side evidently dipped in form, paving way for the ‘sky blues’ to catch up and soon overtake. Since then, the club has registered consistent victories as Liverpool continued to blow the lead away. Managed by Pep Guardiola, the noisy neighbours sit atop table with a point more than the Reds, as of now, and have to play Spurs at home before they visit their crosstown rivals Manchester United for another cracking game. And, not to forget, the renowned fixtures at this point of the season could very well decide the tilt of the title. Going into the last few games, City will remember the three titles they have won since the outset of this decade or so. Interestingly, two of them were attained when they were running hot on the leaders’ heel, ultimately being handed the crown on the final day of the season. This apparently reflects the much required steely nerves and unwavering belief to pull off such a showstopper, not once but twice. Given the hectic schedule that screams a flurry of matches as the season advances to its end, Pep’s players will need the same grits more than ever to retain the title – a fascinating feat that has not been achieved by any of the defending champions since 2009. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherLiverpool The pressure is mounting on Liverpool as they look to end their 29-year wait for the Premier League crown. Having played some sublime football over the course of the season, the Reds have lost only once but have played seven draws that have ultimately dethroned them as table-toppers. Eventually, there’s some tension in and around Anfield regarding the title credentials as only nine games remain. A team that depends heavily on its attacking trio comprising of Salah, Firmino and Mane has been misfiring for a while now. As seen against Everton and in the past few games, the Reds have not been as prolific in front of the goal and the struggle to find the net has been more conspicuous than ever. Manchester City, on the other hand, has abounding firepower, in terms of not only its attackers but also a midfield that steps up whenever needed – something that is Liverpool’s need of the hour. In the coming days, Anfield will bear witness to two fixtures against the ‘top six’ i.e., against Chelsea and Spurs. Given the Premier League’s unpredictability, the men in red may find their coveted prize after a long wait – though Cityzens are unlikely to ever be too far behind.
New Delhi: Senior Congress leader and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday alleged that the incumbent government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is misleading the people with hollow claims as the economy is treading a weak path.Chidambaram further said that the next government has enough work to do so as to repair the damage done by the BJP as several indicators show that the economy is facing a slowdown. While praising the NYAY scheme, he said, “The scheme will help in the remonetisation of the economy.” Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe people have begun to raise their voices as the elections near an end, he added. The report by the economic division of the Finance Ministry for March is an indictment of the state of the economy, he noted. Taking the stock of a media report on the CSO’ data and GDP series, Chidambaram said that it appears the MCA-21 data, which has not been made public, is faulty as 35 per cent of companies in the data does not exist. There is not even a single parameter which shows the economy is in good shape, he added. According to the March 2019 report, the GDP growth fell from 8.2 per cent to 7 per cent in the last 3 years. The gross fiscal deficit and capital expenditure remain flat and inflation rose from 3.1 per cent to 4.2 per cent, the former finance minister said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe private expenditure, government expenditure and fixed investment rates have also fallen in the last five years, Chidambaram said while dubbing Modi as naukri vinash Prime minister. “The tughlaqi farmans of demonetisation and GST resulted in the country losing over 1.1 crore jobs in 2018 alone. The economy has entered a disastrous phase of a slowdown as reflected by a consistent fall in the quarterly growth of real GDP. A massive shortfall of Rs 1.6 lakh crore in the tax revenues would effectively increase the actual fiscal deficit to 3.9 per cent,” he said. In a reply to a question on Hindutva narrative set by PM Modi, Chidambaram said, “However much the prime minister tries to hijack the narrative, ultimately we believe that the people of India will vote on the state of the economy.”
Sri Lanka’s economy has stabilized to a satisfactory level during the past three-four years, responded the President. “Our problem is high cost on fuel and negative consequences of climate change”, added President Rajapaksa. The International Monetary Fund while commending President Mahinda Rajapaksa for his role in developing Sri Lanka, has assured continued support to the country, the President’s office said today.Dr. Anoop Singh, International Monetary Fund’s Director for Asia and the Pacific region, who arrived in the island to participate in the “Sri Lanka Economic Summit”, gave this assurance when he met President Rajapaksa at Temple Trees. “You have brought Sri Lanka to a higher level of development within a short period”, said Dr. Singh. He went on to add; now it’s time to focus on long term economic stability. Recalling his visit few years ago to Sri Lanka, the IMF’s Regional Director stated, there is vast improvement visible now. Government gave priority to the development of infrastructure facilities such as road, electricity and telecommunication, and people are reaping the benefits now President said.As Asia is the center of global economic growth in the 21st century, President Rajapaksa’s decision to further enhance relationship with East Asian countries including China is a correct step, Dr. Anoop Singh added. Dr. Koshy Mathai representing the IMF, and Secretary to the Treasury Dr. P. B. Jayasundara participated in this discussion. (Colombo Gazette)
President Maithripala Sirisena today slammed calls for a black-flag protest during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Sri Lanka.The joint opposition recently called for a black flag protest during Modi’s visit to take part in the celebrations marking the UN ‘Vesak Day’, the most important in the Buddhist calendar. “Are they Buddhists?” President Maithripala Sirisena asked with regards to those calling for the protest. “They are trying to sell Sri Lanka to India,” he said.He also called on joint opposition supporters to take to the streets and push for an early election.Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa also attended the joint opposition May Day rally. (Colombo Gazette) Joint opposition Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa, speaking at the joint opposition May Day rally at Galle Face said that Modi was to discuss a deal with the Government during his visit. Weerawansa said that Modi and Sri Lanka are discussing a deal on Trincomalee which he says must be opposed.The opposition member urged all those who oppose the deal to raise black flags in protest of Modi’s visit.
The donation is part of a larger contribution of 100,000 tons of maize valued at $20 million that was donated earlier this year to WFP’s emergency operation in Mozambique.At a ceremony hosted by WFP and attended by the country’s high-ranking officials, Angela van Rynbach, WFP Representative to Mozambique, stressed the effects of the drought crisis and praised South Africa’s donation to its neighbour. “The South African maize will help us expand to hot spots where these families are trying to survive in extremely fragile conditions,” she noted.After reviewing the results of April’s maize harvest, assessment teams have found that large areas of southern and central Mozambique have experienced widespread crop failure. Almost 1 million people will need emergency food relief in the upcoming year, up from the 650,000 who were believed to be in need earlier this year.WFP, which has been providing emergency food assistance to Mozambique’s drought victims since July 2002, is working to increase its operations in hard-hit areas as more donor food arrives and partner support is strengthened.
NEW ORLEANS – Paying $25 for a student ticket to the Final Four probably seemed like a deal to students whose schools advanced to the last weekend of competition in men’s college basketball. But the riots that ensued when they arrived at the venue left some students shocked and others trampled. Students from each of the four institutions competing in the 2012 Final Four arrived throughout the early morning Saturday to obtain their tickets for the Kentucky-Louisville and Ohio State-Kansas National Semifinal Games at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Erik Christianson, director of public and media relations for the NCAA, said students entered the garage area for the Superdome about 16 hours before any game was scheduled to start. “In an effort to secure floor seats from a general admission pool of student tickets, a crowd of approximately 500 students crossed barricades and entered a garage area at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome without proper authorization at approximately 12:30 a.m. on Saturday,” Christianson said in an email. Although instructed to begin forming lines at about 10 a.m., students attempted to line up early to secure highly coveted floor seats. “The students were instructed by their respective schools and the NCAA to arrive at the garage at 10 a.m.,” Christianson said in an email. “While they were being removed in an orderly manner, some students rushed back into the garage and remained there against the orders of security staff.” Several students said the day-of-game ticketing process was a “riot” that morning, adding that people were trampled and pushed over while grappling for position in line. Jon Hicks, a second-year in human development and family services at OSU, attempted to position himself for a lower level ticket and arrived in line at about 7:30 a.m. Hicks was one of 710 OSU students to buy a $25 ticket and was trying to sit on the floor rather than in the upper bowl of the stadium, where half his peers would be located. He said a riot broke out shortly after his arrival when security guards told OSU, Kansas, Louisville and Kentucky students to leave the arena. “Some cop came in and said, ‘You all have to leave,’” Hicks said. “We all went outside. We were there for five minutes. They said, ‘Go back in,’ and we went right back inside. A couple Kentucky girls got knocked over. It was bad. It was pretty intense.” Ricky Voigt, a second-year in human resources at OSU, said hundreds of people began running around in the Superdome parking garage where the four groups of students waited for tickets. Voigt said it was the closest he’s ever been to being in a riot situation, and likened the scene to that of a rock concert. “People were jumping over barriers, climbing up the parking garage. Just running and screaming,” Voigt said. “There was really no security or personnel from the Superdome facilitating anything. It was sort of self-governed by the students.” Voigt said he did not see any students injured. However Nick Nachbar, a first-year in microbiology at Kansas said he saw several female students trampled. Nachbar, who described a process of waiting for hours for multiple wristbands in order to obtain access to Superdome floor seats, said people were pushed down and trampled in the rush to reposition after being told to leave the arena and then invited back inside. Christianson said adjustments were being made to ensure a similar incident does not happen when Kentucky plays Kansas Monday evening. “When the NCAA and facility staff arrived at 7 a.m., they adjusted the ticket distribution process to accommodate the students,” Christianson said. “The NCAA and facility staff has reviewed the incident and are taking measures with increased security for Monday’s game to ensure the safety of the students.” Nachbar said he had never seen anything like the scene he saw Saturday morning. “For the people in the middle trying to get up front, it was no-holds-bar,” Nachbar said. “Anything they had to do to get to the front of the line, they would do. It’s crazy.”
To mark Alcohol Awareness Week, Leaving Certificate student Dónal Keane discusses underage drinking culture and peer-pressure in Irish society.THE DESIRE TO conform, to fit in, to be accepted as part of a group, is one that is common to all teenagers. What must be done in order to gain acceptance by one’s peers is not always consistent with the individual’s morals. However, if this behaviour is necessary to acquire ‘friendship’ then more often than not it is carried out for fear of being cast out, alone.Underage drinking is nothing new in society, nor is it a phenomenon that is unique to Ireland. Where there exists a legal drinking age, there will be underage drinking. It is an undeniable state of affairs, which has been a part of life in the past, and will be for as long as the legislation regarding under-18s’ inability to purchase or consume alcohol remains in effect.One-size fits all ruleI am unsure as to what causes the sudden onrush of maturity that overcomes people on their 18th birthday. People are marginally different than they were the day before, perhaps even months before. I understand that no two people are the same and that reasonable drinking ages can not be set on an individual basis. However, the one-size fits all rule at 18 gives rise to the aforementioned underage drinking.Alcohol-consumption, in moderation at any age, is perfectly fine. The problem, is the culture of excess. Ireland is renowned globally for its alcohol abuse. A fact, which I do not feel we should be proud of. Due to the illegal nature of alcohol to youths, most teenagers have their first encounter with alcohol in some field or parent-free house. There is a strong chance that peer pressure will have played a part in this. Pushed on by ‘friends’, kids as young as 13 and 14 will consume far more that their bodies are capable of handling.I don’t think that there can be any argument that it would be preferable for young people to have their first taste of alcohol in the family home, under parental supervision. Parents could at least make an attempt to explain the importance of sensible drinking to their offspring, rather than having them being egged-on to the point of alcohol poisoning in what would be more favourable company in their eyes.A safe environmentParents might not be the coolest people going in teenagers’ eyes but at least if they could get their first taste of alcohol out of their system in a safe environment, there is less of a chance that a stomach pumping will be required at a later stage. Fuddy duddies they may be, but I think that teenagers who have loving, trusting relationships with their parents are happier in all facets of life.Excess is not the only problem when it comes to teenage drinking in Ireland, reliance on alcohol is equally as bad. I am a second-level student myself, and I can testify that all social gatherings succumb to a drearily formulaic routine. There seems to be a distinct inability for sober socialising in Ireland, not just among teenagers, but across all societal demographics.I am not suggesting for a second that the entire population become teetotallers. I merely feel that is it a sad state of affairs that the social lubricant of alcohol is required for any kind of interaction at said events. What is even more depressing is the gloomy realisations of those who have decided to abstain from alcohol that without this magic relaxant they do not enjoy themselves as much but instead are more aware than usual of the typical idiotic antisocial drunken behaviour which accompanies alcohol consumption.Expressing feelings without alcoholA few drinks now and then does little harm. But all too often people do not limit themselves to a few – that would be far too sensible. The live fast, die young mentality is a sure-fire way to die prematurely of liver failure. People have the right to enjoy their nights out without having to step around vomit/be vomited on/babysit their overly-inebriated companions. There is always the few who take things a naggin too far and end up putting a dampener on proceedings for everyone.What worries me further still is the legitimacy of drunken conversations. Science has shown that people still have control over their actions while in an intoxicated state. This does not stop them from blaming their behaviour on the alcohol though. If people need external substances such as alcohol to ‘be themselves’ I question their mental health. It is said that drunken words are sober thoughts. Why shouldn’t people be able to express their feelings without the assistance of alcohol?Macho bravado v common senseOne thing I will never understand is how people can say that they know they’ve had a good night because they were so sozzled they wake up criminally hungover the following morning and can’t remember a thing. This defies reason. There is a macho bravado when it comes to who can drink the most pints etc. All lunacy again. It requires a great degree of self-confidence and comfort with oneself to stay clear of the crowd and do things at one’s own pace. Consume as much alcohol as you like, provided you don’t behave in a way that will affect others’ enjoyment. Common sense is what’s needed when it comes to alcohol, in a serious way. And better examples from our elders wouldn’t go amiss.Moreover, just because everybody else is doing it, doesn’t mean you have to. I guarantee that ‘uncool’ non-drinking friends who share your values and courage in defecting from the pack will offer you infinitely more in terms of friendship than image-conscious sheep who dare not deviate from the norm.Dónal Keane is a sixth-year student.
The Australian Hellenic Memorial Foundation, with the support of Mr Vasilios Gkokas, the Greek Consul for Educational Affairs, will hold the fifth annual Australian Hellenic Memorial School Competition throughout all Greek schools in Victoria, including schools that incorporate Greek in their curriculum. The Australian Hellenic Memorial was erected in the Domain Gardens of Melbourne in 2001 as a means of acknowledging the sacrifices made by ANZAC soldiers who fought alongside Greeks during the Second World War. President of the foundation, Steve Kyritsis, said that the competition is a way of commemorating the joint efforts by both countries, and their soldiers, toward the Greek cause during the War. “It’s been well highlighted, the contribution of the ANZACs to the Greek campaign in the Second World War, but it’s important to go further in schools,” he said. “The number of Australians who served in Greece in the Second World War was just over 17,000. Out of the 17,000, 841 Australians lost their lives and are buried on Greek soil,” he said. Participation in the competition has grown from 250 in its inaugural year in 2010, to close to 500 in 2013. Despite its connection with Victorian Greek schools, Mr Kyritsis welcomes contributions from all students at those schools, regardless of ethnicity. The competition is open to all ages from year one to year 12 and students are welcome to submit a drawing, painting, poem, essay, or an interview with a veteran. According to Peter Andrinopoulos, member of the Board of the Australian Hellenic Memorial Foundation, entries can be posted to PO Box 2932, Cheltenham, Victoria, 3192, or alternatively, if entries cannot be posted then arrangements can be made with schools to pick up the items. All contestants will receive a badge and a certificate of participation, with winners receiving cash prizes from $50 to $400. The competition closes on Friday 12 September, 2014, with competition winners set to receive their prizes on Sunday October 12, 2014, at the Australian Hellenic Memorial.For further information on the competition contact Peter Andrinopoulos on 0416 020 865 or Emanuel Karvelas 0400 629 597. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
The referendum was the most expensive issue race over a ballot measure in the state history, with the oil industry putting in more than $10 million to defeat the measure. Referendum sponsors spent a fraction of that amount, with a little over half a million raised. APRN’s capitol reporter Alexandra Gutierrez has been following the campaign.Download Audio:
Asaduzzaman KhanThe government has been investigating to find out whether anyone else is languishing in jail without trial like Jahalam, home minister Asaduzzaman Khan said on Thursday, reports UNB.”The government will take immediate action in such cases,” he told reporters at the ministry. “Investigation into the imprisonment of Jahalam is underway. Actions will be taken after getting the report.”Jute mill worker Jahalam was arrested instead of the real culprit in cases filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission for misappropriating a huge sum of Sonali Bank money. But the real accused, Abu Salek, is roaming free.Jahalam had been in jail since February 2016. He was finally released from Kashimpur Central Jail-2 in last Monday following a High Court order. Minister Asaduzzaman said the government had been considering to identify prisoners who became disabled or physically challenged after serving long sentences and release them. “It will be done at the order of prime minister Sheikh Hasina,” he said.
The discussion Women in Disaster and Destitution being the 11th one in its series celebrating Feminism Beyond Boundaries began with a video which showed the troubles which young girls and women have to go through when their parents/guardians force them into prostitution. Professor Nimesh G Desai, the Director of Institute of Human Behaviour and allied sciences (IHBAS) talked about the possible reasons behind such a situation where women are prone to exploitation at the event held at Oxford Bookstore, Connaught Palace. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Women suffer because when they’ve lost their loved ones. No one to looks after them,
Tags: Trafalgar TORONTO — Trafalgar has added six new itineraries to its 2018 USA & Canada brochure including ‘From Cuban Cigars to American Cars’, a first for the tour operator.Clients can save 10% with Trafalgar’s Early Payment Discount on the land portion when paid in full by Jan. 11, 2018, plus returning guests receive an additional 5% off. There are 43 itineraries and six trip styles in all.“Agents can make effortless sales with our new program that caters to all Canadians’ types and tastes. With 43 itineraries and six itinerary styles, we are giving guests more choice and the chance to discover the Americas worry-free,” says Trafalgar Canada President Wolf Paunic. “We take care of every detail and uncover our continent’s true essence with our carefully crafted vacations. And with Trafalgar’s genuine 97% guest satisfaction rating, which reflects reviews that are uncensored and transparent, agents and guests can trust us to deliver, simply the best holidays.”The nine-day ‘From Cuban Cigars to American Cars’ puts the spotlight on Cuba’s vintage rhythms, varied landscape and rich heritage of literature, dance and art. Cultural Insight experiences include interactions with artists and dancers, plus travellers will dine with local Miguel Rojas and his wife Yamila Lopez at their home, featuring a meal of home-grown vegetables during a Be My Guest experience. Later a Local Specialist and architect takes guests on a walking tour through iconic plazas and architectural facades.More news: Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaOther new itineraries include:Coastal California with Yosemite National Park: Picture-perfect California is the star of this new 10-day Country Explorer itinerary along the coast from Los Angeles to San Francisco. This itinerary features a Be My Guest Experience with the opportunity to sample blended olive oils during an authentic meal in Paso Robles, and a stay in Authentic Accommodations at the historical Fairmont San Francisco. For 2019 departures, this itinerary offers the option to extend the trip by a day to attend the 2019 Rose Parade Special in Pasedena.Geysers and Glaciers: Unwind on this new 10-day trip through the astounding western wilderness of Canada and the U.S., to the Rocky Mountains, Old Faithful, the Grand Canyon, Lake Louise and glaciers remaining from the last Ice Age. This itinerary features a Local Specialists who will show guests how expert-trained smokejumpers parachute into forests to help fight the spread of wildfires. Another Local Specialist and member of the Blackfoot tribe teaches clients about life at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump.Spirit of the South: Travellers visit six charming southern states on this new 17-day Country Explorer guided vacation. Trafalgar promises that “clients will experience the extraordinary”, including an evening with Muhammad Ali’s brother during a Be My Guest experience at the boxing great’s childhood home museum, and a traditional four-course Deep South dinner from a former Four Seasons chef.More news: AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsFor more information agents can contact their local Sales Manager, or visit trafalgar.com/can/usa-and-can-2018. Posted by Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Trafalgar puts Cuba in its 2018 USA & Canada lineup Thursday, June 29, 2017 Travelweek Group
MONTREAL — Softvoyage has acquired a majority stake in Pythagoras, a Buenos Aires-based travel technology company.Softvoyage co-founder Moise Levy says Pythagoras, as one of the leaders in travel technology in South America, is very similar to Softvoyage in terms of its products and customer bases.Levy adds: “Travel e-commerce is rapidly increasing in South America and with Softvoyage products and expertise in this area, we will be focusing on working with Pythagoras to improve and increase travel distribution for all of their clients. We also forecast good growth opportunities for the Pythagoras product in North America. They have developed over the years very innovating technology. Both parties feel this agreement is a win-win for both companies and its employees but most importantly, for our customers.”Paolo Setien, managing director of Pythagoras says the Pythagoras business is “better than ever” and adds that the company is thrilled with the new opportunities that lie ahead. The Pythagoras team of travel specialists will now collaborate with the Softvoyage team and will integrate Softvoyage’s technology for the benefit of Pythagoras clients in South America. “Our clients will now have access to many new possibilities and opportunities,” says Setien.More news: Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?Levy says the Pythagoras leadership team will continue to run the day-to-day business from Buenos Aires and will remain active in the company, keeping their existing roles. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Softvoyage expands with Pythagoras acquisition Tuesday, April 2, 2019 Tags: Acquisitions, Pythagoras, Softvoyage Share Travelweek Group
Preparing for the Next Phase of Growth in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Servicing HOUSING mortgage technology 2018-02-07 Radhika Ojha February 7, 2018 600 Views Laura MacIntyre recently joined DIMONT, a leading provider of insurance claims adjusting and collateral loss mitigation services to the residential mortgage and auto lending industries, as Chief Revenue Officer. In her new role, she will be responsible for the Dallas-headquartered company’s key growth areas, including sales and marketing. As a leader, MacIntyre has led the financial growth and expansion of multiple companies during her career spanning more than 25 years. Most recently, she served as Director of Sales and Operations at DocMagic, where she grew the revenue and market share of the company while successfully deploying their digital strategy to the marketplace. MacIntyre also led significant growth revenue at Fidelity National Financial and Lender Processing Services where she served as COO for both companies.Where do you see the industry heading in terms of technology? I’ve been in this industry for 20 plus years, and I believe that as the pressure on our industry to cut costs and be more efficient increases, the industry will have to start thinking in terms of path-breaking technology. Today, there’s a lot of technology out there, but the implementation and operationalizing of that technology is sometimes very hard to consume because manual processes have been embedded in organizations for so long. Making those paradigm shifts to adopting new technology can prove to be a challenge for many companies in our industry. We are trying to help these organizations with loss drafts processes and some of our other unique technology offerings. I think these products augment and help all our customers achieve optimization, digitization, efficiency, and increased output at a lower cost. Is the industry still feeling the impact of the recent hurricanes, and what other trends do you see impacting mortgage professionals this year? It has been a long time since we’ve seen national disasters on the scale we saw in 2017. With all the disasters that have happened in the recent months, the industry will feel the effects harder than they have in the past since it was caught off guard and is now catching up to address claims of homeowners affected by these calamities. It will be interesting to see how we get through the pipeline in the coming months, but I think it was a good reminder for all of us in the industry to make sure we have the proper contingencies in place to manage such events, because, to be sure, there will be more in future. However, I do believe that the pipeline is open again and people are getting back to normalcy, which is also good for the industry because we need consistency and to move ahead after this disruptive period of time.Can you tell us more about your role as Chief Revenue Officer?DIMONT has prepared for significant growth in 2018, and my experience in the mortgage industry brings a lot of relationships, innovation, and technology to the table. My role is to assist and lead the team and organization to achieve its goals, as it moves into making additional product service offerings available to our customers to help grow the business. We believe we are the leaders in this space and my role is to recognize or materialize DIMONT’s vision and goals. What are the most challenging and exciting aspects of this job for you? From a personal perspective, the challenging aspect is making very good decisions around helping our customers. For example, some of the new products and services that DIMONT has to offer are new to the industry from a technology perspective. Many customers have been doing some of these items manually. So, the challenge will be to demonstrate and showcase the offerings to ensure our customers can take advantage of these new products and services and make sure that we can market in a way that develops and brings value to our customers. Share
Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim never stops tinkering with his roster.That thinking is again on display Thursday based on a tweet from insider Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.The #AZCardinals are signing DE Josh Mauro to their 53-man roster from the #Steelers practice squad, source said.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 13, 2014 0 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The 6-foot-6, 282-pound defensive end played in 13 games for Stanford last season, registering 51 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception for the Pac-12 champions.Mauro had 11 sacks in his college career and was All-Pac-12 honorable mention in 2013.He had 10 total tackles and two sacks in four preseason games for the Steelers. Mauro, 23, is a rookie from Stanford who was signed by the Steelers as an undrafted free agent in May. He landed on the team’s practice squad after training camp. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Singer Chris Brown walked off stage after his concert in Florida and into the hands of waiting deputies, who arrested him on a felony battery charge involving a nightclub photographer last year.Tampa Police released more details about the battery warrant Friday after Brown posted $2,000 bond to be released from the Palm Beach County Jail.The warrant accuses Brown of hitting Bennie Vines Jr., who was hired by a club in Tampa to take pictures during an event hosted by Brown in April 2017.Vines told officers Brown punched him while he was snapping photos. Brown was gone by the time officers arrived that night. Vines refused medical treatment, but he told the officers that he wanted to prosecute over a minor lip cut.Emails to Brown’s agents weren’t immediately returned.The entertainer is in the middle of his Heartbreak On A Full Moon Tour and was scheduled to perform in Tampa Friday night.Brown has been in repeated legal trouble since pleading guilty to the felony assault in 2009 of his then-girlfriend, Rihanna, ahead of the Grammys. He completed his probation in that case in 2015.In 2013, Brown was charged with misdemeanour assault after he was accused of striking a man outside a Washington, D.C., hotel. He was ordered into rehab but was dismissed for violating facility rules.Brown spent 2 1/2 months in custody, with U.S. marshals shuttling him between Los Angeles and the nation’s capital for hearings.After he completed court-ordered anger-management classes, Brown was accused of throwing a brick at his mother’s car following a counselling session.After Brown posted a picture to his 44 million Instagram followers in January showing his 3-year-old daughter, Royalty, cuddling with a pet monkey, California fish and wildlife agents seized the capuchin monkey named Fiji from his home in Los Angeles. Agents said then that Brown could face a misdemeanour charge carrying up to six months in jail for lacking a permit for the primate.___This story has been corrected. A headline was corrected to say battery, not assault; the warrant was from Tampa Police, not the Hillsborough Sheriff. This booking photo provided by Balm Beach County Sheriff’s Office shows Chris Brown. The singer walked off stage after his concert in Florida and into the hands of waiting sheriff’s deputies, who arrested him on a felony battery charge and booked him into the Palm Beach County Jail. A sheriff’s spokeswoman said the entertainer was released after posting $2,000 bond on the battery charge issued by the sheriff’s office in Hillsborough County. No details about the allegations in the arrest warrant were immediately available. (Balm Beach County Sheriff’s Office via AP) Singer Chris Brown arrested on Florida felony battery charge by Tamara Lush, The Associated Press Posted Jul 6, 2018 3:35 am PDT Last Updated Jul 6, 2018 at 3:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email