Vancouver named second best North American city for filmmakers

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Movie Maker Magazine continues to rate Metro Vancouver as one of the top places in North America for filmmakers to live and work.Although Vancouver tied with New York City for first place last year, the magazine rated Vancouver as the number-two city in this year’s assessement, published on January 16.Atlanta, Georgia, reclaimed the top spot, as it had been named number one back in 2016 as well. The publication credited its incentive program for its attractiveness. Advertisement Vancouver’s Ryan Reynolds contributed to B.C. booming film production industry last year by filming Deadpool 2 here. Facebookcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter In Vancouver’s favour, the article cited Hollywood blockbuster productions that shot here over the past year, such as Skyscraper, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Neve Campbell, and Deadpool 2, starring Vancouver’s own Ryan Reynolds.last_img read more

Theyre turning a Toronto theatre into an English forest for the play

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Facebook Among the tales he spins for his followers are those of giants who live in the forest — and who may just be real.Staging the play’s Canadian premiere has been a “monster endeavour,” says Cushman. It’s a co-production between his company, Outside the March, and Company Theatre (in association with Starvox Entertainment) that has been several years in the planning and involves a budget of upwards of $300,000. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Designer Nick Blais and director Mitchell Cushman on the set of Jerusalem. They bought an old Airstream to serve as the home of main character Rooster Byron. (ANDREW FRANCIS WALLACE / TORONTO STAR) There’s an audience advisory on the web page for Jerusalem, the award-winning play opening this week.The show contains “adult language and copious references to drugs and alcohol.” It also “may contain traces of fairies, giants, ogres, spirits and other secrets of the English forest.”“The play has this magic running through it,” explains director Mitchell Cushman. It’s the story of a charismatic former daredevil, Rooster Byron (played by Sons of Anarchy star Kim Coates), who lives in the forest outside of Wiltshire, in the southwest of England, and is something of a countercultural folk hero for local youth and other outsiders. Twitterlast_img read more

Thousands of Liberian excombatants to take part in UNbacked rehabilitation scheme

Andrea Tamagnini, the director of the reintegration, rehabilitation and recovery programme for the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), told journalists in the capital, Monrovia, last week that just over 5,100 of an estimated 7,300 eligible former combatants can take part in the programme, which is due to finish in April next year.Mr. Tamagnini said the programmes – which have begun in 28 locations across the West African country – are being expanded so that they directly benefit not just the ex-combatants, but the communities that host them as well.Participants in the programmes work on roadside brushing projects, cleaning drainages, agricultural projects and other job schemes to help them back on their feet.“The way forward is that the ex-combatants get back into their communities and they get jobs through their communities. The rate of success is pretty high,” Mr. Tamagnini said, adding that studies by UNMIL indicate that when former combatants have jobs, even if they are only short-term, they do not resume fighting.In a survey in Lofa county, which borders Guinea, “97 per cent of the ex-combatants… said they were better off now than when they were fighting. Two thirds said they will not fight again. One third said ‘yes, they will fight again.’ The reason was unemployment and [the] economy.” 17 November 2008More than 5,000 former combatants from Liberia’s civil war will participate in the next round of the United Nations-led reintegration and rehabilitation programme for ex-fighters so they can successfully rejoin their former communities, a UN official says. read more

Canadian Government sends cargo plane with supplies to hurricane Harvey victims

The Canadian government has sent a military cargo plane loaded with supplies to hurricane Harvey victims in Texas.The plane took off, Sunday, from C-F-B Trenton and was filled with $100,000 worth of baby formula, blankets and cribs.The Ontario and Quebec governments also chipped in with relief aid.Hurricane Harvey has forced 750,000 people from their homes and over a million others are under voluntary evacuation along the Gulf Coast.

Markets Right Now Stocks open higher on Wall Street

NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening broadly higher on Wall Street, but not enough to get the benchmark S&P 500 out of the red for the week.Banks and industrial companies had some of the biggest gains in early trading Friday.Wells Fargo jumped 3.9% after the troubled bank named its third CEO in as many years.Vail Resorts soared 6.7% after reporting quarterly results that were better than analysts expected, and Las Vegas Sands rose 5.6% following news that the stock would be added to the S&P 500 index.The S&P 500 rose 6 points, or 0.2%, to 2,983.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 65 points, or 0.2%, to 26,957. The Nasdaq rose 5 points, or 0.1%, to 8,036.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 1.70%.The Associated Press read more

Development for First Nations land near Calgary is historic chief

by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 11, 2016 2:46 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 11, 2016 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Development for First Nations land near Calgary is historic: chief CALGARY – The leader of a First Nation sitting on the edge of Calgary says three major commercial projects planned for the land will transform the city’s southwest.Tsuut’ina Chief Roy Whitney says the band has partnered with real-estate developer Canderel to build three business centres along the planned southwest leg of a ring road.The 200-hectare Tsuut’ina Park is to have space for retail stores, but will focus on entertainment and hospitality to complement the existing Grey Eagle Resort and Casino.Tsuut’ina Crossing is to cover 145 hectares and include a research campus, as well as retail, office and mixed-use developments with access to trails, parks and open spaces.A shopping complex called Tsuut’ina Centre is the third part of the plan.The band says the multibillion-dollar project will have a major, long-term, positive impact on Calgary and the First Nation.“Tsuut’ina will be home to one of the largest, if not the largest, First Nations developments in Canada,” Whitney said Monday. “In addition to the financial benefits of rents and property taxes that will come from development, so, too, will come opportunity.“The real motivation is to … allow future generations to work and flourish right here, at home. Generations of Tsuut’ina people will also be able to receive services, to shop, to learn, to invest their money, time and skill, to apply their trades, and to develop a profession – all while being near their families and their extended Nation family.”Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi said the developments will also provide value for Calgarians.“This thing has the potential to be very valuable and very additive for the community,” he said.Construction, which is to begin in the next two to three years, is to coincide with work on the ring road. It’s expected the developments could take up to 20 years to finish.The southwest portion of the ring road is scheduled to be done in 2021.(CTV Calgary, CFFR, CHQR) read more

Stanley Cup Playoff Preview Maple Leafs vs Bruins

This series has been locked in longer than any other and the anticipation for one of the best recent playoff rivalries has been brewing for weeks. In a rematch of last year’s first-round matchup, Boston and Toronto finished the regular season with the third- and seventh-best records.In another format, perhaps these two teams would meet a little later on in the bracket, but who’s turning down a pressure-packed first-round meeting where the losing team has to head into the summer finishing well short of expectations?Here’s a look at the Maple Leafs-Bruins matchup:ADVANCED STATS5-on-5 via Natural Stat Trick (with league rank)Toronto: 51.73 CF% (8th), 54.79 GF% (7th), .924 SV% (7th), 9.47 SH% (3rd), 1.019 PDO (4th)Boston: 53.07 CF% (6th), 55.12 GF% (4th), .931 SV% (3rd), 7.34 SH% (26th), 1.005 PDO (10th)TEAM STATSToronto: 21.8 PP% (8th), 79.9 PK% (17th), 286 GF (4th), 249 GA (20th)Boston: 25.9 PP% (3rd), 79.9 PK% (16th), 257 GF (11th), 212 GA (3rd)HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDToronto: 1-3-0Boston: 3-1-0The skinny: It was 4-1.That phrase has haunted Maple Leafs fans since 2013, when the team squandered a three-goal third-period lead in Game 7 and fell to the Bruins in Round 1. It was Toronto’s first playoff appearance of the salary cap era and what followed was another lost journey into the wilderness as they rebuilt the roster from the ground up over three straight miserable seasons.The arrival of Auston Matthews got Toronto back on track and after being eliminated by Washington in their 2017 playoff return, the Leafs again met their post-season rivals from Boston in 2018 over another seven-game series. This time, Toronto held a 4-3 lead heading into the third, when they melted away by again allowing four unanswered Bruins goals.This year’s series has been locked in for a while now and the anticipation of it has led to much nail-biting in Leafs Nation. Is this the year they can finally move past Boston?Toronto Maple Leafs X-Factor: Despite all the star power up front, Toronto’s MVP is its goalie, Frederik Andersen. He was in the running for the Vezina Trophy throughout the season, but a slow finish ultimately faded out his chance.That’s what should be concerning the Leafs. He’s been remarkably consistent for them over three seasons, finishing twice with a .918 save percentage and wrapping up at .917 in 2018-19. This season and last, though, he’s finished the season slowly.Last 12 games in 2018 – SV%: 0.895 GAA: 3.50 RECORD: 6-5-0Last 12 games in 2019 – SV%: 0.889 GAA: 3.66 RECORD: 4-3-4When Andersen is on his game he can steal a series and, when he’s doing that in conjunction with Toronto’s clicking offence, the Leafs become one of the NHL’s best teams. Through most of the season, Toronto was top-five in terms of 5-on-5 goals for percentage but a weak finish bumped them to sixth in the league, one spot behind Boston. When you consider that eight of the past 11 Stanley Cup champs have been top-five teams in this regard you can see why, when Andersen is on, Toronto is among the elite.But if Andersen is off, everything changes. Not that last year’s seven-game loss to Boston was all on the netminder, but he did allow at least three goals against in five of those games and finished the series with an .896 save percentage. If his soft finish this season is indicative of similar playoff output, Toronto will be in trouble.Boston Bruins X-Factor: We know the top line is a major key to Boston’s success and that Tuukka Rask can’t trip up against a robust offence. You also can’t pick just one defenceman or shutdown forward to slow Toronto’s attack because it’s spread out over a couple lines driven by elite players.When Boston went on its 19-game point streak from Jan. 29 to March 9, David Pastrnak wasn’t in the lineup for 12 of those games and the Bruins didn’t miss a beat. While Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand continued to be point-per-game-or-better players in his absence, the support scoring from second-line centre David Krejci and winger Jake DeBrusk was a significant factor in keeping the train chugging.Without Pastrnak, Krejci had six goals and 16 points and DeBrusk eight goals and 15 points in 12 and 10 games, respectively. The fact Krejci, at 32, is having one of the best offensive seasons of his career has been a boon to the Bruins. Coming off a 44-point season (in 67 games), that Krejci has managed to get back up over 70 points for just the second time – matching a career-high 73 points from 2008-09 – has breathed new life into Boston’s support scoring.It’s worth pointing out that when Krejci is contributing to the offence, the Bruins have major playoff success. He recorded eight points in last year’s series win over Toronto and then was limited to two points against Tampa Bay in a five-game loss. In 2017, he was shutout in just three games as Boston was eliminated in Round 1. In their two Stanley Cup Final appearances back in 2011 and 2013, Krejci was Boston’s leading scorer.If Krejci is rolling, linemate DeBrusk likely will be as well. DeBrusk also adds that heavy hockey element that many believe will be an issue come playoff time for Toronto. Boston is tough enough to beat with just the one line, but if this second unit is causing a physical hassle to the Leafs and contributing on offence it calls into question Toronto’s perceived advantage at forward. Since the trade deadline, the Bruins average more goals per game than the Leafs.KEY INJURIESToronto:NoneBoston:Chris Wagner (day-to-day, lower-body)Kevan Miller (day-to-day, lower-body)John Moore (day-to-day, upper-body)Sean Kuraly (day-to-day, fractured hand) BROWSE Boston Bruins | maple leafs | nhl | stanley cup playoffs read more

Womens lacrosse Trio of freshmen to help the Buckeyes through weekend doubleheader

Ohio State freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez looks to score against Vermont. Credit: Courtesy of Walt Middleton – OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State women’s lacrosse team has had a stellar class of young talent come in and make an immediate impact.Freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez has swept all of the Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards this season, with her third coming after her four-goal, two-assist outing against Cincinnati. But her fellow freshman, goalie Jillian Rizzo (3-0), has been just as hot from the start of the season, and just this week won her first Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award.Rizzo, who had 11 saves in the Buckeyes’ previous game, has the Buckeyes at No. 2 in save percentage (.508) in the Big Ten, and is 15th nationally with 30 saves on the year. Her play has not gone unnoticed by her team, but an individual award is not something that she is focusing on.“It feels pretty cool,” Rizzo said. “I don’t really dwell on that. It’s exciting for the day and then I’m looking forward to the next game. It’s cool but it doesn’t mean that much.”Hernandez’s 16 points through the first three games have her sitting second in the Big Ten and tied for 23rd nationally in points. Seventeen of her 19 shots on the year have been on target.“She’s a great teammate,” OSU coach Alexis Venechanos said. “The upperclassmen are giving her the green light to take those shots. She’s playing fearlessly right now, she’s great.”Freshman attacker Alex Vander Molen has also been influential on the offensive end for OSU. She has started in two of three games so far and has assisted on nine goals this season, tying her for tenth in the NCAA.Two California teams make the trip to ColumbusThe Buckeyes will be hosting a weekend double-header against the Stanford Cardinal (1-3) and California Golden Bears (0-2), which will wrap up their three-game homestand. Both are teams that OSU is familiar with, having played Stanford 14 times and California 10.Each time against Stanford, OSU has been anything but phenomenal. Stanford has beaten the Scarlet and Gray four consecutive times, and the Buckeyes have won only four of their 14 total matchups against the Cardinal.“We’re always going to see something new when we play Stanford,” Venechanos said. “They’re always changing defenses, their rides have always been impressive in the past, a really unselfish team on the attack.”OSU will look to repeat a similar start to last weekend against Cincinnati by dominating the early minutes. Senior midfielder Morgan Fee could be the key to having the same success, winning seven draw controls during the game. Fee got her first start on Sunday against the Bearcats and helped the Buckeyes jump out to an early lead.“We need to figure out how to win the draw (control),” Fee said. “How to gain possession and hold possession throughout the first five minutes because during our previous games we had kind of gotten off to a rocky start.”While the Stanford Cardinal looms as more of an imminent threat to the Buckeyes, OSU squeaked out a narrow overtime victory against the Golden Bears in Berkeley, California, last season. California is currently winless on the year but they are returning eight seniors from last year’s team, including attacker Jena Fritts who led them in points (30) and assists (20) a season ago.Both games will be played at Ohio Stadium, and with Friday’s game against Stanford set for a 6 p.m. start the Buckeyes will get their first action under the stadium lights. Sunday’s game against California will start at noon. read more

Metso increases India foundry capacity on increased cast wear parts demand

first_imgMetso is investing €25 million ($29 million) in expanding its foundry capacity in Vadodara, India, as it looks to respond to increase demand for cast wear parts from the aggregates and mining industry.The initial investment includes the acquisition of the property and foundry assets of a privately-owned foundry project, Mega Cast.Sami Takaluoma, President, Minerals Consumables business area at Metso, said: “This investment fully aligns with our profitable growth strategy. It further expands our global manufacturing footprint in foundry products, improving our operational capabilities and allowing us to meet our customers’ growing needs both in terms of availability as well as reduced lead times.”Metso said the foundry development will begin as soon as the acquisition of the foundry assets has been completed, with the first product deliveries from the Vadodara foundry expected by the end of 2019. From thereon, the production will ramp up quickly in 2020.Metso launched operations in India in 1992 and has since been developing a strong footprint in the market. With local headquarters in Gurgaon, Delhi, Metso has around 850 employees in the country. Alongside the Alwar facility, Metso’s Indian aggregate sector capabilities are supported by a foundry in Ahmedabad, service centres in Bangalore and Faridabad, and a countrywide network of distribution centres.last_img read more

Over 4000 fans decided – Heidi Loke is the Worlds Best Female

Over  4000 Handball Fans Worldwide decided that the World’s Best Female Handball Player in 2011 is Norwegian line player, Heidi Loke (29). One of the most charismatic girl in our “Handball World” has fantastic Year behind.  Loke finished her “domestic career” in Larvik (2008-2011) with the biggest possible title – EHF Champions League 2010/2011 (she was the EHF CL Top scorer) and continue to work with Hungarian Gyori in the same direction this season.The biggest achievement, however, for Loke is all the success with Norwegian National Team. After EHF EURO 2010, Norway won WCh 2011, where Loke was one of the most important part of the squad – voted for the Best Playmaker in “All Stars” Team, once again.Army of her Fans all around Europe respect that. They gave her a Award with over 70% of all votes. Precisely, 70,81% Handball Fans in our Poll voted for Heidi Loke, which makes decision absolute and convincing.The second place won the French star, Allison Pineau with the support 15,80% of voters.In the opinion of our Jury, seven players (seven positions) deserved to be voted for the World’s Best Female Player in 2011. They were fantastic and our nomination just confirms that. Handball media, teams and fans all over the Globe  show tremendeous interest for the Contest in organisation of Handball-Planet.com . Very interesting week is ahead of our Team. We want to thank to all our visitors and supporters for all efforts and commitment.OFFICIAL RESULTS – WORLD’S BEST FEMALE PLAYER IN 2011 (TOTAL – 4070 VOTES)HEIDI LOKE – 70,81% ALLISON PINEAU – 15,8% LINN JORUM SULLAND – 6,56% ANDREA PENEZIC – 2,72% SILVIA NAVARRO – 2,23% CARMEN MARTIN – 1,32% EMILIYA TUREY – 0,54%[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1b5j-0XOwo&feature=related[/youtube] Heidi LokeThe Best Women’s Handball Player ← Previous Story Onesta presented the 20 “Invincibles” Next Story → Raul Entrerrios stays in Barcelona until 2015 read more

80 députés sélèvent contre lexploitation du gaz de schiste

first_img80 députés s’élèvent contre l’exploitation du gaz de schisteAlors qu’une mission sur l’impact de la prospection du gaz de schiste sur l’environnement vient d’être lancée à l’Assemblée nationale, 80 députés, issus de tous les partis politiques, ont signé une motion contre l’exploitation coûteuse et dangereuse de ce gaz.Rédigée à l’initiative de Pierre Morel-à-L’Huissier, élu UMP de Lozère, et Pascal Terrasse, élu PS de l’Ardèche, cette motion a été déposée devant l’Assemblée nationale mercredi. Les 80 parlementaires qui l’ont signée demandent au gouvernement de renoncer aux autorisations de prospection accordées au printemps dernier à plusieurs groupes par le ministère de l’Environnement. La suspension de ces autorisations dans l’attente des conclusions de la mission sur les impacts de l’exploitation du gaz de schiste n’est pas suffisante dénoncent les élus.À lire aussiPourquoi l’hélium change-t-il la voix ?”Le manque de transparence de la part de l’Etat et l’incohérence entre le souci de préserver l’environnement à travers les travaux de Grenelle et l’annonce de l’exploitation de gaz de schiste nous pousse à réagir. La population locale, les élus et le milieu associatif n’ont pas été sollicités sur ce dossier. L’octroi de permis d’exploration des gisements de gaz a lieu a priori unilatéralement de la part de l’Etat sur l’ensemble des sites concernés, c’est inadmissible”, s’insurgent-t-ils dans le texte rapporté par le site de France 3. Les opposants au gaz de schiste assurent être “décidés à agir par tous les moyens possibles, à saisir toutes juridictions utiles, voire à élaborer une proposition de loi pour réformer le code minier. Notre détermination est totale, nous ne nous laisserons pas imposer le gaz de schiste”, insistent-ils.Devant la montée de la contestation face aux autorisations de prospection accordées dans la plus grande discrétion, les ministères de l’Environnement et de l’Energie ont demandé une mission visant à évaluer l’impact de l’exploitation du gaz de schiste sur l’environnement. Cette mission a également pour objectif de déterminer si une exploitation “propre” de ce gaz piégé dans des roches imperméables, est ou non possible.Le 4 mars 2011 à 16:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

3 millions de tablettes vendues en France en 2012

first_img3 millions de tablettes vendues en France en 2012 ?”Produit phare de l’année passée et de l’année en cours”, la tablette continuera de séduire les Français au cours des mois à venir. L’institut GfK affirme dans une récente étude que les ventes pourraient doubler en 2012, pour atteindre quelque 3 millions d’unités.Les tablettes n’ont pas fini d’envahir la France ! Si l’on en croit les estimations de l’institut Gfk, le nombre d’unités vendues va certainement doubler cette année. Alors que 1,5 million de tablettes ont été écoulées en 2011, puis 232.000 en janvier et février derniers, 3 millions d’unités devraient être vendues en France d’ici à la fin de l’année.À lire aussiOiseaux, chauves-souris et saumons : une espèce sur trois est désormais menacée de disparition en France”Initialement positionnée à la croisée des chemins entre le baladeur vidéo, le smartphone et le micro-ordinateur, la tablette lorgne plutôt vers ce dernier segment pour remplacer dans les foyers français un netbook vieillissant” explique l’institut dans son étude REC+ diffusée ce jeudi par l’AFP. Gfk souligne en outre un usage de la tablette par les consommateurs français “proche du PC et destiné à un cadre résidentiel”.Bien qu’elle ait été conçue pour une utilisation nomade, la tablette est finalement bien plus utilisée à la maison qu’en déplacement, “avec 81% du temps d’utilisation à domicile, contre 19% à l’extérieur”, note l’institut. Et d’affirmer que toutes les formes de contenus ont su “trouverleurplace” sur les tablettes. La répartition du temps passé sur ces nouveaux terminaux est en effet très équilibrée : 19% pour les jeux vidéo, 16% pour les vidéos, et 15% pour la musique musique. Qui plus est, “l’offre de contenu devient plus lisible et permet au consommateur de tirer pleinement parti des différentes options proposées au travers de la tablette” affirme cette étude.Le 27 avril 2012 à 11:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Woman found dead inside Oakland Park motel

first_imgOAKLAND PARK, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are investigating after a woman was found dead inside a room at a Days Inn motel in Oakland Park.Authorities received a medical distress call Monday afternoon, prior to finding the woman’s body at the motel, located along the 1500 block of West Oakland Park Boulevard.The incident occurred on the fifth floor of the motel.Investigators are currently reviewing surveillance footage and interviewing motel staff and guests.The cause of death is still unknown.The case is being investigated as a homicide.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Wilmington Yard Sale Listings July 2728

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is information on yard sales happening in Wilmington this weekend:When: Saturday, July 27, 2019, 7am-2pmWhere: 272 Lowell StreetDetails: Prices are low, and items are clean. It’s going to be hot… We will open at 7am on Saturday only. Come early and get the best items — antique items, tools, clothes, books & more. [Source: GSALR.com]When: Saturday, July 27, 2019, 9am-2pmWhere: Franklin AvenueDetails: Pier 1 Wicker Bureau, Pier 1 Wicker Tall Bureau, small side tables, Reclining Chair (Like New condition), Vintage Wrought Iron Patio Set, Vintage, Towel Stand, Easel, Ladies purses (New), Humidifier, home deocor, Craft Supplies, BEADS, clothing, household goods, Bird Houses, Bird Feeders, Picture frames etc … Something for everyone at great prices. [Source: Craigslist]Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, July 27, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”Wilmington Yard Sale Listings (July 13-14)In “Community”Wilmington Yard Sale Listings (August 10-11)In “Community”last_img read more

5 Ways how Blockchain is Impacting the eCommerce Industry

first_imgIf you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at Simon@IrishTechNews.ie or on Twitter: @SimonCocking 5 Ways how Blockchain is Impacting the eCommerce Industry Technology has been constantly evolving and joining hands to bring forth a true warrior format that can make you highly capable. eCommerce combined with mobile apps to give convenience and comfort to you.Eventually, it went on to join hands with the mobile wallets and Fintech, which allowed you to commit transactions anywhere at any given time. Today, transactions are being monitored through the Blockchain technology. We are going one step further to make the transactions secure, and disrupt the lives of the shoppers to make way for better experiences.Let’s talk a bit about Blockchain before humouring ourselves into understanding how this technology will affect the eCommerce industry.Blockchain is a distributed ledger, which allows you to store, share and transact upon any digital asset that seems important to your needs. So, in simple words every transaction that happens has public viewership, thus protecting your assets against all the digital attacks and vulnerabilities. If any changes are made to this digital ledger, then they are automatically shared with the people. This can occur manually or automatically, depending on the type of distributed ledger you are working on.In the case of Blockchain technology combined with eCommerce, you will notice that it is capable of handling product searches, selection, payment processing, and other aspects virtually, thus giving out a desirable experience to the users. There are obvious advantages associated with blockchain in eCommerce.Here we will discuss the areas where Blockchain will impact heavily, and how it will be advantageous to you.#1 Better Supply Chain Tracking & MonitoringA well-monitored and balanced supply chain is a distant dream for eCommerce businesses. Though it is the most crucial aspect for eCommerce businesses, tracking the products, managing the stock and even centralizing the database seems hard to achieve for the businesses. That’s where Blockchain can help eCommerce in keeping track of the products, and improving the overall monitoring.Let us take you through some of the use cases for eCommerce in the supply chain aspectThe provenance tracking of the products is extremely important to judge the expiry or best before dates of these products. The RFID tags and the embedded sensors allow the businesses to conduct provenance tracking when they are combined with the blockchain technology. You can trace the product back to its origin, and know the dates in detailWith Blockchain technology, businesses can easily manage their inventory. In fact, the technology makes it unnecessary for businesses to invest in other resources to manage and monitor the inventory. The technology allows you to check on the flow of the products within the chain and also offers you an incorruptible visualization into the processes.When you are looking at the supply chain, the one issue that can cause concern to everyone is getting hacked or being involved in fraudulent practices. These two issues can lead to inferior products being supplied to the end customers, and reducing the overall satisfaction that exists in the industry.However, the release of the middlemen from the supply chain owing to the prevalence of blockchain eradicates these risks, and makes up for better business connections. Payments can be processed within the Blockchain between the customers and suppliers instead of the middlemen being in-charge of it. This leads to effective reduction in the overall costs.The smart contracts within the Blockchain system allows you to automate most of the tasks, thus removing the need for resources to manage the supply chain.#2 Induces Transparency in the MarketplaceIt is important for the marketplace to be transparent so that everyone feels secure in being within the marketplace and knows what is happening around the marketplace. However, before Blockchain, one of the main concerns of the people within the marketplace was the transparency. A lot of eCommerce marketplace would not even consult the manufacturer before removing them.However, that will change with Blockchain.Blockchain will let the people within the marketplace know of any changes that occur. Even if a slight change is made to the transaction, everyone would become aware of the sameWrongdoings are completely monitored within the Blockchain based marketplace so that there is little to no friction between the members of the marketplace, and everyone is aware of everything that happens hereThe efficiency has increased in the retail chains such as Walmart and Unilever as a result of the implementation of Blockchain based eCommerce segments, which has increased transparency and efforts. As a result, this technology is being applauded and embraced by one and all within the eCommerce niche.#3 Payments Get an Efficient MakeoverCryptocurrency has gained the necessary power, and is being used as an alternative to the traditional currency. In fact, in a world dominated by bitcoin and blockchain-based currencies, the shift towards virtual currency has become obvious. There are obvious advantages of using these currencies in the eCommerce transactions.It is not unknown that the Blockchain technology is decentralized, which means there is no central authority and the two people involved in the transaction are the only people who can control the operations. As a result, the value of Blockchain is not dependent on the political, economic or any other factors within the countries. Your currency and transaction is valid despite the issues occurring in the different countriesWhile you have transparency within the transaction, you are never aware of who made these transactions. You have complete visibility into the transaction, its history and how it originated but, you will never know the details.In many cases, whether you are making a bank transfer or paying via wallets, you will be deemed with some limits. However, that is not the case with Blockchain. You will see that there is no limit on the amount, and the freedom of not being restricted by the geographies of the countries does exist.Blockchain offers ease-of-use as well as the convenience along with the speed in the transactions. You won’t take long to complete a transaction made with Blockchain. It is instant and there is no regulatory authority, which means you don’t have to pay any extra money to get done with the transactions. Apart from that, you won’t be a part of any fraud, as the technology is based on the peer-to-peer transaction premise.#4 Secure Platform for eCommerceSecurity in any form is a cause of concern for the eCommerce businesses. The Blockchain based eCommerce platform offers security at all levels including data and wallet security.One of the major concerns for those in the eCommerce industry is data security. The businesses contain data related to the customers, which include their address, phone number and other private details. The blockchain based businesses can ensure complete security.The reason being, Blockchain as a technology is decentralized, which makes it difficult for hackers to intrude into the data and hack it. In fact, if you want to hack a part of the data, you need to hack into all the nodes on the server, which is virtually impossible.The next concern is the money that you have added to the wallets. That will also remain safe if you have adopted the Blockchain technology. The randomly generated unique identifier will ensure that the money is transferred via secure means into the wallet of the recipient and no other detail is recorded of this transfer.#5 Reviews and Offers Stay GenuineA lot of times you tend to buy a product based on the fake reviews that were written on the website. However, that has changed in the world dominated by Blockchain technology.Blockchain helps in verifying the reviews and removing all the fake reviews that can be a cause of concern for your business. The reviews are data that are stored in different blocks in the Blockchain technology, and every block is identified and analysed separately. As a result, you get to create a digital map of the reviews, and you will not be able to erase the history or modify it without letting others know about it.Blockchain based rewards can be redeemed with ease. You just need to put in a condition to make the redemption easier on the customers. In fact, the tracking of the spend or other conditions is done easily with Blockchain.Summing upIf you are an eCommerce business looking to become efficient, then you should embrace Blockchain technology. It will not just redefine the way you work, but also cater to all your concerns, finding a one-time solution that you can adhere to.The technology will make your business faster and amp up the pricing as per the needs, from having total control on the supply chain to becoming more cost-efficient, there are many reasons why you should adopt Blockchain technology for your eCommerce business.Author bio:- Sourodip Biswas is a Marketing Professional at Space-O Technologies, a leading eCommerce app development company. He adores mobile app technology and regularly contributes to various websites. In his free time, he reads on new technology trends and is always hungry for more knowledge.More information about Irish Tech News and the Business ShowcaseFYI the ROI for you is => Irish Tech News now get over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. We have over 860,000 relevant followers on Twitter on our various accounts & were recently described as Ireland’s leading online tech news site and Ireland’s answer to TechCrunch, so we can offer you a good audience!Since introducing desktop notifications a short time ago, which notify readers directly in their browser of new articles being published, over 16000 people have now signed up to receive them ensuring they are instantly kept up to date on all our latest content. Desktop notifications offer a unique method of serving content directly to verified readers and bypass the issue of content getting lost in people’s crowded news feeds.Drop us a line if you want to be featured, guest post, suggest a possible interview, or just let us know what you would like to see more of in our future articles. We’re always open to new and interesting suggestions for informative and different articles. Contact us, by email, twitter or whatever social media works for you.Homelast_img read more

Discover Los Angeles hosts Flight Centre winning agents

first_imgDiscover Los Angeles hosts Flight Centre winning agentsDiscover Los Angeles hosts Flight Centre winning agentsDiscover Los Angeles recently hosted 10 top selling travel agents from Flight Centre, Australia as part of an incentive rewards program. The selected winners were those with the highest sales of Los Angeles hotels during the 4-week period of 1-31 August, 2017.While in Los Angeles, the agents had the opportunity to experience the city’s cultural offerings with visits to LACMA, La Brea Tar Pits and The Broad. They also had the chance to explore some of L.A.’s diverse neighbourhoods including: Koreatown, Hollywood, the Valley, the Arts District, Downtown and Venice. The agents split their stay between two boutique properties in different parts of the city, Hotel Normandie in the heart of Koreatown and The Garland in the Valley.Over the course of five days, the group visited several new hotels around the city including the uber-hip Freehand Hotel offering spectacular skyline views of Downtown from its rooftop bar, Broken Shaker and the laid-back Kimpton Everly, which offers stunning views of the Hollywood sign. Both properties serve as a reminder of the incredible revitalisation that is underway in Downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood.Additional highlights from the trip included visits to Universal Studios Hollywood, doing the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood and attending a L.A. Kings Game at Staples Center like a true local.For more information on Los Angeles, please visit www.discoverlosangeles.com.Source = Discover Los Angeleslast_img read more

Record tourist arrivals for Fiji in 2018

first_imgThe record number of tourists who visited Fiji last year almost matched the number of people living in the country, Fiji’s Prime Minister says.Frank Bainimarama said the tourism industry had reported more than 870,000 visitor arrivals for 2018.He recently told stakeholders in the $US890-million industry that it was on track to meet its goal of being a billion dollar sector by 2021.“The hundreds of thousands of travellers, who visit us every year, return home with an understanding and afinity for all that defines who we are as Fijians,” he said.“The love each of our visitors find for our country shows us the tremendous power of the people-to-people connections that can be built through this industry.”Mr Bainimara said more than 90,000 visitors arrived in July – a new single month record.Fijians across the country felt the benefits of growth in the tourism industry, he said.“They secure jobs, they are able to drive on new roads, across new bridges and welcome new developments.”Mr Bainimarama said he wanted tourism to benefit not just some Fijians but all Fijians.The post Record tourist arrivals for Fiji in 2018 appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Mövenpick Hotels Res

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterMövenpick Hotels & Resorts (MHR) ended 2015 on a high note, signing 12 new properties and expanding its portfolio by 15 per cent.The Swiss hospitality firm, which currently operates 83 hotels worldwide, accelerated its expansion plans during the course of the year, inking one new hotel management agreement a month and adding 4088 rooms to its inventory in high-growth markets across Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.With another 26 properties under negotiation that will bring an additional 7,272 keys to market, MHR is cementing its status as one of the most dynamic players in the upscale segment.“2015 was a very successful year for us with the 12 new hotels signed consolidating our position in several strategic locations that we have earmarked for expansion,” said Jean Gabriel Pérès, CEO of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts.“It marked the start of an unprecedented period of growth, with our portfolio set to increase by almost 50 percent until 2020, and we look to build on this momentum with exciting projects in key markets, working towards our ultimate goal of 130 properties (open and signed) by 2020.”The regional breakdownMHR’s 2015 expansion strategy saw the firm build on its cluster strategy in South-East Asia, where it signed five new properties totalling some 2000  keys across Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines, taking its future total portfolio in the region to 19 properties.The five new builds include Vietnam’s first-ever integrated destination resort located on Phu Quoc – an island tipped to become the region’s next great holiday hotspot. The 500-key Mövenpick Resort Phu Quoc will open in 2017, as will the 450-key Mövenpick Resort Cam Ranh Bay in Vietnam’s popular Nha Trang district. Deals to manage Mövenpick Resort Boracay in the Philippines, Mövenpick Hotel Kota Bharu in Kelantan, Malaysia, and Mövenpick Sukhumvit 15 Bangkok, Thailand, were also inked in 2015.“We are ramping up our cluster strategy for South-East Asia’s leading markets,” said Andrew Langdon, appointed by Mövenpick to the newly created role of Senior Vice President Asia, charged with driving this development plan forward.In the Middle East, MHR secured three properties spanning 972 keys. It consolidated its position in Saudi Arabia with high-profile property deals in Riyadh and Jeddah respectively, while in Pakistan, the firm signed an agreement to operate the 361-key Mövenpick Hotel Centaurus Islamabad, which is set to open in 2018.MHR also penned deals for three properties in Africa, one of the world’s fastest-growing regions for hotel development, adding 1,030 keys to the mix.The new hotels, two of which are located in affluent areas of Nairobi and Abuja in Nigeria and the other, Mövenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech – the group’s third property in Morocco – will take its Africa portfolio to 26 properties. The hotels in Nairobi and Marrakech are planned to open already in 2016.In Europe, where MHR is a dominant player, the company added the 260-key Mövenpick Stuttgart Airport II to its rapidly expanding portfolio of upscale hotels.“By rigorously accelerating our development plans in 2015, strengthening our position in both established and emerging markets, we have created a solid pipeline and laid the foundations for further growth,” said  Pérès.2015 property openingsWhile MHR was busy inking new property deals in 2015, the company also opened four new hotels in strategic locations across the Middle and South East Asia; one in Saudi Arabia, one in Turkey and two in Thailand.The hospitality firm opened its first property in the Saudi capital and its 10th in the kingdom, the 438-key Mövenpick Hotel Riyadh; debuted in two new locations in Thailand with the 297-key Mövenpick Hotel Sukhumvit 15 Bangkok and the 262-room Mövenpick Siam Hotel Pattaya, taking its portfolio in the country to five properties strong; and launched its fourth hotel in Turkey, the 136-room Istanbul Golden Horn.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman shown in a

first_img Toronto Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman, shown in a handout photo, is known for his hustle and forechecking. But off the ice, he has a growing reputation as an author. His third children’s book, titled “The Magician’s Secret,” is now out. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Ryan Parker MANDATORY CREDIT Maple Leaf winger Zach Hyman writes the book on the power of imagination by Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press Posted May 29, 2018 2:07 pm PDT Last Updated May 29, 2018 at 2:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img TORONTO – Zach Hyman is living his dream. But the Toronto Maple Leafs winger wants to ensure others get to live theirs.Away from the ice, Hyman writes children’s books. And his message is simple: “Believe and you can achieve.”His latest title, “The Magician’s Secret,” is Hyman’s third. Lovingly illustrated by Joe Bluhm, it’s a paean to the power of imagination — the story of a young boy who is enchanted by his grandfather’s stories which transport him though history.“When you’re a kid, sometimes you get told ‘Oh no, you can’t do this or you can’t do that.’ But really the whole world is ahead of you and you can do whatever you want,” Hyman said in an interview.“And that’s a really important message that I think sometimes gets lost in translation for kids. But that’s definitely something that I believe in and try to inspire kids (with) when I go talk to them or read the book.”“Hockey Hero,” his first book, came out of a Grade 7 short story. He started “The Bambino and Me” in high school.Both were polished in the years to follow. Writing a children’s book is exacting, with the author having to get the story across in a limited number of words.“Hockey Hero” depicts a shy young boy bullied for stuttering who — with the help of his grandfather — takes a leap of faith. “The Bambino and Me” is the story of a boy who gets to hear Babe Ruth’s wisdom firsthand after a visit to the ballpark with his dad.Hyman, a history major at the University of Michigan, uses the baseball star’s own words — “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up” — to get his message across.“My interpretation of it is take chances, because if you don’t take chances, you never know what can happen,” Hyman said. “And if you fall you can always pick yourself back up and swing big again. And eventually you’re going to hit that home run.”It’s a theme that runs through his books — and likely his blossoming hockey career.Hyman, who turns 26 on June 9, provides grit and fierce forechecking for the Leafs, primarily on a line with star centre Auston Matthews and flashy winger William Nylander.The Toronto native, who is engaged to get married next June, doesn’t have kids yet. But he had grandfathers with plenty of stories.His grandfather on his father’s side loved to spin stories for Hyman and his four younger brothers. One day he was a baseball star, another day he was a football star. His imagination knew no boundaries.The kids believed every word and Hyman used that inspiration for “The Magician’s Secret.”His grandfather on his mother’s side, a Holocaust survivor from Romania, died when Hyman was eight or nine. Hyman filled in those stories later, with the help of his mother.His illustrator also had a grandfather who told stories, with Bluhm using him as his inspiration for the look of the character in the book.Hyman’s message of having the whole world ahead of you may be directed at kids, but he wants adults to enjoy his books too.He works on his writing through the year. While he has more time in the summer to work on manuscripts, he says writing also provides an escape from the pressure of pro sports.His next work may be a return to the sports world, this time basketball.“It’s all going to revolve around a message for kids,” he said. “Something that when a kid picks up a book and they read it, it’s not just fluff. At the end of the day they can take something away from it. I think that’s important and I think parents appreciate that too.”Hyman says his Toronto teammates are solidly behind his career as an author.“They love it. And I’ve actually given them a copy of each book.” he said. “They keep asking for more .. It’s a good gift for their family members.”A fifth-round pick by Florida in the 2010 draft, Hyman never signed with the Panthers and his rights were traded to Toronto for minor-league forward Greg McKegg in June 2015.He has 29 goals and 45 assists in 180 regular-season games with the Leafs. He has not missed a game each of the last two seasons.—“The Magician’s Secret” by Zachary Hyman. Illustrated by Joe Bluhm. Tundra Books, 40 pages, $21.99.Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitterlast_img read more

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