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Aboriginal business leaders inducted in hall of fameAboriginal business leaders inducted in hall of fame

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt was a time of celebration in Toronto last night as the Aboriginal business community came together from across the country to honour two trail blazers.The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business inducted two business men into the Canadian Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame.APTN National News reporter Donna Smith was there.last_img

Dislog Signs Three Contracts Worth MAD 200 millionDislog Signs Three Contracts Worth MAD 200 million

Rabat – Dislog, the Moroccan logistics specialist, has signed three distribution contracts worth MAD 200 million with Beiersdorf, Coty and Berkshire Hathaway.The Moroccan logistics firm, Dislog, has won three contracts with an estimated value of MAD 200 million (USD 20 million) in additional turnover. The first contract gives Dislog exclusive rights to distribute the Duracell battery brand, owned by the American conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway, across the Moroccan territory.According to the French-language news source, Telquel, the second contract binds Dislog with the New York based beauty products manufacturer, Coty. The Moroccan firm will distribute the two brands of the conglomerate, Wella and Koleston. Beiersdorf, a German manufacturer of personal-care products and pressure-sensitive adhesives signed the third contract with Dislog. Under this contract, the Moroccan distributer will have the rights to distribute personal-care products of brands such as Nivea, Hansaplast and Labello.Mehdi Bouamrani, Dislog’s Chief Executive Officer stated in a communiqué released December 2:“We are honored by the trust of our new partners. These partnerships will enable Dislog Group to develop an additional turnover of 150 to 200 million dirhams and create more than 30 jobs of sellers, developers, merchandizers and logisticians. “The group is present in Morocco through its two affiliates, Dislog Distribution and Logistics and Comunivers. Between these two affiliates, the group has a massive distribution network of 80,000 retailers, 800 wholesalers, not to mention 25,000 square meters of storage capacity in Morocco and elsewhere. read more

‘Badil’ Editor Hamid El Mehdaoui Sentenced to 1 Year in Prison…‘Badil’ Editor Hamid El Mehdaoui Sentenced to 1 Year in Prison…

Rabat – Al Hoceima’s Court of Appeal sentenced on Sept. 12 Hamid El Mehdaoui, the director of news site Badil, to one year in prison.In a hearing that lasted over four hours, El Mehdaoui was prosecuted for “inciting citizens to break the law” and “participation in the organization of a prohibited demonstration,” while the other charges against him were dropped.Initially, the Al Hoceima court had sentenced El Mehdaoui to three months of prison and a fine of MAD 20,000, after a 15-hour trial on July 25. On July 20, the day of a banned mass march in Al Hoceima calling for the release of detained Rif activists, police arrested the journalist and Badil editor-in-chief for “inciting for participation in a banned protest” and “breaking the law through speeches and shouting in public places.”The night before his arrest, El Mehdaoui appeared in a video talking to a group of people in Al Hoceima and criticizing the government for arresting and prosecuting activists from Hirak protest movement in the Rif region.In the statement announcing El Mehdaoui’s arrest, the city’s public prosecutor said that the journalist’s speech was “incompatible with journalism as a profession dealing with collecting information and facts or investigating them in a professional way in order to write or make media material,” according to the definition of journalism in Moroccan press code.The journalist is known for his videos shared on social media, in which he criticizes the government. read more

Comcast: 4Q Earnings SnapshotComcast: 4Q Earnings Snapshot

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Comcast Corp. (CMCSA) on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $2.51 billion.The Philadelphia-based company said it had net income of 55 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for pretax expenses, were 64 cents per share.The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 62 cents per share.The cable provider posted revenue of $27.85 billion in the period, also beating Street forecasts. Ten analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $25.74 billion.Comcast shares have increased roughly 3 per cent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has climbed 5 per cent. The stock has decreased 18 per cent in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on CMCSA at https://www.zacks.com/ap/CMCSAThe Associated Press read more

SHARE report finds there is poor corporate reporting on Indigenous issuesSHARE report finds there is poor corporate reporting on Indigenous issues

A group that advises activist shareholders hopes a new report will do for Indigenous issues what has already been done for environmental causes — put them on the boardroom table.“The purpose is to start to delve into the issue of the business role in reconciliation and where investors fit in that,” said Delaney Greig, author of the report for SHARE Canada.SHARE is a non-profit research agency that advises institutional investors on the social responsibility performance of potential investments. It serves 30 such Canadian investors with more than $14 billion in assets under management, including churches, universities and foundations.Information on environmental performance is becoming routine disclosure for more businesses all the time, said Greig. She looked into how many companies take the same approach to reporting on Aboriginal issues such as leadership, employment, contracting, training, rights and community investment.The answer is, not many.“Most of the rating agencies and data sources investors can get don’t even include indicators on Indigenous issues,” said Greig.She sent out questionnaires to 173 companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange in eight different sectors. She found that while many companies tout upbeat stories — whether it be a successful Indigenous employee or a smooth-running partnership with an Aboriginal community — few report those interactions with anything like the rigour ethical investors need.The most common form of reporting was highlighting a company’s investment in an Aboriginal community, but even then less than one-third of companies systematically made such statements.Spending money in those communities can be problematic without more context, the report says.“Although these contributions and initiatives can be beneficial, they are often short-term, ad hoc and self-interested.”About one-fifth of companies had systematic means of reporting on Aboriginal employment or contracting with Aboriginal businesses.Five per cent reported on Indigenous presence in senior or management roles. Out of all companies surveyed, only one financial company, one energy company and three mining companies committed to Aboriginal communities’ right to free, prior and informed consent to new projects.Greig acknowledged corporate reporting on Aboriginal issues doesn’t create the same liability issues as environmental reports do.“There are a number of risks, from legal to operational delays. But at the same time, it’s not just the risks but the opportunities that building stronger relationships and having reliable partners (can create).”She also acknowledged that some of the issues her report discusses, such as consent, are still open questions in the Canadian legal system.The Supreme Court has repeatedly grappled with issues of consultation and consent. Recent examples came Wednesday with high court decisions on an Inuit challenge of seismic testing off Baffin Island and changes to a pipeline opposed by the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation in southwestern Ontario.Greig noted that the 2015 report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission concluded business has a role to play.“Industry and business play an extremely significant role in how the economic, social, and cultural aspects of reconciliation are addressed, including the extent to which opportunities and benefits are truly shared with Indigenous peoples,” the report said.Greig said she hopes her findings will be the first step toward creating a transparent, measurable benchmark to assess a company’s treatment of Indigenous people.“Inevitably, we’ll get there. But it’s a rocky road.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960 read more

In a twist Colorado asks EPA to lower states air ratingIn a twist Colorado asks EPA to lower states air rating

DENVER — Colorado took the unusual step of inviting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to downgrade the air quality rating of the state’s biggest population centre, and not everyone thinks that was a good idea.The EPA will hold a Friday hearing on whether to lower the ozone status of Denver and eight other northern Colorado counties from “moderate” to “serious.” That would force the state to work harder to reduce harmful pollution but also bring tougher and costly regulations for businesses.The agency acted after Democratic Gov. Jared Polis said in March that Colorado would no longer ask for an exemption from EPA standards by claiming some of the pollution was drifting into the state from elsewhere.It’s time to stop “sugar-coating” Colorado’s air problems, he said last month. “Moving to ‘serious’ status finally helps us stop sweeping our air quality crisis under the rug and gives us additional tools to move urgently to make our air cleaner,” he said.But business groups say the state’s own data shows Colorado would meet EPA standards if not for pollution from other states and even other continents. Lowering the air rating would hurt the economy by increasing the cost of doing business, they say.“We’re talking about tens of millions of dollars in direct and indirect costs,” said Paul Seby, an attorney representing Defend Colorado, which advocates for business and industry on state and federal regulation.Denver and the northern Colorado urban corridor have struggled to meet EPA ozone standards for 15 years. Ground-level ozone can aggravate asthma and contribute to early deaths from respiratory disease. It’s the main component of smog, and it’s created from pollution emitted by vehicles, industries, solvents and other sources.Clean-air advocates welcomed Polis’ decision to pull the state’s request for an exemption.“It’s a big deal,” said Christine Berg, Colorado field consultant for Moms Clean Air Force. “We know ozone pollution is particularly harmful for children.”But Seby said Polis’ decision was based on politics, not facts.Polis’ predecessor, Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper — who ended his presidential bid last month and is now running for the U.S. Senate — had asked for the exemption based on data showing that pollution elsewhere and forest fire smoke from other states had pushed Colorado over the limit, Seby said.“Gov. Polis came into office and the exact opposite came about,” Seby said. “The data didn’t change, the science didn’t change — except for the politics.”Seby said hundreds of businesses and institutions could be affected if Colorado’s air rating is downgraded: oil and gas drilling, refineries, large breweries, print shops, wastewater treatment plants and hospitals.Anna Unruh, an air quality consultant for Trinity Consultants, which helps businesses get environmental permits and comply with regulations, agreed that a lower rating would complicate life for businesses and industry.Getting permits could take longer, she said. Expansion projects that might not have needed permits before would be required to get them now. More businesses would have to devote employee time to monitoring and reporting on their pollution.“Permitting definitely will get more difficult,” she said.In addition to Denver, counties affected by the change are Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Douglas, Jefferson, Larimer and Weld.___Follow Dan Elliott at http://twitter.com/DanElliottAP.Dan Elliott, The Associated Press read more

Struggling wireless company Mobilicity gets courtapproved creditor protectionStruggling wireless company Mobilicity gets courtapproved creditor protection

Struggling wireless company Mobilicity gets court-approved creditor protection by LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 30, 2013 7:15 pm MDT Small wireless carrier Mobilicity says it has been granted creditor protection by the courts while awaiting a ruling from Industry Canada on an unspecified transaction.Mobilicity, which has been looking for a buyer, said Monday that creditor protection gives it the necessary time and financing to complete the transaction now before the federal body for review and approval.The Toronto company, which launched in 2010, provided no details about the transaction, but said it was in the best interests of its stakeholders.Meanwhile, it says it will be business as usual for the company’s 250,000 cellphone customers.“There are no changes to Mobilicity’s network and Mobilicity continues to honour prepayment plans for its customers,” the company said in a statement.“Phone service continues to work as it always has and Mobilicity’s dealer network is open for business.”One of Canada’s major carriers, Telus (TSX:T), tried to buy Mobilicity for $380 million last spring. However, the transaction was rejected by Industry Canada because the small company’s licence for spectrum — radio waves needed to operate cellphones — doesn’t expire until next year.It was also rumoured that U.S. giant Verizon was taking a look at Mobilicity and another of Canada’s small telecoms, Wind Mobile, but Verizon said later said it was taking a pass on the Canadian wireless market.The majority owner of Wind Mobile, Dutch-headquartered VimpelCom, has said it wants to sell its 65 per cent stake in the company, which has more than 600,000 wireless customers.Canaccord Genuity analyst Dvai Ghose says he assumes Telus is trying to buy Mobilicity again and the question is whether it will be allowed to do so when Mobilicity’s spectrum licence expires in February.“Given the government’s commitment to four wireless carriers in every market despite limited bidding interest for the 700 MHz auction in January, we assume that the government does not want to allow an incumbent to buy Mobilicity,” Ghose said in a research note.He noted that Mobilicity isn’t on the initial bidders list for the auction next January and there aren’t any foreign bidders either.“We wonder why the government would want to regulate wireless when many areas of the economy seem less competitive, including broadband. According to the CRTC’s own studies, wireless prices are not particularly high in Canada relative to other countries.”A total of 15 Canadian participants — including Rogers (TSX:RCI.B), Bell (TSX:BCE) and Telus — put down a refundable, five per cent deposit for the Jan. 14 auction, according to the recently released list by Industry Canada. Together those three companies dominate the Canadian markets with combined 25 million customersRegional players included Quebecor’s Videotron (TSX:QBR.B) in Quebec, MTS Inc. (TSX:MBT) in Manitoba, Saskatchewan Telecommunications and Bragg Communications, which operates EastLink in Atlantic Canada. read more

At NJ casinos Bacon Week you can eat it drink it –At NJ casinos Bacon Week you can eat it drink it –

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Get ready for bacon like you’ve never eaten, drunk or worn it before.Bacon milkshakes. Chocolate-covered bacon shaped like roses. Bacon-flavoured toothpaste, dental floss and lip balm. Bacon bourbon, margaritas, beer and vodka. Bacon ice cream sundaes. A BLT sandwich with a full pound of bacon.They’re all on the menu this week as one Atlantic City casino stretches the bounds of good taste and cardiovascular health with Bacon Week. The festival at the Tropicana Casino and Resort gives new meaning to the term “pigging out.”The idea of a bacon festival is not as far-fetched as it might sound. Americans eat about 1.5 billion pounds of bacon a year, according to the National Pork Board. And the website bacontoday.com counted nearly 30 bacon festivals around the country from late April through December 2013, many of whose tickets sold out in minutes.“Bacon is like heaven,” said Nadina Fornia, of Egg Harbor Township. “If you’re going to die, die with bacon on your lips and a BLT in each hand.”She was drawn to the casino Monday by the promise of bacon in far-out forms, including milkshakes and beer (not in the same glass, thankfully.) She also heard about the bacon-infused vodka.“That is my quest today,” she said.Fornia tried a bacon bloody Mary mixed with a smoky bacon beer. Despite the overwhelming salty taste and the small strip of bacon floating in the glass, it tasted mostly like sharp tomato juice, she said.Nearby were chocolate covered pretzels with crumbled bacon bits; chocolate-drizzled potato chips with bacon, two kinds of pasta dishes with bacon, bacon cupcakes, and bacon wrapped around a fake green stem to form roses, which were then dipped in chocolate.“The first taste is chocolatey, then it’s all bacon,” said Melissa Ehrke, of Egg Harbor Township. “I was a little surprised I liked it, ’cause I was afraid to try it. It’s that whole sweet and salty thing.”While bacon-flavoured grooming items are sold at festivals around the nation, they were encountering some skepticism at the Tropicana this week.“There are people that are just crazy for bacon,” said Denise McGrath, of Neptune City. “But bacon toothpaste or floss? I’m not that crazy.”James Sanders, of New York City, was in heaven trying as many free samples of bacon-flavoured items as he could get his hands on.“I love me some bacon!” he exclaimed between bites of … something. “I don’t even know what this is, but it’s got bacon in it. And it’s good!”Sanders said eating bacon is a multilayered experience.“You keep chewing it and chewing it, and the flavour comes out the more you chew on it,” he said. “And then you get to the fat and that floods into your mouth. I just love it.”Carrie Jorgenson and her husband, Mike, were downing the bacon bloody Mary beer concoctions, while channeling celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse.“I love pork. All things pork,” she said. “That’s what Emeril used to say, that pork fat rules, and it does.”___Wayne Parry can be reached at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAC At NJ casino’s Bacon Week, you can eat it, drink it – and even brush your teeth with it by Wayne Parry, The Associated Press Posted Feb 11, 2014 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email James Sanders, of New York, eats a variety of bacon sandwich during the Bacon Week festival Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 at the Tropicana Casino and resort in Atlantic City, N.J. The casino’s Bacon Week festival includes unusual offerings like bacon milk shakes, bacon cupcakes, bacon bloody Marys, beer, vodka and bourbon, and even bacon-flavored toothpaste, dental floss and lip balm. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry) read more

Trump presidency wont inspire cuts to Alberta business taxes NotleyTrump presidency wont inspire cuts to Alberta business taxes Notley

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Don’t expect the province to cut business taxes here following Donald Trump’s election.Premier Rachel Notley believes Alberta’s business tax system is just fine the way it is, even if President-Elect Donald Trump decides to cut taxes south of the border.“Even with our carbon levy fully implemented — which of course it hasn’t even been implemented yet — but even when it is, in Alberta we enjoy a $7-billion a year tax advantage over the next lowest tax province in the country. So, we retain our competitive advantage,” she said.Notley says Canada’s health care system is also attractive to business owners as costs for medical insurance are much lower here than in America. Rachel Notley – June 9 2016, Calgary (Lucas Meyer, 660 NEWS) by Mike Tarasko Posted Nov 15, 2016 7:12 am MDT Trump presidency won’t inspire cuts to Alberta business taxes: Notley read more

UN pays tribute to British parliamentarian Jo CoxUN pays tribute to British parliamentarian Jo Cox

Ms. Cox was killed this past Thursday in an attack in her district of northern England after meeting with constituents, a few days ahead of a referendum on whether the United Kingdom (UK) should stay or leave the European Union. A Member of Parliament since 2015, she had worked in New York between 2007 and 2008 as head of Oxfam’s international humanitarian campaigns. Mr. Eliasson recounted that last night, he talked to Joanne Nichols, one of Ms. Cox’s long-time friends and colleagues from Oxfam, having served together in London and Brussels. “Joanne told me about Jo’s generosity and warmth. She said her smile melted everybody. Her sense of humour broke ice and transformed tense situations into real conversations, a real skill. Her humanity and respect for all human beings, and their dignity and equal value permeated and informed everything she did,” Mr. Eliasson said. “In this moment of grief, anger and frustration for many of us, let us ask ourselves what we can do to best honour Jo Cox and her life,” he added. The Deputy Secretary-General called for standing behind the values and principles that Ms. Cox lived for, which he said are “remarkably close” to the UN Charter. “Let us be energized by Jo’s courage and Jo’s commitment for a common humanity. Let us take actions in her spirit. And let us mobilize all good forces around the convictions we know Jo embraced,” he stressed. Participants at today’s ceremony included Samantha Power, the United States ambassador to the UN, who read a statement from US President Barack Obama. Other tribute events are taking place today around the world. Hundreds of people gathered at a ceremony this morning in a courtyard at the New York headquarters of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in front of 42 white roses to mark the birthday of Ms. Cox. “That we all gather here today at the UN is a tribute to Jo, and is a sign of how profoundly she touched our hearts,” said Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson. “But also of how strongly her death has reminded us of standing up for values and principles that unite us – not divide us – in today’s deeply troubled world,” he added. Noting that the world was “shocked and saddened when Jo was taken away from us under the most brutal circumstances a few days ago,” Mr. Eliasson said thoughts and prayers are now with Ms. Cox’s husband, Brendan, and her two young children. “‘There is more that unites us than divides us.’ These words from Jo are now spread around the world. So are Brendan’s words, saying: ‘Hate does not have a creed, race or religion – it is poisonous,’” the Deputy Secretary-General said. UNIFEED-UNTV screen capture of Jo Cox read more

Missing WWI memorial to brave airman listed after being broken up andMissing WWI memorial to brave airman listed after being broken up and

first_imgWhen Captain Eric Lubbock was shot down over Belgium in 1917 his grief stricken mother Lady Avebury commissioned a touching memorial in the shape of his plane to stand forever in the graveyard of her family estate.But it has taken a decades long fight to restore the memorial to its rightful place after corporate vandalism led to it being broken up and lost.At one stage the Avebury family were even forced to spend £8,000 buying it back from the stonemason’s yard where it had eventually ended up.Now the memorial to Captain Lubbock – who before his death had been awarded the Military Cross for “conspicuous gallantry and skill” – has been granted listed status to ensure its protection for future generations.It is one of 14 war memorials dedicated to British airmen from the First and Second World Wars being listed by Historic England on Wednesday to mark the centenary of the founding of the Royal Air Force.They also include a memorial to Britain’s most decorated airman, who shot down 57 enemy aircraft, and the first British pilot to shoot down a German Zeppelin airship. 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. Cpt. Lubbock, who had been awarded the Military Cross before his death, was shot down over Belgium in 1917 The plaque at High Elms Country Park in Kent, honouring Cpt. Lubbock's sacrifice His mother Alice commissioned his memorial to be erected in the family burial ground on the Avebury estate at High Elms, Bromley, where it stood near the graves of his brother and brother-in-law, also lost in the Great War..During the 1930s the family was forced to sell the estate, which became the responsibility of Kent County Council, later transferring to Bromley Council.In 1981 the Avebury family graveyard was broken up, several gravestones destroyed, and the rest moved into the grounds of the nearby St Giles’ Church.It was at this point that the Lubbock memorial went missing, apparently carted off by somebody with access to the graveyard who thought they could sell such an unusual stone figure for cash.The memorial was only re-discovered by pure chance, when a member of the Avebury family spotting it adorning the entrance of a stone mason’s yard near Hungerford, Wiltshire, several years later.Lyulph Lubbock, 5th Baron of Avebury, said: “They were just passing and saw it advertising the stonemason’s services at the entrance to the yard. The mason wouldn’t say how he got hold of it and refused to give it back. In the end my father had to buy it back at auction for £8,000.” The memorial was placed in the grounds of the Avebury’s family’s walled kitchen garden, now part of Bromley Council’s visitor centre at High Elms Country Park, where it was reconsecrated in 2010. Cpt. Lubbock, who flew with the Royal flying Corps, the predecessor of the RAF, was shot down in his Sopwith Camel bi-plane over Belgium on 11 March 1917. Captain Lubbock was awarded the Military Cross after shooting down a German Albatross plane on 25 October 1915.Also being newly listed is the McCudden War Memorial in Chatham, dedicated to the four McCudden brothers – Royal Flying Corps pilots William, James and John and Royal Air Force test flight engineer Maurice.James McCudden shot down 57 enemy aircraft and became the most decorated British pilot of the First World War, with medals for bravery including the Victoria Cross – one of 11 awarded to the Royal Flying Corps – Distinguished Flying Order and the French Croix de Guerre.He died of his injuries on 9 July 1918, aged 23, when his aircraft developed an engine fault on the way to France and crashed.Baron Avebury said: “It’s terribly important we list these memorials to stop what happened to my great uncle Eric’s happening again. We need to protect our link to the past and remember the stories that go with these memorials.”Michael Ellis, minister for heritage, added: “From the pioneering pilots of the First World War, to the heroism of the Battle of Britain, the Royal Air Force has a proud and distinguished wartime history.   Cpt. Lubbock, who had been awarded the Military Cross before his death, was shot down over Belgium in 1917 The plaque at High Elms Country Park in Kent, honouring Cpt. Lubbock’s sacrificeCredit:Chris Redgrave/Historic England Archive “As we mark its centenary, it is right that we remember the stories of the brave pilots and staff who served in defence of Britain. These listings commemorate this legacy and preserve these historic memorials for future generations.”last_img read more

Here Are the Most BingeWatched Shows in Every StateHere Are the Most BingeWatched Shows in Every State

first_img A good binge-watching session typically involves a comfy couch, some snacks, and a TV show that offers hours of thrilling episodes. Today, most people are binge-watching their favorite TV shows on streaming services like Hulu and Netflix, which give them convenient access to many series without an expensive cable bill.A recent Geek.com survey revealed interesting binge-watching preferences across the U.S., and Game of Thrones, which returns to HBO for its final season on April 14, was the most-binged show in many states and the most favorite series to binge-watch nationwide.In a state-by-state breakdown, respondents said they binge-watched many TV shows, including Game of Thrones, Ozark, and The Office. Game of Thrones, a fantasy series about power hungry kingdoms, was the top-binged TV show in eight states, including California, Connecticut, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming. Most respondents across the U.S. also binge-watched TV shows that focused on crime and comedy, with NCIS, Ozark, and The Office taking the top spots many states, including Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina.Choosing the best show to binge-watch can be tough, especially when there are so many options on Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming services. However, some TV shows have gained more viewers over the past 18 months, due to their intense plots and upcoming finales.Respondents said Game of Thrones was the top show they’ve binge-watched over the past year and a half, with Season 7 wrapping up in August 2017 and Season 8 set to begin on April 14. The Office, which earned second place on the list, concluded in 2013, however, respondents still enjoy this hilarious series six years later. Ozark was No. 3 on the list, while Grey’s Anatomy, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Shameless also earned top spots for best shows to binge-watch.Genre also matters for binge-watching marathons: Almost half of respondents across the U.S. (44.9 percent) preferred to watch comedy TV shows, while only 11.3 percent of respondents said they loved horror TV shows. Even though respondents in most states chose comedy as their favorite binge-watching genre, Alaska, Hawaii, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Utah respondents said they liked drama TV shows the best.More to Explore:The Best Video Streaming Services for 2019 (via PCMag.com) The Best Media Streaming Devices for 2019 (via PCMag.com)The Best Streaming Media Device: Roku, Chromecast, or Amazon Fire Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWhat to Stream on Amazon Prime This Weekend Stay on targetlast_img read more

Video WWE posts Brock Lesnars entire WrestleMania history playlist on YouTubeVideo WWE posts Brock Lesnars entire WrestleMania history playlist on YouTube

first_imgFacebook Shawn Michaels Seth Rollins Pinterest Now Playing Up Next WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Now Playing Up Next WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Kurt Angle Shares Message In Support Of Roman Reigns Roy Nemer RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Is The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy? WhatsAppcenter_img Ronda Rousey Videos Articles Videos Articles Google+ Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Twitter Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte With WrestleMania just over a week away and Brock Lesnar defending his Universal Championship against Seth Rollins, WWE has posted a Lesnar WrestleMania playlist.The video includes the endings of Lesnar’s matches at past WrestleMania events.Here’s the full playlist:Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle, WrestleMania 19Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg, WrestleMania 20Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H, WrestleMania 29Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker, WrestleMania 30Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns (Seth Rollins cash in), WrestleMania 31Brock Lesnar vs. Dean Ambrose, WrestleMania 32Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg, WrestleMania 33Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns, WrestleMania 34Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the listlast_img read more

As Festival Season Kicks Off So Does Campaign SeasonAs Festival Season Kicks Off So Does Campaign Season

first_imgVolunteers for Lt. Gov. candidate Dan Sullivan march in the Colony Days parade on June 7, 2014. (Alexandra Gutierrez/APRN)Now that the filing deadline has passed, campaign season in Alaska has started in earnest. That means a lot of TV ads, a lot of yard signs, and a lot of glad-handing. For the next few months, politicians are going to be swarming fairs and festivals in an effort to win voters. The Colony Days parade held in Palmer this weekend was the first stop on the circuit.Download AudioThe Colony Days parade lasted two whole hours this year.In between the floats from sports teams, churches, and the local utility, there was a lot of this:PARADE MARSHALL: All right. Dan Sullivan for Lt. Governor. Here’s Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan, hello, and his wife Lynnette.It was a literal parade of political candidates, where it felt like just about every other participant was asking for your vote. Sullivan had a volunteer wearing a green wig and propped up on stilts for his float. Members of Palmer Rep. Shelley Hughes’ entourage formed a kickline. Her opponent, Democrat Peter LaFrance, had a guy dressed as a yeti. Out of 86 floats, 20 were manned by political candidates or organizations. Because it’s good advertising, political floats are each charged $100, while all other entries go free. All the major candidates for governor participated, and so did most of the U.S. Senate candidates. But events like these are especially important for first-timers running for office, like Cathy Tilton.“It’s important to show up at the parades to get your name out there and to meet with the constituents and talk to them and make sure they know you’re in the race,” says Tilton.Tilton is a Republican running for an open House seat in the Chugiak area. She’s been to Colony Days before, and she says the difference between an election year and an off year is pretty obvious. “During a non-election year, the parade is not as full of floats and people,” says Tilton. “I’ve heard there’s 85 this year, and I think there’s been years where there’s been maybe 30? So, it’s a little more robust this year we can say.”This isn’t the only event Tilton will go to before the August 19th primary. There are Fourth of July events, and the state fair, and plenty more. That’s a lot of marching to do, and a lot of fried food to consume.“Well, it’s all going to depend on how many doors I walk to how many funnel cakes I’m allowed to have,” Tilton jokes. Tilton’s not the only one to see a difference between parades in odd years and even years.“From when we were younger till now, there’s a lot more political [campaigning] now,” says spectator Stacie Queripel. “It’s become very political.”Queripel grew up in Palmer, and she’s been attending Colony Days for years. She has some misgivings about all the campaigning. She says the parade now feels more like political event than a community celebration.“The kids don’t really get into it as much anymore,” says Queripel. “You don’t see the 4H groups in it as much anymore, and it’s kind of sad.”About a block away from Queripel, Jim Daggett of Wasilla is hanging out by the orchestra. He’s got a “Sean Parnell for Governor” sign that he picked up during the parade, and he doesn’t have a problem with all the candidate appearances.“They gotta shake hands and kiss babies, right?” Daggett laughs.Daggett says it’s nice to see everyone out in person. It gives him a sense of whether the candidates are taking the campaign seriously and if they have popular support – something you can’t really tell from a campaign ad. Rose LeCuche, also of Wasilla, is standing next to him, and she agrees. Appearances like these aren’t driving her decision on election day, but it gives her a sense of who’s running and what a candidate is like.“It’s a time for them to actually look people right in the eye, and to shake their hands,” says LeCuche. “You can’t completely judge a person’s character by what you see for a few seconds, but you sure can get an impression.”And between the signs they wave and all the bags of candy they hand out, the candidates marching are hoping it’s a good one.last_img read more

Yukon king run shows signs of recoveryYukon king run shows signs of recovery

first_imgChinook salmon. Photo: Alaska Department of Fish and Game.Chinook salmon continue to swim up the Yukon River, the latest indication that the long ailing run may have turned a corner toward recovery.Download AudioAn Alaska Department of Fish and Game sonar counter near the Canadian border at Eagle  continues to tally king salmon. It’s near the end of the run, but counts have remained pretty good, anywhere from about 800 early in the month to nearly 300 August 10 and 11. That’s well down from the over 3,000 counted daily during the peak of the run a month ago, but State Fish and Game biologist Stephanie Schmidt says the extended strength of this year’s Chinook return is surprising.“We’re actually at just over 83,000 chinook salmon. That’s the most we’ve passed over the border since this project began in 2005.”The number is more than predicted by computer models and lower river return assessments, and well in excess of a border passage objective of 55,000 kings. This year’s return is the second in a row that appears to show movement toward rebuilding a run that once averaged over 150,000 Canadian origin fish, but has tanked in recent decades due to over fishing and suspected environmental factors. The downturn resulted in extreme fishing restrictions, Schmidt expects will be relaxed next summer.“We’re still going to make sure we’re meeting escapement goals, but it does mean that there is hopefully more fishing in the future for Yukon River fishermen” she says.Schmidt cautions that management of next summer’s fishery will hinge on what’s predicted by computer models that try to account for complex factors including the ages of the fish expected to return. She says a salmon research project near the river mouth also being used to predict run strength has been seeing more young Chinook.last_img read more

Social media post criticizes Trident Seafoods Gulf of Alaska trawl fleet forSocial media post criticizes Trident Seafoods Gulf of Alaska trawl fleet for

first_img(Photo Courtesy of Erik Velsko)A fisherman based out of Homer posted images on social media of halibut bycatch headed for the grinder at Kodiak’s Trident Seafoods processing plant.Listen nowThe post got a lot of attention online and sparked criticism of Trident, the Gulf of Alaska trawl fleet and a body that regulates the commercial fishing industry.A conveyor belt whisks bright red fish with bulging, quarter-sized eyes and spiny fins past workers inside Kodiak’s Trident Seafoods processing plant.“Today we’re processing rockfish caught in the waters around Kodiak, ” Paul Lumsden, plant manager for Trident Seafoods operations in Kodiak, said.Trident is the largest primary processor of seafood in the United States and is heavily invested in Alaska.“We’re a company built by fishermen for fishermen and we don’t just buy pollock or cod or crab or salmon or halibut, we buy everything that we can sustainably harvest and feed the world with. Halibut is a very important part of our business,” Lumsden said.Longtime fisherman Erik Velsko says if Trident really cares about halibut and sustainability some things need to change.Velsko recently called out Trident on Facebook posting photos and video of excessive halibut bycatch at the plant that appeared to be from the local trawl fishery and which was going to be turned into fishmeal.An overview of rock fish being sorted by workers at the Trident Seafoods plant assembly line in Kodiak, Alaska on Saturday May 27, 2018. (Photo by Daysha Eaton / KMXT)“Totes full of halibut and you know obviously they had some markings and looked a little damaged. They were not gutted or dressed, as we call ‘em, longline – so the only place they could have come off of was a trawl vessel,” Velsko said.In all, Velsko alleges there were around 15 totes, each containing about one thousand pounds of fish. The images were taken in fall 2017, when a fellow fisherman captured them but wanted to remain anonymous, so Velsko posted the images to his Facebook page this May with a paragraph alleging wastefulness.“I just threw it up there not really thinking anything of it and the next thing I knew it was all kinds of people commenting and re-sharing it,” Velsko said.At last check, Velsko’s post had been shared more than 500 times.The Trident plant in Kodiak processes many varieties of fish from all gear types. The majority of the fish processed at the plant is pollock. But they also process a significant amount of fish caught with bottom trawl gear such as pacific cod, flatfish (like rock sole, arrowtooth flounder, rex sole, and flathead sole) and rockfish. Bottom trawling involves pulling a net along the ocean floor. Sometimes they haul up halibut too.“Every fishery has some element of bycatch and it is impossible to just catch exactly what you’re after,” Julie Bonney said. Bonney is the Executive Director of Alaska Groundfish Data Bank and a paid advocate for the trawl fishery.Rock Fish on the Trident Seafoods plant assembly line in Kodiak, Alaska on Saturday May 27, 2018. (Photo by Daysha Eaton / KMXT)Bonney says the trawl fishery operates under strict regulations. They’re not allowed to keep a single halibut. She says most are discarded at sea, but ones that aren’t sorted out end up at the processing plant.“The plant is required to enumerate every one of those fish and it goes on a fish ticket. NOAA enforcement examines every fish ticket and if they feel that the vessel was egregious in terms of their sorting practices, then that vessel will get a monetary fine,” Bonney said.Bonney said there is an overall bycatch cap of 1,705 tons for the Gulf trawl fishery. It is hard to tell, she added, whether the halibut that appears in Velsko’s Facebook post was collected into those blue totes over one delivery or many deliveries of hundreds of thousands of pounds of fish headed for market.The Trident plant manager also saw Velsko’s post.“I did see the photos, yes,” Lumsden said. “And that was alarming to me. It was disheartening to say the least.”But Lumsden says the images were taken out of context.“The frustrating thing is when you see a 30-second video like that and you don’t know the background,” Lumsden said. “When that video shows a full tote, a thousand pounds of fish being dumped into a truck [it] gives a false representation like there is just tote after tote after tote after tote and that is simply not the case.”Velsko, the fisherman who posted the video, says he believes what is happening with halibut at the Trident plant in Kodiak is legal, but immoral and wasteful, and it was especially upsetting to him in light of recent restrictions on the halibut fishery due to conservation concerns.And Velsko says there’s a reason that he waited six months to post the photos and video. He wanted the issue to be front and center at the upcoming meeting of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council which is scheduled to take place in Kodiak June 4 – 11. A report about observer coverage is on the agenda.last_img read more

Quader thanks FakhrulQuader thanks Fakhrul

first_imgObaidul Quader and Mirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) general secretary Obaidul Quader on Friday thanked his counterpart in opposition, Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s (BNP) Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.Also the road transport and bridges minister, Quader thanked the BNP leader for “keeping mum over Supreme Court’s observation that BNP’s founder Ziaur Rahman grabbed power illegally”.“Maintaining silence is a sign of consent. It has been said in the observation of the 16th amendment annulment verdict that Ziaur Rahman grabbed power illegally. He [Fakhrul] registered no protests at it and gave no reactions to it. I thank him for this,” said Quader while addressing a road-side rally on the sidelines of distribution of succours among flood-hit people in Syedpur of Nilphamari.The road transport minister claimed, “I’ve not come here to visit flood-affected areas for a photo-session. Sheikh Hasina’s government will rehabilitate all of those who are really affected by the flood.”The AL leader said he has not come to the flood-affected areas empty-handed.“I’ve come here with relief goods. I’ve come here to stand by flood-hit people. We will remain beside the flood-affected people until they are rehabilitated.”The minister said the “unprecedented flood” has caused huge damages to houses, road networks, and crops of a vast track of land.In an oblique reference to Fakhrul’s visit to the flood-hit areas, Quader said, “Many have visited the flood-ravaged area, but they had nothing in their hands. They came here just to get applause. The flood-affected people got nothing from them.”last_img read more

Olly Alexander poses with ripped rainbow flag to show scale of LGBTQOlly Alexander poses with ripped rainbow flag to show scale of LGBTQ

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The video has been released to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day [10 September].In the clip, the star poses with a rainbow flag with two colors ripped from it. ‘This is the flag we shouldn’t be proud of,’ Olly explains. ‘A flag that represents the two in six LGBTQ people we risk losing to suicide.’[embedded content]‘Too many young LGBTQ Londoners experience poor mental health’Mayor of London Sadiq Khan also spoke out on the subject of mental health as part of Gay Times’ ‘The Flag We Shouldn’t Be Proud Of’ campaign.He said: ‘I’m proud that London is a symbol of diversity and progress, but we know too many young LGBTQ Londoners experience poor mental health and discrimination.’He furthermore added: ‘We need to do much more and I’m delighted to back Gay Times in trying to raise awareness of LGBTQ youth suicide.’ ‘The wellbeing of our young Londoners is vital if we are to build a healthy future for our capital,’ he also said. ‘I’m determined that all communities feel able to speak openly about their mental health and access the support they need.’‘Tackling that stigma is one part of it’King singer Olly furthermore added: ‘​There’s such a stigma around mental health that stops us from speaking out. In the workplace, in education, or even at home, it can feel difficult to express what you’re going through in the first place.’‘Tackling that stigma is one part of it,’ he furthermore continued. ‘I also think we have to have the actual services and provisions for LGBTQ people, because they are quite slim on the ground.‘The things that we can do to help that situation is to be on our local representatives so they are not defunding or shutting them down.’If you are in need of support, you can contact Switchboard via the online portal at Switchboard.lgbt or their helpline on 0300 330 0630.Here are some more LGBTI helplines for those in crisis or seeking adviceGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img Olly Alexander makes an important point about LGBTI mental health awareness in this new clip | Photo: Gay Times Years and Years frontman Olly Alexander has appeared in a powerful new video speaking about mental health awareness among LGBTQ people. Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/olly-alexander-rainbow-flag/last_img read more

What Zillow Home Loans Means for the IndustryWhat Zillow Home Loans Means for the Industry

first_img Zillow Zillow Group Zillow Home Loans 2019-04-02 David Wharton in Daily Dose, Featured, journal, News, Origination What Zillow Home Loans Means for the Industry Seattle-based Zillow Group, which houses the largest portfolio of real estate brands on mobile and web, has launched Zillow Home Loans to deliver an easier and streamlined mortgage experience to consumers. Home shoppers who visit Zillow to shop for a mortgage can now get financing directly from Zillow Home Loans.Financing is the biggest hurdle to buying a home, and most buyers say they worry about qualifying for a mortgage, according to the 2018 Zillow Group Report on Consumer Housing Trends.With Zillow Home Loans, consumers using Zillow Offers—whether they are selling to or buying from Zillow—can experience a simpler and shortened real estate transaction with the consistent, quality customer service they expect from Zillow.“Getting a mortgage is often the hardest, most complicated part of buying a home,” said Erin Lantz, VP and General Manager of Mortgages at Zillow Group. “Since our inception, Zillow has been empowering people with information and resources to make smarter real estate decisions, including helping borrowers shop for the best lender and loan for their new home. With Zillow Home Loans we are taking an incredible step forward to deliver an integrated payments platform to complete the financing for Zillow Offers that delivers a more seamless, on-demand real estate experience today’s consumers expect. We continue to offer consumers the power of choice to shop for loans directly through Zillow Home Loans or through our popular mortgage marketplace.”Homeowners using Zillow Offers to sell their home can easily secure their financing through Zillow Home Loans, giving them the certainty to be able to sell their existing home and shop for a new home simultaneously. Home shoppers who want to purchase a Zillow-owned home may use Zillow Home Loans to seamlessly finance their home purchase, giving them a convenient way to get into their new home on their timetable, with less hassle and stress. For flexibility and convenience, the use of Zillow Home Loans is not restricted to Zillow Offers’ home sales just as borrowers may still use Zillow’s mortgage marketplace to shop for a lender and loan for any home purchase or refinanced loan.Zillow Offers, now available in nine markets, reduces the stress and uncertainty that typically goes along with selling and buying a home. Potential home sellers in markets where Zillow Offers is available can request a free, no-obligation cash offer from Zillow to purchase their home. If the seller accepts the offer, they choose their closing date and then Zillow will conduct a free home evaluation to finalize the offer. Home shoppers purchasing a Zillow-owned home are getting a move-in ready home they can purchase when it’s convenient for them. Zillow Home Loans is an affiliated lending platform for Zillow Offers to deliver a better, simpler real estate transaction.The launch of Zillow Home Loans is a part of Zillow’s larger efforts to make buying and selling a home radically easier and is being done in conjunction with the rollout of a new look and feel on Zillow’s mobile apps and website.Zillow Home Loans is the re-named mortgage origination business known formerly as Mortgage Lenders of America, which was acquired by Zillow Group in the fall of 2018.Zillow Home Loans is currently headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas with over 300 employees.center_img April 2, 2019 2,759 Views Sharelast_img read more