CANADAS SMARTEST PERSON REVEALS 30 NEW COMPETITORS FOR SEASON 3 PREMIERING NOVEMBER

first_imgEpisode 305 – airing Sunday, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. (8:30NT)Tristan Campus, registered nurse from Mississauga, ONMelissa DeCiantis, 25, arborist from Mississauga, ONDustin Herbison, 29, high school shop teacher from Kelowna, BCMichelle Salt, 31, Paralympian from Calmar, ABWali Shah, 21, rapper and spoken word poet from Mississauga, ONEric Yue, 39, commissioner recreational hockey league from Victoria, BC Episode 302 – airing Sunday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. (8:30NT)Christine Cho, 36, makeup artist from Toronto, ONDonna Hartt, 46, psychic medium from Cranbrook, BCJennifer Martin, 33, copywriter from St. Phillip’s, NLChad “CJ” Studer, 38, physical education teacher from Miscouche, PEChris Williams, 54, innkeeper from Round Hill, NSJoshua Williams, 25, youth worker from Edmonton, ABEpisode 303 – airing Sunday, Nov. 27 at 8 p.m. (8:30NT)Rebecca Bromwich, 39, lawyer from Calgary, ABFrankie Cena, 24, international speech and debate coach from Vancouver, BCRyan Coelho, 30, millennial consultant from Toronto, ONGwyneth Foster, 16, high school student from Uxbridge, ONMaria Samson, 33, professional rugby player from Calgary, ABVanessa Vakharia, 35, math tutor and entrepreneur from Toronto, ON Login/Register With: CBC’s hit competition series CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON has narrowed down the field to 30 remarkable Canadians from coast to coast to coast who will put themselves to the test, squaring off each week for their latest chance to take home the title of “Canada’s Smartest Person.” From ages 16 to 62, and with diverse occupations including psychic medium, pro video gamer, neuroscientist, cancer researcher/fashion blogger, Paralympian, and law student/Miss Universe Canada, the competitors are ready to show the country what they’ve got as they tackle challenges that offer a new spin on what it truly means to be smart. CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON returns for Season 3 Sunday, Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. (8:30NT) on CBC.Each week, host Jessi Cruickshank (The Goods), with special guest judges, guides the competitors and viewers through the hour-long competition series, which illuminates how Canadians are smart based on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences. In each of the first five episodes, six competitors go head-to-head in a series of fun and revealing challenges that test six areas of intelligence: linguistic, physical, musical, visual, social and logical, with one winner advancing to the championship finale. Then, in the climactic season finale, five finalists will battle it out to claim the title of CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON. New this season is CSP SmartPlay, where viewers can join in on the fun from home by playing along in real-time on the CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON Facebook page.Introducing this season’s CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON competitors: About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Episode 301 – airing Sunday, Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. (8:30NT)Susan Forgues, 54, retired military helicopter pilot from Orleans, ONJonathan Gagnon, 31, engineer from Vancouver, BCStephanie Harvey, 30, pro video gamer from Québec City, QCVincent Law, 33, cancer researcher and fashion blogger from Calgary, ABRup Magon, 41, musician from Montréal, QCSteve Norn, 40, insurance broker from Yellowknife, NT Advertisement Episode 306 – airing Sunday, Dec. 18 at 8 p.m. (8:30NT)The five finalists will battle it out to claim the title of CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON. Find CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON: Website: cbc.ca/smartestperson/ Twitter: @CanadasSmartest #SmartestPersonFacebook: facebook.com/canadassmartestperson Instagram: CanadasSmartest-30-About Media Headquarters Media Headquarters is a leading Canadian television and digital media production company founded by executive producer Robert Cohen. The company is recognized worldwide for producing popular and innovative original content. Media Headquarters’ productions have earned dozens of international awards and the company consistently makes the Realscreen ‘Global 100’ List celebrating the world’s best non-fiction producers. Media Headquarters specializes in the creation of unscripted series, formats, drama and children’s programming. For more information visit mediahqs.net/. Advertisement Episode 304 – airing Sunday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. (8:30NT)Brittain Bancroft, 30, mechanic from Minto, NBSiera Bearchell, 23, law student and Miss Universe Canada 2016 from Moose Jaw, SKDarryl Gidyk, 42, neuroscientist from Lethbridge, ABDevon Jones, 37, personal trainer from Winnipeg, MBBruce Tsuji, 62, university professor from Ottawa, ONMichelle Zakrison, 33, lawyer from Iqaluit, NU Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

The Future of Audio and Video Programming in Canada What Will Come

first_imgConsumer Behaviour and an Evolving MarketCanadians currently enjoy audio and video content through a combination of traditional broadcast and Internet-based services. How do you think consumer behaviour will evolve in the next 5 years? What factors will influence this evolution?How do you want to access programming in the future? Do you want to use:Online or traditional providers?Global or domestic providers?Content aggregators or multiple distributors? Music, Podcasts, TV, Radio, Videos and Everything in BetweenThe Internet has expanded the ways we access content but the traditional ways still exist. Whether it’s on your TV, laptop, phone, streamed through your car, or over-the-air – content is everywhere.We want to know how you want to access audio and video content in the coming years, and how you think these changes might impact the Canadian broadcasting and telecommunications markets. Your comments and ideas will help us provide advice and guidance to the Department of Canadian Heritage.Two-Phase Consultation Oct 12 to Dec 1, 2017Phase 1 – Laying the Foundation Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Supporting Canadian Content Creation and DistributionHow is the growth in online audio and video consumption changing the business models of program creators and distributors? What are the new models?Content is generally monetized through advertising, subscription and/or transaction revenues. How are new business models shaping the evolution of these revenue sources?Many new business models are global. How will the growth of a global content rights market affect business models?Will new business models support a vibrant domestic content and distribution market? If so, which ones and why? If not, what’s missing? Canadian PolicyWhat are the legislative, public policy or regulatory measures currently in place that will facilitate or hinder a vibrant domestic market? What needs to stay in place? What needs to change? We will draw from the comments and issues raised in phase 1 to establish topics addressed in the second phase.READ MORE Advertisement Login/Register With: Keeping Pace with Growing DemandHow will fixed and mobile broadband networks keep pace with future data streaming capacity requirements, particularly in rural and remote areas? LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment What are the characteristics of a vibrant domestic content creation and distribution market? During this phase, we are looking for your thoughts on the following questions: Twitterlast_img read more

US ACTORS MAJOR TV NETWORKS AGREE TO LIMIT AUDITIONS IN HOMES HOTEL

first_imgThe largest U.S. actors’ union and the four major television networks on Saturday agreed to limit auditions in private hotel rooms and homes, ratifying a guideline the screen actors’ guild had enacted on its own following the #MeToo uproar, the union said.SAG-AFTRA, which represents 160,000 actors, and management from ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox reached a tentative agreement on a three-year contract that also includes an array of pay increases, the guild said in a statement. The deal is subject to approval by the guild’s board of directors next month.The networks and union agreed to language similar to that from the union’s own Guideline No. 1, issued in April, which called for an end to auditions, interviews and similar professional meetings in private hotel rooms or at private residences. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Advertisement SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris said at the time the goal was to eliminate the potential for “predators to exploit performers behind closed doors under the guise of a professional meeting.”The so-called casting couch has long been used by men seeking sexual favors from actresses in exchange for parts.The measures followed the industry outrage that resulted from news reports that numerous women accused Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct. Weinstein denied the allegations.The Weinstein reports led to a wave of accusations against high-profile men in politics, the media and show business, transforming the U.S. conversation about sexual harassment and assault.Women told stories about how they had been harassed using the #MeToo hashtag on social media.The scrutiny of Weinstein led to criminal charges against the producer last month. On June 5, Weinstein pleaded not guilty in Manhattan Supreme Court to charges of rape and sexual assault based on allegations from 2004 and 2013.© 2018 Reuters Login/Register With: Facebooklast_img read more

NWT facing mining sector decline report

first_imgAPTN National NewsIf you live in the North, mining has long been the one bright spot for finding good paying jobs.In fact, mining is the single largest private sector employer in Nunavut, Yukon and the Northwest Territories.However, as APTN National News reporter Wayne Rivers found out, while two of the territories are seeing an increase in mining, one of them is looking at a decline in the short term.last_img

Elsipogtog solidarity is spreading across Canada

first_imgKathleen MartensAPTN National NewsIt’s a growing grassroots response similar to that of the IdleNoMore movement. Groups across the country are mobilizing Thursday after violence broke out on the anti-fracking protest line in rural New Brunswick.First Nations people across the country are being asked to show their support for Elsipogtog protesters fighting a protest injunction being enforced by the RCMP.At least four RCMP cruisers were burned in Rexton, NB, as chaos rages following a raid by heavily-armed front line officers backed by a tactical unit including police dogs on a Mi’kmaq-led blockade that has trapped exploration vehicles belonging to a Houston-based firm conducting shale gas exploration in the province.APTN’s Ossie Michelin is reporting that RCMP officers are using sporadic volleys of tear gas to disperse the crowd that gathered near the blockade site after news spread about the police raid. Michelin said it appears police have lost control of the situation with smoke from the burning cars and tear gas drifting into the air about increasingly volatile situation.The officers were initially met Thursday morning by members of the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society which has anchored the barricades for over two weeks. Images have emerged showing a Molotov cocktail thrown at the RCMP officers as they approached one of the encampments at the site.Officers fired rubber bullets in the woods around the barricade and the RCMP has arrested Elsipogtog Chief Arren Sock and some of his councillors who went to the blockade site in solidarity. All were later releaed.Tensions were high on both sides as the raid unfolded.“Crown land belongs to the government, not to fucking natives,” APTN’s Ossie Michelin heard one of the camouflaged officers involved in the raid shout to protestors.“Go back where the fuck you came from,” shouted one of the activists at the scene.Dramatic images of the blockade have flashed across social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.Video shot by M’ikmaq Warrior member Suzanne Patles showed RCMP officers moving in with dogs.Support for the protestors quickly spread across the country.In Listuguj supporters blocked the Listuguj bridge and a section of Highway 6 near Caledonia was closed Thursday by supporters from Six Nations.There were reportedly small shows of support in New York City and Washington, D.C. outside the Canadian consulates.Supporters and activists are issuing the call for peaceful action through social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. PowerShift.ca has the most up-to-date list of events and adding more as they crop up. People are already promising to gather and light sacred fires in major cities like Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Edmonton tonight.The creators of IdleNoMore in Lethbridge, Alta., said via Twitter they wasted no time in getting a group together to march down the city’s main drag Thursday afternoon. Its hashtag was popping up on Twitter alongside #ElsipogtogSolidarity.Events are planned for the West Coast tomorrow.More to come.last_img read more

Slow start to election campaign in the Northwest Territories

first_imgAPTN National NewsAPTN’s Iman Kassam has a quick profile of the candidates of the Northwest Territories federal riding.Well, two of the main three, at least.One candidate wanted nothing to do with the story.last_img

Did Canadian military intelligence use US information on Akwesasne for threat assessment

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Canadian military’s counter-intelligence branch is keeping mum on whether intelligence from the U.S. about Akwesasne formed part of several “Threat Information Collection (TIC)” reports that mentioned the Mohawk community between 2012 and 2015.Capt. Travis Smyth, spokesperson for the Canadian Forces Intelligence Command, said Monday the military’s National Counter Intelligence Unit does not conduct direct surveillance of Akwesasne, a Mohawk community straddling the Canada-U.S. border. Smyth said the military relies on intelligence gathered by regional and local police authorities under “sharing agreements.”When APTN National News pressed Smyth on whether any of the intelligence on Akwesasne came from U.S. sources, the public affairs officer said he couldn’t comment on the question.“That, I can’t actually speak to,” said Smyth, in an interview Monday. “It is widely known that Canada is part of the ‘Five-Eyes’ info-sharing community.”Several TIC reports were released to APTN last week under the Access to Information Act.One of the TIC reports from 2012—which discussed Akwesasne as a potential threat source for the planned docking of three warships in Cornwall, Ont.—was shared among the Five-Eyes. The Five-Eyes refers to allies Canada, U.S., Great Britain, New Zealand and Australia which are part of an intelligence sharing arrangement.Akwesasne, which sits about 120 kilometres west of Montreal, straddles the Quebec-Ontario-New York State borders.U.S. Homeland Security, U.S. Border Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Administration actively monitor the U.S. side of Akwesasne primarily targeting human smuggling and marijuana shipments heading south.The Canada Border Services Agency, RCMP, Surete du Quebec and the Ontario Provincial Police all keep tabs on Akwesasne, which is viewed as a high-traffic smuggling zone because of its geographical location.While some of the military’s counter-intelligence TIC reports listed Akwesasne under headings like, “Sabotage by Criminals/Terrorists” and “Terrorism,” Smyth said the military has never found links between terrorism and Akwesasne.“The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces has not linked any potential terrorist activity with the Akwesasne Mohawk reserve,” said Smyth.Smyth said the repeated mention of Akwesasne in the ITC reports does not mean the military has the community under active surveillance.“Akwesasne is not under surveillance,” said Smyth.Smyth said the TIC reports, which also mentioned last year’s Valentine’s Day murdered and missing Indigenous women’s vigils as a possible source of “extremism,” are compiled in response to specific issues facing the Canadian military.“The Canadian Forces National Counter Intelligence Unit…is responsible for identifying, investigating and countering threats to the security of the DND/CAF personnel, property, material and information posed by foreign intelligence services, individuals and groups engaged in terrorism, espionage, sabotage subversion or organized criminal activities impacting DND/CAF security,” said Smyth, in an emailed statement sent to APTN. “The Canadian Forces National Counter Intelligence Unit routinely exchanges information with local police departments and other agencies to stay abreast of developing issues that may potentially impact military personnel or infrastructure if called upon to provide military support.”jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Elder trying to fill void of food insecurity in NWT with a

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN National NewsFood insecurity is a reality for many northern communities.But one elder in the Northwest Territories is helping bring fresh meat and fish to those who need them.The elder is doing so while upholding tradition.cmorrittjacobs@aptn.calast_img

I wanted this drawing simple and without malice Quebec cartoonist apologizes

first_imgCartoon by the Quebec artist Yannick Lemay – Posted on the @JdeMontreal Twitter accountAPTN NewsYannick Lemay, the artist whose cartoon has been widely condemned online says he wants “to apologize to anyone that I have offended.”The cartoon by the Quebec artist depicts former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson Raybould in a buckskin dress, feather in her hair, holding a tomahawk delivering a knock out punch to a battered Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Lemay, in an email to APTN News says he was, “surprised at the reaction to this caricature. The job of a caricaturist is to exaggerate situations.  Since we do no use words, we use visual codes to represent concepts,” he said.“Ms. Wilson-Raybould is a great representative of the aboriginal community who proudly defends herself, so I wanted to build her up.  I wanted this drawing simple and without malice.”On twitter, people referred to the cartoon as deeply offensive, stereotypical, racist, disgusting and despicable.Lemay said in the email, “I realize today that I used bad visual codes to elevate her Aboriginal ancestry.“I draw a great lesson.”This is the latest cartoon depicting Wilson Raybould to come under fire in the last week.Political cartoonist and author, Michael de Adder depicting Wilson Raybould in a boxing ring tied to a chair with tape over her mouth while former advisor Gerald Butts gives advice to Trudeau, also was lambasted.De Adder apologized and today responded to Lemay’s cartoon in a tweet.“Editorial cartoonists need to have a serious discussion about our craft and how we depict gender and race.“We need to try harder. Re: @ygreck,” he wrote.news@aptn.ca@aptnnewslast_img read more

Saganash discusses his exit from politics Jack Layton and UNDRIP bill We

first_imgNation to NationRomeo Saganash says he has been fighting for Indigenous people most of his life.In fact, he knows when that battle really started.“I started in 1981 with late grand chief Billy Diamond who asked me to work on these issues for his mandate back then,” said Saganash Thursday on the final episode of Nation to Nation this season.That’s why he tabled Bill C-262 in 2016 as it would require Canada to align its laws with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which articulates the global minimum human rights standards for Indigenous peoples.But it’s not law yet and time is running out. There are just a few weeks left to do it before Parliament breaks for the summer and gears up for the fall federal election.“We are in 2019. This is a place that everybody assumes to be a progressive place called Canada,” said Saganash.His bill, which is endorsed by the Liberals, is currently tied up in the Senate where it’s been for months. Conservative senators are said to be slowing it down.“We could be leaders. Our institutions to refuse this legislation will be probably the most disappointing fact in my life,” said Saganash.To read more on the bill’s current state read this story by APTN News reporter Justin Brake.But Saganash talks about more than the bill.He said when he was first elected in 2011 he always planned on two terms.He also talks about the late Jack Layton recruiting him and what could have been for the NDP if the leader didn’t pass away from cancer.However, he feels the NDP stand a decent chance in the fall election because of the squabbling between the Liberals and Conservatives.But there are more bills trying to beat the clock on Parliament Hill, particularly those affecting Indigenous child welfare and languages.Our political panel takes one last crack at the issues.Liberal MP Dan Vandal and NDP MP Georgina Jolibois sparred over just how much consultation was used to craft the child welfare legislation. The Liberals voted down most amendments to C-92 this week.“First of all, it’s important to note on both C-92, child welfare, and C-91, languages, there was extensive consultation. There was over a thousand (crosstalk), if I can finish my thought without being interrupted. There was over a thousand people consulted from chiefs to grassroots people,” said Vandal who was interrupted by Jolibois.“The witnesses spoke about both pieces of legislation and they need to improve. And again the government dismissing … (Tuesday), the Liberal MP said the work of Dr. Cindy Blackstock wasn’t that significant, wasn’t that important,” said Jolibois.Nation to Nation will be back in the fall right in time for the federal election.last_img read more

Indigenous group says Trans Mountain bid could be ready next week

first_imgThe Canadian PressAn Indigenous-led group says it will soon be ready to make a bid for majority ownership of the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline currently owned by the federal government.The group, called Project Reconciliation, says it will be prepared as early as next week to talk with Ottawa about its proposal for a 51 per cent stake in the pipeline.Project Reconciliation says the bid will be underwritten by contracts with pipeline customers and not rely on taxpayers.The group says almost 340 Indigenous communities across B.C., Alberta, and Saskatchewan could choose to share ownership of the pipeline, which is designed to ship crude oil from the oilsands to the West Coast.“There’s real momentum towards Indigenous ownership,” said Delbert Wapass, founder and executive chair of Project Reconciliation in a statement.“It’s exciting to see support is growing in governments and among Indigenous people. There is a pipeline to reconciliation and we should take it.”Project ReconciliationProject Reconciliation says it plans to set aside 80 per cent of future proceeds from the pipeline into a type of sovereign wealth fund to ensure longer-term benefits for Indigenous communities in Western Canada.A separate Indigenous-led group called the Iron Coalition is looking to secure ownership of the pipeline for First Nations and Metis communities in Alberta. The group says it would distribute proceeds to member communities based on ownership share and population.The government says it is open to Indigenous ownership of the project and will host discussions in Vancouver, Victoria, Edmonton and Kamloops, B.C. later this month with Indigenous groups to further discussions on potential participation in the economic development of the project.Ottawa reapproved the pipeline last month after its initial go-ahead was quashed by the Federal Court of Appeal over incomplete Indigenous consultations and a faulty environmental review. The government bought the pipeline for $4.5 billion last year in an effort to keep the expansion project alive.The project has support from some Indigenous groups along the route, but faces intense opposition from others, especially on the coast.In May, the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs warned First Nations in an open letter that they should reconsider investing in the pipeline because it faces many hurdles, including Indigenous land claims, and it is unlikely to be as profitable as the government says.Chief Leah George-Wilson of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation said after the most recent approval that it will appeal Ottawa’s decision to the Federal Court of Appeal.last_img read more

Manhunt continues in northern Manitoba Monday

first_imgbandrews@aptn.ca Beverly AndrewsAPTN NewsThe search for the two men wanted in connection to the death of a young couple and another man in British Columbia continues in northern Manitoba.And RCMP got some help from Winnipeg’s own Bear Clan Patrol – an Indigenous neighbourhood watch group.So much so, that Bear Clan volunteers think they spotted the suspects scrounging in the landfill in York Landing.last_img

Business of Tech Loot crates and laptop gaming

first_imgThe Business of Tech is a weekly, ‘byte’-sized look into some of the top business stories in the world of technology, hosted by 660’s Jonathan Muma.S1E15: This week, Jonathan speaks with Mobile Syrup Senior Editor Patrick O’Rourke about the future of ‘loot crates’ in gaming after the fallout from their implementation into Star Wars Battlefront 2. He also talks with Colin Robertson of Sportsnet 590 The Fan’s Got Game about the future of laptop gaming.Audio Playerhttps://www.660news.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/sites/8/2017/11/28/business-of-tech-nov-24-s1e15.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Canadian Pacific Railway says tearing up NAFTA poses limited risk to company

first_imgCALGARY – The potential dismantling of NAFTA is a concern because of its impact on the overall North American economy, but its direct effect on Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) would be limited, CEO Keith Creel said Thursday.Transportation analysts have identified the end of the North American Free Trade Agreement, as sometimes threatened by U.S. President Donald Trump, as one of the biggest risks to Canadian railways this year. Negotiations to modernize the deal start again next week in Montreal.“We’re paying attention to it but, at a micro level, our direct commodity exposure is fairly modest,” Creel said on a conference call with analysts after reporting fourth-quarter financial results that slightly beat analyst expectations.“Thirty per cent of our business is cross-border, but this number overstates our true exposure,” said Creel. “Our cross-border is primarily agricultural products — stuff like grain, potash, fertilizers, chemicals … The reality is the U.S. relies heavily on these raw materials that we’re shipping south to support the overall economy.”St. Louis-based analyst Dan Sherman of Edward Jones said he agrees with Creel.“We need the wood, we need the potash. Those things are important for us,” Sherman said. “So we’re probably going to continue to buy it from Canada, and if there’s a slightly larger tariff, that’s going to make hardly any difference.”Analyst Kevin Chiang of CIBC World Markets said in a report earlier this month that a U.S. government move to disband the continental free trade agreement could cause a similar reaction to the immediate 10 per cent drop in market values in the aftermath of the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom.CP Rail said Thursday that fourth-quarter revenue grew by five per cent to $1.71 billion from $1.64 billion in the same period a year ago, aided by enhanced service offerings and strategic partnerships with customers.It said net income rose to $984 million in the last three months of the year from $384 million a year earlier. That was mainly due to a non-cash provision of $527 million to account for deferred income tax recoveries from U.S. tax reforms enacted in December, which more than made up for tax increases by the Saskatchewan and B.C. governments.Freight revenue from metals, minerals, and consumer products grew 30 per cent, while energy, chemicals and plastics jumped 20 per cent.Chief marketing officer John Brooks said on the call he expects 2018 revenue growth in “the mid-single digits” and adjusted earnings per share growth in the low double-digits, thanks to strong global potash demand, a large Canadian grain crop and steady coal shipments.Sherman said he’s also bullish on CP Rail’s prospects, noting it has more capacity to grow than its competitors.CP Rail says its operating ratio, a measure of operating expenses as a percentage of revenues, fell slightly to 56.1 per cent in the fourth quarter from 56.2 per cent in the year-earlier period. It was 57.4 per cent for 2017, down from 58.6 in 2016.For the year, revenue was $6.55 billion in 2017, compared with $6.23 billion in 2016.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

AP source Fox gets Thursday night football for 5 years 3B

first_imgBLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Fox and the NFL have agreed to a five-year deal for Thursday night football games.Those games previously were televised by CBS and NBC, two of the league’s other network partners. Fox announced Wednesday that it will televise 11 games between Weeks 4 and 15, with simulcasts on NFL Network and Fox Deportes.Fox, which has the Sunday afternoon NFC package, will produce all of the games under the deal, which is worth a little more than $3 billion, according to a person with direct knowledge of the terms of the deal who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the league didn’t announce its value.“This is a single partner deal, we are not splitting the package,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a conference call. “We had tremendous amount of interest from all the broadcast partners, all of whom wanted it exclusively. We felt this was the best opportunity for the NFL to grow the Thursday night package.”Goodell added that the league is exploring partnerships with digital outlets, also in conjunction with Fox.The NFL has broadcast deals “five years out” with its other partners — ESPN has the Monday night package — so five years on this agreement made sense.“Fundamentally, Fox was built on football,” said Peter Rice, president of 21st Century Fox, nothing that 25 years ago, the NFC package “helped launch a fledgling network into what it is today.”“These opportunities come along very, very infrequently,” he added. “You either have the rights to the most-watched content in media or you don’t. If you don’t take the opportunity, this won’t come up again for five years. We believe in buying the very best rights, and the best rights are the NFL.”CBS and NBC each paid $450 million for the previous two-year package.“We explored a responsible bid for Thursday Night Football but in the end are very pleased to return to entertainment programming on television’s biggest night,” CBS said in a statement. “At the same time, we look forward to continuing our terrific long-term partnership with the NFL on Sunday afternoons, with more than 100 games per season including next year’s Super Bowl 53.”Fox could have a conflict if weather causes a World Series game to be postponed from Wednesday to Thursday. In recent years, Series Game 2 and 6 have been scheduled for Wednesday.“In that hypothetical kind of a scenario, the World Series game would stay on Fox and our Thursday night game would become an FS1/NFL Network simulcast,” Fox spokesman Eddie Motl said.Goodell noted that the Thursday night games are a place for innovation.“One of the things we’ve taken into consideration with Thursday night in general is to evolve this package, to use it as an opportunity to learn, to understand where these various platforms are going, and what we can do to make it a more attractive experience for our fans,” he said. “We will look at that in that context, and the term will be consistent with what it will take to make sure that we continue to evolve that platform as well as the experience for our fans.”That means streaming outlets, of course.“We have accepted bids for digital partners,” Goodell said. “We have very healthy competition. In fact, I would say it’s unprecedented competition from a number of digital partners.“As I say, we put our focus on the broadcast package first. … We are not required to go coterminous with the broadcasts. We can do any length of deal that we get to an agreement on with that digital partner. As I mentioned earlier, we will be doing this in co-operation with our Fox partners.”___For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

NYC agency investigating more than a dozen Kushner buildings

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – New York City’s buildings regulator launched investigations at more than a dozen Kushner Cos. properties Wednesday following an Associated Press report that the real estate developer routinely filed false paperwork claiming it had zero rent-regulated tenants in its buildings across the city.The Department of Buildings is investigating possible “illegal activity” involving applications that sought permission to begin construction work at 13 of the developer’s buildings, according to public records maintained by the regulator. The AP reported Sunday that Kushner Cos. stated in more than 80 permit applications that it had zero rent-regulated tenants in its buildings when it, in fact, had hundreds.The false filings were made while Kushner Cos. was run by Jared Kushner, now senior adviser to his father-in-law, President Donald Trump. The false filings were all signed by a Kushner employee, sometimes by its chief operating officer. None were signed by Jared Kushner himself.The false documents allowed the Kushner Cos. to escape extra scrutiny during construction at 34 of its buildings, many which showed a sharp decline in rent-regulated units following the work. Housing Rights Initiative, a watchdog group that uncovered the false filings, says that made it easier for the Kushner Cos. to harass the low-paying, rent-regulated tenants so they would leave, freeing up apartments for higher-paying tenants.The Kushner Cos. said Wednesday that it is the victim of “politically motivated attacks.” It said it values and respects its tenants and operates under “the highest legal and ethical standards.”In earlier statements the company said it outsourced preparation of its permit applications to third parties, and described the wrong information as “mistakes or typographical errors.” It also said it corrected mistakes as soon as it spotted them.The buildings department confirmed on Wednesday that its building marshal’s office had launched investigations into possible false paperwork.“Our building marshal is a key part of our Tenant Harassment Task Force,” spokesman Joseph Soldevere said. “And when they inspect a building they look into everything from the roof to the cellar to find illegal construction, and that’s what they are doing.”The agency has disciplined a contractor involved in false filings at two Kushner buildings, he said.The Kushners Cos. filed more than one permit application at many of the buildings under investigation. At least 10 of the 29 applications under investigation were filed by prior owners.On Monday, the city council launched a joint investigation with Housing Rights Initiative into the false filings.The heads of the joint investigations, Councilman Ritchie Torres, a Democrat, and Housing Rights Initiative founder Aaron Carr, said in a statement that they were encouraged by the buildings department probe, but that more needed to be done.“The predatory practices of Kushner Companies is symptomatic of a systemic failure in DOB enforcement,” it said.last_img read more

Canada faces new trade tests from Italy as feds battle challenges on

first_imgOTTAWA – Add Italy to the growing list of Canada’s trade headaches.Italy’s agriculture minister said his country’s new government won’t ratify the Canada-European Union free trade accord, media reports said Thursday. Gian Marco Centinaio, whose government is led by a populist coalition, also insisted he’s heard doubts about the 28-country deal from many of his European colleagues.The development adds to Canada’s collection of trade challenges, which already include deep uncertainty surrounding the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement, hefty steel and aluminium tariffs imposed recently by the United States and the threat of more to come on automobiles.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, in Washington on Thursday to try to jump start stalled NAFTA negotiations, told reporters she believes Italy will eventually sign on to the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement, or CETA.Freeland noted that Austria was initially reluctant to ratify CETA, but eventually came around.“I’m confident we will have full ratification at the end,” said Freeland, who added she had a “good” conversation about CETA with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte during last weekend’s G7 summit in Quebec.Ninety-eight per cent of CETA came into effect last September on a provisional basis. The deal was settled in 2016 after years of talks, but all E.U. nations must now vote on it independently.NAFTA, however, was the main topic of discussion for Freeland on Thursday during an hour-long meeting with U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer.Canada, Mexico and the U.S. will continue negotiating NAFTA through the summer, although specific dates haven’t been set, she said.“We’re going to make a real push over the summer,” said Freeland, who called the meeting “constructive.”“I think all three countries are clear that meaningful progress has been made to date and we need to keep working hard to get to a deal.”Several Canadian cabinet ministers have been reaching out to their American counterparts this week in an effort to advance NAFTA talks and to persuade the Trump administration to back down from his steel and aluminum tariffs.Lighthizer and Freeland also discussed the tariffs, which have been at the centre of an increasingly ugly dispute between the U.S. and many of its closest allies, including Canada.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called the tariffs “insulting” because they are based on the premise Canada poses a national security risk to the U.S. and has announced dollar-for-dollar retaliatory duties on a wide range of American imports. Trudeau’s push back earned him an unprecedented personal attack from Trump and his emissaries after the G7 summit.The E.U. and other countries have also threatened retaliatory tariffs against the U.S. The Canadian countermeasures are to go into effect July 1.During her meeting with Lighthizer, Freeland said she underlined Canada’s concerns over what she calls the “illegal” national-security consideration.“I was very clear about that. I’m confident that Ambassador Lighthizer heard and understood that,” she said.“The Canadian strategy on the tariffs was, and will continue to be, that we will not escalate and we also will not back down.”Brian Kingston of the Business Council of Canada was encouraged to hear the NAFTA talks could continue this summer. He said staying at the table could lead to progress on smaller issues while the process navigates the upcoming Mexican presidential election and the U.S. congressional midterms, which are both expected to slow things down.“You can kind of clear out that undergrowth, take brackets off texts and get to a point where we’ve just got those big issues and we can make a deal,” said Kingston, the council’s vice-president of international and fiscal policy.On CETA, Kingston said the comments from Italy were “concerning.” But he noted its provisional implementation means the commercial benefits are already being realized and that there’s no set timeline for E.U. states to ratify.Without ratification, however, the agreement’s investment provisions and its investor court system won’t come into force, he said.“Obviously, for certainty reasons, people prefer this to be done relatively quickly,” said Kingston, whose group represents many of Canada’s largest corporations.“Companies always benefit from having investment certainty when they’re entering into a market. So, having those investment provisions would be absolutely beneficial.”International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne visited Italy a few days ago to sell the merits of CETA to the new Italian government, which took power on June 1.On Thursday, Champagne said 12 countries have already ratified the deal and he argued Italy’s exports to Canada are up eight per cent since the provisional agreement came into effect. He called it a “gold standard” deal because it offers protections for the environment and labour rights.Champagne also introduced legislation Thursday in Parliament in support of the controversial 11-nation, Pacific Rim trade pact, which is known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership.Ottawa attracted criticism for the move as groups, including the United Steelworkers and Council of Canadians, warned the CPTPP is a business-friendly deal that will give multinationals the power to sue governments in Canada.“The Liberal government is set to fast-track Canada’s inclusion in the TPP, while most Canadians know little about the impact of this secretly negotiated trade agreement,” United Steelworkers national director Ken Neumann said in a statement.“It will worsen inequality, further erode Canada’s manufacturing and industrial base. It will eliminate more middle-class jobs, increase drug prices and drive down wages, working conditions and environmental standards.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

DHX Media completes strategic review with agency deal for China and Asia

first_imgHALIFAX – DHX Media Ltd.’s shares closed up more than 10 per cent Tuesday after it announced a deal with a division of Global Brands Group to boost distribution and sales of its Peanuts brand in China and elsewhere in Asia as the final step of its strategic review.The children’s entertainment company said late Monday it has also suspended its quarterly dividend, cut staff, and streamlined operations as part of the review it started in late 2017 as the company struggled with debt and poor financial results.Halifax-based DHX said the dividend cut will free up $10 million a year while operational changes will save about $11 million a year that it can put towards debt and future content.The news helped send the company’s share price to as high as $1.76 before closing up 14 cents or 10.3 per cent at $1.50 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The company’s stock plunged by a third to $1.13 in mid-September to a six-year low after a weaker-than-expected preview of its fourth-quarter results.Going forward, the company will focus on its WildBrain business to capitalize on the rising popularity of YouTube for children, and on using its stable of shows and characters to produce premium original content for major streaming services.“We are well-positioned to enter our next stage of growth, focused on what we identified during the strategic review as the two largest opportunities for kids’ and family content,” said executive chairman Michael Donovan in a statement.The five-year agreement with Global Brands Group subsidiary CAA Global Brand Management Group LLP will see the firm work to increase Peanuts’ presence in Asia by extending the brand’s reach across multiple licensing categories.DHX said China and Asia hold the potential for significant growth of the Peanuts brand. The company said it expects a 35 per cent increase in revenues for the brand in the region over the length of the deal.The company sold a 39-per-cent stake in the Peanuts entertainment business to a Sony Corp. division for US$178 million in May, having bought 80 per cent of the business for US$345 million a year earlier.The strategic review also saw the company appoint a new leadership team including a new chief executive, chief financial officer, operating officer and commercial officer, cut its footprint by 3,150 square metres, and bring some Peanuts agency representation in-house.The completion of the strategic review came as DHX reported a loss attributable to shareholders of $14.1 million or 10 cents per share on $434.4 million in revenue for the financial year ended June 30. That compared with a loss of $3.6 million or three cents per share on $298.7 million in revenue for the previous year.Companies in this story: (TSX:DHX)last_img read more

Royal brides personalized wedding touches strike a chord

first_imgWith two blockbuster British royal weddings this year and an enduring fascination with the Brits, American brides craving a regal look with personal twists can find plenty of inspiration.While royal wedding fashion will have an influence on bridal trends in the United States, American brides are continually looking for ways to personalize their wedding to reflect their own style. The royal brides, the former Meghan Markle and Princess Eugenie, did just that.“Today’s bride really wants to make her wedding her own,” said Lisa Gooder, executive director of Brides. “She doesn’t want something that she’s seen other people do. She wants something that can feel personal to her.”“The royal weddings gave women examples of how to do that, and also perhaps some of the confidence to go and make this decision,” she said. “These royal trends that we saw from the weddings will be repeated, but today’s bride really wants to look unique and like herself, and the personalization elements are the takeaways she can bring to her own wedding.”Shelley Brown, fashion and beauty editor at The Knot, also noted the personal touches these royal brides incorporated into their day — their second gowns for evening that hit a fashion high note, and beauty and accessories choices that spoke to a bride looking like herself.“Both of these brides infused their classic looks with their own personality, and I think that’s a trend that will be influential,” Brown said, adding that their example shows “you can personalize even a classic wedding-day look.”Here’s a closer look at their fashion and beauty choices that might prove influential:Even before nearly 30 million people in the United States tuned in to watch Meghan marry Prince Harry in St. George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle on May 19, she was a fashion force, driving sales and sellouts. Since the former “Suits” actress became the Duchess of Sussex, bridal gowns inspired by her wedding dresses — the Givenchy ceremony gown with three-quarter-length sleeves and bateau neckline, and the custom, high-neck Stella McCartney number she donned for her evening reception — have turned up on the bridal runways in New York.“There were a few dresses inspired by the Givenchy dress, but the Stella McCartney dress seemed to resonate with bridal designers,” Brown said, adding that its mock turtleneck is a more unique silhouette in bridalwear. “That was a style we saw a version of in pretty much every collection.”The evening gown is a wearable look, Gooder said, which may appeal to brides jetting off to a destination wedding. “The halter neckline makes it a little bit sexy but still covered up, and that kind of chiffon fabric is always flattering and pretty,” she said.Both brides wore a second gown on their wedding day. (Eugenie wore a blush Zac Posen dress for evening.)Gooder said that’s a trend, noting that the former Kate Middleton, now Duchess of Cambridge, changed for her evening reception in 2011. “I think that Meghan putting that out there in such a public way really made it something that every bride wants to do,” Gooder said.For her ceremony on Oct. 12, also at St. George’s, Eugenie wore a long-sleeve Peter Pilotto gown with a deep V neckline in the back, a design feature she requested to reveal her scar from childhood scoliosis surgery.“Eugenie felt her scar was an important part of her story,” Brown said. “That probably does speak to a lot of brides who don’t want to fit into a certain mould and don’t feel like they have to.”It’s the idea of being true to yourself, a theme also expressed through accessories. The duchess’ veil had hand-embroidered flowers from the Commonwealth countries, along with the California poppy to represent her home state.Eugenie made the choice to forgo a veil, possibly to showcase the back of her dress, and wore a diamond-and-emerald tiara, which stood out for the unexpected choice of the brilliant green gems, Brown said.The duchess wore minimal, natural makeup and unfussy hair on her wedding day.Said Brown, “That fact that you could see her freckles, her hair wasn’t in a perfect updo — is reflective of trends we’ve seen in bridal beauty and what we’ll see going forward.”___Lisa A. Flam is a news and lifestyles reporter in New York. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook .Lisa A. Flam, The Associated Presslast_img read more