Ottawa man who discovered police officers comments talks about Chiefs response

first_imgAPTN National NewsEarlier this week, Veldon Coburn ignited a firestorm in Ottawa when he outed a senior police officer for making racist comments.The comments were linked to the death of Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook.The officer made a number of disparaging comments about Indigenous people including:“It’s not a murder case….it’s could be a suicide, accidental, she got drunk and fell in the river and drowned who knows…..typically many Aboriginals have very short lifespans, talent or not.“Because much of the aboriginal population in Canada is just satisfied being alcohol or drug abusers, living in poor conditions etc.” They have to have the will to change, it’s not society’s fault.”According to Ottawa police Chief Charles Bordeleau, the officer is still working. ‘Coburn took his concerns to the chief of police.news@aptnnewslast_img read more

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Chicago dramas do big business for NBC

NEW YORK — Producer Dick Wolf’s factory of Chicago dramas is becoming increasingly important for NBC.The Nielsen company said both “Chicago PD” and “Chicago Fire” scored their highest ratings in nearly two years last week with crossover episodes where they shared casts. “Chicago Med” actually had the biggest audience of the triumvirate with 9.1 million viewers, although the other two were close behind.All three shows were among the 11 most-watched programs on prime-time television last week. After the finale of “America’s Got Talent Champions” last week, they were the most popular programs on NBC.The Oscars led ABC to a weekly win in the ratings.The Associated Press

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Bank of Montreal to open tech campus in old Sears HQ at

TORONTO — The Bank of Montreal is taking over a four-storey space in the Toronto Eaton Centre in a bid to attract the high-tech talent it needs to bring ideas to the market quicker.The bank’s plans, unveiled on Thursday, include an “urban campus” that will take over the former Sears Canada digs at the mall and house 3,500 employees when it opens in 2021.Chief executive Darryl White called it “central to the business transformation underway at BMO.”“We are changing the way we work all across the bank and through the strategic partnerships that we create…so that we can move faster and take new ideas to our customers quickly,” he said to a crowd of hundreds of his employees, who had gathered at the mall for the announcement.In recent years, the large Canadian banks have been competing for talent. Last year, Scotiabank opened its “digital factory” compete with a bowling alley and speakeasy to attract highly skilled workers.BMO declined to say what it was spending on its space, but called it a “meaningful investment.”It said the campus will offer “advanced digital technology, open floorplans, a variety of collaborative work areas and easy underground PATH access to other major BMO locations, public transit, and hundreds of restaurants and entertainment options.”John Sullivan, president and CEO of Eaton Centre-owner Cadillac Fairview, said the mall and bank had been discussing the campus for at least a year.He said Cadillac Fairview has invested more than $1.4 billion in the mall over the last six years with a goal of making it “the ultimate destination for retail, for office and for innovation.”“I look at this new lease and this new project that we are doing together with BMO and I think it is a culmination of all those efforts,” Sullivan said. read more

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Supreme Court will again hear challenge to affirmative action at University of

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court said Monday it will dive back into the fight over the use of race in admissions at the University of Texas, a decision that presages tighter limits on affirmative action in higher education.The justices said they will hear for a second time the case of a white woman who was denied admission to the university’s flagship Austin campus.The conservative-leaning federal appeals court in New Orleans has twice upheld the university’s admissions process, including in a ruling last year that followed a Supreme Court order to reconsider the woman’s case.The case began in 2008 when Abigail Fisher, who is white, was denied admission to the University of Texas’s flagship Austin campus because she did not graduate in the top 10 per cent of her high school class — the criterion for 75 per cent of the school’s admissions. The university also passed her over for a position among the remaining 25 per cent, which is reserved for special scholarships and people who meet a formula for personal achievement that includes race as a factor.Edward Blum, who helped engineer Fisher’s lawsuit, said he is encouraged by the court’s second look at the case. “The outcome of this case may bring our nation closer to the day when a student’s race and ethnicity is not a factor that a school may consider during the admissions process,” Blum said.University of Texas president Greg Fenves defended the school’s admissions policy as narrowly-tailored and constitutional. Fenves said the use of race “as one factor in an individualized, holistic admissions policy allows us to assemble a student body that brings with it the educational benefits of diversity for all students.”The case went to the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2013. But rather than issue a definitive ruling on affirmative action, the justices voted 7-1 to tell a lower appeals court to take another look at Fisher’s lawsuit. That meant the university’s admissions policies remained unchanged.Last year, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals again upheld the university’s admissions policy. Fisher is a graduate of Louisiana State University.Justice Elena Kagan is not taking part in the case. She sat out the first round as well, presumably because of her work on the case when she served in the Justice Department before joining the court.The case, Fisher v. University of Texas, 14-981, will be argued in the fall.___Associated Press writer Jim Vertuno contributed to this report from Austin, Texas. Supreme Court will again hear challenge to affirmative action at University of Texas by Mark Sherman, The Associated Press Posted Jun 29, 2015 11:13 am MDT read more

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LaQuinton Ross looks to lead score for Buckeyes in 201314

Junior forward LaQuinton Ross (10) takes a free throw during an exhibition game against Walsh Nov. 3 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 93-63.Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternDeshaun Thomas. Jared Sullinger. Evan Turner. Three names that live in Ohio State basketball lore — Buckeye stars that took a boatload of points with them when each left college ball.Since 2009, those three players each led OSU in scoring over the course of a season. Thomas averaged 19.8 points per game last season, Sullinger scored 17.5 per contest in 2011-12 and Turner tallied 20.4 in 2009-10. All three players are now in the professional ranks, and OSU is looking for someone to fill their shoes.Many OSU faithful are looking for one junior forward from Jackson, Miss., to be that player for the Buckeyes this season: LaQuinton Ross.Ross was fourth on the team in 2012-13 with 8.3 points per game, a total he managed while only averaging 16.9 of the 40 minutes during a game.Although the season has yet to officially get under way, Ross is already off to a good start after tying the team lead with 15 points in an exhibition match against Walsh Sunday.Ross said during OSU Media Day Oct. 10 even if he isn’t the team’s leading scorer this year, he feels like he has grown into a leader for the Buckeyes.“That’s one thing I worked on too, also — communicating with my teammates more. Because I think down the line, they’re going to need me a little bit more than they needed me last year,” Ross said. “Knowing that if I’m not talking to them, they’re not going to look at me in the game.”Ross added in his expanded role this season, he has had to bulk up to be able to defend bigger players.“I don’t think it was as much getting points, I think it was more just being able to take that contact in the Big Ten,” Ross said about adding weight. “With the Big Ten being physical, and this year, seeing how small we play, (I’ll) definitely (be) having to guard (bigger players) this year … It might have some plays where I switch off and we’re playing Purdue and I have to guard (a big guy) and I can’t be under 200 pounds doing that.”Because he might have to defend those larger players, Ross said he now weighs 225 pounds, up from the 215 he played at last season.Senior guard Aaron Craft said Ross has grown into more of a team player instead of a just a player who looks to shoot first.“He’s done a phenomenal job coming in right now and not taking everything on himself. Is he playing perfect? No. But he’s doing a great job of playing with other people right now,” Craft said at Media Day. “He’s communicating. He’s talking on defense and offense and that makes us a better team. He’s feeling that role pretty well.”But Craft made clear Ross wasn’t expected to step in and be exactly what Thomas was last season.“Is he going to be Deshaun? Absolutely not. But he’s bringing his own twist that Deshaun can’t do either,” Craft said.Craft added that although Ross is talented, replacing the scoring Thomas brought to the table is going to be a team effort this season.“You can’t replace Deshaun with just one person,” Craft said. “Even with him, we shot one of the worst percentages in coach (Thad Matta’s) career here at Ohio State (45.1 percent). Our biggest focus is being able to knock down open shots, elevating our shooting percentage and that opens up countless other things on the offensive end.”Ross was vital to OSU’s run to the Elite Eight last season, as he averaged 15 points per game during the NCAA Tournament, including scoring 17 against both Iowa State and Arizona.Against Arizona, Ross made an impression, hitting a game winning 3-pointer with two seconds left on the clock.Matta said Ross finished last year well, and that since the season ended, he has grown into a more aware player.“LaQuinton finished the season on a high note, I think that he had hit his stride in terms of having a better understanding of what we need him to do and how we need him to do it,” Matta said during Media Day. “One of the biggest things I’ve noticed thus far is he’s got a much broader vision offensively than what he had in the past.”Consistency should be a big focus for Ross this season, Matta added.“From the standpoint of LaQuinton, his entire playing career a lot has been based on potential and he and I have had that discussion,” Matta said. “It’s time to be productive, but probably more important it’s time to be consistent and that to me would supersede any expectations that anybody outside of the program can possibly put on him.”OSU is scheduled to begin regular season play Saturday at noon against Morgan State at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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GEEK PICK OF THE DAY A Scarf Fit to Destroy Half of

first_img The world is crazy about Thanos right now, well half of the world. The other half is very fussy with him, me included. You know what you did THADDY! But that didn’t deter ThinkGeek from putting their noodles together with Marvel to create this one of a kind Infinity Gauntlet scarf. This is another stellar entry in the  Gear Up Collection they’re formed with the famous comic company.I’ve actually been using this scarf to tuck into my jacket on chilly nights. The light gauzy material is perfect for breezy spring/summer evenings. It’s soft and surprisingly comfy. And it’s got all the Infinity Stones waiting for you, no soul sacrifices required or endless searching across the galaxies.It won’t, however, protect you from super soldiers trying to rain on your parade of universal domination. We tested it on our roof just to make sure of that. But Film Jackets’ Captain America Stealth piece couldn’t stop the all-around badass-ness of the scarf. It still managed to glimmer in the sunlight even under all the strength and might of Steve Rogers (played by Victoria Song). That’s right each little gauntlet has shimmery foil thread woven through, just to give it that extra pop of villainry.The scarf is pretty long (70″ x 44″), which is great because it gives you a million options of how to tie it up and style it. It’s thin enough to bunch together in a coat or hoodie without it looking bulky. And just like Thanos, you can do it all yourself, no lackeys required to get wrapped up in it. The scarf is currently $19.99 and perfect for any pal entrenched in Avengers frenzy. It’ll keep you cozy for the next 12 months while we wait for the ol’ number 4. So just promise not to snuff out existence if you nab one. But honestly, you’ll look too good to care.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls last_img read more

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Barros Schelotto The BocaRiver final will be eternal

first_imgManager Guillermo Barros Schelotto, revealed just how important a Boca vs River Copa Libertadores final will be for the world of football.The Boca-River Copa Libertadores final is fast approaching next Saturday, manager Guillermo Barros Schelotto wanted to give us an idea of how he is feeling right now as one of the two managers for this historic game.La Bombonera Stadium will open its doors on Saturday for the first leg of a two-match final, which will give us an idea of the magnitude that a game like this has around the world.We are truly convinced that Schelotto is right about one thing, none of us are ready to live an experience such as this one and there is a lot of expectation building up around this final.There are even reports from renowned journalist Martin Liberman, that confirm Russian president Vladimir Putin, considering the options of possibly traveling to Argentina for one of the two matches.Barros Schelotto is already mentally preparing for such a monumental task, a game in which both squads arrive at the very top of their game and they should decide which of both squads is worthy of playing the Club World Cup against Real Madrid in December.But most importantly, this final will decide which is both squads is the absolute king of the American Continent.Un lujo hablar con un entrenador que pronto estará en España. Guillermo Barros Schelotto: “Es la final eterna contra el rival eterno” https://t.co/du2fTpZLIU vía @marca @BocaJrsOficial— Diego Pico (@D_pico_) November 8, 2018The Boca Juniors manager offered an interview to Marca, where he discussed the importance of this match: “Playing this final is a huge merit for both Boca and River,” said Guillermo.“Facing these two matches won’t be an easy task for either of us, it will be a very close couple of games.”“I have no idea if this will be similar to what happened between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in the two Champions League finals, but it has the potential to be very similar.”“Reaching a final like this is truly incredible… and it’s even more incredible having River Plate as the rival. In every single sense imaginable, from the build-up it musters until the importance that is a great final such as this one.”“We have reached this point, but we still haven’t won anything. Boca Juniors always demands victory and we have a worthy rival that always demands the same.”“This goes far beyond what we feel and any expectation, imagining what it would be like is very complicated because it’s never happened before. The fact that it’s a Boca-River Copa Libertadores final is very special indeed,” he added.River Plate v Boca Juniors - Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2018Match Preview: River Plate vs Boca Juniors Boro Tanchev – September 1, 2019 It is time for one of the most intense derby games in the world, as River Plate and Boca Juniors go head-to-head tonight at 22:00 (CET).Habla Guillermo Barros Schelotto en la previa de la primera final de la Libertadores contra River pic.twitter.com/O7yFOpHtPd— Augusto Cesar (@Augustocesar22) November 7, 2018You have to understand that this will be a final against our most hated historic rival, reaching this stage against the biggest rival ever is simply fantastic for both Boca and River.Both clubs have managed to defeat incredibly competitive Brazilian clubs. Even though the Argentina National Team hasn’t done great things, this final speaks very well about the state of football in our country.More than the competition or that one of both clubs will lose this final, I believe this is a very positive thing for Argentina as a country.This is just as if Barcelona and Real Madrid played a Champions League final. The stadium is not that important, any of both clubs can win as a visitor and a local.What we need to do is try to get an advantage during the first match because doing that at La Bombonera makes things very different for the second match, but I really don’t think that having the first match at home will influence the final result for this final.Rivals that have this much history at this level, makes me realize that none of both have a real advantage.📊 Un superclásico mundial | Para la primera final de este sábado se duplicó la cantidad de solicitudes de acreditaciones de prensa y hubo pedidos de medios de más de 25 países para darle cobertura al evento.👉 Todos los detalles en https://t.co/DzXTrvsQ0o pic.twitter.com/bzw94av1So— Boca Jrs. Oficial 🏆🏆 (@BocaJrsOficial) November 9, 2018Who do you think will win the Copa Libertadores final between Boca Juniors and River Plate? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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Off Beat Story on Vietnam vet gets lost in translation

first_imgEnemy machine-gun fire doesn’t sound as perilous when it’s described as “belligerent glow.”It’s another case of a message lost in translation.A recent Columbian story about a local veteran apparently went through a translation double-dip from English to Vietnamese and then back into English.When Vietnam vet Aaron Rich received an Army Air Medal during an assembly at Cascade Middle School, the story quickly wound up on a website in Vietnam.Most English sentences include at least one word that has multiple definitions. That’s what influenced that Web version, likely translated on a best-guess basis.During the mission, pilot Don Torrini, said, “There was a lot of enemy fire,” which came out: “There was a lot of rivalry glow.”Former company commander Don Ruskauff recalled flying over thick jungle: “You could be engaged by ground fire,” which became: “You could be intent by belligerent glow.”If he needed to relieve himself during a refueling stop, he couldn’t even head for a latrine, Rich said. “I stepped on a skid and let it go.”last_img read more

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Jennifer Lopez Postpones Las Vegas Residency Dates

first_imgNews Jennifer Lopez Postpones Las Vegas Residency Dates jennifer-lopez-postpones-las-vegas-residency-dates Jennifer Lopez Postpones Las Vegas Residency Dates Email Facebook Latin GRAMMY nominee tables cancels dates of her Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino residency in aftermath of tragic Las Vegas shooting Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Oct 3, 2017 – 3:27 pm “Jennifer Lopez: All I Have” at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is among Las Vegas’ hottest current attractions.However, given the tragic shooting that took place in Las Vegas during the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Sunday, Oct. 1, the Latin GRAMMY nominee will postpone three dates — Oct. 4, Oct. 6 and Oct. 7 — of her award-winning residency.​ https://twitter.com/JLo/status/914885980988964865 Twitter Ticket holders are eligible for refunds or exchanges for other performances.”Jennifer is heartbroken that such a senseless tragedy occurred,” read a press release regarding the postponement. “Her thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.”​Jason Aldean Pens Heartfelt Letter Following Las Vegas Shooting​Read morelast_img read more

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Texas Company Recalls Nearly 25 Tons Of Smoked Sausage Items

first_img Share tOrange.bizEddy Packing Co., a Texas company, has recalled nearly 25 tons (23 metric tons) of smoked sausage products due to possible plastic contamination.The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a statement Friday saying the recall involves products with packing dates of April 5 and April 6. The products were shipped to food service and retail locations in California, Georgia, Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.The problem was discovered when Eddy Packing received complaints from a restaurant about white, hard plastic found in some sausage during slicing. No injuries or illnesses have been reported.The recalled products have “EST. 4800” inside the USDA mark. They should be discarded or returned.The recall includes Eddy Fully Cooked Premium Smoked Sausage, Dickey’s Barbeque Pit Original Smoked Fresh Polish Sausage Made With Pork and Beef, Lowe’s Original Recipe Naturally Hardwood Smoked Sausage Made With Pork and Beef, Eddy Smoked Sausage Made With Pork and Beef, Carl’s Pork and Beef Smoked Sausage, Eddy Southern Style Pork and Beef Smoked Sausage and Dickey Cheese/Jalapeno Pork and Beef Sausage Ring.Labels for FSIS Recall last_img read more

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Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Wednesday May 11

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uAccording to precinct reports from Baltimore’s race for mayor supporters of former mayor Sheila Dixon and Democratic nominee Sen. Catherine Pugh voted largely along racial lines with Blacks supporting Dixon and Whites supporting Pugh. We’ll have analysis of the mayor’s race and the demographic implications for the city with Luke Broadwater of the Baltimore Sun, attorney Carrie Evans and Charles Robinson of Maryland Public Television’s, State Circle. This story and much more, coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

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Minecraft for the Raspberry Pi will encourage programming

first_imgThe Raspberry Pi is a difficult computer to get your hands on, simply because it is proving so popular. However, that popularity has so far been limited to enthusiasts who want to tinker with the $35 PC–schools have yet to get their hands on them, at least officially.The popularity of the Raspberry Pi %displayPrice% at %seller% is set to expand even further, though, as one of the most popular games of recent years is being ported specifically to run on the tiny machine.Developer Mojang has announced that work is underway to port Minecraft to the Raspberry Pi, and with it divert the attention of young, budding programmers to building things in this highly popular game instead. They are also going to have the added incentive of using the newly announced Minecraft Reality app to place their creations in the real-world, too.Mojang doesn’t want you just playing the game, though. The Raspberry Pi edition, officially known as Minecraft: Pi Edition, is being re-engineered to incorporate programming as a core feature of the experience and will be offered for free.The port will ship with a totally revised feature set allowing you to play the game we already know and love. However, Mojang is adding the ability to manipulate the Minecraft world using several programming languages it will add support for. Effectively you’ll be able to learn to program with Minecraft, which is sure to be all the incentive some kids need to load up a text editor or IDE and start typing.The Minecraft: Pi Edition for Raspberry Pi is still in the early stages of development, but we’re sure to hear more about it soon from Mojang as well as the Raspberry Pi Foundation.Read more at Mojang and Raspberry Pilast_img read more

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A week of celebrating comics

first_imgBeginning today, fans can download for free a host of comic book samplers on their desktops, tablets or phones from anywhere in the country for a week as part of ‘Alto Comic Book Celebration Week’.They can also participate in fun competitions that could fetch them amazing prizes.The initiative is an expansion of the ‘Free Comic Book Weekend’ that has been in vogue from the year 2013 where Comic Con India in association with a host of comic book publishers and online digital content marketplace Readwhere.com provides comic samplers for free downloads. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Jatin Varma, Founder, Comic Con India says, “I am extremely excited to flag off our latest initiative to promote Indian comics and creators and this year we have a weeklong celebration lined up.” “We are bringing the latest and the best in Indian comics to fans across the country, in return we hope they will support their local creators and not only download the free comics but also purchase them.” Additionally, we have tons of awesome contests and giveaways each from July 4 to July 10,” he says. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe main publishers participating in the Comic Book Week are Amar Chitra Katha, Chariot Comics, Graphic India, Abhijeet Kini, Campfire Graphic Novels, Holy Cow Entertainment, Meta Desi Comics, Saumin Patel, Shamik Dasgupta among others.During the week, fans can also participate in digital activities and the winners will get a chance to showcase art at the Alto Hyderabad Comic Con on September 24-25 and a Fan Meme Contest .Fun Trivia Contests, with a new theme everyday is set to reward winners with prizes like merchandise, graphic novels, comic books etc from Random house India, Planet Superheroes, Simon and Schuster, Harper Collins and Hachette India.A dedicated micro site set up for the Alto Comic Book Celebration Week also hosts a section titled ‘Know your Creators’, where people can know more about popular Indian creators and publishers, organizers said.last_img read more

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López Obrador says US will support Maya Train project

first_img“Yesterday we had a meeting in Merida, Yucatan with the Secretary of Commerce of the United States government and he gave me a message from President Trump that they are willing to invest and help to build the Maya Train and other infrastructure work in the southeast,” said López Obrador. The announcement of support came after a Friday meeting in Merida with Wilbur Ross, the United States Secretary of Commerce. During a speech given in Hopelchen, Campeche over the weekend, ALMO said that Wilbur Ross conveyed the willingness of the US president to invest. Ross explained that Mexico is the United States’ second-largest export market and its third-biggest trading partner with more than $678 billion in goods and services changing hands last year. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Thomas Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said the Chamber had “vigorously” opposed the idea of closing the U.S.-Mexico border, which would have imperiled that trade. Hopelchen, Campeche — Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says that during his recent talks with US officials, the United States has agreed to support the country’s Maya Train project. Ross, who is the principal voice of business in the Trump Administration said, “I congratulate the new presidential administration in Mexico for its strong emphasis on improving the economic development of this region in particular,” adding, “We also thank them for assisting us as we confront the crisis at our southern border.” Photo: U.S. Commerce Dept.last_img read more

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ACV to match all employee donations made in support of Humboldt families

first_img Share Thursday, April 12, 2018 MONTREAL — Following last week’s tragic bus crash that killed 16 members of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey organization, Air Canada Vacations is showing its support by inviting all employees to contribute to a GoFundMe page dedicated to the victims’ families.“This tragedy has shaken us all. It is in these difficult times that it is our duty to come to the aid of the families affected by these tragic circumstances,” said Nino Montagnese, Managing Director at Air Canada Vacations.ACV is going one step further by matching all employee donations made today, April 12. Royal Caribbean International will also provide support by matching ACV’s donations. All proceeds will be donated directly to the GoFundMe page.In addition, ACV employees are being encouraged to participate in today’s ‘Jersey Day’, an initiative that was first proposed on Facebook by a group of hockey parents in British Columbia as a way to honour the Saskatchewan junior hockey team. #JerseysforHumboldt has spread throughout the country, with thousands of Canadians pledging to either don their sports jerseys or wear a green ribbon, the team’s official colour. Posted by ACV to match all employee donations made in support of Humboldt familiescenter_img Travelweek Group Tags: Air Canada Vacations << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Travellers Choice changing with the times

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: D.M With a new Chief at the helm at the cusp of taking over, a new direction toward engaging in new digital marketing and even a look toward developing diverse strategies for an ageing membership group, Travellers Choice management have their eyes pinned firmly on the goal of continuing to grow its member base and return profitability to shareholders in the coming financial year.  Hosting his last Shareholders Conference in Singapore on the weekend, exiting Managing Director, Gary Allomes said the announcement of Christian Hunter as their new chief would usher in a new era for Travellers Choice.Plans to increase online sales through search engine optimisation, social media and strategic marketing have been highlighted as the company’s primary objectives for coming months.  “We need to think how to remain relevant in the market, and against our competitors, which are larger and more vertically integrated,” Mr Allomes said.A stronger focus on ensuring preferred supplier sales grow with additional technology and BDM support provided to members, will remain to be a key message and one which Mr Allomes and Mr Hunter both recognise as a driving force behind this year’s record profit result.A key challenge according to Mr Allomes is the need to ensure members who plan to change the way they do business is looked after, or to encourage new memberships under the Travellers Choice umbrella.  One such area Mr Allomes said the group would consider would be to develop a Home Based Agency option to meet with changing demands from shareholder members.”We are a conservative organization but we still need to grow.  Just like other groups, our average age of members are rising, and it is hard to attract new members so we may look to develop a mobile travel agent option or our own speciality tours,” Mr Allomes said”We have shown how we can adopt and adapt to raise our game to a new level when required, and that time is now.” last_img read more

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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The first round of the NFL Draft is in the books.But like Thursday, the Arizona Cardinals hold the first pick in the upcoming second round, picking 33rd.Although the team won’t have the chance to draft Arizona State wide receiver N’Keal Harry, 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s John Gambadoro has three names to keep an eye on as the start of the second round approaches.One name on the list, however, has some similar connections to Harry in the desert. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo A.J. BROWN, Ole Miss WRThere’s no doubt the Cardinals could use another wideout on the team.One name that stands out is Ole Miss wide receiver A.J. Brown.Spending three seasons with Ole Miss (34 games), Brown caught 189 receptions for 2,984 yards and 19 touchdowns.As a junior last season, Brown showcased what he can bring to a team.Landing at No. 7 in NCAA for wide receivers, Brown reeled in 85 balls for 1,320 yards and six scores.Arizona Cardinals2019 Draft BoardRoundPick #PlayerPos.11Kyler MurrayQB21Byron MurphyCB230Andy IsabellaWR31Zach AllenDE41Hakeem ButlerWR51Deionte ThompsonS61KeeSean JohnsonWR66Lamont GaillardC734*Joshua MilesT735*Michael DogbeDE740*Caleb WilsonTE* = Compensatory Selection© STATS – 2019 BYRON MURPHY, Washington DBThe first name on the list may be a familiar one to those in the Valley.Not only did Byron Murphy spend his high school days at Saguaro High School, the defensive back went on to the play in the Pac-12 as a member of the Washington Huskies.In two seasons (20 games) with the Huskies, Murphy compiled 50 tackles, 7.0 of which were for loss, six interceptions, returning one for a score, and 20 knocked down passes. He also recorded a sack and two forced fumbles.For his efforts last season as a redshirt sophomore, Murphy was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team and was named the Pac-12 Championship MVP.Murphy’s ball skills are highlighted by ESPN.Murphy has the balance, recognition skills and athletic ability to develop above-average cover skills. He’s a ball hawk who reads the quarterback, he isn’t afraid to come off his assignment to play the ball, and he might have the best ball skills of any defensive back in the country. He’s a physical player who flashes the ability to lower the boom on the ball carrier.In the NFL Combine, the DB ran a 4.55 40-yard dash time, had 14 reps on the bench press and had a 36.5-inch vertical and 120.0-inch broad jump. – / 52 Top Stories center_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) CODY FORD, Oklahoma OTRelated LinksHistory helped Cardinals GM Keim fall in love with Kyler MurrayCardinals’ Kingsbury: Kyler Murray is rarely-seen dynamic, unique talentFormer ASU WR N’Keal Harry picked by Patriots in 1st round of NFL DraftCardinals GM Keim to Kyler Murray: ‘We need you to ignite this offense’Cardinals QB Kyler Murray: ‘My only future is in football right now’After nabbing Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall pick, the Cardinals could be adding a familiar face to the fray in offensive tackle Cody Ford.The junior tackle heads to the next level after being named as a first-team All-Big 12 selection for the Sooners. As a team, Oklahoma was recognized as having the best offensive line in college football, winning the Joe Moore Award.Ford, who made the switch from left guard to right tackle with Murray under center last season, could bring some versatility to a Cardinals offensive line that struggled with injury last season. As a team, Arizona finished dead last in Pro Football Focus’ team pass-blocking grade last year.“He’s fantastic in pass [protection], but what this guy can do in the run game is just amazing, the kind of movement he can get from the tackle position is really rare,” Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley told Doug & Wolf on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station on Friday. “One of the big keys to our success has been able to throw the ball with Kyler and Baker [Mayfield] the last years, but we’ve been so good running the football.“Kliff [Kingsbury’s] going to want to do that as well and I think Cody would be a great match, and obviously would get a chance to pair him up with Kyler and that’s two pretty good building blocks for your future offense there if you’re a Cardinals fan.” 12 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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CLEVELAND – A man who entertained people by playin

first_img CLEVELAND – A man who entertained people by playing his saxophone on the streets of Cleveland has died.Sharon Reedus-Sanders says her 65-year-old brother, Maurice Reedus Jr., was found dead in his bed in his apartment on Monday.Known as “Saxe Man,” Maurice Reedus was often found dressed in red clothing and playing his sax for sports fans and theatre patrons.He ran afoul of police in 2013, receiving tickets for playing without a vendor’s license. The City Council passed the “Saxe Man Ordinance,” which permitted playing music on the city’s streets for money.He was featured in the 2014 documentary “The Sax Man,” which was screened at the Cleveland International Film Festival. by The Associated Press Posted Apr 17, 2018 3:41 am PDT Last Updated Apr 17, 2018 at 4:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Cleveland street entertainer ‘Saxe Man’ dead at 65last_img read more

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