Inspired by movie gang posing as IT officers busted

first_imgNew Delhi: Inspired by a Bollywood movie, a gang who duped the public by posing as Income Tax officers were busted in West Delhi area, police said on Sunday. Around Rs 22.45 lakh rupees has been recovered from the accused.Police identified the accused as Nitin Sood (32) and Praveen Kumar (30). Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Monika Bharadwaj said that on April 11, one Inderveer Singh reported that at about 9 am four persons including a lady came to his house and claimed themselves as Income Tax officers. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThey showed their identity cards and informed him that they have information about unaccountable huge cash in his house. “They conducted the search of his house and seized Rs 48 lakhs cash. They prepared a seizure memo and took his signature and asked him to report to Income tax office after two days, along with the proof of money,” said DCP West. She further said that while leaving the house they also took away DVR of CCTV from his house on the pretext to ascertain persons visiting his house. With the help of CCTV installed at MCD Dustbin, the investigating agency identified the accused car and arrested the accused in 24 hours. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”Accused Nitin Sood did his graduation in zoology and started ayurvedic medicine shop in Sector 5, Rohini. He is a habitual drunkard. He was also arrested in robbery as well as in cheating case earlier,” said DCP West. Sood disclosed that due to the loss in the business, he took loans from several people on high interest. One of his friend Neha informed him that there is a huge unaccountable cash in the house of Inderveer Singh. On this, he along with his accomplices hatched a conspiracy and committed the incident. “Efforts are afoot to arrest the remaining accused and to recover the remaining cheated money,” police said.last_img read more

Worlds countries pledge support for Libyan transition at UN summit

More than 50 heads of State or government took part in the meeting, hosted by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at UN Headquarters in New York and organized as the months of conflict between pro-democracy groups and forces supporting the ousted regime of Colonel Muammar al-Qadhafi come to an end.Those attending include United States President Barack Obama, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Foreign Secretary William Hague, whose countries led the UN-backed air campaign to protect civilians from attack by Mr. Qadhafi’s forces. Officials from the National Transitional Council (NTC) of Libya, which have become the interim authorities, outlined some of their plans to the meeting – held just days after the Security Council authorized the creation of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) for an initial three-month period.Mustafa Abdel Jalil, President of the NTC, told the gathering that the key short-term challenges include eliminating the last pockets of pro-Qadhafi resistance, meeting the demand for reconstruction, and compensating families who lost loved ones during the months of conflict.In a statement issued after today’s meeting, participants commended the Libyan people for having “fought heroically for the respect of fundamental human rights, rule of law, dignity and freedom of expression.”They also voiced support for the NTC’s plans for the transition period and promised to mobilize international support in such areas as elections, constitution-making, human rights, security, gender issues and economic recovery.The participants urged the NTC to move swiftly to form an inclusive government “that reflects the full diversity of Libyan society and aims to build a new, united, democratic and pluralistic Libya in which human rights, fundamental freedoms and justice will be guaranteed.”The authorities must “fully abide by their commitment to respect international humanitarian and human rights law in the transitional process,” including protecting the rights of all minorities, including migrant workers from sub-Saharan Africa.They also noted that the UN and the Security Council should guide the international community’s efforts in supporting the transition, emphasizing that the transition must be a Libyan-led process.A “Friends of Libya” group – to be co-chaired by the interim Libyan authorities and either Mr. Ban or Ian Martin, the head of UNSMIL – will meet periodically in Tripoli, the capital, to support stabilization and reconstruction efforts.In his address to the meeting, Mr. Ban welcomed the installation of a new flag for Libya, which now flies outside UN Headquarters along with the standards of all other UN Member States.“We offer congratulations and best wishes for the future,” the Secretary-General told the representatives of the NTC. “For the past seven months, you have fought courageously for your fundamental rights and freedoms.“Women and young people were in the vanguard, demanding a say in the political and socio-economic life of their country. As you look to the future, I want you to know that the United Nations will support you in every way we can.”He noted that the challenges for Libya remain huge, and said the first priority has to be establishing peace and security across the country.“We are encouraged that so many Libyans, from so many communities, have laid down their arms and are working together to build their nation. We urge those that have not done so to join them.”In a separate meeting with Mr. Jalil, Mr. Ban described the extent of participation by Member States in today’s meeting “as a testament of the interest of the international community in the success of Libyan efforts to build a democratic and prosperous nation.” 20 September 2011A United Nations summit in support of Libya today backed the transition plans of the country’s new authorities and pledged their ongoing support to help the North African country establish the rule of law, uphold key human rights and promote both economic recovery and public security. read more

UN emergency fund allocates 15 million to support people fleeing Fallujah

Civilians in Fallujah, Iraq, are at extreme risk and need urgent help. Photo: OCHA Iraq OCHA indicated that the CERF funds will enable the UN humanitarian agencies in Iraq, including the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the Office of the UN Higher Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Health Organization (WHO), to quickly assist the newly displaced people.OCHA is working with the Government of Iraq to quickly set up camps to provide additional shelters. Humanitarian partners will also focus on relief efforts to assist women and children who are particularly vulnerable in the conflict. In addition, mobile psychological support teams are being established to provide specialized care for victims of the violence. The CERF funding will also enable health teams to provide critical care for newborn babies and children who have had limited health support and who have not yet been immunized. The UN Humanitarian Response Plan in Iraq has called for $861 million to address the needs of people affected by the current crisis. To date, the appeal is only 36 per cent funded, OCHA said. A further $65 million will be needed to respond to the current situation in Fallujah. This is expected to further strain already stretched resources and force humanitarian partners to reprioritize existing relief supplies and services, OCHA noted. Contingency stocks are nearly depleted, which could leave other communities in the country potentially vulnerable. While agencies have been preparing for the Fallujah situation for some time, the number of displaced people and the scope of their needs have outpaced humanitarian capacity, OCHA emphasized. Humanitarian update on FallujahIn a humanitarian update released earlier today, OCHA reported that more than 83,000 people have fled the besieged city of Fallujah and surrounding areas as of this past Saturday, and thousands more could still be on the move amid ongoing fighting. “People escaping Fallujah are in desperate need of assistance now, this minute. We must act fast before this situation becomes a humanitarian catastrophe. These funds are time critical; however they only offer a small portion of what is urgently needed,” said Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, in a statement issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).“I call on donors to immediately support our humanitarian response and leverage this CERF allocation with additional resources so that together we can effectively address the growing humanitarian needs throughout Iraq,” he added.Since this past month, more than 85,000 people have been forced to flee the city, displacing families from their homes, communities and livelihoods. Those remaining in the city face dire shortages of food, medicine, electricity and safe drinking water, OCHA said. “The families who have managed to flee Fallujah have escaped with nothing: they need everything,” warned Lise Grande, Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq.“Humanitarian partners are working around the clock to provide shelter, water, health care, household kits and specialized support for the victims of gender and sexual-based violence. This CERF grant will allow us to rapidly scale up our efforts, so it could not be more timely,” she added.Temperatures in the region are averaging 115 degrees Fahrenheit and rising. Many people are unable to access clean drinking water, and shade is limited, while already vulnerable communities are more susceptible to outbreaks of communicable diseases and there is a real risk of a cholera outbreak, OCHA said.Response efforts will include improvements to hygiene and sanitation in order to help prevent the spread of disease. UNHCR distribution of emergency relief items for displaced families from Fallujah who’ve arrived in camps from Ameriyat al-Falluja. Photo: UNHCR/Caroline Gluck OCHA highlighted that since military operations led by Iraqi security forces to retake Fallujah in Anbar from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) began on 22 May, people have fled Fallujah in rapidly increasing numbers. Most people initially fled outlying areas of Fallujah, but on 7 June, reports were received of some families leaving Fallujah city itself, as military operations began to enter the city centre. In the past few days, tens of thousands of people have been allowed to leave the centre of town, OCHA said. “The sudden increase in displacement in early June follows both increased opportunities for families to flee as well as hundreds of other families demonstrating a willingness to take extremely high risks to try to escape, sometimes with grave consequences,” OCHA noted in the bulletin. There are reports of people drowning as they tried to escape, or being injured or killed by snipers or improvised explosive devices. Many families are separated during their escape, with men and teenage boys being separated from their families for security screening, OCHA said. The families still trapped inside Fallujah are thought to have only limited, if any, food, and there appear to be few sources of safe drinking water. The risk for disease outbreaks is high, OCHA noted.While it is not clear how many civilians remain in the city, OCHA said that UN estimates indicate there could still be thousands of families. “Nothing is more important than ensuring that civilians are protected and have access to life-saving assistance. The UN and partners continue to call on all parties to the conflict to do everything possible to meet their obligations under international humanitarian law,” OCHA said in the update. Emergency response is ongoing in multiple locationsMost displaced people from Fallujah have been taken to Ameriyat al Falluja, a town located about 30 kilometres south of the city, where the Government of Iraq and partners had previously prepared tents as well as water, sanitation and hygiene facilities. These camps are now full, although the Government and humanitarian partners are working to quickly set up others, including in the nearby towns of Khalidiyah and Habbaniyah Tourist City, OCHA said. People are also fleeing areas north of Fallujah towards the east, and are being hosted in local schools and in the Al Ahal camp.OCHA said that major efforts are being made to provide emergency assistance to the newly displaced, including shelter, water, food, basic household items and health care. Specialized activities for children and women are being established and mobile teams are providing psychological support.The UN has not been able to access Fallujah since it came under the control of armed opposition groups in January 2014. Humanitarian partners have worked with about 50,000 civilians remaining in Fallujah, although OCHA stressed that the number of displaced people is well above that planning figure and that the scope of the crisis has outpaced humanitarian capacity. “Contingency stocks are nearly depleted, every agency requires funds and there are few frontline partners,” OCHA stressed. “With rising temperatures and lack of shade and clean drinking water, outbreaks of communicable diseases are likely.” OCHA also emphasized that there is only limited support for newborn babies, and nearly all of the children who have been outside Government control have not yet been immunized. The low level of antigens, coupled with poor hygiene and substandard sanitation, raises the risk of disease outbreaks further. Prior to the most recent military operation, more than 75,000 displaced people from other locations within Anbar were already residing in camps near Fallujah in Khalidiyah, Habbaniyah and Ameriyat al Falluja.Humanitarian partners also continue to provide emergency assistance to other conflict-affected people, including in the transit sites Al Wafaa and Kilo 18 in western Anbar, OCHA said. read more

Ohio State mens volleyball ready to get back to the court against

The opening of any college season brings the chance for fresh faces to make an impact, if given the opportunity.The same could be said for the Ohio State men’s volleyball team, who is looking to get freshmen playing time in its first two home games of the 2014 season this weekend.“The biggest thing right now is just getting the new guys more experience,” said redshirt-junior opposite Andrew Lutz.With eight freshmen joining the team this year, the Buckeyes are expecting to keep improving and get the new guys more comfortable on the court starting Friday at 7 p.m. against Lees-McRae and Saturday against George Mason at St. John Arena.“I think we just need to get on the court and give some of the new guys some confidence,” Lutz said.The Buckeyes fell short at the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Invitational in Hawaii last weekend. OSU went 0-3 in the tournament, falling to then-No. 14 Hawaii, then-No. 7 UCLA and then-No. 11 Penn State.Coach Pete Hanson said the weekend in Hawaii was a learning experience for the whole team.“We took 14 players to Hawaii, and nine of them had never been there before, and so I think when you have that many new faces, it is just a true learning experience,” Hanson said.The team took advantage of the tournament and used it as a great opportunity to gain skills against teams it will be seeing at the end of the season during playoffs, Hanson said.The Buckeyes are going to be focusing on themselves instead of worrying about other teams this season, Hanson said.“I think the slogan for this season is ‘It’s going to be about us.’ It’s how we play and not worrying so much about who the opponent is and what they have and don’t have,” Hanson said.After a long weekend in the Pacific, the Buckeyes are set for the season ahead and excited to be back on their home court.“We are going to play hard, with lots of energy,” junior outside hitter Michael Henchy said.Although Henchy said the team is ready for the rest of the year after three tough outings in Hawaii, the focus of the team is on both Lees-McRae and George Mason, and not underestimating their potential.“They are excited and fired up for the season and especially to play a school like Ohio State,” Henchy said. read more

British teenage girls are among the heaviest drinkers in Europe – and

British girls are among the worst in Europe for binge drinking, despite drinking less than previous generations, new research shows.The study for the World Health Organisation shows that teenage girls in England, Scotland and Wales take three of the top six places in a drinking league table comparing 36 European nations.And teenage girls in the UK are now more likely than boys of the same age to have got drunk at least twice, the figures show. The research compared the drinking habits of 15 year olds between 2002 and 2014.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––It found that in most nations – including those of the UK – the proportion of teens who have been drunk on at least two occasions has fallen.But teenage girls in the UK remain among the heaviest drinkers.While those in Denmark were the most likely to have been drunk at least twice – with 37.6 per cent falling into this category, Welsh girls were next, followed by Hungary, Scotland, Lithuania and England. In all these nations, at least 30 per cent of teenage girls had been repeatedly drunk – around twice the rates in Italy and France.The study led by the University of St Andrews shows that while drinking among British boys has fallen so far that it has vastly improved their rankings in European league tables, British girls are still among the heaviest drinkers.This is despite the fact the proportion of UK girls has halved over the 12-year period.It comes amid rising levels of anxiety among teenage girls, fuelled by social media, and rising levels of self-harm.The statistics show that in 2002, 54.7 per cent of English girls had got drunk at least twice previously – falling to 30.9 per cent in 2014. This left them sixth heaviest drinkers, compared with fifth worst in 2002.The position of Welsh girls remains unchanged since 2002, as second heaviest drinkers. This is despite the fact the percentage of girls getting drunk fell from 60.3 per cent to 33.6 per cent.And Scottish girls went from fifth to fourth ranking , with 32.9 per cent having got drunk twice when surveyed in 2014, compared with 51.8 per cent in 2002. The figures show that teenage boys in the UK are now less likely than girls to get drunk.In 2002, 55.1 per cent of boys in England had got drunk at least twice, but in 2014 the figure was 25.3 per cent – taking them from sixth to 18th place.  In 2002, 58.3 per cent of boys in Wales had been drunk at least twice, dropping to 28.2 per cent by 2014 – from third to thirteenth place. And the figures for Scotland show that in 2002, 51.9 per cent of teenage boys had been drunk at least twice, falling to 32.4 per cent by 2014.Prof Sir Ian Gilmore, chairman of the Alcohol Health Alliance, said drinking habits among girls and young women could be affected by rising anxiety levels, and by efforts to target female drinkers.He said: “There’s no doubt that we are seeing young girls and women feeling increasing pressure. But we are also seeing very aggressive marketing of drinks at female drinkers, especially via social media – for sweeter drinks and fizzy drinks.”Dr Jo Inchley, assistant director at St Andrew’s Child and Adolescent Health Research Unit, said: “We don’t know why we are seeing these gender differences, in some ways it is surprising because girls tend to respond more to health messages than boys do.“We do know that mental health issues are a big concern among adolescent girls, and coping could be one of the reasons why girls are binge drinking.” 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. read more

GCSE pupils upset by exam question on rape story

One student, Hadiatou Barry, wrote a letter of complaint to AQA to say she was “horrified” to discover that the character Alice was sexually exploited later on in the story. An AQA spokesperson said: “There weren’t any references to sexual assault on our GCSE English Language paper. “An extract on the paper was from a story that features this later on – but this was an unseen extract so no-one had to read the whole story.  “We don’t think the choice of extract was inappropriate – but we’re sorry to hear that some people don’t agree, as we’d never want to upset anyone.” Herbert Ernest Bates was born in 1905 in Northampton and after a short career as a warehouse clerk, he became a prolific writer of short stories as well as plays, poems and essays.  He is best known for writing a series of short stories under the pseudonym “Flying Officer X” about the RAF. Many of his stories – including A Moment in Time and Fair Stood the Wind for France – were adapted into television series after his death.   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. An exam board has apologised after a GCSE English exam used a passage from a book in which a character was raped. Pupils complained that the unseen text in their exam paper was taken from a story that later goes on to detail how a young woman becomes pregnant after being sexually exploited by her employer.The passage featured in Tuesday’s exam  – which was about a couple and their daughter Alice who sell produce to people in their local area from a van –  is an extract from The Mill, a short story by H. E. Bates, published in 1935. Students were asked to analyse the language used in the text  as well as its structure, and what feelings are evoked by its descriptions of Alice and her parents.Later on in the story, Alice’s parents send her to work at a mill where the she endures the unwelcome attention of her employer who rapes her, then dismisses her after she falls pregnant. The description of the rape was not part of the excerpt in the exam paper, but students nonetheless protested that the excerpt should have come with a “trigger warning”.  “Some people I know were actually disturbed and worried by the extract,” Alana Kingsley, a pupil from Lowestoft, Suffolk wrote on Twitter.   The letter, which she posted on Twitter, said: “Although I completely understand that AQA were not responsible for writing the fictional novel, you without a doubt had a vast amount of novels which you could pick from.  “This exam may have very well acted as a trigger for underlying mental health issues which could have possible effected and undermined their performance within the exam”.  She demanded that AQA take “appropriate measures” are put in place so that such “blunders” do not happen again.  The AQA board said it was “sorry to hear” that some pupils felt the unseen extract was inappropriate, adding that it would “never want to upset anyone”. It is not the first exam question that has sparked debate this summer. Last month the exam board EdExcel, which is owned by Pearson,  asked GCSE Biology students to identify the “gender” shown by a set of chromosomes, then told them to show how “gender is inherited” from parents. The board came under fire from scientists who pointed out that the correct term is “sex” rather than “gender” and that the difference between the two is integral to science.   “Sex” refers to biological differences between males and females including genetics, while “gender” refers to socially constructed roles that men and women are expected to play. read more

This man owns 11000 video games and is now a world record

first_imgMAYBE IT WAS getting his first video game, Cosmic Avenger, for Christmas at the age of 12, and then having to wait an entire year for the hard-to-land Colecovision console to play it on that made Michael Thomasson so determined to get his hands on every video game and system he could find.Now, 31 years and roughly 11,000 games later, Thomasson is the newly crowned world record holder for having the largest collection of video games. He is featured in a two-page spread in the just-released “Guinness World Records 2014 Gamer’s Edition”.“I have games on cartridge, laser disc. I have VHS-based games, cassette-based games,” Thomasson said, standing among the collection that fills the basement of his suburban Buffalo home.Along with the games, he has the devices to play them on, not only the Xboxes and PlayStations but obscure ones such as the Casio Loopy, the only game system specifically geared toward girls, which came out in Japan in 1995, and the Pippin, a dud released by Apple the same year.“Every game on it is awful,” Thomasson says of Apple’s foray into the gaming world. “It’s the least fun of anything in the house.”At the other end of the spectrum is the old Colecovision unit like the one that appeared under the Christmas tree one year after his grandparents gave him his first game for it. They had mistakenly believed his parents had gotten their hands on the playing system, which was a hot item that year. It stands to this day as the best present his parents ever gave him.“It’s my first love so it’s sentimental,” Thomasson said. But the games also were quality, with very little of the “shovelware” — mediocre, rushed releases — typical of many systems, he said.“They looked good, they played good. For the time they sounded good,” he said, “for the bleeps and blips of the 80s.”(YouTube: Michael Thomasson)Thomasson began collecting almost immediately, he said, but the path to the world record had a couple of restarts. He sold off his collection twice, first in 1989 to raise money for a Sega Genesis, then again to pay for his 1998 wedding. (“I was heavy into collecting when we married so she knew what she was getting into,” he says of his wife, JoAnn.)Since then, Thomasson has methodically rebuilt the collection, averaging two games per day on a strict $3,000-a-year budget which means never paying full price.He estimates the collection is worth $700,000 to $800,000.He hasn’t played every game. The father of a 5-year-old, Anna, Thomasson designs games and teaches 2D animation, game design and the history of video games at Canisius College in Buffalo. He also writes on the topic for magazines and books.“I probably get three hours of playing in a week,” he said. “If I’m lucky.”Guinness lists the number of games in Thomasson’s record-breaking collection at 10,607, though he said the number exceeds 11,000 now, a year after the official count and after discovering forgotten stashes of games after the counting crew left.Either way, it bested the previous record holder, Richard Lecce, who held the record first recorded in 2010 with 8,616 games.“My congratulations to a fellow collector,” Lecce, 39, said by phone from his Florida home upon hearing his record had fallen. “It’s very impressive and I’m very happy for him.”Lecce began collecting as a way to own all the games he couldn’t have as a kid, he said, and grew to appreciate their place in pop culture.Still an active collector, Lecce hasn’t counted his games in the last few years and doesn’t know what his number has grown to, but he has no immediate plans to challenge Thomasson for his old record.“It’s something I did for my own enjoyment. I applied for the Guinness book for my kids so that years from now they can look back and say, wow, my father was in the ‘Guinness Book of World Records,’” Lecce, a father of two and numismatist, a rare coin dealer, said.He’s happy to see more people collecting, and appreciating, video games.“Everything from the original artwork to the actual code that was written for the games to the actual box art and the whole marketing plan,” he said. “It’s just a very undervalued and underappreciated art form.”Read: Passenger leaves heartwarming message for staff at Dublin AirportMore: After their last one was stolen, the Simon Community get a new vanlast_img read more

ThinkGeeks Bulletproof Clipboard is one tough office supply

first_imgWe’ve seen some great products from the folks over at ThinkGeek. From Unicorn Meat to the Star Wars Wampa Rug, ThinkGeek is known for making laughable gifts we all secretly want. But the company has created something that can actually save your life, that is, if you ever got caught in the line of fire. The Bulletproof Body Armor Clipboard may just look like an ordinary clipboard, but, in reality, it can stop up to a 9mm bullet.Not only can the clipboard hold paper and important documents, but it can also stop a serious injury from happening thanks to its Level II body armor. At 3 lbs., the clipboard is a little heavier than your typical wooden alternative, but, as ThinkGeek puts it, “when you own a clipboard that can stop bullets, weight doesn’t matter anymore.”ThinkGeek also created an excellent 2.5-minute-long trailer showing the clipboard being tested by the ThinkGeek crew. If you skip to about the 1:20 mark, you’ll see a clip from the “upcoming minor motion picture” featuring a girl meeting for a blind date in an undisclosed location from an imitation Craigslist. You can watch the video below to see how it all goes down.The Bulletproof Body Armor Clipboard is available for $44.99.Read more at ThinkGeeklast_img read more

Eriscsson soffre les acrivités de télédiffusion de Technicolor

first_imgEriscsson s’offre les acrivités de télédiffusion de TechnicolorEricsson poursuit sa stratégie de diversification en s’intéressant aux chaînes de télévision et aux diffuseurs de contenus sur Internet. L’équipementier télécoms suédois vient de s’offrir une division de Technicolor, dédiée aux services de télédiffusion. Dans le cadre de son plan de diversification dans les services gérés, Ericsson a acheté la division services diffuseurs de contenus (Broadcast Services) de Technicolor. Une transaction à 19 millions d’euros, auxquels s’ajoute une option pouvant monter jusqu’à 9 millions d’euros en fonction du chiffre d’affaires qui sera réalisé en 2015. Bien décidé à prendre la place de leader sur le marché les services managés pour les chaînes de télévision, le géant suédois s’est offert les services de production, de régie et de postproduction des contenus vidéo de la firme française. Une division pour laquelle travaillent environ 900 personnes et dont les services sont présents au Royaume-Uni, en France, et aux Pays-Bas. L’acquisition devrait être finalisée avant l’été.”L’annonce de l’intention d’acquérir cette division rentre dans le cadre de la stratégie de services managés d’Ericsson et a pour objectif d’élargir ses capacités dans le domaine de la diffusion de contenu. Ericsson souhaite appliquer le business model des services managés des télécoms pour améliorer l’efficacité, l’innovation et augmenter les revenus des chaînes de télévision”, explique le groupe suédois dans un communiqué. Cité par les Echos, le patron d’Ericsson France, Franck Bouëtard, affirme que “demain, la télévision représentera 80 % du trafic sur les réseaux de distribution : nous sommes en pleine convergence”.Le 19 mars 2012 à 12:00 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Vancouvers spending on outside lawyers settlements with employees tops 600K

first_imgIn three years, the city of Vancouver has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on attorney fees investigating — and in some cases, settling — discrimination and harassment lawsuits filed against it by city employees.Now, the city is facing additional complaints by two city employees who say they were victims of gender discrimination and retaliation, among other claims.The first was filed in November 2017 by Assistant City Attorney Debra Quinn. The second complaint was filed earlier this month by Vancouver police Officer Julie Ballou.For both cases, and others like them, the city has hired outside attorneys to investigate the claims and either negotiate a settlement or move forward with a trial.Between 2015 and 2017, the city used outside attorneys for at least nine complaints, based on records provided to The Columbian under the state public records act.last_img read more

Wont You Be My Soviet Neighbor Mr Rogers Bizarre Appearance on Russian

first_imgIn 1987 Fred Rogers and his team went on a remarkable journey. They were leaving the cosy TV set of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and trading net curtains for The Iron Curtain. This unassuming gentleman in his cardigan and tennis shoes, so beloved of U.S. audiences, was in many ways a definitive American. At that point the show had been running for over 20 years, and was set to last more than a decade after.Mister Rogers, a gentle Republican, represented a wholesome slice of life which for some was rather bland.Photograph of Mister Rogers in the late 1960s.In an article looking at new documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor, The Telegraph writes that “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood – there’s no getting around it – was as square as square could be… In one episode, they offered to give the children a sense of how long a minute was. They set an egg timer, and just sat there in silence, on air, for a whole minute.”Fred Rogers speaks before a United States Senate Commerce Committee hearing in support of public broadcasting, May 1, 1969.His presence in Red Square suggests a truly strange chapter in the history of American television and, as some of his Soviet hosts suspected but was never confirmed – espionage.Yet Mister Rogers was merely doing what he’d always done. Reaching out the hand of friendship in his own particular way, accompanied by the likes of puppet Daniel Striped Tiger and the very human deliveryman Mr McFeely, played by David Newell.A sweater worn by Rogers, on display in the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History. Photo by Rudi Riet – Flickr CC BY SA 2.0Newell was also Rogers’ PR man, and it was him who’d suggested the Russian adventure. Their destination was Spokoinoi Nochi, Malyshi, which translates as Good Night Kiddies. Like Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the series was a stalwart of national television that had been entertaining children since the Sixties.The New York Times reported on the junior version of East meets West, describing the Russian program as “a mixture of homey morals about manners and kindness, and creative animation involving everything from clay figurines to textured puppets that live out Russian fairy tales, old and new.”Photo of Fred Rogers as a senior in high school.Legendary journalist Ted Koppel had pointed out the similarity, inspiring Newell to mention a crossover to producers. And so Mister Rogers went to meet presenter Tatyana Vedeneyeva and her friends like Khryusha the piglet and Styopa the rabbit.Vedeneyeva returned the favor by guesting in Mister Rogers backyard. They didn’t end the Cold War but it was still a significant moment in TV history. Mister Rogers had entered an exclusive zone and overall things went smoothly.Rogers and François Clemmons reprising their famous foot bath in 1993. Photo by Dr. François S. Clemmons CC BY-SA 4.0That isn’t to say there weren’t bumps in the road. Some initial Moscow frostiness was reportedly thawed when Rogers began playing with Daniel the Tiger during talks. And when the crew wanted to film at a Russian doll factory the request was firmly denied.Producer Margie Whitman revealed to the Times, “They told us why we couldn’t go there, and then said that a few months ago they probably wouldn’t have been able to give us the real reason.”Rogers being presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush in the East Room of the White House on July 9, 2002.A key reason Rogers was granted permission could have been his relative inconspicuousness. Despite being part of American family life for decades, his profile outside the Land of the Free was pretty low.The Telegraph comments, “in the pre-internet age, even while soap operas, crime shows and sitcoms criss-crossed the Atlantic, children’s programming seldom traveled… Yet Fred Rogers, who died in 2003, was a figure of titanic influence on several generations of American children.”Rogers screens the tape replay with Betty Aberlin and Johnny Costa in 1969.Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood lasted for 912 episodes. The show and its central figure arguably lacked pizazz, though it did have an aspiring performer named Michael Keaton working behind the scenes.“[He] was one of the nicest, authentically good people you’ve ever met,” Keaton said in a 2014 ABC News interview. “Really good dude [with] kind of a sneaky, sly great sense of humor.”In covering Won’t You Be My Neighbor, The Telegraph wrote, “Its subject was a man who, as (director Morgan) Neville tells me, loved dirty jokes but would never tell one himself.”The Fred Rogers Memorial Statue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.Rogers sometimes used his familiar and trusted corner of the Public Service airwaves to highlight important issues. He would keep youngsters up to speed with current events, tackle thorny topics such as death and challenged racism.His legacy has its detractors, with some claiming “the entitlement and rage of the modern American adult is directly linked to Fred Rogers; that he’s the father of ‘generation snowflake.’”For Neville however, he’s a voice the American public needs. He made his documentary to promote that message of dignified conduct to the world. Neville wondered “Where’s this voice in our culture today? Where’s this voice advocating for civility and empathy and these kinds of things which are so rare. It was not a nostalgic instinct at all: it was how do I get this voice into 2018?”Read another story from us: The Real Catcher in the Rye – Factors Which Led to J.D. Salinger’s Life of SeclusionThe forthcoming movie You Are My Friend, starring Tom Hanks as Rogers, should promote the show in a way it never managed back in the day. 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Tech Startups Are Prodding the Dinosaur That Is the Insurance Industry

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. October 21, 2015 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Here’s a sentence you don’t read every day: Insurance is so hot right now.Entrepreneurs and investors have finally woken up to the opportunity in the insurance industry. At $831.5 million, investment in insurance tech this year is already up nearly 10 times what it was in 2010.The opportunity has been staring entrepreneurs and investors in the face for years. The first insurance companies in the U.S. were started in the 1700s, and that cottage industry has grown into one of the biggest markets and sources of capital in the world. Premiums in the U.S. insurance industry total around $1 trillion, or approximately 7 percent of gross domestic product. On top of that, insurance companies invest nearly $7 trillion in assets.And here’s the kicker about all that insurance money — it’s generated by millions of agents, with lots of paper, in processes that look much the same way they did 30 years ago.Related: Investors Are Poised to Disrupt the Tech-Averse Insurance IndustryIn my previous life as a McKinsey consultant, I advised the top insurance companies on projects that were, at their core, incremental. They were always about increasing the productivity of the agent-based sales force, or improving the efficiency of paper-based claims operations. In other words, what I was doing was putting the dinosaur on a diet and prodding it with a stick. What needed to be done was bring a whole new breed of animal into the insurance game.So I left McKinsey in 2013 to do just that and started a digital consumer insurance company, PolicyGenius. At PolicyGenius, we want to do for consumer insurance what TurboTax did for taxes: Make a complex and intimidating financial task easy enough to do it yourself online.While raising seed capital for my insurance tech company last year, the most common question I got from prospective investors was, “Why is now the right time for tech to disrupt insurance?” The obvious answer for those unfamiliar with the insurance industry is the Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law in 2010. The law created exactly the kind of macro shakeup that attracts entrepreneurs. Indeed, since 2010, 56 percent of all insurance tech startups are focused on health insurance, either delivering new employer brokerage models (Liazon, Zenefits, Benefitter), new consumer brokerage models (Gravie, Stride Health) or even new health insurance (Oscar). These startups are pushing the brick-and-mortar incumbents to deliver better services and providing much-needed options to consumers.Beyond the Affordable Care Act, there are other forces at work that have opened the floodgates, allowing creative entrepreneurs to reshape the insurance industry more broadly. These are the market disruptions I see:1. The end of an eraAmericans used to rely on their employers for retirement security. After 20 years of service, you’d get a gold watch and a pension to fund your sunset years. Then, in the 1980s, growing pension costs and a legislative change replaced the corporate pension with the 401(k) and gave rise to the modern retail investment and retirement industry.That shift — from employer to consumer responsibility — is exactly what’s about to happen to insurance. Employer-sponsored insurance is the legacy of an IRS ruling after World War II that allowed employers to deduct employee health insurance as a business expense and employees to receive that benefit as nontaxable income. Sixty years later, we have a sprawling and bloated system, where the extra employer layer adds billions of dollars of cost and empowers employers to make intrusive decisions about their employees’ healthcare. Add to that, the cost of health insurance premiums growing at four times inflation and workers changing employers far more often than they did 60 years ago, and you have a system that’s going to break.The cracks are already showing. The number of workers at small and medium-sized companies who get employer-sponsored health insurance has steadily declined since 2000. The CEO of Aetna has called for the creative destruction of healthcare and taking the employer out of the health insurance equation. Startups that can effectively step into that employer insurance void, the same way companies like Fidelity and Schwab stepped into the employer pension void, will enjoy a massive opportunity.Related: 3 Benefits of the Affordable Care Act Every Business Leader Needs to Know About2. A changing workforceIt’s no secret that the workforce is rapidly changing. The average worker changes employers every 4.6 years. And, more disruptively for insurance, more workers are finding themselves outside the typical employer relationship. Spurred by on-demand services like Uber and countless “Uber for X” startups, freelancers and independent contractors are projected to grow from 42 million people to 65 million in the next 5 years.These workers need individual insurance (like health, disability and life) and business insurance (liability and property). Insurance companies, and the traditional insurance agent model, are ill-suited to serve the self-employed and provide them with the advice and products they need to financially protect themselves and their families.Ask 100 freelancers how they navigate the insurance maze and they’ll all say same thing — with tremendous difficulty. Easing that difficulty for them represents a tremendous opportunity.3. An aging sales forceMost insurance in the U.S. is still sold by human agents, same as it’s always been. But it won’t be for long. The average age of an insurance agent in the U.S. is 59, and one-fourth of the industry’s workforce is expected to retire by 2018. In other words, insurance companies are standing on a burning platform. And they’re already starting to feel the heat.For example, life insurance ownership is at a 50-year low, not because the need has changed — in fact there’s a $20 trillion life insurance gap, but because the agent sales channel can’t reach the modern financial consumer. To their credit, insurance companies realize this reality, but the fact of the matter is that they can’t move as fast as startups can. So they’re investing in startups.  Insurance companies have dramatically increased their direct investments in tech startups to the tune of $1.8 billion since 2010. Much of this investment has gone to the first waves of financial technology: lending (Prosper) and wealth management (Learnvest, Betterment). But talk to any insurance company directly investing in startups, and you’ll learn that they’re hammers in search of nails, that is, smart entrepreneurs tackling the fundamental problems in insurance.4. Unmet needFinally, and most importantly for a mission-driven company, there is a tremendous unmet need for insurance in the U.S. According to a recent survey by the Federal Reserve, 47 percent of households couldn’t cover an emergency expense of $400. Insurance is intended to fill in this savings void for unpredictable emergencies. However, too many Americans have low savings and inadequate insurance, which leads to financial disaster. For example, health problems and disability contributed to half of all home foreclosure filings and over 60 percent of all personal bankruptcy filings. It’s not easy or sexy to sell insurance to middle America, but it’s an important problem to solve — and the first company to do it will be huge.These are the tailwinds that made me excited about insurance tech two years ago and which continue to drive my company forward. We recently closed a $5.3 million Series A round, which included the participation of insurance companies’ venture arms, including AXA Strategic Ventures and Transamerica Ventures. We, and our insurance partners, are excited to make insurance the next big thing in tech.Related: The 25 Best Companies for Employee Compensation and Benefits Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » 7 min readlast_img read more

First Impressions Count Just as Much Online

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now September 9, 2016 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for Free There’s a lot of analysis and science that goes into wowing a digital audience. But despite the numerable studies indicating best practices, most website owners just tend to wing it. Not following best practices leads to a loss of traffic and conversion because the harsh truth is that, on average, more than half of your visitors will spend less than 15 seconds on your website. Let’s break down the things that can be done to compel them to stay a little longer.Be visual. Rich, evocative, beautiful, and professional-quality images are the cornerstone of the modern web. As a matter of fact, studies have shown that businesses can increase sales by increasing product image size. Video also has a massive impact on visitors. Adding a video to a landing page can increase conversion rates by 80 percent.Related: 7 Sources of Free High Quality Stock ImagesBe usable.While visual content like images and video are critical, none of these tactics work without a fluid web design. Visitors should find it easy to navigate across multiple pages. It should require almost no effort for them to identify and locate what they need. Be human. The copy used on a website can have an immediate effect on a visitors’ perception. Writing that is clinical, stoic, or “salesy” will tune readers out. In the book Web Copy That Sells, author Maria Veloso described research done on 20,000 pieces of copy that concluded that “editorial-style web copy outpulled sales letter-style web copy every single time.” Copy that appeals to users’ needs, emotions, and sensibilities will be significantly more effective in captivating them. Instead of riddling a site with jargon, corporate speak and pitches, it’s best just to be human. Showcase value proposition by being personable. As an example, Crowdsourcia’s website introduces itself to visitors by using the pictures and names of their team members. This complements copy that is natural, welcoming and friendly.Be valuable.Exciting, valuable and helpful content can keep visitors engaged. Using best practices such as having engaging calls-to-action, encouraging social sharing and facilitating discourse can rapidly convert a stranger on the information superhighway into a brand advocate.Be technical. Digital entrepreneurs put up websites and casually forget that their entire business is being facilitated by technology. They focus on great images, perfect SEO and killer content, but their sites are not secure. They’re also not cross-browser compatible or optimized for mobile, and loading a page takes a million years to complete.Related: 7 Tips for Feeding Your Website’s Need for SpeedBe mobile.Impressing visitors isn’t just about what’s on the page, it’s also how much care is put into its delivery. Back in 2014, it was estimated that 60 percent of all online traffic came from mobile devices. Half of all emails are opened on mobile devices. With mobile continuing to charge past desktop website access, it’s critical to design a site that is perfect for the small screen.Be secure. If a website sells merchandise or requires visitors to share sensitive information, much care should be taken to protect their data. Professional grade sites with expired certificates, security warnings when posting data to a server, and lack of password complexity rules, all can quickly turn a prospective buyer into a ghost. Ensuring a website has undergone a thorough security audit and reinforced its walls can help solidify its professionalism to visitors. Be compatible. Cross-browser compatibility is the bane of most web designer’s existence. That’s because every browser implements a web page slightly differently. There is a standard protocol but small variations in implementation can mean the difference between a stellar layout in Chrome and what looks like stitched tiles in Internet Explorer.Related: How Chrome Won the War of the BrowsersChrome has the largest global market share of all browsers, but the second largest, Internet Explorer, implements an identical website differently. At the very least, these two differing browsers should be fully supported.Be fast.Forty percent of people abandon a website that takes more than three seconds to load. That’s not a lot of time. Speed ensures a smooth experience. The key is that the technical frameworks that enable websites should be nearly unnoticeable, allowing visitors to focus on an organization’s story, value proposition, and content. 4 min readlast_img read more

Police unit overturns on Cancun street

first_imgThe accident happened on the Arco Vial in Region 259 of Cancun for reasons that are still unknown. The police truck ended up on its roof in a median opposite City Natura. Another police unit arrived at the scene to tend to the overturned truck and its occupants. Both policemen inside the truck were taken to different hospitals by ambulance reportedly suffering from minor injuries. 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) Cancun, Q.R. — A Cancun police truck that overturned left two officers in hospital and significant material damage to their unit. last_img

IHG to introduce the largest hotel in Fiji

first_imgIHG to introduce the largest hotel in FijiIHG to introduce the largest hotel in FijiInterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has signed a management agreement with Quantum Hi-Tech Group Limited to develop the largest hotel in Fiji, Crowne PlazaÒFiji Wailoaloa Beach.Opening in 2020, the new 453-room Crowne Plaza Fiji Wailoaloa Beach will boast tranquil ocean views and feature direct access to the beach. The Crowne Plaza Fiji Wailoaloa Beach is located just a short ten-minute drive from Fiji’s main airport, Nadi International Airport.With its prime beachfront location, leisure travellers will be able to unwind while enjoying unparalleled sunset views from one of the island’s finest beaches, right at their doorstep. Guests can also choose to relax and dine at any of the five restaurant and bar offerings at the resort, including a pool bar and a beach club. The resort will also feature one of the largest conference centres in Fiji, a fully-equipped 24-hour fitness centre, two swimming pools and a Kid’s Club among other exclusive resort facilities.Rajit Sukumaran, Chief Development Officer, Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA), IHG said: “As the most popular travel destination in the South Pacific, the islands of Fiji accounts for close to 40 percent of travel to the South Pacific, a figure that continues to grow annually. In 2017 alone, Fiji recorded an increase of 7.8 percent in the number of international travellers visiting the country[1]. This strong growth potential represents a key opportunity for us to introduce the Crowne Plaza brand to Fiji.”“As the first resort in Fiji for the brand, Crowne Plaza Fiji Wailoaloa Beach complements IHG’s existing portfolio of brands in the South Pacific, allowing us to better meet the different needs of travellers visiting the Fiji. Guests can look forward to a truly immersive travel experience with the Crowne Plaza Fiji Wailoaloa Beach, with such vast, pristine natural beauty that Wailoaloa offers. With panoramic ocean views, we invite guests to take in the exquisite wonders of the island from the comfort of the resort, whether in their rooms or in and around the resort.”This is the inaugural partnership between IHG and the developer Quantum Hi-Tech Group Limited.Wilson Wang, Chairman, Quantum Hi-Tech Group Limited, said: “We are thrilled to build the largest hotel in Fiji with IHG at such an exciting time for tourism in Fiji. The Crowne Plaza Fiji Wailoaloa Beach fills an existing gap in the local market by providing the best in-class resort facilities and amenities for leisure and corporate travellers, while its choice location allows travellers easy access to the exquisite wonders of Fiji. We’re confident that the Crowne Plaza Fiji Wailoaloa Beach will be well-received when it debuts in 2020.”IHG is excited to build upon the success of its three properties and two IHG Brands already present in the South Pacific: the award-winning InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa, Holiday Inn Suva Resort and Holiday Inn Vanuatu. The Crowne Plaza brand enjoys a strong presence the Asia, Middle East and Africa region with 76 hotels and resorts, with another 21 Crowne Plaza hotels and resorts expected to open across the region over the next three to five years. Source = InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®)last_img read more

GSE Leaders Address Bonuses Profits Before Congress

first_img November 16, 2011 400 Views GSE Leaders Address Bonuses, Profits Before Congress Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers Treasury Department 2011-11-16 Abby Gregory The government-sponsored enterprises are making headlines, with “”Fannie Mae’s””:www.fanniemae.com/ CEO appearing before Congress to address the entity’s possible profitability and “”Freddie Mac’s””:www.freddiemac.com/ CEO providing testimony on the controversial executive bonuses within the organization. Both leaders spoke to the “”House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform””:oversight.house.gov/ to field questions regarding various aspects of Fannie and Freddie’s practices and financial standing.[IMAGE]Fannie’s CEO, Michael Williams, spoke out about the GSE’s successful loss mitigation initiatives stemming from mortgage loans made during the crisis, and Williams stated that finding the right people to fill roles within its the corporate structure of Fannie could put the organization on tract to turn a profit. Citing the moderation in Fannie’s portfolio of distressed loans and the increase in quality loans the GSE has added since 2009, Williams emphasized the positive direction of Fannie’s balance sheet, but Williams’ commentary isn’t bolstered by the enterprise’s third-quarter numbers which show a loss of around $5.1 billion, while calling on the government to provide nearly $7.8 billion in funding for Fannie.Williams went on to add that new business standards may help pave the way for Fannie’s ultimate profitability, saying, “”For [COLUMN_BREAK]example, we are developing new tools and standards to ensure greater visibility into the quality of the loans that are delivered into the secondary market. This loan quality initiative will reduce the risk for the lender, the investor, the borrower, and ultimately the taxpayer.””Freddie’s CEO, Ed Haldeman’s prepared testimony indicates statements that are comparable to many of those Williams made, and in particular, both men expressed concerns about bonus limitations hindering the ability of the GSEs to hire of strong employees. Haldeman plans to stand behind competitive salary and bonus structures within the enterprises, and he will likely point to the 40 percent cut in compensation for the top 10 percent of Freddie’s management since 2008 to the Congressional committee.Haldeman’s speech will include the concerns of the “”Federal Housing Finance Agency””:www.fhfa.gov/ and the “”U.S. Department of the Treasury””:www.treasury.gov/ over hiring experienced personnel to take over Freddie’s leadership following his own departure in the next 12 months. In prepared documents, Haldeman elaborated on the issues raised by the FHFA and Treasury, saying, “”They emphasized that it was absolutely critical that we keep the machinery of the company running smoothly in order to support the recovery of the mortgage market and the national economy.””His appearance before the House comes on the heels of a 52 to 4 vote by the House Financial Services Committee to suspend bonus programs for the top executives within Fannie and Freddie. Haldeman’s statements to Congress will go against the recent decision, noting in pre-testimony papers, “”It was clear that if Freddie Mac suffered an exodus of our most highly experienced and talented employees, our ability to fulfill our top two objectives under conservatorship – making sure mortgage funds remained available and helping financially stressed families avoid foreclosure – would be greatly hindered.””center_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Sharelast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Actors Brendan Penny and Lacey Chabert are shown in a scene from the movie “Pride, Prejudice & Mistletoe” in this handout photo. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – at least on Canadian movie sets. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Hallmark Channel *MANDATORY CREDIT* It’s Christmas in July on many Canadian movie sets as Hallmark boosts production It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas — at least on Canadian movie sets.Especially in Vancouver, where “Sense, Sensibility & Snowmen” was one of five holiday-themed TV-movies — three by Hallmark — shot in British Columbia this July alone.Directed by Calgary native David Winning, the family-friendly feature stars Erin Krakow and London, Ont.-born Luke Macfarlane. Krakow, the American-born star of Hallmark’s “When Calls the Heart” (also shot in Vancouver), plays an over-enthusiastic Christmas planner, while Macfarlane co-stars as a Scrooge-like toy company CEO.Before you can say “ho-ho-ho,” they become holiday sweethearts.It’s Winning’s 15th movie for Hallmark, eight of which have been Christmas-themed.The director has a theory as to why his films consistently draw three to four million U.S. cable viewers: “In dark times, Hallmark does an excellent job of offering a safe harbour for viewers,” he said in a recent phone interview.Quite often that safe harbour originates in Canada. Hallmark, a Crown Media company, ordered a record 100-plus TV movies into production in 2019. The network says about 70 are shot in Canada, including places such as North Bay, Sudbury and Parry Sound, Ont.To achieve the right Christmas-in-July look, workers roll out fake snow made out of cotton batting, fetching truckloads of the real stuff from local hockey rinks to cover green lawns on outdoor sets.Companies producing these films earn points and claim big tax advantages for every Canadian actor near the top of the call sheet. Canadian directors and writers also trigger tax incentives.The price is right for Hallmark, which powered an aggressive slate of wholesome fare into becoming the most-watched U.S. cable network among women 18 to 49 and 25 to 54 in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to Nielsen.The same leap in viewership occurred when the Hallmark brand was introduced in Canada last November as part of Corus’ W Network. On weekends that quarter, W became the No. 1 specialty network in Canada and the No. 1 most-watched network, surpassing conventional broadcasters such as CBC, CTV and Global according to Numeris PPM data.Montreal-born Colin Ferguson, for one, is thrilled to be in high rotation on Hallmark. After years of playing it dark on shows such as “Eureka” and “The Vampire Diaries,” the Pasadena, Calif., resident is happy to fly to B.C. to shoot Hallmark’s “Cedar Cover” or 2018’s “Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane.”“They’re so loyal,” said the 46-year-old actor at a Television Critics Association event last winter.“In this industry, you get used to the disposability of everybody because we’re all replaceable. These guys seek us out and go, ‘Do you want to do another one?’ That goes a long way with actors.”As does finally being in a project his six-year-old son can enjoy. “He can’t watch most of what I’ve done yet, but he can watch a Hallmark movie, which is nice.”Other Canadian actors who frequent Hallmark TV-movies include: Ottawa-born Brendan Penny, part of CTV’s “Motive” a few years ago and a regular on Hallmark’s “Chesapeake Shores”; Kamloops native Benjamin Ayres, seen last season on CBC’s “Burden of Truth” and featured on Hallmark’s “Chronicle Mysteries” movies; Lynda Boyd, a B.C. native and “Republic of Doyle” regular who has played mom to Meghan Markle and Jamie-Lynn Sigler in Hallmark Christmas movies. Finally, there’s Vancouver son Paul Campbell, who shared top billing with Dave Foley on the CTV sitcom “Spun Out” a few years ago and who has shot five holiday movies for Hallmark, including “A Godwink Christmas.”“You do a Hallmark movie, you know it’s going to be feel-good and fun,” said Boyd, who nonetheless had some challenges shooting “SnowComing” in a 35 degree Celsius heat wave last summer in Squamish, B.C. “I was wearing a hat, coat and a scarf and I was having hot flashes. Help!”Crews routinely raid B.C. fishing docks for shaved ice to make summer Christmas shoots look more wintery, while frosty breathing is sometimes added later in editing for the same reason.Despite weather-related challenges on set, few Canadians turn down a Hallmark moment. Toronto-born Gabriel Hogan, featured on a series of “Murder, She Baked” TV-movies, says he loves the 13 to 15-day shooting schedules.Actors with an itch to write and produce are taken seriously. Ayres and Campbell both have future Hallmark projects in development based on their own story suggestions.Winning says it takes time to earn your way into the Hallmark family. “There’s a very small group of directors,” he says. Once you’re in — and enough viewers respond — you’re in.” The demand is such that Winning will get four days off before embarking on his 16th Hallmark TV-movie at the end of this month.Campbell is also grateful for the Hallmark seal of approval. Usually an American, such as former “Full House” actress Candace Cameron Bure, takes top billing on a shot-in-Canada original.Campbell’s star at the network has risen to the point, however, where he and Ottawa-born Kimberly Sustad — two Canadians — have the No. 1 and 2 spots in “A Godwink Christmas.” The key, says Campbell, is becoming “a recognizable face” on the network.As for why Hallmark keeps casting Canadians in their Christmas films, Campbell, tongue somewhat in cheek, says it goes beyond the dollar.“A lot of L.A. actors have a swagger which doesn’t actually work for Hallmark,” he says. Better the low-key Canadian approach: “Please love me!”Bill Brioux, The Canadian Press by Bill Brioux, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 26, 2019 9:15 am PDTlast_img read more

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