15 Oct

MEET MOHAMMED JUNAID

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Who inspired you to follow your dream to pursue acting?One day I saw a documentary about Arnold Schwarzenegger how he moved to America and became the biggest star of his time defying all odds how he was huge and even had a thick accent, how many Agents and Managers though it couldn’t be done. I told myself I have always had a similar dream so what do I have to lose I can’t lose this dream I have just found my real purpose and passion in life. I want to inspire others to achieve greatness to defy odds and to make this world a better place. I hope to inspire others into believing that no matter where you come from you can make this world a better place.What challenges have you faced in the entertainment industry? What has been your most rewarding experience?I believe when I landed my first Agent and he started sending me out for auditions it was during that time I didn’t knew other actors who could help me with self tapes or even practice my lines before an audition. I also struggled between jobs trying to find something flexible enough which allows me to make my days available for auditions. I suffered financially for a bit but then I was able to get through it just like everything else. With time my connections grew and I was able to utilize different areas of making money within the entertainment industry I do modeling, commercials and brand ambassador work as well. I designed a life that allows me to keep my days open for auditions and make decent money on the side. I guess one of my rewarding experiences would have to be when I got an Actor role on Suits.What is your favourite type of character to play?I would like to play characters from Marvel franchises I have always been inspired by super heroes and how they save our world from terror. I love Iron man, Batman, Spiderman, and Captain America. I do also like dark characters like Joker (Batman) and Loki (Thor)What market do you currently work in? Are there other areas you would like to work?I currently work in Toronto and I am represented by KG Talent,however I have travelled to NYC and have had few meeting with agencies. I am also looking to get representation in Los Angeles in the near future so that I can apply for an 0-1 visa which is for actors who are willing to work in the US market. I also do modelling, commercials and have started shooting my own projects so directing is another area I would like to capitalize in. As a model I have been punished in several magazines here in Canada and have a modeling agent as well.What advice would you give to someone new trying to make it in the acting industry?I believe the first and the most important thing is you have to love it. Theirs a lot of opportunity here in this city, network with follow actors, try to add your self to different casting sites I always recommend eBoss Canada, Casting Workbook and Actors Access. Get head shots from photographers land independent films and submit your self to agencies. Think of yourself as the CEO of your own business and be open to making some investments in areas such as quality head shots, casting website registrations and acting classes. Always have a long-lasting career goal in mind and remember you only lose when you give up.What fuels your passion?Performing can be very powerful. Although it can be for entertainment and comedy, it can also be used to inspire people. When I watch inspirational movies, I love how there can be a message which you can gain from that can make you stop to reevaluate yourself or benefit you. For instance, when I watched the Pursuit of Happiness, Will Smith’s character struggled to get where he wanted. Even though it wasn’t a huge difference at the end of the movie, the audience knew things would get easier and he would eventually get to his goal. Through the struggle, he didn’t stop but persevered. I can use this in my own life as I know acting is not easy and there will be a lot of challenges along the way but I just need to keep on being determined and dedicated and I will eventually reach my goal.What is something about you that most people would never guess?I am afraid of cats, I find it hilariousIf you were to do it all over again, would you do things exactly the same? Do you have any regrets? Successes that make you proud?Yes, without a doubt. I would do it all over again. I have been very blessed to do what I love. Perusing acting is the best decision I have ever made. I enjoy all my successes and Failures. I know that I have a goal to accomplish and everyday I am working towards it. I would like to quote Steve Jobs “Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by Dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your ear and intuition.”FOLLOW MOHAMMED ON SOCIAL MEDIAINSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/mohammed_junaid77/FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Mohammed-Junaid-202315079867824/IMDB: https://imdb.com/name/nm4357245/Written By:  Darlene MorrisonCLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL INTERVIEWS IN OUR ASPIRING TALENT SERIESIf you are an aspiring talent and would like to be featured in our Aspiring Talent SeriesContact Darlene via email at morrisonmediasocial@gmail.comOpen to all (e.g. Actors, Models, Singers, Dancers, Producers, Directors, etc.) Advertisement Twitter Meet Mohammed Junaid, he is a Model, Actor and Director in Toronto and is represented by KG Talent.Check out our Q & A below:As a child, did you want to be an actor, or did it fall into place through other activities?I was the only child of my parents and had no siblings my parents wanted me to pursue a normal career. I remember my mom used to say that one day my son would work for a multinational company. In my whole family no one ever pursued acting. As a child I knew I wanted to do something great. It was later that I found out that the happiest I have ever been is when I am on set performing I just love it. I grew up watching movies, which stared Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Arnold Schwarzenegger. I always knew I wanted to do what they did its just that the older I have become this dream has become more stronger. Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

15 Oct

HGTV Canada and Mike Holmes Celebrate 15 Years of Making It Right

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “Mike Holmes has elevated the format and standards of home improvement programming,” said Lisa Godfrey, Vice President, Original Content, Corus Entertainment. “We are so proud of the dynamic original content we have collaborated on with Mike over the past 15 years and know that this momentum will continue to influence and inspire viewers across the country with Season 2.”Mike’s commitment to building standards, the promotion of skilled trades, and his adamant belief in making it right has led him to build an iconic empire and achieve impressive accolades from the Gemini Viewer Choice Award for “Favourite TV Personality” to the Queen’s Jubilee Medal. In 2012, Forbes Magazine anointed Mike the third most “Trusted Celebrity” and he was named among the Top 5 “Most Trusted Canadians” by Readers Digest for five years running. Most recently, he was named “Best TV Personality” by the Toronto Sun Readers’ Choice Awards in 2017. Mike is also a best-selling author, continues to give advice at speaking engagements across North America, and gives back through his Make it Right foundation.To celebrate the partnership milestone, HGTV Canada’s social and digital platforms will publish a variety of anniversary-themed content, including fun videos of Mike and Mike Jr. competing in skill testing 15-second and 15-minute challenges. Additional photo galleries and articles on everything from special family moments to Holmes’ approved renovation advice and tips will roll out in the coming weeks. Viewers can catch up on Holmes + Holmes Season 1 now on HGTV.ca. Season 2 will be available on HGTV.ca and On Demand with participating service providers after each episode airs.Holmes + Holmes is produced by Make It Right Productions in association with Corus Entertainment’s HGTV Canada. Series sponsor Wayfair.ca provides furnishings featured throughout the season’s three properties.*Source: Numeris PPM Data. Aug 30/04 – July 22/18 – confirmed data. Total Canada, CumRch (000). Ind.2+, HGTV.**Source: Numeris PPM Data. FL16 (Aug 29/16 – Jan 1/17) – confirmed data, 3+ airings. Total Canada/AMA(000). Mon-Su 2a-2a. CDN SPEC DIG COM ENG, excludes sports. A25-54, W25-54.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter: @CorusPR, @HGTV Canada, @Make_It_RightFacebook: facebook.com/HGTV.ca, facebook.com/Make.It.Right.MikeInstagram: @hgtvcanada, @make_it_right#HolmesandHolmesHGTV Canada is a Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 44 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.About The Holmes GroupThe Holmes Group is an international brand with operations in independent media production, new-home building and home inspection, residential construction and renovation, as well as product development. The Holmes Group is responsible for developing and managing all HOLMES branded entities, including Make It Right Productions Inc., Make It Right Releasing, HOLMES Communities, HOLMES Approved Homes, MIKE HOLMES Inspections, Make It Right Construction, HOLMES Approved Products, HOLMES Workwear and The Holmes Foundation.In anticipation of the Holmes + Holmes Season 2 premiere, Mike Holmes and Mike Holmes Jr. will be available for interview opportunities upon request. TORONTO, Aug. 23, 2018 – Reaching more than 21 million Canadian viewers* and earning his place as one of Canada’s most trusted contractors, HGTV Canada celebrates 15 years of Mike Holmes programming with the return of Holmes + Holmes on Sunday, October 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Ranked as a Top 20 Canadian entertainment specialty series in its first season,** Season 2 of Holmes + Holmes continues Mike’s construction journey with his son Mike Holmes Jr., as they venture into business together and take on their biggest challenge yet: buying, renovating, and selling three houses for profit.“I’m so grateful that homeowners and viewers have welcomed me into their homes for over 15 years,” said Holmes. “At a young age my dad always told me that if you’re going to do something, do it right the first time and I’m proud that HGTV Canada has helped me to spread that message to homeowners. I’m excited to Make it Right™ for the next 15 years with my son and family by my side.”Since his first television series on HGTV Canada in 2003, Mike has led nine Canadian-original series and specials, including fan-favourite series Holmes on Homes, which had a seven season run, Best of Holmes on Homes, Holmes Inspection, Holmes Makes It Right, and Holmes + Holmes. He has also appeared in HGTV Canada’s Home To Win and Sarah Off The Grid, along with special events including Holmes In New Orleans, Mike Holmes Ultimate Garage, Lien On Me, and Holmes: Behind the Overalls. In every series, Mike lends his eye for detail and expert advice to guide homebuyers, homeowners, friends, and family into doing it right the first time. Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

15 Oct

CALGARYBASED CBC WEBSERIES MINGS DYNASTY EXPLORES HIPHOP CHINESE FOOD AND THE JOURNEY

first_imgAntony Hall and Calwyn Shurgold in Ming’s Dynasty. Courtesy, CBC Gem. Advertisement Advertisement He probably never anticipated that he would eventually turn his experiences into a comedic webseries that would return him to his home province in a big way. Ming’s Dynasty, which is currently streaming on CBC Gem, is more of a funhouse-mirror reflection of Hall’s experiences. But shooting it did return him to his Alberta home, including at least one day in his old stomping grounds of Coaldale. That’s where his family’s restaurant, which is called Ming’s Garden and is now run by a cousin, remains a going concern as the town’s only place for Chinese cuisine.Co-created with actor-comedian Calwyn Shurgold and writer Julian De Zotti, the series follows the misadventures of two would-be rappers with big dreams and little success. Young Riesling (Hall) and Whyte Wyne (Shurgold) are trying their best to make a dent in Toronto’s hip-hop scene when the former gets a frantic call from his mother. It seems Young Riesling’s father has had a stroke and he is needed back home to run the family business. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Login/Register With: Five years ago, Antony Hall left Alberta for Toronto.It was a career move. Hall grew up in Lethbridge but had spent much of his formative years working in his father’s Chinese restaurant a few kilometres east in the small town of Coaldale. In 2010, he left to study theatre at MacEwan University. Four years later, the Big Smoke was calling.“I decided to take everything I had and give it a proper shot of trying to be an actor and comedian,” says Hall. “I figured Toronto was probably the best place. I had friends and classmates I went to theatre school with who were also looking to make the move. So we all decided to come here together.” Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

14 Oct

Internal politics behind NWACs Sisters in Spirit shift Brazeau

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe country’s most prominent First Nations women’s organization was motivated by “internal politics” in its decision to water-down their initial support of the government’s $10 million strategy to deal with the hundreds of cases of murdered and missing Aboriginal women, says Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau.Brazeau made the accusation in a Nov. 10 posting on his Chamber Chat blog which also said that APTN National News’ coverage of the brewing Sisters in Spirit controversy has been “rife with errors and mistruths.”Brazeau said that the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) had initially issued a press release supporting the Oct. 29 announcement before raising concerns.“The fact that NWAC’s position on the funding of measures to deal with missing and murdered Aboriginal women seems to have changed since a meeting of its board of directors speaks more to the organization’s internal politics than to benefits to the community that these investments seeks to deliver,” wrote Brazeau.Brazeau also criticizes NWAC for raising concerns over the government’s demand that no grant monies go toward projects using the name Sisters in Spirit . NWAC said the demand would have a negative impact on the name recognition of Sisters in Spirit which had grown in prominence since its birth over two decades ago on the streets of Vancouver.“Should this be the aim of such investments? Should organizational profile trump provisions to help people?” said Brazeau. “NWAC readily deserves significant credit for its past and current efforts in respect of the Sisters in Spirit initiative. But it is of no justice or comfort to the families of the victims to suggest that anything linked to the announcement of $10 million in action designed to build upon the previous $5 million invested over five years represents unnecessary pain to victims’ families and communities. This is not only untrue it’s irresponsible to suggest as much.”Brazeau also said that APTN‘s coverage of the issue had been “distorted” and called for “accuracy and balance” in future reporting.APTN National News reported that the Conservatives would not allow NWAC to use government money for any projects using the name Sisters in Spirit or linked with the upkeep the organization’s groundbreaking database of murdered and missing Aboriginal women cases.APTN also reported that NWAC was given one day’s notice of the government’s Oct. 29 announcement of a so-called national strategy on murdered and missing Aboriginal women.NWAC told APTN last week that the announcement had little to do with Aboriginal women and that the organization would be asking the government for targeted funding in the next federal budget.“It continues to baffle me that in some circles, significant action on issues is met with attitude and spin designed to purposely create controversy,” wrote Brazeau. “This is certainly the case with APTN’s distorted coverage of the Native Women’s Association of Canada’s position on the recently announced $10 million dealing with the plight of missing and murdered Aboriginal women.”Brazeau said APTN’s “skewed” coverage made it “hard to get a clear sense of the real facts” around the issue.“APTN news reports are rife with errors and mistruths,” said Brazeau. “One thing is clear and needs affirmation: NWAC’s role in this matter has been pivotal. Further, it bears noting that NWAC was apprised of the announcement before it was made. They were on the podium for its introduction, and NWAC’s national office was instrumental in many of the announcement logistics, including choosing the elder who gave the blessing which opened the ceremony….“No one, especially NWAC, ‘was kept in the dark until the last minute’ regarding the announcement. Let’s be clear, the efforts of NWAC in undertaking the Sisters in Sprit initiative have delivered impetus that has directly led to the $10 million federal investments that will contribute to means that seek to overcome the tragic toll of missing and murdered Aboriginal women has had on victims’ families and their communities,” said Brazeau.Brazeau, however, does not offer details of the errors or mistruths that he says were rife in APTN’s coverage.APTN’s request for an interview with Brazeau was turned down. Brazeau’s staff say he is busy this week.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

14 Oct

Cause of deadly air ambulance helicopter crash remains a mystery

first_img(Dustin Dagenais was one of the paramedics killed in helicopter crash. Facebook photo)APTN National NewsAn air ambulance helicopter heading to Attawapiskat in northern Ontario to pick up a patient crashed shortly after taking off just past midnight Friday, killing all four people aboard.The Sikorsky S76 helicopter built in 1980, crashed at about 12:11 a.m. after leaving the Ornge base in Moosonee, Ont., said Rob Giguere, chief operating officer for the air and land ambulance firm that operates throughout Ontario.The crashed killed pilots, Capt. Don Filliter, of Skead, Ont., and Jacques Dupuy, from Otterburn Park, Que., along with paramedics Dustin Dagenais, of Moose Factory, Ont., and Chris Snowball, from Burlington, Ont.The helicopter wreckage was found about a kilometre away from the Ornge base.The federal Transportation Safety Board has sent investigators to the site.Giguere said it remains unclear what caused the accident. He said there was “good visibility” at the time with overcast skies.Dagenais had been posted in the region for about five years, according to a colleague who requested anonymity.“He was a person that would go out there for anybody,” said the colleague. “I know talking to him, he always said he was one of those guys that would stick up for the person that was not so popular or the guy getting picked on. That is how he lived his life, he was very giving. He was probably one of the nicest guys I ever knew.”At Dagenais’ home a friend said people were concerned about his wife and his family.At the paramedics station in Attawapiskat the scene was also somber.“Everyone is pretty upset,” said one of the paramedics posted there. “The phone has been ringing off the hook.”last_img read more

14 Oct

Family files human rights complaint after authorities strip Yukon prisoner before video

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe family of a Yukon prisoner who appeared naked and shackled during a court hearing by video conference has filed a human rights complaint.During a video hearing in January, three guards in riot gear held Michael Nehass to the floor of a cell in Whitehorse. He was naked.APTN’s Shirley McLean has this story.last_img

14 Oct

4 gunshots screams heard on video capturing moment RCMP officer shoots Norway

first_img(This is a 35 second video capturing moment an RCMP officer shoots Evan Cromarty, 20, in Norway House, Sunday.)By Shaneen Robinson APTN National NewsWINNIPEG–Four gunshots are audible on cell phone video capturing the moment when an RCMP officer shot an unarmed 20 year-old man in Norway House, Man., Sunday.The  screams of  women can also be heard in 35 second video which ends with the voice of a man wondering why the police officer shot the man.“Why did he shoot him?” said the voice of a man captured on the video, obtained by APTN National News Monday.A team of civilian and police investigators from Alberta is now probing Sunday’s shooting.Manitoba RCMP said in a statement the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was now in charge of the file.ASIRT is tasked with investigating any incidents involving the injury of death of civilians at the hands of police officers in Alberta. The team is comprised of a mix of civilian, police and military investigators.The involvement of the Alberta investigators on the file surfaced following a meeting between RCMP D Division Assistant Kevin Brosseau, RCMP Chief Superintendent Scott Kolody and Norway House Chief Ron Evans Monday.“The meeting was positive and concerns regarding the event and the relationship between the community and the police were discussed,” the RCMP said in a statementManitoba RCMP said in a statement the police force would not be commenting on the incident while ASIRT conducts its investigation.Evans said his community is angry over the incident.“Why did this have to happen? Why didn’t somebody use common sense?” said Evans.Evan Cromarty, 20, was shot by an RCMP officer Sunday in Norway House. FacebookThe shooting unfolded Sunday during a boys baseball tournament involving players aged nine to 12. Witnesses said an RCMP officer fired four shots at Evan Cromarty, 20, who was hit at least once in the arm.“The cops fired four shots, but he got struck in the arm because he went down,” said witness Glen Moritz, who was coaching one of the baseball teams at the time. “For me, personally, I was scared just seeing that and the kids, they’re just terrified.Moritz said Cromarty’s brothers, aged 10 and 12, witnessed the shooting.Cromarty faced firearm charges for an incident in Norway House back in 2012. Evans said that was no reason to fire on the unarmed man.“Whatever it was, there was no need for gunfire,” he said.Evans said Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger and deputy premier Eric Robinson phoned him after the incident.“They both suggested and are supporting that we get an independent investigation done,” said Evans.Cromarty is currently recovering in hospital.srobinson@aptn.ca@shaneenthescenelast_img read more

14 Oct

Tribunal orders Canada again to comply with its ruling on First Nation

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe federal government continues to drag its heels on fully complying with the landmark decision of Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in January that found Ottawa discriminates against First Nation children on-reserve.The tribunal ruled for far too long the feds funded First Nation children living on-reserve less than non-Indigenous children off of reserve.It gave the government a list of areas that needed to fixed and issued a compliance order.They did so again in April.On Thursday, the tribunal did so again.“It rests on INAC and the federal government to implement the panel’s findings and orders, and to clearly communicate how it is doing so,” the tribunal said Thursday.The tribunal said it’s unclear who the feds have consulted with in the Indigenous community address the gaps.“INAC has previously acknowledged that it does not have expertise in the provision of child and family services to First Nations. Therefore, the need to consult with experts in the field, including the Caring Society, should be a priority,” the tribunal said, referring to Cindy Blackstock, executive director of First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada.Blackstock, along with the Assembly of First Nations, were the ones who first brought the complaint against Ottawa about 10 years ago.Blackstock said she was happy with the latest compliance order and was scheduled to hold a media conference in Ottawa Thursday afternoon.The AFN also was happy the tribunal is keeping on the feds.“But it is disappointing to see that Canada has to be pushed to respect human rights and end discrimination against First Nations children, said National Chief Perry Bellegarde. “Canada must be more transparent and work with us a on a better system to reform the federal First Nation child welfare program that is supported by fair funding based on real needs.”The federal government is expected to release a statement later Thursday.Download (PDF, Unknown)last_img read more

13 Oct

Super Bowl Ads shy from politics and mind their manners

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Peyton Manning takes a family to Universal Parks & Resorts. Chris Pratt works out to get in shape to tout Michelob Ultra. Bill Hader takes a break on set to snack on some Pringles.This year’s Super Bowl advertisers are minding their manners. They’re trying hard to steer clear of everything from politics to the #MeToo movement with lightly humorous ads that don’t offend.The goal is to capture the attention of the 111 million-plus viewers expected to tune in Sunday when the Philadelphia Eagles take on the New England Patriots. Thirty-second slots are going for more than $5 million for airtime alone.Last year, ads that tackled political issues fell flat, like an 84 Lumber ad about immigration. And some thought the recent Grammy Awards’ low ratings were because the show contained too many political moments, such as Hillary Clinton reading from the Trump biography “Fire and Fury.”People are in the mood for “political-free entertainment,” said Kim Whitler, a marketing professor at the University of Virginia.Several ads will be taking a light-humour approach with mostly male celebrities. PepsiCo brands Doritos Blaze and Mountain Dew Ice are showcased in two 30-second linked spots showing Morgan Freeman and Peter Dinklage in a lip-sync rap battle.In a Pringles ad , Bill Hader has a snack on set and introduces a made-up practice dubbed “flavour stacking,” in which he mixes and matches different Pringles varieties. M&Ms enlisted Danny DeVito to embody what happens when a red M&M becomes a person after wishing on a lucky penny.Keanu Reeves surfs on his motorcycle through the desert in an ad for Squarespace. Chris Elliott lives in a bio dome to tout avocados from Mexico, while “Stranger Things” star David Harbour shows up in Tide’s commercial.“They’re light hearted and good natured,” Whitler said. “That’s on target with the mood of the country.”“We’re exposed to so much constant negativity,” said Andy Goeler, a marketing executive at Bud Light. “Delivering something just light hearted and fun is the root at what beer is all about.” The brand’s two spots showcase a mythical kingdom a la “Game of Thrones” centred on Bud Light and the catchphrase “Dilly Dilly.”Amazon’s 90-second fourth-quarter ad stars a bevy of celebrities who sub for the voice of Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant: singer Cardi B, actress Rebel Wilson, star chef Gordon Ramsey and even actor Anthony Hopkins putting a Hannibal Lector spin on things. Leading up to the halftime show, Pepsi’s ad references past celebrities who have appeared in Pepsi Super Bowl ads: Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, Cindy Crawford and others.Nonetheless, two Super Bowl ads are bucking the trend and sidling up to political issues, however obliquely.Coca-Cola’s anthemic 60-second ad features varieties of Coke, from Coke Zero to the stevia-flavoured Coke Life, quaffed by women, men and a person who uses the “they” pronoun.“There’s a Coke for he, and she and her and me and them,” a voiceover states.Coca-Cola executives say the ad highlights the diversity the company has always used in its advertising, adding that they consulted African-American and LGBTQ groups among its own employees. A biracial couple and a person in a wheelchair also appear in the spot.“We want to celebrate all the people that make up the world,” Coca-Cola executive Brynn Bardacke said. “We don’t want to exclude anyone.”On the other hand, WeatherTech, which makes car mats and other interior car products, has a staunchly pro-American approach in its ad, which shows the construction of a factory that opened late last year.“At WeatherTech, we built our factory right here in America,” the ad’s text reads. “Isn’t that the way it is supposed to be?”It’s the fifth year WeatherTech has advertised in the Super Bowl touting its all-American operations. Founder and CEO David MacNeil said his ad doesn’t have typical Super Bowl accoutrements — “no ponies, no puppies, no pretty girls” — but said it’s straight to the point about its message.“Isn’t it just logical to build your own factory in your own country so your own fellow citizens can have jobs?” he said. He said he doesn’t believe the ad might be divisive. “It wouldn’t occur to me that I could offend anyone by supporting my own country,” he said.While the majority of advertisers release their ads ahead of time to try to drum up publicity, there are some holdouts. Fiat Chrysler usually appears during the game without advance warning. Other advertisers that have remained mum about their plans so far include E-Trade and Monster Products.“It may be that advertisers with risky ads are waiting for the game, hoping to protect the surprise and break through the clutter,” said Tim Calkins, a marketing professor at Northwestern University.last_img read more

13 Oct

Analyst says shippers switching to CP Rail as CN Rail service deteriorates

first_imgService on Canadian National Railway Co. has deteriorated to the point that clients are switching their cargoes to rival Canadian Pacific Railway, Walter Spracklin, a financial analyst for RBC Dominion Securities, said Thursday.But a spokesman for the Montreal-based company said many of the short-term service problems are weather related and the company is investing capital to address other longer term concerns.Recent complaints about CN service by the CEO of energy services firm Halliburton, along with service disruptions on CN lines in areas such as the Port of Prince Rupert terminal in British Columbia, have raised questions among CN investors and caused “irreparable damage” to shipper relationships, Spracklin charged in a report.Spracklin said weekly performance numbers show CN’s train speeds are down 17 per cent year-over-year compared with nine per cent for the railway group, and “dwell” — the time trains spend stopped at a terminal — is up a “staggering” 43 per cent compared to the group’s nine per cent.“We highlight that CP has the capacity to handle the higher volume, and that they are negotiating new business away from CN — but on terms that are favourable to CP (to avoid experiencing similar “digestion issues”),” he wrote in the report.“We expect continued negative news flow on disruptions and disclosure of further customer shifts, which in our view will make CN’s premium valuation less appealing and as a result we expect further shifting from CN over to CP.”CN spokesman Patrick Waldron responded that winter weather in Western Canada has been so severe it forced CN to run shorter trains about 75 per cent of the time, which means more trains are needed for the same volumes.“This combined with increased volume levels across our business has resulted in congestion for all commodities and customers along our busy Chicago-to-Edmonton mainline corridor,” he said in an email.“We are working with our customers to manage all traffic and clear backlogs for all of customers in the coming weeks.”He said CN Rail is buying and leasing locomotives and hiring and training hundreds of new employees, adding CN’s $3.2-billion capital program in 2018 will address infrastructure pinch points and add capacity.Waldron didn’t address the question of whether the railway is losing customers to rival railways.Analyst Daniel Sherman of Edward Jones said in a report issued after the railway posted disappointing 2017 results that it appears to have expanded volume on its network beyond its capacity.“We anticipate that management will catch capacity up to demand as we move through 2018,” the report said.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this story (TSX:CNR, TSX:CP)last_img read more

13 Oct

BCs Horgan defends fight to both retain and restrict Alberta oil imports

first_imgYELLOWKNIFE – B.C. Premier John Horgan says he is fighting to both retain and restrict Alberta energy imports because while the existing shipments are vital to his province, the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion would see the unrefined oilsands oil go somewhere else.“The proposal to twin the pipeline is not to send more product to the Lower Mainland, but to export to other jurisdictions,” Horgan told reporters after a meeting of western premiers wrapped up Wednesday in Yellowknife.“There’s a distinct difference between those two things. One is diluted bitumen. The other is gasoline or jet fuel to be used by (B.C.) citizens to move around freely.”He made the comments after he was asked to explain why his government is going to court to determine if it has the right to regulate heavy oil imports while at the same time trying to stop Alberta from curtailing existing oil shipments to B.C.Horgan denied a suggestion that his government’s position is selfish.“Not at all,” he said, stressing that they are two separate issues.Horgan joined leaders from other western provinces and territories to discuss a range of shared concerns from cannabis legalization and pharmacare to market access.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley declined to go, saying she’s too busy trying to strike a deal to ensure Trans Mountain is built.She sent deputy premier Sarah Hoffman, who declined to sign off on the meeting’s closing statement. Hoffman said Alberta didn’t endorse the document because there was no statement affirming support for Trans Mountain.She said while she wants to proceed with the issues discussed at the meeting, it is folly to talk about how to spend money while ignoring critical issues on how to raise it.“Talking about market access without talking about Trans Mountain … is irrational” said Hoffman.The line, which would twin an existing pipe and triple the amount of oil heading from Alberta to the coast, was approved by Ottawa in 2016, but has hit permit delays and legal challenges from Horgan’s government.Alberta says pipeline bottlenecks are kneecapping the industry, costing millions of dollars a day.The pipeline builder, Kinder Morgan, has ratcheted back spending on the $7.4-billion project, citing B.C.’s obstruction tactics. The company says it needs assurance by May 31 that the line can get built.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government and Alberta are exploring a range of options including buying the project from Kinder Morgan or making sure whoever builds it is covered for any losses tied to political delays.Horgan’s government has made clear it opposes the expansion over concerns about spills. His government has asked B.C.’s highest court to rule on whether B.C. can cap oil imports.Alberta has passed a bill to allow it to reduce shipments of oil and other fuels to B.C., which could lead to gas price spikes and other fuel-related hardships. B.C. has filed a suit in Alberta to stop Notley from turning down the taps, saying it violates the Constitution.Notley told reporters Tuesday that Horgan’s logic is head-spinning — he wants the fuel on one hand, but is trying to keep it the oil out on the other.Horgan, on a conference call Wednesday with B.C. reporters after the meeting, admitted things have gotten frosty on a personal level with Notley, someone he considers a friend.“They did invite me to the swearing in of their government,” he said. “I went gleefully and enjoyed myself. Maybe I’m just an acquaintance. It does not really matter. It’s not about me.”He said the last time he spoke with Notley was in Ottawa in April.“I think the tone between the two of us is strained,” Horgan said. “This is not personal for me. It’s about my responsibility to make sure that I’m doing my level best to protect our economy, our environment.”last_img read more

13 Oct

Hotels apologize in China after video shows how they clean

first_imgBEIJING — At least four major international hotel chains have apologized after a hidden camera video of their room cleaning practices in China was posted online.The Shangri-La Hotel in Fuzhou said Thursday that what’s shown in the video violates its hygiene standards, while the Park Hyatt in Beijing called it an isolated occurrence. The Waldorf Astoria in Shanghai and the Sheraton in Guiyang city also apologized.The 11-minute video shows cleaners wiping cups and sinks with dirty towels and sponges. Some use the same towel to wipe the toilet seat.An activist blogger who uses a pseudonym posted the video late Wednesday on his verified account on Weibo, a Chinese version of Twitter. It was picked up by Chinese media and had been shared 78,000 times by Thursday afternoon.The Associated Presslast_img read more

13 Oct

Macron says France will delay cap on nuclear energy

first_imgPARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron says the country will move more slowly than promised to cap the amount of energy it derives from nuclear energy.Amid popular discontent about high energy prices, Macron said Tuesday that France will shut down 14 nuclear reactors by 2035 out of 58 now in order.Yet he said France would cap the amount of electricity it derives from nuclear plants at 50 per cent by 2035. That is a delay compared with the goal of 2025 set by his predecessor, Francois Hollande.France depends more on nuclear energy than any other country, getting about three-quarters of its electricity from its 19 nuclear plants.The French leader promised to develop renewable energy instead, saying his priority is weaning France’s economy from fuel that contributes to global warming.The Associated Presslast_img read more

13 Oct

Stars Group shares surge on legal victory at the Kentucky Court of

first_imgTORONTO — Shares of The Stars Group Inc. surged in midday trading after it announced that the Kentucky Court of Appeals has reversed a US$870-million lower court ruling against the online gaming company.It says Kentucky residents had sued PokerStars in 2010, about four years before The Stars Group bought the site, for gambling losses under a centuries-old statue.    The company’s shares gained $1.64 or 7.9 per cent at $22.47 on the Toronto Stock Exchange after news of the successful appeal.The Stars Group says it plans to seek the release of a US$100-million bond posted during the appeals process. About US$300 million continues to be held in an escrow fund established under the merger agreement governing the US$4.9-billion acquisition of PokerStars in 2014 by the company then known as Amaya Gaming.Marlon Goldstein, chief legal officer of the Stars Group, says that it looks forward to putting the matter behind it as “we sharpen our focus on executing on our growth strategy going forward.”Despite the favourable ruling, the company says it expects the state to either seek a rehearing or a review by the Kentucky Supreme Court, both of which it intends to vigorously dispute.Maher Yaghi of Desjardins Capital Markets said the ruling removes an overhang on the stock.“While we had not included the potential downside from a loss in our forecast or valuation, we nonetheless expect this decision to significantly improve investor confidence in the company given its elevated leverage,” he wrote in a note to clients. Companies in this story: (TSX:TSGI)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

13 Oct

North Peace Cultural Centre gives annual update to City Council

first_imgThe theatre of the Centre has been an integral platform this year for many performers both locally and those that travelled to the Peace Region to perform for the community.The art gallery focused this year on having more local artists be able to display their work and sell at their own openings and functions which produced a lot of interest in the community.Workshops have been created and funded by the Centre; these are opportunities for local artists to come in and share about their art to help people discover things they might not know about and create new skills by participating in the workshop. In the future, the Centre is looking to provide more experiences for different age groups and by getting community input through Social Media as to what people want to see.There are various Art programs at the Centre such as Let’s Art that is a free Art program for children and teens as well as dance and theatre classes.The Bright Nights event in June captured the theme Classic Country, there was an expanded art market, with spinners and weavers, quilters and potters even a mobile kiln.  There were big machines with rollers helping to create big prints that were then sold as part of the big print sale. This years event will be setting the stage for the 2020 BC Winter Games.Financially the NPCC is on track; there has been restructuring within the Centre with room rentals, creating new uses for previously allocated space with programs such as childcare. The Centre is always looking for a new opportunity to create and find revenue while keeping the costs of running things down. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The NPCC has had a full and evolving year, and with the continued partnership with the City, the Cultural Centre continues to grow and thrive in its programs to maintain arts and cultural exposure in the North Peace region.The report for City Council outlined the NPCC’s shared partnerships with the City, theatre, art gallery, workshops offered, programs at the Cultural Centre, the Bright Nights event, funding, what’s to come and future plans.The NPCC thanked the City of FSJ for their continued support and shared how positive the Management Service Agreement between the City of FSJ and the NPCC has been as it has increased communication and by working together the Centre has seen improvements to the physical building and continued success in collaborated events. There has been a great success with finding new funding partners and continued support from old partners. With the help of community gaming grant and other applied and received grants this helps ensure programs and upgrading opportunities continue at the Centre. The City of FSJ is the major funder of the Centre supporting 24 percent of the budget, without that assistance the centre would be unable to operate as it does.The Centre received a $170,000 Gaming Grant for theatre renovations and is thankful the City matched those funds; all monies will help to refurbish the theatre by new carpeting replacing the seating, replacing theatre lights, curtains, and a paint job.Heading into the future, the season pass will continue for the ‘Presentation Series,’ Childcare has been made available since the closure of Oscare Daycare, and this grows new opportunity to help develop new relationships with the children and families. The Renovation is a big and exciting opportunity for the Centre and a Primary Liquor licence has been applied for to assist in what can be offered to Theatre patrons. The Centre will be hosting the Chocolate Festival this year and has partnered with the Literacy Society with a homework club.The NPCC future goals and wish list include working with the City and to be apart of the Downtown Revitalization plans, through refreshing the outside of the building and including more windows into the gallery, so people on the outside have a better idea of what is going on in the inside. Renovating the concourse and conference room to be more attractive to events. To replace the front doors and glass cubes to improve access and insulation to the building and to add a Marquee at the front of the building.last_img read more

13 Oct

Junior Dragons Den Submission Deadline March 15 2019

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C.- The 2019 Junior Dragons Den’s (JDD) deadline for submissions is March 13th, 2019 to enter the competition for the Northeast B.C. Region.Students in grades 7 – 12 and post-secondary students are welcomed to submit their concept for a business or expansion of their current business with an expression of why they should be chosen to participate in the competition.Five applicants from each category will advance to the Regional Competitions in Dawson Creek and Fort St John. Each student will be assigned a Mentor from their local community and these Mentors will assist their assigned student with everything from start-up considerations and marketing, to coaching and presentation skills. These chosen competitors then work on refining their business concept into a comprehensive one-page business plan with detailed financial statements.The competitors will be assisted in creating a live business pitch to use at the live competition for an opportunity to compete for cash prizes at the Final Competition on April 29, 2019.To download an application; CLICK HERElast_img read more

12 Oct

UPDATE – Over 125000 customers without power in Northern BC

first_imgUPDATE as of 9:10 p.m. – THe outage is affecting over 34,000 customers in Northeast B.C. There is no estimate yet on when power will be restored.UPDATE as of 9:07 p.m. – Early reports suggest the power is out all over Northeast B.C. We are still waiting for more information from B.C. Hydro.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – There is a large power outage affecting Fort St. John and Charlie Lake.At this time we are waiting more information from B.C. Hydro, but we understand power is out in a large part of Fort St. John and Charlie Lake. UPDATE as of 11 p.m. – Power has been restored in Fort St. JohnUPDATE as of 10:50 p.m. – There are now only 40,000 customers without power.  Hydro is slowly restoring power to the region after an outage knocked out power to over 125,000 customers.  The last community should see power restored by 12:30 a.m.UPDATE as of 10:30 p.m. – B.C. Hydro is working to restore power to over 125,000 customers in Northern B.C.  According to Bob Gammer with B.C. Hydro, crews are working to restore power stagged approach, to reduce the chances of any other power outages.  They will slowly restore power to each community affected and the last areas should see their power back on by 12:30 a.m. UPDATE as of 10:10 p.m. – The power could be back on by 12:30 a.m. Hydro says power could be restored by 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept 12. BC Hydro says the outage is believed to have been caused by a lightning strike.Large outages in northern BC tonight are caused by a suspected lightning strike. Crews are beginning restoration efforts across the region, working to restore all customers in the next few hours. Most of #cityofPG has been restored and we expect most customers back by 12:30am.— BC Hydro (@bchydro) September 12, 2019UPDATE as of 10 p.m. – Over 125,000 customers are now without power. The outage is affecting a number of communities in Northern B.C. There is no estimate on when power will be restored. Reports of fires in Prince George and Taylor are only flaring. The gas plant in Taylor and the refinery in PG are flaring due to the power outage.UPDATE as of 9:40 p.m. – Approximately 100,000 customers in northern BC are out of service due to a transmission failure. Affected communities run north and west of Prince George including Vanderhoof, Smithers, Fort St John, Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, Hudsons Hope, Houston and Burns Lake. Crews are investigating and we will begin restoration efforts as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience. We will continue to provide updates as soon as they become available.UPDATE as of 9:25 p.m. – There are over 100,000 customers in Northern B.C. without power. BC Hydro is still investigating why the power is out and does not have an estimate on when power will be restored. The outage covers areas like Smithers, Prince George, MacKenzie and all of Northeast B.C.center_img Is the power out where you live?We will post updates as soon as information is available from B.C. Hydro.last_img read more

12 Oct

Blockbuster on cards as RCB play CSK in IPL opener

first_imgNew Delhi: The Indian Premier League (IPL) is back and the 12th edition of the cash-rich league couldn’t have hoped for a better start as defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are all set to take on the star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the opening game at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Saturday. Cricket might be a team game, but come Saturday, it will be all about CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni versus Virat Kohli, captain of the RCB. He might be the former skipper of the Indian team, but for his legion of fans, Dhoni is no less than god. Add to that the home factor, and there are no points for guessing that Chennai will be all yellow on the night of the opening game. Kohli, on the other hand, might be a demi-god himself for his fans, but when it comes to fighting it out against Dhoni, he might just come out second best. For the record, RCB have lost six of the seven games they have played so far at the Chidambaram Stadium and the numbers are again pitted heavily in favour of CSK. Overall, in 22 meetings between CSK and RCB, the Bengaluru outfit have managed only seven victories. In fact, the last time these two teams met — in Pune last season — Chennai were all over Bengaluru and it was a cakewalk for Dhoni’s boys. But a lot has changed since then and the senior most team in the IPL — CSK — have grown a year older. The positive for RCB is the fact that AB de Villiers is fit and raring to go after resting his back during the last stretch of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). They also have a young power hitter in Shimron Hetmyer of the West Indies to add to the arsenal. But CSK have the experience to tackle the swashbuckling batsmen in the RCB ranks. If Harbhajan Singh was the stand-out bowler for CSK last season, Deepak Chahar too showed great maturity to earn an India cap on the basis of his IPL performance. Not to forget the tactical acumen of part-time spinner Suresh Raina and Kedar Jadhav. In the batting department too, if RCB have a run-machine in Kohli, Dhoni too is coming on the back of an outstanding previous season when he showed why he is still one of the best in the business. In fact, Dhoni has scored 710 runs against the RCB, the most by any batsman against the franchise. The IPL might not have an opening ceremony this time around as the fund budgeted for the same is being handed over to the families of the Pulwama martyrs, but one couldn’t have asked for a more blockbuster start to the 12th edition of one of the most followed domestic T20 leagues in the world.last_img read more

12 Oct

IAF inducts four Chinook heavylift helicopters

first_imgChandigarh: Four Chinook heavy-lift helicopters made in the US were inducted into the Indian Air Force (IAF) here on Monday.After inducting the helicopters, IAF chief B S Dhanoa said induction of Chinook will be a game changer the way the Rafale is going to be in the fighter fleet. The first four of the 15 CH-47F (I) Chinook helicopters, which were ordered from Boeing in September 2015, were commissioned into the IAF’s 126 Helicopter Unit (HU) at a ceremony held here. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Chinook, twin-engine, tandem rotor, is multi-role, vertical-lift platform, which is used for transporting troops, artillery, equipment and fuel. The helicopter can carry out military operations not only during the day but at night too. Speaking at the function here, Dhanoa said, “Our country faces a multitude of security challenges, we require vertical lift capability across a very diversified terrain.” “The IAF operates from bases which are from sea level to very high altitude advance landing grounds. The helicopter will give the IAF quantum leap in terms of ability to transport cargo to precarious high altitude locations. The aircraft is one of its best in its category,” he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe all-weather capable aircraft can also used for humanitarian and disaster relief operations and in missions such as transportation of relief supplies and mass evacuation of refugees. “It is a red-letter day for the Air Force as we are inducting the Chinook helicopters which gives us a tremendous capability, primarily in the inter-valley troop transfer. In inter-valley troop transfer, what is very important is ability to operate from high altitudes to take acclimatized troops from one valley to another valley,” he said while interacting with reporters here. Asked about Pakistan Air Force chief Mujahid Anwar Khan Saturday leading a fly-past at the Pakistan Day joint military parade in Islamabad, Dhanoa quipped, “The Pakistan Air Force chief was flying from rear cockpit, just look from where he was flying.” Citing an example about how Chinooks can be helpful in non-military roles, he said, “After the floods which occurred in Uttarakhand earlier and natural disaster in other hilly areas, there is a requirement to lift heavy loads, especially re-construction equipment so that we can open roads and communication can be re-established.” “The helicopter is not only with the Air Force for the military role, it is a national asset,” he said. Named after the courageous American-Indian tribes, the aircraft outperforms in its mobility, agility, flexibility and endurance, the IAF chief said. He said all the 15 Chinook helicopters will not be stationed at Chandigarh Air Force Station’s 12 Wing as another unit of heavy-lift choppers will be created in Dinjan (Assam). Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Air Command Air Marshal R Nambiar, Major General Robin Fontes from the US, Boeing India head Salil Gupte and Haryana’s Director General of Police Manoj Yadava were among others present on the occasion.last_img read more