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Magna International buys Italian automotive light maker OLSA for 354M

first_imgAURORA, Ont. – Magna International Inc. has signed a deal to buy Italian company OLSA S.p.A., a maker of automotive lighting products, for about $354 million.The Canadian auto parts company valued the transaction at 230 million euros.Magna says the deal will make the company a global lighting supplier and expand its capability to design, engineer and manufacture headlamps, tail lamps and other lighting products.OLSA, based in Turin, Italy, employs about 2,500 people and has manufacturing operations in Italy, Poland, Brazil, China and Mexico.Its customers include the Volkswagen Group, the BMW Group, Daimler and FCA.The deal, which requires regulatory approval and other standard closing conditions, is expected to close before the end of the year.Companies in this story: (TSX:MG)last_img

Group of Eight nations and UN seek to harmonize counterterrorism efforts

Mike Smith, Executive Director of the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), is conferring with the G8’s Counter-Terrorism Action Group (CTAG) on how the two bodies can improve their technical assistance in this field, UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters.Established in 2003, CTAG aims to boost political will and promote the implementation of Security Council resolution 1373, which was adopted in the wake of the September 2001 attacks on the United States. It also calls on countries to adopt measures to enhance their ability to counter terrorist activities nationally, regionally and globally.CTED was created as a special political mission in 2004 to assist the Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee in monitoring 1373’s implementation.Following his talks with the G8 group, Mr. Smith will hold bilateral discussions with Japanese officials.Earlier this week, he visited Beijing where he met with Chinese authorities, and will travel to Moscow following the Tokyo meeting for consultation with Russian officials. 17 April 2008The senior United Nations counter-terrorism official is in Tokyo today for a meeting to discuss how the world body and the Group of Eight (G8) industrialized nations can better coordinate their efforts on the issue. read more

Fast food chains serve up some support for the Raptors

Fast food chains are getting in on Raptors fever in Toronto.For the first-time ever Taco Bell said it will be bringing its “steal a game, steal a taco” promotion to Canada.In a news release on Thursday, the company said any time the away team wins a game during the best-of-seven series between the Raptors and the Golden State Warriors, Taco Bell will give away free “Doritos locos tacos.”McDonald’s Canada is also getting in on the action, turning its iconic golden arches white and adding the Raptors logo.“In support of the Raps, our arches are no longer in a golden state,” the company Tweeted on Thursday.In support of the Raps, our arches are no longer in a golden state. #LetsGoRaptors #NBAFinals @NBACanada @Raptors pic.twitter.com/H1M1gqnzuX— McDonald’s Canada (@McDonaldsCanada) May 30, 2019All season long the hamburger chain has been giving away free fries whenever the Raptors made 12 three-pointers in a game. read more

HalfLife 2 mod GoldenEye Source now available

first_imgIf you owned an N64 console, then one of the games you most likely kept in the cartridge slot longer than others is GoldenEye 64. It was one of the best examples of an FPS on a console at the time, and an update has been demanded by fans for years.While that update may have now appeared on the Wii, a dedicated team of modders have been working on a project that is arguably a lot more interesting. It’s called GoldenEye: Source and it aims to bring the original GoldenEye 64 gameplay bang up-to-date through a mod for the Half-Life 2 Source engine.AdChoices广告Now that mod is available, and it’s completely free to download. All you need is a copy of Half-Life 2 to play it.Included in the mod is:22 maps (revisioned and classic maps)24 weapons11 characters (6 Janus, 5 MI6)8 game modes + teamplay combination80 achievements50 music tracksPython scripting for further customizationThe download is being offered as a torrent which weighs in at a whopping 1.16GB, but the more people seed it the faster it’s going to appear on your hard drive. So get downloading and sharing.Read more at Mod DB, via TekGoblinMatthew’s OpinionIt looks as though the project first saw a release in 2006, so the team have been working on it for a solid 4 years since then. The quality shines through just from the videos, and my torrent download is well underway. Playing this on a PC with updated graphics should be a great experience.This doesn’t look to be the end of development, either. We’re at v4.1 and I have no doubt more improvements will continue to make their way into the mod. The fact it is being released with Python scripting for customization also means the community can take it further too.last_img read more

2016 to be a banner year for Greek tourism

first_imgIn debt-stricken Greece, tourism offers a ray of hope, as 2016 shows positive signs of becoming a record year, in no small part thanks to last-minute reservations in July. Despite local and regional problems – from the imposition of capital controls, to the ongoing refugee crisis, and political turmoil in Turkey – Greece saw a surge in tourist arrivals, especially in Crete, the Ionian Islands and the Cyclades, where airport traffic increased 12.8 per cent, 13.3 per cent and 8.7 per cent, respectively, compared to July 2015. Passenger traffic at the Athens and Thessaloniki airports was up by 10 and 11.4 per cent respectively. In terms of overland tourist arrivals in July, the numbers showed an increase of 26.8 per cent, 3.7 per cent and 46.2 per cent from Albania, Bulgaria and Turkey.However, the numbers are different when it comes to the islands closer to Turkey, such as Samos and Lesvos in the north-eastern Aegean, and the Dodecanese islands, which are more affected by the refugee crisis. Kos, in the Dodecanese, reported 13 per cent lower airport traffic, Samos 16.3 per cent, but the most gravely stricken was Lesvos, losing 62 per cent of arrivals. The island is one of those targeted by people smugglers, sending boats filled with refugees from the opposite Turkish coast. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Nintendo 3DS la sortie de la console serait avancée

first_imgNintendo 3DS : la sortie de la console serait avancéeJapon – Officiellement, la console dernier cri signée Nintendo était annoncée pour mars 2011. Certaines sources britanniques affirment cependant que la 3DS sera mise en circulation dès le mois d’octobre prochain.Des “responsables de l’industrie au Royaume-Uni”, sources à l’origine de la rumeur, auraient affirmé que Nintendo prévoit de sortir sa 3DS bien plus tôt que prévu. Cette nouvelle machine, dont nous avons déjà parlé, intéresse l’industrie de la console portable. Et sa sortie prématurée pourrait bien gêner quelques concurrents qui, à leur habitude, prévoient le lancement de leurs consoles à la période de Nöel.Ce lancement précoce permettrait à Nintendo de devancer les sorties des appareils concurrents mais la firme nippone n’a ni confirmé, ni commenté cette rumeur.Le 21 avril 2010 à 12:27 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

La survenue dune nouvelle marée noire aux EtatsUnis loin dêtre improbable

first_imgLa survenue d’une nouvelle marée noire aux Etats-Unis, loin d’être improbableLe 20 avril 2010, la marée noire qui a envahi le Golfe du Mexique était provoquée par l’explosion suivie du naufrage de la plateforme Deepwater Horizon. Cette catastrophe pourrait bien se reproduire si des réformes ne sont pas mises en place.Le 20 avril 2010, une marée noire avait causé la mort de 11 personnes et déversé plus de quatre millions de barils de pétrole dans le Golfe du Mexique. L’explosion de la plateforme Deepwater Horizon est due, selon le nouveau rapport d’un groupe d’experts, à “plusieurs erreurs et omissions individuelles de la part de BP, Halliburton et Transocean, et les régulateurs du gouvernement n’avaient pas l’autorité, les ressources et l’expertise technique nécessaires pour les empêcher”.Le groupe Halliburton a d’ailleurs reconnu ne pas avoir procédé aux tests nécessaires concernant le ciment du puits de pétrole avant son explosion mais avait rejeté la faute sur BP.Le rapport indique que les causes fondamentales de cette catastrophe sont “systémiques”. Aussi, si des réformes d’envergure ne sont pas entreprises, une telle explosion pourrait tout-à-fait se reproduire. “Qu’elles aient été intentionnelles ou non, beaucoup des décisions prises par BP, Halliburton et Transocean qui ont accru le risque d’explosion (…)ont clairement permis à ces entreprises de gagner beaucoup de temps (et d’argent)”, indique encore le texte que rapporte l’AFP.Le 6 janvier 2011 à 13:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

The Blue Screen Of Death Is Turning Green

first_img This must be the biggest Windows Blue Screen of Death ever seenMicrosoft is putting QR codes on Windows 10 BSODs for easier lookups It’s been around since 1993 when Windows NT 3.1 arrived and you’ve seen it pop up in some pretty unexpected places. It’s the Blue Screen Of Death, and pretty soon it’s not going to be blue any more.Instead, it’s going to be the lovely shade of green you see above. Intrepid testers first noticed the change in Windows 10 Build 14997, which leaked back in December. Microsoft has now confirmed the arrival of the Green Screen Of Death.It feels a little weird saying gee-sod instead of bee-sod, but that’s what we’ll just have to get used to it. Just like we had to get used to the frowny emoticon and the QR Code popping up.The new screen ships in Build 15002, which is currently being pushed to Windows Insiders for testing. Don’t worry about your beloved Blue Screen disappearing on you, however.According to Microsoft, the GSOD is only going to appear on Insider builds. They were looking for a way to distinguish error reports on Windows pre-releases from reports on stable builds.As for me, I might be seeing a lot of the GSOD. I’ve got a little Lenovo system that runs Insider Builds and it’s  struggling to to keep its video driver from crapping out, so it could be a regular occurrence in my house. That is unless some other tweak Microsoft has made in Windows 10 Build 15002 fixes the problem.There’s a long list of other improvements and fixes, and you can read all about them on the Windows Blog. Key features like Edge, Cortana, the Start menu, and settings screens have been all tweaked. Unlike the Green Screen Of Death, they’re all changes that will roll out to everyone that uses Windows 10. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Middlesbrough players excited for tonights match

first_imgThe English Championship side will play against Premier League club Crystal Palace in the Carabao Cup Fourth-RoundEnglish Championship club Middlesbrough will have a tough test tonight when the team hosts Premier League side Crystal Palace in the Carabao Cup.And for the “Boro” players, these are exciting times.“It will be a really good challenge for us,” said full-back George Friend to the Gazette Live.“We are looking forward to it.”Joel Ward, Crystal PalaceHow Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“Let’s see if we can keep making progress in the cup. We believe we can do that,” he added.“They are a Premier League side and a very good one and they have some wonderful players.”“I don’t know what they will do with their team and how many changes they may make but they have played a strong team in the previous rounds,” he continued.“And even if they do make changes then they have some very strong and talented players to come in.”“So it will be a great challenge for us – and it is one of the manager’s former teams too so I’m sure he will want to do well against them,” he concluded.last_img read more

Key West Express passenger speaks out on family rescue in Key West

first_imgThe family was holding onto a crab buoy as crews helped them get to safety.The ferry was on its run from Fort Myers to Key West when they picked up the family.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. KEY WEST, FLA. (WSVN) – A family of three was rescued after the boat they were on caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico, and the rescue was caught on camera.The family on board was forced to abandon their 40-foot boat when the flames erupted. They jumped into the Gulf of Mexico Monday morning.Related: 3 boaters rescued after boat catches fire in KeysThe captain of the Key West Express spotted the family and alerted passengers about the nearby boat before they were picked up by the ferry.Passengers on the ferry ran from their rooms to record the rescue.One man said he saw the family jump off the boat and into the rough waves. “You could see the flames and everything coming through,” said one passenger. “It looked like an engine fire.”He posted the video onto his Facebook page. “Scary for us because you got such a big boat such as the Key West Express,” he said, “and him trying to maneuver around to pick these people up.”Many people said that they were in the right place at the right time. last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Customer Service Representative at D.B. RobertsFull-Time Project Management Specialist at Charles River LabsPart-Time Data Entry at Kirkwood DirectFull-Time Commercial Sales Representative at OrkinFull-Time Residential Counselor II at VinfenPart-Time Store Driver at Advanced Auto PartsFull-Time Assistant Project Manager at P.J. Dionne CompanyFull-Time Service Coordinator at P.J. Dionne CompanyFull-Time Principal ERP Specialist at Charles River LabsFull-Time Experienced Fleet Technician at Pepsi Co.(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Mysterious Planet Nine hiding beyond Neptune might not be a planet at

first_img Tags Now playing: Watch this: Cassini crashes into Saturn ending its 20 year mission 1:39 CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further. Artist’s concept of Planet Nine. Caltech/R. Hurt (IPAC) Out past Neptune, something weird is happening to the orbits of a bunch of space rocks circling the sun. Something, scientists believed, that could only be described by the presence of a giant planet — the so-called Planet Nine. It’s baffled astronomers for years, and now there’s yet another another candidate for the cosmic wobbliness that’s not a planet at all.Planet Nine’s existence is largely inferred from the unusual orbits of trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs) which exist in the gaping space between Neptune and the rest of the cosmos. Some of the TNOs share unusual, highly elliptical orbits and are clustered in one direction. The suggestion has been that a planet up to four times wider than Earth is spinning out there in the lonely dark, influencing the TNOs.New research published Monday, appearing in Astronomical Journal, has put forth an alternate explanation of this strange phenomenon and suggests that the clustered orbits might not be the result of a Planet Nine at all. A team from the University of Cambridge and the American University of Beirut believe a disc of “small icy bodies” with a “combined mass as much as ten times that of Earth” is responsible for the mystifying orbits.”The Planet Nine hypothesis is a fascinating one, but if the hypothesised ninth planet exists, it has so far avoided detection,” Antranik Sefilian, co-author on the new research, said in a statement. “We wanted to see whether there could be another, less dramatic and perhaps more natural, cause for the unusual orbits we see in some TNOs.”Astronomers have been enthralled by the idea that a giant planet might lie outside Neptune, right at the edge of our cosmic neighborhood. It was first hypothesized in 2014 because of its gravitational pull on distant TNOs, and as more and more of the far-flung objects were discovered, the evidence that their orbits were caused by the super-Earth seemed to accumulate. Even deviations seen in NASA’s Cassini spacecraft may have hinted at its existence. Comments Requiem for Kepler? NASA’s pioneering planet-finder (pictures) But calculating, modeling and simulating the interactions between TNOs and a giant icy disk, Sefilian and Jihad Touma, a professor at the American University of Beirut, propose that if a disc of icy debris that exists beyond Neptune is big enough, it would readily account for the eccentric orbits of the TNOs previously reported because of its combined gravitational effects.In both cases — planet or disc — the sad truth is that we can’t see either from our spot in the solar system. But that means Planet-Nine-hopefuls need not be down, because Sefilian and Touma don’t rule out that both the gigantic disc and the super-Earth exist together.”It’s also possible that both things could be true – there could be a massive disc and a ninth planet,” Sefilian said.And it’s not the first time that an alternative theory has been broached, either. Back in June 2018, a group of researchers suggested that the reason for those weird orbits might even be a gang of asteroids, hanging out in the far reaches of space flinging comets at us.So one of the great mysteries of the solar system continues… Sci-Tech Share your voice 3 30 Photoslast_img read more

Uber Lyft driver caravan lands in California capital demanding a living wage

first_img Post a comment Mobile Tech Industry Roadshow Share your voice Lyft Uber 0 Uber and Lyft drivers protested in front of Uber’s headquarters in downtown San Francisco last month. James Martin/CNET A caravan of Uber and Lyft drivers concluded their journey on Wednesday in Sacramento, California, with one message to state lawmakers: pass Assembly Bill 5.The proposed state law could allow for drivers to be classified as employees, rather than independent contractors, which advocates say would give them more worker protections, including overtime, minimum wage and the right to unionize.”We’re simply asking these billion-dollar corporations to do what we expect the mom and pop pizza parlor on the street to do — pay their workers fairly and give them the right to organize,” Lorena Gonzalez, the state assembly member who introduced AB 5, said at a rally in front of capitol in Sacramento. The caravan of dozens of drivers started its 500-mile-long pilgrimage in Los Angeles on Monday. Before arriving in Sacramento, it stopped in downtown San Francisco on Tuesday to protest in front of Uber’s headquarters. The group was joined by Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. “I’m here because where I come from, ‘gig’ is another word for ‘job,'” Buttigieg said at the protest. “If you’re working a gig that means you ought to be protected as a worker.”Three other Democratic presidential candidates — Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren — have also lined up behind AB 5. Currently, Uber and Lyft drivers are classified as independent contractors, sometimes referred to as gig-workers, which means they don’t get benefits including Social Security, health insurance, paid sick days and overtime. Many drivers say this system has led to exploitation. They say they’ve seen lower pay, higher costs and longer working hours as the cost of living has risen over the years. Uber and Lyft say, however, that this system gives drivers flexibility. “What we repeatedly hear from drivers is what they value most about Uber is the flexibility to work whenever, wherever, and for whom they choose,” an Uber spokesman said. “We believe that independent, on-demand workers should not have to sacrifice security to enjoy that flexibility.”The two companies have been actively working to defeat AB 5 as it’s currently written. If their drivers are required to be classified as employees, Uber and Lyft will have to rework their business models. That could mean they’d have to manage a workforce of tens of thousands of drivers in California.The Uber spokesman said the company is working with “stakeholders” on an alternative model that would give drivers a minimum earnings guarantee, a package of “portable benefits” that could be used no matter what company drivers work for and “meaningful representation” that gives drivers more of a say within the company. A Lyft spokesman said Lyft is working on the same alternatives.”Lyft is advocating for an approach in line with the interests of our drivers, by modernizing century-old labor laws that make it difficult to provide both flexibility and benefits,” a Lyft spokesman said.In a rare showing of cooperation, Uber and Lyft have banded together over the issue. The CEOs of both companies wrote a joint op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle in June saying they wanted to work with the state to allow drivers to remain independent contractors. And they’ve sent messages to all California drivers saying that if they’re classified as employees, they could lose their flexible work schedules. On Wednesday afternoon, Lyft sent an email blast to its customers with the subject line, “Act now to protect rideshare in California.” The email said AB 5 could “significantly impact the way Lyft operates in California” and encouraged people to call California Governor Gavin Newsom and urge him to “fix” AB 5.”AB 5 may require Lyft to make all drivers employees, which the majority of drivers have said they do not want, and might lead to hundreds of thousands of fewer rideshare drivers,” the email read. “As a result, you could pay more, wait longer, or risk losing reliable access to rideshare altogether.” center_img The messages that Uber and Lyft are sending to both drivers and customers are part of a “misinformation campaign,” say Mobile Workers Alliance and Gig Workers Rising, which are supporters of AB 5 and organizers of the caravan. Some drivers also say the two companies aren’t playing fair.”Uber and Lyft claim that they care about the drivers and that they want to talk to us, but it’s hard to have a conversation when somebody with all the resources in the world is doing everything they can to stand on your neck,” Uber driver Ramon Gonzalez said in a statement. “Uber and Lyft need to play by the same rules as everyone else.”AB 5 passed the California State Assembly on May 29 in a 53 to 11 vote. The State Senate is expected to vote on the bill next month. Tags San Francisco joins the fight to make Uber and Lyft drivers employees Uber and Lyft drivers protest for better working conditions Related storieslast_img read more

Is it good enough reason to believe Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal

first_imgKatrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal.YouTube / Tape CastWhile rumours of Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal dating each other have been doing the rounds since some time now, the duo’s reported growing closeness is further adding fuel to the fire.One entertainment portal reported that Katrina and Vicky are indeed in a relationship, but are not yet ready to make it public. The report stated that they are “inseparable”, and are extremely serious about their relationship.As reported, both of them have had a bitter love-life experience, and hence, they want to give it time before making any announcement. It also stated that Vicky was recently spotted dropping Katrina to a film’s shoot, and later picking her up as well.”They are extremely serious about each other. While many think it’s part of film promotions, we think differently. Recently, Vicky was even spotted dropping Katrina to a studio for a brand shoot. Not just that, he even went to pick her up. All this has been happening silently,” Bollywood Bubble quoted a source as saying.Rumours of something romantic brewing between them started after Vicky expressed his liking for Katrina, post his breakup with Harleen Sethi. Some had even speculated that he ended his affair with Harleen for Katrina. However, nothing is confirmed yet as both of them still claim to be single.On the work front, Katrina has been busy with promotions of her upcoming Salman Khan starrer film Bharat. She will be seen playing lady love of the superstar again. Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, Bharat also features Disha Patani and Sunil Grover. It is slated to be released on June 5.On the other side, after the success of Uri: The Surgical Strike, Vicky will next be seen in multi-starrer period drama Takht by Karan Johar.last_img read more

Amazons Jennifer Salke Details Global Programming Strategy

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Amazon Studios is looking to “make the same kind of noise” and package big shows outside of English-speaking territories, said Salke. The studio’s co-head of TV, Albert Cheng, who was also on stage alongside fellow TV co-head Vernon Sanders, said that the Amazon team is approaching its programming strategy from an international perspective.And though they wouldn’t break down the impact of original programming on Amazon membership or Prime Video viewership, the team did say that critical attention lavished on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” has helped it outperform expectations and continue to build an audience over time. Amazon announced at the tour that it inked an overall deal with “Mrs. Maisel” duo Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino.Salke, Sanders and Cheng also discussed:Competitor Netflix. Focusing on its rival is “not a priority for us,” said Sanders, while Salke believes that there is currently room for all players in the ecosystem.Live sports. Amazon Studios is “experimenting” with it, said Cheng, as it gauges how customers respond to the offering. Response has been positive so far, he said.“Lord of the Rings.” No timetable has been set, and the team behind the series is “making great progress,” said Salke, who said to expect more news shortly. Social media handles have been created (“LOTRonPrime” on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram).Woody Allen. Salke would not comment on the $68 million suit Allen filed against Amazon Studios for allegedly backing out of a four-picture deal, saying that the deal itself pre-dates her.“Homecoming.” Julia Roberts still stays on as a producer, as was planned, but there is a conversation with producers regarding talent for the next season.“The Expanse.” Sanders is “proud to say the show has come back strong,” and hopes it will launch by the end of the year.“Patriot.” A decision has not yet been made on a third season, said Cheng, who called the show a personal favorite. Popular on Variety center_img Amazon has a firm grip on online shoppers. Now it is broadcasting its goals to expand its reach globally through television and movies.“International productions are such an important part of our business,” said Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke at the Television Critics Assn. winter press tour on Wednesday. The studio arm of the e-commerce and web services giant has greenlit production of 17 new original series globally from Britain, Germany, India, Mexico and elsewhere, and Salke said to expect more news about the company’s expansion abroad.Part of Amazon Studios’ originals strategy, she said, is to diversify storytelling and reach a more international community, highlighting its current team-up with Joe and Anthony Russo to create an international series. That project will begin with a tentpole series, followed by local-language series produced out of India and Italy.last_img read more

CinemaCon 2019s Hottest Debate Exhibitors vs Streaming

first_imgNetflix is showing “The Highwaymen,” starring Woody Harrelson and Kevin Costner, in a limited theatrical release.Courtesy of Netflix CinemaCon is intended to be a four-day love fest and an opportunity for studios to rhapsodize about the beauty of the theatrical experience while plying exhibitors with chicken dinners and cocktails. Inevitably, however, something happens to spoil the good vibes. Past CinemaCons have provoked heated exchanges over everything from studios’ attempts to premiere movies on cable services within weeks of their debut, to Sean Parker’s Screening Room, a stalled plan to provide new releases to well-heeled customers that once drew support from Spielberg and Martin Scorsese.If tradition holds, this year’s conference could be another forum for airing grievances. That’s because theater owners and studios are hitting Sin City at a time when conflicts between streaming services and traditional media companies are intensifying. As streamers position themselves as more legitimate players in the moviemaking space, the debate surrounding windows, an industry term for the length of time a movie plays exclusively in theaters, has reignited.Traditional Hollywood studios run their movies in cinemas for 90 days before they are available on home entertainment. The idea is that audiences will be more inclined to venture to their local multiplex to catch the buzziest new movies if they can’t watch them at home for a few months. Netflix is challenging that model. Unlike studios, the streamer doesn’t rely on box office ticket sales to make up for expensive production and marketing costs. Moreover, the company believes its subscribers don’t want to wait three months before watching a Netflix release — they want content, and they want it now.So far, doling out big bucks for Hollywood’s top filmmakers has worked. Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” and the Coen brothers’ “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” both received love this awards season, further cementing streamers as a real threat to studios. But as Netflix shells out to entice the Cuaróns and Coens of the world, who still champion the silver screen, the streamer is being pressured to compromise with theaters. Netflix has come around to the idea of theatrical releases, sort of. The company is attempting to operate on its own terms, negotiating with exhibitors to be more flexible with what they consider a traditional window. Popular on Variety This year’s CinemaCon could be heavy on drama.Netflix, the streaming giant upending the film business, won’t take the stage at the annual exhibition industry confab in Las Vegas, but it’s going to be the topic du jour. The company’s recent success at the Oscars has caused some blowback. Steven Spielberg, for instance, is trying to prevent players that debut their films with only a token theatrical release from being eligible for Academy Awards.Netflix isn’t the only wild card that has theater owners worried. In the coming months, Disney, Apple and WarnerMedia will launch direct-to-consumer services, with Comcast set to debut its platform in 2020. To compete with Netflix, they plan to unveil series and movies with big names and budgets, something that could cannibalize ticket sales and scramble the exhibition industry ecosystem. The preponderance of new streaming content could siphon off audiences as lines between film and premium cable content become blurred. Marvel heroes like Loki and Scarlet Witch are getting their own TV series, starring Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen, respectively, on Disney’s streaming service. Disney Plus will also be home to “The Mandalorian,” a live-action television show set in the world of “Star Wars.” It’s going to be a tougher sell to get audiences off the couch when they can get the thrill of the Marvel Cinematic Universe without having to pay $20 per movie. For the first time, the studios are having internal decisions about what constitutes a theatrical film versus streaming.“All those streamers are competing with each other for consumers and filmmakers. One way to differentiate products for consumer is theatrical release,” says Corcoran.Even without the disruption of streamers, CinemaCon stands to look a little different this year. There’s one less studio churning out content, as Disney now owns Fox’s film assets. Others, such as Sony, aren’t bothering to make the trek to the desert.It’s not all doom and gloom for cinemas. Theater owners believe they have good reason to dismiss signs of the apocalypse. Last year was a banner one at the box office as ticket sales set domestic, international and global records. Blockbusters like “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” along with breakout hits such as “A Quiet Place” and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” signaled one very important thing to exhibitors: People still love going to the movies. It’s not just rising inflation that’s accounting for the surge in change. Attendance was also up almost 5%. “If anything, last year’s record year proved if you make something people want to see, they will go,” says Chris Aronson, Fox’s head of domestic distribution. “That’s why ‘Captain Marvel’ has grossed over $500 million. It’s why ‘The Upside’ has grossed $100 million. You can’t tell me if it’s something people want to see they won’t pony up and go, because they will.” center_img ALL NEW! HOT LIPS 2 11 lipstick shades inspired by 11 incredible icons Ad by Charlotte Tilbury See More AdChoices ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Instead of conforming to the standard 90-day window, Netflix is taking its movies to the big screen on a case-by-case basis. Cuarón’s art-house drama “Roma,” which took home three Oscars, played in around 200 theaters in North America and had a three-week exclusive run in cinemas. Meanwhile “The Highwaymen,” a crime drama starring Woody Harrelson and Kevin Costner, is showing in 25 theaters across the country. While smaller circuits have agreed to screen Netflix films, larger chains like AMC and Regal aren’t giving in just yet.“It still feels like there’s not really that much interest in compromise in that space from the exhibition industry,” says Tim League, founder of Alamo Drafthouse, who adds that he’s willing to consider screening high-profile Netflix movies. “I do hope there is some level of open discussion about what compromise positions can be. I’m fairly flexible on it, depending on the content.”One such film could be Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” a mobster drama starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel, the kind of call sheet that has exhibitors drooling. Word is that Netflix is planning to give the gangster movie even more of an exclusive theatrical run than it did with “Roma,” but it’s not clear if that will be enough to convince major chains to show the film.“Streamers are going to work with theater owners on what is acceptable for both of them,” says Patrick Corcoran, VP and chief communications officer for the National Assn. of Theatre Owners, the organization that puts on CinemaCon. “Windows have never been written in stone. They’ve been flexible to a degree. Different movies have different windows.”This time next year, it won’t just be Netflix with skin in the game. While Hollywood studios are still pledging loyalty to the traditions of cinema, allegiances could shift as Disney, Comcast and WarnerMedia focus more resources on attracting customers to their streaming services. In a sign of the importance of the new services, Disney CEO Bob Iger has repeatedly called the launch of Disney Plus the company’s “highest priority.” There’s a sense that as studios round outtheir slates, they’ll want more flexibility in terms of when they can debut their movies on these services.last_img read more

Emirates SkyCargo Recognized for Achieving Air Cargo Excellence

first_img2013 Diamond Award Presented by Air Cargo World at the World Cargo Symposium Emirates SkyCargo was presented with Air Cargo World’s Air Cargo Excellence Award this past week, as the World Cargo Symposium drew to a close in Doha, Qatar. The top Diamond award presented to Emirates SkyCargo, recognized it’s achievements in the Air Carrier 800,000 or more tonnes category.  Receiving the award, Ram Menen, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President Cargo said, “This award draws attention, not only to the excellence of our operations, but the excellence of our team throughout the network.” In paying tribute to his team, Mr. Menen invited colleagues attending the final day of the World Cargo Symposium onto the stage to jointly receive the award.  Known for providing the latest aviation news and special reports about the air cargo industry, Air Cargo World’s readers gave Emirates SkyCargo the highest overall ratings in excellence. These ratings were garnered from the findings of its ninth annual Air Cargo Excellence Survey, which measured carriers and airports on specific criteria, raking and identifying top performers. Freight forwarders rated airline carriers on customer service, performance, value for money and information technology.  In the closing plenary session of the World Cargo Symposium, Des Vertannes, IATA Head of Cargo, reiterated the success that Emirates SkyCargo has had since its inception in 1985 with Ram Menen at the helm of the Division.  “It has been a pleasure to see Emirates SkyCargo not only take to the skies, but become one of the world’s leading air cargo carriers. In growing rapidly, we have worked hard to ensure that our reputation is second to none. As a team, we remain resolute to continue to grow with our customers’ needs as a primary focus,” said Mr. Menen. …… Source = Emirates SkyCargolast_img read more

Lights go out tonight on seventh Vivid Sydney

first_imgLights go out tonight on seventh Vivid SydneyTonight is the last chance for visitors to take in the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas with just a few hours to go before the lights will go out on Vivid Sydney 2015.NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said for 18 days, Vivid Sydney has captivated the imagination of visitors of all ages from across Australia and the world.“This year Vivid Sydney has shone brighter than ever with spectacular light installations and projections enthralling audiences across the festival from Circular Quay to Martin Place, Darling Harbour to Pyrmont & The Star, the University of Sydney and new precincts Chatswood and Central Park,” Mr Ayres said.“Almost 280,000 people visited Vivid Sydney in the opening weekend alone and the visitors have kept coming. I’d like to say a huge thank you to the hundreds of dedicated Vivid Sydney volunteers who have been the face of the festival, helping visitors to make the most of their experience. We truly appreciate you taking the time to help enhance people’s visit to this great city and incredible event.“Vivid Sydney showcases our creative industries to the world while also providing a platform for international artists and performers to demonstrate their creative talents here in Sydney. This year more than 80 light installations were created by 225 artists from 21 different countries, with their art lighting up Sydney’s winter nights and delighting local and international visitors,” he said.“The Vivid Ideas program has once again sparked discussion and debate around creativity, with over 500 speakers participating in more than 150 Vivid Ideas events held throughout the festival. On the music front, more than 70 bands performed as part of the Vivid Music program with 382 musicians, 232 DJs and 1,502 hours of programmed music entertaining festivalgoers.“Sydney really is the events capital of Australia and it’s been a huge 18 days for our city. We’ve had fantastic sporting events including Tottenham Hotspurs and Chelsea playing Sydney FC to massive crowds with both teams taking time out to experience our wonderful harbour city,” Mr Ayres said.Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer Sandra Chipchase said, “Vivid Sydney has been another brilliant celebration of our city, transforming our beloved icons and the city itself into a colourful canvas of light, music and ideas. I encourage everyone to get their family and friends together and to visit our world-renowned festival before the lights go off at midnight this evening.”“Finally, I want to say a big thank you to all our festivalgoers including international and interstate visitors who have made this year’s Vivid Sydney a very successful event. We look forward to welcoming everyone back in 2016,” Ms Chipchase said. SydneyVisit NSWSource = Destination NSWlast_img read more

Home Building Confidence Down For Now

first_img Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News, Origination National home builder confidence has experience a decrease of three points following the events of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, according to the September National Association of Home Builders/Well Fargo Housing Market index (NAHB).Yet, NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz remains optimistic in the face of the downturn. “Despite this month’s drop, builder confidence is still on very firm ground. With ongoing job creation, economic growth, and rising consumer confidence, we should see the housing market continue to recover at a gradual, steady pace throughout the rest of the year.”The survey, which has been conducted for 30 years, aims to gauge current and future single-family home sales, as well as the prospect for future buyers for the next six months on a three-tiered scale. According to the report, all three reports experienced drops in September. Current sales fell by four points, landing at 70, and expectations for sales in the next six months also dropped four points, ending at 74. Expectations for future buyers dropped a single point to 47.“The recent hurricanes have intensified our members’ concerns about the availability of labor and the cost of building materials,” said NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald. “Once the rebuilding process is underway, I expect builder confidence will return to the high levels we saw this spring.”Statistical information for the report is based on a seasonally adjusted, three-month moving average. Regionally, the South and the Midwest dropped one and three points, respectively, to 66 and 63, while the West and the Northeast showed gains of three points and one point, settling at 77 and 49 points.You can read the full press release here. The full data chart is available following this link. Home Building Confidence Down, For Nowcenter_img September 18, 2017 623 Views Home Building National Association of Home Builders 2017-09-18 Joey Pizzolatolast_img read more

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