Mandatory Retirement Policy Found to be Discriminatory

first_imgAn independent human rights board of inquiry has found that the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial, the province’s Acadien school board, violated the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act when it forced one of its managers to retire. Robert Theriault of Meteghan filed a complaint with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission alleging the school board discriminated against him when it required him to retire after reaching the age of 65 in April 2005. In his decision, board of inquiry chair Donald Murray did not accept the school board’s argument that it followed a practice of mandatory retirement consistent with the exemption for legitimate mandatory retirement schemes, programs or practices in section 6 of the Human Rights Act. “There are plans or schemes and practices, that are consistent within identifiable employee groups, but these are not consistent across all employee groups,” said Mr. Murray. The existence of mandatory retirement plans for other groups of unionized employees did not affect Mr. Theriault’s situation as a non-unionized employee, according to the board of inquiry. In finding that discrimination took place, the board of inquiry will be able to decide what kind of remedy is available to Mr. Theriault if the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial is not able to reach an agreement with him on that point. A complaint is referred to an independent board of inquiry when the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission believes a prima facie case of discrimination is made after an investigation by a human rights officer. The chief judge of the provincial court selects a board chair from a roster and the commissioners ratify the nomination. The decision on the complaint is then in the hands of the independent board. Evidence collected during investigation of a complaint is presented at the hearing by the commission’s legal counsel. The complainant and respondent can make submissions and question witnesses. The board chair then decides whether discrimination has occurred. All parties have a right to appeal decisions of boards of inquiry to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. A copy of the decision is available on the commission’s website at http://gov.ns.ca/humanrights/decisions/2008decisions.htm .last_img read more

Scheer names rookie MP as Quebec lieutenant

first_imgVICTORIAVILLE, Que. – Conservative leader Andrew Scheer has named a rookie MP as his Quebec lieutenant.Scheer announced Saturday that Alain Rayes will be his political lieutenant in the province.Rayes, who represents the riding of Richmond-Arthabaska, was elected to the House of Commons in the 2015 election.Scheer issued a statement Saturday saying that Rayes, a former mayor of Victoriaville, has shown his talents as an organizer.last_img

Suncor assessing impact of Albertas move to cut oil production next year

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:SU, TSX:CVE, TSX:HSE, TSX:IMO)The Canadian Press CALGARY — Suncor Energy Inc. says it’s assessing the impact of the Alberta government’s move to curtail oil production next year.The company says the specific impact of the production cut will be provided when it issues its 2019 capital and production guidance.The Alberta government announced a plan Sunday to impose across-the-board oil production cuts to reduce a glut of oil that has helped increase the discount the province’s oil fetches compared with the North American benchmark. The anticipated regulations will require oil producers to reduce their production effective Jan. 1, 2019.Cenovus Energy Inc. proposed the idea of a production cut last month, however several large players in the oilpatch have been opposed to involuntary cuts.Suncor, Imperial Oil Ltd. and Husky Energy Inc. whose refining assets and firm pipeline contracts allow them to avoid most local price discounts have opposed the idea of mandatory production curtailments.Suncor says it believes the market is the most effective means to balance supply and demand and normalize differentials.last_img read more

Preliminary report on Fort St Johns first homeless count released

first_imgAccording to the preliminary report, there were 61 homeless persons tallied in April’s count. Of those, nearly two-thirds, or 66 percent of persons experiencing homelessness were sheltered in some way.Over three-quarters of homeless persons tallied in Fort St. John, or 77 percent, were men, while 71 percent were between the ages of 25 and 54.More than half of the city’s homeless population, 59 percent, identified as Indigenous.The Women’s Resource Society said that the full detailed results from the homeless count will be released later this fall.The full preliminary report can be read below. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society has released a preliminary report on the first-ever count of the city’s homeless population.The homeless count was conducted over a 24-hour period on April 17th and 18th and saw volunteers from the Women’s Resource Society conduct tallies in local shelters, RCMP holding cells, hospitals, and other known places where at-risk individuals stay overnight.The homeless count was conducted in coordination with the provincial government, which provided $500,000 in funding for the program, which counted the homeless populations of 12 B.C. communities including Fort St. John.last_img read more

Akhannouch Welcomes New Economy Minister, Praises His ‘Competence’

Rabat – King Mohammed VI’s newly-appointed minister of economy, Mohamed Benchaaboun, has already garnered positive vibes in Morocco’s political circles.Chief among the host of plaudits that followed Benchaaboun’s appointment is his excellent reputation for diligent and purpose-driven projects, which he demonstrated during his long career as an executive, especially his 10-year tenure as CEO of Morocco’s Central Popular Bank (BCP), one of the country’s most successful and revered financial institutions. At the National Rally of Independents (RNI)—the political party under whose flagship the newly-appointed minster will be overseeing the economy and finance department in the El Othmani-led government—reactions to Benchaaboun’s appointment were overwhelmingly positive. Reacting to Benchaaboun’s appointment, Aziz Akhannouch, the minister of agriculture and also RNI chairman, made welcoming remarks, praising the new economy and finance minister for his professional qualities and the good reputation he earned in his numerous executive positions. According to the RNI chief, the new finance minister was a confidante of the party and a regular consultant on various strategic decisions long before his direct involvement in the country’s political life. The RNI chairman also asserted that the new minister shares similar values with the party, primarily for Benchaaboun’s notable marriage of royalist and liberal-leaning reforms in his previous functions.Under Benchaaboun’s decade-long tenure at BCP, the bank’s net revenues increased, exceeding the MAD 16 billion threshold for the first time and consolidating its leadership position in Morocco’s banking sector. During the same period, BCP also extended its continental and global outreach, acquiring banks in 13 countries throughout Africa and inaugurating a representative office in the US in November 2015. Of Benchaaboun’s established reputation as a diligent CEO and strategist in the private sector, Akhannouch said the private sector has always had a “crop of highly talented officials fully dedicated to Morocco’s socio-political advancement and economic prosperity.”Akhannouch said he believed that Benchaaboun will live up to his reputation. He added, “Mr. Benchaaboun has always been a resource that the party sought to have in its ranks on various occasions, for counsel and his expertise on numerous dossiers.” “The party is proud to be able to be able to count on such competencies,” Akhannouch said. read more

Badgers look to continue dominance as Brock hosts national lacrosse championships

The City of St. Catharines and the sport of lacrosse have a relationship going back more than a century.Not only is the Garden City home to the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame, it’s also home to the most successful university lacrosse program in Canada.The Brock Badgers have won 18 Baggataway Cup national titles in the 31-year history of the Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association, and they’ll look to extend that number on home turf as Brock hosts the national championship this weekend.Joining Brock in the three-day tournament being held on Alumni Field will be Ottawa, Guelph, Bishop’s, Trent and Western.The Badgers’ first game of the CUFLA championships will be Friday, Nov. 4 at 5 p.m. when they host Ottawa in the quarter-finals. Games will continue through to the gold medal match Sunday at 1 p.m.Weekend passes are $25 and individual game tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Throughout the weekend there will be food trucks on site and a licensed area. Games will also be streamed online at brocktv.ca.In addition to the games themselves, a focus of the weekend will be on St. Catharines’ place in the history of lacrosse in Canada, and on display will be a certificate from the 1908 Olympic Gold Medal win by St. Catharines native Frank Dixon.Born in 1878, Dixon is considered one of the Top 50 lacrosse players of all time, and in 1908 – the last year men’s lacrosse was a full sport in the Olympics – he helped Canada win gold.Dixon’s grandson Mike Dixon, a Brock University alumni, now has the Olympic gold medal while Brock Board of Trustees member Gary Comerford, Mike Dixon’s brother-in-law, has the certificate handed out with the gold medal in 1908.Also being recognized this weekend will be some of the successful Brock lacrosse graduates. Since it’s inception, the program has sent 40 players and five coaches to the National Lacrosse League.Brock will unveil a special plaque in Walker Complex recognizing the program and its exceptional alumni, including Shawn Williams, one of the top players in lacrosse over the past two decades.Williams, who will be at the championships this weekend, is the all-time leading scorer for the Badgers. In his five seasons, Williams was a five-time team MVP, four-time Baggataway Cup champion as a player and two-time Baggataway Cup champion as a coach. Like Frank Dixon, Williams represented Canada on the world stage winning three World Championships during his career. He is the only CUFLA player to be honoured by a university’s Sports Hall of Fame.For more information on the 2016 CUFLA Baggataway Cup, visit gobadgers.ca or cufla.ca read more

Terrell Owens Released From Seahawks After Ineffective Preseason

The Seattle Seahawks released Terrell Owens on Sunday, perhaps signaling the career end for one of the most talented wide receivers to ever play the game.“I’m no longer a Seahawk,” he said via his Twitter account. “I THANK the organization 4 the opportunity, I’m truly blessed beyond belief. My FAITH is intact & will NOT waiver.”Owens, who will be 39 in December, has not played in the NFL since suffering a knee injury late in the 2010 season. He had impressed Seattle in workouts, however, and hoped to show enough flashes on the field to stick for a 17th season.But Owens never got going after signing a free agent contract on Aug. 6, managing just two catches for 41 yards in two preseason games. The improved play of Braylon Edwards left Owens as the odd man out in a receiving corps that also includes Doug Baldwin, Sidney Rice and Golden Tate among others.The release of Owens came as NFL teams have until 4 p.m. today to reduce their rosters from 90 to 75.“We really liked the group that we assembled,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. “Terrell came in here and busted his tail and he looked really effective right from the start. But as we just took a look at our guys that are coming through the program and growing up with us, we thought that it would be best for us to stay with those guys.”Owens had looked impressive in turning in speedy 40-yard dash times during workouts, but never became the deep threat for which Seattle was looking, struggling with a few key drops.Owens has started 201 of the 219 regular season games in which he has played. He has 1,078 career receptions for 15,934 yards in a career that has included stops in San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Cincinnati and Buffalo. His 153 touchdowns rank as the second-highest total in NFL history.It remains to be seen whether any other team would be interested in Owens. read more

Mens soccer team looks to kick away upset attempt

At the beginning of the Ohio State men’s soccer season, the coaching staff set a goal to make the NCAA tournament. With the regular season end in sight, the Buckeyes need a few more wins if they hope to make the tournament.“These six games are critical,” coach John Bluem said. “We’re getting into that part of our schedule where we’re playing some good teams right now. You want to be in good form at the end of the season and we certainly need to finish strong to reach one of our team goals this year.”The No. 15 Buckeyes’ will play tonight when the University of Illinois-Chicago Flames visit Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. UIC has burst onto the soccer scene in the last several years, going deep into the NCAA tournament under the leadership of coach John Trask. Last season, the Flames made it to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament, but this season has been a struggle. “They’re having some difficulties this year,” Bluem said. “But they’re right around .500, so it’s not like they’ve fallen off the end of the earth, but it seems like something is missing this year. We’re not falling for that, though. I know they’re a real good team.”Bluem knows that UIC could upset the Buckeyes if given the opportunity.“I think this team is capable of coming in here and giving us a very tough game,” Bluem said.UIC comes to Columbus with a record of 3-4-4, riding a two-game losing streak. However, they have played well against several other Big Ten teams and against Akron, the No. 1 team in the country. OSU goalie Matt Lampson was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after he posted back-to-back shutouts last week. For Lampson, it is the second time he has received the Big Ten honor.The OSU men’s soccer team takes the field at 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Samsung to take a bite out of Biscotti with an Androidpowered HDTVmounted

first_imgSamsung’s Techwin division has just announced the inTouch camera system, a web conferencing product for use with HDTVs. The inTouch brings Skype and a 720p webcam to an HDTV’s HDMI port, but it doesn’t stop there. The Android-powered gadget also turns any TV into an smart one by adding a web browser, camera, photo browsing, and apps for Google News, weather, and YouTube. The inTouch includes a QWERTY controller for text input and other duties. The inTouch (model SNH-5010N) is powered by Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread), has a camera that can take 720p video or 2408×1536 stills, and has a field of view of 65 degrees, so it’s wide enough to work with multiple people. The cam’s features include auto white balance, H.264/JPEG compression, and a built-in microphone/speaker. The internet-enabling box connects your local network using ethernet or WiFi 802.11b/g/n so it’ll be possible to set it up without running cables. The box is powered by a Cortex A8 (1GHz) along with 512MB of RAM and 512MB of storage.Using a webcam-style hinge the inTouch will fit on the top of any flat panel television, after which it will just act as your HDMI 2 (or HDMI 3, etc.) input. When I saw the inTouch it was a pre-production unit, so I didn’t get to plug it in and see the UI or use a final controller. The QWERTY controller seemed both busy and confusing, as controllers with so many buttons on them tend to be. I’m sure it’ll get the job done, but I can’t see it being pleasant to use. Having not seen the UI in action, I can’t speak to how much Samsung has customized Android in order to get it to fit their requirements — mostly aimed at ease of use — but hopefully some video demos will arrive soon. The main strength of the inTouch is that Samsung went with a standard Skype/Android stack. This means users get full Skype functionality, including calls and the ability to use their existing accounts. The only limitation is that the inTouch is unable to do 4-person video conference calls, but that’s due to how Skype is implemented on Android, not something Samsung did. Biscotti uses Google’s voice/chat solutions, which get the job done, but aren’t as popular as Skype and tend not to offer the the same HD video quality. Both products sell at $199 so if the Samsung device works as well as intended it could be a great way to get HD video calling and add some web apps to any television. The inTouch will be available in March 2012 for $199.99.Samsung inTouch remote qwertySamsung inTouch remote qwertySamsung inTouch remote frontSamsung inTouch remote backSamsung inTouch remote left sideSamsung inTouch topSamsung inTouch right sideSamsung inTouch front 002Samsung inTouch back 002Samsung inTouch hingeSamsung inTouch left sideSamsung inTouch – FrontSamsung inTouch backSamsung inTouch 007Samsung inTouch remote 3last_img read more

Why it was impossible to fake the 1969 moon landing

first_imgIn 1969, the United States landed two men on the moon while a third waited in orbit to scoop them up after a stroll around the lunar surface for a flag planting ceremony. Or maybe it never happened at all! That’s the position taken by some conspiracy theorists who stubbornly assert that the technology to reach the moon did not exist in 1969. In one 13-minute video, writer/director S G Collins delivers a deadpan refutation of that position and points out that we actually couldn’t have faked the moon landing at all.The supposed photographic evidence cited by the conspiracy lovers has been debunked dozens of times already, but the video covers that one more time to be safe. To recap, anyone that knows how photography works can explain the apparent anomalies pointed out by the conspiracy. But the reason no one could have faked the moon landing has to do with the state of video technology in 1969. Essentially, the hoaxers claim the video footage was faked by just slowing down people walking in normal Earth gravity. However according to Collins, the camera required to do that didn’t exist at the time.Slow motion video is done in one of two ways: you can shoot video at normal speed and slow down the playback, or you can film it at high speed and play at normal speed. The second way is called overcranking, and produces a smoother picture. In 1969 this was only possible with film cameras, which the moon landing was definitely not shot with.So where does that leave the conspiracy? Well, there were some magnetic disc recorders in those days that could capture 30 seconds of normal speed video and play it back slower (that’s the first method from above). So surely that’s how those clever devils did it, right? Nope — the math just doesn’t work out. The Apollo 11 landing was filmed in 10fps, so you could get 90 seconds of corresponding slow motion video from one of these devices. The problem? There are 143 minutes of video from Apollo 11.At this point, even the most ardent conspiracy theorist has to start doing logical gymnastics to stay on target. What about a super-secret larger magnetic disc recorder that could hold 95 times more video? Not possible. Maybe it was shot on film and overcranked? Only if you don’t mind splicing together thousands of frames completely seamlessly and somehow avoiding the telltale signs of film.It’s strange to think about. We had the technology to fly to the moon in 1969, but we just didn’t have what it took to fake it. Generating 143 minutes of slow motion video was impossible. Even if you posit some magical kind of secret electronic video technology that NASA had in 1969, you’ve only explained Apollo 11. All subsequent missions filmed standard NTSC video at 29.97fps — three times as many frames would be needed. Would faking this stuff with Apollo-era technology really be any easier than going to the moon anyway?last_img read more

Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League begins its 62nd year of play

first_imgClairemont Hilltoppers Little League begins its 62nd year of play March 3, 2018 Posted: March 3, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League hosted their opening day Saturday, marking the organizations 62nd year.Hundreds of players and their parents marked the occasion at Cadman Park.KUSI’s John Soderman has the story. John Soderman, John Soderman Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Modis Land Acquisition Reforms are IndustryFriendly but Farmers Feel Ripped Off

first_imgNarendra Modi government has projected its land acquisition reform plan as one that is, at the same time, pro-farmer and pro-business. But in reality the ambitious agenda belies complex and worrisome socio-economic issues.Changes to the Land Acquisition Act seeks to provide fast-track clearance for certain industries seeking to set up new projects, and to improve compensation for those losing their land. Farmers scuffle with police during a protest march at Noida in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh May 8, 2011. Hundreds of farmers on Sunday protested over their land acquisition row for the ongoing construction of an expressway highway by the UPA government.ReutersWhile the amendments would see the farmer being compensated to the tune of four times the value of his agricultural land, it turns away from addressing the real questions affecting the lives of those displaced.Land value rests on the nature of its use. Agricultural land is valued considerably less than more developed commercial land.If intentions are to reflect actual progress, the farmer should be compensated on the basis of the land as valued on the basis of its end-use mechanism. When the same parcel of land gets notified to be used for industrial and commercial purpose, the value of the land jumps significantly more than the four-fold increase offered under the act.It is this value of the land that needs to be paid to the farmer for relinquishing, for what in many cases, could be their only source of income.It is not the dry and arid regions of the country that find investments come their way, but what in many cases could be the agricultural heartland and the centre of activity of rural India.And when development comes, social inequalities too arrive. The present land acquisition reform plan probably fails to factor this.Farmers traditionally feel short-charged as the value of the land once owned by them rises manifold when it becomes industrial asset, but they are left out of the reckoning.The programme must not only consider the compensation to be fair, but also to be meaningful.A partnership between those displaced, the industry, the government and activist groups is needed to make the change more acceptable and effective. Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest against land acquisition at Gobindpur village in Jagatsinghpur district, in the eastern Indian state of Odisha, February 7, 2013.ReutersThe reform plan maintains compensation levels and rehabilitation and resettlement terms intact, while bringing all land acquisitions under 13 other laws to fall under the ambit of Land Acquisition Act.The removal of the clause on consent by 80% of the affected community also removes the political manoeuvrability adopted by sections who checkmate development without providing for alternatives that helps the people they claim to be representing.However, the passing of the bill would remain contentious with the Opposition already labelling the NDA rule as ‘Ordinance Raj.’last_img read more

68 held in Satkhira

first_img-Police, in special drives from Sunday night to this morning, arrested 68 people including those accused in several cases filed on charges of subversive acts from eight upazilas of the district, reports BSS.Sources with the district police said they were picked up from different areas of the district.During the drives, Satkhira sadar police arrested 25 persons including one drug trader with four bottles of Phensidyl, Kalaroa police arrested 11 persons, Tala police Thana police arrested four persons, Kaliganj police arrested five persons, Shyamnagar police arrested 14 persons, Assasuni police arrested three persons, Patkelghata Thana police arrested three persons including one drug trader with 100-gram of hemp and Debhata police arrested three persons.The arrested people are accused in several cases, including charges of subversive activities, filed with different police stations in the district.The arrested were sent to jail.last_img read more

Mishandled Dallas Housing Program Could Cost 13M

first_imgA report said Dallas officials should repay $1.3 million in federal funds after mishandling a program meant to renovate dilapidated houses for low-income homeowners.The Dallas Morning News reports that the federal housing department’s Office of Inspector General report released this week examined more than a dozen homes remodeled by Dry Quick Restoration. The report found the homes had defective workmanship and long construction delays.The report criticized the city for not properly vetting the company when issuing contracts in 2015.A March newspaper investigation found the company’s owner has ties with a local housing official now suspended pending an internal probe.The city said it’s working with federal officials to address the issues. City Manager T.C. Broadnax said Dallas shouldn’t have to repay the funds because the money went into the homes.Dry Quick declined to comment. Sharelast_img read more

Eko Walmarts Interactive Video Partner Will Fund DozenPlus Pilots From FBE EXCLUSIVE

first_img Related FBE, the digital entertainment company founded by YouTube’s Benny and Rafi Fine brother duo, believes choose-your-own-adventure videos are the future — and it’s struck a new pact with Eko to produce at least a dozen interactive pilots that could turn into full series.Eko is the interactive-video platform developer whose backers include retailing giant Walmart, which plunked down $250 million to form a content joint venture with Eko. The New York-based company has already teamed with FBE on the production of “Epic Night,” a four-episode branching-narrative series about a college-party adventure.Now Eko is funding 12-plus interactive TV pilots produced by FBE. Those will span scripted and unscripted formats as well as game shows and social-driven experiences. Based on how well the pilots perform, Eko can opt to greenlight them into full series with production funding. FBE has started development on several pilots and shooting is expected to begin later in July. ×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 Walmart-Backed Eko to Launch FBE’s Interactive Series ‘Epic Night,’ Starring Jacob Latimore, Sasha Pieterse, Karan Brar, Jessica Sula (EXCLUSIVE) Refinery29 to Produce Interactive Series Funded by Eko (EXCLUSIVE)center_img Rafi Fine, co-founder of FBE, said he’s been working on creating interactive entertainment for more than 10 years, including by using YouTube annotations (a feature that’s no longer available). The Fine Brothers rose to YouTube popularity with their “React”-format videos. “We’ve seen this need from the audience,” Fine said. “People want to be involved even more in the content. It’s so much more than people leaving a comment or giving it a like.”The FBE episodes on will be promoted across FBE’s network of 20 serialized shows. “We have a variety of ways we’re planning to help the audience understand they can go to Eko to see interactive content from FBE,” Fine said. “We understand how to get an audience to move but not overwhelm them.”Meanwhile, Eko is working to boost its slate of originals. Last month it inked a pact with Refinery29 to develop interactive content based on R29 properties, including a scripted adaptation of Refinery29’s “Money Diaries” personal-finance column, podcast and book. Eko also announced a pact with indie filmmakers Mark and Jay Duplass to develop a slate of interactive live-action series. Past projects include an interactive series based on MGM’s “War Games.”FBE’s programming generates over 300 million views per month with over 34 million subscribers across its YouTube channels. The company also produces content for TV networks and streaming services. Popular on Variety “This is not a fad,” said Marc Hustvedt, CEO of FBE (formerly known as Fine Bros. Entertainment).  “I think interactive content – specifically where the user has choice and agency in the story – is a big new opportunity.”FBE has established Interactive Content Lab to expand the studio’s interactive storytelling capabilities by developing, funding and shopping new formats. The lab is headed by executive producer Dane Reiley, a producer whose credits include “Billy on the Street” and “The Eric Andre Show,” and he’s eyeing building out a team of 12 staffers to focus on interactive content.About the Eko-funded pilots, Reiley said FBE is looking at them as R&D projects. “It’s ways to bring audiences into new experiences and makes them part of the action,” he said.Interactive content — or “choice-based entertainment,” as some refer to it — is far more engaging than traditional videos, according to the companies. “You can’t be playing on your phone while you’re playing with an interactive video,” Reiley noted. Interactive programming also spurs higher repeat viewing rates.Recently, Netflix has jumped into the interactive-video game, with “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” released late last year, among other projects, and YouTube has turned its focus to the format for originals as well.FBE’s “Epic Night” just finished production in L.A. and is slated to premiere on Eko’s free, ad-supported HelloEko streaming video site and app in the fall of 2019. In the series, viewers control the decisions of Martin (played by Jacob Latimore) who struggles to balance love and friendship in interactions with long-time crush Jess (Jessica Sula) and best friend Lillis (Karan Brar). Sasha Pieterse (“Pretty Little Liars”) also stars.All of the FBE-produced pilots also will be on Eko’s platforms. As for the business opportunity, “We are looking at various ways to integrate brands to monetize this content – with interactivity, either a contextual ad or brand integration based on your path,” said Ivy Sheibar, VP of business development at Eko. Eko original shows also will be distributed on Vudu, Walmart’s video-streaming service. Walmart’s investment in the company includes a commitment to buy advertising in certain Eko-produced programs.last_img read more

Four new Lego Minecraft sets have been revealed

first_imgLast year, Lego launched their first minifig-scale Minecraft sets. There were six in the first run, with a promise that the theme would be expanding in the future. Now the next four have been revealed.At this year’s Nuremberg Toy Fair, Lego once again had a large presence. Among the sets they had on display were the next batch of Minecraft sets, and photographer Anders Lehmann was gracious enough to capture them all in this picture.The names of the sets were leaked several weeks ago, but now we can see what they look like. On the left is set 21120, The Snow Hideout. It features Steve armed with his pixelated pickaxe, one of those nasty Creepers bent on destroying all his hard work, and a snow golem.Next up is 21121, The Desert Outpost. This time Steve’s being pursued by a pair of skeletons (one in armor), but at least he’s got a helmet and a sword to defend himself. There’s also a wooden boat in case he needs to make a quick escape by sea.After that comes set 21122: The Nether Fortress. I’ve got to admit, when I heard that Lego was going to make a Nether Fortress set I imagined that it would be a sprawling one — similar to The Mine from last year’s line-up. As you can see, it’s actually quite small. That’s not such a bad thing, since it means the Fortress should also be relatively cheap.My son was also hoping to see a whither skeleton and a blaze, but Lego has opted for a deceptively cheery-looking ghast, a zombie pigman to do battle with yet another Steve. This time, he’s equipped more exotically with a pumpkin mask and a diamond sword (or a full set of diamond armor, if the Steve coming through the gate is the one that comes with the set).On the far right in Anders photo is set 21119, The Dungeon. Here, Steve’s confronted by a pair of zombies as he’s trying to make his way to an abandoned chest. This one looks like it’ll be the bargain of the bunch, with a price tag under $20.Image courtesy Ukonio.delast_img read more

The Impact of a Sellers Market on Home Sales

first_img NAR pending sales Prices sales 2018-09-27 Seth Welborn Pending home sales dropped slightly in August according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). The NAR Pending Home Sales Index has now decreased on an annual basis for eight straight months, down 1.8 percent to 104.2 in August from 106.1 in July. Additionally, contract signings are down 2.3 percent year over year.According to Lawrence Yun, NAR Chief Economist, the housing market slowdown has been impacted in part by the low inventory.“Pending home sales continued a slow drip downward, with the fourth month over month decline in the past five months,” said Yun.“Contract signings also fell backward again last month, as declines in the West negatively impacted overall activity,” he added. “The greatest decline occurred in the West region where prices have shot up significantly, which clearly indicates that affordability is hindering buyers and those affordability issues come from lack of inventory, particularly in moderate price points.”Additionally, NAR notes that many Americans believe now is a good time to sell. Yun states that a record 77 percent of Americans say now is the best time to sell, up from 55 percent a couple years ago.Added Yun, “With prices having risen so quickly, many consumers were deciding to wait to list their homes hoping to see additional price and equity gains. However, with indications that buyers are beginning to pull out, price gains are going to decelerate and potential sellers are considering that now is a good time to list and bring more properties to the market.”Yun also notes that the rise in rates is not likely to deter buyers too much in the coming months.“We have two opposing factors affecting the market: the negative impact of rising mortgage rates and the positive impact of continued job creation. This should lead to future homes sales staying fairly neutral,” said Yun. “As long as there is job growth, rising mortgage rates will hinder some buyers; but job creation means second or third incomes being added to households which gives consumers the financial confidence to go out and make a home purchase.”Existing home sales are expected to fall by 1.6 percent to 5.46 million this year, while the national median existing-home price to increase 4.8 percent.Find the report from NAR here. Share The Impact of a Sellers’ Market on Home Salescenter_img in Daily Dose, News, Origination September 27, 2018 516 Views last_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

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