The highway gateway to Nova Scotia will be made smoother and safer as a result of three tender announcements by the Department of Transportation and Public Works. The tenders, for Highway 104 in Cumberland County are: repaving the westbound lanes from the River Phillip Bridge for 6.5 kilometres to west of the Exit 6 overpass at Oxford; repaving the eastbound lanes from west of Exit 6 at Oxford for four kilometres to Exit 6, including the off ramp; repaving the westbound lanes from east of Exit 5 for 2.8 kilometres west to Exit 5, including the westbound on and off ramps. All three projects are scheduled for completion this summer. “Highway 104 is part of the Trans-Canada Highway system and a vital link to the rest of Canada,” said Transportation and Public Works Minister Angus MacIsaac. “Repaving these sections will ease the way for the safe passage of people and products to and from Nova Scotia.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.
October 20, 2019
Guwahati: With the death of five more people, the toll in Assam floods rose to 64 on Sunday, even as water showed receding trends in some areas of the state.Eighteen of the state’s 33 districts still remain submerged, affecting 38.37 lakh people. Of the five fresh deaths, two were reported from Morigaon district and one each from Dhemaji, Goalpara and Kamrup districts, according to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA). Flood water, however, receded in five districts and the displaced people returned to their kuchcha houses to find most of their dwellings swept away by torrential rains. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The flood water continued to submerge 2,669 villages, 1.35 lakh hectare of crop lands and a portion of Kaziranga National Park in Golaghat district, the ASDMA bulletin said. The death toll of animals at the Kaziranga National Park is 141, he said. Meanwhile, the Brahmaputra river is flowing above the danger level at Neamatighat in Jorhat district and Dhubri district, Jia Bharali at N T Road Crossing in Sonitpur district and Kopili at Dharamtul in Nagaon district, the bulletin said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KOver 1,15,389 displaced people are still in 829 relief camps and relief distribution centres set up by the district administrations. Meanwhile, the Army provided medical and veterinary aid to the marooned people in the state, with a unit of its Red Horns Division along with others agencies organising a veterinary and medical camp at a village in Nalbari district, defence sources said. The 9th Battalion of the JAT Regiment also conducted a free health camp in Barpeta, where over 3,000 people and nearly 800 livestock were treated. The flood-affected districts are Dhemaji, Biswanath, Darrang, Barpeta, Nalbari, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup (Metro), Morigaon, Nagaon, Karbi Anglong, Golaghat and Cachar, the ASDMA said.
October 17, 2019
VANCOUVER — New research from the University of British Columbia suggests dairy cows show personality traits like pessimism and optimism from a young age and their inherent outlook can predict their ability to cope with stress.Benjamin Lecorps, a PhD student in the animal welfare program, says the study has implications for animal welfare and suggests some commonalities between the human and animal worlds.Lecorps’s study, published last month in Scientific Reports, tested how calves that had previously been identified as fearful, sociable, pessimistic or optimistic reacted under stressful situations like being transported from one barn to another.He says the more pessimistic calves were more vocal and had higher eye temperatures, which are signs of stress.Lecorps says while optimism has been studied as a major predictor of how well humans cope with stressors — with implications for their social lives and mental health — few studies have focused on pessimism and optimism in other species.He says personality traits have often been studied as an average across a species or herd, but it’s important to look at individuals when considering animal welfare because some calves will be more vulnerable to challenges than others.The Canadian Press
October 16, 2019
Penny Marshall, star of Laverne & Shirley, film producer and television director, is taking a stand against Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan after discovering that experimenters named a dog after her character Laverne only to perform painful heart experiments on her involving cutting the dogs chest open and forcing it to run on a treadmill.“I still remember the episode on the hit TV sitcom Laverne & Shirley in which my character, Laverne, and her friend Shirley handcuffed themselves to a dog destined for euthanasia at the pound in an effort to save his life,” wrote Penny. “The dog was ultimately spared and found a loving home at the end of the episode.“Tragically, a dog given my character’s name – as well as many others like her – met the opposite fate in horrific heart failure experiments at Wayne State University. I am writing to urge you to immediately end these cruel, unnecessary experiments and instead focus on human-relevant research. Two decades of these experiments – which have not translated into benefits for Americans suffering from heart disease – is quite high.“Researchers have gained far greater insight into the causes of heart failure from epidemiological studies such as the Framingham Study and the Methodist study. In addition, human-relevant basic science studies and human clinical trials offer reliable information about this problem and other cardiac disorders.”To find out more information on how you can help, click here.
October 13, 2019
BALTIMORE – Under Armour will cut about 400 jobs, part of a restructuring that the sports gear maker announced earlier this year.The Baltimore company actually began a streamlining last year after explosive sales growth tailed off. That cooling was experienced by Nike as well, with active lifestyle brands like Lululemon luring more consumer dollars while those selling gear for organized sports lost some momentum.The 400 jobs amount to about 3 per cent of the people that Under Armour employs globally. The most recent round of cuts will be completed by the end of March, the company said Thursday.Under Armour now anticipates restructuring-related charges this year of between about $200 million and $220 million. It previously projected restructuring charges between $190 million to $210 million.Excluding those costs, Under Armour Inc. expects full-year profits of between 16 and 19 cents per share. Its prior outlook was for 14 to 19 cents per share. Analysts polled by FactSet expect earnings of 16 cents per share.Shares jumped almost 4 per cent at the opening bell.
October 6, 2019
“Denmark supports a UN takeover of the peacekeeping mission in Sudan,” said Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, adding that the Government would “positively consider a military contribution if the UN requests so.” Darfur has been the scene of numerous atrocities, including the killing of scores of thousands of civilians amid fighting between the Government, pro-Government militias, and rebels that has forced millions to flee their homes. A peace agreement was struck in May, and a joint UN-AU team is currently holding talks aimed at preparing for a transition from the overstretched AU Mission in Sudan (AMIS) to a UN force.Asked about the status of that team, the Secretary-General said its work is continuing. “I hope the Government will agree to cooperate and support the force, because we are really going there to help the Government and to help the people of Sudan,” he said. “In the meantime, we are approaching governments informally but we will firm up that request once we have the agreement from the Sudanese Government and the Security Council has adopted the resolution authorizing a peacekeeping force in Darfur.” Mr. Annan voiced appreciation for Denmark’s support for the UN and for countries in the developing world, especially in Africa. “There is quite a bit of assistance one can give, but I was also happy to notice in my discussion with the Prime Minister that the Danish assistance to Africa is not limited only to Darfur; they are working in other countries as well and this is extremely welcome,” he said.On the question of human rights and the fight against terrorism, the Secretary-General said it was his strong view that there had been a “rather disturbing development” where civil liberties are being undermined in the name of combating the scourge. “Sometimes all governments have to do is paint the ‘t-word’ on somebody to lock him away without due process,” he noted.“These kinds of approaches really undermine human rights and civil liberty and give the terrorists a victory they cannot win on their own,” he stressed. “When you look at situations where you have these sorts of conflicts or terrorist activities and others, often it is because human rights have been undermined, there is no rule of law and you have the sort of disruptions that we all believe should not happen.” Concerning the Middle East, Mr. Annan said his contacts with leaders in the region indicated room for an easing of tensions. “In my own discussions with the Prime Minister of Israel and also with President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority, I have urged for restraint, and President Abbas has indicated he has advised the Palestinian side to stop sending Katushyas. The Prime Minister has also told me that they would also prefer not to use their missiles, so I would hope the two leaders will find their way of bringing the violence in the region down.”He added that the Palestinians “should also find a way of agreeing on a common agenda for the future towards the relation with Israel, towards the peace process and towards the recognition of Israel.”
October 4, 2019
Canadian dollar down, greenback rises in wake of strong U.S. employment data TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed lower Friday as the greenback appreciated in the wake of data showing stronger than expected U.S. jobs data.The loonie was down 0.16 of a cent to 91.07 cents US as the U.S. Labor Department reported that the American economy cranked out 288,000 jobs in April.Economists had expected growth of around 200,000. Also, the jobless rate fell from 6.7 per cent to 6.3 per cent, the lowest level since September 2008.The news wasn’t all good: the labour force participation rate fell to just 62.8 per cent in April from 63.2 per cent in March.Canadian jobs data for April will be released next Friday.The U.S. jobs data was released in the wake of other recent economic reports that have pointed to faster economic growth after a dismal start to the year, slowed by a brutal winter.Consumers are ramping up spending, businesses are ordering more goods and manufacturers are expanding. The strengthening numbers show that severe weather in January and February were largely to blame for the economy’s scant growth at the start of the year.The economy barely expanded from January through March, eking out an annual growth rate of just 0.1 per cent, down from a 2.6 per cent rate in the final three months of 2013.Meanwhile, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has called a June 12 election instead of waiting to see her minority Liberal government defeated in a confidence vote on its budget. Earlier Friday, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said her party would vote against the budget handed down Thursday by the minority Liberal government. The Liberals’ budget said the province would rack up a deficit of $12.5 billion this year, up from $11.3 billion last year.Horwath said the Liberals haven’t kept the promises they made to the NDP in last year’s budget, so she can’t trust them to keep the 70 new promises made in this year’s spending plan.On the commodity markets, June bullion climbed $19.50 to US$1,302.90 an ounce.June crude in New York gained 34 cents to US$99.76 a barrel, while July copper was up five cents to US$3.07 a pound. Canadian dollar coins, or Loonies, are displayed on a map of North America January 9, 2014 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted May 2, 2014 9:52 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
October 2, 2019
Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Motor Codes, the automotive industry’s provider of OFT-approved codes of practice, has proven that it provides a strong support mechanism to its staff, as well as to motorists, with the award of Investors in People status.An audit in March this year pointed to a culture of dedication to learning and development, an open, engaging and empowering staff environment, with high levels of commitment to the overall aims of Motor Codes.Managing Director of Motor Codes, Chris Mason, sees the Investors in People Award as an important measure of the self-regulatory body’s establishment on the consumer landscape, “The underlying reason for the effectiveness of Motor Codes as a business and consumer support mechanism is its personal touch, particularly where our business and consumer advice line service is concerned.“What’s most encouraging is that the auditors picked up on the keenness to adapt to the changing needs of the market-place. We’ve shown ourselves to be forward-thinking and this is a welcome independent recognition of the team’s desire to aim high, both where our committed, subscribing garages are concerned and in relation to consumer experience levels.”The Investors in People award follows further external recognition of the work undertaken by Motor Codes, with the Office of Fair Trading granting its Service and Repair Code full Consumer Codes Approval status in November last year.Information on Motor Codes, its OFT-approved codes of practice and its nationwide network of 6,800 garages can be found at www.motorcodes.co.uk.
September 25, 2019
The huge sums being paid out are deeply embarrassing for Scotland Yard at a time when bosses have complained… Almost 50 police officers guarding the Queen and other members of the Royal family took home £100,000-plus salaries in one year after bringing a claim against Scotland Yard. The latest Metropolitan Police accounts show 47 officers smashed through the £100,000 barrier in 2016/2017 as a result. The officers are tasked with guarding senior members of the Royal family as well as the prime minister and other politicians. The officers – all members of the Royalty and Specialist Protection (RaSP) unit – were given huge one-off payments after winning a dispute over their ‘special escort’ allowance.
September 25, 2019
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSchool cleaners not letting up, vow to continue protests until concerns addressedAugust 11, 2017In “latest news”School cleaners protest salary cut for July/August holidaysAugust 9, 2017In “latest news”New Diamond/Grove Primary School cleaners not paid for 3 monthsNovember 15, 2018In “latest news” Under the torch of the sun, cleaners swarmed the Education Ministry on Brickdam, Georgetown, as they stood in unison protesting meager salaries and no payment for over a fortnight’s worth of labour.“No money, no wuk!” “No one week pay, no two week pay!” “No lil bit money!” “September month, school gun dutty!” they chanted.cleaners protesting on TuesdayOne sweeper lamented that their foremost concern is how they can continue to survive and send their children to school in September while maintaining their families on low salaries.“We are picketing because of our salary… we want our full salary. We used to work eight hours and before school close they told us that how we gun work six hours, so right now we are at home. We worked for two weeks in July month. This month hay suh we suppose to work one week. When we push in our card (bank card) some people get $2000 and some people get $5000. Some people get none at all and that is not fair!” a protester said.Another janitor, who is stationed at South Ruimveldt Park Primary School, relayed that they were served no notice to the effect that their salaries or time had been cut.“It is unfair to us that we work full eight hours, now two weeks we work in July, one week in August, and I haven’t received my salary. I don’t know how I’m gonna go back to work and how my child will go to school. It is hard, so we asking the President to look into this matter. To help us, cause most of us are single parents and it ain’t easy, it very very hard,” she bemoaned.The janitors in collective action expressed their intention to be resilient in their fight against unfavourable treatment and will continue to seek redress until justice is served.“We ain’t giving up until we get some kind ah justice or something, ‘cause remember, we get we children to send to school,” Vanessa Braithwaite said.Meanwhile, second Vice President of the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU), Dawn Gardener stood in unison with the protestors at the scene and expressed her disappointment as to why the issue has not yet been addressed.“Our expectations are that by now it would’ve been addressed, but unfortunately it has not been addressed, so we’re wondering why,” she said.Following demonstration exercises held at the Ministry of the Presidency, the Finance Ministry and the Education Ministry’s Department of Culture, Youth and Sport, this publication reported that with no response forthcoming from Government in regard to their plight, school cleaners had taken to the streets to protest what they described as “inhumane treatment” from the authorities, while demanding that their voices be heard.This publication was told that following the first protest, representatives from the Union and Government met briefly. However, no major decision has been taken on the issue.First Vice President of the Guyana Public Service Union, Mortimer Livan, had declared that the demonstrations will continue until they receive a favourable response while stressing that the situation is developing further into an economic disaster for the workers and their families, many of whom are sole breadwinners of their households.
September 22, 2019
LEADING CATHOLIC BISHOPS from 11 countries, including Ireland, have urged the leaders of the G8 nations to use their meeting this month to clamp down on tax avoidance by multinational corporations.The leaders of the eight countries – the UK, the US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Russia and Japan – are meeting in Fermanagh in two weeks’ time, with aggressive tax avoidance and tax evasion likely to feature high on the agenda.In a letter to the eight leaders, the leading bishops from Ireland and the participant nations said the Catechism of the Catholic Church determined that individuals were morally obliged to pay taxes and to submit to authority.“It is a moral obligation for citizens to pay their fair share of taxes for the common good,” they wrote, arguing that the same logic applied to corporate bodies.States had an obligation to provide “a reasonable and fair application of taxes” with “precision and integrity in administering and distributing public resources,” they said.The bishops also wrote that international trade rules must “serve the universal common good of the whole human family and the special needs of the most vulnerable nations”.“It is counterproductive to provide agricultural development assistance on the one hand and then to use unfair agricultural trade policies that harm the agricultural economics of poorer nations on the other,” they wrote.“We pray that your meeting will be blessed by a spirit of collaboration that enables you to take steps to improve nutrition, reduce hunger and poverty, and strengthen just tax, trade and transparency policies for the common good of all.”The letter is signed by the leaders of the bishops’ conferences of Ireland, England and Wales, Scotland, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United States and the European Union.Read: More than 200 groups tell G8: Here’s how to fight world hungerMore: 900 Gardaí to help keep the peace at the G8 summit in Co Fermanagh
September 19, 2019
By Mustapha JallowForoyaa has learnt of the arrest and detention of two members of the Gambia Armed Forces, Lamin Badjie and Lamin Sambou both Staff Sergeants of the Gambia Armed Forces. They were arrested and detained by Military Police, since March 2017. This is beyond the 72 hours deadline which requires the authorities to either release the detainee or take him/her to court.A highly placed military source disclosed to this paper that SSgt. Badjie was also part of the Darfur contingent but was later dropped and arrested and he is currently held at the Guards Battalion in Fajara Barracks, where the two warrant officers are detained. The source added that SSgt. Sambou is also detained at Yundum Barracks alongside with SSgt Omar aka ‘Oya’ Jallow.The source however, could not establish the reason (s) behind the detention of the said soldiers who are yet to be charged.When contacted, GAF spokesperson, Lt. Col. Omar B. Bojang, promised to get back to Foroyaa, adding that he would also provide the full list of soldiers who are currently under their custody.GAF spokesperson Lt. Col. Omar B. Bojang confirmed the mass arrest and detention of the soldiers, and added that the army and other sister security forces are still conducting investigation. He further said that investigations have been almost finalized, and their cases have been mentioned at the Banjul magistrates’ court which forwarded the cases to the high court.
September 15, 2019
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A teenaged pedestrian was rushed to the hospital after a vehicle struck him in Northwest Miami-Dade.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene along Northwest 79th Street and 27th Avenue, Wednesday.Miami-Dade Police said the teen was walking in the area when he was hit by an SUV.The teen was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital with facial injuries.The driver of the SUV stayed on the scene to speak with authorities.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
September 15, 2019
Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A tractor-trailer caught fire near Miami Executive Airport in Southwest Miami-Dade.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the blaze near Southwest 136th Street and 137th Avenue, Sunday afternoon.Video sent in by a 7News showed the flames coming out from the passenger side of the cab, which was parked next to two other trucks.Crews worked fast to douse the flames before they spread further.No injuries were reported.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Remember, if you see news happening and can do so safely, take a picture or shoot video and send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 14, 2019
“It’s really about bringing the print magazine up to speed with what our website has become,” editor Clayton Purdom, who helped fund Kill Screen’s original Kickstarter campaign before joining the team, tells Folio:. “Some of the biggest changes will be to the overall look and feel of the magazine,” says Purdom. “To that end, we’ve brought on a brilliant photographer, David McDowell.” Apart from the design changes, which will be spearheaded by art director Justin Kielbasa, the revamped Kill Screen magazine will feature more in-depth reporting and long editorial features, and will be upgraded to a regular quartlery schedule, allowing it to cover more timely stories. Launched on November 3 with a goal of $68,000, the Kickstarter campaign was a rapid success, raising $77,471 in just over a month through 1,399 backers. Armed with an influx of capital, Kill Screen is set to relaunch its print component by midsummer. Part of bringing the print magazine up to speed with the website also means refining its editorial focus, emphasizing the independent creators and developers that are changing the face of the industry, says Purdom, featuring work by the writers with whom Kill Screen’s online audience has come to familiarize itself. This is a reflection of the changing nature of an industry once dominated by corporate giants. Six years later, Warren’s passion project has grown into a vibrant online community and news site with an accompanying—yet irregularly published—print magazine that more resembles a coffee-table collectible than it does the latest issue of Nintendo Power (shuttered in 2012). Former Wall Street Journal arts and entertainment reporter Jamin Warren first conceived Kill Screen back in 2009, when he set out to change the way video games were covered in the media, noting the ever-increasing intersections between gaming and art. Warren turned to crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to help get the project off the ground and, with the help of 160 individual backers, raised $5,949. In addition to funding on Kickstarter, Kill Screen is supported by subscription and single-copy sales, as well as advertising. The revamped magazine will be printed by Minnesota-based Shafco. The magazine is upgrading in size, to 8.5” x 11”. The new, larger format will allow McDowell’s photography to become a centerpiece of the product, surrounded by more white space and less cumbersome columns of text, according to Purdom. “We want to show the world why games matter,” reads the masthead of Kill Screen, the digital and print magazine that takes a decidedly artistic and cultural approach to covering the world of video games. “We’re the first video game magazine to put a human being on the cover,” Purdom adds. “We are interested in covering the people involved in creating games, not just the games themselves.” Seizing the opportunity, Warren returned to Kickstarter for an even more ambitious round of funding, aimed at making the magazine “bigger, bolder, and better looking than ever before.
September 1, 2019
Stay on target Hands-On: ‘New Super Lucky’s Tale’ Is Your Next Xbox Game on SwitchPlayStation 5 vs. Xbox Project Scarlett: Everything We Know The US Navy has a growing fleet of Virginia class nuclear-powered submarines. They are among the most advanced war machines in the world, running north of $2.5 billion apiece. At nearly 400 feet long with reactors capable of 30 MW, these subs can operate non-stop around the world, carrying dozens of missiles and nuclear warheads. They are so well designed, many are expected to be in service in the 2070s. With all that fancy, super-expensive military tech, you’d expect the navy to want the absolute best control systems. And for that, they’ve turned to Xbox 360 controllers.Periscopes are, for good reason, the most iconic piece of these sub-surface terrors. While they were once hand-operated, as we see in older, Cold War-era films, modern subs like the Virginia class have an all-digital system. These allow navigation to share their view with as many other screens as they need to. Controlling all that hardware took a lot of complex machinery, though, and the scopes used specialized controllers that ran almost $40,000.“I can go to any video game store and procure an Xbox controller anywhere in the world, so it makes a very easy replacement,” Senior Chief Mark Eichenlaub of the USS Warner told The Virginian-Pilot.AdChoices广告Credit: Virginian-Pilot/NavyThat’d be the understatement of the century. Official Xbox 360 controllers are reliable, able to stand up to tens of thousands of hours of play, and they run from $20 to $40 — and that’s even avoiding the dirt-cheap, bargain-bin knockoffs. That is literally a 1 to 2,000 times less expensive. And, because the 360 was so ubiquitous, many are at least loosely familiar with the controller. That translates to a much shorter training time, saving thousands more there, too.I dunno about you, but for me, this is a little creepy. Hypothetically, Virginia class sub gets into about with someone else. The crew has to deploy some missile and, for the sake of argument, let’s say it’s just one regular-old rocket and that hits a single plan and a single pilot. Wouldn’t it be weird if that person died, at least in part, because of a video game controller? I mean I’m no Jack Thomson fan, but when we start making our war machines compatible with gaming gear, Call of Duty gets a little too on-the-nose.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
August 30, 2019
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August 30, 2019
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Over the past couple of years, it has become more and more apparent that there is a battle taking place in the social mobile universe for the attention of sports fans.No one could argue that the way viewers consume sports and entertainment is evolving. Remember watching NBA games before HD? Or what it was like to be without a smartphone during college football Saturday? Remember when Twitter was a great way to read 140 character posts about live events while you watched them on TV?I have always hated the term “second screen,” and I think that as of August 2016, it should be officially retired. As Facebook, Twitter, Verizon/Yahoo and many others enter the already crowded ring of social mobile broadcasters, the stakes are getting higher and higher, and the fight for engagement is going far beyond just viewership.Related: This Company Wants to Disrupt Ticketmaster’s Tight Grip on Your Favorite EventsDuring July 2016, we witnessed two of the highest TV rating events on record. Game of Thrones cemented itself as one of the most popular shows of all time, and the NBA Finals pulled in its highest ratings since 1989. Even more interesting was the eclipse of previous mobile engagement records — Game of Thrones totaled 2.5 million streams on its streaming platforms (HBO Now and HBO Go), up 70 percent over last season, and game seven attracted 96.2 million minutes streamed or 1.8 million unique viewers to the WatchESPN app, the highest ever for a non-World Cup event. It is no longer a question if fans are going to cut the cord — the new question is what screen are they going to watch on, and what logo and user experience will be on that screen when they do.Every branch of the entertainment industry, sports in particular, is looking for a way to establish itself as the king of mobile. So let’s play the Game of Phones.The Lannisters in our game would be the big broadcast networks. NBC, FOX, CBS and others have had to do little more than bid just enough to win exclusive rights to broadcast with hopes to be able to sell enough in ads to make it back into the black. A lack of innovation on the mobile side of the market has led to a falling out with fans — the drawbridge is down and the attack is coming from all sides.A few years ago it seemed Yahoo, AOL or BAM would likely take over as the major players in the sports broadcast market. Yahoo Sports was thriving and Verizon/AOL was the marriage needed to unify against the incumbent broadcasters. Just as the Starks fell on tough times, so did the heirs to the mobile social throne. While Verizon launched GO and spent a lot of money buying content and Yahoo bought a lot of companies (one of them was mine) and spent a lot of money streaming NFL games from Europe, neither has cemented their mobile position as heir to the throne.This wouldn’t be a proper breakdown if we didn’t include a proclamation that winter is coming — and trust me, it is. Facebook and Twitter are scrambling like White Walkers as they buy up content and build out social broadcast infrastructure. Facebook recently signed deals with nearly 140 media companies and paid celebrities a reported $50 million to create videos for Facebook Live in an attempt to play to mobile fan engagement. Twitter has been live streaming events left and right ranging from political conventions to Wimbledon since it was announced they paid the most for the rights to stream NFL Thursday Night Football.Related: Ones to Watch: 12 Athletes Show Us How It’s Done on SocialIf GOT has taught us anything, it’s don’t count out the underdogs. Yahoo, AOL and other billion-dollar startups have created hope amongst those not yet as well-healed. The houses Targaryen, Baratheon, Greyjoy and Tyrell of our game consist of startup platforms such as GameOn, a mobile engagement platform for sports fans, SportsYapper, Slyce and Sportle — all taking shape as new houses playing the field with a strong claim to the Iron Throne. It seems imminent that a changing of the guard is coming. There will likely be partnerships, marriages and wars before the throne is taken — and it may even change hands many times before a new house’s reign settles.Forecasting ahead and trying to predict how the game will play out, it might help to look at a few success stories. Bill Simmons, the former “Boston Sports Guy” who once wrote columns for AOL, became one of the most sought-after media personalities after a 14-year career at ESPN. While there, he hosted a podcast, founded spinoff site Grantland.com, appeared on NBA Countdown and conceived the idea of 30 for 30. Now he finds himself again at the helm of his own site, TheRinger.com, which mixes sports, pop culture and technology. He also has his own show on HBO. His success lies in his adaptivity: he brings great content to his audience, where they want it.The past few years have also marked a shift in athletes’ engagement with fans. Talking on-field and at press conferences remains constant, but the emergence of the athlete as primary contributor shines in the near-universal embrace of social and the success of media platforms such as The Players Tribune and GameOn. Connecting fans with their favorite athletes drives engagement and helps grow the industry while providing fans with at-their-fingertips entertainment. Not all fans can make it to the stadium, and just as Bill Simmons has found success in meeting his fans where they want to be met, so have some of the smarter athletes that are focused on building long careers for themselves.Related: 6 Success Secrets From 23-Time Gold Medalist Michael PhelpsNext year, streaming numbers are predicted to rise once again, and with major leagues such as the NFL teaming up with social media platforms such as Twitter, and the emergence of esports and the abundance of partnerships already being struck by Turner, Riot, etc., the Game of Phones is set to be in full swing. Within the next few years, mobile platforms are poised to take the Iron Throne and become the primary screen for sports and television fans alike. Mobile apps rich with chat platforms and bots are the one-stop-shop that TV never could be, allowing fans to consume news, scores and any other information all while chatting with their friends during live sporting events.Entrepreneurs can take advantage of this by expanding their mobile presence in the highly competitive Game of Phones. The only question remaining is: What are other media platforms willing to do to continue their stay at The Red Keep? Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 6 min read August 18, 2016 Register Now »
August 17, 2019
A recent study has found that an increasing number of British holidaymakers are heading to faraway destinations as they look to stretch their pound sterling further. Tracking the top 25 currencies British travellers purchase each quarter, the American Express Currency Index has revealed a particular rise in popularity of countries like Mauritius, Mexico, and Jamaica. “When the pound fell during the start of the financial crisis, it became more expensive for Britons to holiday with the Euro and the US Dollar,” American Express Global Foreign Exchange Services director Terry Perrin said. “Therefore, when looking at the prices of holidays, Britons began to realise it would be more cost effective to look further afield and book holidays to destinations that previously may have been overlooked.” Also growing in popularity throughout 2010 were European destinations outside of the Eurozone like Turkey. “In this austere economic environment, it is very possible that many households will opt to take just one holiday this year and will likely visit an all-inclusive destination outside of the Eurozone.” American Express Global Foreign Exchange Services has also announced the launch of TravelMoneyNow.com, offering travellers a convenient way to order currency online. Turkey is becoming increasingly popular with British tourists Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H