New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown is accused of rape by a woman who says she was his personal trainer, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court in Florida, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.Brown, who was released by the Raiders on Saturday before playing a game with the team, denied the allegations through a statement issued by his lawyer.According to the reports, the woman alleges Brown, a resident of South Florida, sexually assaulted her three times — twice in June 2017 …
Airlines passengers want choice and plenty of it. That is the unmistakable conclusion of a new survey by PricewaterhouseCooper LLP.In PwC’s US report Experience Radar 2013: Lessons Learned from the Airline Industry, the indelible lesson is “one approach doesn’t fit all,” says Jonathan Kletzel, PwC’s U.S. transportation and logistics leader. He says different consumer segments “from senior executives to budget-minded leisure travelers have different preferences and opinions on what constitutes great travel experience.”Case-in-point, DIY, or do-it-yourself travel options. PwC’s report says time-constrained, pedal-to-the metal business travelers are 1.8 times as likely than leisure travelers to use mobile devices to do routine booking and such. That doesn’t mean when things go really awry, however, that they’re willing to settle for virtual resolution of the problem. Passengers crave flesh-and-blood human intervention. “In fact,” says the survey, “two out of three flyers prefer an agent to help resolve issues such as cancelled or missed flights.”Just how well airline folks resolve those issues “is critical to travelers’ experiences and views of an airline,” concludes PwC. The less-than-satisfying revelation is that “49 percent of airline complaints and issues are said to go unaddressed.”PwC suggests “empowering” airline agents with the right kind of tools to really solve the problem, because bad news spreads fast these days. “99 percent of travelers worldwide share memorable experiences,” says the report. “Bad stories are told and retold.” Mad passengers equipped with mobile devices have a multiplier effect when it comes to how folks view flying, and that isn’t always good news for the airlines.No newsflash here, but PwC says, “Most leisure travelers want more space.” Leisure flyers are willing to pay a seven percent premium for more leg room and recline; six percent for more hip room. More carriers are willing to do just that these days, but certainly not all.As for being willing to pay up for moving up front, into first or business class, the survey finds “nearly one in five business travelers will pay for upgrades out of pocket.”There’s a not surprising 30 percent gap ‘twixt in-flight Wi-Fi usage separating leisure and business travelers according to PwC. A full 70 percent of business flyers demand wireless connectivity on long flights; leisure travelers spend about 40 percent of their time aloft using it.Then there’s bundling. Airlines are making a significant share of their profits by unbundling in-flight amenities: food, boarding order, seat pitch and such. PwC discovered lots of passengers, however, “prefer bundles that suit their travel needs and don’t require them to pay multiple fees.” The composition of those bundles differs by segment. Cost-sensitive travelers might like Wi-Fi, food, beverage and bags. Business flyers might opt for things like lounge access and luggage pick-up and delivery. The bottom line: whatever the composition of those fees, “building goodwill” means they need to be transparent.
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Let’s answer a common question among filmmakers: Are film festivals worth your time, energy, and money?Top image from FilmBudgetAh… film festivals. Many times these events cause filmmakers to enter a complete state of nervousness and stress. You’re spending your limited, hard-earned money just to watch it potentially swirl right down the drain. Hope that gets you pumped up.As one long time filmmaker friend of mine bluntly said to me, “film festivals are a complete racket.” And this is from a guy who has had several successful festival runs with his films. But honestly, he isn’t alone in thinking this. I can see how and why many filmmakers believe this, even if it is just the frustration talking.After having this discussion with him and watching the money drain from my own account after submitting my current film to nearly 20 festivals, I began to question myself. So let’s explore this question: are film festivals worth the money?You Better Make it a Good OneGetting your film into a festival is crucial if you really want to take that next step — but the first step is making a great film. This should be a no brainer, yet I’ve known some filmmakers (myself included) who submitted an unpolished film early in their career. What you have to understand first and foremost is that you are competing with hundreds of other filmmakers for just a few coveted spots. So make sure your film is really ready to go before you submit it. If it is, it’ll get noticed.Make No Mistake… This is Going to Cost YaNot only do you need to take the initial submission fee, but you need to make sure you have some funds stashed away for when the film is selected. Once again, this is a discussion I’ve had many times after talking with young filmmakers. They all plan for the submission fee, but often completely miss the other fees. Well, what are these “Hidden Costs?”Additional festival fees only come if and when the film is selected. For instance, some festivals require a specific type of media format for screening. These could be DCP, HDCAM, Blu-ray, or even Film Stock. Needless to say, a lot of these formats can run you several hundred dollars per copy. One thing I will note… while submitting my latest film, I was surprised to see more festivals list MOV and Blu-ray as screening options.Who Really Goes to These Things AnywayYou. You should go to these things. If your film gets selected and screens at a festival, you should attend. The only reason you shouldn’t attend is if you just can’t afford it or if you’re currently working on a film that requires all of your resources..This again goes back to the “Hidden Costs.” You need to make sure you budget not only your time, but your money as well. I’ve made so many contacts at film festivals. This is where festivals really pay off early. But in order for this to happen, you need to network… more on this in a second.Hone in on Specific FestivalsNow, don’t just submit your film to a long list of random festivals. That would absolutely be a waste of money. Our very own Noam Kroll had great advice for how to do this in an article he wrote last year. Take note of the info in Kroll’s article… this is a plan of action that many successful filmmakers follow.You want to 30% of your submissions to go to the top tier major festivals, that being Toronto, Sundance, Hot Docs, etc. Then you want the majority of your submissions, around 50%, to go to the mid-range festivals like Flickers, Slamdance, SXSW, etc. Now the last 20% of your submissions need to go to the niche festivals that relate to your film’s theme or subject matter.Here is a nice submission guide from TIFF on how to submit your film.Marketing Yourself and Your Work is KeyGoing back to networking, film festivals are one of the very best places to network and expand your reach. As Amber Sherman wrote in her piece at Filmagon, filmmakers need to be able to market not only their film, but themselves. Make each meeting memorable and don’t be afraid to talk to anyone.Remember, these people put on their pants one leg at a time just like you, so don’t be too intimidated to talk to them. What you’ll usually find out is that many filmmakers, even high-profile filmmakers, love to talk film. Take advantage of that. Spread your name and utilize the festival for your own marketing campaign.Again, TIFF has posted a great video this time on how to effectively market your film.So… Are They Worth It or Not?If you are serious about your craft and you want to go to the next level, you’re going to need funding to do so… and this is where film festivals come in. I was told many years ago that film festivals are just another risky investment that filmmakers have to make. We want the world to see our work, and we can do that easily through Vimeo and YouTube. But we really want the right people to see our work… and for that you need film festivals.I tend to look at film festivals like minor league baseball. Indie filmmakers are the minor leaguers and studio executives are the scouts. You see, each and every film studio has some sort of representative at each major and mid-level film festival. They’re scouring the scene for that next great film and talent. It’s up to us to make productions that get the attention we need.What are your thoughts on film festivals? Have you had good or bad experiences? Do you feel they’re worth it? Let us know in the comments below!
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TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the first quarter of the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)Alabama, unsurprisingly, has the best odds of reaching this season’s College Football Playoff. Bovada released College Football Playoff odds for the 2016 season and the Crimson Tide are at the top. Nick Saban’s team has 3/2 odds to make this year’s playoff. Alabama is trailed by:Oklahoma – 7/4Michigan – 9/5Clemson – 2/1Ohio State – 2/1Top odds to make CFP (per @bovadaLV) Alabama 3/2#Sooners 7/4 Michigan 9/5 Clemson 2/1 Ohio State 2/1Other Big 12: #OkState 7/1, TCU 17/2,— Eric Bailey (@EricBaileyTW) July 22, 2016The odds for the other top teams:LSU – 3/1Tennessee – 13/4Florida State – 7/2Notre Dame – 4/1USC – 4/1Florida – 7/1Oklahoma State – 7/1Who are you picking to reach this season’s College Football Playoff?The season starts in a little more than a month.
OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Despite no signs of a pending agreement, the Trudeau government doesn’t appear to be worried as the U.S.-imposed NAFTA deadline quickly approaches.“We are not going to be rushed into signing a bad deal,” Andrew Leslie, the Parliamentary Secretary on U.S. relations, says, adding conversations continue between Canadian and U.S. officials and that it remains to be seen what could happen over the weekend.Mexico and the United States announced their own bilateral deal last month, sparking a renewed round of negotiations between Washington and Ottawa to bring to bring Canada into the NAFTA fold.However, Canada’s transport minister is dismissing the October 1st cutoff as just a creation of the U.S.“There is no deadline on this, as far as we are concerned, we want a deal that is good for Canadians, and that’s the bottom line,” Marc Garneau, who also chairs the cabinet committee on U.S.-relations, says.President Donald Trump has threatened auto tariffs if there is no agreement, however, Leslie says Ottawa is prepared if that happens.“One of the options which relies, and will remain open to Canada, is to respond in kind much akin to that which we did for steel and aluminum,” Leslie says.While there is no indication of any formal high level meetings before the Monday deadline, Leslie adds anything is possible.“It means that we’re going to stay calm. We’re going to remain focused in trying to get a good deal for Canadians and protect our jobs and workers. We’re not going to be distracted from that imperative.”He adds if a deal is not struck by the 1st, it will just be the status quo since the current NAFTA will remain in place.Latest U.S. NAFTA deadline not firm but Canada’s window closing, say insidersWith the release of the text of the U.S.-Mexico trade agreement expected any day, the political pressure is mounting on Canada to join a new North American Free Trade Agreement.Analysts and insiders say the latest American-imposed deadline for Canada to join by Monday is not set in stone, and that there is still time for the Liberal government to negotiate with the Trump administration after that.But they caution the window is closing and Canada’s time may be running out.The release of the formal text will come ahead of its formal presentation to U.S. Congress by month’s end, so the lawmakers can approve it by Dec. 1 before the new Mexican government takes power.U.S. President Donald Trump has said he will pursue a trade deal with or without Canada. He has already imposed hefty steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico, using a section of U.S. trade law that gives him the authority to do that for national security reasons.The Trudeau government has branded the 232 tariffs illegal and insulting given the close security relationship between Canada and the U.S., including their shared membership in Norad, which defends North American airspace.
DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — The City of Dawson Creek says it will be working with stakeholders going forward after a report to City Council found that half of the building square footage in Collins Exhibition Park should be torn down.In a release on Thursday, the City explained that it has been exploring the possibility of adopting a Sports Event Tourism Model for the benefits it could provide to the area economy. As part of this initiative, an assessment of City-owned facilities was completed to look for any current opportunities that could enhance the Model.While looking at the opportunities, the City said that concerns were identified at Collins Exhibition Park after Force Engineering Group Inc. was hired to complete an assessment. The report indicated to Council that several of the structures within the Park have reached their end of service life and can no longer be used. “Our report concludes that approximately one half of all the structures (by area) reviewed have reached their end of service life structurally, or pose a significant risk that they cannot, by building code mandates, justify continued use or operation.We recommend that due to the hazard level, the seven stables numbered 7.1 through 7.7 be placarded against further use, and demolition of structures commenced as soon as practical,” reads the report.City Council says it has met with the Dawson Creek Exhibition Association and the Dawson Creek & District Stables and Arena Association to review the engineers report and will continue to work with these user groups to explore possible options going forward.“We recognize the importance of the events that take place at the Exhibition Park, and we will continue to work with the groups to ensure its long term viability,” said Mayor Bumstead.The 2018 Building Structural Assessments Report is available for review below.
OTTAWA, O.N. – The federal government’s promised overhaul of environmental evaluations for energy projects could get major surgery before the Senate is finished with it.Bill C-69, the Impact Assessment Act, fulfils a Liberal campaign promise to change how major energy projects get reviewed for their environmental, social and economic effects, with the aim of speeding reviews up and making their criteria clearer.Senators have received nearly 50,000 letters urging them to either kill the bill outright or agree to major changes on everything from timelines for the reviews to who gets to be heard during a specific review. The bill was already amended 136 times in the House of Commons but faces at least as many amendments in Parliament’s upper chamber with independent and Conservative senators indicating a desire for some pretty significant changes.Sen. Grant Mitchell, the independent Liberal senator who sponsored the bill in Senate, says he and the government are open to changes but that it is clear to him the industry does not want the bill to be killed.The Senate committee dealing with the bill decided this week to hold more meetings on it outside Ottawa but Mitchell said he is confident the bill will be amended and signed into law before Parliament rises for the summer.
· developing smart energy ideas that promote energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and minimize environmental impacts;· building the workforce of tomorrow by focusing on youth programs in trades, science, technology, engineering and math; and,· safety education. BC Hydro offers two types of grants;· Grassroots Grants: funding up to $2,000 for local community-based programs.· Broad Impact Grants: funding up to $10,000 for organizations who wish to expand an existing program or develop a new program in multiple communities. In 2018, BC Hydro has funded organizations and projects, such as a Tsunami Warning Pole Marking Project to direct residents safely to high ground during an earthquake in Haida Gwaii-related emergencies. Science Alliance Summer Day Camps run by the Exploration Place in Prince George received a grant as well as the Central Interior BC Science Exhibition and the Northern BC Regional Science Fair. To apply; CLICK HERE PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – BC Hydro is offering Northern B.C. non-profits, registered charities and community organizations the opportunity to apply for a community grant.Grants are available until March 29, 2019, through its Community Grant program.BC Hydro works with local organizations that are committed to making a difference in their communities with projects focused on;