Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO, Oct. 1, 2018 – The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced today it is accepting submissions for the 2019 JUNO Awards. Submissions are open from Monday, October 1, 2018 to Friday, November 9, 2018 at www.junosubmissions.caIn order to be considered for nomination for the 2019 JUNO Awards, national music release dates must fall between the eligibility period of September 1, 2017 and November 9, 2018.Key submission dates and deadlines:October 1, 2018 – Submissions openOctober 19, 2018; 5 p.m. EST – Deadline for discounted early-bird submissionsNovember 9, 2018; 5 p.m. EST – Deadline for submissionsNovember 30, 2018 – Submissions for International Album of the Year and Album of the Year openJanuary 4, 2019; 5 p.m. EST – Submissions for International Album of the Year and Album of the Year close For full submission eligibility requirements click here.CARAS has also introduced the following changes this year:Streaming Only ReleasesMusic only available via a recognized national music streaming provider will now be eligible. Product must be released via a nationally accessible streaming service that has paid subscriptions, full catalogue, or on-demand streaming. Eligible streaming services are Canadian versions of Amazon Music, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Napster, Slacker, Soundcloud PRO, Spotify, Tidal.Rap Recording of the YearThe nominees for Rap Recording of the Year will now be determined by equal weight of consumption and judge vote.Jack Richardson Producer of the YearIf an artist submits their own work to the category, they must have also produced another artist’s work (one track minimum) within three years of the current eligibility criteria deadline (proof may be required).Artist and Group of the YearIn order to submit in these categories, qualifying artists must have been previously recognized by The JUNO Awards.PwC is the Official Ballot Accountants for the 2019 JUNO Awards.Web Links:Official JUNO Awards website:www.junoawards.caJUNO AwardsTwitter: @TheJUNOAwardsInstagram: @TheJUNOAwardsFacebook: @TheJUNOAwardsHashtag: #JUNOS Advertisement
The Jurassic World franchise has been one of NBCUniversal’s biggest blockbusters. Universal NBCUniversal — the Comcast media giant behind the Jurassic World franchise and TV networks like NBC, Bravo and Syfy — reportedly plans to launch a streaming service next year.The service will include original content, licensed programming and titles from the company’s archives, according to Variety, which cited two unnamed people familiar with the matter. It will reportedly be available free with advertising for people who already pay for TV through Comcast or Sky, the company’s European satellite provider. But people who aren’t Comcast customers can still access it with a paid subscription, and NBCU will offer an ad-free version for an extra fee too, the report said. 0 Share your voice TV and Movies Digital Media Tags Now playing: Watch this: Disney Comcast It makes NBCUniversal the latest gigantic company jumping on the streaming-video bandwagon. Just this year, streaming services are expected from Apple, which has been reportedly investing $1 billion in programming for its as-yet-unconfirmed service; Disney, which will be the exclusive place to stream all its blockbuster Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars films; and WarnerMedia, the AT&T unit that owns HBO and movies like Harry Potter and Wonder Woman. It will mark the coming year as one of major renovation for traditional Hollywood giants, which are all grappling for ways to take on deep-pocketed tech companies pouring money into original shows and movies, like Netflix and Amazon. NBCUniversal didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment. NBCU has long had a streaming operation through Hulu, the service jointly owned by Comcast, Disney, Fox and Warner. Pending Disney’s takeover of Fox, however, Hulu is expected to come Disney’s majority control later this year. What we know about the Disney+ streaming service: It’s getting ready to rival Netflix.Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports. Post a comment 5:17 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom combines cutting-edge…
The Supreme Court building in New Delhi. The top court’s order quashing the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) note on one-day default in stressed sectors removes a framework for banks to act against loan defaulters in some key sectors.ReutersThe Supreme Court order annulling Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) February 12 circular on stressed segment loans gives banks wider discretionary powers to treat each loan individually on merit. However, it removes a safety valve that RBI saw as necessary after several high profile overseas flight of economic offence fugitives like Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and Vijay Mallya, pushing banks to the brink of collapse.The circular had mandated banks to take into account all stressed companies with loan exposure above Rs 2,000 crore even if the period of default was for one day. The circular gave banks six months after the one-day default to devise a time-bound restructuring plan and launch of insolvency proceedings under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC). The worst-hit sectors of power, shipping and sugar companies challenged the circular in the Court.The apex court’s action of quashing the RBI circular can drive banks to two extremes in dealing with stressed sectors. Most banks will invariably become overcautious in dealing with stressed sectors. The result of an overcautious approach, in most cases, will be the drying up of funds and eventual stagnation of the sectors. In the absence of a regulator-mandated framework for dealing with stressed sectors, the natural reaction of lenders would be to turn off the fund taps. The change in the situation would hardly affect companies that are already well funded and nor in need of further capital investments. For others, this could be disastrous as banks tend to approach stressed segments with extra caution. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) building in Mumbai. The top court took umbrage at the RBI’s February 12 circular which was described as an umbrella order to banks.ReutersAt the other end of the spectrum, some individual banks could err on the side of liberal treatment of some entities resulting in a repeat of scams that have tainted the banking system in recent years. Apart from wilful scamming of the system, there could also be individual officials who tend to err on the side of caution thinking of the fallout on the institution’s reputation that adverse press could precipitate.Banks that predominantly lend to stressed segments could turn to higher provisions for stressed accounts. Higher provisioning for non-performing assets (NPA) could affect the bank’s bottom line. The drastic divergence between the NPA data that banks have reported and what RBI has estimated shows the pitfalls of depending solely on banks for reaching a proper assessment.In the aftermath of the court order, banks may turn more to the ‘Project Sashakt’ to deal with stressed assets above Rs 500 crore. Some experts suggest banks may have to work more in association with AMCs (asset management companies) and AIFs (alternate investment funds). On the flip side, this could result in a vibrant AMC-AIF model for the other sectors to follow.
Kolkata: A 45-year-old man died after being hit by a speeding bus at Taratala on Thursday afternoon while in a separate accident a 6-year-old girl was crushed to death by a truck in Jalpaiguri early on the day.In both the cases, police have seized the vehicles. They have arrested the bus driver in connection with the accident while in the other case the truck driver has been absconding since the accident took place in Jalpaiguri.According to police, the victim, Vinay Ram (45), was standing in front of a lamp post situated on the pavement near Taratala Bridge when the accident happened. Police suspect that the lamp post fell on the victim after it was hit by the bus. Some passengers travelling in the bus suffered minor injuries in the incident. According to preliminary investigation, police suspect that the driver had a brake fail and the vehicle eventually hit the lamp post and then a road side tree. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsSome locals, however, told the police that the bus knocked him down after hitting the lamp post. Police have started a probe in this regard. The accused bus driver is being interrogated. Police said a Kolkata bound bus from Diamond Harbour was running at a high speed when the driver lost control over the vehicle. He applied sudden brake but failed to control it. As a result, the speeding bus ran over the pavement and hit the lamp post and then a tree. Some of the passengers were also admitted to a hospital who received injuries during the incident. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe incident triggered traffic jam on Diamond Harbour Road. Locals also staged a demonstration on the spot protesting against rash driving of the vehicles. The situation was later brought under control by a huge contingent of police. The victim died on spot. Police recovered the body and sent it for postmortem.In the other incident, Nikita Roy (6), a resident of Moynaguri road area was trying to cross National Highway 31 on Thursday morning when a speeding truck hit her near a petrol pump. The truck driver suddenly applied the brake to save the girl but he failed to do so as the vehicle was running at a high speed. Locals rushed to the spot and rushed the critically injured victim to Jalpaiguri Super specialty hospital where the doctors pronounced her brought dead. Police have already seized the vehicle and conducting raids to nab the driver.
Travelweek Group TORONTO — National Geographic Expeditions and G Adventures have announced new destinations and tours for 2019, all available for sale starting this week. In the past year the National Geographic Journeys trips have delivered the strongest growth of all of G Adventures’ trip styles, says the travel company, with a 10% year-over-year increase among Canadian travellers, and a 25% surge in booking sales compared to the year before. Peru, South Africa, Costa Rica, Morocco and Thailand were the top five most popular destinations booked by Journeys travellers from Canada.“The Journeys story is all about growth. Compared to even two years ago, bookings of these trips have soared more than 100% and we’re adding more product to keep up with demand,” says Aizaz Sheikh, Canadian Marketing Director for G Adventures. “In terms of the trend lines, these tours are proving to be one of the most attractive and sellable experiences we offer the travel agent community because of their focus on comfortable accommodations and exclusive experiences. An impressive 58% of Journeys’ Canadian sales were driven by our partner travel agents and advisors, with an average spend of nearly $3,500 per customer.”In terms of the typical Journeys traveller from Canada, the average person is 55 years old and has booked a trip of 12 days long with five months lead time. A strong majority of those Canadian travellers has been women – who make up 64% of Journeys buyers.Beginning in January, travellers will have the chance to take advantage of Bolivia’s recently-improved tourism infrastructure and experience its stunning landscapes, including the Uyuni Salt Flats, while learning about its rich cultural heritage and visiting one of the highest cities on Earth. Also new in South America for 2019, there’s a tour of Peru’s archaeologically and ecologically-wondrous north that will have travellers exploring cloud forests, hiking a huge waterfall and peering back into pre-Incan times.An additional combination tour of the northern Chachapoyas region, coupled with a visit to iconic Machu Picchu by train, offers a 16-day deep-dive into life in Peru.In Europe, National Geographic Journeys builds on growing international interest in Portugal as a vacation destination with two new tours that are eight or 15 days in length. The first, focusing on Lisbon, Coimbra and Porto, showcases the country’s food, wine and architecture. The second combines one week in Portugal with another in Spain, adding Alhambra with time for wandering through Seville. According to Portugal’s National Statistics Institute, the country welcomed a record 12.7 million international visitors in 2017. In Europe’s Eastern region, a new tour in Hungary and Romania has its launch point in Budapest before moving on to Transylvania, for a dose of history, culture, myths and legends at Bran Castle.Launched in late 2015, National Geographic Journeys has grown from 70 tours in its initial year to 89 different tours in 55 countries today. Since last fall, a special focus on expanding Journeys tours further into Africa and Asia helped bring new travellers to Tanzania, Botswana, Mongolia and Indonesia.Priced from $1,349 per person and from six to 30 days in length, the 2019 itineraries “are designed for travellers who appreciate having free time and flexibility, but value the structure and security that come with group travel.” “We are thrilled with the strong growth of the Journeys line and are pleased to expand our offerings allowing consumers to experience different parts of the globe,” adds Heather Heverling, Senior Vice President, National Geographic Expeditions. “It feels good to be able to offer people even more ways to connect with the inspiring community programs and fieldwork each of our organizations support.”The new and updated tours for 2019 are:Highlights of Bolivia (8 days, from $2,549)Peru & Bolivia: Machu Picchu to the Salt Flats (16 days, from $4,999)Explore Northern Peru (9 days, from $3,279)Explore Northern Peru & Machu Picchu (16 days, from $5,119)Discover Portugal (8 days, from $2,199)Iconic Portugal & Spain (15 days, from $4,399)Hungary & Romania Highlights (8 days, from $2,529)Discover Central & Eastern Europe (16 days, from $5,099)More news: Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaSee gadventures.com/NGJ-2019 or www.nationalgeographicexpeditions/journeys. Posted by Tags: G Adventures, National Geographic, New Tours Share G Adventures, Nat Geo expand ‘Journeys’ into South America & Europe Monday, September 17, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>
Tags: Deals, Travel Agent Day Travelweek Group Posted by More Travel Agent Day offers from AIC, Playa and Air Canada Thursday, May 2, 2019 Tweet TORONTO — Travel Agent Day offers keep on comin’, with incentives and contests from AIC Hotel Group, Playa Hotels & Resorts and Air Canada.AIC HOTEL GROUPA five-week social media campaign has just been launched, featuring prizes and special incentives each week. Agents are invited to guess what each week’s incentive will be, prompted by a fill-in-the-blank post. The incentive will be revealed later in the day with full details.Agents can follow the campaign via the hashtag #AICLovesAgents on Instagram and Facebook. AIC will reveal details about each ensuing week’s promotion on Thursdays throughout the month of May.PLAYA HOTELS & RESORTSTravel agents are invited to enter Playa’s new Travel Agent Appreciation Sweepstakes, which runs from May 1-31. The grand prize is a four-day, three-night stay of two at the agent’s choice of resorts (excluding Hyatt Ziva Cancun, Hyatt Zilara Cancun, Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana, Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana and Sanctuary). Canadian agents must provide a valid IATA number to enter. Go to https://agentcashplus.com/enter.More news: Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongAIR CANADAAir Canada is saying thanks to its valued travel agent community with a campaign running for the duration of May. Starting with a travel agent-exclusive offer on personal travel, travel agents can also enter a contest for a chance to win Economy class tickets any of Air Canada’s 200+ global destinations – no booking necessary. Learn more at aircanada.com/agents.Click here for our complete list of Travel Agent Day offers: http://www.travelweek.ca/news/suppliers-say-thank-you-with-long-list-of-travel-agent-day-incentives/ << Previous PostNext Post >>