Facebook Entertainment One and China’s Alibaba Pictures have confirmed plans to co-produce an animated feature movie based on the Peppa Pig preschool children’s character. That is despite Peppa Pig having been considered an anti-social influence in China and removed from some websites in China.The production was given clearance by China’s censors in the past month. The completed film is scheduled for release Feb. 5, 2019, during Chinese New Year celebrations for the Year of the pig. Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement
Ben Stokes apologises for the overthrows.Twitter/Cricket World CupBritish all-rounder Ben Stokes has reportedly stated that he did not ask the umpires to cancel the four overthrows which proved vital for England’s win against New Zealand in the ICC Cricket World Cup final at Lords on July 16. The British all-rounder stated that he did not go up to umpires and said anything of that sort. He further claimed that he apologised to Kane Williamson and Tom Latham.”I saw all of that. I was thinking to myself, did I say that? But hand on heart, I did not go up to the umpires and say something like that to the umpires,” he was quoted as saying in a BBC podcast.”I went straight to Tom Latham and said ‘Mate, I am so sorry’, looked over to Kane (Williamson) and said ‘I’m sorry’,” he further added.The incident that happened during the final over of the tournament decider when England were chasing a target of 241. Stokes accidentally hit the ball while diving for a second run with the back of his bat. The ball got deflected and went to the third man boundary giving England six runs. Ben Stokes flat out of the ground.Twitter/Cricket World CupAfter consulting each other, Kumar Dharmasena and Marais Erasmus decided to give six runs which put England in the driver’s seat. The hosts, before that ball, needed nine runs from three balls, after that incident their target was reduced to three runs of two balls. The all-rounder was seen putting his hands up in an apologetic manner for the incident.Adding to the dismay of the players and fans of New Zealand, England went on to win the match and the tournament. The hosts won on account of hitting more boundaries after the scores were tied in the super over. James Anderson had claimed that Stokes wanted four overthrows to be taken offReutersEarlier, British pace spearhead in Tests and Stokes teammate, James Anderson was quoted by Sydney Morning Herald as telling BBC’s Tailenders podcast claiming that the all-rounder asked the umpires to cancel the four overthrows.”I think, talking to Michael Vaughan who saw him after the game, Ben Stokes actually went to the umpires and said, ‘Can you take that four runs off. We don’t want it’,” he said.Stokes finally made it clear amid all the speculations that he did not ask the umpires anything of that sort. After the end of the World Cup, ICC was criticised by cricket fans and former cricketers from all over the world because of the unique rules that, according to them, ruined the final.
wikimediaThe Jewish Community Center in Southwest Houston is one of the latest Jewish centers threatened with violence.Early Monday, the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston received a threatening phone call. The center reported the threat as “non-credible” but staff enacted their emergency plan and police are checking the facilities.“We want to assure you that the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston and our staff are completely committed and trained to ensure the safety of our members and community,” the center wrote in a security update. “The security of our families, our community and the staff remains of the utmost importance to us.”In recent weeks, there’s been a wave of false bomb threats made to Jewish community centers across the United States, including centers in Alabama, Kansas and Minnesota.The JCC in Houston said that in response to these threats, it’s been working closely with its own security officers, local law enforcement and national security agencies to understand the situation and keep the facility and community members safe. Share
India’s induction into the Arctic Council as an observer nation was celebrated with a performance by Inuit ‘throat singers’ from north Canada here recently.Canadian singers Kathy Kettler and Kendra Tagoona, who perform contemporary and traditional Inuit music in the styles of throat singing, were in the city to exhibit the traditional art form native to Arctic regions.The event was organised by the Canadian High Commission here.‘Bringing in artists from the Arctic region of Canada to India is significant in the wake of India recently assuming the status of Observer nation in the Arctic Council that consolidates Indian-Canadian ties,’ said Jim Nickel, Acting High Commissioner for Canada in India. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Legends say this art form of ‘throat singing’ was traditionally used to sing babies to sleep or in games women played during the long winter nights while the men were away hunting.Inuits are the indigenous people of Canada residing in the northern part of the world’s second largest country (geographically) which remains snow-clad throughout the year and it was here that ‘Inuit Throat Singing’ originated.Kathy Kettler and Kendra Tagoona work individually and together to preserve and share Inuit culture from Northern Canada. Both the singer say they retain strong connections to their heritage and culture through their Inuit elders. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixKnown to natives as ‘katajjaq’, throat singing is a women’s traditional style of fun-filled singing from the hinterlands of the arctic region.‘India and Canada have ties since 1947 and the countries have time and again lent support to each other at various fronts. One out of 30 people in Canada is an Indian and Canada is also a diverse nation like India. The performance is an endeavour to exhibit the cultural diversity that exists in Canada,’ Nickel said.
October 30, 2014 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free 3 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday said it would revamp its smartphone line-up to take on competitors in the rapidly growing mid-to-low range segment, after third-quarter earnings set it on course for its worst year since 2011.The global smartphone leader’s market share declined in annual terms for the third straight quarter in July-September, lagging Apple Inc in the premium market and overtaken by rivals like Lenovo Group Ltd and Xiaomi Inc at the bottom end, research firm Strategy Analytics said.Executives said the South Korean giant would overhaul its lower-tier line-up to boost price competitiveness and use higher-quality components to set its devices apart, after it announced its worst third-quarter profit in more than three years.”The mid-to-low end market is growing rapidly, and we plan to respond actively in order to capitalise on that growth,” Samsung Senior Vice President Kim Hyun-joon said during a conference call with analysts.Samsung said its third-quarter operating profit fell by an annual 60.1 percent to 4.1 trillion won ($3.9 billion), matching its guidance issued earlier this month.While the company expects profits to pick up in the fourth quarter on strong demand for televisions and memory chips, analysts still expect Samsung to record its worst annual operating profit in three years.Profit for the mobile division fell 73.9 percent to 1.75 trillion won in the third quarter, its worst performance since the second quarter of 2011.Samsung spent most of the quarter without launching a new flagship device, and continued to struggle in the mid-to-low tier markets against cheaper and value-packed offerings like Xiaomi’s Redmi 1S.Robert Yi, Samsung’s head of investor relations, said the firm would launch new mid-tier models in the fourth quarter, although he didn’t specify what features they would have.Samsung expects average selling prices for handsets will rise in the fourth quarter due to an increase in premium smartphone sales, namely of the Galaxy Note 4, and as demand picks up in the holiday shopping season.Analysts say Samsung will likely have to sacrifice margins to protect its market share. Cheaper phones are expected to drive global smartphone market growth in coming years, meaning a general trend of lower average selling prices.Samsung’s chips division was a bright spot, recording a 2.26 trillion operating profit for the July-September quarter to mark the highest earnings since the third quarter of 2010.(1 US dollar = 1,053.5000 Korean won)(Reporting by Se Young Lee; Editing by Stephen Coates) This story originally appeared on Reuters
Travelweek Group Tweet TORONTO — First it was the 48-hour cancellation policy and fee, a move that major competitors followed within months. Now Marriott’s cost-cutting measures are hitting the travel trade, as the hotel company announces it will reduce the commission it pays on group bookings from 10% down to 7%, effective March 31, 2018.Agency groups are already speaking out against the cut, which applies to commissions earned on group bookings made by group and meetings intermediaries for all properties in the U.S. and Canada.In the U.S., ASTA President and CEO Zane Kerby released this statement:“While we are in the process of assessing the impact of Marriott’s announcement on our members’ businesses, we are disappointed in the signal that a cut of this magnitude sends to the broader agency community.“Travellers – individuals and groups, corporate and leisure – are relying now more than ever on trusted agents to help them sort through a multitude of travel options and get the best value for their travel dollar.More news: Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA Sales“In our view, a 30% cut in intermediary compensation diminishes the value of the role agents play in this complex and ever-changing industry.“We plan to discuss this change with Marriott, our agency and consortia members and other stakeholders with an eye toward ensuring positive business outcomes for all involved.”This is the latest cost-cutting measure for Marriott, now bigger than ever after its acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, announced in 2015. The Starwood acquisition had a transformative impact on Marriott’s global footprint: Marriott went from operating in 87 countries and territories at the end of 2015 to 122 by the end of 2016, taking a significant lead in market share over its next largest competitor. According to Bloomberg News, the merger increased Marriott’s size globally by 40%, to some 6,400 properties by the end of 2017.Marriott says it plans to add between 285,000 and 300,000 rooms around the world by 2019, part of a three-year growth trajectory that includes opening a hotel every 14 hours around the world.More news: Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTIn July 2017 Marriott announced its new 48-hour cancellation policy, which levies a fee equivalent to the cost of one night’s stay to travellers who cancel their Marriott bookings with less than 48 hours notice.Marriott said its move was based on the number of rooms that were cancelled at the last minute and going empty, resulting in lost revenue.Hilton announced its own 48-hour cancellation rule just weeks later, effectively following Marriott’s lead.And earlier this year Hyatt fell in line too, with its own 48-hour booking policy. Hyatt guests now face a cancellation fee if they cancel a reservation within 48 hours or less. Posted by Tags: Commission, Group Travel, Marriott Marriott’s group commission cut: from 10% down to 7%, across U.S. and Canada Thursday, January 25, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>
Tags: Venice Monday, June 10, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> Share By: The Associated Press Cruise ships target of Venice protest after canal crash VENICE, Italy — Thousands of people have marched in Venice to demand that cruise ships be kept out of the Italian city’s lagoon.The protest Saturday was galvanized by a crash six days earlier involving a cruise ship that struck a much smaller river boat in Venice’s Giudecca Canal. The crash injured five people.Some marchers carried banners that read “Ships out of the lagoon.” Others took to the Venetian Lagoon itself in rowboats and other small vessels to push a yearslong campaign to end cruise ship port calls.Environmentalists have complained huge cruise liners wear down the city’s fragile foundations in the Adriatic Sea and dredge up the lagoon’s muddy bottom.Venice’s mayor wants cruise ships rerouted from the heart of the lagoon. The ships disembark thousands of day-trippers.