With Oakland poised to join Los Angeles in banning bullhooks — weapons resembling a fireplace poker with a sharp hook on one end that circuses and other animal exhibitors use to beat and threaten elephants — a bevy of celebrity PETA supporters are speaking out to encourage the City Council to approve the ban during tomorrow’s meeting.Davey Havok, the lead singer of the über-popular band AFI and an Oakland native, says, “The use of a bullhook is cruel and unjust. We need only imagine being held captive and beaten for the sake of another’s entertainment to know that this tool of torture and slavery should be banned.”Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, who has long been vocal against circus bullhook abuse, says, “I’ve been fortunate to have had the opportunity to observe elephants in their natural habitat in South Africa. The magnificent animals I encountered weren’t performing headstands or standing on tubs like they do at the circus, where they’re routinely beaten with bullhooks. Instead, they were tending to their young, running free, and living in peace. I urge the Oakland City Council to ban this weapon that causes elephants such immense suffering.”Adds the NFL’s David Carter, “As a former player for the Raiders who loves the great city of Oakland, I hope the City Council will follow in the compassionate footsteps of Los Angeles — where I played college football — and take a stand for elephants by banning bullhooks.”Television icon Bob Barker’s opposition to the use of bullhooks on elephants is also clear: “Nothing — and certainly not a few minutes of entertainment — justifies abusing these extremely sensitive, intelligent, and majestic animals with painful bullhooks, which leave puncture wounds and scarring.”PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” — has been a longtime proponent of bullhook bans.Source:PETA
WILMINGTON, MA — William J. Eldredge, Sr., also known as “Billy Ice Cream” to many family members and friends, passed away peacefully at his home April 10, 2019 following a lengthy illness. He was 74 years of age. Born in Boston he was the son of the late Carney and Bertha (Johnson) Koresian.Bill was raised and educated in Boston and was a graduate of Boston English High school. He worked for many years in the vending and restaurant businesses and was the owner of Little Steve’s House of Pizza which was located in Boston’s Back Bay on Boylston St. for more than thirty-seven years. When not working Bill enjoyed traveling and throughout his life he traveled all over the world spending much time in Africa. He cherished time with his family and also enjoyed dining out. He will be greatly missed.Bill is survived by his children; William Eldredge, Jr. and his fiancée Shirley Roderick of Salisbury, John Eldredge of Wilmington and his fiancée Rosanne DelVecchio of Dracut, Steven Eldredge and his wife Kim of Pelham, NH. Loving grandfather of William Eldredge III, Tara Rose Buczynski, Nicholas, Brianna and Kyle Eldredge, Jennifer Feranec, Brianna Roderick, Nicole Skelton, and Danielle Ranucci. Also survived by four loving great grandchildren. Brother of Freddy Eldredge and his wife Linda of North Carolina, and the late Phyllis Hustus. Further survived by several nieces and nephews.Family and friends are respectfully invited to gather for calling hours at the Dello Russo Family Funeral Home, 374 Main St., WILMINGTON, Wednesday, April 17th, from 4 to 7 p.m. concluding with a prayer service starting at 7 p.m. Interment services will be private. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Bill’s memory to the American Diabetes Assoc., Boston Office, 330 Congress St. 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02210.(NOTE: The above obituary is from Dello Russo Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: William J. “Bill” Wolfe, 75In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: William F. “Bill” Lawson, 72In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Steven W. Parker, 62In “Obituaries”
×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 A Vice rep declined to comment on Disney’s write-down or its current valuation.In any case, Disney is set to boost its ownership in Vice: The media conglomerate will obtain 21st Century Fox’s stake in Vice Media under the $71.3 billion asset deal between Disney and 21CF, expected to close in the first half of 2019. Fox had originally invested $70 million in Vice in 2013 for a 5% stake at the time (giving Vice an implied valuation of $1.4 billion five years ago).Disney’s devaluation of Vice comes as revenue growth at Vice has stalled and the company is struggling to reduce costs under new CEO Nancy Dubuc. The company, whose operations span multiple websites, TV shows, magazines and the Viceland cable network, is trying to avoid layoffs per se and is looking to reduce headcount by instituting a hiring freeze and not hiring replacements for staffers who quit.The belt-tightening at Vice was first reported by the Wall Street Journal, which said it’s looking to reduce headcount by 10%-15%. A source familiar with Vice said there’s no hard percentage is targeting for the staff reduction. In addition to the hiring freeze, Dubuc is planning to consolidate Vice’s roughly one dozen vertical sites (which the company calls “channels”) by half, the Journal reported.In July 2017, Vice cut around 2% of its 3,000 employees across multiple departments while expanding internationally and boosting video production.Dubuc, formerly CEO of A+E Networks, joined Vice as CEO earlier this year in the wake of a sexual-harassment scandal at the company that resulted in the exit or firing of several execs. Co-founder and ex-CEO Shane Smith moved into a new role as executive chairman.For 2018, the company is expecting revenue of $600 million-$650 million — flat with last year, the Journal reported. Vice is pegging a loss of over $50 million this year, versus a loss of over $100 million last year, per the WSJ. Last week Dubuc said she expects Vice to become profitable again within the next fiscal year. The CEO noted that Vice was profitable a few years ago, before it invested heavily in the launch of the Viceland cable channel and international expansion.Vice, which is reliant on digital advertising, is far from the only company hurt by the recent downturn in digital media. This week internet-video producer Defy Media announced that it had ceased operations, with the owner of content brands including Smosh and Clevver blaming “market conditions” for its demise.Correction: An earlier version of this story said Disney’s write-down suggested that Vice’s valuation had declined by more than $2 billion. However, that estimate did not account for Disney’s ownership position in A+E Networks, which holds an 18% stake in Vice. Factoring that it, the Disney write-down implies Vice’s valuation has dropped more than $800 million since its funding in mid-2017. UPDATED: Vice Media, after flying high with an eye-popping $5.7 billion valuation, is falling back to Earth.On Thursday, Disney disclosed a $157 million write-down on its stake in Vice as part of reporting results for the September 2018 quarter.That represents a decline of around 40% from Disney’s original $400 million investment in Vice three years ago. Disney has a direct 11% ownership stake in Vice (as of Sept. 29, 2018). But the math here gets opaque: Disney’s stake also encompasses A+E Networks’ 20% stake in Vice; Disney owns 50% of A+E in a joint venture with Hearst Corp.Meanwhile, Vice’s valuation increased from $4 billion at the time of Disney’s direct investment to the $5.7 billion valuation after it received $450 million in new funding in June 2017 from private-equity firm TPG. So that means Disney’s ownership stake in Vice appreciated in value. It’s not clear what Brooklyn-based Vice is valued at now, but Disney’s write-down (based on its estimated 21% total stake in Vice) suggests Vice has lost around $750 million in value since the TPG funding. Popular on Variety
Doordarshan’s new series A Question Of Science will fulfill viewers scientific curiosity and the chase for answers in a 26 part series on the most exciting and cutting-edge research and innovation happening across India’s science labs and technology hubs.Each 22-24 minute episode introduces viewers to a team of researchers, working to solve a pressing problem of science. Doordarshan traverse a wide range of fields – from genetics to particle physics, from wildlife conservation to radio-astronomy, from biomedical engineering to agricultural innovation – every aspect of India’s scientific landscape will be explored. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This quest took A Question Of Science across the length and breadth of India and beyond (including CERN at Geneva). In each story, viewers will meet the researchers and understand the basic questions they are trying to answer. Using simple scientific explanations, analogies and state-of-the-art 2D/3D animation to bring the science alive. The show will also delve into how science is ‘done’ – the ups and downs, the challenges, triumphs and failures of scientific pursuit. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAn episode on particle physics will show India’s contribution to the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider, the India-based neutrino observatory. Also a wildlife conservation episode will show underwater acoustics in conservation of Gangetic river dolphin, technologies at LaCones, conservation of Olive Ridley turtles and more.Stem cell innovation in restoring corneal sight, artificial heart pumps and heart valves, sleep research, brain bank will be highlighted in an episode of medicine and biomedical engineering.Another show on agriculture will talk about improved strains of high-yield rice using DNA marker technology, apomixis in seed production An array of topics like astronomy and space, industrial innovation, new-Age energy, stratospheric balloon technology, DNA Fingerprinting, insect Flight will also be covered.When: Every Wednesday, 9 am
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will meet farmers of the national Capital in the wake of unseasonal rains, which have damaged the standing crops in North India. Besides, Kejriwal is likely to lay out his government’s roadmap for the dwellers of the unauthorised colonies in the capital, government sources said. “The Chief Minister will address the Sahyog Rally in Mundka on Saturday. He would listen to their problems especially of those whose crops have been damaged by rain,” he said. The rally will be held at Mundka in north west Delhi where a sizeable number of farmers live. “Kejriwal will also share with those living in unauthorised colonies his government’s plans for them,” an official said, adding that he will meet them and listen to their problems on Sunday.
January 8, 2013 There’s always that moment of irrational hope just as disaster strikes a personal electronic device. Maybe your cell phone will be the first ever to survive an accidental bath, or perhaps your laptop, tumbling off the table, won’t shatter. The good news? If your device has a high Ingress Protection (IP) rating, it just might tough it out. The IP uses a two-digit system: The first digit (from 0 to 6) measures protection against solid objects like hands, wires and dust; the second (from 0 to 8) measures the level of protection against liquids, from condensation to total immersion. The rough-and-tumble devices showcased here didn’t just earn passing grades–they weathered our own real-world trials with flying colors. Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. 3 min read Tough StuffGetac X500 (from $4,999)Scored at IP65, this 16-inch laptop can fight off dust, splashes of water and, with its magnesium-alloy case, maybe even a few battlefield foes as well. Meeting U.S. military standards, this Windows 7 device has an array of options, including GPS, fingerprint scanner and night-vision display; it also has several great standard features, such as a shock-protected hard drive and a display that’s readable in sunlight. It functions in temperatures ranging from minus 4 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Bummer: At 11.68 pounds, portability is an issue. Raw PowerMophie Juice Pack Powerstation Pro ($100)Road warriors need backup mobile power to charge devices quickly when operating off the grid. Mophie’s 6,000 mAh portable battery does this well. Compatible with a wide array of USB devices, the IP65-rated energy brick can withstand dust and sprays of water, and its rugged, rubber edging both covers ports and shields the device from impacts. After being carelessly dropped onto the ground a few times, the juice pack still worked, recharging a smartphone battery in less than an hour. Listen Now Splash of GeniusSony Xperia Advance ($320)This slim Android smartphone doesn’t need a protective case. To prove it, we put its IP67 rating to the test, drowning it in the sink for two minutes, then pulling it out and using it while still wet. The 3.5-inch, scratch-resistant touchscreen responded just fine to pruned, soaking-wet fingers. With its 5 megapixel camera and 8 GB of onboard storage (upgradable to 32 GB via microSD card), it’s a go-to phone for those who make their living in and around water or snow. This story appears in the December 2012 issue of . Subscribe » How Success Happens Water BabyPantech Element ($400)The curves on this 8-inch Android tablet make it easy to grab–a great feature for retrieving it from the bath. With an IP57 rating, the Element survived a soaking just fine (it even continued to play video while underwater). Hooked into AT&T’s LTE wireless network, the device can be used anywhere, including in the rain while waiting for a cab. Haptic feedback adds to the tablet’s tactile experience: There’s a slight vibration when keys are typed, which is helpful for fingers that are numb from cold. The 16 GB of onboard storage is expandable through a microSD slot.
If you hadn’t noticed, gamers are taking to the streets, to businesses and even oceans to catch creatures called Pokémon in what’s become the first hit augmented reality game — Nintendo’s Pokémon Go.In this massive virtual scavenger hunt, users’ mobile devices vibrate when they come close to Pokémon dragons, rats and more. Players then throw a Pokéball at a virtual creature to ‘catch it.’ The goal is to catch all 150.Related: Pokemon Game Adds $7.5 Billion to Nintendo Market Value in Two DaysUsers can also “lure” Pokémon to PokéStops in towns nationwide, for 30 minutes — making the Pokémon available to all gamers in the area. Players will also look for “gyms,” which is where people take their Pokémon to battle.Pokémon Go has already made Nintendo $7.5 billion in just a few days after its release July 6, and more people are using the app than Instagram and Snapchat.Nintendo isn’t the only company making money off of the game though. For some local businesses, this game is attracting Pokémon-crazed customers — and their money. Want to capitalize on the excitement? Download the app and get ready to get creative. Meanwhile, here are some of the strategies small businesses have already put into place.Join the gameJoyride Nashville — a Tennessee service that takes people on tours through the city — created a special Pokémon Go Tour once it noticed more customers asking to be taken to specific landmarks to catch Pokémon along the way. The company says it booked seven tours in 24 hours, bringing in $45 a person.Welcome playersUtah clothing shop iconoCLAD discovered its location was actually a Pokéstop. It moved quickly, posting a sign outside the shop saying “Gotta catch ‘em all, in style,” and shared photos of the sign on social media. The simple whiteboard sign has already been featured on Forbes and Money.If you find your location is a Pokéstop, you can go one step further. Download the app and screenshot pictures of the Pokémon in your store, showing players which characters they can find there. Later, encourage players to post their own photos — and tag your store.Related: How Cemeteries, Police and the Holocaust Museum are Coping with PokeMon GoGive players a boost Huge, an ad agency owned by IPG in Atlanta, is using a coffee shop to experiment with the Pokémon Go craze as a marketing platform. The coffeehouse is located between two Pokéstops. As the game “lures” Pokémon to the stops — in turn, lures Pokémon Go players to the cafe. Since the game’s use of GPS drains batteries quickly, the shop is conveniently providing 25 phone charging stations and a free steamed bun appetizer for customers who catch a Pokémon inside its store.Related: 8 Weird Reasons Pokémon Go Isn’t the Game Craze We’re Used ToCast your own lureL’inizio, a pizza bar in New York. Spent a mere $10 on lure modules in the location, according to the New York Post. That following weekend, sales rose 75 percent.Want to do this yourself? Once you have downloaded the app, you can determine the nearest Pokéstops to your business. Once you know where they are, you can lure more players to the location by using the lure module, which makes Pokémon abundant in that area for 30 minutes. Each lure costs $1.Have you caught the fever yet? Share your own stories with us on social media. July 13, 2016 Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 4 min read
No injuries after Via Rail train goes off the tracks in Halifax, derails travel plans << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Share Tags: Halifax, VIA Rail HALIFAX — Some passengers had their travel plans derailed when part of a Via Rail train went off the tracks on Sunday morning.Via Rail spokeswoman Marie-Anna Murat says in an email that nobody was injured when three cars derailed early Sunday morning at the company’s maintenance centre yard in south end Halifax.She says the passenger train was supposed to leave Halifax at 1 p.m.The company has contacted the affected passengers to offer alternative transportation as well as a refund or the possibility to change their reservation for a later date.Murat says an investigation is ongoing. Travelweek Group Monday, November 26, 2018
Travelweek Group With AQSC buy, Victory ships will offer more excursions, better product Tags: AQSC, Victory Cruise Lines Thursday, July 25, 2019 Share TORONTO — When a cruise line invests US$3 million into upgrades for two recently-acquired ships, you’d think that would trigger a fare increase for passengers. But that’s not the case for American Queen Steamboat Company, which took over Victory Cruise Lines in January 2019.AQSC has lowered – yes, lowered – fares on the M/V Victory I and the M/V Victory II for the 2020 season.M/V Victory IA destination immersive product like Victory’s is for ‘time and money’ travellers, typically Baby Boomers, who are looking for unique experiences on smaller ships. They have the means, but they want value too. Incentives were in place for 2019 sailings now underway, for the first season under AQSC’s ownership. And one of the decisions AQSC made as the new owners of Victory Cruise Lines was to lower prices for the 2020 season.The revised pricing brings fares in line with the product, says Senior VP Sales, Bob Salmon. AQSC also decided to ‘sweat the small stuff’, because as any agent selling cruises knows, the small stuff can make a big difference.In just one example, the ships’ former owners had 9” thick mattresses on the beds. “And we said, we’re going to 13”. The former owners said, ‘But the mattresses are only two years old, they’re virtually brand new.’ But they’re too small, they’re not up to our standard,” says Salmon.More news: Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaThe renovation of the two ships earlier this year was just the start, with more work coming when the ships wrap up their 2019 seasons in the fall. The M/V Victory I and M/V Victory II are identical 202-guests ships sailing North America’s coastal regions, with all-inclusive cruises to the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Seaway, Canada and New England.Close to two Canadian dozen travel agents got a first-hand look at Victory I yesterday, taking part in an industry lunch onboard the refurbished ship as it made its way through Ontario’s waterways before docking in Toronto. Cruise Strategies, led by company founder Vanessa Lee, is working on building market presence for both AQSC and Victory in Canada, with both consumers and the trade.Soon there will be a third ship to promote. A brand new-build, Ocean Victory, will join Victory’s fleet in April 2021 for Alaska sailings. The ship will be a full charter for the Alaska sailing season, back each spring to bring passengers up close to The Last Frontier.Meanwhile in 2020 Victory I will sail 9-night itineraries from Chicago to Toronto, cruising all five Great Lakes. “We dip our toe in Lake Superior,” Salmon said with a smile, adding that these cruises are great for bucket list clients who want to check the Great Lakes off their lists.More news: CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionVictory II will offer 7-night itineraries in 2020, from Chicago to Niagara Falls. Three of the Great Lakes are featured on those sailings.AQSC has also added pre-sailing hotel stays for Victory Cruise Line departures, another one of those small but very important details.Seen here in Toronto this week are Vanessa Lee, President, Cruise Strategies and Bob Salmon, Senior Vice President of Sales for American Queen Steamboat Company and Victory Cruise LinesPlus, says Salmon, “we will apply our level of shore excursions to the Victory product.” AQSC’s river cruises in the southern U.S. and Pacific Northwest are known for their destination immersive excursions and as Victory’s new owners the company wants to bring Victory I and Victory II’s shore excursions up to the same level.There’s news from AQSC itself too, with a fourth ship, American Countess, joining the fleet in April 2020. AQSC already has American Queen and American Duchess and, in the Pacific Northwest, American Empress.American Empress in Richland, WAVeranda Suite onboard American DuchessA solid 75% of business on the cruise lines come through travel agents, says Salmon, making the retail distribution channel a critical one for the company. “We’ve done a great job in the U.S. developing retail partnerships,” he says. “Now we’re starting to do the same in Canada.”For more details see americanqueensteamboatcompany.com and victorycruiselines.com. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>
Satellite homes in Germany grew by 100,000 in the first half of this year to reach 17.6 million, despite analogue switch-off in April, according to figures compiled by satellite operator SES.According to SES’s Satellite Monitor, compiled by TNS Infratest, cable households fell by 300,000 to 17 million in the same period, while digital-terrestrial TV homes, boosted by switchover, reached two million by the mid-year point. IPTV homes reached 1.4 million, up 100,000 on the year-end figure.HD homes numbered 7.2 million, with 41% of satellite homes watching HD content.Ferdinand Kayser, chief commercial officer of SES, said: “These are outstanding results, especially for the transition of the analogue switch-off. Satellite is more popular than ever in Germany. The reason for our growth is simply that consumers value the benefits of linear satellite TV, combining unique picture quality with a large variety of channels. With new product initiatives like Sat IP, we will enable the reception of satellite TV on IP-based devices and thereby contribute to developing even further the capabilities of satellite, the most popular reception mode, for the benefit of all its current and future users.”