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Mastermind Toys expanding across Canada despite challenges of retail sector

first_imgTORONTO – Mastermind Toys is shrugging off the challenges that have beset the retail sector with plans to open more stores this year.The Canadian retailer said it’s opening its 56th store in Orleans, Ont. Tuesday and plans to have locations open later this year in Sudbury, Ont., Langford, B.C., Fredericton, and Toronto.The new stores are in addition to the seven Mastermind has already opened this year, while since 2011 the retailer has opened 50 new toy stores as it expands out of Toronto to now have stores in seven provinces.The latest expansion news comes a day after Toys “R” Us filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States, saying it intends to follow suit in Canada as online competition takes an increasing toll on in-person retailers.The toy giant said its roughly 1,600 global stores will continue to operate normally, with the vast majority profitable, but it has struggled with the burden of $5 billion in long-term debt.Brick and mortar retailers continue to face pressure from online competition and changing consumer taste, helping lead to high profile restructurings including Sears Canada’s bankruptcy protection this past June.last_img read more

Ensign acquires majority of Trinidad shares to take control of drilling company

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Ensign Energy Services Inc. says it will take control of Trinidad Drilling Ltd. after acquiring a majority of the company’s shares by its Tuesday deadline.The Calgary-based drilling company says 56.38 percent of Trinidad shares have been tendered. The 154.1 million shares are in addition to the 26.9 million it also owns, raising its stake in Trinidad to 66.18 percent.Each Trinidad shareholder will receive by Thursday $1.68 per share for a total of about $470 million, with the offer price representing a 17.2 percent premium over the all-share proposal by Precision Drilling Corp., the largest driller in Canada. With all conditions of its offer satisfied or waived, Ensign has extended the deadline until Dec. 10 for Trinidad shareholders who have not done so to tender their shares.Ensign had given Trinidad shareholders less time to consider its hostile takeover bid by pushing its offer deadline ahead of a planned Dec. 11 meeting where Trinidad shareholders will vote on the merger with Precision.If that meeting isn’t cancelled, Ensign says it will use its majority to vote down that offer from Precision.last_img read more

BJP leader shot at in East Burdwan

first_imgKolkata: A BJP leader from Bhatar in East Burdwan was attacked by some unidentified miscreants.The incident occurred on late Saturday night when the victim, Krishnakali Samanta, was sitting on the courtyard of his house. He sustained bullet injuries in his right leg when the miscreants opened fire at him. As he raised an alarm the accused fled from the spot. The family members of the victim rushed him to Burdwan Medical College and Hospital, following the incident, which has triggered tension among the local residents. The district BJP leaders alleged that Trinamool Congress leaders in the area might have been involved behind the attack. The family members of the victim also alleged that Trinamool-backed goons had attacked the victim, as he has been instrumental in strengthening the party organisation in the Bhatar area. District Trinamool leaders however have denied the allegation and termed the incident a result of infighting within BJP.last_img read more

Zidane admits to not playing Bale for attitude problem

first_imgMadrid: With reports of Gareth Bale’s impending departure from Real Madrid continuing to gather steam, the Welshman spent ninety minutes of the last league match of the season for the Los Blancos on Sunday, a 0-2 defeat to Real Betis, on the bench. Speaking after the match, Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane said he would not have brought Bale on even if his team had been allowed an added substitution. “It is true, I did not [give Bale a chance to say goodbye],” Zidane was quoted as saying by ESPN. “If I had another substitute to make, I would not have done anything different,” he said. While youngsters Vinicius Junior and Brahim Diaz were picked over Bale in the starting XI on Sunday, Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio were brought on in the second half. Bale and Toni Kroos continued to warm the bench throughout. As the final whistle blew, Bale headed straightaway towards the tunnel, not waiting for the rest of the Real Madrid team. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuZidane said: “I have to look at the day-to-day, and make decisions. And when there is something I do not like, or does not fit for me, I must do what I think best. It might be difficult for the player.” “We cannot forget all he has done here, but I must live in the present, think of the future. We will see [if Bale continues]. I don’t know what will happen, truthfully,” he added. Sunday’s defeat brought to an end an unflattering domestic campaign for Real Madrid. The Spanish giants have finished the season on 68 points, 19 points behind champions Barcelona. “We must accept when things go badly. I am responsible for this. We had 11 games, we won five, lost four, and in the end that is what it is. At a club like Madrid, motivation is difficult when there is nothing to play for. This is not the first bad year in the history of this club,” Zidane said.last_img read more

The Return of MLBs Youth

In 2013, about 28 percent of all Wins Above Replacement were created by the under-25 set. That was the ninth-largest share for any season since 1976. Output from youngsters has been on the upswing since the mid-to-late 1990s, when the percentage of WAR from young players hit its nadir. That nadir happened to occur at the height of baseball’s so-called steroid era.Further research is needed on the subject, but recent work on aging curves in the post-PED (performance enhancing drug) period suggests that today’s players are better earlier in their careers, and then decline much sooner and more sharply.Given that, it’s no surprise to see the game’s fresh faces producing a larger share of wins. A few years ago, Bill James — baseball writer and pagan god of sabermetrics — was asked whether baseball was in the midst of a golden age of great young stars. James created a “young talent inventory” (pay-walled), a somewhat elaborate methodology to measure whether runs were being created or saved by players aged 25 or younger.I’m not going to delve into so intricate a technique. But I like the 25-or-under cut-off (as do other prospect-watchers), so I decided to add up the Wins Above Replacement (WAR) produced by players in that age range for every season going back to 1976, the dawn of the free-agency/arbitration era. (Before then, player movement was far more restricted than it is now.)What proportion of total WAR in all of Major League Baseball has been generated by young players? read more

Meet The Personal Stats Analyst Who Helped Kevin Durant Win The MVP

Personal trainers have been a part of professional sports for decades. Personal data analysts are newer.As a trained mathematician, Justin Zormelo provided Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder with personalized analytics during Durant’s MVP season. And in his most recent undertaking, Zormelo is training a 17-year-old, 7-foot-1-inch Sudan native named Thon Maker. Zormelo’s story is told in the latest “Signals” film from FiveThirtyEight and ESPN Films: “By The Numb3rs (With Justin Zormelo),” directed by Jamie Schutz.

England debutant wins grandfather £17000

first_imgLewis Cook has won his grandfather £17,000 after making his debut for England at their international friendly against Italy on TuesdayThe Telegraph has reported that the grandfather, Trevor Burlingham, made a £500 bet back in 2014 that Cook would make his international debut for England before the age of 26.Back then, Cook was just 18 years-old and coming through the youth ranks at Championship side Leeds United with Burlingham making the bet at his local William Hill in Tadcaster, north Yorkshire for odds of 33/1.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…The now Bournemouth midfielder met his grandfather’s prediction by coming on as a 71st minute substitute for Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard in England’s 1-1 draw against Italy at Wembley.The bookies William Hill have now announced that it is the biggest payout they have done since awarding Peter Edwards £125,000 for his grandson Harry Wilson making his Wales debut in 2013. The winger was just 18 months old when his grandfather made the bet.Another famous story was when the father of former Liverpool goalkeeper Chris Kirkland won £10,000 for making his international debut with the bet having been made while the goalkeeper was 12 years-old.last_img read more

Lovren says Salah could top Messi and Ronaldo

first_imgLiverpool defender Dejan Lovren believes if Mohamed Salah leads the club to win the Champions League, he could possibly be deemed a player of the rank of Messi and Ronaldo, and even better – the best player in the world.The Reds will be facing Real Madrid in Kiev on Saturday night as they will be looking to add a sixth European Cup to their collection. Los Blancos, on the other side, will be trying to get their hands on their third consecutive Champions League title and fourth in the last five years.Ahead of the clash, Lovren voiced his opinion that Salah could easily compete with and even win over Messi and Ronaldo for the Ballon d’Or.“I spoke to Mo about that. It is still quite an early stage but if we win definitely he is one of the contenders,” said Lovren, according to Sport360.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“When you score 44 in all, definitely. When you look, Messi, Ronaldo, Mo Salah, he deserves to be in the top three.”“He has the quality, the world-class experience already.”“He is so calm, a man down to earth and he deserves every credit for every goal he scored for now and definitely we will help him achieve this dream,” Lovren shared.last_img read more

Zaha signs new deal with Crystal Palace

first_imgThe Cote d’Ivoire midfielder has signed a new five-year deal with the Premier League clubAfter many rumors about being transferred to other clubs, midfielder Wilfried Zaha has signed a new contract with Crystal Palace.The Cote d’Ivoire international footballer has put his signature on a five-year deal with the English Premier Club.Zaha has 23 goals and 23 assists in 130 league matches for Palace, as reported by NBC.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.After his signature was written on the new contract, Palace’s chairman Steve Parish spoke to the media.“Wilf grew up a stone’s throw from Selhurst Park from the age of four, and has been with the club since he was 12,” he said.“This agreement is yet another example of his lifelong commitment to the club and our commitment to him.”“This is an amazing day for everyone here at Palace, our supporters and of course Wilf – and is richly deserved,” he added.last_img read more

Grand Turk remains popular clean up ongoing post Joaquin

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:grand turk, popular, ralph higgs Premier attends town hall meetings Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 05 Nov 2015 – Grand Turk tourism is cleaner again following battering by category four Hurricane Joaquin. Magnetic Media spoke to Ralph Higgs, the TCI Tourist Board director who assured that the country’s cruise and dive capital is fine. “So in time, Grand Turk as I said will be restored and people will continue, particularly our cruise passengers, will continue to patronize Grand Turk. Grand Turk is still one of the most popular cruise destinations…” Cruise figures forecast to drop, says Tourism Director Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Changes Made To Workplace Smoking Ban Bill

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Senate Bill 63, the Smokefree Workplace bill, advanced out of the House Rules Committee last night, with a few adjustments. The House Rules Committee advanced a rewrite of the smoke-free workplace bill that would allow communities to opt out via local elections and excludes e-cigarettes and marijuana from the definition of smoking. The original bill had widespread support, but House Rules Committee Chair Gabrielle LeDoux refused to schedule it for a vote on the House floor. She said the state should not force municipalities into a program they may not want. Senator Peter Micciche (R-K-Pen) is the sponsor of the bill that was introduced in 2016 that ultimately failed after clearing the Senate. If the bill passes the House, the Senate must decide whether to accept the new changes.last_img read more

Elevated Water Levels Causes Minor Flooding In Southcentral

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Many rivers across southcentral continue to be at or near bankfull stages due to the warm weather and glacial melt, according to a release from the National Weather Service. The Kenai River below Skilak Lake is at minor flood stage with water in yards and in one garage, according to the release. Residents and recreationalists along the upper Kenai River should expect bankfull conditions to persist for several days. No major flooding is anticipated, but water levels will reverse their trend and begin to rise again as more rainfall is expected later on this week. Be prepared for localized minor flooding in low lying areas including Primrose Road on the south side of Kenai Lake, debris moving down river and possible erosion. Anyone with boats or other property low on the riverbanks in the area should prepare for significantly rising water levels.last_img read more

Batwoman will have Hush origin Burt Ward cameo revealed at ComicCon panel

first_img I was Batman The CW Batwoman’s pilot screened to fans during the show’s San Diego Comic-Con 2019 panel Saturday, with executive producers Sarah Schechter and Caroline Dries revealing details about the cameos and characters set up for the Ruby Rose-starring show.The upcoming season will feature an origin story for the Batman villain Hush.”The character of Tommy Elliot … ultimately becomes the supervillain Hush, but we’re seeing his origins of why he hates Batman so much,” Dries said after the pilot screening.Also to come for classic TV fans, actor Burt Ward, who played Robin in the 1960s Batman series, will be making a cameo at some point during the show’s first season. TV and Movies Post a comment 3:44 Share your voice 62 Photos Now playing: Watch this:center_img The pilot episode, which we will dive into in a separate story, heavily features Rose’s Kate Kane in many fight scenes without her costume — a decision that was influenced by how the character is military-trained.”She’s actually getting thrown against the wall and punched in the face,” Dries said, noting that Rose’s character attended the fictional military academy of Point Rock Academy.Without getting too far into spoilers, Dries and Schechter mentioned that Kane’s time at the military academy would have taken place before the end of the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, heavily affecting how Kane’s experience as an out lesbian went at the military academy. The CW The very best cosplay we saw at Comic-Con 2019 Tags Batwoman, who previously debuted during a crossover with The CW’s Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl series, will also be developing a stronger relationship with Supergirl as the shows begin to cross over further.Dries said that, while glimpsed during the show’s Elseworlds event, viewers will eventually “see that core bond move into a Kate-Kara friendship,” referencing Supergirl’s lead character of Kara Zor-El, played by Melissa Benoist.Ruby Rose’s casting as Batwoman was first revealed in August 2018, at the time with a confirmed appearance for the Elseworlds event with the possibility of a series. That series is now set to debut Oct. 6 on The CW. 0last_img read more

Advised not to sing in Hindi Mawkin

first_imgHe has been around the Capital’s music circuit for quite a while and is a name known in a good few circles of music lovers who frequent haunts that belt out unique talent.Meet Nikhil Mawkin. A professional musician for 10 years and counting, Mawkin has been around in the truest sense possible. With no formal training in music, Nikhil took on singing and the guitar when he was taking a break after school. A performance in a restaurant that happened to him by chance changed the game for him. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’He has performed on and off in India and abroad, spending a lot of time in Boston where he says he learned the most about music. Looking back, Nikhil says: ‘I was stereotyped for performing Elvis’ songs for the longest time.’ He used to host Elvis tributes for almost four years and it stuck on. It took Nikhil quite a while to break the mould.‘If you have enough conviction in what you do, you will find the right people,’ says Nikhil talking about the innumerous ups and downs that the last decade has shown him. Right from the time he started in small joints across the Capital to a music project for a theatre embassy from Amsterdam and then his stint in Boston and finally to Red Mawkin. This vocalist, guitarist and drummer has indeed come a long way. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHe released an album last year and another is due by August this year, he announces. A part of the Red Mawkin project that he is working on, the latest album is made up of songs he defines as groove rock. While his first album was an eclectic mix of different genres, Nikhil says he has finally defined a strain for this album.A bit of drums, jazz, pop-rock and a lot of Indian music influences, Nikhil is also working on what he calls Bolly Jazz. So does he sing mainstream Bollywood songs? Nikhil laughs it off saying, ‘I have been adviced not to sing in Hindi,’ but he collaborates with other singers to produce some soulful jazz renditions of Bollywood songs and he is also not adverse to teaming up for something more commercial. He’ll take it as it comes, he says. While he works with a number of musicians, the team — Shikhar Prasad (Guitar), Clarence Gonsalves (Bass), Nikhil Vasudevan (Drums), Sarthak Mudgal (Percussion), Praachi Kumar (Vocals) and Sayontani Chatterjee (Vocals) — he performed with at Hard Rock Cafe on 14 February is a team that he has worked with for the last six months. Nikhil explains that musicians need to work together for a while to get used to each other, so the teams he gets together stick on for a year or more. Comprising people he has worked with before and new faces as well, Nikhil is on a steady path ahead. And optimism is on a high. If you misssed them on Thursday, keep an eye out for the next performance. It is totally worth it.last_img read more

Large age gap may erode marital satisfaction

first_imgMen and women who have younger spouses are happier with their marriage, but this marital satisfaction fades over time in couples who have a significant age gap, a study has found. The findings, which examined 13 years of data from thousands of households, also suggest that marriages with large age gaps are less resilient in the face of economic downturns relative to their similarly-aged counterparts.Perhaps unsurprisingly, the findings show that men reported greater marital satisfaction when paired with a younger spouse, especially in the early years of marriage.However, the reverse appears to be true as well.”We find that men who are married to younger wives are the most satisfied, and men who are married to older wives are the least satisfied,” said Terra McKinnish, a professor at University of Colorado Boulder in the US.”Women are also particularly dissatisfied when they’re married to older husbands and particularly satisfied if they’re married to younger husbands,” said McKinnish.That initial satisfaction erodes rapidly, however, after 6-10 years of marriage for the couples with a big age gap between the partners.”Over time, the people who are married to a much older or younger spouse tend to have larger declines in marital satisfaction over time compared to those who are married to spouses who are similar in age,” said McKinnish.One mechanism for this decline could be how the age difference between spouses affects the couple’s ability to respond to negative economic shocks, such as a job loss, McKinnish said.”We looked at how couples respond to negative shocks and in particular, if they have a major bad economic shock or worsening of their household finances,” she said.”We find that when couples have a large age difference, that they tend to have a much larger decline in marital satisfaction when faced with an economic shock than couples that have a very small age difference,” she added.A possible explanation for this is that similarly-aged couples are more in sync on life decisions that affect both partners (having children; general spending habits) and thus may be better equipped to adjust to a negative financial shock, McKinnish said.By contrast, an unexpected financial shakeup could expose underlying tensions and mismatches in couples with a larger age gap. The study was published in the Journal of Population Economics.last_img read more

TravelBrands gets ready for its 2017 Agent Appreciation road shows

first_imgTags: TravelBrands Posted by TORONTO — TravelBrands’ ‘G’Oh Canada’ Agent Appreciation 2017 road trip events will take place in five locations across Ontario this month and next.“Join us for an evening of food, fun and great information as we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday,” says the company. Agents will learn about new TravelBrands initiatives and tools, plus all attendees will have a chance to win prizes.Events are taking place at Fort Henry in Kingston on July 25, the Barrie Country Club in Barrie on July 26, Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery in Niagara on the Lake on July 27, Elmhurst Inn and Spa on Aug. 1 and The Lake House in Pickering on Aug. 2.All of the shows are evening events, with registration from 5:30 – 6 p.m. and dinner, presentations and prizes from 6 – 8 p.m.“Space is limited so sign up today,” says TravelBrands. See surveymonkey.com/r/ZVSTVTF for details. Travelweek Group Sharecenter_img TravelBrands gets ready for its 2017 Agent Appreciation road shows Thursday, July 13, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

TravelBrands makes waves with fifth successful SeaU

first_imgTravelBrands makes waves with fifth successful SeaU Posted by Tags: TravelBrands Travelweek Group Thursday, November 2, 2017 center_img MISSISSAUGA — TravelBrands’ fifth SeaU, taking place last week aboard Anthem of the Seas, treated some 150 travel agents, team members and suppliers to a week of prizes, speakers and raising awareness for hurricane relief.“This was our most action-packed SeaU to date,” says Frank DeMarinis, President & CEO, TravelBrands.DeMarinis added that while the group enjoyed their trip, “we felt that it was important to give back to the surrounding communities affected by recent natural disasters.” Through the generous contributions of travel agents, Royal Caribbean and TravelBrands, the group raised US$10,000 towards the hurricane relief fund.SeaU is filled with training sessions, workshops and seminars to give agents and partners all the tools necessary to make the best cruise sale, he said.Throughout the duration of the sailing, 10 suppliers presented their products to 125 travel agents in both English and French. Larry Pimentel, President & CEO of Azamara Club Cruises was the keynote speaker while Ron Petit from Royal Caribbean held a conference on Autism at Sea.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckMultiple prizes were awarded to agents throughout the sail. Radha Yipchuck of Titan Tours won back the value of her SeaU participation fee. Gisèle Boissonneault of Voyages Gaby won a cruise on the MSC Seaside. Manon Chartrand of Exotentik won a spot on the inaugural of the Norwegian Cruise Line Bliss and air for two. Janet Flegel of Celebration Travel and Mary Elsa May of itravel2000 each were rewarded a cruise for two including air on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.In addition to these winnings, each agent received 2,500 Access Loyalty Rewards points to be applied on their next five cruises booked through Encore Cruises.Anthem of the Seas departed from Cape Liberty and made stops in Nassau, Port Canaveral and CocoCay. During the port day at Port Canaveral, Universal Orlando hosted the agents in their theme parks. TravelBrands’ SeaU takes place every 18-24 months. Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Air Canada wants agents to Discover Melbourne with new contest

first_imgAir Canada wants agents to ‘Discover Melbourne’ with new contest Monday, April 2, 2018 Travelweek Group Share Posted bycenter_img TORONTO — Air Canada’s new contest, launched in the latest issue of Travelweek, gives agents a chance to win two roundtrip tickets from any Canadian city serviced by Air Canada to Melbourne, Australia.Also part of the prize is a 7-day inspiring journey discovering Victoria’s hidden gems with AAT Kings.Initially offered with four times weekly flights when it first took off in December 2017, Air Canada’s nonstop Vancouver-Melbourne service will go year-round starting June 1, 2018.Melbourne is Air Canada’s third destination in Australia.Click here to enter. Tags: Air Canada, Australia, Contests << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Earn 10 commission when booking on TravelCars agent platform

first_img Friday, December 14, 2018 Earn 10% commission when booking on TravelCar’s agent platform Posted by Travelweek Group LOS ANGELES — TravelCar.com has launched a new incentive program for agents in both Canada and the U.S., just in time for the holidays.Travel agents who use TravelCar’s ‘Travel Agent Platform’ to book parking reservations for their clients will earn a 10% commission, plus be entered in a contest to win up to US$250 in Amazon gift cards.Reservations must be made between Dec. 14, 2018 and Jan. 7, 2019.The platform was launched in October as a way for agents to book parking at airports, seaports, train stations and city centres in more than 50 countries. The company has already partnered with more than 40 agencies in the U.S. and Canada.TravelCar’s parking network in the U.S. covers more than 50 cities, including 18 of the top 20 major airports with parking options at the top four airports in Canada.“We value our travel agent partners and wanted to create an incentive program for the holiday season that would let them know how much we appreciate their business,” said CEO and Co-Founder Ahmed Mhiri. “This is just the first of many incentive programs to come and we look forward to working with our current and future travel agent partners.”More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesThe contest is open to all travel agents and agencies based in the U.S. and Canada. Agents can sign up for access for free at join.travelcar.com and begin making reservations for clients.center_img Share Tags: Agent Incentives, TravelCar << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Needless to say, the ups and downs wore on the former ASUstar. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Jake Plummer had a 10-year NFL career, one that saw himexperience the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.As a Cardinal, Plummer guided the team to the playoffs in1998, the team’s first postseason birth since moving tothe desert. His career with the Cardinals lasted another four years,but he did not reach the playoffs again until 2003, as amember of the Denver Broncos. His team reached the AFCChampionship Game in 2005, and was rewarded by the teamdrafting Jay Cutler in the first round of the 2006 NFLDraft. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’center_img 0 Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more