Hot SA musicians head to Cannes

first_imgJazz maestro Themba Mkhize’s band will pay tribute to South Africa’s late music icons. Zulu Boy is hoping to find artists to collaborate with in France. Da Les’s crew Jozi takes its “energy and swagger” to the Midem festival in France. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Mack Lewele Communications Director Department of Arts and Culture +27 (12) 441 3084 or +27 82 450 5076 mack.lewele@dac.gov.za RELATED ARTICLES • South African music • African music goes digital • Awards honour SA musicians • The White Zulu on stage in SA • Mambazo win their third Grammy • SA musicians sing for peaceBongani NkosiZulu Boy, a South African rap artist, has hatched his own style of music and for that he’s being sent to Cannes, France, with other hot local talent to represent the country.The rapper, whose real name is Mgingqeni Majozi, will be part of a culturally diverse group of performers who will participate in the 2010 Marché International du Disque et de l’Edition Musicale (Midem) that runs from 24 to 27 January.The event, which has been staged in France since 1966, is the world’s largest music industry trade fair and enables musicians from across the globe to meet face-to-face to network, analyse trends and build partnerships. South Africa is the 2010 Midem country of honour.Zulu Boy was chosen for his unique sound, which fuses Maskandi – a Zulu music genre – and hip hop. These were both types of music that the lad from eNtuzuma, in KwaZulu-Natal province, grew up listening to, so he’s combined the names and called his creation Skandi Hop.“My audience in France will listen to a type of hip hop that they have never heard before,” said Zulu Boy. “I know the overseas market is willing to learn about different cultures and music.”With such a creative blend of influences, Zulu Boy is no typical rap artist. Instead of urban boom bap hip hop beats and rehashed sounds, he introduces the string guitar and lyrics rapped in his mother tongue, isiZulu, and in some songs he fuses this with English.“My music has identity. We are Africans and we have to sound African,” he said.The artist, who’s signed with traditional music label Native Rhythms, promises to deliver an explosive performance in Cannes with a live band. His repertoire will include songs from his second album Inqolobane, released in 2008, and his latest offering, Igoda.He sees going to France as a chance to “network, learn and share knowledge”. “It’s an opportunity to take part in the global community,” he said.Although Zulu Boy has collaborated with international artists in the past – including Colombian rapper Alvaro ‘Ephniko’ Cuello and Ninthe, a female vocalist from the Netherlands – he’s aiming to find French artists to work with while in France.“I know for sure that I will find someone in France to collaborate with, either we will record there or we will do it over the internet,” he said. “If we share common experiences with the world, people in South Africa will learn that we are the same as people in other countries.”SA talent set to wow FranceZulu Boy is not the only local hip hop act at Cannes that will showcase the diversity of South African music. Jozi, a two-man outfit put on the map by their distinct African sound, is also set to wow audiences there.Jozi member Da Les (real name Lesley Mampe) said they are taking their “energy and swagger” to the European country. “We have a different sound compared to everybody else. It’s a fusion of traditional South African music and urban hip hop,” he said.Jozi combines the talents of rapper Da Les and evergreen singer Ishmael Morabe.There will be a rich mix of South African musicians who will perform on the opening night on the 24th and at the Tribute to Miriam Makeba Show on the 26th. The shows will fuse young, but established talents with that of old bucks who have influenced the country’s music over the years.Jazz maestro Themba Mkhize has assembled an eight-member live band that will pay tribute to South Africa’s late musical sensations. The band will perform hot tracks from yesteryear, including Brenda Fassie’s Weekend Special, Solomon Linda’s Mbube and Jabu Khanyile and Bayete’s Mbombela, among others. Slain reggae icon Lucky Dube will also be honoured.“We have been known for our struggle songs for years, now we have an opportunity to showcase who we are in terms of music. We are a people with lots of love and we express that in our music,” said Mkhize. “The festival is an opportunity for us to sample a bit of our music for the world, ranging from the 1950s to today.”The Themba Mkhize band will be key to the South African musicians, playing alongside most of them. It will perform with Zulu Boy, Afrikaans singer Kurt Darren, the queen of Ndebele music Nothembi Mkhwebane and world-renowned flautist Wouter Kellerman.Performances with Xhosa music diva Thandiswa Mazwai, Makeba’s granddaughter Zenzi Lee and veteran Vusi Mahlasela are also scheduled.The South African line-up will also feature talent from elsewhere on the continent. Benin superstar Angelique Kidjo will join other local acts on stage to pay tribute to Makeba, while Kellerman’s performance will be spiced up by Senegalese prodigy Lamine Sonko.Sonko is based in Melborne, Australia, and is a singer, dancer and a percussionist whose style is an eclectic blend of jazz, reggae and West African music. “Our performance in France will be a surprise to the audience. But they will enjoy it,” Sonko said.Critically acclaimed outfit The Parlotones will play the best of South African rock, and award-winning soul singer Lira promises to perform all her chart-topping numbers as well. Other acts to set the stage alight are Tidal Wave, a popular reggae crew, and Maletangwao Cultural Troupe. Dance music disc jockeys Black Coffee, DJ Christos and DJ Static Plastic are set to play 100% home-grown music at the two events in Cannes.“The most important thing is that when we leave that place people must have a sense of what South African music is all about,” said Sipho Sithole of the Department of Arts and Culture advisory committee. “It must be a true reflection of South African music.”Mazwai, who’s known for her socially and politically conscious songs, appreciates the funding and organising by government which has made the French trip possible. “It’s a great thing that the government has done. It should happen again next year.”last_img read more

Rural Families Overburdened with Energy Costs

first_imgRural families face the highest energy burdens of any household group in America and spend a much larger percentage of their income on energy bills than the average family, according to a new study published by Energy Efficiency for All (EEFA) and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).The report, “The High Cost of Energy in Rural America: Household Energy Burdens and Opportunities for Energy Efficiency,” provides new evidence of the urgent need to expand energy efficiency programs to vulnerable communities in rural regions throughout the U.S.The report is the first to focus on the energy burdens shouldered by those living in rural America. It builds on a previous report, “Lifting the High Energy Burdens in America’s Largest Cities: How Energy Efficiency Can Improve Low-Income and Underserved Communities.”This report couldn’t come at a better time. The Trump administration’s Council of Economic Advisers has misread and manipulated data to declare that the war on poverty has been a success. The administration’s aims are cynical at best and harmful to the well-being of many households and communities across the nation by punishing the poorest and most vulnerable. As this new report shows, poverty and deprivation not only persist but are multidimensional and include high energy burdens and increased vulnerability to utility shut-offs. And poverty may be worsening in many of our bedrock communities and neighborhoods across rural and urban communities alike.Overall, while burdens vary greatly by region, rural households throughout the United States have a higher median energy burden (i.e., spend a higher percentage of household income on energy bills) than others in their overall region, as well as a higher burden compared with metropolitan households. Nationally, the median rural household energy burden is 4.4%, which is almost one-third higher than the national rate of 3.3% and about 42% above the median metropolitan energy burden of 3.1%. When looked at even more closely, the East South Central, New England, and Mid-Atlantic regions have the highest median rural energy burdens at 5.1%Pay rent, or keep the heat on?In several regions (including New England and the Mid-Atlantic regions), one out of four low-income rural households have an energy burden greater than 18%. The report also finds that over a quarter of all rural low-income households devote more than 10% of their income to energy expenses. That’s a lot, and for a household it often means deciding between keeping heat or lights on versus paying rent, buying food, or paying for medicines or school supplies.Such high energy burdens increase the likelihood that these households will see their utility services shut off at some point. Once shut off, additional fees increase the cost of reestablishing service, and an inability to pay leads to arrears that damage credit ratings. That makes reopening services or even qualifying for better housing difficult or impossible.Energy efficiency upgrades such as adding insulation and sealing air leaks can lessen these energy burdens by as much as 25%, resulting in more than $400 in energy bill savings annually for some households. These improvements also make homes more comfortable and healthier. And improved efficiency reduces the need for power plants to generate electricity from fossil fuels, cutting energy bill costs and avoiding climate-warming pollution for everyone.Rural communities face unique barriersAccording to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, rural households make up roughly 16% of all U.S. households and are spread across 72% of the nation’s land area, making rural housing stock much less dense than in urban and suburban areas. In this study, rural was defined by utilizing U.S. Department of Agriculture’s rural-urban commuting area codes to map those regions not located in a metropolitan census tract.Due to the lower densities of the population over wider areas, the cost of delivering energy and energy efficiency services to rural households is on average higher than for their urban counterparts. Rural communities are more likely to be serviced by smaller rural coops or publicly owned utilities that may lack the capacity or resources to invest in comprehensive energy efficiency programs. As such, energy costs are vastly higher than the national averages and higher than in metro areas.Because of the uneven build-out of infrastructure, rural households often must rely on less efficient methods of accessing energy for critical needs. Further, the lower density in rural communities has meant that rural land and housing values tend to be lower, leaving limited options for financing regular home repairs and updates, allowing homes to deteriorate over time.Rural families are also more likely to be impoverished. Approximately 43% of households in rural areas have incomes below 200% of the federal poverty level, increasing vulnerability to high energy burdens. Low incomes, high energy use, non-ownership status, and inefficient housing stock are some of the key drivers of high energy burdens, which can place significant financial stress on families and other households.Finally, rural households are much more likely to live in manufactured housing than their urban counterparts. More popularly known as mobile homes — which are built in a factory, transported to a site on a flatbed truck, and installed on-site — manufactured housing tends to be less energy-efficient and more costly to repair than traditional homes. About 20% of all rural households live in manufactured homes, making provision of energy efficiency services costlier and less likely to happen. Uneven impact of high energy burdensWithin rural communities, some groups face even higher burdens than the overall rate for the region, making them most vulnerable to changes in energy costs, usage, and housing options. For example:Low-income rural families experience the highest median energy burden at 9%, which is almost three times greater than the non-low income rural median of 3.1%. Some low-income households are even worse off: In several regions of our nation, fully one-quarter of the low-income rural households have a median energy burden greater than 18%.Residents of rural manufactured housing experience a median energy burden that is 32% higher than the overall rural energy burden.Residents of multifamily housing with 2 to 4 units have a median energy burden that is 20% higher than that of rural single-family households.Rural renters experience a median energy burden 29% higher than that of owners.Households of color in rural areas have energy burdens 19% higher than that of their white counterparts.Elderly households have shown the most significant vulnerability with energy burdens 44% higher than that of non-elderly households.Benefits of energy efficiency and weatherizationRural communities can achieve multiple benefits from energy efficiency investments. Efficiency can help low-income rural households reduce energy burdens and increase available income for other necessities.As this video below produced by EEFA and ACEEE shows, high energy burdens are not just abstract or technical issues, they impact real life decisions and living qualities for millions of Americans.Weatherizing a home for families living at or below 200% of the federal poverty level — which is just over $12,000 for a single person household and $25,000 for a four-person household — saves an average single-family home $283 per year. A full retrofit of a rural household to be as efficient per square foot as its metropolitan counterpart would yield savings of $119 per year for those families. Households residing in rural manufactured homes would see savings of $458 per year; over one-quarter of their energy bill and a full 1.5% of their household income. Rural renting, low-income, elderly, and non-white families would all save over $100 per year if they had the same utility costs per square foot as the metropolitan median household.As our report shows, we can support increasing energy efficiency of rural homes in several ways, including:Improving demographic data collection to better target and reach customers.Aggregating and sharing training resources and workforce development across larger regions to ensure job demand and a capable contracting crew to meet service needs.Share program administration costs and resources by partnering smaller co-ops with larger utilities.Bundle funds through fuel-blind programs so a single energy efficiency program can address all end uses together.Create specific programs to target mobile and manufactured homes.Partner with local community, nonprofit, and religious organizations to address certain necessary expenses for efficiency upgrades.Don’t allow the Trump administration to increase burdens on poor families it doesn’t believe exist. Just a month ago, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley denounced a U.N. report saying 18.5 million Americans suffer extreme impoverishment as “misleading and politically motivated.” The administration and its allies are politically motivated to underestimate the levels of poverty and hardship faced by many Americans as a justification for their attempt to eliminate social safety net programs and initiatives these households rely upon.By improving housing efficiency with the goal of reducing energy burdens, we can have an impact on a wider range of issues. These “non-energy benefits” include improved health, increased job opportunities, and a better quality of life in rural communities. The benefits far outweigh the costs. This study shows that it’s time to turn our attention to a more energy-efficient rural America.Khalil Shahyd is senior project manager of the Energy Efficiency for All Project at the Natural Resources Defense Council. This post originally appeared at the NRDC’s Expert Blog.center_img RELATED ARTICLESWeatherization Funding Has Been SlashedWeatherization’s Political FalloutSolving Energy PovertyThe Uneven Burden of Energy Costs Unlocking the High Value of Clean Energy in Low-Income CommunitiesA Forgotten Tool to Solve the Housing Crisis Can Low-Income Housing Be Energy-Efficient and Affordable?Building a Low-Cost Zero-Energy Home Simple Techniques for Lowering the Cost of Zero-Energy HomesNext Generation Mobile Homeslast_img read more

An Over-reliance on Marketing

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now It’s a mistake to rely too heavily on marketing.Give Me the Glengarry LeadsIt is a mistake to wait for your marketing department to deliver you leads. If you wait for your marketing team to develop your leads you are practicing the most dangerous strategy in sales: waiting.It doesn’t matter if marketing is supposed to generate leads or not. Your job is to create new opportunities and win them. The fact that marketing has not developed the leads that you need is not going to absolve you of your responsibility to win new business. And it may not save your job either.An over-reliance on marketing is dangerous. You’re far safer taking your fate into your hands by prospecting and developing your own opportunities. Marketing is the sprinkles on the icing on the cake.Nurture My Leads, PleaseIt’s also a mistake to believe that marketing can nurture your prospective clients for you. Our inboxes are full of marketing’s attempt to nurture relationships, and they end up filtered into a folder called “spam.” Because it isn’t personal, email filters believe the messages from marketing are spam. If marketing’s attempt to nurture your dream clients isn’t picked up by email filters, your dream client contacts believe it looks like spam and delete them.If you want to own the relationship, then you have to do the nurturing. The content that you use may come from marketing and certainly some of it should. But the message is different if it comes from you, regardless of what the content is. The message is different because you were thinking of your prospective client when you sent it. That means it’s personal, especially if you added your thoughts and insights to the content that marketing created.Marketing has an important role in the sales process. It’s above the funnel. It can create awareness. It can sometimes create a compelling case for change. Marketing can generate leads and share insights that help you create and win new opportunities. But you can do these things, too.An over-reliance on marketing is dangerous. You can succeed with or without marketing generating your leads for you or nurturing your dream client accounts.last_img read more

11 days ago​4.5 million UK people watch pirated Premier League games

first_imgTagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​4.5 million UK people watch pirated Premier League gamesby Ian Ferris11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNine per cent of Britons admit to having illegally streamed at least one Premier League game over the past 12 months, according to new research by the personal finance comparison site finder.com, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The figure equates to roughly 4.5 million people over the course of a single season, with a ‘high proportion’ of UK pirate content consumption coming from soccer-related streaming.According to Finder.com’s research, more than 81 per cent of Britons have been subscribed to a streaming service in some capacity over the last year, while 17 per cent admit to streaming films, movies or sports illegally in the same period.’This means that of all those who illegally stream across the UK, 24 per cent view Premier League games,’ the report said. ‘When you look at the numbers of people who illegally stream any type of sport, the number rises to 44 per cent of illegal streamers, or 16 per cent of all Brits.’While both male (83 per cent) and female (81 per cent) respondents said they are streaming content over the last year, men (25 per cent) tended to illegally stream more often compared to women (17 per cent), according to the research.Of these, 14 per cent of male audiences were found to illegally stream soccer compared to other sports (12 per cent), and is double the number of female viewers who admitted to doing the same. Meanwhile, streamers aged between 25 and 34 are the most likely to illicitly stream Premier League matches.Regionally, London-based consumers are the most prolific for illegally streaming Premier League (21 per cent), with Scotland (17 per cent) coming second. The two regions with the lowest percentage of illegal football streamers were Wales (four per cent) and East Anglia (six per cent). last_img read more

FSU 5-Star Commit Levonta Taylor Says Decommitted 5-Star Tight End Isaac Nauta Will “Be Back”

first_imgA view of the back of a Florida State player's football helmet.DURHAM, NC – OCTOBER 14: A detailed view of a helmet worn by the Florida State Seminoles during their game against the Duke Blue Devils at Wallace Wade Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Florida State lost a big commitment today. Isaac Nauta, a five-star tight end in the 2016 class, announced on Twitter that he has de-committed from the Seminoles’ program. FSU fans shouldn’t worry, though, according to five-star defensive back commit Levonta Taylor. Taylor, who has been committed to FSU since April, says Nauta will “be back” and tells fans “don’t worry!” He’ll be back. Don’t worry !— Levonta Taylor (@iamlevonta) July 28, 2015Well, that’s a good sign, Florida State fans. The Seminoles’ 2016 class is ranked the No. 3 class in the country by 247 Sports.last_img read more

The Top 5 College Football Teams Fans Are Betting On To Win The National Title

first_imgCollege Football National Championship Trophy.National titleCollege football fans are likely happy with Michigan’s quick turnaround under Jim Harbaugh – simply because a good Wolverines team makes the sport more interesting. But apparently, a lot of them are actually starting to believe that UM can both reach this year’s College Football Playoff and – wait for it – win it all too.According to ESPN’s David Payne Purdum, the top five teams by number of bets to win the national title at the Las Vegas SuperBook are Michigan, Ohio State, LSU, Clemson and Alabama. That’s right – the Wolverines are getting the most bets to win it all.Of course – that’s a product of both hype and odds. As of February 1, Michigan was a 12-1 bet to win it all. Alabama was tops, at 6:1.Top 5 teams to win the college football national title by number of bets @LVSuperBook: 1. Michigan 2. Ohio St 3. LSU 4. Clemson 5. Alabama— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) May 20, 2016Oklahoma and Baylor are the teams with the best odds that aren’t part of the list, for what it’s worth.If Michigan does win it all, Las Vegas is going to have a rough night. We’ll find out.last_img read more

Tourism Minister Says Disaster Risk Management Must be Addressed

first_img Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says unless the issue of disaster risk management and mitigation is seriously addressed, the Caribbean will not be able to maximise its potential as a global force in tourism.“More than any other time in our past, tourism authorities in the region must now seriously address the issue of disaster risk management and mitigation,” the Minister noted.He was addressing the introductory session of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Global Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, Rose Hall, St. James, on November 27.“It is clear that in recent years, the region’s tourism sector has become increasingly vulnerable to both natural disasters and external shocks, particularly climate change, which can now be reasonably described as an existential threat to our tourism sector,” Mr. Bartlett said.The Minister emphasised that the time has come for the region to urgently respond to, and strengthen its resilience against threats such as natural disasters, climate change, pandemics and epidemics, terrorism and cyberattacks.“We need to enhance our regional capacity to manage a range of chronic transnational challenges that can be destabilising to our tourism sector,” he added.“Aspects of this approach could involve developing a framework of indicators to measure resilience; promoting innovation systems for climate adaptation and resilience; fostering deepened knowledge of cyberspace policy, promoting counterterrorism studies, developing urban resilience and building meaningful partnerships,” the Minister suggested.Mr. Bartlett argued that meaningful risk management strategies for the region must focus on priority areas and outcomes, such as collaborations, information-sharing, collective action, capacity-building, resource allocation and funding, public education, planning and management of projects, behavioural modifications, monitoring and evaluation, environmental conservation, alternative and renewable energy and the adoption of green practices in the tourism sector.He implored conference delegates to use the opportunity to push a global sustainability agenda that will ensure the survival and resilience of the tourism sector, on which billions of people across the world depend, directly and indirectly, for their sustenance and livelihoods.“In addressing shared risks and threats, insularity and narrow self-interests must be replaced by fruitful engagements and collaborations that seek to develop cross-cutting solutions and unite tourism players under a common mission, which is to save a sector that is so dear to all of us,” the Minister said.In the meantime, Mr. Bartlett pointed out that the Caribbean remains the most tourism-dependent region in the world, and is the single largest generator of foreign exchange in 16 of the 28 countries in the region.“The Caribbean has a higher proportion of total employment and percentage of GDP [gross domestic product] derived from tourism than any other region in the world,” he noted.“Despite this, however, Caribbean countries face a greater degree of vulnerability to the worst effects of major environmental disasters, particularly climate change, a phenomenon to which they have contributed the least,” the Minister said.Mr. Bartlett said this year, the resilience of the tourism sector in the region has been tested with the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, which affected 13 of the most tourism-dependent countries in the region, including St. Martin, Anguilla, Dominica, Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, the US Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.He noted that some territories have suffered almost total devastation or over 90 per cent damage to their infrastructure from the hurricanes, adding that it will take many years and substantive investments to bounce back. The Minister emphasised that the time has come for the region to urgently respond to, and strengthen its resilience against threats such as natural disasters, climate change, pandemics and epidemics, terrorism and cyberattacks. Story Highlights He implored conference delegates to use the opportunity to push a global sustainability agenda that will ensure the survival and resilience of the tourism sector, on which billions of people across the world depend, directly and indirectly, for their sustenance and livelihoods. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says unless the issue of disaster risk management and mitigation is seriously addressed, the Caribbean will not be able to maximise its potential as a global force in tourism.last_img read more

Auramarine to Provide Fuel Services for MARCASServed Fleet

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC 2.0 license Finnish fuel supply systems provider Auramarine has signed an agreement to deliver its services to a fleet of more than a thousand vessels served by MARCAS International Ltd, part of V. Group.Auramarine fuel system services would help the vessels navigate “some of the most significant fuel regulation changes that the industry has seen in decades.”“Cooperation with Auramarine enables us to source high-quality services and genuine spare parts from a trusted fuel system expert, while coping with the challenges of the 2020 IMO sulphur cap,” Jesper Bak Weller, Managing Director at MARCAS International Ltd, said.“Under the agreement, Auramarine will offer advice and support to MARCAS members,” Ole Skatka Jensen, CEO of Auramarine, added.This will include a full technical analysis of on-board fuel supply system conditions and the cost-efficient planning of customised upgrades and improvements, likely to be required for operating on the new fuels.The agreement covers volume sourcing and the allocation of services specifically adjusted to the geographical requirements of the fleet, cost-competitive spare parts and on-board fuel system upgrades and modifications, advantageous service engineering rates, and 24/7 technical support.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Facebook TORONTO – The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and CBC today announced a special performance from Europe by Shawn Mendes, who launched the European leg of his worldwide arena tour last night.  Viewers will be treated to the taped performance that will appear on The 2019 JUNO Awards Broadcast, hosted by Sarah McLachlan. The 2019 JUNO Awards will be live from Budweiser Gardens in London, ON on Sunday, March 17 at 8 PM ET and broadcast live on CBC, CBC Radio One, CBC Music, the free CBC Gem streaming service, and globally at cbcmusic.ca/junos.“I wish I could be there in person to celebrate Canada’s biggest night in music,” said Shawn. “I love my fans and my country, and I hope everyone enjoys what we have in store all the way from Europe!”Mendes has been nominated for a total of eighteen JUNO Awards, with an impressive six nominations this year, including Album of the Year Sponsored by Music Canada. He took home the Single of the Year award in 2018, and the JUNO Fan Choice award Presented by TD in 2017 and 2018. Advertisement Shawn’s worldwide arena tour is in support of his self-titled album, Shawn Mendes, released in May of this year and spans over 95+ dates between North America, Europe, UK and Australia.Tickets are still available online at budweisergardens.com, by phone at 1-866-455-2849 and in-person at the Courtesy Ford Box Office at Budweiser Gardens (Located at Gate 1).The 48th annual JUNO Awards and JUNO Week 2019 will be hosted in London from March 11 through March 17, 2019, culminating in The JUNO Awards on Sunday, March 17 at Budweiser Gardens.The 2019 JUNO Awards Broadcast is produced by Insight Productions in association with CBC and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). Executive Producers are John Brunton for Insight Productions, Allan Reid and Mark Cohon for CARAS and Lindsay Cox is Executive Producer and ShowRunner, Insight Productions. Susan Taylor is Executive in Charge of Production, Factual Content, CBC; Mark Steinmetz is Senior Director, CBC Music; Lisa Clarkson is Executive Director, Business & Rights and Content Optimization, CBC; Bonnie Brownlee is Executive Director, Communications, Marketing, Brand & Research, CBC; Susan Marjetti is Executive Director, Radio and Audio, CBC; Jennifer Dettman is Executive Director, Unscripted Content, CBC; and Sally Catto is General Manager, Programming, CBC.Exclusive Broadcast and Content Partner: CARAS acknowledges the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters.The JUNO Awards are made possible with the support of Ontario Creates (formerly OMDC).Lead Partners: Apple Music and TD Bank Group.Funding Partners: The Province of Ontario, the City of London, Tourism London.Links:Official JUNO Awards website: www.junoawards.ca / Digital ToolkitCBC Music: www.cbcmusic.ca/junos / Facebook: @CBCMusic / Twitter: @CBCMusic / YouTube: @cbcmusicJUNO AwardsTwitter: @TheJUNOAwards / Instagram: @TheJUNOAwards / Facebook:@TheJUNOAwards /  Hashtag: #JUNOSShawn MendesTwitter: @ShawnMendes / Instagram: @ShawnMendes / Facebook: @ShawnMendesOfficial / @ShawnMendesAbout CARASThe Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L’académie canadienne des arts et des sciences de l’enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music industry and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. CARAS’ mandate is comprised of four key pillars: Educate through our music education charity MusiCounts programs and initiatives, Develop emerging artists through mentorship and development programs, Celebrate Canadian artists with year round JUNO Awards showcasing, and Honour music industry icons through the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. For more information on the 48th Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) please visit  www.junoawards.caAbout CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.About CBC Music:   From Canada’s public broadcaster, CBC Music is Canada’s free digital music service connecting Canadians with the very best in Canadian and international music across all genres. Easy to navigate and available on your smartphone or tablet, CBC Music gives music fans access to over 100 online music streams plus content from the most knowledgeable music personalities and programmers from across the country. www.cbcmusic.caAbout Insight Productions:Insight Productions, known for its award-winning ratings juggernauts and many of the Country’s biggest award shows, music series and variety specials – is back in the producer’s chair for their 18th JUNO Awards.  Headed by John Brunton, Insight is Canada’s most established content producer and an industry leader in the development, financing and production of hit programming, both scripted and unscripted, as well as digital content.  Insight Senior Vice-President and Showrunner, Lindsay Cox, serves as Executive Producer along with John Brunton on The JUNO Awards, The Canadian Screen Awards, The Launch, A Christmas Fury, Canada Day 150! From Coast to Coast to Coast, Canada’s New Year’s Eve Countdown and The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration which was seen by one in three Canadians – among others.  Insight collectively received 21 Canadian Screen Award nominations in 2019.  Other 2019 Insight productions include The Amazing Race Canada, Big Brother Canada, Top Chef Canada and Intervention.  Insight Productions was founded in 1979 and has since created thousands of hours of groundbreaking content. For more information on Insight Productions, please visit www.insighttv.com or on Twitter – @insightprod. or Facebook www.facebook.com/InsightProductions.About Shawn MendesToronto born multi-platinum singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes released his highly anticipated self-titled third album in May 2018. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart as well as multiple additional worldwide markets, including Australia, Canada, Mexico, Belgium, Holland & more. Shawn Mendes made Shawn the third youngest solo artist to ever have three #1 albums, and became one of the top best-selling album debuts of 2018. The album shot to #1 on iTunes upon release in over 80 countries around the world. Leading up to the album, he released multiple tracks including “Youth” Featuring Khalid, “In My Blood” and “Lost In Japan.” Both “In My Blood” and “Lost In Japan,” the first two songs released off the new album, experienced massive success, soaring to the #1 and #2 spots on the overall iTunes chart in the U.S, Top 5 on iTunes in 50 countries, and held the #1 and #2 spots on Spotify’s “New Music Friday” playlist. With “In My Blood,” Shawn became the first artist to ever have had four #1 singles at AC radio before the age of 20. In April 2017, Shawn released his 3x Platinum hit “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back.” The track scored Shawn his second #1 single at Top 40 radio and on Billboard’s Pop Songs chart, joining 7x Platinum single “Stitches.” Throughout his career, Shawn has achieved 3 consecutive #1 album debuts, 2 Platinum albums, and 8 consecutive platinum and multi-platinum singles. Worldwide, he has sold over 15 million albums, 100 million singles, and has amassed over 16 billion song streams and 5 billion YouTube views. Shawn has completed two sold-out world tours with over one million tickets sold, selling out legendary arenas including NYC’s Madison Square Garden, Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, and London’s O2 Arena in minutes. Shawn Mendes: The Tour begins in March 2019, with over 60 dates currently announced across Europe, North America and Australia, with more to be announced soon. He topped Billboard’s “21 Under 21” in 2017 and 2018 and has been featured on Forbes “30 Under 30,” Spotify’s “25 Under 25,” and Time Magazine’s “Time 100 Most Influential”. In February 2018, ROI Influencer Media recognized Shawn as the #1 Most Influential Artist and #1 Most Influential Teen across all social media platforms. Twittercenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Shawn Mendeslast_img read more

CoucheTard optimistic about loyalty program despite drop in samestore sales

first_imgTORONTO – Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. says it’s too early to tell what long-term impact dumping the embattled Aeroplan loyalty program at its Esso branded convenience stores will have, but the time it took for the brand to switch to the PC Optimum program has already hampered sales.The Quebec-based retailer behind Circle K stores said in an earnings call on Thursday that it only ended the Aeroplan program on May 31 and PC Optimum wasn’t implemented until August, so the company has had little time to see how the gap will change consumer habits.“We are pretty optimistic,” said the company’s chief financial officer Claude Tessier. “We know generally that loyalty programs have a positive impact on sales.”However, the company’s earnings show the two-month gap between switching to PC Optimum hurt the brand, at least a little.Couche-Tard said the gap contributed to a 3.3 per cent decrease in same-store road transportation fuel volumes in its first quarter, which ended July 22.Still, overall fuel volumes in Canada were up 10.5 per cent, while global volumes increased 32 per cent, as fuel revenues rose to US$10.9 billion from $6.8 billion a year earlier.During the quarter, Couche-Tard, which reports in U.S. dollars, saw a 25 per cent spike in net income attributable to shareholders to $455.5 million from $364.7 million a year earlier.Revenues grew to $14.8 billion from $9.84 billion the year before.The company said its adjusted profit excluding one-time items was $498 million or 88 cents per diluted share, compared with $381 million or 67 per cents per share in the first quarter of 2018.Couche-Tard was expected to earn 82 cents per share in adjusted profits on $13.9 billion in revenues according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters Eikon.Executives attributed the quarter’s strength to a 6.6 per cent increase in same-store merchandise revenue in Canada, a strong performance of its CST Canada sites acquired a year ago, higher taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products, and an expansion of its coffee pilot loyalty program.Couche-Tard President Brian Hannasch said the company also saw “significant” growth in tobacco products in the quarter in the U.S., especially in-house tobacco brands, vapour, powdered tobacco placed inside the upper lip and cigars.“Some of this is attributable to manufacturing innovation…but it’s also reflective of our merchandising, the speed at which we’ve been activating new offers and emerging brands, and how we are presenting these offers to our consumers at our stores,” he told analysts.He said the company’s earnings were also lifted by the brand’s food offerings in Canada, which include its baked-on-site products and hot dogs.In Europe, the company’s ice coffee offering that is being tested in multiple locations was seeing “good customer acceptance so far” and was being aided by a hot summer, he said.Keith Howlett of Desjardins Capital Markets said the results beat analyst expectations largely because of higher U.S. fuel margins.“Couche-Tard’s same-store sales performance was substantially superior to that of U.S. peers,” he wrote in a report.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Couche-Tard’s shares gained 5.26 per cent or $3.32 at C$66.47 in midday trading.Companies in this story: (TSX:ATD.B)last_img read more