Bleacher Report.Bleacher Report and Notre Dame announced a “groundbreaking partnership” for social media content on Thursday.From Notre Dame’s release:Bleacher Report, a preeminent next generation content creation company, has reached an agreement with University of Notre Dame football for an exclusive social content partnership throughout the season. The B/R social team will be embedded with the football program in South Bend and travel with the team to road games during the entire season to create custom content for the program’s national fan base.The collaboration will consist of full behind-the- scenes access to the Notre Dame football team including practice, locker room, game day activities, home and away games, travel, academic classrooms and a wide array of student and campus life. The array of content will include a weekly video feature, Facebook Live streams, short shareable social packages and game day Snapchat takeovers, distributed across Bleacher Report’s website and Team Stream mobile app — reaching more than 250 million users — along with B/R social platforms with an audience of more than 200 million fans.At a press conference this morning, Kelly explained the benefits of partnering with B/R for his program.Brian Kelly on Bleacher Report deal: “This gives us a unique relationship that nobody else has in college football.”— JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) August 5, 2016Kelly says, flat out, the relationship with Bleacher Report allows them to reach their targeted audience. More so than the Showtime deal.— Mike Vorel (@mikevorel) August 5, 2016As I expected, Kelly says the Bleacher Report media deal requires much less time/effort than the Showtime documentary series did.— Stephen Brooks (@StephenM_Brooks) August 5, 2016Notre Dame did a documentary with SHOWTIME last season. Florida State is doing a similar documentary this season.The Fighting Irish released this video about their partnership with Bleacher Report. The start of something new.@NDFootball x @BleacherReportComing this fall… #BRxND pic.twitter.com/8dbeU1jHvN— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) August 4, 2016Notre Dame opens its season on Sunday, Sept. 4 against Texas.
zoom Overall contracting of new vessels plunged in the three-month period from July to September to a mere 88 units, according to data provided by Clarkson Research.When compared to the same period in 2015, the orders dropped by some 81 percent from 481 vessel orders.Due to an oversupply in the shipping market, accompanied by low freight rates, the owners were not eager to invest in newbuildings during the third quarter.In September, the shipbuilders received a total of 18 new orders, a 91 percent drop from the 220 ship orders placed in the same month a year earlier.During August the owners ordered 45 new ships, down from 101 reported in the same month in 2015, while July numbers reached 25 new orders, compared to 160 placed a year before.Clarksons earlier said that the shrinking orderbook has led the number of active yards, ones which have at least one vessel (1,000+ GT) on order, to decline since the financial crisis in 2009.The number of ‘active’ shipyards globally has more than halved since the start of 2009, falling to around 400 shipyards at the start of September 2016.As of start September 2016 there were 402 active yards, down 57% on the 2009 peak, Clarkson Research said.Alongside this drop in the number of active yards, newbuild output has fallen and this year is projected to stand 34% below its 2010 peak in CGT terms.World Maritime News Staff
Staples, Inc announced that all music and arts projects, all college and career prep projects and all middle school and high school literacy projects posted on DonorsChoose.org in Los Angeles received full funding as part of Staples’ $1 million donation to DonorsChoose.org, a charity that has funded more than 700,000 classroom projects for teachers and has positively affected more than 18 million U.S. students.As part of the Staples for Students program, Staples and Katy Perry continue to help teachers across the country this back-to-school season. Staples funded the balance of every music and arts project, college and career prep project and middle school and high school literacy projects listed on DonorsChoose.org in Los Angeles. With a donation of $131,447, Staples helped 121 teachers make more happen in local classrooms, impacting more than 15,500 students across 97 schools in the community.For example, Mrs. Letford at New Academy Elementary School will receive new xylophones, ribbon bands and a new flute so her students can continue to express themselves through music and dance.Katy Perry said, “When I teamed up with Staples in 2014, I learned firsthand how desperately teachers need our support, with many of them having to dig into their own pockets to provide simple tools that we would expect to already be available in our classrooms. So when Staples approached me again this year, I jumped at the opportunity because I saw the lasting effect our collaboration had on DonorsChoose.org and thousands of teachers and students. I believe in education as the foundation for a great life, so I want to make sure that students across the country are inspired by their teachers and are afforded opportunity to realize their dreams.”Driven by insight from the Education Market Association that an estimated 99.5 percent of all public school teachers’ use their own money to equip their classrooms, Staples takes great pride in helping to alleviate some of the pressure placed upon teachers.“We’re overjoyed to partner with Katy Perry again to highlight the impact teachers have on our children’s lives and the need to support classrooms,” said Frank P. Bifulco, Jr., executive vice president global marketing, Staples. “Knowing that teachers spend an average of more than $400 per year from their own pockets to better prepare their classrooms, Staples is committed to supporting DonorsChoose.org in order to help teachers and contribute to a fulfilling learning experience.”Katy Perry and Staples have also collaborated to create a public service announcement that is currently airing nationwide, further increasing visibility around the need to celebrate and support teachers.“We’re so thankful for the continued support from Staples and its loyal customers, as well as Katy Perry, which has helped bring classroom dreams to life for countless teachers and students nationwide,” said Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose.org. “Staples’ million dollar donation to DonorsChoose.org will go a long way to helping educators across the country, like those supported today in Los Angeles.”Donate in Stores or Snap to Help Local Teachers Katy Perry has been helping Staples raise awareness of how easy it is to support teachers by making a $1 donation either in stores or online at www.StaplesForStudents.com, with proceeds funding DonorsChoose.org projects. Beginning in early August, every customer who donates in-store will receive a free, exclusive Katy Perry pencil, while supplies last.Los Angeles residents can secure more donations for their local classrooms by using the Staples for Students Snapchat Geofilter. Beginning August 4th and running through August 6th, every use of the Staples for Students Snapchat Geofilter will trigger a $1 donation (up to $5,000) from Staples to be used towards Los Angeles classroom projects on DonorsChoose.org. The Geofilter will be available for use in the Staples store in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw shopping plaza (located at 3701 W. Santa Rosalia Driver) and in the surrounding area.Sponsored Geofilters allow brands to take part in Snaps sent between friends on Snapchat – a platform used by over 100 million people each day. When Snapchatters take a Snap in a certain area, they’ll be able to see a Geofilter and use it to explain where, when and why they took the Snap.Win a $50,000 Scholarship and Chance to Meet Katy Perry Now through September 10, 2016, fans who spend $25 or more in any Staples store will receive a unique entry code on their receipt to enter the sweepstakes online at www.StaplesForStudents.com.One grand prize winner will win a $50,000 scholarship plus a trip for two to Los Angeles to meet global pop music star, Katy Perry. Four first prize winners and one guest each will also win air travel to Los Angeles and accommodations for two nights to meet Katy Perry at the VIP Winners Celebration.Entries must be submitted before September 10, 2016 at 11:59 PM ET. Entrants must be 13 years or older.
CALGARY – Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. (TSX:KML) says the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project continues to move forward, though early activity has been slower than expected.The company says in its third-quarter results that construction preparation activity for the $7.4-billion project is off to a slower start than planned mostly because of the time required to file for, process and obtain all necessary permits and regulatory approvals.The company, however, adds it has received a number of priority permits and pending some further permits and approvals, it will be able to start clearing and other construction activities in Alberta and the B.C. northern interior this year.Kinder Morgan Canada is facing intense scrutiny for the project that many in B.C. oppose, including chastisement last month for installing fish-spawning deterrents without proper approvals in place.The company applied for an exemption to allow it to place more deterrents, saying not getting them in place could delay the project, but then withdrew the application after finding fish had already started spawning in the areas.Kinder Morgan Canada is assessing options to mitigate the delays, but that if the mitigation doesn’t work then completion of the project could be delayed by up to nine months.
Alberta led the country in business confidence growth in December.According to the latest Canadian Federation of Independent Business survey, it jumped 3.9 per cent.That’s good enough to move the province into fourth overall at 60.1 per cent.CFIB VP Richard Truscott said government policy isn’t helping, so why the warm feelings?“Certainly Alberta’s economy is in better shape ending the year than it is when it started,” he said. “We still have a long way to go, small business owners have been through a lot, it’s been a very deep, protracted recession.”Wages are still expected to go up a bit, even outside of the mandated minimum wage increase.“There’s a lot of business owners that are trying to find qualified people and our research clearly shows that those businesses that have vacancies are actually increasing wages faster than other businesses,” he said.Retail and hospitality sectors are the most pessimistic, while the financial services, insurance and real estate sectors are the most optimistic.
VANCOUVER – Greenpeace Canada says a protest that saw a dozen protesters dangling from a Vancouver bridge to block a tanker carrying crude oil from the Trans Mountain pipeline ended Wednesday night.The environmental group says the climbers who spent more than 35 hours on the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge were “peacefully removed from their positions” and taken to the North Vancouver RCMP detachment.The RCMP had earlier said all would likely be charged with mischief and jeopardizing the safety of a vessel.North Vancouver RCMP Cpl. Richard De Jong said an aerial extraction team began removing and arresting the protesters in the afternoon in what he called a methodic and safe operation.The protest began Tuesday morning when activists rappelled off the side of the bridge to block the Serene Sea, a vessel loaded with crude oil that had left from Kinder Morgan Canada’s Westridge Marine Terminal.The protest was focused only on the Serene Sea but authorities responded by closing all tanker traffic in the area, said Jesse Firempong, a Greenpeace spokeswoman.Deep-sea vessels and vessels with a high air draft, including sail boats with a high mast, were unable to safely pass under the bridge due to the location of the protesters, banners and connecting lines, said Danielle Jang, a spokeswoman with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.Smaller traffic such as tugs, barges and small commercial vessels were still able to transit under the bridge, she said.Will George was among those arrested on Wednesday after occupying the bridge for more than 35 hours, said Kwekwecnewtxw — Protect The Inlet, a group formed to oppose the Trans Mountain expansion.“I will remain the fierce opposition. It is in my blood to protect the water. Our Indigenous rights are being completely ignored, the safety of our water is being ignored, and most of all, my son’s future is at stake,” said George, the group’s spokesman and leader.“I will do whatever it takes to protect the water and my family and your family.”Trans Mountain, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Canada, said it respects the right to peacefully demonstrate and there are many ways to express opinions in a safe and legal manner.“It is unfortunate that the actions of these individuals have caused disruptions to vessels and individuals that transit to and from the waters east of the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge, including customers from our terminal and the other marine cargo terminals,” it said in a statement.Earlier Wednesday, Premier John Horgan said he was concerned that authorities had closed a rail bridge in response to the protest, resulting in the blockage of a different tanker loaded with refined fuel destined for Vancouver Island.“The protesters, as long as they’re abiding by the law, that’s their right in a free society. But when they start to impact on the business of other people when they start to infringe on the laws of the land, then there’s a concern,” he said.“At this point, as I understand it, it’s a question of the rail bridge is down and that’s the problem.”The Canadian government’s $4.5-billion deal to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project is expected to close later this summer.On Tuesday, the company released its construction schedule for the next six months, with work planned in the Lower Mainland and North Thompson areas of B.C., as well as between Edmonton and Jasper National Park in Alberta.Greenpeace said the protesters are from the Coast Salish community, B.C., Alberta, Quebec, Ontario, Washington state, Mexico and the United Kingdom.Companies in this story (TSX:KML)
New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party has alleged that the Election Commission got the polling diaries manipulated by presiding officers in the South Delhi Lok Sabha seat. The returning officer of the South Delhi constituency, however, said it is “misinformation” and no officers were called in this regard to the EC office.AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj alleged about 200-250 presiding officers have been called to the EC office in the last two days and they have been asked to “change sensitive information in the polling diaries”. Polling diaries are used to note hourly activity at a booth on the polling day. “These diaries contain sensitive information and we want to know why the Election Commission asked presiding officers to modify the information,” Bhardwaj claimed. An election commission official, requesting anonymity, said the officials were called for clarification over new entries in the polling diaries. Raghav Chadha, the AAP candidate from South Delhi, asked why documents are being “recreated”. “Have learnt through reliable sources that EC has summoned presiding officers of South Delhi Parliamentary Constituency’s polling stations to re-create and re-sign EVM related documents. This is shocking. What is going on? Why are docs being recreated? Are EVMs being replaced too?” Chadha tweeted.