Facebook Watch: Drake’s “Degrassi” Reunion Video drake-drops-degrassi-reunion-video-reveals-scorpion-release-date https://www.instagram.com/p/Bj_W1-rnd5b/?utm_source=ig_embed Returning to his Canadian teen television series roots, Drake calls upon his former castmates for his new “I’m Upset” video ahead of the release of his fifth LP Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Jun 14, 2018 – 7:22 am Drake’s new short film for “I’m Upset” is not your normal music video. The Canadian actor-turned-rapper returned to the halls of Degrassi Community School, where he played basketball star Jimmy Brooks in the teen television drama series “Degrassi: The Next Generation” a decade ago, and he brought many of his former castmates along for the ride.In the film, made by Karena Evans, Drake returns to the school for an epic reunion, and he’s joined by a slew of his old crew drinking in the bleachers, dancing in the halls and taking selfies, including Shane Kippel, Nina Dobrev, Stacey Farber, Jake Epstein, A.J. Saudin, and even the principal, played by Stefan Brogren, who does a backroom deal with Jay and Silent Bob, played of course by Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith. By video’s end, the party gets out of hand and the place goes up in flames.While watching the “Degrassi” cast reunite is a fun trip down memory lane, it’s also the latest development in Drake’s mounting buzz for his fifth full-length album, Scorpion. The GRAMMY winner also revealed what appears to be the album artwork, a black-and-white headshot with his Aubrey Graham signature, and he (finally) confirmed the album’s release date of June 29. Drake Drops “Degrassi” Reunion Video, Reveals ‘Scorpion’ Release Date Twitter News Email “I’m Upset” follows two wildly popular singles, “God’s Plan” from Drake’s Scary Hours EP and Scorpion’s “Nice For What,” both of which went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. So far “I’m Upset” has peaked at No. 19. Will this charming, nostalgic short film propel the song higher up the charts?Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more
The Panama Papers came back to haunt Iceland’s right-wing parties Monday as they prepare to form a new government, after the candidate for prime minister admitted hiding a report on offshore accounts.Iceland was rocked in April when the Panama Papers revealed a global tax evasion scandal that ensnared several senior politicians and triggered the resignation of former prime minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, with snap elections held on October 29.The centre-right government in power at the time called for an inquiry into tax havens. It presented its conclusions on Friday, nine months after the scandal.But on Sunday, Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson, whose Independence Party was the big winner in the election, admitted he had received the report’s conclusions three weeks before the vote.“This report was presented to me in the first week of October,” he told public television RUV, saying he had decided not to make it public when he received it because parliament was about to break ahead of the election.The news angered the head of the anti-establishment Pirate Party, Birgitta Jonsdottir, whose party reaped gains from a wave of popular anger with the establishment parties.“To say, as Bjarni does now, that this would not have had any effect on the outcome of the elections is of course absurd. If the report had been presented in parliament shortly before the elections and people would have seen in black and white how much taxpayer money had passed by, it definitely would have put the matter back on the agenda,” she wrote on Facebook on Monday.The two centrist parties currently in talks to form a government with Benediktsson’s Independence Party, the Reform Party and Bright Future, have yet to comment on the matter.During the Panama Papers crisis in April, the two parties had called on voters to sanction the politicians mentioned in the Panama Papers at the polls.According to the inquiry, the loss of tax income due to offshore accounts in Iceland amounted to between 2.8 and 6.5 billion kronor (23-54 million euros, $24-57 million, at current exchange rates) per year between 2006 and 2014.
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. With the advent of new technologies, the business landscape sure looks a lot different than it did just a short time ago. Despite the coming changes, there are tools that have had a great impact on business and hold great promise for the future.If I had to pick the tools that would be most indispensable for businesses and entrepreneurs now and in the future, my list would include: CloudCloud technology is truly changing everything. The most important thing the cloud brings to entrepreneurs and to businesses is enhanced accessibility. People can, will, (and in many instances, already do) access everything they need from anywhere they are through the cloud.Related: Don’t Get Stuck in the Software JamThis technology allows for sharing secure and private information, and it will continue to create new capabilities for more efficient work. While adoption of cloud tech is improving business communication, its proper implementation will increase workplace collaboration in unimaginable ways. For businesses that thrive on their remote workers, cloud-enabled collaboration will become crucial.Recommendations:Google Drive (Productivity): Allows for all of your tools — from documents to spreadsheets to calendar – to be at your fingertips for free or a very low cost.StarLeaf (Collaboration): Simple, secure and highly reliable ad-hoc video solution for point-to-point and multi-user video conferencing.Quickbooks Online (Accounting): Powerful tool for small businesses looking for a single application to handle contacts, billing, banking and so much more.Pipeliner (CRM): Many great cloud customer-relationship management apps are out there but this one has a wonderful visual interface that gives newfound clarity to deal management.MobileWith rapid Internet proliferation and smarter devices becoming not only more affordable but also more widely available, the mobile employee will be as productive as ever, regardless of whether they are in the office or at a coffee shop. Mobile will ensure the ultimate success of flexible work, pushing it to mainstream. Recommendations:GChat (Mobile Real-Time Chat): This platform is an awesome and free way to connect and chat with almost anyone on the web. Not a private platform, but super convenient.Asana and Trello (Productivity and Project Collaboration): Small businesses rarely allows for project teams to be available in one place. Mobile project collaboration is hot and these tools are awesome.DataSmall businesses will be empowered to make data driven decisions from a plethora of data brokers who are selling the power of information, much like brokers used to sell oil or commodities. Want to understand how to grow your business? Just look at the data, and you will be able to make informed decisions that are both simple and affordable. The present strategies of business owners will align and prepare them for the future, but these tools will also take the burden of data mining and management off their shoulders.Related: Learn to Refine Crude Data, a Precious Resource for a StartupRecommendations:Google Analytics (Web Traffic): This free tool is a tremendous way to see where your traffic is coming from and where they go once they get to your site.Moz (SEO): Want to understand the keywords, traffic and competition better? This tool will help you optimize and get more from your digital assets.Traackr (Social Influence): Interested in who the individuals and companies are that have the most influence in your industry or area of interest? This tool can help you do that.Twitter Analytics (Native Twitter Data): For companies using Twitter for social marketing, Twitter’s native analytics are a great way to see how your content is performing.SocialWe no longer need to knock on doors or make cold calls to find our prospective customers. We can locate them instantly, see what they are talking about (and what matters to them) and connect and engage with them in real time. Effective messaging and tactics backed by strategy will certainly be necessary. But social will reinvent our go-to-market strategies like nothing ever has before. In fact, social will be the place where your customers will willingly seek you out. There is the potential to create relationships that will yield brand advocates who will help build your brand community, and ultimately, bolster your credibility. From this standpoint, social media tools will no longer be optional. Instead, they’ll be must-haves. Recommendations:Hootsuite and Sprout Social (Feed Management and Scheduling): Looking for a central command center for social-media planning and distribution? Look no further than to these tools to empower your business to be social.Buffer (Scheduling): For companies looking for an easy way to keep their content sharing valuable and regular Buffer allows you to quickly find content and share it at a later time rather than immediately.BundlePost (RSS Automation and Optimization): This lesser known tool is a wonderful way to aggregate RSS data to see the most relevant content and then using simple export tools upload the content to your social management platform.Making these tech tools a part of your core business operations now will unlock potential benefits for the future. How many have you already employed? 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Adieu, French Riviera! Provence & Cote d’Azur rebrand Wednesday, May 10, 2017 Travelweek Group TORONTO — France is red hot these days, with Emmanuel Macron’s historic win earlier this week to become the country’s new president, and the upcoming Cannes Film Festival kicking off in just a few days. With so much ‘joie de vivre’ on full display, there was no better time for Atout France – the country’s official Tourism Development Agency – to embark on a North American roadshow, which included a stop in Toronto on May 8.The agency brought along a delegation of over 40 tourism partners from the Provence and Côte d’Azur tourist boards to showcase the region’s top tourism offerings this year and beyond. Provence, which includes the Côte d’Azur, is experiencing a resurgence in recent months, thanks in large part to a government grant awarded last year to the Côte d’Azur region to promote tourism on an international scale.As a result, Provence and Côte d’Azur rank as the second destination in France among international tourists, and the first for golf, yachting, cruises, festivals and UNESCO heritage. According to Loïc Chovelon, CEO of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Tourism, there’s been a 50% increase in stays in the spring and fall months, with shoulder season gaining in popularity.And even more heartening is the fact that 50% of bookings to the region come from travel agencies, with the other 50% booking direct.More news: CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionInterest has never been greater, particularly among Canadians, who comprise the region’s second international market outside of Europe (behind the United States). Canadians contributed 1.2 million overnights in 2016, an increase of 17% over the last five years, with numbers expected to grow in light of increased airlift.On June 9, Air Canada will launch direct service from Montreal to Marseille, while Air Transat will also increase frequency to the French city. In total, Canadians will have access to 14 weekly flights from Montreal to Marseille Provence and Nice Côte d’Azur airports with the two airlines.Both Provence and Côte d’Azur are also benefitting from recent rebrands: Provence launched its new brand – Brand Provence – in April 2017 with a focus on lifestyle, gastronomy and living culture, while Côte d’Azur, which will no longer be known as the ‘French Riviera’, unveiled its new campaign in late 2016. It has now been linked to the main Atout France brand, the first French destination to do so.Despite dropping its ‘French Riviera’ moniker, which Eric Doré, Managing Director of the Côte d’Azur France Tourism Board told Travelweek will take a few years to stick, the destination will continue to be known for its glitz, glamour and holiday splendour. But in an effort to expand its appeal to a wider audience, the tourist board is promoting alternative offerings, like gastronomy (cooking classes are available with famous chefs), nature (Côte d’Azur is home to 80 gardens and launched its first garden festival last month), and MICE (it offers 18 convention centres and 60 hotels that can accommodate events).More news: Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaThe region is also heavily pushing sports tourism; Côte d’Azur is home to Europe’s biggest tennis facility – Mouratoglou Tennis Academy – as well as the new Vesubia Mountain Park, Europe’s biggest indoor canyoning centre. And let’s not forget about Provence’s biggest sporting attraction – the Grand Prix. After a 10-year hiatus, the Grand Prix de France Formula 1 will return to Le Castellet for five sessions between 2018-2022.The forecast for France is definitely bright, especially in light of Macron’s presidential win. According Doré, the mood in France has never been more hopeful.“Macron is very good for tourism,” he said. “We were faced with the choice between an open country versus a closed one, and luckily open won. With Macron as president, hopefully France will remain open.” << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Tags: Atout France
TORONTO — Transat has launched its latest contest with Travelweek, featuring a stay at the newly refurbished TRS Yucatan.The resort offers 454 rooms including Royal Junior Suites, five unique restaurants, new infinity and exclusive saltwater pools, 24-hour room service and access to all facilities at the neighbouring Grand Palladium Colonial Resort & Spa, Grand Palladium Kantenah Resort & Spa and Grand Palladium White Sand Resort & Spa.TRS YucatanTRS YucatanJunior Suite’s Private PoolTransat offers 43 flights a week to Cancun from 17 gateways, making it easy for clients to get to the adults-only hotel.Click here to enter! Posted by Friday, February 2, 2018 Travelweek Group Tags: Contests, Transat << Previous PostNext Post >> Agents can win a stay at the newly refurbished TRS Yucatan