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Sask. event businesses taking financial hit due to inflation, gas prices

Sask. event businesses taking financial hit due to inflation, gas prices

As the country faces record high inflation and high gas prices, some Saskatchewan businesses in the event and wedding industry are taking a hit.

Trystan Meyers is the owner and operator of Armed with Harmony, a DJ service in Saskatoon, and says contracts for events are signed one or two years in advance, not anticipating the cost of everything going up.

“It’s really hard to be able to go back to retroactively say ‘well now this is actually the price of the service you’re getting’ or the costs associated with that,” Meyers told CTV News.

He says it’s “frustrating” because the price for simple things they use every day like microphone batteries and tape for cords are rising in price.

Meyers says his business is eating the cost as they want to remain reputable and have a good relationship with their clients.

“It’s definitely affecting our bottom line and having two years of COVID also affecting our bottom line before that, makes it quite challenging just to survive as a business,” he said.

Owner of RSVP Event Design Crystal MacLeod says “it’s been tricky” as she didn’t see inflation and high gas prices coming to this degree.

“At this point, we’ve just had to eat the cost and honour the contracts that were signed in some cases, three years ago because of postponements due to COVID,” MacLeod said.

MacLeod says her business notices the cost when it comes to gas for getting to and from events, picking up and delivering items, and shipping costs for new items.

“As a small business owner, you’re always worried. It’s such an up and down experience,” she said.

While RSVP Event Design is the busiest it’s been in 23 years, MacLeod says it’s due to postponed events from the pandemic. This summer MacLeod says most weekends are filled with two to three weddings.

Regardless of inflation and gas prices, MacLeod says she was already planning to raise rates by around 10 per cent and that it’s “necessary.”

As an event planner, MacLeod anticipates companies or couples can expect higher food costs for their event or wedding in the next year.

“I have found that people perhaps are just so excited to be gathering again they’re spending a little bit more money on things for their event that maybe they wouldn’t have considered before,” she said.

With the summer being completely booked up for corporate events and weddings, MacLeod says she’s never had to turn away as much business as she has in the last six months. She’s almost at the point where she’s getting close to capacity for 2023. 

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Libraries in Canada hit by wave of hate, threats, as right-wing groups protest all-age drag events | CBC News

Saint John drag king has no plans to stop hosting events for kids, despite online hate | CBC News

Family-friendly drag events across Canada, many hosted by municipal libraries, have been targeted by a deluge of hateful comments and threats during Pride month, prompting multiple police investigations and renewed concerns about the safety of the LGBTQ community.

More than half a dozen libraries and drag performers, from Saint John to Victoria, reported being inundated online and over the phone by homophobic slurs and, in some cases, threats of violence.

Drag Story Hour events are popular at many libraries in the country, and usually feature a performer in drag reading children’s books about inclusion. They are often held in collaboration with local LGBTQ associations and have caused only minor controversy in the past. 

But amid a surge in anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and policies in the U.S., and a conservative movement in Canada increasingly influenced by right-wing politics south of the border, the all-ages drag events have turned into flashpoints of anger.

The City of Dorval, a Montreal suburb, received a wave of complaints in early June as soon as it announced its library was hosting a story hour with well-known local performer Barbada.

“We received hate mail. We received threats. You name it — we received it,” said Sébastien Gauthier, a spokesperson for the city.

Drag performers Jessika Rabid, left, and Farrah Nuff, right, were among two dozen supporters who turned up to protect an all-ages drag storytelling in Calgary last week. (Dan McGarvey/CBC)

In the comments, library staff were, among other things, accused of assisting pedophiles and threatened with lawsuits. Their personal information was also circulated online.

“We also received more worrisome threats for the activity per se, people threatening to come by and do this and that during the event,” Gauthier said.

Montreal police patrolled the June 11 event, which was without incident, and have opened an investigation into the threats. 

“I’ve worked for the city for almost 20 years. I’ve never seen anything like this,” Gauthier said. 

An all-ages drag show in Victoria was cancelled mid-June after the cafe that was scheduled to host received a slew of threatening phone calls.

“Our show has been running for the last three years with absolutely zero complaints or concern from anyone in the community,” said a spokesperson for For the Love of Drag, the group that was slated to perform.

The spokesperson asked CBC News to withhold their name because of ongoing safety concerns.

The online hate directed at libraries in Canada comes amid a surge in anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and polices in the U.S. Earlier this month, police in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, arrested 31 men for conspiracy to riot at a Pride event. (North Country Off Grid/Youtube/Reuters)

“It’s frightening to be reminded that there are people out there that wish you didn’t exist, that wish they could harm you — especially during Pride month,” the spokesperson said in an email exchange.

A police investigation did not treat the incident as a hate crime and no charges were laid but a restraining order was issued against one person, the spokesperson said.

Libraries in Pembroke, Ont., Pickering Ont., Orillia, Ont., and Calgary also confirmed receiving a large volume of negative comments for hosting their own Drag Story Hour events this month. 

Ontario Provincial Police said they have an active investigation related to the Pembroke event, but declined to provide further details.

Convoy-linked groups

The surge of hate appears to have diverse sources. In Saint John, for instance, past and aspiring candidates with the People’s Party of Canada were among those who circulated misleading images on their social media accounts to suggest a story hour event at a local library earlier this month wasn’t age appropriate. 

One image was from a 2019 burlesque show in the U.S., the other was from an adult drag performance in April.

The posts spurred a long string of hateful comments against the performer, Alex Saunders, whose drag persona is Justin Toodeep. 

“We read a couple of books about a prince and knight who fell in love and then a couple of books on different types of families you might see,” Saunders said of the all-ages June event.

In several instances, groups and social media accounts affiliated with the Freedom Convoy encouraged supporters to protest the Drag Story Hour events. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

Saunders says they sent more than 40 pages worth of screen grabs of the comments to Saint John police, including one that said it was time to “light the torches,” and another that called for Saunders and a fellow performer to be burned alive.

Saunders says they were told that there was insufficient evidence of a direct threat to pursue charges. 

“[It has been] very scary and weird and I really have been trying to put on a brave face for my community, but I had a full-blown, crying, didn’t-want-to-leave-the-house meltdown,” Saunders said.

Alex Saunders, also known as Justin Toodeep, helps host a drag storytime with the Saint John Free Public Library on June 5. (Supplied by Alex Saunders)

The public library in Pickering said it received a wave of homophobic and transphobic comments, both via phone and online, following an article and video report by True North, a right-wing media outlet founded by former Conservative MP Candice Malcolm.

On True North’s Facebook page, posts about the event received more than a dozen homophobic comments, many accusing drag performers of pedophilia, a long-running trope in anti-LGTBQ rhetoric. 

In several instances, groups and social media accounts affiliated with the Freedom Convoy encouraged supporters to protest the Drag Story Hour events.

Stand4Thee, an anti-vax mandate group that supported the blockade in Ottawa, has issued several calls in the past month for members to contact libraries hosting drag events.

In posts on Telegram, a social messaging app, the group says the events “indoctrinate our children” and are “disgusting perverted filth.” Their posts were shared on the Convoy to Ottawa 2022 channel, one of the largest groups on the app used by convoy supporters. 

Members of Calgary Freedom Central — a Telegram channel with nearly 9,000 subscribers that helped rally support for truck blockades in Ottawa and Coutts, Alta., this winter — used slurs as they tried to mobilize opposition to an event last week at a branch of the Calgary Public Library.

Members suggested a physical confrontation to show performers they were “not welcome” in Calgary. Another user suggested confronting parents who brought their children to the event.

As in many of the other online forums, the comments in Calgary Freedom Central often invoked the term “groomer” to describe the drag performers or the library staff hosting the events.

The slur, which is derived from the baseless stereotype that LGBTQ people are involved in pedophilia, is increasingly popular among right-wing groups in the U.S., where several drag story hour events have been disrupted by protests this month.

When Calgary’s LGTBQ community learned of the negative online chatter, about 25 members of the community and their supporters turned up at last week’s story hour event to prevent disruptions.

“I want to make sure the children and performers are the most protected they can be,” said Farrah Nuff, a drag performer who attended the event at the Nicholls Family Library.

Despite being subjected to threats, officials at municipal libraries hosting such events insist on their importance and maintain they won’t be intimidated.

Bessie Sullivan, CEO of the Orillia Public Library, said she never contemplated cancelling the event, even though callers were, among other things, threatening to get her fired.

“They pissed me off,” Sullivan said. “So actually, what we did, as this ratcheted up, I added a second story time.”

Library staff in Pembroke say they fielded a slew of threatening calls and emails, some promising that dozens of protesters would disrupt their drag story hour event.

Karthi Rajamani, the library’s CEO, was sufficiently concerned that she contacted police and gave her staff additional safety training. But, like Sullivan, she never considered cancelling the event.

“Libraries are community leaders. We should be examples of inclusion and diversity,” Rajamani said. 

In the end no one showed up to protest in Pembroke. The event was well attended and, Rajamani said, residents applauded the library for going ahead with it. Several other librarians expressed similar sentiments.

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China Changes Law So It Can Hit Back at Insults at Sports Events – BNN Bloomberg

IOC Says No Ceremony If Russian Skater Valieva Medals in Event - BNN Bloomberg

(Bloomberg) — Chinese lawmakers approved a change to the law that would allow it to fight back at any perceived insult at international sporting events, underscoring the lengths President Xi Jinping’s government will go to protect China’s reputation abroad.

The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress on Friday passed the revision to the Law on Physical Culture and Sports to allow for countermeasures if any country, region or organization undermines the nation’s sovereignty, security, development interests or dignity in international sports events, according to full texts of the revised law released by official Xinhua News Agency.

There are no details on what constitutes an infringement of rights or dignity. The revised law will take effect on Jan. 1, 2023.

The ruling Communist Party has a history of sternly responding to the slightest criticism, whether about close ties with Russia after the invasion of Ukraine or the government’s activities in the far western region of Xinjiang, where it’s been accused of human rights abuses. 

Last month, when World Health Organization chief Tedros Ghebreyesus said China’s zero-tolerance Covid strategy was not “sustainable,” a Foreign Ministry spokesman immediately hit back, saying “the relevant individual” should “try to get a better understanding of the facts and refrain from making irresponsible remarks.”

The government’s hypersensitive defense of its policies also involves the sports world. After Boston Celtics player Enes Kanter made statements in support of Tibet last year, internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd. removed all live-streaming for the National Basketball Association team’s games.

In 2019, a tweet by Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey in support of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong prompted state broadcaster China Central Television to suspend showing NBA contests for about a year.

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WPIC: Events in Q1’22 hit platinum supply harder than demand, with previous surplus forecast for 2022 reduced to 627 koz

  • Platinum supply forecast to fall 5% in 2022, while demand to increase 2%
  • Despite unprecedented headwinds, annual automotive demand in 2022 forecast to rise 16%
  • Strong jewellery demand in Europe, North America, Japan and India unable to offset falls in pandemic-affected China
  • Strong underlying platinum industrial demand masked by reduced expansions in glass

LONDON, May 16, 2022 /CNW/ — The World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) today publishes its Platinum Quarterly for the first quarter of 2022, with a revised full year forecast for 2022.

Unprecedented events in Q1’22 had a huge impact on both the supply of and demand for platinum, adding a layer of complexity on top of pre-existing issues, which will continue well into 2022. During the quarter, both demand (-26%) and supply (-13%) fell year-on-year leaving the market in surplus of 167 koz. However, for the full year, supply is expected to be 5% less than in 2021, yet demand to be 2% greater.

The surplus forecast for 2022 has now been reduced to 627 koz, which is also notably down on the surplus in 2021 (1,128 koz).

Constrained supply

Q1’22 saw confirmation that the processing of semi-finished inventory built up during the 2020 Anglo American platinum converter plant (ACP) shutdown had been completed. With mine production no longer receiving the one-off supply boost from the ACP inventory unwind, a clearer picture of underlying production levels emerged this quarter. South African production in Q1’22 fell 16% (-167 koz) year-on-year, to quarterly levels below those seen in 2019. Platinum mine supply in South Africa is forecast to decline 9% in 2022 (-421 koz) and is at risk of potential strike action related to three-yearly wage negotiations. Russian output also declined in Q1’22, down 11% year-on-year (-21 koz) with the operating environment in Russia becoming increasingly challenging due to the geopolitical situation and sanctions against Russia. Overall, global refined mine production is forecast to decline 7% (-425 koz) year-on-year to 5,872 koz.

Recycling supply was constrained during Q1’22 (-20% year-on-year) due to reduced volumes of end-of-life vehicles as a result of fewer new vehicles being sold – an issue that will persist yet ease throughout 2022. Full year platinum recycling supply is forecast to decline by 2% (-43 koz).

Notable automotive demand despite severe challenges

Against a backdrop of shortages of semiconductor chips and other parts, zero-COVID protocols in China, and disruption in Europe due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, total platinum automotive demand this quarter was remarkably strong. Demand was flat on Q1’21 (725 koz), and is expected to increase by 16% (+412 koz) in 2022, due to a rise in light duty vehicles produced, higher loadings due to tighter emissions regulations and continued platinum substitution to partially replace palladium in gasoline vehicle catalysts.

Jewellery demand rises in all regions except China

A jump in the number of weddings, price-led gains from gold in bridal and further growth for luxury brands saw platinum jewellery demand rise in Europe and North America in Q1’22 – a trend which is forecast to continue throughout the year. Jewellery demand also grew in Japan, albeit from a low base. In India, platinum jewellery demand rose in Q1’22, with fabrication expected to grow to a record high in 2022.

However, this could not offset a fall in jewellery demand in China, where platinum fabrication fell by 36% year-on-year in Q1’22, partly due to the negative impact of the Omicron outbreak. Sales are expected to gradually pick up in the second half of the year as the pandemic-related impact is expected to ease. Overall global platinum jewellery demand declined by 9% (-42 koz) year-on-year in Q1’22, and is forecast to decline 2% (-37 koz) to 1,886 koz in 2022.

Underlying industrial demand above 2019 levels

Petroleum demand in Q1’22 rose by 21% (+8 koz) year-on-year, especially in Europe and North America, where refining output had picked up considerably as the recovery from COVID continued. Similarly, as health service utilisation is recovering towards pre-pandemic levels, demand for platinum in the medical sector was up by 15% (+8 koz). Both sectors are forecast to see demand growth in 2022.

Meanwhile, platinum glass demand fell 56% (-179 koz) year-on-year in Q1 22 as expected. This seemingly dramatic drop was due to unusually high demand in Q1’21, as significant investment in new plant capacity was completed and plants were commissioned. This reduced requirement from the glass sector was a significant factor in overall industrial demand falling by 25% (-175 koz) in Q1’22 year-on-year, and the forecast of a 16% decline in 2022, albeit that 2022 industrial demand is still expected to be the third strongest year on record.

Investment demand affected by yen weakness and ETF liquidations

Bar and coin demand increased from 21 koz in Q1’21 to 60 koz in Q1’22. However, despite particularly strong demand in North America, global demand growth was limited by US dollar price strength sustained by a significant subsequent weakening in the yen which drove local platinum prices to their highest since May last year and which encouraged profit-taking among Japanese investors. This trend is expected to continue into the next quarter, with global bar and coin demand for the full year forecast to decline by 23%.

For ETFs, liquidations in Q1’22 stemmed primarily from one European ETF issuer and were contrary to investors’ finding hard assets attractive due to surging inflationary worries and elevated geopolitical and economic uncertainties. A modest inflow in ETF holdings over the remainder of this year is forecast, resulting in a 50 koz full-year outflow.

Paul Wilson, CEO of the World Platinum Investment Council commented:

“At the start of Q1’22, most regions were at various stages of a post-COVID economic recovery. However, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine at the end of February sent shockwaves through the markets, which will be felt for months and years to come. This new layer of complexity, on top of existing COVID-related factors and operational challenges, will add to the wider markets’ volatility.

“With the backlog of semi-finished inventory built up during the 2020 Anglo American Platinum converter plant (ACP) outages now processed, we are left with the stark reality that South African production is actually below where it was in 2019. This, combined with a massive drop in recycled material, points to constrained supply for the coming months, as demand continues to grow.

“While the cost of the tragic war in Ukraine will not be known for some time, the potential indirect impact it could have on platinum is considerable. Security-of-supply concerns, particularly for palladium have arisen in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and given Russia’s importance to the global supplies of mined palladium and, to a much lesser extent, platinum. This could increase platinum for palladium substitution efforts and modify the procurement and inventory management strategies of a wide range of market participants.

“In addition to decarbonisation, security of energy supply for all Governments is now a far greater issue than it was. The role of green hydrogen in reducing European gas imports could drive a strategic acceleration of electrolyser construction, which would benefit platinum directly but also support the infrastructure needed for broad-based commercial adoption of FCEVs. Investors looking for green opportunities are becoming increasingly aware of platinum’s key strategic role in unlocking hydrogen’s crucial contribution to achieving global net zero targets; being used in both electrolysers to produce green hydrogen and in hydrogen fuel cells.”


Neither the World Platinum Investment Council nor Metals Focus is authorised by any regulatory authority to give investment advice. Nothing within this document is intended or should be construed as investment advice or offering to sell or advising to buy any securities or financial instruments and appropriate professional advice should always be sought before making any investment. For further information, please visit

SOURCE World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC)

For further information: Charlotte Raisbeck, +44 (0)7908 551605 – [email protected]

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Virtual Events Market Size to Hit USD 366450 million by 2028 | Market Share, Growth, Trends, Key Players, Market Segmentation, Challenges, Restraints, Revenue, Recent Developments, Stakeholders and Forecast Research | Market Reports World

Virtual Events Market Size to Hit USD 366450 million by 2028 | Market Share, Growth, Trends, Key Players, Market Segmentation, Challenges, Restraints, Revenue, Recent Developments, Stakeholders and Forecast Research | Market Reports World
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global Virtual Events market size is projected to reach US$ 366450 million by 2028, from US$ 115610 million in 2021, at a CAGR of 17.3% during 2022-2028.

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About Virtual Events:

Virtual events are online exhibitions that include breakout sessions, video conferencing, web conferencing, collaboration tools, communication, and social networking. Virtual events can be enabled on smartphones, desktops, laptops, and tablets. They can be used to announce the launch of new products, provide additional information to people, and obtain new vendors. The exhibit below represents the differences between physical events and virtual events.

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The research report has incorporated the analysis of different factors that augment the market’s growth. It constitutes trends, restraints, and drivers that transform the market in either a positive or negative manner. This section also provides the scope of different segments and applications that can potentially influence the market in the future. The detailed information is based on current trends and historic milestones. This section also provides an analysis of the volume of production in the global market and of each type.

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Global Virtual Events Market Segmentation:

The research report includes specific segments by region (country), company, Type, and Application. This study provides information about the sales and revenue during the historic and forecasted period. Understanding the segments helps in identifying the importance of different factors that aid the market growth.

By Type:

  • Online Exhibitions

  • Web Conferencing

  • Others

By Application:

  • Education

  • Healthcare

  • Finance and Banking

  • Others

Geographic Segment Covered in the Report:

The Virtual Events report provides information about the market area, which is further subdivided into sub-regions and countries/regions. In addition to the market share in each country and sub-region, this chapter of this report also contains information on profit opportunities. This chapter of the report mentions the market share and growth rate of each region, country and sub-region during the estimated period.

  • North America

  • Europe

  • Asia-Pacific

  • South America

  • Middle East and Africa

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1 Report Business Overview

1.1 Study Scope
1.2 Market Analysis by Type
1.2.1 Global Virtual Events Market Size Growth Rate by Type, 2017 VS 2021 VS 2028
1.2.2 Online Exhibitions
1.2.3 Web Conferencing
1.2.4 Others
1.3 Market by Application
1.3.1 Global Virtual Events Market Size Growth Rate by Application, 2017 VS 2021 VS 2028
1.3.2 Education
1.3.3 Healthcare
1.3.4 Finance and Banking
1.3.5 Others
1.4 Study Objectives
1.5 Years Considered

2 Global Growth Trends

2.1 Global Virtual Events Market Perspective (2017-2028)
2.2 Virtual Events Growth Trends by Region
2.2.1 Virtual Events Market Size by Region: 2017 VS 2021 VS 2028
2.2.2 Virtual Events Historic Market Size by Region (2017-2022)
2.2.3 Virtual Events Forecasted Market Size by Region (2023-2028)
2.3 Virtual Events Market Dynamics
2.3.1 Virtual Events Industry Trends
2.3.2 Virtual Events Market Drivers
2.3.3 Virtual Events Market Challenges
2.3.4 Virtual Events Market Restraints

3 Competition Landscape by Key Players

4 Virtual Events Breakdown Data by Type

5 Virtual Events Breakdown Data by Application

6 North America

7 Europe

8 Asia-Pacific

9 Latin America

10 Middle East & Africa

11 Key Players Profiles

12 Analyst’s Viewpoints/Conclusions

13 Appendix


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Athletic Department to hit the road for three Coaches Caravan events – Rochester Institute of Technology Athletics

Athletic Department to hit the road for three Coaches Caravan events - Rochester Institute of Technology Athletics

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The RIT Athletics Department is hitting the road in the coming weeks and fans are invited to meet and mingle with coaches and administrators as part of its “Coaches Caravan” series.
Executive Director of Athletics Jacqueline Nicholson will host events in Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse and alumni, parents and friends are all invited to join the RIT coaching staff and administrators for three nights of fun, refreshments and discussions about all the latest in Tiger Athletics.

“We are excited to get out and see our fans and talk about all the great things going on with the department,” said Nicholson. “We look forward to sharing more about the future of RIT athletics and interacting with the amazing fans we have across Western New York.” 
Wednesday, May 18 – Rochester, N.Y. – REGISTER NOW
ROC Brewing Co. (RIT Alumni Owned) – 5:30 P.M.
Featured Coaches: Phil Bartela (S&D), Celeste Brown (WHKY), Jake Coon (MLAX), Bill Garno (MSOC), Amy Reed (WBB); Emcee: Rob Grow (BASE)
Tuesday, May 24 – Buffalo, N.Y. – REGISTER NOW
Resurgence Brewing Company (RIT Alumni Owned) – 5:30 P.M.
Featured Coaches: Jason Bovenzi (WRES), Liz Masterson (WSOC), Bob McVean (MBB), Erin Wagner (WLAX), Wayne Wilson (MHKY); Emcee: Rob Grow (BASE)
Thursday, June 2 – Syracuse, N.Y. – REGISTER NOW
The Fitz at Oh My Darling – 5:30 P.M.
Featured Coaches: Jim Bodenstedt (ROW), Tom Linhart (TEN), Jim Lodes (WVB), Becky Stryker (SOFT), David Warth (XC/T&F); Emcee: Rob Grow (BASE)
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PaleyFest LA 2022 Returns With In-Person Events Featuring Cast And Creatives Of Hit Shows

PaleyFest LA 2022 Returns With In-Person Events Featuring Cast And Creatives Of Hit Shows

After a three-year hiatus, PaleyFest LA, a ten-day television festival returns, running from April 2nd through the 10th.

All of the in-person sessions of the festival will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, home to the Academy Awards.

This year’s line-up includes include NBC and Twentieth Television’s This Is Us, The CW and Warner Bros. Television’s Superman & Lois, ABC and ABC Signature’s black-ish, CBS’s & Lionsgate Television’s Ghosts, CBS’s The Neighborhood, and HBOMax and Universal Television’s Hacks.

Netflix and Sony Pictures Television will present an event featuring Cobra Kai, while other events include The CW and Warner Bros. Television’s Riverdale, AMC and Sony Pictures Television’s Better Call Saul, CBS and CBS Studio’s A Salute to the NCIS Universe celebrating NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, and NCIS: Hawai’i, and Netflix’s Emily in Paris.

Maureen J. Reidy, President and CEO of the Paley Center for Media, says that the events offer devoted fans, “a once-in-a-lifetime experience with the stars and creative talent behind some of television’s biggest hits.”​

Each panel discussion includes exclusive behind-the-scenes conversations with leading stars and producers, screenings of special preview and premiere content, and each event closes with an audience Q&A, with fans getting the chance to ask the stars and producers their burning questions.

With first year series Ghosts and Hacks participating in the festival, Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs, Jen Statsky, and Michael Schur, executive producers of Hacks say, “We’re so thrilled that [our show] is included in PaleyFest this year. It’ll be so nice to be in person for any reason, but especially to talk to people who like our show as much as we do.”

Joe Port and Joe Wiseman, the showrunners of Ghosts, comment that, “We are honored to spend our days making Ghosts, and we look forward to celebrating in person with the show’s fans who make it all possible.”

Stars and producers from the three NCIS series will be celebrating both the freshman version, NCIS: Hawai’i, as well as the mothership of the franchise NCIS, and spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles.

R. Scott Gemmill, showrunner of NCIS: Los Angeles points out that as the series approaches its milestone 300th episode in this its 13th season, “The last couple of years have really reminded us how our favorite television shows make us feel connected to one another, and we want to celebrate with our fans and our entire NCIS family of shows.”

Three series, black-ish, This Is Us, and Better Call Saul, are hosting events during PaleyFest prior to closing out their on-air runs later this year.

Courtney Lilly, Showrunner & Executive Producer of black-ish says, “Can’t think of a better way to go out after eight seasons than to take part in PaleyFest,” while creator and executive producer of This Is Us, Dan Fogelman, says, “We are honored to be part of this prestigious festival. Looking forward to talking all things This Is Us with you, one last time.”

Showrunner and executive producer of Better Call Saul, Peter Gould, in true ‘Saul style’ says, “Saul Goodman might only be the ‘World’s 2nd Best Lawyer’ — but he scores an invitation to PaleyFest?! We are thrilled and honored to talk about our show and its final season with the brilliant (and good-looking) folks at this year’s PaleyFest.”

Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg, who are the series creators and executive producers of surprise hit series Cobra Kai, remarked that, “We look forward to connecting with our devoted and badass fans,” and added, “Living in these interesting times, we’ve long held one thing paramount—karate will bring us together.”

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Television fans can relive some of PaleyFest LA’s best moments on the Paley Center’s YouTube channel. Some memorable highlights include conversations with the casts of Lost, The Golden Girls, The Big Bang Theory, and many more

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The general public can participate in Paley programs in both New York and Los Angeles that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping media. The public can also access the Paley Center’s permanent media collection, containing over 160,000 television and radio programs and advertisements.

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The full PaleyFest LA Lineup is as follows:

Saturday, April 2nd at 7pm PT — ‘This is Us’

With Dan Fogelman, Creator, Showrunner and Executive Producer, Milo Ventimiglia, “Jack Pearson,” Mandy Moore, “Rebecca Pearson,” Sterling K. Brown, “Randall Pearson,” Chrissy Metz, “Kate Pearson,” Justin Hartley, “Kevin Pearson,” Susan Kelechi Watson, “Beth Pearson,” Chris Sullivan, “Toby Damon,” Jon Huertas, “Miguel,” with additional guests to be announced.

Sunday, April 3rd at 2pm PT — ‘Superman & Lois’

With Todd Helbing, Creator, Showrunner and Executive Producer, Tyler Hoechlin“ Clark Kent/Superman,” Elizabeth ‘Bitsie’ Tulloch, “Lois Lane,” Jordan Elsass, “Jonathan Kent,” Alex Garfin, Jordan Kent,” Erik Valdez, “Kyle Cushing,” Inde Navarrette, “Sarah Cushing,” Wolé Parks, “John Henry Irons/Steel,” Adam Rayner, “Morgan Edge/Tal-Rho”

Sunday, April 3rd at 7pm PT — ‘black-ish’

With Executive Producer, Anthony Anderson, “Andre ‘Dre’ Anderson,” Showrunner and Executive Producer, Courtney Lilly, Producer, Tracee Ellis Ross, “Rainbow Johnson,” Marcus Scribner, “Andre Johnson Jr.,” Miles Brown, “Jack Johnson,” Marsai Martin, “Diane Johnson,” Jenifer Lewis, “Ruby” ​

Wednesday, April 6th at 7:30 PT — ‘Ghosts’ and ‘The Neighborhood’

From ‘Ghosts

Joseph Port, Executive Producer and Co-Showrunner, Rose McIver, “Samantha,” Utkarsh Ambudkar, “Jay,” Brandon Scott Jones, “Isaac,” Richie Moriarty, “Pete,” Danielle Pinnock, “Alberta,” Asher Grodman, “Trevor,” Román Zaragoza, “Sasappis,” Sheila Carrasco, “Flower,” Rebecca Wisocky, “Hetty,” Devan Chandler Long, “Thorfinn”

From ‘The Neighborhood’:

From The Neighborhood: Cedric the Entertainer, “Calvin Butler” and Executive Producer, Max Greenfield, “Dave Johnson,” Beth Behrs, “Gemma Johnson,” Tichina Arnold, “Tina Butler,” Sheaun McKinney, “Malcolm Butler,” Marcel Spears, “Marty Butler,” Meg DeLoatch, Executive Producer and Showrunner

Thursday, April 7th at 7:30pm PT — ‘Hacks’

With Paul W. Downs, Co-Creator, Co-Showrunner, EP, Writer and “Jimmy,” Lucia Aniello, Co-Creator, Co-Showrunner, EP, Writer and Director, Jen Statsky, Co-Creator, Co-Showrunner, EP, and Writer, Michael Schur, EP, Jean Smart, “Deborah Vance,” Hannah Einbinder, “Ava,” Carl Clemons-Hopkins, “Marcus,” Meg Stalter, “Kayla,” Mark Indelicato, “Damien”

Friday, April 8th at 7:30pm PT — ‘Cobra Kai’

With Ralph Macchio, “Daniel LaRusso” and Executive Producer, William Zabka, “Johnny Lawrence” and Executive Producer, Josh Heald, Writer and Executive Producer, Jon Hurwitz, Writer and Executive Producer, Hayden Schlossberg, Writer and Executive Producer, Courtney Henggeler, “Amanda LaRusso,” Xolo Maridueña, “Miguel Diaz,” Mary Mouser, “Samantha LaRusso,” Tanner Buchanan, “Robby Keane,” Jacob Bertrand, “Eli ‘Hawk’ Moskowitz”

Saturday, April 9th at 2pm PT — ‘Riverdale’

With Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Showrunner and Executive Producer, K.J. Apa, “Archie Andrews,” Cole Sprouse, “Jughead Jones,” Lili Reinhart, “Betty Cooper,” Camila Mendes, “Veronica Lodge,” Madelaine Petsch, “Cheryl Blossom,” with additional guests to be announced.

Saturday, April 9th at 7pm PT — ‘Better Call Saul’

With Vince Gilligan, Creator and Executive Producer, Peter Gould, Creator, Showrunner and Executive Producer, Bob Odenkirk, “Jimmy McGill,” Rhea Seehorn, “Kim Wexler,” Jonathan Banks, “Mike Ehrmantraut,” Patrick Fabian, “Howard Hamlin,” Michael Mando, “Nacho Varga,” Giancarlo Esposito, “Gus Fring”

Saturday, April 9th at 2pm PT — A Salute to the NCIS Universe celebrating ‘NCIS,’ ‘NCIS: Los Angeles,’ and ‘NCIS: Hawai’i’

From NCIS:

Steven D. Binder, Showrunner and Executive Producer, Sean Murray, “Timothy McGee,” Wilmer Valderrama, “Nickolas ‘Nick’ Torres,” Brian Dietzen, “Dr. Jimmy Palmer,” Diona Reasonover, “Kasie Hines,” Katrina Law, “Jessica Knight,” Rocky Carroll, “Leon Vance,” Gary Cole, “Alden Parker”

From NCIS: Los Angeles:

Shane Brennan, Showrunner and Executive Producer, R. Scott Gimmill, Executive Producer, Chris O’Donnell, “G. Callen,” LL COOL J, “Sam Hanna,” Linda Hunt, “Henrietta ‘Hetty’ Lange,” Daniela Ruah, “Kensi Blye,” Eric Christian Olsen, “Marty Deeks,” Medalion Rahimi, “Fatima Namazi,” Caleb Castille, “Devin Rountree,” Gerald McRaney, “Hollis Kilbride”

From NCIS: Hawai’i:

Matt Bosack, Executive Producer, Jan Nash, Executive Producer, Christopher Silber, Executive Producer, Vanessa Lachey, “Jane Tennant,” Alex Tarrant, “Kai,” Noah Mills, “Jesse Boone,” Yasmine Al-Bustami, “Lucy Tara,” Jason Antoon, “Ernie Malik,” Tori Anderson, “Kate Whistler,” Kian Talan, “Alex Tennant”

Sunday, April 10th at 7pm PT — ‘Emily in Paris’

With Darren Starr, Creator, Showrunner, Writer and Executive Producer, Lily Collins, “Emily Cooper” and Producer, Ashley Park, “Mindy Chen,” Lucas Bravo, “Gabriel,” Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, “Sylvie,” Camille Razat, “Camille,” with additional guests to be announced.

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Great Barrier Reef hit by sixth mass bleaching event, leading coral scientist says

One of the world’s leading coral scientists claims a sixth mass bleaching event is unfolding across the Great Barrier Reef, with official monitoring flights now under way all along the Queensland coastline.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) has confirmed monitoring flights are being conducted “along the length and breadth” of the 2,300km world heritage reef.

But the authority is not due to make a formal update on conditions over the reef, or the initial findings from those flights, until Friday.

The development comes less than a week before the start of a 10-day United Nations monitoring mission to the reef ahead of a crucial meeting of the world heritage committee in June.

Prof Terry Hughes, a leading expert on coal bleaching at James Cook University, said he had received a “flood of reports from the field” of bleached corals in the last two weeks.

Rising ocean temperatures driven by human emissions of greenhouse gases have caused five mass bleaching events along the reef in 1998, 2002, 2016, 2017 and 2020.

Hughes told the Guardian he believes a sixth mass bleaching event is now unfolding, and that it was not mild or local.

The amount of heat stress over the reef tends to peak in early to mid-March each year but scientists began to worry as early as December after water temperatures rose to record levels for that month.

Hughes said: “We all breathed a sigh of relief because corals that were pale in December regained their colour in January and February. But in the last three weeks there have been reports of moderate to strong bleaching all along the reef.”

Observations from the Bureau of Meteorology show water temperatures at between 1C and 2C above average across wide areas of the reef.

A study, led by Hughes, has found more than 98% of all the individual reefs have bleached at least once.

During the last three mass bleaching events, Hughes has led aerial surveys across the length of the marine park to record the condition of corals from a low-flying aircraft.

Hughes said that task had now been passed on to GBRMPA.

He said water temperatures and the accumulated heat stress alone was not enough to say for sure if corals had bleached.

“We won’t have a full picture until the flights are done,” he said. “We have to see those maps [of bleaching] so it is premature to say how this ranks next to the other five bleaching events.”

GBRMPA has been collating information on bleaching from flights, in-water surveillance and reports for weeks.

A week ago the authority said there had been “low to moderate bleaching” reported in many areas.

In a statement on Thursday, the authority said it was “conducting aerial surveys along the length and breadth of the reef, to get a clearer picture of any bleaching in the Marine Park this summer. The status of reef health is updated each Friday.” Flights began last weekend.

The Australian Institute of Marine Science has previously said a recovery in coral cover over the reef since the last bleaching event in 2020 has been driven by fast-growing acropora corals that were also susceptible to bleaching.

Hughes said northern parts of the reef were “halfway to recovery” but a lot of “vulnerable corals” were now bleaching.

Corals can recover from mild bleaching, but if heat stress is too severe the coral can die.

While there is no formal definition of a mass bleaching event, Hughes said: “Most people would describe bleaching that includes severe levels of bleaching at a scale of hundreds of kilometres would qualify as a mass bleaching.”

Last week, environment groups said it was vital that a UN mission to the reef – requested by Australia and starting on Monday – should be able to see bleaching.

No details have been released either by Unesco or the Australian government about where the mission will go or who it will meet.

A report from the mission is expected by early May ahead of a scheduled world heritage committee meeting in June.

Last year, UN science advisors recommended the committee place the reef on a list of world heritage sites “in danger” because of the impacts of bleaching and a lack of progress in improving pollution levels.

But fierce lobbying by the Australian government saw the 21-country committee ignore the recommendation. During the meeting, Australia also sided with countries to go against several UN recommendations relating to other sites around the world.

Australia reportedly struck at least one quid pro quo – a deal with Spain to back a world heritage inscription for a site in Madrid, despite UN advisors opposing it, in exchange for Spain’s support to block an “in danger” listing for the reef.

Last month the Morison government pledged a further $1bn for local reef conservation efforts over the next nine years.

But many reef scientists have said efforts like finding more heat-tolerant coral species, improving water quality and removing coral-eating starfish will be overrun by global heating unless greenhouse gas emissions are cut rapidly.

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Hit the slopes this March Break for the ‘last bit of winter fun’

Hit the slopes this March Break for the 'last bit of winter fun'

Ski resorts anticipate a busy March Break on the slopes with a week of family fun events planned.

“We expect families to plan to come to Blue to get their last bit of winter fun in,” said Blue Mountain Resort public relations manager Tara Lovell.

Resorts across Simcoe Muskoka have entertainers, shows and activities on tap from March 13 to March 20 to keep the kids busy during their week off school.

There are still a few COVID-19 rules for resort visitors, including physical distancing and masks while inside shared spaces, such as retail shops and dining areas while not seated.

Face masks are no longer required outdoors.

Additionally, visitors don’t need to show proof of vaccination.

Throughout the pandemic, the tourism industry took a hard hit with several closures during lockdowns and capacity limitations.

On top of the challenges the ski industry has faced over the past two years, this season began with unseasonably mild temperatures forcing many to open later than expected.