ST. JOHN‘S, N.L. – The WinnipegJets thrilled a capacity crowd at the new home of their American Hockey League farm team with a 3-1 pre-season win over the Ottawa Senators on Monday.
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Mark Scheifele and Troy Bodie scored a pair of unanswered goals in the second period for the Jets as the badly out-shot Senators struggled to respond. Ben Maxwell added the other goal for Winnipeg.
Ottawa rallied and got on the board in the third period as Mika Zibanejad stuffed one in on Jets netminder Ondrej Pavelec.
Despite a lengthy power play in the third period on a fighting penalty taken by Winnipeg‘s Patrice Cormier, the Sens were not able to tie up the match and were outshot 36-28.
The game was played before a packed house of 6,275 hockey-starved fans who will be cheering this season for the St. John’s IceCaps, the Winnipeg affiliate in the AHL.
It’s the first time the city has had an AHL team since the St. John’s Maple Leafs left in 2005.
The rare NHL spectacle on the Rock was as much a thrill as it was a happy coincidence.
It just so happened that nearby Conception Bay South, N.L., won the chance to host the pre-season game as part of the annual Kraft Hockeyville contest. That hard-won victory nicely dovetailed with the move of the Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg, while the AHL’s Manitoba Moose became the St. John’s IceCaps.
And for 25-year-old Senators forward Colin Greening, who grew up five minutes from Mile One Centre, the chance to play an NHL game in his hometown is a dream come true.
“Hockey here is huge,” said the left winger, who debuted in Ottawa last season with six goals and seven assists in 24 games.
“I know sometimes you forget about Newfoundland because we’re so far East and we have our own time zone, but hockey’s big here. Everyone’s born on skates.”
“We’re proud Canadians, so it’s great to have Hockeyville here and to get another AHL team.”
CAIRO – Egypt’s ruling military decreed on Tuesday that the country’s first parliamentary elections since Hosni Mubarak’s ouster will begin Nov. 28, ending months of speculation on the timing of the key vote.
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The elections for parliament’s two chambers will be staggered over several months, with the vote for the People’s Assembly starting Nov. 28 and the less powerful Shura Council, the chamber’s upper house, on Jan. 29. The announcement by the ruling military council, which took over from Mubarak in February, was carried on the state news agency and television.
The last parliamentary election under Mubarak was held in November and December last year, when the ousted leader’s now-dissolved ruling party swept the vote, winning all but a handful of seats in the People’s Assembly.
The vote was widely condemned as the most fraudulent under Mubarak’s 29-year rule and considered one of the causes behind the 18-day popular uprising that forced him to step down on Feb. 11.
Egyptians went to the polls in March for a nationwide referendum on constitutional amendments. A decent turnout of more than 40 per cent and the absence of any serious instances of fraud led many to declare it Egypt’s cleanest vote in living memory.
Tuesday’s eagerly awaited announcement came at a time of tension between the military council and the pro-reform protest movement over the generals’ handling of the transition to democratic rule. The military rulers, in turn, claim some of the youth groups behind the Jan. 25-Feb. 11 uprising received training abroad and unauthorized foreign funding.
The protesters and a broad spectrum of politicians say the military has not acted decisively or swiftly enough to dismantle Mubarak’s legacy and bring figures of the old regime to account over corruption and other crimes. They also maintain that the generals ruled in near total secrecy and without consulting enough on major issues.
OTTAWA – The chances that Finance Minister Jim Flaherty will miss his target to balance the budget by 2014-15 have increased because of a slowing economy, the parliamentary budget watchdog said Tuesday.
Kevin Page said projections done by his office earlier this year gave Flaherty a one-in-five chance of balancing the books by that deadline.
But since then, the outlook for the global and Canadian economies has worsened.
“It will be less likely now,” Page said of the chances Flaherty will have a balanced budget in three years.
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With recession fears growing in Europe and the U.S. economy still in the doldrums, Canada’s growth rate has been scaled back because the export sector is under pressure and demand is falling for many of the resources the country produces.
As well, the recent volatility on stock markets has eroded consumer confidence and made ordinary Canadians more reluctant to spend.
Slower growth generally means lower corporate and personal tax revenues for governments, squeezing their overall revenues and putting upward pressure on social spending. That makes it more difficult to eliminate the deficit.
Flaherty’s June budget forecast a 2011-2012 deficit of $32.2 billion for the current fiscal year, down from $36.3 billion last year.
The federal finance minister has said he would be looking to find $4 billion in annual savings in his plan to balance the budget by 2014-15.
But much of his plan depends on strong growth in the economy to boost revenues. So any shortfall means Ottawa would be forced to delay balancing the books or impose more stringent cuts to reduce spending,
Flaherty spokesman Chisholm Pothier said the government is committed to returning to a balanced budget and is supporting that goal with a review aimed at eliminating ineffective government spending.
“We’re making progress on that and will report the results in Budget 2012. We will present updated economic and fiscal projections later this fall,” Pothier said in an email.
Page commented on the deficit as he released a report that found spending by the federal government in its first quarter was generally in line with the plan set out in the budget.
However, the global economic upheaval has raised questions about the government’s budget due to slower than expected growth around the world and the affect that will have on the revenue side of the equation.
“I don’t think people anticipated just how flat world growth would be in the first half of 2011, particularly in the U.S.,” Page said.
“I don’t think people anticipated the policy shock that came from that debt limit debate and just watching it play out week by week in Europe over sovereign credit issues.”
The report Tuesday found that total spending by the federal government for the quarter rose one per cent to almost $60 billion for the quarter compared with a year ago.
Meanwhile, operating spending in the quarter was up roughly four per cent compared with a year ago to nearly $12 billion, boosted in part by the spring election and census.
“We’re going to watch that,” Page said of the growth in spending.
Capital spending and transfer payments, excluding major statutory transfers such as old age security and the Canada Health Transfer, were down compared with a year ago due to the wind down of the government’s stimulus program.
Capital spending amounted to about $400 million for the quarter, down from over $600 million a year earlier due to a planned decrease, while the non-major transfers totalled about $7 billion, down six per cent.
Spending on internal services, which includes communications, financial management, human resources and information technology totalled $2.4 billion for the quarter.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The football season just started, but Doritos is already thinking about the Super Bowl.
The snack chip brand is going to have its sixth annual “Crash the Super Bowl” contest, which allows U.S. viewers to submit their own Doritos commercials and fans to vote on their favourites to appear during the big game.
If the ads score well on the USA Today Ad Meter, which measures the popularity of Super Bowl commercials, contestants win cash prizes of up to US$1 million.
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This year, Doritos has added a twist: It has enlisted Andy Samberg, a comedian on the popular “Saturday Night Live” program, and The Lonely Island, a creative team that consists of Samberg and two childhood friends, to create an ad to compete in the contest.
If their ad wins, they’ll donate the prize money to charity. If they don’t, they’ll work with the winners on a future yet-to-be-determined Doritos project.
“I see this year as really us raising the stakes a little bit,” said Tony Matta, vice-president of marketing. Instead of just cash and recognition, he says winners will get “a career-changing opportunity.”
The Super Bowl is advertising’s largest showcase; the football championship garnered a record 111 million viewers in the U.S. when it aired on Fox in February, according to Nielsen.
In order to get more bang for their buck – a Super Bowl ad costs about $3 million per 30 seconds – marketers are increasingly seeking ways to promote their advertising online and get publicity before and after the big game.
“The challenge for marketers today is to really engage consumers using both traditional and new forms of media,” said Tim Calkins, Clinical Professor of Marketing at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
“Crash the Super Bowl” has been Doritos’ way to create buzz. The brand, which is made by PepsiCo Inc.’s Frito-Lay division, saw video submissions for the contest increase 38 per cent to 5,600 for the most recent game played earlier this year. The contest finalists’ videos were viewed 22 million times. Doritos also saw a 30 per cent increase in Twitter activity and a 25 per cent increase in Facebook activity during the contest.
This year, they’re amping it up by teaming with the partnership The Lonely Island. The team, which also includes Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, wrote, directed and appeared in a series of popular digital shorts for “Saturday Night Live” with Justin Timberlake. The team also wrote and shot a music video for a song called “I’m on a Boat,” which was nominated for a Grammy.
Samberg said The Lonely Island agreed to work on the campaign in part because the Super Bowl is “such a large stage,” and he added “we just thought it was cool that young filmmakers get an opportunity to get that break.”
So far, winners of the contest have garnered some commercial work but there has been no breakout success story yet. The winners from the telecast earlier this year, Tess Ortbals and J.R. Burningham, started their own company, Mythmakers Entertainment, to pursue commercial work after creating an ad that took the stop spot on the Ad Meter.
That ad, “Pug Attack” shows a man mocking a dog with a bag of Doritos through a glass door. The pug then knocks down the door and eats the chips.
The first $1-million winners, Joe and Dave Herbert, brothers who won the contest in 2009, have gone on to direct several beverage spots and have shot several Web commercials. They’re also developing a feature film.
Matta said the goal is to one day launch a winner who can capitalize on the break and become a big-name director. “I would love in two or three years from now for the winner of this year’s program be directing or producing major motion picture film, that is true success,” he said.
U.S. participants can enter the contest this year by submitting a 30-second Doritos ad at 杭州桑拿按摩论坛杭州夜生活crashthesuperbowl杭州龙凤 between Oct. 3 and Nov. 21. Five finalists will be announced in January 2012, ahead of NBC’s Feb. 5, 2012 Super Bowl XLVI broadcast.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Jurors in the upcoming trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor won’t see a recording of a press conference by the singer promoting his final concerts, a judge ruled Monday.
Defence attorneys for Dr. Conrad Murray had wanted to show the footage, claiming it showed Jackson wasn’t healthy and had only committed to 10 shows. By the time of his death, the singer had been committed to 50 shows at London’s O2 arena.
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Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor ruled the March 2009 press conference wasn’t relevant to the involuntary manslaughter case against Murray, which will focus on the pop superstar’s final weeks and hours.
Defence attorney Nareg Gourjian said that according to promoters of the shows, Jackson’s press conference was delayed 90 minutes because the singer was passed out and appeared to be “hung over.”
“We believe that it’s readily apparent from watching the video that Mr. Jackson was under the influence,” Gourjian said.
Pastor said showing the footage would be prejudicial and the defence’s request included speculation that should not be shown to jurors.
The judge also blocked prosecutors from mentioning efforts by investigators to speak to Murray after his initial interview with police days after Jackson’s June 2009 death.
The rulings were some of the final bits of housekeeping before opening statements, set for Tuesday.
Murray has pleaded not guilty. He could face up to four years in prison if convicted and the loss of his medical license.
Authorities contend the Houston-based cardiologist gave Jackson a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol and other sedatives. Murray first disclosed he had been giving Jackson the anesthetic in the bedroom of the singer’s rented mansion during his interview with police.
Murray’s lead defence attorney Ed Chernoff disputed whether authorities left messages seeking another interview with the physician. Ultimately, Pastor determined attempts to contact Murray through his counsel should not be brought up during the trial.
AP Special Correspondent Linda Deutsch contributed to this report.