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  1. Joe MacCarthy

    Gold Cup 2019

    Despite this fellows penchant for the ridiculous, it should be noted that, in an interview, Liam Millar basically said on watching the USA, "they're no better than we are". We shall see, hopefully both Millar and Philly Cream Cheese will be vindicated.
  2. Joe MacCarthy

    CFL Thread

    Just to provide a little clarity, BC has the last "old school" owner in the league. While he pays the bills on time, David Braley is not known for progressive thinking. He basically allowed the Argos to wither on the vine while sitting out the sale of the Argos to MLSE. In the past, his charity and largesse has saved teams in the league many a time but his fastidiousness in ownership has deeply tarnished his once highly respected reputation. Fortunately he did hire former Esk Rick LaLecheur as President and he has been implementing some marketing strategies to stem the slide. As for the Als, football is still popular in Quebec and if Johnny "Canadian" Football can make inroads this year I think you'll see the fans come back there, Toronto is unfortunately another story. I've seen too many miracle comebacks in the CFL, and Toronto has been one of the places, but as of now things look grim. But people should learn to never count out the little league that could. From the article... The Lions just arrested a seven-year annual decline at the B.C. Place Stadium turnstiles. Back in 2011, they averaged 29,725 fans per game. The next season, after winning the Grey Cup, they cracked the 30,000 mark, and hovered around 28,000 the next two seasons before falling off a cliff to 21,000. This year’s average gate was a mere 117 fans more than 2017, but at least it was an increase. Montreal (17,332) and Toronto (14,211) were the only cities worse than Vancouver, in terms of paid attendance, and the Als actually plan on constricting their seating nearly 15 per cent to make the game-day atmosphere more intimate. The rest of the league has remained stable — highlighted by Hamilton and Ottawa both selling more than 94 per cent capacity of their stadiums — and an average of around 24,000 fans across the league. And then there’s the fortress of Saskatchewan — which averaged 32,057 fans per game this season — with new Mosaic Stadium at 96 per cent capacity. ... For us, we’re continuing to draw in a younger fan base, we’ve put in a lot of emphasis in marketing back to kids these past couple of years, and seen some tremendous success and growth.” The league said Friday that TV ratings this season were up five per cent, with an average of 730,000 tuning in for CFL games. More importantly, they were up 15 per cent in the 18-49 demographic. This comes on the heels of a study done last year by brand analytics firm IMI International, which said there was a five per cent leap in the number of millennials — the 18-34 year old age bracket — identifying as fans of the CFL, the largest jump of any North American pro league. And with three more years remaining on the TSN/RDS broadcast deal with the CFL — which doles out around $4M per team each season, covering the lions’ share of a $5.2M salary cap — there’s still sunshine peaking through those grey-haired clouds.
  3. Joe MacCarthy

    New Canadian stadiums

    Schooners plan enters ‘critical’ stretch Dave Naylor tsn.ca February 4 2019 The group hoping to establish a 10th CFL franchise in Atlantic Canada expects to know whether or not its vision will become a reality by late spring. “These next three or four months are critical,” said Anthony LeBlanc, one of Maritime Football Ltd.’s three principles. “We will have a go or no-go by the mid-point of this year, which is about two years since we first started meeting about this project.” Although there has been little in the way of news from the CFL’s eastern exploration of late, things continue to evolve behind the scenes. The group is working closely with the municipality to refine a deal that is expected to go before regional council for debate and a vote in the late spring. “We have finalized what the approach is going to be and are working with administration to put together a package that can be reviewed,” said LeBlanc. That approach is expected to position the stadium as a year-round community asset (it will be domed in winter), with strong involvement from Sport Nova Scotia to expand the focus beyond 10 CFL dates per year. One significant refinement since the group presented its vision to council late last fall concerns the stadium project, which has been scaled back from a facility expected to cost in the $180 million range to one targeted at $130 million. That means a simpler design, less along the lines of the CFL’s Cadillac stadiums in Regina or Winnipeg and more along the lines of the original construction of BMO Field in Toronto. The change was in response to a suggestion from Halifax mayor Mike Savage who promoted the idea of a facility that could be expanded or enhanced years down the road. As for the stadium’s proposed Shannon Park location in Dartmouth, LeBlanc said negotiations are ongoing. “We are in continued discussions with Canada Lands over Shannon Park but there has been no formalized agreement yet,” said LeBlanc. The first CFL game played in Atlantic Canada since 2013 is scheduled for Aug. 25 when the Toronto Argonauts “host” the Montreal Alouettes. The location of that game is yet to be determined, but it won’t be in Halifax due to the lack of a suitable facility. Saint John or Moncton (N.B.) and Antigonish (N.S.) all remain possibilities with a decision expected by mid-February. In January, it was reported that Eric Tillman was leaving his post as general manager of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and was expected to be hired as the Atlantic Schooners’ top football executive. LeBlanc said the group has decided to delay any football hiring until after the resolution of the stadium project.
  4. Joe MacCarthy

    The Singing Nun Suor Cristina

    There was Beatlemania and Osmondmania, is this the beginning of Siervasmania? My how the world has changed.
  5. Joe MacCarthy

    New Canadian stadiums

    New proposal would replace McMahon Stadium with indoor field house, arena Eva Ferguson The Calgary Herald January 29, 2019 An ambitious plan to replace McMahon Stadium with a new field house and adjoining practice facility was put before city councillors behind closed doors Monday, with former mayoral candidate Bill Smith behind the push. The McMahon District Development — Calgary Rising is proposing the project as a collaboration between PBA Land and Development, the University of Calgary and the City, with the hopes of collecting up to $67 million in property taxes annually. “There’s a great opportunity here to combine two pieces of land and create a development in conjunction with the city and the university . . . with a goal to have this pay for itself through tax revenue,” said Smith, a Calgary lawyer and former president of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party who ran against Mayor Naheed Nenshi in the 2017 municipal election. “We have several strategies in place to get support and funding from the private sector, but we want to be sure we have support first,” Smith said. The proposal aims to “change the face of northwest Calgary” on a 100-acre property bordered by Crowchild Trail, 24th Avenue, 16th Avenue and University Drive N.W. The new indoor stadium would be situated on the northeast corner of the site, close to where the Foothills baseball stadium is now, with a connected practice field/facility to the north. The new facility would also provide indoor competitive track and field facilities and a new home for both the Calgary Stampeders and U of C Dinos football clubs. The proposal also envisions two new hockey arenas, including one with 6,500 seats at the centre of the site, competitive aquatic facilities in the northwest corner closer to the university’s entrance and several retail and residential buildings on the site’s north and south edges. Patricia Phillips, CEO with PBA Land, said the project’s retail and entertainment district is inspired by PBA’s Calgary Rising luxury hotel development called The Dorian, which officially announced construction this summer touting a $100-million boost to the local economy. “This project will allow us to access 100 acres of land, and do something worthwhile,” Phillips said. “So, it’s no longer a cost burden to the public, it’s revenue generating.” Phillips explained the project’s proximity to the Foothills Medical Centre, the Children’s Hospital, SAIT and the University of Calgary also provides an opportunity for further collaboration among those institutions. “A project of this nature and magnitude has the ability to attract private sector investment and decrease the amount of capital required by the public sector,” she said. Coun. George Chahal said he is open to a proposal for a new field house, something he says the city has needed for years, but he wants to be careful about how it’s funded. “The field house is an extremely important project for all Calgarians. It’s the one project that provides benefits to all Calgarians and enhances opportunities for sport,” Chahal said after a closed-door session where council examined a number of major infrastructure proposals. “But we have to see what is the vision, and how does it become a catalyst of a future development in that community. “All the projects have different funding challenges and constraints. We’re in tough economic times right now. We have to make tough decisions and we have to be fiscally prudent,” he said. The McMahon District proposal touts a new vision that “could also welcome new activities and teams to Calgary as the face of sport continues to change with our demographics.” According to the pitch, “the lands are currently under-utilized and can be turned into a solid revenue producer for the City and the University through appropriate development. Preliminary estimates show tax revenue from the lands once developed will pay for recreational facilities within 15-20 years. “This investment for acutely needed recreational facilities has a clear payback horizon,” the plan says.
  6. Airlines, career #5 and last job that will be "for the man" and not a labour of love, and that's all I'm sayin"
  7. Joe MacCarthy

    The Singing Nun Suor Cristina

    Soy Feliz done with live vocals and a backing track (14:00) I heard them mention Toronto in a few interviews but my Spanish is not good enough to understand. Would be great if they made the trek. Again interesting to follow how more "professional" their stage shows have become. I understand they don't charge admission but do have merch and sell their music online and accept donations.
  8. 64 and unemployed: One man's struggle to be taken seriously as a job applicant CBC Radio January 25 2019 An interesting case study. As someone who would look at hiring this person here's what I would be thinking. If you had all this experience and worked at this for so many years what the hell happened to your money? You should be getting ready to retire and get the hell out of the way so somebody else can get their chance. Now, I would reconsider that if I knew he had some sort of life tragedy that took everything away from him but otherwise if he can't entertain himself in his retirement I'm not sympathetic. Some interesting responses below: ...Maybe he should lower his expectations a bit and accept work where he can get it. I work in the software industry, and I would be VERY hesitant to hire a 64 year old, specifically in a Project Management position. My devs would have a very difficult time working with someone like that. It may be sad and unfortunate, but it's the truth. (remember where I stated that people tend to hire people like themselves - Joe Mac) ...Why would your "devs" have a very difficult time working with someone who has as much experience, and works so hard to keep himself current, as this gentlemen does? This is a serious question. What on earth does his age have to do with it if he is qualified for the position and capable? ...At my previous company we targeted older people for hiring. We hired several people over the age of 60 and found them to be productive, flexible, loyal and motivated. In contrast, too many of the 20-somethings we hired were none of the above. As a result, we rarely hired anyone under the age of 40. Our jobs were highly technical and required constant interaction with clients and suppliers. One of the biggest challenges for any business is finding good, hard working employees who will stay. Employers who ignore mature workers are missing out on a great opportunity (that is the situation I've found myself in - Joe Mac)
  9. Joe MacCarthy

    Jonathan David

    Rad didn't have much of a hiccup when he jumped to the EPL from Belgium.
  10. Joe MacCarthy

    CPL TV Contract

    CTV has about a 20 percent larger reach than TSN. And with people cutting the cord (cord cutters) or young people who have never had cable on their own (cord nevers) that number is increasing. OTA (Over the air) reception is increasing but I'm curious, how many people here use an antenna to get OTA signals? I know if I was in the GTA I'd be doing it and not paying for cable. I haven't had cable most of my life anyway
  11. Thomas Sowell - The Reality Of Multiculturalism
  12. I hate to generalize but at my work that seems not to be the case. I go out of my way to treat people on an individual basis and I am in charge of hiring. If the definition of entitled means to not want to work, then in my experience a large majority of those we have mistakenly hired/released or interviewed are entitled. We don't ask a lot, we just want you to show up and do your work and those age groups have a large segment that are not able to accomplish those simple tasks. We have a lot of jobs available and I'd love to give those first job opportunities because I know how hard it is to get a first job but probably 7-8 out of ten have disappointed me time and again. I again go out of my way to avoid bias because one of the things in HR I learned was that people tend to hire people like themselves. I promised I would try and give an opportunity to every fat, ugly person out there whom I thought might have been discriminated against (I'm not fat nor ugly :)). I haven't seen too many of those people apply but I have seen plenty of 45+ people and to a person they are grateful for the opportunity. The original good intentions I had of giving young people their first break has now been tarnished by a large number in their workplace behaviour. Those who have a good work ethic have been targeted by the upper level guys as those who will assume the mantle when we have a pretty large turning over of folks (including me) to early retirement in the next few years. It's not really a generational gap in terms of thinking, for us it is as simple as work ethic and the lack thereof.