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Statistics Canada to unveil August inflation figure | NanaimoNewsNOW

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Sep 16, 2020 1:04 AM

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada will reveal today how the country’s official measure of inflation fared in August, with expectations for another month of near-zero readings.

In July, the annual pace of inflation stayed largely grounded at 0.1 per cent as gasoline prices stayed low and air travel prices tumbled for the first time in five years. 

August isn’t expected to be much different with the average economist estimate predicting a year-over-year increase in the consumer price index of 0.4 per cent, according to financial data firm Refinitiv.

The Bank of Canada intends to keep its key policy interest rate at 0.25 per cent, which is as low as it will go, until inflation is back at the central bank’s two per cent target.

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Waco Ironman races canceled out of ‘abundance of caution’ | Sports News

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Waco’s plan to become the first city to host a full Ironman and a half Ironman race in the same weekend never actually hit the starting line.

Ironman race officials announced on Friday that the Ironman Texas and Ironman 70.3 Waco that were scheduled for Oct. 17-18 have been canceled. “Unfortunately, based on further conversations and with direction from local Waco authorities in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, and with the health and safety of our community being an utmost priority, both … triathlons cannot take place in 2020,” the organization said in a news release.

The Ironman Texas — a 140.6-mile swim, bike and run test of endurance — was originally scheduled for April 25, 2020, in The Woodlands. When that event was scrapped due to the coronavirus, the Greater Waco Sports Commission swooped in with an ambitious plan to bring Ironman Texas to Waco during the same October weekend it would host the Ironman 70.3 race. Ironman officials liked the revised plan, which called for the full Ironman race to be held on Saturday, Oct. 17, followed by the Ironman 70.3 on Sunday the 18th. More than 2,000 racers were expected to participate, including some in both races. The Oct. 17 race would have been the first Ironman event to be held in North America in 2020.

COVID-19 interfered yet again, however.

“We had a significant, robust safety plan in place and felt confident that the races could happen without causing community spread,” said Will Phipps, executive director of the Greater Waco Sports Commission. “Ultimately, the decision makers decided that the risk was greater than the reward, and we respect that decision.”

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Bundesliga offers broadcasters IP-based streaming, Claro and Band secure rights

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The German Football League (DFL) is providing its international rights-holding broadcasters with IP-based live streaming through its tie-up with Amazon Web Services, the cloud computing subsidiary of Amazon.

Ahead of the start of the 2020-21 Bundesliga tonight, the DFL has detailed the additional broadcast distribution services on offer to rights-holding broadcasters.

Bayern Munich face Schalke 04 in the season opener and Bundesliga International, the league’s commercial rights arm, has finalised more rights deals shortly before the kick-off of the new season. These include a deal in Latin America, where Claro Sports telecoms giant América Móvil has acquired the rights with the exception of Brazil, where a free-to-air rights deal has now been agreed with commercial broadcaster Band.

Through its work with AWS, the Bundesliga’s live programming will be available to rights-holding broadcasters as cloud-based streams.

The league said today (Friday): “The DFL is now enabling IP-based live streaming to meet rising demand for over-the-top (OTT) content. AWS Elemental MediaLive provides the DFL with flexible capacity for encoding, independent of resolution or codec requirements.

“The fully managed service hence enables the DFL to implement encoding without having to invest in new hardware to do so, avoiding lengthy integration and upgrade cycles.”

The DFL is to create the international media products for all aspects of the Bundesliga matches before feeding the corresponding video signals into AWS for automatic processing and encoding using a variety of AWS Media Services.

The league detailed: “From that point, Cologne Broadcasting Center (CBC) will use LOGIC’s ‘PORTAL’ to simultaneously control and monitor the event-based live streams. Up to 13 channels will be launched each match day, which will be controlled by the operators at CBC.

“To supply AWS Elemental MediaLive the needed inputs, DFL will use AWS Elemental MediaConnect to transport high-bandwidth mezzanine video streams securely through encryption, providing DFL with the flexibility to perform tasks that are common but not necessarily easy.

“On the output side, DFL will use AWS Elemental MediaPackage as an origination service to generate all the proper types of Adaptive Bit Rate (ABR) outputs to suit the full range of media partners’ and their viewers’ end-user devices, such as smartphones, computers and large screen smart TVs, without needing to increase the encoding workload.”

Rights-holding broadcasters will be able to use the league’s ‘Customer Service Tool’ to book streams from Bundesliga matches with the DFL using AWS’ content delivery network and DNS (Domain Name System) service to generate a URL for broadcasters to access the streams.

The Bundesliga became the first football league to work with AWS in a deal announced at the start of this year. The initial focus of the deal, which runs for at least five years, includes the supply of advanced real-time statistics for viewers during live coverage and highlights clips, providing personalised content on digital platforms and using AWS cloud infrastructure, advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies.

Last-minute rights deals finalised

Meanwhile, Claro has announced its acquisition of Bundesliga rights across Latin America (excluding Brazil).

Matches will be shown on the Claro Sports channel with the telecoms giant continuing its cross-platform approach through the free streaming of matches on the Marco Claro digital platform. Claro Sports and media group Marca first entered into a content alliance at the start of 2017 and with the aim of becoming the regional reference point for sports news.

The first match to be aired by both Claro Sports and Marca Claro will be Sunday’s clash between VfL Wolfsburg and Bayer Leverkusen.

In Brazil, commercial broadcaster Band has, as expected, agreed a deal to show one match per week on free-to-air television.

Band is to air Sunday’s match between RB Leipzig and Mainz as it kicks off its Bundesliga output.

Bundesliga International was left with the rights to sell one match per match week to a linear broadcaster after signing a wide-ranging deal in Brazil with OneFootball, the Germany-based digital platform, and the Sportfive.

Fox Sports, which has merged with ESPN in Brazil, held the Bundesliga rights in Brazil from 2015-16 to 2019-20 as part of an 80-territory deal across various international territories across Asia, the Americas and Europe.

The represents the second major European football league shown by Band after it recently bought the rights to the Italian Serie A in a one-season deal. Band also holds rights to the Russian Premier League and the women’s top-tier league in Brazil.

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Markham partially reopens sports, cultural facilities

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Preventing the spread of COVID-19 isn’t the only factor driving the partial reopening of sports and cultural facilities in Markham this month.

Residents will get their rec fix based on demand since council is not prepared to hit them with the required tax increase deemed necessary to open all of the city’s centres under current coronavirus protocols, Mayor Frank Scarpitti said.

“The operation of these facilities is already heavily subsidized by property taxpayers,” Scarpitti said, adding “council is not prepared to further burden residents with higher property taxes by reopening all of our community centres resulting in additional cost for services and dramatically less customers due to COVID-19 protocols.”


By offering recreation programs based on demand, it allows the city to evaluate services in order to control costs, he added.

Services will gradually resume at select arenas and soccer domes, pickleball, badminton and table tennis will restart at the Pan Am Centre, while the Aaniin Community Centre and the Angus Glen Tennis Centre will be open to sports groups and registered participants only.

If the city had resumed full operations at all of its recreation and cultural facilities, while also meeting the COVID-19 protocols, Scarpitti said it would have required a doubling of subsidies and an increased cost to taxpayers that would be the equivalent of an additional six per cent property tax rate increase.

Appointment-only visits will be implemented at cultural venues such as the Markham Museum and Varley Art Gallery. 

All programming at the Flato Markham Theatre has been cancelled, however, for the fall of 2020 due to current COVID-19 protocols.

Scarpitti thanked Markham residents for their continued co-operation with COVID-19 health and safety measures in effect in all reopened cultural and recreation facilities. The measures are in accordance with the province’s limits on facility capacities, York Region’s directive on the mandatory use of masks or face coverings and City of Markham policies.

“I am confident we will find a good balance between reintroducing safe and enjoyable recreation programs and cultural services, while minimizing the impact to our property taxpayers,” he said.

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