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Some NHL Stars Get More Assists At Home Than They Deserve

This matches the existing research on a home-court scoring partiality in basketball — both in the NCAA and the NBA — in addition to the home-rink bias present in the recording of hits and blocked shots in the NHL.But although there appears to be some hometown favoritism involved with the NHL’s second assist, it might be difficult to do anything about it. Indeed, judging when a player should receive a secondary assist is not always clear cut. Let’s look at a pair of goals scored last season — one by the home team and the other by the away team — at Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay, the rink with the NHL’s third-biggest home second-assist bias since the lockout.First, does Anton Stralman, who lost possession by flipping the puck into a New Jersey Devils defender, deserve a secondary assist on this play?Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2_44_njd_tbl_1415_h_discrete_t-b439_goal_1_1600.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.We would argue that he does not, but Stralman’s home-arena scorer thought differently.In the next clip, former Capitals center Eric Fehr carries the puck into the zone and sends it toward the slot before it eventually finds the stick of Brooks Laich, who buries it in the net. Fehr was not awarded an assist for this play, though he very well could have under the second-assist rule.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2_414_wsh_tbl_1415_h_ingame_t-b238_goal_1_1600k_16x9.mp400:0000:0000:14Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Responding to a request for comment via email, NHL Vice President of Communications John Dellapina told us, “The standard for what constitutes an assist is clearly detailed for all of our off-ice officials and the expectation is that that standard will be applied.” But, clearly, that standard is applied differently across the board. In each of the above cases, the rules for awarding secondary assists left much up to the individual interpretation of the official scorer.So if there’s no way to standardize how they are awarded, perhaps the problem with secondary assists isn’t how they are handed out, but the fact that they exist at all. Since all goals and assists count equally in a player’s point tally, second assists are valuable — too much so to be awarded with such inconsistency.As Simon said: “The fact that there’s no difference [in points] between a secondary assist and a goal is pretty silly, isn’t it?” Even when factoring in home teams’ tendency to score more frequently, the number of superstar players with extreme home-slanted secondary assist numbers is peculiar.1For instance, Steven Stamkos, P.K. Subban, Evgeni Malkin and Crosby are all household names; on the other hand, most people haven’t heard of Alex Goligoski. In addition to Crosby, other big names with many more second assists at home include Evgeni Malkin (43 more; or a 56 increase), Steven Stamkos (41 more; 121 percent) and P.K. Subban (39 more; 91 percent). These home-cooked assist totals can add up: The Art Ross has gone to either Crosby or Malkin in four of the last 10 seasons, to go with a pair of runner-up finishes (plus three more for Stamkos and Ryan Getzlaf, another home-assist beneficiary).2Malkin’s 2008-09 Art Ross win is especially suspect; he beat Alex Ovechkin that year by only 3 points (113-110) after recording 13 secondary assists at home and only four on the road.Although Rand Simon, an agent with Newport Sports Management — a firm whose clients include Stamkos and Subban — said he couldn’t remember a time when a player’s second-assist tally came up in negotiations, he admitted it’s a stat that he and his team are aware of when they sit down across from general managers. “When we prepare and do research for contracts, it’s something we always look at,” Simon said over the phone. “If he does have a significantly high number of primary assists, it’s something that we keep in the back of our mind and talk about. Conversely, if there’s a player that the club is comparing him to and he’s getting a lot of secondary assists versus primary, it’s something we want to know.”“I could see it becoming a negotiation point, especially in the case of extremes,” he said. “Or in the case of maybe the club being critical of a player because his assists were off from one year to the next. Maybe the agent can point out that it was all secondary assists; the primary assists stayed the same.”That inconsistency affects entire teams’ stats, not just those of star players. The chart below shows second-assist rates for both home and away goals, split by the hometown team: Depending on the arena, the rate at which secondary assists are awarded varies from 70 percent of a game’s total goals (Ottawa) to 80 percent (Colorado). In effect, this means that roughly once every two games, there’s an extra secondary assist given out in Colorado that wouldn’t have been in Ottawa.That’s for all goals scored by both teams in a game; the numbers also suggest scorers might show implicit bias when awarding second assists on home goals, specifically. For roughly a third of the home rinks we studied,3Specifically, 11 of the NHL’s 30 arenas. the difference in second-assist rates between the home team and away team was statistically significant, meaning it could not reasonably be explained away as the product of natural fluctuations. This is even true across game situations; that is, if we account for score effects (in case there are more second assists when the leading team — i.e., the home team more often than not — scores) or isolate 5-on-5 play only (accounting for possibility of more second assists on power plays, which the home team also tends to get more of), the same conclusion holds. Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby is one of the most talented players in the National Hockey League. But sometimes, he also gets lucky.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2_1132_car_pit_1314_h_discrete_pit85_goal_1_1600.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.This clip comes from the 2013-14 season, when Crosby won the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s top scorer. On the play, the Consol Energy Center’s official scorer awarded Crosby a secondary assist even though the pass he attempted to shovel back to a teammate resulted in an apparent turnover. This type of judgment call frequently went in Crosby’s favor that year; he recorded 22 secondary assists at home, versus just 12 on the road.And it wasn’t just a one-season aberration. Few players benefit more than Crosby from the secondary assist, one of the league’s most inconsistent and superfluous stats. Over the course of his career, Crosby has recorded 150 second assists at home and only 112 on the road, a 38-helper difference that ranks seventh in the NHL since 2005-06.Like pitcher wins in baseball and quarterback rating in football, the NHL’s second assist isn’t a great barometer of talent. Carolina Hurricanes analyst Eric Tulsky once showed that secondary-assist totals for forwards at even strength are mostly noise, not a reflection of player skill. But we’ve also identified another problem with the second assist: The likelihood of one being awarded varies greatly depending on the arena and, in certain cases, whether the player is wearing the home team’s uniform. (This despite the fact that each arena’s official scorer is assigned by the league, not the team itself.)Point totals have a demonstrable effect on awards such as the Art Ross and Hart trophies (MVP); Crosby, for instance, doubled up on those honors in 2013-14, one of six times an Art Ross winner also took the Hart in the 11 seasons since the 2004-05 lockout — with a seventh likely coming this season in the form of Patrick Kane. They also help determine player salaries and incentive-based bonuses. So it’s worth asking whether certain players have been unfairly valued because of the way different official scorers award secondary assists.In fairness to Crosby, he’s far from the only player who earns a disproportionate number of secondary assists at home. Check out the scatterplot below, which shows career home and road second-assist numbers for players with at least 70 assists since the 2005-06 season. The dotted line is where we’d expect players to fall after accounting for the fact that NHL teams score about 10 percent more often at home than on the road. The further a player is above it, the more disproportionate his tendency to rack up secondary assists at home. read more

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POLICE LOG for February 28 3 Fire Hydrants Struck In Separate Accidents

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Thursday, February 28, 2019:A blue 2017 Ford Explorer struck a pole on Glen Road. No injuries noted. Vehicle towed. Verizon notified. (6:49am)A caller reported he saw a black SUV strike a fire hydrant on Research Drive and drive away. Police confirmed damage to the hydrant and contacted the Water Department. (7:30am)A blue 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee slid off Aldrich Road and struck a fire hydrant. No injuries. Vehicle towed. Water Department notified. (7:57am)A Church Street resident surrendered 4 chickens to the Animal Control Officer. (9:03am)Water Astu (37, Chelsea) was a issued a summons for Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle (Subsequent Offense) and Unsecured/Uncovered Load.  Astu’s pickup truck lost its load in the roadway at Lowell Street and Woburn Street. (9:51am)A gray 2013 Kia Soul struck a hydrant and cable box on Agostino Drive and Gandalf Way. Water Department and Verizon notified. (10:20am)A 2-vehicle crash involving a mail truck occurred on Waltham Street. (1:54pm)A Forest Street resident filed a complaint of dogs barking next door for hours at a time while she is conducting business meetings in her home. (4:07pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 1: Man Arrested For OUI (Drugs); Resident Taps Into & Damages Fire HydrantIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 6: Trailer Fire On Highway; Car vs. Rock Wall; Needle Found In YardIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for June 28: OUI Arrest; Trash Truck Fire; Car vs. MotorcycleIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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NBC may launch Netflixlike streaming service in 2019 says report

first_img Digital Media Tech Industry Internet Services Post a comment NBC Universal CEO Steve Burke is also executive vice president of the Comcast division.  Alexander Tamargo/Telemundo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images NBC Universal may launch its own on-demand video platform next year.CEO Steve Burke, who heads the Comcast division, unveiled in a holiday greeting to employees that a streaming service may come soon, according to Bloomberg’s report on Tuesday. The message was reportedly written in the rhyming style of Dr. Seuss.”While you all go off to relax, swim or ski,” Burke reportedly wrote. “Maybe, just maybe, next year we will announce our plan for OTT.”OTT means “over-the-top” services that stream videos online, like Netflix. NBC Universal didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Traditional cable TV giants are racing to compete with Netflix, which in October unveiled that the company had accumulated over 137.1 million subscribers worldwide. US subscribers nearly doubled what Netflix had predicted.Disney plans to launch its own streaming service, called Disney+, in 2019, which would become the new home for films from Walt Disney Studios, Pixar and other studios under its umbrella.AT&T is also brewing its own on-demand streaming service. The carrier’s WarnerMedia in November said the company planned to offer a three-tier video subscription service in the fourth quarter of next year. CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.Best Netflix series: There’s no shortage of original Netflix series to binge. Tags NBC 0 Share your voicelast_img read more

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SBI bad loans balloon postmerger provisioning likely to spike

first_imgState Bank of India headquarters in Mumbai on March 14, 2016Reuters fileState Bank of India’s bad loans have ballooned approximately 50 percent in the span of a year and those of its five associate banks by 170 percent.The bank will likely have to increase its provisioning for bad loans — setting aside money to partly cover the non-performing assets (NPAs) following its merger with five subsidiaries.SBI, which had a provisioning coverage ratio of about 59 percent, said that after the merger it will revisit the NPAs and provide accordingly.”Depending on the age of NPAs, we provide provisioning as per the norms. Hundred per cent provisioning is not a practice in the industry,” SBI managing director Dinesh Kumar Khara told IANS.SBI’s gross NPAs in December 2016 were at Rs 1.08 lakh crore, an increase by 48.6 percent from Rs 72,792 crore in the third quarter FY16. The bank’s net NPAs rose by 52.6 percent during the same period.SBI’s five associate banks reported a 172.8 percent increase in gross NPAs at Rs 55,164 crore in December 2016, as compared to Rs 20,218 in the same period in 2015-16. The net NPAs of these rose by 218.7 percent in the same period.The five associate banks with which SBI merged on April 1 were: SBBJ (State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur), SBM (State Bank of Mysore), SBT (State Bank of Travancore), SBP (State Bank of Patiala), and SBH (State Bank of Hyderabad).The Bharatiya Mahila Bank, which is not an SBI subsidiary, was also merged with it on the same day.The combined gross NPAs of SBI and its five associate banks as on December 31, 2016, stood at Rs 1.6 lakh crore or 8.70 percent of the total assets, while the net NPAs were at 5.33 percent.”As far as the corporate books of associate banks are concerned, we started converging the NPA books of corporates from September quarter; so I don’t envisage any surprises on that,” Khara said.The Reserve Bank of India had asked the banks to clean up their balance sheets and had given a deadline of March 31 for asset quality review. Kumar said that SBI has been continuously declaring NPAs; so there will not be any extraordinary rise in the fourth quarter of 2016-17.SBI Managing Director Rajnish Kumar told IANS, “We have been declaring NPAs from time to time. I don’t expect any extraordinary hike in NPAs. The formation of NPAs has slowed, that is the fact, though we are still not out of the woods as of now.”From time to time there are meetings at the level of the government or Indian Banks’ Association to find an acceptable solution as the recognition of NPAs has happened in the last two years, Kumar said.”All have realised the problem and are trying to work together to find a solution that is acceptable to all. NPA problem is (because of) corporates, or rather mid-corporates,” he added.He said that the NPAs would get reduced if the economy grows at a fast pace and profitability of stressed sectors sees an improvement.”For resolution of NPAs, the profitability of corporates should increase. For example, the steel sector has now suddenly started showing up, because there is an improvement in the profit margins. It is because of the pressure on the margins that the debt becomes non-sustainable. But if EBIDTA (earnings before interest, depreciation, taxes and amortisation) margins improve, synergy improves, problem would at least be partly solved,” Kumar said.Khara, however, said that the idea of bad bank could be considered, not as a repository of bad assets, but with the aim to turnaround these assets.”There are some insolvency professionals coming in. But by the time the ecosystem gets created and starts delivering… it is still some time away. That kind of vehicle to identify such assets which can be turned around is needed,” he said.SBI has committees for NPAs depending on the size of the loans. There is also a committee under the bank chairperson which looks after stressed assets worth Rs 500 crore or more. Similarly, there are committees that regularly review NPAs and decide on the future course of action.After the merger, SBI, with a customer base of 450 million, has about a quarter of all outstanding loans of the banking sector.last_img read more

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Mujibnagar Day being observed

first_imgMujibnagar Muktijuddho Smriti Complex (Mujibnagar Memorial). Photo: CollectedThe historic Mujibnagar Day is being observed on Tuesday marking the formation of Bangladesh’s first government that led the war of liberation in 1971.Senior leaders of Awami League assembled at Baidyanathtala, a mango orchard, which was later named Mujibnagar in Meherpur district, on 17 April 1971 to form the provisional government of independent Bangladesh in the absence of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.Millions of freedom-loving people listened to the announcement of the formation of the government through radio.Read more: Deviation makes youth desultoryFollowing the Pakistan occupation forces’ attack on unarmed people on the night of 25 March in 1971, the first government of independent People’s Republic of Bangladesh was formed on 10 April in 1971 comprising elected representatives with Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as its president, while Syed Nazrul Islam vice-president and Tajuddin Ahmad prime minister.“We, the elected representatives of the people of Bangladesh, are honour bound by the mandate given to us by the people of Bangladesh whose will is supreme duly constituted ourselves into a Constituent Assembly, and having held mutual consultations, and in order to ensure for the people of Bangladesh equality, human dignity and social justice, declare and constitute Bangladesh to be sovereign Peoples’ Republic,” read the proclamation of independence made in Mujibnagar on 10 April 1971.On  that day, the elected representatives firmly supported and approved the declaration of independence by Bangabandhu on 26 March 1971 and issued a formal proclamation of independence.President Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the occasion, reports UNB.In his message, Abdul Hamid said, “Independence is the greatest achievement of the Bangali nation. It’s our moral duty to present the proper history of our struggle for independence to the young generation. On the historic Mujibnagar Day, I hope the young generation will know the true history of the liberation war apart from involving themselves in the nation-building inspired by patriotism.”Sheikh Hasina, in her message, urged the country’s people to engage themselves in building Bangladesh as a country free from hunger, poverty and illiteracy as dreamt by Bangabandhu.Awami League and different socio-cultural organisations are observing the day with elaborate programmes.Besides, in Meherpur, deputy commissioner and superintendent of police hoisted flag at memorial monument at Mujibnagar in the morning.Besides, a discussion will be held at Sheikh Hasina Mancha where industries minister Amir Hossain Amu will be present as the chief guest.A special team of Ansar from Dhaka will present an event titled ‘Esho Tarunyer Pathe’ (Come to the path of youth).last_img read more

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PC Chandra Goldlites Diva 2018 hosts first Cluster Finale

first_imgP.C. Chandra Goldlites Diva hosted the first cluster finale of the 2018 season on Sunday evening at Srijani Auditorium, Durgapur, in presence of a star-studded jury. Celebrated actor Chaiti Ghoshal, renowned photographer Ashish Saha and S.S Chatterjee, GM, Sales and Administration, P.C. Chandra Jewellers were present on the occasion. As the evening started, 20 contestants – the winners from the districts of Burdwan, Bankura and Purulia – walked the ramp in western wear and introduced themselves, followed by an ethnic round. From there, contestants were picked for the final Q&A round. Nine winners (three from each district) from this cluster finale received gift vouchers from P.C. Chandra Jewellers. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAs a run-up to this event, the Goldlites DIVA contest was taken to the colleges in the three districts where willing candidates were registered. The fourth edition of this much-anticipated pageant was started with a series of intra-college contests. The winner from each campus came to the next round, Cluster Finale along with the Wild Card entrants. Winners from each cluster finale will then compete in the semi-final, which will be held in Kolkata. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveStarted in 2014, the PC Chandra Goldlites Diva is not simply the search for a pretty face, but also a journey that changes the life of a young woman, enabling her to achieve her inner potential. It is a platform for young girls that gives them the confidence to bring out the Diva that is hidden within them. This year, in its fourth edition, the PC Chandra Goldlites Diva 2018 has now spread across West Bengal, attaining registrations in around 80 colleges covering all the districts. The young girls are given lessons on how to walk on the ramp, public speaking, lessons to hone their special talent and learn something new. Therefore, the ultimate focus is holistic personality development of every individual participant. The Goldlites Diva winner will be one of the faces of P.C. Chandra Jewellers’ future communication.last_img read more

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Mamata warns BJP against spreading hate politics

first_imgKolkata: Coming down heavily on the BJP, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee warned the party against spreading hate politics and in the same breath, urged people to preserve the country’s unity and integrity. She was addressing a gathering at Mahamilan Math of Jay Guru cult at Baranagar on Monday evening.”From time immemorial, the rishis in India had talked about religious harmony and peace. It is our tradition to love and respect the people belonging to other religions, cults and faith. Our parents, teachers and elders have taught us to respect our neighbours irrespective of their faith and religion. But over the years, things have changed in India. In the name of religion, hatred is being propagated and attempts have been made to weaken the society by spreading divisive messages,” she said, adding: “At times I become scared and ask myself whether we can save the country’s unity and integrity.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataRecalling her experience in Puri, the Chief Minister said: “Some people belonging to a political party had raised slogans that I was not a Hindu and tried to prevent me from entering the temple. I was shocked. This is not Indian culture and tradition.” Without naming BJP, she warned the party and said in India the motive of dividing the country would not work. “Who are they to decide how I should dress, what I should eat or which religion I should follow? In the name of protecting cows, people were lynched. This is not Hinduism. This is the religion of some hooligans,” Banerjee added. Referring to ‘sanatan dharma’, Banerjee said: “Humanism and harmony are the basic tenets of Hinduism. Religion is intimately connected with service (seva) and when you offer service you do not see the person’s religion, caste or creed.” Contd on P7last_img read more

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Very strong start to 2017 for TL Network CanadianTravelAgentsca debuts

first_img Friday, February 3, 2017 Share Posted by Travelweek Group “Very strong start” to 2017 for TL Network; CanadianTravelAgents.ca debutscenter_img Tags: Travel Leaders Network TORONTO — Some 77% of TL Network Canada (formerly Vacation.com Canada) members say they’re seeing equal or better forward bookings for 2017 compared to what they were seeing for 2016 at this time last year. More than eight in 10 say they’re optimistic for the coming year. The results are based on survey data from more than 100 TL Network Canada members.TL Network Canada is part of the TL Network, which now has nearly 7,000 travel agencies and more than $22 billion in annual sales volume throughout North America.This month saw the launch of CanadianTravelAgents.ca, TL Network Canada’s new mobile-friendly website. TL Network Canada members can post their contact details and specialties on the site as part of TL Network’s Agent Profiler lead generation tool.With CanadianTravelAgents.ca “we’ve created a specific portal for Canadian consumers to connect with Canadian travel agents,” said Jose Ferreira, Chief Technology Officer for Travel Leaders Network & Leisure Group. With Agent Profiler, “we pushed more than 100,000 leads [in 2016] to members in Canada and the U.S. and the aggregate close rate on those leads is about 25%. We’ve created a $130 million lead flow channel for agents … we’re effectively handing millions and millions of dollars to our members.”Adds Stephen McGillivray, Chief Marketing Officer, Travel Leaders Group, “For small to mid-size agencies, and most of our members are small to mid-size, one of the most expensive elements of their business is acquiring new customers.” Agent Profiler is designed to bring leads right to the agency’s doorstep. And “the stories that our members tell draw in those leads.”More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesNearly 400 TL Network Canada Affiliate Members are currently displaying an agent profile, with more members being added daily. Consumers can click on links including Adventure Vacations, Beach Vacations, European Culture and Honeymoons to improve their connections with the most qualified travel agents, improving the quality of the leads.As a group, TL Network is seeing an uptick in bookings from both Canadian and U.S. agencies. Roger Block, President, Travel Leaders Network, noted that Europe bookings are “notching upwards”. “River cruising is strong, Med cruising is up, escorted touring is up by double-digits,” said Block. “Alaska cruising is absolutely booming. We’re also seeing the Caribbean doing extremely well, even with the mild winter.”TL Network Canada members saw a downturn in 2016 but not as significantly as in the U.S. Christine James, VP Canada – TL Network Canada, said Europe is up 50 to 75% over last year out of Canada: “We’re really pleased to see that turnaround.” Eastern Mexico is still the number one sun destination for TL Network Canada members, followed by Cuba and Las Vegas.TL Network Canada members are also benefitting from the group’s certification courses, available for Cdn$329 each. More than 400 TL Network Canada members have registered for the courses since Jan. 9. The courses are available in four modules: Destination Weddings & Honeymoons (78 enrolled, 22 pending); Luxury Travel (60 enrolled, 15 pending); Leisure Travel (116 enrolled, 28 pending); and Active and Adventure (83 enrolled, 39 pending).More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA Sales“If you present yourself as a specialist, you’re going to be ahead of the pack,” said James.TL Network members are also taking advantage of the group’s Engagement marketing program including direct mailers and emails. Starting out with just 30 or so mailers at the program’s inception, last year it offered 140 and this year, 193. More suppliers are getting onboard with the Engagement marketing program because “suppliers see the value in it,” said McGillivray.The TL Network’s 2017 International Conference is scheduled for May 1 – 5, 2017 at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando in Florida.For the first time TL Network Canada members (agency owners only) will also be able to participate in the 2017 International Summit, taking place in Auckland, NZ from March 17 – 19. With spots for 100 participants, there is still room for a few more, said Block. “We are pleased to now offer this exclusive, VIP opportunity to our TL Network Canada Afilliates,” said Block. “By extensively immersing our agency owners in our host destination, they will be able to provide dramatically enhanced guidance and in-depth counsel to their customers, particularly their luxury clientele.” See TLNetwork.ca. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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