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first_imgThe Toronto-born model has spent 33 years in the fashion world, but many of us first heard of him when hundreds of shoppers scrambled to snap selfies with him during last year’s holiday season.These days, you may have also read headlines about Yorkdale’s new Fashion Santa: Adam Martin. Yes, Mason has been replaced for the 2016 campaign, and now he’s battling with the mall for legal rights to the character.There’s been an outcry on social media about Mason’s situation, with supporters using the hashtag #RealFashionSanta.Unfortunately, Martin wasn’t available for an interview – we asked for the new Fashion Santa a number of times – and Yorkdale wasn’t able to get a statement to 24 Hours before deadline, although a spokesperson said that there wasn’t much new to say. In past weeks, Yorkdale reps have mentioned that the mall is open to working with Mason again in the future, and that they weren’t able to reach him to organize the 2016 campaign – something that he disputes.Thankfully, Mason has a number of other things coming up, including a big international trip, a possible book deal and a promo for a well-known U.S. TV show. Here’s the rest of what he had to say during our recent chat.Where did the Fashion Santa idea come from?It came from a sad place. I had a 30-year career as a model without the beard, and did quite well over in Europe, and spent 14 of those years in New York City. And then my mom passed away (in 2013). And when you’re grieving, you’re kind of depressed, and you don’t feel like cleaning up. By the time the beard started growing, I was like, ‘You know what, I’ve been doing this 30 years, and I kind of like this look.’ And that’s when I was thinking along the lines of Fashion Santa, because I’ve been in the business that long, and I did look somewhat like Santa Claus For Santas everywhere, it’s a pretty intense time.Paul Mason, the 52-year-old bearded model who rose to viral fame as Yorkdale Shopping Centre’s Fashion Santa last Christmas, is currently running around to various modelling and charity-related events, capitalizing on his resemblance to a chic St. Nick.“It’s pretty intense at the moment,” he admits during a recent phone interview with 24 Hours. Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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first_imgBarney Feinberg is the President of the Kay Group – Life Balance Recruiters.  He is a Certified Life Coach who has merged Life Coaching with Executive Placement. He can be reached at bfeinberg@thekaygroup.com. You walk into work on Friday, getting ready for the weekend with your family. Sitting down at your desk you start your day, checking e-mail messages as you drink your coffee, milk no sugar.It is 9:15 in the morning when you get a call from the director of human resources to come into her office. A bell goes off in your head but you choose not to notice it. As you walk into her office you notice your boss on the other side of the desk. As you sit down in your chair you feel as if you are sinking and there is an unfamiliar anxiety covering you like a hot beach blanket, causing you to sweat. Then the words, “Today is going to be your last day….You have just been downsized.There is an initial shock, grasping for more to understand, as if there was a way to change the decision. An offer is made for severance after you sign some papers. You are then escorted to your desk to take your personal belongings; feeling like you were walking the last mile to oblivion with eyes staring at you, some comforted that it is not them, others wondering who’s next.You have been stripped of your perceived security, sent into the street with little to show for it and the uneasy realization that the mortgage payments never stop, your eldest son needs braces, and what are you going to tell your spouse who works part time without benefits? Is the Iceberg Melting?The most important thing to accomplish after being downsized is to realize your fear and understand that you can either use it as an asset or it will use you, causing a paralysis of action. For most of us, it is something to get rid of, an uncomfortable anxiety. We may succeed at times but it doesn’t just go away, it is something that can come back many times with many things triggering it, including my introduction to this article. It can take away our confidence and make us settle for less than we can achieve to live our dreams for a wonderful life.We can be great creators of fear, often projecting worst case scenarios that never happen. I work in the Empire State Building and after 9/11 I can tell you it was easy to create fear, worrying about future events. Worry is planning for failure and anyone in a successful business will tell you it is better to plan for success.Planning for success in the face of the unknown is where you want to be when finding your next career opportunity. You may be thinking, “That makes sense, but easier said than done, I have all these things to worry about.” When one is downsized it can be easy to worry, especially if you have a lot of financial responsibilities to meet. I am here to tell you planning for success takes your mind off of worry and with practice it becomes easier.How can we use fear as an asset? Speak to actors with stage fright; many rely on that energy from increased adrenaline to enhance the passion of their performance. They focus their attention on the actions they intuitively know they can perform, brilliantly!If you have recently been downsized, just noticing that you are worrying and planning for failure can help you choose to get back into planning for success. Success planning is a very powerful place to be that will lead you to action in finding your next career move.For those of you who are reading this article and working, yet understand that some day downsizing could happen to you, a friend, or family member, this is the perfect time to plan for success.This planning can be done every day and not just for your career but for every area of your life. It can be a short range plan that you can take action on immediately, such as going to the gym or getting to bed on time. It can be a long range plan that has milestones of accomplishment before you reach your goal such as losing 10 lbs. over a period of time or creating a Web site. The key is to make success planning a habit in every area of your life.There are many ways to find a new job: networking, job boards, direct company contact, and executive recruiters. Being in action by planning for success will bring the results you want much quicker with less stress. Deal with downsizing from strength not fear.last_img read more

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first_imgANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers are moving early to advance legislation to end parental rights of rapists.The Senate could debate the bill on the floor as early as Friday.A House committee also has passed the bill to the floor, where it will be taken up next week.Legislative leaders have said they are making the measure a priority this year, after it failed to pass in nine previous sessions.last_img

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first_img Michael Smith Friday, June 9, 2017 Share TravelBound promotes its best sellers and agent incentive in new video series Posted bycenter_img TORONTO — TravelBound’s Business Development Manager Jennifer Bond is the star of Travelweek’s latest video series.TravelBound, the F.I.T. Specialist, is proudly 100% agent exclusive and is incentivizing bookings with its Amazon Rewards campaign. The incentive gives agents a chance to win Amazon gift cards for booking key destinations and products throughout the year. These include Iceland, USA, Canada 150 and Wave Season. Agents can go to gotravelbound.com to register and learn more.In the series’ Tips video, Bond details how the company’s support team is always available via phone to assist agents, but she also wants agents to know that TravelBound has invested heavily into its website to make bookings easier. The company has added plenty of comprehensive content to the site to ensure clients’ questions are answered quickly. She also encourages agents to follow TravelBound’s Facebook page t0 view updates: facebook.com/TravelBoundforTravelAgents.The last video in the series highlights the company’s top five selling destinations and the products it sells in each.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyFor more information on TravelBound, go to gotravelbound.com.To see more videos from Travelweek, go to youtube.com/travelweek. Tags: Agent Incentives, Travelbound, Video << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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first_img Tuesday, April 10, 2018 Share Tags: Go Ahead Tours TORONTO — Increased interest in history tours has prompted EF Go Ahead Tours to develop a curated portfolio of trips centered around remembering Canadian history.The company has partnered with organizations including Canada’s History Magazine and the Juno Beach Centre “to deliver a specialized calibre from a Canadian perspective and add a new level of expertise,” says Johan Astrom, Vice President, Canada, EF Go Ahead Tours.Last year Canadians commemorated the centennial of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. This year they will remember the centenary of the First World War, and in 2019, Canadians will commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day.Astrom says agents interested in learning more about EF Go Ahead Tours’ portfolio of history tours, or working with clients interested in learning more about Canada’s role in the World Wars or have a family connection, are encouraged to contact EF Go Ahead Tours for more information.“Our team of tour consultants are here to answer any questions you might have, or speak to the tour experience as a whole,” he says.In 2017 EF Go Ahead Tours took travellers on a Vimy Ridge Centennial Tour. “The response to that tour, and the emotional connection that so many of our travellers experienced while standing among nearly 25,000 fellow Canadians memorializing the battle, really reinforced our ambitions to develop a more extensive portfolio of tours that celebrates Canada’s role in some of the events that helped shape history,” said Astrom.More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksThe company’s portfolio of upcoming tours includes:Canada’s Great War Album – On this exclusive tour, 35 travellers will be immersed in the narrative of this historic region by travelling on this specially curated tour, created in partnership with Canada’s History Magazine. Participants will journey alongside Mark Reid, Editor-in-Chief of Canada’s History and author of ‘Canada’s Great War Album’, as they make their way from the Vimy region to the Normandy Coast.Departure: Aug. 24, 2018Length: 10 days (12 with extension)D-Day 75th Anniversary: London, Normandy & Amsterdam – Along the coast of Normandy and through the streets of London and Amsterdam, the influence of WWII can still be felt. Visit memorials, trenches, and museums and learn about the important role Canadian forces played in the outcome of D-Day.Departures: June 2, 2019 and Nov. 6, 2019Length: 12 days (15 with extension)Canadian WWII History: The Italian Campaign – This trip focuses on the role of Canadian forces during the Italian Campaign. Make your way through the small towns and waterfront cities of Monte Cassino, Ortona, and Rimini to see the backdrop for some of the most important events of WWII. Experience deep history and endless beauty on this tour through Italy.Departures: May 29, 2019 and Nov. 7, 2019Length: 12 days (14 with extension)Canadian World War History: Vimy to Juno Beach – Set out from Amsterdam to cross the former battlefields of the Netherlands, Belgium, and France, where soldiers gave their lives during the First and Second World Wars. Visit historic sites and memorials in Lille, Ypres, and along the coast of Normandy before the journey ends in Paris.Departures: May 11, 2018; Sept. 21, 2018; Oct. 12, 2018; May 10, 2019 and Sept. 20, 2019Length: 10 days (12 with extension)More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?Agents can call 1-800-719-9805 or visit goaheadtours.ca. Posted bycenter_img Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> EF Go Ahead Tours offers history tours with Canadian expertiselast_img read more