PlayStation is the third most-recognized brand in the UKNintendo and Xbox at 11 and 17, respectively; Apple takes top spotRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterFriday 14th September 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareProphet’s Brand Relevance Index for 2018 has just been published, revealing that PlayStation has jumped six places from its spot at #9 last year to be the third most-relevant brand in the UK. It was beaten only by Apple at #1 and Lego at #2.Brand and marketing consultancy Prophet surveyed 11,500 consumers in the UK about 240 brands across 27 categories to come up with its relevancy rankings. PlayStation’s third-place spot puts it as the only gaming-focused company in the top 10, though other companies with video game-related initiatives scored highly, including Apple in the top spot and other companies such as Google (#4), Amazon (#8), and Android (#10).Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Nintendo ranked at #11, two spots higher than last year with the continued success of the Nintendo Switch. Xbox, meanwhile, dropped six spots to #17 as PlayStation has continued to pile on new console-exclusive announcements and releases.”Our ‘For The Players’ customer centric focus means we continue to develop award-winning content such as Spider-Man, Horizon Zero Dawn and God of War, all of which are only available on PlayStation,” said Usama Al-Qassab, PlayStation VP of marketing. “Exclusive content is married with investment in innovative new ways to play such as 4K HDR, VR, PlayLink, PS Now – our streaming platform – and our community, PS Plus. This enables players to compete or co-operate with one another and enjoy a unique, instant and immersive experience every day so PlayStation can remain the best place to play.”The results of brands in the US have also been published, though gaming had a much more muted presence in that list. In a survey of 12,694 customers on 299 brands, Apple still took the #1 spot. However, the first console brand is PlayStation at #13, and Xbox is down at #25. Nintendo is not listed in the US survey result, though Electronic Arts is at #34.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEA leans on Apex Legends and live services in fourth quarterQ4 and full year revenues close to flat and profits take a tumble, but publisher’s bookings still up double-digitsBy Brendan Sinclair 3 hours agoUbisoft posts record sales yet again, delays Skull & Bones yet againPublisher moves away from target of 3-4 premium AAA titles a year, wants to build free-to-play “to be trending toward AAA ambitions over the long term”By Brendan Sinclair 7 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.
SIGN UP More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Equine Canada has named Dominique Shone, 18, of Langley, BC, named as the 2011 Junior Equestrian of the Year.The Gillian Wilson Award is given annually to the Junior Equestrian of the Year in recognition of a junior competitor who has made outstanding contributions to equestrian competition and who has exemplified exceptional talent, sportsmanship, and dedication to the sport. Shone demonstrates excellent examples of each of these qualities.At just 18 years of age, Shone had a stellar year in 2011 with highlights including: winning and placing in two separate $31,000 CSI2* classes at the Rocky Mountain Show Jumping Bow Valley Classic competitions and fourth in the $50,000 CSI2* Friends of Rocky Mountain Grand Prix and seventh in the $50,000 CSI2* G2 Financial Group Grand Prix, riding Ka Ching, owned by Caroline Shone.With these and other fantastic placings, Shone earned over $35,000 in prize money and was awarded the distinction of Leading Lady Grand Prix Rider for the Rocky Mountain Classic Series and finished second overall in the Jump Canada Talent Squad — Western Division. In addition, Shone and Ka Ching have been named to the 2012 Jump Canada Talent Squad.And Shone’s winning ways didn’t stop there. At shows, her great attitude made her a favourite among whipper-ins as she always handled victory with gratitude and losing with grace. Shone embodies the spirit of a true horseperson in every way.“I would like to thanks Equine Canada for having this award and for recognizing the hard work that I have put into the sport this past year,” said Shone. “I am very honoured to win the Junior Equestrian of the Year Award, and I would like to thank my family and friends, especially my parents for supporting and shaping me into the rider I have become.”The Gillian Wilson Trophy was created in honor of Gillian Wilson, who was the Technical Director of Canadian Equestrian Federation (now Equine Canada) from 1977 until her retirement on December 31, 1992. Tags: Equine Canada, Equine Canada Junior Equestrian of the Year, Dominique Shone, Email* We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Horse Sport Enews
However, in order to capture the growth, Mr Scrimgour advises operators to respond to the rapid uptake in online bookings (currently 20% of all coach bookings, according to a Mintel survey) and the extent to which the over-55s are adopting social media. â€œWhen it comes to writing reviews, they are just as active as younger people,â€ he says. Reliable data to show the size and importance of the UK coach industry has been notoriously difficult to compile.However, the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT)’s Operations & Tourism Executive Alf Scrimgour [pictured] has come to the rescue with a stack of very revealing statistics.Trends in the coach tourism market point to growth at both ends of the quality spectrum as the ‘baby boomer’ population seek up market specialist tours, while the younger generation want short breaks. This upbeat prediction follows careful analysis of the latest available statistics and surveys.Mr Scrimgour presented his findings to the Coaching Conference held by the CPT in the North West at Ribby Hall near Blackpool on Tuesday (14 October).Although the UK coach holiday market fell by 13% between 2008 and 2013 and one survey concluded that trips away by coach held no appeal for two-thirds of the population, Mr Scrimgour has no difficulty in pointing to a bright future for the sector.However he qualifies this prediction by saying that short-term economic difficulties may stall what looks like inevitable growth on the back of an increase among those of â€œthe traditional coach age.â€Growth in the over 65 population â€“ those born in the baby boomer years â€“ is among the demographic changes expected to stoke demand. For example, the number of over 75s is set to double.Mr Scrimgour is also encouraged by the surprise revelation that consumer spend on recreation and leisure continued to grow throughout the recession.Meanwhile, according to a joint Mail Group Newspapers/Coach Tourism Council consumer survey, 16% of those who had never taken a coach holiday are prepared to consider it in the future. â€œThat’s equivalent to 1.6m people,â€ says Mr Scrimgour.Other trends revealed by his analysis include:Escorted tours continue to do wellHop-on, hop-off mini gap-year tours to grow in popularity with youthful passengersStrong demand for themed-based tours
However, the case is not facing the ECJ as a result of Commission action but because the issue has been referred to it by a British court.The EU executive has come under fire for failing to take legal action against Loi Evin, which critics claim breaches single market rules because it has been applied beyond French borders. “The joy of the reference from the UK high court is that it will raise all the points without the need for the Commission,” said Martin Rees, a lawyer with London firm DLA.The British case stems from complaints by drinks firms Bacardi and Cellier des Dauphins, which were told to remove their adverts from a match at Newcastle United Football Club’s ground because the game was to be broadcast in France, even though the billboards were legal under UK law. The ECJ is seeking comments from member states on the French law and a related ‘code of conduct’ which was developed principally to allow French television channels to broadcast key sports events such as European Champions League soccer but provides similar safeguards for foreign firms acting outside France.The Commission’s attempts to resolve the dispute are now focusing on getting the code tightened to make it explicit that the law will not be applied beyond French borders.
If you go to WFUV‘s website at www.wfuv.org right now you can listen to the Elvis Costello & The Roots show from last night at Brooklyn Bowl. The broadcasts starts at noon today. The “one night only” show was a celebration of the release of the collaborative album, Wise Up Ghost, which was released today.As JamBase reports, “the two acts focused on material from Wise Up Ghost, but also threw in the occasional cover and some of Costello’s best-known songs. Vocalists La Marisoul and Diane Birch also guested at different points during the lengthy set. Exceptional fan-shot video of most of last night’s show has already surfaced thanks to Larry Rulz. Watch Elvis Costello and The Roots’ take on ‘Pump It Up’”:
Whether it’s actually real or not, the ‘sophomore slump’ is certainly a well-discussed trend in musical offerings. It’s that gap between a band’s stunning debut and its lackluster follow-up, and according to a new study, it’s very real.To start, the people at Concert Hotels pulled from the “100 Best Debut Albums of All Time” list that Rolling Stone released in 2013. They took the rating statistic for those albums, provided by Album Of The Year, and compared the scores of the debut and sophomore album for each listed. Now, this method may be a little biased, considering they started with the 100 Best Debut Albums list, but the results show that 66% of artists had a higher score on their first album than their second.There were some that increased, including The Talking Heads, Run DMC, and The Beastie Boys, but the majority of them did decrease in rating. You can view the results yourself with this interactive widget below:Click image to open interactive version (via Concert Hotels).
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhen this young man was trying on a new pair of basketball shoes at a Walmart in Dayton, Ohio, he managed to convince an older woman to help him put the sneakers to the test.After the guy had nailed some practice dribbles with the new kicks, he called out to the woman as she was walking past his aisle and asked if she could help him practice.Although the woman said she was on her way to a meeting and she “had no idea” how to play basketball, she did join in to “play some defense” before walking away with a smile.Since the man uploaded the adorable video to YouTube back in November, it has been viewed by thousands of people—and it’s not hard to see why.(WATCH the endearing video below)Be Sure And Pass This Sweet Story Over To Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
School-age program (SAP)DoD School-Age programs (SAP) are offered for children, kindergarten through 6th grade before and/or after school, during holidays, and summer vacations. Emphasis is placed on SAP programs which meet community needs, reinforce family values, and promote the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development of children. SAP may be provided in DoD Youth Centers, Child Development Centers or other suitable facilities. To expand school-age program spaces, DoD policy encourages use of youth centers; on-and off-base schools, and other suitable facilities such as community centers. Accreditation of DoD SAP programs is a requirement. Accreditation sets the professional standards for after school programs and helps families identify high-quality programs. Waiting listDue to a high demand for care, you may be placed on a wait list. Your position on the wait list depends on many factors that are at the discretion of the installation and may include your spouse’s military status, the date you apply, deployment and your employment. If these factors change while you are on the wait list, your position will be changed accordingly, so it is important that you keep your information up-to-date.Childcare is not an entitlement, and fees are income-based. Fees throughout the child development system of care fall into fee ranges set by DoD.To apply for child care, fill out DD Form 2606, the Department of Defense Child Development Program Request for Care Record and return them to the Child and Youth Services Coordinator at your installation.The Department of Defense has a long history of providing positive youth programs that focus on alternative activities for youth during out-of-school hours. Today, DoD continues to be committed to youth by providing consistent guidance and stable and dynamic programs in more than 350 youth programs worldwide. DoD promotes positive youth development by designing programs to recognize the achievements of youth and by developing partnerships with other youth-serving organizations like the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and 4-H that offer a variety of resources. Programs for teens and pre-teens vary from one base to another, but are governed by a consistent DoD instruction. Programs prepare young people to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood through a coordinated, progressive series of activities and experiences that help them become socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively competent. Programs usually include physical fitness and sports, arts and recreation, training in leadership, life skills and career/volunteer opportunities, mentoring, intervention and support services. Child development centers (CDC)These facilities generally offer child care for children ages six weeks to 5 years old. Care is typically available weekdays. CDCs vary in size; the average CDC cares for about 200 children. All programs must be certified by the DoD and accredited by a national accrediting body such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children. General informationThe Department of Defense (DoD) and the Military Services take great pride in the variety and quality of services provided to children and youth on installations worldwide. While the services provided depend on the size of the location, the standards and quality of services are consistent and meet established regulations. The network has hundreds of locations worldwide serving over 1.3 million children. In-home childcareWith in-home childcare, children receive their care in the private home of a certified provider living in government-owned or leased housing or in state-licensed homes in the community. Family child care provides accommodating child care arrangements, including night, weekend, and flexible hourly care for shift work.In-home childcare programs offer comparable care to a CDC. Providers must be certified by the DoD, and some seek additional accreditation from the National Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC). Regulations limit the number of children that may be cared for at one time: no more than six children under age eight, and no more than two children under two years old.
Gary Wilmot & Laura Pitt-Pulford(Photos: Getty Images) View Comments A talented cast has been assembled for the first European staging of Little Miss Sunshine, the quirky musical based on the Oscar-winning motion picture. The previously announced production will play London’s Arcola Theatre for a seven-week run beginning on March 21 and concluding on May 11, followed by a U.K. tour starting at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich, England beginning on May 20.Leading the cast will be Gary Wilmot (Dick Whittington) as Grandpa, Laura Pitt-Pulford (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers) as Sheryl, Paul Keating (Kenny Morgan) as Frank, Gabriel Vick (Manhattan Parisienne) as Richard, Sev Keoshgerian (The Musical of Musicals) as Dwayne, Ian Carlyle (Don’t Dress for Dinner) as Larry/Buddy, Imelda Warren-Green (The Little Mermaid) as Linda/Miss California and Matthew McDonald (Our House) as Joshua Rose/Kirby. The role of Olive will be shared by newcomers Sophie Hartley Booth, Evie Gibson and Lily Mae Denman.Little Miss Sunshine follows the Hoover family, who has more than a few troubles—but young Olive has her heart set on winning the Little Miss Sunshine beauty contest. When an invitation to compete comes out of the blue, the Hoovers must pile into their rickety, yellow VW camper van. Can it survive the 800-mile trip from New Mexico to California—and more important, can they?The Little Miss Sunshine ensemble will include Chloe Raphael, Ava Hurley, Ellicia Simondwood, Elodie Salmon, Summer Pelley, Ava Masters, Josselyn Ospina Escobar, Saffia Richards and Yvie Bent.Little Miss Sunshine features a book by James Lapine and a score by William Finn, the collaborators behind Falsettos and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The musical made its New York debut, directed by Lapine, in a 2013 production with Second Stage.The new staging of Little Miss Sunshine will feature design by David Woodhead, lighting design by Richard Williamson, choreography by Anthony Whiteman and musical supervision by Mark Crossland.
An initial lineup of guest performers has been released for Kristin Chenoweth’s weeklong Broadway concert engagement For the Girls, which begins its run tonight at the Nederlander Theatre. The list of performers includes Laura Benanti, Wicked songwriter Stephen Schwartz and a slew of current and former Wicked stars. For the Girls will run for a limited engagement through November 17.A list of confirmed guest artists can be found below.November 8 at 8:00pm: Brittney JohnsonNovember 9 at 2:00pm: Katie Rose ClarkeNovember 9 at 8:00pm: Jenn Gambatese and Julie JamesNovember 10 at 7:00pm: Jennifer Laura Thompson, Morgan James and Stephen SchwartzNovember 15 at 8:00pm: Ginna Claire Mason and CeCe WinansNovember 16 at 2:00pm: Jennifer Laura Thompson, Laura Benanti and Tatum HopkinsNovember 16 at 8:00pm: Laura Woyasz and Chely WrightNovember 17 at 7:00pm: Amanda Jane Cooper, Jessica Vosk, Shoshana Bean, Mario Cantone and Stephen SchwartzBased on her new album, For the Girls acts as Chenoweth’s personal tribute to music’s most passionate women, who have influenced her into becoming the accomplished Broadway star she is today. Chenoweth is expected to wow audiences with songs such as “The Way We Were,” “When I Fall in Love” and “The Man That Got Away” from the beloved artists Barbra Streisand, Dolly Parton and Judy Garland.For the Girls features direction by Richard Jay-Alexander and music direction by Mary-Mitchell Campbell. Jessica Vosk View Comments Star Files Amanda Jane Cooper Kristin Chenoweth & Stephen Schwartz(Photo: Bruce Glikas for Broadway.com) Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 17, 2019 Shoshana Bean Laura Benanti Kristin Chenoweth: For the Girls Related Shows Kristin Chenoweth Jennifer Laura Thompson Ginna Claire Mason View All (7)