A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… After years of wrangling and imminent doom constantly hanging over their heads, Pandora and other webcasters like AOL Radio have finally managed to work out a new deal with the music industry that should ensure the survival of their businesses for the next few years. Under this deal, large webcasters with revenue over $1.25 million will pay the greater of 25% of their revenue, or a fixed price per song, which will increase from 0.08 cents to 0.14 cents in 2015. Services with less than $1.25 million in revenue will have to pay 12 to 14% of their revenue.Earlier this year, SoundExchange, the non-profit performance rights organization charged with collecting royalties from satellite and Internet radio stations, was trying to get webcasters to pay 0.19 cents per song, a price that few businesses were able to pay and which could have meant the end of services like Pandora.As the New York Times reports, John Simson, the executive director of SoundExchange, still argues that the original rates would have been “appropriate and fair,” but he admits that these new rates will give “webcasters the opportunity to flesh out various business models and the creators of music the opportunity to share in the success their recordings generate.”Tim Westgren, Pandora’s founder, points out that this is not an ideal solution, but that this deal “still represents a thoughtful and reasoned outcome under the circumstances.”Some Changes for PandoraAt least for Pandora, however, this will also mean that a small number of users who stream more than 40 hours of music per month will have to pay 0.99$ if they want to hear more music on Pandora during that month. Pandora says this will only affect about 10% of its user base and those users, of course, could also upgrade to Pandora’s desktop player, Pandora One. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#web frederic lardinois
Related Posts Tags:#Google#NYT#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Yesterday, Google announced that future versions of its Chrome browser would not support what has become an industry standard – the H.264 video codec – in providing video on the Web. The move leaves Internet Explorer 9 and Safari as the only browsers supporting the technology, which Google says is not “completely open”. While this might sound like a lot of high tech politics (and it very well may be), some suggest that it comes down to the bottom line. In the end, the move may affect the average Web user, leaving them with poor performance and no universal standards for playing video on the Web.Manypeople were quick to point out yesterday that Google’s ideological distinction between WebM and H.264 as open and closed seemed to be contradicted by its continued acceptance (and embedding) of Adobe Flash in Chrome. “Back to the Dark Ages”Justin Day, co-founder and CTO of online video network blip.tv, says that the move goes backwards, instead of forwards. “I think from our standpoint this looks like a regression. We’re all for open formats, but they should be chosen based on their merits, not merely their license,” said Day. “This move means that Chrome users will suffer from a worse user experience because they will need to rely on Flash fallback.”Michael Critz, freelance interactive and motion graphic designer, agreed that the move was a regression for the average user. “Before H.264 arrived digital video was a disaster. MOV, WMV, Real Video, AVI… it was a nightmare meeting the expectations of different users,” said Critz. “With H.264 there was a brief period I was finally able to communicate with users, clients and producers clearly. I could say, ‘I’ll get you an MP4 file.’ Everyone knew with confidence that they could watch our video. Now Google wants to send us back to the dark ages.”WebM vs. H.264According to Day there is no competition between WebM and H.264 on the content producer end of the equation. H.264 wins.“The fact is that the open source encoders we use make higher quality video at a lower cost using H.264. Unless WebM can outperform H.264, it doesn’t make sense for us to support it,” said Day. Critz boiled it down in a similar way.“There isn’t a desktop WebM conversion tool that worth a pile of beans to what’s available now for H.264,” he explained. “I’m often traveling for video shoots. If I’m on a shoot in Miami and working all day then I get back to my hotel room I know I can depend on my Turbo.264 encoder to give me hardware accelerated H.264 encoding that I can use online, in Flash, on my producers’ iPad, and on my clients’ iPhones and Blackberry phones.”A Standoff Leaves Users in the MiddleDay said that blip.tv will continue to use H.264 and users whose browsers do not support it will fall back on Flash. Those with H.264 compatible browsers “may notice that their playback experience is improved and that their system is not as sluggish while playing Web video.”In situations like this, it can be all about the money, and CNET’s Jason Perlow says that’s the bottom line for Google. At the same time, Day says that’s the bottom line for them, too. Letting Flash take up the slack is much easier, and cheaper, than encoding video with both WebM and H.264. If Google really is looking to push developers to supporting its WebM codec instead, said Day, extending the move to Android and Google TV “would force our hand.”But what is the solution to all of this? Universal support, says Day.“In an ideal world, none of this would be browser specific at all,” he said. “The video tag should support any codecs the user has installed on their system.”In the end, what we have is a stalemate, with users potentially losing out. Developers, content providers and creators may continue to use what they call a superior product in H.264, while Google, Mozilla and others refuse to support it, meaning that users end up falling back on Flash and getting a more “sluggish” performance than they otherwise might with hardware-accelerated H.264. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… mike melanson Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…
Additional Discounted Film and Video GearThere’s more out there than just cameras, lenses, software, and hardware. If location shooting is in your future, these gear deals should be right up your alley.Clik Camera Bag: B&H Photo – $69.95SanDisk Ultra II 480GB SSD: Adorama – $109.99Pelican 1650 Camera Case: Amazon – $235.21AKG K240 Headphones: Sweetwater – $69.99GoPro HERO+ HD: Best Buy – $199.99Seen any killer deals that we missed? Share them with the community in the comments below! ‘Tis the season for turkey, stuffing, and awesome Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Let’s take a look at what’s out there for filmmakers and videographers.The Black Friday and Cyber Monday chaos is already underway, and good seasonal bargains make it a great time to add to your arsenal of video gear! The killer deals begin November 25th across various brick and mortar and online store fronts. We’ll be highlighting some of our favorite deals, but you can get the full rundown from retailers like B&H Photo, Adorama, Sweetwater, Amazon, eBay, Best Buy, BuyDig, Borrow Lenses, and more. Now, let’s go shopping!Camera DealsAs far as cameras go, you won’t find any killer deals on RED, ARRI, or even Blackmagic Design models. But if you’re in the market for solid DSLR options, there are several deals out there. We found three decent deals that could be worth the money in the Canon 5D Mark III, Nikon D810, and Panasonic GH4.Canon 5D Mark III RefurbishedImage: Canon 5D Mark III via ISO50The Canon 5D Mark III is a workhorse. Used by many documentary and big-budget cinematographers, the 5D Mark III is a great professional camera. The deals below are through standard retailers, as well as from Canon Direct, which offers a refurbished model.B&H Photo $300 OffAdorama $550 OffAmazon $300 OffCanon Direct Refurbished $1,899.00Nikon D810Image: Nikon D810 via Today OnlineThe Nikon D810 is a solid CMOS sensor DSLR and pretty comparable to the Canon 5D Mark III, though its price tag (even at a discount) is going to be a little more than the 5D MKIII. However, it’s a quality camera for someone just starting to get content together.B&H Photo $500 OffAdorama $500 OffBest Buy $500 OffPanasonic GH4Image: Panasonic GH4 via Pro Photo SupplyLastly, there’s the Panasonic GH4, one of the more cost-effective 4K DSLR camera options. In fact, this camera is used by many timelapse photographers. So this would also be a solid starter option for anyone looking to get into the game.B&H Photo $200 OffAdorama $200 OffAmazon $200 Off Post-Production Software and HardwareRed Giant SoftwareRed Giant is also offering a special, but it’s not for Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Even so, we thought it would be good to include this upcoming offer. Starting December 8th, Red Giant will be offering all individual software and bundles for 40% off.Special Holiday PricingMacbook Pro Retina Display LaptopImage: Macbook Pro via CNETThe newest Macbook Pros are solid options for any film or video producer. They’re also great for those working with motion graphics. Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for this line of laptops are pretty wide… Best Buy has a some nice discounts, but B&H Photo has some of the better deals.B&H Photo 15 Inch Macbook PricingWindows LaptopsIf PCs are more your thing, then you’ll want to look at the line of Alienware Laptops. Again, deals can be found for these all over the net, but just like with the Macbooks, B&H Photo seems to have the best deals available.B&H Photo Alienware Laptops Camera LensesLens images from B&HNow that we’ve found some quality body options, let’s find some solid glass for those cameras. Again, we’ll be looking for quality lenses that wont break the bank. In terms of lens mounts, we’ll try to give options for the cameras listed above.Rokinon T1.5 Cine Lens Bundle for Canon EF-MountFor many filmmakers and videographers, this lens series consistently performs well against Canon and Zeiss primes.B&H Photo $320 OffRokinon 14mm f/2.8 ED Lens (Canon, Nikon, or Sony)Here’s another Rokinon lens option, the 14mm ED Lens. This super-wide-angle lens comes in a variety of mounts such as Canon, Nikon, and Sony. So no matter what camera you choose from above, this super-wide-angle lens will work for you.Adorama via Ebay $249.99Panasonic GH4 Lens OptionB&H is running a long list of specials over Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The discounts on lenses compatible with the Panasonic GH4 are especially impressive, with many of the lenses marked down $100-$200.B&H Photo Panasonic LensesZeiss 50mm Lens OptionsB&H Photo is also offering a wide range of 50mm lens options as well. The Zeiss 50mm Prime lens isn’t a bank-breaker. With at least a $100 discount and options for Canon and Nikon, this is a pretty good deal.B&H Photo Zeiss 50mm Lenses
Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Your client has to be wrong. They believe that you made a commitment that you aren’t keeping. But you don’t remember making that commitment. In fact, you would have never made the commitment they now expect you to keep. Here’s how those commitments get made.Your Silence Created a CommitmentI’ve seen salespeople make a lot of sins of omission. They would never overtly lie to their clients directly, but they do let the client believe something that isn’t exactly true. They fear that answering a question or sharing information that conflicts with what the client needs will cost them their opportunity. In reality, not disabusing a client of a false belief is more likely to cost you the client even if you win the business.I once competed for an account against a large number of my competitors. The client’s service level agreements were a joke. Because of the natural constraints in their business, there was no way they could have what they wrote in the RFP. I sat alone in a room of eleven stakeholders, many of whom were C-level executives. One of the stakeholders said, “You are the only person to object to our SLA’s. Everyone else said we could have what we want. Are all of them lying?” I replied, “If they said you could have what you have written here they are.” And then I explained how, having served the client for a couple years, I understood how the constraints of their business prevented them from getting what they wanted, at least the way they wanted it. The C-level Executive said, “You’re the first person to sit in this room and tell us the truth.” I won the business.Your Failure to Ask Created a CommitmentRecently a client told me about an issue they had with a one of their customers. The agreed to have regular meetings to review their performance. It sounded like a great idea, and my client created great value for their customers in these meeting, as well as learned how to do even better. What they didn’t know was their customer intended that they have these meetings with a dozen of their teams each quarter.Even if what you hear sounds innocuous, you might not have any idea what your client really means. Even if you believe you understand what your client is asking of you, it never hurst to confirm it means what you believe it means.Sometimes you make commitments that you don’t know that you made. These commitments are easier to clear up before the expectation is set.
BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In 2007, the Cavs were no match for the powerful San Antonio Spurs, who overwhelmed Cleveland and swept the series. Brown can surely appreciate the irony in coming back as part of a juggernaut.“Circle of life,” Brown said last week. “Like the ‘Lion King,’ everything comes back around, I guess.”Brown’s Finals debut must seem like a lifetime ago for the 47-year-old, who guided the Warriors to an 11-0 mark in this postseason while Kerr battled intense pain stemming from back surgeries.“My guy did OK while I was gone,” Kerr said before the Warriors won Sunday night.During last year’s Finals in Cleveland, Brown met with Kerr about joining the Warriors staff and replacing Luke Walton, who was bound for the Los Angeles Lakers. The interview came before the Cavs rallied from a 3-1 deficit, and before Kevin Durant announced he was headed to the Bay Area.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast “I’m not looking at this as Cleveland fired me twice, this is the time to get back at them or is there any extra incentive?” he said. “I just want to win. I just want to be a part of a winning program and be the last team, quote/unquote, standing.” Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV NBA Finals ratings highest since Jordan’s last title in 1998 Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Golden State’s well-liked top assistant, whose first two stints as a head coach were to nurture a young LeBron James and then pamper Kobe Bryant, is heading to Cleveland, the city that shaped him more than any other.It’s where he was hired twice and fired twice by the Cavaliers, who are paying him until 2020. It’s where he raised his two sons. It’s where he rooted himself in the community and stayed after losing his job in 2014. And it’s where he still has a home and keeps one of his Harleys, which he took for cruises along Lake Erie to clear his mind.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“He loves those Harleys,” said Warriors forward Draymond Green. “That just means he has ’em in every city he goes to. That’s an addiction.”When Game 3 tips off Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) with the Warriors holding a 2-0 lead that feels insurmountable, Brown will be back in a building where he and James appeared in their first Finals together 10 years ago. After he was fired for the second time by the Cavs, Brown had stepped outside the coaching circle, choosing instead to watch oldest son Elijah play hoops at New Mexico and filming his other son Cameron’s Friday night high school football games. All the while, he stayed connected by talking with San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich, his mentor and former boss.Popovich urged him to join Kerr.Brown’s willingness to accept an assistant’s job despite 563 career regular-season wins and 47 in the playoffs underscores his humility. But that’s Brown: unassuming, ego-less, the consummate teammate.And while he hasn’t strayed from preparation and the attention he learned growing up in a military family, Brown has shown a willingness to change. He has loosened up. With the Warriors, he had no choice.Borrowing philosophies from other coaches, Kerr has created a loose atmosphere, believing a less-structured environment allows players to perform more freely and effectively. Kickball games are not uncommon and yoga is practiced regularly. Warriors practices typically begin with loud music booming through loudspeakers.It can be jarring to outsiders.“I remember the first few practices, me and Mike, we were new guys and we were looking at each other like: ‘This is how it goes down here?’” Durant said. “So it was an adjustment for both of us. It was great for me to have Mike to kind of like go through the season with me, and kind of help me out and help me get adjusted. It was different for both of us.”If things had gone differently, Brown might still be Cleveland’s coach. Given only one season on his return, he was dismissed despite a nine-win improvement and a colossal jump defensively. He still had four years left on his contract, and unfinished plans.Brown could be in demand again. Kerr’s health may prompt a reshuffling at Golden State, and there are certain to be other vacancies next season.Brown though, isn’t in any hurry to pack up, and he’s not viewing his trip to Cleveland as anything more than business. Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, right, gestures next to interim head coach Mike Brown during the first half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, California. APCLEVELAND — Mike Brown happily slid into his normal seat to coach Steve Kerr’s left for Game 2 of the NBA Finals. For the first time in weeks the Warriors were whole again.Brown has moved before — not always so willingly — and over the next few days he’ll return to a familiar place.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Real Madrid boss Zidane insists he can’t afford to rest Ramosby Carlos Volcano24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane says he can’t afford to rest Sergio Ramos.Real meet Club Brugge in the Champions League tonight.Zidane said of his captain: “It’s not that I don’t have a replacement because I can play others there, but Sergio is Sergio. He’s our leader, our captain. I can’t imagine him not here. It’s true that from time to time he needs to rest but not now.”On Karim Benzema, he added: “The Champions League is a very special competition for him and for everyone. When we see the trophy room, we know that we are the team with the most European Cups. We know Karim’s quality. What I like most about him is that he is a different player. I see a responsible, more mature player and that makes a difference.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Joining the all-star line-up for the 38th annual edition of PBS’ A CAPITOL FOURTH, the country’s longest-running live national July 4 TV tradition, are multi-platinum pop singer and songwriter Andy Grammer, theatrical icon and one of Broadway’s greatest triple-threat talents Chita Rivera, and THE VOICE Season 14 finalist Kyla Jade.Grammer will perform his hit “Back Home,” the lead single from his Gold-certified album Magazines or Novels, on America’s national Independence Day celebration. Gospel singer Jade will open the show with a performance of the “National Anthem.”Rivera, a versatile actress/singer/dancer and the recipient of the 2018 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, will introduce a special tribute to the work of famed American composer Leonard Bernstein, the iconic voice of his age, on the 100th anniversary of his birthday (he was born August 25, 1918). The segment will feature Bernstein’s beloved composition “Tonight” from WEST SIDE STORY performed by internationally acclaimed Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly. Rivera, who has been nominated for a record-breaking ten Tony Awards, and won twice, originated the role of ‘Anita’ in the original Broadway premiere of WEST SIDE STORY in 1957 bringing her stardom.The 38th annual broadcast of A CAPITOL FOURTH, celebrating our country’s 242nd birthday, airs live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on PBS Wednesday, July 4, 2018 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network. The program can also be heard live in stereo over NPR member stations nationwide. The concert will also be live-streamed on PBS, You Tube, Facebook and www.pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth and available as Video on Demand for a limited time only, July 4 to July 18, 2018.Emmy Award-nominated actor and producer John Stamos (FULLER HOUSE, SCREAM QUEENS) hosts the festivities which will feature all-star musical performances by: multi-platinum selling music legend Jimmy Buffett with the Broadway cast of the new musical ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE, making their first stop after Broadway at the U.S. Capitol before launching a national tour; ’America’s Band,” the iconic multi-platinum selling music legends The Beach Boys; three-time Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling artist Pentatonix; legendary Motown stars The Temptations; acclaimed multi-platinum country music singer-songwriter and winner of the iHeartRadio Music Award for Best New Country Artist Luke Combs; country music star and AMERICAN IDOL alum Lauren Alaina; 12-time Grammy Award-winner and gospel legend CeCe Winans; and world-renowned four-time Grammy Award-winning soprano superstar Renée Fleming, who will be performing her show-stopping anthem from the current hit Broadway production of CAROUSEL.The program is a co-production of Michael Colbert of Capital Concerts and WETA, Washington, D.C. Executive producer Michael Colbert has assembled an award-winning production team that features the top Hollywood talent behind some of television’s most prestigious entertainment shows including the GRAMMY AWARDS, COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, TONY AWARDS, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, and more.
NEW YORK (NEWS 1130) – US President Donald Trump’s approval of tens of billions of dollars in duties on Chinese imports sparked a selloff in stocks.At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial average was down 724 points or 2.9 per cent to 23,958. The S&P/TSX Composite Index fell 1.8 per cent of 275 points to 15,400.The Trump administration announced trade sanctions against China Thursday, and Beijing has said it will defend itself.Dow drops 700 points late in the session, 2.8%, on investor fear about Trump’s trade tariffs on China.— Richard Dettman (@rwdettman) March 22, 2018Industrial and technology companies, which depend heavily on foreign trade, took some of the worst losses.Boeing, Caterpillar and Microsoft all fell sharply.Bond prices surged as investors sought cover, sending yields lower. That helped push bank stocks sharply lower too.High-dividend stocks like utilities, another safe-play investment, rose.
DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier is now officially the BC Liberal Party’s opposition critic for Oil and Gas Development.Bernier, who previously served as Health Critic under interim party leader Rich Coleman and as Education Minister for two years under former Premier Christy Clark, was named oil and gas development critic by BC Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson earlier this week. The South Peace MLA says that both he and Skeena MLA Ellis Ross will be questioning Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Michelle Mungall in the Legislature.Bernier said that Ross, who served as Natural Gas Development Minister under Clark for less than a month before the BC Liberals lost a confidence vote, will continue to serve as critic of all LNG-specific and downstream natural gas issues. Bernier says that with him serving as critic of the upstream side of things means that the pair will form a quite a powerful combination. “It’s basically a perfect partnership for the North here,” said Bernier. “You have where the gas is being produced and extracted in the Peace Region with myself, and then Ellis on the coast where facilities can be built. My job now will be to challenge the provincial government and look at any regulations or policies they’re putting in place to make sure they’re actually going to work for the region.”Bernier will begin his stint as oil and gas critic in the Legislature when the House resumes the Spring Session in just over a week’s time.
All DayIce SlidesCentennial Park 10 am & 2 pmWim Hof Method Workshop – must pre-registerImprovement Institute Truck Driving School 11 am-3 pmHorse Drawn Sleigh RidesBert Ambrose Elementary/Kin Park 1-3 pmProm Fashion ShowTotem Mall SearchSearch inTimeEventLocation TimeEventLocation All DayProfessional Ice CarvingCentennial Park All DayMNP Ice Slides & BonfireCentennial Park All DayCrokicurl (park at the North Peace Arena)Greenspace – beside North Peace Arena 8 am-3 pmBackcountry Ice Fishing Derby – register on siteCharlie Lake Rotary Boat Launch 10 am & 2 pmWim Hof Method Workshop – must pre-registerImprovement Institute Truck Driving School 11 am-3 pmHorse Drawn Sleigh RidesBert Ambrose Elementary/Kin Park 11 am-3 pmFREE Bouncing Beans sessionKids Arena Fieldhouse 11 amStory WalkCentennial Park 12-2:30 pm& 3:30-6 pmPETRONAS Energy Free SkatePomeroy Sport Centre 1 -3 pmYAC: Snow Bowl-O-rama *Free for youth ages 12-18Fort Lanes Bowling Alley 2 pmHuskies Jr. B Hockey Game vs. Grand Prairie – Tickets RequiredNorth Peace Arena 4-7:30 pmFree 8 oz. Hot Chocolate – from Canadian Grind & RBCCentennial Park 4:30-7:30 pmBalloon Twisting with Wiggy’s CreationsCentennial Park Tent 4:30-7:30 pmCarnival Games & Free PopcornCentennial Park Tent 6 pmFire & Ice Closing CeremonyCentennial Park 7 pmLaugh your Ice Off – Tickets RequiredLido Theatre SearchSearch inTimeEventLocation TimeEventLocation SearchSearch inTimeEventLocation TimeEventLocation SearchSearch inTimeEventLocation TimeEventLocation High on Ice – Schedule – Sunday Check out the opening ceremony below. The full schedule starts under this video.[brid video=”382087″ player=”15803″ title=”Fort St. John High on Ice kickoff 2019″] High on Ice Schedule – Friday Feb 15 High on Ice – Schedule – Saturday High on Ice – Schedule – Monday FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – High on Ice Winter Festival starts Friday and runs through to the holiday Monday. Find out when each event is below in our High on Ice Schedule.Marissa Jordan, Recreation Programmer for the City of Fort St. John, says set up is going great as crews have been working in Centennial Park for the past week, setting up for the Festival.“It’s great. We’ve had crews in there, they’ve started about five days ago. So our carvers carved the big (ice blocks), we call them the commission pieces; they carve them in advance so that they are ready for viewing.” All DayProfessional Ice CarvingCentennial Park All DayMNP Ice Slides & BonfireCentennial Park All DayCurling Bonspiel – must pre-registerFort St. John Curling Rink All DayCrokicurl (park at the North Peace Arena)Greenspace – beside North Peace Arena 9 am-4 pmMayors Carving ChallengeCentennial Park 10 am-4 pmCommunity Ice Carving Competition – must pre-registerCentennial Park 10 am-2 pmDog Sled RidesThe Horse Ranch – in Baldonnel 10 am & 2 pmWim Hof Method Workshop – must pre-registerImprovement Institute Truck Driving School 11 am-6 pmDodgeball Tournament – must pre-registerKids Arena Fieldhouse 11 am-3 pmLive MusicCentennial Park Tents 11 am-3 pmFree 8 oz. Hot Chocolate from Canadian Grind & RBCCentennial Park 11 am-3 pmHorse Drawn Sleigh RidesBert Ambrose Elementary/Kin Park 11 am-3 pmNEAT Presents: Soup Stock – remember your mug and spoon!Centennial Park Tents 12 -2 pmEngage Sport North: Mukluk Rush – Obstacle CourseCentennial Park 12 -4 pmCaltech Surveys presents: Face PaintingCentennial Park Tents 1 -3 pmBergen Financial presents: Mukluk Free SwimNorth Peace Leisure Pool 2 pmMukluk Rendezvous X Country Skiing LoppetBeatton Provincial Park 5 -7 pmEngage Sport North: Try Sledge Hockey & BroomballNorth Peace Arena 5 -9 pmPizza & Pint – with Beards Brewing (19+)Beard CompetitionCentennial Park Tents 5:30pmSunrise Rotary: Evening Under the Stars Gala – Tickets RequiredPomeroy Hotel «‹12›» 4 pmOPENING NIGHT IN CENTENNIAL PARK Professional Single Block Ice Carving (until 6pm)MNP Ice Slides – OPENBonfireFree 8oz. hot chocolate and candy bar until 7:30 pm– Brought to you by The Canadian GrindCentennial Park– park at the North Peace Leisure Pool 5 pmLive Music – Pizza & Pint – with Beards Brewing (19+) Centennial Park Tents 6:30 pmOpening Ceremonies: Mayor Ackerman’s remarks, carving team introductions, single block light-up, dance performances and Fire & Glow ShowCentennial Park – at the Welcome Wall ice carving 10 am & 2 pmWim Hof Method Workshop – must pre-registerImprovement Institute Truck Driving School 6 pmCurling Bonspiel – must pre-registerFort St. John Curling Rink 7 pm“Laugh your ice off” Comedy Show – Tickets RequiredLido Theatre 7:30 pmBrendan McLeod – Brain & Other Stories – Tickets RequiredNorth Peace Cultural Centre