QUEBEC – The 10 members elected Oct. 1 for the sovereigntist left-wing party Quebec solidaire refused to swear allegiance to the Queen publicly Wednesday as they made their entry into the provincial legislature.Instead, they chose to swear the obligatory oath behind closed doors, away from the view of family and friends attending the ceremony.In public, they declared their loyalty to the Quebec people, the second part of the oath required of all members of the national assembly.Manon Masse, Quebec solidaire’s co-spokesperson, called the oath to the Queen “an archaic and, frankly, unpleasant ritual.”She said making the declaration out of public view was a matter of respect for members’ sovereigntist convictions. Sol Zanetti, who represents a Quebec City riding for the party, said it was “humiliating” to swear an oath that clashed with his personal convictions.The opposition party plans to table legislation to get rid of the oath to the Queen.
Posted by Monday, July 30, 2018 ORLANDO — A fourth theme park could very well be on its way to Universal Orlando, a bombshell of an announcement that was made during a second-quarter earnings call last week for Universal parent company Comcast.When asked whether the company would be planning another gate in Orlando by Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst Jessica Reif Cohen, who also noted that Universal filed for the name ‘Fantastic Worlds’ with the patent office in June, Stephen Burke, CEO of NBCUniversal said, “We are looking at it. We filed basically a name registration.”Burke went on to say that the theme park business is one of the company’s best, most consistent businesses. “And we think we have a lot of very long runway and that another gate in Florida would have the advantage of turning Florida from a two-to-three-day destination to potentially a weeklong destination.”The news comes as Comcast also reported a Q2 revenue increase of 3.6%, or US$1.4 billion, of its theme park division, thanks in large part to the opening of new attractions like Fast & Furious Supercharged.More news: GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsIn the first half of 2018, theme park revenue spiked by 8.6% to $2.6 billion, while adjusted earnings increased 12.3% to $1.1 billion.It was reported in October 2017 by the Orlando Sentinel that Universal Orlando purchased an additional 101 acres of land in Orlando. It currently boasts three theme parks in Orlando: Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, and Volcano Bay. << Previous PostNext Post >> A fourth theme park at Universal Orlando? You bet Travelweek Group Tags: Universal Studios Share