Scotiabank Centre announced today, May 29, Centerplate will be its new concessions services partner as part of the facility’s plan to enhance customer experience. “We’re thrilled to partner with Centerplate as we take another exciting step in the evolution of our community facility,” said Scott Ferguson, president and CEO of Trade Centre Limited, the Crown corporation that manages Scotiabank Centre. “We’re proud to be working with a partner who will help us meet the changing needs of our customers and pave the way for an exciting future.” Centerplate will introduce new options, including local food and healthy alternatives, while continuing to provide traditional favourites. The transition will take place over the summer with the launch set for the fall events season in September. “Centerplate is extremely excited to partner with leaders, guests, and local organizations to enhance the guest experience at Scotiabank Centre,” said Chris Verros, president and CEO of Centerplate. “We are energized by the community commitment and vision of the venue’s leadership, and look forward to making it better to be there.” A competitive procurement for food and beverage services at Scotiabank Centre evaluated approach to customer satisfaction, business value, facility renewal and commitment to the centre’s future success. Scotiabank Centre will also unveil facility enhancements in the fall, including new seats and renovated, expanded washrooms, all based on customer input. Centerplate is a global leader in live-event hospitality, “Making It Better To Be There” for more than 115 million guests each year at more than 350 prominent entertainment, sports and convention venues worldwide, including facilities such as MTS Centre, home of the Winnipeg Jets, and BC Place Stadium.
Danny Cipriani of EnglandCredit: Dan Mullan – RFU The court heard the 29-year-old Wasps fly-half and Ms Murphy were in a casual relationship in the early part of 2015.Prosecutor Wendy Hewitt said: “The story starts in the first half of 2015 when Mr Cipriani was befriended by Ms. Murphy on Facebook.”They began what can be said as a casual relationship. They met up a couple of occasions when they had sexual relations.”The court heard the pair did not want a committed relationship and throughout their WhatsApp messages Mr Cipriani was described as being “courteous and gentlemanly towards her”.It was in July, however, that Ms Murphy revealed she was pregnant to the rugby star and told him she was not going to be keeping the baby. Former England rugby star Danny Cipriani was blackmailed for £15,000 by two strippers after failing to support one of them after she aborted his child, a court heard.Lisa Murphy, 39, and Violet Smith, 29, both admitted trying to extort money from the former England player between September and October 2015.The pair were due to stand trial on Monday at Kingston Crown Court but changed their plea after the judge indicated they would not be sent to prison if they admitted the charge. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. His response was, “Hi baby. That’s a shock to me too,” and the prosecution said he repeatedly offered her support.Ms Hewitt said: “Mr Cipriani first brings up the subject of money and asks how much it will cost on the basis he would pay for it all.”Murphy says as far as she understands it is all free and on the NHS.”The news came while the pair were discussing other matters including Cipriani’s disappointment at not being selected for the England rugby squad.The court heard things “started to sour in the middle of September 2015” when Murphy began to struggle financially following the abortion.In a message to Cipriani she said: “I didn’t want to ask because I’m so independent. It’s been five weeks off work and still not at work.”She added: “Is there any way you can help me as I’m self employed and I have got bills to pay.”He asked if she wants £1000 but she clarifies she actually wanted £5,000.The prosecutor said: “Cipriani seems to have a change of heart at this stage. She sends a message ‘are you getting funny with me?”He replied: “Not going funny. I didn’t expect you to ask me to pay for your salary. That’s quite different.”The prosecutor said: “He then says he will try and get some money.”The court heard she became quite agitated and repeatedly text messages the rugby player for the money and many times without reply.Ms Hewitt said: “She is clearly upset. In her text messages she repeatedly referred to the procedure she has undergone and referred to losing the child on a number of occasions.”It was in October Murphy recruited her friend Smith, who she worked with at the gentlemen’s club called Junction 9, in Bedfordshire.She began to text Cipriani using Murphy’s phone to try and get money from him. In one message she said: “My name is Violet Smith – I’m a friend of Lisa’s.”She has just been taken to hospital because the abortion of your baby has caused her life threatening problems. I just thought you would like to know, Mr Cipriani.”He responded: “I’m going to help her out but I can’t physically be there.”The court heard that Murphy told him she worked as a promoter, not a stripper. She wept and turned away from the judge as the details of the case were read out.The prosecutor said: “It was during the course of these messages the prosecution say that Violet Smith tells him Murphy works as a stripper.”Smith asks him for £1,500 to cover the cost of the abortion procedure. Then on October 12 Murphy then demanded Cipriani give her the number of his publicist.Smith and Murphy continued to message Cipriani and his publicist about the money.The prosecutor said: “There is discussion about how much they can get.”Smith then messaged him saying: “Just wanted you to know I have told Lisa to go to the papers with all of this.”The pair negotiated with The Sun newspaper for an exclusive story with reporter Jonathan Reilly, while Smith continued to talk with Cipriani’s publicist.The court heard Smith told Murphy she hoped to get £12,000 from The Sun but added: “I’m trying to get £15,000 from the publicist.”In the messages Murphy said she wanted money for “loss of earnings, loss of the baby and trauma to her mind and body”.It was also revealed Murphy had undergone chemotherapy following a cancer scare.The court heard by the end of October Cipriani went to his agent, then the police after The Sun contacted him telling him that they were going to publish the story.Earlier in the day Hannah Duncan representing Murphy said: “The offence was an irrational act on behalf of both women.”There is a the report that says her hormone levels were very high. This has led people to behave in an irrational and out of character manner.”She added: “It was an act of desperation on very very particular and unusual facts.”Murphy, of Northampton, and Smith, of Slough, Berkshire, were both bailed to be sentenced on Tuesday morning. Danny Cipriani at Westminster Magistrates’ CourtCredit:Paul Grover for the Telegraph
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