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Unauthorized sex enhancement products seized from Ont store Health Canada

first_imgOTTAWA – Health Canada says six unauthorized sexual enhancement products have been seized from a convenience store north of Toronto.It says the products — 7K, Black Panther Gold 30K, Black Stallion Platinum 30K, Crazy Rhino Premium 50K, Rhino 8 Extreme 50K and Master Zone 1500 — may pose serious health risks.Health Canada says the products were seized from George’s Convenience in Woodbridge, Ont.It says consumers who purchased the products should stop using them.It says they may contain ingredients not listed on the label or be labelled as containing ingredients that should only be used under medical supervision.last_img

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CEO caught on TV singing Were in the Money after takeover

first_imgLONDON – The CEO of British supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has apologized after being caught on camera singing ‘We’re in the Money’ following the takeover of Walmart’s unit Asda.Mike Coupe was preparing for an ITV interview to discuss the $10 billion deal when caught on microphone singing a song from the musical ’42nd Street.’Coupe sang “we’re in the money, the sky is sunny, let’s lend it, spend it, send it rolling along.” He later described it as “an unguarded moment” before settling down to speak.He says it was “an unfortunate choice of song from the musical … I saw last year and I apologize if I have offended anyone.”The value of Coupe’s 1.28 million shares in Sainsbury’s rose over half a million pounds ($750,000) Monday after the deal’s announcement.last_img read more

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Real Estate Prices Decrease Bank AlMaghreb

Rabat – The price of both real estate assets and the number of transactions fell respectively by 1.3 percent and 2.4 percent in the last quarter of 2017, according to data from Bank Al-Maghrib and the National Agency of Conservation, Cadastre and Cartography (ANCFCC).A drop of 1.7 percent in residential property prices was recorded, land prices rose by 1.2 percent, and commercial real estate rose by 3.4 percent, reported Bank Al Maghrib and ANCFCC.Meanwhile, sales of residential properties have seen a decrease of 8.6 percent, while those for land and professional assets increased by 20.7 percent and 1.2 percent respectively. In addition, on an annual basis, the price of real estate assets has increased by 0.9 percent, with increases of 1.8 percent for land and 4.4 percent for professional use, while residential properties remained unchanged.Regarding transactions, a decline of 11.2 percent was recorded, with a 13.2 percent rate for residential, 2.5 percent for land and 16% for business use.In the last quarter of 2017, the real estate price index (IPAI), recorded a decline in most cities, from 1.1 percent in Fez to 4.1 percent in Tangier.The cities of Marrakech and Meknes, have experienced a weighty increase in terms of transactions, unlike the cities of Tangier and Agadir which have recorded a significant drop. read more

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Spaniard Moroccan Publish SpanishDarija Dictionary for Moroccan Arabic

Rabat – During his stay in Marrakech, Jesus Greus began developing the dictionary in collaboration with several Marrakchis, primarily with Arabic professor Naima Lahrach.Jesus Greus was born in Madrid in 1954 to a family that instilled him with an appreciation for culture. He left Spain for London to obtain a degree in English language and culture at the Chartered Institute of Linguists.Greus then moved to Marrakech where he wrote many of his literary works. The ochre city became an adventure that stimulated his curiosity and inspired him to write. He wrote one of his best-known books, “Zyriab,” in Marrakech. While living in Marrakech, Greus excelled in learning Darija, which instigated the idea to create a Spanish-Darija dictionary. Knowing Darija helped him to mingle easily with the locals which served his writing well.“For the years that I lived in Marrakech, I made the effort to learn Moroccan Darija. I must respect those with whom I live as well as their culture,” he told Aujourdhui.ma. “Life in the Medina is like a small village, I know everyone here, people greet each other every morning, I buy antibiotics for the waste collector, I invite neighbors to my house and vice versa, I chat with the grocer, the hairdresser, with the people at the pressing and with the boy who sells the cigarettes, wonderful.” read more

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Closing Bell TSX up slightly amid mixed earnings hopes for ECB rate

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed slightly higher Wednesday amid positive earnings news and hopes that the European Central Bank will cut interest rates to help a weak economy recover.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 13,380.41 +18.63 0.14%S&P 500 — 1,770.49 +7.52 0.43%Dow — 15,746.88 +128.66 0.82%Nasdaq — 3,931.95 -7.91 -0.20%The S&P/TSX composite index was up 18.7 points to 13,380.41, with added strength from the mining components.The Canadian dollar was up 0.37 of a cent to 95.99 cents US amid strong housing data. Contractors took out $6.5 billion worth of building permits in September, up 1.7% from August and much higher than the 0.7% rise that had been expected.U.S. indexes were mainly higher as the Dow Jones industrials ran up 128.66 points to an all-time high of 15,746.88. The Nasdaq fell 7.92 points to 3,931.95 while the S&P 500 index gained 7.52 points to 1,770.49. Hopes rose Thursday that the European Central Bank would announce a rate cut to a record low of 0.25% after the EU’s statistics office said that retail sales across the 17-country eurozone fell 0.6% in September from the month before.Markit, the financial information company, revealed that its Eurozone composite purchasing managers’ index, a broad gauge of economic activity, faltered in October.The index slipped from a 27-month high of 52.2 in September to 51.9 points last month, although the October figure was revised up from the initial estimate of 51.5. Although it was above the 50 threshold indicating expansion, the figures suggest the European recovery lacks strength and is vulnerable to setbacks.“It’s going to be a long arduous process digging out from under sovereign debt and all the other issues they face there,” said Bob Gorman, chief portfolio strategist at TD Waterhouse.“The likelihood is they have passed the worst in Europe, not that it’s going to be easy, but that’s probably the case and I think they have to be nurturing this very carefully and the ECB moves will be part of that.”The ECB holds its regularly scheduled interest rate meeting on Thursday.On the earnings front, autoparts company Magna International’s (TSX:MG) quarterly revenue was up 13% to US$8.3 billion. However, net income fell from last year, dropping to US$319 million, or $1.39 per diluted share, from $390 million a year ago amid restructuring charges. The results beat analyst expectations and its shares rose $1.21 to $90.19.“I think the real story here was the top line, the sales,” added Gorman.“You have a situation in which Magna is getting more out of each vehicle that is constructed. In contrast with many, many companies which are having a really tough time increasing the revenue number much, Magna really stands out here.”Oil and gas producer Talisman Energy Inc. (TSX:TLM) posted a quarterly US$45 million loss from operations, or four cents per share, up from a loss $36 million or four cents per share a year earlier. Its shares slipped 34 cents to C$12.48.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) says its adjusted earnings in the third quarter rose to $278 million or 34 cents a share, which was up 4% from a year earlier but a penny short of analyst estimates. Its shares rose 76 cents to $46.56.Molson Coors Brewing’s (TSX:TPX.B) (NYSE:TAP) quarterly net income dropped to US$121.8 million on large European charges, but its profit increased 7.7% to US$268.1 million, beating analyst expectations. Total sales decreased 2% to US$1.17 billion. In New York, its shares rose 68 cents to US$54.69.Commodity prices improved and gold stocks led advancers, up about 1.27% while December gold rose $9.70 to US$1,317.80 an ounce. Goldcorp (TSX:G) gained 28 cents to C$26.25.The base metals sector gained 0.9% while December copper slipped two cents to US$3.25. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) was ahead 26 cents to C$28.97.The energy sector was off 0.47% while December crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained $1.43 to US$94.80 after data showed inventories grew less than expected last week, rising by 1.6 million barrels, against the 2.5 million that had been expected.Penn West Petroleum Ltd. (TSX:PWT) shares plunged $1.89, or 16.25%, in heavy trading of 6.2 million shares after the Alberta-focused oil producer signalled it’s preparing for another transitional year as it pares down its portfolio.Penn West also issued a flurry of announcements earlier, including a third-quarter financial report that mostly met or beat analyst estimates and a plan to sell $1.5 billion to $2 billion of assets before the end of 2014.Traders also looked ahead to other key U.S. economic data coming out this week, including third-quarter economic growth figures Thursday and the U.S. government’s October employment report on Friday.The data from both reports will help the Federal Reserve decide if the economy is strong enough to allow the central bank to start tapering its monthly US$85 billion of bond purchases. TOP STORIESQatari sovereign fund invests in BlackBerry’s US$1B debt offeringHousing market firing up again as Toronto sales leap 19%Tesla stock is getting hammered today because it delivered just 5,500 cars in 3 monthsMagna International sets aside $1B war chest for new plants, acquisitions, and share buyback in the coming year WHAT’S ON DECK THURSDAYECONOMIC NEWSUNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Week jobless claims: Economists expect 335,000 new claims, down from last week Real GDP (Q3): Economists expect 2% rise 3 p.m.Consumer credit CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESApache Corp. Q3 earnings: Analysts expect US$2.15 a share Walt Disney Company Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 76¢ a share CANADABCE Inc Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 77¢ a share Canadian Natural Resources Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 9¢ a share Canadian Tire Corp Ltd ‘a’ Q3 earnings: Analysts expect $1.76¢ a share Crescent Point Energy Corp Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 30¢ a share Great West Lifeco Inc Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 58¢ a share High Liner Foods Inc Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 61¢ a share Manitoba Telecom Svcs Inc Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 22¢ a share Manulife Financial Corp Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 34¢ a share Quebecor Inc Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 39¢ a share Saputo Inc Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 75¢ a share Tim Hortons Inc Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 76¢ a share Tmx Group Ltd Q3 earnings read more

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SeaTech Solutions to design worlds first seabed mining vessel

first_imgSingapore-based SeaTech Solutions International will be performing the basic design for the world’s first seabed mining vessel for Marine Assets Corp (MAC) and Nautilus Minerals for use at the Solwara 1 project. Nautilus Minerals is the leader in the industry to open the first seabed mine. Nautilus plans to mine copper and gold from the Solwara 1 project with a chartered vessel from MAC to act as the floating base for its operations in the territorial waters of Papua New Guinea.MAC, a Dubai based marine solutions company which specialises in the delivery of new build support vessels for the offshore industry, will own and provide the marine management of the vessel. The vessel will be chartered to Nautilus for a minimum period of five years with options to either extend the charter or purchase the vessel at the end of the five-year period.Under the terms of the arrangement, MAC will enter into a contract with Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding, based in Fujian province in southeast China, to construct the vessel. SeaTech Solutions, a marine designs specialist, will perform the basic design for the vessel.The 227 m by 40 m vessel is a 30 MW diesel-electric driven, completely outfitted and equipped Offshore Construction Vessel (OCV) for worldwide use. It will be Tier III compliant and able to work in and transport through ECA areas.The vessel will be an ABS DPS – 2 EHS – F dynamically positioned vessel. The vessel will be fitted out with two main cranes – 200T AHC subsea crane and 100T ship-to-ship crane. It will be equipped for seafloor resource production, onboard ore storage and other related duties. In this capacity, the vessel will be stationed over the allocated area and support Seafloor Production Equipment (SPE), such as specialised seafloor production tools (SPTs): riser and lifting system (RALS) comprising a subsea pump, riser system and associated handling systems.The vessel will have ore storage holds arranged amidships and will be equipped with a completely enclosed cargo handling system which will transfer the ore directly to any hold and from the holds to incoming handy size bulk carriers for export.Meeting American Bureau of Shipping’s (ABS) Comfort Class notation, the vessel is able to accommodate 180 people. The bridge deck of the vessel will be arranged to suit the ABS class notation of offshore vessels and suitable for unrestricted operation.SeaTech Solutions International is one of South East Asia’s Largest and leading ship designing companies for offshore vessels. It specialises in design of ships, floaters and offshore structures using the best engineering practices. Providing production friendly designs, each design is customised fit-for-purpose, rapidly and cost-effectively evolved and adapted from the diversified and large number of proven designs in SeaTech’s knowledge database.Over the last 15 years SeaTech has executed over 500 projects with over 150 satisfied clients in 24 countries.Nautilus is in the business of exploring and developing Seafloor Massive Sulphide (SMS) systems which are considered modern day analogues of Volcanogenic Massive Sulphide (VMS) systems – historically a major source of the world’s onshore copper, gold, zinc and silver.MAC has a proven track record in the turnkey delivery of new build vessels constructed to internationally recognised quality standards. Over the last 10 years, MAC has overseen and participated in the successful delivery of over 30 vessels from shipyards in China. New build supervision is a speciality of MAC, with an on-the-ground Chinese and Chinese speaking team supported by an international management team.Mawei Shipbuilding is a wholly state-owned enterprise with the largest shipbuilding and repair scale in Fujian province. Founded in 1866, it is the oldest shipbuilder in southeast China. The company was restructured in 2001 by local government and became a fully-owned subsidiary of Fujian Shipbuilding Industry Group Corp. Mawei Shipbuilding now has two shipbuilding bases in production: Mawei yard and Liya yard covering areas of about 280,000 m2 and 400,000 m2 respectively, and a third facility under construction at Culu Island, which is intended to cater for additional work for the offshore services market.last_img read more

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Heres What Happened Today Wednesday

first_imgCyclists held a protest at Dáil Éireann calling for more fundingA renewed appeal was released for missing woman Esra Uyrun Wednesday 22 Feb 2017, 9:00 PM Here’s What Happened Today: Wednesday Enda Kenny’s leadership, a death in Cork and diversity on the airwaves had people talking today. By Aoife Barry 17,463 Views No Comments Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3253595 Share1 Tweet Email center_img Feb 22nd 2017, 9:00 PM NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news. Plan International Ireland held an event today to draw attention to the fact that girl refugees can often be subjected to child marriage, gender-based violence and no access to education. Source: Leon Farrell/RollingNews.ieIRELANDOn the big question of his leadership, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told Fine Gael he’ll deal with the issue after St Patrick’s DayA plan by the BAI to increase diversity in Irish broadcasting was welcomedIreland’s road victims were remembered in a vigil outside the DáilA man has been charged with possession of the first book to be banned in Ireland in nearly two decades Storm Doris is on the way – and a weather warning is in placeWe ranked the Fine Gael leadership contenders, from most to least likely Get our daily news round up: WORLD Source: AP#I WANT TO BELIEVE Nasa has confirmed that seven Earth-like planets have been discovered – the only hitch is that they’re around 40 light-years away.#CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER Footage has emerged of Harrison Ford’s piloting near-miss at California airport#CONVICTED The fiancé of author Helen Bailey was found guilty of murdering her and hiding her body#HUNTERS HUNTED Two Texas hunters who blamed gunshot wounds on illegal immigrants actually had shot each otherPARTING SHOT“It’s beyond anything I could have ever dreamt of”. Watch excited JML scientists talking about their discovery of seven new Earth-like planets. Source: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory/YouTubeComments are closed as one of the stories above pertains to an ongoing court case. Tusla boss Fred MacBride said confidence in the system may have been underminedInvestigations continue into the death of a man at a Cork truck stop Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Grexit scenario has lost its horror Roesler says

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Germany’s vice chancellor is questioning whether Greece can fulfill the conditions to receive further international aid and says the idea of it leaving the euro has “lost its horror.”Philipp Roesler, who is also economy minister, leads the Free Democratic Party, the junior partner in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition. It often talks tough on Europe’s debt crisis.Roesler’s comments come as Greece’s debt inspectors examine whether Athens has implemented enough reforms and budget cuts to merit more help.Roesler told ARD television Sunday he is “more than skeptical” and that, if Greece doesn’t fulfill the conditions, «there can be no further payments to Greece.”He added: “I think that for many experts, for the FDP, for me too, a Greek exit from the eurozone has long since lost its horror.” Source: APlast_img read more

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Anastasiades sweeps to victory in Cypriot election

first_imgConservative Nicos Anastasiades secured 57.5 percent of the vote in Sunday’s run-off to get elected President of the Republic of Cyprus, beating leftist Stavros Malas.The final result of the second round of the presidential election in Cyprus showed Anastasiades got 57.48 percent, Malas collected 42.52 percent of the vote.“We must fight our battle together otherwise we will all lose“, said Anastasiades after his official declaration by the electoral committee as the winner of the run-off at the Tassos Papadopoulos sports hall in Nicosia.“We will continue working with our European partners in order to complete the loan agreement, but in a way that will safeguard social cohesion and labor peace. Cyprus irrevocably belongs to Europe.“One of our first actions will be applying for membership in Partnership for Peace, as the Parliament has decided,” Anastasiades pledged.“Cooperation with Greece will revert to being a top priority for our policy,” he said in a shot at outgoing President Dimitris Christofias.“I will not tolerate partition of our island, I will work toward its unity and the departure of troops. I will commit myself to a Cyprus that is free, reunified and totally European,” he added.He went on to show his gratitude not only to his party, the Democratic Rally, but also the other parties that supported his candidacy, the Democratic Party (DIKO) and the European Party (EVROKO).Turnout was slightly smaller than in the first round, at 81.5 percent against 83 percent, but the number of invalid votes was three times as high as last Sunday.“What is paramount at the moment is the unity of the people. Now Cyprus takes priority,” said a calm Malas upon conceding his defeat.Greece’s Prime Minister Antonis Samaras spoke on the telephone with Anastasiades and congratulated him on his election, according to Cypriot state broadcaster CyBC.Anastasiades, a lawyer born in Limassol 66 years ago and educated in Greece and in Great Britain, will be sworn in on March 1.Reports suggest he will appoint Nobel laureate Christopher Pissarides as his Finance Minister, and Ioannis Kassoulides as Foreign Minister.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Halvagis and Fialides join forces with Victorian Opposition to battle crime

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram George Halvagis, the father of Mersina Halvagis, who 20 years ago was found brutally murdered in the Fawkner Cemetery, and Tony Fialides, whose Toorak jewellery shop was robbed at gunpoint twice in three months will be informing Victoria’s Liberal Nationals policy on the criminal justice system. Both men will be joining forces with other victims of crime as part of a Victims of Crime Justice Reference Group and will play a major role in the policy the party will take to the Victorian state election in November 2018.The reference group includes a number of victims of crime and former youth justice workers, a former senior police officer, a police chaplain, a Justice of the Peace, and a member of the legal community. Speaking to Neos Kosmos, the two Greek Australians whose lives have been forever changed after their horrific experiences, stressed the need for tougher sentences and major changes to the judicial system adding that under the current system they believe the interests of the victims are overlooked in favour of those of the perpetrators.“I think that the judiciary should start sentencing the criminals rather than the victims. I believe the judiciary is completely out of touch and it is too biased towards the perpetrators of crime now rather than the victim,” said Mr Fialides, who three months ago saw the young offenders who robbed his business walking out of the Children’s Court, having pleaded guilty, receive non-custodial youth supervision orders.“There should be stricter penalties that is a definitely a change that should happen. And the bail system is not right. We hear on a daily basis about people who committed dozens of crimes and after they get out with bail they go back to commit more crimes. There is absolutely no question now that the whole system is in trouble and it needs an overhaul,” added Mr Fialides, pointing out that more measures of deterrence should be in place. Mr Halvagis, who after his daughter’s brutal death dedicated his life to promoting changes to the criminal justice system, seconded Mr Fialides point of view adding that crime is on the rise in Victoria and the system is partly to blame. “It has been 20 years since that horrible November,” said Mr Halvagis, “I did not choose to be in this position but since I am I want to make sure that those who live through similar tragedies get the justice they deserve. The system, I believe, is out of date. Young offenders get a slap on the wrist and that is not enough. There must be change.”The tough-on-crime approach will be one of the signature policies Matthew Guy will take to the state election. While talking to the reference group last Thursday Mr Guy outlined his four-point plan stating that “making Victoria safe will be achieved through more police on the beat, the introduction of mandatory minimum sentencing for repeat violent offenders, tougher conditions for bail, and the principle that parole is a privilege not a right”. Earlier this year the state government began implementation of all 37 recommendations in the bail system review by Supreme Court Justice Paul Coghlan after the January Bourke Street mall attack in Melbourne’s CBD, including the abolition of the right to bail for sexual and other violent offenders.last_img read more

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Des reins recréés à partir de cellules souches

first_imgDes reins recréés à partir de cellules souchesDes scientifiques britanniques sont parvenus à créer en laboratoire des reins humains grâce à une nouvelle technique utilisant des cellules souches.C’est encore une nouvelle avancée dans la création d’organes artificiels. Après les cœurs et les foies, des chercheurs de l’Université d’Edimbourg en Ecosse ont réussi à développer en laboratoire de véritables reins humains. Pour cela, ils ont utilisé du liquide amniotique humain et des cellules fœtales animales. Une technologie qui crée l’espoir et pourrait être utilisée chez des patients d’ici une dizaine d’années.À lire aussiUne militaire blessée dans un accident se voit greffer une oreille cultivée… dans son bras”Cela ressemble un peu à de la science-fiction mais ça n’en est pas. L’idée est de partir de cellules souches humaines et d’aboutir à un organe fonctionnel. Nous avons fait pas mal de progrès avec ça. Nous pouvons créer quelque chose qui a la complexité d’un rein fœtal normal” a expliqué au Telegraph le physiologue Jamies Davies. Pour l’instant, les reins artificiels ne mesurent en effet pas plus d’un demi-centimètre de longueur, soit la taille des organes d’un fœtus. Mais les scientifiques espèrent que ceux-ci grandiront et atteindront la taille normale de reins adultes s’ils sont transplantés chez des patients.Concluante, l’avancée pourrait présenter de nombreux avantages dans le remplacement d’organes défectueux. En effet, la technologie permettrait de limiter les risques de rejet en créant un organe à partir des propres cellules du patient. Pourtant, se pose le problème du liquide amniotique. Aujourd’hui, les médecins n’ont pas le droit d’effectuer une telle collecte, une fois le bébé né. Mais si celle-ci était autorisée, le liquide amniotique pourrait être conservé et utilisé dans l’hypothèse où le patient souffre un jour de problèmes rénaux. “Congeler quelques cellules est rentable comparé au coût engendré lorsque l’on garde quelqu’un sous dialyse pendant des années” a précisé le Dr Davies. Désormais, les chercheurs travaillent donc à améliorer la technologie afin d’obtenir des reins parfaitement fonctionnels, dans l’espoir que la conservation de liquide amniotique soit un jour autorisée.Le 12 avril 2011 à 16:54 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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The Best Documentaries On Netflix Streaming

first_imgCurious as to the best streaming device for your buck? Look here.Documentary films often have a hard time at the box office. It’s tough for the typically low-budget productions to break through the Hollywood blockade, no matter how compelling a story they tell. But home video and then streaming gave filmmakers a new outlet for their products, and we’ve seen a renaissance of docs in the last few decades.Netflix has a solid selection of non-fiction films streaming (and one spectacular non-fiction series in Making A Murderer.) If you’re looking for a gripping story to occupy you for a few hours, these are our picks for the best documentaries on Netflix streaming.From psychological horror to true crime, video games and comics to conspiracy theories, these movies will give you a glimpse into corners of the world you may never have otherwise seen.Room 237Stanley Kubrick’s brilliant adaptation of The Shining is no longer streaming on Netflix, but you can still watch this exhaustive documentary about the hidden symbolism and thorny conspiracy theories that surround it. Kubrick’s films reward extensive examination, and the many different ideas brought forward in this movie range from the plausible to the totally insane. The guy who thinks that Kubrick faked the moon landing footage and The Shining was his apology and admission is worth the price of admission all by himself.Exporting RaymondThis quirky TV documentary, originally aired on HBO, tells the story of a producer who travels to Russia to supervise that country’s remake of Everybody Loves Raymond. It sounds like a joke, but the perils of translating a sitcom to a foreign culture make for captivating viewing. It’s a bit inside baseball, but the clash of cultures is hard to look away from as Russian TV executives demand Kostya, the Raymond character, be more of a tough guy and his wife transform into a fashion-conscious sexpot.Indie Game: The MovieThis somewhat controversial 2012 doc follows the development of a trio of independent games that would become huge hits – Braid, Fez and Super Meat Boy. The developers come from a variety of backgrounds and are at different points in their careers, but the stresses of financial insecurity, artistic expression and fixing last-minute bugs are universal. If you’ve ever wanted a peek behind the curtain at the world of game development, this is one of the best. The follow-up movie, Aftermath, is also streaming.The NightmareWhen you have a documentary that works equally well as a horror film, you know you’re onto something. 2015’s The Nightmare is about sleep paralysis, a rare condition where you can’t move or speak when falling asleep or awakening. It’s often paired with absolutely terrifying hallucinations dredged from your subconscious. Director Rodney Ascher recreates some of these hallucinations from interviews with sufferers. Anybody who’s ever felt the grip of terror in that halfway zone between sleep and wakefulness will recognize some of the apparitions he conjures up.Particle FeverThere are actually a bunch of pretty great science documentaries streaming on Netflix, but if we just had to pick one it would probably be 2013’s Particle Fever, a gripping dive into the first round of experiments at the Large Hadron Collider. Theoretical physics is a tough thing to wrap your head around, so this flick deserves kudos for making the search for the Higgs boson not only understandable but actually exciting. When two theories about the nature of the universe enter a virtual Thunderdome, only one can come out triumphant.Exit Through The Gift ShopMaverick street artist Banksy is a fascinating figure, maintaining his anonymity while selling his work for millions. This film takes his pranksterish sensibility and amps it up to 11, ostensibly telling the story of Banksy and fellow street artist Shep Fairey while actually spinning a completely false tale about a new graffiti-art superstar named Mister Brainwash, a talentless hack churning out hokey pabulum that clueless rich people snap up like crazy. What’s real about Brainwash and what’s Banksy biting the hand that feeds him? The world may never know.Electric BoogalooIf you grew up in the 80s and 90s and watched late-night TV, Cannon Films was part of your DNA. The low-budget studio was responsible for the tidal wave of action films starring Chuck Norris and Charles Bronson, but also took chances on bizarre, marginal cult films and gave many major directors their first shot behind the camera. This Aussie documentary takes a look at Cannon’s kitschy side with plentiful clips from boob-filled barbarian flicks and explosions in the desert, but it’s the partnership between Israeli producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus that fascinates. The duo was prolific and unstoppable, at one point releasing 43 films in a single year.The ImposterThe best documentaries are the ones that leave you asking “how the hell did that happen?” and 2012’s The Imposter handles that in spades. Frédéric Bourdin is a French guy who has spent his life pretending to be other people, and in what might have been his biggest con he traveled to Texas to impersonate a Texas teenager who disappeared three years earlier. Despite looking nothing like vanished Nicholas Barclay, the family took him in without question. The flick ably examines the cognitive dissonance necessary to believe a complete stranger is your son and how Bourdin fakes his way into situations he has no business being in. It’s shocking, harrowing and almost impossible to believe.IcarusIcarus is a stunning example. The initial concept is Fogel trying to explore the illegal performance enhancement world in sports by trying to dope to win a bike race undetected. But when he links up with a Russian scientist, he ends up accidentally uncovering that nation’s government conspiracy to rig the Sochi Olympics! It’s a wild thrill ride of a story that features a filmmaker in way over his head and a supporting cast of athletes, scientists and criminals.Cave of Forgotten DreamsWerner Herzog’s dive into the prehistoric art of the Chauvet caves was intended to be watched in 3-D, but if you’re looking for a unique documentary you can look past that. The art – some of the oldest recorded marks made by mankind – resides in a cave with high levels of carbon dioxide and radon, meaning that we can’t really hang out in there. It’s an incredibly compelling movie considering that its subjects lived tens of thousands of years ago, and Herzog’s narration takes you on a journey that will leave you feeling very small in the face of Time’s constantly moving glacier.The WolfpackThis 2015 documentary spotlights the Angulo brothers, a group of seven children who were homeschooled in near-isolation inside their New York apartment, growing into truly obsessed movie geeks who re-create their favorite films using cardboard props and painstakingly transcribed scripts. It’s hard to watch at first, but when the brothers start to rebel against their parents and head out into the big city on their own there’s no mistaking the note of triumph they feel. The movie’s climax, featuring the guys making an original short film, is incredible.Removed From NetflixSadly, movies don’t stay streaming forever, and every month the selection on Netflix changes. When a movie gets taken off of the service, we’ll put it down here and let you know where else you can get it.The Queen of VersaillesDocumentaries are great for letting us see how the other half lives – or, in the case of The Queen of Versailles, the other 1%. This alternately infuriating and hilarious movie follows the travails of Florida real estate developers Robert and Jackie Siegel as they attempt to build their enormous, tacky dream home. When the housing market crashes, it torpedoes the project and sends the duo into a tailspin that would be hard to watch if they weren’t so awful.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoThe Act Of KillingIt’s an absolute shame that The Act Of Killing is no longer streaming on Netflix, as it’s one of the most provocative and intense documentaries I’ve ever seen. A camera crew travels to Indonesia to interview some of the perpetrators of the massive anti-Communist genocide of 1965, only to let the unrepentant murderers express their experiences through making fictionalized films. The end results are bizarre, terrifying and utterly fascinating. I can safely say that you’ve never seen a documentary quite like this one.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoJesus CampNo matter what your views on religion are, you’ll probably be shocked by at least one scene in 2006 documentary Jesus Camp. The movie takes you inside a Charismatic Christian summer camp where campers are told that they can talk directly with God and need to take back America from the infidels. One of the most shocking scenes features young wanna-be preacher Levi meeting Ted Haggard, the New Life Church pastor who shortly afterward would be outed for paying for gay sex and meth.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoBest Worst MovieIt takes a lot to turn a bad movie into a cult classic, but Troll 2 has all the required elements. Inept special effects, truly hideous acting and a storyline so incoherent that even the director can’t explain it all combine to create a schlock masterwork. Best Worst Movie examines the troubled production of the 1990 film with interviews with the principals and a trip back to the location that they used. It’s a funny and sometimes even touching look at the seamier side of Hollywood.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoBlackfishNo matter where you stand on the animal rights debate, Blackfish will leave you feeling unsettled. Cetaceans (such as whales) are some of our closest animal relatives, and their intelligence is well-documented. Keeping them in captivity at places like Sea World is obviously detrimental to their mental health. Only a single killer whale attack has happened in the wild, but multiple orcas at Sea World have gone after their trainers. The end result is a polarizing, aggressive film that makes no bones about what the director believes is best for the whales.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoThe Resurrection Of Jake The SnakeThe wrestling business is a meat grinder, taking young men in their prime and abusing their bodies and minds until they’re hobbling shadows signing autographs for pennies at low-rent conventions. One of the most tragic stories is that of Jake “The Snake” Roberts, an incredibly charismatic performer who was brought low by addiction and washed out of the industry. This insanely compelling documentary follows Jake’s rise and fall while giving him a third act, rehabilitating himself with the help of fellow wrestling retiree “Diamond” Dallas Page. Happy endings are rare in this world, so hopefully the Snake continues to deliver on his.Stream on Amazon VideoMan On WireWhat kind of man is comfortable on a tightrope 1,350 feet above the ground? Philippe Petit, basically, who in 1974 snuck up to the top of the World Trade Center towers with a group of accomplices, through a cable from one building to another, and spent 45 minutes walking back and forth. The stunt scandalized the city, and eventually cops clambered up to the roof to arrest him. This gripping documentary recreates the intense planning that Petit and crew did to pull it off, framed like a classic heist movie in the vein of Ocean’s 11. It’s a hell of a lot of fun.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoOn the market for an all-in-one streaming media device? Look here.last_img read more

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Driver injured after crashing into Camas fire engine

first_imgA Washougal driver was seriously injured Wednesday night after he crashed into a fire engine that was about to leave the scene of another crash on state Highway 14 in Camas.At about 9:20 p.m., crews with the Camas-Washougal Fire Department were dispatched to a single-vehicle crash on the westbound side of the highway just east of the 192nd exit, according to the fire agency and Washington State Patrol.Troopers and medical personnel responded to the scene and evaluated the driver, 43-year-old Chad Houghton, Trooper Will Finn said. Troopers arrested Houghton on suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants. While being processed, he complained of minor injury and was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, Finn said.During the response to the crash, a fire engine partially blocked the left lane of westbound traffic, which is standard safety procedure, according to the fire department.As they prepared to depart the scene and return to the station, a small car traveling at “highway speed” struck the rear passenger side of the fire engine, the fire department said.last_img read more

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Lendlease PepsiCo and Royal Mail are among 2018s top employers for women

first_imgBT, Co-op, Lendlease (pictured), PepsiCo, Royal Mail and Vodafone are among the UK organisations that feature in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2018 list, compiled by The Times and Business in the Community (BITC).The unranked list, which forms part of Responsible Business Week (23-27 April 2018), recognises UK employers that are making gender equality a key focus within their business strategy. This includes creating inclusive workplace cultures, and progressing women in their careers across all areas and levels of the organisation.Other organisations recognised on the 2018 list include Ashurst, BBC, Barclays, Deloitte, Lloyds Banking Group, Mercer, Norton Rose Fulbright, Santander UK, Sky, the British Army and Unilever UK.In addition, three organisations from the list have been named winners in the Business in the Community Gender Equality Awards 2018. These awards celebrate progress in gender equality in the workplace, and showcase examples of best practice, impact, innovation and individual achievement.Management consulting organisation Accenture and telecommunications business Sky both won the Game Changer award, while digital technology organisation Fujitsu was recognised with the Gender Champion award. Finalists in this category include the Post Office and Tideway.Chloe Chambraud, gender equality director at Business in the Community, said: “A huge congratulations to all the organisations in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2018 and to the Business in the Community Gender Equality Awards 2018 winners and finalists. They have shown their strong commitment to enabling men and women to contribute equally to society, understanding and addressing barriers to gender equality in the workplace, and recognising the benefits of having a diverse workforce at all levels. I hope that even more employers will follow their examples of best practice on this agenda.”Dan Labbad, chief executive officer, international operations at Lendlease, added: “Being named one of the UK’s top employers for women is great news and welcome recognition for Lendlease’s continued efforts to attract more women into construction. We are pleased to be recognised for our efforts so far on this critical issue, but we are not complacent and will continue working hard to build a more inclusive workforce.”Dr Siobhan Martin, UK HR director at Mercer, said: “I am thrilled that Mercer has been named among The Times Top 50 Employers for Women. We’re on a mission to ensure [employees] reach their full potential, through bringing their whole selves to work, having diverse role models to look up to and having stimulating, progressive careers. We offer a breadth of flexible working options and support everyone regardless of family arrangements.”last_img read more

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Trump panel recommends guns in schools

first_imgFederal Commission on School Safety panelA safety panel set up by US president Donald Trump in the wake of numerous school shootings recommended Tuesday that schools consider arming staff, using veterans as guards and reversing Obama-era guidelines.The Federal Commission on School Safety panel, led by education secretary Betsy DeVos, was set up after the February massacre in Parkland, Florida, when a former student shot dead 17 people, sparking mass gun control protests.The commission rejected calls to increase the minimum age required for gun purchases, arguing in its 180-page report that most school shooters obtain their weapons from family members or friends.Instead, it suggested arming staff — even teachers in some circumstances — “for the sake of effectively and immediately responding to violence.”School districts where police responses could be slower, such as rural districts, may benefit in particular, the commission said.It also recommended education authorities hiring military veterans and former police officers who “can also serve as highly effective educators.”The report pushes for a review of disciplinary guidelines introduced in 2014 under former president Barack Obama, which suggested alternatives to suspension and expulsion to tackle discrimination against black and Latino students.The commission’s report said the measure has had “a strong negative impact on school discipline and safety.”The American Civil Liberties Union condemned that proposition.”The Trump administration is exploiting tragedies to justify rolling back school children’s civil rights protections, despite the lack of any evidence linking school discipline reform to school shootings,” it said in a statement.Democratic representative Nancy Pelosi, who will be US House speaker when her party take over the chamber in January, criticized the report saying Trump and DeVos “have reached a new low.””Their ‘report’ on school safety puts special interests and the NRA ahead of protecting America’s school children. Students & parents have had #Enough,” Pelosi wrote on Twitter.She drew a backlash from Ryan Petty, a gun enthusiast and school safety advocate whose 14 year old daughter was killed in the Parkland massacre.”Hi @NancyPelosi, it’s easy to be a critic. Harder to create. Would you sit down with Parkland families to discuss the report?,” Petty wrote on Twitter.”We worked hard to ensure this report addresses top school safety priorities. It’s painful for us when you dismiss it without basis in fact,” he added.Over 219,000 US students have been involved in a school shooting since the April 1999 Columbine High School massacre, according to figures collated by the Washington Post.last_img read more

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Pyre is High Fantasy Football

first_img For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com, we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year!Indie studio Supergiant Games makes a particular kind of game a particular kind of way. The setting and characters and gameplay may change, but there are just certain constants you can always expect. The game will have exquisite illustrated art, background lore to uncover, RPG skill trees, soulful music, and Logan Cunningham’s sultry voice acting.But these shared elements don’t mean the games are created equal. Everyone loved the team’s debut game Bastion, but I thought it was just okay. Meanwhile, I adored the follow-up Transistor, but so far that game’s legacy is more muted. For me, Supergiant’s latest game Pyre falls right in the middle. That sounds like qualified praise for a Game of the Year, but if you haven’t figured it out by now, this is all just an excuse to talk about cool games.AdChoices广告While they are obviously connected and feed off of each other, you can divide Pyre pretty evenly into “story” sections and “gameplay” sections.As an RPG, Pyre naturally puts a great emphasis on story. In fact, some have compared it to a visual novel in terms of how story-heavy and linear it can get. You technically travel around a map, but aside from some branching pathways for optional resources, you’re just moving from one designated location to the next. Travel becomes even more of a non-issue once your jaunty wagon upgrades into an airship.This isn’t a criticism, just an observation. The linearity helps Pyre keep its story tight, and it’s an affecting story. Much more like Bastion than Transistor aesthetically, Pyre’s world is a folksy take on fantasy, a setting that combines cowboy guitar riffs with sorceresses trapped in crystal balls and tomes about the downfall of ancient demonic emperors. Players are part of a band of exiles trapped in a sort of technicolor Hell, stuck together Hateful 8-style while making a pilgrimage to freedom-by-combat rituals. It’s a haunting, quasi-religious vibe that makes the world of the Downside alluring to just exist in.Meanwhile, the bulk of Pyre’s gameplay consists of the Rites, the rituals the exiles must compete in to earn a chance at freedom. This is where Pyre basically turns into the most pretentious arcade sports game since the Camelot handheld Mario sports RPGs, and that’s a good thing. The goal of each match is to extinguish your opponent’s flame by dunking a glowing orb into it enough times and trigger a gorgeous dunking animation.Each team consists of three players, but you can only move one at a time so proper positioning is crucial. Characters holding the ball are vulnerable to physical and projectile attacks by opponents. Being hit temporarily banishes you while scoring banishing the successful character until someone scores again to keep things balanced. It may not be NBA Jam (or Playgrounds) or Rocket League or eSports, but it is appealingly peculiar, a mix of micro and macro strategy game thinking applied to a familiar snappy sports framework. It’s worth playing even outside of the context of the story in the local multiplayer mode.What unites Pyre’s two halves are the characters and their relationships. Pyre is essentially a sports movie, and your team (The Nightwings) are a group of scrappy heroic underdogs. It’s hard to get more downtrodden than literally being stuck in Hell. You start off with three characters, but eventually, your party expands to around a dozen, and each character features an iconic design and personality to match. Some of my favorites include lovable mustachioed dog Rukey, acerbic harpy Pamitha, and optimistic “moon-touched” girl Bae (that was the name I chose out of several options because of course).The conversations you have with your party (as well as their opponents) endear them to you as people. But their unique, Dota-esque gameplay styles just strengthens the bond you have with them as playable video game characters. Each character has different stats for attributes like strength, speed, and how much fire they can extinguish with one shot. They also have individuals skills you can enhance over time as they level up. The imp Ti’Zo can hover and implode. Swamp witch Bertrude can slither and pounce. Demon Captain Jodariel can bulldoze her way through most opponents. Buying and equipping different talismans can give your characters even more options.Pyre encourages you to mix and match characters to find a playstyle that works for you, until it doesn’t. The game’s cruelest and best trick comes from the Liberation Rites. Along with helping your party earn its freedom, you’re also trying to start a revolution in the unjust illiterate world above that exiled you in the first place. Winning a Liberation Rite frees one character to go help the cause, but then you can’t use them for the rest of the game. And because a character must be strong enough to go free, you’re forced to sacrifice your best characters or improve weaker ones one by one for the greater good. It’s an awesome and agonizing mechanic. Your power balloons until it peaks and then begins to deflate. What a fascinating arc.I constantly struggled against the selfish impulse to keep characters I wanted for gameplay reasons and the selfless impulse to free them for story reasons. Even if you play the game perfectly, not every character will go free. And if you lose a Liberation Rite and free an opponent instead, you’ll face even more difficult choices in the end game since the story moves forward no matter what. The only motivation that rivaled my desire to free my characters was the desire to shut up the condescending, Stanley Parable-esque narrator.With no fail state, so many characters, and so many different ways the story could go depending on who you free, there are a lot of reasons to replay Pyre. I replayed the last match a few times with my final team just to give each one a chance to go free, see what happened to them, and hear the slightly modified end credits song. However, the biggest thing keeping me from a full replay is just how repetitive the game gets.The momentum is pretty good up until the first Liberation Rite, and if the game had ended there, it would have been a very short but not unsatisfying. However, from there the game repeats the cycle several more times. Each new cycle is more streamlined than the last, and the gameplay holds up well enough, but tedium sets in after the false climax. I get that the characters themselves are being forced to suffer a seemingly never-ending series of escalating but virtually identical challenges, and the player is stuck along with them, but it feels like a small team trying to stretch a limited amount of content beyond its breaking point. That’s a shame because the content itself is great.Still, it’s a testament to how good Pyre is that I was willing to put up with its disappointing amount of filler. But Transistor remains my favorite Supergiant game thanks to it’s more varied, strategic, and creative gameplay opportunities and its aesthetically cohesive cyberpunk world. I hope that’s the direction the studio goes back in next. Then we’ll have a real Game of the Year on our hands.Check back next week to read about the next Game of the Year!View as: One Page Slides1/51. Pyre is a combination fantasy RPG/arcade sports game.2. The Rites are 3-on-3 battles where you must plunge a glowing orb into your opponent’s flame.3. Interact with your party full of great characters trying to go free.4. Dunk on your opponents with style.5. Travel across the technicolor Hell of the Downside.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Review: ‘Fantasy Strike’ Is A Fighting Game That Understands…Game of the Year: Jordan Minor’s Best Video Games of 2018 Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Google Wing Delivers Food Meds to Australians Via Drone

first_img Google’s Project Wing drone delivery service will take to the skies over Australia’s capital “in the coming weeks.”After 18 months of trials, Project Wing—an offshoot of Google parent company Alphabet—earned approval to deliver goods to Canberra residents.“Our service allows customers to order a range of items such as fresh food, hot coffee, or over-the-counter [pharmacist] items on our mobile app, and have them delivered directly to their homes by drone in minutes,” a Wing blog announcement said.Local aviation watchdog Casa this week signed off on the scheme, according to The Guardian, which reported that traffic management, maintenance, pilot training, and operational plans have been examined.“All those safety issues have been assessed so there are no risks to people on the ground, property, or aircraft in the sky, Casa spokesman Peter Gibson told the paper.Approval has been granted with “strict conditions,” including daylight-only operating hours; the drones are banned from crossing major roads, and must maintain a minimum distance from people on the ground.The program is expected to take off soon, starting with 100 eligible homes in the Canberra suburbs of Crace, Palmerston, and Franklin, before expanding into Harrison and Gungahlin.Launch partners include restaurants Kickstart Expresso, Pure Gelato, Bakers Delight, Guzman Y Gomez, and Jasper + Myrtle chocolatiers, as well as Capital Chemist and Drummond Golf (for all your last-minute putting needs).“Wing strongly believes that by working together with local policymakers, regulators, and communities, we can improve access to services, open up new economic opportunities, and better connect our cities,” the blog said.Potential customers in Gungahlin and local merchants can sign up online for more information.Drone deliveries are gaining popularity around the globe.Last year, one-month-old Joy Nowai became the world’s first child to be given a vaccine delivered by drone to the remote South Pacific island of Vanuatu. And in March, UPS announced a new program to transport medical samples via drone.More on Geek.com:Koala-Spotting Drones Outdo Human ExpertsBoeing Unveils ‘Wingman’ Drone That Could Fly Alongside Fighter JetsYou May Soon Be Able to Fly Drones Over a Crowd, At NightDronestagram Reveals Winners of Drone Photography Contest Stay on target UPS Wants to Bring Drone Deliveries to U.S. HospitalsWatch: Drone Captures Great White Sharks Interacting Off Cape Cod last_img read more

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Startup Creates Mobile App to Ease Parking Nightmares

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This story appears in the November 2012 issue of . Subscribe » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. One night in July 2011, Barney Pell went to an event in San Francisco’s Mission District. When he pulled into a self-service parking lot, a stranger came up to his car and asked him to try QuickPay, a new app that would let him pay for a spot with his iPhone (plus 35 cents for the convenience). Pell–an angel investor who was preparing to leave Microsoft, where he was one of the chief architects of the Bing search engine–downloaded the easy-to-use app and registered his information, including credit card number and license plate, thanked the guy and went on his way.That stranger was Carl Muirbrook, a serial entrepreneur from the agropharma industry who’d decided to bring the business model for parking lots into the mobile-powered 21st century. When Pell returned after his event, Muirbrook was still there–he had recognized Pell from his Bing vanity license plate and knew a potential partner when he saw one.”The idea of paying for parking with a phone isn’t new,” says Pell, who joined QuickPay as chairman with a “mid-six-figure” investment. “But the technology was for city-owned parking meters. Carl’s focus is off-street, private lots. These are local businesses renting out 10-by-20-foot spaces … and to them an empty space is money they’ll never see.”QuickPay puts an end to the hunt for parking in dense city centers, as well as the search for the exact amount of cash to pay an attendant or the hike to a payment machine. Customers use a smartphone to view lots with available spots and reserve them en route. Once at the gate, they scan a QR code displayed on the phone or show a confirmation code to the parking attendant to pay.For the multibillion-dollar private-parking industry, the app could put more cars into lots while providing real-time data on users. Parking companies can respond by offering instant discounts and upgrades such as valet services to their best customers.Early on, while Muirbrook worked on product, Pell restructured the company to better align with the Silicon Valley startup model and fundraising processes. That move paid off with a $3.5 million seed round led by Fontinalis Partners (Bill Ford Jr.’s transportation-solutions fund) and Valley heavyweights Advanced Technology Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz, along with Silicon Valley angel investors.Steve Baloff of Advanced Technology Ventures loves the upside QuickPay brings to an industry that has been a technological laggard. “Everyone wins–parkers and lot owners,” he says. “The app brings a real-time CRM tool to an industry that never had one before, that didn’t even know how it could use one.”Armed with their new funds, Pell and Muirbrook plan to expand the system’s reach beyond the 100 participating lots scattered across California, Colorado and Nevada, including agreements with operators of automated gated parking lots. They’re also working on technology that will allow reservation a day in advance.”Everyone who drives has a parking problem,” Pell says. “Our goal is to get rid of the pain.” December 3, 2012 3 min read Register Now »last_img read more

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No more free checked bags with Air Transats Eco Budget fares

first_imgTags: Air Transat, Baggage MONTREAL — Air Transat has announced that its lowest‑priced fare, Eco Budget, will no longer include a free checked bag or the possibility to make changes or cancellations, as part of a policy change the carrier says aligns its flexibility conditions with those of the airline industry.The company says it is standardizing its Eco Fares for its transatlantic, South, Canadian and U.S. destinations.Passengers booking an Eco Budget as of Oct. 2, 2018, for flights as of April 1, 2019, will be charged a fee for their first piece of checked baggage of 23 kg (for Europe) or 30 kg (for Israel).Here’s a look at the new conditions for Air Transat’s Eco Fares:Eco Budget (‘The lowest fare’)No changes or cancellationsNo checked bag includedEco Standard (‘The best value’)Changes and cancellations with feesOne checked bag includedFree standard seat selectionEco Flex (‘The fare with the most flexibility’)Changes and cancellations for freeTwo checked bags includedPriority services at the airportAny seat selection, based on availabilityMore news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesTravellers can save up to 20% on airport check-in fees by paying in advance online, adds the airline.The revised baggage fees based on destination and time of payment are:Flight-only baggage fees for Europe and IsraelFirst bag (prepaid): 23 kg (30 kg for Israel), $55First bag (at the airport): 23 kg (30 kg for Israel), $70Second bag: 23 kg (30 kg for Israel), $100Flight-only baggage fees for South, U.S. and flights within CanadaFirst bag (prepaid): 23 kg, $25First bag (at the airport): 23 kg, $30Second bag (prepaid): 23 kg, $40Second bag (at the airport): 23 kg, $50Earlier this month Transat A.T. posted its Q3 2018 results, with a $4 million Q3 loss. Revenues for the quarter totaled $696.6 million.Airlines around the world have been hit hard by soaring fuel costs and several carriers, including most of the major U.S. carriers as well as Air Canada and WestJet have responded with higher checked baggage fees.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesIn August both Air Canada and WestJet announced they are upping their fees for both the first checked bag (from $25 to $30) and the second checked bag (from $30 to $50). Wednesday, September 26, 2018 Posted by Travelweek Group center_img No more free checked bags with Air Transat’s Eco Budget fares Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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A woman looks at Yayoi Kusamas Love Forever pa

first_img A woman looks at Yayoi Kusama’s “Love Forever,” part of the “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors,” exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario is warning patrons to beware of possible ticket scams for the massively popular exhibit. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young AGO warns of possible ‘ticket scams’ for ‘Infinity Mirrors’ exhibit by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 6, 2018 11:50 am PDT Last Updated Mar 6, 2018 at 12:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img TORONTO – Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario is warning patrons to beware of possible ticket scams for its massively popular exhibit “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors.”In a post on its Twitter account, the AGO notes it’s “the only authorized seller of Infinity Mirrors tickets.”It adds: “Visitors may be asked to show ID and risk being disappointed by ticket scams and being denied admittance to the exhibition, due to unauthorized duplication or sale of a ticket.”The AGO is the only Canadian stop for the smash contemporary art show, which has become a sensation on Instagram.The exhibit features mirror-lined rooms with kaleidoscopic environments alongside the artist’s works.Timed-entry tickets first went on sale to the public in January and quickly sold out.On Tuesday, the AGO released a new block of tickets.Patrons have taken to social media to vent their frustrations about having to wait in long ticket-purchase queues online.last_img read more

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