Some retailers want to exercise lower rent rights at malls with Sears

first_imgTwo retail companies want an Ontario court to allow them to exercise their co-tenancy rights and change their rental agreements at malls where failed anchor tenant Sears Canada left a vacancy.Gap Inc., which owns Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy, and the Children’s Place filed notices of motion earlier this month asking the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to lift a stay on their co-tenancy rights.The stay has cost Gap about $1.75 million, according to court documents, and the Children’s Place nearly $200,000 per month.A co-tenancy right in a lease can give a retailer the right to reduce or restructure its rent if certain specified anchor tenants vacate the mall or reduce their square footage below a specific threshold, according to the documents. In some cases, it can allow a company to terminate its lease without any penalties.The court ordered a stay on those rights in June 2017 for any property where Sears Canada owns or operates a store, office or warehouse.The court granted the stay after the applicants — the company’s creditors — argued the stay was necessary and appropriate to mitigate the effects on the landlords and maintain the status quo during restructuring.The stay is in effect until Dec. 18 this year, according to documents.The retailers want the court to declare the stay no longer in effect once Sears Canada no longer owns or operates space in a shopping centre, or to nullify it.Sears Canada closed its last remaining stores Jan. 14 of this year after spending much of 2017 attempting to reinvent itself and bring in traffic.Gap operated 256 stores in Canada as of this April with 22 currently affected by the stay, according to documents.Meanwhile the Children’s Place operates 126 retail locations in the country, according to documents, and 18 of those are impacted by the stay.The motions are scheduled to be heard in October.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

Do you have a newborn baby but have nowhere to put it

first_imgMany people believe that baby boxes are also a safer alternative to a crib and can help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), but to this point, there has not been enough research to prove this theory. One reason many have adopted the baby box idea is due to Finland’s low infant mortality rate which sits at 1.7 deaths per 1000 babies. This number is compared to the global rate which is 30.5 deaths per 1000 babies.Residents looking to receive a baby box must complete the online course www.babyboxuniversity.com. For more information visit the baby box website or contact the North Peace Child Care Resource and Referral at (250)785-5701.Baby Box Flyer. Photo by FSJ Family Friendly Early Year’s Facebook Page. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John’s Family Friendly Coalition has partnered with the North Peace Child Care Resource and Referral to bring residents baby boxes.A baby box is a box with a thin mattress and fitted sheet for newborn babies. The box also includes a bag of starter items like diapers and wipes. The beauty of the baby box program is that all boxes are free of charge.Baby boxes originated in Finland as a cheap and easy way to keep parents from having their newborn baby sleep in their bed. Baby boxes are essentially a temporary crib for families who don’t own or can’t afford one.last_img read more

HWR Algeria Legally Responsible for Ensuring Respect for Human Rights in

Algiers  – While the Polisario governs the refugee camps in Tindouf, Algeria ultimately has the responsibility to ensure the protection of the rights of all persons on its soil, Human Rights Watch said Saturday in Algiers.“Algeria should publicly acknowledge its legal responsibility for ensuring respect for the rights of everyone on its territory, including residents of the Polisario-run refugee camps”, HWR stressed during a press conference on human rights violations in the Tindouf camps.The Polisario Front “should end military court jurisdiction over civilians and eradicate all vestiges of slavery”, the international human rights watchdog noted, adding that the leaders of the front should “ensure that camp residents are free to challenge its policies and leadership” and “advocate options other than independence for the Sahara”. read more

Stocks little changed as traders focus on US election

Canada’s main stock index was little changed on Monday, as gains in gold miners were offset by declines in financial shares, with investors largely unwilling to take major positions ahead of U.S. elections on Tuesday.“It is a reflection that investors are taking a wait-and-see approach today instead of making big bets one way or another ahead of tomorrow’s election outcome,” said Craig Fehr, Canadian market strategist at Edward Jones.At midday, the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 4.5 points, or 0.04 percent, at 12,375.91. The index at one point hit 12,360.06, its lowest level since Tuesday.The materials sector, which includes the gold miners, was up 0.67 percent, led by a 1.5 percent gain in Goldcorp Inc. to C$43.55 and Barrick Gold Corp, which was up 1.39 percent to C$35.72.Gold prices firmed on Monday, following their biggest one-day drop since mid-June in the previous session.“The gold prices are telling you that the expectation for the potential for inflation down the road has picked back up,” Fehr said.The gains in gold miners were offset by weakness in the financial and energy sectors. Oil and gas producers slipped even as oil prices held steady above $105 a barrel.Penn West Petroleum Ltd, down 4.79 percent to C$11.53, was one of the leading decliners. The stock fell after several analysts cut their price targets of the oil and gas producer. On Friday, the company reported a third-quarter loss and cut its production forecast.Other stocks leading the market lower included Silver Wheaton Corp, which dropped 1 percent to C$39.04 after its third-quarter profit fell 11 percent.World stocks fell and the dollar firmed on Monday as investors moved to the sidelines or favored low-risk assets before Americans choose their president, China starts a leadership transition and Greece faces a fraught vote to secure fresh rescue funds.Investors are nervous over whether the world’s biggest economy will avert a shock as Washington will contend with an automatic $600 billion in spending cuts and tax hikes at year end — known as the “fiscal cliff” — after the presidential contest.World leaders at the G20 summit this weekend in Mexico City pressed the United States to act decisively on the tax and spending issues.“People are pausing ahead of the election and what that means for the fiscal cliff,” said Jim Paulsen, chief investment officer at Wells Capital Management in Minneapolis.Opinion polls show the race between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney remains neck-and-neck at the start of the last day of campaigning, and the uncertainty over the outcome left financial markets jittery.Safe-haven bids pushed the U.S. dollar up 0.2 percent to two-month highs against a basket of major currencies and German two-year government bond yields dropped below zero for the first time in two months on safe-haven demand.In late morning trading, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 8.56 points, or 0.07 percent, at 13,084.60. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index was down 0.45 points, or 0.03 percent, at 1,413.75. The Nasdaq Composite Index was up 8.92 points, or 0.30 percent, at 2,991.05.European shares were down 0.5 percent, having ended the previous week at a two-week high.The MSCI world shares index was 0.5 percent lower as Tokyo’s Nikkei index closed 0.5 percent weaker following Friday’s Wall Street sell-off.Benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasury notes were up 10/32 in price, yielding 1.6823 percent, down 3 basis points from late on Fr iday.In commodity markets, Brent crude oil turned higher, erasing early losses. December Brent futures last traded up 26 cents at $105.95 a barrel after they were bogged down earlier by a strong dollar and a drop in demand in the wake of Sandy, the deadly storm that pummeled the U.S. Northeast a week ago.Sandy disrupted the distribution of gasoline and left millions without power in the region. In line with the broader market caution, gold gained about 0.4 percent at $1,683.10 after Friday’s 2 percent plunge.While monitoring on the outcome of the tight race for the White House, investors were mindful of the leadership transition in China and developments in the euro zone debt crisis and their impact on the global economy.It was expected that Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ coalition will muster enough support on Wednesday to win a vote on structural reforms and a follow-up vote on Sunday on an austerity budget for 2013. These fiscal reforms are critical for the debt-laden nation to receive more financial aid from lenders.“The concern remains the euro debt crisis and the continuing problems regarding Greece,” said Matthew Lifson, senior trader and analyst at Cambridge Mercantile Group in Princeton, New Jersey.On Thursday, China’s ruling Communist party will begin the 18th congress in its history with the culmination a week later in the expected selection of Xi Jinping to succeed President Hu Jintao.© Thomson Reuters read more

Albertas oil sands among riskiest energy plays in the world report says

CALGARY — Some of the world’s costliest energy projects are in Alberta’s oil sands and some could be cancelled without higher oil prices, according to a new report by a London-based financial think-tank that focuses on climate risk.[np_storybar title=”Infographic: Top 50 Canadian oil & gas companies’ fluctuating fortunes” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2014/07/25/infographic-top-50-canadian-oil-gas-companies-fluctuating-fortunes/”%5D[/np_storybar]The study by the Carbon Tracker Initiative highlighted 20 of the biggest projects around the world that need a minimum oil price of US$95 a barrel to be economically viable.Most on the list require prices well north of US$110 a barrel and a few in the oil sands even need prices higher than US$150, said the report.Crude for September delivery was at around US$97 a barrel in New York on Friday.In total, the 20 projects represent close to $91 billion in capital spending over the next decade.The report’s authors question whether those funds should be invested in risky projects.“This analysis demonstrates the worsening cost environment in the oil industry and the extent to which producers are chasing volume over value at the expense of returns,” said CTI analyst Andrew Grant.“Investors will ask whether it is prudent for oil companies to bet on ever higher oil prices when they could be returning cash to shareholders.”High on the list were Houston-based ConocoPhillips’ oil sands operations, which include joint ventures with Cenovus Energy Inc. at Foster Creek and Christina Lake and with Total E&P Canada at Surmont.A spokeswoman for Cenovus, which operates Foster Creek and Christina Lake, questioned how CTI came up with its figures, as its steam-driven projects are quite competitive with supply costs between just US$35 and US$65 a barrel.CTI also flagged Shell’s Carmon Creek project and ExxonMobil’s Aspen and Kearl projects.This analysis demonstrates the worsening cost environment in the oil industryMichal Moore, an energy economist with the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, said “US$75 is a pretty good price” for established oil sands projects.For newer oil sands developments, Moore said a long-term break-even price of US$105 is reasonable, but scoffed at the figures above US$150 in the CTI report.“We’ve got to have big numbers to have those things pay off, especially since they come saddled with newer environmental restrictions and they probably made a bunch of side-deals with landowners like First Nations groups,” said Moore.“They’re carrying a lot of obligations with them. Those numbers are $100-$105 for the better ones.”Other pricey projects highlighted in the report were in deepwater or ultra deepwater off West Africa and Brazil, as well as in the Arctic.In May, Total and partner Suncor Energy Inc. decided to indefinitely defer their $11-billion Joslyn North mine in Alberta because the economics just weren’t good enough.And in June, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers predicted oil sands production would grow at a slower pace than previously expected because of rising costs and capital constraints.It sees output hitting 4.8 million barrels a day by 2030, about two and a half times higher than last year’s output of 1.9 million barrels.But the figure is 7.7% lower than the 5.2 million barrels of daily oil sands output CAPP predicted for the same time frame last year.The CTI, funded by a range of European and American foundations, describes itself as a not-for-profit organization “set-up to produce new thinking on climate risk.”The Canadian Press read more

Ban strongly condemns car bombing resulting in death of UN peacekeepers in

The attack on the camp in Aguelhok of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) also injured six peacekeepers. A number of soldiers from the Malian Armed Forces were also reportedly wounded.“The Secretary-General extends his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and the Governments and people of Chad and Mali. He wishes a speedy and full recovery to the injured,” his spokesperson said in a statement.“This attack will not diminish the resolve of the United Nations to support the Malian people in their efforts to achieve peace and stability for all of Mali,” the spokesperson added.“The Secretary-General calls on all parties not to be deterred by spoilers who, through their criminal acts, seek to prevent the establishment of a sustainable peace in Mali.”The Security Council set up MINUSMA in April 2013 to support the West African country’s recovery from a coup and the occupation of its north by Islamist fundamentalists, its transition back to stability and democratic governance, and the promotion of human rights and provision of humanitarian aid.In a statement issued to the press, in which it strongly condemned today’s attack, the Council stressed that those responsible shall be held accountable, and called on the Government to swiftly investigate the attack and bring the perpetrators to justice.“The members of the Security Council reiterated their support to the Malian authorities, supported by MINUSMA, to stabilize Mali, re-establish State administration throughout the country and launch an effective and inclusive national dialogue,” the 15-member body added. read more

English Soccer Player Again Charged With Racial Slur

Chelsea soccer captain John Terry, who was cleared of attacking a player with racial slurs just two weeks ago, was was charged by the English Football Association on Friday with the same offense. And with the world in London for the 30th Olympic Games, no less.The FA, the London governing body, said it considered the evidence from the trial before charging Terry with directing abuse at Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand during a Premier League match last October.”I deny the charge, and I will be requesting the opportunity to attend the commission for a personal hearing,” Terry said.The FA alleged Terry ”used abusive and-or insulting words and/or behavior … (and) included a reference to the ethnic origin and-or color and/or race of Anton Ferdinand.”In court, prosecutors claimed that Terry snapped in response to insults about an alleged extramarital affair and bellowed ”(expletive) black (expletive)” at Ferdinand.But Terry said he only used the offensive term sarcastically to counter the profanity he claims Ferdinand was accusing him of using.The magistrate who ruled on the case at Westminster Magistrates’ Court said in his judgment that Terry’s explanation was ”certainly under the cold light of forensic examination, unlikely.”But he found Terry not guilty of a racially aggravated public order offense after deciding it was ”impossible” to be sure what the defender said.The FA, which has already interviewed Ferdinand and Terry, had to suspend its investigation into October’s west London derby when the police probe began.Liverpool forward Luis Suarez was banned for eight matches last season for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra during another Premier League match in October. What punishment Terry would face remains to be seen. But his history of such ugly allegations very well could prompt more severe suspension. Worse, is that he’s painted a cloud over himself with these two incidents. read more

Columbus crowd witnesses Cavaliers victory over Bucks

In front of 7,092 fans at the Schottenstein Center, the Cleveland Cavaliers picked up a victory over the Milwaukee Bucks 83-77, in their final tune-up before the start of the regular season. “It’s fun to play in cities like this that don’t have an opportunity to see you on a day-to-day basis, especially in the state of Ohio,” Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said. “It’s fun for us and hopefully it’s fun for the city of Columbus.” Point guard Ramon Sessions led the Cavaliers with 26 points. Sessions started in place of Mo Williams, who was excused from the game because of the death of his father-in-law. “I thought he played well. He was in a kind of tough situation with Mo not being here,” Scott said. “He knew he would have to play some tough minutes, but I thought he played pretty well on both ends.” Point guard Daniel Gibson also missed the game for the Cavaliers with a neck strain, while the Bucks were without former Ohio State star Michael Redd and rotation regulars John Salmons, Luc Mbah a Moute, and Corey Maggette. With neither team at full strength, the game was closely contested throughout. Cavaliers guard Anthony Parker connected with Sessions for an alley-oop layup to give the Cavaliers a two-point lead to start the second half, but a scoring burst from guard Chris Douglas-Roberts gave the Bucks a one-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter. After battling back and fourth throughout the final quarter, a breakaway lay-up by Sessions gave the Cavaliers a one-point lead with less than four minutes remaining. The Cavaliers extended their lead to as many as seven points, and forward Jamario Moon intercepted a pass from Bucks center Brian Skinner, which lead to a Parker 3-pointer to give the Cavaliers an eight point lead with 24 seconds left. Parker finished the game with 18 points and zero turnovers, while playing a team-high 38 minutes for the Cavaliers. “He not only picked up the scoring, but he ran the offense a lot. He played 37 to 38 minutes and not one turnover,” Scott said. “That means that you can count on him to do the little things, and he’s one of the guys who knows what we’re doing pretty well.” The 7,092 attendance number was a significant drop from last year’s Cavaliers preseason game in Columbus, which drew 18,021 fans. Now the Cavalier with the longest tenure with the team, center Anderson Varejao said that he wasn’t disappointed with the Columbus fans. “It’s my fourth time here and it’s always good to come here and play games,” Varejao said. “The fans do a good job.” Despite not playing, Gibson said that it’s a good experience for Cavaliers fans in Columbus to get to see the team live. “It’s just a lot of fun, getting out there in front of fans that don’t have the opportunity to come to the ‘Q,’” Gibson said. “You got to assume you have funs in just other than Cleveland.” Moon said that playing in front of a city without an NBA franchise reminds him of his days playing with the Harlem Globetrotters. “I’m always excited to play in front of different people who can’t come watch me play, and that’s what I did for my whole career for my other teams that I played for trying to come and get to the NBA,” Moon said. “It gives a lot of people that can’t get to Cleveland a chance to come out and see a good brand of basketball that the Cavaliers put out on the floor.” read more

Ohio State womens hockey suffers winless weekend against North Dakota

OSU senior forward Taylor Kuehl (6) takes a shot on goal during a game against Minnesota on Nov. 15 at the OSU Ice Rink. OSU lost, 5-3. Credit: Ed Momot / For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s hockey team snapped a losing streak, but couldn’t find a win during its weekend series against the University of North Dakota.On Saturday, UND (6-7-2, 4-6-2) claimed a 4-3 win over the Buckeyes (7-7-1, 5-6-1-1).The Buckeyes outshot and outscored UND in the first two periods of play. Then, in the third period UND claimed the game by scoring three straight goals before OSU came within one with seconds to play.In the first period, senior forward Kayla Sullivan scored a goal at 6:18 to put OSU in the lead, 1-0. UND later tied the game at 1-1 after a goal before the end of the period.The Buckeyes took the lead back in the second period when senior forward Taylor Kuehl scored off a power play. The tally was Kuehl’s fourth goal in the last three games.UND started the third period down 2-1. They quickly responded with a goal from junior forward Shannon Kaiser, who scored her first goal of the season. Kaiser’s goal beat Buckeye redshirt-junior goalie Stacy Danczak to tie the game at two.Less than a minute later UND scored to put it up 3-2. The team extended its lead to 4-2 later in the period.The Buckeyes weren’t giving up though. With less than two minutes remaining OSU pulled Danczak for an extra attacker. With a six-on-five advantage, the Buckeyes scored.Senior defenseman Kari Schmitt scored with only 10 seconds remaining in the period. Without enough time for the Buckeyes to take the game, they fell short.OSU outshot UND, 27-21 and Danczak racked up a total of 17 saves.In the Friday evening game, OSU scored a goal with two seconds remaining in the third period to tie the game and send it into overtime.The Buckeyes went on to win a three round shootout, 1-0.Sophomore forward Claudia Kelpler kept the Buckeyes in the game when she scored the goal to bring the game back to even. Already having scored earlier in the period, this goal was Kepler’s second of the game and fifth of the season.UND took the first and second periods of the game. They scored one goal in each period to take a 2-0 lead over the Buckeyes.However, OSU was able to rally late in the third period to put it back in the game.The Buckeyes outshot UND 26-18.OSU is set to head back on the road once again for a matchup against Robert Morris. The game is scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m. in Pittsburgh, Pa. read more

Global outlook is positive for US Coal and Minerals Mining Says NMA

first_imgAmerica’s National Mining Association (NMA) President & CEO Hal Quinn said on Monday that “the outlook for US coal and minerals mining in 2013 is positive due to clear improvements in key sectors of the US economy and the global demand for mined products, particularly in developing economies. While we see continued slow growth in the overall US GDP and another slight contraction in Europe, projected increases in domestic new-home construction and automobile sales forecast to reach 15.3 million in 2013 are buoying demand for copper, palladium, molybdenum and other metals that are vital to these sectors. US copper production, alone, is expected to be up by more than 10% in 2013, according to mineral commodity specialists at the US Geological Survey (USGS).“Iron ore production will benefit from infrastructure projects and stimulus spending in China, the world’s biggest buyer and the purchaser of 40% of worldwide production of all base metals. “Gold demand is expected to remain relatively strong, according to GFMS and USGS analyses, driven by continued financial uncertainty, central bank purchases of gold to diversify reserve assets and the continuation of current monetary policies here and abroad. At this point, the USGS expects a slight uptick in 2013 US gold production. Silver tends to run in tandem with gold, based on investor demand, but has a variety of industrial applications that will be strong in China, in particular.“Coal is on track to become the world’s primary energy source—surpassing oil—by 2015, according to Wood McKenzie, two years ahead of the International Energy Agency’s current estimate. Here at home, coal’s contribution to meeting electricity demand will increase by nearly 45 Mt over 2012 levels, and total domestic consumption will rise by 50 Mt due to slight improvements in the US economy; cooler weather; and natural gas prices that are expected to increase by 22%, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA).“Demand for coal in Europe has increased—particularly in Germany and Britain—in response to higher gas prices. Demand for coal throughout Asia for electricity and steel production contributes to a robust US coal export forecast of 111 Mt in 2013. “With these improved conditions for coal production and demand in 2013, NMA expects total US coal production to come in at 1.016 billion t in 2013—slightly more optimistic than EIA’s January short-term forecast. “Longer-term, NMA expects US coal to benefit from recent and planned construction of higher efficiency coal-based power plants with higher output rates and lower emissions.  The remaining coal fleet will, on average, be larger, more efficient and run at higher capacity—recovering at least 100 Mt of .. coal production lost to retirements of older plants.   “We continue to see improvements in US mine safety and health. We finished 2012 with the second safest year on record for mine fatalities. Nonetheless, we are well short of our goal of eliminating fatalities and reducing our injury rate by 50% by 2015.  We believe NMA’s CORESafety safety and health management system gives our operations and the people who work there the tools to reach that goal. “Public policy challenges continue to limit the potential of US mining to provide reliable materials and affordable energy vital to our economy and way of life. Inefficient and unpredictable permitting processes thwart investments that provide high-paying jobs and added value throughout the chain of production. Regulations that needlessly limit our energy options by halting the construction in the US of new advanced coal plants that can serve as the platforms for cleaner coal technologies worldwide are a failure of ambition and policy. If the US wants to compete with the world’s fastest growing economies and remain in the forefront of technological innovations, we must address these critical shortcomings.”last_img read more

Orange annonce une baisse fulgurante du prix de liPhone 4

first_imgOrange annonce une baisse “fulgurante” du prix de l’iPhone 4La guerre des prix a commencé concernant l’iPhone 4. Orange a décidé de s’aligner sur Virgin Mobile qui propose le terminal à un prix réduit. Les fêtes de fin d’année s’annoncent agressives. Virgin Mobile est le premier opérateur virtuel à proposer l’iPhone 4 à un prix très avantageux, moyennant un forfait sans voix. A partir de 99 euros, un client peut obtenir le dernier smartphone d’Apple (voir notre article). Un coup original vraisemblablement très redouté par Orange qui a décidé de s’aligner plus ou moins sur les prix proposés par Virgin Mobile en commercialisant le célèbre smartphone à 149 euros pour le modèle 16 Go avec un forfait Origami Star 3 heures.L’opérateur a décidé de brader aussi le modèle 3GS en le proposant à partir de 39 euros pour des forfaits allant de une à trois heures. Voilà un cadeau qui risque de ne pas passer inaperçu en ces fêtes de fin d’année. Le 21 décembre 2010 à 12:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Battle Ground asks residents help with vision for future

first_imgThe future of Battle Ground is up to city residents.The city is embarking on a community visioning process to set plans for the future, and is asking residents what they want out of Battle Ground. The project is titled Roadmap, and will be led by a committee of community volunteers called the Navigators.On Monday, the city sent out a survey asking residents about their ideal future Battle Ground.The city last did future-visioning work in the early 2000s, when Battle Ground’s population was about half its current size. The city has more than 20,000 residents, and it is expected to grow to more than 39,000 by 2035.Despite its growth, the city is still looking for an identity.Does it want to be a bedroom community, where residents can live and recreate while having to commute for work? Or does it want to try and lure in more career-oriented jobs so residents can live and work in the city?According to 2015 Census data, 7.6 percent of Battle Ground residents work in the city, placing it behind Vancouver (34.9 percent), Woodland (18.7 percent), Camas (13.2 percent) and Washougal (9.7 percent).The survey presents four options for the future. For each option, or vision, it asks residents if they love it, don’t really like it but would support it or don’t think it’s the right direction.last_img read more

Enter for your chance to win a Fluance audio system

first_img 6 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. One lucky person will receive this turntable, these speakers and a bonus Bluetooth speaker. CNET It’s giveaway time! And once again the fabulous Fluance folks are offering Cheapskate readers a shot at some fantastic audio gear. Welcome to the Fluance Sound Sweeps! Here’s what the grand prize winner will bring home: A limited-edition RT81 record player (white)A pair of limited-edition Ai40 powered bookshelf speakers (white)An Fi20 Bluetooth speaker (bamboo)Total value of that package: a cool $500. And two runners-up will each receive a Fluance Fi20 speaker (one in walnut, one in black ash) worth $150. The turntable and speakers, by the way, are indeed limited-edition items, announced just yesterday to help celebrate Fluance’s 20th anniversary. Only a small quantity will be produced, so this is your chance to own a little bit of Fluance history. What’s more, with promo code CNET10FLU, anyone can get $10 off any order of $100 or more between now and Aug. 27.Ready to enter? You’ve got until Sept. 6 to get it done. Hit up the form below for all the details, including the rules and requirements.If you have trouble seeing the form please check this link.Good luck!Update, 11:46 a.m. PT: Corrected promo code discount to $10 off. (It incorrectly said 10% earlier. We apologize for the mistake.)CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Share your voice CNET Giveaway The Cheapskatecenter_img Comments Tags Audiolast_img read more

FuboTV Is Latest Internet TV Service to Hike Prices

first_imgMeanwhile, Hulu in February started charging $5 more for its live TV service, which rose from $39.99 to $44.99 per month (a 12.5% increase). Google raised the price of YouTube TV last year, from $35 to $40 per month. Other virtual pay-TV players include Dish Network’s Sling TV, Sony’s PlayStation Vue and Philo.In a statement, a FuboTV rep said, “We are committed to continuing to deliver the best of live TV to our customers, as well as an exceptional user experience with 4K streams and premium features.”As a sign-up incentive, new FuboTV customers as of March 28 will receive a $10 discount on the first month for the base $55 tier while new Fubo Extra subs will get a $5 one-month discount.As of the end of September 2018, FuboTV said it had nearly 250,000 paid subscribers since launching in 2015 as a sports-centric over-the-top TV service. The company has raised $150 million from investors including AMC Networks, 21st Century Fox and Sky (now owned by Comcast).FuboTV positions its OTT service as a full-featured cable or satellite TV replacement. It has recently rolled out new features including a beta version of 4K streams, with 4K content coming to the service in the next few weeks from MLB, English Premier League and El Clasico. Fubo also offers “dynamic discovery,” an interface that lets subscribers browse live content via an in-progress preview directly on the home screen.Other enhancements on FuboTV’s road map: It plans to launch on more platforms starting this spring, including smart TVs; improve personalization and content recommendations; and upgrade cloud library features to let users better manage DVR and video-on-demand content. FuboTV’s price hikes come after AT&T raised the prices for all existing DirecTV Now subscribers by $10 per month (its second increase in less than a year), while discontinuing the previous plans and replacing them with two new bundles that include HBO but omit networks from A+E, AMC, Discovery and Viacom. Related Popular on Variety Discovery, FuboTV Strike Distribution Pact FuboTV Launches Free, Ad-Supported Streaming Sports Network Cord-cutters who thought they were getting a price break from “virtual” internet pay-TV services may be in for some sticker shock.FuboTV, as of Thursday (March 28), is increasing the subscription price of its base internet TV package for all subscribers by 22%, to $54.99 per month — up $10 from the previous $44.99 monthly for the package of more than 90 channels. In addition, Fubo Extra (with 110-plus channels) is rising by $10, from $49.99 to $59.99 per month (up 20%).According to FuboTV, the price hikes mark the first time in over a year it has raised fees. It has added multiple channels to the service in the last 12 months, including AMC, Cartoon Network, CNN, TBS, and TNT. In addition, FuboTV recently inked a distribution pact with Viacom, under which it will soon add BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, and other networks to its packages. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Sailor Moon Is Getting A New Stage Show Next Year in Paris

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Sailor Moon is going to be coming back to the stage as a new show set in Paris next year. If you’re familiar with Sailor Moon, you likely already know this isn’t the first time the anime series has had special musicals or stage shows, but new ones are always good news, especially since this one is coming back again for the 25th anniversary of the show.The new stage show is also celebrating the 160th anniversary of the Japanese and French friendship as part of the Japonisme 2018 project, which will feature several different Japanese cultural events in Paris next summer, so who knows what else is in store?Sailor Moon has been around for some time and has been an influential anime the entire time, as it started running in Kodansha’s Nakayoshi magazine back in 1991, and was adapted into a stage musical as well as anime series. The stage musical SeraMyu is one that you may have heard of, especially as there have been 30 different productions of the shows over 800 different productions. The final show ended in 2005, and went on a short hiatus. They came back in 2013 with the production of La Reconquista, and there’s been one each year then.This is the latest production, and while there isn’t a lot of information about it just yet, there’s a ton online about SeraMyu, and plenty of recorded performances you can watch to get a feel for what each brings to the table. There’s been a different musical for each season of Sailor Moon, and with Sailor Moon Crystal out there, there’s no telling how long they’ll run in the future. Hopefully a very long time!What’s your favorite Sailor Moon era? Hopefully, you’ll see it acted out on stage. That would make for an awesome summer trip, wouldn’t it?center_img The Best and Most Loved Anime Series of All TimeThe Best Anime On Hulu last_img read more

Rescuers called after couple and their dogs become stranded on sheet ice

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA mountain rescue team were deployed after a couple and their dogs became stranded on sheet ice near the Staffordshire Moorlands/Derbyshire border as Storm Deirdre hit the UK. Buxton Mountain Rescue Team (BMRT) were called for after the pair, who live locally, left the A53 at Axe Edge and tried to return to their home in the Brandside area at around 3.30pm yesterday (Saturday December 15). The couple, and their dogs, were helped by rescuers wearing microspikes who took them to stay with relatives in Whaley as bad weather hit the region. A spokesman for BMRT, an independent charity which relies on fundraising, said: “Due to being unable to reach home, the lady was left without her prescribed medication. Read MoreHow YOU can help Chester Zoo after major fire breaks out “The team called into Clowes Chemist on Cavendish Parade in Buxton, who was more than happy to help and issued an emergency prescription.” A Met Office Amber Weather Warning for Ice was in force across a large swathe of the area but expired at 6am this morning (Sunday December 16) – with a yellow weather warning for snow and ice also no longer in force. A number of vehicles were involved in accidents or became stranded on ice in the Staffordshire Moorlands on Saturday, with police in the area warning of extreme weather in areas including Morridge Top. Brown Lane in Flash was also closed briefly but has now reopened. Read MorePlans for £42m road development in town revealed Inrix, the traffic data company, reports the A54 remains closed between Buxton and Bosley due to ice – with a number of accidents reported on the route on Saturday and fallen trees reported elsewhere in Cheshire East. At around 9.30pm on Saturday night Cheshire Police confirmed the nearby A537, known as the Cat and Fiddle Road, remained open. A police spokesman said: “On the high ground of the A537, there is still a lot of ice. The road is clear at the time of writing, but travel with care. The A54 will remain closed overnight as sections of the road are covered in ice. The A54 remains closed due to ice (Image: Cheshire Police) Staffordshire County Council and Cheshire East Council both said yesterday that their gritters would be out overnight. Outdoor markets in Leek were cancelled yesterday – although today’s Sunday Supplement event in the town is set to go ahead as planned. The annual Star Bikers Charity Toy Run in Stoke-on-Trent is also set to take place as scheduled. Read MoreStolen Range Rover hit motorbike, car, two police vehicles and telegraph pole… and now three people have been arrested The latest Met Office Weather forecast for North Staffordshire states: “Early fog patches will possibly be slow to clear this morning. “Then mostly dry with sunny spells before a band of showery rain arrives from the southwest later in the afternoon.” Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive .last_img read more

Help needed in locating missing man

first_imgDID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! 41-year-old Petrus Pelser has been missing since September 18. He stays in Ladysmith and was last seen leaving his work (Royal Hotel). He has red hair and blue eyes, and is of small build. He is about 1.67m tall and weighs about 76kg.Family and friends are concerned. He was last seen on Sunday, September 18, when he finished his shift. Despite living on the hotel premises, he did not report for work and has not been seen again.Anyone with information can contact his sister, Anette, on 0738199369 or his niece, Rose, on 0730571018. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Hot Deals of the Day Up to 600 Off Razer Blade Laptops

first_imgIt’s an exciting day today because there is a ton of great tech from the PC world up for discount. But the story doesn’t end there either.Amazon’s Hot Sale of the Day Lands You Premium Tech for Insanely Low Prices for TODAY ONLY.These deals are available for today only, so it’s best to dive straight in rather than wasting time somewhere else.Razer Blade Pro with Core i7, 4K, 32GB, 1TB SSD, GTX 1080 – Regular price $4,399.99, Now just $3,799.Razer Blade with Core i7, 1080p, 16GB, 1TB SSD, GTX 1060 – Regular price $2,499.99, Now just $2,049.Razer Blade with Core i7, 1080p, 16GB, 512GB SSD, GTX 1060 – Regular price $2,099.99, Now just $1,729.Razer Blade with Core i7, 1080p, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, GTX 1060 – Regular price $1,899, Now just $1,599.Samsung 50-inch 1080p Smart TV – Regular price $499.99, Now just $369.99.Acer Aspire R15 with Core i7, 12GB, 256GB SSD, 940MX – Regular price $849.99, Now just $699.99.Acer Chromebook 14 with Celeron N3160, 4GB, 32GB – Regular price $299.99, Now just $249.99.Acer Nitro 5 with Core i5, 8GB, 256GB SSD, GTX 1050Ti with Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset and 2 Wireless Controllers Bundle – Price $779.99, You save $327.49.Acer Predator Helios 300 with Core i7, 16GB, 256GB SSD, GTX 1060 and Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset and 2 Wireless Controllers Bundle – Price $999.99, You save $377.49.HP Pavilion x360 Convertible with Core i5, 8GB, 1TB HDD – Regular price $649.99, Now just $599.99.HP Pavilion Power Gaming Laptop with Core i7, 8GB, 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD, GTX 1050 – Regular price $979.99, Now just $799.99.HP Pavilion Power Gaming Laptop with Core i7, 16GB, 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD, GTX 1050 Ti – Regular price $1,199.99, Now just $929.99.Acer Chromebook 11with Touchscreen, Celeron N3060, 4GB, 16GB – Regular price $279.99, Now just $199.99.Acer Chromebook 11 with Celeron N3060, 4GB, 16GB – Regular price $229.99, Now just $169.99.TP-Link AC1900 Wireless Router – Regular price $99.99, Now just $79.99.ARRIS SURFboard DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem – Regular price $69.99, Now just $59.99.Dell UltraSharp 27-inch LED Monitor – Regular price $649.99, Now just $359.99.Dell UltraSharp 34-inch Curved Widescreen LED Display – Regular price $1,199, Now just $499.99.Dell UltraSharp 23.8-inch LED Display – Regular price $350, Now just $149.99.Acer 23.8-inch Full HD IPS Display – Regular price $179.99, Now just $109.99.Acer Aspire AIO 23.8-inch Touchscreen Desktop – Regular price $699.99, Now just $549.99.Swiss Gear TSA Friendly ScanSmart Laptop Backpack – Regular price $49.99, Now just $39.99.SanDisk 128GB Wireless Flash Drive – Regular price $99.99, Now just $52.99.Most of these deals are alive from yesterday:Anker’s Holiday Sale is Now Live: 26% Off PowerCore Fusion, 22% Off Wireless Charger for iPhone X and a TON MoreUp to $150 Off DJI Mavic Pro Drone, $99 Off DJI Spark Mini & More Drone Deals on Green MondayHot Tech Deals of the Day: $50 Off Sonos Play:1, $15 Off 4K Fire TV, $50 Off Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch & MoreLogitech Is Having a Grand PC Accessory Deal for Today – Up to 60% DiscountThis 27-inch Monitor from Dell is $100 Off Today, Bringing the Price Down to Just $149.99 [Regular Price $249.99]Save Up to $50 on Fitbit Fitness Trackers – Includes Alta HR, Alta, Charge 2, BlazeB&H Green Monday Deals: $100 Off GoPro HERO5 Black, $29 Google Home Mini, $700 Off MacBook Pro with Touch Bar & More Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

Worldhotels latest edition from Shanghai

first_imgThe Evergreen Laurel Hotel Shanghai has become the eighth luxury hotel in Shanghai to join the Worldhotels global network.Evergreen Laurel Shanghai is located within Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park area that is home to large numbers of multinational companies and a host of first-rate shopping, dining and entertainment venues.The hotel sits directly adjacent to Jinke Road Station of Metro Line 2, a subway line that crosses central downtown Shanghai to connect Pudong International Airport to Hongqiao Airport.Boasting 269 guest rooms and 11 function rooms ranging from 40 to 900 square metres, Evergreen Laurel Shanghai offers comprehensive solutions for events in central Pudong of any size or kind.With a five-metre ceiling and 900-square-metre floor area, the pillar-less Laurel Banquet Hall provides sufficient space for a cocktail party of up to 1,200 persons or a buffet of up to 560.It is the first function hall in Shanghai that is equipped with an advanced surround screen wrapping around the entire circumference, a feature that can add excitement to events as well as heighten the effectiveness of presentationsTwo smaller Laurel Halls each have floor areas of 336 square metres, and a third one is sized at 252 square metres. These three spaces also share the Laurel Banquet Hall’s impressive ceiling height of five metres.Worldhotels executive vice president Asia Pacific Roland Jegge, said Evergreen Laurel Hotel Shanghai helps fill a void in the central Pudong market.“This is a hotel with great growth potential given its top-notch facilities and ideal location, and we are committed to helping the property realise that potential through our all-encompassing global sales, marketing and distribution strategies,” Mr Jegge said.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

The GSEs Future Prospects

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Servicing Share The GSEs’ Future Prospects According to Bloomberg, Mark Calabria is the possible nominee and leading candidate for the post of FHFA Director. Calabria is currently VP Mike Pence’s Chief Economist. He joined the Trump administration in February 2017. Speaking of the impact of his confirmation on GSEs, the article stated that Calabria had pushed for putting the GSEs into receivership—a process similar to bankruptcy. It pointed out that among other ideas, Calabria had previously called for the abolishment of the mortgage-interest deduction, a provision that benefited millions of homeowners. He has also supported the elimination of government subsidies for 30-year fixed rate mortgages. However, Bloomberg sources stated that Calabria has sought to address concerns regarding his appointment among bankers and bond investors in private meetings by presenting a more tempered approach concerning Fannie and Freddie. The publication indicated that whoever the Trump administration chooses will wield significant influence over the housing finance market—the ramifications of which will be reflected in the functioning of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The new FHFA director can affect mortgage rates and compel the GSEs to lower lender fees. The size of home loans that the agencies can buy may also be restricted. This will leave room for such borrowers to get their mortgages financed through the private market. If appointed, Calabria will replace Mel Watt, an appointee of the Obama administration. Watt’s term ends in early January, and the Trump administration has discussed installing an interim FHFA Chief while it awaits Senate approval of a permanent nominee, the people said, quoted Bloomberg. center_img December 10, 2018 699 Views Fannie Mae Fannie Mae. Freddie Mac FHFA Mark Calabria Mel Watt 2018-12-10 Donna Josephlast_img read more