Aerosmith sued over late cancellation of gig in Maui, Hawaii

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Aerosmith sued over late cancellation of gig in Maui, Hawaii

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Fans of the American hard rock band Aerosmith have launched legal action against the band in response to a late cancellation of a scheduled concert on the Hawaiian Island of Maui.

Attorney Brandee Faria filed a class action suit in Hawaii Circuit Court on October 19. The suit alleges that the band’s cancellation cost fans between US$500,000 (€349,944) and $3 million (€2.1 million) in travel and accommodation costs, as well as other related expenses.

The sold-out September 26 Maui concert – originally planned months before as the final show of a world tour that began in Brazil in April – was canceled by the band on the basis that they could not make it to the island in time after a September 24 concert in Chicago. The Chicago concert, which attracted 18,000 people, was rescheduled at the last minute after the original September 10 concert date had been postponed due to illness.

The band canceled the show at Maui’s War Memorial Stadium, which was set to be attended by 9,000 people, and apologized to fans. The band’s management company, HK Management Inc., gave no initial reason when they canceled on September 20, but blamed logistical reasons by the next day.

However, just days later, on September 29, the band traveled to the neighbor island of Oahu to play a corporate event in Honolulu for Toyota car dealers and private guests. An audience of 6,000 people celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Japanese automobile manufacturer at the University of Hawaii, with Toyota paying $500,000 (€349,944) to hire the campus. Aerosmith received $1 million (€700,000) to perform at the event. Faria alleges that Aerosmith abandoned the scheduled public concert on Maui in favor of the more lucrative corporate event on Oahu.

“…Defendants simply canceled the only public performance by Aerosmith in favor of the larger Chicago venue and the lucrative, private concert for the Toyota car dealers,” the complaint states.

Local officials had hoped the concert would attract other big names to the island.

Faria said that “I’ve had people contact me being out of pocket at much as $800 or $900,” adding that if the cancellation is found to be deceptive ticket holders may be eligible for a minimum of $1,000 each. The complaint also says that those aged 62 or over should receive at least $5,000 each. Currently about a dozen ticket holders are involved with the suit. If the action is approved by a judge, steps will be taken to contact everyone who purchased a ticket.

OCTranspo’s “new year” of efficiencies?

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OCTranspo’s “new year” of efficiencies?

Monday, January 2, 2006

Anyone riding the OC Transpo Ottawa municipal bus service’s express bus routes this morning and this afternoon, in the Ottawa area, was probably greeted with an empty bus, and inherently, a “fast and efficient” ride. This is in part because most government workers where off from work still celebrating their Christmas holidays and buses were operating on a “holiday schedule;” a lack of planning on behalf of OC Transpo.

Though, according to OC Transpo, the “Holiday Schedule” means buses this week shall be running a little less often, in reality there isn’t that much difference than the regular schedule. To be more precise, from 05h48 until 07h20, on the express 27 route there will be 5 less buses during the “Holiday Schedule” compared to the “Regular Schedule.”

“This is probably going to be fine for the rest of this week, when government employees start coming back to work”, said Yves Roy, an OC Transpo driver, “but today was a holiday and it appears that express routes only had an average of about 2 to 4 passengers.”

“On my ride in to work, at around 6:10 a.m. this morning, nobody else got on the bus. It was like having a personal stretch limo to myself,” said Patrick Roy, a guard for the commissionaires.

Also, at around 4:15 p.m. another OC Transpo bus driver, whom wished to remain anonymous, stated, “You are the first person I picked up today.” He had been working since the morning doing express runs. He then added, “This is a waste of tax payers money.”

Ottawa’s BRT “Transitway,” has indicated that it cost approximately 42.58$ CAN per hour to run a diesel bus. It is estimated that 729 express buses ran today for approximatelly 7 hours costing approximatelly 217,287$ CAN. The cost of operating OC Transpo is split between transit fares collected and the tax base (mostly municipal, with some federal and provincial contributions.)

“We then continued to talk about waste of fuel, employee pay, insurance liability issues and even went into details about such hot political items as the Kyoto Agreement and conservatism,” said Patrick. “Once the driver reached Place d’Orleans the second passenger joined in the conversation. The driver then took a faster alternate route and dropped us off not far from our homes.”

According to Peter Dickson, editor at The Ottawa Citizen, last year OC Transpo buses followed a ‘reduced’ Sunday schedule and this created havoc on the system. Peter asked, if “perhaps this year they where trying to compensate for this inefficiency?”

Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), OC Transpo’s union representative has indicated, “At current fleet levels, Ottawa’s roads would be choked with about 40,000 more cars each rush hour if not for OC Transpo.”[1] ATU suggests 70 per cent of trips in Ottawa are now made by car. However, seemingly, due to returning vacationers and other reasons, today may have created an increase in the use of cars and influenced this statistic. According to city councillor Clive Doucet’s web page “Currently, 17% of all trips residents make in Ottawa are on public transit, up from 15% in the mid-nineties. As a comparison, Paris’ modal split is 40% or higher taking public transit while Los Angeles’ modal split is around 2% for public transit.” Analysing ridership on a large scale seems to be an important element for the city.

According to Ottawa Mayor Bob Chiarelli, “We used to be able to plan a transit system for up to 12 years ahead, with assured funding.” This of course is in reference to provincial government funding.”It would make me happier if we took all of the (fuel taxes) and put them into the transportation infrastructure,” Mr. Hunt, president of the Canadian Automobile Association says. “But we don’t have a plan.”

“Usually OC Transpo bus drivers have two 4 months bookings, for the fall and the winter and two 2 months booking for the spring and for the summer,” said Yves Roy. “For the first time in March 2005, there was a special 1 week booking for the March break that rearranged and redistributed drivers of certain high school bus runs. During previous march breaks, drivers would show up usually waiting 30 or more minutes in an “idling” bus.”

Is there such thing as to much efficiency? Today is an example of buses and drivers being very efficient. On the other hand, it may be a lack of efficiency within OC Transpo’s booking department, upper management and the governments.

What New Home Buyers Are Looking These Days From Builders?}

Submitted by: PropLadder India

Buying first home is not something that easy. You should be prepared with as much of information as you can before you begin. You must understand the real estate market. Buying a new home and searching for it is sometimes exciting, exhausting and scary in some cases. In the end, your aim is to end up with a new home that you love at your affordable price. These days many people for looking for apartments/flats for sale in Bangalore and Hyderabad. This article would be helpful for those in buying in their dream home.

To begin with, you have to make some priorities in buying a home and make some options. Once you have listed all your thoughts together finally you will end up with a locality and a builder.

A new buyer has certain expectations on the builder as it is the home where they would stay for their whole life. Here are some points a new home buyer should expect from a professional builders:

Honesty:

A new home buyer expects a builder to be open and honest about the information which he provides. The foundation between a buyer and builder is a good relationship and trust, respect and good communication.

Time management:

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Time management is most important factor. A builder must be available and ready to show the property when a buyer requests for. Unavailability may lead to a negative impression in the buyer, he may think that there may be some issues in the property and so the builder is trying to hide them and even the buyer will not be so patient to wait for the next site visit he will go for another builder.

Knowledgeable:

The builder must be knowledgeable. An experienced builder will have more knowledge than a new builder. The key part of their job is to inform and guide you in all aspects of home buying till the end.

Should know your interest:

A builder must be interested in finding your interest about your needs and what you’re looking in a house like size, price, features, amenities and location. That way they can show you the most suitable properties instead of confusing you showing many properties.

Invite you for site visit:

A builder who will invite you for site visits and approach with the design and explain the detailed descriptions will be more helpful.

Answer your questions:

This looks simple yet critical. You may have many questions in your mind, unless you clear them you cannot happily invest in the property. Don’t hesitate to ask your questions to the builder. If they cannot answer your questions to your satisfaction, they may not be the builder for you.

Explain the building process:

A builder should explain the entire building process clearly, like who is responsible for what, construction and payment details, pre-delivery inspection, what are needed on closing the deal.

Give you regular updates:

When you are ready to buy a property / signed the deal to buy a property, the builder must give you regular progress updates regarding the construction process and make arrangements for your site visit on regular basis.

Truthful in Documents:

A trustful builder will help you in explaining what a home buyer should look after while signing a deal. He will provide you a detailed written contract and review it with you in detail.

Deliver on their promises:

A professional and a true builder will do what they say they would do, with full attention and with a thorough quality.

About the Author: PropLadder India provides apartment, flats and villas in and around Hyderabad and Bangalore at affordable prices. You can get more information on Propladder at :

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Opponents: New Zealand government sneaks bill into House to avoid public backlash

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Opponents: New Zealand government sneaks bill into House to avoid public backlash

Thursday, December 7, 2006

The New Zealand Government has tabled the Therapeutic Products and Medicines Bill, despite unprecedented political opposition.

In 2003 the Hon Annette King signed a Treaty with Australia agreeing to hand control of the natural health products sector over to an Australian regulatory body, however she needs to pass enabling legislation in New Zealand. “This will be a world-class joint scheme designed to regulate the safety, quality, effectiveness and promotion of therapeutic products in both New Zealand and Australia. That includes the regulation of complementary and alternative medicines, over-the-counter and prescription medicines, medical devices, blood and blood products and tissues and cellular therapies,” Ms King said.

Twice the Bill has been thrown out by select committees, but the Government is determined to ram it through Parliament, according to the New Zealand Health Trust.

“Late tonight the Bill was finally tabled, with no announcement from the Minister,” said Amy Adams, spokesperson for the Trust, “Clearly the Minister is keen to sneak it into Parliament under cover of the silly season, in the hope that she can keep it under the public’s radar.”

“I welcome the support of a majority of the House who want to see the Bill go to Select Committee where New Zealanders can have their say,” Ms King said.

The NZ Health Trust conducted research earlier this year which showed 62% of New Zealanders used natural health products. “This Bill represents a massive and irreparable change to the way we make rules for New Zealand dietary supplements,” Mrs Adams said.

“Under the proposed regime, well over a million New Zealand consumers would find the choice of products adversely affected, and experience cost increases. So you can see why the Government is trying to sneak this into the House without any fuss – they don’t want the public to know.”

All the political parties except Labour have pledged their opposition the proposal, despite some intense lobbying by Australian and New Zealand officials.

“It is a very serious thing to hand sovereignty over your country over to another nation,” Mrs Adams said. “And all the other political parties see the sense in making sure the sector is regulated from New Zealand – not as a minor state of Australia.”

Ms King said: “The Bill… ensures that New Zealand will have an equal say in the setting up and running of the new Authority and joint scheme.” The new authority will be like a crown-owned entity and will have to provide an anuual report and a statement of intent to parliament each year.

Irish millionaire found dead, suicide suspected

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Irish millionaire found dead, suicide suspected

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Irish property businessman Patrick Rocca has been found dead in his home. Police reports indicate that suicide is the probable cause. He was 42.

Rocca was discovered dead yesterday morning, with one shot to the head. The Irish Times has confirmed that there appears to be no suspicious circumstances surrounding this shot, and that the firearm involved has been confiscated.

Rocca was believed to have assets worth 500 million. He had worked in business for around 25 years, since he joined his family business, Rocca Tiles. His first property deal involved the purchase of two Gatwick office blocks in 2005.

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UK Chancellor of the Exchequer makes 2005 Budget speech

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UK Chancellor of the Exchequer makes 2005 Budget speech

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

The United Kingdom Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Right Honourable Gordon Brown PC MP, in a speech to the British House of Commons today presented his ninth Budget, what is very likely to be his last Budget before the next UK General Election. This opened the parliamentary debate on the 2005 Finance Bill, and was followed by responses from the opposition parties.

In a 48 minute long speech, the Chancellor presented a Budget of “tax cuts that are reasonable, spending that is affordable, and [economic] stability that is paramount”, that was “the prudent course for Britain”. There were few surprises that had not already been indicated in his 2004 pre-Budget report. The increase in the threshold on stamp duty was greater than that forecast by commentators, as was the amount of the Council Tax rebate to households with pensioners.

Contents

  • 1 The Budget in detail
    • 1.1 Duty
    • 1.2 Taxes
    • 1.3 Benefits
    • 1.4 Business
    • 1.5 Employment
    • 1.6 Savings
    • 1.7 Spending
    • 1.8 Memorials
  • 2 Responses from opposition parties
    • 2.1 Conservative
    • 2.2 Liberal Democrat
  • 3 Sources

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Latest trial of the One Laptop Per Child running in India; Uruguay orders 100,000 machines

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Latest trial of the One Laptop Per Child running in India; Uruguay orders 100,000 machines

Thursday, November 8, 2007

India is the latest of the countries where the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) experiment has started. Children from the village of Khairat were given the opportunity to learn how to use the XO laptop. During the last year XO was distributed to children from Arahuay in Peru, Ban Samkha in Thailand, Cardal in Uruguay and Galadima in Nigeria. The OLPC team are, in their reports on the startup of the trials, delighted with how the laptop has improved access to information and ability to carry out educational activities. Thailand’s The Nation has praised the project, describing the children as “enthusiastic” and keen to attend school with their laptops.

Recent good news for the project sees Uruguay having ordered 100,000 of the machines which are to be given to children aged six to twelve. Should all go according to plan a further 300,000 machines will be purchased by 2009 to give one to every child in the country. As the first to order, Uruguay chose the OLPC XO laptop over its rival from Intel, the Classmate PC. In parallel with the delivery of the laptops network connectivity will be provided to schools involved in the project.

The remainder of this article is based on Carla G. Munroy’s Khairat Chronicle, which is available from the OLPC Wiki. Additional sources are listed at the end.

Contents

  • 1 India team
  • 2 Khairat
    • 2.1 The town school
  • 3 The workplace
  • 4 Marathi
  • 5 The teacher
  • 6 Older children, teenagers, and villagers
  • 7 The students
  • 8 Teacher session
  • 9 Parents’ meetings
  • 10 Grounding the server
  • 11 Every child at school
  • 12 Sources
  • 13 External links

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Looted, possibly contaminated body parts transplanted into USA, Canadian patients

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Looted, possibly contaminated body parts transplanted into USA, Canadian patients

Monday, March 20, 2006

Fears of contaminated bone and skin grafts are being felt by unsuspecting patients following the revelation that funeral homes may have been looting corpses.

Janet Evans of Marion Ohio was told by her surgeon, “The bone grafts you got might have been contaminated”. She reacted with shock, “I was flabbergasted because I didn’t even know what he was talking about. I didn’t know I got a bone graft until I got this call. I just thought they put in screws and rods.”

The body of Alistair Cooke, the former host of “Masterpiece Theatre,” was supposedly looted along with more than 1,000 others, according to two law enforcement officials close to the case. The tissue taken was typically skin, bone and tendon, which was then sold for use in procedures such as dental implants and hip replacements. According to authorities, millions of dollars were made by selling the body parts to companies for use in operations done at hospitals and clinics in the United States and Canada.

A New Jersey company, Biomedical Tissue Services, has reportedly been taking body parts from funeral homes across Brooklyn, New York. According to ABC News, they set up rooms like a “surgical suite.” After they took the bones, they replaced them with PVC pipe. This was purportedly done by stealth, without approval of the deceased person or the next of kin. 1,077 bodies were involved, say prosecuters.

Investagators say a former dentist, Michael Mastromarino, is behind the operation. Biomedical was considered one of the “hottest procurement companies in the country,” raking in close to $5 million. Eventually, people became worried: “Can the donors be trusted?” A tissue processing company called LifeCell answered no, and issued a recall on all their tissue.

Cooke’s daughter, Susan Cooke Kittredge, said, “To know his bones were sold was one thing, but to see him standing truncated before me is another entirely.” Now thousands of people around the country are receiving letters warning that they should be tested for infectious diseases like HIV or hepatitis. On February 23, the Brooklyn District Attorney indicted Mastromarino and three others. They are charged with 122 felony counts, including forgery and bodysnatching.

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6 Cool Ways To Say Happy Birthday To Your Friends On Facebook

By Maria Wixman

Facebook is like a free website for your social relationships, and it can be lots of fun. One of the most common occasions for letting someone know you are thinking about them on Facebook is on their Birthday.

Here are some ideas for cool ways to wish someone a Happy Birthday on Facebook.

1: Send a Virtual Gift

Facebook offers all sorts of different ways to send little virtual gifts to your friend or loved one for their Birthday. There are all sorts of apps that let you send little gifts, usually image files with a message attached to them, for whoever you want. Most of these gifts are free, though some of the premium apps require a small investment.

You can also get creative. There are all sorts of little games on Facebook that people love to play, and you can send them gifts in those games. For example, sending someone a little something to help them out in Farmville or a similar game is a nice way to let your loved one know that you’re thinking of them on their special day.

2. Make a Free Website

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Create a personal website for your friend, with pictures, music and video – and share it on Facebook. You can do this for free and in just a few minutes with a website builder like http://Wix.com. Choose a template or start from scratch, and add personal touches like a comments form so guests can leave messages inside the site. Advertising your creation on Facebook is a great way to show your other friends how much you care, and it will make your friend feel special. Plus, it’s free!

3. Create a Unique Birthday Ad

One of the cool things about Facebook as a personal website is the fact that you can make an ad on there that can be so specifically targeted that it only gets shown to one person. All you have to do is look over their profile and input all of their specific information into the ad system. You can then create a personal little ad for them wishing them a happy birthday.

This is an inexpensive, creative and unique way of sending them well wishes that no one else is going to think of- but which they’ll remember forever.

4. Tag a Birthday Note

Notes are almost like little blog posts that you can write up on your Facebook account without having to make a free website, and it can be really sweet and touching if you wrote a note about your friend, family member or loved one on their birthday.

Don’t worry too much about the topic of the note that you post on this web page- write about whatever you’d like! Tell a quick story about you and them, talk about all fond memories you two shared over the course of the last year, or just write a quick message of how much you appreciate them being in your life and why.

When you’re done, make sure you tag them in it so that you know they’ll read it! You can also tag other people in the note to get them to write their own note to your loved one for their birthday!

5. Send a Private Message

Sending someone a message is a great way to let them know that you’re thinking about them and that you wish them well. Sending a message is a little more private than any of these other messages, and as such it lets you get more in depth with your loved one about what they mean to you.

If it’s someone who you haven’t seen or talked to in a while, a message is also a great first step to getting back in touch. Wish them a happy birthday, let them know that you miss them, and then ask what they’ve been up to lately and how they’ve been. You never know, this one message could lead to rekindling a friendship that went cool from too much time or distance apart!

6. The Classic Wall Post

And of course, there is the old standby- you can write a quick ‘Happy Birthday!’ on their wall. This is the classic way of wishing someone well on Facebook, and it’s been around since the early days. While it’s understandable that you want to find a special way to wish them a great day and an even better year ahead, that doesn’t mean that people don’t still appreciate getting a notification that you’ve posted a kind message on their wall.

Remember- you don’t need to get elaborate and clever with this message, and you can still post something even if you used one of the other tips in this article. At the end of the day, there are few more public ways to show some love and support for your friend than on a Facebook wall.

About the Author: Maria Wixman

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