MONTREAL – Extra delivery fees on the price of tickets for concerts and shows are described as exploitative in a recent application for a class-action suit against entertainment giant evenko.A law firm representing a Montreal concertgoer is behind the May 3 application and is asking for punitive damages amounting to $15 per member of the action per purchase.It alleges l’Arena des canadiens Inc., which owns and operates the evenko website, charges between $5 and $7 for services described as either an electronic ticket fee, a box office pickup fee or a mobile ticket fee.“These fees are nothing more than a cash cow for the defendant,” the application contends. “The defendant behaves as if it has carte blanche to exploit consumers and adherents and to charge them abusive and disproportionate delivery fees.”A judge has yet to sign off on the action, but Consumer Law Group, a Montreal-based firm, claims in the filing that evenko is running afoul of Quebec’s consumer protection act.“It is claimed in the lawsuit that there is an extreme disproportion between what evenko charges consumers and what it actually costs evenko to email consumers their electronic tickets, allow a customer to physically pick up their printed tickets, transfer electronic tickets to a mobile device, or allow clients to use their credit cards as entry to an event,” the filing reads.“The fair market value for the service for which the defendant charges these fees is zero or very close to zero.”In 2016 alone, evenko promoted 1,224 events and generated tens of millions of dollars in ticket sales, the suit suggests.In a statement, evenko said there’s nothing abusive about the practice.“We would like to affirm, first of all, that the addition of fees for the ticketing service is a common practice in the entertainment industry, as much in Quebec as in the rest of Canada and North America,” company spokesman Philip Vanden Brande wrote.“Moreover, we make sure to comply with applicable laws at all times.”The company wouldn’t comment further, given the matter is now with its lawyers, he added.The application states none of evenko’s competitors charge similar fees, unless it is for the mailing or the physical delivery of tickets.The suit doesn’t target charges for tickets that are sent by mail or courier, acknowledging there’s a cost associated with that service.
Gaurav had been suspended by the university administration last year for his alleged role in the violence that singed the campus in 2017 over the issue of safety of students. He was accused of helping to burn down a bus in the violence, reported NDTV.The police have accessed the CCTV footages to apprehend the accused. “We have arrested four people in this matter. It was a case of personal enmity,” Anil Kumar Singh, Circle Officer, Varanasi Cantonment told a news agency. Gaurav was shot at by unidentified motorcycle-borne miscreants who opened fire at him and fled the spot.FacebookA Banaras Hindu University (BHU) student was shot at outside the gates of his hostel inside the university campus on Tuesday evening. The student, Gaurav Singh, succumbed to his injuries early on Wednesday morning.The incident happened in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi. Gaurav was shot at by unidentified motorcycle-borne miscreants who opened fire at him and fled the spot. The BHU student was pursuing his masters and resided in Lal Bahadur Shastri Hostel on the university campus. He was standing outside his hostel and talking to his friends when the mishap occurred. Although he was rushed to the trauma centre of the BHU’s Institute of Medical Sciences after sustaining bullet injuries, his life could not be saved. Rakesh Singh, Gaurav’s father, reportedly works at BHU.
Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. October 8, 2018 For many of us, we probably take for granted how frequently we look at screens. If you’re working at a desk, you’re spending hours on end staring at one, and then if you take a brief glance around any public transportation or grocery store line, more often than not you’ll seen an array of bowed heads as people swipe at their phones.Screens are pretty hard to avoid. That’s why a new company called IRL is making a pair of glasses that not only block out the sun, but also block out LCD and LED screens (not OLED screens such as those found in the newest iPhones. That’s apparently coming in version 2.).Related: 9 Sleep and Health Myths You Should Stop BelievingThe startup set up a Kickstarter for its IRL Glasses and have already surpassed its goal of $25,000 with $55,382 and counting, with 22 days to go. The glasses retail for $79, but the first 100 backers will get theirs for $39. According to the Kickstarter page, IRL spoke with optics engineers at Waymo, Nasa and Snap to figure out how to make an even more advanced pair.The glasses will ship to backers in April 2019. But if you’re thinking that the no-screen life sounds pretty good in the meantime, there are a few things that you can do to cut down on screen time.Cutting down on screen timeIf you’re at work, leave your phone and computer at your desk during breaks and go socialize with some friends or colleagues. Sit at a lunch table in the office or even, and — we know this sounds crazy but hear us out — go outside.As convenient as Gchat and Slack are in the workplace, try changing it up. If you need to talk to someone, get up and walk over to their desk, get on the phone or recommend a walking meeting and take a lap outside your office building.To make it cutting back on screen time a habit, actually set a timer. Whether it’s for every 30 minutes or every two hours, when that alarm goes off, you have to get up and away from your devices, wherever you are.Related: 5 Meditation Apps to Help You Find Your PeaceYou could also take your devices out of your bedroom. We’ve all been there, it’s after midnight and you’re thinking, it’s fine, it’s just one more level in this game or one more Instagram Story. Remove the temptation and see how your sleep improves.A lot of times we default to screens because we’re bored. If you’re commuting, instead of scrolling through Twitter of Facebook, bring an actual book or magazine. Or swap out another hobby that is easily transportable. Maybe take up knitting.Those are just our suggestions. How do you take a break from screens? Let us know in the comments. How Success Happens 3 min read Listen Now
Valve, a US-based video game development company, shared a sneak-peek of eight new features and changes that it’s planning to work on in 2019, earlier this week. Let’s have a look at some of these new features that Valve is working on shipping this year. Store discoverability One of the things that Valve is focussing on is store Discoverability. “We’re working on a new recommendation engine powered by machine-learning, that can match players to games based on their individual tastes (on steam)”, reads the valve blog post. It will be working on bringing forth more broadcasting and curating features. Valve also mentioned that it is constantly analyzing and assessing the design of Steam, its online game store. Steam China Valve is working on bringing Steam to China. The company has teamed up with Perfect World, a Chinese Game development company, to bring Steam to Chinese users. Valve will update more regarding this in the upcoming months. New Events System Valve will be focussing on upgrading the events system in Steam. This will allow users to highlight the interesting activities within games such as tournaments, streams, or weekly challenges. Steam TV and chat The Valve team is going to be expanding Steam TV beyond broadcasting the specific tournaments and special events and will provide support to all games. Additionally, it will also be shipping a new steam chat mobile app. The app will let its users share their favourite GIFs with friends. Steam PC Cafe Program Valve will also be shipping an all-new PC Cafe Program that will allow players to have a good experience while using Steam in thousands of PC Cafes Worldwide. For more information, check out the official Steamworks announcement. Read Next Valve’s Steam Play Beta uses Proton, a modified WINE, allowing Linux gamers to play Windows games SteamVR introduces new controllers for game developers, the SteamVR Input system
Thursday, June 27, 2019 Posted by MIAMI — Bookings are now open for a number of port-intensive cruises aboard Norwegian Cruise Line ships, including the Norwegian Jade, Norwegian Spirit and Norwegian Sun.The cruise line has announced four new ports, including the new homeport of Athens for its 2020 season. Here are the highlights:NORWEGIAN SPIRITFollowing a multi-million-dollar, bow-to-stern revitalization in January 2020, Norwegian Spirit will return to Asia for a series of itineraries.From May 9 through Dec. 21, 2020, it will sail a mix of nine- to 15-day voyages that include four new ports of call for the brand. These include Beppu, Kumamoto, Niigata and Nagoya, Japan. The ship will also overnight in Tokyo and Kyoto (Osaka), Japan; Shanghai, China; and Hong Kong.NORWEGIAN SUNFollowing a three-year hiatus in the region, Norwegian Sun will return to Alaska on May 21, 2020, joining Norwegian Bliss, Joy and Jewel. It will offer the brand’s most extensive itineraries in the area with nine- to 12-day voyages from Seattle with calls to Sitka, Glacier Bay, Hubbard Glacier, Holkham Bay, Juneau and Ketchikan, Alaska, as well as a stop in Victoria, B.C. Guests can also spend a full day exploring Icy Strait Point.More news: Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedNorwegian Sun is fresh off a bow-to-stern renovation in April 2018 that included refreshed staterooms and public spaces, as well as three new venues: Los Lobos Cantina, Bliss Ultra Lounge and Spinnaker Lounge.NORWEGIAN JADEBeginning Sept. 8, 2020, Norwegian Jade will offer a variety of one-way, 10- to 11-day Greek Isles, Italy and Mediterranean cruises departing or returning from Barcelona, Venice and Athens, where the company will homeport for the first time. Calls include Monte Carlo, Florence/Pisa, Rome, Naples and Messina in Italy, and Olympia, Santorini, Rhodes and Mykonos in Greece, as well as Kusadasi, Turkey. Share Books open on NCL’s new 2020 itineraries Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Norwegian Cruise Line