Canada’s Astral Media Inc. to aquire Standard Radio

Canada’s Astral Media Inc. to aquire Standard Radio

Monday, February 26, 2007

Canadian Astral Media Inc. will buy out Standard Radio Inc., which runs many radio stations in Canada. Standard Radio Inc. is the largest privately owned multimedia company in Canada.

Montreal based Astral Media Inc. will buy all of the assets from Standard Radio Inc. for about CAN$1.2-billion. Standard Radio Inc.’s 52 radio stations, and Astral’s 29, will be brought together by Astral Media Inc. This will give Astral 81 radio stations in total. This makes Astral the largest radio operator in Canada of FM and AM radio.

“With the acquisition of Standard Radio, Astral Media will not only be acquiring the best performing radio stations in the country, we will at the same time acquire a company with similar values and culture. said Ian Greenberg, President and CEO of Astral Media.

“Over the past four decades the Slaight family has built a remarkable collection of strong radio brands and has contributed meaningfully in shaping the Canadian radio industry as we know it today. We are delighted with the prospect of welcoming Standard Radio’s employees into our team.”

Gary Slaight, President and CEO of Standard Radio also commented on the deal.

“We are looking forward to becoming a part of the Astral Media family,” said Gary Slaight, President and CEO of Standard Radio. “We are pleased to see our legacy live on with a company such as Astral that has such a strong track record and commitment to its employees and to the Canadian radio and television industries.”

All of Astral’s radio stations are run in Quebec and Atlantic Canada and it also runs various television stations across Canada. Astral also has two french channels that broadcast on Sirius satellite radio Canada.

The company hopes to finalize the deal in or before April.

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Uber London to lose operator licence after September

Uber London to lose operator licence after September

Monday, September 25, 2017

On Friday, Transport for London (TfL) announced US-based taxi booking application Uber would not get a renewed private hire operator license after their current permit expires at the end of the month. The regulatory body released an official statement on their website and stated Uber London Limited was “not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator license”.

TfL said Uber London “demonstrate[d] a lack of corporate responsibility” for reporting serious criminal offences, and for obtaining background of the drivers and medical certificates. In August, police said Uber allowed a driver despite allegations of sexually assaulting a passenger. The company has been accused of sexism and bullying. TfL in its statement also complained about possible use of “greyball” software to prevent officials from accessing the application for law enforcement duties.

According to Uber’s statistics, about 3.5 million people in London use Uber. There are some 40 thousand drivers tied with Uber within the British capital. Per the Private Hire Vehicles (London) Act 1998, Uber can appeal against TfL’s decision within three weeks. Uber received an interim renewal for four months in May, and it is set to expire at the end of the month. To this announcement, Uber London’s General Manager Tom Elvidge said, “By wanting to ban our app from the capital Transport for London and the Mayor have caved in to a small number of people who want to restrict consumer choice. If this decision stands, it will put more than 40,000 licensed drivers out of work and deprive Londoners of a convenient and affordable form of transport. To defend the livelihoods of all those drivers, and the consumer choice of millions of Londoners who use our app, we intend to immediately challenge this in the courts.” He also added, “This ban would show the world that, far from being open, London is closed to innovative companies who bring choice to consumers.”

TfL said Uber’s irresponsibility could compromise the safety and security of the public. In contrast, Uber’s response said their service enhances safety. London mayor Sadiq Khan, on Facebook, said, “[…]all companies in London must play by the rules and adhere to the high standards we expect — particularly when it comes to the safety of customers. Providing an innovative service must not be at the expense of customer safety and security. I fully support TfL’s decision — it would be wrong if TfL continued to license Uber if there is any way that this could pose a threat to Londoners’ safety and security. Any operator of private hire services in London needs to play by the rules.”

Uber has received criticism from traditional taxi drivers as well as government officials. Uber was banned from Bulgaria and Denmark, and faces regulatory issues in France, Italy, Hungary, and Spain. It also faced legal inquiry for use of greyball in the US to resist government regulation of the application. Regarding the complaint about improper use of use of Greyball, Elvidge cited an independent review and said it “found that ‘greyball’ has never been used or considered in the UK for the purposes cited by TfL”. Uber operates in over 40 cities and towns in the UK.




Twelve injured in Washington after ride at fair topples over

Twelve injured in Washington after ride at fair topples over

Sunday, April 19, 2009

At least twelve children have been injured after a swing ride at the Puyallup, Washington Spring Fair toppled over.

The ride is called a ‘LollySwing’, which is located in Kiddyland, where the riders sit in swings while the machine spins them around. It is owned by Funtastic Traveling Shows which has been a ride provider for the fair for over 50 years. The accident happened at around 6:30 p.m. (PDT).

Injuries are being described as mostly cuts and bruises, but one child was reported to have been in a neck brace and was taken to a local hospital. Five other children were also hospitalized.

According to one witness, “it just all of a sudden topped over.” The cause is under investigation. The ride has been at the fair for the past five years. Among the seven largest operators of fair rides in Washington, from 2001 to 2007 there were only seven reports of injuries related to mechanical failures.

Is Propane Gas In Columbia, Tn The Best Fuel?

byAlma Abell

Where propane gas is available, many homeowners will select it over electricity. Much like natural gas, propane is efficient and convenient. The biggest difference between natural gas and propane gas is the method of delivery to customers’ homes. Natural gas is provided through pipelines while propane is delivered by truck to an on-site storage tank. Rural areas, and some urban areas, do not have natural gas available, and for those individuals, propane becomes a natural option. For many Columbia area residents, propane is the best option for heating, cooking and providing hot water.

Even when propane costs of Propane Gas in Columbia, TN spike because of high demand or reduced supplies, the cost is still lower than using electricity simply because propane gas appliances are, as a rule, more efficient than their electrical counterparts. In addition, propane appliances may still be usable even when the electricity goes out.

Newer propane water heaters, including on-demand units, are efficient energy users and can provide hot water quickly. On-demand units are especially efficient and suppliers of Propane Gas in Columbia, TN recommend on-demand units for many homeowners. Evaluating a family’s use of hot water is recommended to ensure the best unit to meet household needs is utilized. In cases where a bathroom is located far from the hot water supply, a second unit may be recommended to reduce hot water waste. Ask a local supplier like Chiles Propane for advice on reducing energy costs.

Suppliers of Propane Gas in Columbia, TN also service propane gas appliances to keep them functioning at peak efficiency. All utility costs have risen in recent years, further necessitating proper maintenance of any gas fired appliance. In the event a propane gas appliance needs replacement, better area companies work with homeowners to select new units that fit the family’s needs and budget.

Propane gas suppliers also remind clients that the majority of propane gas is produced in this country. Fuel oil, on the other hand, is more often imported. Any time a user’s carbon footprint can be reduced, everybody wins, and local propane gas suppliers work to help area consumers save money and reduce their impact on the environment. It is fair to say that propane gas is a good fuel option for Columbia residents.

Sochi, Russia to host 2014 Winter Olympics

Sochi, Russia to host 2014 Winter Olympics

Friday, July 6, 2007

The International Olympic Committee awarded the XXII Winter Olympics, to be held in 2014, to Sochi, Russia, a resort city near the Black Sea, in Guatemala City yesterday defeating Pyeongchang, South Korea, by just four votes. Salzburg, Austria, was eliminated in the first round by 25 votes.

According to the Associated Press, several factors played a part in Sochi’s win. One factor was that of Russian president Vladimir Putin himself. Putin, an avid skier and a black belt in judo, traveled to Guatemala to lobby IOC members and headed up the final presentation of Sochi’s bid to the assembly.

“Putin being here was very important, he worked very hard at it. He was nice. He spoke French — he never speaks French. He spoke English — he never speaks English,” said French IOC member and former ski champion Jean-Claude Killy.

Patrick Hickey, an Irish member of the IOC agreed. “There’s no doubt that President Putin’s presence was a massive influence, his performance was superb. He was humble. He spoke in English and French. The second most powerful man in the world said everything will be delivered.”

Juan Antonio Samaranch, former IOC president and Spanish ambassador to Russia made a big push for Sochi, which may have swung some key votes according to some IOC members.

“This is, without doubt, not just a recognition of Russia’s sporting achievements but it is, beyond any doubt, a judgment on our country, it is a recognition of our growing capability, first of all economically and socially,” Putin stated upon his return to Russia.

Another factor is Russia’s brand new wealth from exports of Russian natural gas and oil, which provided over $12 billion for Putin to invest in the Games and the infrastructure around Sochi.

Russia last hosted the games in 1980 in Moscow, when the country was known as the Soviet Union. The games were boycotted by the United States and some of its allies over the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

The United States continues to spar with Russia over human rights abuses and the subjugation of democratic freedoms.

U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack spoke in Washington to reporters stating, “Well, it’s a proud moment for Russia and I am sure it’s a proud moment for him so he can characterize it as he sees fit, I’m not sure that the selection of Russia to host the Winter Olympics really, at this point, changes our view or others’ views — or concerns — about the direction of democracy and related issues: human rights, respect for freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and to be able to peaceably organize opposition democratic parties.”

Meanwhile, Sochi has announced that progress of construction on venues in Sochi will be offered online. Dmitri Chernyshenko, Sochi 2014’s bid leader said, “The IOC will be online every single moment in terms of construction, there will be live video from all construction sites.”

The next Olympic bid is for the 2016 Summer Olympics which includes bids from Chicago, Tokyo, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, Doha, Baku, and Prague.



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Commonwealth Bank of Australia CEO apologies for financial planning scandal

Commonwealth Bank of Australia CEO apologies for financial planning scandal

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Ian Narev, the CEO of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, this morning “unreservedly” apologised to clients who lost money in a scandal involving the bank’s financial planning services arm.

Last week, a Senate enquiry found financial advisers from the Commonwealth Bank had made high-risk investments of clients’ money without the clients’ permission, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars lost. The Senate enquiry called for a Royal Commission into the bank, and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

Mr Narev stated the bank’s performance in providing financial advice was “unacceptable”, and the bank was launching a scheme to compensate clients who lost money due to the planners’ actions.

In a statement Mr Narev said, “Poor advice provided by some of our advisers between 2003 and 2012 caused financial loss and distress and I am truly sorry for that. […] There have been changes in management, structure and culture. We have also invested in new systems, implemented new processes, enhanced adviser supervision and improved training.”

An investigation by Fairfax Media instigated the Senate inquiry into the Commonwealth Bank’s financial planning division and ASIC.

Whistleblower Jeff Morris, who reported the misconduct of the bank to ASIC six years ago, said in an article for The Sydney Morning Herald that neither the bank nor ASIC should be in control of the compensation program.

Why Opt For Laundry Services London?

Why Opt for Laundry Services London?


Nathan Nwachukwu

Laundry servicing companies are here to help you out with your pile of dirty clothes, sheets, and linens. We know you cannot do the job yourself because you have other tasks to attend to or you simply do not know how to wash your garments properly. The most immediate option left for you is to seek services of a laundry shop. Laundry Services London is the right option if you are troubled with the amount of your laundry. The only thing to keep in mind is that you cannot just entrust your garments to just any laundry service.

There are good reasons why you must choose laundering companies wisely, and there are many ways to gauge whether the service is fine or not. You deserve an exceptional service because you are paying for it. A laundry shop that offers good service sorts clothes according to fabric because each kind of fabric material has a different way of being laundered. This ensures that washing is done correctly and that the fabric is not damaged in any way due to improper washing. When you ask a good shop to do the laundering for you, you are ensured that your clothes are brought back to you in proper condition. Not only will this make your clothes look clean but this also makes them last longer.

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Laundry Services London handles the items brought in for laundering properly. This is necessary because customers like you only want standard operations. It is also important that the workers maintain hygiene and ensure the work area is neat. It is a loss of their credibility if their area is covered in dust and dirt, but this is hardly the case. It is especially important that skilled professionals handle the washing process because only they can preserve the good condition of your garments.

Clients like you do not have all the time waiting for the laundered garments. Time is as important to the laundering company as it is to you, so they make sure you do not wait for ages before you can get your clothes clean and fresh. Find out if the cleaning company offers a good range of tasks. For instance, does it pick your dirty garments and get back right by your door to return them clean?

Inquire about the range of their services. A lot of cleaning companies offer a wide range of services such as laundering, ironing, carpet cleaning, or general home cleanup. This is important because if a shop offers tasks more than laundering your clothes and draperies, you can rely on it for other home cleanup services. Laundry Services London offers a good range of home upkeep and cleanup services so you have the one-stop shopping advantage. There is no need to contact another cleaner for home cleaning needs.

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