West Ham considering move for Jonjo Shelvey

first_imgWest Ham United are reportedly considering a move for Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, according to Sports Mole.The former Liverpool midfielder is currently nursing a thigh injury and has featured only 10 times for the Magpies this season.Despite the lack of match opportunities at the St James’ Park this season, reports in the English press claims that the 26-year-old has attracted interest from Premier League rivals West Ham.Manuel Pellegrini is believed to be a keen admirer of Shelvey and would relish the opportunity to bring the England international to the London Stadium this month.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.However, Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez will not sanction Shelvey’s sale unless a suitable replacement is acquired by the club.West Ham have already completed the signing of free agent Samir Nasri on a short-term deal, with the former Manchester City playmaker impressing during an hour display against Birmingham City in the FA Cup last season.last_img read more

HEA Crews Responding To Large Power Outage In KenaiSoldotna

first_imgAccording to Bruce Shelley with HEA, the outage is affecting members from Beaver Creek down the Kenai Spur Highway towards Soldotna. The cause at this time is unknown. HEA crews are working to restore power to the effective members. Refresh for updates as they are made available. If you are without power at this time, please call 1-888-8OUTAGE.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Homer Electric crews are responding to a power outage effecting members in the Soldotna/Kenai area.last_img read more

Kenai Airport Awarded 12 Million Dollar Grant

first_imgThe FAA announced they will award $495 million in airport infrastructure grants, the second allotment of the total $3.18 billion in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding for airports across the United States. Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander: “The release that stated that their was a $1.2 million dollar grant for repair of the airport runway was actually an original request that the city made. The actual project which the city appropriated money for on June 5 with the council is for a project that is $783,000.” Facebook0TwitterEmailThe Kenai Municipal Airport will receive a $1.2 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. The release states the grant will be utilized to to repair runways, aprons and taxiways. Ostrander: “The $1.2 million was the maximum amount of the grant, the work will be done for a lot less than that.”  The project is expected to begin sometime in July, according to Ostrander. This project has nothing to do with the current airport terminal remodel.last_img read more

Top Gun Maverick trailer shows Tom Cruise still feels need for speed

first_img Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $299 at Amazon Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Tags $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Turo Tags $999 Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $999 Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.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. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. 0 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. $999 Sarah Tew/CNET Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) 2:12 $210 at Best Buy Comments Share your voice Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Comic-Con Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Read Google Home Hub review The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See It Angela Lang/CNET Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Sarah Tew/CNET TV and Movies,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Post a comment Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $155 at Google Express Read the AirPods review Paramount Pictures dropped a trailer for Top Gun: Maverick at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday. The film is a sequel to the 1986 smash Top Gun, starring Tom Cruise as a crack fighter pilot with a need for speed. Tom Cruise is back in Top Gun: Maverick. Paramount Pictures In the trailer, a Cruise weathered by more than three decades of service, is confronted by the fact that he can’t get a promotion and refuses to retire. “You should be at least a two-star admiral by now. Yet here you are, captain,” a uniformed and authoritative-looking Ed Harris tells him. “Why is that?”We see a series of shots of Cruise flying through terrain from snowy mountains to barren land to open water as dramatic music plays. Apparently he still likes the danger zone. Top Gun: Maverick is slated for a summer 2020 release and also stars Val Kilmer, Danny Ramirez, Jennifer Connelly and Jon Hamm. Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski is directing the sequel.  Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Apple iPhone XS What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Chris Monroe/CNET $6 at Tidal JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. See at Amazon Sprint $59 at eBay Best Buy Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $999 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Share your voice $60 at Best Buy Amazon See at Turo $520 at HP Boost Mobile See It Top Gun: Maverick trailer debuts at Comic-Con 2019 Rylo Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview See it See It Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Now playing: Watch this: Read the Rylo camera preview The Cheapskate Sarah Tew/CNET 7last_img read more

Another strong quake hits Indonesia

first_imgClose-up map of Lombok where a new earthquake struck on Thursday. AFPA strong aftershock struck Indonesia’s Lombok on Thursday, causing panic among evacuees sheltering after a devastating earthquake killed more than 160 on the holiday island four days earlier.The 5.9-magnitude quake Thursday struck at a shallow depth in the northwest of the island, the US Geological Survey said, even as relief agencies raced to find survivors among wreckage from Sunday’s quake.“The quake was felt strongly. There have been 355 aftershocks since Sunday,” national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.Evacuees at a shelter in northern Lombok’s Tanjung district ran out onto the road crying and screaming, an AFP reporter at the scene said.Motorcycles parked on the street toppled over and the walls of some nearby buildings collapsed.A woman wearing a motorbike helmet was seen crying with her two daughters in her arms.“We were stuck in the traffic while delivering aid, suddenly it felt like our car was hit from behind, it was so strong,” witness Sri Laksmi told AFP.“People in the street began to panic and got out of their cars, they ran in different directions in the middle of the traffic.”The aftershock comes after Sunday’s devastating 6.9-magnitude earthquake, which relief agencies said had wiped out entire villages in the worst-hit regions of northern and western Lombok.A total of 164 people have been confirmed killed in Sunday’s quake, national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told AFP, with a further 1,400 seriously injured and more than 150,000 displaced.Indonesian search and rescue members react shortly after an aftershock hits the area in Tanjung on Lombok island on 9 August 2018. AFP Meta: A strong aftershock struck Indonesia’s Lombok on Thursday, causing panic among evacuees sheltering after a devastating earthquake killed more than 160 on the holiday island four days earlier.Relief efforts had yet to reach parts of the island even before Thursday’s aftershock, Indonesian authorities said, with hopes fading of finding further survivors among the wreckage.“The earthquake does not have any tsunami potential,” Hary Tirto Djatmiko, spokesman for Indonesia’s meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency (BMKG), said of Thursday’s aftershock.last_img read more

New Floods Possible In West Houston Amid Harvey Recovery

first_img Share Charlie RiedelChurch members gather to pray around flood victim Carlos Ochoa during Sunday service in the parking lot of the First Baptist Church Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, in Humble, Texas. The church building was flooded with two feet of water from Hurricane Harvey prompting services to be held in the parking lot for about 2,000 people.Authorities went door-to-door Sunday in parts of storm-battered Houston, warning that more flooding was coming, while a nearby city that lost its drinking water system struggled to restore service and officials kept watch on a crippled chemical plant that’s already triggered explosions.Nine days after Harvey ripped its way across Texas, areas of west Houston braced for more water — not from the storm but from controlled releases to relieve swollen reservoirs. Crews were urging residents whose homes had already taken on water to flee, and that they were shutting off power in some areas.“If you have water in your homes, I have issued a mandatory evacuation for them because it’s dangerous for those who are choosing to live there,” Mayor Sylvester Turner told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”“But also, it’s very, very dangerous for our public responders, first responders, who are needing to be out there, trying to provide protection to them,” he added.Meanwhile, officials in Beaumont, population almost 120,000, worked to repair their water treatment plant, which failed after the swollen Neches River inundated the main intake system and backup pumps halted. The Army Corps of Engineers sent pumps, and an ExxonMobil team built and installed a temporary intake pipe to try to refill a city reservoir. Exxon has a refinery and chemical plants in Beaumont.In Crosby, outside of Houston, authorities continued to monitor the Arkema plant where three trailers of highly unstable compounds ignited in recent days, sending up thick black smoke and tall flames. A Harris County fire marshal spokeswoman said there were no active fires at the facility, but six more trailers were being watched.Elsewhere, people buried the dead and took steps toward recovery. Friends and family gathered Saturday in Tyler to remember a former high school football and track coach whose body was found Aug. 28.Harvey is blamed for at least 44 deaths. Fire officials in the community of New Waverly, about 55 miles (88.5 kilometers) north of Houston, said a 6-month-old was missing and presumed dead after being ripped out of its parents’ arms and swept away by floodwaters, the Houston Chronicle reported.Houston’s school district said up to 12,000 students would be sent to different schools because of flood-damaged buildings. Harvey flooding is believed to have damaged at least 156,000 dwellings in Harris County, which includes the nation’s fourth-largest city.Kim Martinez, 28, waited for insurance adjusters to come to her Southbelt/Ellington neighborhood, a devastated middle-class area of southeast Houston.“You can be prepared for anything but not a monster storm like Harvey,” said her mother, Maria Martinez, 63.Not everyone was able to think about rebuilding yet.About 200 people waved signs and shouted as they rallied Saturday outside a still-flooded subdivision in the western suburb of Katy, demanding to know when they can return home. Turner has warned residents that their homes could remain flooded for up to 15 days because of ongoing releases of water from two reservoirs protecting downtown. About 4,700 dwellings are in the area affected by Turner’s evacuation order, but hundreds have refused to leave.The school district assessed its own losses. Twenty-two of its 245 schools had extensive damage that will keep them closed for months. Though school is set to start Sept. 11, more delays could come.President Donald Trump made his second visit to the devastated region Saturday. He and first lady Melania Trump met with evacuees sheltering at the NRG Center in Houston, where they spent time with children and helped to serve food. Later, they helped load trucks with relief supplies at a suburban church. They also visited Lake Charles, Louisiana, to survey damage.About 1,000 evacuees remained at the George R. Brown Convention Center, down from a peak of about 10,000.Trump has asked lawmakers for a $7.9 billion down payment toward Harvey relief and recovery efforts — a request expected to be swiftly approved by Congress, which returns to work Tuesday after its summer break. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has called that a simple “down payment” on recovery funding he expects to soar past $120 billion.Harvey came ashore Aug. 25 as a Category 4 hurricane, then went back out to sea and lingered for days off the coast as a tropical storm. The storm brought five straight days of rain totaling close to 52 inches (1.3 meters) in one location, the heaviest tropical downpour ever recorded in the continental U.S.Another storm churned far out over the Atlantic. Hurricane Irma was on a course that could bring it near the eastern Caribbean Sea by early this week. The Category 2 storm was moving northwest at nearly 13 mph (20 kph). No coastal watches or warnings were in effect.___Associated Press writers Jeff Amy and Johnny Clark in Beaumont, Texas; Frank Bajak, Jason Dearen, Elliot Spagat and Tamara Lush in Houston; Adam Kealoha Causey in Dallas; and Tammy Webber in Chicago contributed.last_img read more

Elusive pygmy right whale found to be member of long thought extinct

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: The pygmy right whale Caperea marginata: the last of the cetotheres, Published online December 19, 2012. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2012.2645AbstractThe pygmy right whale, Caperea marginata, is the most enigmatic of the living baleen whales (Mysticeti). Its highly disparate morphology and the virtual absence of a described fossil record have made it extremely difficult to place Caperea into a broader evolutionary context, and molecular and morphological studies have frequently contradicted each other as to the origins and phylogenetic relationships of the species. Our study of a wealth of material from New Zealand collections, representing a wide range of ontogenetic stages, has identified several new features previously unreported in Caperea, which suggest that the pygmy right whale may be the last survivor of the supposedly extinct family Cetotheriidae. This hypothesis is corroborated by both morphology-based and total evidence cladistic analyses, including 166 morphological characters and 23 taxa, representing all the living and extinct families of toothless baleen whales. Our results allow us to formally refer Caperea to Cetotheriidae, thus resurrecting the latter from extinction and helping to clarify the origins of a long-problematic living species. Citation: Elusive pygmy right whale found to be member of long thought extinct group (2012, December 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-12-elusive-pygmy-whale-member-thought.html World’s rarest whale seen for the first time Explore further (Phys.org)—Researchers in New Zealand have found that the pygmy right whale (Caperea marginata) is not a right whale at all but is instead a member of the cetotheres family of baleen whales, which until now have been believed to be extinct. The team reports on its finding in a paper they’ve had published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.center_img The pygmy right whale (Caperea marginata). Credit: Wikipedia. Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Pygmy right whales live in the southern hemispheric oceans far from land and are rarely seen, thus compared to other whales, very little is known about them. They’re also small, growing to a length of just 21 feet and have a very unique arched snout and mouth; appearing as if an upside down grin. Scientists had previously thought the whale was a member of the humpback or bowhead family, as its appearance more resembled those than other baleens.Helping to clarify things, was a pygmy right whale carcass found on a beach in New Zealand in 2002. This new research is based on those remains and on the limited number of other bone samples that have been obtained. A DNA analysis made along with head measurements showed that the whale is in fact a member of the Cetotheriidae family of whales which scientists believed had been extinct for perhaps 2 million years. Because of that the researchers refer to the pygmy right whale as a “living fossil.”The whale is the smallest of the baleen family, and the most reclusive. So much so that scientists know very little about its habits such as what they eat, mate, how they behave etc. and can’t even guess as to how many of them there are alive today. The DNA analysis revealed that the whales evolved approximately nine million years ago, during a time when several other species of the family existed. It’s not known why the others died out while the pygmy was able to survive, but its existence today offers scientists a unique opportunity to study an animal that exists today much as did it and its relatives millions of years ago – if they can find some live specimens to study, of course. © 2012 Phys.orglast_img read more

A celebration of life

first_imgThe exhibition titled Art Beyond Canvas is a medley of studio ceramics in porcelain and stoneware, oil painting on canvas, hand-painted ceramics and mixed media on wood. The show that opens on 20 September is an amalgamation of traditions and rich heritage of India by ceramicist Tanuja Jain and artist Mamta Malhotra.The work engulfs ancient arts, archaeology, religious places, and sculptures with a touch of modern and vibrant India. The concept is inspired by mixing landscapes of Varanasi the oldest living city, into clay, the oldest medium used by mankind. Jain and Malhotra have captured the many moods of Chai through different expressions in their individual and combined works, bringing affordable art to the tables and homes of people. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Inspired by colours and forms of nature, Jain has created ceramic pieces using a multitude of slips, stains, textures, special pencils, crayons, pigments and hand painting,  giving a compelling artistic vision and identity to ceramic tableware and furniture. She said, ‘It has been a wonderful experience to create work inspired by Varanasi- the oldest cultural and vibrant city of India. Mamta and I have synchronised varied moods and expressions of Chai and the city to bring people close to ancient roots’. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe juxtaposition and contrast of urban landscapes and rich cultures have inspired Malhotra to paint cityscapes highlighting the beauty and fragility of Varanasi. They evoke the intense vitality of an ancient and vibrant lifestyle. She uses wood, canvas, paint, paper, ceramics and thread to add layers and dimension resulting in highly textural works. She said, ‘I have collaborated to create a unique mélange of art. I hope that this desire to find beauty, perfection and optimism is carried over to the viewer.’last_img read more

Choose the right type of socks with your shoes

first_imgBelieve it or not but socks are also very important to the life of your shoes. As feet are prone to sweating, this can cause damage to the footwear, which highlights the importance of a good quality pair of socks so make sure you are opting for right pair. Experts share a few tips on how to choose the right type of socks with your shoes: 4Styling knee high socks with boots is both an opportunity to transform an outfit and a way to let your personality shine. They’re durable, they stay put on calves of all sizes and are comfortable enough to wear all day. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf4On a rainy day rubber boots are a necessity, it becomes important to make sure feet stay warm, comfortable and, most importantly, dry. Pairing rubber boots with quick-drying, cushioned crew socks will enhance the comfort.4For those looking for a visible, stylish option should wear knee socks with ankle boots. Don’t let more than 2-3 inches of your sock peek out over the top of your ankle boot.4If you prefer socks to stay hidden; a pair of comfortable no-show socks with Casual sneakers should be your go-to. It covers enough of the foot to stay in place while remaining out of sight. Best of all, they don’t slip. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive4For a sports enthusiast, who is very fond of running and playing or just walking around, sports socks paired with running/walking shoes will be the best pick. Sports sock absorbs sweat keeping the feet away from bacterial and fungal infection. 4Play Safe and wear black: If you are someone who doesn’t know the art of wearing socks, classic black dress socks paired with a smart tuxedo and formal or brogue shoes will make you look classy and elegant. 4Striped and Patterned socks: Go for cotton and cotton blended striped and patterned socks for casual sneakers.4Matching up is important: It is very important to keep the colour of your dress socks matching to your trousers for suits. Always Choose a pair of socks that are either a shade darker or lighter than the trousers.4No show socks: No-show socks are best friends of Oxfords shoes, loafers and casual sneakers. Don’t forget to buy a pair this summer.last_img read more

Struggling Deals Site LivingSocial Kills Events Group Closes New York Office

first_img Discount-of-the-day site LivingSocial is closing its Fifth Avenue office in New York City and eliminating its local events division, leaving 30 full-time staffers without jobs.Remaining New York staffers in its sales and advertising department have been asked to work from home. Once all local events in New York are completed by Oct. 1, the company plans to lay off dozens of part-time employees.The news, confirmed by TheNextWeb, comes less than a month after the company shuttered its Seattle office, where it also asked displaced employees to work remotely.The deals site stressed that these changes are not part of a cost-cutting effort but “a decision geared towards achieving profitability.” LivingSocial said that larger events have been more lucrative than the niche ones offered by the local-events division. Meanwhile, the company said it plans to create 50 new jobs for its call center in Tucson, Ariz.Last November, LivingSocial laid off 400 employees, mostly in the U.S., in an effort to “streamline” its sales and editorial departments. Groupon, another big daily discount site, saw massive layoffs in 2012 as well, cutting 648 jobs over a six-month period.Related: What Happens When Startups Grow Too Fast  Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Listen Now 1 min read Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. July 17, 2013last_img read more

Red Label Vacations to operate as whollyowned subsidiary of Japans HIS Group

first_img Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: H.I.S, Japan, redtag.ca Travelweek Group Wednesday, January 9, 2019 center_img TORONTO — The parent company of TravelBrands, itravel2000.com, The Travel Experts, redtag.ca and more will be bought out by a subsidiary of Japan’s H.I.S. Group in a new deal set to be completed in the first calendar quarter of 2019, subject to regulatory approvals.Red Label Vacations Inc. says it has signed an agreement to be acquired by the H.I.S. Group subsidiary. H.I.S. has 282 branches in Japan, 275 branches in 158 cities internationally, nearly 17,000 employees worldwide and over ¥600 billion (about Cdn$7.33 billion) in annual sales.H.I.S. is no stranger to the Canadian travel industry. The company acquired a majority stake in Merit in December 2016 and also purchased Jonview Canada from Transat in October 2017 for $44 million.With this new deal, Red Label Vacations will continue to operate as an independent, wholly-owned subsidiary of H.I.S.Completion of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by the Canadian Competition Bureau.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin Cruises“It is a very exciting day for our company as this marks the launch of our next phase of growth,” said RedLabel Vacations co-owners Frank DeMarinis, Joe DeMarinis and Enzo DeMarinis.“H.I.S. is committed to supporting our continued growth at home in Canada as well as internationally. We expect that H.I.S.’s support will enable us to enhance our service offerings on both the wholesale and retail fronts and accelerate our growth objectives. We look forward to a very bright future.”H.I.S. Co. Ltd.’s Executive Officer, Global Business Development Division, Hideo Hatano, says the acquisition of Red Label Vacations “is in keeping with our ambitious expansion plan in North America and we look forward to building upon Red Label Vacation’s branding and experience in the Canadian market space to further service the North American market.”The DeMarinis brothers’ long history in the travel industry began in 1983 with Belair Travel. Belair was bought out and brought into the fold of what would later become Thomas Cook Canada.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTThe brothers returned in 2004 and created redtag.ca. In 2013 they acquired the North American segment of Thomas Cook Group plc, later rebranded to TravelBrands. In August 2016, the company acquired itravel2000.com, the second largest OTA in Canada. Share Red Label Vacations to operate as wholly-owned subsidiary of Japan’s H.I.S. Grouplast_img read more