Senators Behind BOTS Act Pen Inquiry Letter To Live Nation CEO Over Ticketmaster Scalper Assistance Scandal

first_imgA week ago, CBC News and The Toronto Star broke new investigative reports which detailed Ticketmaster‘s hush-hush new platform for ticket resellers, TradeDesk, which aids scalpers in selling tickets on the secondary market while turning a blind eye to their violations of Ticketmaster purchasing rules. The news quickly went viral, prompting widespread outrage from Ticketmaster’s customers.The following day, Ticketmaster issued a response to the allegations in the reports which sought to explain TradeDesk and categorically deny any wrongdoing on their part. You can read our dissection of Ticketmaster’s response here [Spoiler alert: It doesn’t do much of anything to dissuade angry notions about their controversial TradeDesk platform and practices].It seems that the government has the same questions about TradeDesk that we had. On Tuesday, U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) penned a letter to Michael Rapino, the CEO of Live Nation, Ticketmaster’s parent company, asking for clarifications on the still-murky details of TicketDesk. The letter asks Rapino and Live Nation to provide a response to their inquiries by next Friday, October 5th.Moran and Blumenthal are no strangers to fighting against misconduct in the secondary ticket market. In late 2016, they helped sponsor and enact the Better Online Ticket Sales Act, better known as the BOTS Act, effectively criminalizing the use of ticket bot software to hack websites and purchase tickets before average consumers.You can read the letter below:Mr. Michael RapinoPresident and Chief Executive OfficerLive Nation Entertainment9348 Civic Center DriveBeverly Hills, California 90210Dear Mr. Rapino:CBC News reported on September 19th that Ticketmaster, the live-event ticket sales and distribution subsidiary of Live Nation Entertainment, recruits and employs professional ticket scalpers to circumvent the ticket purchasing limits on its own primary ticket sales platform in an effort to expand its ticket resale division. According to the article, Ticketmaster utilizes a professional reseller program called TradeDesk, which provides a web-based inventory for scalpers to effectively purchase large quantities of tickets from Ticketmaster’s primary ticket sales website and resell these tickets for higher prices on its own resale platform. Citing examples of TradeDesk users moving up to several million tickets per year, the allegations of the harms to consumers made in this piece are serious and deserve immediate attention.Given our ongoing interest in protecting consumers from unfair and deceptive practices, we seek clarification on the use of this program. The enacted Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act of 2016 prohibits the “circumvention of a security measure, access control system, or other technological control or measure on an Internet website or online service that is used by the ticket issuer to enforce posted event ticket purchasing limits or to maintain the integrity of posted online ticket purchasing order rule.” Please provide responses to the following questions:Describe the event ticket purchasing limits that Ticketmaster currently employs for sales on its primary ticket sales platform. Additionally, how does the company identify computer programs used to circumvent these purchasing limits?Do Ticketmaster’s ticket purchasing limits and associated detection practices apply to users of its online program, TradeDesk? If not, please explain.What are the specific rules and processes of compliance for participating TradeDesk users as it relates to ticket purchasing limits and other relevant consumer protection priorities? Please share any documents and guidance materials that are provided to TradeDesk users.What role does Ticketmaster’s Professional Reseller Handbook play in deterring its resellers from engaging in illegal ticket purchasing activities?Please provide your written response as soon as possible, but no later than 5 p.m. on October 5, 2018. Thank you for your prompt attention to this important matter.[H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

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Spark of science

first_imgThe Science Center Plaza was packed with the nearly 400 Cambridge eighth-graders on a recent morning. The students were on the Harvard campus to celebrate their partnership with the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and to present their final science and engineering projects.The Student Science and Engineering Showcase brought together faculty and students from both the city and the University to highlight the projects, and to give students a feel of College life. Cambridge Mayor David Maher said the relationship was vital to the continued success of young students.“It’s great to be here with all our friends at Harvard who do so much to build strong connections in this community with Cambridge kids,” he said. “That’s what today is all about … we’re so proud of the great work and collaboration at Harvard, and the work that’s happening here with all of you.”“We have one of the most enlightened cities in the country for the sciences, engineering, the arts, and culture,” said Kevin Casey, acting vice president for Harvard Public Affairs and Communications. “This city understands that the only way for all of those to come together and make progress is when all of those fields work together.”Superintendent of Cambridge Public Schools Jeffrey Young told students to think of Harvard not just as a local resource, but also as a potential destination. Harvard’s incoming freshman class includes 18 students from Cambridge, 11 of them from Cambridge Rindge and Latin.“Some of you will end up going to school here,” he said. “This is where you are going to be. And when you get here, you are going to be ready to do your absolute best partly because of the work you did at Cambridge Public Schools. All of you really are young scientists, and I’m excited to see the work you’ve been doing.”The showcase, in its fourth year, is among the initiatives generated by the ongoing collaboration between Kathryn Hollar, the director of educational programs at SEAS, and Lisa Scolaro, the coordinator of science programs for Cambridge Public Schools.Hundreds of experiments were on display, and students were eager to present their findings. Caroline Workman, Jackson Hardin, and Gabriel Colburn, all of the Vassal Lane Upper School, demonstrated their hovercraft experiment, which relied on materials such as a leaf blower, plywood, a shower curtain, and — of course — duct tape. The model worked, successfully lifting more than the team’s goal of 100 pounds. Radius of movement proved a bit trickier.“Our model uses an electric leaf blower,” Workman said, pointing out that “a gas leaf blower might be a little dangerous.”SEAS Dean Cherry Murray, John A. and Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences, welcomed students to campus and specifically encouraged young women like Workman to pursue a career in the sciences. She said that when she was in eighth grade, her older brother mocked her dream of studying physics at MIT, driving her to prove him wrong.His dismissal “just flipped a switch in me,” she said. “So I applied, and I got in.” She advised the young women in the audience to do the same, adding that there is no better place to become a scientist than in Cambridge, “the center of science and engineering in the universe.”last_img read more

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Blizzard Tips To Keep Your Pets Safe and Warm During the Storm

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Canines need to be kept indoors during severe winter storms, such as blizzards, no matter how thick their fur coat appears or what their breed. They may want to romp through the snow drifts, but safety should always come first.The looming blizzard is expected to bring heavy snow, strong winds and sub-zero temperatures, and while all of these extreme weather conditions are extremely hazardous to us humans, they are equally devastating to our loveable feathered and furry friends, our pets.Whether your ‘lil ‘uns be four-pawed, winged, scaly and slithery or soft and cuddly (like our ‘lil snow bears Mr. Woolly, Snuffleupagus, Chewbacca, Whitley Whitemore and Mrs. Wooster), you’re going to want to keep them safe, dry and warm, just like you would any other member of your family.To help, we thought we’d pass along a few of these pets blizzard tips so your baby woolly bears are kept just as safe and warm and comfortable as our brood (those are just some of our ‘lil ones!).1. Bring those pets inside!We don’t care how thick your husky’s fur is or how much of a survivor you believe your felines—a blizzard is a blizzard and is no place for any animal! That snow can become thick and heavy and weigh down your pet. Those winds can thrash snow drifts and cover those mammals in ice! Those freezing temperatures can inundate those critters and paralyze them! It’s a no-brainer. You wouldn’t want to be out there in such madness and neither do your pets. So bring them inside! Then give them a hug! As the Nassau SPCA warns: “A snow storm is no place for a pet.”2. Canine owners: Do not let your dogs off the leash!You many believe your dog to possess the best nose in the world. You may feel that, “Well, since Gizmo’s ancestors were sled dogs, he and Spike can go romp around in the snow drifts.” No no no no no! If you let your dogs off their leashes during heavy snowfall, they can lose their scent and easily become lost, which brings us to another important snowstorm-blizzard preparation: Make sure all your pets—dogs, cats, seals, marmosets, hedgehogs, etc.—make sure they all are wearing their collars and tags, complete with up-to-date contact information. The deeper the snow, the more your loved ones can become confused and disoriented, that thick white snow blanket covering familiar scents and landmarks. This entry is apparently multi-tiered. Please, for all of us fellow animal lovers, please keep an eye on your furry friends if for some reason you did not listen to this advice and you forgo their safety and take them outside. They can easily become lost and snowbound, confused and scared. And it will be very, very cold!Stock up on all your pets’ food and medicines far ahead of the storm.3. Stock up ahead of time on all the special food and medicine your critters may need!If you are reading this post today then you still have a short window of time left to make this tip a reality, but not much! People have been ransacking the supermarkets since rumors of this looming storm first began circulating several days ago. Much of the milk, bread and eggs at local markets have already been hit extremely hard. Yet luckily, there is surely still many bags of dog and cat, bird and turtle, parakeet and gerbil, rabbit and hamster food left! Please, stocking up on these goodies (and perhaps a few extra treats, such as pig-ears for the big ‘uns!), is a good idea, not just during these severe weather events, but all year round. Why not have an emergency supply ready at all times!? Why not be prepared and ready, for whenever a storm such as this rears its ugly head!? It is always very important to remember: During a blizzard travel may be impossible! So stock up!4. Prepare for a power outage!Special pets have special needs and animals such as reptiles, fish and pocket pets (such as those cute gnawing sugar-gliders, for example), need filters and stones and heat lamps and possibly huts and igloos to not only stay warm, but to stay alive! If you haven’t done so for all the ‘lil ones in you family already, you might want to invest in a portable electrical generator to ensure that all your loved ones are guaranteed the environment they so need in order to thrive!5. Keep a Pet Emergency Kit and supplies handy!These crucial kits will include much-needed storm supplies and items, including your animals’ medical records, pet food, water, medications and pet First-Aid supplies. Again, it is best to create these packages far in advance of these situations, but it is never too late to start, so get a hoppin’. We have individualized care kits for all of our animals, and also a few large universal kits that can apply to any—those come in very handy, especially when dealing with those chaotic times when one critter may mistake these kits for lunch, such as Mister Wooly did last year with the anoles’ First-Aid kits!Clean off your dogs’ paws when they come back inside. Snow-melting salts can be very painful to these furry critters.6. Clean off your canine’s paws!If you refused to follow tip number one and disregarded the safety of your pets to test them in the blustery blizzard winds, then the least you can do is clean off their paws with a moist washcloth when they come back inside. The snow- and ice-melting rock salts you and the town toss all over the sidewalks and streets can be extremely painful to dogs’ feet and can make them very ill if they were to lick some up and ingest it. Please, wipe them clean and save your pet from this unneeded pain and suffering!7. Have those dogs’ coats and booties ready!You never know when you’re going to want or need to wrap your critters up snugly to keep them warm and dry or just to make them feel safer during the storm. We make a game out of dressing them up in their doggie coats and booties, telling them that they are magic coats that will protect them from the storm. Sometimes, we dress them in reindeer antlers. Sometimes, we dress them in their Halloween costumes. Sometimes, we dress the dogs up in the cats’ coats and booties and wrap the dogs up in the cats’! Misses Wooster doesn’t necessarily enjoy that, but it sure keeps her warm and safe!8. Develop an emergency plan!Prepare, prepare, prepare. As I often would tell Big Johnny, there can never be enough preparation, especially for such things as severe winter weather! Strategize where your loved ones will seek refuge should your home lose power or you need to evacuate. Please, stay up to date on the storm warnings in your area. Also, very important: Arrange a safe haven for your pets in these cases. As the Nassau SPCA advises: “Do not leave your pets behind.”We wish you safety and luck during this severe storm. For more information about how you and your pets can better prepare and survive such weather events, check out the Suffolk SPCA and Nassau SPCA (who helped provide many of these important tips!).last_img read more

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Ronald Korotaj: “Tourism is a young calf that can give a lot more milk”

first_imgThe Croatian hotel industry is the ‘locomotive’ of tourism and the overall economy, and its importance is not yet sufficiently understood, not even at the level of the Government, which takes small but still insufficient steps for a better investment climate and business sector, he said on Thursday. of the Congress of Hoteliers, the president of UPUHH, Ronald Korotaj, writes Lider.The two-day congress is organized by the Croatian Hotel Employers’ Association (UPUHH) and brings together numerous domestic and foreign hoteliers, representatives of tourism, state and financial institutions, consulting companies and others to discuss global trends and challenges, problems and ideas for better hoteliers.Due to the large share of tourism in GDP, which is significantly contributed by hoteliers with investment and overall business, tourism should be discussed at every session of the Government, which is seen as an ‘old cow that needs to be milked to the end’. ‘a young calf that can give a lot more milk’ ‘ Korotaj expressed himself pictorially.Among the measures advocated by hoteliers, he singled out, among other fiscal relief, better regulated labor legislation, adequate law on tourist land and 10 percent VAT, because it turned out that only with such a rate, investments accelerate. “Although the investment climate in Croatia is not yet good, hoteliers still have to continue investing because the market demands it, especially since ten new hotels appear in the world every day, which is more than 3600 a year. Investments are therefore necessary in Croatia to catch up with the world. “said Korotaj.Kristjan Staničić, Director of the Main Office of the Croatian Tourist Board (HTZ), also points out that the Government must recognize tourism and hospitality as the most important economic sectors, which need a stable legal and fiscal framework for further growth and development, and the CNTB will do everything it can to better promotion and positioning in the markets. The necessary synergistic approach of all in the community was considered important for this development by the Deputy Mayor of Zagreb Olivera Majić, who pointed out that more than 80 percent of overnight stays in Zagreb were realized in its 62 hotels, as well as that investments in new and renovation of existing hotels are being prepared. the capital. Envoy and advisor to the Croatian President Davorin Štetner warned of the problem of emigration, which is detrimental to finding labor for tourism and construction, without which there are no new facilities. “The most important thing is a stable regulatory framework, not that the rules change every year, with the example of reducing corporate taxes being a good direction for cutting and other levies because that would generate more revenue and we believe the government can. ” considers Stetner.Noting that Croatia is highly sought after by tourists, but also has a large public debt and still unfavorable financing conditions with costs up to five times higher than, for example, in Germany, Tomislav Čorak from the consulting company Boston Consulting Group believes that one of the solutions for ‘easier’ investing was a model of public-private partnership and ‘crowdfunding’, which is poorly applied in Croatia, and would be good, especially for tourism in cities and in smaller amounts. “Tourist demand for Croatia has grown 50 percent faster than globally in five years, and there is no doubt that it is an attractive destination, it may no longer need large promotional spots, but the problem is that in the last few years the increase in overnight stays was close to 10 percent , and the increase in the number of beds in hotels is only 2,5 percent. This indicates that we have entered this period a little unprepared for so much demand, hotel beds are now very much lacking, because without it there is no stronger season extension or higher revenues and this increased demand should be better used for investment in hotels.said Corak, reports Lider.The second day of the 20th UPUHH Congress began with the presentation of an analysis of the work of the Croatian hotel industry in the last 3 years, presented by the President of UPUHH Ronald Korotaj. The Croatian hotel industry grew by 2017 percent in 8,75, and our camping industry achieved almost the same growth. At the same time, Korotaj said, “private accommodation in Croatia has grown in double digits.” Tourism library.The President of UPUHH presented and commented on other figures related to the work of the Croatian hotel industry in the last 3 years.Business Review 2017Utilization of hotel capacities taking 9 months a year 2017. From June to September 5 stars 86-89%4 stars 83-86%3 stars 62- 85%Average price (euro) per room in 2017:2017. Stars June July August September                                 5 154 200 205 1434 89 129 137 793 75 105 112 63 Average room occupancy per room availability (revPar) in 2017:2017. Stars June July August September5 133 168 172 1284 73 111 125 683 61 93 99 54 Total revenue (euro) per room (TRevPAR) in 2017:2017. Stars June July August September5 193 232 239 1894 112 157 174 1023 87 126 133 77After the analysis, Ronald Korotaj concluded that it is up to all of us to take advantage of the opportunities provided by tourism. “We have difficulties, but let’s finally solve them, that is, the government should start listening to us!”- said Korotaj, and warned of a big problem due to lack of manpower. ” The Croatian Employment Service should establish a special office that would deal only with tourism. They must not think that they are the purpose of their existence and not the hotel industrySaid Korotaj.Source: Lider / Tourism library&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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Fast reaction: 3 quick observations from Syracuse’s blowout win over rival Hobart

first_img Published on April 14, 2015 at 9:16 pm Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossman In the 101st rendition of the No. 4 Syracuse (9-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast)-Hobart (7-4, 4-0 Northeast) rivalry with the Kraus-Simmons trophy on the line, the Orange didn’t give the visitors a glimmer of hope, defeating the Statesmen 18-5 on Tuesday night.Grand finaleIn its final regular season home game in the Carrier Dome, the Syracuse senior class combined for nine goals. The Orange’s starting lineup throughout the season has been almost entirely seniors, and tonight they were able to celebrate in style.Most of the seniors’ time on the field was short-lived as SU’s lead ballooned 12-0 by halftime. Head coach John Desko spent the majority of the second half utilizing his second- and third-line midfield and attack units.But it was the first-line attacks Randy Staats and Kevin Rice that once again led SU’s offense. Staats rebounded and scored four times after being shutout in his return to the field from injury for the Orange on Saturday against North Carolina.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRice also contributed with two goals and two assists.New facesBen Williams has lifted Syracuse’s faceoff unit to new heights this season and once again allowed the Orange to dominate time of possession. Williams’ 68.6 percent faceoff winning-percentage entering Tuesday was second-best in the nation, and he built off that by going 8-for-9 at the X.The position eventually turned into a rotation for Syracuse, with Cal Paduda, Joe DeMarco, Max Parker and Mike Iacono getting opportunities as well.Paduda was shelved last season with torn ligaments in his knuckles, and in his first dose of significant playing time went 6-for-9 at the X for SU. DeMarco managed to go 2-for-3 in his faceoff chances, Parker won the only one he attempted and Iacono went 0-for-2.Cage matchSaturday’s match against UNC was the first time all season that senior goalie Bobby Wardwell didn’t spend the majority of both halves in the net. Desko voiced his confidence in Wardwell on Monday, and he started there again for the Orange.The senior only allowed one goal and managed four saves in the few offensive possessions the Statesmen had. As SU’s lead grew, Wardwell gave way to Warren Hill and then eventually to sophomore goalkeeper Evan Molloy.Hill saved five of Hobart’s shots on goal, smothering a couple of them at his shins on close-range low-angle shots. He allowed two goals to score in his time in the cage before Molloy was called upon.In his first game action for the Orange, Molloy allowed two goals and collected two saves. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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S. African court doubles Pistorius sentence to more than 13 years

first_img“They were forced to impose that sentence, and the court found there were no substantial and compelling circumstances and thus handed down (that) period of imprisonment,” said legal analyst Ulrich Roux. “(Recent) sentences have been much more harsh than in the past, in my opinion.”National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Luvuyo Mfaku said he was pleased with the Supreme Court’s ruling.“We always maintained as an institution that this appeal is not about an individual. It has got everything to do with the proper administration of justice,” he said.“We hope the family will find closure knowing that justice has been served and the proper sentence has been handed out.”Oscar’s brother Carl Pistorius tweeted that he was “Shattered. Heartbroken. Gutted” following the court’s ruling.“We have all suffered incomprehensible loss. The death of Reeva was and still is a great loss for our family too,” he wrote.Previously an ambassador for disabled people worldwide, Pistorius was released from jail in 2015 after serving one year of the initial five-year term for culpable homicide.He returned behind bars after his conviction for murder.The year before he killed Steenkamp, Pistorius became the first double-amputee to race at the Olympics when he competed at the London 2012 games.In a television interview, he said he believed an intruder was in the house and “instant fear” drove him to grab his gun and walk on his stumps towards the bathroom.Share on: WhatsApp Oscar Pistorius during the Court rulingJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP | A South African appeals court increased Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius’ sentence for murdering his girlfriend to 13 years and five months on Friday, marking a victory for prosecutors in a case that shocked the world.The Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein more than doubled his original sentence of six years after the state argued that it was unduly lenient.Pistorius, 31, was not in court for the hearing.Prosecutors argued earlier this month that Oscar Pistorius failed to show genuine remorse after killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.“One of the essential ingredients of a balanced sentence is that it must reflect the seriousness of the offence,” Andrea Johnson, of the National Prosecution Authority, had told the court.Pistorius’ lawyer Barry Roux mounted a strong defence of the judge who handed down the six-year sentence, saying she took into account his claim that he believed he was shooting an intruder.The Paralympic athlete shot dead Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine’s Day in 2013 when he fired four times through the door of his bedroom toilet.He pleaded not guilty at his trial in 2014 and has always denied that he killed Steenkamp in a rage, saying he mistook her for a burglar.In 2015, Pistorius was found guilty of murder and given less than half of the minimum 15 years in jail for that crime.Pistorius was originally convicted of culpable homicide — the equivalent of manslaughter — but the appeal court upgraded his conviction.– ‘Justice has been served’ –Nazreen Shaik Peremanov, a constitutional law expert at the University of South Africa’s law school, told AFP that Pistorius could now appeal the latest sentence at the country’s highest court — the Constitutional Court.last_img read more

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Kenya joins Uganda in Africa Cup of Nations, Tanzania wait

first_imgUganda Cranes vs Cape Verde. Cranes have qualified for AFCON 2019. PHOTO @officialfufaKenya to play in Africa Cup of Nations after Sierra Leone disqualifiedNairobi, Kenya | AFP |  Kenya will compete in the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in 15 years, after Sierra Leone was disqualified by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). They join East African colleagues Uganda who qualified top of their group last month, while Tanzania could also snatch a place on the final day.Kenya’s place was confirmed Monday after CAF disqualified Sierra Leone and annulled its results in qualifiers so far played, leaving the group with just three competitors, ensuring both Kenya and Ghana go through to the finals next year.Third-placed Ethiopia cannot now qualify.“Sierra Leone is disqualified from the qualifiers and all its matches are annulled,” CAF said in a statement.Sierra Leone had played two group matches before the country’s football association was suspended by world governing body FIFA for government interference, leading to the team being barred from competition.Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta welcomed the qualification of the Harambee Stars for the biennial continental tournament as a “game-changer” for the sport in the country.It remains unclear who will host Africa’s premier football tournament next summer after CAF stripped defending champions Cameroon of hosting rights on Saturday, citing delays and security concerns.Kenya last qualified for the competition in 2004.Uganda’s Group LTanzania, seeking a return to the Cup of Nations after 39 years, have to beat Uganda, who have not conceded a goal in five matches, in Dar es Salaam on the final qualifying day in March,  to have a realistic chance.All qualifiers are guaranteed at least $475,000 (415,000 euros) prize money.Congratulations #HarambeeStars?? for qualifying for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. I assure you of my support and that of the Government to facilitate and provide you with the necessary resources to ensure you are well prepared for the task ahead. Hongera! #AFCON2019 Share on: WhatsApp — Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) December 3, 2018StandingsUganda 5 4 1 0 7 0 13 – qualifiedLesotho 5 1 2 2 3 7 5Tanzania 5 1 2 2 3 5 5C. Verde 5 1 1 3 4 5 4FixturesMar 18-26: C. Verde v Lesotho, Tanzania v Ugandalast_img read more

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