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Atrium exits Romania with €95m Militari sale

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 13:49
Retail investor Atrium European Real Estate has agreed to sell its Atrium Militari shopping centre in Bucharest for MAS Real Estate for €95m (£83.3m).
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US economic growth slows to 2.3%

BBC Business News - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 13:46
A slowdown in consumer spending is behind a weakening of growth in the first three months of the year.
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US economic growth slows to 2.3%

BBC Business News Feed - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 13:46
A slowdown in consumer spending is behind a weakening of growth in the first three months of the year.
Categories: Business

US economic growth stronger than expected

CNN News Feed - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 13:41
The US economy grew at a rate of 2.3% in the first quarter, according to the Commerce Department's preliminary report on Friday. That's slower than the 2.9% growth rate in the fourth quarter of 2017.
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A Woman Was Finally Reunited With Her Lost Luggage Only to Find a Dead Rat Inside

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 13:31
<p>Having an airline misplace your baggage is never a positive experience — but not all lost luggage debacles are created equal. Merry Cannon, an American Airlines passenger from Fayetteville, Arkansas, learned this the hard way.</p><p>Cannon was flying from Arkansas to France with her children to surprise her husband, who was on a business trip, <a href="http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/ive-never-screamed-and-cried-so-much-in-my-life/news-story/2dd6f3a1ba9937e772eca8a76bf1c83b" target="_blank"><em>news.au.com</em> reported</a>. However, the flight was canceled, and the family missed their connecting flight in Chicago.</p><p>When the family rebooked, Cannon said their new flight also ended up being delayed, and to make matters worse, their seats on their new connecting flight in Chicago were given up and they needed to rebook again. The family did still manage to make it to Europe in spite of several days of travel upsets.</p><p>Despite all this, the worst was still yet to come.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/nightmare-flight-london" target="_blank">How a 4-hour Flight Turned Into a 33-hour Nightmare With 4 Planes and a Fire</a></p><p>“They lost our luggage for five days,” Cannon told the Australian news site. “The night before we were leaving for London to return home, it was delivered at 10:30 p.m.”</p><p>Not only was the bag late, Cannon noticed it had a particularly rancid smell. Once she got home, she immediately notified American Airlines about her issue.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/american-airlines/scorpion-found-on-another-flight" target="_blank">American Airlines Flight Canceled Because of a Scorpion</a></p><p>“I actually told them that it smelt like something had died. I of course didn’t think that was actually the case,” she said. Cannon says reps for the airline theorized that some contents from the lavatory may have leaked onto the bag, which is a horrifying idea in itself. They advised she wash the bag and everything in it, then file a claim with American's baggage department.</p><p>Unfortunately, Cannon says, the smell would not come out of her clothes, despite several loads of laundry. After finally getting to the bottom of the bag, she finally realized why.</p><p>There was a dead rat inside.</p><p>“When I grabbed the clothes is when I saw the rat. I have never screamed and cried so much in my life,” she said. After Cannon called American Airlines, updating them about the rat, customer service expedited her claim and she was told not to touch anything else in the bag. She also called the Department of Health.</p><p>“Literally for three minutes the health inspector just repeated, ‘OMG. This is horrible. I don’t even know that to say, I’m so sorry. I’m thinking,’” Cannon said.</p><p>The health inspector also warned that the plague could be a concern, or the possibility of disease-carrying fleas, Cannon said, advising her to burn the luggage and its contents immediately. Where the family lives, however, burning garbage is illegal.</p><p>Cannon said she went back and forth with American Airlines trying to get compensated and have her bag picked up. Despite the customer service agent telling her that they would take care of it immediately, she said she told <em>news.com.au </em>she still spent four hours filling out paperwork and a week waiting for a response. </p><p>“Finally they told me that they would give me $1,600, which is the maximum international payout. My bag and its belongings totaled $3,217. To me, that’s crazy that international has a payout that is about half as much as domestic,” she said.</p><p>American Airlines apologized in a <a href="http://www.newsweek.com/american-airlines-passenger-finds-dead-rat-suitcase-902222" target="_blank">statement to <i>Newsweek</i></a> and said they were not "aware of any similar issues of a rat making its way into a checked bag before." </p><p>"...we did apologize to the customer, and they were compensated earlier this month," the statement said. The airline confirmed that she was given about $1,600 in compensation, <em>Newsweek </em>reported. </p><p>“To me it’s not so much the money, it’s the lack of respect they have. That customers are disposable and they are big enough that they just don’t care," Cannon said. "They don’t have to make things right.”</p><p>She shared a photo of the rat on Twitter. Warning: You may not want to scroll if you're squeamish about rodents.</p>
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Report: Russell Brand's Mother Pulled Screaming From Car After Hit And Run

Aces Show Biz News Feed - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 13:30
A Vauxhall Astra crashed into the Audi A8 that Barbara Brand was being driven in while she was on her way to her comedian son's house.
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Vicky Cornell Teams Up With Addiction Policy Forum to Launch Online Addiction Resource

Aces Show Biz News Feed - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 13:15
The resource will provide support to families dealing with loved ones battling addiction and provide them with links to medical professionals who treat the disease.
Categories: Celebrity

Jenson Button to race at Le Mans 24 Hours against Alonso

Auto Blog News Feed - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 13:15

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Britain's 2009 Formula One world champion Jenson Button will compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours this year and next for Russia's SMP Racing team in the top LMP1 category, they announced on Friday.

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'Royal' acquisition as private investor buys Princess House in Shrewsbury

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 13:08
Addington Capital has sold the freehold interest of Princess House, Shrewsbury to private investor clients of Knight Frank for £12.4m in an off-market transaction.
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Madison acquires stake in iconic Warsaw Spire

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 13:04
Madison International Realty has acquired a 50% stake in the iconic €350m (£307m) Warsaw Spire office tower.
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Priyanka Chopra Recounts Starstruck With Meryl Streep

Aces Show Biz News Feed - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 13:00
The Indian actress reveals on 'Good Morning America' that she was in awe of the 'Mamma Mia!' star after watching her speech at the 2017 Golden Globes.
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'Avengers: Infinity War' Prepares For $500+ Million Global Bow

Forbes News Feed - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 13:00
How high will Marvel's superhero team fly? "Avengers: Infinity War" has opening weekend estimates that point to a massive worldwide bow and a final cume that could set a new superhero box office record.
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Waterstones CEO vows to keep store expansion plans on track

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 12:52
Waterstones chief executive James Daunt has said the bookstore chain will continue with plans to expand its high street stores following the news US hedge fund Elliott Advisors has bought the company.
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Grab beat Uber in Southeast Asia. It's just getting started

CNN News Feed - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 12:49
Grab made headlines last month when it announced it was buying Uber's business in Southeast Asia, driving the ride-hailing giant out of several fast-growing markets such as Indonesia and Thailand.
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Microsoft Tops Amazon In Q1 Cloud Revenue, $6.0 Billion To $5.44 Billion; IBM Third at $4.2 Billion

Forbes News Feed - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 12:45
Despite a monster quarter from Amazon's cloud unit--revenue up a ridiculous 49% to $5.44 billion--Microsoft once again came out on top in the Cloud Wars as Q1 commercial-cloud revenue soared 58% to $6.0 billion as Satya Nadella's company is widening its lead in the cloud over #2 Amazon and #3 IBM.
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New CFO completes Battersea shake-up

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 12:39
Battersea Power Station Development Company has appointed Benn Zemek as chief financial officer to take over from Simon Murphy after he replaced outgoing chief executive Rob Tincknell earlier this month.
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Thirty-one UK partners named in record round of EMEA promotions at Cushman & Wakefield

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 12:33
Cushman & Wakefield has announced a record 142 promotions to partner, associate and associate director level across its Europe, Middle East and Asia (EMEA) offices including 31 new partners in the UK.
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Thirty-one UK partners among record round of EMEA promotions at Cushman & Wakefield

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 12:33
Cushman & Wakefield has announced a record 142 promotions to partner, associate and associate director level across its Europe, Middle East and Asia (EMEA) offices including 31 new partners in the UK.
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How Anthony Bourdain Picks the Locations for Each Season of “Parts Unknown”

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 12:32
<p>Anthony Bourdain may be known for pithy, curmudgeonly one-liners but when he’s passionate, he becomes a fountain of admiration.</p><p>Ahead of the season 11 premiere of “Parts Unknown” on CNN this Sunday night, the chef-turned-tv-host delivered a soliloquy on cinema, specifically the relationship between film, travel and his show. In less than one minute, he referenced the films of Wong Kar-wai, extolled the visual effects of “deliberately crappy filmstock” and compared the cinematic styles of Pasolini and Bertolucci.</p><p>Despite beginning his television career as a culinary emissary, Bourdain’s Emmy and Peabody award-winning show has become a creative convergence for some of the world’s coolest directors, cinematographers and musicians — in addition to the legendary chefs that have always populated the episodes.</p><p>Bourdain confirmed it was a conscious decision to explore the world through more than its food. When filming an episode of his previous series “No Reservations” in Beirut in 2006, “reality intruded onto the scene in such a profound and violent way that it just seemed obscene from that point on to focus only on the food,” Bourdain told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>, referencing the 34-day Lebanon War. “Fortunately, CNN has allowed me the freedom to do that. I don’t have to put food in at all, which is nice.”</p><p>Now, instead of focusing solely on culinary destinations, producers choose locations from a list of “places that I’ve always wanted to go and haven’t been able to go or places where I’d like to look at it from a completely different perspective,” Bourdain explained.</p><p>After selecting the destinations, Bourdain will meet with directors to discuss inspiration and aesthetic (sometimes they’ll assign a “required viewing” movie list for the show’s camera crew).</p><p>“That’s honestly the fun part, when we sitting around talking about what we want this show to look like and sound like,” Bourdain said. “Often I’ll have an idea ahead of time, a general stylistic jumping off point — that always comes from me — but other times I don’t know yet.”</p><p>Take, for example, this season’s Hong Kong episode (airing on June 3), which Bourdain refers to as a highlight of his professional career.</p><p>The episode’s original intent was to follow cinematographer Christopher Doyle — the director of photography behind legendary films “In the Mood For Love” and “Chungking Express” — through Hong Kong, something Bourdain said he had been wanting to do for years.</p><p>But the episode’s director dropped out two days before shooting due to emergency gallbladder surgery. Bourdain’s girlfriend, Italian director, actress and activist Asia Argento, filled in as a last-minute replacement.</p><p>They had hoped to just shoot a few minutes of footage of Doyle around Hong Kong. But, to Bourdain’s delight, the legendary cinematographer befriended both the host and Argento, grabbed a camera and shot most of the episode himself, completely changing the look of the show.</p><p>“I thought we might have been doing one thing but by the time we got there, we very much adapted in marvelous new ways,” Bourdain explained.</p><p>Looking as close to giddy as Bourdain-ly possible, he said “I had to pinch myself. Christopher Doyle shot my crappy little show.”</p><p>It’s this creative camaraderie that Bourdain seems to crave. “If I can collaborate with people I always looked up to and really admired, that’s fun.”</p><p>This spirit extends to the sounds of his show. A long-time music devotee (his father was an executive at Columbia Records), Bourdain aims to reflect the spirit of each unique location in the show’s soundtrack.</p><p>For each episode, musical director Michael Ruffino will produce an original score “written and performed for each show, specifically for that show” or he “will reach out to local bands and either get rights to their existing music or ask them to compose something,” Bourdain explained.</p><p>But sometimes, Bourdain can usurp the musical director and get a major name to contribute their songs. He said that “rock‘n’roll music nerds will go crazy” for this season’s Berlin episode, featuring Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre.</p><p>Other high-profile creative appearances in season 11 include Serj Tankian, lead singer of System of a Down, who leads Bourdain around Armenia, and director Darren Aronofsky, who joins in a voyage across Bhutan.</p><p>The new season starts in West Virginia — or as Bourdain puts it, “the heart of god, guns, Trump and football.” Viewers will also see Bourdain will celebrate Mardi Gras in Cajun Louisiana, throw axes in the wilds of Newfoundland and order steak at a drive-thru in Uruguay.</p><p>These made-for-TV moments are deliberate choices. After 15 years on television, Bourdain now sees destinations through the lens of his show. He appreciates a location when “I look over at the camera guys and I know they’re getting good stuff,” he said.</p><p>But, for however jaded he may describe himself after traveling all over the world and seeing “a lot of beautiful views,” Bourdain hasn’t lost appreciation for a self-aware moment in a far-off land.</p><p>His best travel memories as those when he is sitting with crew, “having a drink, looking out at the world and feeling pretty lucky about our situation,” he said.</p><p>“You know, when we get one of those moments where we’re all looking over the empty quarter at night and there’s a full moon in the desert ... that’s what makes it special.”</p><p>And, of course, he mentions the food. Anthony Bourdain has a reputation to uphold, after all.</p>
Categories: Travel

The case for raising the minimum wage keeps getting stronger

CNN News Feed - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 12:25
It's been too cold to campaign in frozen North Dakota. But as spring has crept across the state, an unusual ballot initiative is starting to emerge: One that would more than double the minimum wage, from $7.25 to $15 an hour by 2021.
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