Daily Archives: March 21, 2018

El Kalah Shriners in Utah Hosts Family Concert at Salt Lake Masonic Temple

El Kalah ShrinersSALT LAKE CITY, March 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — El Kalah Shriners is hosting the Sterling Singers for a family-friendly concert at the Salt Lake Masonic Temple on Saturday, March 24 at 7:30PM.
The Sterling Singers is a local Utah choir with over 30 members and have been performing…

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Trescon's World AI Show to Make its Debut in Dubai this April

DUBAI, UAE, March 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —
Dubai is set to host the first edition of World AI Show in the wake of the ‘Smart Dubai Govt’ initiative.
World AI Show organised by a global business events company Trescon, is gearing up for the launch of the first leg of the series in…

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c2a Offers Royalty Free Solution to Solve Fundamental Car Security Vulnerability

JERUSALEM, March 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —
Cyber 2 Automotive Security, (c2a) today announced that its patented Stamper technology, which protects the connected car from cyber threats, is now being made available to auto manufacturers and suppliers worldwide on a royalty free license ba…

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Microsoft adds 315 megawatts of new solar power in Virginia in largest corporate solar agreement in the United States

Microsoft company logo. (PRNewsFoto/Microsoft Corp.) (PRNewsfoto/Microsoft Corp.)REDMOND, Wash., March 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Microsoft Corp. announced on Wednesday the purchase of 315 MW of energy from Pleinmont I and II, two new solar projects in the commonwealth of Virginia. This represents the single largest corporate purchase of solar energy ever in the United…

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ATTOM Data Solutions Ranks Best Counties For Buying Single Family Rentals In 2018

ATTOM Data Solutions (PRNewsfoto/ATTOM Data Solutions)IRVINE, Calif., March 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — ATTOM Data Solutions, curator of the nation’s premier property database, today released its Q1 2018 Single Family Rental Market report, which ranks the best U.S. markets for buying single family rental properties in 2018.
The report…

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World's First Blockchain-Based Streaming Platform Play2Live Fundraised $30M Through the Token Sale

?p=captionVALETTA, Malta, March 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —
During the course of the campaign Play2Live achieved their hard-cap of sales, with a total supply of 1,308,800,000 LUC tokens, 62% of which were sold on the open market. Total funds raised – $30M. Earlier this year Play2Live (P2L) secured…

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ILIFE представила новый робот-пылесос V8s «2-в-1» с системой самонавигации

V8sШЭНЬЧЖЭНЬ (SHENZHEN), Китай, 22 марта 2018 г. /PRNewswire/ — В марте этого года ILIFE объявила об официальном выпуске робота-пылесоса ILIFE V8s «2-в-1» – новейшего пополнения в линейке V Series. Представляя новое решение для автоматического клининга «2-в-1», ILIFE V8s обеспечивает…

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Erneute Investition in zivile Bauprojekte in Brasilien lockt Aussteller und Besucher zur 24. Feicon Batimat

SÃO PAULO, 22. März 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Mit der Aussicht einer Steigerung des Einzelhandelsmarktes für Baumaterialien in Brasilien von 8,5 % (Daten der Anamaco (Association Nacional dos Comerciantes de Material de Construcao) zufolge, des nationalen Verbandes der Händler von…

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Western Gas To Present At Upcoming Scotia Howard Weil Conference

Western Gas Partners (PRNewsFoto/Western Gas Partners, LP) (PRNewsFoto/Western Gas Partners, LP)HOUSTON, March 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Western Gas Partners, LP (NYSE:WES) and Western Gas Equity Partners, LP (NYSE:WGP) today announced that Benjamin Fink, President and CEO, will present at the 2018 Scotia Howard Weil Energy Conference, in New Orleans, on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at…

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Ozzy Osbourne Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against AEG

Ozzy Osbourne has filed an antitrust lawsuit against venue owner and concert promoter Anschutz Entertainment Group, Inc. (AEG) for a policy that allegedly requires that acts booked at London’s O2 Arena must also perform as part of the same tour cycle at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. Both venues are owned by AEG.

The lawsuit accuses AEG of “anticompetitive conduct – specifically, tying – by Anschutz Entertainment Group, Inc. (“AEG”) and certain subsidiary and affiliate entities.” Specifically, the complaint refers to a “Staples Center Commitment,” where “AEG requires that artists and musicians cannot play London’s most essential large concert venue – the O2 Arena (“O2”) – unless they agree to play the Staples Center (“Staples”) during the part of their tours that takes place in Los Angeles.”

According to the suit, earlier this year Osbourne’s UK promoter Live Nation requested to book a date at O2 in February 2019 for the singer’s final tour, dubbed No More Tours 2. “AEG said it was available – but only on the condition that Ozzy be bound by the Staples Center Commitment,” the suit states. “Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy’s wife and business manager, publicly complained about having to sign the Staples Center Commitment, but AEG would not relent.”

Last month, Sharon Osbourne accused AEG Presents Chairman and CEO Jay Marciano of trying to “strong-arm an artist into playing a venue they’re not comfortable performing in” in an email, which is included in the complaint. Marciano responded that the “dispute is between The Forum and Staples Center,” according to the complaint. As Billboard reports, the tying of O2 and Staples Center bookings was reportedly in response to a similar alleged tying of Madison Square Garden and The Forum bookings. Live Nation UK chairman Denis Desmond filed a complaint last year against AEG with the Competition and Marketing Authority (CMA), “arguing they violated British competition and anti-trust laws,” according to Billboard. However, CMA said that because the dispute began in Los Angeles, it should be argued in California.

Despite Sharon Osbourne’s objections, the new suit claims that Ozzy Osbourne had “no choice at all” but to sign the Staples Center Commitment. “For a major artist such as Ozzy, there is simply no substitute for the O2 Arena when booking the London leg of an international tour.”

The suit also claims “AEG is a clear monopolist in the market for arena-sized venues in greater London – indeed through management contracts it also controls a number of other large venues in greater London in addition to the O2.” Whereas, the suit states, Los Angeles offers more venue choices and competition. “Artists touring in Los Angeles have therefore been able to enjoy the benefits of competition between Staples and the Forum.” The Forum reopened in Inglewood in 2014.

“This suit is without merit and we will vigorously fight it. We welcome a closer look at the global live entertainment market and, specifically, our practices and the practices of our competition,” Jay Marciano, AEG Presents Chairman and CEO, said in a statement to Rolling Stone. “AEG has always worked hard to put artists first. At the same time, we must respond to the actions of those we compete with, specifically Live Nation and Madison Square Garden. Fighting for a level playing field is fair competition at its core.”

Osbourne is seeking class action status for “similarly situated artists” to potentially join as plaintiffs. The lawsuit seeks to “prohibit AEG from enforcing the Staples Center Commitment, an unlawful tying arrangement that unfairly leverages AEG’s dominance in greater London to distort and deter competition in greater Los Angeles. The harm to competition from the Staples Center Commitment is profound, immediate and irreparable – and must be enjoined.”

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