Spotify’s India launch and the crucial legal battle on music copyright – SpicyIP

By Divij Joshi It’s the one we’ve all been waiting for. Spotify, the Swedish music-streaming service, finally launched in India after months of speculation as to when and how the service would reach Indian consumers. Yet, an as yet unknown number of works in Spotify’s catalogue are in a precarious... ...
Tags: Travel, Spotify, Music, News, Internet, India, Streaming, Copyright Act, SpicyIP, Divij Joshi, Compulsory Licensing

Scone Memories

  A Throw Back to 2009... Since I am travelling to Ireland today I thought I would repost something 'Irish'... Scones!   School holidays are happening as I type. French Husband and Sacha went skiing. Chelsea came home with more books, binders, and notepads than laundry. She has finals and nothing else matters more than intense studies right now. My broken rib, lack of skiing skills, a daughter who needs a devoted mother to feed her, and my love of silence allowed me the avenue to stay home. I am...
Tags: Travel, France, Ireland, Chelsea, Sacha, French la Vie, Mary Kate Allison

Time Shifts and Hollywood

One of the stupid things about life is Daylight Savings. And we got to experience it on this trip. Fortunately for us we got to experience it during the first weekend of Spring Break instead of the last so our bodies get a whole week to acclimatize to th
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Leaving Russia. Hello Mongolia

R Once onboard we got a good nights sleep. We were in a very similar cabin to the one before with the same configuration of beds and once again no compartment buddies. This train is a daily shuttle service across the border and into Mongolia. As such th
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IHG Rewards Club Here There Everywhere Sale 2019 — Save Up to 35 Percent in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Papau New Guinea and Vanuatu

You can save up to 35 percent off of the room rate when you stay at your choice of 51 participating hotel and resort properties across Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea through Sunday, June 30, 2019... ...but you must... The post IHG Rewards Club Here There Everywhere Sale 2019 — Save Up to 35 Percent in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Papau New Guinea and Vanuatu appeared first on The Gate.
Tags: Travel, Deals, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Promotions, Ihg Rewards Club, Hotels And Lodging, Discounts And Coupons, Loyalty Programs, Australia New Zealand Japan Papau New Guinea, Australia New Zealand Japan Vanuatu

KY eats – Teck Huat Bak Kut Teh, Bandar Baru Klang

Realized it’s been a while since I last posted anything in Klang Valley, I suppose it’s appropriate to get back on talking about my favorite dish – bak kut teh. This is in fact the 60th such post on this blog, yeap, a bit much perhaps, but someone’s gotta do the job. Teck Huat Bak Kut Teh, Bandar Baru Klang Teck Huat bak kut teh is located at Bandar Baru Klang, a stone’s throw away from Aeon Bukit Raja, and less than a couple minutes away from NKVE toll. If the name rings a bell, it is becau...
Tags: Travel, Klang Valley, Teck, Teck Teh, Teck Seong, NKVE, Bandar Baru Klang, Teck Huat Bak Kut Teh Bandar Baru Klang, Teck Huat Bak Kut Teh Bandar Baru Klang Teck Huat, Aeon Bukit Raja, Teck Huat, Teck Seong Teck Huat, Jalan Tiara

MUJI X Sensible 4’s Self-Driving Bus premiered in Finland. We got a chance to sit in it!

It’s only natural that the world’s first fully autonomous self-driving bus would come out of Finland. Finland, believe it or not, is often considered to be the ‘Silicon Country’ that gave the world Nokia and pretty much set the very blueprint for mobile communications. Nokia was founded in Finland, and for over two grand decades before Apple launched the iPhone, Nokia was the standard to beat. In fact, there’s a high likelihood that your first phone was a Nokia (I know mine was). Post-2010 whe...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Transportation, Japan, Design, Technology, News, Microsoft, Nokia, Automotive, Finland, Popular, Editorial, Helsinki, Product Design, Muji

Most popular travel destinations

Whether you’re trying to join the crowds on holiday, get away from them, or just find inspiration for your next vacation, it can be helpful to know where other tourists are traveling. Get Going travel insurance has conducted an in-depth study on tourism around the world. This includes the countries whose citizens travel the most, their favorite destinations, and nations with the largest tourist to resident ratio. Photo: Get Going Photo: Get Going It’s probably not too shocking to learn t...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, China, Germany, US, Canada, Macau, Andorra, All, Canada Canada, Travel Infographic, Popular Destinations, Top Destinations, Top Traveling Countries, UK Cuba

Best scenic day trips near Beijing

Beijing can be an overwhelming city to visit. Covering nearly 6,500 square miles, it’s huge, teeming with activity, and full of both historical sites and ultra-modern buildings. It also has more than 20 million people and an air quality rating that often necessitates a facemask just to walk outside. If you find yourself here and need to escape for a breath of fresh air, two immediate options present themselves: You could buy a bottle of imported Canadian air or escape to a nearby outdoor geta...
Tags: Travel, Bali, China, Beijing, All, China Travel, Baoding, Taihang, Fragrant Hills, Shidu, Beijing Day Trips, Beijing Travel, Nature Near Beijing, XiangShan Park, Zcool Shutterstock XiangShan Park, Spectacles Lake

Things to do in Flensburg, Germany

The northern border of the Schleswig region of Germany cuts right around the small city of Flensburg, known best as the final seat of Nazi Germany for a full week following Hitler’s death until the surrender of German forces in 1945. These days, many Danish people call Flensburg their home despite the city not being part of Denmark since 1864. Even though Flensburg chose to remain part of Germany when given the option, Danes and Germans living in the area have an extremely amicable relationsh...
Tags: All, Border Cities, Danish Culture, Danish-german Border, Flensburg, Flensburg Travel, German Culture

A new writing project - Secret Diary of an Uber Driver

Lately, I have been using this app called Headspace to meditate and get sleep. While meditation is a guided "lesson" in one or more disciplines of life, sleep is where I listen to bedtime stories that have soothing voiceovers, ambient noises that humans like when they sleep and calming non-commital stories. You know how those old nannies would sing a lullaby? You know soft kitty, warm kitty? That!So, one of the sleep stories on Headspace is a mid-night scene from a Laundromat. In that, its the s...
Tags: Travel, Uber, Sleep, Writing, Project, Headspace, Forrest, Lem, Sdud

A quick glance at Sri Lanka's cultural capital

When you're on a tight schedule and you want to pack in your itinerary as many places to see as you can you do need to try to save some time on travel at least. That obviously can have a bit of an impact on your wallet. And so it did this time. We didn't
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Best places to stand-up paddle board

Stand-up paddle boarding , or SUPing as it’s colloquially known, has taken the world by storm since it was first made popular by the surfing gods of Hawaii. It seems like everyone who spends time near the water, be that on a river, lake, or ocean, is heading out with a heavy board under their arm and a long paddle in hand. SUPing vacations are now very on-trend. However, for a little more than just paddling on that upcoming SUP holiday — like savoring snow-capped mountain vistas, sampling exce...
Tags: Travel, California, Spain, Thailand, Unesco, Hawaii, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Portugal, Norway, North America, Lake Tahoe, Porto, Mauritius, Caribbean, Sup

Flight Review: El Al Business Class (787-9) From New York to Tel Aviv

I have long been fascinated by El Al. Since they became a Qantas codeshare partner in 2017, I have wanted to experience the Israeli national airline. Long had I heard that El Al’s long-haul staples – the trusty Boeing 777-200ER – were not as fresh and comfortable as rivals flying on similar routes. But when El Al took delivery of their first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in 2017, I was set determined to experience their long-haul product. It only took me two-years! (NB: This photo taken of similar p...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Hong Kong, Europe, Business, Usa, New York, Instagram, Scotland, New York City, Israel, US, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Flying, New Jersey

Priority Pass Testing Expedited Security and Immigration Plus a Really Cool Landing Shot

A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading Priority Pass Testing Expedited Security and Immigration Plus a Really Cool Landing Shot...
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A slightly odd, elderly lady in old Tokyo

Despite living in the west of Tokyo, it’s the city’s eastern neighbourhoods that really fascinate me. They are older, more traditional areas that hark back to a different era, a different way of life, and in many ways, a very different Tokyo indeed.
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New Harry Potter ride at Universal

Harry Potter fans have yet another reason to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Universal Orlando Resort. A new Hagrid-themed attraction is opening on June 13, and Universal is calling it “the most highly themed, immersive coaster experience yet.” Those are some pretty high expectations, but all signs point to the ride meeting them. Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is equipped with seats that look like Sirius/Hagrid’s magical motorbike and its sidecar. They are de...
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The proper way to drink Guinness

The Guinness brewery opened in Dublin, Ireland, in 1759. Since then, it’s become one of the most ubiquitous beers worldwide. With that popularity and ease of access comes a lot of mythology. We determined fact from fiction with studies and the help of Heather McReynolds, a social media correspondent with Guinness. She’s spent 10 years in the beer industry, from head brewer at The Cannon Brew Pub in Columbus, Georgia, to brewing manager at Sixpoint Brewing in Brooklyn, New York, to her current...
Tags: Travel, England, United States, Ireland, Npr, Dublin, Guinness, All, Lee, Brooklyn New York, DUBLIN Ireland, William Lee, University of Huddersfield, Columbus Georgia, McReynolds, Sixpoint Brewing

Mullum2Bruns Paddle 2019: Early bird registration until April 15

Sunday 26 may 2019 Early bird registration until 15 April The Mullum2Bruns Paddle is an annual event held on the Brunswick River, starting at Heritage Park, Mullumbimby and ending at the Terrace Park in Brunswick Heads, a distance of around 10km. There is something for everyone: Challenges: Competitive events, drawing top athletes from all over Australia, with valuable prizes to be won Fun Paddle: Bring along any non-motorised craft that floats and have some fun with family and friend...
Tags: Travel, News, Australia, Culture, Festivals & Events, Brunswick, Byron Bay, Terrace Park, Brunswick River, Heritage Park Mullumbimby

Crude at Four-Month High as OPEC Signals Commitment to Cuts - Bloomberg

Crude at Four-Month High as OPEC Signals Commitment to Cuts - Bloomberg:Crude closed higher for a fourth straight day in New York ahead of a weekend meeting where the world’s top exporters will discuss whether to extend supply cuts.U.S. benchmark oil climbed 0.6 percent on Thursday, settling at a four-month high. Ahead of a meeting in Azerbaijan, the OPEC secretariat urged producers to continue efforts to prevent a surplus this year. Ministers from the coalition’s two central players, Russia and...
Tags: Travel, New York, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Kingdom, Opec, Bloomberg, Azerbaijan, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, John Kilduff, Again Capital LLC

#Dubai's IMG Said to Weigh Sale of Largest Indoor Theme Park - Bloomberg

Dubai's IMG Said to Weigh Sale of Largest Indoor Theme Park - Bloomberg:The owner of the world’s largest indoor theme park in Dubai is exploring options for the business, including a possible sale, according to people familiar with the matter.Ilyas & Mustafa Galadari Group, known as IMG, is considering selling part or all of its IMG Worlds of Adventure theme park after struggling to restructure a 1.2 billion-dirham ($327 million) loan, the people said, asking not to be identified because the pla...
Tags: Travel, Bloomberg, Dubai, IMG, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Ilyas Mustafa Galadari Group, Leonard Otto

Etihad Woes Deepen as Losses Reach $4.8 Billion in Three Years - Bloomberg

Etihad Woes Deepen as Losses Reach $4.8 Billion in Three Years - Bloomberg:Etihad Airways posted a loss of $1.28 billion in 2018, extending the deficit over three years to $4.8 billion, as the Gulf carrier pushes ahead with a cost-cutting plan to stabilize the balance sheet.The Abu Dhabi company, which has abandoned an attempt to build a global network of airline investments after a string of failures, canceled a further nine unprofitable routes last year, it said in an emailed statement Thursda...
Tags: Travel, Bloomberg, Airbus, Abu Dhabi, Etihad, Gulf, Etihad Airways, Boeing Co, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Tony Douglas

Goldman Blacklisted in #AbuDhabi in Fresh Blow From 1MDB Scandal - Bloomberg

Goldman Blacklisted in Abu Dhabi in Fresh Blow From 1MDB Scandal - Bloomberg:An Abu Dhabi-controlled investment fund has halted new business with Goldman Sachs Group Inc., adding to the growing fallout for the U.S. bank from its role in the 1MDB corruption scandal."We have suspended any activities with Goldman Sachs pending outcome of our existing litigation," Brian Lott, a spokesman for Mubadala Investment, said in a statement. "The only exceptions are engagements signed prior to the litigation...
Tags: Travel, New York, Bloomberg, Goldman Sachs, Abu Dhabi, Goldman Sachs Group Inc, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Mubadala, Abudhabi, Aabar Investments, International Petroleum Investment Co, Mubadala Investment, Brian Lott, Goldman Blacklisted

Al Khodari's shareholders approve capital restructuring, struggling company's shares surge | ZAWYA MENA Edition

:Shareholders of Saudi Arabia’s Abdullah Abdul Mohsin Al Khodari Sons Company (Al Khodari) approved a capital restructuring, which could help the company to move away from the harsh times it has gone through the last couple of years.Al Khodari announced to the exchange on Thursday that its shareholders had approved a capital restructuring at an emergency general meeting held to deal with the company's losses. In a note to the exchange last month, the company said its accumulated losses had reach...
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Fearing new oil glut, OPEC builds case for keeping supply cuts | Reuters

Fearing new oil glut, OPEC builds case for keeping supply cuts | Reuters:OPEC on Thursday cut the forecast of global demand for its oil this year as rivals boost production, building a case for extending supply curbs beyond June to stop any new glut.Continued supply reductions would further support oil prices, which are up about 25 percent this year at $68 a barrel, and incur the wrath of U.S. President Donald Trump, who has demanded OPEC ease its efforts to bolster the market.In a monthly repor...
Tags: Travel, Opec, Donald Trump, Reuters, Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, Rupert Neil Bumfrey

MIDEAST STOCKS- #AbuDhabi hits multi-year peak, blue-chip banks lift #Qatar | Reuters

MIDEAST STOCKS-Abu Dhabi hits multi-year peak, blue-chip banks lift Qatar | Reuters:The Abu Dhabi stock market climbed sharply on Thursday for its biggest one-day gain in nearly three years while Qatar was lifted by its blue-chip banks to its best day in seven months.The Abu Dhabi index rose 3.7 percent. First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB), the United Arab Emirates' biggest bank, surged 6.5 percent and Emirates Telecommunications added 5.2 percent.With FTSE and S&P index rebalancing ataking place across ...
Tags: Travel, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, Mena, Reuters, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Mohamad Al Hajj, First Abu Dhabi Bank, First Abu Dhabi, Emirates Telecommunications

When is an Airplane (ie B737 MAX) Too Dangerous to Fly?

Remains of the Ethiopian Airlines B737 MAX 8, in the crater caused by its crash. This question, very similar to “how high is up” has been much in people’s thoughts this week with the Boeing 737 MAX and its two recent crashes.In an interesting duality that reflects how public debate has not flourished in the social media era, there was first a clamor of people demanding all 737 MAX planes be grounded, and then, as each successive national authority duly did so, even more pressure was felt by the ...
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The Strange Benefit Hyatt is Giving Top Elites That They Cannot Use

Hyatt has started offering different benefits or state levels every 10 nights stayed instead of attaching benefits to qualifying for elite status. Club lounge access awards are given after 20 and 30 nights stayed to all members. That means top tier Globalists earn them even though club lounge access is a benefit of Globalist status. Continue reading The Strange Benefit Hyatt is Giving Top Elites That They Cannot Use...
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JFK assassination tour of Dallas

Whether you’re a history buff or a conspiracy theorist, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy has fascinated Americans for decades. During a presidential motorcade on November 22, 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald (allegedly) fired the shot that killed JFK as he rode through Dallas’s Dealey Plaza. The ensuing controversy surrounding the shooter’s identity and motive, as well as the political repercussions, have made the tragedy one of the most widely recognized and debated in US history. Altho...
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