The Competition Bureau, an independent Canadian law enforcement agency that makes sure businesses operate in a fair and competitive manner, is suing Ticketmaster over the company’s deceptive ticket prices.CBC News reports that an investigation by the agency found the ticketing powerhouse’s advertised prices to be misleading, since consumers usually ended up paying more in additional fees. The Competition Bureau called the practice “drip pricing” and noted that fees often pushed the cost of tickets to 20% more than the advertised price. The agency even reported cases in which additional fees increased the price of tickets by as much as 65%.As a result of its investigation, the Competition Bureau decided to file an application for Canada’s Competition Tribunal to force Ticketmaster to end the deceptive practice and pay a fine. The move comes six months after the agency called on ticket vendors to advertise the actual price of tickets upfront.“In July, we called on ticket vendors to review their marketing practices. Today, we are filing an application with the [Competition] Tribunal to stop Ticketmaster from making deceptive claims to consumers.” Commissioner of Competition John Pecman said in a statement. “Together, these actions send a strong signal to online retailers: consumers must have confidence that advertised prices are the ones they will pay.”According to CBC News, Ticketmaster told the publication it “remains committed to getting tickets into the hands of fans and has long practiced transparency to enable informed purchasing decisions.”This is far from the first time the concert and sports ticketing giant has been targeted with legal suits regarding its exorbitant fees. As part of the settlement of a Spring of 2016 class action lawsuit in the U.S., the company was forced to issue vouchers for free tickets to anyone who ordered tickets between October 21, 1999 and February 27, 2013. However, the settlement was met with predominantly negative response, as the available shows were highly limited and spots quickly sold out with many left holding vouchers they could no longer use.[via CBC News]
The documentary ”Legend from the South” (Legenda sa juga) about Dževad Begić Đilda, founder of the fans group of FC ‘‘Željezničar’’ named ”The Maniacs” (Manijaci) is available on YouTube.The documentary was shown at this year’s Sarajevo Film Festival, and speaks of an open, honest and pure love for the club and football, the love for life.Begić died defending Sarajevo in July 1992.
Submitted by Thurston County Emergency ManagementAs more rain fell in Thurston County Tuesday, more roads were added to a growing list of closures for water over the roadways. A mudslide on Prather Road SW has also lead to road closures.New closures on Wednesday, Feb. 19:Tilley Road S at the “S curves” south of Wright Road SEPrather Road SW between Lundeen Road SW and Michigan Hill Road SW due to a mudslide at Grunenfelder Road SWContinued closures from Tuesday, Feb. 18:Independence Road SW between Marble Street SW and Michigan Hill Road SWMoon Road SW at 188th Avenue SWGravel portion of Anderson Road SW north of State Route 12 “More rain is forecasted for the area off and on through Friday, and more road flooding is a possibility, so drivers should avoid all flooded roads, even if they don’t see any road closed signs,” says Thurston County Emergency Manager Kathy Estes.Reminding motorists that drowning is the number one cause of flood deaths, Estes lists the following driver safety rules:• Don’t drive on flooded roads. As little as 18 inches of water can float a small car.• Don’t drive around road barriers. The road or bridge may be washed out.• If your vehicle stalls in high water, abandon it immediately and climb to higher ground.• Don’t walk through flowing water. Six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet.• Tell a friend or relative when you leave home and where you’re going.Flood Preparedness Tips and Resources:Sign up for Thurston County Emergency Management’s Telephone Alert System for river flooding. You can also follow Thurston County Emergency Management on Facebook and Twitter.o Telephone Alert System sign-up: www.co.thurston.wa.us/em/flood/teleAlert.htmo TCEM on Facebook: ThurstonEMo TCEM on Twitter: @ThurstonEMDownload a copy of the Fall 2013 Thurston County Flood Bulletin that includes kit checklists, evacuation tips, contact numbers for government agencies and utilities, and more at http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/em/docs/FloodBulletin2013.pdf. Facebook29Tweet0Pin0 Get flood information and links, including river gage graphs and sandbagging information, on the Thurston County Emergency Management Flood Information & Assistance webpage at http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/em/Flood/FloodInfo.htm.