Advertisement Quebec’s political parties formed a common front on Tuesday to demand companies such as Netflix pay provincial sales tax. (Matt Rourke/Associated Press) Another price hike is on the way for Netflix subscribers in Canada as competition heats up among the biggest streaming video services.The company behind Narcos and Orange Is the New Black is introducing its biggest price increase yet for both new subscribers and current members.The basic Netflix Canada plan — which does not offer ultra high-definition 4K video and allows streaming on one device at a time — rises a dollar to $9.99 a month. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Netflix’s standard plan will now cost $3 more — or $13.99 a month — to watch content on two devices at the same time.Premium plan subscribers pay $3 more — or $16.99 a month — to watch TV shows and movies on four devices at the same time and in HD and ultra HD video.Netflix says the higher prices are effective immediately for new subscribers, while existing users will be notified by email before their bills rise in the coming weeks.The company increased prices for most plans by a dollar about a year and a half ago.Helps fund new series, filmsNetflix says the move will help fund upcoming TV series and films as well as overall improvements to the Netflix platform.But the company also faces intense competition next year as the number of streaming platforms in the Canadian marketplace with attractive offerings grows.Earlier this month, Bell Media introduced a higher tier of its Crave streaming service that includes a selection of recent Hollywood movies and new HBO programs. The package, dubbed Crave+, costs about $20 per month. Advertisement Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Next year, Disney jumps into the market with its own streaming platform. Disney+ is expected to be stocked with movies and original series like a prequel to Star Wars: Rogue One and a Marvel superhero show based on the character Loki from Thor and The Avengers.Other platforms could make headway, too, including a new service operated by Criterion that specializes in classic films, and CBS All Access, which is beefing up its library of original shows that include Tell Me A Story and Strange Angel.Analyst Jeffrey Wlodarczak of New York-based Pivotal Research Group says the last Netflix price increase in the United States didn’t lead to an appreciable loss of subscribers, but “I would not be surprised to see some churn out of the gate in Canada, given the per cent increase on the standard service.”“However, given the still very low cost of the service and the lack of real alternatives, I would expect NFLX to eventually see most of those that churn return,” Wlodarczak said in an email.
Darjeeling: It might not be the picture post card white Christmas that Darjeeling once upon a time could boast of but the Queen of Hills has reason enough to cheer.Tourists have started flocking back to Darjeeling to enjoy the festivities. Chowrasta, the nerve center of the Hill town, is a bee hive of activity with the return of tourists. “Though Darjeeling has changed a great deal and the Raj effect has worn off considerably it has still its own charm and we love to spend Christmas here,” stated Tanmoy Chakroborty, Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifea tourist from Kolkata. Most of the Hotels in Darjeeling are booked till the first week of January 2019. Noreen Dunne, former teacher of the St. Joseph’s College fondly reminisced: “Back in the days when we were kids, Christmas was all about goodies. But the specialty of our family was that all the Christmas goodies were prepared at home. We used mix the cake in huge containers wearing rubber boots, the container generally being placed in between our legs and we vigorously mixed the ingredients with spatulas. As we didn’t have an oven big enough, Ghuramiya (the oldest confectioner in town) used to bake it for us. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThen, there was home made cold meat to which my father used to add his special seasoning and my mother’s famous short bread. We used to go for Carol singing and the special midnight mass. My sister used to hang long stockings that used to be stuffed with presents.” The true flavour of Darjeeling Christmas is still preserved by Glenary’s — one of the oldest eateries in town. Glenary’s which opened in 1938 was then called Pliva’s after the owners — the Pliva family. After the Plivas left for England, A T Edward, who was the then Manager, bought the confectionery and rechristened it the Glenary’s. Ajoy Edward, the grandson of Late AT Edward, stated: “Christmas means good food and good wine.” From the British days till date, Glenary’s has been laying out a sumptuous buffet on Christmas eve and Christmas.The Christmas spread consists of continental dishes like roasted pork, roasted chicken, gratin, mince pies and plum puddings.The confectionery is packed with Christmas goodies — the Plum Cake with white icing, the Noel Cake, Mince pies and puddings. The fruits used in the Christmas cakes are marinated for two months in liquor. Recipes are still traditional. Christmas decoration, the crackling fireplace and the waiters wearing bright red Christmas hats conjure up the perfect Christmas. “We have carol singing groups and live bands singing Christmas numbers to add to the old world charm” added Ajoy. The Windamere Hotel in Darjeeling is also a seat of traditional Christmas celebrations. The visitors get a treat of overseas entertainers, Carol singers and a great Christmas spread.
Kolkata: With the highly anticipated Lok Sabha elections drawing closer, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee is likely to attend a United India rally at Visakhapatnam on Sunday.Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telegu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu has invited Banerjee to address the rally. National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal are expected to address the gathering as well. Banerjee is likely to address a political rally at Dhubri in Assam in support of the Trinamool Congress candidate on April 5. She is likely to publish the party’s election manifesto on Wednesday. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt has been learnt that the manifesto will be divided into two halves. The first part contains the development work carried out in Bengal in the past eight years, while the second part contains the failures of the Narendra Modi government in the past five years. It was Mamata Banerjee who had initiated the move to set up the United India front to oust Narendra Modi. On January 19, the historic United India rally was held in Kolkata, where leaders of 21 political parties took part. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe rally was addressed by political veterans like Sharad Pawar, Farooq Abdullah, former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda, and Mallikarjun Kharge. There were youngsters like Akhilesh Yadav, Tejashwi Yadav and Hardik Patel in the rally as well. M K Stalin had also addressed the rally. Banerjee was the first political leader to criticise the banning of high value notes announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8, 2016. Within half-an-hour of the demonetisation being announced, she had said that it would stall the development of the country and affect the common man badly. Over the years, economists of both national and international acclaim had pointed out the disaster which had hit the Indian economy due to the decision of the Narendra Modi government. One after the other, Banerjee has highlighted the shortcomings of the BJP government. Over 12,000 farmers have committed suicide, hasty implementation of GST has affected the industrialists and traders badly and Modi’s statement that Rs 15 lakh would be deposited in the bank accounts of every Indian, has not come true. Banerjee has spoken about the importance of the regional parties and emphasised that in order to save the Indian Constitution, the regional parties should be strengthened. Political experts said that Banerjee’s presence at the rally would increase the strength of the United Front. In the 2014 election, BJP had bagged three seats in Andhra Pradesh but experts feel that the party has a slim chance of retaining them in 2019.
Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » This story appears in the June 2013 issue of . Subscribe » Michael Jacobs traveled to Bangalore, India, in the summer of 2012 to participate in a study-abroad program through the Eller College of Management at The University of Arizona. As part of his program, he attended networking events and toured local businesses. A senior in business management, Jacobs hoped to maintain the relationships he formed, but when attempting to connect online with the people he had met, he encountered a problem.”I couldn’t spell their names, and that made it impossible to find them on social networks,” he recalls. While working toward their target of 100,000 downloads, the partners are exploring several revenue models, including accepting ads and offering a premium version of the app.”Michael and Hector have been quick to embrace the notion that it’s not just about a cool idea as much as having the ability to focus on doing the work to make it viable,” explains Jane E. Robbins, senior lecturer with the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Arizona.Since launching SociaLink, the team has added a new function that allows users to connect via e-mail with those who don’t have the app. Jacobs and Rosales are hoping to raise $10,000 to upgrade the app, introduce an Android version and increase their marketing efforts.”It has changed the way we’re networking, and we want to spread that message to the world,” Rosales says.”We’re letting our passion guide us to push the product out and make it the best networking resource available.” Jacobs expressed his frustration to another student in his program, finance and economics major Hector Rosales. The pair came up with the idea for SociaLink, an app that uses Bluetooth for instant, in-person connections on multiple social networks simultaneously.Users connect SociaLink to their accounts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Tumblr. Making connections with another SociaLink user requires hitting the”connect” button and waiting for the other user to accept, linking multiple social networks with that one invitation.Even though they had the idea, Jacobs and Rosales needed help developing their app.”We decided to use the resources around us to our advantage,” Jacobs says. With three weeks to go on their program, the pair interviewed 15 app developers in Bangalore and hired one, paying the $5,000 fee with funds raised through their families.Leading up to the release of the free iPhone app in January, Jacobs and Rosales worked frantically to spread the word about SociaLink. Within two months of its release, the app hit 2,000 downloads. June 30, 2013 3 min read Relationship experts: SociaLink’s Michael Jacobs (left) and Hector Rosales. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals