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Vancouver criticized for boasting about low pay of its tech workers in Amazon HQ bid

Team Leader 18/02/2018

Vancouver officials are defending their decision to tout the bottom-barrel pay of the city’s tech workers in their bid to get online retailer Amazon to build a second headquarters on the West Coast, saying it was one of their “strongest economic arguments.” After the 50-page bid proposal was posted online last week, many local observers questioned why, in the midst of a housing affordability crisis, the city would boast that its tech workers have the… Vancouver criticized for boasting about low pay of its tech workers in Amazon HQ bid

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The race for these seats in Italy’s parliament is likely to run through Toronto

Team Leader 16/02/2018

Mario Cortellucci is a real estate magnate in Vaughan, Ont., part the Italian cultural centre north of Toronto. He makes prosciutto and raw milk cheese and owns so many Norval Morrisseau originals he’s considering opening a museum dedicated to the late Indigenous artist. In his office, three of the paintings are on the floor, propped up against a wall among other hallmarks of a seemingly full life: a model of a suburb he’s been working… The race for these seats in Italy’s parliament is likely to run through Toronto

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Donald Trump wants to turn the International Space Station into a commercial venture

Team Leader 12/02/2018

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration wants to turn the International Space Station into a kind of orbiting real estate venture run not by the government, but by private industry. The White House plans to stop funding for the station after 2024, ending direct federal support of the orbiting laboratory. But it does not intend to abandon the orbiting laboratory altogether, and is working on a transition plan that could turn the station over to the… Donald Trump wants to turn the International Space Station into a commercial venture

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Post-Bunga Bunga, Berlusconi makes comeback as ‘grandfather’ to the Italian nation

Team Leader 31/01/2018

Silvio Berlusconi checked the puffiness of the pillow on his seat as he settled in for another comfortable interview on another of the Italian television channels he owns. In the final silent seconds before the cameras started rolling, a mischievous gleam crossed his eyes as he used an Italian double entendre to recall that, back in his old television days, people used to have sex on the studio floor.   Yes, Berlusconi, 81, is back. Again.… Post-Bunga Bunga, Berlusconi makes comeback as ‘grandfather’ to the Italian nation

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Here’s a portfolio of dream properties cheaper than anything in Vancouver

Team Leader 30/01/2018

When this story goes to press, the absolute cheapest piece of real estate in the City of Vancouver is a $350,000 bachelor apartment. It’s 450 square feet, it’s in a meh neighbourhood, it doesn’t appear to come with a parking spot and the listing realtor didn’t even bother to post any photos. It’s easy to lose perspective on just how obscenely expensive Vancouver has become. Below, a round-the-world review of what else can be purchased… Here’s a portfolio of dream properties cheaper than anything in Vancouver

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Swept up in anti-corruption raids, Saudi Arabian prince released after being detained at hotel for three months

Team Leader 27/01/2018

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal was released on Saturday from the luxury hotel where he has been held since November, according to three of his associates, marking the end of a chapter in a wide-reaching anti-corruption probe that has been shrouded in secrecy and intrigue. The campaign, however, could still be far from over, with more arrests possible and aftershocks yet to materialize. The prince, 62, had been the most… Swept up in anti-corruption raids, Saudi Arabian prince released after being detained at hotel for three months

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So many Japanese people die alone, there’s an industry devoted to cleaning up after them

Team Leader 24/01/2018

KAWASAKI, Japan — There was a putrid smell emanating from the apartment. There was an obvious brown stain on the futon where the body had been. The futon, the clothes, the newspapers and horse-racing stubs were covered with maggots and flies. Still, if the man had died in the summer and rotted for months in the sweltering heat, instead of drying to a shrivel as winter approached, it could have been much worse. “I’d say… So many Japanese people die alone, there’s an industry devoted to cleaning up after them

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