Cineplex Popcorn on Uber Eats? It Doesn’t Get ‘Butter’ Than This!

Food

Delivery Service Now Available Through 60 Theatres Across Canada

Free Cineplex Store Movie Rental with All Orders Tomorrow Through Monday

 

Cineplex, a leading entertainment and media company, today announced an expanded partnership with Uber Eats that will bring its famous popcorn and other popular concession items and combos to the doorsteps of Canadians across the country. Whether it is date night, an evening in with friends, or a mid-week treat, movie-lovers can now bring the Cineplex experience home with the help of Uber Eats.

Starting today, popular concession items – including popcorn, candy, soft drinks, hot dogs and nachos – are available for delivery through 60 Cineplex theatres in communities across British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec.

“Cineplex has a long history of investing in innovation and today we are extending that approach beyond the walls of our theatres and into our guests’ living rooms,” said Ellis Jacob, President and CEO, Cineplex. “Following a very successful pilot program in eastern and southern Ontario earlier in the year, we are so pleased to officially expand our partnership with Uber Eats to bring a special part of the movie-going experience into Canadian homes.”

In addition to individual concession items, movie-lovers can also choose from a variety of convenient, pre-bundled combos available at the touch of a button. By far the most popular menu item during the pilot, the ‘Cineplex Movie Night In Combo’ is exclusive to Uber Eats and provides movie-lovers with a free Cineplex Store HD movie rental, as well as two medium popcorns, two medium candies and two medium drinks for $28.99. It’s a pretty sweet (and savoury) deal.

To celebrate the partnership, Cineplex is offering movie-lovers in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario a free Cineplex Store HD movie rental with all Uber Eats orders from June 29-July 2, 2018. The Cineplex Store is your at home or on the go digital movie watching destination with thousands of digital new releases and catalog titles from major Hollywood, Canadian and International studios. Visit www.Cineplex.com/UberEats for more information on delivery zones and promotion details. To find out which Cineplex theatres offer delivery through Uber Eats, simply download the Uber Eats app and enter the name of your city.

Words Worth Less Than Ever, According to New ALCS Research

Books and Publishing, Business, Press Releases

New ALCS research finds working writers earnings continue to decline sharply, and exposes growing gender gap.

 

The earnings of writers in the UK continue to fall, new research commissioned by the Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society (ALCS) reveals. The median earnings of professional writers – that is those who dedicate over half their working hours to writing – has fallen by 42% in real terms since 2005 and by 15% since 2013.

The ALCS research, Authors’ Earnings 2018: A survey of UK writers, found that the median annual income of a professional writer now stands at under £10,500. In 2017 the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Minimum Income Standard (MIS), the income level considered to be a socially acceptable standard of living for a single person, was £17,900.

Earnings well below minimum wage

The current minimum wage in the UK for those over 25 is £7.83. Based on a standard 35 hour week, the median hourly earnings of a professional writer are just £5.73.

At £3,000 a year, the typical median earnings of “all writers” – which includes occasional and part-time writers in addition to professional writers as defined above – are also declining steeply, falling in real terms by 49% since 2005 and 33% since 2013.

Steep decline in full-time writers since 2005

In 2005, 40% of professional writers earned their income solely from writing. In 2017, that figure had fallen to 13.7%. This reflects the fact that due to their declining earnings, the majority of professional writers now need to have “portfolio” careers, supplementing their writing income with other activities such as teaching. Whilst the incomes of all writers continue to fall, the creative industries in the UK – now valued at £92 billion – are growing at twice the rate of the UK economy as a whole, calling urgently into question the extent to which writers’ significant contribution to those industries is properly valued.

Growing gender gap

Troublingly the latest ALCS research has also revealed a growing gender gap, with the average earnings of female professional authors only around 75% of those of the average male professional writer down from 78% in 2005.

Over 5,500 writers working in a wide range of fields responded to the ALCS survey which was carried out by CREATe; that is more than double the number of respondents who participated in ALCS’s previous research into author earnings in 2013, and a higher number than the combined total of those who participated in 2005 and 2013. More detailed findings from the research will be published later in 2018.

Commenting on the findings of the latest ALCS research Tony Bradman, children’s writer and chair of the ALCS Board, said:

“The results of this third ALCS survey into author earnings confirm what most writers know only too well – that incomes continue to decline, and that it is harder than ever to make a living as a professional writer. Given the enormous contribution that the work of UK writers makes to the success of our world-leading creative industries, the ALCS research calls starkly into question the extent to which we value that work. Without writers, our country and our culture would be poorer in every imaginable way and so we must ensure that we give writers as favourable an environment in which to make a living as possible”.

Editor’s Notes

All types of writer were invited to take part in the latest ALCS research to help paint an accurate picture of how authors really earn their money from writing today. 5,523 writers responded.
“Professional writers” are those who dedicate over half their time to writing.
“All writers” are a wider group where the time they spend writing is not taken into account, so this group may include occasional and part-time writers.
55% of the respondents were men, 44% were women, and 1% preferred not to state their gender.
19% of respondents were aged 44 or under, 48% were aged between 45-64, and 34% were aged 65 or over.
ALCS has commissioned two previous independent surveys into the earnings of writers reported in: What Are Words Worth? in 2007 and What Are Words Worth Now? in 2014.

Google and Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Collaborate to Bring Evidence-Based Resources, Actionable Support to Parents and Families

Society, World

Google Has Helped More Than 4 Million Families Find Help at Drugfree.org

 

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, the leading nonprofit that supports families whose son or daughter is struggling with substance use, has expanded its partnership with Google to ensure that parents can find and have access to evidence-based resources to address a substance use disorder within their families.

This spring, Google announced a matching gift campaign to boost the Partnership’s Parent Helpline, which provides families with expert guidance and personalized help when struggling with the challenges of their child’s substance use. Families connect to the Partnership by phone at 855-DRUGFREE, through live chat services, text, email, and Facebook Messenger, as well as through its one-on-one parent coaching network.

So far, this campaign has driven $1,000,000 – and counting – of additional resources to the Parent Helpline.  Since 2015, Google has highlighted the Partnership’s Parent Helpline in Google search results when U.S. families search or help with a child’s substance use.

Google matched $250,000 in donations from individuals, dollar-for-dollar, during the active matching gift campaign. The challenge doubled the amount of total donations made to the charity organization from late April through early June, which also doubled the impact of the Parent Helpline in effectively delivering support services to families.

Google also provided the Partnership with a $500,000 corporate gift with hopes of helping the Partnership raise an additional $1 million through private sector partners, between now and the end of 2018. The Trailblazers for Hope Corporate Challenge couples Google’s investment with the support of other corporate leaders to help an additional 30,000 families cope with their child’s substance use and addiction. More easily than ever before – and bolstered with support from Google – parents can now find solace and assistance through the Partnership’s one-on-one services, extended Helpline hours and through an expansion of the Partnership’s Support Specialist team.

“We are truly grateful for the dedication and generosity of our partners at Google and to every individual that helped us raise these critical funds in record time. This match will help guarantee that our Parent Helpline and free, customized, family support services can operate at capacity and reach every parent that comes to the Partnership in need of assistance and guidance,” said Fred Muench, President and CEO of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

“Every single day, families are searching for information to help their child on Google – and every single day, a Google search will bring them to our resources. However, due to the severity of the opioid epidemic, we’ve been deluged with calls, texts and live chat requests. We needed these vital support dollars to meet the increased demand,” continued Muench. “We thank Google for their long-standing commitment to ensuring that families searching for answers, fearful that their child will be the next statistic, will instead find help and hope at the Partnership.”

Partnership Resources, Tools Reaching More Parents and Families with Google Support

Since 2015, Google has helped more than 4.3 million families find support and guidance at drugfree.org. Through support for the Parent Helpline, free advertising provided to the Partnership and via links in Google Search on various “knowledge panels,” utilizing the Partnership’s information and linking to drugfree.org, Google is helping make sure that parents find reliable, credible help more easily.

Google ads are now the leading driver of web traffic to Partnership’s Helpline page and Google ads have been responsible for 22 percent of site visits in the past year, followed only by natural search.

The Partnership is also working as part of a committee to advise LegitScript in their effort to create a certification process for legitimate treatment providers who want to advertise their services on Google. The goal is to use this certification process to prevent predatory treatment providers from preying upon families desperate to find help for a loved one who is facing a substance use disorder.

To learn more, please visit drugfree.org.

Nuclear Power is Seen as a Solution to Insufficiencies in Energy Infrastructures

Technology

The demand for cleaner energy sources is accelerating and developing markets, such as China and India, are in need of stronger energy infrastructure. Data provided by the World Nuclear Association, explains that Mainland China has 36 nuclear power reactors in operation, 21 under construction, and more starting construction. The increasing growth of nuclear power in China is mostly credited to air pollution from coal-fired plants. The new reactors, which are currently in construction and are expected to be the world’s most innovative, are meant to double the nuclear capacity of about 58 GWe by 2020-21, then up to 150 GWe by 2030, and much more by 2050. Anfield Energy Inc. (OTC: ANLDF), Cameco Corporation (NYSE: CCJ), Westwater Resources, Inc. (NASDAQ: WWR), NexGen Energy Ltd. (NYSE: NXE), Alexco Resource Corp. (NYSE: AXU)

Recently, the U.S.A.Canada and Japan partnered to promote nuclear energy power. Director General of the World Nuclear Association, Agneta Rising, explained, according to Forbes that, “Countries will need to use nuclear energy alongside other forms of clean energy to deliver a sustainable energy mix that is affordable to all and that supports economic development.”

Anfield Energy Inc. (OTCQB: ANLDF) is also listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the ticker (TSX-V: AEC). Earlier in May, the company announced that, “Stephen S. Lunsford has agreed to join the Company’s Board of Directors. Mr. Lunsford has had an extensive career as a geologist in the uranium sector, spanning four decades, with his vast experience generated through his time working with entities such as Cameco Resources, Inc., American Nuclear Corp. and Power Resources, Inc. (PRI). In addition, Mr. Lunsford was involved in a feasibility study completed by PRI for Cotter with regard to Anfield’s recently-acquired Charlie project in Wyoming. Overall, Mr. Lunsford’s regional expertise and uranium asset knowledge will be a significant asset to Anfield.

‘We are excited to have someone of Mr. Lunsford’s calibre joining our board of directors,’ commented Anfield’s CEO, Corey Dias. ‘His successful career spanning four decades in the uranium industry with well-known entities in the sector, such as Cameco and PRI, is impressive, and his extensive knowledge of Wyoming uranium will prove to be a great value to the Company as we move our projects forward. Moreover, his direct knowledge with regard to the Charlie project could allow Anfield to further streamline our path to production.’

Mr. Lunsford began his career with American Nuclear Corp. in 1972 where he began as a Field Geologist supervising field drilling programs for as many as seven drill rigs. He later became a Project Geologist where he organized and directed all aspects of exploration drilling programs.

In 1987 Mr. Lunsford began work as a Project Geologist with Everest Minerals, which became PRI in 1989. In 1996, PRI was acquired by Cameco Inc., and in 2008, PRI’s name was changed to Cameco Resources. During his time with Everest/PRI/Cameco, Mr. Lunsford planned and implemented delineation and exploration drilling programs and mapped subsurface roll fronts by means of drill hole geophysical logs. As Project Geologist, he generated uranium reserve/resource evaluations, created and maintained drill hole databases and planned and designed in-situ patterns. His responsibilities also included data collection and geology for generating mine permit applications.

From 2000 to 2002 Mr. Lunsford served as the Senior Project Geologist on PRI’s Smith Ranch-Highland Mine where he evaluated the uranium reserve/resource estimation by geologic and geostatistical methods. He designed and evaluated uranium in-situ production patterns, performed prospect evaluations, and created and/or supervised maintenance of the geophysical drill hole database. He also managed production databases, tracked production and created monthly production reports.

In 2002 he became Chief Geologist for the Smith Ranch-Highland Mine where he evaluated uranium prospects and supervised uranium IST mining efforts. As Chief Geologist he functioned as the Qualified Person (QP) for purposes of NI 43-101 reports.

From 2006 until his retirement in 2013, Mr. Lunsford served as Senior Evaluation Geologist for PRI/Cameco Resources. In this position, he generated uranium prospects internally and evaluated prospects submitted from outside sources. During this period, he continued to serve as the QP on NI 43-101 reports for PRI/Cameco.

From 2013 to 2014, Mr. Lunsford was a consulting geologist to Tetra Tech and Anatolia Energy on the Temrezil Uranium project in Turkey. His responsibilities included reserve/resource estimation to enable definition of mineral resource boundaries, and assisting in preparation of a preliminary wellfield layout to support the development of a pre-feasibility study.”

Emaar Hospitality Group Enters Sub-Saharan Africa and Partners With Kalyan Hospitality

Real Estate & Development

Partnership sees rebrand of Address Hotel 2 Février Lomé Togo

 

Emaar Hospitality Group, the hospitality and leisure business of Dubai-based Emaar Properties PJSC, in partnership with the Kalyan Group, has marked its expansion to Sub-Saharan Africa to operate Address Hotel 2 Février Lomé Togo, an iconic hotel set in the heart of the city, in the tallest building in Togo, and unrivalled in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Emaar

Address Hotel 2 Fevrier Lome Togo (exterior) (PRNewsfoto/Emaar Hospitality Group)

Only 7 km from the Lomé-Tokoin International Airport, which connects Togo to African cities, Europe and beyond, Address Hotel 2 Février Lomé Togo will be operated by Address Hotels + Resorts, the premium luxury brand of Emaar Hospitality Group, which will assume the management of the property shortly.

Located near the Monument of Independence, Address Hotel 2 Février Lomé Togowill welcome guests shortly following the rebranding of the property, first established in 1980. It will have 256 rooms & suites and 64 serviced apartments as well as themed restaurants, meeting venues and other amenities. Togo marks the sixth international destination for Address that has upcoming hotel projects in Saudi ArabiaEgyptTurkeyBahrain and The Maldives, in addition to new openings in the UAE.

Ashok Gupta, CEO of Kalyan Hospitality Development Togo SAU, and Founder and CEO of Kalyan Group, which owns the hotel, said: “Address Hotel 2 Février Lomé Togo is a prestigious asset in our real estate and hospitality investment portfolio; being entrusted by the Republic of Togo with what is widely regarded as the ‘Jewel of West Africa‘. It will add to the pride of Togo and serve as a referral point for the hotel industry.”

Olivier Harnisch, CEO of Emaar Hospitality Group, said: “Our agreement is a landmark in our expansion to Sub-Saharan Africa. We thank Ashok Gupta and the Togolese government for their support and opportunity to operate our first hotel and serviced residence project in Togo, a fascinating country with strong growth opportunities.”

Earlier known as Hôtel 2 Février, Address Hotel 2 Février Lomé Togo is set in a 30-storey tower, 102 metres high, offering spectacular views. With free WiFi, facilities including ballroom, congress hall and auditorium, luxury spa, open air swimming pool, concierge services and retail shops, it will be a refreshing getaway for business and leisure guests.

Rising Popularity of Mobile Point-of-Sale Devices Skyrockets in a Growing Billion Dollar Industry

Telecom & Internet

According to U.S. based market research and business intelligence company, Crystal Market Research, the Mobile Point of Sale Market (mPOS) was worth USD $9.73 billion in 2014 and is expected to reach approximately USD $46.28 billion by 2023, while registering itself at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.92% during the forecast period. mPOS devices are expected to drive an increased usage of payment cards in Global markets, such as ChinaIndia and so forth. The global POS terminals/systems market is highly fragmented across vertical markets while a POS terminal itself enhances the shopping experience for customers by minimizing the payment processing time and provides companies with information pertaining to the sales of their respective products. Active tech companies in the markets this week include Gopher Protocol Inc. (OTC:GOPH), Verifone Systems, Inc. (NYSE:PAY), PayPal Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:PYPL), Square (NYSE:SQ), NCR Corporation (NYSE:NCR),

Gopher Protocol Inc. (OTCQB:GOPH) BREAKING NEWS: Gopher Protocol, a company specializing in the creation of Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence enabled mobile technologies, is pleased to announce that its recent acquisitions, which now comprise its fintech division, led by ECS, have been fully integrated. ECS, since the beginning of 2018 (cumulative through last week) did 2,274,195 transactions from 21,729 terminals of which 1,399,975 were billable amounting to gross revenue of $24,863,692 (unaudited).

Looking at the comparable 90 day period in 2017, ECS Prepaid had $7.5 million(unaudited) in revenue while processing 813,000 transactions over an average of 5,300 locations. ECS Prepaid’s revenue for the 90 days just prior to being acquired by Gopher was $8.5 million (unaudited) while processing 859,400 transactions. For the 90 day period post acquisition by Gopher, ECS Prepaid’s revenue was $13.3 million(unaudited) while processing over 1.1 million transactions, resulting in an increase in revenue of 77% over the comparable period in 2017. Gopher intends to continue this pattern with recent agreements for processing alignments, the addition of AT&T SIM Activation program, and increased product margins on existing core products.

“ECS Prepaid would be able to operate the ‘UGO doors’ with little impact to our current work flow with the addition of one new employee in the Springfield’s office for technical support” said Derron Winfrey, Gopher’s COO. “The UGO platform, which used third parties for processing transactions, will now use the ECS platform reducing ACH transaction costs from $0.14 to $0.02, which is expected to increase our profit margins” added Kevin Pickard, Gopher’s CFO. Read this and more news for GOPH athttp://www.marketnewsupdates.com/news/goph.html 

Saudi Arabian Ministry of Education Delegation to Meet With Leading UK Research and Development Entities

Society

Senior officials from the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Education and public universities, led by the newly-formed Research and Development Office (RDO), are in London to forge collaborations with some of the UK’s leading researchers and decision-makers in research and development (R&D).

The delegation’s visit follows the launch of the Ministry of Education’s R&D programme, which has been identified as a top priority by the government as a way to transform Saudi Arabia’s evolving economy. The delegation will explore R&D research and education partnership opportunities particularly in science, technology, engineering, and health fields in line with Saudi Arabia’s ‘Vision 2030’.

The Ministry of Education launched its R&D programme in 2017 and the RDO was established in March 2018 with a projected three-year budget of $1.6 billion (USD) and a mandate to enhance the capability of Saudi public universities to conduct high quality research and development. RDO has specifically earmarked $75 million (USD) of this budget for international R&D partners to incentivize scientists and researchers to find solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges – in renewable energy, climate change, pollution management, efficient water usage, cybersecurity and Red Sea studies.

The RDO delegation will meet a wide range of UK R&D stakeholders, including talks with the Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Sam Gyimah MP.

Among the UK institutions meeting the Saudi delegation will be:

  • UKRI
  • Research England
  • Innovate UK
  • The Economic & Social Research Council
  • Imperial College
  • University College London
  • The University of Surrey
  • The University of Warwick’s Catapult High Value Manufacturing Centre

Sam Gyimah, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, said: “The UK has some of the best researchers in the world and has always been a strong believer in international collaboration. We know that science and innovation flows by the exchange of ideas and through our modern Industrial Strategy I want to develop these relationships and work with our global partners, like Saudi Arabia, to generate the ideas and products of tomorrow.”

Dr. Hisham Alhadlaq, Director-General of the Research and Development Office at the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Education, who is leading the delegation echoed the Minister’s support for international cooperation and the UK’s position as a leader in R&D.

“The UK was selected for this collaborative delegation visit as it is considered a global R&D powerhouse especially when factors such as interaction with industry, cost-efficiency and RoI are taken into account,” says Alhadlaq.

“We have travelled here to understand how the more mature national R&D system of the UK was designed and how it has evolved over time. It has been enlightening to meet with Mr Gyimah, as well as thinktanks like Research England and Innovate UK, and we look forward to building on these types of partnerships.”

“R&D underpins large parts of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 transformation programme. Investing in R&D and in international partnerships will help with the creation and commercialization of new technologies – which will lead to jobs and economic growth, and play a key role in transforming Saudi Arabia’s economic structure.”

Members of the Saudi delegation also include Dr. Jasir Alherbish, Vice Minister for Scholarships Affairs and Supervisor of Cultural Attaches in the Ministry of Education, and senior representatives from King Saud University, King Abdulaziz University, Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, the Riyadh Valley Company, the Dhahran Valley Knowledge Company and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals.

Research Indicates Internal Financial Controls More Important Than Ever As Data Perceived To Be Increasingly Valuable

Business, Technology

BlackLine-sponsored survey reveals that although F&A sees increasing value of data, they feel more can be done to improve internal controls and protect it

 

Global research from BlackLine, Inc. suggests that data is increasingly seen as one of a company’s most crucial assets – vital to these organizations’ brands and business success – with virtually all the respondents (97 percent) considering data to be valuable to their business operations and 67 percent stating that data is ‘very valuable’.

In today’s digital age, most companies currently use cloud services in addition to their own internal systems to store valuable, sensitive and proprietary financial and business information. With cloud adoption seeing exponential growth and data becoming increasingly ubiquitous, protecting it is becoming increasingly difficult. Despite the overwhelming consensus on the increasing value of data, the survey of more than 900 CFOs, finance directors and accountants around the world in large and midsized businesses reveals widespread reliance on the IT department alone to manage and control the data.

All businesses are susceptible to cyber risks. By taking a more proactive stance and ensuring proper internal controls are in place, Finance & Accounting (F&A) can help thwart potential breaches of financial and business data. “F&A has the opportunity to actively partner with their IT and Information Security counterparts to better understand the safeguards that are in place; and they should, considering they are primarily responsible for the financial controls for the organization,” said Patrick Villanova, vice president and principal accounting officer at BlackLine, a leading provider of financial controls and automation solutions that enable Continuous Accounting.

The BlackLine-sponsored survey, conducted by Censuswide, included respondents in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Australia and indicates that 81 percent either rely entirely or in part on IT professionals to ensure utmost data security across their organization’s network and systems.

Fifty-two percent of the respondents said while Finance & Accounting ensures financial systems like the ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system are regularly updated and the staff is aware of cybersecurity best practices, they leave the vast majority of the upkeep to the IT department. Another 29 percent said they rely entirely on the IT group.

“There is no denying the value of data but the survey indicates that many F&A teams are surprisingly passive and not nearly diligent enough when it comes to safeguarding it,” said Villanova.

Only one in five (19 percent) of the respondents said their Finance & Accounting department takes a highly proactive role in pursuing optimal data security. In light of recent and ongoing cyberattacks and the growing financial value of companies’ big data assets, CFOs may want to reconsider this passive involvement. “Protecting the data should be everyone’s responsibility—not just the concern of the IT group,” said Villanova.

By automating the financial close process, F&A professionals have greater visibility into their organization’s financial data to identify potential threats or irregularities sooner than later, Villanova explained. “By leveraging a cloud platform such as ours or cloud tools from other well-established companies, F&A can strengthen internal controls, providing real-time transparency into enterprise-wide financial data and transactions,” he added.

 

Note

Survey respondents were sourced from large organizations with significant minimum annual revenues:

UK £50 million+
US $150 million+ (USD)
France €50 million+
Germany €50 million+
Australia $50 million+ (AUSD)

Entrepreneur Teams Up with Leading Psychiatrist to Address Depression, Anxiety, and Suicide

Health

Russell Pike, a successful entrepreneur and sports handicapper, is collaborating with renowned forensic psychiatrist Dr. Sanjay Sahgal in addressing the scourge of anxiety, depression, and suicide in our modern-day lives.

“When all of the noise of life was stripped away I began to hear God’s words in my heart and mind. It’s life-changing and redemptive,” says entrepreneur and author Russell Pike. “That’s certainly worth sharing with folks.”

Pike, who has penned several inspirational books and psychiatrist Sanjay Sahgal, MD have teamed up to begin the creation of a series of multi-media projects to address the increasing problem of depression, anxiety, and even suicide.

Dr. Sahgal, a Board-Certified Psychiatrist, and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at USC Keck School of Medicine believes that psychiatry often doesn’t bring relief to people suffering from depression and anxiety. “I believe that there is a deeper need in people suffering from these maladies, that medicine can’t alleviate,” says Dr. Sahgal. “Russell Pike’s books and counsel have had a tremendous impact on my life and I am positive that his books will have a major impact on the lives of those that are battling depression and anxiety. I’m excited about working with him on these ventures.”

Pike began penning his first two books, Reminders From Heaven, Volumes 1&2, in 2012 while incarcerated at a federal prison camp. They are both now available at Amazon.com. Over the last five years Pike has written five sequels, all spiritual based books that provide inspiration and encouragement. While Reminders From Heaven are more biblically based in their sourcing, his subsequent books, Your Spiritual Reminders, Volumes 1-4 are for readers who are not as familiar with the Bible. In these subsequent books he shares the thoughts, insights, and encouragement from spiritual writers, thinkers, and leaders over the course of history. Every nugget on every page in every book is relevant to our everyday existence.

Russell Pike believes that regardless of the rollercoaster ride that life affords, it’s God’s truth and love that provide clarity and light in what is often a dark world. No one knows that better then him.

Pike’s entrepreneurial efforts brought him to the pinnacle of success as the founder of the popular energy drink company XYIENCE. The company sold for $200 million, but the conduct of his partners, and subjected IRS issues, resulted in late tax filings and his incarceration.

“If it wasn’t for a highly difficult period in my life I would never have been blessed with the opportunity to write these books and share the message with others, so that they can be encouraged every day,” says Pike. “Dr. Sahgal and I are of the same mind that our world is plagued by depression, hopelessness, and suicide, and that chemistry oftentimes is not the answer. I suffered from these conditions even when I was at the top of my game and they continually physically affected me with migraines and arthritis.”

The author makes it clear throughout his writing that it’s time we begin to immerse ourselves in words of light and love that give us hope and healing. Pike’s story also makes it clear that despite our mistakes, God is a God of Second Chances.

Russell Pike makes it even easier for his readers to benefit from these inspirational words by offering a free reminder app called Reminders From Heaven that is currently available in the Google Store and iTunes.

Timezone Relaunched and Revamped

Uncategorized

~Adds new exhilarating Arcade Games to Entertain Kids and Family~

Timezone- The leading family entertainment centre known for its high octane interactive arcade games for families and kids has revamped and relaunched itself as #NEXTGENTIMEZONE at Inorbit Mall, Malad. The new destination lets you re-live your childhood and make new memories. Their mantra ‘Play more Win more’ justifies the unparalleled fun and excitement that one can experience with its never-seen-before rides, irresistible offers and abundant prize-winning opportunities that is sure to entice you and your family.

Next Gen Timezone has elements which focuses on young adults along with kids and family. It’s reflected in the store layout and designs, from a playful and colourful store background, Timezone has moved to more urbane and futuristic design and colour palette. Lit signages for major concept zones and unique sky grid lighting in the store, enhances the entire layout and elevates the whole experience of an indoor entertainment and concept play zone.

This family entertainment centre is loaded with varied concepts and games. Timezone has lot of games and rides that kids and families will experience for the first time in India. Few of the new games/ rides include the following –

Krazee Whirl: Timezone has added a Krazee element to the normal bumper car which is getting launched for the first time in Mumbai. Unlike other bumper cars, Krazee whirl has attractive LED illumination at the base of the car and dual joystick that makes you spin making it a completely joyous ride.

Virtual Rabbids: Launched for the first time in India, this virtual game takes you to another dream world. With special oculus and attractive cabinet, player gets to experience all the moods and motions as depicted in the movie making it extremely delightful.

Willy Wonka Chocolate factory: It’s the latest in redemption games, again a first timer in India. This is a character licensed game for adults which is extremely addictive and has a great recall value. In many stores internationally, customers queue up ahead of store opening to play the game first every day.

Family Bowling: Bowling has adapted itself in a complete new look for kids and parents to compete together which is why it’s been termed as ‘Family Bowling’. Light weight balls, kid friendly bowling lanes, innovative score chart and latest graphics and animations make knocking off the pins more fun. Family bowling area is equipped with great music and lounging space.

Talking about the new Timezone, Naveen H, CEO, Timezone, India said, “We are truly excited about our new Timezone that has been designed with extreme precision, following International standards of quality and safety norms. There are lot of new games that makes its debut in India with Timezone and promises thrill and adventure. Each game has been devised making arcade gaming a fun-filled experience. We are elated with the humongous response we have received so far ever since the #NEXTGENTIMEZONE opened. The madness has just begun, and we hope to keep the momentum alive always.”

Other Key Ticket games include Gum drop, Jersey wheel and Derby champions. ‘Sweetland 5’ where one can win gems and crystals is worth luring and is already a favourite with customers.

Players get a chance to win tickets and prizes keeping the mood upbeat and competitive. Various other play along games like Traditional basketball game, camel racer and carnival games are now presented in new avatar making them more enticing and fun. A new bigger and exclusive PRIZE SHOP with variety of merchandise varying from plush toys, home décor, utility products, sports and games merchandise has been added to the Timezone arena.

That’s not all. Timezone presents ‘Time to party’- a distinct and dedicated party area to celebrate birthdays, family occasions and even corporate parties.