Toronto says steps will cost $65,000-$150,000; man builds them for $550

  • Original story: A retiree in Toronto was unhappy with the length of time the city was taking to build a flight of stairs on a precarious slope.
  • Adi Astl, with the help of a homeless man he hired, built eight steps for $550, more than 100 times cheaper than the $65,000-$150,000 the city had estimated for the job.
  • Astl told CNN affiliate CTV News that members of his gardening group thanked him for building the stairs.
  • While the flight of stairs has been a welcome addition for the community in Tom Riley Park, the city is now threatening to tear down the stairway because it was not built according to the city’s regulations.
  • The city insisted that Astl should not have bypassed the legal steps and should have waited for city officials to handle the problem.

(CNN) Update: The stairs are gone! On Friday morning, a group of workers descended upon the staircase and dismantled it with power tools. According to a local Toronto radio station, the city decided the stairs were unsafe and had them removed.
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PwC And Bitt Partner Up To Improve Bitcoin and Blockchain Presence In The Caribbean ⋆ Epeak . Independent news and blogs

  • This includes advice related to advancements of Bitt services, including the use of bitcoin and other digital currencies.
  • Moreover, the Caribbean has been introduced to convenient bitcoin wallet services.
  • PwC Partner Oliver Jordan commented on this MOU as follows:

    “We have agreed to work alongside Bitt on future institutional blockchain technology implementations by, for example, central banks, commercial banks and government institutions throughout the region because not only does blockchain offer the promise of cost reduction and efficiency, but it could also enable revenue growth, and higher-quality service.

  • Across the PwC Global network, we have already seen enormous potential for blockchain to deliver substantial value to financial services – and we intend to continue to lead the way across the financial services landscape in the Caribbean.”
  • Additionally, there is tremendous potential for blockchain technology in the financial services industry.

The future of bitcoin is looking bright in Barbados right now. Bitt, a local fintech company, signed a memorandum of understanding with PwC. As a result, b
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Microsoft ‘to close Skype’s UK office’

  • Microsoft will be entering into a consultation process and offer new opportunities, where possible.”
  • “As part of this effort, Microsoft reviewed some London-based roles and made the decision to unify some engineering positions,” a spokesman said.
  • Microsoft ‘to close Skype’s UK office’
  • The reports that one of the most valuable “unicorns” – those tech firms valued at more than $1bn (£768m) – in Europe is to scale down its presence in London, will come as a blow at a time when the UK is trying to position itself as an attractive option after the Brexit vote.
  • According to the Financial Times (FT) , the move by its owners Microsoft is likely to lead to the loss of many of the nearly 400 jobs at the London HQ.

Reported closure of the tech firm’s London base is likely to lead to the loss of 400 jobs
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How Bitcoin Could Save London Banks After Brexit

  • The technology could mean banks would not necessarily have to move to the EU.
  • As many readers already know from previous articles, I am skeptical about the idea that Brexit would leave the U.K. economy relatively unharmed.
  • If you remember, the European Central Bank insisted in a rule issued in 2011 that clearing of euro-denominated trades should be done in countries that have the euro as their currency.
  • A bit of context: one of the main reasons why virtually all the big banks in London — the City, as London’s financial services sector is known — supported remaining in the European Union is the fact that clearing of euro-denominated trades must be done within the E.U. Leaving the E.U. will deal a blow to the U.K.’s financial services.
  • I simply doubt that leaving the world’s biggest trading block can be achieved while keeping all the advantages — free movement of goods, services and capital — and rejecting what the proponents of Brexit see as a disadvantage — free movement of people.

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Dylan O’Brien Seen For First Time Since Suffering Serious On-Set Injury

Here's the first photo of bae Dylan O'Brien since suffering an on-set injury.

  • Dylan O’Brien Seen For First Time Since Suffering Serious On-Set Injury
  • News that the “Teen Wolf” actor “was in good spirits and was happy to chat with her for a short while before grabbing his drink.
  • “Teen Wolf” fans were concerned about what the injury meant for O’Brien’s future on the final season of the show.
  • Showrunner Jeff Davis confirmed the return of the fan-favorite character for the show’s final season in July.
  • For the first time since he was injured on the set of “Maze Runner: The Death Cure,” Dylan O’Brien has spotted in public by a lucky fan.

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@cambio: “Here’s the first photo of bae Dylan O’Brien since suffering an on-set injury.”


And he’s got a beard to boot.


Dylan O’Brien Seen For First Time Since Suffering Serious On-Set Injury

It’s All Over As BBC, Sky, ITV Call Victory For “Leave”; Markets Everywhere Are Turmoiling • /r/btc

  • Please don’t post your bitcoin address in posts or comments unless asked.
  • Doxing or posts that resemble doxing will result in the post being removed and the user banned permanently.
  • subreddit: subreddit find submissions in “subreddit” author: username find submissions by “username” site: example.com find submissions from “example.com” url: text search for “text” in url selftext: text search for “text” in self post contents self:yes (or self:no) include (or exclude) self posts nsfw:yes (or nsfw:no) include (or exclude) results marked as NSFW
  • Gads, nobody every reads the last word of my posts.
  • There is no government, company, or bank in charge of Bitcoin.

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