Accident at Yamuna Expressway Woman killed four injured

first_imgGreater Noida: A 40 year old lady was killed while four members of her family received injuries after their car crashed into a truck from behind at Zero point at Yamuna Expressway in Knowledge Park area in Greater Noida on Wednesday afternoon. Cops said that the woman was a cancer patient and her treatment was underway at a private hospital in Delhi.As per police, the family was coming from Aligarh to Delhi and the incident was reported around 11.20 pm. The deceased was identified as Lajjawati(40), a native of Aligarh, was travelling with her son Arjun (23), daughter in law Sundari (21) and daughter Kajol (20). They were accompanied by the driver named Sukhpal (32). All persons have received injuries on head and leg but Arjun and Kajol are still in the ICU and they are critical. Rakesh Singh, an eye witness said that we took them to Kailash Hospital for medical treatment, where doctors declared the woman dead after which we informed the police about incident. “Police have seized the truck while its driver had fled away but yet no complaint made from the Victim’s family members,” said Arvind Pathak, SHO of knowledge park Police station.last_img read more

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Astral Media Q3 profit up but misses analyst estimates by two cents

Astral Media Q3 profit up but misses analyst estimates by two cents a share by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 12, 2012 9:51 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Astral Media Inc.’s third-quarter profit was up seven per cent from a year ago but missed analyst estimates as it recorded unusual expenses related to its pending takeover by BCE Inc. and revenue fell short of expectations.The Montreal-based radio, television and outdoor advertising company (TSX: ACM.A) said its net income rose to $56.2 million or $1 per share.That was two cents below a consensus estimate of $1.02 per share compiled by Thomson Reuters.The quarter included $6.2 million of costs related to the BCE deal, although other costs related to Astral’s acquisitions were about $4 million lower than a year earlier.Astral’s revenue was also below analyst estimates, part of a trend in quarterly financial reports issued Thursday by several other Canadian media companies that rely heavily on advertising sales.TThey said their performance was good considering the difficult market environment.Astral reported $265.5 million in revenue for the three months ended May 31, down from $268 million a year earlier and nearly $13 million below the consensus estimate.“I am pleased by the third quarter results announced today and by Astral’s ability to continue to achieve a strong performance in spite of the challenging advertising market in which we operate,” Ian Greenberg, Astral’s president and chief executive officer said in his announcement.“Our relentless focus on maintaining our operational margins, commitment towards new product development and innovation, and optimal treasury management practices, enabled us to deliver another strong quarter of earnings growth.”Astral shares dipped a penny to $49.06. read more

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The Latest Minister suggests Greece may not pay 16 billion euros it

by The Associated Press Posted Jun 28, 2015 7:04 am MDT Last Updated Jun 28, 2015 at 8:07 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Latest: Minister suggests Greece may not pay $1.6 billion euros it owes Tuesday to IMF ATHENS, Greece – The latest developments on Greece’s bailout negotiations (all times local):___4:10 p.m.Greece’s finance minister is suggesting that his country might not pay the 1.6 billion euros ($1.8 billion) it owes to the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday.Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis refused to reply to a direct question Sunday on the payment. Instead, he told BBC radio that the European Central Bank should pay the money to the IMF out of the profits it made on Greek bonds in 2014. Varoufakis calls that idea “a very sensible transfer.”Asked directly, for the second time, whether Greece will pay up Tuesday, Varoufakis replies: “We are owed money by one part of the troika and we owe money to another part of the troika? Why don’t they sort themselves out and transfer money from one pocket … to the other?”___3:35 p.m.The European Central Bank has announced it is maintaining emergency credit to Greek banks at its current level.The decision keeps a key financial lifeline open but does not provide further credit to Greece’s banks, which are seeing deposits drain away as anxious Greeks withdraw savings.The ECB said it was working closely with the Bank of Greece to maintain financial stability and added it could reconsider the decision on credit levels.ECB head Mario Draghi said “we continue to work closely with the Bank of Greece and we strongly endorse the commitment of Member States in pledging to take action to address the fragilities of euro-area economies.”___3:20 p.m.France’s prime minister is urging Greece and other nations to do whatever they can to keep Greece in the 19-nation bloc that uses the euro currency.French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Sunday that “we don’t know — none of us — the consequences of an exit from the eurozone, either on the political or economic front. We must do everything so that Greece stays in the eurozone.” He was speaking on France’s i-Tele TV.Valls added that “means respecting Greece and democracy, but it’s also about respecting European rules. So Greece needs to come back to the negotiating table.”Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ call for a national referendum on creditors’ demands has thrown Greece’s negotiations with its international lenders into turmoil.___2:35 p.m.Germany’s Foreign Ministry is advising travellers to Greece to ensure they have enough cash on them before they depart.An updated version of the ministry’s travel advice issued Sunday noted that people seeking to withdraw cash in Greece could face “significant waits” and possible shortages at cash machines.Worried Greeks were lining up at ATM machines on Sunday, the day after the Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called for a referendum on creditors’ financial proposals in return for rescue loans and creditors refused to extend Greece’s international bailout beyond Tuesday.While some machines in Greece were running out of cash, others were being replenished. Another top Greek financial official urged Greeks on Sunday to remain calm and not withdraw all their savings.___1:45 p.m.The European Central Bank faces a major decision.It has been allowing Greek banks to draw emergency credit from Greece’s central bank, a financial lifeline that has been keeping Greece’s four major banks going during the country’s tense bailout negotiations with creditors. The ECB has been slowly increasing the emergency credit to compensate for the increase in withdrawals from Greek banks.But the ECB has said it can only continue such assistance if the banks are basically solvent. A failure by Greece’s government to get more aid before its bailout ends Tuesday and a big payment to the International Monetary Fund is due could prompt the ECB to decide the Greek banks are not financially solid any more.Capping the aid would quickly force Greek banks to limit withdrawals — but such controls could take Greece a step closer to leaving the 19-nation eurozone.ECB President Mario Draghi has said it’s up to elected officials to decide Greece’s fate. Analysts say the central bank wants to give politicians every chance to negotiate a deal.___12:50 p.m.Two opinion polls indicate most Greeks want to keep using the shared euro currency and would prefer a deal with Greece’s European partners rather than a rupture.The polls published Sunday were both conducted before Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras declared early Saturday that he was calling a referendum on financial proposals made by Greece’s creditors in return for continuing to fund the country with bailout loans. Still, they provide an indication of public sentiment.In the poll by Alco for the Proto Thema Sunday paper, 57 per cent said they believed Greece should make a deal with its EU partners while 29 per cent wanted a rupture. A separate poll by Kapa Research for the To Vima newspaper found 47.2 per cent of respondents would vote in favour of a new, painful agreement with Greece’s creditors, compared to 33 per cent who would vote no and 18.4 per cent undecided.Both nationwide polls were conducted from June 24-26. The Alco poll had a margin of error of 3.1 per cent while Kapa Research’s was 3.09 per cent.___12:25 p.m.A Greek finance official says the government expects the European Central Bank to continue approving emergency liquidity assistance that Greek banks can draw even after Tuesday, when Greece’s international bailout officially expires.The ECB was expected to meet Sunday to decide what action to take about Greece. The central is bank is under pressure to end that emergency assistance.A decision by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to call for a national referendum on creditor demands in exchange for bailout loans has thrown Greece’s negotiations with its international lenders into turmoil. In response, other nations in the 19-nation eurozone are refusing to extend Greece’s bailout program beyond its Tuesday expiration date.Alternate Greek Finance Minister Nadia Valavani told private Mega television on Sunday “we are expecting the funding of Greek banks to continue normally via the ELA after Tuesday.”Worried Greeks have formed lines at ATM machines all weekend and some machines were running out of cash Sunday morning.Valavani said the country’s banks could see “business as usual” next week if they receive the emergency support “so long as there is calm” and Greeks don’t attempt to withdraw all their savings. read more

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Private equity firms zeroing in on Western Canada oilpatch bargains

by Dan Healing, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 17, 2016 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Jul 17, 2016 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – The largest energy-focused private equity firm in Calgary is ramping up its oilpatch investing pace to take advantage of bargain prices and an expected recovery in oil prices next year.ARC Financial Corp. has been more active than usual in 2016, fuelled in part by $1.5 billion pledged a year ago to a new investment fund, said co-CEO Lauchlan Currie in a recent interview. ARC has $5.3 billion in investor commitments through eight energy funds and has invested in over 180 companies over the past two decades.“We are backing a number of early stage private companies that are out looking for acquisitions,” Currie said.“We just see it as one of the best opportunities in a long time because we’re anticipating a recovery probably into 2017. And we’re capturing high-quality assets that you’re just not normally going to get access to.”Bruce Edgelow, vice-president of strategic initiatives for ATB Financial, said in a recent interview that commodity price volatility has made it difficult for buyers and sellers to agree on prices over the past two years. But he said there are plenty of well-heeled Canadian and international investors waiting in the wings to spend money in the Western Canada oil and gas sector.“We think the number is very conservatively $10 billion Cdn that is available to do the transactions,” he said.“The capital has been there almost since this downturn started but we have not seen the deployment of it quite yet because the gateposts are fairly wide between the buyers and the sellers.”Last week, Rising Star Resources, a newly created junior oil and gas producer, announced it had raised $25 million from private equity firms Lex Capital of Regina and 32 Degrees Capital of Calgary.CEO Steve Sugianto said accessing private equity was the only option for Rising Star which wanted to buy oil-weighted production at a reasonable price — $30 million — from Calgary junior Petrus Resources (TSX:PRQ).“We were looking for private because we feel like, with the timing, the public market is still not quite open yet for the small guy,” he said.Mitch Putnam, managing partner at 32 Degrees, said the private equity firm has about $200 million under management and is looking to invest it with proven management teams in “bite sizes” of $10 million to $15 million each — it has pledged $10 million to Rising Star.“Last year, I think we were all a little paralyzed. The deal flow just wasn’t happening for private equity and particularly for us,” he said. “I just don’t think the assets were available as they are today.”He said companies are now more willing to sell because of the length of the commodity price downturn, lack of access to public capital markets and pressure from their lenders. Average prices are falling in response.“I’m just quite happy to be placing money at this part in the cycle,” he said.Putnam said 32 Degrees took part in only one financing deal last year. This year it’s done two new deals and two top-ups of existing deals, taking its roster to about 15 companies.Currie wouldn’t provide a list of ARC’s investments this year but confirmed those that have been made public.That includes taking Calgary junior Boulder Energy private by buying its publicly listed shares for $125 million (plus assuming $143 million in debt) and injecting $150 million into startup Longshore Resources to help it buy Alberta assets. It also backed private STEP Energy Services’ purchase of failed Calgary well fracking firm Sanjel and invested an undisclosed amount in Wayfinder, a company that supplies fracking sand used in well completion operations.He said ARC looks for investments of between $50 million and $200 million and aims to withdraw its investment, along with a good return, in three to six years.———Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter Private equity firms zeroing in on Western Canada oilpatch bargains read more

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Workshop Knowledge Mobilization and using plain language to explain your research

In this 140-character world, it’s becoming more and more important to explain complicated concepts in clear and succinct language – and knowledge mobilization is becoming a key component for all grant applications. This workshop will examine the concepts of knowledge mobilization, “plain language,” and strategies to make your work more widely understood. Caitlin Mahy from the Department of Psychology and Stephen Cheung from the Department of Kinesiology will share their experiences in these areas.This workshop is co-facilitated by knowledge mobilization specialist Jayne Morrish and ORS research communications officer Cathy Majtenyi. April 27, 10:30 a.m. – noon, Plaza 600F. To register, e-mail read more

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Violin left unfinished by WW1 soldier played at his grave 100 years

first_imgWhen Private Richard Howard began making his violin, he envisaged the day he would return from the battlefield to play it. It was a dream cruelly shattered when the soldier met his death on the first day of the Battle of Messines in  1917.Now, 100 years later, the violin – carefully completed after being found – has been played at his graveside.  But age and death took those you left behind.And whether sorrow, or just life’s hard struggle Mr Sweeney, 28, a violinist with the award-winning 11-piece folk band Bellowhead until it broke up in 2016 after 12 years, said through research “we found out where his grave was and found out exactly when he died and which battle”. Pte Howard was married with a daughter, Mrs Sterry’s mother Rose, before his early death, but his relatives were unaware his story before Mr Sweeney brought it to light.Mrs Sterry said: “I was very interested to learn about him because I had heard nothing except ‘your grandfather died in the war’. “People in those days didn’t talk about it for fear of upsetting someone. My mother [Rose] was 11 when he died. I have to say the news when it got to me just blew me away, I was so excited. “The consequences from it have been so great… It feels as if I have more validation; I was more secure knowing more about who I was”.  “Your Grandfather died in World War One” was all I heard;No questions invited; no stories told; No memories passed down.We didn’t even know your name.   Pte Howard's violin Pte Howard Richard Spencer Howard,We will remember you.Mary Sterry Pte Howard Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Newly carved, left in pieces the day you went to war  Leaving your wife and daughter; never to return.Sent to Belgium, the Messines battle took your life.Buried there; your name on a white stone slab.   You were surely mourned and remembered long, When Mr Sweeney acquired the violin it had the appearance of a new instrument, but the label inside dated 1915 alongside the name ‘Richard S Howard’ prompted the musician and his father to trace its origin.center_img Mr Sweeney said it had been an “incredibly special” day, adding “what’s amazing is people who have nothing to do with Pte Howard have come up to me and Mary and said I will leave flowers for this man”.He said: “His granddaughter did a reading of a poem she wrote about him. It was very moving.”It’s amazing – his family has been reunited because of this violin.”Mr Sweeney has been telling the instrument’s story in his show, Made in the Great War, which he is touring across the UK until 11 June.”If you read the visitor book in the Ypres cemetery there are lots of people who have come to see his grave because they have seen the show,” he added.Violin Number 6. This violin has done what you could not.   Pte Howard’s violinCredit:Elly Lucas  What is more, the recovery of the instrument has even reunited members of his distant family who never even knew he existed. Among those present at the ceremony was his granddaughter Mary Sterry, who wrote a poem in tribute to the grandfather she has only recently discovered.Pte Howard, a luthier and music hall performer in Leeds, started making the instrument in 1915, before he was conscripted into the 10th battalion, the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment (West Riding), that year at the age of 35.Much of the violin’s history, before it was bought by folk musician Sam Sweeney in 2009 remains a mystery.It was in pieces when Oxford luthier Roger Claridge bought it at auction and completed it in his workshop.  Pte Howard's violin, by his grave Sam Sweeney playing Pte Howard’s violin, by his graveCredit:Elly Lucas  The violin remained untouched, unfinished. Where, we’ll never know.Sad years passed when no-one living knew or spoke of you,  Remembrance Day observed; respect for those who died; But no family commemoration or sense of personal loss.   But your violin has bridged the almost century gap And helped by Roger, Sam and Chris, has connected you With your family, the generations you did not live to meet.    And all because you signed your name inside.    Made them unwilling or unable to share their pain,   Around 100 people, including some of Pte Howard’s relatives, gathered at his graveside in Ypres to hear Mr Sweeney play his violin this week on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the soldier’s death.Mrs Sterry said it was “completely fantastic”, saying it had changed her “in lots of small ways”, including meeting new relatives.last_img read more

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Deportee charged with 2016 murder of Corentyne fisherman

A Canadian deportee of Number 67 Village, Corentyne, Berbice was, today, charged with the 2016 murder of a fisherman whose decomposing body was discovered in a sandpit a short distance away from his home.Days after his arrest, Monilall Sarjou, 47, appeared before Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court to answer to the charge.Sarjou was not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that between August 22 and August 24, 2016, at Number 68 Village Corentyne Berbice, he unlawfully murdered fisherman, Levan Chanderpaul.The Police Prosecution requested two weeks, and as such, the accused’s Attorney-at-law, Leslie Sobers told the court that the prosecution had no evidence and so they were going to utilize the two weeks to primarily salvage and attempt to pull things together.Nevertheless, Sarjou was remanded and the case was transferred to the Springlands’ Magistrate’s Court in Berbice where he is expected to reappear on April 19, 2017.On August 24, 2016, the battered and bound body of an alleged piracy gang member was found in the backlands of Number 68 Village in Corentyne, Berbice.Reports indicated that it was the body of 28-year-old Levan Chanderpaul, of Number 68 Village.The discovery was made at about 19:30hrs by a teenager who was returning to the village from the back dam. Chanderpaul’s body at the time bore several marks of violence.This online publication had reported that the now dead man was in December 2011 charged and placed before the court after he was suspected to have been a part of a notorious pirate gang.He was slated to appear at the Springlands Magistrate’s Court on the day before his body was found, on a simple larceny and threatening language charge, but was absent.Post mortem results on Chanderpaul’s body revealed that the victim suffered a fractured skull and succumbed from shock and hemorrhage.Sources revealed that the accused, Sarjou, was deported from Canada in 2009 for allegedly slashing a woman to her throat.Sarjou also reportedly denied harming the fisherman, claiming that they had a close friendship. However, reports in the media indicated that the two were involved in a dispute which was fueled by a drug deal gone bad, sometime earlier in 2016.The deportee reportedly gave a sum of cash to Chanderpaul to purchase drugs but the fisherman failed to honour the undertaking; converting same to his own use and fleeing the village.Police’s initial attempts to apprehend the accused proved futile as Sarjou had fled the area, abandoning his vehicle which is presently at the Skeldon Police Station.Seven months later, ranks in the Georgetown district received information that the suspect was still living at the Number 68 Village address, upon which they proceeded to arrest him. (Ramona Luthi) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related read more

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Metso to supply a crushing and grinding package for B2Gold Namibia

first_imgMetso is supplying a primary crusher and additional grinding equipment to the Otjikoto gold mining project, located approximately 300 km north of Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, and is owned 92% by B2Gold and 8% by EVI Gold, a Namibian black empowerment group. The Otjikoto deposit has probable open pit mineral reserves of 29.4 Mt at a grade of 1.42 g/t Au. Construction of the Otjikoto mine commenced in January and is scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2014 when mill production is expected to begin and the first gold production is scheduled. The first full year of gold production is scheduled for 2015. The life of the mine, based on the probable reserves, is estimated to be 12 years, with annual forecast gold production of approximately 141,000 oz/y gold for the first five years at an average operating cash cost of $524/oz and for the life of mine about 112,000 oz/y of gold at an average operating cash cost of $689/oz. The complete value of the order exceeds €8 million. Metso’s delivery consists of a primary gyratory crusher for processing ROM gold ore, plus a SAG mill for primary grinding and a ball mill for secondary grinding. The crusher will be delivered in January 2014 and the grinding mills in April 2014.“Besides providing a competitive bid, Metso has an excellent reputation for supplying robust crushing and grinding equipment,” said John Rakala, Manager of Metallurgy of B2Gold on the decision to choose Metso for the Namibian gold project. The new Otjikoto gold project is located 300 km north of Windoek. The open pit has reserves of 29.4 Mt with an average gold grade of 1.42 g/t and an estimated gold reserve of over 1.34 Moz. The mine will use leaching and carbon-in-pulp gold processing methods.The Metso SUPERIOR 42-65 MK-II primary gyratory crusher to be delivered can process gold ore blocks of over a metre in size. The nominal capacity of the gyratory crusher is 2,010-2,780 t/h, depending on the settings used while its operational weight is over 119 t and  the primary grinding circuit will use a 24 ft x 15.75 ft sized SAG mill, followed by a 16.5 ft x 28.5 ft secondary ball mill. Both mills will have a 4 MW drive motor, and feature Eaton air clutches, a shared inching drive and a trunnion supported design.last_img read more

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Whos most likely to damage their own car by accident

first_imgIrish motorists aren’t used to diesel operated cars, only a few years ago over 90 per cent of all Irish cars were petrol, but now it’s more like 60 per cent and it’s dropping every year.Women are more likely to lock their keys, a child or a pet in the car than men. That said, the AA’s Rescue Call Centre once received a frantic call from a new father outside Holles St Hospital in Dublin who had locked his newborn child into the car.Worst luckWhen it comes to what parts of the country seem to have the worst luck, 11.6 per cent of Dubliners polled said that they had damaged their car in the last year.Other top offenders included motorists in Counties Wicklow (11.4 per cent), Kerry (11.4 per cent) and Clare (11.1 per cent). Overall, 17 to 24 year olds were most likely to cause damage to their car, while motorists in counties Leitrim, Offaly and Carlow and those aged between 45 and 55 were shown to be the most careful with their vehicles.Read: 60 per cent of people struggling to keep their car on the road> HAVE YOU DAMAGED your own car lately?No, we don’t mean keying the side of your vehicle, but according to AA, damaging your car can mean something like causing a flat battery, leaving the car lights on, using the wrong fuel, or even locking the keys inside.Flat batteryAccording to an AA Membership survey of over 9,200 people, young women aged 17 to 24 living in Co Laois are more likely to cause a flat battery, by leaving their car lights on.The under-24s are more likely to leave their car lights on – 22.6 per cent of 17 to 24 year olds admitted to this, a figure more than double that of people over the age of 45.Men are more likely to run out of fuel or put the wrong juice into the tank, with Cavan motorists most likely to bleed the tank dry, as 10 per cent of those in the county polled admitting to running out of fuel.However, motorists in Co Offaly were deemed to be more likely to fill their car with the wrong fuel, which can be very costly – you can expect to fork out up to €1,500 in repairs for this.The AA says that putting the wrong fuel into your car is becoming more and more common, and Conor Faughnan, Director of Policy at AA Ireland said:last_img read more

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Barcelona judge says jailbreaking PS3s and selling them perfectly legal in Spain

first_imgOne thing’s for sure: Sony really doesn’t want you jailbreaking your PlayStation 3. It’s hard entirely to blame them — after all, massive piracy is a reason commonly cited for the PSP‘s failure — and they’ve had some success in getting foreign judges to ban gadgets that help the PS3 jailbreaking process along.So Sony was probably surprised when a judge in Spain decided not to side with them, instead declaring that it’s perfectly legal not only to own a jailbroken PS3… but to sell one or advertise your services jailbreaking one.AdChoices广告The decision was handed down in Barcelona, where a court decided that there was no reason why owners shouldn’t be able to modiy their own consoles. This is roughly the same tack that the US Copyright Office has taken with recent jailbreak-friendly DMCA exemptions, but the Barcelonan court went one step further: they said it was also legal to advertise their consoles and sell them in a jailbroken state.Then they added insult to injury by declaring that Sony had to pay the legal fees for all retailers targeted during their Spanish jailbreak sweep. Ouch. But all might not be bleak for Sony: they have two days to appeal the decision. That means the only thing that’s for sure right now in Spain is that you’ve got 48 hours to sell your jailbroken console while being guaranteed to be on the right side of the law.Read more at Crunchgearlast_img read more

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Chinese celebrate the Year of the Tiger in Athens

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Kotzia square in the centre of Athens, just opposite the Athens City Hall, was turned into a small “Chinese corner” on Sunday, as the Chinese community in Greece, joined by thousands of Greeks, celebrated the Chinese Lunar New Year with a magnificent and colorful event.For the first time in Greece, Chinese expatriates hosted an open party to celebrate the Spring Festival, which this year coincided with Valentine’s Day and the end of carnival in Greece, their “second mother country” as they described.Under red lanterns and drawings of Chinese zodiac signs hanging high, Greeks and Chinese enjoyed together a four-hour event which included performances of Greek and Chinese folk music and dances, Tai Ji and Kung Fu presentations, as well as recitation of poems on Spring, friendship and love.“I wish 2010 will bring hope, love and development to both people,” Mayor of the City of Athens Nikitas Kaklamanis said in his address, stressing that friendship and cooperation between Greece and China.Many Athenians attending the party were amazed at the expression of love by the Chinese people toward Greece and Greek civilization. “Never in my life would I thought that in the center of Athens I could see Chinese ladies sing Greek folk songs and perform folk dances with such passion,” Maria Evangelou, a Greek elementary school teacher said.Businessman Giorgos Konstantinopoulos was deeply touched by the Chinese community’s initiative to donate all the money raised through a lottery to a local center for homeless people. Nine year old Andreas, who was dressed as a pirate for the carnival, felt sorry he didn’t wear a tiger costume. “I heard today that Chinese celebrate the year of the tiger in 2010 and that tiger is the symbol of strength. Much better than a pirate! Maybe next year. Kali Hronia!”last_img read more

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ProRussian crowds seize 2 Ukrainian warships

first_imgKIEV, Ukraine — Pro-Russian crowds seized two Ukrainian warships Thursday and Ukraine said its troops were being threatened in Crimea as the European Union considered new sanctions against Russia for its annexation of the Black Sea peninsula.Tensions in the region remained high despite the release of a Ukrainian naval commander held by pro-Russian forces.Shots were fired but there were no casualties as the Ukrainian corvette Khmelnitsky was seized in Sevastopol, according to an AP photographer at the scene. Another ship, the Lutsk, was also surrounded by pro-Russian forces.The Defense Ministry had no immediate information on the incidents.Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Leonid Polyakov accused Russian troops of constantly threatening to storm military bases where Ukrainian soldiers were located, according to the Interfax news agency.In Geneva, Ukraine’s ambassador to the United Nations warned of a sharp deterioration in relations between the two neighbors, saying that Russia appears to be preparing for a military “invasion” in more areas of his country.Ambassador Yuri Klymenko said there were “indications that Russia is on its way to unleash a full-blown military invention in Ukraine’s east and south” since its annexation of Crimea. He said his statement was based on information from non-governmental organizations.last_img read more

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NagaCorp sets Naga3 cost at US35 billion reveals funding plans

first_img Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team Asian IR operator NagaCorp has confirmed the final cost of its upcoming Phase 3 development of Cambodian integrated resort NagaWorld, to be called Naga3, at US$3.5 billion of which half will be funded by controlling shareholder Dr Chen Lip Keong.The announcement, filed with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange late Sunday night, reveals NagaCorp has signed an agreement with long-term contactor CCAG Asia Co., Ltd to develop the Naga3 project for a total cost of US$3,515,011,000. The agreement requires delivery of a “fully completed and operational Naga 3 equipped with theme park equipment, furniture and fixtures, security like CCTV, specified information technology systems, full hotel operating services and equipment and utility connection cost, and other fully equipped necessity which may allow the company to commence business operation after handing over.” Land cost is not included. Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts The final figure was reached after discussions with financial advisors Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley, Project Appraiser Colliers and the company’s Project Consultants.NagaCorp also revealed it has determined that development of Naga3 will be 50% funded by Dr Chen and 50% via external funding options which each to contribute US$1.76 billion. Dr Chen, whose contribution will be settled via Settlement Shares upon project completion, has also agreed to fund any costs over and above the agreed amount.The company released first details of Naga3 earlier this month, with the development to cover a gross floor area of 544,801 square meters and incorporate two 66-storey hotel towers, two 53-storey hotel towers, a 55-storey condotel tower, a three level basement and a 12-storey podium. Load More RelatedPostslast_img read more

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Vasudeva Nayak Infosys immigration head becomes the 4th top executive to quit

first_imgInfosys immigration head Vasudeva Nayak has become the fourth top executive to quit the company this year. Nayak, who worked in the industry for 34 years, has decided to retire early. His retirement was due in 2017.Nayak had headed Wipro’s overseas operation cell before he was appointed the immigration head at Infosys in September 2011. Infosys, the second largest IT services exporter, was tackling an accusation of misusing H-1B visa norms from a U.S. employee in 2010, when the company hired him to handle the issue.The company is yet to name a replacement, reported the Economic Times. Earlier this year, strategic sales head Anup Uppadhayay, EdgeVerve head Michael Reh, artificial intelligence lead Samson David had resigned from Infosys.Nayak’s departure comes soon after CEO Vishal Sikka made a string of new appointments in a top management reshuffle after the company posted lacklustre results for the June 2016 quarter.Sikka brought back Deepak Padaki to manage mergers and acquisitions while Ritika Suri, the former head of M&As at Infosys, was given an additional responsibility to oversee larger deals while also heading the $500-million Infosys Innovation Fund.Infosys saw a decline in profits by 4.1 percent quarter-on-quarter in dollar terms, while profits in rupees went down by 4.5 percent sequentially for the quarter ended June 2016. Meanwhile, onsite revenues saw a marginal increase of 0.5 percent to 57 percent in the April-June 2016 quarter.Infosys share prices fell by 0.54 percent to Rs. 1,077.45 apiece at 11:09 a.m. compared to its previous close at Rs. 1,083.05 on the Bombay Stock Exchange.last_img read more

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Agents are feeling the love with TravelBrands Valentines Day promos

first_img Posted by Friday, February 2, 2018 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: TravelBrands, Valentines Daycenter_img MISSISSAUGA — TravelBrands is sweetening up the month of February with not one, but two Valentine’s Day promotions for travel agents.The ‘Sweet 2% Bonus Commission’ and the ’50 Shades of Cruising’ promos are valid on all new reservations made between Feb. 1-18, 2018, for travel at anytime.Agents will receive 2% bonus commission on any Travelgenie packages, hotel only, car only, add-ons and specialty products. Additionally, agents who book any five cruises in any category through Encore Cruises will receive $50 bonus commission per booking.For every fifth cruise booking made, $50 bonus commission will be added to each of the five bookings, amounting to $250 in extra commission.“These two exciting promotions are a small token of thanks to our travel agent partners who continually support us,” said Nathalie Tanious, Vice President, TravelBrands. “We’re excited to celebrate Valentine’s Day for 18 days and cannot thank them enough for their contribution to our success.”More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesBook through Agents are feeling the love with TravelBrands’ Valentine’s Day promos Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades on Sunday opened the first university speech rehabilitation clinic in Cyprus operated by the Limassol-based University of Technology (Tepak).The rehabilitation clinic, Anastasiades said, was a pioneering project as it was the first public clinic of its kind.“The clinic will offer services to the public and, in particular, diagnostic and therapeutic speech therapy sessions for people of all ages who have communication impairments,” Anastasiades said. He added that the clinic had research labs and uses state-of-the-art technology. The infrastructure of Tepak was expanding and covering a wide range of educational needs in the country.The government fully endorsed this vision and supported the university’s initiatives which contributed to and broadened the development horizons of the country. He added, however, that the establishment of dynamic university institutions was just one factor of policy.Most important was to achieve conditions of sustainable growth in the country, he said, “because only this will create new prospects, new jobs from which our graduates would be able to benefit”. The speech rehabilitation clinic will be offering free treatment to those who are willing to receive medical care from Tepak’s students.The clinic is geared to help people with speech problems as part of its undergraduate programme of speech therapy and speech pathology, the first such course at a public university in Cyprus.According to Tepak, the clinic would be a training  facility, providing students with a model of good practices that integrates educational and theoretical experience with clinical education.Much like going to any doctor, patients will make an appointment and the clinic will also receive referrals from doctors, educators and other healthcare providers from all over Cyprus.Even though the students will begin offering treatment from January 15, Tepak said that there was already a patient waiting list of a few months.  You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs Online – See For YourselfMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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