Manitoba MP enlists famed directors help

first_imgAPTN National NewsA Manitoba MP is recruiting some Hollywood muscle in her fight to save a refinery in her riding.NDP MP Niki Ashton says if Brazilian mining company Vale is allowed to close its smelter and refinery in Thompson, Man., it will devastate the community.Ashton says filmmaker Michael Moore will be posting her message about Thompson on his website along with a serious of letters written by people who will lose their jobs.last_img

Syria UNArab League envoy regrets opposition groups absence from Geneva talks

Lakhdar Brahimi called NCC President Hassan Abdel-Azim yesterday to convey his “deep regrets’ but said he respected the decision.The conference will seek to achieve a comprehensive agreement between the Syrian Government and the opposition for fully implementing the decision of an earlier Geneva conference in June 2012, which called for the creation of a transitional government to hold elections.Well over 100,000 people have been killed and more than 8 million others driven from their homes since the conflict erupted in March 2011 between the Government and various groups seeking the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad.The UN has sent out invitations to the conference to more than 30 States, including the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, as well as to representatives of the Arab League, the European Union and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.In a statement issued by a UN spokesperson today, Mr. Brahimi said he told Dr. Abdel-Azim “he respects the decision of the NCC but deeply regrets that NCC will not be part of the delegation of the Opposition which will discuss in Geneva how the terrible war now raging in Syria must be brought to an end.”He added that he is familiar with the work of the NCC and its members in support of democracy, and the freedom and dignity of the Syrian people, mentioning in particular two if its members who have disappeared.There has been no information about Abdel Aziz al-Khair since he was arrested or kidnapped in September 2012 on the road from the airport to Damascus, while Rajaa Al-Nasser was arrested or disappeared in broad daylight in the centre of Damascus on 20 November 2013. “Mr. Brahimi wishes the NCC well, and is confident they will continue to work for the return of peace to their country, and the advent of the new and democratic Syria,” the statement concluded. read more

Queen pulls out of St Pauls Cathedral service because she feels under

Queen Elizabeth II during the annual Remembrance Sunday Service at The Cenotaph  The Queen, who is in good health, is known for her robust constitution. In 2013, she had her first hospital stay in 10 years when, at the age of 86, she suffered symptoms of gastroenteritis and missed an engagement in Swansea.A week of engagements, including a two-day trip to Rome, was cancelled and the Queen spent one night in hospital. She usually attends hospital for an annual routine check-up.The Queen’s robust health over the yearsThe Queen is known for her robust health. Her son the Duke of York once described her as being incredibly fit for her age, and the 92-year-old monarch still rides her Fell ponies at Windsor, and drives, mainly around her private estates.She has called time on her overseas travels, leaving long-haul destinations to the younger members of her family. But she still has a busy diary of events, and in 2017 carried out 296 engagements.In November 2017, the Prince of Wales led the nation in honouring the country’s war dead on Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph.It was the first time that the Queen, as head of state, had watched the ceremony from a nearby balcony, and was seen as a sign of the royal family in transition and an acknowledgement of her age. The Queen has pulled out of a service at St Paul’s Cathedral because she is feeling “under the weather”.After a busy couple of days at Royal Ascot last week, on Tuesday Her Majesty met a host of people at Buckingham Palace including David Beckham and Sir Lenny Henry for the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards Ceremony.Yesterday, she hosted the the High Commissioner for Tonga, Titilupe Fanetupouvava’u Tu’ivakano, and her husband Siaosi Kiu Kaho at the palace.But today’s royal engagement was a step to far for the Queen, who has a full programme in Scotland next week. The Telegraph understands no doctor was called and Her Majesty was not taken to hospital. She is understood to be travelling to Windsor for the weekend as planned this afternoon and her itinerary in Scotland is scheduled to go ahead unhinged. A spokeswoman for Buckingham Palace said: “The Queen is feeling under the weather today and has decided not to attend this morning’s service at St Paul’s Cathedral marking the 200th anniversary of the Order of Michael and St George.”Her Majesty will be represented by the Duke of Kent as the grand master of the order.” The event was attended by Hollywood star Angelina Jolie, who was invited as a recipient of an honour from the Order, which is granted by the Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister. The Queen leaves the King Edward VII hospital in March 2013 following a short stayCredit:Alastair Grant /AP Ms Jolie, who wore a simple and fitted stone-coloured mid-calf dress with matching gloves and hat, was seen chatting to former Labour Defence Secretary and Nato secretary general Lord Robertson, admiring his ceremonial robes.At the beginning of the month, it was revealed the Queen had undergone eye surgery to remove a cataract, but wore sunglasses in public rather than cancel her long-planned engagements. Queen Elizabeth II during the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Windsor Castle The 92-year-old monarch underwent the successful procedure in May, Buckingham Palace confirmed, and in the following weeks the Queen has been seen wearing sunglasses at a number of events including the Royal Windsor Horse Show and Buckingham Palace garden parties.It was business as usual for the head of state, who did not cancel or postpone any engagements.The Court Circular, the public record of the working life of the Royal family, shows no major break in the Queen’s work in May, from receiving official visitors at Buckingham Palace to attending the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with the Duke of Edinburgh, who had recovered from a hip replacement operation. Angelina Jolie arrives at St Paul’s CathedralCredit:Leon Neal/Getty Video: The Queen’s life on screen It is for distinguished services in connection with foreign affairs and service overseas. Angelina Jolie arrives at St Paul's Cathedral The Queen wears sunglasses during the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Windsor Castle on May 13Credit:Steve Parsons /PA The Queen watched the 2017 Remembrance Sunday service from a balconyCredit:Samir Hussein /WireImage  II leaves the King Edward VII hospital following a one-day stay caused by a stomach ailment Just before Christmas 2016, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh both fell ill with heavy colds, forcing them to delay their trip to Sandringham by a day. Her first hospital stay in 10 years came in 2013 when she was 86 after she suffered symptoms of gastroenteritis and missed an engagement in Swansea when she was due to present St David’s Day leeks to the 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh.On March 3 2013, she was admitted to King Edward VII’s Hospital to be assessed. A week of engagements, including a two-day trip to Rome, was cancelled.The Queen spent one night in hospital and left thanking staff and smiling before being driven to Buckingham Palace to rest.It was thought her public appearances were back on track until Buckingham Palace announced on the morning of the Commonwealth Day Observance service on March 11 that she regrettably could no longer attend “as she continues to recover following her recent illness”.It was the first Commonwealth Day Observance service she had missed in 20 years, the last occasion being when she had flu in 1993. The Queen was not well enough to attend the Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene church and also missed the New Year’s Day one. She later described it as a “particularly grisly mixture of cold and flu”.She turned 90 in 2016 and, the same year, used the lift rather than stairs to enter Parliament for the State Opening, avoiding the 26 steps of the royal staircase at the Sovereign’s Entrance.Buckingham Palace said the “modest adjustment” to arrangements were made for “the Queen’s comfort”. The decision was attributed to the Queen suffering from knee pain.In 2014, the Prince of Wales stood in for the Queen for part of the Order of the Bath service to avoid her having to make an extra journey up and down some steep steps in full regalia.In November 2013, the Duke of Cambridge stepped in to represent the Queen at an investiture ceremony after she suffered some “mild discomfort” with her ankle after a busy weekend of engagements including the service of remembrance at the Cenotaph. The first time the Queen was actually admitted to hospital was in July 1982 when she had a wisdom tooth extracted at the King Edward VII Hospital in central London.The Queen’s no-fuss approach to injury and illness was perfectly illustrated in 1994. She broke her left wrist when her horse tripped during a ride on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk.The break was not diagnosed until almost 24 hours later when her arm was X-rayed and set in plaster at a hospital.It was the first time she had fallen in many years and the Queen had simply brushed herself down, remounted her horse and trotted on back to Sandringham. But the next day she cancelled her engagements for the rest of the week, with her son, the Duke of York, saying later that it was sensible not to risk her coming out, but that she was not ill.Her illnesses have been few and far between over the years. She has suffered from back pain, and also had operations to remove torn cartilage from both knees.She caught measles when Prince Charles was two months old in 1949 and had to be separated from her baby son. The Queen, who placed great importance to her role as Head of the Commonwealth, did however attend the Commonwealth Reception at Marlborough House on the evening of March 11 to sign the new Commonwealth Charter.Buckingham Palace insisted it was just the “tail end” of the symptoms and that her condition had not worsened. There was a short gap between May 4, when she held an investiture, and May 15 when she undertook a series of jobs including hosting a garden party and welcoming the President of the Republic of Turkey and Mrs. Erdogan to the palace.  read more

Facebook Getting Digital Movie Rentals

first_imgLate last month, Amazon threw down the online movie gauntlet by offering free streaming to all Prime users. The retail giant still lacks the selection to make it a major player on that front, but the move was rightfully considered a warning shot against the likes of Netflix, Hulu, and, to a lesser degree, Apple.Facebook is apparently dipping its multi-billion dollar toes in the water as well, thanks to a new deal with Warner Bros. The Dark Knight will be first movie to get the Zuckerberg treatment. Facebook users who have friended the superhero flick will get the chance to rent it through the site for 30 Facebook Credits ($3 USD).The rental deal gives users 48 hours to watch the film on the site. Users will be able to pause the film and will also retain full Facebook functionality while the movie is running. Warner is using the film as a trial run, with the possibility of adding more titles in the future.AdChoices广告last_img read more

Les petits poissons zèbres utilisent la ruse pour se reproduire

first_imgLes petits poissons zèbres utilisent la ruse pour se reproduireDes chercheurs ont découvert que les poissons zèbres de petite taille utilisaient des tactiques sournoises afin d’améliorer leurs chances de se reproduire face à la compétition des mâles dominants. Si le poisson zèbre (Danio rerio) est une espèce largement étudiée par les scientifiques, en particulier dans le domaine de la génétique, c’est un comportement bien particulier et jusqu’ici inconnu qu’ont élucidé des chercheurs de l’université de Sheffield au Royaume-Uni. Ceux-ci se sont intéressés à la hiérarchie qui existe au sein de la “société” des poissons zèbres, autrement dit le fait que certains mâles soient dominants tandis que les autres se comportent comme des “subordonnés”. “On peut identifier les mâles dominants. On les voit patrouiller dans l’aquarium, chassant les plus petits poissons” qui fuient, explique Penelope Watt, la biologiste qui a conduit l’étude relayée par BBC Nature et publiée dans la revue Ethology. Plus précisément, les chercheurs ont en fait voulu connaitre l’importance de cette hiérarchie dans la reproduction de l’espèce qui s’effectue par un processus de fertilisation externe. Autrement dit, la femelle pond ses oeufs et c’est ensuite le mâle qui vient les fertiliser. Pour comparer les chances de reproduction entre un mâle dominant et un inférieur, les biologistes ont donc mené une petite expérience à plusieurs reprises. Ils ont placé une femelle dans un aquarium en compagnie de deux mâles, un dominant et un subordonné, mais pas en contact direct. Celle-ci était contenue dans un cylindre en plastique recouvert d’un grillage qui lui permettait juste de sentir les mâles. Après 24 heures, les chercheurs ont libéré la femelle afin de la laisser pondre au fond de l’aquarium et de permettre aux mâles de les fertiliser. “Quand la femelle était prête à étaler ses oeufs, les mâles se sont bousculés pour se trouver proche d’elle. Plus le mâle se trouve proche de la femelle, plus il a de chance de fertiliser les oeufs produits”, explique le docteur Watt. Ensuite, l’équipe a procédé à des tests génétiques sur la progéniture issue de l’expérience afin de déterminer qui était le père de chaque poisson. Au final, ils ont alors constaté comme ils s’y attendaient, que le mâle dominant avait fertilisé bien plus d’oeufs que son subordonné.Plus de progéniture chez les petits subordonnés  À lire aussiL’impressionnant repas d’un héron surpris en pleine natureNéanmoins, ils ont observé un phénomène plus étrange : les subordonnés qui avaient le plus de chance de se reproduire étaient les plus petits poissons. “Les mâles plus petits sont probablement des mâles rusés et sont davantage manoeuvrables. Ils peuvent se mettre entre la femelle et un mâle plus large”, augmentant ainsi leur chance d’accéder aux oeufs, commentent les scientifiques. En vérité, cette stratégie de reproduction a déjà été observée chez d’autres espèces, suggérant que chez ces poissons, les mâles ont développé des “tactiques sexuelles” pour compenser leur petite taille. “Il est agréable de découvrir un élément de leur comportement auquel on ne s’attendait pas. Le poisson zèbre est une espèce bien plus complexe que ce qu’on avait considéré”, conclut la biologiste Penelope Watt. Le 2 octobre 2011 à 17:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

BCPOU Made Courtesy Call on the Chairman of the Broadcasting Corporation of

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 29, 2018 – Nassau – The Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union (BCPOU) paid a courtesy call on the Chairman of the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas (BCB), Mike Smith (seated centre), and BCB Board Members, on Wednesday morning, January 24, 2018.Pictured in the Boardroom of the Corporation during the courtesy call are, seated from left: BCB Director Oswald Munnings; BCB Acting General Manager, Kayleaser Deveaux-Isaacs; BCPOU President Bernard Evans; BCB Chairman Mike Smith; BCB Deputy Chairman Patric Walkes; BCB Director Perez Burrows; and BCB Director Elaine Gomez.  Standing from left: BCPOU Assistant Secretary General, Melonie Taylor; BCPOU Secretary General Sherry Benjamin; BCPOU Assistant Treasurer, Senator the Hon. Jamal Moss; and BCPOU Chief Shop Steward Helen Thompson.(BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

9th Annual Choose Respect March Against Domestic Violence

first_imgCommunity members gathered together to march and bring awareness to the prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault in Alaska. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Roughly 40 people came out to walk in the Choose Respect March with the LeeShore Center and other volunteers on Wednesday, March 28. Among the marchers that took part in the event Wednesday were representatives from local law enforcement, including Kenai and Soldotna police officers and Alaska State Troopers. Audio PlayerCASTRO-ON-CHOOSE-RESPECT-1-32918.mp3VmCASTRO-ON-CHOOSE-RESPECT-1-32918.mp300:00RPdCastro: “We’re making progress. Are we there yet? We’re not, and unfortunately I think our shelters will be open for a number of years in the future. But, what I can say is we are making progress. There are things happening in Alaska, as well as nationally, that are beginning to make a difference.” The Choose Respect event kicks off the start of Sexual Assault Awareness month which will take place for the entire month of April. Following the march a luncheon was held at the Kenai Visitors Center, and speakers, including volunteers from the LeeShore Center who spoke on domestic violence and sexual assault. Diane Castro, the executive director of Alaska’s Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CDVSA) who appeared via video conference with Senator Peter Micciche (R-K-Pen). Audio PlayerMICCICHE-ON-CHOOSE-RESPECT-1-32918.mp3VmMICCICHE-ON-CHOOSE-RESPECT-1-32918.mp300:00RPdSen. Micchiche: “Our goal is to put shelters out of business, because domestic violence and sexual assault are a thing of the past.” The ‘Choose Respect’ initiative began in December of 2009, when Governor Sean Parnell pledged that Alaska would take every step necessary to stop the epidemic of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child sexual abuse in Alaska.last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For May 27 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Sunday, May 27, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: A chance of rain. Cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 52 by 5pm. Northeast wind around 8 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.In The Community: The Town’s weekend of Memorial Day ceremonies continues:11:00 A.M. Mass at United Methodist Church, Wilmington1:00 P.M. Rededication of Parks, Squares, and MonumentsPolice Station MonumentMemorial Shrine – Saint Thomas of Villanova1:15 P.M. Town Common   Reading of all squares and namesAt Veterans Monument on Town Common – Rededication of Following Squares:Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial – Wilmington Memorial LibraryRobert W. Parent Memorial – Old Town Hall, Middlesex AvenueRogers Park – Middlesex Avenue by Town PoundRonald Eaton Square – Glen Road and Main StreetMissing at Sea Sailors – Silver Lake at Main StreetJohn F. Landry Jr. Memorial – Main Street at Silver LakeJohn J. Fullerton, Jr. Memorial – Grove AvenueRichard Welch M.I.A. Memorial – Main Street and Bridge LaneNee Park – Burlington Avenue and Chestnut StreetBerrigan Park – Lower Main Street and Cook AvenueJohn A. Rich Memorial – Lowell Street near TextronVeterans Memorial Bridge at Lowell StreetDrew Square – Woburn Street and West StreetButterworth Square – Federal and Concord StreetRegan Park – Salem StreetOld Soldiers Lot – Wildwood CemeteryWWI Cannon – Wildwood CemeteryIn The Community: Barnes & Noble (98 Turnpike, Burlington) is holding a book fair to benefit Wilmington-based iPods for Wounded Veterans. The fair takes place on Saturday, May 26 (9am-11pm); Sunday, May 27 (10am-9pm); and Monday, May 28 (9am-9pm). Present this voucher at checkout. People can also participate online by visiting during the fundraiser. Simply use Bookfair ID 12320263 at the in-store checkout or before checking out online. A percentage of in-store and online purchases will benefit iPods for Wounded Veterans.Go Wildcats!: The Dick Scanlon Memoril Day Tournament concludes today. Matignon takes on Revere in the consolation game at noon, while Wilmington will take on Greater Lawrence Tech in the championship game at 3pm.Food Shopping: Food shopping in town this week?  In case you haven’t seen this week’s circulars, Wilmington Apple has you covered:This week’s circular from Market Basket (260 Main Street) can be found HERE.This week’s circular from Lucci’s Market (211 Lowell Street) can be found HERE.Elia’s Country Store (381 Middlesex Avenue) does not have an online circular, but the store posts its hot entree schedule and other specials on its Facebook page HERE.Reminder: A large portion of the MBTA Commuter Rail’s Lowell Line is closed for repairs. Free shuttle bus service is being provided. Learn more HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related2019 Wilmington Memorial Day Full Schedule Of ActivitiesIn “Community”Town Invites Residents To Participate In Memorial Day Observances (FULL SCHEDULE)In “Government”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, July 27, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Take measures to curb mob lynching Muslim leaders

first_imgDharna Chowk: Tanzeem-E-Insaf staged protest here on Sunday condemning mob lynching and the rise in the incidents in India. Speaking to media during the protests, former Rajya Sabha member and CPI leader Aziz Pasha expressed his concerns over increasing mob lynching incidents in India. He said that mob lynching of minorities and Dalits across India has become everyday news. Also Read – Hyderabad: L&T bags IT awards Advertise With Us While minorities and Dalits are being killed by mobs, the BJP government at the Centre has taken no action to prevent such attacks, he alleged. Aziz Pasha criticized the BJP government for its inaction despite the Supreme Court suggesting the Parliament to enact laws to prevent such attacks. UN Human Rights Commission also reported that as many as 266 people killed in mob lynching attacks in the last five years, and the Centre has not taken any measures to prevent the attacks, he said. Former MP said that India is a democracy and emphasized on the need for saving its core principle of unity in diversity. Minority leaders Afroz Patel, AIYF president Shaik Nadeem, MD Khan, Sohail, Nadeem, Rakesh Singh and others participated in the protest.last_img read more

Colins Blazin 5 NFL Week 2

first_img Advertisement Every Friday, it’s time for Colin’s Blazin’ 5. Colin had a rough Week 1 (2 – 3), but he’s feeling confident heading into Week 2 now that he’s seen the teams with his own eyes. He’s ready to make the house pay up.Don’t listen to your buddy Teddy “The Nostril”. Listen to Colin, and cut out some time on Monday so you can make a trip to the bank to unload your stacks of cash.Without further delay, here’s Colin’s NFL Week 2  Blazin’ 5.Kansas City (+2.5) vs. Houston – Colin loves getting the 2.5 here. Sure, the Texans looked great last week. Get over it, it was the Bears and Smokin’ Jay Cutler. KC has the QB and coaching edge, and have won 11 straight regular season contests. Tight end Travis Kelce is going to be a massive matchup problem for the Texans. Take KC and the points. Road dogs pull the outright upset. 24 -17 KC. 2. Titans (+5.5) vs. Detroit  –  5.5 points here is a gift. Detroit scored 30 on the road against Indy’s high school caliber defense in Week 1. Big deal, everyone is gonna put up 30 on the Colts this year. The Titans have a real defense, and held Adrian Peterson to a meager 31 yards rushing in Week 1. Marcus Mariota has been great on the road in his brief career (10 TD’s 1 Int). Derrick Henry and DeMarco Murray will run it against one of the worst rushing defenses in the NFL to keep it close. Titans cover. 24 – 23 Detroit.3. Atlanta (+4.5) vs. Oakland- Everybody loves the Raiders this year, including Colin. But, they’re still young, and trailed for most of Week 1 in New Orleans. Colin doesn’t love Matty Ice on the road, but he loves Atlanta’s weapons. 4.5 is too many points to give Atlanta, even on the road. Colin likes the Birds, the points and the outright upset. 27-20 Falcons.4. Indy vs. Denver (-6) –  6 is a big number to swallow, but the Colts defense is so bad it’s inappropriate for children under the age of 18. Their two best players, cornerbacks Vontae Davis and Darius Butler are questionable. No es bueno. This one could get ugly. The Broncos D is stacked with elite talent and a rabid pass rush. Andrew Luck doesn’t stand a chance with a weak supporting cast. Colin loves a well rested Denver to demoralize the Colts. 27-10 Broncos.5. Dallas vs. Washington (-2.5) –  Dak Prescott starts his first road game against a salty Washington team that was embarrassed by the Steelers at home last week. The Cowboys aren’t the Steelers, and Dak Prescott isn’t Big Ben. The Redskins have a terrible run defense that will keep it close, but the hostile environment in DC is too much for Prescott and the ‘Boys. Washington by a couple of field goals. Give the 2.5. Washington 26 – 20.That’s The Blazin’ 5 for Week 2 in the NFL.Also, make sure you download, listen and subscribe to Colin’s Prediction Podcast, which will be available this Saturday morning, and every Saturday through the end of the football season. He’ll sit down with RJ Bell from and see how his Blazin’ 5 stacks up against the smart money in Vegas.Download and subscribe to it exclusively at,iHeart Radio, Google Play, or iTunes. Don’t miss it.? @ColinCowherd makes his Week 2 Blazin’ 5 picks ?You’re welcome in advance.— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) September 16, 2016last_img read more

Qantas 7th in Corporate Reputation Index

first_imgQantas has ranked just one place above Air NZ Qantas has dropped just three places to finish 7th in this year’s Corporate Reputation Index, despite safety concerns surrounding the airline. Conversely, the index, produced by research consultancy AMR, shows trans-tasman rival Air New Zealand has risen to 8th position, up five places on 2010. On the ‘Products’ dimension, Qantas fell from 13th to 25th position, which according to AMR’s Practice Director and General Manager, Oliver Freedman suggested  “the public’s emotional connection with Qantas is still there, but confidence in the products and services have weakened”.       The Corporate Reputation Index measures how Australians score our top 60 companies based on their products & services, innovation, workplace, citizenship, governance, leadership and performance. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more

StayWell Hospitality Group signs third hotel in India

first_imgStayWell Hospitality Group signs third hotel in IndiaThird time’s a charm when it comes to opening hotels in India for Australian-owned Hotel Management Company StayWell Hospitality Group which is opening a 72 room Park Regis Sanpra Beach in Visakhapatnam in the first quarter of 2017.Opening in partnership with renowned Indian Infrastructure Company Sanpra Group, the property will be StayWell’s third across the country and first in Southern India. StayWell Hospitality Group CEO Mr Simon Wan said that opening and managing a hotel in the developing city of Visakhapatnam presents many benefits for both StayWell and the local region. “We are passionate about expanding our Park Regis and Leisure Inn brands internationally and see the opening of Park Regis Sanpra Beach in Visakhapatnam, a known tier II city primed for future development, as a great opportunity to enter into the new market of Southern India,” Mr Wan said.Property owner, P. Kiran Kumar said that joining forces with StayWell Hospitality Group to manage this hotel in early 2017 will bring increased efficiencies and an enhanced guest experience. “The new hotel management agreement with StayWell will bring new world-class operational systems and procedures to the region which both guests and staff will benefit from,” Mr Kumar said. “We are delighted that the hotel matches the vision of the Andhra Pradesh government by bringing in the world-class infrastructure and associating with an international hotel management chain, StayWell Hospitality Group by signing with their upscale brand, Park Regis,” he said.StayWell Hospitality Group India’s Managing Director Rohit Vig also agrees that the brands future within India looks bright following the formalisation of this hotel management agreement which now represents a total of 12 hotels signed under the StayWell brands of Park Regis and Leisure Inn within India.“Park Regis Sanpra Beach is a great addition to the StayWell Portfolio with its prime location overlooking one of the best known beaches and tourist spots in Visakhapatnam as well as hotel facilities which include a roof-top restaurant, a business centre and conference facilities, gymnasium and pool,” he said.Source = StayWell Hospitality Grouplast_img read more

RMBS Settlement Eats Up Citis Q2 Profits

first_img Citigroup Profits Quarterly Earnings RMBS Settlements 2014-07-14 Tory Barringer Citigroup’s second-quarter profits took a major hit as the bank announced a settlement with the government to resolve securities claims.Citi released its quarterly earnings report Monday morning, posting net profit of $181 million—a decline of 96 percent compared to earnings of $4.2 billion a year ago.The second quarter’s results include a $3.8 billion charge related to a $7.0 billion settlement with the Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities (RMBS) Working Group, also announced early Monday.Under the terms of the agreement, the bank will pay a total of $4.5 billion in cash, including a $4 billion payment to the Justice Department and $500 million in payments to state attorneys general and FDIC. The remaining $2.5 billion will be provided through consumer relief by the end of 2018.The settlement brings to any real claims and investigations into Citi’s RMBS and collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) issued, structured, or underwritten between 2003 and 2008.In a statement, Citigroup CEO Michael Corbat said that with the agreement, Citi has now resolved “substantially all” of its legacy RMBS and CDO litigation. “We believe that this settlement is in the best interests of our shareholders, and allows us to move forward and to focus on the future, not the past,” Corbat said.Even removing the settlement charge, Citi’s Q2 earnings would have come to $3.9 billion, short of last year but in line with Q1’s results.The bank’s North American Global Consumer Banking income came to $1.1 billion, “broadly flat” from last year as lower operating expenses, a decline in net credit losses, and a higher loan loss reserve helped offset lower revenues stemming from waning mortgage refinancing activity. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News, Secondary Market RMBS Settlement Eats Up Citi’s Q2 Profitscenter_img Share July 14, 2014 566 Views last_img read more

Paul McCartney ready to release his 17th solo albu

first_imgPaul McCartney ready to release his 17th solo album FILE – In this July 26, 2017 file photo, Paul McCartney performs on the One on One Tour at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, Ill. The former Beatle announced on social media on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, that “Egypt Station” will be released on Sept. 7. The title comes from the name of one of McCartney’s paintings and it will be McCartney’s first full album since “NEW” in 2013. (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP, File) by The Associated Press Posted Jun 21, 2018 5:17 am PDT Last Updated Jun 21, 2018 at 6:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Paul McCartney is inviting fans on a musical journey as he prepares to release his 17th solo album.The former Beatle, who turned 76 on Monday, announced on social media on Wednesday that “Egypt Station” will be released on Sept. 7. The title comes from the name of one of McCartney’s paintings and it will be McCartney’s first full album since “NEW” in 2013.McCartney posted the singles “I Don’t Know” and “Come On To Me.”In a statement, McCartney says he thinks of the album “as a dream location that the music emanates from.”“Egypt Station” was recorded between Los Angeles, London and Sussex, England.last_img read more

Cyprus property prices fall up to 96 pct in Q3RICS

first_imgProperty prices in Cyprus declined by up to 9.6 per cent on an annual basis in the third quarter, surveyors said on Thursday, with demand sapped by a lack of bank credit and high unemployment.On an annual basis, asking prices for retail space at the end of September fell by 9.6 per cent, while for apartments they dropped 6.3 per cent and for homes 4.4 per cent, an index compiled by the Cyprus branch of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) showed.Property prices in Cyprus have been sliding progressively since 2009 after several years of rapid expansion, particularly in the holiday home sector.However, the fall appears to be slowing, with declines starting to slow as of the second quarter of this year.RICS said the Cypriot capital, Nicosia, previously more resilient, saw the most pronounced drop in prices in the last quarter. Other districts were showing signs of bottoming out.Cyprus’ property slump is a headache for banks and mortgage holders, with homeowners left out of pocket with huge debts on property now valued at significantly lower prices.Cyprus is working through a three-year austerity programme mandated by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund after accepting a 10 billion euro international bailout last year. (Reuters)You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Bulgaria looks to attract Cyprus gas imports for its planned gas hub

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