Albertashot Ice Blue a psychological thriller with a Canadiana twist

first_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement “John and Arielle live on a beaver farm,” says Somers, taking a break from shooting in Okotoks earlier this week. “They breed them for reclamation of land. So, the level of Canadiana? There’s beavers in this. You have a psychological thriller and beavers.”Beavers may or may not play a central role in the plot, but it seems clear that Somers will be giving the film a distinctive sense of place. It’s not just Canadiana, but distinctly Albertan. Much of it is shot on a rural farmhouse near Millarville, which should give Ice Blue a decidedly big-sky-above-the-foothills look.“I look upon it as a character,” Somers says. “The landscape is definitely a character that really enhances the whole story. We shoot an awful lot in dusk and dawn, and that’s also really important to this.” Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Sandi Somers describes Ice Blue, her debut feature film, as “very Canadiana.”How Canadiana?Consider the major setting, the farmhouse home of protagonist 16-year-old Arielle (Sophia Lauchlin Hirt) and her father John (Billy MacLellan). Login/Register With:last_img read more

Maroc Export to Organize Arab and African Businesswomen Forum in 2017

Rabat – “Maroc Export” was elected as organizer of the Arab and African Businesswomen Forum for the year 2017, during the board meeting of the Arab Union for Industrial Exports Promotion, under the Arab League.This forum is an opportunity to share viewpoints between Arab and African businesswomen, and an opportunity to highlight their potential and contribution to the commercial development of their countries, said Moroccan exports office in a statement.The Center was also named “Project Leader” for the Arab Training Institute for Arab Market Experts, which will be launched in 2017 and headquartered in Morocco. It will also host the 9th board of directors of the Arab Union for Industrial Exports Promotion, the statement said.Maroc Export is a founding member of the Arab Network for Trade Promotion Organizations (OPC), a network set up on November 22, 2016, in Marrakech, on the sidelines of the 11th edition of the Global OPC Conference. read more

UN environment agency names Climate Heroes

4 June 2009An adventurer who plans to sail the Pacific in a boat made of plastic and a team of innovators trying to figure out how to take plastic out of the ocean are among “Climate Heroes” named today by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). An adventurer who plans to sail the Pacific in a boat made of plastic and a team of innovators trying to figure out how to take plastic out of the ocean are among “Climate Heroes” named today by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).Timed to mark World Environment Day, observed on 5 June, the nomination of the heroes is part of UNEP’s Adventure Activism for the Environment programme designed to raise public awareness of “hot topic” issues in advance of an environmental summit in Copenhagen in December. “Climate heroes are people who take a special initiative, who go beyond the normal responsibilities that we have, who pioneer with unusual initiatives and ideas,” said Achim Steiner, UNEP’s Executive Director. “They show the kind of commitment, enthusiasm and understanding of how important it is that we all become heroes in order to address climate change.Among the heroes are Roz Savage of the United Kingdom – known for her 2006 solo row across the Atlantic Ocean – who will row across the Pacific Ocean and walk from London to Copenhagen to encourage people to walk more, drive less and use less fuel. Other heroes are David de Rothschild of the United Kingdom and his team, which plan to sail the Pacific in a catamaran made out of reclaimed plastic bottles, and Project Kaisei, a California based group which is studying how to capture plastic waste in the ocean, detoxify it, and recycle it into diesel fuel. Also ahead of World Environmental Day, the General Assembly yesterday unanimously passed a resolution, expressing its deep concern about “the possible security implications of climate change.” The 192-member body asked all the major UN organs, including the Security Council, to intensify their efforts to address the challenge, and requested Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to submit a comprehensive report to the Assembly at its next session on the possible security implications of climate change. read more

Former Deputy Minister Lanza joins the joint opposition

Lanza had said that he had resigned over several reasons.The Deputy Minister extended support to President Maithripala Sirisena in 2015. However as of late he has been critical of the Government and also sought to unite former President Mahinda Rajapaksa with President Sirisena. (Colombo Gazette) United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Gampaha District Parliamentarian and former Deputy Minister Nimal Lanza today joined the joint opposition.Lanza resigned from his post as the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs last week. read more

Middle East UN agency to set up summer camps for Palestinian youth

UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People (PAPP) signed the agreements earlier this week with several Palestinian community organizations to enable some 5,000 youngsters to participate in the camps during July and August.”Getting youth off the streets during these difficult times of military closures in the occupied Palestinian territory and offering them productive, educational activities is consistent with UNDP/PAPP’s human development agenda,” said Timothy Rothermel, the UNDP Special Representative for the Programme of Assistance.Among the community organizations that will be working with UNDP/PAPP in setting up the summer camps are the Ramallah Municipality, the Jerusalem Ladies Association, the Palestinian Red Crescent, the Spafford Children’s Center in Jerusalem, the Anglican School in Ramallah and the Palestinian Youth Association in Gaza. read more

Local liaison to UN in northern Afghan city killed factions to be

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said Mohammed Farid, a member of the Mazar-i-Sharif police, was killed when he went to investigate clashes between two factional militias near a warehouse belonging to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).The situation was now calm and the Mazar Multi-party Security Commission had agreed that the two police commanders from the Wahdat and Jamiat factions responsible for the incident and currently in custody at their respective military headquarters would be handed over to the police, UNAMA spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva said Sunday in the Afghan capital of Kabul.Given the recent escalation of tensions among the factions as well as in the city, UN personnel in Mazar were told to stay home on Saturday while the situation was assessed and action taken by the Security Commission, he added.The Commission agreed that all “unauthorized” armed men from the Jamiat, Jumbesh and Wahdat Mohaqiq factions who had entered the city in the last weeks would be removed tomorrow. A delegation comprised of all factions and UNAMA will participate in the verification of that process. It was stressed that compliance with these conditions is critical to the current security situationExpressing regret over Mr. Farid’s “untimely and tragic” death, Mr. de Almeida e Silva said he was considered by all who worked with the UN there as an exceptional policeman, well liked by everyone in the international community as a professional and a dedicated man who approached his job with vigour and impartiality.”The international community in Mazar feels that his death is indeed a great loss,” the spokesman added. read more

Return of mens volleyball brings new meaning to Brock memorial games

There are hundreds of names on the Brock Sports athlete awards wall in Walker Complex. Hundreds of amazing accomplishments. Hundreds of stories.Under men’s volleyball, the list ends with “2000-01 Jason Pearson.”The year marks the last time Brock fielded a team before bringing the sport back this year after a 15-year hiatus.And the name Jason Pearson? His is a tragic story of a young man taken from this earth far too soon, but whose memory lives on through an annual scholarship and memorial varsity games.On Saturday, Jan. 21, Pearson will be remembered with not just one memorial game, but a full schedule of men’s and women’s volleyball and basketball games.* * *Jason Pearson was one of those naturally gifted athletes that make people jealous.For all intents and purposes, he was a basketball player, and one hell of a player, at that. A constant three-point threat, he played for the Brock Badgers in 1998-99 and 1999-2000, his first two years at the St. Catharines school.He wanted a new challenge for his third year at Brock, so the Guelph native joined the men’s volleyball team and, in typical Jason Pearson fashion, ended the year as the team’s most valuable player.Not that he wanted the praise, but it meant Pearson’s name would forever be found on that wall of athletic greats in the hallway of Walker Complex.Pearson told his family and friends he planned to re-join the basketball team in the fall of 2001, but tragically, he would never be given the chance.In the early hours of June 8, 2001, Pearson was a passenger in a car with three friends, including Brock basketball player Ryan Dudley, when a drunk driver crossed over the centre and hit them head on.In an instant, at the age of 21, Jason Pearson was dead.It’s trying to maintain a really positive memory of a young kid who contributed a lot to the school not only through basketball but through the other things he didAs word of Pearson’s death spread around the University, it didn’t take long for the seeds of a memorial game to take root.Since basketball was his first love, and with the men’s volleyball program being shelved, an annual basketball game in his honour was launched.“It was a rallying effort of everybody who was so closely connected to Jason,” said his father, Larry Pearson.Along with that came the Jason Pearson Memorial Award, given to a men’s basketball player each year who represented all of the qualities that made the award’s namesake such a good young man.Part of the reason why Pearson was still in Niagara on that fateful June day rather than back at home in Guelph was that he chose to stay in here to help out with Brock summer camps.“He stayed there and worked in community outreach. It was something that was very important to him,” Larry Pearson said. “Jason loved the school and everything about it.“It makes me feel good that we’re able to recognize Jason every year and help another young man who is kind of in the same situation as he was.”Though the timing of the Jason Pearson Memorial Game has moved around over the years, it has always been a basketball game used to remember the two-sport athlete.But when the decision was made to bring men’s volleyball back to the Brock Sports roster, Larry Pearson gratefully made a donation to help support the new program and coach Doug Hanes, who he coached as a player back in the 1970s at the University of Guelph.Making this particular weekend even more appropriate to host the memorial game is that the Brock volleyball teams are hosting the University of Windsor Lancers. Lucas Hodgson, now coach of the Lancers women’s team, was driving the car his friend Jason Pearson was in when it was hit by the drunk driver in late spring, 2001. Dudley, who finished his career as the third-leading scorer in Brock basketball history, will also be at the games Saturday.“I am so happy to be able to be part of this day,” said Hodgson. “I have been lucky enough to be at most of the basketball games in Jay’s honor, but for his memory to carry over to the volleyball program is great as well. Larry has made sure Jay’s memory lives on and we are proud to be able to celebrate that along with him.”For Larry Pearson, the memorial games are something he holds close to his heart.“It’s very special just because I know how important that school was to him,” he said. “It’s trying to maintain a really positive memory of a young kid who contributed a lot to the school not only through basketball but through the other things he did.”Jason Pearson Memorial Games ScheduleSaturday, Jan. 21 at Bob Davis Gymnasium1 p.m. – Women’s Volleyball vs. Windsor3 p.m. – Men’s Volleyball vs. Windsor6 p.m. – Women’s Basketball vs. York8 p.m. – Men’s Basketball vs. York read more

Jamaica condemns 70 tonnes of rice imported from Guyana

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCinderella Rice export infested with insects – Jamaican AuthorityFebruary 15, 2019In “Business”OPINION: Rejected rice again; this time in Jamaica; no one is held accountableFebruary 11, 2019In “latest news”Rice from Guyana and Suriname to be released into Jamaica – SamudaDecember 14, 2016In “latest news” KINGSTON, Jamaica (Jamaica Observer) The Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Division (FSPID), in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF) says it has confiscated 70 metric tonnes (1,575 bags) of White Cinderella rice from Guyana due to high microbial content.The rice, valued at approximately $4.6 million, was imported from Guyana by a local distributor was found to have signs of mould growth, clumping discolouration and wetting, and as a result was detained by a food storage inspector.The division advised that a statutory detention notice was subsequently placed on the rice and samples collected were submitted to the FSPID’s Microbiology Laboratory for testing.The results revealed that the rice had microbial levels above the accepted limits and as such was deemed not suitable for human consumptions and was condemned.The seizure is said to be the first for the year and was imported by a large chain distributor in Jamaica with whom the matter was discussed extensively.The division further advised that in keeping with the Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation (FSPI) Act (1958) and Regulations (1973), the rice were detained while arrangements made for disposal.The FSPID is a regulatory department with responsibility for ensuring the safety and wholesomeness of food entering commerce. read more

Micromine aims for productivity gains with Pitram Shift Planner 20

first_imgThe Pitram Shift Planner 2.0 from software developer Micromine has taken into account user feedback, with the latest version built to reflect the dynamic nature of underground mining operations.The new version, to be released shortly, allows planned work for equipment and mining locations to be divided into small, interdependent tasks or activities, allowing these tasks or activities to be rescheduled or re-allocated in real time during a shift.These tasks are communicated to equipment operators along with expected duration and/or deliverables. The progress of a task is tracked automatically and supervisors are notified when a task is at risk of delay. Dependencies between each task are shown graphically allowing the effect of a delay to be identified and the overall impact on the shift outcome to be known.“This type of functionality reflects the dynamic nature of a mining operation, allowing tasks to be rescheduled or re-allocated in real-time during the shift and allowing a manager or supervisor to determine the best way for the shift to be efficient and productive, despite unexpected delays or occurrences that may have occurred in the shift to date,” Micromine said.Unlike traditional in-shift planning tools that focus on equipment only, Pitram’s Shift Planner monitors the production or development cycle at each location ensuring equipment units are not held up due to delays on other equipment.“This is extremely important for operations that are constrained by limited access to stopes or development faces,” Micromine said.Pitram Strategy Manager Gareth Dean said the development of Shift Planner came from collaboration and feedback from Micromine clients: “A missing feature that has been requested by multiple clients is to implement user roles and permissions. Specifically, an often-cited example of this is the inability to lock down a plan and only allow certain users to create or modify a plan.”The current Shift Planner user interface does not allow for much customisation outside of configuring views. This forces the user to adapt to a design that may not suit their requirements. In Shift Planner 2.0, user interface elements will be dockable (or hidden) as required and can be saved per each user’s preference, for individual customisation.In addition, the Short Interval Control (SIC) panel provides a graphical view of tasks in the current shift, comparing planned versus actual start and finish times and progress. This will be integrated into Shift Planner 2.0 as part of the application.Notifications and warnings are an important planning tool to draw attention to the progress of the plan. While the current Shift Planner has no built-in notifications apart from highlighting of tasks behind schedule in the SIC panel, the latest version will include new areas such as: safety messages, tracking the user and being able to add comments.And Shift Planner 2.0 will also allow users to be able to see how the entire shift is operating in relation to the plan.Dean said: “We’re moving into a digital age, no longer are mine sites using paper, white-boards and walkie talkies to track people, equipment and their associated tasks on site. Micromine’s soon to be released Shift Planner 2.0 offering is a true example of digitisation that will offer significant increase in productivity gains.”last_img read more

Toyota 86 British Green Limited is sweet forbidden fruit outside Japan

first_img 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Share your voice More about 2018 Toyota 86 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Coupes Sports Cars Tags More From Roadshow Toyota Toyotacenter_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 0 Post a comment Toyota 86 British Green Limited packs Brembo brakes and gold wheels 8 Photos Review • 2018 Toyota 86: Still an enthusiast’s dream Enlarge ImageEven if Toyota just brought the wheels here, I’d consider that a fine-enough compromise. Toyota We here in America are pretty used to seeing desirable limited-edition models not offered for sale here. That trend continues into 2019, and the latest car to catch our eye is the Toyota 86 British Green Limited.Available only in Japan, the 86 British Green Limited starts off by slapping the standard 86 coupe with a coat of green paint that looks pretty close to the hallowed British racing green seen on, well, too many cars to count. The exterior also sports a set of red Brembo brake calipers and gold wheels, in addition to a unique spoiler. Green and gold is a lovely combination, and I’m not just saying that because those were my high school’s colors.Since a black interior would be boring, Toyota spiced up the 86 British Green Limited with two-tone leather and Alcantara suede seats. The steering wheel and shift lever receive orange contrast stitching, for an extra dash of style. Otherwise, the interior appears pretty close to normal — with the exception of the screen, which is notably absent, being replaced with a cover plate. Hope you like engine noise!The powertrain appears to be the same as usual. Its 2.0-liter flat-four engine puts out about 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque, and it comes mated to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. While Sachs dampers are available on the base 86, they’re standard on this special variant.It doesn’t appear that Toyota has any intention of bringing this car to the US. At current exchange rates, Toyota Japan is asking the equivalent of about $30,000 to bring this car home. Interested Japanese buyers only have a limited time to act, though, as it’s only on sale through May 31.last_img read more

State finance ministers seek simplicity in GST at meeting

first_imgState finance ministers have called for the proposed Goods and Services Tax (GST) to be simplified, but did not discuss what rate it should be set at, indicating scant progress on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s priority reform.With less than a week for the winter session of parliament to begin, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley missed the meeting of a high-level GST committee, which also lacks a permanent chairman after the last one quit amid a corruption scandal.Manish Sisodia, deputy chief minister and finance minister of the Delhi city government, said the panel wanted to focus on simplifying administration of the GST rather than lowering the rate.”Rates were not discussed today,” said Sisodia, who chaired the meeting. A sub-committee was set up to decide on a threshold below which small businesses would be exempted from the sales tax, he told reporters in New Delhi on Friday.Jaitley said this week his top priority for the parliamentary session starting on 26 November was to convince the opposition to support the GST bill in the upper house of parliament, where the government lacks a majority.Modi needs the backing of the upper house to pass a key enabling amendment to the Constitution, but has faced entrenched resistance led by the opposition Congress party that he defeated in a general election 18 months ago.His ruling nationalist party is on the back foot after suffering a heavy defeat in an election in the populous state of Bihar.The GST, the most ambitious tax reform since independence in 1947, would unify Asia’s third-largest economy into a single market, and could add as much as two percentage points to the economy, the government estimates.A percentage rate has not yet been agreed but a range in the low-to-mid 20s has been discussed, leading to concerns that such a high rate would encourage tax evasion. Sisodia, speaking for Delhi, said he supported a rate of 25%.Finance ministry officials say introducing the new tax could increase the revenues of the federal and state governments substantially as all consumers would pay taxes on most goods and services.However, many state governments fear revenue losses as a result of GST being introduced, and a parallel discussion is also under way about how to compensate them, complicating efforts to reach a workable compromise.The GST law would aim to cut red tape for taxpayers by replacing an array of federal and state taxes – ranging from 25% to 30%, while ending the practice of imposing a levy on goods coming from outside a state.last_img read more

Ecommerce in Africa and Asia How startups can benefit from tomorrows emerging

first_img The ecommerce industry in Ghana, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nigeria might sound like a dead market, but there are start-ups testing out the waters in those areas. One of these companies is Saltside Technologies, a digital sales platform entering these markets.Most start-ups from Europe, they dont focus on these kind of emerging markets, Nils Hammar, CEO and founder of the ecommerce platform, told IBTimes UK. Thats one of the reasons why we are there because its pretty empty when it comes to competition.Start ups and ecommerce giants often go for the BRIC countries. IBTimes UK interviewed the CEO of American Auction in October about SMEs in China. The ecommerce infrastructure and environment in the current emerging countries are obvious, and the consumer market is increasingly more appealing.However, tomorrows emerging markets are also becoming more and more popular for ecommerce start-ups. Even though those countries are poor and internet penetration is low, you see a fast transformation of those countries, Hammar said. They mature and get more and more attractive every year.However, the opportunities that western countries offer for ecommerce companies and digital start-ups are often taken for granted, according to Hammar. The issues of trust and fraud are very typical for the African and Asian Markets Saltside Technologies is exploring.You lack the basic infrastructure that you need for ecommerce. Its hard to find reliable deliveries, its hard to find really good payment providers, he said in the case of Bangladesh. Closelast_img read more

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first_img News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | May 13, 2019 Blue Earth Diagnostics Expands Access to Axumin in Europe Blue Earth Diagnostics announced expanded access to the Axumin (fluciclovine (18F)) imaging agent in Europe. The first… read more November 3, 2008 – PETNET Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Siemens Medical Solutions USA, and Covidien have entered into a co-marketing agreement to offer a combined portfolio of high-energy and low-energy radioisotopes to the nuclear medicine community in the U.S.PETNET and Covidien Imaging Solutions will create a network of nuclear imaging product offerings to expand customer access to a wider range of products, including molecular imaging agents, or radiopharmaceuticals, designed to illuminate conditions, such as cancer or heart disease, during imaging procedures. The agreement brings together Covidien’s single photo emission computed tomography (SPECT) products and PETNET’s positron emission tomography (PET) products.“This agreement further validates the efforts Covidien has undertaken in recent years to enhance our reputation as a valued supplier of essential diagnostic products,” said Steve Hanley, president, Imaging Solutions, Covidien. “With the agreement we are positioned to offer our nuclear medicine customers expanded access to both product lines to help them provide better patient diagnostic services. It also provides PETNET with access to our extensive SPECT product offerings.”Additionally, this agreement allows both companies to offer customers enhanced service, expertise and product sourcing options.“We are pleased to work in tandem with Covidien to offer radiopharmaceuticals for both PET and SPECT imaging. This agreement strengthens Siemens offerings in radiopharmaceutical distribution and contributes to the availability of molecular imaging to patients nationwide,” said Michael Reitermann, CEO, Molecular Imaging, Siemens Healthcare.For more information: and FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | November 02, 2008 Siemens, Covidien Agreement Expands Radioisotope Access News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | June 05, 2019 BGN Technologies Introduces Novel Medical Imaging Radioisotope Production Method BGN Technologies, the technology transfer company of Ben-Gurion University (BGU), introduced a novel method for… read more Image courtesy of Amen Clinics Image courtesy of MR Solutions. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more center_img News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more News | PET-MRI | May 23, 2019 Study Explores Magnetic Nanoparticles as Bimodal Imaging Agent for PET/MRI Researchers from Bourgogne University in Dijon, France, showed that use of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | May 17, 2019 New Phase 2B Trial Exploring Target-Specific Myocardial Ischemia Imaging Agent Biopharmaceutical company CellPoint plans to begin patient recruitment for its Phase 2b cardiovascular imaging study in… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | May 10, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor Shine Medical Technologies Breaks Ground on U.S. Medical Isotope Production Facility Shine Medical Technologies Inc. broke ground on their first medical isotope production facility in Janesville, Wis. U.S… read more Prototype fluidic system for zirconium-89 purification. Image taken through a hot cell window at the Department of Radiology, University of Washington. Image courtesy of Matthew O’Hara, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | March 14, 2019 Researchers Create New Method for Developing Cancer Imaging Isotopes A team of researchers at the University of Washington announced they developed a new automated system for producing… read morelast_img read more

Man stabs 5 people to death in central China

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement BEIJING (AP) – Police in central China were hunting for a lone knifeman Friday who stabbed five people to death and wounded three others in the latest in a string of rampage attacks across the country.Henan provincial police said Ding Jinhua killed three people in the village of Dazhuzhuang, then drove to a nearby furniture market where he killed a shop owner and taxi driver before driving off in the cab.A police notice said a reward was being offered for information leading to the capture of the 38-year-old furniture salesman. Men’s health affects baby’s health too Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img 0 Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories The vital role family plays in society How men can have a healthy 2019 Thursday’s killings follow a series of deadly attacks on members of the public by mentally ill people or those bearing grudges against their neighbors, society, or the government.Last Saturday, a motorcycle taxi driver detonated a homemade bomb at Beijing’s main airport after eight years of frustration trying to seek redress for an attack by city guards that left him paralyzed and in debt, according to his brother.In the worst such incident, a man set fire to a crowded commuter bus last month, killing 47 people, following unsuccessful efforts to get a local police station to correct his age so he could be eligible for social security payments.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

Tricon Marine is pleased to introduce the Argos Gu

first_imgTricon Marine is pleased to introduce the Argos Gulfstream – a limited-edition series of luxury, offshore performance yachts that boast unsurpassed details and amenities never before offered in vessels of similar size and class. The first model ­– the 92-foot (28-meter) Argos G92 – will make her debut at the upcoming Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which takes place October 29-November 2, 2009. Construction is also underway on the 100-foot (30.5-meter) Argos G100 model, scheduled for launch in 2010.Available in 80-foot to 120-foot (24.5- to 37.5-meter) models, the Argos Gulfstream features a sumptuous and spacious master stateroom SkySuite™ with 270-degree panoramic views. The ship’s multipurpose split-level sun decks offer infinite possibilities for entertainers and sports enthusiasts alike – they can host large social gatherings, carry tenders up to 22 feet (6.7 meters), and offer helipad capabilities. In addition, the Argos Gulfstream offers trans-oceanic cruising range, while offering high-speed performance to 33 knots.The Argos Gulfstream is crafted under a limited-production guarantee, a first for the luxury yacht industry. Only three hulls across the entire series will be built each year, providing owners with the utmost distinction in ownership and superior investment value.Christos Livadas is Chairman and CEO of Tricon Marine. A deeply passionate yachtsman for more than a decade, Mr. Livadas researched and purchased multiple luxury yachts prior to founding Tricon and eliminating the many tradeoffs inherent in motor yacht ownership.“The Argos Gulfstream eliminates compromises and the cookie-cutter look that characterizes so many luxury yachts today. She combines speed and range, seaworthiness and beauty, style and spaciousness,” comments Mr. Livadas.With a standard crew-forward arrangement, the ship’s layout completely separates her owner from crew operations. Her design provides the crew with direct access from their quarters to all day-to-day work areas, including the pilot house and galley, eliminating the need for the yacht’s crew to pass through the owner’s living or social areas.“Owners will be delighted by the Argos Gulfstream’s level of privacy, which is not available on any other yacht under 120 feet,” explains Mr. Livadas. “Equally impressive is her spectacular master SkySuite™ and flexible split-level sun deck, which ranges from 800 to 950 square feet (74 to 88 square meters) depending on the Argos Gulfstream model. Owners can use the sun deck for entertaining or convert it to a boat deck capable of transporting large tenders or a variety of leisure toys. These design features, coupled with the boat’s technical capabilities, ensures that the Argos Gulfstream commands a competitive position in its class.”SkySuite™ Stateroom with Panoramic Views The Argos Gulfstream features an industry-first in her class: an unconstrained second-deck master SkySuite™ stateroom. Positioned amidship and high above deck, the SkySuite™ is secluded, maintaining a level of owner privacy that is simply not available on other vessels of comparable size. Expansive windows provide breathtaking 270-degree panoramic views and ample natural sunlight.The SkySuite™ is styled with warm beige tones. The headboard framing the king-sized bed doubles as the back wall of the suite’s expansive walk-in closet, allowing natural light to flood the dressing area. Handcrafted sapele mahogany wood cabinets wrap the starboard side of the room. The cabinets feature a comfortable work area as well as a sophisticated entertainment system, equipped with a concealed 52” flat-screen television.Separate his and her heads provide privacy and luxury. Located on opposite sides of the suite, they are joined in the center by a luxurious shower. Light-colored granite flooring and countertops are a sharp contrast to the elevated sinks laced with dark granite.Versatile Sun Deck The expansive sun deck on the Argos Gulfstream is ideal for soaking up the sun while relaxing on large sunbeds. It is also an inviting space for hosting all types of social events – from al fresco dining and business meetings to parties on the open deck, which accommodates over 30 guests.When not in use for social activities, the sun deck transforms to carry leisure toys or large tenders (up to 22 feet or 6.7 meters), which can be loaded or offloaded using the fixed crane installed at the aft of this deck. Owners can also choose to add helipad capabilities. As with the SkySuite™, the sun deck offers unsurpassed privacy without intrusions from the ship’s crew.Custom Layouts In addition to the SkySuite™ stateroom, the Argos Gulfstream models offer three well-appointed guest staterooms and crew quarters for four. A wide range of additional custom layouts are also availableTechnical Features Concept and design of the Argos Gulfstream series was carried out by the company’s internal design team, with naval architecture led by internationally renowned architect, Howard Apollonio.Purpose built for challenging seas and frequent Gulf Stream crossings, the Argos features a unique profile, giving her a low center of gravity and significantly reduced roll. Her proprietary semi-displacement hull provides trans-oceanic range and high-performance speed.Extensive tank testing was completed at the British Columbia Marine Research Institute, where over 60 trial runs were made using multiple hull configurations, 10 to 35 knot speeds and multiple sea states to ensure safety, efficiency and performance. The hull was specially tuned for a soft ride into six-foot seas at speeds exceeding 20 knots. Carefully optimized V angles, soft chines and streamlining lend the Gulfstream a natural lift while reducing bow wave, pounding, drag, and roll, which provides a distinctively fast, smooth and quiet ride.A broad range of engine options are available, from 600 hp to 2400 hp to meet owners personal performance preferences, including high-horsepower packages that offer speeds of up to 33 knots. When equipped with C-32 1650 hp Cats, the Argos Gulfstream delivers a top speed of 25kt+, with a 2,800 nautical-mile range at passage-making speed of nine knots.State-of-the-Art Shipyard The Argos series of yachts is constructed at Tricon Marine’s shipyard in Zhuhai, China, an hour ferry ride away from Hong Kong and a short drive from Macau. Tricon is the first wholly-owned and operated North-American shipyard in China specializing in custom and limited-series mega-yacht builds. The recently completed, half-million square foot (55,000 square meter) state-of-the-art facility is limiting build-slots to a maximum of three yachts in simultaneous production for the next few years to ensure a very high level of quality and that no construction detail is overlooked. Tricon’s shipyard currently accommodates the largest composite yacht construction in China with current production capabilities of yachts to 145 feet (44 meters) in length and expanding to 180 feet (55 meters).www.argosyachts.comlast_img read more

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first_imgDUE to the weather there has been an increase in respiratory and gastrointestinal infections, doctors said on Wednesday, and warned vulnerable groups to be proactive.The rise in has led to an increase in occupancy at the children’s wards at Makarios Hospital in Nicosia.Speaking on state broadcaster CyBC, epidemiologist Michalis Voniatis urged vulnerable groups – children, the elderly and people with health conditions such as asthma, serious diseases, and diabetes – to be proactive especially in cases when symptoms like cough and fever persist more than five days.He also recommended that people in these categories, who have no been affected, to have a flu shot. Within ten to 15 days of the shot, the first flu antibodies develop Voniatis said.He also advised people to keep washing their hands, air closed rooms, and follow a healthy diet.  Voniatis also warned against the unnecessary use of antibiotics, as it leads to the development of resistant germs.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesThe state-owned Cooperative Central Bank (CCB) needs to reduce its stock of delinquent loans substantially, over the next months, in order to become more attractive to investors ahead of a much-needed capital increase, an economist said.The lender, which cannot rely on more state aid after receiving €1.7bn from the taxpayer – in the form of two successive capital injections in 2014 and 2015 – might need to increase its provisions for bad loans next year when it adopts new accounting standards, said Leslie Manison, a former senior economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF).The Co-op, currently working on a Cyprus Stock Exchange (CSE) listing that will enable it, via successive capital increases starting next year, to reduce the state’s holding to 25 per cent, is still struggling with €7.2bn of NPLs (60 per cent) according to March 2017 figures. Two years ago. the NPL total was €7.5bn or 57 per cent.The bank suffered another setback in March when the financial ombudsman ordered the return of €111m to overcharged borrowers, translated to a €75m decrease in capital. The Co-op posted a €7m net profit in 2016 and adjusted its 2015 results to reflect a net loss of €176.4m. It originally posted a net loss of €165.6m in 2015. In the first quarter, it posted a €2.6m net profit compared to a €25.3m profit in the respective quarter of 2016, partly on a €10m reduction in net interest income. Amid all this, unions asked their members to strike on Tuesday at the Co-op demanding more pay.“The further decline in income earnings in the first quarter of 2017, especially from interest on good loans, is contributing importantly to the fall in profits before provisions,” said Manison who also advised the Central Bank and the finance ministry.He added that “at the same time, there has been no effective reduction in the extremely high level of non-performing loans resulting in considerably more provisioning being required. And with the need to implement the new IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) 9 regulation by 2018 that requires the putting aside of more provisions against prospective loan losses even on new loans more funding from outside will be necessary.“Consequently, while funds for provisioning from profits are falling, the need for much greater provisions, essentially fresh capital and reserves, has become elevated and urgent. It is hoped that the CCB can better manage and decrease its NPLs as well as competently carry out its loan activities in the coming months so as to inspire the public to invest in the CCB and make its forthcoming IPO (initial public offering) a success”.Even a perceived failure to attract sufficient capital from investors at the CSE “could dent confidence in the capacity of the CCB to cover its provisioning requirements against prospective losses and thus could put the future of the bank in jeopardy in its proposed form and shareholding structure,” the Australian-born economist said.A high-ranking executive at the Co-op, one of the four Cypriot banks jointly supervised by the Single Supervisory Mechanism and the Central Bank of Cyprus, said that the lender had already made progress in reducing its bad loans stock and intended to do even more in the future.“We have successfully completed loan restructurings in excess of €2.5bn with a high cure ratio, within the targets set by the Central Bank of Cyprus on a quarterly basis,” said Yiannos Stavrinides, head of strategy and transformation, in an interview. He added that the Co-op has drafted “an ambitious plan in full compliance with supervisory realities,” dubbed Angenda2022 which the bank will make public once it goes through all required stages.The situation may become more complicated as the government intended to hand over free of charge a quarter of the bank’s stock to Co-op customers.“How would the shares donated to the customers of the CCB as well as those offered to the outside public be priced in the planned IPO” asked Manison. “Moreover, how much in outside funds would be raised by this procedure to inject fresh capital into the bank?”On June 2, commenting on a possible fiscal impact of the stock donation, a treasury official said that it would be based on either the value of the stock at the time of the transaction or its fair value based on a valuation. The bank saw its equity drop marginally in the first quarter to over €1.2bn from December. The CCB, until recently, served as the lender of last resort of several hundred independent co-operative saving banks, accustomed to interference by -also local- politicians in their day-to-day business ranging from extending credit or loan collection to hiring.“The market pricing of shares offered by the IPO will depend ultimately on the confidence of investors in the future profitability of the Co-op,” Manison said.He added that the pricing would ultimately reflect how well the management of NPLs as well as “their income-earning prospects” were perceived by investors.“However, with minimal progress currently being made in reducing NPLs, intensified efforts must be made to induce (or) force ‘strategic defaulters’ to repay through among other things getting politically-bowing managers to be much less generous with politically- connected clients in restructurings, write-offs and servicing of their debts,” the economist continued.“In addition, debts of households and small enterprises which have been thoroughly checked as to not having the ability to repay should be fully or partly written off as the practice of extending and pretending just ties up resources of the CCB in unproductive and costly activities including lengthy legal procedures”.Manison added that it was important to take into account that a portion of debt extended to low-income households may have to be forgiven as it lacks any prospect of ever being repaid. He cited the Eurosystem’s latest Household Finance and Consumption Survey, according to which, the poorest 20 per cent of Cypriot households would need to spend almost two thirds of their income to meet their debt repayment obligations.“Furthermore, there is evidence that CCB management is increasingly pressing the staff to extend loans to existing and new customers in its competition with other banks, running the risk of more NPLs if the ability of customers to repay has not been properly scrutinised. Moreover, the future viability of the Co-op will depend crucially on its ability to generate profits from new loans,” he added.Stavrinides, the Co-op executive, added that the bank is “fully aware” of the next steps needed. “With respect to political interference, let me say that our relation to the state is governed by an agreement (with the EU),” he said.“The situation however is not ideal as this agreement is exploited by third parties, not part of the deal,” he continued in an apparent reference to last year’s dispute between Attorney General and the finance minister on whether the Co-op was subjected as a state-owned enterprise to audits by the Auditor General.The impending CSE listing and the subsequent supervision by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission would address the remaining distortions, Stavrinides said.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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