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Trinamool lashes out at BJP over fake membership card of Mamata Banerjee

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress came down heavily upon the BJP on Tuesday, accusing them of engineering the circulation of a fake membership card bearing the name of party supremo Mamata Banerjee, on social media.”We will take strict and appropriate action against the culprits behind the act, which is an attempt to malign the image of our party chief. We will also lodge a complaint with the cyber crime cell of the police,” TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said, condemning the act. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersChatterjee displayed a printout of the fake membership card before the reporters that carries a photo of Banerjee on its left. It mentions the “member’s” name as Mamata Banerjee and the state as West Bengal. The card, which has Bharatiya Janata Party inscribed on it in a large font with a logo, also shows a membership number. “They (BJP) have been doing similar acts on Facebook and other social media platforms and spreading false propaganda to misguide people and party members. It is a disgrace that they have stooped so low, trying to tarnish the image of Mamata Banerjee. These are the inauspicious signs of democracy,” he said, adding that they are unable to fight Banerjee politically and are thus wrongly using technology for such acts. It may be mentioned that the saffron party had launched its nationwide membership drive on Saturday, on the birth anniversary of Syama Prasad Mukherjee.last_img read more

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Facing favouritism charges railways introduces fresh tender system for Train 18

first_imgNew Delhi: With the production of the third Train 18 unit virtually stopped over allegations of favouritism in the tendering process of the first train set, the railways Tuesday said it has introduced a new system for giving all bidders a level playing field and ensuring transparency.Officials said the manufacturing process for the third Train 18 set, or Vande Bharat Express, would go on now with the new tendering process in place. Earlier, stung by allegations of favouritism in the tendering process for manufacturing the first Train 18 set, which was rolled out earlier this year, the Integral Coach Factory had scrapped all existing tenders for the third rake. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!A second Train 18 set is ready and is likely to be launched next month on the Delhi-Katra route. Officials said the new tendering process gives vendors three months to apply for bids instead of the present three weeks. It makes it mandatory for the production units to follow Research Design and Standards Organisation, which functions as a technical adviser and consultant to the railways, specifications while issuing a tender, which was not followed by the ICF during manufacturing of first Train 18 set. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”This will bring in more transparency and also give all parties a level playing field,” an official said. The first rake of Train 18 was manufactured in a record time of just 18 months at a cost of about Rs 97 crore. However, the ministry received around 25 complaints from vendors and multinational companies that a domestic private firm was allegedly favoured in the procurement process for electrical equipment for the train set. During the bidding process for the first rake, 18 companies were in the fray for supplying electrical equipment. Eight of these firms were Indian. However, only one consortium could make it on the last day of the tender submission, February 6, 2018, due to “certain pre-bidding conditions”, sources said, though they did not elaborate. This led to the department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP) red-flagging the process. And the manufacturing of the third train virtually stopped with a vigilance enquiry at the Integral Coach Factory underway. Not just the Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai, but the Modern Coach Factory, Rae Bareli, also cancelled all tenders pertaining to Vande Bharat Express type of rakes, suburban trains such as Electric Multiple Units (EMU), Diesel Electric Multiple Units (DEMU) and Mainline Electric Multiple Units (MEMU) as well. An official said, “We want to offer a level playing field to all suppliers to participate in the making of these trains which will not only have high quality but (will be produced with) much greater transparency.” The Railway Board in a recent meeting with top officials and leading manufacturers of propulsion systems discussed the new timelines to invite wider participation, another official said.last_img read more

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PRODUCTION BEGINS ON SEASON 2 OF BRAVO ORIGINAL SERIES CARTER

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement NORTH BAY, ON – Bravo announced today that production is underway for Season 2 of its lighthearted mystery-crime drama CARTER, starring Jerry O’Connell. Shot in North Bay, ON, the sophomore season is set to debut later this year, exclusively on Bravo. Season 1 of CARTER is currently streaming only on Crave.The 10-episode, one-hour series also sees the return of co-stars  Sydney Poitier Heartsong (HOMECOMING) as Sam Shaw and Kristian Bruun (ORPHAN BLACK) as Dave Leigh, as well as Brenda Kamino (The Glass Castle) as Dot Yasuda.Canadian and CSA-winning actor Lyriq Bent (THE AFFAIR) joins the cast in Season 2 as Joyce Warwick Boyle, the new Interim Police Chief at Bishop PD. Described as a man with both swagger and edge, Boyle quickly establishes himself as a stern law man impressed with Sam and her abilities, while being equally unimpressed with Harley and his antics. As his admiration for Sam turns romantic, Harley and Dave discover Boyle is hiding an alarming and mysterious past. Advertisement Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Carter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter CARTER revolves around Harley Carter (O’Connell), the star of a hit detective series who decides to take a break from Hollywood. Upon returning to his northern hometown, Harley discovers that his years of playing a fictional detective come in handy when he finds himself immersed in real-life mysteries, including the unsolved disappearance of his mother which culminated in the Season 1 finale.In Season 2, Harley plants deeper roots as a celebrity P.I., using disguises to go undercover and doubling-down on his fame in a world where life continues to imitate TV. As Harley dives deeper into solving mysteries, he discovers that the toughest cases to solve are personal ones, as he finds himself embroiled in a love triangle with his best friend, Sam Shaw (Poitier Heartsong), and her new boss.“CARTER skillfully mocks traditional TV detective tropes while simultaneously honouring them in a self-aware and charming way that generates genuine audience appeal,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. “With its exceptional returning cast led by the incomparable Jerry O’Connell, and our production partners at Amaze steering the ship, we are excited to be working on another captivating season of CARTER in North Bay.”“We look forward to growing our audience while bringing the fans an even more hilarious and adventurous second season,” said Teza Lawrence, Executive Producer, and Co-President of Amaze Film & TV. “We’re excited so many people around the world have become fans of our series,” added Michael Souther, Executive Producer, and Co-President of Amaze Film & TV. Outside of Canada, the series was commissioned by Sony Pictures Television (SPT) for AXN, returning for Season 2 in Spain, Latin America, Brazil, Japan, Central Europe, and Russia.  CARTER will also return to WGN America in the U.S. The series is distributed by SPT worldwide, excluding Canada. CARTER is produced by Amaze Film + Television and executive produced by the company’s founders Teza Lawrence and Michael Souther (Call Me Fitz, Saint Ralph) as well as series creator Garry Campbell, O’Connell, and Season 2 showrunner and EP Andy Berman. Season 1 of CARTER made Bravo the #1 entertainment specialty channel in its timeslot. Production Executive for Bell Media is Gosia Kamela. Tom Hastings is Director, Original Programming, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, Programming, CTV and Specialty; Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.last_img read more

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Kodiak spaceport to host rocket launch

KODIAK, Alaska — The Alaska Aerospace Corp. says it is planning a rocket launch test this month at the spaceport on Kodiak Island.The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports that road, waterway and air closures have been scheduled for July 15 to July 19, and July 22 to July 27.The corporation referred questions about the launch to the U.S. Missile Defence Agency.Defence agency spokeswoman Heather Cavaliere says she can’t release details of any possible launches or activity in the near future.She did confirm, however, that than the agency has a presence on Kodiak.The Associated Press read more

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UN health organization set to vaccinate 40 million in the Americas in

From Barrow in Alaska to Tierra del Fuego in Argentina, some 40 million people are to be inoculated against such common illnesses as measles during the first United Nations-coordinated Vaccination Week in the Americas (VWA), starting on Saturday.The campaign, coinciding with the 10-year-old National Infant Immunization Week in the United States, is being coordinated by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), now the regional arm of the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO).It will focus on often-neglected children living in rural border regions and the most vulnerable among other groups, including pregnant women and the elderly in the 42 countries in the Americas, including the Caribbean. The US and Mexican governments and three states – Texas and New Mexico in the United States and Chihuahua in Mexico – will collaborate closely during the campaign. Sister cities along the border are planning joint activities, including San Diego, California, with Tijuana, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas, with Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.PAHO director Dr. Mirta Roses is scheduled to go to Haiti to kick off the VWA. Vaccine Week “demonstrates our strong commitment to work together to improve the health of the people of the Americas, especially the children,” she said.Most of the countries will vaccinate against measles, polio, rubella, also known as German measles, and congenital rubella syndrome, while other countries will tackle influenza and neonatal tetanus. read more

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Pressure will stay on RIM after launch of BB10 25 per cent

by LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 11, 2013 5:16 pm MDT Pressure will remain on Research In Motion and its stock price even after launch of the new BlackBerry 10 operating system later this month as the market gauges consumer response to its new smartphones, analysts said Friday.Will the new generation of BlackBerrys be attractive enough to get Android and iPhone users to switch off those devices and go over to RIM, asked telecom analyst Troy Crandall.“That’s the huge question,” said Crandall, of Montreal-based MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier.The BlackBerry 10 is seen as a make-or-break product for Research In Motion (TSX:RIM).“It’s their game to lose at this point,” Crandall said.Shares in the RIM have been volatile for weeks in the leadup to the launch with wild swings amid share shorting.Crandall said about 25 per cent of RIM’s 524 million shares outstanding on the Toronto Stock Exchange and New York’s Nasdaq are held by short sellers.These investors have essentially bet against RIM’s success and lose money when the company’s stock goes up. But they can also help drive the stock price up by selling to cover their positions.The share price bounced back sharply Friday as promotional materials for the new BlackBerrys leaked onto some technology blogs a day after three top U.S. cellphone carriers said they would support the new devices.RIM shares were up almost 13 per cent, or $1.52, to close at $13.31 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on very heavy volume of more than 12.4 million shares.Earlier Friday, shares in the Canadian smartphone maker traded at a low of $11.48 after U.K.-based carrier Vodafone said it had a technical problem that disrupted BlackBerry service to customers in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.The disruption, while relatively minor in terms of the BlackBerry global subscriber base, came as RIM works to improve its image and just weeks before the launch of the BB10.Vodafone said the issue was caused by a router error and that all service was being restored. “We apologize to customers for any inconvenience caused and we will provide updates as necessary,” Vodafone said in an emailed statement.The Waterloo, Ont., smartphone maker has had several outages in the last couple of years, including one in October 2011 that knocked out service for millions of users.RIM stock has traded between $6.10 and $18.23 over the past year.BMO Capital Markets analyst Tim Long said he’s growing “more cautious” about RIM and has downgraded the stock to “underperform” from “market perform.”“While BB10 should be a meaningful improvement, we are not expecting the new phones to stem market share losses,” Long said in a research note.“We believe the stock will be driven by the reception and results of BB10 products over the next few months, which we don’t expect to be positive,” Long added.BlackBerry’s U.S. market share has dropped to just 1.6 per cent, hurt by Apple Inc.’s iPhone, according to a recent report by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.Crandal said even if the BlackBerry 10 launch is successful, it doesn’t mean consumers will rush to buy RIM’s new smartphones.“If they mess this up, I don’t think their customers will have much more patience,” he said of RIM.RIM hasn’t disclosed when the BlackBerry 10 smartphones will hit shelves or how much they will cost, but is scheduled to unveil the new devices on Jan. 30 in New York. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Pressure will stay on RIM after launch of BB10; 25 per cent of shares shorted read more

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UN human rights office urges probe into excessive use of force in

“We urge the Government to promptly conduct a thorough and independent investigation into any excessive use of force by law enforcement officials – and in particular the reported use of live ammunition against protestors,” OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville told reporters in Geneva today.“Any use of force during demonstrations must be exceptional and, when used, must be proportional and strictly necessary,” Mr. Colville said. “The intentional lethal use of firearms may only be made when strictly unavoidable in order to protect life.”“We also call on the protestors to refrain from any acts of violence or vandalism,” he said.Also today, the team of International Envoys for the Great Lakes Region of Africa expressed their deep concern about recent violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where more than 13 people have reportedly been killed and more than 30 injured in the context of several days of anti-Government demonstrations in the capital Kinshasa, and Goma in the eastern part of the country.The protests, which began on 19 January against the passing of an electoral bill in the lower house of the legislature, had also resulted in the detention of more than 300 individuals across the Democratic Republic of the Congo including prominent members of the opposition and civil society representatives,” Mr. Colville said. “The electoral bill is now before the Senate and there are fears that its passage may escalate the situation and result in more violence,” he warned.The team of envoys called on the DRC Government to exercise restraint, condemned any use of force against peaceful, unarmed demonstrators and arbitrary arrests, and noted that all citizens, including demonstrators and their leaders, have a responsibility to pursue political objectives by non-violent means in conformity with relevant national laws.They also encouraged the Government, the opposition, as well as civil society to avail themselves of the good offices of the UN in facilitating an inclusive and transparent dialogue between all stakeholders as per provisions of relevant Security Council resolutions.The team of envoys are comprised of: UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Said Djinnit; UN Special Representative for the DRC Martin Kobler; African Union Special Representative for the Great Lakes Boubacar Diarra; European Union Senior Coordinator for the Great Lakes Koen Vervaeke; United States’ Special l Envoy for the Great Lakes and the DRC Russell D. Feingold; and Belgium’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Frank de Coninck.The OHCHR also said that State authorities have restricted Internet and mobile text messaging services for more than three days now, not only disrupting communication between individuals but also creating disruption in the conduct of economic activities, like banking. “We also call on the authorities to promptly release all those who have been detained for exercising their right to peaceful assembly, for expression of their views, for their affiliation with the opposition or for disagreeing with the amendments to the electoral bill,” Mr. Colville said. “The right to vote in genuine, periodic elections is a fundamental human right enshrined in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and International Covenant on Civil and Political rights,” he added.UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon yesterday urged maximum restraint on all sides and flagged the readiness of his Special Representative in the DRC, Martin Kobler, to use his good offices to help narrow the gap between the main actors involved.Mr. Kobler later tweeted that “the freedom of opinion is the basic pillar of democracy. It has to be guaranteed while at the same time handled with responsibility.” read more

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Gardeners warned after neverbeforeseen pest which covers trees in unsightly white strands

The RHS is keen to hear from gardeners who find the pest in their garden so that it can build a picture of host plants in the UK and tailor advice to gardeners.Magnolias, mulberries, elders, sycamores and dogwoods are thought to be a favourite. Gardeners are encouraged, where practical, to remove egg masses with a stiff brush and water. An RHS spokesperson said: “Given that many plants are grown for their blooms, foliage or textured stems and branches, the pest could certainly lessen their enjoyment.”If it proves impossible to remove [with a brush and water] and its aesthetics are considered too much to bear a pesticide can be applied strictly according to label instructions, this is likely to be most effective when the eggs hatch in summer.”Pests which mar and destroy gardens have been brought in from abroad in recent years, sometimes to devastating effect.The RHS identified one new plant disease last year – a Phytophora on a Water Iris – and in previous years their identification includes deadly diseases which have taken hold in gardens across the UK, including Box blight in the 1990s, Escallonia leaf blight in 2007 and Kerria twig blight in 2014.The Fuchsia Gall mite, discovered in the UK by the RHS in 2007,  is now causing real problems for fuchsia growers in the South East. The spokesperson added: “The arrival of the cotton stringy scale in the UK is evidence of the need for biosecurity issues to remain a top priority – not all of them promise to be as benign.”There are currently more than 1,000 plant pests and diseases on the risk register including Xylella – a bacterium which is known to affect more than 350 species of plant, including garden favourites such as lavender, hebe and rosemary – has been found in Italy, France and Spain.” 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. Gardeners have been warned to look out for a new pest, which has never been seen before in the UK, which covers popular garden trees in unsightly white strands.Cotton stringy scale is a pest usually found in Asia and parts of Italy that is thought to be attracted to magnolia, mulberry and dogwood trees – and it is suspected to have been brought to the UK for the first time on a plant imported from abroad.The Royal Horticultural Society has warned of the pest which can be a nuisance to gardeners and is easily spread, as the eggs are carried in the wind.Their head of plant health head of plant health Gerard Clover told The Telegraph: “Many of the UK’s 27 million gardeners take pride in their green space and the unsightly appearance of cotton stringy scale will be an unwelcome addition.”Its anticipated spread is a reminder of the battle we face in preventing new pests and diseases from finding their way into the UK and protecting our gardens for the future. To reduce the risks from new problems it is important that gardeners are aware of plant health threats and how to mitigate them.”The pest has spread around the world because of plant trade and is prevalent in parts of Italy. read more

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Storing power for remote mines

first_imgOne of the important considerations when organising power for remote mines is the ability to store power if using renewable power sources. This will be discussed in the January International Mining magazine article on the subject. Based in Sydney, Australia, Ecoult has answers for this. It is a high-tech energy storage and hybrid energy solution company that has spent much of the past decade at the forefront of the push to making renewables stable and dispatchable, rather than dependent on weather. A focus area for Ecoult has been optimising the mix between renewables and diesel at remote sites, combining battery energy storage with diesel generator systems. The company develops applications and software for the sustainable, energy storage solution – UltraBattery®, invented by CSIRO, which combines ultracapacitor and battery chemistry in a single hybrid cell. Ecoult’s operations span small commercial and industrial energy storage in Australia, through to large megawatt systems both there and in North America.John Wood, CEO, Ecoult notes “many remote sites face a similar set of issues: large swings in load, a diesel power plant, intermittent solar power, and a business requirement for reliability and efficiency.”Ecoult has shown, in both the kilowatt and megawatt scale, that its energy storage and management systems allow a hybrid diesel/renewable power system to operate with greater reliability, using the power from renewables to reduce dependence on diesel.“Ecoult’s UltraBattery excels in remote areas,” Wood explains, “because it is dependable, robust in a variety of climates, highly efficient in reducing diesel usage and fully monitored with hardware electronics and software. This means many power functions of the battery – and indeed the whole power control system – can be monitored and controlled without requiring a visit to the site.“UltraBattery has exceptionally high charge and discharge rates, giving access to faster charging and higher power output than most competing chemistries. The batteries are proven in the toughest multipurpose applications, which means a single installation can do multiple tasks (from smoothing and high peak-power handling through to renewable shifting and UPS), multiplying the overall benefits.“While diesel continues to play an integral role off the grid, there is an ever increasing synergy and optimisation between diesel, renewables and batteries. The key to efficiency is to have the management systems in place so the diesel generator is in one of its two most efficient modes: switched off, or operating at its most efficient operating point, close to its maximum output.”On mines, the benefits of renewables and storage are significant. Not only is there the potential to greatly offset diesel directly using solar power during the day and store for part or all of the night, a battery also allows a diesel generator sized for the peak loads (e.g. large surge loads during machinery start-up) to operate at peak efficiency even when it is powering small intermittent loads. “In the case of the UltraBattery, Wood says, “the high charge power allows it to charge quickly using the peak output of the generator. The generator can then be switched off while the highly-efficient battery reticulates energy at varying rates as small loads are switched on and off across a site.“In smaller diesel-solar-storage microgrids, operators can reduce 30 to 90% of their diesel consumption – benefitting too from longer maintenance cycles and lower servicing costs, because the generator is used not only less frequently, but also at its optimum loading.”Ecoult’s systems are designed for continuous, high-rate applications in harsh-climate, remote sites. For example, Ecoult’s UltraBattery provides 500 kW of PV-smoothing capability at the Prosperity solar energy project in New Mexico (pictured). This solar site experiences 136 kW per second ramp rates during cloud events – too steep for grid operators, who prefer a constant and predictable supply. The Ecoult battery installation allows the PV plant to reduce the ramp rate to a suitable level, and also store the midday PV for the evening demand peak.Unheard of five years ago, examples of megawatt hybrid installations in remote mines are easily found today. A 10.6 MW solar PV plant – with 6 MW storage – is installed at the DeGrussa copper mine in Western Australia integrated with the existing 19 MW diesel generation plant. The use of solar and storage offsets at least 5 million litres of diesel use per annum. See last year’s article (IM, September 2016, pp70-87).Rio Tinto, at its Weipa bauxite operation in Queensland, uses a ‘hybrid’ model where diesel generation is largely targeted to critical mine operations and solar offsets the township’s energy requirements. Rio Tinto’s 1.7 MW solar PV power station offsets around 600,000 litres of diesel per year and enables it to hedge against diesel price fluctuations.“In remote Australia, batteries are fast becoming the alternative to prohibitive transmission infrastructure upgrades,” Wood observes.“Battery storage on remote microgrids is no longer only a ‘green’ option, but one that reduces power overheads, enhances control over the site’s power requirements and quarantines the operator from market-driven changes in grid power and fossil fuel prices.“The mining sector has begun to embrace multi-source generation, and the challenge of ramp rates, power quality, frequency, intermittency and diesel inefficiency is being mastered with battery energy storage.last_img read more

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Igor Vori Referees almost scored goals instead of Danes

croatiaEHF EURO 2014Igor Vori Croatian gin Igor Vori could not get over the chance in the semifinal of the EHF EURO 2014 in Herning against Denmark:– We have a 60-minute bloody work. We did not succeed, as our fault, we did manage to make higher advantage in the first half. Congratulations to my players, place at TOP 4 is sensation. We didn’t come to the final, even we were better in the first 35 minutes. I don’t like to speak about referees, but at this point, such a decision, it’s a disaster. That could see even blind man. At the first half they almost scored goals instead of them. Congratulations Danes. People who organized this are the happiest now – concluded Vori.“Media war” between Denmark and Croatia began at the press conference after the match…. ← Previous Story Linnea Torsteinson joins Viborg HK! Next Story → GOLUZA VS WILBEK: Two Jesus, only one truth… read more

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Teach Kids to Smile Through Electroshock

first_imgOkay, the claims around this product seem dubious–and at present, the only proof of its existence is a site called NewsWeird.com. Still, probably worth a quick paragraph or two, right? The device is called “Electro Smile” (according to the image, it’s also known as “Pout No More.” Catchy). The idea is simple–and terrifying. Teach kids to smile through a constant electric current to their face. Your kids will smile or you get your money back–that’s the Electro Smile guarantee. The only known side effect is a slight twitch, but let’s face it, if you’re the kind of parent who’d buy one of these, odds are your kids were already going to go through life with a facial tick anyway, right?last_img read more

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Giavris The time is now for succession planning in the community

first_imgVasillios Giavris, a lawyer and ex-member of SAE (Council of Hellenes Abroad) might just have the key to addressing one of the leading issues facing the Greek-Australian community. Namely of the dwindling numbers of second and third generation Greek-Australian involved with community organisations.Mr Giavris put forward his ideas on Friday night at a public talk which had as it subject:  “The Politics of Transition: The Need for Succession Planning and Generational Leadership Change in Greek Community Organisations. Will the Post-Partisan 2nd and 3rd Generation Greek/Australians stand up?”The public lecture was held as part of the program of lectures organised to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Pammessinian Brotherhood Papaflessas.“This is a critical transitionary stage where basically we are seeing the first generation phasing out, and the second and third generations making up the majority of the Hellenic community in Victoria,” he said to Neos Kosmos English Edition.“There are over 200 Greek organisations in Victoria with hundreds of millions in assets but the question is, what will become of these organisations and assets since the organisations are descending into oblivion?”In this he is referring to the lack of membership as second and third generations are declining to become involved.Whilst he agreed that there are organisations such as SAE attempting to unite Hellenism, he said that in reality that it is struggling to meet its original aims.“Having said that, as a Greek community in Victoria and Australia, we must support the concept by electing the right people to represent us, and making sure that SAE and other organisations represents the whole of our community.”Mr Giavris underscored the urgent need for organised succession planning within Greek community organisations; moving away from a focus on politics and bickering.“We need to as a community seriously discuss where we are at the moment, what defines our generation, pin point our needs, and have a united approach to these topics. The only way can do that is by inviting the whole Greek community to participate in an ideas forum of how it sees its future in next 20, 30, and 50 years.” He envisages that a forum could take place through both oral and written submissions, and involve representatives of all Greek organisations, as well as Greek academics, journalists, politicians, those involved in the culture and arts, and the general community. Mr Giavris hopes that his speech will generate momentum amongst the Greek community groups to develop an ideas forum in the near future.“I don’t just want it to be another place where people speak and that’s it. We need to pick up the mantle quick smart and take a co-coordinated approach. Otherwise my feeling is that unfortunately as a community we are not going to live up to our expectations.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Greek luxury homes to rise

first_imgGreek construction firms are considering an investment switch to luxury homes to respond to the growing demand by non-European Union citizens for this category of properties that come with a residence permit.While a number of European Union (EU) countries have similar investor visa schemes, whereby non-EU citizens who buy properties in Europe (in Greece’s case worth at least 250,000 euros) get a visa, the country’s share from this very promising market currently stands at less than 3 per cent, according to a recent survey by the association of Greek estate agents and chartered surveyors (EPPA). Greece joined this club 18 months ago by introducing a law to that effect, but the results to date have been disappointing.The EPPA survey tracked residential property transactions conducted over the last few weeks across the country. Non-Greek property buyers accounted for 28 per cent of all transactions, with half of them (14 per cent) involving non-EU citizens, although only 22 per cent went for luxury houses worth at least 250,000 euros.There are plenty of candidate buyers from countries such as China and Russia, but the main problem is the shortage of the appropriate product, even though it is estimated that the number of unsold houses in Greece exceeds 250,000, some 50,000 of which are holiday homes.According to EPPA’s vice president Theologos Bosdas, “large-scale investments are required, in the order of 40-50 apartments or maisonettes, that can be promoted in an organised fashion to those buyers”. He adds that demand has been expressed for housing complexes of a significant size, comprising 40-50 units, aimed at creating communities of foreign owners. There are no such developments currently available in Greece, hence the slow purchase rate.Now a series of property development companies and some major construction groups are eager to change that and are seeking plots for the development of major housing complexes. Listed construction group Ellaktor is examining the option of getting actively involved in this market, although, as group officials point out, no decision has been made for now as additional improvements to town-planning legislation are required for such large-scale investments.An investment move could be in the works at Markopoulo in eastern Attica, as a group of architects and civil engineers have approached a Chinese construction group to discuss plans for a joint development project in an area of 100,000 square metres that is expected to be brought into the town-planning zone. Interest has come from the Chinese side, too, and the issue is likely to unfold in the coming months.Chinese groups are mostly interested in the direct concession of plots around the country so they can move ahead with large-scale housing developments. Local property experts say that the overheating of the Chinese housing market has already led a number of companies to seek out investment opportunities abroad, especially in Europe. As a result, one of the countries being examined as a possible destination is Greece, thanks also to the increasing tourism flow from the world’s most populous country.With this in mind, the visits by the Chinese premier and president scheduled for later this month represent a great opportunity for Greece to attract more potential investors to the local real estate market. After all, China State Construction Engineering Corporation, the country’s biggest construction group, is about to implement a series of investments around the world, and is said to be examining Greece too, as recent talks have shown.Source: ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Bahamas PM Minnis Visits Vendors in Port Lucaya Marketplace

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 30, 2017 – Grand Bahama – Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis was welcomed with opened arms, tears of joy and tears of pain, hugs and with excitement into the Port Lucaya Marketplace by straw vendors, craft vendors and business owners within the famous marketplace.“I am so happy to see you, because this is the first time that a Prime Minister has taken the time to come through here and see us,” one female straw vendor told the Prime Minister, as he hugged her and offered her words of encouragement.On Friday, October 27, 2017, Prime Minister Minnis, accompanied by Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson, took a few hours to tour most of the stores and business places in Port Lucaya Marketplace, speaking with vendors and business owners and listening to their concerns.It was obvious that many of the vendors and business owners were delightfully surprised to see the Prime Minister walking through the Marketplace, going from one stall to the next to chat with vendors.   For them, it was both an historic and touching moment.  Many hurried to grab their cellphones to take a photo with the country’s leader.The Prime Minister noted that what was most significant during his chats with a number of the vendors in the Marketplace was that while many of them were upfront about their economic and financial plights, all of them agreed on one thing – that the reopening of the hotel (Our Lucaya) would make a great impact and turn things around for them.Prime Minister Minnis said that was one of the reasons why his government made the decision to make an offer to purchase the hotel.By: Andrew Coakley (BIS)Photo captions:Header photo: Even visitors wanted to meet Prime Minister of The Bahamas Dr. Hubert Minnis during his walk through the Port Lucaya marketplace.1st insert: Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis shakes hands with one of the vendors in the straw market, during his walk through Port Lucaya Marketplace on Friday, October 27, 2017.2nd insert: A vendor gives Prime Minister Minnis a rundown on some of the items she sells in her stall at the Straw Market in Port Lucaya Marketplace, during a tour through the Market, along with Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson, on Friday.BIS Photos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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EPCH sets up India Pavilion at Hong Kong Gifts and Premium Fair

first_imgWith Hong Kong emerging as an important destination for aggressive marketing through the medium of trade fairs, the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) has set up India Pavilion at Hong Kong Gifts and Premium Fair in which 38 Indian handicrafts are showcasing their innovative and exquisite gifts and premium products.The show will be held from April 27-30, 2019, at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wanchai, Hong Kong informed Rakesh Kumar, Director General – EPCH. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfKumar further informed that the India Pavilion was inaugurated by Mrinalini Srivastava, Acting Consul General of India in Hong Kong. Ajith John Joshua, Consul (Commerce, Political and Media) also accompanied her and both of them interacted with the participating companies. The fair has been recognised as the largest fair of its kind in the world and an effective platform for designers, manufacturers, and wholesalers to make new business opportunities. More than 4300 exhibitors from 35 countries and regions are participating in the fair including group pavilions from China, Italy, Korea, Macau, Taiwan, Thailand and India displaying wide range of corporate gifts, fashion accessories, green gifts, picture and photo frames, toys and sporting goods, beauty, health and wellness, watches and clocks, luxury gifts, gifts and premium etc. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe Indian exhibitors are showcasing a wide range of products, which include handcrafted decorated premium gifts, souvenirs, lifestyle accessories, cotton scarves, necklaces, picture frames, boxes, pen stands, notebooks, shawls, and stoles, etc. Handicrafts sector occupy an important place in the Indian economy and society with largest foreign exchange earner, employment generator for economically and socially backward classes and promoter of Indian ethnic, cultural heritage worldwide,” the Director General of the Council added. Kumar also informed that a large number of buyers from different countries visit the Hong Kong Gifts and Premium fair, EPCH has also arranged roadshow to promote forthcoming 48th edition of IHGF-Delhi Fair Autumn 2019 to be held from 16 – 20 October 2019 at India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida.last_img read more

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WATCH 10yearold drag queen Desmond Napoles shares holiday advice for LGBTI youth

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) 10-year-old Desmond’s two holiday looks Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- Now, the much-loved young queen has some advice for LGBTI youth over the holidays.His lookIn an interview with Mic’s Evan Ross Katz, the drag kid rocks his ‘Ice Queen’ look, complete with a sparkly silver snowflake tiara. The interview features a second holiday look by Desmond, too – a classic red dress with an ivy-and-holly headpiece.The interview‘Do you think people should be talking about Donald Trump at the holiday dinner table?’ Katz asks.‘As long as they’re not talking anything good about him,’ Despond replies.center_img Ten-year-old drag kid takes center stage in NYC Pride campaignDrag kid picture used to promote fake Pride sponsored by pedophile groupWATCH: Lady Bunny on London, drag queen advice and community infightingRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/watch-10-year-old-drag-queen-desmond-napoles-shares-holiday-advice-lgbti-youth/ ‘Why do you think it’s important for parents to be supportive of LGBTQ children, kids, youth?’ Katz asks the young queen.‘If somebody says that it’s not okay to be LGBTQ, then just tell them to pay it no mind because they will not be as jolly and holly as the person who is getting bullied by that person that says it’s not good to be LGBTQ,’ Desmond says. ‘My motto is: “be yourself, always.” So you should always be yourself.’Desmond is quick to plus his Instagram handle before the interview was even finished.‘Not bye yet – one more question,’ Katz reminds Desmond with a laugh.‘Oh, it sounded like the end,’ a confused Desmond says.‘What confidence advice can you give young people?’‘Express your inner you because when you express your inner you, it’s much better to deal with negative people.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . 10-year-old drag queen Desmond Napoles (aka Desmond is Amazing) is already rubbing elbows with LGBTI celebrities such as RuPaul, James St. James, Tituss Burgess, and more.last_img read more

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Massive 99 Discount Offer On The Hollywood Art Institute Photography Course Certification

first_imgEver looked at professional pictures and wondered how one person could capture a single fleetingmoment with such perfection? I myself have tried to capture memories but they have never been able to look like the professional photographs. Whenever I asked someone to teach me it involved so many technical jargon that I gave up. However, you don’t have to go through all that trouble. Wccftech is offering a great discount on the Hollywood Art Institute Photography Course & Certification.Hollywood Art Institute Photography Course & Certification featuresWith this amazing course you will be able to learn everything with pure simplicity and without all the technical jargon that are enough to drive a person crazy. The course includes 22 modules filled with tutorials that will teach you how to make profits from your photography, capture memories and basically enjoy! Here are highlights of what the Hollywood Art Institute Photography Course & Certification has to offer: Access 22 modules & 56 hours of content 24/7Study various photography techniques w/ videos, video tutorials, articles, ebooks, a pro article database, flashcards & quizzes Learn from the most talented & experienced photographers in the industry Receive a professional certification upon successful completion of the course Access Level 3-Certified Pro Tutors Receive a free 5-year subscription to the Pro Article Database Explore “down-to-earth” techniques to help you take better photos your very first dayImportant Details Length of time users can access this course: LifetimeAccess options: web streaming, mobile streaming Certificate of completion included Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase Experience level required: all levelsRequirements Internet requiredCamera required; most students have a basic point-&-shoot or DSLR cameraThe course includes everything you need to know about great photography and you will not regret this investment. It is super fun and you will be adding a great skill in your resume. So, are you game enough to try this?Original Price Hollywood Art Institute Photography Course & Certification: $2595Wccftech Discount Price Hollywood Art Institute Photography Course & Certification: $19 Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

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IHG adding extra rooms in Perth

first_imgIHG brings its fastest growing hotel brand, Holiday Inn Express, to Perth. The InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced it will bring its Holiday Inn Express brand to Australia, choosing Perth as the first city down under to build the property.Costing up to AU$35 million, the development is expected to be complete by early 2015 and will be made up of 20-floors, include up to 224 rooms and overlook the Swan River.IHG said the new property would address growing demand for additional rooms in Perth, with Perth’s occupancy rates forecasted to sit at 88.2 percent by June 2015.“As one of Australia’s gateway cities, it is vital that visitors to Perth can access suitable and affordable accommodation,” Tourism and Transport Forum acting chief executive Trent Zimmerman said.Features of the new property will include convenient “Grab & Go” breakfast, intimate meeting spaces, self-service facilities including laundry, and complimentary Wi-Fi.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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Boeing opens first international cyber analytics centre in Singapore

first_imgBoeing opens first international cyber analytics centre in SingaporeBoeing [NYSE: BA] today officially opened its first international Cyber Analytics Centre in Singapore, bringing advanced cybersecurity capabilities and services to its partners in the region.The Boeing Cyber Analytics Centre (BCAC) aims to address the growing need for a better and deeper understanding of the cyber threat environment and impacts to government, industry and academia. It will act as a regional resource for information sharing and collaboration, allowing partners across Asia-Pacific to work together to evaluate technologies and techniques that proactively address potential cyber threats.Information gathered from the BCAC will provide partners across the region with advanced warning of impending cyber attacks and perform trend analysis designed to help mitigate existing threats, but also overcome potential future threats.The BCAC will employ analysts who are specially trained to use state-of-the-art cyber analytics. Their primary mission is to identify current and emerging cyber threats and issue timely alerts to the BCAC partners.Beh Kian Teik, executive director of the Singapore Economic Development Board’s Safety & Security Industry Programme Office (SSIPO) said, “We congratulate Boeing on the opening of the Cyber Analytics Centre in Singapore. This centre is a significant addition to the industry in Singapore as it brings advanced cybersecurity capabilities and services to meet the rising needs of the Asia-Pacific region. It also presents new exciting career options for Singaporeans who are keen to work in the growing cyber security industry in Singapore. We look forward to Boeing’s continued growth here.”“Our experience in protecting Boeing’s own global information networks, as well as the work we do for our customers around the globe, make us uniquely suited to provide this service,” said Dewey Houck, vice president and chief data analytics officer, Boeing Defense, Space & Security. “The solutions we are providing through the Boeing Cyber Analytics Centre are world-class and scalable to meet the needs of partners throughout the Asia-Pacific region.”Source = Boeinglast_img read more

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Andy Pratt Business Computer Projects development

first_img Andy Pratt, Business Computer Projects development division headFrom the pages of Produce Business UKWhile most e-commerce conversations tend to be consumer-facing, the shift to online is shaking up business-to-business (B2B) transactions with implications for the produce industry.With its headquarters in Stockport on the outskirts of Manchester, Business Computer Projects (BCP) Software has been adapting to this changing environment through the development of its Oporteo e-commerce solution.With around 150 functional extensions that build on what BCP’s business development division head Andy Pratt describes as “best-of-the-breed retail solutions,” Oporteo attempts to deal with complexities that are unique to the food industry.Customers BCP serves include James Hall & Co, a major wholesaler, and distributor to Spar supermarkets in northern England, as well as the likes of food-service operator Thomas Ridley and Irish wholesale distribution and food-service player Musgrave Group.“We started to see that the shift from the users in the marketplace is moving more towards needing that intuitive online experience rather than the old-style clunky business-to-business portal experience which is fairly prevalent in our market,” says Pratt. “Our market, in my experience, they have been slow adopters of the technology. I think business-to-business has been slower than the retail side to adopt online as a channel.“Traditionally people are nervous about moving customers onto an online channel, but the customers are now starting to demand it because they see the benefits of being able to order online.”He says the feedback from customers is that they are now seeing contracts that have online as a prerequisite to doing business in their tender documents. Quarterly surveys conducted by BCP have shown 24-25 percent growth in online food transactions in B2B within the UK and Ireland.“So the demand is there,” says Pratt. “We’re hearing people are moving to competitors who offer online just because of that online convenience. People are moving that way just to really keep the competitive angle and stay ahead of the game really.“The thing that makes it attractive is where you can provide self-service and kind of automate the customer-service and ordering functionality.”But the approach to online in B2B in fresh produce — whether it’s for independent grocers, hotels, caterers, restaurants or wholesalers — is quite different to consumer-facing channels.“We find that a customer might have a set range of products that they order on a regular basis to suits their menus and their requirements,” says Pratt. “So when they visit the site, they’re interested in getting onto the site and off the site as quickly as they can. Their role in life isn’t to spend their days browsing on the website; it’s to get stuff ordered and crack on with whatever they’re doing.”But there are some similarities with the trends being seen in online retail, including the convenience to order when you want.“You’re busy. You want to order your products whenever you want. You want to be able to order them on your mobile phone first thing in the morning or at night when the supplier is closed,” says Pratt. “There are much higher levels of convenience for the customer in shopping online, and that’s really starting to be recognised now.”Pratt uses Musgrave as an example of how setting up an online-for-business-to-business is about much more than just buying and selling.“One of the sides of the business is providing pure customer service and invoicing statements – they’re not doing hard selling through the website; they do paperless invoicing for example,” he says. “The driver will show up and get a signature on a handheld device, and then the invoice will be placed on a portal for the customer to pick up.“It’s the whole customer-experience scenario, which again comes back to convenience to the customer and cost savings for the supplier in serving the customer.”Despite the increasing availability of online as an option for B2B, Pratt says most of BCP’s customers’ customers are still generally engaging through telephone channels.For him, the trick is not for online to replace the telephone but to make the offerings and results through all channels consistent.“They are buying in products in reasonable bulk, so they are relying on their supplier to deliver the quality of product that they expect,” he says. “So whether they’re engaging online or on the telephone, the experience and the resulting product quality is equal.”This ties into Pratt’s definition of what omni-channel really ought to mean in philosophical terms.“It’s giving that complete and utter consistent experience across all the touch points with the customer, and that’s something which is challenging,” he explains. “We use a concept called ‘headless commerce’ which basically means that in the core business system which looks after your stock, pricing and all those kinds of things, we actually extend that functionality and make it available on the website. The customer gets the same information wherever they are, and that’s really what omni-channel is to me.”So with a technology that is receiving attention in the British Isles and passionate ideas around omni-channel B2B e-commerce solutions, does Pratt think the operation will expand into continental Europe?“We are really geared up for the UK and Ireland. We have a solution which is certainly re-sellable and could be implemented by a partner,” he replies. “More modern web solutions are open to customisation and design by a number of parties, so we can provide a web solution, we can implement it for the customer, we can do the initial look and feel design of the site and leave it to the customer to bring forward.“Or they could bring in a partner, or they could have a partner in Europe to implement the solution, and we provide the business logics and the engine of the website; there are opportunities for that.”*********************************************************************************************On 12-14 November, The Amsterdam Produce Summit will gather the best and the brightest for education and interchange to understand and to help create a new tomorrow for the produce industry. This title of this year’s conference is: Retail Strategies: Seizing Success in the Omni-Channel Future.Join us in Amsterdam and position yourself and your organization to be a winner in the years ahead.You can register for The Amsterdam Produce Summit right here.If you need a hotel room in our headquarters hotel, just let us know here.If you want more information about the Spouse/Companion Program, just ask here.And let us know here if you want information on the tours, conducted on November 14, one day after our one-day conference.If you are interested in exhibiting or sponsoring the event, let us know here.This is the only event of its type in the world. Come be a part of it. Come to The Amsterdam Produce Summit. 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