ICAP Shipping, Howe Robinson Start New Venture

first_imgzoom UK-based ICAP Shipping and the shipbroker Howe Robinson Group have formed a new venture – Howe Robinson Partners – with ICAP taking a 35% shareholding in the new venture, and Howe Robinson 65%.Howe Robinson Partners will be headquartered in Singapore and employ approximately 240 employees across offices in London, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Gibraltar, Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong.It is intended that ICAP Shipping’s India, Dubai and US operations will be transferred to Howe Robinson Partners in due course. ICAP’s Forward Freight Agreements business will continue to be run by ICAP Energy, working closely with Howe Robinson Partners.Howe Robinson Partners will be led by Peter Kerr-Dineen as Chairman, with Henry Liddell as Head of the Tanker division, George Hulse as Head of the Container division and Guy Hindley as Head of the Dry division.last_img read more

Fate of Indias 1st pvt metro likely to be decided today

first_imgGurugram: The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday concluded its hearing on whether Gurugram private metro is closed or handed over to the Haryana government for operations. The case that was heard by a bench of AK Tyagi and RK Jain has reserved its order and is likely to pronounce the judgment on Wednesday. According to sources the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has expressed interest in running.Sources indicate that Infrastructure leasing and financial services (ILFS) that presently operates the private metro through its two subsidiaries of Rapid Metro Rail Gurugram Limited (RMRGL) north and south divisions softened its stance after DMRC proposal. Earlier citing heavy losses the private company had that it was unable to run operations as it could not sustain heavy losses each day it was incurring. “The management of Rapid Metro which was adamant on discontinuing its services from midnight changed its stance after lunch and accepted to operate it for some more time,” said Harinder Dhingra, a social activist who was present during the court hearing. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe mounting losses for Gurugram’s private metro have resulted in the pressure of the Haryana government to take over the Rapid Metro. However, it is not as easy as it seems with a huge debt of over Rs 3,000 crore already there is pressure on the government to take over 80 percent of the loan. If and when the Haryana government takes over the Rapid Metro it would mean they have to pay Rs 2,560 crore of loans. The financial troubles of IL&FS, the company that constructed the Rapid Metro, in mid-2018 and the Union government moving an application before the National Company Law Tribunal, Mumbai, seeking suspension of its board of directors on the grounds of massive mismanagement of public funds proved to be the last nail in the coffin of the RMGL. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe RMRGL was among the 38 domestic group entities of IL&FS classified as “Red Entity” by the Union government, saying that it could not meet its payment obligations towards even senior secured financial creditors. For a city with an abysmal record on public transport, the news of Rapid Metro network struggling financially has come as a rude shock for the residents. Around 60,000 people commute daily in Rapid Metro, India’s first fully privately financed metro system that also acts as a feeder to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) network, connecting at the Sikanderpur metro station on the Yellow Line.last_img read more

JAZZFM91 LISTENERS STUNNED AT CHANGES ALLEGATIONS OF MISCONDUCT AT BELOVED RADIO STATION

first_imgThe abrupt departure of former morning show host Garvia Bailey in April left listeners wondering what was going on at the station. Listener and donor Deborah Abbott says she feels betrayed by JAZZ.FM. For a one-time donation of $750, Abbott was invited to join former host Dani Elwell on Host Your Own Radio Show. (Supplied by Deborah Abbott) Listeners to JAZZ.FM91 are dismayed by on-air changes at Canada’s only all-jazz radio station, as well as news of allegations of sexual misconduct, workplace harassment and mismanagement against former CEO and president Ross Porter and board members.“It’s so disappointing, shocking that this is going on,” says long-time listener Deborah Abbott. She’s already cancelled her monthly donations of $120. “It’s very, very sad to see it all fall apart.”Hosts at the station often referred to listeners as “members of the JAZZ.FM family,” but there have been no explanations on air about the recent departures of four long-time on-air personalities, nor the earlier departure last fall of station stalwarts, including the vice president of creative talent Dani Elwell, who doubled as an on-air host, or the departure in April of morning show host Garvia Bailey. Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement “All of a sudden I’m listening one Saturday morning,” recalls Abbott, “and [Elwell] isn’t on. I sent a note, saying, ‘I missed you this morning,’ and she writes back.”Elwell replied, saying, “Unfortunately this was not my choice. I wasn’t allowed to say goodbye with the show.”Board member John Sadler declined a request from CBC Toronto for an interview with interim CEO Charles Cutts or anyone else connected with station management.last_img read more

No Lankan casualties in Mahabodhi

The Bihar DGP said that the blasts were of low-intensity and there has been no reports of any damage to the temple shrine.According to reports, another bomb was found near the temple, and was defused.The Police had issued an alert regarding a threat to the Bodhgaya temple and central forces were deployed for security. (Colombo Gazette) According to the police six blasts have been reported, 4 in the Mahabodhi temple premises, one near another temple nearby and one near 80 feet murti.The two injured are monks, one from Tibet and the other from Myanmar. One person has been feared dead and two injured after a series of blasts took place inside the Mahabodhi temple. There are no reports of Sri Lankans being injured from the multiple blasts at the Mahabodhi temple in Bihar’s Bodhgaya district in India today.Hundreds of Sri Lankan pilgrims often visit the Temple including politicians. The first blast took place at 5:15 am on Sunday morning, India Today reported. read more

Optimism in construction sector at a record high

first_imgTHE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY is showing some signs of life for the first time since the recession began.A survey carried out every month since 2000 which tracks changes is construction activity has found that optimism among people who work in the sector has reached a record high – surpassing the previous record from July 2000.The Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) also found that construction activity has now risen for three months in a row, with a pick-up in the rate of job creation and new orders. September’s increase was the first time that construction grew in Ireland since 2007.Building on both housing and commercial projects rose “strongly” during November, according to Simon Barry, the chief economist at Ulster Bank.“Near-term prospects for the sector appear favourable, judging by a further acceleration in the rate of growth of new business,” he said.However Barry warned that the positive signs have to be seen in the context of the devastation the sector witnessed when the economy collapsed.“Of course activity levels in construction remain extremely low following the 2007-13 crash,” he said.“So, to reiterate a point we have made previously, the recent improvements in construction activity and confidence – as welcome as they are – need to be seen in the context of the huge declines of recent years”.The index gives a reading of above 50 to signal an increase in activity on the previous month and below 50 for a decrease. November’s figure was 58.8, signally an increase on October.President Higgins: The empty concrete shells that dot our landscape were born from reckless speculation > Read: First rise in construction sector since 2007 > Read: Almost 1 in 2 men who took their own lives had worked in construction >last_img read more

Fancy selling alarms in Kildare Homesecure is hiring 140 people

first_imgA COMPANY THAT makes home security products has announced that it is to create 100 new jobs in Newbridge with the prospect of 40 more over the next three years.Homesecure sell and install security systems which include alarm systems, CCTV cameras, intercoms and security lights.The Kidare-based company are primarily looking for engineering, administration and sales staff to fill the new roles.The new jobs have been welcomed by local TD Jack Wall who says they are a “huge boost” to the area.“The news comes in a week which confirms that the number of people on the Live Register in Newbridge has fallen nearly 8% in comparison to last year,” he said.Read: Up to 100 jobs to be created by Dublin-based IT company >Read: 40 jobs announced by Cork IT firm >last_img read more

Pensioners become bornagain farmers

first_img“You can go a week without spending a single euro over here,” says a man who moved back to Crete two years ago to live in the village of his birth. “You get fresh food from your farm and if you need something extra, like olive oil for example, you can get it from a fellow farmer. You only need money to pay for your gas and bills,” he says. He is not alone. For the first time in years, Amari Valley in the island’s Rethymno district has turned green again as fields have been cleared and put back to use as farms. Recent data on farming in Greece show that the number of jobs in the sector has gone up by 38,000 between 2008 and 2010. This increase is in stark contrast to the grim statistics regarding rising unemployment across most other sectors. However, a closer examination of the data shows that these born-again farmers are for the most part pensioners trying to make some extra money, particularly by cutting down on their cost of living. Between 22 and 32 percent of those who have taken up farming in the past couple of years are aged between 45 and 64 years old. Some 70 per cent of the latecomers in the Epirus region in northern Greece are over 65. Giorgos Christonakis, a former employee at Hellenic Petroleum, lives between Athens and Amari. “After I retired, I went to look for a house in the village. I have since planted vegetables, I have my own olive trees and I plan to grow wheat so I can make my own bread,” he says. His children, he says, are not too keen on moving to Crete, so he has to travel between places. “But if the state breaks down and I end up losing my pension, what will happen then? At least we will have an alternative; we won’t starve to death.” A friend of his, 60-year-old Pandelis Zoumboulakis, grows beans and tomatoes in that same valley. Zoumboulakis, a former municipal employee, retired two years ago but has yet to receive his first pension payment. His housing loan instalment cannot wait, however. “I get an 800-euro advance on my pension each month. We are lucky my mother chips in to help,” he says. His children are now independent, and the couple have returned to their family home in Crete to work the land. “We’re not doing it for the money; but at least we know what goes into our stomachs,” he says. “More and more people are coming back to the village to do the same,” Zoumboulakis says. His cousins from Athens recently visited the island to plant some trees. “When they retire in a few years, they plan to move here too,” he says. On the island of Chios, the age-old tradition of collecting mastic from gum trees, is experiencing a revival. Last year production rose by 20 per cent. Lefteris Karakatsanis, 74, migrated to Germany in 1963 before trying his luck in the United States. In 1994, after he retirement, he returned to Chios to live with his wife. In the early years, his pension was enough to afford them a decent life. As the euro rose against the dollar, it became harder for them to get by. “At least I make some mastic and we manage to earn some extra money,” he says. “Mastic is a very good product,” says Giorgos Avdeliodis, 57, who used to work for the Public Power Corporation (PPC). He cultivates mastic trees, but also breeds animals. “Goats, chicken, pigs -mostly for our own consumption,” he says. “For many people on Chios, mastic collection is for pocket money,” says Christos Koukouris, a retired naval officer and member of the island’s mastic production board. “But it’s still a tough job.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Gingers Cupcake Swan Among Proposed Emojis for 2018

first_imgUnicode on Monday announced the beta version of next year’s emoji release.The list—which Unicode made very clear “is not final”—features 130 possible new faces, people, body parts, clothes, animals, foods, household items … and a pirate flag.Some notable candidates include hot and cold faces; superheroes and supervillains; a llama, a hippopotamus, a peacock, and a parrot; a mango; a compass; and an infinity symbol.Rejoice, ginger, greying, curly-haired, and bald people, for the new year may finally bring emojis representative of your mane (or lack thereof).The Unicode Consortium, meanwhile, is putting an emphasis on Asian culture, with proposed emojis for mooncake—a Chinese baked good traditionally eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival; red envelope, which typically signifies a monetary gift given during the holidays or special occasions; and the Nazar eye-shaped amulet believed to protect against the evil eye.There is also a distinct nod to science and math, with icons for a lab coat, microbe, test tube, petri dish, DNA, and an abacus (fingers crossed this makes the final cut).Earlier possibilities like frowning pile of poo and grinning face with letters ‘OK’ as eyes have (thankfully) been dumped.Emoji 11.0 (previously referred to as Emoji 6.0, but don’t let that confuse you) is still a work in progress. A final list is expected in March, with a rollout in the second half of 2018. It will then be up to individual companies to integrate the images into their software.Users may be able to change emoji direction in 2018 (via Apple/Emojipedia)There is also talk of fulfilling a long-time request that users be able to change emoji direction.According to Emojipedia, the feature would affect only those emoticons that would “benefit from it most,” like the train, runner, and gun. (Or, for a less cringe-worthy example, the walker, dancer, swimmer, any form of transportation, and pair of eyes.)“Emoji with glyphs that face to the right or left may face either direction, according to vendor preference,” the update said. “However, that can cause a definite change in meaning when exchanging text across platforms. The following ZWJ mechanism can be used to pick an explicit direction.”Frankly, it’s in the vendors’ hands, now. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Time Inc Digital Saw Significant Growth in 08

first_img“Membership numbers are really starting to ramp up, although we’ve done very little marketing, which is by design,” he said. The company wants to do more “tweaking” and customer behavior research before a major marketing campaign is launched.People’s ‘Pets’According to editor Mark Golin, People.com saw a 36 percent increase in unique visitors (8.6 million) during October 2008 compared to the same time last year. He attributed the increase to adopting a strategy of diversification. “Two years ago, when you went to our site, what you would see was straight celebrity news and photos,” Golin said. “But we tried to break it up into separate verticals were we could go deeper and broaden the spectrum of what we’re offering.”People.com’s StyleWatch channel, where users can read stories about what celebrities are wearing as well as shop for them, has garnered 100 million monthly page views per month and over $1 million in merchandise sales to date. The Celebrity Baby Blog channel gets 30 million page views per month, the company said. People.com’s next vertical channel, PeoplePets.com, received 1 million page views during a weekend sneak peek.“It may sound weird,” Golin said, “but I am positive it will work.” Despite major layoffs at Time Inc., the company says its digital properties are achieving significant growth. At a digital showcase in its New York offices, executives from People, Life and Maghound—its Netflix-like play— gave attendees an update on how their sites have changed over the past year and what’s ahead for 2009.According to a brief overview of the company’s digital properties given by EVP John Squires, CNN Money.com saw a 14.4 percent increase in unique visitors year-over-year to 8.9 million, while 2008 presidential election coverage increased Time.com’s unique visitors by 41.7 percent year-over-year to 6.3 million. Online coverage of People’s Sexiest Man Alive feature also saw an increase—the channel launched on Nov. 19 with 3.5 million unique visitors, up 62 percent over the average weekday in November 2008.Squires added that the company is also focusing on three other areas of audience growth: social networking (Sports Illustrated’s Citizen Sports), mobile (both CNNMoney and People launched mobile sites this year) and video (CNNMoney.com received an Emmy nomination for its video series “Biz Green”).Dave Ventresca, president of Maghound.com, declined to give the specific number of subscribers the site has acquired, but said the feedback has been positive.last_img read more

Astronomers discover rare new type of galaxy on the brink of death

first_img 17 Photos Jupiter’s watery moon, Europa, is covered in table salt SpaceX pulls off dazzling Falcon 9 launch and landing in thick fog This Mars helicopter will image the Red Planet from the skies Sci-Tech Share your voice The researchers examined the sky with X-ray and infrared telescopes and found 22 quasars at a distance of 6 to 12 billion light years away exhibiting unusual signatures. They looked like they were in the end stages of their life when viewed optically, however, they still emitted a bright, far infrared signature with a lot of dust and cold gas in them.During the press conference, Kirkpatrick postulated if we could zoom in and see one of these quasars, it would be kind of like a donut. In the center of the galaxy we’d see a dead zone, where the quasar has blown away most of the gas and dust. Around the outside, we’d find a star-forming region still plentiful with the gas and dust.”These galaxies are rare because they’re in a transition phase,” said Kirkpatrick in a press release. “We’ve caught them right before star formation in the galaxy is quenched, and this transition period should be very short.”Incredibly strong winds would be moving through the galaxy, so this period would only last for around 10 million years — a blink of an eye in the universe’s timelines. Thus, these cold quasars are incredibly rare, and spotting one is an important step in working out how galaxies mature, live and eventually die.Is this the ultimate fate of our own galaxy? Kirkpatrick thinks so. However, that’s 3 to 4 billion years away and we’ll have other problems by then, like an expanding sun ready to swallow the Earth whole. A 23rd-century tourist guide to the galaxy Comments 3 Tags The brink of death is very dusty for a cold quasar. Michelle Vigeant Astrophysicists at the University of Kansas have spotted an incredibly rare type of galaxy for the first time, fundamentally changing our understanding of how galaxies die. At the 234th meeting of the American Astronomical Society on Thursday, Allison Kirkpatrick presented her discovery of “cold quasars”, incredibly bright, dying galaxies in the farthest reaches of the cosmos.Quasars are basically mammoth supermassive black holes surrounded by huge amounts of gas and dust, making them super bright — much brighter than a typical galaxy. They can be created when two galaxies merge and their black holes collide. For instance, our galaxy, the Milky Way, is on a collision course with the neighboring Andromeda galaxy. This event, which will occur billions of years from now, will signal the end of the two galaxies and the creation of a quasar.Eventually, the gas and dust will start falling into the center of the quasar and be blown out into space. Astronomers have speculated that this point is basically the end of a galaxy’s life, when it has lost the ability to form new stars and becomes “passive”, but Kirkpatrick and her team discovered that a small fraction of these cold quasars were still forming new stars. Related storieslast_img read more

China poses biggest security threat to US for decades ahead

first_imgChina poses the most serious threat to the national security of US in the long run, a top American general told the country’s lawmakers. “I think China is the main challenge to the US national security over the next 50 to 100 years,” General Mark A Milley, said on Thursday in his confirmation hearing for Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us “I think some historian in 2119 is going to look back at this century and read a book and the central theme of the story is going to beat the relationship between the United States and China, Milley said responding to a question from Senator David Perdue. Milley agreed with Perdue that China was using trade as leverage to achieve its national security interests and the one belt road initiative was a part of it. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us “With regard to their belt-road initiative and there made in China 2025, my experience is that they generally don’t tell their adversaries what they are going to do unless they have made a determination that they either don’t have the wherewithal or the will to stop them,” Perdue said. The Georgia Senator expressed his concern over Chinese investments in ports around Africa and the Indian Ocean but also in South America where there are over 50 port investments that they have made with proprietary loans. Advertise With Us “Now see in Colombo, Sri Lanka and then also Karachi and Pakistan where they have actually foreclosed and are now militarising those two ports in addition to what they have done in Djibouti,” he said. Milley said that China has expanded throughout all of the regions of the globe and they are clear competition, they are primarily in competition for resources in order to build and improve their military in order to fund and feel their economy. “I think that what we need to do is to uphold the norms of the international order that has been in place for the last seven decades,” he said. Responding to another question, he said there is anxiety and fear among the countries due to an aggressive China and they want the United States there. “They want us there as a security partner, they want us there as a security guarantor, they want full presence forward presence. They believe that we are a force of stability and there is great concern,” he said. China, though he noted is not an enemy of the United States. “I want to make that clear. They are an adversary, I would say, they are our competitor. But that’s different than an enemy. An enemy in military language means they are in an active armed conflict. You are at war. We’re not there. We don’t want to be there,” Milley said. “We want peace, not war with China. But having said that, I think that the best way to do that is to make sure that we are prepared. China is improving their military very, very rapidly… they are outspending us in research, development and procurement. You would never think that but they are,” he said. “The United States need to make sure that we do not lose our advantage that we have relative to other countries specifically to China,” Milley said. “China went to school on us. They watched us very closely in the first Gulf War, the second Gulf War, they watched our capabilities. And in many, many ways they have mimicked those and they have adopted many of the doctrines in the organisations, etc.,” he told the lawmakers. Reiterating that China has already militarised the South China Sea and have capabilities in air, sea and ground to influence surface sea operations, Milley asserted that freedom of navigation operations is critical to ensure that the Asia Pacific region remains free and open to commercial access.last_img read more

Kokapet lake cries for attention

first_imgKokapet: The 55-acre Kokapet lake is in a pitiable condition, the lake is filled with hyacinth and also nearby areas of the lake has turned into stinking garbage yards. It has become a major concern for the locals residing over here. Many locals over here complained that because of sewage water discharged into the lake, it’s resulting in mosquito menace and the foul smell emancipating from the lake is unbearable, says, Monica, a local. Also Read – Golden 90’s Music Superstars – Alka Yagnik & Kumar Sanu LIVE in Concert will be performing together for the very 1st time in the city of pearls,… Advertise With Us She further said that nearby locals are stealthily throwing the domestic waste near the lake and thereby it piles up and gives a nasty look. As many lakes under GHMC limits are getting cleaned but no one is concerned to protect or clean the Kokapet lake, says, Suresh, a local.This lake needs urgent attention, as the residents over here had lodged several complaints with concerned authority to clean the lake but no concrete action has been taken yet.last_img read more

Left leaders tribals stage protest seeking podu land pattas in

first_imgBhadrachalam: The representatives of Left parties in the district met Integrated Tribal Development Agency Project Officer VP Goutham during the Grievance Day programme in Bhadrachalam and requested him to solve the podu lands issue.The Left leaders were accompanied by a large number of tribal farmers from various villages under ITDA limits. Before meeting the PO, they staged a dharna in front of ITDA office and raised slogans against the government for dilly-dallying on the issue of podu lands. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us After the dharna, they met the PO and informed him that they were unable to get benefits under schemes like Rythu Bandhu and Rythu Bima due to lack of proper pattas to the podu lands. They urged the officials concerned to award them land pattas as early as possible. The Project Officer interacted with the Left leaders and the farmers and assured them of solving their issues. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us Meanwhile, addressing the media after meeting the PO, New Democracy leader and former MLA Gummadi Narasaiah alleged that the government has been putting the issues of tribal farmers on the backburner since 2014. “The government must solve the podu lands issue immediately as many of the tillers are losing out on Rythu Bandhu and Rythu Bima scheme benefits due to lack of pattas,” he said. Advertise With Us Recalling the promises made by Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao during election campaigning in last November, the former MLA said, “It has been six months since the TRS came back to power in the State. However, the Chief Minister and his government have failed to address the podu land issues that have pending for the last many years.” He appealed to the government to give pattas to tribal farmers immediately. CPM and New Democracy leaders M Venkateswara Rao, Ramaiah, Ravikumar, Chary and Kaunakakai and others took part in the protest.last_img read more

Doctor Who Underrated Villain of the Week Madame Karabraxos

first_imgStay on target You know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Master, Angels, and Silence hell-bent on disaster. But do you recall the most underrated Doctor Who villains of all?Each week, I will dig into the depths of the Whoniverse to examine one rejected, misjudged, or altogether forgotten big bad. And you won’t need a memory worm to recognize this matron of mayhem.Ms. Delphox, Head of Bank Security (via BBC)Madame KarabraxosFirst appearance: “Time Heist” (2014)—season 8, episode 5Home planet: N/ADoctor: TwelfthCompanion: Clara OswaldAt first glance, it’s hard to spot “Time Heist”‘s villain.Is it the hyper-telepathic alien called “The Teller”? The beguiling Head of Bank Security Ms. Delphox (Keeley Hawes)? The four strangers suffering short-term amnesia, gathered by a mysterious force to rob the Bank of Karabraxos? Or “The Architect,” their cryptic, hooded leader?On her way out the door for a date with the dreamy Danny Pink, Clara is diverted (surprise!) by the Doctor. When he answers the ringing TARDIS phone, the pair are instantly transported to a steely room with two others. Psi (Jonathan Bailey), a hacker with an augmented brain, and Saibra (Pippa Bennett-Warner), a mutant who can shape-shift into any form by touch (think Rogue, but without the deathly consequences).Despite having their memories wiped (by a squirming Glo Worm-like creature), all four agree to break into the Bank of Karabraxos and steal three items from its vaults—sight unseen and reward unknown.Team Heist: The Doctor, Clara, Psi (Jonathan Bailey) (via BBC)A few speed bumps later, the team (well, half of it) roll up to the depository, where the Doctor and Clara meet Madame Karabraxos, head of the so-named financial institution.Surrounded by “the greatest treasures in the universe,” the familiar face greets her intruders by calling for the Teller to find out how they got in—and then wipe their memories.Wearing the same cat-eye glasses as her clone, Ms. Delphox, Karabraxos (also Keeley Hawes) concedes that the only way to “control my own security” is to employ an exact duplicate in every facility.And, when they disappoint, she fires them—literally.“I put all of the used clones into the incinerator,” Karabraxos says. “Can’t have too many of moi scattered around.”Frankly, who’d want to?The Teller knows if you’ve been bad or good (via BBC)It’s true: Madame Karabraxos—a “career break for the right therapist,” as the Doctor calls her—is the real villain in this story.She abandons the Time Lord and his friends in the crumbling bank, struck by a solar flare; carrying a case full of valuables, the dangerous director watches as the elevator doors separate her from the soon-to-be deceased.A wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey twist, however, reveals the greedy, egocentric, self-loathing dame to have grown into a remorseful old woman.“I was once the wealthiest person in the universe. I need your assistance,” she tells the Doctor in a deathbed plea. “I’m dying, with many, many regrets. But one, perhaps, you may be able to help me with.”A knight in not-so-shining armor? (via BBC)At its core, Doctor Who is a show about change—specifically, how people (or, in this case, aliens) change, shift, transform, develop, evolve. It constantly questions human (or otherwise) capacity for forgiveness, understanding, and improvement.Is it really possible for someone to change? To right their wrongs? To make amends for their regrets?“This wasn’t a bank heist. It never was,” the Doctor muses, after piecing together the puzzle. “It’s a rescue mission for a whole species. Flesh and blood, the last currency.”A happy ending for all: The telepathic Teller and its partner walk off into the sunset together, Psi and Saibra depart the TARDIS with what they came for, Clara leaves for her date, and the rest is history.Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Mire’Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Zygon last_img read more

UNWTO and WCTE launch the UNWTO Ethics Award

first_imgThe World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and the World Committee on Tourism Ethics (WCTE) have launched the UNWTO Ethics Award to acknowledge companies committed to making their business more responsible and sustainable through the implementation of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism.The Ethics Award is open to all tourism companies and trade associations that are official signatories of the Private Sector Commitment to the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism.WCTE conceived this initiative to promote the positive initiatives steaming from the growing number of companies and trade associations that have adhered to the Private Sector Commitment to the Code. As of June 2016, a total of 463 signatories from 64 countries have committed to promote and implement the Code.The candidatures will have to demonstrate to be long-lasting and have a positive impact in at least two of the following areas: (a) Corporate governance and business ethics; (b) Employment quality;  (c) Social Equity and Human Rights; (d) Community Well-Being; and (e) Environmental sustainability.The winner of the first UNWTO Ethics Award will be announced on January 18, 2017 during the 13th UNWTO Awards ceremony and gala dinner organised in collaboration with the International Tourism Trade Fair (IFEMA/FITUR) in Madrid, Spain. The prize will be conferred by a representative of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics, which will act as the Jury of the Award.last_img read more

Greek court rules against extraditing Russian source in Maltese scandal

first_imgA Greek court on Thursday ruled against extraditing a former bank employee who ignited a political scandal in Malta when she became a source for an investigative journalist who was murdered last year.Maria Efimova, a Russian who left Malta for Greece last year with her family, surrendered to Greek police last month and was arrested at Malta’s request.Maltese prosecutors had filed a European warrant for her on suspicion of embezzlement and said she should be tried on the island.Efimova denied the accusation. The court ordered her release on Thursday.Efimova was employed for three months in 2016 by the Maltese-registered Pilatus Bank. The journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia, named her as the source of internal bank documents which Galizia said indicated that Michelle Muscat, wife of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, owned a secret company in Panama.Joseph Muscat and his wife have denied the accusations.A group of 36 European parliament members signed a letter this month calling for Efimova not to be extradited to Malta.Caruana Galizia was killed by a car bomb in October 2017. Three men have been charged with killing her but police have yet to give motive.Pilatus Bank has accused Efimova of embezzlement. Efimova denies all charges and has counter-sued the bank for failing to pay her salary.In January, the Cypriot police said they issued an arrest warrant against Efimova and her Cypriot husband in connection with an alleged embezzlement case following a complaint filed by the Limassol-based and Russian-owned IDF Fragrance Distribution Ltd in 2014, where Efimova had worked. She said in January that she intended to apply for political asylum in Greece and members of the European Parliament (MEPs) repeatedly asked Greek authorities to protect her.Efimova, a mother of two, also said that she had left Malta two months before the assassination of Caruana Galizia fearing for her safety and that of her family. She also denied having committed any offences in Cyprus and said that the complaint filed against her aimed at damaging her credibility.You May LikeNovelodgeThe One WD40 Trick Everyone Should Know AboutNovelodgeUndoJournalistateCheck Out These Photos Taken From Drones In The AirJournalistateUndoList Nebula8 Cutest Exotic Dog BreedsList NebulaUndo UK plays Brexit hardball with ‘stubborn’ EUUndoFilm review: Child’s Play ***UndoFilms and food at RialtoUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Eurogroup okays next bailout tranche

first_imgThe Eurogroup on Friday approved the disbursement of €1.5 billion to Cyprus, as it warned that full and timely policy implementation was essential due to the uncertain short-term economic outlook.“The Cypriot authorities have taken decisive steps to stabilise the financial sector, meet the fiscal targets and taken structural reforms forward,” a Eurogroup statement said. “Because the short-run economic outlook remains difficult and subject to considerable uncertainty, continued full and timely policy implementation remains essential for the success of the programme.”The cash, the second tranche of a €10 billion bailout agreed in March, will be used to recapitalise the island’s co-operative banks.It is expected to be received by the end of the month, after the European Stability Mechanism governing bodies and the International Monetary Fund  give their formal approval.The group welcomed the fact that Bank of Cyprus (BoC) came out of administration in July, and welcomed that remaining challenges in the financial sector were being addressed.“Cypriot authorities have notably taken further action to reform the cooperative credit institutions sector and have set out a clear agenda to restructure and recapitalize other financial institutions.”The Eurogroup also gave the thumbs up to the “effective action towards correcting the excessive deficit by 2016.”Cyprus was on the brink of economic collapse in March as it debated onerous terms of a bailout with international lenders from the EU and the IMF.The island had to close its second biggest bank, Laiki, with large depositors seeing amounts exceeding €100,000 seized and what remained was merged with BoC.Almost half of deposits over €100,000 in BoC were also seized to recapitalise the stricken lender.Equity was given in return.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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