Swedens ruling party hits election low as far right grows

first_imgSTOCKHOLM – Voters handed Sweden’s ruling party its worst-ever election result Sunday and delivered a parallel lift to a far-right party with white supremacist roots, leaving the ideological outline of the Scandinavian country’s next government uncertain.After a campaign dominated by debates over immigration, the centre-left Social Democratic Party emerged with the greatest share of the vote — 28.4 per cent as the count neared completion — yet looking at holding fewer parliament seats and having its mandate to govern questioned.The potential for an immigration backlash to result in a big boost for the far-right Sweden Democrats inspired fear among many Swedes before the election. It received a little more than one in six votes, or 17.6 per cent. Its showing was not as strong as the one-in-five polls had predicted, but good for a third-place finish that had the party’s leader telling supporters, “We won.”Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, who brought the Social Democrats to power in 2014, said he intended to remain in the job. The leader of the Moderates party that came in second, Ulf Kristersson, already had called on Lofven to resign and claimed the right to form Sweden’s next government.Sounding sombre and firm, Lofven told his supporters the election presented “a situation that all responsible parties must deal with,” adding that “a party with roots in Nazism” would “never ever offer anything responsible, but hatred.”“We have a moral responsibility. We must gather all forces for good. We won’t mourn, we will organize ourselves,” he said.Final election returns were expected later in the week. The preliminary results made it unlikely any party would secure a majority of 175 seats in the 349-seat Riksdag, Sweden’s parliament. It could take weeks or months of coalition talks before the next government is formed.Both the left-leaning bloc led by the Social Democrats and the centre-right bloc in which the Moderates is largest of four parties have said they would refuse to consider the Sweden Democrats as a coalition partner.Sweden — home to the Nobel prizes and militarily neutral for the better part of two centuries — has been known for its comparatively open doors to migrants and refugees. Sunday’s general election was the first since the country of 10 million took in a record 163,000 refugees in 2015 as mass migration to Europe rose dramatically.Lofven eventually said Sweden no longer could cope with the influx and immigration laws were tightened.Like other far-right parties in Europe, the Sweden Democrats worked to soften its neo-Nazi image in the lead-up to the election. The party symbol was switched from a flaming torch to a flower. Members known for making pro-Third Reich statements were pushed out.It made its first mark in politics with municipal council seats in 2006, and since then slowly helped revise long-accepted social norms for what Swedes could say openly about foreigners and integration without being considered racist.At the Swedish Democrat’s election eve rally Saturday, party leader Jimmie Akesson criticized Lofven’s government for “prioritizing” the needs of new immigrants the ones of Swedish citizens.Akesson was jubilant as he addressed supporters a day later, declaring the estimated 14 parliament seats the Social Democrats picked up a victory other parties could not ignore in coalition negotiations.“This party has increased and made the biggest gains. Everything is about us,” Akesson said. “I am ready to talk with others”Turnout in the election was reported at 84.4 per cent, up from 83 per cent in 2014.___Olsen reported from Copenhagen, Denmark. Jeff Schaeffer and Philipp Jenne in Stockholm, Jari Tanner in Helsinki and Vanessa Gera in Warsaw contributed.___This version corrects the description of the Sweden Democrats’ former party symbol.last_img read more

NASA spacecraft explored edges of Martian sea in 1997

first_imgWashington DC: NASA’s first rover mission to Mars, the Pathfinder, may have explored the edges of an early Martian sea in 1997, according to scientists who say that images from the probe could yield evidence of habitability on the Red Planet. The landing site is on the spillway of an ancient sea that experienced catastrophic floods released from the planet’s subsurface and its sediments. Nearly half a century ago the Mariner 9 spacecraft returned images of some of the largest channels in the Solar System. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangOrbital observations of the gigantic channels suggested they were formed approximately 3.4 billion years ago by cataclysmic floods, much larger than any known to have occurred on Earth. The prospect that abundant flowing water once sculptured the Martian landscape ignited renewed interest in the possibility that life may have once thrived on the planet. To test the Martian mega-flood hypothesis, NASA deployed its first Martian rover; the Sojourner, on board the 1997 Mars Pathfinder spacecraft that journeyed to the Red Planet. Also Read – Want to bring back US forces engaged in endless wars: TrumpNASA spent a total of USD 280 million on the mission, including the launch vehicle and mission operations. The terrain within the rover’s visual range includes potential fluvial features suggestive of regionally extensive flooding. However, those features suggest floods that were at least 10 times shallower than those estimated using images obtained from orbit. Hence, the mission was not able to exclude still disputed alternative views sustaining that debris or lavas flows could have in fact dominated the channels’ formational history without significant water discharges. “Our paper shows a basin, with roughly the surface area of California, that separates most of the gigantic Martian channels from the Pathfinder landing site,” said Alexis Rodriguez, lead author of the study published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports. “Debris or lava flows would have filled the basin before reaching the Pathfinder landing site. The very existence of the basin requires cataclysmic floods as the channels’ primary formational mechanism,” he said. “The basin is covered by sedimentary deposits with a distribution that precisely matches the inferred extent of inundation from potential catastrophic floods, which would have formed an inland sea,” Rodriguez said. “This sea is approximately 250 kilometres upstream from the Pathfinder landing site, an observation that reframes its paleo-geographic setting as part of a marine spillway, which formed a land barrier separating the inland sea and a northern ocean,” he said. “Our simulation shows that the presence of the sea would have attenuated cataclysmic floods, leading to shallow spillovers that reached the Pathfinder landing site and produced the bedforms detected by the spacecraft,” Rodriguez said. The team’s results indicate that marine spillover deposits contributed to the landscape that the spacecraft detected nearly 22 years ago, and reconcile the mission’s in situ geologic observations and decades of remote-sensing outflow channel investigations. The sea bears an uncanny resemblance to the Aral Sea on Earth in that in both instances they lack distinct shoreline terraces. Its rapid regression over shallow submerged slopes resulted in rates of shoreline front retreat too fast for the terraces to form. The same process could partly account for the long-recognised lack of northern plains shorelines.last_img read more

SecretaryGeneral welcomes shutdown of DPR Korea nuclear reactor

At the invitation of the DPRK’s Government, a team from the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visited the Asian country this weekend to implement agreements to monitor the shutdown and eventual abandonment of the Yongbyon nuclear facilities. “As Secretary-General of the United Nations, and as a former foreign minister of the Republic of Korea, I encourage the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and other parties to continue to implement their commitments to realize the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula as soon as possible,” Mr. Ban told reporters at a Headquarters press conference in New York today. Late last month, IAEA inspectors visited Pyongyang and reached agreement with authorities regarding arrangements for the Agency’s monitoring and verification of the shutdown of the Yongbyon nuclear facility and the reactor under construction in Taechon. “This is just one step, but I think that it is a very important and encouraging step,” Mr. said today. Eventually, the DPRK will “have to dismantle and destroy all nuclear weapons and related programmes in return for economic assistance as well as the security assurance and political horizons, diplomatic horizons,” he added. 16 July 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the verification by experts from the world body’s nuclear watchdog that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has closed its Yongbyon reactor. read more

Guernsey Market golden at dining awards

The Guernsey Market cafeteria wowed the judges at the National Association of College and University Food Services awards, handed out last month in Boston.The accolades for Brock’s Guernsey Market keep piling up like the lettuce in a shaker salad.The University and its unique cafeteria won gold at the recent National Association of College and University Food Services Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards. The award was in the retail sales, multiple concept/marketplace category for medium schools.This is the third year in a row that Brock’s dining services wowed judges in the competition, which celebrates exemplary menus, presentations, special event planning and new dining concepts.The awards were handed out last month in Boston. Brock was the only Canadian university to win an award, beating out the University of San Diego, Saint Lawrence University and the University of Dayton in its category.Judges awarded the Guernsey Market and average score of 46.2 out of 50, considering facility design and merchandising, marketing, nutrition and wellness, and menus and meals in their decision. read more

How Ubers quest for selfdriving tech led to criminal case

DETROIT — A self-driving vehicle pioneer who used to work for Google has been charged with stealing secrets from the company before he joined Uber’s efforts to build robotic vehicles.Anthony Levandowski was charged with 33 counts of trade secrets theft in an indictment filed Tuesday by the U.S. attorney’s office in San Jose, California. The criminal case arose out of a lawsuit that Google self-driving spinoff Waymo filed against Uber alleging technology theft.Here’s how it wound up in the criminal courts:HOW IT STARTEDFormer Uber CEO and founder Travis Kalanick believed that the company could not survive without being the leader in autonomous vehicles. One of Uber’s biggest expenses is to pay drivers for ferrying passengers, and that cost could be reduced or eliminated with vehicles that drive themselves. Uber feared it would face a cost disadvantage if another company started an autonomous ride-hailing service first.That led Uber to start recruiting Levandowski in 2015. Levandowski soon left Google to help found Otto, a self-driving truck startup. Uber bought Otto for $680 million in 2016 and got both Levandowski and Otto’s technology.Google sued Uber accusing it of stealing autonomous vehicle secrets and alleging that Levandowski downloaded documents before he left the company. The theft allegedly included Google technology for laser sensors that give the cars the ability to see their surroundings.Uber denied knowing about the documents, and Levandowski invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination leading up to a trial. He was eventually fired by Uber.HOW THE CIVIL CASE TURNED CRIMINALAbout a week after the trial began in early 2018, Uber agreed to settle the case and pay $245 million to Google’s self-driving car spinoff, now called Waymo. The Google spinoff also got guarantees to prevent its technology from being used in Uber’s autonomous cars.But before that happened, U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco, who was overseeing the Waymo-Uber lawsuit, took the unusual step of referring the case to the U.S. attorney’s office based on testimony and evidence unveiled ahead of a trial.DID UBER KEEP DEVELOPING SELF-DRIVING VEHICLES?Yes, but it ran into serious trouble in March 2018 when one of its autonomous test vehicles, a Volvo SUV, killed a pedestrian on a darkened street in Tempe, Arizona. Elaine Herzberg, 49, was pushing a bicycle when the crash occurred. Investigators later determined that Uber’s human backup driver was streaming the television show “The Voice” on her phone and was looking downward before the crash. Investigators concluded the crash could have been avoided had Vasquez not been distracted.The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report saying the autonomous driving system on Uber’s SUV spotted Herzberg before hitting her, but didn’t stop because the system used to automatically apply brakes in potentially dangerous situations had been disabled “to reduce the potential for erratic vehicle behaviour.”Uber suspended its autonomous vehicle testing on public roads after the crash, and it was also put on hold by Arizona’s governor. Uber resumed testing autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh in December 2018 after getting clearance from Pennsylvania officials. The cars run autonomously but have two human safety operators called “mission specialists” in the front seat. Uber also is gathering data with human drivers in control in San Francisco and Toronto.WHAT HAPPENS NOW IN THE CRIMINAL CASE?Charges will proceed against Levandowski, who faces up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines per criminal count. Prosecutors say the probe is ongoing, but they wouldn’t say whether Uber and Kalanick are targets. Prosecutors say Google and Uber co-operated in the probe.Levandowski’s lawyers maintain his innocence, calling the criminal charges a rehash of civil claims that have been settled.Tom Krisher, The Associated Press read more

Event to introduce Political Science and Labour Studies to high school students

More than 300 students from four local high schools will be on campus Wednesday for the first-ever Political Science and Labour Studies Day.The Social Sciences event will include lectures from Political Science Assistant Professor Stefan Dolgert and Labour Studies Associate Professor Larry Savage, as well as seminars and a presentation from Co-op, Career and Experiential Education.“We’re excited to welcome local high school students to Brock to learn about workplace rights and to take part in interactive exercises designed to increase awareness and understanding about enforcement of those rights,” Savage said.The students, from Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School, Eden High School, St. Francis Catholic Secondary School and Notre Dame College School, are mostly in Grade 10 Civics and Career Studies classes.“We’re excited to talk with local students about the most important political issues of the day, especially the election of Donald Trump and the rise of populism across the globe, since for most Canadians these events are both intriguing as well as slightly mystifying,” Dolgert said. “We’re looking to give students a sense of what these events mean for their lives.” read more

Football Urban Meyer compliments various players in Big Ten Teleconference

Ohio State redshirt junior wide receiver K.J. Hill (14) runs the ball in for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the game against Penn State on Sept. 29. Ohio State won 27-26. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAfter a 27-26 road win against then-No. 9 Penn State, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer was asked about many of his players in Tuesday’s Big Ten Coaches Teleconference.Though redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins didn’t have his greatest game on Saturday, throwing for 270 yards, three touchdowns and an interception against the Nittany Lions, Meyer said he was impressed by how relaxed Haskins has been all season.“Very collected player,” Meyer said Tuesday. “The guys around him have belief in him.”Meyer also complimented redshirt junior wide receiver K.J. Hill, saying he is a “tough, tough guy,” and tough guys survive in situations like Saturday’s victory in Happy Valley.Hill scored the game-winning touchdown on a screen from Haskins against Penn State, and leads the Buckeyes with 27 receptions this season.Though Meyer said redshirt junior defensive tackle Robert Landers struggled at times against Penn State, he said that was due to a lingering injury that he has not fully recovered from.Still, Meyer said Landers is a “spark plug” and “an energy guy that everyone loves to death.”In the secondary, Meyer said sophomore cornerback Jeffrey Okudah is a great player, but can still get better.“He’s a better person than a player and he’s a great player,” Meyer said. “He has made a few mistakes, but he’s been very good.”Preparing for IndianaAfter a big win last weekend, the Buckeyes return home for a matchup against Indiana.Meyer compared Penn State redshirt senior quarterback Trace McSorley to Indiana’s starting quarterback, redshirt sophomore Peyton Ramsey.McSorley broke the Penn State record with 461 all-purpose yards against Ohio State, and Meyer said Ramsey shows a lot of the same ways to extend plays.“The guy we just played is one of the best we’ve gone against,” Meyer said, and he sees a lot of that in Ramsey.This season, Ramsey has completed 71 percent of his passes, racking up 1,039 yards through the air and 170 yards on the ground across 51 carries. He has scored eight passing touchdowns and two rushing. Ramsey also has five interceptions.Meyer also said the Ohio State defense had a “heck of a time” with the Indiana offense last year, and that they are very well coached on defense. Last year, Ohio State gave up 420 passing yards to Indiana, but held them to just 17 rushing yards in the team’s 49-21 season-opening win against the Hoosiers.No update on Brian SneadMeyer was asked for an update on freshman running back Brian Snead, and he said he has no updates on his availability.Snead has missed the past three games due to undisclosed disciplinary action due to a violation of team rules. read more

Proms criticised for selling standing tickets online in breach of founding principles

first_imgMusic fans queue outside the Albert Hall for tickets for the annual Proms concerts  But other prommers have defended the changes, saying they give music fans who might not have time to queue up because they work during the day the opportunity to buy tickets.One said: “I have known plenty people not able to get in if they have been at work or unable to get to the hall before 6pm. This new system allows those people to do so. If it allows more music lovers access to one of the greatest festivals in the world I am all for it.”BBC Proms said: “Promming (standing) tickets have been available to buy online on the morning of each concert since 2016 in an effort to increase accessibility to the Proms for those who may find it difficult to get to the Royal Albert Hall to queue on the day, including those who live outside London.“As always up to 1,350 Promming tickets are available to purchase for just £6 for each concert and so far this year around 15% of available Promming tickets have been purchased online on the day.” Music fans queue outside the Albert Hall for tickets for the annual Proms concerts Credit:Matthew Chattle /Alamy It is one of those timeworn traditions that defines the British summer: queuing up for tickets for that evening’s Proms.The season at the Royal Albert Hall has its roots in the London promenade concerts during which ‘prommers’ were able to walk around the playing musicians rather than sitting in pre-paid seats.So when the BBC, which runs the Proms, decided to alter the arrangements so that some of the 1,350 cheapest standing tickets could be bought on line, many fans of the event were left disgruntled.To them the thought of some in the crowd now being able to buy in advance tickets which had previously been sold on the night strikes was a discordant note.Some have even suggested it is an irrevocable breach of the Proms’ founding principles.The changes mean a proportion of the £6 standing tickets for the Royal Albert Hall arena and gallery are available on line for a booking fee of £1.12. That still leaves most of the cheapest tickets available on the night.But fans have now struck up a din over the changes, which have also seen the price of the standing tickets go up by £1. The Royal Albert Hall during the Proms seasoncenter_img The Royal Albert Hall during the Proms seasonCredit:BBC Adrian Greenman, a prommer in his sixties from south west London, said: “The whole point of the Proms is to queue up. It was always for ordinary people who happened to be walking, or promenading, past.“Also, the changes discriminate against the many people who don’t use a computer. Essentially it goes against the principle of the Proms.”The row comes ahead of the traditional Last Night of the Proms, on Saturday, September 9.Una Barry, from Ilkley, West Yorkshire, said: “It goes against the tradition and spirit of the Proms, and whilst it’s not wrong,there’s something that makes me feel it’s quite right either. “It has put the price of the ticket up through the back door.”Another prommer, writing on an online music discussion site, said: “This new online initiative [ ] rather defeats the point of the “turning up on the day” spirit of the Arena and Gallery tickets.“It discriminates against those travelling from outside London just as much as the previous system, with the additional effect of privileging those who have internet access on the move.” 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.last_img read more

IMDEXs ioGAS to feature in Micromine 2020 3D modelling and mine design

first_imgMICROMINE and IMDEX have agreed to collaborate on the next release of Micromine 2020, with the latter company’s ioGAS solution being incorporated into the 3D modelling and mine design software.This collaboration, bringing together detailed geoscience analytics with sophisticated 3D modelling and mine design software, will enhance the geological modelling workflow, according to MICROMINE.According to IMDEX, ioGAS is a leading exploratory data analysis software application developed specifically for the resources industry. “Traditional methods to analyse results would take many hours and is prone to human error; ioGAS can generate accurate results in a fraction of the time. Over the past decade, a wide range of visual analytics and advanced quantitative tools have been developed to help you obtain a greater insight into the underlying structure of your data,” the company said.The two companies have been working together for several months to integrate output from IMDEX’s ioGAS solution, according to MICROMINE.“The collaboration means geoscientists will be able to directly import ioGAS (.gas) files into Micromine 2020 software to map and model geological domains,” MICROMINE said.Micromine Product Strategy Manager, Mark Gabbitus, said the ability to import the files and related geological and geochemical interpretative analysis into Micromine 2020 was a boon for both companies and their thousands of global software users.“MICROMINE and IMDEX recognise it’s in everyone’s interests to enable the efficient transfer of data between packages,” he said.“Integrating software with third-party systems like ioGAS not only makes our client’s jobs easier but advances the industry, which MICROMINE values as a thought-leader in the METS sector.”Micromine 2020 might still be in development, but Gabbitus confirmed some of the key features that would integrate with ioGAS included:In-built ioGAS symbol library so that data imported into Micromine looks exactly as it did in ioGAS;Down hole data that can brought from an ioGAS .gas file directly into Micromine as points where attributes (eg material type) can be modelled or displayed alongside geological logging to validate boundaries and contacts; and;Down hole data displays that effectively show how geochemical properties differ between logged geological units.MICROMINE added: “In Micromine 2020, drill hole traces can be easily created from down hole points contained in an ioGAS.gas file. This data is then saved as a drill hole database in Micromine.”With over 10 years of development, IMDEX’s ioGAS software has resulted in optimised workflows and easy to use tools that incorporate industry best practise in interpretive techniques, according to MICROMINE. The exploratory data analysis software offers detection of patterns, anomalies and relationships in geoscience data. With over 350 commercial clients and 20 government organisation users, ioGAS has established itself as a global market leader, MICROMINE said.Dave Lawie, IMDEX Chief Geoscientist, said: “It is exciting to combine the benefits of these market-leading software packages to provide additional value for our clients. This integration offers a seamless integration of ioGAS files and related interpretative analysis directly into MICROMINE 2020.”Last month, MICROMINE said Micromine 2020 will no longer support installation or use on computers with a 32-bit processor.last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Sunday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine things you need to know as you start your day.1. #MURDER: A 23-year-old man was stabbed to death at Northern Cross in Dublin 17 last night, gardaí said this morning.2. #TERRORISM: Scotland Yard has arrested three more men in relation to the brutal killing of drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich on Tuesday. Two of the men were tasered as they were detained by specialist terrorism and firearms officers.3. #PARIS: In a crime which raises echoes of the gruesome murder of the British soldier, a member of the French army was stabbed in the neck while on patrol in Paris. A manhunt for the culprit has got underway and Private First Class Cedric Cordier is expected to survive.4. #POPULARITY CONTEST: For the first time in five years, Fine Gael is not leading the political popularity race. In the latest Red C poll for the Sunday Business Post, the party’s support is level with that of Fianna Fáil which gained one point.5. #SYRIA: The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group has confirmed for the first time that its fighters are helping Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria. In a televised address, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah pledged that they will turn the tide of the conflict in favour of the embattled President’s.6. #CRASH: It was another bad night on the roads as a 30-year-old man died in a two-vehicle collision at Dunkinelly in Donegal at about 10.45pm. Two others – a 21-year-old man and a 47-year-old woman – were injured in the crash.7. #SAME-SEX: Security is high in Paris today as the French capital braces itself for a massive protest against gay marriage. Up to 200,000 demonstrators are expected, reports France24.8. #TAXING: There is much in today’s newspapers about Ireland’s favourite status with multinationals because of our tax regime. According to the Sunday Times (citing Trinity College research), Ireland has been named the third biggest “tax haven” for US profits. Meanwhile, the Sunday Business Post claims Apple obtained its controversial tax deal in 1990.9. #MONEY: Speaking of Apple and money, an auctioneer in Germany has sold one of the company’s first ever computers – a functioning 1976 model dubbed Apple 1 – for a record €516,000.last_img read more

Suspect arrested in rapper XXXTentacions shooting death

first_img http://jrnl.ie/4083994 Image: Broward Sheriff’s Office via AP Thursday 21 Jun 2018, 3:03 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Associated Press Suspect arrested in rapper XXXTentacion’s shooting death XXXTentacion was gunned down on Monday as he left an upscale motorcycle dealership in Florida. Jun 21st 2018, 3:03 PM AUTHORITIES IN FLORIDA have arrested a man in connection with the shooting death of rapper XXXTentacion.22-year-old Dedrick Devonshay Williams of Pompano Beach was arrested shortly before 7pm yesterday evening, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy (20) who went by the stage name XXXTentacion was gunned down on Monday as he left an upscale motorcycle dealership near Fort Lauderdale, Florida where he was planning to make a purchase.Authorities said the rapper was ambushed by two suspects.His lawyer, David Bogenschutz, said on Tuesday that investigators told him XXXTentacion had visited a bank shortly before the shooting and possibly withdrew cash to buy a motorcycle at Riva Motorsports in Deerfield Beach.He was exiting the dealership in his luxury BMW electric car when he was shot. XXXTentacion Source: Miami Herald/TNS/ABACAWilliams is charged with first-degree murder without premeditation, a probation violation and for not having a valid driver’s licence.He was being held without bond in the Broward County jail today.center_img 13,658 Views Suspect Dedrick Devonshay Williams Share1 Tweet Email No Comments Suspect Dedrick Devonshay Williams Image: Broward Sheriff’s Office via AP Short URLlast_img read more

Greece youths gather over talks to rebuild nations

first_imgAIESEC, the world’s largest student organisation, recently put together ‘Global Think Tank 4 Greece’, an open discussion event hosted by Repo(we)rGreece. Over 500 students from all over the globe convened at DEREE – the American College of Greece Campus, where they exchanged ideas on how the youth could help the country regain stability.Part of the event’s agenda is presenting values and goals upheld by the Repo(we)rGreece that Greece must should unite, instilling in its youth” honest values, an optimistic mentality, as well as analytical and creative ways of thinking”. The students emphasised that Greece must both empower and invest in its youth, offering scholarships and creating opportunities for employment through independent initiatives.Another concept the students who took the stage suggested was that the Greek youth needs to tackle the country’s image crisis, and communicating to the international community via the social media to reach not only fellow youths but also a broader international audience. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

US British tourists not put off by uncertainty

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Holiday bookings from the United States and Britain for this season are pointing toward an increase which has been boosted by the decline of the euro against the US dollar and the British pound. Similarly the rise of the Swiss franc against the euro is creating expectations of an increase in the flow of tourism from Switzerland, too.More than 3 million tourists travel to Greece from these three markets every year. It therefore appears that the appeal of Greece as a destination for visitors from certain foreign markets is overriding concerns regarding the political uncertainty for now.Citing figures from US tour operators Globus, Trafalgar and American Express, the Hellenic American Tourism Chamber announced that bookings this month from the US to Greece for 2015 are showing a year-on-year increase of 23 percent.Data released on Thursday by the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) showed Greece among the most popular destinations for Britons making early bookings for this year. ABTA noted that early bookings have been soaring as, depending on the tour operator, growth in January looks set to come in at between 30 and 50 percent.The Bank of Greece issued on Thursday last year’s nine-month figures on tourism, showing that the forecast for 24 million arrivals from abroad for the whole of 2014 will be achieved. In the January-September 2014 period arrivals reached 20.7 million, 20 percent up from a year earlier, while arrivals in the 12 months of 2013 had amounted to 20.1 million. The comparison of the first nine months of 2014 with those in 2012 is even more staggering, as there was an increase of 6 million arrivals last year.The central bank also announced that tourism receipts in the first nine months of last year amounted to more than 12 billion euros, posting a 10.9 percent annual increase. The biggest rise in revenues as well as arrivals was from the US and French markets.The jump in new airlines traveling to Greek airports in 2014 helped fuel the growth in arrivals, which reached record levels according to data released on Thursday by the Civil Aviation Authority. The country’s airports served 45 million passengers last year, up by 17 percent from 38.45 million in 2013.While international traffic unsurprisingly expanded by 15.2 percent on a yearly basis, domestic traffic, which had been hit hard during the previous years of the financial crisis, recorded a 21.5 percent year-on-year increase in 2014, rising by 2.15 million passengers.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Growth seen in mergers and acquisitions

first_imgGreek corporate officials are anticipating more mergers and acquisitions within 2016, a trend that became evident at the start of the crisis and has grown significantly in the last couple of years to become one of the main consequences of the prolonged recession, as well as a key solution for many enterprises to avoid closure.The latest readings of Ernst & Young’s Global Capital Confidence Barometer also show that mergers and acquisitions will speed up, as the recapitalization of banks and recent decisions on major corporations’ nonperforming loans – with those of smaller firms to follow – will make the market picture clearer. All this is making entrepreneurs more optimistic about next year, on the condition that political stability doesn’t become an issue of concern.The EY barometer showed that 53 percent of respondents expect the Greek economy to improve or remain stable, and 52 percent are anticipating an improvement in corporate profits. Almost one in two corporate officials (45 percent) expects an increase in mergers and acquisitions and 47 percent say they will actively seek acquisitions, up from 43 percent last April. Responses mainly regard targeted acquisitions, complementary to existing activities and relatively small-sized, not exceeding $250 million.[Source: Kathimerini] Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Celtic Ryan Christie praises teammates

first_imgScottish footballer and Celtic star Ryan Christie has heaped praises on his attacking teammates after their 3-0 win against Hearts in the semi-final of the Betfred Cup.Speaking to Celtic’s official club website after the victory, Christie praised teammates and hailed their attacking influence in the fixture.“Scott Sinclair was brilliant when he came on and he had a huge part to play. We found our attacking rhythm in the second half. Our wingers, James (Forrest) and Scott were fantastic in the second half. That makes the midfielders’ job easier with us just having to feed them in,” Christie said.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“We’re delighted with the second-half performance and it’s great to have another cup final as well.”“Odsonne (Edouard) never got his goal today but going forward and some of his link-up play was brilliant. It’s easy for the likes of me to come in behind and keep feeding him in.”last_img read more

Playboy Eliminates 80 Positions

first_imgIn a memo to staffers that was filed, along with a financial report, with the Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday, Playboy Enterprises chairman and CEO Christie Hefner announced a revised cost savings initiative that will result in the elimination of 80 positions and the closing of the company’s DVD business.Twenty-five of the eliminated positions were open, Hefner said in the memo. It was not immediately clear how many of the cuts came from the company’s magazine business. A Playboy spokesperson declined to comment other than to say “all of our businesses were affected.”In the filing, the company indicated that it is looking to reduce company-wide expenses by $12 million, up from $10 million which it announced as part of its second quarter financial report. At the time, Playboy reported a $5.2 million net loss for the first half of 2008, down from a $3.4 million net profit during the same period in 2007. First half revenue was $151.9 million, down about 11 percent. Playboy Enterprises said it will incur a $2 million restructuring charge and will take reserves of approximately $4 million against archival material and a receivable. The $6 million in charges will be accounted for during the third quarter, which ended September 30. In addition to shutting down its DVD business, some of the cost-saving changes will be to bring the magazine’s pre-production work in-house, outsource newsstand sales for Playboy and its special editions, and “significantly reduce travel and entertainment, as well as premium and overtime,” Hefner wrote in the memo. The company also is looking to expand its digital asset management system.Playboy is expected to release its third quarter financial results next month. Hefner, according to the memo, expects to report a quarterly loss.last_img read more

Pranab Nanaji Bhupen conferred Bharat Ratna

first_imgNew Delhi : Former president Pranab Mukherjee, the late Bharatiya Jana Sangh leader Nanaji Deshmukh and the late singer Bhupen Hazarika were conferred the Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian award, on Thursday. President Ram Nath Kovind gave the award to Mukherjee, Hazarika’s son Tej and Vikramjeet Singh, a close relative of Deshmukh, at a function held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here. Hazarika and Deshmukh were given the Bharat Ratna posthumously. Also Read – Subramanian Swamy cross-examined in National Herald case Advertise With Us Vice-President M Venkaikah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, several Union Cabinet Ministes, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal were among those present at the function held at the imposing Durbar Hall. The Bharat Ratna has been conferred after a gap of four years. Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and founder of Banaras Hindu University Madan Mohan Malviya were given the award by the Narendra Modi government in 2015. Also Read – War propaganda delays removal of internet restriction in Jammu and Kashmir Advertise With Us Mukherjee, fondly known as ‘Pranab Da’, has been the fifth president to receive this award. He was the president between 2012 and 2017. Mukherjee (83), who was also known as the quintessential ‘Man Friday’ of the Congress, joins the elite club of former presidents Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Rajendra Prasad, Zakir Hussain and V V Giri, who were also awarded the nation’s highest civilian honour. Advertise With Us Mukherjee became India’s youngest finance minister in 1982 at the age of 47. From 2004, he went on to head three crucial ministries — external affairs, defence and finance — and became the first occupant of the Rashtrapati Bhavan to have this distinction. Last year, Mukherjee had drawn flak from certain quarters for attending a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) function in Nagpur. Deshmukh was associated with the RSS from 1928 till his death in Satna, Madhya Pradesh, in 2010 at the age of 94 and was known for starting a chain of RSS-inspired schools throughout India. He was one of the founder members of the Bharatiya Jan Sangh, which later evolved as Bharatiya Janata Party. He was considered to be one of the architects of the Jai Prakash Narayan’s movement against the Emergency in 1975 and among the key persons in the formation of the Janata Party government in 1977. Born in 1926, Hazarika was a playback singer, lyricist, musician, singer, poet and filmmaker from Assam. He was awarded Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1987), Padma Shri (1977), Dada Saheb Phalke Award (1992), Padma Bhushan (2001) and Padma Vibhushan (2012-posthumously). Hazarika did his PhD from Columbia University in 1952. He died in 2011. The cultural icon also had a brush with politics and had unsuccessfully contested the Guwahati Lok Sabha seat on a BJP ticket in 2004. He was an Independent MLA in Assam during 1967-72. Hazarika gave music in acclaimed Bollywood movies Rudaali, Darmiyaan, Gaja Gamini, Daman and many Assamese hits, including the award winning film ‘Sameli Memsaab’. The government in January announced it decision to confer the Bharat Ratna upon Mukherjee, Deshmukh and Hazarika. With these three recipients, 48 eminent people have been conferred the Bharat Ratna so far. Congress leaders Ahmed Patel, Sushil Kumar Shinde, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, former Vice President Hamid Ansari, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi were present in the function. However, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi were not spotted.last_img read more

Why most Canadians wont see Oscarcontender Roma

first_imgWhy most Canadians won’t see Oscar-contender ‘Roma’ at their local cinema David Friend, The Canadian Press Marco Graf as Pepe, left to right, Daniela Demesa as Sofi, Yalitza Aparicio as Cleo, Marina De Tavira as Sofia, Diego Cortina Autrey as Tono, Carlos Peralta Jacobson as Paco are shown in a scene from “Roma” written and directed by Alfonso Cuaron in this handout photo. With director Alfonso Cuaron’s sweeping epic “Roma” floating on a cloud of positive critical buzz, the Netflix film is destined to be a major awards contender. But that doesn’t mean the black-and-white Spanish-language film by the “Gravity” Oscar-winner will be playing your local theatre. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Carlos Somonte, Netflix *MANDATORY CREDIT* TORONTO — With director Alfonso Cuaron’s sweeping epic “Roma” floating on a cloud of positive buzz, the Netflix film seems destined to be a major awards contender.But unlike other best picture Oscar bets “A Star Is Born,” “Black Panther,” and “Widows,” it’s angling to get there without playing theatres across the country.Despite a critically acclaimed premiere at the recent Toronto International Film Festival, Netflix is only screening the Spanish-language film by the Oscar-winning director of “Gravity” at a small number of theatres in Canada.Only Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver are scheduled to play “Roma” at this point, with the possibility of other cities showing the film if it’s a hit.And just one theatre is actually screening it before the streamer does — Toronto’s downtown arthouse TIFF Bell Lightbox premieres “Roma” on Thursday. Montreal and Vancouver theatres don’t get it until Dec. 14, the same day “Roma” makes its global debut on Netflix.The strategy reflects big screen Oscar ambitions that don’t actually include a strong commitment to movie theatres.“For Netflix it all comes back to the monthly subscription,” says Katie Bailey, content director at film industry trade publication Playback.“They build their revenue $9.99 at a time.”Netflix acquired the rights for Cuaron’s semi-autobiographical tribute to his native Mexico with the purpose of putting it on the small screen.Reed Hastings, the company’s chief executive, has long accused movie exhibitors of being unable to think outside the multiplex boxes. He’s called for Hollywood to release more films for home viewing the same day they open in theatres.That position has put Netflix in a tough spot as exhibitors distance themselves and some within the film industry see the company as a competitive threat.Netflix has managed to pick up Oscars for both documentary feature and short in recent years, but has failed to score gold in the major awards categories.It’s hard not to view the company’s Oscar campaigns as half-hearted at best.Theatrical runs for “Mudbound” and “Beasts of No Nation” — which are required to qualify for the Oscars — were booked at the smallest theatres in Los Angeles and New York, making it tough for even the local audience to find.Neither film turned Oscar nominations into wins.Now “Roma” is being showered with near unanimous critical praise, with cinephiles revelling in its black-and-white cinematography and surround sound. During TIFF, Oscar prognosticators saw potential nominations for Cuaron, newcomer actress Yalitza Aparicio and best picture.But Canada’s biggest exhibitor Cineplex isn’t interested in showing a film that will head to the small screen in mere weeks.“We are more than happy to play their films if they abide by the same rules as everybody else,” CEO Ellis Jacob says in a recent interview of Netflix.Cineplex has long held a 90-day window policy between a movie’s theatrical debut and its appearance for rental or streaming at home.It’s a niche, art house film that only a small audience will pay full price to see, suggests Bailey.“Two people — $30 easy. Plus popcorn,” she says.“You can get a lot of Netflix for that.”— With files from Tara DeschampsFollow @dfriend on Twitter.center_img by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 26, 2018 3:29 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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