The much awaited oriental sea food festival at Chowman is back and it’s time to binge on the most exotic sea food in town. The festival, which started from July 15, at all dine in outlets of Chowman, was graced by eminent Music Director and Composer, Debojyoti Mishra.Chowman has always brought variety in the food they serve – from starting to serve authentic Chinese dishes for the very first time, to giving us an experience of neighborhood fine dining and introducing the city to the most delectable and unique food festivals. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainIn the menu this time is a variety of starters and sides to complement the flavorful rice, noodles and meifoon dishes. ‘The Prawn Satay with peanut sauce’ and the ‘Pan Fried Chili Promfret’ are sure to leave you asking for more. Besides this, one can also savour the taste of authentic dishes like ‘Hand Folded Crab Meat Wonton’, ‘Deep Fried Seafood Roll’, ‘Crispy Honey Shrimps/Shrimp with asparagus’, ‘Chinese Fried Fish/ Spicy Sliced Fish’. And for, main course, ‘Sweet & Spicy Jumbo Prawn’, ‘Lobster in Chili Corn Sauce/Lobster with mint, lemon & Chilies’, ‘Octopus in Chili Mustard Sauce’, ‘Thin Fried Squid in Toban Djan Sauce’ can be tried. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardSpeaking to the media on the occasion, Debaditya Chaudhury, Managing Director of Chowman Hospitality Pvt. Ltd said, “We at Chowman, have always tried to bring ingenuity and great flavour-profiles through our extensive menu and unique food festivals. It makes me really happy to bring back the sea food festival yet again. We have been receiving calls enquiring about the festival and I am so glad that Chowman has been so well-received by the people. This time, we have kept new dishes in our menu, which people have not tried before in Chowman. And, I am very confident that everybody will like them too.” Rs 1400/- plus taxes (Meal for two people) Timings: 12 pm – 10.30 pm
CALGARY – Calgary police say a woman they’ve been seeking in a quadruple homicide earlier this month has been taken into custody in Toronto.Yu Chieh Liao, who goes by Diana Liao, is considered a person of interest in killings police have described as brutal and ruthless.Police say Liao is wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for fraud.Glynnis Fox, her older sister Tiffany Ear and Cody Pfeiffer were found dead in a burned out car at a northwest Calgary construction site on July 10.Hanock Afowerk, the burned car’s owner and the man police believe was the intended target, was found dead in a rural area west of Calgary two days later.Afowerk and Liao knew each other.Police say the man Liao was spotted with in the Moose Jaw, Sask., area shortly after the homicides has been identified.Tewodros Mutugeta Kebede, who is 25, was arrested in Toronto on unrelated offences last week.Police have said Liao has ties to Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto, Regina and Moose Jaw, Sask.
Jody Wilson-Raybould, the former cabinet minister who accused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of trying to influence her decision in a criminal case against engineering firm SNC-Lavalin, has confirmed she intends to run as a Liberal in the next federal election.In a letter to constituents posted to her website Friday, Wilson-Raybould said the explosive political saga has been a “wake-up call” for Canadians about the “culture of conflict, empty partisanship and cynical games” that exists in Ottawa.Nonetheless, she said, she plans to stand for re-election as a Liberal in the Vancouver-Granville riding next fall because she got into politics to change that culture – and still has plenty of work to do.“Beyond partisanship, spin and image, there lies a politics of change that is driven forward by galvanizing our core values – regardless of political stripe – into concrete laws, policies and actions that support Canada as an ever-advancing society,” Wilson-Raybould wrote.She said she never expected to find herself thrust into the centre of a controversy that culminated last month in her resignation from cabinet.“I was just doing my job and I did not expect it to become a national focus.”Wilson-Raybould told the House of Commons justice committee that Trudeau and several members of his senior staff were part of a prolonged and co-ordinated effort to convince her to overrule a decision by the director of public prosecutions to proceed with a criminal trial against SNC-Lavalin on charges of bribery.Trudeau said he believed Wilson-Raybould was open to receiving additional information that could affect her decision, and directed his staff to provide that information – including the potential impact on SNC’s 9,000 Canadian employees. He also wanted her to consider getting an outside legal opinion on the use of remediation agreements, a new tool in Canadian law that can avert a trial in exchange for fines and outside monitoring.The justice committee and the ethics commissioner are both investigating the allegations, the RCMP have been asked to investigate and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development has expressed its concern, saying it is monitoring the investigations.Wilson-Raybould resigned her cabinet seat Feb. 12, about a month after she was shuffled from Justice to Veterans Affairs – a move she believes was precipitated by her refusal to change her mind about the SNC-Lavalin case, an allegation Trudeau has denied.She remains a Liberal MP, as does Jane Philpott, who resigned her cabinet post March 4 saying she had lost confidence in the way the Prime Minister’s Office had handled the SNC affair. Trudeau has said he is still considering their future in the caucus. Both have already been nominated in their respective ridings by the Liberals.A spokesman for Trudeau said Friday the prime minister has not spoken with either Wilson-Raybould or Philpott in recent days and has no comment on Wilson-Raybould’s letter.
VANCOUVER – Investors have given final approval for a massive liquefied national gas project in northern British Columbia.The five partners have agreed to the $40-billion joint venture that includes a gas liquefaction plant in Kitimat on B.C.’s coast and a 670-kilometre pipeline delivering natural gas from the northeast corner of the province.The partners — Royal Dutch Shell, Mitsubishi Corp., the Malaysian-owned Petronas, PetorChina Co. and Korean Gas Corp. — delayed the final investment decision in 2016, citing a drop in natural gas prices.But, with the final investment decision, each company will be responsible to provide its own natural gas supply and will individually market its share of liquefied gas.The decision involves two processing units, with first liquefied natural gas expected before the middle of the next decade.LNG Canada CEO Andy Calitz says the project received support from the B.C. government, local First Nations and the Kitimat community.“This decision showcases how industrial development can co-exist with environmental stewardship and Indigenous interests,” he said in a news release late Monday.Meanwhile, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the LNG Canada announcement represents the single largest private sector investment project in Canadian history.“It is a vote of confidence in a country that recognizes the need to develop our energy in a way that takes the environment into account, and that works in meaningful partnership with Indigenous communities,” he said in the LNG Canada statement.B.C. Premier John Horgan said the project “symbolizes the kind of balanced and sustainable path forward British Columbians are looking for.”“We welcome the unprecedented commitment shown by the LNG Canada partners to work within our province’s ambitious climate goals,” he said in the same statement. “The critical importance of this project is what it represents — the intersecting of economic development, jobs for local workers, partnerships with Indigenous communities and forward-looking climate leadership.”But provincial Green party Leader Andrew Weaver called the announcement a “profound disappointment.”“Adding such a massive new source of (greenhouse gases) means that the rest of our economy will have to make even more sacrifices to meet our climate targets. A significant portion of the LNG Canada investment will be spent on a plant manufactured overseas, with steel sourced from other countries,” he said in a statement.“B.C. taxpayers will subsidize its power by paying rates twice as high and taking on the enormous public debt required to build Site C. There may be as little as 100 permanent jobs at LNG Canada. I believe we can create far more jobs in other industries that won’t drastically increase our emissions.”Horgan’s minority NDP government only governs because of the support of the Green party.Weaver noted the NDP were outspoken critics of the project when they were in Opposition under the Liberals.“Our caucus was shocked when they turned around and delivered an even larger giveaway once in power,” he said. “We did everything we could to deter them from making this decision, but we are only three MLAs up against the 84 whose parties support the heavy subsidization of this industry.”
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan and the U.S. will hold talks later this year as part of efforts to counter growing pressure from Beijing to force the island into political unification with mainland China.The United States recognizes China diplomatically, but under President Donald Trump has stepped up 40 years of informal ties with Taiwan. China and the U.S. are currently enmeshed in a dispute over trade and tariffs.De facto U.S. ambassador to Taipei Brent Christensen told a news conference Tuesday the talks being planned in September in Taipei will include a senior official from Washington.Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said the dialogue would allow the sides to “grow closer and more direct in their co-operation … to protect regional freedom and legal order.”The Associated Press
TORONTO — Small business owners began the new year with a healthy boost of optimism, according to the latest business barometer index from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.Its monthly index gained three points in January to 65.7 on a scale of 0 to 100. An index above 50 means owners expecting their businesses to be stronger in the next year outnumber those expecting a weaker performance.Small business owners in Alberta are again the most optimistic, with an index of 70.5, with Newfoundland and Labrador (69.3) and Saskatchewan (66.7) close behind.The CFIB says Ontario, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island also saw a rise in small business confidence and only British Columbia firms saw a decline.The survey also suggests full-time hiring plans have risen to a post-recession high, with 27% of small businesses who took part in the CFIB survey saying they expect to hire more staff in the next few months.Similarly, 44% of business owners described their state of business to be in “good” shape — the highest score in the past four years according to the federation.“After a lacklustre November and December, small business owners across Canada are starting to feel more optimistic about the future,” said Ted Mallett, CFIB’s chief economist and vice-president.“While it’s too soon to make any conclusions about 2013, the latest survey results are very encouraging.”“Optimism is generally well-balanced across Canada,” added Mallett. “Overall, there’s a lot of optimism in white-collar industries such as professional services, finance and the information sector, but manufacturing, retail and construction are not far behind.”The January findings are based on 1,005 responses from CFIB members to a controlled-access web survey. The results are considered accurate to plus or minus 3.1% 19 times in 20.
The debate in Parliament on the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been set for April 4.The date was set following a party leaders meeting held today. The no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was handed over to Parliament yesterday.The no-confidence motion with 55 signatures was handed over to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya by the joint opposition. Four Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members of Parliament had also signed the no-confidence motion.SLFP MPs T.B Ekanayake, Nishantha Muthuhettigama, S. Punchinilame and Cader Musthan have signed the motion (Colombo Gazette)
Supporters of migrant farm workers in Ontario, and across Canada, are hoping to make history. They’re hoping to force a coroner to call an inquest into the death of a farm worker, and other migrants killed after coming to Canada to produce food.Al Sweeney has the story. 00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09
“For many of us, war and the suffering it causes are, sadly, familiar,” the Secretary-General said in an open letter to UN staff. “Indeed, much of our task is dealing with the effects of war. That does not diminish our profound sadness at seeing the war unfold in Iraq. We worry about the broader, longer-term implications that this war might have for peace and security in the region, and throughout the world.”The Secretary-General also said he does not accept claims that the United Nations has failed because it could not prevent war or is doomed to irrelevance. “In fact, I think we can derive some encouragement from the fact that the United Nations, and specifically the Security Council, was both the focus and forum for an intense and sustained debate over several months on how best to disarm Iraq,” he said.”The world’s people – including the people of Iraq – are looking to the United Nations,” he added. “The Iraqi people urgently need out help, and we must make every effort to bring them humanitarian relief and assistance as soon as possible.”People everywhere will still look to the United Nations to carry on the daily struggle to prevent conflict, promote development and human rights, defeat poverty, protect the environment and fight global scourges that afflict mankind, the Secretary-General stressed.”The months ahead promise to put our Organization to new tests,” he said. “But what has never failed us in the life of our United Nations is the commitment of all of you, the staff. I know that you will see us safely through the challenges ahead.”
Speaking to reporters in New York, Jean-Marie Guéhenno paid tribute to 58-year-old Lieutenant-General Urano Teixeira Da Matta Bacellar of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) for a long and successful career. “The tragic death of General Bacellar has affected all of us,” said Mr. Guéhenno. “He was a committed soldier who served his country for 39 years and had a distinguished service with MINUSTAH.” Brazil has made a very strong commitment to Haiti, and another Brazilian Force Commander would be welcomed, he added.With the investigation into the death still going on, he declined to comment further on the circumstances, but stressed that MINUSTAH’s work continues apace. “The mission is very much under control. Actually, it is working to prepare for the elections.”Mr. Guéhenno also welcomed an announcement from the Caribbean country during an otherwise tragic weekend that the twice-postponed first round of elections would take place on 7 February. The Security Council had said last week that the poll should be held by that date at the latest.Mr. Guéhenno attributed recent trouble in Haiti to the fact that the status of the elections had changed from having been a dream 12 months ago to becoming a reality. “And it is a reality that everybody will have to face up to because the elections are going to be free (and) honest,” he said. MINUSTAH, the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Haitians would exert all possible efforts to ensure that the elections would give everyone a fair chance to compete and that afterwards the losers would not be “sidelined or crushed” in the too frequently manifested winner-take-all proposition in that country, but would be reconciled, Mr. Guéhenno said. He said Haiti had made tremendous progress in a number of areas. “When I visited Haiti in June in Bel Air I had to be in an armoured personnel carrier, with a helmet and a flak jacket and Bel Air was basically an off-limits place. Now the situation in Bel Air is much better, as it is in most parts of Haiti.” He acknowledged that the situation in Cité Soleil, another poor suburb of the capital, remains difficult. There, gangs are mixed with civilians, which is an operational challenge for any force in the world, Mr. Guéhenno added, and the peacekeepers were looking for ways to “strengthen their posture.” Deputy Force Commander General Eduardo Aldunate Herman of Chile has assumed command of the MINUSTAH force.
Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Kosovo’s future status process Martti Ahtisaari had originally been expected to present his proposal to the parties soon, but he announced the new date today after consulting with the so-called Contact Group – the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Russia – who have been helping to seek a solution for the province where outnumber Serbs and others by 9 to 1.Independence and autonomy are among the options but Serbia rejects independence. “There are many compelling reasons to come to clarity on Kosovo’s status as soon as possible,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Joachim Rücker said of Mr. Ahtisaari’s decision. “Therefore I look forward to the presentation of the status proposal.“I will continue to work closely with the Contact Group, the Special Envoy and the parties on preparing Kosovo for final status and on ensuring a smooth transition to the future authorities as well as to the future international presence,” he added.Since his appointment a year ago, Mr. Ahtisaari has been holding talks with Kosovo and Serbian delegations in Vienna but these have not progressed beyond technical issues such as the decentralization of municipalities, dashing his hopes that the process would be completed by the end of this year. A major issue is providing sufficient security to encourage Serb refugees to return.In his latest report in September Mr. Annan said he was disappointed that little common ground had emerged between the Serbian and Kosovar delegations in the discussions, noting that they remain “committed to ‘substantial autonomy’ and ‘full independence’ respectively, with minimal space for negotiation.” In early 1999, the province was the scene of atrocities and the forceful displacement of hundreds of thousands of ethnic Albanians. After a three-month intervention by North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), culminating in the arrival of troops, most of the Albanian population returned to their homes within days.But only some 15,600 returns of ethnic Serbs, Roma have been registered out of the estimated 250,000 who fled after the withdrawal of Serbian forces in 1999.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with Fang Fenghui (second from right), Chief of General Staff of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army. N Photo/Evan Schneider Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre left, front row) visits the Peacekeeping Centre of China’s Ministry of National Defense, in Huairou district, Beijing. UN Photo/Evan Schneider Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with Fang Fenghui (second from right), Chief of General Staff of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army. UN Photo/Evan Schneider Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with UN Staff in China. UN Photo/Evan Schneider Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with China’s Foreign Minister at his office in Beijing. UN Photo/Evan Schneider In talks with President Xi Jinping, Mr. Ban commended China for its commitment to multilateralism, its strong support to the United Nations and the country’s expanding role and contribution to Organization’s work, including its engagement in addressing climate challenges.China, one of the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitters along with the US, announced earlier this month that the two nations would cooperate on phasing down production of a group of synthetic chemicals known as Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) – in products such as refrigerators and foams.During today’s meeting, Mr. Ban invited the President to participate in a leaders’ summit on climate change that he intends to convene next year at the UN Headquarters in New York.The Secretary-General also commended China for its leadership in promoting the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and its own achievements in this area, notably on poverty reduction and reducing infant and maternal mortality rates. He also commended China for its contributions to UN Women and gender empowerment. In terms of regional stability, Mr. Ban thanked President Xi for China’s “crucial role” in helping to reduce tensions on the Korean Peninsula. During a separate meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi, Mr. Ban also thanked China for its contribution to supporting UN humanitarian efforts in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).Turning to Syria, Mr. Ban and Mr. Wang discussed the recent G8 summit in Northern Ireland, which concluded yesterday with leaders of the world’ leading industrialized countries calling for peace talks to be held as soon as possible to resolve the ongoing conflict. During the meetings with the Chinese leadership, the Secretary-General also stressed the particular importance of China’s participation in UN peacekeeping efforts, and thanked the country for its commitment to sending peacekeepers to the new UN mission in Mali known as MINUSMA.China is deploying a contingent to Mali that includes engineers, medics and security personnel.As of May, some 1,645 Chinese nationals comprised police and UN military experts in missions. Thousands others have served in missions over the years with 14 Chinese peacekeepers killed in the line of duty. China provides more peacekeepers to UN missions than all of the four other permanent members of the UN Security Council – France, Russia United Kingdom and United States – combined.The Secretary-General stepped briefly away from his schedule to express outrage at today’s deadly attack on the UN compound in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. He spoke by telephone with Somalia’s President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, and said he was deeply concerned by the “despicable” attack. He urged the President to ensure that UN staff are protected, according to a read-out of the conversation, and said the Organization would not be deterred from delivering its mandate. Earlier in the day, Mr. Ban visited China’s Peacekeeping Military Training Centre where he stressed the need to address new threats and operate in increasingly difficult environments through the ongoing support from the international community to the “blue helmets”. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with Fang Fenghui, Chief of General Staff of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army. He is seen here departing the meeting with Ambassador Li Baodong of China. UN Photo/Evan Schneider Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the Peacekeeping Centre of China’s Ministry of National Defense, in Huairou district, Beijing. UN Photo/Evan Schneider On a visit to China’s Defense Ministry Peacekeeping Centre in Beijing, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is greeted by Senior Colonel Guo Qing. UN Photo/Evan Schneider Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits the Peacekeeping Centre of China’s Ministry of National Defense, in Huairou district, Beijing. UN Photo/Evan Schneider Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon signs the guest book at the Peacekeeping Centre of China’s Ministry of National Defense, in Huairou district, Beijing. UN Photo/Evan Schneider Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits the Peacekeeping Centre of China’s Ministry of National Defense, in Huairou district, Beijing. UN Photo/Evan Schneider ‹ › “Successful peacekeeping demands sustained political and material support from the Security Council… from countries that contribute troops and police personnel… and from those who contribute funds to our operations,” Mr. Ban urged. Mr. Ban noted the increasing use of asymmetrical threats, such as the use of suicide bombs and improvised explosive devices are “not new to the UN, but they are more intense.”“The new operations in DRC or Mali do not mark a doctrinal shift away from the core principles of peacekeeping,” Mr. Ban said, adding that “rather than a ‘revolution,’ we are seeing a possible ‘evolution’ in UN peacekeeping.”In a meeting with General Fang Fenghui, the Chief of General Staff of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, Mr. Ban thanked the General for his consideration of training more peacekeepers from developing countries. Today’s discussions also touched on human rights issued. The Secretary-General said he welcomed the progress reported to the UN Human Rights Council during China’s last Universal Periodic Review. He said he hoped China’s second review in October could give momentum to its engagement with the international human rights system.The Geneva-based Council’s Universal Periodic Review subjects each country’s human rights record to a State-led peer review on the basis of information submitted by the country concerned, UN entities, civil society and other stakeholders.
Martin Kobler, head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO), deplored the deaths and injuries in the wake of the clashes that occurred yesterday morning as ‘a result of violent demonstrations and the ensuing use of lethal force by the security force.’ “The use of force by law enforcement officers must always be necessary, proportionate, and a measure of last resort,” he emphasized in a statement from his office.According to MONUSCO, the protests came following the Government opposition’s call for demonstrations against the revision of the electoral law voted by the National Assembly on Saturday evening. Protesters gathered in front of the ‘Palais du Peuple’ and a violent crackdown by security forces with tear gas and live ammunition ensued.Clashes with law enforcement officers took place in Lemba, Matete, Ngaba and Victoire, neighbourhoods surrounding the ‘Palais du Peuple’ in Kinshasa.In some districts of the capital city, shops were looted and buses torched. “I also appeal to the opposition to demonstrate peacefully. Protests must be calm and carried out in compliance with the law,” said Mr. Kobler. Preliminary reports put the estimated toll at several dead and injured among both the demonstrators and the law enforcement officers. Protests also took place yesterday morning in Goma, in North Kivu province and Bukavu, in South Kivu province.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Last week Greece reached a landmark deal with the troika to restructure its debt bailout program, offering a new glimmer of light – not just to Greece but the global economy. A series of compromises were thrashed out in Brussels, unlocking the long-delayed 43.7 billion euros ($A54.2 billion) on the bail out program – effectively granting Greece debt relief for decades to come. The agreement wasn’t lost on global markets and in Australia – increasing share prices and keeping the Australian dollar high against the Greenback.The measures announced include reducing interest rates on Greece’s bailout loans to very low levels – so low, that eurozone countries may incur losses on them – that will allow Athens space to reduce its debt below projections. On the back of the agreement, and positive movement in China on growth this week, Canberra economist Stephen Koukoulas – former economic advisor to Prime Minister Julia Gillard – told Neos Kosmos that the Aussie dollar could, subject to the RBA’s decision on interest rates next week, continue to rise to $US1.08 over the next few months. “Certainly we’ve had commodity prices no longer falling, particularly iron ore and others have actually moved well above the lows that we saw in October,” he said. “Over the last month we’ve had some good news out of China, and the fact that the Chinese economy is picking up a little is good news for Australia.” Koukoulas believes last week’s deal announced between Greece and the troika is cause for optimism. “We’ve seen plenty of false dawns over the last couple of years with Greece’s debt crisis, but this one looks to be more substantive than others. “One reason is that the Greek Parliament has now passed the range of austerity measures the troika required; they’re in place, and the trajectory of Greek debt peaking and then starting to decline is a reasonable one. “The other factor is that the IMF and Christine Lagarde did offer some softening – for example the Greek bonds that the ECB holds – the profits on these bonds are to be repatriated to Greece. “There’s also a highly concessional interest rate that Greece now has to pay on its borrowing, and that will help get the Greek economy back on an even keel.” Greece’s economy has shrunk by nearly 25 per cent in the past five years. Questions remain as to whether Greek debt can become sustainable without eurozone governments having to write off loans made to Athens. In a week that Koukoulas says international markets breathed a sigh of relief over Greece, the MD of Market Economics says its about taking one step at a time. “Greece can’t cut it’s government debt from 190 per cent to 100 per cent tomorrow. It has to be a strategy with many different components to it. And those components will change. As we stand, you can only fight the current battle.” To what degree is Australia effected by the ebb and flow of the Greek debt crisis? “At the moment this deal pushes Greece to the sidelines for the next few months. We’re going to see the markets look at other economies. “The problems run deep, and we have to look now at the eurozone issues through what’s happening in Spain and Portugal and Italy. France is on a negative credit watch. There’s still a significant risk of a bit of a debacle and a nasty market shock. “When there’s little news at home, our economy is driven by global markets, it’s a sentiment thing. People call it ‘risk on’ or ‘risk off’, and a rising tide lifts every boat.” Koukoulas says that while further chapters of the Greek debt saga will play out in the years ahead, speculation over Greece’s imminent departure from the euro is at an end; at least for now. “That discussion is over, says the former Commonwealth Treasury advisor. “The new bail out conditions and the fact that the IMF and Christine Lagarde in particular were willing to compromise is likely to mean there’s good news ahead.” Stephen Koukoulas is Managing Director of Market Economics Pty Ltd which he established in Canberra to provide independent macroeconomic analysis to businesses. Stephen is a former Senior Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister, having moved there from a senior role in the Commonwealth Treasury. Before that he spent three years in London as the Global Head of research and strategy for TD Securities.
Hundreds of tourists found themselves stranded earlier this week due to an operational issue at the Diagoras airport in Rhodes that send holidaymakers to the wrong destination.Flights with the island of Rhodes as their final destination ended up landing on the islands of Kos and Crete and even in Turkey, due to a system failure.Diagoras airport is one of the 14 Greek airports that were privatised last year and are being operated by German consortium Fraport.The electronic data systems of the reportedly crashed making the electronic check in process impossible; all the check ins had to be done manually resulting in long delays in arrivals and departures.Moreover, airplanes were diverted elsewhere to avoid air collisions and travelers had to spend even up to four days away from their destination. The issue begun as early as Sunday and continued till Monday, affecting several flights.In many instances, airplanes had to fly over Rhodes for over an hour as there was no parking allocated prior to being redirected.“All tourists arrived on Rhodes yesterday,” reported local newspaper Dimokratiki yesterday, noting that a total of seven charter flights landed at Dalaman airport in Turkey and another six on Kos and Crete. Local tour operators reportedly took care of the tourists’ accommodation and ensured their safe transportation by sea and air to Rhodes.“The unprecedented problem at the airport caused a great deal of disruption to the airline’s flight program, but it also resulted in the great discomfort of the visitors and the defamation of the island.” the newspaper continued.Fraport attributed the mixup to a third party provider.“Fraport’s priority is to look at what exactly went wrong, why the back-up system did not work and to decide whether it will continue the cooperation with the provider or require ‘safeguards’ to avoid similar problems in the future,” a Fraport spokesperson told Dimokratiki.Two days before the incident Fraport Greece chief Alexander Zinell had promised officials on Rhodes that the Diagoras airport would be upgraded to a level compatible with the Dodecanese capital’s prestigious status. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
The President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Melvin Pinnick, is certain that the national side have the potential to advance past the group stages of the World Cup, despite losing their opening game to Croatia 2-0The Super Eagles were left unable to answer to Croatia’s set-pieces at Kaliningrad on Saturday as they fell to a disappointing 2-0 loss and are now bottom of Group D after both Argentina and Iceland drew in their opening game.“We expected to win against Croatia but it did not happen and the whole team, as well as the Federation, have put that behind us and looking ahead with hope to the next two matches,” said Pinnick, according to AllAfrica.“I have spoken with the Coach and the players and they have confidence that the job can be done. They feel bad to have lost the first match and are determined to go out there and do what they have to do against Iceland on Friday.”News: Samson Siasia banned for life by FIFA George Patchias – August 16, 2019 The former manager of the Nigerian national team Samson Siasia has been banned from football for life.A match-fixing investigation has been carried out by…The President remains hopeful that Nigeria can bounce back as in football nothing is impossible.“Losing your first match of a major competition is not an automatic exit ticket. Spain lost their first match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals and still went ahead to win the tournament.“We have a young team that can achieve so much with the right attitude and invention, and we must now reach deep down for those qualities when we play Iceland in Volgograd.”Nigeria will face World Cup debutants Iceland at the Volgograd Arena on Friday.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, 19 Dec 2014 – On December 15-16, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson traveled to the Turks and Caicos Islands for her first official visit to the British Overseas Territory. During her two-day visit in Providenciales, Chargé Johnson met with government and law enforcement officials, and hosted an open house at the U.S. Consular Agency office.On Monday, December 15, Chargé Johnson met with Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands Peter Beckingham to discuss law enforcement and consular collaboration. She also met with Commissioner of Police for the Turks and Caicos Islands Colin Farquhar for talks that focused on law enforcement collaboration primarily through OPBAT (Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos). Established in 1983, OPBAT is a multi-agency, international drug interdiction effort focused on stopping the flow of illegal drugs from South America and the Caribbean to The Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the United States. It is considered to be one of the most successful counter drug enforcement initiatives in the region.On Tuesday, December 16, Chargé Johnson hosted a Consular Open House at the U.S. Consular Agency located in Grace Bay in Providenciales. The event included guests from various areas of the government and civil society including the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, Ministry of Health & Human Services, Providenciales Chamber of Commerce, and the Department of Disaster Management. Police Commissioner Colin Farquhar and Human Rights Commissioner Cheryl Astwood-Tull were in attendance.The U.S. Consular Agency in Providenciales processes passport applications and provides assistance to Americans who live and visit the Turks and Caicos Islands. According to the Turks and Caicos Tourism Board, over one million tourists visited the islands in 2013. The United States is the leading market for visitors with an estimated 79.7% of all stop-over arrivals. More than 3,000 American citizens are residents of the islands. Another Murder in Nassau Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Radical rogues ruining Bahamas tourism reputation Related Items:Cheryl Astwood Tull, Colin Farquhar, Department of Disaster Management, governor peter beckingham, Lisa Johnson, Ministry of Health & Human Services, nassau, Operation bahamas turks and caicos, Providenciales Chamber of Commerce, Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, US consular agency, US embassy More motor mishaps; PDM Leader calls for Govt attention to illegal jitneys, again
Unai Emery believes Arsenal deserved a win in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Liverpool but further claimed he had respect for the opposition.The Gunners were on the cusp of defeat when Liverpool took the lead via James Milner, however, Emery’s men had other ideas as Lacazette rescued a point with a curler with 10 minutes left.“We wanted to win but also we had a big team in front of us,” Emery told Goal.com.“For us the performance is good. We pushed and worked in the match, doing our things tactically and with our supporters pushing with energy.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“For our supporters and us I think it is a great match but I am happy only 50 percent because I wanted to win.”“The balance in the 90 minutes was good, our intensity was a very good intensity. Against them that is important,” Emery added.“We worked very well for the 90 minutes. We scored and that was the difference in the match in one moment. I think we deserved it a little more.“Every match is a good test. For us it is very important we continued our process and our way. It is important to win but it is also important not to lose.”