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10 months agoAgents offer Chelsea target Fekir to Real Madrid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Agents offer Chelsea target Fekir to Real Madridby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid management have been offered Lyon captain Nabik Fekir.Having rejected OL’s attempts to open talks about a new deal, Fekir is in contact with Chelsea and Bayern Munich ahead of the winter market.And Marca says agents for the France international have been in contact with Real to offer the midfielder for the January transfer window.It’s been suggested Fekir could be a long-term successor for Luka Modric.However, Real coach Santiago Solari has resisted the proposal as he wants to leave room for Vincius Junior to establish himself. last_img read more

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The best of Guangzhou China

first_imgGuangzhou, the capital of the Guangdong province in South China, has become one of China’s fastest growing cities, thanks to its bustling textile and manufacturing trade. In recent years the city has been making the transformation into a global destination, remodeling its airport, hiring architect Zaha Hadid to design its opera house and several luxury shopping destinations popping up. From the city’s coolest hotel, to its best Cantonese restaurant, The Manual gives you travel tips in case you ever find yourself in this part of the world.Related: The Manual’s guide to BaijiuPLAYKui YuanTucked away in one of Guangzhou’s most historical neighborhoods, this charming gallery offers affordable art and a café with the sweetest tiled balcony. This spot is a great date destination where you can check out some culture and sit in a beautiful setting.SHOPThe Fashion DoorOkay, so they sell womenswear here as well, but The Fashion Door also has what has got to be some of the coolest men’s threads in the city. Find up and coming labels like May J, Manmade Natural, Three Society and Ricostru. You can be the coolest guy on your block once you put on clothes from The Fashion Door.EAT & DRINKBeiyuan CuisineRed Rice Rolls at Beiyuan CuisineYeah, you think you’ve tasted Chinese food, but the General Tso’s chicken and lo mein you get from your neighborhood take-out joint is nothing compared to this place. A throwback to 1928, the year this restaurant opened, Beiyuan Cuisine is one of the best Cantonese restaurants in Guangzhou. Housed in a lovely building that is a prime example of traditional Chinese architecture and was once a private villa, the dining rooms surround a quaint courtyard. Make sure to try the succulent roast meats, the coriander dried tangerine peel beef rice rolls, and the red rice rolls.Fei UltraloungeThis multi-level nightclub features several bars, a super cool lighting system, large dance floor and several tables for a multi-sensory experience filled with music and fun. It’s no wonder why all of Guangzhou’s cool kids go to Fei Ultralounge to party.SLEEPW GuangzhouWe couldn’t help but be awed by the magnificence of the W Ghangzhou. With a sleek black exterior designed by architect Rocco Yim, and interiors by agency Yabu Pushelberg, everything in this hotel is impeccably designed. Go to buffet heaven at The Kitchen Table, which has a selection of Asian and western food, and a mad scientist-like ice cream station.  Then after relaxing in your luxurious room head to the Wet indoor pool, where you can enjoy the lush wall of greenery and soaring ceilings located high above on the 38th floor. Editors’ Recommendations If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Talking Food Trucks and Fusion Cuisine with The Peached Tortilla’s Eric Silverstein Which Lobster Roll Style Reigns Supreme: Connecticut or Maine? America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked last_img read more

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5 Expert Tips to Improve Your Home in 2014

first_img How to Remove Scratches from Glasses in One Easy Fix The Best CBD Oil and Skincare Creams for Managing Pain This 3-Pound Rapid Raft Is the World’s Lightest, Most Packable Raft Talking Rum, Cocktails, and Tiki with The Bamboo Room’s Kevin Beary Editors’ Recommendations center_img 1. Homepolish 2. Homepolish Decorating your home or apartment can be a daunting task no matter what your situation. Maybe you’re moving into a new place and have yet to buy all your furniture. Perhaps you’ve collected so many pieces over the years, you have no idea how to make them flow in your current space. Or one of your New Year’s resolutions could be to make your dwelling a little more polished and handsome. Whatever the home improvement task may be, Homepolish is here to help. They believe interior design is a lifestyle, not a luxury, and everyone deserves to enjoy it. So we asked Co-Founder and CEO Noa Santos to give us some expert tips on how to improve your home in the new year. Check out our favorites below.1. Add dimmers to your light switches. This easy value allows you to take your apartment from daytime bright to nighttime cozy for less than a hundred dollars.2. Lighting is everything. Stop using the overhead lights (unless they’re on a dimmer) that came with your apartment and pick out a few wonderful lamps. Establish at least three points of light around a room by adding lamps to your end tables or on your media console. If you can’t find a lamp, group together a few great pillar candles of various heights.3. Bring life into your apartment with a plant – and don’t even try to fake it. Figure out the places in your apartment that get the best light and add some green. Take a trip to the flower district on 28th Street (if you’re in NYC) for an endless variety for all different types of exposure.4. Make your sofa more inviting by adding a throw. Whether it’s a vibrant stripe or luxe fur, draping one along the arm of your sofa is a great way to make it feel more inviting.5. If you’re tired of your kitchen but don’t want to paint, replace the knobs! Head over to Anthropologie for a wide selection, or surf your favorite vendor stores on Etsy. Cigar Humidors 101: What They Are, How They Work, and the Best Picks last_img read more

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Rickmers, E.R. Schiffahrt Shelve Merger Plans

first_imgzoom Rickmers Holding AG and E.R. Capital Holding have decided not to pursue the merger of their ship management units – Rickmers Maritime Services and E.R. Schiffahrt – for the time being.Rickmers, a service provider in the maritime transport sector and a containership owner based in Hamburg and Singapore, and E.R. Capital Holding, a financial holding company and sole shareholder of Nordcapital, E.R. Schiffahrt and E.R. Offshore, started a review of the merger of their ship management activities in April this year.Both companies have decided to keep the content of the merger discussions confidential.E.R. Schiffahrt said it will continue to follow its strategy of expanding its international third-party business and create long-term partnerships with shipping lines and private and institutional owners, particularly in Asia.“Despite the merger not being executed, we are convinced that forming larger ship management companies makes strategic sense. We are ready in every respect to form partnerships or pursue acquisitions going forward,” Jochen Klösges, CEO of E.R. Capital Holding said.Furthermore, Rickmers Holding AG said it will continue to follow its strategy, aiming at expanding the fleet under third-party management.Ignace Van Meenen, CEO of the Rickmers Group, explained the objective: Currently, we have no plans to merge with other companies. However, if ‘strategic options’ arise, we will give careful consideration to them.”The two companies have worked together in ship insurance and ship brokerage. These partnerships are to be extended to other ship management activities, the duo said in a joint statement.last_img read more

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Brampton family unable to identify family member during trip to Ethiopia

first_imgThe Brampton, Ont., family that lost six members in the Ethiopia Airlines crash says authorities in that country have told them it could take up to six months to identify their relatives’ remains.The family said Sunday that during their trip to Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, they were unable to identify their family members as they’d hoped.Manant Vaidya lost his parents Pannagesh Vaidya and Hansini Vaidya, his sister Kosha Vaidya, his brother-in-law Prerit Dixit, and nieces Ashka and Anushka Dixit in the plane crash last week.Officials say 157 people from 35 different countries were killed when the Nairobi-bound plane crashed shortly after takeoff.Vaidya travelled with his wife and two daughters to Ethiopia and had hoped to transport his family members’ remains to India for a burial ritual before returning to Canada.The family was on the flight as they travelled to Kenya on a vacation.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Star recruits big departures Notable names in and out of the 2019

first_imgNDPMaria Augimeri (Humber River-Black Creek, Ont.): Toronto city councillor for over three decades, challenging longtime Liberal MP Judy Sgro.Min Sook Lee (Toronto-Danforth, Ont.): Documentary filmmaker and activist, running in Jack Layton’s former riding.Svend Robinson (Burnaby North-Seymour, B.C.): Prominent former MP from the NDP’s left wing and Canada’s first openly gay member of Parliament.Emilie Taman (Ottawa Centre, Ont.): Former federal prosecutor and professor at the University of Ottawa, challenging Environment Minister Catherine McKenna.Rudy Turtle (Kenora, Ont.): Chief of Grassy Narrows First Nation, which has struggled for generations with the effects of industrial mercury poisoning.GreensDennis Drainville (Gaspesie-Les-Isles-de-la-Madeleine, Que.): Retired Anglican bishop of Quebec, anti-poverty activist, one-time MPP in Ontario.Greg Malone (Avalon, N.L.): Co-founder of the CODCO comedy troupe and major figure in the Newfoundland and Labrador cultural scene.Pierre Nantel (Longueuil-Saint-Hubert, Que.): Two-term member of Parliament for the NDP, which expelled him when word got out he was exploring a candidacy for the Greens.People’s partySteven Fletcher (Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia-Headingley, Man.): Former federal Conservative cabinet minister, Manitoba MLA and disability advocate.Renata Ford (Etobicoke North, Ont.): Widow of former Toronto mayor Rob Ford, running on his and Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s home turf.Salim Mansur (London North Centre, Ont.): Retired political-science professor and writer, specializing in the harms of multiculturalism.Bloc QuebecoisDenis Trudel (Longueuil-Saint-Hubert, Que.): Actor and longtime French-rights activist. OTTAWA — Parties try to recruit star candidates to take down veteran MPs, show they’re serious about governing if they win, and demonstrate that they’re renewing themselves. Here are some of the federal parties’ big catches this campaign:LiberalsSteven Guilbeault (Laurier-Sainte-Marie, Que.): Founding member of Equiterre, a major Quebec environmental organization. Parties also have to contend with retirements, defections and (occasionally) MPs they no longer want. Some of the best-known examples this time:LiberalsRodger Cuzner (Cape Breton-Canso, N.S.): Nova Scotia Liberal first elected in 2000 who held his seat through thick and thin.Mark Eyking (Sydney-Victoria, N.S.): Like Cuzner in the riding next door, elected in 2000 and a stalwart for the party ever since.Andrew Leslie (Orleans, Ont.): Former general, senior adviser to leader Justin Trudeau, chief whip who never made cabinet, quitting after one term.Jody Wilson-Raybould (Vancouver Granville, B.C.): Former B.C. Aboriginal leader and Crown prosecutor. Former justice minister expelled from caucus after the SNC-Lavalin affair. Running as an Independent.Jane Philpott (Markham-Stouffville, Ont.): Physician. Former health minister expelled from caucus after the SNC-Lavalin affair. Like Wilson-Raybould, running as an Independent.ConservativesBrad Trost (Saskatoon-University, Sask.): Prominent member of the Tories’ social-conservative wing and former leadership candidate. Lost in a nomination challenge. First elected in 2004.Kellie Leitch (Simcoe-Grey, Ont.): Former labour minister and leadership candidate. Pediatric orthopedic surgeon. First elected in 2011, recruited by then finance minister Jim Flaherty.Rob Nicholson (Niagara Falls, Ont.): Former minister of foreign affairs, justice and defence who was a steady, experienced hand in Stephen Harper’s governments. First elected in 1984 and has served continuously since 2004.NDPNathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley, B.C.): Former finance critic and leadership candidate. First elected in 2004.Murray Rankin (Victoria, B.C.): Former justice critic who entered politics after a long career as a prominent lawyer in B.C. First elected in 2012.Romeo Saganash (Abitibi-Baie Jaimes-Nunavik-Eeyou, Que.): Lawyer and Cree leader before entering politics. Former leadership candidate. First elected in 2011.Helene Laverdiere (Laurier-Sainte-Marie, Que.): Academic and former Canadian diplomat. First elected in 2011, defeating then-Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe.The Canadian Press Sylvie Frechette (Riviere-du-Nord, Que.): Olympic gold medallist in synchronized swimming and Oxfam ambassador.Richard Lehoux (Beauce, Que.): Former head of the Quebec Federation of Municipalities and 19-year local mayor, challenging former Tory Maxime Bernier who’s now leader of the People’s Party.Justina McCaffrey (Kanata-Carleton, Ont.): Internationally known wedding-dress designer.Tom Pentefountas (Laval-Les Iles, Que.): Lawyer, former vice-president of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and former senior figure in the Action democratique du Quebec provincial party. Sandra Pupatello (Windsor West, Ont.): Former Ontario cabinet minister from a prominent Windsor family. Challenging longtime NDP MP Brian Masse.Tamara Taggart (Vancouver-Kingsway, B.C.): Former news anchor for CTV in Vancouver and advocate for cancer patients after her own bout with a rare form of gastrointestinal cancer.Adam van Koeverden (Milton, Ont.): Olympic gold medallist and world-champion kayaker, challenging Conservative deputy leader Lisa Raitt.ConservativesGeorge Canyon (Central Nova, N.S.): Juno-award-winning country singer and actor.Angelo Esposito (Alfred-Pellan, Que.): Former first-round NHL draft pick.last_img read more

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Imlil Murders Morocco Confirms Conviction of Second Swiss Suspect

Rabat – A judicial source quoted by state-owned news agency Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) has confirmed the conviction and sentencing of a Swiss suspect, the second Morocco arrested in connection to the Imlil murders.The source confirmed that the criminal chamber affiliated to the Sale appeal court sentenced a Swiss national on Thursday.The judicial source said that the “computer advertising technician” received 10 years in prison. Swiss outlets identified the suspect as Nicolas P. Read Also: Imlil Murders: 110 Young Danish Tourists Visit Morocco’s Atlas MountainsThe court convicted the suspect of “the setting up of a gang to prepare and commit terrorist acts aimed at seriously undermining public order, and defending, organizing and failing to report terrorist crimes and acts.”The public prosecutor at the Rabat appeal court said that police arrested 22 other suspects, including another Swiss national, presumably referring to Kevin Zoller Guervos, arrested on December 28. Moroccan prosecutors tried Nicolas’s case separate from the other 22. According to Swiss Info, Nicolas did not know the four primary suspects, but the court based his conviction on his relationship with Genevans who went to Syria to fight with ISIS.The other Swiss national was “prosecuted in the same case for ‘setting up a gang to prepare and commit terrorist acts as part of a collective project aimed at seriously undermining public order and promoting terrorist acts and organizations, as well as the failure to report terrorist crimes.’”Swiss news outlet 24 Heures said that the suspect was living in Rabat for some years with his wife and children.Another Swiss news outlet said that both Swiss suspects knew each other.The bodiers of  Louisa Vesterager Jespersen and Maren Ueland were found on December 17, 2018, near Mount Toubkal, causing national and international shock.The Moroccan police confirmed that the victims were beheaded. Following the incident, Moroccans expressed their solidarity with the families of the victims with several gestures. While some rallied in the streets to condemn the murders, others used emotional words to express their support for the victims’ relatives on social media. read more

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Kenyan officials suspected of poll violence appear at International Criminal Court

8 April 2011Three senior Kenyan officials, including the deputy prime minister, today appeared before the International Criminal Court (ICC), which set 21 September as the date for the start of a hearing on the confirmation of charges preferred against them in connection with the 2008 post-election violence. Three senior Kenyan officials, including the deputy prime minister, today appeared before the International Criminal Court (ICC), which set 21 September as the date for the start of a hearing on the confirmation of charges preferred against them in connection with the 2008 post-election violence.The confirmation of charges hearing for Uhuru Kenyatta, the deputy prime minister; Francis Muthaura, the head of the country’s civil service; and Mohammed Hussein Ali, the former commissioner of police and currently head of the post office, will determine whether there is sufficient evidence that each suspect committed each of the crimes they are charged with.If the charges are confirmed, the ICC pre-trial chamber commits the suspect for trial before a trial chamber.The other three suspects – William Ruto, Henry Kosgey and Joshua arap Sang – appeared before the ICC pre-trial chamber in The Hague yesterday.At today’s hearing, during which the court verified the identity of the suspects and ensured they were informed of their alleged crimes and their rights, presiding Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova repeated a warning she gave to the three others yesterday that warrants could be issued against them if they instigated further unrest through inflammatory speech.“It came to the knowledge of the chamber through following some articles in the Kenyan newspapers that there are movements towards retriggering the violence in Kenya, by way of delivering dangerous speeches,” said Judge Trendafilova.“I would like to remind the suspects – and note that I am not referring to anyone in particular; this is a general point to be made to all the suspects – such action could be perceived as a breach of one of the conditions clearly set out in the summonses to appear namely, to continue committing crimes within the jurisdiction of this court. Accordingly, this might prompt the chamber to replace the summonses to appear with warrants of arrest,” she said.More than 1,100 people were killed, 3,500 injured and up to 600,000 forcibly displaced in the violence that followed the December 2007 elections. There were also hundreds of rapes, possibly more, and at least 100,000 properties were destroyed in six of Kenya’s eight provinces, according to ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo. read more

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Gold stocks give TSX a lift

Gold stocks led the Toronto stock market higher for a second day Tuesday with traders hopeful an agreement can be reached to end a U.S. budget crisis that threatens to end in the country defaulting on its debts.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 23.87 points to 12,812.12.The Canadian dollar was down 0.11 of a cent to 96.85 cents US amid data showing a modest uptick in housing starts last month and an increase in the trade deficit.Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said that starts came in at 193,637 units in September, up from 183,964 in August.Statistics Canada says the trade deficit grew in August to $1.3 billion from $1.2 billion. The rise came as Canada’s imports grew 2.1 per cent in August while exports rose 1.8 per cent.U.S. indexes added to sharp declines chalked up on Monday, with the Dow Jones industrials down 15.48 points to 14,920.76, the Nasdaq off 7.48 points at 3,762.89 and the S&P 500 index giving back 0.88 of a point to 1,675.24.A partial shutdown of the U.S. government is in its second week after lawmakers failed to agree on funding. Now, traders are increasingly worried that the two sides won’t be able to come to a spending agreement before Oct. 17 when the government runs out of money to pay its bills.Manitoba Telecom Services (TSX:MBT) was a major TSX decliner, down $2.59, or eight per cent, to $29.77 after the federal government rejected a deal that would have seen its business unit, Allstream, sold to Egyptian investment group Accelero Capital Holdings. It said the government cited “unspecified national security concerns” for the decision.The Winnipeg company said Monday it was “extremely surprised and disappointed” by the decision to not approve the deal, which was announced last May. At the time, the company valued the sale at $520 million.Commodity markets were positive with the December gold bullion contract ahead $3.40 to US$1,328.50 an ounce, pushing the gold sector up 0.5 per cent. Goldcorp (TSX:G) climbed 44 cents to C$26.49.The industrials group moved ahead 0.5 per cent and Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) advanced $2.63 to $134.47.The energy component improved by 0.2 per cent a the November crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was up 87 cents to US$103.90 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) was ahead 32 cents to C$32.50.Talisman Energy (TSX:TLM) (NYSE:TLM) was in focus after activist U.S. investor Carl Icahn disclosed Monday that he has bought more than 61.5 million shares of the Calgary-based energy giant for a 5.97 per cent stake. Its shares were up three cents to $13.18 on the TSX, on top of a 4.8 per cent advance Monday.Icahn tweeted that he “may have conversations with management about strategic alternatives and board seats.”The base metals group was off 0.7 per cent as December copper gained two cents to US$3.31 a pound. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) dropped 44 cents to C$17.50.Elsewhere on the corporate front, resource giant Alcoa Inc. reports quarterly earnings after the close.European bourses were in the red with London’s FTSE 100 index down 0.8 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX off 0.1 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 down 0.4 per cent.Earlier in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei index closed up 0.3 per cent, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index rose 0.9 per cent. China’s Shanghai composite, reopening for the first time since closing for public holidays on Oct. 1, climbed 1.1 per cent. read more

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US opens probe of steering problems welds in Jeep Wranglers

DETROIT — U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints of steering problems in about 270,000 SUVs made by Fiat Chrysler.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it granted a consumer’s petition asking for a probe into 2018 and 2019 Jeep Wranglers.The agency says more than 3,500 owners have complained to the company and government about frame weld problems or steering issues including a shimmy or wobble, looseness, or locking up. No crashes or injuries have been reported.The Wrangler was recalled last year for misaligned welds that could cause steering problems. The government will determine if another recall is needed.Fiat Chrysler says it’s co-operating. The company says dealers will install a hydraulic device to mitigate vibration in order to address customer concerns. The fix is free.The Associated Press read more

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Annan urges Palestinian factions to stop showing arms says both sides must

In a statement released by his spokesman in New York, the Secretary-General warned that the flare-up “risks stymieing efforts to seize the momentum generated by Israel’s withdrawal of settlements from Gaza and the northern West Bank.”Palestinian factions should “heed President Mahmoud Abbas’ call on them to cease the public display of weapons, as a step towards abandoning weapons altogether and joining the construction of a democratic Palestinian society,” the spokesman said.“All parties should be careful to avoid pro-active actions at this critical time, and must at all times take the greatest care to avoid civilian casualties and observe international humanitarian law.” read more

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Slumping oil prices cast shadow on World Heavy Oil Congress in Edmonton

by John Cotter, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 22, 2015 8:00 am MDT EDMONTON – Slumping oil prices will cast a shadow on the World Heavy Oil Congress this week in Edmonton.Organizers expect 20 per cent fewer people to attend the three-day international conference that has the theme: Producing More With Less.“It has clearly had some impact,” said Miki Reeder, a congress vice-president.“We are particularly focusing on technologies that reduce costs, improve recovery and decrease environmental impact.”Last week, the Paris-based Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development noted that oil prices are about 35 per cent below where they were when the previous semi-annual forecast was done in November.The trend has seen many companies in the oilpatch announce deep spending and job cuts over the last few months.Reeder says organizers still expect about 1,000 people to attend from 20 countries, including representatives from about 100 companies.Industry professionals are to discuss topics such as the market access challenges facing Alberta’s oilsands.The keynote presentation to be led by an official from the China National Offshore Oil Corp. is on “how technology can lower the cost of production in a tough economic climate.”Another panel is to discuss how technology can reduce costs and improve production with less of an effect on the environment.“Producing more with less is very topical,” Reeder said. “It is still the largest gathering anywhere in the world of the heavy oil community.”Presentations on the future of solar power in oil extraction and on a timeline for when Middle East countries will begin developing their extensive heavy oil reserves are also scheduled.It’s the third time that Edmonton has held the World Heavy Oil Congress since it began in China in 2006.Other oil-producing hosts have included Venezuela, the United States and the United Kingdom. Slumping oil prices cast shadow on World Heavy Oil Congress in Edmonton AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Cenovus reports 118M firstquarter loss says cost cutting plan on track

by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 27, 2016 5:04 am MDT Last Updated Apr 27, 2016 at 6:55 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Cenovus reports $118M first-quarter loss, says cost cutting plan on track CALGARY – Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE) reported a first-quarter loss of $118 million as it said its cost-cutting plan was on track.The company said Tuesday the loss amounted to 14 cents per diluted share for the three months that ended March 31 compared with a loss of $668 million or 86 cents per share a year ago.The improvement was due in large part to unrealized foreign-exchange gains of $413 million offset in part by a $170 million asset impairment charge. That compared with unrealized foreign exchange losses of $514 million a year ago.Cenovus says it had an operating loss of the quarter of $423 million or 51 cents per share compared with an operating loss of $88 million or 11 cents per share a year ago.Revenue totalled nearly $2.25 billion after royalties, down from $3.14 billion in the same quarter last year.During the quarter, the company produced an average of 197,551 barrels of oil per day, down from 218,020 a year ago.Cenovus has been slashing costs and jobs to deal with the drop in oil prices last year.The company says it has largely completed the job cuts announced last year with its staff down 31 per cent compared with the end of 2014. read more

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Govt committed to providing the necessary resources to GDF –

Minister of State, Mr. Joseph Harmon, who also serves as the Secretary to the Defence Board, has said that the Government of Guyana is committed to providing the necessary resources and equipment to the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) so that it can effectively fulfil its mandate as he commissioned two new Islander planes for the Force’s Air Corps.According to DPI, speaking at a simple ceremony held at Air Station London, Timehri, the Secretary of the Defence Board said that the acquisition of the planes are part of Government’s plans for the recapitalisation of the Force as outlined by President David Granger in the ‘Total National Defence Policy.’Minister Harmon said that it is the President’s vision that Guyana must have a well-commanded, well-trained, well-equipped Defence Force with the core capabilities to keep citizens safe and secured. He noted that the GDF, in order to fulfil this mandate must be multi-role, flexible and fully integrated with sufficient support systems.“The Total National Defense Policy is designed to give our regular and reserve forces the resources they need to perform their mission. This policy is based on five pillars: personnel, readiness, infrastructure, morale and equipment. A policy is a course or principle action adopted or proposed by a government. A policy is followed by a plan and a plan has to be implemented. All of this has to be driven by interest and the will of the state for there to be concrete action and subsequent success”.The Minister of State noted that the Government of Guyana will not hesitate to provide the support necessary to ensure that the servicemen and women are fully equipped to uphold the Constitution and protect Guyana. The aircraft, he said, represent an investment that demonstrates the Government’s commitment to ensuring that the GDF receives the necessary aviation support required to execute its mandate.“These aircraft being received today will engage in activities that include ensuring the security and integrity of our borders, the security and integrity of our maritime space, especially with regard to the activities related to the production of oil and gas and anti-piracy efforts, provide support to the resuscitated Engineering Corps of the GDF in its activities with regard to the infrastructural development in the hinterland, promote the policy of equal development and the delivery of public services and bridging the gap between our coastland and hinterland communities and supporting the establishment of a ‘green economy’ and ‘green’ state by monitoring activities in our forest for the control and mitigation of carbon emissions that affect climate change,” he said.Minister Harmon noted too that it would also assist in the maintenance of the integrity of the country’s protected areas, improve the security and protection of citizens in the hinterland especially indigenous communities, improve relations and the delivery of resources and infrastructure to hinterland communities and facilitate medical evacuations from hinterland communities, DPI said.Chief of Staff of the Force, Brigadier Patrick West, in his brief remarks, said that in addition to the Islanders, the Force expects to acquire two more Skyvans in the coming months to add to its fleet.“Words cannot express our profound gratitude over the continued support that produce results such as these. These aircraft, as you were told, will enhance our surveillance capabilities and provide increased support for our forward locations. It is also envisaged that they will provide much needed assistance in administrative and other duties and contribute to the continued support for our civil defence operations,” he said.Commanding Officer of Air Corps, Commander Courtney Burns said that the Corps play an integral role in the Force’s functions and is therefore inspired that Government has seen it fit to add to its resources. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related‘Exercise HOMEGUARD is a reaffirmation that GDF is ready to fulfil its mission’ -says President GrangerAugust 25, 2016In “latest news”Granger pushes restructuring of Army for increased militarisation, readinessOctober 16, 2015In “Politics”Minister of State attends Conference of Defense Ministers of the AmericasOctober 9, 2018In “latest news” read more

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French President Francois Hollande wont seek reelection

first_imgFrench President Francois Hollande won’t seek re-election His popularity had hit rock bottom after a term in office marked by terror attacks, high unemployment and embarrassing revelations about his private life. FRENCH PRESIDENT FRANCOIS Hollande has announced he will not seek re-election next year as he bowed to historically low approval ratings after a troubled five years in power.The 62-year-old Socialist leader put a decisive end to speculation in a solemn televised statement from the Elysee Palace in Paris.“I have decided that I will not be a candidate,” Hollande said.“In the months to come, my only duty will be to continue to lead my country.”Hollande’s popularity had hit rock bottom after a term in office marked by U-turns on major policies, terror attacks, high unemployment and embarrassing revelations about his private life.A poll yesterday predicted he would win just 7% of votes in the first round of next year’s election in April — strengthening critics in the Socialist party who view him as a lame duck.Voter surveys currently tip rightwing Republicans party candidate Francois Fillon to win the election, with the far-right National Front candidate Marine Le Pen seen as his closest challenger.But with the full range of candidates still unknown and the role of independents such as 38-year-old ex-minister Emmanuel Macron difficult to predict, analysts urge caution about the forecasts.Divided Socialists Hollande’s withdrawal leaves the field open for France’s divided ruling Socialist party which began accepting candidates today for a party primary race due on 22 and 29 January.Arnaud Montebourg, a leftist former economy minister, has already submitted his name while ambitious Prime Minister Manuel Valls would also be expected to run.Hollande, who has some of the lowest approval ratings for a French president since World War II, came to power after defeating right-wing president Nicolas Sarkozy in 2012.He took office promising to be “Mr Normal” after what were seen as the excesses of the years under Sarkozy, who married supermodel Carla Bruni and was often pictured with millionaire friends.But his presidency has been anything but normal.France has faced three major Islamist-inspired terror attacks since January 2015 — firstly against the Charlie Hebdo magazine, then in Paris in November and in Nice in July.On economics, Hollande started with a leftist programme that included a wealth super-tax of 75% on top-earners, but he shifted course mid-way through his term to embrace pro-business reforms.And his colourful personal life has never been far from the headlines, leading his opponents to claim he has demeaned one of the most powerful political offices in Europe.In January 2014, celebrity magazine Closer published pictures of him arriving on a scooter at an apartment near his official residence for secret trysts with a French actress, Julie Gayet.The revelations led to the break-up of Hollande’s relationship with partner Valerie Trierweiler, who went on to write an eviscerating book which claimed the president mocked poor people as “the toothless”.Criticism The left-leaning Le Monde newspaper had more harsh words today for the president, whose leadership was described as “pathetic” by Republicans’ candidate Fillon at the weekend.Le Monde wrote in an editorial that the Socialists risked tearing themselves apart ahead of the presidential election in April and May and parliamentary polls in June.“The person who is most responsible is Francois Hollande, who has not given a meaning to his time in office, occupied the job with authority or imposed himself as the legitimate candidate for his party,” it said.And there could be more bad news to come.Hollande’s embittered former aide Aquilino Morelle has announced a tell-all book to be published around the same time as the primary about the president’s first few years in power. Its title? The Abdication.© AFP 2016Read: Hostages rescued after standoff with gunman in FloridaRead: Six bodies believed to be from same family found in Austrian house Image: Francois Mori AP/Press Association Images http://jrnl.ie/3114808 42 Comments Dec 1st 2016, 7:59 PM Thursday 1 Dec 2016, 7:59 PM By AFPcenter_img 7,551 Views French President Francois Hollande Share35 Tweet Email Short URL French President Francois Hollande Image: Francois Mori AP/Press Association Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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World weeps for Notre Dame Front pages lament damage to Paris cathedral

first_img [11/11] Los bomberos han conseguido entrar en la catedral durante la noche y han asegurado que pese a que la cubierta ha sido totalmente destruida, la estructura del templo “está a salvo y preservada de la destrucción total”https://t.co/zOzbT1VwyD pic.twitter.com/a0q1ldjScc— EL PAÍS (@el_pais) April 16, 2019 PEOPLE AROUND THE world were shocked at the sight of the Notre Dame Cathedral engulfed flames last night, as firefighters battled to contain the blaze while the world watched on.French fire services tackling the blaze have said that the main structure of the building was “saved and preserved”, although the spire and the main roof has collapsed.President Michael D Higgins offered Ireland’s solidarity with France, while US President Donald Trump suggested on Twitter air-dropping water onto the 850-year old structure (French firefighters replied to say that could cause the whole structure to collapse).So what has been the reaction elsewhere to the near-destruction of a world-famous historic structure? Here are a few front pages from around the world to gage the mood.Starting in France, Catholic newspaper La Croix captures the moment the spire of the cathedral collapses, under the headline “heart in ashes”. Source: La CroixThe left-leaning Libération has the headline “Notre Drame” or “our tragedy” on what is a very dramatic front page.  Source: Metro Newspaper UK/Twitter Notre Dame, symbol of Paris, destroyed: the @IrishTimes front page today with a poignant dispatch from @LaraMarlowe. Political digest in your email inboxes shortly. pic.twitter.com/bTfTtwq24Q— Jennifer Bray (@Jennifer_Bray) April 16, 2019 Source: LibérationIn Ireland, the Irish Times front page also captures the moment the spire collapsed. In the UK, the Daily Mail called the blaze “an unholy inferno”, the Metro said that the “World Weeps for Notre Dame”, and The Sun headlined with “Notre Doom”.The Independent had the striking line on its front page that “nine centuries of history [was] brought crashing down in just 63 minutes”. Source: The Daily Mail https://jrnl.ie/4593649 Good morning, here is the front page of The Scotsman today. #NotreDame #buyapaper #scotpapers https://t.co/bW8EoK8Q6c pic.twitter.com/0LuV9Tv6J2— The Scotsman (@TheScotsman) April 16, 2019 El País has also compiled a number of illustrations and cartoons of the inferno,that try to capture the mood. Source: EL PAÍS/Twitter In solidarity with the French people, The Scotsman had its front page headline in French: “La tragédie de Notre Dame”. Source: Jennifer Bray/Twitter 16 Comments France vows to rebuild after a devastating fire at Notre Dame. https://t.co/GSgm7J8DWYAn early look at Tuesday’s front page… pic.twitter.com/mHfWVKXjP6— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) April 16, 2019 Source: The Guardian/Twitter In Spain, the ‘paper of record’ ABC goes with the headline “Arde Notre Dame, Memoria Cristiana de Europa,” or “Notre Dame burns, a Christian memory of Europe”; while El País explains the structure of Notre Dame in this graphic. In @PatBagley’s cartoon, Lady Liberty has France on the mind in light of the Notre Dame firehttps://t.co/8eBehpi6mS— The Salt Lake Tribune (@sltrib) April 15, 2019 ‘World weeps for Notre Dame’: Front pages lament damage to Paris cathedral ABC, the paper of record in Spain, called Notre Dame “a Christian memory of Europe”.center_img Source: The Salt Lake Tribune/Twitter The Guardian front page, Tuesday 16 April 2019: Inferno devastates Notre Dame pic.twitter.com/nz5MwECipX— The Guardian (@guardian) April 15, 2019 Source: New York Daily News/Twitter Share234 Tweet Email1 Short URL Tuesday 16 Apr 2019, 8:27 AM Source: The Scotsman/Twitter Source: The Sun Apr 16th 2019, 8:27 AM By Gráinne Ní Aodha The one advantage print journalism still holds over digital is the unsurpassed power of a great front page.Tomorrow’s Daily Telegraph. #NotreDame pic.twitter.com/dB91thj6CG— Niall Stanage (@NiallStanage) April 15, 2019 The New York Times headlined with “A France in Turmoil Weeps for a Symbol of Paris’s Enduring Identity”, while the Salt Lake Tribune made the connection between the Statue of Liberty and the country that gifted her to the US in this cartoon. 23,564 Views Source: Niall Stanage/Twitter Tuesday’s front page:WORLD WEEPS FOR NOTRE DAME#tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers #skypapers pic.twitter.com/k6wjczxtgW— Metro Newspaper UK (@MetroUKNews) April 15, 2019 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more