Toddler raped beheaded in Jharkhand

first_imgJamshedpur (Jharkhand): A three-year-old girl was allegedly raped and beheaded by two men after abducting her from a platform of the Tatanagar railway station in Jharkhand last week, police said on Wednesday.The torso of the girl, kept in a plastic bag, was recovered from a bush under Telco police station area, around 4 kilometre from the railway station on Tuesday night, they said. Three persons, including the two prime accused, were arrested in this connection. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Sniffer dogs were pressed into service to locate the head of the girl, Superintendent of Police (Railway) Ehtesham Waquarib said. The incident occurred on last Friday night when the girl was sleeping along with her mother and her male companion. Waquarib said the girl’s mother had left her husband in Purulia district of West Bengal with a man, one of the three arrested, and her child and were on the Tatanagar station platform that night. After her daughter disappeared, the woman lodged a complaint with the police saying that the man with whom she had fled might be involved in the incident. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHe was forwarded to jail on Tuesday. His role in the incident is being investigated. The police officer said they got some inputs after watching the CCTV footage of the platform and identified the two main accused and arrested them. Waquarib said the two, who are in their 30s, confessed that they beheaded the girl after raping and strangulating the girl to death. On the basis of the lead provided by them, the police recovered the torso but the head was not found. The SP said the two accused were forwarded to 14 days judicial custody on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Sebi wants MFs to invest only in listed securities

first_imgNew Delhi: With an aim to safeguard mutual fund investors from high-risk assets, regulator Sebi wants fund houses to shift all their investments to listed or to-be-listed equity and debt securities in a phased manner and reduce their exposure to unrated debt instruments from 25 per cent to only 5 per cent. Exposure to risky debt securities has emerged as a major risk for the capital market investors, including those coming through the mutual fund space, and the regulator has been making efforts to enhance its regulatory safety net against such risks. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalTaking forward certain decisions approved by Sebi’s board earlier in June, the regulator has now finalised the draft amendments to the prudential norms for mutual fund schemes for investment in debt and money market instruments. Besides, some further amendments have been proposed for approval of Sebi’s board at its next meeting later this month, officials said. A key fresh proposal is to reduce the existing overall limit for investment of mutual fund schemes in unrated debt instruments, except those for which specific norms are separately provided, from 25 per cent to 5 per cent. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostFurther, the existing provision of the single issuer limit of 10 per cent for investment in unrated debt instruments has been proposed to be dispensed with, an official said. However, the official said these proposed limits may need to be reviewed periodically by Sebi after taking into account the market dynamics and participation of mutual funds in unrated debt securities from time to time. Among other decisions which have been in-principle already approved by the Sebi board and need to be incorporated in the amended regulations, the valuation of debt and money market instruments based on amortisation would be dispensed with and would shift completely to mark-to-market valuation with effect from April 1, 2020. Also, mutual funds would be permitted to accept upfront fees with disclosure of all such fees to valuation agencies and standard methodology for treatment of such fees would be issued by the industry body AMFI (Association of Mutual Funds in India) in consultation with Sebi. Under the new proposed prudential framework, mutual funds would invest only in listed or to-be-listed equity shares and debt securities (including commercial papers) and this would be implemented in a phased manner. Sebi would soon issue a circular on operational aspects of the proposal such as timelines, grandfathering of existing investments, exclusion of exposure in debt instruments such as interest rate swaps, etc. The existing regulations allow a mutual fund scheme to invest a maximum of 10 per cent of its net asset value in unrated debt instruments issued by a single issuer while the total investment in such instruments is capped at 25 per cent. However, pursuant to Sebi’s decision to allow mutual funds to invest only in listed securities, very limited number of instruments that are unrated would be eligible for investment by the mutual funds, as all listed debt instruments are mandatorily rated. After excluding debentures, government securities, interest rate swaps, interest rate futures, repo on G-Sec and T-bills, the mutual funds’ investments in unrated debt instruments are mostly in fixed deposits, bills re-discounting (BRDS), mutual fund units, repo on corporate bonds, units of REITs/InvITs (Real Estate and Infrastructure Investment Trusts), etc. However, Sebi already has separate investment norms for fixed deposits (FDs), mutual fund units, repo of corporate bonds and REITs/InvITs and the exposure to these instruments does not form part of the existing 25 per cent investment cap. Excluding all these instruments, the total exposure of mutual funds in the remaining unrated debt instruments is mostly in BRDS, amounting to about Rs 2,870 crore as on March 31, 2019. Besides, this investment is limited to just four mutual fund schemes and the average value of investments as percentage of the respective scheme’s asset under management was just about 3 per cent. As a result, Sebi is of the view that the existing limit of 25 per cent for investment in unrated debt instruments would be too high as the residual investment permitted in this category might be relevant only for few instruments including BRDS.last_img read more

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I should never have come here five years ago Tyendinaga mom

first_imgBy Delaney Windigo and Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsTyendinaga – The Tyendinaga Mohawk police have been asked to investigate whether the band council has been criminally negligent in its handling of the on-going water crisis where children have recently been diagnosed with cancer and developed body sores.The tribal police received the complaint from concerned community members. The Ontario Provincial Police were then called in to assist.Chief R. Donald Maracle confirmed he has been contacted by the OPP but said he didn’t think he was under investigation.Tension has been building on the First Nation about 20 Km east of Belleville, Ont. as residents have been demanding to know why three children have been diagnosed with leukemia.Dawn Sero’s daughter Paula died in September after being diagnosed with leukemia earlier this year. Another young child is undergoing treatments for brain cancer and several others have unexplained body sores.At a community meeting Wednesday residents learned the type of leukemia the children have isn’t caused by drinking water.Dr. Richard Schabas, medical officer of health for Hastings and Prince Edward County, said acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) hasn’t been known to be caused by environmental conditions. However, science doesn’t know much about what causes ALL and added that while it’s rare to have so many confirmed cases in such a small area it has happened before.“What’s going on in this community with this cluster of cases of ALL, well I don’t know. I don’t think anybody can claim to know but I can tell you that far and away the most likely explanation is this is just random chance,” he said.Regardless of what experts have to say, some parents believe there is a link between the environment, the body sores and case of leukemia.One of those parents is Sero. She and her family moved to Tyendinaga five years ago from the Toronto area.“I should never have come here five years ago,” she said. She added she is not convinced with what Schabas had to say. She is demanding more water testing be done.“When I asked (Schabas) what causes ALL and aplastic anemia he said it wasn’t benzene but there’s supposedly other causes, he really had no answers for anybody that were asking questions,” she said. “What I learned tonight (Wednesday) is that we are all at risk.”In fact, Schabas was up front about the lack of knowledge around ALL but said all medical science suggests it’s not caused by the water.The landfill on Tyendinaga was closed in 2004 and permanently capped in 2007. But it’s still a concern to parents. The site sits 600 metres from the Quinte Mohawk School and is on what is called fractured limestone bedrock without any sort of protection to stop its contaminants from leaching into the surrounding environment including sources of water.Water problems in Tyendinega date back to 1970s and has been an on-going problem with over half the wells on the reserve having undrinkable water.Residents who are on a well system have been on a boil advisory for years. The band council say they have lobbied Aboriginal Affairs for money to build a water treatment plant but it’s not clear whether any money is on the way. Maracle says the band wants $40 million to build a water and wastewater treatment plant.Tammy Green is another concerned parent.She and her family can’t drink their water and can’t bathe in it either. They go to her cousin’s home to shower.Green’s daughter started developing body sores about couple months ago.“There’s still sores on her body, they’re not as bad as they were when they first started out because they would be a pin point and then they would get to as big as a loonie, if not bigger,” said Green.Green said she’s taken her daughter to multiple doctors but no one has an answer.“I’m taking all precautions, where my kids are concerned. I do have three of them and I honestly don’t know what the problem is but I’m not drinking our water, not having anything to do with our water,” she said.Green’s daughter was friends with Sero’s daughter Paula and also with another young girl fighting leukemia at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.All three girls were in the same class at Quinte Mohawk School. The band council say water tests conducted at the school show the water is safe to drink.last_img read more

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Everything is in front of us Cryptocurrency spurs Quebec regional economy

MAGOG, Que. — Emiliano Grodzki moves his right hand across the front of a series of small, rectangular machines, each fitted with a fan blowing warm air inside a former metal factory in Quebec’s Eastern Townships.Grodzki and the rest of the Bitfarms team modified the building to house two giant opposing walls of shelves holding thousands of powerful computing systems built for a single purpose: mining for digital currency.Known as hashing, the hunt for cryptocurrency is essentially an exhaustive attempt by a computer to solve a mathematical problem. Every second, each computer in Bitfarms’ factory in Magog, Que., conducts 13.5 trillion attempts at solving a math problem. Grodzki, 42, an entrepreneur from Argentina and Bitfarms’ chief strategy officer, stops his hand in front of one machine that is unlike the others: It’s blowing cold air. “This one is not hashing,” he says.Bitfarms’ machines are solving math problems in order to collect or mine Bitcoin, the world’s most famous digital currency. Companies have sprouted all over the world in an attempt to cash in on the cryptocurrency industry. But Bitfarms stands out.The Montreal-area company is trying to set itself apart as much by its infrastructure and vertically integrated business model as for its attempt to reduce the social stigma associated with the industry’s voracious energy usage.Since its inception in November 2017, Bitfarms has been rushing to retrofit factories in Quebec regions emptied out by the decline of the province’s manufacturing industries. The company leases a former Tupperware plant in Cowansville, an old carpet factory in Farnham and an ex-cocoa storage facility in St-Hyacinthe, all to mine cryptocurrency.And it is currently turning the former Sher-Wood hockey stick factory it bought in Sherbrooke into a fifth mining operation.Key to the company’s success is securing a stable, reliable — and relatively inexpensive — energy source. That’s where Quebec comes in, with its abundant, renewable and comparatively cheap hydroelectricity. Hydro-Quebec recently designated 668 megawatts for the growing cryptocurrency sector, more than is consumed by the province’s conventional mining industry.But Bitfarms recognizes it also needs to partner with local communities and convince them they aren’t trying to suck as much power as possible, make a quick buck and leave.The company recently signed an electricity agreement with Sherbrooke city council that is serving as a model for how towns across the province can make money partnering with players in this new industry.“We have a long-term mentality,” said Pierre-Luc Quimper, the 35-year-old co-founder and president of Bitfarms, who started his first website-hosting company at 14 in his New Brunswick hometown. “We want to be long-term partners.”Bitcoin began in 2009, and its creator is unknown. Every time a Bitcoin is bought and sold online, the transaction is recorded in a public, electronic ledger.The technology behind the ledger is called blockchain, which is composed of a series of linked “blocks” that each contain up to one megabyte worth of transaction data.Every time a block of transactions is closed, a complex mathematical problem is created. The hashing machines located in Bitfarms’ four factories are in competition with all the other hashing computers around the world to solve the problem.The first computer to come up with the winning number is authorized to create a new block in the chain, in which more Bitcoin transactions can be recorded.The winning computer is also awarded a set amount of Bitcoin, which can be transferred into hard currency or used to buy anything from food to homes.Bitfarms’ factories house at least 16,500 hashing machines between them. Together, they conduct 220 quadrillion attempts every second to solve the single math problem created when a block of Bitcoin transactions reaches capacity.Hydro-Quebec, the provincial utility, helped the Bitfarms team find locations around the province for mining operations. Then the City of Sherbrooke came knocking with a novel idea for the industry.Cities across Quebec purchase enough electricity from Hydro-Quebec to satisfy peak demands, most often during the dead of winter. But for much of the rest of the year, the energy grids have surplus electricity, and the provincial government has been pushing municipalities to come up with ways to sell the extra power, said Christian Laprise, director of Sherbrooke’s municipal power utility.The deal inked with Bitfarms secures the company 98 megawatts of electricity from Sherbrooke. But Bitfarms will have to reduce operations and use less energy during peak moments of the year when the grid is being taxed by residents.A couple of years ago, Laprise had no idea what Bitcoin and blockchain were, but now he thinks the technology can help develop the digital economy in smaller cities in the province.“It can be very volatile,” Laprise said, referring to the market price of cryptocurrencies, “but according to the research I’ve done, it’s pretty unanimous that blockchain is a system of the future.”Laprise said he hoped companies like Bitfarms diversify “and that they are sustainable over the long-term.”Bitfarms says its long-term goal is to expand into other applications of blockchain, but at the moment it’s concentrating on building its mining infrastructure.Toward the end of 2017, the price of Bitcoin exploded, jumping from about $6,700 in September 2017 to an all-time high of roughly $26,500 per coin, before dropping rapidly in early 2018. One Bitcoin is currently priced at roughly $8,500.In 2018, Bitfarms earned US$33.8 million in revenue and a gross profit of US$10.9 million, representing a 32-per-cent profit margin. But due to the massive drop in Bitcoin’s price over that period, the value of its mining equipment declined significantly, resulting in an US$18-million operating loss.Back in Magog, Grodzki said the broken hashing machine blowing out cold air would be repaired by the company’s technicians at its laboratory in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., south of Montreal. The company’s program department created and manages software that tracks the performance of each computer. Their four factories — five when the Sherbrooke operation is operational — run on an electrical system maintained by Volta electrique, a wholly owned subsidiary.Quimper says he remembers what it felt like when he was 10 years old discovering the internet. He said the blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies are at the same stage now as the internet was in 1997.“For the last four years, I’ve had the same feeling I had when I was 10 years old,” he said. “Everything is in front of us.”Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press read more

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CPPIB and Texas firm in 125B venture to acquire large highquality US

TORONTO — The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board says it will commit up to $1 billion to a partnership with a Texas company which will buy oil and gas producing assets in the United States.CPPIB, which invests on behalf of the Canada Pension Plan, says its partner, Encino Energy, LLC, has pledged US$25 million to the partnership.It says the resulting company, dubbed Encino Acquisition Partners, will buy “large, high-quality assets” that have established production in mature basins throughout the lower 48 U.S. states.‘The market is vulnerable’: Oil’s record bearish bets prompt warning of violent rallyMajor cyber attack causes havoc at businesses around the worldNew technologies that have opened development of shale oil and gas formations have allowed the U.S. to boost oil production from four million barrels per day in 2008 to more than nine million bpd, while natural gas production has jumped from 64 million cubic feet per day to over 89 million cf/d, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.Avik Dey, head of natural resources for the CPPIB, says it partnered with Encino because of its operational experience and proven track record of acquiring U.S. assets.The private company was founded in 2011, according to its website, and is concentrated mainly on the Anadarko Basin of Texas and Oklahoma.The Canadian Press read more

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Stronger self regulation process in media sought

A group of representatives of the Sri Lanka Press Complaints Commission held a special discussion with President Maithripala today at the Presidential Secretariat.Attention was paid on the actions to be taken to strengthen the self regulation process of the media, the President’s media division said. Minister of Parliamentary Reform and Mass Media Gayantha Karunathilaka and the Secretary to the Ministry Vajira Narampanava, Chairman of Wijaya Newspapers Ranjith Wijeywardena, Managing Director of Upali Group of Companies, Nimal Welgama, Dr P Kesavaraj from Asian Media Publishers (Thinakural Group), Editor of the Sunday Times Sinha Ratnatunga, Editor of the Lankadeepa Siri Ranasinghe, Editor of the Sunday Island Mr. Manik de Silva, Secretary of the Free Media Movement C. Dodawatta, Kanchana Marasinghe of the Working Journalists Association, Kumar Lopez, CEO of the Sri Lanka Press Institute and Sukumar Rockwood from Sri Lanka Press Complaints Commission participated in this discussion. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Female busted with ganja at Bartica stelling male implicated also in

The 1169 grams of compressed marijuanaA 32-year-old female resident of Patentia, West Bank Demerara (WBD), along with a 30-year-old male resident of La Grange, WBD were arrested after the female was busted at the Bartica Stelling with 1169 grams of compressed cannabis.According to information from the police, when officers, acting on intelligence, intercepted the woman on Saturday around 08:45h at the stelling, she was reportedly in possession of a plastic bucket which when checked was found to contain two taped parcels of compressed cannabis.The illegal substance when weighed amounted to one thousand one hundred and sixty nine grams.According to the police, the male person was arrested nearby in connection with the said narcotics.Investigations are ongoing. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related2 nabbed in Bartica with cannabisSeptember 16, 2018In “Crime”Two arrested for possession of cannabis at BarticaSeptember 17, 2018In “Court”Bartica man busted with 1027 grams of ganjaFebruary 10, 2018In “Crime” read more

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Black Thunder mine surpasses one year and 25 million employeehours with zero

first_imgThunder Basin Coal’s Black Thunder mine near Wright, Wyoming, USA surpassed 365 days and 2.5 million employee-hours without a single lost-time safety incident on April 28, 2009. During that time, the mining company’s 1,200 employees have produced more than 8% of the annual US coal supply from this mine. This achievement exceeds the mine’s previous safety record of 1.7 million employee-hours worked without a lost-time incident during 2001, which earned Black Thunder the Sentinels of Safety Award in recognition for operating the safest surface mine in America.“This record safety achievement is a real tribute to the men and women of Black Thunder,” says Ken Cochran, President and General Manager of Thunder Basin.  “The employees have each made a personal commitment to safety and are really working together to eliminate all incidents and injuries every day of every year.”In 2007, Thunder Basin was the first of Arch Coal’s subsidiaries to adopt a behaviour-based safety process to target at-risk behaviours. The Thunder Basin SABERS (Safety Actions Bring Employees Real Satisfaction) process includes peer-to-peer observations and problem-solving leadership. “Through our SABERS initiative, employees are empowered to be the primary drivers in the safety process,” says Thunder Basin’s Safety Manager Tim McCreary. “This level of individual engagement is helping drive our safety performance to the next level.”St. Louis-based Arch Coal is one of the largest US coal producers. Arch supplies cleaner-burning, low-sulphur coal to fuel roughly 6% of America’s electricity through its national network of mines. It attained an overall safety record in 2008 that was three times better than the US coal industry average, representing the company’s best year on record as measured by total incident rate and lost-time incident rate.last_img read more

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Lenovo P770 spotted with massive battery in tow

first_imgThe Droid Razr Maxx has won plenty of praise for its endurance, and up until now no other manufacturer has really opted to challenge Motorola for the mAh crown. If what you see above is the real deal, however, Lenovo may be preparing to offer up a capable competitor.This is the Lenovo P770, and as you can see it’s sporting a 3500mAh battery — 200mAh more than the Razr Maxx. Obviously there’s more to battery life than the capacity of the battery itself, but it’s pretty clear that Lenovo is gunning for two days of use on a single charge. And if that’s still not enough juice to satisfy your smartphone demands, there’s talk of a 4160mAh battery being made available, too.It also looks as though Lenovo is positioning the P770 as a fairly entry-level device. It’s big, but not supersized with its 4.5-inch qHD display, and its 1.2GHz dual core MediaTek processor will handle most tasks without missing a beat — even if it won’t compete with quad-core chips in terms of sheer muscle.Like the Razr Maxx, the P770 has an 8MP rear-facing camera, and it’s shipping with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Lenovo’s custom skin will most likely take the place of Google’s default, and the company’s SmartSound dual-speaker tech will let users enjoy “crystal clear” speakerphone calls or annoy nearby public transit passengers with their favorite audio tracks.Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but you can currently pick up the Lenovo A800 (which has the same processor and a similar display) for about $220 on Pandawill. Toss in a few extra bucks for qHD resolution and the massive battery upgrade, and you’re probably looking at a price tag of about $300 for the P770 when it lands on store shelves. Not a bad deal at all if you prioritize talk time over processing power.More at GizChinalast_img read more

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Cyprus economy reaches out for Australias helping hand

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Last year, economists found the outlook for Cyprus’ financial state very bad, seeing no new or even reformed model for it. Cyprus took a deep breath and has proved them wrong, in its effort to reconstruct the banking system as well as to create new opportunities. The Cypriots are making a rapid return to growth, inviting investors.The Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency, in close collaboration with the Cyprus High Commission in Australia, organised a mission to the two major Australian cities, Melbourne and Sydney. CIPA showcased a wide range of attractive business options for future investors from the fields of professional services, energy, large scale projects, state and EU funds, privatisation programs, not to mention the casino’s unlimited investment opportunities. Cyprus has always been an attractive land for investors, but now the government has put in numerous measures to ensure the economy’s development. A board of specialists took questions from members of the audience – the event was open to the public – regarding the island’s legislation, investment policy and taxation.Neos Kosmos contacted CIPA’s chairman of the board, Mr Christodoulos E. Angastiniotis, who led the delegation, to get more information regarding investment incentives in Cyprus. Mr Angastiniotis offered a clear and rather attractive point of view on the island of Aphrodite’s emerging opportunities. “Events like this bring us closer together and demonstrate the tireless efforts that are made not just to maintain, but also to strengthen the close ties between Cypriots everywhere,” Mr Angastiniotis said. “Our diaspora, our expats, have always offered a multitude of services to Cyprus with their multidimensional action. Political, economic, cultural and educational action. Actions that keep relations alive, both among expats abroad and between the overseas Cypriots and their homeland,” he added.Cyprus’ government has taken a vast number of new measures to ensure economic growth with a large capital infusion from international investors. These measures have been designed to reboot the economy in the wake of the massive restructuring of the country’s banking sector. “The events that took place in our country in March 2013, as you are well aware, shook the foundations of the Cyprus economy. We became the focus of unprecedented international attention. However, we soon began to reverse the negative situation, correcting distortions and restoring the economy’s competitiveness. All of the troika’s assessments since the Memorandum was signed have been positive, while it has been around a year and a half since the March 2013 events and our country is already back in the international markets,” he explained. More emphasis needs to be given to attracting foreign investment, precisely because it offers opportunities for immediate actions, capable not only of stemming the impact of the crisis, but also creating the conditions for restarting the economy. “We know that our task is not an easy one. Competition in attracting foreign investment is massive in normal times. All the more so in the current context, where our competitive countries have launched a massive effort to exploit the difficult position our country is currently in” Mr Angastiniotis tells Neos Kosmos.A big advantage for foreign nationals willing to invest in Cyprus – according to the president of the republic – is the easily acquired permanent residency status. Moreover, foreign investors who held deposits prior to 15 March, and who lost at least €3m as a result of the resolution of Laiki Bank and the restructuring of Bank of Cyprus, are eligible to apply for Cypriot citizenship. Determined to stimulate interest toward Cyprus’ promising new businesses or companies, the government has reduced the amount of time required to issue planning permission, to a maximum of one month for small projects and three months for large projects.In addition, permits for joint tourist developments such as condo hotels will be given, not to mention that the green light for casinos is now on. Building coefficients have been increased by 30 per cent in residential areas for large commercial developments. The coefficient will be increased by 25 per cent on the outskirts of residential areas for large commercial or office developments. It will increase by 20 per cent in certain tourist zones for large-scale property and from 10 per cent to 15 per cent for areas available for golf courses.“Even though Cyprus-Australia relations have always been excellent on all levels, there is massive room for improvement in the field of attracting investment. And to achieve this, we need your help. We believe that overseas Cypriots can play a substantive role in our efforts to attract investments and project Cyprus as an attractive investment destination,” Mr Angastiniotis told the audience. He highlighted the fact that Cyprus retains significant comparative advantages, which need to be showcased and projected, and there is great growth potential in a variety of sectors, such as research and technology, shipping, tourism, major development projects, medical tourism, the audio-visual industry, renewable energy sources, research and innovation, education and, of course, professional services. Furthermore, the energy and hydrocarbons sector is expected to offer a significant boost to economic growth, in the medium-term as well as long-term.He concluded saying that “the road ahead is a difficult one, but we have a duty to walk it until we reach our final destination, which is none other than economic recovery and the country’s return to growth and progress. We have faced difficulties in the past as well. Like then, we can address them and succeed again. There is vision. There is will and determination”.The Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency (CIPA), with the knowledge and networking it has amassed over recent years, has taken on the role of central coordinator for all actions aimed at promoting Cyprus, in close cooperation with private organisations and the government. For more information visit www.investcyprus.org.cylast_img read more

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Migraines des anomalies des artères du cerveau misent en cause

first_imgMigraines : des anomalies des artères du cerveau misent en causeUne malformation des artères du cerveau pourrait être l’une des causes des migraines, plus particulièrement les migraines accompagnées, selon une nouvelle étude.Les migraines sont au 20e rang de la liste de l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) sur les maladies ayant un impact sur le handicap et l’altération de la qualité de vie. Mais bien qu’elle touche 6 à 10 millions de français, cette maladie est encore mal comprise et peu traitée. Une étude parue dans la revue en ligne PLoS ONE pourrait néanmoins permettre de progresser dans le domaine : celle-ci vient de trouver un lien entre les migraines et les vaisseaux sanguins présents dans le cerveau.Des problèmes d’irrigation et de pression sanguineL’apport sanguin du cerveau est contrôlé par une structure appelée polygone de Willis, où les artères se rejoignent. Les auteurs de l’étude ont observé que cette structure était très souvent altérée chez les personnes souffrant de migraines, particulièrement les migraines accompagnées, dites avec “auras”. Ces types de migraines sont assorties d’auras ophtalmiques, des hallucinations visuelles qui consistent en des points lumineux, des lignes ou des formes plus complexes qui précèdent les crises. Dans leur étude, ils ont constaté que 73% des personnes avec des migraines accompagnées et 67% avec des migraines simples présentent un polygone de Willis incomplet. À lire aussiLe mariage aiderait à prévenir les risques de démence, mais pourquoi ?Cette malformation (toutefois assez commune dans la population) provoque des différences d’irrigation et de pression sanguine qui pourraient être l’une des causes des migraines. Le docteur Brett Cucchiara, neurologue à l’Université de Pennsylvanie et auteur de l’étude, déclare que “cela pourrait expliquer pourquoi chez certains patients un état de déshydratation peut provoquer une migraine”.Des anomalies proches du cortex visuelSelon John Detre, neurologue ayant également participé à l’étude, “des anomalies d’irrigations sont observées à l’arrière du cerveau, près du cortex visuel. Cela pourrait expliquer pourquoi dans le cas des migraines accompagnées les malades visualisent des formes et des couleurs”. Aussi, les scientifiques espèrent que cette étude permettra de démarrer de nouveaux travaux afin de repérer les anomalies dans les polygones de Willis et de développer des traitements adaptés. Le 30 juillet 2013 à 17:08 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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You Need To Be Reading Marvels Star Wars Comics

first_imgStay on target Today is May the 4th, but more importantly, today is Star Wars Day. Ever since Disney/Marvel acquired the rights to Star Wars in 2012, there had been plans to relaunch the Star Wars comics line after receiving the comic book rights to the franchise back from Dark Horse Comics.  Here, I’m going to take a look at the series that Marvel has published since they launched the new Star Wars line in early 2015, and why you should be reading them.via Marvel ComicsDespite having only been around for two years or so, the new Marvel published Star Wars comics have done a great job of respecting their source material. Having already published ten plus ongoings and mini-series Marvel has started covering every aspect of the Star Wars mythos. They are tackling stories in the original trilogy, the prequel trilogy, the new sequel trilogy, and a lot of the stories that fill in the gaps between movies, allowing them to tell new, fresh stories. Even with this undertaking, the amount of love and care that goes into these books is respectable in and of itself, with an extreme attention to detail, in characters, the technology, and the designs.The series have all done a great job of adding their own level to the Star Wars mythos. The main Star Wars series picked up right after the original movie, with Luke acting as an immature rebel with a lightsaber. This series gave us what would be the first “official” meeting of Luke and Vader. This is a great example of how these comics manage to not only be something fun for readers but also something fresh for serious fans of the saga by filling in gaps that some people had never thought to ask about before. A lot of the series, like the  Lando and Chewbacca mini-series, served as a way to gain a different perspective on the Star Wars universe, or even sometimes just as a fun side-story featuring a fan-favorite character. Marvel hasn’t been afraid to even dabble in some of the prequel trilogy’s mythology, such as in the Darth Maul series or the Obi-Wan and Anakin minis.via Marvel ComicsEven more impressive is the fact that the Marvel Comics series have gone as far as to create new characters for the Star Wars Universe. Sana Solo, Han’s ex-wife from the main Star Wars series, was only introduced last year and is already rumored to play a role in next year’s young Han Solo film. Doctor Aphra, the secret sidekick/partner of Vader, is another character that was created especially for the comics in Kieron Gillen’s run on Darth Vader, and now Aphra even has her own series. I would be surprised if we never saw references to these characters in the movies, being that it’s entirely possible if they can reference the Rebels cartoon in the films as often as they do. The other big addition to the lore of Star Wars is the Obi-Wan and Yoda issues of the main Star Wars series, in which the series takes an issue every so often to give an insight into their adventures between the prequels and the original trilogy. They’re small stories, but they do a great job of adding just enough to these characters stories in a really rewarding way.via Marvel ComicsWhile the comic series haven’t given us much regarding information regarding the new trilogy, they have begun to dig a little deeper into the newer entries into the mythos. The comic book adaptations of The Force Awakens and Rogue One added a few scenes that didn’t make it into the films, but nothing major enough that it answered any questions we have. The Shattered Empire series was a great story that took place immediately after the Battle of Endor and featured the parents of everyone’s favorite hunky pilot, Poe Dameron. Poe even received his own series later, which takes place before the events of  The Force Awakens. The other Force Awakens-related series will be a new series focusing on Captain Phasma which will hopefully give the character the spotlight she deserves after she got the short of the end of the stick in Episode VII. Hopefully, we will eventually see series for Rey, Finn, Kylo, and the rest of the gang, but in the meantime, the Marvel Comics series are doing a great job of filling the hole left by the excruciating wait between films. Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form last_img read more

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MTS to boost trolley service Thursday for Padres Opening Day

first_img KUSI Newsroom San Diego MTS to provide video-on-demand for passengersSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The Metropolitan Transit System plans to boost trolley service Thursday for opening day of the San Diego Padres’ 2018 season, the agency announced Wednesday.First pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers at downtown East Village’s Petco Park is set for 1:10 p.m., and the trolley’s three lines — green, blue and orange — will run every 15 minutes for most of the day, with direct service to Petco Park. Service will increase on some lines in the hours before and after the game.MTS’ Green Line trolley service will increase to every 7 1/2 minutes starting around 11:20 a.m. After the game, trolleys will run every 15 minutes, with additional trains as needed.MTS is urging riders to park at SDCCU Stadium in Mission Valley, where 5,000 free parking spots will be available, and then to ride the Green Line to the game.The Blue Line, which runs between downtown and the South Bay, will run trolleys every 7 1/2 minutes before the game, starting around 11:45 a.m., and at the same interval after the game.The Orange Line will run trolleys every 15 minutes throughout the day.Passes good for the entire day can be purchased for $5, and MTS urged riders to use its Compass Cloud mobile-ticketing smartphone app to avoid ticket lines and purchase several tickets at one time.MTS also offers 22 bus routes with stops in downtown, including Rapid 215, with service from SDSU to downtown, and Rapid 235, with service from Escondido to downtown. March 28, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: padres, Petco Park, San Diego Padres FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, center_img MTS to boost trolley service Thursday for Padres Opening Day Posted: March 28, 2018 Updated: 3:22 PMlast_img read more

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How To Understand New Overtime Regulations Issued By Labor Department

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Share Listen Amanda SebestaSteve Werner is professor of management and chair of the management Department for the Bauer Business School at the University of Houston.The president recently announced new overtime regulations that will take effect on December 1.Under the new ruling, the salary threshold of those eligible for overtime will increase.The Labor Department says it will boost the incomes of 4.2 million workers. But some companies say they can’t afford to pay overtime to all of the newly-eligible employees.Steve Werner is professor of management and chair of the management Department for the Bauer Business School at the University of Houston. Werner joins News 88.7 business reporter Ed Mayberry on this morning’s Bauer Business Focus. 00:00 /03:33last_img read more

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The Gifted Struggles to Keep the Stakes High

first_img ‘The Gifted’ S2 Finale Recap: Death, Destruction & Hope for Season 3’The Gifted’ Season 2, Ep 5 Recap: The Reunion We’ve Waited For Stay on target One of the main reasons the first two episodes of The Gifted worked so well was the unrelenting fast pace. The kids found out they were mutants, the family was forced on the run, Reed was captured, and Eclipse was shot. The series kept the plot driving forward, shuttling its characters from one exciting scene to the next. Last night’s episode was a reminder that a series can’t run at that kind of speed forever. Eventually, it’ll run out of steam and it’s up to the characters to carry the episode forward. Unfortunately, character development isn’t an area The Gifted paid much attention to in its first two hours.This episode starts to make up for that. Yes, partially because it’s forced to, but it does a decent job even so. For once, the opening moments show us something nice happening with mutant powers. It’s a flashback scene to when Eclipse was still new to the underground. We see him and Polaris on a date, sharing memories of the first positive thing they did with their powers. The effects continue to be one of the cooler parts of the show as we learn that Polaris uses steel-towed boots and metal bracelets to make herself fly. Eclipse shines his light through some broken glass and makes some pretty patterns. When they share their (presumably) first kiss, an Aurora Borealis forms around them. It’s all cool enough to make up for some truly cheesy dialog. The Gifted may be a fun X-Men show, but the writing can get real awkward at times.Blair Redford, Natalie Alyn Lind, Percy Hynes White and Sean Teale (Cr: Eliza Morse/FOX)The rest of the episode is split between two stories. Each one revolves around the Strucker parents coming to terms with the world they live in. Even after last week’s hospital adventure, Kate still has way too much trust in the legal system. It would be frustrating on another show, but this is the kind of character work this series has needed to do for a while now. She had her entire world turned on its head, and just seemed to go with it. That’s why, for the first two episodes, there wasn’t much you could say about her character other than “she’s a mom.” Here, it makes total sense that a woman who was married to a mutant prosecutor, whose brother is well-connected, isn’t ready to completely give up on the system when it turns against her family. It’s a realistic outlook of how someone like her would act. Surely, there must be some misunderstanding. If she could only explain it to the right people. But no. Her kids are different; therefore they get no sympathy.Giving her this journey is a good way to flesh out her character, allowing her to have other personality traits besides “protective mom.” It’s also predictable. Of course, her brother isn’t going to be nearly as helpful. He puts her up for the night, accuses her of bringing mutants into the house when Eclipse and Thunderbird show up to prevent her from putting the safe house in further danger, and generally wants to send her packing as soon as possible. To his credit, he does protect her and her family when his gun-wielding neighbors show up because they heard there were mutants in the area. The show didn’t appear to comment on the fact that they were ready to fire a gun at a moving car in a residential neighborhood in the name of safety. That could be subtlety, expecting the audience to put that together, but it felt like a missed opportunity. Like the show wasn’t fully aware of the irony it presented.Coby Bell and Stephen Moyer (Cr: Eliza Morse/FOX)The most interesting thing the episode set up was Andy’s anger. This episode made me realize that the show has done a great, subtle job at escalating Andy from surly teen to “this kid’s got problems.” His actions got a little bit more extreme, but those moments don’t feel like they came out of nowhere. He casually suggests robbing a bank, settling for knocking over parking meters when his mom and sister won’t go along with it. When the gun-toting neighbors show up, he’s ready to fight, not caring if he seriously hurts someone. In the comics, the Struckers are Nazi villains. That’s clearly not where the show is taking them, but it looks like they are letting some of Andreas von Strucker’s darker traits appear in Andy. He won’t become the villain of the series, but he’ll probably some pretty questionable things. He might turn into The Gifted’s version of Magneto. Keep your eye on Andy; his story might turn out to be the most fascinating of the entire series.Reed’s journey was a retread of the last two episodes. He’s completely on board with Turner’s plan to turn in the mutant underground until he isn’t. This is what, the third time in as many episodes he’s had to learn that mutants are people? And it takes a mother trying to escape with her young daughter for him to realize that again? I’m going to need something more from Reed than, “Oh yeah, families exist” to keep his story interesting. At least Turner got more entertaining. We still don’t know all that much about him, but Coby Bell at least makes his scenes fun. In any other show, he’d be the good cop you rooted for. Here, he’s the bad guy, but Bell is likable enough that wish there was something more going on. I’m almost positive there will be, but the show is taking its time getting there.Jamie Chung and Blair Redford (Cr: Eliza Morse/FOX)The story at the mansion is really what kills the series’ momentum. Thunderbird is trying to teach Blink how to control her powers, but he’s called away to deal with the fleeing Struckers. The whole conceit is that Blink needs to focus on something positive and let that drive her power. This whole story feels like filler. Like the rest of the mutants are waiting around for something to happen. For an episode called “eXodus,” there wasn’t much of one. The big moment at the end of the episode was Dreamer going to extreme measures to get her to Blink Thunderbird’s car back to the mansion. Who’s Dreamer? Good question. It’s like the show completely forgot to introduce her to us, expecting us to know this random new person. But she can give people memories. And to push Blink along past her, she gives her a memory of a relationship with Thunderbird. Why? Because the writers thought the show was missing a love triangle I guess? If that’s the case, this is a really weird way to force one. The Gifted has an interesting world, a good premise, and really fun action scenes. I just wish it gave the same attention to its characters. There’s been just enough improvement over the last three episodes to tell me the show will get there. It might just take a few episodes.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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You can tell the ripeness of mango without tasting

first_imgYou may soon be able to tell how ripe a mango is without having to taste it as researchers have identified a way to “sniff” the ripeness of the fruit.They have identified the unique chemical signature of ripening for mangoes, a development that could lead to small hand-held electronic noses to detect the ripeness of not just mangoes but other fruits as well.Mangoes are one of the most important and popular tropical fruits with India producing approximately 40 per cent of the world’s supply. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ “It is really important for people to be able to tell how ripe fruit is without having to taste it. This is important for fruit producers and supermarkets,” said lead researcher Paul Monks, professor at the University of Leicester in Britain.The new research, published in the journal Metabolomics, has shown that is possible to ‘sniff’ the ripeness of mangoes.“We used a novel fast-sensitive “electronic-nose” for sniffing volatile compounds from the ripening fruit. In particular, the work showed an increase in ester compounds —the smell of pear drops —was a particular marker of over ripe fruit,” Monks noted.last_img read more

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Yahoos 17 million bet on NFL streaming gets tested Sunday

first_imgWhen the Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills face off this Sunday, perhaps only their loyal fans will care about the score.The rest will be watching to see if Yahoo makes a compelling case that football can be just as good online as it is on TV. The company paid about $17 million for the rights to stream the game around the world from London at 9:30 a.m. EDT, according to a person familiar with the terms. By comparison, CBS paid about $37.5 million per game in its one-year deal to broadcast the National Football League on Thursday nights.Still, why pay so much for a stakes-free matchup between two lackluster teams at an odd hour? Yahoo will play the game big across its various Web properties with video that automatically starts when visitors land on one of its sites, according to two people who requested not to be named because the plans are private. Yahoo has something to prove, namely that it can successfully stream the U.S.’ most popular sport to a global audience without the delays and disruptions that have come to characterize so much of live online viewing.Last June, for instance, ESPN’s online stream of a World Cup match crashed, a problem the network attributed to excessive traffic. In April, an outage prevented subscribers to Dish Network Corp.’s Sling TV, which offers nearly two-dozen channels via the Web for $20 a month, from watching college basketball’s Final Four.Yahoo is placing a bet squarely on the future. Media companies like Twenty-First Century Fox Inc., CBS Corp., Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal and the Walt Disney Co.’s ESPN have locked up the rights to broadcast most NFL games at least through the end of the decade. But when those contracts expire, the NFL is likely to court partners who can deliver a football game to tablets and mobile phones along with TVs.“This is an early testing ground to understand the Internet’s capability to deliver something like this,” said Rich Greenfield, an analyst with BTIG Research.That could pit Silicon Valley giants against TV behemoths. As of now, the networks are at an advantage, in part because most people still watch sports on traditional TV and in part because they offset what they pay for the games with millions of dollars in subscriber fees from pay-TV providers like Comcast or AT&T Inc.’s DirecTV, said Dan Rayburn, an analyst at Frost & Sullivan who writes for the blog StreamingMedia.com.While Yahoo or Google have plenty of cash to experiment, they can’t rely on the same source of revenue as the broadcasters to sustain an online sports business. They would likely try to make their money back from advertising or charging fans a few bucks to watch the game, and it would probably be impossible for them to recoup their costs that way, Rayburn said.“Do the math,” Rayburn said. “There’s no business value to it.” Yahoo!, Inc. rings the NASDAQ Opening Bell on Aug. 26, 2015 in New York City. Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images/AFPNonetheless, Yahoo wasn’t the only company interested in streaming the game. Its winning $17 million bid — $15 million for the rights, plus $2 million in marketing requirements — bested other tech giants. Twitter, Google and Amazon were among those vying for the game, according to another person familiar with the matter who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly.“We know our users will be very excited to see this game, and our advertisers have been, too,” Yahoo Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer said Tuesday during Yahoo’s quarterly earnings call.American Express, Nationwide, Kohl’s and Toyota are among the more than 30 brands that will advertise during the game, Yahoo said this week. Those companies will also have access to Yahoo’s viewership data to target fans after the game. Yahoo says it sold out all of its game-day advertisements.Broadcasting live events on the Internet is harder than streaming on demand because more can go wrong. Unlike with a traditional TV broadcast, a live stream relies on a third-party network of providers to deliver programming across the Internet, and those companies can have outages of their own.Yahoo isn’t making things easy on itself. The company’s goal is to stream the game at a higher quality than some competitors offer, said Adam Cahan, Yahoo’s senior vice president of video. CBS will be producing the game for Yahoo. “We want to have a broadcast-like experience at a global scale,” Cahan said.Live sports have a long history of legitimizing new TV platforms. The rise of ESPN boosted the popularity of cable TV in the 1980s and DirecTV’s “NFL Sunday Ticket” introduced many fans to satellite TV packages, Cahan said. “We think this industry is poised for a shift,” he said. “It’s coming our way.”With assistance from Christopher Palmeri in Los Angeles.© 2015, Bloomberg News Facebook Comments Related posts:NFL tax break foes face 4th and 20 with wind in their faces NFL: Packers turn the tables on the Seahawks Yahoo shuts users out of their email NFL: Coldplay honored by Super Bowl but puzzled by gamelast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter The Mandarin Orienta

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced an  array of new offerings and packages, as well as the hotel’s first expansion to the Middle East. The hotel group will manage a new luxury development in Lebanon’s capital, Beirut which will open in 2018, complete with 280 rooms and suites, and 25 luxury apartments.In Europe, Mandarin Oriental is celebrating the recent purchase of Hotel Ritz, Madrid with a cultural tour and luxury accommodation in Madrid and Barcelona, while Paris is getting ready for the festive season, announcing a new package and partnership with prestigious department store Printemps.In Asia, Mandarin Oriental Tokyo’s new boat cruise package takes guests on a limousine boat cruise along the Sumida River, and the Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with a dinner with acclaimed Spanish Chef Ferran Adriá.Barcelona and Madrid Guests can visit two iconic art landmarks in Madrid and Barcelona in one trip with Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona and Hotel Ritz, Madrid. The two hotels are jointly offering a four-night From Goya to Gaudi package that provides guests with exclusive visits to Barcelona’s Casa Batlló and Madrid’s Museo del Prado, and luxurious accommodation in both cities.Paris in the festive season Mandarin Oriental, Paris is offering a luxury Christmas shopping experience from November. Guests booking the Festive Season Package will enjoy luxury accommodation at the hotel and VIP access to the city’s prestigious department store, Printemps Haussmann.TokyoMandarin Oriental, Tokyo is offering guests an accommodation package that includes a private limousine boat cruise in Tokyo Bay. Guests booking the Nihonbashi Boat Cruise package will be taken on a waterborne tour of Tokyo’s historical and cultural centre with a one-hour cruise along the Sumida River into Tokyo Bay and along rivers threading their way through Tokyo’s most intriguing neighborhoods.New Beirut Hotel Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced that it will manage a new luxury hotel and branded residences currently under development in Beirut. Scheduled to open in 2018, the overall development comprises two adjacent buildings located in Beirut’s Central District at the heart of Lebanon’s capital. Mandarin Oriental, Beirut will be situated in the south tower, with 280 well-appointed rooms and suites and 25 serviced apartments.10th anniversary celebrations at Hong KongTo celebrate The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong’s 10th anniversary, the exclusive ‘Friends of Amber’ series will host an extravagant dinner with Chef Adriá. Held for two evenings only on 23 and 24 October 2015, the event at the hotel’s Amber restaurant is also an opportunity to mark the publication of Ferran Adriá’s seven-volume elBulli 2005-2011, the catalogue raisonné that documents his most prolific years as a chef.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Silversea guests enjoye

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterSilversea guests enjoyed two days of action at the Monaco Grand Prix 2019 last weekend, the 25 and 26 May. Participating guests witnessed the prestigious race from a prime vantage point, the Princess Grace Dance Academy, as an optional shore excursion included in their Silver Shadow voyage through the Mediterranean.Silversea’s guests relaxed in the gardens and on the terraces of the villa while sipping champagne, listening to live music and admiring motorsports-inspired artwork. Guests were then invited to sample a buffet of local cuisine and witness the race from the top floor of the venue before and after enjoying canapés and a lunch. Health and beauty treatments were also on offer for guests, including massages, nail treatments, 3D body photography and other amenities. A racing simulator enabled guests to compete virtually on the streets of Monaco before they had the opportunity to meet former racing driver, Felipe Massa, who was in attendance at the venue on Sunday.“There is no occasion quite like Monaco’s Grand Prix; the atmosphere is incredible,” says Adria Bono, Silversea’s Senior Director Destination Experiences. “By hosting this one-of-a-kind experience, we are enabling our guests to enjoy this unique sporting event – which is known worldwide – from a privileged venue, to travel deeper into the destination.”The Princess Grace Dance Academy is spread over a four-storey villa that overlooks the track.In May 2020, Silversea’s guests will have the opportunity to enjoy this unique experience once more. Silver Spirit will dock in Monte Carlo overnight from 23 May, with the following voyage options available:Venice to Barcelona – 5 – 26 May 2020Silver Spirit will depart Venice on 5 May 2020, on a 21-day voyage through the Mediterranean. Guests will discover Trieste, Split, Korcula, Dubrovnik, Valletta on an overnight call; Gozo, Siracusa (Sicily), Lipari Island, Sorrento, Olbia (Sardinia), Rome (Civitavecchia), Porto-Vecchio (Corsica), Livorno (Tuscany), Cinqueterre (Portovenere), Cannes, Marseille, Monte Carlo and Palamos before arriving in Barcelona on 26 May. Fares start from AU$15,890 per person, based on double occupancy in a Vista Suite and including Early Booking Bonus.Rome (Civitavecchia) to Barcelona – 17 – 26 May 2020On the shorter nine-day itinerary onboard Silver Spirit, guests will enjoy immersive experiences in Rome (Civitavecchia), Porto-Vecchio (Corsica), Livorno (Tuscany), Cinqueterre (Portovenere), Cannes, Marseille, Monte Carlo and Palamos before reaching Barcelona on 26 May. Fares start from AU$9,990 per person based on double occupancy in a Classic Veranda Suite and including a 10% Early Booking Bonus.Guests who book and pay for the above voyages in full by 30 June 2019, will also receive included Economy class flights or reduced Business class flights and transfers between airport and ship.The exclusive Grand Prix experience is offered as an optional extra.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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