Maserati Debuts the Levante GTS, the Super SUV It Should’ve Built From the Beginning

first_img Indian Motorcycle’s 2020 Scout Lineup Pays Homage to Its 100-Year Legacy Maserati Maserati Since its introduction, the Maserati Levante has been something of a letdown. While the rest of the segment has seen automakers raking in billions from models such as the Cayenne and Macan (Porsche), GLC (Mercedes-Benz), Bentayga (Bentley), etc.; Maserati’s Levante was seemingly forgotten. Though the aggressive look of the Levante is arguably better than the rest of the super SUV segment, it had neither the grunt nor the presence of its rivals. Maserati believes it’s finally found the formula for the Levante to succeed and it involves a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-8 developed by Ferrari.The real problem with the Levante was the lackluster performance from the twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 that comes standard. Though enough to propel the smaller Maserati Ghibli sedan, the six-cylinder mill was boring.The new motor is most definitely not boring. As mentioned, the engine was developed by Ferrari, and though it isn’t shared in any of Maranello’s prancing horses, the V-8 is ready to deliver a fiery 550 horsepower and 538 lb-ft of torque, all of which is sent through the Levante GTS’ all-wheel-drive system.MaseratiDoubters of the new engine only need to reference how short a time frame it takes the SUV to hit 60 mph. For the Levante GTS, 60 mph comes in just 4 seconds flat. That’s faster than Bentley’s Bentayga V-8, faster than Jeep’s Grand Cherokee SRT, and just a hair slower than Porsche’s always dominant Cayenne Turbo S. Furthermore, the engine is located far enough back in the Levante GTS’ chassis that allowed Maserati’s engineers to somehow craft the SUV with a perfect 50:50 weight distribution. As such, Maserati claims that the Levante GTS makes no compromise between handling prowess and grand touring comfort.And though you’d expect a nearly 600-horsepower SUV to be fast, the Levante GTS’ 181 mph top speed still feels somewhat ludicrous given its size and dimensions. As for the price for all this power and performance, well, Maserati has pegged the Levante GTS’ sticker at $119,980, which honestly sounds like one big pill to swallow. But when you compare it the SUVs it competes against, isn’t really a terrible amount, especially when you want to go fast, look good and have a badge with as much history as Maserati.Thank you, Maserati, for finally giving us the Levante of our dreams. The GTS will be available in fall 2018. This $500,000 Armored Bentley Protects Against Hand Grenade Attacks Maserati Maserati Maserati Maserati Editors’ Recommendations Maserati center_img Maserati The Maserati Quattroporte: Luxury You Can Sort of Almost Imagine Affording Next Maserati Previous 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Maserati A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing 1 of 9last_img read more

Roasted Balsamic Chicken

first_imgIngredients Balsamic Vinegar1/2 cup Olive Oil1 tbsp Dijon Mustard1 tbsp Garlic (minced)1 clove Saltto taste Ground Pepperto taste Chicken Breast (boneless)4 pc (large) Cherry Tomatoes (halved)250 g Lemon (zested & juiced)1 Preparation Mix balsamic vinegar, olive oil, mustard, and garlic together in an oven-safe baking dish; season with salt and pepper. Place the chicken breasts in the vinegar mixture. Marinate chicken in the refrigerator for at least four hours. Preheat oven to 400-degree C. Roast chicken in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes. Add tomatoes to the baking dish and continue cooking until the chicken is no longer pink in the centre and the juices run clear, about 10 minutes more. Sprinkle lemon zest and drizzle lemon juice over the chicken. (Courtesy: www.allrecipes.com)last_img read more

Paytm Money elevates Pravin Jadhav as MD and CEO to invest Rs

first_imgNew Delhi: Paytm Money, the wholly-owned subsidiary of One97 Communications that operates Paytm, on Monday said it has elevated Pravin Jadhav as Managing Director and chief executive officer, and also plans to invest Rs 250 crore over the next two years. Founder and CEO of Paytm Vijay Shekhar Sharma said, in the last one year, under Jadhav’s leadership, the team at Paytm Money has built an entire organisation, product, and business grounds up. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal “As a true entrepreneur, Pravin has made Paytm Money from an idea to India’s largest mutual fund investment platform today. As our business expands in stock broking, National Pension Scheme (NPS), and other investment products, I am very proud that Pravin will lead the company as its Managing Director and CEO,” he added. Jadhav was previously serving as the whole-time director. Prior to Paytm Money, he worked with Servify and Rediff.com, and was the founder and CEO of Wishberg. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost Paytm Money has over three million users on its investment platform. “Paytm Money aims to invest Rs 250 crore over the next 18-24 months as it is expected to launch new businesses including stock broking, NPS and more in this financial year,” the statement said. The company has received regulatory approvals for offering stock broking and NPS services to its users and is expected to launch them soon. Paytm Money aims to become a full-stack investment and wealth management platform.last_img read more

Officials urge Canadians in London to exercise caution in wake of London

first_imgTORONTO – Canadian officials were monitoring developments in the deadly terrorist attack in London Saturday night, urging Canadian citizens in the British capital to avoid the area.Police said six people died and 20 were injured in the attacks, while police shot dead three suspects.The Metropolitan Police head of counter-terrorism, Mark Rowley, said police believe all of the attackers were killed, but investigations are underway to ensure there are no more.“Awful news from London tonight,” tweeted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who was scheduled to attend the annual Parliamentary Press Gallery dinner in Ottawa Saturday night.“Horrified by the events in London,” Conservative leader Andrew Scheer said in a tweet. “Canada will always stand by the people of London.”“Our hearts are heavy with news of the violence in London today. To the people of Britain: you are in our thoughts and prayers,” Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne tweeted.Canadian diplomats in England were advising Canadians to avoid the area around London Bridge and the nearby Borough Market until the areas were deemed safe.Police rushed to London Bridge late Saturday after a vehicle mowed down pedestrians on the bridge. Gunshots rang out amid reports of knife attacks at Borough Market.The force initially said officers were also responding to a reported third incident, in the Vauxhall area of London. But they said later that turned out to be an unrelated stabbing.The violence turned a pleasant Saturday night in an area full of bars and restaurants into a scene of panic and chaos, with officers running through crowded streets screaming for people to flee and lifeboats drafted to help clear the area.British media reported that more than one person had been killed in the rampage.London’s Metropolitan Police force said it had declared the attacks as “terrorist incidents.”The attack comes less than three months after an attacker ran down people with a vehicle on Westminster Bridge, killing four, then stabbed a policeman to death outside Parliament.With files from The Associated Presslast_img read more

60 Moroccan Students Receive Prizes In Belgium

by Chloé Koura                                                                                 Rabat – The Moroccan consulate in Belgium has held a prize ceremony for students in the Moroccan community who have shown academic talent throughout the year.Out of 500 competing students and the 168 who were successful in the competition, 60 were awarded prizes of excellence on Sunday evening. The competition was organised by the Moroccan embassy’s national education co-ordination service. The students take classes in Arabic, Islamic education (especially in relation to civic rights, tolerance and coexistence), Moroccan history and geography.In a speech during the ceremony, the Moroccan ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg Mohamed Ameur congratulated the students and their parents, and encouraged them to continue to learn about their motherland in order to preserve their identity. Also in attendance was the Consul General, a representative of the Hassan II Foundation of MRE, and certain officials of Moroccan origin.Almost 6,000 students across Belgium benefit from the Hassan II Foundation’s educational programme, a programme that was originally started to help Moroccans living abroad.As of 2006, Belgium had 249,583 Belgian Moroccans, and a survey by the King Baudouin Foundation showed that 55% of them consider themselves to be more Moroccan than Belgian. read more

Statistics Canada reports trade deficit shrank to 32 billion in March

The Canadian Press OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says the country’s merchandise trade deficit shrank in March as exports, led by the energy sector, rose faster than imports.The agency says the deficit for March amounted to $3.2 billion compared with $3.4 billion in February.Economists had expected a deficit of $2.45 billion, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The change came as Canadian exports rose 3.2 per cent to $49.0 billion as exports of energy products rose 7.7 per cent to $9.6 billion in March and motor vehicles and parts gained 5.6 per cent at $7.7 billion.Meanwhile, imports rose 2.5 per cent to $52.3 billion, as consumer goods posted the largest increase.Imports of consumer goods rose 6.7 per cent in March to a record $10.9 billion, boosted by imports of clothing, footwear and accessories. Imports of motor vehicles and parts rose 4.9 per cent to $9.9 billion. read more

Afghanistans humanitarian crisis may worsen if security deteriorates UN warns

“Continuing violence and worsening security would seriously impair efforts to reach the people who urgently need humanitarian assistance,” Stephanie Bunker, a spokesperson for the UN Coordinator for Afghanistan, told reporters in Islamabad. With widespread famine conditions already prevailing in much of the region, she warned that “unless food, shelter, and medicine can be rushed as soon as possible, the north of Afghanistan might be bracing for a human catastrophe of unimaginable proportions.” Commenting on the situation in Mazar-i-Sharif, which fell to forces of the Northern Alliance over the weekend, she said reports indicated that “some elements looted UN and NGO [non-governmental organization] offices, including food warehouses.” Other UN agencies reported that looting and insecurity were hampering their work. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said one of its truck convoys had been hit by bomb shrapnel. While there were no casualties, “initial reports indicate that 80 per cent of the food is damaged and is unusable,” WFP spokesperson Lindsey Davies told reporters in Islamabad.She described the situation in Mazar-i-Sharif as volatile, citing “reports of looting, abduction of civilians from the city, uncontrolled `freelance’ gunmen and some street battles.” Over the weekend, a WFP warehouse storing oil, sugar and high-energy biscuits was looted. “All the 89 tonnes there seems to have disappeared,” said Ms. Davies.The agency, which has supplies located in nearby towns, will truck in more assistance as soon as possible. “We do not know how the situation will evolve over the coming days, but right now we have to seize whatever chance we have to deliver the food, not only to Mazar but to the rest of the north.” A spokesman for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Chulho Hyun, told reporters in Islamabad that the Northern Alliance had reportedly seized a 10-truck UNICEF convoy as the city was falling. “UNICEF is seeking to ensure the safety of the commercial transport company drivers – who are all Pashtun – the trucks themselves and the supplies, which we presume had been taken to the commander’s base in Mazar for protection,” he said.Mr. Hyun also reported a “major loss” of additional UNICEF property in the city. “Our colleagues at the sub-office have reported that soon after the fall of the city, a group of armed people entered the UNICEF premises and removed almost every item found inside,” he said. “These included computers, furniture, radio equipment and other supplies related to UNICEF projects.” No injuries to staff members were reported in the attacks. In addition to the theft of supplies, UNICEF lost all of its vehicles, which were reportedly taken by Taliban forces as they moved away from Mazar towards Pulikumri. Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, has called on all combatants in Mazar-i-Sharif to take “every necessary measure” to ensure full respect for the rights of non-combatants and those not involved in the fighting, including civilians of the various minority groups. “It is time to end the climate of impunity in Afghanistan,” she said in a statement issued in Geneva on Sunday. “This is the very least we must guarantee the long-suffering civilian population.”

US stocks edge lower as mixed earnings and escalating tensions in Ukraine

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted May 2, 2014 2:42 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – U.S. stocks are ending slightly lower as corporate earnings come in mixed, overcoming enthusiasm about a pickup in hiring last month.Escalating tensions in Ukraine also weighed on the market Friday.LinkedIn slumped 8 per cent after reporting its largest quarterly loss since going public. Estee Lauder rose 5 per cent after its earnings beat analysts’ estimates.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost two points, or 0.1 per cent, to 1,881.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 46 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 16,512. The Nasdaq composite fell three points, 0.1 per cent, to 4,123.The government reported that U.S. employers added 288,000 jobs in April, the most in two years.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.59 per cent, near its lowest level of the year. US stocks edge lower as mixed earnings and escalating tensions in Ukraine weigh on the market read more

Saudi Arabia posts 98B budget deficit raises petrol prices by 50 per

by Abdullah Al-Shihri And Aya Batrawy, The Associated Press Posted Dec 28, 2015 9:49 am MDT Last Updated Dec 28, 2015 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015 file photo, the tallest clock tower in the world with the world’s largest clock face, atop the Abraj Al-Bait Towers, overshadows mountain slums in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The kingdom has announced on Monday, Dec. 28, 2015 a projected budget deficit in 2016 of $87 billion (327 billion riyals), as lower oil prices cut into the government’s main source of revenue. (AP Photo/Mosa’ab Elshamy, File) Saudi Arabia posts $98B budget deficit, raises petrol prices by 50 per cent amid oil slump RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia on Monday said this year’s budget deficit amounted to $98 billion (367 billion riyals) as lower oil prices cut into the government’s main source of revenue, prompting the kingdom to scale back spending for the coming year and hike up petrol prices.A royal decree announced that petrol prices would go up by 50 per cent effective Tuesday. Even with that jump, Saudis will pay just 24 cents (0.90 riyals) for a litre of 95 octane gasoline, less than a dollar per gallon. The Saudi-based Jadwa Investment estimates the government spends around $61 billion on energy subsidies annually, almost $11 billion of that on gasoline alone.For two consecutive years the kingdom has posted a deficit, and it is planning for another budget shortfall next year, projected at $87 billion (326 billion riyals).The deficits represent a sharp turnaround from just a few years ago, before oil prices tumbled in mid-2014. Instead of cutting oil production to drive prices up, Saudi Arabia has aggressively kept its production levels high in what analysts say is an attempt to keep its market share and stymie the reach of U.S. shale producers in the global market.The Saudi government has been digging into its large foreign reserves, built up during years of higher oil prices. To cover the difference between its spending and revenue over the past year, Saudi Arabia has drawn its reserves down from $728 billion at the end of last year to around $640 billion.The Saudi fiscal budget is being watched closely by investors to see how the kingdom plans to consolidate after years of heavy spending when oil prices were more than double what they are now. Benchmark U.S. crude was trading Monday at $37.46 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.One area where the government is not cutting back is defence and security, where it allocated $57 billion (213 billion riyals) for 2016. Saudi Arabia has been leading a coalition against Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen since March and is a member of the U.S.-led coalition battling the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.The government said it is anticipating $137 billion (513 billion riyals) in revenue for the coming year, around $26 billion (95 billion riyals) less than the total for 2015. As is typical for the published version of the budget, it did not include a projected oil price.Next year’s budget suggests Saudi Arabia is basing its revenue on an even lower price of $40 a barrel for export crude, if production remains at 10.2 million barrels per day, said Fahad Alturki, chief economist and head of research at Saudi-based Jadwa Investment. That’s less than the $56 per barrel priced into the projected 2015 budget.In the 2015 budget, oil revenues accounted for 72 per cent of total revenue as opposed to 87 per cent in 2014. Coinciding with that drop, non-oil revenues rose by almost $10 billion from 2014.Saudi Arabia and its Arab Gulf neighbours have been working to diversify their economies and decrease their dependence on oil, and to support the private sector to absorb the millions of young people coming into the workforce.Saudi Arabia says it expects to spend $224 billion (840 billion riyals) in 2016, which is $5 billion (20 billion riyals) less than what had been projected for this year. However, the government has also put aside $49 billion (183 billion riyals) in discretionary spending to use on infrastructure projects if oil prices improve.Nearly half of this year’s spending, or around $120 billion (450 billion riyals), went to wages, salaries and allowances. The budget revealed that the kingdom spent $30 billion more in 2015 than it had initially planned, reaching $260 billion (975 billion riyals) in total expenditures largely because of financial handouts King Salman doled out to the public when he ascended the throne earlier this year.“There hasn’t been any major overspending, which shows the government’s determination to rationalize spending,” Alturki said. “I think it’s a positive signal.”The London-based research consultancy Capital Economics said in a report issued this month that the Saudi budget takes on additional prominence because it is the first under the new monarch. The budget is also being heavily scrutinized as it was prepared under the guidance of a newly-formed Council of Economic and Development Affairs, which is headed by the king’s 30-year-old son, Deputy Crown Prince and Defence Minister Mohammed bin Salman.This is not the first time for Saudi Arabia and other oil-producing Gulf countries to run budget deficits. When oil prices steeply dropped in 1986, Saudi Arabia ran a budget deficit for some 15 years, significantly increasing public and external debt until oil prices finally recovered in the 2000s.__Batrawy reported from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. read more

Russell Group university to offer free tuition for disadvantaged students in bid

first_imgBirmingham University In December Bristol University unveiled a new “Bristol scholars” programme whereby “high potential” pupils could be offered places with grades as low as C, on courses which typically require top grades at A-level.Last year an Oxford college announced it will increase the number of places by 10 per cent in an effort to widen access to students from disadvantaged backgrounds.University College, Oxford, said it would offer students an ‘intensive’ four-week bridging programme in the summer before they start their degree to bring them up to speed. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Universities Minister Jo Johnson “Every year there are a significant number who don’t achieve their offer,” said Gail Rothnie, head of outreach at the University of Birmingham.“There are a large number of students who don’t meet their predicted grades. We want to do our part to help students meet their offers. For students from more advantaged backgrounds, their family may well be paying for tutors.”The Access to Birmingham scheme is aimed at children from local schools who are from deprived socio-economic backgrounds, who can qualify through a range of factors, such as being eligible for free school meals or being the first in their family to enter higher education. The unviersity has enlisted the services of an online tutor company called MyTutor, which provides online one-to-one tutorials. The pilot is due to begin next month, with 100 students each being offered 10 hours of tutoring for the A-level exams they will sit this summer. Birmingham UniversityCredit:Andrew Fox / Alamy If the pilot goes well, Birmingham plan to roll it out on a much wider scale, and other Russell Group universities are likely to follow suit.  James Grant, who founded MyTutor three years ago, said: “It is all well and good lowering grades, but disadvantaged students might still struggle to make them.”He said that a group of universities in Yorkshire, including Leeds and Huddersfield, had also expressed an interest in investing part of their access budget on tutoring school children. A Russell Group university is to offer free tuition for disadvantaged A-level students in a bid to boost diversity.The University of Birmingham has already dropped its entry requirements for children on its Access to Birmingham scheme, by making them offers two grades lower than the norm.Despite this, only a third (36 per cent) of students on the programme achieve their grades, meaning that places set aside for disadvantaged children often end up being re-allocated to their more affluent peers.It is the latest university to announce radical new steps to try and increase its intake of students from deprived backgrounds, as Vice Chancellors come under increasing pressure from the Government to improve access. Last year an Oxford college announced it will increase the number of places in an effort to widen access  Universities Minister Jo JohnsonCredit:Ben Cawthra/REX Shutterstock It comes as the Government tabled an amendment to the Higher Education and Research Bill – which is approaching report stage in the House of Lords – that places a statutory duty on universities to publish attainment data of students, broken down by gender, ethnicity and socio-economic background. Last year an Oxford college announced it will increase the number of places in an effort to widen access Credit: eye35.pix / Alamy Stock Photo Addressing a meeting of Universities UK, the vice chancellors’ body, Universities Minister Jo Johnson said on Friday that transparency on figures for applications and offers is an “important driver of access and participation”.Mr Johnson told vice chancellors that the Government hopes to double the proportion of students from disadvantaged backgrounds entering higher education and to increase the number of BME students by 20 per cent by 2020.   It is all well and good lowering grades, but disadvantaged students might still struggle to make themJames Grant, founder of MyTutorlast_img read more

Barter App Swopp to be launched soon

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDJ in Haslington accident dies, girlfriend hospitalisedFebruary 20, 2017In “Local News”Shopkeeper on bail for allegedly chopping manJuly 1, 2015In “Crime”Entrepreneur launches 1st local online taxi appFebruary 6, 2017In “Technology” An enterprising young man is on the brink of developing what may be Guyana’s first ever barter app.Shemar Spencer‘Swopp’ is the brainchild of Shemar Spencer, a beneficiary of the Ministry of Education’s Youth Innovation Project of Guyana (YIPOG) and the local tech company Intellect Storm.‘Swopp’ is still in the developmental stage, Spencer explained in an exclusive interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI). “I am trying to move away from the throwaway society to the more reuse and recycle society because one’s man garbage is another man’s treasure. So instead of throwing away and creating unnecessary landfills, you can swap it for something else, something that you need.”The idea for this app was birthed almost one year ago when the young Business Administration student was assisting his aunt at her restaurant. The build-up of waste products was an issue since the garbage truck collected refuse just once a week. Spencer said he contacted a farmer via Facebook to ascertain if he was interested in procuring waste for his pigs. The farmer then offered to exchange fruits with Spencer’s aunt for the waste products. To that end, the farmer trades fruits for the waste and both parties’ benefit.Brimming with the idea, Spencer submitted an application to the YIPOG project for innovative ideas and was awarded $1M to create the barter app. He then met the Intellect Storm group at the Ministry of Public Telecommunications First Hackathon last October, where he decided to collaborate with the tech group to make this app a reality.The aspiring entrepreneur stated that his app differs because it “is connecting millions of people around the world- it becomes a supplemental economic system, where we can experience growth due to bartering.” Spencer is urging other local entrepreneurs to develop apps for their businesses since the benefits are numerous. “Technology is the game changer worldwide. An app enables you to connect to persons worldwide, from the click of a button.”The app, which should be completed by May of this year, will enable persons to trade without money, but more so it will contribute to Guyana’s developing green agenda. Kevon Spencer, Jamal Layne, and Tresonne Headly are Shamar Spencer’s partners working to make this app a reality for all Guyanese to use.Spencer said without the guidance of Eldon Marks and Sherrod Duncan, he would not have been able to make the strides he as, more so as a young person being able to feel secure to build a business. read more

Marko Kopljar seriously injured

← Previous Story EHF Cup: Frisch Auf Goppingen furious in Nasice to win the first place Next Story → VIDEO: “Goodbye Hungarian handball queen” Fuchse Berlin lost one of the biggest name of the team – Croatian right back Marko Kopljar. The 32-years old lefthander suffered a rupture of the right Achilles tendon, which means that season for him is over.Former member of Telekom Veszprem, FC Barcelona Lassa, PSG Handball, RK PPD Zagreb, began to play in the system of Velimir Petkovic, after few years of sitting on the bench in various teams, but unfortunately, he suffered one of the toughest injuries in sport in EHF Cup win over Saint Raphael 34:25.The German team, who is still fighting for the title at DKB Bundesliga, reacted quickly by signing loaned player to TUSEM ESSEN – Christoph Reisky. Fuchse BerlinMarko Kopljar read more

Russian tourist market upheaval

first_imgThe Greek hotel market is wary of any more bad news regarding Russian tour operators going bankrupt, as the collapse that began on July 16 with successive closures by travel firms appears unabating.In the last couple of months at least 13 well-known tour operators in Russia have gone under, causing problems for thousands of customers who were travelling with them abroad and leaving debts of millions of euros to hotel enterprises in several countries including Greece.The president of the Association of Hellenic Tourism Enterprises (SETE), Andreas Andreadis, has consistently warned about possible new problems from Russian tour operators. However he sets as the top priority the smooth serving of Russian tourists who have arrived on bankrupt tour operators, up to the moment they return home.The Russian upheaval has forced a revision of targets from the Eastern European market. SETE expects losses from the Russian and Ukrainian tourism flow to amount to 300 million euros, with estimated arrivals from Russia coming to 1.1 million this year. Recovery next year is seen as unlikely, but by 2021 SETE expects the arrival of up to 2.5 million tourists per year.Source: ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Australia became our mother

first_imgA departure shot from Καστοριά of bride Anna, with her mother and three of her six sisters. (L-R) Maria, Anna (the bride), Sofia (her mother) and sisters Kiriaki and Melisini.“Although I was little, I have many fond memories of the journey and I distinctively remember wondering why there were so many young and beautiful women on ‘Begoña’.I actually thought those women were neraithes and that’s what I used to call them until one day, near the end of the journey, my mother told me that my neraides were brides, who were married via a photograph. That confused me even more,” recalls Photakis.The memory of those young women holding photos of their future husbands stayed with him for years. Photakis often wondered what had happened to them; 42 years later he began his own research project in quest of the nyfes.“I started by looking for the passenger list of the ship, which led me to the Australian Archives. I also visited their offices in Melbourne and actually held and read the log book in my hands. The journey back in time began.”During his research, Photakis found and met some of those brides and started documenting their stories in a book so that each of their families could read of the arduous journey they had made so many years ago.“Greeks, as migrants, are found in every corner of the world and have made a great contribution in their adopted countries. But we never forget our place of birth. The word diaspora means living away from your homeland. There are approximately 11 million people living in Greece and about five million in the diaspora.“Each bride will no doubt have good and bad memories of the odyssey they made so many years ago. Through my research, I have found that some of the brides in South Australia have met a few times and even had a 40- and 50-year reunion.“I would like the project to be successful because the alternative is that all these stories and related information will be lost forever, and our future generations will never learn about their Greek heritage,” explains Photakis.In the second part of the night’s proceedings, the guests will have the opportunity to hear directly from some of the nyfes about their adventures during their 30-day journey and their arrival in far-away Australia, where they finally got to meet their future husbands.Excited, nervous yet hopeful for what their future would hold, some of those women ‘committed’ to their husbands and went on to create their own families, unlike others, who ended up in tears, alone and disappointed upon discovering what awaited them at Port Phillip.Begona arrival on Melbourne Wharf on 16/6 /1957. Photos: courtesy of Thomas BoravosSome of those young girls returned to Greece.“We are very excited and grateful to be bringing these women together and listen to them share their stories with us, as well as poems they wrote on the ‘Begoña’ expressing feelings and hopes together with the uncertainty and the pain of leaving Greece and their family behind,” says Sabina Kelakios who will coordinate a discussion on the night and is also collecting material for a photo exhibition with images never shown in public before.“The first few years were really hard. Foreign country, foreign people and the whole world upside down for us young women who did not even know how to speak the language,” recalls Harikleia, one of the brides.“All I remember is everyone saying to me is that it will take time but eventually I will get used it.“The years went by and Australia who started as our stepmother, then became our mother.“Thank God for that!” Harikleia says.Journey in the Ship Begoña – 60 Years Then and Now takes place on Wednesday 29 March at 7.00 pm, at the Panrhodian Society of SA Colossus Hall, 148a Henley Beach Road Torrensville, SA. Admission is free, bookings are not required.More information on the event can be found at www.festivalhellenika.org.au. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram This year marks the 60th anniversary from the day 900 Greek single women known as ‘nyfes’ (brides) left their homeland and embarked on their journey to Australia in a quest for a better future.To pay tribute to those women, the SA Council for the Greek Cultural Month (Festival Hellenika) and the Panrhodian Society of SA Colossus, in collaboration with educator Peter Photakis have scheduled a special event in Adelaide to reunite the brides of 1957 and to listen to their incredible migration stories, in an attempt to shed some more light on a post-World War II era that saw a stream of young women migrating to Australia to start their own families with their future husbands. Husbands whom they had never met before.“Those young women left their families and homes behind to come to Australia and meet their future partners on the promise of a new and better life,” Sabina Kelakios, a member of Festival Hellenika told Neos Kosmos.Greek-born educator Peter Photakis, who – together with his mother and two brothers – was also on the ship ‘Begoña’, that arrived in 1957 at Port Phillip Bay in Melbourne, will be the keynote speaker on the night of the event. He will share his own migration story, which starts at the tender age of eight years, when he left the village of Sianna in Rhodes to come to Australia.last_img read more

BUNJA NYASSI REARRESTED

first_imgBy Mustapha JallowA commercial van driver, Bunja Nyassi, has been booked again and detained at the Yundum Barracks since on Monday, 6 March, 2017.According to one of his daughters, Aja Nyassi, her father’s arrest came at a time when he stepped out to go and pray (ISHA). She explains that while on his way, he was picked up by the Military Police who took him away around 8pm.Asked if they know the reason behind his arrest or whether he has been taken to court, she replied in the negative saying that they do not know what led to his arrest. She however said that they were allowed to be visiting him at the Barracks and the MP told them that investigation is still going on.The resident of Bakoteh was earlier arrested by two men in plain clothes on February 2, around 11am and was briefly held at the Bakoteh Police Station before being transported to the police headquarters in Banjul, where he was detained for 6 days without any court trial.Lamin Nyassi, the son of Bunja stated that his father was finally freed on 7 February but was asked to be reporting at the police headquarters. He however said that the ‘gele gele’ vehicle that was seized by the police has been returned.At the time of going to press, the new GAF spokesperson was contacted to comment on the issue but he promised to get back to the reporter.last_img read more

KPBSD Continues Push For More Counselors

first_imgCurrent budget talks are slated to continue in March during a joint session between the district and the borough. The assembly ultimately agreed and chose not to move forward with the additional funding, citing concerns about using too much of the borough’s fund balance. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Budget negotiations are continuing between the Kenai Peninsula Borough and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. Among those negotiations is a request for $600,000 for more school counselors. In July of 2018, the borough denied a similar request from the district for $600,000. The school district had planned to utilize those funds to hire mental health and safety counselors for elementary schools, according to the district.center_img KPB Mayor Charlie Pierce: “I supported the additional funding for schools, I just did not agree where they want to get the money. The put an extra $600,000 in the budget to pay for it, and then want to go out and tax you for it. I don’t agree with that.” The district hopes to create four new elementary counselors, and also have more than the two counselors currently offered to students at Kenai Central High School.last_img read more

Reliance Power declares maiden interim dividend total outgo is Rs 281 crores

first_imgReliance Power on Monday declared its maiden interim dividend of 10 percent, amounting to a total outgo of Rs.281 crore.The company said that its board in a meeting held on Monday declared the maiden dividend which comes to about Re.1 per equity share of Rs.10 each.The interim dividend was announced after the company reported a 36.57 percent jump in its net profit to Rs.345.63 crore for the quarter ended on September 30, on higher electricity generation.The total income of the company increased by 51.58 percent to Rs.2,856.01 crore in the second quarter of current fiscal as against Rs.1,884.18 crore in the same quarter last year.The company generated 11,053 million units in the quarter under review, compared to 3,157 million units in the same quarter last year.Furthermore, the company’s consolidated net profit during the first half of the current fiscal (April-September) rose by 38.71 percent to Rs.689.97 crore compared to Rs.497.42 crore in the year-ago period.Reliance Power’s consolidated net profit in the previous fiscal was Rs.1,028.32 crore.According to the company, the interim dividend will be paid to the shareholders on or before December 9, 2015.”The largest shareholder family of over 37 lakhs will benefit from the dividend payment,” the company was quoted in a statement.Currently, the company has an operating portfolio of 5,945 mega watts.last_img read more

ACC sacks its one official suspends another

first_imgLogo of Anti Corruption Commission. File photoThe Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Monday sacked one of its officials and suspended another on charges of showing negligence in duty, misconduct and misuse of power.”The Commission sacked assistant director SM Shamim Iqbal and suspended another assistant director Beer Kanta Roy on Monday for their negligence in duty, misbehavior and misuse of power,” ACC spokesperson and deputy director (public relations) Pranab Kumar Bhattacharjee told BSS.Misusing his power, Shamim Iqbal did not submit a charge-sheet in a graft case even in a year while working in Khulna zila office. Iqbal was sacked after the allegation was proved against him. He will not get any benefit of retirement due to the sack order, said an official release.Beer Kanta Roy was suspended on Monday  for his negligence in an investigation into a loan scam .ACC director general (admin) Munir Chowdhury said the national anti-graft agency has taken action against the ACC officials so that ACC staff could dare to engage them in such misdeeds. “If necessary, tougher action will be taken in the days to come,” he added.last_img read more

12 pvt univ students denied bail

first_imgSeveral students of various private universities are taken to Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate court on Tuesday. Photo: Suvra Kanti DasA Dhaka court on Thursday denied bail to 12 private university students accused in two cases filed over vandalism and attacks on police during the student movement demanding road safety, reports UNB.The students are–Iftekhar Hossain, Shakhawat Hossain Nijhum, Shimanta Sarker, Ajijul Karim Antar, Shihab Shahriar, Saber Ahmed Ullas, Rashedul Islam, Md Hasan, Mushfikur Rahman, Redwan Ahmed, Reza Refat Ahmed and Nur Ahmmed.Metropolitan magistrate Laskar Shohel Rana passed the order after hearing their bail petitions.Earlier on 9 August, bail was denied to 22 private university students and they were sent to jail after completing their 2-day remand in the cases.Four of them sought bail again on Sunday and eight others on Monday, but their prayers were also turned down.Twenty-two students of seven private universities were arrested in connection with two cases filed with Badda and Bhatara police stations on the ninth day of the road safety movement on 6 Aug.last_img read more

Physics team suggests possible way to make quantum cryptography available in handheld

first_img Being able to encrypt data and the key that allows for unlocking it has become important in modern life. Companies spend millions attempting to protect sensitive information while hackers work non-stop trying to overcome such hurdles to access that information. The current system (RSA) is believed to be, at least for now, just ahead of the hackers. It relies on public key encryption of plain text and privately encrypted keys. This system has two weak points. The first is that it assumes that a hacker has not been able to gain access to a private key through nonconventional means and the second is that it’s based on mathematical algorithms that can be cracked given fast enough computers. To gain the upper hand, cryptologists have turned to quantum key distribution (QKD), where quantum bits are used to represent private keys. The main advantage here is that according to the laws of physics, it should be impossible for a hacker to use the key without their interception being detected, which would prevent the sensitive data from being sent.Up till now, the main hindrance to using QKD has been that it requires a lot of heavy duty equipment and a straight line mode of transport between the sender and receiver due to its sensitivity to noise. In their paper, the team from Bristol claim to have come up with a scheme that should allow a way to overcome such restrictions, at least on the receiver side. It’s based on what they call a reference frame independent QKD protocol for polarization of qubits in polarization maintaining fiber—which in essence means they use math (based on measurements made in random directions) to describe a way for moving photons through fiber cables without disturbing their polarizationThe team has not yet built such a device of course, that will need to be done by applied physicists, engineers and computer professionals—thus it’s not yet a certainty that such a device will work as imagined. One sticking point in particular might be whether the real-world system is actually able to overcome the inherent noise sensitivity. (Phys.org) —A team of physicists at Bristol University in the U.K. has proposed a possible way to allow for quantum cryptography between a large station and a small hand held device. They describe such a technique in a paper they have uploaded to the preprint server arXiv. © 2013 Phys.org Experimental set-up for client-server rfiQKD. The server side holds a telecom wavelength (1550 nm) laser with a 1 MHz pulse generator (PG) and fixed polariser, to send light pulses to the client through a polarisation maintaining fibre (PMF). At the client side, an integrated polarisation controller (PC) encodes qubits into the polarisation of the attenuated (Att.) light. A fibre beam splitter (FBS) and photodetector (PD) continuously monitor power for malicious attacks. Qubits received back at the server side are measured with a similar PC, fibre polarising beamsplitter (FPBS), and superconducting single photon detectors (SSPDs), all controlled by an electronic board synchronisation (Sync.), function programmable gate array (FPGA), and processor. The Bloch sphere illustrates the effects of an unstable environment on polarisation. Credit: arXiv:1308.3436 [quant-ph] Explore further More information: Reference frame independent quantum key distribution server with telecom tether for on-chip client, arXiv:1308.3436 [quant-ph] arxiv.org/abs/1308.3436AbstractWe demonstrate a client-server quantum key distribution (QKD) scheme, with large resources such as laser and detectors situated at the server-side, which is accessible via telecom-fibre, to a client requiring only an on-chip polarisation rotator, that may be integrated into a handheld device. The detrimental effects of unstable fibre birefringence are overcome by employing the reference frame independent QKD protocol for polarisation qubits in polarisation maintaining fibre, where standard QKD protocols fail, as we show for comparison. This opens the way for quantum enhanced secure communications between companies and members of the general public equipped with handheld mobile devices, via telecom-fibre tethering.via Arxiv Blogcenter_img Citation: Physics team suggests possible way to make quantum cryptography available in handheld machines (2013, August 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-08-physics-team-quantum-cryptography-handheld.html Journal information: arXiv This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Engineers achieve first airplane to ground quantum key distribution exchangelast_img read more