UN delivers new shipment of emergency reproductive health supplies to Iraq

In an effort to restore reproductive health services in Iraq, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has delivered a new shipment of emergency reproductive health supplies to key maternity hospitals and primary healthcare centres in Baghdad.The shipment included much needed emergency obstetric care supplies, clean delivery equipment, contraceptives, syringes, essential drugs and other medical supplies sent by the UNFPA office in Iran, the agency said in a press release. The supplies were distributed among healthcare centres by UNFPA and the Iraqi Ministry of Health. Priority was given to healthcare facilities serving densely populated areas, those that were directly affected by the war, and others located in areas in need of immediate support.Additional UNFPA shipments of reproductive health supplies are expected to arrive in Baghdad soon. read more

Survey German investor sentiment plummets over eurozone crisis concerns

Survey: German investor sentiment plummets over eurozone crisis concerns AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BERLIN – Concerns about Europe’s heavily indebted economies sent a closely-watched survey of German investor confidence plummeting in June.The ZEW institute reported Tuesday that its monthly confidence index dropped by 27.7 points to a level of minus 16.9 points — its strongest decline since October 1998.ZEW president Wolfgang Franz says the financial market experts who were surveyed are clearly warning against an over-optimistic assessment of Germany’s economic prospects this year. Germany’s export-oriented economy ships a lot of its goods to countries where the crisis is weighing on the economy.“The risks of a pronounced decline in economic activity in countries with close trade ties to Germany are very clear,” Franz said.The experts’ assessment of the current economic situation for Germany dropped by 10.9 points to 33.2 points.Germany’s economy grew by 0.5 per cent in the first quarter and the country’s government finances are in good shape compared to other members of the 17-country single-currency union. Countries such as Greece, Spain and Italy are seeing their economies shrink and unemployment rise as they try to cut their budget deficits by reducing spending and raising taxes. That removes the stimulus of government spending from the economy. by News Staff Posted Jun 19, 2012 6:57 am MDT read more

Ottawa to review Boeing military bids in Canada after battle with Bombardier

A Bombardier CS300 is shown during a ceremony to mark the first delivery of the commercial jetliner to Air Baltic in Mirabel, Que., Monday, November 28, 2016. The next potential Canada-U.S. trade dispute is unfolding today in a Washington, D.C., courtroom.A U.S. aeronautics powerhouse is at a hearing arguing for duties on Bombardier aircraft. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes by Ross Marowits and Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press Posted May 18, 2017 8:31 am MDT Last Updated May 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The federal government hinted Thursday that Boeing should not take future military contracts with Canada for granted, a veiled threat that coincided with a spat between the aerospace giant and rival Bombardier.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland’s comment that it’s “reviewing current military procurement that relates to Boeing” appeared to be a not-so-subtle hint that the government would revisit its purchase of Super Hornets.The government has said it plans to sole-source 18 Super Hornets as a stop-gap measure before running a full competition to replace its aging CF-18 fleet.The Liberals say the Super Hornets, which internal estimates suggest could cost as much as $2 billion, are urgently needed.Military officials and defence industry representatives contacted by The Canadian Press on Thursday were united in assuming that Freeland’s warning related to the planned Super Hornet purchase.Freeland’s comments came as the next potential Canada-U.S. trade dispute unfolded Thursday with the aerospace giants clashing at a Washington hearing.“The U.S. market is the most open in the world, but we must take action if our rules are being broken,” U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement after the hearing began into Boeing’s claim that Bombardier received subsidies allowing it to sell its CSeries planes at below-market prices.Aerospace analyst Richard Aboulafia of the Teal Group said the Canadian government’s move was inevitable, putting into question Boeing’s strategy in taking on Bombardier.“If Boeing is smart it’ll press the do-over button and walk away,” he said in an interview, adding the aeronautics powerhouse has much more to risk from losing military contracts than the tiny gain from a successful trade complaint.“Boeing values Canada as a customer and supplier-partner for both our commercial and defence businesses,” said company spokesman Dan Curran.“Two of Canada’s most recent acquisitions of Boeing military products, the C-17 Globemaster and CH-47 Chinook, were delivered on-time and/or ahead of schedule.”In an emailed statement Boeing also pointed out that it places substantial amounts of commercial and defence work in Canada and has a supply chain that “leverages the breadth and depth of the Canadian aerospace industry.”Lobbyists, lawyers and aerospace executives crowded a room in Washington for a little battle playing out in the broader context of the day’s larger trade news: the U.S. announcement that NAFTA renegotiations will start in the next 90 days.Bombardier has made it clear that its true goal is to grab half the international market share for 100-to-150-seat aircraft, according to Boeing, which argues its rival has received an unfair head start from Canadian taxpayers.Boeing vice-president Raymond Conner said the sale of cheap, subsidized planes to Delta Air Lines helped build momentum for Bombardier to enter a new market. If Bombardier reaches its stated goal, he said, it would squeeze Boeing from that market and cost the company US$330 million a year in annual sales.“Today we are at a critical moment,” Conner told the seven-member U.S. International Trade Commission. “If you don’t fix it now, it will be too late to do anything about it later.”Boeing has petitioned the U.S. Commerce Department and the U.S. International Trade Commission to investigate subsidies of Bombardier’s CSeries aircraft that it says have allowed the company to export planes at well below cost. A preliminary determination on the petition is expected by June 12.If the ITC determines there is a threat of injury to the U.S. industry, preliminary countervailing duties could be announced in July, followed in October by preliminary anti-dumping duties, unless the deadlines are extended. Final determinations are scheduled for October and December.Boeing is calling for countervailing duties of 79.41 per cent and anti-dumping charges of 79.82 per cent.It complains that Bombardier has received more than US$3 billion in government subsidies so far that have allowed it to engage in “predatory pricing.”Lawyers for the U.S. aerospace giant argued Thursday that Bombardier’s own words prove it was rescued financially by multibillion-dollar assistance from the Quebec government, which last year invested US$1 billion in exchange for a 49.5 per cent stake in the CSeries. The company also shored up its finances by selling a 30 per cent stake in its railway division to pension fund manager Caisse de depot for US$1.5 billion.Bombardier representatives countered that their planes never competed with Boeing in a sale to Delta — which the American rival describes as a seminal moment.Bombardier lawyer Peter Lichtenbaum said the plaintiff is a global powerhouse that hasn’t lost any sales as a result of Bombardier, has an enviable order backlog and doesn’t even compete with Bombardier in the sales campaigns it has complained about because the CSeries is smaller than Boeing’s 737-800 and Max 8 planes.“Boeing’s petition in this case is unprecedented in its overreach,” he said. “If this is a case of David vs. Goliath, Boeing has cast itself in the wrong role.”Boeing’s annual sales were US$94.6 billion last year. That means the US$330 million Conner expressed concern about amounts to one-third of one per cent of its annual sales. Bombardier revenues last year were US$16.3 billion, including US$9.9 billion from aerospace activities. Ottawa to review Boeing military bids in Canada after battle with Bombardier read more

Ahead of GuineaBissau polls UN chief urges high turnout peaceful vote

“The Secretary-General continues to follow closely the situation on the eve of the 18 May, run off election…which is expected to bring the transition period to an end,” said a statement issued last evening by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson in New York. “He commends all national stakeholders for their efforts to ensure a credible electoral process, and the two presidential candidates for having conducted a peaceful and orderly electoral campaign,” it continued, adding that the Secretary-General lauds the generous support of international partners in the electoral process.“In casting their votes on 18 May, Bissau-Guineans will take another step towards stability,” said the statement, noting that Mr. Ban urges voters to show the same sense of civic duty exhibited in mid-April during the first round of presidential and legislative elections. In phone calls yesterday with Nuno Gomes Nabiam and José Mario Vaz, the Secretary-General urged both presidential candidates to respect the official results and follow existing legal procedures to resolve any electoral disputes. “He trusts that both candidates will be guided by the best interest of the country, independently of the results,” said the statement, underscoring that the UN will continue to support the people of Guinea-Bissau as they conclude the transition, and begin the process of working towards re-building the State and promoting stability and sustainable development. read more

Madagascar Ban urges respect of democratic institutions as former president returns

In a statement delivered by UN spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, the Secretary-General noted the former President’s 13 October return to Madagascar from South Africa, where he had been living since 2009, and stressed the “imperative of respecting the legitimacy of the democratically-elected Government and the rule of law.” In a press conference upon his return to his native country, Mr. Ravalomanana had, in fact, called into question the institutions born of Madagascar’s recent elections.Mr. Ravalomanana’s exile was prompted by a long-standing feud with his political rival, former President Andry Rajoelina, resulting in a 2009 coup which ended with Mr. Ravalomanana’s ouster. In 2011, the Indian Ocean nation’s political parties signed a political roadmap in an agreement brokered by mediators from the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and which allowed for Mr. Ravalomanana’s eventual unconditional return from exile.A previous power-sharing deal reached by Madagascar’s main political groups in late 2009 foundered before it could be implemented.In his statement, the Secretary-General called on all political actors and stakeholders “to continue working together towards an inclusive national reconciliation process, the full implementation of the SADC [Southern African Development Community] Roadmap, the deepening of democratic governance and economic recovery for the good of all Malagasies.” read more

Tate Britain displays art of Khadija Saye in memory of Grenfell Tower

first_imgIn memory of Khadija Saye and all who lost their lives at #Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017. Sothiou, 2017. Now on display at @Tate Britain. pic.twitter.com/640pzG0VYi— Tate Collectives (@TateCollectives) June 20, 2017 A sign at the Tate says “Sothiou is from a group of works by Khadija Saye under the title Dwelling: In This Space We Breathe, which is included in the Disapora Pavilion at the Venice Biennale until 26 November 2017.”A fund will be set up in Khadija’s name and for more information or if you would like to make a donation please go to justgiving.com/khadija-saye-memorial-fund”. 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. The work of promising young artist Khadija Saye, who died in the Grenfell Tower blaze, is being displayed at the Tate Britain.Ms Saye had just produced her first major body of work, and it is so impressive that, according to her friend David Lammy MP, she had just met with a prestigious gallery owner the day before her death.She was on the cusp of recognition before she perished along with her mother Mary Mendy in the blaze which raged in the tower block.Her work is currently on display at the Venice Biennale, and now at the Tate Britain. It’s been a real journey, but mama, I’m an artist exhibiting in Venice and the blessings are abundant! pic.twitter.com/FkH4cjLjYa— Khadija Saye (@Saye_Photo) May 10, 2017 When her work was displayed in Venice, Khadija Saye, who worked out of her and her mother’s 20th floor flat, jubilantly tweeted: “It’s been a real journey, but mama, I’m an artist exhibiting in Venice and the blessings are abundant!” The Sunday Times art critic Waldemar Januszczak had tweeted Maria Balshaw, who is the new director of the Tate  suggest the art gallery display her work.She replied:  “Our thoughts are with everyone who knew her.”We will be marking her creativity by showing one of her works at Tate Britain next week.” last_img read more

DBT opens new office in Czech Republic

first_imgOctober 17 saw the official opening of the DBT offices in Ostrava, permanently representing the company in the Czech Republic. DBT mining technology is already well known in the mines of that country. DBT has supplied Czech coal mines with longwall technology since the 1970s. The new office has the goal of further strengthening DBT’s co-operation with Czech customers. Its establishment also reflects the importance that DBT attaches to this key east European market. Both the Czech mining industry and that of neighboring Poland offer DBT good sales prospects in the area of longwall technology. All the large mines of mining company OKD in the Czech coal district – the CSA, CSM, Lazy, Darkov and Paskov mines – are now DBT customers. Plows, longwall conveyors, shields and other longwall equipment are in use. Guests at the opening ceremony included numerous representatives of OKD, the directors and senior managers of the individual mines and representatives of partner companies. Representatives of the “Svatá Barbora” (Saint Barbara) foundation – an organization that looks after the families of Czech miners who have lost their lives in mining accidents – were also invited. DBT Executive Vice President Jürgen Krekeler presented a DBT donation of some €1,500.last_img read more

The computer virus celebrates its 40th anniversary

first_imgIf you’ve ever gotten hit with a computer virus, you know how awful they can be. You might be surprised to know that this year marks the 40th anniversary of Creeper, the world’s first computer virus. According to Help Net Security, the last four decades saw malware numbers go from 1,300 in 1990, to 50,000 in 2000. And how about 2010? Last year saw 200 million instances of malware.Though there are far too many to name, Net Security listed some of the most significant computer viruses in the last 40 years, and we picked out some of the most interesting.1971: CreeperAnd so it begins. The first real computer virus was released in a lab by an employee of a company working on building ARPANET, the Internet’s predecessor. It gained access via the ARPANET and copied itself into the remote system, displaying the message, “I’m the creeper, catch me if you can!” It would start to print a file, stop, and find another system. It would then pick itself up and transfer to another machine, and then start running on the new machine while displaying the message. It rarely, if ever, replicated itself; instead, it just jumped from system to system.1982: Elk ClonerWritten by a 15-year-old high school student, Elk Cloner is one of the first known microcomputer viruses that spread outside the lab in which it was written. The virus was written by Rich Skrenta for Apple II systems. It spread via floppy disks. Infected machines showed a harmless, humorous poem after every 50th boot. It wasn’t meant to actually cause harm, but Apple DOS disks without a standard image had their reserved tracks overwritten.1999: MelissaNamed in honor of a stripper the author met in Florida, Melissa shut down Internet mail systems that got clogged with infected e-mails propagating from the virus. The virus spread via infected Microsoft Word documents and mailed itself to Outlook contacts of the contaminated users. Like the Elk Cloner, it wasn’t intended to do harm, but it overloaded servers and caused problems. Author David L. Smith was caught and went to jail for 20 months with a $5,000 fine.Someone made a variant of the virus that encrypted the infected files and demanded a ransom of $100 for the decryption. Of course, this person was found. However, this is the first case in which someone had used viruses to make a profit. We wouldn’t see this again for another six years with MyTob.2005: MyTobMyTob was the turning point for viruses, which marked the beginning of an era of cybercrime. MyTob, also known as Zotob, was one of the first worms to combine the features of a Bot and a mass-mailer. It exploited security vulnerabilities in Microsoft operating systems like Window 2000. The revenue generated from these botnets quickly grew into billions of dollars per year, and is still growing today. It cost an average of $97,000 as well as 80 hours of cleanup per company that was affected.This is only four of the hundreds of thousands of viruses since the first one appeared 40 years ago. As we reminisce down virus memory lane, feel free to share your virus stories in the comments below.Read more at Help Net Securitylast_img read more

Violence mars peaceful protest

first_imgFollowing three weeks of peaceful protests in the capital, Athenians on Wednesday witnessed the familiar scene of demonstrators clashing with police in Syntagma Square amid a major security operation to stop those who wanted to prevent MPs from entering Parliament. Some 4,000 police officers lined the central square and the streets around it in an attempt to thwart protesters’ plans to form a human chain around Parliament. The so-called Indignant, who have been peacefully occupying the area in front of the House every evening for the last three weeks, had wanted to prevent MPs from entering Parliament to discuss the medium-term fiscal plan, which introduces new austerity measures. The protest coincided with a general strike and rallies by the private and public sector unions GSEE and ADEDY. It also appeared to give license to more extreme anti-establishment elements, who have been absent from protests for the last few weeks, to join the crowds. This led to scuffles outside of Parliament, where police had erected a mobile fence to obstruct demonstrators, and at other points in the city centre, including near the Finance Ministry. Kathimerini and Skai TV journalist Tasos Telloglou was among 43 people injured during disturbances. Of those taken to the hospital, 33 were suffering from breathing problems or light injuries. Riot police made extensive use of tear gas in a bid to disperse crowds. In unprecedented scenes, there were clashes between protesters as well as with police. People aligned with the peaceful ‘indignant’ movement attempted to stop both extreme right and left-wing groups from disrupting the demonstrations. This led to fighting between those taking part in the protest. Some also threw missiles at the police. Telloglou was punched as he was walking along a street near Syntagma. He was taken to the hospital, where he was treated for bruising and shock. Later in the day, thousands of peaceful protesters had returned to Syntagma Square, where a number of musicians were holding a free concert. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Multicultural grants are open

first_imgThe Multicultural Grants program is designed to provide support to South Australia’s culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, especially new and emerging communities, to develop and sustain local community organisations and programs. The initiative belongs to the South Australian government, which remains devoted to helping ethnic communities celebrate and preserve the nation’s collective nature.The funds are disbursed in October, December, March, May and July while applications are assessed five times per year. The deadline for the next round comes to a close on Friday 30 January 2015. Applicants must be aware that food and drink, as well as any retrospective support for function or services shall not be funded. Excluded from the grants are also petrol expenses and volunteer honorariums, including social club activities and members’ subscriptions.Amongst the list of activities that will not receive funds are costs of newsletters, radio stations, newspapers as well as any kind of project which duplicates existing services already available to the community’s members. Participation in interstate events, political or religious activities; competitions and prizes are also excluded. Salaries won’t be covered either, with the exception of an up to 50 per cent support for those associated with major projects and events or a major community development grant.For more information regarding funding guidelines, visit the MSA website at www.Multicultural.sa.gov.au_data/assets/pdf_file/0019/12882/DSCI-616-MSA… or contact 1300 239 468 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Egg Scramble Kids enjoy annual hunt on Easter Sunday in Camas

first_imgCAMAS — It took dozens of people hours to stuff and place the Easter eggs around Camas’ Crown Park, along with weeks of prep work ahead of time.And how long does it take the hundreds of children at the city’s annual Easter egg hunt to pick the park clean?“Less than five minutes,” said Cassidy Hines of the Camas Parks and Recreation Department, one of the organizers.A couple of thousand people showed up at the park Sunday afternoon. The hunt, in its 28th year, requires a few days to set up, not including the preparation earlier in the year.Local Boy Scouts and students at the Washington State School for the Blind stuffed more than 10,000 eggs in a couple of hours. There were more than more than 14,000 eggs set out at the park, Hines said, all split by age group into different search areas.If you’ve ever seen insects swarm, watching the kids descend on the eggs is kind of like that, she said.“The kids seem to love it. … I think the parents just think it’s hilarious,” she said. “Once we say ‘Go,’ it’s pretty crazy.”Chris and Erica Herington came with their 9-year-old, Jack, and 6-year-old, Molly.It was the family’s first year at the annual hunt, and the two kids said they had a good haul.Erica Herington said she’d been working in Camas for some time, but the family only moved there in June. They brought the kids to a public Easter egg event, one in Sun River, Ore., two years ago, but it’s dwarfed by Camas’ event, Erica said.last_img read more

Shawsheen Tech Announces 2018 Sports Awards Winners LIST

first_imgBILLERICA, MA — Shawsheen Tech announced its 2018 Sports Awards Winners on Thursday, June 14, 2018:2018 Female Student Athlete of the Year Award WinnerSarah Constantino of Tewksbury (Soccer, Hockey & Lacrosse)2018 Female Athlete of the Year Award WinnerAshlyn Troisi of Billerica (Volleyball, Basketball & Lacrosse)2018 Male Student Athlete of the Year Award WinnerTom Strow of Wilmington (Cross Counrty, Wrestling & Track)2018 Male Athlete of the Year Award WinnerMatt Irwin of Billerica (Golf, Hockey & Baseball)2018 Distinguished Service to Shawsheen Athletics Award WinnerCoach Dan Sirmard (Coach of Girls Hockey and Softball)2018 Shawsheen Athetics Appreciation AwardMrs. Sandy Companeschi of Wilmington (Parent)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedShawsheen Tech Welcomes 11 New Staff MembersIn “Education”SCHOOL BUS ROUTES for Wilmington’s Shawsheen Tech Students (2019-2020)In “Education”Wilmington’s Harper Named Senior Of The Month At Shawsheen TechIn “Education”last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Tuesday July 21 2015

first_imgGeneral Says Decision on JBER Cuts Not Final Without An Arctic PlanLiz Ruskin, APRN – AnchorageThe general nominated to be the Army’s Chief of Staff suggested this morning that the plan to cut 2,600 soldiers from Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson isn’t final yet. It’s hard to say whether the Army really plans to reconsider, or whether the general merely agreed to follow a procedure to reach a pre-determined end.Government Attorneys Seek Dismissal In Guards Records CaseAssociated PressThe U.S. attorney’s office is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit by four National Guard members who allege investigative and other records pertaining to them were improperly leaked to reporters and state officials.Bush Carriers Keep A Close Eye on Aviation SafetyEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageTwo fatal light plane crashes in Southeast Alaska in recent weeks have highlighted  safety concerns for commuter airlines.  Hageland Aviation, part of Ravn Air Group, has established an innovative control system that monitors all flights in an effort to ensure safe travel.City Puts Its Chips On Providing Housing For Those Most In NeedZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageAnchorage is struggling with how to address serious and expensive problems stemming from chronic homelessness. Today, the new mayor’s administration announced a dramatic plan to more than double the city’s capacity for housing the most severely affected population living on the streets.Explosion Shakes Aleutians’ Cleveland VolcanoJohn Ryan, KUCB – UnalaskaAn explosion shook Cleveland Volcano in the east-central Aleutian Islands at 8:17 a.m. local time Tuesday. It’s the volcano’s first explosion since November.Fairbanks Police Launch Website to Crowdsource Tips On Cold CasesDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe city of Fairbanks has launched a new web page to share and generate information about unsolved murder cases.UAF Removes Mississippi FlagAssociated PressThe University of Alaska Fairbanks has removed a Mississippi flag from a five-state display, citing the ongoing national discussion about Confederate imagery.State Funding Advances St. Mary’s Wind Farm PlanTim Bodony, KIYU – GalenaThe Alaska Village Electric Cooperative is moving ahead with its plans to build a wind farm for St. Mary’s and Pitkas Point, after receiving the necessary funding through the Fiscal Year 2016 state capital budget.Marine Debris Barge to Skip SoutheastEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauThe Alaska Village Electric Cooperative is moving ahead with its plans to build a wind farm for St. Mary’s and Pitkas Point, after receiving the necessary funding through the Fiscal Year 2016 state capital budget.No Second King Opening for Southeast TrollersRachel Waldholz, KCAW – SitkaAfter just eight days in early July, the summer king salmon season for Southeast trollers is over. The Alaska Department of Fish & Game announced Friday that there will be no second king opening in August. It will be only the third summer in 15 years without an August opening.King Salmon Sees a Unique, And Invasive, Visitor From AfarHannah Colton, KDLG – DillinghamAn invasive species of dove was spotted in King Salmon last week. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audiolast_img read more

Dutch vote to test EU popularity in tough times

first_imgThe Dutch government also was one of the driving forces behind the 1993 treaty that ushered in monetary union and, eventually, the euro currency. The treaty was signed in the picturesque southern Dutch city of Maastricht and still bears its name.But the 2005 “No” vote on the EU constitution and anti-EU resentments that have deepened ever since show the Netherlands now to be possibly at the forefront of a continental tipping point.Certainly, the generosity that once accompanied the EU’s expansion into poorer nations has largely evaporated.And the way the Dutch vote on Wednesday will be parsed for potential insights into the outcome of elections next year in a much more important rich northern European country: Germany.“This is the prelude before the huge elections we will have next year in Germany,” Kaczynski said.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Associated PressBOXMEER, Netherlands (AP) – The Netherlands has long been a source of inspiration for closer European integration _ and a bellwether of European discontent.It was one of six nations that forged fledgling European unity from the ashes of World War II, and a force behind the treaty that created the euro currency. Yet, along with France, it also put itself at the vanguard of the euro-skeptic tide by rejecting a proposed European constitution in a referendum. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system In between are a slew of euro-skeptic parties that are also nonetheless conscious of the bloc’s importance to the Netherlands, a nation whose economy is built on exports.The leader of one such party is Emile Roemer, who heads the left-wing Socialists. His campaign symbol is the tomato, after the rotten fruit his supporters feel to be the just desserts of the EU-loving political establishment.Roemer gained fame during the campaign by saying that, if he joins the next Dutch ruling coalition, the Netherland would pay fines to Brussels for missing budget targets “over my dead body.” At a recent campaign stop in his home town of Boxmeer, a verdant town in eastern Netherlands close to the German border, Roemer handed out tomato-flavored ice cream and said he wants “a more social Europe.”His Socialists polled strongly throughout summer campaigning, before falling back to third place in a complicated race that will likely lead to long negotiations to form the next ruling coalition.Labor Party leader Diederik Samsom, whose criticism of the EU is more moderate, has now taken over from Roemer as the torch bearer for the left going into Wednesday’s vote. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 5 treatments for adult scoliosis As the nation heads into elections on Wednesday, observers are wondering which of the two Netherlands will emerge: the EU guiding light or the harbinger of European disarray.The answer could be an indication of the very direction of Europe.“Every Dutch election has been at the forefront of what is the mood everywhere in Europe,” says political analyst Piotr Maciej Kaczynski of the Center for European Policy studies.In 2005, Dutch voters deepened a major continental crisis by rejecting a historic EU constitution just three days after the French gave their historic “Non” _ effectively killing the charter. In the upcoming elections, the Dutch are pondering even greater existential questions for Europe _ whether to stick with the union and its currency or try to fix both from the inside.Not surprisingly, the most extreme view _ ditch the European Union _ comes from firebrand populist Geert Wilders, who first rose to prominence with strident anti-Islam rhetoric that resonated across Europe. At the other end of the spectrum is outgoing prime minister Mark Rutte, a staunch believer in EU integration who also hews closely to the hardline budgetary conservatism of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. There is nothing moderate about Wilders, who argues that Europe has turned into a costly charity project for his country. He says that wealthy northern European nations like the Netherlands and Germany have spent billions bailing out debt-ridden governments in Greece and Portugal, which he casts as profligate beyond reform.“The best days of the Netherlands are ahead of us if we no longer pay southern Europe, if we become a master of our own house, and are able to take our own decisions again,” he said during a high-profile televised debate at Amsterdam’s Carre theater.Polls have been fluctuating over the past months, and the latest indicate that Wilders could lose up to a fourth of the 24 seats he won at the last Dutch election in 2010. Rutte’s party tops polls, with Samsom’s Labor trailing close behind.The Netherlands and an expanding EU were long a perfect match for this centuries-old trading nation.In the wake of World War II and ensuing hunger, Sicco Mansholt, a Dutch farmer who became the fourth president of the European commission, formed a vision of a united Europe in which nations would work together to stave off famine. He was the architect of a common European farm policy that eventually evolved into deeper economic union. Comments   Share   Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technologylast_img read more

Majestic Plaza hotel became part of the Le Hotels Group

first_imgMajestic Plaza hotel became part of the Le Hotels GroupMajestic Plaza hotel became part of the Le Hotels GroupWith effect from 6th February 2017, the Le Hotels Group expanded its capacity thanks to its new member – Majestic Plaza hotel – which offers 182 rooms in the heart of Prague. The Majestic Plaza hotel will be managed by Jan Hamouz, whose aim is to build a new, more efficient structure of the hotel management and services.“It was a matter of time, when the Majestic Plaza hotel, owned by the same parent company – Le-Investment, joins the Le Hotels Group thanks to the positively evolving trend and financial results Le Hotels Group’s hotels showed in the past. Now, our goal is to set up processes that ensure the same trend in the results, which we observe at our other hotels,” said Petr Lžičař, CEO at the Le Hotels Group.Grandior Hotel Prague, Grand Majestic Plaza, Hotel Yasmin, Hotel Élite and newly the Majestic Plaza hotel are currently operated under the Le Hotels Group brand. Together, the hotels situated in the Prague city centre offer the capacity of 1,046 rooms and can provide meeting spaces of almost 4,000 square metres for more than 2,000 people in the theatre style. Hotel Yasmin, currently under the reconstruction, will provide 200 additional rooms by the end of 2018.About Le Hotels Group Le-Investment s.r.o. has been operating on the Prague hotel market for 19 years with Xuan Long Le as the investor and sole owner of the company. Le Hotels Group (LHG) was established three years ago, and is represented by General Managers of the hotels – Petr Lžičař and Milan Švára. By sharing some hotels’ services such as sales and reservation department, the Group achieved cost optimization and increased their business potential especially in the resale of capacity between member hotels. Private clientele makes up the highest share of LHG hotels’ sales, followed by a significant share of delegates attending conferences, meetings and other events. MICE development is supported e.g. by membership in the Prague Convention Bureau or via foreign representations of the Group. Source = Le Hotels Group – Grandior Hotel Praguelast_img read more

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