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MNS activists thrash non-Maharashtrian workers in Sangli

first_imgMaharashtra Navnirman Sena activists went on a rampage on Tuesday evening in Sangli’s Kudwad industrial area, thrashing migrant workers who had come to the market to make purchases.The MNS’ Sangli district chief Tanaji Swant, who was at the forefront of the attack, alleged that jobs rightfully belonging to local Maharashtrians were being taken over by ‘outsiders’.The MNS defended their actions by claiming that Sangli and the adjoining areas of Miraj and Kupwad had witnessed a surge in crime, which was allegedly the handiwork of ‘outsiders’.The Kupwad MIDC has a large presence of migrant workers, estimated at more than 20,000. The MNS have been agitating for preference of local youthsA video of the assault shows scenes of political hooliganism, as a number of MNS activists gleefully assault, abuse and chase off migrant workers and non-Maharashtrians who had come to shop for groceries at the Kupwad market.The Sangli police have arrested three MNS activists in connection with the assault, while lodging a complaint under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).The party, which advocates jobs for ‘sons of soil’, created ripples on the political scene with its violent attacks on north Indian migrant workers in 2008, namely by beating up candidates from North India appearing for the all-India Railway Recruitment Board entrance exam for the Western region in Mumbai.Despite getting some mileage in the 2009 Assembly election and a few civic bodies like Nashik and Pune therafter, Raj Thackeray’s party has virtually imploded since the 2014 Assembly election, with a number of its top leaders switching sides.last_img read more

Eden Gardens lags in WC preparations

first_imgIs Kolkata going the Delhi way as far as preparations for the forthcoming Cricket World Cup is concerned? After the national capital getting attention of the international media for its lack of preparedness to host the Commonwealth Games last year, now the city’s iconic Eden Gardens stadium lags behind.Eden Gardens, one of the biggest stadiums of the world, has missed its December 31 deadline to prepare for the cricket’s biggest extravaganza, beginning on February 19. It raises a question on the fate of four World Cup matches to be played in the city.The renovation of the stadium, which started in January 2010, is at least a month behind schedule. Bucket sets are yet to be installed and the roof over the stands is not ready. Even the entire facade of the stadium is being reworked.Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) secretary Biswaroop Dey admitted the delay in completion of work. “Eden Gardens is one of the traditional grounds in the world. It is not so easy to build Eden Gardens in new look. Our target date was December 31, but I think one more month is required to complete the renovation work,” he said.Thankfully, the stadium’s pitch is ready and the outfield looks like a green carpet. To test the playing conditions a few Ranji matches were played recently which evinced positive feedbacks. Even the floodlights, which have failed quite a few times in the recent past, have been equipped with generator back up.”Our pitch is ready, ground is absolutely ready. Already two Ranji matches were played here… huge runs were scored. I think, with ground and pitch everything is alright,” Dey said.advertisementlast_img read more

India to soon become production hub for KTM bikes

first_imgRajiv Bajaj with KTM 390 DukeIndia is likely to emerge as the lead production hub of Austrian motorcycle brand KTM with its four motorcycles manufactured at Chakan poised to outsell  super-sports and off-road bikes made at the company’s mother plant in Mattighofen, Upper Austria. The biggest export markets for the Indian-made KTM bikes are West and South Europe, which include Germany, France, Spain and Italy. As European Union countries become increasingly conscious about fuel conservation and its positive environmental impact, these reasonably frugal bikes have started becoming extremely popular.KTM India head and Bajaj Auto Senior Vice President Amit Nandi  said, “For KTM, this will be a record year with sales projected to touch an all-time high of 150,000. Of this, 80,000-85,000 bikes will be made in India and sold in the domestic market as well as exported to Europe, US, Latin America and all of Asia, including Japan.” Homegrown two wheeler maker Bajaj Auto has 48% stake in KTM.The four KTM bikes manufactured in Chaka, namely Duke 200 and Duke 390 in the naked bike category and RC 200 and RC 390 in super-sports bikes, have been jointly developed by KTM and Bajaj Auto for the global market. Nandi added, “Prior to these bikes, KTM made street motorcycles upwards of 690 cc and 50-500 cc off-roaders.”The market for bikes priced above Rs 80,000 is about 5,00,000 units a year in the country. Bajaj Pulsar gathers nearly 60 per cent of these numbers, leaving others to fight over the remaining share. Nandi expects this segment to grow twice the pace of the remaining two-wheeler industry.advertisementlast_img read more

World Para Athletics Championships: Sandeep, Sumit Create World Record to Win Gold and Silver

first_imgDubai: Indian duo of Sandeep Chaudhary and Sumit created world records on way to their gold and silver medals respectively in the F64 javelin event of the World Para Athletics Championships here on Friday.Sandeep hurled the javelin to a distance of 66.18m to better his own world record of 65.80m in F44 category, while Sumit sent the spear to a distance of 62.88m to clinch the silver and better his own F64 world record of 60.45m. The F44 and F64 were clubbed into one combined event in this World Championships. The world records are, however, counted according to the classification of the athletes.Roman Novak of Ukraine, a F44 athlete, took the bronze with a best throw of 57.36m.The F44 category athletes have leg amputations or reduced function in one or both legs, and they compete without a prothesis.The F64 category athletes have limb deficiency and leg length difference, and they compete with prosthesis. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Sandeep ChaudharySumitWorld Para Athletics Championships First Published: November 8, 2019, 11:23 PM ISTlast_img read more

RS number game may help BJP in biennial poll but Cong to

first_imgremain numero unoNew Delhi, May 13 (PTI) The arithmetic in Rajya Sabha, where BJP lacks majority, is set to be more favourable to the government as the ruling party will gain in numbers and Congress will lose in biennial elections to 57 seats next month. However, this it may not be enough for the passage of key GST bill. Despite the numerical changes in the Upper House before the monsoon session, Congress will remain the largest party. In the current 245-member Upper House, Congress has 64 seats and BJP 49.While 14 members each of Congress and BJP are retiring, the ruling party can win 17-18 seats due to its increased numbers in Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Haryana and Jharkhand assemblies while the the opposition party is unlikely to secure more than 8-9 seats.BJP had recently got a boost with the nomination of six new members by the government.Its ally TDP is expected to do well in Andhra Pradesh, which will have four vacancies, while AIADMK, seen to be more friendly to BJP, will bag most of the six seats facing elections.Out of the total 57 seats going to polls, six members belong to BSP, five are from JD(U), three each from SP, BJD and AIADMK.In Uttar Pradesh, ruling Samajwadi Party is set to win a majority of 11 seats followed by BSP while BJP will retain one seat. At present, BSP has six of these seats and SP three.A BJP leader claimed that the change in Rajya Sabha numbers will be more favourable to the government not only because of an increase in BJPs strength but also that regional parties like SP and TRS are more amenable to its legislative agenda like the GST bill.advertisementIn Bihar, ruling JD(U) is not in a position to win more than two out of the five seats, all of which belong to it.JD(U) ally RJD, which emerged as the single largest party in the state Assembly polls last year, can win two seats. BJP sources said the party will be able to win one seat.Biennial elections to the 57 seats, including the one vacated by liquor baron Vijay Mallya, will be held on June 11, the Election Commission had said yesterday. PTI KR PALlast_img read more

Cabinet expansion to take place tomorrow

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 4 (PTI) The much-talked about expansion of the Union Cabinet is set to take place tomorrow morning, a top government official said today.Principal spokesperson of the government Frank Norhona tweeted that “cabinet expansion” will take place tomorrow at 11 AM.There were talks of cabinet expansion for the past several months amid speculation that Prime Minister Narendra Modi could induct new faces from Uttar Pradesh which is going to polls next year.There is also a vacancy in the Council of Ministers after Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal became the Chief Minister of Assam. PTI NAB RCB ASKlast_img

Moto Z2 Play unboxed, here’s how it looks

first_imgA new leak of Moto Z2 Play has emerged online exhibiting the retail box of the smartphone along with the content. The leak shared by a Portuguese website Tecduos shows off a flashy red coloured retail-box with a black coloured smartphone, a turbo charger, earphones, USB cable and warranty papers.Moto Snaps is mentioned on the front of the box meaning that the phone will come with the support for Moto Mods. Talking about the device, it looks similar the original Moto Z. The rear body of the phone sports a metallic look with the co0mpany’s batwing logo at the centre. Volume and power button are placed on the right side of the phone and on the front is a fingerprint sensor placed below. The rear camera is protected by metallic ring.Also Read: Moto Z2 Play: 3000mAh battery, 5.5-inch display and all that is known so farThe leaks also reveals a lot about the phone specifications. The upcoming Moto Z2 Play will sport a 5.5-inch Full HD display with 1080 x 1920 pixels of resolution. Further the smartphone will have a non-removable 3000mAh battery which the company also recently confirmed on Twitter. The turbocharger in the box confirms that the phone will support turbo charging. There’s a 12MP rear camera with  dual-LED flash and 5MP selfie-shooter with single LED flash.advertisementPast rumours of Moto Z2 Play reveal that the smartphone could be powered by Snapdragon 626 octa-core processor clocked at the speed of  2.2GHz and Adreno 506 GPU. The device is purported to come with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. Colour options could be Lunar grey and fine gold. The device is expected to launch in June this year.last_img read more

Badla a directors film Amitabh Bachchan

first_imgMumbai: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan says his film “Badla” is well written, edited and photographed. He called it a director’s film. “My film ‘Badla’ on Netflix now. Rs 140cr + world wide gross, I am told. But truly a directors film — well written, well photographed and well edited. Well done Sujoy Ghosh,” Amitabh tweeted on Sunday. “Badla”, shot largely in Glasgow, Scotland, is a mystery thriller which also features Taapsee Pannu, Amrita Singh, Tony Luke, Manav Kaul and Tanveer Ghani. The film is produced by Red Chillies Entertainment and Azure Entertainment. It is an official adaptation of the 2017 Spanish film “The Invisible Guest”. “Badla” follows an interaction between a lawyer and a businesswoman regarding a murder. Currently, Amitabh is busy shooting for the quiz-based talent show “Kaun Banega Crorepati”.last_img read more

Halifax schools to acknowledge aboriginal territory in daily announcements

first_imgHALIFAX – Halifax students will be getting a daily reminder that their schools sit on traditional Mi’kmaq territory starting this fall.The Halifax Regional School Board unanimously agreed late Wednesday to have an acknowledgment read out as part of morning announcements in schools.The statement will read: “We acknowledge that we are in Mi’kma’ki, which is the traditional ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq people.”It will also be used in board offices as part of any official ceremony or event.Halifax school board meetings now start with a similar statement that reads: “We acknowledge that this meeting is being held on Mi’kmaq territory.”Daniel Paul, a Mi’kmaq elder, said he believes increased education on indigenous history is key to moving towards reconciliation.“Curriculums are changing in schools, not only here in Nova Scotia but across Canada and the United States and people are beginning to learn the true history. Slowly but surely it’s getting there,” Paul said.“It’s a matter of educating people and the educating is just getting underway in the last 20 years or so and it takes a long time to change attitudes and bring people on board.”The Toronto District School Board introduced a similar motion last year. The message, read every morning at that board’s roughly 585 schools, recognizes they sit on traditional First Nations territories.(Global News, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

Bill Clinton To Visit Latin America This Week

first_imgBeginning Monday, November 9 through Wednesday, November 11, President Bill Clinton will visit the work of the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) commitments in Latin America.The trip will highlight the Clinton Foundation’s cross-sector work in the region.The Clinton Foundation, through the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP), is working to develop social enterprises that foster sustainable economic development aimed at helping people work themselves out of poverty, with a focus on increasing opportunities for girls and women. In Latin America, this includes equipping women with sales and skills training and a basket of fortified food and consumer products, which the entrepreneurs then sell to others within their communities – providing essential, life-changing goods and helping to increase household incomes. CGEP also works to empower smallholder farmers by giving them better access to markets and infrastructural improvements for their locally grown produce.last_img read more

Companies divided on raising prices or slashing benefits to handle wage hike

first_imgTORONTO – Signs announcing price increases and letters to employees slashing benefits have grown rampant in Ontario, revealing two very different approaches businesses have gravitated toward in the wake of province’s minimum wage hike.Some Tim Hortons franchises have faced significant backlash after cutting paid breaks and forcing workers to cover some of their dental and health benefits to compensate for the minimum wage jump from $11.60 and hour to $14 an hour last week, while chains such as Pizza Nova say they will be upping prices instead.But how some companies settle on the route to take might have come down to a factor as simple as timing, said Sylvain Charlebois, the dean of Dalhousie University’s faculty of management.He said there is little to no evidence that Restaurant Brands International Inc., the parent company of Tim Hortons, and franchise owners worked on a strategy before Ontario’s new minimum wage rate came into effect Jan. 1. “It is not a surprise. Everyone knew it was coming,” Charlebois said.Price increases take time to calculate and roll out, he said, so large companies with many locations or franchises that didn’t plan ahead might have been in a scramble to adjust to the hike and target their workers instead.“Food services are heavily affected because most of their workers are paid minimum wage and they can’t rely on robotics and automation, but things like changing benefits or asking employees to pay for uniforms are things you can change very quickly,” Charlebois said.Raising prices can also be problematic because there’s only so far you can increase them without driving away customers. A study published in the Journal of Labour Research has shown food service companies can only sustain a three per cent increase over a few years, which Charlebois said often pales in comparison to the amount needed to offset higher labour costs.Despite that research, Ontario Labour Minister Kevin Flynn seemed to be nudging businesses to at least consider price increases.He said Monday that companies struggling to cope with the minimum wage legislation have many ways to handle cost constraints and “to pretend that maybe pricing isn’t a part of that, I think it would be unfair.”“I think any business having to make decisions would take a look at, is my pricing fair?” Flynn said. “Is this something where I can make a profit, but make sure that the people that I’m paying, the people that I’m employing, aren’t living in poverty?”Those aren’t questions all business owners can mull over. Franchisees, for example, often aren’t allowed to raise prices.The Great White North Franchisee Association, a group created last year to give voice to the concerns of some Tim Hortons franchises, has said that without help from their parent company in raising prices among other cost offsetting requests, franchisees have been forced to take steps to protect their business.In a statement Monday, Tim Hortons head office said franchisees could offset costs by analyzing their top-line sales, operational efficiencies, and savings on equipment and costs such as waste management.The statement came days after head office called franchisees who took aim at employee benefits, calling them “reckless” and “completely unacceptable,” and said staff “should never be used to further an agenda or be treated as just an ‘expense.’”Pizza Nova CEO Domenic Primucci said restaurant franchises at his chain will pass along the cost of Ontario’s new minimum wage rate to customers rather than transfer the brunt of the hike to employees, though he wouldn’t say when or by how much.While he said the legislation has been “contentious” and has started to have an impact on everyone from owners of small mom-and-pop shops to large corporations, “it doesn’t affect one more than the other.”“There is not much we can do about it other than accept it and move forward.”last_img read more

Library patrons hurt by funding cuts say CEOs

The heads of local library systems say patrons are going to suffer from funding cuts to an organization that helps share books across the province.Funding for Ontario’s two public library services, the Southern Ontario Library Service and Ontario Library Service North, has been cut in half, a decision the provincial government said it made to help address the province’s $11.7-billion deficit.The library services serves almost 200 municipalities in southern and eastern Ontario. They provide librarian training and inter-library loans so that libraries can lend and borrow books and other materials among branches.Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS) CEO Barbara Franchetto said the service needs to cut $1.5 million from its annual budget of about $3 million. Last week, Franchetto announced “with great sadness” that SOLS would permanent ending its inter-library loan delivery service as of Friday.Rae-Lynne Aramburo, CEO of Brantford Public Library, said the city library brought in about 2,000 items for its members last year through the inter-library system and lent about the same number.“The inter-library loan system is a cost-effective way to extend our collection,” said Aramburo. “Now, patrons who are looking for a specific item to support their research, or family records only available on historic periodicals on microfilm, or even a book in a series from their favourite author when we no longer have a complete set, are all out of luck if we don’t have the item.”Aramburo said SOLS also provides training to library staff and arranges bulk, reduced-pricing with vendors for databases, making electronic resources more affordable.“Inter-library loans are the immediate concern, but a weakened Southern Ontario Library Service means weakened libraries overall,” she said.Kelly Bernstein, CEO of County of Brant Public Library, said 2,800 books requested by patrons were shipped to Brant from other libraries last year, and more than 3,000 books from Brant collections were sent to libraries across the province.“We have an annual book budget,” said Bernstein. “We buy as many books as we can to meet the needs of our patrons but their interests and needs are so diverse, it’s not possible to buy everything.”Bernstein said the cost to purchase the 2,800 books requested by Brant library users last year would amount to more than $70,000.“That would be a huge hit to the budget,” she said. “And a lot of those materials are out of print or unavailable.”Heather King, CEO of Norfolk County Public Library, said her system had almost 2,200 requests for their materials last year from other libraries and shipped out almost 1,700 items from its collection.“We cannot afford to pay for the courier system for delivering materials or the postage to mail books to other libraries,” said King.Richard Anderson, who is responsible for the inter-library loan program in Norfolk, said they bring in a significant number of large print materials and books on CD for their visually-impaired patrons. He said DVDs are also frequently requested through the inter-library loan system.“This is most likely the only source of movies or TV series that many of our patrons have access to due to the costs of cable and satellite services,” said Anderson.Brantford-Brant MPP Will Bouma said he “feels for everyone” who uses the inter-library system and will be impacted by its sudden cancellation. But he said the government made “absolutely no cuts to base funding services” for libraries.He said cancelling the inter-library loan service was a decision SOLS “made on its own.” He noted a posting on the organization’s website saying that “even under our previous budget allocation, it was becoming difficult to sustain the service because of ever increasing operating costs.”Bouma said eliminating the provincial deficit requires some “difficult decisions to get things back on track.”Aramburo said the Brantford library is working on reciprocal borrowing arrangements with neighbouring library systems so patrons have access to more materials locally. The Brantford library already has an agreement in place with the Six Nations Public Library, so that its members can get a Six Nations Public Library membership at no cost, and vice-versa.King said Norfolk also will look into the development of a local delivery system.Bouma said he is willing to help local libraries set up material sharing systems. read more

Sudanese rebel leaders in Darfur agree to start political negotiations UN

The breakthrough follows a day of talks in Geneva with officials from the African Union (AU) and the United Nations, including Mohamed Sahnoun, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Africa, according to a UN spokesman.AU and UN officials will now discuss with the Sudanese Government exactly where and when substantive talks can take place between Khartoum and the leaders of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM).Thousands of people have died and at least 1.2 million people have fled their homes after more than a year of fighting between Sudanese Government forces, allied Janjaweed militias and the SPLM and JEM.Spokesman Fred Eckhard said the Security Council is also circulating and discussing, at experts’ level, the contents of a draft resolution on Sudan that aims to end Janjaweed attacks against civilians and improve security.In another development, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Francis Deng, will tomorrow start a week-long visit to Sudan to assess the situation in Darfur and in the south, where a separate, long-running civil war is considered to be nearing an end thanks to fruitful peace talks in Kenya.Mr. Deng will hold meetings in Khartoum and also tour several IDP camps in Darfur, a remote region in western Sudan roughly equal in size to France.Meanwhile, UN humanitarian agencies say they remain $203 million short of the funding needed to provide relief for the rest of the year to an estimated 2 million people affected by the conflict in Darfur.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said it has so far received less than 40 per cent of the amount it requested in earlier appeals for Sudan and neighbouring Chad, where more than 180,000 refugees currently live.OCHA said there are continuing reports that Janjaweed militias, who are mainly Arab, are harassing IDPs – who are mostly black African – at camps in South and North Darfur.The Janjaweed already stand accused of killing and raping countless civilians, poisoning wells and destroying homes during attacks against villages across Darfur. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has previously said these attacks “bordered on ethnic cleansing.”UN relief workers operating in North Darfur have been advised by UN security officers to travel in two-vehicle convoys on certain roads to avoid attacks from the Janjaweed.UN humanitarian agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are continuing to install latrines and clean water facilities and distributing food and emergency supplies across Darfur and Chad.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) also announced it is sending officials to eastern Chad today to talk to local authorities about the agency’s concerns about security levels in nine refugee camps.Two refugees from Darfur were killed yesterday at Farchana camp after Chadian Government forces tried to quell a recent wave of violent unrest at some of the camps. read more

Honda quarterly profit slips on airbag recall related costs

Honda quarterly profit slips on air-bag recall related costs AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press Posted Jan 29, 2016 6:43 am MDT TOKYO – Honda’s quarterly profit slipped 19 per cent as costs related to air-bag recalls eroded the benefits from growing sales.Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co. reported Friday an October-December profit of 124.1 billion yen ($1 billion).Sales for the fiscal third quarter edged up 3.4 per cent to 3.617 trillion yen ($30 billion).Tokyo-based Honda is the biggest customer for Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp., which is behind the massive global recalls spanning nearly all the major automakers, over air bag inflators that can explode.Nine people in the U.S. and 10 worldwide have been killed because of defective air-bag inflators.Another death has been reported in a crash in which a Takata air bag exploded, but it’s unclear whether that was the cause of death.More than 20 million vehicles in the U.S. with defective Takata air bags are already under recall and the worldwide total is likely at least double that. And it’s possible millions more vehicles will need to be recalled.Speculation has bubbled in the Japanese media that some kind of bailout by Japanese automakers will be needed to rescue Takata, but that would come only on condition of a managerial change, including the resignation of the top executive. Takata denied the reports.Honda, which makes the Odyssey minivan, Civic sedan and Asimo humanoid robot, stuck to its forecast for profit to rise 3 per cent to 525 billion yen for the fiscal year ending March 2016.For the third quarter, Honda’s auto sales jumped nearly 5 per cent year-on-year, helped by introducing the Greiz sedan in China. Motorcycle sales slipped by about 3 per cent as fewer were sold in Indonesia and China.Honda acknowledged future costs from class action litigation related to the Takata air bags remained uncertain.Among the more positive news for the company, Honda began deliveries of its HondaJet corporate aircraft and the leasing of robotic legs called Honda Walking Assist.Toyota Motor Corp., the world’s top automaker in global vehicle sales, outselling Volkswagen AG of Germany and U.S. rival General Motors Co., reports earnings Feb. 5. Nissan Motor Co. reports Feb. 10.___Follow Yuri Kageyama: twitter.com/yurikageyamaHer work can be found at: bigstory.ap.org/content/yuri-kageyama read more

Momir Ilic – The KING of European handball TOP scorers

← Previous Story THIRD TIME’S A CHARM FOR FLENSBURG! Next Story → Azoty Pulawy with new head-coach – Dragan Markovic! The best left back of the VELUX EHF Champions League 2013/2014, Momir Ilic have got the “golden ball” for the best scoring performance in European club’s elite. Veszprem’s member scored 103 goals, 8 more than Renato Vugrinec (95) from RK Metalurg.The unbeatable stayed the record from 2002, when Nenad Perunicic scored 120 goals for the winning squad – SC Magdeburg.

Counter culture

first_imgIf shop counter shelves could complain, the Albert Park Deli’s would be groaning loudly. Supporting a dazzling variety of delicacies – from lasagne to lentil and pumpkin pies, lamb and feta sausages with bean curry, to beef stroganoff – there’s always a veritable feast awaiting this deli’s discerning customers. And it’s not just savoury delights. Desserts? More than you can shake a stick at. Think tiramisu, berry and poppyseed cheesecake, and rich dark chocolate mousse. It’s as wide a selection of home-made culinary creations as you’re likely to find under one roof anywhere in Victoria’s capital. The story of the Albert Park Deli’s success and how it has claimed a special place in the hearts of its customers, is down to one family. Vasili and Vasilki Xynas opened a milk bar in Albert Park’s main street back in 1973. Vasili, originally from Thermo in the district of Aitoloakarnania, started his new life in Australia working in Queensland on the sugar cane, before heading to Melbourne. From the mid-1980s, Vasili and Vasilki’s four children, Arthur, Peter, Stratis and Spiz (Spiridoula) nurtured their parents’ humble store into a thriving food and beverage business. Assisted over nearly thirty years by Spiz’s husband Andy Demetriou, and more recently, Peter and Stratis’ wives (Vicky and Vicki), to say this is a family business is something of an understatement. “When mum and dad first bought the shop it was a milk bar with a deli section, catering mostly for the local Greek and Italian community,” says Spiz, as we sit under the wall-size black and white photo of her and her brothers as kids in the deli’s simple but elegant dining room. “As the 80s rolled on, people’s shopping habits changed and the shop had to change direction to survive,” says Spiz, who is currently completing a PhD thesis in art history. “We’ve all had other interests, but we entered the business when mum and dad were ready to retire back in the mid 80s. We worked seven days a week for four years to get it humming.” Spiz, who studied economics and politics as an undergraduate and then a diploma in education, says that both her degrees had relevance to making the Deli what it is today. “Those skills have come in really useful, in terms of training people whether in the kitchen or out the front, conveying what needs to be done and the processes that need to be established, to get people to the point where they really understand the culture and philosophy of the business.” As well as helping the chefs daily, Spiz’s role is to keep the Deli and its products very much in the eyes of existing and future customers. From tips on cooking quinces, to recommendations for a particular Greek white wine pressed from grapes grown on the Arcadian plateau, the Deli’s blog and the business’s embrace of social media, has become a vital marketing tool. “People email us from London to have products sent to friends here,” says Spiz. “In the last five years, social networking has become very big. Sites like Urban Spoon have had a huge impact.” It’s clear that commercial success is only part of the story for this favourite Melbourne fine food emporium. “Wealth is only one measure of success when you’ve been in a business for a long time,” says Spiz. “For me, I get a thrill when somebody comes to see us when it’s the last stop before they go on a trip, or we’re the first place they come to when they come back; it rejuvenates you. “A gentleman walked in a few months ago and he’d been in England for ten years: he said ‘I want a slice of your flourless orange and almond cake’. Luckily it was on the menu that day!” If you want to find out what’s on Spiz’s menu and sample a delicacy or two, as well as catch up with the master chefs that make up this family affair, follow @albertparkdeli on Twitter, or even better, call in. Aromas and tastes haven’t been digitised – yet! The Albert Park Deli, 129 Dundas Place, Albert Park, Vic 3206, Tel (03) 9699 9594 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Omar Archer still at large hiding out in Freeport

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#Archerwantedbypolice, #magneticmedianews, #OmarArcher Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 28, 2017 – Grand Bahama – Omar Archer is still at large, on the run and according to a video message early this morning he appears to be in Freeport, Grand Bahama where he says he is living in cars and the International Bazaar.  Police say they want to talk to Archer, who appears on social media with a gun in a threatening photograph which is anti-PLP and pro-FNM.Archer in that mobile video recording says that the people of Grand Bahama are living like dogs and cites that there is no reason the Progressive Liberal Party should receive a single seat in the country’s second island.   Archer made the front page of the Punch too; the publication reports that Omar Archer, who is the man that PM Perry Christie flashed the FU finger at for his incessant allegations, has reportedly sought asylum in the United States.The vociferous political activist says that PLP goons are trying to hurt him.  In the video on Tuesday morning he again exposes a number of alleged shady dealings by members of the Progressive Liberal Party.   Police say the gun Archer is holding in that photograph is illegal; Archer says the photo is forged.#MagneticMediaNews#OmarArcher#Archerwantedbypolice Omar Archer’s case still before courtlast_img read more

School District Restates Policy On Campaigning

first_img*This issue came to light after flyers were found to be illegally placed on vehicles located on school grounds during the Kenai/Soldotna football game on September 30. A flyer supporting write-in candidate Ron Gillham was distributed on school grounds prior to approval from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. In response to a political flyer placed on vehicles during the Kenai/Soldotna football game on September 30, several parents raised the question about whether or not campaigning activity is permissible on school grounds. According to borough code 4.10.110, flyers or printed materials “avocating or opposing a ballot proposition or bond issue may not be displayed in any borough owned or controlled building or facility except in a single area of general public access designated by the building supervisor.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享With election season in full swing the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has restated their policy on campaigning on school grounds.center_img Erkeneff: “Any person entering into activities that are politically related on our school properties or during school hours will be addressed immediatly.” Pegge Erkeneff, Communications Liaison with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District: “Board policy and regulation absolutely prohibits the distribution of any type of political flyer or political active campaigning in schools or on school properties.” last_img read more

Jonas Bonnier to Step Down as CEO of Bonnier AB

first_imgIn an effort to exit markets where its brands weren’t number-one or number-two, the company sold its snow sports titles to Active Interest Media in April, Parenting and Babytalk to Meredith earlier this month, and its TransWorld enthusiast brands to Source Interlink a week later. In the Source deal, Bonnier also acquired nine motorcycle titles.”The transactions today are the last in a series of moves we have implemented to transform our company to one that will achieve revenue growth and sustained profitability,” Bonnier Corp. CEO David Freygang said at the time of the Source deal.According to 2012 Bonnier AB financials, 6 percent of revenues are based in the U.S. Overall magazine revenues for the parent company totaled $746 million in 2012.”For my own part, I’m looking forward to being even more actively engaged as chairman of the board for Bonnier Corporation, our U.S. operations,” said Jonas Bonnier in a statement. Bonnier Corporation was formed when Bonnier AB acquired a 49 percent stake in Terry Snow’s World Publications in 2006, giving it a foothold in the U.S., quickly following that with the purchase of the Time4 Media assets in 2007 for about $225 million. Jonas Bonnier is stepping down as CEO of  Stockholm-based Bonnier AB, parent to the U.S.-based Bonnier Corporation and divisions in 17 other countries. Bonnier, who became CEO in 2008, will officially transition out at the end of 2013, at which point he’ll head to the U.S. to continue overseeing Bonnier Corp. as chairman of the board, a role he’s had since 2007. Bonnier Corp. itself has just concluded a flurry of deals following the departure of former CEO Terry Snow in January. last_img read more

BSE closes points 25987 down on August 8

first_imgBSE closes points 259.87 down on August 816K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 259.87 down on August 816K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, August 8 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 259.87 points down to stand at 25,329.14. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 80.70 points down to stand at 7,568.55. Oracle Financial Services Software Ltd. and Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd. were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 2.92% and 2.69% along with Pidilite Inds and Bharti Airtel with an increase of 2.49% and 2.31% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Bhushan Steel and JPPOWER with a decrease of 9.99% and 6.01% along with Torrent Power and SSLT with a decrease of 5.80% and 5.71% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 214.69 points at 15,544.33 while the banking sector is down 258.61 points at 16,903.81 and the reality sector is down 73.82 points at 1,838.98. The Indian currency is up 0.21% at Rs 61.35 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, August 8 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 259.87 points down to stand at 25,329.14. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 80.70 points down to stand at 7,568.55. Oracle Financial Services Software Ltd. and Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd. were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 2.92% and 2.69% along with Pidilite Inds and Bharti Airtel with an increase of 2.49% and 2.31% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Bhushan Steel and JPPOWER with a decrease of 9.99% and 6.01% along with Torrent Power and SSLT with a decrease of 5.80% and 5.71% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 214.69 points at 15,544.33 while the banking sector is down 258.61 points at 16,903.81 and the reality sector is down 73.82 points at 1,838.98. The Indian currency is up 0.21% at Rs 61.35 per dollar.last_img read more