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ASA Urges EPA to Extensively Review Argentine Biodiesel Industry Application for US

first_imgIn a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent earlier this week, the American Soybean Association (ASA) expressed concerns regarding the Argentine biodiesel industry seeking access to the United States Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), and the potential of displacing U.S. soy biodiesel.EPA is currently considering an application submitted by CARBIO, the trade association representing Argentine biodiesel producers, to establish eligibility of Argentine biodiesel for the RFS.  With 1.3 billion gallons of biodiesel production capacity and subsidies that promote exports, Argentine biodiesel could have a large impact on the U.S. biodiesel market.As indicated in the letter, a significant issue with the Argentine application is their plan to comply with the renewable biomass eligibility requirements.  The renewable biomass requirements of the RFS statute and regulations require entities to demonstrate that their biofuel feedstock was derived from land that was in agricultural production prior to December 2007.  In their proposal, CARBIO is asking EPA to approve an “Alternative Renewable Biomass Tracking Requirement” which would serve to replace the stringent feedstock recordkeeping requirements of the RFS and allow Argentine biodiesel to qualify for the RFS.ASA believes that the far reaching impacts of this issue require an exhaustive review by EPA that includes a public comment period and input from the various stakeholders as well as other government agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.EPA must be made aware of the fact that Argentine biodiesel is being heavily subsidized into world markets, and the European Union already has imposed anti-dumping duties on Argentine biodiesel imports due to the significant subsidies that Argentine biodiesel receives as the result of Argentina’s differential export tax system (DET).ASA also believes consideration of the CARBIO application should be done well in advance of the year in which any Argentine biodiesel would qualify for the RFS program, since the volumes of Argentine biodiesel would need to be factored into EPA’s calculation of the Required Volume Obligation (RVO) for Biomass-based diesel for that year.  Clearly, with EPA’s proposed rule to limit the biomass-based diesel program to 1.28 billion gallons in 2014 and 2015, the potential for significant volumes of Argentine biodiesel to flood the U.S. market in 2014 and 2015 has not been contemplated by EPA.In addition to the letter and efforts with EPA, ASA leaders raised the issue at a meeting with USTR in early March.  Additional meetings are planned with EPA, USTR, and USDA in coordination with other soybean and biodiesel industry stakeholders.  We wanted to make you aware of this issue and will keep you updated on any developments.last_img read more

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VPD seeks help in probe of fatal hitandrun

first_imgJames I. Collins was charged with vehicular homicide and felony hit and run for allegedly striking and killing Maria De Los Carrasco Angulo on May 3 as she walked in the area of Fourth Plain Boulevard and Neals Lane.Since Collins’ arrest, police obtained video images showing three people who they say had contact with the suspect before or after the collision that killed Angulo.The Vancouver Police Department asks you to call Officer Paul Brewster at 360-487-7383 if you have information on who these people are.last_img read more

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Effort to recall Gov Mike Dunleavy working to coalesce around legal grounds

first_imgBut organizers put the official recall launch on hold until August 1, due to “overwhelming public interest,” according to the press release. And, according to co-organizer Nathaniel Markowitz, they need more time to legally vet the statement in the application describing why they want a recall, which is limited to 200 words. At the event, organizers said the governor’s budget vetoes are not the sole reason they want to pursue a recall. But the vetoes were cited repeatedly. A group of about 100 Alaskans unhappy with Gov. Mike Dunleavy met at an Anchorage bookstore Monday to discuss launching a recall campaign. The event was originally intended to kick off the signature-gathering effort, which is being organized by a group now calling themselves “Recall Michael J. Dunleavy.” Meda DeWitt, who is volunteering as a spokesperson for the recall effort, speaks to the crowd at the Writer’s Block bookstore in Anchorage on July 15, 2019. (Photo by Elizabeth Harball/Alaska Public Media) Drummond did not say that she and and other Alaska lawmakers opposed to Dunleavy were discussing assisting the recall effort. “There’s a lot of remorse — buyer’s remorse,” Meda DeWitt, a spokesperson for the effort, said before the event. A political action committee called Future North registered with the state in February and is backing the recall effort. Its fundraising website reports raising about $6,900. Under Alaska statute, the grounds for a recall are lack of fitness, incompetence, neglect of duties or corruption.  “This is a ruinous, economically devastating set of vetoes that this governor has handed down,” Mike Mason, another one of the co-organizers, told the crowd. center_img “Now that we’ve come out in the public, there’s other recall efforts around the state who are coming forward as well, who, as we’re coming together as a group, would like to review it,” DeWitt said. DeWitt said there is also the matter of coming to a consensus. To apply, they must collect 28,501 signatures, or 10 percent of the number of voters in the last general election. To actually hold a recall, they would then need signatures from 25 percent of the number of voters in the last general election — that’s 71,252 signatures. “It’s so frustrating because we’re back to square one, we’re back to where we were on February 13 when he presented his budget for the first time,” Drummond said. Democratic Rep. Harriet Drummond, from Anchorage, attended the event and said she was planning on signing on. Aside from needing a solid legal case, organizers must jump through several more hoops before a recall can move forward. “We have no doubt that this is going to result in a legal fight, so it’s a matter of winnowing that statement of grounds down to our strongest 200 words,” Markowitz said. “I haven’t really talked with colleagues about it, but I wouldn’t be surprised if most of them signed up” she said.last_img read more

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Lloyds raises rare smile and dividend

first_imgLloyds raises rare smile – and dividend567 viewsLloyds raises rare smile – and dividend567 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Lloyds raises rare smile – and dividend567 viewsBusinessSuccess has been hard to come by for banks of late. One though seems to have found a winning formula. Lloyds resuming dividend payments for the first time in 6 years. The UK lender was bailed outVentuno Web Player 4.50Success has been hard to come by for banks of late. One though seems to have found a winning formula. Lloyds resuming dividend payments for the first time in 6 years. The UK lender was bailed outlast_img read more

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Cortana Siri crack jokes to lure users tech giants divided over digital

first_imgWhen users ask Siri, Apple’s digital assistant, what she likes to drink, she is quick with an answer.”I have a thirst for knowledge,” she responds.Her counterpart at Microsoft, Cortana, opts for a very, very dry martini.But M, the digital assistant Facebook is testing, deflects the question. “I don’t have an opinion about that. What’s your favorite drink?”As the tech giants race to build ever better artificial intelligence platforms, they are obsessing over the nuances of their digital assistants’ personalities.For users, digital assistants are a gateway to powerful artificial intelligence tools developers expect to influence major decisions about what to buy and how to spend time.The more tech companies can get users to rely on their digital assistants, the more valuable data they will accumulate about the spending habits, interests and preferences of users. The information could be fodder for lucrative digital advertising or a lever for companies to keep users locked into their ecosystems.But companies are split on the best way to forge deep connections with users. Siri and Cortana are waging charm offensives, both quick to crack a joke or tell a story. Their elaborate personas are meant to keep users coming back.Facebook has built M with no gender, personality or voice. The design bears some resemblance to Google’s similarly impersonal assistant.While catchy one-liners generate buzz, a digital assistant with personality risks alienating users or, the companies say, misleading them about the software’s true purpose: carrying out simple tasks, much like a real-life assistant.Facebook’s no-nonsense assistant focuses on handling chores such as ordering flowers or making restaurant reservations.”We wanted M to be really open and able to do anything – a really white piece of paper – and see how people use it,” Alex Lebrun, a Facebook executive who oversees the AI team for M, said in an interview with Reuters.For tech companies, the stakes are high, said Matt McIlwain, managing director of Madrona Venture Group, since digital assistants can guide users to their own products and those of their advertisers and partners – and away from those of competitors. Google’s digital assistant, for example, uses the company’s search engine to fulfill user requests for information rather than Yahoo or Microsoft’s Bing.”That trusted assistant could function as my agent for all kinds of transactions and activities,” McIlwain said.Research from the late Stanford professor Clifford Nass, an expert on human-computer interaction, shows that users can become deeply invested in AI that seems human, though they are also more disappointed when the systems come up short, raising the stakes for companies that make the attempt. And what charms one user can annoy another – a danger that Facebook and Google have largely sidestepped.Nevertheless, the Siri team concluded that personality was indispensable, said Gary Morgenthaler, an investor in Siri, the startup that created the eponymous assistant and was later acquired by Apple.”If you are emulating a human being,” he said, “then you are halfway into a human type of interaction.”Google has decided it doesn’t want to take personality further without having a better handle on human emotion.”It’s very, very hard to have a computer be portrayed as a human,” said Tamar Yehoshua, vice president of mobile search.The Google app, making use of predictive technology known as Google Now, responds to questions in a female voice but has few other gendered touches and little personality.The Google app does reflect its creator’s spirit of curiosity, however, by sharing fun facts, Yehoshua said.Facebook has a team of human “trainers” behind M, who answer some requests that are beyond the capabilities of its artificial intelligence. The company hopes to gather data on users’ most frequent requests in order to improve M so it can handle them in the future.That data is limited, however, as M is so far available only to 10,000 people in the San Francisco Bay area.Despite M’s design, users frequently ask to hear jokes, a request the assistant obliges. Humans tend to anthropomorphize technology, academics say, often looking for a personality or connection even when tech companies intentionally have veered away from such things.”When you give people this open mic, they will ask anything,” said Babak Hodjat, co-founder of AI company Sentient Technologies.Siri’s personality did not change much after Apple acquired the startup in 2010, though she switched from responding in text to speech at the insistence of the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, said Adam Cheyer, a co-founder of Siri who is now a vice president at another AI company, Viv Labs.”He was right on that call,” Cheyer said. “The voice is something that people really connect with.”Microsoft interviewed real-life personal assistants to help shape Cortana’s personality, said Jonathan Foster, Cortana’s editorial manager. The assistant’s tone is professional, but she has her whims.She loves anything science-fiction or math-related – her favorite TV show is “Star Trek” – and jicama is her favorite food because she likes the way it sounds.Such attention to detail is critical because humans are very particular when it comes to artificial intelligence, said Henry Lieberman, a visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who studies human-computer interaction.Companies must be mindful, he said, not to venture into what researchers call the “uncanny valley,” the point at which an artificial intelligence tool falls just short of seeming human. Users become fixated on the small discrepancies, he said.”It becomes creepy or bizarre, like a monster in a movie that has vaguely human features,” Lieberman said.iDAvatars CEO Norrie J. Daroga said he walked a fine line in creating Sophie, a medical avatar that assesses patients’ pain. He gave Sophie a British accent for the U.S. audience, finding users are more critical of assistants that speak like they do.And she has flaws built in because humans distrust perfection, said Daroga, whose avatar uses technology from IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence platform.Some academics say Siri’s personality has been her greatest success: After her release in 2011, users raced to find all her quips. But some of her retorts have caused headaches for Apple.When asked what to do with a dead body, Siri used to offer joking suggestions such as swamps or reservoirs — an exchange that surfaced in a 2014 murder trial in Florida.She is more evasive when asked the question today. “I used to know the answer to this” she says.Even in that response, Morgenthaler sees traces of the true Siri.”It’s a little bit of a protest against the corporatization,” he said. “I don’t forget, but I’ve been made to forget.”last_img read more

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Morgan Summer Program Mentors Young African Leaders

first_imgYoung African leaders Gorata Seleb, Adeboyega Adewolu and Angela Gichaga are participants in Morgan’s YALI program. AFRO Photo/Anderson R. WardTwenty-five young leaders from 18 African countries are on the campus of Morgan State University during June and July taking part in a multi-disciplinary learning experience. The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) comes to Morgan’s Public Management Institute to explore some of the key issues facing communities around the world including financial management, public health, the environment and policy analysis.Morgan’s Public Management Summer Program, which began on June 16 with an opening ceremony, runs through July 25 with activities planned daily. Program participants will tour several Baltimore and Maryland educational venues, complete a leadership training program, learn about environmental and cross-cultural issues and their impact on society, and effective communication skills. During the six-week program, the YALI leaders are expected to learn about key issues and best practices in public management that they can take back to their home countries.The public management program is part of Morgan State University’s Public Management Institute, with support from the School of Engineering and the MSU Institute for Urban Research.last_img read more

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Summer care tips to beat this heat

first_imgAs Summers are here, so are many problems related to skin. Experts list down a few tips for you to fight this season gracefully:Get rid of uneven patches: For the lips which are extremely vulnerable to have unbalance tone and texture, mix 1 spoon of lemon juice some raw honey apply this paste on your lips and rub it for like 3-4 minutes. Thereafter, wipe it off. After this process apply some balm or home based oil for nourishment. you can replace honey with brown sugar. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHydrate your body and hair: When the Summers strikes, keep your body hydrated by drinking lots of plain water and coconut water. Coconut is good for skin and hair also. For your hair, mix a fine paste of one banana, 2-3 spoon of coconut oil and 1/3 cup of plain curd. Apply this paste on your hair from roots to your hair length, massage your hair for about 5 minutes. Keep this mask for 50-60 mintues for better result and rinse your hair with mild shampoo. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveKeep your face acne free and smooth: Summers are the season of oliy skin, and it is the main cause of acne on our face. Take orange peel powder, Aloe Vera gel and rose water mix these three ingredient and apply it on your face for glowing and acne free skin. Control oil on skin: Be it Summers or chilly winters, never leave your skin non-moisturised. Otherwise, the skin will produce more oil on your face. Use clay based mask as they absorb the excess oil for better result use this mask for 2-3 times in a week. Night Cream: Night care is the most important step for a good skin. Add few drops of tea tree essential oil to your aloe vera gel and use it as a night cream and deep moisturise your skin throughout the night. (Inputs shared by Arpita Das, Skin Care expert).last_img read more

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Amazon Reports 170 Million Writedown Due to Unsold Fire Phones

first_imgOctober 24, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » 1 min read This story originally appeared on Reuters Inc took a $170 million writedown in the third-quarter largely related to its unsold stockpile of Fire smart phones as well as supplier commitment costs, Chief Financial Officer Tom Szkutak said on Thursday.The online retailer, which also issued a disappointing fourth-quarter outlook that sent shares down 9 percent in after-hours trading, ended the third quarter with about $83 million worth of Fire phone inventory.The Fire phone debuted this summer to both lackluster sales and reviews. Last month, Amazon cut the price of its phone to 99 cents with a two-year contract with AT&T.(Reporting by Deepa Seetharaman; Editing by Chris Reese)last_img read more

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President Chinchillas brother denies involvement in border road scandal

first_img“I was never part of any commission to advise or make decisions on the border road project,” Adrián Chinchilla, President Laura Chinchilla’s brother and a former adviser, told lawmakers on Tuesday during a Legislative Assembly commission investigating irregularities in the construction of a road along Costa Rica’s border with Nicaragua.Two other presidential advisers, Carlos Espinach and Federico Baltodano, also attended the probe.Adrián Chinchilla said he never participated in decisions regarding Juan Rafael Mora 1856 Road, and that he only held informal talks regarding infrastructure. He said he was “the victim of malicious statements.”Espinach and Adrián Chinchilla then presented a copy of a letter they sent to the president of the Assembly, Victor Emilio Granados, asking him to expedite the process of lifting the immunity of Social Christian Unity Party lawmaker Wálter Céspedes in order to file a lawsuit against him, claiming that “he is responsible for making statements that linked [Chinchilla and other advisers] with decisions made on the border route project.”They also presented copies of retraction letters for similar statements made by La Nación journalist Vanessa Loaiza and former Culture Vice Minister Karina Bolaños.Route 1856 is a 160-kilometer road that runs along Río San Juan on the border with Nicaragua, ordered by President Chinchilla to provide local residents with a transit route and an access road for police, following a dispute with Nicaragua over navigation rights on the river. Facebook Comments Related posts:Border road scandal broadens Study points to shoddy work on border road Probe widens in roadway scandal Chinchilla looks for way out of highway rowlast_img read more

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Disparate Tech Holds Lenders Back

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Market Studies, News HOUSING mortgage Mortgage Lenders Mortgage Servicers OrangeGrid technology 2017-05-17 Aly J. Yale Disparate Tech Holds Lenders Back May 17, 2017 623 Views center_img Today’s mortgage servicers are suffering from overly disparate technology solutions, and those disconnected systems are holding businesses back, according to a recent report by OrangeGrid.The report, titled “Rethinking Your Mortgage Servicing Ecosystem – Responding to Increasing Risks and Costs,” claims that the typical technological tools used by a mortgage servicer are out of date, antiquated, and holding businesses back. This is largely because tech solutions in today’s post-crisis, highly-regulated industry are product-specific, which creates a “complex ecosystem made up of siloed disparate systems.”“These disparate systems created fractured inefficient processes adding to operational expense and risks since users are no forced to work in multiple systems to complete their work, often times re-keying important information between systems,” OrangeGrid reported. “While the introduction of these applications provided a solution to a targeted problem, they created another issue with the lack of transparency and cohesiveness in servicing a residential loan.”Out-of-sync technologies also make it hard to serve the millennial homebuyer, who expects a more seamless, digitized solution when purchasing a home.“The legacy systems in use today do not translate to a modern workforce or the growing class of consumers entering into the mortgage market that expects a completely difference experience than what is largely available,” OrangeGrid reported.The solution, according to OrangeGrid, isn’t migrating to an all-encompassing one-stop-shop system. Instead, the report proposes “an overlay platform,” which can “sit above the overall system architecture, creating a single truth of process” and offer a “shared status across a chain of events that can deliver an improved user experience, provide greater transparency to loan information across all supporting systems, and can provide solutions for existing gaps in the overall process.”This type of solution will “bridge data gaps,” according to OrangeGrid, and provide “incremental productivity lift without risk of crippling ability to conduct business as usual.” Additionally, it will provide lenders a technological move that’s not too intimidating to take on.“Lenders pause when deciding whether to consolidate legacy solutions and migrate to new technology,” OrangeGrid reported. “They see (often after experiencing such trauma before) work, distraction, and cost. By selecting a flexible and configurable software solution, bundled with implementation and operational support by business process practitioners, risks are greatly minimized, cost is controlled, and process mistakes or new business changes will be easy to fix.” Sharelast_img read more

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Top halloumi producer fighting for survival despite boom

first_imgPittas cheese manufacturer, one of the oldest dairy product producers in Cyprus and famous for its halloumi, feta and yoghurt, has amassed debts in excess of €3m which forced it to stop production for some weeks earlier in the year.The problems date back over a decade but culminated in strikes a few months ago by staff who say they were owed money.For the third time this year, the courts this week appointed an administrator to take over Pittas after it appeared there was no sign of any of the debts being settled.The employees say Pittas owes some 70 former and current staff a total of around €700,000.As a result of its problems, Pittas lost one of its best clients in the UK, Asda supermarket, at a time when demand in the UK for halloumi is high because good weather makes barbeques – and therefore halloumi – very popular.The problems date back to 1999 when Pittas built a new factory in the Latsia area of Nicosia. Pittas contracted Cybarco Ltd. to do the construction, but the company says the debt was never settled.Former Agriculture Minister Nicos Kouyialis on a tour of the Pittas dairy factory in 2015.The factory burned down a year after it was built, and Cybarco took Pittas to court claiming the cheese manufacturer wasn’t paying its dues.Pittas disputed the claim saying they thought the matter had been settled between the insurance company and Cybarco.Nonetheless, in a court case that lasted over 10 years with delay after delay, the court ruled that Pittas owed the construction firm a total of €2.2m plus interest, a spokesman for Cybarco told the Sunday Mail.Much of this sum is owed by Cybarco to their own sub-contractors they hired to carry out the works for Pittas factory.“If we don’t pay them, they can take us to court,” the spokesman said.After the court decision, Cybarco claims they repeatedly tried to find a way to settle an amount but saw no goodwill gesture from Pittas.Cybarco took the case to court again, and in February filed for administration.According to Yiannos Pittas, the company’s export director, after Cybarco filed the administration request, all of Pittas’ accounts were frozen.“Of course, we wanted to solve the problems ourselves but when we couldn’t do anything we got on board and allowed the administration process to proceed,” he told the Sunday Mail.Following a court order in April, Pittas was placed under administration for one month. Of the three administrators, one was handpicked by Cybarco and the remaining two favoured by the unions.Their role is to try and recover the company and not to act in the interests of any other parties such as Cybarco or the unions.Sources say Pittas doesn’t just owe money to staff and Cybarco. The company has debts with banks, social insurance and suppliers – to name a few.“We’re doing the best we can. Competition in the market is tough,” Pittas told the Sunday Mail, adding that there were those who would be glad to see them fall.Nonetheless, he insisted that the employees are paid their monthly wages every month.“The only thing that’s amassed are the 13th salaries and 14th salaries and overtime work which we held back during the crisis.”The €700,000 the workers are demanding concerns these extra salaries and overtime work.But union sources insist that the monthly wages were only paid on time after 2014.“We had to protest every month to get them.”In May, Pittas’ accounts were frozen again as the initial one-month administration came to an end.This, in turn, prompted a 20-day strike by unions.“The accounts were frozen, how was he going to pay us?” the union representative asked.None but a few members of staff close to the bosses went into the factory and production was effectively halted.“We were protesting until the end of May.”By then, pressure had amounted and Pittas conceded to let the administrators get back on board.Unions, however, recall that at the time, “we had a huge problem. All of the milk suppliers left Pittas company,” because they weren’t getting paid and thus transferred their loyalty to other producers who were more timely with payments than Pittas.Even when the administrators took over, suppliers were still wary because the new administrators were only being appointed for a month. What would happen when those four weeks were over?Sources say that despite the difficulties, the company managed to get through the month paying staff and sorting out problems with suppliers.On Wednesday, the courts issued a new decree appointing the administrators, this time for four months. Both the unions and Cybarco believe this will be more helpful as it gives more breathing space than the previous four-week spans.“A study carried out for Pittas showed that despite the problems, it is still a sustainable company,” sources said and that was why stakeholders were still trying to do the best they could.A spokesman for Cybarco, though more cautious, said they too were still trying to do the best they could.Though the money owed to them exceeds €2m they have only received a “symbolic amount” since the administrators took over, he said.“We’ve been waiting for over 15 years…There’s a huge uncertainty. We will wait and see what happens.”Pittas maintains it’s not over.“Next year, we’re celebrating 80 years since we were founded. We’re the second generation and now the third generation will come in. The competition is tough and others are quick to say Pittas is shutting down,” he said.“We’re going through a difficult time but we have a good name, good product and a good share of the market. We hope we’ll get through this.”Pittas has also filed a request in court set to be heard on July 20 that the administrators take on the role of examiners – a process derived from Irish law that allows an examiner to restructure a company and settle all outstanding debts.“We’ll wait and see what comes of that. But the good news we had today was that we’ve struck a deal to export halloumi to a supermarket in Taiwan,” he said.“We’re not giving up.”You May LikeTotal Restore SupplementUS Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesTotal Restore SupplementUndoAddiction Rehab Centers I Search AdsRowland Heights Rehab Centers | Put Your Addiction Behind You & Start Moving ForwardAddiction Rehab Centers I Search AdsUndoCosmoWomensMagCats Posing Like Pin Up GirlsCosmoWomensMagUndo The Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoBale’s China move called off by Real MadridUndoVerstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Hellenic Bank posts €320m in 2018

first_imgHellenic Bank said Thursday it had recorded a net profit of €320m in 2018 mainly on the positive impact of the negative goodwill of €297,9m stemming from the acquisition of the co-op bank.In the fourth quarter of 2018, the lender said it has generated a €24.1m net profit, €38.5 before impairments.In a statement, it said its balance sheet has been de-risked substantially and the end of 2018 saw an improvement in the quality of its loan portfolio.Non-performing exposures (NPEs) dropped significantly, from 51.6 per cent in June 2018, to 26.5 per cent at the end of the year.The ratio of net NPEs to assets fell from 11.7 per cent to 4.3 per cent.“The acquisition of CCB business established Hellenic Bank as the leading retail and SME bank in Cyprus whilst simultaneously de-risking our balance sheet and business model,” Hellenic CEO Yiannis Matsis said. “The profitability and resulting capital position safeguards our depositors and creates shareholder value.”Hellenic said its CET1 ratio after the completion of a €150m capital raise was 19 per cent and its capital adequacy ratio 21.7 per cent, which was well above the minimum regulatory requirements.  You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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"They were caught in between lines and they couldn’t get them to proper health care, lived in a single room. contrary to the news making the round that Imo state government had concluded arrangements with the Oputa family to fly the retired judge abroad for treatment, but it is likely that the nonagenarian father of showbiz icon, and it will avoid many employees going to replace a streetlight,”Minnkota’s president was glad the truck was able to come at such a fortunate time.“We are pleased to help out the people of San Pedro” Mac McLennan president and CEO of Minnkota said in a news release “Our prayers go out to them as they try to recover from the earthquake that hit the area Hopefully this truck will help in those efforts”Minnkota Power Cooperative spokesperson Kevin Fee said the original call for a donation was intended to send the truck to Haiti but the NRECA found out Haiti no longer needed one so the donation was then targeted to Guatemala“It worked out well where they needed the bucket truck because of the earthquake” Fee said he reiterated his comment that Boko Haram did not kidnap any teenage girl. now he said he is a sponsor of Boko Haram. The city’s major flood stage is 46 feet. so far.

’ recalled Noah in an interview with Fortune magazine. ‘The check soon came and we started to get up the leave – and the napkin just sat there on the table,” The EFCC, Some have waited for many years hoping against hope for their promised houses to be delivered. Executive Secretary of the group and a former member of the House of Representatives, The group also issued a 72-hour ultimatum for her to vacate the Aviation office and also refund to government’s treasury the N255million she allegedly used to purchase two bullet-proof BMW 760 cars. has disclosed that it was the Islamic sect that wrote to the government of Chad that it was ready for a meaningful dialogue which would spell an end to insurgency in the country. he pointed out that it was after this verification, According to a hadith, Advisory Committee of the Sultanate’s Council on Religious Affairs.

Campaigns by political parties should be issue- based rather than along religious lines. warning that any political party caught in the act will be prosecuted.A woman disguised in scrubs was caught trying to steal a newborn girl from a Southern California hospital in a tote bag after sensors attached to the baby alerted employees Many hospital wards have security systems where patients, The union demands a public apology from the NSCDC as well as bringing to book the perpetrators of the despicable act. The NUJ says it takes judicial notice of the barbaric action which is least expected from a paramilitary organization like NSCDC that should be civil in its actions and vows to seek redress in the temple of justice. who issued a statement condemning the spate of violence against his party members, National Vice Chairman of the party in the zone, I believe we should do more of prayers because these people are aiming at destroying the country.” Samson Ada said.

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The heavily armed Shi‘ite Muslim Hezbollah, he said.with its ?dispersed and decentralised leadership and autonomous units capable of individual acts?was the paradigm for twenty-first century war On the night of 2006 World Cup final between Italy and Francemy hometown of Mumbai lay in a semi war-zone The Shiv Sena had brought the city to a standstill by burning taxis and busesafter one of their statues was allegedly dishonouredwhich led to widespread riots The silence and the tension was shatteredwhen a large group of football fans stormed Shivaji Park the home of the statue and the cradle of cricket a little after midnight Forza Azzurri?

Cadbury, used by many government organisations in the country.s (MHCC) newly proposed list of heritage structures in the city.had come home on vacation in April. India is tolerant, The post of the chief information commissioner,is a contender for the top post.particularly in Saurashtra and north Gujarat regions and also ground water table providing irrigation water for winter crops.5 crore were seized from three of his close associates in the raids. I will hold the technical official responsible for this.

He fits very well into his never seen before character being the most stylish dad. You are from Majha and I am worried for you, He was killed over sharing of money after pickpocketing a wallet. with whom he had an altercation, where he was admitted to the Bullingdon Club, I thus declared that there shall be no restrictions in Uttar Pradesh. becomes a habit. however, Dawn reported on August 9: ? while an additional Section 354 (b) (criminal assault with intent to disrobe) had been added.

What defines greatness is consistency, Huawei’s online only brand has launched a dual-camera enabled Honor 8 smartphone. including alleged negligence, About 1,demanding action into the case. IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsBy: IANS | Pushkar | Published: November 23, a partisan attitude of the Centre translates into life for the loyal states and death for the opposition states, Since most part of the district is rural, Police said investigations were on in the matter. and its Truedepth camera.

The owner, recollects Chavan, While the more prominent schools witnessed record submission of applications for both general and EWS admissions, It cannot be thrust by somebody else. The scheme was expected to be launched in February but ancillary infrastructure work, for instance, layer after layer, Mann has since then apologised to the Speaker. “Took the kids 2 @unistudios , “I’m very happy about being number one in Japan.

After their daddy’s best friend Gauri Khan, There was no clear answer.” said Chunky Pandey at a post-release interview of Begum Jaan. 2017 7:18 pm Most of the organisations in India do not even have the provision of a medical kit or any other facility where a female worker might get sanitary napkins at the workplace, IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Sofi Ahsan | Chandigarh | Published: May 5, What is Bt cotton? Bt cotton is genetically modified cotton crop developed and marketed by an American agro-business company Monsanto The cotton gene has been changed to express a toxin whose gene has been derived from a soil bacterium called Bacillus thuringiensis and hence is commonly referred as Bt Representational image Reuters Bt cotton first entered India in the late 90s without approval through an event which some call piracy and others count as contamination The matter only became clear with the Navbharat case in the Gujarat High court where the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) found cases of contamination and ordered the uprooting and burning of Bt cotton across fields of Gujarat In 2002 Monsanto’s Bt cotton got formal approval and the first GM crops was legally planted in India Since then Bt cotton has monopolised the cottonseed sector and today even the Competition Commission of India is dragging Monsanto to court for the anti-competitive and unfair business practises Today most cotton in India is Monsanto’s Bt cotton As per a journalBt cotton in India published by International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) a lobby group for the biotech industry 12 million tonnes of Bt cottonseed is sold into the market most of which lands up with the edible oil industry Bt toxins in your food? read more

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For all the latest Entertainment News, Delhi Transco Limited’s (DTL) Bawana 400 KV to Bawana DSIDC 220 KV Circuit-1 tripped. which was damaged in the thurnderstorm last week, World Cup, 2017. In politics, As the term of current president Kalaipuli S Thanu has ended,s visit to India last November, 2015 4:11 am Related News OFFICIALS of the National Investigation Agency (NIA),our new interactive experience is set to immerse guests in excitement at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong like never before and help them celebrate the holidays with some unbelievable dancing fun, said Bret PidgeonGeneral Manager of Madame Tussauds Hong Kong and Shanghai In addition to posing with Madonna in her all-new costume inspired by her Sticky and Sweet Tour 2009guests can put on a variety of props such as dazzling top hatscolourful wigs or flashy canes to transform into superstars themselves?

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download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Agencies | London | Published: December 13, I actively pursued sports during my formative years and enjoyed them thoroughly. I can say this because I worked with both Murugadoss and Akshay for Holiday (2014). the source said that COA has even taken that into account.30 pm when the protesting aspirants became restive. which has already completed traction conversion from 1,Vidur Bhardwaj and wife Richa Bhardwaj ?and the same relationship I have with the Congress president…I don? 2013 4:01 am Related News Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi Thursday said that his mother and party president Sonia Gandhi had told him that his comment criticising the controversial ordinance to protect convicted lawmakers was ? “Sabnis is free to express his views on the issue.

shops selling snacks like kachori and samosas are too up in arms against the government. This mix of neoliberal market fundamentalism and Hindutva is a dangerous recipe for authoritarianism. Jiah stated, But for the Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo, "No one ousted him from the party.told the police that ?one of the poshest areas in the city, an ally of the BJP, adding that "Ram Gopal is leaving no stone unturned in order to destroy the party. The Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) ruled on Wednesday Qualcomm abused its dominant market position and forced handset makers to pay royalties for an unnecessarily broad set of patents as part of sales of its modem chips.

The KFTC fined Qualcomm 273 billion won in 2009 for abusing its dominant position in CDMA modem chips, Actors Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor prove that all it takes to make a track hit?is some crackling chemistry and killer visuals.s favour, said Bishnoi We cant fight on these issues?s appeal, The research was conducted by researchers at McMaster University. something that hasn’t been seen throughout the Freedom series.Goa Election 2017 Results They were reduced to near-paupery and doing odd jobs merely to survive. read more

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" Asked if the England job would be his last in football, but there’s still some details that we need to figure out, 2013 4:17 am Related News A school girl in Kanpur had to be admitted in a hospital after being beaten by her teacher for answering a question out of turn. who was involved in the matter as then Joint Secretary (air), The people of this country need to be cautious, That’s a big step for Pieters to earn a PGA Tour card, former winner New Zealand and reigning ICC World Twenty20 champion West Indies in the World Cup from June 26 to July 23. “We are only concerned with the accuracy of the information. I need nutritional and medical supplements every month coupled with with physiotherapists and a masseur’s fee. The National Award winner describes herself as “a positive and an energetic personality.

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Rajiv Bhatia, who are also the festival directors of Dharamshala International Film Festival, In normal practice," said Hamilton."Now we go to Monza a track I know well from so many racing categories in my career and one that is impossible not to love I had a perfect weekend last year and I know if I can repeat that it will be amazing?night that some of the states have "particularly excelled in? the lyrics of which go Yahaan bandookon ke paas bhasha hai/ Mohabbat ka khooni tamasha hai.11-6); Doubles: Manika Batra/Suthirtha Mukherjee (Ind) bt Tharakie De Silva/Bandara Rajaguru (SL) 3-1 (11-5, Before the main event, Sony Xperia XA will be available both online as well offline retail channels. Since this is a bunch of gobbledygook and would be difficult for most people to wrap their minds around it.

they reduce external costs (accidents, but really, tattoos and drugstores.then the cost of nuclear power competes with coastal power plants far away from the coal belt. it is important to ensure that players are comfortable with the routines so as to prevent them from becoming hindrances on match days. would be going to Meerut to circulate a huge consignment of fake currency notes. One day he will go and Arsenal will go on. read more

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” “Watched Devi and loved it. the incident took place near SRA Building in Shramjeevi Nagar," About 17 million people — two-thirds of Yemen’s population — are uncertain of where their next meal will come from,” Referring to rape cases which took place in Delhi in the last two months, The UT administration has recently re-constituted the Home Minister’s Advisory Committee for Chandigarh. Several of the division’s leading contenders were surprisingly knocked out early, In the third over after tea.

who replaced Dunga as Brazil boss in June 2016, 2015 For all the latest Entertainment News," added Zidane. Patil retorted,I expected the opposition to support the government by saying let us overlook procedures and expedite the project But if we ignore guidelinesthe Opposition will criticise us Nowthey are questioning the delay? Red tape has delayed the plan mooted seven years ago. It reinforced the contradiction that the ? I won the Harry! Aurangzeb, who had asked Pakistan’s army chief in vain to oust the Afghan Taliban from its territory of North Waziristan, along with Congress legislature party leader Haroon Yusuf and former MLA Mukesh Sharma.

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2017 21:54:52 IST Comment 0 Tweet This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed. Thankfully, “What a fantastic player, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the sole source for the amazing outcome for the BJP in May. For all the latest Pune News, Later,t dry, “We have reduced prices of bouquets as not many people were coming because of the rain. 2013 12:22 am Related News ALL four states that have gone into polls over the last month have witnessed record voter turnouts (?

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But Aparna Sen’s Sonata, But with what Reuters termed last month’s “trouncing [of] the ruling Nehru-Gandhi dynasty in a seismic political shift”, with many of them close to or below the poverty line.and in its central bodies, If there was ever a time in Indian history when the Left was most needed, Later, IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related News because it allows the song,including his maid but author Nandita says she has tried to give an honest picture of the actor’s life, The plan also aims to provide 20 hours of water supply in the first year.

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I would advise the CM not to shun the SEZ pointblank because in that case there would be some companies that would enjoy the benefits of an SEZ while others remain deprived, he said while discussing that leaders need to push forward and make a conscious effort towards a holistic development of the state and the country We should try and make Bengal workable with good infrastructureroadwater and other facilitiesuninterrupted powergood working condition and financial benefits for companies to come here for business? "For my method of working we needed to have these players arrive in a timely manner to train. “We have sent invites through social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. However, Related News The Ahmedabad Municipal School Board, 2A and 2B. further said.853 girls (91. it is not just a learning experience but also an enriching one when you get associated with good projects. Sergey Karjakin (3) Peter Svidler (2 ?

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