New Delhi, May 4 (PTI) Embattled tycoon Vijay Mallya has defended his position of not being personally liable for repayment of Rs 9,431 crore loan to now defunct Kingfisher Airlines saying he had given personal guarantee for the loans “under coercion”. Mallya, who flew to London on March 2 just days before a consortium of lenders knocked on doors of the Supreme Court to recover Rs 9,431.65 crore of loan and interest, in his deposition to the Rajya Sabha Committee on Ethics said he had approached the Bombay High Court for declaring his personal guarantee for KFA loan void way back in 2013. “The fact of the matter is that much prior to the consortium of banks which had advanced loans to Kingfisher Airlines Ltd recalling those loans, in or about March 2013, I along with others filed Suit… in the Bombay High Court inter alia seeking a declaration that the personal guarantee dated December 21, 2010 executed by me in favour of the consortium of banks was void, ab initio and non-est on the ground that it was executed by me under coercion,” he said in a signed letter to the panel on May 2. The Committee, headed by Karan Singh of Congress, recommended his disqualification as Rajya Sabha MP for defaulting on loan repayments. Mallya said the case was still pending and the matter was sub-judice. “It is on this basis that I am contesting the application filed by the Consortium of banks, inter alia against me before the Debt Recovery Tribunal, Bengaluru, seeking a decree against me.” The Supreme Court, he said, had directed DRT to dispose of the application expeditiously. Stating that there was no tenable basis for the unanimous decision reached by the Ethics Committee, he said he had “no faith in the current climate prevailing in the country” that he would get “any justice even at the hands of my colleagues in the Ethics Committee.” (MORE) PTI JD ANZ MRadvertisement
Sony is set to unveil three Xperia handsets at IFA 2017 in Berlin. There are speculations that Sony will launch three phones- Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact and Xperia X1. There are talks that Sony could unveil the phones on August 31 except the Compact which may launch by September 10.While the phones have been leaked in past also, a new render relased by an unknown Chinese websites reveals the image of the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 compact in its full glory. The site shows four images with two for each phone. All the four phones reveal really thick and chunky bezels at the top and bottom. The Sony Xperia Xperia XZ1 and the Xperia XZ1 Compact leaks in past reveal some of it major specs. A Polish site named Komp.tech has leaked the specs of the two phones. The device with model G8341 is expected to be the Xperia XZ1 while the other with the model number G8441 is most probably the Xperia XZ1 Compact.The Xperia XZ1: The upcoming Xperia XZ1 is rumoured to run on Android 8.0 and was listed at the site with a price tag of USD859 which rounds off to Rs 55,000 nearly.Also Read: Sony Xperia XZ Premium review: Pixel perfectFurther, the smartphone is expected to come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC and 4GB RAM. The GeekBench listing reveals that the phone in questions will sport a 5.1-inch full HD display and pack in 64GB internal memory. Sony phones focus on camera specs. The Xperia XZ1 will reportedly sport a 19MP rear camera and a 13MP selfie shooter. The smartphone is further expected to come with 4K Video support. The colour options of the phone could be Venus Pink, Black, Warm Silver, and Moonlight Blue. The device could be backed by a 3000mAh battery.advertisementThe Xperia XZ1 Compact: The GeekBench listing reveals that the alleged Xperia XZ1 Compact scored a 1834 points in single-core test and 6232 in multi-core test. The handset will run on Android 8.0 and powered by Snapdragon 835 SoC coupled with 4GB RAM. The Antutu listing had revealed that the phone could come with 32GB internal storage , HD 720 x 1280 pixel display resolution and 8MP camera on both the sides. The Compact version is expected to be priced at USD 737 which roughly equals to Rs 48000. The screen size could be of 4.6-inch.
A University of Georgia sprinter is expected to make a full recovery after he was impaled on a javelin during a practice session on Tuesday.Elija Godwin was participating in a drill in which he and his teammates were sprinting backwards when he ran into the javelin, which had been left pointing out of the ground at an angle. The accident left Godwin with wounds to his back and shoulder and collapsed his left lung. Emergency services attended to him and ground off part of the javelin before he was taken to hospital where the rest of it was removed by surgeons.“He was transported to Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center. He underwent surgery and is in stable condition,” read a statement from the University of Georgia. “A full recovery is expected, according to UGA Director of Sports Medicine Ron Courson.”Georgia’s athletic director, Greg McGarity, said no one was to blame for the incident. “It was truly an accident,” McGarity said. “Nobody threw anything or anything like that.”Godwin will, unsurprisingly, miss the rest of the season. Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Reuse this content Topics … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Athletics US sports Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Share via Email Share on LinkedIn College sports Support The Guardian
zoom Poland’s DCT Gdansk has finalized the financing process for the construction of a 650m deepwater berth with a group of commercial and development banks which will provide up to EUR 290 million (USD 359.3m) for the project. The conclusion of the financing process comes shortly after DCT Gdansk announced NV Besix SA as general contractor for the expansion of the Baltic sea port. The second facility in DCT Gdansk, which will be fully operational in 2016, will allow the terminal to meet a growing demand for deep-sea services in Central-Eastern Europe.The new berth will increase DCT’s annual handling capacity to up to 3 million TEU in the first stage of construction.DCT Gdansk will be able to handle Ultra Large Container Vessels of capacity exceeding 18000 TEUs. The berth will be equipped with 5 STS cranes and the required additional yard equipment.“We are approaching the completion of the project’s initial phase which directly precedes the construction works. The decision to develop the existing DCT Gdansk container terminal is a result of growing need for more efficient and economic transport solutions in the Baltic region, able to effectively compete with the Northern European container ports’ services,” said DCT Gdansk CEO Maciek Kwiatkowski.Press Release
zoom In the latest testimonies of the second round of El Faro hearings the US Coast Guard’s Marine Board of Investigation heard that the vessel’s captain relied heavily on the BonVoyage weather system, local media informed.The board listened to a testimony from Kevin Stith, the Captain of El Yunque, who said that he believes the system was Captain Michael Davidson’s primary resource.Last week’s hearings revealed that El Faro was sailing with outdated weather forecasts when it encountered Hurricane Joaquin near the Bahamas on October 1, 2015. The vessel’s weather monitoring program received a forecast which might have been 10 hours old, the executives with Applied Weather Technology, which delivers forecasts through the BonVoyage system, testified in earlier hearings.The projected path for Hurricane Joaquin was also out-of-date by at least ten hours when El Faro was already long on its voyage, therefore, the vessel’s crew did not have an accurate track of the storm.Stith, who earlier served aboard the El Faro as its first mate for about three weeks, said that he trusted Davidson’s judgement and abilities to navigate his vessel in stormy weather as he was aboard the cargo ship when it encountered rough weather from Tropical Storm Erika in August 2015.In late September, Stith and Davidson’s vessels crossed paths as El Yunque was headed to Jacksonville, while El Faro was headed South to Puerto Rico on the ill-fated journey.El Yunque’s captain testified that he informed Davidson that the storm was intensifying, as he encountered a 100-mile an hour wind gust.World Maritime News Staff
Starting today, June 10, the Indian Sluice Bridge on Route 308 in Yarmouth County will be closed to traffic during specific times of the day for repairs. During weekdays, the bridge will be closed from 9 a.m. to noon, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The bridge will be open at all other times and on weekends. The work, scheduled to be completed by Friday, June 21, weather permitting, involves replacing the upper portion of the timber deck and inspecting steel connections. “I want to thank the residents in advance for their co-operation over the next two weeks while repairs are made to the existing bridge,” said Maurice Smith, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “I fully appreciate the closures might be an inconvenience, but the repairs are necessary while we continue our work to build a brand new two-lane bridge for residents and others who travel to and from Surette’s Island.” Residents, RCMP, fire, Emergency Measures Organization, Emergency Health Services and the CSAP school bus supervisor have been notified of the closure. The province is investing $13,533,445 to build a new bridge to replace the Indian Sluice Bridge. It is scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2014. It is part of government’s 5-Year Highway Improvement Plan and the jobsHere economic development plan. A sketch of the new Indian Sluice Bridge, also known as Surette’s Island Bridge is available online at http://gov.ns.ca/news/Photos/2012/nov/Indian-Sluice-Bridge.jpg. People can view the progress as the bridge gets built, at http://novascotia.ca/tran/highways/isb.asp .
Earlier this month, actor Tom Hiddleston spent several days living £1 per day in support of Live Below The Line, which raises money for charities including UNICEF UK. Here are some of Tom’s thoughts about the challenge.I took on the challenge of living on £1 a day out of compassion and a desire to understand the constraints and conditions of those less fortunate, who don’t have a choice. For me it was about voluntarily experiencing even the smallest fraction of the hunger, as well as the discipline required, to subsist on such a small amount. The world’s poorest families, all over the world, face such malnutrition that their growth and development is held back.Here’s the thing. I haven’t really ever lived below the line – not below the poverty line. I still live in a nice house in London, with running water and a roof over my head, with gas and electricity. Clean drinking water comes rushing out of the kitchen tap. My surroundings are still comfortable. But the children who live below the poverty line have none of these things.Conversely, I live a very active, very blessed life. It wasn’t always thus: everyone starts at the bottom. I have worked hard since I left school to get to where I am now. But even that statement alone is a declaration of good fortune. My parents had sufficient income, not only to feed me regularly and to feed me well, but also to send me to good schools. To state the obvious: education is power. It always has been; it always will be. I’ve been very, very lucky. It has given me an emotional and physical strength, which anyone who has lived below the line, for a long time, doesn’t have.Most of us are physically active. I am propelled through my life by an unceasing supply of energy: three square meals of nutritious food (eggs, oats, meat, fish), but also coffee, tea, bananas, smoothies, organic vegetables, fresh fruit, chocolate, biscuits. If ever I feel drained there is always energy within easy reach. Like most people, I rush about. I dash in and out of town for meetings. I’m on the move all the time. When I am working as an actor, it is first and foremost a physical act, on stage or on set. I was lucky, that when I took this challenge on, I wasn’t doing physical action, stunts and battle sequences.Live Below The Line made me think about food in an entirely different way. I had to plan better, to budget better. I didn’t waste a penny, or a crumb. It was a test of mind and will power. It was a test, simply because I am unused to being hungry. In order to stay within my budget I had to think carefully, and pay more attention when cooking my own meals. I had to cook my own meals and not buy food on the go. When you only have a 1 kg bag of rice, you take care not to burn it. When you only have two eggs per day, you take care to cook them right.I enjoyed cooking during my Live Below The Line week more than I ever have. I enjoyed the meals I made for myself, more than I enjoy the food I would normally buy on the go – a coffee, a sandwich, lunch at a café, or a take-away.Through this challenge I learned the importance of preparing food carefully. I learned to be grateful for every single mouthful. I understood how wasteful I used to be.I’ve seen the difference UNICEF can do first-hand, at every level of care for malnourished children, in Guinea in West Africa. I undertook the Live Below The Line challenge to raise awareness and support UNICEF in their commitment to save the lives of the poorest children in the world.Ultimately Live Below The Line has taught me gratitude, on a level far beyond the intellectual. This week, if you have done the same, you have my greatest respect.Please visit Live Below the Line to pledge your support.To read the full blog, click here.
“It was better than I could have dreamed.”This time last week, that dance was just that — a dream. Cohen wanted to put on a show despite her age, but she didn’t have a dance partner. She said she wanted to jive, and jive she did.At 103 years old, Kitty Cohen tore up the dance floor at the VIP Dance Events competition in Mississauga on Sunday, aided by her new partner, pro dancer Blake McGrath.“It was exciting to the point of distinction,” Cohen said, a little breathless, after the performance. Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment In an interview with CTV News in July, Toronto’s Cohen, called out to the public: she was on the lookout for someone to spin her ’round the stage.Earlier this week, McGrath — a veteran of So You Think You Can Dance Canada and an internationally acclaimed choreographer — answered her call. Facebook Advertisement
APTN National NewsA few dozen Manitoba youth gathered at the first North-End youth forum.The forum hosted break-out sessions and guest speakers all in the effort to hear how the youth view their community and how they want to see it change.As APTN National News reporter Shaneen Robinson explains, these inner city youth are facing many of the same issues Aboriginal young people are facing in urban and rural communities across Canada.
TransCanada shareholders will be asked to approve the change at the company’s next annual meeting.The company says it plans to continue trading under TRP on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges. CALGARY, A.B. – TransCanada Corp. is changing its name to TC Energy.The pipeline and utilities company says the change better reflects the scope of its operations across North America.TransCanada chief executive Russ Girling says TC Energy “clearly articulates” the company’s business which includes pipelines, power generation and energy storage operations in Canada, the United States and Mexico.
Rabat – Unsatisfied with the performance of the current authorities, a group of young Tunisian activists has called for a general strike to protest against bad governance.Calling themselves ‘Red Vests,’ an apparent nod to France’s ongoing rising prices and anti-‘arrogant elite’ protests, the Tunisian group said that their resentment and desire to demonstrate is motivated by systemic government failure and widespread corruption in the country.Like their French counterparts, Tunisia’s Red Vests say that an aloof and corrupt government has driven up unemployment and poverty, exacerbating the grievances of the North African country’s large portion of disenfranchised. Read Also: Tunisian Government Approves Equal Inheritance LawDespite Tunisia’s reputation for progressive reform and most performing democracy in the Arab world, the Red Vests accuse the country’s authorities of championing “a policy of systemic impoverishment.”In a Facebook post on Friday, December 7, the group said it wants to “save Tunisia” from both its harsh socio-economic circumstances and the “lack of vision” prevailing in government circles.The Red Vests movement’s call for a general strike to commemorate the eleventh anniversary of the Arab Spring comes amid a spiral of strikes. In November alone, the North African country was home to 746 social protests, according to the Economic and Social Rights Forum quoted by Middle East Eye.While Tunisia has collected enthusiastic applause from the international community for its bold liberal-minded reforms, the IMF-monitored austerity measures have created quarters of unhappy and economically disaffected.
TORONTO — The federal government says it has been notified that China has suspended the export permits of two Canadian pork exporters.A spokeswoman for Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says a formal notice of the suspension was received Wednesday after Customs China posted the information on its website.Kate Hawkins says it believes the cause of the action is administrative.Canadian pork producer Olymel LP says its plant in Red Deer, Alta., is one of two affected by the suspension. The other pork producer has yet to be identified.Spokesman Richard Vigneault says the Quebec-based company is assessing the situation, but so far there is no impact on production at the plant.The suspension comes as relations between the two countries have become tense following last December’s arrest in Vancouver of Huawei Technologies executive Meng Wanzhou on a U.S. warrant. China has since arrested two Canadians and halted canola imports from two Canadian companies. The Canadian Press
In a press release issued in The Hague, ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said he had received a sealed envelope and supporting materials that had previously been entrusted to Mr. Annan – who is also the Chairman of the African Union Panel of Eminent African Personalities – by a commission investigating the violence that erupted in December 2007 and early 2008.Mr. Moreno-Ocampo’s office has had the situation in Kenya under preliminary examination since last year, and last week a high-level Kenyan Government delegation visited The Hague to discuss the need for accountability for those responsible for the violence.“The Kenyan authorities, while continuing all efforts to set up national proceedings, have committed to start sharing information on the current status of investigations and prosecutions arising out of the post-election violence, as well as on measures taken to protect witnesses, with a view to assisting the [ICC] Prosecutor’s work,” the press release noted.If the efforts to conduct national proceedings fail, the Government agreed last week to refer the situation to the ICC within one year.“The transmission of documents by Mr. Kofi Annan forms part of these collaborative efforts to ensure that justice is not delayed and that future crimes can be prevented,” Mr. Moreno-Ocampo said.The ICC is an independent, permanent court that investigates and prosecutes people accused of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. It is based on a treaty known as the Rome Statute, of which 109 countries are now States Parties. 9 July 2009The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) today received sealed information about persons suspected of being responsible for last year’s post-election violence in Kenya from Kofi Annan, the former United Nations secretary-general who helped mediate an end to the deadly clashes.
Wisconsin’s Kohl Center is a notoriously tough place to play for road opponents. Ohio State knows this more than anyone. After a 71-67 loss to the Badgers Saturday afternoon, the Buckeyes have lost nine straight in Wisconsin’s arena. In a press conference Friday, coach Thad Matta said OSU’s lack of success in Madison, Wis., bothers him. “You always remember the losses more than you remember the wins,” he said. “It is what it is, and you just look at the challenge ahead.” Matta recalled a couple of especially painful games, losing at Wisconsin, 72-66, his first year at OSU, and losing last year, 65-43, as the No. 15-ranked team in the nation. After the undefeated Buckeyes led by 15 with 13 minutes left in the game, this loss is likely to be right up there. Fifth-year senior forward David Lighty said the Kohl Center is one of the most challenging road venues in the Big Ten. “It’s home court for them and no one likes to lose at home,” he said at Friday’s press conference. “They don’t lose too much at home.” Saturday’s victory for Bo Ryan’s club makes the Badgers 150-11 at home in Ryan’s 10 seasons there. During his tenure, his squad has the fourth-highest home-winning percentage in the country, behind Kansas, Duke and Utah State. Under Ryan, Badger basketball is synonymous with a slow-tempo, defense-oriented game. Matta said that in the past, he’s joked with Ryan about the style of play. “A couple years ago, we were getting ready to play them in the Big Ten Tournament, and I ran into him,” Matta said. “I said, ‘Bo, we’re both in the NCAA Tournament. This doesn’t matter; let’s just not let anyone play defense, and see if we both can’t score 100.’” In reality, Ryan’s squads rarely allow opponents to score more than 70, especially at home. The Badgers have surrendered fewer than 70 points for 38 straight home games, the longest current streak in the country. OSU is second, with 37 straight. Adding to the difficulty in scoring against Wisconsin is the Badgers’ ability to hold onto the ball on the offensive end, and not allow transition baskets, said senior guard Jon Diebler. “Obviously we like to get out and run a lot,” Diebler said at Friday’s press conference. “When you play a team where you don’t get a steal and get an easy layup, it’s hard to pick up the tempo.” With their 15-0 second-half run to tie the game, the Badgers ignited the crowd and their student section, nicknamed the “Grateful Red.” Lighty, who hasn’t won in Madison, said Wisconsin’s students are one of the most difficult aspects of playing at the Kohl Center. “Especially when they’re feeling good and making shots, it gets loud in there,” he said. “It’s an environment suited for college basketball.”
Jatiya Sangsad. File PhotoThe maiden session of the 11th parliament will begin on 30 January, within 31 days of the national elections held on 30 December, reports news agency UNB.President Abdul Hamid on Wednesday convened the session exercising his power bestowed upon him by article 72 (1) of the Constitution.It will also be the first session of the New Year, which will start at 3:00pm on the day, according to a parliament secretariat press note.The five-year tenure of the outgoing parliament will expire on 28 January as its first sitting was held on 29 January 2014 after the 10th general election was held on 5 January 2014.The 10th parliament during its current tenure sat 23 times that witnessed 410 business days. A total of 198 bills were placed and 193 of them were passed.The opposition Jatiya Party did not boycott parliament but staged walkout for three times while the leader of the opposition, JaPa co-chairman Raushan Ershad was present in the House for 242 days.Several MPs of the opposition Jatiya Party were, however, part of the government since they were selected as the cabinet members of the 10th parliament.Leader of the House and prime minister Sheikh Hasina was present in the 10th Parliament for 338 days.The last session (23rd session) of the 10th parliament was prorogued on 29 October last year.
Stay on target The virtual world found in Ready Player One is very similar to MMO games. Like MMOs, The OASIS features its own economy, history, and cultural norms. Given the similarities between MMOs and The OASIS, gamers (and our wonderful readers) will no doubt recognize much of the movie’s video game terminology. However, audiences unfamiliar with games may have a difficult time understanding specific terms used in the film. That’s where we come in.In order to prepare folks for Ready Player One (even those torn apart by it), we’ve compiled a list of the 7 MMO terms you’ll need to know. You may have heard these terms in passing, or know them intimately. Either way, a good crash course on these terms should help everyone out.RespawnIf you die while playing an MMO or most online games, you almost always get brought back to life. This is respawning. Upon your return, you either end up exactly where you left off or at a nearby save point. Thanks to respawning, players can take chances they otherwise wouldn’t if they had limited lives.This is also the case in The OASIS. Protagonist Wade Watts and his friends can partake in death-defying stunts without fear of dying. The only real penalty one suffers after dying in The OASIS is losing valuable loot. This can also be the case in other MMOs. In general, respawning makes playing online games (and even offline ones) a lot more enjoyable.Easter EggThese aren’t the eggs kids paint (and rabbits lay?) during Easter. Easter Eggs have been a staple of gaming almost from the beginning. They are either objects or inside jokes developers like to hide in games. They are usually put in there for the hardest of the hardcore fan. World of Warcraft is known for containing Easter Eggs from franchises like Super Mario Bros and Final Fantasy, for example.The central plot of Ready Player One actually revolves around an Easter Egg. The game’s creator, James “Anorak” Halliday, planted this object somewhere in The OASIS. The first person who can find it gets awarded with Halliday’s vast fortune. Naturally, Wade Watts and other “gunters” (egg hunters) do whatever they can to find this Easter Egg. If they succeed, they can finally make a better life for themselves in the real world.NPCNPCs, or Non-Playable Characters, are the AI-controlled characters found in any video game. They aren’t limited to humans, either. Animals, robots, and monsters all fall under the NPC umbrella. It’s actually quite difficult to think of a game that doesn’t have NPCs of some sort. In fact, some of gaming’s most memorable characters are NPCs. Think of all the interesting individuals you meet in games like The Elder Scrolls or Fallout.Wade Watts comes across various NPCs during the course of Ready Player One. So keep in mind that when he or his friends talk about NPCs, they aren’t referring to other players.RaidA Raid is a special mission that multiple players can partake in. Usually, Raids contain challenges a single player cannot hope to overcome. Raids typically have endless enemy waves and a large monster (or more) to slay. Raids can even have players fight against each other.Given their difficulty, Raids almost always reward players with high-end loot not found in other game modes. Of course, rare drops aren’t always guaranteed; meaning players may have to replay Raids multiple times to get the goodies they desire. Raids are mostly associated with MMOs, but even games like Destiny have them.PVPPVP means Player Versus Player. This is different from PVE, Player Versus Environment. As the name tells you, this is a mode in online games where players can fight and kill one another. The OASIS in Ready Player One has dedicated PVP locations and even entire worlds strictly for PVP. Wade Watts has to travel through dangerous PVP areas and avoiding fighting the “Sixer” forces during his hunt for the egg.Games like EVE Online are famous for their large-scale PVP battles which can contain thousands of player-controller ships at a single time. For many players, PVP is the main reason they play MMOs or other online games. To them, nothing is as thrilling as facing off against human-controlled enemies.AggroAggro is when a monster becomes “aggressive” and focuses all of their attention on a single player. Typically, you’ll want monsters to attack players who have high defense (“tanks”) since they can survive such a barrage. While these players draw aggro from monsters, users who specialize in magic or ranged attacks can attack from a safe distance.Having players that can effectively draw aggro is a vital component in MMOs, especially during Raids. Even non-MMO titles like Monster Hunter: World have an aggro system in place.BuffThis doesn’t refer to waxing one’s car. A Buff is a beneficial status effect that boosts attributes for you and your party. Buffs include increased health, defense, and attack damage. Dedicated healers can place buffs on tanks to help them survive vicious attacks or heal the team if they are low on health. Conversely, “de-buffs” remove beneficial status effects from enemies or players.Games like Entropia Universe and other MMOs rely heavily on buffs and debuffs. Managing both is the key to overcoming the toughest monsters. Plus, knowing when to buff and debuff adds a nice level of strategy to battles. 10 Best Worst Items in Hot Topic’s Clearance SectionReal There You Guys: Ready Player One and Nostalgia as Generational Poison Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Police in the Staffordshire Moorlands are warning motorists to take extra care on the roads as an Amber Weather Warning comes into force across the area. A number of reports of accidents and vehicles stuck on ice have been reported – with the latest weather forecast predicting more icy conditions to come. Police are currently (12.55pm) working to recover a vehicle on Brown Lane in Flash. A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “Really be careful in the Moorlands the road surfaces are dangerous. Numerous reports of collisions and vehicles stuck on ice. “We can’t put warning signs out as they will blow away. Brown Lane, Flash will be closed until it is safe to move the vehicle. “Weather conditions are extreme on Morridge Top and surrounding roads. High winds and icy roads, please avoid if you can. Please take care driving.” A Met Office Amber Weather Warning (the second highest tier) for ice is in force across the Staffordshire Moorlands from 1pm this afternoon (Saturday December 15) until 6am on Sunday morning – with a yellow warning for snow and ice in force from 9am this morning until 9am on Sunday. The Met Office warning states: “Freezing rain is expected to result in the rapid development of widespread ice, with very dangerous travelling conditions likely. “Injuries from slips and falls and danger to life on icy surfaces are likely. “Dangerous driving conditions are likely leading to road traffic collisions, road closures and longer journey times.” Inrix, the traffic data company, reports Brown Lane in Flash is closed in both directions closed due to an accident and wet and icy roads from The New Inn to Turning for Northfield Farm. Traffic is coping well. The area of Brown Lane in Flash affected by the closure (Image: Inrix) There are also reports of icy conditions on the A523 Ashbourne Road in Bradnop. Just across the border in Cheshire, the A54 is closed between Buxton and Bosley due to an accident and icy conditions at Wildboarclough Read MoreTrue Grit: Terry retires after more than 25 years of gritting Staffordshire Moorlands roads Buxton Weather Watch, a social media page that monitors weather in Buxton and surrounding areas of the Peak District, said that freezing lane was likely throughout the afternoon. The page said: “Freezing rain is one of the most dangerous weather phenomenon we can get here in the UK and there’s a high chance of some this afternoon. “Some initial snow is possible over the tops, however most places will see a transition to this ice rain through the day. Main roads might be ok, however on untreated pavements and road there’s a risk of black ice developing due to this freezing rain as per previous posts. Take extreme care when travelling later today.” Read MoreCouncil aims to build 6,000 homes in Moorlands as new strategy launched Staffordshire County Council said it deployed its gritters across the county last night. Today’s outdoor markets in Leek have already been cancelled as a result of bad weather. A Staffordshire Moorlands District Council spokeswoman said: “”Unfortunately due to the amber weather warning issued by the Met Office we are having to cancel the Farmers’ and Antique, Craft & Collectors Market in the market place, Leek. “However the Indoor Butter and Trestle Market will still be open as usual.” We’ll bring you any updates affecting the area as they become available.
Investors received with concern yesterday’s announcement of a €10.5m after-tax loss in the first quarter by Hellenic Bank and warned that the bank needs to improve the area of governance.“In terms of efficiency, we have the same situation as we had when the Church was in charge,” said Andreas Leonidou, the top executive of Prochoice Chrimatistiriaki, a Larnaca-based investment firm. “Provisions are raised continuously. It’s strange for an economy rising at a 3 per cent rate to see an increase in provisions”.“Either they had been withholding information about bad debtors or there is something wrong with the management,” he continued. “There can be no other explanation”.Hellenic Bank, until four years ago dominated by the Church of Cyprus, is the only Cypriot lender that survived the 2013 banking crisis without resorting to a bail-in or a bailout. It posted last year an after-tax loss of €63.5m. In the first quarter of 2017, it increased its provisions for loan impairment by €27.3m to almost €1.4bn against €916.5m in the respective quarter of 2014, a year after the culmination of the banking crisis.From January to March this year, the bank’s cost-to-income ratio, an indicator reflecting a lender’s financial soundness, rose to 69.6 per cent compared to 40.7 per cent in the first quarter of 2014.“Up to 130 new workers have been hired over the past two years without reducing the number of big salary earners,” Leonidou continued, adding that unlike Bank of Cyprus, which offered in recent years three voluntary-exit schemes to reduce its staff levels, Hellenic failed to do so.The only exception was the scheme of June to September 2013, which allowed the bank to reduce its staff level by 165. It employed at the end of March 1,652 workers compared with 1,403 three years earlier, with staff cost rising to €20.9m in the first quarter of 2017 from €19.7m three years before.Leonidou said that the bank has hardly increased its customer loans over the past years, even as it attracted more customer deposits, resulting in the bank parking €2bn in excess liquidity at the European Central Bank (ECB) at an annual cost of 0.4 per cent, or €8m.“These are funds that could have been invested in securities with even zero yield such as German government bonds or those of countries rated AAA,” Leonidou continued, adding that inefficiencies also result in slow response times in opening customer accounts.“Hellenic Bank still requires guarantors to extend mortgage credit,” he said, adding that the bank remains “stuck to old mentalities”.“Instead of being the first to launch aggressive mortgage schemes, even Bank of Cyprus, with a 100-per-cent loans-to-deposits ratio, offers better terms,” he said.Leonidou attributed the blame to Hellenic’s board, dominated by the New York-based hedge fund Third Point and the Nicosia-based entertainment software developer Wargaming.net, with 26.2 per cent and 24.9 per cent shareholding, respectively.“They are promising over the past years to better manage these funds and it looks like they cannot,” he said. “Third Point and Wargaming are demonstrating some kind of indifference and we don’t know the reasons”.On Wednesday, Hellenic’s chief executive officer Ioannis Matsis, who got the ECB’s approval last month, said that the bank’s management is aware of the challenges lying ahead in reducing its bad loan portfolio, which fell to 57 per cent in the first quarter compared with 58 per cent in the previous quarter.The bank’s chairwoman Irena Georgiadou announced yesterday her decision to step down and remain member of the board, citing personal reasons.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Are Leading The Pack. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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