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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Following weeks of consultations a Thessaloniki court ruled yesterday in favour of Moscow’s request to extradite 39-year-old Russian cyber-crime suspect Aleksandr Vinnik.According to Vinnik’s lawyer Ilias Spirliadis, the suspect who is also wanted in France and the United States has been involved in cyberattacks and a multibillion-dollar fraud in Russia.The suspect was arrested in Greece last year following a warrant issued by the U.S.The same court originally ruled to extradite Vinnik to the United States and in France, however, the ruling was upheld by the Supreme Court following a supplementary request from Moscow.France is seeking Vinnik for alleged cyber-crime, money laundering, membership in a criminal organization, and extortion whereas in the U.S. he is to stand trial for allegedly laundering billions of dollars using Bitcoin.Greece’s justice minister is expected to decide where Vinnik will be sent after examining the competing extradition requests from the three countries.The suspect has denied all charges, Radio Free Europe reports.last_img read more

first_imgMap of Iraq locating bombings on Monday and Tuesday. AFPThree suicide bombings in Baghdad and a city to the west have killed at least 42 people, targeting Iraqis breaking their fast and elderly people collecting their pensions, officials said Tuesday.The strikes came as forces fought to retake the last areas held by the Islamic State group in their former stronghold of Mosul.The first IS-claimed car bombing struck a Baghdad ice cream shop during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when Iraqis often stay out late shopping or socialising after breaking their daily fast.A second attack claimed by the group targeted the country’s main pension office, while a third bombing was carried out at an army checkpoint in Hit, some 120 miles (200 km) west of Baghdad.Haidar Hussein, 22, had been sitting with friends at a coffee shop near the Al-Faqma ice cream parlour in the capital’s central Karrada district.A police captain tried to prevent a small white pickup truck from approaching the area, but the driver kept going forward and then the truck exploded, he said.The blast sent rubble flying, sparked a fire and threw Hussein to the ground, injuring his arm and leg. At least 16 people were killed and 75 injured in the attack.After checking himself for wounds, Hussein began to look for his friends.“Many people were on the ground, including women and children, and the screams of the women and children got louder,” he said.Among the dead was Hussein’s 22-year-old friend Karar, who left behind two wives and three children.Images posted on social media showed the devastating impact of the attack, which left ice cream cups scattered on the blood-stained ground.In the second strike, a suicide bomber blew up a vehicle near Iraq’s main pension office, which is close to one of the principal bridges over the River Tigris, said the Baghdad Operations Command.The blast killed at least 11 people and wounded at least 40, officials said.The bombing at the Hit checkpoint killed 15 people, including four soldiers and a journalist, while 23 others were injured, Anas al-Ani, spokesman for the department of health in Anbar province told AFP.The Iraqi chain Asiasat TV said its journalist Souhaib al-Hiti had died in the attack, for which no group has yet claimed responsibility.‘Wanton savagery’The US State Department said in a statement that it condemned the Baghdad bombings in “the strongest possible terms”.“These brutal attacks, whose victims included innocent children breaking the Ramadan fast and elderly Iraqis collecting their pensions, demonstrate once again the wanton savagery of the enemy we face,” spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.The UN called the bombings an “outrage” while Paris turned off the lights of the Eiffel Tower on Tuesday night in tribute to the victims.The bombings in Baghdad come as Iraqi forces fight to retake the last IS-held areas of Mosul, a city that was the jihadist group’s emblematic stronghold.Iraqi forces are more than seven months into a massive operation to recapture the city, and have already taken back its whole eastern side and much of the west.Three neighbourhoods north of Mosul’s Old City-Al-Shifaa, Al-Saha and Al-Zinjili-are now the target of a broad assault by Iraqi soldiers, police and special forces that was launched last week.IS is mainly relying on “snipers and suicide bombers” to target Iraqi forces, as it is running low on mortar rounds and explosives after losing sites it previously used to produce them, Iraqi Brigadier General Shakir Kadhim Mohsen told AFP.The United Nations has warned that up to 200,000 civilians who are believed to remain in IS-held areas of the city are in grave danger and that large numbers could flee.“We are deeply concerned that right now, in the last final stages of the campaign to retake Mosul, that the civilians… in (IS) areas are probably at graver risk now than at any other stage of the campaign,” Lise Grande, the UN humanitarian coordinator for Iraq, told AFP.The World Food Programme said Tuesday that it “has identified worrying signs of an increase in the rate of malnutrition among newly displaced children from western Mosul.”last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: A senior official of a foreign Consulate office here was allegedly molested by a man in its vicinity, police said today. The middle-aged woman complained to the Shakespeare Sarani police station that she was molested by a man while she was walking on the street on Wednesday, Joint Commissioner (crime) Praveen Tripathi said. Acting on the woman’s complaint, police ran a check of the CCTV footage and the man was identified as Rohit Agarwal, a third year commerce student of a college in south Kolkata. He was arrested on Thursday and is currently in judicial custody, Tripathi said.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The popularity of eco-friendly electric buses in New Town is increasing fast with 81,000 people availing the vehicles in the past five months.New Town is the first area in Bengal where air-conditioned electric buses have been introduced. Three buses have been introduced, which follow a circular route. Two buses are for Action Area I and one for Action Area II. The buses are going up to Unitech, covering the campus of St. Xavier’s University and Karigari Bhavan. The average speed of the buses is around 40-50 kmph. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe buses strictly observe the guidelines of ‘Safe Drive Save Life’. Before introduction of the buses, the drivers were given special training as they have to give tickets to the passengers themselves, as there are no conductors. The fare of the buses is Rs 10. The coaches of the 32 seater buses have been built by Eicher Motors. Taking cue from the success of the electric buses, self-drive car rental company Zoomcar has proposed to introduce electric vehicles that can be hired and used by people inside New Town. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedCharging stations have come up in the area to ensure smooth operations of the vehicles. New Town has been declared as a green city and steps have already been taken by Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) for its maintenance in this regard. Cycle sharing, an eco-friendly scheme, has become a great success in the area and discussions are on to introduce e-vehicles on sharing basis as well. LED lamps have been installed in street lights to conserve power.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will take special measures to remove illegal hoardings in the city, Mayor Firhad Hakim said on Tuesday.He added that the civic authorities are carrying out a census of hoardings in Kolkata and maintained that the civic body will develop an app to track them. The main monitor will be in the chamber of the Chief Manager. There is also a proposal to develop a similar app to track down parking of vehicles in the fee parking zones in the city. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHakim said the KMC will ask the advertising firms to shift to LED or Canvas hoardings as those made out of flex cause visual pollution and can lead to major accidents when they collapse during storms or norwesters. He said the residents will be able to track the hoardings by downloading the app and in case they have any doubt they can contact the civic authorities immediately. Asked whether the KMC should remove the hoardings that are put up infront of heritage structures, he said the civic authorities will remove them in due course of time. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe illegal hoardings pose a serious threat to the KMC and cause a major dent in its coffer. Earlier, attempts were made to remove illegal hoardings and some of them were brought down as well but the owners of the advertising agencies get hold of political bigwigs and are allowed to carry on after payment of fine. It maybe mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had instructed the KMC to remove all the hoardings from the heritage zones some years ago.last_img read more

first_img​The role of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the modern world and the need of time have laid the emphasis on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), which has subsequently rechristened it as Conscious Social Responsibility and the environment pertaining with it, said Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena.While addressing a capacity crowd of entrepreneurs, designers, weavers, policymakers and other stakeholders in a grand National Trade Conclave named ‘Khadi : From Local to Global’, held under the joint auspices of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) and Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), the KVIC Chairman said that without including consciousness in CSR, it is a mere contemplation to think about the welfare of the last man left in the society. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe event was held at the FICCI auditorium on July 19. Citing the example of CSR funds utilized in restarting of an old Khadi institution at Sewapuri Gandhi Ashram in Varanasi, Saxena said: “We received CSR funds from Rural Electrification Corporation (REC). But, instead of providing a one-time benefit to the people, we revived the glory of the 71-year-old 12-acre Sewapuri Khadi Ashram in Varanasi started under the guidance of Mahatma Gandhi to promote Khadi and provide employment to the spinners and weavers working on the same mission, 26 years after it shut shop. We roped in REC to use its CSR funds in renovating this Khadi unit at the ashram premises, which has given direct employment to now more than 800 people of this area. Not only that, as many as 250 solar charkhas and 80 solar looms – provided by REC has provided direct employment to 400 people. Roping in worker co-operatives to be a part of the initiative, Mumbai-based Lijjat Papad has established a papad-making unit in the center in which 200 local women have been enrolled for the work,” he said, adding, “If the CSR is aimed to maintain the core consciousness of social responsibility, only then it is CSR in the true sense,” he said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveImpressed with KVIC Chairman’s new derivatives about the CSR, the Corporate honchos from Majors – including TCS and other noted companies vowed to utilize its CSR funds on the similar lines, suggested by Saxena. On the other hand, the Commerce and Industries minister Suresh Prabhu, in his video message, also said that the government is committed to promoting Khadi as a global fabric as it has the potential to boost economic growth and to achieve this aim, new designs and styles in Khadi are essential. “There is a huge opportunity for Indian fashion industry in the textile sector, and Khadi needs to create demand,” he said. Corroborating similar views, Ashwani Lohani, Chairman, Railway Board, said there is a need to make Khadi a symbol of national pride. “The railways on a daily basis require four lakh bedrolls and would be willing to partner KVIC in developing a strategy to provide disposable Khadi bedrolls and towels at economical rates,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgTowel or bear? You decide. The budget-conscious are no doubt drawn to the fact that so many attractions are free of charge once you’re at Butlins. You don’t have to count your pennies or say no to just another ride when you’re at the vintage-style fairground complete with waltzers, dodgems and carousel. A few rides and attractions carry an addition charge, but the vast majority are free and queues are virtually non-existent. My daughter was keen to visit the fairground as often as possible, as well as the neighbouring games arcade with its tuppenny push machines. It was well worth paying a small extra fee to hire a three-seater bike and spend a happy half hour exploring corners we hadn’t seen on foot. We also paid just a few pounds for a round of crazy golf. Read More’Only seeing your parents at mealtimes, Butlin’s was a children’s paradise’   Study your site map well, as there are hidden treasures waiting to be uncovered. We enjoyed seeing snakes and other critters in the Discovery Studio and played endless games of Cluedo after stumbling across a board games lending library in a quiet corner. Search for them and you’ll find some nostalgic remnants of early Butlin’s, including carriages from a monorail and old-fashioned chalets. Anyone for ice cream? But once we stepped inside the accommodation it had Butlin’s written through it like a stick of rock. From the Skegness cushions on the primary coloured sofas to the wooden pin the tail on the donkey game on the wall, the decoration was inspired, retro and a brilliant reminder of the heritage of the brand. There are numerous different types of accommodation at Butlin’s, with numerous different prices. Ours was spacious, well-appointed and spotlessly clean. The big stage shows are so popular that some people start queueing hours in advance. There’s really no need to leave the site at all, and we didn’t touch our car until it was time to go home. We did walk off site to paddle in the sea and build sandcastles, before a bracing stroll along the prom to get the full British holiday resort experience. You don’t even need to do that though, as Butlin’s has created a mini beach inside the resort complete with outsized seaside accessories for the full selfie experience. Like so many other aspects of Butlin’s, the food experience is what you make it. I’m sure some families arrive with their weekly shop, or buy ingredients from the two small supermarkets. But if you want to eat out there’s a varied selection of cuisines to tempt you. Billy the Butlin’s bear. We spent four nights at Butlin’s Skegness, staying in a two bedroomed Seaside Apartment. Among the more exclusive accommodation on the site, at first glance it looked a world apart from the old Butlin’s stereotype. If anything it looked more like a rival holiday resort, the one renowned for being middle class and located in wooded areas. 1950s advert for Butlins One thing we did struggle with was figuring out where to start with the entertainment. There’s so much going on, so many varied things happening at the same time, you almost want to clone yourself to take it all in. We visited during the school holidays with my eight-year-old daughter, and discovered a packed programme designed to provide something for adults and children of all ages. Helpfully, guests are given printed guides to exactly what is on when and where plus details of the age ranges it is most suited to. You can also download an app with everything from interactive maps to restaurant opening times and menus. center_img Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailButlin’s is all poolside knobbly knee competitions and poky chalets the size of the average garden shed, isn’t it? Come on, climb out of the 1950s. If it’s been some time since you last visited the original British holiday camp then you may be surprised to discover it’s undergone something of a renaissance since Gladys Pugh last said Good Morning Campers. Rather like a bag of pick n’ mix sweets, a short break to Butlin’s can contain whatever you choose to put into it. If you’re content with nothing but fizzy cola bottles then they’re there for the taking, but you can opt for mint humbugs or luxury toffee as well. A game of crazy golf whiles away a happy hour. We saw Titan the Robot, live wrestling by men in tiny, shiny pants, a puppet show and were encourage to exercise by giant Mr Men. But that was just the tip of the big show iceberg with other offerings including a circus, magic acts, a Sleeping Beauty panto, Paddington Bear and much more. The shows were so popular that some people started queuing hours in advance just to get a seat near the front. And if you consider the ticket price to see similar calibre acts at theatres elsewhere, you can easily see why lots of Butlin’s guests pack their holiday with as many of them as possible. Splash Waterworld ranked near the top of our Butlin’s highlights list. We enjoyed it so much that we spent hours moving between the different pools and water features, two days in a row. The outdoor rapids were a favourite – so much so that we stayed outdoors in our swimsuits even when it rained. A Butlin’s full English. There was so much to choose from in the Scoop ice cream parlour that it took quite some time to make a decision, then of course we had to visit again the next day to try a flavour we’d missed. I can confirm that bubblegum flavour ice cream does indeed turn your tongue blue. We had a premium dining package, which included breakfast and evening meal each day at either The Deck Restaurant or The Yacht Club. We hadn’t expected so much choice, so much fresh food and the lack of queues. It’s self-service, with much of the food cooked in front of diners, and there are no limits on what you can have or how many times you can top your plate up. Over the four days we had roast dinners, poached Salmon, rainbow-coloured vegetable stir fries and thick wedges of cheesecake. You could have burger and chips for every meal or you could have four courses rounded off with cheese and crackers if you wanted. Pin the tail on the Butlin’s donkey. Butlin’s is much more than that 1950s cliché. It’s a well-rounded family resort that can be exceptionally good value if you want it to be, or a more luxurious escape if that is what your heart desires. And there isn’t a Gladys Pugh in sight.last_img read more

first_img Tuesday, May 14, 2019 Share Posted by Yugotours staff in Croatia for reunion 20 years after operator closed TORONTO — More than 100 former Yugotours staff gathered for a reunion in Porec, Croatia earlier this month, more than two decades after the company closed. Former staff travelled from Canada, Australia, Canada, Germany Italy, Sweden, Austria, Czech Republic, Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina for the trip, which included a cocktail party, a boat trip to Rovinj via the famous Lim Fjord and a gala dinner in Villa Polesini. In the 1980s Yugotours sent close to 500,000 vacationers a year from the UK to the countries of the former Yugoslavia. The staff had in-depth knowledge of the former Yugoslavia and great relations with travel agents due to their regular regional road shows and promotions. The short flights, fantastic coastlines and attractions were a great attraction for travellers. Well-known industry veteran Wolf Paunic knows the company well – he made his first steps in the industry with Yugotours. “Many people of my generation share nostalgia for old Yugoslavia and the great time we were giving to guests from far and wide,” says Paunic.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaPaunic, now with Trafalgar, took part in the reunion event in Croatia. He worked for Yugotours as a destination rep in Ulcinj, Montenegro in 1988 and in Umag, Croatia, in 1989. Yugotours closed in 1995 due to the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. The organizers of the reunion, Joanne Purssell and Jill Jackson from the UK, worked at Yugotours head office. Dragan Djordjevic and Rajoko Marcura were involved as well. “So many of us have stayed in touch over all these years and we have always said we would do this grand reunion,” said Purssell. “It has taken serious planning with people coming from far and wide and we are all delighted to once again be together to talk about the old days and they really were good days because Yugotours was a fantastic company to work for. Customers who enjoyed Adriatic holidays booked again and again and travel agents hugely supported the company – there was a fantastic spirit.”center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Tags: Croatia, Paunic, Trafalgarlast_img read more