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Greek debt relief ‘closer than ever’ but creditors must act, Greek prime minister says

ATHENS Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras kept up his demand for debt relief from international lenders on Tuesday, saying Athens was close to securing a solution to ease its debt mountain but that creditors must meet there commitments.

Greece wants to wrap up negotiations with the lenders — the European Union and International Monetary Find — on reforms and on debt relief this month.

It needs another tranche of bailout money, wants to qualify for inclusion in the European Central Bank’s bond-buying program, and seeks to return to bond markets immediately afterwards.

“We are closer than ever to a substantial solution on debt relief,” said Tsipras reiterating that Greece had already agreed to apply more austerity after its current bailout expires and it was its lenders’ turn to fulfill their promises of discussions about debt relief.

“Τhe ball is no longer in our court,” he told reporters referring to lenders’ statements on debt relief in past years.

Despite Greece’s recent statements and a bailout review agreement at staff level, sources close to the lenders have been less optimistic seeing talks on debt relief lasting longer than May.

This is because of sharp differences between the IMF and Germany, Europe’s paymaster, over the Greece’s fiscal targets. The former says Greece’s target and debt are unsustainable; the latter, with an election coming, is less willing to drop its hard line.

After six months of tense talks, Athens and the lenders reached a deal last week on a set of additional reforms the country needs to implement in 2019-20, two years after its current, 86-billion euro bailout program expires.

Greece wants euro zone finance ministers to approve the reforms’ deal at a scheduled Eurogroup meeting on May 22 — a key condition for unlocking vital loans — but also agree on a formula to make its debt sustainable in the medium-term and long term.

Debt sustainability is key for the European Central Bank and the Washington-based IMF, which participated financially in the country’s first two rescue packages, but has yet to announce whether it will join Greece’s current program, the third since 2010.

Greek lawmakers are expected to vote on the new austerity package by May 18, before euro zone finance ministers assess the country’s progress.

Tsipras, who is sagging in opinion polls and whose term expires in 2019, controls 153 lawmakers in the 300-seat parliament and he is expected to pass the bill.

But the delays in the negotiations have slowed projected economic growth and have exacerbated reform fatigue after seven years of austerity hurting the government’s popularity further.

Asked whether he was considering a cabinet reshuffle, Tsipras ruled it out.

“We are not considering it. Our aim now is to speed up work as much as we can,” he said during a visit at the education ministry, where he announced a planned education reform.

(Additional reporting Angeliki Koutantou Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)

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03/11/2017

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Jumpers King – Bounce Houses and Water Slides #jumpers #bouncehouses, #water


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We have jumpers, inflatables, bounce houses for rent in Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura counties.

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29/09/2017

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Asset sales plan secures EU backing for $130 billion Dow, DuPont


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Asset sales plan secures EU backing for $130 billion Dow, DuPont merger

The Dow logo is seen on a building in downtown Midland, Michigan, in this May 14, 2015 file photograph. Rebecca Cook/File Photo

(Reuters) – Dow Chemical and DuPont won the blessing of the European Union for their $130 billion merger on Monday by agreeing to sell substantial assets including key research and development activities.

The European Commission had been concerned that the merger of two of the biggest and oldest U.S. chemical producers would leave few incentives to produce new herbicides and pesticides in the future. The deal is one of a trio of mega mergers that will reshape the industry and consolidate six companies into three.

Asset sales would ensure competition in the sector and benefit European farmers and consumers, the Commission said.

“We need effective competition in this sector so companies are pushed to develop products that are ever safer for people and better for the environment,” European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in a statement.

“Our decision today ensures that the merger between Dow and DuPont does not reduce price competition for existing pesticides or innovation for safer and better products in the future.”

The two other big deals in the industry are ChemChina’s [CNNCC.UL] $43 billion bid for Syngenta and Bayer’s acquisition of Monsanto.

Dow and DuPont said they were still on target for $3 billion in cost synergies and $1 billion in growth benefits.

The deal is still to be approved by regulators in the United States, Brazil, China, Australia and Canada, but the companies said they were confident of clearance in all remaining jurisdictions.

“This regulatory milestone is a significant step toward closing the merger transaction, with the intention to subsequently spin into three independent publicly traded companies,” Dow spokeswoman Rachelle Schikorra said in an email.

The EU approval may be a sign that U.S. regulators would follow suit because the agencies have traditionally coordinated on reviews and remedies for large multinational mergers, said Diana Moss, president of the American Antitrust Institute non-profit group.

However, any required asset sales would likely reflect antitrust concerns in the local marketplace.

“In the U.S. there are very high shares in corn and soybean seeds. We would expect those problems to be significant enough for enforcers in the U.S. to remedy them,” Moss said.

Weighty Decision

DuPont products are shown for sale in a hardware store in National City, California, December 9, 2015. Mike Blake/File Photo

The 1,000-page decision underlined the significance of the merger. In return for the EU green light, DuPont will divest large parts of its global pesticides business, including its global research and development organization.

The unit makes herbicides for cereals, oilseed rape, sunflower, rice and pasture and insecticides for insect control for fruits and vegetables.

Dow, in turn, will sell two acid co-polymer manufacturing facilities in Spain and the United States, as well as a contract with a third party through which it buys ionomers. The company has already found a buyer in South Korea’s SK Innovation.

“The main surprises here are the inclusion of the pesticides and the exclusion of any kind of seed assets,” Bernstein analysts wrote in a note. The analysts also said they had expected EU to be concerned about the concentration of seed sales, and that they would require Dow to divest its corn seeds business.

European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager holds a news conference after Dow Chemical gained conditional EU antitrust approval on Monday for their $130 billion merger by agreeing to significant asset sales, one of a trio of mega mergers that will redraw the agrochemicals industry, in Brussels, Belgium March 27, 2017. Yves Herman

“We see the required divestments here as smaller than we originally expected, due to the exclusion of seed assets”.

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10/09/2017

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Henna Art #henna, #art, #edmonton, #alberta, #canada, #henna #tattoo, #how #to


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OUR EDMONTON LOCATION IS CLOSING. LAST DAY TO PICK UP ORDERS IS JUNE 14TH.

ABOUT US

Henna Art, located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, is a professional company devoted to providing you a truly unique and creative experience! We take pride in our artists and the ancient art of henna, also known as mehndi. We only use the best quality fresh ingredients to give you the best stain. Our henna powders and natural hair care products are imported directly from India, Pakistan and Morocco. Using our fresh ingredients, we always create safe and natural henna paste, and offer natural henna products for all of our clients. We provide superior services to our clients and promise an amazing henna experience! Whether you are having a party, or want to learn henna–from consultations to bridal henna applications, we promise you a true henna experience!

Henna is also known as the art of mehndi or mehndhi. We are passionate about the art of henna and practice unique styles that display elegance and sheer beauty. Our innovative style blends tradition and modernity. We provide you with our modern and fun glitter and stone accents, which are popular at parties and look gorgeous with bridal henna. Using only the best quality, and fresh henna powders from India, Pakistan and Morocco, we create our henna paste using our special blend of quality essential oils. Since we love what we do, we always put positive energy and love with our services and products.

Our professional approach to the art of henna/mehndi makes us an excellent choice for your events! Currently serving the Edmonton area, our artists are accomplished in traditional methods, as well as modern application techniques, and glitter and stone accents.

In addition to our wide range of services, we express the tradition and splendor of henna in individually crafted pieces, do-it-yourself kits, and application products, perfect for anyone! Packed with positive energy and attention to detail, all of our products are guaranteed fresh! We only use natural ingredients, so you can be sure to have a safe and fun henna experience!

Our vision is to provide you with superior services and an EXCEPTIONAL experience! The ancient art of henna is a natural and safe alternative to temporary tattoos, natural hair care, healthy hair, and modern body art. While the origins of henna body art are unknown, it is practiced in India, Pakistan, Morocco, and other areas of Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. The art of henna passes all borders and is a celebrated form of art that thrives today!

Enjoy your true henna experience at a private party, corporate events, classes, bridal henna, workshops or sessions in the Edmonton, and surrounding area. Or shop our exclusive line of products, prepared in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and shipped WORLDWIDE.


01/09/2017

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Special LATAM bloggers event – launch party! (register through Eventbrite) –

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Special LATAM bloggers event – launch party! (register through Eventbrite)

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Traverse Events are putting on a very special event with LAN and TAM

companies part of LATAM Airlines Group. to introduce you to an incredible new campaign which they’re running over the next two months.

On 26 November (this Thursday) we’re holding a very special launch event with LATAM where all will be revealed to a select group bloggers. The event will take place from 7pm at the fantastic Floripa bar in Old Street, London. Members of LATAM will also be on hand to talk to bloggers about the fantastic paid opportunities they have for content creation on the new site. Along with all this there will also be some delicious Latin American cocktails, beers, wine and food as well as some great competitions including giving away a brand new GoPro on the night.

We don’t need to tell you that this will be a fantastic night, but we will! As we mentioned, places are very limited, so please add yourself you the waiting list here and we’ll release tickets to selected bloggers today.

We’ll have more information about everything from LATAM next week as well as after the event. As always, feel free to get in contact with the Traverse team should you have any questions.





15/07/2017

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Yes, Ontario insurance is a wreck, so you need to shop


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Yes, Ontario insurance is a wreck, so you need to shop around

Auto insurance has always been a hot election issue, and the timing of the current whipping is expected. One thing to keep in mind? Every party has screwed the pooch when it comes to this topic, with the NDP handing a fumbled ball to two successive Conservative governments who bobbled it to the incoming Liberals. They’re all as bad as each other at promising to do something, then opening the box the day after the election and grimacing.

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Our current system is a dog’s breakfast of road-blocked players each pointing fingers. The system is rife with often-fraudulent in-betweeners gorging on those sky-high rates like a mosquito landing on a corpulent, passed out drunk. Too many minor claims end up in drawn-out court disputes, with money that should be going to client care instead going to experts and consultants, who often only consult on ways to expertly bleed the system to their own advantage. It’s not that Ontarians are getting extraordinary medical attention and rehab compared to some of their other provincial counterparts; it’s that the money from those bloated rates is not making it to the consumer. For what we’re paying, we should be lying around eating peeled grapes.

Nobody really likes anyone else. Consumers scream at insurance companies, who actually have to have government approval for any rate hikes or changes to wordings or coverages. Provinces that have public insurance programs, like B.C. Saskatchewan, Manitoba and, partially, Quebec are held up as the answer to Ontario’s woes. But Ontarians actually have better coverage – when it makes it to the consumer from that private system, as it produces more competitive products. Public coverage is okay as long as you never get hurt, or at least not too badly. We simply need the private system to have the fraud reined in so that consumers can actually benefit from those products, instead of for-profit healthcare enterprises and lawyers who take a 40 per cent whack off of victim settlements.

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) puts the latest available fraud estimate, from 2010, between $768 million and $1.56 billion. You pay; I pay; we all pay.

We too often look at the annual cost of insurance – roughly 1,500 bucks on average in Ontario – and compare it to tales of someone in Saskatchewan who pays $500. They are getting different coverage. This was actually highlighted, in a less than positive way, last summer when one of the cost-saving measures introduced in Ontario was to reduce your standard coverage in order to reduce rates. It’s like when they reduce the size of a package of pasta but charge you the same; they think you’ll be too dumb to notice.

Don’t be too dumb. Read your fine print and contact your provider, or better yet, a broker. Brokers are good. They have access to many different insurance companies and can answer all your questions and place you with the right provider for your needs.

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So, if the government(s) do squat to help you, how can you help yourself? According to Anne Marie Thomas at InsuranceHotline.com, you have to be proactive.

“Read your renewal; too many people, over half, just let it ride even though they may not be getting competitive rates. A little homework can save you a lot of money,” she explains. Don’t wait for a promised-but-probably-not-coming reduction from a government. Shop your policy and find the savings yourself.

Maybe you’re a little nervous to call up a new place to ask about quotes. Maybe you have a ticket that you are fairly certain will evade a licence check with your current company but will see sunlight with a new one. Thomas says to do your own legwork. Their site – along with others you can find online – lets you input your information and pop up an estimate. It might be in the ballpark of what you’re paying now, but it might also save you a lot of money. You don’t offer up any contact info unless you wish to pursue the offer.

We need to keep pressure on governments to fix a broken system, but we also need to stop being complacent on a major expense in our own budgets. Pay attention to changes in standard coverages and shop your renewal to protect yourself, and your money.


17/06/2017

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