Dacia in the last two years has introduced new versions of the Sandero hatchback and Logan sedan, while the namesake marque has brought to market its first compact crossover, the Captur, as well as a revamped Clio hatchback. Daimlers delivery gain was propelled by a 14 percent jump at the Mercedes-Benz brand, which added the CLA four-door coupe in April as part of a compact-car push. The vehicles include a new version of the van-like B-Class and a redesigned A-Class hatchback. The German carmaker also presented an overhauled S-Class sedan in May and brought a revamped upscale E-Class to market in April. Growth last month at Wolfsburg, Germany-based Volkswagen included gains of 2.1 percent at the main VW brand, 3.2 percent at the luxury Audi division, 17 percent at the Skoda unit and 16 percent at Spanish nameplate Seat. New versions of VWs best-selling Golf hatchback and Audis Q3 and Q5 sport-utility vehicles helped boost sales. Peugeot Decline Carmakers reporting European sales declines last month included Paris-based PSA Peugeot Citroen (UG) , the regions second-biggest auto producer, with a 3 percent drop, and Turin, Italy-based Fiat SpA (F) with a 3.4 percent slide. Peugeot is targeting a clear increase in market share in the fourth quarter as new vehicles such as the 2008-model urban crossover and 308 hatchback attract customers, Chief Financial Officer Jean-Baptiste de Chatillon said in an interview today. The company, which is reorganizing to stem losses amid the European car-market contraction, has absolutely no problem of liquidity or financial security as it looks to add industrial partnerships, he said. The French automaker accounted for 10.9 percent of Europes car market in the first nine months of 2013, a drop from 13.1 percent for all of 2007, the last year of industry growth. An Austrian Peugeot dealer, Gerhard Wiesinger GmbH, filed for bankruptcy protection today, citing the massive collapse of the car market, according to the Vienna-based AKV creditors lobby group. German Rebates September dealer rebates in Germany rose to an average 12 percent off the sticker price from 11.6 percent in August, the highest level since June, according to industry publication Autohaus PulsSchlag . The best deals were available on Peugeot and Renault cars, with combined average discounts of 14.9 percent. Fiat offered incentives equivalent to 13.7 percent off the list price.
Insight: Europe’s bold vision hits trouble
Wednesday’s proposal by the 28-nation bloc’s executive arm would force airlines to buy Post to Facebook EU seeks carbon tax for all flights over Europe on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1aQMdzo Incorrect please try again A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 2 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs EU seeks carbon tax for all flights over Europe The Associated Press 7:40 a.m. EDT October 17, 2013 A passenger plane after takeoff from Switzerland’s Geneva International Airport on March 11, 2010. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images) SHARE 14 CONNECT 40 TWEET 2 COMMENTEMAILMORE BRUSSELS (AP) – The European Commission wants to impose carbon emission charges for all flights using Europe’s airspace. Wednesday’s proposal by the 28-nation bloc’s executive arm would force airlines to buy carbon emission permits for all flights within Europe but also for the parts of intercontinental flights that use the bloc’s airspace. OTHER NEWS: Lufthansa 747-400 heads to Tulsa for disassembly That means, for example, that a U.S. airline flying from New York to Frankfurt would have to buy pollution rights under the EU emission trading system for the part of the route within Europe’s airspace. The proposal still requires approval from the European Parliament and the bloc’s member states. The Commission hopes it will enter into force next year. The legislation would apply until 2020 when a recently agreed international airline carbon emissions tax scheme comes into force. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Wait: What About Europe’s Other Banking Crisis?!
The ECB shows no sign of taking such drastic action. But officials see a moment arriving soon when the ECB will put pressure on member states. That moment is the review of bank assets that the ECB will undertake next year as the new single supervisor of the euro zone banking system. The Asset Quality Review is expected to be a rigorous exercise in contrast to previous stress tests. To an extent, the ECB’s reputation is on the line. A tough review will show it means business. If the review lays bare big holes in certain banks, the pressure will be on the home countries to press ahead not only with banking union, but with fiscal steps that will allow them to coordinate budget policy more effectively. “Draghi and Merkel are in a staring match,” said an EU official, describing a situation in which the ECB president wants member states to act while German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as the most powerful leader, proceeds with characteristic caution. “If the ECB decides to be really tough in the asset quality review, it’s going to be a wake-up call delivered by the ECB to the member states.” For Draghi, an independent central banker, it is a challenge since he cannot be seen to veer too readily into territory reserved for political leaders. Monetary policy is his game. And for Van Rompuy it is complicated by the fact that his mandate as European Council president ends in a year’s time. The original roadmap was expected to take up to 10 years to complete, but if Van Rompuy’s successor does not buy into it, it could meet a very immediate roadblock. The report the four presidents’ drafted is close to Draghi’s heart, aides say. A stable monetary policy requires a stable fiscal policy and broader economic unity, they argue. Ultimately, countries must decide if they are ready to sacrifice some sovereignty on the altar of the European project for the long-term vision to move steadily into focus.
Soon Italian, Belgian and French banks also held large shares. There was reason to celebrate. Banking in Eastern Europe developed exponentially. Local banks are benefiting from the same favorable market conditions, but they often have a better knowledge of their still relatively immature markets. Poland is the prime example of East European countries that meanwhile have sufficient funds and a flourishing economy to fall back on so that their lending machine is not dependent on the presence of foreign banks. Their debt levels have decreased and their labor markets remain more flexible than they are in the West. Successful regional banks have even started to expand across borders. The prospect of Eastern cross-country banks’ expansions must have been ominously familiar for the West where this risky model led to banking collapses and near-collapses in 2008, but the mix in the East was even more interesting. Besides the cross-border banking component, the entire existence of banking in the East was reliant on funding from the West. The dream of a ‘Polish road to financial independence’ soon vaporized for many countries in Eastern Europe as the side effect of the Western sovereign debt crisis. Western parent banks were struggling to clean up their balance sheets, which required them to fix their eroding basis structure during ongoing calls for recapitalization, at the expense of their foreign commitments.
Air Canada’s ‘building block approach’ paying off, CEO says
Cindi West said Friday that Stanley followed through with that process, reporting to the sheriff’s office that he was homeless. Because of his housing status, Stanley will have to check in weekly at the local courthouse, West said. Stanley has a long history of sexual offenses against women and children and had been missing since Oct. 1, when he left Edmonton and cut off his electronic-monitoring bracelet in Canada. Officials issued a public alert describing Stanley as an untreated, violent offender who posed a significant risk. His case stirred fear in Canada, as schools in several west-central Saskatchewan communities locked their doors and kept children inside after police got multiple, unconfirmed sightings of the Edmonton man. Eventually, Stanley managed to reach the U.S. border, and officials allowed him to enter the United States after determining he was an American citizen and not the subject of an extraditable arrest warrant. Authorities say he isn’t being arrested because Canada has decided not to seek his extradition and Stanley is not wanted for any crimes in the United States. Law enforcement officials in the Seattle area were working with Canadian counterparts Friday to verify whether Stanley is required to register and determine how he should be classified. “We know where he is, and we’re going to closely monitor him,” said Detective Renee Witt , a spokeswoman with the Seattle Police Department . Stanley was released from jail in Canada in April 2011 after completing a 32-month sentence for assault and forcible confinement. He recently was sought by Canadian authorities for charges related to removing his bracelet.
Canada-EU talks hit stressful patch over Thanksgiving
aThereas no question that success breeds success,a Mr. Rovinescu said. aIn seeing each of these incremental acts, and the fact that weave executed on them, has given us some additional lift here.a Investors have taken note of Air Canadaas efforts to reduce its massive pension solvency deficit since it implemented the last of its labour agreements last year. The pension funding shortfall sat at $4.2-billion at the start of 2012, but fell to just $1.66-billion at the end of June as equity markets improved, early retirement measures kicked in and discount rates rose. Fadi Chamoun, BMO Capital Markets analyst, estimates the discount rate has increased by 50 basis points since June, and while itas hard to know exactly, he estimates the solvency deficit now sits at about $700-million a a level that is no longer a pressing concern for the airline. Mr. Rovinescu would not confirm those figures. But he said because of the volatility of the pension plan, even when it seems to be close to being resolved it never really is. aBut you are on the right track that it is materially lower than it was a year or two ago,a he said. Air Canadaas shares have skyrocketed since August, when it delivered a stronger-than-expected second-quarter result. Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg At the same time, Mr.
Harper and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso met in Brussels to resolve outstanding issues and seal the deal. Breakthrough deal The deal marks a breakthrough for Brussels’ free-trade agenda, which had previously achieved smaller agreements with South Korea and Singapore. It is expected to increase bilateral trade in goods and services by a fifth to 25.7 billion euros ($35 billion) a year, according to the latest EU estimates. Barroso said he hoped the agreement could come into effect from 2015, after EU governments, the European Parliament and Canada’s 10 provinces give their blessing. One significant potential obstacle was cleared on Friday when the government of Quebec, whose dairy industry had been unhappy about the increased EU cheese quota, announced its support for the agreement. On dairy, the province’s government said Ottawa had committed to compensate producers for any losses due to the new import quotas. However, France signaled some reservations about an influx of Canadian beef under the deal, even if its Munster and Camembert cheese will now win easier access to Canada’s supermarket shelves. “I am waiting for confirmation from the Commission that this accord, particularly in agriculture, does not a set a precedent for talks with the United States,” said French Trade Minister Nicole Bricq at a meeting with De Gucht and her peers in Luxembourg. The Commission is negotiating trade pacts with more than 80 countries on behalf of the bloc’s 28 members after the collapse of the marathon Doha round of global trade talks. The delays that dogged the agreement with Canada showed how difficult such deals can be. Efforts to sign a free trade accord with the United States faced a setback this month when a second round of negotiations was cancelled because of the U.S. government shutdown. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, who has taken refuge in Russia. Still, the EU-Canada agreement should provide a boost for EU-U.S. negotiations.
To Canada’s two biggest provinces, protecting the dairy industry was always a make-or-break issue in these trade negotiations. So the news proved to be a late-stage irritant. It certainly disrupted Pierre Marc Johnson’s holiday meal. The Quebec negotiator was settling in to munch, ironically enough, on some supply-managed poultry when he got the news. “(We’re) having turkey sandwiches and they tell us it’s 17,700 tonnes (more dairy imports allowed),” Johnson, a former premier, told reporters Friday. “We said, ‘Are we hearing this right? Maybe there’s one too many zeros?’” He interpreted the 11th-hour, holiday timing of that news as a sign Ottawa was “concerned” that the issue could scuttle the historic deal. Things were smoothed out over the next three days, with premiers Pauline Marois and Kathleen Wynne eventually consulting each other on how to wrest compensation for farmers in exchange for more European dairy imports. Both provinces have now declared themselves on board with the project. In fact, Quebec’s opposition party has even said it’s “rejoicing” over the deal which was initially spearheaded by the Charest government seven years ago. That doesn’t mean the negotiations were problem-free in the later stages, however. “When they told us (about dairy imports) we were stunned,” Johnson said.
Chris Alexander, minister of citizenship and immigration, issued a statement clarifying the government’s stance on this issue for quite sometime now. He added the country has been successful in making “important changes” after imposing the visa for the first time 4 years back. He stressed the action must be viewed as a significant expression of Canada’s commitment to support legitimacy in travel and trade. He cited Canada values its strong relation with European countries. He noted the decision to lift visas for Czech travellers is an important gesture. Canada lifted visas for the Czech Republic in 2007. However, it was imposed once again in 2009 after an alarming number of Czech people sought asylum in Canada. Most of them came from ethnic Roma as they claimed there was discrimination at home. Social Development, Employment and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney was the citizenship and immigration minister when Canada imposed visas on Czechs in 2009. Kenney said Thursday there were claims of unfounded refugees flooding from the Czech Republic during that time. The refugee system in the country has improved while the number of false claims was reduced. The European Parliament voted for the reciprocity clause in September. The clause is going to impose visas on nations which overburden member-countries with their people. Canada currently requires visas for European countries like Bulgaria and Romania, along with Czech Republic.
Canada beats U.S. in exhibition
The company says handlers at San Francisco International Airport took the dog out of his crate on Monday after his flight was delayed and the pet either slipped out of his collar or broke it. Air Canada says the dog, an Italian greyhound named Larry, bolted and was last spotted about 5 miles from the airport. TODAY IN THE SKY: Your bookmark for the day’s most interesting airline stories The local CBS TV station took interest in Larry’s disappearance and says it asked the airline about its procedures after obtaining a statement about the incident. Instead, the station says it accidentally received an email from spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick urging his colleagues to ignore the inquiry and what sounded like a jab at the U.S. government shutdown. “I think I would just ignore, it is local news doing a story on a lost dog. Their entire government is shut down and about to default and this is how the US media spends its time,” the station said the e-mail read. Word quickly spread online, with many voicing their outrage over the company’s response. “If you ever fly with your pet, you might not want to choose Air Canada,” one wrote on Twitter. The airline addressed the controversy in a statement Friday. “Air Canada acknowledges inappropriate comments were made in response to a reporter’s follow-up questions for additional details regarding Larry,” it said.
Canada PM Arrives in Brussels to Conclude EU Deal
Not a bad trade,” Flaherty said at a dinner in Toronto on Thursday night. Flaherty has said that despite Europe’s struggles, Canada remains very interested because the EU is still the largest market in the world in terms of the size of its middle class. The Canada-EU deal would make it easier for Canadian companies to invest in, and sell to, the 17-member EU with its 500 million consumers. One thorny issue surrounding the deal was overcome earlier when Canada announced it would lift visa requirements for Czech nationals. The Czech Republic, which had threatened to block the free trade deal over the visa issue, welcomed the announcement. Canada reimposed visa requirements for Czech citizens in 2007 because of concerns over an excessive number of asylum seekers. Canada’s Ambassador to Prague, Otto, Jelinek, said his government wants to re-establish visa-free status “in the earliest possible term.” EU trade spokesman John Clancy said in an e-mail that the European Union and Canada hope to conclude the free trade deal in the “coming days.” Harper’s office said he was headed to Brussels with the hope of concluding a deal. He will meet with the president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso. Yves Leduc, director of international trade for the Dairy Farmers of Canada, said he’s been told by a Canadian government official that an agreement in principle has been reached and that the European Union’s 28 members and Canada’s 10 provinces have to approve it. Canada has agreed to permit a doubling of the EU quota on cheese exports to Canada in exchange for greater access for Canadian beef and pork producers. Leduc said Canada’s cheese industry is angry because it threatens the fine cheese market in Canada. “For the dairy farmers of Canada this is a deal that is unacceptable. We’re more than disappointed,” Leduc said. “It will allow significant access of high quality or fine cheeses into Canada, a segment that is supplied by the smaller or medium size cheese factories in Canada.” Harper has said that a free trade deal between his country and the European Union could help the EU establish a beachhead as the bloc embark on separate free trade talks with the U.S.
Caroline Ouellette and Jayna Hefford also scored, and Charline Labonte made 21 saves. “It’s incredible,” said Labonte, from Boisbriand. “I couldn’t have asked for more. To bring the Canadian team here against the Americans, I knew people would answer the call. We immediately felt their support. “I couldn’t have asked for anything better. It was worthy of Boisbriand.” Brianna Decker, Kendall Coyne and Jocelyne Lamoureux scored for the Americans. Jessie Vetter allowed three goals on 13 shot in the first period, and Molly Schaus stopped seven of 10 shots in the final two periods. The game was the second of six between the teams before the start of the Olympic Games in Sochi in February. The Canadians won the opener 3-2 on Saturday night in Burlington, Vt. “We came out really strong and we had a great start and a lot of energy,” Wickenheiser said.
London’s coolest gravestones
STORY HIGHLIGHTS Keepers “heartbroken” as tiger cub found dead in enclosure at London Zoo Newborn animal believed to have drowned in pond after mother carried it outside Three-week-old cub was first Sumatran tiger to be born at zoo in 17 years London (CNN) — Keepers at London Zoo are “distraught” after a newborn tiger cub — the first Sumatran tiger born there for 17 years — drowned in a pool at its enclosure. The animal was born to five-year-old first-time-mom Melati just three weeks ago, and its arrival was greeted with huge excitement and celebration at the zoo, where experts were “over-the-moon” about the birth. But on Saturday, keepers raised the alarm when they could no longer see the young tiger on cameras inside its den; a search of the enclosure revealed the animal’s body. It is thought Melati carried the cub out into the paddock area of the zoo’s “Tiger Territory,” where it fell into the pond and drowned. Meet the newest resident at London Zoo Animals weighing in at London Zoo Wanted: Female for last surviving fish “We’re heartbroken by what’s happened,” said London Zoo’s Malcolm Fitzpatrick. Melati is said to be a very nervous tiger who prefers routine, and experts at the zoo had opted to allow her full access to the whole enclosure fearing that any changes to her environment might cause her to injure or abandon her cub. “At the time we thought it was in the best interests of Melati and her cub to allow her continued access to the full enclosure as normal,” Fitzpatrick said. “We didn’t want to put her on edge by changing her surroundings or routines, in case she abandoned or attacked the cub.” London Zoo is to carry out a full review of the circumstances which led to the cub’s death. “We would do anything to turn back the clock, and nobody could be more upset about what’s happened than the keepers who work with the tigers every day,” said Fitzpatrick. They are devoted to those tigers and are distraught.” The zoo had kept Melati’s pregnancy a secret for about 105 days before her cub was born on September 22. Hidden cameras were installed in her enclosure to keep watch over her throughout, and the speedy birth, which lasted just six minutes, was also caught on video.
St Mary Magdalen Church , 61 North Worple Way, Mortlake; + 44 208 876 1326 Frank Bostock: Guarded by London’s loveliest lion Many London cemeteries have a lion — animals of all stripes are well represented in its graveyards — but perhaps the most elegant has since 1912 slept in the jungle that is overgrown Abney Park in Stoke Newington. The beautiful stone-carved creature commemorates menagerist Frank Bostock, who traveled the world with big cats, occasionally branching out to camels and hyenas. “People stroke the Abney Park lion’s left paw for luck — the marble is bright and shiny as a result,” says Catharine Arnold. Abney Park Cemetery , Stoke Newington High Street, Stoke Newington; +44 207 275 7557 Let’s be grateful Hardy moved on from grave-keeping. Thomas Hardy: The tree of death Acclaimed author Thomas Hardy’s first job, in the 1860s, was at St. Pancras Old Church, where he helped to exhume thousands of skeletons from the cemetery in the way of the new Midland Railway line. The bones were reburied, but Hardy was left with the gravestones. He got rid of some by stacking them around a young ash tree. Whether or not he meant the solution to be permanent, roots and stone are today completely fused. The ancient churchyard, once a haunt of grave robbers, is now one of the most peaceful places in busy St. Pancras. St Pancras Old Church , Pancras Road, London Hannah Courtoy: The spinster’s ‘time machine’ “It looks like Dr. Who’s TARDIS as designed by the architects of the Death Star,” says author and publisher Mark Pilkington, who’s been investigating time machine claims about the mysterious last resting place of three Victorian spinsters.
Hotel Near London’s ExCeL Toasts the 50th Anniversary of “Doctor Who”
Guests of this London hotel near ExCeL , for example, can channel their inner Doctors when they sip the Laser Screwdriver’s powerful mix of vodka, Cointreau, Passoa and passion-fruit juice, all of which is poured over a dollop of passion fruit-and-mango sorbet in a martini glass. The Sonic Screwdriver adds a touch of bubbly with vodka, Orange Curacao, a dash of grenadine and a topper of Champagne, all served in a Champagne flute and garnished with a playful twist of orange. The Dalekquiri, meanwhile, nods to The Doctor’s worst enemies, the Daleks, and accordingly caters to a more decadent taste profile with vodka, Kahlua, Bailey’s Irish Cream with a Hint of Mint Chocolate, chocolate liqueur and banana served, appropriately, within a hurricane glass. Sipping any one of these specialty cocktails may not turn guests into The Doctor or his companion, but they will afford them the opportunity to experience one of the finest restaurants overlooking Canary Wharf . Visitors can choose to relax in the newly refurbished Lobby Bar, or book a table at Manhattan Grill, an upscale steakhouse where stylishly inviting decor meets painstakingly prepared steaks and other entree options like linguine and salmon. This Canary Wharf restaurant also offers private dining for groups of 10 to 40, an exciting option for not just “Doctor Who” fans looking to gather at a hotel near London’s ExCeL after the event, but for anyone interested in booking an exclusive culinary experience. While “Doctor Who” will live to save another day in the next season, guests can only taste these specialty cocktails for the duration of the anniversary event. After then, those who missed the opportunity will need their own TARDIS to try them. About London Marriott Hotel West India Quay With 279 guest rooms, 22 suites, 20 meeting rooms and four concierge levels, the eight-floor London Marriott Hotel West India Quay is as impressive in its statistics as it is in its visual splendour. The glass-and-steel structure towers over the Canary Wharf district, where guests can easily access international businesses, leisure pursuits like shops and restaurants and major event venues like ExCeL, The O2 and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Given its vibrant surroundings, this five-star hotel creates an equally dynamic guest experience. Guest rooms are clean-lined and stylish as they afford amenities like 300-threadcount linens, flat-screen televisions, spacious work areas with laptop safes and, in the case of the seven Curve Suites, breathtaking panoramic views.
Ann Arbor Concert Band’s Fall Classics concert Sunday includes works by Copland, Williams and Holst
Happily, the Ann Arbor Concert Band is happy to oblige, with Aaron Coplands Fanfare for the Common Man, anchoring a concert Sunday in Hill Auditorium. The program also includes two works by Vaughan Williams (Toccata Marziale and English Folk Song Suite), Holsts Hammersmith, Ives Variations on America, Hansons Chorale and Alleluia and Mannin Venn, by Wood. Founded in 1978 as the Ann Arbor Symphony Band by Victor Bordo and David Juillet, the Ann Arbor Concert Band has served as an ensemble for musicians wishing to perform wind band literature. The band has its roots in the Ann Arbor school system’s music program and continues a close relationship with it today. While they maintain an amateur status, “the standards of performance and organization are strictly professional,” according to their website. James Nissen conducts. Although rooted in the local area, the band also performs throughout the lower half of Michigan. Concerts are presented four to five times during the season, from September to May. The Ann Arbor Concert Band plays at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20 in Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave. Tickets are $10-$5 (children 12 and under free). Tickets available at the door or in advance from band members.
Mr. Bernhardt joined Lee’s School of Music in the fall of 2011 as an artist in residence and conductor of the Lee Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Bernhardt also serves as music director emeritus of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera and Principal Pops conductor of the Louisville Orchestra. He was formerly the music director and conductor for 19 seasons with the CSO, and is the first to hold the title emeritus. He is also a frequent conductor for the Boston Pops Orchestra and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the School of Music at 614-8240 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. October 17, 2013 Lees Choral Union To Present Fall Concert Oct. 24 Lee Universitys Choral Union will present its fall concert, My Song in the Night, under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Cameron LaBarr on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m.
India.Arie’s Paramount concert switched to NYCB Theatre at Westbury (Video)
16 tweet from the NYCB Theatre at Westbury , the venue is looking to get voted as best on Long Island. “It’s that time of the year again to vote for the Best of Long Island! We’d greatly appreciate it if you voted for us: http://bit.ly/1bzHxi8,” the venue tweeted . And with the addition of India . Arie , the theatre now has an even better chance at winning. Long Island music fans are advised that the upcoming concert with India.Arie, that was scheduled for The Paramount in downtown Huntington, Long Island, N.Y. on Sunday, November 3rd, will be moving to a new venue on Long Island the NYCB Theatre at Westbury. Ticket-holders to this event will need to return their tickets at their point of purchase for this show at The Paramount (online purchases will be automatically refunded through Ticketmaster). Customers will then be required to repurchase their tickets for the India.Arie concert at Westbury on Nov. 3rd. NYCB Theatre has placed seats on hold for comparable or better seating locations for any Paramount patrons that come to the box office in person to purchase tickets to the show in Westbury. For any questions or concerns, please call the NYCB Theater at 516-334-0800 or The Paramount Box Office at 631-673-7300. Opened Sept. 30, 2011, The Paramount, located in downtown Huntington, Long Island, New York, has featured concerts, comedy, boxing, community and other special events in a club/theater setting. With over 25,000 Facebook fans, The Paramount was recently ranked by Pollstar Magazine as the #24 highest attended club venue worldwide (January-June 2013).
“Given what he know on Iran, the Guide (Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei) being the same, we are compelled to be cautiously open.” Paris has been one of the strongest advocates of sanctions to pressure Iran over its nuclear program. The United States and its allies suspect Iran is seeking nuclear bomb-making capability despite Tehran’s insistence that its program has only peaceful aims. French President Francois Hollande was the first Western leader to meet new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during the annual meeting of the U.N. General Assembly in September, warning that Paris expected “concrete gestures”. “It is too early to draw conclusions,” Fabius said. “France will not mix up appearances with reality.” So far Iran has defied U.N. Security Council demands that it halt enrichment and other sensitive nuclear activities, leading to multiple rounds of crippling international sanctions that have reduced Iranian oil exports, caused inflation to soar and the value of the Iranian rial currency to plummet. Speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the talks, a Western diplomat said the negotiations had been neither positive nor negative, but the major powers had been able to ask specific questions on key issues and received certain answers creating a basis to move forward. “We can’t say that we will find a solution in the coming weeks, but we now have a tool for a common exchange,” he said. The fact that all the Iranian negotiators spoke English made life easier, he added. The diplomat declined to detail what proposals had been discussed, saying the talks had entered “a serious phase”. Follow-up talks will be held in Geneva on November 7-8. Before that, nuclear and sanctions experts from both sides will meet to discuss in detail the main stumbling blocks. “The objective is to have something more concrete by November.
Flamboyant France heads to playoffs on a high note
There was “no news of survivors” after a aircraft packed with mostly foreign tourists plunged at the end of a domestic flight. France is dispatching investigators because the ATR 72-600 turboprop plane is made by Avions de Transport Regional, a venture owned by Airbus parent European Aeronautic, Space and Defense Co. and Italy’s Finmeccanica. Lao Airlines was sending emergency crews to the site of the accident and expected to release its initial findings Thursday, it said in the statement. The plane, on a domestic flight from the capital Vientiane, crashed into the Mekong River while attempting to land at about 4 p.m. local time, the carrier said in the statement. The aircraft was delivered from the production line in March, the planemaker said separately. The carrier flies to six international and six domestic destinations. Thailand’s Channel 3 television network broadcast footage of people pulling wreckage of the aircraft from the Mekong River. French air safety investigators will send a team of four officials to Laos to participate in the probe. ATR technical experts headed to Pakse, the airline said separately.
France to keep 2,000 troops in Mali until end of year
France woke up in that game and went on to win 4-2, then thrashed Australia 6-0 on Friday night. “We are much more in control than we were before,” Deschamps said. “The players are in really good shape at the moment, as well. I hope nothing happens to any of them and that they’ll all be here next month.” In the past two games, Giroud and Benzema have scored twice – with Giroud also contributing to France’s second goal on Tuesday night when his header led to an own goal – while Ribery has been simply unstoppable. “All of the forwards showed good movement,” Deschamps said. “They have a lot of freedom in attack and their understanding was generally very good.” Having won the treble with Bayern Munich last season, Ribery says he wants to win the Golden Ball and is clearly on a mission. He scored twice against Belarus, netted one and set up three against Australia, and almost tore the back of the net out with a fantastic early strike against Finland. He then set up Benzema’s goal late on after some sublime trickery and a perfectly weighted cross from the left. “He’s in top form, he’s full of confidence and you can see it,” Deschamps said. “He’s always been an influential player, but he also depends on the players around him.” Giroud started at center forward for the third straight match, with Benzema again on the bench, which looks like a successful strategy by Deschamps. It has given the team more of a central focal point in attack, thanks to Giroud’s ability to either hold the ball or lay it off thanks to excellent touch, and it has made Benzema hungry again. After 15 games without an international goal, Benzema’s confidence was clearly sapping away. Dropping him to the bench has given him a wake-up call and the relief was clear at Stade de France when he enjoyed a spot of shadow boxing with the crowd as he celebrated his goal. With France in this form, it is their playoff opponents who could well be facing a knockout next month. Deschamps has switched to a far more high-tempo game and there is clearly more bite and hunger than before – perhaps best typified by Samir Nasri.
View gallery Troops of the French-led Serval Operation in Mali patrol an area on the outskirts of Gao on October 16, 2013 (AFP Photo/Sebastien Rieussec) Paris (AFP) – France will maintain around 2,000 troops in Mali to help secure the December legislative polls before further scaling down its military presence, the defence minister said Thursday. “We’re going keep a little more than 2,000 men until the end of the year,” Jean-Yves Le Drian said. The former colonial power deployed its airforce and sent combat units in January this year to help Mali’s government wrest back the north of the country from Islamist groups linked to Al-Qaeda. It currently has 3,000 troops left on the ground and aims to scale back its presence to only 1,000 by the end of January 2014. Mali’s first parliamentary polls since a coup in March last year are due to begin on November 24 and a second round is scheduled for December 15. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was sworn in as president last month after an August election. French forces have helped the authorities reclaim control of the main cities but Al-Qaeda and its offshoots have remained a threat, launching sporadic attacks from their desert and mountain hideouts. “There no longer is a war, what we’re doing now is counter-terrorism,” Le Drian told reporters in Paris. “We must continue to battle terrorism and remain vigilant.” At the peak of Operation Serval, France had 4,500 troops in Mali. A UN stabilisation force meant to eventually reach 12,640 troops and police is gradually taking over. Politics & Government
The benchmark Micex Index (INDEXCF) lost 1.3 percent to 1,511.73 by 2:32 p.m. in Moscow, the most since Aug. 15 on a closing basis. OAO Severstal, Russia s second-largest steelmaker, dropped 1.2 percent to 295 rubles. OAO Gazprom, the natural-gas export monopoly, declined 1.4 percent to 155.75 rubles. OAO Surgutneftegas, a Russian oil producer, tumbled 2.4 percent. The 14-day relative strength index on the Micex was at 70.3 yesterday, above the level of 70 that suggests to some analysts a security has been overbought and is poised for a decline. U.S. President Barack Obama signed into law a measure ending the 16-day U.S. government shutdown and extending the nations borrowing authority until early next year. The Micex advanced 3.4 percent this month amid optimism a deal would be struck. Crude fell 0.6 percent to $101.73 a barrel in New York .
CORRECTED – Edward Snowden’s father, after Russia visit, says son not a fugitive
The president of the Russian Federation is personally monitoring the project. He cheerfully fired off a long list of Sochis accomplishments , beginning with new power and water supplies for the whole region, 225 miles of roads, 25,000 additional hotel rooms. City Hall, on Soviet Street, was itself marooned within a construction zone, with a big fountain being dug in front and new walkways laid all around. We had nothing, the mayor said. We constructed everything from scratch. These Olympics, costing an estimated $51 billion, are the most expensive ever . The London 2012 Summer Games were estimated at near $19 billion and Beijings 2008 Winter Olympics at about $43 billion. Activists complain the environment has paid the price. Construction waste has been dumped on hillsides, said Vladimir Kimayev, a leader of Environmental Watch in Sochi, increasing the threat of landslides and sending pollutants into the Mzymta River. And a promenade along the Black Sea was built too close to the water, he said, asserting the beach was now vulnerable to erosion and the promenade might well be washed away. That, said Mayor Pakhomov, was impossible. The project was approved by state experts, he said. If there were violations it wouldnt have been approved. In 2008, after extensive disputes with Russian Olympic authorities, environmental groups had managed to persuade Putin, who was prime minister at the time, to move the bobsled track and mountain Olympic village to a less damaging location. A period of close cooperation followed. That ended in early 2010. We had been having monthly meetings and agreed to many ways in which things could be done better, said Igor Chestin, chief executive of WWF-Russia, part of the World Wide Fund for Nature global network. Then nothing happened so we withdrew from the whole process. The Olympic project moved ahead so quickly, Chestin said, that there was no time for a proper environmental impact study.
Russia risks US wrath on Snowden asylum
He’s happy. And he’s absolutely committed to what he has done.” The younger Snowden’s revelations about the reach and methods of the NSA, including the monitoring of vast volumes of internet traffic and phone records, have upset U.S. allies from Germany to Brazil. Admirers call him a human rights champion and critics denounce him as a traitor. Lon Snowden said his son had been misrepresented by some in the media and the U.S. government, telling reporters that “there’s much more to be shared” about Edward Snowden and his supporters. “He’s not a fugitive. He’s a legal asylee of the Russian Federation and the press needs to get that right and I think our government understands that at this point.” Staying in Russia, Snowden said, allows his son “to continue to push these issues forward, to make sure the true story is told – that it’s not spun within the media – about Edward Snowden.” Snowden criticized the U.S. intelligence community as being negligent and complicit in the spying scandal, singling out Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, NSA Director Keith Alexander, Senator Dianne Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and congressman Mike Rogers, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee. Russia has kept secret where the Snowdens met during the visit as well as where the son has been living. Moscow also has kept the media and public away from Edward Snowden, who has been shepherded by a lawyer believed to have ties with Russia’s secret services. Russian President Vladimir Putin, a former KGB spy, has repeatedly said that Russia would shelter Snowden only if he stopped harming the United States. But he has used the case to accuse Washington of preaching to the world about rights it does not uphold at home.
AFP Photo Picture released by Human Rights Watch shows US National Security Agency (NSA) fugitive leaker Edward Snowden (C) during a meeting with rights activists, with among them Sarah Harrison of WikiLeaks (L), at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, on July 12, 2013. Fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden on Friday told a group of activists that he wanted to claim asylum in Russia because he is unable to fly on anywhere else. AFP/ Human Rights Watch Photo A man looks in Moscow on July 12, 2013, at a computer screen displaying a photo US National Security Agency (NSA) fugitive leaker Edward Snowden (C) during his today’s meeting with leading Russian rights activists and lawyers at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport where he has been stuck in transit for the last three weeks. Snowden met today around a dozen Russian rights activists, lawyers and other figures in a closed-door meeting at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, an official said. Snowden on Friday dramatically summoned activists to the transit zone of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport where he has been marooned without a valid passport for the last three weeks after arriving on a flight from Hong Kong. The United States wants the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor extradited back home to face justice over his leaking of sensational details about US surveillance activities, a demand Moscow has so far rejected. In an indication that already tense US-Russia ties could strain further over the affair, the White House warned Russia not to grant Snowden a propaganda platform as top allies of President Vladimir Putin argued he should be given sanctuary. Snowden, 30, making his first publicised appearance since arriving in Moscow, told the activists he wanted to claim asylum in Russia until he could safely travel to win permanent sanctuary in Latin America. I ask for your assistance in requesting guarantees of safe passage… in securing my travel to Latin America, as well as requesting asylum in Russia until such time as… my legal travel is permitted, Snowden said. He said that the asylum request was being made Friday evening. The head of Russia’s Federal Migration Service (FMS) Konstantin Romodanovsky said early Saturday that Moscow had yet to receive the application which, if it arrived, would be examined according to normal legal procedures. Prominent Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena, who attended the meeting and promised to help Snowden, told Russian television that the asylum request procedure could take up to three weeks. But hinting that Snowden’s new application may be viewed positively, the speaker of Russia’s lower house of parliament Sergei Naryshkin and the upper house speaker Valentina Matviyenko both swiftly said his request should be accepted.
London Film Fest: Sony Pictures Classics’ Michael Barker Talks Day-and-Date Releases, Patience
The number of people employed in Londons financial services firms is likely to decline to 236,000 next year, the lowest level since 1993, according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research. The financial sector, which is overwhelmingly concentrated in the capital, accounted for 11.6 percent of total tax receipts last year, down from 13.9 percent in 2007, according to the City of London. Standard Chartered Some hedge funds and asset managers have quit London for Switzerland, blaming tighter financial regulations. And banking giants HSBC Holdings Plc and Standard Chartered Plc, which have the bulk of their operations abroad, havent ruled out an eventual move to Asia. Still, London growth is outpacing the rest of the country. The citys economy will grow by 1.9 percent annually to 2018, 0.5 percent faster than the U.K. as a whole, the CEBR said this year. Part of the growth is coming from technology companies as London emerges as the undisputed European capital for Internet businesses. Both Amazon Inc. and Google Inc. (GOOG) are building large new facilities in the city, with the search giant pledging to employ 5,000 staff in a new office next to the renovated Kings Cross railway hub. While headquarters moves motivated in part by tax arbitrage dont necessarily bring many jobs to London, they at least create work for local professional-services providers like lawyers and management consultants, said Mark Gregory, the chief U.K. and Ireland economist at Ernst & Young LLP.
But he also noted: “The older I get the more I see the importance of cast and editing is becoming for success.” Barker said he was “waiting” to see if SPC would land North American rights to Woody Allen’s freshly titled Magic In Moonlight, as SPC sees his latest Blue Jasminewith Cate Blanchett approach $35 million at the U.S. box office. And he also told THR that the Megan Ellison-produced true-crime drama Foxcatcher — starring Channing Tatum, Steve Carrelland Mark Ruffalo — would be released in early 2014. STORY: Bennett Miller’s Awards Contender ‘Foxcatcher’ Bumped to 2014 His keynote was quickly followed by an appearance on a film finance forum alongside Endgame Entertainment chief Doug Hansenand U.S.-based exhibition, finance and production banner Start Motion Pictures founder Ben Browning. When asked about the impact of piracy on the indie business, Barker said it was the most important question of the day. He said there was no doubt piracy was hurting the business, citing SPC’s release of James Toback’s Tysondocumentary which was scheduled for release in the U.S. after the U.K. rollout. “It was being streamed in America before our U.S. release,” Barker told THR. “We had it taken down but the damage had been down and that killed our [theatrical] business on that.” Barker said that provided a wake up to the importance of coordinating release dates with other distributors. He also said that a decision to not send out any screeners for Midnight in Paris, forcing critics and the media to go to theaters and screening rooms, had paid off with no pirate activity on that title. EXCLUSIVE: ‘Foxcatcher’ Jumps to Sony Pictures Classics; Release Date Set “We’re doing the same with Blue Jasmineand it’s working,” Barker told THR. Hansen, whose company backed last year’s Looper, noted that while the distribution business is global now, he would still want to ink deals on a territory-by-territory basis.
Markets open in 6 hrs 2 mins CBGB Music and Film Festival 2013 A Rousing Success Hundreds of Thousands of People Rock Times Square 9 hours ago View Photo James Murphy of DFA/LCD Soundsystem — For a photoset from the Festival, click here.Click here for high-resolution version NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwired – October 16, 2013) – Hundreds of thousands of people filled Times Square on a picture perfect fall day to experience the 2nd Annual CBGB Music and Film Festival’s largest event: a concert featuring My Morning Jacket, Grizzly Bear, Divine Fits, The Wallflowers, Lisa Loeb, a DJ set by James Murphy of DFA/LCD Soundsystem and dozens of other bands performing on multiple outdoor stages. My Morning Jacket’s set featured guests Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard, TuNeYaRds’ Merrill Garbus and Antibalas’ horn section.Jakob Dylan joined the band for a rousing performance of “Don’t Do It”, echoing The Band’s performance encore from the seminal film The Last Waltz. Jim James of My Morning Jacket described his experience of performing on the CBGB Festival Stage in Times Square as “incredibly surreal and beautiful, like playing Red Rocks if Red Rocks was made of computers and light.The crowd had a great spirit!God Bless NYC!” The annual outdoor festival each Columbus Day Weekend will surely soon be one of the largest music events in North America. The stages and festival grounds started on Broadway at 46th Street and stretched north towards Central Park for as far as the eye could see.Massive digital billboards and additional festival activities also extended south to 42nd Street giving the show an unmistakable feeling of New Year’s Eve in Times Square but with better weather, better music and better food. The CBGB Festival filled the streets with much more than music. Fans enjoyed extreme sports demos and booths with carefully curated music, clothing and crafts.This was a day that offered something for everyone — including, in true punk spirit, a “smashing pumpkins” booth where kids could do just that. The live music portion of the festival ended well past midnight on Saturday with an incredibly powerful performance by Ice T in the East Village. His show left the capacity crowd in awe as he displayed his unmatched ability to ignite excitement and passion in people. Other festival highlights were the keynote addresses by Duff McKagan(Guns n’ Roses/Velvet Revolver) andVan Toffler(President of Viacom’s Music and Logo Group). As an integral part of some of the most successful rock bands in history, Duff McKagan delivered the CBGBMusic Festival Keynote. Leading the charge of rock music for three decades, McKagan continues to be a potent and venerable noisemaker in the industry.In his address, he laid out his advice for artists clearly: “New bands should be true and honest.F*** commerce.What you’re doing should be in your heart.Money will come and you can deal with that all later.” Van Tofflerdelivered the overallConference Keynote Speechon the state of the music industry in 2013.Toffler, who oversees a collection of the most successful and vibrant brands in music and entertainment as President of Viacom’s Music and Logo Group, delivered a clear-eyed compelling assessment of the hierarchy of artists and media in the current environment. In reviewing MTV’s key role as a platform for the most creative artists, Toffler traced a line from Madonna to Nirvana to Kanye to Miley saying, “Speaking for MTV, we’ve been used, abused, and trampled upon by the best.Madonna played MTV like a mandolinand we also never know what to expect when Kanye comes through the door, but we know enough to stand back and let him do his thing.” Summing up the festival, CBGB co-owner and festival executive producer, Tim Hayes said. “We want to make every Columbus Day weekend a time when the whole world can celebrate Hilly Kristal’s dream of presenting live music to the largest audience possible.There is no better spot than the crossroads of the world, Times Square.” The CBGB Music and Film Festival aims to transform Columbus Day Weekend into a six-day, annual celebration that will include the largest outdoor concert in North America along with hundreds of other music themed events, “firsts” and special moments across New York City. This week’s CBGB Music & Film Festival featured 525 bands in over 175 venues.The festival also hosted more than 125 speakers and 60 new music based films and documentaries including Green Day’s “Broadway Idiot.” James Murphy of DFA/LCD Soundsystem Photo: Getty Images for CBGB. For a photoset from the Festival click here The following files are available for download:
While limited in scope initially, the partnership means Napster will have a vocal advocate for it when Telefonica operating units — such as O2 and Movistar — pick a music service to bundle into phones. At first, their alliance will mean Napster replaces Sonora, a subscription music service provided by Telefonica unit Terra in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Peru and Mexico. That moves Napster into Latin America, an area of rapid smartphone growth, for the first time. The companies wouldn’t specify Sonora’s number of active users, but they generalized it is in the hundreds of thousands. Rhapsody has more than a million paid subscribers globally. Telefonica had 317.3 million customers as of June, across 24 territories. Its main commercial brands are O2 in northern Europe, Movistar in Spain and Latin America, and Vivo in Brazil. Telefonica can earn a minority stake in Rhapsody International as part of the partnership, but the companies wouldn’t specify how large it could be or other financial terms. Related stories Is Spotify unfair to musicians? After Rhapsody bought Napster in 2011, it kept quiet on the former peer-to-peer service that switched to above-board streaming service, until it announced plans to expand into 14 European countries from the UK and Germany in June. Telefonica noted the Napster would help it connect with customers amid rapid growth in smartphones in Latin America, where the devices reach only about 20 percent of the market and are still growing at a quick clip.
Miley Cyrus strips down naked, wears metallic body paint for Future’s ‘Real and True’ music video
This time, she is featured in a music video with rapper Future. Cyrus is known for pushing the boundaries when it comes to her expression of music, and her latest project with rapper Future doesn’t disappoint. The 20-year-old songstress strips down naked to portray an alien for his video for “Real and True,” a track featuring Cyrus on his forthcoming album, “Honest.” Dan Steinberg/Invision for Epic Records/AP Images Miley Cyrus strips down and is coverd in body paint on the set of Future’s new music video for ‘Real and True.’ While the “We Can’t Stop” singer’s nudity is masked by metallic body pant, the photos released Wednesday give a clear sneak peek of what is to come in the futuristic clip. RELATED: MILEY CYRUS THANKS LIAM HEMSWORTH IN NEW ALBUM DEDICATIONS Cyrus’ collaboration with Future was a returned favor, as he is featured on Cryus’ new album, “Bangerz, in the emotional track “My Darlin.’” “We got a lot of great records, and it all came from conversation and having a nice vibe,” Future explained in an interview with MTV. Frank Micelotta/Invision for Epic Records/AP Images Future and Miley Cyrus behind the scenes of his new music video for ‘Real and True,’ which will be on his album ‘Honest.’ RELATED: MILEY CYRUS BREAKS SILENCE ON BROKEN ENGAGEMENT TO LIAM HEMSWORTH “Whenever she allowed me in her personal life through conversation, I tried to take that vibe and go to the booth. I told her, ‘You’ve gotta embrace your fears. If something’s bothering you, you’ve gotta run toward it. If you’re crying about it, you need to cry till you can’t cry anymore. If you try to hold it back, then it’s gonna eat you up. But if you embrace [it], the music moves.’” “The songs I did with her [are] very touching,” he added about their meaningful jams. RELATED: MILEY CYRUS’ ‘BANGERZ’ HITS NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD TOP 200 CHART “Certain days it’s about money, partying and vibing, and some days [it's about needing] somebody to stand by you and hold you down. Certain days you wanna know if the love that you’re with is really true, and one song we got is basically around all those subject matters.” “Bangerz” debuted at No. 1 on this week’s Billboard Top 200 album chart, outselling the opening week numbers of Cyrus last album, 2010′s “Can’t Be Tamed.”