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24 Hours in Victoria, Seychelles

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27/03/2009

Not many people would struggle to spend 24 hours in the Seychelles: Beach, beer, beach, cocktail…repeat until sun, sea and alcohol blend into a perfect state of relaxation.

But if you have had enough of the archipelago’s white sand between your toes, if you are bored of diving into the topaz waters, then here is how to spend 24 hours in Victoria, the Seychelles’ slow-paced capital.

Friday

6 p.m. – Start your tropical evening with a rum punch. There’s only one meeting place to choose from, aptly called “Le Rendez-Vous’. Sit on the breezy first floor balcony,
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Naomi Campbell on catwalk for Mumbai victims

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27/03/2009

British supermodel Naomi Campbell walked down the ramp in Mumbai on Saturday to pay tribute to the victims of last November’s Mumbai attacks.

Along with a host of Indian celebrities, the 39-year-old Campbell helped raise funds for the city’s emergency medical services in a charity show called “Mai Mumbai.”

Campbell heads a charity called “Fashion for Relief.”

Islamist gunmen went on a three-day rampage on some of the most famous landmarks in Mumbai, the financial and entertainment capital of India, killing 166 people.

After the show, Campbell, dressed in a red saree and traditional Indian jewelry, told Reuters why she loves coming to India but won’t act in Bollywood again,
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Dress with $30 million price tag spurns economic crisis

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26/03/2009

The world may be cloaked in economic gloom, but the makers of a dress decked with 751 diamonds worth $30 million are confident that the desire to flaunt wealth has not quite been extinguished.

Worth nearly 5 times the top bonus paid out to American International Group Inc executives, the silk and taffeta evening gown has a 70 carat pear-shaped diamond at the center of the bodice, topped off with a train sparkling with diamonds.

And the extravagance may seem out of place in amid the world’s worst economic slowdown for decades, the masterminds behind the dress seemed unconcerned.

“Stocks drop, gold is even falling but a diamond is forever. This is a dress with diamonds. Why do backwards, why can’t we go forwards?” the designer of the dress, Faisol Abdullah, told Reuters as he showed off his sketches.

“We are going to the fantastic, but its real.
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American wine dream blooms on Portuguese soil

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24/03/2009

Mark Schultz has spent just a few years in Portugal, has no previous wine-making experience and has amassed a heap of awards for his red wines.

The financial trader, who comes from the U.S. “beer capital” of Milwaukee, pins the success of his Mark Stephen Schultz Selection range on a lifelong passion for wine, a love for chemistry in college and a more somber “seminal moment,” when he was operated on for cancer before moving to Portugal in 2004.

“It took the scare of death when I was 50 to say, okay you’ve been talking about it all your life. Either let’s do this right now or shut up,” the cheerful 57-year-old said,
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Athens,the city with the glorious history

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22/03/2009

came across three corpses during my long weekend in Athens. The first was smartly boxed up, and bobbing along on a procession of lilies and voluble descendants.

The second was a little Mycenaean girl, biscuit-dry and curled up in a glass case. She’s kept at the Ancient Agora (or marketplace), which looks much the same now as it did 3,000 years ago when she was buried there, with her needles and dolls and little pots of perfume.
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Italian jewelers see gloom in 2009 as crisis hits

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22/03/2009

Italy’s jewelry sector, the world’s top exporter, will see more gloom this year with falling output and export sales, participants at a trade fair said on Saturday.

Italian jewelry used to dominate the world markets, but its market share has shrunk since early 2000 as lower cost rivals from India, China and Turkey advanced. Economic crisis and high gold prices have dealt it an additional blow.

“After a bad 2008, the situation has not improved in the first quarter,
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Heaven on earth: the Amalfi Coast

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22/03/2009

Amalfi Coast in the Seventies and think it’s the most glorious place. And then you have Pompeii (and Herculaneum) on your doorstep, somewhere you could easily spend a week. The one black hole in the region, as far as I’m concerned, is Capri, which I hate and never want to go to again.

The coast is a marvellously relaxing place, and whenever I go I like to swim, either in a hotel pool or the sea. Like so much of the Mediterranean, the water is not as clean as it first appears, but it’s still more inviting than the sea in my hometown of Blackpool.

The coast boasts some amazing hotels. I can recommend the Cappuccini Convento (currently closed for restoration) in Amalfi,
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Asia exhibit spotlights designer Lacroix’s costumes

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21/03/2009

His pouf skirts and fanciful designs have made him a fashion icon, but Christian Lacroix’s true love is the arts, and a collection of ballet, opera and theater costumes he designed debuts in Singapore this week.

“Christian Lacroix the Costumier” is the first overseas trip for a major collection of costumes and sketches by the French designer, whose work spans two decades and more than 25 productions including the operas “Carmen” and “Cosi fan tutte” as well as Shakespeare’s “Othello.

“Drawing for dance or for theater allows me to breathe,
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World’s cruise industry sailing rough waters

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20/03/2009

The cruise ship season in Sydney is in full swing and it’s booming, with ships forced to anchor in the middle of Sydney Harbour due to a lack of dock space.

But despite the onboard party atmosphere and the postcard image of luxury liner passengers waving to ferry commuters from ship rails, the world’s cruise industry is sailing through rough financial seas as the global downturn bites into tourism.

Cruise operators are desperately trying to attract passengers for 2009, slashing prices, offering last-minute deals, two-for-one pricing, shorter cruises, family packages in which children sail free, and home port cruising which avoids the cost of an airfare to reach an exotic
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Recession the fashion at major Indian couture show

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19/03/2009

India’s biggest fashion event started on a dark note in New Delhi with designers using the global recession and emotional depression to set a somber trend for their autumn/winter collections.

Models draped in black, grey and deep purple sashayed down the catwalk at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week, a five-day event in which 103 designers vie for the attention of 175 domestic and international buyers.

“We are in the heart of recession, and it’s fashionable,” said designer Kiran Uttam Ghosh,whose “Frugality is the new Black” collection was inspired by the global downturn.

“I’ve combined high-street cheap leggings with luxe jackets, T-shirts with luxury shawls,” she said. “You can be frugal, sensible, spend less and yet you can be fashionable.”
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www.diafthora.com,our site soon:to Fight against Corruption in Greece-E.U

Ever since antiquity, corruption has been one of the most widespread and insidious of social evils. When it involves public officials and elected representatives, it is inimical to the administration of public affairs. Since the end of the 19th century, it has also been seen as a major threat in the private sphere, undermining the trust and confidence which are necessary for the maintenance and development of sustainable economic and social relations. It is estimated that hundreds of billions of Euros are paid in bribes every year.

Pentagon’s ‘lost’ trillions went to people connected to US military-industrial complex

Former Republican congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul has said that “the Pentagon’s lost trillions have nothing to do with defense, adding that the “money propping up the high lifestyles of those connected to the military-industrial complex.” Dr. Paul, a three-time American presidential candidate and the founder of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, made the remarks in an article published by his website on Monday. Deputy US Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan has recently acknowledged that the Pentagon has failed its first-ever comprehensive audit, saying, “We failed the audit, but we never expected to pass it.” “It was an audit on a $2.7 trillion dollar organization, so the fact that we did the audit is substantial,” Shanahan claimed. The first-ever audit of the of the $2.7 trillion enterprise that is the Pentagon identified widespread problems in cybersecurity, but found little in the way of savings that could offset potential budget cuts next year, according to officials. Pentagon’s comptroller David Norquist, who has played a key role in the audit, said after the report release that although no glaring instances of fraud were detected in the US military establishment, its Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Special Operations and the Transportation Command all received failing grades.

“The Outlook For The Global Economy Has Deteriorated”: Oil, Copper And Lumber

Oil, copper and lumber are all telling us the exact same thing, and it isn’t good news for the global economy. When economic activity is booming, demand for commodities such as oil, copper and lumber goes up and that generally causes prices to rise. But when economic activity is slowing down, demand for such commodities falls and that generally causes prices to decline. In recent weeks, we have witnessed a decline in commodity prices unlike anything that we have witnessed in years, and many are concerned that this is a very clear indication that hard times are ahead for the global economy. Let’s talk about oil first. The price of oil peaked in early October, but since that time it has fallen more than 25 percent, and the IEA is warning of “relatively weak” demand out of Asia and Europe…

Amazon Rolling Out ‘Amazon Pay’ Digital Wallet In Physical Stores

As FAANG stocks lead the market lower during what has become a relentless Q4 selloff, Amazon is hoping to reassure anxious investors that the company's relentless expansion and revenue growth will continue. To wit, the company is taking another big step toward establishing itself as the American WeChat or Alipay as it seeks to become the dominant player in electronic consumer payments in the US and beyond. According to the Wall Street Journal, the e-commerce giant is hoping to undercut Apple's Apple Pay by persuading more brick-and-mortar merchants to accept its Amazon Pay digital wallet. As it tries to build a foothold in payments outside of its Amazon Go stores, the company is reportedly focusing on building partnerships with restaurants and gas stations (businesses that have yet to be scalped by the Bezos revenue-absorption machine). To entice owners to give Amazon Pay a try, the company is dangling what appears to be a pretty enticing carrot: Amazon is promising to lower processing costs at a time when so-called "interchange" fees charged by Visa and MasterCard have been rising.

YouTube Lets California Fire Conspiracy Theories Run Wild

The Camp Fire in California has killed at least 79 people, left 699 people unaccounted for, and created more than a thousand migrants in Butte County, California. In these circumstances, reliable information can literally be a matter of life death. But on YouTube, conspiracy theories are thriving. Currently, when a user starts typing “California fire” into YouTube, the top autocomplete search suggestions are “conspiracy 2018,” “agenda 21,” and “laser beam,” all of which refer to conspiracy theories related to California’s wildfires. Similarly, typing in “California wildfire” leads YouTube to suggest “lasers,” “directed energy weapon,” and “dew,” which is an acronym for “directed energy weapon.” Simply typing “California fire” and searching it does return straightforward news coverage, which is an improvement over, say, the false flag and crisis actor conspiracies YouTube was surfacing about the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting earlier this year. Believers of this false California wildfire conspiracy theory think that the US government shoots directed energy weapons, or lasers, from a plane in order to to start fires at predetermined targets. The goal of this attack, which is not actually happening, is to support a bastardized interpretation of “Agenda 21,” a sustainable development plan developed by the United Nations in 1992. This conspiracy theory also gained a little bit of traction on Twitter. The conspiracy theorists use doctored or out-of-context images in order to falsely argue that directed energy weapons, or laser beams, caused the wildfires in California—not climate change. By incorrectly claiming that the houses were consciously struck, these theorists ignore ecological science which explains that the arrangement of homes and topography of the land