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The world’s greenest cruise ship will have sails

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Peace Boat, a Japanese non-governmental organization which runs educational cruises, is working on an ambitious project to build the most sustainable vessel in the booming industry. Now in the last stages of planning, the "Ecoship" will be built by Finland's Arctech. It will cost about $500 million, financed in part by impact investors -- funds, rich families and individualswho want to use their cash to improve the world as well as make a profit. "Ecoship was a dream for me," said Peace Boat founder Yoshioka Tatsuya. "Using a conventional... Read More »

European Medicines agency will bring jobs, generate millions of euros

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The 890 workers will have an estimated €45m in net salaries to spend and much of that will benefit local shops, service providers, bars and restaurants, ING says. In addition, housing the EMA workers will bring in €10m to €15m while the 30,000 overnight stays which EMA visitors will book will generate €4m for the hotel sector. The Financieele Dagblad says experts suggest the EU agency will provide work for 1,500 people working in catering, cleaning, security, childcare and teaching. In addition, some 200 of the agency’s 890 staff are not exp... Read More »

Ryanair pilots to strike before Christmas

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In Ireland, 79 pilots based in Dublin will strike for one day on 20 December. The airline, which does not recognise unions, said they represented about 28% of its Dublin-based captains. Meanwhile, Ryanair pilots and cabin crew in Italy plan to strike for four hours on 15 December. The airline said last week it would "ignore" the Italian move, claiming staff rarely heeded calls to walk out. Pilots based in Portugal and Germany also plan industrial action. Cockpit, the German pilots' union, said its Ryanair members would strike for better pay ... Read More »

Europe’s Unibail-Rodamco bids $16 billion for Westfield in global shift

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The sector is grappling with challenges from online retailers led by Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) and the deal, which Westfield said was “highly compelling” for shareholders, follows world No. 2 retail real estate investment trust GGP’s (GGP.N) rejection of Brookfield Property’s (BPY.O) bid. “Unibail-Rodamco’s track record makes it the natural home for the legacy of Westfield’s brand and business,” said Westfield chairman Frank Lowy, a holocaust survivor who has become a billionaire since he co-founded the group in 1960. The deal gives the Eur... Read More »

Heavy snow disrupts road, air travel in northern Europe

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Hundreds of air passengers were stranded in Frankfurt, Germany's financial capital, as well as Britain, and many took to Twitter to complain. Some 330 flights were cancelled by 5:00 pm (1600 GMT) after heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures struck the region around Frankfurt, a spokesman for airport operator Fraport told AFP.  The airport - Germany's largest air hub and the home base for major carrier Lufthansa - had been scheduled to handle a total of 1,260 flights over the day. Elsewhere in the country, Duesseldorf airport was forced to close f... Read More »

Ballon d’Or 2017: Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi to win fifth award

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Victory took the 32-year-old Portugal international level with 30-year-old Argentine Messi, who won the most recent of his five awards in 2015. Messi's ex-Barcelona team-mate Neymar, now at Paris St-Germain, was third. Last season, Ronaldo helped Real Madrid win the Champions League and their first La Liga title since 2012. Ronaldo added the 2017 Ballon d'Or to those he won in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016, and Messi is the only other recipient of the award since 2009. "This is something I look forward to every year," he said, after receiv... Read More »

Gucci under investigation for tax evasion by Italian authorities

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Gucci, Italy’s greatest fashion success story and a brand whose renaissance has become a model the whole industry wants to emulate, is being investigated as perhaps among the country’s biggest tax evaders. The Italian tax police searched the Gucci Hub, the 377,000-square-foot campus in Milan that is home to more than 250 employees, last week, as well as Gucci’s offices in Florence. The search was part of a criminal investigation into the brand by the prosecutor’s office in Milan. The Italian newspaper La Stampa reported that officials wer... Read More »

Uber’s top dealmaker in Europe steps down

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Fraser Robinson, who led Uber’s $3.5bn investment deal with Saudi Arabia last year, will step down this month from his role as head of business development in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He will continue working with Uber as an adviser, according to a company-wide email obtained by the Financial Times. There have been several high-profile departures from Uber’s European executive team recently, including European policy head Christopher Burghardt, and UK head Jo Bertram, who both left in October. The exit of Mr Robinson marks a chang... Read More »

Johnnie Walker introduces latest limited edition Blenders’ Batch Whiskies

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The three new blends in the collection are Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Wine Cask Blend, Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Rum Cask Finish and Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Espresso Roast. Each blend is designed to form the foundation of exceptional Scotch cocktails and yet, like all the brand’s classic whiskies, they can also be enjoyed straight up over ice. Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch whiskies are the result of bold experiments that push the boundaries in flavour. Like Johnnie Walker Black Label, which was first borne out of flavour exp... Read More »

Local University To Influence Type Of Industries Coming To Killeen

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News Credit: http://kdhnews.com/   Members of the Killeen Economic Development Corporation and the city’s chamber of commerce know what industries they want to attract to the city. That vision relies on aligning economic development efforts with the research planned and underway at Texas A&M University-Central Texas. “We will continue to pursue leads, which come through the state, for which we qualified,” said John Crutchfield, executive director of the Killeen Economic Development Corporation. He is also the president and CEO of the Gre... Read More »

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