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Peking opera master dies

Beijing, April 25 (IANS) Mei Baojiu, a famous Peking opera performer and son of a legendary Chinese theatre mogul, died here on Monday at age 82.


Mei fell into coma following a bronchial spasm and died in a hospital, Xinhua news agency quoted the Jingju Theater Company of Beijing as saying.

Born on March 29, 1934 in Shanghai, Mei Baojiu was the ninth child and successor of Mei Lanfang, one of the most respected Chinese artists of the 20th century and creator of the “Mei School” style of Peking opera.

Mei Baojiu was the head of Mei Lanfang Peking opera troupe. He was famous for his performance in such classical plays as “Farewell My Concubine,” “Lady General Mu Takes Command” and “The Drunken Beauty.”

–Indo-Asian News Agency

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Union busting serious problem, swift action needed: MTUC

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Trades Union Congress today claimed that union busting has become “a very serious problem” in the country and called on the government to take immediate steps to enforce the relevant laws to curb the illegal practice and protect workers.
MTUC deputy secretary-general A. Balasubramaniam, in a call made on the eve of Workers Day, said employers were using various unethical methods to undermine the effectiveness of unions.
For example, he said, some errant employers initially accepted the formation of unions and subsequently put undue pressure on their members and leaders by transferring them, harassing them with show-cause letters and even dismissing them for no just cause.
“The employers also lure members with lucrative offers so that they leave the unions,” he claimed.
Balasubramaniam said the formation of unions was a legal right of workers and was intended to establish a harmonious and mutually beneficial relationship between workers and employers.
“However, some employers regard unions as their sworn enemy and refuse to work with them and try their best to undermine their effectiveness,” he told Bernama.
He said the MTUC was concerned with this development because, of late, it had been receiving many complaints from affiliates of victimisation by employers.
Balasubramaniam called on the Registrar of Trades Union to step up enforcement to nab these errant employers, and said the MTUC would offer full cooperation in the matter. –BERNAMA

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Sky Grows Subscribers in Latest Quarter, Earnings Rise

Pan-European pay TV giant Sky on Thursday reported its fiscal third-quarter subscriber and nine-month financial results.

The company, in which Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox owns a 39 percent stake, posted nine-month operating earnings of £1.14 billion, up 12 percent. Revenue also rose.

The company, led by CEO Jeremy Darroch, signed up 177,000 new customers in the latest quarter, its fiscal third quarter, ending it with 21.7 million.

In the U.K. and Ireland, it added 70,000. In Germany and Austria, Sky added 73,000 customers, while in Italy, it added 34,000.

Sky had ended 2015 with 21.48 million total retail customers, including 12.28 million in U.K. and Ireland, 4.49 million in Italy and 4.70 million in Germany and Austria.

UBS analyst Polo Tang had said in a preview report that the fiscal third quarter is “a seasonally quieter quarter versus the second quarter.” For the U.K., he had forecast 65,000 customer net adds, including 40,000 TV net adds. For Germany and Austria, he had predicted 75,000 customer net adds, while for Italy, he had estimated a 15,000 drop. 

Read More: James Murdoch to Become Sky Chairman; European Pay TV Giant Reports Subscriber Gains

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Εξαρθρώθηκε κύκλωμα πορνείας με μοντέλα σε Ελλάδα και εξωτερικό
Στην εξάρθρωση μεγάλου κυκλώματος πορνείας με έδρα την Καλλιθέα και δράση σε Γαλλία και Γερμανία προχώρησε η Ελληνική Αστυνομία.
Grenoble : 2 morts dans une fusillade devant une école

Une fusillade a éclaté ce matin, sur un trottoir, juste devant une école primaire d'un quartier sensible de Grenoble. Elle s'est produite vers 10h alors que les enfants étaient en classe. Deux hommes, âgés de 22 et 28 ans, sont morts.
فتح الله: سأحارب على ' فلوس ولادي ' مثلما يقاتل مرتضى على حق أحمد وأمير

وجه محمود فتح الله مدافع الزمالك الأسبق رسالة إلى مرتضى منصور رئيس مجلس إدارة القلعة البيضاء بعد هجوم الأخير عليه.

وطالب فتح الله بمستحقاته لدى الزمالك التي تتجاوز ستة ملايين جنيه وتقدم بشكوى لدى اتحاد الكرة ولجنة شؤون اللاعبين التي أقرت بأحقيته فيها قبل أن يرفع النادي الأبيض شكواه أمام المحكمة الرياضية CAS.

وأضاف فتح الله عبر قناة النهار اليوم: “لا أعلم ما علاقة أننا نتقاضى الآن 300 أو 400 ألف جنيه بعقودنا مع الزمالك؟ لماذا كل هذه الضجة التي يفعلها مرتضى منصور”.

وتابع “هو أيضا كان يملك لاعبين يتقاضون ملايين وانتقلوا لأندية وحصلوا معها على عقود أقل.. أليست هذه عقود وتعاقد بين الطرفين”.

“أود أن أوجه سؤالا له، إذا كان نجليه أحمد وأمير لديهما أموال وحق لهما.. ألن يقاتل من أجل إعادته بكل الطرق؟”

“هذا حق أولادي وسأحصل عليها بأي طريقة كانت وسأحارب عليها بالمحكمة باتحاد الكرة أو حتى محكمة الأسرة”.

ثم اختتم “عرضنا الحل الودي لكنهم رفضوا.. فلماذا إذن التشهير الآن والسباب لماذا يا سيادة المستشار”.

中國神秘女富豪擬砸1億美元 買下巴拿馬一島嶼

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巴拿馬卡約內塔斯群島 圖片來源:香港《東方日報》網站

繼有中國女富豪買紐西蘭島嶼後,再有一神秘中國女富商計劃豪擲1億美元,競購巴拿馬出售全球首個「房地產暨自然遺產」試點項目卡約內塔斯群島,擬在島上開發興建私人住宅區及豪華海邊度假村,但7成面積需留作自然保護區。

據香港《東方日報》網站15日引述陸媒報導,伯曼品牌地產公司經紀詹妮弗近日來到中國,她表示所代理的巴拿馬3個島嶼的出售,已接觸到非常具有購買能力的中國買家,並且買賣雙方「已經多次會面」。

詹妮弗透露,目前正在遊說購買者能夠公開姓名,而這位中國女商人和他的外籍丈夫,將準備以1億美元拿下上述這個頂級旗艦項目。

卡約內塔斯群島由3座島嶼組成,島上自然景觀獨特,項目計劃在小島建立一個私人住宅區,外加一些豪華且環保的海邊度假村。小島七成的面積需要留作自然保護區。

詹妮弗認為,除了自然環境,巴拿馬無外匯管制,又是全球重要的離岸金融中心,更被稱為避稅天堂,這也是吸引中國買家之處。