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Movie goers will soon recline at Hamburg's Regal Cinema

Regal Hamburg Pavilion also recently converted from celluloid film to digital cinema. When the 16-screen cinema opened at 1949 Star Shoot Parkway in Hamburg in December 1999, it was heralded as being on the cutting edge of movie-going technology.  

Owen Webb gets Order of Australia for services to the automotive industry

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Forex - Euro drops as Greece anti-austerity party wins polls - The euro dropped in early Asia on Monday as Greece's anti-austerity Syriza party won the country's snap national elections Sunday, according to the first official projections from Greece's Interior Ministry, but may fall shy of an absolute majority in the 300-seat parliament and need some outside support. EUR/USD traded at 1.1155, down 0.44%, while AUD/USD trended lower as well at 0.7875, down 0.42%. USD/JPY traded at 117.66, down 0.11%, on safe haven demand. The party has pledged to force Greece's creditors to renegotiate the terms of the country's €240 billion euro financial bailout, which has roiled markets and imperiled moves to provide more funding for the country. Japan's December trade balance is due at 0850 local time with a deficit of ¥740 billion yen expected, narrower than the ¥829 billion deficit seen in November. The Bank of Japan is to publish the minutes of its latest policy meeting, which contain valuable insights into economic conditions from the bank's perspective Last week, the euro fell to fresh 11-year lows against the dollar on Friday and hit a seven year trough against the pound, a day after the European Central Bank launched a large scale quantitative easing program to combat slowing growth and inflation in the euro area. The drop in the single currency came after ECB President Mario Draghi unveiled a €1.2 trillion asset purchase program on Thursday. The central bank will purchase €60 billi...  

Parkside volleyball coach to coach new pro team

UW-Parkside women’s volleyball coach Christine Paciero will be doing double duty this year.Paciero has been named the new head coach for the USA Premier Volleyball League’s Badger Blizzard. Paciero will coach the Badger Blizzard for the spring 2015 season while continuing her duties as Rangers head coach.The Badger Blizzard is a women’s professional indoor volleyball team representing the Badger Region. The PVL was established in 2012 and now has 15 teams. It provides league and tournament play for elite-level post-collegiate athletes in the United States.Paciero led the Rangers to a 15-13 overall record in 2014, her third straight winning season. In four years at Parkside, Paciero has a 69-52 record. ...  

Euro, stocks fall as anti-austerity party wins Greek election

TOKYO (Reuters) - The euro skidded to near an 11-year low and U.S. stock futures fell on Monday as Greece's Syriza party promised to roll back austerity measures after sweeping to victory in a snap election, putting Athens on a collision course with international lenders. The euro fell to as low as $1.1135 on the vote outcome, not far off an 11-year low of $1.1115 touched on Friday when the common currency took a battering after the European Central Bank unveiled a bond-buying stimulus program last week. U.S. stock futures fell 0.6 percent ESc1 while the Nikkei futures also dropped about 0.5 percent from the local close on Friday on heightened concerns the Greek election results could lead to renewed instability in Europe.Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras was set to become prime minister of the first euro zone government openly opposed to bailout conditions imposed by European Union and International Monetary Fund during the economic crisis. "The euro will be sold on any rally. But such an outcome was already expected to a certain extent and I expect the pace of its decline is likely to slow," said Osao Iizuka, the head of FX trading at Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank.Indeed, the broad consensus in the markets is that any renewed tensions over Greece is unlikely to hurt broader investor sentiment much beyond an initial shock.Unlike at the height of the debt crisis in 2011-12, European banks now have limited exposure to Greece and European policymakers have frameworks to deal with indeb...  

World Bank: Malaysia's diversified economy can cushion impact of oil prices

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s diversified economy provides a significant cushion so that the impact from lower oil prices is mitigated, according to the World Bank.Senior country economist for Malaysia, Dr Frederico Gil Sander, said the impact of weakening oil prices would also be offset by the implementation of the goods and services tax and raising revenue from other taxes that were not related to oil and gas (O&G).“Of course, the oil price slump still creates challenges, but these are much more manageable compared with countries where oil revenues reach 95% of government receipts," he told Bernama.The World Bank expects oil prices to average US$75 (RM270) per barrel this year, a decline of 25% from between US$97 and US$100 per barrel last year.Over the years, the Government’s dependency on O&G revenue had been declining and the aspiration was to reduce it to below 30%.In 2011, Malaysia’s revenue from petroleum was at 35.8% of total revenue, which was brought down to 33.7% in 2012 and to 31.2% in 2013.As a result of the weaker crude oil price, the government decided to let market forces determine consumer fuel price via a managed float system, which would be announced on a monthly basis.For January, RON95 and RON97 was down 35 sen each to RM1.91 and RM2.11 per litre, respectively, and diesel was 30 sen lower at RM1.93 per litre.Gil Sander said the managed float system, which subsequently eliminated fuel subsidy, was a win for the Government&#x...  

Badminton star 'would quit' if suspended for doping

25 January 2015 Last updated at 23:10 GMT Malaysia's national hero, Lee Chong Wei, says he will retire from the sport of badminton if he is given a two-year suspension for allegedly doping. Mr Lee tested positive for a banned substance last year when he was world number one.He is not allowed to compete until his case is heard before the Badminton World Federation next month. If his appeal is not successful, he faces a suspension of up to two years. Mr Lee spoke to the BBC's Jennifer Pak. ...  

U.S. and Them Dominates Davos Unsure If America Can Power World

For the world economy, it’s a case of U.S. and them. That was the conclusion of investors, executives and policy makers as they ended their annual trip to Davos, Switzerland last week with the U.S. poised to outpace world growth for the first time since 1999. Celebrations were muted by questions over whether the strongest U.S. expansion in 11 years will prove strong enough to power the global economy or whether it will be undone by slowing growth in Europe and China. “The U.S. can marginally help the world, but it cannot do it alone,” said former Deputy U.S. Treasury Secretary Stuart Eizenstat. He said there’s still a 50 percent chance that the drag from the rest of the world will prove greater than the momentum from the U.S. recovery. The multi-speed global economy is already threatening the U.S. by driving the dollar to an 11 year-high against the euro, with few in Davos willing to bet against further gains for the greenback. “Right now the U.S. seems to be the greatest place in the world to invest,” said David Rubenstein, the co-founder of Carlyle Group LP. “The biggest problem in the U.S. is that the dollar could become very, very strong.” U.S. economic might was on display throughout the four-day retreat in the Swiss Alps as executives such as Facebook Inc.’s Sheryl Sandberg and PepsiCo Inc.’s Indra Nooyi roamed the conference hall and companies from Salesforce Inc. to McKinsey & Co. threw splashy...  

As Commodities Fall, Some Investors See Reasons to Buy

A few brave investors are betting the gloom oppressing global commodity markets is on the verge of lifting. The world’s farmers, mining companies and oil producers spent billions of dollars over the last decade to increase output. The result: huge surpluses and sharply lower prices for commodities ranging from oil to sugar to iron ore. ... ...  

Microsoft to offer a paid version of its internal Cosmos big-data service

Microsoft is developing an Azure-hosted, paid version of its internal-facing Cosmos big-data computation, analysis and storage service..I had speculated last August that Microsoft was poised to make Cosmos one of its next big Azure service offerings. Based on information shared with me by sources, it appears this, indeed, is happening.Microsoft is in the midst of recruiting testers for the key components of the coming offering. Those components include a an analysis-engine piece codenamed "Kona," and a storage-engine piece codenamed "Cabo." There's also a new SQL-friendly language, known as SQL-IP, that will be part of the coming big-data analysis package, sources said.Currently, Cosmos is an internal-facing Microsoft service only. It's Microsoft's massively parallel storage and computation service that handles data from Azure, Bing, AdCenter, MSN, Skype and Windows Live. According to a recent Microsoft job posting, there are 5,000 developers and "thousands" of users inside Microsoft using Cosmos. Cosmos was built using Microsoft's Dryad distributed-processing technology.Microsoft has used Cosmos internally to process telemetry data; to perform analysis and reporting on large datasets, such as those created via Bing and Office 365; and to curate and perform back-end processing on many kinds of data. A lot of the data used for these various purposes is shared. Queries on this data can run on anywhere from one, to 40,000 machines in parallel.Microsoft is planning to position t...  

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