Britain's landmark Big Ben clock tower adjoining the Houses of Parliament will be renamed "Elizabeth Tower" to mark Queen Elizabeth's 60th year on the throne, a parliamentary official said on Tuesday. The announcement follows four days of celebrations earlier this month to mark the 86-year-old queen's Diamond Jubilee, only the second to be celebrated by a British monarch. "The House of Commons (parliament) commission welcomed the proposal to rename the clock tower Elizabeth Tower in recognition of Her Majesty the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and will arrange for this decision to be implemented in an appropriate manner in due course," a House of Commons spokesman said. The ornate, 96-metre high neo-Gothic tower features four gilded clockfaces, and was completed in 1859. The tower took its name Big Ben from the giant bell inside, which chimes the famous bongs heard around London's Whitehall government district. "I think it is a fitting tribute to the Queen and the service she has given … [Read more...] about London’s Big Ben clock tower to be renamed Elizabeth Tower
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U.S. Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump hunted for votes in three states on Monday before a crucial round of nominating contests, and dismissed outbreaks of violence at his campaign events as "a little disruption." Trump, who made appearances in North Carolina, Florida and Ohio ahead of Tuesday's primaries, said the establishment Republicans who have labored to stop his outsider candidacy needed to recognize his strength and rally to his cause. The billionaire businessman trained his fire on rival Republican candidate, Ohio Governor John Kasich, at an evening rally in Youngstown, Ohio. Kasich is running neck and neck with Trump in the state. "Your coal industry is dead. Your steel industry is dead," Trump told Ohio voters. "Your governor is totally overrated. He hasn't done a thing." Kasich is looking to win his home state and thwart Trump's progress toward securing the 1,237 delegates a candidate needs to win the nomination. "I'm going to win Ohio, and it's … [Read more...] about Trump aims for big U.S. primary wins, calls campaign ‘a lovefest’
VietNamNet Bridge - Big C has always been listed among the biggest taxpayers since it began operation in Vietnam 17 years ago, while Metro repeatedly has reported losses. However, this does not mean Big C is more valuable than Metro. After 17 years in Vietnam, Big C has become one of the leading retailers with 32 supermarkets and 10 convenience stores. It is believed to be a huge moneymaker for the parent firm, the Casino Group, a French retailer. Big C Vietnam is one of the relatively large systems of the global Big C network. The news that Casino Group would sell Big C in a plan to ease the financial burden has shown that Casino Group does not consider Vietnam a key market, according to analysts. The Casino Group has only mentioned the intention of selling Big C Vietnam, while it has not shown a detailed plan and transfer price. In its press release, Casino Group mentioned Big C Thailand and Columbia, but the two will not be subject to sale because of their big assets. The … [Read more...] about Which is more valuable, Big C or Metro?
VietNamNet Bridge - Thai conglomerates, including TCC Holding and Central Group, are running a race to buy Big C supermarkets in Vietnam and Thailand from French Casino Guichard-Perrachon SA, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Commercial Division in Thailand. TCC Holding and Central Group belong to Thai billionaires Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi and the Chirathivat family, respectively. The two have shown strong determination to acquire the Big C chain. The source said on Bizlive that both the Thai conglomerates have been seeking consultancy from banks in anticipation of the necessity for financial support. Some days ago, TCC Holding reached an agreement on buying 59 percent of Casino’s stakes in Big C Thailand in a deal worth $3.5 billion. As for Big C Vietnam, analysts say it may be worth up to $800 million. Japan’s Aeon Group has also expressed its intention to buy Big C Vietnam. Thai conglomerates, including TCC Holding and Central Group, … [Read more...] about Thai giants vie for Big C in Vietnam and Thailand
Vietnam is making a big push to become a new outsourcing center with low wages and staff loyalty being two of its attractions, reported The New York Times newspaper recently. However, weak command of the English language is still a drawback of the Vietnamese labor force, it also said. Vietnam will be "competing with India and some other countries doing this within the next five years," the newspaper quoted former United States Ambassador to Vietnam Pete Peterson as he talked about Vietnam's potential for outsourcing. … [Read more...] about Vietnam makes big push to become outsourcing center