Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Police investigating a bomb that exploded on Sunday inside The Mall in Maroussi, north of Athens, injuring two people, have found similarities between the remnants of the device collected from the shopping center and a bomb used in a botched attack on an Athens metro train last February, Kathimerini understands.According to police sources, the composition of the two bombs and the methodology behind the two attacks were very similar. There had been no claim of responsibility for the Mall blast by late on Monday. A group calling itself the February 12 Movement claimed responsibility for planting an incendiary device on the seat of a train at Aegaleo metro station, west of Athens, in February last year. That device, which did not go off, comprised batteries, switches, a light bulb and 4 liters of flammable liquid. The bomb that went off at The Mall was said to be virtually identical except that instead of flammable liquid, the assailants had used 1.5 kilograms of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil (known as ANFO) and gelignite. Also found in the wreckage at The Mall were remnants of a pressure cooker, prompting police to probe possible connections with the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire, a guerrilla group that used such utensils in some of its bomb attacks.A 29-year-old man believed to be a member of that group was released pending trial last week, prompting government officials to slam the judiciary for its handling of such cases.Police believe that there are links between the February 12 Movement and Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire.But officers have not indicated that there is any connection between the attack at The Mall and last year’s attempted metro bombing. There are said to be indications, however, that the groups behind these attacks might have been guided by a common “command center” as is believed to have been the case with attacks carried out in 2010 and 2011 and claimed by Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire or Revolutionary Struggle.As regards the Mall bombing, police sources have indicated that closed-circuit television footage suggests that at least four people, including one woman, were involved in planting the device. CCTV footage reportedly shows a man wearing a woolen hat planting a package in a garbage can on the first floor of the complex.Police are also still investigating an armed attack on the offices of conservative New Democracy on January 14 by assailants wielding a Kalashnikov assault rifle and a revolver. It appears that initial reports according to which one of the two assailants spotted at the scene had been carrying a rocket launcher were accurate.Source: Kathimerini
Sicis’ Butterfly Mosaic line flaunts a variety of motifs in brilliant coloursDoes a decadent soak in a bathtub sound inviting? How about splashing around in a semi-precious stone bathtub trimmed with gold that will set you back by a whopping Rs 1 crore? Carved out of amethyst, this opalescent soak,Sicis’ Butterfly Mosaic line flaunts a variety of motifs in brilliant coloursDoes a decadent soak in a bathtub sound inviting? How about splashing around in a semi-precious stone bathtub trimmed with gold that will set you back by a whopping Rs 1 crore? Carved out of amethyst, this opalescent soak pit from Italian bathroom major Baldi is the latest in washroom luxury.If you are game for more, browse through French brand THG’s Prestige collection of faucets that are accented with a rich assortment of coloured stones like quartz rose, rock crystal, red jasper, black onyx, malachite, tiger eye and lapis lazuli.The Rug Collection from the same label has elaborate patterns created from glass tilesSays Jean Noel Edouard, head, product design, Nagina Waters, a Delhi-based luxury bathroom store that showcases high-end brands like THG, Capponi and Baldi, “India is a land that’s traditionally associated with ornamentation. So, going for bathroom fixtures and fittings that lack detailing or colour result in a bland, antiseptic look.” He adds that the bathroom decor needs to be perfectly calibrated to one’s needs and sensibilities rather than being a blind imitation of the reigning Western trend. It is no secret that adornments for washrooms are now being held in high regard. A host of materials ranging from Swarovski crystals and artistic mosaics to precious metal and semi-precious stones are now part of the luxury washroom repertoire.A mother-of-pearl-inlaid vanity from CapponiCashing on this new-found love for extravagant adornments is Italian mosaic brand Sicis, that has retail outlets in Delhi and Mumbai. The label has launched butterfly-shaped mosaic art for bathrooms that impress with their eye-popping colours and shimmer. Nodding to an effervescent spirit, the line, titled Butterfly Mosaic Collection, is made of glass tesserae or pressed glass tile. Depending on the quality of design and installation, this range costs between Rs 3,800 and Rs 75,850. “Sicis gives the opportunity to experience the bathroom as a place of aesthetic and material well being,” says Andrea Azzarello, the brand’s spokesperson.Amethyst bathtub from BaldiThe new age bathroom materials take a cue from opulent decor schemes predominant in the rest of the house. Precious metals like gold and silver, now used in faucets and showerheads, reference accents in the living and bedrooms. Agrees Edouard of Nagina Waters: “Traditional notions of seclusion and privacy are slowly becoming obsolete. Guests are often given tours of designer bathrooms in this day and age.” To satiate a growing appetite for ornate finishes and textures, Nagina Waters has on offer gold, silver and even platinum leaf bathroom tiles from Italian brand Godiva Stone.Soap dispenser, toothbrush holder and soap dish from Baldi. Both Baldi and Capponi are retailed in India by Nagina Waters.Luxurious to touch and pleasing to the eye, Godiva Stone tiles are made of high-quality marble wrapped with a leaf of precious material. This leaf is applied on the tile by a manual process. For the truly inspired, customisation is taken to the next level with etchings on marble with decorative motifs, writings, logos and designs, as dictated by the patron.Indeed, the desire for one-of-a-kind washroom decor has paved the way for grander layouts and fancier materials. Staying true to the trend, interior designers too are pulling out all stops to offer an upscale product to their clients.A washroom created by La Sorogeeka has textured walls and a detailed chandelierA powder room created by Noida-based interior design outfit La Sorogeeka has its high ceiling embellished with white crystal, walls sporting crococeramic tiles with leather finish and a stone floor. Artists of the firm’s workshop have even created an engraved look for some of the walls. The final flourish is added by way of an exaggerated chandelier in black and white. “There’s a new approach to design now. And the powder room is a space showcased to all guests. It should be attention grabbing,” says Anjali Goel, CEO, La Sorogeeka.Gold-plated cotton ball holder from Bathline SensationsAccording to Varun Gupta, joint managing director, Bathline Sensations, a Delhi-based bathroom accessories label that dabbles in Swarovski crystals and metals like gold and silver, the aim is to raise the metal to the category of art. The Starlight Square series from its Acquaviva AG line creates a lavish look through its gold plated and Swarovski embedded gel dispensers, brush holders and cotton ball jars. To ensure a perfect finish, brass is coated with electrolyte, chrome and subsequently 24 carat gold or silver. Embellishments, clearly, have come of age in this country. With their glorious sheen and texture, state-of-the-art bathroom fixtures are now a must-have in every fashionable address.advertisementadvertisement
Amidaus Professionals captain Yahaya Mohammed has revealed his readiness to explode in the Glo premier league following his recovering from a groin injury.The Asante Kotoko on- loan midfielder was among Kwasi Appiah’s provisional 26-man squad for the pre-tournament camping in Abu Dhabi, but had to sit out for over a month to fully recover from the injury.Mohammed who finished the first round of the premier league as the top scorer with 10 goals says he is 100 percent fit and will be ready for selection this Sunday“Now I’m feeling better, started training about three weeks ago and I’m 100 percent fit’. He told JOY Sports“I will be in action this weekend since I’m strong and fit. The expectation now is going to be high considering my performance in the first round of the league but I have a target as well so I will prove myself again I’m ready to start.”Amidaus Professionals will begin the second round of the Glo Premier League with a trip to Kumasi to face Real Tamale United on Saturday, February 23, 2013.
Comments Published on April 27, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Jarrad: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse outfielder Lisaira Daniels has a dream. In it, the Orange defies all conventional expectations and wins the national championship.‘Do I dream about winning the national championship? Yes, of course I do,’ Daniels said. ‘I could see us getting to the College World Series. We have so much talent and heart that we can play at that level.’Daniels sees no reason why this dream can’t become a reality. And she was irritated by the lack of respect Big East coaches had for the Orange heading into this season.‘Since we won the Big East last year, we have a target on our back. But people still viewed that as a Cinderella story,’ Daniels said. ‘They still ranked us fourth coming into this season, so that was like a slap in the face. It’s almost like we have to win the Big East again this year.’Syracuse became the lowest seeded team in Big East history to win the conference tournament in 2010 after it finished the regular season ranked fifth. Nearly a year later, the Orange (31-11, 9-5 Big East) is holding down that very same position in the middle of the Big East standings — even though it is just one win shy of matching last season’s total with 10 games left in the regular season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBeginning with today’s nonconference doubleheader against Binghamton (20-15, 8-3 America East), SU enters a stretch of seven winnable games against the Bearcats, Big East bottom feeder Seton Hall (15-27, 3-14) and Niagara (18-14, 6-4 Metro Atlantic Athletic).‘We have to just take care of business on the field and not care what the opponent is ranked or where they’re seeded,’ said Jenna Caira, SU’s ace pitcher. ‘(Softball) is so weird. On any given day, anyone could beat anybody.’With that in mind, the Orange believes it can make some unexpected postseason noise. The notion is backed up by nonconference victories against Western Athletic Conference powerhouses Hawaii (30-16, 8-7) and No. 25 Fresno State (29-11, 13-2).‘It’s different because last year we were kind of like ‘Oh my gosh, maybe we can win this thing,” Daniels said. ‘But this year we’ve taken on more of an aggressor’s attitude. We’ve played the Alabamas and the Floridas. We beat the Hawaiis and the Louisvilles, and that helps us believe that we can beat those teams.’But the SU players and coaches understand that for those top-tier games to matter, they have to take care of business against lesser opponents. They’ve done that so far in 2011, compiling a 19-0 record against teams with losing records.In conference play, though, it’s been a struggle against some of the Big East elite. Syracuse went 0-5 against second-place Notre Dame (35-8, 11-1) and third-place South Florida (32-18, 12-3).The Orange can continue to dominate lesser opponents during this seven-game stretch, starting with Binghamton, by overwhelming teams offensively. The team has scored nine or more runs in 12 games this season.Binghamton has surrendered nine or more runs only twice this season.‘Offensively, one through nine, we’ve been 20 times better this year,’ Daniels said. ‘We’re driving in more runs, getting on base and knowing and understanding our roles.’Caira thinks SU’s ability to compete with top-tier teams is due to the growth of a group of players that has been through this journey together for a few years now.‘It honestly has to do with experience,’ Caira said. ‘Girls have been in pressure situations before and in this season, too. This year we’re taking baby steps so we can win some of those games. We’re also doing a real good job winning the games we’re supposed to win.’With such improvement, Daniels also didn’t hesitate to clarify her dream as something more than just a generic goal. She thinks it has the potential to become reality.But for that to happen, the Orange can’t take the next seven games lightly. Even though the team plays weaker competition, these games will help set up a potential postseason run.‘We have potential to be in the national championship,’ Daniels said. ‘And we’re definitely hungry for it, so that’s a start.’[email protected]