Viking Ocean Cruises celebrates float out of first ship

Viking Ocean Cruises celebrates float out of first ship
LOS ANGELES - Viking Ocean Cruises announced its first ship – the 930-passenger Viking Star – was "floated out," marking the latest major construction milestone, and the first time that the new ship touches water. The traditional ceremony took place on Monday, June 23, at Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard outside Venice, Italy. With a total of three sister ships now under construction, Viking Star will be the first to debut in early 2015 with maiden voyages in Scandinavia and the Baltic; and the Western and Eastern Mediterranean. Read More >

Government may be forced to retain Clean Energy Finance Corporation

Government may be forced to retain Clean Energy Finance Corporation | World news | NewsWire
At a press conference with Al Gore (left), Clive Palmer announced his senators would vote against the CEFC repeal. Photography: Kym Smith/Newspix/REX

The government appears to be conceding it will be forced to retain the $10bn Clean Energy Finance Corporation, removing the abolition of the “green bank” from the other carbon tax repeal bills that were passed by the lower house for a third time on Thursday night.

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Palmer insists power companies prove prices down before carbon tax repeal

Palmer insists power companies prove prices down before carbon tax repeal | World news | NewsWire
Clive Palmer leaves his hotel on his way to a meeting with Tony Abbott on Thursday. Photograph: Mike Bowers for Guardian Australia

Clive Palmer is insisting power companies prove they have reduced electricity prices by the full amount of the carbon tax in a legislative amendment the Palmer United party senators will insist upon before they will vote to repeal the tax.

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Best Buy Provides Pizza, Asks Employees To Contact Congress About E-Fairness Bill

“When I was at work today I went to the breakroom to relax, only to walk in to see a guy from the corporate office and [a] pizza,” writes reader S. Who doesn’t like free food in the breakroom at work? S. found that pizza’s side dish distasteful: a request for store employees to call their representative in Congress about a piece of pending legislation that’s important to Best Buy’s survival.

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