Report on Jenin events set for release on Thursday UN spokesman

Spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters in New York that the report should be available in all UN languages, with electronic copies posted to the UN web site.Spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters in New York that the report should be available in all UN languages, with electronic copies posted to the UN web site.The document comes in response to a General Assembly resolution adopted in May requesting that Secretary-General Kofi Annan “present a report, drawing upon the available resources and information, on the recent events that took place in Jenin and in other Palestinian cities.”The Assembly measure, passed following 25 rounds of voting on separate paragraphs, decried Israel’s refusal to cooperate with a fact-finding mission which had been initiated by the Secretary-General and backed by the Security Council in order to develop accurate information regarding recent events at the Jenin refugee camp.The Assembly adopted the resolution during its resumed tenth emergency special session on “Illegal Israeli actions in Occupied East Jerusalem and the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory”The week before the Assembly’s action, the Secretary-General, citing, in part, a lack of cooperation from Israel and the mission’s inability to travel to the area in the near future, had informed the Security Council in a letter that he would disband the team. Team members, led by Martti Ahtisaari, the former President of Finland, had gathered in Geneva in preparation for their mission before it became clear that their visit to the area would not be possible. “Throughout this process, the UN has made every effort to accommodate the concerns of the Government of Israel, within the mandate given to me by the Security Council,” the Secretary-General wrote, referring to Council resolution 1405, adopted in April. That text had welcomed Mr. Annan’s initiative to develop accurate information about recent events in the Jenin camp through a fact-finding team. read more

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Iraqi petrol exports earn 338 million under UNs oilforfood scheme

According to the Office of the Iraq Programme (OIP), the exports averaged about 1.7 million barrels a day. There were 11 loadings from the authorized terminals: four from the Iraqi oil platform at Mina al-Bakr (7.3 million barrels) and seven from the Turkish Mediterranean oil terminal at Ceyhan (4.6 million barrels). These are the only outlets for Iraqi oil exports allowed under OIP.Of 5,814 total contracts for humanitarian supplies, worth $11 billion, the OIP has approved 4,364 worth about $6.6 billion after the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) determined that they do not contain proscribed items. read more

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Government sells remaining stake in General Motors loses 105 billion on company

Government sells remaining stake in General Motors, loses $10.5 billion on company bailout by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Dec 9, 2013 2:56 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DETROIT – The U.S. government ended up losing $10.5 billion on the General Motors bailout, but it says the alternative would have been far worse.The Treasury Department sold its final shares of the Detroit auto giant on Monday, recovering $39 billion of the $49.5 billion it spent to save the dying automaker at the height of the financial crisis five years ago.Without the bailout, the country would have lost more than a million jobs, and the economy could have slipped from recession into a depression, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said on a conference call with reporters.Now, the American auto industry is back, President Barack Obama said in a statement. “Some of the most high-tech, fuel-efficient cars in the world are once again designed, engineered, and built right here in America — and the rest of the world is buying more of them than ever before,” he said.The government received 912 million GM shares, or a 60.8 per cent stake, in exchange for the bailout in 2008 and 2009. It began selling shares once GM went public again in November of 2010, and the pace picked up this year as the stock rose more than 40 per cent. Last month, the government said it expected to sell its remaining 2 per cent stake by the end of the year.Earlier Monday, Mark Reuss, GM’s North American president, told reporters in Warren, Mich., that a government exit would boost sales, especially among pickup truck buyers. GM has said repeatedly that some potential customers have stayed away from its brands because they object to the government intervening in a private company’s finances. Because of the bailout, GM had been tagged with the derisive nickname “Government Motors.”“We will always be grateful for the second chance extended to us, and we are doing our best to make the most of it,” GM Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson said in a statement.During the conference call, treasury officials shrugged off a question about whether GM should have been required to pay more because it has a large cash stockpile, saying that the bulk of the bailout money was converted to GM stock. Not doing the bailout would have cost the government more than it lost in missed tax revenue and payments for unemployment benefits and pensions, the officials said.The company now is sitting on $26.8 billion in cash and is considering restoration of a dividend.GM went through bankruptcy protection in 2009 and was cleansed of most of its huge debt, while stockholders lost their investments. Since leaving bankruptcy, GM has been profitable for 15 straight quarters, racking up almost $20 billion in net income on strong new products and rising sales in North America and China. It also has invested $8.8 billion in U.S. facilities and has added about 3,000 workers, bringing U.S. employment to 80,000.GM shares rose 44 cents, or 1.1 per cent, to $41.34 in after-hours trading following the announcement. They rose 1.8 per cent in regular trading, at one point reaching $41.17, the highest level since GM’s 2010 initial public offering.The auto bailout was part of the Troubled Asset Relief Program, with the bulk of the money going to financial institutions. Treasury said it spent $421.8 billion on bailouts and so far has recovered $432.7 billion, including the loss on GM.The Center for Automotive Research, an Ann Arbor, Mich., think-tank , issued an updated report on Monday saying that if the government hadn’t intervened and GM went out of business, nearly 1.9 million jobs would have been lost in 2009 and 2010. Federal and state governments also would have lost $39.4 billion in tax revenue and payments made for unemployment benefits and food stamps, the study said.But critics say the bailout put the government in a position to choose winners and losers when it should have stayed out of private business.“The American people are tired of Washington politicians taking their hard-earned money, using it to make risky bets and pick winners and losers, and coming up short,” U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, said in a statement.____AP Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger contributed to this report from Washington, D.C. read more

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Never mind trick or treat Halloween is all the rage in Japan

by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press Posted Oct 30, 2015 12:45 am MDT Last Updated Oct 30, 2015 at 4:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Never mind trick or treat: Halloween is all the rage in Japan as costume play, merchandising TOKYO – For the usually reserved Japanese, Halloween has become the perfect excuse to act wild in strange outfits.The spooky celebration is consuming the energy, fashion sense and wallets of people for the entire month of October, not just kids but also adults on the prowl with colorful parades, costume parties and pumpkin-inspired desserts, dress-up and decor everywhere.“When everyone is happy like this, I feel happy,” said Shoko Ushimaru, a game designer, wearing white makeup and a pirate outfit at a recent Halloween party in Tokyo.She was in a room with a crowd of people, all in costumes. A DJ was playing music, but no one was dancing. The main attraction was getting photos taken under studio lighting, perfect for posting on social media such as Instagram and Facebook. Participants use such parties, popping up in recent weeks, for making friends and letting go of inhibitions.Yoshi Kaseki, who heads the Japan Anniversary Association and studies the business potential of holidays, said Japanese don’t care about the cultural or religious backdrop of Halloween, or how it’s celebrated anywhere else. The biggest attraction is that anyone can take part, in contrast to Valentine’s, for instance, another holiday import that’s gained in popularity but which requires a lover or partner.Over the last several years, the significance of Halloween has grown, although it’s still lagging Christmas in spending, according to Kaseki’s calculations of merchandizing and consumption. The fact that the holiday falls on a Saturday this year is a plus.“You must think of Halloween in Japan as a totally different phenomenon from Halloween in the U.S.,” said Kaseki.Although Japan has its own traditional festivals to celebrate spookiness and honour the dead, Halloween is being observed with a special frenzy. It helps that everything about it resonates in the country that gave birth to the subculture of “costume play,” the art of dressing up like “manga” animation and mascot characters.Favourite characters for dressing up can range from Nintendo Co.’s video-game hero Super Mario to the pot-bellied friendly spirit Totoro from animation master Hayao Miyazaki.Many Japanese don’t bother trying to look like the usual witches, zombies and ghosts associated with Halloween. Ask them what “trick or treat” means, and they usually won’t know. It doesn’t matter.The Roppongi Hills shopping complex in Tokyo, where streets have been decked with bobbing pumpkin-shaped lanterns for weeks, is serving up pumpkin-theme pancakes covered with yellow coconut sauce for 2,980 yen ($25), as well as a 36 centimetre (14-inch) tall “monster” tower of five hamburgers for 4,860 yen ($40).Yasushi Senoo, chief research analyst at Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting in Tokyo, who has been studying the economic impact of Halloween, believes it can only get bigger in Japan because the largest participation is among teenagers. As they get older, their spending power will grow.Right now, a million Japanese are estimated to be so-called “heavy” Halloween consumers, or those creating their own costumes and taking part in parades.Including casual users, Halloween revelers are estimated at 20 million people, each spending on average between 1,000 yen ($8) and 1,500 yen ($12), which multiplies to 20 billion yen ($170 million) or 30 billion yen ($250 million) in economic impact, according to Senoo.“Businesses are eager to use something that’s this well-known to everyone as an opportunity,” he said.Japanese like to contemplate the changing seasons, and fall is one time without a cause to celebrate, according to Senoo.That’s why Easter, with bunnies and painted eggs that appear conducive to costume play and merchandising, isn’t likely to take off as easily because spring already has plenty of action, with school and work starting, in Japan.One area Halloween was likely to grow in coming years is in home decoration, he said.“Halloween has potential for growth because it is so open-ended,” he said, unlike Christmas, for which the market has reached saturation levels. “New Japanese forms of celebrating Halloween can develop.”Halloween madness culminates Saturday in Tokyo’s Roppongi area, with thousands of carousers on the streets in various outlandish costumes. Those in regular clothing would be certain to feel out of place.“What’s fun is that this is all so unreal,” said party organizer Takahisa Takeishi, a young man who managed to look far more effeminate than his usual self with a purple wig dressed up as Gakupo or Gackpo, a virtual singer or vocaloid. “We can’t look like this every day.”___Follow Yuri Kageyama: twitter.com/yurikageyama read more

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What We Know About Kids Sports And Concussions

On Thursday, President Obama held a summit at the White House on youth sports and concussions, an issue that has grown increasingly salient.During the summit, representatives from the NCAA and NFL, along with other athletic groups and government organizations, announced a host of research initiatives to learn more about head injuries suffered by kids playing sports. One such program, based at UCLA and funded with a $10 million grant from New York Giants co-owner Steve Tisch, will focus in part on answering a basic question: How often do sports-related concussions happen to kids?We don’t know for sure. We know how many kids are going to the emergency room every year for a traumatic brain injury sustained while playing, sports or otherwise. (Concussions are a mild form of traumatic brain injury.)That figure has gone up quite a bit — 62 percent from 2001 to 2009 — but it’s not clear what the rise means. It could be that kids are becoming more active, that the average active kid is getting hurt more often or that parents are taking head injuries more seriously.So, what about risk? To put it bluntly: If your daughter is on the varsity basketball team, what are the chances she’ll sustain a concussion in tonight’s game?Of course, the actual risk would depend on a lot of factors that are particular to her — among them, what position she plays and her team’s overall style of play. But generally speaking, can we say what the risk of head trauma is for kids who play different sports?We have some idea about high-schoolers, thanks to a nationwide monitoring system called High School RIO that has been tracking injuries in 20 sports since 2005. The database contains reports from certified athletic trainers at schools, and my colleague Walt Hickey used it in his article “Where Cheerleading Ranks in Safety Among High School Sports.”The table above shows the results of a study of High School RIO data from 2008 to 2010, covering more than 7 million instances of a player participating in a game or practice.Football players are by far the most concussion-prone, followed by ice hockey (representatives from both the NFL and NHL were at Thursday’s White House summit).But what about younger kids? And how severe are these concussions? And what precautions should kids, parents and coaches be taking? Hopefully the new research programs announced Thursday will help answer these questions. read more

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Zynga Games Raise Over 1 Million for Earthquake Relief

first_imgYou have to hand it to Zynga: one moment they’re the game company you love to hate for selling all of your personal information, and the next moment they’ve managed to draw over a million dollars from their customers for charity. Facebook gamers who play titles like Farmville, Cityville, and Frontierville on Facebook have collectively donated well over $1 million to Save the Children through a partnership between the charity and Zynga to aid victims of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Zynga has expanded donations to its other titles and mobile games, like Words with Friends. The key to Zynga’s success here is that the company is using specific in-game items to fuel its charity and relief efforts. For example, in Cityville you can buy a sweet potato crop, and in Frontierville, players can add a Kobe cow to their farm. Daikon radishes have appeared in Farmville, and more depending on the game. When players buy items for their farms, cities, and towns with real money, they buyer is actually donating to charity. Zynga says that 100% of the money they get from the special in-game items will go directly to Save the Children.last_img read more

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Ewan McGregor refused to appear on Good Morning Britain after realising Piers

first_imgEwan McGregor refused to appear on Good Morning Britain after realising Piers Morgan hosts it As you might guess, Piers was not pleased. 37,570 Views Was going on Good Morning Britain, didn’t realise @piersmorgan was host. Won’t go on with him after his comments about #WomensMarch— Ewan McGregor (@mcgregor_ewan) January 24, 2017 By Valerie Loftus http://dailyedge.ie/3201961 Source: Piers Morgan/Twitter Matthew McConaughey learned how to say his famous ‘alright, alright, alright’ as Gaeilge>This tweet tried to compare Melania Trump to Jackie Kennedy, and failed spectacularly> Share35 Tweet Email Jan 24th 2017, 10:23 AM UPDATED 3.15pmEWAN MCGREGOR refused to appear on ITV’s Good Morning Britain earlier this morning after realising Piers Morgan was the host. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe actor was scheduled to appear on on the show today to promote the Trainspotting sequel T2, but, as Morgan put it on air, “decided not to turn up”.McGregor sent a tweet explaining his absence, saying he did not agree with Morgan’s comments about the Women’s March: Source: Ewan McGregor/Twittercenter_img On Saturday, Morgan called the march “vacuous” and said it was attended by “rabid feminists” – so the usual Piers Morgan fare, then.He shot back by implying that McGregor was not a “real man” for refusing to appear on the show and “debate” it with him. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sorry to hear that @mcgregor_ewan – you should be big enough to allow people different political opinions. You’re just an actor after all.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 24, 2017 Tuesday 24 Jan 2017, 10:23 AM Add us: dailyedge However in his next tweet, he said that they had “no intention” of talking to McGregor about the Women’s March. So what is the truth, Piers? Source: Twitter/@piersmorganThe Telegraph reports that his GMB co-host Susanna Reid then reminded him that there were many people who didn’t like his comments, “including the woman sat next to you.”McGregor has so far chosen not to respond to any of Morgan’s tweets or the piece the presenter wrote about him in the Daily Mail earlier this afternoon. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesThe piece brands McGregor a “pedophile-loving hypocrite”, citing the actor’s work with controversial director Roman Polanski, and asks Trump and Brexit supporters to boycott his films:By refusing to be interviewed by me simply because I have a different opinion about a political march, McGregor revealed himself to be a narrow-minded, stupendously self-aggrandising, anti-democratic little twerp. Perhaps everyone who voted Trump or Brexit should now boycott his movies?DailyEdge is on Snapchat! Tap the button below to add! Short URL 28 Comments Source: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment Source: Twitter/@piersmorganlast_img read more

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NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Sales Representative at J. Polep Distribution ServicesPart-Time Guest Advocate/Cashier at TargetFull-Time Route Sales Representative at AramarkFull-Time Financial & Commission Analyst at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Field Maintenance Trainer at SymboticFull-Time Process Operations Specialist at Analog DevicesFull-Time Corporate Recruiter at AmetrosFull-Time Contingent Worker Manager at Analog DevicesFull-Time Onboarding Specialist at AmetrosFull-Time Die Cast Set-Up Machine Operator at Scully Signal Company(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of June 23, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

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Watch BSP supporter chops off his index finger after inadvertently voting for

first_imgIn picture: An electronic voting machine.Twitter/Doordarshan NewsA Dalit voter, Pawan Kumar, chopped off his index finger after he wrongly voted for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) instead of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr district during the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections on Thursday. A shocking video of the disgruntled voter chopping off his index finger has now gone viral on the social media.Kumar said that he got confused by the symbols of the political parties and pressed the button on a flower (lotus sign of BJP) instead of the elephant sign of the BSP. Sad with the incident, Kumar chopped off his index voter where the indelible ink mark was put after casting a vote. Party symbols along with the name of the contesting candidate appear on the EVMs and the voter is supposed to press one button which will make his ballot valid. In a country where the illiteracy is still widespread, party symbols play a significant role for the voters to choose a candidate.In Uttar Pradesh, which will send the most number of representatives (Members of Parliament) to Lok Sabha (80), there is an open contest between the ruling BJP and the coalition of Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal. The BJP has strengthened its position in the past few years and stunned its opponents paving way for a grand alliance between the arch-rivals.In Bulandshahr, BJP candidate Bhola Singh was subjected to a day of confinement by the Election Commission after he violated the Model Code of Conduct by addressing a gathering of voters inside a polling booth.Under the rules, the candidates can visit the polling station but cannot speak to the voters. Singh, who is the incumbent BJP MP from the constituency, had told the local police that he had permission from the District Magistrate and Returning Officer, Abhay Singh, the Times Now reported.Meanwhile, veteran SP leader and former UP Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and BSP chief Mayawati will share the same stage for the first time while addressing a rally in Mainpuri.Watch the video here:#Watch: Shocker coming in from Bulandshahr, as a BSP supporter chopped off his finger after he allegedly pressed the wrong button on the EVM and voted for BJP instead. #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/1YqYIr2QWq— Mohit Sharma (@iMohit_Sharma) April 18, 2019last_img read more

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Tech Mahindra gains 7 on upbeat June quarter results select stocks hit

first_imgAn employee sits at the front desk inside Tech Mahindra office building in Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi March 18, 2013.Reuters fileTech Mahindra was the top gainer on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Tuesday morning in response to its better-than-estimated June quarter (Q1) performance. The stock hit an intraday high of Rs 413.90 and was trading 6.29 percent higher at Rs 409.50 at around 10.25 am,  outperforming the benchmark index Sensex that was up 42 points (0.13 percent) at 32,557. Stocks leading the modest Sensex rally included Wipro and Hindustan Unilever. Stocks that hit a fresh 52-week high during the day included Wipro, Hindalco, TVS Motor and Tata Steel.Also read: Tech Mahindra trades flat ahead of June quarter resultsOn Monday, Tech Mahindra reported 10.27 percent rise in revenues to $1,138 million for Q1 in comparison to $1,032 million in the corresponding period last year. Net profit came at Rs 798.5 crore, up 6.6 percent from Rs 749.2 crore in the year-ago period.The restructuring of Lightbridge Communications Corporation (LCC) acquired for about $240 million in November 2014 is poised to boost revenues from communications vertical, IDBI Capital & Markets said on Tuesday.”With the restructuring of LCC business being completed, Tech Mahindra expects the communications vertical (45.2 percent of revenues) to come back on the growth path. We expect this coupled with growth in the Enterprise business to result in a pick-up in growth from Q2FY18 onwards. In Q1FY18, the company secured large deals worth $325 million, maintaining the quarterly run-rate of FY17.,” the brokerage said in its note.It upgraded the stock price to Rs 448, marking a significant upside from the current levels.On the contrary, brokerage Nirmal Bang Institutional Equities (NBIE) downgraded the share price to Rs 360, citing the 2 percent decline in constant currency terms. “Tech Mahindra highlighted that it will face an additional headwind of 30bps-40bps from wage hike in 2QFY18, but indicated levers for margin improvement in FY18 such as (1) Absence of one-time restructuring costs. (2) Increase in employee utilisation and pyramid. (3) Use of automation. (4) Pruning of unprofitable clients. (5) Revival of Comviva,” the brokerage said, but added that the optimism could be misplaced to a great extent. Nirmal Bang Institutional EquitiesIn other business news, the Reserve Bank of India’s monetary policy committee (MPC) commences its two-day meeting today amid hopes of a 25 basis points cut in repo rate from the current 6.25 percent in view of retail inflation hitting a new low of 1.54 percent for June, much below the RBI’s target level of ~ 4 percent. A fall in the rate is widely seen as a signal for banks to reduce lending rates, thereby boosting the economy, though there is little evidence to prove it.The outcome of the MPC meeting will be announced tomorrow (August 2). People walk past the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) head office in Mumbai, India, November 9, 2016.Reuters filelast_img read more

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Family In SUV May Have Intentionally Driven Off Cliff Police Say

first_img Share Tristan Fortsch/APThis March 20, 2016, photo shows the Hart family of Woodland, Wash., at a Bernie Sanders rally in Vancouver, Wash.Police say that the driver of a SUV carrying a family with several adopted children may have intentionally plunged off a cliff along California’s scenic coast last month, according to local news reports.The family from Woodland, Wash. — Sarah and Jennifer Hart, who were married, and at least three of the couple’s six adopted children — was in the vehicle on California’s scenic Highway 1 near the city of Westport when it accelerated rapidly off the cliff and fell 100 feet to the rocky shore.However, Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman told KGW-TV that authorities have “every indication to believe” that all six children were inside at the time of the crash.The Associated Press reports: “The two women, both 38, were found dead inside the SUV, while three of their children — Markis Hart, 19, Jeremiah Hart, 14, and Abigail Hart, 14 — were discovered outside the vehicle. Searchers were looking for Hannah Hart, 16; Sierra Hart, 12; and Devonte Hart, 15.”Investigators have “reason to believe … that the crash was intentional,” Greg Baarts, acting assistant chief of the California Highway Patrol’s northern division, told KGW.APThis aerial image from Alameda County Sheriff’s Office drone video, courtesy of Mendocino County, shows the pullout where the SUV of Jennifer and Sarah Hart was recovered off the Pacific Coast Highway 1, near Westport, Calif.It is unclear when the crash occurred, but Baarts said the smashed vehicle was found by a passing motorist on Monday, March 26, “three days after social services authorities in Washington opened an investigation that was apparently prompted by a neighbor’s complaint that the children were being deprived of food,” according to the AP.“It is safe to report that a felony may have been committed in this case,” Baarts said.KGW reports: “Baarts said items were retrieved from the home during the search, including computers, credit cards and bank statements. On Sunday morning, [Baarts] said CHP could not confirm that a suicide note was retrieved from the home. But during Sunday night’s teleconference with media, CHP said there was no note left behind and no obvious indicator in the Hart’s home to explain what happened.”In 2011, Sarah Hart pleaded guilty to domestic assault in Douglas County, Minn., after she told authorities “she let her anger get out of control” while spanking her 6-year-old adopted daughter, court records show, according to AP.Johnny Huu Nguyen/APIn 2014, Portland police Sgt. Bret Barnum and Devonte Hart, 12, hug at a rally in Portland, Ore., where people had gathered in support of the protests in Ferguson, Mo.The family “often took spontaneous road trips to camp and hike and traveled to festivals and other events, offering hugs and promoting unity,” AP says.Devonte, who is African-American, was photographed in 2014 in Portland, Ore., hugging a white police officer during protests over the police shooting of a black man in Ferguson, Mo. The photo was widely circulated by the AP.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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The global Wood Coating market size is expected to reach 119858

first_imgThe global wood coatings market was valued at $7,800.0 million in 2018, and is projected to reach $11,985.8 million by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 6.3% from 2020 to 2025.Wood coating refers to the process of refining or protecting a wooden surface, especially in the production of furniture where it represents between 5 and 30% of manufacturing costs. Moreover, the use of wood coating enhances the aesthetic appeal of the wooden object and increases its shelf life, thereby helping in marketing of the product.Download Sample Copy @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3201228?utm_source=ANIL-HTNTop Market Players: Akzo Nobel N.V., Axalta Coatings Systems, BASF SE, DowDuPont, Eastman Chemical Company, Kansai Paint Co., Ltd., Nippon Paints Holdings Co. Ltd., PPG Industries Inc., RPM International Inc., and Sherwin Williams Company, Ashland Inc., Arkema SA, Hempel A/S, and ICI PaintsIncrease in demand for furniture and wooden products drives the need for wood coatings. Owing to the advantages of wood coatings such as enduring surface finish, solvent & scratch resistance, resilience to UV light damage, resistance to general wear & tear, quick drying, superior sanding, and multi-coat & smooth finish application, the demand for wood coatings in the construction and furniture industries is expected to increase considerably. However, major restrains for the growth of the market is the volatile raw material prices and harmful impact of VOCs present in the coatings. Conversely, advancement in coatings technology and surge in use of radiation cure coatings are anticipated to provide new opportunities for the key players.The wood coatings market is segmented based on resin type, technology, end use, and region. On the basis of resin type, the market is classified into polyurethane, nitrocellulose, acrylic, unsaturated polyester and others. By technology, it is fragmented into waterborne, Conventional Solid solvent borne, high solid solvent borne, powder coating, radiation cured and others. As per end use, it is divided into furniture, joinery, flooring, and others. Region wise, it is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA.KEY BENEFITS FOR STAKEHOLDERS• Porter’s five forces analysis helps to analyze the potential of buyers & suppliers and the competitive scenario of the industry for strategy building.• The study outlines the current trends and future scenario of the wood coatings market size from 2020 to 2025 to understand the prevailing opportunities and potential investment pockets.• Major countries in the region have been mapped according to their individual revenue contribution to the regional market.• The key drivers, restraints, and wood coatings market opportunities and their detailed impact analyses are elucidated in the study.• The profiles of key players along with their key strategic developments are enlisted in the report.Avail Discount on Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3201228?utm_source=ANIL-HTNTable of ContentsChapter 1: introductionChapter 2: executive summaryChapter 3: market overviewChapter 4: wood coatings market, by componentChapter 5: wood coatings market, by type of wood coatingsChapter 6: wood coatings market, by functionChapter 7: wood coatings market, by end userChapter 8: wood coatings market, by regionChapter 9: company profilesAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us.Contact us:Mr. Abhishek Paliwal5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail: help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

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A second zeroday found in Firefox was used to attack Coinbase employees

first_imgEarlier this week, Mozilla fixed a zero-day vulnerability that was being actively exploited by attackers. It released another security update yesterday when the Coinbase Security team detected a second zero-day vulnerability in Firefox. This update has landed in Firefox 67.0.4 and Firefox ESR 60.7.2. The two zero-day vulnerabilities The first one was a type confusion vulnerability tracked as CVE-2019-11707 that occurs “when manipulating JavaScript objects due to issues in Array.pop. This can allow for an exploitable crash.” It enables an attacker to run malicious code inside Firefox’s native process. This vulnerability was reported by both Coinbase Security team and Samuel Groß, a security researcher with Google Project Zero security team. Groß has reported the vulnerability on Bugzilla back in April 15th. Sharing the implications of the vulnerability, the tech researcher said, “the bug can be exploited for RCE [remote code execution] but would then need a separate sandbox escape to run code on an underlying operating system. However, most likely it can also be exploited for UXSS [universal cross-site scripting] which might be enough depending on the attacker’s goals.” The second zero-day vulnerability was described as “sandbox escape using Prompt:Open” and is assigned CVE-2019-11708. This highly-critical vulnerability enables the escape of malware from the Firefox protected process and its execution on the targeted host. “Insufficient vetting of parameters passed with the Prompt:Open IPC message between child and parent processes can result in the non-sandboxed parent process opening web content chosen by a compromised child process,” the advisory page reads. The Coinbase attack Not much detail was out about these attacks and vulnerabilities until yesterday when Martin Phil, Chief Information Security Officer at Coinbase, and his team detected an attack targeting Coinbase employees. Coinbase also said that the attacker might have targeted other cryptocurrency organizations as well. It is now notifying the organizations that it believes have been possibly targeted. Fortunately, the attack was detected before it was able to do any damage. If it had been left undetected, the attacker could have gained access to the Coinbase backend network and stole funds from exchanges. Phil in his tweets also shared a couple of Indicators of Compromise (IOC) that will give the indication whether a system is affected or not. Vitali Kremez who specializes in Information Security, Malware Hunting & Carding, Cybercrime Intelligence, speculated that these IOCs were linked to a username “powercat”. Going by the IOCs, we can say that the attacker would have sent a spear-phishing email to lure victims to a web page. So, if the victims were using a vulnerable Firefox version, the web page would have downloaded and installed the malware on their systems. The macOS backdoor attack Not only cryptocurrency organizations, it looks like the attacker has also targeted other Firefox users as well. Yesterday, Patrick Wardle, a macOS security expert published an analysis of a Mac malware. This malware was sent by a user who claimed that it was installed in his fully updated Mac through Firefox’s zero-day vulnerability. Here’s how the email sent by the attacker to this user looked like: Source: Objective-See The malware that was installed on the user’s system was called Finder.app, the hash of which completely matched with one of the hashes provided by Martin. This news sparked a discussion on Hacker News. Many users found it unsettling that Mozilla took two months to deliver the security patch to fix a very crucial bug report. “Really, that Mozilla would let a reported RCE vulnerability simmer for two months until it bit someone would seem to reflect very poorly on their priorities and competence,” a user commented. Others were rather interested to know how Coinbase discovered this attack. A user commented, “I am more interested in how Coinbase employees discovered the attack. I am assuming nobody clicked the suspicious link and instead took it to a vm for reversing and analysis. It would have been game over if the exploit was actually executed on a non-sandboxed machine.” Read Next Mozilla releases Firefox 67.0.3 and Firefox ESR 60.7.1 to fix a zero-day vulnerability, being abused in the wild Firefox releases v66.0.4 and 60.6.2 to fix the expired certificate problem that ended up disabling add-ons Firefox 67 enables AV1 video decoder ‘dav1d’, by default on all desktop platformslast_img read more

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Alleged gold miners end protest at Corcovado National Park

first_imgThe group of people claiming to be former gold miners have left the lands they occupied outsideCorcovado National Park in southwestern Costa Rica after reaching an agreement with government officials.The Environment Ministry said in a news release that the agreement, reached Tuesday afternoon, was possible thanks to negotiations held with representatives of Casa Presidencial, the Public Security Ministry, the Osa Conservation Area and and the National System of Conservation Area (SINAC).Environment Minister Édgar Gutiérrez said authorities made a list of 170 people who say they are former gold miners who were evicted from the lands that are now part of the world-famous national park, located on Costa Rica’s southern Pacific coast.Government officials pledged to evaluate options to compensate the group. Any financial assistance, however, would depend on an assessment that includes a comparison of the names on the list with previous lists of gold miners who received compentations in the past.Officials also agreed to ask lawmakers to review the list of former miners included in a draft bill currently under discussion at the Legislative Assembly.Bill #18,912 seeks to offer financial aid for former gold miners who were never compensated for their eviction from lands that are now part of Corcovado and of Piedras Blancas National Park. The government issued the decree for the creation of the protected area in 1975.The parties agreed to meet again in two weeks to assess progress on the evaluation of previous lists and of the bill at the Assembly.Officials from SINAC and the Public Security Ministry agreed to maintain surveillance in the area to prevent unauthorized entrance to the park.No substantial damageCarlos Madriz, the director of the Osa Conservation Area, told The Tico Times that the last group of demonstrators left the perimeter of the park on Tuesday evening.On Wednesday morning, park staff conducted an on-the-ground inspection of the nearly 2,000 square meters that demonstrators occupied starting on Sunday.“Most of them removed their champas — improvised tents — and took all their belongings. Park staff took care of what was left,” he said.Madriz said that they have not found evidence of damage to the flora or fauna inside the national park, considered one of the best in the world.“Our inspection didn’t find any significant traces of work on soils or dumping of sediments into the river, nor poaching or any other damage inside the park,” he said.However, he said they found evidence that some of the demonstrators might have been trying to find gold at Termo River, which flows next to the area where they camped.Madriz confirmed that the protest did not have an impact on the park’s tourist operation, as it took place almost a kilometer (0.6 miles) from the nearest park entrance.“We closed public access at one of the entrances on Monday, but only as a precaution. The park is now working as usual,” he said.National Police officers and SINAC staff will remain in the area for a few more days to prevent any further protests, Madriz said.Earlier this month, the Supreme Court earlier this month ordered the Costa Rican government to outline a plan to protect Corcovado National Park and other nearby areas from ongoing illegal actions from gold miners, loggers and poachers. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rican court orders effective protection for Corcovado National Park Alleged gold miners camp outside Corcovado National Park, demand compensation  Municipal project to build cableway to Chirripó’s peak faces opposition Costa Rica launches quest to replace most single-use plastic by 2021last_img read more

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The renaissance of silicon will create industry giants

first_imgNavin ChaddhaContributor Navin Chaddha leads Mayfield. The firm invests in early-stage consumer and enterprise technology companies and currently has $2.7 billion under management. More posts by this contributorA people-first view of investing in innovation or entrepreneurs who take people for granted will failJason Kilar on founding Vessel and the wonderful world of customer serviceEvery time we binge on Netflix or install a new internet-connected doorbell to our home, we’re adding to a tidal wave of data. In just 10 years, bandwidth consumption has increased 100 fold, and it will only grow as we layer on the demands of artificial intelligence, virtual reality, robotics and self-driving cars. According to Intel, a single robo car will generate 4 terabytes of data in 90 minutes of driving. That’s more than 3 billion times the amount of data people use chatting, watching videos and engaging in other internet pastimes over a similar period.Tech companies have responded by building massive data centers full of servers. But growth in data consumption is outpacing even the most ambitious infrastructure build outs. The bottom line: We’re not going to meet the increasing demand for data processing by relying on the same technology that got us here.The key to data processing is, of course, semiconductors, the transistor-filled chips that power today’s computing industry. For the last several decades, engineers have been able to squeeze more and more transistors onto smaller and smaller silicon wafers — an Intel chip today now squeezes more than 1 billion transistors on a millimeter-sized piece of silicon.This trend is commonly known as Moore’s Law, for the Intel co-founder Gordon Moore and his famous 1965 observation that the number of transistors on a chip doubles every year (later revised to every two years), thereby doubling the speed and capability of computers.This exponential growth of power on ever-smaller chips has reliably driven our technology for the past 50 years or so. But Moore’s Law is coming to an end, due to an even more immutable law: material physics. It simply isn’t possible to squeeze more transistors onto the tiny silicon wafers that make up today’s processors.Compounding matters, the general-purpose chip architecture in wide use today, known as x86, which has brought us to this point, isn’t optimized for computing applications that are now becoming popular.That means we need a new computing architecture. Or, more likely, multiple new computer architectures. In fact, I predict that over the next few years we will see a flowering of new silicon architectures and designs that are built and optimized for specialized functions, including data intensity, the performance needs of artificial intelligence and machine learning and the low-power needs of so-called edge computing devices.The new architectsWe’re already seeing the roots of these newly specialized architectures on several fronts. These include Graphic Processing Units from Nvidia, Field Programmable Gate Arrays from Xilinx and Altera (acquired by Intel), smart network interface cards from Mellanox (acquired by Nvidia) and a new category of programmable processor called a Data Processing Unit (DPU) from Fungible, a startup Mayfield invested in.  DPUs are purpose-built to run all data-intensive workloads (networking, security, storage) and Fungible combines it with a full-stack platform for cloud data centers that works alongside the old workhorse CPU.These and other purpose-designed silicon will become the engines for one or more workload-specific applications — everything from security to smart doorbells to driverless cars to data centers. And there will be new players in the market to drive these innovations and adoptions. In fact, over the next five years, I believe we’ll see entirely new semiconductor leaders emerge as these services grow and their performance becomes more critical.Let’s start with the computing powerhouses of our increasingly connected age: data centers.More and more, storage and computing are being done at the edge; that means, closer to where our devices need them. These include things like the facial recognition software in our doorbells or in-cloud gaming that’s rendered on our VR goggles. Edge computing allows these and other processes to happen within 10 milliseconds or less, which makes them more work for end users. I commend the entrepreneurs who are putting the silicon back into Silicon Valley. With the current arithmetic computations of x86 CPU architecture, deploying data services at scale, or at larger volumes, can be a challenge. Driverless cars need massive, data-center-level agility and speed. You don’t want a car buffering when a pedestrian is in the crosswalk. As our workload infrastructure — and the needs of things like driverless cars — becomes ever more data-centric (storing, retrieving and moving large data sets across machines), it requires a new kind of microprocessor.Another area that requires new processing architectures is artificial intelligence, both in training AI and running inference (the process AI uses to infer things about data, like a smart doorbell recognizing the difference between an in-law and an intruder). Graphic Processing Units (GPUs), which were originally developed to handle gaming, have proven faster and more efficient at AI training and inference than traditional CPUs.But in order to process AI workloads (both training and inference), for image classification, object detection, facial recognition and driverless cars, we will need specialized AI processors. The math needed to run these algorithms requires vector processing and floating-point computations at dramatically higher performance than general purpose CPUs provide.Several startups are working on AI-specific chips, including SambaNova, Graphcore and Habana Labs. These companies have built new AI-specific chips for machine intelligence. They lower the cost of accelerating AI applications and dramatically increase performance. Conveniently, they also provide a software platform for use with their hardware. Of course, the big AI players like Google (with its custom Tensor Processing Unit chips) and Amazon (which has created an AI chip for its Echo smart speaker) are also creating their own architectures.Finally, we have our proliferation of connected gadgets, also known as the Internet of Things (IoT). Many of our personal and home tools (such as thermostats, smoke detectors, toothbrushes and toasters) operate on ultra-low power.The ARM processor, which is a family of CPUs, will be tasked for these roles. That’s because gadgets do not require computing complexity or a lot of power. The ARM architecture is perfectly designed for them. It’s made to handle smaller number of computing instructions, can operate at higher speeds (churning through many millions of instructions per second) and do it at a fraction of the power required for performing complex instructions. I even predict that ARM-based server microprocessors will finally become a reality in cloud data centers.So with all the new work being done in silicon, we seem to be finally getting back to our original roots. I commend the entrepreneurs who are putting the silicon back into Silicon Valley. And I predict they will create new semiconductor giants.last_img read more

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Money makes his collection grow

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite His collection is kept in special albums, where the coins and notes are protected from damage. Ryan loves to show it off to anyone who is interested, and likes nothing more than going into great detail explaining the various currencies.  “Over the years, my collection has managed to cover 68 different countries from as far as South America to Russia, and I’ve also been able to get my hands on commemorative coins commemorating events in history and important people,” elaborates Ryan.He is currently sitting with about 300 coins. Ryan’s oldest and also his favourite coin is about 140 years old. It was also one of the first coins to start off his collection. “I will always cherish this particular coin!”Since about 2001, he started collecting bank notes from all over the world. He now has about 80 different types of notes. “I am very proud of my collection and I’m determined to carry on. As long as people keep spending, I guess I’ll keep collecting,” smiles this money man with a difference. We all know the saying, “Money makes the world go round”, but local man Ryan Bouwer takes it a step further.  Some of the money Ryan acquires, he does not spend! This is because his hobby is collecting money in all its forms.Ryan explains that he started out collecting coins in 1998 with a handful of World War II coins. Since then, his collection has gone from strength to strength and has expanded to include bank notes as well.Ryan says this is a very interesting hobby, as you get to see all types of currency used around the world – from very old coins to modern money in use today.So, have you ever heard of using money to buy other money? Well, Ryan adamantly says that cash is not an issue when it comes to purchasing the coins and notes he deems worthy of being part of his ever-growing collection.  “Aside from the interest factor, this hobby is also a great investment,” he enthuses.Ryan has some coins that are between 130 and 140 years old, and he sometimes wonders if famous people might have had them in their possession at one time or another.last_img read more

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Pacific Island beverages to feature at Caffe Culture London 2018

first_imgThree Pacific Island exporters will showcase their products at the Pacific Trade Invest Europe booth at UK’s leading café and bar industry trade show, Caffe Culture, London, from 16-17 October 2018.Now in its twelfth year, the two-day Caffè Culture attracts over 4000 trade visitors from independent coffee shop owners, buyers and decision makers from branded chains.The new exhibitors, Fiji’s Pleass Global, featuring VaiWai Atesian Water and ELife Samoa Wild Turmeric Drink will join returning exhibitor Banz Kofi Fektori of Papua New Guinea.All companies are alumni of Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) New Zealand’s Path to Market Programme.With the new home at the Business Design Centre in Islington the 2018 event will provide the tools, expertise and contacts to help these businesses establish market entry contacts and expand their commercial networks.With a strong emphasis on business, these companies will have a unique opportunity to showcase their products to over 5,000 trade visitors, largely comprising of independent coffee shop owners, buyers and decision-makers from the multiples and branded chains.PTI Trade Promotion Adviser Europe Robyn Ekstrom is looking forward to the event.  “While coffee in all forms is at the heart of the Caffe Culture trade show, there is still plenty of room for innovative beverages and ingredients that hit the right note with the sophisticated café, food service, premium home consumption and bar industry.“We’ve got exciting exhibitors this year that will provide the visitors in London with a broader perspective of our Pacific profile particularly as inventive and ethically motivated creators of healthy refreshments and ingredients that successfully tap into industry trends and consumer interest.”In addition, the exhibitors at this year’s Caffè Culture will have the opportunity to attend the new Coffee Studies (2018), programme which is a series of TED style presentations and panel discussions led by industry leaders. The programme line up explores all aspects of the supply and value chain, from recent scientific research and certification options to business start-ups and financing.The Path to Market programme is PTI NZ’s signature export capability building programme around the 16 Pacific Island Forum nations. It is a structured approach for businesses to better understand exporting from the Pacific Islands region into markets outside.For further information contact PTI Trade Promotion Adviser Europe Robyn Ekstrom on robyn.ekstrom@pifs-geneva.chCaffe Culture Show16-17 October 2018Business Design Centre (BDC)52 Upper Street, IslingtonLondon, N1 0QHT: +44(0)20 7288 6475W: businessdesigncentre.co.ukThe post Pacific Island beverages to feature at Caffe Culture London 2018 appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more

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The last time Arizona hosted the Super Bowl was in

first_imgThe last time Arizona hosted the Super Bowl was in 2008 atUniversity of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.“It was time for it to come back to Arizona,” Bidwillsaid. “I think we’re the best destination for it.”Bidwill cited poor timing as part of the reason why theprevious two attempts to bring the Super Bowl back failed. Indianapolis had just built a new stadium and New Orleansbeat out Arizona as part of the Hurricane Katrina recoveryeffort.“There was a lot of emotion behind the Indianapolis bidand the bid for New Orleans,” Bidwill said.According to Bidwill, the Super Bowl in 2008 had more thana $500 million dollar economic impact and Super Bowl XLIXis projected to bring in even more.“The greater Phoenix area is really built for a mega-event,” Bidwill said. “We can host the world’s greatestsporting event and it is exciting that it’s coming back toArizona for the third time.” Third time’s the charm right?After losing out in two previous years to Indianapolis andNew Orleans, the Cardinals put together a presentationthat will bring the Super Bowl to the state of Arizona fora third time. Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill was on ArizonaSports 620’s Doug and Wolf show to celebrate the awardingof Super Bowl XLIX in 2015. “This is going to be great for Arizona, I’m just soexcited for the whole state to get this game back,”Bidwill said. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationcenter_img Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Comments   Share   last_img read more

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Sarah Palin claims Sacha Baron Cohen duped her for

first_imgSarah Palin claims Sacha Baron Cohen duped her for talk by The Associated Press Posted Jul 11, 2018 4:15 am PDT Last Updated Jul 11, 2018 at 3:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Sarah Palin says she was “duped.”The former Republican vice-presidential candidate says she fell victim to British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen during an interview for his upcoming Showtime series, “Who Is America?”In a Facebook post on Tuesday, the former Alaska governor wrote she and a daughter travelled across the country for what she thought was a legitimate interview. But she says Baron Cohen had “heavily disguised himself” as a disabled U.S. veteran in a wheelchair.Palin says she sat through what she called a long interview full of “Hollywoodism’s disrespect and sarcasm” before she walked out.She is challenging Baron Cohen and Showtime to donate proceeds from the show to a veterans’ charity.Showtime has no comment. An email seeking comment from Baron Cohen has not been returned.The show premieres Sunday.center_img FILE – In this Sept. 21, 2017, file photo, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin speaks at a rally in Montgomery, Ala. The former Republican vice presidential candidate says she fell victim to British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen during an interview for his upcoming Showtime series, “Who Is America?” In a Facebook post on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, the former Alaska governor wrote she and a daughter traveled across the country for what she thought was a legitimate interview. But she says Cohen had “heavily disguised himself” as a disabled U.S. veteran in a wheelchair. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File) last_img read more

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Work begins on new Limassol football stadium

first_imgWork began on Tuesday for construction of the new football stadium in Limassol in the presences of officials from the Cyprus Sports Organisation who called it an historic day for the town.The stadium, costing over €20m is due to be completed in 28 months with the first match taking place in the summer of 2021.The new stadium will be the home to local teams Apollon, AEL and Aris.The project was initially delayed because the stadium had to be redesigned to meet European football governing body, UEFA’s, Champions League specifications.At present, all three clubs use the Tsirion stadium near the Ayia Phyla junction as their home ground that has had its share of structural problems, insufficient capacity and location within a residential area, causing problems and damage to properties whenever football fans get riotous.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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